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This page lists Once Upon a Time's various references to ABC's Lost.

Season One


  • Emma Swan is named, in part, after the Lost island's Swan Station.[1] Her name is also derived from the story of "The Ugly Duckling".[2]
  • Henry gets off the bus at Gate 4,[3] the first of the Lost numbers.
  • There is a Geronimo Jackson sticker on Emma's car.[4][5][6][7] Geronimo Jackson is a fictional band on Lost.[6]
  • The time on the clock tower in Storybrooke is frozen at 8:15.[8] It is a reference to Oceanic Flight 815.[1][4][6]
  • Regina and Henry live at house number 108,[1][9][10] an important number on Lost, and the sum of the six recurring numbers.[1][4]
  • There is a close-up of Emma's eye after she wakes up from the car crash.[11] This is a recurring theme from Lost.[4][9]
  • Henry's inbox contains e-mails from Mark, Daniel, Scott and Damon.[12] The first three are all characters from Lost. "Damon" is a reference t0 Damon Lindelof, one of Lost's creators.[4]
  • The clock unfroze at 8:15,[8] then chimed at 8:16.[13] 8, 15 and 16 are three of the Lost numbers.

"The Thing You Love Most"

"Snow Falls"

  • During his date with Mary Margaret, Dr. Whale misunderstands and asks, "Something about you wanting 15 kids?" This is a reference to one of the Lost numbers.[19]

"The Price of Gold"

"That Still Small Voice"

  • Henry has Apollo bars in his backpack.[21] This was a fictional candy bar on Lost.

"The Shepherd"

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

  • When Emma walks away in anger, a pavement sign shows the number 15.[25]
  • There is a close-up of Graham's eye as he awakens.[26] This is a recurring theme from Lost.

"Desperate Souls"

  • When Emma is taking out her anger on the toaster, there is a bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey on the countertop.[27]

"True North"

"7:15 A.M."

"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"

  • A box from the Hall of Records is from aisle 08, section 4.[34] 4 and 8 are two of the Lost numbers.
  • Regina's secret meeting in the woods takes place at Access Road 23. 23 is one of the Lost numbers.[35]
  • Emma crashes her police cruiser into a street sign where the roads are numbered 4 and 23.[36]

"Skin Deep"

  • At The Rabbit Hole, as Ruby says, "Ash, check out those guys", a bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey is sitting on a shelf behind the bar (only seen from a distance - it's at the top of the second shelf from the right).[37]
  • The number 23 is on a door by the entrance to the psychiatric ward at the hospital.[38]
  • The number 8 is on a door in the hallway inside the psychiatric ward.[39]

"What Happened to Frederick"

  • The stranger says that his name is August. August is the 8th month of the year, and the second Lost number.
  • Regina tells Henry: "The occasion is I love you" when she gives him a present. Those same words are said by Penny to Desmond in Season 3.


  • Astrid tells Leroy that the nuns only sold 42 candles last year.
  • The phone record of Kathryn's call with David is listed as 8 minutes long[40] (as Sidney points out).


  • On Ruby's online list of potential jobs, there is a temporary position as an inventory control specialist for 8 months.[41] 8 is the second Lost number.

"Hat Trick"

  • Jefferson's house number is 316,[42] a reference to Ajira Airways Flight 316.
  • At the market, when the Mad Hatter hears the price for the stuffed rabbit, he says he only has 8 coppers.

"The Return"

  • When August drives off on his motorcycle, a sign on the pavement shows the number 15.[43]

"The Stranger"

  • The airplane Pinocchio is startled by has the Oceanic Airlines logo on it.[44][45] Oceanic Airlines is the airline of the pivotal flight 815 on Lost.[44]
  • Phuket, where August traveled to, is referred to on Lost, including the similarly named episode "Stranger in a Strange Land".
  • August woke up in Phuket at 8:15 A.M., two of the Lost numbers.

"An Apple Red as Blood"

"A Land Without Magic"

  • As Emma dumps out Henry's backpack, an Apollo bar and a Geronimo Jackson album falls out.[47]
  • A sign next to the door that leads down to the psychiatric ward says "Critical Care Pharmacology 108".[48] 108 is an important number on Lost, and the sum of the six recurring numbers.
  • The number 15 is on a pavement sign when David and Mary Margaret are reunited.[49]
  • The clock tower stops at 8:15,[50] the flight number from Lost.

Season Two


  • As a mysterious man holds his iPod while struggling to close the apartment window, the back of the device's case is shown have a Geronimo Jackson logo. On Lost, Geronimo Jackson is a fictional band.
  • The Storybrooke clock tower shows 8:15,[51] two of the Lost numbers.
  • Mary Margaret uses a bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey to set fire to the railings.[52][53] This is a fictional brand on Lost.[52]

"We Are Both"

"The Doctor"


  • Neal and Emma meet in Portland, a location referred to on Lost, and a reference to the episode "Not In Portland".
  • A convenience store sells Apollo bars.[57][58]
  • Neal and Emma plan to start a new life together in Tallahassee, a location referred to on Lost, and a reference to the episode "The Man From Tallahassee".
  • According to his wanted poster, Neal was born March 23, 1977.[59] 23 is one of the Lost numbers, and 1977 was an important year in the Lost timeline.

"Child of the Moon"

"Queen of Hearts"

  • Dopey is wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt.[61]

"The Cricket Game"

  • The Evil Queen, upon being told the battle is lost, says, "Don't tell me what we can or cannot do!" This is a spin on the mantra often repeated by Locke on Lost.
  • At the party, Dopey is wearing a Geronimo Jackson shirt.[62] Geronimo Jackson is a fictional band on Lost.


