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"Tougher Than the Rest" is the 122nd episode of Once Upon a Time.
With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma, with the hooded villain making a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated, and, when Emma inspires a familiar face to help them both return home, she discovers the power to change her fate.
- The title card of this episode features the enchanted tree used to carve the wardrobe in the wish realm.
- Although credited, Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch) is absent from this episode.
- The title of this episode was officially confirmed by executive producer/co-creator Adam Horowitz, via his Twitter account, on October 20, 2016.
- This episode marks the thirty-third writing credit for the series' co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the episode.