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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".


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]


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

Deleted Scenes

"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.



Guest Starring





  • 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 DVD and Blu-ray, 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]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



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Filming Locations

International Titles



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  • Chernabog as season 4A villain

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    • When did they say this? I've never heard it. Chernabog is a good guess, especially considering he was completely pointless in the end...
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