For the Enchanted Forest character, see Black Fairy.
"The Black Fairy" is the nineteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Dana Horgan, and directed by Alrick Riley. It is the one hundred and thirtieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 30, 2017.
In flashback, after Rumple's mother, Fiona, learns from his fairy godmother that his destiny is prophesized, she does everything in her power to keep it from happening. Ultimately, Fiona will have to make a decision that will change the course of both their lives forever. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Rumple faces a similar dilemma.
- The title card features Tiger Lily, Fiona and the Blue Fairy flying in the woods.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on February 17, 2017.
- In the press release, the word "dilemma" is misspelled as "delimna".
- Jaime Murray, who portrays the Black Fairy, had reservations about the scene where Fiona gives birth to Rumplestiltskin. In order to prepare, the actress watched past scenes of Emilie de Ravin, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader giving birth on-screen. After doing this, she realized there was no attractive way of giving birth on television.
- The spell used by Fiona to transform herself into a fairy is "Le sgiathan cumhachd draoidheil", which is Scottish Gaelic for "magic power with wings".
- The last ingredient Fiona needs to create the Dark Curse is wolfsbane. According to magic lore, this plant can be used to prevent shapeshifting and has traditionally been used to protect homes from werewolves. Bundles of wolfsbane can be placed around barns and pastures to protect livestock from predators (this requires taking care that the livestock have no access to the plant, as wolfsbane is highly poisonous, and ingesting even a small amount can kill you). It can also be used to bring harm to another by creating "elf bolts" of sharpened flint dipped in wolfsbane juice and using it to pierce a poppet for the victim.
- When Mr. Gold meets up with the Black Fairy at the end of the episode, the moon has the same shape as Fiona's scar.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place several years before "Think Lovely Thoughts". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Where Bluebirds Fly" and before "The Song in Your Heart". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The lights flicker when Rumplestiltskin is born, just like they did when Henry and Prince Neal were born.
- Mother Superior was drained of her powers in "Ill-Boding Patterns" and began to wake up after regaining them in "Where Bluebirds Fly".
- Zelena sacrificed her powers to stop the Black Fairy in "Where Bluebirds Fly".
- The Black Fairy took Gideon's heart in "Mother's Little Helper".
- Tiger Lily gave Hook her half of the wand that banished the Black Fairy in "Awake".
- The Sands of Morpheus were first used by Mr. Gold in "The Savior".
- Tiger Lily states that the Dark Curse will send everyone to a Land Without Magic. This eventually happens when the curse is cast for the first time in "Pilot", a second time in "A Curious Thing", and a third time in "Broken Heart".
- Hook mentions Henry's "Wookiee prisoner gag" from "Operation Mongoose Part 2" and "that time on the Nautilus" from "Dark Waters".
- Emma and Hook get married in "The Song in Your Heart".
- The others find out about Mr. Gold's deception in "The Song in Your Heart".
- Hook mentions Henry's "Wookiee prisoner gag" from "Operation Mongoose Part 2"; a reference to the scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker pretend Chewbacca is their prisoner in order to enter the Death Star's detention area.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Rumplestiltskin from the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairytale, Captain Hook and Tiger Lily from the Peter Pan story, the Blue Fairy from The Adventures of Pinocchio story, and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story.
- While putting together a baby crib, Zelena says that she's just been soundly defeated by Sniglar and adds that she didn't name it, but IKEA did; a reference to the famous furniture retailer.
- As Zelena correctly states, the piece of nursery furniture she's assembling is a Sniglar baby crib from IKEA.
- A monkey key chain is attached to the car keys that Regina gives Zelena, a reference to the Flying Monkeys.
- Fiona's spell scroll for the Dark Curse is the same prop that was used for the Curse of the Empty-Hearted in the Season Two episode "Welcome to Storybrooke".
- The lamp seen sitting on a table in the clock tower is the same prop that was used in Zelena's quarters at the Royal Palace of Oz in the Season Five episode "Our Decay".
- The outdoor scenes in the Enchanted Forest were filmed in Robert Burnaby Park.
- The exterior of Malcolm and Fiona's cottage is a redressed version of the Apprentice's cottage from Season Four. This can be seen from the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones by the door, on the right hand side, are easiest to compare). The Apprentice's roof tiles were replaced with a thatched roof for the episode.
- The Apprentice's cottage also doubles as one of the cottages in the village of Camelot in the Season Five episode "The Broken Kingdom". This can easily be seen from the identical architecture and window panes and the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones around the window are easiest to compare).
- A redressed version of the cottage doubles as the exterior of Brennan's cottage in the Season Five episode "Swan Song". The wooden floor on the Apprentice's front porch has been replaced by a stone floor and climbing plants have been added to the walls to make the cottage look different.
- The same set doubles as the exterior of the Woodcutter's cottage in the Season Five episode "Sisters". Although the cottage was heavily redressed to double as the Woodcutter's home (most noticeably, the roof of his cottage has a completely different shape, and the chimney is in a different position), the door, the window panes and the pattern of the brick stones (again, the ones around the window are easiest to compare) are the same.
|French||"Le Livre des Prophéties"||"The Book of Prophecies"|
|German||"Die Schwarze Fee und das Erwachen der Nacht"||"The Black Fairy and the Awakening of the Night"|
|Italian||"La madre di Tremotino"||"Rumplestilskin's Mother"|