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This article focuses on the ship, the Jolly Roger.
For the Wish Realm version, see Jolly Roger (Wish Realm).
For the Season Three episode, see "The Jolly Roger".

My ship? She's a marvel. Made from enchanted wood. We weathered many a storm together, seeing many strange, glittering shores.

—Captain Hook src

The Jolly Roger, formerly known as the Jewel of the Realm, is a vehicle featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the fourth episode of the second season. The Jolly Roger is portrayed by the Lady Washington,[2] and is the main reality version of the Jolly Roger.

The Jolly Roger is based on the ship of the same name from the story Peter Pan, and Disney film Peter Pan, as well as on Queen Anne's Revenge from popular culture.


Before First Curse

After making a certain deal with the Underworld lord Hades, Liam agrees to sink the ship he is on, killing everyone on board except himself and his brother Killian, in exchange for the Eye of the Storm. Upon reaching the shoreline, Liam presents the jewel to a captain, but instead of a reward in riches from the king, he asks for a naval commission. The captain promptly makes Liam captain of a ship, Jewel of the Realm, while Killian will become its lieutenant. ("The Brothers Jones")

On orders of the king, Liam prepares to sail the Jewel of the Realm to a distant island, to procure a medical plant, Dreamshade, which is rumored to heal all wounds. Along with this duty, he is given a sextant for celestial navigation, star charts for a path to the island and back, and a large sail made of Pegasus feathers. For the journey, Liam brings Killian along with him. During the trip at sea, the crew's lives are endangered when they are attacked by two ships from behind. To make a hasty escape, Liam orders for the Pegasus sail to be unveiled. Once it is fully uncovered, the ship, powered by the Pegasus feathers, lifts up off from the ocean's waters and into the skies. The two brothers arrive at the island of Neverland and take a rowboat to shore. They meet a boy named Peter Pan who warns them that Dreamshade is poisonous, but Liam doesn't listen while Killian is beginning to have doubts. Liam purposely cuts himself with a branch of Dreamshade and he passes out from the spreading poison. Killian is allowed access to healing water by Pan but is urged against leaving the island if he and his brother can't pay the price. Liam is healed and they begin sailing home with intentions of exposing their king's cruel ways. Once out of Neverland's waters, Liam dies a fatal death as the price of leaving, and Killian later buries him at sea. Fueled by anger and a sense of justice, he convinces the crew to renounce the king by telling them the truth, and they all take on the life of pirates while the Jewel of the Realm is renamed the Jolly Roger. ("Good Form")

During a journey to the Southern Isles, the Jolly Roger is caught in a vicious storm. Although the helmsman, Lewis, manages to steady the vessel, the ship begins to flood. Through spyglass, he and Killian spot calmer waters surrounded by green mist in the distance that they recognize as the Leviathan Shoals. Lewis warns the mist causes hallucinations, but Killian is unconcerned about the risk. Reaching safety, the crew begin fixing the damaged vessel when another ship, carrying an alive Liam, arrives. Below deck, Liam tells Killian how he survived and about the great sea creature, Leviathan, who refuses anyone to leave the shoals. Lewis suggests Liam is a hallucination made by the mist, but Killian continues to be blind to the truth. To escape the shoals, the Jolly Roger sails towards Leviathan as Liam, from his own ship, defeats the creature with dynamite blasts. This causes Liam's ship to catch fire, so Killian presses him to jump into the water so they can haul him onto the Jolly Roger. Too afraid there are more monsters at sea, Liam refuses and asks Killian to put off sailing out of the shoals in order to save him. Killian, reminded by Lewis that the real Liam was courageous enough to brave any unknown waters, finally accepts the illusion is not his brother. They then sail away, leaving the fake to perish, as Killian later says a prayer to guide Liam's spirit home. ("Out of the Past")

At some point, Killian and his crew stop in a town pub where he meets a bored housewife named Milah. She begins drinking and gambling in their company and grows fascinated with Killian's tales of the faraway places he's traveled to. The two fall in love, but one night, Milah's husband, Rumplestiltskin, comes to plead for her to come home. The next day, Milah decides to run away to be with Killian so they can voyage on the Jolly Roger together. Hearing rumors of a pirate kidnapping Milah, Rumplestiltskin goes aboard the ship to beg for her release. Killian agrees to relent, only if the latter bests him in a duel, but Rumplestiltskin is too cowardly to pick up a sword. ("The Crocodile")

