Funny Moments and Highlights From Episode 1x12 Skin Deep
Gaston Meets RumpelstiltskinGaston draws his sword on Rumpelstiltskin during their first encounter. Rumpelstiltskin slaps the sword away like it's a twig and not a long sharp blade capable of slicing through a man. Gaston should've learned from that encounter that Rumpelstiltskin isn't one to be trifled with, but no, Gaston foolishly knocks on Rumpelstiltskin's door and points his sword at him again and announces himself in a booming voice, declaring, "I am Sir Gaston and you beast have taken—" He never gets to finish his sentence because this time Rumpelstiltskin isn't taking any of Gaston's shit. Without saying a word, Rumpelstiltskin simply snaps his fingers and Gaston is poofed into a pretty rose, which Rumpel gives to Belle.
Belle Makes a Deal With Rumpelstiltskin
The Ogre Wars are quickly encroaching on Belle's village. Her father, Sir Maurice, asks Rumpel for help but decides against it when Rumpel wants Belle as payment. Maurice tells Rumpel to get the hell out, but in the tradition of "no damsels in distress on Once Upon a Time", Belle stops Rumpel and makes a deal with him: she shall be his servant forever in exchange for the lives of her family, friends, and village. Rumpel agrees and they leave.
Belle Declares Her Love For Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin releases Belle, but after Regina tells her that true love's kiss can break any spell, she returns to Rumpelstiltskin and kisses him. Rumpelstiltskin begins to turn into an ordinary man again, and Belle tells him that any curse can be broken. Apparently, knowing that any curse can be broken is secret knowledge because Rumpelstiltskin gets angrier than a doused cat and accuses her of working with Regina.
He snatches the cover off a nearby mirror and shouts at it, knowing Regina can see and hear him. Belle has an understandable WTF moment and asks, "Who are you talking to?" He says he's talking to her friend, The Queen. Belle once again tries to tell him that kissing her worked, and it means there is true love between them. But Rumpelstiltskin can't hear her over the roaring anger screaming in his ears. Belle pleads with him and tells him she is being sincere in her love for him, but he doesn't believe her and hurls her into her dungeon-room.
Rumpelstiltskin Releases/Rejects BelleRumpelstiltskin releases Belle but not before she gives him a piece of her mind.
David Gives Mary Margaret The Wrong Valentine's Day Card
Mr. Gold Canes Moe FrenchMoe French is pissed that Mr. Gold has repossessed his van full of flowers—flowers that Mr. French claims are worth a grand. Regina suggests to Moe that strong men take what they need. Moe translates that into meaning he should burglarize Mr. Gold's house.
Little does Moe know that hiding behind the cane and calm facade of Mr. Gold is Rumpelstiltskin, who is crazier than a bag full of rabid weasels. Mr. Gold does what any crazy miffed person would do—he kidnaps Moe using Moe's own repoed van, takes him to a cabin in the woods, and then proceeds to beat the ever living crap out of him with his cane.
Pent-up anger that Mr. Gold has carried from Fairy Tale Land breaks through during the caning, and Mr. Gold begins to beat Moe not only for robbing him, but also because he believes Maurice—Moe's Fairy Tale Land persona—had Belle tortured, and she committed suicide to escape.
Regina wants to know if Mr. Gold remembers being Rumpelstiltskin. She confronts him on the street, but he uses his magical catchphrase [Please] on her, and she has no choice but to let him go.
Get the hell out of the way. Please.
Regina sets up a chain of events that lands Mr. Gold in jail. She visits him and it's very reminiscent of the time she visited him in a Fairy Tale Land jail to ask about the curse, but this time Rumpelstiltskin isn't as helpless behind bars. She flashes a self-satisfied smile at him, which he quickly wipes off her face by asking her to please have a seat. Regina begrudgingly obeys.
Mr. Gold begins their chat, and Regina asks, "What's your name?" Mr. Gold, ever one to take each word literally, dances around the question and tells her his name is Mr. Gold, and it has been as long as he's been on this Earth. Regina asks him again, but makes sure to ask what his name was before he came to live in this world. He then admits his name is Rumpelstiltskin and calls Regina, "your majesty."
He also tells Regina not to forget who has the real power. Storybrooke Regina turns into Fairy Tale Land Evil Queen Regina for a moment as she leans in closer and says, "We shall see."
Belle in Storybrooke
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