"7:15 A.M." is the tenth episode of Season One of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Daniel T. Thomsen after a story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the tenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on January 22, 2012.
Mary Margaret and David continue to grapple with their unrequited love, and Emma and Regina grow suspicious over a mysterious new stranger in town. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Snow White yearns to ease her breaking heart as Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas' daughter approaches.
At Emma Swan and Mary Margaret Blanchard's loft, Mary Margaret has overslept. She rushes to get to school by 7:15 A.M., to help her students with a science project. She is actually rushing to Granny's Diner, to run into David Nolan.
David enters and the two chat for a minute then he leaves. Emma then enters and asks her what is going on. Mary Margaret admits that she cannot get David out of her head and that she has been coming here every day at 7:15 A.M. to see him. She can't help it and wishes that there was a way to cure her feelings.
In the Enchanted Forest, Snow White is hunting near the forest when Red Riding Hood arrives up with food and news. She tells Snow White that Prince Charming is to marry King Midas' daughter in two days' time. Snow White admits that she came out into the woods to help her forget him, but that she has done nothing, but think about him. She wishes that there was a way to forget him. Red tells her there might be a way, and she has heard rumors of a man that can help.
Snow White journeys to a lake to visit the mysterious man, who is revealed to be Rumplestiltskin. He uses water from the lake and hair plucked from Snow White's head to fashion her a potion. He tells her the potion will make her forget Prince Charming entirely. When Snow White asks his price, all he wants are the strands of her hair, which he had already taken, but not used in the making of the potion.
Back in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is shopping for supplies for an impending storm when she bumps into Kathryn Nolan, who drops a pregnancy test. After Kathryn walks away, Regina appears and tells Mary Margaret that it is the couple's personal business and to keep it quiet.
In the Enchanted Forest, Prince Charming speaks with King George, who tells him that he knows that Charming is in love with someone else and wants him to end it. Prince Charming is not happy with this, and as a result he uses a dove to send a letter to Snow White, revealing his love for her and requesting that she meet him. He writes her that, if she does not come, he will know it means she does not care for him.
In Storybrooke, while walking through the woods, Mary Margaret sees a trapped dove. She takes it to the animal shelter, where she runs into David. The veterinarian, Dr. Thatcher, tells her that the bird is fine; however, the other doves of its kind are migrating and that these doves mate for life. If not reunited with its flock it has a chance of being left behind. If this happens and the dove is left alone, she will be alone and miserable for the rest of her life. Mary Margaret is upset by this and goes out into the woods before the storm arrives to try to find the other doves, despite David warning her not to.
In the Enchanted Forest, Snow White receives and reads Prince Charming's letter. Realizing Prince Charming's feelings for her, Snow White prepares to sneak into King George's castle by pretending to bring a basket of flowers for the upcoming wedding. After making her way into the very room that Prince Charming is in, and just as she notices him, but before he sees her, a guard catches Snow White. She is imprisoned in the castle dungeon. While imprisoned, she meets Grumpy, who tells her about his lost love. He tried to get her a diamond, but it turned out to be stolen and now he has been arrested. Stealthy, another of the dwarves, breaks in and frees Grumpy and Snow White. While escaping the castle, however, Stealthy is killed by King George's men and Snow exchanges her freedom for Grumpy's life.
In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret brings the dove into the woods, attempting to find its flock. Finding that the road she is traveling on is blocked off, she continues on foot. As she sets the dove down, a loud crash of thunder scares Mary Margaret and she slips off a cliff, nearly falling to her death and forcing her to hang on for dear life. David shows up and saves her just in time. The storm then hits, and David and Mary take shelter in a nearby cabin.
The two express their feelings, each revealing their reasons for going to Granny's at 7:15 A.M. Just as they are about to kiss, Mary Margaret asks how David can do this when Kathryn is pregnant. David, however, is surprised by this information. At that moment, the storm breaks, and Mary Margaret goes to release the dove, with David chasing after her. He tells her that he feels like he has two different lives: one with her and one with Kathryn. He claims that the one with Mary Margaret is the only one that feels real.
Regina asks Emma to find out about the mysterious stranger and what he is doing in town. Emma finds him at the diner and questions him about the box he carries around. He tells her that he could keep the contents of the box a secret, and that not knowing and wondering would drive her crazy. He then tells her that he will show her what is in the box if she agrees to a drink. He opens the box to reveal an old type writer and claims that he is a writer. He leaves, and Emma asks about the drink, to which he replies "sometime."
