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Liam Jones: A mission that will bring peace to the kingdom and glory to the Jones brothers.
Killian Jones: A hero's journey. That is indeed good form, brother.

"Good Form" is the fifth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen and directed by Jon Amiel. It is be the forty-ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 27, 2013.


With the deadly Dreamshade coursing through David’s body and close to death, Hook takes him on one last journey to find a sextant that could help them decipher a map that would lead them off Neverland. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Killian Jones – aka Hook – and his brother, Captain Liam, sail off under orders of the King to find a powerful indigenous plant on an uncharted land that could help heal any injury.[2]


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

The Lost Boys are dragging a man through the foliage, when they finally put him in a cage and then one says, "You know what to do."

Henry is sitting on a broken tree trunk and is seeing the Lost Boys partying, when somebody takes a stick and points it into his arm. Henry scowls and says, "Ow." From behind, a Lost Boy, Devin, is unimpressed by Henry as he wanted to see what the savior of magic looked like. He begins instigating Henry with a weapon, forcing him to move back and dodge hits. Henry shouts for him to stop, and attracts attention from everyone in the camp. Devin points at the stick underneath him, and tells Henry to pick it up. Henry is left little choice but to pick it up. Devin starts a battle, to which Henry weakly blocks his attacks. He proves to be much better and that causes the Lost Boys to laugh at Henry. Pan, who has been watching from nearby, states Henry's skill is not bad. Then, he walks over ask Henry to close his eyes and to imagine that he is actually holding a sword rather than a stick. Henry does as instructed and the brown twig in his hand turns into a silver sword; much to the Lost Boys' awe. Pan urges Henry onto another duel with Devin. This time, Henry proves himself more adept by managing to slash off Devin's stick and takes a swipe at his face. Devin is left with a bleeding cheek gash, which makes Henry shocked at his own actions as he quickly apologizes and drops the sword. Nonetheless, Pan states, "The best part about being a Lost Boy is you never say sorry", and puts the sword back in Henry's hand. The two turn to face the Lost Boys, and Pan raises Henry's sword arm in the air as everyone begins cheering for their savior.

With no way of using Neal's star map, Emma, Killian Jones, Regina, Mary Margaret and David linger in the cave looking for something of use. Spotting markings on a wall behind a bed, Emma begins to pull it away when Hook asks if she needs a hand. She perceives him to be joking, but Hook laughs and removes the bedding to reveal tally marks scribbled on the wall. Hook observes Neal must have counted the days he was trapped in Neverland. From looking at all the marks in total, Mary Margaret believes the last marking means Neal left the island, but Emma counters her that he actually lost hope and didn't see the merit in continuing to count. David reckons Pan wants Henry to begin losing hope, too. He tries to reassure Emma they will get her son back, but she knows Henry has no idea his family is coming. She proposes sending Henry a message to let him know, but Regina doesn't see a way around the situation since there are Lost Boys trying to constantly kill them. An idea strikes Mary Margaret that they can use it to their advantage, and she files out of the cave to show them as David and Regina follow out.

Emma begins leaving as well, but Hook stops her to give a heart-to-heart to admit he also knows how it feels to lose hope. Uncomfortable, Emma knows he's trying to bond with her, but it's not working so he should hold his breath. After she leaves, Hook, disappointed, turns out of the cave, but David comes back in to tell him Emma will never like him. Smirking, Hook asks why. David replies it's because he's nothing but a pirate.

In a flashback of the past, Lieutenant Killian Jones of the Jewel of the Realm is informing the ship crew that the king has some important job for them. Then he sees one of his sailors' shirt sticking out and puts it back in place. As he returns to speaking, Killian sees in the same sailors' jacket is a hidden bottle of rum. Taking it out, Killian announces doesn't want a sinking ship filled with drunk sailors as that is what rum will do to a whole crew. Suddenly, the captain, as well as Killian's brother, Liam Jones, comes to say it doesn't matter because the ship shan't sink. He tells everybody to go to their positions and takes Killian to the steering wheel of the ship. Once there, he admits the king's task for them is so huge that when the accomplish it, the name of Jones' brothers will rise to glory. Killian smiles at this news.

Deleted Scenes

"A Helping Hook"

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season.

The climb up Dead Man's Peak is exhausting David, so Hook decides to extend his hooked hand in order for David to hoist himself up. David rejects the help and says he'd rather die with honor, since honor transcends death. Hook replies that he believes honor causes death instead.



