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I always felt there were two kinds of people. Wolves and sheep. Those who kill, and those who get killed. And you, Huntsman... you are most certainly a wolf.
—The Evil Queen to the Huntsman
"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is the seventh episode of Season One of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by David M. Barrett. It is the seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 11, 2011.


One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.[1]


Deleted Scenes

A scene involving Rumplestiltskin was cut.[3]



Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • This is the last episode to credit Jamie Dornan as series regular.
  • This is the first episode in which Josh Dallas does not appear.
  • Originally, there were plans for a future story about Snow White using the whistle that the Huntsman made for her. The show creators "had something fun planned for that",[5] but it never came to pass.
  • Jennifer Morrison pulled a muscle while shooting the fight scene with Regina, due to shooting the fight from so many different angles in the cold.[6]

Episode Chronology

Episode Connections




Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

The Queen [illegible / image ends]
with fear as what [image ends]
don't. "Soon, ev[image ends]
love, will be tak[image ends]
suffering will rise [image ends]
to face Charmi[image ends]
ness if it is the [image ends]
Having made [image ends]
to walk away. B[image ends]
Queen's threat go[image ends]
threw it at the ev[image ends]
her, however, the [image ends]
smoke. The sword [image ends]
Queen was gone. [image ends]

Set Dressing

4979 MA
Telephone: 555-0145
Fax: 555-0146
[image begins]RATIVE − [three illegible words] Sun 10/14 11:22 − [illegible word] 03 – 10 – 0742
[image begins]ARY PLACEMENT − [illegible word] Dorris Zimmer [sic]

[image begins]. Sheriff Graham responded to the area of Franklin Drive in
[image begins] our vehicle parked in the woods. The explainant, Neil Westlake,
[image begins]gar one parked in the woods and is wounded like [illegible word] was
[image begins] woods. Upon Graham's arrival, he found a white [illegible word], early 90's
[image begins]s. He made contact with the driver, Dorris Zimmer [sic], 01/01/02.
[image begins]he was suffering from clinical depression and that she was not

[image begins]ed and checked the area. She was largely incoherent and is
[image begins] [illegible]. This prompted the Sheriff to further inspect the vehicle,
[image begins] ran taped to the tall pipe of the vehicle. At this [illegible word],
[image begins] and taken into custody under the [illegible word] of the Baker Act.

[image begins]he no longer wants to live. She also keeps stating that she was
[image begins]le." She admitted that she had been institutionalized two times
[image begins] suicide.

[image begins] background check, it was [illegible word] that Zimmer had a previ-
[image begins] incident during the New Year festivities in Storybrooke Park.

[image begins]re called and Zimmer was transferred to the Storybrooke Mental
[image begins]is point, the Clinical Psychiatrist on duty alerted the Special
[image begins] [illegible word] in the presence of her two children, Nicholas and Ava (both 4

[image begins]fed and the children were found alone at the Zimmer
[image begins]is Boulevard, since − without a primary caregiver present. The
[image begins] into short-term foster care while while Zimmer underwent further
[image begins]sted this file was S.S. Edwards who is responsible through the

[image begins] and impounded at the municipal premises on Will Road.

  • Neal Westlake is a graphic designer and production staff member on the show, whose name appears on several props throughout the series:
  • Next to the police report, there is a report about an 8 year old boy named Billy Mason from Seattle, Washington. According to the report, he disappeared on on March 1, 2002, and was possibly kidnapped by his babysitter, a 16 year old boy named David. David is described as having a birth mark on his left shoulder, wore a gold watch, and his clothes were made by The Ridge Clothing Co. He was last seen at the house of a man named Greg Mason, where he "was babysitting for his [sic]". According to the report, "David disappeared along with his 8 year old charge Billy Mason. The time of disappearance is between 8:000 and 12:30 on March 1. 2002. Billy Mason's parents arrived home at 12:30 am to find the back door wide open and the house empty". The incident was reported by Srgt. Kelly, and the investigating officer is called Det. Bradshaw. The report contains an officer's signature, but it is unreadable. }
  • Below the report is a document carrying the Storybrooke Sheriff's Department seal. A website address is printed on it: This is the personal website of Kawther Salam, a Palestinian journalist who reported on human rights abuses by the Israeli military and filed legal complaints against them. Fittingly enough, the document is written in Hebrew.

