Episode Guide of Once Upon a Time


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Lana Parrilla as Regina Mills/the Evil Queen

ABC's "Once Upon a Time" premiered in October 2011 and airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT. It is a chronological episodic dramatic series in which each episode's story builds on the ones before. As the story unfolds, it may be difficult to follow without reference to earlier episodes. Below are brief summaries of the episodes from each season. There are 22 episodes planned in total for each season.

Season I - October 2011

No. 1 "Pilot"
Directed by Mark Mylod
Written by
Original Air Date October 23, 2011
Bail bonds collector Emma Swan encounters the 10-year-old son, Henry, who she gave up for adoption. He believes that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who now live in the secluded town of Storybrooke, Maine, and that they were banished to there by the Evil Queen, also the town's Mayor. Henry's adoptive mother who lives there is Regina Mills. Nobody has any memory of their real fairy tale selves except for Regina and the Mayor. At the end of the episode, Emma decides to stay and live in Storybrooke.

No. 2 "The Thing You Love Most"
Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by
Original Air Date October 30, 2011

Regina tries to force Emma to leave town, and the circumstances behind the Evil Queen's actions regarding to Snow White and Prince Charming are revealed.

No. 3 "Snow Falls"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date November 6, 2011

Emma convinces Henry's school teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard to read from a book of fairy tales to a dead man, who is revived. The man's identity comes into question, and Emma moves in with Mary Margaret.

No. 4 "The Price of Gold"
Directed by David Solomon
Written by
Original Air Date November 13, 2011

Emma is hired by Storybrooke's wealthiest citizen Mr. Gold to find pregnant teenager Ashley Boyd. Emma finds her and Ashley gives birth to a healthy baby girl whom she names Alexandra. In exchange for helping Ashley, Emma agrees to help Mr. Gold with a favor, and later becomes a town Deputy.

No. 5 "That Still Small Voice"
Directed by Paul Edwards
Written by
Original Air Date November 27, 2011
An earthquake causes a giant sinkhole to mysteriously appear near the town's edge. Emma rescues Henry and Storybrooke's resident psychiatrist Archie Hopper after they fall in, and Mary Margaret later resigns from Storybrooke General Hospital. Pinocchio's conscience Jiminy Cricket is introduced, and Regina throws a shard of glass down the mineshaft, where it's revealed the remnants of Snow White's glass coffin are buried.

No. 6 "The Shepherd"
Directed by Victor Nelli
Written by
Original Air Date December 4, 2011

Emma learns that Sheriff Graham is having an affair with Regina, and David must choose between Kathryn and Mary Margaret. David remembers his "life" with Kathryn after seeing a windmill in Mr. Gold's pawnshop and returns home while Mary Margaret resumes her relationship with physician Dr. Whale. A secret deal is revealed between David's "father" King George and Rumpelstiltskin.

No. 7 "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Directed by David M. Barrett
Written by
Original Air Date December 11, 2011

Emma becomes involved with Sheriff Graham, who leaves Regina. Regina takes her revenge and by use of magic kills Graham.

No. 8 "Desperate Souls"
Directed by Michael Waxman
Written by
Original Air Date January 8, 2012
Emma runs for Sheriff. She is elected due to Mr. Gold's influence, which increases her debt to him.

No. 9 "True North"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date January 15, 2012

Emma helps young sibling runaways Nicholas and Ava to find their birth father before they are sent into foster care. At the end of the episode, a mysterious stranger rides into town on a motorcycle.

No. 10 "7:15 A.M."
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Story by:
Teleplay by:
Original Air Date January 22, 2012

Emma learns that "The Stranger" is a writer. David learns Kathryn is not pregnant. He finds and kisses Mary Margaret, witnessed by Regina.

No. 11 "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"
Directed by Bryan Spicer
Written by
Original Air Date January 29, 2012
Emma start investigating Regina. Mary Margaret continues romancing David. Sidney and Emma become allies after Regina double crosses them. Regina then threatens Emma and orders her to stay away from Henry. "The Stranger" has the book of fairytales in his possession.

No. 12 "Skin Deep"
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by
Original Air Date February 12, 2012
Mr. Gold plans vigilante justice when someone robs his house. Ashley accepts Sean's surprise marriage proposal and Emma rescues florist Moe French from being assaulted by Mr. Gold, whom she arrests. Mr. Gold remembers his past life.

