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That's why you never, ever hear these words about a Savior: "They lived happily ever after."

Jafar to Aladdin

"The Savior" is the first episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Eagle Egilsson. It is the one hundred and twelfth episode of the series overall, and premiered on September 25, 2016. This episode is the sixth-season premiere.


As our heroes set out to stop Hyde, Emma develops a mysterious side effect, and Storybrooke becomes a haven for refugees from the Land of Untold Stories. Meanwhile, Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood by becoming roommates, while Rumple tries to free Belle from the sleeping Curse with the help of a stranger. In flashback, Jafar confronts an afflicted Aladdin in Agrabah, and a secret about the Savior is revealed.[2]


This section is a detailed recap of this episode. There are major spoilers. Click to expand.

In Agrabah, many years ago, a man on horseback is chased by a mysterious figure on a flying carpet. His pursuer shoots magic at him, narrowly missing him several times. The rider reaches a small building, shouting, "He's coming!" and calling for help. Inside, a young woman stands over a young man. The rider pleads for help from the "Savior". The pursuer, Jafar, arrives, and dispatches the rider quickly, turning him into dust. Jafar comments that the "Savior" is hiding, and the young woman pleads with Jafar not to hurt the young man, and Jafar magically knocks her into a wall, leaving her unconscious. Jafar continues to mock the young man, Aladdin, telling him he could have escaped his fate. Aladdin tells him that, if he is going to kill him, to get it over with. Jafar declines, and reminds Aladdin that when the two first met, he was nothing but a common thief, but one with honor. He observes that becoming a hero has caused Aladdin to fall apart. He remarks that the "fate of saviors" is to give and give.. until nothing is left, and that one never hears "they lived happily ever after" about a savior. With these words, Jafar leaves. Aladdin trembles.

In Emma Swan's house in present-day Storybrooke, Emma and Hook enjoy a moment alone, kissing on the couch. Emma asks where Henry is, and Hook responds that he's with Regina. Emma interrupts again, asking about her parents, and Hook assures her they won't be walking in. Emma asks about her leather jacket, which she is wearing, and Hook assures it's fine, he likes the jacket. A glass on the nearby coffee table trembles, and the couple are interrupted again by it. They jump up, realizing the entire house is shaking. Outside, the pair gaze skyward as a flying ship passes overhead.

In a field near the forest, Emma, Hook, Henry, Regina, David Nolan, Mary Margaret Blanchard, and many townspeople watch the ship flying overhead. David asks what it is, and Dr. Jekyll replies that it is a dirigible from the Land of Untold Stories. Mary Margaret asks what it's doing in their town, and Mr. Hyde reveals himself, replying that it's his town. Mary Margaret informs him that Storybrooke is not his town, and Mr. Hyde replies that the Dark One gave it to him. He begins to leave, telling the group he must prepare for his friends' arrival. Emma whispers to Regina, and the two blast Mr. Hyde with their combine magic. Mr. Hyde groans, then begins to laugh, deflecting their magic. He gives the group a warning; "Nothing more dangerous than an untold story and the people who don't want them told." The dirigible crashes in the forest nearby.

At the crash site, Emma explores the crashed ship, reporting that no one is inside. David ponders where they could be, and Mary Margaret suggests they're in the forest, and, judging by their steps, they ran. She wonders what Mr. Hyde would want with them. Dr. Jekyll replies that, depending on who Mr. Hyde brought, their "stories" playing out could be "chaos". He reminds the group of the Orderly's baton they used to subdue Mr. Hyde in the Land of Untold Stories, and informs them that the same technology made the dirigible. He suggests that he can scavenge the wreckage to make a similar weapon. As the group begins examining the wreckage, David throws a metal piece aside, striking another object with a clang. Emma turns, and has a brief vision of herself in a sword fight with an unknown assailant Her hand trembles violently. Mary Margaret and Hook notice that she is distressed, and ask her what's wrong. Emma replies, "Nothing", and walks away, trying to contain her trembling.

Elsewhere, Mr. Gold walks through a forest, opening a map, recalling an earlier conversation with Mr. Hyde. In exchange for Storybrooke, Mr. Hyde gives him instructions for waking Belle from her Sleeping Curse. Mr. Hyde instructs him to visit the Temple of Morpheus, where he will find sands that will allow him to enter Belle's dreams. Mr. Gold sees the temple in the distance, and teleports himself there. He appears inside, next to a stone bier. He opens Pandora's Box, placing Belle on the bier. He pours sand from a nearby urn into his hand, and waves it over Belle and himself. He is transported to a sunny forest, where a young man introduces himself as "Morpheus", and asks if Mr. Gold would like to wake Belle up.

