I really enjoyed getting Emma's backstory. In addition to filling in how she came to be in prison — and pregnant, it also explains how Mr. Gold had known where to locate Henry. We know that Mr. Gold had never met August, which is why he had been so easily fooled into thinking he was his long-missing son. But, we also now know that August had arranged for Emma's incarceration likely because it had been easier to keep tabs on her in prison than if she had been out on the road with Neal Cassady. I imagine that after Emma's baby had been born, August dropped an anonymous note to one Mr. Gold.
I'm intrigued that the writers (Jane Espenson and Christine Boylan) chose to name Emma's love Neal Cassady. As you may know, the real Neal Cassady was a prominent figure of the Beat Generation and part of Ken Kesey's circle of friends who personified the tune in, turn on, drop out movement of the '60s. Long before that, Cassady served 11 months in prison for receiving stolen goods, closely paralleling Emma's story in "Tallahassee." But where the connection goes from there will, I suppose, remain to be seen.
Tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. ET, Once Upon a Time writer-consulting producer Jane Espenson will join me on Let's Talk TV Live on BlogTalkRadio to talk about tonight's episode and the series in general. In the second half hour her Husbands' cohorts Brad "Cheeks" Bell and Sean Hemeon will stop by to talk about the new Husbands comic book, and a special event in Salt Lake City taking place November 11. So be sure to stop by. Jane and Team Husbands will be taking calls during the show, so try to stop by and listen live (or join the chat room).
Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.