No. 13 "What Happened to Frederick"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date February 19, 2012

David decides to leave Kathryn for Mary Margaret. Kathryn later disappears after leaving David a letter telling him to be with Mary Margaret. Regina, though, steals and burns the letter. Emma returns the fairytale book to Henry after finding it by her car.

No. 14 "Dreamy"
Directed by David Solomon
Written by
Original Air Date March 4, 2012
While Mary Margaret attempts to become accepted by the people of Storybrooke by helping organize the Miner's Day Festival, resident troublemaker Leroy decides to help ambitious nun Astrid sell candles in order to save the Storybrooke convent and Emma investigates Kathryn's sudden disappearance while the Seven Dwarves' back story is revealed along with Grumpy's forbidden romance with the beautiful yet clumsy fairy Nova. At the conclusion of the episode, Leroy orchestrates a blackout that causes everyone at the Festival to buy all the candles. Leroy begins a slow but steady friendship with Astrid, Mary Margaret becomes re-accepted by the townspeople and Emma takes David into custody after becoming suspicious of his activity during Kathryn's disappearance.

No. 15 "Red-Handed"
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by
Original Air Date March 11, 2012
Emma makes a depressed Ruby her assistant in the hopes to help the young teenager discover what she's good at in life that and David continues to be questioned about Kathryn's disappearance – and possible murder – while the backstory of Red Riding Hood is revealed along with her yearning to run away with her true love and her village's encounter with a bloodthirsty wolf. At the conclusion of the episode, Ruby proves herself to Emma after finding a box containing a human heart near the toll bridge. Ruby then reconciles with Granny and Emma tells David about how she believes the heart was Kathryn's. Emma then reveals that the lid of the box had Mary Margaret's fingerprints, making her the prime suspect in Kathryn's demise.

No. 16 "Heart of Darkness"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date March 18, 2012
Emma is forced to arrest Mary Margaret for Kathryn's suspected murder and Mr. Gold is hired to represent Mary Margaret as her attorney while the events concerning Prince Charming's search for Snow White continue to be revealed along with his attempt to stop a determined Snow – whose memory is still clouded by Rumpelstiltskin's potion – from assassinating the Evil Queen.

No. 17 "Hat Trick"
Directed by Hemecker
Written by
Original Air Date March 25 2012
Emma's search for Mary Margaret is put on hold when she is kidnapped by a man with an obsession for hats on the verge of madness while the backstory of the Mad Hatter is revealed along with a secret mission authorized by the Evil Queen to travel to Wonderland and steal a prized artifact from the Queen of Hearts.

No. 18 "The Stable Boy"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date April 1, 2012
Mary Margaret faces her past as she is prosecuted by District Attorney Albert Spencer for Kathryn's supposed murder and Emma continues to search for evidence that will prove Mary Margaret's innocence while the event that caused the Evil Queen to loathe Snow White is revealed along the Queen's choice between betraying her mother Cora for true love or living a regal but loveless life by betrothing royalty.

No. 19 "The Return"
Directed by Paul Edwards
Written by
Original Air Date April 22, 2012
Mr. Gold attempts to uncover the true identity of August, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, and David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be.

No. 20 "The Stranger"
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by
Original Air Date April 29 2012
August takes Emma on a journey that will show her how to beat Regina and possibly attain custody of Henry; Regina tries to seduce David.

No. 21 "Apple Red as Blood"
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by
Original Air Date May 6, 2012
As Henry begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke, Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently; Snow White asks her cohorts to help save Prince Charming and defeat the evil queen.

No. 22 "A Land Without Magic"
Directed by Dean White
Written by

Original Air Date May 13, 2012
Emma and Regina work together to save Henry's life; Emma discovers her destiny; Prince Charming tries to escape from The Evil Queen and reunite with Snow White.

Season II - September 2012

No. 23 "Broken"
Directed by Hemecker
Written by
Original Air Date September 30, 2012
Rumpelstiltskin fights Regina in a struggle for power, and Prince Phillip and his companion Mulan must meet many challenges before his wedding to Princess Aurora.