In Storybrooke, Regina enters her house to find it strewn with boxes, many containing baby items. Regina encounters Zelena and her baby, who tells Regina she is unpacking and asks what is going on. Regina fills her in that Mr. Gold gave the town to Mr. Hyde. Zelena puts baby Robin down for a nap, telling her she's going to help fight Mr. Hyde. Regina tells her she should stay, saying that Mr. Hyde is impervious to magic. Zelena agrees, and remembers that Roland gave her something belonging to Robin Hood to give to Regina, a feather from one of his arrows. She searches briefly, then remembers that she put it "somewhere extra specially safe". Regina tells her not to worry about it. Regina tells her that she's going to put a protection spell around the house and vault. Zelena promises to find the feather, and asks Regina if she's angry. Regina shakes her head "no".

In the Storybrooke graveyard, Mary Margaret approaches Regina as she is protecting her family vault. She informs Regina that Dr. Jekyll has finished his weapon. Regina remarks that Dr. Jekyll seems eager to defeat his other half, and Mary Margaret asks how she's dealing with destroying her own evil half. Regina repeats that she's fine, and Mary Margaret, seeing through her insistence, observes that "something" is bothering her. Regina relents, telling her about about Zelena' losing Robin Hood's feather. Mary Margaret suggests that the issue isn't about the feather, and Regina replies that she doesn't know what it's about. Mary Margaret tells her to talk to Zelena about it, and deal with her pain. Regina responds with a "Maybe", and begins to walk away, mentioning the need to deal with Mr. Hyde. Mary Margaret follows, telling her not to avoid the issue. Regina responds that she isn't, but reminds Mary Margaret that "heroism comes first".

At the Storybrooke Town Hall, Regina and Dr. Jekyll join David, Mary Margaret, Hook and Emma. Regina asks Emma, holding Dr. Jekyll's baton, if she's ready, and Emma responds that she is. In front of the entrance, Regina grabs Dr. Jekyll by the arm, calling out to Mr. Hyde, using Dr. Jekyll as bait. Mr. Hyde emerges, and Regina offers Dr. Jekyll to him if he'll leave town. Mr. Hyde informs her that his "work" is in Storybrooke, and suggests he take Dr. Jekyll and keep Storybrooke, and Regina doesn't "embarrass" herself. He tells her that, while everyone was afraid of the Evil Queen, they aren't afraid of her. Regina rejects his "deal", throwing a fireball at him. Emma attempts to use the baton, but is plagued by flashes of her fight with the mysterious stranger. As she struggles with her vision, Mr. Hyde grabs Regina by the throat. Regina calls to Emma, who finally uses the baton to blast Mr. Hyde, knocking him into the windshield of a nearby car. David and Dr. Jekyll rush in, putting cuffs on Mr. Hyde's wrists. Emma asks Regina if she's okay, and Regina, rubbing her throat, affirms that she is, asking Emma why she hesitated. Emma assures that she's fine, and Mr. Hyde responds, "Are you really, Savior?" Mary Margaret tells her to ignore him, and Mr. Hyde replies, "Yes, ignore me just like your tremors" as Hook and David lead him away. Emma follows, asking him what he knows. Mr. Hyde replies, "More than you", and tells her that if she wants to know more, she knows where to find him.

In the forest of Storybrooke, Emma examines the crashed dirigible, her hand trembling. Archie Hopper and his dog Pongo approach her. When Emma asks what he's doing there, Archie replies that he heard Emma was searching for new arrivals and came to bring her coffee. Emma replies that her parents sent him, and Archie agrees, telling her that her parents are worried. Emma tells him that she's "not in the mood for therapy". Archie suggests that that's the time when people need it most, and reminds Emma that she's been "fighting bad guys for years", and that when he first met her, she surrounded herself with "walls" for protection. He tells her that, with her family and Hook, her walls are down, and that it's let in the "collateral damage" of all the fighting. Emma asks him how to fix it, and Archie replies that it will take time and hard work, and there are no shortcuts.

