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Your evil twin is sheriff? Hades has panache, I'll give him that.

Hook to David Nolan src

The Underbrooke Sheriff's Department is an Underworld location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the fifteenth episode of the fifth season.

This location is based on the Storybrooke Sheriff's Department.


During First Curse

The Underbrooke Sheriff's Department forms in the Underworld after Hades remodels this world to resemble the town of Storybrooke. ("Our Decay")

After Third Curse

Once the Apprentice comes to Underbrooke, Sheriff Prince James takes the key from him that opens the Sorcerer's mansion, where the storybook and the Author's quill are hidden. He later puts the key in the top right drawer in the sheriff's office for safekeeping.

Henry reveals to David that the storybook is is in the Sorcerer mansion, but they need the key that James has. Intent on giving James hell for kissing her, Mary Margaret heads off to the sheriff's station, with David following after learning what his brother did to her. With James nowhere in sight, she opens the upper right drawer, noting that he also keeps all his stuff in the same place as David. David grumbles at her comparison, wondering if she thinks the both of them kiss the same too, but before she can answer, he decides he doesn't want to know. Hearing Cruella calling for James, David sends Snow out of the office with the key, while he pretends to be his brother in Cruella's presence. Cruella plays along, despite knowing he's not James, by showering him with kisses and flirting with him. David casually fights off her advances, telling her he has an early patrol tomorrow, but she continues to try and seduce him, even suggesting they spice things up with handcuffs. Having enough of her games, he comes clean by expressing disgust at her actions. She admits he doesn't have James' "delicious damage", which David is responsible for, having been the son that their mother kept instead of James. David gets upset over being blamed for something out of his control, to which Cruella quips that his temper is more like James than he knows, and the day they meet will be one hell of a reunion. ("The Brothers Jones")


On-Screen Notes

Set Dressing

  • The medieval torture devices seen in the Underbrooke Sheriff's Department include:[1] ("The Brothers Jones")
    • The spiked collar: An iron collar with spikes pointing inward which is placed around a prisoner's neck while they are standing in the center of the room. The collar is then fastened with ropes to the walls. If the prisoner moves, the spikes will impale them through the throat.[2]
    • The hanging cage: A cage in which the victim was either displayed and later freed from, or locked inside and left to die.[3]
    • The pillory.
    • A modified version of the rack, with spiked rollers that sliced into the skin and muscles of the victim's back. This "improvement" was introduced by the French.[6]
      • The props used for the rack and the hanging cage are also used in the Dark castle great hall in Belle's dream in "The Savior",[7] along with the big black cage[8] that is sitting in the corner of the sheriff's station.[9] They can also be seen in the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle in "Homecoming".[10]
    • The Judas cradle, a stool shaped torture device with a metal or wooden pyramid on top. The victim would be stripped and suspended above it, before they were lowered onto the device, making the pyramid enter the body orifices of the lower body.


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