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Once Upon A Time…

There was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic characters we know.

Or think we know.

One day they found themselves trapped in a place where all their happy endings were stolen.

Our World.

This is how it happened…

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming is riding through the land on a steed. He comes upon the forest, and Snow White in her glass coffin, surrounded by the Seven Dwarves.)
Doc: “You’re too late.”
Prince Charming: “No. No! Open it.”
Grumpy: “I’m sorry, she’s gone.”
Prince Charming: “At least let me say goodbye.”
(The dwarves remove the coffin lid. Prince Charming kisses Snow White, and a burst of magic erupts. Snow White awakens with a gasp.)
Snow White: “You… you found me.”
Prince Charming: “Did you ever doubt I would?”
Snow White: “Truthfully? The glass coffin gave me pause.”
Prince Charming: “Well, you never have to worry, I will always find you.”
Snow White: “Do you promise?”

(The scene transitions to their wedding.)
Prince Charming: “I do.”
Bishop: “And do you, Snow White, promise to take this man to be your husband, and love him for all eternity?”
Snow White: “I do.”
Bishop: “I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
(The audience cheers and as the newlyweds kiss, the Evil Queen enters. The cheering stops.)
Evil Queen: “Sorry I’m late.”
(She crosses the room, dispelling guards with magic.)
Doc: “It’s the Queen! Run!”
Snow White: (Drawing Prince Charming’s Sword and pointing it at the Queen:) “She’s not a queen anymore! She’s nothing more than an evil witch!”
Prince Charming: “No no no, don’t stoop to her level, there’s no need. (He lowers the sword:) You’re wasting your time, you’ve already lost. And I will not let you ruin this wedding.”
Evil Queen: “Oh, I haven’t come here to ruin anything. On the contrary, dear, I’ve come to give you a gift.”
Snow White: “We want nothing from you.”

Evil Queen: “But you shall have it. My gift to you is this happy, happy day. For tomorrow, my real work begins. You’ve made your vows, now I make mine. Soon, everything you love, everything all of you love, will be taken from you. Forever. And out of your suffering will rise my victory. I shall destroy your happiness, if it is the last thing I do.”
(She turns and walks towards the door.)
Prince Charming: “Hey!”
(The Queen turns, and Prince Charming throws his sword at her. She disappears in a cloud of smoke, as does the sword. As Snow White and Prince Charming hold each other, the scene transforms into a drawing in a book held by Henry Mills, riding a bus.)

Woman: (Smiles:) “That a good book?”
Henry: “This… it’s more than just a book.”
Woman: “Oh.” (Chuckles.)
Announcer: “Boston sub-station. Thank you for riding Greyhound.”
(Henry gets off the bus and knocks on the window of a taxi. The driver rolls down the window.)
Henry: “Uh, do you take credit cards?” (Holds one up.)
Cabbie: “Where to, chief?”

Boston. Present. An Upscale Restaurant.
(Emma Swan arrives and walks through the restaurant. She comes to Ryan’s table, he stands and extends his hand.)
Ryan: “Emma.”
Emma: “Ryan? You look relieved.”
Ryan: “Well, it is the Internet. Pictures can be…”
Emma: “Fake. Out-dated. Stolen from the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. So…”
Ryan: “So… tell me something about yourself, Emma.”
Emma: “Oh… Uh, well, today’s my birthday.”
Ryan: “And you’re spending it with me? What about your friends?”
Emma: “Kind of a loner.”
Ryan: “And… you don’t like your family?”
Emma: “No family to like.”
Ryan: “Aw. Come on, everyone has family.”
Emma: “Technically, yeah, but not everyone knows who they are. Ready to run yet?“
Ryan: “Oh, not a chance. You, Emma, are, by far, the sexiest friendless orphan that I have ever met.”
Emma: “Okay! Your turn. No, wait, let me guess. Um… you are handsome, charming…”
Ryan: “Go on.”
Emma: “The kind of guy who… and now, stop me if I get this wrong, embezzled from your employer, got arrested, and skipped town before they were able to throw your ass in jail.”
Ryan: “What?”
Emma: “And the worst part of all this is your wife. Your wife loves you so much that she bailed you out, and how do you repay that loyalty? You’re on a date.”
Ryan: “Who are you?”
Emma: “The chick who put up the rest of the money.”
Ryan: “The bails bondsman.”
Emma: “Bail bonds-person.”
(Ryan flips the table and runs out of the restaurant, out into the street and to his car. Emma walks calmly after him. Ryan gets into his car and starts it, but it goes nowhere. He opens the door to discover that his car has been booted. Emma walks up.)
Ryan: “You don’t have to do this, okay? I can pay you, I’ve got money.”
Emma: “No you don’t. And if you did you should give it to your wife and take care of your family.”
Ryan: “The hell do you know about family, huh?”
Emma: (She slams his head against the steering wheel:) “Nothing.”

Boston. Present. Emma’s Apartment.
(Emma enters with a bag and places it on the counter. She takes out a gourmet cupcake and puts a candle on it, lighting it.)

Emma: “Another banner year… (She closes her eyes and blows out the candle. The doorbell rings. Emma opens the door to find Henry standing in the hallway:) Uh… can I help you?”
Henry: “Are you Emma Swan?”
Emma: “Yeah, who are you?”
Henry: “My name’s Henry. I’m your son.”
(Henry slips under Emma’s arm and walks into her apartment.)
Emma: “Whoa, hey, kid! Kid! I don’t have a son! Where are your parents?”
Henry: “Ten years ago, did you give up a baby for adoption? (Emma’s eyes widen.) That was me.”
Emma: “Give me a minute.”
(Emma enters the bathroom and shuts the door behind her, trying to gather her thoughts.)
Henry: (From the kitchen:) “Hey, do you have any juice? Never mind, found some. (Emma exits the bathroom:) You know, we should probably get going.”
Emma: “Going where?”
Henry: “I want you to come home with me.”
Emma: “Okay, kid, I’m calling the cops.”
(She crosses the room and picks up her phone.)
Henry: “And I’ll tell them you kidnapped me.”
Emma: “And they’ll believe you because I’m your birth mother.”
(She puts down the phone.)
Henry: “Yep.”
Emma: “You’re not gonna do that.”
Henry: “Try me.”
Emma: “You’re pretty good, but here’s the thing. There’s not a lot I’m great at in life, but I have one skill. Let’s call it a 'superpower.' I can tell when anyone is lying, and you, kid, are.”
Henry: “Wait. Please don’t call the cops. Please come home with me.”
Emma: “Where’s home?”
Henry: “Storybrooke, Maine.”
Emma: “Storybrooke? Seriously?”
Henry: (Nods) “Mm-hmm.”
Emma: “Alrighty, then. Let’s get you back to Storybrooke.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Royal Castle.
(A pregnant Snow White stands in a balcony doorway.)

Prince Charming: (Walking over to her:) “What’s wrong?”
Snow White: “Nothing.”
Prince Charming: “You’re thinking about what the Queen said again, aren’t you? Snow, please… I can’t keep having this conversation, you have to let it go. We’re about to have a baby!”
Snow White: “I haven’t had a restful night since our wedding.”
Prince Charming: “That’s what she wants, to get in your head! But they’re only words. She can’t hurt us.”
Snow White: “She poisoned an apple because she thought I was prettier than her. You have no idea of what she’s capable.”
Prince Charming: “What can I do to ease your mind?”
Snow White: “Let me talk… to him.”
Prince Charming: “Him. You don’t mean–”
Snow White: “I do.”
Prince Charming: “No. No, no. It’s too dangerous.”
Snow White: “He sees the future.”
Prince Charming: “There’s a reason he’s locked up.”
Snow White: “Can you promise me that our child will be safe? Can you guarantee it? Because he can.”
Prince Charming: “All right. For our child.”

New England Highway. Present. Inside Emma’s car.
(Emma is driving Henry home.)

Henry: “I’m hungry. Can we stop somewhere?”
Emma: “This is not a road trip; we’re not stopping for snacks.”
Henry: “Why not?”
Emma: “Quit complaining, kid. Remember, I could’ve put your butt on a bus; I still could.”
Henry: “You know, I have a name? It’s Henry.”
Emma: (Eying Henry’s book:) “What’s that?”
Henry: “I’m not sure you’re ready.”
Emma: “Ready for some fairy tales?”
Henry: “They’re not fairy tales. They’re true. Every story in this book actually happened.”
Emma: “Of course they did.”
Henry: “Use your superpower. See if I’m lying.”
Emma: (Looks at him for a moment:) “Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true.”
Henry: “That’s exactly what makes it true. You should know more than anyone.”
Emma: “Why’s that?”
Henry: “Because you’re in this book.”
Emma: “Oh, kid. You’ve got problems.”
Henry: “Yup. And you’re going to fix them.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Rumplestiltskin’s Cell.
(A nameless guard escorts Charming and Snow White to the cell.)
Guard:
(Aside to Prince Charming and Snow White:) “When we reach the cell, stay out of the light, and whatever you do, do not let him know your name. If he knows your name, he will have power over you. (To Rumplestiltskin:) Rumplestiltskin. Rumplestiltskin! I have a question for you.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Climbs down from cell bars like a monkey:) “No, you don’t. They do. Snow White and Prince 'Charming'! (Insane cackle:) You insult me. Step into the light, and take off those ridiculous robes. (They do:) Ah, ha-ha ha… that’s much better.”
Prince Charming: “We’ve come to ask you about the–”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yes, yes, I know why you’re here! You want to know about the Queen’s threat.”
Snow White: “Tell us what you know.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ohh! Tense, aren’t we? Fear not: for I can ease your mind! But. It’s gonna cost you something in return.”
Prince Charming: “No. This is a waste of time.”
Snow White: “What do you want?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh… the name of your unborn child?”
Prince Charming: “Absolutely not!”
Snow White: “Deal! What do you know?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ah. The Queen has created a powerful curse. And it’s coming. Soon you’ll all be in a prison, just like me, only worse! Your prison–all of our prisons—will be time. And time will stop. And we will be trapped, someplace horrible, where everything we hold dear, everything we love will be ripped from us while we suffer for all eternity, while the Queen celebrates, victorious at last! …No more happy endings.”
Snow White: “What can we do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “We can’t do anything!”
Snow White: “Who can?”
Rumplestiltskin: (Reaches hand beyond bars:) “That little thing. Growing inside your belly.”
Prince Charming: (Draws sword and slaps Rumplestiltskin’s hand with it:) “Next time, I cut it off.”
Rumplestiltskin: (To Prince Charming:) “Tk, tk, tk, tk, tk. The infant is our only hope. (To Snow White:) Get the child to safety. Get the child to safety and on its–(Closes eyes in concentration:)—twenty-eighth birthday, the child will return. The child will find you—and the final battle will begin!” (Insane cackle again.)
Prince Charming: “I’ve heard enough. We’re leaving.”
(Takes Snow White away.
Rumplestiltskin whoops and cackles.)
Rumplestiltskin: (With a deranged scream:) “Hey! No! We made a deal! I want her name! We had a deal—I. Need. Her. Name! I want her name!
Prince Charming: “Her? It’s a boy.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Missy, missy—you know I’m right. Tell me. What’s her name?”
Snow White: “Emma. Her name is Emma.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Relaxes, sighs:) “Emma.”

Storybrooke Town Limits. Present. Emma’s Car.
(She is driving Henry into town on a rainy night. They drive through downtown Storybrooke.)
Emma: “Okay, kid, how about an address?”
Henry: “Forty-four, not-telling-you street.”
Emma: (Stops the car and gets out:) “Look, it’s been a long night, and it’s almost (Looks at the clocktower:) —eight-fifteen?”
Henry: “That clock hasn’t moved my whole life. Time’s frozen here.”
Emma: “Excuse me?”
Henry: “The Evil Queen did it with her curse. She sent everyone from the Enchanted Forest here.”
Emma: “Hang on. The Evil Queen sent a bunch of fairy tale characters here.”
Henry: “Yeah. And now they’re trapped.”
Emma: “Frozen in time, stuck in Storybrooke, Maine. That’s what you’re going with?“
Henry: “It’s true!”
Emma: “Then why doesn’t everybody just leave?”
Henry: “They can’t. If they try, bad things happen.”
Archie: (Walking up with his dog, Pongo:) “Henry! What are you doing here? Is everything all right?”
Henry: “I’m fine, Archie.” (Pets Pongo.)
Archie: “Who’s this?”
Emma: “Just someone trying to give him a ride home.”
Henry: “She’s my mom, Archie.”
Archie: “Oh... I see.”
Emma: “You know where he lives?”
Archie: “Oh. Yeah, sure, just uh, right up on Mifflin Street; the Mayor’s house is the biggest one on the block.”
Emma: “You’re the mayor’s kid?”
Henry: “Uh. Maybe?”
Archie: “Hey. Where were you today, Henry, because you missed our session.”
Henry: “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I went on a field trip.”
Archie: (Crouches to get face-to-face with Henry:) “Henry, what did I tell you about lying? Giving in to one’s dark side never accomplishes anything.”
Emma: “O-kay! Well, I really should be getting him home.”
Archie: “Yeah. Sure. Well, listen—have a good night, and uh, you be good, Henry.” (Walks away.)
Emma: “So that’s your shrink.”
Henry: “I’m not crazy.”
Emma: “Didn’t say that. Just—he doesn’t seem cursed to me. Maybe he’s just trying to help you.“
Henry: “He’s the one who needs help. Because he doesn’t know.”
Emma: “That he’s a fairy tale character.”
Henry: “None of them do. They don’t remember who they are.”
Emma: “Convenient. All right. I’ll play. (They get back in the car:) Who’s he supposed to be?”
Henry: “Jiminy Cricket!”
Emma: “Right. The lying thing. Thought your nose grew a little bit.”
Henry: “I’m not Pinocchio!”
Emma: “ ‘Course you’re not. 'Cause that would be ridiculous.” (They drive off.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle.
(Prince Charming, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Granny, Grumpy, Doc,
Geppetto, Pinocchio, several guards and Jiminy Cricket are discussing what to do
about the Curse.)

Prince Charming: “I say we fight!” (Slams fist on table.)
Jiminy Cricket: “Fighting is a bad idea. Giving in to one’s dark side never accomplishes anything.”
Prince Charming: “And how many wars has a clear conscience won? We need to take the Queen out before she can inflict her curse.”
Doc: “Can we even trust Rumplestiltskin?”
Prince Charming: “I’ve sent my men into the forest. The animals are abuzz with the Queen’s plan. This is going to happen unless we do something.”
Snow White: “There’s no point. The future is written.”
Prince Charming: “No. I refuse to believe that. Good can’t just lose!”
Snow White: “Maybe it can.”
Prince Charming: “No. Not as long as we have each other. If you believe him about the curse then you must believe him about our child. She will be the savior. (The Blue Fairy and some soldiers enter, carrying a tree trunk:) What the hell is this?”
Blue Fairy: “Our only hope of saving that child.”
Grumpy: “A tree? Our fate rests on a tree? Let’s get back to the fighting thing.”
Blue Fairy: “The tree is enchanted. If fashioned into a vessel it can ward off any curse. Geppetto, can you build such a thing?”
Geppetto: “Me and my boy. We can do it.” (Ruffles Pinocchio’s hair.)
Blue Fairy: “This will work. We all must have faith. There is, however, a catch. The enchantment is indeed powerful, but all power has its limits. And this tree can protect only one.”
(Snow White and Prince Charming share a concerned look.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor’s House.
(Emma walks Henry up the garden path to the house.)
Henry: “Please don’t take me back there.”
Emma: “I have to. I’m sure your parents are worried sick about you.”
Henry: “I don’t have parents. I just have a mom, and she’s evil.”
Emma: “Evil. That’s a bit extreme, isn’t it?”
Henry: “That’s who she is in the book!”
Emma: “Kid. I’m sure that’s not true.”
(The front door opens, to reveal Regina Mills and Sheriff Graham.)
Regina: “Henry? Oh! Henry! (Runs out and hugs him:) Are you okay? Where have you been? What happened?”
Henry: “I found my other mom!”
(Henry runs inside the house.)
Regina: (Confused:) “You’re Henry’s birth mother?”
Emma: “Hi.”
Sheriff Graham: “I’ll... just... go check the lad, make sure he’s okay.”
(Sheriff Graham turns and enters the house.)
Regina: “How’d you like a glass of the best apple cider you ever tasted?”
Emma: “Got anything stronger?”

The Mayor’s House.
(Inside the house; Emma stands in the foyer. Regina enters with a set of glasses.)
Regina: “When I adopted Henry, he was only three weeks old. Records were sealed, I was told the birth mother didn’t want to have any contact.”
Emma: “You were told right.”
Regina: “And the father?”
Emma: “There was one.”
Regina: “Do I need to be worried about him?”
Emma: “Nope. Doesn’t even know.”
Regina: “Do I need to be worried about you, Miss Swan?”
Emma: “Absolutely not.”
Sheriff Graham: (Coming down the stairs:) “Madam Mayor, you can relax. Other than being a tired little boy, Henry’s fine.”
Regina: “Thank you, Sheriff. (Exit Sheriff Graham. Emma and Regina make their way into a sitting room:) I’m sorry he dragged you out of your life. I really don’t know what’s gotten into him.”

Emma: “Kid’s having a rough time. It happens.”
Regina: “You have to understand, ever since I became mayor, balancing things has been tricky. You have a job, I assume?”
Emma: “Uh, I keep busy. Yeah.”
Regina: “Imagine having another one on top of it. That’s being a single mom. So I push forward. Am I strict? I suppose. But I do it for his own good. I want Henry to excel in life. I don’t think that makes me evil, do you?”
Emma: “I’m sure he’s just saying that because of the fairy tale thing.”
Regina: “What fairy tale thing?”
Emma: “Oh, you know, his book. How he thinks everyone’s a cartoon character from it. Like his shrink is Jiminy Cricket.”
Regina: “I’m sorry, I–really have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Emma: “You know what? I wouldn’t worry about it. Kids act out, push boundaries, I know I did."
Regina: "But I bet you never considered your parents evil?”
Emma: “Actually, I never knew my parents, I was raised in the foster system.”
Regina: “I’m so sorry, I had no idea.”
Emma: (Shrugs:) “It is what it is. (Trying to reassure the older woman:) You don’t seem evil to me and trust me, given Henry’s start in life, he’s really landed on his feet.”
Regina: (Frowning slightly:) “How do you mean?”
Emma: (Tenses:) “Oh, well I mean…”
(Emma looks away from Regina and reaches for her glass. The mayor considers the blonde a moment, decides she doesn’t want to know.)
Regina: "Forgive me, Miss Swan, I was just curious. Please forget I asked.”
Emma: “No, I understand totally. I mean I know if I were in your shoes I’d be thinking all kinds of things.”
Regina: “I apologise for prying, it was rude.”
Emma: “It’s fine, I’ve learned to live with my past.”
(Regina stands and gestures to Emma’s glass.)
Regina: “Refill? (Emma nods and smiles as the brunette takes her glass and saunters from the room. From the other room:) So, Miss Swan, what do you do in Boston?”

 

Sometime Later.
(The decanter sits empty upon the coffee table as the two women sit together on one of the ornate chairs. A photo album is spread before them as Emma stares in wonderment at baby Henry.)
Emma: “He was such a cute kid!”
Regina: “Cute? He was adorable. The trouble is when they grow up.”
Emma: (Smiles, still scanning the pages:) “It looks like Henry had a great childhood and a happy home. That’s more than anyone could ever hope for.”
(Emma goes quiet, lost in thought at what could have been, but knowing deep down that she made the right choice for her son.)
Regina: “Hey, are you all right?”
Emma: (Sniffs:) “Yeah, I’m fine. I guess I didn’t expect this to hit me so hard.”
Regina: “You’ve had quite the day, anyone would be emotional. (Regina reaches over to squeeze the younger woman’s hand:) Maybe the photos were a mistake.”
Emma: “No! No, thank you for showing them to me, it’s great to see how much he’s been cared for.”
Regina: “Henry’s the most important thing in my life, Miss Swan. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him.”
Emma:
(Nods:) “I’m sorry I ruined your evening… and drank all your cider.”
Regina: (Smiles:) “I think we’re both equally guilty on that front, dear. (Regina pats the younger woman’s leg and gets to her feet:) So where are you planning on staying tonight?”
Emma: (Lifting her glass as Regina walks over to the fireplace:) “Er… I hadn’t thought about it. I guess I’ll sleep in the bug.”
Regina: “You mean your car?”
Emma: “Yeah, it’s no big deal, I do it all the time for stakeouts.”
Regina: “I can’t allow you to sleep in your car. If Henry wakes up and finds you asleep on our driveway he’ll never let me hear the end of it. I insist you stay here, no arguments.”
Emma: (Throws her hands up in surrender:) “All right, if you say so. But on one condition. (Regina raises an eyebrow:) Call me Emma, please?”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Of course, Emma. (Places her glass on the mantle:) Now, come on, (Holds out her hand:) let’s get you into bed.”
(At these words Emma almost chokes on her drink. Managing to regain some level of composure, Emma takes the proffered hand and allows herself to be pulled to her feet. Unfortunately, due to the effects of the mayor’s cider, Regina has misjudged the space between the chair and the coffee table, causing the older woman to stumble backwards. Reacting out of instinct, Emma tightens her hold on the mayor’s hand and pivots her body so that both women crash ungracefully, yet safely, to the floor.)
Regina: “Emma, are you all right?”
Emma: (Groans:) “Never better. (Regina surveys the woman beneath her and, after determining that she’s ok, begins to chuckle:) Something funny, Madam Mayor?”
(The women share a good natured laugh as Regina slowly moves off the prone bail bonds-person.)
Regina: “Shall we try that again?“
Emma: "No, no. (Rolling onto her side and pushing herself up:) Allow me.”
(Holding out both hands to Regina, Emma pulls the older woman to her feet.)
Regina: (Smiles:) “My hero.”
Emma: (Laughs:) “Yeah well I think I’ve done enough saving for one night.”
Regina: (Smiles wide:) “Of course. (Without thinking, leans in and kisses Emma on the cheek:) Thank you, Emma.”
(Emma’s eyes widen at the sensation of soft lips against her cheek and, before she can stop herself, she places both hands on either side of the brunette’s face and pulls Regina’s mouth to her own. The kiss is gentle at first, a genuine thank you for the years spent raising the child she gave away. Then, as the realisation of what she’s doing dawns on her and her mind scrambles for an excuse for her actions, Emma feels the older woman return the kiss, their mouths moving together in a heated embrace. Emboldened by this, Emma’s tongue slides out, appealing for entry into the mayor’s mouth. Regina eagerly accepts and brings her hands up to run them through the blonde curls of Emma’s hair. The younger woman moans and begins to move Regina backwards to what she hopes is the doorway. The kiss so ravenous that neither woman can tell where they are headed until it’s too late. Regina’s hip catches one of the side tables in the entry way and, unable to catch it in time, causes a glass vase to topple to the floor with an almighty crash.)
Henry: (From upstairs:) “Mom! What’s going on!”
Regina: (Pulling away from the kiss:) “Nothing, Henry! I… just dropped a vase, don’t come down here! There’s glass everywhere.”
Henry: “Are you sure?”
Regina: “Yes, now go back to bed please.”
Henry: “OK… goodnight.”
(As Regina hears Henry’s bedroom door close, she turns to the blonde beside her.)
Regina: “I think you should go, I’ll clean this up.”
Emma: “No, hey I’ll help, I mean it was partly my fault.”
Regina: “I’m not talking about the vase, Emma. I think this was a mistake.”
Emma: (Reaching for her, Softly:) “Hey, now wait a minute. I know this is-”
Regina: (Snapping:) “ ‘This’ isn’t anything, Miss Swan. (Softens slightly, not looking at her:) I’m sorry but I’d like you to leave.”
Emma: (Taken aback:) “OK, if… that’s the way you feel then-”
Regina: “I think it’s best for Henry that there’s no confusion about who his mother is.”
(Emma watches the older woman a moment before nodding.)
Emma: “You know what, (Straightens her jacket:) you’re absolutely right. I’ll see myself out.”

The Mayor’s House. Exterior.
(Emma leaves, and turns around briefly to find Henry watching her from an upstairs window.)

On The Road. 
(Emma is driving out of town.)
Emma: (To herself:) “Stupid, stupid, stupid! (She spies Henry’s book on the seat next to her.) Sneaky bastard.”
(Looking up, Emma sees a wolf standing in the road, she gasps and the car spins out of control, crashing into the 'Welcome to Storybrooke' sign. Emma’s head hits the steering wheel and she falls unconscious. In the middle of the road, the wolf howls. The storybook, fallen to the floor, flips pages with the breeze and comes to rest upon a picture of Geppetto carving the enchanted tree trunk.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle.
(Geppetto and Pinocchio work on the trunk. Meanwhile, Snow White stands staring out a window. She turns back and approaches Prince Charming.)
Snow White:
“I don’t wanna do this.”
Prince Charming: “It has to be you.”
Snow White: “I’m not leaving you.”
Prince Charming: “It’s the only way. You’ll go in there, and you’ll be safe from the curse.“
Snow White: “He said it would be on her twenty-eighth birthday.”
Prince Charming: “What’s twenty-eight years when you have eternal love? I have faith. You will save me, as I did you. (They kiss. Snow White breaks away with a look of pain:) What is it?”
Snow White: “The baby. She’s coming!”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle, Parapet.
(Grumpy stands guard with Sleepy and two others. He takes a drink from a canteen. Then he sees something and kicks Sleepy awake.)
Grumpy: “Wake up. Wake up! Look! (It is a creature flying toward the castle at breakneck speed, trying to outrace a cloud of purple and green smoke. The dragon flies past and Grumpy rings a nearby bell:) The curse! It’s HEEEEEERE!"

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Sheriff's Department.
(Emma, lying on a cot, opens her eyes. Leroy is in the cell next to her, softly whistling “Whistle While You Work”, and Marco stands outside, repairing a cabinet.)

Leroy: “What are you looking at, sister?”
Marco: “Hey, Leroy—manners! We have a guest! So you are eh, Henry’s mother. How lovely for him to have you back in his life.”
Emma: “Actually, I was just dropping him off.”
Leroy: “Tkh. Don’t blame ya. They’re all brats; who needs ‘em.”
Marco: “Well, I’d give anything for one. My wife and I, we tried for many years, but, uh… it was not meant to be.”
Leroy: “Well cry me a river.”
Sheriff Graham: (Entering and unlocking Leroy’s cell:) “Leroy! I’m going to let you out; you need to behave. Put on a smile, and stay out of trouble.”
(Leroy smiles falsely, then exits.)
Emma: “Seriously?”
Sheriff Graham: “Regina’s drinks; a little stronger than we thought?”
Emma: “I wasn’t drunk; there was a wolf, standing in the middle of the road.”
Sheriff Graham: “A wolf. Right.”
Emma: “Well, maybe I was a little drunk.”

Regina: (From the hallway:) “Graham? Henry’s run away again, we have to– (She comes into the room:) what is she doing here? (To Emma:) Do you know where he is?”
Emma: “Lady, I haven’t seen him since I dropped him at your house, and– (Indicates prison bars:) —pretty good alibi.”
Regina: “Yeah, well, he wasn’t in his room this morning.”
Emma: “Did you try his friends?”
Regina: “He doesn’t really have any. Kind of a loner.”
Emma: “Every kid has friends. Did you check his computer? If he was close to someone he’d be emailing them.”
Regina: “And you know this how?”
Emma: “Finding people’s what I do. Here’s an idea; how 'bout you guys let me out, and I’ll help you find him.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mayor’s House, Upstairs Bedroom.
(Emma and Sheriff Graham pore over a computer screen. Regina watches on.)

Emma:
“Smart kid. Cleared his inbox. I’m smart too, (Holds up a flash drive:) a little hard disk recovery utility I like to use.”
Sheriff Graham: “I’m a bit more old-fashioned in my techniques. Pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, that sort of thing.”
Emma: “You’re on salary; I get paid for delivery. Pounding pavement is not a luxury that I get. Ah, there’s a receipt for a website, whosyourmomma.org—it’s expensive. He has a credit card?”
Regina: “He’s ten.”
Emma: “Well, he used one. Let’s pull up a transaction record. Mary Margaret Blanchard, who’s Mary Margaret Blanchard?”
Regina: “Henry’s teacher.”

Storybrooke Elementary School.
(Mary Margaret, holding a bird in her hand, is teaching.)
Mary Margaret: “As we build our birdhouses, remember: what you’re making is a home. Not a cage. A bird is free, and will do what it will. This is for them, not us. They’re loyal creatures.. (Releases the bird out the window; it flies up to a birdhouse:) If you love them and they love you, they will always find you. (Bell rings; class rises:) We’ll pick this up after recess. No running! (Accepts a pear from a student:) Why thank you! (Regina enters the room:) Mayor Mills, what are you doing here?”
Regina: “Where’s my son?”
Mary Margaret: “Henry… I assumed he was home with you.”
Regina: “You think I’d be here if he was? Did you give him your credit card so he can find her?” (She gestures toward Emma, standing just inside the doorway.)
Mary Margaret: (To Emma:) “I’m sorry, who are you?”
Emma: “I'm—I’m his–”
Regina: “The woman who gave him up for adoption.”
Emma: “You don’t know anything about this, do you?”
Mary Margaret: “No, unfortunately not. (Searches for credit card:) Clever boy. I should never have given him that book.
Regina:
“What in the hell is this book I keep hearing about?”
Mary Margaret: “Just some old stories I gave him. As you well know, Henry is a special boy: so smart, so creative, and as you might be aware, lonely. He needed it.”
Regina: “What he needs is dose of reality. This is a waste of time. (To Emma:) Have a nice trip back to Boston.”
(She walks out in a huff, knocking over a stack of books on the way. Emma helps Mary Margaret pick them up.)
Emma: “Sorry to bother you.”
Mary Margaret: “No, it’s–it’s okay, I fear this is partially my fault.”

Emma: “How’s a book supposed to help?”
Mary Margaret: “What do you think stories are for? These stories? The classics? There’s a reason we all know them. They’re a way for us to deal with our world. A world that doesn’t always make sense. See, Henry hasn’t had the easiest life.”
(They leave the classroom, walking down the hall.)

Emma: “Yeah, she’s kind of a hard-ass.”
Mary Margaret: “No, it’s more than her. He’s like any adopted child. He wrestles with that most basic question they all inevitably face: why would anyone give me away? (Realizing what she’s said:) I am so sorry. I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean in any way to judge you…”
Emma: “It’s okay.”
Mary Margaret: “Look, I gave the book to him because I wanted Henry to have the most important thing anyone can have; hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.”
Emma: “You know where he is, don’t you.”
Mary Margaret: “You might want to check his castle.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle.
(Snow White is in the final stages of
labor. Prince Charming holds her while Doc waits by the bedside. Concurrently, the Queen’s forces ride through a forest to the castle.)
Snow White: “Ahhh! Help! I can’t have this baby now!”
Prince Charming: “Doc. Do something. (To Snow White:) It’s gonna be okay. The wardrobe’s almost finished, just—just hold on.”
Snow White: “Nooooo! Ahhh!”
Geppetto: (Entering the room:) “It’s ready.”
Prince Charming: (Very softly:) “It’s ready.”
(He starts to pick up Snow White.)
Doc: “It’s too late. We can’t move her.”
Prince Charming: “Push. Push.”
(We cut back and forth between the Castle and the forest. The Queen’s riders are followed closely by the Dark Curse. Snow White has successfully given birth, to an infant covered in a blanket with 'Emma' embroidered on it. Prince Charming kisses Snow White’s forehead.)
Snow White: (Groggily:) “The wardrobe. It only takes one.”
(She and Prince Charming share a look until a blast and a whinny outside the door cause them to look that way.)
Prince Charming: “Then our plan has failed. At least we’re together.”
Snow White: “No. You have to take her. Take the baby to the wardrobe.”
Prince Charming: “Are you out of your mind?”
Snow White: “No. It’s the only way, you have to send her through.”
Prince Charming: “No. No. You don’t know what you’re saying.”
Snow White: “No, I do. We have to believe that she’ll come back for us. We have to give Emma her best chance. (Prince Charming kisses Emma on the forehead:) Goodbye, Emma.” (He takes the baby, and his sword.)
(Two of the Queen’s soldiers murder palace guards. Prince Charming dispatches both, suffering a shoulder wound in the process. Emma is unharmed. He kicks open the door to Geppetto’s workshop and places Emma inside the wardrobe and gives her one last forehead kiss.)
Prince Charming: “Find us.”
(He closes the wardrobe and fights off two more soldiers. One wounds him in the abdomen, and he collapses. The same soldier opens the wardrobe–no sign of Emma. Prince Charming sees this just before he loses consciousness.)

