Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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An Apple Red as Blood 

Regina works with Jefferson on a plan to get rid of Emma, as flashbacks show Snow attempt to reunite with Charming after he is kidnapped by the Evil Queen.


Milan Cheylov


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 ... Regina Mills / Evil Queen
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan / Prince Charming
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy / Grumpy
Alan Dale ... King George
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas / Red Riding Hood
Sebastian Stan ... Jefferson
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas / Granny
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Blue Fairy
Michael Coleman ... Happy


Regina works with Jefferson on a plan to get rid of Emma, as flashbacks show Snow attempt to reunite with Charming after he is kidnapped by the Evil Queen.

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Release Date:

6 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The object/animal/person in this episode is Snow White walking with the Seven Dwarves. See more »


When Regina uses Jefferson's hat to retrieve the apple she is able to travel back to a specific moment in time. However, in later seasons it is revealed that nobody has successfully created a portal that can travel through time. See more »


Regina Mills: I found a solution to my Emma Swan problem.
Mr. Gold: Oh, yes?
Regina Mills: An old, reliable solution.
Mr. Gold: A sleeping curse... Might I ask how you managed to obtain one here in Storybrooke?
Regina Mills: By sacrificing the last bit of magic I had left.
Mr. Gold: So you made magic *from* magic. Well, I'm sure I don't have to remind you that, um... all magic comes with a price.
Regina Mills: Then you can pay it.
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Snow White, Blood Red
6 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"An Apple Red as Blood" is from personal opinion tied with "That Still Small Voice" the best episode of Season 1, a solid season with mostly good to great episode with the weakest episode "Dreamy" still being decent. It recalls events from previous episodes and expands on them, while advancing development to some characters. Emma is not as stubborn here and the writers agreed seemed to drop her negativity to magic.

As to be expected, "An Apple Red as Blood" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

It also contains some of the season's most engaging writing, with a little humour but also more pathos, heart and drama. The story is absorbing with the very dramatic events having real urgency and there is excitement and suspense in the action.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla and Josh Dallas all do great jobs on the acting front and the fairy tale characters are charming. The parallel between real life and fantasy is seamlessly done.

In summary, a season high point. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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