"Manhattan" is the fourteenth episode of Season Two of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Dean White. It is the thirty-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on February 17, 2013.
While Mr. Gold, Emma and Henry go in search of Gold's son Bae in New York, Cora, Regina and Hook attempt to track down one of Rumplestiltskin's most treasured possessions. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin realizes his destiny while fighting in the Ogres War.
In the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin arrives home to a loving and devoted Milah and jubilantly announces he has been called to the front, at the Ogre Wars. Despite her husband's excitement, Milah is less than enthusiastic about the opportunity, concerned for Rumplestiltskin's safety. He explains that this is his chance to prove that he is not the coward his father was. Reluctantly, Milah agrees and tells him to go. The two declare their love for one another and Milah suggests that when he returns, they start a family together.
Somewhere in Manhattan, a cab pulls up and Mr. Gold steps out, followed by Henry Mills and Emma Swan. They are in front of a shabby looking apartment complex, the place the magic globe led them to. Emma denotes from Mr. Gold's uncomfortable expression that his son is not expecting them. Emma chimes "Well, who does not love a surprise" and they approach the building.
In Storybrooke, Regina Mills and Cora are having a heart to heart as Regina expresses her concern that Henry has gone off with Emma and Mr. Gold. Cora tries to comfort her, telling her Henry will be safe and home, soon, but Regina remarks that regardless, he will not be with her. Hook appears and asks where Mr. Gold has gone. Regina claims she does not know, but Hook states that if Mr. Gold has left town, he is powerless and can be killed. Cora explains that if she or Regina leave town, they lose their magic and Regina adds that while their memories will be intact because they were not affected by the curse, they would still have no advantage against Gold. Hook says he does not need magic, and starts to leave but Regina asks him how he plans to find and kill Gold, and Cora tells him he is not going anywhere. Hook cries that he deserves his vengeance but Cora pacifies him, by explaining that with Gold gone, they can search for the one thing that can actually kill him in Storybrooke, his dagger.
In Manhattan, Mr. Gold, Emma and Henry are inside the apartment lobby, looking over the intercom panels for a familiar name. Emma and Henry ask Mr. Gold if he has any idea which one could be his son and he admits he is at a loss. Emma then notices a nameless entry, "407", and believes Mr. Gold's son could be there. Mr. Gold says it could just be an empty apartment, but Emma reminds him that finding people who do not want to be found is her job. She presses the button and claims she has got a UPS package for the apartment owner. The other end of the intercom disconnects and there is scuffling above them. Emma realizes their target is trying to run. Rushing outside, they see a man climbing down the fire escape. Mr. Gold tells Emma he is calling in the favor she owes him. Emma takes off, in pursuit of the runner.
Using a shortcut, she cuts him off and tackles him, but when she glances up, she is shocked by recognition. It is Neal Cassidy. Neal seems pleasantly surprised to see Emma, but she is less than thrilled. She tells him she is not answering any of his questions till he tells her if he is Mr. Gold's son. He seems confused, especially when Emma begins stammering about how he and Mr. Gold played her, but when she calls Mr. Gold by his real name, Rumplestiltskin, Neal's expression quickly shifts to one of horror. The pair yell at each other, but Emma gets the upper hand. Neal agrees to talk, but not out in the open and he takes a reluctant Emma to a nearby bar.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gold and Henry are waiting back at the apartment building. Henry tells Mr. Gold not to worry, that his mom is really good at catching people. Mr. Gold explains that his son has been running for a long time and that he is probably just as good. Henry says that at least they have found him, and Mr. Gold agrees. Henry thanks Mr. Gold for the hot dog he bought him, and Mr. Gold thanks Henry in return, for bringing Emma to Storybrooke. He says that without Emma, breaking the curse, he would never have been able to leave, to find his son. He tells Henry he is a remarkable young man. Henry tells Mr. Gold that he forgave Emma for giving him up for adoption, and that he is sure Mr. Gold's son will forgive him, as well, but Mr. Gold explains that it is not quite the same scenario. Henry tells him that all that matters is he is there, and wants his son back.