 

Storybrooke. Present. Henry’s Castle.
(Henry sits on his wooden playground castle staring at the clock tower while Emma walks up behind him with his storybook.)
Emma: “You left this in my car. (Gives Henry the book:) Still hasn’t moved, huh?”
Henry: “I was hoping that when I brought you back, things would change here. That the final battle would begin.”
Emma: “I’m not fighting any battles, kid.”
Henry: “Yes, you are. You’re here because it’s your destiny. You’re going to bring back the happy endings.”
Emma: “Can you cut it with the book crap?”
Henry: “You don’t have to be hostile. I know you like me, I can tell. You’re just—pushing me away because I make you feel guilty. It’s okay; I know why you gave me away. You wanted to give me my best chance.”
Emma: (Pause:) “How do you know that?”
Henry: “The same reason Snow White gave you away.”
Emma: “Listen to me, kid. I am not in any book. I’m a real person. And I’m no savior. You were right about one thing, though. I wanted you to have your best chance. But it’s not with me. C'mon, let’s go.”
Henry: “Please don’t take me back there! Just stay with me for one week, that’s all I ask! One week, and you’ll see I’m not crazy.”
Emma: “I have to get you back to your mom.”
Henry: “You don’t know what it’s like with her. My life sucks!”
Emma: “Oh, you wanna know what sucking is? Being left abandoned on the side of a freeway; my parents didn’t even bother to drop me off at a hospital! (Begins to break down:) I ended up in a foster system and I had a family until I was three but then they had their own kid so they sent me back… (Stops, collects self:) Look. Your mom is trying her best. I know it’s hard. And I know sometimes you think she doesn’t love you. But at least she wants you.”
Henry: “Your parents didn’t leave you on the side of the freeway; that’s just where you came through!”
Emma: “What?”
Henry: “The wardrobe. When you went through the wardrobe you appeared on the side of the street. Your parents were trying to save you from the curse.”
Emma: “Sure they were. C'mon, Henry.”
(He takes her hand and they walk off.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle.
(Snow White makes her way to
Geppetto’s Workshop, where a fallen Prince Charming lies.)
Snow White: “No. No. No! (She sits and cradles Prince Charming’s head in her lap:) Please. Please come back to me.”
(She kisses him; nothing happens. Tries again; still nothing. The Evil Queen appears.)

Evil Queen: “Oh, don’t worry, dear. In a few moments you won’t remember you knew him, let alone loved him.”
Snow White: “Why did you do this?”
Evil Queen: “Because this is my happy ending. (Two soldiers enter the room and the Queen addresses them:) The child?”
Guard: “Gone. It was in the wardrobe; and then it was gone. It’s nowhere to be found.”
Evil Queen: (To Snow White:) “Where is she?”
Snow White: “She got away. You’re going to lose. I know that now. Good will always win.”
Evil Queen: “We’ll see about that.”
(As the queen begins an evil laugh. The ceiling cracks, and the air begins to darken and swirl. Soon the characters find themselves in the middle of a vortex of dark magic.)

Snow White: “Where are we going?”
Evil Queen: “Somewhere horrible. (A window shatters inwards and the Curse floods inside the room:) Absolutely horrible. A place where the only happy ending will be mine.”  (The shards of glass from the window are suspended in midair, and then the Curse smoke covers everything.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor’s House.
(Regina opens the front door to find Emma escorting Henry home. Henry runs inside.)
Regina: “Thank you.”
Emma: “No problem.”
Regina: “He seems to have taken quite a shine to you.”
Emma: (Laughs:) “You know it seems kind of crazy. Yesterday was my birthday. And—when I blew out the candle on this cupcake I bought myself, I actually made a wish. That I didn’t have to be alone on my birthday. And then Henry showed up..”
Regina: (Interrupting:) “I hope there’s no misunderstanding here.”
Emma: “I’m sorry?”
Regina: “Don’t mistake all of this as invitation back into his life.”
Emma: “Oh… Look, Regina if this is about last night then-”
Regina: (Speaking quickly over her:) “Miss Swan, you made a decision ten years ago. And in the last decade, while you’ve been—well, who knows that you’ve been doing—I’ve changed every diaper, soothed every fever, endured every tantrum. You may have given birth to him, but he is my son.”

Emma: “I know that. I was not–”
Regina: “No. You don’t get to speak—you don’t get to do anything. You gave up that right when you tossed him away. Do you know what a closed adoption is? It’s what you asked for. You have no legal right to Henry, and you’re gonna be held to that. So I suggest you get in your car, and you leave this town. Because if you don’t, I will destroy you if it is the last thing I do. Goodbye, Miss Swan.”
(Begins to leave.)
Emma: “Do you love him?”
Regina:Excuse me?”
Emma: “Henry. Do you love him?”
Regina: “Of course I love him.”
(Emma is visibly troubled. Cut to Henry’s room, where Henry lies on his bed. Regina takes his book without him noticing, and stands clutching the book against herself while looking in a mirror.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret places flowers by an anonymous patient’s bedside, then holds his hand. She does the same for a man in the ICU with a wristband naming him 'John Doe'. Next we see Henry staring out of his window at the
Storybrooke clock tower. It reads 8:15. Then, as Emma walks into Granny’s Bed and Breakfast, Granny and Ruby are arguing.)

Granny: “You’re out all night, and now you’re going out again.”
Ruby: “I should’ve moved to Boston!”
Granny: “I’m sorry that my heart attack interfered with your plans to sleep your way down the Eastern Seaboard!“
Emma: “ ‘Scuse me? I’d–like a room?”
Granny: “Really? (Emma nods, Granny fetches a ledger:) Would you like a forest view or a square view? Normally there’s an upgrade fee for the square, but as the rent is due, I’ll wave it.”
Emma: “Square is fine.”
Granny: “Now. What’s the name?”
Emma: “Swan. Emma Swan.”
Mr. Gold: (Appears behind Emma:) “Emma… What a lovely name.”
Emma: “Thanks.”
Granny: (Removes a roll of cash from a drawer, hands it to Mr. Gold:) “It’s all here.”
Mr. Gold: (Accepts it without counting:) “Yes, yes, of course it is, dear. Thank you. (To Emma:) Enjoy your stay, Emma.” (He exits.)
Emma: “Who’s that?”
Ruby: (Watching Gold through the curtains:) “Mr. Gold. He owns this place.”
Emma: “The inn?”
Granny: “No. The town. So! How long will you be with us?”
Emma: “A week. Just a week.”
Granny: “Great. (Hands Emma an old-fashioned key:) Welcome to Storybrooke.”

Mayor’s House, Henry’s Bedroom.
(Henry stares out his window at the clock tower. The clock turns to 8:16. Henry grins.)

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Storybrooke . Present. The Mayor’s House, Henry’s Room.
(Henry Mills looks out the window at the clock tower. It moves from 8:15 to 8:16, and Henry smiles. Following this is a montage of various citizens waking up and going about their days. We see Mary Margaret Blanchard, Emma Swan, Archie Hopper, Mr. Gold, Ruby and Granny, and Sheriff Graham.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor’s House.
(Regina Mills is flipping through Henry’s book. She pauses on a page depicting the Evil Queen at Snow White and Prince Charming’s wedding, with Prince Charming’s sword in mid-flight toward her. When she turns the page, Regina finds that the last several pages have been ripped from the book. The scene transitions to her entering Henry’s room, as he is getting ready for school.)
Regina: “The missing pages, where are they?”
Henry: “It’s an old book, stuff’s missing. What do you care?”
Regina: “I care because you think I’m some evil queen. And that hurts me, Henry. I’m your mother.”
(She touches his face.)
Henry: (He moves away from her:)And you’re the evil queen.”
Regina: “I don’t like what this book is doing to you. (Henry looks at the ground and shuffles his feet:) What?”
(The clock tower chimes. Regina, shocked, turns her head toward the sound. Henry exits.

Storybrooke. Present. Near The Clock Tower.
(Regina stands on the sidewalk, looking up at the clock. Archie, walking Pongo, walks up to her.)
Archie: “Hey, how ‘bout that? Guess those rusty old innards finally straightened themselves out, huh?”
Regina: (Looks across the street at Emma’s car:) “Yes, how 'bout that, indeed.”

Storybrooke. Two Nights Ago. The Mayor’s House.
(A montage of the events that transpired in the Mayor’s sitting room flash before us: Regina and Emma laughing together, drinking together and eventually kissing each other. The kiss growing in both hunger and intensity as Emma backs the older woman towards the staircase. Only this time, no vase is knocked over, this time the pair make it to the mayor’s bedroom and this time…)

Storybrooke . Present. Granny’s Bed & Breakfast, Emma’s Room.
(There is a knock at the door and Emma jerks awake, confusion clouding the blonde’s face. Taking in her surroundings and remembering where she is, Emma frowns a moment before the knocking starts again. Springing from the bed, Emma grabs a cup from her side table and uses the contents to gargle with whilst stealing a glance out of the bedroom window. As a third, more insistent round of knocking begins, Emma finally reaches the door. She opens it to find Regina, standing in the hallway, holding a basket of apples.)

(Emma opens the door to her room wide to allow the mayor entry but Regina remains motionless as the blonde’s attire, or lack thereof, is revealed to her. Emma raises an eyebrow at this then follows the mayor’s line of sight down to her red underwear.)
Emma: (Smirks, unashamedly:) I guess you’ve caught me with my pants down.”
(After several moments of opening and closing her mouth wordlessly, Regina glances quickly down at her basket as if to remind herself why she’s there.)
Regina: (Forcing a smile, Sweetly:) Did you know the honey-crisp tree is the most vigorous and hardy of all apple trees? It can survive temperatures as low as forty below and keep growing. It can weather any storm. I have one that I’ve tended to since I was a little girl. And to this day, I have yet to taste anything more delicious than the fruit it offers.” (She extends an apple to Emma.)
Emma: (Taking the apple:) “Thanks.”
Regina: “I’m sure you’ll enjoy them on your drive home.”
Ema: “Actually, I’m gonna stay for a while.”
Regina: “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. Henry has enough issues, he doesn’t need you confusing him.“
Emma: “All due respect, Madam Mayor, the fact that you have now threatened me twice in the last twelve hours makes me wanna stay more.”
Regina: “Since when were apples a threat?”
Emma: “I can read between the lines. Sorry, I just wanna make sure Henry’s okay.”
Regina: “He’s fine, dear. Any problems he has are being taken care of.”
Emma: “What does that mean?”
Regina: “It means I have him in therapy. It’s all under control. Take my advice, Miss Swan, only one of us knows what’s best for Henry.”
Emma: “Yeah, I’m starting to think you’re right about that.”
Regina: “It’s time for you to go.”
Emma: “Or what?”
Regina: (Takes a step toward Emma:) “Don’t underestimate me, Miss Swan. You have no idea what I’m capable of.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Castle.
(Snow White and Prince Charming’s wedding is ongoing.)
Evil Queen: “I shall destroy your happiness if it is the last thing I do.”
(Turns and walks away.)
Prince Charming: “Hey!”
(The Queen turns back and Charming hurls his sword at her. As the sword nears her, the Queen disappears in a puff of smoke, the sword along with her. The scene then transitions to the Dark Palace. The sword, still on its trajectory, pierces a wall.)

Valet: “Would you like something to drink?”
Evil Queen: “Do I look like I need a drink?”
Valet: “I was only trying to help.” (Offers her a drink.)
Evil Queen: (Taking the glass:) “Thank you.”
Magic Mirror: (The Queen approaches as he speaks:) “Now that was an awfully big threat. Destroy everyone’s happiness? How do you plan on accomplishing that?”
Evil Queen: “The Dark Curse.”
Valet: “Are you sure, your Majesty?”
Magic Mirror: “But you said you’d never use it.”
Valet: “You made a deal when you gave away that curse.”
Magic Mirror: “You traded it away.”
Valet: “She won’t be happy to see you.”
Evil Queen: “Since when do I care about anyone else’s happiness but mine? Prepare the carriage. I’m going to the Forbidden Fortress.”

The Forbidden Fortress. Interior.
(Maleficent and the Queen sit in front of a fireplace, talking.)
Maleficent: “How are you, dear?”
Evil Queen: “I’m doing fine.”
Maleficent: “Are you? (She pours herself a drink:) If it were me, I’d be simply tortured, watching that flake of snow so happy. (She sits:) Weren’t you about the same age when you were to be married? Before she ruined it all? (Raising her glass:) Yes, you were.”
Evil Queen: “Yes, it was about the same age you were when that sleeping beauty got the best of you, my dear Maleficent.”
Maleficent: “I soldiered on, as you will, too… Hopefully.”
Evil Queen: “Enough games. You know why I’m here. I need my curse back.”
Maleficent: “It’s not yours anymore. A deal’s a deal. I traded you my Sleeping Curse.”
Evil Queen: “Which failed. Undone by a simple kiss. Now please, return what’s mine.”
Maleficent: “The Dark Curse, really? You must know that not even its unholy power can bring your loved one back from the dead. Have you considered a pet? (She strokes her unicorn’s muzzle:) They can be quite comforting.”
Evil Queen: “The only comfort for me is Snow White’s suffering.”
Maleficent: “Well, it’s her wedding night, I doubt she’s suffering right now.”
Evil Queen: “I need that curse. I know you keep it hidden in the orb above your staff.”
Maleficent: “Hidden for the good of all, old friend. Whoever created that monstrosity makes the two of us look positively… moral. Who did give it to you?”
Evil Queen: (Standing:) “Where I got it’s none of your concern. Hand it back.”
Maleficent: “Must we do this?”
Evil Queen: “Alas, we must.”
(A fight ensues. Queen Regina uses her magic to take fire from the fireplace and launch it at Maleficent, who uses her staff to deflect it. The Queen then uses magic to levitate the various weapons in the room and points them toward Maleficent. The unicorn whinnies, and the Queen points the weapons at it.)
Maleficent: “NOO!”
(She moves quickly and protects her unicorn. The Queen drops a chandelier on Maleficent, using the curved metal to ensnare her. Maleficent drops her staff.)
Evil Queen: (Picking up the staff:) “Love is weakness, Maleficent. I thought you knew that.“
Maleficent: “If you’re going to kill me, kill me!”
Evil Queen: “Why would I do that? You’re my only friend.”
Maleficent: “Don’t do this. This curse… there are lines even we should not cross. (The Queen turns the staff upside down and breaks the orb against the floor:) All power comes with a price. (The Queen picks up a small scroll:) Enacting it will take a terrible toll… It will leave an emptiness inside you… A void you will never be able to fill.”
Evil Queen: “So be it.”

The Enchanted Forest.
(The Evil Queen, her valet, and several others are gathered around a fire. These other include an ogre, a gnome and a blind witch.)
Evil Queen: “Who among us is tired of losing? That’s why I called you here. To put an end to our misery. Today, we claim victory. And move to a new, better realm. A place where we can finally win.”
Blind Witch: “And we’ll be happy?”
Evil Queen: “I guarantee it. But first, I need something from you. A lock of hair from those with the darkest souls. You must trust me. Because, if you don’t… there are other ways. (Uses her magic to move the trees surrounding them. The gnome, witch, and ogre remove locks of hair:) A wise decision. (She collects their hair:) All that remains is the final ingredient. (Her valet presents a box to her, which she opens and takes out a large heart:) A prized heart, from my childhood steed. A glorious beast whose passing will fuel our victory. Let my wrath be unleashed.”
(She tosses the heart into the fire. The fire blooms into a cloud of dark smoke, then dissipates, leaving those assembled looking shocked and confused. The gnome begins to laugh.)
Gnome: “Yeah, you really unleashed something there!”
(He points and laughs at the Queen, who promptly turns him into stone.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor’s House, Exterior.
(Regina picks an apple from her tree as Sidney Glass walks up, showing off a newspaper.)
Sidney: “The Mirror strikes again.”
Regina: “You’re late.”
Sidney: “Sorry, I wanted to bring you the latest edition. I assure you, it’s one of my better hatchet jobs.” (Presents her the newspaper.)
Regina: (Taking the newspaper:) “That’s not what I asked for. What’d you find out about her?“
Sidney: “Well, the truth be told, there wasn’t much. She spent a lot of time in foster homes. She got into a little trouble when she was a kid, but the details are locked up pretty tight. Since then, she’s clean. Bounced around all over. The only thing I really learned was that she doesn’t like to sit still.”
Regina: “That appears to have changed.”
Sidney: “I-I didn’t know that, um, she had Henry while she was in Phoenix? How’d he wind up here in Maine?”
Regina: “So if I’m understanding you correctly, you’ve found nothing of value. Which means you have no value, Sidney. Do you know what I do with things that hold no value to me? I throw them away.”
Sidney: “I–I’ll keep looking.” (He walks away.)

Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner.
(Emma is seated at the counter, reading the newspaper. Ruby sits a mug of hot chocolate, with cinnamon, in front of her.)

Ruby: “Here you go.”
Emma: “Thank you… but I did not order that.”
Ruby: “Yeah, I know. You have an admirer.”
(Emma turns around, seeing Sheriff Graham seated in a booth. She puts down her paper and walks over to him.)

Graham: “Ah, so you decided to stay.”
Emma: “Observant. Important for a cop.”
Graham: “That’s good news for our tourist business, bad for our local signage. (Emma gives him a look:) It’s–it’s a joke… because you ran over our sign…”
Emma: “Look, the cocoa was a nice gesture, and I am impressed that you guessed that I like cinnamon in my chocolate, ‘cause most people don’t, but I am not here to flirt, so, thank you, but no thank you.”
(She sets the mug on the table.)
Graham: “I didn’t send it.
Henry: (Seated at another booth:) “I did. I like cinnamon, too.” (He gets up.)
Emma: “Don’t you have school?”
Henry: “Duh, I’m ten. Walk me.”

Main Street.
(Henry and Emma walk down the sidewalk.)
Emma: “So, what’s the deal with you and your mom?”
Henry: “It’s not about us, it’s about her curse. We have to break it. Luckily, I have a plan. Step one: identification. I call it, 'Operation Cobra'.”
Emma: “Cobra? That has nothing to do with fairy tales.”
Henry: “Exactly, it’s a code name. It’ll throw the Queen off the trail.”
Emma: “So, everyone here is fairy tale character, they just don’t know it.”
Henry: “That’s the curse. Time’s been frozen... Until you got here. (Emma begins to take a bite of the apple she’s carrying:) Hey! Where’d you get that?”
Emma: “Your mom.”
Henry: “Don’t eat that!”
(He takes it from her and throws it.)

Emma: “Okay… Um, uh, alright. What about their pasts?”
Henry: “They don’t know. It’s a haze to them. Ask anyone anything and you’ll see.”
Emma: “So… for decades, people have been walking around, in a haze, not aging, with screwed up memories, stuck in a cursed town that kept them oblivious.”
Henry: “I knew you’d get it! That’s why we need you, you’re the only one who can stop her Curse.”
Emma: “Because I’m the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming?”
Henry: “Yes! And right now, we have the advantage. My mom doesn’t know that. (Unzips his backpack:) I took out the end, (Takes out pages from the Once Upon a Time book and hands them to Emma:) the part with you in it. (Emma looks at a page containing an illustration of Prince Charming placing baby Emma in the wardrobe, the name 'Emma' clearly visibly on the baby blanket.) See? Your mom is Snow White!”
Emma: “Kid...”
Henry: “I know the hero never believes at first, if they did, it wouldn’t be a very good story. If you need proof, take them, read them. But whatever you do, don’t let her see these pages. They’re dangerous. If she finds out who you are… then it would be bad. (Scene transitions to the front of the school, Emma stops walking and Henry continues on:) I gotta go, but I’ll find you later and we can get started. I knew you’d believe me!”
Emma: “I never said I did!”
Henry: “Why else would you be here?” (Runs off toward the school.)

Mary Margaret: (Approaching Emma:) “It’s good to see his smile back.”
Emma: “I didn’t do anything.”
Mary Margaret: “You stayed. So… does the Mayor know you’re still here?”
Emma: “Oh, she knows. What is her deal? She’s not a great people person, how did she get elected?”
Mary Margaret: “She’s been Mayor as long as I can remember. No one’s ever been brave enough to run against her. She inspires quite a bit of… well, fear. I’m afraid I only made that worse by giving Henry that book and now he thinks she’s the Evil Queen.”
Emma: “Who does he think you are?”
Mary Margaret: (Scoffs:) “It’s silly…”
Emma: (Laughs:) “I just got five minutes of silly. Lay it on me.”
Mary Margaret: “Snow White. (Emma looks slightly stunned, the school bell rings in the distance:) Who does he think you are?”
Emma: “I’m not in the book.. Can I ask you a favor? Regina mentioned the kid’s in therapy; do you know where I can find the doctor?”

Dr. Archie Hopper’s Office.
(Archie sits reading. Emma knocks on the door and enters.)

Emma: “Hey.”
Archie: “Emma Swan. (Stands, picking up a copy of the newspaper:) I was just, uh, reading about you. Let me guess, you’re here for help with a little post-traumatic stress? (Chuckles, setting the paper down:) That diagnosis was free, by the way.”
Emma: (Laughs:) “No, I’m here about Henry.”
Archie: “I’m sorry, I-I I really shouldn’t…”
Emma: “I know, I’m sorry, I just… just tell me something. This fairy tale obsession, what is causing it? I mean, he thinks everyone is a character in his book. That’s… crazy.”
Archie: “I-I hope you don’t talk that way in front of him. The word 'crazy' is um.. quite damaging. These stories– they’re his language. He has no idea how to express complex emotions so he’s translating as best he can, this is how he communicates. He’s using this book to help deal with his problems. (Moves to a file cabinet, opening it and removing a file:) Why don’t you take a look at the file. Um… see what I mean.”
Emma: “Why are you doing this?”
Archie: “Well, he talks about you a lot. You’re... very important to him.”
Emma: “Thank you.”
Archie: “Just uh… see that I get it back, okay? (He opens the door and Emma moves to exit:) Miss Swan. Just for the sake of the boy, be careful how you handle his… belief system. To destroy his imagination would be... would be devastating. (Emma departs and Archie closes the door. He sits down at a desk and picks up the phone, making a call:) You were right. She… was just here.”
Regina: (On the other end of the line, in her office:) “Did she take the file?”
Archie: “Yes. H-how did you know she was gonna come here?”
Regina: “Because I’m the one who gave her the idea.”

Granny’s Bed & Breakfast, Emma’s Room.
(Emma, on her bed, is reading through Henry’s file when there is a knock on the door. She opens it to reveal Sheriff Graham in the hallway.)
Emma: “Hey there… if you’re concerned about the 'Do Not Disturb' signs, don’t worry; I’ve left them alone.”
Graham: “Actually, I’m here about Dr. Archibald Hopper. He mentioned you got into a bit of a row with him earlier?”
Emma: “No.”
Graham: “I’m shocked, too, given your shy, delicate sensibilities. He says you demanded to see Henry’s files and when he refused, you came back and stole them.”
Emma: “He gave them to me.”
Graham: “Alas, he’s telling a different tale. May I check your room? Or must I get a search warrant?”
Emma: (She opens the door fully, walking over to her bed and gesturing to the files spread on it:) “This what ya lookin’ for?”
Graham: (Picking up a file and glancing at it:) “Well, you’re very accommodating. But, I’m afraid, Miss Swan, you’re under arrest. Again.”
(He begins to cuff her.)
Emma: “You know I’m being set up, don’t you?”
Graham: “And whom, may I ask, is setting you up?”

Storybrooke Elementary, Exterior.
(Mary Margaret is giving a lesson outside when Regina Mills approaches.)

Mary Margaret: “Water… synthesize.”
Regina: (She clears her throat and Mary Margaret stands and approaches her:) “May I speak with my son?”
Mary Margaret: “We’re in the middle of a lesson. Is it important?”
Regina: “Do you think I’d be here if it wasn’t!? (She walks away from Mary Margaret and the scene cuts to her speaking to Henry, alone:) Henry, sweetie, I have some bad news. The woman who you brought here… she’s been arrested. She broke into Dr. Hopper’s office and stole his files. She’s a con woman. She’s trying to learn about us in order to take advantage of us. That’s why she’s sticking around. I’m sorry.”
Henry: “No, you’re not.”
Regina: “I know you think otherwise, but all I’m doing is trying to protect you. This is gonna be good for us, you’ll see. Things will be better.”
(The school bell rings in the background.)
Henry: “I gotta get back to class.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Sheriff Graham is taking mugshots of Emma.)
Emma: “You know the shrink is lying, right?”
Graham: “To the right, please. Why would he lie?”
Emma: “The Mayor put him up to this… she’s gotta have something on him. He’s terrified of her, like everyone else in this town.”
Graham: “To the left. Regina may be a touch intimidating, but I don’t think she’d go as far as a frame-job.”
Emma: “How far would she go? What does she have her hands in?”
Graham: “Well, she’s the Mayor. She has her hands in everything.”
Emma: “Including the police force?”
(Graham gives her a look, and starts to reply.)
Henry: (Running in, followed by Mary Margaret:) “HEY!”
Graham: “Henry! Henry, what are you doing here?”
Mary Margaret: “His mother told him what happened.”
Emma: “Of course she did! (Addressing Henry:) Henry, I don’t know what she said–”
Henry: “You’re a genius!”
Emma: “What?”
Henry: “I know what you were up to. (Emma looks confused:) You were gathering intel. (Almost whispering:) For 'Operation Cobra'.”
Graham: “I’m sorry, I’m a bit lost…”
Henry: “It’s need to know, Sheriff, and all you need to know is that Miss Blanchard’s gonna bail her out.”
Emma: “You are? Why?”
Mary Margaret: “I–uh—trust you.”
Emma: “Well. If you could uncuff me… (Extends her cuffed wrists:) …I have something to do.”

The Mayor’s Office.
(Regina sits working at her desk when a chainsaw is heard coming from outside. She looks out the window at her apple tree. Emma is cutting off a branch with a chainsaw. The scene transitions to Regina, outside, rushing up to Emma.)
Regina: “What the hell are you doing!?”
Emma: “Picking apples.” (She drops the chainsaw.)
Regina: “You’re out of you mind!”
Emma: “No, you are if you think a shoddy frame job’s enough to scare me off. You’re gonna have to do better than that. If you come after me one more time, I’m coming back for the rest of this tree. Because, sister, you have no idea what I am capable of. (She starts walking away:) Your move.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The same forest where the Evil Queen’s attempt to cast the Dark Curse failed. The Queen stands brooding with her valet.)
Valet: “Perhaps it’s for the best. The forces you’re summoning are darker than we can conceive.”
Evil Queen: “Oh, now you’re trying to protect me?”
Valet: “It’s what I do.”
Evil Queen: “I know. You’re the only one who does.”
Valet: “Helping you… is my life.”
Evil Queen: “Well, then, help me understand why this curse isn’t working.”
Valet: “If you want to know that, then you need to go back to the person who gave it to you in the first place. (She looks away:) Revenge is a dark and lonely road. Once you go down it… there is no heading back.”
Evil Queen: “What is there for me to head back to?”

Rumplestiltskin’s Prison Cell.
(Rats scurry about.)
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s just us, dearie. You can show yourself!”
(One of the rats, in a cloud of smoke, transforms into the Evil Queen. Rumplestiltskin makes a pleased sound.)
Evil Queen: “That Curse you gave me.. (She shows the scroll:) It’s not working.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, so worried! So, so worried. Like Snow, and her lovely new husband!”
Evil Queen: “What?”
Rumplestiltskin: “They paid me a visit as well. They were very anxious. About you. And the Curse.”
Evil Queen: (Steps closer to the cell bars:) “What’d you tell them?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The truth! That nothing can stop the darkness. Except, of course, their unborn child. You see, no matter how powerful, all curses can be broken. (Pauses for effect:) Their child is the key. Of course, the curse has to be enacted first.”
Evil Queen: “Tell me what I did wrong.”
Rumplestiltskin: “For that, there’s a price.”
Evil Queen: “What do you want?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Simple. In this new land, I want comfort. I want a good life.”
Evil Queen: “Fine! You’ll have an estate, be rich.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I wasn’t finished! There’s more!”
Evil Queen: “There always is with you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yeah, yeah… In this new land, (Pauses:) should I ever come to you for any reason, you must heed my every request. You must do whatever I say. So long as I say 'Please'.”
Evil Queen: “You do realize that should I succeed, you won’t remember any of this?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh well, then what’s the harm?” (Steps back into the cell.)
Evil Queen: “Deal. What must I do to enact this Curse?”
Rumplestiltskin: “You need to sacrifice (with a flourish:) a heart.”
Evil Queen: “I sacrificed my prized steed.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Jumps against the cell bars, reaches through them and grabs the Evil Queen’s throat:) “A horse? This is the Curse to end all curses??! You think a horse is gonna do? Great power requires great sacrifice. The heart you need must come from something far more precious.”
Evil Queen: “Tell me what will suffice.”
Rumplestiltskin: “The heart of the thing you love most.”
Evil Queen: (Removes Rumplestiltskin’s hand from her throat:) “What I loved most died because of Snow White!”
Rumplestiltskin: (Strokes her cheek:) “Is there no one else you truly love? (The Evil Queen stares at Rumplestiltskin:) This Curse isn’t gonna be easy. Vengeance never is, dearie. You have to ask yourself a simple question. How far are you willing to go.”
Evil Queen: (Brings her face close to Rumplestiltskin’s:) “As far as it takes.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Then please stop wasting everyone’s time and just do it! You know what you love… now go kill it!”
(The Queen turns and walks away.)

Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Bed & Breakfast, Hallway.
(Emma uses a key to open the door to her room.)
Granny: (From behind:) “Miss Swan? (Emma turns around:) Oh my, this is terribly awkward. I need to ask you to leave. (Emma looks at her with a stunned look on her face:) I’m afraid we have a 'No felons'-rule. It… it turns out it’s a city ordinance.”
Emma: “Let me guess: the Mayor’s office just called to remind you.”
Granny: (Nods:) “You can gather your things, but I need to have your room key back.” (Emma hands her the key.)

The Mayor’s House, Exterior.
(Regina kneels on the grass next to the fallen branch of her apple tree and puts apples into a basket. Sheriff Graham approaches.)

Regina: “She destroyed city property. I want her arrested.”
Graham: “Again?”
Regina: “What are you waiting for?”
Graham: “I’m just not convinced arresting her is the right plan. (Regina stands up:) And I’m not talking about your tree. We both know she didn’t steal those files.”
Regina: “Oh, do we?”
Graham: “I mean, she looked pretty shocked when I leveled the charges against her.”
Regina: “That’s because she doesn’t like being caught.” (Kneels down again.)
Graham: “Or because she was set up. And if she was, that means Dr. Hopper was lying. If he’s lying that means that someone asked him to. (Regina stands up:) Are we really confident that the man’s conscience won’t eventually get the best of him?”
Regina: “I think your schoolboy crush is clouding your judgment. Remember, I made you Sheriff. And I can take it away just as easily.”
Graham: “You want me to arrest her again? I will.”
Regina: “Good.” (Kneels down.)
Graham: “But she is gonna keep comin’ at you. And I know you, you are gonna keep comin’ at her. You will do whatever it takes to get her out of here. And you may succeed.”
Regina: (Angrily:) “I will succeed! (Gets up:) He’s my son! It’s what’s best for him.”
Graham: “I know that’s what you believe. But if this escalates, it seems to me the only one who will get hurt is Henry.” (Regina sighs.)

