Once Upon a Time recap: Hold Me Closer, Tiny Giant

Emma, Rumpelstiltskin, and Henry skip town just in time to miss a certain Hurley-burly beast's rampage
Ep. 13 | Aired Feb 10, 2013

HEY, BIG SPENDER Speeeeeend a little time not trying to squish people.

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- Stranger Greg is more certain than ever that there's something rotten in the state of Storybrooke, and now it looks like he's allied himself with Belle (who's bewildered by magic since losing her memory). When he told his floor-mate that he wanted to talk about something, I was certain he was going to ask how she gets her hair to look that good using only hospital shampoo.

- Also, Rumpelstiltskin has discovered that he's got no working magic outside of Storybrooke's town limits. It doesn't seem like that's an issue for Emma, though...

- Early in the episode, Snow and Charming apologize to Regina for thinking that she killed Jiminy Human. Regina should be flattered; you're nobody in this town unless you've been sloppily framed for murder.

- Hook's ship is made of magic wood, and that's not a double entendre. Still, it can't travel interdimensionally without a portal. So the wood is magic... how, now?

- All of the giants have names that begin with "A," and one of them is called Andre. Anybody want a peanut?

- The giants have been harvesting magic beans for centuries, even though they stopped giving them to humans years ago because the humans were using the beans to pillage other worlds. "Why do we still grow them if nobody uses them?" asks Anton. After a long pause, Papa Giant Arlo answers, "It's what we do." Ohhhh, that explains everything.

- Red brings Belle a copy of Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. Snow White -- when she was still Mary Margaret -- read that same book back in season 1.

- Anton's conversations about the human world with King Triton -- I mean, Papa Giant Arlo -- were so closely copied from The Little Mermaid that I hope Disney paid itself royalties.

- I loved Grumpy's flippant explanation for why the dwarfs, who are ostensibly miners, were the ones to help Anton plant his beanstalk: "Work is work, no big deal." It did not, however, explain why a) six dwarfs (minus cursed Sneezy) plus Anton were digging, even though there was only one mini-beanstalk to plant and b) Anton is somehow a dwarf now. So the whole egg dealie suddenly means nothing?!

- Update: As plenty of commenters have pointed out, Emma, Henry, and Rump are on an Ajira Airways flight to New York that will take 42 minutes. Man, Ajira's fast.

Next week's episode, "Manhattan," should be a little more exciting (and a little more of a serialized story) -- especially if it turns out that Henry's baby daddy Neal isn't actually Rump's long-lost son. But in the meantime, let's talk "Tiny": Did you enjoy the episode? Or do you wish you had watched the first hour of the Grammys and just caught it the day after on ABC.com?

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