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For Mr. Gold's book, see Heroes and Villains (book).

I'd like to tell you a story. It's about heroes and villains, where the villains always lose.

Mr. Gold to Ursula

"Heroes and Villains" is the eleventh episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the seventy-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 14, 2014.


In the aftermath of the Snow Queen’s spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook’s fate hangs in the balance as Gold’s quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future.[2]


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

Deleted Scenes

These scenes are included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fourth Season.

"Chasing Happy Endings"

While Regina is having a meal at Granny's Diner, Henry comes in and informs her that they're still stuck in Storybrooke despite Ingrid's death. Regina says that she's heard thanks to the dwarves. Henry then tries to convince her mother to continue Operation Mongoose, which Regina answers that she's done chasing her happy ending and that whoever the Author is, they don't want to be found. Henry says that he refuses to believe that, which makes Regina smile and say that he doesn't have to worry about her. She then instructs her to go to work to his grandfather's pawnshop before it's getting too late.[3]

"Laundry and Tea Cakes"

An extended version of the scene where Belle serves Rumplestiltskin tea and he whisks her off to laundry duty. Belle pours the Dark One a cup of tea and says that she figured out why he collects so many magical objects, like the gauntlet from Camelot. Sipping the tea, Rumplestiltskin remarks that he really needs to find more tasks for her. She believes that he has a hole in his heart, but he denies it, saying that he only has one in his stomach because she forgot the tea cakes. Snapping his fingers, a plate of cakes manifests. "Must I really do everything?", he asks her. As he helps himself to the cakes, Belle states that he is a lonely man and no matter how many things he requires, that's all they'll ever be: things, and an awful way to fill a heart. However, Rumplestiltskin says that the only thing missing from his life right now is clean clothes and with a snap of his fingers, a laundry basket full of clothes manifests on the dining table. Belle protests, saying that she scrubbed these clothes yesterday. The Dark One shoots back, "Well, scrub them again, dearie. You're getting a bit too big for your britches. You should remember your place. Cleaning mine." She gives him an angry look and grabs the clothes from the basket as she gets ready to go to work.[4]

"No Deal"

Granny shoots an arrow at the Evil Queen and she quickly catches it, asking that where the bandit Snow White is. Granny doesn't answer and vanishes into thin air, revealing herself to be Rumplestiltskin. Regina says that she's in no mood for games, but Rumplestiltskin wants her maid back, thinking that it's Regina who captured her. Regina says that she knows nothing about her and that she uses crows, not ravens. She continues to mock him and says that the Dark One likes Belle, which makes Rumplestiltskin very angry and tell her to not test him. Regina says that she doesn't test him at all, but "Love is weakness", and he should have known it by now.[5]

"Magic Cake"

While in the diner, Anna looks at the Twinkie on the table and asks what this is. Elsa remarks that it's "their version of a cake" and Anna jokingly says that it's a magic cake. Kristoff take a bite of it and likes it, but also says that they need to get back to Arendelle. Emma comes in and says that she has just spoken to Anton and informs the group that unfortunately, Storybrooke does not have an ideal climate at the moment and there will be no magic beans until spring. Anna becomes upset and worried due to Hans' current rule over Arendelle. Emma explains that they're trying, but portals are hard to come by.

Anna's comment about "magic cake" seem to be a nod to a common urban legend saying that Twinkie never goes bad. In reality, the official shelf life for Twinkie is 25 days. While this is longer than many other baked goods, it will still go bad after this time.[6]



Guest Starring





Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


  • An angry Hook promises Mr. Gold that Mr. Gold's next life won't be so pleasant for him. Reincarnation is a shared element of various religious, spiritual and philosophical communities.
  • Still, Mr. Gold believes he doesn't need to care about Hook's promise, telling the pirate, "Given my immortality, you'll have quite the wait amongst the fire and brimstone". "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible.


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

  • BRAND INFO: Regina is wearing[19] a Cashmere Cable Knit V Neck Sweater from Brooks Brothers[20] (no longer available).
  • BRAND INFO: Belle is wearing[21] a LOFT Quilted Skirt Dress[22] over a Topshop Embellished Collar Shirt,[23] and a Cadin Bow Belt from Club Monaco.[24] (all three are no longer available). Note that the sleeves on Belle's blouse have been hemmed by the costume department.
  • BRAND INFO: When Belle takes the dagger and banishes Mr. Gold, she is wearing[25] a Babaton Pearce Wool Coat in Constant Camel.[26] Note that Belle's coat has been shortened by the costume department.

