The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, Oncers! This Sunday JoAnna Garcia Swisher makes her ‘Once Upon A Time’ debut as ‘The Little Mermaid’s’ Ariel.
ABC’s official description reveals what our new fairytale heroine will be up to:
AFTER BEING SAVED BY ARIEL, SNOW WHITE RETURNS THE FAVOR BY HELPING HER NEW FRIEND GET ACQUAINTED WITH PRINCE ERIC, AND EMMA, MARY MARGARET, DAVID AND HOOK ATTEMPT TO RESCUE NEAL FROM PAN’S ENCAMPMENT, ON ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME”
JoAnna Garcia Swisher Guest Stars as Ariel
“Ariel” – Back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, when Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) saves Snow White from drowning in the ocean’s depths, Snow returns the favor by helping her new friend get acquainted with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen madly in love with. Meanwhile, Emma, Mary Margaret, David and Hook attempt to save Neal, who is imprisoned in one of Pan’s encampments, and Regina and Mr. Gold begrudgingly team up to find a way to take down Pan, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Robbie Kay as Pan, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Ariel, Gil McKinney as Eric, Parker Croft as Felix, Josh Kalender as lead knight, Adam Lolacher as black knight and Arpad Balogh as footman.
”Ariel” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ciaran Donnelly.
Take a look at the slideshow for images of Ariel, Snow White and Prince Eric. ABC’s official behind-the-scenes photos (posted by SpoilerTV) show how Snow White keeps her promise to Ariel by taking her to Prince Eric’s ball. We already know it was love at first sight for Ariel. It looks like Prince Eric feels the same way. Will Ursula sabotage their budding romance or will True Love prevail?
Speaking of Ursula, the rumors were indeed true. Regina takes one double duty yet again, playing another infamous fairytale villain. Why does Regina go after Ariel? What does she want with the sweet mermaid? In this sneak peek video, we see Ariel reach out to Ursula. After getting her legs, Ariel asks for some guidance. The Little Mermaid may know what life is like under the sea, but it is a whole new world above water. What role will Ursula play in shaping Ariel’s future? Will Snow White help save Ariel from Regina’s trickery?
UPDATE: SNEAK PEEK #2
This second scene from “Ariel,” reveals how the sweet mermaid rescues Snow White.
It will be very interesting to see how ‘OUAT’ spins this classic tale. Will Flounder and Sebastian get a shout-out? Will Ariel struggle with a dinglehopper? One thing we do know is that Ariel will be of great help to the gang in Neverland.
In an interview with Zap2It, Garcia Swisher teases that Ariel will help save Henry:
“You will see me in Neverland. You’ll see me all over the place,” says Garcia Swisher. “The wonderful thing about mermaids that not many people know is that they can swim between realms, so I am able to really help in the process of saving Henry.”
If she can swim between realms, then she might be able to help everyone get off Neverland and escape Peter Pan’s tyranny. However, David’s dilemma will remain a problem. If David leaves Neverland, he will surely die, unless there is another magical way to save his life. This whole time, we’ve heard that Pan allows you to leave the island. Now that he knows about David, he can cause trouble by giving the gang a free pass and waiting to see how loyal they remain to each other. Mary Margaret would never leave David, but what about the others? Could Emma and Henry leave the Charmings behind? Will they find a way to defeat Pan and make Neverland their new home?
This episode description appears to spoil how Hook responds to Pan’s cruel challenge. At the end of “Good Form,” Pan told Hook about Neal’s presence in Neverland and left it up to the pirate to share that information with the others. Hook could selfishly let Emma believe that Neal is dead and hope to win her heart. Now it seems like Hook is staying the course and becoming a better man. He must truly love Emma. First he saved her disapproving father, now he offers to help rescue Neal, the love of her life. Hook is developing a penchant for meddling in the romantic lives of the Rumple men. It will be extra awkward when Hook faces Neal, especially since he was fond of Bae and wanted to be a family. How do you think this love triangle will play out? Will Emma have a change of heart and fall for Hook? Is Neal her True Love?
‘Once Upon A Time’ has been on a magnificent role with the past few episodes. This season just keeps getting better! How do you feel about our sneak peek at Ariel and Ursula? What do you hope to see this Sunday? What do think Emma will do about her feelings for Hook and Neal? Will David come clean to Mary Margaret and Emma?
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‘Once upon A Time’ airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.