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Now it's time for you, like the serpent you so admire, to shed your skin.
Jafar to Amara

"The Serpent" is the fourth episode of ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It was written by Jan Nash and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It premiered on November 7, 2013.


When the Knave’s life is in danger, Alice has to make the tough decision on whether to use one of her three precious wishes and what that would mean for her and Cyrus. Her new friendship with Lizard reveals some of the Knave's backstory and Cyrus plots to escape. Meanwhile, Jafar’s plan to kill the Knave puts the Red Queen in a difficult position as she grapples with her feelings for him and her desire to get what she wants. In flashback, we explore Jafar's origins and find out what he truly wants from Cyrus.[2]


Deleted Scenes

A scene or segment with Jafar's Servant was deleted from the episode. However, the actor is still listed in the episode's press release.[2]



Guest Starring




Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

  • This episode is a rendition of the "Aladdin" story, focusing on the appearance of the magician; and the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland story, focusing on Alice's adventures in Wonderland.
  • While running from the Collectors, Will splits up from Alice with the promise to meet her at "Tulgey", a reference to a stanza from the novel Through the Looking-Glass, where the Jabberwock "Came whiffling through the tulgey wood".
  • On the Red Queen's orders, Will is sentenced to be executed via beheading and is put on the chopping block, a reference to the way the Queen of Hearts repeatedly calls for the beheading of those who displease her in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The crowd shouts "Off with his head", a reference to the Queen of Hearts iconic lines from the novel.
  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the executioner serves the Queen of Hearts. In this version, he serves the Red Queen.
  • The Red Queen sits in her throne room, playing chess all by herself,[9] a reference to the novel Through the Looking-Glass, where chess is the most important theme of the story.

Popular Culture

  • Cyrus breaks a wishbone[10] and says that people believe that when you break them the one who has the larger half gets a wish, a reference to the American tradition of breaking the wishbone of a turkey during Thanksgiving.

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costumes Notes


  • In the wide shot of the crowd preparing for Will's execution at the Wonderland castle, Alice and Lizard can be seen at the back of the crowd.[21] In the wide shot of the watermelon flying in the air, the pair have disappeared,[22] before reappearing in the following shot.[23]
  • During Will's execution, Jafar, the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum can be seen looking down to the execution stage.[24] However, during certain angles in the same scene, the four of them have disappeared.[25]

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Glee’ & ‘Scandal’ Hit Lows, ‘The X Factor’ Slides + ‘The Vampire Diaries’ & ‘The Millers’ Rise. TV by the Numbers (November 8, 2013). “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (...) 3.54”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Thursday, November 07, 2013. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#104) "The Serpent"”
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  29. Glassford, Bob (September 5, 2013). Photos From Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Yesterday. Vancity Filming. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017. “Yesterday I took a trip to "Wonderland" in Burnaby's Central Park and watched a scene being filmed where Alice (Sophie Lowe) and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) were running through the woods either with or from some "Henchmen" as the crew referred to them. Also present at the filming was Lauren McKnight.”
  30. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Lauren McKnight. Vancity Filming (September 5, 2013). Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. “Emma Rigby, Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha and Lauren McKnight were all at Central Park in Burnaby yesterday filming scenes for the upcoming first season of what I hope will become a hit show.”
  31. Gittins, Susan (September 8, 2013). WEEK: September 2-8, 2013. Hollywood North. “Wednesday, September 4th – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland films on a closed set (with its own security guard and No Photos Allowed sign) in Burnaby’s Central Park but moves to a more public path in the evening for exterior scenes.”
  32. TwitterLogo @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (September 13, 2013). "How big are #OnceUponaTime's Neverland sets? So big that #OuatinWonderland had to go to North Shore Studios for studio space today." (screenshot)

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