To do what we want.
To be who you are.
And you are who you are.
A conscience, as we all know, is that inner voice that tells us right from wrong. It's that still small voice that is always there but not always listened to. And from this we get the phrase a guilty conscience when we've done something against our beliefs that our conscience follows. Or we might have a clear conscience when we've come clean with our guilty conscience and rectified the wrong.
For Jiminy, his guilty conscience is gnawing at him. He's lived a life filled with guilt of conning innocent people of their possessions. He's a master of pickpocketing and a silver tongue. His parents insist conning is only fair; it's the circle of life--take rather than be taken from. But Jiminy doesn't like it. It doesn't seem fair. Of course, it's all he's known since it's the life of his parents. Nevertheless, he wants out.
So after years of living the life of a crook, Jiminy has a plan. No one will get hurt and he will be free at long last. All he has to do is enlist the help of an old family friend...Rumplestiltskin.
As we all know, all magic comes with a price. And that price is never small and insignificant. But what possible harm can come from a simple deal with Rumple?
However, his parents have their own tricks up their sleeves. Where do you think Jiminy learned his pickpocketing skills and slight of hand from? You guessed it. And so, after another successful con of providing "elf tonic" to an innocent young couple, which will "save" them from a plague, Jiminy learns that his plan has gone sour. Rather than giving his parents Rumplestiltskin's potion, the young couple took it and now they're wooden puppets. Yet the horror doesn't stop there. The couple have a son who stumbles upon Jiminy and his parents staring at the boy's puppet parents. To say the least, Jiminy feels terrible.
His saving grace? He asks for help from the blue fairy, Rumplestitskin's opposite. Wanting to help the boy and still be free from his parents, Jiminy wishes to become a cricket with a clear conscience. To him, crickets have always represented freedom. And what better way to help the young boy, named Geppetto, than to be his still small voice? The blue fairy grants Jiminy's wish, and there we have Jiminy Cricket's back story.
And so, out of desperation, his listens to the loud and demeaning voice of the mayor and gives the hard talk with Henry filled with words like delusion and psychosis.
Naturally upset, Henry runs off to find proof. They'll all see and then they'll be sorry they doubted him.
Just yesterday, the old abandoned mines collapsed when Emma Swan clipped on the official badge of Sheriff's Deputy. The explosion shook all of Storybrooke as the ground caved, exposing the maze of underground tunnels. Of course, only one entrance was actually revealed, but nevertheless, the entire area is now dangerous. Dangerous because more might collapse, but more importantly, it might uncover some of the Mayor's evil secrets. She knows it, and Henry's suspicious; it just might be the break he needs to prove his theory to everyone.
And so, defying the law by crossing the yellow cordoned area, Henry enters the tunnels, armed with a flashlight and candy bars.
In the meantime, Emma and Archie race to the mines, where Archie decides to go in after Henry. Naturally, the mine's entrance caves and the two are trapped below ground.
Searching the dark with his flashlight, Henry discovers a glimmering shard of glass amiss the rocky rubble. Curious, he searches on, only to be stopped when the ground shakes and he nearly runs into Archie. In danger of being permanently trapped or injured, the exploration for proof is put on hold. Getting to safety takes precedence.
Almost simultaneously the rescue team (made up of all our known fairy tale characters to date, minus Mary Margaret and David Nolan--more on that in a minute), and the trapped duo, find an air shaft which holds an old-style elevator. Below ground, Archie and Henry attempt to get the elevator moving upwards. Above ground, Emma is sent into the shaft to rescue the two. Emma, Henry, and Archie meet in the middle. Henry grabs hold of Emma, but the ground starts to shake just as Archie tries to attach himself to the harness. The elevator falls, but Archie's lucky umbrella has come through again, hooked into the harness' buckle.
The revelation brings about another revelation: the crickets are back in Storybrooke. Hmm...things really are changing.
But the real tickler comes when Regina, who had pocketed her own glimmering glass shard from the mines, surreptitiously drops it down the now-closed air shaft. It falls and falls in the shimmering moonlight until it lands in a pile of glass shards next to...Snow White's coffin. The two worlds have collided!
But it's that very issue that alerts Mary Margaret's conscience. As much as she wants to believe David and her own developing feelings for him, being around him will only make it harder. And so, as an attempt to separate herself from him, she resigns from volunteering at the hospital (which is only a temporary fix because he's going home in a week). But it's a start down the right path, right?
1) What is the significance of Storybrooke's tree emblem? It's on Emma's and Graham's badge, as well as the sheriff's car.
2) Anyone else ever question how Jiminy became a cricket? I assumed he'd always been a cricket with a special trick of talking.
3) What is Rumplestiltskin's plan with Geppetto's puppet parents? Display of his magic/power or something else?
4) What ever happened to Jiminy's parents?
5) Why is Snow White's coffin is Storybrooke? Has is always been there? Has Regina always known it existed there? Will Snow White's coffin ever be discovered by someone other than Regina?
6) What else is beneath Storybrooke?
7) Will there be a custody battle? Season 2?
8) We've now seen Ruby and Billy, the tow truck driver, twice together. Is that going to come into play again? Who's Billy supposed to be?
Til next time...