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Now let's find out who murdered my father.
David to Hook

"Murder Most Foul" is the twelfth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Jane Espenson, and directed by Morgan Beggs. It is the one hundredth and twenty-third episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 12, 2017.


Before Hook takes the next step in his relationship with Emma, he wants to make sure David sees him as more than just a pirate. So when David asks Hook to help him uncover the truth about his father’s death, Hook agrees. Meanwhile, Regina works to acclimate Robin to life in Storybrooke, but soon discovers he has a dark side that makes the task much more complicated than she anticipated.[2]




Guest Starring



Production Notes

  • The title card features Pleasure Island's ferris wheel.
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on November 1, 2016.[3]
  • The episode's title is a phrase from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, where the Ghost of Prince Hamlet's father comments about his own death, saying "Murder most foul as in the best it is: But this most foul, strange and unnatural."[4]
  • In the episode script, when Hook is trying to keep Emma from entering the garden shed, Emma says, "Hook. You forgot about something."[5] In the actual episode, she says, "Hang on! You're forgetting something."
  • Originally, donkeys wearing hats were set to appear in the episode, a reference to The Adventures of Pinocchio, in which all boys sent to Toyland are turned into donkeys. The donkeys were brought in for the episode,[6] dressed up in headgear and everything, but this ended up being cut from the episode.
  • The establishing shot of Storybrooke after the scene with Hook and David at the docks[7] is reused as stock footage for the scene where Gideon is inside the clock tower in "Mother's Little Helper".[8] The shot from "Mother's Little Helper" does not have any people in it (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.

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  • The expiration date on Emma's license plate says 2009,[49] even though it said December 2011 in "Pilot"[50] (which takes place in 2011), and 2014 in "Lily".[51]

International Titles



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  4. Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5:
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    The short story can be read online here. The storybook excerpts, which are blurred and difficult to read, read:

    "respect to this of yours; we are now in the first country of the world, and without doubt the customs of the place must be in the highest degree judicious. Wherefore your worship may be pleased to conduct us to the place where this gentleman of whom you have spoken is to be found. I cannot but suppose, from what you say, that he is much honoured, of great power and influence, of very generous nature, and, above all, highly accomplished in the profession.""

    ""Truly, Sir," rejoined Rincon, "all this is Hebrew to us; we know no more about it than we do of flying." "Let us be jogging, then," replied the new-comer, "and on the way I will explain to you these and other things, which it is requisite you should know as pat as bread to mouth;" and, accordingly, he explained to them a whole vocabulary of that thieves' Latin which they call Germanesco, or Gerigonza, and which their guide used in the course of his lecture,--by no means a short one, for the distance they had to traverse was of considerable length."
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  31. Carrion Ecology, Evolution, and Their Applications, edited by M. Eric Benbow, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Aaron M. Tarone, CRC Press, 2016, p. 363. Facsimile by Google Books.
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