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Prince Charming
Prince Charming
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Name
David
Alias
Prince Charming
Prince James
Counterpart
David Nolan
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Profession
Shepherd
Prince
King
Animal Shelter Worker
Family
Ruth - Mother
Unnamed Father
King George - Adoptive Father
Snow White - Wife
Emma Swan - Daughter
Prince Neal - Son
Henry Mills - Grandson
Prince James - Twin Brother
Queen Eva - Mother-in-Law
King Leopold - Father-in-Law
Queen Regina - Stepmother-in-Law
Abigail - Ex-Fiancée
Season(s)
S1 - S2 - S3 - S4 - OW
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I will always find you.
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David, more commonly known as Prince Charming (and with an alias of Prince James), is one of the main characters of Once Upon a Time. He is the father of Emma Swan and the husband of Snow White. He is a leader among men and a battle-tested warrior entirely worthy of his royal status. He is the ruler of the Enchanted Forest and leader of the Royal Council. When the Queen's curse traps him in Storybrooke, Maine, he lives as David Nolan, a man who had been comatose for years and is married to Kathryn Nolan.

Biography

Before the Curse

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Did you ever doubt I would?
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Charming 106
Charming says goodbye to his mother. ("The Shepherd")

When King George's son is chosen by King Midas to slay the dragon that plagues his kingdom, the prince agrees and, as a token of the riches that will be given to his kingdom, Midas turns his sword to gold with his hand. Sadly, after the king leaves, the prince is stabbed by a soldier he defeated and thought was dead. King George is devastated and makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to get his son back, however, Rumple tells him that he cannot raise people from the dead. Charming is introduced as a young farm boy who struggles to get by, living with his mother who tells him that a girl in the village is up for marriage. However, Charming refuses because he wants to marry only for love. Charming is later told by his mother that when he was born, he had a twin brother, but he was traded for the farm because they were really struggling to get by. Charming is taken by King George to pose as his brother and slay the dragon. James, as he is now called, goes with a group of soldiers to slay the dragon. However, he is told to do nothing, as his brother was a brave man, not him. Despite this, after the soldiers are killed, Charming swoops in and slays the dragon with his brother's golden sword. After this, Charming must give up his life on the farm for an arranged marriage to Kind Midas' daughter, Princess Abigail, as King George threatens to kill his mother if he does not, as he wants the riches that would come with Midas' partnership. Charming is forced to oblige after taking his mother's ring which he promised to give only to his true love. ("The Shepherd")

Snow 103
Charming meets his beloved Snow White. ("Snow Falls")

Prince Charming is out traveling with his fiancee when a tree blocks the path. When he concludes that the tree did not fall but was intentionally cut, their carriage is suddenly robbed and his jewels taken, including his mother's ring which he intended to give to Abigail. The prince goes after the person and is surprised that the robber is a woman. His surprise allows her to punch him and get away. He later returns and captures her in a net, and is more surprised to discover that she is wanted by the Evil Queen for high treason. He finds out she is Snow White. However, she addresses him simply as "Prince Charming" to which he is not accustom to. He asks for his mother's ring but she cannot find it and tells him that she must have sold it to the trolls. Charming and Snow then go on a quest to the Troll Bridge to retrieve it. Once there, Snow's negotiations with the trolls does not work and they soon pull out swords, as does Charming. As the sword fight ensues, Snow manages to escape, saying that the trolls don't know the forest like she does, but, she notices that Charming is not with her and looks back to see him being overpowered by the trolls. She returns and uses her dark fairy dust, which she had intended for Regina, to defeat the trolls. They get back Charming mother's ring. As Snow is cleaning Charming up, he reveals his name to be James (although this is an alias). However, he soon returns to his fiancee, saddening Snow who is now interested in him, and vice versa. ("Snow Falls")

Charming 110
Charming is told by Snow White that she doesn't love him. ("7:15 A.M.")

Snow White is completely devastated that she cannot be with Prince Charming, whom she is in love with, and decides to go to Rumplestiltskin to retrieve a potion that would wipe Charming from her mind, in exchange for some of her hair. Snow is hesitant to take it and so puts it off. Meanwhile, Charming is still engaged to a woman that he does not love and craves Snow White, he sends her a letter via dove explaining a meeting place should she want to run away with him, Snow receives the note and decides she must find Charming. Snow gets caught almost immediately after stepping foot on the palace grounds and is thrown into the dungeons with Grumpy and Stealthy, dwarfs. The three of them escape but in a battle, Stealthy is killed and Grumpy is taken, Snow admits who she is to save him but instead of being locked up again, she is taken to King George. He tells her that she must tell Prince Charming that she doesn't love him, Snow wonders why she would do that and he tells her that if she doesn't, he would kill Charming. Snow finds Charming who is excited to see her, however, she tells him that she doesn't reciprocate his feelings and that she doesn't want anything to do with him, leaving both him and her devastated. Charming must now go through with his wedding and Snow takes her potion, subtracting him from her memory completely. ("7:15 A.M.")

Charming 113
Charming begins his search for Snow White. ("What Happened to Frederick")

The days leading up to Prince Charming's wedding to Princess Abigail are lessening and Charming begins to panic as he is still in love with Snow White. He runs away to find his true love and royal guards are sent out to find him, however, the person that does find him is Abigail herself. He apologizes but she tells him that there is no need as she does not want to marry him either as her true love is another, Frederick. She takes him to a gazebo where a golden statue of Frederick stands, however, Charming learns it is not a statue, it is him, having been accidentally turned to gold by King Midas. Abigail tells Charming that if he retrieves some water from a lake with magical properties to free Frederick, she will help him find his true love, Snow. He travels to the lake and has a run-in with the siren that guards it, after failing to seduce him, the siren takes Snow White's form and kisses Prince Charming, to which he doesn't seem to be too unhappy about. She then drags him down to the depths as they kiss but is betrayed by Charming when he stabs her, killing her. The prince collects some water from the lake and pours it over Frederick, reviving him. Frederick thanks Charming by giving him his horse which Charming uses to find Snow White. Charming learns from Red Riding Hood that Snow loves him. ("What Happened to Frederick")

Charming 116
Charming breaks the spell Snow is under. ("Heart of Darkness")

Snow White is now living with the seven dwarfs but is angry all the time, due to the potion she took subtracting her love, she, however, thinks it is down to her hatred of Regina and decides to kill her. However, the dwarfs convince her to first go to Rumplestiltskin to get him to reverse the effects of the potion. Prince Charming hears of this and decides to follow her, when Snow gets there, Rumple tells her that there is no reverse for the potion and goes onto say that true love is the most powerful magic there is, gesturing the empty space on his shelf signifying that he was never able to bottle it. Snow goes on to ask him if he has anything to help her kill Regina, he gives her a bow and arrow that never misses. When Charming arrives, Snow has already gone and he is faced with Rumplestiltskin. He is told that if Snow were to kill Regina, she would become just as evil as the woman she kills. Charming cannot allow this and asks for her whereabouts, Rumple gives him it in exchange for his cape, the prince obliges and leaves. When he finds Snow, she is about to fire at Regina, he dives in the way and takes the arrow to the shoulder. Snow is infuriated and gets the arrow out, she soon realizes that Prince Charming is the man she forgot, however, when he tries to stop her from killing Regina, she ties him to a tree and leaves him, with him calling after her begging her not to do it. Snow realizes she cannot kill Regina and receives a true love's kiss from Charming, she now remembers him and the two are happy to be reunited at last, however, it isn't for long when Charming is carted off in a jail cart by King George's men, Snow is left there and promises to find him. ("Heart of Darkness")

Charming 121
Charming is to be beheaded. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

King George plans to have Prince Charming beheaded, however, his execution is interrupted by Queen Regina who offers all the gold that Midas' partnership would have given him. George wonders why she wants him and Regina explains that she needs him as bate to trap and kill Snow White, his true love. The prince is distraught at the idea but his "father" allows it, Charming is taken into Regina's custody. He is locked into a magic mirror. Meanwhile, Snow White, Grumpy, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Red Riding Hood and Red's Granny are all outside the castle fighting to get in and save Snow's true love. The attack is successful but when Snow makes it to Charming, he is just a reflection, she is then caught by Regina and taken away with her. Regina uses Charming's life as leverage over Snow to make her eat a poisoned apple, which Snow does, and collapses. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

Snow 122
Reunited, and it feels so good. ("A Land Without Magic")

Charming is freed from Regina's clutches with a little help from the Huntsman, Charming goes to find Snow White who has already taken a bite out of the evil queen's poisoned apple. However, Charming is transported to the forest where he runs into Rumplestiltskin who steals his mother's ring. Rumple puts a charm on it to glow whenever it is near Snow, Charming wants it but must pay a price for it: placing the egg with love potion in it with the dragon Maleficent. Charming confronts the woman who seems harmless, until she turns into a raging dragon. Charming struggles to slay her but soon manages to overpower the dragon with his fighting skills, and place the egg with her. Charming gets the ring back from Rumple and goes to find Snow White. Charming rides his steed across the beach and finds Snow in her glass coffin, the dwarves tell him that he's too late but he asks for one last kiss, he is granted this request and kisses Snow White, releasing a burst of true love across the land, Snow wakes up. Later, whilst on a stroll, Charming proposes with his mother's ring and Snow, his true love, accepts. ("A Land Without Magic"/"Pilot"/"Lost Girl")

Charming 302
A little tied up. ("Lost Girl")

Charming, Snow and the dwarfs rally up a group of villagers and tell them of their intentions to take back the kingdom. The villagers are supportive of this, until it comes to the prospect of doing battle with the Evil Queen. Regina then arrives at this meeting, causing all the villagers to hide, and tells Snow that she can live happily with her prince and the dwarfs so long as she gives up any claim she has to the throne. Snow contemplates accepting the Queen's offer, much to Charming's dismay, which leads the dwarfs to believe he may only be in a relationship with Snow so that he has his own claim to the crown. The prince then visits Rumplestiltskin to ask him for a way to vanquish the Queen, but Rumple knows of no way, and Charming is forced to leave. However, he gets an idea, and leads Snow to a fake version of Excalibur, the most powerful sword in all the realms, and she is able to pull it from the stone its encased in with ease, after Charming pretends not to be able to. This then infuses Snow with the confidence she needs to overcome Regina, and the Queen assures Snow that they'll be seeing each other on the battlefield. This makes the dwarfs accept Charming as Snow's soul mate, but the princess is furious when she discovers the sword was a fake. Charming explains that he needed her to believe something he already knew: that she's able to defeat the Evil Queen on her own merits. Snow forgives her prince with a kiss. ("Lost Girl")

Snow 203
The first marriage. ("Lady of the Lake")

The royal council is under attack from King George's men who must be battled, off, Charming tells Snow to go to "the cabin" to wait with his mother, Ruth, until he meets her, however, Snow is captured and poisoned by George into not being able to have any children. Charming goes to his mother who is excited about meeting her future daughter-in-law, however, Charming hears attack and tells his mother to go inside, he fights off George's soldiers, killing them, but he soon sees that his mother has been hit by an arrow to the chest, at this point, Snow and Lancelot arrives, and the brae knight diagnosis that the arrow is poisoned and can therefore be cured, Charming decides to go to Lake Nostos, however, when they arrive, they see that the lake is empty. Charming and Lancelot manage to find one last morsel of water and give it to his mother, however, it does not work, her dying wish is that she see her son's wedding, so Lancelot marries Snow and Charming there in the lake, Ruth sadly dies. It is soon revealed that Ruth never took the sip and it was slipped into Snow's cup, allowing her to once again have children with her love. ("Lady of the Lake")

Snow 210
Snow and Charming banish Regina. ("The Cricket Game")

Snow and Charming overthrow Regina's army in battle and rouse in the Evil Queen herself into following Snow White so that the Blue Fairy may ensnare her with fairy dust so that they may take her prisoner. The royal council meets and Charming, along with many others, agree that Regina should be executed. After the meeting is over, Snow voices her lack of sureness over this, however, Charming reminds her that every act he's seen from Regina has been one of evil. Snow says that she saved her life once, but Charming says that that woman is gone. At the execution, Regina's final words are that she regrets not being able to cause more pain, more death and above all, not being able to kill Snow White. Charming orders the archers to fire but Snow steps in, telling them to stop and saving Regina's life in the process, Charming is confused and Snow tells him that killing is not the way as there's no coming back from it. Regina is taken back to her cell where Snow, with Rumplestiltskin's help, tests her repentance. The princess sets the Queen free and Regina proceeds to strangle Snow and stab her with the knife intended for her, however, it has no affect due to the protection spell Rumple has put over Snow with a strand of Regina's hair. Charming and Snow banish the Queen with threat of death if she ever harms anyone in their kingdom again. ("The Cricket Game")

