prince charming ouat 'Once Upon a Time': 'Prince' Charming saves the kingdomOn the latest “Once Upon a Time,” we get more “Prince” Charming backstory, making us love Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin even more, which we didn’t think was possible.

In Fairytale Land, James is a twin. The one we know was raised by his biological mother on a farm and is a poor peasant. The twin is the “Prince Charming,” but he is slain in battle and the King gets James to pose as his brother to slay a dragon for King Midas.

James comes through as the big hero but the catch is Midas wants him to marry his daughter Abigail. If he does so, he basically saves his kingdom and his mother/farm from financial ruin. So he agrees and is wedded to Abigail, having said goodbye forever to his mom.

And oh yeah, the one who brokered the deal to give one twin to the King and Queen? Rumpelstiltskin, of course. Because every pie has his sticky fingers in it.

In Storybrooke, David still doesn’t remember anything and is pursuing Mary Margaret pretty hard. She’s trying to do the right thing, but when he professes his feelings and asks her to meet him at the bridge where he almost drowned, she does.

But on the way, David gets some wrong directions from Regina, ends at Mr. Gold’s and spies the windmill that used to sit in front of his house with Kathryn. It jogs his memory and he meets with Mary Margaret, only to tell her he remembers his life and has to try with Kathryn. She winds up at Granny’s diner, crying, and accepts a sort-of date with Dr. Smarmy.

Meanwhile, while on patrol (because she’s a deputy now), Emma spies Sheriff Graham jumping out of Regina’s window and confronts him. So she knows about the affair and is pretty upset.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • The female friendships on this show are great. Not only do we love Emma and Mary Margaret, but the Mayor and Kathryn are also nice. It’s also nice to see the gray shades – just when you want to hate the Mayor 100%, you can’t, because you feel bad for her being so lonely.
  • Loved, loved, loved Abigail’s dress in Fairytale Land.
  • But speaking of Abigail, first of all – what a witch with a b. Secondly, were we imagining the more-than-fatherly/daughterly vibes bouncing between Abigail and King Midas? Seriously, did anybody else pick up on that?
  • Do you think Emma is only upset for Henry (in re: the Sheriff and the Mayor)? Or is also upset for herself?

What did you think of “The Shepherd,” “OUAT” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."