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Once Upon A Time: Desperate Souls / Season: 1 / Episode: 8 (00010008) (2012)
Production Code: 00010008
January 8, 2012
As the citizens of Storybrooke continue mourning Sheriff Graham's death, Emma makes her decision to run for Sheriff against Daily Mirror chief editor Sidney Glass and Regina engages in dirty politics with Mr. Gold while Rumpelstiltskin's back story is revealed, starting from his attempt to gain the ultimate power in order to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma reveals to the entire town at the debate that Mr. Gold was responsible for the fire at City Hall and backs down from the race, only to later discover that the citizens elected her Sheriff after seeing her stand up to him. She later finds Mr. Gold in her new office and questions him and learns that it's part of the favor she owes him – and that payment is soon approaching.