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This article focuses on the Season Five episode.
For the song, see "Only You".
Emma Swan: This is, uh, Henry and Violet's song.
Regina Mills: They have a song?
Emma Swan: He really likes her. She's a nice girl.

"Only You" is the twenty-second episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Andrew Chambliss, and directed by Romeo Tirone. It is the one hundred and tenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 15, 2016.

This episode is the first part of the season five finale.


Regina reels from the death of Robin Hood, and everyone tries to give her room to grieve, but when the heroes discover Gold has stolen HadesOlympian Crystal and tethered all of Storybrooke’s magic to it, they set out to stop him. Henry decides he no longer can stand all the pain magic has caused his family, so he goes rogue, with Violet in tow, to destroy magic once and for all. Meanwhile, Zelena, Snow, David and Hook attempt to open a portal that will return Merida and the other Storybrooke guests to their homes, but things go awry, and the group winds up in a deranged new world.[2]


Deleted Scenes


This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season.

After Henry and Violet enter Neal's apartment, Violet sees a radio and likens it to some object designed for communication that her father once told her about, but Henry says that it's just a radio, which is just a older version of IPod. After seeing the radio, Henry plays the song Only You on a record player. Violet smiles and remarks that it's their song. Henry responds that it's his dad's original copy, and thanks Violet for coming with him. After a brief moment, Henry says that they should get back to work. After they search all over the house, Violet finds a couple of papers, which help Henry solve the answer to destroy magic: The New York Public Library.

This scene was cut for time, as the episode was fifteen minutes too long. Since Henry and Violet already had a lot of moments in the season finale, it was decided that the scene wasn't really needed.[3]

Henry and Violet's Reunion: Extended

An extended version of the scene where Henry and Violet are reunited, with a few additional lines, which were cut due to time constraints. After Violet offers her condolences about Robin Hood, she adds that she knew that Robin and Regina had a relationship, and says, "I'm just so sorry". After Henry thanks her, he says that he wish he knew how to make his mother feel better. Violet is sure that Henry will find a way. At the end of the scene, Henry tells Violet that his mother needs him. Violet understands, and tells Henry to go to her.[4]

Gold Captures Emma and Regina

A segment where Mr. Gold comes into Neal's apartment, tells Emma and Regina that he is going after Henry and locks them up with chains to keep them behind, was cut from the episode.[3]



