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Once Upon a Time's Archie Hopper to Return — But Who Is His Patient?

After being MIA for nearly two full seasons, Storybrooke’s resident shrink is taking appointments again.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Once Upon a Time original cast member Raphael Sbarge is set to reprise his role as Jiminy Cricket’s human alter ego, Dr. Archie Hopper, in the ABC drama’s Season 6 premiere — “and our favorite cricket-shrink is going to find himself with a new patient,” says series co-creator Adam Horowitz.

Archie was last seen in the early Season 4 episode “Rocky Road,” as the Frozen storyline was getting underway. Since going on recurring status with Once, Sbarge has been a series regular on TNT’s Murder in the First (as SFPD homicide inspector David Molk ) and guested on such series as Hawaii Five-0, iZombie, NCIS: Los Angeles and Better Call Saul.

Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, Sept. 25, with its first season in a while to move away from the 11-episode storyline arcs.

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27 Comments
  1. Lindsey says:

    I hope Rumple and Belle will be his new patients. Lord knows they need some couples therapy.

    • lana golding says:

      uh its just getting to the point now where rumple is just being abusive to belle (lying to her and controlling her)

      • Rebecca says:

        What the heck are you talking about that HE controls HER? When has he ever? Other characters have but never Rumple.

        P.S. Everyone lies on this show so I guess that means everyone is abusive.

        • Charlotte says:

          First thing an abuser does, is alienate his victim from friends and family. In season 2 when Belle leave Rumple, no one knows who she is. Moe didn’t even know ever she was. to this time (start of season 6) Moe hasn’t seen her. You never see her out of the shop unless it’s with Rumple. Even she questions her status, as the dream sequence with a Leroy suggests

          • Rebecca says:

            ???? I don’t see how Rumple alienates her from others since we do see her outside the shop with people all the time & what friends are you talking about? The heroes? They don’t care about her unless they need something.

  2. Scribe says:

    I say Dr. Jekyll and Regina. Losing your dark side is not necessarily a good thing – ask Captain Kirk :)

    • Gail says:

      Regina and Gold have already consulted Dr Hopper at various times over the years. So they wouldn’t be new patients. My first thought was Dr Jekyll as the new patient. I think Regina will initially feel good that she removed and thinks that she destroyed the Evil Queen . Does Regina still have her powers? I know she removed the Evil Queen’s heart but maybe the Evil Queen only made her think she did since the queen was not killed.

  3. OUAT Viewer says:

    Regina has needed therapy since Season 1.

  4. kirads09 says:

    Yay! They need their conscience and counselor back.

  5. kirads09 says:

    My guess it the patient is EMMA after all she has been through.

  6. hopemullinax says:

    Archie should be the richest man in town with how messed up everyone is. Being a nice guy, he would donate all his money to puppies.
    The hero we don’t deserve.
    Joking aside, I’m so happy Archie is back. He’s one of my favorite characters, and Mr. Sbarge is the sweetest man I know!

  7. steven says:

    Bring back Sidney, too.

  8. Cjmoliere says:

    I am glad he is returning. His character was underused in the series and he gets far more screen time in Murder In The First. I hope the producers do not just give him five minutes out of 22 episodes when his fans have been pleading for his return since S4.

  9. bluji says:

    Cool to see him back. Hoping it won’t be just a one-off visit.

  10. Katie says:

    Excellent news! Hoping he makes more than just one appearance.

  11. Simone says:

    Awesome! :D

  12. Kelly says:

    It says a new patient so it cant be regina as she and henry were already having appointments with him. Although I reckon it could be Zelena

  13. Jenn says:

    I say Regina, after loosing Robin, she’s going to be hurting and it will make it much harder for her to stay good.

    • Lee says:

      Did you not see the finale of season 5. If not..ooops…she pulls her darkness out of herself…which then gets loose, not destroyed like she thinks. So it will doubtfully be Regina. It also will doubtfully be Henry or Emma. My guess is Rumple and Belle or Zelena.

  14. Azerty says:

    More important, is Pongo going to be back??

  15. Kari says:

    Maybe it will be Dorothy and Red!! 😜 A cricket, a fruit, and a wolf … makes for an interesting twist.

  16. Eve says:

    His patients will be #OutlawQueen fandom. Since Robin’s death, there is a relentless fan protest and there is no end of it. It is weird the media didn’t pick on it, or maybe they aren’t supposed to write about it.. . So yea, show runners, take note who to bring back next.

  17. Gail says:

    One of many things never addressed on OUAT are all the hearts Regina had in little draws in her father’s tomb. I think at one point she said they were mostly taken by her mother and that she didn’t know to whom most of them belonged. Are there 100’s of people in Storybrooke without hearts, who can be controlled by anyone who accesses Regina’s lair? Maybe the Evil Queen will take the hearts and get the people of Storybrooke to attack the heroes or something.

  18. Mel Kfy says:

    YES! I’ve been missing him so much >.< <3