Emma's car
Emma's car
First seen
Seen in
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Created by
Destroyed by
Possessed by
August W. Booth (formerly)
Emma Swan
Lily (formerly)
Neal Cassidy (formerly)
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S1 - S2 - S3 - OW - S4 - S5 - S6 - S7

Emma's car is a 1969 yellow Volkswagen Beetle with a Massachusetts license plate number 836-M4X.


After the Curse

Early History

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Emma steals the yellow bug with Neal inside. ("Tallahassee")

In Portland, Oregon, a seventeen year old Emma Swan finds a yellow bug and breaks into it. She manages to start the vehicle, but a man, Neal Cassidy, pops up from the back seat, surprising her. Assuming he's the car's owner, she follows his instructions to drive. They introduce each other before Emma runs a stop sign, catching the attention of a cop. After she pulls over, Neal lies and assures the officer that he was teaching "his girlfriend" to drive. After the cop is gone, Neal reveals that the car isn't his, as he was stealing it too. ("Tallahassee") A while later, one night, Neal drives the car to a close amusement park where he and Emma talk about their pasts. They begin to fall in love and they soon become partners in crime. ("There's No Place Like Home") After successfully robbing a store, they escape in the car and drive to a motel. After finding himself on a wanted poster, Neal plans to move to Canada, but Emma convinces him to steal some watches and sell them so they can move to Tallahassee and start their new life. After stealing the watches, they meet in the car and Neal plans to meet Emma later on...however, a cop, who was apparently tipped off by Neal, shows up and arrests Emma. Two months later, Neal drives the car to meet August Booth. After realizing he cannot see her again, he gives the car to August so Emma can have it after her release. ("Tallahassee") Bail bondsperson Cleo Fox puts a boot on Emma's car to stop her from escaping in it after she tracks her down. ("Firebird")

Season 1

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Emma crashes her car soon after arriving in Storybrooke. ("Pilot")

After Henry Mills tracks down his birth mother, Emma Swan, she drives him back to his home town, Storybrooke. When they arrive at his house Emma meets his adoptive mother, Regina Mills. As she drives out of town, Emma crashes when she notices the storybook Henry left. ("Pilot") The next day the car is seen parked on the road as Mr. Gold crosses the street. It's later booted under orders from Regina, who begins feuding with Emma over Henry. ("The Thing You Love Most") After Emma is evicted due to the feud, she begins sleeping in her car until Mary Margaret Blanchard offers her a place in her apartment. ("Snow Falls") When Emma meets a pregnant Ashley, she drives her to her boyfriend's house. Later she and Henry drive after Ashley to stop her leaving town, and find her in labor, so they drive her to hospital. After this Emma drives Henry home. ("The Price of Gold") When Emma agrees to become deputy sheriff, an earthquake hits Storybrooke due to a mine collapsing, so she drives out to investigate. ("That Still Small Voice") After a kiss with Emma restores Graham's memories, he finds her nearby her car. However, their conversation is cut short by the sight of a wolf. ("The Heart is a Lonely Hunter")

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Emma kidnaps Henry. ("The Stranger")

Now sheriff, Emma begins investigating Regina with help from Sidney, but as he's working for the mayor, he cuts her brakes, causing her to lose control. Later, she drives to town hall to provide proof Regina killed a missing Kathryn, but their plan is foiled. The mayor bans Emma from having contact with Emma, so she sadly talks to the kid via walkie talkie from her car. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree") After meeting an intriguing stranger, Emma finds a box near her car containing Henry's book, which went missing. ("What Happened to Frederick") Emma and Ruby drive out to the woods to search for a confused David Nolan who was seen by Mary Margaret. Emma takes him to the hospital and instructs Ruby to drive to the Toll Bridge to search for evidence in the missing person case; she finds a human heart in a box. ("Red-Handed") When Mary Margaret escapes from her cell after being arrested under suspicion of murder, Emma drives after her accidentally hits a man named Jefferson on the road. She drives him home but he kidnaps her. It's revealed he kidnapped Mary Margaret too, but they both escape and find the car. ("Hat Trick") Outside Granny's Granny's Diner, David asks Emma about Mary Margaret as she's about to get into her car. ("The Stable Boy") The car is parked outside the library as Emma goes to visit Henry at the diner. Later, she decides to leave town with the boy. ("The Stranger") After finding out they're leaving, Henry swerves the car off the road. She decides to stay and ends up driving to Regina's house, explaining her intent to leave as long as she can have contact with Henry. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

