Episode 79: The Dark Swan – Once Upon a Time 5×01

Once Upon a Time The Dark SwanWelcome back to our regular podcast season and season 5 of Once Upon a Time! We dive into season 5 with a discussion on “The Dark Swan,” focusing on our impressions of Camelot, Emma’s terrifying transformation, and Regina’s new romantic look.

  1. Welcome to season 5!
  2. Our Top 5 list for the OUAT season premiere, The Dark Swan
  3. The Lighter Side and your impressions of the episode in Listener Letters
  4. News about what’s coming up in this season

Remember every Thursday we preview the upcoming Once Upon a Time episode, so be sure to subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any of the magic all Once Upon a Time season long.

-Amanda and Brittany

Episode 21: Wicked is Coming

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The Once Upon a Time characters in the second half of season three

We are so ready for the return of Once Upon a Time and the continuation of season 3 this weekend! Our focus this episode is on the first half of season three and our hopes for what is to come in the second half. We discuss the Wicked Witch, flying monkeys, Kansas and much more. Plus, lots of listener letters and news. (Note that this entire episode might be slightly spoilery because of all of the recent press that has discussed the upcoming episode, but we’ll warn you before we get to the biggest spoilers in the news section).

1. Our favorite parts of season three thus far and hopes for the next half (1:00)
2. Listener letters (39:20)
3. News and spoilers (53:20)

See you back here next week for a discussion about New York City Serenade!

– Brittany and Amanda

Episode 17: Once Upon a Season 1 (part 2)

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Emma kisses Henry’s forehead in “A Land Without Magic” and breaks the curse that had gripped Storybrooke

We continue to revisit Once Upon a Time past with a discussion of the second half the first season. From Emma’s journey throughout the season to the repression of the dwarves to the mysteries of Jefferson and Regina’s “kicky” lasagna, there’s a lot to reminisce and debate about. Plus spoilers, our first voicemail (!) and much more. Kick back, relax and join us in our quest to pass the winter hiatus as painlessly as possible!

1. Welcome to our 17th episode! Britt watched Star Wars: A New Hope last weekend, so she gives us her first impressions of the sci-fi classic.
2. Reflecting on season 1 from “Skin Deep” to “A Land Without Magic” (9:10)
3. Listener letters (1:16:45)
4. Spoilers (1:24:15)
5. It’s a wrap! (1:33:25)

Join us again in two weeks for more news, spoilers, speculation and Once Upon a Time talk.

Have fun!

Britt and Amanda

Episode 16: Once Upon a Season 1 (part 1)

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Prince Charming and Snow White in the Once Upon a Time Pilot

In our first podcast of 2014, we travel all the way back to season 1 and reflect on some of the major events in the Pilot through Fruit of the Poisonous Tree. We reminisce on how we fell in love with Once Upon a Time, compare the show then vs. now, and talk about some of the character development that has taken place since those early days in Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke.

Plus, news, season three spoilers and as always, some extra chitchat!

  1. Intro and a bit more about how we’re passing our time over the hiatus
  2. Reminiscing about season 1, part 1 of Once Upon a Time (7:00)
  3. Listener letters (55:50)
  4. News and spoilers (1:03:35; spoilers at 1:07:50)
  5. It’s a wrap! (1:15:40)

Thanks for joining us and check back in two weeks for our season 1, part 2 discussion.

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 15: Still Not Over Going Home (S3E11)

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Once Upon a Time midseason finale: Regina, Henry and Emma

Still thinking about the midseason finale of Once Upon a Time? So are we! Britt and Amanda continue to discuss “Going Home.” Plus, lots of listener letters and feedback, what we’re watching over the hiatus, news and spoilers and much more. Join us as we begin the hiatus doing what we love best – chatting and theorizing about Once!

  1. Welcome to this episode, plus what we’ll be watching over the hiatus
  2. Revisiting “Going Home”: we have much more to cover regarding the midseason finale, including Rumplestiltskin/Neal and Emma/Regina (starting at 11:00)
  3. Listener letters: your reactions about the midseason finale (44:15)
  4. News and spoilers: including more speculation about that promo (1:13:20)
  5. Wrapping things up plus a new Blu-Ray winner – be sure to listen to hear if you’ve won. If you are the winner, get in touch with us here. (1:35:55)

Wishing you all happy holidays and a wonderful New Year! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with another new podcast episode.


Amanda and Britt

Episode 14: Going Home

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Once Upon a Time midseason finale: Going Home

We somehow survived a turbulent first half of season three in Neverland and were left hanging on a steep cliff in this midseason finale. So much to discuss and process about this week’s episode, so let’s get right to it!

