11/04/2013 04:37 am ET

'Once Upon A Time': 'The Little Mermaid' Makes Her Debut, But You'll Never Guess Who The Sea Witch Is? (VIDEO)

Another classic fairy tale character made famous via the magical world of Disney swam her way to "Once Upon a Time." It was "The Little Mermaid" herself, Ariel, portrayed by "Reba" star Joanna Garcia-Swisher. In this twist on the story, it was Regina posing as the sea witch Ursula who granted Ariel the legs she needed to make her prince fall in love with her. And it was at the expense of Snow White.

Ariel could have legs all the time so long as she switched places with someone else. In a way, she thought she was doing Snow a favor by allowing her to escape the Evil Witch in the water as a mermaid. Ultimately, though, she did the right thing, losing her legs and her prince in the process in order to save Snow from the Evil Queen. Regina still got her voice.

And she kept it, until the present day, that is. Now, needing a favor, Regina called on Ariel to return to Storybrooke on an errand for Regina and Mr. Gold. Incentive for Ariel to go? Her Prince Eric is in Storybrooke. E! Online's Leanne Aguilera ranked her debut as one of the night's "OMG TV Moments," but Entertainment Weekly's Hillary Busis is already eager for next week's episode. "We'll follow Ariel back to Maine, hopefully getting a much-needed respite from all the non-action among the Magical Breakfast Club," she wrote. The gang's adventures in Neverland are not proving a hit with everyone!

Come back to Storybrooke with "Once Upon a Time," Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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