Ivo's Cottage is based on the woodcutter's cottage from the fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel".
In the land of Oz, a woodcutter named Ivo lives in a cottage with his two children, Hansel and Gretel. One day, Hansel and Gretel go missing and Ivo spends his mornings searching for them, to no avail. During a morning while searching for his children again, Ivo finds an unconscious woman and takes her back to the cottage. He finds the necklace she was wearing is broken and puts a new clasp on it. When she wakes up, he lets her stay while she recovers and she introduces herself as Zelena. Zelena panics when she realizes her pendant is missing, but Ivo explains he repaired its clasp which was broken, and when he holds it out to her, Zelena notices he is blind and unable to see her. As Zelena is still too unwell, Ivo insists she stay until she feels better and he begins preparing a meal for her. Zelena sees two beautiful chairs at the table which Ivo once carved himself, which, to her uneasiness, were for his two missing children.
Ivo continues to search for his children every night. Some days later, a re-energized Zelena gets out of bed to start a fire in the furnace, hoping to cook for Ivo as thanks to him for taking care of her. Ivo smells the smoke before she can finish and then suggests they can do it together. As the fire is going, Zelena contently remarks on the dancing flames, but upon remembering Ivo cannot see, retracts her statement by apologizing. Ivo assures her it's fine, telling her he can picture the flames by feeling the heat, just as he can imagine what she looks like without having seen her face before. He describes her strikingly fierce physical features, in addition to her beautiful heart, which touches Zelena as no one has ever said those things about her. When asked, Ivo tells her about the accident that blinded him and how it was a blessing in disguise because it helped him become more attentive and loving towards his children. Guilt-ridden over knowing where they are, Zelena leaves the cottage, promising to return soon.
While she is gone, Hansel and Gretel arrive home, having escaped from the clutches of a witch who was trying to eat them. They warn Ivo that Zelena is not who she seems, as she left them to be eaten when they needed help. When Zelena returns, she tries to come clean to him about his children, but Ivo cuts her off, stating that he already knows as Hansel and Gretel told him what she did to them. Ivo confronts her for lying to him all this time and knowing where his children were. Zelena insists she was weak but as soon as she regained her strength, she went back to try to rescue them. When Ivo questions why she didn't just tell him that, Zelena points out that had he known, he would've gone there himself and gotten killed by the witch. She insists that she is trying to change from her wicked ways and truly appreciated him for seeing her as a good person, which no one has ever done for her before, even offering to return his eyesight with the eyesight that she stole from the witch so he can finally see the real her. However, Ivo refuses, believing he doesn't need his sight to see her for the monster she is, and tells her to leave. Angered by his rejection, Zelena tosses the powder that would have returned Ivo's sight into the furnace. Hansel proceeds to threaten her with a knife, declaring she doesn't deserve to walk away from the situation alive. She, in turn, manipulates coils of fire to curl around Hansel's wrists, making him burn in agony until Gretel douses the flames with a blanket. Zelena spitefully tells the family that when they mess with a witch, they get burned. At that, the witch teleports away in anger. ("Chosen")
|Once Upon a Time: Season Seven|
|"Hyperion Heights":||"A Pirate's Life":||"The Garden of Forking Paths":||"Beauty":||"Greenbacks":||"Wake Up Call":||"Eloise Gardener":||"Pretty in Blue":||"One Little Tear":||"The Eighth Witch":||"Secret Garden":|
|"A Taste of the Heights":||"Knightfall":||"The Girl in the Tower":||"Sisterhood":||"Breadcrumbs":||"Chosen":||"The Guardian":||"Flower Child":||"Is This Henry Mills?":||"Homecoming":||"Leaving Storybrooke":|
- vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 17, 2018. "thanks for all the good pics Bex! It was so fun to watch you and Lana craft this scene." (archive copy)
vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 7, 2018. "What an amazing scene this was to shoot, Lana directing a scene with Bex and Dan." (archive copy)
vfxsup (Craig Clarke). January 31, 2019. "hey Dan, whatcha think in’ about?" (archive copy)