We’ve waited weeks to find out who the mysterious, motorcycle-riding, typewriter-toting stranger is. Now we know. And this episode was a true treat in many ways.
August is running out of time. He’s sick and he needs magic, and the only way to get magic is if he can convince Emma that the curse is real and that she is supposed to break it. The only problem is that no matter how hard he tries, Emma doesn’t want to believe it. She has no reason to believe it.
August tries everything, even asking Mr. Gold for help. Mr. Gold agrees to steer Emma in Augusts’ direction so that he can tell her once again about the truth of the curse.
After finally persuading the stubborn woman to come on a trip with him, they take his motorcycle and head beyond the Storybrooke city limits. At a small diner, he stops and tells a familiar story, one about a newborn appearing out of nowhere and being found. Yes, he was the little boy that found Emma.
But there’s more to the story…
Geppetto is overjoyed. No he and his boy can be a real family. He can teach him the family trade of fixing cuckoo clocks, and other wood projects. Life is picture perfecting until…
One day after the royal wedding between Snow White and Prince Charming, Geppetto is asked to find an enchanted tree. The Blue Fairy asks Geppetto to build the stump of the tree into the wardrobe to carry Snow White and the prince to a safe place outside of the curse’s grasp.
Geppetto agrees. He finds the tree only to learn that it can hold only two people. The two people are supposed to be Snow White and the prince, but Geppetto won’t risk losing his son, Pinocchio. He’ll make the wardrobe if the second person is his son. The Blue Fairy is hesitant, but finally agrees out of necessity that the wardrobe is made.
At the meeting to discuss plans of action (the one we saw in the pilot episode), the Blue Fairy brings in the enchanted stump. She tells the royal family that the tree, if made into a wardrobe, can only carry one.
Now Snow White and Prince Charming must decide who will be the one to use the magic of the tree. Of course it is Snow White. She will go and have the baby, the one that will save everyone else from the curse, in the new place. And in 28 years they can be together again.
One the day of the curse, Snow White gives birth, and now there is another person. The baby must go! But should Pinocchio still go? Who will raise the baby if Snow White is not there?
And so, out of selfishness, Geppetto sends Pinocchio through the wardrobe.
Into our world, Pinocchio falls out of a tree in the forest near what will become Storybrooke. Only a few minutes later the tree opens up again and then there’s a baby. Baby Emma.
The two are found at the diner and taken to a foster home. Pinocchio always had trouble staying out of trouble. And while he knows his duty is to protect the royal baby, he can’t help but long for an adventure the other kids at the orphanage are talking about.
And so Pinocchio leaves Emma to the hands of the foster care system…
You mean August is Pinocchio? Emma can’t believe it. Not even when August takes her into the woods to the exact tree they came out of; or when he shows her his leg, which is turning to wood. She can’t see it because she doesn’t believe.
He’s crazy. There is no way this entire story is true! So what if he has more details than the measly newspaper article.
Besides, she’s got a custody battle ahead of her. That’s what is important. She doesn’t have time for fairy tales!
August is distraught. He’s turning into wood because the curse is weakening. And before it’s too late, he has to make peace with his father.
But Geppetto is no longer Geppetto. He’s Marco and he doesn’t know that August is his long-lost son. But August remembers, and he knows the clock business. At the very least he can be his father’s friend.
And so he approaches Marco and volunteers to help him with his clock-making trade. Marco accepts, happy to have help.
On another aside, Regina decides to make a move on David Nolan, make him dinner, tell him about his “past,” and in her own creepy way, woo him.
She tells him about how she found him on the side of the road. He was freezing to death. If she hadn’t come along when she did, he might have died. She even threw in a modern reference to forgetting her cell phone to make the tale believable.
And gullible David believes it. He’s thankful to Regina for her kindness towards him, which nearly ends in a smooch from Her Evilness. David turns her down and leaves. Regina is furious. She knows the curse is weakening and now she’s grasping at strings. Pun intended!
What more can she do? Emma’s the source of this change. The only way to get her power back is to get rid of the source.
But Emma has a new plan. Run away. She’s good at it. The plan: take Henry in the middle of the night and leave Storybrooke forever…
1) What will it take for Emma to believe? She doesn’t have much time left.
2) What’s with the boarded up Storybrooke library?
3) How did Mary Margaret get the fairy tale book in the first place? Regina seems made it even exists, so obviously it wasn’t her idea.
4) Could the book be a result of the curse…one of Rumplestiltskin’s loopholes?
5) What’s going to happen to Emma and Henry when they try and leave?
6) Who else loved this episode?