Recap / Once Upon A Time S 1 E 3 Snow Falls

Season 1, Episode 3:

Snow Falls

Prince Charming: I told you I'd find you. No matter what you do, I will always find you.
Snow White: Is this the only way you can catch a woman? By entrapping her?
Prince Charming: It's the only way to catch thieving scum.
Snow White: Aren't you a real Prince Charming?

Mary Margaret Blanchard: That's an interesting job: finding people. How did you fall into it?
Emma Swan: Looking for people is just what I've done as long as I can remember.
Mary Margaret: What made you start? Your parents. Henry told me that you're, er, were from a similar situation to his own. Did you ever find them?
Emma Swan: Depends who you ask.

Emma convinces Henry's school teacher, Mary Margaret Blanchard, to visit a comatose John Doe at Storybrooke General Hospital and read to him from the book of fairytales - unaware that something unexpected will happen - while the unexpected first meeting between Snow White and Prince Charming is revealed along with the beginning of their forbidden romance.


  • Action Girl: This episode establishes that Snow White was a bandit who could escape Prince Charming and his guards by her own guile and skill.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Regina says as much about Storybrooke.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Snow's necklace with fairy dust.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Snow fends off Charming by hitting him with a rock while he has her pinned down. When he's being held captive by trolls, she turns them all into bugs.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Mary Margaret attempts CPR on the comatose 'John Doe' in the forest. It works but it's because of the magic rather than the proper procedure.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The wanted posters list Snow White's crimes as "murder, treason, treachery."
  • First-Name Basis: Charming reveals his actual name to Snow: James.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's one that Prince Charming won't marry Princess Abigail and will end up with Snow White. In the present, things aren't so sure.
    • It's also one that Snow won't use the fairy dust on the Queen, given how she's not a bug in the first episode.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Charming's ridiculously good aim taking out the Queen's henchman with a bow and arrow.
  • Love Triangle: Sets one up between Charming, Snow and Princess Abigail. But quickly subverted as it's made obvious Charming isn't interested in Abigail - and we know he marries Snow anyway. But played straight when Abigail's Storybrooke counterpart Kathryn shows up.
  • Meaningful Background Event/Getting Crap Past the Radar: While Mary Margaret talks to Dr. Whale Ruby can be seen in her very short skirted waitress outfit stretching and bending over a table, and it's not just one shot, but multiple poses, establishing that she's not only Ms. Fanservice but this is not a typical fairy tale, or Disney fare for that matter.
  • Meaningful Name: More oblique than most, but the episode title likely refers to the fact this is when the romance between Snow White and Prince Charming begins—i.e. when she "falls" for him.
  • No "Arc" in "Archery": Charming's arrow work.
  • Our Trolls Are Different
  • Proper Lady: Princess Abigail. She's also portrayed as dull and uninteresting.
  • Samus Is a Girl: When Charming catches the robber, he pulls the hood down to reveal Snow.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The "Toll Bridge" sign has a red "R" scrawled on it between the "T" and "O".
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Snow and Charming's first conversation.
  • True Love's Kiss: The first instance of it happening in the real world.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Played with. Although Snow White is a princess, she's the 'commoner' in this sense (she's a forest bandit) while Charming is the royalty.