At that bar, Neal asks Emma what she wants to know. She asks if he knew who she was when they met and he tells her that if he had known she was from the Enchanted Forest, he would never have gotten involved with her and that he was in hiding, to get away from that life. Emma asks if he was using her, to take the fall for the watches he stole. Neal says he was not using her, that when he met her he did not know who she was, but he found out. Emma asks how and Neal says he ran into a friend of Emma's named August Booth.
In the bar, Emma is furious that Neal left because of what August told him. She tells him she loved him and Neal seems visibly upset by this. He tells her he was trying to help her get home. Emma asks if he thinks them meeting was a coincidence, that it was not somehow in his or Mr. Gold's plans. Neal explains that if Rumplestiltskin wanted her to break the curse, them being together was the only thing that could have stopped it, that it was fate. Emma asks if he believes in that and Neal says he believes there are no coincidences. He tells her that they met for a reason and asks if anything good came out of it. Emma hesitates, then says no, that nothing good came from it, she just went to jail. She tells him she is over it and over him, and he asks if that is true, then why does she still wear the key chain he gave her. She yanks it off and hands it to him, telling him she wears it as a reminder never to trust anyone again. She then tells him it is time to go see Gold, that she made a deal with him. Neal is unhappy that she made a deal with him, but Emma brushes it off, saying that she is upholding her end. Neal tells her she does not have to go through with it and she tells him coldly that she knows. Still, Neal resists telling her to let Gold know she lost him and that if she does that, she never has to see him again.
Back in the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin seems rather content as a soldier. He is asked to guard a special crate, in which is a prisoner they plan to use in the next battle to turn the tide against the Ogres. The other soldier warns him to be careful. He stands watch, but cannot resist peeking when the prisoner beneath the tarp calls to him by name. He his shocked and disgusted to discover a young girl whose face has been mutilated and her eyes have been removed. She asks for water, but Rumplestiltskin first wants to know how she knew his name. She explains that she is a seer and shows him a pair of eyes, embedded in her palms. Rumplestiltskin thinks it is a trick, but when she begins to tell him information about his past that no one could know, he is made to believe. She says she can also see the future and Rumplestiltskin seems intrigued, but changes his mind, saying he will not indulge dark magic until the girl claims she has seen something that concerns his wife using her name. Rumplestiltskin is concerned, but the seer will not tell him anything unless he gives her water. He does, and the seer explains her vision. He is about to have a son, but his actions in the battle that will come will leave his son fatherless. Rumplestiltskin interprets this to mean he is going to die in the next battle, and asks how to stop it. She says he cannot prevent it and he gets angry, telling her he is done helping her and that he does not believe her vision, that she is trying to trick him into deserting. She tells him he will know the vision is true when he sees the army ride cows into battle. She repeats the vision and Rumplestiltskin angrily pulls the tarp over her again.
In Storybrooke, Mary Margaret Blanchard is on the phone with Emma, who is hysterically recounting what happened with Neal. Mary Margaret is shocked to discover who Henry's father is, but tells Emma she cannot keep the truth from Henry about his father. Emma says she just wants to protect Henry, to keep him from getting hurt, but Mary Margaret insinuates the person Emma is protecting is herself.
In Manhattan, Henry and Mr. Gold are now waiting inside the apartment foyer. Henry asks Mr. Gold why he is so nervous, that he was excited when he found his mom, and Mr. Gold explains that he has more life experience than Henry and that things do not always work out the way you want them to. Henry tells Mr. Gold that the storybook says Rumplestiltskin can see the future and asks him why he cannot just look and see what is going to happen. Mr. Gold tells Henry that seeing the inevitable can be a terrible price. That the future is like a puzzle with missing pieces, difficult to read and never what you think. After this, Emma enters and tells Mr. Gold that his son got away .
