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

Season Summary

In the U.S., original episodes of season six started airing on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Overview

When Regina split herself in an attempt to eliminate her evil half, she unwittingly released the Evil Queen. Now the Evil Queen is back and ready to leave a trail of destruction in her wake. Meanwhile, Regina is quickly learning that destroying her dark side won't be that easy, especially when dealing with the consequences of having unleashed the Queen on Storybrooke. Emma learns a life-altering secret that could have serious consequences for her family and loved ones. While the heroes grapple with what Emma is confronting, Henry welcomes the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories by pledging to help them complete their tales. But when Snow White, Prince Charming, Regina, Captain Hook and Zelena become entwined in these untold tales, they find themselves haunted by their own unfinished pasts. Meanwhile, after handing Storybrooke over to Mr. Hyde, Mr. Gold continues his quest to wake Belle from her self-induced sleeping curse, in hopes of reuniting with both her and their unborn child.

Cast

Starring

1 Also played the serum version of the Evil Queen in 6.01-6.10, and 6.13.

Recurring Cast

1 Also featured in archive footage in 6.07, accounting for 5 appearances.
2 Also featured in archive footage in 6.07, accounting for 4 appearances.
3 Also featured in archive footage in 6.07, accounting for 3 appearances.
4 Also featured in archive footage in 6.07, accounting for 2 appearances.

Crew

Writers

Directors

Episodes

01The Savior 09Changelings 17Awake
02A Bitter Draught 10Wish You Were Here 18Where Bluebirds Fly
03The Other Shoe 11Tougher Than the Rest 19The Black Fairy
04Strange Case 12Murder Most Foul 20The Song in Your Heart
05Street Rats 13Ill-Boding Patterns 21The Final Battle, Part 1
06Dark Waters 14Page 23 22The Final Battle, Part 2
07Heartless 15A Wondrous Place
08I'll Be Your Mirror 16Mother's Little Helper

The Savior

Once Upon a Time 6x01
See main article: "The Savior"

Original air date: September 25, 2016

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Eagle Egilsson

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Character: Aladdin

Plot Synopsis: As our heroes set out to stop Mr. Hyde, who's turning Storybrooke into a haven for refugees from the Land of Untold Stories, Emma develops a mysterious side-effect, at the same time that Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood by becoming roommates. Meanwhile, Rumple continues trying to free Belle from her sleeping curse with the help of a stranger and, in Agrabah of the past, Jafar confronts an afflicted Aladdin, unveiling a secret about "the savior" in the process.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Cinder (Pongo), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Hank Harris (Dr. Jekyll), Giles Matthey (Morpheus), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Sam Witwer (Mr. Hyde)


A Bitter Draught

Once Upon a Time 6x02
See main article: "A Bitter Draught"

Original air date: October 2, 2016

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Character: Count of Monte Cristo

Plot Synopsis: When a mysterious man from the Land of Untold Stories arrives in Storybrooke, Snow and David work together alongside Regina, with whom this man shares a past, to neutralize the threat. Meanwhile, Belle seeks Hook's help in finding a safe place to hide away from her husband, and the Evil Queen continues to try and win Zelena over to her side. Emma, at the same time, resumes her therapy sessions with Archie and shares her terrifying vision of the future.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy)


The Other Shoe

Once Upon a Time 6x03
See main article: "The Other Shoe"

Original air date: October 9, 2016

Written by: Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz

Directed by: Steve Pearlman

Centric Character: Cinderella

Plot Synopsis: As Storybrooke continues to welcome the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories, families, friends and even long-lost enemies are reunited once again. When Ashley searches for her step-family, intent on settling their unfinished business, Emma, Hook and Henry scramble to help her before it's too late. As this is going on, Regina attempts to bribe Mr. Hyde for information about how to defeat the Evil Queen, Snow helps Dr. Jekyll find a suitable laboratory for his work, and David makes a deal with Gold and delivers a message to Belle in exchange for new information about his father. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Cinderella attends a ball and meets her prince.

