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A person obsessed with vengeance is easy to manipulate. She thought I believed her happy ending was reconciling with her mother. But I knew she was after something else. Your death.
Mr. Gold to Isaac Heller

"Sympathy for the De Vil" is the eighteenth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Romeo Tirone. It is the eighty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 19, 2015.


In fictional 1920s England, viewers meet a young Cruella, whose oppressive mother uses her Dalmatians to terrorize her daughter. Cruella is confined to her mother's attic until a mysterious stranger arrives and empowers her to challenge her captor. In Storybrooke, Regina gains leverage to keep Gold from interfering with her plan to rescue Robin, but her trip to New York takes the backseat when she and Emma learn that Cruella has kidnapped Henry.[2]


This section is a detailed recap of this episode. There are major spoilers. Click to expand.

Deleted Scenes

"Good Boy"


"The Lonely Author"




Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • Paige's bike was on set during the filming of this episode, but it didn't actually appear when it aired.[8]
  • In an early version of the script, Cruella and her mother were both part of a dog psychic team.[9]
  • Milli Wilkinson, who plays young Cruella, also plays Alice's daughter in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland series finale "And They Lived...".
  • A digital facial replacement was used for Pongo's angry face. The dog was not actually snarling. The growls on Madeline's dalmatians were also digital.[9]
  • Murray's Club was a real night club on Beak Street, London, which opened in 1913, and closed in 1975.[10]
    • Fittingly enough, the in-universe name of the song that Cruella hears on the radio is "The Toast of Beak Street".
  • When Cruella leaves the club, as she puts the napkin in Isaac's inside pocket, the box where Isaac keeps the quill, is open.[11] A few seconds later, when he is holding the napkin in his hands, the box is closed.[12] This is the moment where Cruella steals Isaac's quill. This little detail was added by the director, and was not in the script.[9]
  • Madeline states Cruella used trumpet flowers to poison her own father to death. She does not specify which type of trumpet flowers, but one possibility is the angel's trumpet, also commonly known as a trumpet flower, that have several different species and all have fatal effects if ingested.
  • After Emma kills Cruella, the sound of crows can be heard in the final shot of Emma. This is a subtle hint that Emma is sliding into darkness. Crow sounds were often edited in by the sound designers for Regina's Storybrooke scenes during Season One.[13] (Two examples are when she tells Emma to leave town in "Pilot", and when she is talking to Sidney in "The Thing You Love Most").

Events Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

  • The room where Cruella is locked up is filled with her mother's dog statuettes and dog show trophies.[23]
  • A dictionary from University of Oxford in 1920s England is lying on a table in adult Cruella's room in her homeworld.[24]
    • The titles of the magazines lying around inside the room are "Photopage",[24] "Filmgoer"[25] and "Modern Pictures".[26]
  • As Henry is in the alley with Pongo, the peeled-off paint on the container next to him forms a star pattern around a vertical silhouette of a running dog.[27]
  • When Isaac shows Cruella the Author's pen, the upside-down piece of paper on the table contains Isaac's notes about a man called Jonas, and someone called Jilton. The latter traveled through some landscape, and was known for having a connection to the first convoy that traveled to some deep jungles.[28]

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz on the Season Four Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "Sympathy for the De Vil"
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  32. (note that the source erroneously claims that the sweater is worn in the nineteenth episode)
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  38. External image of the outside of the house
  40. External image of the basement

Start a Discussion Discussions about Sympathy for the De Vil

  • Thoughts on "Sympathy for The De Vil"

    139 messages
    • I agree with you. (I just also think the car never had magic since nothing in the show has suggested that other than that he said he transpo...
    • Jingle bells, Ursula smells, Maleficent laid an egg! Cruella De Vil, lost her wheels and the Dark One got away!
  • henry and robin, who will die?

    30 messages
    • Hum, I don't get it. The author seem to be trapped in the book after what happened between him and Cruella. When the apprentice trapped ...
    • D.Prince wrote:Hum, I don't get it. The author seem to be trapped in the book after what happened between him and Cruella. When ...