Guest Starring



  • Albert Gilmer as Sailor[3]



Production Notes

  • ABANDONED IDEAS: Devin is captured while hunting a pig. Illustrator John Gallagher originally created concept art of a pig/frog hybrid for the episode "Quite a Common Fairy",[7] but this idea did not make it onto the screen.
  • REAL WORLD FACTS: When Killian Jones is rallying his crew to take over the Jewel of the Realm and become pirates, he renames the ship Jolly Roger and says, "We'll sail under the crimson flag and give our enemies no quarter." "Jolly Roger" is the traditional name of the infamous pirate flag. During the Golden Age of Piracy, fighting under Jolly Roger, the black flag, meant that mercy would be given to all as long as they cooperated. Hoisting a red flag, on the other hand, signaled that "no quarter" would be given to any aboard if the ship's crew did not surrender without a fight; in other words, everyone aboard would be killed.[8]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

  • This episode is a rendition of the Peter Pan story, focusing on how Hook and Peter Pan first met, and the adventures in Neverland.
    • Also included are the Lost Boys from the same story.
  • This episode features the ugly duckling from the fairytale of the same name.
  • Hook says that drunkenness "leads to bad form. And if there's one thing that won't be tolerated aboard this ship, it's bad form." He also says, "A hero's journey. That is indeed good form, brother." This is a reference to the Peter Pan novel, where "good form" is important to the character. The phrase, and its counterpart, "bad form", is used several times in the novel.[6]
  • Liam's directions to Neverland are "the second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning"; similar to Peter Pan's directions to Wendy in the original story: "Second to the right and then straight on till morning".[9]
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: This episode contains the first view of the captain's quarters aboard the Jolly Roger, which features mermaid wall carvings.[11]

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • PAUSE AND READ: One of the star charts in Liam's book says "ASTRONOMICAL GEOGRAPHY" - "NORTHERN HEAVENS".[13] "Astronomical geography" refers to the part of mathematical geography that treats of the earth in its relation to the other celestial bodies.[14]
  • PAUSE AND READ: Liam's drawing says:[15]

(478. Somnumbra Atra)
Rosoideae V.I. Rubrus

  • "Somnumbra" is based on the combining form "somn-", meaning "sleep",[16] and "umbra", meaning "shade, shadow".[17] "Atra" is a botanical Latin word meaning "dull black".[18]
  • Rosoideae is a subfamily of the rosaceae (rose) family. Roman numerals V and I mean 5 and 1. "Rubrus" is a Latin adjective used in botanical nomenclature, meaning "red".[19]
  • Roman numerals XIII means 13.
  • All in all, the text can be transliterated as: "Dreamshade. (478. Sleepshade Black.) Rose 5.1. Red. 13A".

