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This article contains episode summaries for the first season of Once Upon a Time.

Season Summary

In the U.S., original episodes of season one aired from Sunday, October 23, 2011 to Sunday, May 13, 2012. The season consisted of a total of 22 episodes.

Overview

On her 28th birthday, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) meets Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), the son she gave up for adoption 10 years ago. Henry believes Emma is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), prophesied to break a powerful curse. Unconvinced, Emma returns Henry to Storybrooke, where she encounters the enigmatic Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and clashes with mayor Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla) - the boy's adoptive mother - who Henry insists is none other than the Evil Queen!

Cast

For a breakdown of the characters' appearances, check here.

Starring

1 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02, accounting for 19 appearances; also played the role of Prince James in 1.06.
2 Series regular from 1.14 onwards; guest starred in 4 episodes prior to that.
3 Series regular through 1.07; guest starred in 1.22.

Recurring Cast

1 Also featured in archive footage in 1.20, accounting for 18 appearances.
2 Also featured in archive footage in 1.20, accounting for 11 appearances.
3 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02 and 1.22, accounting for 11 appearances.
4 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02, 1.20 and 1.22, accounting for 11 appearances.
5 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02, 1.20 and 1.22, accounting for 10 appearances.
6 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02 and 1.22, accounting for 9 appearances; credited as Faustino di Bauda before 1.21.
7 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02 (credited), 1.20 and 1.22, accounting for 10 appearances; credited as David Paul Grove before 1.16.
8 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02 and 1.22, accounting for 9 appearances.
9 Also featured in archive footage in 1.02 and 1.22, accounting for 8 appearances.
10 Not credited.
11 Not credited for voice-only appearance in 1.17.

Crew

Writers

Directors

Episodes

01"Pilot" 09"True North" 17 "Hat Trick"
02"The Thing You Love Most" 10"7:15 A.M." 18"The Stable Boy"
03"Snow Falls" 11"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" 19"The Return"
04"The Price of Gold" 12"Skin Deep" 20"The Stranger"
05"That Still Small Voice" 13"What Happened to Frederick" 21"An Apple Red as Blood"
06"The Shepherd" 14"Dreamy" 22"A Land Without Magic"
07"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" 15"Red-Handed"
08"Desperate Souls" 16"Heart of Darkness"

Pilot

Once Upon a Time 1x01
See main article: "Pilot"

Original air date: October 23, 2011

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Mark Mylod

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Characters: Prince Charming & Snow White

Plot Synopsis: 28-year-old bail bonds collector Emma Swan is shocked when Henry, the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago, turns up in desperate need of her help. Henry believes that Emma is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter, who was sent away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from the Evil Queen's curse. Emma refuses to believe a word of Henry's story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine may be more than it seems. Because it's in Storybrooke that all of the classic fairytale characters are frozen in time with no memories of their former selves – including the Evil Queen, who is Storybrooke's mayor and Henry's adoptive mother Regina.

Recurring Cast: Tony Amendola (Marco/Geppetto), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Cinder (Pongo) (uncredited), Michael Coleman (Happy), Jakob Davies (Pinocchio), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), Mig Macario (Bashful), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)


The Thing You Love Most

Once Upon a Time 1x02
See main article: "The Thing You Love Most"

Original air date: October 30, 2011

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Greg Beeman

Centric Character: Queen Regina

Plot Synopsis: Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives forever. Meanwhile, the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world are revealed.

Recurring Cast: Kristin Bauer van Straten (Maleficent), Cinder (Pongo) (uncredited), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), Tony Perez (Henry)


Snow Falls

Once Upon a Time 1x03
See main article: "Snow Falls"

Original air date: November 6, 2011

Written by: Liz Tigelaar

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Character: Snow White
Other Backstory Character: Prince Charming

Plot Synopsis: At Henry's urging, Emma convinces Mary Margaret to pay a visit to a comatose John Doe in the hospital and to read to him from the storybook. But Mary Margaret is stunned at the outcome of her visit. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Prince Charming meets Snow White for the first time in a most unexpected way.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Lee Arenberg (Leroy), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan/Abigail), Meghan Ory (Ruby)


The Price of Gold

Once Upon a Time 1x04
See main article: "The Price of Gold"

Original air date: November 13, 2011

Written by: David H. Goodman

Directed by: David Solomon

Centric Character: Cinderella

Plot Synopsis: Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman, Ashley Boyd, escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Jarod Joseph (Billy), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Jessy Schram (Ashley Boyd/Cinderella)


That Still Small Voice

Once Upon a Time 1x05
See main article: "That Still Small Voice"

Original air date: November 27, 2011

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Paul Edwards

Centric Character: Jiminy Cricket

Plot Synopsis: As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry's life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be.

