In 1983, young Owen Flynn and his father, Curt, were on a father-son camping trip in the woods of Maine when suddenly a storm overtook their campsite. When they awoke in the morning, a tree had smashed their truck and they decided to hike back to the road to look for help. But instead of finding the interstate, they found a town—Storybrooke—that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. They stayed in town while the local mechanic, Gus, worked on their pickup. At first, town Mayor Regina Mills was eager to see them on their way, but as Regina began to realize how empty her life was going to be in Storybrooke with The Curse in-place, she decided to spend more time with Owen and Curt. Owen and Regina bonded as he told her about losing his mother only 6 months before, and she asked Curt if he would consider moving to town. He declined, but Regina wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. Using her control of Sheriff Graham’s heart, she ordered Curt’s arrest.
Curt managed to break free and he and Owen sped for the town line. Graham and Regina pursued in a high-speed chase through Storybrooke, cutting the Flynns off right at the town line. Curt told his son to run out of town and find his uncle, and Owen reluctantly did so. Regina once more tried to convince young Owen to stay, but he refused. She let him go, but when Owen returned with police officers, the town of Storybrooke was veiled once more by The Curse. Young Owen vowed to find his father one day.
First Appearance: Season 2, Episode 17 - Welcome to Storybrooke
Almost 30 years later, Emma had broken The Dark Curse and it became possible for outsiders to find Storybrooke. Mr. Gold and Belle were saying goodbye when Captain Hook shot her, sending her toppling over the town line and stripping her of her memories. Gold prepared to retaliate with a magical fireball when suddenly a car came barreling down the road, hitting Hook before spinning out. Emma and David arrived on the scene and got the driver to Storybrooke hospital where Dr. Whale was able to save his life. After the driver woke up, Emma introduced herself and asked about him. His name appeared to be Greg Mendell, and he was a tourist from Pennsylvania. He convinced Emma that he hadn’t seen anything unusual, but when she left, he used his cell phone to call a woman—labeled in his phone only as “Her”—to tell her she wouldn’t believe what he had seen.
Greg spent the next few weeks recovering in the hospital. There he would often try to speak with Belle, who had no memory of her Fairy Tale Land life and didn’t understand there was magic in Storybrooke. Greg also spied as often as he could, getting footage of Regina using magic on his cell phone. Once he was well enough to leave the hospital, he explored around Storybrooke, making Emma nervous about what he might find.
One day, as Greg was walking through the woods, he bumped into Henry, who was off by himself trying to find a way to get rid of magic in Storybrooke. Greg secretly snapped a photo of Henry’s contact information from his backpack and called Regina, saying he was worried about Henry. Later, he stalked Regina back to her house where he recorded her ripping out Mary Margaret’s heart and showing it to her. As Greg climbed into his car, a familiar leather braid, given by Curt Flynn to his son Owen on a camping trip in 1983, dangled from his keychain. Greg once again vowed to find his father and it became clear that Greg Mendell is really Owen Flynn all grown up!
First Appearance: Season 2, Episode 12 - In the Name of the Brother
Ethan has starred in several hit films and been a guest or series regular on many notable TV series. Fans will recognize him from movies like Eagle Eye, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Can't Hardly Wait. On TV he's starred several shows including FreakyLinks and the 2003 Dragnet (with Modern Family's Ed O'Neill) and has been a guest star on many more including House, M.D., Numb3rs and Grey's Anatomy.