Character: Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Original Release: October 23, 2011 (US)
Running Time: 44 minutes
The first season premiered on October 23, 2011 and the last episode of the season aired on May 13, 2012.
The Evil Queen interrupts the wedding of Snow White and Prince Charming to announce that she will cast a curse on everyone that will leave her with the only happy ending. The majority of the characters are transported to the town of Storybrooke, Maine, where they have been stripped of their original memories and identities as fairy tale characters.
On her 28th birthday, Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, is brought to Storybrooke by her biological son Henry Mills in the hopes of breaking the curse cast by his adoptive mother, the Evil Queen Regina.
1x01 - "Pilot" (original airdate: October 23, 2011)
For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But on the night of her twenty-eighth birthday, she is confronted by a child claiming to be the son she gave up ten years ago and drawn to his hometown of Storybrooke – a place where fairytales are to be believed.
1x02 - "The Thing You Love Most" (original airdate: October 30, 2011)
Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry's lives forever, while the events surrounding the completion of the Dark Curse are revealed along with a revelation that forces the Evil Queen to choose between exacting her revenge or protecting the thing she loves most.
1x03 - "Snow Falls" (original airdate: November 6, 2011) NO ROBERT
Emma convinces Mary Margaret to read to a comatose John Doe and gets a bigger reaction than she expected, while the events surrounding the fateful first encounter between Snow White and Prince Charming are revealed, along with an enterprising quest that promises to forever change their lives.
1x04 - "The Price of Gold" (original airdate: November 13, 2011)
Emma tries to help a young woman after learning that her unborn child is caught in the center of a dangerous transaction, while a series of events are revealed in which a servant girl makes an impulsive deal, only to find herself struggling to break it after unearthing a sinister ulterior motive.
1x05 - "That Still Small Voice" (original airdate: November 27, 2011)
Emma settles into her new role as Deputy Sheriff only to find herself thrust to the front lines, and Henry places his life in danger after his beliefs are shattered, while a series of events are revealed in which a young man is presented with a choice that could help him become the person he wants to be, but at a price that promises to haunt him forever.
1x06 - "The Shepherd" (original airdate: December 4, 2011)
David struggles with his personal demons as he attempts to balance his strained marriage to Kathryn and his blossoming relationship with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which a meek shepherd receives a shattering revelation that forces him to choose between living a life of royalty or forging his own destiny.
1x07 - "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" (original airdate: December 11, 2011)
Graham calls his well-being into question as the lines separating fantasy from reality suddenly start to blur. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which the Evil Queen recruits a heartless assassin to execute Snow White, only to spark a chain of events that threaten to come with consequences for everyone involved.
1x08 - "Desperate Souls" (original airdate: January 8, 2012)
Emma makes the decision to run for a coveted Storybrooke public office in the wake of a devastating tragedy, and Regina is forced to engage in dirty politics after Gold makes a bold move. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which a cowardly spinner embarks on a quest to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war.
1x09 - "True North" (original airdate: January 15, 2012)
Emma reaches into her scarred past as she helps two homeless children search for their biological father. Meanwhile, a series of events lead to two children being coerced into stealing a prized artifact from a witch who is more than she appears to be.
1x10 - "7:15 A.M." (original airdate: January 22, 2012)
Mary Margaret continues to grapple with her unsanctioned feelings for David, and Emma continues to grow suspicious as the Stranger makes his presence known. Meanwhile, the events surrounding Prince Charming's wedding are revealed, along with Snow White's struggle to ease her breaking heart, and an offer that sets her on a path from which there is no coming back.
1x11 - "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" (original airdate: January 29, 2012)
Emma finds herself forced to work alongside Daily Mirror editor Sidney Glass when he approaches her with an enticing offer to expose Regina's corruption; David and Mary Margaret attempt to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love during a not-so-secret rendezvous; and Henry makes it his mission to find the book of fairytales when it disappears in the wake of a frightening incident.
A series of events – that occurred before Snow White and Prince Charming first met – are revealed in which a Genie is freed from the confines of a magic oil lamp and introduced into the court of King Leopold, only to provoke an undeniable passion and a sinister conspiracy that threatens to destroy his only chance of finding true love.
