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This article focuses on the Season One episode, "Dreamy".
For the Enchanted Forest character formerly known as Dreamy, see Grumpy.
The ax never lies, Dreamy.

"Dreamy" is the fourteenth episode of Season One of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by David Solomon. It is the fourteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 4, 2012.


Unlikely allies Mary Margaret and Leroy team together for a good cause to help the Storybrooke nuns sell their candles during the town's Miner's Day festival. But Leroy makes a promise to a nun, Astrid, that he may not be able to keep; and Emma looks into the mysterious disappearance of David's wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Grumpy finds forbidden love with beautiful but clumsy fairy Nova.[1]


This section is a detailed recap of this episode. There are major spoilers. Click to expand.

In the Enchanted Forest, Nova is transporting a bag of fairy dust. The Blue Fairy is there and tells her it is very precious, as it is the entire year's supply. Nova wants to know when she will be a fairy godmother and is surprised to be told that she will not be for a long time. The Blue Fairy calls her a dreamer. A distracted Nova jostles the bag of dust and some of it falls from the bag, into the mine nursery, and onto a dwarf egg. A dwarf is seen hatching from the egg.

At Granny's Diner, Leroy is eating when Walter and Mr. Clark show up asking him to move, which he refuses to do. Mary Margaret Blanchard enters announcing Miner's Day and asking for people to help her to sell candles, but everyone is still angry about her affair with David and they turn away. She asks Leroy if he would help, but he insults her by stating that she is the only person in town that people like less than him. Emma Swan chases after an upset Mary Margaret and asks about Miner's Day. Mary Margaret knows she is responsible for everyone dropping out of the Miner's Day Festival.

While walking, Leroy has glitter fall on him and he meets Astrid, a nun from the convent, who is trying to get the lights to work. He offers his assistance which she is happy to accept. Leroy is smitten by her and tells her of his dream to sail around the world. She tells him "you can do anything as long as you can dream it" and that she believes he will someday do it. Emma is taking pictures of Kathryn's car when Sidney shows up. Sidney tells her that he will help her get into contact with someone who can get Kathryn's phone records. David shows up, Emma and Sidney wonder if he knows.

In the mines, Bossy cleans up the newly hatched dwarf. He states he saw a woman before he hatched. Bossy tells them about his job in the mine and introduces him to his brothers who all hatched from a clutch of eight eggs. They all get axes, which magically reveal their names. When the dwarf holds his new axe, the name "Dreamy" appears engraved on the handle. The dwarves go off into the mines.

Leroy goes to Mary Margaret and agrees to sign up for selling candles. Astrid has told him that she accidentally ordered too much helium and spent the entire budget. The rent is due next week and Mr. Gold will not give them a break on it. Leroy promises her that they will sell all the candles, and he will help them. David is surprised at Kathryn's disappearance. Emma asks him to tell the truth and he tells her that he has not said a word to her since they ended things. Emma promises to find her. Regina receives a fax in her office consisting of Kathryn's phone records. She phones Sidney telling him that they will prove helpful.

Nova is filling up a bag of fairy dust in the mines, but has trouble turning off the machine. Dreamy helps her turn off the machine, but the fairy dust almost ends up in the fire, before Dreamy manages to save it. He tells her that she would make a great fairy godmother.

Mary Margaret is trying to sell candles, but no one will buy them from her. Leroy suggests they go door to door. Emma meets with Sidney, and Sidney thinks that Mary Margaret is to blame for Kathryn's disappearance. The door to door sales fail as everyone slams their doors in their faces.

Bossy sits down in a bar with Dreamy who is saying that he does not feel like himself. Belle is there and tells him that he is in love. She describes to him how being in love feels, but says that it does not always last forever. She says that he needs to go be with the person he loves. He tells her about the fireflies, and Belle points out that she would like to go there with him, but tells him that she has had her heart broken enough.

Leroy meets with Astrid to tell her about the candles, but cannot say the news and lies to her about selling all the candles which leaves Mary Margaret surprised. Mary Margaret tells him that the total cost for all the candles is five thousand dollars. Mary Margaret notices that he likes Astrid and Leroy says he will get the five thousand dollars.

