"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 hundredth 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.
Hook on the phone
The episode features a total of eight songs:
|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)|
|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.
- According to Jane Espenson, a musical special feature was already considered back in 2014, but it did not happen because it was too expensive.
- This episode has been in the works since Summer 2016.
- Sidney Glass' name is misspelled as "Sydney" on the press release of this episode.
- According to Adam Horowitz, it was hard to figure out how to meld the "voice" of the show with a musical.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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. He then kept filming with a broken foot. This happened on the last day of filming.
- In the Enchanted Forest flashback, after Hook says, "We've got a date with destiny", Snow White can be seen touching her belly, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the origin, the episode was supposed to feature seven songs, but one track ended up being split in two songs: "The Queen Sings" and "Love Doesn't Stand a Chance".
- Songs were recorded in advance, and then played back on set as the actors choreographed.
- 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".
- "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".
- "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".
- 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.
- "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".
- "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".
- "Charmings vs. Evil Queen" has been described as "a grand (and royally entertaining) sing-off".
- 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.
- Hook's song is inspired by Queen's "Somebody to Love".
- They jokingly referred to "Wicked Always Wins" as "Total Eclipse of the Witch", 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.
- Adapting the main theme of the show, made by Mark Isham, as the song in Emma's heart was their first idea.
- The chorus of "A Happy Beginning" is composed of them, their wives and other singers.
- 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.
- A line from this version is: "Every fairy tale has a timeless trend/On the final page there's a happy end...".
- 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.
- The Land Without Magic flashback takes place in 1991, the year after "Tougher Than the Rest" and 2 years before "Awake". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place after Snow White and Prince Charming visit Rumplestiltskin in the Dark Dungeon in "Pilot", and before the crisis meeting in "Pilot" and "The Stranger". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Oz flashbacks take place a couple of years after "Heart of Gold" and before Oz is frozen in time by the Dark Curse. (For more details, see the Oz timeline)
- In the episode's opening scene, Snow White and Prince Charming has just returned from a conversation with Rumplestiltskin in the Dark Dungeon. This conversation took place in "Pilot".
- This is the second time Grumpy's pick ax is broken. The first time was when he accidentally broke it when he was chipping diamonds in "Dreamy".
- Mary Margaret finds the wedding dress that she wore for her own wedding in "Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most" and "The New Neverland".
- Emma's family finds the clock tower full of dark fairy dust, the same substance used to transform the Bridge Trolls into cockroaches in "Snow Falls" and Snow White into a ladybug in "Snow Drifts".
- Regina recalls how she ruined Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding, an event that took place in "Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most" and "The New Neverland".
- Pinocchio can be seen carving a whale, the same figurine he is seen working on in "Pilot" and "The Stranger".
- The Evil Queen sings that Snow White stole her shot at one true love, referring to what happened to Daniel in "The Stable Boy".
- Hook sings that a crocodile took his hand and adds that he did more than that, referring to how Rumplestiltskin killed Milah and cut off Hook's hand in "The Crocodile".
- Snow White and Prince Charming say that they have Rumplestiltskin in their dungeon. How he ended up there is explained in "The Price of Gold".
- Hook knocks Mr. Gold out with a dart from a blowgun, just like Tiger Lily did to Hook in "Awake".
- Hook mentions how Dreamshade almost killed Mr. Gold once, referring to what happened in "The Queen Is Dead".
- After Hook knocks out Mr. Gold, he says that he is going to "skin himself a crocodile", the exact same words that he used when he met up with Cora at the end of "The Crocodile".
- Emma's box of keepsakes first appears when she unpacks her things in "The Price of Gold". It is the same box that she showed to Hook in "Breaking Glass". In "Tougher Than the Rest", she is seen opening the same box to show August a set of pages from "The Ugly Duckling" fairytale.
- Zelena makes a reference to how Rumplestiltskin chose Regina to cast the Dark Curse instead of her, which happened in "It's Not Easy Being Green".