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘The Amazing Race’ Adjusted Up; ‘Revenge’, ‘Betrayal’ & ’60 Minutes’ Adjusted Down & Final Sports Numbers. TV by the Numbers (October 29, 2013). “Once Upon A Time (...) 7.23”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#305) "Good Form".”
  3. InstagramIcon.png albertgilmer (Albert Gilmer). March 24, 2014. "I didn't realize my hair was so long 2 month ago...I'd hadn't seen it from the back lol" (archive copy)
    Images of the extra:
    Albert Gilmer. Realtor. Retrieved on November 2, 2018.
    Vancouver Home Team Photos & Videos. Yelp. Archived from the original on July 21, 2017.
    Image from the episode, for comparison:
  4. File:305Title.png
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (August 19, 2013). "More #OnceUponATime title spoilers." (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 More specifically, in chapter XIVXV:
    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie CHAPTER 14: THE PIRATE SHIP. Lit2Go. Retrieved on November 2, 2018.
    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie CHAPTER 15: "HOOK OR ME THIS TIME". Lit2Go. Retrieved on November 2, 2018.
  7. File:303ConceptArt4.png
  8. The Book of Pirates, Jamaica Rose & Michael MacLeod, Gibbs Smith, 2010, p. 135. Facsimile by Google Books.
  9. 9.0 9.1 THE PLAY: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on November 23, 2021. “ACT I: THE NURSERY (...) WENDY. Where do you live? / PETER. Second to the right and then straight on till morning.”
    THE NOVEL: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie CHAPTER 3: COME AWAY, COME AWAY!. Lit2Go. Retrieved on October 12, 2018. “She asked where he lived. "Second to the right," said Peter, "and then straight on till morning." "What a funny address!" Peter had a sinking. For the first time he felt that perhaps it was a funny address. "No, it isn't," he said.”
  10. File:305TakesChocolate.png
  11. File:305HowAreYou.png
  12. Leanne Aguilera and Lauren Piester (October 25, 2013). Once Upon a Time: Colin O’Donoghue Teases Sunday's Steamy "Hook" Up, the Future of CaptainSwan and More!. E! News. “What happens just after the kiss, of course, is that Emma claims it was a "one-time thing," and rattles off some instructions, to which Hook responds, adorably, "As you wish." Movie fans will remember that in the classic movie The Princess Bride, those three words actually mean "I love you." Now that had to be intentional, right? "Remember I've said that part of my inspiration for Captain Hook was the Dread Pirate Roberts, so it's a nice little tie-in to that," says O'Donoghue. "People can read into it whatever they want to read into it, if you know what I mean."”
  13. File:305NeverSeen2.png
  14. astronomical geography. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on November 2, 2018. “the part of mathematical geography that treats of the earth in its relation to the other celestial bodies”
  15. File:305TellUsBoy.png
  16. somni-. TheFreeDictionary. Retrieved on August 8, 2018. “somni- or before a vowel somn- combining form sleep”
  17. Umbra. Dictionary.com. Retrieved on August 8, 2018. “1. shade; shadow.”
  18. A Primer of Botanical Latin with Vocabulary by Emma Short and Alex George, Cambridge University Press 2013, p. 26. Facsimile by Google Books.
  19. Smith, Constance Craig (January 18, 2013). Can you speak plant? If not, try teaching yourself with a new book on Latin botanical terms. Daily Mail. “Plants that are 'albus' are white, such as Lilium regale 'Album'. 'Luteus' or 'aureus' means it's yellow, 'rubrus' is red, and 'azureus' or 'caeruleus' is blue.”
  20. File:305Promo18.jpg (view the full resolution to see the subtle details, such as the identical buttons and pockets)
  21. Promo picture from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    Promo picture from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World #2
  22. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 10, 2015. "Britannia Beach" (archive copy)
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 File:305WhatExactly.png (screenshot from this episode)
    File:308WeMadeIt!.png (screenshot from "Think Lovely Thoughts")
    File:306AnEvilQueen.png (screenshot from "Ariel)
    File:W102FlyingOff2.png (screenshot of the Wonderland beach where they are picked up in "Trust Me")
    File:W102FlyingOff3.png (another screenshot of the Wonderland beach where they are picked up in "Trust Me")
    File:W102TurtleSwimmingAway.png (screenshot of the Wonderland beach where they come ashore in "Trust Me")
    File:W102WalkingUpBeach.png (another screenshot of the Wonderland beach where they come ashore in "Trust Me")

    Note that in the Season Three Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "Think Lovely Thoughts", David H. Goodman, Robert Hull and Robert Carlyle confirm that the beach scenes in "Ariel" and "Think Lovely Thoughts" were filmed in the same location, but refer to the filming location as Minaty Bay; Minaty Bay is where Britannia Beach is located (source)
  24. Movies Filmed at Minaty Bay. MovieMaps. Retrieved on April 2, 2020. “Arrow: Purgatory. Jim Corrigan has Oliver relive all of his previous battles to prepare him for his final fight against the Anti-Monitor in episode 8x08 "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four". Jim Corrigan sits across from Oliver and tells him why he showed him all of his past battles.Oliver asks why he was forced to relive all of his past trauma.Jim Corrigan talks to Oliver about what must be done as they walk along the shore. Lian Yu: From episode 8x06 "Reset". From episode 8x07 "Purgatory".” (Screenshot from Arrow: "Reset")
  25. Movies Filmed at Minaty Bay. MovieMaps. Retrieved on April 2, 2020. “Ryn, Maddie, and Ben all independently converge to save several beached whales and later they track Ryn to the beach after the sonic disruption and find several of her kin washed ashore in episode 2x01 "The Arrival".” (Screenshot from Siren: "Arrival")
  26. 26.0 26.1 Chan, Kenneth (February 6, 2018). 16 locations in Vancouver where Netflix's Altered Carbon was filmed (PHOTOS). Daily Hive. “Minaty Bay at Britannia Beach as an escape during Kovacs' past with Quellcrist Falconer.”
    Screenshot from Altered Carbon: "Nora Inu" #1"
    Screenshot from Altered Carbon: "Nora Inu" #2"
    Takeshi Kovacs and Quellcrist Falconer return to the exact same beach in "Bury Me Dead"