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To Catch a Thief
Season 1, Episode 12
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Airdate March 27, 2014
Written by Adam Nussdorf & Jerome Schwartz
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Episode Guide
Heart of the Matter
And They Lived...

"To Catch a Thief" is the twelfth episode of the Once Upon a Time spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


Revealed in flashback, the Knave hunts Alice per Cora's directive and finds himself striking a deal to get his heart back; Alice and the Knave's friendship is tested as he does Jafar's bidding. Meanwhile, the Jabberwocky attempts to free herself from Jafar's control and Jafar is confronted by his former partner.


Adam Nussdorf & Jerome Schwartz were the writers for the episode, while Billy Gierhart was its director.



The episode was watched by 3.35 million American viewers, and received an 18-49 rating/share of 1.0/3, down in the total viewers number but up in the demo from the previous episode. The show placed fourth in its timeslot and eleventh for the night.

Critical reception

Christine Orlando of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.2 out of 5, signaling positive reviews.

Ashley B. of Spoiler TV gave the episode a positive review. She said:

This is a series that I think would benefit from being a single sitting marathon. That way, one could really appreciate just how the story unfolds and grows darker. With only one episode left in the series, many events occurred this week with quite a few surprises. And yet, this episode didn't feel particularly rushed. I enjoyed how the flashbacks in this episode brought the story of Alice's past in Wonderland full circle. I was also pleased at the return of more humorous bits and definitely surprised more than once while watching.


[Jafar is offering to revive Anastasia in return for Will's help]
Knave of Hearts: If you think I'm ever gonna help you, you're madder than the Hatter.
Knave of Hearts: Give a man the proper motivation, you never know what he might be willing to do.
Jafar: I imagine you must want to kill me for what I did.
Knave of Hearts: Why don't you open this door and we'll find out?
Old Prisoner: [to Jafar] Haven't you tortured him enough? Show the boy some mercy!
Jafar: Mercy? And I suppose you'd be the expert on that subject.
Old Prisoner: I've learned the error of my ways. But I'm waiting for you to learn anything at all!
Knave of Hearts: Watch your tongue, lass. Else you'll lose that as well as your head.
Alice: That's a little redundant, don't you think?
Knave of Hearts: Depends on which one you lose first.
Knave of Hearts: [after hitting Cyrus] How about I give you a free swing?
Cyrus: No, thank you.
Knave of Hearts: Seriously - I don't mind.
Cyrus: I do.
Knave of Hearts: Why, because you're not a lover, not a fighter, and all that?
Cyrus: I don't want to carry you around for the next five hours.
Alice: You're quite clumsy for a soldier.
Knave of Hearts: And you're a little young to be a murderer.


  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
    • Title reference
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...