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This article focuses on the Season Four episode, "The Apprentice".
For the main reality character, see Apprentice.
For the Wish Realm character, see Apprentice (Wish Realm).

Zoso: You are not the Sorcerer.
The Apprentice: No. I am his apprentice. And you are not the first Dark One I have faced.

"The Apprentice" is the fourth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the seventieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 19, 2014.


After Emma asks Hook out on a real first date, Hook visits Mr. Gold and asks for his hand to be reattached so that he can embrace her with both hands. But magic always comes with a price. Henry and Mary Margaret try to offer hope to Regina when she becomes frustrated over not being able to find a cure to save a frozen Marian, and Will Scarlet attempts to break into the Storybrooke library to find a special book. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Rumplestiltskin is after a magical box that the Sorcerer’s apprentice is guarding, and he may use Elsa’s sister Anna to help him get it.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Storybrooke Docks

Belle and Mr. Gold are walking down a dock at the harbor.[3] Belle asks her husband if he's sure he doesn't want her to help out at the pawnshop, but Gold laughs and says that he ran the shop for many years without her and he is sure he can manage a few days on his own. He says that he knows how important the library is to her, adding "You get it going again". A grateful Belle says that she is lucky to have ended up with someone like him, but Gold says that he is the lucky one. The two of them then share a kiss, before Gold asks her to go tend to her books.[4]

Regina and Mary Margaret

The recap video at the beginning of the next episode, "Breaking Glass", contains an excerpt from a deleted scene from "The Apprentice", where Regina is in her office, discussing Robin Hood's commitment to his wife with Mary Margaret. ("He's honor-bound to stay with her. Therefore, I have to save her.")



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • While shooting the scene where Emma asks Hook out, causing the dart he's throwing to miss completely, Colin O'Donoghue threw the dart without looking and accidentally hit the bullseye. His reaction ruined the scene.[7] The clip was included in the DVD/Blu-ray blooper reel.[8]
  • A sequence where Hook cut off his re-attached hand with a "meat cleaver or something" was scripted, but the network thought this was far too dramatic. The idea was later reused in the Season Five premiere "The Dark Swan", where Zelena uses a knife to cut off her own hand.[9]
  • Storybrooke's radio station is called WOLF 98, and is the "home of the original party animal". This can be heard on Emma's car radio as she is driving though town.
  • The Snow Queen's adopted alias in Storybrooke is Sarah Fisher.[10] There was a Storybrooke business called "Sara's Old Fashioned Ice Cream", which happened to be located right next to Mr. Gold's pawnshop[11] (the ice cream shop is gone by the time of "Fall",[12] due to the fact that the real-life version in Steveston Village closed down).[13] However, Jane Espenson has clarified that the other ice cream shop did not belong to the Snow Queen.[14]
  • The Apprentice's house number is 1940,[15] which is the year Disney released Fantasia.
  • Josh Dallas and Georgina Haig wrote an "extremely fascinating and revealing" story while filming a scene.[16]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes


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Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

  • Hook and Emma's dinner date was filmed inside the restaurant Tapenade Bistro in Steveston Village,[3] which doubles as the town of Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time.
  • The Apprentice's cottage[71] also doubles as four other cottages on the show:
    • It is used as one of the cottages in the village of Camelot in the Season Five episode "The Broken Kingdom".[72] This can easily be seen from the identical architecture and window panes and the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones around the window are easiest to compare).
    • A redressed version of the cottage doubles as the exterior of Brennan's cottage in the Season Five episode "Swan Song".[73] The wooden floor on the Apprentice's front porch has been replaced by a stone floor and climbing plants have been added to the walls to make the cottage look different.
    • The same set doubles as the exterior of the Woodcutter's cottage in the Season Five episode "Sisters".[74] Although the cottage was heavily redressed to double as the Woodcutter's home (most noticeably, the roof of his cottage has a completely different shape, and the chimney is in a different position), the door, the window panes and the pattern of the brick stones (again, the ones around the window are easiest to compare) are the same.
    • The cottage was once again reused, for Fiona and Malcolm's cottage, in the Season Six episode "The Black Fairy".[75] This can be seen from the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones on the right hand side of the lower half of the door are easiest to compare). The Apprentice's roof tiles were replaced with a thatched roof for this episode.

