Here is the episode guide for Once Upon A Time. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases
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23 - An Untold Story
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Dean White Rating: 1.2 Audience: 4.07 In the second hour, with the possibility of magic being destroyed and the fate of Storybrooke hanging in the balance, it’s a race for Emma and Regina to track down Henry before Gold can find him first. Regina continues to struggle with her frustrations over her former evil-self and, elsewhere, Snow, David, Hook and Zelena are imprisoned and must contend with very two very disturbed individuals that may give Gold a run for his money.
22 - Only You
Written By: David H. Goodman & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.2 Audience: 4.07 In the first hour of the special two-hour season finale, Regina reels from the death of Robin Hood, and everyone tries to give her room to grieve, but when the heroes discover Gold has stolen Hades’ Olympian Crystal and tethered all of Storybrooke’s magic to it, they set out to stop him. Henry decides he no longer can stand all the pain magic has caused his family, so he goes rogue, with Violet in tow, to destroy magic once and for all. Meanwhile, Zelena, Snow, David and Hook attempt to open a portal that will return Merida and the other Storybrooke guests to their homes, but things go awry, and the group winds up in a deranged new world.
21 - Last Rites
Written By: Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Craig Powell Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.75 Emma, David, Regina, Robin and Henry are finally back home in Storybrooke and reunited with Snow, but, unfortunately, they still have to contend with Hades, who continues to deceive Zelena as he lays out his plan to use the all-powerful Olympian Crystal to take over the town. The heroes desperately search for a way to defeat Hades while Hook does the same in the Underworld, looking for those missing storybook pages. Regina and Robin take a more direct approach, which culminates in an epic showdown that will leave our heroes forever changed.
20 - Firebird
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.77 Hades turns to the heroes to ask for help with getting Zelena back from Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan. In return, he offers to take all their names off their tombstones. However, when Hook is still unable to leave, he and Emma must journey into the depths of the Underworld. Meanwhile, Cruella De Vil is determined to keep the heroes trapped in the Underworld. In flashbacks, Emma searches for answers about her family and makes an unexpected friendship
19 - Sisters
Written By: David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.85 Now that Hades and Zelena are reunited, Hades tells Zelena that he wants a future with her outside of the Underworld. All she needs to do is heal his heart with True Love’s Kiss so they can leave the Underworld and trap the heroes there for eternity. When Regina overhears of this plan, she enlists Cora’s help to find a way to separate Zelena from Hades. However, Cora reveals a family secret that could change Regina and Zelena’s lives forever. Meanwhile, David finally meets James, only to realize that his twin is determined to seek revenge on him for stealing the life he could have had
18 - Ruby Slippers
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Bill Wolkoff Directed By: Eriq La Salle Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.76 In flashbacks, Ruby and Mulan find themselves in Oz, where they meet Dorothy. After the three witness Zelena’s return to Oz, they look for a way to defeat her once and for all. However, Dorothy mysteriously disappears, and Ruby’s search for her new friend lands her in the Underworld. Reunited with the heroes, Ruby teams up with Emma, Regina and Snow to continue looking for Dorothy. Meanwhile, Snow and David struggle with not being able to be with their son, Neal, and devise a plan so that one of them can escape the Underworld
17 - Her Handsome Hero
Written By: Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.2 Audience: 3.75 Belle turns to Rumplestiltskin with hope of finding a way to protect their child from Hades. However, they disagree over whether to use dark magic, as Belle forbids Rumplestiltskin from using his powers for evil. Meanwhile, Hades secretly meets with Gaston in the Underworld and encourages him to seek revenge on Rumplestiltskin. As the heroes try to find a way to defeat Hades, Emma has a terrifying nightmare that she realizes is beginning to come true. And in flashbacks, Belle and Gaston meet for the first time, but their blossoming romance comes to a halt on the eve of the Ogre wars
16 - Our Decay
Written By: Tze Chun & Dana Horgan Directed By: Steve Pearlman Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.78 Emma, Snow, David, Regina, Robin, Henry and Hook continue to search for a way to free everyone from the Underworld. At the mercy of Hades, Gold creates a portal to Storybrooke, which transports Belle, Zelena and Baby Hood to the Underworld. While Zelena and Regina get into a sibling squabble, Belle is reunited with Rumple only to learn some tremendously shocking news that will change her life forever. Meanwhile, Snow and David hopelessly attempt to send a message from the Underworld to their son, Neal. In flashbacks, Hades learns about Zelena’s very special spell and pays her a visit in Oz with the intention of striking an alliance, but finds himself with more than just a partner in crime,
15 - The Brothers Jones
Written By: Jerome Schwartz & David H. Goodman Directed By: David H. Goodman Rating: 1.0 Audience: 3.51 Finally reunited, Hook and Emma must find a way to defeat Hades so that they can return to Storybrooke with Snow, David, Regina, Robin, Henry and Gold. A surprise visit from Hook’s departed brother Liam just might provide the lead they were looking for—others who have tried to overthrow Hades spoke of a book that contained the key to his downfall. Tired of watching from the sidelines, Henry secretly takes matters into his own hands while the others search for the book. Meanwhile, Hades redoubles his efforts to trap the heroes in the Underworld by playing them against one another. In flashbacks, the bond between the two young Jones brothers is tested and strengthened on a merchant ship heading into a dangerous storm
14 - Devil's Due
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Alrick Riley Rating: 1.1 Audience: 3.54 Hook’s captivity takes a dark turn when Hades threatens to condemn him to the River of Lost Souls after Hook refuses to choose which three of his friends will have to remain in the Underworld. Meanwhile, Gold is suddenly eager to help Emma, Snow, David, Regina, Robin and Henry find Hook so he can return home to Belle; but in order to do so, he must find his ex-wife Milah in the Underworld and ask for her help. In Fairy Tale Land flashbacks, Rumple and Milah face a life-or-death crisis concerning their son, Baelfire, that forces Rumple to make a deal that will haunt him
13 - Labor of Love
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan Directed By: Billy Gierhart Rating: 1.3 Audience: 4.31 In the Underworld, an escapee from Hades’ prison informs the heroes that Hook is being held captive. But before the heroes can rescue Hook, they must face a terrifying beast that guards the prison. Mary Margaret searches for an old childhood friend who knows how to defeat the monster. However, once reunited, she discovers that her friend is no longer the hero he once was. Meanwhile, in an Enchanted Forest flashback, a young Snow White struggles to preserve peace in her kingdom and must learn how to be a true hero if she wants to one day become queen
12 - Souls of the Departed