Snow 101 01
The second marriage. ("Pilot")

Prince Charming and Snow White say their vows and wed so that they may live happily ever after... for about three seconds until their wedding is crashed by Queen Regina. Regina apologizes for being "late" and Charming and Snow note that she's not queen anymore, and is nothing more than an evil witch. Regina, publicly, announces that she will destroy their happiness if it is the last thing she does. Prince Charming finally snaps after Regina threatens the entire kingdom with a curse and throws his sword at her, however, Regina becomes a cloud of black smoke and disappears, taking the sword with her. ("Pilot"/"The Thing You Love Most"/"The New Neverland")

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The prince is turned to stone. ("The New Neverland")

Snow is livid after Regina makes her threat, scared that the Queen wasn't bluffing, and Charming tells her that the way to defeat Regina is to go on their honeymoon and be happy, as that way she'll realize that she can't take their happiness away. Snow suggests going to the summer palace where her mother and father honeymooned, but it is soon revealed that she only wants to go here as she will be able to find something able to defeat Regina. Upon arrival, Snow sneakily begins trekking through the woods but is immediately caught by Charming, who decides to accompany her in her quest to find Medusa, a gorgon who is able to turn people to stone with one look of her eyes (Snow plans to use the immortal beast's head against the Evil Queen). But when they find Medusa, she turns Charming to stone when a sneak attack goes wrong, and Regina, through the reflection on an old shield, watches Snow and mocks her, pointing out that the princess is destroying her own happiness. Realizing that she can use this reflection to her advantage, she holds the shield up and makes Medusa look at herself, which turns the beast to stone. This then causes Charming to return to his normal state, and Snow apologizes for letting that happen, assuring him that he's the most important thing in the world to her. Back at the summer palace, Snow decides that her husband is right and that they need to be happy, and so she decides to start trying for a baby with him despite living in fear of Regina's threat. ("The New Neverland")

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Charming leads Cinderella through the old mines. ("The Price of Gold")

Charming and Snow attend a royals' ball along with Prince Thomas, and, after she is all dolled up, Cinderella. Charming and Snow also congratulate Cinderella and Thomas on their wedding day where Snow goes to dance with Ella. Later on, Cinderella becomes pregnant, but, unfortunately, she may not be able to keep her baby because a deal she made with Rumplestiltskin promising him her first born after he gave her the princess lifestyle. Ella, Snow, Thomas and Charming all plan to lock up Rumple by means of a trick, Ella gets him to sign a contract with an enchanted quill which freezes him up. Rumple is taken to a specially-built cell, however, Thomas disappears, and Snow and Charming are the first people Ella runs to, thinking Rumplestiltskin is behind it. ("The Price of Gold")

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The royal couple is concerned about the Queen's threat. ("Pilot")

Snow White becomes pregnant with Prince Charming's child but is unable to celebrate as she still believes that Regina is going to act upon the threats she made at their wedding. Despite Charming assuring her otherwise, Snow wants to visit Rumplestiltskin as he's able to tell the future, and so the two of them go to see him in his cell. He tells the royal couple that Regina shall enact a Dark Curse strong enough to rip everyone from the land, however, Snow and Charming's baby will be the people's savior who breaks the curse when she reaches the age of twenty-eight. In exchange for this information, Snow White gives up her unborn child's name to the Dark One: Emma. A meeting of the royal council is held at which the Blue Fairy tells Snow and the prince of an enchanted tree which, if fashioned into a vessel, should be able to take Emma into the new world safely, but the tree only has enough magic to carry one. Geppetto and Pinocchio are asked to build such a vessel and so create a wardrobe which is ready for the day of the curse. ("Pilot"/"The Stranger")

Snow 311
Snow must have faith in her and Charming's unborn child. ("Going Home")

Snow asks the Blue Fairy what will happen should the wardrobe fail, and she tells the princess that they will become slaves in the Evil Queen's curse and just have to wait for the savior to rescue them. Snow wonders how her daughter will know to be the savior if no one is around to tell her, and Blue assures her that their story will be revealed to the child in some way. Snow remains skeptical, but the fairy assures her that she has hope, before flying away. Charming attempts to calm his wife, who's bent on the idea that this curse will destroy their future and all the plans they made, by telling her that life is full of twists and turns one never sees coming, and this curse is just another turn. Snow says that all she ever wanted was for them to raise their child, as that was supposed to be their happy ending, but Charming tells her that, where that future may now be impossible, another, different one can still take its place, and it can be just as filled with happiness. Snow decides to choose hope, sadly staring at what will never be Emma's mobile and assuring her husband that she can believe in their child. ("Going Home")

Emma EL 101
The happy family, not happy for long. ("Pilot")

As the Dark Curse is coming, Snow goes into labor and gives birth to a little baby girl, just as the castle becomes under attack by the Evil Queen's forces. She tells her husband that he has to get Emma to the wardrobe as they must believe that she'll return in twenty-eight years to save them, and so Prince Charming battles his way past Regina's men and manages to get his baby safely to the new world, however, he is cut down in the process. Snow is devastated to find Charming's body but is soon approached by Regina herself, who assures her that, soon enough, Snow shan't even remember she knew Charming, let alone loved him. The curse begins to envelop the castle as well as Regina and Snow, and the latter asks where they're going. Regina tells her stepdaughter that they're going somewhere horrible, where the only happy ending shall be hers. They are then transported to our world... ("Pilot")

After the Curse

Early Life

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He's been like this as long as I've been volunteering.
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Mary Margaret Blanchard
John Doe 217
Mary Margaret comes to visit a patient that she is unable to recognize as her true love. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

After the Dark Curse hits, Prince Charming becomes trapped in Storybrooke, Maine with the new identity of David Nolan, however, due to the stab wounds he retained from one of the Evil Queen's knights, his Storybrooke persona is stuck as a John Doe patient in a coma at Storybrooke General Hospital. On the first day of the curse, Mayor Regina Mills visits Mary Margaret Blanchard, Snow White's counterpart, as she's teaching her class and tells the teacher to follow her. The teacher is lead to the hospital where David is being contained and Regina asks her if she knows who he is. Mary Margaret says that she does not, which makes Regina rather happy. The former the suggests that maybe someone who loves the John Doe will come and find him, and Regina states that that would be nice for him, before saying she doubts it. From then on, everyday that Regina visits the hospital, she sees Mary Margaret volunteering and visiting the John Doe. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Season 1

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The right thing to do... was not to lead me on.
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Mary Margaret Blanchard
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Meet John Doe. ("Pilot")

At the local hospital, Mary Margaret is seen volunteering, decorating the bedside tables of the patients with small flower vases. She puts one down on a table and an elderly person reaches their hand to her, which she takes. In a separate room, the label reading "John Doe" can be seen on a patient's wrist. Mary Margaret enters the room and leaves a flower arrangement on the table. The patient is the real-world counterpart of Prince Charming, who is in a coma. Mary Margaret doesn't seem to even recognize him, and quickly leaves the room. ("Pilot")

MM 103
Mary Margaret reads to a comatose David. ("Snow Falls")

When Mary Margaret's class go to the hospital which she volunteers at, Henry notices a John Doe and believes him to be Prince Charming. Mary Margaret is skeptical, naturally, and they take the case to Emma who agrees with Henry that Mary Margaret should read to him to see if it jogs his memory, she later reveals that the real reason is so that Henry can realize that the curse isn't real. Later, at the hospital, Mary Margaret is reading to John Doe the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" from Henry's storybook and he squeezes her hand, Mary Margaret, shocked, immediately alerts the doctors, however, Dr. Whale tells her that it was probably nothing. It is then revealed that he was lying in aid of Regina. Soon enough, John Doe goes missing and Mary Margaret, Emma, Sheriff Graham and Henry go into the woods looking for him. They are alarmed to find his tag with blood on it but are relieved to find him, awake, with no memory, near the toll bridge. John Doe is taken back to the hospital, very lucky to be alive, and, a hopeful Mary Margaret goes to talk to him when a certain someone shows up: Kathryn Nolan, his wife. John Doe is revealed to be David Nolan and Mary Margaret is devasted that she missed her chance with him. Emma wonders how, after all this time, Kathryn shows up now, Regina assures her that she found him using Emma's idea to check surveillance tapes, Emma thinks this is bull. ("Snow Falls")

MM 105
Mary Margaret meets with David, while he recuperates. ("That Still Small Voice")

While the other residents of Storybrooke are more concerned with the collapsing mine shaft, Mary Margaret continues to visit David who is still hospitalized, it appears he is enjoying her company when he has it. He also starts to wonder how he ended up in the hospital. In between Mary Margaret's visits, David is visited by his wife, Kathryn, who keeps on showing him photographs of his past life to try and regain his memory. David pretends to remember his dog to get his wife to stopm and later tells Mary Margaret that he still doesn't remember. Whilst out on stroll with her, David tells Mary Margaret that he feels like he knows Kathryn, but doesn't actually feel anything for her, he goes on to say that the only thing that makes sense to him since he woke up, is her. Mary Margaret is shocked but cannot respond as they are interrupted by Kathryn who continues with David. Springing from this, Mary Maragret resigns her volunteerment at the hospital to avoid David. ("That Still Small Voice")

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David chooses Kathryn. ("The Shepherd")

Kathryn brings David home from the hospital where he is greeted by all of his old friends. He soon finds Emma and Henry and asks Emma the whereabouts of Mary Margaret, Emma tells him that she opted not to come. David sneaks out of his own party to find Mary Margaret hanging a bird house in a tree, he informs her that he didn't choose Kathryn and doesn't love her, he tells Mary Margaret that he is in love with her. Later that night, Emma finds Mary Margaret angrily washing dishes and figures out what is going on, her advice to her friend is to let David figure out his own life but advises her not to date a married man. The next day, Mary Margaret is told by Regina to stay away from David, who, Mary Maragret finds out, has now left his wife. David tells Mary Margaret that he will be on the toll bridge later that night and if she chooses to meet him there, they will be together, and if she doesn't, he will back off. Mary Margaret is talked into going by Emma, who thinks the fact that David left his wife for her is reason enough, so Mary Margaret waits that night on the toll bridge. David is looking at a map of Storybrooke and asks Regina directions to the bridge, she gives him fake ones which lead him to Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer, Mr. Gold gives him the correct diretions to the toll bridge, but, David turns around to see a windmill that he thinks used to belong to him due to something that Kathryn earlier said, he then begins to remember his life pre-coma. David goes to the toll bridge and tells Mary Margaret that he chooses Kathryn, devastating her. ("The Shepherd")

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David and Mary Margaret have an awkward encounter. ("Desperate Souls")

At the Town Hall, some men are setting up a banner announcing the Sheriff's election debate. Mary Margaret is nearby sticking up posters in favor for Emma on an announcements board. She goes around to the other side and is shocked to see David. Pleased to see him, she says hi, and he says hi back, seemingly pleased to see her. She tells him she was just putting up posters, so he explains he was too. She awkwardly asks how things are, so he tells her they're good and announces a job he got at the animal shelter; Mary Margaret seems proud. She then looks over to David's posters and notices he is putting them up for Sidney. David explains that Kathryn is friends with Regina, so that's why he's supporting him. Clearly hurt by the mention of Kathryn, Mary Margaret awkwardly understands and then asks how she is. David tells her Kathryn is good and she'll be meeting him at the Town Hall later. Mary Margaret angrily begins to staple her final poster onto the board and then she leaves in a hurry, stating she needs more posters. ("Desperate Souls")

MM 110
David rescues Mary Margaret in the woods. ("7:15 A.M.")

