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This article focuses on the Season Six episode.
For the Season Four episode, see "Mother".
Black Fairy: But part of you wanted to help me, now didn't it? Part of you always does.
Gideon: Of course, mother.

"Mother's Little Helper" is the sixteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Paul Karp after a story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Billy Gierhart. It is the one hundredth and twenty-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 9, 2017.

Synopsis

Gold and Belle convince Emma to help Gideon, explaining that together they can stop the Black Fairy. Henry experiences a disorienting shift in his powers that forces Regina to seek counsel from the previous Author. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land, Hook attempts to win the assistance of an old adversary by betting his most prized possession on a game of cards. And, in a flashback, the Black Fairy tortures young Gideon in hopes of molding him into the perfect apprentice.[2]

Recap

Cast[2]

Starring

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Trivia

Production Notes

  • The title card features the forest covered with spiderwebs.
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on January 5, 2017.[3]
  • Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are fans of the rock band The Rolling Stones.[4] The episode name is a reference to the band's song of the same name.
  • For the opening scene where the Black Fairy is flying though the night, Jaime Murray was placed inside a room with at least fifty different cameras and photographed from every conceivable angle.[5]
  • The scenes in the Sorcerer's Mansion were originally supposed to take place in the forest but were moved indoors due to heavy rain.[6]
  • In the episode script, Regina asks Isaac, "Are we bargaining now? Is that what's happening?", and Isaac answers, "You're quick. I always enjoyed writing you. A challenge for the intellect."[7] This exchange is not in the final episode.
  • When Gideon's sword starts to glow with magic, there is a wide shot of Storybrooke Main Street,[8] which is stock footage from an establishing shot which was shown after the dock scene in "Murder Most Foul".[9] The new shot does not have any people in it, while the original shot shows two extras walking past the clock tower, indicating that the new shot was created from cut footage from before or after the extras walked down on the street.

Event Chronology

  • Isaac asks for tickets to the musical Hamilton in New York City, which made its debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, and officially opened on Broadway in August 2015.[10] However, according to Adam Horowitz, the musical hit Broadway about 18 months earlier in the series' universe than in real life,[11] indicating that the episode takes place in the first half of 2014. This, however, is impossible: One of the previous episodes, "I'll Be Your Mirror", takes place in the autumn (Henry refers to the homecoming dance as "the fall formal", and this tradition usually takes place in late September or early October) - meaning that the story would have to take place during the second half of 2014.
  • Further complicating matters is that in "The Final Battle Part 1", which takes place not long after this episode, the Black Fairy refers to Henry as being fourteen years old ("Now, thanks to you, I have a 14-year-old boy, who still believes in fairy tales"). Since Henry was born in August 2011, the story would have to take place in 2015 for Henry to be fourteen at this point.

Episode Connections

Fairytales and Folklore

Lost

  • When Gideon is inside the library, there is an exterior shot of the clock tower where the time is 8:15, two of the recurring Lost number.
  • When Gideon's sword starts to glow with magic, there is a wide shot of Storybrooke Main Street, where a pavement sign outside Marine Garage says 15,[8] a reference to the third Lost number.

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Ingredients to break Sleeping Curse
1) Tongue of newt Eye Tongue!!!
2) Otter spleen
3) Goat tears
  • The page that Emma places on the table to enact Gideon's spell contains a version of Lorem ipsum,[14] a filler text commonly used as mock-content when testing a given page layout or font. Lorem ipsum consists of badly garbled Latin, based on sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of De finibus bonorum et malorum ("On the ends of good and evil"), a philosophical work by the Roman philosopher Cicero. Lorem isum is often used when previewing the layout of a document, as the use of more understandable text could easily distract the user from the layout being examined.[15] Emma's page begins with the opening words of the standard Lorem ipsum passage: "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit".[16]
  • When Henry opens the storybook, excerpts from Charles Kingsley's novel The Water-Babies[17] and the Grimm fairy tales "Snow-White and Rose-Red"[17] and "The Golden Bird"[18] can be seen.
    • The excerpt from The Water-Babies is from chapter IV of Kingsley's novel.[19]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles


Videos

References

  1. http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-150-sunday-cable-originals-network-finals-4-9-2017.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.disneyabcpress.com/abc/pressrelease/mothers-little-helper-49/
  3. https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/817262691949506560
  4. http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/q-a-once-upon-a-time-creators-on-writing-a-role-for-kelly-clarkson-20130927
  5. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSrHAnMATZI/
  6. https://twitter.com/BastardSonVan/status/851236548431314944
  7. https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/851079090358669312
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:616Light.png
  9. External screenshot from "Murder Most Foul"
  10. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/history-in-the-making-revolutionary-musical-hamilton-opens-on-broadway-tonight-356214#
  11. https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/851234527724920833
  12. http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/09/once-upon-time-final-battle-end-black-fairy/
  13. File:616WhatIsThis.png
  14. Screenshot
  15. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lorem-ipsum
  16. http://www.lipsum.com/
  17. 17.0 17.1 File:616SnowWhiteAndRoseRed.png
  18. File:616TheGoldenBird.png
  19. https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kingsley/charles/k55w/chapter4.html
  20. File:616CleaningHerBoot.png
  21. File:602NightParty2.png
  22. File:616NumberPlate.png
  23. File:616OneMoreTime.png
  24. https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/the-kooples-ruffle-bib-blouse?ID=1818032&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-URqqi4qfi8mtYi8NpsDnTg&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-n-_-n-_-n&ranPublisherID=J84DHJLQkR4&ranLinkID=1&ranLinkTypeID=10&pubNAME=ShopStyle+%28POPSUGAR%29
  25. https://twitter.com/WhatsFilming/status/821434048295866368
    http://katmtan.tumblr.com/post/156012236837/im-out-of-the-country-but-ill-be-sure-to-keep
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BPY_ZWFhi6Q/

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