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True North 

Emma tries to save two children from foster care by trying to find their birth father, as flashbacks show the Evil Queen coercing Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact from a blind witch.


Dean White


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan (credit only)
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy
Eion Bailey ... The Stranger
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Blind Witch (as Emma Caulfield)
Karley Scott Collins ... Ava Zimmer / Gretel
Nicholas Lea ... The Woodcutter / Michael Tillman
Quinn Lord ... Nicholas Zimmer / Hansel
David Bloom ... Mr. 'K' Krzyszkowski
Osmond L. Bramble Osmond L. Bramble ... Queen's Guard (as Osmond Lloyd Bramble)


Feeling their pain from having lived through the same experience, Emma desperately tries to help two homeless children find their birth father before they're separated and put into the foster care system. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen coerces Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact from a blind witch. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

15 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The object/animal/person in the forest in the opening title scene is a cottage in the woods. This episode is about Hansel and Gretel. See more »


The amount of icing Hansel takes off the wall outside the window changes from a finger mark, to a chunk missing and back to the finger mark. See more »


[first lines]
Ava Zimmer: What you reading?
Henry Mills: 'The Hulk... vs Wolverine'.
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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A Hansel & Gretel segment done well

While the dialog could've been more fresh and the writing can be a bit clunky, True North does a really good job having Hansel and Gretel into the show and have them meet Regina which is a really clever move. The connection between the two kids in Storybrooke, Maine and the Enchanted Forest was is really good and it's great to see them reunite with their father at the end.

The story is well-paced, the visuals are nice especially the Gingerbread House, the characters are good including the witch Hansel and Gretel encounter, the music is more atmospheric this time around, and the scenes with Hansel and Gretel and the Evil Queen were solid. The scenery is also gorgeous and the direction is effective.

Overall, another good episode and a segment done well.

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