|"Quite a Common Fairy"|
|Season 03, Episode 03|
|Premiere date:||October 13, 2013|
|Written by:||Jane Espenson|
|Directed by:||Alex Zakrzewksi|
|Previous Episode:||"Lost Girl"|
|Next Episode:||"Nasty Habits"|
"Quite a Common Fairy" is the third episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Alex Zakrzewksi. It is the forty-seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 13, 2013.
In their continuing quest to find Peter Pan's hideout and save Henry, Hook suggests tracking down Tinker Bell in the hope that she will lead them straight to his camp. Pan reveals to Henry why he has brought him to Neverland and in the Enchanted Forest, Neal has a plan that could transport him to Emma, but it would involve using one of Robin Hood's most precious possessions. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Tinker Bell offers to help Regina improve her life.
In Neverland, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Emma, and Hook continue on their search for Henry. Emma now has a map to lead them to Peter Pan's camp, but she notices the location changes as Pan is moving his camp to throw the group off.
Meanwhile elsewhere in Neverland, Pan wakes a sleeping Henry. Pan wants Henry to play a game he calls "target practice".
In the Enchanted Forest, Mulan and Robin Hood look on as Neal rummages through the Dark Castle trying to find something that will enable him to travel to Neverland. Little John soon arrives along with Robin Hood's son Roland. Upon seeing Roland, Neal figures out a way to get to Neverland.
The group in Neverland looks over the map attempting to figure out a way to get to Pan and Henry. A frustrated Regina once again suggests she use magic to teleport them to Pan's camp instead of walking. Hook believes that Pan will have shields up against magic so attempting to teleport there will result in their deaths. Instead Hook proposes that they uses someone Pan trusts to get close to him, namely a fairy that lives on the island named Tinker Bell. Regina dislikes the idea, claiming that Tinker Bell will not be able to save them.
In the past in the Enchanted Forest, the Queen dines on a lonely feast as her husband and step-daughter are away travelling. She is visited by Rumplestiltskin, who is there to reprimand her for missing her magic lessons. She tells him that she is unsure of continuing her magic lessons as she does not want a future like her masters. The Queen also complains she lives like a prisoner in the castle. The Dark One tells her there is no stopping her magic lessons now that she has begun and she should just embrace the darkness. Feeling angry, the Queen goes to her chamber's balcony and takes her anger out on the fence. She loses her balance and falls. Just before she hits the ground, Regina is stopped by a fairy. The fairy tells Regina she is giving her a second chance. Using magic the fairy levitates the Queen back up into her Chambers and tells the Queen her name is Tinker Bell.
Tinker Bell: Did you ever go back and find him? The man with the lion tattoo?
Tinker Bell: Unreal. Do you know how selfish that is?
Regina: It's a lot of things. But how was it selfish?
Tinker Bell: Because you didn't just ruin your life. You ruined his.
- The title card features Tinker Bell.
- Tinker Bell's hair band was made by Vancouver-based accessories designer Medicina Designs.
- The runic symbols Fehu and Eihwaz are engraved on one of the items in Rumplestiltskin's magical closet.
- The past Enchanted Forest events occur after "The Doctor" and before "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".
- The present day Enchanted Forest events take place after "The Heart of the Truest Believer". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Neverland events occur after "Lost Girl" and before "Nasty Habits". (For more details, see the Neverland timeline)
- Henry claims not to like apples and calls it as a "family thing"; referencing events in "An Apple Red as Blood".
- Rumplestiltskin began teaching Regina magic in "The Doctor".
- Regina holds Snow White responsible for her fiance's death, which was shown in The Stable Boy".
- Mary Margaret recalls what was believed to be Neal's death in "Second Star to the Right".
- Tinker Bell's wings and status as a fairy are restored in "Going Home".
- Neal's knowledge of the Shadow is gained in "Second Star to the Right".
- Pan recalls Emma breaking the Dark Curse in "A Land Without Magic".
- The drawing of Henry was first seen in "And Straight On 'Til Morning".
- Pan's true motive for bringing Henry to Neverland is revealed in "Think Lovely Thoughts".
- Aurora gives birth sometime between "A Curious Thing" and "Snow Drifts" as a result of the pregnancy being extended after she is turned into a flying monkey in the former.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the Peter Pan story, focusing on the appearance of Tinker Bell.
- This episode features the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, Rumplestiltskin from the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale, Princess Aurora from the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, Little John and Robin Hood from the Robin Hood ballad as well as Mulan from the Mulan legend.
- When offered a place as the first woman among the Merry Men, Mulan tells Robin Hood that she has been in that position before, referring to her past as a woman in the army.
- Emma shows recognition of Tinker Bell's name from the story of Peter Pan.
- Neal's mention of ruby slippers and Tinker Bell's use of poppy dust are references to the tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- To Henry, Peter Pan references the folk hero William Tell, who shot an apple off his son's head.