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This article focuses on the Season Three episode.
For the world, see Kansas.

Dorothy: Y-you mean this isn't Kansas?
Glinda: I'm afraid not. Welcome to Oz.

"Kansas" is the twentieth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton. It is the sixty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 4, 2014.


With Mary Margaret in labor and due to give birth at any moment, the residents of Storybrooke go on high alert in an attempt to ensure that Zelena doesn't try to steal her newborn baby for use in her ultimate game plan to turn back time and change her destiny—while obliterating Regina's existence. Meanwhile, in the land of Oz of the past, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her and her sister witches as a protector of Oz. But the appearance of a young girl from Kansas could turn out to be her undoing.[2]


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



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • When Mr. Gold is about to stab Zelena with the dagger, as he begins to say, "Rumplestiltskin never breaks a deal", you can see Zelena smile slightly; a subtle clue that everything is not what it seems.
  • Christopher Gorham is credited as a guest star and his voice is heard in the episode but his name is missing from the press release.[2]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • The design on Zelena's compass[8] is the same as the witches' table[9] in Oz except that the colors are different. The back on the chairs around the table[10] and the illustration on the cover of the Book of Records have the same design.[11]
  • When Henry is looking at apartments, one of the classified ads says:

Apartment for rent
Two bedroom, two bath,
clocktower views, was a
master woodworker in the
Enchanted Forest so all
cabinets are custom.[12]

Sporting Goods
business for sale in
Storybrooke, owners are
highly motivated $40,000
obo, can be seen on the
web, call Jim at 555-0131.[12]

  • Alchemical signs for the four elements[18] are carved into the witches' table[9] and the stone pillars.[19] Each element represent one of the four witches:
    • Air, upward-pointing triangle, bisected by an horizontal line (🜁): The Witch of the North
    • Earth, downward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line (🜃): The Witch of the East
    • Fire, upward-pointing triangle (🜂): The Good Witch of the South
    • Water, downward-pointing triangle (🜄): Fittingly enough, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the seat that Dorothy Gale was offered.
      • The element of fire is associated with the south, and water is related to the west.[20] Curiously, earth is connected to the north, and air is the element of the east[20] — the exact opposite of what the two other witches represent. It is not known whether this was a mistake on the show-creators' part.
  • The Storybrooke wishing well[21] doubles as the well in Oz.[22] The roof over the wishing well was removed and a different supporting structure for the pulley was added for the episode, while protruding stone carvings were added to the bottom of the well.
  • Belle's red handbag[23] is a Mini Perry Tote from Rebecca Minkoff[24] (no longer available). Belle also has it in the next episode, "Snow Drifts".[25]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Dateline’ & ‘Resurrection’ Adjusted Up; ‘The Good Wife’ Adjusted Down. TV by the Numbers (May 6, 2014). “ABC. Once Upon a Time (...) 6.86”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, May 04, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#320) "Kansas".”
  3. File:320Title.png
  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (February 28, 2014). "Only 9 days to go! Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler Hope to see ya on March 9th!" (screenshot)
  5. File:320GreenSmoke2.png
  6. File:320GoingWithYou.png
  7. The 100 Greatest Literary Characters, James Plath, Gail Sinclair, Kirk Curnutt, Rowman & Littlefield, London, 2019, p. 97. Facsimile by Google Books.
  8. File:320Compass.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 File:320HelpMe.png
  10. File:320TellHer.png
  11. File:320RealmHasEverSeen.png
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 File:320Advertisements.png
  13. CONTACT US. Noble & Associates Realty Ltd. Retrieved on October 27, 2018. “Phone: +1604-264-1001”
  14. File:320Ads.png
  15. File:214IGiveYou.png
  16. File:215AndYoureSure.png
  17. File:219PlacesYouSawIt.png
  18. Beyer, Catherine (June 5, 2019). The Five Element Symbols: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit. Learn Religions.
  19. File: 320TheKeeper.png
  20. 20.0 20.1 Wigington, Patti (May 6, 2019). The Four Classical Elements. Learn Religions.
  21. File:217GoThroughUs.png
  22. File:320Glinda!Glinda!.png
  23. File:320BelleGoldKiss.png
  24. MINI PERRY TOTE REBECCA MINKOFF Rebecca Minkoff. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  25. File:321ThisDagger.png
  26. File:320CharmingFamily.png
  27. Morning Creekside. Canadian Art Prints & Winn Devon Art Group. Retrieved on October 14, 2018.
  28. File:212LettingHimDie.png
  29. File:213ComfortsFromHome.png
  30. File:219WhereIsShe.png
  31. File:606MaryMargaretSeesBelle.png
  32. File:206CloseYourEyes.png
  33. File:320TheKeeper.png
  34. File:320ByWater.png
  35. Walsh - Meaning of Walsh. BabyNamesPedia. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  36. File:320BelieveThat.png
  37. Gingham Cardigan RED VALENTINO. Nordstrom. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  38. RED Valentino Poplin Short Sleeve Ruffle Blouse. Shopbop. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  39. File:409WhatDoYouWant.png
  40. File:410SleepingBelle.png
  41. File:411GreatestGift.png
  42. File:503FindsRoomEmpty.png
  43. Screenshot from 2 Broke Girls: "And The Zero Tolerance"
  44. File:320TriedToRun.png
  45. File:722Coronation.png
  46. File:320EndThis.png
  47. Lana Parrilla's Red Keyhole Sheath Dress on 'Once Upon A Time'. Style Bistro. Retrieved on January 16, 2019.
  48. Screenshot from The Age of Adaline
  49. Screenshot from Powerless: "Win, Luthor, Draw"
  50. TwitterLogo @katmtan (Katrina) on Twitter (August 6, 2014). "#OUAT filming at Delta today." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @katmtan (Katrina) on Twitter (August 6, 2014). "uhm... The farm scene with Zelena, thats [sic] about it!" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @katmtan (Katrina) on Twitter (August 6, 2014). "not her house! Farm scene as in that last scene when Elsa pop out of the bottle! LOL 😊" (screenshot)
  51. 51.0 51.1 Jennifer Morrison on the Season Four Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "A Tale of Two Sisters"
  52. 4593 104 St Delta, British Columbia. Google Maps (August 2015).
    File:321BarnTimePortal.png (note the identical design of the barn and the worn-down roof on the building next to it)
  53. Movies Filmed at 4660 104 Street. MovieMaps. Retrieved on April 3, 2018.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Kansas (Episode)

  • Witch of the East--Evil or not?

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    • CoolDudeAl wrote: DracoWombat wrote:Baum initially went with the "East and West are wicked, North and South are good" mentality, b...
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