In the psychiatric ward of Storybrooke General Hospital, Emma enters Mr. Hyde's cell. Mr. Hyde calls her a "smart girl" for taking him up off his offer, and Emma balks, telling him to keep calling her "girl" and "see how that works out" for him. He holds up his chains, suggesting she take them off and "see how that works out" for her. Emma tells him to prove he knows what's wrong with her. Mr. Hyde tells her that she knows how "this" work, as she was a prisoner once. Emma asks him why he thinks that, and Mr. Hyde replies that he was a warden, and knows that "caged" look. He suggests that Emma bring him something worth bargaining with, as she has nothing. Emma tells him that he has "no idea" how to help her, and begins to walk away. Mr. Hyde tells her he knows about the battle in her "mind's eye", and Emma stops. Emma sits down next to him, telling him that he was right about her being in prison. She confides that the worst part was the loneliness. She suggests that it will be terrible for someone like Mr. Hyde, who "likes to talk so much". She tells him to tell her what he knows or she "just won't come back. Nobody will." She gets up, approaching the door, suggesting he could sit in silence and rot. Mr. Hyde calls her effort "impressive, but for one small thing". He lunges at Emma, arms extended toward her throat, but the chain that binds him causes him to stop just short of touching her. He observes Emma's trembling hand. He observes that Emma is afraid of him, and tells her that he brought someone who can help her, she just needs to "follow the red bird". He asks her if she is truly ready to face her own story.

In Belle's dream world, Mr. Gold and Morpheus observe the Dark castle in the distance. Mr. Gold asks why Belle would want to dream of it, and Morpheus responds, "Usually our dreams pick us, not the other way around." The pair enter the castle, startling Belle, who addresses Mr. Gold as "Rumplestiltskin", telling him she didn't think he would be back so soon. Mr. Gold observes himself as Rumplestiltskin in a mirror, and Belle nervously tells him that she doesn't have the tea prepared, but can have it ready in no time. She rushes off. Mr. Gold starts to follow, but Morpheus tells him to let her go. In the mirror, Mr. Gold appears as himself as Morpheus tells him that in her mind, in this dream, Belle is still a servant and Mr. Gold is still a beast. He suggests that it's "fascinating" to learn how "people really see you". Mr. Gold replies that he will find a way to wake her, and Morpheus informs him that he doesn't have much time. An hourglass appears in his hand, mostly full, and Morpheus explains that the sands allowing Mr. Gold to be in the dream will not last forever. If Mr. Gold does not wake Belle within one hour, she will return to the "red room of the Sleeping Curse", and she will remain there forever. He tells Mr. Gold to hurry up if he loves her. Mr. Gold snaps back that he does love her, and it's how he's going to wake her; he'll make her fall in love with her again.

Mr. Gold observes the darkness of the foyer of the Dark Castle, saying that while it wasn't "cheery", it was never like this. Morpheus explains that it was to Belle. The castle "terrified" her, so it became a terrifying place in her dreams. Mr. Gold states that it's where he and Belle fell in love, and suggests that he can recreate that moment. Morpheus injects that it would be a cruel trick, asking Mr. Gold if he is willing to lie to her. Mr. Gold responds that it may be a trick, but his love for Belle is true. He states that his love for her, and his child, "will never be a lie".

In the dining room, Belle arrives with tea and sets about pouring, apologizing to Mr. Gold (again in the form of Rumplestiltskin). She drops the cup, but Mr. Gold catches it, observing that it isn't chipped. He hands it back to her, and the two linger as their fingers touch. He suggests that Belle take a break. He snaps his fingers, and "Beauty and the Beast" begins to play on a nearby phonograph. Belle asks hims what's going on, his behavior is not like him. He replies that he has a ball later, and asks her to help him practice dancing. Belle responds that she wasn't aware she had any choices, and he replies "Yes", holding out his hand. Looking perplexed, Belle takes his hand, and the two dance. The room transforms, becoming brighter. Mr. Gold tells her she's doing well, but there is "one more thing" they need. With a snap of his fingers, Belle's dress transforms into a yellow ballgown. Belle asks what has come over him, and he replies, "Maybe I'm tired of being a beast." He asks for another dance, and they continue dancing.

