"The Brothers Jones" is the fifteenth episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & David H. Goodman, and directed by Eagle Egilsson. It is the one hundred and third episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 27, 2016.
Finally reunited, Hook and Emma must find a way to defeat Hades so that they can return to Storybrooke with Snow, David, Regina, Robin, Henry and Gold. A surprise visit from Hook's departed brother Liam just might provide the lead they were looking for—others who have tried to overthrow Hades spoke of a book that contained the key to his downfall. Tired of watching from the sidelines, Henry secretly takes matters into his own hands while the others search for the book. Meanwhile, Hades redoubles his efforts to trap the heroes in the Underworld by playing them against one another. In flashbacks, the bond between the two young Jones brothers is tested and strengthened on a merchant ship heading into a dangerous storm.
Liam and Killian Jones work aboard the ship of Captain Silver, having been sold by their father. Liam tells Killian of his plan to use the silver they have saved up to buy them both a place in the king's navy. Captain Silver hears of this plan, and so gets Killian drunk and tricks him into gambling away their silver. Disraught at this news, Liam agrees to continue work for Captain Silver. They set sail to find the Eye of the Storm, a valuable jewel that constantly eludes acquisition. En route, the ship enters a storm. Liam tells his brother to detain Silver while he makes the plans to start a mutiny and become captain. While making his plans, Liam is met by none other than Hades, who proposes a deal to Liam: cause the captain and crew to perish, thus entering Hades' kingdom, and Hades ensures Liam's and Killian's survival, along with giving Liam the Eye of the Storm, which could pay for their enlisting in the navy. Liam agrees, and sails the ship into the worst part of the hurricane. The ship is totaled, and Liam and Killian are the only survivors. They wash up on an island. They are met by a naval captain, who they tell their story to. Liam shows him the Eye, and the captain immediately grants them both positions on his own ship, declaring Liam a hero.
Cruella drives Henry through the woods, on a hunt for the Magic Pen. Henry sees a glimmer of light in the woods, and tells Cruella to stop. While Cruella waits, Henry goes into the woods and meets the Apprentice, who tells him that the pen is in the Underworld version of the Sorcerer's Mansion, but that he should only use the pen to write stories as they are, instead of using it to alter reality, including resurrecting Cruella.
Emma and Hook have a moment alone, during which he tells her that he believes he should move on instead of going back to Storybrooke with her. Then Hook's brother Liam arrives. He tells them that he does not know his unfinished business. When he hears their desire to defeat Hades, he tells them that it has been tried many times before, and each person who tried mentioned a book. Emma immediately realizes that the Once Upon A Time book has an Underworld Edition. They search the Underbrooke Blanchard Loft, during which Liam gets Emma alone to tell her that she should not be trying to save Hook, because she caused him to become Dark to fulfill her own desires, and is not good enough for him. Henry arrives to tell them about the Underbrook Sorcerer's Mansion, where the book most likely is. They must first get the key, which is at the Underbrooke Sheriff Station.
Liam returns to the Underbrooke Rabbit Hole, which he runs, and meets Hades, who makes another deal: Liam must find the book before anyone else and destroy the pages containing Hades' story, or Hades will tell Hook Liam's unfinished business: the deaths of Captain Silver and his crew.
David and Snow go to get the key, and find it before they hear Cruella approaching. Snow escapes, and Cruella, apparently thinking that David is James, begins to flirt with him. Snow brings the key to her friends, and they go to the Sorcerer's Mansion. Inside, Emma tells Henry to stay and "keep watch". However, he waits until she leaves, then goes to find the pen. Liam finds the Once Upon a Time book, and keeps his deal with Hades and removes the pages about him.
Back at the Sheriff Station, David finally forces Cruella away, and she reveals that she knew it was him all along, and that he was different from James because David didn't have the anger James has, the anger that their mother chose to give James away to King George and keep David.
