For the story, see "Beauty and the Beast".
For the Disney film, see Beauty and the Beast.
For the character based on Beauty, see Belle.
"Beauty" is the fourth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong, and directed by Mick Garris. It is the one hundred and thirty-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 27, 2017.
It's Halloween in Hyperion Heights and Victoria forces Ivy to take Lucy trick-or-treating. Meanwhile, Tilly appears to be waking up from the curse and is intent on leading Weaver to the truth – but not if Victoria can help it. In a flashback, Rumple and Belle seek the answer to a prophecy that could cement their happy ending.
Aurora Bridge: Extended
An extended version of the scene with Weaver and Tilly under Aurora Bridge. Before Weaver sees Tilly, he interacts with a man who walks under the bridge with a woman dressed like Disney's Alice. The man wears a black Cheshire Cat mask for Halloween (in the actual episode, the mask is seen, but only from the side).
Belle's Death: Extended
An extended version of the scene where Belle passes away, featuring additional dialogue which was cut during post-production and a part where Mr. Gold opens the travel book and sees how it is filled with pictures and memoirs.
*: Only in archive footage
- The title card features gravestones, jack-o-lanterns, and other Halloween decor.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Instagram account on August 3, 2017.
- The title of this episode is a reference to "Beauty and the Beast", the fairytale written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, which is the basis for Belle and Rumplestiltskin.
- Belle's name also means "beautiful" in French.
- Adam Horowitz described this episode as "hugely romantic".
- REUSED FOOTAGE: The opening shot where the leaves are blown across Storybrooke Main Street is stock footage from an establishing shot used to show the empty streets of Storybrooke the morning after Hook's death in the Season Five episode "Swan Song", but with a lighter color hue.
- SOMETHING'S CHANGED: A few changes have been made to the patio of Granny's Diner since the previous season: Wooden flooring and a gate have been added and the formerly green fence is painted white.
- REUSED FOOTAGE: Before the scene with Jacinda, Henry and Ivy at Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack, there is an establishing shot of Seattle, which is stock footage from "Hyperion Heights".
- CAST NOTES: Throughout the episode, Gideon appears as a baby, at the ages of one and ten, and as an adult, making it the largest number of different actors portraying the same role in one episode.
- ABANDONED IDEAS: In the episode script, Belle says "You know, you could take a picture", and Mr. Gold answers "No need. I could remember how you look right now forever." In the final episode, Belle actually says "photograph" instead of "picture".
- The bridge Belle and Gold make a stop by is based on the German Rakotzbrücke ("Devil's Bridge"), located in a 200-acre landscaped park in the municipality of Gablenz. The bridge is notable for creating a circle when it is reflected in the water beneath it.
- According to a prop note on a behind the scenes photograph posted by Emilie de Ravin on Instagram, Belle is approximately 80 years old by the time she passes away.
- CUT CONTENT: A segment where Alice calls Weaver a pillock, which was Rose Reynolds' idea, was cut from the episode. "Pillock" is a British slang word for a stupid person. According to the actress (who is British), no one knew what it meant.
- The Seattle events take place on Halloween on October 31, 2017, after "The Garden of Forking Paths" and before "Greenbacks". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Storybrooke flashback takes place after "The Final Battle Part 2", one year after "Changelings" and before "A Pirate's Life" and "Is This Henry Mills?".
- The New Enchanted Forest flashback takes place after "Greenbacks" and before "Hyperion Heights".
- Belle and Mr. Gold celebrate Gideon's first birthday. Belle gave birth to Gideon in "Changelings".
- Belle and Mr. Gold discuss how Storybrooke has not had a threat since the Black Fairy was defeated in "The Final Battle Part 2".
- The last on-screen time Mr. Gold used the Dark One Dagger was during "Mother's Little Helper" when he cut Emma free from the spider cocoon and then channeled his magic with the dagger to help her shrink the spider.
- Mr. Gold says that Belle always wanted to see the world, something that was established in "Skin Deep" and "The Outsider".
- Jacinda lost custody of Lucy in "Hyperion Heights".
- Ivy mentions Jacinda's speech at the Community Gardens, which took place in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
- When Henry tastes the drink that Roni made for him, he says that it could use a dash of cinnamon. Henry enjoys cinnamon and cream in his cocoa, which was established in "The Thing You Love Most" and "Going Home".
- Roni mentions seeing Henry getting ice cream with Lucy and Jacinda, an event which happened in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
- Henry mentions how he visited the Hyperion Heights Cemetery, which took place in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
- Henry asks Jacinda out again in "Wake Up Call" while Jacinda is working on the food truck and in "Sisterhood" when Henry is persuaded by Rogers and Nick to ask out the next girl that walks into the barcade.
- Rogers was promoted to detective in "Hyperion Heights".
- Weaver makes a reference to Rogers' missing person case, which was previously brought up in "A Pirate's Life".
- Tilly says that the Troll under the Aurora Bridge has a history. His story is revealed in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Belle and Mr. Gold previously danced to the song "Beauty and the Beast" in "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "The Savior".
