Things change when you fall in love. Suddenly anything seems possible.
Where did the seven dwarves come from? Why are they miners? How did Grumpy get his name, other than the obvious? How does Fairy Tale Land receive its seemingly endless supply of magic fairy dust?
Let’s just say that none of our wildest imaginations could have predicted that dwarves are not born but merely hatched, fully grown, from an egg. Within days of their hatching they are ready to beat the insides of underground caves with pick axes, digging up the precious gems hidden within. Quite a feat for a newborn. And so far, we’ve only seen male dwarves. That’s because there aren’t female dwarves. What would be the point if dwarves can’t fall in love?
Nevertheless, hatching from eggs is beside the point. As far as falling in love, well, that’s a whole ‘nother issue.
On one particular day of dwarf hatching, Grumpy, or should I say Dreamy, is hatched. A little early, but that’s merely because he’s eager to begin his lifelong work in the mines. Just kidding. No, apparently, Dreamy saw a fairy-in-training from within his egg. He’s not joking. She was there and she was the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen in his very, very, very short lifetime.
Well Bossy, the dwarves’ boss—go figure—doesn’t think Dreamy is all there. His head is in the clouds. There is no way Dreamy could have seen a fairy, especially from inside his egg. Dreamy insists, which causes him to wonder who she is. From there, he begins dreaming of falling in love with her. His dreams are cut short when he’s tossed an axe and told there is no way, ever, that he can fall in love. It just doesn’t happen. And definitely not with a fairy.
So Dreamy accepts his fate of being a lonely miner, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming…
Until one day, a year later, the same fairy-in-training is gathering fairy dust. Ready for this, fairy dust comes from the crushed diamonds the dwarves dig up. Who knew?
On this day, she’s gathering fairy dust when suddenly the fairy dust machine won’t shut off. It’s stuck and Dreamy rushes to her rescue. He recognizes her from his hatching. She doesn’t remember, but thinks he’s awfully handsome. They’re so engrossed in each other that neither sees the bag of fairy dust on the conveyor belt heading for the furnace. Probably where all bad diamonds go…
Dreamy, once again, rushes to the rescue and snags the fairy dust with his axe just in time. The fairy, whose name is Nova, is so impressed she invites Dreamy to Firefly Hill, the greatest location for seeing the whole kingdom and beyond. Dreamy doesn’t quite get the hint that she wants him along and wishes her good times. He’s stuck in the mine’s anyway, so why would he have thought he could go?
It’s not until the rare day comes that the dwarves all get to go above ground. Dreamy is confused about feeling in love but not being able to actually be in love. He’s voicing his thoughts aloud when Belle catches his attention. She tells him that he’s sad because he can’t be with the one he loves. He should be with her.
Against Bossy’s wishes, Dreamy decides to leave mining behind. He packs a bag and heads for Firefly Hill to meet Nova again. However, on his way, Bossy catches up to him. He and the Blue Fairy, Nova’s teacher, convince Dreamy that making Nova give up her dream of being a fairy in exchange for a life with him is a bad idea. Dreamy doesn’t want to cause Nova trouble and decides to tell her that the plan is off. He can’t run away with her. He can’t fall in love. It’s not possible. And he’s meant to be a miner. That’s it.
Nova is heartbroken. So is Dreamy.
They say good-bye and Dreamy goes back to the mines. As he’s pounding at the hard ground with his axe, it breaks. He’s given a new one. This time, thought, the axe reads Grumpy.
Without Nova, without the ability to dream, and without being able to follow his heart, Dreamy has become Grumpy. But forever?
Anyway, the town is getting ready for Miner’s Day, a day of celebration in remembrance of the time when the nuns would trade homemade candles to the miners in exchange for coal. Not lobster, coal. Yes, in Maine.
Mary Margaret is trying to find volunteers to help her sell the candles, but ever since the fiasco with David and Kathryn, she’s practically being shunned. Not even Leroy wants to be seen with her. I mean, he’s about as low as she can go without pointing her finger at herself.
Yeah, Leroy has a way with words.
In preparation, the nuns are hanging lights throughout the main town square in front of the courthouse. One particular nun, Astrid, is having difficulty. She’s kind of a klutz and forgetful, but she’s joyful and bubbly. Sound familiar?
Just like Grumpy, Leroy is there to help when Astrid accidentally knocks some glitter all over Leroy from her place on a ladder. She is trying to get the lights to work, but they won’t turn on. Leroy volunteers to get them working and climbs the ladder. Within seconds the lights turn on and Astrid is overjoyed. How wonderful that he was there at the right time. Leroy accepts her thanks and watches as she joins the other sisters. He’s smitten.
This turns out badly when his only interested buyer is Mr. Gold. When Mr. Gold finds out it’s to help the nuns, he refuses to be of any service. The nuns have done him wrong and it’s not his problem if they can’t keep up on their rent. It’s either pay up or get out of town.
Leroy is desperate. When the candles aren’t selling, he talks Mary Margaret into going door to door. That doesn’t work either. He can’t tell Astrid he didn’t get her money back. So he lies and stashes all the candles on his boat.
Astrid, however, wants to thank Leroy for his hard work and dedication and how happy the nuns are to be financially safe again. But then she sees them, hiding under the tarp. Why did he lie to her?
Simple, he didn’t want to see her disappointed. Well, now she really is.
How can he make it up to her? He can’t sell the candles. Nobody wants them. But what if they needed them…
Yeah, I smiled too! Great thinking, Leroy!
With all the candles sold, the nuns are safe from Mr. Gold’s wrath and they can stay in Storybrooke. Sure, Leroy can’t be with Astrid. He, well, he may not be as grumpy as before, but he’s still Leroy and she’s a nun. But maybe they can still be friends…
Emma has no choice but to take him in for questioning.
1) Why are dwarves hatched from eggs?
2) Why do dwarves have to be miners?
3) Where did Kathryn go?
4) What is Mr. Gold’s grudge against nuns? Something to do with Belle?
5) How good is Emma’s “superpower” detector about liars? Seems to be malfunctioning around Sidney Glass…
6) What was said during that 8 minute phone call between David and Kathryn? Was is really David or were the records doctored?
7) Will Grumpy always be grumpy?