Recap / Once Upon A Time S 1 E 5 That Still Small Voice

Season 1, Episode 5:

That Still Small Voice

Jiminy: Look, can't we skip this tonight? We don't need the money.
Myrna: Everything isn't about money, Jiminy. It's the principle.
Martin: A commitment to excellence.
Myrna: Excellence at stealing money.

Archie Hopper: Why do you think it's so important that your fairy-tale theory is true?
Henry Mills: I don't know.
Archie Hopper: Give it a shot.
Henry Mills: 'Cause, this can't be all that there is.

Emma is deputized by Sheriff Graham, Mary Margaret begins to question if she has feelings for David and an earthquake causes a giant sinkhole to mysteriously appear near the town's edge placing a curious Henry in danger when he decides to see if the sinkhole is connected to the Dark Curse. In the fairy tale land that was, the backstory of Pinocchio's conscience, Jiminy Cricket, is revealed along with his yearning to transform into the person he wants to be.


  • Baleful Polymorph: Geppetto's parents, courtesy of Jiminy (by accident of course). Averted with Jiminy himself, who's happier in his animal form than he ever was out of it.
  • Body Horror: Sweet glory, Gepetto's parents!
  • Correlation/Causation Gag: At the exact moment Emma first puts on her deputy sheriff badge, Storybrooke is rocked by what seems like an earthquake (actually a coal mine shaft collapse), seemingly underscoring the importance of her accepting a role in the community. However, considering the curse, her being the savior, and other moments of genuine causation (her accepting the key at Granny's bed-and-breakfast coincided with the town clock starting running again), this might not actually be a coincidence...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For the first time, we see Regina display how she really does care about Henry. Not that it stops her from shoving Emma away from him once he's safe.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jiminy's parents. At first they just seem like lazy common thieves who enjoy their job a little too much, but we see later that they don't so much as bat an eye at what amounts to murder.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Jiminy's parents do it a lot, usually when they're making excuses for why their thieving lifestyle is a good thing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Archie and Marco are revealed as such; a side effect of them being lifelong companions in the Fairy Tale world.
  • Iconic Item: Emma's red coat is pretty much established as this in her first scene this episode.
  • Laughably Evil: Jiminy's parents again. They're pretty much Expy's of the Thénardiers.
  • Mama Bear: Much like Snow White in Season 2, when she and Emma are trapped in the Enchanted Forest, when Henry comes, sobbing, to her door, the genes Emma inherited from Snow erupt and she goes from the fairest of them all to the scariest of them all. We are not kidding. You have been warned - this is the warning: It is absolutely glorious. Terrifying... but glorious!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The reveal of what happened to Gepetto's parents. The fact that they look like they are screaming doesn't help matters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Archie Hopper, after listening to Henry tell of him being Jimminy Cricket, finally takes the time to stand up to Regina, and take care of Henry without hurting his feelings.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass and What the Hell, Hero?: Archie takes his stand by essentially threatening to have Henry taken away from Regina. This is a problem when you realize that he would have to essentially lie to authorities to make good on his threat. Regina may not be a nice person, but she has displayed no signs of being an unfit parent for Henry and has been shown to really love him. Also, by entertaining Henry's belief of the curse, Archie is also entertaining the idea of Henry's mother being "evil" which is harmful for their parent-child relationship. Although the alternative, Regina making Henry think he's crazy rather than admitting the curse is real, is harmful to him, too.
    • Averted. It's heavily implied that Regina may have been emotionally abusive. After all, she did many things to make Henry think he was crazy, so he would think he was wrong about the curse, including blackmailing his therapist. It's Archie standing up for himself and Henry. He's telling her that he will not allow her to use him to hurt Henry. He's telling her that if she tries to cruelly manipulate him again, he will do his part to get Henry with Emma, whom he knows loves Henry and will take care of him. He's not threatening Regina. He's standing up for himself, and trying to end what he sees as Regina's emotional abuse. Also, at no point did Archie entertain Henry's belief. When Henry asked him about it, he directly said "No". He only wanted to know why it was so important to Henry. The issue was Archie telling Henry he was insane, and was going to be locked away. Archie apologized to Henry personally for it, and even put the blame on himself instead of Regina. He just wants the best for Henry. And in the end, Henry was right.
  • Wham Line: "His name is Gepetto."
  • Wham Shot: The final shot of the episode, when we find out what the "something shiny" Henry discovered was: Snow White's coffin from the Enchanted Forest at the bottom of the mine shaft.