In her office in the town hall, Regina cries alone. Zelena enters, remarking on Mr. Hyde's capture, complimenting Regina on doing it so quickly. Seeing her sister's face, Zelena asks Regina what's wrong. Regina replies that it's the first time she's been in her office since Robin Hood's death. She tells Zelena she needs a moment. Zelena responds that she lost Hades someone there as well. Regina asks Zelena to leave, and Zelena responds by suggesting they help each other. Regina turns down her suggestion. When Zelena asks why not, Regina replies that she blames her. Shocked, Zelena asks about Emma, who "dragged" Regina to hell. Regina replies that she chose to go. She tells Zelena that because she trusted her, Robin's soul was obliterated. Enraged, Zelena reminds Regina that when she made "the biggest decision" of her life, ripping out her evil half, she went to Mary Margaret, instead of her own sister. Regina asks why she would care, and Zelena responds that she ripped out the part that was most like her. Deflated, Regina responds that she doesn't know what to say. Zelena informs her that she and the baby will be out of her house "by tonight", and disappears.

In the forest of Storybrooke, David, walking with Mary Margaret, hangs up a phone call with "Okay, keep looking." He informs his wife that Emma and Hook have not found Hyde's friends on the north side. Mary Margaret points out that they're searching is not going to get easier in the dark. David stops her, picking up a stick and tossing it on the ground ahead. The stick is caught up in a net trap. Mary Margaret remarks, "amateurs", but suggests that "they" were in a hurry, and are hiding out of fear and mistrust. She steps onto a stump and calls out into the woods. Introducing herself as Snow White, she states that she can be trusted, and Mr. Hyde is "locked up" and can't hurt anyone. As figures holding torches slowly approach, she tells the new arrivals that the town wants to help, and they can find food at Granny's and shelter in town, and they will be there "whenever you're ready". She and David leave.

Elsewhere in the forest, Emma hangs up her phone, informing Hook that her parents have found some of the new arrivals and sent them to Granny's. As Hook remarks that he could also use some food and shelter, Emma observes a red bird in a tree behind him. Her hand trembles as she tells Hook to go on without her. Concerned, Hook points out that it's dark and cold, asking Emma if she's trying to avoid talking to him. Emma replies that she isn't avoiding him, she just needs to be alone. Hook points out her trembling hand and asks her what's going on, telling her she can't lie to him. Emma tells him she's fine, and that she's already asked him once to go. Annoyed, Hook leaves, telling her she doesn't need to ask again. The bird flies through the forest, and Emma follows. When it stops and lands in a tree, Emma discovers a young woman sitting on the ground. She addresses Emma by name, observing that she has already met her pet. Shocked, Emma asks her how she knows her name. The young woman replies that she knows "many things", including why Emma has come to her; her visions. Emma asks why the visions are in her head, and the young woman replies that they tell a story; the story of Emma's future.

In the Mills house, Regina attempts a locator spell on Robin Hood's quiver. The quiver floats in the air briefly, then falls. Henry, standing in a nearby doorway, asks his mother why she's trying the spell. Regina explains about the feather Zelena lost. Concerned, Henry tells her that the spell didn't work because Robin is gone. Regina reminds him that Hades used the word "obliterated", that Robin's soul was destroyed. Henry points out that a villain will say anything to hurt someone, and expresses his faith that when "a hero's story is over, there's a special place for them".

In Belle's dreamworld, as she and Mr. Gold continue to dance, he points out that the room is "looking nicer". Belle remarks that it's a "shame" that he's lived alone for so long. He replies that he wasn't always alone, he once had a son. When Belle asks what happened, Mr. Gold explains that his son left, having seen the darkness in his soul, and that he was too frightened to change for him. Belle asks him if he would change now. Mr. Gold tells her he would be the best man he could, for her. The two kiss. Confused, Belle breaks away, saying that they've "done this before". Remembering the "years of promises", she tells him she "can't do this again", backing away from him. Mr. Gold explains that none of the dream is real, and that the two fell in love, married, and Belle is with child. Their child was in danger, so Belle put herself to sleep to protect the child. He tells her the danger is gone, and she needs to wake up, that everything he's told her is the truth. Belle replies that all his broken promises are also true and, although she loves him and believes he loves her, the two of them together "only causes heartbreak". She tells him that their child will be better off "waiting" with her than "in debt" to him. Morpheus reveals himself, holding the hourglass, saying that he was hoping Belle would say that. Mr. Gold tells him to wait, pointing out that there is still sand left. He apologizes to Belle for putting her through "all this", saying that he wanted to be sure she wouldn't fall for Mr. Gold's lies, and that he can wake her up. Belle asks how, and Morpheus responds, "With True Love's Kiss, of course." Belle points out that she doesn't even know him, and Morpheus reveals that she's know him since the day he was conceived. Confused, Belle asks what's going on, and Morpheus addresses her as "Mother". Mr. Gold realizes that Morpheus is their son. Morpheus explains that he "will be", that when Mr. Gold sprinkled the sand on Belle, he sprinkled it onto him as well, and that the dreamworld is also his. He warns Belle not to allow Mr. Gold to destroy them, "like he did his last family". Mr. Gold tells Belle not to listen to him, that it's "impossible" for him to be their son. Morpheus assures her that he is their son, and proves it by kissing her on the forehead, waking her up.

