Earlier this season on Once Upon a Time ("Tallahassee"), Jorge Garcia (Lost) guest starred as Anton the giant (as in Jack-in-the-Beanstalk's). Garcia gave a sympathetic and far too brief appearance that suggested much humanity underlying the monster (a very common theme in the series). It is a pleasure to see him reprise the role as this week's "Tiny" as he has climbs down his beanstalk retreat and ventures into Storybrooke, Cora's kidnap victim. That streak of humanity not only informs Anton's behavior, but the behavior of all the giants, benevolent beings who have suffered greatly from humankind's greed and lack of compassion for all things.
Now being held on Hook's (Colin O'Donoghue) ship and shrunk to human size by the malicious Cora, "Tiny" is released from captivity by David (Josh Dallas) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin). But mistaking David for his twin (and dead) brother James, Anton seeks revenge for the harm James and his father George did to the last of the giants back in Fairytale Land, fueled by Regina's friendly advice (and her ability to temporarily bring Anton back up to giant-size).
Revenge certainly seems justified, as after befriending the childlike, trusting giant back in Fairytale Land, David's twin brother James (with sidekick Jack) betrays Anton, stealing the giants' gold and murdering Anton's father. In a new twist on the Jack and Beanstalk, this time, Jack is Jacqueline (Cassidy Freeman), and she is the adventuring sidekick and lover of Prince James. (Hey, if Elementary can craft a female Watson, why not?)
Now back to his giant proportions, Anton wreaks havoc on Storybrooke; however, Snow and David's kindness eventually win him over to their side, and the good guys have now acquired a great ally, and one with preserved magic bean cuttings. The magic beans, if you recall, are needed ingredient for portal jumping. With a beanstalk, the good folk of Storybrooke will be able to come and go as they please, living dual lives in our world and their own. Of course if Cora gets her hands on the bean crop, they're all in trouble.