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Heart of Stone
Season 1, Episode 5
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Airdate November 14, 2013
Written by Katie Wech
Directed by Paul Edwards
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Heart of Stone is the fifth episode of the Once Upon a Time spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

Plot

In the past, Scarlet and Anastasia go through the Looking Glass into Wonderland only to find it is not completely what they expected. Anastasia gains a royal status throughout Wonderland after accepting a deal with the Red King. In the present time, the Red Queen makes a deal with Alice to gain special magic dust that only someone pure of heart can claim, while the White Rabbit is forced to work for Jafar.

Production

Katie Wech was the writer for the episode, while Paul Edwards was its director.

Reception

Ratings

The episode was watched by 3.73 million American viewers, and received an 18-49 rating/share of 0.9/3, roughly the same as the previous episode. The show placed fifth in its timeslot and thirteenth for the night.

Critical reception

Amy Ratcliffe of IGN gave the episode a 5.9 out of 10, giving it a mixed review. She said "Tonight's installment of Wonderland had some fun moments but was mostly predictable. It wasn't horrible, but also not awesome. The story at least moved forward so Cyrus and Alice are closer to being together. Additionally, Sophie Lowe and Emma Rigby offered some good character moments. They weren't enough to carry the episode though."

Christine Orlando of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.3 out of 5, signaling positive reviews.

Lily Sparks of TV.com gave the episode a positive review, saying "All in all, this was a pleasant, simple episode that added a few layers of emotional complexity to one of the series’ most cartoonish characters. The Red Queen definitely needed some characteristics beyond "evil" and "sexy," and we got them. I do wish that this episode had been front-loaded to air earlier in the season—it would've been nice to see more of the Knave and the Red Queen's backstory in the pilot, and the classically styled Alice and the general creepiness would've been a lot more engaging than the marshmallow swamp and terrible animated caterpillar and all that foolishness we endured in the first two episodes."

Quotes

Alice: How do I know this isn't a trick? That you intend for me to fall? Then I'll have to use one of my wishes to save my life.
The Red Queen: If I wanted you to fall off the cliff... I'd push you.
Alice: When two people love each other, there's nothing they can't accomplish together.
The Red Queen: If only that were true.
Alice: [reading an inscription] "The pure of heart shall make the leap."
The Red Queen: It appears to be some sort of test.
Alice: How do you know I'll pass?
The Red Queen: I don't. But between the two of us, I like your chances better than mine. I am many things, darling, but pure of heart is not one of them.
The Red Queen: [Alice has helped her retrieve some magic dust] Come on, then. Hand it over.
Alice: First, tell me where I can find Cyrus.
The Red Queen: Oh, Alice. Isn't being such a good person reward enough?
[the Queen waves her hand and Alice's pouch flies from her hand to the Queen's]
Alice: You lied.
The Red Queen: Indeed. Lest we forget... one of us is pure of heart.
Alice: I gave you your life.
The Red Queen: No! Nobody ever gave me anything. Everything I have, I had to take.
Alice: What about everything you've lost?
Jafar: I'm intrigued by you, Rabbit.
The White Rabbit: Not in a... a main course kind of way, I hope?
Jafar: Rest easy, you're far too valuable to cook.
The White Rabbit: Oh, what a relief.
Anastasia: I just thought things would be different here. When I first heard about Wonderland I figured that the wonder was short for "Wonder-ful", not "wonder-how-we're-going-to-make-it".
The Red Queen: There's darkness everywhere when the sun goes down.
Episodes
Season 1
PilotThe Thing You Love MostSnow FallsThe Price of GoldThat Still Small VoiceThe ShepherdThe Heart Is a Lonely HunterDesperate SoulsTrue North7:15 A.M.Fruit of the Poisonous TreeSkin DeepWhat Happened to FrederickDreamyRed-HandedHeart of DarknessHat TrickThe Stable BoyThe ReturnThe StrangerAn Apple Red as BloodA Land Without Magic
Season 2
BrokenWe Are BothLady of the LakeThe CrocodileThe DoctorTallahasseeChild of the MoonInto the DeepQueen of HeartsThe Cricket GameThe OutsiderIn the Name of the BrotherTinyManhattanThe Queen Is DeadThe Miller's DaughterWelcome to StorybrookeSelfless, Brave and TrueLaceyThe Evil QueenSecond Star to the RightAnd Straight On 'til Morning
Season 3
The Heart of the Truest BelieverLost GirlQuite a Common FairyNasty HabitsGood FormAriel (Episode)Dark HollowThink Lovely ThoughtsSave HenryThe New NeverlandGoing HomeNew York City SerenadeWitch HuntThe TowerQuiet MindsIt's Not Easy Being GreenThe Jolly RogerBleeding ThroughA Curious ThingKansasSnow DriftsThere's No Place Like Home
Season 4
A Tale of Two SistersWhite OutRocky RoadThe ApprenticeBreaking GlassFamily BusinessThe Snow QueenSmash the MirrorFallShattered SightHeroes and VillainsDarkness on the Edge of TownUnforgivenEnter the DragonPoor Unfortunate SoulBest Laid PlansHeart of GoldSympathy for the De VilLilyMotherOperation Mongoose
Season 5
The Dark SwanThe PriceSiege PerilousThe Broken KingdomDreamcatcherThe Bear and the BowNimueBirthThe Bear KingBroken HeartSwan SongSouls of the DepartedLabor of LoveDevil's DueThe Brothers JonesOur DecayHer Handsome HeroRuby SlippersSistersFirebirdLast RitesOnly YouAn Untold Story
Season 6
The SaviorA Bitter DraughtThe Other ShoeStrange CaseStreet RatsDark WatersHeartlessI'll Be Your MirrorChangelingsWish You Were HereTougher Than the RestMurder Most FoulIll-Boding PatternsPage 23A Wondrous PlaceMother's Little HelperAwakeWhere Bluebirds FlyThe Black FairyThe Song in Your HeartThe Final Battle
Season 7
Hyperion HeightsA Pirate's LifeThe Garden of Forking PathsBeautyGreenbacksWake Up CallEloise GardenerPretty in BlueOne Little TearThe Eighth WitchSecret GardenA Taste of the HeightsKnightfallThe Girl in the TowerSisterhoodBreadcrumbsChosenThe GuardianFlower ChildIs This Henry Mills?HomecomingLeaving Storybrooke
Wonderland
Down the Rabbit HoleTrust MeForget Me NotThe SerpentHeart of StoneWho's AliceBad BloodHomeNothing to FearDirty Little SecretsHeart of the MatterTo Catch a ThiefAnd They Lived...
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