In Storybrooke General Hospital, Belle is lying dazed in a hospital bed when she is visited by Regina. Belle asks who she is and Regina notes that Belle really has lost her memories. Belle asks if they were friends and Regina tells her they spent some time together. She tells Belle she believes she can help her finds something that belongs to Rumplestiltskin. Belle tells Regina she does not know him, and Regina puts Belle to sleep, telling her while she does not know him anymore, she did. She then magically rifles through Belle's purse until she discovers a yellow index card, on which the numbers 915.63 are written.
Regina, Cora and Hook are perusing the Storybrooke Public Library. The numbers indicate a section of the Dewey Decimal System, meaning they are looking for a book which Regina believes will lead them to the dagger's hiding place. Regina and Hook are both frustrated when the book in question appears missing, but Cora eases everyone's fears when she discovers a parchment of paper with crude drawings on it hidden in the book's empty space. She shows it to Hook, he claims it is a map that no one but a pirate would recognize.
David Nolan and Mary Margaret are in their apartment, discussing her phone call with Emma. David attempts to figure out their complex family tree, eventually. Mary Margaret seems to think however, that their familial connections might calm everyone down.
Back in Manhattan, Mr. Gold is frustrated with the lack of results so he decides to take matters into his own hands and despite Emma's protests, breaks into his son's apartment.
In the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin oversees wounded soldiers being brought back front the battle. Another soldier remarks that these men are lucky, and Rumplestiltskin cannot understand why until the soldier explains that they get to go home. As Rumplestiltskin ruminates over this, their sergeant arrives to inform them that they will not be marching into battle that day, but riding. He tells everyone to grab a cow and Rumplestiltskin is horror-struck by the term. He now knows that the seer's prediction was true and rushes off to find her, but when he discovers the crate he finds it empty. Terrified of his fate, Rumplestiltskin spots a hammer leaning against a tree stump and because he can see no other way out, he uses the hammer to cripple himself.
In Manhattan, Mr. Gold begins to search Neal's apartment for clues, ignoring Emma's continued protestations. He continues searching until he notices Emma transfixed on a dream catcher that she has recognized as the same one she found in the hotel room with Neal. Mr. Gold asks her what she has found and she tells him it is nothing, but he accuses her of holding back and lying to him. Emma asks Henry to wait in the bathroom and she and Mr. Gold have an argument, but when things begin to escalate the door bursts open and Neal enters, telling Mr. Gold to leave Emma alone. Mr. Gold is stunned by his son's arrival.
In the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin returns home to a despondent Milah holding their infant son. Rumplestiltskin asks for the baby's name and she informs him the boy's name is Baelfire. When he responds that it is a strong name, she angrily tells Rumplestiltskin he will need it if he is to grow up with a coward for a father. He asks what she is talking about, and she demands to know if it is true that he injured himself in order to get sent home. Rumplestiltskin admits it is true and tells Milah a seer told him he would die if he stayed. Milah tells him he left because he was afraid and that he left because he is a coward just like his father. Rumplestiltskin angrily tells her he did it for their son to save him from the fate of growing up without a father. Milah spitefully says he sentenced him to growing up with a worse fate, to have him as a father. Rumplestiltskin asks what he was supposed to do and she yells that he could have fought. She then hands him Baelfire and walks out. Rumplestiltskin cradles him and says it is alright, that he is there and will never, ever leave him.
Back in Manhattan, Mr. Gold asks Neal if he came back for him. Neal less than cordially explains that he came back to make sure Emma was not punished for breaking her deal. Mr. Gold wants to talk, but Neal tells him to leave. Emma tries to intervene, but Neal will not let her. Mr. Gold realizes that they know each other, but before either can explain Henry enters the room, calling Emma "Mom". Neal is struck by this and asks who Henry is. Emma says he is her son, but when she tells Henry to go back to the bathroom Neal asks how old he is. Henry shouts that he is eleven and does not understand why everyone is shouting. Neal surmises the truth and asks Emma if Henry is his son. Henry recounts to Neal the lie Emma told him, that his dad was a fireman who died, but when Neal asks again Emma cannot continue the lie. She tells him Henry is his son. Shocked and angry, Henry climbs out the window onto the fire escape. Emma goes after him, leaving Neal and Mr. Gold alone. Mr. Gold asks for a chance to be heard, and Neal tells him to leave again. Mr. Gold tells him that Emma's deal is not fulfilled until Neal talks to him. Neal agrees to give Mr. Gold three minutes.
