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ONCE UPON A TIME
Air Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#616) "Mother's Little Helper"
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EMMA FINDS COMMON CAUSE WITH GIDEON, AND HENRY'S POWERS GO HAYWIRE, AS HOOK GETS BACK TO HIS ROOTS LOOKING FOR A WAY HOME TO STORYBROOKE, ON ABC'S 'ONCE UPON A TIME'

Jaime Murray Returns as the Black Fairy and Patrick Fischler Returns as the Author/Isaac

"Mother's Little Helper" - Gold and Belle convince Emma to help Gideon, explaining that together they can stop the Black Fairy. Henry experiences a disorienting shift in his powers that forces Regina to seek counsel from the previous Author. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land, Hook attempts to win the assistance of an old adversary by betting his most prized possession on a game of cards. And, in a flashback, the Black Fairy tortures young Gideon in hopes of molding him into the perfect apprentice, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, APRIL 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest starring are Patrick Fischler as the Author/Isaac, Giles Matthey as Gideon, Charles Mesure as Blackbeard, Jaime Murray as the Black Fairy, Ingrid Torrance as Severe Nurse, Peter Marcin as Chief, Anton Starkman as Ten-year-old Gideon, Mason McKenzie as Roderick, Grayson Gabriel as Adult Roderick, Rohan Campbell as Male Miner and Eleanor Jane as Nurse.

"Mother's Little Helper" teleplay by Paul Karp, story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Billy Gierhart.

"Once Upon a Time" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/23/11 - 5/18/18
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2017-2018 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
7 (155 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
confirmed as canceled on 2/6/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, December 2017) The journey to find true love and pursue the ongoing struggle of good against evil will continue as ABC has confirmed the return of "Once Upon a Time" at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018. On tonight's winter finale episode of "Once Upon a Time," titled "The Eighth Witch," when Drizella threatens the realm with a dark curse, Henry and Ella take extreme actions to protect Lucy and the others; and Regina is forced into making an unimaginable choice. In Hyperion Heights, Roni recruits Henry to travel to San Francisco to search for her sister, but when he learns Lucy has fallen unconscious, Henry rushes to be by her side. Meanwhile, Gothel earns the trust of Anastasia, and the consequences of their budding relationship could prove to be fatal, FRIDAY, DEC. 15 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alison Fernandez as Lucy
· Andrew J. West as Henry
· Colin O'Donoghue as Killian "Hook" Jones
· Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen / Regina Mills
· Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Eion Bailey as Pinocchio / August Booth
· Emilie de Ravin as Belle / Lacey
· Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
· Jamie Dornan as Huntsman / Sheriff Graham
· Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills
· Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan
· Josh Dallas as Prince Charming / David Nolan
· Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood / Ruby
· Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire / Neal Cassidy
· Michael Socha as Will Scarlet
· Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket / Archie Hopper
· Rebecca Mader as Wicked Witch of the West / Zelena
· Sean Maguire as Robin Hood
CREW INFORMATION:
· Adam Horowitz as CRTR/EP
· David H. Goodman as EP
· Edward Kitsis as CRTR/EP
· Mark Mylod as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Steven Pearlman as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios