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By sundown, everyone in this town will start tearing each other apart.


"Fall" is the ninth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson, and directed by Mario Van Peebles. It is the seventy-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 30, 2014.


As the Spell of Shattered Sight approaches Storybrooke, Mary Margaret and David rally the residents to prepare for the curse while Belle and the fairies work together on an antidote. Gold, with Hook as his reluctant servant, sets about an exit strategy of his own. Regina and Robin Hood ready themselves for the worst while, with the help of a locator spell, Emma and Elsa search desperately for Anna. In Arendelle, Anna and Kristoff awaken to find that their kingdom is once again in danger.[2]


This section is a detailed recap of this episode. There are major spoilers. Click to expand.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • During the shooting of this episode, director Mario Van Peebles suggested some pebbles being used in a scene, whereupon he nicknamed himself Mario Van "Pebbles".[5]
  • According to Adam Horowitz, Ingrid used all her magic powers to start the Spell of Shattered Sight, which is the reason why Arendelle defrosted after so many years.[6]
  • The scene where Hook captures the nuns was originally going to be set in the Storybrooke convent.[7]
  • Graphic designer Neil Westlake created concept art of a map of the Storybrooke mines for the episode,[8] but it wasn't used on-screen.
  • The background plate for the moment where the shards of Ingrid's spell rain down over Storybrooke[9] was re-used for an establishing shot of the streets of Storybrooke in the Season Five episode "Dreamcatcher.[10] The two cars parked outside Marine Garage and the Encom sign sitting on the pavement are a dead giveaway; however, the time on the CGI clock tower is different. The leaves on the ground, which are being blown around by the wind when Ingrid's spell hits, are also different, indicating that the shot from "Dreamcatcher" was created from cut footage from before or after the one from "Fall".
    • The shot from "Dreamcatcher" was re-used for the scene where everyone returns to Storybrooke in the Season Five finale "An Untold Story".[11] The only difference is the color hue and, once again, the time on the town clock.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • Belle is carrying[14] a Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Lace Small Harmony Tote handbag[15] (no longer available).

Costume Notes

Filming Locations


International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, Resurrection’ & ‘Once Upon a Time’ Adjusted Up. TV by the Numbers (Demeber 3, 2014). “ONCE UPON A TIME (...) 6.43”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#409) "Fall".”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 11, 2014). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- new EP Sunday! Hope to see ya!" (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (December 1, 2014). "The pebbles in this scene were suggested by director Mario Van Peebles, who then called himself Mario Van Pebbles. Cracked me up!" (screenshot)
  6. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (December 8, 2014). "once Ingrid started shattered sight spell it took all her magic & Arendelle defrosted" (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (December 1, 2014). "The scene was originally going to be set in the convent, so nope, the kitchen wasn't in the original plan." (screenshot)
  8. Mine Map Design. Once Upon a Time (ABC): 409 – October 2014.. Westlake Design. Retrieved on September 14, 2018.
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  12. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (December 1, 2014). "In this episode? Yes." (screenshot)
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  14. File:409BelleEntersPawnshop.png
  15. kate spade new york Cedar Street Lace Small Harmony Shoulder Handbag. Amazon. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  17. Once Upon a Time: Season 4 Episode 9 Regina's Black Chain Belt. shopyourtv. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  19. File:409ItFoundHer.png
  20. SANDRO DOUBLE LAYER HEM SWEATER. Lane Crawdford. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  22. File:409DavidSeesKristoff.png
  23. Lambswool zip sweater. J.Crew. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  27. RED Valentino Poplin Short Sleeve Ruffle Blouse. Shopbop. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
  28. Free People Holly Go Lightly Plaid Skirt. Shopbop. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
  29. Rachel Zoe Chase Haircalf Buckle Booties. Shopbop. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
  30. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time October 8, 2014 (October 8, 2014).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Third Beach, Vancouver, BC taken on October 8, 2014.(archive copy)
  31. Gittins, Susan (March 16, 2013). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) & Neal (Michael Raymond-James) on Third Beach in Stanley Park. Hollywood North.
  32. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Fan Photos January 29–30, 2014 (January 30, 2014).  (archive copy)
  33. TwitterLogo.svg @BastardSonVan (Larry Andreutti) on Twitter (January 31, 2014). "Third beach at Stanley Park" (screenshot)
  34. Movies Filmed at Third Beach. MovieMaps. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.

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