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Regina: Now, we can't hurt the Queen, but maybe we can trap her.
Emma: In a mirror?
Regina: In the world behind the mirror.

"I'll Be Your Mirror" is the eighth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Leah Fong, and directed by Jennifer Lynch. It is the one hundred and nineteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 13, 2016.


Emma and Regina formulate a plan to trap the Evil Queen in a prison of their own making, while Snow and David adjust to life without each other. As Henry nervously prepares to take Violet to the school dance, the Evil Queen impersonates Regina to give him some advice that could lead him down a dark path. Meanwhile, Zelena agrees to help Belle, and together they enlist Aladdin to steal a magical object from Mr. Gold that could protect Belle and her unborn child from him forever.[2]


Deleted Scenes

These scenes are included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.

"Strength In Family" (Scene 39)

An extended version of the scene where Henry frees his mothers from the mirror. After the serum queen says to Henry that she only wants what's best for him, she adds, "Remember that". After she teleports away, Henry explains to his mothers how the queen gave him the hammer so he would be forced to crush the Dragon's heart, but he remembered how she also told him never to compromise who he was, so he smashed the mirror instead. Regina assures Henry that they will get the Dragon out, and Hook and Emma share a tender moment while Henry heads off to his dance with Violet.

"Silent Treatment" (Scene 44)




Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • When Emma and Regina confront the Evil Queen at the beach, three swans are swimming in the water.[5] This is a reference to Emma's last name.
  • In the episode script, when Hook asks the Evil Queen what she's done with Emma and Regina, he first says, "You always underestimated me."[6]
    • The script also contains a section where Hook goes to embrace Emma and asks, "Alright there, Swan?".[7] This ended up being cut from the episode.
  • At the end of the episode, Aladdin and Jasmine are talking about their old friend, the Genie, who is gone and free now. This is a reference to the late Robin Williams, who voiced the Genie in Disney's Aladdin.[8]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • The song playing during the montage scene with David and Mary Margaret is "Colours" by Donovan.
  • According to Henry, Violet "stood him up for John Hughes movie night twice". He then says that they watched The Breakfast Club together, and they were going to watch Sixteen Candles next (to show Violet his "fun side"). The Breakfast Club (1985) is a classic coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by John Hughes, while Sixteen Candles (1984) is a famous coming-of-age comedy by the same director.
    • Later, Violet says that she has a hard time adjusting to school, comparing it to the movies that Henry showed her. She wonders if she is "a jock, a princess or a nerd", a reference to The Breakfast Club, a story about five high school students who represent different stereotypes - a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.
  • The song Henry and Violet are dancing to at the diner is "In My Dreams" by Ruth B.
    • The singer commented on this on Twitter, saying "A song of mine may or may not be used in tonight's episode of my fav show ever".[10]

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  • 6x08: I'll Be Your Mirror

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    • Almost time! Let's go into the mirror!
    • CoolDudeAl wrote:Almost time! Let's go into the mirror! But it's creepy in there. XD