Awake in the Temple of Morpheus, Belle realizes that her son was testing her, playing as Morpheus to see if she'd "do right by him". Mr. Gold realizes that, like his first son, he's lost this one, too. Belle points out that if he let True Love wake him up, he might not keep losing. Mr. Gold tells her they can discuss it at home, taking a wand out of his jacket to create a portal. Belle tells him that she's not going to make a home with him, that she intends to listen to their son's warning. Mr. Gold gazes at her as she walks through the portal.

In the forest of Storybrooke, Emma tells the young woman that her vision feels like a memory, asking her how she knows about it. The young woman replies that she was once called an "Oracle", and that Emma would be wise to trust her. She explains that what Emma has seen is a "tiny piece" of the future. Emma replies that she needs to know more, and the Oracle tells her that knowing the future is a heavy burden. Emma replies that the visions are coming whether she wants them to or not. A serpent-headed staff appears in the Oracle's hand, and she instructs Emma to look. The serpent's eyes glow, and Emma's vision plays out. Emma sword fights a hooded figure in the middle of Storybrooke's main street. She is knocked down, but recovers, continuing the fight on one knee. Her parents, Hook and Henry rush in. Emma is disarmed, and her sword disappears in a puff of magic. Her parents look on, Hook holding Henry so he can't see. Emma faces her assailant, telling them she won't let them hurt her family. Her hand trembles violently, and Emma stares at it, horrified. Her opponent runs her through. Emma comes back to reality with a start. The Oracle tells her that her vision was a small piece of the end of her story. When Emma says there has to be another way, the Oracle responds that she can change the path to the destination, but "the destination is the same". She tells Emma that she will die on the day and in the battle in her vision. The Oracle disappears.

In Mr. Hyde's cell, Emma remarks that Mr. Hyde knew exactly what the Oracle would show her, and demands he tell her what's coming and how she can stop it. Mr. Hyde replies by asking why he would want to. Emma tells him that she will defeat whatever is coming, with or without his help. Mr. Hyde chuckles, telling Emma that saviors always say that. He tells her that she is not the first "savior" he's encountered, and that wherever there is a savior, "there's a villain who brings them down", and the story of a savior always works that way. Emma asks who it is, and Mr. Hyde replies that he doesn't know, but they may already be in Storybrooke, or they may have come with him. He tells her that he expects she'll want to "help" them, as that is what saviors do, but she must ask herself if helping them is what causes the "end" of her story.

In Granny's Diner, Hook drinks alone at the counter. As Emma enters and sits down next to him, he remarks that she'd wanted to be alone. Emma replies that she changed her mind, and asks for one of his drinks. Hook slides one over to her, commenting that she seems to be in a better mood. Emma tells him that he was right, she just needed help. She tells him that she went to Archie and figured it all out. Hook asks about her hand, and Emma replies that it was just stress. Skeptical, Hook asks her if she's sure that's what it was. Emma kisses his cheek and promises him it was.