Recurring Cast: Tony Amendola (Marco), Cinder (Pongo) (uncredited), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan), Jarod Joseph (Billy), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)


The Shepherd

Once Upon a Time 1x06
See main article: "The Shepherd"

Original air date: December 4, 2011

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

Directed by: Victor Nelli

Centric Character: Prince Charming

Plot Synopsis: David must choose between staying with Kathryn or leaving her to be with Mary Margaret, with whom he's fallen deeply, and inexplicably, in love, and Emma catches Sheriff Graham in a lie. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Prince Charming is about to encounter a life-changing event that will forever alter his destiny.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Alan Dale (King George), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan/Abigail)


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Once Upon a Time 1x07
See main article: "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

Original air date: December 11, 2011

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: David M. Barrett

Centric Character: Huntsman

Plot Synopsis: One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.

Recurring Cast: Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror), Meghan Ory (Ruby)


Desperate Souls

Once Upon a Time 1x08
See main article: "Desperate Souls"

Original air date: January 8, 2012

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Michael Waxman

Centric Character: Rumplestiltskin

Plot Synopsis: Regina and Mr. Gold play dirty politics and take opposite sides when Emma runs for a coveted Storybrooke public office against Sidney. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Rumplestiltskin tries to track down the ultimate power source in order to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war.

Recurring Cast: Beverley Elliott (Granny), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Dylan Schmid (Baelfire)


True North

Once Upon a Time 1x09
See main article: "True North"

Original air date: January 15, 2012

Written by: David H. Goodman & Liz Tigelaar

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Characters: Gretel & Hansel

Plot Synopsis: Feeling their pain from having lived through the same experience, Emma desperately tries to help two homeless children find their birth father before they're separated and put into the foster care system. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen coerces Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact from a blind witch.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Eion Bailey (Stranger), Emma Caulfield (Blind Witch), Michael Coleman (Happy), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful)


7:15 A.M.

Once Upon a Time 1x10
See main article: "7:15 A.M."

Original air date: January 22, 2012

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz (story)
Daniel T. Thomsen (teleplay)

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Centric Character: Snow White

Plot Synopsis: Mary Margaret and David continue to grapple with their unrequited love, and Emma and Regina grow suspicious over a mysterious new stranger in town. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Snow White yearns to ease her breaking heart as Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas' daughter approaches.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Eion Bailey (Stranger), Michael Coleman (Happy), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)


Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Once Upon a Time 1x11
See main article: "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"

Original air date: January 29, 2012

Written by: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss

Directed by: Bryan Spicer

Centric Character: Genie of Agrabah

Plot Synopsis: A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke, and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold, who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for.

Recurring Cast: Eion Bailey (Stranger), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass/Genie of Agrabah/Magic Mirror), Tony Perez (Henry)


Skin Deep

Once Upon a Time 1x12
See main article: "Skin Deep"

Original air date: February 12, 2012

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Milan Cheylov

Centric Character: Rumplestiltskin
Other Backstory Character: Belle

Plot Synopsis: After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war.

Recurring Cast: Emilie de Ravin (Belle French/Belle), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Eric Keenleyside (Moe French/Maurice), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark), Peter Marcin (Mop Patient), Jessy Schram (Ashley Boyd), Ingrid Torrance (Severe Nurse), Meghan Ory (Ruby)


What Happened to Frederick

Once Upon a Time 1x13
See main article: "What Happened to Frederick"

Original air date: February 19, 2012

Written by: David H. Goodman

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Characters: Abigail & Prince Charming

Plot Synopsis: With their love for each other growing stronger, David finally agrees to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret and put an end to his loveless marriage. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, while runaway groom Prince Charming searches for Snow White, he agrees to aid Abigail on a dangerous mission to recover something precious that was lost to her.

