"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" is the eleventh episode of Season One of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss and directed by Bryan Spicer. It is the eleventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on January 29, 2012.
A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold, who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for.
In the Enchanted Forest, King Leopold finds a golden lamp washed up on the shore of the sea. He cleans the lamp and frees the Genie of Agrabah who grants him 3 wishes. However, the King says that he has everything he could possibly want and needs nothing more. He uses his first wish to free the Genie, then his second wish to give away his third wish to the Genie. He then brings the Genie back to his castle and introduces him to the Queen Regina and Snow White.
In Storybrooke, Henry Mills' "castle" is being torn down by Regina. Henry is distraught, because he had hidden the fairy tale book there, but the storm had washed it away. Regina's unilateral decisions about town matters upset Emma and she calls Sidney Glass to set up a meeting to find out a secret that will help bring her down. Sidney tells her that 50,000 dollars are missing from the town's budget. Mary Margaret Blanchard and David have a picnic out in the woods.
Back at the palace it is the King's birthday. He tells Snow White that she truly is the fairest of them all. This upsets the Queen who leaves. The Genie follows her out, and he gives her a mirror and tells her she is the "Fairest in all the land".
Sidney and Emma are digging up dirt on Regina. They go to visit Regina in her office, where they ask her about the missing money. After they leave, Emma reveals that she has planted a bug under Regina's desk.
The Genie is summoned to see the king. King Leopold has read her diary reveling that she thinks of herself as being trapped. He tells the Genie that he thinks the queen is in love with someone else and is unhappy. He asks the Genie to find the man who gave her the mirror, a task which he accepts.
Sidney and Emma find out about a secret meeting in the woods. While driving out there the brakes on Emma's car fail resulting in a crash. Sidney realizes someone tampered with the brakes. Mr. Gold comes out and tells them that Regina was meeting with him and that she has bought the land on which they are standing. Sidney and Emma break into Regina's office. Regina arrives and they claim some kids broke in. Regina sends them away.
Regina's father shows up and gives the Genie a box to take up to her. She opens the box to reveal a snake. The snake can kill anything with a single bite. Regina tells the Genie that she is so unhappy that she is going to kill herself. He stops her from using the snake on herself and gives her the idea of using the snake on the king. He offers to be the one to commit the murder.
Henry is sitting at Granny's when the Stranger comes up to him. Henry questions him on why he has come to Storybrooke, but he declines to give an answer. Sidney and Emma find out that she is planning on building something. Sidney shows her photo's that he has taken of her and Henry together. While at the city council Sidney brings up the files they found. They accuse her of building a home in the woods. Emma calls her on her true self and outs her to the people of Storybrooke. Regina however reveals that she is building a play house for the children of the town.
The Genie sneaks into King Leopold's room where he releases the snakes into the bed. The king is bitten, and the Genie reveals that he is in love with Regina. Before dying, the king declares his regret for freeing the Genie, acknowledging the previous warning that every wish has a price.
Mr. Gold congratulates Emma on her courage. Emma accuses Regina of messing with her brakes, but Regina appears to be ignorant of this. Regina tells Emma that she is no longer allowed to see Henry, unless she has Regina's permission or else she will take Emma to court and put a restraining order out against her. Emma tells Henry this news, and she promises him that she will try and find the book. It is revealed that the stranger is the one who has Henry's book. Sidney and Emma meet, and Sidney tells her that they are allies.
The Genie goes to tell Regina that they can be together. Regina tells him that the guards know that he killed the king, and she tells him that they can never be together. The Genie realizes that Regina set him up and that the murder would be traced back to him. He tells her that he can't live without her. Regina says that she will never love him, and he will never see her again. The Genie then uses the wish that the King had given him. He wishes to be with her forever, and never leave her side which turns him into the mirror. She tells him that he will be with her forever.
It is shown that Sidney is actually working with Regina. Sidney tells her that he will give her any information he can find. Regina replies that she doesn't know what she would do without him.
- This episode is one of seven episodes of the entire series to not feature a co-starring cast member. The other are "Red-Handed", "The Stable Boy", "Into the Deep", "A Curious Thing", "Poor Unfortunate Soul" and "Her Handsome Hero".
- This episode reveals that the Evil Queen's given name is Regina.
- As Regina tells Emma and Sidney, the present events in Storybrooke take place three weeks after "Desperate Souls".
- The word "magister" (Latin for "master" or "teacher") is written above the door frame of the Mayor's office. Magister was a title of the Middle Ages, given to a person in authority, or to someone having a license from a university to teach philosophy and the liberal arts. It was also a title given to several positions of authority in Ancient Rome, such as Magister officiorum, which literally means "master of offices".
- In the Season Four premiere "A Tale of Two Sisters", the word "civitas" is engraved over the door frame of the room outside the Mayor's office. In Ancient Rome, this word referred to the whole body of members of any given state. It was frequently used by the Roman writers to express the condition of a Roman citizen as distinguished from those who were not Roman citizens.