Back in Storybrooke's hospital, Greg Mendell is on the phone, presumably with "her". He tells her that he has been cleared to leave, but that he plans to stick around. Then he sends her a video he has taken of Regina in Belle's room using magic to go through her purse.
In the Library, Hook is using the map to decipher where the dagger is hidden. He finds the location and Cora praises him for his work, but then says that she and Regina will take it from there grabbing the map and heading for the door. Furious, Hook goes after them, but Cora sends him flying into a book shelf with a wave of her hand knocking him unconscious telling him Rumplestiltskin's dagger is much too powerful to be wasted on him. When Regina questions her motives, Cora tells Regina her plan to get the dagger and make Rumplestiltskin kill Snow White, Prince Charming, and Emma, thereby removing all their enemies in a way that leaves Regina perfectly innocent in Henry's eyes. Regina seems at first concerned, but then touched by the idea.
Back in Manhattan, Emma approaches the subject with a visibly distraught Henry. Henry wants to know why she did not tell him about his father, but when she tries to explain who Neal was Henry tells her he could have handled the truth. Emma tells Henry she did not want to remember that part of her life but Henry is still quite hurt and tells Emma that she lied to him, just like Regina. Emma is clearly upset by this allegation and apologizes, and Henry tells her he wants to meet his dad. Emma apprehensively agrees.
Meanwhile, inside the apartment Mr. Gold tries to explain himself to Neal who is less than receptive. Mr. Gold tells him there is no worse pain than regret and Neal responds that abandonment is worse. Mr. Gold explains that he wants to make it up to Neal and that if Neal were to return with him to Storybrooke, he could return Neal to fourteen years of age and they could start over. Neal is disturbed by the idea, but Mr. Gold says he only wants another chance and that Neal loved him once. Neal tells him that was because Mr. Gold was once a good man. Mr. Gold claims he wants to be that man again and asks for another chance. Neal tells him how it felt when Mr. Gold let him go into that portal alone and how it has haunted him every night. Mr. Gold tries to apologize, but Neal will not hear it. He then tells Mr. Gold that his time is up and leaves.
Back in the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin is now the Dark One, having just lost Baelfire. He enters a clearing where he discovers the blind seer, now much older. Rumplestiltskin accuses her of leaving out important details, but she claims it would not have mattered, that knowing would not have changed his fate. Rumplestiltskin responds that she cannot either and begins to choke her. She asks him if he came to find him son. He tells her he did and she begins to search the future. She tells him he will find Baelfire and Rumplestiltskin impatiently asks how, and warns her not to leave out any details. She tells him it will not be an easy path, and will take many years, as well as a curse cast by someone else and broken by someone else. She then says she cannot tell him anymore, that even her powers are not that strong. Rumplestiltskin begins to choke her again, and she tells him that he can see the path he must take, but it requires taking her burden, that being her powers. Rumplestiltskin agrees and the pair join hands and the power flows into him. The Seer screams in agony, falls to the ground, and lies dying.
Back in the Manhattan apartment, Emma approaches Neal and tells him Henry wants to meet him. Neal confronts her for not telling him about Henry, and Emma does not deny it. Neal tells her that she cannot make that decision by herself. Emma snaps that he should go talk to him, but then gently adds not to break Henry's heart. Neal assures her that he is not going to do what his father did to him, but when Emma interjects that Neal did the same thing to her he admits that they are all imperfect but that they should avoid being that way with Henry. Emma agrees and Neal goes outside to talk to Henry. As Neal approaches Henry, Henry introduces himself. Neal apologizes that it took so long to meet him, but Henry is fine with this as Neal was unaware.
Back inside the apartment, Gold gazes out the window at the pair on the fire escape.
