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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the tears used as ingredients for magic, see Tears.
Lucy, it's time. Let your belief go.
Victoria to Lucy

"One Little Tear" is the ninth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Christopher Hollier & Adam Karp, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and forty-second episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 8, 2017.


Victoria strikes a deal with Weaver in an attempt to free herself from jail and wake Anastasia, but the cost of saving one life could mean the loss of another. In a flashback, we learn Lady Tremaine's surprising connection to another classic fairytale when Mother Gothel offers to help her family. Meanwhile, Jacinda and Nick share an exchange that could alter her future with Henry.[2]




Guest Starring


  • Anna Cathcart as Tween Drizella
  • Naiah Cummins as Uniformed Police
  • Lula Mae Melenchuk as Young Drizella
  • Alejandra Pérez as Teen Cinderella
  • Sophia Reid-Gantzert as Young Anastasia



Production Notes

Event Chronology

  • The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place over at least seven years, before "Eloise Gardener".
    • The first flashback scene takes place while Anastasia and Drizella are still young girls. The rest of the flashback scenes take place six years later, until Drizella's birthday party. The last flashback scene, at the frozen lake, takes place at least one year after Cecelia left for New Wonderland.[5]

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



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