'Once Upon a Time,' 'Castle,' 'Leverage,' 'How I Met Your Mother': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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As I’m capping off this week’s Spoiler Room, Regis Philbin is saying goodbye on Live! So as I try to ignore it enough not to weep like a mad person, forgive me if I don’t make a lot of sense. (God, I’m such a ridiculous sappy human!)

Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are this week’s goodies. Thanks to all who submitted questions. Keep ‘em coming! Don’t know how? Here’s the info: spoilerroom@ew.com or @EWSandraG on Twitter.

And a special thanks to all those brave souls who answered my call for video questions on Twitter (which you can see in the next Spoiler Room: Video Edition). There will be more chances to do so very soon!

‘ONCE UPON A TIME’: BIG BATTLE ON THE HORIZON?
I know I’m certainly not the only person recently enchanted by Once Upon a Time, and in next week’s episode, we continue our journey with an exploration into the story of Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge). I’ll have more on that next week (a full chat with Sbarge), but I also wanted to touch on it a bit now because I, like several of you, was peeved when Archie (Jiminy’s present-day doppelganger) corroborated Regina’s fake story about some stolen files and got Emma sent to jail. “Jiminy Cricket would NOT do that,” a few of you wrote. Well, I agree. So I took our outrage straight to Sbarge, who told me, he felt the same way! But…

“In this [coming] episode, I think you’ll get a real sense of what that dynamic is between him and Regina,” he said. “It’s so funny because I got so many phone calls, ‘I can’t believe you did that!!’ They were so mad at me. I was like ‘Hold on! It’ll be explained!’ So this episode will give context for that event and more.”

To Sbarge, it’s all part of the slow walk to something much bigger. “What they’re doing is laying out the core character and what their inner and outer struggles are. And in doing so, as things coalesce…we know that there’s a battle that’s going to have to begin,” he says. Sbarge acknowledges that he hasn’t yet read or heard anything from producers to indicate this battle is imminent, but he says it’s definitely what he hopes to eventually see. “We know that everyone is living in this dream-like state and they’re going to have to rise up and fight. There’s going to have to be – at least, they’re laying a lot of track for it – some epic battle. That’s my opinion.”

‘CASTLE’: YOUR ‘KILL SHOT’ QUESTIONS ANSWERED
I love our little Q&A sessions, so after I checked out next week’s episode of Castle, I thought it might be fun to do one. If you didn’t get a chance to get in on the action, make sure you’re following me on Twitter! (@EWSandraG)

Sandra, I am expecting some great Castle scoop this week. I am sure you are one of the ultra lucky people in the world who got to see “Kill Shot” early? What can you you tell us about it? How does it rate against your favorites of the season? While I hear there will be moments that might have us in tears, will there be moments that cause for an eruption of shippers’ smiles? — Cheryl
One at a time, Cheryl! To simplify things, I’ll take your questions in order: 1) Yes I did. 2) I did you one better. I showed you something from it this morning. 3) Rates near the top, but possibly below the bank (because that’s always going to be tough to beat) 4) Like I said, Castle comforts her…but definitely in his own way. I much preferred Castle’s scenes watching Beckett rather than with her. You’ll see what I mean.

Sandra! Biggest fan = moi. Pleasantries aside, will the wonderful folks over at Castle be giving the fans an early Christmas present this year?? No mistletoe needed, if you catch my drift (and I am sure you do). Raleigh loves ya. — Kelly
I do know what you mean. Ha. But nothing like that in “Kill Shot.” I think the real gift of the episode is a lesson in how to love someone rather than how to show it physically. Does that make sense? We’ll talk more on Monday.

So is it safe to say Stana Katic [deserves] all of the awards for this ep? How about some Caskett scoop? The wait for “Kill Shot “is too long. — @martucacomayuca
Yes, it is safe to say she’s rather award-worthy, specifically for a few of the scenes teased in the preview, like the crying scene in the hallway and the drunk Beckett scene!

‘LEVERAGE’ BOSS TALKS GREAT PARKER AND HARDISON MOMENTS AHEAD
One of the cable couples I get asked about the most is easily Parker and Hardison on Leverage, and that thrills me because I find them totally fascinating. Parker, for her hesitation to let herself fall for Hardison, and Hardison, for his unwavering patience with the situation. And as executive producer Dean Devlin told me in our conversation about the last stretch of this season, these next few episodes will be big for the couple. “I think we’re going to continue what we’ve built on. The key is to not go backwards, and that’s challenging because we really progressed their relationship in the first half,” he said. “Parker is a uniquely damaged character and she’s only now coming out of that shell and dealing with her emotions. So, now that she’s accepting that she’s moving forward with Hardison, she’s really having a hard time trying to understand what that all means, because literally, she’s never had, in her entire life, a relationship like this.”

So what will the next few episode bring? For one, Devlin says there are a couple of episodes “where she gets challenged in dealing with how she’s feeling, and in some ways, she has to go through what everybody else went through when they were in jr. high and high school.” And in the season opener, he says, there’s a particularly fun moment “where Parker tries to encourage Hardison and it’s clearly a complete fake, and his chagrin at watching her do it is so touching and romantic…. It’s so lovely because it says so much about their relationship within the subtext.” Having screened the ep, I’m inclined to agree.

(Keep an eye out for our full chat with more Leverage scoop this weekend!)

NEXT: Scoop on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Nikita,’ and more

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