Nova and Dreamy meet on the hill she points out all of the lights. He tells her that she is lucky that she gets to see the world and says that they should get a boat. The fireflies show up, and Nova kisses him saying they should meet back there the next night, after she has delivered the fairy dust, and they will sail away and see the world together.

Leroy meets with Mr. Gold saying that he needs five thousand dollars and will sell the boat. Mr. Gold says that he will not forgive any missing rent for the convent, since he has a long complicated history with the nuns. Astrid shows up and brings him a pie to thank him, but she notices all the candles under a tarp, and he admits he was unable to sell them. He says he is sorry and that she believed in the wrong guy.

Emma is at the office when Sidney brings over the phone records. Sidney notes a call to Kathryn from David made an hour before the car crash. Leroy meets Mary Margaret at the Miner's Day Festival that night, and she tells him that she must have been dreaming if she thought they could accomplish anything, as she still has not sold any candles. When Mary Margaret points out that, as a nun, Astrid is unavailable, Leroy remarks on the similarity of their situations. He says he never wanted to disappoint Astrid. He asks her about her good memories with David and says that is what life is about, your good memories. Leroy tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself. Leroy says there is only one thing that can fix the pain. He goes up to the electrical box on the roof, and he uses his pick axe to break the box. He causes a power outage that covers the whole town. People then come over to buy candles.

Dreamy is leaving the dwarves. He tells them that he is in love, and he wants to be with Nova. They offer him his pick axe, but he tells them he does not need it anymore. Bossy shows up and says that he cannot leave, saying dwarves cannot love. The Blue Fairy shows up and backs up what Bossy is saying, and that it will not end well if they are together. She tells him that he would cost Nova her dream of being a fairy godmother.

Nova waits on the hill when Dreamy shows up. Nova tells him that he needs to see something, and she shows him a ship. Dreamy tells her that he cannot go with her. He tells her that they belong with their own kind. He questions that they are special, but she insists that it is their love that makes them special. Dreamy says they need to put their "dream" away. Nova says she loves him, but he says he cannot love. In the mines an unhappy Dreamy takes up his axe and violently starts hitting rocks with it, he breaks his old axe and asks for a new one. When he grasps it the axe reveals his new name to be "Grumpy".

Mary Margaret and Leroy are having a lot of success selling the candles and end up selling all of them. Leroy goes over to Astrid and gives her all the money. He tells her that he will fix up the boat and then they can go sailing together. Fireflies appear around the festival. Regina shows up at Emma's office requesting information, but Emma does not give her any. Mary Margaret, while walking to her car, sees the word tramp still written on its window. But then Granny takes her candle and lights it, showing she has forgiven her. Emma arrives and tells David that they need to talk. Mary Margaret watches him enter the car with a surprised face.



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Fairytales and Folklore

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Set Dressing

Costume Notes

  • Dopey's hat,[27] which he wears in every episode where he appears, is an American Apparel Unisex Cuff Acrylic Lined Beanie in purple[28] (the exact color is no longer available).
  • When Regina visits the sheriff station, a pair of boots are in Emma's office, sitting on a desk behind her.[29] These are Sheriff Graham's boots, which Emma keeps in her office, missing one shoelace.[30] Emma wears the other lace around her wrist.[31]


