Episode 4, which will air on October 21, 2012, tells more of the backstory of Rumpelstiltskin and features several new characters. More after the jump (warning: spoilers) …….
Barbara Hershey, who plays Cora (Regina’s mother), is listed as a guest star, which makes me wonder if we will find out (1) whether Cora got her powers from Rumpel and [Editing to add -- this post was originally written on Oct. 1, several episodes back. We've already learned the answer to this question, more quickly than I had expected we would at the time], and (2) what significance there might be to Cora’s being the miller’s daughter.
Here’s the official episode description:
Belle’s disgust over Mr. Gold’s continuing thirst for power comes to a head, and she threatens to leave him if he can’t change his evil ways.
The dwarves pick up their axes and try to find fairy dust in the Storybrooke mine.
A reunion with an old acquaintance could prove to be Belle’s undoing.
Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin attempts to save his wife, Milah, from being kidnapped by a band of cutthroat pirates.
Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy
Barbara Hershey as Cora
Colin O’Donoghue as Killian Jones (new)
David-Paul Grove as Doc
Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy
Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey
Michael Coleman as Happy
Mig Macario as Bashful
Sebastian Wilkinson as young Baelfire
Rachel Shelley as Milah (new)
Rondel Reynoldson as village woman (new)
Eric Keenleyside as Moe/Sir Maurice
Christopher Gauthier as William (new)
Chelsea Turner as tavern waitress (new)
Ryan Hesp as quartermaster (new)
David H. Goodman and Robert Hull wrote the episode, and David Solomon directed it.
(Originally posted October 1, 2012)