We’ve met them individually and briefly in a group, but tonight we get the Once Upon a Time version of the “Seven Dwarves” in this week’s episode “Dreamy.” So. Dwarves are hatched, which I suppose makes sense since they are not earthly beings. And Grumpy (Lee Arenberg) started life as Dreamy, who seems to look at life through the sort of rose colored glasses that come with inexperience and naivete.
Helping out a clumsy young novice fairy as she gathers the year’s supply of fairy dust from in the mines, young Dreamy finds himself smitten by the lovely Nova (Amy Acker). But, as Dreamy eventually learns, dwarves aren’t meant to fall in love; they are meant to work the mines for rock needed to create the precious fairy dust. After all, says Nova’s boss, the Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy), “Fairy Dust is what powers the land.”
The story crosses over into Storybrooke where the town’s convent has run into monetary problems when the young Sister Astrid (and Nova’s modern alter ego), accidentally orders way too much balloon helium for the annual Miners Day. The cost wipes out the nuns’ monthly stipend and they don’t have this month’s rent for landlord Mr. Gold (who, of course owns nearly everything in town).
Knowing that Mr. Gold is unlikely to offer the nuns a grace period for their rent, Astrid, and the convent’s chief fundraiser Mary Margaret has no idea how their going to avoid eviction. So Leroy, who’s as smitten with the unavailable Sister Astrid as Dreamy is with Nova, offers to sell the 1,000 candles crafted at the convent for Miner’s Day to raise the money.
Only one small problem—make that two. First, the candles aren’t a very hot seller; only 42 had been sold the previous year, and that’s a far cry from 1,000. The other problem is that neither Leroy nor Mary Margaret have many friends in town at this point. Leroy, the town grump and drunk just doesn’t have that trusting face—or the charisma to make him much of a successful salesman. And Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) is just this side of Town Pariah, since she’d wrecked Kathryn and David’s marriage. No one is really talking to her, except perhaps roommate—and town sheriff—Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison).
Leroy can’t break Astrid’s heart, so he lies, telling her he’s sold the candles, hoping to make good on the funds by selling his sailboat to Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle). But once Gold learns that the sale is meant to help out the nuns, he refuses, telling Leroy that he’d like nothing more to evict them. “I have a long and complicated relationship with the nuns,” he explains to Leroy, a hint of bitterness in his voice. Hmm. What could Gold have against a group of nuns?
Thanks for asking. The nuns, back in Fairy Tale Land (FTL) are, of course the fairies. And you may recall that Rumplestiltskin (Mr. Gold’s FTL counterpart) destroys Cinderella’s fairy godmother, claiming that her easy magic is a trap—a promise of dreams come true without an explanation of consequences to be paid.
Now, if anyone knows about the cost of magic, it’s Rumple. It’s cost him a lot; it’s also cost many who’ve dealt with him. There’s clearly a power struggle of a sort between Rumple and the fairy godmother clan—or at least a feud—that goes back to the use of magic. “All magic comes with a price,” is practically Rumple’s mantra, and fairy godmothers are all about magic without a price tag at all. So, I’m guessing that Rumple’s issue with the convent goes back to that.