During her search for Mary Margaret, Emma finds herself trapped in the home of a strange man, as flashbacks show the Mad Hatter helping the Evil Queen in exchange for his daughter's safety.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evil Queen / Old Woman / Regina Mills
David Nolan (credit only)
August W. Booth (credit only)
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Paige's Caretaker / Mr. Grace


Emma leaves in search of Mary Margaret and instead finds herself trapped in the house of a seemingly dangerous man named Jefferson. In fairy-tale land, the Queen calls upon the Mad Hatter to help her find something she has lost in exchange for his daughter's safety. Written by Nadia Nassar

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25 March 2012 (USA)  »

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When the Queen and Jefferson walk into Wonderland the Caterpillar, voiced by Roger Daltrey of The Who, greets them with the iconic line "Who are you?", which is also a song by the band. See more »


Emma Swan: You've clearly glommed onto my kid Henry's thing. They're just stories! The Mad Hatter is in Alice in Wonderland, a book - a book I actually read.
Jefferson: Stories. Stories! What's a story? When you were in high school, d'you learn about the Civil War?
Emma Swan: Yeah, of course.
Jefferson: How? D'you read about it, perchance, in a book? How's that any less real than any other book?
Emma Swan: History books are based on history.
Jefferson: And storybooks are based on what? Imagination. Where does that come from? It has to come from somewhere.
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »

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Another interesting episode and a great back-story to Mad Hatter
1 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hat Trick does a fine job in continuing where the episode left off with Mary Margaret escaping from prison only to be captured by Jefferson, who turns out to be the Mad Hatter in the Enchanted Forest. My only quibble is that it did drag a bit too long and took a while to get going, but that's about it.

The story's still well-written, the script's fine, the acting's still good, the music score is solid, the direction is crisp, and the Mad Hatter's back-story remained interesting and it made me feel sorry for him that he had to work for the Evil Queen to help find an apple only to get betrayed and will never see his daughter again and is trapped in Wonderland (setting up a spin-off that would come a year later). So, overall, another interesting episode and a great back-story to Mad Hatter. :)

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