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Your insane girlfriend sped up my pregnancy, kidnapped me right after giving birth, and separated me from my little girl. And they say I'm wicked.
Zelena to Hook

"Birth" is the eighth episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Eagle Egilsson. It is the ninety-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 15, 2015.

This episode was the first of a two-episode airing.

Synopsis

Tensions in Camelot come to a head when Merlin, now under Arthur’s control, delivers an ultimatum to Emma: hand over the Dark One dagger and the Promethean spark or he will kill her entire family. Refusing to give in, Emma and our heroes face off against Arthur, Merlin and Zelena in an epic battle of magic and will. Just when the end is in sight, Emma is forced to make a gut-wrenching choice that no one saw coming. Back in Storybrooke, Zelena’s pregnancy mysteriously accelerates and Hook goes to new and desperate lengths to get answers from the Dark Swan.[2]

Recap


Cast[2]

Starring

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Uncredited

Trivia

Production Notes

  • The title card features the darkness rising from the Vault of the Dark One.
  • The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on September 26, 2015.[3]
  • "Birth" and "The Bear King" were filmed simultaneously.[4]
  • Initially, there was an idea of Emma's plan in the present being turning Hook into a Dark One. This evolved into the idea of Emma having already done it, and this was the secret she was keeping in the present.[5]
  • According to Colin O'Donoghue, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis had given him the heads up from the start that Emma had made Hook immortal. He guessed that Hook was going to be dark, and with some scenes where Emma entered the room, he played it like Hook had the sense that she was going to come, like in vampire movies, where the vampires senses that the master is coming.[6]
  • For the scene where Emma's loved ones are prisoners in the Caledonian Forest, there was talk of putting everyone in a giant rolling cage. Another idea was to put them all in a cage full of branches. However, they realized that this would be a challenge, with so many people in the scene, so the director came up with the idea of having everyone tied to the trees instead.[7]
  • The reason why Dr. Whale's hair is dyed blonde in this episode, is that David Anders bleached his hair for his role on the television series iZombie.[6][8] In this show, all zombies, including David Anders' character Blaine DeBeers, have platinum blonde hair.
    • Dr. Whale's and Regina's comments about his hair are a tip of the hat to the people at iZombie, who worked with Once Upon a Time's schedule so that they could get David Anders back.[7]
  • The episode script contained more jokes from Doctor Whale, but there wasn't enough room for all of them.[5]
  • While filming the scene where Hook is at the top of the library, calling Emma's name, during one take, Colin O'Donoghue jokingly called out "Bella Swan" instead of Emma Swan.[9]
  • Hook says to Emma that he drowned a sailor named Edgar because he caught him drinking the captain's wine. There is a character named Edgar in the next episode, "The Bear King", but it is not the same person, since this character is alive in present day.
  • In one scene of "The Bear and the Bow", Emma gives to Zelena some onion rings to eat. At the origin, these were supposed to be normal onion rings. The fact that they were able to speed Zelena's pregnancy was decided when "Birth" was being written.[5]
  • The scene where Regina is outside the birthing room, was added so they didn't have to cover things like cutting umbilical cords and wiping slime off a newly born baby, as they didn't think people would want to see that.[5]
  • When Hook's neck starts to bleed, a tiny sponge was used to produce the dribble of blood.[6]
  • The scene where Hook's neck begins to bleed, and the scene where Emma transforms him into a Dark One, were originally written as one single scene. It was Jerome Schwartz's idea to split the scene in half and having Emma teleport herself and Hook to the Middlemist Field, which radically changed the tone of the scene.[7]
    • For the sequence where Hook is lying on the ground with Emma sitting next to him, the greensperson, Sarah McCulloch, had to pull out many of the flowers in order for Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison to get set. She had to use a gun drill for drilling holes, which made Colin extremely nervous, as he was lying in the meadow and she was drilling holes in the ground between his legs.[10]
  • The scene where Hook rises from the Vault of the Dark One, is a combination of new footage and recycled footage from the scene where Emma rises from the vault in "The Dark Swan". The shot where the darkness begins to manifest into human form,[11] the following wide-shot where the transformation continues,[12] and the following close-up shot where the camera pans up the manifesting darkness,[13] are exactly the same in both scenes, the only difference being the lighting, and the third shot being shorter during Hook's scene (in Emma's scene, the camera pans up to Emma's face; in Hook's scene, the shot ends before it reaches the face).

