"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is the seventh episode of Season One of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by David M. Barrett. It is the seventh episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 11, 2011.
One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White.
- This is the last episode to credit Jamie Dornan as series regular.
- This is the first episode in which Josh Dallas does not appear.
- Originally, there were plans for a future story about Snow White using the whistle that the Huntsman made for her. The show creators "had something fun planned for that", but it never came to pass.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur after "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" and before "Red-Handed". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events of this episode occur after "The Shepherd" and two weeks before "Desperate Souls". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The events surrounding the death of King Leopold are explored in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".
- The Huntsman's fate following the ripping out of his heart is shown in "A Land Without Magic".
- The Huntsman's failed attempt at killing Snow White is mentioned again in "The Evil Queen".
- Sheriff Graham's life during the first week after the casting of the curse is explored in "Welcome to Storybrooke".
- What Mr. Gold was burying in the woods is revealed in "The Return".
- The school classroom where Graham comes to see Mary Margaret is the same classroom where David came to see her in "The Shepherd".
- Graham asks Mary Margaret if she believes in other lives. She replies, "Like heaven?".
- A cross-shaped headstone can be seen in the Storybrooke Graveyard, while a cross is etched into the grave of an "Olson, Anthony".
- The Evil Queen sends the Huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her ripped out heart as proof, but he is unable to do so.
Fairytales and Folklore
- Mary Margaret has an Anthropologie Grapefruit Sugar Bowl (no longer available).
- An excerpt from the fairy tale of "The Golden Bird" can be seen when Henry flips through the storybook.
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- The rest of the page contains an excerpt from the fairytale of "Snow-White and Rose-Red".
- "The Meeting of Oberon and Titania", a 1905 artwork by depicting a scene from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- An illustration from a 1922 edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's children's book A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. It depicts a scene from the story "The Paradise of Children".
- "He played until the room was entirely filled with gnomes", from the fairy tale collection Little Brother & Little Sister and Other Tales By The Brothers Grimm (1917). It depicts a scene from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Gnome".
- On Mary Margaret's loft counter, there is a Vintage Enesco Tea for Two Owl Teapot.
- Regina's bedroom has Arabian Scroll Motif Saybrook wallpaper from Wallquest.
- One of the pictures on the wall, is "Rosa indica Fragrans - Rosier des Indes odorant", a watercolor picture by the famous Belgian nineteenth century painter and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté, from his work The Roses, published between 1817 and 1824. Rosa indica is a synonym for Rosa chinensis, more commonly known as China rose.
- The same picture is in one of the rooms that Cora searches in the Season Two episode "In the Name of the Brother", and outside Regina's kitchen in the Season Three episode "Save Henry".
- On the billboard at the sheriff's station, there is a police report describing the events leading up to Dory Zimmer's death. However, this is just a fake document fabricated by the curse:
- Telephone: 555-0145
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- Neal Westlake is a graphic designer and production staff member on the show, whose name appears on several props throughout the series:
- He is listed as a land surveyor on a document in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".
- He is credited as a photographer on the front page of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror in "The Stable Boy".
- He is listed as one of the reviewers on the book blurb for Isaac's novel "Heroes and Villains" in the Season Four episode "Operation Mongoose Part 1".
- He is listed as a Storybrooke entrepreneur on a sign by the town hall in the Season Five episode "Last Rites".
- He is credited as the author on the cover of book Robin Hood: Myth and Legend in the Season Five episode "Only You" and the Season Seven episode "The Girl in the Tower".
- Next to the police report, there is a report about an 8 year old boy named Billy Mason from Seattle, Washington. According to the report, he disappeared on on March 1, 2002, and was possibly kidnapped by his babysitter, a 16 year old boy named David. David is described as having a birth mark on his left shoulder, wore a gold watch, and his clothes were made by The Ridge Clothing Co. He was last seen at the house of a man named Greg Mason, where he "was babysitting for his [sic]". According to the report, "David disappeared along with his 8 year old charge Billy Mason. The time of disappearance is between 8:000 and 12:30 on March 1. 2002. Billy Mason's parents arrived home at 12:30 am to find the back door wide open and the house empty". The incident was reported by Srgt. Kelly, and the investigating officer is called Det. Bradshaw. The report contains an officer's signature, but it is unreadable. }
- Below the report is a document carrying the Storybrooke Sheriff's Department seal. A website address is printed on it: www.kawther.info. This is the personal website of Kawther Salam, a Palestinian journalist who reported on human rights abuses by the Israeli military and filed legal complaints against them. Fittingly enough, the document is written in Hebrew.
- One of the gravestones in the Storybrooke Graveyard says:
- Another gravestone says "Olson", "Anthony"
- The insignia on the Heart Vault shows interlocking deer antlers, a reference to the stag heart which the Evil Queen received from the Huntsman.
- Mary Margaret is wearing a skirt from H&M (no longer available).
- Mr. Gold wears a red tie that is the same tie that Henry chooses to go with the suit he'll be wearing as Mr. Gold's apprentice in the Season Four episode "The Snow Queen".
- When the Wolf walks way from Graham, a window pane in the background says "Pacific Net & Twine", the real name of the Steveston business which doubles as Atlantic Twine & Net on the show.
- After Regina's scuffle with Emma, there is blood on the lower left corner of her lip. For the rest of the episode, the wound keeps changing appearance and position.
- When Emma is pressing a pack of ice against her wound, her flower wrist tattoo is missing.
- Emma finds the vase containing Mary Margaret's flowers from Dr. Whale. Mistakenly believing they are from Graham, she hurls it across the room, shattering it.
- Snow White states she "watched (her father) fall in love with Regina".
- As Graham is dying, he says to Emma that he loves her.
- After his death, Graham's body is put on a stretcher and carried away by paramedics.
|French||"Le Cœur du Chasseur"||"The Heart of the Huntsman"|
|German||"Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger"||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"|
|Hungarian||"Magányos vadász a szív"||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"|
|Italian||"Il cacciatore"||"The Huntsman"|
|Polish||"Serce to samotny myśliwy"||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"|
|Portuguese||"Coração é um caçador solitário"||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"|
|Spanish||"El Corazón es un Cazador Solitario"||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"|