Outside the Town Hall, Regina and Mary Margaret sit on a nearby bench. Mary Margaret tells Regina that things will work out for her and Zelena, commenting that it took a while for her and Emma to learn how to be honest with each other. Regina replies that she doesn't think honesty is the issue with her sister, Robin Hood is. Mary Margaret takes her hand. Regina remarks that she was an "awful" stepmother. Mary Margaret deflects her, saying it's in the past. Regina asks Mary Margaret how she kept hope during those times. Mary Margaret explains that after the deaths of her mother and then her father, she was left with nothing. She realized that while the Evil Queen was trying to kill her, the only way she could stay alive was to never give up. She tells Regina that she taught her how to have faith, that hope is a choice. Regina remarks that she believes Hades was wrong, and Robin Hood is at peace. She explains that she thought the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories were pathetic, hiding so their stories wouldn't play out, but she realized that she used to do the same. Mary Margaret states that she doesn't recall Regina hiding from anything, and Regina responds that she did. Her life "stopped", and the only story she knew was the one she told herself; that she was the "Evil Queen". As she explains that her life was never just one story, her voice continues over a montage: David, Granny, Henry, Emma and Hook in the Diner, giving food and blankets to the new arrivals, Mr. Gold gazing at the bier in the Temple of Morpheus, Belle walking past Mr. Gold's pawnshop, Emma exiting the Diner, her hand trembling. Regina details that she has been seen as a villain, doing terrible things she can never make up for, but she is a hero to others, those who have seen her strength and ability to do even the hard things she thought she couldn't. She decides she wants to start a new story, one that doesn't include the Evil Queen, and she believes that this new story will have a better ending than the last. The women get up and walk together toward the Town Hall as a feather falls on the bench.

On the outskirts of town, Zelena enters her farmhouse with her daughter. The Evil Queen, Regina's separated evil half, greets her. She observes that life is ironic; Zelena wanted a sister, but when she finally got one, it was the "wrong one". She laughs and Zelena realizes who she is, expressing shock that she's alive. The Queen remarks that she's not easily gotten rid of, and offers Zelena an appletini, stating that it's "time for some sisterly bonding".

Deleted Scenes

Farris Tyab's character was deleted from the episode. The actor is still listed in the press release, but his character's name is not mentioned.[2]



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • A few scenes of this episode and "A Bitter Draught" were filmed simultaneously.[5]
  • PRESS RELEASE: Several mistakes were made on the press release of this episode:
  • There was also a mistake in the actual episode credits, where Deniz Akdeniz's first name is spelled "Dennis".[6]
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: The red bird was originally going to be a giant phoenix, but this idea was cut due to script changes.[13]

Event Chronology

  • There are Christmas trees decorated with Christmas decorations outside the Storybrooke Town Hall,[14] indicating that the episode is supposed to take place around Christmas. This, however, is impossible: "I'll Be Your Mirror" takes place in the autumn (Henry refers to the homecoming dance as "the fall formal", and this tradition usually takes place in late September or early October), but in the same episode, Belle's pregnancy hasn't even started to show, and the Christmas decorations were seen after she was awoken from the Sleeping Curse (meaning that the pregnancy was no longer in stasis at this point).

Episode Connections



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Props Notes

Set Dressing

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: In Belle's dream, the camera momentarily focuses on a pile of shoes lying in the hallway in the dark castle.[26] Among the footwear is a children's shoe; a subtle foreshadowing of Gideon' identity.
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: Several medieval torture devices can be seen in the dream world version of the dark castle:
  • A torture chair is sitting in the foyer.[27] This instrument of torture was a wooden structure covered with spikes on the back, on the arm-rests, on the seat, on the leg-rests and on the foot-rests. The victim was stripped of their clothes and clamped to the chair, whereupon the spikes would dig deep into their skin, causing them excruciating pain.[28] The torture chair in the dark castle is a modified version, with spikes on the armrests, and a few on the back. It also has a bar at chest height, which some versions of the torture chair had, to immobilize the victim's chest.[28]
  • In the great hall, a so-called hanging cage can be seen on the far left of the screen, behind a chair.[29] The hanging cage was a cage in which the victim was either displayed and later freed from, or locked inside and left to die.[30]
  • There is also a modified version of the rack,[31] another well-known medieval instrument of torture. This rack has spiked rollers designed to slice into the skin and muscles of the victim's back, an "improvement" made by the French.[32]
  • The hanging cage and the rack are the same props used for the torture devices in the Underbrooke Sheriff's Department in the Season Five episode "The Brothers Jones".[33] In addition, a big black cage sitting in the corner[34] is the same cage that was sitting in the corner of the Underworld sheriff's office in the episode.[35]
  • REUSED PROPS: The same paintings appear in the Wish Realm version of the dark castle in the Season Seven episodes "Homecoming"[40] and "Leaving Storybrooke".[41]
  • ARTWORKS: An artwork of two horses hangs above Regina's fireplace.[42] The first half is Appaloosa Study I[43] by the Canadian artist[44] Ethan Harper, while the other half is Appaloosa Study II by the same artist.[45]
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The name on the headstone is a stone-based pun: A beryl is a gemstone and a dendrite is a crystalline structure with a tree-like pattern found within many types of minerals, including beryls.[47]
  • According to a set photograph posted on Twitter, Daniel's headstone from the Season Five episode "Souls of the Departed" was also used.[48] However, it does not appear on-screen.

