This week’s Once Upon a Time finally gave us something we’ve been craving for more than a year now: An in-depth look into Emma’s past! And we hate to say it, but it was definitely worth the wait. So how did she get that little yellow VW bug? Who is the mysterious man in NYC we saw in the season premiere? And why is the episode called, “Tallahasee”? We’re here to catch you up on all those goodies, plus fill you in on the shared nightmares of two cross-realm characters and the return of the a fan-favorite motorcycle enthusiast. Grab an Apollo bar and relax as we fill you in on everything you missed...
Fee Fi Foe Fum: “It’s a little freakier than I remember from the story,” Emma (Jennifer Morrison) winces at the sky-high beanstalk as she attempts to recall the childhood tale from her memory. Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) sneers, “Sounds like a lovely tale, but the truth is a bit more gruesome.” It turns out that the giants grew the portal-hoping beans in plunder riches from different lands, but when Jack defeated the giants, all the beans were destroyed in the process. Now there is only one giant left, “the strongest and the most terrible of them all,” and Hook and Emma set off on their climb to the top to snatch the magic compass from the giant’s treasures. But before she left, Emma pulled Mulan (Jamie Chung) aside and told her that if she is not back in ten hours, then she must cut down the beanstalk and keep moving forward. Brutal. On their climb, (somewhere out there a Miley Cyrus song is playing softly is the distance..) Hook is doing his best to break through Emma’s tough exterior, but our heroine is only focused on one thing: getting home to Henry. At the tippy-top of the beanstalk, Hook purposely makes a huge racket and the giant (Jorge Garcia) emerges out of his cave in search of the intruders. Emma nails him right in the face with a bag of sleeping powder and the giant crashes to the ground (hopefully dreaming the sweetest Lost dreams.) “I don’t mean to upset you Emma but I think we make quite the team.” Hooks says and he flashes his best heart-melting smile at Emma.
After looting around, the duo is having difficulty locating the compass, and unfortunately the giant is awake from his impromptu nap. Not to worry, Emma successfully traps the giant under a cage in the cave and then two of them begin to have a hear-to-heart. The giant gives Emma the compass and when he breaks free from the cage, he spares her life because she spared his. Aww. Just as Emma and Hook are about to leave the cage, she handcuffs him to the wall explaining, “I can’t take the chance that I’m wrong about you.” Emma’s ten hours are up and Mulan begins to hack away at the beanstalk, and of course Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) is beyond pissed about their secret plan. Luckily Emma hops down just as Snow was about to go all mama-bear attack-mode on the warrior's behind. Snow sternly tells at her daughter, “We go back together, that is the only way.”
Love and Loss: Emma is creeping down a Portland alley— with some super cute black horned-rimmed glasses—and she has set her sights on one thing: a yellow bug. After jimmying the lock and hotwiring the engine Emma begins her joyride, but there’s only one problem: the owner was asleep in the backseat. “Impressive, but you could’ve just asked me for the keys,” he smiled. Surprise! Turns out the his name is Neal Cassidy (Michael Raymond-James) and he is also our mystery man we kinda-sorta met in the season premiere—the one who received the Storybrooke postcard with the word, “Broken” scrawled on the back of it. It just keeps getting better when Emma discovers that he isn’t actually the owner, “I stole a stolen car?” Looks like Emma has met her match.
Fast-forward a bit and we see that Emma and Neal are in love and have been Bonnie and Clyde-ing nearly every convenience story in the USA, but Neal thinks it’s about time that they settle down and find a real place to live in…Tallahassee. (Yes, random I know.) However their plans are put on hold when Neal discovers that there are wanted posters plastered all over the place with his face on them. Apparently, Neal’s previous hobby was stealing expensive watches, but he stashed all of them in a locker at a train station when the police came after him. In order to save their dreams of starting a new life together, Emma offers to retrieve the loot from the locker. Neal asks, “So you want to steal the watches to help me get away with stealing the watches?” Emma’s answer is short and sweet, “I love you.”
Emma successfully snatches the watches, but Neal is chased down and tackled by a familial face: August! “You want to protect Emma? Come with me,” He whispers. August explains that his is Emma’s guardian angel and after getting his fill of this world’s “temptations” he has regained his focus to get Emma over to Storybrooke. After showing the skeptic something in a wooden box (I’m dying to know what’s in there!) Neal understands that in order to help his lady love he must let her go. Unfortunately this means that he called the police and gave an anonymous tip that someone was stealing watches from a train station. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch as Emma realizes that the one person she has ever loved, has just betrayed her.
