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"Fall" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of Once Upon a Time, which aired on November 30, 2014.


Opening sequence

In the forest, snow falls over Elsa and Anna's parents' ship at the bottom of the sea, with Gerda's message to her daughters on the ocean floor.

In Arendelle and at Sea

Anna and Kristoff are unfrozen, and are trying to find Elsa when Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) and his brothers come and try to imprison them for "treason". Anna and Kristoff escape and run off and decide to go to the pirate Blackbeard (Charles Mesure) to look for the wishing star, which they could use to bring back Elsa who is trapped in the magic urn. When they get to Blackbeard, they say they will pay for the wishing star with his weight in gold. Hans and his brothers suddenly appear and tell Anna and Kristoff that the whole thing was a setup. Hans then says that Arendelle has been frozen for 30 years, which surprises Anna and Kristoff. As they worry about what may have happened to Elsa and what the Snow Queen has done since then, they are put in a trunk and dumped into the sea by Hans and Blackbeard, so Hans and his brothers could take Arendelle. As Anna and Kristoff are trying to escape the filling trunk, Kristoff puts off Anna's marriage proposal temporarily, saying that he would only marry her after they escaped. As the water level nears the top, they suddenly are brought to the beach in Storybrooke where Emma and Elsa are located, because Elsa wished for Anna.

In Storybrooke

Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) approaches Ingrid (Elizabeth Mitchell) and asks that Belle (Emilie de Ravin), and Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) are spared from the Spell of Shattered Sight, so that he can take Belle and Henry and leave town, with the alternative being that he would spend "the rest of eternity" trying to rip Ingrid's heart out. She agrees to this proposal. Meanwhile, everyone else is trying to figure out how to escape the Spell of Shattered Sight. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) says that the best solution is to just leave the town, but the ice wall is blocking every way out and not allowing anyone to get out of Storybrooke, and when David tries to cut it down, new ice structures emerge to block his effort, which knocks him back. However, a crack appears in the ice, which reveals Anna's necklace, and Elsa retrieves it. Belle and the fairies try to come up with a counterspell at Granny's to reverse the curse effect. They can make one with either Anna's (Elizabeth Lail) hair or her necklace, because she is now immune to the curse, as Ingrid already cast the same curse over her. Elsa (Georgina Haig) takes her sister's necklace and attempts to find Anna using it and a locator spell, but it leads her and Emma to a solid wall in the tunnels under the library. Emma convinces Elsa that it is too risky to blast through. After making it back to the library, at the constant urging of Regina, and eventually Mary Margaret, Emma explains to Elsa that she needs to think about saving more lives than just her sister's. Elsa finally hands over the bag, but when Mother Superior opens it, it is revealed that Elsa tricked them using rocks, and went back to find Anna on her own. Gold orders Hook (Colin O'Donoghue), since Gold has his heart, to stop the fairies and take their magic with the Sorcerer's Hat, so he can gain the power to free himself from the Dagger. Hook reluctantly does so, and when Gold takes Belle out of the diner with the excuse that fairies can never be trusted, Hook captures all of the fairies. Gold then takes Belle to his shop, and after kissing her, locks her in for her own protection.

Elsa desperately wants to find her sister and blast through the wall with her powers, and is aided by Emma, who has decided to help her search for Anna. The necklace leads the two to the beach, where the glowing from the locator spell stops, but Anna is not there. Emma tells her that magic is not always accurate, and that she needs to accept the truth that Anna may no longer even be alive. Elsa weeps and wishes that she could know what happened to her and that she could see her again. Suddenly the necklace begins to glow. The necklace turns out to be the Wishing Star, and a trunk emerges from the water, where Anna and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) come out of it. Then, Gerda's message in the bottle for her daughters appears ashore on the beach, unnoticed by anyone.

After a brief reunion, they run to Granny's to take Anna's hair to finish the counter spell, but surprisingly they find out that no one there, since Hook had captured the fairies, who remains hiding behind the counter as the others leave. The four head to the sheriff's office, and find Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas), and Neal there. David reunites with Kristoff & Joan (Anna's brief codename) and gives each of them hugs. David introduces Kristoff & Anna to his family: Snow (his wife), Neal (his son), and Emma (his daughter). Anna asks David how Emma could be his daughter since they appeared so close in age, but Emma says she'll explain once the curse is broken. Mary Margaret then hands Emma the keys to the jail, and says to lock her and David in separate cells, as they don't want to hurt themselves or anyone else, while Kristoff handcuffs himself to a sheriff's desk. Emma reluctantly does so, and takes her baby brother Neal to protect him. Hook comes in, stating that he had to see Emma one last time and the two tearfully kiss goodbye, before Hook leaves to chain himself to a dock at the marina.

