Once Upon a Time
A fairy, Nova, meets her teacher Blue Fairy in the clouds while bringing a year’s worth of fairy dust from the mines. Nova is concerned that she may not be promoted to the ranks of fairy godmother for some time yet, and the Blue Fairy assures her that her journey is just beginning. Nova assures her mentor that she can get home with the precious fairy dust. However, as she departs, she spills some of the fairy dust. It drifts to the ground and into the mines, where hundreds of dwarf eggs are kept in storage. The dust settles on one egg, which starts to crack. Two of the dwarves, Watchy and Bossy, come over to see why it is hatching early. The dwarf that will be known as Grumpy emerges and the two dwarves welcome him to the world.
Walter and Mr. Clark go the diner for breakfast and ask Leroy to move so they can sit together. He irritably insists that he was there first and has no desire to move... until Mr. Clark sneezes in his food. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret comes in and tells everyone that it’s Miners Day and that she needs volunteers to help them sell candles for the Storybrooke nuns. Everyone pointedly ignores her and Leroy tries to leave. When Mary Margaret suggests he might volunteer, Leroy points out that he’s the town drunk but she’s the town harlot, and if she needs help from him then she must be really desperate.
As Mary Margaret walks away, Emma follows her from where she was sitting in the diner. Mary Margaret explains that Miners Day is a celebration held in honor of when the nuns would tread the miners their candles for the miners’ coal. She admits that all of her volunteers have quit because of her new reputation as a homewrecker and that she can’t find anyone to help her. Emma tells her that she doesn’t need to perform charity to get the townspeople back on her side, but Mary Margaret admits that she doesn’t know what else to do. As Emma is called away on business, she tells her friend that she’ll be there to help her if she needs it.
Leroy goes past the lot where the celebration booths are setting up, and confetti falls on his shoulders. One of the nuns, Sister Astrid (Nova the Fairy), apologizes for spilling it on her. Smitten, Leroy tells her that it’s not a problem and helps her fix the booth lights. He warns her that she was overloading the transformer and successfully turns them on. Astrid thanks him and asks what he does for a living, and Leroy explains that he works as a custodian. However, he confesses his dream of fixing up his boat and leaving Storybrooke for good. Touched, Astrid says that someone once told her that if someone can dream of something, they can do it, and she tells Leroy that he should do the same. As she goes back to work, Leroy smiles after her.
Emma investigates Kathryn’s abandoned car as Sydney arrives. He believes that if he can solve the case, he’ll be able to get his job back at the newspaper. Emma tells him that the school’s gym teacher found the car abandoned by the side of the road, the engine still running. The sheriff wonders if Kathryn hitched a ride to go to her law school in Boston, but finds the woman’s suitcase in the trunk. When Emma prepares to file a request to get the phone records, Sydney offers to get them faster through his contacts in the phone company. David pulls up and Sydney wonders if he might have had something to do with Kathryn’s disappearance.
Once Upon a Time
The new hatching of dwarves cleans up and dresses, and the first-born asks about the beautiful woman he saw. Bossy explains that he must have imagined it because there are no female dwarves, dwarves never marry, and dwarves never fall in love. All they do is mine diamonds for fairy dust and bring joy and happiness to the world. The new dwarf and his seven hatchlings each receive a pickax that magically chooses the appropriate name for them. When the first-born dwarf takes his pickax, his name “Dreamy” appears on it.
Leroy goes to the school where Mary Margaret is working for the nuns and volunteers to help with the candle sales. She wonders why he wants to help given his early sentiments, but Leroy points out that she doesn’t have a chance. Mary Margaret agrees after making him promise not to swear or drink. Meanwhile, Astrid talks to her Mother Superior (the Blue Fairy) and admits that she bought too much helium for the booth and that she can’t get a refund. The Mother Superior reminds Astrid that they need the money and that their landlord won’t wait for the rent. Leroy comes over and Astrid tells him that they only have a limited stipend, and she accidentally spent all of it on the helium. The nuns can’t cover the rent, which means that their landlord, Gold, will evict them the first chance he gets. Leroy leaps in and promises that they won’t have to leave. As Mary Margaret listens in, Leroy promises Astrid that he’ll sell all the candles. Surprised and touched, Astrid tells Leroy that he’s her hero.