Season 2

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The car is used during a stakeout. ("The Evil Queen")

After Emma breaks the Dark Curse by kissing Henry, Snow is happy to be reunited with her daughter after twenty eight years of waiting. Near her car, Emma explains to her mother and Charming that it's hard for her to treat them as parents. ("Broken") After Emma and Snow are accidentally sent to the Enchanted Forest via Jefferson's hat, Henry watches as Jefferson and his daughter, Grace, are reunited. He is sat in the car as he watches this when Charming approaches him with wooden swords that they begin practicing with. ("Lady of the Lake") When Snow and Emma are safely brought back to Storybrooke, their friends gather for a celebration party. When Regina leaves the party, she walks past the car as Cora and Hook, whom secretly came back along with Emma and Snow, watch her. ("The Cricket Game") After bringing Neal and his fiancée Tamara from New York to Storybrooke, they grow suspicious over the latter and believe she murdered August. They hide in the car while they spy on her, and as they watch the couple leave the diner, Henry talks about his desire to have more adventures. ("The Evil Queen")

Season 3

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The savior and her son manage to avoid the curse. ("Going Home")

Storybrooke faces trouble once again when Peter Pan arrives in town after sneaking from Neverland aboard the Jolly Roger under the guise of Henry Mills. He proceeds to cast the Dark Curse in order to afflict everyone in town with memory loss. As the curse spreads across the town, a group of people gather at the town border. Regina reveals that she can stop Pan's curse from happening, but the cost will be that every single person from the Enchanted Forest will be sent back to their old world, while Storybrooke will vanish, and it'll seem like it never existed. To prevent Henry from being alone, as he isn't from the Enchanted Forest, she drives her yellow bug across the town line with him. Regina gives them both new memories so they can forget everything that ever happened and move on with happy lives. ("Going Home")

After the Second Curse

Season 3

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Henry is caught trying to hijack the car. ("A Curious Thing")

After a new Dark Curse is cast and all the Enchanted Forest inhabitants are brought back to Storybrooke, Hook enlists Emma's help so he visits her in New York to regain her memories. She, Hook and Henry drive back to Storybrooke. ("New York City Serenade") When Little John is taken away by a flying monkey, Emma drives the yellow bug to the limits of Storybrooke to investigate. At night, Emma and Regina have a stake-out in the yellow bug, and they talk about Henry’s life in New York. ("Witch Hunt") Under the effects of a Night Root, David begins hallucinating a hooded figure who confronts him about his fears of not being a good parent to the baby his wife carries. He attacks the creature and it vanishes, right before Regina, Emma and Hook arrive in the yellow bug, asking for news about a midwife named Zelena, who is the Wicked Witch of the West. ("The Tower") Henry is sick of his mother's erratic behavior and decides to leave Storybrooke on his own. Believing the driving lesson he had with David is enough, he steals the key to Emma's car and rushes to where it is parked. However, before he can go inside, Hook arrives to stop him. ("A Curious Thing") When Mary Margaret goes into labor, Emma drives to the hospital. In the waiting room, Henry searches through newspapers for a place to stay as he doesn't want his mother sleeping in her car. ("Kansas")

Season 4

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The Snow Queen causes a crash. ("Smash the Mirror")

