"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.
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. Emma wears a beautiful white nightgown in this scene.
- The title card features the statue of King David and Queen Snow in the Wish Realm.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on October 14, 2016.
- The episode is named after a Pink Floyd album and song of the same name. Adam Horowitz is a fan of the band.
- The oil painting of Baelfire required Michael Raymond-James' approval.
- The establishing shot of the Evil Queen's Palace is an altered version of a shot of the real palace in the Season Three episode "The Tower". 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. 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". 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." 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.
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Changelings" and before "Tougher Than the Rest". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Wish Realm events take place several years after "Eloise Gardener", and before "Tougher Than the Rest".
- Emma found the sword from her vision in "Changelings".
- Robin Hood died in "Last Rites".
- Regina separated herself from her other half in "An Untold Story".
- The Evil Queen references the sleeping curse that Emma's parents are under, which she cursed them with in "Heartless".
- Belle gave birth to Gideon and gave him to Mother Superior in "Changelings".
- Mr. Gold gets revenge on the Evil Queen for something she did to Belle in "Changelings".
- Mr. Gold first used a tracking bracelet on someone during "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- Emma started to have visions about her death at the hands of a hooded figure in "The Savior".
- Emma mentions that the only way Regina can hurt her other half is by hurting herself. The first time Regina did this was in "Changelings".
- Jasmine gained the genie lamp in "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- Aladdin became a genie in "Changelings".
- Emma confided in Aladdin about her wish to never have been the Savior during "Dark Waters".
- In the Wish Realm, Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, which is sitting on a cupcake, just like she did in "Pilot".
- Neal died in the Land Without Magic in "Quiet Minds".
- Hook made preparations to move into Emma's house during "Strange Case".
- The Evil Queen first warned the heroes that they'd "tear themselves apart" during "A Bitter Draught".
- The Magic Globe was first used by Mr. Gold in "In the Name of the Brother".
- The Evil Queen offers Regina an apple martini, just like she did with Zelena in "The Savior".
- Regina kept Snow White and Prince Charming apart in several instances; first by cursing Snow in "An Apple Red as Blood", casting the Dark Curse in "Pilot" to erase the couple's memories of each other, and then attempting to make David believe Mary Margaret was a cold-blooded murderer throughout "Red-Handed" until "The Return".
- Regina tried drive Emma out of town during "The Thing You Love Most", and attempted to poison her in "An Apple Red as Blood".
- When Regina refers to King David and Queen Snow by name, David orders her to "Show some respect! It's 'your majesties'!". The Evil Queen made the same order to Emma when she referred to the Queen as "Regina" after travelling back in time and attended a ball at King Midas' castle in "Snow Drifts".
- The real Rumplestiltskin was trapped in the Dark Dungeon in "The Price of Gold", and took in Regina as his magic student in "We Are Both".
- The Black Fairy first appeared in "Changelings".
- Regina's appearance at Henry's knighthood ceremony mirrors her disruption of Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding in "Pilot".
- David references the past times the Evil Queen has tried to wreak havoc in Storybrooke; sending an assassin after him and his wife and when Mr. Gold gave Acheron water to the Queen in "Heartless".
- Henry throwing a sword over his head at Regina is reminiscent of Prince Charming throwing his sword at the Evil Queen in "Pilot". This move was also used by Emma when fighting Maleficent in "A Land Without Magic", and Regina when fighting the Count of Monte Cristo in "A Bitter Draught".
- The Black Fairy first appeared in "Changelings".
- The Evil Queen's execution was almost carried out in "The Cricket Game".
- David fears becoming like his twin brother, whose bloodthirsty nature was seen during "Tiny" and "Sisters".
- Jasmine revealed that Agrabah was missing in "Street Rats".
- Jasmine and Aladdin find Agrabah in "A Wondrous Place".
- Aladdin gives Henry a scarab token that Jasmine originally gave him in "Street Rats".
- The Evil Queen is returned to human form in "Ill-Boding Patterns".
- Emma and Regina escape the Wish Realm in "Tougher Than the Rest".
- Emma hums Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, an allusion to the scene in Pinocchio, in which Geppetto wishes on a blue star and his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and the Seven Dwarves from the Snow White fairytale, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, Rumplestiltskin from the Rumplestiltskin fairytale, Granny from the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, Aladdin and the Princess from One Thousand and One Nights, Morpheus from Greek Mythology, and Robin Hood from the ballad.
- The statue of King David and Queen Snow was later put in front of The Bridge Studios, where Once Upon a Time films.
|French||"Trois Vœux"||"Three Wishes"|
|German||"Der Retter ist weit und das Böse bereit"||"The Savior is Far and the Evil is Ready"|
|Italian||"Vorrei che fossi qui"||"Wish You Were Here"|
|Portuguese||"Quero Você Aqui"||"I Want You Here"|