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You wished that she could have a chance for a happy ending. And now, with everyone's song in her heart, she will.
—The Blue Fairy to Snow White and Prince Charming

"The Song in Your Heart" is the twentieth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Andrew Chambliss, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one hundred and thirty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 7, 2017.

This is the first, and so far only, musical episode of the series. The songs were written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.


In flashback, Snow and Charming make a special wish that Emma will be protected. The result of their wish has the whole kingdom bursting into song which infuriates the Evil Queen. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, the Black Fairy announces her plans to unleash another curse on the town while Emma and Hook prepare for their wedding.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Hook on the phone

A scene with Hook looking concerned as he walks fast down the street outside the pawnshop while talking to someone on his mobile phone. He then stops and kind of looks up.[3]



Guest Starring




The episode features a total of eight songs:

Number Name Singer(s)
1 "Powerful Magic" Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
2 "The Queen Sings" Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror)
Lee Arenberg (Grumpy)
Tony Amendola (Geppetto)
Beverley Elliott (Granny)
Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
3 "Love Doesn't Stand a Chance" Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
4 "Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine" Colin O'Donoghue (Hook)
Chorus (Pirates)
5 "Wicked Always Wins" Rebecca Mader (Zelena)
6 "Charmings vs. Evil Queen" Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
7 "Emma's Theme" Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan)
8 "A Happy Beginning" Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan)
Colin O'Donoghue (Hook)
Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret Blanchard)
Josh Dallas (David Nolan)
Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills)
Rebecca Mader (Zelena)
Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills)



  • The title card features an orchestra.
    • This was the second title card not to be accompanied by the usual opening music, the first being "A Land Without Magic".
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on February 21, 2017.[6]
    • The episode was also referred to as "The Musical Episode", as it was revealed by choreographer Paul Becker via his Instagram account on February 9, 2017.[7]

Production Notes

  • According to Jane Espenson, a musical special feature was already considered back in 2014, but it did not happen because it was too expensive.[8]
  • This episode has been in the works since Summer 2016.[9]
  • Sidney Glass' name is misspelled as "Sydney" on the press release of this episode.[2]
  • According to Adam Horowitz, it was hard to figure out how to meld the "voice" of the show with a musical.[10]
  • A special screening of the episode, followed by a Q&A session with executive producers and available cast, happened on May 2, 2017 at the Frank G. Wells Theater on the Walt Disney Studio Lot at Burbank, CA.[11]
  • During the beginning scene with a young Emma, Mckenna Grace had headphones in and listened to a version of Emma's Theme on piano in order to hum it.[12]
  • By the time of this episode, Jakob Davies had become too old to play Pinocchio, so instead the role was played by Jakob's younger brother Jack, who looks very much like him. Jack had never wanted to act but did this as a service to his brother, "to keep Pinocchio in the family".[13]
  • Jiminy Cricket appears in this episode, but Raphael Sbarge is not voicing him.
  • While filming the part where Hook jumps on the chair during his song, Colin O'Donoghue fractured his foot during a fall in an effort to save his face and a camera.[14] He then kept filming with a broken foot.[15] This happened on the last day of filming.[16]
  • In the Enchanted Forest flashback, after Hook says, "We've got a date with destiny", Snow White can be seen touching her belly,[17] a subtle nod to the fact that her unborn daughter is Hook's future wife.
    • Also, the way Hook walks through the arch of swords raised by his fellow pirates is very similar to a tradition commonly used in military weddings.
  • A number of different locations were considered for Emma and Hook's wedding, even Granny's Diner. In the end, they settled on a brand new location on top of a roof, with Storybrooke itself as a backdrop.[18]
  • During the filming of "A Happy Beginning", an entire take had to be filmed again due to Lana Parrilla and Rebecca Mader dancing in a risque fashion after thinking they were off camera.[19]
  • During filming, Henry says, "Grandma made a wish, that made everyone sing. So you're always reminded that you are not alone." This line is not in the final episode.[20]

