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Recap / Once Upon A Time S 1 E 14 Dreamy

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Season 1, Episode 14:


Nova: Dreamy, you control what changes in your life. Never let yourself forget, you're special.
Dreamy: Why? What makes us different from any other dwarf and fairy out there?
Nova: Our love.

Leroy: Isn't that what life is about? Holding on to your good memories. All I wanted was a moment with Astrid. One moment to give me hope that any dream is possible.

Mary Margaret teams up with Leroy, Storybrooke's resident trouble maker, to help him sell candles during the Miner's Day Festival and Emma investigates Kathryn's sudden disappearance. Meanwhile, in the fairy-tale land that was, the Seven Dwarfs are introduced as well as Grumpy's romance with the beautiful, yet clumsy fairy, Nova.


  • Absentee Actor: This is the first episode where Jared Gilmore (Henry) is absent.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: Lampshaded by Bossy.
    Dreamy: Maybe I should have Doc look at me.
    Bossy: You're gonna trust a doctor who got his medical degree from a pickaxe?
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Grumpy was told by the Blue Fairy to do this to Nova.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Dreamy reveals to Nova that he had seen her when he was hatched from his egg, she is stunned that he's only a year old. His response? "I know, I look young for my age."
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  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Nova and her Storybrooke counterpart Sister Astrid, oh so much. Spills fairy dust accidentally on a dwarf egg. Leaves the bag of dust on a hopper mine car so it almost gets dumped from the conveyor belt into the furnace. Almost caused a power outage by overloading a transformer with too many lights. Makes a typo that puts the convent five grand in debt.
  • Destructive Romance: The Blue Fairy and Bossy convince Dreamy that his love for Nova will turn into this because fairies lose their wings if they fall in love.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Though not his literal father, Bossy keeps Dreamy from leaving the mines to travel the world with Nova. Ironically, once the other dwarves find out he wants to leave for love, they are all happy for and supportive of him.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Nova could have easily flown to save her fairy dust from the fire. It's likely she was too flustered to do so though.
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  • Happy Ending: One of the few times in the first season where at least one character gets a completely happy ending.
  • Hypocrite: Mary Margaret, getting after Leroy for being interested in a nun when, as he himself lampshades, she had an affair with a married man so has no room to talk.
    • Hypocrite Has a Point: However, while having such an affair is generally frowned on by most societies (as Mary Margaret experienced quite painfully last episode and throughout most of this one), she's right that it's also generally seen as much worse to violate a religious vow of celibacy.
  • Ironic Echo: Of the invoked Tear Jerker Type: "I'm a Dwarf. I can't love."
  • Irony: The Blue Fairy tells Nova that fairy dust is the source of all hope and joy in the world. But when said dust causes a dwarf egg to produce a dwarf who can love, and he and Nova want to run away together, the Blue Fairy crushes that hope and joy to enforce the caste system (because it's more important for dwarves to mine and fairies to carry dust so the rest of the world can be happy).
  • Match Cut: Of the ironic sort, between Dreamy hatching from his egg and Leroy fiercely breaking open his hard-boiled egg at the diner.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Bossy" is named as such because he's the boss, but he doesn't embody the word's more negative connotations. We also see "Watchy", the mine's watcher.
    • Nova is Latin for new, and the fairy Nova is about as new as they come when it relates to her duties (or competence at them). Meanwhile in Storybrooke her name is Astrid, which means "star" (as in, the thing people wish on to summon the fairies, and to make dreams come true which is what she and Leroy's story is all about, both past and present).
  • Odd Friendship:
    • One is established between Dreamy and Belle.
    • In Storybrooke, the "town harlot" and the "town drunk" working together to sell candles. Made more heartwarming when you know how close they were as Snow White and Grumpy.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Played with. While the mining aspect is obviously there, there are no female dwarves (or dwarf children), dwarves are hatched from eggs (fully grown in appearance, but wearing undergarment sleepwear), and they receive their names from their axes (which can change if their personalities change).
  • Plot Parallel: Nova takes Dreamy to see the fireflies on Firefly Hill; in Storybrooke, after Leroy makes the power go out by driving a pick axe into a transformer, all the sold candles look like a field of fireflies when lit. The first ends up being tragic due to Break His Heart to Save Him, the second is a happy ending since it provides the nuns with the money they need to pay off Mr. Gold (and even indirectly allows Mary Margaret to make up with Granny) and brings Astrid and Leroy together.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Bossy is friendly to his workers and concerned about their well-being. However, he does stop Dreamy from seeing the fairy he fell in love with.
  • Take a Third Option: Mary Margaret and Leroy aren't able to sell the candles, and Gold won't buy Leroy's boat (at first, not for the price he's asking, then not at all when he learns it's for the nuns). So Leroy decides to cause a power outage at the festival, forcing everyone to buy the candles.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Mary Margaret tries to do this when she finds Leroy on the ledge of a tall building, only for him to quickly clarify that he isn't going to jump.
  • That Man Is Dead: Never directly stated, but Dreamy "dies" around the time Grumpy is "born".
  • Travelling Salesman Montage: Done with Leroy and Mary Margaret as they try to sell candles.
  • Wham Shot: David being taken away in the sheriff's car, arrested under suspicion of Kathryn's disappearance.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Nova/Astrid is never seen again and no definite resolution is given to her and Grumpy/Leroy's romance (other than in one behind-the-scenes special feature from the DVD, and even that doesn't fully resolve it).

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