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.3 Audience: 4.01 Emma, Regina, Mary Margaret, David, Robin, Henry and Gold arrive in the Underworld, on a mission to rescue Hook, only to discover that their search will be more difficult than they had anticipated. The inhabitants of the Underworld—all souls with unfinished business and many with quite personal vendettas—hound our heroes at every turn. Meanwhile, in an Enchanted Forest flashback, a familiar face from the Evil Queen’s past returns to present Regina with the perfect birthday gift, on the 100th episode of “Once Upon a Time”
11 - Swan Song
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 1.3 Audience: 4.56 The dark siege of Storybrooke is underway as all of the resurrected Dark Ones target a living soul for sacrifice so that they can return to the realm of the living. With doom imminent, Gold advises Mary Margaret, David and the rest of the heroes to spend their last fleeting moments enjoying the company of their loved ones. Emma, however, refuses to give up, knowing that she is responsible for righting all the poor choices she made as Dark One – there’s only one problem, Dark Hook. When they face-off with the fate of Storybrooke at stake, Hook’s actions will devastate Emma in a way no one saw coming. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, the Evil Queen tests Hook’s mettle by forcing him to confront a demon from his past before contracting him to dispatch one from hers
10 - Broken Heart
Written By: Dana Horgan & Tze Chun Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.3 Audience: 4.38 In a Camelot flashback, Hook becomes a Dark One and his lust for revenge against Rumplestiltskin is reignited. When Emma and Hook disagree about their best course of action, the final pieces of the puzzle are revealed as events in Camelot catch up to the present and we witness a charged confrontation between the forces of light and dark that sends our heroes on a collision course with destiny. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Hook’s centuries old lust for revenge against Gold puts both of their fates in jeopardy while Emma’s love faces the ultimate test as she tries to convince Hook to turn away from the darkness before she, Mary Margaret, David and Regina embark on a new mission as an unsuspected evil is released
09 - The Bear King
Written By: Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Geofrey Hildrew Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.85 In the second hour – Zelena and Arthur journey to DunBroch on a mission to retrieve an enchanted relic that will provide the advantage they need to vanquish Emma and our heroes. Their path will cross with Merida’s, who is on a journey of her own to pay a debt that her father, King Fergus, owed to the Witch when he died. Merida enlists the help of two friends, Mulan and Ruby, but, in order to satisfy the Witch and save DunBroch, she first must discover the identity of the knight who killed her father. In flashbacks, Merida learns about bravery and honor as she trains for combat and rides alongside Fergus into the infamous battle that claims his life
08 - Birth
Written By: David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Eagle Egilsson Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.85 In the first hour of this special “Once Upon a Time” event – tensions in Camelot come to a head when Merlin, now under Arthur’s control, delivers an ultimatum to Emma: hand over the Dark One dagger and the Promethean spark or he will kill her entire family. Refusing to give in, Emma and our heroes face off against Arthur, Merlin and Zelena in an epic battle of magic and will. Just when the end is in sight, Emma is forced to make a gut-wrenching choice that no one saw coming. Back in Storybrooke, Zelena’s pregnancy mysteriously accelerates and Hook goes to new and desperate lengths to get answers from the Dark Swan.
07 - Nimue
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.85 In Camelot, Merlin spearheads a mission to reunite the dagger with Excalibur so he can use the weapon to save Emma from the darkness threatening her soul. With Zelena in tow, Hook, Mary Margaret, David, Regina and Robin steal into Arthur’s castle to take the broken sword from the maniacal king. Meanwhile, Merlin brings Emma along on a journey to confront his ancient nemesis and retrieve the sacred spark he’ll need to reforge Excalibur. Both parties are tested, but one suffers a blow that could derail the entire operation. In a flashback to long before the Age of Arthur, young Merlin finds purpose after he is blessed with magic and immortality, but when he falls in love with a young refugee named Nimue, everything changes for Merlin, as their romance starts a chain of events that touches every one of our present day heroes
06 - The Bear and The Bow
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Tze Chun Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.85 In a Camelot flashback, a chance encounter with Merlin, David, Hook and Belle gives Merida new hope in her quest to save her brothers from the usurping clans of DunBroch. Unwilling to leave anything up to fate, Merida brings Belle along on a dangerous journey that culminates with an invaluable lesson in bravery. In Storybrooke, Regina, Mary Margaret and David discover the spell that would allow one of Merlin’s chosen to communicate with him, but when Arthur fails to reach the missing sorcerer the heroes grow suspicious. Meanwhile, Emma commands Merida to kill Belle in hopes of forcing Mr. Gold’s heroic transformation. With Merida unable to disobey Emma’s orders, Gold must find the courage to fight for Belle’s life or risk losing her forever
05 - Dreamcatcher
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.6 Audience: 5.12 In Camelot, as Mary Margaret and David attempt to retrieve the Dark One dagger, Emma uses a Dreamcatcher to look into the past to see how Merlin was transformed into a tree. Together, Emma and Regina figure out the critical ingredient they must acquire to free Merlin, but it's a race against Arthur, who does not want Merlin released. Meanwhile, with encouragement from his moms, Henry musters up the courage to ask Violet on a date. Back in Storybrooke, the heroes break into Emma's house hoping to locate Gold, but what they find will give them a glimpse of Emma's end game. Far from prying eyes, Merida sets about the mission Emma has tasked her with and begins molding Gold into the hero they need to draw Excalibur
04 - The Broken Kingdom
Written By: David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Alrick Riley Rating: 1.6 Audience: 4.92 After receiving a cryptic warning from Lancelot about Arthur’s intentions, Mary Margaret realizes Arthur may be the heroes’ biggest threat, but when she is unable to convince David of the danger, she takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Hook’s unwavering love for Emma provides a glimmer of hope in her struggle against the unrelenting voice of Rumplestiltskin. In a Camelot flashback, Guinevere senses that Arthur is losing his way, consumed by his obsession with making Excalibur whole, so she sets out with Lancelot on her own quest into the heart of darkness. In Storybrooke, Dark Emma unleashes a secret weapon in the next phase of her plan to find the brave soul she needs to draw Excalibur from the stone
03 - Siege Perilous
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.6 Audience: 5.28 In Camelot, the heroes feverishly work to free Merlin. Determined to help Emma, David embarks on a quest to retrieve a magical relic that Regina could use to communicate with the imprisoned sorcerer, but, when David leaves, ARTHUR insists on joining him because the dangers ahead are greater than he can imagine. Meanwhile, Mary Margaret discovers the fate of her old friend Lancelot. Back in Storybrooke, ARTHUR seeks David's help to catch a thief who threatens the safety of the citizens of Camelot. Across town, Emma reaches out to a conflicted Hook as she sets about her plan to draw Excalibur from the stone.
