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Even you, Mr. Weaver, have a story, and it's a thing of beauty.

Tilly to Weaver

"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.[2]


Deleted Scenes

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.[3] The man wears a black Cheshire Cat mask for Halloween[4] (in the actual episode, the mask is seen, but only from the side).[5]

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.[6]



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • 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.[14]
  • 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."[17] In the final episode, Belle actually says "photograph" instead of "picture".
  • The bridge Belle and Gold make a stop by[18] 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.[19]
  • CUT CONTENT: A segment where Alice calls Weaver a pillock, which was Rose Reynolds' idea, was cut from the episode.[20] "Pillock" is a British slang word for a stupid person.[21] According to the actress (who is British), no one knew what it meant.[20]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



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.[35]
    • 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":
  • A rose is pictured on the cover of the travel book that Mr. Gold gives to Belle.[36]
  • At the bridge, Belle is wearing a dress with embroidered roses.[37]
  • A red rose is pictured on the headstone on Belle's grave.[38]
  • Belle is buried among the rose bushes outside the house.[39]

Popular Culture

  • Belle and Mr. Gold's story in this episode is inspired by the short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".[41]
  • 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.[42] This is a reference to the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix,[43] 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.[4] 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.[44]
    • Lana Parrilla has stated that she didn't like the blonde wig she wore for the episode.[45]
  • 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,[46] 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.[47]
  • ♫ 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.
  • The same song can be heard playing in the background when Henry is sitting at the bar and receives a text message from Jacinda in "A Taste of the Heights", and when Jacinda visits the bar with Lucy in "Sisterhood".

Props Notes

  • 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.[48]
  • 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.[49]
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: When playing chess with Tilly, Rogers places the black rook next to the white knight,[50] 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.

Set Dressing

  • REUSED PROPS: Another painting in Weaver's hospital room[54] was previously used to decorate the common room in the Storybrooke General Hospital in the Season Two episode "Tiny".[57]

