For the character, see Lily Page.
"Lily" is the nineteenth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the eighty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 26, 2015.
Emma’s potential for darkness is looming over everyone, but when Emma realizes Maleficent's daughter Lily is in fact her closest friend from her foster care days, she resolves to find Lily and reunite her with her mother. Regina joins forces with Emma and together they set out to track down Lily and to warn Robin about Zelena. However, neither of them is prepared for the harsh realities they'll encounter in the outside world. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Gold faces a crisis involving Belle. In a foster care flashback, things are looking up for young Emma with her new family until Lily's appearance threatens to destabilize everything.
In the past, Emma is happy in her foster home when she goes into the garage to get something for their family camping trip. She hears something and takes a bat to see what it is. She finds Lily hiding and asks what she's doing there. Lily says she is in trouble and needs Emma's help. While they are arguing, Emma's foster father comes in and asks who it is. Lily tells him she is an old friend of Emma's and her foster family just moved into the neighborhood.
Lily stays for dinner and lies about how they met. Emma is angry and takes her into the kitchen, where she sees Lily on the news as a suspect for an armed robbery. Lily begs her to get a necklace from her boyfriend's house, since she doesn't want to see him as he was the one who made her do the robbery.
When Emma returns, she discovers Lily has left and stolen their vacation money. Her foster parents are angry and when her father makes a comment that makes Emma feel like an outcast, she leaves. Lily finds her sitting at a bus stop and tells her that she freed her from the burden of family life. When Lily begs Emma to join her and run away together, an enraged Emma tells her she's done helping her and is better off alone. Later, Lily is riding the bus and examines her necklace. An elderly man tells her it is a lovely necklace and compliments the birthmark on her hand. He is the Apprentice and tells her he has many answers for all her questions. He admits he is partially responsible for her misery and offers to tell her all about her life, starting with her mother.
Emma watches as Gold and the Author bury Cruella; Isaac still had some affection for her. At the restaurant, she vows to retaliate against Gold while her parents, son, Regina and Hook were all seated, looking very uncertain as they regarded her. Maleficent enters and tells her she can help with that. She reveals her daughter is alive and wants Emma to help find her. After learning her name is Lily, Emma researches the archives and discovers it is the same teenager she knew. Regina finds her and realizes it is the same friend Emma told her about, the one she pushed away. Regina tells Emma there are powers they can't understand and asks her to come with her and push back at fate. They ready to leave for New York as Gold approaches Will in his shop. Threateningly, he orders Will to steal back Belle's heart from Regina. Emma and Regina say their goodbyes to Henry. Mary Margaret tries to give her a hug but Emma gives her the cold shoulder and tells her to watch Henry. David promises they will. Regina brings the Snow Queen's scroll and they leave to find Lily. They get an old address but upon arriving, they learn that she has died. Emma gets angry when the man calls Lily a monster and nearly punches him but Regina stops her. Later, they are driving when a wolf in the middle of the road causes them to stop and get a flat. They go to a local diner while Regina gets the car towed. Emma notices the star birthmark on the waitress's wrist and realizes that Lily is not dead. She approaches her and Lily lies, telling her she is happy and Emma doesn't need to be sorry for her misery. Emma knows she is lying, steals her address and they go to her real house. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret and David go to the mayor's office and apologize to Maleficent. Bitterly, she tells them they should apologize to Lily, but it is unlikely that she will forgive them.
Back in Massachusetts, Emma and Regina discover a map and pieces of information in Lily's room that reveals she knows the truth about her and what Emma's parents did to her. They hear their car being stolen and rush outside as Lily drives away. Emma steals another car and they chase after Lily. Upon cornering her, they question how long she has known. Lily taunts Emma and they fight until Emma pulls a gun on her. Lily tells her to pull the trigger but Regina begs her not to since it will turn her dark just like Gold wants. After a tense moment, Emma lowers the gun.