02 - The Price
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.38 In an effort to protect Emma, Regina steps up in a surprising way that will test her mettle as a force for good. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere throw a royal ball to welcome the heroes to Camelot, but when the celebration takes a deadly turn, David and Robin must leap into action or lose a crucial asset in the fight to save Emma. Back in Storybrooke, Hook deploys a tried-and-true technique in hopes of bringing Emma back to the light while the heroes discover that some unexpected baggage has followed them home from Camelot
01 - The Dark Swan
Written By: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.93 Immediately after becoming the Dark One, Emma disappears and the heroes must band together to save her, but first they have to find her, which will require the help of an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest, Emma struggles to resist her dark urges as she searches for Merlin in the hope that he can stop her transformation. Along the way to Camelot, she gets help from the plucky and brave warrior princess Merida, as well as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table
23 - Operation Mongoose Part 2
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.51 The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story's final page is turned. It's a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reeling
22 - Operation Mongoose Part 1
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.51 The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story's final page is turned. It's a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reelin
21 - Mother
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.31 Emma returns to Storybrooke to reunite Lily with Maleficent while Regina and Robin struggle to cope with the implications of Zelena's pregnancy. When Gold's health takes a turn for the worse, Isaac looks to a new ally for help procuring the magic ink he needs to re-write history. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Cora returns from Wonderland to beg Regina's forgiveness on the anniversary of Daniel's murder. Cora vows to help her daughter find true love, but Regina remains suspicious of her mother's intentions
20 - Lily
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.21 Emma’s potential for darkness is looming over everyone, but when Emma realizes Maleficent’s daughter Lily is in fact her closest friend from her foster care days, she resolves to find Lily and reunite her with her mother. Regina joins forces with Emma and together they set out to track down Lily and to warn Robin about Zelena. However, neither of them is prepared for the harsh realities they’ll encounter in the outside world. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Gold faces a crisis involving Belle. In a foster care flashback, things are looking up for young Emma with her new family until Lily’s appearance threatens to destabilize everything
19 - Sympathy for the De Vil
Written By: David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.12 In fictional 1920s England, viewers meet a young Cruella, whose oppressive mother uses her Dalmatians to terrorize her daughter. Cruella is confined to her mother’s attic until a mysterious stranger arrives and empowers her to challenge her captor. In Storybrooke, Regina gains leverage to keep Gold from interfering with her plan to rescue Robin, but her trip to New York takes the backseat when she and Emma learn that Cruella has kidnapped Henry
18 - Heart of Gold
Written By: Scott Nimerfro & Tze Chun Directed By: Billy Gierhart Rating: 1.6 Audience: 5.17 Emma is still reeling after learning the truth of her parents' history with Maleficent, but she must focus on finding the Author, who is running loose in Storybrooke, before Gold does. When Gold's quest for his happy ending grows more urgent, he blackmails Regina into helping him. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Robin Hood learns what it means to be an honorable thief when he accepts a proposition by Rumpelstiltskin to travel to Oz to steal a valuable magic elixir from the Wicked Witch
17 - Best Laid Plans
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Jane Espenson Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.48 Hook tells Emma that her fate is at stake in Gold’s plan while Regina leads the villains on a wild goose chase. Henry makes a breakthrough in his search to find the Author, but Mary Margaret and David need a moment to reconsider the best course of action. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Snow and Charming search for a way to ensure their child will grow-up to be a hero. When a travelling peddler directs them to visit a kindly old hermit, Snow and Charming are presented with a choice that could secure their child’s goodness, but at a price that will haunt them for years to come
16 - Poor Unfortunate Soul
Written By: Andrew Chambliss and Dana Horgan Directed By: Steve Pearlman Rating: 1.9 Audience: 5.79 Hook leverages his complicated history with Ursula to find out what she knows about Gold’s endgame. Gold and the Queens 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 isn’t wise to trust a pirate
15 - Enter The Dragon
Written By: David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.8 Audience: 5.88 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
14 - Unforgiven
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Adam Horowitz Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.72 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
13 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Jon Amiel Rating: 2.2 Audience: 6.66 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
12 - Heroes and Villains
Written By: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.69 In the aftermath of the Snow Queen’s spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook’s fate hangs in the balance as Gold’s quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future
11 - Shattered Sight
Written By: Scott Nimerfro & Tze Chun Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.20 Storybrooke is in a state of chaos with all the residents under the Snow Queen’s Spell of Shattered Sight at each other’s throats. Emma and Elsa race against the clock to free themselves of the ribbons and take down the Snow Queen and her curse. David can only watch when Regina clashes with Mary Margaret in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Gold gathers Belle and Henry as he prepares to leave town forever, and Will Scarlet looks to square his tab with Hook. Kristoff’s thick-headedness leads Anna to a heartwarming discovery
10 - Fall
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Mario Van Peebles Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.43 As the Spell of Shattered Sight approaches Storybrooke, Mary Margaret and David rally the residents to prepare for the curse while Belle and the fairies work together on an antidote. Gold, with Hook as his reluctant servant, sets about an exit strategy of his own. Regina and Robin Hood ready themselves for the worst while, with the help of a locator spell, Emma and Elsa search desperately for Anna. In Arendelle, Anna and Kristoff awaken to find that their kingdom is once again in danger
08 / 09- Smash the Mirror Part 1 / Part 2
Written By: David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Eagle Egillson and Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.4 Audience: 6.80 In Arendelle, when the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other and it proves more difficult than she anticipates, she takes drastic measures. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke Emma’s powers are out of control and her fear of hurting loved ones pushes her away from everyone she cares about. In her confusion, Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether and Hook tries to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her plan to find the author of the storybook until her quest takes an unexpected turn. Robin Hood recruits Will Scarlet to assist him on a mission and Mary Margaret and David search for Emma
07 - The Snow Queen
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Billy Gierhart Rating: 2.5 Audience: 7.42 Emma captures the Snow Queen and interrogates her at the sheriff’s station. But the Snow Queen uses her prior knowledge of Emma to try to persuade her into thinking that they are more alike than she could possibly imagine. Regina and Robin Hood’s relationship grows increasingly complex as they struggle to find a way to save his dying wife, Emma begins to see what she missed out on by not growing up and being a family with Snow and Charming when she sees how involved Mary Margaret is in baby Neal’s life, and Henry begins his after school job in Gold’s shop while trying to help Regina find a clue to the identity of the author of the storybook. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, we learn about the origin of the Snow Queen and her familial connection to Elsa and Anna as we see her discover her spectacular yet deadly ice powers
06 - Family Business
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Mario Van Peebles Rating: 2.6 Audience: 7.54 The race is on to track down the elusive Snow Queen, who was once a foster mother to a young Emma - whose memories of this event have been erased - in order to discover what her ultimate end game is for Elsa and the residents of Storybrooke, and unaware that she does not possess the real blade that controls The Dark One, Belle attempts to use it to get her reluctant husband to show her where the Snow Queen is hiding. Meanwhile, back in the past, Belle travels to Arendelle and, with Anna's help, seeks out Grand Pabbie to help her regain her lost memories in order to discover the fate of her mother
05 - Breaking Glass
