David and Mary Margaret must really love each other, because they have been going to the diner at the same time, every day, in order to run into each other, even though that time is near the crack of dawn. You just know Mary Margaret has to get up an extra hour to do her makeup and pick out her outfit. This sounds awful, unless they are morning people. If they are, that’s further proof that they are meant for each other. Emma kindly points out to Mary that she is stalking a married man. Mary then runs into Catherine at a drugstore where Catherine is buying a pregnancy test! Uh oh!
Later, Mary Margaret finds a lost dove separated from his flock. She brings the dove to the pet shelter, where David works. The vet tells her that if the dove doesn’t find its flock before the flock moves on, it will be depressed forever. Mary goes into the woods to look for the flock so that she can release the dove into the flock before a storm hits Storybrooke. She almost falls off a cliff and David, who was following her, saves her. He wanted to make sure she didn’t get caught in the storm. When the storm hits, they break into an empty cabin. They tell each other that they still have feelings for each other. Then Mary’s conscience gets in her way, and she tells David that his wife might be preggers.
The thing is, David only has memories of his feelings for Catherine (which were planted by Regina) and real feelings for Mary. When David goes home, Catherine tells him that she is not pregnant and convinces him to go to marital counseling with Dr. Hopper. David decides to go to Granny’s at a different time so that he can avoid Mary. The trouble is, Mary has the same plan and they still end up running into each other. David tells Mary that his wife isn’t pregnant. Weirdly, this changes everything and they start kissing on the side of the road….right where Regina can see them. And she does see them. We understand that pregnancy might strengthen a man’s commitment, but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor, either way. We don’t know how we feel about David and Mary right now. Mostly we just hate Regina for putting them in this position, which is good, since she's the villain.
Henry goes up to the stranger who came to town last week and talks to him. Regina wants to know his story, so she asks Emma to check the guy out. Emma refuses until Regina says that the stranger was talking to Henry. Emma finds the stranger at Granny’s where he secures a drink with Emma at a future date in exchange for showing her what is in the box he is hauling around. Inside the box is a typewriter, because he’s a writer. Does that mean he will have the power to alter Storybrooke or the fairytale world? Will he be able to re-write parts of the story or help the town inhabitants discover things about themselves? We know there is a reason he’s a writer and we can’t wait to see how it is used.
In the Magical Kingdom, Snow White can’t get Prince James off her mind, even though he is marrying Princess Abigail soon. She is hiding out, alone, in the woods, and even though Red Riding Hood sometimes visits, Snow is going a little crazy from all the solitude. Red Riding Hood tells Snow that Snow could go to Rumpelstiltskin to take care of her love problem. Rumpy takes a piece of Snow’s hair as his price for a potion that would make her forget the prince. We’re pretty sure this is going to come back and bite Snow later… Before Snow can drink the potion, James sends her a message that says something like, “Come to the castle and stop my wedding and I’ll know you love me and I won’t marry the princess.” We don’t remember the exact words. Sue us.
As a Taylor Swift song about stopping a wedding ensconces itself into our heads, Snow rushes to the castle, but a guard throws her into the castle dungeons for trespassing. There, she meets Grumpy and Grumpy’s brother, Stealthy, breaks them both out of jail. In the escape, Stealthy dies. Not stealthy ENOUGH, eh? Apparently there's a reason he wasn't in the Disney version of this story ... Snow saves Grumpy’s life. He gets away and Snow is taken to see the king. The king tells Snow that Snow is going to need to break up with James. If Snow doesn’t tell James that she doesn’t love him, the king will just kill James. Then James will be some sort of martyr and the kingdom will be saved anyway. The king doesn’t want James marrying Abigail and then pining over Snow. That would kill the marriage and Abigail would go tell her daddy that it was the prince’s fault.
Snow obeys the king and James is upset. Snow leaves the castle and meets the seven dwarfs who offer her a place to stay. They are her new family. Grumpy convinces Snow not to take Rumpy’s potion, but to endure the pain of lost love instead. The next day, Grumpy rushes to Snow and tells her that James called the wedding off anyway. He is coming for Snow. Unfortunately, Snow doesn’t know what Grumpy is talking about. She took Rumpy’s potion. Like in that sappy-looking upcoming movie, The Vow (that we are totally going to see and love), James is going to have to make Snow fall in love with him all over again. Since they seem to love each other on sight, that probably won’t be too hard.
We thought the Storybrooke plotline was a little ridiculous. Saving doves doesn’t interest us. Neither do cheaters and false pregnancy tests. The fairy tale world part, however, was worth watching and nicely romantic. We’re excited about the stranger. Despite ourselves, we are excited that David and Mary seem to be unabashedly together, for now. At least until Regina ruins it. It’s time for a Ruby/Red Riding Hood backstory, no?
Episode grade: B