In the Enchanted Forest, Snow White is brought before King George, who reveals that he knows about the letter Prince Charming sent her since Snow White dropped it when she was captured. He tells Snow White that love is a disease and demands that she tell Prince Charming that she does not love him. If she refuses, he will kill Prince Charming, not her. She asks how he could to do that to his own son, and George responds tells her that he is not his son.
Snow White goes and tells Prince Charming that she is not in love with him. Prince Charming is visibly upset, and Snow White leaves. While walking back into the woods, she is joined by the remaining dwarves. Grumpy tells her that with Stealthy dead, they have all lost someone today. Snow White takes out the potion given her by Rumplestiltskin, but Grumpy convinces her not to take it. He tells her that suffering makes one who they are.
In Storybrooke, David and Kathryn discuss their relationship. Kathryn tells David that she is not pregnant and is relieved. She asks him if he is willing to go to therapy with Dr. Hopper and David agrees. He decides to skip getting coffee at the diner and instead stays and has breakfast with Kathryn. Mary Margaret is visibly depressed as she is eating breakfast and looks at the clock, it is nearing 7:15 A.M. She does not go to the diner either.
In the Enchanted Forest, Prince Charming is looking for Snow White in the woods. He runs into Red Riding Hood and asks her where Snow White is. Red tells him that she has gone. Prince Charming tells Red that he will find Snow White. At the home of the seven dwarves, Grumpy is overjoyed when he learns about the impending marriage between Princess Abigail and Prince Charming being called off. He rushes to Snow White's room to tell her the good news. After he informs her, Snow White cheerfully asks him who he is talking about. Shocked, Grumpy gazes at the bedside table. On it is an empty vial that once held the potion made by Rumplestiltskin.
In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is in Granny's Diner and David walks in. Upon seeing her, David hastily exits, and Mary Margaret chases after him. She asks him what he is doing there, and he tells her that he is trying to avoid her. Mary Margaret tells him that she is trying to avoid him. David tells her that Kathryn is not pregnant and the two kiss. Regina is revealed to be watching the couple from her car.
- ADDED RECAP FOOTAGE: In the recap video, the shots of Prince Charming and Snow White are mirror-inverted versions of the shots from "Snow Falls". Therefore, Charming's scar is on the wrong side of his face.
- For the scene where Mary Margaret is rushing to make it to the diner in time, Ginnifer Goodwin was really brushing her teeth, as she hates TV shows and movies where actresses don't have real toothpaste in their mouth.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: The volcano that Mary Margaret says she's making with her students was present in her classroom in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter".
- OBSERVATIONS: This is the first episode in which Rumplestiltskin appears, but his counterpart, Mr. Gold, does not.
- Several different birds doubled as the injured dove that Mary Margaret rescues. The bird used to film the scene where Mary Margaret finds the injured dove is called Chester. Another bird is called Buster. The birds were real homing pigeons, and when they were released they flew to their home several hours away. The rest of the flock were CGI.
- OBSERVATIONS: The North Atlantic dove, described by Dr. Thatcher as a migratory species very unique among American doves and which forms strong monogamous bonds, is a fictional species created for the show; it does not exist in real life.
- CUT CONTENT: The scene where Snow White receives Prince Charming's letter was originally filmed with Charming as a background silhouette, with Snow White pacing back and forth.
- While filming the scene where Snow White tries to escape King George's dungeon, Ginnifer Goodwin got splinters from all the climbing.
- Fake rain was used for the scene where Mary Margaret releases the dove. The water could not be heated since using heated rain in that kind of weather would create steam, so the rain was very cold.
- The horse that Josh Dallas rides in the scene where he meets Red Riding Hood is called Adella.
- The majority of the Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur after "Snow Falls", concurrently with "True North" and 2 days before "What Happened to Frederick".
- They also take place after "Dreamy".
- Prince Charming's meeting with Red Riding Hood takes place during "What Happened to Frederick" whereas the scene in which Snow White drinks the memory potion takes place after this episode. (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events of this episode take place after "True North" and before "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".(For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The title card is used again in the episodes "Red-Handed" and "Child of the Moon".
- Mary Margaret reads The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne in the diner. This book is also featured in "Tiny" when Ruby gives a copy to Belle.
- Snow White reminds Red Riding Hood that she helped her when no one else would, referring to events in "Red-Handed" and "Child of the Moon".