- As Belle says her last words, clips from "Skin Deep", "A Land Without Magic", "Kansas", "There's No Place Like Home", "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "The Final Battle Part 2" are shown.
- Tilly shows Weaver the chipped cup, just as his counterpart once told her in "The Eighth Witch" to do in order to jog his memories.
- Weaver repairs the chipped cup in "Sisterhood".
- When Tilly tries to remember Weaver's original name, she guesses "Spindleshanks", the same name that Hordor guessed in "Desperate Souls".
- Mr. Gold says that he took the Dark One's dagger for one son, a reference to events from "Ill-Boding Patterns".
- Weaver finds the Guardian in "The Eighth Witch".
- When Mr. Gold arrives in the New Enchanted Forest and meets Alice, Henry rides by on his motorcycle, which takes place directly before his run-in with Cinderella in "Hyperion Heights". Additionally, the ball that Alice mentions is the one from the same episode that she goes to and drugs Henry on orders from Mr. Gold to make him return home.
- Weaver is released from the hospital in "Wake Up Call".
- When Tilly asks Rogers if he plays chess, he says that he's been known to "dabble a little bit". Wish Realm Hook talked about how he used to play chess with his daughter in "A Pirate's Life". The piece that Rogers moves is a black rook, the same as his daughter's chess piece, which he showed to the other Hook in the same episode. How the black rook came to symbolize Wish Realm Hook's love for his daughter is shown in "Knightfall".
- In "Wake Up Call", Henry sees photos of himself and Ivy from their bar outing that Ivy posted on her online social media account.
- Mr. Gold is finally reunited with Belle in "Leaving Storybrooke".
- Belle falling while opening the curtains and being caught by Mr. Gold, serves as a parallel to the same scene in "Skin Deep".
- Belle and Mr. Gold's story alludes to Ellie and Carl Fredricksen's story from the Disney/Pixar animated movie Up.
- Various people wear costumes of different Disney characters including Elsa from Frozen, Alice from the animated Disney film Alice in Wonderland, Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Incredibles from The Incredibles, and the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. There's also a man wearing a male version of Elsa's coronation outfit.
- During Weaver's conversation with Tilly and while Ivy is searching for Lucy, two boys walk by—one wearing a blue, yellow and red costume and the other wearing a red, white and black costume. The costumes are from the Disney Descendants franchise. More specifically of Jay, the son of Jafar, and Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil.
- The Sanderson Sisters Easter egg is a reference to Mick Garris, who directed the episode and was one of the writers of Hocus Pocus.
- When Lucy goes trick-or-treating, she mutters to herself, "Please be an Apollo bar, please be an Apollo bar". This was a fictional brand on Lost.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There are many references to the novel scattered throughout the episode:
- Tilly is wearing a white rabbit mask with a monocle on its eye for Halloween, a reference to the White Rabbit.
- Tilly's favorite food is orange marmalade, a reference to the scene where Alice grabs a jar of orange marmalade from a shelf while falling down the rabbit hole.
- Tilly asks Victoria Belfrey, "Who are you?", just like the Caterpillar asks Alice in the novel.
- Tilly references herself as feeling ten feet tall and becoming small again.
- Tilly says to Weaver, "We're all mad here", just like the Cheshire Cat says to Alice in the novel.
- Alice can be seen chasing a white rabbit.
- Rogers refers to Tilly as being "as quiet as a dormouse".
- A drawing resembling the Cheshire Cat can be seen on one of the walls in Tilly's boxcar.
- Tilly and Rogers play chess, which is an important theme in Lewis Carroll's sequel Through the Looking-Glass.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: This episode features several hidden references to the rose that Beauty's father steals from the Beast's rose garden in the fairytale of "Beauty and the Beast":
- Roni lets Henry sample one of her new drinks called the Poisoned Apple, a reference to the evil queen's fruit of choice from the "Snow White" fairytale.
- Gideon mentions that he has been accepted into Elphame Academy. This is a reference to the Queen of Elphame from Scottish folklore.
- When Tilly tries to remember Weaver's original name, she guesses "Spindleshanks", which is one of the names the miller's daughter guesses for the titular character in one English translation of the "Rumplestiltskin" fairytale, The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang: "The next day she sent to inquire the names of all the people in the neighborhood, and had a long list of the most uncommon and extraordinary for the little man when he made his appearance. 'Is your name, perhaps, Sheepshanks, Cruickshanks, Spindleshanks?' but he always replied: 'That's not my name.'"
- Belle and Mr. Gold's story in this episode is inspired by the short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
- The pills which Tilly "takes" to prevent her from waking up from the curse are blue, which can be seen when she finds the crushed pills inside her sandwich. This is a reference to the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix, in which the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus. The red pill will free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real world, but the blue pill will lead him back to stay in the comfortable simulated reality of the Matrix.
- This reference is fitting, since The Matrix is known for referencing the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland through various homages. During the scene where Neo takes the pill, Morpheus informs him that if he chooses to take the red pill and be freed from the Matrix, he will "stay in Wonderland", and Morpheus will show him "how deep the rabbit hole goes".