- Zelena sings, "Evil may be powerful, but wicked always wins", mirroring her line in the final scene from "New York City Serenade", where she says, "The queen may be evil, but I'm wicked, and wicked always wins".
- Zelena sings about how her Cora made Regina queen, an event that took place in "The Stable Boy".
- Emma tells Henry that she should have been brave enough to keep him, referring to how she gave him up in "The Heart of the Truest Believer".
- The reason why the Evil Queen's fireballs do no harm to Snow White and Prince Charming is that Rumplestiltskin cast a protection spell on them in "The Cricket Game".
- When fighting Snow White and Prince Charming, the Evil Queen tries to create a fireball by pulling it out of the fireplace, just like she did during her fight with Maleficent in "The Thing You Love Most". Unfortunately, it doesn't work this time.
- Archie officiates Emma and Hook's wedding, just like he did with Mr. Gold and Belle in "There's No Place Like Home".
- While saying his wedding vows, Hook makes a reference to when he first met Emma, referring to events from "The Doctor".
- Emma mentions how Henry found her and brought her to Storybrooke, an event that took place in "Pilot".
- When seeing the Dark Curse, Leroy shouts, "It's here!", just like he did in "Pilot" and "The New Neverland".
- The Black Fairy's curse is broken in "The Final Battle Part 2".
- The lyrics "With a heigh heigh heigh / And a ho ho ho" sung by Grumpy are a reference to the song "Heigh-Ho" from the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The lyric "He's got no strings" sung by Geppetto is a reference to the song "I've Got No Strings" from the film Pinocchio.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, the Magic Mirror and the Dwarves from the Snow White fairytale, Captain Hook and Smee from the Peter Pan story, Rumplestiltskin from the Rumplestiltskin fairytale, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket, and the Blue Fairy from The Adventures of Pinocchio story, Granny from the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, and the Wicked Witch of the West and Munchkins from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story.
IT IS YOUR
- Happy's dwarf nose and ears were later put up for auction on E-Bay by the charity organization Bullies Keep Out.
- The floor mirror that the Evil Queen interacts with during her solo number is the mirror that Cora comes out of in "Souls of the Departed". It also happens to be the same mirror that Regina sent her through in "We Are Both".
- An excerpt from the fairytale of "The Yellow Bird" can be seen in Henry's storybook.
- 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."
- Geppetto's home is filled with marionettes, a nod to his son and The Adventures of Pinocchio.
- An excerpt from the fairytale of "The Ugly Duckling" can be seen in the book lying among Emma's box of keepsakes.
- Emma is wearing a Veda 'Jayne' Suede Jacket (no longer available). She wears the same garment during the end sequence of "The Final Battle Part 2".
- Emma's wedding dress is strongly inspired by the one worn by Grace Kelly during her wedding with Rainier III of Monaco. 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.
- Jennifer Morrison explained that the dress "represents the elegance and simplicity of classic timeless strength mixed with the delicacy of femininity and vulnerability". It is supposed to look classic and a little bit timeless.
- 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.
- The earrings that Emma wears for her wedding are the same earrings that she wore for her first date with Hook in "The Apprentice".
- Emma's and Hook's wedding rings were designed by the Vancouver-based jewelry designer Bloodline Design, the same company that designed Hook's pirate necklace.
- 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.'"
- Hook wears a black velvet jacket for the wedding, which was Edward Kitsis' idea. Originally, costume designer Eduardo Castro had an ivory gabardine suit made. At the very last moment, they threw it out and went for a black velvet Burberry jacket instead, 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". 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.
- Regina's wedding outfit is a Ted Baker Color-Blocked Silk-Bodice Dress (no longer available).
- Zelena's wedding outfit is a Sleeveless Metallic Gown from Aidan Mattox.
|French||"La Mélodie Dans Ton Cœur"||"The Melody in Your Heart"|
|Italian||"La canzone del tuo cuore"||"The Song of Your Heart"|