In the morning, Mary Margaret gets dressed in a hurry, telling Emma that she is late for a science fair, this is a lie as revealed when she walks into Granny's Bed and Breakfast to be there when David walks in to get coffee for he and Kathryn. Emma soon walks in and busts Mary Margaret, telling her that she can always spot a liar. Emma tells Mary Margaret to stop what she's doing as she will just end up getting hurt, Mary Margaret obliges and is later seen buying chocolate, she bumps into Kathryn and sees that she is buying a pregnancy test. Later that day, Mary Margaret finds a baby dove trapped in some wire mesh and takes it down to the animal shelter where David works, she is told that it must be returned to its flock or it will be alone and unhappy for the rest of its life. Mary Margaret does not allow this to happen and drives the dove out to the woods, followed by David despite her declining his offer to help. Mary Margaret is trying to rescue the dove but endangers herself when she falls onto a cliff-ledge, luckily, she is rescued by David. She admits that she has been going to Granny's everyday at 7:15 to see him, he admits that he has been going for the same reason at the same time, to see her. The dove is freed and Kathryn's pregnancy scare is revealed to be a fals alarm, Mary Margaret tells David that they must stay away from each other, however, they find this so unbearable that they actually kiss, this is viewed by Regina. ("7:15 A.M.")

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Mary Margaret and David have a private picnic. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")

David texts Mary Margaret to meet him at their special place, the Toll Bridge. Mary Margaret walks up behind him eagerly and tells him that she received his text. David grabs Mary Margaret's arm and mysteriously tells her to follow him. As David leads Mary Margaret alongside a river, she becomes worried. She tells him that he's scaring her and asks what's wrong. David tells her the thing that is wrong is that she's late. They then arrive at a small picnic that David has set up. He adds that the wine is getting warm. Touched, Mary Margaret kisses David. Giggling, she tells him they have to stop doing this, but he says they've only just started. She asks him for them to figure out what they're doing, so he says they will...tomorrow. Mary Margaret agrees with tomorrow and then they continue to kiss by their picnic. Later, Mary Margaret cannot say where she's been which creates an awakward situation. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")

MM 112
Mary Margaret is given a Valentine's Day card... the wrong one. ("Skin Deep")

At Granny's, Mary Margaret and David converse from seperate tables, still hiding their scandelous affair, until they're interrupted by Emma who begins to ask Mary Margaret about Henry. David is later seen buying two Valentine's Day cards, one for Kathryn, and one for Mary Margaret. David interrupts Mary Margaret's girls' night out to give her the card but accidentally hands her the one intended for Kathryn. This upsets Mary Margaret deeply as she finally comes to terms with what she has been doing, she walks away after telling David that she always thought that if two people were really meant to be together, they'd find away, but that maybe her and him need to find another way. ("Skin Deep")

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David ends his relationship with Kathryn and lies. ("What Happened to Frederick")

Kathryn announces to David that she's been accepted into law school in Boston and intends to go, David is worried about this and tells his wife that he needs to take a walk, however, he leaves out the fact that the walk is with Mary Margaret, his misstress. Mary Margaret insists that David finally tell Kathryn the truth about them and David obliges, however, when push comes to shove, David wimps-out and tells Kathryn that he is leaving her because ever since the coma, he hasn't really reconnected with her. David then lies and tells Mary Margaret that Kathryn knows everything, well, he thinks he is lying, but little does he know that Kathryn is busy finding out the truth about the affiar from Regina. Kathryn then humiliates and slaps Mary Margaret in public and the entire town knows of the affair, Mary Margaret comes accross David washing the word "TRAMP" from her car, she confronts him about him lying to her. His explanation is that he didn't want anyone to get hurt, it is noted that he failed at that miserably, and Mary Margaret tells him that what they have is destructive and must stop, she severs their relationship and is left the twon harlot. Kathryn tells Regina that she intents to got o Boston alone and explains that she never really loved David either, she left a note for him and she leaves, however, Regina breaks in using her skeleton keys, finds the note to David telling him to sieze his chances with Mary Margaret, and Regina burns it in her firplace. ("What Happened to Frederick")

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David is taken into custody by Emma. ("Dreamy")

Emma Swan, the sheriff of Storybrooke, investigates the disappearance of Kathryn Nolan, there was a crash of her car on her way out of town and she had vanihsed, with all of her luggage still in the trunk. David is taken into questioning and swears that he knows nothing of Kathryn's sudden vanishing, Emma, always being able to spot a liar, believes him. Contrary to Emma's beliefs on the matter and David's plead, the phone records (of course, provided by Regina) say otherwise and implicate that David is guilty. Emma refuses to take him into custody but after Regina points out how unethical she is being, Emma forces herself to do so. At the miner's day festival, David sees Mary Margaret sell candles and she, in-turn, sees him get taken into the back of the sheriff's car and taken into custody. ("Dreamy")

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A shocking bit of information is shared. ("Red-Handed")

Over at the sheriff's office, Emma begins to ask David a few questions regarding Kathryn's disappearance. David assures her that he didn't do anything to hurt Kathryn, Emma tells him that she knows liars and says that liars actually have better material, she lets him go, convinced that he had nothing to do with the crime. Later, Mary Margaret finds David near the spot where the disappearance of Kathryn occured, he is acting rather strangely and keeps repeating to her that he has to find his wife, before walking away. Mary Margaret reports the scene ton Emma and her and Ruby go out into the woods to find him, Red eventually sniffs him out and they discover that he has no memory since he was questioned by Emma the previous day. David begins to believe that, due to his intense blackouts, he could have killed Kathryn and not even had known it. However, later, a human heart is found (presumably Kathryn's) in a box by Ruby, and the finger prints on the box implicate that Mary Margaret is in fact guilty, no David. ("Red-Handed")

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David begins to doubt his beloved Mary Margaret. ("Heart of Darkness")

Mary Margaret is taken into custody for murdering Kathryn, to which she finds ridiculous. David goes to Regina to tell her that he believes in Mary Margaret's innocence, however, Regina tells him that everybody has their dark side, even the nicest of us. She states to David that evil isn't born, it's made. David tries to implicate himself in the murder by blaming the blackouts, however, Regina refuses tgo believe him. This worries David who goes to see Dr. Archie Hopper regarding his blackouts, in the session, he goes under intense hypnosis and begins to remember a part of his life as Prince Charming, telling Snow not to kill Regina, however, it's fuzzy to him and he believes this is a scene from one of his black outs telling Mary Margaret not to kill Kathryn. He now finds himself doubting her innocence and visits her in her cell, he reluctantly asks her if she had anything to do with kathryn's disappearance. Mary Margaret, shocked and apalled that David doesn't believe her, tells him to leave, he does so. Later on, Mary Margaret finds a key under her pillow and leaves her cell. ("Heart of Darkness") However, she returns. ("Hat Trick")

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David attempts to talk to Emma about Mary Margaret. ("The Stable Boy")

David catches up to Emma when coming out of the diner and tries to apologize for accidentally accusing Mary Margaret of murdering his wife. He tells her that he misspoke and believes in her innocence, Emma stops him there, telling him that what Mary Margaret needs right now isn't his words, but a miracle. As Mary Margaret's upcoming court-date comes closer and closer, she begins to panic as there is little or no defence against her due to such strong evidence. However, Emma gets that miracle that she prayed for when she sees Ruby running out of the parking lot, screaming, Emma investigates and sees a woman lying there, the woman turns around, it's Kathryn, and she's still alive! ("The Stable Boy")

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"And that... is what makes it all so sad." ("The Return")

It is discovered that Kathryn was kidnapped, drugged, and kept in some guy's, she doesn't know whose, basement. David comes to visit her at the hospital and apologizes to her for everything that happened between them, Kathryn assures him that there is no need to apologize for realizing that they weren't right for each other. David then shows up at Mary Margaret's welcome home party, however, Mary Margaret doesn't want him there and signals this to Emma who tells David to take Henry home, he is forced to oblige. Later, David finally manages to catch up to Mary Margaret and apologize for implying that she was guilty, Mary Margaret leaves, unable to accept his apology as she was hurt very deeply by what he accused her of. ("The Return")

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Regina invites David around for supper. ("The Stranger")

Hours later, David locks up the shelter when he sees Regina across the street struggling with her car, and he offers her a ride home. At first she refuses, but eventually accepts. When they arrive at her house, she offers for him to stay for dinner, but David declines, saying that he needs to be up early for work the next day. Regina then picks up a blank card claiming Henry has left a note saying that he is having dinner with Archie after his session instead of coming home, so David decides to stay out of pity for the mayor. During their dinner together, David compliments her lasagna, and assists with dishes, while Regina thanks him for his kindness. As David thanks Regina for taking care of him, Regina in turn tells David the story of how she found him: After a night of work that was later than usual due to a misplaced phone, Regina found David on the side of the road, nearly frozen to death. After telling her story, Regina moves in to kiss David, but he rejects her, telling her things are great as is and thanks her again for dinner before leaving. As David heads home, a furious Regina stares at the mirror in the hallway before smashing it by throwing her glass of wine at it. ("The Stranger") David is among the rest of the townspeople who show up at Regina's door and blame her for cursing them. They then take her into the middle of town and tie her to her apple tree, still angry. Emma takes an apple and squeezes it to black mush, noting that its rotten to the core. They are all about to burn Regina, including David, when she wakes up, realizing it was just a dream. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

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Magic is coming... ("A Land Without Magic")

Emma realizes that the curse is real after Henry is out in hospital after taking a bite out of Regina's poisoned apple turnover. Emma soon finds herself battling the dragon maleficent with her father's, Prince Charming's (David's), sword. She then defeats the dragon in a similar manor to how her father did, as an omage to him. Later, Emma gives Henry a true love's kiss which breaks the curse, David is walking down the street opposite Mary Margaret as he suddenly regains his memorys, he cries out her name and the two embrace, remembering their fairytale love. Charming and Snow are further-on seen holding each other as Rumplestiltskin's purple mist engulfs them, and the town... ("A Land Without Magic")

Season 2

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The Charming family have, at last, found each other. ("Broken")

After the purple mist dissipates, Snow and Charming are still in each other's arms and they are soon reunited with Red Riding Hood and Granny, as well as Snow's best friends, the seven dwarfs. This occasion is made even happier by the arrival of Emma, Henry by her side, who hugs his grandpa. This group are soon walking through town and Emma is reluctant to discuss the matter of finding her parents, as they are really not what she expected. They are soon alerted by Archie that Dr. Whale has put the town in a frenzy and they're all going to go kill Regina, Henry doesn't want this and so the group head over to the mayor's house and stop the mob, Whale tells Charming that he's not his prince, leaving Charming to ask who Whale even is, he does not give an answer. It is Charming who says they need to lock Regina up and he who asks her, in her prison cell, why they didn't go back, she tells him that the curse destroyed all the lands. The next stop for the very dysfunctional family is the pawn shop, to have a chat with Rumplestiltskin about why he brought magic back and risked Henry's life. Gold twists Emma's words and points out that everything turned out well. The moment is suddenly interrupted by an earthquake, leading them to stare out the window to see Storybrooke in despair. The trio next go to the sheriff's station where Regina is being attacked by a Wraith, a dark creature that Charming tries his best to fight but that Snow wards off with a cigarette lighter and some spray, causing a puff of fire, however, Regina says that they didn't kill it and that they need to send it some place where it can't hurt anyone. At the mayor's office, Regina takes out Jefferson's hat and tries to use it to open a portal whilst Snow White, Emma and Prince Charming all defend themselves with flaming brooms. The wraith attacks but as it does so, Regina fails to get the hat to work, however, the portal opens once Emma touches her shoulder, putting magic into the hat. The wraith is sucked in, but, unfortunately, so is Emma. Snow White jumps into it after her daughter, unable to lose her again, Charming is about to follow but is unable to as the portal closes a moment too soon. He then confronts Regina, asking her why he shouldn't kill her, she reciprocates by using magic to tie him to the wall with branches, she is about to pluck out his heart when Henry walks in, realizing she's just the evil queen. Until she proves herself, Henry goes to live with Charming, who promises that he will find their girls. ("Broken")

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Charming gives his speech ("We Are Both")