Outside Granny’s Bed and Breakfast.
(Emma is walking along the sidewalk.)
Emma: (She looks over at her car and notices that there is a boot on it. Her phone rings. She picks it up and answers it.) “Yeah?”
Regina: (On the phone:) “Ms. Swan, I’d be happy to continue demonstrating my power, but am I right in guessing your resolve to stay is only growing?”
Emma: “You have no idea.”
Regina: “Well then. I think it’s time we made peace. Why don’t you drive over to my office. (Emma slams her car door:) Or walk—whatever suits you.”
(Emma hangs up and rolls her eyes.)

Regina’s Office.
(Regina and Emma are seated, talking.)

Regina: “I’d like to start by apologizing, Miss Swan.”
Emma: “What?”
Regina: “I just have to accept the reality that you want to be here…”
Emma: “That’s right. I do.”
Regina: “…And that you’re here to take my son from me.”
Emma: “Okay, let’s be clear: I have no intention of taking him from anyone.”
Regina: “Well then, what are you doing here?”
Emma: “I know I’m not a mother—I think that’s pretty self-evident—but I did have him, and I can’t help it—he got in my head and I want to make sure he’s okay. The more you try to push me out, the more I want to be here, especially after seeing how... troubled he is.”
Regina: “You think he’s troubled?”
Emma: “Well, he’s in therapy, and I only got through a couple pages of his shrink’s notes before you had me arrested. But putting all that aside—he thinks everyone in this town is a fairy tale character.”
Regina: “And you don’t?”
Emma: “How can I? The poor kid can’t even tell the difference between fantasy and reality and it’s only getting worse. It’s crazy.”
Henry: (Suddenly in the doorway:) “You think I’m crazy?”
Emma: “Henry… (He runs out of the office. Emma stands, as if to follow, then addresses Regina:) How long was he there?”

Regina: “Long enough.”
Emma: “You knew he would be here.”
Regina: “Did I know that my son comes to my office every Thursday at precisely five P.M. so I can take him for dinner before his therapy session? Of course I did. I’m his mother. Your move.”
Emma: “You have no soul. How in the hell did you get like this?”
(Regina makes no reply as Emma exits the office.)

Enchanted Forest. Past. The Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen walks a promenade lined with mirrors. The Magic Mirror appears in various mirrors along her path as he addresses the Queen.)
Magic Mirror: “What happened? Did you get your answer? (She makes no reply, only continues to walk:) What’s going on? Your Majesty? Your Majesty!”
(The Queen enters her great hall, where her Valet is lighting candles.)
Valet: “Did Rumplestiltskin tell you what you needed to know?”
Evil Queen: “Yes.”
Valet: “…And?”
Evil Queen: “I’m not sure I should say. I’m conflicted.”
(She paces the room.)

Valet: “How bad is it? Maybe I can help.”
Evil Queen: (She stops pacing:) “I have to cut out the heart of the thing I love most.”
Valet: (Realization dawns on his face:) “Me.”
Evil Queen: “Daddy, I don’t know what to do.”
Valet: “My dear… please… you don’t have to do this.”
Evil Queen: “I have to do something.”
(She resumes her pacing, her father follows.)
Valet: “Then move past this. I know this may sound self-serving, but you don’t need to enact the Curse.”
Evil Queen: (Addressing him face-to-face:) “But I can’t keep living like this! What Snow did to me, what she took from me… It’s eating me alive, Daddy. Her very existence mocks me. She must be punished.”
Valet: “What… (She walks away, he follows:) If the price is a hole that will never be filled, why do it? (She stops:) Stop worrying about Snow White and start over. We can have a new life.”
Evil Queen: “But what kind of life? All I’ve worked for, all I’ve built, will be gone. My power will disappear. They already think I’m nothing.”
Valet: “Power is seductive, but so is love, and you can have that again.”
(He holds open his arms. After a moment, the Queen steps into them, and her father enfolds her in an embrace.)
Evil Queen: “I just want to be happy.”
Valet: “You can be. Of this, I’m sure. (She sheds tears as he continues to speak:) I believe, given the chance, we can find happiness together. But the choice is yours.”
Evil Queen: “I think you’re right. (She steps back to look at her father:) I can be happy. (He breathes a sigh of relief:) Just not here. (Abruptly, the Queen reaches into her father’s chest and removes his heart. He looks shocked, then falls to the floor:) I’m sorry.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(Mary Margaret Blanchard sits, working on needle-craft, when there is a knock at the door. She opens the door to find Emma Swan in the hallway.)
Emma: “Hey. (Mary Margaret opens the door fully:) Just wanted to say thank you and, um, (Handing her an envelope:) pay you back the bail money.”
(A pause, Emma, looking exasperated, sighs.)
Mary Margaret: “You look like you need to talk.”
Emma: (Seated at Mary Margaret’s table, sipping a cup of hot cocoa:) “Cinnamon?”
Mary Margaret: (Bringing a plate of cookies to the table:) “Oh, I’m sorry. I should have asked. It’s a little quirk of mine. Do you mind?”
Emma: “Not at all. (Mary Margaret offers her a cookie:) No, thanks. When you bailed me out, you said… that you trusted me. (Mary Margaret nods:) Why?”
Mary Margaret: “It’s strange, ever since you arrived here, I’ve had the oddest feeling, like we’ve met before. I mean, I know it’s crazy.”
Emma: “I’m starting to re-evaluate my definition of crazy.”
Mary Margaret: “For what it’s worth, I think you’re innocent.”
Emma: “Of breaking and entering, or just in general?”
Mary Margaret: “Whichever makes you feel better.” (Laughs.)
Emma: “Doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks I did or didn’t do. I’m leaving. Thank you for everything, but I think it’s for the best. If I stay, Henry’s only gonna keep getting hurt.”
Mary Margaret: “What happens if you go? (Emma says nothing:) I think the very fact that you want to leave is why you have to stay. You care about him. Who will protect Henry if you won’t?”

Archie Hopper’s Office.
(A visibly distraught Henry is having a therapy session.)
Archie: “Are you sure you don’t want to talk about it? (Henry says nothing, only fiddles with Archie’s umbrella:) You know, that umbrella is kind of my good luck charm. (Henry remains silent:) Is that why you think I’m Jiminy Cricket?”
Henry: “I don’t think you’re anyone.”
(He sets the umbrella down on the table. Emma, holding the storybook pages Henry gave her, opens the office door.)

Archie: “Miss Swan. Look, I can explain. The Mayor forced me–”
Emma: (Interrupting:) “I know. Don’t worry about it. I get it. (Addressing Henry:) Henry, I’m sorry.”

Henry: “I don’t want to talk to you.”
Archie: “Miss Swan, if she knew you were here–”
Emma: “To hell with her. (Sitting and addressing Henry again:) Henry, there is one simple reason I stayed here—you. I wanted to get to know you.”
Henry: “You think I’m crazy!”
Emma: “No, I think the Curse is crazy. And it is. (Sighs:) But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. It's a lot to ask anyone to believe in, but there are a lot of crazy things in this world. So, what do I know? Maybe it is true.”
Henry: “But you told my mom–”
Emma: “–What she needed to hear. What I do know… is that if the Curse is real, the only way to break it is by tricking the Evil Queen… into thinking that we are non-believers. ‘Cause, that way, she’s not on to us. Isn’t that what Operation Cobra was all about? Throwing her off the trail?”
Henry: “Brilliant!”
Emma: “I read the pages, and Henry, you’re right—they are dangerous. There is only one way to make sure that she never sees them. (She takes the pages and places them into the fireplace, burning them:) Now we have the advantage.”
Henry: (Gets up and hugs her:) “I knew you were here to help me!”
Emma: “That’s right, kid. I am. (Breaking the embrace to look at him:) And nothing, not even a curse, is gonna stop that.” (They hug again.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Forest.
(A fire blazes as the Evil Queen removes her father’s heart from a small chest and adds it to the fire burning in the same pit from her failed attempt to cast the Curse. Black and green smoke rises and surges forth, the Queen has successfully cast the Dark Curse.)

A Different Part Of The Forest.
(The Evil Queen approaches a gravestone and, stooping, lays a black rose before it.)
Evil Queen: “I love you, Daddy.”
(The front of the headstone is revealed. “Henry, Beloved Father” is engraved on the stone.)

Storybrooke . Present.
(Emma and Henry exit Dr. Hopper’s office building together, and walk down the street. The scene then transitions to outside Town Hall, where Regina is tending to her apple tree. Mr. Gold approaches her.)

Mr. Gold: “What a mess.”
Regina: “Not for long. What can I do for you, Mr. Gold?”
Mr. Gold: “I was just in the neighborhood, thought I’d pop by. Lovely to see you in such high spirits.”
Regina: (Chuckles:) “Well, it’s been a good day. I just rid the town of an unwanted nuisance.”
Mr. Gold: “Emma Swan? Really?”
Regina: “Yes. I imagine she’s halfway to Boston by now.”
Mr. Gold: (Picking an apple from the tree:) “Oh, I wouldn’t bet on that. (Regina scowls at him:) I’ve just seen her strolling down main street with your boy. Thick as thieves, they looked.”
Regina: “What?”
Mr. Gold: “Perhaps you should’ve come to me. If Miss Swan is a problem you can’t fix, I’m only too happy to help, for a price, of course.”
Regina: (Chuckles:) “I’m not in the business of making deals with you anymore.” (She turns her back to him, returning to the tree.)
Mr. Gold: “To which deal are you referring?”
Regina: (She turns and looks at him:) “You know what deal.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, right, yeah. The boy I procured for you. Henry. Did I ever tell you what a lovely name that was? How ever did you pick it?”
Regina: (Turning back to face him:) “Did you want her to come to town? You wanted all this to happen, didn’t you? Your finding Henry wasn’t an accident, was it?”
Mr. Gold: “Whatever do you mean?”
Regina: “Where did you get him? (Gold remains silent:) Do you know something?“
Mr. Gold: “I’ve no idea what you’re implying.”
Regina: “I think you do. (He says nothing, only smirks a bit:) Who is this woman, his mother, this… Emma Swan?”
Mr. Gold: “I would say you think you know exactly who she is. (Regina stares, stunned:) I really must be going.” (He makes to leave, she blocks his path.)
Regina: “Tell me what you know about her.”
Mr. Gold: “I’m not gonna answer you, dear, so I suggest you excuse me. (She says nothing and doesn’t move:) Please.”
(He takes a bite of the apple and walks away. A stunned Regina turns and watches him go as he throws the apple over his shoulder.)


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The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(A lone stag roams on the forest road tending to a patch of grass. A coachman’s voice is heard in the distance. Startled, the deer turns its head up and turns to leave hastily. Carriage horses stamp forward pulling a carriage on the road. Inside the carriage, Prince Charming looks out the window.)
Prince Charming: “What do you think of the view, my dear?”
(We see his fiancée, Princess Abigail, sitting across from him. She holds a fan.)
Abigail: (Fanning herself rapidly, sighs:) “I’ve seen better. This is taking forever. I told you the Troll Road would’ve been quicker. (The carriage bounces:) And far less bumpy. (Prince Charming takes a bag of jewelry in his lap and gazes at it. Abigail gazes at the box, and then at him:) Are you even listening to me?”
Prince Charming: (Distractedly looks away from the bag:) “Yes, of course I am.”
Coachman: “Whoa, whoa!”
(Carriage horses neigh as they draw to a halt.)
Abigail: “Now what?”
(The carriage stops. The Prince gets out to investigate, leaving behind the bag on the seat.)
Prince Charming: (To Abigail:) “Worry not—it’s but a fallen tree. Fellas? Shall we?”
(Overhead, a cloaked figure lands on top of the carriage, which startles Abigail inside.)
Guard: (Prince Charming continues to assess the marks on the tree:) “M'lord? What is it?”
Prince Charming: “These markings. This tree didn’t fall—it’s been cut. It’s an ambush.”
(The cloaked figure reaches into the open carriage door and grabs the bag on the seat. Abigail screams at the intrusion and Prince Charming rushes back.)
Guards: “Sir!”
Abigail: “Guards! Stop, thief! Help me!”
(The thief mounts a horse and makes a getaway. Prince Charming mounts a horse as well and chases after the thief. As he passes by the carriage, Abigail looks out the carriage door at the commotion. Charming manages to catch up to the thief, and when his horse speeds up to align with the other horse, he forces the thief from the horse to the ground.)
Prince Charming: (He falls, and gets up to stand over the thief:) “Show your face, you coward! (Prince Charming flips the thief over, and prepares to punch. He stops, and the anger melts from his face to show dazed surprise. The thief is a pale, fair faced woman:) You’re…a girl.”
Snow White: “Woman.”
(Grabbing a rock, she hits Prince Charming in the face with it. He sprawls to the side in pain. She gets back onto her horse and rides off.)
Prince Charming: (Gets up as his chin is bloodstained and yells at thief:) “You can’t hide from me! Wherever you are, I will find you!”
(The thief turns to flash him a satisfied smirk as she gets away. Prince Charming shoots her an irritated look.)

Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner.
(Dr. Whale and Mary Margaret are on a date. She looks at him, and sips her drink.)
Dr. Whale: “Um, where were we? Something about you wanting fifteen kids?”
Mary Margaret: (Shocked:) “No! Good lord, no. I meant in my class, where I teach. You’ll meet them tomorrow. (Dr. Whale nods in understanding, and then as she continues to speak, his gaze drifts to the person behind her. Ruby is clearing tables in the background, and is scantily clad in a white shirt showing her midriff with a red mini-skirt and high heels:) They’re coming to the hospital as part of the Volunteer Outreach Program.”
Dr. Whale: (Ruby moves to another table almost directly behind Mary Margaret. He quickly shifts his eyes back in time to respond:) “Oh, yeah. That is a great program.”
Mary Margaret: (Dr. Whale tries to remain focused as she speaks, but keeps quickly glancing back at Ruby:) “I mean, obviously I don’t want fifteen kids of my own. I-I mean, not that I don’t want kids. I do. (He loses interest in the conversation, and now his gaze is fixed on what is behind Mary Margaret:) I want kids, marriage, true love—I want it all. But that of course is… (She notices Dr. Whale is not paying attention to her. Slowly, she turns her head to see him ogling Ruby, who has finished cleaning the table and carries a tray as she passes them:) …wildly inappropriate for me to discuss on a first date.”
Dr. Whale: “Hmm?”
Mary Margaret: “Ruby?”
Ruby: (She stops and turns back while holding the tray in the air with one hand:) “Yes, Mary Margaret?”
Mary Margaret: (Sadly:) “Check, please.”

Storybrooke. Main Street.
(Mary Margaret is walking down the street after her disastrous date. She stops and stares ahead, noticing a familiar face. Mary Margaret approaches a car, and inside sits Emma reading the newspaper with a flashlight.)
Mary Margaret: “Hey. You okay?”
Emma: (Turns off flashlight:) “Oh, in the world of tight spots I’ve been in, crashing in my car doesn’t even rank in the top ten.”
Mary Margaret: “You’re sleeping here?”
Emma: “Til I find a place.”
Mary Margaret: “You decided to stay. For Henry.”
Emma: “Yeah, I guess. This town doesn’t seem to have any vacancies. None, actually. Is that normal?”
Mary Margaret: “Must be the curse.”
Emma: (Smirks:) “Why are you out so late?”
Mary Margaret: “Well, I’m a teacher, not a nun. I had a date.”
Emma: “From the looks of things, it went well.”
Mary Margaret: (Sighs:) “As well as they ever do.”
Emma: “Tell me he at least paid.”
Mary Margaret: “Mm-mm.”
Emma: “Ew.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, I guess if true love was easy, we’d all have it. You know, if things get cramped, I do have a spare room.”
Emma: “Thanks. I’m not really the roommate type. It’s just not my thing. I do better on my own.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, goodnight. Good luck with Henry.”
Emma: “Yeah…” (Mary Margaret walks away as Emma gazes after her.)

Storybrooke General Hospital. The Next Day.
(The kids from Mary Margaret’s class are hanging decorations. Mary Margaret notices Henry in the ICU unit at John Doe’s bedside. He reaches to touch the man’s face when Mary Margaret walks in.)
Mary Margaret: “Henry. We could really use your help with the decorations.”
Henry: “Is Mr. Doe going to be okay, Miss Blanchard?”
Mary Margaret: “His name’s not John Doe, honey. That’s just what they call people when they don’t know who they are.”
Henry: “Do you know who he is?”
Mary Margaret: “Nope. I just bring him flowers on my rounds.”
Henry: “What’s wrong with him?”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know. He’s been like this as long as I’ve been volunteering.”
Henry: “Does he have any family or friends?”
Mary Margaret: “No one’s claimed him.”
Henry: “So, he’s all alone.”
Mary Margaret: “Yeah… It’s quite sad.”
Henry: “You sure you don’t know him?”
Mary Margaret: “Course I’m sure. Come on. You shouldn’t be in here.”
(They exit the ICU as Henry steals a glance back. John Doe bears the same scar on his chin as Prince Charming.)

Storybrooke. Henry’s Castle.
(Emma and Henry are the playground near the shore. Henry shows Emma an illustration in his storybook of Prince Charming with the visible scar on his face.)
Henry: “I found your father—Prince Charming.”
Emma: “Henry…”
Henry: “He’s in the hospital, in a coma. See the scar? (He points it out in the book.) He has one, too.”
Emma: “So? Lots of people have scars.”
Henry: “In the same place? Don’t you see what this means? The curse is keeping them apart with the coma. Now they’re stuck without each other. We have to tell Miss Blanchard we found her Prince Charming.”
Emma: “Okay, kid. Telling someone their… soul mate is in a coma is probably not helpful. Not having a happy ending is painful enough, but giving someone unrealistic hope is far worse.”
Henry: “But what if I’m right? We know who they are. Now they have to know.”
Emma: “And how do you intend to make that happen?”
Henry: “By reminding him. We have to get her to read their story to John Doe. Then, maybe, he’ll remember who he is.”
Emma: (She takes a deep breath to contemplate his plea:) “Okay.”
Henry: “Okay?”
Emma: “Yeah, we’ll do it. But we’ll do it my way. Let me ask her."

Storybrooke. Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(In her apartment, Mary Margaret makes cocoa for herself and Emma. They stand at the counter talking.)
Mary Margaret: “You want me to read to a coma patient?”
Emma: “Henry thinks it will help him remember who he was.”
Mary Margaret: “And, who does he think he was?”
Emma: “Prince Charming.”
Mary Margaret: “And if I’m Snow White, he thinks… me… and him…”
Emma: “He has a very active imagination, which is the point. I can’t talk him out of his beliefs, so we need to show him. Play along, do what he says and then maybe, just maybe–”
Mary Margaret: “He’ll see that fairy tales are just that—that there’s no such thing as love at first sight or first kiss. He’ll see reality.”
Emma: “Something like that.”
Mary Margaret: “Well... sadly, this plan is rather genius. We get him to the truth without hurting him.”
Emma: “I told him that we will all meet tomorrow for breakfast at Granny’s. And you will give a full report.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, I suppose I’ll get ready for my date. I guess I’ll have to do all the talking.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret sits with John Doe in his room. She has Henry’s storybook.)
Mary Margaret: “Look, I know this is odd, but I’m doing it for… a friend. So please, just bear with me. (She begins reading:) ‘As the Prince chased the thief on horseback, through the treacherous forest, his betrothed crossed her arms and pouted, wondering how many dreadful, boring minutes it would take until they could resume their journey again. The thief vaulted over a fallen…’ (The scene transitions to show the passage of time: ) ‘…They didn’t need words to express what they felt in their hearts, for it was here, in the shadow of the troll bridge, that their love was born, where they knew, no matter how they were separated, they would always–’”
(While unconscious, John Doe reaches out and grabs her hand. A shocked Mary Margaret looks at him, but he has not awakened.)

A Short Time Later.
(
Dr. Whale and Mary Margaret walk back into John Doe’s room.)
Mary Margaret: “No, I’m sure he’s waking up. He… He grabbed my hand.”
Dr. Whale: “Everything’s steady. The same as it’s always been. What were you doing in here?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, I was just reading him a story.”
Dr. Whale: “Oh. Well perhaps you, um, dozed off. Perhaps you imagined it.”
Mary Margaret: “No, I didn’t imagine anything.”
Dr. Whale: “Miss Blanchard, I can only tell you what I see, which is nothing. Sometimes there are minor fluctuations in readings. Perhaps you heard the machine register something and misunderstood? Look, why don’t you go home, get some rest. If anything changes, I’ll call you, okay?”
(Mary Margaret leaves. Dr. Whale calls someone via phone.)
Regina: (Picking up:) “Yes?”
Dr. Whale: “It’s Dr. Whale. You told me to call you if there was ever a change in a John Doe. Something’s happened.”
Regina: “What?”
Dr. Whale: “One of our volunteers said he grabbed her. And there was a slight fluctuation in brain activity.”
Regina: “And who was this volunteer?”
Dr. Whale: “Mary Margaret Blanchard.

Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(She sits on her bed, flipping through the book. The illustration of Snow White zooms into the Enchanted Forest.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The thief who previously stole Prince Charming’s jewels gathers various things and puts them into a bag. Also, she puts a necklace with a bottle around her neck. She slings the bag over her shoulder and heads outside to walk a short distance before being caught in a net. Prince Charming comes out of hiding; laughing.)
Prince Charming: “I told you I’d find you. No matter what you do, I will always find you.”
Thief: “Is this the only way you can catch a woman? By entrapping her?”
Prince Charming: “It’s the only way to catch a thieving scum.”
Thief: “Aren’t you a real ‘Prince Charming’.”
Prince Charming: “I have a name, you know.”
Thief: “Don’t care. Charming suits you. Now cut me down, Charming.”
Prince Charming: “I’ll release you, when you return the leather pouch you stole with my jewels.”
Thief: “Not the jewelry type.”
Prince Charming: “Indeed. I noticed.”
Thief: “What is that supposed to mean? Are you insulting me?”
Prince Charming: “No, quite right. My apologies. How dare I cast aspersions at the person who robbed me? Where are my jewels?”
Thief: “I sold them.”
Prince Charming: “What?”
Thief: “What do you care? Don’t you have a palace full of treasures somewhere?”
Prince Charming: “These were special. Among them was a ring that belonged to my mother. A ring I was about to give–”
Thief: “The nag with the bad attitude? That’s what this is about?”
Prince Charming: “She’s my fiancée.”
Thief: “Good luck with that. You must be getting something impressive to have agreed to that union.”
Prince Charming: “Excuse me?”
Thief: “I know how this works. True love? It doesn’t exist. It’s all arranged marriages and business transactions. There’s no such thing as love at first sight or first kiss. Let me guess–her kingdom wants to take over yours and this is, what, a last ditch effort to avoid war?”
Prince Charming: “This is not a takeover. It’s a merger, and quite frankly, it’s none of your business. Now, this is what’s going to happen.”
Thief: “Mmhmm?”
Prince Charming: “I’m going to cut you down and you will take me to whoever has my jewels and then, you’re going to get my ring back.”
Thief: “Mm-mm. Why would I do that?”
Prince Charming: “Because you don’t want me to tell anyone who you really are. (He takes out a piece of paper. It’s a wanted poster for Snow White, to whom the thief has a startling resemblance:) Snow White. Help me get my ring back, or I turn you over to the Queen’s forces. And I have a feeling the Queen’s not as 'charming' as I am.”
Snow White: “Well, I wouldn’t want to stand in the way of your getting true love.”
(Prince Charming cuts her down from the net.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Henry and Emma are sitting in the diner. Emma has just changed her shirt.)
Emma: “Thanks for the shirt. Hey, is this your mom’s?”
Henry: “She’ll never notice.”
Emma: “Where does she think you are, anyway?”
Henry: “Playing Whac-A-Mole.”
Emma: “And she bought that?”
Henry: “She wants to believe it, so she does.”
Emma: “Oh, imagine that, must run in the family.”
(Mary Margaret enters the diner.)
Henry: “She’s here.”
Emma: “Hey, don’t get your hopes up. We’re just getting started, okay?”
Mary Margaret: “He woke up.”
Emma: “What?”
Henry: “I knew it.”
Mary Margaret: “I mean, he didn’t 'wake up' wake up, but he grabbed my hand.”
Henry: “He’s remembering!”
Emma: “What did the doctor say?”
Mary Margaret: “That I imagined it, but I’m not crazy. I know it happened.”
Henry: “We have to go back. You have to read to him again.”
Mary Margaret: “Let’s go.”
Emma: “Wait, wait what?”
Mary Margaret: “If I got through to him, if we made a connection.”
Emma: “You don’t believe…”
Mary Margaret: “That he’s Prince Charming? Of course not. But somehow, some way, I touched him.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma, Henry, and Mary Margaret have just arrived there.)
Henry: “You’re right—he’s waking up.”
Graham: “Henry, you should stay back.”
Mary Margaret: “What’s going on? Is it John Doe? Is he okay?”
Graham: “He’s missing.”
(The three notice that Regina is in John Doe’s room. Regina sees them, and approaches.)

Regina: “What the hell are you doing here? (To Henry:) And you – I thought you were at the arcade. Now you’re lying to me?”
Mary Margaret: “What happened to John Doe? Did someone take him?”
Graham: “We don’t know yet. His IVs were ripped out but there’s no sign for sure there was a struggle.”
Henry: (To Regina:) “What did you do?”
Regina: (Crouches down:) “You think I had something to do with this?”
Emma: “It is curious that the mayor is here.”
Regina: “I’m here because I’m his emergency contact.”
Mary Margaret: “You know him?”
Regina: “I found him. On the side of the road years ago with no ID. I brought him here.”
Dr. Whale: “Mayor Mills saved his life.”
Mary Margaret: “Will he be okay?”
Dr. Whale: “Okay? The man’s been on feeding tubes for years on constant supervision. He needs to get back here right away or, quite honestly, ‘okay’ might be a pipe dream.”
Emma: “Well then, let’s quit yapping and start looking.”
Regina: “That’s what we’re doing? Just stay out of this, dear. And since I clearly can’t keep you away from my son, (Takes Henry’s hand:) I guess I’m just going to have to keep my son away from you. (Begins to walk past Emma but stops, looking the woman’s chest. Making eye contact with the blonde:) Enjoy my shirt, because that’s all you’re getting. (Emma smirks at this as Regina turns back to Graham:) Sheriff, find John Doe. You heard Dr. Whale. Time is precious.”
(Regina and Henry leave.)
Graham: (Turns to Whale:) “Doctor, how long between your rounds since you last saw him?”
Dr. Whale: “Twelve hours or so.”
Graham: “Then that’s what we need to account for.”
(Everyone heads to the security room. Walter, the hospital security guard, and Leroy, the hospital janitor are both there
.)

Graham: “You two were the only employees on the floor last night. And you saw nothing?”
Walter: “Not a thing.”
Emma: “Did anyone walk by?”
Leroy: “I didn’t see nothin’.”
Graham: “Miss Blanchard, was there anything unusual you saw during your trip with your class?”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t think so.”
Emma: “We’re looking at the wrong tape. This is the ward where Henry’s class put up decorations. If this was really the tape from last night, we’d see the banners the kids hung.”
Leroy: “Tch, you fell asleep again.”
Walter: “You’re selling me out?”
Leroy: “I ain’t getting fired for this.”
Walter: “At least I don’t drink on the job.”
Graham: “Gentlemen, enough. Where’s the real tape?”
(The tape is switched. They see John Doe get up and walk out the door.)
Mary Margaret: “He walked out alone. He’s okay.”
Emma: “Four hours ago. Where does this door lead?”
Leroy: “The woods.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming and Snow White are traveling through.)

Prince Charming: (He notices a necklace around her neck with some kind of substance in a glass pouch:) “I thought you weren’t the jewelry type. What’s that around your neck?”
Snow White: “Don’t worry about it. (Prince Charming takes the necklace from her neck:) Careful! It’s a weapon.”
Prince Charming: “Dust? What kind of weapon is dust?”
Snow White: “Fairy dust.”
Prince Charming: “I thought that was a good thing?”
Snow White: “When it comes from a good fairy. This stuff is deadly. It transforms the most fearsome of adversaries into a form that’s easily squashed.”
Prince Charming: “Then why didn’t you use it on me?”
Snow White: “Cause you’re not worth it. It’s very hard to come by. I’m saving it for a special someone.”
Prince Charming: “Ah, the Queen. You got a lot of anger there, don’t you, Snow?”
Snow White: “The charges on her posters are lies. It didn’t stop her from sending her huntsman to rip out my heart.”
Prince Charming: “What happened?”
Snow White: “Well, not everyone is a soulless royal. He took pity on me and let me go. I’ve been hiding in the forest ever since. Trying to amass enough fortune to leave this place. Escape to another realm. Somewhere isolated. Where I can never be hurt.”
Prince Charming: “Sounds lonely.”
Snow White: “No lonelier than an arranged marriage.”
Prince Charming: “At least I don’t prey on the innocent.”
Snow White: “Up until now, I’ve only ever stolen from the Queen. I thought your carriage was one of hers. No one else ever uses that road.”
Prince Charming: “I took the scenic route.”
Snow White: “Well, lucky for me. All I’m doing, Charming, is what it takes to survive. She wants me dead.”
Prince Charming: “So, what did you do to incur that much wrath?”
Snow White: “She blames me for ruining her life.”
Prince Charming: “Did you?”
Snow White: “Yes. (They continue on until they come to a river:) I’m thirsty. May I?”
Prince Charming: “Sure. Make it quick.”
(They both take a drink from the river. While Prince Charming has his back turned, Snow White hits him and then pushes him into the river. She digs through the bag to find the pouch. Snow White runs back into the forest until she gets to the road. There, she encounters the Evil Queen’s guards. They surround her.)
Guard: “Huh. Look who we found. There’s nowhere to hide. The Queen wants your heart. And we’re not going to disappoint her.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma, Graham and Mary Margaret are in the woods searching for John Doe.)
Emma: “What is it?”
Graham: “The trail runs out here.”
Emma: “You sure? Because I thought tracking was one of your skills.”
Graham: “Just give me a second. This is my world. I got it.”
Emma: “Right. Sorry.”
Mary Margaret: “What does he mean, ‘His world’? Isn’t finding people your thing, too?”
Emma: “Sure. Just, people I find usually run places like Vegas. Not a lot hit the woods.”
Mary Margaret: “That’s an interesting job – finding people. How’d you fall into it?”
Emma: “Looking for people is just what I’ve done. As long as I can remember.”
Mary Margaret: “What made you start? Your parents? Henry told me that your… Th-that you were from a similar situation to his own. Did you ever find them?”
Emma: “Depends who you ask.”
(They hear a crack behind them. They turn around as Henry runs down a hill.)
Mary Margaret: “Henry!”
Henry: “Did you find him yet?”
Emma: “No, not yet. You shouldn’t be here.”
Henry: “I can help. I know where he’s going.”
Mary Margaret: “And where’s that?”
Henry: (To Mary Margaret:) “He’s looking for you.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White is slammed against a tree by a guard. Another guard takes out a dagger and approaches her.)
Guard: “Hold her still.”
(The guard raises the dagger above Snow White’s chest, but is suddenly hit by a knife from behind and collapses. Prince Charming emerges from behind a tree and begins a fight with the other guard. Snow White runs towards the fallen guard’s horse, which has a weapon, but she is grabbed by another guard on horseback. Prince Charming defeats the guard he was fighting, then notices the retreating guard and Snow White. He takes a bow and arrow and shoots the guard off the horse.)
Prince Charming: “Are you alright?”
Snow White: “You saved me.”
Prince Charming: “Seemed like the honorable thing to do. Are you ready?”
Snow White: “For what?”
Prince Charming: “My jewels.”
Snow White: “Right, you’ve got a wedding to get to. The trolls I sold them to are just beyond the next ridge. We need to be careful.”
Prince Charming: “What? Of trolls?”
Snow White: “You’ve clearly never met one.”
Prince Charming: “Aren’t they just little people?”
Snow White: “You’re thinking of dwarves. Show a little respect. They’ll cut your hand off sooner than they’ll shake it.”
Prince Charming: “Well, then let’s get this over with.”
Snow White: “Yes, we’ve both got places to be. So, let’s go.”
Prince Charming: “You have your lonely little corner of solitude to find?”
Snow White: “And you have a ring-less fiancée to appease.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(In the woods, Emma, Graham, Henry and Mary Margaret are still searching for John Doe.)
Henry: “You’re the one who woke him up. You’re the last one he saw. He wants to find you!”
Mary Margaret: “Henry, it’s not about me. I just… I think he’s lost and confused. He’s been in a coma a long time.”
Henry: “But he loves you! You need to stop chasing him, and let him find you.”
Emma: “Kid. You need to go home. Where’s your mom? She’s going to kill me and then you… and then me again.”
Henry: “She dropped me at the house. Then, went right out.”
Emma: “Well, we need to get you back immediately.”
Henry: “No!”
Graham: “Guys!”
(He shows them John Doe’s bloody hospital bracelet.)

