"Breadcrumbs" is the sixteenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one hundred and forty-ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 6, 2018.
Henry grapples with an important decision when a job prospect in New York threatens to take him away from Jacinda and Lucy, but a revelation in the case of the Candy Killer could make it even harder to leave Hyperion Heights. Meanwhile, Margot confides in Tilly, and in a flashback, Hook helps Henry find a way to prove himself to Ella.
- The title card features the Wish Realm version of the Jolly Roger in the storm.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on January 10, 2018.
- REUSED FOOTAGE: The opening shot of the Wish Realm version of the Jolly Roger is stock footage of the real Jolly Roger in Neverland from the Season Two finale "And Straight On 'Til Morning". The same shot was used in the Season Three premiere "The Heart of the Truest Believer".
- A wide shot of the Jolly Roger in the scene where Davy Jones' treasure is hoisted onto the ship is stock footage from the scene where Hook and Liam first set eyes upon the real Jolly Roger in the Enchanted Forest in the Season Five episode "The Brothers Jones". Another wide shot from the scene, where the ship is struck by lightning, is a darkened version of a shot of the real Jolly Roger sailing on the seas of Neverland in "The Heart of the Truest Believer".
- The Seattle events take place after "Sisterhood" and before "Chosen". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place after "Pretty in Blue" and before "The Eighth Witch".
- The Wish Realm flashbacks take place several years after "Leaving Storybrooke" (due to the time travel revealed in "Is This Henry Mills?").
- Henry and Cinderella first became a couple in "Pretty in Blue".
- Henry says that his mother and grandfather both slayed a dragon with the sword he is carrying, referring to how Emma and Prince Charming both battled Maleficent in "A Land Without Magic". Additionally, Charming slayed his first dragon during "The Shepherd".
- Henry says to Wish Hook that he came to the New Enchanted Forest to find my story, a journey which began in "Hyperion Heights".
- Henry says that his grandparents had a magic ring that helped them find each other. The origin of Snow White and Prince Charming's engagement ring was first shown in "Snow Falls" and expanded upon in "The Shepherd". Charming used the ring in "A Land Without Magic" to find Snow.
- Henry is gaining success with his podcast, which he started in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Nick mentions how a "client" of his got away last night, a reference to when he, as the Candy Killer, attacked Ivy in "Sisterhood".
- Weaver makes a reference to how Ivy "left town for good", which took place in "Sisterhood".
- Rogers mentions that Tilly is "eating everything in his fridge", referring to how he offered her a place to stay in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Rogers mentions Tilly's love for marmalade, which was first established in "Beauty".
- Kelly mentions that if Roni can't find the magical ingredients she (Roni) is looking for, Henry will stay poisoned and they will never break the curse. Henry's heart was poisoned in "The Eighth Witch". In the same episode, the Dark Curse was cast.
- Lucy began lying in order to keep Jacinda and Henry apart starting from "A Taste of the Heights".
- Margot returned to Hyperion Heights in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Kelly regained her memories of being Zelena in "The Eighth Witch".
- Henry received the piece of glass slipper from Lucy in "The Garden of Forking Paths".
- Henry and Weaver talk about how Weaver gave Henry a black eye the last time they met, an event which took place in "A Pirate's Life".
- Weaver apologizes to Henry by stating he has made "significant changes" to this life since their last encounter, a reference to him regaining his memories in "Beauty".
- When Henry and Hook are about to enter the tavern, Henry wonders if this is where he is supposed to find his adventure. Henry previously expressed his desire to have an adventure on his own in "Hyperion Heights".
- The flute music playing at the Fish & Bird tavern that Henry and Hook visit is the same music that was playing in the tavern Anton visited in "Tiny", the tavern where Hook and his crew celebrated in "The Jolly Roger", the tavern where young Cora was working in "Bleeding Through", the tavern where Emma met past Hook in "Snow Drifts", Robin Hood's tavern in "Heart of Gold" and the Wish Realm tavern where Wish Hook met Captain Ahab in "Knightfall". It could also be heard in the tent camp that Snow White visited in "Heartless".