In Loving Memory of
Norman Crane
January 12, 1937 – July 17, 1999
Born in Brooklyn, New York[33]

  • Another gravestone says "Olson", "Anthony"[9]

Costume Notes


  • When the wolf walks way from Graham, a window pane in the background says "Pacific Net & Twine",[42] the real name of the Steveston business which doubles as Atlantic Twine & Net[43] on the show.[44]
  • After Regina's scuffle with Emma, there is blood on the lower left corner of her lip. For the rest of the episode, the wound keeps changing appearance and position.[45]
  • When Emma is pressing a pack of ice against her wound, her flower wrist tattoo[46] is missing.[47]

Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale

  • Emma finds the vase containing Mary Margaret's flowers from Dr. Whale. Mistakenly believing they are from Graham, she hurls it across the room, shattering it.[48]
  • Snow White states she "watched (her father) fall in love with Regina".[49]
  • As Graham is dying, he says to Emma that he loves her.[50]
  • After his death, Graham's body is put on a stretcher and carried away by paramedics.[50]

International Titles



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, December 11, 2011. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#107) "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"”
  2. TV Ratings Sunday: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Continues To Fall; Fox Animations Down + Scrambled CBS. TV by the Numbers (December 12, 2011). “Once Upon a Time. 2.9/7. 8.91.”
  3. File:107BTS27.jpg
  4. File:107Title.png
  5. The Official ABC Once Upon a Time Podcast: "The Queen Is Dead". ABC (2013). (At 14:40)
  6. TwitterLogo @jenmorrisonlive (Jennifer Morrison) on Twitter (December 12, 2011). "it was fun. We shot it s from so many angles in the cold that i pulled a muscle in my back but it was totally worth it !"
    TwitterLogo @jenmorrisonlive (Jennifer Morrison) on Twitter (December 12, 2011). "shot the fight scene from so many angles and it was so cold out that by the end of the ngt [sic] I had pulled a muscle in my back"

    Jennifer Morrison. Once Upon A Time Fan Blog/Podcast Site (December 29, 2011). “The following transcript is from Jennifer Morrison's live twitter chat from DECEMBER 11, 2011 episode of Season 1, Episode 7 of "Once Upon a Time," : The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. (...) @jenmorrisonlive shot the fight scene from so many angles and it was so cold out that by the end of the ngt [sic] I had pulled a muscle in my back”
  7. File:107KnowEachOther.png
  8. File:106SeeYou.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 File:107WolfWalksAway2.png
  10. File:107Awake.png
  11. 11.0 11.1 File:107TheresThatWall.png
  12. Grapefruit Sugar Bowl. Anthropologie. Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  13. File:107IsSnowWhite.png
  14. File:107IsSnowWhite3.png
  15. File:107IsSnowWhite.png
  16. File:107IsSnowWhite2.png
  17. File:107TurningThePage.png
  18. Tumblr ONCE UPON A TIME fashion and finds — Vintage Enesco Tea for Two Owl Teapot as seen in Mary Margaret's apartment. (No longer available) on Tumblr  (July 28, 2013) (screenshot)
  19. File:107GrahamLeaves.png
  20. Arabian Scroll Motif from Saybrook ST30008. Wallquest. Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  21. File:107INeedToThink.png
  22. Rosa Indica Fragrans; Rosier des Indes odorant. The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  23. Rosa indica. The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Retrieved on June 13, 2018.
  24. File:212CoraSearching.png
  25. File:309No.png
  26. File:107DartMisses.png
  27. File:111Printing.png
  28. File:118EveryTime.png
  29. File:421BookBlurb.png
  30. File:521StandHere.png
  31. File:522BroughtItWithHim.png
  32. File:714RobinHoodBook.png
  33. File:107Gravestone.png
  34. File:107SymbolFamiliar.png
  35. File:107OhHeyWait.png
  36. H&M; Skirt. Polyvore. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017.
  37. File:107ForgetToShave.png
  38. File:407ImGettingMarried.png
  39. File:108AfterAll.png
  40. File:116NowWeReTalking.png
  41. File:119AboutTheRent.png
  42. File:107WolfyWalksAway.png
  43. File:102DinerOpens.png
  44. Rae, Jessica (January 23, 2012). Once Upon a Time Travel Guide – Is Storybrooke Maine a Real Place?. Small Screen Scoop. “Places in Storybrooke: (...) Atlantic Twine & Net (actually Pacific Net & Twine)”
  45. File:107ReginaLooksAtGraham.png
  46. File:102Cinnamon.png
  47. File:107TiredAndFeverish.png
  48. Beane, Odette, Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale, New York, Hyperion, 2013, p. 115
  49. Beane, Odette, Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale, New York, Hyperion, 2013, p. 119 – 120
  50. 50.0 50.1 Beane, Odette, Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale, New York, Hyperion, 2013, p. 132

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