"Shattered Sight" is the tenth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Scott Nimerfro and Tze Chun, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton. It is the seventy-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 7, 2014.
Storybrooke is in a state of chaos with all the residents under the Snow Queen’s Spell of Shattered Sight at each other’s throats. Emma and Elsa race against the clock to free themselves of the ribbons and take down the Snow Queen and her curse. David can only watch when Regina clashes with Mary Margaret in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Gold gathers Belle and Henry as he prepares to leave town forever, and Will Scarlet looks to square his tab with Hook. Kristoff’s thick-headedness leads Anna to a heartwarming discovery.
Mary Margaret, David, and Kristoff begin to argue amongst themselves in the police station because of the spell of shattered sight. Anna joins Elsa and Emma, and recalling how the spell was broken in the story, informs them that the only way to break the spell is to kill Ingrid. Leaving Neal with Anna, Elsa and Emma try to fight Ingrid at Any Given Sundae, but the love in the ribbons prevents them from hurting her. Emma theorizes that hate of the same magnitude could destroy the ribbons and they set off to find Regina, who was sealed up in her vault.
Emma removes Regina's shielding spell around her vault and deliberately provokes Regina into using a fire spell. The spell burns through the ribbons on Elsa and Emma and they flee after Emma delays Regina with magic.
"The Ice Cream Lady"
*: Only in archive footage
- The title card features a blizzard.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on October 21, 2014.
- When Hook walks through Storybrooke, in the background, you can see Floyd, the cook at Granny's Diner, being harassed by two of the waitresses. After the spell is broken, Floyd and the waitresses are standing next to each other as the townspeople are happily crowding in the street. In the opening montage in Storybrooke in "Darkness on the Edge of Town", you can see Floyd crossing the street, side by side with one of the waitresses.
- The Land Without Magic flashback with the Snow Queen in Boston takes place in 1982, immediately after "Smash the Mirror" and before "Best Laid Plans". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Land Without Magic flashback where Emma moves into Ingrid's home takes place in 1999, the year after "Breaking Glass" and two years before "Tallahassee" and "There's No Place Like Home". This story also takes place in the same year as "Lily". The scene with Ingrid and Emma at the funfair takes place about six months after they began living together, between August 26. and September 1. Ingrid and her foster daughter visit a funfair together.The flashbacks where Ingrid tries to make Emma explore her magic powers take place a week later.
- The flashback where the Snow Queen arrives in Storybrooke takes place in 2001, the same year as "Tallahassee", "There's No Place Like Home", "The Heart of the Truest Believer" and "Save Henry", and several years before "Firebird".
- The Storybrooke flashback with Ingrid and Emma takes place in November 2011, between "The Price of Gold" (Emma is wearing her blue leather jacket, which arrives with the rest of her things in this episode), and "That Still Small Voice", where Emma becomes deputy sheriff (Emma is about to call Sheriff Graham to have him arrest Ingrid; if she was already a deputy, she would have the power to arrest Ingrid herself).
- The present day Storybrooke events take place after "Fall" and before "Heroes and Villains".
- The Spell of Shattered Sight was cast in "Smash the Mirror" and hit the Storybrooke residents in "Fall".
- The dress Regina magics up when under the influence of the Spell of Shattered Sight is the same dress that she later magic up when selecting a dress for the ball in Camelot in "The Price".
- Hook had his heart stolen by Mr. Gold in "Smash the Mirror".
- David mentions Mary Margaret's one night stand with Dr. Whale, which took place between the episodes "The Shepherd" and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", and was discovered by David in "Broken".
- David and Mary Margaret recount their injuries from when they first met; something which happened in "Snow Falls". An alternate version of these events is shown in "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home".
- Kristoff mentions Anna postponing their wedding by thirty years. Anna postponed it in "A Tale of Two Sisters", and they discover that they were frozen for thirty years in "Fall".
- The ring that Emma wins at the funfair is in her box of keepsakes in "Breaking Glass"; it is one of the items that Hook picks up.
- A picture of Emma's reunion with Ingrid appears in "Breaking Glass".
- Will attempts to get revenge against Hook for punching him in "The Apprentice".
- This episode features Elsa, Anna and Kristoff from the movie Frozen.
