Oct. 23, 2011
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Once Upon a Time

In the world where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide, nothing will be the same again. A 10-year-old boy, Henry, found his mother Emma Swan, who abandoned him when he was a baby, and believes that she comes from an alternate world. According to his book, the epic battle for the future of both worlds is beginning and they need her help.

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Jared Scott Gilmore (born May 30, 2000), is an American child actor. He is best known for his roles in ...

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Henry Mills ~ “I'm done reading about heroes. I want to be one".

Mills is Emma Swan and Neal Cassidy's 11-year-old son, whom she gave up for adoption after giving birth in jail. He is also Snow White, Prince Charming and Rumplestiltskin's grandson. He is adopted by Regina Mills (The Evil Queen), who finds him through Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin); Henry is named after Regina's father.

Henry receives his cherished book of fairy tales from his teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White) and discovers that the residents of Storybrooke are characters from the book after noticing he is the only one in town who ages. His realization that Regina is The Evil Queen strains his relationship with her, and she sends him to regular therapy sessions with Dr. Archie Hopper to end his unwavering belief in the curse.

Hoping to break the curse and learn why he was put up for adoption, Henry finds his biological mother Emma Swan in Boston and brings her to Storybrooke.

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He eventually convinces Emma of the truth by eating a poisoned apple turnover containing a sleeping curse, ultimating in him being pronounced dead. However, he is awoken with true love's kiss by Emma, also breaking the curse.

After the curse is broken, Emma and Mary Margaret are dragged into a portal, leaving his grandfather David (Prince Charming) to look after him. Regina initially refuses to let go of Henry, until she realises that she does not want the same fate for him that she endured. Following the death of Regina's mother Cora, and Regina vowing to exact her revenge on Mary Margaret, Henry seeks to remove magic from Storybrooke.

When Emma and Regina stop the trigger introduced by Greg Mendell and Tamara from destroying Storybrooke, he is kidnapped by the pair and transported to Neverland, where it is revealed that Peter Pan wants possession of him. Upon arrival at Neverland, it is revealed that Greg and Tamara were tricked by the "Home Office", whose real identities are confirmed to be the Lost Boys. As Henry runs from the pair, he befriends a "fugitive boy" and they use fairy dust to escape. However, the boy then reveals that he is in fact Peter Pan (Henry's great-grandfather) and wants possession of him as he owns "the heart of the truest believer". Pan eventually persuades Henry to give him his heart, putting it into Pan's body, telling him it will save magic. Regina reclaims the heart and resurrects Henry. However, Pan inhabits Henry's body in Storybrooke, until Gold corrects the bodies. Pan enacts the original curse again, forcing Emma and Henry to leave Storybrooke forever. Regina erases the events following the curse's enactment, and gives the pair new happy memories. Henry's past is altered and instead of being put up for adoption, he lives with Emma in New York City.

A year later, Hook restores Emma's memories, leading her to return to Storybrooke with both Henry and Hook to save their family. With no memories, Henry is initially confused and suspicious of Emma's decision to relocate to Storybrooke, until Emma restores his memories with his book. Henry later assists Regina to search for his story book's writer.

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