Recurring Cast: David Anders (Dr. Whale/Viktor Frankenstein), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Hank Harris (Dr. Jekyll), Jarod Joseph (Gus), Peter Marcin (Chief), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Jessy Schram (Ashley Boyd/Cinderella), Ingrid Torrance (Nurse Ratched), Sam Witwer (Mr. Hyde)


Strange Case

Once Upon a Time 6x04
See main article: "Strange Case"

Original air date: October 16, 2016

Written by: David H. Goodman & Nelson Soler

Directed by: Alrick Riley

Centric Characters: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Plot Synopsis: Hyde and the Evil Queen continue on their quest to steal Dr. Jekyll's serum, while Snow looks forward to her first day back as a school teacher and Emma looks forward to Hook moving in with her. Hook, however, finds himself trying to protect Belle from Mr. Gold, who has made sure his wife can't leave the confines of the Jolly Roger. Back in the past, Rumplestiltskin helps Jekyll complete his formula to separate a man's personality into two halves - good and evil - but his help comes with a hefty price.

Recurring Cast: Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), David Avalon (Doc), Karen David (Shirin/Jasmine), Hank Harris (Dr. Jekyll), Olivia Steele Falconer (Violet), Sam Witwer (Mr. Hyde)


Street Rats

Once Upon a Time 6x05
See main article: "Street Rats"

Original air date: October 23, 2016

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Norman Buckley

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Characters: Aladdin & Jasmine

Plot Synopsis: In flashbacks to Agrabah, the princess, Jasmine, recruits a supposed street rat, Aladdin, to help her recover a secret weapon capable of breaking Jafar's hold on the Sultan and saving the city from ruin; their quest takes them to the Cave of Wonders, where Aladdin's fate is revealed. Over in Storybrooke, the Evil Queen tricks Emma's loved ones and forces the savior to reveal her secret in an effort to divide the family. The Queen also takes to pampering Zelena while, elsewhere in town, Regina and our heroes scramble to learn what became of a certain diamond in the rough.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Cinder (Pongo), Karen David (Jasmine), Gabe Khouth (Mr. Clark/Sneezy), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy)


Dark Waters

Once Upon a Time 6x06
See main article: "Dark Waters"

Original air date: October 30, 2016

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Brigitte Hales

Directed by: Robert Duncan

Centric Character: Captain Hook

Plot Synopsis: While Emma tries convincing Aladdin to work with Jasmine to help Agrabah, Regina teams up with Snow and David to free Archie from Zelena. The Evil Queen spends this time sowing suspicion between Henry and Hook, even as Mr. Gold reminds her of his most important lesson. In the past, Hook finds himself kidnapped by the mysterious Captain Nemo and held captive inside his legendary submarine, the Nautilus.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Karen David (Jasmine)


Heartless

Once Upon a Time 6x07
See main article: "Heartless"

Original air date: November 6, 2016

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Ralph Hemecker

Centric Characters: Prince Charming & Snow White

Plot Synopsis: In the fairytale land that was, Snow White the bandit dodges a bounty hunter known as the Woodcutter while David the shepherd goes on a fateful journey to sell his family's farm. Several decades later and the royal couple are being made to surrender their heart, lest they want the Evil Queen to make good on her threat to destroy Storybrooke and everyone in it. As Emma and the others prepare to defend the town, the Charmings go with Regina in search of a magical sapling created by the first spark of true love, with the latter using Gold's burgeoning romance with the Queen against them both. Meanwhile, with all this going on, Zelena takes it upon herself to offer Belle some friendly advice.

Recurring Cast: Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


I'll Be Your Mirror

Once Upon a Time 6x08
See main article: "I'll Be Your Mirror"

Original air date: November 13, 2016

Written by: Jerome Schwartz & Leah Fong

Directed by: Jennifer Lynch

Centric Characters: N/A

Plot Synopsis: Emma and Regina formulate a plan to trap the Evil Queen who, in the meantime, impersonates her better half in order to give Henry some advice as he nervously prepares to take Violet to the school dance, but this could lead him down a dark path. Meanwhile, Snow and David adjust to life without each other and Zelena agrees to help Belle by enlisting Aladdin to steal a magical object from Mr. Gold that could protect the beauty and her unborn child from him forever.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Karen David (Jasmine), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy), Olivia Steele Falconer (Violet)


Changelings

Once Upon a Time 6x09
See main article: "Changelings"

