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The Price of Gold 

Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold, as flashbacks show when Cinderella made a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.


David Solomon


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... Prince 'James' Charming
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Jamie Dornan ... Sheriff Graham Humbert
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Lee Arenberg ... Grumpy
Tim Phillipps ... Prince Thomas / Sean Herman
Jessy Schram ... Ashley Boyd
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas
Ted Whittall ... The King / Mitchell Herman
Natalie Gibson ... Female Doc
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Fairy Godmother


Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold, as flashbacks show when Cinderella made a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.

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Release Date:

13 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Henry loses his shoe on the stairs towards the end of the episode, it is an allusion to Cinderella losing her glass slipper on the stairs. See more »


When Emma leaves the apartment to go looking for Ashley, she and Henry walk down the streets of Storybrooke, toward Emma's car. As Emma says, "Because I know", in the background, you can see a business called Steveston WineMakers. Steveston is the name of the Canadian town which doubles as the town of Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time. See more »


Emma Swan: I was thinking... maybe some roots wouldn't be so bad...
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Crazy Credits

The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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Nice Rumpelstiltskin episode in the show and a vast improvement over the previous episodes

While The Price of Gold isn't exactly solid, it does a fantastic job continuing to explore the origins of Rumpelstiltskin about how his deal made from Cinderella became regrettable and goes back to develop Emma, Mary Margaret, Regina, and Sheriff Graham. The storyline, while having it's stilted moments, is good; the dialog is certainly much fresher than the previous episodes; the visuals are still very beautiful and as usual, the characters are still likable and the acting is still good.

Sorry I have to rush this, but I've got lots of episodes to review. Not that I'm complaining or anything. It's just a long road for me to review all three seasons to catch up to the fourth season.

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