When a scared Elsa arrives in town she creates an ice wall around Storybrooke. Emma drives out to investigate the sudden power blackout. Later, Elsa agrees the barrier isn't necessary and by car, she and Emma go back to the town line, to remove it, but they fail. ("White Out") Hook waits outside the diner to talk to Emma. As she exits to go to her car she talks to the pirate and reveals her fear of losing him. ("Rocky Road") As Emma leaves for a date with Hook, she finds a puddle next the car. The next day, a layer of ice covers part of the street as Emma drives, causing her to lose control of the car. She gets out and sees the Snow Queen watching her from afar. ("The Apprentice") After finding a photo of herself and the Snow Queen, Emma drives to Regina's vault to confront her about it. Elsa accompanies her and ends up leaving the car to follow what seems to be her missing sister. ("Breaking Glass") After the Snow Queen sends Emma's magical powers out of control, she enters the yellow bug and flees so she won't harm anyone. Later, from inside the car, she observes the view of Storybrooke. ("The Snow Queen") Emma wakes up in her car and flees after injuring Henry. She calls Snow claiming to have a way to get rid of her magic; this is watched by Ingrid. As she drives to the manor where Gold plans to take her magic she crashes when she sees an Ingrid manifestation. After being warned by the snow queen Emma continues her drive. Her family track the road for tracks while Hook spots the car at the manor and goes in search of Emma. ("Smash the Mirror") When the Spell of Shattered Sight arrives Emma drives to the town line, planning on leaving, however this fails. ("Fall") After Ingrid sacrifices herself to lift the curse, Emma drives her car to the limits of Storybrooke to bring down the ice wall. ("Heroes and Villains")

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Emma's car is attacked by the Chernabog. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")

Hook waits for Emma beside the car one morning and when she arrives he places his coffee on the roof so he can hug her. Later on, they accidentally release the Chernabog from the Sorcerer's hat and Regina theorizes that it's after her. She and Emma drive to the town line while being chased by the monster, which attacks the car. Emma eventually slams on the breaks and sends the monster across the line, killing it. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town") After infiltrating Cruella, Maleficent and Ursula's group to spy on them, Regina fails to report back to David and Mary Margaret. Worried something has gone awry, Emma stops her car outside the diner and rushes out. ("Enter the Dragon") As Regina packs to leave for New York, Emma uses her car to get to her and talk. The two then receive a call from Cruella who has Henry captive. They drive out to the woods to rescue him. ("Sympathy for the De Vil") Emma and Regina leave to find Lily and rescue Robin, and after a dead end in Massachusetts Emma swerves the car upon seeing a wolf in the road, causing a flat tire. They stop at a diner for repairs but end up finding Lily there. After discovering Lily knows everything, they discover she's also stolen Emma's car. They case her down and end up convincing her to go to New York with them. ("Lily") Emma, Regina, Robin, Roland, Zelena and Lily end up driving back to Storybrooke after events that occurred in New York and they reunite with their loved ones. ("Mother") Before Isaac's altered story takes effect, the heroes cross the street, where Emma's car is parked, to try and stop him at Rumple's shop. ("Operation Mongoose, Part 1")

After the Third Curse

Season 5

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Merida is tied up against Emma's car. ("The Broken Kingdom")

Hook goes to Emma's car and asks himself, quietly, where she is, not wanting to have to summon her. She then appears to him, taking him back to her new house. ("The Price") Emma's car remains parked outside her house. ("Siege Perilous") Merida, having been kidnapped by the Dark Swan following her arrival in Storybrooke, is tied to the car, which is parked in a tunnel. Emma then goes to her and rips her heart out, wanting to use her to make Gold "brave". ("The Broken Kingdom") Henry and Emma go in the latter's car in search of Violet's missing horse, and eventually they discover it at Peter Peter Pumpkins & More!. ("Dreamcatcher") Again, Emma's car remains parked outside her house, even when Excalibur is used to freeze the area around the house. ("Birth") When the heroes go to the Underworld, they are shocked to discover that the whole place just looks like a demented version of Storybrooke. Emma's car is there, broken down and burnt in a Main Street alley. ("Souls of the Departed") Emma and Regina drive the former's car to Boston in search of Henry, and then to New York when they realize they were wrong. ("Only You") Everyone returns to Storybrooke after an epic adventure, with Emma giving a lift to Regina, Henry and Violet. When they pull up outside Granny's Diner, the blonde announces, "Home, sweet home," as everyone else files out. ("An Untold Story")