Only You
Season 5, Episode 22
Only You (Once Upon a Time)
Airdate May 15, 2016
Written by David H. Goodman & Andrew Chambliss
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Episode Guide
Last Rites
An Untold Story
Only You is the twenty-second episode of the fifth season of the American fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time and the first part of the show's fifth-season finale, which aired on May 15, 2016.

In this episode, Henry and Violet leave Storybrooke to destroy magic, so Emma, Regina, and Mr. Gold go after them. Meanwhile, Snow, David, Hook, and Zelena find themselves in a strange new land.

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Opening sequence

The title logo is attached to a flying dirigible.

Event chronology

The Land Without Magic events take place after "Last Rites". The Land of Untold Stories events take place before "An Untold Story".

In Storybrooke

At Granny's, Regina is in mourning during a wake for Robin. Snow and David are ready to console Regina and even Zelena is ready to reach out each other in the wake of her loss to Hades. Violet also pays respects to Robin as she tells Henry she was worried about him while he was in the Underworld. At the Clock tower, Gold is looking for another way to wake up Belle, and begins to look at the Olympian Crystal, which he'll use to tether all the magic from Storybrooke. Gold holds the crystal and it glows. Back at the Diner, Emma wants to talk to Regina but suddenly they hear a noise, and witnesses a series of beams shooting outside from the Olympian Crystal. All of a sudden Hook shows up as Emma tells Regina about his return. Realizing that Gold is behind it, everyone traces the disturbance to the tower; Emma and Regina figure out that Gold couldn't wake Belle with True Love's kiss since she doesn't love him anymore, so he stole Storybrooke's magic as part of a plan to wake her. Emma tells Regina to let her and the others handle this one, leading to the two bickering until Henry stops them, but after Regina disappears, Emma tells Henry to leave as well, only to meet up with Violet at the Pawn Shop. Henry is upset over how magic has destroyed his family and sees it as bad, so he comes up with a solution by creating a plan called “Operation Mixtape.” Utilizing his role as the Author, Henry uses the quill to writes himself as the possessor of the crystal, and suddenly, it appears in his hand. He sends both mothers a text, detailing his plans.

When Gold tells the others that Henry has taken the crystal, he tells them that Henry could destroy all magic and with it, Storybrooke. Emma notes she placed a GPS app on Henry’s phone to find him, but Henry had the phone left behind on the bus on purpose. At the same time, Zelena uses the Apprentice's wand and creates a portal door to return Merida and the Camelot residents to their homes (and also sends the Merry Men back to the Sherwood Forest for Roland to grow up there) just in case magic does get destroyed. Unfortunately, the portal becomes too strong that it dragged Zelena, Snow, David, and Hook into it because of the magic tied to the crystal. The portal closes and vanishes in thin air.


Regina and Emma are looking for Henry and Violet in Boston, but they have lost the tracker because as Henry left his phone on the bus, as he knew Emma placed the GPS tracker app on it. After she shows the lady the picture of Henry on her phone, Regina grabs Henry's phone and throws it in the trash. Suddenly, Regina's anger lights the trash on fire, and Emma makes it go away. They also discover that magic can work outside of Storybrooke, as Henry has taken the crystal and the magic. Regina then uses a needle on Emma's bloody finger on the map where to find Henry and Violet, leading them to New York City.

In The Unknown Realm

Zelena, Snow, David, and Hook soon find themselves in a new realm, but Zelena has no way to return as her wand broke upon arrival. The four come across a frightened groundsman who warns them they shouldn’t be there, only to have another man appear and use magic to knock the unwanted visitors out. Hours later, they wake up in a cage of enchanted bars and are greeted by the warden, who believes that the Dark One must have sent them; they are enemies. They convince the warden that Gold is their enemy as well, and their arrival was an accident on his part in trying to wake Belle; however, the warden keeps them prisoner anyhow. The groundsman then visits the four, and agrees to help them if they will take him to Storybrooke.

After Zelena gives the groundsman her broken wand to repair, the orderly, Poole, finds him and takes Zelena's wand, then pours a blue potion down his throat which turns him into the warden himself. It turns out that the groundsman is actually Dr. Jekyll, and the warden is Mr. Hyde. He creates a portal using the wand, and pulls Pandora's Box from New York City, thus throwing a wrench into Gold's plans to free Belle from the sleeping curse. Hyde plans to blackmail Gold to cooperate with him if he ever wants to see Belle again.

In New York City

In New York City, it's discovered that Henry and Violet have arrived, as Emma’s blood traced them to Henry, but it also leads Gold to his whereabouts. At Neal's apartment, Henry tells Violet that his father was trying to destroy magic before he died, so they make plans to find his journal. Moments later, Regina and Emma shows up to the place, and Regina encounters an old letter from Robin addressed to her, reminding her that she will always be the brave heroine with whom he fell in love.

Regina admits that she will never be at peace with herself as she wondered should she become the Evil Queen again because she feels cursed and will never find redemption, realizing that the more good that she does, the more people she loses. And before Emma can convince her, darkness has started to consume Regina again. They are unaware that Gold was listening to their conversation.

At the library, Henry and Violet look for more answers and Henry finds multiple "Once Upon a Time" storybooks containing different stories. Violet then sees a black duplicate of the Holy Grail, which was said to hold all magic. Henry breaks the glass, steals the item and stashes it in his bag, after seeing that it is capable of sapping magic from the Olympian Crystal. Gold then catches up with them, puts them both to sleep and leaves with the crystal. Emma and Regina later find Henry and Violet, but Henry leaves out the part about finding the Holy Grail, realizing that their magic is ineffective again, due to Gold's actions. Regina uses a needle on Henry's finger to find out whether Gold is still in New York. They blood from Henry's bloody finger on the map, but the magic isn't working, because Gold is at the Hotel, and he stripped them of their magic, via the crystal.

Cultural references

  • The title for this episode is named after the song by Yazoo which has been previously featured in "The Price" and "Dreamcatcher".
  • This episode introduces Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Poole from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
  • The items Henry showed to Violet at Gold's Pawn Shop include Geppetto's parents transformed into puppets, needles for the sleeping curse and a snow globe.


  • The title is the same as the song Henry plays for Violet. The same song Neal used to play for Emma.
  • The label on the hotel door says 'Hotel d'Or'. Or is the French word for Gold.
  • Sam Witwer has previously played a character with a dual personality (Davis Bloome/Doomsday) in "Smallville".
  • Sam Witwer starred in the US version of Being Human. Amy Manson starred in the original UK version of Being Human.
  • The object/animal/person in this episode is the Once Upon a Time logo on a flying dirigible.
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
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