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Well, Snow White and Prince Charming may be awake. But the rest of this town is very much asleep.

Mr. Gold to Mary Margaret and David

"Awake" is the seventeenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss and Leah Fong, and directed by Sharat Raju. It is the one hundred and twenty-eighth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 16, 2017.


Still trapped in Neverland, Hook aligns himself with Tiger Lily, hoping to find a way back to Emma. Back in Storybrooke, Regina works to break the sleeping curse that David and Snow are under, and Gold denies The Black Fairy, which brings the two of them to a fearsome impasse. In flashbacks, we learn what Snow and Charming sacrificed in order for Emma to fulfill her destiny as the Savior.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Moe French was deleted from the episode. However, Eric Keenleyside is still listed in the press release.[2]



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • This is the first episode since "I'll Be Your Mirror" that every main cast member appear.
  • Several mistakes were made on the press release of this episode:
  • In the episode script, Leroy winks at Mary Margaret after telling her, "If you change your mind, you know where to find me.", and David asks, "Was Grumpy... flirting with you?"[5] This exchange is not in the final episode.
  • According to Ginnifer Goodwin, it was hard for her to relate to Mary Margaret in real life because, as she has children now, she would have just taken care of herself and her immediate family. So, she had to find "a more generous place" in her spirit, as she finds what Mary Margaret did to be "of the utmost integrity and very Snow White-esque; very in keeping with her character".[6]
  • Before Marco drinks from the sleeping curse goblet, he says, "Cent'anni", an Italian toast which wishes all the clinkers 100 years. This is fitting, as The Adventures of Pinocchio is of Italian origin and Marco is known to speak with an Italian accent.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations


  • In the 1993 flashbacks, when Mary Margaret crashes into Regina, a man is seen walking towards to Regina behind Mary Margaret. However, when Regina angrily shouts out to Mary Margaret, the man disappears. This is best seen when Regina says, "What is so important that you can't pay attention to where you're walking?". But when Regina says, "Oh, let me guess, for John Doe?", the same man is briefly seen behind Regina, even though he did not cross the sidewalk.
  • In the 1993 flashbacks, the business known as Duperre & Hughes can be seen next to Granny's Diner.[35] However, as seen in the Season Two premiere "Broken", Duperre & Hughes did not move into these premises until after the Dark Curse was broken in 2012.[36] Before that, these premises were occupied by LaTandoor,[37] a real life restaurant in Steveston Village, which has since been closed down.[38] (Most likely, LaTandoor could not be used when Steveston was redressed as Storybrooke for the 1993 flashback, since it is a real-life business, so they had to use a fictional business instead.)
  • When Mary Margaret meets Dr. Hopper in the 1993 flashback, the business known as Chop Shop is reflected in the windows behind him.[39] However, when Mary Margaret finds the pixie dust flower, the Chop Shop sign is missing from the building facade, since it did not move into these premises until after the second curse in Season Four.[40] This indicates that the shots of Archie were filmed on a different day, where Steveston Village was dressed as present day Storybrooke.

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (April 18, 2017). ‘Elementary,’ ‘Shades of Blue’ and others unchanged: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.51”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#617) "Awake"”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (January 18, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya March 5th!" (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (April 15, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see ya tomorrow!" (screenshot)
  6. Abrams, Natalie (April 16, 2017). Once Upon a Time stars on Snow and Charming twist. Entertainment Weekly. “ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you react when you learned Snow and Charming did wake up during the curse? (...) GINNIFER GOODWIN: It was hard for me to relate in real life because, especially now that I have children, I wholeheartedly, selfishly would have just taken care of myself and my immediate family, gross as that may be. So it was hard to find a more generous place in my spirit, but I found what Snow did to be of the utmost integrity and very Snow White-esque; very in keeping with her character.”
  7. Martin, Rebecca (March 19, 2013). Once Upon a Time: When Did Rumplestiltskin Regain His Memories?. Wetpaint. “As you can see in the video below, Adam and Edward say explicitly that Gold got his Fairytale Land memories back after Emma (Jennifer Morrison) came to town. Specifically, it happened "when he heard her name in the pilot," which is why he asked Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) for her name in the first place.”
    Once Upon A Time - Live Facebook Interview With Adam Horowitz & Eddie Kitsis (May 9th 2012) - Part 3. YouTube (May 9, 2012).
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  15. ONCE UPON A TIME David / Lord McGuffin Shared Stunt Sword Prop S06E17. eBay (March 8, 2020).
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  20. RED VALENTINO heart print shirt. Farfetch. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
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  22. Babaton Spencer Coat. Aritzia. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
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  24. Club Monaco Sogand Coat. Shopbop. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
    Sogand Coat. Club Monaco. Archived from the original on April 17, 2017.
  25. Club Monaco ASHTA SWEATER. Pradux. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
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  27. Once Upon a time: season 3 episode 15 Regina’s gray military coat. shopyourtv. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
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  33. Felsenthal, Julie (January 20, 2012). Where the Peter Pan Collar Came From—and Why It's Back. Slate. “The costume that launched the trend was designed way back in 1905, for the first American stage production of J.M. Barrie’s play. Maude Adams, the Broadway star who played Peter, wore britches, a feathered cap, and a forest-y looking blouse with a white, rounded collar—a bit wider than the Peter Pan collars in vogue today, but otherwise quite similar. (...) But these seeming innovators can't take full credit for the look. The same type of collar had become wildly popular in France five years earlier, with the 1900 publication of Colette's Claudine à l'école, or Claudine at School. (...) So did the trend originate with Colette? It's unclear, but the col Claudine/Peter Pan collar bears many similarities to other, earlier or contemporaneous, collars, such as the Little Lord Fauntleroy collar, featured on the children's suit inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1885 novel; the Buster Brown collar, which was donned by the comic strip character created in 1902; and even the collar traditionally worn by Quakers, which also enjoyed a moment in the fashion spotlight in the first decades of the 20th century. Though Adams wasn't the originator of this fashion, or the sole architect of her own famous costume, she did lend the style its strongest association, at least in the U.S.”
  34. InstagramIcon.png raphaelsparge (Raphael Sbarge). February 2, 2017. "A cup of tea on a very brisk morning, somewhere deep in the forests of #Vancouver" (archive copy)
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  38. La Tandoor Restaurant. Zomato. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
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