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This article focuses on the Season Four episode, "The Apprentice". For the character, see The Apprentice.

Zoso: You are not the Sorcerer.
The Apprentice: No. I am his apprentice. And you are not the first Dark One I have faced.

"The Apprentice" is the fourth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the seventieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 19, 2014.


After Emma asks Hook out on a real first date, Hook visits Mr. Gold and asks for his hand to be reattached so that he can embrace her with both hands. But magic always comes with a price. Henry and Mary Margaret try to offer hope to Regina when she becomes frustrated over not being able to find a cure to save a frozen Marian, and Will Scarlet attempts to break into the Storybrooke library to find a special book. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Rumplestiltskin is after a magical box that the Sorcerer’s apprentice is guarding, and he may use Elsa’s sister Anna to help him get it.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Unnamed Scene

TBA [3]



Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • The title card features an enchanted broom.
  • The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on August 12, 2014.[4]
  • A sequence where Hook cut off his re-attached hand with a "meat cleaver or something" was scripted, but the network thought this was far too dramatic. The idea was later reused in "The Dark Swan", where Zelena uses a knife to cut off her own hand.[5]
  • Storybrooke's radio station is called WOLF 98, and is the "home of the original party animal". This can be heard on Emma's car radio as she is driving though town.
  • The Snow Queen's adopted alias in Storybrooke is Sarah Fisher.[6] There was a Storybrooke business called "Sara's Old Fashioned Ice Cream", which happened to be located right next to Mr. Gold's pawnshop[7] (this ice cream shop is gone by the time of "Fall").[8] However, Jane Espenson has clarified that the other ice cream shop did not belong to the Snow Queen.[9]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


  • This episode features Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven from the movie Frozen as well as their homeland Arendelle.
  • The man and woman eating spaghetti at the restaurant is a reference to the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp. The waiters are dressed like Tony, the kelner from the movie, and according to the menu, the restaurant itself is called Tony's.[10] The candles in a bottle and the table cloths are similar in appearance to the items in the famous movie scene.

Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

Props Notes


1:1 Acceptance of this contract dictates the unconditional agreement to this offer. This being "created contact". Here-in being written by his Royal Highness before acceptance any offer can be withdrawn, but once accepted this contract is bind on [sic] both sides. Any conditions that may have been effected as per a counter offer must be accepted by both parties.

2:1 Representing the undersigned agent is hereby appointed by his Royal Highness to act on behalf of no other person than the undersigned (known as the principal). The amount of authority to deal that the agent has is subject to agreement between the principal and the stated agent. However, otherwise, third parties can assume the [sic] Mr. Gold has full powers to negotiate this contract.

3:1 Collective agreement shall state all terms used for agreements made between the undersigned. This covers more than this one organisation. Although these can be seen as breach of future contracts, this contract is governed by the territorial law of rights, not contract law.

4:1 Comfort letters will not be issued. Documents issued to back up this agreement do not have any contractual standing. This is to be issued by a parent or associate company stating that the group will back up the petition of the small company to improve its trading position. This contract does state they are not intended to be legally binding [two illegible words] regarding letters of comfort.

5:1 Confidentiality within this binding [illegible word] is to protect confidential information if it has to be dictated to another party. If this is to occur during negotiations for this contract, the parties may need to divulge information about their operatives to each other. In this situation, the confidentiality agreement forms a binding contract not to pass on that information whether or not the actual contract is ever signed.

6:1 Certain Considerations [sic] within this contract pertains to each side which must give some consideration to the other. Referred to as the quid pro quo. This is the price paid. Which is not to exercise a right to access over somebody else's land in return for a payment would be a valid contract, even if there was no intention of ever [illegible word] right [illegible word].

7:1 Exclusion clause - Do note that within this contract that are [sic] intended to exclude one party from [illegible word] if stated circumstance were to occur. They are types of exemption clauses. This shall be traded through interpretation of them strictly and, where possible, in favour of the party that did not write said contract. Exemption clause may [illegible word] in the governing body by regulations that tender them ineffective but note that these regulations do not cover retractions.

8:1 Exemption clause has defined specified [illegible word] and limitation caused during the evaluation of signed contract may set a maximum on the amount of damages the party may have to pay if there is a failure of some sort of the [two illegible words] [image ends]
  • The first two paragraphs are almost identical to the contract that Fendrake had Rumplestiltskin sign in "Devil's Due".[15]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  2. 2.0 2.1
  5. Jennifer Morrison, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on the Season Five Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "The Dark Swan"
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  8. File:409CantAffectAnna.png. The reason for its disappearance, is that the real-life version in Steveston Village, closed down:
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  43. Lace Hem Crop Top on Topshop's website
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  50. File:404WeHaveASituation.png
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Start a Discussion Discussions about The Apprentice (Episode)

  • Anna and Rumple.

    6 messages
    • I like that insight. And while it may not have been intentional, it is interesting to consider. Another interesting thing is that Anna is a...
    • I was just wondering what would happen if Anna did kill Rumple? I know Anna would turn to the Dark One, but will she go back to Arendelle?
  • Least favorite/Useless/Boring episodes in the series

    27 messages
    • It's like the Wonderland series never existed.
    • S1: Dreamy probably. Not even a bad episode per se, but opposite to the amazing season 1, it feels flat. S2: Selfless, Brave and True: to...

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