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When I was a little girl, the palace servants used to tell stories about a fearsome creature that lived in a nearby cave.
Snow White to Prince Charming src

Medusa's Cave is an Enchanted Forest location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the tenth episode of the third season.


Before First Curse

A fearsome creature named Medusa lives in a cavern near the old Summer Palace of the Enchanted Forest. While spending her honeymoon at the Summer Palace, Snow White tells her husband Prince Charming about Medusa, who has the ability to turn whoever looks into her eyes into stone, and she wants to cut off her head and use it on the Evil Queen. Together, they venture into Medusa's cave. While Prince Charming goads the creature to come towards him, Snow White hides in wait to cut off her head. However, when Snow White swings the sword at the Gorgon's neck, all it does is frighten the beast as the sword shatters. Realizing that the legends were wrong, Snow White and Prince Charming attempt to flee, but Snow White is caught by Medusa's snake-like body and dragged towards her. To stop this, Prince Charming hurls a shield he finds laying in the hallway at Medusa. Medusa switches her target back to him and this time is able to successfully meet his gaze, turning him to stone. As Medusa searchers for her, Snow White sees the Evil Queen spying on her through a mirror in a fallen shield. The Evil Queen finds it amusing that Snow White is wreaking havoc on her own life, to which the princess realizes she must let go of her own fears before more damage is done. Though the Evil Queen attempts to make Snow White believe that she has ruined her own happy ending, it ends up giving the girl an idea as she tears the rest of the covering off the shield and charges Medusa with it. When the Gorgon attempts to turn Snow White into stone, she ends up meeting her own gaze through the reflection and ends up defeating herself as she turns to stone. Her demise results in Prince Charming returning to normal as the happy couple is reunited. ("The New Neverland")


On-Screen Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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