Mary Margaret: “Is that…”
Emma: “Blood.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming and Snow White come to a bridge on horseback. They get off, and Snow White sends the horse away.)
Snow White: “Trolls don’t like horses. We walk from here. Follow me and keep quiet.”
Prince Charming: “Where are they?”
Snow White: “Oh, they’re here. (She leaves a pile of gold coins on the edge of the bridge. Several trolls then climb up the side of the bridge. To Charming:) It’s fine. I know them.”
Troll: “Why are you here? I thought we were done.”
Snow White: “I want to make another trade.”
Troll: “I’m not talking in front of him. Who is this guy?”
Snow White: “No, he’s with me.”
Troll: “Oh, that’s good. With you. That makes it all fine(!)”
Snow White: “He’s no one. Look, I want to buy back the jewels I sold you.”
Troll: “Who is he?”
Snow White: “I said don’t worry about it. Look, I’ll give you back all your money. Just give me the ring. You can keep everything else.”
(Another troll takes out the pouch and goes to give it to Prince Charming.)
Prince Charming: “Thank you. We appreciate the help.”
Troll: “He’s too eager. This is a setup.”
Snow White: “It’s not!”
Troll: “He’s a royal!”
(The troll grabs Snow White. Prince Charming draws his sword.)
Prince Charming: “Let her go!”
Snow White: “No! You can trust me. Look, you can trust me. If I wanted to set you up, I would have done it the first time.”
Troll: “The time for dealing is done. Seize him!”
(The trolls check Prince Charming’s bag and pat him down. They take the necklace of fairy dust and throw it aside. They find the wanted poster for Snow White.)
Troll: “Snow White. Quite a reward. Take her!”
(The prince picks his sword off the ground and attacks the trolls. Snow White gets away.)

Prince Charming: “Go! I’m right behind you.”
(Snow White runs, but grabs the fairy dust on the way. Prince Charming fights off the trolls and manages to kick one off the bridge. A troll trips Prince Charming and the others drag him back. Snow White doesn’t notice and continues to flee towards a safe distance.)

Snow White: (To Prince Charming:) “Follow me! They don’t know the forest like I do.”
(She turns to look around and realizes that the trolls still have the prince. They are about to kill Prince Charming.)

Troll: “Royal blood is the sweetest of all.”
(Snow White runs back and uses the fairy dust to transform the trolls into bugs.)
Prince Charming: “You… You saved me.”
Snow White: “It’s the honorable thing to do.”
Prince Charming: “What about your special someone?”
Snow White: “I’ll think of something else.”
Prince Charming: “Thank you.”
Snow White: “Anyway, how could I let Prince Charming die?”
Prince Charming: “I told you – I have a name. It’s James.”
Snow White: “It’s nice to meet you, James. We should go. There may be more of them coming.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(The foursome are still combing the woods. They come to the Toll Bridge.)
Mary Margaret: “Where is he? Can you see him?”
Graham: “The trail dies at the water line.”
(They spot John Doe lying in the water.)
Mary Margaret: (Running towards him:) “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!”
Graham: (Into his radio:) “I need an ambulance! At the old Toll Bridge, as soon as possible.”
(Emma, Graham and Mary Margaret drag John Doe to the shore.)
Mary Margaret: “No, no, no! No, no, no! I found you!”
Emma: “It’s going to be okay.”
Graham: “Help’s coming.”
Henry: “Is he okay?”
Emma: (Running back towards him:) “Henry…”
Henry: “Is he going to be okay?”
Emma: (Hugs and turns the boy around:) “Henry, don’t look. Okay? Don’t look.”
Mary Margaret: “Come back to us. Come back to me.”
(She starts CPR. When she puts her mouth on his, he starts breathing again and coughs up water.)
John Doe: (Gasping for air:) “You saved me.”
Henry: (Smiling:) “She did it. She did it! She woke him up.”
Emma: (Relieved yet incredulous:) “Yeah, kid. She did.”
John Doe: “Thank you.”
Mary Margaret: “Who are you?”
John Doe: (Frowns, thinks:) “I don’t know.”
Mary Margaret: (Smiles brightly:) “It’s okay. You’re going to be okay.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(John Doe is brought in for recovery.)
Nurse: “Watch your back. Coming through!”
Dr. Whale: “We got it from here.”
(The four watch through the glass door as he is being treated by doctors. Kathryn bursts into the room where John Doe is being treated and rushes to his side.)
Kathryn: “David! David, is that you?”
Dr. Whale: “Excuse me, ma’am?”
Kathryn: “Oh my god…”
Dr. Whale: “Ma’am, you can’t be in here. Please, you can’t be here right now.”
Kathryn: “David…”
Dr. Whale: “You can’t be here, ma’am. Can you wait over here for a second, okay?”
Mary Margaret: “Who is that?”
(Regina walks up behind them.)
Regina: “His wife.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White and Prince Charming are walking through the forest.)
Prince Charming: “So… well, you probably want this.”
(He holds out a pouch filled with gold.)
Snow White: (Hesitates:) “Right, the gold. (Takes it:) Thank you. And, um, you can’t get married without this.”
(She gives him back the pouch with his jewels and the ring. He takes out the ring.)
Prince Charming: “Ah. I know–not your style.”
Snow White: “Well, there’s only one way to find out.”
(She tries on the ring.)
Snow White: “Yeah, not me at all. I’m sure your fiancée will love it.”
(She gives the ring back.)
Prince Charming: “Yeah. Yeah, if you need more, you can have the rest. The ring is all I require.”
Snow White: “Oh, no. I’m good, thanks. We both got what we wanted.”
Prince Charming: “Well, wherever you’re going, be careful. If…if you need anything-”
Snow White: “You’ll find me.”
Prince Charming: “Always.”
Snow White: (Smiles:) “I almost believe that.”
(Snow stoops down to pick up her bag.)
Prince Charming: “Well, goodbye, Snow White.”
Snow White: (Bows playfully:) “Goodbye, Prince Charming.”
Prince Charming: “I told you – it’s James.”
Snow White: (Shakes her head:) “Nah, still like Charming better.”
(Prince Charming smiles as they part ways. He watches her leave for a long moment before turning in the opposite direction. A few seconds later, Snow White stops and turns back to see Charming walking away. Shaking her head sadly she continues on her way.)

Storybrooke General Hospital. Present.
(Kathryn and David are in the room together. Emma, Henry, Mary Margaret and Regina are outside David’s room.)

Regina: “His name is David Nolan. And that’s his wife, Kathryn. And the joy on her face, well, it’s put me in quite the forgiving mood. (To Henry:) We’ll talk about your insubordination later. Do you know what insubordination means? (Henry shakes his head:) It means you’re grounded.”
(Kathryn exits David’s room.)
Kathryn: (To Mary Margaret:) “Thank you. Thank you for finding my David.”
Mary Margaret: “Um, I-I don’t understand. You didn't… you didn’t know that he was here in a coma?”
Kathryn: “A few years ago, David and I were not getting along. It was my fault, I know that now. I was difficult and unsupportive. I told him if he didn’t like things, he could leave. And he did. And I didn’t stop him. It was the worst mistake I ever made.”
Emma: (Sits forward in her chair:) “You didn’t go look for him?”
Kathryn: “I assumed he’d left town all this time. And now I know why I never heard from him. Now I get to do what I’ve wanted to do forever – say I’m sorry. Now we get a second chance.”
Mary Margaret: (Quietly:) “That’s wonderful.”
(Dr. Whale enters.)
Dr. Whale: “Well, it’s something of a miracle.”
Kathryn: “He’s okay?”
Dr. Whale: “Ah, physically, he’s on the mend, um, his memory is another issue. It may take time, if at all.”
Mary Margaret: “What brought him back?”
Dr. Whale: “That’s the thing. There’s no explanation. Something just clicked in him.”
Emma: (Dubiously:) “He just got up and decided to go for a stroll?”
Dr. Whale: “He woke up and he was delirious and his first instinct was to go find something, I guess.”
Henry: “Someone.”
(Regina glances at her son but says nothing.)
Kathryn: “Can I see him?”
Dr. Whale: “Yeah, of course.”
(Kathryn goes back into David’s room.)
Regina: “Henry, let’s go.”

Henry: (Gets up to follow:) “Wait, my backpack. (He goes back to grab his backpack and whispers to Mary Margaret:) Don’t believe them. You’re the one he was looking for.”
Mary Margaret: “Henry…”
Henry: “He was going to the Troll Bridge. It’s like the end of the story.”
Mary Margaret: “Henry, he was going there because it’s the last thing I read to him.”
Henry: “No, it’s because you belong together.”
Regina: “Henry.”
(Regina and Henry leave. Emma catches up to them at the entrance of the hospital.)
Emma: “Madam Mayor!”
Regina: (To Henry:) “Wait by the car. (Henry leaves the two alone:) Yes, Miss Swan?”
Emma: “I’m sorry, but Mrs. Nolan? Kind of feels like her story could be a load of crap. All this time, there’s a John Doe lying around in a coma and nobody puts it in the news, nobody goes looking. Something’s not right here.”
Regina: “Well, what else would make sense to you? Why would Miss Nolan lie? Do you think I cast a spell on her?”
Emma: “I think it’s rather strange you’ve been his emergency contact all these years and you only found her now.”
Regina: “Well, this town is bigger than you know. It’s entirely possible to get lost here. It’s entirely possible for bad things to happen.”
Emma: “And just when it’s convenient you manage to solve the mystery?”
Regina: “Thanks to you. That tape you found was a stroke of genius. So, we went back and looked at past tapes. Turns out Mr. Doe’s been talking in his sleep. He’s been calling out for a Kathryn. After that, it wasn’t hard to put the pieces together. And here I thought you and Mary Margaret would be pleased. True love won out. So bask in the moment, dear. It’s cause for celebration, not accusation. Will that be all?”
Emma: (Stares at the older woman. As she turns to leave:) “I want to see Henry. (Regina turns back to face her:) I want to spend some time with him and I want you to stop making us both feel guilty about it. Henry wouldn’t have had to deceive you if you’d just-”
Regina: “Miss Swan-”
Emma: “No, please listen. I’m not looking to disrupt what you two have, I just want to help. Henry came and found me and I feel that I owe him that much.”
(Emma looks over Regina’s shoulder to Henry who is standing by the mayor’s car, waiting. Regina follows her line of sight and sighs.)
Regina: “Very well, Miss Swan, you may see Henry but under my supervision. I don’t like the idea of you two plotting behind my back.”
Emma: “We don’t exactly plot-”
Regina: “And he’s still grounded. (She considers the younger woman a moment:) Perhaps you’d like to join us for dinner tonight?”
Emma: (Not expecting this:) “Er…sure. That…That’d be great. S-should I bring anything?”
Regina: “Just give me one hour to straighten up the house and preheat the oven. Do not be late.”
(With that, the mayor turns and makes her exit, leaving Emma confused, but pleased nonetheless.)

Storybrooke. Mayor’s House. Night.
(Having shared a sumptuous meal together, in which both Emma and Henry enjoyed triple helpings of ice cream apiece, the mood is relaxed and cordial.)
Regina: (Beginning to gather the dessert bowls:) “So we’re agreed, no more secret rendezvous or neglecting your school work?”
Henry: “It’s not my fault my teachers didn’t give me any homework. (At the withering look from his mother and the raised eyebrow from Emma:) Agreed.”
Regina: “Good. Now up to bed young man, I’ll be up to tuck you in soon.”
Emma: (As Henry looks imploringly at her:) “Nice try, kid. Your Mom’s right, it’s late. Unless of course you want to stay up and clean these dishes?”
Henry: (Scrunches up his face:) “Okay, okay, I know when I’m beaten. ‘Nite.”
(Henry rises from his chair and heads for the stairs.)
Regina: (Watching him go:) "Nicely handled, Miss Swan, I’m impressed.”
Emma: (Shrugs:) “When it comes down to a choice between bed and chores, I know which I’d pick.”
Regina: “Indeed. (Lifts a bowl:) Shall we?"
(Emma nods and picks up her and Henry’s empty bowls and follows Regina into the kitchen.)

Several Minutes Later.
(Emma walks over to the side table, upon which sits the decanter of cider. The blonde pours two glasses and replaces the stopper.)
Regina: (Watching from the doorway:) "What do you think you’re doing?”
Emma: (Turns with the glasses in her hands:) “What? You offered me a nightcap.” (Holds up the glasses innocently.)
Regina: “I meant something more like coffee.”
Emma: “Since when has a nightcap ever meant coffee?”
Regina: (Walking into the room:) “Since one of us has a long drive ahead of them.”
Emma: “Why, where are you going? (At Regina’s look:) Gotcha. Look, Regina if you’re uncomfortable with us sharing some apple cider together after last time then I completely understand.”
Regina: (Crosses her arms:) “And why would I feel uncomfortable?”
Emma: “Well, you know… seeing as you kissed me and all.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “I kissed you? Is that how you remember it?”
Emma: “Oh I remember every part of it, I think its you who’s chosen to forget.”
Regina: “Miss Swan-”

Emma: (Walks over to the couch and takes a seat:) “Regina, it’s just you and me here, you can relax the whole 'Madam Mayor' act.”
Regina: “Act? (Regina follows the younger woman:) I can assure you, Miss Swan, that I am most certainly Mayor of this town.”
Emma: “A fact I am well aware of. (Hands Regina her glass:) I’m also aware that you were totally checking me out back at the hospital earlier.”
Regina: (Laughs:) “The only time I saw you at the hospital was in the presence of Henry.”
Emma: “I know, you were pretty brazen about it.”
Regina: “I was noticing my shirt.”
Emma: “You were staring at my-”
Regina: (Sharply:) “Emma! (Softer:) Whatever you think there is between us, I’m afraid it’s all in your head.”
Emma: “Oh really?” (Takes a drink and pushes her glass away.)
Regina: “That night… (Staring down at her glass:) was emotional for both of us. You’d just had a big shock and I was relieved to have my son back. What happened was just a result of those emotions and copious amounts of cider.”
Emma: (Nods, folding her arms:) “Is that why you haven’t touched a drop all night? (Regina bites her tongue:) Admit it, Regina, there’s clearly a mutual attraction between us.”
(The two women stare at each other for a long, silent moment before Regina raises her glass to her lips and drains its contents, pushing the now empty glass away from her beside Emma’s.)
Regina: “I was staring at my shirt.”
Emma: (Leans back and throws her hands up:) “Fine! You know what, you want your shirt back so bad… (Emma gets to her feet and begins to unbutton the blouse there and then. Regina for her part does not say a word as the blonde woman continues to disrobe:) Take it. (Holding out the shirt to her:) Cmon! (Regina slowly reaches out and takes her blouse from Emma’s outstretched hand. Emma watches keenly as the brunette’s eyes seem to have stopped at her chest once more:) See something you like, Madam Mayor? (Points to her brassiere:) Red, see? They match the underwear you were admiring yesterday in my room. (Regina finally makes eye contact with the half dressed woman but is unable to make a sound. Shaking her head, Emma walks over and grabs her leather jacket from over a chair:) For someone who’s not attracted to me, you sure ogle me a lot. (Pulls on her jacket and fixes her hair:) I’ll see myself out.”
(Emma walks out of the room as Regina remains seated. Listening for the sounds of the front door opening and then closing, Regina lets out the deep breath she wasn’t aware she was holding.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret watches David and Kathryn hug in his room. She looks down to her hand and distractedly fiddles with her ring.)

Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(Later, Mary Margaret is sitting at home. There’s a knock on the door.)
Mary Margaret: (Opening the door:) “Emma.”
Emma: (Holding her jacket closed:) “Sorry to bother you so late. Is that spare room still available?”
(Mary Margaret nods and lets Emma inside.)

 

Chapter Text

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The wicked stepmother and the ugly stepsisters, dressed in gowns, get in their carriage that will take them to the ball. Meanwhile, Cinderella is left behind sweeping, dressed in rags.)
Fairy Godmother: (Flying in:) “Do not despair, my dear, you will attend that ball.”
Cinderella: “Who are you?”
Fairy Godmother: (Grows to her larger form:) “I’m your Fairy Godmother, and I’m here to change your life, Cinderella.”
Cinderella: “But my Stepmother told me that I couldn’t go, she forbade me to leave.”
Fairy Godmother: “Your Stepmother doesn’t have this. (She brandishes her wand:) This wand has the power to take you to your ball, to your prince, and to…”
(Suddenly, the fairy explodes, and Rumplestiltskin appears, claiming her wand.)
Cinderella: (Shocked:) “What did you do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Now now, I got what I wanted. There’s no need to be frightened.”
Cinderella: “No need? You just killed my Fairy Godmother. She was trying to help me.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Was she? Do you know what this is?”
(He holds up the wand.)
Cinderella: “Pure magic.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Pure evil. Trust me. I’ve done you a favor. All magic comes with a price. Go on back to your life and thank your lucky stars you’ve still got something to go back to.”
Cinderella: “My life… it’s wretched.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Then change it. You can’t handle this.” (Holds up wand, and turns to leave.)
Cinderella: (Chasing after him:) “Wait, please wait. (Standing in front of him:) I can handle it. Please, I will do anything to get out of here, anything.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Anything?”
Cinderella: “Do you know how to use the wand, Mr…”
Rumplestiltskin: “Rumplestiltskin. And yes, of course I do.”
Cinderella: “Then help me.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, if I do, and you can indeed shoulder the uh… consequences, then you’ll owe me a favor.”
Cinderella: “Name it, what do you want?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Something precious.”
Cinderella: “But I have nothing.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, but you will. With this wish will come riches more than you know.”
Cinderella: “I care nothing for riches. I’ll give you anything you want. Just get me out of here.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Now we’re talking.”
Cinderella: “Well, how does it work?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Fear not. My needs are small, and all you have to do is sign on the dotted line. (He magically summons a document:) Do we have a deal?”
Cinderella: “Yes, yes thank you.” (She signs the document.)

Rumplestiltskin: (Inspecting the parchment:) “Mmm… (He waves the wand and her rags turn into a ball gown, her hair is done up, and glass slippers appear:) There.”
Cinderella: (About the slippers:) “Glass?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Every story needs a memorable detail. Let’s see how they fit, shall we? (She puts on the slippers:) Now you have a good time, but be sure to watch the clock.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(The bell of the clock tower rings out above them as Henry Mills and Emma Swan walk the streets of
Storybrooke.)
Henry: “Are you sure we can be seen out in the open?”
Emma: “Your mom and I worked it out, if she doesn’t want us sneaking around together then she’s gonna have to bend on a few things. Besides, if Regina has a problem with me walking you to a school bus, I am more than happy to have that chat.”
Henry: “You’re brave. You’ll need that for Operation Cobra. Speaking of, do you think we need code names?”
Emma: “Isn’t ‘Cobra’ our code name?”
Henry: “That’s the mission. I mean us. I need something to call you.”
Emma: “Oh, um… well I don’t… you can just call me ‘Emma’ for now.”
Henry: “Okay, well I’ll see you later, Emma.”
(He boards the school bus.)
Emma: (As she turns to walk down the street, Sheriff Graham pulls in front of her in a police car, blaring the siren:) “What’s with the siren?”
Graham: “It’s so hard to get your attention.”
Emma: “Alright, well you got it. Are you arresting me again?”
Graham: “I’m thanking you (Sighs:) for your help finding that coma patient. We all owe you a debt of gratitude.”
Emma: “Well, what do I get? A commendation? Key to the city?”
Graham: “How about a job? I could use a deputy.”
Emma: “Thank you, but I have a job.”
Graham: “As a bail bonds-person? There’s not much of that going on here.”
Emma: “I don’t see a lot of sheriffing going on around here either.”
Graham: “Well, here’s your chance to see it up close. There’s dental. Why don’t you think about it and stay awhile.”

Granny’s Diner.
(Ruby is bringing Emma, who sits reading the newspaper, a cup of hot cocoa.)
Emma: (To Ruby:) “Thank you.”
(Ruby sets the cocoa on the table and walks away, Regina Mills enters the diner.)

Regina: “How was your walk with Henry? That’s right I know everything. But relax, I don’t mind.” (She sits opposite Emma.)
Emma: “You don’t?”
Regina: “No, I would’ve walked him myself if not for this endless string of meetings I have lined up today. So, thank you.”
Emma: (Warily:) “No problem.” 
Regina: “Perhaps you’d like to pick him up from school this afternoon before you leave?”
Emma: (Confused:) “I’m not leaving. If you were wondering, I did find a place here in town.”
Regina: “I know, with Ms. Blanchard. How long is your lease? Oh wait. You don’t have one. That’s why you no longer worry me, Ms. Swan. You see I did a little digging into who you are, and what I found out was quite soothing. It all comes down to the number seven.”
Emma: “Seven?”
Regina: “It’s the number of addresses you’ve had in the past decade. Your longest stint anywhere was two years. Really, what did you enjoy so much about Tallahassee?”
Emma: “You don’t know me.”
Regina: “No, I think I do. In order for something to grow Ms. Swan, it needs roots, and you don’t have any. People don’t change, they only fool themselves into believing they can.”
Emma: (Smiles:) “I’m not the one fooling herself into believing something that’s false. (Emma scoops some cream from her cocoa using her index finger and, keeping eye contact with the mayor, licks it off. Regina watches intently then catches herself, averting her gaze:) You see my point?”
Regina: “Ah yes, your ongoing theory that I’m attracted to you.”
Emma: “It’s not a theory. I have a super power.”
Regina: (Smirks:) “Is that so?”

Emma: “I can tell when people are lying to me. Like when I asked if you loved Henry and you said yes, I knew you were telling the truth. But now, as you sit there undressing me with your eyes, you’re only lying to yourself.”
Regina: (Leaning in:) “Do you know what attracts me to people, Miss Swan?”
Emma: “I think I’ve got a pretty good idea.”
Regina: “Loyalty. Trustworthiness. Dependability. That’s what pushes my buttons.”
Emma: “I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, believe me.”
Regina: (Leans back:) “All I ask, as you carry on your transient life, you think about Henry and what’s best for him. Perhaps consider a clean break. It’s going to happen anyway.”
Emma: “People can change, Regina. Even you.”
Regina: “We’ll just see, won’t we? I haven’t seen any evidence of it yet.”
(Regina gets up to leave.)
Emma: “You will.”
Regina: (Leans down, almost a whisper:) “Well until I see yours, (Smiles:) I’m not going to show you mine. Enjoy your cocoa.”
(Regina stands and leaves.)
Emma: (Stands up to follow her and spills cocoa on herself:) “Ugh, really?”
(Ruby rushes over with a towel.)
Ruby: (Grimaces:) “Eesh.”
Emma: “Do you have a laundry room I can use?”
Ruby: (Nods:) “Mhm!”

Granny’s Diner. Laundry Room.
(Emma walks into the back to the laundry room where Ashley Boyd is working, puts her shirt in the washer, and takes one off of the clothesline.)
Ashley: “Oh, no, no, no!”
Emma: “You okay?”
Ashley: (Holding up a sheet:) “The sheets, they’re uh… pink.”
Emma: “You try bleach? (Ashley lowers the sheet revealing she is pregnant:) Oh.”
Ashley: “Last night I felt contractions, and the doctor said that the baby could come any day now.”
Emma: “So… that’s great.”
Ashley: “It’s just that, um, when the… when the baby comes… no one thinks I can do this. No one thinks I can do anything. Maybe they’re right.”
Emma: “Screw them.”
Ashley: “What?”
Emma: “Screw them. How old are you?”
Ashley: “19.”
Emma: “I was 18.”
Ashley: “When you… when you had a kid?”
Emma: “Yeah. I know what it’s like. Everyone loves to tell you what you can and can’t do, especially with a kid, but ultimately whatever you’re considering doing… or giving up… the choice is yours.”
Ashley “It’s not exactly what you might think it is.”
Emma: “It never is. People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, ‘No, this is who I am.’ You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things, you're going to have to go out there and change them yourself because there are no Fairy Godmothers in this world.”

Storybrooke. Mr. Gold’s Shop. Night.
(Mr. Gold walks up to his shop door and changes the sign from open to closed, shuts the lights off, and exits the shop locking the door behind him. After he leaves, Ashley appears. She approaches the front door of the shop, bashes in the bottom left window pane of the door with a brick, and enters the store. She walks to a painting on the wall, which she reveals was covering a safe.)
Mr. Gold: (Appearing behind her:) “Ashley, what are you doing?”
Ashley: “Changing my life.”
(She sprays him with mace.)

Mr. Gold: “Aaah!”
(He falls to the ground, and Ashley removes a key from his person and uses it to open the safe
.)

Mills House. The Next Day.
(Regina finishes getting ready for work, checking her appearance in a mirror.)
Regina: (To Henry:) “I know you think otherwise, but I don’t enjoy these Saturday city council meetings. Sometimes they’re just unavoidable. Now, you know the rules?”
Henry: “Yes on homework, no on TV, and stay inside.”
Regina: “Good boy. I’ll be checking your work when I get home. Under no circumstance do you leave this house.”
Henry: “You mean don’t see my mom.”
Regina: “She’s not your mother. So far she’s just a woman passing through. Walking you to and from school is one thing, but left unsupervised on a Saturday, anything could happen. Now do as I say or there will be consequences. I’ll be back at 5:00 sharp.”
(Regina exits the house and drives away. Once she is gone, Henry grabs his backpack and leaves.)

Blanchard Loft.
(Mary Margaret Blanchard is bringing a plate of food to Emma who is unpacking her recently arrived belongings.)
Emma: “I’m so glad my stuff is here. Oh, thanks.” (She takes the plate.)
Mary Margaret: “So that is all your stuff?”
Emma: “What do you mean?”
Mary Margaret: “Is the rest in storage?”
Emma: “No, this is all of it. I’m not sentimental.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, it must make things easier when you have to move.”
(There is a knock on the door, and Mary Margaret opens it to see Mr. Gold.)
Mr. Gold: “Ms. Blanchard, is Ms. Swan here? (Emma approaches:) Hi, my name is Mr. Gold, we met briefly on your arrival.”
Emma: “I remember.”
Mr. Gold: “Good, I have a proposition for you, Ms. Swan. I need your help. I’m looking for someone.”
Emma: “Really? um…”
Mary Margaret: “You know what? I am going to jump in the bath.”
(She walks away.)
Mr. Gold: “I have a photo. (He hands her a picture of Ashley:) Her name is Ashley Boyd and she’s taken something quite valuable of mine.”
Emma: “So why don’t you just call the police?”
Mr. Gold: “Because uh… she’s a confused young woman. She’s pregnant, alone, and scared. I don’t want to ruin this young girl’s life, I just want my property returned.”
Emma: “And what is it?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, one of the advantages of you not being the police is discretion. Let’s just say it’s a precious object and leave it at that.”

Emma: “When did you see her last?”
Mr. Gold: “Last night. That’s how I got this. (He shows the gash on his forehead:) It’s so unlike her. She was quite wound up, rambling on and on about changing her life. I have not idea what got into her. Ms. Swan, please just help me find her. My only other choice is the police, and I don’t think anyone wants to see that baby born in jail, now do they.”
Emma: “No, of course not.”
Mr. Gold: “So, you’ll help me then?”
Emma: “I will help her.”
Mr. Gold: “Grand.”
Henry: (The door opens and Henry enters:) “Hey Emma, I was thinking we…”
Mr. Gold: “Hey Henry, how are you?”
Henry: “Okay.”
Mr. Gold: “Good. Give my regards to your mother, and um… good luck Ms. Swan.” (Mr. Gold leaves.)
Henry: “Do you know who that is?”
Emma: “Yeah, of course I do.”
Henry: “Who? Cause I’m still trying to figure it out.”
Emma: “Oh, I meant in reality.”
Henry: “Is that all you brought?”
Emma: “Henry, what are you doing here?”
Henry: “My mom’s gone till 5:00. I thought we could hang out.”
Emma: “Aw, kid I wish I could, but there’s something I gotta do.”

Storybrooke. Main Street.
(Emma and Henry are walking down the street.)
Henry: “Please let me help.”
Emma: “No, no it could be dangerous.”
Henry: “The pregnant maid is dangerous?”
Emma: “She assaulted Mr. Gold.”
Henry: “Cool.”
Emma: “This isn’t a game. She’s desperate.”
Henry: “How do you know?”
Emma: “Because I know.”
Henry: “Well, then let’s find her.”
Emma: “Oh no, no, no. There is no 'let’s'. You cannot come with me.”
Henry: “Then I’ll look for her myself.”
Emma: “Then I’ll find you and I’ll bring you back.”
Henry: “Then you wouldn’t be helping the maid.”
Emma: “I am just trying to be responsible here.”
Henry: “And I’m just trying to spend time with you.”
(He gets in Emma’s car.)
Emma: “Oh, that is really not fair.”
(She gets in the car.)
Henry: “So the maid, what’s her story?”

Enchanted Forest. Past. The King’s Palace.
(On her wedding night, Cinderella is viewing a fireworks display on the balcony, when Prince Thomas approaches her from behind.)
Prince Thomas: “What’s wrong?”
Cinderella: “Nothing. Every year when I was growing up, I used to watch these fireworks from afar. And I knew what they meant. Something special was happening at the palace. Now they’re for me, for our wedding.”
(The two kiss, and they enter the castle where a large crowd is waiting to celebrate their marriage, which includes the King, Snow White and Prince Charming.)
Cinderella: (To Snow White, embracing her:) “I’m so happy you could come.”
The King: (To Prince Thomas:) “Son.”
Prince Thomas: (To the King:) “Thank you, Father.”
Snow White: (To Cinderella:) “You look beautiful.”
The King: (The crowd begins to dance, and the King joins Cinderella:) “My dear Ella, we are thrilled to have you join our family, and I hope our family will soon be growing.”
Prince Charming: (To Snow White:) “My darling. (Begins to dance with Cinderella:) Congratulations, Ella, you two are going to be very happy.”
Cinderella: “Why thank you, James.”
(She begins to dance with Prince Thomas again, but then Snow White steals her away.)
Snow White: “Ella dear, (Cinderella and Snow White giggle:) this is truly a night for celebration. Do you realize what an inspiration you are to everyone?”
Cinderella: “All I did was get married.”
Snow White: “All you did was show that anyone can change her life. I’m proud of you.” (She walks away.)
Rumplestiltskin: (He appears on the dance floor:) “I’m proud of you, too.”
Cinderella: “You. What are you doing here?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I just wanted to make sure you were happy with your end of the bargain. You know, true love, riches, happy endings. Did you get everything you desired?“
Cinderella: “Yes. Yes, I did now what do you want? What’s your price, my jewels? The ring?”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no, dear keep your baubles. What I want is something you don’t yet possess, but something I know is coming: your firstborn.”
(He leaves.)