Gold goes to the mayor's office and confronts Maleficent. Maleficent tells him if he wants Belle's heart to come in and get it. He reaches forward through the door but is blocked, revealing Regina's protection spell. Maleficent tells him she won't release Belle's heart and Emma is already on her way to find Lily and will be fine. Gold implies Lily will help make Emma dark. As they talk, Gold distracts Maleficent as Will sneaks in and escapes with Belle's heart. Maleficent is irritated at this and Gold leaves. Later, Gold finds Belle and Will, who has shown Belle her heart in a box, and apologizes for deceiving her. He tells her he won't hurt her anymore and that Will will protect her now before returning it to her chest.
Regina discovers she no longer has leverage over Gold, and tells Emma and Lily they have to warn Robin about Zelena. At his apartment, Regina sees Robin and asks if Marian is home. Learning she is not, Regina quickly tells him Zelena killed Marian and has been posing as her. Robin can't believe it and moments later, Marian comes home and acts frightened. Regina threatens her and Robin tries to calm the situation before Zelena reveals herself. Regina tells him to get Roland so they can go, but he says he can't. Reveling in the moment, Zelena grins wickedly as a shocked Robin reveals she is pregnant.
- The title card features Emma's yellow bug.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on February 18, 2015.
- This episode contains the most difficult scene for Lana Parrilla in the entire series.
- The establishing shot of Granny's Diner is stock footage from the Season One episode "The Thing You Love Most" and the Season Three episode "Save Henry. It is also used for Underbrooke in the Season Five episode "Ruby Slippers", but with a different color hue. In the latter, Storybrooke's clock tower has been digitally replaced by the Underbrooke Library's broken version.
- The news report on Lily's robbery says "Convenience Store Robbery in the Blue Ridge District". According to the security footage, the robbery took place in a store called Pawtucket Mini Mart & Deli on 1437 Belkin Avenue. Ironically, the store next to The Coffee Mug Restaurant, where Lily is working as an adult, is also called Pawtucket Mini Mart & Deli. However, it is not the same shop, as the shop that Lily robbed is located in Minnesota, while the other one is in Massachusetts.
- The establishing shot of the Lowell apartment complex is stock footage of a run down New York City apartment building in the neighborhood of Harlem from Getty Images.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur immediately after "Best Laid Plans" and before the casting of the Dark Curse in "Pilot". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Land Without Magic flashbacks take place in 1999, the year after "Breaking Glass" and 2 years before "Tallahassee" and "There's No Place Like Home".
- The present day Storybrooke and Land Without Magic events place after "Sympathy for the De Vil" and before "Mother".
- The Apprentice punished Isaac in "Best Laid Plans"
- Lily was sent to the Land Without Magic by Snow White and Prince Charming in "Best Laid Plans".
- Emma killed Cruella De Vil in "Sympathy for the De Vil".
- Emma and Lily first met each other in "Breaking Glass".
- Emma mentions previously crashing after seeing a wolf whilst trying to leave Storybrooke, an event shown in "Pilot".
- Regina discovered Zelena was posing as Marian in "Heart of Gold".
- One of the headstones in the Storybrooke graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross.
- When Isaac gets into Mr. Gold's car, a cross can be seen on a small chapel.
- Emma and her foster family say grace before dinner.
- When young Emma is sitting at the bus stop, a church can be seen in the background.
- During her conversation with the Apprentice, Lily remarks, "Okay, Yoda. Enough riddles."; a reference to the ancient wise little green alien famous from the Star Wars franchise.
- Emma and her foster family have takeout from Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack for dinner. This is a famous fast food franchise in the show.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features the sorcerer and the apprentice from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", the ugly duckling from the titular fairytale, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Robin Hood and Maid Marian from the Robin Hood ballad and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- Zelena uses the six-leaf clover, which is from L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
- Lily makes compliments about Emma's foster home and says that it is like Norman Rockwell blew up there; a reference to the famous twentieth century American painter and illustrator, whose works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture.
- Pinned to Lily's bulletin board is a cover story from Weekly World News, a largely fictional news tabloid published in the United States from 1979 to 2007.