Years later, Rumplestiltskin, having become the Dark One, seeks a magic bean from Smee, who attempts to steal one from the Jolly Roger, only to be caught by Milah. Later, Rumplestiltskin beats Killian in a duel, but before he can tear out his heart, Milah stops him. Asking the Dark One to spare both their lives, Milah promises him a magic bean. Aboard the ship, Rumplestiltskin confronts her about abandoning Baelfire as she admits letting her misery cloud her judgment. However, when Milah spitefully claims she never loved Rumplestiltskin, the Dark One attempts to grab the bean, though she throws it to Killian. Enraged, Rumplestiltskin rips out her heart, and as Killian holds Milah, he crushes it to ash. When Killian refuses to hand over the bean, the Dark One cuts off his clenched left hand, although the pirate previously moved the bean to his right hand. In agony, Killian grabs a hook and stabs Rumplestiltskin, which has no effect, so he vows to find a way to kill him. The Dark One then teleports away with the pirate's severed left hand. With the hook, Killian puts it in place of his lost hand, and after burying Milah at sea, he allows Smee to join his crew. Smee, disappointed that he won't obtain the "eternal life" Rumplestiltskin promised him, is reassured by Killian, as he throws the bean into the ocean, that they'll be going to a place where no one grows old. After the bean turns into a portal, the ship sets sail for Neverland. ("The Crocodile")

While in Neverland's waters, Hook and his crew rescue a boy from the ocean. When Hook learns his name is Baelfire, he hides him under an air vent while the Lost Ones of Neverland, on orders of Pan, come onto the ship to look for a particular boy, but leave empty-handed. In private, Smee advises Hook against keeping the boy and incurring Pan's wraith, but the pirate sees Baelfire as an opportunity to learn more about Rumplestiltskin and get revenge. Despite this scheme, he develops a true friendship with Baelfire by teaching him how to steer the ship, and they bond over being abandoned by their fathers. Baelfire discloses how his father feared his magic powers would all be gone if someone stabbed him with a special dagger. This tidbit gives Hook a way to kill Rumplestiltskin, which conflicts with his growing kinship with Baelfire. All this comes to an end when the boy finds a drawing of his mother Milah and demands answers from Hook. He tells Baelfire the true fate of his mother, who ran away to be with him because they were in love, but she died when Rumplestiltskin tore out her heart and crushed it. Hook tries to alleviate his previous lies by bringing up Milah's past desire to go back to get her son so the three of them could be together. Since she is gone now, he believes they can live out her dream. Baelfire rejects him and opts to go to Neverland. The renunciation crushes Hook, who strays back into darkened emotions as revenge becomes his main and only focus. ("Second Star to the Right", "And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Shortly after the Jolly Roger reaches Neverland's shoreline, Hook steps off the ship with plans of acquiring magic, returning to the Enchanted Forest and finding the dagger to kill Rumplestiltskin. ("Going Home")

Employed by Peter Pan, Hook begins traveling on his ship to procure food supplies for him. On one such journey back to the island, he scolds Smee for secretly eating some of it. Soon, the entire crew falls under the spell of a mermaid's song as the ship begins sailing toward a mass of sharp rocks obscured by thick fog. The mermaid, Ursula, although under orders from her father Poseidon to kill them, stops singing, which snaps the crew back into consciousness. As the fog parts, Hook quickly calls for the ship to be redirected out of harm's way. After docking the ship, Hook and his crew stay at a pub, where Ursula is entertaining patrons with her alluring voice. When Hook recognizes her as the mermaid, she admits running away from her father, who wants her to use her gift to kill humans. Rather than that, Ursula desires to sing at Glowerhaven and bring happiness to people, to which Hook agrees to bring her there. Poseidon, not wishing to lose his daughter, kidnaps Hook onto the Jolly Roger, much to the captain's disgust. The sea king offers him squid ink to immobilize Rumplestiltskin if he captures Ursula's voice in an enchanted shell. The next day, Ursula turns up on the ship and sings as the crew work. Learning about her father's scheme from Hook, she helps by stealing the ink from Poseidon's vault for him. However, Poseidon later takes away the ink, inciting an angry Hook, who absorbs Ursula's singing voice so he can never sink another ship. After a distressed Ursula flees the ship, Hook threatens Poseidon into doing the same. ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")