The King’s Palace. Cinderella’s Chambers.
(A thunderstorm rolls outside as Cinderella packs her things. Prince Thomas enters.)
Prince Thomas: “What are you doing?”
Cinderella: “I thought you were hunting.”
Prince Thomas: “I was, but the weather wasn’t agreeing so we came back early. Are we going somewhere? (Cinderella looks down:) You’re going somewhere.”
Cinderella: “Something’s happened.”
Prince Thomas: “What?”
Cinderella: “I’m pregnant.”
Prince Thomas: “Ella, that’s wonderful. (Cinderella shakes her head:) Why are you upset? This is what we wanted.”
Cinderella: “There’s something else. When we met that night at the ball, it wasn’t my Fairy Godmother who sent me. It was Rumplestiltskin. I made a deal with him for this life. I was stupid. I didn’t understand the price of magic. So I promised him something.”
Prince Thomas: “What did you promise him?”
Cinderella: “He tricked me. I thought that he’d want our gold or jewels…”
Prince Thomas: “What was it? (Cinderella holds her stomach:) Our baby?”
Cinderella: “I’m so sorry. And now I’m gonna lose it all, my… my life, you.”
Prince Thomas: “No. I don’t care what that imp said. Magic may have brought us together but it didn’t create this love.”
Cinderella: “But I made a deal. I can’t break that. He’s too powerful.”
Prince Thomas: “Then the answer is simple. We make another deal.”

Storybrooke. Present. Outside Granny’s Diner.
(Emma and Henry are questioning Ruby about Ashley’s disappearance. A tow truck is on the street putting down Ruby’s car slowly.)
Emma: “So, this boyfriend of hers, you don’t think he was involved in her disappearance?”
Ruby: “Uh, that would mean that he was involved with her at all, which he isn’t. He left her in the lurch right after they found out they were expecting. Hasn’t spoken to her since. Like I said he’s a… (The tow truck drops her car:) Hey, hey, hey Billy, be careful. You almost shattered my wolf thing, Billy. It’s good luck.”
Billy: “I’m sorry Ruby, but look, it’s fine.”
Emma: “Um, Ruby what about her family?”
Ruby: “Oh, um she’s got a stepmom and two stepsisters that she doesn’t talk to.”
Henry: “Wait, stepmom, stepsisters, and she’s a maid?”
Emma: “Henry, not now.”
Ruby: “Look, I don’t know what you’ve heard, but it’s wrong. Everyone thinks she’s not ready to have this kid, but she’s trying, taking night classes, trying to better herself, trying to get her life together. Can you understand that?”
Emma: “I think so.”
Ruby: “Then maybe you should just stay out of it. She’s been through enough already.”
Emma: “I’ve been through it, too, Ruby, and I can help her.”
Ruby: “Then try her ex.”
Emma: “Where can I find him?”
Ruby: “He lives with his dad.”

The Herman Residence.
(A car is pulling into the garage. Emma is knocking on the front door. Sean Herman answers.)
Sean:
“Can I help you?”
Emma: “Sean Herman?”
Sean: “Yeah. Who are you?”
Emma: “I’m Emma Swan. I’m… I’m looking for Ashley Boyd. She’s in trouble. I just thought maybe she came to see you.”
(Mitchell Herman exits his car and approaches the house.)
Mitchell: “My son doesn’t have anything to do with that girl anymore, so whatever trouble she’s in, I am sorry for, but there’s nothing we can do to help you.”
Emma: “You’re the reason he broke up with her.”
Mitchell: “Absolutely. I’m not gonna let my son throw away his entire life over a mistake.”
Emma: “So you just told him to leave her?”
Mitchell: “Well what are they going to do, raise the child in the backseat of a car?”
Emma: “Some people only have the backseat of a car.”
Mitchell: “Well, they’re to be pitied. I’m not letting that happen to my son.”
(He walks into the house.)
Sean: “Dad, maybe we should help her look.”
Mitchell: “It’s a waste, Sean.”
Emma: “Sean, if you want to come, come. Stop letting other people make decisions for you. If Ashley runs away with this baby, she’s gonna be in some serious trouble.”
Sean: “She’s running away with the baby?”
Emma: “Yes.”
Mitchell: “Sean, inside. Now. (Sean enters the house. Mitchell begins speaking to Emma:) Look, believe me if I knew where she was I would tell you. I went to a lot of trouble to get her that deal.”
Emma: “Deal? What are you talking about?”
Mitchell: “You don’t know? Ashley agreed to give up the child. And she’s being paid very well to do so.”
Emma: “She sold the baby?”
Mitchell: “Oh, you make it sound so crass. I found someone who’s going to find that child a good, proper home.”
Emma: “And who are you to judge whether Ashley is capable of providing that?”
Mitchell: “Look at her, she’s a teenager, and she’s never shown any evidence of being responsible. How could she possibly know how to be a mother?”
Emma: “Maybe she’s changing her life.”
Mitchell: “Everybody says that. Now look, I found someone who’s going to pay Ashley extremely well, someone who is going to see to it that everybody’s happy.”
Emma: “Mr. Gold.”
Mitchell: “Well, isn’t that why you were hired, to bring him the baby?”

Storybrooke. On The Road.
(Emma and Henry are driving down the road in Emma’s car.)
Henry: “You can’t make her double-cross Gold. No one’s ever broken a deal with him.”
Emma: “Happy to be the first. If Ashley wants to have this baby, she should have it. Anyone who wants to be a mother should damn well be allowed to be one.”
(She pulls the car up to Granny’s Diner, and the two enter. Ruby is standing at the counter.)
Emma: (To Ruby:) “Why didn’t you tell me she sold the baby?”
Ruby: “Because I didn’t think it was important.”
Emma: “Really, considering that’s why she’s running away?”
Ruby: “Look, Ashley’s my friend. I don’t like the idea of people judging her.”
Emma: (She sees the wolf figurine that was in Ruby’s car sitting on the bar and picks it up:) “Ruby, where’s your car? You didn’t send me to Sean to find her, you sent me there to give her a head start.”
Ruby: “Look, I’m only trying to help her.”
Emma: “Yeah, so am I. Ashley’s in more trouble than you know, Ruby. Where is she? Don’t make her deal with Gold without me.”
Ruby: “I can’t talk in front of him. He’s the mayor’s kid.”
Henry: “Hey, I’m on your side.”
Emma: (Whispering to Henry:) “Henry, I need to find this woman, and in order to do that, I need you to go home, okay? So please listen to me, seriously. She’s not gonna tell me anything if you’re around.”
Henry: “Okay.”
Emma: “Thank you.” (Henry leaves.)
Ruby: “She left town. Said she was gonna try Boston. Thought she could disappear there.”
Emma: “How long ago did she leave?”
Ruby: “About a half an hour.”

Emma’s Car.
(Emma believes she is alone driving to Boston to look for Ashley.)
Henry: (Sitting up in the back seat:) “What did she tell you?”
Emma: “Henry! What the hell? I am going to Boston, you can’t come with me.”
Henry: “You can’t go to Boston, she can’t leave! Bad things happen to anyone that does.”
Emma: “I don’t have time to argue with you over the curse. I’ve got to get you home.”
Henry: “We have to stop her before she gets hurt. We’re wasting time. If you drop me off, you’ll never catch up to her.”
Emma: “Henry…”
Henry: “And then Mr. Gold will call the police, and he’ll have her sent to jail.”
Emma: (Sighs:) “Buckle up. Ashley, what did you get yourself into?”

Enchanted Forest. Past. The Dwarves’ Mines.
(Grumpy, Prince Thomas, Prince Charming, and Cinderella enter.)
Cinderella: “Why are we down here?”
Prince Thomas: “We need a place to keep him.”
Prince Charming: “Rumplestiltskin is the most dangerous man in all the realms. He needs his own special prison, so we converted the mines to hold him.”
Cinderella: “But how will we get him here? He has eluded all forever.”
Grumpy: “His strength is also his weakness. His deals. He can’t resist making them, and we already know who he wants to deal with next, you.”
Prince Charming: “We’ve sent word with one of Snow’s bluebirds. He’s accepted a meeting with you. You’re going to tell him that Doc heard something with his stethoscope, two heartbeats.”
Prince Thomas: “You’re going to tell him it’s twins.”
Prince Charming: “And if he wants both, which he will, you propose a new deal. Grumpy…” (Grumpy opens a box containing a quill.)
Cinderella: “A quill, I… I don’t understand.”
Grumpy: “The Blue Fairy cast a spell on it. Whoever signs with this will be frozen, their magic made impotent.”
Prince Charming: “All you must do is get him to sign the contract. Ella, this man is a scourge. You will be doing the entire land a service.”
Cinderella: “Should we even use magic? Isn’t that what’s causing these problems to begin with? What if this magic also has a price?”
Prince Thomas: “Then I will pay it. I will do whatever is needed to save you and our child.”
Prince Charming: “Let’s go.”
(They venture further into the mines and arrive at a cell.)
Grumpy: “I hope you like it. A lot of dwarf blood went into it.”
Cinderella: “You sure this will work?”
Prince Charming: “Once he is in there he’ll never get out. You’ll be safe.”
Prince Thomas: “We can do this, Ella.”
Cinderella: “Okay. Let’s get him.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma and Henry are still driving.)
Henry: “I told you. It’s her car.”
(Henry points to Ruby’s car broken down just before the
Storybrooke border, and they pull up to it.)
Emma: “Ashley?” (She arrives at the car, but finds it empty.)
Ashley: “Aaah! (Ashley is sitting on a patch of grass near the car:) My baby. It’s coming.”

A Short Time Later.
(Emma and Henry are in the car with Ashley, who's about to give birth.)
Henry: “Is the baby really coming?”
Emma: “Oh, yeah. (To Ashley:) Don’t worry. The hospital isn’t that far.”
Ashley: “No, no, no. Take me to Boston. I can’t go back there.”
Emma: “Oh, no we don’t have four hours, trust me. I know.”
Ashley: “I can’t go back there, please. (Sobbing:) He’s gonna take my baby.”
Emma: “I won’t let that happen, but do you know what you’re asking for? If you keep this child are you really ready?”
Ashley: “Yeah.”
Emma: “Are you sure? Because I wasn’t.”
Ashley: “You weren’t?”
Emma: “Nope. If you want to give this kid its best chance, it’s gonna be with someone who’s ready, so know what that means. Your whole life is gonna change, and once you decide that it’s yours, this running away can’t happen. You have to grow up, and you can’t ever leave. Understand?”
Ashley: “Yes. I want my baby.”

Enchanted Forest. Past. The Palace Grounds.
(A pregnant Cinderella stands waiting for Rumplestiltskin, who appears holding a small flask, which he throws away.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, well, well. You’re starting to show. A little bird told me you wanted to speak.”
Cinderella: “Yes. I’d like to alter the bargain.”
Rumplestiltskin: “That’s not what I do.”
Cinderella: “But I think you’ll want to. I’m having twins.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Is that so? Ooh, let’s have a look. And you would, what, give up both? Why is that? I wonder.”
Cinderella: “My husband… he’s… he’s having a hard time. Our kingdom is poor. We’re losing money. Our crops are dying. We can’t support ourselves or our people.”
Rumplestiltskin: “And you would trade your other child for… comfort?”
Cinderella: “I can always have more children, but I can’t make crops grow where the soil is dead. (She produces the contract:) In exchange for our other child, you will see to it that our land is once again fertile. I think it’s more than fair.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yes! Yes, yes. It is. If what you’re saying is true.”
Cinderella: “It is, and all you have to do is sign on the dotted line.”
(She produces the quill.)
Rumplestiltskin: “What a lovely quill! (He takes the quill:) Wherever did you get it?”
Cinderella: “It’s from our castle.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You know, the only way to stop me is through magic.”
Cinderella: (Laughs:) “I’m not trying to stop you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Of course you’re not. Because as we all know, all magic comes with a price, and if you were to use it to say… imprison me, then your debt to me would only grow, and we wouldn’t want that now, would we?”
Cinderella: “Just sign the contract please.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Are you sure you’re happy with this new arrangement? (Cinderella answers by holding up the contract, and he takes it:) Then so it shall be.” (He signs, and becomes suspended in a blue aura.)
Cinderella: “Thomas!”
Rumplestiltskin: “No one breaks deals with me, dearie. No one. (A carriage with a cell approaches:) No matter where you are, no matter what land you find yourself in… I assure you I will have your baby.”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke General Hospital. Waiting Room.
(Emma and Henry are waiting for the arrival of Ashley’s baby.)
Henry: “You know Emma, you’re different.”
Emma: “What’s that?”
Henry: “You’re the only one who can do it.”
Emma: “Break the curse? Yes, I know. You keep telling me that.”
Henry: “No, leave. You’re the only one who can leave Storybrooke.”
Emma: “You left and came and found me in Boston.”
Henry: “But I came back. I’m ten. I had no choice, but if anyone else tried to go, bad things would happen.”
Emma: “Anyone, except me?”
Henry: “You’re the savior. You can do whatever you want. You can go.”
Obstetrician: (Approaches:) “Ms. Swan, the baby is a healthy six-pound girl, and the mother is doing fine.”
Mr. Gold: (Enters:) “What lovely news. Excellent work, Ms. Swan. Thank you for bringing me my merchandise.”

Enchanted Forest. Past. The Palace Grounds.
(Rumplestiltskin is being placed in the armored carriage by Prince Charming and Grumpy.)
Cinderella: “Did we really win?”
Prince Thomas: “Yes, I told you we would.”
Cinderella: “I was so afraid. I was so afraid that we’d fail, that… I’d have to go back to that life, that… that terrible life. I was afraid I would lose you. And that nothing would have changed.”
Prince Thomas: “As long as I am alive, you will never go back to that life. (The two kiss:) Now… how is our little Alexandra?”
Cinderella: “Alexandra?”
Prince Thomas: “Did I not mention that I picked out a name?”
Cinderella: “A name? That’s more like a prison sentence.”
Prince Thomas: (Smiles:) “Well I like it.”
Cinderella: “Men, you really no nothing of ch…” (Gasps in pain.)
Prince Thomas: (Concerned:) “Ella, what is it?”
Cinderella: “Oh, it’s… it’s the baby. Something’s wrong.”
Prince Thomas: “No, no. It can’t be; it’s too soon. It must be the stress, the excitement.”
Cinderella: “Oh, I’m dizzy.”
Prince Thomas: “Sit, sit. I’ll go get you water.”
Cinderella: “Okay. (He runs away into the woods and finds a well, but an unknown force is nearby. Cinderella suddenly feels better. Calling out to him:) Thomas, it’s okay. It’s passed. Thomas? (She walks to the well, but Thomas is nowhere to be found:) Thomas?! (She goes back to where Rumplestiltskin still sits in the carriage:) What did you do?”
Prince Charming: “Ella, what’s wrong?”
Grumpy: “Your highness, what happened?”
Cinderella: (To Rumplestiltskin:) “What did you do to my Thomas?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I haven’t done anything. In case you haven’t noticed I’ve been otherwise engaged.”
Cinderella: “Something’s happened to him. You know. Tell me!”
Rumplestiltskin: “I have no idea, dearie, but I did warn you. All magic comes at a price. It looks like someone has just paid.”
Prince Charming: “Don’t listen to him, we’ll find Thomas.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, you won’t. Until that debt is paid, until that baby is mine, you’re never gonna see him again, in this world or the next Cinderella. I will have that baby.”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mr. Gold is standing at a coffee vending machine. He hits it and gets free coffee. Emma approaches him.)
Mr. Gold: “Well, well. Must be my lucky day. Care for a cup, Ms. Swan?”
Emma: “A baby? That’s your merchandise? Why didn’t you tell me?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, because at the time you didn’t need to know.”
Emma: “Really, or you thought I wouldn’t take the job?”
Mr. Gold: “On the contrary, I thought it would be more effective if you found out yourself. After seeing Ashley’s hard life, I thought it would make sense… to you. I mean if anyone could understand the reasons behind giving up a baby, I assumed it would be you.”
Emma: “You’re not getting that kid.”
Mr. Gold: “Actually, we have an agreement. And my agreements are always honored. If not, I’m going to have to involve the police, and that baby is going to end up in the system, and that would be a pity. You didn’t enjoy your time in the system, did you Emma?”
Emma: “That’s not gonna happen.”
Mr. Gold: “I like your confidence. Charming, but all I have to do is press charges. She did, after all, break into my shop.”
Emma: “Let me guess, to steal a contract.”
Mr. Gold: “Who knows what she was after?”
Emma: “You know, no jury in the world will put a woman in jail whose only reason for breaking and entering was to keep her child. I’m willing to roll the dice that contract doesn’t stand up. Are you? Not to mention what might come out about you in the process. Somehow I suspect there is more to you than a simple pawnbroker. You really want to start that fight?”
Mr. Gold: (Smiles:) “I like you, Ms. Swan. You’re not afraid of me, and that’s either cocky or presumptuous. Either way I’d rather have you on my side.”
Emma: “So she can keep the baby?”
Mr. Gold: “Not just yet. There’s still the matter of my agreement with Ms. Boyd.”
Emma: “Tear it up.”
Mr. Gold: “That’s not what I do. You see, contracts, deals, well they’re the very foundation of all civilized existence, so I put it to you now. If you want Ashley to have that baby, are you willing to make a deal with me?”
Emma: “What do you want?”
Mr. Gold: “Oh I don’t know just yet. You’ll owe me a favor.”
Emma: (Sizing Mr. Gold up:) “Deal.”
(Emma and Henry visit Ashley’s room, she is holding her baby.)
Emma: “Hey. What’s her name?”
Ashley: “Alexandra.”
Emma: “That’s pretty.”
Ashley: “Thank you for getting me here.”
Emma: “Mr. Gold was outside. I took care of it. She’s yours.”
Ashley: “She is? But what did you do?”
Emma: “Made a deal with him.”
Ashley: “Thank you. Thank you.”
Emma: (To Henry:) “Oh, hey kid, it’s almost 5:00. We gotta get you home.”
(They rush out of the hospital.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma and Henry are driving in Emma’s car.)
Emma: “ ‘Pumpkin’. My code name. I was thinking in honor of Cinderella… ‘Pumpkin.’ (Henry shakes his head:) You got a better one in mind?”
Henry: “Yep.”
Emma: “Well?”
Henry: “I’m not sure you’re ready yet.”
(They arrive at Regina’s house and Henry exits the car.)
Emma: “Henry! About what you said at the hospital, about me being able to leave?“
Henry: “Yeah?”
Emma: “See you tomorrow.”
(Henry runs into his house just as his mother is pulling in. He loses a shoe on the stairs.)
Regina: (Walks in the front door:) “Henry? Henry? What did I tell you? Do not… (Climbs the stairs to Henry's room:) leave your shoes lying around on the stairs. Someone could get hurt.” (She hands him the shoe that he lost when running up the stairs.) 

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Sean enters Ashley’s room and meets his new daughter.)
Sean: “Is that her?”
Ashley: (Surprised to see him:) “Sean.”
Sean: “I am so sorry. I never should have left you.”
Ashley: “You’re back?”
Sean: “Yeah, I’m back. Here, I got her a present. (He pulls shoes out of a gift bag and both laugh:) I don’t know if they’re gonna fit.”
Ashley: “They’re perfect.”
(The two kiss.)

Storybrooke.
(Emma is standing outside her car and calls Sheriff Graham.)
Graham: “Hello?”
Emma: “Graham, it’s Emma. I was thinking maybe some roots wouldn’t be so bad. That deputy job still open?”
Graham: “Absolutely.”
Emma: “Then I’m in. Regina gonna be okay with this?”
Graham: “I don’t care, it’s my department. I’ll see you Monday morning.”
Emma: “I’ll see ya.”

 

Chapter Text

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(A crowd has gathered to watch a puppet show.)
Princess Puppet: “I wish, I wish, but nothing changes. I wish I was better at wishing! Alas, will no one slay this fearsome dragon and win my hand in marriage?”
(A young boy weaves through the crowd, pick-pocketing.)

Prince Puppet: “Aha! I will slay the fearsome dragon, milady, or die trying!”
Princess Puppet: “Goodbye, dear prince. It was nice knowing you!”
(The princess puppet is removed, and a dragon puppet is brought in in its place.)
Dragon Puppet: “Who dares disturb my sleep?”
Prince Puppet: “Uh, he went that way!”
Dragon Puppet: “Then I will go that way!”
Prince Puppet: “Very good idea. You go that way and I’ll…”
(Dialogue fades out.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In the woods after the puppet show, the puppeteers Myrna and Martin and their son, Jiminy are examining their earnings.)
Martin: “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Careful, careful.”
Myrna: “Don’t let those coins roll away.”
Martin: “No, they might disappear. (He performs a sleight of hand trick, making the coin disappear and 'reappear' behind Myrna’s ear:) Whoop, whoop, ha! Look at that.”
Jiminy: (Pulling a cricket in a cage out of a bag:) “Oh, a cricket! I love crickets.”
Myrna: “Crickets are trouble. Noisy bugs.”
Jiminy: “But they get to do whatever they want, hopping from place to place. They’re free.”
Myrna: “You’re free.”
Martin: “To do what we want.”
Myrna: “To be who you are.”
Martin: “And you are who you are.”
Jiminy: “Well maybe I want to be something else. Maybe I don’t wanna steal. Maybe I wanna be good.”
Martin: “All that from a cricket.”
Myrna: “Told ya. Trouble.”
Martin: “ ‘Good’ is another word for ‘weak’.”
Myrna: “Let us do the thinking for you.”
Martin: “That’s what parents are for.”
Myrna: “To help you.”
Martin: “You are who you are, and there’s no changing it, Jiminy. Right?”
Jiminy: “Right.”
Martin: “Right. Problem solved.”

Storybrooke. Present. Dr. Archie Hopper’s Office.
(
Dr. Hopper is writing during a session with Henry Mills.)
Henry: “You weren’t always a cricket.”
Archie: “I wasn’t al… Oh right, because um… because you think I’m Jiminy Cricket. Why… Why do you… Why do you think that Henry?”
Henry: “It’s just because of who you are.”
Archie: “And who am I?”
Henry: “You’re a conscience. You help people see right from wrong.”
Archie: “So all of the crickets in Storybrooke, they were once people too?”
Henry: “There aren’t any crickets here. Listen.”
(He goes to the window and listens. An owl is heard hooting, but no crickets are heard.)
Archie: “Maybe it isn’t late enough.”
Henry: “There’s never been crickets here. You’ve just never noticed.”
Archie: “So you think that’s proof that there’s a curse?”
Henry: “Yes, but I know it’s not enough. I’m looking for more.”
Archie: “So, Henry, look, I asked you this once before and you said you’d think about it. Why do you think it is so important that this is real?”
Henry: “It… It just is.”
Archie: “Alright, well… Keep thinking about that answer, Henry, ‘cause I think there’s something buried there.”

Storybrooke Sheriff's Department.
(Emma Swan and Sheriff Graham discuss her uniform and her new position as deputy sheriff.)
Emma: (Holds up shirt:) “A tie? You know you don’t have to dress a woman as a man to give her authority."
Graham: “So you think you can get people to do what you want in that red coat?”
Emma: “I’m getting you to do what I want right now.”
(She throws the shirt down.)
Graham: “Well, at least wear the badge. Go on. Take it. If you really want to be a part of this community, you have to make it official.”
(Emma clips the badge to her belt, and a loud tremor shakes the office briefly. Car alarms are heard going off outside and all of the telephones begin to ring. Emma looks down at the badge on her belt in wonderment.)

Entrance To The Mines.
(A crowd gathers around what appears to be a mine collapse. The Mayor, Regina Mills, exits her car and approaches the crowd as a police cruiser arrives.)
Regina: “Everyone step back please.”
Ruby: “Is that a crater?”
Marco: “No. There were tunnels, uh, old mines, something collapsed.”
Regina: “Be careful, step back. (Sheriff Graham and Emma approach:) Sheriff, set up a police perimeter. Marco, why don’t you help with the fire department? Miss Swan, this is now official town business. You’re free to go.
Emma: “Well, actually I work for the town now.”
(Regina gives Graham a look.)
Graham: “She’s my new deputy.”
Regina: “They say the mayor’s always last to know.”
Graham: “It’s in my budget.”
Emma: (To Regina, simply:) “Roots.”
Regina: “Indeed. (She gives Graham another look, then addresses Emma:) Deputy, why don’t you make yourself useful and help with crowd control? (Speaking to the crowd:) People of Storybrooke, don’t be alarmed. We’ve always known this area was honeycombed with old mining tunnels, but fear not. I’m going to undertake a project to make this area safe, to rehabilitate it to city use. We will bulldoze it, collapse it, pave it.”
(As she speaks, Henry and Dr. Hopper arrive.)
Henry: “Pave it? What if there’s something down there?”
Regina:(Whispering:) “Henry, what are you doing here?”
Henry: (Whispering:) “What’s down there?”
Regina: “Nothing. Now step back. (To the crowd at large:) In fact everyone please, please step back. Thank you. Let’s go boys.”
(Regina picks up a piece of glass with a worried look and Henry notices.)
Henry: (To Emma:) “What was that?”
Regina: “Henry, enough. Listen, this is a safety issue, now wait in the car. (To Emma and Graham:) Deputy Swan, Sheriff, cordon off the area.”

Henry: (Sneaks out of his mother’s car and motions to Archie:) “Hey, Archie. Over here. (Both Archie and Emma approach:) This requires all of Operation Cobra… both of you.”
Archie: “I didn’t realize I was in Operation Cobra.”
Henry: “Of course you are, you know everything. We can’t let her do this. What if there’s something down there?”
Emma: “They’re just some old tunnels.”
Henry: “That just happen to collapse right after you get here? You’re changing things. You’re weakening the Curse.”
Emma: “That’s not what’s happening.”
Henry: “Yes it is. Did you do anything different today? 'Cause something made this happen.” (Emma touches her badge.)
Regina: “Henry, I told you to wait in the car. Deputy, do your job. (Archie starts walking away:) Dr. Hopper a word please? (He follows Regina:) Okay, we’re done with this.”
Archie: “Uh, excuse me?”
Regina: “My son. We need a new treatment plan. Everything I do he thinks is part of some horrible plot. I can’t cover up a safety hazard without him thinking I’m hiding something. How am I hiding something terrible in an old mine? How is any of this logical to him?”
Archie: “He’s got an amazing imagination.”
Regina: “Yes, that you let run rampant.”
Archie: “Well I think it would be wrong to rip away the world he’s constructed. I’d rather use it to try and get–”
Regina: “Sometimes I think you’ve forgotten. You work for me. You’re an employee, and I can fire you. This is my town. You will lose your office, lose your house. I can cut you down to size until you’re a tiny, shrunken little creature, and this (Holds up his umbrella:) will be the only roof over your damn head.”
Archie: “What would you have me do?”
Regina: “You take that delusion out of my son’s head, and you crush it.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(An adult Jiminy and his parents have arrived at a small market.)
Myrna: “Come on, Jiminy. Oh, I remember this place. Looks like it’s been a good year.”
Martin: “Yeah, you can tell by all the fat people.”
Myrna: (Chuckles, then whispers:) “Maybe we can run the elf tonic scam here.”
Jiminy: “Oh can’t we just… Can’t we just put on a show? We make enough on ticket sales, do we have to steal too?”
(His parents make sounds of disgust.)

Martin: “We don’t need to, but it’s nice. We steal from them and they steal from someone else.”
Myrna: “It’s called an economy.”
Martin: “We’re a vital part of it.”
Jiminy: “I want to change. I-I want to quit!”
Myrna: “Oh, this again.”
Martin: “No, you can’t leave now.”
Myrna: “We’re getting old.”
Martin: “It’s my hip.”
Myrna: “My liver.”
Martin: “I got lumps in strange places.”
Myrna: “I’ve got burning sensations.”
Martin: “You’d better stay with us.”
Myrna: “Just until we die.”
Martin: “Now, be a good boy and set up.”
(He and Myrna walk away and thunder crashes. The scene transitions to later that day, rain is falling heavily as Jiminy sets up the wagon for the puppet show. A young boy approaches.)
Boy: “Puppets! Wow! What a great job you have! (Jiminy turns back to his task, looking unhappy:) You don’t like it?”
Jiminy: “No, no I don’t. Same show, same fairs, every year.”
Boy: “Well, then why don’t you do something else?”
Jiminy: “It’s just who I am. Well, did you just come out here to watch us set up?”
Boy: “No, I came out here to listen to the crickets.”
Jiminy: “Oh, crickets. Oh, I haven’t listened to the crickets in a while. Hey, you’d better get home or you’re gonna catch a cold.”
Boy: “So will you. Here, have my umbrella. I don’t live far. (Jiminy takes the boy's umbrella gratefully and the boy beings to hurry away:) I can’t wait to see the show!”

Storybrooke. Present. Dr. Archie Hopper’s Office.
(Archie is sitting in his office when Marco enters.)
Marco: “Hey, Archie.”
Archie: “Marco, what are you doing here? (Marco motions to his mouth:) Oh lunch. I’m sorry, I forgot. I’ve got another patient. Another time?”
Marco: “Sure, of course. (Henry enters:) Hey. Have a good session, Henry.” (Marco leaves.)
Archie: “Hey.”
Henry: “Are you recruiting Geppetto for Operation Cobra?”
Archie: “You think Marco is Geppetto?”
Henry: “Sure, he’s Jiminy Cricket’s best friend, and Marco’s yours.”
Archie: “Henry, Henry look. We… we really need to talk about this, okay?”
Henry: “I know you’re not convinced but I know where I can get proof.”
Archie: (Henry opens up his backpack:) “What is this? A flashlight? And candy bars? Oh, wait. Henry. Henry you do not want to go down there.”
Henry: “Emma’s here, and stuff’s happening. I have to look at it.”
Archie: “Henry, Henry. Stop. Stop, there is no proof. Look all of this, all of this is a delusion. Do you know what a delusion is?”
Henry: “I… I think so.”
Archie: “It’s something that’s not real. And… and not healthy. And… and I thought you’d outgrow this but Henry, you know… it’s turned into a psychosis. Do you know what a psychosis is? That’s… that’s when you can no longer tell what’s real and if that continues, then… then I have to lock you away. Henry, look this has to stop for your own good. You gotta wake up. This nonsense must end.”
(Henry gets up and leaves in a hurry.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret Blanchard is playing hangman with David Nolan, which currently reads _AR_ _AR_AR_ _.)
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know. 'M'?”
David: “Two of them. (He writes a letter 'm' on the first space and another on the fifth:) Get it yet?”
Mary Margaret: (Laughs, putting her head in her hands:) “Yes, and I’m completely mortified. I almost hanged on my own name.”
David: “Don’t worry, I would never have let you hang. I would’ve added toes and a hat. Maybe a horse.”
Mary Margaret: “Was this a game you played a lot before?”
David: (Thinks:) “I don’t know.”
Mary Margaret: “It’ll come back. They’re sending you home in a week. They have to think you’re progressing, don’t they?”
David: “Physically.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, you’re making new memories just fine.”
David: “Maybe I’ll like these better.”
Mary Margaret: (Smiles, touched:) “Okay, play again?”
(Kathryn Nolan enters, carrying a box of photos.)
Kathryn: “Can I guess, too?”
Mary Margaret: (Stuttering nervously:) “Mrs. Nolan. Oh, it’s noon already. I didn’t realize. I should go.” (She exits.)
Kathryn: (Smiling at her:) “Good day, Miss Blanchard. (To David:) Honey, I brought more pictures. Maybe they’ll jog something. (David watches Mary Margaret leave as Kathryn takes out a picture of a dog:) It’s our old dog, Ajax. Remember?”
David: “Yeah, yeah. Ajax.”

