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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Prince "Charming" David ~ "There's more to life than living for the next fight. Life is made up of moments. Good ones, bad ones, but they're all worth living".

Prince "Charming" David
is a poor shepherd whose twin brother was given to King George as an heir in a deal with Rumplestiltskin. The real Prince James is killed in battle and the shepherd takes his brother's name in exchange for the prosperity of his mother's farm and the promise that he can return home afterward. He is also the true love of Snow White, father of Emma Swan, and later grandfather of Henry.

David is a very honorable man making it very confusing when he has the false memories from the curse in his mind telling him he is in love with another. The love between him and Snow White are the cause of the Queen's curse and they are the symbol of true love.

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After he slays the dragon, King Midas declares Charming worthy to marry his daughter Abigail and unite the kingdoms. Charming wants to marry for love and therefore tries to decline, but George vows to kill his mother Ruth if he does. Before his marriage, he falls in love with Snow White (who nicknames him Charming), later inviting her to run away together.

After interceptions by George, the pair are continuously separated, leading to The Evil Queen capturing him to convince Snow to willingly eat an apple containing a sleeping curse. He later awakens Snow and the pair marry. At their wedding, the Queen announces that she will cast a curse on the Enchanted Forest to take away everyone's happiness. Rumplestiltskin informs them that the daughter they are expecting will break the curse in 28 years. Emma is born shortly before the curse takes hold, and Charming places her in a magical wardrobe to protect her from the curse, though he is wounded by the Queen's knights in the process.

In Storybrooke, he first appears as a comatose John Doe, who has gone unidentified for years. He awakens after Mary Margaret (Snow White), reads him the story of Snow White and Prince Charming. He is then reunited with his wife Kathryn Nolan (Princess Abigail), and identified as David Nolan. David suffers from amnesia and cannot remember his life with Kathryn. He falls in love with Mary Margaret and decides to leave Kathryn for her. His false memories of his marriage begin to return and he decides to work things out with Kathryn. He eventually gives in to his attraction to Mary Margaret and begins an affair with her. Kathryn is later accepted to a school in Boston and David suggests they end their marriage. Kathryn learns of his affair and disappears. David becomes a suspect in her disappearance, until evidence against Mary Margaret killing Kathryn mounts.

When Kathryn is revealed to be alive, he attempts to reconcile with Mary Margaret, but she refuses to speak to him as he did not believe her innocence. He decides to move to Boston alone; as he approaches the town limits, the curse is broken and he regains his memories. He returns to town and reunites with Snow, Emma and Henry. When David agrees to send a wraith released into Storybrooke into a portal, Emma and Mary Margaret are dragged with it. Upon Henry's wishes, Regina lets David take care of Henry while Emma and Mary Margaret are absent. After failing attempts of transportation to their location, David falls under a sleeping curse to communicate with Mary Margaret in her dreams. Upon her return to Storybrooke, he is awoken by true love's kiss.

When Henry is taken to Neverland by new arrivals Greg Mendell and Tamara, David travels with Mary Margaret, Emma, Regina, Mr. Gold, and Captain Hook to the location in order to rescue him. In Neverland, David is poisoned by Dreamshade, which he disguises from the rest of the group. However, Hook cures him with the waters of Neverland, though David cannot leave the land as a side effect. Eventually, Mr. Gold heals him back in Storybrooke, which the group successfully return to. After Pan enacts the curse again, Regina realizes she must undo her curse that created Storybrooke to save everyone, returning David to the Enchanted Forest along with the herself and the others, while Emma and Henry escape to New York City.

Back in the Enchanted Forest, David learns that Snow is pregnant but also discovers that Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West wants their baby. Upon advice from Glinda, Snow realizes she must enact a new curse to return to Storybrooke and make Emma stop Zelena. A reassuring David lets Snow crush his heart, though later asks Regina to split Snow's heart in two to give to both of them. Zelena then adds a forgetting potion to the curse, which causes them to lose their memories of the past year. A year later, Emma returns to Storybrooke, and David and Mary Margaret reveal they are having a baby. Zelena poses as the couple's mid-wife, stealing a symbol of David's courage from him. Zelena is ultimately defeated and Mary Margaret gives birth to a son, whom she names after Henry's father and Rumplestiltkin's son, Neal.

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