Two months later in Canada, Neal is overwhelmed with guilt for what he did to Emma, but August assures him that eventually she will be fine (after an 11-month stint in a minimum security prison on Phoenix.) Neal asks that August gives Emma the VW and a giant wad of cash for when she is finally free, and to let him know if anything changes. August simply answers, “I’ll send you a postcard.” (Ooh how the plot thickens!) Later in Phoenix, we see a distraught looking Emma holding a positive pregnancy test. Oh boy. Looks like we’ve finally found out who Henry’s father is!
Nightmares and Terrors: While Emma was up in the beanstalk, Snow was comforting a sleepless Sleeping Beauty. Aurora explained that ever since she awoke from her cursed slumber, her dreams have been filled with terrifying images. Snow—who has had personal experience with these spellbinding side-effect—agrees to watch over her while the princess gets some sleep, but Aurora quickly begins to scream. She dreamt that she was trapped in a windowless red room, with curtains that were on fire. Across the room Aurora says that “he” is staring at her through the flames. Over in Storybrooke, Henry (Jared Gilmore) awakes from a nightmare and his beyond handsome grandpa rushes downstairs to make sure he’s all right. Charming (Josh Dallas) lights a candle to “keep the bad dreams away,” and asks Henry to describe the dream. Henry had the exact same dream as Aurora, except in his version there was a “she” staring at him through the flames. Curious, yet oh-so creepy…
What did you think of “Tallahassee”? Why do you think Aurora and Henry are having almost Identical dreams? Were you surprised to learn that the mystery man is actually Henry’s father? Cast your spell in the comments below!
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Top Story: Messing To Miss Grace Finale
Ordered by her doctor to stay off her feet in her last months of pregnancy, Will & Grace star Debra Messing has been written out of the last four episodes of the show, including the one-hour season finale, Reuters reports. Messing's spokeswoman said the eight-month-pregnant actress is doing "great," but was told "to be careful and take it easy, preferably bed rest." She added there were no complications with the pregnancy. The season finale is set to air April 29 and centers on Karen (Megan Mullally) and her outlandish wedding to guest star John Cleese. Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez will also make a guest appearance.
Jackson's Accuser Testifies to Grand Jury
Even though the court hearings are under a media blackout, sources close to the child molestation case against Michael Jackson told The Associated Press that Jackson's 14-year-old accuser testified before the grand jury Tuesday. The hearing also included testimony from Jamie Masada, the comedy club owner who first arranged for Jackson and the boy to meet, according to AP's source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. If prosecutors obtain a grand jury indictment they would not have to present evidence at a preliminary hearing to determine if the case should go to trial.
In Other Jackson Family News…
Could wedding plans be in store for Janet Jackson and beau Jermaine Dupri? The couple spent Monday evening canoodling at a New York nightclub after Jackson's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, AP reports. When asked if the two heard wedding bells, Dupri replied with a grin, "Y'all hear them before I do! That's what everybody is telling me!"
Hung Just Wants To Sing
Now that he's used about 14 of his 15 minutes of fame, American Idol reject William Hung, who brought new meaning to Ricky Martin's song "She Bangs," is determined more than ever to make it as a singer. Hung, who proudly said on TV that he doesn't have any professional musical training, is now very serious about his career and plans to take voice training and dance lessons. "Oh yeah, that's going to change, of course. I want to get better," he told AP Radio. Hung's new album, Inspiration, will be released April 6.
No Date Set for Klein, Holmes
Betrothed Chris Klein and Katie Holmes are having a tough time trying to fit a wedding into their busy schedules. In an interview with AP Radio, Klein believed proposing to Holmes was the natural "next step" in their five-year relationship. "I really believe it's the natural evolution of a relationship," Klein said. "As you grow up in your life, your relationships grow and mature." But the 25-year-old actor, who popped the question in December, said he and Holmes, also 25, haven't set the date yet. "What we do is very different from the normal 'nine-to-five' type of situation. We're actually apart for long stretches of time." Klein has been promoting his new movie, The United States of Leland, and Holmes has been filming the new Batman movie.