Blanchard Loft.
(Mary Margaret is talking with Emma as they make s'mores.)
Mary Margaret: “I am the worst person in the world.”
Emma: “Really? In the whole world?”
Mary Margaret: “If Kathryn was horrible, it would be easier, but she’s so nice.”
Emma: “And what exactly would be easier?”
Mary Margaret: “Nothing.”
Emma: “Nothing’s a good idea. You’re smart. You know not to get involved with a married guy. It’s not worth the heartache. Trust me. (They hear a knock at the door:) I’ll get it. (Upon opening it, she sees Henry, sobbing:) Kid, what happened? Come in.”

Dr. Hopper’s Office.
(Archie is sitting with Pongo when he hears pounding at the door.)
Emma: (On the other side of the door, angry:) “Archie! Archie! (She enters:) What did you do? You told me not to take the fantasy away. You told me it would devastate him.”
Archie: “When a course of therapy stops working, you adjust it.”
Emma: “Is it her? Did she threaten you? What could be strong enough to drown out your own conscience?”
Archie: “I do not need to defend my professional decisions to you, okay?”
(Emma’s cell phone begins to ring. She answers it.)
Emma: “Hello, Madam Mayor. Nice work.”
Regina: (Through the phone:) “You with him?”
Emma: “Yes, I’m with Dr. Hopper, and guess what? You left your fingerprints all over him when you-”
Regina: (Interrupting:) “Not him. Henry. Is he with you?”
Emma: “I dropped Henry off at your office an hour ago.”
Regina: “Well, he’s not here.”
Emma: (Now shocked:) “I don’t know where he is.”
Archie: (Sighs:) “I do.”

Mine Entrance.
(Henry is standing in front of the mines where the tunnel collapse occurred earlier, and enters.)

Enchanted Forest. Past. The Dark Castle.
(Rumplestiltskin is at spinning wheel, spinning straw into gold when Jiminy enters, carrying a small bag.)
Rumplestiltskin: (Chuckles:) “Thank you very much. And the names? To whom did these treasures belong? (Jiminy takes out a small piece of parchment and places it on top of the bag. Rumplestiltskin hands him some of the gold he has just spun:) Gold thread, for your thievery. Thank you, you can go. (Jiminy begins to exit:) But you want something else, don’t you? (As he continues speaking, he pours a potion on another gold thread, melting it and putting it into a little bottle:) Something with… magic?
Jiminy: “Every year, I’m stuck in that damn wagon. I wanna be free. I wanna be someone else. But something keeps holding me back.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Something or someone?”
Jiminy: “It’s my parents.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Then I have exactly what you need. (Offers Jiminy the potion he has just created:) This will set you free. Pour it, sprinkle it, put it in their curds and whey. Anything will work. (Jiminy reaches for the bottle, only for Rumplestiltskin to grab it back:) Ah! But you have nothing more to give to me. (He chuckles:) Tell you what—after the potion has… done its work, leave them where they are and I’ll come collect them. It’ll be my fee!”
Jiminy: “What will become of them?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Worry you not, they’ll be in safe hands. And you’ll be free.”
(He hands Jiminy the potion and Jiminy exits.)

Storybrooke. Present. In Front Of The Mines.
(Archie and Emma are looking for Henry.)
Emma: “Henry! Henry!”
Archie: “Henry! (Pongo enters and runs to the entrance into the mines, sniffing:) What you got there, Pongo?”
Emma: “I don’t think he’s here.”
Archie: “I think he is. (He picks up an Apollo Bar:) Candy bar. He had these with him.”

Inside The Mines.
(Henry, flashlight in hand, explores the area when he sees a mysterious shard of glass among the stones. He picks it up and examines it when all of a sudden, he hears the gravel rustling. He looks up to see an avalanche of rocks. He runs. We then see outside the mines with Archie, Emma, and Pongo, also feeling the avalanche.)
Archie: “Henry!”
Emma: “Archie!”
Archie: “Henry! It’s not safe!”
(Archie climbs into the collapsing mine to find Henry.)
Emma: “Archie?! Henry!
(Archie lights a match, picks up his lucky umbrella, and proceeds to look for Henry.)
Archie: “Henry? Henry?”
Henry: (Suddenly comes out with the flashlight shining on Archie:) “Archie! You’re here to help me!“
Archie: “No, I… Listen, we gotta get out of here.”
Henry: “So you’re still against me.”
Archie: “Henry, there’s no time for that. Come on, Henry, come on!”
Henry: (Backing away:) “You don’t believe me? You’ll see. You’ll see.”
(Henry runs away from Archie.)
Archie: “Henry! Henry, come back! (Turns to look towards the exit, then turns back and chases after Henry:) Hey!”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Jiminy, Martin and Myrna are walking to a house to cheat people for money. Jiminy stops at the door and turn to his parents.)
Jiminy: “Look, can’t we skip this tonight? We don’t need the money!”
Myrna: “Everything isn’t about money, Jiminy. It’s about the principle.”
Martin: (Using a trick to produce a small bottle in his hand:) “A commitment to excellence.”
Myrna: “Excellence… at stealing money.”
Martin: “Now go ahead and take the ‘elf tonic’, Jiminy.”
(Jiminy takes the bottle while Martin and Myra laugh together. Myrna knocks and a young couple, Stephen and Donna, answer the door.)
Myrna: “Oh! Such beautiful young people.”
Jiminy: “Pardon me. Do you have a place at your hearth for an honest man and his (Pauses and looks to his parents then turns back to the couple:) elderly parents?”
Stephen: “Of course.”
Myrna: “Oh!”
Stephen: “Come in.”
Donna: “I’ll heat up some broth.”
Myrna: (Entering the house:) “Oh, we love broth.”
Martin: “Oh, what a beautiful home!”
Myrna: “Your cobbles are so even!”
(They continue chatting as all of them enter the house. Inside the house, Donna hands Jiminy a bowl of broth.)
Jiminy: “Thank you for your kindness.”
Myrna: (To Martin:) “I just can’t get it out of my mind, that family.”
Martin: “Terrible way to go.” 
Myrna: “Oh.”
Donna: (Sitting down at the table:) “What? What happened?”
Martin and Myrna: (Looks at each other then to the couple:) “Plague.”
(Donna gasps and turns to Stephen.)
Myrna: “The next town over, we just passed through.”
Donna: “The plague?!”
Myrna: “Well, a plague, certainly.”
Stephen: “Is it coming here? Are you okay?”
Martin: “Oh, us, no, we are immune.”
Myrna: “We have the elf tonic.”
Martin: “Made by elves, from elves.”
Myrna: “Four out of five court physicians recommend it.”
Martin: “Fifth one died before he could try it.” (Laughs.)
Myrna: “Well, you have it, right? Smart folks like you.”
Donna: “We’ve never heard of it.”
Myrna: “Oh no.”
Martin: “Oh dear god.”
Jiminy: (Flatly, in the most bored and rehearsed tone possible:) “Oh no, you’re going to die. You’re going to die.”
Myrna: “Oh, I wish we had extra.”
Martin: “We don’t have extra.”
Jiminy: (Thoroughly fed up:) “There is no extra.” (Sips his broth.)
Donna: “We could pay you.”
Martin: “We have a tiny bottle.” 
Myrna: “But we need that for ourselves.”
Stephen: “What can we give you?”
Donna: “Surely there must be something here you would want.”
Myrna: “I’m sure we can come up with something.”

A Short While Later.
(Martin puts three coins along with a few other items into a bag and flings it over his shoulder.)
Myrna: (To Martin:) “Well, I guess we should start loading up.”
(Martin and Myrna leave the house.)
Jiminy: (Hands the bottle to the couple, dispassionately:) “Here you go.”
Stephen: (Takes the bottle:) “Thank you.”
Donna: “Thank you.”
(Jiminy leaves the house. Besides their wagon, Martin and Myrna put the bags of goods onto it.)
Jiminy: “Hey, those are good people. They would never hurt us like that.”
Myrna: “That’s where they went wrong.”
Martin: “It’s better to be the kind of people that take.”
Myrna: “Instead of those that get taken from.”
Jiminy: (Takes out the bottle of potion from Rumplestilskin:) “I’m sorry. You’ve given me no other choice.”
(Jiminy throws the potion onto his parents but nothing happens.)
Myrna: “How frail do you think we are, son?”
Martin: “Rainwater won’t hurt us.”
(Jiminy is shocked and looks at the bottle.)
Martin: “I’m pretty good at a sleight of hand, Jiminy.”
Jiminy: “You switched them? (Looks back to the house:) So this is the elf tonic.”
Martin: “Oh my! We must have given whatever you had to that family.”
Myrna: “Oh, hope it wasn’t dangerous.”
(Jiminy runs back into the house. Inside the house, Jiminy finds the bottle of poison on the ground, used already at the door. Jiminy picks up the bottle and looks behind the door. On the bed sit two puppet dolls that look like Stephen and Donna. Jiminy is horrified and falls onto the chair. Martin and Maryn enter and see the puppets.)
Martin: “Ohh, look at that.”
Myrna: “New puppets for the act.”
(Suddenly, the boy who had given Jiminy the umbrella earlier that day enters the house.)
Boy: (Looks at Martin and Myrna:) “Who are you?”
(Jiminy sees the boy and shakes his head with regret.)
Boy: (Sees the puppets on the bed:) “Papa? Mama? Papa! (Turns to Jiminy:) What did you do to them? What did you do to them?”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Inside the mines, Archie is searching for Henry.)
Archie: “Henry? Henry? Henry! (Sees a light in front and finds Henry shining the flashlight at a gap on the ground:) Henry! You gotta slow down.”
Henry: “There’s something shiny down there.”
Archie: “Henry, this is seriously dangerous. We gotta get out of here.”
Henry: “It could be something.”
Archie: (Very anxious:) “Look, I’m frightened for you, Henry.”
Henry: “Because you think that I’m crazy?”
Archie: “No! No, because we are trapped underground in an abandoned mine, Henry, and there is no way out.”

Outside The Entrance To The Mine.
(Pongo barks. Regina, Emma, Graham, Marco, and Ruby gather around as workers try to open the entrance.)
Marco: “Archie is smart. He’ll keep the boy safe until we get to- (The ground shakes:) Watch out!”
Regina: (Runs towards Emma:) “Stop! Stop! You’re making it worse.”
Emma: “I am trying to save him. You know what, he wouldn’t have gone in the first place, don’t you? Because you made him feel like he had something to prove!”
Regina: “And why does he think he has anything to prove? Who’s encouraging him?”
Emma: “Do not put this on me.”
Regina: “Don’t you lecture me on how to be a mother! You’ve been in his life for five minutes and look what happens!” (Turns and walks away.)

Inside The Mines.
Archie:
“Henry, do you hear that?”
Henry: “It’s Pongo!”
Archie: “Follow the noise.”

Outside The Entrance.
(Emma follows Regina.)
Emma: (Softer:) “Look, we have to stop this. Arguing won’t accomplish anything.”
Regina: (Turns back to face her:) “No, it won’t.”
Emma: “What do you want me to do?”
Regina: “Help me.”
(Emma nods.)

Inside The Mines.
Archie:
“It’s loud. It’s over here.” (Removes a sheet of metal on his way.)
Henry: “What’s this?”
Archie: (Sees what's behind the sheet of metal:) “It’s like, an old elevator.”

Outside At The Entrance.
Regina:
“We need to find some way to punch through the ground. We need something big.”
Emma: “Like what?”
Marco: (Calling over:) “Explosives.”

Inside The Mines.
Archie:
(Walking towards the elevator:) “To get the mine workers in or out. It goes all the way to the top. That’s why we can hear Pongo.”
Henry: “Can we make it work?”
Archie: “Let’s give it a shot.”

Outside The Entrance.
(Ruby hides away as the explosives are ready.)
Emma: “Okay, we’re all clear.”

Inside The Elevator.
Archie:
(Tries to turn the wheel of the elevator:) “Come on!”
(Henry goes to assist Archie.)

Outside The Entrance.
Regina:
“Blow it.”
(Everyone finds cover.)

Inside The Mines.
(The elevator starts to move a bit.)

Outside The Entrance.
(There’s a explosion as a worker presses the button of the control.)

Inside The Mines.
(The elevator shakes and Archie holds Henry tight. The elevator drops a bit.)

Outside The Entrance.
(Emma runs into the smoke caused by the explosion as Regina looks on anxiously. Emma comes back.)
Regina: “Did it work?”
Emma: “It didn’t open.”
Graham: “Then what did it do?”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret is leaving.)
Mary Margaret: (To the other staff:) “Have a good day.”
David: “Hey, where’re you going?”
Mary Margaret: “Home. I’m done for the day. Shouldn’t you be resting?”
David: “Actually, Dr. Whale asked me to start physical therapy. I’m supposed to walk thirty minutes a day on a treadmill or outside with an escort. But they are kind of short on personnel because of that thing that happened in the mine.”
Mary Margaret: “Oh.”
David: “So… Maybe there is a volunteer willing to help?”
(They smile at each other.)

Beside a lake, David and Mary Margaret are walking.
David: “I try to remember this place. It’s like, it’s like I woke up on some strange land.”
Mary Margaret: “Is there anything coming back? (Pauses for a while:) What about when you’re with her? You remember your dog.”
David: “Yeah, I lied.”
Mary Margaret: “You did?”
David: “She’s so loving. I didn’t want to disappoint her. But none of it feels right. A dog named Ajax? Who’d name a dog that? (Mary Margaret smiles:) None of it make sense. None of it feels real.”
Mary Margaret: “That sounds so lonely.”
David: “Actually, one thing does feel real, you.”
Mary Margaret: “What?”
David: “I know it’s crazy, but I swear, you’re the only thing in this whole place that feels, that feels right. (Mary Margaret beams and starts moving closer to David when suddenly:) Kathryn.”
Mary Margaret: (Lowers her head:) “Right.”
David: (Walks past Mary Margaret:) “Kathryn. (Kathryn arrives, Mary Margaret also turns to her:) You’re here.”
Kathryn: “I know it’s outside of visiting hours. But I needed to see you. (Hands a basket to David:) I made some cranberry muffins. They used to be your favorite.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, I should leave you two.” (Walking away.)
David: (Chases after her:) “Wait, Mary Margaret, see you tomorrow?”
(Mary Margaret turns back then smiles and continues walking away.)

Outside The Entrance To The Mines.
(Regina runs to the workers.)
Regina: “What was that? What the hell was that? You said you could do this!”
Emma: (Tries to cool her down:) “Madam Mayor.”
Regina: (Frantic:) “They could have killed my son!”
Emma: “I know. But this isn’t helping.”
Marco: “If we knew exactly where they were, we could drill down to them.”
(Pongo’s barking catches Emma’s attention and she runs towards the fire truck he's in.)
Marco: “Maybe, maybe rig something to bring them back up.”
Graham: “A driller.”
Regina: “What do you think we…”
(Emma opens the fire truck’s door and lets Pongo out.)
Emma: “Come on buddy. (To Regina, Graham and Marco:) It’s Archie’s dog. (Pongo sniffs the ground:) He’s found something. Look, this is where they must be. What is it? (Graham and Marco remove a metal covering and a hole blocked with grate bars is shown:) What is that?”
Graham: “It’s an air shaft.”

Inside The Elevator.
Henry:
“I’m really, really, really sorry.”
Archie: “It’s alright.”
Henry: “I just wanted to find proof.”
Archie: “No, it’s really alright, Henry. You know, I’m sorry too. Okay, I don’t think you’re crazy. I just, I just think that you’ve got a very strong mother, who’s got a clear idea of a path that she wants you to be on. When you step off that, she, she gets scared. You know, it’s natural. But, it’s also natural for you to be able to be free, to think the things that you want to think. So, anyway, I didn’t mean those things I just said to you. I never should have said them.”
Henry: “Alright, why did you?”
Archie: “I guess I’m still not a very good person. I’m not the man I wanna be.”
(The elevator shakes.)

Outside At The Air Shaft.
(The workers remove the metal grate.)
Emma: “Alright, we got it.”
(Emma, Regina and Graham look down to the deep shaft.)
Regina: “So, what’s next?”

Inside The Elevator.
Henry:
“I think you can be him. I think you can be a good person. I mean, you’re Jiminy Cricket.”
Archie: “Henry, Jiminy Cricket was a, was a cricket, okay? It was a conscience, and, and I hardly think that’s me.”
Henry: “But before he was that, he was a guy, who took a long time to figure out the right thing to do.”
Archie: (Pauses for a while:) “He kinda sounds like me.”
Henry: “Now it’s harder for you, because of the curse, to care for the voice inside of you, to be who you wanna be.”
(The elevator shakes again.)

Outside At The Air Shaft.
Marco:
“We need to lower someone straight down, or the line would collapse with the sides of the shaft.”
Graham: “I’ve got the harness.”
Regina: “Lower me down.”
Emma: “Oh, no way. I’m going.”
Regina: “He’s my son.”
Emma: (Sees that Regina is scared:) “He’s my son too. You’ve been sitting behind your desk for ten years. I can do this.”
(Regina walks over and closes the gap between them. She’s about to say something when they notice Graham is stood right next to them. As the Sheriff moves away to give them privacy, the moment has passed.)
Regina: “Just bring him to me.”
(Emma smiles reassuringly and nods.)

Inside The Elevator.
(A few stones drop to the elevator.)
Archie:
“Hey, can I ask you again?”
Henry: “Ask what?”
Archie: “Why do you think it’s so important that your fairy tale theory is true?”
Henry: “I don’t know.”
Archie: “Give it a shot.”
Henry: (Handing Archie a chocolate bar:) “ ‘Cause, this can’t be all there is.”
Archie: “I understand.”
Henry: “I thought if I found proof… But I didn’t find anything.”

Archie: “That’s not true. I was lost and you found me, right?”
(Hands a piece of chocolate to Henry.)
Henry: “You mean, you remember?”
Archie: “No, I don’t remember. But I do remember the kind of person I wanna be. I just gotta listen harder.”
(Some noises erupts from the top.)
Henry: “What’s that?”
Archie: “It’s a rescue.”
(Emma appears, lowering from above.)
Emma: “You guys okay?”
Archie: “Yeah, we’re both okay.”
Emma: “Hang on, Henry. (To the walkie-talkie:) Okay, let’s get a stop. (Emma removes the roof of the elevator and grabs Henry, who is held up by Archie:) Come on, I got you. Okay. (To Archie:) I got him.”
Archie: “You got him, is he safe?”
(The elevator starts to rumble.)
Emma: “Archie!”
Archie: “It’s gonna fall!”
Emma: “I’m sorry.”
Archie: “It’s okay!”
Emma and Henry: “Archie!”
(The elevator falls with a loud noise. But Archie is saved because his umbrella has hooked onto a carabiner on Emma’s jeans. Emma laughs with relief and Henry holds up a thumbs-up signal.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Outside the air shaft, the crowd all clap their hands as Marco and other workers pull out Emma, Henry and Archie. Regina hugs and pulls Henry away, while Graham stops Emma from following, so he can unhook the harness. Archie and Marco hug each other with joy.)

Emma: (Once unhooked, runs over to Henry:) “Are you okay, Henry?”
Regina: (Coldly to Emma:) “Deputy, you can clear the crowd away.”
(Emma watches hurt as Regina walks away from her.)
Regina: (Gets to Archie:) “Thank you, Dr. Hopper.”
Archie: “I, uh, I have something to say. (Marco leaves and Regina follows Archie:) I’m gonna continue to treat Henry and I’m gonna do it my own way.”
Regina: “My relief at his safety hasn’t changed a thing, Dr. Hopper. You will do as I say, or you…”
Archie: “Or what? You’ll ruin my life? You’ll do your worse? Because I will always do my best.”
Regina: “Don’t test me.”
Arcie: “Oh, I don’t need to, because you’re gonna leave me alone and let me do my work, in peace.”
Regina: “Really? Why is that?”
Archie: “Because someday, Madam Mayor, you may find yourself in a custody battle. And do you know how a court determines who’s a fit parent? They consult an expert, particularly one who has treated the child. So, I suggest that you think about that and you’ll allow me to do my work and let me do it the way my conscience tell me to.”
(Archie leaves
.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Jiminy is listening to crickets chirping alone when he sees a blue star in the sky.)
Jiminy: (Whispering:) “I wish… (He closes his eyes and sits on the fence:) I wish…”
(The Blue Fairy appears.)
Blue Fairy: “I hear your wish, you don’t need to wish it so loudly. (Jiminy smiles:) But it is not possible. I cannot bring back the boy’s parents.”
Jiminy: “It’s my fault. I have to make it right. I… I will trade my life to make it happen.”
Blue Fairy: “What’s done is done. There may be another way.”
Jiminy: “Tell me, please.”
Blue Fairy: “The little boy, he will grow up to face many challenges. Do you want to help him?”
Jiminy: “Um, I can’t get away from these people, my parents, they’re who I am.”
Blue fairy: “But if you didn’t want to be that, what would you like to be?”
(Jiminy pauses and hears the chirping of the crickets. Then he wishes in his heart.)
Blue Fairy: (Smiles:) “I hear your wish.” (Waves her wand. Jiminy glows and transformed into a cricket, then laughs and admires his new body.)
Blue Fairy: “How do you feel?”
Jiminy Cricket: (Chirping:) “Free.”
Blue Fair: “Find the boy, Jiminy. You will live as many years as you need to help him. Just find him.”
Jiminy Cricket: (Chirping:) “How will I? I don’t even know his name.”
Blue Fairy: “His name, is Gepetto.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Outside the mine, Emma and Henry watch Archie and Marco chatting happily.)
Emma: “Is that Archie’s father?”
Henry: “No, they’re just old friends.”
Emma: (Takes Henry’s hand:) “You really scared me.”
Henry: “I’m sorry.”
(Archie and Marco are ready to go.)
Emma: “Gentleman, well, come on, your mom wants to take you home.”
Henry: “Hey! (Turns to Archie:) Listen!”
(The chirping of crickets can be heard.)
Archie: “Crickets.”
Henry: “They’re back. (Turns to Emma:) Things are changing.” 

Mr. Gold's Shop.
(In Mr. Gold’s pawnshop, Mr. Gold walks past the pair of puppets on the desk.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret puts her letter of resignation into the mailbox at the counter.)

Storybrooke. Outside The Mine.
(The workers and the crowd chat and drink to celebrate as Regina, standing alone, takes out the piece of glass she picked up earlier that day and throws it down to an air shaft. The piece of glass keeps falling until it hits the ground near a glass coffin.)

Emma: (Walking up behind her:) “Henry’s waiting for you in the car.”
Regina: (Flatly:) “Thank you, Miss Swan.”
(Regina makes to move past Emma but the deputy grabs her by the arm.)
Emma: “You know what, lady, you’re a real piece of work.”
Regina: “So I’ve been told. (Looks down at Emma’s hand on her arm:) Is there anything else?”
Emma: (Releases her:) “I know how scared you were for Henry today. I was scared too and, like you said, I’ve only known him for five minutes. I can’t imagine what it was like for you, standing and waiting to see if your son was gonna come out of that hole alive. (Regina finally makes eye contact with her:) But that doesn’t mean you can treat me like crap. It’s not fair to me and it’s not fair to Henry.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “Fair. Do you want to know what’s not fair, Deputy Swan? Raising a child, alone, for years, and still feeling as if you’re not good enough for him. Then to actually have your child run away, find his birth mother and bring her home so that she can ‘save’ him from his life.”
Emma: (Her anger dissipating rapidly:) “Regina…”
Regina: “Well I may not be blonde, wear leather jackets or have legs that go on for days, but I still know what’s best for my son. Did you know before Henry was given that book, we had a great relationship? We laughed, we played, we read comic books together. Now I can barely get him to talk to me. You swoop in and suddenly I’m an afterthought.”
(Regina looks away, trying to reign in her emotions.)
Emma: (Gently:) “Believe it or not, I know how you feel. When I first came here, I told Henry about how I had a foster family until I was three years old and then when they had their own kid they sent me back.”
Regina: (Looking at her:) “That’s… awful.”
Emma: “I didn’t come here to replace you, Regina. I came here to… find something, I guess.”
Regina: “Find what, Miss Swan?”
Emma: “I don’t know, somewhere I belong maybe? Find people I care about and who care about me. I didn’t plan on sticking around after dropping off Henry but I’d never had anyone fight to be with me before. And then there’s you.”
Regina: “Me?”
Emma: “Regina, in you I see this strong, confident, beautiful woman who’s raised Henry and given him everything I could never have even dreamed of. But I also see someone who’s lonely and closed off.”
Regina: “That’s because everything I’ve built, everything I’ve become, I’ve done it alone.”
Emma: “I know that and you’ve been incredible. But don’t you think it’s time you had someone to share that with? Don’t you think it’s time you let your guard down, just a little?”
Regina: (Looks around at all the people leaving:) “Things are changing around here and I don’t like it.”
Emma: (Nods sympathetically:) “Not all change is good, but some is. Unexpected things can be great every once and awhile! Do you really want to spend the rest of your life continuing to have everyone do things your way? Or do you want to be challenged and pushed and… I don’t know, to just let go and see what happens? Trust me, I know what it’s like to be afraid of being rejected, of being vulnerable. And I also know how much it sucks to be alone.”
(The mayor considers the woman before her.)
Regina: “Miss Swan, do you remember when I told you the three qualities I find most attractive in someone?”
Emma: “Yeah?”
Regina: (Takes a deep breath:) “Well, saving my son’s life, beats them all.”
(With that, Regina grabs the younger woman by the lapels of her leather jacket and pulls her into a deep, breathtaking kiss.)
Emma: (As they part:) “Wow. That…”
Regina: (Smiles:)  “You see, I can be unpredictable too. (Giving Emma a devilish smile, she begins walking back to her car:) Good night, Deputy.”
(Emma stands there a moment, watching the older woman walk away, then smiles to herself as she thinks about the events of the day.)

 

Chapter Text

Storybrooke. Present.
(David and Kathryn Nolan are standing outside their house.)
Kathryn: “You know, you had the same look on your face before we bought it, too. You couldn’t see past the ugly windmill on the lawn. And said you’d never buy an old lady house. Do you remember what made you change your mind?”
David: “I see the windmill’s gone.”
Kathryn: “Come on. Everyone’s waiting.”
David: “Who’s everyone?”
(They enter the house.)
Kathryn: (Inside, everyone is cheering:) “This is Gene.”
Gene: “Good to see you, David.”
David: “How are you doing?”
Kathryn: “And this is Ellen, his wife.”
David: “Ellen, hi.”
Ellen: “Good to see you, too.”
Kathryn: “And Frank.”
Frank: “Welcome home, David.”
David: “Hey.”
Dr. Whale: “Hey.”
Kathryn: “Dr. Whale.”
Dr. Whale: “Hi, David.”
David: “Hi.”
Dr. Whale: “Look, I know this is a lot, but it’s good for you. The smallest things can trigger your memories. Just try and have fun.”
David: “Thank you, Dr. Whale. I’ll do my best.”
Henry: (In another part of the room:) “You know why he doesn’t remember? The curse isn’t working on him yet.”
Emma: “Henry, David has amnesia.”
Henry: “Which is preventing the curse from replacing his fairy tale story with fake memories.”
Emma: “Right, because everyone here has fake stories that prevent them from remembering who they really are.”
Henry: “Right, and now is our chance to help him. We just have to get him to remember that he's—”
Emma: “He’s Prince Charming.”
Henry: “We just have to jog his memory by getting him and Ms. Blanchard together.”
Emma: “Didn’t we just try that?”
Henry: “And it woke him up.”
David: (Walking towards them:) “Hey. You’re the ones who saved me, right?”
Emma: (Getting to her feet:) “Oh, yeah, I guess.”
David: “And, uh, you’re also the only ones I know here.”
Emma: “You can hide with us.”
David: “Fantastic. (He accepts some food from a tray, stabbing it with a toothpick and twirling it:) Thank you.”
Henry: “So, you ever use a sword?”
David: (Laughs:) “I’m sorry? Emma? You live with Mary Margaret, right? You know if she’s coming tonight?”
Emma: “No, she couldn’t make it.”
David: “Oh.”

Kitchen.
Regina: (In the kitchen with Kathryn:) “You should go out there. There’s plenty of food. Go. Be with you husband.”
Kathryn: “I lost him once. Now I have him back. But it’s like I still don’t have him back. You have no idea how that feels.”
Regina: “Actually, I do. I lost someone once too.”
Kathryn: “Really?”
Regina: “Yes. But the love I lost, there’s no bringing him back. You have a chance here. Go to him.”
Kathryn: “You’re right. And, Regina, thank you. Thank you for being such a good friend. It’s been so lonely. I’m not used to having one.”
Regina: “Neither am I.”
Kathryn: “Well, like it or not, you have one now. (She leaves the kitchen and walks up to Emma:) Have you seen David?”
Emma: “Um, he…” (She looks at Dr. Whale.)
Dr. Whale: “No.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(David spots Mary Margaret trying to hang a birdhouse on a tree outside.)
David: “Did you not get the invite?”
Mary Margaret: (Surprised to see him:) “David.”
David: “Here. (He hops the fence, takes the birdhouse from Mary Margaret and hangs it up:) So, I heard you resigned from the hospital. Was it me? Because of what I told you. About how I felt. About you. Come on. Don’t tell me it’s one-sided.”
Mary Margaret: “You’re married. It should be no-sided.”
David: “What it should be doesn’t matter. Whoever married Kathryn, it’s not me. I didn’t choose her. I’m choosing you. Now I know you feel it. I can tell.”
Mary Margaret: “I know you think that we have this connection, but maybe it’s because I happened to be the person who saved your life? So why don’t we leave it at that.” (She walks away.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince James is fighting a Behemoth. The Behemoth throws Prince James over its head, and Prince James pretends to be dead. When it attacks, Prince James rolls out of the way and stabs the Behemoth with his sword.)
Prince James: “Next time, make sure I’m really dead.”
(The Behemoth falls. The two Kings watch from a raised platform as other onlookers applaud James’ victory.)
King Midas: “Well done.” (Rises.)
King George: “Well done? There’s an understatement. (Rises:) You see what my son did to that brute? He just killed the unkillable.”
(They approach James.)
King Midas: “A valiant feat for sure. But it is still just a man. Can he do the same with a dragon?”
King George: “Do Fairies sprinkle dust? Do Trolls live under bridges?”
Prince James: (Placing his hand on George’s shoulder:) “Father, relax. (To Midas:) I can kill whatever beast you set after me.“
King Midas: “My kingdom is plagued by a dragon like nothing you’ve ever faced before. He has killed every warrior that’s tried to slay him.”
Prince James: “He has yet to face me.”
King Midas: “My kingdom needs this threat vanquished.”
King George: “And my kingdom needs gold. I’m sure we can work something out.”
King Midas: (He holds up his glove and someone removes it:) “Careful. Remember what happened to Frederick. (To James:) Your sword. (Prince James holds out his sword and King Midas turns it to gold:) Consider it a down payment. You’ll get the rest when you deliver the dragon’s head to me.”
Prince James: “It’s a deal. Forgive me if I refuse to shake on it, King Midas.”
King Midas: (Laughs:) “Come. Let’s discuss the details.”
(King Midas and King George walk away.)
Burly Knight: “A toast to our fearless prince!”
Men: “Yeah!”
Prince James: “No. There’s no celebrating today. This was but a simple test. The task before us it too big, too important to make light of. Just because I was easily able to kill this brute doesn’t mean-”
(Suddenly, the Behemoth reaches up and stabs Prince James. Prince James falls. The knights gather around him.)