Charming visits Regina with the hat that took away Emma and Snow White, he asks her if she recognizes it but she lies and says that it slipped her memory as to how she got it. She tells Charming that she plans to get her magic back as well as her son, she warns him that when she gets one, she will get the other, he tells her that if she needs magic to get Henry, then she doesn't really have him. Later, Charming finds the town at a panic which is only worsened when the seven dwarfs run in explaining that if you leave Storybrooke, you lose all memory of your fairytale self, the town becomes livid. Charming talks to his grandson about the hat who recognizes it from his book as the Mad Hatter's hat, the prince next visits Rumplestiltskin and asks him for something that will help him find someone, similar to the ring he gave him to find Snow. Rumple gives Charming a potion, that, when poured upon an object, will lead you to its owner, the two agree to stay out of each others' way from now on. Charming pours the potion on the hat and it begins to fly, he follows it to a car wreckage where he rescues a man from the inside, Jefferson. He talks to Jefferson and learns that Emma and Mary Margaret are in fairytale land, however, Jefferson runs off before revealing anything important, Charming tries to run after him but is stopped by Red, who explains that Regina has magic and is threatening the town, who are all leaving, Charming makes it to the barrier and gives a speech to the townspeople, one convincing them to stay by assuring them that the two people they are, is a blessing, not a curse. Charming later goes to Regina to get Henry back, he asks the queen if fairytale land still exists, she says it does after giving Henry back to Charming, at an attempt of kindness. Later, at Granny's Diner, Charming assures Henry, who's upset, that their girls are alive, because he can feel it, Henry is reassured. ("We Are Both")

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Charming tells Henry not to go looking for his own answers. ("Lady of the Lake")

Charming and Henry are discussing names for their new mission to get Emma and Mary Margaret back when Charming reveals that he talked to Jefferson and that he didn't think he can help them, Henry refuses this and decides to find Jefferson himself, which he succeeds at. Henry learns of Regina's secret vault and calls Regina to meet him for lunch at Granny's Diner, only to then steal her keys and go to her father's grave. Henry pushes the tomb out of the way and discovers his mother's vault, and is intrigued, however, he is soon attacked by a two headed serpent in a box which Charming quickly snaps shut, revealing that it was quite easy to find Henry. They leave, saying that no one else must know of the vault. Later, Charming and Henry are talking and the former assures his grandson that he cannot get their girls back without him, he then says that he's the grandson of a prince and it's about time he learned how to use a sword. As Charming and Henry battle with toy swords, they are unaware that Albert Spencer, George's counterpart, is watching them. ("Lady of the Lake")

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Henry watches his grandfather in the mines. ("The Crocodile")

Prince Charming is down in the Storybrooke mines with the seven dwarfs, mining for fairy dust that could help bring home Snow and Emma. He soon finishes his work and says that he's heading off to the sheriff's station, explaining that he's acting sheriff until Emma returns. Charming is soon visited by Rumplestiltskin who wants his help in tracking down Belle, his missing love. Charming obliges but soon discovers how many people Rumple has terrorized, Rumple asks Charming how his relationship with Snow works and he says it's through honesty, Rumple points out that he does not lie but Charming tells him he requires honesty of the heart. At Granny's Diner they discover that Ruby has seen Belle and uses her wolf-tracking powers and a sweater Belle was using to try and sniff her out. Red leads them to Moe French's florists and they go in, they soon discover that Moe is planning to send Belle out of Storybrooke so she will forget she loves Rumple. Charming wonders how he's planning to do this as every exit from town is guarded, however, he soon realizes that he plans to use to mines to get her out. The four of them hurry and Gold manages to save Belle with magic, to which she is grateful. ("The Crocodile")

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Charming and Whale have a chat. ("The Doctor")

Charming is visited by Dr. Whale and the former punches the latter in the face for sleeping with his wife. Whale wants to know if it's true that Charming's trying to find a way to get back to the Enchanted Forest to get back Emma and Mary Margaret, Charming says that it is true and Whale asks if that means all of the lands exist still, Charming's unsure. Later, Charming tells Henry that he will be learning to horse ride but that first he must create a bond with his horse, he leaves him in the stables to get on with the task. Later, Charming goes to the hospital to see an one-armed Dr. Whale lying in bed, Regina is there and Charming soon discovers that Whale brought Daniel, her fiance, back and that he's a monster, Regina concludes that he'll go back to the place that he last remembers seeing her, the stables, however, Henry's at the stables. Charming and Regina rush to the stables to find that Henry's being attacked by Daniel and Regina manages to free her son, Charming tells him to leave and then locks Daniel in the room of the stables, telling Regina that her monster must be put down, however, she begs to talk to her fiance. Soon, Regina destroys Daniel with magic as he begs her to do so. ("The Doctor")

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"It was just a bad dream." ("Tallahassee")

When Aurora begins to have bad dreams as a result of her sleeping curse, Snow tells her that her husband, Charming, used to wake her up when she had the same nightmares and light a candle for her, sitting with her until she fell back to sleep, Aurora states that he really lives up to his name and Snow agrees before offering to help Aurora in a similar fashion. Charming is awoken suddenly in the middle of the night by Henry who himself has been awoken by his nightmare, Charming quickly rushes to his grandson's aid and asks him what's the matter, Henry explains that he had a bad dream and Charming lights a candle (as a reference as to what he used to do with Snow and her night terrors) and asks Henry to tell him all about it. Henry says that he was in a red room with no doors or windows, just a pair of red curtains which were on fire, and there was a girl in the room with him as he sat in the corner, Charming assures him that it was just a nightmare, however, little do they no that the girl was Aurora who had the exact same dream from her point of view over in the fairytale land where Snow and Emma currently reside. ("Tallahassee")

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David tames the beast. ("Child of the Moon")

Prince Charming is extremely happy to hear that the dwarfs have found some diamonds in the Storybrooke mines, meaning there's hope of getting Mary Margaret and Emma back. Charming celebrates with everyone at Granny's Diner but is less than happy to see Albert Spencer/King George is there too, he wonders what he wants and George threatens to expose Charming for the shepherd he really is, Charming refuses to accept this as he believes the people of Storybrooke see him a fit leader. Charming soon finds Granny welding a cage in the freezer for Red who fears the wolf may emerge in her that night and wants to take all measures to prevent it. Red escapes the cage and is found by Charming and Granny the next morning in the woods, having blacked out, Charming is called out to a truck that has been double-parked only to discover something much more gruesome - one half of Billy, Red finds the other half in a skip, yelling that she did it as the wolf and panicking. Charming locks Red up in the sheriff's cell but George visits, saying that Red killed Billy, however, Charming refuses to believe this for lack of proof. George leads an angry mob to the sheriff's station only to find Red's empty cell due to that Charming's hiding her at the library with Belle. Charming and Granny find Red's cloak and a bloody axe in the trunk of George's car, deciphering that he killed Billy, not Red, however, Red soon decides that she must die and faces the crowd alone, as the wolf, just as George is about to shoot the creature, Granny and Charming swoop in and stop him, Charming manages to remind Red that she controls the wolf and not the other way around, before draping the cloak around her. George runs away and Charming and Red catch him up, however, when they find him, he throws Jefferson's hat into a fire, meaning there will be little chance of getting Snow and Emma back, Charming, distraught, nearly shoots George, however, thanks to Red's encouragement, he decides against it. ("Child of the Moon")

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David and Mary Margaret are briefly reunited. ("Into the Deep")

Charming and Regina are startled when Henry wakes up and cries out that Emma and Snow are alive, he explains that Aurora, someone they're travelling with, told him via the sleeping curse's netherworld. Rumple, Regina and Charming put Henry back into a sleep after telling him that they need to use the ink from Rumple's old cell to defeat Cora, the current threat posed to Storybrooke. Henry tries to do so but Aurora is awoken too soon, he has a burn on his arm. The burn is soon heeled by Gold but they decide that it's too dangerous for him to go back. Charming volunteers himself for a sleeping curse as he believes Snow will find a way to locate him there. Regina makes a curse and Charming must prick his finger on a spinning wheel dipped in the potion in order to be affected by it, he does so and he is made comatose. Charming is now in the netherworld and must find the room with no door. He grabs a torch and uses it to smash through the floor, he falls through the ceiling and into the room, which is flaming. It seems empty, but Snow soon emerges, they are extremely happy to have found each other, Charming explains to her that she must obtain the ink from Rumple's cell and attempts to give her true love's kiss so that he can wake up, however, Snow wakes up too soon and the kiss is ineffective. Charming is left stranded. ("Into the Deep")

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The Charmings are reunited at last. ("Queen of Hearts")

Charming is still under his sleeping curse and is being read his own story by Henry, who is still optimistic about Snow and Emma's return so that Charming may get true love's kiss and wake up. Regina tries to assure Henry that he will awaken but is hiding her own skepticism. After Emma and Snow make it through the portal and back to Storybrooke, Snow rushes to Charming's aid and kisses him. A burst of true love is released and, after a short pause, Charming wakes up, reunited with his beloved Snow White. He is happy that she returned and she asks him if he ever doubted she would, he jokes that the burning, red room gave him pause. The pair kiss some more. After this happy reunion, the whole gang decide to go down to Granny's Diner to celebrate the princesses' return. ("Queen of Hearts")

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The Charmings argue over Regina's innocence. ("The Cricket Game")

David and Mary Margaret spend the afternoon in bed together, happy to be reunited, when Emma and Henry suddenly enter the apartment, looking for tacos for the party. Henry wonders why they're still in bed in the afternoon and David quickly says that he was helping Mary Margaret rest, Emma is appalled by this. Later, at Granny's Diner, a party is held in the honor of Mary Margaret and Emma returning to Storybrooke. David makes a speech saying that he and Mary Margaret have a saying, that they will always find each other, he then toasts to not having to look for a while. The guests are shocked when Regina turns up and Emma explains that she invited her, Mary Margaret and David are none-too-happy. The next day, Archie's dead body is found by Emma and Ruby and Ruby tells them that she saw Regina going into his office the previous night as well as the two of them arguing. The mayor is taken into custody and where Mary Margaret and David assume her to be guilty, Emma fights for her innocence and the Charming family go and look for evidence. All signs point to Regina but Emma suspects a frame job, she goes to Mr. Gold, thinking that he might be responsible, however, he tells them he can use magic to prove his innocence. He gives Emma a dream catcher that she uses to view Pongo's, the only witness', memories, which prove Regina is "guilty". Emma goes to head Regina off but her parents stop her, telling her that she needs a plan, David suggests fairy dust, saying that it worked before. They go to see Regina who is offended by the accusation, when she advances on Emma, Mother Superior fires a ball of fairy dust at her, however, Regina stops it from affecting her, asking Mary Margaret if she really thought that that would work twice. Emma worries about telling Henry about Archie's murder, being new at being a parent, but Mary Margaret and David tell her that they're going through the same thing with her. ("The Cricket Game")

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David disagrees with what Mary Margaret wants. ("The Outsider")

David is present at Archie's funeral as his wife give the beloved conscience and eulogy. Later, in order to cheer Henry up, Emma acquires Pongo, Archie's dalmatian, for the boy. Mary Margaret and David think that this is a great idea, however, the former believes that the four of them and a dalmatian in that small loft will begin to get cramped, before suggesting that her and David get their own place. Later, David and Mary Margaret are at Granny's Diner as the latter is flicking through real estate catalogs, she points out a house to David who says that the lawn is too small, she moans that he's said that about every house, but he reminds her that he grew up on a farm. Mary Margaret senses that this goes deeper than the house and David says that they buried their friend that morning which made him realize something - he doesn't want to die in Storybrooke. He tells his wife of his desire to return to the Enchanted Forest, despite Mary Margaret's warnings that it is not the same place that they left behind, saying that the ogres have returned and that Cora is in power. David tells her that that's exactly why they have to return, to fight for their kingdom. Mary Margaret tells the prince that she's tired of fighting, saying it's all they ever do, and David tries to point out that he's just trying to get back what they both want. Mary Margaret then realizes that the two of them want different things. ("The Outsider")

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The Charmings discover an outsider. ("In the Name of the Brother")

Mary Margaret, Emma and David show up at the town line to discover Belle who has fallen over the line and lost her memory, now terrified of Gold, Hook who has been hit by a car which has crashed containing an outsider who drove in to town. Emma comments that it looks like the world's come to Storybrooke. The Charmings head to the hospital where they plan to investigate the outsider, they take his phone and David tries to guess his pass code but to no avail. Emma arrives and hacks it easily, discovering that his name is Greg Mendell and that he is completely normal. It is suggested that they let him die and Dr. Whale tells them that that would be easy, as they would just have to allow him to succumb to his injuries. Mary Margaret and David are strongly apposed to this and tell Dr. Whale to perform the surgery, saying that they can think of the safety of the town after saving a life. They wait and Mary Margaret says that her nerves can't take it any more, asking if the surgery's almost over, however, they discover that it hasn't even started yet as Dr. Whale has fled. Ruby sniffs him out and returns with him soon and the surgery begins - Greg is okay. Mary Margaret and David want to question him with Emma, but she reminds them that they want him to think they're normal and normal sheriffs don't bring their parents in with them. Mary Margaret assures her daughter that they will be right outside. Later, Mary Margaret, David and Emma return to their apartment and to Henry when Mr. Gold walks in, he tells Emma that he's cashing in in his favor and that she must find his son with him. He tells the Charmings that if any harm is to fall upon Belle whilst he's gone, he'll kill all four of them. ("In the Name of the Brother")

