Favorite episode of each season?
It always depends on what day you ask me.
Season 1 – Snow Falls. Honestly it’s the only one I remember, but I did really enjoy the meeting between Snow and Charming, definitely a stand out for me.
Season 2 – Tallahassee – The truth is that I haven’t seen every episode of S2, however even if I have I suspect this would still be tops. Because… Beanstalk! Talk about a swash-buckling, epic romantic adventure to set the tone for how Hook and Emma would relate to one another for the rest of their lives. It’s also super fun to rewatch and talk to the characters, “Hey, now, that’s your future husband!” or “Slow your role, sir, you’re talking to the future mother of your children.” Love it.
Season 3a – Dark Hollow. Honestly, it all comes down to one scene, “When I win your heart, Emma, and I will win it, it will not be because of any trickery, it will be because you want me.” I seriously wanted to punch anyone in the throat who took issue with that line. He was NOT stealing her agency, he was giving her full agency by stating his feelings truthfully, being transparent about his intentions and telling her it was all going to be on her terms. Swoon. One of my favorite scenes ever.
Season 3b – Snow Drifts. I talked about this episode recently, it might be one of the best this show ever produced. It had humor, heart, romance, action, a clever plot and excellent pacing. Not to mention the incredible acting and technical work by everyone behind the scenes. It’s gorgeously shot, expertly scored, perfectly costumed and one of the best all-around hours of OUAT.
Season 4a – White Out. This one is a bit of a toss-up between it and The Apprentice. However, White Out usually wins. Of course, I love the end. The first hug, the first snuggle, the first real displays of affection in front of her family. But I also love Warlord Bo Peep, Charming with the flowing hair, Regina being confirmed as the worst mother on the planet, Elsa and Emma meeting, and loads of Captain Charming working as a team.
Season 4b – Poor Unfortunate Soul. It’s hard to get better than the “it’s you” scene. In fact, I have an entire tag on my blog devoted to “it’s you.” One of my favorite declarations between them. And Jennifer Morrison! That single beautiful tear rolling down her cheek as Emma kisses Killian, this has to be one of the most emotional and expressive kisses that they share. The episode also had lots of good stuff, Hook making amends with not only Ursula, but Ariel, and Emma standing up for her man with her parents.
Season 5a – Birth. Sometimes I lean towards Broken Kingdom, but for CS focus, angst, romance and heartfelt devotion, almost no episode of the series comes close to this level. It’s a rollercoaster going from thrills when Arthur has them all cornered, to iconic moments such as lighting the eternal flame with their kiss to dark devotion when Hook jumps off the roof to get DarkSwan’s attention to sheer shock when we find out Hook is also the Dark One.
Season 5b – Last Rites. At times I might be tempted to name The Brother Jones or Firebird, but I’m always swayed by the reunion scene. Plus, I love them separated by life/death, dimensions/realms and still managing to find a way to work as a team.
Season 6a – The Other Shoe. This is one of the easiest to pick. It’s one of the only episodes from 6a that is excellent from top to bottom and so much good CS to choose from. Captain Cobra Swan working a problem together, and Emma leaning on her boys and the moving in scenes is one of the most romantic of the season. I enjoyed the Cinderella bits as well.
Season 6b – The Song in Your Heart. I was super skeptical about a musical episode and used to cringe like crazy when fans would ask for one at cons, however, I believe that OUAT produced one of the best musical episodes of TV ever done. The story flowed, there was a reason for the music, the songs were well done and relevant and of course the wedding. Emma Swan marrying her pirate prince in front of their friends and family in a dress fit for a princess, a fairy tale beginning if ever I saw one.