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Scott Nimerfo Directed By: Alrick Riley Rating: 2.4 Audience: 6.87 Regina reluctantly teams up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney, who is once again Regina's prisoner in the mirror, discovers her whereabouts and agrees to lead her to the location. With Belle babysitting baby Neal, a nervous Mary Margaret and David prepare for their first date night away from their child and find themselves on a mission to track down Will Scarlet, who has escaped from the town jail, and Elsa sees Anna in the Storybrooke woods. Meanwhile, back in the past, young Emma finds herself a kindred spirit when she befriends a girl who, like her, is a runaway orphan
04 - The Apprentice
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.07 After Emma asks Hook out on a real first date, Hook visits Mr. Gold and asks for his hand to be reattached so that he can embrace her with both hands. But magic always comes with a price. Henry and Mary Margaret try to offer hope to Regina when she becomes frustrated over not being able to find a cure to save a frozen Marian, and Will Scarlet attempts to break into the Storybrooke library to find a special book. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Rumplestiltskin is after a magical box that the Sorcerer’s apprentice is guarding, and he may use Elsa’s sister Anna to help him get it
03 - Rocky Road
Written By: David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz Directed By: Morgan Beggs Rating: 2.7 Audience: 7.92 When an icy spell is cast on Marian, which will ultimately freeze her heart and kill her, the Storybrooke residents place the blame on Elsa. But unbeknownst to anyone, a mysterious woman who runs the town’s ice cream parlor has the same powers as Elsa and is trying to frame her. Emma and David find former Merry Men member Will Scarlet rummaging through Robin Hood’s tent, Regina teams up with Henry to try and discover who the author of the fairy tale book is, Mary Margaret is having trouble balancing her duties as leader of Storybrooke and mother to young Prince Neal, and Hook begins to suspect that Mr. Gold is still in control of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, Elsa and Kristoff set off to stop Hans from attempting to take control of the kingdom
02 - White Out
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.24 While desperately trying to find her sister Anna, Elsa is startled by Emma and accidentally traps them both inside an ice cave, with the frozen temperature placing Emma's life in peril. Regina, depressed over her likely breakup with Robin Hood, secludes herself away from the town and Henry, which saddens her son. And with the townspeople considering Mary Margaret their leader, she faces her first leadership task in trying to re-start a generator and restore the town’s electricity after Elsa freezes and damages the power lines. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest of the past, Anna tries to teach a meek David to fight Bo Peep, a brutal warlord who is threatening to take his and his mother's farm away if they don’t pay her price
01 - A Tale Of Two Sisters
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 3.7 Audience: 10.20 A scared and confused Elsa finds herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creates a powerful snow monster for protection. With Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, back in the picture, Regina wonders if her “happily ever after” with the former thief has been completely quashed; while on their honeymoon, Mr. Gold finds an intriguing object that makes him question whether or not he should officially give Belle control over the dagger that makes him The Dark One, and Hook is dismayed to discover that Emma seems to be avoiding him while she tries to help comfort Regina after being the one responsible for bringing Marian back from the past and into Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, as Elsa’s sister Anna’s wedding to Kristoff nears, Anna discovers that their parents – who died on-ship during a violent storm – were heading to a mysterious destination in a quest that may have held the secret to containing Elsa’s out of control Ice powers. And against Elsa’s wishes, Anna wants to finish their journey to find out what they were looking for.
22 - There's No Place Like Home
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.3 Audience: 6.80 While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family -- as well as their very own existence,
21 - Snow Drifts
Written By: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 2.3 Audience: 6.80 While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family -- as well as their very own existence,
20 - Kansas
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.86 With Mary Margaret in labor and due to give birth at any moment, the residents of Storybrooke go on high alert in an attempt to ensure that Zelena doesn't try to steal her newborn baby for use in her ultimate game plan to turn back time and change her destiny -- while obliterating Regina's existence. Meanwhile, in the land of Oz of the past, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her and her sister witches as a protector of Oz. But the appearance of a young girl from Kansas could turn out to be her undoing
19 - A Curious Thing
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.34 Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook - whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch -- doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, The Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast -- but from an unlikely source
18 - Bleeding Through
Written By: Daniel T. Thomsen & Jane Espenson Directed By: Romeo Tirone Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.95 After Zelena steals Regina's heart, Regina casts a spell so that she can speak across the realms to her dead mother, Cora, to discover the truth about why she abandoned Zelena, and Belle stumbles across what Zelena's ultimate end game is. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, young Cora is duped by a man claiming to be a prince and finds herself alone and pregnant. But a chance meeting with a real prince could lead Cora to the royal life she's always craved, but she must keep her pregnancy a secret or risk losing everything
17 - The Jolly Roger
Written By: David H. Goodman Directed By: Ernest Dickerson Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.50 Ariel returns to Storybrooke and pleads with Hook to help her find Prince Eric, who never returned to the town when the new curse was invoked. Emma agrees to let Regina teach her how to use magic so that she can help defeat Zelena, and Mary Margaret and David try to prove that they can be just as much fun as Hook is with Henry -- who thinks they are boring. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land during the past year, an angry Ariel confronts Hook over her missing Prince Eric, who she assumes was kidnapped and possibly killed by the swarthy pirate. But when Hook confesses that the Jolly Roger has been stolen and Eric is most likely the thief’s prisoner, Ariel unknowingly provides him with a clue as to who the culprit is, and Hook – with Ariel in tow - goes off in search of his ship
16 - It's Not Easy Being Green
Written By: Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Mario Van Peebles Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.26 With Rumplestiltskin as her slave, Zelena challenges Regina to a fight to the death and shocks the Evil queen with the reveal of their familial connection, and the town lays Neal to rest. Meanwhile, back in the past in the land of Oz, a jealous Zelena asks the Wizard to send her to Fairy Tale Land after discovering that she has a sister, Regina, and that Rumplestiltskin is training her to become a powerful force to be reckoned with
15 - Quiet Minds
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez Directed By: Eagle Egilsson Rating: 1.2 Audience: 6.64 Neal finds himself back in Storybrooke and yearns for a way to reconnect with his son Henry, whose memories of his father are gone, while also trying to find his own father, Rumplestiltskin, whom he has just learned is alive but missing, and Regina discovers a possible connection with Robin Hood. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was over the past year, agonizing over the death of his father, Neal - with the help of Belle and enchanted candelabra Lumiere - attempts to find a magical solution to bring back Rumplestiltskin from the dead
14 - The Tower
Written By: Robert Hull Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.91 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
13 - Witch Hunt
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Guy Ferland Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.75 Emma arrives in Storybrooke with Henry and reunites with her friends and family, only to discover that no one remembers how they were transported back – or the past year they had spent back in Fairy Tale Land. But Emma is sure that someone in town is responsible for this new curse and teams up with Regina in an attempt to uncover their identity. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Regina, with the aid of Robin Hood, attempts to break into her castle, which has been overtaken by the Wicked Witch
12 - New York City Serenade
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Billy Gierhartre Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.66 After Rumplestiltskin sacrificed his life to stop Pan from enacting another curse, Regina obliterated her original curse, which erased Storybrooke from existence and whisked its residents back to Fairy Tale Land – leaving Emma and Henry back in our world with no memories of Storybrooke. But all is not well back in the Enchanted Forest when Hook comes calling on Emma in New York City in an attempt to jog her memory so that she can once again help her fairy tale family and friends out of a desperate situation