Costume Notes

Filming Locations


International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (October 30, 2017). ‘MacGyver,’ ‘Jane the Virgin’ and World Series adjust up: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.44”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, October 27, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#704) "Beauty".”
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:TWMKStunts-704Boyfriend.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Alice/Tilly" (9) character props from Once Upon a Time Season 7.. iCollector (2018). “(1) bottle of pill capsules; (1) vacuum formed Cheshire Cat "Boyfriend" mask [8 x 9 x 2.5 in.]; (1) canvas backpack [17 x 12 x 7 in.]” (Photograph)
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  6. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (May 23, 2019). "And here's one we get asked about a lot... Belle's farewell to Rumple in ep. 704... you can see we did some rejiggering in the editing room, which is quite common. In many ways, post production is "the final rewrite."" (screenshot) (script photo 1) (script photo 2) (script photo 3)
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  9. InstagramIcon.png adamhorowitzla (Adam Horowitz). August 3, 2017. "Hey. Episode 704 of #onceuponatime has a title!" (archive copy)
  10. Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 9, 2017). Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Grey's, Once, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, The Night Shift, NCIS and More. TVLine. “Adam Horowitz described the episode titled "Beauty" as "hugely romantic," while co-creator Eddy Kitsis said, "It's our favorite Rumbelle story since ‘Skin Deep.'"”
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  17. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 23, 2019). "How about a #scripttease for #OnceUponATime ? Hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
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  19. InstagramIcon.png emiliede_ravin (Emilie de Ravin). October 25, 2017. "More wig fittings for #onceuponatime #rumbelle this Friday! 💙 #oncers @onceabcofficial #belles * oh hi there @lparrilla 😉" (archive copy) (photograph)
  20. 20.0 20.1 TwitterLogo.svg @RoseAReynolds (Rose Reynolds) on Twitter (October 27, 2017). "May've been cut but for 1scene in tonight's ep I asked if I could call Weaver a "pillock". No one knew what it meant. So, yes." (screenshot)
  21. pillock noun. Oxford Learner's Dictionary. Retrieved on October 13, 2021. “(British English, slang) a stupid person”
  22. MS NIGHT Hospital entrance with empty street – TU to top of building / New York, New York, USA. Getty Images. Retrieved on October 26, 2018.
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  24. Abrams, Natalie (September 26, 2017). Once Upon a Time bosses deep dive into season 7 reboot. Entertainment Weekly. “HOROWITZ: But we get into how all that works very quickly, but the present-day Hyperion Heights, Seattle stuff takes place in 2017.”
    TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 19, 2017). "That's a mistake. Should have been dated in 2017." (screenshot)
    Note that Roni's contract from "Hyperion Heights" says June 2018 (File:701Contract.png), but Adam clarifies in the above tweet that the year on the prop was a mistake and it should have been dated 2017, not 2018. In "Beauty", Henry states that "Until last week, the only human contact I had was with my Swyft riders", indicating that the events of "Hyperion Heights", where Henry meets his new friends, also take place in October, about a week before Halloween. In addition, in "Eloise Gardener", the concert tickets that Henry presents to Jacinda for their date later that night are dated "NOV1817" (File:707IsSpigolli.png) (in the lower left hand corner), meaning November 18, 2017.
  25. Confirmed by Gideon's birthday banner, which says "Happy first birthday Gideon" (File:704AllTheseYears.png)
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  33. Disguise Jay Deluxe Descendants 2 Costume, Multicolor, X-Large (14-16). Amazon. Retrieved on August 14, 2019.
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  34. Disguise Carlos Deluxe Descendants 2 Costume, Multicolor, X-Large (14-16). Amazon. Retrieved on August 14, 2019.
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  40. The Blue Fairy Book (digitized eBook). Internet Archive. Retrieved on August 20, 2020. “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.'”
  41. Abrams, Natalie. Once Upon a Time bosses tease what's next after Belle reveal. Entertainment Weekly. “It really came from this place of the immortality. We said, "What if we did Up meets Benjamin Button with RumBelle?"”
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  43. TwitterLogo.svg @leahfong (Leah Fong) on Twitter (October 27, 2017). "Blue pills! Totally a Matrix reference." (screenshot)
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  45. TwitterLogo.svg @LParrillaNews_ (Lana Parrilla News) on Twitter (November 5, 2017). "Lana didn't like the blonde wig. #OUATBurbank" (screenshot)
  46. Is 'The Exorcist' the most frightening film ever made?. The Tylt (2016). “Time and time again, William Friedkin’s 1973 demonic possession film "The Exorcist" is ranked as the most terrifying movie ever.”
  47. Wood, Jennifer M. (December 18, 2017). 20 Things You Might Not Know About Gremlins. Mental Floss. “Because there was no CGI at the time of Gremlins, the creatures were animatronic puppets, each of which took a major chunk out of the film's budget.”
  48. Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 27, 2017). Once Upon a Time's Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin Hail Up-Lifting Encore — But Can 'Rumbelle' Ever Reunite?. TVLine. “"I'm carrying this really heavy wooden bucket, which they filled up with probably four gallons of water. I'm carrying it and it looked real, it looked heavy. My arms were kind of sore after doing it a few times, but anyway… Bobby's putting fake rocks in a wheelbarrow!" she shares with a hearty laugh. "Why do I get the heavy-ass bucket filled to the brim — you can't even bloody see on-camera, how much water is in it! — and he's loading little polystyrene rocks!”
  49. Once Upon a Time - Weaver's (Mr Gold) Hospital Bracelet from Season 7 (1776). iCollector (March 2020). Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. (Photograph) (Photograph 2)
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    Campbell, Wendy (November 22, 2011). Augustine Kofie: Circulatory System @ White Walls Gallery. Daily Art Fix.
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  55. Summer Secret By Megan Lightell. Art.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2018.
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  59. Maje Brittany Cropped Leather Shirt Jacket. Bloomingdale's. Retrieved on January 19, 2019.
  61. Charlotte's black cropped leather jacket on Lucifer. WornOnTV. Retrieved on August 30, 2021. “Jacket:Brittany Jacket by Maje”
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  78. 78.0 78.1 TwitterLogo.svg @celebsessed (Celeb Sessed) on Twitter (August 15, 2017). "#ouat will be filming again at Hyack Square/Anvil Centre in New West on Wednesday 08/16" (screenshot) (filming notice)
  79. 79.0 79.1 TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (August 18, 2017). "#OnceUponaTime filming in Vancouver's Crab Park & then behind Burrard Ironworks tonight. Thanks @francis64321" (screenshot)
  80. Tumblr.png katmtan — Filming Recap (August 18th 2017) on Tumblr  (August 19, 2017). "Crab Park: Bobby and Colin" (screenshot)
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  82. 82.0 82.1 TwitterLogo.svg @dtarazii (Danielle Tarazi) on Twitter (August 12, 2017). "@WhatsFilming #ouat" (screenshot) (filming notice)
  83. TwitterLogo.svg @katmtan (Katrina) on Twitter (August 17, 2017). "#OUAT doing a driving scene along Alderbridge Way (now makes more sense why crew park was in the area)" (screenshot)
    Tumblr.png katmtan — Filming Recap (August 17th 2017) on Tumblr  (August 18, 2017). "Then they moved to Alderbridge Way. Last Scene: Bobby and Rose (looks to be some traveling scene as I saw Weaver's car hooked on to a truck and they were driving around Richmond)" (screenshot)
  84. TwitterLogo.svg @lemon_buzz (Lindsay B) on Twitter (August 10, 2017). "Went to Costco for groceries and got handed a filming notice for #OUAT fraturday" (screenshot) (filming notice)
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