But that's all stuff everyone saw. How about the things that most people probably didn't notice? It's time to go looking for some Storybrooke Secrets. English majors, get ready to get smug with your friends when you tell them that you noticed:
When Marco (Geppetto) posts his his sign (“Searching for Pinocchio, Call Marco”) on the bulletin board for missing persons, there are a number of other flyers visible, all of which have some connection to the work of William Shakespeare.
- Pyramus and Thisbē are two characters from Roman mythology, whose star-crossed love story is told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. The story of Pyramus and Thisbē became the plot basis for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Pyramus and Thisbē also appeared in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when a group of “mechanicals” present a crude re-enactment of the original play with comic results.
- There is a sign that begins, “Dearest Cressida”. Cressida is a character that appears in many medieval and renaissance retellings of the Trojan War, most notably in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
- Another sign begins with the heading, “Desperately looking for Peas-Blossom”. Peasblossom is a fairy servant to Titania in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Pierre Abelard was an 11th century historical figure whose romance with Héloïse d'Argenteuil served as one of Shakespeare’s inspirations for Romeo and Juliet. The sign reads, “PIERRE ABELARD” across the top, followed by, “Please! If you see this man...”.
- When Ruby (Red Riding Hood) and Archie (Jiminy Cricket) come into frame, there’s a sign visible over Ruby’s shoulder, looking for “TITANIA”, who is Peasblossom’s master and the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Presumably, it might be her husband, Oberon, who’s searching for her.
Okay, that's a lot of Shakespeare. But now let's go to the Magic Kingdom. No, not THAT one, THE Magic Kingdom! When Regina walks around the castle courtyard with her father, the hedges they pass resemble those that can be seen around Disneyland.
Time to stop by Mr. Gold's shop. What secrets does he have for us this time? How about a model ship that looks quite a bit like Captain Hook's “Jolly Roger” and an African mask recalling The Lion King.
And while Regina's picking up her old spell book, Gold (Rumplestiltskin) warns her about the potential effects of the spell book's magic. She responds, "I don't care if they turn me green," like the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
In Fairy Tale Land, Regina wears a necklace with a symbol of a tree that resembles the Storybrooke town crest. The necklace didn't get burned to a crisp by a magic fireball, though. The town crest wasn't so lucky.
Rumplestiltskin gives Regina a looking-glass to portal her mother away. This is how Alice is transported in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. ONCE fans will also remember that Jefferson and The Evil Queen used a Looking-Glass portal from within the magic hat to transport themselves to Wonderland to retrieve Regina's father, Henry from the Queen of Hearts in Episode 117: "Hat Trick". Coincidence?
Speaking of Jefferson, When Charming finds him in a wrecked pickup truck, there is a toy “Deluxe Tea Set” on the ground, recalling his prior tea parties with the March Hare and the imaginary tea parties his daughter Grace used to throw with her stuffed animals. When Jefferson comes out of the truck, he's clutching a stuffed bunny—White Rabbit or March Hare—like the one he made for Grace back in Fairy Tale Land.
Let's wind down with an inspiring speech. When David tells the townsfolk to "live in a shoe if you want," he's referring to the nursery rhyme "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe".
And we can't have an episode of Once Upon a Time without a wink to LOST. For fans of the 815, Dopey can be seen wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt throughout the episode. Geronimo Jackson was a fictional band often referenced in ABC's LOST.
And that is it for this week. Did you catch all of that? Is there more we didn't reveal? Do you just want to brag about how much Shakespeare you know? Take it to the comments!