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This article focuses on the Season Five episode.
For the Season Seven episode, see "Sisterhood".
For the Storybrooke group of characters, see Sisters of Saint Meissa.
No matter what she does, we're sisters! And nothing can change that! I will find you! I promise!
Regina to Zelena

"Sisters" is the nineteenth episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman and Brigitte Hales, and directed by Romeo Tirone. It is the one hundred and seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 24, 2016.


Now that Hades and Zelena are reunited, Hades tells Zelena that he wants a future with her outside of the Underworld. All she needs to do is heal his heart with True Love’s Kiss so they can leave the Underworld and trap the heroes there for eternity. When Regina overhears of this plan, she enlists Cora's help to find a way to separate Zelena from Hades. However, Cora reveals a family secret that could change Regina and Zelena's lives forever. Meanwhile, David finally meets James, only to realize that his twin is determined to seek revenge on him for stealing the life he could have had.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Writing Wrongs" (Scene 8)

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season.




Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Scott Nimerfro, who passed away on April 18th, 2016, six days prior to the episode's airing.[5]
  • Regina names her doll Isabella, which is the same first name as Isabella Blake-Thomas, young Zelena's actress. This is especially appropriate since Regina tells the doll that she can be her sister. In addition, Ava Acres, who plays young Regina, has an older sister named Isabella.
  • Isabella Blake-Thomas' hair was dyed red to match her older self.[6]
  • Ava Acres[7] and Isabelle Blake Thomas[8] both put on their own make-up for the dress-up scene.
  • According to Ava Acres, Barbara Hershey hugged her after every take of having to yell at her.[9]
  • This episode contains the largest number of villains in the whole series so far, including Regina Mills, Mr. Gold, Cora, Hook, Prince James, Zelena, Peter Pan and Cruella De Vil.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • The history between Zelena and Hades is first explored in "Our Decay".
  • Zelena once again shows her ability to conjure green fire, she used this first in "Our Decay".
  • Mary Margaret and David swapped names on the headstones in "Ruby Slippers".
  • Cora was made to work in the mill in "Souls of the Departed".
  • Cora uses Hook's hook to remove the cuff from her wrist. His hook was also used to remove Zelena's cuff in "Broken Heart".
  • Cora first questioned how Hades found out about Zelena in "Souls of the Departed".
  • Belle French went under a Sleeping Curse in "Ruby Slippers".
  • David first learnt of James' resentment towards him in "The Brothers Jones".
  • The framed photograph that Emma is looking at,[10] which she says was taken during her parents' wedding anniversary, is the same photograph that she showed Regina in "Labor of Love".[11]
  • Cruella was killed by Emma in "Sympathy for the De Vil".
  • Hook points out that Cruella cannot use a gun, referring to how Isaac used his quill to take away her ability to kill in "Sympathy for the De Vil".
  • Cora mentions to Zelena what she did to Regina's father in "Souls of the Departed".
  • Peter Pan first proposed his deal to Mr. Gold in "Souls of the Departed".
  • Mr. Gold made a deal with Zelena to stop trying to harm her in "Heart of Gold".

Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • The way Zelena asks Cora if she is a "good witch" is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • The song "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" by The Ink Spots plays in Hades' car radio during his date with Zelena. Hades plays the song again on the Underbrooke Diner's jukebox, as he prepares for another date.

Props Notes

Costume Notes


Filming Locations

International Titles



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  6. ONCE UPON A TIME…. Isabella Blake-Thomas (May 3, 2016). “Being Young Zelena was the best thing I could have wished for. I used my British accent and we dyed my hair red to match my ‘older self’.”
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  32. External screenshot from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "Heart of the Matter"
  33. Gittins, Susan (February 12, 2016). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Night Shoot With Rebecca Mader & Greg Germann in Steveston’s Garry Point Park. Hollywood North.
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Sisters

  • cruella creepy?

    • yes the way cruella talked to james was creepy! 
  • 5x19 - Sisters - Possible plots?

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    • JennaMae wrote: Barbara Hershey and Isabella Blake-Thomas. If they're in costume for the episo...
    • Also, I know the episode is starting soon, but I thought I'd mention they added more BTS pics. It seems Regina, Zelena, and Cora might do...