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So, how do you do a Hansel hunt? You stake out the lederhosen stores? Dust for gingerbread? Look for breadcrumbs?

Nick Branson to Henry Mills

"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.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • 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".

Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • When Henry opens his storybook novel, excerpts from two fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen can be seen.[14] 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".[15] The second page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Queen Bee",[16] 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".[17]
    • When Henry looks through the book with Rogers and Weaver, the first page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Mother Holle",[18] The second page contains another excerpt from "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage" (seen the right way up this time),[19] while a micro-excerpt from "Mother Holle" can be glimpsed on the opposite page.[19] The third page he looks at contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Old Woman in the Wood".[20] A micro-excerpt from the ending of "Mother Holle" can be glimpsed on the top half of the opposite page,[20] while the bottom half contains a micro-excerpt from the opening of Grimm version of "Little Red Riding Hood".[20]
  • The Candy Killer 's notes in Henry's novel include (the notes are listed screenshot by screenshot):
716TheCrimeScene.png (the left page) and 716BookPages.png:
Starting in the upper left hand corner and going clock-wise:
  • "Were you able to notice the change in his thinking here"
  • "Remember her"
  • "[illegible word]: Powers"
  • "This was a blur"
  • "You wouldn't tell him about this"
  • "How long after you left 10 mins"
  • "Running or walking"
  • "Delusional"
  • "All sort of ideas"
  • "How for."
  • "Unclear" (referring to "broke off a flower" from "The Thistle's Experiences")
  • "No right or wrong"
  • "Counting *stars 1 – 279"
  • "[obscured] is the best place"
  • "Persistence"
  • "He who [obscured] is u[obscured] but [obscured]"
  • "Still crazy" (commenting on "she saw them; she smiled" from "The Thistle's Experiences")
  • "Shift from [illegible word] mode [illegible word] the [illegible word]"
  • "Didn't happen"
  • "The silent killer"; "Random people"
  • "This can't be reborn
  • "He was the KING OF THE WORLD"
  • "Centaur-y[obscured] are awoken try and be normal"
  • "up=down→run↑"
  • "Escape the pain – can't outrun it"
  • "No one is perfect"
  • "Schitzophrenic [sic] anger"
  • "Believe in others but not me"
  • "Realize"
  • "This was not healthy or vicious"
  • "This was all they had known"
  • "[obscured]ands are crazy!!!"
  • "Odd whit[obscured] mag[obscured] This is [obscured] a to[obscured] sta[obscured]"
  • "We are all the same"
  • "Paranoia and ideas of grandiosity"
  • "Does this run in his family?"
  • "Vivid memories – He attempted to drink cooking oil out of a bottle"

Note that the right page of 716TheCrimeScene.png is difficult to read. The notes that can be read include:
  • "They were not seen anymore after this point
  • "He was tired of the [illegible word] "
  • "She was concerned about his safety. He's acting bizarre"
  • "What was said here?"
  • "Recent change was worrisome
  • "They were worried need help"
  • "What could this mean"
  • "Need to get to the bottom of it"
  • "The queen hated roses"

