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Sean: Where are you going?
Emma: To find her.
Sean: How?
Emma: The way you find Cinderella; with her shoe.

"The Other Shoe" is the third episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and fourteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 9, 2016.


As Storybrooke continues to welcome the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories, families, friends and even long-lost enemies are reunited once again. When Ashley (Cinderella) searches for her step-family, intent on settling their unfinished business, Emma, Hook and Henry scramble to help her before it's too late. Meanwhile, Regina attempts to bribe Mr. Hyde for information about how to defeat the Evil Queen and Snow helps Dr. Jekyll find a suitable laboratory for his work. David makes a deal with Gold and delivers a message to Belle in exchange for new information about his father. In flashback, Cinderella attends a ball and meets her prince.[2]


Deleted Scenes

A scene/segment where Tisbe meets a duke at the ball, was cut from the episode, due to there being not enough time to dwell on this.[3]



Guest Starring



  • Navid Charkhi as Party Goer[4]
  • Serena Crouse as Party Goer[5]
  • Keilani Elizabeth-Rose as Party Goer[6]
  • Tristan Chad Ghostkeeper as Party Goer[7]
  • Nathaniel Gosselin as Party Goer[8]
  • Antoine Baby Harry as Castle Servant[9]
  • Scott Lockyer as Party Goer[10][11]
  • Billy Mustapha as Party Goer[12]
  • Emily Shuttleworth as Party Goer[10]
  • Morgan Tanner as Party Goer[13]
  • Liz Tookey as Party Goer[14]
  • Emma Willey as Party Goer[15]
  • Unknown twin sisters as Alexandra[16]
  • Unknown baby as Robin Hood
  • Unknown extra as Woman in Diner



Production Notes

  • Jerome Schwartz wrote the first half of the episode, while Jane Espenson did the second one.[19]
  • Ted Whittall, who played the King and Mitchell Herman in the Season One episode "The Price of Gold", was supposed to appear in this episode.[20] However, his appearance was ultimately cut for unknown reasons.
  • The five minute ballroom scene took fourteen hours to shoot in one production day. Josh Dallas had a cold while shooting it.[21]
    • The scene has only twenty dancers as the rest of the people are background performers who "kind of fake it".[21]
    • During rehearsals for the ball scene, Jessy Schram and Tim Phillipps were coached by choreographer Paul Becker.[22]
  • Regina's password for the psychiatric ward has been changed from 815, Henry's birthday, to 207. ("A Tale of Two Sisters", "The Dark Swan")
  • Leroy says that, after they got Dopey out of the tree, Dopey went on to pursue a master's degree. The explanation for Dopey's absence is that, a few months before Season Six premiered, Jeffrey Kaiser announced that he was leaving the show.[23]
  • The area around the courtyard stairs in the King's castle is recycled from the computer-generated imagery model for the Camelot castle in the Season Five episodes "The Price, "Siege Perilous" and "The Bear King", which can be seen from the almost identical design of the windows and the balustrades. The same model was later used for the Prince's castle in the Season Seven premiere "Hyperion Heights".[24] The archways in the Camelot Castle (which, ironically, were re-cycled from the old CGI model for the King's Castle in "The Price of Gold"[25]) were also re-used for this episode, and have the same design as the ones in Camelot. They were also re-used for the Prince's castle in "Hyperion Heights".[26]
  • Mary Margaret's line, "Is this our life now... just defeat and repeat?" was written by Jerome Schwartz.[27]
  • The segment where Hook plays with Alexandra at Granny's Diner was an idea of Colin O'Donoghue, who is a father in real life and had a toddler at home at the time the episode was filmed.[21]
  • The scene where Jacob gives the invitation to the Tremaine family needed to be reshoot because of the surprising apparition of the sun, which spoiled the scene.[21]
  • During the scene at the crashed dirigible in the forest, the crew and the cast were attacked by mosquitoes. People would stop in the middle of a take and swat mosquitoes and spit them out of their mouth.[21] Clips from the attack are included in the Blu-ray/DVD blooper reel.
  • The scenes with Emma, Henry and Hook on the deserted road were filmed on a hot summer day and were tough to shoot, since Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue were both wearing leather jackets.[21]
  • The scene between David and Belle on the Jolly Roger is one of the favorite scenes of Jane Espenson, Jerome Schwartz and Steve Pearlman from this episode.[28]
  • When Emma, Henry and Hook are trying to remember the name of Cinderella's stepsisters, one of the suggested names is "Kalinda", a reference to show writer Kalinda Vazquez.[19]
  • The writers were not sure about using a pumpkin farm in this episode because they already used one on Season Five's "Dreamcatcher".[29]
  • At the origin, Lady Tremaine was supposed to use her gun during the pumpkin's farm scene, but Steve Pearlman managed to convince the writers that the show does not need gun violence.[29]
  • Tim Phillipps had trouble delivering the line "Now, let's go to the palace. I'll wake the royal glass blower. You need new shoes.", which was a real tongue twister.[21]
    • This line was added because Lady Tremaine breaks one of Cinderella's glass slippers in this episode, but Cinderella was wearing both slippers at her wedding in "The Price of Gold".[29][30]
  • Originally, Henry and Violet were also present in the lunch scene at the pumpkin's farm with Emma and Hook. They had to be cut from this scene as the crew did not have enough of time to do it.[21]
  • The scene where Mr. Gold is walking by the Jolly Roger was shot three weeks after the end of this episode's shooting, when the Lady Washington was present at Vancouver.[21]
  • Originally, the episode was going to feature a voodoo mask similar to the transformation talisman used by Dr. Facilier in the Disney film The Princess and the Frog. The mask was created for the episode, but did not make it onto the screen.[31]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Then two white pigeons came in by the kitchen-window,
and afterwards the turtle-doves, and at last all the birds beneath
the sky, came whirring and crowding in, and
alighted amongst the ashes. And the pigeons nodded with their heads and began to
pick, pick, pick, pick, and the rest began also to
pick, pick, pick, pick, and gathered all the good grains
into the dish. Hardly had one hour passed before they
had finished, and all flew out again.

