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Hook: Look, he's grown into a fine young lad, and he is lucky to have a mother like you.
Emma Swan: He's lucky to have a pirate like you.

"A Pirate's Life" is the second episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Tara Nicole Weyr. It is the one hundred and thirty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 13, 2017.


When Henry finds himself in trouble, he calls upon his Storybrooke family for help, and together they set off on a mission to find Cinderella. Along the way, Hook is confronted by an unexpected foe who threatens the group’s success. In Hyperion Heights, Jacinda searches for a way to see Lucy with some unwelcome assistance from Henry, while Victoria Belfrey enlists the help of Gold and Weaver to push Henry out of the neighborhood.[2]




Special Guest Starring

Guest Starring


  • Trevor Roberts as Remy



Production Notes

  • The press release for the episode mistakenly says "Victoria Belfrey enlists the help of Gold and Weaver".[2] However, it is not possible as Weaver is Mr. Gold's cursed persona, so they can't both exist in Seattle at the same time.
    • It was supposed to say "Victoria Belfrey enlists the help of Rogers and Weaver" as confirmed by the episode.
  • During the filming of this episode, Robert Carlyle decided to change the accent of Weaver to make him more different from Mr. Gold. After that, he had to re-record all of Weaver's scenes from "Hyperion Heights" via automated dialogue replacement.[4]
  • Lucy's ballet scenes were filmed on Alison Fernandez's birthday. The cast and crew celebrated her birthday on set.[5]
  • A sequence where Henry says that Emma is bad at goodbyes was deleted from the episode.[6]
  • According to Andrew J. West, Colin O'Donoghue made fun of him during the scene where Henry throws Cinderella's "note" into the fire because he kept missing every time.[7]

Event Chronology

  • The Storybrooke flashbacks take place after "Beauty" and before "Hyperion Heights".
  • The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place after "Hyperion Heights" and before "The Garden of Forking Paths".

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



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    Note that Roni's contract from "Hyperion Heights" says June 2018 (File:701Contract.png), but Adam Horowitz clarifies in the above Tweet that the year on the prop was a mistake and it should have been dated 2017, not 2018. Also, in "Beauty", which takes place on October 31 on Halloween, Henry says, "Until last week, the only human contact I had was with my Swift riders", indicating that the events of "Hyperion Heights", where Henry meets his new friends, take place about a week before Halloween, and that "A Pirate's Life" and "The Garden of Forking Paths" also take place in October. In addition, in "Eloise Gardener", the concert tickets that Henry presents to Jacinda for their date later that night are dated "NOV1817" (File:707IsSpigolli.png) (in the lower left hand corner), meaning November 18, 2017.
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