Our World: Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is a Bail Bonds Person in Boston, who is hunted down by her ten year old biological son, Henry Mills (Jared Gilmore). She returns him to Storybrooke, Maine, and its Mayor, Regina (Lana Parrilla), who is Henry’s adoptive mother. Henry is convinced that all the fairy tales in a book Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin with short hair) gave him — are real.
The Enchanted Forest: Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas) saves Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin with long hair) from the machinations of her wicked stepmother, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla with way better wardrobe and makeup) with but a kiss. They marry, but then, something horrible happens — no, I mean besides than the fact that it looks like Snow White had to wear a Swan Lake costume for her wedding gown — one that perhaps got shredded by Puss In Boots. The Evil Queen crashes the wedding, as evil queens are wont to do. She curses not just the happy-for-a-moment couple, but the entire kingdom. The one person who can break the spell is the baby Snow White and Charming are expecting. And yeah, I’m not sure that she wasn’t pregnant at the wedding. I need to watch again. I watched with my whole family, and I didn’t really want to out Snow White as a fornicatrix in front of my children.
There’s a magic tree, because we’re in the Enchanted Forest. Charming asks Gepetto (Tony Amendola) to use it to make a magical wardrobe that will bring his baby to Narnia, or wait — maybe just keep her safe. I always get those two things confused. The baby, Emma (who will grow up to be the Bail Bonds Person in our world) is stowed in the wardrobe. Think of it as crate training for the Fairy Tale Set. An evil knight comes to kidnap Emma. He deals Charming what would seem to be a mortal wound, and opens the wardrobe to find the baby is gone. See? Narnia!