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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Neal Cassidy/Baelfire Once Upon a Time
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Michael Raymond-James (born Michael Weverstad; December 24, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known ...

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Neal Cassidy ~ "You have no idea what I've lived with. You're so worried about you. You know what I've dealt with? Every night, for more years than you could know, the last thing I see before I sleep is the image of you, you and me, over that pit, your hand... wrapped around mine. And then you open your grip. And as I fall away, all I can see is your face. Choosing all... this... crap over me. Letting me go. Now it's my turn. Now I'm lettin' you go".

Neal Cassidy is a thief who meets Emma and falls in love. Although he is very stubborn he often putts others needs ahead of his own.

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, often abbreviated to "Bea", is the son of Rumplestiltskin. As a child, Baelfire lives alone with his father after his mother Milah leaves. On his fourteenth birthday, Bae would be taken to fight in the Ogre Wars. However, his father becomes "The Dark One" and kills the soldiers who attempt to take Bae. Although Rumplestiltskin claims that Bae is safe, his son is scared and obtains a magic bean that will take him and his father to a world without magic. However, Rumplestiltskin is too afraid to lose his powers and Bae is forced to enter the portal alone.

He arrives in London, during the Victorian era and spends six months as a street urchin. He is discovered by Wendy Darling, who offers him sanctuary. When her parents find him, they choose to adopt him. Bae learns that the Darling children are being stalked by a mysterious "Shadow" and Bae, who has lost everything to magic, makes them promise not to go near "The Shadow" again.

After Wendy visits Neverland, she reveals to Bae that "The Shadow" is returning to kidnap one of her brothers. Bae promises to protect the family, sacrificing himself and being taken away to Neverland. While en route, Bae manages to break free of "The Shadow" and is rescued by Captain Hook. Bae learns that his mother, Milah, fell in love with Hook, which resulted in her leaving him and her death at the hands of his own father, Rumplestiltskin. Angry at Hook and his father, Bae wishes to be returned to The Darling Family, but is captured by the Lost Boys. After a number of unspecified adventures, Bae returns to the real world during the 20th century, taking on the identity of Neal Cassidy.

Neal Cassidy meets Emma Swan in Portland, Oregon in 2001 (11 years prior to the curse being broken.) They become a couple, but Neal later learns that he is wanted for stealing a case of watches in Phoenix and decides to flee to Canada with Emma. He is accosted by August Booth (Pinocchio) who convinces him of the existence of magic and explains that he is keeping Emma from her destiny to break the curse. August forces Neal to leave Emma, who is later arrested by an officer for possession of the stolen watches. Two months later, Neal and Booth meet in Vancouver and Booth reveals Emma's imprisonment. Neal asks him to give Emma their car and the proceeds of the sale of the watches.

In prison, Emma receives a package containing the car keys, but not the money. Neal is later shown in an apartment finding a postcard inscribed with the word 'Broken', sent by Booth (Pinocchio) after the curse is broken. After receiving a magical globe, Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin) tracks his son to Manhattan. Neal's true identity is eventually revealed to Emma when she, Henry and Gold find him.

Upon arriving in Storybrooke, Neal invites his fiancée Tamara to the town. Although she reacts negatively to his claims about magic, it is later revealed she is fully aware of Storybrooke's nature and is Greg Mendell's lover and secret contact. After realizing Tamara's true identity, Emma and Neal track her down, but Tamara shoots Neal and throws a magic bean under their feet that creates a portal. Neal saves Emma but falls through instead. Neal, not wanting Henry to lose both his parents, decides to let go of Emma's hand after telling her that he loves her. It is presumed that Neal died from his wound but it is later revealed that he was transported to the untouched part of the Enchanted Forest where Mulan, Princess Aurora, and Prince Phillip pronounce him alive and washed upon the beach.

The trio tend to him and Neal tells them that he has to find out if Emma and Henry are safe. The group find Rumplestiltskin's castle and Neal uses a magical globe that reveals Emma is in Neverland. He then has Robin Hood's son call "The Shadow", using himself as bait to successfully travel to Neverland. He successfully rescues Henry, only to be captured by Peter Pan and his Lost Boys. After Pan enacts the original curse again, Neal, along with the other inhabitants are consumed by the curse and returned to their original worlds.

In the Enchanted Forest, Neal and Belle visit Rumplestiltskin's castle and are located to the Dark One's vault. Neal unlocks the vault, resurrecting Rumplestiltskin but sacrificing himself. Before he dies, Rumplestiltskin takes his body and merges it with his own. After Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West informs Rumplestiltskin that a new curse is coming, Neal temporarily splits from his father's body and sends a dose of memory potion to Hook to assist Emma break the curse back in Storybrooke. Back in Storybrooke, Emma finds Neal trapped within Mr. Gold, thus causing him to lose his mind. Neal asks for Emma to free Gold to defeat Zelena though he will die; she reluctantly agrees.

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06x18 - Where Bluebirds Fly
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01x05 - That Still Small Voice
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