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Nasty Habits 

Gold is reunited with Neal, as flashbacks show Rumplestiltskin go in search of a missing Baelfire, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music.


David Boyd


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Emilie de Ravin ... Belle French
Colin O'Donoghue ... Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones
Michael Raymond-James ... Neal Cassidy
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Robert Carlyle ... Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Robbie Kay ... Pied Piper / Peter Pan
Parker Croft ... Felix
Rose McIver ... Tinker Bell
Dylan Schmid ... Baelfire
Doug Abrahams ... Sheriff
Jack di Blasio Jack di Blasio ... Lost Boy Sentry #1 (as Jack Di Blasio)


Gold confronts Pan, while Neal finds himself back in Neverland. Back in fairy tale land, Rumplestiltskin goes in search of a missing Baelfire, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music. Written by ab1995

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20 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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David Nolan: What about you, Hook? You got off this island before.
Captain Hook: Yes, aboard my ship, which would require some form of magic to create a portal, which... I got from Pan in a deal I don't think he's ready to repeat.
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The complete anti-thesis of nasty
7 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"Nasty Habits" is almost as brilliant as the season opener "In the Heart of the Truest Believer" and generally one of the better episodes of the season's first half. Even if it doesn't quite have as many interest points as "Quite a Common Fairy", despite being a better episode. Nasty "Nasty Habits" is not.

Did wish though that the writing for Emma wasn't as overwrought and that she wasn't made as somewhat passive, especially when the writing was starting to take leaps in making her a stronger in personality and more relatable character.

Elsewhere, there is nothing to quibble about really. One may argue that Peter's game and motivations don't progress, but in all fairness it's still too early yet seeing as the character is still new. Still love how the show is developing Peter and the different (darker, more manipulative yet also troubled), but very interesting characterisation.

Absolutely loved the development of Rumplestiltskin, he has always been one of my favourite characters on 'Once Upon a Time' and the complexity of him continues to shine. The heart of the episode and what drives it is the troubled relationship between him and Neal, very intense, very heartfelt and very easy to identify with.

That is not to say that the other relationships are not handled well. They are, can't get enough of Snow White and Charming (though Emma and Snow White/Mary Margaret's relationship has resonated more in other episodes) who are so irresistibly charming together. Just that they are not quite as interesting or as well written as the one between Rumplestiltskin and Neal and the development of Peter. Oh, and before it's forgotten, the Pied Piper of Hamelin story is weaved in beautifully and has real urgency.

One cannot criticise "Nasty Habits" from dull, from personal opinion that is. A lot happens and jam-packed with revelations that shock and amaze. It didn't to me feel like there was too much going on or that there were too many revelations, and it is always lovely to see character development and story turns advancing.

Can't fault the acting, with an exceptional Robert Carlyle coming out on top. Robbie Kay is every bit as good, Ginnifer Goodwin as ever charms and Michael Raymond James and Carlyle together are just magic.

Furthermore, "Nasty Habits" is a very handsomely mounted episode visually, the settings and costumes are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. It is photographed beautifully too. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme. Writing has the right balance of humour, pathos, mystery and intrigue, faltering only with Emma.

Overall, excellent and the opposite of nasty. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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