The Royal Castle.
(King George looks down at Prince James, who was killed by the Behemoth.)
King George: “Goodbye, my son.”
(Knights take Prince James’s body away.)
Burly Knight: “Your majesty, there is no time to grieve. If Midas learns he is dead, he will find another warrior to slay his dragon, and we will never see an ounce of his gold.”
King George: “Yes. Yes. The kingdom must survive.”
Burly Knight: “So what are we to do?”
King George: “I have asked for help. It should be here soon.”
Rumpelstiltskin: (Appearing behind them:) “Oh, it’s here.”
King George: (To his knights:) “Leave us.” (The knights leave.)
Rumpelstiltskin: “So this is how you treat my gifts. You really must be more careful.”
King George: “He was not a gift. He was my son.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “A son I gave you.”
King George: “In a deal we made. You did me no favors.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Yes, yes I did. Shame you and the queen couldn’t conceive a child on your own. My price for that is a pittance. But now that she’s gone, well, I assume that conceiving an heir is out of the question. Let alone a dragon slayer.”
King George: “Then let’s do another deal. Bring him back. I need my son to do this. I’ll give you anything.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Anything?”
King George: “What do you want?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “There’s a magic wand I desire. It belongs to a certain fairy godmother who’s patron to your family. I want to know her whereabouts.”
King George: “Done. Now tell me. How do I bring my son back to slay the dragon?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Bring him back? Oh, no, no. That’s out of the question. He’s dead. Magic can do much, but not that!”
King George: “But you just said-”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Nothing about resurrection.”
King George: “Then my kingdom is lost. I am alone.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Oh, dear. Oh deary, deary, dear. Did I not tell you that I could have your son slay the dragon? And am I not a man of my word?”
King George: “I thought you said he was gone forever!”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Oh, that he is. But his brother…”
King George: “His what?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “His twin brother. Did I not mention there was another?”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming, dressed as a shepherd, looks over sheep on a farm.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Mary Margaret is roughly scrubbing a plate while washing the dishes in her apartment.)
Emma: “You might want to ease up, or that Brillo Pad’s going to press charges.”
Mary Margaret: “The dishes were just piling up.”
Emma: “This have anything to do with David stopping by? I saw him skulking away as I pulled up.”
Mary Margaret: “We just, um, he just…”
Emma: “Yeah, I know what you were both just. And you did the right thing.”
Mary Margaret: “He made a pretty compelling case.”
Emma: “But he’s still married. I know. I was just at the party.”
Mary Margaret: “What do I do?”
Emma: “You need to stop cleaning and have a drink. (Emma pours some drinks:) Here’s the thing. I don’t know a lot about relationships, other than having many that failed. But generally speaking, if you think something you want to do is wrong, it is. So, you gotta stay strong, and he has to figure out his life. Cheers.”
(They both raise their glasses and drink.)

Nolan House.
(David is looking through old pictures at his house.)
Kathryn: “You look different. Your hair. It’s longer. You used to always have a buzz cut. You used to complain that long hair was itchy. And hard to take care of.”
David: “I guess it grew while I was in there.”
Kathryn: “So, I was going to go to bed. Do you want to join me?”
David: “Do you mean ‘go to bed’ go to bed? Or go to bed?”
Kathryn: “Whatever you want.”
David: “Why don’t we just sit and talk some more. (Kathryn kisses David. David pulls back:) This isn’t right.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(David is herding a sheep into its enclosure.)
David: “Come on. Come. Come on. Hey. Didn’t see that coming, did you?”
Ruth: “Honey.”
David: “Mother. How was the market?”
Ruth: “It was interesting.”
David: “Interesting? Normally, you come back cursing the prices.”
Ruth: “Oh, well, that’s still the case. But this time I had a very interesting talk with the grain merchant.”
David: (Tying the fence shut:) “Grain? We don’t need any grain.”
Ruth: “He has a daughter. She’s ready for marriage. He thinks the two of you would make a great couple.”
David: “Mother!”
Ruth: “I know, I know, I hate myself for even bringing it up.”
David: “Let me guess. She has a dowry that will save the farm.”
Ruth: “We are running out of options.”
David: “Mother, please. As poor as we are, love is one thing I can afford. I will find a way to save this farm, but I won’t do it by marrying for riches. When I marry, I want it to be because I choose to spend the rest of my life with someone I love.”
Ruth: “When are you going to learn? You can’t have everything.”
Rumpelstiltskin: (Appearing behind him:) “Oh, perhaps he can.” (Laughs.)

A Short While Later.
David:
“A twin brother? And you gave him to that man?”
Ruth: “We were poor. Barely surviving. And he came along with an offer. One of you for the farm.”
David: “Why didn’t you ever tell me?”
Ruth: “The deal forbade us from ever speaking of it. Your father regretted the decision the minute that man took your brother. He carried the guilt with him to his grave.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Hate to interrupt this tender moment. Time is of the essence.”
David: “Mother, wait in the house while I deal with this. (Ruth goes inside:) What do you want from me?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Oh, not me, dear. The King. He needs a prince to slay a dragon.”
David: “I’m not a dragon slayer.”
Rumpelstiltskin: “No, but your brother was. This new found kinship will be your salvation. Simply play the part. The King’s knights will take care of everything else. All you must do is deliver the dragon’s head to Midas.”
David: “What’s in it for you?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “What’s in it for me is my business. You should be asking yourself what’s in it for you. You do this, your poor mother, well, the King is going to make sure she never wants for anything ever again. Your farm will be saved, and you, should you survive, you shall come home the conquering hero! Now don’t tell me you don’t want that.”
David: “I don’t have a choice, do I?”
Rumpelstiltskin: “Oh, everyone has a choice, dearie. Just make sure it’s the right one.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Mary Margaret is reading a newspaper in Granny’s Diner.)
Dr. Whale: “I’m a hell of a doctor, huh? No way he wakes up on someone else’s watch.”
Mary Margaret: “Hello, Dr. Whale.”
Dr. Whale: “So, I heard that you resigned from the hospital. I hope it wasn’t because of me.”
Mary Margaret: (Confused:) “Why would it be because of you?”
Dr. Whale: “Well, our date. I never called you after. Yeah, I know, I know. It’s not classy, and I’m sorry, but if you could find a way to get over it, you know where to find me. Have a good day.” (Leaves.)
Regina: (Enters to diner:) “Ms. Blanchard, may I have a word?”
(Takes a seat across from her.)
Mary Margaret: “Of course.”
Regina: “I wanted to talk to you about my friend, Kathryn. But more specifically, I wanted to talk to you about her husband, David. You don’t belong together. He’s not yours. He’s taken. Find somebody else.”
Mary Margaret: “I haven’t done anything.”
Regina: “Really? So he just up and left his wife on a whim?”
Mary Margaret: “He did what?”
Regina: “You don’t know. (Mary Margaret shakes her head:) Well, I suspect you soon will, so listen carefully, dear. Because it’s in your best interest. Stay away. He’s in a fragile state. He doesn’t know who he is or what he’s doing, and you’re this close to wrecking multiple lives. So before you do something that can’t be undone, let him remember who he was.” (Leaves.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(David studies his reflection in a shield.)
King Midas: “There he is. Our savior. The man who is going to tear the dragon limb from limb. (David draws his sword:) You do this, and you’ll be a legend.”
(Walks away.)
Burly Knight: (Walking over:) “Here. Let me. You’ve fastened it wrong. (He properly fastens David's armor:) Here. Give me that.”
(The knight takes David’s sword.)
David: “Well, how will I fight? How will I protect myself?”
Burly Knight: “You won’t. You will stay outside the cave while we kill the dragon. If you don’t come out of this alive, Midas won’t give our kingdom any gold. You might have the title of hero, but not the job.”
(The dragon roars in the distance.)
Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The Burly Knight leads David and the other knights towards the dragon’s lair.)
Burly Knight: “The dragon’s lair is through there. You stay here. We’ll be back.” (He leads the knights into the cave. David waits outside with two other knights.)
David: “Did you know him well?”
Knight: “Who?”
David: “My brother. The Prince.”
Knight: “Yeah, we knew him. He was the bravest man I ever met.”
(From the cave, the dragon roars and exhales fire. Men scream.)
David: “They need our help.”
(He tries to run forward, but the knights hold him back.)
Knight: “We stay here. Our orders are clear.”
David: “People are dying!”
Knight: “Don’t move! Stay back!”
David: (Breaks free and runs toward the cave:) “Hey! (He pulls the Burly Knight out of the way:) Where’s your sword? (The dragon exhales more fire and men scream:) Stay here. (David tries to pick up a sword, but it is too hot and he immediately drops it. He runs between two rock faces, picking up the golden sword along the way, and the dragon tries to follow, but cannot fit through the gap:) You didn’t see that coming, did you?”
(David slices the dragon’s head off with the sword.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Mary Margaret is opening mail in her classroom at Storybrooke Elementary School.)
David: “Careful. Looks sharp.”
Mary Margaret: “You can’t be here.”
David: “I need to see you.”
Mary Margaret: “Tell me you didn’t leave your wife because of me. I do not want to destroy your marriage.”
David: “You’re not. It’s me. I don’t want to hurt her either. But the most hurtful thing to Kathryn would be me pretending. She needs someone to feel about her the way I feel about you.”
Mary Margaret: “I’m really trying hard to stay away from you. (She starts putting books on desks:) To do the right thing.”
David: “Why is that the right thing?”
Mary Margaret: “Because you already have a life.”
David: “With someone I didn’t choose. (The school bell rings and students begin to enter the class:) The man who chose that life, whomever married Kathryn is gone. The man here wants someone else.”
Mary Margaret: “You really have to leave me alone.”
(She starts pushing him towards the door.)
David: “Is that truly what you want?”
Mary Margaret: “Go.”
David: “Meet me tonight. At least think about it. I’ll be at the bridge where you found me at eight o'clock. Think about it until then and then decide. If you don’t show, I’ll know, and I’ll never bother you again. But if you choose this, if you choose us, you know where I’ll be.” (Leaves.)

Sheriff’s Department.
(Emma is looking through files at the Storybrooke Sheriff Department.)
Sheriff Graham: (Enters and holds out a box of donuts:) “Sometimes the cliches are true.”
Emma: “Okay. What do you want?”
Sheriff Graham: “There’s a darts tournament at The Rabbit Hole tonight and I thought maybe we could play as a team? I’ve never really had a deputy before so…"
Emma: “Does it look like I play darts?”
Sheriff Graham: “I think you could do anything when you put your mind to it.”
Emma: “Sorry boss, I have plans with Mary Margaret tonight. But, I will take a bear claw.” (Takes a bear claw from the box.)
Mary Margaret: (Rushes in:) “Emma, can I talk to you for a minute?”
Sheriff Graham: “I’ll just go patrol my office.”
Emma: “Thanks.”
(Graham goes into his office.)
Mary Margaret: “He left his wife. David! He left her! He left Kathryn!”
Emma: “Okay. Slow down.”
Mary Margaret: “He did it for me. He wants me to be with him. He wants me to meet him tonight.”
Emma: “That’s, uh…”
Mary Margaret: “I mean, I’m trying so hard to be strong, but he just keeps coming. I mean, how do I stop it? You know, how do I let him down? What would you do?”
Emma: “I’d go.”
Mary Margaret: “What?”
Emma: “Well, he left her. It’s one thing to say that he wants you, but it’s another to actually make a choice, and now he has. That’s all you can ask for.”
Mary Margaret: “Given her new friendship with Kathryn, I don’t think Regina would be happy.”
Emma: (With a mischievous smirk:) “All the more reason to do it.”
Mary Margaret: “Good lord. Is this really happening?”
Emma: “You tell me.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(In his room at Granny’s Bed and Breakfast, David paces. He looks out his window and sees that the clock tower reads 7:45.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In King Midas’ castle, King George and David present King Midas with the dragon’s head, which has been turned to gold.)
King George: “He has done it. Everything you asked for and more. My son battled the dragon and prevailed.”
King Midas: “Bring it to the palace. Put it between the chimera and the mapinguari.” (The knights carry the dragon head away.)
King George: (Whispering to David:) “We did it. We pulled it off.”
David: (Also whispering:) “Yes. Now how much longer before I can return home?”
King George: “That’s a discussion not for now.”
King Midas: “From this day forth, may that beast’s head be a reminder to us, of the valiant warrior who killed it. The bravest, most noble Prince I have ever met. You have earned my utmost respect.”
King George: “We treasure that respect, King Midas, just as we respect your treasure.”
King Midas: “Yes, yes. You were promised gold, and gold you shall have, but I did not get to where I am by thinking small. I stand before you now because I dared to dream big. I was not just looking for a dragon slayer. I was looking for the strongest warrior in the land, a hero. Someone who could unite the kingdoms. Someone I would be proud to call family. Bring her! (Princess Abigail enters the room:) Gentleman, may I present my daughter, Abigail? Beyond gold, beyond anything, I value her most. I promised her I would only give her hand in marriage when I could find a companion worthy of her, and now I have.”
Princess Abigail: “He killed the dragon? (King Midas nods:) I guess he’ll do.”
King Midas: “And so, Prince James, I offer you my daughter’s hand in marriage.”
David: “King Midas, I am humbled by your generous offer, but I can’t honestly say I’m-”
King George: (Cutting in, chuckling:) “My son. Always so humble. (He pulls David in and whispers in his ear:) If you say anything but yes, you will be responsible for the destruction of everyone and everything in our kingdom. You will marry this girl. Or I will kill you. I will kill your mother. I will turn that farm to ash. Do you understand me? I’ll take your silence for wisdom. Follow it. I know you’ll make the right decision.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(David walks along the sidewalk, looking at a map. He appears to be lost.)
Regina: “Mr. Nolan?”
David: “Oh!”
Regina: “Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I was just heading home from work and I saw you. Are you lost?”
David: “Yeah. Yeah, kind of. I’m looking for the toll bridge.”
Regina: “Ah, where you were found.”
David: “Yeah.”
Regina: “Trying to jog your memory?”
David: “No, I’m meeting someone.”
Regina: “So you made your choice.”
David: “Yes.”
Regina: “Well, I don’t suppose I can convince you to change your mind?”
David: “I can’t change what I feel.”
Regina: “No, of course not. Walk down the street to Mr. Gold’s pawnshop. You’ll find a fork in the road. Go left. It will take you to a hiking trail that leads directly to the bridge.”
David: “Thank you, uh, for understanding.” (Starts to walk away.)
Regina: “Good luck, David. I hope you find what you’re looking for.”
(David nods and jogs away.)

Toll Bridge.
(Mary Margaret waits for David at the toll bridge.)

Mr. Gold's Shop.
(David is searching for the toll bridge. He enters Mr. Gold’s pawnshop for directions.)
David: “Hello? Hello?”
(He spots the mobile that hung over Emma’s crib in the Enchanted Forest and goes over to look at it.)
Mr. Gold: “Charming.”
David: (Sees Mr. Gold:) “I’m sorry?”
Mr. Gold: “The mobile. Isn’t it charming? Exquisitely designed. Masterfully crafted. I could get it down if you like.”
David: “No, no, no. I mean, it’s very nice, but actually I’m looking for the toll bridge. The mayor said there was a fork in the road by your shop, but…”
Mr. Gold: “It seems Ms. Mills has led you astray.”
David: “Yeah. Yeah, you’d think the mayor would know her own town.”
Mr. Gold: “One would think. Out of the door, turn right, two blocks, you’ll find the trail. Can’t miss it.”
David: “Thank you.”
(He starts to leave but spots the windmill that used to be on the front lawn of his house.)
Mr. Gold: “See something you like?”
David: “Where did you get that?”
Mr. Gold: “That old thing? That’s been gathering dust for forever.”
David: (Spins the windmill:) “I think this belonged to me.”
Mr. Gold: “Really? Are you sure?”
David: “Yes. I remember.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(David rides a horse onto his mother’s farm.)
David:
(Dismounts the horse:) “Mother.”
Ruth: “Oh, you’re back. You’re alive.”
David: “Yes.”
Ruth: (Hugs her son:) “Oh. Oh.”
David: “I did it.”
Ruth: “Are you hurt? I’ve been so worried.”
David: “I’m fine, mother, really.”
Ruth: “Oh, look at you. Look at you. You… you look like a… like a… oh, you look like a Prince! Come inside, I’ll make us some supper. You should see the house, the farm. The king is going to take care of us. He’s already started. (She starts for the house but realizes that David isn’t following:) What? What’s wrong?”
David: “Midas wants us to unite the kingdoms. By marrying me to his daughter.”
Ruth: “What?”
David: “It makes the grain merchant’s dowry look like sheep dung.”
Ruth: “No. You were right to turn down that offer as you must this one too. Every day you’ve been gone has shown me it was shameful of me to ever encourage you otherwise. Your freedom to choose is more important than anything. I’ll give up the farm.”
David: “No.”
Ruth: “They can’t force you.”
David: “Yes they can, and because of our ruse Midas can never know who I am, which…”
Ruth: “We can’t ever see each other again.”
David: “Yes.”
Ruth: “Then don’t do it. Run away.”
David: “I can’t. They will kill you.”
Ruth: “I lose you either way. At least I’ll know you’ll be happy.”
David: “I already accepted Midas’s offer. I didn’t come here for advice, Mother. I came here to say goodbye. There was too much at stake. I couldn’t let the kingdom suffer on my account. I couldn’t let them hurt you. You know, you were right about one thing. I can’t have everything.”
Ruth: “Oh, my boy. My sweet, sweet boy. (She takes off her wedding ring:) Give this to your wife to be.”
David: “No, mother. I don’t love her. I don’t even know her. I can’t take this.”
Ruth: “Just because you don’t know her doesn’t mean you won’t grow to love her. True love follows this ring wherever it goes, my son. I had it with your father. I’ve had it as your mother. Now you will have it. Take it.”
David: “No. No.”
Ruth: (Puts the ring in his hand:) “Take it, and I’ll know, even if I never see you again, I’ll know you’ll find love. I’ll know you’ll be happy.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Mary Margaret waits for David at the toll bridge, twisting the same ring Ruth gave Prince Charming around her finger.)
David:
(Runs up to her:) “You came.”
Mary Margaret: “You sound surprised. In fact, you almost sound a bit disappointed.”
David: “I remember.”
Mary Margaret: “Kathryn?”
David: “Everything.”
Mary Margaret: “And you love her?”
David: “I don’t know. But I know I did. I remember how I felt, and I think I have to honor that.”
Mary Margaret: “And everything that you said to me-”
David: “Is true. I do have feelings for you. Intense feelings. Feelings I don’t quite understand.”
Mary Margaret: “You’re going back to her.”
David: “It’s the right thing to do.”
Mary Margaret: “The right thing to do was not to lead me on.”
David: “I know.”
Mary Margaret: “So you’ve made your choice.”
David: “I’m sorry.”
Mary Margaret: “That’s okay. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”
(Mary Margaret walks away, heartbroken
.)

The Mayor’s House. Bedroom.
(The sound of rustling sheets can be heard in the darkness. A moment later, a bedside lamp is switched on to reveal Regina Mills in her negligee, looking anxiously towards the door. Relaxing slightly she turns her attention back towards her companion who is currently jumping up and down, frantically trying to pull her jeans on.)
Regina: (Smirking:) “Having trouble, dear?”
Emma: (Whispering:) “Regina, this isn’t funny. If Henry finds us like this-”
Regina: “So, you’re ashamed of what we did?”
(The younger woman finishes buckling her jeans and looks over to see Regina drop her head and look away.)
Emma: “What? No, Regina… (Moving to sit beside the brunette on the bed:) I just think this’d be a lot to handle for a ten year old. Hey. (Reaching over to lift Regina’s face towards her, she sees the smirk clearly evident on the mayor’s face:) You’re messing with me?”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Of course I am, you idiot. I don’t want Henry finding out about us either. I mean can you imagine?”
Emma: (Nods:) “That’d be one awkward conversation.”
Regina: “And not one I intend on having in the middle of the night.”
Emma:
(Glancing at Regina’s cleavage:) “Especially when you’re wearing that.”
Regina: (Leaning forward:) “Not that you have any objections to it?”
Emma: “Me? No, Ma'am.”
Regina: “Good. Now come here. (Crooks a finger and Emma follows. They share a deep, long kiss:) Mm. That’ll be all, deputy.”
Emma: (Gets to her feet, holding her shoes in one hand and saluting with the other:) “Happy to be of service, Madam Mayor.”
(Regina watches as the blonde gathers up her jacket and heads quietly towards the door.)

Mayor’s House. Exterior.
(Emma is pulling on her jacket and walking away from the house when she senses something. Leaning against the bushes, she strikes the figure in the stomach as they walk by. The figure is Sheriff Graham.)
Emma: “Graham?”
Sheriff Graham: “This was your plans with Mary Margaret?”
Emma: “Er…Plans changed. Regina needed me to-”
Sheriff Graham: “Sleep with her?”
Emma: (Snaps:) “No.”
Sheriff Graham: “Then why were you sneaking out of the house? Surely Henry’s bedtime was hours ago?”
Emma: “I don’t owe you an explanation.”
Sheriff Graham: “Oh I think you do. I brought you on as my deputy to help keep Regina off the department’s back. Now she’s got you on yours.”
Emma: “Oh my god. (Dragging him away from the house:) Keep your damn voice down. I don’t care what you think you saw. It’s none of your damn business.” 
Sheriff Graham: (Staggers:) “I really think it is.”
Emma: (Smells his breath:) “Ugh, you’re drunk, Sheriff. Go home and sleep it off.”
(Emma walks away as Graham stares after her, an anguished expression on her face.)

Nolan House. Exterior.
(David rings the doorbell to the Nolan house. Kathryn answers the door.)
David: “You were right. I did hate that windmill out front.”
Kathryn: “You remember. (David Nods:) How much do you remember?”
David: “Enough. I know we weren’t at a good place when I left. I know you thought I was leaving you, but I wasn’t. I wanted to work things out, I just needed some time. Then I had my accident and got much more time than I expected. I’m sorry.”
Kathryn: “I’m sorry too.”
David: “I know we have work to do. Let’s see what happens.”
Kathryn: “I’d like that.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(David walks towards King Midas and King George with Princess Abigail.)
King Midas: “Let this mark the beginning of a new era, of a new kingdom, united and strong.”
King George: “An era of mutual prosperity.”
King Midas: “Abigail, James. As I stay to work out the particulars of our new land with King George, go to your new home at my palace. We’ll be along shortly. And the celebration will be beyond your dreams.”
Princess Abigail: “Thank you, Daddy. I trust that you know best.”
King George: (Leads David to the side:) “I’m glad you made the right decision, son.” (Holds out his hand to shake.)
David: (Shakes King George’s hand, reluctantly:) “Thank you, father.”
Princess Abigail: “Come. I’m tired of waiting.”
David: “Well, then our journey shall begin. I thought we might take the scenic route.” (Princess Abigail walks away.)
King George: “Smile, son. You’re on the road to true love.”  (David follows Princess Abigail.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White watches David and Princess Abigail’s carriage roll by from a tree.)
Princess Abigail: (To David:) “I told you the troll road would have been quicker. Are you even listening to me?”
Knight: “Halt! There’s something in the road.” (Snow White smiles.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Mary Margaret sits alone in Granny’s Diner. Dr. Whale enters and sits next to her.)
Dr. Whale: “Rough day?”
Mary Margaret: “Don’t feel like talking.”
Dr. Whale: “Come on. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone when you don’t give a crap what they think.”
Mary Margaret: (Looks at him then smiles despite herself:) “You ever walk into a situation where you know exactly what’s going to happen? And then you go into it anyway. And then when what you’re afraid of happens, you kick yourself because you should have known better. But that’s just who you are, so you keep punishing yourself.”
Dr. Whale: “No.”
Mary Margaret: “How do you do that?”
Dr. Whale: “By never doing what’s expected. It keeps life interesting. Can I buy you a drink?”
Mary Margaret: (Hesitates, then makes a decision:)  “You can buy me two.”

 

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Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner.
(Graham is playing darts by himself as Sidney Glass watches on.)
Sidney: “Nice shot, chief. I betcha 20 bucks you can’t do it again.”
(Ruby sidles up beside Graham with a tray of shots. The Sheriff takes one, downs it, then throws, hitting his target.)
Sheriff Graham: “Next round’s on him.”
(Emma appears from a back room.)
Ruby: “Emma, what can I get you?”
Emma: (Trying to avoid the Sheriff:) “Nothing. (She walks towards the diner exit. Turning, Graham throws a dart which embeds itself in the wall in front of Emma:) What the hell? You could have hit me.”
Sheriff Graham: (Walking towards her:) “I never miss. You’ve been avoiding me… since last night when I saw you …”
Emma: “Leaving the mayor? And, yes, that is a euphemism. I’m not avoiding you, Graham. I just have no interest in having this conversation.”

Granny’s Diner. Exterior.
(Emma leaves the diner and Graham follows.)
Sheriff Graham: “Why are you so upset?”
Emma: “I’m not upset!”
Sheriff Graham: “If that were true, you’d be at the bar with me having a drink and not running away.”
Emma: “It’s none of your business.”

Sheriff Graham: (Running after her:) “Can we please talk about this?”
Emma: “Why?”
Sheriff Graham: “I don’t know. Uh, maybe so I can understand what you feel.”
Emma: “You need analysis, go talk to Archie.”
Sheriff Graham: “I wanna talk to you.”
Emma: “Well, your prejudice is your problem, not mine.”
Sheriff Graham: “You don’t understand, I’m not judging you. I want to know what it’s like with her.”
Emma: “You’re sick!”
Sheriff Graham: “No, listen. I don’t feel anything. Can you understand that?”
Emma: “Well numbing yourself with alcohol will do that to you.”
Sheriff Graham: “Look, we’re all adults. You can do whatever you want.”
Emma: “Good, glad we agree.”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s just…”
(Graham moves forward and kisses Emma. Blurred impressions of a forest fill his mind's eye. A wolf with eyes of different colors - one red, the other one blue, appears briefly.)
Emma: (Pushing him away:) “What the hell was that?”
Sheriff Graham: “Did you see that?”
Emma: “How much have you been drinking? That was way over the line.”
Sheriff Graham: “I’m sorry. I just…?”
Emma: (Angrily:) “What? You what?”
Sheriff Graham: “I need to feel something.”
Emma: “Listen to me, Graham. You are drunk and lonely. I get it. But whatever it is you are looking to feel, I can tell you one thing. You’re not getting it with me.”

The Mayor’s House.
(Emma knocks on the door.)

Regina: (Opens the door:) “Emma.”
Emma: “Is Henry asleep?”
Regina: “Yes. Why?”
Emma: “We’ve got a problem.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(Snow White places a white rose on her father’s coffin. The Evil Queen watches her.)
Snow White: “Goodbye, father.”
Evil Queen: (Approaches, touching Snow’s shoulder:) “I’m so sorry, Snow.”
Snow White: “I loved him so much.”
Evil Queen: (Putting an arm around Snow:) “So did I dear. So did I. The loss I feel for my husband must be nothing compared to the loss you feel for your father. (Snow sobs:) If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I may only be your mother through marriage, but I’m here for you dear. Truly and forever.”

Dark Palace. The Evil Queen’s Chamber.
Magic Mirror: “Congratulations. Your revenge is almost complete.”
Evil Queen: “One down. One to go.”
Magic Mirror: “She has no idea, does she?”
Evil Queen: “That I’m responsible for his passing? She sought comfort with me. Sickening. I could have ended her miserable existence right there. Believe me, it was tempting.”
Magic Mirror: “It would have sated your soul.”
Evil Queen: “The kingdom is still loyal to her. They would turn on me. They don’t know the wretchedness inside her as I do. They don’t know what she did to me. We must be delicate in this next phase. Her demise must be handled with care.”
Magic Mirror: “Perhaps one of your knights, your Majesty.”
Evil Queen: “No. I need someone adept at murder. Bereft of mercy.”
Magic Mirror: “Someone with no heart.”
Evil Queen: “Now you understand.”
Magic Mirror: “Well, in that case you need a huntsman.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Forest.
(The Huntsman kills a stag.)
Huntsman: (Kneels beside the stag:) “You have died so that I may live. Forgive me. Your sacrifice is honorable. Thank you. (A wolf approaches him:) Don’t worry boy, you won’t go hungry tonight.”

Storybrooke. Present. Blanchard Loft.
Emma:
(Coming downstairs and noticing flowers on the kitchen table:) “Really?”
(Throws them into a garbage bin.)
Mary Margaret: “Oh. Hey. Wait, what are you doing?”
Emma: “If Graham thinks flowers will work on me -”
Mary Margaret: “No, those… were mine.”
Emma: “Oh. From David?”
Mary Margaret: “No. Dr. Whale.”
Emma: “Why would Dr. Whale - (Mary Margaret looks back at Emma:) Are you serious?”
Mary Margaret: “I know, it’s a disaster.”
Emma: “No. That’s amazing. You’re getting over David.”
Mary Margaret: “First of all, there’s nothing to get over. And second of all: just a one-night-stand.”
Emma: “Not according to those flowers.”
Mary Margaret: “Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have called him.”
Emma: “Oh my God. You called him? (Smirks:) That’s definitely not a one-night-stand.”
Mary Margaret: “Okay, I’m still learning. I- I never had one before. I felt guilty.”
Emma: “Why? There’s nothing wrong with what you did. Trust me, with men, one nighters is as far as I ever go.”
Mary Margaret: “That’s because you’re-”
Emma: “Because I’m what?”
Mary Margaret: “Never mind.”
Emma: “Yeah. Tell me. What do I do?”
Mary Margaret: “You’re just protecting yourself. With that wall you put up.”
Emma: “Just because I don’t get emotional with a man.”
Mary Margaret: “You don’t get emotional with a man? The floral abuse tells a different story.”
Emma: “What story is that?”
Mary Margaret: “The one that’s obvious to everyone - except apparently you. That you have feelings for Graham.”
Emma: (Laughs:) “Come on, you are way off here.”
Mary Margaret: “There’s that wall.”
Emma: “That’s not a wall.”
(Mary Margaret picks the flowers out of the garbage bin. She puts them into a vase.)
Mary Margaret: “Really?”
Emma: “The guy is my boss! And despite the fact that I have shown zero interest in him as a man, he drunkenly kissed me in the street! If that’s what you consider being cautious then-”
Mary Margaret: “Ok, ok, that’s true. But, Emma. That wall of yours, it may keep out pain. But it also may keep out love.”
(Takes the vase and leaves.)

In The Woods.
(Sheriff Graham rushes through the woods. A distant howl of a wolf can be heard. Then there is a sound of a shovel digging. Mr. Gold appears.)
Mr. Gold: “Good morning, Sheriff. Sorry if I startled you.”
Sheriff Graham: “Right. Sorry, I, I thought you were a wolf.”
Mr. Gold: (Grins:) “Did I forget to shave?”
Sheriff Graham: “What are you doing out here so early?”
Mr. Gold: “A spot of gardening. Yourself?”
Sheriff Graham: “I was looking for…”
Mr. Gold: “A wolf. Yeah, I think I’m beginning to catch on. You know, to the best of my knowledge there are no wolves in Storybrooke. Not the literal kind anyway. Why are you looking?”
Sheriff Graham: “You’ll think I’m crazy.”
Mr. Gold: “Try me.”
Sheriff Graham: “I saw one in my dreams and then I saw one for real. Just a few hours ago. Did you- Did you see anything unusual out there?”
Mr. Gold: (Looking closely at his shovel:) “I’m afraid not. I do wish I could be more helpful. (Walks past Sheriff Graham:) You know, Sheriff, they say that dreams (Pauses and turns around to face him:) dreams are memories (Pauses:) memories of another life.”
Sheriff Graham: “W- What do you believe?”
Mr. Gold: “I never rule out anything. Good luck, Sheriff. I do hope you’ll find what you’re looking for.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The Huntsman and the wolf who accompanies him are briefly seen walking in the woods. A short time later, the Huntsman and his wolf enter a tavern. A drink is placed in front of the Huntsman. The Huntsman throws a chunk of meat down to the wolf.)