Back in the Enchanted Forest, Rumplestiltskin is having a difficult time understanding the seer's powers. The seer repeats what Mr. Gold said to Henry, about the future being a puzzle. She tells him that he must learn to separate what will be from what can be. Rumplestiltskin accuses her of tricking him into the taking the powers to save her from torment. She assures him in time, he will work it all out. She then gives him one last piece of the puzzle before she dies. That he will find his son, but that the boy who helps him is more than he appears, that there will be a price. That the boy will also be Rumplestiltskin's undoing. Passively, Rumplestiltskin tells her that he will have to kill the boy.
In Manhattan, both Emma and Mr. Gold are watching Neal and Henry on the fire escape. Mr. Gold's expression is unreadable.
This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season.
As David and Mary Margaret are putting away dishes, Ruby enters the loft. She informs them that Greg Mendell should be discharged in the next few days and should be leaving, something she will ensure will happen. As they begin to discuss the urgency of getting rid of Greg, notably if he runs into Hook or Cora, Mary Margaret receives a phone call from Emma so David and Ruby leave the apartment.
As a young boy, Rumplestiltskin sees his father leaving the family's house. Though his father says he is going to get water, but Rumplestiltskin points out he does not have the pail. Rumplestiltskin figures out his father is running away and abandoning him due to debts owed to two men. Rumplestiltskin watches the two men murder his father in front of his eyes. Afterwards, they say, "Take him to the spinsters."
*: Only in archive footage
- The title card features the New York City skyline.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on December 24, 2012.
- This is the first episode to credit Colin O'Donoghue as a starring cast member.
- CAST NOTES: Co-star Toby Levins, who plays the Sergeant, also plays the Sentry in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland finale "And They Lived...".
- OBSERVATIONS: Regina confirms people who were not given an alternate identity by the Dark Curse will not be affected by crossing the town line. This statement also confirms Mr. Gold was given false memories by the curse since he needed a potion to keep his Enchanted Forest memories intact.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur in various places of the overall timeline. (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Tiny" and before "The Queen Is Dead". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- How Emma, Henry and Mr. Gold ended up in New York City is explored in "In the Name of the Brother" and "Tiny".
- When checking the names of the inhabitants in Neal's apartment building, Mr. Gold mentions that names is what he traffics in. His habit of treating names as important is also referred to in "Pilot", "That Still Small Voice", "Queen of Hearts", "The Apprentice" and "Changelings".
- Emma's owed favor to Mr. Gold was made in "The Price of Gold".
- Emma and Neal's past is expanded in "Tallahassee".
- The swan necklace's back story is shown in "Tallahassee".
- What happens to the necklace after Emma gave it back to Neal, is revealed in "Quiet Minds".
- Neal recalls what August showed him in the box from "Tallahassee".
- Milah's deteriorating marriage to Rumplestiltskin and her eventual fate is exhibited in "Devil's Due" and "The Crocodile".
- Henry references the false story Emma told him about his father in "True North".
- Rumplestiltskin mentions how he became the Dark One in "Desperate Souls", and the way he lost Baelfire in "The Return".
- The origin of Hook's knowledge of the Dark One Dagger is revealed in "And Straight On 'Til Morning".
- The Storybrooke map that Hook, Regina and Cora use to locate the dagger is the same map used by Greg and Tamara in "Lacey".
- Rumplestiltskin's leg is cured in "Broken Heart".
- Rumplestiltskin acquires the Dark Curse in "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
- The number 23 can be seen in the bar where Neal and Emma are talking. 23 is the fifth of the Lost numbers.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Rumplestiltskin and the miller's daughter from the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairytale, the ugly duckling from the fairytale of the same name, as well as Captain Hook of the Peter Pan story.
- Rumplestiltskin is drafted into the Ogre Wars. Ogres are legendary monsters from European mythology.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: The coat of arms on Rumplestiltskin's draft notice is a griffin, a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet.
- When Emma asks Mr. Gold if he recognizes any of the names of the people living in Neal's apartment building, Mr. Gold says that names are what he traffics in. This is a reference to the "Rumplestiltskin" fairytale, where the titular character consents to give up his claim on the miller's daughter's unborn child if she can guess his name within three days.