Original air date: November 27, 2016

Written by: David H. Goodman & Brian Ridings

Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Centric Character: Belle

Plot Synopsis: In the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin collects Jack and Jill's son as bait to lure a powerful being to him while, in the present, he tells the Evil Queen that she must kill Zelena, leading her to a decision that will change her relationship with her wicked sister forever. When Belle discovers her husband's plans for their son, she convinces Emma and Hook to help her steal squid ink that can immobilize him; as a result, the beauty is left to make a sacrifice that will affect the lives of everyone in Storybrooke. Meanwhile, Jasmine finds a genie-less lamp that she hopes to use to save Agrabah, and Aladdin finds a way to be her hero.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Karen David (Jasmine), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Giles Matthey (Gideon), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


Wish You Were Here

Once Upon a Time 6x10
See main article: "Wish You Were Here"

Original air date: December 4, 2016

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Centric Characters: N/A

Plot Synopsis: Upon learning that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin's magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the savior forever. David, unwilling to wake Snow while their daughter is missing, works with Henry and Hook to hold the Queen at bay in Storybrooke. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son, and Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission.

Recurring Cast: Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), David Avalon (Doc), Karen David (Jasmine), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Gabe Khouth (Tom Clark/Sneezy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Sean Maguire (Robin of Locksley), Giles Matthey (Gideon), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


Tougher Than the Rest

Once Upon a Time 6x11
See main article: "Tougher Than the Rest"

Original air date: March 5, 2017

Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

Directed by: Bill Gierhart

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Character: Emma Swan

Plot Synopsis: With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma, with the hooded villain making a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated, and, when Emma inspires a familiar face to help them both return home, she discovers the power to change her fate.

Recurring Cast: Eion Bailey (August W. Booth/Pinocchio), Sean Maguire (Robin of Locksley), Giles Matthey (Gideon), Wil Traval (Sheriff of Nottingham)


Murder Most Foul

Once Upon a Time 6x12
See main article: "Murder Most Foul"

Original air date: March 12, 2017

Written by: Jerome Schwartz & Jane Espenson

Directed by: Morgan Beggs

Centric Characters: N/A
Other Backstory Character: Robert

Plot Synopsis: Before Hook takes the next step in his relationship with Emma, he wants to make sure David sees him as more than just a pirate. So, when David asks him to help him uncover the truth about his father's death, Hook agrees. Meanwhile, Regina works to acclimate Robin to life in Storybrooke, but soon discovers he has a dark side that makes the task much more complicated than she anticipated.

Recurring Cast: Eion Bailey (August W. Booth/Pinocchio), Alan Dale (Albert Spencer/King George), Sean Maguire (Robin of Locksley), Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy), Wil Traval (Keith/Sheriff of Nottingham)


Ill-Boding Patterns

Once Upon a Time 6x13
See main article: "Ill-Boding Patterns"

Original air date: March 19, 2017

Written by: Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Centric Character: Rumplestiltskin

Plot Synopsis: When Gideon resumes his mission to kill Emma and become the savior, Mr. Gold steps in to ensure that the use of dark magic does not poison his son. Meanwhile, Robin proves willing to ally himself with anyone offering the possibility of escape from Regina and Storybrooke, and Hook gathers the courage to come clean to Emma... but not before she discovers he's been keeping a secret. In the fairytale land that was, the legendary folk hero Beowulf sets his sights on Rumplestiltskin after the latter uses his Dark One powers to defeat the ogres and win the war for humanity.

Recurring Cast: Sean Maguire (Robin of Locksley), Giles Matthey (Gideon), Keegan Connor Tracy (Mother Superior/Blue Fairy)


Page 23

Once Upon a Time 6x14
See main article: "Page 23"

Original air date: March 26, 2017

Written by: David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales

Directed by: Kate Woods

Centric Character: TBA

Plot Synopsis: Believing there isn't room in Storybrooke for both her and Regina, the Evil Queen sets out to eliminate her other half using Robin to bait a trap. Hook, meanwhile, determined to make things work with Emma, turns to his old friend Captain Nemo for advice, but Gideon torpedoes his plan before he's able to set things right. And, in the fairytale land that was, Queen Regina learns a surprising lesson about the true source of her misery.

Recurring Cast: Sean Maguire (Robin of Locksley), Giles Matthey (Gideon), Rose McIver (Tinker Bell), Tony Perez (Prince Henry)


Trivia

Gallery

Gallery of photographic posters released to promote the season.

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