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You can leave this tower!
Prince Charming to Rapunzel

"The Tower" is the fourteenth episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Robert Hull and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the fifty-eighth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 23, 2014.


While Emma, David, Regina and Hook continue their search for the Wicked Witch, she, in turn, is planning a dark surprise for David, and Zelena's prisoner is powerless under her watch as she plots her next course of action against the townspeople. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was in the previous year, Prince Charming stumbles upon Rapunzel, who is trapped inside a tower, and must help her confront her fears in order for her to be free.[2]




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Fairy Tales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • Regina makes a reference to the character Nancy Drew of the book series of the same name.
  • The neighborhood of Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City is mentioned.
  • The Borough of Queens in New York City is mentioned.
  • There is a bicycle with a basket in Zelena's porch, which references Miss Gulch, the Wicked Witch of the West's Kansas counterpart, from the 1939 The Wizard of Oz film, who has a similar bicycle.
  • When David calls Emma's phone, he receives her voice mail, in which she names her work business as "Big Apple Bails Bond". The Big Apple is a popular nickname for New York City.

Costume Notes


  • David explains gaining knowledge about holly berries from previously working in the animal shelter and frequently seeing dogs track them. However, that appears to be unlikely to happen in a real life scenario as holly berries are poisonous to dogs.[15]

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Start a Discussion Discussions about The Tower

  • 314 Casting

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    • SmallvilleFanatic wrote:Well we all just saw the promo for it(if you watched Witch Hunt on Sunday) and Flynn is NOT going to be in it.Flynn...
    • DarKingdomHearts wrote:I hope not. Why does everyone make a link to the frog princess, only because Tiana was black in the Disney version...
  • First Look at OUaT's Rapunzel

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    • AppleTree23 wrote: I would LOVE to see Anna and Elsa, or at least one of them. They could do so much cool stuff with the Arendale.  Your w...
    • I just wonder what her first lines will be or what she will do first.