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For the Season Three episode, see "The Tower".

Robin Hood: Wow. So you're the girl in the tower.
Alice: I got out of that tower years ago.

"The Girl in the Tower" is the fourteenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong, and directed by Antonio Negret. It is the one hundred and forty-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 23, 2018.


Rogers works to prove Tilly's innocence in the case of the Blind Baker's death, while Ivy attempts to make amends with Anastasia, and Samdi makes a revealing confession to Roni. Meanwhile, in a faraway realm, Alice forms an unbreakable bond.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"I Didn't Expect to See You"

This scene is included on "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season".

Henry and Rogers arrive at the site of Rollin' Bayou to ask Jacinda or Sabine if they ever saw Tilly, who is a potential murderer. Though Rogers asks Henry if he's fine with talking to Jacinda, Henry stays neutral. Henry tries to talk to Jacinda, but he messes up. Then, they talk about Lucy, before Rogers asking her if Tilly was here yesterday, to which Jacinda replies "no". Soon, they realize that Tilly stole some beignets instead of buying them, despite what she said.[3]

"If She Can Change..."

This scene is included on the "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season" Blu-ray, but not the DVD.

Ivy comes to Eloise's "gathering place" to look for Anastasia, but sees Eloise standing before her. Eloise says that she does not keep Anastasia where she kept Ivy and that she would never torture Anastasia, as she is like her own daughter. Ivy mocks Eloise and her coven, saying she's sure that that's what she tells all the girls and also that Eloise wants to watch people suffer while she gets what she wants. Eloise reminds Ivy that she was the one who tried to steal her sister's magic and leave her for dead. Ivy accepts herself and says that she wants to be changed just like her mother. She threatens Eloise, saying that she will tell her sister the truth, which is Eloise wanting her just to get the Dark One's powers. Eloise suddenly takes Ivy's doll and wants to use it for her own advantage to gain Anastasia's trust. As she walks away, Ivy yells that "it is not over".

"One-Upped by a Nanny Cam"

This scene is included on the "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season" Blu-ray, but not the DVD.

Eloise and Anastasia move from place to place to avoid getting caught by Ivy or anyone else. Anastasia tells her that she's getting cold, but Eloise assures her to trust "mother". While they walk down the street, they stumble upon Ivy, who reveals that she found them thanks to the camera that was put on her doll by Victoria, the doll which was previously taken by Eloise. Ivy admits to Anastasia that she's sorry that she tried to hurt her, and that if Anastasia allows it, she can learn how to be a sister. As soon as Eloise tries to walk up to Ivy, Ivy aims a gun at her and tells Anastasia the truth, that Eloise killed their mother and she is using her just like she used her. Anastasia, who's had enough, magically pushes the both of them, which gives her a time to run.


A scene where Tilly is eating Mochi balls was cut from the episode.[4]

According to Rose Reynolds, she had to eat around ten Mochi balls, which resulted in her feeling sick by the end of the take.[4]



Guest Starring



  • Unknown baby as Lucy



Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

  • This episode features a troll, a giant, monstrous being from Scandinavian folklore.[12]
  • Alice says that she once outran a Bandersnatch, a reference to the creature from Through the Looking-Glass.
  • When talking to Mr. Charles, Tilly refers to herself as the "girl with the marmalade sandwiches", a reference to the scene in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, where Alice grabs a jar of orange marmalade from a shelf while falling down the rabbit hole.
  • When Alice's yellow bug shows up, Alice says to Robin, "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast", directly quoting what the White Queen says to Alice in the novel Through the Looking-Glass, when Alice tries to convince her that one cannot believe impossible things.
  • Margot holds a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.[14]
  • When she returns to Roni's, Margot says "There's no place like home", which is a reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy tells the Scarecrow, "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."


Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • USE IT AGAIN: At Alice's tea party, a white rabbit plushie is sitting by the table.[22] In "The Guardian", Alice has the same rabbit plushie in her cottage[23] and refers to it as "Mr. Rabbit".
  • REUSED PROPS: The spyglass Alice is using[24] is the same spyglass the original version of Hook uses throughout the series.[25]
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The label Tilly finds stuck under her shoe says "Certified organic"[28] and it is revealed that Tilly buys marmalade sandwiches there. Tilly's penchant for organic marmalade is later commented on by Rogers in "Breadcrumbs".

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (March 26, 2018). NCAA Tournament and ‘Dynasty’ adjust down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.11”
  2. 2.0 2.1 ONCE UPON A TIME: THE GIRL IN THE TOWER (3/23). Disney ABC Press (march 19, 2018).
  3. Ridgely, Charlie (August 28, 2018). Exclusive 'Once Upon a Time' Season 7 Deleted Scene: 'I Didn't Expect to See You Here'. Comicbook.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Once Upon A Time Season 7 Episode 22 Review w/ Rose Reynolds: AfterBuzz TV. YouTube (May 21, 2018).
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  7. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA/status (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 29, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler — hope to see ya for our return on Friday, December 8th!" (screenshot)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg @leahfong (Leah Fong) on Twitter (March 23, 2018). "Goodbye, Tower was our second choice for episode title / Goodbye, Tower GIRL. Typo!" (screenshot)
  9. THE PLAY: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on November 23, 2021. “ACT I: THE NURSERY (...) WENDY. Where do you live? / PETER. Second to the right and then straight on till morning.”
    THE NOVEL: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie CHAPTER 3: COME AWAY, COME AWAY!. Lit2Go. Retrieved on October 12, 2018. “She asked where he lived. "Second to the right," said Peter, "and then straight on till morning." "What a funny address!" Peter had a sinking. For the first time he felt that perhaps it was a funny address. "No, it isn't," he said.”
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  12. Troll. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on November 21, 2021. “troll, in early Scandinavian folklore, giant, monstrous being, sometimes possessing magic powers.”
  13. TwitterLogo.svg @leahfong (Leah Fong) on Twitter (March 23, 2018). "it was inspired by the Fremont Troll, but I'm a huge fan of that book so I'm sure that creeped in!" (screenshot)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 File:714AliceInWonderland.png
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  17. File:118CheckingOnHenry.png
  18. File:714SamdiApartment.png
  19. File:714TillyUpsideDown.png
  20. File:101MoreOldFashioned.png (behind Regina's head)
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  23. 23.0 23.1 File:718LikeMyBracelet.png
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  27. External image of the Hannaford Brothers Company logo
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  30. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Amazon. Retrieved on February 22, 2019.
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  32. Deluxe Ceramic Tea Set with Basket. Amazon. Retrieved on November 7, 2018.
  33. File:117GracesTeaParty.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 TwitterLogo.svg @DeanMachine16 (GreenMachine) on Twitter (December 7, 2017). "Hey @WhatsFilming and @yvrshoots ... Just got another film notice at work tonight for Once Upon a Time next week. Looks like they'll be filming on Tuesday Dec 12th outside Ki Sushi in the late morning and interior stuff on Columbia later in the afternoon." (screenshot) (filming notice)
  35. Once Upon A Time shoots a scene for season 7 (either ep 14 or 15) with Colin O'Donoghue, Andrew J West and Rose Reynolds in New Westminster. Canadagraphs (January 4, 2018).

    46 8th St, New Westminster, British Columbia. Google Maps (August 2017).
  36. 1319 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia. Google Maps (May 2017).
  37. Gittins, Susan (December 15, 2017). SEASON 7: ONCE UPON A TIME Sisters Regina & Zelena (Lana Parrilla & Rebecca Mader) Reunite. Hollywood North Buzz. “When Once Upon a Time returns in the Spring we'll see more of the half-sisters. They filmed a sequence this week in Vancouver's Crab Park as Hyperion Heights in Seattle for Episode 7×14 The Girl in the Tower. And they're still bickering. Rebecca Mader, Lana Parrilla, Daniel Francis.”