716BookPages2.png and 716BookPages3.png
Starting in the upper left hand corner and going clock-wise:
  • " [Obscured word] all"
  • "Conditions – where could this happen"
  • "Garly (???) Park Century Grand Expeditions"
  • "Taken"
  • "An [sic] 4, too men boats?" (a comment on "with five thousand ants; and it was not long" from "The Loveliest Rose in the World")
  • "Base of operations"
  • "[obscured] beginning of the operation highju[obscured] and many conspirat[obscured] that go with it and jalions (???) part"
  • "28 expeditions"
  • "There is a limit to what one can take"
  • "Center of gravity"
  • "Stop"
  • "Last seen at noon Tues 08/84"
  • "Caught" (commenting on the part where a dwaf chooses the best and the youngest of the three daughters in the story)
  • "Why doesn't he make some friends"
  • "Crazy mind"
  • "Speculations vs interation [sic] vs task force 68"
  • "Contatiaos (???) but very dubious"
  • "It's difficult but not impossible"
  • "If you want the ia (???) [obscured]n saft (???) [obscured] be [obscured]one"
  • "What ships [obscured]ldred [obscured]"
  • "Hide"
  • "What were the actual missions?" (commenting on the part where all those who had turned onto stone awoke)
  • "Temperature [obscured]"
  • "[obscured] an effort to try [obscured] suangi (???) & this [obscured]stery – for one of [obscured]y different [obscured]psons'"
  • "Bismur (???) [obscured] regard of [obscured]"
  • "Who dishonored this INSATABLE PLACE?" (commenting on how the queen of the bees had been "saved by the little dwarf from the fire")
  • "Earth spins"
  • "This was already brought to our attention in ch. 7. [obscured]ne vs. space [obscured] circumvent"
  • "Intervals"
  • "Check the map go the distance"
  • "Floating hub"
  • "Travelers are not the most trustworthy citizens due to their lack of fixed address" (referring to the second tablet in the story)
  • "This is a real event that took place more than 30 years ago in the west" (referring to a section of the story)
  • "air-base to where condo[image ends] comparable to amplifying stores of knowledge"

Starting in the upper left hand corner and going clock-wise:
  • "Follow me"
  • " [image begins]an't [image begins]bee?"
  • "He didn't feel like it had anything to do with [illegible word] pain"
  • "Cross the teas"
  • "She's gone"
  • "Love pain"
  • " [image begins] nothing – she left with nothing but is all alone and doesn't have reason or a place to go"
  • "So home"
  • "Money"
  • "No"
  • "[image begins] what"
  • "Suspicious"
  • "Roses = [image ends]"
  • "She wasn't a drinker and read a book"
  • "Didn't she cheat her brother? Not a friend! "
  • "see?"
  • "[image begins] encouraged his father to join him as it was a package overly confidant deal"
  • "Six sets of windows framed the house – the type of home people with money strive for"
  • "vong"
  • "Don't think about this much"
  • "You can't "
  • "Roses = poison"
  • "The flowers in the garden"
  • "False!"
  • "Nothing"
  • "Get rid of her"
  • "Betrayal"
  • "She assured them he was the REAL DEAL"
  • "Where do the money go?"
  • "Didn't this They [sic] found him arrogant? Cocky and only made decisions"
  • "[image begins]uping the sai [image begins]d not trusting [image begins]y of them"
  • "You have until end if the year to decide stan or [image ends]"
  • "She wasn't a drinker and read a book between the [image ends]"
  • "There are people who have money and think of nothing [image ends] amongst [image ends]"
  • "[image ends]ho spent every [image ends]aking money [image ends] ine his [image ends] and [image ends]"
  • "[image begins] hates her"
  • "She usually leaves everything at the [illegible/image ends]"
  • "This doesn't feel right. Something is off We need [illegible/image ends]"
  • "Love [image ends]"
  • "Normally not what [image ends]dras with [image ends]"
  • "His real name "
  • "Who listens to me!"
  • "[image ends] do free"
  • "Beware of pretty flowers they could poison"
  • Hidden do they see"
  • "He called his family for help but yet has time to hide the evidence"
  • "Do you [image ends]"
  • "Never found"
  • "For a husband who's wife was missing he no [image ends]ay calm"


Note that the notes on the first page are illegible

  • "[image begins]du [image begins]phys"
  • "The mood changes"
  • "[image begins]dfe – who declares death?"
  • "They were all very skeptical of the experience?"
  • "She leaves school? Gets a job in the small town. "
  • "The mother had the same scars"
  • "T[image ends]all"
  • "Beware of pretty flowers as they could be poison"
  • "There was a small man-conformist congregation"
  • "Please help – don't you hear?"
  • "We can't trust any of these people. They are up to something"
  • "[image ends] boy"

