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Come in.

—Stephen to Jiminy, Myrna and Martin src

Stephen is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the fourth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Luke Camilleri, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.

Stephen is based on one of the Puppets from the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, and the Disney film Pinocchio.

History

Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, he and his wife, Donna, are tricked by Jiminy Cricket's parents, Myrna and Martin, about an elfin plague. They give them a fake serum as a cure. Unbeknownst to Jiminy, they switched the usual water serum they always use to scam people and give them the potion Rumplestiltskin had given Jiminy to get rid of his parents. Stephen turns into a puppet after drinking the potion along with his wife, which causes their son, Geppetto, much alarm and grief. ("That Still Small Voice")

Rumplestiltskin collects the puppets and keeps them in his castle for many years. ("The Snow Queen", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "The Apprentice", "Changelings", "Heroes and Villains", "Skin Deep", "Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

During First Curse

During the twenty-eight years of the curse, Stephen and Donna remain as puppets in Mr. Gold's pawnshop collection. ("Welcome to Storybrooke", "Awake", "Save Henry", "The Price of Gold", "That Still Small Voice", "The Shepherd", "The Stranger", "An Apple Red as Blood", "A Land Without Magic")

After Third Curse

At some point prior to Henry breaking in Mr. Gold's pawnshop, Stephen and Donna are put back in display on a counter. During a speech about the danger of messing with magic, the kid shows them to Violet Morgan and explains that they were originally human, implying that magic caused the couple to become wooden puppets. ("Only You")

During Fifth Curse

Through unknown means, Stephen ends up in the evidence room of Hyperion Heights 42nd Precinct Police Station. ("Breadcrumbs")

Family


Donna
 
 
 
Stephen
 
 
 
 
 
 
Geppetto
 
 
Pinocchio

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • Stephen and Donna are the parents of Geppetto
  • Pinocchio is the adopted son of Geppetto

Trivia

Production Notes

  • Stephen and Donna were supposed to appear in marionette form in "We Are Both". The scene, where Archie looks upset upon seeing the puppets in Mr. Gold's shop, got cut from the episode.[2]

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References