‘True North’ was directed by Dean White. Writers were David H. Goodman and Liz Tigelaar. See the OUAT twist on Hansel and Gretel. In pre-curse FTL, Hansel (Quinn Lord) and Gretel (Karley Scott Collins) are out collecting branches. While their Dad (Nicholas Lea) chops wood.
Later they find Dad is missing. The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) took him as insurance. If the kids steal something from the Blind Witch (Emma Caulfield) she’ll give him back. They have no choice but to do as she says. The EQ gives them explicit instructions. Don’t eat anything of the Gingerbread House.
They take a satchel with precious cargo. But they boy indulges his sweet tooth. This seems to act as some sort of alarm. The Blind Witch now knows she has guests. That she plans on having for dinner. She ends up in the furnace like oven instead. The EQ sends a fireball through her mirror to ignite the oven.
The twins return safely to the EQ’s palace. The satchel had her infamous poisoned apple. Which the EQ means to use against Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). When the twins turn down her offer to live with her. The EQ banishes them to the Infinite Forest. Along with their father. Maybe one day they’ll find each other.
In Storybook, Hansel aka Nicholas and Gretel aka Ava are homeless kids. Stealing food and living in an abandoned house. When a shoplifting attempt frames Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), they end up on Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) radar.
She’s forced to report everything to Regina (Lana Parrilla). The Mayor doesn’t have services for them. So they’re being sent to Boston. Unless Emma can find their father. With a compass and Mr. Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) help, Emma does just that. Only Mechanic Michael Tillman (Nicholas Lea) is reluctant to take them in. The Sherriff is forced to take the kids to Boston.
Emma sabotages her car. So it breaks down at the town limits. She calls Mr. Tillman and talks to him again. As the kids look on. This first time they have seen each other. Emma’s revealing her life in foster care convinces him to change his mind. The family is reunited.
The good: Emma Caulfield and Nicholas Lea. Gravy or butter? The Gingerbread House. Did it make you hungry? Emma trying everything she can to keep them out of foster care.
The bad: The lie Emma told Henry about his dad. When will that come back to haunt her? Who is The Stranger (Eion Bailey)? Did Emma’s arrival make StoryBrook accessible to everyone? What business does he have there? Will the outside world be invading next?
The ugly: The FTL portion was the best part of the episode. Why did Nicholas and Ava try to frame Henry? They knew he was the Mayor’s son. Trying to con him put them in the spotlight.
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