Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
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Snow Falls 

At Henry's urging, Emma convinces Mary Margaret to pay a visit to a comatose man in the hospital and read to him from the storybook, as flashbacks show how Snow White and Prince Charming first met.


Dean White


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince 'James' Charming / David Nolan
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold (credit only)
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Lee Arenberg ... Leroy
Anastasia Griffith ... Princess Abigail / Kathryn Nolan
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Faustino Di Bauda ... Sleepy / Walter
Mark Gibbon ... Head Troll
Amos Stern Amos Stern ... Lead Knight


At Henry's urging, Emma convinces Mary Margaret to pay a visit to a comatose John Doe in the hospital and to read to him from the storybook. But Mary Margaret is stunned at the outcome of her visit. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Prince Charming meets Snow White for the first time in a most unexpected way. Written by ABC Publicity

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Did You Know?


Josh Dallas bears the same real-life chin scar as his character Prince Charming. See more »


When horse carriage is ambushed (a cut down tree is on the road) a horse wrangler with a blue baseball cap is clearly visible. See more »


Prince Charming: [when meeting Snow White for the first time] You're a... girl...!
Snow White: Woman.
[knocks him over with a rock]
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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As the snow falls the show itself is getting better
14 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"Snow Falls" follows on after the very promising, if imperfect (understandably) start set by the previous two episodes and it is showing that the show is getting better with each episode at this point. Of the three, it's the best one. Detailing Snow White and Prince Charming's first encounter, the writing has the odd cheesy moment still. Which in a way is understandable, as 'Once Upon a Time' at this point was still settling and finding its feet as is the case with most shows in their early stages.

As to be expected, "Snow Falls" is a very handsomely mounted episode, with settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully and there were some make-up that suited the characters perfectly and pretty good effects work. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Much of the writing is humorous and engaging and the story establishes the concept and intertwines and mirrors the real and fantasy worlds very well. Snow White and Prince Charming's chemistry is very charming. The characters still maintain interest.

The acting here, which was actually mostly fine in the previous two episodes but slightly patchy at times, has improved. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are appealing in the title roles and Lana Parilla continues to be a high point.

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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