- Mary Margaret snidely remarks, "Still wanna hold hands, sing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"?", a reference to the famous song from Song of the South.
Fairytales and Folklore
- The episode features the Snow Queen from the fairytale of the same name and Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story.
- In the first scene at the sheriff's station, the clock shows 8:15, a reference to the flight number from Lost.
- Young Emma makes references to Harry Potter, the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
- In the 2011 flashback, Ingrid gives Emma some Rocky Road ice cream at Any Given Sundae.
- Mary Margaret refers to Anna as Swiss Miss. This is the name of a real-life brand of cocoa powder and pudding products sold by the American company ConAgra Foods.
- When Ingrid tells Emma that she "can accomplish anything" by focusing enough, Emma replies, "Ingrid, that's a plastic ring; not a scholarship for Yale", a reference to the university in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Teenage Emma wins a stuffed dalmatian at the fair, a nod to the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
- The envelope which Ingrid shows Emma, is from Twin Cities Adoption Services, a fictional company used in an online adoption social worker resume sample from resume builder Live Career.
- Gerda's message in a bottle is written in Elder Futhark runes. It says:
you need to know the truth about
why we went to this voyage.
It wasn't what we told you.
I wish we could be telling you
in person but alas that does not
appear possible. Elsa, Anna, time is running out. I do
not know if your father and I
will ever get back to you
but I need you to know we
were so wrong. We were wrong to
tell Elsa to conceal her powers.
You must know this. I feel terrible.
This happened before and I
cannot let it happen again.
Years ago I made the same
mistake with my sister Ingrid.
She like you had ice powers.
I never told you about my
sisters Helga and Ingrid. They
were beautiful and kind and
Ingrid they they were beautiful [sic]
and kind and wonderful and I[sic]
was fearful and I let that fear
guide me. I made the mistake
of letting Ingrid hide when we
should have celebrated her for
how she was. I loved her so much.
cave in the north valley, you will
find an urn that contains my
sister Ingrid. Please do what I
should have done years ago and
release her. She deserves to
be remembered and more
importantly like you, Elsa and
Anna, she deserves to be loved.
When you see her, please tell her
I love her and that I am sorry. Tell
her I would give anything to take
back what I did, to hold hands with
her just one more time.
- One of the carousels at the funfair that Emma and Ingrid visit, has pirate flags.
- According to a sign, the funfair that Emma and Ingrid visit, takes place in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, between August 26. and September 1. Interestingly, when Lily tracks Emma down in "Lily", she lies about her and Emma having been in the same group home in Falcon Heights.
- In the 1999 flashback, Emma mentions Harry Potter's ability to transport anywhere in seconds. That kind of magic, called apparition by author J. K. Rowling, is not experienced by Harry until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was released in 2005; making it impossible for Emma to mention it six years earlier.
- In the 2011 flashback, when Emma opens the door of Any Given Sundae, the curtain used to insert the Storybrooke's main street as background is seen, thanks to its shadow in the middle of the road and a few folds reflecting the light.
- The Boston flashback was filmed in Gastown, Vancouver. The antiquities store Salmagundi West doubles as Madame Faustina's psychic shop.
- Vancouver's Stanley Park doubles as the Storybrooke Graveyard for this episode. The same location was used to film the Storybrooke beach scene with Anna and Kristoff.
- The scene with Ingrid and young Emma at the funfair was filmed in Vancouver's Playland amusement park.
- The scene with Emma and Neal at the Portland amusement park in "There's No Place Like Home" was filmed in the same location. The amusement park was also used as a background plate for Emma's dream/vision of Neal in "Souls of the Departed" (the scene itself was filmed indoors on a soundstage).
- The Richfield, Minnesota, flashback, where Ingrid pulls young Emma in front of the car, was filmed at a bus stop on Commercial Drive and Venables Street in East Vancouver.
|Finnish||"Vääristynyt näkö"||"Shattered Sight"|
|French||"Ultime Sacrifice"||"Ultimate Sacrifice"|
|German||"Im Zauber der zersetzenden Sicht"||"In the Spell of Shattered Sight"|
|Italian||"Sguardi infranti"||"Shattered Sights"|
|Polish||"Zaburzone widzenie"||"Disturbed Sight"|
|Portuguese||"Visão Partida"||"Shattered Sight"|