- VENDING MACHINES AS SET DRESSING: A USA Today vending machine can be seen on the streets of New York.
- VENDING MACHINES AS SET DRESSING: When Neal is running from Emma, he runs past a New York Ledger vending machine. New York Ledger was a weekly story paper published in New York City from 1855 to 1898.
- PAUSE AND READ: The apartment number 403 is housed by "P. Lesh", which is a reference to bass guitarist Phil Lesh of music band Grateful Dead. Show co-creator Edward Kitsis is a notable fan of the band.
- ARTWORKS: By the entrance to Neal's apartment building, there are three posters of the Canadian rock band The Ramblin' Ambassadors, promoting their albums Ramble On (2012), Vista Cruiser Country Squire (2008) and Avanti (2003).
- REUSED PROPS: The same poster can be seen in Neal's apartment.
- BOOKS AS SET DRESSING: Among the books seen in the Storybrooke library are:
- Murder at the Pentagon by Margaret Truman (barely readable)
- "In Flanders Fields" – the famous poem by John McCrae, written during First World War
- Fairoaks by Frank Yerby
- Honor Thy Father by Gay Talase
- The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
- The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Cruel Doubt by Joe McGinniss
- Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle
- The Marriage Prize by Virginia Henley
- Maestro by Bob Woodward
- The War in 2020 by Ralph Peters
- BOOKS AS SET DRESSING: Among the titles sitting in the bookshelf by the door to Neal's apartment are The Complaints by Ian Rankin, Cat Councillor by Vicky Hall, Lasher by Anne Rice, The Reversal by Michael Connelly, Stolen Prey by John Sandford and Blind to the Bones by Stephen Booth. The rightmost title on the bottom shelf is another book by John Sandford, but the title is illegible.
- ARTWORKS: Over Neal's bed, there is a promotional poster for the studio album release party of Canadian garage rock band The Pack A.D..
- ARTWORKS: Two advertisements for Sled Island, an annual independent festival held in Calgary, Alberta, can be seen in Neal's apartment.
- Cora refers to the Dark One Dagger as a "kris dagger". A kris is a prized Indonesian weapon known for its distinctive, wavy blade. They are considered to be spiritual objects.
- BOOKS AS SET DRESSING: The novel Deep Lie by Stuart Woods is sitting on Neal's bookshelf.
- ARTWORKS: In addition to the aforementioned Ramble On and Brigadoon posters, the following promo posters are hanging over Neal's couch:
- A poster promoting a "mint night" concert at The Brickyard (a former bar in Vancouver) on October 17, 2003. The performers listed are the Canadian indie rock band The Buttless Chaps, The Ramblin' Ambassadors and the Canadian indie pop band The Gay.
- The Vancouver-based band Vancougar.
- A promo poster for Carolyn Mark and the Canadian alternative country and bluegrass band Luther Wright and the Wrongs, and their Owner Operator Tour from 2012.
- Life Through One Speaker, a 2003 album by the indie pop band Young and Sexy.
- PAUSE AND READ: Rumplestiltskin's draft notice says "Justus et fidelis", Latin for "just and faithful". The letter is signed by a "Sir William Durrant".
- PAUSE AND READ: Among the areas listed on Cora and Regina's Storybrooke map, are Rowan Hill, Cove Jaune, Hunter's Grove, Storybrooke Harbor, Heron Island and Harper's Point.
- Hunter's Grove is also mentioned in a newspaper ad in the Season Three episode "Kansas".
- Rowan Hills is mentioned on a prop sign created for the Season Four episode "The Snow Queen", which reveals that the scene where Emma is sitting alone in her car at night takes place in Rowan Hill Park. However, the sign does not appear on-screen.
- PAUSE AND READ: There is a poster inside the in the hallway in Neal's apartment building advertising Spanish lessons. The headline says "Habla Espanol?", meaning "speak Spanish?".