Returning to the Enchanted Forest, Hook anchors his ship in a harbor while heading off to spend time at the tavern. Entering this timeline via a portal from the far future, Emma and another version of Hook make it their mission to choreograph a destined first meeting between Prince Charming and Snow White. While Emma distracts past Hook, future Hook boards the Jolly Roger. Whilst chasing after a rat on deck, Smee is surprised to see the captain has returned so soon and notices he is acting differently. Brushing off Smee's suspicions, Hook sternly orders him to stop asking so many questions. He then commands his crewmate to ask a passing Snow White to meet him in his ship cabin. Smee does what he is told, and Snow White heads below deck. She sees Hook, his face obscured his shadow, who promises her passage on his ship to escape the Queen if she steals Prince Charming's ring from King Midas' castle. After agreeing to the deal, she promptly leaves just as a very drunken past Hook is carrying Emma onto the ship. Seeing the captain arrive on deck again, Smee believes something is amiss, but Hook simply tells him to leave so he and the lady can have privacy. Emma, having gone ahead to the captain's cabin, bumps into future Hook. When past Hook enters to begin making out with Emma, future Hook stays hidden until he knocks out his past self before he and Emma leave the ship for good. ("Snow Drifts")

Under the influence of a singing spell, the now married Snow White and Prince Charming realize they can use the power of their song to defeat the Evil Queen. They seek out Hook and offer him money in exchange for passage on the Jolly Roger to the Queen's castle. Hook eventually accepts the deal when the couple promise to give him his most hated enemy: Rumplestiltskin. Snow and Charming then ride the ship to the castle to battle the Queen, but after the singing spell ends, their memories are wiped and neither the couple or Hook remember the deal they made. ("The Song in Your Heart")

During First Curse
Sometime during the Dark Curse, Hook is on a journey at sea with his crewmen when he notices the ship's sailing speed has decreased and angrily demands to know who is slowing them down. A stranger, disguised as one of the crew, takes the blame, to which Hook tries to kill the man for his insolence, but then, someone on deck shouts that there is something in the water. Hook goes to the side of the ship to glance down, and when he sees a massive shape with glowing eyes, he mistakenly believes they are under attack by a Narwhal. In actuality, it is an underwater submarine that belongs to the stranger, who pushes Hook into the water and jumps in after him, in order to kidnap him aboard the submarine. ("Dark Waters")

After First Curse

By combining a magic bean with the waters of Lake Nostos in the Enchanted Forest, a portal to Storybrooke is opened, allowing Hook and Cora to sail into the town harbor. ("Queen of Hearts")

At the harbor, Hook gets off the ship with Cora, telling her that they should go their separate ways so he can fulfill his mission of skinning a "crocodile". As he walks away, Cora teleports from behind him to in front of him. She insists that going into Storybrooke alone is a bad idea, however, Hook reminds her they had a deal and that she should get out of his way. Cora insists she is doing him a favor, and then asks him how she could transport from one place to another. Hook then realizes there is magic in Storybrooke, which will make killing Mr. Gold more difficult since the man can use magic against him. As he decides it would be better to stay with Cora for now, the pair meet a fisherman who asks them if they need anything, but Hook says they are fine. The man states that they have a nice vessel, but Cora asks him what he is he talking about, before making the ship turn invisible. The fisherman comments what a cool trick that was and asks if Cora is some sort of magician. After turning the man into a fish, Cora informs Hook that her daughter has now lost everything, and she must look for Regina first. Later on, Cora kidnaps Archie and hides him on the ship, as a "gift" for Hook, in order for their hostage to help them learn the secrets of Storybrooke's residents. ("The Cricket Game")

Below deck, Hook begins questioning Archie about a special dagger that Mr. Gold possesses, but the latter claims he knows nothing of it, and Hook believes him. When Archie refuses to say Mr. Gold's weakness, Hook threatens him with physical violence. Fearing for his life, Archie confirms to Hook that Mr. Gold has a beloved named Belle. Furthermore, he tells him about Mr. Gold's plans to leave town and look for his son by enchanting Baelfire's shawl, which is in a pawnshop. Hook calls up his old associate, William Smee to steal the shawl after he traps Belle in the library elevator. He disappears out of the library before Mr. Gold comes to rescue her and goes back onto his ship with the procured shawl as bait. Once Mr. Gold discovers the shawl is missing, he furiously goes to find Hook, but not before arming Belle with a gun for protection. While he is gone, Belle picks up a knot that Hook left behind in the library, which she figures out is from a ship. At the dock, she notices a bird standing on something invisible in the air and uses sand to outline the steps onto the ship deck. While below deck, she hears cries for help and frees Archie. He leaves to hurry back into town. Distractedly, Belle puts down the gun as she is searching for the shawl. Hook appears in the doorway with it, and he grabs the gun and aims it at her forehead. He details the truth to her about how Milah actually died, but Belle still believes there is good in Mr. Gold's heart. She jabs him in the face with a metal pole hanging from the ceiling, grabs the shawl and runs out of the cabin. However, Hook beats her to the deck. Mr. Gold arrives and begins assaulting Hook as the pirate taunts him, but only stops when Belle intervenes. The two leave the ship together. ("The Outsider")

