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Well, Snow White and Prince Charming may be awake. But the rest of this town is very much asleep.
Mr. Gold to Mary Margaret and David

"Awake" is the seventeenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss and Leah Fong, and directed by Sharat Raju. It is the one hundredth and twenty-eighth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 16, 2017.


Still trapped in Neverland, Hook aligns himself with Tiger Lily, hoping to find a way back to Emma. Back in Storybrooke, Regina works to break the sleeping curse that David and Snow are under, and Gold denies The Black Fairy, which brings the two of them to a fearsome impasse. In flashbacks, we learn what Snow and Charming sacrificed in order for Emma to fulfill her destiny as the Savior.[2]




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage


Production Notes

  • The title card features a closing magic door.
  • This episode has the lowest ratings of the entire series.[1]
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on January 18, 2017.[3]
  • This is the first episode since "I'll Be Your Mirror" that every main cast member appear.
  • Several mistakes were made on the press release of this episode:
  • In the episode script, Leroy winks at Mary Margaret after telling her, "If you change your mind, you know where to find me.", and David asks, "Was Grumpy... flirting with you?"[4] This exchange is not in the final episode.
  • According to Ginnifer Goodwin, it was hard for her to relate to Mary Margaret in real life because, as she has children now, she would have just taken care of herself and her immediate family. So, she had to find "a more generous place" in her spirit, as she finds what Mary Margaret did to be "of the utmost integrity and very Snow White-esque; very in keeping with her character".[5]
  • Before Marco drinks from the Sleeping Curse goblet, he says, "Cent'anni", an Italian toast which wishes all the clinkers 100 years. This is fitting, as The Adventures of Pinocchio is of Italian origin and Marco is known to speak with an Italian accent.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • Hook ended up in Neverland in "Mother's Little Helper".
  • Mary Margaret and David's heart was put under a Sleeping Curse in "Heartless".
  • Regina shows Emma Henry's notebook from "Mother's Little Helper".
  • David says that this isn't the first Sleeping Curse he and Mary Margaret have been woken up from. Snow White was awoken from a Sleeping Curse in "Pilot" and "A Land Without Magic", while David was awoken from his first Sleeping Curse in "Queen of Hearts".
  • While Mary Margaret is under the sleeping curse, clips from "Pilot", "A Land Without Magic" and "Going Home" are shown.
  • Pixie Dust was first used to lead somewhere to their True Love in "Quite a Common Fairy".
  • Pixie Dust Flowers first appeared in "Think Lovely Thoughts".
  • David awakens from his coma again in "Snow Falls", this time for good.
  • After David wakes up from his coma, he says that the Evil Queen's guards stabbed him and he passed out, referring to events in "Pilot".
  • David and Mary Margaret regain their memories permanently when the Dark Curse is broken in "A Land Without Magic.
  • The Black Fairy arrived in Storybrooke in "Mother's Little Helper".
  • The Black Fairy says that Mr. Gold will choose to join her, which he does in "The Black Fairy".
  • Mr. Gold regains his Enchanted Forest memories upon hearing Emma's name, and remarks, "Emma. What a lovely name.", just like in "Pilot".[6]
  • Tiger Lily, a former fairy, went to Neverland after she stopped being a fairy, just like Tinker Bell did prior to the latter's meeting with Hook in "Going Home".
  • Tiger Lily's past with the Black Fairy is explored in "The Black Fairy".
  • How the Savior's wand was broken is revealed in "The Black Fairy". The wand is repaired in the same episode.
  • Hook removes his Shadow from his body, just like Mr. Gold did in "Lost Girl".
  • The book read by young Emma is The Golden Age Compendium of Children's Fairy Tales,[7] the same book she was reading three years earlier in "Tougher Than the Rest".[8]
  • Before they lose their memories once more, David and Mary Margaret say that one day, Emma will find them. Emma finds them in "Pilot" and the family is reunited in "Broken".
  • Hook says to Emma that he should never have considered running away from her, referring to events in "Page 23".
  • Hook asks David if Emma told him about what he did to to David's father, and David says she did. Emma told David about this in "A Wondrous Place", while the murder of David's father took place in "Murder Most Foul".

Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

  • When Mary Margaret is walking through Storybrooke in the 1993 flashback, a sign on Atlantic Twine & Net says "Storybrooke Tours & Charters" - "book inside". There is also an advertisement for a business called Storybrooke Marine Engine Service.[9]

Costume Notes


  • In the 1993 flashbacks, the business known as Duperre & Hughes can be seen next to Granny's Diner.[27] However, as seen in the Season Two premiere "Broken", Duperre & Hughes did not move into these premises until after the Dark Curse was broken in 2012.[28] Before that, these premises were occupied by the restaurant known as LaTandoor.[29] This is most likely because LaTandoor, a real life business in Steveston Village which has since been closed down,[30] could not be used when Steveston Village was redressed as Storybrooke for the 1993 flashback, so they had to use a fictional business instead.
  • When Mary Margaret meets Dr. Hopper in the 1993 flashback, the business known as Chop Shop is reflected in the windows behind him.[31] However, when Mary Margaret finds the pixie dust flower, the Chop Shop sign is missing from the building facade, since it did not move into these premises until after the second curse in Season Four.[32] This indicates that the shots of Archie were filmed on a different day, where Steveston Village was dressed as present day Storybrooke.

Filming Locations

International Titles



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