11 - Going Home
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: Audience: In the Winter Finale episode, the race is on to stop Pan from enacting another curse on the residents of Storybrooke, which could kill every living soul in town
10 - The New Neverland
Written By: Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: Audience: The residents of Storybrooke are overjoyed upon the return of Henry and our heroes from Neverland. But unbeknownst to them, a plan is secretly being put into place by a well-hidden Pan that will shake up the very lives of the townspeople. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Snow White and Prince Charming’s honeymoon turns out to be anything but romantic when they go in search of a mythical being that could stop Regina cold in her tracks
09 - Save Henry
Written By: Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thompson Directed By: Andy Goddard Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.94 While Henry's life hangs in the balance, the race is on to stop Pan from gaining full magical powers from the heart of the truest believer. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke of the past, Regina decides to fill a void in her life and, with Mr. Gold's help, sets out to adopt a baby
08 - Think Lovely Thoughts
Written By: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull Directed By: David Solomon Rating: 1.9 Audience: 6.66 Pan leads Henry to a secret cave, where he has convinced the boy that he alone can save magic and Neverland itself. But a showdown between good and evil is about to go down as Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook find themselves directly on a path to Pan in an effort to save Henry. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, young Rumplestiltskin is given a magical item that could help him make a fresh start with his father
07 - Dark Hollow
Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Guy Ferland Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.71 Mr. Gold and Regina send Ariel back to Storybrooke with an item that will allow Belle to locate a hidden artifact that could help take down Pan. But unbeknownst to them, two men have broken into the town with the intent to stop them – at all costs. Meanwhile, Emma, Neal and Hook attempt to find Dark Hollow, where Peter Pan’s shadow dwells, in order to capture it, and Mary Margaret is upset with David for keeping his poisoning a secret from her
06 - Ariel
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ciaran Donnelly Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.55 Back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, when Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) saves Snow White from drowning in the ocean's depths, Snow returns the favor by helping her new friend get acquainted with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen madly in love with. Meanwhile, Emma, Mary Margaret, David and Hook attempt to save Neal, who is imprisoned in one of Pan's encampments, and Regina and Mr. Gold begrudgingly team up to find a way to take down Pan
05 - Good Form
Written By: Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thompsen Directed By: Jon Amiel Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.23 With the deadly Dreamshade coursing through David’s body and close to death, Hook takes him on one last journey to find a sextant that could help them decipher a map that would lead them off Neverland. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Killian Jones – aka Hook – and his brother, Captain Liam, sail off under orders of the King to find a powerful indigenous plant on an uncharted land that could help heal any injury
04 - Nasty Habits
Written By: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull Directed By: David Boyd Rating: 2.1 Audience: 7.05 Mr. Gold makes a decision to confront Pan, but will he go there to save Henry or give in to the prophecy that the boy will be his undoing? Neal finds himself back in Neverland and in the custody of one of Pan’s most loyal Lost Boys. And David struggles for his life as the poison continues to take its toll on him. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Rumplestiltskin goes in search of a missing Bae, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music
03 - Quite a Common Fairy
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Alex Zakrzewski Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.53 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
02 - Lost Girl
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 2.6 Audience: 8.00 While Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina and Hook continue their search for Henry in Neverland, Peter Pan appears before a startled Emma and offers her a map that will reveal her son’s whereabouts. But the only way to make the map appear is for Emma to stop denying who she really is and come to grips with her true feelings about her identity – and Mr. Gold receives some unexpected advice from a friend that could lead him to understand his life’s journey while in Neverland. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, when the Evil Queen presents Snow White with an offer to live her life with Charming in peace – with the caveat that she give up her claim to the throne – Charming makes it his mission to ensure that Snow doesn’t take the offer
01 - The Heart of the Truest Believer
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.6 Audience: 8.52 as Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook enter Neverland to search for a kidnapped Henry, they're greeted by a school of not-to-friendly mermaids who threaten to end their search before it begins; Henry finds himself on the run from the Lost Boys with another escapee from Peter Pan's encampment; and Neal, recovering from his wounds, travels through the Enchanted Forest with Mulan in an attempt to learn the fates of Emma and Henry
22 - And Straight On ‘Til Morning
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Dean White Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.33 The inhabitants of Storybrooke brace themselves for the end when Greg and Tamara detonate the trigger Regina had placed within the curse, with the annihilation of the town and its residents imminent; and Mr. Gold mourns the loss of his son, Bae/Neal. Meanwhile, back in Neverland of the past, Hook discovers his connection to a young Bae after he rescues him from the sea and soon realizes that the Lost Boys are in hot pursuit of the boy
21 - Second Star To The Right
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.50 Emma, Mary Margaret and David go in search of Regina when they discover that she - along with some magic beans - have gone missing. But against Neal's protests, Emma still believes that Tamara had something to do with Regina's disappearance; and Mr. Gold contemplates telling Lacey the truth about his ability to conjure magic. Meanwhile, after Rumplestiltskin abandons his son and lets him travel alone through a portal, young Bae finds himself back in 19th century London and is taken in by the Darling family -- befriending their daughter Wendy
20 - The Evil Queen
Written By: Jane Espenson & Christine Boylan Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 2.0 Audience: 7.16 With the aid of Hook, Regina attempts to put a plan in motion that will help transport herself and Henry back to Fairytale land. But her plan revolves around a fail-safe that was planted within the curse, which if triggered could wipe Storybrooke off the map - and kill all of its inhabitants; and Emma's suspicions about Tamara grow. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, the Evil Queen asks Rumplestiltskin to transform her into an unrecognizable peasant in order to kill an unsuspecting Snow White, with the twisted aim of earning the love and respect of her subjects
19 - Lacey
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Milan Cheylov Rating: 2.1 Audience: 7.37 Mr. Gold enlists the aid of David to help him try to jog Belle's now cursed memories and get her to love him again; and when it is revealed that the magic beans Anton and the dwarves have been harvesting have begun to grow and could possibly transport everybody home, Emma is torn over whether she would want to live in fairytale land or stay in our world. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin forces Belle to accompany him on a hunt to kill a thief, whom she had freed in the name of mercy
18 - Selfless, Brave and True
Written By: Robert Hull & Kalinda Vazquez Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.38 While Mary Margaret goes off on her own in an attempt to come to grips with what she did to Cora and how her deed has affected her, she stumbles upon August, who has hidden himself away from the others and is completely made of wood -- ashamed at the actions he has taken in life; and Emma is shocked when Neal invites his fiancée, Tamara, to come to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, before the curse was cast, August is introduced to a man of magic who may be able to prevent him from turning back into wood -- but at a steep price
17 - Welcome To Storybrooke
Written By: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Dave Barrett Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.45 Emma, David and Mr. Gold must protect Mary Margaret against Regina, who is out for revenge and has made it her mission to kill Mary; and Henry, fed up with all of the feuding, devises a plan to put an end to magic. Meanwhile, Regina discovers that a father and son have somehow found their way into her allegedly undetectable town as she and the fairytale characters deal with the effects of the newly cast curse 28 years prior
16 - The Miller's Daughter