No. 24 "We are Both"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date October 7, 2012
Regina fights to regain her magical powers, while David searches for Mary Margaret and Emma.

No. 25 "Lady of the Lake"
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by
Original Air Date October 14, 2012
Emma and Mary Margaret try to find their way back home.  King George poisons Snow White, and she must find the Lady of the Lake to survive.

No. 26 "The Crocodile"
Directed by David Solomon
Written by
Original Air Date October 21, 2012
Rumpelstiltskin must save his wife from a murderous band of pirates.  Meanwhile, Mr. Gold is worried that Belle will leave him unless he starts acting differently.  Captain Hook is introduced.

No. 27 "The Doctor"
Directed by Paul Edwards
Written by
Original Air Date October 28, 2012
Rumpelstiltskin teaches Regina about magic, with mixed results.  Regina visits a man called "The Doctor" to try and bring Daniel back to life.  The Doctor, though, requires that she provides him with a good heart to revive Daniel, which she does, but he has other plans for it.

No. 28 "Tallahassee"
Directed by Dave Barrett
Written by
Original Air Date November 4, 2012
Jack and the Beanstalk episode.  Snow White, Emma, Mulan, Aurora and Captain arrive at the Beanstalk, which has magic beans cultivated by a race of long-gone giants.  Jack, in fact, was the one who defeated them.  One giant, however, remains at the top of the stalk, and he has the magic compass.  Emma and Hook climb the stalk and confront the giant.

No. 29 "Child of the Moon"
Directed by Anthony Hemingway
Written by
Original Air Date November 11, 2012
Snow White and Red Riding Hood hide from the Queen's men.  It is a night of a full moon, and Red's hood is torn, so she worries that she will have problems.  They split up at Red's request, and the next morning she meets a man named Quinn who reveals that he is a child of the moon like her.

No. 30 "Into the Deep"
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by
Original Air Date November 25, 2012
Cora steals the compass in order to locate the portal into Storybrooke. Prince Charming/David has an important message for Snow.

No. 31 "Queen of Hearts"
Directed by Hemecker
Written by
Original Air Date December 2, 2012
Regina and Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold decide it is necessary to kill anyone entering Storybrooke in order to deal with Cora, which causes serious danger to many people.

No. 32 "The Cricket Game"
Directed by Dean White
Written by
Original Air Date January 6, 2013
Regina is accused of killing a fairy-tale character. Emma Swan investigates to prove her innocence. Prince Charming and Snow White plan to behead the Evil Queen.

No. 33 "The Outsider"
Directed by David Solomon
Written by
Original Air Date January 13, 2013
Mr. Gold wants to go outside of Storybrooke to find his son without losing his memory, so he comes up with a spell and tests it out on someone else. Belle finds Hook and learns he wants to kill Rumpelstiltskin; Mary Margaret and David look to set up house in a nicer house. Belle and Mulan embark on a quest to kill the fearsome yaoguai.

No. 34 "In the Name of the Brother"
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by
Original Air Date January 20,  2013
Dr. Whale must tend to Hook's wounds. He also performs surgery on the mysterious stranger whose car crashed in Storybrooke, but some in town think that the stranger may have seen magic and will expose their true identities to the world. They would prefer to leave him to die. Mr. Gold tries to reunite with Belle,  and Cora attempts to reunite with daughter Regina. Victor tries to bring back the dead so that he can impress his father.

No. 35 "Tiny"
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by
Original Air Date February 10, 2013
The Giant goes on a rampage in Storybrooke. Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold goes to the airport with Emma and Henry to set out on a quest to find Mr. Gold's son Bae.

No. 36 "Manhattan"
Directed by Dean White
Written by 
Original Air Date February 17, 2013
Mr. Gold and company seek Bae in New York City. Cora looks for something of Rumpelstiltskin's.

No. 37 "The Queen is Dead"
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by
Original Air Date March 3, 2013
Snow White/Mary Margaret tries to keep the dagger out of the hands of Cora and Regina. The Blue Fairy tells Snow White how to save her mother, Queen Eva.

No. 38 "The Miller's Daughter"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by
Original Air Date March 10, 2013
Snow White/Mary Margaret tries to control possession of the dagger so her enemies don't get it. The Blue Fairy tells Snow White how to save her mother, Queen Eva.

