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Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer, researcher and historian from Pittsburgh, Pa. Her writing has appeared around the Web and in local and national publications. Connect with Melanie on Twitter @MissMellie_

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Pretty Much Dead Already' (Mid-Season Finale)

February 15th, 2012 9:13am EST
The Walking Dead - Sophia
In the mid-season finale, secrets come tumbling out about Hershel's farm and its inhabitants.

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At Hershel's farm, the group somberly makes breakfast as Maggie looks on from the farmhouse porch. Glen announces abruptly that the barn is full of walkers. The group heads for the barn, peeking inside to verify Glen's story. Shane heatedly confronts Rick about dealing with the situation or leaving, but Rick is reluctant since Sophia hasn't been found. Shane insists that Sophia is long gone. Rick begs for the opportunity to discuss with Hershel. Dale reveals that he already knew about the wal...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Skin Deep'

February 14th, 2012 9:06am EST
Once Upon a Time - Belle
In this episode, we meet Belle and her father, and learn more details about the Evil Queen's entanglement with Rumpelstiltskin.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Fairy Tale Land, a king receives bad news: his kingdom is succumbing to war. All seems lost, when Rumpelstiltskin arrives, having been summoned by the king; he promises to help them, for a price. He refuses the king's offer of gold in favor of taking his daughter, Belle, as a housekeeper. The king refuses, but Belle agrees to go with him ("No one...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree'

February 2nd, 2012 1:55pm EST
Once Upon a Time - The Genie of Agrabah
In this episode, we discover how Sidney Glass became the Magic Mirror and are introduced to another non-Grimm fairy tale. Emma is duped yet again by Regina.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Storybrooke, Henry arrives at his play castle only to find it partially destroyed by the storm from episode ten. Henry reveals to Emma that he keeps his fairy tale book in a lockbox buried beneath the play structure. After he ensures its safety, Regina arrives and orders Henry into the car so he can attend a session w...
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'Once Upon a Time' Recap: '7:15 A.M.'

January 23rd, 2012 10:19am EST
Once Upon a Time - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
In this episode, we learn more about how Snow White and Prince James came to be together (and drawn apart); more details about Storybrooke's mysterious stranger are revealed.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Storybrooke, Henry confronts the mysterious stranger about why he's in town. He's got a wooden box strapped to the back of his motorcycle and speeds off before Regina can speak to him. A storm approaches.

Mary Margaret rushes out the door, claiming she's late for school, but instead of going to work...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'True North'

January 16th, 2012 10:34am EST
Once Upon a Time - Hansel & Gretel
In this episode, we meet Hansel and Gretel and find out another piece of the Evil Queen's twisted puzzle.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

Henry browses comics in the Storybrooke drugstore as a blonde, blue-eyed girl chats him up. Her brother appears, telling her it's time to go. The girl introduces herself as Eva (her brother is Nicholas) and asks Henry if he'd like to hang out. As they approach the exit, the druggist stops them, accusing Henry of stealing. He opens Henry's backpack to reveal stolen candy,...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Desperate Souls'

January 9th, 2012 9:20am EST
Once Upon a Time - Rumpelstiltskin
In this episode, we learn what lies at the root of Rumpelstiltskin's power; Emma and Regina spar again over a Storybrooke election.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Fairy Tale Land, Rumpelstiltskin sits spinning in a tent. His son runs in to tell him that the neighbor girl is being taken away to join the duke's army. When the girl's mother pulls out a knife and tries to stab the duke (the king's emissary), a strange forcefield chokes her and her husband. In the distance, a hooded, cloaked figure called o...
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New 'Once Upon A Time' Book Offers Clues To Show's Plot

December 24th, 2011 2:12pm EST
Once Upon a Time book
Forget Henry Mills' fairy tale book—‘Once Upon a Time' fans now have their own guide to Storybrooke's mysteries. An eponymously titled new edition of the fairy tales that drive the plots in 'Once Upon a Time' is now available on shelves and via e-tailers.

The 'Once Upon a Time' book includes thirty of the original stories from ‘Grimm's Fairy Tales’, and thus is not a book of the stories as they appear on the hit show. However, the show's creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, have included a foreword that details how the Grimm Brothers' original stories inspired them to create the sho...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'

December 12th, 2011 9:32am EST
Once Upon a Time - Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman
In this episode, the Evil Queen finally makes her reappearance; we learn more about Snow White’s backstory; Emma and Regina get into a cat fight; and one Storybrooke resident begins to remember too much, costing him his life.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Granny's Diner, Sheriff Graham and the Sydney, editor of Storybrooke’s Daily Mirror, down shots as Graham throws darts. Emma appears in the diner and Graham lobs a dart in her direction, nearly hitting her. She storms out; Graham runs after her. He...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'The Shepherd'

December 7th, 2011 8:10am EST
Once Upon a Time - James/Prince Charming
In this episode, we learn how Prince Charming came to be linked to a haughty princess instead of Snow White, and David Nolan gets some of his memory back.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

Outside the Nolan house, Kathryn tries to jog David's memory about their past; he comments on a windmill that used to be in their yard that is no longer there. She has planned a surprise homecoming party for him, where he meets a lot of people he doesn't remember. At the party, Henry insists to Emma that getting David and ...
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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'That Still Small Voice'

December 6th, 2011 10:30pm EST
Once Upon a Time - Dr. Archie Hopper
In this episode, we learn the backstories for Dr. Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket and Marco/Geppetto. A major hole is blown in the Evil Queen's curse.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

We're back in Fairy Tale Land after a Thanksgiving hiatus, and we open on a marionette show, during which a young red-headed boy pickpockets the patrons. His name is Jiminy, and he says loves crickets because they're free. He tells his parents, the puppeteers, that he wants to be himself and not have to steal.
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In Storybrooke,...
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