Once Upon a Time
Selfless, Brave And True

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Cindy McLennan: A- | 7 USERS: B
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There is no "Previously on Once Upon A Time" recap this week (at least not in my market), so I'll start with a time/date note. In Phuket, Thailand, when it was 8:15 AM ICT on Monday, October 24, 2011, it was 9:15 PM EDT, on Sunday, October 23, 2011, in Storybrooke, Maine. I mention that because the Once Upon A Time pilot premiered on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at 8:00 PM EDT, and also because we open in...

Phuket. October 24, 2011. It's morning. As the digital clock flips to 8:15, August wakes in pain. Suffer, you lying, thieving, manipulative bastard. Suffer. When he sees that his left leg has reverted to wood, he wakes his...slumber party guest Isra who, mercifully, is played not by Bai Ling, but instead, by an actress IMDb.com names as Dianne Doan. Since this Twitter account seems to back that up, and because I suck at paying attention to the credits, Dianne Doan works for me.

Upon waking, all Isra sees is a normal human leg, rather a wooden one, so she tells August to be quiet, so she can go back to sleep. If you could see the state of their beach bungalow, you'd understand why. Their whole conversation is in Thai, but when Isra asks August what the hell is wrong with him, he answers in English: "I'm turning into wood." This is a family show. I'm not going there. Title card.

Storybrooke. Present. Morning. David prepares a breakfast tray for Snow, complete with a vase full of Snow Drops. Emma thinks that instead of more coddling, David ought to boot Snow's bonny butt out of bed, so she can move past "this." Henry comes downstairs and asks if everything is okay. Emma lies, "Everything is fine, kid. Get your coat. We're going to be late." Emma, I know you're still new to the parenting gig, so here is a PRO TIP: When you don't want to lie to your kid, but don't want to tell him the truth, it is absolutely fine to say things like, "I don't want to talk about it," or "This is between your Grandpa and me," or, "Not now," or even (use sparingly) "Mind your own beeswax." Henry has to know Emma is lying, but he just says, "Goodbye, Gramps," and is out the door. Once she's alone with her father, Emma says, "I know you think that [Snow] needs our help, but at the end of the day, she's the only one who can help herself."

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