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Lucy, it's time. Let your belief go.

Victoria to Lucy

"One Little Tear" is the ninth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Christopher Hollier & Adam Karp, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and forty-second episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 8, 2017.


Victoria strikes a deal with Weaver in an attempt to free herself from jail and wake Anastasia, but the cost of saving one life could mean the loss of another. In a flashback, we learn Lady Tremaine's surprising connection to another classic fairytale when Mother Gothel offers to help her family. Meanwhile, Jacinda and Nick share an exchange that could alter her future with Henry.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • PRESS RELEASE: A couple of mistakes were made on the press release:
  • Sophia Reid-Gantzert is misspelled as "Reid-Gant", instead of "Reid-Gantzert".[2][5]
  • Lula Mae Melenchuk is misspelled as "Melench", instead of "Melenchuk".[2]

Event Chronology

  • The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place over the course of at least seven years, before "Eloise Gardener".
    • The first flashback scene takes place while Anastasia and Drizella are still young girls. The rest of the flashback scenes take place six years later, until Drizella's birthday party. The last flashback scene, at the frozen lake, takes place after the opening flashback with Anastasia and young Drizella in "Sisterhood", and at least one year after Cecelia left for New Wonderland.[6]

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

  • When Ivy tells Victoria that "Orange looks better on the women on that Netflix show", she is making a reference to the comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.
  • Ivy mentions that her mother has "no money, no lawyer, no Chanel". Chanel is a famous French high fashion house.
  • Weaver shows Victoria a set of handcuffs and says that they're not exactly Tiffany's, a reference to the American luxury jewelry retailer.
  • Hook responds to Victoria's explanation of how she utilized her own determination to get what she wants in life by saying he "didn't ask for a TED talk." A TED talk is a type of conference where people share stories on-stage with the purpose of engaging their audience in a topic or idea.
  • Sabine describes Weaver's dagger as "something out of a Tim Burton movie", a reference to the American filmmaker known for his dark, gothic, eccentric and quirky horror and fantasy films. Among Burton's films is the 2010 adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Props Notes

  • BRAND INFO: The mug that Sabine drinks coffee from in the morning[12] is a Perasima Mug in lilac, from Anthropologie[13] (the exact color is no longer available).
  • USE IT AGAIN: When Henry is reunited with Lucy and Jacinda in "Chosen", Lucy, Jacinda and Sabine are all drinking hot cocoa from the mugs (Sabine is holding one of the mugs as she talks about putting another cup of cocoa on the stove,[15] and if you look in the background, you can see three mugs on the table[16]).
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The photographs in the files at the police station are all taken from the filming of previous episodes:

Set Dressing

  • CREW NAMES ON PROPS: A wall plaque at the police station commemorates the following police officers:[32]

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

  • RECYCLED SET: The same farm doubles as the Storybrooke Pumpkin Farm for the episode "The Other Shoe". The scenes at the pumpkin farm were shot at the back of the building that doubles as the Tremaine Manor.[63]
  • Foxglove Farm has also doubled as locations for other productions:

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (December 11, 2017). ‘Blue Bloods’ adjusts down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.45”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, December 08, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#709) "A Little Tear".”
  3. File:709Title.png
  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (September 30, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 10/6!" (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @SophiaReidG (Sophia Reid-Gantzert) on Twitter (December 2, 2017). "Yup it's true, that's me as Young Anastasia (even if they missed a few letters from my last name 😉)"
  6. As stated by Cinderella in "Pretty in Blue", Marcus searched Cecelia for an entire year before giving up on her.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 File:709BelfreyFile.png
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  11. "Emma Swan" Neverland lantern from Once Upon a Time Season 3.. iCollector. Archived from the original on December 1, 2018. “[...] Also seen used by Rapunzel in "One Little Tear".”
  12. File:709MisterMixtape.png
  13. Perasima Mug. COLOR: LILAC.. Anthropologie UK. Archived from the original on June 23, 2019.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 File:709VictoriaFile.png
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  20. 20.0 20.1 File:709SamFile.png
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  22. 22.0 22.1 File:709RogersFile.png
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  24. 24.0 24.1 File:709SabineFile.png
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  28. File:716HenryPhone.png
  29. File:705Dresses.png
  30. Crimson Crown Toadstool from Once Upon a Time Season 5, Episode 4 [sic].. iCollector. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved on December 11, 2019. “Crimson Crown Toadstool from Once Upon a Time Season 5, Episode 4 [sic]. (Disney-ABC, 2011-2018) Mushroom 4.5x4 Painted plaster The Crimson Crown toadstool also appears in season 7 (S07E09) where it is used by Rapunzel to poison the guests at Drizella's birthday party.”
  31. ONCE UPON A TIME Crimson Crown (Stunt). Propabilia. Retrieved on January 19, 2020.
  32. File:709IvyEnters.png
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  38. File:414WeddingDress.png
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  40. "Regina Mills" Storybrooke costume ensemble from Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 3.. iCollector. Archived from the original on December 16, 2018.
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  42. File:711ForgaveYou.png
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  51. File:308MoreThanAnything.png
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  53. File:310Promo3.jpg
  54. File:621ThanIThought.png
  55. File:622YourStorybook.png
  56. File:709OfMyFamily.png
  57. File:118Snow.png
  58. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). February 20, 2018. "Repost from @emmalovesluna" (archive copy)
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  63. Steve Pearlman on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
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  64. ENCHANTING FOXGLOVE FARM – $4,600,000. PriceyPads.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2018. (The fourth photograph down)
    File:719GothelSeeingDresses.png (note the identical furniture, doors, floor, chandelier and pillars)
  65. 6742 224 St Langley, British Columbia. Google Maps (August 2014).
    File:719ApproachingShed.png (note the identical building and tree around the entrance)
  66. "The Sandkings" ~ The Outer Limits (Full Episode). YouTube (July 7, 2017).
  67. Screenshot from Stargate SG-1: "Icon"
  68. Screenshot from Stargate SG-1: "The Gamekeeper"
  69. Screenshot from The Vampire Diaries: "Pilot"
  70. Screenshot from Supernatural: "Everybody Hates Hitler"
  71. Screenshot from Supernatural: "Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox"
  72. Screenshot from The Magicians: "Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?"
  73. Screenshot from Arrow: "Bratva"
  74. TwitterLogo.svg @sean_m_maguire (Sean Maguire) on Twitter (January 4, 2017). "Sorry I'll get this right. Tonight @E4Tweets 9pm find out who won the war?"
    Screenshot from Timeless: "Party at Castle Valar"
  75. InstagramIcon.png jonwhitesell (Jonathan Whitesell). July 8, 2016. "🏡#beyond"
    Screenshot from Beyond: "Tempus Fugit"
  76. Screenshot from Riverdale: "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"
  77. Screenshot from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  78. 606 Clarkson St, New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2016).
  79. 20 Sixth St, New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2017).
  80. 680 Clarkson St New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2016).
    26 Lorne Mews New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (July 2017).
  81. 682 Clarkson St New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (August 2017).
    File:709Wait.png (note the identical railings, stairs and black poles)
  82. File:709AndRemember.png (the sign for Sew Sweet Rose Bridal which is located opposite of the alley way on Columbia Street can be seen in the background of Rogers and Weaver's scene)
  83. 28 Lorne Mews New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (July 2017).
    File:709AsYouWere.png (note the number 26 and the identical framework around the door)
  84. Screenshot from Supernatural: "Hook Man"
  85. Screenshot from Arrow: "Home Invasion"
  86. Screenshot from Timeless: "Karma Chameleon"
  87. File:IGmo_co_lee-709.png
  88. 710 Columbia St, New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2017).