At the mansion, the others find the book but find that pages are missing. Liam sends them to look for the pages, then slips outside to dispose of the pages in a well. Emma tells Hook that she suspects Liam is lying, and has the pages. He doesn't believe her, so she goes out to confront Liam. Hook walks in on them, and tells Emma that he agrees with Liam, and they should break up. Emma stalks off. Hook then sees a residue from the pages on Liam's hands, and realizes that Emma was right. He is shocked and repulsed, and is about to chew Liam out when Captain Silver and his men appear. Silver tells Hook about both Liam's deals with Hades, then takes them to the Fiery Cave. He is about to have the brothers pushed into the flaming pit, but Hades appears and stops Silver by knocking him into the fire. He then orders that Liam be spared for keeping the deal, but Hook be executed for escaping his dungeon. Liam refuses to let Hades do this, so Hades sends Liam over the edge first. Hook catches him, but Liam tells him to let him fall so his business can be finished. Hook doesn't want to, but Liam pries his hand out of Hook's and falls into the fire. Suddenly, the portal to the better place opens, revealing a calm, sunny ocean with a beautiful ship waiting. Horrified, Hades promises revenge on Hook before disappearing. Liam then appears on a rowboat in the water, and tells his brother to tell Emma he forgives her, and that they should be together, and Hook agrees before watching Liam and Silver's crew sailing off into the beautiful sea.
Hook returns to the mansion and tells Emma about all that happened, and that he will return to Storybrooke with her after defeating Hades. Meanwhile, Henry finds the quill and ink. The group returns to the loft, and David notices Henry's strange behavior. He persuades Henry to come clean, and he tells his family about his plan to find the quill. He promises to be a good author and only transcribe stories, starting with Hades'.
In his lair, Hades sifts through the River Acheron, and pulls out the pages of the book. He looks through them before finding a picture of himself with Zelena. He smiles and says aloud that their secret is still safe.
- The title card features the Jewel of the Realm.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on January 11, 2016.
- This episode aired on Easter Sunday, where ratings are significantly lower for TV overall. As a result, ABC decided to code it as a "special", excluding it from the season averages.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place after the first flashback scene of "Swan Song" and before "Good Form". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Underworld events take place after "Devil's Due" and before "Our Decay".
- Cruella De Vil was killed by Emma in "Sympathy for the De Vil".
- Henry Mills became the author in "Operation Mongoose Part 2"
- The Apprentice died in "The Dark Swan".
- Hook was tortured by Hades in "Labor of Love" and "Devil's Due".
- Brennan sold Hook and Liam into servitude in "Swan Song".
- Henry agreed to help Cruella in "Labor of Love".
- Prince James kissed Mary Margaret in "Souls of the Departed".
- Liam and Hook's adventures in the Navy are shown in "Good Form".
- The reason why Hades removed the last pages from the Underworld storybook is revealed in "Last Rites".
- Henry says, "I just live in everyone's shadow. I want to be the hero instead of the one the heroes rescue.", mirroring a similar line he said in "Into the Deep": "I'm done reading about heroes. I want to be one."
- Hades' story with Zelena, is shown in "Our Decay".
- A stuffed bear and tiger are sitting next to each other in the living room of the Underbrooke Swan house. This is a reference to Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger from the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features the ugly duckling from the titular fairytale, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Hades from Greek mythology, Cruella De Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians story, the apprentice from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" story and Long John Silver from the novel Treasure Island.
- The Underworld from Greek mythology is also featured.
- The headline on the piece of parchment that Liam shows to Killian, says "All able-bodied sailors". The bottom line says "His majesty's navy needs you".
- Excerpts from the fairytale of "The Golden Bird" can be seen in the Underworld storybook.
- An excerpt from "Snow-White and Rose-Red" can be seen next to an illustration of Cruella. The very same excerpt also appears on another page in the book.
- An excerpt from the fairytale of "Maid Maleen" can be seen next to an illustration of Liam.
- The text page about Hades says:
|Hades rolled over in his bed with a lazy yawn. His face caught the harsh, blood-red Underworld sunlight pouring into his vaulted bedroom and he squinted. Some how he had overslept. Wiping the sleep out of his eyes, he wondered why his alarm clock didn't go off. In his case, the alarm was the sound of a thousand freshly reaped souls screaming in torment. They usually wailed every morning on schedule as soon as they were deposited into his infernal river, obviating the need for him to enslave a lackey to wake him up. But for some reason on this particular morning, the souls never wailed. Not really thinking too much of it, Hades went about his morning rituals. He walked and fed his three-headed hellhound, Cerberus. He took a luxurious bath, then dried himself by the heat of his flaming hair. And he oversaw his cavernous domain from the top of a volcano while sipping a glass of fine brandy. It was only when he checked his soul-counter in his private lounge that he realized he had a problem. Inexplicably, it registered a paltry amount of a few dozen. Hades shook the counter to make sure the device was working||properly, but the dial didn't budge. His equipment was working fine. It was his soul count that was pitifully low. Hades shook his head and clenched his fist. There was little that put him in a worse mood than a low soul count. He felt like going out and drowning the first twenty restless spirits he came across in his infernal river, but he knew that wouldn't solve his problem. To get to the bottom of the issue, he'd have to look at the soul-providers who fueled his supply up in the Overworld. Unfortunately, Hades didn't have any real power when he journeyed above ground, and out of his domain. Even if he could figure out which of his admired cadre of murderers had stopped murdering, he'd have to find a creative way to get them to resume killing.|
First he needed time to think. He took a stroll through the grimy, sulfur-laden streets, which teemed with sad, restless spirits. These were the souls who still had unfinished business hanging over their heads, weighing on their permanently silenced hearts. The spirits avoided eye contact with Hades, afraid he might unleash his wrath on them. But Hades stopped one for a chat. A small, bearded villager in tattered rags. His rags were blue, and seemed to have once been part of a proud outfit.