Cornered by David, Leroy and Mary Margaret concerning what Cora has planned for them, Hook claims not to know, but brings them aboard his ship to show them a giant, Anton, that she shrunk and kidnapped from the Enchanted Forest. Mary Margaret frees Anton, who mistakenly recognizes David as someone and tries to kill him. Leroy attempts to help break up the fight but is knocked away. Only when Mary Margaret shoots an arrow near Anton to force him to halt, he leaves but promises David that he will pay for his evil. ("Tiny")

After learning Mr. Gold is out of town in New York, Hook decides to take the opportunity to kill his nemesis as there is no magic outside of Storybrooke. He knocks out David at the sheriff's office to steal back his own hook to coat it in a poison and then uses a map to sail to New York. Upon arrival, he stabs Mr. Gold with his hook, but Emma stops him from hurting him further by hitting Hook over the head with a trash can. Mr. Gold is severely injured and Emma, Henry and Neal must get him back to Storybrooke as soon as possible to save his life. Neal tells Emma that this land was not the first stop on his trip to our world, and he can sail the ship. ("The Queen Is Dead")

While Neal and Henry steer the ship back to Storybrooke, Mr. Gold rests on a bunk bed below deck as his wound worsens. Emma inquiries about the nature of a dagger that Cora and Regina want to use to make him kill everyone, which Mr. Gold affirms is possible and guesses that she likely wants him to die so such thing doesn't happen. Emma attests they are family now since he is Henry's grandfather and vows to save him. Later, the ship reaches Storybrooke and Mr. Gold is helped to David's car by Henry, Neal and Ruby. ("The Miller's Daughter")

To bring about the end of magic in Storybrooke, outsiders Greg and Tamara procure a trigger from Regina and set it off to destroy the town as well as the inhabitants. Though previously an ally to the duo, Hook is not willing to die in order to get his long-awaited revenge on Mr. Gold and betrays them to aid David in stealing back one of the remaining magic beans. Even so, he selfishly hopes to save his own life and tricks Emma while taking the actual bean. On the Jolly Roger, Hook struggles with his decision until remembering a time in the past when he cared for someone other than himself. He stays in the harbor long enough until the trigger is stopped and Henry's family confirms to him that the boy was kidnapped to another world by Greg and Tamara. He agrees to help them and allows them passage aboard the ship. Mr. Gold goes as well, and though Belle eagerly wants to tag along, he convinces her to stay and protect Storybrooke by enacting a cloaking spell to keep other outsiders from entering the town. The two say their final farewells since there no guarantee of seeing each other again. On the Jolly Roger, Mr. Gold uses the magic globe to track Henry's whereabouts; pinpointing the area to be in Neverland. Ready to leave, Hook throws the magic bean into the sea to open a portal for the ship. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Journeying through the portal, the ship lands safely into the waters of Neverland and sails towards an island. However, trouble brews on the horizon, and they are attacked by a horde of mermaids. After catching one on a fishing line, the creature causes more mayhem by summoning a storm, which only worsens when Regina decides to turn her into a wooden statue. Suddenly, personal animosities churn to a boiling point and physical altercations break out between Mary Margaret and Regina as well as David and Hook. Emma quickly catches on that the storm's cause is due to the bad blood between everyone. Though she tries to let them know, no one listens. Emma takes a leap of faith by purposely diving into the ocean, and is knocked out by a fallen rigging rope pulley, which finally attracts everyone's attention. Thinking quickly, David ties a rope around himself and jumps in to save Emma while the three remaining party members work together to pull the line. The Jolly Roger, having been greatly damaged by the storm, forces the ship party to use a rowboat to paddle to the island shoreline, where they begin their search for Henry. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

Henry is manipulated by Pan into giving up his heart to him and dies while the latter becomes immortal. Regina casts a preservation spell on Henry to last one hour until they can track down Pan. Emma manages to get some of the Lost Boys to open up about Pan's current location at his "thinking tree" in Pixie Woods after promising to bring them off the island. While Emma, Mary Margaret, and Regina go to find Pan, Hook and the rest of their party plan to regroup aboard the Jolly Roger. The three women come back in time to place the heart back in Henry as he gasps to life. With Regina's power, a shadow becomes the ship sail and flies them homeward. Henry is tucked into bed by Regina, who also casts a spell to prevent his heart from being taken out again. When Henry is alone, Pan materializes into the room, attempting to tear out his heart again, but when this fails, he goes for the boy's shadow. Mr. Gold, who previously was trapped in a box by Pan, is freed by Neal. The two have always struggled with a fractured relationship, but amends between them are finally made. Mr. Gold senses something is amiss and goes into Henry's cabin to absorb Pan into the box. Just before Pan is trapped, he secretly switches bodies with Henry. Above deck, one of Neverland's former prisoners, Wendy, gives Tinker Bell a vial of pixie dust. Tinker Bell no longer has her fairy wings but accepts the gift. She and Regina settle their past differences as the pixie dust, powered by Tinker Bell's belief in herself, glows momentarily. Pan, in Henry's body, re-forms an alliance with one of the Lost Boys, Felix. ("Save Henry")

