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My heart's caused me enough suffering. Nobody needs to die because of it. Not even you.
Knave to the Red Queen

"Heart of the Matter" is the eleventh episode of ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It was written by Jenny Kao and Katie Wech and directed by David Boyd. It premiered on March 20, 2014.


Alice and Cyrus discover alarming information involving prisoners Jafar has under his control and changes their priorities. Meanwhile, the Red Queen is in critical danger and no one can help her except the Knave by surrendering information to Jafar that he's been desperately seeking. In flashback, Anastasia is about to marry the King and strikes up a friendship with Cora that directly impacts Will. Cora also confronts Will resulting with him asking her for a shocking demand.[2]




Guest Starring





Production Notes

Event Chronology

  • In "We Are Both"[7] and "Lady of the Lake",[8] there's a hole in the road between Granny's Diner and Standard Clocks, from the Wraith's attack (not the same hole as the rabbit hole that the White Rabbit makes in front of the entrance to the clock tower).[9] By the time of "The Doctor", the hole has been repaired,[10] meaning that this episode takes place either between "Lady of the Lake" and "The Doctor", or after "The Doctor": In "Heart of the Matter, the area in front of Granny's can be glimpsed in the background when Alice and her friends visit Storybrooke, and the hole is gone.

Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes


Tres genies in utres
Ego te coniungere
Da mihi virtutem

Magicae res tres
Vult totam

Ego [illegible]
Which is Latin for:[5][6]

Three genies* in bottles
Give me power

Three magic things
He wants all


*Note that the word "genie" is plain English
  • This is the same incantation that Jafar uses to take control of the Genie Bottles, However, he does not say the last stanza.
  • On the opposite page,[17] characters from the Emerald Tablet can be seen on the right side of the page. Note that many of them are upside-down and/or mirror-inverted.
  • Another page[18] shows the Tree of Life from Kabbalah. This symbol represents, as a series of divine emanations, God's creation, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man.
  • The characters on the page[18] are symbols for alchemical processes, inclduing Abstraction, Putrefication, Digestion 1, Purification 1 and Reverberation 2. The symbol for Fixation is printed on the opposite page.[19]
  • When Jafar tries to take control of the genie bottles, after he tries the second incantation, you can see a fourth genie bottle on the table, next to the other three.[20]

Costume Notes

International Titles



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  • Cora's Return

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    • I wonder what ended up happening to the Red King. The flashback ended with Cora saying something to Anastasia about not having to worry about ...
    • Might be dead. It would be more clever if he was in an enchanted sleep, like in the book, but I don't know if the writers thought of th...
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