David tells Emma that he knows nothing about Kathryn’s disappearance and hasn’t talked to her since the previous day when he came home and discovered that she had moved out. Using her ability to discern lies, Emma realizes that he’s telling the truth and promises to find Kathryn once enough time has passed to file a missing persons report.
Regina is at her office printing out Kathryn’s phone records. She calls Sydney and tells him that they should be most helpful.
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A year has passed and Dreamy is working in the mines, gathering diamonds for fairy dust. Nova comes to get the fairy dust and Dreamy helps her with a jammed valve. He tells Nova that she’s the woman he saw in her dreams, much to her surprise. Nova sets down the bag onto a conveyer belt and it is swept up toward a furnace. Acting quickly, Dreamy recovers it just in time and gives it back to her. She apologizes, admitting that she’s too clumsy to be a fairy godmother as she’s always dreamed. Dreamy tells her that as long as people can dream something, they can do it. Nova talks about Firefly Hill and the firefly lights, but Dreamy doesn’t get the hint that she wants him to come with her and walks away. As he goes, Nova thanks him for being her hero.
Mary Margaret and Leroy try to sell the nuns’ candles at the booth but have no luck. Leroy says that she should go to door-to-door, figuring that people will pay just to get rid of them. Meanwhile, Emma finds Sydney at the carnival and tells him that Kathryn never arrived in Boston. Mary Margaret comes by and asks Emma for the best way she should dress to get sympathy, and then leaves with Leroy.
Going door to door, Leroy and Mary Margaret have no luck getting anyone to buy the candles and just get doors slammed in their faces.
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The eight dwarves go to a tavern to celebrate and Bossy notices that Dreamy is disturbed. Dreamy admits that he can’t sleep or eat and doesn’t feel like himself. Belle is there, overhears him, and tells the dwarf that he’s in love. Bossy insists that it’s impossible but Belle persists, and Dreamy asks her what it’s like. She tells him that being in love is the most wonderful thing and he should enjoy it while he can because love never lasts. When Dreamy wonders if his love feels the same way and describes their early talk, Belle tells him that Nova wanted him to go with her to Firefly Hill. She explains that she’s had her own heart broken so many times that she can tell when someone is reaching out, and tells Dreamy to follow his dreams and seek true love.
Mary Margaret and Leroy go back to the school, but he lies to Astrid and tells her that they sold all $5,000 worth of candles. Astrid is delighted and hugs him, but Mary Margaret approaches him privately and asks him what he’s doing. He insists that he’ll figure something out so that the nuns don’t have to leave town, and Mary Margaret realizes that he’s in love with Astrid. When she points out that it’s impossible, Leroy reminds her that she’s involved with a married man. He vows to get the $5,000 somehow.
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Dreamy goes to Firefly Hill to meet Nova. They can see all the lights of the kingdom from the hilltop and Nova tells the dwarf that she’s only seen them from a distance and never been part of the world. Leroy still envies her, saying that he’s never even seen anything but the mines. He suggests that they leave on a ship and explore the world together, and Nova kisses him and says that they can run off the next night after she delivers the fairy dust.
Leroy asks Gold to buy his boat and insists on getting $5,000. He finally explains why he needs the money but insists that Gold can take the boat for the nuns’ rent now and they’ll pay him later as well, doubling his profit. Gold refuses despite that, saying that he finds nuns distasteful and is glad to have them out of Storybrooke. When Leroy wonders why, Gold simply says that he has a long history with nuns and leaves. Astrid comes to see Leroy and brings him a pie that she made, but soon realizes that he has all of the unsold candles onboard. Leroy is forced to tell her the truth, explaining that he didn’t want to tell earlier because he was afraid that he’d let down. When Leroy says that she believed in the wrong guy, Astrid smiles sadly and leaves.
