Season 1, Episode 10:
Emma Swan: So, you're a stalker?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: No, not really. Maybe a little bit. I mean, it's not like I'm following him. I just know that he spends his mornings with Kathryn, gets coffee, then drives to the animal shelter to start work at 7:30, and then he's home around 5.
Emma Swan: Oh, is that all?
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Thursdays, they pick up Chinese for dinner.
Regina asks Emma to confirm any suspicions about the Stranger and David continues to grapple with his unrequited love for Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, the events leading up to Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas' daughter, Abigail, are revealed along with Snow White's yearning to ease her broken heart.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Textbook example, although enforced by King George. Because he is so determined to ensure James's wedding to Abigail goes off as planned, so that his and Midas's kingdom will unite, and James's feelings for Snow are interfering with this, George takes advantage of Snow coming to the castle to deliver an ultimatum: either she tells James she doesn't love him, or he will kill him—to make him a martyr so that Midas will still go through with his end of the deal, and to hurt Snow. And like most examples of the trope, it doesn't work: James goes searching for her anyway, breaking off the engagement to Abigail, and by the time Snow hears about this, she has already taken the forgetfulness potion.
- Call-Forward: Thanks to Anachronic Order, Grumpy telling Snow about his lost love is this to "Dreamy" (right down to him telling her his love was "beautiful as a fairy").
- Continuity Nod:
- Just like her daughter, Snow White first met Grumpy when they were in neighboring cells.
- Back when Graham was spending the night with Regina, he claimed he needed Emma to cover for him because he had to work at the animal shelter; after she finds out about the affair, Graham claims he really did work there. Flash forward to now, and it would seem that after Graham's death, David took up his position at the animal shelter.*
- Just last episode, Regina discovered through the Magic Mirror that Snow White is "cavorting with dwarves." This episode, we find out "when that happened" and the very solemn and saddening reasons behind it.
- Contrived Coincidence: As will be revealed two episodes from now (though we won't see it again until Season 4B), the cabin where David and Mary Margaret happen to take shelter from the storm belongs to Gold. It was Rumple of course who by various means brought them together the first time (so as to obtain the potion of True Love), so it's fitting he indirectly helped kindle their Storybrooke romance, too. Because Destiny Says So, surely.
- Doomed by Canon: A Canon Foreigner eighth dwarf named Stealthy? Wonder what's going to happen to him?
- Fire-Forged Friends: Grateful for helping him escape, and making a connection over lost love, has Grumpy invite Snow to stay with his 6 other friends to look after her.
- Hostile Weather: The incoming storm forces Mary Margaret and David to take shelter after she goes to release the injured dove, only encouraging their forbidden love.
- Irony: Mary Margaret has taken to coming to Granny's every morning at 7:15 AM so she can see David getting his morning coffee with Kathryn...but it turns out the reason he comes there at that time (since he could just have it at home, or elsewhere) is to see her. Also, when they both decide to not show up one morning at 7:15, they both come a half hour later...and still run into each other.Mary Margaret: What are you doing here?David: Trying not to see you!Mary Margaret: Well, I'm trying not to see you!David: This is a problem. How do we stop seeing each other, then?
- Love Hurts: Mary Margaret says something to this effect at the start of the episode. So does Rumplestiltskin
- Mythology Gag: When Snow White first meets him in the dungeons, Grumpy is whistling "Heigh-Ho." Also, Rumple is the first one to actually refer to Snow as she is in the fairy tale, "the fairest one of all."
- Orbital Kiss: Between Mary Margaret and David.
- Plot Parallel: One of the cases where the present-day plot and the Enchanted Forest plot mirror each other almost perfectly, as in both Mary Margaret/Snow White is doing everything she can to forget her love for David/Charming, and he just can't let it go no matter how she or anyone else tells him he must. Also, the plot with the injured dove that needs to get back to its flock or it will be left alone forever very much reflects Mary Margaret's dilemma, underscored by the fact it seems to be the same dove James used to send her his message.
- Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: Both King George and Rumple subscribe to this trope, for very different reasons (Love Is a Weakness vs. Love Hurts)—although he spoke in an earlier episode of having lost his wife, George only seems to care how James's feelings are interfering with saving the kingdom. Rumple, though we won't know the full story for several episodes (and until the next season), is clearly thinking of having lost Milah and Baelfire when he dismisses love to Snow White. Oddly, despite the fact he has greater cause to do so, it's George who is more of The Cynic (and quite malicious) about love, not Rumple.
- The Sneaky Guy: Stealthy, the eighth dwarf, manages to sneak into King George's castle without getting detected.
- Stalker with a Crush: Emma teasingly accuses Mary Margaret of this, and after denying it (badly) with a series of Suspiciously Specific Denials about David's daily routine, she finally admits it.
- Sympathetic Magic: Rumple takes one of Snow White's hairs as payment for the forgetfulness potion. Subverted in that it later turns out he did this not to gain some sort of control or hold over her, but to help make his potion of True Love.
- Troll: August is totally this the whole time he's conversing with Emma at Granny's diner, but especially when talking about what he has in his box.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: As the eighth dwarf, Stealthy doesn't survive the episode.
- Wham Line: "...Who?"
- Wham Shot: The final moment, when Regina glowers at the kissing David and Mary Margaret from her car.
- You Are Not Alone: Grumpy says this word for word to Snow White.