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David talks Anton out of suicide. ("Tiny")

Mary Margaret and David bid their daughter goodbye as she heads to New York with Mr. Gold and Henry in order to find the former's son. The royal couple, and Leroy, then head down to the docks along with Captain Hook in order to learn Cora's plans and the pirate takes them aboard his invisible ship where they soon discover the shrunken giant, Anton, sleeping within a cage. Mary Margaret wakes him up and sets him free, but upon seeing David, Anton becomes murderous and attacks the prince, causing Mary Margaret to draw her bow and arrow in his direction, making the giant flee the boat. At Granny's Diner, David deciphers that Anton isn't mad over something he did, but over something his twin brother, James did, and states that they must stop him. Mary Margaret, David and Leroy are next shocked to discover that Anton, in his fully-grown form, is terrorizing the town, hell-bent on revenge. They begin to run from him when Leroy becomes confused, thinking that James was David's name, however, the prince reveals that his true name is the same as his cursed name, David. Mary Margaret points out that if they keep running the way they're going, they'll cross the town line, and so David stops to negotiate with the giant, offering his life in exchange for the town's safety. Anton takes this deal and jumps towards David, making a hole in the earth where the magic keeping him big wears off and he is left human-sized and hanging from a sewer pipe within a pit, ready to fall. David and Mary Margaret gather a few of the townspeople to help pull him out, after David talks Anton out of committing suicide by letting go and falling. Once they've gained the giant's trust, he reveals that he has a plant that will be able to grow magic beans which can be used to create portals, such as one back to the Enchanted Forest. The dwarfs take it upon themselves to grow these beans along with Anton, but Mary Margaret isn't so happy, not wanting to return home as she fears that Emma may not want to go with them, however, her husband assures her that Emma can take care of herself. ("Tiny")

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"It's a good thing we don't have thanksgiving in our land, because that dinner would suck." ("Manhattan")

While Emma is in New York with Henry and Mr. Gold searching for the latter's son, Baelfire, she finds him. However she is shocked to discover that Bae is in fact Neal Cassidy, her old flame and Henry's father. Emma soon alerts Mary Margaret via cell phone who passes the message onto David. David is confused by the fact that Rumplestiltskin is Henry's grandfather, stating that he's the kid's grandpa. Mary Margaret reminds her husband that a person can have more than one and the two of them bring up other strange phenomenons of their very dysfunctional family. David points out that Regina is Henry's step-grandmother, but Mary Margaret corrects him by saying that she's actually his step-great-grandmother, as well as his adoptive mother. Charming tells his wife that it's a good thing that they don't have thanksgiving in their land as that family dinner would "suck". At this, Mary Margaret disagrees, thinking that perhaps this could actually mellow everybody out. ("Manhattan")

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David witnesses Mary Margaret's loss of faith. ("The Queen Is Dead")

Mary Margaret wakes up on her birthday to David making pancakes, thinking he's trying to celebrate, she reminds him of their deal not to and he points out that he's not the only one, gesturing the present that someone left her. Mary Margaret opens it to find that it's her old tiara from Johanna, her maid, and goes to visit her. As she does this, David returns to the sheriff's station where he is knocked out by Hook, who steals his hook back from the office. Mary Margaret finds David passed out and makes sure he's okay before telling him that she saw Regina and Cora in the woods and that they're searching for Rumplestiltskin's dagger in order to carry out murders. After her attempt to get Regina to appeal to her distrust in Cora fails, Mary Margaret goes to Mother Superior with David to explain the situation. The trio head to Mr. Gold's pawn shop which is unfortunately sealed with dark magic, killing their hopes of finding the dagger before Regina and Cora do. At this, Mary Margaret texts Emma, who's with Gold, to ask him the location of the dagger, he reveals that it's inside one of the arms of the town clock. David and Mary Margaret arrive there and retrieve the dagger, but are met by Regina and Cora, who have Johanna hostage. With Regina threatening to crush Johanna's heart, Mary Margaret gives Cora the dagger. However, before she leaves, Cora waves her hand and sends Johanna smashing through the face of the clock, killing her. After burying Johanna, Mary Margaret tells David that being good has gotten her no where, before vowing to murder Cora. ("The Queen Is Dead")

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David is unaware of his wife's whereabouts. ("The Miller's Daughter")

David is on the phone with Mary Margaret discussing the dagger matter in which the latter states that they have to stop Regina and Cora as they have no idea what that wicked woman would do, at this, the phone tap that Regina and Cora are using to listen in on this is knocked off the table as Cora argues that she's not wicked. David and Mary Margaret next meet Emma, Henry, Neal and Gold at the town docks, alongside Ruby, and escort the pawnbroker to his shop, due to the poison in his heart that is killing him. Over at Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer, Emma casts a protection spell to keep Cora and Regina out and David, his daughter and Neal begin defending themselves. Regina and Cora break the protection spell with ease and bust into the shop. Charming deflects a fireball with his sword, however, he is soon dragged out of the shop via magic and knocked out. He later wakes up and calls Emma, who's locked in the back room with Neal and Gold, to ask her where Mary Margaret is, however, his daughter tells him that she hasn't a clue. David next makes his way to Regina's vault where he finds Mary Margaret having poisoned Cora's heart and manipulated Regina into putting it back into her mother's body. After doing so, Snow tells David that he was right that murder is not who she is. At this, the two of them run to the shop to stop the inevitable events, but unfortunately, when they arrive, Cora is dead and Regina knows Snow is to blame. ("The Miller's Daughter")

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David prepares to execute Regina. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Mary Margaret becomes mopey and guilty after effectively murdering Cora and begins spending most of her time silent in bed. When Henry asks what's wrong with his grandmother, David and Emma initially tell him that she's sick, however, he sees this as a lie and they admit that she was partially responsible for Cora's death, something Henry doesn't like. The Charmings are then visited by Mr. Gold who tells them that Regina is planning to strike back and murder Mary Margaret. David and Gold snoop around Regina's vault where they discover that she has taken out a curse that will be able to force Henry to love her so that she may have her vengeance as well as her son. Gold tells Emma and David that Regina will never give up and they realize that the only option is to kill her, however, Henry is heavily displeased by this and runs away. Ruby sniffs him out and finds out that he has taken dynamite from the town mines, with the intention of blowing up the Storybrooke well, where magic originated. David, Neal and Emma arrive at the well where Regina has already gotten rid of the dynamite, after Henry gives a little speech on how magic has corrupted his family, Regina burns the curse she planned on using on him and Henry goes home with his parents and David. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

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David assures Mary Margaret of her goodness. ("Selfless, Brave and True")

Mary Margaret continues to mope around in bed after what she did to Cora and David plans on serving her breakfast, however, Emma fears that he may be coddling her, thinking that she needs to toughen up and move past this. David believes this to be harsh, but after Emma leaves, he sees Mary Margaret putting on a coat. She tells him that she's going to the woods as she needs to think things over alone, and David says goodbye to her. When in the woods, Mary Margaret discovers the trailer home of August W. Booth only to discover that the man himself is completely made of wood. She goes to alert Emma and Marco, but when they return to the trailer, August is gone. He calls Emma from the sheriff's station and the three of them, and David, arrive there to find a dying August stumbling outside. With his final breath, he tries to warn Emma of something, however, he passes before he's able to. Henry points out that August's final act was honest, brave and unselfish and calls upon the Blue Fairy, who's able to turn him into a little boy again. However, Pinocchio does not retain his memories. When the Charmings return home, Mary Margaret tells David that she confronted Regina and begged her to kill her. David is shocked and Mary Margaret continues to explain that she was shown her heart by the mayor and it's blackened because of what she did to Cora. David tells her not to worry as redemption is possible and that she has a good heart, one that he knows better than anyone. ("Selfless, Brave and True")

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David and Mary Margaret show Emma the bean crop. ("Lacey")

Mary Margaret and David drive Emma out to a roadside that appears to be the middle of nowhere. The blonde becomes confused until her parents reveal there to be an invisible barrier next to them, and through it, Anton and the dwarfs working on magic bean crop. Emma is initially happy to see Anton again, but soon realizes that the magic beans are being grown so that they may return to the Enchanted Forest, hence why Mary Margaret and David did not tell her of the harvest. She is undecided as to whether or not she would like to live out of her own world, which is her home, but her parents point out that it's been nothing but cruel to her. She also brings up the fact that their world is an ogre-riddled death trap, but she is assured that all of that will be fixed. David is later approached by Gold in Granny's Diner who has a problem concerning Belle, who is now Lacey, and David helps him score a date with her. Emma begins to contemplate the idea of going home, and as she does so, she is approached by Regina who learns that Emma is keeping something, not knowing what it is. Later, David pulls up outside Granny's Diner with Mary Margaret and the dwarfs, the dwarfs go inside but David and Mary Margaret head home. As they drive away, Regina is seen using magic to guide her to the bean crop, now knowing that the Charmings plan on going home. ("Lacey")

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The Charmings contemplate leaving Regina behind. ("The Evil Queen")

David is seen at the town docks with Mary Margaret, discussing the matter that when they return to the Enchanted Forest, they will leave Regina behind. Mary Margaret is unsure of this, saying that Henry shan't be happy as Regina was his mother, despite all the terrors, but David assures her that the terrors will continue. He says they will offer her a choice, stay in Storybrooke or in Rumplestiltskin's cell, but Regina overhears this, when disguised as a fisherman, and isn't too happy. Later, Mary Margaret, David and Leroy pull up outside the bean farm and walk through the invisible barrier only to discover that all of the beans have been destroyed, by Regina, destroying all hopes of returning home. As they stare at their dead crops, all they can do is wonder who is to blame and commiserate over the idea of being stuck in Storybrooke forever. ("The Evil Queen")

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David ends Regina's torture. ("Second Star to the Right")

Emma and David burst into Regina's office with guns in order to retrieve the beans. The office is empty and so Mary Margaret walks in with Henry. They discover the bean plant she was keeping as well as the fact that the beans have been harvested, and that someone broke into Regina's office to steal them, meaning that the mayor is most likely in grave danger. The Charmings' first thought as to who would do such a thing is Gold, but they decide he's too distracted with Lacey, and so Emma states that she believes the culprit to be Tamara. Mary Margaret does not believe this and warns Emma against it, and Snow and Charming decide to visit Gold anyway to see if he has some sort of magical way to help find Regina. The two of them go to his pawn shop where they invoke the favor that Gold owes David. He reveals that he has one of Regina's tears, and asks for one of Mary Margaret's, which she consents to. This then creates a magical eye-drop that when put into Mary Margaret's eye, she will be able to see and experience everything that Regina can. Back home, David seems skeptical of this, but Mary Margaret wants to find Regina so that she can clear her guilty conscience over what happened to Cora, and so insists. David pours the drops into her eyes and Mary Margaret experiences the excruciating torture that Regina is currently going through. When the drops wear off, she tells David that she remembers awful pain as well as being strapped down, she mentions the smell of sardines and so Emma, Neal, David and Mary Margaret investigate the town cannery. Snow and Charming discover Regina being tortured by Greg, and so free her and have her healed by Mother Superior. When Emma arrives, however, she reveals that Tamara shot Neal and sent him down a portal, presumably killing him. As Mary Margaret consoles her daughter, Regina reveals that Greg and Tamara are currently in possession of a gem stone which acts as a fail-safe within the curse, able to wipe Storybrooke off the map, and kill all of its inhabitants. ("Second Star to the Right")

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The Charmings are off to Neverland... ("And Straight on 'Til Morning")

