Once Upon a Time
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Cindy McLennan: A | 7 USERS: A+
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Enchanted Forest, Daytime. Jefferson runs, seemingly for his life, through woods. He must be trying to escape whatever evil creature cursed him to wear that wig. It's 18th Century Angel ugly. He stops and hides behind a tree, and it takes me a moment to realize that I'm not watching him sit atop bad CGI flames. The lining to his duster is just that color. Who or what has Jefferson on the run? Why it's just his sweet little girl, Grace (played by Alissa Skovbye). They've been playing Hide and Seek. Play time is over now, though. They need to forage for mushrooms to sell at market, tomorrow.

As father and daughter approach their cottage, they see the Queen's carriage parked outside. Jefferson lies that he doesn't know Queenie, and tells Grace to stay hidden in the woods while he finds out the reason for the royal visit. I can tell you right now, Jefferson, the reason is life-altering evil. Take your baby girl and run for hills. He doesn't listen. They never listen.

When Jefferson enters the cottage, Regina says, "I'd like to say you're looking well, Jefferson, but I'd be lying. Poverty doesn't suit you." Jefferson, who is apparently on a first name basis with her majesty, asks Regina what she's doing there. Regina has a job for him, but he says he doesn't do "that" anymore. She asks if he "hung up his hat" for Grace's sake. Jefferson says, "Because of my work, she lost her mother. I don't want her to lose her father, too." Regina condescends about his now humble life and wonders what kind of future Grace is facing. She tells Jefferson if he does one last favor for her, then he can give Grace the life she deserves. Jefferson says, "That's why I'm staying. You don't abandon family." He moves in so close, I think he's going to kiss Regina, and adds, "That's what she deserves." There's a quick cut and Jefferson is no longer up in Regina's grill. My sixteen year old, who is in his second year of a TV production class, interrupts to rant about how he'd get a failing grade if he made an edit that sloppy. I'm proud that he's paying attention in class, but man, I really just want to watch my Fairy Tale. I'm not up for auditing TV 220.

Jefferson asks Regina to please leave. She says all she needs are Jefferson's special skills to take her somewhere he's been before. "Do it and I can change your life."

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