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No! No! Not alright. Not alright. I can't quiet the voices!
Mr. Gold

"Quiet Minds" is the fifteenth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Eagle Egilsson. It is the fifty-ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 30, 2014.


Neal finds himself back in Storybrooke and yearns for a way to reconnect with his son Henry, whose memories of his father are gone, while also trying to find his own father, Rumplestiltskin, whom he has just learned is alive but missing, and Regina discovers a possible connection with Robin Hood. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was over the past year, agonizing over the death of his father, Neal - with the help of Belle and enchanted candelabra Lumiere - attempts to find a magical solution to bring back Rumplestiltskin from the dead.[2]


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Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



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Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • The cover of the book which holds the key to the Dark One's vault,[7] shows an image of the Gnostic deity Abraxas. The text and the image is a replica of the engraving on one of the Abraxas stones, gemstones with the word "Abraxas" engraved on them, which were used as amulets or charms.
    • The page with the key,[8] is a facsimile of page 102 of Book VIII of De Civitate Dei[9] (The City of God), a book of Christian philosophy written in Latin by early Christian theologian and philosopher Augustine of Hippo in the early fifth century.
    • The opposite page[8] features an illustration from Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (1595), the most famous work by the German physician and alchemist Heinrich Khunrath, which is about mystical aspects of alchemy. This particular illustration is from an expanded edition published posthumously in 1609.
      • Note that only a small part of the illustration can be seen on-screen. It can be seen in its entirety in concept art for the episode.[10]
  • The label on Zelena's bottle of orange juice[11] says Andana; the Cebuano word for "floor, storey".[12] It is "best before" January 21. 2014. The text at the top of the bottle says "la pulpe se dépose naturellement", which is French for "pulp settles naturally".
  • The symbols on the Vault of the Dark One[13] includes the tomoe, the triquetra, the triangle, the Eye of Providence, the pentagram and the sun. Circling all the other symbols is the Ouroboros, which represents cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself—fitting for the vault of the Dark One.
  • The book[14] that Belle uses to identify the symbol on Neal's hand is written in Latin.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Quiet Minds

  • Neal's honorable death

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    • Someone trying to pay respect to a recently fallen hero... and the people who cared about said hero.
    • As much as I ship CS, I adore that Neal loves Emma (and Henry) so much that he's willing to use black magic to get back to them. He...
  • will Neal die this season?

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    • Stonicus wrote:Applegirl wrote:Stonicus wrote:FISHY FISHAYYY wrote:Yes. I don't really like her. In the episode where her mother died,she ...
    • There's a lot of grey between "good" and "evil". Rumple and Regina are "evil", but we've seen them...