- The pills used during filming were actually bright blue. However, this cannot be seen in the actual episode, since they can only be seen inside the box or crushed inside Tilly's sandwich.
- Coincidentally, in the 2021 sequel The Matrix Resurrections, released four years after the episode, a doctor prescribes Neo boxes of blue pills in order to keep his memory of the real world suppressed, but Neo eventually stops taking them, enabling his memories to return – much like what happens to Tilly.
- For Halloween, Roni is dressed up as Sandy Olsson from the 1978 musical romantic comedy film Grease.
- Henry asks if the "Scary Sauce" that Jacinda is serving is Exorcist-level scary, or more like Gremlins-level scary. This is a reference to the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist and the 1984 horror comedy Gremlins. Jacinda answers, "Exorcist-level". The Exorcist has been repeatedly ranked as the most terrifying movie of all time, while Gremlin is more known for its blend of comedy and horror. Despite this, Henry admits to Jacinda that he can't handle Gremlins, prompting her to ask if he's scared of puppets; a reference to the titular characters, who were portrayed by animatronic puppets.
- ♫ MUSIC: The song playing at Roni's when Henry is having drinks with Ivy at the end of the episode is "Float" by Jude Shuma.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: The magical rose from Season Five is pictured on the cover of the travel book that Mr. Gold gives to Belle.
- According to Emilie de Ravin, she had to carry around four gallons of water during the house building scene, while Robert Carlyle was loading little polystyrene rocks.
- According to a prop hospital bracelet auctioned off online in April 2020, Weaver's patient identification number at the Hyperion Heights hospital is 0365-8263-40.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: When playing chess with Tilly, Rogers places the black rook next to the white knight, a subtle foreshadowing of Tilly's real identity: In "A Pirate's Life", Wish Hook stated that his daughter gave him a black rook while he gave her a knight (a white knight, as later shown in "Pretty in Blue"). A chess rook is shaped like a castle tower; Alice is revealed to have grown up in Rapunzel's tower.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: During Gideon's birthday celebration, a white rabbit plush toy is sitting on the table.
- ARTWORKS: A painting by the American artist Augustine Kofie, from his 2011 exhibition Circulatory System, is hanging on the wall next to the elevator when Jacinda drops by Belfrey Towers.
- ARTWORKS: The painting next to Weaver's bed at the hospital is Summer Secret by the American artist Megan Lightell.
- The same jacket was also worn by the character Eleanor Henstridge on The Royals episode "Confess Yourself to Heaven", Charlotte Richards on the Lucifer episode "All Hands on Decker" (a show that stars Once Upon a Time guest star Tom Ellis), Hilary Curtis on an episode of the soap opera The Young and the Restless, Quinn Fuller on an episode of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (played by Once Upon a Time guest star Rena Sofer), Maggie Vera on the Charmed episode "Other Women" and Veronica Newel on the Dirty John episode "This Young Woman Fought Like Hell".
- At the bridge, Belle is wearing a dress with embroidered roses. She wore the same dress in the Season Four episode "Family Business", but with a different blouse underneath.
- The Snow White costume that a Seattle resident is wearing was also worn by the character Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory episode "The Contractual Obligation Implementation".
- USE IT AGAIN: The suit worn by Mr. Gold when he arrives in the New Enchanted Forest is the same suit that he wears when he is reunited with Belle on Mount Olympus in "Leaving Storybrooke". Gold wears the suit again in "Wake Up Call" and "The Guardian".
- SECONDHAND CLOTHING: The blouse Alice is wearing is the same garment worn by Marian in the Season Four episode "Heart of Gold". Alice wears the garment again in "Pretty in Blue", "The Eighth Witch" and "The Girl in the Tower".
- The scene where Weaver is walking down the street and sees Tilly, the scene with Tilly and Weaver on the bench, and the nighttime scene with Henry and Ivy on the same bench later in the episode, were all filmed in New Westminster's Hyack Square.
- The scene where Rogers and Weaver are walking through the park was filmed in CRAB Park at Portside in Vancouver.
- The scenes in front of Belle and Mr. Gold's house in the Edge of Realms was filmed on a blue-screen set. Parts of the house was real, while the rest was added digitally in post-production.
- The scenes where Lucy and the other children are trick-or-treating were filmed in 6359 Palace Place in Burnaby.
- The driving scene with Tilly and Weaver was filmed in Richmond's Alderbridge Way.
- The scene where Tilly jumps from Weaver's moving car and runs off was filmed on a lane in 4400 Still Creek Drive in Burnaby.
- The scene where Tilly and Weaver are walking through the alley to Tilly's boxcar was filmed behind the Burrard Inronworks in Vancouver.
- A ravine in Burnaby's Buckingham Park doubles as the New Enchanted Forest for the flashback where Alice and Mr. Gold meet.
- The picture of Mr. Gold and Belle in front of the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post in Arendelle is an edited screenshot from the Season Four episode "Family Business", where Belle is seen walking to the shop. However, she has not been correctly deleted from the original screenshot.
- Despite the chipped cup being placed on the mantel during the close-up shot of Mr. Gold, the cup has disappeared in the following wide shot.
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