Filming Locations


International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Adjusted Up; ’60 Minutes’ Adjusted Down + Final Football Ratings. TV by the Numbers (December 16, 2014). “ONCE UPON A TIME (...) 5.69”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#411) "Heroes and Villains".”
  3. S4 Deleted Scene Chasing Happy Endings. Dailymotion (August 11, 2015).
  4. S4 Deleted Scene Laundry and Tea Cakes. Dailymotion (August 11, 2015).
  5. S4 Deleted Scene No Deal. Dailymotion (August 11, 2015).
  6. Moncel, Bethany (October 2, 2019). The Twinkie Myth. The Spruce Eats. “Twinkies do in fact contain real food, they are truly baked, and the official shelf life is a mere 25 days. After this time, the Twinkie will continue to exist but will diminish greatly in taste and texture. It is true that 25 days is a considerably longer shelf life than most baked goods, but this is achieved by avoiding the use of dairy products and the air-tight cellophane wrapper.”
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  8. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 1, 2014). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- new ep tomorrow! Hope to see ya! #OnceIsFrozen #Belle'sMom" (screenshot)
  9. Abrams, Natalie (December 11, 2014). Exclusive: 'Once Upon a Time' bosses tease the Queens of Darkness. Entertainment Weekly. “Is heroes vs. villains a fair descriptor for the second half of the season? KITSIS: Absolutely. That is the title of episode 11. HOROWITZ: It's "Heroes and Villains." KITSIS: That’s actually named after the Beach Boys song.”
  10. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (December 22, 2014). "Sometimes dialogue gets cut for timing. Here's a small bit we were sad to lose from 411." (screenshot)
  11. Shean, mark. Dawn at Demon's Bluff - Anglesea. Redbubble. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  12. File:411SoIFiguredItOut.png
  13. File:411SoIFiguredItOut.png
  14. File:411Bus.png
  15. The Totem 1945 - Yearbook of the University of British Columbia (UBC) - Volume Twenty-Eight (28). RareNonFiction.com. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  16. The Totem 1948. University of British Columbia. Retrieved on February 4, 2019. “Titled The McGill Annual from 1911-1915; The Annual from 1916-1925; The Totem from 1926-1942 and 1945-1966; The Ubyssey Graduation Issue in 1943; and Totie in 1944.”
  17. File:411AmToDie.png
  18. Filming report from "A Tale of Two Sisters": TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (July 16, 2014). "Just found out #OnceUponaTime filmed at the University of British Columbia's Cecil Green Park on Monday."
  19. File:411SavingMyLife.png
  20. Cashmere Cable Knit V Neck Sweater. Lookastic. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  21. File:411TheRealDagger.png
  23. OUAT: Season 4 Episode 12 Belle's Embellished Collar Blouse. shopyourtv. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  24. Club Monaco Cadin Bow Belt as seen on Belle in episode 4x11 “Heroes and Villains" ($89.50) (Tumblr). Once Upon a Time Fashion & Finds (December 18, 2014). Archived from the original on December 4, 2019.
  25. File:411WhatComesNext.png
  26. BELLE'S HOODED COAT ON ONCE UPON A TIME. WornOnTV. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
    Babaton Pearce Coat Wool-Blend Coat With Hood. Aritzia. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  27. File: 414HoldsOutDagger.png
  28. File:317PourALittle.png
  29. File:411AKingdom.png
  30. kate spade new york BEKKI TURTLENECK. Pradux. Retrieved on February 4, 2019.
  31. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Fan Photos November 7, 2014 (November 7, 2014).  "Once Upon a Time fan photos from Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC taken on November 7, 2014.(archive copy)
    File:IGlee j buckley-411.png
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 2, 2018. "Final day of shooting with the frozen cast... can you guess who's last day it wasn't" (archive copy)
  32. TwitterLogo.svg @50shadesgirlpdx (50shadesgirlportland) on Twitter (October 16, 2014). "Filming OUAT." (screenshot)
  33. TwitterLogo.svg @pursuit23 (Ken) on Twitter (November 3, 2014). "Once upon a time circus is set up at Central Park on boundary beside swangard stadium" (screenshot)
  34. File:IGlee j buckley-411-2.png
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). February 16, 2018. "BTS @victoriasmurfit in front of the camera with Ralph Hemecker directing. Fun fact Ralph has directed over a seasons worth of episodes, the most of any director on the show. -" (archive copy)
  35. 415 Hornby St, Vancouver, British Columbia. Google Maps (July 2014).
    File:411Bus.png (note the identical signage, buildings and store windows on the right)
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  38. In "Shattered Sight": File:410NotWorking.png
    In Darkness on the Edge of Town: File:412AnyGivenSundae.png