1x12 - "Skin Deep" (original airdate: February 12, 2012)
Emma suspects that Gold plans on seeking vigilante justice when a prized artifact is stolen from his home, and Mary Margaret plans a girls' night out that promises to come with a special surprise for everyone.
The events surrounding a fateful deal made between Rumplestiltskin and a courageous princess are revealed, along with a personal bond that slowly blossoms into something more, and a bold move that threatens to destroy the undeniable passion they feel towards one another.
1x13 - "What Happened to Frederick" (original airdate: February 19, 2012) NO ROBERT
David faces a difficult decision about his future when Mary Margaret insists he has to tell Kathryn the truth about their secret relationship; Regina sets a plan in motion to keep David and Mary Margaret apart; and Emma becomes more intrigued with the Stranger.
The events surrounding Prince Charming's search for Snow White are revealed along with a mission to help his ex-fiancée recover something precious that was lost to her.
1x14 - "Dreamy" (original airdate: March 4, 2012)
Mary Margaret attempts to get back into the town's good graces by organizing the Miner's Day Festival, only to find her plans threatened when resident drunk Leroy makes a promise he may not be able to keep; Emma questions whom she can trust as she looks into Kathryn's disappearance; and an earth-shattering revelation becomes a game changer for everyone in Storybrooke.
Grumpy's backstory is revealed along with a forbidden romance that forces him to choose between loyalty or love.
1x15 - "Red-Handed" (original airdate: March 11, 2012) NO ROBERT
Emma finds herself struggling to help resident party girl Ruby discover what it is in life that she is good at, and David calls his own well-being into question when he exhibits strange behavior that forces him to question whether or not he is guilty of the murder of his wife.
Red Riding Hood's backstory is revealed along with her yearning to run away with the man she loves, and a series of dangerous events involving her determined grandmother, a mysterious outlaw, and a ferocious wolf on a relentless killing spree.
1x16 - "Heart of Darkness" (original airdate: March 18, 2012)
Emma is forced to arrest Mary Margaret for Kathryn's suspected murder when a terrifying breakthrough causes the mystery to turn into something infinitely more sinister; David questions everything and everyone he thought he could trust; and Gold convinces Mary Margaret to accept his legal services.
Meanwhile, the events surrounding Prince Charming's search for Snow White continue to be revealed, along with his struggle to prevent his unhinged true love from assassinating the Evil Queen.
1x17 - "Hat Trick" (original airdate: March 25, 2012)
Emma struggles to stay alive when she and Mary Margaret are abducted by a cartographer whose affinity for hats has him teetering on the edge of madness. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which a man of magic is coerced into stealing a prized artifact from the villainous Queen of Hearts.
1x18 - "The Stable Boy" (original airdate: April 1, 2012)
Emma continues to search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence; Regina initiates the final stage of her vendetta; and a revelation leaves the residents of Storybrooke reeling.
Meanwhile, the events surrounding the fateful first encounter between Snow White and the Evil Queen are revealed, along with a devastating betrayal that will forever define their relationship.
1x19 - "The Return" (original airdate: April 22, 2012)
Mr. Gold sets out to learn more about August after unearthing a connection to his past; Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance; and David tries to reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which Rumplestiltskin agrees to help his son find a way to safely give up his powers.
1x20 - "The Stranger" (original airdate: April 29, 2012)
August makes it his mission to help Emma break the Curse. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which the woodcarver Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming's unborn daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his son.
1x21 - "An Apple Red as Blood" (original airdate: May 6, 2012)
Henry takes drastic measures to prevent Emma from leaving Storybrooke, and Regina devises a last-minute scheme in order to preserve the Dark Curse. Meanwhile, a series of events are revealed in which Snow White spearheads a quest to save her true love and defeat the Evil Queen in one fell swoop.
1x22 - "A Land Without Magic" (original airdate: May 13, 2012)
Emma forges an alliance with Regina in order to save Henry's life; Mary Margaret and David face a difficult decision about their future; and Gold makes a bold move that sets his carefully organized plan in motion, while the events surrounding Prince Charming's quest to reunite with a fallen Snow White are revealed.