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Aladdin: She was the first person to believe I could be more than just a selfish street rat. I can't see the look in her eyes, when she realizes that's exactly what I am.
Emma Swan: I was... I am a street rat, too. I made plenty of mistakes, but I've known people who kept me strong. Who cared about me as much as Jasmine clearly cares about you. Maybe the real mistake was keeping the savior burden to yourself.

"Street Rats" is the fifth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Norman Buckley. It is the one hundred and sixteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 23, 2016.


In a flashback to Agrabah, Princess Jasmine recruits Aladdin to help her recover a secret weapon capable of breaking Jafar’s hold on the Sultan and saving the city from ruin. Their quest takes them to the Cave of Wonders where Aladdin’s fate is revealed. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen tricks Hook and the Charmings and forces Emma to reveal her secret in an effort to divide the family. While the Evil Queen pampers Zelena, elsewhere in town, Regina and our heroes scramble to learn what became of Aladdin.[2]


Deleted Scenes

These scenes are included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.

"Table For One" (Scene 7)

Zelena sits in a table outside Granny's Diner. Granny comes and asks her what she would like to order, but also mocks her about her baby crying. Zelena then sees Mr. Gold in front of a table looking at her. He comments on how her life turned out: Defeated not by magic or a warrior, but a baby bottle. Zelena tells him to look at his own life instead, but Mr. Gold explains that he made his own choice, yet Zelena did not. After Zelena says that his "new haircut" cannot fool her, Mr. Gold remarks that her Evil Queen does like it, implying that they are working together and she just takes what she wants, just like Zelena was doing in the past.

"Open Sesame" (Scene 12)

An extended version of the scene where Aladdin opens the Cave of Wonders, featuring additional dialogue between Aladdin and Jasmine.

"Savior Vision" (Scene 25)

As Jasmine, Hook, Emma, Henry and Regina walk through the forest to find Aladdin (thanks to Emma leading the way with a locator spell), they find an underground cemetery, which shocks Regina who didn't know about this place. Emma asks Hook if he's still upset because Emma didn't tell him about her visions. Hook answers that it's about a trust issue. Emma tells him to let her earn his trust back, but sadly, Hook doesn't believe it.



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage.



  • The title card features the hourglass used by Jafar on Jasmine.[3]
  • The title of the episode is a reference to the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, where the titular character is continuously referred to as a street rat.
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: The original title of this episode was "Diamond in the Rough",[4] another term used about Aladdin in the Disney film. The original title was leaked by director Norman Buckley via his Instagram account on August 11, 2016[4] and can also be seen on concept art by illustrator Douglas McLean.[5] The same day, Adam Horowitz officially announced that the title was "Street Rats" via his Twitter account.[6]
  • Leading up to the premiere, several sources incorrectly used the name "Diamond in the Rough".[7]

Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • Archie offered therapy to Emma in "The Savior" and she began having sessions with him in "A Bitter Draught".
  • The first time Emma followed the red bird to the Oracle was in "The Savior".
  • When the Oracle is found dead, she shows the same symptoms that Charlotte did when the latter was found dead in "A Bitter Draught".
  • Emma first started having visions in "The Savior".
  • Mary Margaret became acquainted with Shirin in "Strange Case".
  • Mr. Hyde died in "Strange Case".
  • Jasmine and the Oracle's mission to find Aladdin was first seen in "Strange Case".
  • Zelena and the Evil Queen first made an alliance in "The Savior".
  • "Archie" alludes to the secret Emma is deciding to keep from her loved ones. Emma first told Archie about this secret in "The Other Shoe".
  • Regina speculates that she is the hooded person in Emma's vision, but the true identity of this person is revealed in "Wish You Were Here".
  • Henry recalls convincing Emma to accept her role as a Savior, which began in "Pilot" and was finally achieved in "A Land Without Magic".
  • Mr. Gold had a haircut in "Strange Case".
  • Leroy was first seen with Archie in therapy was during "The Other Shoe".
  • Zelena mentions that she tried to become involved with Mr. Gold, referring the events of "Bleeding Through".
  • Jafar suggests Aladdin can buy himself the new title of prince after stripping himself of his Savior status. It is implied in "The Savior" that Aladdin did become a prince because he is addressed as such.
  • The backstory of how Jafar acquired powers from the serpent staff is revealed in the spinoff series episode "The Serpent".
  • The magic carpet later becomes a means of transportation for Jafar in the spinoff series.
  • Cricket Archie is freed from his cage in "Dark Waters".
  • Hook comes clean to Emma about the Shears of Destiny in "Dark Waters".


Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: When Jasmine is in Mary Margaret's apartment with the others, discussing a plan to find Aladdin, Aladdin's fez is sitting on the table.[35]

Filming Locations

International Titles



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#605) "Street Rats (FKA Diamond in the Rough)".”
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Tumblr.png Storybrooke Mirror — on Tumblr  (August 11, 2016) (screenshot)
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  6. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (August 11, 2016). "Okay, #Oncers -- here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 9/25!" (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 3, 2016). "nope. they're wrong" (screenshot)
  8. LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME: Air Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#601) "The Savior".. The Futon Critic. “Guest starring are (...) Jordan [sic] Ashley Olson as Young Nurse/Oracle”
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  16. ONCE UPON A TIME Treasure Coins. Propabilia (March 2020). “These plastic coins were reused in all seven seasons of the show. Some examples of their use include S02E06 'Tallahassee', and S06E05 'Street Rats'.”
    ONCE UPON A TIME ABC TV Series Treasure Coins Props. eBay (March 2020). Archived from the original on March 27, 2020.
    Once Upon a Time - Gemstone Treasure Prop (4741). iCollector (March 2020). Archived from the original on March 27, 2020.
    Once Upon a Time - Gemstone Treasure Prop (4733). iCollector (March 2020). Archived from the original on March 22, 2020.
    ONCE UPON A TIME TV Gemstone Prop (4756) BEAUTIFUL LARGE W/ COA ALADDIN CAVE OF. eBay (March 2020). Archived from the original on March 27, 2020.
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  25. BCBGMAXAZRIA Richie Cropped Faux Leather Cape. Bloomingdale's. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017.
  26. Screenshot from Pretty Little Liars: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
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  30. Helmut Lang Leather Biker Jacket and The Crazy Ones. Coolspotters. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  31. Helmut Lang Leather Biker Jacket and Devious Maids. Coolspotters. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  32. Tumblr.png Pop Detour — Covert Affairs: Annie's outfit on Tumblr  (August 10, 2013)
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  34. Adalyn Floral Print Silk Shirt EQUIPMENT. Nordstrom Rack. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
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  36. Steveston Transformed Once Again by Once Upon a Time. inSteveston (July 26, 2011). Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. “Across the street the Cannery Cafe has been overtaken by fake vegetation, boasts a beautiful mural, and neighbours Worthington's Haberdashery in the former site of Artisans Galleria.”
  37. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time August 24, 2016 (August 24, 2016).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Steveston, BC (Storybrooke) taken on August 24, 2016.(archive copy)
  38. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 11, 2018. "#tbt and other times you just shoot around the techno crane 😂" (archive copy)
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