David goes with Emma and Mary Margaret to the park where he and the latter tell Mr. Gold of Neal's death, and Emma tells Henry. They then bring up the fact that Greg and Tamara have the curse's fail-safe, but Gold doesn't care, and leaves in grief. When the Charmings return home, a sudden earth tremor ensues and Regina tells them that it means the diamond has been activated. Hook soon shows up, after having left Greg and Tamara, professing that he wants to help them steal the beans back and get everyone to safety as he'd rather keep himself alive then get Rumplestiltskin dead. They have a hard time trusting him but David says that he'll accompany Hook on his mission and if he tries anything he'll be shot in the face. David and Hook head down to the cannery and chase Greg inside, they begin to overpower him until Tamara approaches them with a gun. Her and Greg escape, but Hook manages to steal back one bean, meaning they're able to escape. They go to Granny's Diner where Emma tells them Regina stayed behind to hold off the diamond, and will die doing so, and so they decide that they will send the diamond down the portal instead to halt the self-destruct and save Regina. They go down to the mines where Regina is and tell her of this plan, however, Emma soon realizes that the bean is missing and susses that Hook stole it, having been skeptical at the idea of helping Regina. The Charmings prepare to die together until Emma realizes that where Regina may not be strong enough to hold the diamond off completely, the two of them together might just be, and so Emma harnesses her own supply of magic and her and Regina manage to stop the fail-safe, returning Storybrooke to normal. They are initially happy until they realize that Henry is missing and when they go up to the surface, they see Greg and Tamara jump down a portal with him. Hook soon returns with his ship and the final bean and David, Mary Margaret, Emma, Regina and Gold come aboard the ship. They discover via Rumple's magic globe that Henry's in Neverland and they use the magic bean to open a portal in the ocean before sailing down it - being warned of someone they must fear on the other side. ("And Straight on 'Til Morning")

Season 3

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Emma blames her parents for everything bad in her life. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

David, along with Mary Margaret, Emma, Regina, Gold and Hook, goes through the portal and comes out the other side in Neverland, where the Jolly Roger sails towards the central island. Whilst on the ship, David and Mary Margaret approach Emma in an attempt to comfort her about Neal and Henry, assuring her that neither of their respective losses was her fault. Emma agrees, and tells her parents that she blames them, as their message of "good will always win" is what got her and Henry in this mess. Before Charming is able to convince his daughter otherwise, Rumple explains how Neverland is run on belief, before disappearing before their very eyes. Soon enough, the Jolly Roger is attacked by a school of vicious mermaids; Charming uses a canonized weapon to defend the ship before Regina uses her magic flame balls to get rid of them. One is hauled on deck and the hostage mermaid summons a storm; in an attempt to stop it, Regina uses her magic to turn the mermaid to wood. This does not work. Snow then begins arguing with Regina, leading into a physical fight. Tangent to this, Charming and Hook get into a fist fight as well, and Emma soon realizes that the storm is being caused by everyone's hatred for one another, due to the way Neverland works, and jumps into the ocean so that the others will be forced to unite in rescuing her. Once Emma is rescued, she and the others arrive on the Neverland beach where the blonde explains that they will have to put aside their differences and utilize their strengths if they are to successfully save Henry, no matter how they manage to do so. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

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David discovers a fatal wound. ("Lost Girl")

David and the others grow exhausted of hiking up the island in search for Henry and decide to set up camp, per Hook's suggestion. But as they sleep Emma is awoken by the sound of crying children before being approached by Pan. He gives her a blank piece of parchment and tells her that it's a map that shall lead her to Henry only when she stops denying who she really is, and Emma goes back to camp to tell the others of this. David and Mary Margaret try to persuade her to accept that she's the savior, but when Emma states this, no map appears. Regina then decides to use a locator spell which causes the parchment to glow and fly, leading them straight to Pan. The five of them believe that they have found Henry, but it is in fact Pan in Henry's clothes, and he tells the Charming gang that they cheated, and cheaters never win, thus calling on the Lost Boys to attack them. Charming, Snow, Emma, Hook and Regina fend them off with their respective weapons and powers, and during this fight, David is scratched by an arrow dipped in Dreamshade poison, but believes himself to be alright. Emma stops the fighting when she has the chance to kill a Lost Boy, and David and the others are let go. They arrive back at camp where Mary Margaret gets Emma to admit that she still feels like an orphan, the acceptance of which makes a map to Henry appear on the blank parchment. The five of them decide to continue their search, but Pan again appears to Emma and assures her that she shall be a real orphan soon, and elsewhere, David is seen to have been scratched by the Dreamshade poisoned arrow, meaning that he's dying a slow and painful death. ("Lost Girl")

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David neglects to tell his wife that he's staring death in the face. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

David and the rest of the Jolly Roger crew continue to trek through Neverland's jungle in an attempt to follow Pan's map to Henry, however, due to Pan relocating the camp constantly, their destination keeps changing. Hook suggests that, instead of going back and forth in order to track an ever-moving camp, they first find Tinker Bell, the fairy of the island, who may be able to get them into Pan's camp and give them some pixie dust to battle him. On their way to her, Hook notices the strange way David is walking and the prince reveals that he has been scratched with a Dreamshade poisoned arrow, meaning that he only has days left, weeks at the most. The pirate wonders if David has told his family yet, but David has not and reveals he hopes that Tinker Bell's pixie dust will be able to help him. When they find the fairy, however, they discover that she no longer has any magic, thus no longer has any pixie dust. But she is able to help sneak them into Pan's camp when she enters herself, and asks what would be in this for her. Mary Margaret says that the fairy can have a home with them, and when Tinker Bell accepts, David asks his wife how she knew offering her a home would work. Snow reveals that when she was on the run from Regina, all she ever dreamt of as home, but she never really found one until she met him. Charming then tells Snow that he loves her, deciding not to reveal that he's currently suffering death by Dreamshade poison. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

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David continues to be faced by his own mortality. ("Nasty Habits")

David and the others are running through their plan to get into Pan's compound with Tinker Bell's help, but the fairy is shocked to discover that they have no way of escaping Neverland afterwards as no one ever leaves the island without Pan's permission. She leaves, telling them to come and get her when an escape plan is formed, and Hook tells the others of the only person he knows to have left the island without going through Pan: Baelfire. The pirate leads the five of them to the cave where Neal lived when he was in Neverland, and on the way in, Hook lags behind with Charming to ask him if he plans on telling his family about the Dreamshade poison currently in his system. David tells the pirate that he does not as he doesn't want to distract them from their goal of saving Henry. They proceed into the cave, and in there they discover a coconut with a light in it which creates a star-like pattern on the cave's ceiling. Hook explains that pirates can navigate using the stars, meaning that it's actually a map home, however, pirates also encrypt their maps, meaning that he's unable to read it, and the only person who can is dead. This deeply upsets Emma who storms out of the cave, crying, and Mary Margaret and David go after her. They attempt to console her but it's no use, and Mary Margaret becomes devastated when she's unable to comfort her daughter, which is the first thing a mother should be able to do. David assures his wife that Emma merely needs time to move on, to which Snow reveals that if David died, she would not be able to move on from him, so she doubts Emma would be able to do the same; this statement causes a great deal of worry for the slowly dying prince. ("Nasty Habits")

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Hook cures David with magic water... but magic always comes with a price. ("Good Form")

David notices Hook's attempt to bond with Emma over being lonely and attempts to nip it in the bud, telling Hook that Emma will never be with him as he's nothing but a pirate. The two are later walking through the jungle where Charming happens upon part of Hook's brother's old satchel from when he was in Neverland. Hook the thinks that if the satchel survived all this time, then maybe a sextant that can help him decode Bae's map did too. The prince and the pirate then decide to journey up Neverland's mountain to find the sextant, however, as the Dreamshade poison has nearly spread to David's heart, meaning that he'll soon be dying, he savors his goodbye from his wife and daughter, neither of which know of David's fate. As they're going up the mountain, a weak David nearly overhears Hook talking to Pan, who offers the pirate passage off the island with Emma, should he murder the prince. But Hook decides to go against Pan; he tells David that this whole thing was a rouse, that he dropped the satchel segment on the ground so David would find it and that there is no sextant in the mountain. He then punches the prince in the face, knocking him out, and collects some enchanted water from a cave. He wakes David and makes him drink the water, and the prince is then completely cured of Dreamshade poisoning (the reason he lied to him being that he knew David would never trek up the mountain just to save himself). However, there's a catch: since the water draws its magic from the island itself, now that David's drunk it, he can never ever leave. David seems okay with this as at least he can help save Henry, and the two of them return to camp where David lies to his family, telling them that they were ambushed by Lost Boys but Hook saved his life. They then toast to Hook, before setting off into the jungle yet again. ("Good Form")

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David comes clean about the Dreamshade. ("Ariel")

When Regina is attempting to teach Emma magic, Hook returns to camp and tells David and Mary Margaret that Pan said Neal's still alive. Mary Margaret wants to tell Emma, but David believes that this will only harm her as, if Pan's lying, then she'll have to lose Neal all over again. Not agreeing, Snow quickly tells her daughter the truth, but Regina, who refuses to take Pan's word on this, abandons the others as they want to go save Neal. They make their way to the Echo Caves, where Neal is currently being held prisoner, and eventually make it to discover that Neal is locked in a wooden cage, which is resting on the other side of a deep gorge. Hook explains that the only way to get to him is to reveal your deepest, darkest secret, as that's how the Echo Caves work, and he starts by admitting that he's beginning to fall for Emma, and that the two of them kissed. Mary Margaret then reveals that she's actually very upset by the fact that Emma's an adult as it means her and David missed watching their daughter grow up; she admits that, when they get back home, she wants to have another baby. David tells his wife that that's never going to happen by admitting that he was poisoned by Dreamshade but was cured by magical water, with the catch that he can't leave Neverland without dying. The bridge to Neal then becomes fully formed, and to open the cage, Emma admits that she wished Neal were truly dead as that would mean never having to lose him again. The five of them then exit the cave, ready to continue their mission to save Henry, but Snow is still extremely angry with her husband for not telling her about the Dreamshade. ("Ariel")

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The end of a marital spat. ("Dark Hollow")

Now having saved Baelfire, he is able to explain to them how he escaped the island the first time: by capturing Pan's shadow. He, Emma and Hook set out to accomplish this task, whilst Mary Margaret and David decide to go and give Tinker Bell a heads up that they've found a way to escape Neverland. Before they leave, Emma notices her mother giving David the silent treatment for not telling her about the poison, and on their way to Tinker Bell's, Mary Margaret is constantly giving the cold shoulder to her husband, who eventually calls her on it, demanding that she say something. She wonders why she has to, since he never did; even after he found a cure, he still never told her that his life was threatened. He says he was scared as he can never leave the island, but Mary Margaret assures him that she would happily build a hut in the jungle and live there fighting off poisoned arrows and Lost Boys for the rest of her life, so long as David was by her side. However, David tells her that that's exactly what he was scared of, as he didn't want to stunt her life by attaching her to his fate; he wishes for her to be able to leave Neverland. Mary Margaret is disappointed in him for not believing in their love, and when the two of them make it to Tinker Bell's tree house, they are soon met by Emma, Neal and Hook as well, who have managed to capture Pan's shadow. Now having an escape plan for after they rescue Henry, the five of them continue to plan the rescue itself. ("Dark Hollow")

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David may be able to leave Neverland after all. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

Emma talks to Mary Margaret about David's predicament: not being able to leave Neverland without dying. She asks Mary Margaret if she really plans on staying with him, and Mary Margaret says she does, something which Emma can't accept. The blonde says that family means being together and, with surprising optimism, assures her mother that they will find a way for David to come home safely. Emma talks to Hook about the water that cured David, and suggests that they take some home so that his connection to the island never breaks, but the pirate points out that the water will run out. When Regina and Rumple return to the rest of the Jolly Roger crew, Gold reveals that he may be able to configure a permanent cure for Dreamshade back home in his shop, having read up on it after being poisoned himself. The seven of them soon storm Pan's camp, after knocking out some Lost Boys with magic, only to discover that Henry and the demon child aren't there. They find out from Wendy, who's Pan's prisoner, that Henry has been taken to Skull Rock where he will be killed in order to ensure Pan's own immortality. Emma tells Mary Margaret and David to trek up to Dead Man's Peak in order to collect more magic water to keep David afloat until such time that Gold is able to cook up a cure in Storybrooke, whilst she, Regina, Neal and Rumple head to Skull Rock to save Henry from Pan's clutches, and Hook and Tinker Bell stay behind to guard the unconscious Lost Boys. When Henry foolishly rips out his own heart and places it in Pan's body, a burst of magic is spread across Neverland and felt by everyone, including David and Mary Margaret, who are trekking up the mountain. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

