Once Upon a Time Wiki
This page is move protected The subject of this article is involved with the Once Upon a Time The subject of this article is or relates to an episode The subject of this article is featured in Season Four of Once Upon a Time

Now my mirror is complete.


"Smash the Mirror" is the eighth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Eagle Egilsson and Ralph Hemecker. It is the seventy-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 16, 2014.

This episode is a two-hour episode, and has subsequently been split into "Smash the Mirror, Part 1" and "Smash the Mirror, Part 2".


In Arendelle when the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other and it proves more difficult than she anticipates, she takes drastic measures. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke Emma’s powers are out of control and her fear of hurting loved ones pushes her away from everyone she cares about. In her confusion Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether and Hook tries to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her plan to find the author of the storybook until her quest takes an unexpected turn. Robin Hood recruits Will Scarlet to assist him on a mission and Mary Margaret and David search for Emma.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Just Like Everyone Else"

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

At the Blanchard loft, Mary Margaret notices Elsa with snow floating around her. She asks if that means she's upset and if she's worried about Emma. Elsa makes the snow disappear, apologizing that the floor is wet. Mary Margaret says that she seems very focused on her gloves. Elsa says that her parents gave them to her so they would conceal her magic, but Snow says that she thinks they didn't work. Elsa agrees and says that her sister's love helped. Mary Margaret asks if she has ever tried taking it all way, like Emma did, but Elsa says that she wanted, but she couldn't. She adds that Emma is lucky to have parents like them. Mary Margaret says that she doesn't know what Elsa's parents did or didn't do but all parents make mistakes. She then asks what Elsa would tell Emma, since she understands her more than anyone at the moment. Elsa says that she doesn't know if she would stop her or join her.



Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • CUT CONTENT: For the scene where the Snow Queen arrives in Boston, a segment was filmed where Ingrid is seen exiting the magic door in the middle of the city.[6] This ended up being cut from the final episode.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • STORYBOOK CONTENT: The story behind the mysterious page 23 is explained in "Mother".




Fairytales and Folklore

  • The same excerpt appears in dozens of episodes; read the trivia section in the article for Henry's storybook for more information and a transcript.
  • At the end of the episode, the trolden glass shatters, just like in "The Snow Queen" fairytale.

Popular Culture

  • Among the food that Elsa prepares as a welcome home meal for her sister Anna is "chocolate julekake". Julekake, meaning "yule cake",[14] is a traditional cardamom-flavored Norwegian yeasted bread which has a cake-like texture and is normally served during Christmas.[15]
  • MARVEL COMICS: Regina pretends to read[16] the trade paperback comic book Ultimate Comics: Wolverine: Legacies,[17] which was released in July 2013,[18] the year before the episode premiered. She also makes a reference to the main character's trademark adamantium claws. She also mentions "purple shorts", a reference to the Hulk, who always wears large purple shorts in the comics.
  • Upon learning that Emma plans to rid herself of her magic, Regina says, "We're not talking about an old pair of Jimmy Choos here", a reference to the high fashion house Jimmy Choo, which specializes in luxury shoes and other luxurious items.
  • Regina says that her happy ending "is not a Stephen King book-on-tape", a reference to the famous author.

Props Notes

  • Rosicrucianism is a worldwide brotherhood claiming to possess esoteric wisdom handed down from ancient times. Their teachings are a combination of occultism and other religious beliefs and practices, including hermeticism, Jewish mysticism, and Christian Gnosticism.[25]
  • Neoplatonism is a philosophical and religious system that arose in the third century in Alexandria. It mixes Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism.[26]
  • Gnosticism is a collection of philosophical and religious movements whose adherents shunned the material world and embraced the spiritual world.
  • Hermeticism is a religious and philosophical tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Its philosophy is comprised of astrology, alchemy and theurgy.
  • Graphology refers to the inference of character from a person's handwriting. The theory underlying graphology is that the way words and letters are formed can reveal traits of personality.[27]

Sicily and
Sardinia from
Austria and
Savoy, defeating a
Spanish fleet at Cape
, and an undeclared [war](illegible)
in the 1720s, in which Spain tried
to retake Gibraltar and Minorca.
After a period of relative peace, the
Navy became engaged in the War of
Jenkins' Ear
(1739–1748) against Spain,
which was dominated by a series of costly
and mostly unsuccessful attacks on Spanish
ports in the Caribbean. During the Battle of
Cartagena de Indias
, the Navy deployed a huge force

The page is a word for word rendition of an October 2014 version of a Wikipedia article about the Royal Navy[32] (the episode was filmed in October 2014).
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The fact that Will and Robin check out these two books is understandable, since the books' bindings and spines are almost identical to Henry's storybook.[33]

Set Dressing

  • ARTWORKS: The picture left of Elsa's and Anna's parents in the castle hall[35] is a portrait of British king Edward VII, from 1902.
  • BOOKS AS SET DRESSING: Among the books sitting on the library shelves (in addition to the ones mentioned under "Popular Culture") are:

Costume Notes

  • BRAND INFO: Regina is wearing[44] a London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt from Burberry[45] (no longer available).

