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Despite what you may think, there's nothing for me in Oz. Anyone who ever cared for me there now hates me. Look, I know you and I aren't exactly the sisters that our mother wanted us to be, but... you're all I've got, Regina.

Zelena to Regina

"Where Bluebirds Fly" is the eighteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales, and directed by Michael Schultz. It is the one hundred and twenty-ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 23, 2017.


In flashback, Zelena befriends a young woodcutter who has been cursed and turns to her for help finding a new heart. Zelena is forced to choose between keeping her powers and her friendship with him. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Zelena decides to take on the Black Fairy and put a stop to her, once and for all, against Regina’s wishes, and the Charmings disagree over Emma and Hook’s wedding plans.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Wedding Lasagna" (Scene 7)

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.

An extended version of the scene where Emma and her family check out Granny's Diner as a potential location for Emma and Hook's wedding. The extended version features additional dialogue with Granny, which was cut from the episode.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • The pancake scene was a late addition to the episode. According to Brigitte Hales, they "actually hadn't planned anything like that".[5]
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: When Emma is making pancakes, Hook comes over and says, "Something smells delicious." In the episode script, he simply says, "Mmm... delicious."[6]
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: In the episode script, Regina says, "Emma? "What are you thinking?", and Emma answers, "Maybe we can."[7] This exchange is not in the final episode.
  • A segment where Mary Margaret says, "So where do we look? And is anyone else surprised Tiger Lily was a fairy?", and Zelena replies, "You can all drop dead from shock for all I care"[8] is also not in the final episode.
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: When Belle and Mr. Gold are talking about their son, Belle says, "You know, this means he can be saved." In the episode script, Mr. Gold answers, "Yes. But that's not all it means."[9] This line is not in the final episode.
  • For unknown reasons, the beginning scene with Emma, Hook and Mary Margaret at the Swan house was shot or reshot on the final day of filming for Season Six.[10]
    • Furthermore, Emma's wrist tattoo appears and disappears continuously throughout this scene.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Set Dressing

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The table cloth and candle on Zelena's dinner table are green, as is her drink.[12]

Costume Notes

  • BRAND INFO: Emma is wearing[13] a Zara Coat with Embroidered Yoke[14] (no longer available).

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (April 25, 2017). ‘Little Big Shots,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Last Man on Earth,’ ‘AFV’ all adjust up: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.69”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#618) "Where Bluebirds Fly".”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (February 3, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya March 5!" (screenshot)
  5. Thread:412231#32
  6. InstagramIcon.png adamhorowitzla (Adam Horowitz). April 18, 2017. "Bonus #OnceUponATime #scripttease for my now awake Instagram account. Hope to see ya Sunday!" (archive copy)
  7. InstagramIcon.png adamhorowitzla (Adam Horowitz). April 22, 2017. "Still trying to get the hang of this Instagram thing... Here's another #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see you tomorrow night!" (archive copy)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (April 23, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see ya tonight!" (screenshot)
  9. InstagramIcon.png adamhorowitzla (Adam Horowitz). April 23, 2017. "Bonus Instagram #OnceUponATime #scripttease -- hope to see ya tonight!" (archive copy)
  10. Jennifer Morrison (April 5, 2017). Day 87: the final Charming-Jones meal of season 6. Instagram. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. (archive copy)
  11. According to the first edition of "Snow White" from 1812 (which can be read on this wiki), the dwarves mine for gold. For the final 1857 edition, which can also be read on this wiki, Wilhelm Grimm added the detail that they mine for ore and gold in the mountains. (Source.) Complicating matters even further is that some versions, like this English translation from 1911, say that they mine for silver and gold, while some other versions, like this English translation from 1944, say that they mine for copper and gold.
  12. File:618Food.png
  13. File:618UsedToBanish.png
  14. COAT WITH EMBROIDERED YOKE - View all-OUTERWEAR-WOMAN. Polyvore. Archived from the original on April 24, 2017.
  15. Screenshot from Last Man Standing: "The Force"
  16. File:618TookHerMagic.png
  17. The Kooples Lace Trim Floral Print Silk Shirt. Nordstrom Rack. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  18. File:618WhateverHerPlan.png
  19. Ted Baker Womens Aurore Long Wrap Collar Coat Grey. Blueberries. Retrieved on September 28, 2018.
  20. "Robin Hood" Oz Guard ensemble from Once Upon a Time Season 4, Episode 18.. iCollector. Archived from the original on March 4, 2019. “Inspired by the legendary designs by Adrian for the MGM musical.”
  21. TwitterLogo.svg @depechemama (Michelle) on Twitter (February 15, 2017). "OUAT filming today at Evertt [sic] Crowley Park" (screenshot) (filming notice)