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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




Production Notes

  • For the scene where the Snow Queen arrives in Boston, a section was filmed where Ingrid is seen exiting the magic door in the middle of the city.[5] This ended up being cut from the final episode.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections




Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • The Storybrooke map that Mr. Gold shows Emma, mentions a location called Brock Lake.[19] The map that Hook finds in the pawnshop mentions a location called Villar's Point.[20]
  • Among the library shelves are books for dreams & mysteries,[21] rosicrucianism,[22] neoplatonism & gnosticism,[22] hermeticism[22] and divinatory graphology.[22]
    • 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.[23]
    • Neoplatonism is a philosophical and religious system that arose in the third century in Alexandria. It mixes Platonic ideas and oriental mysticism.[24]
    • 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.[25]
  • The children's pop-up book that Will opens contains a text page about the history of the British Royal Navy. It reads:

Sicily and
Sardinia from
Austria and
Savoy, defeating a
Spanish fleet at Cape
, and an undeclared [war](illegible)
in the 1720s, in which Spain tried
to retake Gibraltar and Minorca.
After a period of relative peace, the
Navy became engaged in the War of
Jenkins' Ear
(1739–1748) against Spain,
which was dominated by a series of costly
and mostly unsuccessful attacks on Spanish
ports in the Caribbean. During the Battle of
Cartagena de Indias
, the Navy deployed a huge force

The page is a word for word rendition of an October 2014 version of a Wikipedia article about the Royal Navy[26] (the episode was filmed in October 2014).
  • The fact that Will checks out the book is understandable, since the book's binding and spine are almost identical to Henry's storybook. The same thing goes for the Mercedes-Benz repair manual that Robin Hood checks out.[27]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



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  26. The October 2014 version of the article (the excerpt is from the section "Development of the British navy"):
  27. Henry's book:
    Will's book:
    Robin Hood's book:
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  38. Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt on the Coolspotters website
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  41. Burberry London Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt - Photos, Videos, Links on the Coolspotters website (note that the website is in Portuguese)

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