- Hook mentions he previously gave the Jolly Roger to Smee, which happened in "Eloise Gardener".
- Rogers shows Tilly the Rollin' Bayou and mentions how she already has "a taste for the stuff", referring to how Tilly bought beignets from the food truck in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Sabine hired Drew to work at Rollin' Bayou, which started in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Margot recalls her mother leaving her messages about big changes in her life that she wanted to discuss with her. This happened in "Secret Garden".
- Kelly left behind her life and fiancé in San Francisco during "The Eighth Witch".
- Hook mentions how the other Hook never let Henry down. Some episodes that illustrated the ups and downs of this relationship were in "Operation Mongoose Part 1", "Dark Waters", and A Pirate's Life".
- Henry discovers that the Candy Killer wrote "Remember Gretel" in his (Henry's) storybook novel. Gretel was killed in "Sisterhood".
- Margot and Tilly talk about how Margot saved Tilly's life the other day, referring to how Margot saved Tilly from being run over by a car in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Tilly expressed fear of being unseen by others in "The Girl in the Tower".
- Jacinda mentions how Lucy "practically threw him (Henry) out the door", which took place in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Henry finds out that Nick is Candy Killer in this episode, but his secret identity was first made known in "Sisterhood".
- The Candy Killer's penchant for gifting his victims heart-shaped chocolate boxes before he killing them was first known about in "Knightfall".
- The signs in front of the Rollin' Bayou say "A New Orleans Tradition", a reference to The Princess and the Frog, which takes place in New Orleans.
- According to Jacinda's phone, Henry's address in Seattle is 23 King Street. 23 is the fifth Lost number.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Captain Hook and Smee from the Peter Pan story, and Cinderella from the "Cinderella" fairytale.
- Rogers says that Tilly has eaten everything in his fridge, adding "Do you have any idea how expensive organic marmalade is?" This is a reference to the scene where Alice grabs a jar of orange marmalade from a shelf while falling down the rabbit hole in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- STORYBOOK CONTENT: When Henry opens his storybook novel, an excerpts from two fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen can be seen. The left page contains an excerpt from "What Happened to the Thistle". When Henry flips through the book at the police station, the first page he looks at contains the same excerpt. From Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (link to text), an English edition by an unknown translator, published by Ginn and Company in 1915 (text set in fuchsia is obscured by Henry's fingers):
1 The following section has been removed: "“It is the flower of Scotland,” she said. “It blooms in the scutcheon of my country. Give me yonder flower.” And he brought the fairest blossom, and pricked his fingers as completely as if it had grown on the sharpest rose bush."
2 The complete sentence reads "Each of the other young gentlemen would willingly have given his own beautiful flower to have worn this one, presented by the fair hand of the Scottish maiden." It was shortened for the show.
3 "[obscured]e is something going on here." is not in the original version.
4 This has been changed from "…now I have at least managed to get one of my people…" to "now I have at least managed to get one of the balls"
- The right page contains an excerpt from "The Loveliest Rose in the World".
- The second page Henry looks at at the police station contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Queen Bee". The excerpt is directly copied from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (link to text), an English edition first published in 1944 by Pantheon Books, based on a translation by Margaret Hunt, but revised by the publisher (text set in fuchsia is off-screen):
- As Henry continues to flip through the book in a different scene, the first page he is looking at (seen upside-down) contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage". Another page contains another excerpt from the fairytale, this time seen the right way up. The English translation is taken from an online eBook by Project Gutenberg from 2008, itself based on translations by the nineteenth century author Edgar Taylor, and Marian Edwardes. Note that the last two lines are not from the fairytale, but "The Queen Bee"; these are highlighted in yellow, while text set in fuchsia is obscured or illegible:
- When Henry looks through the book with Rogers and Weaver, the first page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Mother Holle", A micro-excerpt from the story can be glimpsed on another page, while a micro-excerpt from the ending can be glimpsed on the top half of a different page. This translation is also taken from the Project Gutenberg eBook; off-screen text is set in fuchsia:
- Note that on the last line of excerpt one, the words "in the morning the" can be glimpsed; they are not part of the fairytale.
