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Genie of Agrabah, I wish that Emma Swan's wish – to have never been the Savior – be granted.
—The Evil Queen's wish

"Wish You Were Here" is the tenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one hundred and twenty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 4, 2016.


When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin’s magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"Walking Nightmare" (Scene 27)

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.



A scene with Emma, King David and Queen Snow in Emma's bedroom on the morning of her birthday was filmed, but ended up being cut from the episode.[3] Emma wears a beautiful white nightgown in this scene.[4] A short clip from the filming of the scene is included on the Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season Blooper Reel.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • The oil painting of Baelfire[8] required Michael Raymond-James' approval.[9]
  • The establishing shot of the Evil Queen's Palace[10] is an altered version of a shot of the real palace in the Season Three episode "The Tower".[11] The foreground plate and the castle have been digitally altered to reflect the decrepit state of the castle, and CGI birds have been added to the shot. In addition, one of the mountains in the background has been enlarged.
  • The river that Emma and Regina stop by is the same alterned location where Prince Charming and Snow White first decided to "take back the kingdom" in the Season One finale "A Land Without Magic". This can easily be seen from direction of the trees.[12] But it is not known if these two places are meant to be same since the latter does not have the Royal Castle behind and there seems to be no mountain.
  • In the episode script, Hook says to David, "You are bloody Prince Charming and I'm Captain Hook. Not the other way around".[13] This line is not in the final episode.
  • In the episode script, the scene where Emma first meets Regina in the Wish Realm is slightly longer, with Emma first line being "You. It's you... The Evil Queen. How is that possible? We defeated you."[14] In the final episode, she simply says "You... You're the Evil Queen."
  • According to Adam Horowitz, Gideon's reveal as the figure underneath the hood was planned from the beginning of Season Six.[15]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

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Filming Locations

International Titles



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