  • After Astrid dumps glitter on Leroy, the amount of glitter on him keeps changing from shot to shot.[32]
  • When Sleepy is drying himself with a towel after he gets out of the bath tub, you can see that the actor is wearing black shorts underneath.[33]
  • Storybrooke's zip code is revealed to be 04815,[9] which is in the right number sequence to be a Maine zip code, but it is not used in Maine, or even in the United States. 04815 is a postal code used in Spain and Peru.
  • "What Happened to Frederick" shows that the day Kathryn disappears, and the day before, is a school day. On the first day, she learns about David's affair and confronts Mary Margaret at school where students and teachers are milling about. When Kathryn decides to leave Storybrooke, she apologizes to Regina for "what happened yesterday" (when she took her anger out on Regina) while Emma seeks out Henry at school. On the same day, Kathryn departs, and Regina burns the letter. However, according to Kathryn's phone records, she disappeared on a Sunday.[9] In the U.S., school classes are not in session during weekends.
    • At the end of the episode, Kathryn has been missing for twenty-four hours; meaning that this episode takes place the day after she disappears. David tells Emma that he last spoke to Kathryn "yesterday afternoon" (and stresses that he is telling the truth), but also says that he hasn't spoken to her since ending their relationship. However, "What Happened to Frederick" shows that David broke up with Kathryn the day before she disappeared. In addition, Emma says to Sidney that David told her that he didn't speak to Kathryn the day before she disappeared, though, in fact, he said he did. This complicates matters even more so when Emma discovers that Kathryn did talk to David on the phone the day she disappeared, but "Red-Handed" and "Heart of Darkness" establish that he doesn't remember the phone call because of a memory blackout.

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International Titles



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, March 04, 2012. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#114) "Dreamy"”
  2. TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: ‘The Voice,’ ‘American Idol,’ ‘Modern Family,’ NCIS Top Week 24. TV by the Numbers (March 6, 2012). “ONCE UPON A TIME. ABC. 10667.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 BUDDED CROSS. Trinity Collection. Retrieved on February 15. “This simple cross is characterized by the trefoil or three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
  4. Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic, London, Titan Books, October 2013, p. 66. Facsimile by Google Books.
  5. Schaefer, Glenn (July 19, 2012). It's Emmy time for Once Upon a Time's Vancouver artists. The Province. “The make-up is a subtle approach. we [sic] didn't want to go too far from their natural look. They've got silicone noses and gelatin ears, some have beards and eyebrows.”
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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 File:114PhoneRecords2.png
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  12. File:114AtThoseLights.png
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  28. 28.0 28.1 American Apparel Unisex Cuffed Acrylic Lined Beanie Hat. The Take. Archived from the original on January 26, 2017.
  29. File:114PowerCompany.png
  30. FacebookIcon JenniferMorrisonOfficial (Jennifer Morrison). August 14, 2014.  "A common theme that came up in the memoirs that I read written by people who had beed [sic] 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 and I wanted to find something she could keep with her in memory of him. The shoelace was something that @jamiedornan and I came up with while chatting about this idea. His boots, missing one lace, are still in Emma's office in the sherif station as well." (archive copy)
  31. TwitterLogo @jenmorrisonlive (Jennifer Morrison) on Twitter (October 7, 2013). "its always there. soetimes [sic] you cant see it behind the shoe lace that she wears on her wrist from Grahams boot." (screenshot)
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  34. 34.0 34.1 Gittins, Susan (December 20, 2011). YVRshoots – Once Upon a Time in the Village of Fort Langley. Vancouver Is Awesome.
  35. 9156 Glover Rd Langley, Britisk Columbia. Google Maps (August 2011).
  36. Fort Fish & Chips - CLOSED. TripAdvisor. Retrieved on August 4, 2018.
  37. 37.0 37.1 File:114BadDay.png
  38. File:114SheriffSwan.png
  39. Once Upon a Time fan's guide to Vancouver. Daily Hive (May 31, 2013). “Downtown Fort Langley has also been the site of several scenes on the show. Much like in Steveston, local businesses along Glover Street have been transformed into Storybrooke landmarks. Businesses stretching from the community hall all the way to Gasoline Alley have appeared in various episodes.”
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  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Block, Cheri (November 27, 2012). Once upon a time,'s Sheri Block visited the 'Once' set. CTV. “Even though it has only been used for Rumplestiltskin's cave once, the show has gotten a lot of use out of this set – including as the Storybrook [sic] mines (a S-shaped roller coaster track was built to accommodate a mine car), the Queen's dungeon, an underground pit where Cora threw Emma and Mary Margaret and the site where the dwarves mine diamonds.”
  42. Ginnifer Goodwin on the Season One Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "7:15 A.M."
  43. Colin O'Donoghue on the Season Two Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
  44. David H. Goodman and Colin O'Donoghue on the Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "And Straight On 'Til Morning"

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