Based on Sbarge’s reaction to Jiminy Cricket’s story in tonight’s episode, we are in for an emotional evening. He admits, “You’ll have to see how it affects you, but it knocked me out. Frankly, it made me weep because what they came up with is so lovely and magical and delightful.”
In “That Still Small Voice,” a sinkhole suddenly appears while Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma. Henry believes it is connected to the fairytale realm and sets out to explore what is on the other side with the help of his psychiatrist, Archie Hopper, played by Raphael Sbarge.
Sbarge describes Hopper’s relationship with Henry as “sort of a surrogate father figure” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Sandra Gonzalez. He says, “[Hopper is] there to help him transition and deal with being adopted and now having two moms in his life. So we sort of go on these parallel journeys.”
The journey he refers to is that of Joseph Campbell’s mythological hero’s journey; Sbarge clarifies how Jiminy was not born with such a conscience, rather he discovered it by overcoming trials. He explains, “There’s something about what our writers wrote, which is essentially that. Archie didn’t become a conscience by, essentially, being right out of the box a good guy. He was tested and is tested terrible on what doing the right thing means. That’s what’s so interesting about it.”
Sbarge also reveals that Jiminy was not always a cricket; in tonight’s episode we will see him at different ages as he grows into the adult we know as Archie. In his discussion with TVLine’s Matt Mitovich, he addresses the transformation with a tease, “That specific moment is actually captured on film, yes.”
More Spoilers for This Season
SpoilerTV reports the following upcoming episode titles:
Episode 1.10 – 7:15am (According to Mitovich, “TVLine hears that during an Episode 10 flashback, we’ll get a hint of Red’s past — specifically how it involves Snow White.”)
Episode 1.11 – The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
Episode 1.12 – Skin Deep (We finally meet Belle!)
Kristin Dos Santos from E! Online reports, “While we’re not sure which princesses will be making appearance in Storybrooke soon, we do know the show is currently casting a “beautiful, alluring and seductive” woman to play the siren. It’s almost impossible for any man to ignore her temptations and we hear she may set her sights on a certain charming man.” She also teases that we will soon find out who David Ander’s Dr. Whale is in the fairytale realm.
E! Online says we can cross Henry and Ruby off of the list. So that leaves us with:
Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White)
David Nolan (Prince Charming)
Regina Mills (The Evil Queen)
Archie Hooper (Jiminy Cricket)
Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin)
Granny (Red Riding Hood’s Grandma)
Kathryn Nolan (Prince Charming’s Fiancée)
Sydney (Magic Mirror)
Post your predictions, thoughts and questions in the comments below.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of tonight’s nail-biting episode.