Costume Notes

  • BRAND INFO: Belle is wearing[49] a Sea Tie Neck Daisy Print Silk Dress[50] (no longer available).

Filming Locations


  • One of the businesses across the street from the pawnshop is called Jolene's Arts & Crafts.[65] However, when the dirigible is flying over Storybrooke, the real business name in Steveston Village, Crafts 'n More,[66] can be seen on the building.[67] When Belle walks by the pawnshop at the end of the episode, the name is back to normal.[68]
  • When Mary Margaret and David are in the forest, looking for the visitors from the Land of Untold Stories, Mary Margaret receives a phone call. She says to David, "That was from Emma and Hook. No sign of Hyde or Hyde's friends on the north side." The problem is, Hyde had already been captured earlier that day, and Mary Margaret, David, Emma and Hook were all there when it happened. They wouldn't look for him.
  • The location of Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer has changed from previous episodes. In past instances, a lane way was situated in between the establishment and Dave's Fish & Chips.[69] In Season Six, the lane way has disappeared, and the pawnshop is now located right next to Dave's Fish & Chips.[70] This can be seen more clearly in "Heartless".[71]
    • The change is due to the fact that for the sixth season, a portable pawnshop set is put up in the lane next to It's POSH!,[72] the building that previously doubled as the pawnshop;[73] meaning that It's POSH! now stays the same, and the pawnshop is now located between It's POSH! and Dave's Fish & Chips.

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (September 27, 2016). Sunday final ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘NCIS: LA’ adjust up, FOX shows adjust down. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 3.99”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#601) "The Savior".”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (June 25, 2016). "Here we go! The first #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler of season 6 -- hope to see ya this fall!" (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (July 19, 2016). "601 and 602, 2 units today" (screenshot)
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  13. ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER CREATURE DEPARTMENT. Reo Prendergast. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “ONCE UPON A TIME - SEASON 6 - UNUSED CONCEPT - Approved concept design of a Phoenix Bird that unfortunatly [sic] was cut due to script changes.”
    REO PRENDERGAST. ArtStation (2018). “Once Upon a Time - Red Bird. Approved "Red Bird" creature design for ABC's Once Upon a Time, sadly the creature was cut from the script.”
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  15. File:601InYourMindsEye.png
  16. File:420IsntIt.png
  17. File:112BelleFrench.png
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 File:601CastingProtectionSpell2.png (the headstone saying "Berryl Dendrus" is in the lower left hand corner)
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  25. File:705WatchOurLives.png
  26. File:601Look.png
  27. File:601FellInLove.png
  28. 28.0 28.1 The inquisitional chairs. Historical Torture Museum. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “This instrument of torture comes in different versions. We are first going to examine their common features and, then, their differences. All of them have common features, in that they are covered with spikes on the back, on the arm-rests, on the seat, on the leg-rests and on the foot-rests.”