No. 39 "Welcome to Storybrooke"
Directed by Dave Barrett
Written by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss
Original Air Date March 17, 2013
Snow White/Mary Margaret tries to control possession of the dagger so her enemies don't get it. The Blue Fairy tells Snow White how to save her mother, Queen Eva.

No. 40 "Selfless, Brave and True"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Robert Hull & Kalinda Vazquez
Original Air Date March 24, 2013
Pinocchio/August W. Booth has been in hiding and has been completely transformed into wood. Tamara succeeds in acquiring the potion that August got from The Dragon.

No. 41 "Lacey"
Directed by Milan Cheylov
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date March 24, 2013
Rumpelstiltskin tries to get Belle to love him again. Emma considers returning to the real world and leaving Storybrooke behind.

No. 42 "The Evil Queen"
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by Jane Espenson & Christine Boylan
Original Air Date April 28, 2013
Regina contemplates destroying Storybrooke and taking Henry back to live with her in Fairytale Land. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen asks Rumpelstiltskin to turn her into a peasant so that she can kill Snow White and thereby, she thinks, earn the love of her subjects.

No. 43 "Second Star to the Right"
Directed by 
Written by 
Original Air Date May 5, 2013
Regina disappears with some magic beans. Emma suspects Tamara has something to do with Regina's disappearance, while Mr. Gold considers telling Lacey about his magical abilities. Baelfire travels back in time to 19th Century London and is taken in by the Darling family and their daughter, Wendy.

No. 44 "And Straight on 'Til Morning"
Directed by 
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date May 12, 2013
Baelfire boards the Jolly Roger and meets up with Hook. Hook passes Baelfire on to the Lost Boys, who don't want him. In Storybrooke, Greg and Tamara trigger the explosive. Regina tries to delay the town's destruction, while the others try to arrange an escape by everybody to Fairytale Land. Emma and Regina join forces to avert the town's destruction. Everybody boards the Jolly Roger with Hook, who has the magic bean, to go to Neverland and save Henry.

Season III - September 2013

No. 45 "The Heart of the Truest Believer"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker 
Written by 
Original Air Date September 29, 2013

In search of Henry, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook travel to Neverland, where they meet threatening mermaids. Meanwhile, Henry and another boy attempt to escape from the Lost Boys and Peter Pan. In the Enchanted Forest, a still-recovering Neal and Mulan embark on a quest to discover the fate of Henry and Emma. 

No. 46 "Lost Girl"
Directed by Ron Underwood 
Written by Andrew Chambliss 
Original Air Date October 6, 2013

Peter Pan presents Emma with a map of Henry's location. However, there’s a catch: Emma must embrace her true identity. Meanwhile, Mr. Gold gets some startling advice; and back in fairy-tale land, the Evil Queen has a tempting offer for Snow White.

No. 47 "Quite a Common Fairy"
Directed by Alex Zakrzewski  
Written by Jane Espenson
Original Air Date October 13, 2013

In their continuing quest to find Peter Pan’s hideout and save Henry, Hook suggests tracking down Tinker Bell in the hope that she will lead them straight to his camp. Pan reveals to Henry why he has brought him to Neverland and in the Enchanted Forest, Neal has a plan that could transport him to Emma, but it would involve using one of Robin Hood’s most precious possessions. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Tinker Bell offers to help Regina improve her life.

No. 48 "Nasty Habits"
Directed by David Boyd
Written by David H. Goodman & Robert Hull
Original Air Date October 20, 2013

Neal arrives in Neverland and tries to save Henry with his father Rumpel. Emma and friends try to escape from the island. Flashback: Bae goes to Hamelin where children are disappearing.

No. 49 "Good Form"
Directed by Jon Amiel 
Written by Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen
Original Air Date October 27, 2013

Lt. Killian Jones and brother Liam search for a magical plant. The plant turns out to be poisonous and Liam dies when trying to leave Neverland. Killian begins turning into Captain Hook. Snow and Regina try to find a lost boy to help save Henry, and Hook and Emma share a kiss.

