Once Upon a Time continued Sunday night on ABC 7 in Queens with “That Still Small Voice.” This week’s episode explored Jiminy Cricket’s background, both in fairytale land and Storybrooke.
Jiminy pickpocketed those watching his parents’ puppet show and later showed off his loot to them. He especially liked the cricket he had taken, and as he got older, he asked them if they could just put on the show and forget stealing. No, they couldn’t, and they told him to set up. A boy watched him in the rain and said he had a great job. Jiminy didn’t think so. The boy was out there to listen to the crickets.
After delivering some things to Rumplestiltskin, he was paid in gold thread. However, Rumplestiltskin knew he wanted something with magic. Jiminy wanted to be free, and Rumplestiltskin gave him a vial to use on his parents. His price: let him collect his parents after.
Jiminy asked his parents to skip a night of stealing but they refused and sought refuge in a young couple’s home. They told them they passed through a town with the plague and were luckily immune with an elf tonic they had. The couple offered to pay them for it, and Jiminy gave them the vial before they left. Once outside, he threw his own vial at them, but his parents had switched them. Jiminy found the couple inside had been turned into puppets, and the young boy from earlier returned home to see what had happened to his parents.
Jiminy wished upon a star and the Blue Fairy joined him. It was not possible to bring back the boy’s parents. Jiminy wanted to make it right, and the Fairy said he could help the boy face his challenges. Jiminy couldn’t get away from his parents, but the Fairy asked what he wanted to be if he could be something different. He wanted to be a cricket, and she granted his wish. She told him to find the boy—his name was Geppetto.
Henry had noticed that there were no crickets in town and told Archie he was Jiminy because of his conscience. He wanted to know why Henry thought it so important his beliefs were real. Emma just officially became deputy when there was a collapse in the mine tunnels, and once on scene, Regina found out about her new job before addressing the crowd. Henry noticed her picking glass off the ground and snuck off to talk to Emma and Archie. He thought something could be down in the mines and Emma was changing things, but Regina interrupted and sent Emma on her way. She told Archie he needed to crush Henry’s delusions and warned him she could fire him. When Henry ran into Marco leaving Archie’s office, he said he was Geppetto. However, Archie told Henry it was all just a delusion and he had to let go of it.
Mary was having fun visiting David in the hospital, but Catherine interrupted with pictures to jog his memory. Mary listened as he told her he remembered his dog. She later talked to Emma about it, and she warned her against getting involved with a married guy. Henry showed up, crying, and Emma confronted Archie about what he told him. She knew Regina was responsible, and speaking of her, she called Emma looking for Henry. Archie knew where he was: the tunnels.
Henry was going deeper and deeper into the tunnels—and found glass similar to what Regina picked up—as Archie entered just before the entrance collapsed, leaving Emma outside and Archie and Henry trapped inside. Henry found Archie and forced him to follow him. They heard Archie’s dog barking and found an elevator. Meanwhile, Regina and Emma acknowledged that arguing wasn’t helping. They needed explosives to punch through the ground, and as they set up, Archie and Henry tried to get the elevator to work. The explosives didn’t give them an opening, but Archie and Henry felt the effects as it jarred the elevator.
David asked Mary to join him on his walk and told her he didn’t remember his dog and nothing felt real—nothing except her. When Catherine joined them, Mary left. Emma realized Archie’s dog could help and he led them to an airshaft. Archie apologized to Henry for what he said and told him he had a very strong mother who didn’t like him stepping off her path. Henry told Archie he thought he could be a good person because he was Jiminy Cricket. Archie didn’t think he was a cricket or a conscience, but Henry said before that he was a guy who took time to figure out what to do. The curse kept him from being who he wanted to be. Emma and Regina argued about who would go down the shaft, and Emma won out.
Archie asked Henry why he thought it was so important his theory was true, and Henry said “this can’t be all there is.” That was something Archie understood. He remembered the kind of person he wanted to be. That was when Emma showed up to get them out. The elevator fell after Emma got Henry out, but Archie’s umbrella hooked onto her. They pulled them out, and when Emma went to check on Henry, Regina pushed her away. She thanked Archie, who said he was going to continue to treat Henry—his own way. He didn’t care what Regina threatened him with and said she would leave him alone because when she found herself in a custody battle, they would consult an expert on who was the fit parent.
Henry pointed out the sounds of crickets: things were changing. Mr. Gold had Geppetto’s puppet parents in his shop. Mary dropped off her letter of resignation at the hospital. Regina dropped what she had picked up down the airshaft and it turned out to be broken glass from Fairytale land.
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