Sydney comes to see Emma with the phone records, which show an eight-minute call between David and Kathryn an hour before the accident. Emma doesn’t believe it since she could tell David was telling the truth earlier when he said he hadn’t talked to his wife in 24 hours, but Sydney says that the records don’t lie and that David is an accomplished liar.
Mary Margaret is at the diner drinking when Leroy comes in and joins her. He admits that he failed and Mary Margaret figures that she must have been dreaming if she thought the town drunk and the town harlot could raise $5,000 for the nuns.
Once Upon a Time
Dreamy tries to sneak out of the mines but Stealthy easily catches him and the other dwarves come over. Dreamy tells his brothers that he’s in love with Nora and they’re going off to see the world, because when someone is in love then anything is possible. When Sneezy offers him his pickax, Dreamy says that he doesn’t need it anymore where he’s going, and the other dwarves wish him well.
Bossy follows Dreamy into the forest and warns him that he can’t leave because of his responsibility to the mines, and because dwarves can’t fall in love. The Blue Fairy arrives and says that Bossy is right, and that if Nova goes with Dreamy then she will lose her wings and any change of becoming a fairy god mother. To let her achieve her destiny, Dreamy has to leave Nora behind and return to the mines.
Mary Margaret tells Leroy that his relationship could never have worked, but he insists that Astrid was the first person in Storybrooke who ever believed in him. When Mary Margaret points out that she followed her heart and became a pariah, Leroy asks her if she regrets any of the happy moments she had with David. She says that she didn’t, and Leroy says that life is about holding onto good memories. He wanted to be with Astrid, who gave him hope that any dream is possible, and tells Mary Margaret that she should enjoy the memories of true love that she has because he has never had them. Mary Margaret says that the dream wasn’t worth the pain and Leroy tells her that drinking won’t end her pain, and then gets an idea. He goes to a rooftop overlooking the festival and Mary Margaret follows him. He explains that he doesn’t plan to jump and then swings a pickax at the transformer. It goes out along with all the lights, and Leroy tells Mary Margaret that now they have plenty of customers who want candles.
Once Upon a Time
Dreamy arrives at Firefly Hill and Nova shows him the ship that she has ready. He says that he can’t go with her because he’s a dwarf and belongs in the minds, while she has a future as a fairy. Nova doesn’t believe it, saying that he’s special and has control of his life, but Dreamy says that all they have is a dream and it’s time to set the dream aside. Nova realizes who he’s spoken to and asks what the Blue Fairy told him, but Dreamy says that it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he can’t stand in the way of her happiness. When Nova says that Dreamy is her happiness, he tells her that he’s a dwarf and can’t love.
Later, Dreamy returns to the mines and sarcastically says that he’s glad to be back. He asks for his pickax and starts hammering at the walls in anger until the tool breaks. He asks for a new pickax and his new name appears on it: “Grumpy.”
Leroy and Mary Margaret sell all of the candles and she tells him to give the money to Astrid and have his moment of happiness. He goes over to give the $5,000 to the sister and tells her that he’s going to fix up his boat. Leroy invites Astrid to be his first passenger and she says that she would like that, and they admire all of the candle flames together.
Regina visits Emma and says that it’s time to begin the investigation into Kathryn’s disappearance. She asks if Emma knows anything, and Emma admits that she has something but doesn’t know what to make of it. When she refuges to divulge it prematurely, Regina warns her that if she’s covering for someone, she’ll fire Emma for cause and find someone who can do the job.
Mary Margaret walks away from the carnival, smiling, but discovers that someone has written “tramp” on her car again with red paint. As she walks back to the booth, Granny takes her candle and lights it with her own, smiling in acceptance. David is watching Mary Margaret from nearby and Emma arrives. She tells him that he’s wanted for further questioning in the disappearance of his wife Kathryn. Mary Margaret and the rest of the town watch as Emma hauls David away in the back of her car.
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