It’s hard out there for Bandit Snow. In a flashback sneak peek from Once Upon a Time Season 3, Episode 6: “Ariel” (via TVLine), we see her running through the woods, trying to escape the Evil Queen’s guards. Unfortunately, the end of her path is at the edge of a cliff.
“You’re a long way from home Snow White. Did you really think you could hide from the queen here?” they question her as she tries to find an escape. Apparently, she thought she could run and hide easily.
As they say they’re there to take her back, she says, “not gonna happen” before jumping into the sea! It’s a long way up, and as soon as she hits the water, she starts to drown.
Thankfully, a Little Mermaid is there to save her. In their official meet-cute, Snow meets Ariel as she brings her up to the surface.
After Snow thanks her, Ariel responds in a sing-song sweet voice. “No problem. You might want to try diving in calmer waters next time,” she says, before unintentionally surprising Snow with her big ol’ green mermaid tail.
“You’re a…” Snow trails off, shocked.
“Yeah, I’m a mermaid. Name’s Ariel!” she says, and we all fall in love with her.
Check out the clip below, then read our interview with Ariel herself, the lovely JoAnna Garcia Swisher. In part one of our chat, she dishes about Ariel and Snow’s relationship (and how that blends with Prince Eric and Ursula, too) and in the second, she talks about singing and green screens.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.