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Genie of Agrabah, I wish that Emma Swan's wish – to have never been the Savior – be granted.

—The Evil Queen's wish

"Wish You Were Here" is the tenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one hundred and twenty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 4, 2016.


When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin’s magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Walking Nightmare" (Scene 27)

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

As David attempts to wake up Mary Margaret, he backs out due to both Emma and Regina being gone and he doesn't want to wake her up to this nightmare. As he lies down near her, he says that the hooded figure in Emma's visions has also arrived here and that he doesn't know what to do without her.


A scene with Emma, King David and Queen Snow in Emma's bedroom on the morning of her birthday was filmed, but ended up being cut from the episode.[3] Emma wears a beautiful white nightgown in this scene.[4] A short clip from the filming of the scene is included on the Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season Blooper Reel.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • The oil painting of Baelfire[8] required Michael Raymond-James' approval.[9]
  • The establishing shot of the Evil Queen's Palace[10] is an altered version of a shot of the real palace in the Season Three episode "The Tower".[11] The foreground plate and the castle have been digitally altered to reflect the decrepit state of the castle, and CGI birds have been added to the shot. In addition, one of the mountains in the background has been enlarged.
  • The river that Emma and Regina stop by is the same alterned location where Prince Charming and Snow White first decided to "take back the kingdom" in the Season One finale "A Land Without Magic". This can easily be seen from direction of the trees.[12] But it is not known if these two places are meant to be same since the latter does not have the Royal Castle behind and there seems to be no mountain.
  • In the episode script, Hook says to David, "You are bloody Prince Charming and I'm Captain Hook. Not the other way around".[13] This line is not in the final episode.
  • In the episode script, the scene where Emma first meets Regina in the Wish Realm is slightly longer, with Emma first line being "You. It's you... The Evil Queen. How is that possible? We defeated you."[14] In the final episode, she simply says "You... You're the Evil Queen."
  • According to Adam Horowitz, Gideon's reveal as the figure underneath the hood was planned from the beginning of Season Six.[15]

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  1. Porter, Rick (December 6, 2016). ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ adjusts up, ’60 Minutes’ adjusts down: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 3.27”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, December 04, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#610) "Wish You Were Here".”
  3. InstagramIcon.png jenmorrisonlive (Jennifer Morrison). October 29, 2016. "Sound asleep... on my mark 😴" (archive copy)
    Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season Blooper Reel
  4. InstagramIcon.png jenmorrisonlive (Jennifer Morrison). October 12, 2017. "The prettiest nightgown that was never seen - except in the blooper reel ... #eduardocastro tune in tomorrow to #onceuponatime to see the fate of #emmaswan on @abcnetwork" (archive copy)
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  6. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 14, 2016). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler --hope to see ya Sunday!" (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (February 6, 2014). "How about Pink Floyd?"like em But sometimes I just hit the wall with them." (screenshot)
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  9. Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 9, 2017). Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Criminal Minds, Code Black, Legends, Once, Timeless, S.H.I.E.L.D. and More. TVLine. “Will we see Michael Raymond-James come back to Once Upon a Time as Rumple's son Baelfire again? We miss him. —Rebecca Though Robin Hood is alive and well in the Wish Realm, Baelfire/Neal is not — in large part because his absence better serves the story to be told of Emma's new existence. "We always would love to get Michael Raymond-James back," says co-creator Eddy Kitsis, "but when we can't, we will make a huge wall-sized oil painting of him," as displayed in the midseason finale (and requiring MRJ’s approval).”
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  13. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 28, 2016). "Here's our first #OnceUponATime #scripttease of the week -- hope to see ya Sunday for the Winter Finale!" (screenshot)
  14. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 28, 2016). "Replying to @MiaNaipaul" (screenshot) (script facsimile)
  15. Abrams, Natalie (December 3, 2016). Once Upon a Time: Hooded figure revealed. Entertainment Weekly. “ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Gideon is revealed to be the man under the hood. How did you decide on him? ADAM HOROWITZ: Well, that was the plan from the get-go. It wasn't a decision like, "Who are we going to put under the hood?" It was about designing the season to reach that point. And there’s more to the reveal than everything you see in the winter finale. It's a story that is only just beginning, and becomes an important part of the second half of the season.”
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  17. TwitterLogo.svg @BastardSonVan (Larry Andreutti) on Twitter (March 31, 2017). "This statue is in front of Bridge Studios now"
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  47. Haigh, Rose (October 23, 2016). Wish you were here. (Blogspot). Hookfoundme. Archived from the original on September 10, 2018.
    FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time October 21, 2016 (October 21, 2016).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC taken on October 21, 2016.(archive copy)
    FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Fan Photos October 21, 2016 (October 21, 2016).  "Once Upon a Time fan photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC taken on October 21, 2016.(archive copy)
  48. InstagramIcon.png mo_co_lee (Lee J. Buckley). January 20, 2019. "Josh, I'm guessing you're liking the wife in that dress!!" (archive copy)
  49. TwitterLogo.svg @leafladygreens (Sara McCulloch) on Twitter (October 24, 2016). "We were shooting out in Golden Ears National Park.... Wow, the trees were just enormous" (screenshot)
    InstagramIcon.png disneycamera (disneycamera). August 27, 2017. "Here's a pic from a day during Season 6 that we were filming at Golden Ears Provincial Park just outside of Vancouver. Sooo beautiful there." (archive copy)

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