Once Upon a Time/Pilot

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate October 23, 2011
Production Number 101
Written by Edward Kitsis &
Adam Horowitz
Directed by Mark Mylod
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Pilot is the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen / Regina Mills), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming / David Nolan), Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills), Raphael Sbarge (Jiminy Cricket / Archie Hopper), Jamie Dornan (Sheriff Graham Humbert), Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold)

Guest Starring: Tony Amendola (Geppetto / Marco), Lee Arenberg (Grumpy / Leroy), Peter Bryant (Jailer), Warren Christie (Ryan), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood / Ruby), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)

Co-Starring: James Bamford (The Black Knight), Michael Coleman (Happy), Keith Blackman Dallas (Cabbie), Jakob Davies (Pinocchio), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), Darla Fay (Woman on Bus), David Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Tom Pickett (Bishop)


Plot Overview

And they lived happily ever after...or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bonds person who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry -- the son she gave up years ago -- finds her, everything changes. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairy tales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the characters of fairy tale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.

Not believing a word of Henry's story, Emma brings him back to Storybrooke, but finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for him, she decides to stay for a while, but soon comes to suspect that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close...where fairy tale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were, and where the Evil Queen, known as Regina, is now Henry's adoptive mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, and for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.


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