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The best thieves never work alone.
—The Knave of Hearts to Alice

"To Catch a Thief" is the twelfth episode of ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It was written by A. Nussdorf and J. Schwartz, and directed by Billy Gierhart. It premiered on March 27, 2014.


In flashback, the Knave hunts Alice per Cora’s directive and he finds himself striking a deal to get his heart back, while in present day Wonderland, Alice and the Knave’s friendship is tested as he does Jafar’s bidding and steals from her. Meanwhile, the Jabberwocky attempts to free herself from Jafar’s control and Jafar is confronted by his former partner.[2]




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  • Jafar's spell book contains an illustration[6] by the sixteenth century Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi, from his book History of Monsters (Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium), published posthumously in 1642. The illustration, known as "Monstrum tetrachiron alatum capite humano aurito", shows a monster with four arms, wings and large ears.
    • The table on the opposite page[6] contains symbols from a page in Key of Solomon, an old grimoire incorrectly attributed to King Solomon. This particular page is from one of the earliest manuscript of the grimoire, entitled The Clavicle of Solomon, revealed by Ptolomy the Grecian, dated 1572. (The three symbols used in Jafar's book can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the grimoire page.)
    • Below the table,[6] there are characters from the reconstruction of the mysterious Emerald Tablet,[7] one of the pillars of Western alchemy, and said to be inscribed with the secrets of the universe. One interpretation suggests that the inscription describes seven stages of alchemical transformation—calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, fermentation, distillation and coagulation.[8] Curiously, many of the character's in Jafar's book are mirror-inverted.
    • Below these characters[6] there is a Latin excerpt from Ars grammatica by Aelius Donatus, a fourth century Roman grammarian and teacher of rhetoric. It says: "Vt docte; conparativi, ut doctius; superlativi, ut doctissime. Magis doctius et tam doctissime non dicimus, quia magis et tam positivo gradui tantum iungitur, licet veteres dixerint tam magis et quam magis. Figurae adverbiorum quot sunt?"[9]

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