INV. ITEM 2027

DESCRIPTION: Antique round coin with
a center hole, cast in tin.

CONDITION: Well worn

PROVENANCE: The coin was taken off
the body of a dead man, a shepherd in
the wreckage of a cart. The man had
been stabbed, and was evidently dead
before the cart went off the cliff.

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations


  • This episode establishes that Ella was given the nickname Cinderella immediately before the King's ball, an event which takes place after Snow White and Prince Charming become an official couple. However, in the novel Red's Untold Tale (which takes place before Red Riding Hood meets Snow White in "Red-Handed" and therefore before Snow White and Prince Charming met), published one year before the episode was released, Red Riding Hood already refers to the character as Cinderella, when she says to Peter that animals adore her "every bit as as much as they do Snow White or Cinderella".[97]

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (October 11, 2016). ‘Once Upon a Time’ adjusts down, final NFL numbers: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 4.11”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, October 09, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#603) "The Other Shoe".”
  3. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 9, 2016). "Tisbe met a duke at the ball -- there wasn't enough time to dwell on this." (screenshot)
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 InstagramIcon.png slockyer (Scott Lockyer). December 31, 2016. "As 2016 comes to an end, I get to look back at all the amazing things that have happened to me this year. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities that I've had this year, and this is one of my favourite memories. Working on an amazing scene for @onceuponatime with @thepaulbecker1 and dancing with one of my best friends, @emilykshuttleworth. I'll never forget that day, working with so many people that I never would have worked with before, trying to keep each other sane into our 17th hour on set. Here's to 2017 and more incredible opportunities. Good things comes to those who hustle." (archive copy)
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  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 Steve Pearlman on the Season Six Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
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    King's castle:
    Prince's castle:
  25. The King's castle: File:104Waltz.png
    Camelot castle: File:502BallBegins.png
  26. Camelot castle:
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    Prince's Castle:
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  28. Jane Espenson, Jerome Schwartz and Steve Pearlman on the Season Six Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Jerome Schwartz on the Season Six Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
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    Pictures of the buildings that appear on the show
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    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). January 15, 2019. "Happy birthday to this amazing talented and super cool human! Wishing you all the best in the new year!!" (archive copy)
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