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You wished that she could have a chance for a happy ending. And now, with everyone's song in her heart, she will.
Blue Fairy to Snow White and Prince Charming

"The Song in Your Heart" is the twentieth episode of the sixth season of ABC's Once Upon a Time and the one-hundredth and thirty-first episode of the series overall. It aired on May 7, 2017. It was written by David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss and directed by Ron Underwood.

This is the show's musical episode and the songs are written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, while Mark Isham composes.


In flashback, Snow and Charming make a special wish that Emma will be protected. The result of their wish has the whole kingdom bursting into song which infuriates the Evil Queen. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, the Black Fairy announces her plans to unleash another curse on the town while Emma and Hook prepare for their wedding.


Opening sequence

An orchestra is featured in the Forest, playing the theme song.

Event Chronology

The Storybrooke events take place after the current events of "The Black Fairy" and in 1991 after "Tougher Than the Rest", while the flashback events in the Enchanted Forest occurs after the "Pilot" episode, before "The Stranger", and the during the events in Oz prior to "Heart of Gold".

In The Characters' Past


At a group children home in Minnesota, Emma decided to sing, which she hope will be her future to a better life, only to have another girl interrupting her, reminding Emma that she'll always be a orphan.

The Enchanted Forest before the first Curse and in Oz

Snow wishes upon a star.

Just hours after the Evil Queen interrupted the wedding of David and Snow White, Snow made a wish that her future daughter would be safe happy before the Curse took place. David convinces her to enjoy their first night as a married couple together, conceiving their daughter. The next day the wish comes true: the birds are chirping a happy tune and Snow discovers that David is singing, now that they discover that they can defeat Regina through the power of music ("Powerful Magic"). The wish is also affecting Regina as well when she starts noticing the entire forest singing, and she is soon caught up into this as well ("The Queen Sings"), as she dances her way into how to destroy everyone's happiness ("Love Doesn't Stand a Chance").

Meanwhile, David and Snow visited a tavern to enlist Hook into helping them search for Regina. As expected, Hook, along with his band of pirates, are not immune to the musical wish, as he sings about going after a crocodile ("Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine"), which gets the Charmings' attention and he agreed. At Rumplestiltskin's cell, Regina visits him, but the musical wish doesn't affect Rumple, since "The Dark One Doesn't Sing!" However, in Oz, the musical wish has spread to that realm, where Zelena suddenly belted out a number about being the better sister and vowing to make Rumple regret choosing Regina over her ("Wicked Always Wins").

The Evil Queen gets rid of the music.

When Snow and David encounter Regina, the three are ready to battle via way of song ("Charmings Vs. Evil Queen"), but Regina used her magic box (the one Zelena will take in the second curse) to stop them from singing, and she sent them back to their castle. Upon their return, the Blue Fairy appears to Snow and David and informed them that the power of song was never used to defeat the Evil Queen, it’s meant to be placed in Emma’s heart because the power of song will help her win a major battle, but doesn't mention the one with Fiona. The Blue Fairy tells them that Emma won't be alone.

In Storybrooke

Regina and Zelena see the Black Fairy.

As wedding approaches, Emma is asked by Snow if she had picked out a dress, and Snow bought over the dress she wore at her wedding, which was located at the Pawn Shop. But just moments before Emma tries on the gown, it immediately turns black; they're surprised to see the Black Fairy upon learning that Gold did not banish her. The Black Fairy demanded that Emma turn over her heart, then taunted Emma that she'll always be a orphan. The Black Fairy let the women know about she has place a curse at the clock tower, where she plans to unleash black fairy dust on Storybrooke that will cover the entire town at 6:00 pm, the same time as Emma and Hook's wedding.

This prompts Regina and Zelena to come up with a plan to stop the Black Fairy from destroying the event, while Emma tells Hook that she can't go through with the wedding as long as the Black Fairy is ready to battle her. Hook, of course, isn't having any of this, so he confronts Gold at the Pawn Shop for lying to everyone about her. When Gold refused to apologize, Hook uses Dreamshade on Gold, but the Black Fairy has arrived to free her son. At the Sheriff's station, Emma gets a sign of encouragement from Henry, but when Henry finds her music inside her desk. Emma asks him to put it down.

Emma confronts the Black Fairy.

Hours later, Zelena helped Regina remember how to isolate the part of the potion that once stopped time, which they hope can buy them more time to stop the Black Fairy. Unfortunately, just as they're about to enact the spell, Gold uses it on Emma's family. Emma goes to confront the Black Fairy at the Mayor's office and is ready to stop her, but the Black Fairy show Emma her family, save for Henry, along with Regina, Zelena and Hook, frozen. The Black Fairy also uses reverse psychology on Emma by making her remember her childhood past by playing the song she was singing in the flashback. Suddenly, Henry, upset that Emma will turn over her heart to the Black Fairy, throws his book in disgust, only to discover a page in the book that Emma's heart was gifted with the magic of music placed there by the Blue Fairy. When Emma meets with the Black Fairy, she ripped out her heart but she cannot crush it, as Henry rushed in to stop his mother to tell her that she has a song in her heart, which suddenly emboldened Emma as her music starts to strengthen her ("Emma's Theme"). As Henry restored Emma's heart, the Black Fairy tells her that they'll still face each other in the final battle.

Finally, the day of the wedding commences, which takes place on a rooftop overlooking Storybrooke. With Archie serving as their ordained minister, everyone watches Emma and Hook exchanged vows and wedding rings, and the two are now a married couple. The residents then celebrate with a dance and festivities ("A Happy Beginning"), only to see a dark storm engulf Storybrooke. As Emma watches, she tells everyone "Wherever we end up, we’re going to win".



Guest Starring


No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1 "Powerful Magic" Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
2 "The Queen Sings" Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
Giancarlo Esposito (Magic Mirror)
Lee Arenberg (Grumpy)
Tony Amendola (Geppetto)
Beverley Elliott (Granny
Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
3 "Love Doesn't Stand a Chance" Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen) 2:34
4 "Revenge Is Gonna Be Mine" Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook)
5 "Wicked Always Wins" Rebecca Mader (Zelena) 3:11
6 "Charmings vs. Evil Queen" Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
7 "Emma's Theme" Mark Isham (Music)
Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (Lyrics)
Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) 2:28
8 "A Happy Beginning" Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan)
Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook)
Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White)
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming)
Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen)
Rebecca Mader (Zelena)
Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills)


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