The Jolly Roger arrives safely at the docks as all the townspeople gather to welcome them back. Wendy's brothers, John and Michael, happily reunite with her as Belle receives Mr. Gold and Neal. Despite all the happiness, Regina is left out until Mary Margaret openly credits her efforts for bringing them home, which surprises the townspeople. Pan secretly converses with Felix and then openly suggests to Henry's family that they lock up the Lost Boy, which they do. Believing Pan trapped in the box and sealed away, everyone is at ease and glad to be home. ("The New Neverland")

Before Second Curse

After Regina takes preventive measures to undo Pan's curse, all the inhabitants of Storybrooke pay the price by returning to the Enchanted Forest. The vessel of the Jolly Roger also regains its place in the land, to which Hook begins his search for locating it. Another pirate, Black Beard, gains ownership of the ship first and holds a prince, Eric, hostage. Ariel, hearing of her lover's plight, believes Hook is responsible and confronts him. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, she, Hook and Smee set out to find the ship. Hook distracts Black Beard into a duel while Ariel and Smee sneak aboard looking for Eric. When Black Beard finds out, he offers to hand over Eric if Hook is willing to give up on trying to repossess the ship. Hook refuses to yield and help Ariel as he believes it's better to kill Black Beard rather than allow her to continue a futile search. He throws Black Beard in the sea to the sharks; crushing Ariel's hopes. Before departing, she scornfully calls him a coward who will never find love or be happy. Unknown to him, Ariel rescues Black Beard so she can find Eric. ("New York City Serenade", "The Jolly Roger")

After taking back the Jolly Roger, Hook resumes traveling at sea. One day, he receives a messenger bird, attached with a vial of memory potion, as well as a note asking him to seek out Emma. As a new curse approaches, he abandons his crew and sails the ship as far as he can outside the curse's purview. Now that the curse has been cast, transportation between worlds is possible, so Hook trades the Jolly Roger to Black Beard for a magic bean and opens a portal to the Land Without Magic. ("Witch Hunt", "There's No Place Like Home", "Poor Unfortunate Soul")

After Second Curse

When the Snow Queen freezes all of Arendelle, the kingdom becomes entirely frozen. Thirty years later, when Arendelle unfreezes, Anna and Kristoff seek out Black Beard on the ship, hoping to procure a wishing star to bring back Elsa, the rightful Queen of Arendelle, but he betrays them to Prince Hans, who wishes to usurp the throne. As the two captives are sentenced to execution by drowning, they are bound and thrown into a large trunk. In response to Anna's insistence that Elsa will reclaim the kingdom from him, Hans reveals thirty years have passed. Panicking, Anna is in hysterics over this revelation, to which an annoyed Hans promptly closes the trunk lid to shut her up. On Black Beard's command, his crew tosses the trunk into the sea. ("Fall")

With help from their friends in Storybrooke, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff return to Arendelle and take the kingdom back from Hans. Sometime after this, Elsa, seizing the Jolly Roger, punishes Black Beard for conspiring to hurt Anna and Kristoff by shrinking him and the ship into a bottle. Her magic accidentally affects Ariel, who meets the same fate. ("Heroes and Villains", "Poor Unfortunate Soul")

When Hook needs the Jolly Roger in order to return a stolen item to Ursula, she opens a portal to the Enchanted Forest, and using a piece of rigging from the ship, she pulls the vessel to Storybrooke's dock. Using a magic concoction from Will, they restore the ship to its former glory. Below deck, Hook hands Ursula an enchanted shell which houses her singing voice. As part of their deal, Ursula will provide intel about Mr. Gold's plans, but she nulls the arrangement after being unable to reabsorb her lost singing voice. Angered, Hook pulls a gun on her, but she easily undermines him with her multiple tentacles and tosses him overboard. After Ursula leaves, a newly freed Ariel rescues Hook and hauls him onto the ship, where she snaps him into consciousness. There, she relates what happened with Black Beard and why Elsa shrunk the ship. From her advice, Hook realizes only the person who originally enchanted the shell can release Ursula's singing voice. Ariel then procures Poseidon, Ursula's father, from Neverland. ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")

