Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Greg and Tamara continue to plot and Regina gives Belle false memories, as flashbacks show Belle just after being imprisoned by Rumplestiltskin.


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
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas
Ethan Embry ... Greg Mendell
Jorge Garcia ... Anton
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Tamara
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy


Wrestling with the threat of the prophecy, Gold attempts to bring back Belle's memories by spending more time with her. Flashbacks to the fairytale world show Belle just after she was imprisoned by Rumpel. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret and David reveal a secret project they have been working on to Emma. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Release Date:

21 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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[Mr. Gold tries to find a way to bring back Belle's memories]
Regina Mills: Finding a way isn't the problem, dear. We both know what is.
Mr. Gold: Yeah, true love's kiss.
Regina Mills: And I don't think our new resident feels the same way about you as you do her.
Mr. Gold: Then I'll make her!
Regina Mills: Well, there's the charm that should easily woo a lovely young lady. She'll most certainly fall in love with you at first sight. Oh, wait, that didn't happen, did it?
Mr. Gold: She will, or I promise you, there will be suffering.
Regina Mills: Finally something we both can agree...
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The Day That Never Comes
Written by Lars Ulrich (uncredited), James Hetfield (uncredited), Kirk Hammett (uncredited) and Robert Trujillo (uncredited
Performed by Metallica
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Doesn't quite hit the target
15 February 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.

Although still an interesting episode with a good deal to admire, "Lacey" is something of an uneven one too that doesn't quite hit the target. After Season 2 generally was showing signs of significant plot advancement and characters being given more dimension, "Lacey" felt like it back-tracked on both while not being non-existent. Some strands are better executed than others and there are characters more interesting than others too.

"Lacey" is most successful with the relationship between Belle and Rumplestiltskin, which has a lot of heart and both characters show great chemistry and interesting to watch on their own. The whole stuff with Lacey and the false memories also intrigued and much clearer than it seems on paper. Greg and Tamara, along with Belle and Rumplestiltskin, are the closest the episode gets to progression of plot and setting things up for what is to come.

Not as successful is the Robin Hood conflict. For what it was touted to be, it is not focused on enough or features enough, something of a waste really. It could have easily replaced the filler-like scenes regarding the magic beans. Character advancement also has been done much better before and since, too many characters having lost their complexity and being one-dimensional (Regina being evil rather than conflicted and Emma dumb and selfish). Rumplestiltskin and Belle are exceptions.

It may sound like "Lacey" was a terrible episode. It isn't, far from it. Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla and Emilie De Ravin (with Belle being the most interesting and likeable she's been yet) give great performances, have nothing to fault with any of the cast but they dominate.

As has been indicated above, there are things that are done very well in the story and "Lacey" certainly isn't dull pace-wise.

Furthermore, "Lacey" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme. Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue.

Overall, interesting and generally admirable episode but doesn't quite hit the target. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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