"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.
- The title card features Gus running in the "O" of Once Upon a Time.
- The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on July 22, 2016.
- The title of this episode is a reference to the glass slippers and the "other" side of the story.
- Jerome Schwartz wrote the first half of the episode, while Jane Espenson did the second one.
- 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.
- In the Season Seven episode "A Pirate's Life", the overture to the opera is playing at Lucy's ballet recital.
- 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.
- Ted Whittall, who played the King and Mitchell Herman in "The Price of Gold", was supposed to appear in this episode. 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.
- 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.
- 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". 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") 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".
- Mary Margaret's line, "Is this our life now... just defeat and repeat?" was written by Jerome Schwartz.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The writers were not sure about using a pumpkin farm in this episode because they already used one on Season Five's "Dreamcatcher".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks occur in various places of the overall timeline. (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Storybrooke events take place after "A Bitter Draught" and before "Strange Case". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- Regina's lasagna also appears "The Stranger", "The Cricket Game" and "Welcome to Storybrooke".
- Ashley talks about how Emma helped her keep her child, an event that took place in "The Price of Gold".
- Belle began living on Hook's ship in "A Bitter Draught".
- Emma agreed to begin therapy with Archie in "The Savior", and her last session was in "A Bitter Draught".
- Emma mentions Dopey being transformed into a tree, an event that took place in "The Price".
- Emma finally comes clean to her loved ones about her visions in "Street Rats".
- Mary Margaret remembers living under the Dark Curse for twenty-eight years, which began in "Pilot" and ended when the curse was broken in "A Land Without Magic". She also recalls being a teacher, a profession she kept throughout the first season. The last episode she was seen teaching her students was in "Darkness on the Edge of Town".
- Cinderella's deal with Rumplestiltskin, and the consequences of this deal, is shown in "The Price of Gold".
- David began to suspect in "A Bitter Draught" that his father's death was not an accident.
- The last time David made a deal with Mr. Gold was in "We Are Both".
- Mr. Gold being a "stickler for records" when it comes to the items in his shop, was first established in "True North", where he says told Emma that he keeps "quite extensive records".
- The information card for David's father good luck charm is the same kind of information card that was used for the Wishing Star in "White Out".
- Emma says to Ashley that a long time ago, she told her if people saw her a certain way, she had to punch back and show them who she was; an event that took place in "The Price of Gold".
- Zelena received the baby rattle from the Evil Queen in "A Bitter Draught", and the alliance between the two sisters began at the end of "The Savior".
- The Evil Queen advises Henry to "stop slouching" because "posture is self-respect and if you don't have it, no one will give it to you". She uses this line again in "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- A pregnant Belle is reading What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, the same book that a pregnant Zelena was reading in "The Bear and the Bow".
- Cinderella and Prince Thomas' wedding takes place in "The Price of Gold".
- Who killed David's father is revealed in "Murder Most Foul". David learns the truth in "A Wondrous Place".
- The way Lady Tremaine and her daughters give Ella the nickname "Cinderella" is similar to the original fairytale by Charles Perrault and the live-action Disney film.
- Lady Tremaine mentions her cat; a reference to Lucifer from the animated Disney film.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode is a rendition of the Cinderella fairytale, with Cinderella, her prince, her Stepmother, her step sisters, and Gus. It also features Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story.
- Jacob works as a pumpkin farmer, a reference to the Cinderella fairytale, where the Fairy Godmother turned a pumpkin into a golden carriage.
- The new woman who is seen entering the diner has a scarlet "A" on her dress, just like Hester Prynne, the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter. In the book, the character is convicted of adultery and is forced to wear a prominent scarlet letter "A" (for adulteress) for the rest of her life.
- The moment where Zelena is eating cherries is a nod to the 1987 comedy-fantasy film The Witches of Eastwick.
- Belle is reading Heidi Murkoff's bestselling pregnancy guide What to Expect When You're Expecting aboard the Jolly Roger.