  • "[image begins] walk [image begins]ame back"
  • "[image begins]ime"
  • "[image begins] I told [image begins]as I'm possible [image begins] they listen [image begins]"
  • " [image begins] They can all me [image begins]ime but ignore me"
  • " [image begins]hole story"
  • "Beware of pretty things"
  • "The president made a speech about this story. Does no one but me remember it?"
  • "She had her hair done"
  • "Time time time"
  • "Never before seen"
  • " [image ends] time"
  • "No knowled ge [sic] "
  • "They [image ends] thought [image ends] back on"
  • "What happened?"
  • "No one listens"
  • "They after day they have been reunited – missing"
  • "They found a body in the field and it has decomposed"
  • "Didn't happen" (referring to some scratched out words from "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage")

  • "[image begins] had to do [image begins]t all for [image begins]her"
  • "[image begins] t ever [image begins] this way"
  • "Family"
  • "Incubus"
  • "A poison rose"
  • "2009"
  • "Justice is coming – they know about it all"
  • "No one saw this coming"
  • "[image begins] he gafects (?) [image begins] tre deadly"
  • "Do you know thos [image ends] poisons and the [image ends]s original will [image ends]ns was wrong!"
  • "[image begins] one "
  • "[image begins] ridk[image ends]"
  • "Sorry for any more confusion"
  • "There were 81 writings of him around town in this case…."
  • "Who is the vagrant"
  • "Was he gone?"
  • "What color was her hair?"
  • "People will do [image ends]ing for love [image ends]wil"
  • "What does this mean?"
  • "300 k or more"

  • "No happily ever after!" (also mentioned by Henry)

  • "Remember Gretel" (also mentioned by Henry)

716TheDeepestBurns.png :
  • "Ovens make the deepest burns"

  • "Pain scars burns"

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Metcalf, Mitch (April 6, 2018). UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.6.2018. Show Buzz Daily.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Once Upon a Time: Breadcrumbs (4/6). Disney ABC Press (April 2, 2018).
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya March 2nd!" (screenshot)
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  10. External screenshot of the Jolly Roger
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    The following is the excerpt from "Mother Holle" in its entirety, with the text that is glimpsed in the storybook novel set in bold:

    "Presently she came to the apple-tree. ’Shake me, shake me, I pray; my apples, one and all, are ripe,’ it cried. But she only answered, ’A nice thing to ask me to do, one of the apples might fall on my head,’ and passed on. At last she came to Mother Holle’s house, and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister, she was not afraid of them, and engaged herself with-out delay to the old woman.

    The first day she was very obedient and industrious, and exerted herself to please Mother Holle, for she thought of the gold she should get in return. The next day, however, she began to dawdle over her work, and the third day she was more idle still; then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up."
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 File:716HanselAndGretelStory.png
    The following is the ending of "Mother Holle" in its entirety, with the text that is seen in the storybook novel set in bold:

    Mother Holle led her, as she had led her sister, to the broad gateway; but as she was passing through, instead of the shower of gold, a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. ’That is in return for your services,’ said the old woman, and she shut the gate. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch, and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: ’Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter’s come back to you.’ But, try what she would, she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived."

    The following is the excerpt from "Little Red Riding Hood" in its entirety, with the text that is glimpsed in the storybook novel set in bold:

    "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.’"

    Note that between the two micro-excerpts, the word "everything" can be glimpsed, but it does not fit into either story.
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  29. NWT ZARA Oversized Check Coat 8284/749 Size XS. Poshmark. Retrieved on April 21, 2018.
  30. InstagramIcon.png mattisse (Mattisse Wyyler Hubert). January 27, 2018. "No school like goldschool." (archive copy created on April 21, 2018)
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 TwitterLogo.svg @deanmachine16 (GreenMachine) on Twitter. "Once Upon a Time was shooting today and will be again tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th on Columbia & also on Carnarvon." (screenshot) (Filming notice)
  32. TwitterLogo.svg @kfcworker (Tara Costanzo) on Twitter. "On set of Once Upon A Time filming in New Westminster BC Mekia Cox (Tiana) and Dania Ramirez (Cinderella)" (screenshot)
  33. TwitterLogo.svg @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter. "#OnceUponATime will be returning to New Westminster to film on Tuesday and Wednesday this week." (screenshot)