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This article focuses on the Season Three episode.
For the Season Seven episode, see "The Girl in the Tower".
For the building, see the both iterations: Rapunzel's Tower and Gothel's Tower.
You can leave this tower!
Prince Charming to Rapunzel

"The Tower" is the fourteenth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Robert Hull and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the fifty-eighth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 23, 2014.


While Emma, David, Regina and Hook continue their search for the Wicked Witch, she, in turn, is planning a dark surprise for David, and Zelena's prisoner is powerless under her watch as she plots her next course of action against the townspeople. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was in the previous year, Prince Charming stumbles upon Rapunzel, who is trapped inside a tower, and must help her confront her fears in order for her to be free.[2]


Deleted Scenes

A scene with Archie, Regina and Henry with the storybook in Granny's Diner was cut from the episode. However, Raphael Sbarge is still listed in the episode's press release.[2] The scene can be seen in promotional photos for the episode.



Guest Starring




Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Costume Notes


  • David explains gaining knowledge about holly berries from previously working in the animal shelter and frequently seeing dogs track them. However, that appears to be unlikely to happen in a real life scenario as holly berries are poisonous to dogs.[25]

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘American Dad’ & ‘The Mentalist’ Adjusted Up; ’60 Minutes’, ‘Revenge’ & ‘The Good Wife’ Adjusted Down. TV by the Numbers (March 25, 2014). “Once Upon A Time (...) 6.91”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#314) "The Tower".”
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  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (December 20, 2013). "Here's a #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler ! Happy holidays!" (screenshot)
  5. Paul Becker shows rehearsal clips from ABC's Once Upon a time with Jennifer Morrison & Josh Dallas. Pinterest. Retrieved on September 6, 2018. (screenshot)
    Editor's note: The post links to a YouTube video (original link) which used to be the source for this info, but it has since been deleted.
  6. Adams, Case (August 13, 2013). Chamomile Treats Clinical Depression and Anxiety. Realnatural. “This effect of chamomile to soothe and calm the system was also showed in a 2012 study from the Eulji University Hospital in South Korea.”
  7. When Rapunzel is reunited with her parents, Belle is with the others at the Queen's palace (File:314BelleEvilQueen.png) meaning that this part of "The Tower" takes place after Belle returns to the others in "A Curious Thing"
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  18. BELLE'S GREY TOP WITH POLKA DOT MESH AND BOWS ON ONCE UPON A TIME. WornOnTV. Retrieved on September 6, 2018.
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  20. CASHMERE SOLID KNIT HAT (COACH F85318) GRAY. Retrieved on September 6, 2018.
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  25. Holly. Pet Poison Helpline. Retrieved on September 6, 2018.
  26. Ginnifer Goodwin (December 13, 2013). @joshdallas has been up on a forest-y mountaintop in mud & snow 4 a wk! Must be a big Prince Charming #OnceUponaATme ep. Hm.... Twitter. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. (screenshot)
  27. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on the Season Four Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "A Tale of Two Sisters"
  28. Once Upon a Time: Lana Parrilla at Central Park. Vancity Filming (December 16, 2013). Archived from the original on April 15, 2016.
  29. Once Upon a Time: Colin and Jennifer. Vancity Filming (December 16, 2013). Archived from the original on August 17, 2016.

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Tower

  • 314 Casting

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    • SmallvilleFanatic wrote:Well we all just saw the promo for it(if you watched Witch Hunt on Sunday) and Flynn is NOT going to be in it.Flynn...
    • DarKingdomHearts wrote:I hope not. Why does everyone make a link to the frog princess, only because Tiana was black in the Disney version...
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    • AppleTree23 wrote: I would LOVE to see Anna and Elsa, or at least one of them. They could do so much cool stuff with the Arendale.  Your w...
    • I just wonder what her first lines will be or what she will do first.
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