"Pretty in Blue" is the eighth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and forty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 17, 2017.
This episode is the second one of a two-episode night, and premiered immediately following "Eloise Gardener".
In an attempt to prevent a distressed Alice from running away, Henry and Ella follow her into Wonderland. Once there, Henry realizes that Ella has a surprising connection to this strange world. In Hyperion Heights, Jacinda reconnects with an old friend in a last ditch effort to regain custody of Lucy, but her decision to enlist outside help could put a strain on her burgeoning relationship with Henry.
- The title card features New Wonderland's mushrooms.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on September 14, 2017.
- The title of this episode is a reference to the 1986 film Pretty in Pink.
- This episode has the lowest ratings of the entire series, with "Eloise Gardener".
- The press release mistakenly credits Adelaide Kane as "Drizelle" instead of "Drizella".
- Despite being promoted to series regular in "Greenbacks," this is the first press release where Mekia Cox is credited as a regular character.
- The Seattle events take place after "Eloise Gardener" and before "One Little Tear". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place after "Wake Up Call" and around nine years before "The Eighth Witch".
- Henry mentions how Alice drugged and imprisoned him, referring to events in "Hyperion Heights". He also introduces Cinderella to her as "Alice from Wonderland... and other places", which references how Alice described herself to him in the same episode.
- Cinderella mentions that Henry was taught swordplay by a pirate, which was shown in "A Pirate's Life".
- Victoria was arrested in "Eloise Gardener".
- Lucy was taken into care in "Eloise Gardener".
- Rogers rescued Eloise Gardener in "Eloise Gardener".
- Regina visited the ruins of Rapunzel's tower in "Wake Up Call".
- Hook had a baby with Gothel, who grew up to be Alice, in "Eloise Gardener".
- Jacinda and Sabine bought a food truck in "Greenbacks".
- Jacinda started working for Roni in "Eloise Gardener".
- Henry and Nick discuss the best songs by the band New Order. Henry's love for the English rock band was established in "Wake Up Call", where it appears on his list of 80s elements that he likes, which he mentions to Jacinda.
- Jacinda previously told Henry about Nick in "Hyperion Heights".
- Roni regained her memories in "Wake Up Call".
- Henry reveals to Cinderella how his grandparents met and says that his grandmother hit his grandfather with a rock before his grandfather trapped his grandmother in a net; a reference to events from "Snow Falls".
- The bottle of shrinking potion which Cinderella finds in New Wonderland, which is labeled "drink me" and which she drinks to change size, is the same bottle that Alice wore around her neck she was with Henry in the cave in "Hyperion Heights". It is what clued him in on her identity.
- A Star Wars backpack is hanging on a chair during Alice's teaparty.
- Henry quotes a line from The Empire Strikes Back when reuniting with Jack, said by Lando, after reuniting with Han Solo.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Cinderella and one of the Evil Stepsisters from the "Cinderella" fairytale, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Jack from "Jack and the Beanstalk".
- When Henry and Cinderella are trapped in the net, Henry refers to it as a "white rabbit trap", a reference to the White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- The new restaurant that Nick takes Jacinda to is called Walrus & Company, a reference to the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from Lewis Carroll's sequel Through the Looking-Glass. Fittingly enough, Nick and Jacinda are served oysters at the restaurant.
- When Weaver feigns ignorance about Rumplestiltskin, his true identity, he says, "Didn't he sleep for hundred years?". Roni replies, "That was Rip Van Winkle", a reference to the American short story of the same name.
- Rip van Winkle previously appeared in a deleted scene in "Nasty Habits", where it was revealed that it was Rumplestiltskin himself who put him to sleep for hundred years.
- Henry and Nick discuss the best songs by the band New Order: "Bizarre Love Triangle" (1986), which Henry is listening to, "Temptation" (1982) and "Blue Monday" (1983).
- According to Nick, he used to think of his former band as "the next Nirvana", a reference to the famous rock band that made its mark on music history during the late eighties and early nineties.
- While at her bar and the police station, Roni is wearing a graphic tee featuring Chrissie Hynde, the founding member of the The Pretenders.
- According to the open tab on Henry's browser, he is reading a web page about "the best view of Seattle".
- During Alice's tea party, a hare plush toy is sitting on a chair, a reference to the March Hare from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Eloise is wearing a Maje Ruffle Floral Print Faux Wrap Dress (note that the dress is hidden by a red coat).
- Ivy is wearing a Maje Vreni Crepe Kimono Jacket over a MSGM Ribbed Ruffle Sweater. The outfit is paired with a Kooples Short Sequinned Tweed Skirt.
- Jacinda is wearing a Rails Hunter Button Down in Rosewood/Sky.
- The vest Jack is wearing was also worn by Robin Hood in the Season Four episode "Heart of Gold". Jack wears the vest again in "The Eighth Witch".
- By the end of the episode, Roni is wearing a Topshop Check Cold Shoulder Shirt.
- The scenes at Lucy's group home were filmed at a house attached to the St. Francis of Assisi Church on 2025 Napier Street in East Vancouver. The scene with Sabine and Jacinda walking down the street, away from the house, was filmed along Napier Street and Semlin Street.
- The restaurant scene with Nick and Jacinda was filmed at the Cuchillo restaurant on 261 Powell Street in Vancouver.
|French||"Une Vieille Connaissance"||"An Old Acquaintance"|
|Italian||"Bella in blu"||"Pretty in Blue"|