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This article contains episode summaries for the third season of Once Upon a Time.

Season Summary

In the U.S., original episodes of season three start airing on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The 22-episode season will be divided into two blocks of 11 episodes, one airing in the fall/winter of 2013, with the winter finale airing on December 8, 2013. The season will then resume on March 9, 2014, with the season finale airing on May 18, 2014. A special recap episode aired before the season premiere on September 29, 2013, and another one aired before the mid season premiere on March 9, 2014.

Overview

After Greg and Tamara take Henry to Neverland, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Gold and Hook use the last magic bean available to them to follow the villains with the intent of saving the young man. But Neverland is a much darker place than we remember, and in order for our heroes to accomplish their mission, they'll have to face a foe more powerful than the Dark One himself. What does Peter Pan want with Henry? Can our heroes put aside their differences and work together? Will Aurora, Mulan and Prince Phillip be able to nurse Neal back to health and reunite him with his family? New fairytale characters will be revealed and old acquaintances will be revisited. So think of a wonderful thought... because this Neverland's going to be a fever dream that just won't break.

Cast

For a breakdown of the characters' appearances, check here.

Starring

Recurring Guest Stars

1Also featured in archive footage in 3.19, accounting for 12 appearances.
2Also featured in archive footage in 3.09, accounting for 11 appearances.
3Also featured in archive footage in 3.12, 3.15 and 3.19, accounting for 11 appearances.
4''Also featured in archive footage in 3.12 and 3.19, accounting for 8 appearances.

Episodes

01The Heart of the Truest Believer 09Save Henry 17The Jolly Roger
02Lost Girl 10The New Neverland 18Bleeding Through
03Quite a Common Fairy 11Going Home 19A Curious Thing
04Nasty Habits 12New York City Serenade 20Kansas
05Good Form 13Witch Hunt 21Snow Drifts
06Ariel 14The Tower 22There's No Place Like Home
07Dark Hollow 15Quiet Minds
08Think Lovely Thoughts 16It's Not Easy Being Green

The Heart of the Truest Believer

Once Upon a Time 3x01
See main article: "The Heart of the Truest Believer"

Original air date: September 29, 2013

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Plot Synopsis: 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-too-friendly mermaids who threaten to end their search before it begins. Meanwhile, 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Sarah Bolger (Aurora), Jamie Chung (Mulan), Parker Croft (Felix), Jack Di Blasio (Lost Boy), Ethan Embry (Greg Mendell), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sonequa Martin-Green (Tamara), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Julian Morris (Prince Phillip)



Lost Girl

Once Upon a Time 3x02
See main article: "Lost Girl"

Original air date: October 6, 2013

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Plot Synopsis: 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. In the meantime, 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 fairytale 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Parker Croft (Felix), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful)



Quite a Common Fairy

Once Upon a Time 3x03
See main article: "Quite a Common Fairy"

Original air date: October 13, 2013

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Alex Zakrzewski

Plot Synopsis: 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 fairytale land that was, Tinker Bell offers to help Regina improve her life.

Recurring Guest Stars: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), Sarah Bolger (Aurora), Jason Burkart (Little John), Jamie Chung (Mulan), Parker Croft (Felix), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy)



Nasty Habits

Once Upon a Time 3x04
See main article: "Nasty Habits"

Original air date: October 20, 2013

Written by: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull

Directed by: David Boyd

Plot Synopsis: 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 fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin goes in search of a missing Bae, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music.

Recurring Guest Stars: Parker Croft (Felix), Jack Di Blasio (Lost Boy), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Dylan Schmid (Baelfire) (younger)



Good Form

Once Upon a Time 3x05
See main article: "Good Form"

Original air date: October 27, 2013

Written by: Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen

Directed by: Jon Amiel

Plot Synopsis: With the deadly Dreamshade coursing through David's body and him being 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 fairytale 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Parker Croft (Felix), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan)



Ariel

Once Upon a Time 3x06
See main article: "Ariel"

Original air date: November 2, 2013

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ciaran Donnelly

Plot Synopsis: Back in the fairytale land that was, when Ariel 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Parker Croft (Felix), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan)



Dark Hollow

Once Upon a Time 3x07
See main article: "Dark Hollow"

Original air date: November 9, 2013

Written by: Kalinda Vazquez & Andrew Chambliss

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Plot Synopsis: 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Parker Croft (Felix), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Freya Tingley (Wendy Darling), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)



Think Lovely Thoughts

Once Upon a Time 3x08
See main article: "Think Lovely Thoughts"

Original air date: November 17, 2013

Written by: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull

Directed by: David Solomon

Plot Synopsis: 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 and company find themselves directly on a path to Pan in an effort to save Henry. Meanwhile, back in the Enchanted Forest that was, young Rumplestiltskin is given a magical item that could help him make a fresh start with his father - who has been anything but a good dad.