- ARTWORKS: An artwork by French engraver Bernard Picart, Semele is Consumed by Jupiter's Fire (1731), can be seen in Regina's bedroom.
- ARTWORKS: The painting in Belle's hospital room is Waterlilies by Canadian artist Philip Craig. The painting is also present in a waiting room in "In the Name of the Brother".
- ARTWORKS: The poster next to the locker Henry is searching through in Neal's apartment, is an alternatively colored Aesthetic Apparatus artwork.
- CREW NAMES ON PROPS: At the library, several members of the production team of Once Upon a Time are listed as authors of the books on the shelf where Cora finds Mr. Gold's map. From left to right:
- B. Chometsky (barely readable), a reference to production staff member Brenda Chometsky
- R. Lavigueur (barely readable), a reference to production staff member Rob Lavigueur
- M. Joy, a reference to production designer Michael Joy
- B. Burd, a reference to property master Bill Burd
- P. Venturi, a reference to illustrator Paolo G. Venturi
- G. Venturi, a reference to art director Greg Venturi
- S.B. Edwards, production staff member
- A. Hrytzak, a reference to graphic designer Adrian Hrytzak
- M. Soparlo, a reference to production staff member Mark Soparlo
- "M. Soparlo" who was also listed as the news reporter in a newspaper clipping about baby Emma in the Season One episode "True North", the Season Four episode "Family Business" and the Season Five episode "Firebird", and one of the reporters in the newspaper that Isaac reads in the second part of the Season Four finale, "Operation Mongoose Part 2"
- BOOKS AS SET DRESSING: Among the books seen in the library (in addition to the ones listed under “Popular Culture”) are:
- HIDDEN DETAILS: Nesting boxes and a bowl of egg are sitting in a corner of Rumplestiltskin's farm, indicating that Rumplestiltskin and Milah own chickens.
- SECONDHAND CLOTHING: The blue dress Milah wears when Rumplestiltskin returns home from the front, is the same dress that Guinevere wears for the scene where Arthur becomes king in the Season Five episode "The Broken Kingdom".
- SOMETHING'S CHANGED: Hook's earring was changed from a clear stone to a black stone in this episode because the other one broke.
- BRAND INFO: Mary Margaret is wearing a Surface to Air Iced Blue Chunky Ginger Sweater (no longer available). She wears the same sweater in "Second Star to the Right" and the Season Three episode "The New Neverland".
- The scenes inside Rumplestiltskin's house were filmed on a television set built at The Bridge Studios, as was a segment inside a "hovel", filmed for a deleted scene where Rumplestiltskin's father tries to leave the family's house.
- The streets of New York were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where production for Once Upon a Time is based.
- The Canvas Lounge doubles as the exterior of Neal's apartment for this episode.
- Vancouver's Blood Alley doubles as the alley way where Emma and Neal run into each other.
- This location also appears in The Magicians episodes "Unauthorized Magic" (an episode which features Once Upon a Time guest star Charles Mesure) and "Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting" (an episode which features Once Upon a Time guest star Kacey Rohl), the iZombie episode "Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind" (a show which stars Once Upon a Time guest stars David Anders and Rose McIver and an episode which features Once Upon a Time guest star Kacey Rohl), the The X-Files episode "Founder's Mutation" (an episode which features Once Upon a Time guest stars Aaron Douglas, Jonathan Whitesell, Kacey Rohl, Rebecca Wisocky and Ryan Robbins) and the Legends of Tomorrow episodes "Hell No, Dolly!" and "Legends of To-Meow-Meow" (an episode which features Once Upon a Time guest star Jordyn Ashley Olson).
- Some shots in the alley were filmed in a television studio.
- The Blarney Stone at 216 Carrall Street in Vancouver's Gastown district doubles as the New York pub Emma and Neal visit after reuniting.
- The scene in Regina's bedroom was filmed on a television set built in a studio.
- The war camp scenes in the Enchanted Forest, were shot in a park in Burnaby, British Columbia.
- The scene inside Belle's hospital room was filmed in a television set built in a studio.
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