  • Exposé, a fictitious television series featured on Lost, is advertised on the television Belle is watching in the hospital as Ruby comes in to talk to her.[63]
  • The announcer of the television just before Exposé returns from a commercial is one of Lost's creators, Damon Lindelof, reprising his vocal cameo of Bill Godwin.[63]
  • Ruby gives Belle a copy of Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. The main location of Lost is a mysterious island.
  • Dopey is wearing his Geronimo Jackson T-shirt.[64]
  • When Mary Margaret and David walk away from the diner in the evening, a pavement sign shows the number 15.[65]
  • Henry, Emma, and Mr. Gold take an Ajira Airlines flight, an airline that appears on Lost.[63]
  • The total time of their flight is 42 minutes; a recurring number on Lost.


  • The number 23 can be seen in the bar where Neal and Emma are talking.[66] 23 is the fifth of the Lost numbers.

"Welcome to Storybrooke"

"Selfless, Brave and True"

"The Evil Queen"

"Second Star to the Right"

"And Straight On 'Til Morning"

Season Three

"The Heart of the Truest Believer"

  • Henry Mills is born at 8:15;[75] two of the Lost numbers, and the number of the Oceanic flight.

"Lost Girl"

  • Belle appearing to Rumple in Neverland could be an allusion to the Man in Black in lost.

"Good Form"

"Dark Hollow"

  • Dopey wears a Geronimo Jackson shirt.[77]
  • A bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey is sitting on the table in the back room of the pawnshop.[78]

"The New Neverland"

"Going Home"

  • At the town line, Dopey wears a Geronimo Jackson shirt.
  • The number 23 is seen over Emma's bed in the prison hospital.[80] 23 is the fifth of the Lost numbers.
  • Emma's apartment alarm clock rings at 8:15 A.M. and stops at 8:15:04 A.M.[81] 4, 8 and 15 are all Lost numbers.

"New York City Serenade"

  • Henry's off-screen babysitter is called Mrs. Cuse. Carlton Cuse was one of the show runners/executive producers of Lost.
  • Henry reaches level 23 while playing a video game. He also mentions reaching level 16. 16 and 23 are the fourth and fifth of the Lost numbers. (Level twenty-three is also a nod to the official Disney fan club D23.)[82]
  • Emma buys Henry an Apollo candy bar at the drug store.[83]
  • Henry informs Emma that Walsh will come over for a visit at 8 o'clock. 8 is the second Lost number.
  • When Emma arrives in Storybrooke, the clock tower shows the time as 8:15,[84] two of the Lost numbers. The same time is on the clock in the Blanchard Loft.

"It's Not Easy Being Green"

  • Granny pours a customer a glass of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey.[85]


  • When David is talking to Emma at the hospital, the sign on the wall says "Suite 4".[86] 4 is the first Lost number.
  • In Henry's newspaper, one of the classifieds shows the number 16,[87] the fourth Lost number. Another ad contains the number 08.[88] 8 is the second number from Lost.

"There's No Place Like Home"

Season Four

"A Tale of Two Sisters"

"White Out"

  • When Mary Margaret takes out her anger on her friends, she states that she's had eight hours of sleep in the last week, a reference to the second Lost number.

"The Apprentice"

  • When Will tries to break into the library, and when Belle finds him the next morning, he's holding a bottle of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey.[91] This was a fictional brand featured on Lost.

"Family Business"

  • There is a close-up of Belle's eye as she awakens.[92] This is a recurring theme from Lost.

"The Snow Queen"

  • Robin Hood's darts hit the wall near the numbers 8 and 15,[93] two of the Lost numbers.

"Smash the Mirror"

  • The storybook page where young Regina is running away,[94] and the page Robin Hood finds,[95] are number XXIII (as Regina points out), a reference to the fifth Lost number, 23.
  • There is a close-up of Anna's eye as the shards from Ingrid's spell are absorbed into her body.[96] This is a recurring theme from Lost.


  • After escaping Hans and his brothers, Anna says, "I don't hear eight enormous feet, so I think we lost them." This is a reference to the second Lost number.
  • There is a close-up of Mary Margaret's eye after the spell is enacted.[97] This is a recurring theme from Lost.

"Shattered Sight"

  • In the first scene at the sheriff's station, the clock shows 8:15,[98] a reference to the flight number from Lost.
  • Ingrid says to the foster children that light will be off in fifteen minutes, a reference to the third Lost number.
  • Ingrid tells young Emma that there are fifteen subconscious signs or tells that a new foster child displays when they're going to run away on their first night in a new home; a reference to Lost number 15.

"Darkness on the Edge of Town"


  • David pours himself a glass of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey,[102] a fictional brand featured on Lost.

"Best Laid Plans"


  • Emma and her foster family have takeout from Mr. Cluck Chicken Shack for dinner.[105] This is a famous fast food franchise in the show.
  • There is a Geronimo Jackson patch on young Lily's hat.[106] Geronimo Jackson is a fictional band on Lost.
  • The alias Lily had as an adult, Starla, references a Lost character of the same name.[107]

"Operation Mongoose Part 2"'

Season Five

"The Dark Swan"

  • Young Emma steals an Apollo bar from the movie goer's pocket.[108]
  • Henry mentions that Regina uses his birthday for her passwords, including the one for the ward, and, since Regina enters '815' to get into the ward in A Tale of Two Sisters, his birthday is confirmed to be August 15th, or 8/15, which is a reference to the first two Lost numbers.

"The Price"

  • Dopey is wearing a Geronimo Jackson t-shirt.[109] This was a fictional band on Lost.

"The Bear and the Bow"


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