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • The recap video in the beginning of the episode, contains an alternate angle of a shot from Emma and Hook's reunion in "Last Rites"; the moment where Emma kisses Hook's cheek as he says, "He must have sent me back".[7]
  • Originally, the episode was going to open with Mr. Gold in the clock tower with the Olympian Crystal, followed by the scene where Hook and Emma are walking down the street. During editing, they realized that it made more sense open with Regina, since the story focuses on her a lot. In the script, Regina's scene took place after the scene with Emma and Hook.[3]
  • A kiss between Hook and Emma was deleted from the scene where they're outside Granny's Diner in the beginning of the episode.[8]
  • The scene where Mr. Gold activates the crystal, and the ensuing scene where the heroes investigates, were originally going to take place out in the woods. For production reasons, the scenes were moved inside the clock tower, since the episode already had so many scenes that needed to be shot on location, making it more practical to shoot these two scenes in studio.[3]
  • The scene where the heroes are inside the clock tower was originally scripted as everyone being on the same area. It was director Romeo Tirone's idea to have them on two different levels.[3]
  • The establishing shot of Storybrooke in the morning[9] is taken from stock footage filmed for an establishing shot in the Season Four episode "Mother".[10] This can be seen from the purplish sky and the parked cars in the streets, which are exactly the same, and the identical time on the clock tower. Footage from this shot was also used for an establishing shot in "Our Decay".[11] The time on the CGI clock tower was changed for this episode.
  • The shot of Emma and Regina driving out of Storybrooke[14] was filmed during the Season Four episode "Darkness on the Edge of Town", for the part where Emma and Regina head for the town line.[3] If you watch Emma, you can see that she's wearing the same outfit[14] that she was wearing in that episode.[15]
  • The two scenes by the magic door was originally written as one scene. During editing, it was decided to split the scene in two, with Henry and Violet's arrival in New York City in between.[3]
  • The name on the bus that brings Henry's mobile phone from Maine to Boston,[16] and the bus that brings Henry and Violet from Maine to New York,[17] is Polar Star Coach Lines. The same company brought Robin Hood and his family from Maine to New York in the Season Four episode "Heart of Gold".[18] The same bus company name appears on the sign at the bus stop where young Emma meets Lily in Mankato, Minnesota, in the Season Four episode "Lily".[19] As Henry and Violet's bus leaves, you can see the words "Moving Maine forward" next to the logo.[20]
  • In the script, the heroes were sucked through the magic door. The visual effects company re-imagined it as the watery substance that comes out of the door and grabs them.[3]
  • The scene with Emma and Regina in the yellow bug was originally going to take place outside, but since it was raining that day, it was decided to move the scene inside the car. Thus, the rain on the car windows is completely real.[3]
  • The part where blood is used to track someone was originally an idea that writer Andrew Chambliss had for an episode of the supernatural drama television series The Vampire Diaries, which he was a writer of. However, it never made it in that form. Since then, he'd wanted to use that element for years, so when Regina needed a way to track Henry, he realized that his old idea would work.[3]
  • A segment where Mr. Gold comes into Neal's apartment, tells Emma and Regina that he was going after Henry and locks them up with chains to keep them behind, was cut from the episode. The director shot the little moment with Gold listening outside the door, which was not originally scripted, and gave them the option to just use that instead.[3]
  • The computer-generated imagery model used for the rear reading room in the New York Public Library[21] is recycled from the model created for the dark castle great hall,[22] foyer[23] and vault.[24] This can easily be seen from the identical design of the columns and archways. The same model was used for the Netherworld in the Season Two episodes "Child of the Moon" and "Into the Deep".[25]
  • The establishing shot of the New York Public Library[26] is stock footage of the real New York Public Library from the website Getty Images.[27]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections




Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

When the rich and powerful use their positions to oppress and
starve peasants, is there anyone who can stand against them?

Robin Hood: Myth and Legend tells the tale of a young hero from
Nottingham who fights back.

This novel of wonder is one of the truly fantastic books of this or
any season, which, on any page, offers a
[illegible word] one can scarcely
wait to share with a friend. It is a triumph.
Publisher's Weekly

Note that most of the book blurb is illegible in the episode or is obscured by Regina's hand, but it can be seen in its entirety in a piece of concept art by Keith Lau.[50]

(differences are set in fuchsia)
Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America's lumberjacks,
the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his
strength, speed and skill. Tradition says he
P[image ends]

cleared forests from the northeastern United States
to the Pacific Ocean.
Many years ago, Paul Bunyan was born in the
northeastern American state of Maine. His mother and father were shocked
when they first saw the boy. Paul was so
large at birth that five large birds had to carry him to his
parents. When the boy was only a few weeks old, he
weighed more than forty-five kilograms.
cleared forests f[image ends]
way to the Paci[image ends]
Legend says that [image ends]
northeastern stat[image ends]
when they first l[image ends]
big at birth that [image ends]
parents. When t[image ends]
weighed more tha[image ends]
As a child, Paul was always
hungry. His parents needed tens cows
to supply milk for his meals. Before
long, he ate fifty eggs and ten containers of potatoes
every day.
Young Paul grew so big that his parents
did not know what to do with him.
Once, Paul rolled over so much in his sleep that he
caused an earthquake.
His appetite match[image ends]
hungry. His pare[image ends]
to supply enough [image ends]
long, he ate fifty e[image ends]
every single day.
Young Paul grew [image ends]
did not know wha[image ends]
time that Paul rolle[image ends]
caused an earthqua[image ends]
  • In the script, David would drop the wooden shiv after realizing that it was the Groundsman who entered the room, and not the Warden. It was Josh Dallas' idea to hold on to the weapon because he felt that David might not let his guard down so quickly.[3]
  • If you watch closely as Mr. Gold enters the hotel, you can see that the name on the doors is Hotel d'Or,[61] which is French for "Gold Hotel".