- Liam's navigation map mentions the Enchanted Forest locations The Spit, Miraud Is. and Kei Is. One area is described as "A mighty swell when the Wind is at N.W."
- Red peppers pickled in jars are sitting on the counter in the Underbrooke version of The Rabbit Hole. Pickled peppers can also be seen on the shelves of the Underbrooke Diner in previous episodes.
- The medieval torture devices seen in the Underbrooke Sheriff's Department include:
- The spiked collar: An iron collar with spikes pointing inward which is placed around a prisoner's neck while they are standing in the center of the room. The collar is then fastened with ropes to the walls. If the prisoner moves, the spikes will impale them through the throat.
- The hanging cage: A cage in which the victim was either displayed and later freed from, or locked inside and left to die.
- The pillory.
- A modified version of the rack, with spiked rollers that sliced into the skin and muscles of the victim's back. This "improvement" was introduced by the French.
- The props used for the rack and the hanging cage are also used in the Dark castle great hall in Belle's dream in the Season Six premiere "The Savior", along with the black cage that is sitting in the corner of the sheriff's station.
- The rack and the black cage can also be seen in the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle in the Season Seven episode "Homecoming".
- The hanging cage also appears in the Black Fairy's chambers in the Season Six episode "Mother's Little Helper" and the basement of the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle in the Season Seven episode "Homecoming".
- The Judas cradle, a stool shaped torture device with a metal or wooden pyramid on top. The victim would be stripped and suspended above it, before they were lowered onto the device, making the pyramid enter the body orifices of the lower body.
- A framed illustration of a hook is hanging on the wall inside the captains quarters aboard Captain Silver's ship.
- Cruella's necklace is the Underworld version of the necklace that Isaac gave her in the Season Four episode "Sympathy for the De Vil". She is wearing the same necklace in the Season Five bonus feature "Tales From The Underworld: A Knight With Cruella".
- David is wearing a Jack Spade Solid Henley (no longer available). He wears the same shirt in the Season Three episodes "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home, the Season Four episodes "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Rocky Road", "Breaking Glass", "Heroes and Villains", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "Unforgiven" and "Enter the Dragon" and the Season Five episode "Our Decay".
- Regina says she ripped out pages about herself from the Once Upon a Time book during the first curse. While Henry ripped out pages of Emma's story from the book in the pilot episode, Regina sees an illustration of herself while browsing the pages in "The Thing You Love Most".
- The drawing of Hades and Zelena that can be seen in one of the storybook pages Hades had Liam Jones rip off for him depicts Zelena with a different shade of green than the usual one. However, a different page was made for "Our Decay", with her skin properly painted emerald green.
- For the previously on Once Upon a Time part of "Our Decay", the scene was edited to make her look greener in the drawing.
- Captain Silver's ship is a redressed version of the set used for the Jolly Roger's deck. The captain's quarters is a redressed version of the same quarters aboard the Jolly Roger.
- The original Sorcerer's mansion filming location Cecil Green Park House at the University of British Columbia, was not used for its Underbrooke counterpart. West Point Grey Community Centre in Vancouver was used instead.
|Finnish||"Jonesin veljekset"||"The Brothers Jones"|
|French||"L'Œil de la Tempête"||"The Eye of the Storm"|
|German||"Die Gebrüder Jones"||"The Brothers Jones"|
|Italian||"I fratelli Jones"||"The Brothers Jones"|
|Portuguese||"Os irmãos Jones"||"The Brothers Jones"|
|Spanish||"Los Hermanos Jones"||"The Brothers Jones"|