  1. Our Top 5s (0:25)
  2. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke plus our episode rating (49:40)
  3. Listener letters (59:35)
  4. Speculation about what is to come in the second half of season three *includes some spoilers (1:01:50)
  5. Final thoughts including what you can expect from us over the winter hiatus! PLUS Season 2 Blu-ray winner! Listen to hear if you won and then contact us at ouapodcast.com or via social media accounts within a week if you are the winner! (1:21:50)

Remember, Once Upon a Time might be on hiatus but we’re not. We’ll see you next week with another episode!

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 13: The New Neverland

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The group was reunited in Storybrooke in “The New Neverland” – but for how long?

There was so much to talk about in this penultimate episode before the midseason finale next week. There were a lot of great moments to between parents and children, the reunion of family and friends, that shocking demise of Blue (and what that could mean). Of course, this episode wasn’t without its funny moments and we definitely found a few things to laugh about. Plus, speculation about what we think might happen next week if that curse really does take place – I don’t know about you, but we’re just a little freaked out about what that could mean.

1. Welcome to another episode and thank you to our listeners!
2. Our Top 5s (3:45)
3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke and our overall episode rating (32:00)
4. Listener letters (52:55)
5. News and spoilers; note that all of the news is a little spoilery (1:13:30)
6. Closing out this episode. Remember to get in touch with your thoughts and theories and let us know what you want to hear us talk about over the winter hiatus! (1:34:05)

Have fun,

Britt and Amanda

Episode 12: Save Henry

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A panicked mom: Regina and baby Henry in a flashback on Once Upon a Time

Feeling a little choked up after this episode? So were we! So much was shown – and explained – about Regina and Henry and it broke our hearts. All the awards to Lana Parrilla.

1. Intro
2. Our Top 5s: a focus on Regina and Henry, but a little bit about Emma and Pan, too (1:40)
3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke: lots of great little moments were found in this emotionally-charged episode, plus our episode rating (35:15)
4. Listener Letters (53:15)
5. News and spoilers and some random speculation to go along with those confusing photos (58:20)
6. That’s all for this week! Don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes and send us your questions, comments, thoughts and theories! (1:14:40)

Enjoy the episode!
Amanda and Britt.

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P.S. Hey everyone, join me in wishing Britt a very happy birthday this week! I could not have asked for a better co-host. -A. (gifsource)


Episode 11: Once Upon a Fairy Tale

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Who doesn’t love fairy tales?

Dealing with Once Upon a Time withdrawals this week? So are we! Don’t worry, even though there was no new Once episode this week, there’s a new Once Upon a Podcast to help you get through. We chat about some of our favourite fairy tales (and myths) of all time, including the tales and twists we might like to see on Once Upon a Time someday. Plus, lots of Once Upon a Time news, spoilers and our speculations (including fears) about how the first half of this season is going to wrap up. So, grab those blankets and Thanksgiving snacks and join us for a chat.

  1. Welcome to our hiatus week episode
  2. Our Top 5 Fairy Tales (2:00) — Once Upon a Time audio clip from season 01, episode 17, “Hat Trick”
  3. Listener letters (50:50)
  4. Once Upon a Time news and spoilers (news at 54:40; spoilers at 58:15)
  5. Speculations and fears about how the first half of the season might wrap up (1:08:25)
  6. Thanks for joining us and don’t forget to send us your theories! (1:15:25)

Hope we helped you get through the week off.

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 10: Think Lovely Thoughts

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In Think Lovely Thoughts, the Neverland heroes finally work together in their plan to get to Henry before it’s too late.

In our 10th (!) episode, we discuss what was possibly the most exciting Once Upon a Time episode of the season so far: Think Lovely Thoughts. This show contained lots of surprising twists and turns and lots of powerful moments, plus a dash of bromance and sass thrown in for good measure.

  1. Welcome to our 10th episode!
  2. Top 5s: Can we just say every moment was our favourite moment of this episode? (2:10)
  3. Lighter Side of Storybrooke: We try to find a few lighter things in this rather dark episode (34:40)
  4. Listener letters (44:30)
  5. What’s coming up next week and an assignment for our listeners (55:00)

Despite no new episode next Sunday, we’ll still have a new podcast episode next Tuesday. Be sure to send in your questions, comments and feedback since we’ll have even more time to share listener letters next week. We also want to hear what your favourite fairy tale is, or your favourite fairy tale adaptation by Once Upon a Time thus far.

We can’t wait to hear what you think!

– Britt and Amanda

Episode 9: Dark Hollow

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Belle and Ariel in a tight situation back in Storybrooke

In Dark Hollow (not Deathly Hallows!), we meet some new “outsiders” with a twist, continue to stumble through Neverland, and return to Storybrooke (finally!) where we watch a friendship form between Belle and Ariel. We had some mixed thoughts about this episode – including a couple of questions that we just can’t answer – so join us for this week’s episode and feel free to send your thoughts & feedback!


