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Sean: Where are you going?
Emma: To find her.
Sean: How?
Emma: The way you find Cinderella; with her shoe.

"The Other Shoe" is the third episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and fourteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on October 9, 2016.


As Storybrooke continues to welcome the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories, families, friends and even long-lost enemies are reunited once again. When Ashley (Cinderella) searches for her step-family, intent on settling their unfinished business, Emma, Hook and Henry scramble to help her before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Regina attempts to bribe Mr. Hyde for information about how to defeat the Evil Queen and Snow helps Dr. Jekyll find a suitable laboratory for his work. David makes a deal with Gold and delivers a message to Belle in exchange for new information about his father. In flashback, Cinderella attends a ball and meets her prince.[2]




Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • Jerome Schwartz wrote the first half of the episode, while Jane Espenson did the second one.[4]
  • The names of Cinderella's stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, are taken from an operatic adaption of "Cinderella" called La Cenerentola, composed by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto written by Jacopo Ferretti.
    • One of the stepsisters was considered to be named "Drizella" like in the Disney film. However, as many characters from the show have already a name finishing by "-ella" (Cinderella or Cruella), this idea was dropped.[5]
  • Ted Whittall, who played the King and Mitchell Herman in "The Price of Gold", was supposed to appear in this episode.[6] However, his appearance was ultimately cut for unknown reasons.
  • The five minute ballroom scene took fourteen hours to shoot in one production day. Josh Dallas had a cold while shooting it.[7]
  • Regina's password for the psychiatric ward has been changed from 815, Henry's birthday, to 207. ("A Tale of Two Sisters", "The Dark Swan")
  • Leroy says that, after they got Dopey out of the tree, Dopey went on to pursue a master's degree. The explanation for Dopey's absence is that, a few months before Season Six premiered, Jeffrey Kaiser announced that he was leaving the show.[9]
  • The area around the courtyard stairs in the King's Castle is recycled from the computer-generated imagery model for the Camelot Castle in the Season Five episodes "The Price, "Siege Perilous" and "The Bear King", which can be seen from the almost identical design of the windows and the balustrades. The same model was later used for the Prince's castle in the Season Seven premiere "Hyperion Heights".[10] The archways in the Camelot Castle (which, ironically, were re-cycled from the old CGI model for the King's Castle in "The Price of Gold"[11]) were also re-used for this episode, and have the same design as the ones in Camelot. They were also re-used for the Prince's Castle in "Hyperion Heights".[12]
  • Mary Margaret's line, "Is this our life now... just defeat and repeat?" was written by Jerome Schwartz.[13]
  • The scene where Hook plays with Alexandra at Granny's Diner was an idea of Colin O'Donoghue, who is a father in real life and had a toddler at home at the time the episode was filmed.[7]
  • The scene where Jacob gives the invitation to the Tremaine family needed to be reshoot because of the surprising apparition of the sun, which spoiled the scene.[7]
  • During the scene at the crashed dirigible in the forest, the crew and the cast were attacked by mosquitoes. People would stop in the middle of a take and swat mosquitoes and spit them out of their mouth.[7] Clips from the attack are included in the DVD/Blu-ray blooper reel.
  • The scenes with Emma, Henry and Hook on the deserted road were filmed on a hot summer day and were tough to shoot, since Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue were both wearing leather jackets.[7]
  • The scene between David and Belle on the Jolly Roger is one of the favorite scenes of Jane Espenson, Jerome Schwartz and Steve Pearlman from this episode.[14]
  • When Emma, Henry and Hook are trying to remember the name of Cinderella's stepsisters, one of the suggested names is "Kalinda", a reference to show writer Kalinda Vazquez.[4]
  • The writers were not sure about using a pumpkin farm in this episode because they already used one on Season Five's "Dreamcatcher".[15]
  • At the origin, Lady Tremaine was supposed to use her gun during the pumpkin's farm scene, but Steve Pearlman managed to convince the writers that the show does not need gun violence.[15]
  • Tim Phillipps had trouble delivering the line "Now, let's go to the palace. I'll wake the royal glass blower. You need new shoes.", which was a real tongue twister.[7]
    • This line was added because Lady Tremaine breaks one of Cinderella's glass slippers in this episode, but Cinderella was wearing both slippers at her wedding in "The Price of Gold".[15]
  • Originally, Henry and Violet were also present in the lunch scene at the pumpkin's farm with Emma and Hook. They had to be cut from this scene as the crew did not have enough of time to do it.[7]
  • The scene where Mr. Gold is walking by the Jolly Roger was shot three weeks after the end of this episode's shooting, when the Lady Washington was present at Vancouver.[7]

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Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

INV. ITEM 2027

DESCRIPTION: Antique round coin with
a center hole, cast in tin.

CONDITION: Well worn

PROVENANCE: The coin was taken off
the body of a dead man, a shepherd in
the wreckage of a cart. The man had
been stabbed, and was evidently dead
before the cart went off the cliff.

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  2. 2.0 2.1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Jane Espenson on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 Steve Pearlman on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
  10. Camelot Castle:
    King's Castle:
    Prince's Castle:
    External screenshot of the stairs #1
    External screenshot of the stairs #2
  11. The King's Castle: File:104Waltz.png
    Camelot Castle: File:502BallBegins.png
  12. Camelot Castle:
    The King's Castle:
    Prince's Castle:
  14. Jane Espenson, Jerome Schwartz and Steve Pearlman on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Jerome Schwartz on the Season Six DVD/Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "The Other Shoe"
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    Picture for comparison:
  25. File:603WhereAreYou.png. The following is the excerpt in its entirety, with the few words that are seen in the storybook set in bold:
    Two white pigeons came in through the kitchen window,
    and then the turtledoves, and finally all the birds beneath
    the sky came whirring and swarming in, and
    lit around the ashes. The pigeons nodded their heads and began to
    pick, pick, pick, pick. And the others also began to
    pick, pick, pick, pick. They gathered all the good grains
    into the bowl. Hardly one hour had passed before they
    were finished, and they all flew out again.
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  43. Floreat Sweetwater Dress on the Polyvore website
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    Pictures of the buildings that appear on the show
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