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • Arthur lied to David about his failed attempt to summon Merlin using the crimson crown in "The Bear and the Bow".
  • Emma made Excalibur whole using the Flame of Prometheus in "Nimue".
  • The reason why Excalibur cannot control anyone any longer, is revealed in "Broken Heart".
  • Hook asks Emma about Nimue, a character who first appeared in "Nimue".
  • Arthur escapes from his cell in "Last Rites".
  • Emma asks Henry about the heroes' quest to steal Excalibur and about Merlin who disappeared during their return, with both events taking place in "Nimue".
  • Merlin poofed the heroes away in "Nimue".
  • Mr. Gold looks at a Storybrooke snow globe in his shop, just like he did in "The Snow Queen".
  • Gold recounts that he became the Dark One to save his son, something that occurred in "Desperate Souls".
  • Arthur and Zelena teamed up in "Nimue".
  • Hook apologizes to Emma for what he told her on the Jolly Roger, something that took place in "Siege Perilous".
  • The ring that Emma shows to Hook, is the one he gave her in "Nimue". How Hook got the ring from his brother Liam, is shown in "The Brothers Jones".
  • Emma and Hook realize their plans of moving in together in "Strange Case".
  • Zelena mentions that she was a fake midwife, something she posed as in "Witch Hunt", "The Tower" and "Quiet Minds".
  • Zelena mentions that Emma gave her onion rings (this being the reason for her accelerated pregnancy) in "The Bear and the Bow".
  • Dr. Whale recalls Zelena magically throwing him across the room, which occurred in "Kansas". He wishes to not be attacked this time. Ironically, Emma does the same.
  • Regina promised to keep Zelena's baby safe, which happened in "Siege Perilous".
  • Emma reminds Hook that Zelena killed Neal and Marian, which occurred in "Quiet Minds" and "Heart of Gold" respectively.
  • Emma recounts the first time she admitted her true love for Hook, which happened in "Operation Mongoose Part 2". She also recounts admitting her feelings for Neal when she thought she was going to lose him in "Second Star to the Right".
  • Zelena says that she cannot cut off her own hand to remove the cuff, since Regina enchanted her wrist. This is similar to what happened when Hook got his hand back in "The Apprentice", where Mr. Gold tells him that his magic put the hand on, and only his magic could take it off.
  • Hook recalls being betrayed by Zelena the last time he helped her, which took place in "The Dark Swan".
  • Emma says that Merlin "can't help us anymore". The reason for this, is explained in "Broken Heart".
  • Regina reiterates Emma's request to do what is necessary when she was entrusted the dagger to Mary Margaret and David, which took place in "The Dark Swan".
  • Zelena shows Hook his stolen memories from Camelot using one of Emma's dreamcatcher. Emma first started making dreamcatchers in "The Broken Kingdom". Regina previously used one of Emma's dreamcatchers to access Violet's memories in "Dreamcatcher".
  • Emma tries to make Excalibur whole in the same process that was first seen in "Nimue".
  • Merlin states that Excalibur's purpose was to cut immortal ties, something that was first established in "Nimue".
  • Emma mentions how Regina lost Daniel, an event which took place in "The Stable Boy".
  • Emma talks about how far Regina pushed her to save Robin Hood, referring to events in "The Price".
  • Emma refuses to let Hook die because she cannot bear to lose him. In the episode "Rocky Road", Emma told Hook that every person she had been in a relationship had died, and that she was scared of losing him too.
  • Emma tethers Hook to Excalibur, just like Zelena tethers Merlin to it in "Nimue".
  • Hook emerges from the Vault of the Dark One, a location first seen in "Quiet Minds".
  • The Darkness is removed from Emma and Hook in "Swan Song".

Biblical

Fairytales and Folklore

Lost

Goofs

  • Hook points to one of his rings[18] and reveals that it belonged to a man named Barnaby, who called him "One Hand Jones". Hook killed him, and took his ring. However, Hook was already wearing this ring in "The Crocodile", when he still had both of his hands. This can clearly be seen while he's gambling at the tavern.[19]

Props Notes

115 W 10th Ave, Storybrooke
NANTUCKET STYLE HOUSE

One of Storybrooke’s
finest heritage homes
awaits you. Completely
renovated throughout,
this house features an
open floor plan, [obscured]ch 10'
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custom cabinetry in the
kitchen, stainless steel
appliances, bamboo hard
wood floors throughout,
limestone, marble and
granite in all baths and
kitchen, custom fp & huge
400 square foot secluded
South facing terrace off
kitchen / dining room.
Professionally landscaped

with sprinkler systems
rock w[obscured] and night
lighting, 2 bedrooms on
2nd floor, master
bedroom can easily
accommodate a King Bed
and has lot of closet
space! 3rd floor addition
allows for full height and
is fully finished for use as
a den, bedroom, office or
combo. There is a
detached single garage
with plenty of room for
storage. Exterior shed
may be used for more
storage.
Open House Saturday 12-5


Filming Locations

  • The climactic scene with Emma and Hook in the Middlemist Field at the end of the episode, was filmed in Burnaby's Central Park.[36] The set was a tiny, round meadow set filled with middlemist flowers, surrounded by blue-screen material.[37] It was CGIed into a big flowery meadow in post-production.

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References

  1. http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-100-sunday-cable-originals-network-update-11-15-2015.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20151110abc01/
  3. https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/647860734131482624
  4. https://twitter.com/BastardSonVan/status/645711637773611008
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz on the Season Five DVD/Blu-ray commentary for "Birth"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Colin O'Donoghue on the Season Five DVD/Blu-ray commentary for "Birth"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 David H. Goodman on the Season Five DVD/Blu-ray commentary for "Birth"
  8. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/25615/how-izombie-makeup-turns-rose-mciver-into-the-undead/
  9. http://yvrshoots.com/2015/10/shoot-once-upon-a-times-hook-colin-odonoghue-on-storybrooke-library-roof-in-steveston.html#.V6_fnZiLTIU
  10. https://twitter.com/leafladygreens/status/668526112989843456
    https://twitter.com/leafladygreens/status/668527325642801152
    https://twitter.com/leafladygreens/status/668528800741769216
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  14. 14.0 14.1 File:508ClosesBox.png
  15. http://www.britannia.com/history/arthur/kabattles.html
  16. The Arthurian Name Dictionary, Christopher W. Bruce, Garland Publishing Inc., 1999. Facsimile by Google Books
  17. File:508YouWereSure.png
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  19. File:204Gambling.png
  20. File:508NotAnymore.png
  21. http://www.vivino.com/wineries/baum-fr-157563
  22. File:321ReturnOfYourHeart.png
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  27. File:508Crocodile.png
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  28. https://twitter.com/InkTankGirl/status/666311331465682944
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 File:508OurFuture.png
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  32. File:110MaryMargaretLeaves.png
  33. File:508ShowingDreamcatcher.png
  34. File:505SadEmmaWithDreamcatcher.png
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  37. https://twitter.com/Ness202210/status/667548092749750276
    https://www.instagram.com/p/-VGB5HL58q/

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