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.64 Cora's desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to becoming reality as she and Regina try to overpower a dying Mr. Gold, and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora - for a price - when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually follow through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold
15 - The Queen Is Dead
Written By: Daniel T. Thomsen & David H. Goodman Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.39 Upon discovering Cora and Regina's plan to find and take possession of Rumplestiltskin's dagger, Mary Margaret, with the aid of David and Mother Superior, makes it her mission to find it first; and while Mr. Gold continues his quest in New York to reunite with son Bae, Hook devises a plan to rid himself of a crocodile. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, the Blue Fairy offers Snow White an unconventional enchantment that could help save her dying mother, Queen Eva
14 - Manhattan
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Dean White Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.61 While Mr. Gold, Emma and Henry go in search of Gold’s son Bae in New York, Cora, Regina and Hook attempt to track down one of Rumplestiltskin’s most treasured possessions. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin realizes his destiny while fighting in the Ogres War
13 - Tiny
Written By: Christine Boylan & Kalinda Vazquez Directed By: Guy Ferland Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.08 Kidnapped and brought to Storybrooke by Cora, the Giant unleashes his vengeance on the town when a case of mistaken identity leads him to try and settle an old score with David; Mr. Gold, accompanied by Emma and Henry, attempts to depart Storybrooke – hoping to keep his memory intact when he crosses the town line -- and heads to the airport in search of his son Bae; and Greg questions Belle as to what she saw on the night of his car accident. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was and against his brothers’ wishes, Anton, the Giant, climbs down the beanstalk and attempts to befriend some humans – whose intentions may not be so noble
12 - In The Name of the Brother
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Milan Cheylov Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.68 Dr. Whale is tasked with mending Hook’s wounds and performing surgery on the stranger whose car crashed upon entering Storybrooke. But some of the townspeople fear that the stranger may have seen magic -- which could expose their true identities to the world -- and think that leaving him to die would be the best solution. Meanwhile, as Mr. Gold tries to reunite with a despondent Belle, Cora attempts to reunite with daughter Regina; and in the land that was, Victor desperately wants to prove to his disapproving father that he can, indeed, bring back the dead
11 - The Outsider
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Directed By: David Solomon Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.24 Mr. Gold finds an unwilling test subject to see if a spell he has concocted will allow him to cross the border of Storybrooke — without losing his memory — and go in search of his son, Bae; Belle stumbles upon a vengeful Hook in the Storybrooke harbor whose main goal is to eradicate Rumplestiltskin; and Mary Margaret and David go house hunting in search of a bigger place to live. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle meets Mulan as the two set out to slay a fearsome beast called the Yaoguai, who has been ravaging the land
10 - The Cricket Game
Written By: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.10 Regina is accused of murdering one of the town's most beloved fairytale characters -- but only Emma senses that she may be innocent. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, after capturing the Evil Queen, Snow White and Prince Charming set about planning her public execution in order to rid the land of her murderous tyranny
09 - Queen of Hearts
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.10 Cora and Hook face off with Mary Margaret and Emma in a race to secure the compass, which will point its holder to the portal into Storybrooke. But back on the other side, Regina and Mr. Gold, desperate to keep Cora out, put a plan into action that would kill anyone entering the portal – placing Mary Margaret’s and Emma’s lives in danger as well. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Captain Hook travels to Wonderland and meets up with a vengeful Queen of Hearts
08 - Into the Deep
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 3.1 Audience: 8.82 Cora tries to steal the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret; Regina and Mr. Gold must put David's life in danger in hope that he will contact Mary Margaret.
07 - Child of the Moon
Written By: Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Anthony Hemingway Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.75 Ruby’s fear about turning into a wolf during the first curse-free Storybrooke full moon is confirmed when one of the town’s residents is viciously murdered, and Ruby is the prime suspect; Decker – aka King George –threatens to expose David as a shepherd, not a prince, and not fit to run the town as sheriff; and Leroy stumbles upon some treasure in the Storybrooke mine that could help bring Mary Margaret and Emma back into our world. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Red Riding Hood finds a kindred spirit in Anita, a charismatic and mysterious leader of a pack of humans who, like Red, turn out to be wolves
06 - Tallahassee
Written By: Christine Boylan & Jane Espenson Directed By: Dave Barrett Rating: 3.5 Audience: 10.15 With the hopes of finding a magical compass that could help her and Mary Margaret get back to Storybrooke, Emma takes a journey with a not-too-trustworthy Captain Hook up a treacherous beanstalk in an attempt to steal the item from a murderous giant. Meanwhile, Emma’s past is revealed to be anything but magical when she meets up with a fellow thief who wants to make an honest woman out of her
05 - The Doctor
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Paul Edwards Rating: 3.4 Audience: 9.85 While Regina continues to try and stop using her magic in an attempt to win back Henry’s affections, she begins seeing what she believes is a ghost from her past; and when Mary Margaret and Emma discover a lone survivor from an ogre massacre, Emma begins to question whether or not he’s telling the truth. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Regina finds herself failing at learning the dark arts from a dark master because something from her past is preventing her from using her magic for evil
04 - The Crocodile
Written By: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull Directed By: David Solomon Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.89 Belle's disgust over Mr. Gold's continuing thirst for power comes to a head, and she threatens to leave him if he can't change his evil ways; the dwarves pick up their axes and try to find fairy dust in the Storybrooke mine; and a reunion with an old acquaintance could prove to be Belle's undoing. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin attempts to save his wife, Milah, from being kidnapped by a band of cutthroat pirates
03 - Lady of the Lake
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Directed By: Milan Cheylov Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.45 Emma and Mary Margaret, with the aid of Mulan, Aurora and brave knight Lancelot, attempt to find a portal that will bring them back to Storybrooke. But a dark force threatens their safe return. And Henry tries to talk Jefferson into reuniting with his daughter. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, on the eve of meeting Prince Charming’s mother, King George poisons Snow White, and the only antidote lies within the waters of the Lady of the Lake
02 - We Are Both
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.4 Audience: 9.84 While Regina continues to find a way to regain her magical powers, David continues his quest to uncover the whereabouts of Mary Margaret and Emma; and the seven dwarves discover what happens when any of the townspeople try to step past the city limits of Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, as her wedding day to King Leopold approaches, Regina is confronted by a man of magic who promises to help her become independent and break free from her mother Cora's clutches
01 - Broken
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 3.9 Audience: 11.36 As fairytale characters awaken from Queen Regina's curse, they are not transported back to their home; Prince Phillip and his traveling companion realize they will be facing a deadly foe.
22 - A Land Without Magic
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.66 Regina forges an alliance with Emma in order to save Henry's life and Emma starts to believe in the Curse while the events surrounding Prince Charming's escape from the Evil Queen's Palace are revealed along with his attempt to reunite with a fallen Snow White. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma manages to kill the sorceress Maleficent – who has been forced to remain in her dragon form and locked away in the basement of the abandoned Storybrooke Public Library – and obtains the egg containing Rumplestiltskin's potion for True Love. Gold then steals the potion and Emma returns to Storybrooke General Hospital with Regina as Henry is pronounced dead. Emma then kisses Henry on the forehead, breaking the Curse and causing everyone in Storybrooke to remember who they really are. Jefferson meanwhile breaks into the mental ward and frees Belle before sending her to Mr. Gold, who pours his True Love Potion into the Wishing Well. Snow reunites with Charming and Regina returns home alone as a purple cloud consumes the town and the hands of the Clock Tower strike 8:15.