Recurring Cast: Eion Bailey (August W. Booth), Alan Dale (King George), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan/Abigail), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)


Dreamy

Once Upon a Time 1x14
See main article: "Dreamy"

Original air date: March 4, 2012

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: David Solomon

Centric Character: Grumpy

Plot Synopsis: Unlikely allies Mary Margaret and Leroy team together for a good cause to help the Storybrooke nuns sell their candles during the town's Miner's Day festival. But Leroy makes a promise to a nun, Astrid, that he may not be able to keep, and Emma looks into the mysterious disappearance of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Grumpy finds forbidden love with beautiful but clumsy fairy Nova.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Dreamy/Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


Red-Handed

Once Upon a Time 1x15
See main article: "Red-Handed"

Original air date: March 11, 2012

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Centric Character: Red Riding Hood

Plot Synopsis: After quitting Granny's Diner and with her self-esteem at an all-time low, Ruby is hired by Emma, to be her assistant, hoping to discover what it is in life that she's good at. Meanwhile, Emma continues questioning David about the disappearance - and possible murder - of Kathryn. In the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood yearns to run away with her true love. But she, along with her fellow townspeople, are virtual prisoners when a bloodthirsty wolf continues on its relentless killing spree.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)


Heart of Darkness

Once Upon a Time 1x16
See main article: "Heart of Darkness"

Original air date: March 18, 2012

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Characters: Prince Charming & Snow White

Plot Synopsis: Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney when Emma is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming sets out to stop a determined and unhinged Snow White, whose memory is still clouded by Rumplestiltskin's potion, from assassinating the Evil Queen.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)


Hat Trick

Once Upon a Time 1x17
See main article: "Hat Trick"

Original air date: March 25, 2012

Written by: Vladimir Cvetko & David H. Goodman

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Centric Character: Jefferson

Plot Synopsis: While searching for a missing Mary Margaret, Emma is kidnapped by a man whose affinity for hats has him teetering on the edge of madness. Meanwhile, viewers will be transported outside of the fairytale land that was for the first time when the Evil Queen persuades a skillful man of magic to come work for her one last time and travel to Wonderland in order to help steal something from the Queen of Hearts.

Recurring Cast: Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror), Barbara Hershey (Queen of Hearts), Tony Perez (Henry), Sebastian Stan (Jefferson)


The Stable Boy

Once Upon a Time 1x18
See main article: "The Stable Boy"

Original air date: April 1, 2012

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Character: Queen Regina

Plot Synopsis: Emma continues her exhaustive search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence in the murder of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was and before evil blackened her soul, Regina must choose between betraying her mother, Cora, and marrying for true love, or betrothing royalty and living a regal - but loveless - life.

Recurring Cast: Alan Dale (Albert Spencer), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan), Barbara Hershey (Cora), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Tony Perez (Henry)


The Return

Once Upon a Time 1x19
See main article: "The Return"

Original air date: April 22, 2012

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Paul Edwards

Centric Character: Rumplestiltskin
Other Backstory Character: Baelfire

Plot Synopsis: Mr. Gold attempts to uncover the true identity of August, and Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, while David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Michael Coleman (Happy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Giancarlo Esposito (Sidney Glass), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan), Jarod Joseph (Billy), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark), Mig Macario (Bashful), Meghan Ory (Ruby), Dylan Schmid (Baelfire), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


The Stranger

Once Upon a Time 1x20
See main article: "The Stranger"

Original air date: April 29, 2011

Written by: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss

Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Centric Character: Pinocchio
Other Backstory Character: Geppetto

Plot Synopsis: August promises to enlighten Emma and take her on a journey that will show her how she can beat Regina, and possibly take custody of Henry, and with Mary Margaret returning to work, Regina puts a plan in motion to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, with the Evil Queen's curse about to strike, Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his own son.

Recurring Cast: Tony Amendola (Marco/Geppetto), Jakob Davies (Pinocchio) (young), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)


An Apple Red as Blood

Once Upon a Time 1x21
See main article: "An Apple Red as Blood"

Original air date: May 6, 2012

Written by: Jane Espenson & David H. Goodman

Directed by: Milan Cheylov

Centric Character: Queen Regina
Other Backstory Character: Snow White

Plot Synopsis: Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest as the savior of the fairytale dwellers, and Regina concocts a plan that could rid her of Emma forever. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Snow White enlists the aid of her fellow fairytale cohorts to attack the Evil Queen and save Prince Charming's life.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Alan Dale (King George), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), Sebastian Stan (Jefferson), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)


A Land Without Magic

Once Upon a Time 1x22
See main article: "A Land Without Magic"

Original air date: May 13, 2012

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Dean White

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Character: Prince Charming

Plot Synopsis: Emma and Regina team together in order to find a way to save Henry's life. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming attempts to escape from the Evil Queen's clutches in order to reunite with Snow White who, unbeknownst to him, has already taken a bite of the Queen's poison apple.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Maleficent), Emilie de Ravin (Belle French/Belle), Jamie Dornan (Huntsman), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Peter Marcin (Mop Patient), Ingrid Torrance (Severe Nurse), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), Sebastian Stan (Jefferson), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


Trivia

Gallery

Gallery of photographic posters used to promote the season.

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