After the death of his wife Priscilla, Jefferson is forced to move out of the mansion that they used to live in, due to financial difficulties. He opts to live poorly as long as he can be with their daughter, Grace. As the two of them move into a simple cottage in the woods, Grace stares at their new house in wonder and asks her father if this is where they are going to live now. Her father says that it might not look like much, but he is going to fix it up. As his daughter gets ready for bed, Jefferson locks his magical hat, deciding his days as a portal-jumper are over with for good. The two of them talk about how much they miss Grace's mother. As she falls asleep, Jefferson promises his daughter that he will never leave her. ("Out of the Past")
Several years later, Jefferson is making a meager living as a mushroom seller. One day, he and his daughter are playing hide-and-seek in the woods when they spot the Evil Queen's carriage outside their cottage. Jefferson instructs Grace to wait outside, and he goes into the house where he finds the Queen, Regina, waiting for him inside. Regina holds one of Grace's dolls as she greets him and muses about having heard that he hung up his hat. She ponders if he did it for his daughter, and Jefferson coldly tells her that because of his work, Grace lost her mother and he didn't want her to lose him too. Regina considers his current life has not amounted to much and suggests Grace won't have much either unless he does one last favor for her so he can lavish his precious daughter with the life she deserves. Jefferson insists that is why he is staying because he won't abandon his family and it's what Grace deserves. He tells her to leave, but Regina again tries to interest him and provides further details about just needing his help to retrieve something of hers from another land. Jefferson still refuses, and Regina seemingly gives up and finally leaves the cottage. Later upon returning home from a trip to the local market, Jefferson gives Grace an improvised toy rabbit he made for her, and the two enjoy a make-believe tea party. Wishing to give her a better childhood, which he cannot do without more money, he decides to accept the Queen's earlier offer. Jefferson informs Grace of this, which she pleads against, but he promises to be back in time for tea. After sending his daughter off to the neighbors, he and Regina travel to Wonderland, where he is captured by the Queen of Hearts. With Jefferson unable to return home, his daughter is left with her new caretakers. ("Hat Trick")
After receiving a white rabbit calling card from Regina, Jefferson comes to see her at the Storybrooke Town Hall. She asks him to help her get rid of Emma, who is the Savior, and can break the Dark Curse. Jefferson wonders why he shouldn't just let Emma do just that so he can go home to the Enchanted Forest, but Regina reminds him of his old life living in a "hovel" and selling fungus at the market, causing him to strike a deal with her in the hopes of reuniting with his daughter. ("An Apple Red as Blood")
Fairytales and Folklore
- As the Evil Queen leaves Jefferson's cottage, a notecard next to a bottle and cake allude directly to the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. ("Hat Trick")
- Jefferson presents a hand-sewn stuffed bunny to Grace, which is patchy and dirty. This is a nod to the March Hare, who is the Mad Hatter's companion in the novel. Similarly, Grace has a stuffed animal that resembles the Mock Turtle, whom she passionately calls "Mr. Tortoise", a reference to the Mock Turtle's story about his tortoise teacher. ("Hat Trick")
- Grace hosts a tea party for her stuffed toys, a reference to the Mad Hatter's tea party from the novel. ("Hat Trick")
- The Storybrooke wishing well prop doubles as the well outside Jefferson's cottage. ("Hat Trick")
- Before becoming the wishing well, the same well prop was used for the well where Prince Thomas disappears in "The Price of Gold" and the well in Rumplestiltskin's Frontlands village in "Desperate Souls". The supporting structure for the pulley, and the pulley itself, were replaced for the wishing well prop, and a roof was added to the top.
- The wishing well prop also doubles as many other wells throughout the series:
- It was used for the well outside Granny's cottage, the one where Red Riding Hood goes to collect water with Snow White and sees that the water is full of blood, in "Red-Handed".
- It is seen outside Ruth's cabin in "Lady of the Lake".
- It was used for the well where Zelena reads the Book of Records and Dorothy collects water in Oz in "Kansas". The roof over the wishing well was removed and a different supporting structure for the pulley was added for this episode while protruding stone carvings were added to the bottom of the well.
- It appears in Arthur's village in "The Broken Kingdom" and "Nimue".
- It appears in the village that was attacked by the Evil Queen in "A Bitter Draught. The roof over the wishing well was removed for this episode.
- The main section of the well with the roof and supports removed was used as the Community Gardens wishing well in Seattle in Season Seven.
- A duplicate of the wishing well appears on Mount Olympus in "Leaving Storybrooke".
- The white rabbit plush toy that Jefferson gives to his daughter is the same plush toy sitting at a small dinner table when Alice return to Victorian England in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode "Down the Rabbit Hole". ("Hat Trick")
- Grace's tea set is a Toysmith Deluxe Ceramic Tea Set with Basket. ("Hat Trick")
|Once Upon a Time: Season One|
|"Pilot":||"The Thing You Love Most":||"Snow Falls":||"The Price of Gold":||"That Still Small Voice":||"The Shepherd":||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter":||"Desperate Souls":||"True North":||"7:15 A.M.":||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree":|
|"Skin Deep":||"What Happened to Frederick":||"Dreamy":||"Red-Handed":||"Heart of Darkness":||"Hat Trick":||"The Stable Boy":||"The Return":||"The Stranger":||"An Apple Red as Blood":||"A Land Without Magic":|
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