During Alternate Reality
In the reality Isaac creates for everyone in the Heroes and Villains book, Hook is a timid deckhand to the captain of the Jolly Roger, Black Beard. After learning Emma is trapped in a tower near the Bottomless Sea, Henry finds Hook aboard the ship and asks for his help, but discovers he's no longer the same pirate he once knew. Black Beard agrees to let them go if Hook can defeat him in a duel. Having never used a sword, a fearful Hook scampers away to resume cleaning the deck. Henry, taking things into his own hands, knocks Black Beard out, before sailing the ship to the Bottomless Sea with Hook. Following a swift rescue, they resume travel at sea, although Emma warns the tower guard Henry and Hook knocked out is no ordinary human. Suddenly, a portion of the tower explodes, as an enormous dragon, formerly the guard, lunges out to search for them. As Emma goads the dragon to her, Hook knocks it into the ocean with cannon ammunition. To celebrate, she takes a swig from his bottle, only to learn it's goat's milk because Hook is allergic to rum. As the ship sails for a port, Emma decides to teach Hook how to fight since he doesn't know how to in this reality. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

After Third Curse

In order to complete a spell to wake Mr. Gold, Emma requires an item that touched him when he was not yet the Dark One, leading her to bait Hook onto the Jolly Roger, believing he possesses the necessary object. Under the pretense of having lunch with him, Emma reverts her clothes and hairstyle to what she wore on her and Hook's first date. As the ship begins sailing, guided by her magical influence, Hook openly asks about what is in the locked room of her home. When she avoids answering, he considers that she is no longer the Emma he once knew. However, Emma explains how she is better as the Dark One and she suggests they can still be together even if things are different now. She uses Mr. Gold as an example, as he didn't find true love until after becoming the Dark One, and that his change made him less of the coward Hook once dealt with. Hook owns up to being the villain in that past situation, and he shows Emma, with a cutlass, how he had held the same weapon to Mr. Gold's neck then. He recalls Mr. Gold was a good man trying to keep his family together then, but becoming the Dark One made him evil and manipulative, while he himself was the one who became better. Emma changes the subject, grabbing the cutlass from Hook, before seductively reminding him of how she taught him to swordfight in the alternate reality. Having enough of her games, an upset Hook tells her to stop, knowing she has come to him only because she needs something. Emma asks him if he loves her, and if he doesn't, she'll leave him alone. After a beat, Hook says he loved her, causing a visibly pained look from Emma. When he questions if he'll be sailing or swimming home, Emma weakly murmurs that the ship is his, before she magically vanishes. ("Siege Perilous")

Upon fully accepting his dark side, Hook settles his centuries-old grudge against Mr. Gold by challenging him to a duel on the Jolly Roger. Before the duel begins, he heals Mr. Gold's limp, allowing a fair fight between them. Mr. Gold manages to stab Hook through the chest, but since the sword isn't Excalibur, it has no effect on Hook, who slashes Mr. Gold with his hooked hand. Hook prepares to finish his opponent off, but Mr. Gold loosens a pulley weight on Hook, who drops Excalibur. Mr. Gold grabs the sword and points it at Hook's throat, but instead of killing him, he spares him, wanting the pirate to live with the fact his worst enemy defeated him. ("Broken Heart")

After being uncursed, Belle seeks a new place to live because she and Mr. Gold are no longer together. Hook offers her a room on his ship, which she is reluctant since she fears if Mr. Gold finds out, he will retaliate against Killian. He still wants to help her out despite this and shares his regrets about how he treated her in the past, including the times he tried to kill her. Hook wants to make amends, but although people are willing to forgive him now, he needs more time to learn to forgive himself for his dark deeds. Belle sympathizes with him, as she is also working on making up for her mistakes, such as her failed relationship with Mr. Gold. She tells Hook that from now on, she will make choices that wholly benefit her unborn child. ("A Bitter Draught")

While Belle is in her newly decorated room on Hook's ship, David drops by to give her a cassette tape from Mr. Gold as part of his end of a deal. He admits needing information from Mr. Gold about his father's death, and Belle gives condolences to him for having a drunkard for a father. However, David reveals it was worse not having his father around after his death, rather than having him alive and being an alcoholic. Belle comes to realize that fathers and sons need each other, despite everything. This leads her to play the tape, which is a recording of Mr. Gold singing a Scottish lullaby for his and Belle's unborn child. ("The Other Shoe")