International Titles



  1. Kondolojy, Amanda (October 21, 2014). Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Simpsons' & 'Madam Secretary' Adjusted Up; 'Mulaney' Adjusted Down. TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. “Once Upon a Time (...) 8.07”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#404) "The Apprentice".”
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  6. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (August 12, 2014). "Wonder what #OnceUponATime episode 404 is called? Wonder no more! Hope to see ya 9/28!" (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo @LBradz (Lindz 🏃‍♀️) on Twitter (October 21, 2017). "His favourite blooper was when he talked to Emma, threw a dart and it hit the bullseye. His reaction ruined the scene 😂 #OUATNJ" (screenshot)
    Colin's Panel Clip 4 OUAT NJ CON 2017. YouTube (October 21, 2017).
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  9. Jennifer Morrison, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on the Season Five Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "The Dark Swan"
  10. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 28, 2014). "I didn't write that one. Had to find the script. It says Sarah." (screenshot)
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  13. Sarah's Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Yelp. Retrieved on February 3, 2019. “Yelpers report this location has closed.”
  14. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 29, 2014). "nope. Different name. Perhaps a competitor she froze out of the business." (screenshot)
  15. File:404BristledGuide.png
  16. TwitterLogo @GeorginaHaig (Georgina Haig) on Twitter (October 19, 2014). "We wrote a fascinating story while filming this scene"

    Josh Dallas (October 19, 2014). "extremely fascinating and revealing.". Twitter. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014.
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  23. TwitterLogo @AndrewChambliss (Andrew Chambliss) on Twitter (October 5, 2015). "with a nice little nod to the Han/Leia "I love you" from Empire Strikes Back" (screenshot)
  24. Scneticer, Mark (May 28, 2014). Season Finale Awards: 'Once Upon a Time' creators dish on Hook, Elsa. Entertainment Weekly. “For us, we kind of look at Captain Hook as our Han Solo. We say he's Han Solo with guyliner.”
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  30. Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll: Chapter 2 – The Garden of Live Flowers. University of Adelaide. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
  31. The Red Queen instructing Alice. The Victorian Web. Retrieved on February 3, 2019. “Illustration for the second chapter of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass
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  34. Symbols for Alchemical Processes. The Alchemy Web Site. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  36. The Legendary Emerald Tablet. Ancient Origins (August 10, 2014).
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  39. ONCE UPON A TIME: "Skin Deep" script (PDF) pp. 19. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  47. FlickrIconTemplate Lawrence Andreutti. IMG_2447 (March 5, 2016).  (archive copy)
    FlickrIconTemplate Lawrence Andreutti. Creation Once Upon a Time Set Tour March 5, 2016 (March 5, 2016).  (archive copy) (archive copy part 2)
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    BLUR LEATHER RIA SNAKE LASER PRINT JACKET. Blur Leather. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  58. Jennifer Morrison's Nude T-Strap Pumps on 'Once Upon a Time'. StyleBistro (October 20, 2014).
  59. Eduardo Castro Talks Designing the Costumes of Once Upon a Time. Music in the Dark. Archived from the original on February 26, 2017. “I always communicate with the actors. Jennifer Morrison, in particular, is very specific on what she likes and we collaborate on a lot of her modern clothes. Her date dress was custom made as well as several of her leather jackets and wool coats.”
  60. FacebookIcon @oceandriveleather (Ocean Drive Leather). November 19, 2014.  "Captain Hook has a sexy new motorcycle jacket! Colin O'Donoghue looks great on ABC's Once Upon a Time in a specially designed, distressed black leather jacket from Oceandrive Leather. Thanks Eduardo Castro for your confidence in us!" (archive copy)
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  62. James Perse Women’s Raw-Seamed Cotton Jersey Tee. Forwowoo. Archived from the original on February 10, 2017.
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  64. Once Upon a Time: Season 4 Episode 4 Belle’s Grey Star Print Flare Skirt. shopyourtv. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
  65. Jimmy Choo Sepia Kidskin-Napa Colorblock Platform Pump, Black/Nude. Bergdorf Goodman. Retrieved on February 3, 2019.
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  67. Gordon, Sara (September 20, 2015). Once Upon A time Returns for its Fifth Season. Steveston Insider. “Vince Morlet, owner of Tapenade Bistro and vice president of the Steveston Merchants Association says, "I have spoken to a number of cast members who are very complementary of Steveston, and remark on how welcoming the village has been to them." He recalls his favourite filming story from season four when a scene was filmed inside his restaurant. No alterations were made to Tapenade's interior other than changing the tablecloths.”
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Start a Discussion Discussions about The Apprentice (Episode)

  • Least favorite/Useless/Boring episodes in the series

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    • i dont think any epidode is bad/boring 
    • Let's be honest here; Wish You Were Here was simultaneously the worst episode and biggest missed opportunity on the show
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    • I like that insight. And while it may not have been intentional, it is interesting to consider. Another interesting thing is that Anna is a...
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