Idol, Apprentice Top Nielsens
Reality television reigned with Fox's American Idol and NBC's The Apprentice coming out on top in the ratings, AP reports. CBS won the week overall with an average of 11.5 million viewers, while NBC came in second with 10.9 million, followed by Fox (9.8 million), ABC (8 million), UPN (3.3 million) and the WB (2.7 million). For the week of March 22-28, the top 10 shows included: American Idol (Tuesday), Fox; The Apprentice, NBC; American Idol (Wednesday), Fox; CSI: Miami, CBS; Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; 60 Minutes, CBS; Survivor: All-Stars, CBS; Friends, NBC; Two and a Half Men, CBS; Will & Grace, NBC.
Cheers Ladies Get Pilots
Former Cheers leading ladies Kirstie Alley and Shelley Long are heading back to the tube in separate pilot sitcoms. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alley is in final negotiations to play Ricki Lake's mother in an untitled CBS comedy pilot about a young widow and her mom, who are raising the widow's two sons after the death of her policeman husband, while also running a bar frequented by cops. Long is set to star in an untitled NBC project centering on the relationship between an adult son and his newly divorced father (Tom Conti). Long will play the mother.
Role Call: Eastwood, Swank Have Baby
Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood and actress Hilary Swank are joining forces on Million Dollar Baby. According to the Reporter, the drama, based on two short stories from the collection Rope Burn by F.X. Toole, is a tragic and platonic love story involving a woman in her early 30s who is determined to begin a boxing career and a fighter-turned-trainer. Eastwood will direct, produce as well as star.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2000 -- The infectious bug that has been plaguing TV series of late -- you know, the "I feel that my time with the show is up and I've decided to move on" epidemic -- has claimed another victim.
The latest casualty is none other than "Veronica's Closet's" Kathy Najimy. Trade papers report today that the actress, who plays Olive, Veronica's (Kirstie Alley) trusted sidekick and confidant, will bid farewell to the NBC comedy at the end of this season.
Najimy tells Variety that her decision to leave the show is based purely on personal reasons. With "Veronica's Closet" behind, Najimy reportedly plans to spend more time with her 3-year-old daughter, not to mention more of the same said time on a would-be "feature career."
Of course, the concept of "leaving" "Veronica's Closet" might become a moot point. The unbeloved comedy series, now in its third season, was already benched once this season by NBC for low ratings. It is currently mired in 85th place among all shows and is considered a long shot for fall renewal.
SUPERHERO SAVES FOX: Patrick Warburton, the guy who played Elaine's mechanic beau Dave Puddy on "Seinfeld," will return to the tube in the form of a blue superhero in the Fox comedy pilot "The Tick."
Once a Saturday morning toon on Fox, "The Tick" follows the adventures of a dim-witted crime fighter and his ex-accountant sidekick as they battle bad guys with names such as Chairface Chippendale, El Seed and Breadmaster.
The new live-action half-hour pilot will be directed by the enthusiastic Barry Sonnenfeld ("Wild Wild West").
"I've been a huge fan of 'The Tick' for years," Sonnenfeld told the Hollywood trade papers. "I like it even more than my 6-year-old daughter. It's really up my alley. It doesn't feel like anything on television today."
(Let us guess -- Mr. Sonnenfeld doesn't have cable.)
Warburton, meanwhile, has handled superhero duties prior to "The Tick." Dig this, "Seinfeld" fiends, the actor was the voice of Superman in those American Express commercials starring Jerry Seinfeld.
'LEEZA' IS DEAD: No, not Leeza Gibbons, but her fast-sinking eponymous talk show. Cause of its likely death? Ultra-bad ratings.
Word on the street is that "Leeza" will not live to see a second season in syndication.
The daytime talk show went through various transformation and network shuffles in its (technically) 7-year history. It was first conceived by NBC in 1993 as "John & Leeza," the John, of course, being Gibbons' "Entertainment Tonight" co-hort John Tesh. The show downsized to simply "Leeza" in 1994 when the above-mentioned Tesh bailed. In September, NBC decided to sell the show to non-NBC outlets, thereby banishing the show to syndication.
"LIP" SERVICE: Oscar- and Emmy-winning director-producer James L. Brooks ("Terms of Endearment," "As Good As It Gets," "Jerry Maguire") is set to endow the tube with a live-action romantic comedy series for ABC.
The comedy, still untitled, will be based on a character from the 1988 radio series "Lip Schtick." Joan Cusack, whom Brooks collaborated with on the 1987 flick "Broadcast News," will stake the title role.
