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For the item, see Page XXIII.
Page 23. The page that magically appeared to me with what I thought could be an ending to my story with Robin, a happy ending. Instead, it was just a cruel twist of fate, showing me an ending that could never be.
Regina to Emma, Snow, Henry and Zelena

"Page 23" is the fourteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales, and directed by Kate Woods. It is the one hundred and twenty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 26, 2017.


Believing there isn’t room in Storybrooke for both her and Regina, the Evil Queen sets out to eliminate her other half using Robin to bait the trap. Hook, determined to make things work with Emma, turns to his old friend Capt. Nemo for advice, but Gideon torpedoes his plan before he’s able to set things right. In a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, the Evil Queen learns a surprising lesson about the true source of her misery.[2]




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • This episode marks the return of the actor Edward Foy as the Lead Knight after one-hundred and eight episodes, a gap longer than that of any other cast member.
  • This is Lana Parrilla's favorite episode on the show.[5]
  • Writer Brigitte Hales described this episode as "emotional" and said that it "took a lot out of [her] -- in the best possible way".[6]
  • The establishing shot of Regina's house[7] is stock footage from the filming of the first scene where Emma takes Henry home in the Season One premiere.[8] The identical position of the curtains in the windows and the lighting behind them, the shadows on the walls and the open window on the second floor, are a dead giveaway.
  • Mary Margaret's line "It's so cold out here", from the dock scene with Hook, was written by Brigitte Hales after she spoke to an assistant director about how cold night shooting always is. The falling snow during the scene was a happy coincidence.[9]
  • According to Brigitte Hales, she had to write the "break-up" scene between Emma and Hook the day after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and "spent all day crying and writing".[10]
  • Hesham Hammoud, who plays the Crewman, also plays Ghazi in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode "Who's Alice".
  • In the episode script, Hook says to Captain Nemo, "I hope you're right. Thank you, old friend", and he and Nemo hug as Nemo answers, "Goodbye."[11] This exchange is not in the final episode.

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Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

  • An illustration of a group of stonecrops (plants of the Sedum genus) by the nineteenth century British botanical illustrator Anne Pratt appears in the corridor outside Henry's room.[16] The picture is from volume 2 of Pratt's work The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails, published in six volumes between 1855 and 1873.

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Filming Locations

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  • Page 23 Episode Discussion and Thoughts

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    • Chameleon-Guy wrote:Regina still reabsorbed her darkness, isn't that the same thing? I don't see what damage was done. No, because ...
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  • 6x14 - Page 23

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    • Show is almost on! Ready to see all the Regina craziness.
    • Here's to hoping for Evil-licious goodness! (Oxymoron, I know!)