In preparation for moving in with Emma, Hook packs up his belongings from the ship. He gives Belle a mermaid's conch shell as a form of protection, in which if she speaks into it, he can hear her and come to her aid. Mr. Gold arrives to tell Belle about Hyde's escape and the man's intentions of harming her. Belle wants none of her husband's protection and tells him to leave, which Mr. Gold agrees to do, but not without casting a spell on the ship to keep her from leaving so Hyde can't get to her. While still on the ship, Hook notifies Emma by phone about what happened. He keeps Belle company below deck and even offers to get her some rum, but she reminds him that she is pregnant and can't have those kinds of drinks. Jekyll arrives to report Mr. Gold stole the serum in order to kill Hyde, and that Emma and David are out looking for Hyde and the Queen. Seeing Hook's concern for Emma, Belle urges him to go find her. Jekyll opens up to Belle about Mary, whom he loved although she loved Hyde instead. Belle grows uneasy with Jekyll and pretends to get sugar for his tea, but as she reaches for the conch shell to call for Hook, Jekyll stops her. He shatters the shell, however, Belle stabs him with a piece of the shell before running to the upper deck. Jekyll corners her and reveals his plan to kill her as revenge on Mr. Gold, whom he blames for Mary's death. Luckily, Hook saves Belle by shoving Jekyll into a harpoon, which not only kills him but causes Hyde's death as well. ("Strange Case")

After being banished to the Enchanted Forest by Gideon, and seeking a way back to Emma, Hook offers the Jolly Roger as a winning prize to Black Beard if he beats him in a card game, and in return, he wants a magic bean for returning to Storybrooke. When Black Beard proves to be victorious in the game, Hook leads him outside of the tavern under the pretense of showing him the ship is anchored at the docks, only to reveal it is actually in Storybrooke. He then pressures Black Beard to give him the bean first so he can retrieve the ship for him, however, Black Beard decides to go with him into the portal instead of waiting in the Enchanted Forest. Despite this, Gideon's magic prevents Hook from going home, causing the two pirates to end up in Neverland instead, where Black Beard abandons Hook to escape by himself on a rowboat. As Black Beard rows further and further away into the vast sea, he shouts that, if Hook survives, he still owes him a ship. ("Mother's Little Helper")

In the midst of Emma and Hook receiving help from Snow to figure out their wedding venue location, Killian suggests having the ceremony on the Jolly Roger with a scenic view of the sea. Henry notes that most of the guests might get seasick, to which Hook withdraws his idea. ("The Black Fairy")

Hours before Hook and Emma's wedding, Killian is below deck on the Jolly Roger, where he scrutinizes the white jacket he is supposed to wear for the ceremony. David questions if he doesn't like it since it doesn't have enough leather in it, to which Hook wonders if Emma would mind if he didn't wear it. Having just arrived in the doorway, Emma replies that she wouldn't. Hook, surprised to see her, reminds her that it's bad luck for him to see her before the wedding. Emma asks for privacy with Hook, to which David leaves the room. Once they are alone, Emma reveals the Black Fairy is still alive and is going to unleash a Dark Curse upon the whole town. Hook wants to go with her to fight, but Emma insists he can't because she doesn't want one more person she cares about getting hurt. He notices Emma is lying when she fibs about coming to tell him not to worry and that she'll be back in time for the wedding, and that in fact, she is saying goodbye to him in case she doesn't survive. Hook implores her to let him help, but Emma only professes her love for him and then leaves. ("The Song in Your Heart")

A few years after the final battle has concluded, Henry has a friendly duel with Hook on the Jolly Roger. He manages to corner the pirate at swordpoint, but when he drops his guard after the match has concluded, Hook seizes the true victory by knocking Henry's sword out of his hand. Henry, upset over never being good enough, storms off to the other side of the ship to be alone. Emma is puzzled by her son's attitude, as it's not the first time she's seen him behave this way, which Hook believes is because Henry is almost grown and ready to depart on his journey. Although Emma is reluctant to let Henry go because of how much of his life she's missed already, Hook reassures her that her son will always have a way to call them through a bottled message if he ever needs their help. ("A Pirate's Life")



On-screen Notes

Production Notes


  • The basket of breadsticks, the candle in a bottle and the table cloth on Emma and Hooks lunch table,[20] are similar to the ones seen in the famous spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. ("Siege Perilous")
    • While Belle is staying aboard the Jolly Roger, the captain's quarters are full of decorations added by her. One of them is a candle in a bottle that is almost identical to the one conjured by Emma.[21] ("The Other Shoe")
    • A cleaned up and modified version of the bottle candle is sitting on the table in the Perp's house.[22] ("Eloise Gardener")
  • When David visits Belle aboard the ship, a teapot and a tea cup are sitting on the table,[23] a reference to Chip and Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast. ("The Other Shoe")
  • Belle serves Dr. Jekyll tea, a reference to the scene where the living china bring Belle some tea in the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. The teapot and the tea cup sitting on the tray[24] are another reference to Chip and Mrs. Potts. ("Strange Case")