No. 50 "Ariel"
Directed by Ciaran Donnelly
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date November 3, 2013

Emma and the others try to rescue Neal. Regina saves Rumpel and then plan to defeat Pan and save Henry's life. Flashback: Ariel rescues Snow White from drowning, who then introduces her to Prince Eric.

No. 51 "Dark Hollow"
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Andrew Chambliss 
Original Air Date November 10, 2013

Emma, Neal and Hook try to find Pan's shadow in Neverland. Pan uses Wendy to trick Henry. Ariel goes to Storybrooke to try and find Pandora's Box.

No. 52 "Think Lovely Thoughts"
Directed by David Solomon
Written by David H. Goodman 
Original Air Date November 17, 2013

Emma and her group find Regina/Rumpel and discover Pan's plan to use Henry's heart to become immortal at the expense of Henry's life. Flashback: young Rumpel and his father have issues.

No. 53 "Save Henry"
Directed by Andy Goddard
Written by Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen
Original Air Date December 1, 2013

Pan is absorbing Henry's heart, killing him. The others attack Pan. Flashback: Regina adopts Henry in Storybrooke.

No. 54 "The New Neverland"
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by Andrew Chambliss
Original Air Date December 8, 2013

Everyone returns to Storybrooke, but danger lurks. Flashback: Snow White is obsessed with the Evil Queen, disturbing her honeymoon with Prince Charming.

No. 55 "Going Home"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date December 15, 2013

Pan has taken over Henry's body. Emma and the rest fight Pan. We learn more about Emma's past.

No. 56 "New York City Serenade"
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date March 9, 2014

Emma and Henry in New York City are visited by Hook, who is a stranger. Flashback: the Wicked West takes over the Enchanted Forest.

No. 57 "Witch Hunt"
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Jane Espenson
Original Air Date March 16, 2014

Emma and Henry return to Storybrooke. Mary Margaret is pregnant and her midwife is Zelena, the Wicked Witch. Flashback: Regina finds she has commonality with the Wicked Witch.

No. 58 "The Tower"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Robert Hull
Original Air Date March 23, 2014

Charming is being stalked by a hooded figure, who may be related to Rapunzel.

No. 59 "Quiet Minds"
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Kalinda Vazquez
Original Air Date March 30, 2014

Neal and Belle find Lumiere. Rumpel becomes a slave to Zelena, who has the dagger. Neal has issues. Regina reunites with Robin Hood, her true love.

No. 60 "It's Not Easy Being Green"
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Written by Andrew Chambliss
Original Air Date April 6, 2014

Zelena the Wicked Witch of the West challenges sister Regina to a duel. Flashback: young Zelena goes to the enchanted forest to be trained in sorcery by Rumpel.

No. 61 "The Jolly Roger"
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
Written by David H. Goodman
Original Air Date April 13, 2014

Ariel asks Hook to help find her true friend Prince Eric. Regina teaches Emma magic to defeat Zelena. Flashback: Ariel confronts Hook over Prince Eric. Hook and Ariel go searching for his missing Jolly Roger ship.

No. 62 "Bleeding Through"
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Written by Jane Espenson & Daniel T. Thomsen
Original Air Date April 20, 2014

Zelena takes Regina's heart. Regina communicates with her dead mother Cora to figure out what is going on with Zelena. Flashback: young Cora becomes pregnant, which threatens her happiness.

No. 63 "A Curious Thing"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date April 27, 2014

Zelena forces Hook to kiss Emma. Regina romances Robin Hood. Flashback: Snow and Charming look for Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, to defeat Zelena.

No. 64 "Kansas"
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez
Original Air Date May 4, 2014

Zelena tries to get Mary Margaret's newborn son, who wants him to destroy Regina. Flashback: Glinda tries to convince Zelena to choose good over evil. A girl from Kansas arrives.

No. 65 "Snow Drifts"
Directed by Ron Underwood
Written by David H. Goodman & Robert Hull
Original Air Date May 11, 2014

Emma and Hook return to the Enchanted Forest. Flashbook: Hook and Emma ruin Snow and Charming's first meeting, which must be fixed with Rumpel's help or Emma ceases to exist.

