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For the Enchanted Forest character, see Black Fairy.

So, your mother wasn't always the Black Fairy.

Gideon to Mr. Gold

"The Black Fairy" is the nineteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Dana Horgan, and directed by Alrick Riley. It is the one hundred and thirtieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 30, 2017.


In flashback, after Rumple's mother, Fiona, learns from his fairy godmother that his destiny is prophesized, she does everything in her power to keep it from happening. Ultimately, Fiona will have to make a decision that will change the course of both their lives forever. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Rumple faces a similar dilemma.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Growing Up" (Scene 5A)

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

Standing in her living room, Regina watches as Henry puts on a tie for Emma's wedding. "Since when can you tie a tie?", she asks. He replies that he's known it since he looked it up on YouTube. Finishing with the tie, he asks, "How did I do?". She says that he did perfect and guesses he won't be needing her to tie these anymore. He asks her what's wrong; after all, he's not the one getting married. She says that nothing is wrong; it's just that he's gotten so mature. Suddenly, a female voice yells from the top floor, "Ugh! What's wrong with this?!". Regina remarks that she wishes she could say the same about his aunt Zelena. At that, she goes to help her sister.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • In the press release, the word "dilemma" is misspelled as "delimna".[2]
  • Jaime Murray, who portrays the Black Fairy, had reservations about the scene where Fiona gives birth to Rumplestiltskin. In order to prepare, the actress watched past scenes of Emilie de Ravin, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader giving birth on-screen. After doing this, she realized there was no attractive way of giving birth on television.[6]
  • The spell used by Fiona to transform herself into a fairy is "Le sgiathan cumhachd draoidheil", which is Scottish Gaelic for "with wings magic power"[7] (or, "magic power with wings").
  • The last ingredient Fiona needs to create the Dark Curse is wolfsbane. According to magic lore, this plant can be used to prevent shapeshifting and has traditionally been used to protect homes from werewolves. Bundles of wolfsbane can be placed around barns and pastures to protect livestock from predators (this requires taking care that the livestock have no access to the plant, as wolfsbane is highly poisonous, and ingesting even a small amount can kill you). It can also be used to bring harm to another by creating "elf bolts" of sharpened flint dipped in wolfsbane juice and using it to pierce a poppet for the victim.[8]
  • When Mr. Gold meets up with the Black Fairy at the end of the episode, the moon has the same shape as Fiona's scar.[9]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • While putting together a baby crib, Zelena says that she's just been soundly defeated by Sniglar and adds that she didn't name it, but IKEA did; a reference to the famous furniture retailer.

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

  • The outdoor scenes in the Enchanted Forest were filmed in Robert Burnaby Park.[28]
  • The exterior of Malcolm and Fiona's cottage[29] is a redressed version of the Apprentice's cottage from Season Four.[30] This can be seen from the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones by the door, on the right hand side, are easiest to compare). The Apprentice's roof tiles were replaced with a thatched roof for the episode.
    • The Apprentice's cottage also doubles as one of the cottages in the village of Camelot in the Season Five episode "The Broken Kingdom".[31] 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".[32] 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".[33] 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.

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (May 2, 2017). ‘Chicago Justice,’ ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ adjust up: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 3.05”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME.. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#601) "The Savior".”
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  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (February 17, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya March 5!" (screenshot)
  6. Vic, Jaime and Bex Discuss The Biggest OUAT Plot Twist. YouTube (June 12, 2017).
  7. Le sgiathan cumhachd draoidheill. Google Translate. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “With wings magic powers”
  8. Wolfsbane. Witchipedia. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “Wolfsbane has traditionally been used to protect homes from werewolves and can be used to prevent shape shifting. Bundles of wolfsbane could be placed around barns and pastures to protect livestock from predators (taking care that the livestock have no access to it lest they be killed themselves). Because of its baneful nature, it could be used in sympathetic magic to bring harm to another by creating "elf bolts" of sharpened flint dipped in wolfsbane juice and piercing a poppet for the victim with them.”
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  11. SNIGLAR Crib, beech. IKEA. Retrieved on September 28, 2018.
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  18. ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE Walt blouse. Farfetch. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
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  21. Piped Belted A-Line Macintosh Coat TED BAKER LONDON. Nordstrom. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
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  23. “The Black Fairy” yellow gown ensemble from Once Upon a Time Season 6, Episode 19.. iCollector. Retrieved on March 18, 2019.
    The costume department for the Once Upon a Time have altered the coat for the episode.
  24. FANTASIA-1020 Blush Suede/ Gold Chrome. Shoe Me. Retrieved on March 18, 2019.
    Image of the Pleaser Day & Night Boots
    Note the boots are hidden under Fiona's yellow skirt.
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  26. What to wear to work in a heatwave. The Telegraph (July 18, 2016). “Rachel Comey Laurel ruffle-sleeved top, £314, Matches Fashion”
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  28. TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (January 30, 2017). "#OnceUponaTime signs spotted near Robert Burnaby Park today. Thanks @ArtsyServal" (screenshot)
    Tumblr.png Villains' Happy Ending — 22 February 2017, 8:53 pm on Tumblr  (February 22, 2017). "Temporary set exterior (stone cottage with thatched roof) is up in Burnaby Park with various props stacked nearby (labelled 'Ext Hovel'). A few crew members around, including Leaf Lady." (screenshot)
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