- The poem Mr. Gold reads is a real poem called "Sleep Well", written by Scottish poet Murdoch Maclean.
- Mr. Hyde's handcuff were not long enough for the scene where he is dining in his cell, so they had to be lengthened.
- The book Her Handsome Hero can be seen lying on the table in Belle's quarters aboard the Jolly Roger.
- A tiny excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairytale can be glimpsed next to an illustration of the titular character in one of Henry's storybooks.
- The moment where Lady Tremaine picks up Cinderella's glass slipper with her cane was something they came up with on set and was not scripted.
- Mr. Gold's information card about Prince Charming's father's good luck charm, reads:
DESCRIPTION: Antique round coin with
a center hole, cast in tin.
CONDITION: Well wornPROVENANCE: 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.
- The painting Souvenir of Castel Gandolfo by the French nineteenth century painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, is hanging on the wall in Archie's office.
- When David visits Belle aboard the Jolly Roger, the captain's quarters are full of decorations added by her. One of them is a candle in a bottle that is almost identical to the one conjured by Emma when she and Hook had lunch together aboard the ship in "Siege Perilous".
- Dr. Whale's license plate says "THE DOCTOR".
- Jacob's cloak is the same as the cloaks worn by Bo Peep's bodyguards in the Season Four episode "White Out", and Tweedledee and Tweedledum on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
- When Clorinda arrives in Storybrooke, her corset is the same garment worn by Emma in the Enchanted Forest in the Season Three episode "Snow Drifts".
- Emma is wearing a Rebecca Taylor Embroidered Inset Silk Top (no longer available) and a Lucky Brand Major Moto Jacket.
- The Evil Queen (Serum) is wearing a dress that was worn by the Evil Queen in the Season Four episode "Mother".
- Belle is wearing a red Floreat Sweetwater Dress by Anthropologie (no longer available).
- The coat Dr. Whale is wearing at the end of the episode is the same garment worn by his original persona in the Season Two episodes "The Doctor" and "In the Name of the Brother".
- The outdoor scenes at the Tremaine Estate were filmed on Foxglove Farm, a 120-acre organic farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. The interior scenes in Cinderella's attic were filmed on a studio set.
- Ironically, this location also doubles as the home of the second iteration of Lady Tremaine and her family in the Season Seven episode "One Little Tear".
- The house also doubles as the home of Isla, Seraphina and their house sisters in the Season Seven episode "Flower Child".
- The same building doubles as the exterior of the home of Edwin on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. ("Down the Rabbit Hole", "Who's Alice")
- The same farm doubles as the Storybrooke Pumpkin Farm for this episode. The scenes at the pumpkin farm were shot at the back of the building that doubles as Lady Tremaine's house.
- The house which doubles as the family's home was also used in the filming of the Timeless episode "Party at Castle Varlar", an episode which features Once Upon a Time starring cast member Sean Maguire and guest star Chad Rook, and the Beyond episode "Tempus Fugit", a show which stars Once Upon a Time actors Jonathan Whitesell and Jeff Pierre. The house was also featured in the Supernatural episode "Everybody Hates Hitler", the Arrow episode "Bratva" and The Magicians episode "Have You Brought Me Little Cakes". It also doubles as the Salvatore Boarding House in the Pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries and is heavily featured as Thistlehouse during Season Two of Riverdale.
- The forest scene by the fallen dirigible, the scene by guard tower at the Prince's castle and the scene at Dr. Whale's Garage were all filmed in Burnaby's Central Park.
- The ball scene at the King's Castle was filmed on a green-screen set at The Bridge Studios.
- The scenes with Emma, Hook and Henry on the deserted road were filmed on a deserted street.
|French||"Le Soulier de Verre"||"The Glass Slipper"|
|German||"Eine Hoffnung für Cinderella und Clorinda?"||"A Hope for Cinderella and Clorinda?"|
|Italian||"L'altra scarpetta"||"The Other Shoe"|
|Portuguese||"O Outro Sapato"||"The Other Shoe"|