    The "Armchair of Inquiries". Historical Torture Museum. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “Those sentenced were stripped of their clothes and and seated on the chair which was dotted with many sharp points; points that went deep into the skin. Incredible pain forced the victims to rise up in order to try and break away from the tips, but this only makes their wounds worse and their contact with the spikes inevitable.”
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  30. The Wrong View of History, Jack Paraskovich, Xlibris, 2016, pp. 118 - 119. Facsimile by Google Books.
  31. File:601CastleTransforms.png
  32. The Rack. Torture Museum. Retrieved on February 8, 2019. “Later on, the French would slightly modify the rack’s appearance, adding an additional mechanism — metal rollers with spikes that sliced into the skin and muscles of the victim's back.”
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  38. File:721SearchingForFamily.png
  39. File:601CastleTransforms.png
  40. File:721LeashRoundHere.png
  41. File:722TillyPortal2.png
  42. File:601WhyAreYou.png
  43. Appaloosa Study I. Artyprints. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  44. Ethan Harper. Fulcrum Gallery. Retrieved on ebruary 8, 2019. “I am originally from Lexington, VA and later moved to Charlottesville when I was a teenager.”
  45. Appaloosa Study II. Artyprints. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  46. File:513IfHesDownHere.png
  47. DENDRITIC FACETED QUARTZ 9.50 CTS RG-831. Gem Rock auctions. Retrieved on July 7, 2019. “Dendrites can occur in other gems as well, including opal and beryl.”
  48. 48.0 48.1 TwitterLogo.svg @chrkennedy (Chris Kennedy) on Twitter (July 12, 2016). "have you seen the latest addition to #Steveston Park? Didn't think we would get a graveyard." (screenshot) (photograph)
  49. File:601SleepingBeauty.png
  50. Tie Neck Daisy Print Silk Dress SEA. Nordstrom. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  51. File:602YoureHereYoureAwake.png
  52. File:517GastonFalling.png
  53. File:518Belle!.png
  54. File:519SleepingBelle.png
  55. File:520SleepingBelle.png
  56. File:601ThereWasASon.png
  57. File:722WalkingToBelle.png
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Once Upon A Time season 6 - First day of filming - Burnaby Central Park. Canadagraphs (July 8, 2016).
  59. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time August 30, 2016 (August 30, 2016).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC taken on August 30, 2016.(archive copy)
  60. FlickrIconTemplate.png katmtan. OUAT Filming (July 18, 2016) (July 18, 2016).  "Central Park, Burnaby BC(archive copy)
  61. 61.0 61.1 Steve Pearlman on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
  62. Source for the same filming location in "A Bitter Draught":
    TwitterLogo.svg @canadagraphs (Canadagraphs) on Twitter (July 18, 2016). "#OnceUponATime doing a quick shoot at Central Park before moving to studio soon" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @NikoleWyles (Nikole Wyles) on Twitter (July 26, 2016). "Jared is now Lana's personal body guard 😂 (From 7/25/16 in Burnaby)" (screenshot)
    Source for the same filming location in "The Other Shoe":
    TwitterLogo.svg @canadagraphs () on Twitter. "Got #autographs today from #OnceUponATime star Josh Dallas at Central Park. 3:53 PM - 10 Aug 2016" (screenshot)
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  64. Once Upon A Time shoots season 6 episode 601 scenes with Lana Parrilla and Ginnifer Goodwin in Steveston. Canadagraphs (July 28, 2016). “Lana Parrilla and Ginnifer Goodwin shot a scene in the park at the far end of the village. Despite its quite well hidden from the general footpath traffic of the main "Storybrooke" set of Moncton Street, a crowd of about 75 people showed up to watch this early scene. The scene had the pair talking in front of Reginas vault before they turn around and leave together. Question is.... what is it that they were talking about? I can tell you, it has something to do with Regina telling Snow something about Zelena. What that isexactly, [sic] I cant say.”
  65. File:402ElsaLookingAround.png
  66. Steveston Crafts N More. Google Maps (November 2015).
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  68. File:601MakeUpFor.png
  69. File:215IntoTheShop.png
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  71. File:607WalkingTowardPawnshop.png
  72. Gittins, Susan (August 17, 2016). SET: ONCE UPON A TIME's New Portable Mr. Gold's Set in Steveston. Hollywood North Buzz. “New Mr. Gold isn't just for tonight. After filming, it will be disassembled in pieces and rolled into storage in the parking lot behind the "Storybrooke Public Library" until next time. Like the fallen clock tower from season five. What is Once Upon a Time planning to do with its temporary Mr. Gold set tonight? Crew assembled it yesterday on Moncton Street in Steveston next to the building used for Mr. Gold exteriors for the past five seasons.”

    Gittins, Susan (August 18, 2016). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME at Portable Mr. Gold Set for Night Shoot in Steveston. Hollywood North Buzz. “Mr. Gold, Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer x 2. Once Upon a Time used its new portable Mr. Gold set last night in Steveston in the lane next to the store — It's Posh — which played Mr. Gold for five seasons.”
  73. TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (July 13, 2016). "one change in Steveston as #Storybrooke for season 6. Posh stays Posh. No Mr. Gold sign." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (July 13, 2016). "Mr. Gold interiors are shot in studio. It's only exteriors that are affected." (screenshot)
    ONCE UPON A TIME (WordPress). It's POSH!. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. “The front windows are typically staged and the Posh sign comes down to reveal the famous Mr. Gold sign that hides neatly underneath. When we are going to be closed for filming, we let out customers know through our Facebook page so they don’t come down to pick up a gift and find us unavailable.”