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Now my mirror is complete.

"Smash the Mirror" is the eighth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Eagle Egilsson and Ralph Hemecker. It is the seventy-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 16, 2014.

This episode is a two-hour episode, and has subsequently been split into "Smash the Mirror, Part 1" and "Smash the Mirror, Part 2".


In Arendelle when the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other and it proves more difficult than she anticipates, she takes drastic measures. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke Emma’s powers are out of control and her fear of hurting loved ones pushes her away from everyone she cares about. In her confusion Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether and Hook tries to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her plan to find the author of the storybook until her quest takes an unexpected turn. Robin Hood recruits Will Scarlet to assist him on a mission and Mary Margaret and David search for Emma.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Just Like Everyone Else"




Guest Starring



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Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • The Storybrooke map that Mr. Gold shows Emma, mentions a location called Brock Lake.[17] The map that Hook finds in the pawnshop mentions a location called Villar's Point.[18]
  • Among the library shelves are books for dreams & mysteries,[19] rosicrucianism,[20] neoplatonism & gnosticism,[20] hermeticism[20] and divinatory graphology.[20]
    • Rosicrucianism is a worldwide brotherhood claiming to possess esoteric wisdom handed down from ancient times. Their teachings are a combination of occultism and other religious beliefs and practices, including hermeticism, Jewish mysticism, and Christian Gnosticism.[21]
    • Neoplatonism is a philosophical and religious system that arose in the third century in Alexandria. It mixes Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism.[22]
    • Gnosticism is a collection of philosophical and religious movements whose adherents shunned the material world and embraced the spiritual world.
    • Hermeticism is a religious and philosophical tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Its philosophy is comprised of astrology, alchemy and theurgy.
    • Graphology refers to the inference of character from a person's handwriting. The theory underlying graphology is that the way words and letters are formed can reveal traits of personality.[23]
  • An excerpt from the fairytale of "The Golden Bird" can be seen on the back of the mysterious storybook page that Robin finds.[24]

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  31. [ Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt on the Coolspotters website
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  34. Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt - Photos, Videos, Links on the Coolspotters website (note that the website is in Portuguese)

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