Once Upon a Time wrapped season two with "And Straight On 'til Morning," a game-changing episode that may have succeeded in setting the series up for a better third season.
Finally, with "Second Star to the Right," Once Upon a Time found its groove again. The disappointingly-uneven season came together with the episode, which explores the truth behind Neverland in the Once universe.
"The Evil Queen" sets Once Upon a Time up for its second season finale. The episode focuses on Regina’s latest fall into darkness, along with flashbacks of her Fairytale Land attempts at goodness to foreshadow her impending inner conflict.
"Lacey" pulls a Once Upon a Time reversal. It shows what happens when a Storybrooke resident reverts to their curse personality. Meanwhile in Fairytale Land, another not-quite-fairytale character is introduced.
In "Selfless, Brave and True," Once Upon a Time (kind of) sacrifices another beloved character. Meanwhile, a growing team of real world villains has set up shop in Storybrooke.
Once Upon a Time went old school with another origin story in “Welcome to Storybrooke.” The episode explores the town's early days, and explains the motives of its most mysterious resident.
This week, Once Upon a Time upped the intensity with "The Miller's Daughter." The powers of good and evil struggle to find balance as a major character bites the dust so another can live.
Once Upon a Time’s best villains operate in shades of gray. This week, one of the good guys vere to the dark side. In "The Queen is Dead," Snow White’s endless benevolence finally ran out. The result? She vows to kill one of the series biggest baddies.
Sunday, Once Upon a Time returned in a big way -- a giant way to be exact. An old friend (and sometimes foe) from Fairytale Land came to Storybrooke, as one of the show's most important characters skipped town.
Once Upon a Time shook things up this week with the addition of an outsider, played by Ethan Embry. The battle lines between good and evil blurred even more as everyone in town struggled to deal with the consequences of last week's major twists.
Once Upon a Time's great at strengthening connections between characters from unrelated fairy tales. In that way, this week's episode "The Outsider"was one of the best in a while. Unfortunately, the goings on in Storybrooke left something to be desired.
After an epic winter finale, Once Upon a Time returned with an episode fully focused on Storybrooke (sort of). Our heroic royal family is reunited, but being home doesn't mean being safe. Some of Fairytale Land's fiendish baddies have crossed over and they have revenge on the brain.
For its winter finale, Once Upon a Time pulled out all the stops with magic and mystery. It answered season-long questions and set up an explosive second act. Everybody's back in Storybrooke!
The last episode Once Upon a Time was a major filler with plot-stopping points about Red Riding Hood's past. This week, the gears were set back in motion as Henry and Aurora's dream world was explored and explained.
This week, Once Upon a Time embraced its inner Twilight with a touch of Underworld. The episode delved into the werewolfy subculture of Fairy tale Land. Last year's reveal about Red Riding Hood was one of the season's best and "Child of the Moon" takes that story even further.
After a season of mystery, Once Upon a Time gave Emma (and her yellow bug) their day in the sun. "Tallahassee" took us 11 years into the past to reveal Emma and Henry's origin story.
Once Upon a Time continues its trend of re-appropriating non-fairytale characters with "The Doctor." The mysterious Dr. Whale has been the subject of much debate, and this week his backstory was revealed. He's a famous physician, but not one you'll find anywhere in your Grimm volume.
Once Upon a Time went back to the basics with "The Crocodile," which puts Rumpelstiltskin at the center of another tale. This time, the series took on the story of Captain Hook. We'll give you one guess as to how Rumple plays into this one.
In the season opener, Once Upon a Time teased us with a great twist: Emma and Snow were sent to Fairytale Land. This week, they followed it up with "Lady of the Lake." The episode was all about the unfortunate happenings in Snow's hometown since her abrupt departure.
Last week, Once Upon a Time came back with a bang. The events from the premiere left the Once world completely changed. Unsurprisingly (but a little disappointingly), this forced a lot of clean-up in the follow-up episode, "We Are Both." The confusion in Storybrooke bogs the story down, but flashbacks to Regina's past is its saving grace.