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So I... I grabbed a couple cases of watches and I hopped on a train to Portland.
Neal to Emma src

Portland is a Land Without Magic location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the sixth episode of the second season.


During First Curse

In 2001,[1] Neal Cassidy steals a set of watches from a jewelry store in Phoenix and takes a train to Portland, where he hides the watches in a locker at the train station. Shortly afterward, Emma Swan arrives in Portland. One day, she steals a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, only to discover that it already has been stolen by Neal. The two then have an encounter with a police officer, and Neal invites her for a drink. Later that day, he shows up to a closed amusement park with coffee for Emma, and picks the lock. The two go on a merry-go-round ride while Neal opens up to her about his past. ("Tallahassee", "There's No Place Like Home")

After a short amount of time, Emma and Neal become a couple and go on a crime spree. Emma fakes a pregnancy to distract a cashier while the two rob a convenience store, and they break into motel rooms after their rightful occupants leave. They plan on relocating to Tallahassee, however, Neal becomes aware that there is a warrant out for his arrest for stealing watches. He tells Emma the stolen watches are in a locker in a train station, but he cannot get them himself, so she volunteers to grab them. She succeeds in this task, and Neal gives her one of the watches but plans on pawning the rest. They two agree to meet up later in a designated spot.

A mysterious man, August Booth, tracks down Neal and pressures him to no longer be a part of Emma's life, and he must let her be arrested for the theft of the watches. He explains to Neal that Emma has a great destiny she must fulfill; proving he has knowledge about Neal's past by opening a box containing a typewriter with the words, "I know you're Baelfire", typed on a piece of paper. Neal is shaken up that his former identity is known by someone else other than himself, and agrees to give up on Emma.

Emma arrives at their promised meeting place only to have a policeman arrest her for the watch heist as she is wearing one of the watches and they have footage from the bus station. August leaves the city while Neal flees with the money from the watches as well as the car, and Emma is sentenced to eleven months in a Phoenix jailhouse. ("Tallahassee")

Notable Business


Production Notes

  • The flashback scene where Neal and Emma break into the fairground was originally scripted to be them breaking through the gate to a view of Portland at night.The production team found an abandoned amusement park, and felt that Neal showing this kind of place to Emma was something that the character would do.[3] ("There's No Place Like Home")


Set Dressing

Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  3. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on the Season Three Blu-ray exclusive Audio Commentary for "There's No Place Like Home"
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  9. 9.0 9.1 Once Upon a Time: Emma Swan's Beetle. Vancity Filming (September 20, 2012). Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. “Once Upon a Time has been filming in Downtown Vancouver for a while now, and I was lucky enough to spot Emma Swan's Beetle parked behind Pacific Central Station.”
  10. Movies Filmed at 700 Block, East Hastings Street. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  11. Movies Filmed at Gore Avenue (between Alexander & Powell). MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Gittins, Susan (October 25, 2012). SHOOT: Who is Mysterious Man from ONCE UPON A TIME S2 Premiere? Michael Raymond-James Returns in 2×06. Hollywood North Buzz. “In mid-September I unexpectedly found Michael Raymond-James and Jennifer Morrison laughing in the stolen yellow VW bug in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, pulled over by a prop Portland, Oregon, police car. The next day they shot scenes outisde [sic] and inside Pacific Central Station. And the next, at the City Centre Motor Hotel and in a dark alley off Main Street.”
  13. Movies Filmed at T-Rex Urban Food & Coffee Bar. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Movies Filmed at City Centre Motor Hotel. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  15. Screenshot from Supernatural: "The Usual Suspects"
  16. Screenshot from iZombie: "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat"
  17. Movies Filmed at Thornton Park. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
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  19. 19.0 19.1 Movies Filmed at Pacific Central Station. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  20. Movies Filmed at National Avenue & Station Street. MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
  21. Movies Filmed at Parking Garage (under Granville Plaza). MovieMaps. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
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    'Wave Swinger' Amusement Park Ride at Playland, Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Vancouver, BC, British Columbia, Canada. Alamy. Retrieved on August 13, 2018.
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