- According to the microfiche Emma is reading, Lily was baptized around August 14, 1983. Her adoptive parents are James and Priscilla Page.
- In early scripts, Emma and Regina chase after Lily in the mayor's Mercedes. However, the vehicle was changed for the yellow bug, because it was more iconic, especially with the moment with the wolf.
- There are Cobra seats in the car which Emma and Regina steal to go after Lily .
1902 - 1987
- There is a black S1 Vivaldi espresso machine from La Spaziale on the counter in Emma's foster home.
- Lily's billboard includes:
- Notes on Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella De Vil, Rumplestiltskin and the Author.
- A set of fingerprints belonging to a "Melody Arie", with the officer name "K.C.K. Lau."
- This is a reference to conceptual designer Keith Lau.
- Two illustrations from Snow White (1905), a German edition of the "Snow White" fairytale, illustrated by the German book illustrator Franz Jüttner. One illustration depicts the Evil Queen, while the other one shows Snow White and the seven dwaves.
- "Schneewittchen" ("Snow White"), an illustration by the German illustrator Alexander Zick. It depicts Prince Charming and the seven dwarves gathered around Snow White's glass coffin.
- "'I know what you want' said the sea witch" (1916), an engraving by the Irish stained glass-artist and book illustrator Harry Clarke. It depicts the a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Little Mermaid", with the titular character and the sea witch (although most of the little mermaid herself is obscured by a note, so only her face can be seen).
- A newspaper clipping says "Boy spotted in the United States - but where?". A Weekly World News front page reads: "Toy becomes a real boy".
- Attached to a note which says "the Author", there are two pages from the book News from Nowhere (1890), written by the English novelist and socialist pioneer William Morris. In the book, the narrator falls asleep and awakes to find himself in a future society based on common ownership and democratic control of the means of production.
- A card next to Emma's photo, says:
Member of the Northwest Investigator Union
PO box 51-0257, Seattle, WA, 95141
Phone: (206) 555 0101
Fax: (206) 555 0101
- The sign on Lily's trailer house says "Broadmore". The address number is 9.
- The sign at the bus stop where Lily comes to see Emma, says Polar Star Coach Lines, the same bus company that brought Robin Hood and his family from Maine to New York in "Heart of Gold". The same bus company travels from Maine to Boston, and brings Henry and Violet from Maine to New York, in the Season Five episode "Only You".
- The vanity license plate on the car which Emma and Regina steal to go after Lily reads "SYLVIA".
- "330 Vegetarian Recipes For Health" can be seen on Robin and "Marian'"s bookshelf.
- Mary Margaret is wearing a RED Valentino Point d'Esprit Yoke Knit Dress (no longer available).
- Lily is wearing an alternatively colored Aritzia TalulaTrooper Jacket (no longer available). She continues to wear it in "Mother" and "Operation Mongoose Part 2".
- Belle is wearing a RED Valentino Long-Sleeve Little Birds-Print Blouse (no longer available).
- Lily's "daughter" is wearing a star printed dress.
- In an establishing shot, the businesses known as Worthington's Haberdashery and LaTandoor are seen next to Granny's Diner. However, Worthington's Haberdashery had moved out of the building midways through Season One and Ingrid's ice cream shop Any Given Sundae was clearly established as occupying these premises in episodes before and after; while Duperre & Hughes moved into La Tandoor's old premises back in Season Two, and was still there in episodes before and after "Lily". The shot is stock footage from Season One episode "The Thing You Love Most".
- The outdoor Storybrooke scene with Mr. Gold, the Author, Belle and Will was filmed in Fort Langley, British Columbia.
- The Coffee Mug Restaurant in Langley, British Columbia doubles as the location of the same name.
- 9 201 Cayer Street in Coquitlam, British Columbia doubles as Lily's trailer park house, both for exterior and interior scenes.
- A Fort Langley bus stop doubles as the Polar Star Intercity Bus stop for the final scene with young Emma and Lily.
|German||"Lily in der Welt der Lügen"||"Lily in the World of Lies"|