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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the story, see "Beauty and the Beast".
For the Disney film, see Beauty and the Beast.
For the character based on Beauty, see Belle.
Even you, Mr. Weaver, have a story, and it's a thing of beauty.
Tilly to Weaver

"Beauty" is the fourth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong, and directed by Mick Garris. It is the one hundred and thirty-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 27, 2017.


It's Halloween in Hyperion Heights and Victoria forces Ivy to take Lucy trick-or-treating. Meanwhile, Tilly appears to be waking up from the curse and is intent on leading Weaver to the truth – but not if Victoria can help it. In a flashback, Rumple and Belle seek the answer to a prophecy that could cement their happy ending.[2]




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

  • This episode features Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast from the fairytale of the same name.
  • There are several references to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
    • Tilly is wearing a white rabbit mask with a monocle on its eye for Halloween, a reference to the White Rabbit.
    • Tilly's favorite food is orange marmalade, a reference to the scene where Alice grabs a jar of orange marmalade from a shelf while falling down the rabbit hole.
    • Tilly asks Victoria Belfrey "Who are you?".
    • Tilly references herself as feeling ten feet tall and becoming small again.
    • Tilly says to Weaver "We're all mad here."
    • Alice can be seen chasing a white rabbit.
    • Rogers refers to Tilly as being "As quiet as a dormouse".
    • Tilly and Rogers play chess, which is an important theme in Lewis Carroll's sequel Through the Looking-Glass.
  • Gideon mentions that he has been accepted into Elphame Academy. This is a reference to the Queen of Elphame from Scottish folklore.

Popular Culture

  • Belle and Mr. Gold's story in this episode is inspired by the short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".[24]
  • The pills which Tilly "takes" to prevent her from waking up from the curse are blue, which can be seen when she finds the crushed pills inside her sandwich.[25] This is a reference to the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix,[26] in which the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus. The red pill will free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real world, but the blue pill will lead him back to stay in the comfortable simulated reality of the Matrix.
    • This reference is fitting, since The Matrix is known for referencing the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland through various homages. During the scene where Neo takes the pill, Morpheus informs him that if he chooses to take the red pill and be freed from the Matrix, he will "stay in Wonderland", and Morpheus will show him "how deep the rabbit hole goes".
  • For Halloween, Roni is dressed up as Sandy Olsson from the 1978 musical romantic comedy film Grease.[27]
  • Henry asks if the "Scary Sauce" that Jacinda is serving is Exorcist-level scary, or more like Gremlins-level scary. This is a reference to the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist and the 1984 horror comedy Gremlins. Jacinda answers, "Exorcist-level". The Exorcist has been repeatedly ranked as the most terrifying movie of all time,[28] while Gremlin is more known for its blend of comedy and horror. Despite this, Henry admits to Jacinda that he can't handle Gremlins, prompting her to ask if he's scared of puppets; a reference to the titular characters who were portrayed by animatronic puppets.[29]

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    Note that Roni's contract from "Hyperion Heights" says June 2018 (File:701Contract.png), but Adam clarifies in the above Tweet that the year on the prop was a mistake and it should have been dated 2017, not 2018. In "Beauty", Henry states that "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, also take place in October, about a week before Halloween. 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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