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘The Simpsons’ & ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Adjusted Up + Final Football Numbers. TV by the Numbers (November 18, 2014). “Once Upon a Time (8-10PM) (...) 6.80”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#408A/B) "Smash the Mirror, Parts 1 & 2".”
  3. File:408Title.png
  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (September 25, 2014). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler. Season 4 set to premiere Sunday 8/7c! Hope to see ya!" (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (September 25, 2014). "it's based on a song by The Who" (screenshot)
  6. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time October 1, 2014 (October 1, 2014).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Downtown Vancouver, BC taken on October 1, 2014.(archive copy)
  7. File:408FramedPhoto.png
  8. File:210Cheers.png
  9. File:408StoriesAbout.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 File:408Wait.png
  11. File:408StoriesAbout.png
  12. File:408IsThis.png
  13. File:408FoldedPage.png
  14. Lodner, Alex (December 16, 2016). Nine Holiday Treats You Can Only Get Now in the Twin Cities. Eater Twin Cities. “Julekake, meaning "Yule cake," is a traditional Norwegian sweet bread made with candied citrus and lots of cardamom”
  15. Ar, Rafeeda (December 28, 2014). JULEKAKE/ JULEKAGA ~ NORWEGIAN CARDAMOM SCENTED BREAD. The Big Sweet Tooth. “It is a cardamom flavored yeasted bread which has a cake-like texture and is normally served during this festive season.”
  16. File:408ICanKeep.png
  17. Ultimate Comics Wolverine: Legacies Paperback. Amazon. Retrieved on January 7, 219.
  18. Ultimate Comics Wolverine: Legacies. Goodreads. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. “Published July 16th 2013 by Marvel Comics (first published June 26th 2013)”
  19. 19.0 19.1 File:408TheCatInTheHat.png
  20. File:408StillTogether.png
  21. File:408HereAtSundown.png
  22. File:408Map.png
  23. File:408InsideThePub.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 File:408ThisGoes.png
  25. Rosicrucian. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. “Rosicrucian, member of a worldwide brotherhood claiming to possess esoteric wisdom handed down from ancient times. The name derives from the order's symbol, a rose on a cross, which is similar to the family coat of arms of Martin Luther. Rosicrucian teachings are a combination of occultism and other religious beliefs and practices, including Hermeticism, Jewish mysticism, and Christian gnosticism.”
  26. Neoplatonism (n.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  27. Graphology. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. “Graphology, inference of character from a person’s handwriting. The theory underlying graphology is that handwriting is an expression of personality; hence, a systematic analysis of the way words and letters are formed can reveal traits of personality.”
  28. File:215KnewYoudCome.png
  29. File:209ComeOn.png
  30. File:408Mercedes-Benz.png
  31. Cars & TV – Evil Drives a Mercedes – Automotive Views. Automotive Views (May 2015). “A 1988 or 1989 model; we know this because the brake lamp at the back is particular to those years.”
  32. The October 2014 version of the article (the excerpt is from the section "Development of the British navy"): Royal Navy. Wikipedia (October 10, 2014).
  33. Henry's book:
    Will's book:
    Robin Hood's book:
  34. File:408EyesAndEars.png
  35. File:408Paintings.png
  36. File:408FollowTheScarf.png
  37. File:408WhichIGet.png
  38. File:701LostCinderella.png
  39. File:702DeadEnd.png
  40. File:408Wait2.png
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 File:408TakesBook.png
  42. File:408NoHowIsHe.png
  43. Once Upon a Time: Season 4 episode 8 Mary Margaret's blue stripe shirt. shopyourtv. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  44. File:408GoneFar.png
  45. Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt. Coolspotters. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
  46. File:217Patience.png
  48. Danielle Winits abusa do decote em festa na capital paulista. Ego (September 3, 2013). (In Portuguese.)
  49. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time October 3, 2014 (October 3, 2014).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Storybrooke Heritage Park) taken on October 3, 2014.(archive copy)
  50. Gittins, Susan (October 21, 2014). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Goes Back to the 1980s with the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) in Gastown Tonight. Hollywood North Buzz. “Is Salmgundi in Gastown a 1980s/1990s flashback like earlier scenes on Granville Street [when the Snow Queen arrives in Boston]”