How about THAT one, RumBelle fans? Every time we get more of Rumplestiltskin's backstory, he becomes more and more interesting. One episode he seems more twisted and evil than ever, and in the next we can't help but hope for his redemption. Only Once Upon a Time could show us a guy murdering his ex-wife in the middle of the episode and still have us rooting for him to make things work with his new girlfriend by the end of it.
But that's what everybody saw. How about some of the things you may not have noticed.
No RumBelle appearance is complete without references to Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It's a tale as old as time, after all. As Mr. Gold is preparing breakfast for Belle, the tea kettle pictured above is a callback to Mrs. Potts from the animated classic.
And this is a double reference. Moe French (Sir Maurice), Belle's father, owns a flower shop called Game of Thorns. The first nod is to the acclaimed George R. R. Martin novel A Game of Thrones and the second is to the rose featured in the Beauty and the Beast story.
Fairy tale fans may have noticed when Ruby brings the dwarfs and David some snacks, she does so in a little basket. This is a reference to the classic image of Little Red Riding Hood taking food to her grandmother.
Both in Fairy Tale Land and in Storybrooke, William Smee is always seen with his red beanie hat. Fans of Disney's Peter Pan will recognize that particular piece of head gear.
And continuing with the winks to the Disney classic, Captain Killian Jones—later to be called "Hook"—tells Rumplestiltskin that he looks like a "crocodile" when he first spies his scaly complexion. As explained in the animated Disney film, the Tick Tock Croc had eaten Hook's hand and was eager to finish the meal.
Finally, we'll end with another literary reference, When Belle walks into the Storybrooke Library, Mr. Gold quotes the line "We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth." That quote is widely attributed to a 19th-century British banker named John Lubbock and appears in his book The Pleasures of Life.
That's all for this week. As always, if you've spotted something we haven't called out, share it in the comments!