- Rumplestiltskin's intended purpose with Snow White's strand of hair is revealed in "Heart of Darkness".
- Messenger birds are used again in "Broken", "Into the Deep", "A Curious Thing", "White Out" and "Heartless".
- Grumpy's love interest is explored in "Dreamy".
- Mary Margaret and David's affair lasts until the secret is made public in "What Happened to Frederick".
- The Fairy Godmother was killed by Rumplestiltskin in "The Price of Gold".
- Prince Charming sends Snow White a message via a carrier pigeon, a reference to the scene where Disney's Snow White sends the Prince an airborne kiss via a blushing pigeon in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The dwarves' lanterns feature a hidden Mickey Mouse head.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the "Snow White" fairytale, focusing on the deepening relationship between Snow White and the prince and the appearance of the seven dwarves.
- This episode features the ugly duckling from the titular fairytale, Red Riding Hood from the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairytale, the king and the pauper from The Prince and the Pauper, as well as Rumplestiltskin from the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairytale.
- The sensual depiction of Ruby is based on the traditional fairytale of "Little Red Riding Hood", which is filled with sexual innuendos and meant to serve as a cautionary tale for young girls not to fall prey to lecherous men.
- Red brings food to Snow in a basket, referencing the traditional fairytale of "Little Red Riding Hood", where the titular character delivers food to her grandmother in the same manner. When Charming meets her at the end of the episode, she is also carrying a basket of food.
- Rumplestiltskin refers to Snow as "the fairest of them all", a reference to the iconic line from the "Snow White" fairytale.
- Mary Margaret finds an injured dove in the forest. In the "Snow White" fairytale, a dove is among the animals that mourn for the dead Snow White.
- An additional dwarf appears in this episode. Dwarves originate in Teutonic mythology.
- PAUSE AND READ: The book blurb mentions several elements from popular culture:
- Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer who spent more than four years as a castaway (1704–1709) after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. His story of survival was widely publicized after his return to civilization, and became a source of inspiration for Jules Verne's book, and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
- Kirkus Reviews, an American book review magazine.
- University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a public research university in the city of Lincoln in Nebraska.
- The Nobel Prize in Literature.
- The Malagasy-French novelist and critic Claude Simon and his novel Le Jardin des Plantes.
- The French-American Foundation, a privately funded, non-governmental organization established to promote bilateral relations between France and the United States on topics of importance to the two countries.
- The Alienist, a novel from 1994. Note that the show version credits production designer Michael Joy as the author, while the real-life version is written by the American military historian and author Caleb Carr. Michael Joy is also mentioned as the author of another book by Carr: The Lessons of Terror, from 2002.
- When talking about his job at the animal shelter, David jokingly remarks that the apes haven't taken over, and Mary Margaret adds, "yet", a shout-out to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which takes place partially in a primate shelter. The movie was released three months before the show premiered.
- MUSICAL INSPIRATION: According to the signage inside the grocery store where Mary Margaret is shopping, the store is named Dark Star Pharmacy. This is a reference to the song Dark Star by Grateful Dead. Once Upon a Time co-creator Edward Kitsis is a noted fan of the rock band.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: Mary Margaret is reading The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne in the diner. This book was also featured in Flynn's safehouse in the 2010 science fiction movie Tron: Legacy, which was written by show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who also wrote the story for this episode.
(differences are set in fuchsia)
Translated by Jordan Stump
Introduction by Caleb Carr
TRANSLATED BY Michael Joy
INTRODUCTION BY Mark Lane
Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who
Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who
Michael Joy is an associate professor of French at
Mark Lane is the bestselling author of The Alienist
- CREW NAMES ON PROPS: Michael Joy is a production designer for the show, while Mark Lane is a set decorator. Notice how the prop maker forgot to remove the original translator's name from the first paragraph, which refers to "a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump", while it should have said "a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Joy".
- The spear that Snow White is holding in the scene where she meets Red Riding Hood was extremely heavy, so Ginnifer Goodwin had to balance it.
- The Apollo bars in the episode were real candy bars wrapped up in prop paper. While filming the scene where Mary Margaret is out shopping, Ginnifer Goodwin wanted some dark chocolate and went through every one of the Apollo bars looking for it, but they all turned out to be milk chocolate.
- Josh Dallas hand wrote Prince Charming's letter to Snow White. According to himself, he "had to write out several of the letters", indicating that multiple prop letters were created.