Props Notes

  • The box that Belle opens in Hook's ship contains gold coins and a bell.[25] This is a direct reference to Belle and Mr. Gold. ("The Outsider")
  • There is a stained-glass painting of a ship on the window in the Darling family's nursery room.[26] ("Second Star to the Right")
  • There are mermaid wall carvings in the captain's quarters.[27] ("Good Form" at al.)
  • The Jolly Roger in a bottle prop was a real replica of Hook's ship.[28] ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")
  • The inscription on Hook's safe says "Liverpool".[29] ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")
    • According to a prop photograph by an online auction from 2018, the complete inscription reads "LIVERPOOL · W.M. SOPARLO & SONS LTD."[30] However, excerpt for the "Liverpool part", the entire text is obscured by Hook's hand.
    • "W.M. Soparlo" is a reference to Mark Soparlo, a member of the production staff on the show.

Set Dressing

Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. "The Miller's Daughter", Once Upon a Time, ABC.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Gittins, Susan (January 25, 2013). SET: ONCE UPON A TIME Films on its Floating Pirate Ship Set in Steveston. Hollywood North Buzz. “The priate [sic] ship set is a truncated version of the Tall Ship Lady Washington which first appeared in Fairytale Land flashbacks of Captain Hook on his pirate ship — the Lady Washington is the exact same ship used in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie when it was known as the HMS Interceptor, the fastest ship in the Caribbean. It looked magnificent as Captain Hook's ship sailing up Howe Sound near Britannia Beach for this season's fourth episode, The Crocodile, so magnificent that Ginnifer Goodwin later lamented that she hadn’t been part of those scenes. I didn’t get to see and photograph Captain Hook’s pirate ship until the Lady Washington (above) sailed into dock at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park one Friday afternoon after filming scenes of it out in the Strait of Georgia and then heading into the real-life village of Steveston as Storybrooke. The ship’s crew of 12 and Once Upon a Time’s crew of many more shot the scenes in five hours for the ninth episode of this season called Queen of Hearts. The new pirate ship set is on a floating barge that doesn’t look particularly seaworthy, never venturing further than the channel opposite the dock, with rescue crew on standby. There it’s a fun attraction for locals strolling, running or walking their dogs along the boardwalk.”
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  7. The Book of Pirates, Jamaica Rose & Michael MacLeod, Gibbs Smith, 2010, p. 135. Facsimile by Google Books.
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  19. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 12, 2015). "The Emma/Hook scene was originally scripted on the deck of the ship. Budget brought it inside, but I think the closeness of the walls works." (screenshot)
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  28. Steve Pearlman on the Season Four Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
    "Captain Hook" Jolly Roger in a bottle from Once Upon a Time Season 4, Episode 16.. iCollector. Retrieved on March 8, 2019.
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  30. "Captain Hook" safe from Jolly Roger from Once Upon a Time Season 4, Episodes 16.. iCollector (2018). (Photograph)
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  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 David H. Goodman on the Season Two Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
  41. LADY WASHINGTON. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. Retrieved on February 28, 2020. “Over the years, Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Generations, Once Upon A Time, and Revolution.”
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Gittins, Susan (March 26, 2012). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Captain Hook on his Pirate Ship Set off Steveston Docks for Season Finale 2×22 – Updated. Hollywood North Buzz. “A boat towed the floating pirate ship set west while a camera boat did a pass of the set with a technocrane panning up to Hook on the painted side of the ship. Once Upon a Time did several takes of this and then the pirate ship set was towed into the docks. (...) In dock, Once Upon a Time filmed some scenes of Captain Hook and the Lost Boys of Neverland on the pirate ship set, including young Baelfire (Dylan Schmid).” (The painted bow can be seen in photographs.)
  43. Gittins, Susan (July 20, 2016). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Season 6 in Steveston with Oncers, The Leaf Lady & The Jolly Roger. Hollywood North Buzz. “And tall ship The Lady Washington is in dock to play The Jolly Roger later today.”
  44. Gittins, Susan (July 19, 2017). SEASON 7: ONCE UPON A TIME’s Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) & Young Henry (Jared Gilmore) Aboard the Jolly Roger. Hollywood North Buzz. “I missed seeing Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan coming and going to the Jolly Roger today played by the Lady Washington. It will be one of my biggest regrets this TV season.”
  45. InstagramIcon.png nilshognestad (Nils Hognestad). November 30, 2014. "#princeHans and the #beastsofthesouthernwild are back on #onceuponatime tonight on abc!" (archive copy)
    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)
  46. Colin O'Donoghue on the Season Two Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
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