No. 66 "There's No Place Like Home"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date May 11, 2014

Regina captures Emma for helping Snow White. Snow White escapes. Emma and Hook fix things with her parents, Snow and Charming. Emma regains her magic. A newcomer to Storybrooke threatens Regina's happiness. A new stranger appears in Storybrooke who could destroy everything.

Season IV - September 2014

No. 67 "A Tale of Two Sisters"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker 
Written by 
Original Air Date September 28, 2014

Elsa is in Storybrooke and creates a snow monster. Marian, Robin Hood's wife, complicates Regina's happiness. Flashback: Anna learns that her parents perished trying to make Elsa normal and resolves to finish the job.

No. 68 "White Out"
Directed by Ron Underwood 
Written by Jane Espenson
Original Air Date October 5, 2014
Elsa traps herself in an ice cave with Emma. Mary Margaret tries to restore the town's power that was interrupted by Elsa. The Snow Queen is in Storybrooke, running an ice cream shop.

No. 69 "Rock Road"
Directed by Morgan Beggs 
Written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz
Original Air Date October 12, 2014
The Snow Queen frames Elsa for casting a spell on Marian. Emma comes to the rescue of Hook and Elsa. Henry and Regina find the author of the town's book. Flashback: Elsa and Kristoff battle Hans, who is defeated by the Snow Queen, who turns out to be Anna and Elsa's aunt.

No. 70 "The Apprentice"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker  
Written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan
Original Air Date October 19, 2014

Hook has a date with Emma, but first he convinces Gold to restore his missing hand in exchange for a favor. This leads to problems for Hook, with his dark side returning. The Snow Queen makes life miserable for Emma.The Apprentice, back in the Magic Forest, is guarding the magic box, but Rumple plays a trick on Anna, who responds in kind. Anna winds up back in Arendelle.

No. 71 "Breaking Glass"
Directed by Alrick Riley  
Written by Kalinda Vazquez & Scott Nimerfro
Original Air Date October 26, 2014

Emma and Regina join forces when they are led into a trap by the Snow Queen. The Snow Queen also chains up Elsa. The Snow Queen gets the Magic Mirror. Mary Margaret pardons Will. Emma shows some old video to Hook which reveals who Emma's foster mother is.

No. 72 "Breaking Glass"
Directed by Mario Van Peebles  
Written by Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss
Original Air Date November 2, 2014

Everyone tries to locate Sarah. Gold takes Belle to the Snow Queen's home and shows Sarah the Sorceror's Hat to warn her off from trying to destroy Gold's friends. Sarah, meanwhile, is determined to destroy Storybrooke while plucking out Elsa and Emma. In a flashback to Belle's past, we learn that she tried to get Anna to help her remember her mother's death. Anna figures out that the Snow Queen has another sister, which causes the Snow Queen to lock her up and take the Sorceror's Hat.

No. 73 "The Snow Queen"
Directed by Billy Gierhart  
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date November 9, 2014

We learn where the Snow Queen (Ingrid) came from in Arendelle. She and her sisters (Helga and Gerda) went to Rumple for help, and bad things happen: Ingrid kills Helga by mistake, and Gerda traps Ingrid in an urn. Gerda then tries to erase the kingdom's memory of Ingrid and Helga. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Emma captures Sarah, but Emma loses control of her magic and scares her family. Emma runs away to avoid hurting anyone. Regina and Robin Hood hook up despite Regina' reservations. Sarah, goes to Gold to get his secret about the Dagger, and Gold is happy with the result.

No. 74 "Smash the Mirror (Part 1)"
Directed by Eagle Egilsson  
Written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz
Original Air Date November 16, 2014


Emma loses control of her powers, and she turns to Gold for help. Hook and the Snow Queen try to help her. Mary and David have doubts about helping Emma. Elsa, though, has no doubts and takes the locator from Mary and David to find Emma. Gold traps the Snow Queen in her palace. The Snow Queen sends a message to Emma, but it scares her and she crashes. Meanwhile in Arendelle, Ingrid tells Elsa that Anna was going to take away her powers. Elsa, though, plans with Anna to trap Ingrid. Anna tells Elsa why their parents went to sea, and together they plan to trap Ingrid.