- The strands of hair that Rumplestiltskin pulls from Snow White's head, were rigged into Ginnifer Goodwin's own hair so the strands could be yanked out repeatedly.
- BRAND INFO: The wall clock over the counter in Granny's Diner is an Alice wall clock from Ergo Industries, a Canadian clock company.
- OBSERVATIONS: A clock in the corner of Granny's Diner seems to have stopped. Mary Margaret and David meet at 7:15 AM, but this clock shows 12:34. The clock shows the same time when Emma meets August at the diner later that day.
- REUSED PROPS: At the Storybrooke Pet Shelter, there is a framed picture of a winter woods scene with birch trees. The same picture can be seen in Emma's house in the Season Five episode "Birth" (it is the picture that Hook takes off the wall to find the squid ink) and the Season Six episode "Page 23".
- BRAND INFO: When Mary Margaret is at the diner and the Dark Star Pharmacy, she is wearing a Smythe Linen Equestrian Jacket over an Equipment Quinn Cuatro Puntos Print Blouse (no longer available).
- BRAND INFO: When Mary Margaret is in the forest and at the pet shelter, she is wearing a Blue Cable Knit Sweater from Ralph Lauren (no longer available).
- BRAND INFO: When Mary Margaret is sitting at the table in the morning, she is wearing a Knitted Fluffy Lace Bow Top from Topshop (no longer available). When she runs into David later, she is wearing a Classic Angora Beret from Gap (no longer available).
- HIDDEN DETAILS: As Emma and Mary Margaret are sitting at the loft table at the end of the episode, Emma is wearing a strap around her left wrist. This is a shoelace from Sheriff Graham's boot. Emma keeps his boots, missing one lace, in her office at the Storybrooke Sheriff's Department.
- According to Jennifer Morrison, a common theme that came up in memoirs she read written by people who had been raised in the foster system, was that they held onto small significant objects that they kept with them their whole lives. Graham was extremely significant to Emma, so Jennifer wanted to find something that her character could keep with her in memory of him. The shoelace was something that she and Jamie Dornan came up with together, while chatting about this idea.
- The scene where Snow White meets Red Riding Hood was filmed in a location near a small airport, with a railway nearby. Filming was constantly interrupted due to the noise.
- The boat scene was filmed in a fake lake built on a sound stage. Ginnifer Goodwin kept crashing the row boat into the docks, so there were people under the boat in wet suits steering it.
- The scene where King George talks to Prince Charming inside the Royal Castle was filmed on an indoor sound stage.
- RECYCLED SET: The studio set for Rumplestiltskin's cell, which was built on a sound stage at The Bridge Studios in Burnaby, where Once Upon a Time was filmed, doubles as King George's dungeon.
- The same set doubles as the Storybrooke mines for the show. It was also used to film the dwarf mines in "Dreamy", the Evil Queen's dungeon in "An Apple Red as Blood" and "A Land Without Magic", the safe haven underground pit where Emma and Mary Margaret are kept prisoner in the Season Two episodes "We Are Both" and "Lady of the Lake", and Aurora's cell from the Season Two episode "Into the Deep". It was also used for the Season Two episode "The Evil Queen", for the part where Regina and Hook are walking through Maleficent's cave beneath the clock tower, before she pushes him into the abyss. Different camera angles were used to make it look like a different place.
- For the scene where Mary Margaret is hanging from the cliff, the shots from above, with the river, were filmed against a green-screen. The shots from the back were filmed with a stunt double hanging from a real cliff.
- The dove Mary Margaret finds in the woods is not the same one she releases to the bird flock. While the one she finds a darker beak color as well as a distinctly white feather coat with a reddish plume around its neck, the one she sets free is completely powder white with a lightly colored beak.
- As Regina is watching David and Mary Margaret, Archie Hopper's name is missing from the entrance to the building where his office is located.
|Finnish||"Aamun kaipaus"||"The Morning Yearning"|
|French||"Le Vol de la Colombe"||"The Flight of the Dove"|
|German||"Der Schmerz der Liebe"||"The Pain of Love"|
|Hungarian||"Reggel negyed 8"||"7:15 A.M."|
|Italian||"07:15 del mattino"||"7:15 A.M."|
|Polish||"7:15 rano"||"7:15 A.M."|
|Portuguese||"O Café da Manhã"||"The Breakfast"|
|Spanish||"7:15 AM"||"7:15 AM"|