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Regina: Now, we can't hurt the Queen, but maybe we can trap her.
Emma: In a mirror?
Regina: In the world behind the mirror.

"I'll Be Your Mirror" is the eighth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Leah Fong, and directed by Jennifer Lynch. It is the one hundred and nineteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 13, 2016.


Emma and Regina formulate a plan to trap the Evil Queen in a prison of their own making, while Snow and David adjust to life without each other. As Henry nervously prepares to take Violet to the school dance, the Evil Queen impersonates Regina to give him some advice that could lead him down a dark path. Meanwhile, Zelena agrees to help Belle, and together they enlist Aladdin to steal a magical object from Mr. Gold that could protect Belle and her unborn child from him forever.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Strength In Family" (Scene 39)

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

An extended version of the scene where Henry frees his mothers from the mirror. After the serum queen says to Henry that she only wants what's best for him, she adds, "Remember that". After she teleports away, Henry explains to his mothers how the queen gave him the hammer so he would be forced to crush the Dragon's heart, but he remembered how she also told him never to compromise who he was, so he smashed the mirror instead. Regina assures Henry that they will get the Dragon out, and Hook and Emma share a tender moment while Henry heads off to his dance with Violet.

"Silent Treatment" (Scene 44)

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

Mary Margaret tells her son the story of how his parents met, which is how she saved David from the trolls. After hearing it, Neal says his first word, which makes Mary Margaret very happy but also sad as his father is not there to witness it. After she puts her son in his crib, she sits near David, attempts to leave a note for him. After a brief moment, she tears the page apart and says that she can't do this anymore and wakes him up after saying she misses him. After David awakens and Snow sleeps, he sees the torn page and tells her that he misses her too.


A segment where Doc gets into his car and checks himself in a mirror (presumably for the scene where Emma and Regina are in the World Behind the Mirror and calling out to their friends) was deleted from the episode.[3] However, David Avalon is still credited in the episode's press release.[2]



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: When Emma and Regina confront the serum queen at the beach, three swans are swimming in the water.[6] This is a reference to Emma's last name.
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: In the episode script, when Hook asks the serum queen what she's done with Emma and Regina, he first says, "You always underestimated me."[7]
  • The script also contains a section where Hook goes to embrace Emma and asks, "Alright there, Swan?".[8] This ended up being cut from the episode.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: Interestingly, in Greek mythology, Hephaestus is the son of Hera, the queen of Olympus, who is often portrayed as vengeful and cruel. She takes the role of the evil stepmother of Heracles (the Greek equivalent of the Roman deity Hercules) and many of the other children fathered by Zeus. She was also known to grow apples. All of which mirrors the Evil Queen and her serum counterpart.

Popular Culture

  • According to Henry, Violet "stood him up for John Hughes movie night twice". He then says that they watched The Breakfast Club together, and they were going to watch Sixteen Candles next (to show Violet his "fun side"). The Breakfast Club (1985) is a classic coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by John Hughes, while Sixteen Candles (1984) is a famous coming-of-age comedy by the same director.
    • Later, Violet says that she has a hard time adjusting to school, comparing it to the movies that Henry showed her. She wonders if she is "a jock, a princess or a nerd", a reference to The Breakfast Club, a story about five high school students who represent different stereotypes – a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.
  • ♫ MUSIC: The song Henry and Violet are dancing to at the diner is "In My Dreams" by Ruth B.
  • The singer commented on this on Twitter, saying "A song of mine may or may not be used in tonight's episode of my fav show ever".[11]

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (November 15, 2016). ’60 Minutes’ adjusts up, ‘NCIS: LA’ and ‘Madam Secretary’ adjust down: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 3.40”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#608) "I'll Be Your Mirror".”
  3. Once Upon A Time shoots scenes for episode 608 in late September with Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore and others.. Canadagraphs (October 29, 2016). “A bit later I went to Steveston for a bit. I caught a couple takes of David Paul Grove as Doc shooting a scene where he gets into a car & checks himself in a mirror.”
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  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (September 14, 2016). "Hey #Oncers -- here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 9/25 for #Season6!" (screenshot)
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  7. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 13, 2016). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see ya tonight!" (screenshot)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 7, 2016). "Here's this week's first #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see ya Sunday!" (screenshot)
  9. TwitterLogo.svg @leahfong (Leah Fong) on Twitter (November 13, 2016). "Aladdin and Jasmine giving a loving nod to the late, great Robin Williams" (screenshot)
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  11. TwitterLogo.svg @itsruthb (Ruth B.) on Twitter (November 13, 2016). "A song of mine may or may not be used in tonight's episode of my fav show ever @OnceABC 😭❤️" (screenshot)
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  23. TwitterLogo.svg @leahfong (Leah Fong) on Twitter (November 13, 2016). "another genie :)" (screenshot)
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  36. Perrie Lace Dress. Anthropologie. Retrieved on January 11, 2019.
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  38. 'Oakes' Embroidered Cotton Blouse. Nordstrom. Retrieved on January 11, 2018.
  39. Majesty peacoat in stadium cloth. J. Crew. Retrieved on January 11, 2019.
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  42. Screenshot from iZombie: "Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1"
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  44. Rebecca Taylor Embroidered Silk Blouse. Nordstrom Rack. Retrieved on January 11, 2019.
  45. InstagramIcon.png curban56 (Karen Gallagher). September 29, 2016. "Today's walk 🎬" (archive copy)
    Once Upon A Time shoots scenes for episode 608 in late September with Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore and others.. Canadagraphs (October 28, 2016). “Once Upon A Time shot a scene for episode 608 in Richmond not far from their usual "downtown Storybrooke" location in Steveston. In this scene, there was Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen and Lanas [sic] stand in as Regina Mills.”
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  47. TwitterLogo.svg @leafladygreens (Sara McMulloch) on Twitter (November 13, 2016). "#Mirrors- I was curious as 2 how this scene was gonna look...I'll tell ya though,the apple trees were hard gettin in" (screenshot)