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David knows he might have to stay behind forever. ("Save Henry")

David and Mary Margaret return to the Lost Boys' camp, having presumably retrieved the magic water needed for the prince to survive for a while in Storybrooke on their trek up to Dead Man's Peak, to discover that Pan has taken Henry's heart and the latter is now unconscious and dying. They also learn that Rumple, who was supposed to create a permanent cure for David when back in town, has been trapped in Pandora's Box, meaning he and Snow are confined to the island eternally. Emma bribes the Lost Boys at the camp with the prospect of going home with her and the others, which eventually coerces them to give away Pan's location; thanks to this information, Emma, Regina and Mary Margaret find Pan and manage to take Henry's heart from his chest, returning to the young man aboard the Jolly Roger where he regains consciousness. Rumple is soon freed from the box and, using the shadow, the ship begins flying back home whilst Henry rests below deck. Now being able to return home, David approaches his daughter and confesses his initial doubts over the success of their mission to save Henry, and assures her that they couldn't have done it without her, who acted as her leader. Meanwhile, a stowaway Pan tries to rip Henry's shadow out, but Rumple intercepts him by trapping him in Pandora's Box. As this occurs, Pan switches his consciousness with Henry's, so Pan's mind exists in Henry's body, whereas Henry, who is now inside Pan, becomes trapped in the box in his stead, to no one's knowledge. ("Save Henry")

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David is cured permanently. ("The New Neverland")

David, along with everyone else aboard the Jolly Roger, returns to Storybrooke met by the townspeople's cheers. After a few reunions, everyone congregates at Granny's Diner to celebrate, where Charming and Snow try to convince Emma to go on a date with Neal, now that Henry is safe. The next day, David is having lunch with his wife when Mr. Gold stops by to drop of an elixir he created that should cure the prince's Dreamshade poisoning once and for all; he drinks it and is cured almost immediately, having been sustained previously by Neverland's water, but Mary Margaret's happiness over this soon falters when she sees Neal having lunch alone, meaning Emma didn't take their advice. David then decides to find his daughter and talk her into it, but the blond can't shake the feeling that something bad is going to happen, commenting that Henry doesn't seem quite himself. David tells her not to dwell on the bad things that might happen, but to focus on life's good moments, and going on a date with Neal could be a good moment. David and Mary Margaret later hear a scream coming from the local nunnery and assemble there along with some of the other townspeople; here, they see Mother Superior being chased by the shadow, which has been freed from the Jolly Roger's sail to which it was bound, and it eventually rips out the Blue Fairy's own shadow, killing her. Knowing that Pan must have caused this, Emma frees the demon child over the town line where he will be powerless, and points her gun at him, ready to fire. However, Pan reveals that he is actually Henry, trapped in Pan's body, whereas the Henry walking around Storybrooke is actually Pan. Once he proves himself to be the real Henry, he, Emma, Gold, Belle and the Charmings head to Regina's mausoleum, where they find the Mayor unconscious, having been knocked out by the disguised Pan. Rumple soon deduces what has been stolen from the vault: the Dark Curse. With this, Pan will be able to wipe the memories of the townspeople all over again, and without Snow and Charming's true love woven into the paper, even Emma will be powerless to stop it. ("The New Neverland")

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The Charmings say goodbye to their daughter and grandson. ("Going Home")

David and the others are still at the mausoleum where Gold explains that the only way to stop the new curse is by Regina, the original caster, breaking the scroll, but she must pay a price to do this. David, Hook, Neal and Tinker Bell then head to the nunnery where Blue's funeral is being held to collect the Black Fairy's wand, but the funeral soon becomes under siege by the shadow. Tink uses her pixie dust to fly and trap the shadow in the coconut, killing it afterwards by throwing it into a larger fire, and killing the shadow restores Blue's. Mother Superior, now revived, hands over the Black Fairy's wand, and with that, a spell is cast to return Pan and Henry to their own bodies, and whilst Gold confronts his father in the pawnshop, Charming and the others find Henry in the town, who has the curse scroll. It isn't long before Pan, having apprehended Rumple, emerges and immobilizes the villagers, wanting to kill those most loved by his son. But before he can, Rumple emerges also, and stabs Pan with his Dark One dagger after being reunited with his shadow. This act brings about Rumple's death as well, and his loved ones mourn him whilst Regina explains that the price she has to pay for stopping the curse is Henry, who she can never see again. When Regina makes this sacrifice, she will be able to replace Pan's curse with one of her own, but this will return everyone to the Enchanted Forest and wipe Storybrooke from history, meaning Henry and Emma (who's able to leave because she's the savior) won't be able to remember it or its people at all. However, Regina is able to give them fake memories so that, for all they know, Emma never gave up her son, and as soon as the two of them drive over the town line, their new memories enact. Meanwhile, David and everyone else is enveloped by the curse, which is made safe by Regina, and transported back home. ("Going Home")

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A prince once more. ("New York City Serenade")

Charming and the others arrive back in the Enchanted Forest where they're met by a frightened Aurora and Phillip. After a brief catch-up with the recently pregnant couple, Charming is happy to hear from Jiminy that the residents of Storybrooke are appearing all over the land, meaning everything's back to normal besides the fact that his castle was destroyed; they decide to head to Regina's palace, which the Queen reveals was protected from the original curse. On their trek, Charming notices that Regina has gone missing, and Snow finds her attempting to bury her heart in the woods so that she doesn't have to deal with the loss of Henry. She convinces her to put her heart back in her body, but the two of them are then attacked by a flying monkey and rescued by Robin Hood and his Merry Men, who join the others on their journey. When they finally arrive at the palace, they are surprised to learn that it's surrounded by a protection spell - one that wasn't cast by Regina - meaning someone else is currently inside. ("New York City Serenade")

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Charming orders an attack. ("Witch Hunt")

Charming learns from Regina that there are a series of tunnels that run beneath the Dark Palace that may run under the protection spell and wants to send in an army, but Regina suggests that she go in alone, pointing out that an army would be detected. A flying monkey soon attacks and gives the group enough time to identify the creature, allowing them to realize that the foe they're up against inside the castle is the Wicked Witch of the West. Regina goes through the tunnels along with Robin Hood after declining Snow's help, and the two of them are able to get in and disable the shield. Seeing this, Charming orders everyone inside, whilst Regina faces off with Zelena, the Wicked Witch, who reveals herself to be her half-sister before vacating the premises on her broomstick. ("Witch Hunt")

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Charming meets Rapunzel. ("The Tower")

After spending roughly three months in Regina's old castle, David has a dream in which he teaches an adult Emma how to dance for her first ball... before she's sucked into a portal and tells him that he failed her, asking that he don't fail "the next one". He then wakes up and is told by Snow that the two of them are expecting a baby, which worries him deeply. When Robin Hood catches him drinking, he tells the prince of something called night-root, which voids the consumer of any fear. Scared that he's not going to be a good father to his upcoming child, Charming rides out into the woods where he finds this night-root, but he's unable to eat it because he hears the screams of a damsel in distress. The screams are coming from a tall tower, and he finds himself climbing up to the damsel via her long, plaited her. She introduces herself as Rapunzel, a former princess, who was locked in this tower by a which after she ate night-root because she was scared she wouldn't be able to rule the kingdom as well as her parents or her brother, the latter of which died. Charming offers his condolences and tries to rescue her, but because she tries to leave, the witch arrives and begins to attack her, tying David up with hair in the process. The hooded witch then reveals herself to be Rapunzel, for when the night-root was ingested, a physical manifestation of the princess' fears was born and she now has to face it. David manages to break free of the hair that binds him and leaps from the window with the witch, clinging onto the vines outside whilst the hooded Rapunzel begins to climb her counterpart's hair. Charming continues to try and convince the princess to face her fear, and Rapunzel ends up chopping her plait with the prince's sword, causing her fear-made self to fall from the tower and be vanquished. Charming helps her out of the tower and brings her back home where she reunites with her parents. Snow asks her husband why he was out in the woods all night and he admits to being scared about parenthood. She assures him that everything will be okay because they will be raising this child the same way they do everything: together. ("The Tower")

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Charming is sacrificed for the sake of re-enacting the curse. ("A Curious Thing")

Charming and Snow are discussing whether or not they should announce their pregnancy to the people, but Phillip and Aurora advise them not to, explaining that Zelena wants their child for something. Zelena then shows up, turning Phillip and Aurora into flying monkeys as she does so, and comments that Snow's baby will do nicely for her plan. Eight months later, Snow is heavily pregnant and discussing with the royal council what to do about Zelena's threat, and so she, Charming, Regina, Belle and Robin Hood break into Rumple's castle to ask the resurrected Dark One - who's lost his mind and is under the Wicked Witch's control - if he knows a way to defeat his captor. With Belle's aid, he reveals that the answers they seek will come from Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, and Charming, Snow and Regina manage to track her down in the dark forest. She explains that Zelena's magic resides in her pendant, but only the powerful light magic within Emma Swan is able to defeat her. To get back to their daughter, the Charmings realize that they must re-enact the Dark Curse, much to Regina's objection. Despite this, the Queen gathers the ingredients for them, but Snow must sacrifice Charming's heart in order to complete it. They say their teary goodbyes to one another and the prince's heart is ripped out by Regina before being crushed by Snow and added to the mixture. The curse begins to enact, but Zelena flies by on her broom, sprinkling a forget potion into it so that Snow and Regina won't remember what they're setting out to do back in Storybrooke. Not wanting her husband's sacrifice to be in vain, Snow comes up with a plan to save him and asks Regina to rip out her heart and break it in half so that she and Charming can share it, thinking they are able to do this because they are each other's true love. Regina does what Snow asks and Charming revives in time to see the curse wash over the land. ("A Curious Thing")

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David reunites with his daughter. ("New York City Serenade")

When Emma returns to the newly-cursed Storybrooke, having regained her memories thanks to Captain Hook and a potion he gave her, she first visits her old apartment and knocks on the door; to her delight, David answers and remembers who she is. They hug, and he explains to her that they were cursed again when they were in the Enchanted Forest and so don't remember anything since Emma left town, meaning they lost a year of their lives. Emma wonders how he knows it's been a year if he can't remember anything that happened, at which point a heavily pregnant Mary Margaret descends the stairs, being a clear indicator of how much time has passed. She shares a joyous hug of reunion with her daughter, who is surprised that her mother is pregnant and that they've been cursed again; they are only left to wonder who is responsible... ("New York City Serenade")

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Stumped. ("Witch Hunt")

David and Mary Margaret head to Granny's Bed & Breakfast along with Emma and Hook where they discuss the fact that people are disappearing from town, including three of the seven dwarfs. The next day, Henry is eating at the local diner with his mother and she introduces her parents as "old friends", as Henry is still unable to remember the two of them. However, David and Emma soon leave for the town line when they learn that Little John, a member of the Merry Men, crossed the line and got carried away by a flying monkey. David is soon able to find John with a bite mark on his shoulder and he accompanies him to hospital. Here, Little John goes into shock and turns into a flying monkey himself, smashing his way out of hospital and giving Prince Charming a surprise he didn't expect. He returns home to tell his family of this, and Regina soon deduces that they're up against the Wicked Witch of the West, who must have cursed the town. ("Witch Hunt")

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David is faced by his fears. ("The Tower")

When searching Regina's office for signs of the Wicked Witch, David finds berries tracked in from a certain part of the woods but must leave Emma and Hook to continue the job when he's sent a text by Mary Margaret, who wants him to meet with Zelena, their new midwife. He remains distrustful of her, much to Snow's dismay, and Zelena, who is in fact the Wicked Witch of the West, crushes some night-root into Charming's tea. He drinks it and returns to his town business after the meeting, thinking he's found the Wicked Witch in the woods when he's confronted by a cloaked figure. However, the figure's hood is removed and it reveals itself to be Charming, having manifested when he ate the night-root. David knows that he must face his fears to defeat his cloaked counterpart and the two of them engage in a sword fight, during which David's sword is reduced to a mere hilt. He admits to being scared of fatherhood but refuses to let that cripple him, stabbing the fear creature with the hilt of his sword and vanquishing it, therefore transferring his courage into the weapon he used. However, this symbol of his courage is teleported away by the Wicked Witch, as is explained to the prince by Regina. He then heads off with her, Emma and Hook where they find an empty cage in the storm cellar of an old farmhouse, which has been broken out of. When they see that the cage contains a spinning wheel, straw and gold, they deduce that it used to contain Rumplestiltskin. ("The Tower")