Set Dressing

Costume Notes


  • When Emma and Hook are walking down the street, the time on the clock tower is 8:45 PM.[88] When Mr. Gold is inside the clock tower, the time on the clock (seen from inside the clock tower) is 8:30 PM.[89] (Originally, the scene with Mr. Gold in the clock tower was supposed to take place before the scene with Emma and Hook. This was changed during editing.)[3]

Filming Locations

  • Vancouver's Gastown doubles as New York City's SoHo district for this episode.[90]
    • The episode was filmed at the same time as the movie Fifty Shades Darker, starring Once Upon a Time's own Jamie Dornan, which was shot in many of the streets in that area. Therefore, it was very hard to find a street corner in Gastown that they were not shooting on.[3]
  • 1000 block West Cordova Street and the Cordova tunnel in Vancouver doubles as the New York toll station for the scene where Mr. Gold drives into town.[90]
  • Dr. Jekyll's laboratory in Mr. Hyde's hospital in the episode[91] doubles as Wish Rumplestiltskin's basement in the Season Seven episode "Homecoming".[92] This can easily be seen from the identical chandelier, the shape of the walls and the door. The basement set was a redressed version of Gothel's tower from previous Season Seven episodes.[93]
    • A redressed version of the laboratory also doubles as the Royal Castle's wine cellar in the Season Six episode "A Bitter Draught".[94]
    • Moreover, the hospital scenes with the cage in "Only You" were shot on the same set as the scenes in Dr. Jekyll's laboratory. The cage was removable, and the set was redressed as the laboratory. Some of the walls were removed, and windows put in.[3]
  • The scene with Mr. Gold in the hotel lobby was filmed on location, while the scene where he walks to his hotel room was filmed in a hallway set.[3]

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (May 17, 2016). Sunday final ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’ finale, everything else hold. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 4.07”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016. Time Slot: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#522/523) "Only You/An Untold Story".”
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss on the Season Five Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary
  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (May 24, 2016). "Hey #Oncers, here's a scene from finale w/a few bits we had to drop b/c time constraints.Hope to see ya season 6!" (screenshot) (script photo)
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  6. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (March 9, 2016). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya Sunday!" (screenshot)
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  8. Tumblr Dance Upon a Time — can you describe the cs scene and the kiss? on Tumblr  (March 15, 2016). "Well they were holding hands and walking towards grannys all adorable like they are. They were talking but I couldn’t hear. And then for one of the takes at least, she leans in and they kiss for quite a while and it was all perfect and hook stays and emma walks towards grannys.. The kisses varied between takes, but I hope they use the long one ;)" (screenshot)
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  27. Front of the New York Public Library Steward Park Branch in Chinatown. Getty Images. Retrieved on December 5, 2018.
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  51. Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift: Part I: A Voyage to Lilliput. Chapter I.. University of Adelaide. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
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  53. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne: Chapter XIX: Torres Straits. University of Adelaide. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
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  55. The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley: Chapter IV. University of Adelaide. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
  56. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes: Chapter VIII.. University of Adelaide. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
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    The Story of Paul Bunyan. Loving2Learn. Retrieved on January 15, 2019.
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  69. Theory Larus Canon Wool Pullover. Nordstrom Rack. Retrieved on December 5, 2018.
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  93. Steve Pearlman and David H. Goodman on the Season Seven Blu-ray-exclusive Audio Commentary for "Homecoming"
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