No. 75 "Smash the Mirror (Part 2)"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker  
Written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz
Original Air Date November 16, 2014 (two episodes on that night)

Emma continues on to see Gold despite the Snow Queen's attempt to warn her. Regina convinces David and Mary that Emma should keep her powers. Robin Hood finds a missing page to the fairytale book and wants to find out who wrote it. Gold imprisons Hook at the mansion. Elsa tells Emma her powers are ok, and so Emma's powers return. Gold steals Hook's heart, the final ingredient to rid himself of the Dagger, and makes Hook his slave. The Snow Queen puts ribbons on Elsa and Emma to steal their powers, then uses those powers to cast the Spell of Shattered Sight over the town, shattering her mirror. Meanwhile, back in Arendelle, Anna places Elsa in the urn, and Elsa gets upset and freezes Anna, Kristoff and all of Arendelle. Rumple then comes to Arendelle to trade the Sorceror's Hat for the urn and Anna's necklace. Ingrid instead gives it to the Apprentice, who helps her to find her third sister, and Ingrid goes to New York before Emma is born.

No. 76 "Fall"
Directed by Mario Van Peebles  
Written by Jane Espenson
Original Air Date November 30, 2014 (after one week off)

A villainess whose power is now complete casts a final spell and Storybrooke prepares for the worst. But does she succeed?

No. 77 "Shattered Sight"
Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton  
Written by Scott Nimerfro & Tze Chun
Original Air Date December 7, 2014 

A curse brings out the no good dirty rotten in everyone. Even the sweet Snow White/Mary Margaret is taking evil to another level.

No. 78 "Heroes and Villains"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker  
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date December 14, 2014 

This is the 'Winter Finale' for the fourth season of 'Once Upon a Time.' Does Mary Margaret have a dark side and, if so, just how dark is it? How will Anna & Elsa find their way home to Arendelle? What happens on the edge of town when they try to leave? All these issues and more addressed in 'Heroes and Villains."


Mid-season Break until 1 March 2015


No. 79 "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
Directed by Jon Amiel  
Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Original Air Date March 1, 2015 


With Gold banished from town, the residents of Storybrooke attempt to resume their normal lives. Hook and Belle search for a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer’s hat, while Emma, Henry and Regina continue to look for clues that could lead them to the Author. But when a terrifying darkness descends on the town, Emma and Regina are forced to confront the true nature of evil. Meanwhile, in New York, Gold and Ursula enlist Cruella De Vil to join their cause.

No. 80 "Unforgiven"
Directed by Adam Horowitz  
Written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez
Original Air Date March 8, 2015 


Unforgiven is the thirteenth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez, and directed by Adam Horowitz - a rare directorial outing for one of the co-creators. It ws the seventy-ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 8, 2015. Synopsis - David and Mary Margaret suspect Cruella and Ursula have come to Storybrooke looking for something more than their own happy endings – something that threatens to reveal a secret they thought was long buried.Emma begins her own investigation of Cruella and Ursula, but she can’t shake the feeling that her friends and family are keeping something from her.Regina and Henry continue their search for the Author, turning to Pinocchio and Marco in the hope Pinocchio might remember a clue that will help them. Meanwhile, in a flashback to Fairy Tale Land, Snow and Charming cross paths with the Queens of Darkness as the threat of the Evil Queen’s Dark Curse hangs over all of them.

No. 81 "Enter the Dragon"
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz
Original Air Date March 15, 2015 

In order to infiltrate the Queens of Darkness as a spy for the heroes, Regina must prove she’s still willing to get her hands dirty. Meanwhile, Emma, David and Mary Margaret scramble to keep tabs on their undercover operative. Hook requests an unusual favor from Belle as Henry makes progress on his search for the Author. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Regina befriends Maleficent and helps her to rekindle her lost spark

No. 82 "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
Directed by Steve Pearlman  
Written by Andrew Chambliss and Dana Horgan
Original Air Date March 22, 2015


Hook leverages his complicated history with Ursula to find out what she knows about Gold’s endgame. Gold and the Oueens of Darkness torture August for information about the Author as Emma, Mary Margaret and David race to find them. Regina grows concerned for Robin Hood’s safety while she struggles to maintain her cover with the villains. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, when a restless young Ursula enlists Hook’s help to run away from home, she soon learns it may not be wise to trust a pirate.



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