In the mayor's office, Regina (Lana Parrilla) tells Henry to stay in her office and to not let anyone in or out. She seals the door to her office and runs into Robin (Sean Maguire) who pleads he is not afraid of her and wants to stay by her side, but she replies that no one will be safe when this curse hits. Hidden with Marian, she then runs to her vault and seals herself in. Finally, the curse falls upon the town and Ingrid directs the movement of the Spell of Shattered Sight, an indigo thunderstorm covers the town, and mirror shards begin to rain down from the sky, as Hook looks on from the docks. Then, mirror shards begin raining into the police station through the ventilation shafts, as Elsa, Anna, Emma, and Neal huddle on the floor holding on to each other, as Kristoff tries to blink the mirror shards out of his eyes. Then, Mary Margaret's and David's eyes frost over and "crack," and they let go of each other's hands and begin look menacingly at each other.

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Season One: "Pilot" | "The Thing You Love Most" | "Snow Falls" | "The Price of Gold" | "That Still Small Voice" | "The Shepherd" | "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" | "Desperate Souls" | "True North" | "7:15 A.M." | "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" | "Skin Deep" | "What Happened to Frederick" | "Dreamy" | "Red-Handed" | "Heart of Darkness" | "Hat Trick" | "The Stable Boy" | "The Return" | "The Stranger" | "An Apple Red as Blood" | "A Land Without Magic"
Season Two: "Broken" | "We Are Both" | "Lady of the Lake" | "The Crocodile" | "The Doctor" | "Tallahassee" | "Child of the Moon" | "Into the Deep" | "Queen of Hearts" | "The Cricket Game" | "The Outsider" | "In the Name of the Brother" | "Tiny" | "Manhattan" | "The Queen Is Dead" | "The Miller's Daughter" | "Welcome to Storybrooke" | "Selfless, Brave and True" | "Lacey" | "The Evil Queen" | "Second Star to the Right" | "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
Season Three: "The Heart of the Truest Believer" | "Lost Girl" | "Quite a Common Fairy" | "Nasty Habits" | "Good Form" | "Ariel" | "Dark Hollow" | "Think Lovely Thoughts" | "Save Henry" | "The New Neverland" | "Going Home" | "New York City Serenade" | "Witch Hunt" | "The Tower" | "Quiet Minds" | "It's Not Easy Being Green" | "The Jolly Roger" | "Bleeding Through" | "A Curious Thing" | "Kansas" | "Snow Drifts" | "There's No Place Like Home"
Season Four: "A Tale of Two Sisters" | "White Out" | "Rocky Road" | "The Apprentice" | "Breaking Glass" | "Family Business" | "The Snow Queen" | "Smash the Mirror" | "Fall" | "Shattered Sight" | "Heroes and Villains" | "Darkness on the Edge of Town" | "Unforgiven" | "Enter the Dragon" | "Poor Unfortunate Soul" | "Best Laid Plans" | "Heart of Gold" | "Sympathy for the De Vil" | "Lily" | "Mother" | "Operation Mongoose"
Season Five: "The Dark Swan" | "The Price" | "Siege Perilous" | "The Broken Kingdom" | "Dreamcatcher" | "The Bear and the Bow" | "Nimue" | "Birth" | "The Bear King" | "Broken Heart" | "Swan Song" | "Souls of the Departed" | "Labor of Love" | "Devil's Due" | "The Brothers Jones" | "Our Decay" | "Her Handsome Hero" | "Ruby Slippers" | "Sisters" | "Firebird" | "Last Rites" | "Only You" | "An Untold Story"
Season Six: "The Savior" | "A Bitter Draught" | "The Other Shoe" | "Strange Case" | "Street Rats" | "Dark Waters" | "Heartless" | "I'll Be Your Mirror" | "Changelings" | "Wish You Were Here" | "Tougher Than The Rest"
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "Down the Rabbit Hole" | "Trust Me" | "Forget Me Not" | "The Serpent" | "Heart of Stone" | "Who's Alice?" | "Bad Blood" | "Home" | "Nothing to Fear" | "Dirty Little Secrets" | "Heart of the Matter" | "To Catch a Thief" | "And They Lived..."


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Unicorns | Dragons | Wraith | Bridge Trolls | Ogres | Mermaids | Flying Monkeys | Rock Trolls | Will O' the Wisps | Furies | Munchkins

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