For the Enchanted Forest character, see Black Fairy.
"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.
"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.
- The title card features Tiger Lily, Fiona and the Blue Fairy flying in the woods.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on February 17, 2017.
- PRESS RELEASE: In the press release, the word "dilemma" is misspelled as "delimna".
- 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.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: 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" (or, "magic power with wings").
- HIDDEN DETAILS: There are tulips in the Sacred Fairy Vault, just like in the tulip pod chamber where Tinker Bell and the Blue Fairy live in the Season Three episode "Quite a Common Fairy".
- REAL WORLD FACTS: 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.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place several years before "Think Lovely Thoughts". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Where Bluebirds Fly" and before "The Song in Your Heart". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The lights flicker when Rumplestiltskin is born, just like they did when Henry was born in "The Heart of the Truest Believer", and when Prince Neal was born in "Kansas".
- When Emma enters the Dream Realm she says she thought there would be "talking doughnuts or something." This is the same thing Neal says in "Souls of the Departed" when he surprises Emma on her way to the Underworld. ("If this were a dream, there'd be, like, talking doughnuts or something weird like that")
- Mother Superior was drained of her powers in "Ill-Boding Patterns" and began to wake up after regaining them in "Where Bluebirds Fly".
- Zelena sacrificed her powers to stop the Black Fairy in "Where Bluebirds Fly".
- The Black Fairy took Gideon's heart in "Mother's Little Helper".
- Tiger Lily gave Hook her half of the wand that banished the Black Fairy in "Awake".
- Zelena has become a better driver by the time of "Leaving Storybrooke".
- The Sands of Morpheus were first used by Mr. Gold in "The Savior".
- Tiger Lily states that the Dark Curse will send everyone to a Land Without Magic. This eventually happens when the curse is cast for the first time in "Pilot", a second time in "A Curious Thing", and a third time in "Broken Heart", it will do this for a fourth time in "The Song in Your Heart and fifth time in "The Eighth Witch.
- Hook mentions Henry's "Wookiee prisoner gag" from "Operation Mongoose Part 2" and "that time on the Nautilus" from "Dark Waters".
- Emma and Hook get married in "The Song in Your Heart".
- The others find out about Mr. Gold's deception in "The Song in Your Heart".
- When the Blue Fairy arrives, she takes the form of a blue star descending from the night sky, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. Similarly, her fellow fairy Tiger Lily takes the form of an orange star.
- Hook mentions Henry's "Wookiee prisoner gag" from the Season 4 episode "Operation Mongoose Part 2"; a reference to the scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker pretend Chewbacca is their prisoner in order to enter the Death Star's detention area.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the Villeneuve version of the fairytale of "Beauty and the Beast", focusing on Beast's childhood, his mother's fear of losing him, his childhood with the wicked fairy, his transformation into a beast and the loss of a parent at a young age.
- This episode features Rumplestiltskin from the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairytale (who is also the Beast from the "Beauty and the Beast" fairytale), the Fairy with turquoise hair from The Adventures of Pinocchio story, Tiger Lily and Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, the ugly duckling from the titular fairytale, and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story.
- In the original version of "Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, Beast's father died when he was little and his mother was later forced to go off to war. Scared of losing her young son, she left him in the care of a fairy who turned out to be evil. Initially, the fairy took good care of the prince but when he grew older, she transformed him into the beast in retaliation for rejecting her advances. On Once Upon a Time, Beast's mother and the wicked fairy are combined into one: Fiona learns about a prophecy about her child's destiny to become the Savior and die fighting a great evil. Scared of losing Rumplestiltskin, she desperately seeks to protect him, even turning herself into a fairy in order to do so. Although she initially seeks to take care of her infant son, she eventually turns evil and ends up cutting her son from his fate of a Savior, which eventually led him down the path to becoming a "beast". When Fiona is banished to the Dark Realm, Beast's father is lead to believe that she is dead and the child grows up with a single parent.
- In the Villeneuve version of "Beauty and the Beast", the wicked fairy, planning to seduce Beauty's real father, assigns a "protecting genius" and "two subaltern and invisible fairies" to watch over Beast in her absence. This is alluded to when, on the night Fiona gives birth to Rumplestiltskin, two fairies, Tiger Lily and the Blue Fairy, visit Fiona to tell her about the prophecy about her child being destined to be a Savior and fight a great evil.
- In Villeneuve's version of "Beauty and the Beast", the fairies have a book referred to as "the general book" and "the great book", in which all that they do is magically written down at the very same instant that the action takes place. This book is used by the wicked fairy to find proof that Beauty's real mother was not living according to the laws of the fairies. On Once Upon a Time, the fairies have a book known as the Book of Prophecy, which Fiona uses to find out her infant son's fate.
- BRAND INFO: As Zelena correctly states, the piece of nursery furniture she's assembling is a Sniglar baby crib from IKEA.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: A monkey key chain is attached to the car keys that Regina gives Zelena, a reference to the flying monkeys.
- REUSED PROPS: Fiona's curse scroll for the Dark Curse is the same prop that was used for the Curse of the Empty-Hearted in the Season Two episode "Welcome to Storybrooke".
- REUSED PROPS: The lamp seen sitting on a table in the clock tower is the same prop that was used in Zelena's quarters at the Emerald Castle in the Season Five episode "Our Decay".
- BRAND INFO: Belle is wearing a Isabel Marant Etoile Walt Check Top and a Babaton Maurice Coat (both are no longer available).
- BRAND INFO: Regina is wearing a Ted Baker Piped Belted A-Line Macintosh Coat (no longer available).
- BRAND INFO: After transforming into a fairy, Fiona is wearing an Alice + Olivia Lined Lace Jacket (note that the costume department altered the coat for the episode) and a pair of Pleaser Day & Night FANTASIA Boots.
- BRAND INFO: While at home, Emma is wearing a Rachel Comey Laurel Ruffled-Sleeve Top (no longer available). She wears the same garment again in the Season Seven episode "A Pirate's Life".
- The outdoor scenes in the Enchanted Forest were filmed in Robert Burnaby Park.
- RECYCLED SET: The exterior of Malcolm and Fiona's cottage is a redressed version of the Apprentice's cottage from Season Four. 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". 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". 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". 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.
|French||"Le Livre des Prophéties"||"The Book of Prophecies"|
|German||"Die Schwarze Fee und das Erwachen der Nacht"||"The Black Fairy and the Awakening of the Night"|
|Italian||"La madre di Tremotino"||"Rumplestilskin's Mother"|
|Portuguese||"A Fada Negra"||"The Black Fairy"|