21 - An Apple Red as Blood
Written By: Jane Espenson & David H. Goodman Directed By: Milan Cheylov Rating: 3.0 Audience: 8.95 Henry attempts to convince Emma to remain in Storybrooke and Regina devises a master plan with Jefferson that will get Emma out of her way forever while the events surrounding Snow White's attempted rescue of Prince Charming are revealed along with her plan to enlist the aid of her allies and defeat the Evil Queen once and for all. At the conclusion of the episode, Regina turns her Poisoned Apple into an apple turnover and gives it to Emma after making a deal in which Emma leaves but visits Henry from time to time. Regina then gloats in front of Mr. Gold and Emma tells Henry she does not believe in the Curse. Henry sees the apple turnover and takes a bite to prove the validity of the Curse, collapsing as Emma screams his name.
20 - The Stranger
Written By: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton Rating: 3.0 Audience: 8.60 August plans to make Emma believe the curse is real so she can gain custody of Henry and Regina schemes to seduce David while Pinocchio's backstory is revealed along with a series of events - that occurred before the Evil Queen enacted her curse - in which the woodcarver Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White's daughter but with a provision that could also save his son. At the conclusion of the episode, August reveals to Emma that he is aware of his true identity as Pinocchio and that he was the seven-year-old boy who found her. It's also revealed he is turning back into wood as punishment for failing to see Emma return as "The Savior" and he will die unless she believes. But Emma refuses to believe she has a destiny and returns to Storybrooke, taking Henry and telling him they're leaving Storybrooke for good.
19 - The Return
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Paul Edwards Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.08 A suspicious Mr. Gold attempts to uncover August's true identity, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's mysterious disappearance and David attempts to reconcile with Mary Margaret while Rumplestiltskin's backstory continues to revealed along with his attempt to become human again and continue living a normal life with Baelfire. At the conclusion of the episode, Mr. Gold learns that August is not Baelfire and tells him to convince Emma that the curse is real but in a different way. Sidney then "confesses" to abducting Kathryn for fame and Emma tells Regina that she will stop at nothing until Henry is in her custody.
18 - The Stable Boy
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Dean White Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.36 Mary Margaret is prosecuted by Storybrooke's corrupt 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 domineering mother Cora and eloping with her true love Daniel or living a regal but loveless life by becoming the second wife to King Leopold. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma discovers the shovel in Regina's garage that was used to bury Mary Margaret's jewelry box has been replaced and learns of Sidney's betrayal after finding a bug in the vase of flowers he gave her as a gift. Emma later starts apologizing to August Booth – the real name of 'The Stranger' – outside Granny's Diner when Ruby screams that a woman is in the alley, prompting Emma to investigate and find a bedraggled but alive Kathryn.
17 - Hat Trick
Written By: Vladimir Cvetko & David H. Goodman Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.82 Mary Margaret suddenly disappears without a trace and Emma is kidnapped by the psychopathic Jefferson – a man with a strange obsession for hats on the verge of madness – while the Mad Hatter's backstory 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. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma rescues Mary Margaret from Jefferson - who disappears after being pushed out the window of his lavish mansion - and manages to get her back to the station in time for her arraignment. It's revealed that Regina made a secret deal with Mr. Gold to slip the skeleton key into Mary Margaret's cell and Emma starts to believe that the curse is real after seeing Jefferson's daughter Grace and learning she is Henry's classmate.
16 - Heart of Darkness
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Directed By: Dean White Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.69 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 and unhinged Snow – whose memory is still clouded by Rumplestiltskin's potion – from assassinating the Evil Queen. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma becomes convinced that Regina is framing Mary Margaret and asks Mr. Gold to help her find the truth while Mary Margaret finds one of Regina's "skeleton keys" in her cell and escapes, risking her own freedom.
15 - Red-Handed
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Ron Underwood Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.29 Emma makes a depressed Ruby her assistant in the hopes to help the young teenager discover what she's good at in life and David continues to be questioned about Kathryn's disappearance - and possible murder - while Red Riding Hood's backstory is revealed along with her yearning to run away with her true love Peter 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.
14 - Dreamy
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: David Solomon Rating: 3.4 Audience: 10.67 Mary Margaret attempts to become reaccepted by helping organize the annual 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 Grumpy's backstory is revealed along with his 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 reaccepted by the townspeople and Emma takes David into custody after becoming suspicious of his activity during Kathryn's disappearance.
13 - What Happened to Frederick
Written By: David H. Goodman Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.84 David finds his love for Mary Margaret growing stronger and finally agrees to end to his loveless marriage with Kathryn by telling her about his secret relationship while the events concerning Prince Charming's search for Snow White are revealed along with a dangerous mission authorized by Abigail to recover something precious that was lost to her. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma returns the fairytale book to Henry after finding it in the street near her car and Regina learns that Kathryn is leaving to attend law school in Boston. After learning that Kathryn left David a letter telling him to be with Mary Margaret, Regina breaks into the Nolan residence and steals the letter - which she burns later that night. Storybrooke's gym teacher Jim finds Kathryn's crashed car near the town limits ... and Kathryn missing.
12 - Skin Deep
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Milan Cheylov Rating: 3.1 Audience: 8.65 Emma suspects that Mr. Gold is planning to seek vigilante justice when someone breaks into his opulent house and Mary Margaret plans a special girls' night out on Valentine's Day with rebellious teenager Ruby and Ashley while a fateful deal made between Rumplestiltskin and Belle is revealed – in which she gives up her freedom to save her village from the horrors of the Second Ogre Wars – along with a sudden romance and a chance encounter that may have fatal consequences. At the conclusion of the episode, Ashley accepts Sean's surprise marriage proposal and Emma rescues elderly florist Moe French from being assaulted by Mr. Gold - who Emma arrests after he refuses to give information. It's later revealed that Mr. Gold remembers his past life as Rumplestiltskin and Regina has locked Belle - whose identity in Storybrooke is unknown - in a secret ward beneath Storybrooke General Hospital.
11 - Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
Written By: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Directed By: Bryan Spicer Rating: 3.5 Audience: 10.91 Emma finds herself enlisted by a dejected Sidney to help uncover evidence that could expose Regina's corrupt dealings and Mary Margaret continues to secretly meet David in an attempt to figure out a way to fulfill their love while the Magic Mirror's back story of the is revealed along with his encounter with Snow White's father King Leopold and a forbidden romance with the Queen that may introduce divided loyalties. At the conclusion of the episode, Sidney and Emma become allies after Regina causes their plan to collapse by revealing the plans were to build a new playground in the woods. Regina then threatens Emma and orders her to stay away from Henry before meeting with Sidney, who she used to gain Emma's trust and now plans to get even. Emma tells Henry to put off their mission for a while and it's revealed that 'The Stranger' has the book of fairytales in his possession.
10 - 7:15 a.m.
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Ralph Hemecker Rating: 3.2 Audience: 9.33 As Regina and Emma both become suspicious about 'The Stranger', David and Mary Margaret continue to grapple with their unrequited love while the events leading up to Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas' daughter Abigail are revealed along with Snow White's yearning to ease her broken heart. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma discovers 'The Stranger' is a writer and David learns Kathryn is not pregnant but she wants to reconcile with him. David later finds Mary Margaret at the diner and passionately kisses her, unaware that Regina has witnessed their embrace from inside her car.
