This weeks on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, we learned more about the character, Archie or better known as Jiminy Cricket, the cricket with a conscience. Even in the regular old Disney fairytale we don’t know much about Jiminy Cricket or Gepetto, just Pinocchio. It was nice to get a glimpse into how Jiminy and Gepetto became friends.
We firstly learn that Jiminy was a pickpocket for his low-life gypsy-type guardians. All he ever wanted was to help people and to be free, but he was stuck being a thief.
Back in the real world, Sheriff Graham gives, Emma her deputy badge, when suddenly the ground shakes. A sinkhole has been created and the mayor works to get the town away from the site. Little Henry lets his curiosity get the best of him and believes his evil adopted mother, Regina to be hiding something from him. He becomes even more suspicious when he sees her picking up a strange piece of glass and putting it in her pocket. When Henry questions her about it, she gets made and sends him back to the car. She then threatens Archie, Henry’s therapist, telling him he better get Henry to stop with his crazy imagination or he’ll lose his job.
When Henry comes for his session with Archie, he tells Henry that his delusions have to stop, that everything he’s saying isn’t real. Upset, Henry goes to Emma, which causes Emma to go and yell at Archie, for upsetting, Henry.
In another flashback, Jiminy goes to Rumpelstiltskin to ask for his freedom. Rumpelstiltskin gives him a potion to give to his guardians, which Jiminy accepts. Later when they con a husband and wife, Jiminy finds out his guardians switched the vile of rainwater they gave the husband and wife with the potion that was meant for them. Jiminy goes back inside and sees the couple has been turned into dolls. To Jiminy’s horror the couples son comes home and finds his parents turned into dolls.
At the hospital Mary (Snow White) and the John Doe (aka Prince “James” Charming) are playing a game. The chemistry between them is obvious and he can’t understand why he’s married to this other woman, and has no connection to Mary. His memories are still gone, but it’s obvious something in him remembers, Mary. Later, during a scene together, he tells Mary that he can’t remember anything, but there is something about her that feels right.
Meanwhile, after Archie chases after Henry, they find him near the collapsed mine. Henry goes in to explore and the earth shakes again, when Archie goes after him, the mine collapses in on them both. Archie and Henry end up having a heart to heart, causing Archie to have a change of heart about making Henry not believe.
When Jiminy is back with his guardians, he makes a wish upon a star. A fairy comes to him and offers him a deal; to help the boy whose parents were turned into wooden dolls. Jiminy agrees and she turns him into a cricket. He goes on to help the boy, who is later known as Pinocchio’s father, Gepetto. This explains their close friendship in Storybrooke.
After Emma rescues Henry and Archie, Archie confronts Regina. He tells her that he’ll treat Henry the way he sees fit and threatens her with the possible future custody battle that could take place for Henry, between she and Emma. Regina immediately backs down, though she’s not happy about it.
At the end, crickets return to Storeybooke, we see that Rumpelstiltskin still has Gepetto’s parents in doll form, and the piece of glass Regina found on the ground, was apart of Snow Whites glass coffin buried deep within the mine. Things are changing in Storybrooke, and everyone is starting to notice.
This week seemed to be lacking in excitement and the plot seemed a bit lackluster, therefore, I’m only giving it a 3 out of 5.
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Watch ‘Once Upon a Time’, Sunday’s on ABC at 8/7c.