  1. Welcome to our 9th episode!
  2. Our Top 5s (2:40)
  3. Lighter Side of Storybrooke and our episode rating (36:40)
  4. Listener letters (59:35)
  5. News and spoilers (news at 1:07:00; spoilers at 1:18:40)
  6. It’s a wrap plus updated details on how to enter our Blu-Ray sweepstakes (1:23:15)



Amanda and Britt

Episode 8: Ariel

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Snow White and Ariel meet

What are your deepest, darkest secrets? Join us for a discussion about the Cave of Echoes, talk about meeting the little mermaid under the sea, Ariel, plus not-Ursula, and experience the joy of seeing Regina and Rumplestiltskin scheming in Neverland, in all of their dark glory. We deconstruct many of the events in this detail-oriented episode. Plus, listener letters, speculation about how the rest of the first portion of the season is going to wrap up, and more!

  1. Intro and remember to get in touch with us
  2. Our Top 5s (2:12)
  3. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke and our episode rating (35:48)
  4. Listener letters (45:32)
  5. News and spoilers (52:44)
  6. It’s a wrap (1:00:22)

Have fun under the sea!

Amanda and Britt

Episode 7: Good Form

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Hook and Emma’s passionate kiss in “Good Form”

This highly-anticipated episode revealed a key part of Hook’s background, excitement continued on Neverland with the Hook and Charming bromance and tensions between the group were momentarily forgotten when Snow, Emma and Regina delivered a brief message to Henry. We love how this season is shaping up!

  1. We jump into our Top 5s: the transformation of Killian Jones, the juicy Hook/Emma moment and the “frenemy-ships” between Hook and Charming and Regina and Emma (starting at 00:30)
  2. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke: being grossed out by PDA, who is in that cage?, Hook’s brother Liam was just not the smartest guy out there, and what we think sets season three apart from season two (23:20)
  3. No news this week, so we speculate about some spoilers (41:30)
  4. Neverland Banjo Trio: a fun audio clip made by our friends over at Once Upon a Time Fan Podcast (52:10)
  5. Listener letters: we had so many fantastic messages this week that prompted us to philosophize on Once Upon a Time and women, theories about Gold, Pan, and more (54:40)
  6. It’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us! (1:25:40)


Amanda and Britt

P.S. We had a few audio difficulties in the final portion of our podcast. Our apologies if it detracts from the listening experience. We strive for higher quality audio and hope to improve audio quality in the near future!

Episode 6: Nasty Habits

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Rumplestiltskin reveals some “Nasty Habits”

This Neal and Rumple-filled episode is the topic of much discussion, including their interactions with Peter Pan, who continues to be one of the most unique villains we have ever seen. We disagree about Emma’s breakdown, chat about Belle and Rumple, and much more. Plus, we talk about the movie “Hook” and old tales about Robin Hood.

  1. Our Top 5: we’re focusing on Rumple and Neal this week, plus a little disagreement about that Emma scene (starting at 1:15)
  2. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke: Regina’s sass persists and the Hook and Charming bromance continues to warm our hearts (34:50)
  3. News and spoilers (news at 46:40; spoilers at 51:50)
  4. Listener letters and reactions, including discussion about Belle and Rumple and why we love Peter Pan as a villain (56:30)
  5. Story time with Britt and Amanda: we did some homework last weekend. Britt watched the movie “Hook” and explains this movie’s unique take on the classic story of Hook and Peter Pan. Meanwhile, Amanda looked into Robin Hood’s extensive history and reads an old ballad about a romance between the mythical Robin Hood and a Queen (Ballad source) (1:18:25)
  6. It’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us once again this week, and if you enjoy the show please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a star rating! (1:33:45)

Have fun!

– Amanda and Britt

Episode 5: Quite a Common Fairy

Regina and Tinkerbell in OUAT

Regina and Tinker Bell in “Quite a Common Fairy”

There was so much to discuss this week! We chat about everything that broke our hearts about a million times over. We focus on Regina, Tinker Bell, the Blue Fairy and much more. Plus, join us for a discussion about Once Upon a Time in Wonderland after the show.

  1. “That makes my heart hurt”: Our Top 5 (starting at 1:50)
  2. The Lighter Side of Storybrooke: We ship the friendships of Emma & Regina and Charming & Hook. Plus, our final ratings (29:00)
  3. News: Ginnifer & Josh’s big news and the cast’s tweeting shenanigans, plus some spoilers (news at 48:40, spoilers start at 53:50)
  4. Letters from readers and a special featurette about the Blue Fairy (1:01:55)
  5. It’s a wrap! (1:24:55)
  6. Bonus! Discussion of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Pilot (1:27:00)

We hope you have fun listening. (And if you do, we’d love it if you could take a moment and give us a couple of stars on iTunes!)

– Amanda and Britt