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David tells the truth of Zelena. ("Quiet Minds")

Emma and David go on the hunt for Rumplestiltskin whilst Mary Margaret stays at home, awaiting Zelena, and Regina goes to the Wicked Witch's farmhouse in search of clues. Later, whilst in the woods, David learns that Emma doesn't plan on staying in Storybrooke once the curse is broken, instead planning to return with Henry, who's memories will still be fake, to New York. Their conversation is cut short, however, when they discover Mr. Gold, complaining about the noise in his head. A flying monkey attacks and Gold runs away; David stays to face it whilst his daughter chases after Rumple. Meanwhile, in town, Neal returns, and it is found out that he and Rumple are in fact sharing an ever-switching body. Emma uses her magic to separates them, but this causes Neal's death, due to the fact that he traded in his own life to resurrect his father. As his son dies, Gold reveals that Zelena is the Wicked Witch, and Emma and David storm the loft in order to catch her. However, she has vanished, leaving a confused Mary Margaret to ask what's going on. They explain the situation to her, much to her shock, and she comforts her daughter over Neal's death. She and David soon head to Mr. Gold's shop where they break the news to Hook and Belle. ("Quiet Minds")

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David worried for his baby. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

David attends the funeral of Neal Cassidy and is one of the multiple townspeople who shovel dirt into his grave, proceeding to the wake at Granny's Diner afterwards. He and Snow try to comfort Emma, who's highly depressed over Neal's passing, but soon enough, Zelena bursts in with the Dark One's dagger held firmly in her hand; she mocks the death of Neal and Emma attempts to step in and do something, but Mary Margaret pulls her daughter back, pointing out that too many people will get hurt. Zelena tells Emma to listen to her mother, and Charming makes a point of shielding his wife's belly, leading the Wicked Witch to say she isn't there for his baby... not today, anyway. She soon reveals herself to be Regina's half-sister and challenges the Evil Queen to a fight on Main Street at sundown, allowing her time to unveil the truth of their familial connection. Among Cora's possessions in her vault, Regina finds a letter which confirms Zelena being her sister, and as she storms away, incredibly distraught, David and the others head to Zelena's farmhouse where they plan to use Belle to lure Gold away from the Wicked Witch's cage, but their attempt fails and he remains in her control. That night, Zelena arrives on Main Street and Regina turns up late, battling her sister and soon being thrown through the face of the clock tower. Zelena then tries to rip out Regina's heart, needing it for her plan, but the Queen reveals that she took it out before she came to the fight. The witch flies away on her broom and the Charmings run to the Regina's aid as she explains that it appears Zelena is gathering ingredients, for she already has David's courage and now wants her heart. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

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David tries to prove how fun he is. ("The Jolly Roger")

Mary Margaret sits quietly at the apartment whilst Emma and David struggle to put together the baby's new crib. She soon suggests calling Marco, for he's an expert carpenter, but they refuse, wanting to do this themselves. Regina then stops by, having installed a protection spell around the building to keep out the Wicked Witch, and Emma mentions wanting to go to the Mayor for some lessons in magic. The Charmings offer to take care of Henry whilst she does so, however, she reveals she's already asked someone else to take care of him. They wonder why, and Emma is forced to tell her parents that Henry finds them boring, especially in comparison to Hook, much to their dismay. David and Mary Margaret are later strolling along the beach when they notice a crowd has gathered, at the center of which is Ariel, who's washed ashore. She explains that she's been traveling the realms in search of Prince Eric, who's been missing ever since the new curse took place. They dress the mermaid and bring her to Granny's Diner, where they ask Hook if he's seen Eric during the missing year, but he says he hasn't, going on to take Ariel to Gold's shop to see if a locator spell can be cast on one of the prince's possessions. Meanwhile, David tries to prove he's fun by teaching Henry how to drive his jeep, but it goes horribly wrong and Mary Margaret watches as several mailboxes are destroyed by the young man's reckless driving. When they return home, the others are shocked to hear what the Charmings let Henry do, and Mary Margaret wonders what became of Ariel. They assure her that she's living happily on an island with her prince, and Snow is overjoyed to hear her friend received such a happy ending. ("The Jolly Roger")

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David takes part in a séance. ("Bleeding Through")

After having her heart taken by the Wicked Witch, Regina summons David, Mary Margaret, Emma and Hook to her house in order to help cast a spell that will allow her to talk with her dead mother, Cora, and learn more about Zelena's past. To do this, they need the deceased's murder weapon - the magic candle - and murderer - Snow. The candle is lit and they all join hands round a table, focusing their thoughts on Cora. A portal to the afterlife soon opes, but nothing comes through it, and they take this to mean that Cora doesn't want to discuss her past with them. Everyone leaves except Mary Margaret, who decides to stay and help clean up, but it turns out that Cora's ghost is lurking about the house and she manages to briefly possess David's wife before Regina's able to hurtle her back into the afterlife. Charming and the others then burst in and Mary Margaret is soon revived, now having some of Cora's memories and revealing that she was forced to give up Zelena because Princess Eva, Snow's mother, spilled her secret. When Belle reveals that Zelena plans on going back in time to kill Eva so that she won't have been abandoned, meaning Snow, Emma, Henry and maybe Regina won't have been born, it is realized that she needs the Charmings' baby to cast the spell. David vows to protect it, assuring his wife that Zelena won't get her hands on their child when it's born. ("Bleeding Through")

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The curse is broken... again. ("A Curious Thing")

David and the others are discussing how to break the curse and they deduce that the key lies in Henry remembering and believing in magic, but to achieve this, they must first find his book of fairytales. Having found it in her closet one day back when the first curse was in order, Mary Margaret thinks it may be there again, and so they begin to search. Snow soon finds it and they rush to get to Henry, only to discover that he's missing. They soon locate him down at the docks where he and Hook are being attacked by a flock of flying monkeys, but the monkeys are slain and Henry is given the book, returning his memories at long last. However, just as Emma's about to kiss his forehead and break the curse, Zelena snatches him away and threatens his life. Emma is able to use her magic to take back her son, but the Wicked Witch threatens them severely before she leaves, mentioning that Hook failed the task she had set him. Finally, Regina is the one to kiss Henry's forehead and finally break the curse, and the memories of everyone in town are restored. Snow and Charming explain that they cast the curse themselves to find Emma so that her powerful light magic could defeat Zelena. On their way out, Emma demands to know what Zelena meant when she said Hook failed her, and he explains that his kiss was cursed so that, if his lips touched Emma's, her magic would be taken. David and Mary Margaret advise their daughter against trusting the pirate for he obviously lied about them sending him a message with the memory potion he used on Emma in New York, and the Charmings go on to take Henry to see Neal's grave. Whilst there, Mary Margaret goes into labor... ("A Curious Thing")

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David hands Mary Margaret their newborn son. ("Kansas")

Mary Margaret is driven to hospital by David whilst multiple members of the town work to secure the premises against Zelena. Charming promises his wife that this baby isn't going to leave her arms, pointing out that they have Emma on their side this time, but their daughter's magic is removed during a run-in with the Wicked Witch when she gives CPR to Hook, who David earlier decided to trust in spite of the secrets he kept. It's not long before the baby is born, and Charming is ecstatic to see that it's a boy, being the first to have the baby passed to him by the doctor. However, Zelena bursts into the delivery room, knocks out Dr. Whale, freezes Charming and Snow with her magic and proceeds to teleport out of the hospital with the baby in her arms. David grabs his sword and goes after the witch along with Emma, Regina, Robin Hood and Hook. She has already begun to enact her spell, but Regina is able to use her own light magic to defeat her sister, knocking the Dark One's dagger out of her hands and stealing the pendant which houses all her magic. With Regina defeated and Rumplestiltskin no longer under her control, the Dark One wants her dead, but Regina instead decides to lock her up in a cell, for that's what a hero would do. Meanwhile, David takes his baby back, commenting that he's as resilient as his big sister, and reunites his wife with her son, much to everyone's joy. However, that night, after Zelena's death at the hands of Mr. Gold, the magic from her pendant spills out through the town, causing her time travel spell to enact. ("Kansas")

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Prince Charming meets Snow White, under different circumstances. ("Snow Drifts")

David and Mary Margaret refuse to tell Emma the name of the baby until the official coronation at Granny's Diner has taken place, however, as everyone meets up, Emma is provoked into leaving when Hook brings up her plans to move back to New York. Hook goes after her with the storybook in tow, but everyone is soon distracted when they see across town that Zelena's time portal has opened, having activated when she died. Emma and Hook are soon dragged down it, having gone to investigate, and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. Emma accidentally interrupts her parents' meeting and makes it so it never happens, and so the Snow White of that period does not rob Charming's carriage and he instead ends up at King Midas' palace with his betrothed. He attends the ball that night, held in his honor, but when he asks Abigail for a dance, she says she forgot her comfortable shoes. He goes upstairs to retrieve them, but he instead finds Snow White stealing his wedding ring. Abigail sees this too and summons Queen Regina's guards, who begin pursuing her, and Charming vows to find the bandit. Meanwhile, Emma is arrested for aiding her mother's escape. ("Snow Drifts")

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With time back in place, the Charmings announce the name of their newborn son: Prince Neal. ("There's No Place Like Home")

Still in a twisted version of the past, Snow is caught in a net by Prince Charming, where she dispenses his nickname, but they are soon subdued by Prince Charles (Hook's alias), who tells them that Princess Leia (Emma's alias) has Charming's ring. Snow hides in a carriage with the two princes as they go to rescue Emma from Regina's dungeon, during which time she and Charming bond and she tells him of the dark fairy dust she wears around her neck, which she plans to use on Regina. Red Riding Hood helps Charming and Hook break into the Dark Palace whilst Snow heads elsewhere; however, Emma has already escaped, with another prisoner called Marian in tow. They soon witness Snow, who's been captured by the Queen, get burned at the stake, but she in fact uses her fairy dust to transform herself into a ladybug and flies away in this form. She finds Charming, Red, Marian, Hook and a devastated Emma elsewhere and summons the Blue Fairy to return her to her human form, much to Emma's delight, which comes as confusion to Snow. She then leaves, but Charming realizes that she still has his wedding ring, and so he follows her all the way to the Troll Bridge. Knowing that she no longer has the dust in order to defeat the trolls - as she did the first time - Emma runs after them, but Snow is able to use sand and bluff her way out of the situation, returning events to normal. Emma watches as her parents fall in love, and she is later able to use a magic wand owned by Rumplestiltskin to return herself to the future. She returns to Granny's Diner, having decided to stay in Storybrooke, and the Charmings announce the name of their son: Prince Neal. The celebrations continue, and Emma is finally able to call her parents "mom" and "dad", but across town, the Snow Queen walks free, having been brought back when Emma and Hook returned. ("There's No Place Like Home")

Origins

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Promotional poster of the 1937 film adaptation by Walt Disney, featuring Prince Charming.

Prince Charming is a stock character who appears in a number of fairy tales. He is the prince who comes to the rescue of the damsel in distress, and stereotypically, must engage in a quest to liberate her from an evil spell. This classification suits most heroes of a number of traditional folk tales, including "Snow White", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella", even if in the original story they were given another name, or no name at all. The one featured in Once Upon a Time is based upon the prince from the popular fairytale known across most of Europe, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the best known version being the Bavarian one collected by the Brothers Grimm. In the original tale of Snow White, when the princess protagonist is made comatose by a poisoned apple, it is Prince Charming who awakens her with a kiss born of true love. This is this story that is presented in the 1937 film adaptation by Disney as well as the one followed most closely by Once Upon a Time. In other languages, like Spanish and Italian, he is called the "Blue Prince". Many adaptations of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" have been made over the years. The relationship with his twin brother Prince James is based on the novel The Prince and the Pauper written by Mark Twain and published in 1881, a story on two young mens who have a uncanny ressemblance and switching their status. This was also adapted by Disney in 1990, starring Mickey Mouse.

Gallery

Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.


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