Recurring Guest Stars: Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Freya Tingley (Wendy Darling)



Save Henry

Once Upon a Time 3x09
See main article: "Save Henry"

Original air date: December 1, 2013

Written by: Christine Boylan & Daniel T. Thomsen

Directed by: Andy Goddard

Plot Synopsis: 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 the 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: David Anders (Dr. Whale), Parker Croft (Felix), Jack Di Blasio (Lost Boy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper), Freya Tingley (Wendy Darling)



The New Neverland

Once Upon a Time 3x10
See main article: "The New Neverland"

Original air date: December 8, 2013

Written by: Andrew Chambliss

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Plot Synopsis: 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 fairytale 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Parker Croft (Felix), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)



Going Home

Once Upon a Time 3x11
See main article: "Going Home"

Original air date: December 15, 2013

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Plot Synopsis: The race is on to stop Pan from enacting another curse on the residents of Storybrooke, which could kill every living soul in town.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Michael Coleman (Happy), Parker Croft (Felix), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Chris Gauthier (William Smee), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)



New York City Serenade

Once Upon a Time 3x12
See main article: "New York City Serenade"

Original air date: March 9, 2014

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Bill Gierhart

Plot Synopsis: 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 the Enchanted Forest - 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Sarah Bolger (Aurora), Jason Burkart (Little John), Michael Coleman (Happy), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy) Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Julian Morris (Prince Phillip), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)



Witch Hunt

Once Upon a Time 3x13
See main article: "Witch Hunt"

Original air date: March 16, 2014

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Plot Synopsis: 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 the Enchanted Forest. 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 fairytale 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 Zelena.

Recurring Guest Stars: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), David Anders (Dr. Whale/Dr. Viktor Frankenstein), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Jason Burkart (Little John), Michael Coleman (Happy), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy) Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy)



The Tower

Once Upon a Time 3x14
See main article: "The Tower"

Original air date: March 23, 2014

Written by: Robert Hull

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Plot Synopsis: 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 fairytale 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood)



Quiet Minds

Once Upon a Time 3x15
See main article: "Quiet Minds"

Original air date: March 30, 2014

Written by: Kalinda Vazquez

Directed by: Eagle Egilsson

Plot Synopsis: 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 fairytale land that was over the past year, agonizing over the death of his father, Neal - with the help of Belle and enchanted candelabrum Lumière - attempts to find a magical solution to bring back Rumplestiltskin from the dead.

Recurring Guest Stars: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood)



It's Not Easy Being Green

Once Upon a Time 3x16
See main article: "It's Not Easy Being Green"

Original air date: April 6, 2014

Written by: Andrew Chambliss

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

Plot Synopsis: 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 the Enchanted Forest after discovering that she has a sister, and that Rumplestiltskin is training her to become a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Recurring Guest Stars: Jack Di Blasio (Lost Boy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)



The Jolly Roger

Once Upon a Time 3x17
See main article: "The Jolly Roger"

Original air date: April 13, 2014

Written by: David H. Goodman

Directed by: Ernest Dickerson

Plot Synopsis: 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, during the past year, an angry Ariel confronts Hook over her missing lover, who she presumes 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 they go off in search of his ship.

Recurring Guest Stars: Beverley Elliott (Granny), Chris Gauthier (William Smee), Rebecca Mader (Zelena)



Bleeding Through

Once Upon a Time 3x18
See main article: "Bleeding Through"

Original air date: April 20, 2014

Written by: Jane Espenson & Daniel T. Thomsen

Directed by: Romeo Tirone

Plot Synopsis: After Zelena steals Regina's heart, the latter casts a spell so that she can speak across the realms to her dead mother, Cora, in order to discover the truth about why she abandoned her first born, and Belle stumbles across what the Wicked Witch's ultimate end game is. Meanwhile, in the fairytale 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 her to the royal life she's always craved. However, she must keep her pregnancy a secret or risk losing everything.

Recurring Guest Stars: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood)



A Curious Thing

Once Upon a Time 3x19
See main article: "A Curious Thing"

Original air date: April 27, 2014

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Plot Synopsis: While things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood, Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook - whose lips have been cursed by her - doesn't proceed with kissing Emma, an act that would drain all of her magical powers away. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale 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 fairytale characters back to Storybrooke is cast... but from an unlikely source.

Recurring Guest Stars: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Sarah Bolger (Aurora), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Chris Gauthier (William Smee), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Julian Morris (Prince Phillip)



Kansas

Once Upon a Time 3x20
See main article: "Kansas"

Original air date: May 4, 2014

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez

Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Plot Synopsis: 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: David Anders (Dr. Whale/Dr. Frankenstein), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Jason Burkart (Little John), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy)



Snow Drifts

Once Upon a Time 3x21
See main article: "Snow Drifts"

Original air date: May 11, 2014

Written by: David H. Goodman & Robert Hull

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Plot Synopsis: 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Tony Amendola (Marco/Geppetto), Lee Arenberg (Leroy), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Chris Gauthier (William Smee), Anastasia Griffith (Kathryn Nolan/Abigail), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood)



There's No Place Like Home

Once Upon a Time 3x22
See main article: "There's No Place Like Home"

Original air date: May 11, 2014

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Plot Synopsis: After being pulled into Zelena's time portal, Emma and Hook 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.

Recurring Guest Stars: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Sarah Bolger (Aurora), Faustino Di Bauda (Walter/Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), David-Paul Grove (Doc), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)



Trivia

  • The entire main cast from the second season returns with star billing with the sole exception of Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red Riding Hood), due to the actress' committment to another project. Additionally, former recurring guest star Michael Raymond-James (Neal Cassidy/Baelfire) is promoted to a series regular.
    • This is the only season to feature Raymond-James as a series regular.
    • Goodwin, Morrison, Parilla, Dallas, and O'Donoghue are the only actors to be featured in every episode this season.

Gallery

Gallery of photographic posters released to promote the season.

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