09 - True North
Written By: David H. Goodman & Liz Tigelaar Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.83 Emma makes a desperate attempt to help young sibling runaways Nicholas and Ava Zimmer find their birth father before they're separated and sent into foster care while Hansel and Gretel's backstory is revealed along with a secret mission authorized by the Evil Queen to steal a prized artifact from the cannibalistic Blind Witch. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma manages to locate Ava and Nicholas' father Michael Tillman, who is not eager to take them in. But he changes his mind and takes the two before they can leave Storybrooke. Emma later meets with Henry outside the Clock Tower and sees a mysterious figure in black ride into Storybrooke on a motorcycle – which leaves Emma and Henry to wonder who 'The Stranger' is and why he is in Storybrooke.
08 - Desperate Souls
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Michael Waxman Rating: 3.7 Audience: 10.35 As the citizens of Storybrooke continue mourning Sherriff Graham's death, Emma makes her decision to run for Sheriff against corrupt Daily Mirror chief editor Sidney Glass and Regina engages in dirty politics with Mr. Gold while Rumplestiltskin's backstory is revealed along with his attempt to track down the ultimate power source in order to help his young son Baelfire avert the horrors of the meaningless Ogre Wars. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma reveals to the entire town at the debate that Mr. Gold was responsible for the fire at City Hall and backs down from the race only to later discover that the citizens unanimously elected her Sheriff after seeing her stand up to Mr. Gold. Emma later finds Mr. Gold in her new office and questions him about the fire only to learn it's part of the favor she owes him - and that payment is soon approaching.
07 - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: David M. Barrett Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.92 Sheriff Graham begins to remember his past life in the Enchanted Forest and Emma begins to consider if she's falling for Graham while the backstory of the Evil Queen's faithful Huntsman is revealed along with a secret mission authorized by the Evil Queen to kill Snow White. At the conclusion of the episode, Graham ends his relationship with Regina and Emma gets into a scuffle with the Mayor. As Graham later tends to Emma's eye, Regina secretly returns to Storybrooke Cemetery and heads down a secret passage taking her underneath the Mills mausoleum, which bears a symbol on its exterior - the same symbol Graham saw in the book of fairytales when he went to see Henry. Regina enters the Queen's hidden vault and opens a cabinet containing the Huntsman's heart, which the Queen ripped out after learning that he failed to kill Snow White. Graham remembers his past life as the Huntsman after being kissed by Emma and is about to kiss back but he dies when Regina takes the heart and squeezes it so hard it crumbles to dust.
06 - The Shepherd
Written By: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Directed By: Victor Nelli Rating: 3.2 Audience: 9.66 Emma learns about Sheriff Graham's affair with Regina and David is forced to choose between staying with Kathryn to start over and leaving her to start a relationship with Mary Margaret – with whom he has fallen deeply, and inexplicably, in love – while Prince Charming's backstory is revealed along with a life-changing event that forever altered his destiny…and a secret deal made between his "father" King George and Rumplestiltskin. At the conclusion of the episode, 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.
05 - That Still Small Voice
Written By: Jane Espenson Directed By: Paul Edwards Rating: 3.4 Audience: 10.69 Emma is deputized by Sheriff Graham, Mary Margaret begins to question if she has feelings for David and an earthquake causes a giant sinkhole to mysteriously appear near the town's edge – placing a curious Henry in danger when he decides to see if the sinkhole can link Storybrooke's citizens to the Enchanted Forest – while the backstory of Pinocchio's conscience Jiminy Cricket is revealed along with his yearning to transform into the person he wants to be. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma rescues Henry and Storybrooke's resident psychiatrist Archie Hopper from the mine after an aftershock trapped them inside. Mary Margaret later resigns from Storybrooke General Hospital out of fear after being confronted by David's romantic feelings and Regina throws a shard of glass she found down the mineshaft, where it's revealed the remnants of Snow White's glass coffin are buried.
04 - The Price of Gold
Written By: David H. Goodman Directed By: David Solomon Rating: 3.8 Audience: 11.36 Emma is hired by the mysterious Mr. Gold to find pregnant teenager Ashley Boyd – only to help the expectant mother after learning that Ashley's unborn child is in the center of a dangerous bargain – while a regrettable deal made between Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin is revealed along with her desperate attempt to break contract for good. At the conclusion of the episode, Ashley gives birth to a healthy baby girl whom she names Alexandra and Emma makes a sudden deal with Mr. Gold: Ashley keeps her child on the condition that Emma promises to do a favor for Mr. Gold in the future. Ashley reunites with her ex-boyfriend Sean Hermann and Emma decides to take a deputy job from Storybrooke's handsome yet authoritative Sheriff Graham - who is engaged in a secret affair with Regina.
03 - Snow Falls
Written By: Liz Tigelaar Directed By: Dean White Rating: 3.8 Audience: 11.45 At Henry's urging, Emma convinces his school teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard to visit a comatose John Doe at Storybrooke General Hospital and read to him from the book of fairytales - only for John Doe to wake up and escape - while the unexpected first meeting between Snow White and Prince Charming is revealed along with the beginning of their romance. At the conclusion of the episode, John Doe is rescued and taken back to the Hospital where Regina arrives with a woman named Kathryn Nolan, who claims that John Doe is her estranged husband David Nolan. Emma becomes suspicious as Regina has been John Doe's emergency contact and that his wife has just now reunited with him, but leaves the thought aside as she moves in with Mary Margaret.
02 - The Thing You Love Most
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Greg Beeman Rating: 3.9 Audience: 11.74 As the people of Storybrooke begin to notice the hands of the clock tower - which have been frozen at 8:15 - moving for the first time, Regina sees Emma as a possible threat to her relationship with Henry and does everything in her power to force Emma into permanently leaving Storybrooke while the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released her curse upon the Enchanted Forest are revealed along with the price she paid in order to do so. At the conclusion of the episode, Emma reconciles with Henry after being manipulated by Regina and burns the pages that contain her true identity while Regina begin to suspect that Storybrooke's wealthy yet enigmatic "owner" Mr. Gold is aware of his true identity as the nefarious trickster Rumplestiltskin.
01 - Pilot
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Directed By: Mark Mylod Rating: 4.0 Audience: 12.94 For bail bonds collector Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But when Henry - the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago - finds his biological mother in Boston on the night of her 28th birthday, everything changes. The now 10-year-old Henry is in desperate need of Emma's help because he believes from reading a book of fairytales that she's the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - who sent her away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from a curse that was enacted by the Evil Queen. Emma initially refuses to believe a word of Henry's story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine is more than it seems. Because it's in Storybrooke that all of the classic fairytale characters we know are frozen in time with no memories of their former selves - except for the Evil Queen, who is Storybrooke's mayor and Henry's adoptive mother Regina Mills. Now, as the epic "Final Battle" for the future of both worlds approaches, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell. Because the only way to live happily ever after is to believe in the possibility of a happy ending.