Slated for a slot in ABC's 2000-2001 lineup, the show will mark Cusack's prime-time debut and Brook's first TV gig since his stint as the executive producer of the animated series "The Critic" in 1994.
RANDOM BITS: NBC has picked up a half-hour comedy pilot starring David Alan Grier ("In Living Color"). Grier is slated to play a Secret Service man in charge of protecting the first lady. ...
... CBS has greenlit a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ("Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor") drama pilot for the new fall season. The project is said to be an hour-long drama called "CSI." Starring William Petersen, the series revolves around forensic crime-scene investigators working in Vegas. ...
THE COURT OF POPULAR OPINION: Democracy sometimes flourishes in the most unlikely places, just ask Judge Judy -- one of the many, many finalists chosen by TV viewers of America for the 2nd Annual TV Guide Awards.
More than 1.5 million viewers cast ballots to determine nominees in 22 categories. NBC led all networks in mentions with 20 finalists. Winners will be announced March 5 in a Fox broadcast.
Here's the complete list of the TV Guide Award nominees, as announced today:
Favorite Actor in a New Series David Boreanaz, "Angel" (WB) Billy Campbell, "Once and Again" (ABC) Dan Futterman, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Martin Sheen, "The West Wing" (NBC)
Favorite Actress in a New Series Amy Brenneman, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Tyne Daly, "Judging Amy" (CBS) Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) Sela Ward, "Once and Again" (ABC)
Favorite Actor in a Comedy Bill Cosby, "Cosby" (CBS) Michael J. Fox, "Spin City" (ABC) David Hyde Pierce, "Frasier" (NBC) Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS)
Favorite Actress in a Comedy Jenna Elfman, "Dharma & Greg" (ABC) Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal" (FOX) Lisa Kudrow, "Friends" (NBC) Phylicia Rashad, "Cosby" (CBS)
Favorite Actor in a Drama David Duchovny, "The X-Files" (FOX) David James Elliott, "JAG" (CBS) Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue" (ABC) Sam Waterston, "Law & Order" (NBC)
Favorite Actress in a Drama Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files" (FOX) Roma Downey, "Touched by an Angel" (CBS) Melina Kanakaredes, "Providence" (NBC) Julianna Margulies, "ER" (NBC)
Favorite New Series "Judging Amy" (CBS) "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) "Once and Again" (ABC) "The West Wing" (NBC)
Favorite Comedy Series "Ally McBeal" (FOX) "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) "Frasier" (NBC) "Friends" (NBC)
Favorite Drama Series "ER" (NBC) "Providence" (NBC) "The Practice" (ABC) "Touched by an Angel" (CBS)
Favorite Soap Opera "All My Children" (ABC) "Days of Our Lives" (NBC) "General Hospital" (ABC) "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Favorite Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw (FOX) Bob Costas (NBC) Howie Long (FOX) John Madden (FOX)
Favorite Daytime Talk Show "Judge Judy" (Syndicated) "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" (Syndicated) "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Syndicated) "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (Syndicated)
Favorite Game Show "Hollywood Squares" (Syndicated) "Jeopardy!" (Syndicated) "Wheel of Fortune" (Syndicated) "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC)
Favorite News Personality Tom Brokaw (NBC) Katie Couric (NBC) Peter Jennings (ABC) Matt Lauer (NBC)
Favorite Late Night Show "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS) "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" (ABC) "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC)
ONLINE NOMINEES Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB) "Charmed" (WB) "The X-Files" (FOX)
Favorite Reality TV "Biography" (A&E) "Behind the Music" (VH1) "The Real World" (MTV)
Favorite TV Pet Eddie, "Frasier" (NBC) Happy, "7th Heaven" (WB) Salem, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC)
Favorite TV Movie or Miniseries "Annie" (ABC) "Joan of Arc" (NBC) "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC)
Favorite News Program "Dateline NBC" (NBC) "Entertainment Tonight" (Syndicated) "20/20" (ABC)
Favorite Music Show "Behind the Music" (VH1) "Total Request Live" (MTV) "Pop-Up Video" (VH1)
Favorite Children's Show "Blue's Clues" (Nickelodeon) "Rugrats" (Nickelodeon) "Sesame Street" (PBS)
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Favorite Teen Show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB) "Dawson's Creek" (WB) "Popular" (WB)