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You don't have a home until you just miss it. Being with my parents the last few days...but not really being with them? I've never missed them more. Storybrooke. That's my home.
Emma to Hook

"There's No Place Like Home" is the twenty-second and final episode of Season Three of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the sixty-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 11, 2014.

This episode is the second part of the season three finale, and premiered immediately following "Snow Drifts".

Synopsis

While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family — as well as their very own existence.[2]

Recap

This section is a detailed recap of this episode. There are major spoilers. Click to expand.


Deleted Scenes

These scenes are included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season.

"Princess Leia"

After she has been arrested, Emma, while still under the disguise of Rumplestiltskin's glamour spell, is led in front of the Evil Queen by two black knights. One black knight orders her to kneel before the Queen, but Emma is incredulous at his demand. Regina retorts she needs to, and the two guards push Emma down to the Queen's feet. Then, Regina asks the blonde for Snow White's whereabouts, but Emma replies she already told the guards she does not know. The Evil Queen replies she does not know what kingdom she comes from, but in her realm, the price for aiding Snow White is steep. Trying to defend herself, Emma hesitatingly states she doesn't know where Snow White is, but if Regina desires it, she can help her find the fugitive. The Queen sizes her up for a beat, and remarks that Emma isn't a princess as she recognizes a "dirty street rat" when she sees one. Additionally, the Queen remarks that Emma is not trustworthy, and then has the guards send her to the dungeon.[3]

"Liar, Liar"

Realizing Snow is not with them, Emma asks Red where she is. After some prodding, Red reluctantly admits that Snow isn't coming with them, while Charming realizes that she's using the Dark Fairy Dust to go after Regina.

Cast[2]

Starring

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Uncredited


Trivia

Title

  • The title card features Zelena's time spell.[4]
    • During the original airing, "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home" were separated by a different title card featuring a swan.[5] The manner in which the letters form to make the show logo is different from the other episodes, as is the musical accompaniment.
    • On the Blu-ray/DVD, the swan title card is used as a menu background.
  • The title of this episode was announced by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on March 25, 2014.[6]

Production Notes

  • The Season Three finale was Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue's favorite episodes to film.[7]
  • The flashback scene where Neal and Emma break into the fairground was originally scripted to be them breaking through the gate to a view of Portland at night. The production team found an abandoned amusement park, and felt that Neal showing this kind of place to Emma was something that the character would do.[8]
  • The "past" scenes with Snow White and Prince Charming were a mixture of reshoots and old footage from "Snow Falls".[8][9]
  • The show's producers asked Jamie Dornan to reprise his role as the Huntsman for the season finale, but he was unavailable due to his packed filming schedule for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey and the drama television series The Fall.[10] He would have been spotted by Emma in the Evil Queen's dungeon and Emma would have felt tempted to reach out to him.[11]
  • For the scene where Snow White is trapped in the net, the new close-ups were shot by having Ginnifer Goodwin sitting on a chair, with a net around her.[8]
  • In order to keep the ending scene with Elsa a secret, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis scripted an alternate ending, so that very few people knew about Elsa's appearance in the season finale.[12] Only the show creators and a small crew that filmed the end scene, knew about the secret ending. The scripted ending featured the Sorcerer's hat coming out of the urn instead of Elsa. [13]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

Disney

Lost

Fairytales and Folkore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Goofs

Filming Locations

International Titles


Videos

References

  1. Sunday Final Ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘American Dad’ & ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Adjusted Up; ‘Revenge’, ‘Cosmos’ & ‘Dateline’ Adjusted Down. TV by the Numbers (May 13, 2014).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#321/322) "Snow Drifts / There's No Place Like Home".”
  3. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here it is. Thank you all! Without you, there would be no #OnceUponATime -- hope to see ya in the fall for season 4!" (screenshot) (script photo)
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  6. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's the #OnceUponATime season 3 finale #titlespoiler! All new ep this Sunday! Hope ya check it out!" (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo @CarrieLynne2323 (Carrie Lynne) on Twitter. "Jen and Colin's fav thing to film was the CS movie and Jen even called it a "Captain Swan" movie." (screenshot)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on the Season Three Blu-ray exclusive Audio Commentary
  9. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "mixture of reshoots and old footage. it was one of the trickiest eps ever on a tech level" (screenshot)
  10. Schumann, Rebecca (February 20, 2014). Jamie Dornan Too Busy With 'Fifty Shades' To Film 'Once Upon A Time' Season 3, Says 'OUAT' Producers. International Business Times. “While Dornan, 31, returned to the show last March in a cameo for the season two flashback episode "Welcome to Storybrooke," producers claim Dornan's packed filming schedule, with the erotic romance flick "Fifty Shades of Grey" and his hit drama series "The Fall," made him unavailable to film future "OUAT" episodes. (...) Unfortunately for fans of "OUAT," a series that follows storybook characters stuck in our world, details of Dornan's planned reappearance won't be revealed until the end of season three. "Ask us that after the finale and then we will tell you exactly what we wanted to do," said Kitsis, adding, "You will be so bummed that we didn't get to do it."”
  11. Abrams, Natalie (September 22, 2014). If Jamie Dornan had returned to 'Once Upon a Time': What would've been. Entertainment Weekly. “"We wanted a Peggy Sue Got Married moment," Kitsis tells EW, explaining that Emma would've seen Graham when she was locked up in the Evil Queen's castle. "He would've been one of the guards because it would've been during that period," adds Horowitz. "She would've seen him, and it would've been heartbreaking for her because she would've wanted to reach out to him, but knowing that—because she’s on a mission—she couldn't. It wasn't a big plot thing, but it was an emotional moment that we wanted to do."”
  12. Ratcliffe, Amy (May 13, 2014). ONCE UPON A TIME'S SEASON FINALE HAD AN ALTERNATE ENDING. Nerdist Industries.
  13. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Same scene only it described the sorcerer’s hat coming out of the bottle. Only the small crew that filmed Elsa knew and we did it at the very end of shoot. Was really happy the secret held" (screenshot)
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  15. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "yes! good catch!" (screenshot)
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  26. A Saucy Belle! Once Upon A Time Season 3 Finale Features my Deco Cloche!. The Saucy Milliner (May 12, 2014). “I made this romantic, ‘Deco Cloche’, using a very high quality millinery fur felt (shown here in Winter White) (...) I might have to rename it, 'Belle's Bell' - which of course is what 'cloche' means in French.”
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  37. Furminger, Sabrina (August 20, 2014). Once Upon a Time stuntwoman rolls with the punches. Vancouver Courier. “Her work was particularly critical in the final episodes of the third season, when Goodwin was eight months pregnant. "I actually had to learn all of her dialogue for all those episodes because I was doing her dialogue with the actors and then they'd ADR her in," she says.”
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  39. Gittins, Susan (October 21, 2014). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Goes Back to the 1980s with the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) in Gastown Tonight. Hollywood North. “Is Salmgundi in Gastown a 1980s/1990s flashback like earlier scenes on Granville Street [when the Snow Queen arrives in Boston], at the Playland amusement park [with Mitchell as Sarah Fisher and teen Emma] and at a bus stop in east Vancouver [with Mitchell as Sarah Fisher and teen Emma].”
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