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Aladdin: She was the first person to believe I could be more than just a selfish street rat. I can't see the look in her eyes, when she realizes that's exactly what I am.
Emma Swan: I was... I am a street rat, too. I made plenty of mistakes, but I've known people who kept me strong. Who cared about me as much as Jasmine clearly cares about you. Maybe the real mistake was keeping the savior burden to yourself?

"Street Rats" is the fifth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Norman Buckley. It is the one hundred and sixteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 23, 2016.


In a flashback to Agrabah, Princess Jasmine recruits Aladdin to help her recover a secret weapon capable of breaking Jafar’s hold on the Sultan and saving the city from ruin. Their quest takes them to the Cave of Wonders where Aladdin’s fate is revealed. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen tricks Hook and the Charmings and forces Emma to reveal her secret in an effort to divide the family. While the Evil Queen pampers Zelena, elsewhere in town, Regina and our heroes scramble to learn what became of Aladdin.[2]


Deleted Scenes

These scenes are included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.

"Table For One" (Scene 7)


"Open Sesame" (Scene 12)

An extended version of the scene where Aladdin opens the Cave of Wonders, featuring additional dialogue between Aladdin and Jasmine.

"Savior Vision" (Scene 25)




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage.



  • The title card features the hourglass used by Jafar on Jasmine.[3]
  • The original title of this episode was "Diamond in the Rough" and was leaked by director Norman Buckley via his Instagram account on August 11, 2016.[4] This can also be seen on concept art by illustrator Douglas McLean.[5] The same day, Adam Horowitz officially announced that the title was "Street Rats" via his Twitter account.[6]
    • Leading up to the premiere, several sources[7] incorrectly[8] used the name "Diamond in the Rough".

Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • Archie offered therapy to Emma in "The Savior" and she began having sessions with him in "A Bitter Draught".
  • The first time Emma followed the red bird to the Oracle was in "The Savior".
  • When the Oracle is found dead, she shows the same symptoms that Charlotte did when the latter was found dead in "A Bitter Draught".
  • Emma first started having visions in "The Savior".
  • Mary Margaret became acquainted with Shirin in "Strange Case".
  • Mr. Hyde died in "Strange Case".
  • Jasmine and the Oracle's mission to find Aladdin was first seen in "Strange Case".
  • Zelena and the Evil Queen first made an alliance in "The Savior".
  • "Archie" alludes to the secret Emma is deciding to keep from her loved ones. Emma first told Archie about this secret in "The Other Shoe".
  • Regina speculates that she is the hooded person in Emma's vision, but the true identity of this person is revealed in "Wish You Were Here".
  • Henry recalls convincing Emma to accept her role as a Savior, which began in "Pilot" and was finally achieved in "A Land Without Magic".
  • Mr. Gold had a haircut in "Strange Case".
  • Leroy was first seen with Archie in therapy was during "The Other Shoe".
  • Zelena mentions that she tried to become involved with Mr. Gold, referring the events of "Bleeding Through".
  • Jafar suggests Aladdin can buy himself the new title of prince after stripping himself of his Savior status. It is implied in "The Savior" that Aladdin did become a prince because he is addressed as such.
  • The backstory of how Jafar acquired powers from the serpent staff is revealed in the spinoff series episode "The Serpent".
  • The magic carpet later becomes a means of transportation for Jafar in the spinoff series.
  • Cricket Archie is freed from his cage in "Dark Waters".
  • Hook comes clean to Emma about the Fates' Shears in "Dark Waters".


Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



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  17. SOCKERÄRT Vase, white. IKEA US. Retrieved on 2018-04-21.
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  22. Screenshot from Pretty Little Liars: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
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  34. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) October 11, 2018.  Retrieved on November 28, 2018. "#tbt and other times you just shoot around the techno crane 😂" (Archive copy created on October 12, 2018)
    Behind the scenes photo for confirmation (notice the giant vase in the background): File:605BTS1.jpg

Start a Discussion Discussions about Street Rats

  • Aladdin Destroy Jafar's Staff = Amara Dead?!

    4 messages
    • Her whole life force is probably in the head of the staff, thus breaking the stick part doesn't actually do anything to her.
    • How about something more simple. The staff that Aladdin broke was NOT Amara, but some other staff that Jafar uses. There is no reason to beli...
  • The Sultan

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