Season 7, Episode 21
Airdate May 11, 2018
Written by David H. Goodman
Directed by Steve Pearlman
Episode Guide
Is This Henry Mills?
Leaving Storybrooke
Homecoming is the twenty-first episode of the seventh season and the 154th episode overall of the American fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time. Written by David H. Goodman, and directed by Steve Pearlman, it premiered on ABC in the United States on May 11, 2018.

In the episode, Henry is forcing into a deal by the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin by holding his family prisoner in order to retrieve the Dagger, but the plan also brings Regina, Hook, and a determined Weaver to the Wish Realm to find a way to stop him, not knowing that they’re in for a surprise from the trickster. In the past, the young Henry turns down the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin’s offer to help him despite the Alternative Dark One’s refusal to take no for a answer.

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Opening sequence

The “O” in the series’ fonts creates a portal.

Event Chronology

In the Characters' Past

In the Wish Realm, Sir Henry comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress, but another prince arrives to save the day. Despite being disappointed, Sir Henry lets things go, content to keep trying to find his story. The Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin appears ready to give him a deal, but Sir Henry turned him down, vowing never to make any deals.

In The Present Day

With the curse destroyed, everyone is celebrating a new beginning. When Henry brings up Facilier to Regina, he started to wonder about him. At another part of town, Hook and Alice have a conversation but from afar. When Regina showed up at Facilier’s office, she finds Weaver tied up and released him and warned her about the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin.

Speaking of the Alternate Dark One, he surprised Henry at his apartment just as Henry, Ella, and Lucy were celebrating their reunion. When they blew out the candles on the cupcakes, Henry discovers Ella and Lucy gone. Rumpelstiltskin sent them away and is using them as bargaining chips by forcing Henry into attaining The Dagger, despite Henry's refusal to make deals. Henry later informed Regina, Hook, and Weaver about what happened. So the foursome, with the use of Hook’s magic hook, create a portal that brings them to the Wish Realm.

In the Wish Realm

When Henry, Regina, Hook, and Weaver enter the Wish Realm, the portal splits the quartet up. Henry and Regina end up in Rumpelstiltskin’s castle and runs into Peter Pan, who is being held in a gallow and warns the two about Rumpelstiltskin. They also run into another prisoner, a Wish Realm version of Cruella De Vil. After dealing with her, the two find Ella and Lucy trapped in a snow globe and discover that The Dark Rumpelstiltskin is the only one who can release them but because Henry brought along others he fills the snow globe with real snow and increases the temperatures to freeze them.

In the forest, Weaver and Hook ended up at the home of the original Rumpelstiltskin before he became a Dark One. Weaver believes it was there to torture his past. The two arrived at a cavernous location and encounter the Wish Realm Ariel, who is ready to bring them to the Castle.

When Weaver rejoined Henry and Regina at the castle, Weaver and Regina suggested that Henry stay and help save his family despite Henry being reluctant. Weaver then return to the farm and confronted the alter ego, but this time he was ready by tricking him by giving him the Dagger. As the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin takes possession, he is frozen by squid ink and Weaver is about to kill him. Regina interrupted his attempt, allowing the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin to free himself of the ink, then reminded Weaver of the previous encounter with the Seer, who told him that Henry would be his undoing, as he wanted to use Henry for different reasons altogether.

Henry finds a quill and finds a way to use it, but knocks Hook out so he can seek out the answer. That night in the forest, Henry is confronted by the blind sorcerer, who reminded Henry of the responsibility that came with being the Author, and showed him the quill that he had in his hand. When Henry returns to the castle, he used the quill to suck the ink out of Cruella, but before he can write in the book, the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin takes the quill and book away from him and surprises Henry with a new ally: Sir Henry, who has now made a deal with the Alternate Dark One after having refused earlier in the flashback. It appears that the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin wants Sir Henry to use the ink and the book to rewrite the story to give the Wish Realm Rumpelstiltskin the power he craves, and to keep the Guardian from taking possession of the Dagger. With the stroke of a pen, and despite pleas from the Adult Henry that what he is doing is making a serious mistake, Sir Henry alters the course in the book and made Adult Henry, Hook, and Weaver disappear, joining Ella and Lucy as prisoners. Regina is spared because Sir Henry got something in exchange for the deal, which is to seek revenge on Regina for killing his grandparents during the previous encounter when Regina rescued Emma from the Wish Realm (still thinking "his mother" is being kept from him by Regina).

Back in Seattle

In between the events, Tiana is trying to adjust to being Sabine while remembering her previous life as a queen, but Naveen assured her that she still has a responsibility to do what is right for her people in this realm.

At Roni’s, Tilly begins to feel pain and senses something is wrong, and she tells Margot that they should help the others in the Wish Realm. They turn to Sabine for advice, who gathers the residents by the food truck to find something that will guide Margot and Tilly to the Wish Realm. After a little hesitation and Naveen getting their attention, a resident came forward and gave them a magic bean that he had harvested. The bean comes in handy as Tilly and Margot used it to create a portal. Sabine decided to stay behind and guide the residents but wished the ladies the best of luck. As they entered the portal in the food truck, Margot tells Tilly that she knows where to find help, which is in Storybrooke.

Production Notes

Archival footage of previous episodes were used in the episode, which featured a uncredited Shannon Lucio as The Seer.


Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones: Sounds like this Rumplestiltskin is even more dangerous than the last, if he got the better of you.
Weaver: Ah, his victory is temporary. My revenge won't be.
Regina Mills: *Our* revenge. You're not the only one he hurt today.
Captain Killian 'Hook' Jones: To revenge, then. A companion we all know far too well.
Regina Mills: We don't negotiate with villains. We kick ass and protect the people we love.
Henry Mills: That would actually make a pretty good family motto.
Regina Mills: Peter Pan? What happened to you? What happened to this land?
Peter Pan: My son happened. He never forgives, and he never forgets. Guess neither of us grew up.
Regina Mills: Cruella De Vil. Well, I thought you were above being Rumple's lapdog.
Cruella De Vil: I'm not anyone's anything. I was just promised a couple of new furs for a fun evening of killing whoever came knocking at the door.
[Spots Henry]
Cruella De Vil: Oh, then again, perhaps we can strike a bargain for you to be my chew toy. Fancy a little, uh, scratch behind the ear, darling?
Henry Mills: Twisted's not really my type.
Cruella De Vil: Your loss.
Mr. Gold: You see, you made a miscalculation bringing me here. It did remind me of my weakness, but not because of that hammer. Because of you. You see, without Belle, you are just a pathetic beast who needs to be put out of his misery.
Henry Mills: Look, it's a long and complicated story, but basically, in another land, I am the True Author. Now, I need my pen, so whatever test you have to put me through to figure that out, do it.
The Apprentice: As you wish.
[Touches Henry, sees flashes of his life]
The Apprentice: That is indeed a complicated story. The timelines alone would make one's head spin.
The Apprentice: Every story an Author has ever written lives in his heart. You have done good work - could use a little more romance, perhaps, but maybe in your next book.
Henry Mills: What happened? Where are my family? What did you do to them?
Rumpelstiltskin: Well, I sent them back to my home. In the Wish Realm.
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
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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