Once Upon a Time

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Cindy McLennan: A | 3 USERS: A
You Don't Know Jack

Granny's Diner. Exterior. Night. Charming hands Snow a coffee and they toast to not getting squashed by a giant. As they head toward his truck, Charming wonders if he would have ended up as corrupt as James, had George raised him. "The same blood ran through our veins." Snow says, "Um hm, but your hearts are different." She confesses that she had a lot of fun today. "I missed our adventures." Charming agrees. As he opens the truck door and Snow climbs in he says, "You know we could do this all the time. When the beans grow, we could go back. Everyone could go home." When Snow says she doesn't know, Charming is frustrated. "What don't you know?" Snow says, "Home is where our family is. And that's here. I don't know if Emma would come with us, and I am not going to be separated from her, again." Except for right now, apparently. Charming says, "You're worried about her." Snow certain is and asks, "Aren't you?" Charming: "Of course, but Emma -- Emma can take care of herself. I'm sure, wherever she and Henry are, they're safe." We cut to...

Logan Airport. Ajira Air flight 53. Henry has the window seat. Emma is the sandwich filling, and Gold has the aisle. When Mom asks her boy if he's good, he says, "Are you kidding? A trip with you. First plane ride. And we're going on a quest, like in the book. The only thing that could make this day better..." He gestures to the box full of cinnamon rolls in his hands and adds, "...Is more frosting." Gold looks like he could use some frosting, too. He is a study in tension. Emma notices the bloody brown paper towel wrapped around his knuckles and then looks at his face. "It's going to be all right. We're going to find your son." Gold says, "I know." The flight attendant's voice comes over the P.A. and she announces that their destination is New York City. The Lost fans smile not only at the "Ajira" mention, but also that the flight time lasts 42 minutes. No longer imbued with the power of the Dark One, Gold's eyes fill with terror, and I don't even think he watched Lost. He's once again, the coward of the county, off to find the son for whom he wrought so much havoc. The son who pled with him to abandon his evil ways. The son he let slip away.

"Tiny" is a set-up episode, but it overflows with all of the feeling that has me madly in love with this show: love, fear, envy, distrust, betrayal. It's about how family (natural and chosen) and friends are all we have, and when we have them, what else do we need? Okay, maybe some more frosting.

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Once Upon a Time




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