The world of Storybrooke isn't quite what it seems. If you look closely, you may find hidden clues about another world, or worlds.
In "What Happened to Frederick":
- Nostos (the river) is a reference to Homer’s The Odyssey. It is the Greek word for “homecoming,” and the root of the word “nostalgia,” meaning “pain or longing, the psychological condition of longing for the past.” “Nostos” is also the title of the third and final section of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
- Among the objects at the shrine is a pomegranate. This is a reference to the Greek myth, The Rape of Persephone, in which Hades tricks Persephone into eating the seeds of a pomegranate, thereby condemning herself to live with him in the underworld 6 months out of every year.
But that's not all there was to discover in this episode. If you think you've found another hidden secret of Storybrooke, share it with other fans in the Comments below. You never know who may be watching.