Song Notes

  • At the origin, the episode was supposed to feature seven songs,[21] but one track ended up being split in two songs: "The Queen Sings" and "Love Doesn't Stand a Chance".[22]
  • Songs were recorded in advance, and then played back on set as the actors choreographed.[23]
  • About the songs, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis say:
    • The inspiration for "A Happy Beginning" is that they wanted the wedding to be about all Storybrooke, and not just Emma and Hook. The song is about "how everyone is facing this together and how this family has come together", so they wanted to "start with [Emma and Hook singing], but then stretch out to everybody because that is the core of the show".[24]
    • "Wicked Always Wins" is "Zelena's moment to shine" as "Rebecca does a phenomenal job with that song". They added, "it's all sort of pertaining to the stuff that is happening".[24]
    • "Powerful Magic" has a "very pilot feel to it in a sense". They explain that Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas "were so excited to do the musical that when you watch them do their duet [...] their enthusiasm is like you can feel it", before adding "it's the Snow and Charming you love the most".[24]
      • In order to calm Goodwin's nerves about singing, the producers allowed her to prerecord her songs in a blacked-out booth so no one could watch her.[25]
    • "Love Doesn't Stand a Chance" is "very much a Regina song" as they "wanted the songs to reflect the people who are singing them". The tone is said to be a "kind of David Bowie meets Rocky Horror".[24]
      • Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner added that the song was also inspired by Blondie.[26]
    • "Emma's Theme" is "a super emotional song that really [...] kind of expresses essence of the character and, in may ways, sums up her journey thus far". They describe Jennifer Morrison as "amazing".[24]
  • "Charmings vs. Evil Queen" has been described as "a grand (and royally entertaining) sing-off".[27]
  • According to Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner:
    • The bird whistling at the beginning of "Powerful Magic" is a homage to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Mary Poppins.[28]
    • Hook's song is inspired by Queen's "Somebody to Love".[29]
    • They jokingly referred to "Wicked Always Wins" as "Total Eclipse of the Witch",[30] as the song is inspired by Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
    • When the Evil Queen is taking the song of Snow White and Prince Charming, a minor of "Powerful Magic" can be heard.[31]
    • Adapting the main theme of the show, made by Mark Isham, as the song in Emma's heart was their first idea.[32]
    • The chorus of "A Happy Beginning" is composed of them, their wives and other singers.[33]
    • The wedding song was supposed to be a complete different one, titled "Once Upon a Time". However, they thought it needed to be more romantic and inspiring, so they made "A Happy Beginning" instead of it.[34]
      • A line from this version is: "Every fairy tale has a timeless trend/On the final page there's a happy end...".[35]
  • According to Lana Parrilla, she couldn't use her own singing voice for the Evil Queen. She had to learn what the Evil Queen's singing voice would sound like.[36]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • When the Older Girl catches Emma singing, she snidely asks if Emma thinks she's going to be the next Madonna.

Props Notes

  • The poster that young Emma is reading says:[47]





  • Happy's dwarf nose and ears were later put up for auction on E-Bay by the charity organization Bullies Keep Out.[48]
  • The floor mirror that the Evil Queen interacts with during her solo number[49] is the mirror that Cora comes out of in "Souls of the Departed".[50] It also happens to be the same mirror that Regina sent her through in "We Are Both".[51]
  • An excerpt from the fairytale of "The Yellow Bird" can be seen in Henry's storybook.[52]
    • The page that falls out of the book says: "Do not despair. Hope is not lost." The Blue Fairy held up her wand as it began to glow brightly with the magic of their song. "You wished she could have a chance at a happy ending. With everyone's song in her heart, she will." Then it dawned on Snow White, realization breaking like the sun through clouds. Emma would never be alone. Not with the voices of the people who loved her in her heart. And with a little hope, their songs would resurface when Emma needed it the most."[53]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

  • Emma is wearing[55] a Veda Jayne Suede Jacket (no longer available).[56] She wears the same garment during the end sequence[57] of "The Final Battle Part 2" and in the Season Seven episode, "A Pirate's Life".[58]
  • Emma's wedding dress is strongly inspired by the one worn by Grace Kelly during her wedding with Rainier III of Monaco.[59][60] Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue both felt that the dress should be something very vintage, so Jennifer and costume designer Eduardo Castro looked at several designs and Jennifer immediately responded to Grace Kelly's wedding dress, which was originally designed by Helen Rose in 1956. Grace Kelly's dress addressed all the concerns that Jennifer had and they decided to replicate it.[18]
    • Jennifer Morrison explained that the dress "represents the elegance and simplicity of classic timeless strength mixed with the delicacy of femininity and vulnerability".[59][60] It is supposed to look classic and a little bit timeless.[18]
    • Originally, the wedding was to be shot outside, therefore considerations of warmth needed to be addressed when the gown was made. The dress is an intricate Alençon lace and ivory peau de soie gown with a matching silk tulle veil, and both were constructed in the Once Upon a Time workrooms over the course of just two weeks. The costume designer's assistant only had a few days to construct the headpiece.[18]
  • The earrings that Emma wears for her wedding[61] are the same earrings that she wore for her first date with Hook in "The Apprentice".[62]
  • Emma's and Hook's wedding rings were designed by the Vancouver-based jewelry designer Bloodline Design,[63] the same company that designed Hook's pirate necklace.[64]
    • Emma's wedding band was approved by Colin O'Donoghue, because the show creators felt that no one knew the character of Hook better than him. The costume department showed him the wedding band, "And I was like, 'Yeah, that'll do.'"[18]
  • Hook wears a black velvet jacket for the wedding, which was Edward Kitsis' idea.[65] Originally, costume designer Eduardo Castro had an ivory gabardine suit made.[18] At the very last moment, they threw it out and went for a black velvet Burberry jacket instead,[18] as Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz thought that Hook needed to have a tuxedo that reflected his personality and had a little edge to it. The velvet felt like "the Hook-version of fancy".[65] Colin O'Donoghue "wanted everything to feel like one of those old black-and-white musicals", and the wedding outfit is a combination of this idea and the velvet.[60]
  • Regina's wedding outfit[66] is a Ted Baker Color-Blocked Silk-Bodice Dress (no longer available).[67]
  • Zelena's wedding outfit[66] is a Sleeveless Metallic Gown from Aidan Mattox.[68]

Filming Locations

  • Emma and Hook's wedding on top of the roof was filmed against a blue-screen,[72] while Storybrooke was inserted as a background plate during post-production.

International Titles





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