Notoriously, big things—animals, humans, etc.—are often nicknamed “tiny” as a paradox for their true selves. And Once Upon a Time is no different. Anton, the giant who let Emma go earlier in the season, got his feature this week.
The giants on top of the infamous beanstalk live to protect their portal beans. They’ve since become cautious of humans, secluding themselves above the world. Humans have a ruined reputation for using the beans for harm—conquering the realms with violence. So Anton and his brothers have sworn to protect the beans from human hands.
But Anton is not like his brothers. He is fascinated by humans and their interests. He spends his time in the treasure room with the human loot. For this he is teased by his brothers and gets a stern talking-to from the eldest.
Yet his fascination is deep. What if humans really aren’t that bad? What is life like down on the ground?
Anton decides to discover it.
Down the beanstalk he goes and runs into Prince James and the lovely Jacqueline, but everyone calls her Jack.
Outside a little pub, the two meet Anton. With a magical pill, Jack sweet-talks Anton into taking it. It will make him small like them for a little while.
Mesmerized, Anton takes it. He becomes tiny. Jack and James “befriend” the giant only to talk him into returning to the beanstalk and giving them some gold.
Wanting to please his new friends, Anton heads home, a bigger man. His oldest brother finds out and scolds Anton. But the news gets worse. Anton’s lack of decorum has brought the humans to the beanstalk which has kept the brothers and the beans safe all these years.
No sooner has the scolding finished that James and Jack appear. They never wanted the gold only the beans. They could conquer the world with such a possession.
Anton, obeying his brother, destroys the bean field and all the beans while Jack and James begin to kill off the brothers with Jack’s poisoned sword.
Anton returns to see his brother kill Jack with her own sword but not before the sword penetrates the brother. Anton rushes to his brother’s side while Prince James scurries down the beanstalk, not caring that his lady-love, Jack, is dead because of his greed.
Anton’s brother gives Anton one last gift before he dies. A vile with the very last remaining bean sprout. Someday, in another land perhaps, Anton can plant the seed and grow more beans. Until then, he must keep it safe.
The trio head to the airport, safely crossing the border. At the airport, they meet their first worldly obstacle, the metal detector. Per airline custom, all loose clothing must go inside the x-ray scanner while the person passes through the detector. Mr. Gold must remove his magical scarf. Worried he’ll lose his memory, he fights it, but Emma promises him that everything will be all right.
Mr. Gold removes the scarf. In a few breath-holding moments, we watch as Mr. Gold struggles to retain memory or his composure. The scanner does its work and the scarf is returned.
But the incident was enough to scare Mr. Gold. While the troupe waits, Mr. Gold heads for the men’s room. In a fit of rage, he slams his hand repeatedly into a dispenser, bloodying his hand. But magic does not work in this world and he is unable to heal his hand. For the first time in a while we see Mr. Gold genuinely concerned and uncertain.
Back in Storybrooke, the Charmings force Hook to reveal his ship’s location and what Cora’s plans are. For the former, he consents, for the latter, he holds his tongue. For one, he’s not entirely sure, but for what he does know, he not going to just give up the valuable information so quickly.
We soon find out that it was Charming’s twin that did Anton wrong.
Anton runs off before Charming can explain. He runs into Regina who gives him a magical cure. He can be big again and exact his revenge on the humans he hates. Anton downs the magic and grows.
Down Main Street, Anton terrorizes the town. People scatter and run to Prince Charming and Mary Margaret. The Charmings race to the rescue, stopping the giant in his tracks. They explain the confusion, but the giant needs proof. Mary Margaret throws out Emma’s name. This catches Anton’s attention, but he wants to talk to Emma before he agrees to anything.
Unfortunately, Emma’s out of town at the moment. So Prince Charming agrees to be sacrificed for the good of Storybrooke.
The giant agrees to this and takes a flying jump. But Mary Margaret won’t let her Charming die. She shoves him out of the way just as the giant’s foot slams through the asphalt. This breaks the spell Anton was under to be big and he begins to shrink.
Now Prince Charming must rescue the man from the sinkhole he created.
Oh, and we found out that Prince Charming’s real name is not James but David. Who knew?! (Begs the question, again, for how the Storybrooke citizens got their “cursed” names?)
Last, but not least, Ruby tries to comfort a confused Belle. She brings her books. But Belle won’t have it. She knows she saw a ball of fire appear in a man’s hand. She doesn’t know why or how, but she’s tired of having everyone tell her differently. And she’s tired of everyone calling her Belle!
The nurse quickly tranquilizes Belle and takes her to her room. But Mr. Greg Mendel (the stranger) overheard. He too has seen what Belle saw.
Later that night, he approaches her and confesses, much to Belle’s shock. But just what will happen now that a stranger has suspicions and has an ally?
And what’s the big bombshell for next week? My guess, as it’s always been, is that Baelfire is really Neal—Henry’s Dad. That would make Rumplestiltskin’s Henry’s grandfather. Crazy!
I could be wrong but there are too many things lining up for it not to be.
Watch next week’s promo in the “Video” tab for Season 2. When you see Emma’s shocked face and the barely discernible profile of the guy she’s staring at, you’ll be on board with my theory, no doubt!
1) Is Bae really Neal—Henry’s Dad?
2) How will Cora leave Storybrooke to get to Rumplestiltskin to kill him with his dagger? Do you see the problem in this or just me?
3) What was your reaction to learning that David is actually…David? Did the hype disappoint?
4) How fast to beanstalks grow once planted?
5) Will Mary Margaret and Charming stay in Storybrooke or go back to Fairy Tale Land?
6) How did Bae stay so young all these years? Does he remember that he’s Bae or does he think he’s Neal (if this is true)?
'Til next week!