- The new playground is located at 2536 Old Yale Road.
- The design of the new playground castle is similar to the Evil Queen's palace.
- A scene involving Prince Charming was cut.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur many years after "Labor of Love" and before "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events of this episode take place after "7:15 A.M." and before "Skin Deep".
- How Regina came to marry King Leopold is revealed in "The Stable Boy".
- Other pictures that Sidney took of Emma and Henry, are seen in "Breaking Glass".
- The first photo of Emma and Henry at the playground castle was taken in "Desperate Souls" (they are holding the walkie-talkies).
- The photo of Emma and Henry leaving Archie's office was taken in "The Thing You Love Most". Emma shows Elsa the same photo in "Breaking Glass".
- The photo of Emma and Henry walking by the Storybrooke Post Office was taken in "The Price of Gold".
- A photograph from David and Mary Margaret's date by the Toll Bridge, also taken by Sidney, appears in "What Happened to Frederick".
- What Regina's keys open is revealed in "What Happened to Frederick".
- The Genie's infatuation with Regina lasts until he's had enough and betrays her in "Breaking Glass".
- Where the Genie was trapped after he made his last wish, is revealed in "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- King Leopold accidentally releases the Genie by rubbing the lamp while cleaning it.
- Emma crashes her police cruiser into a street sign where the roads are numbered 4 and 23, two of the Lost numbers.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the Aladdin tale, focusing on the Genie of the lamp.
- The line, "In my time I have granted a thousand and one wishes and I have seen them end poorly a thousand and one times..." is a reference to "One Thousand and One Nights".
- This episode features Snow White, the King, the Magic Mirror and Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale and the Genie from the Aladdin story.
- King Leopold calls Snow White "the fairiest of them all", which is a line derived from the original fairytale.
- When Queen Regina opens the box there is a snake that can kill her in one bite. This is a reference to the story of Cleopatra (the last Pharaoh of Egypt) who is said to have killed herself with the bite from a poisonous snake as she knew the Romans were coming to take over Egypt.
- The hand-held mirror that the genie keeps with him inside his lamp, which he later gets trapped inside when he makes his final wish, is the same mirror that the Evil Queen uses to trap Emma and Regina in the Season Six episode "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- The prop used for the Magic Mirror's lamp was later re-used for one of Cyrus' brothers' genie lamps on the spin-off show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, but with differently colored jewels. The same prop is used for the genie lamp that Aladdin steals from Mr. Gold's pawnshop in the Season Six episode "I'll Be Your Mirror". This lamp also has differently colored jewels.
- The bottom text on the printout of Regina's files reads (note that most of the document is too blurred to make out):
on the [illegible word] day of September
No person may copy, reproduce or alter this plan
in whole or in part without the written authorization
of Westlake Limited.
N. WESTLAKE LIMITED
MAINE LAND SURVEYORS
DOMINION STREET, UNIT 4
- Neal Westlake is a graphic designer and production staff member on the show. His name appears on several different props throughout the series:
- He is listed as a complainant in a police report in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter".
- He is credited as a photographer on the front page of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror in "The Stable Boy".
- He is listed as one of the reviewers on the book blurb for Isaac's novel Heroes and Villains. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1")
- He is listed as a Storybrooke entrepreneur on a sign by the town hall. ("Last Rites")
- He is credited as the author of the fictional novel Robin Hood: Myth and Legend. ("Only You", "The Girl in the Tower")
- The chess set next to King Leopold can be seen in pawnshop in "The Price of Gold". It is the item that Mr. Gold hurts his head on when he is attacked by Ashley.
- Emma is wearing a Lauren by Ralph Lauren Portsmouth Fair Isle Beanie Hat (no longer available).
- Canadian-based fine headwear maker Kelly Dunlap created a hat for the Evil Queen to wear in the Enchanted Forest flashback, but due to unforeseen rain, Lana Parrilla's wardrobe had to be changed to fit the weather, so the hat was not used for this episode.
- Mary Margaret is wearing a Gap Lightweight Bird and Check Scarf(no longer available).
- The dress the Evil Queen is wearing is the same dress worn by her Storybrooke counterpart in the Season Seven episode "A Taste of the Heights".
|Finnish||"Lampun henki"||"The Genie of the Lamp"|
|French||"Le Génie"||"The Genie"|
|German||"Frucht des vergifteten Baumes"||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|
|Hungarian||"Mérgezett fa gyümölcse"||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|
|Italian||"Il frutto dell'albero avvelenato"||"The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|
|Polish||"Owoc z zatrutego drzewa"||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|
|Portuguese||"O Fruto da Árvore Envenenada"||"The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|
|Spanish||"El fruto del árbol envenenado"||"The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"|