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Hat Trick 

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.


Ralph Hemecker


Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Evil Queen / Old Woman / Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan (credit only)
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth (credit only)
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold
Giancarlo Esposito ... Magic Mirror
Tony Perez ... Prince Henry
Sebastian Stan ... Jefferson / The Mad Hatter
Ali Skovbye ... Paige / Grace
Jennifer Koenig ... Queen of Hearts
Paul McGillion ... Knave of Hearts
Scott E. Miller ... 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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Release Date:

25 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The outside of Jefferson's house is the same house used as Johnny Smith's house in The Dead Zone (1983), which also takes place in Maine. See more »


Jefferson: For the last 28 years, I've been stuck in this house, day after day, always the same, until one night, you, in your little yellow bug, roll into town, and the clock ticks and things start to change. You see I know what you refuse to acknowledge, Emma. You're special. You brought something precious to Storybrooke... magic.
Emma Swan: You're insane.
Jefferson: Because I speak the truth?
Emma Swan: Because you're talking about magic.
Jefferson: I'm talking about what I've seen. Perhaps you're the one that's mad.
Emma Swan: Really?
Jefferson: What's crazier than ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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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