"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.
- 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".
- Several years earlier in "Hyperion Heights", Henry began his journey to find his story.
- The origin of Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding ring was first shown in "The Shepherd" and expanded upon in "Snow Falls". 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".
- 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".
- Weaver gave Henry a black eye 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.
- Nick's notes mention an incubus, a mythological Lilin-demon in male form who lies upon sleeping women in order to engage in sexual activity with them.
- 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.
- When Henry opens his storybook novel, excerpts from two fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen can be seen. The left page contains an excerpt from "The Thistle's Experiences", while the right page contains an excerpt from "The Loveliest Rose in the World".
- When Henry flips through the book at the police station, the first page he looks at contains the same excerpt from "The Thistle's Experiences". The second page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Queen Bee", before he turns the page to an illustration of the Jolly Roger.
- 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".
- When Henry looks through the book with Rogers and Weaver, the first page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Mother Holle", The second page contains another excerpt from "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage" (seen the right way up this time), while a micro-excerpt from "Mother Holle" can be glimpsed on the opposite page. The third page he looks at contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Old Woman in the Wood". A micro-excerpt from the ending of "Mother Holle" can be glimpsed on the top half of the opposite page, while the bottom half contains a micro-excerpt from the opening of Grimm version of "Little Red Riding Hood".
- 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.
- 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".
- Nick has a peppermint candy keychain.
- 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".
- 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 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"|