- The third page Henry looks at as he continues to flip through the book at the station, contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Old Woman in the Wood". This story is also copied from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Pantheon Books, but it cannot be read in Google Books' digitized edition.
"Once upon a time there was a dear little
girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but
most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing
that she would not have given to the child. ‘ Once she
gave her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so
well that she would never wear anything else; so she
was always called ’Little Red-Cap.’"
- Hansel and Gretel from the "Hansel and Gretel" fairytale are both mentioned. Nick asks Henry if a search for Hansel involves dusting for gingerbread or looking for breadcrumbs, a reference to the gingerbread house, and the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel, in the fairytale.
- This episode features Black Beard, the infamous English pirate who is the figure most often associated with the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, and has been featured heavily in works of fiction across a range of genres. It also featured the name Davy Jones, which refers to the phrase Davy Jones's Locker, a popular nautical reference.
- Sabine says to Jacinda, "My spidey-sense says you are having some boy troubles?"; a reference to the extraordinary ability to sense imminent danger attributed to the Marvel comic-book superhero Spider-Man.
- STORYBOOK CONTENT: The Candy Killer's notes in Henry's novel include (the notes are listed screenshot by screenshot):
- According to concept art for the episode, and a prop photograph from an online auction, Wish Hook's treasure map to Davy Jones' Locker (only briefly seen in the actual episode) lists the following Wish Realm locations: Peddler's Pass, Whiskey Jack Coast, Dark Sea, Desolate Reach, Scorched Mountains, Amarinth Bay, Pirate's Cove, Shipwreck Straight, Flatt Island, Fieldmont Island, Eburnean Forest ("eburnean" means "made of, or relating to ivory"), The Forks, Siren's Point, Freed-Man's Peak, Deserted Inlet, Deadman's Point, The Four Sisters, Neptune's Reach, The Ragged Coast, Terra Ingonita (seemingly a misprint of terra incognita, a term used in cartography for regions that have not been mapped or documented) and of course, Davy Jones's treasure chest.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: According to Jacinda's phone, Henry's apartment is located on 23 King Street. King Street also appears on a photograph of Anastasia in "Sisterhood", while 23 King Street also appears on Rogers' list of locations acquired by Belfrey Developments, in "One Little Tear".
- REUSED PROPS: A chest covered in rust is sitting on a shelf in the Fish & Bird tavern. The same chest was sitting on a shelf in Merlin's tower in the Season Five episode "Siege Perilous". It has the same design as the silver chest used by the Evil Queen to store Rocinante's heart in the Season One episode "The Thing You Love Most" (a chest which she later retains in the Mayor's office), a prop which also doubles as the chest that Drizella opens when Regina first finds her in the Season Seven episode "Wake Up Call".
- REUSED PROPS: The treasures in Davy Jones' locker are also used as treasure in the giants' lair in the Season Two episode "Tallahassee" and the Cave of Wonders in the Season Six episode "Street Rats".
- REUSED PROPS: The light fixture hanging in Nick's apartment previously appeared in Jefferson's mansion in the Season One episode "Hat Trick", but with a different color.
- The opening scene in The Cave of the Golden Dragon was filmed on a television set at The Bridge Studios.
- The outdoor scenes by the Rollin' Bayou were filmed on Hyack Square in New Westminster, British Columbia.
- The scene with Rogers and Weaver in the parking lot was filmed in the Carnavorn Towers Parkade on 720 Carnarvon Street in New Westminster.
- The scenes aboard the Wish Realm version of the Jolly Roger were filmed on a blue-screen set over the course of fourteen hours.
- A dialogue scene was filmed on the south side of Columbia Street in New Westminster, between Eight Street and Begbie Street.
|French||"Le Grand Tourbillon"||"The Big Whirlpool"|
|Italian||"Briciole di pane"||"Breadcrumbs"|
|Portuguese||"Farelos de Pão"||"Breadcrumbs"|