Man 1: (Noticing:) “They’re letting animals in here now?”
Man 2: “This isn’t a slaughterhouse.”
Man 3: “Forget it. He might as well be one, too. I heard he was raised by ‘em.”
Man 4: “He does smell like 'em.”
Man 5: “Pathetic. I’ve heard he cries over his kills. You believe that?”
Man 2: (Approaching the Huntsman:) “Tell me, Huntsman: What kind of a man cries over an animal?”
Huntsman: “An honorable one.”
Man 2: “What do you know about honor?”
The Huntsman: “I have it. They have it. You don’t.”
Man 2: “Animals have it?”
The Huntsman: “They are pure of heart. Not selfish and self-serving like people.” (The wolf stands up and snarls.)
Man 2: “Tell him to stop threatening me. Because you know, what I do to pets that threaten me? I hang them on my wall.”
(He draws a knife. The Huntsman rises from his table and stabs the man’s shoulder. Man 2 falls to the ground with a groan.)
The Huntsman: “He’s not a pet.”
(Man 3 attacks the Huntsman. The Huntsman fights him off by throwing him against a mirror. The mirror’s glass breaks. Picking up a shard, the Huntsman turns to face another enemy. The frightened man turns and leaves. The Huntsman puts the shard down on the table, briefly reflecting in it.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen watches the scene in the tavern through a mirror.)
Evil Queen: “He’s perfect. Bring him to me.”
(A guard nods and leaves.)

Storybrooke. Present. In The Woods.
(Sheriff Graham still tries to track down the wolf. Distant howling can be heard again. Sheriff Graham catches a glimpse of the wolf’s fur. The wolf stands still for a moment and Sheriff Graham is able to face him.)
Sheriff Graham: “What do you want? (The wolf turns and trudges away:) HEY!”
(Graham whistles and the wolf turns and approaches him. Sheriff Graham rests a hand on the wolf’s head. The wolf looks at him.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Blurred Impressions Of A Forest .
(The Huntsman raises a knife. Snow White is with him, eyes widened with fear. The wolf who accompanied the Huntsman howls. The Evil Queen’s vault can be seen.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Sheriff Graham is in the woods. The wolf has disappeared. Sheriff Graham looks around confused and then heads back to town.)

Storybrooke Elementary School.
(School bell rings. Sheriff Graham enters Mary Margaret’s class.)
Sheriff Graham: “Mary Margaret, can I talk to you?”
Mary Margaret: “Graham, what’s the matter? Are you okay?”
Sheriff Graham: “I think we- I think we know each other.”
Mary Margaret: “Of course we do.”
Sheriff Graham: “No, no, no. Not from here. Not from Storybrooke.”
Mary Margaret: “From where then?”
Sheriff Graham: “Another life.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(The Huntsman enters the Evil Queen’s chambers.)
Evil Queen: “Do you have a name? Or shall I just call you the Huntsman? (The Huntsman remains silent. The Evil Queen rises from her chair:) You’re a tortured one, aren’t you, Huntsman? Is this because your parents abandoned you to the wolves?”
Huntsman: “Those weren’t my parents. All they did was give birth to me. The wolves are my family.”
Evil Queen: “Wolves, indeed. I always felt there were two kinds of people. Wolves and sheep. Those who kill and those who get killed. And you, Huntsman, you are most certainly a wolf.”
Huntsman: “Why am I here?”
Evil Queen: “I’d like you to kill someone for me. Can you do that?”
Huntsman: “I kill for me. Why would I do anything for you?”
Evil Queen: “Because I have so much to offer. A place at my court. You’ll become my official huntsman.”
Huntsman: “I’m not interested in being a pet. This place is a cage.”
Evil Queen: “You’d be awash in luxury. Wanting for nothing.”
Huntsman: “You’ve an army at your disposal. What do you need of me?”
Evil Queen: “My prey is beloved by all the kingdom. I need someone who won’t be blinded by that. Someone without compassion. Someone who’ll have no qualms carving a heart out and bringing it back for my collection.”
Huntsman: “That’s me.”
Evil Queen: “As I suspected. Now, tell me: What will it take? What do you want? There must be something.”
Huntsman: “Outlaw the hunting of wolves. They are to be left alone. They are to be protected.”
Evil Queen: “Simple enough.”
Huntsman: “So, who do you want me to kill?”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Elementary School.
(Mary Margaret’s classroom.)
Sheriff Graham: “Mary Margaret, how long have we known each other?”
Mary Margaret:
“I don’t know. A while.”
(They each take a seat opposite each other.)
Sheriff Graham: “Do you remember when we met?”
Mary Margaret: (Takes a moment to consider:) “No.”
Sheriff Graham: “Me neither. I can’t remember when I met you or when I met anyone. Isn’t that odd?”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know. I- I suppose. I think that’s just life. Things get hazy.”
Sheriff Graham: “Have I ever hurt you?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh Graham, no. Of course not. What is going on?”
Sheriff Graham: “Do you believe in other lives?”
Mary Margaret: “Like heaven?”
Sheriff Graham: “I mean like past lives?”
Mary Margaret: “You’ve been talking to Henry.”
Sheriff Graham: “Henry?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, he has this book of stories. He has been going on about how he thinks we are all characters from them. From another land. We’ve forgotten who we really are. (Sees Graham considering this:) Which, of course, makes no sense.”
Sheriff Graham: “Right. No, of course.”
Mary Margaret: (Moves closer to him, touching his forehead:) “Graham, you’re burning up. Go home and get some rest. I think you’ll feel much better after you’ve had some sleep.”
Sheriff Graham: “Right, you’re absolutely right. I’m sorry to disturb you. Thank you.”
Mary Margaret: “Of course.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White and the Huntsman are in the woods.)
Snow White: “You know, when I was a little girl, the summer palace was my favorite place. The mountains surrounding it felt like a cradle. They always made me feel safe. I look forward to returning to it now. Stuffy in there? (The Huntsman takes off his helmet:) Here.”
(Offers him an apple and takes one herself.)
Huntsman: “No.”
Snow White: “You’re not a knight, are you?”
Huntsman: “What makes you say that?”
Snow White: “Without fail, every one of my father’s men has offered me condolences. Except you.”
Huntsman: “Please accept my condolences.”
Snow White: “And they all know how to wear armor. She picked you to take me. Why?”
Huntsman: “I think you know.”
Snow White: “You’re going to kill me.”
Huntsman: “You have good instincts.”
Snow White: “And you have too much armor.”
(Snow picks up a large branch from the ground and hits the Huntsman with it. Then she runs off as the Huntsman gives chase.)

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Emma is at the station. She places a file on Graham’s desk and picks up a dart. She throws it, aiming at the dart board but misses it. Emma goes to pick up the darts as Regina walks in.)
Regina: “Our taxes always hard at work, I see.”
Emma: “Funny. Graham isn’t here. I assume he took a sick day, considering.”
Regina: “Hm, so he’s had a reprieve, for now.”
Emma: “A reprieve? Regina, tell me you didn’t come here to fire Graham?”
Regina: "He assaulted you, Miss Swan, what would you have me do?”
Emma: “He was drunk, it won’t happen again.”
(Emma turns and walks back toward her desk. Regina follows.)
Regina: “Inebriated or not, he still put his hands on you.”
Emma: “I can handle myself, Regina.”
Regina: “I don’t doubt that, dear. But isn’t it more fun when I handle things for you?”
(Emma turns to catch Regina checking her out.)
Emma: (Smiles:) “Are you flirting with me in the Sheriff’s office?”
Regina: “I’m not not flirting with you. (Returns the smile:) But as Regina Mills, not as Mayor.”
Emma: “There’s a difference?”
Regina: “Oh yes, Deputy Swan. A distinct difference indeed. You see as a private citizen, I can openly flirt with whomever I wish. However, as the Mayor, there must be separation.”
Emma: “A wall, between your personal and professional life?”
Regina: “Precisely.”
Emma: (Smiles and rolls her eyes:) “You should speak with Mary Margaret. She thinks I have a wall around me.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “That’s because that woman has no boundaries to speak of.”
Emma: “Hey. That’s a little unfair.”
Regina: “What would you call sneaking around with a married man?”

Emma: “Whoa, wait a minute. I don’t want to get put in the middle of whatever you two have got going on. I know you have history and… I don’t wanna pick sides.”
Regina: (Takes a breath:) “Of course, I’m sorry. That’s not why I came here.”
Emma: (Sits to perch on her desk:) “So why did you?”
Regina: “I wanted to discuss our next step. Whether Graham stays on as Sheriff or not, he’s still a threat.”
Emma: “A threat?”
Regina: “To both of us. To Henry. I don’t want my son hearing rumours about his mother’s personal life, do you?”
Emma: “Of course not.”
Regina: “So we need to come up with a way to convince Graham that what he thinks is happening between us is all in his head.”
Emma: “And how do you propose we do that?”
Regina: “Well, (Leans in close:) I don’t know about you, but my best ideas tend to come to me when I’m naked. (Emma gulps:) So why don’t you go and lock up the station for lunch and meet me back here in that cell?”
(Emma nods mutely and watches as Regina walks past her, headed towards the empty jail cell.)

Mills House. Exterior.
(Graham rings the doorbell at the Mills House. Henry answers the door.)
Henry: “Hey, Sheriff. My mom’s not here.”
Sheriff Graham: “Actually, uh, I’m here to see you, Henry. I was hoping you could help me.”
Henry: “Help you with what?”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s about your book. Am I… in it?”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White rests in the forest, writing a letter. The Huntsman catches up with her.)
Huntsman: “I hunt you, yet you stop to compose a letter? I will never understand your kind.”
Snow White: “I don’t know these woods. You’re obviously a skilled hunter - you’ll find me. No matter what I do, I know how this ends.”
Huntsman: “Yes.”
Snow White: “There’s one thing I ask that you do after you kill me. Please deliver this to the Queen.” (She hands the letter to him.)
Huntsman: “Your tricks won’t work on me.”
Snow White: “It’s not a trick. Please, give it to her. Tell her I mean every word.”
(He takes the letter and begins to read it. He takes his knife out of his pocket as he draws closer to her. He lifts the knife high but then swings to cut a piece of stalk off a plant and drills a hole along it.)
Huntsman: (Hands it to her:) “Sound this when you need help.”
Snow White: (Confused:) “What?”
Huntsman: “It’s a whistle. It will bring you aid. You’ll be lead to safety. Now go, run.”
Snow White: (Tears flowing:) “I don’t understand. You’re not going to kill me?”
Huntsman: “Run!”
(Snow takes off and runs as fast as she can.)

Storybrooke. Present. Mills House.
(Sheriff Graham and Henry look over the book in Henry’s bedroom.)
Henry: “When did your flashes begin?”
Sheriff Graham: “Right after I kissed Emma.”
Henry: (Frowns, grossed out:) “You kissed my mom? What did you see?”
Sheriff Graham: “A wolf. I saw that I had a knife in my hand and I was with Mary Margaret.”
Henry: “Were you about to hurt her?”
Sheriff Graham: “Yes! How’d you know that?”
Henry: “Because Mary Margaret is Snow White. Which makes you the Huntsman.”
Sheriff Graham: “So you really think that I could be another person?”
Henry: “Makes total sense. You were raised by wolves. That’s why you keep seeing one. It’s your friend, your guide. It’s trying to help you.”
Sheriff Graham: “I’m remembering this because I kissed your mother? H-How is that possible?”
Henry: “Well, you two do have a special connection. She owes you her life.”
Sheriff Graham: “How?”
Henry: “Snow White’s her mother. And you spared her. If you hadn’t, my mom wouldn’t have been born.”
Sheriff Graham: “W-what happened after I spared Snow White?”
Henry: “The Queen took your heart. She ripped it out. It’s kind of her thing. She never wanted you to be able to feel ever again.”
Sheriff Graham: “Let me see the book. (Henry hands him the book and he turns to a page with the Evil Queen in front of her vault:) What’s that? I saw that too. The wolf was howling at it.”
Henry: “That’s her vault. That’s where she put your heart.”
Sheriff Graham: “The wolf wants me to find it. Thank you Henry.”
(He runs out.)

Mills House. Exterior.
(Emma waits for Graham just outside the Mills House.)
Emma: “Hey! I hear that you’re having a rough day.”
Sheriff Graham: “Who says?”
Emma: “Pretty much everyone. Maybe you need to go home and get some rest.”
Sheriff Graham: “I’m fine.”
Emma: “No, Graham. You’re not fine. You just went to see a 10-year-old for help.”
Sheriff Graham: “He seems to be the only one making sense.”
Emma: “What’s going on? What’s… really going on?”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s my heart, Emma. I need to find it.”
Emma: “Okay. So how are you going to do that?”
Sheriff Graham: “I just need to follow the wolf.”
Emma: “What? What wolf?”
Sheriff Graham: “From my dreams. He’s gonna help me find my heart.”
Emma: “I’m sorry. I… thought we were talking in a metaphor here. You really think that you don’t have a heart?”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s the only thing that makes any sense. It’s the only thing that explains why I don’t feel anything.”
Emma: “Listen to me, Graham. You have a heart. I can prove it. (She places her hand on his chest to feel a beat:) See, it’s beating. It’s real. (She grabs his hand and places it on his chest:) Feel that? That is your heart.”
Sheriff Graham: “No. It’s the curse.”
Emma: “You can’t really believe that’s true.” (She stops mid-sentence.)
Sheriff Graham: “What?”
(He looks behind him and there’s the wolf. He looks back at Emma and then goes after it. Emma follows.)

Graveyard.
(Graham and Emma end up chasing after the wolf into the Storybrooke Graveyard.)
Emma: “Graham. Graham be careful!”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s my friend. It won’t hurt us.”
(The wolf howls. Emma doubts the wolf’s friendliness. The wolf continues to run and they follow. They lose the wolf but Graham notices a familiar vault.)
Emma: “What is it?”
Sheriff Graham: “It’s my heart. It’s in there. I have to look in there.”
Emma: “Oh, no. Stop, stop.”
Sheriff Graham: “I have to get in there. Please.”
Emma: “Graham, come on. You really think that you’re heart is in there. (He nods:) Okay. Let’s find out. (Emma attempts to open the door but it’s locked:) Come on!” (She kicks it open and they enter.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(A guard escorts the Huntsman to the Evil Queen’s chambers.)
Guard: “Wait here.” (He leaves.)
(The Evil Queen enters.)
The Huntsman: (Notices her black clothing:) “I see you’re still in mourning.”
The Evil Queen: “The time for mourning is over. I simply found that black suits me. Now, tell me, is Snow dead?”
The Huntsman: “The young girl’s heart as you requested. (He indicates a bag hanging over his shoulder. The Evil Queen takes a step forward in order to grab it but the Huntsman pulls the bag out of her reach:) First, there’s something I must do.” (He takes out a letter.)
The Evil Queen: “What’s this?”
The Huntsman: “The girl wanted you to have it.”
The Evil Queen: “Read it to me.”
The Huntsman: “Dear Stepmother, (As he continues reading, his voice is replaced by Snow White’s:)
Snow White: By the time you read this I will be dead. I understand that you will never have love in your life because of me. So it’s only fitting that I’ll be denied that same joy as well. For the sake of the kingdom, I hope my death satisfies your need for revenge, allowing you to rule my father’s subjects as they deserve, with compassion, and a gentle hand. I know what you think you’re doing is vengeance, I prefer to think of it as sacrifice, for the good of all. With that in mind I welcome the end. I want you to take my last message to heart. I’m sorry, and I forgive you.”
The Evil Queen: (Taking the letter, she walks over to the fireplace:) “Don’t tell me you’re becoming a sheep.” (She throws the letter into the fire.)
The Huntsman: “She put others before herself and yet, you hate her. What did she do to you?”
The Evil Queen: “I shared a secret with her, she couldn’t keep it and that betrayal cost me dearly. (Turning around:) Now, show me her heart! (Taking his bag she walks into a neighboring room. Carefully she places the heart inside a casket. The Evil Queen then approaches a wall of her vault made up of drawers:) It should open. (Angrily she takes the heart out of the casket. Then she walks back towards the Huntsman:) This isn’t her heart! This isn’t a human heart! What did you do?”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Graveyard. The Crypt.
(Sheriff Graham scours the room for his heart. There’s a sarcophagus standing in the middle of the room. The inscription reads ‘Henry Mills. Beloved father’.)
Sheriff Graham: “It’s got to be in here. Somewhere. (He scans the walls:) There’s got to be a hidden door. A lever. (He tries to open an urn:) Something.”
Emma: “Graham. Hey, Graham. There’s nothing in here.”
Sheriff Graham: “There has to be. If there isn’t, then-”
Emma: “It’s okay. It’s going to be okay.”
Sheriff Graham: (Grabbing her by the shoulders:) “You warned her, didn’t you? You knew I’d be coming here.”
(Coming from the entrance, a voice is calling out to Emma and Graham.)
Regina: “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Emma: (Gently shrugging Graham’s hands off her, walks to the door. To Regina:) “What are you doing here? How did you find us?”
(Emma and Sheriff Graham exit the crypt.)
Regina: “Sidney Glass told me.”
Sheriff Graham: (Steps closer:) “A likely story. Where is it?”
Regina: “Where’s what? What were you looking for?”
Sheriff Graham: “You know what. Where have you stashed it?”
(Emma and Regina exchange worried looks.)
Regina: (To Graham:) “You don’t look well, dear. So I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and let you go home and rest.”
Sheriff Graham: “Regina, I don’t want to go home. I want what belongs to me.”

(Sidney Glass arrives, slightly out of breath.)
Regina: (To Sidney:) “He’s worse than you described.”
Sheriff Graham: “What’s going on?”
Sidney: “I’ve been following you since last night. A drunk Sheriff running around town abusing women and (Indicating the tomb:) vandalising private property? Why, it’s the biggest scoop I’ve had in months!”
Sheriff Graham: “Oh, I see what this is, you’re all in this together. Well if you want a scoop, Sidney, I’ll give you one.”
Emma: “Graham.”
Sheriff Graham: (Points back and forth between the two women:) “These two are lovers. (At Sidney’s shocked expression:) Yeah. (Points to Emma:) I caught this one leaving the Mayor’s house two nights ago.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “That’s preposterous.”
Sheriff Graham: “Saw it with my own eyes.”
Emma: (Sighs:) “What you saw… was me sneaking out of the house after spending time with Henry. It’s the only way we could find time to be together.”
Regina: (To Emma:) “Oh really? So you’re seeing my son without my consent?”
Emma: “That’s right, sister, get over it.”

Regina: “How dare you! Sneaking around behind my back, filling my son’s head with your lies.”
Emma: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the problem isn’t with me, but with you?”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “Excuse me?”
Emma: “Henry came and found me. He was miserable. Maybe, Madam Mayor, you need to take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why that is.”
Regina: (Anger flares behind her eyes, Emma having touched a nerve:) “Watch it, Miss Swan. If you keep coming after everything I hold dear I swear I’ll…”
Emma: (Moving closer, challenging:) “You’ll what? Why is everyone running away from you?”
(Regina punches Emma in the face, who then falls into Graham.)
Sheriff Graham: “Regina! (Emma recovers from the attack and punches Regina back in the face. Emma grabs Regina and pushes her against the side of the crypt. Sidney also enters the fray and tries to split them up:) Stop! Stop! Stop!”
(Finally, as the two men manage to separate them, Emma gives Regina a quick, uneasy glance which Regina answers with an almost imperceptible nod.)
Emma: (Reassured, straightens up:) “Not worth it.”
(Sheriff Graham approaches the mayor then turns away to follow Emma.)

(Regina stands touching her face as Sidney offers her his handkerchief.)
Sidney: “I saw everything Madam Mayor, you were provoked, I’ll be a witness and testify as much.”
Regina: (Considers the man beside her then answers:) “No, I don’t think that’ll be necessary, Sidney. But thank you.”
Sidney: “Anything you need, I swear it will be done.”
Regina: “Just… I need you to go back to my house and stand guard. Who knows what Miss Swan might be planning. I’ll join you shortly, I need to make sure my father’s tomb is all right.”
Sidney: (Doffs his hat:) “As you wish, Madam Mayor.”
(He leaves as Regina turns and heads toward the crypt.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Sheriff Graham has prepared an ice pack and hands it to Emma.)
Sheriff Graham: “I don’t know what came over me. I kind of lost my mind.”
Emma: “It’s okay. You were tired. And feverish.“
Sheriff Graham: (Preparing iodine in order to apply it to Emma’s wound. He stops to look at Emma:) “I don’t know why I let myself get caught up like that.”
Emma: “Trust me, there’s been times when I’ve wanted not to be able to feel things. (Graham walks over to Emma. Gently, he wipes clean Emma’s cut. Emma winces:) Felt that.”

Storybrooke Graveyard. Mills’ Crypt.
(Regina enters. She then places flowers on the coffin. Regina pushes the sarcophagus aside revealing a staircase. Regina descends the stairs.)

The Enchanted Forest Past. Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen and the Huntsman are in the smaller room with the wall of drawers. She slams the heart down onto the pedestal.)
Evil Queen: “Did you think you can fool me with the heart of a stag? (Trying to retreat, the Huntsman takes a step backwards. She waves her hand and the doors to the room shut:) You’re not going anywhere.”
The Huntsman: “She doesn’t deserve to die.”
The Evil Queen: “That’s not up to you. I wanted a heart, and a heart I shall have.”
(The Evil Queen magically sticks her hand through the Huntsman’s chest. When she draws back, his heart is in her hand.)
Huntsman: “What… What are you going to do to me?”
Evil Queen: “You’re now mine, my pet. (She walks over to the wall of drawers and holds up the heart. A drawer pops out containing a casket:) And this is your cage. From this moment forward, you will do everything that I say. And if you ever disobey me, if you ever try to run away, all I have to do is squeeze. (The Evil Queen squeezes the heart in her hand and the Huntsman doubles over in pain:) Guards! (Two guards enter the room and grab the Huntsman by the arms.) Your life is now in my hands – forever. Take him away.”
(The guards take the Huntsman with them. The Evil Queen puts his heart in the box and closes the drawer.)

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Graveyard. Mills’ Crypt.
(The staircase is leading into a vault. One wall completely consists of drawers. Regina walks up to the wall in search of a particular drawer. Pressing her hand to it, the drawer opens. It contains a casket. Carefully, Regina opens the casket. It is revealed that it contains an enchanted heart.
)

Storybrooke Sheriff's Department.
(Sheriff Graham still attends to Emma’s wound.)
Sheriff Graham: “All better.”
Emma: “Yeah. (As Graham stares at her:) What?”
(Graham slowly leans in, kissing Emma. The kiss causes Sheriff Graham to remember the events of his life in the Enchanted Forest.)
Emma: (Pushing him away gently:) “No, look Graham I… (Looking at him questionably:) Graham?”

Storybrooke Graveyard. Regina’s Vault.
(Regina takes a closer look at Sheriff Graham’s enchanted heart.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
Emma: “You okay?”
Sheriff Graham: “I remember.”
Emma: “Graham?”
Sheriff Graham: “I remember.”
Emma: “You remember what?”
(Graham slowly approaches Emma. He cups her face with his hands.)
Sheriff Graham: “Thank you.”
(Emma gives him a smile.)

Storybrooke Graveyard. Heart Vault.
(Finally, Regina decides to squeeze the heart.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Sheriff Graham doubles over in pain and falls to the ground.)
Emma: “Graham! Graham! Graham!”
(Shaking him, Emma tries to rouse the unconscious Sheriff.)

Storybrooke Graveyard. Heart Vault.
(After crushing the heart, Regina cleans her hands of the remaining dust.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Sobbing, Emma is still trying to wake the Sheriff.)
Emma: “Graham! Graham! Come on, Graham! Graham!”

 

Chapter Text

Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor’s House. Afternoon.
(The curtains twitch, then part to reveal Emma Swan, who looks anxiously out of the window.)
Regina: (From across the room:) “Looking for peeping toms?”
Emma: (Rolls her eyes and steps away from the window:) “I’m looking to see if anyone’s sent out a search party. Seeing as both the Deputy and the Mayor have been MIA since this morning.”
Regina: (Whilst zipping up her dress:) “Will you relax? You said it yourself that it’s been slow at the Sheriff’s office.”
Emma: “Yeah, but I still feel responsible, being the only one who works there now.”
Regina: (Adjusting herself whilst looking in the mirror:) “Not to speak ill of the dead but, had the man not died, I’d have fired Graham by now anyway.”
Emma: (Chiding:) “Regina…”
Regina: (Turns to her:) “No, I mean it. The man was an erratic mess towards the end. Not to mention my lip has only just healed from that punch you threw.”
Emma: (Defensively:) “Hey, you were the one who struck first.”
Regina: “Well, (Turns back to the mirror bending low to run her hands through her hair:) I had to make it look good.”
Emma: (Staring at the brunette’s backside as she bends forward:) “Oh, you make it look good all right.”
Regina: (Straightens, turns and smiles:) “You, Miss Swan, are incorrigible. (Glances at her watch:) Now I have to get back to the office, I suggest you do the same.”
Emma: (Nods:) “Do you mind if I take a shower first?”
Regina: (Raises an eyebrow, indicating her clothes:) “Now you tell me.”
Emma: “Oh please. If we showered together, Henry wouldn’t get picked up from school till it was dark outside.”
Regina: (Smirks:) “Good point. Very well, don’t dawdle and make sure you’re gone before Henry and I get back.”
Emma: (Grabs Regina’s arm:) “Hey, you’re not the boss of me.”
Regina: (Leans in:) “Oh I think we both know that’s not true, dear.”
(Regina smiles and pulls Emma in for a smouldering kiss.)

Dark Star Pharmacy.
(Henry Mills is reading a comic book, ‘Wolverine vs Hulk’, when Ava Zimmer suddenly approaches him.)

Ava: “What are you reading?”
Henry: “The Hulk versus Wolverine.”
Ava: “I’m Ava. I think I’ve seen you around school. You’re in Miss Blanchard’s class, right?”
(Henry smiles and nods his head while Nicholas Zimmer comes near.)
Nicholas: “Almost ready, Ava?”
Ava: “This is my brother Nicholas.”
Nicholas: “Hi. (Henry then smiles to him:) Come on, let’s go.”
Ava: (To Henry:) “You wanna come hang out?”
Henry: “Sure.” (Picks up his backpack and follows Nicholas with Ava. Nicholas prepares to pull the handle of the door to leave when the pharmacy’s owner, Mr. Clark, pushes back the door.)
Mr. Clark: “Where the hell do you think you’re going? Achoo! (Pointing to Henry:) Open up your bag.”
Henry: “What?”
Mr. Clark: “Don’t think I didn’t see you rob me. (Ava and Nicholas exchange a glance:) Open your bag.”
Henry: “But, I didn’t take anything.”
Mr. Clark: (Grabs Henry’s bag and takes out some chocolate bars from it:) “And a liar, too.”
Henry: (Turns to Ava:) “That’s why you were talking to me. So your brother could put the stuff in there.”
Mr. Clark: “Henry, I’m shocked.” (Turning to Ava and Nicholas:) And you two, just who do you think you are?”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Forest.
(A woodcutter cuts down a tree.)
Woodcutter: (To his daughter, Gretel:) “A fine specimen, the wood it provides will keep our family’s hearth warm this winter.”
Gretel: “Can’t I have an axe?”
Woodcutter: “Huh?”
Gretel: “You did say you wanted me here so I can help.”
Woodcutter: “That I did. So, here’s your task: take the cart, go fill it with kindling. The drier, the better.”
Gretel: “Okay.” (Walks away.)
Woodcutter: “And, have your brother accompany you.”
Gretel: “Okay.” (Takes the cart and leaves.)
Woodcutter: “Wait! (Walks over to Gretel and puts a compass around her neck:) Take this.”
Gretel: (Smiles:) “Your compass?”
Woodcutter: “So you won’t get lost. A family always needs to be able to find one another.”
Gretel: “Yeah.”
Woodcutter: “Okay?”
Gretel: “Okay.”
Woodcutter: “Go. Be safe.”
(Hansel and Gretel set off.)

Another Part of the Forest.
(Gretel carries some twigs to the cart while Hansel is playing with his sling.)
Gretel: (To Hansel:) “It’s getting late. We should go.”
(Hansel is still toying with his sling so Gretel takes it away.)
Hansel: “Hey! Give it back! Come on, Gretel, give it back.”
Gretel: “No, Hansel, we need to get back to father.”
Hansel: “Fine.”
Gretel: (Taking up the compass:) “Follow me.”
(Hansel pushes the cart and follows Gretel. A short time later, they return to where the woodcutter cut down a tree earlier that day. The woodcutter is not there.)
Gretel: “This is where we left him.”
Hansel: “So why isn’t he here?”(They run around that area.)
Gretel: “Father?”
Hansel: “Father!”
(A sound emerges and they run towards the source.)
Hansel and Gretel: “Father! Father!”

On The Road.
(The woodcutter is nowhere to be seen. Gretel turns back and bumps into a horse with the Evil Queen’s guard on it. Gretel falls and the compass in her hand is smashed. A guard grabs them and takes them to meet the Queen.)
Evil Queen: “What are you doing in my forest?”

Storybrooke. Present. Dark Star Pharmacy.
(Mr. Clark is talking to Regina Mills about her son’s actions.)
Mr. Clark: “I’m sorry, madam mayor, but your son was shoplifting.”
Regina: (Turns to Henry:) “Were you?”
(Henry shakes his head.)
Mr. Clark: “Well, look for yourself.”
(Mr. Clark points to a bench, on which are Henry’s backpack and some goods taken from it.)
Regina: (Takes a look at the goods:) “My son doesn’t eat candy. And he knows better than to steal. (Takes Henry’s backpack and zips it:) It was obviously those two. We’re going.”
(Regina and Henry begin to leave the pharmacy as Emma enters.)
Henry: “Emma!”
Emma: “Henry. What happened?”
Regina: “Miss Swan, it’s all taken care of.”
Henry: (Confused, to Regina:) “Hey, isn’t that your shirt?”
(Regina looks to Emma and sees that the Deputy is indeed wearing her blouse.)
Emma: (Thinking quickly:) “Someone called the Sheriff’s office.”
Regina: “Oh, of course. Go on, do your job. (Emma walks past Regina who shakes her head:) Take care of those miscreants.”
(Henry and Regina leave the store.)

Emma: (To Mr. Clark:) “Did you call their parents?”
Mr. Clark: “Uh, the number they gave me was disconnected.”
(Mr. Clark walks away to leave Emma to talk with Ava and Nicholas.)
Emma: “Did you guys give Mr. Clark a fake number? (Ava and Nicholas shake their heads:) Then why is it disconnected?”
Ava: “'Cause our parents couldn’t pay the bill.”
Emma: (Picking up a box of toothpaste they planned to steal:) “You guys are just trying to help out, huh?”
Ava: (Nods:) “Please, please don’t arrest us. It will just make things worse for our parents.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. On The Road.
(Hansel and Gretel answer the Evil Queen.)
Gretel: “Please forgive us. We didn’t mean to bother you. We’re just... we just lost our father.”
Evil Queen: “Two helpless children, lost and alone, a family torn asunder. Such a sad and moving story. (Turning away:) Guards, (Gretel prepares to take out the sling:) seize them.”
Gretel: (Takes out the sling:) “Hansel, run!”
(Hansel runs away. Gretel throws a stone at a guard with the sling and follows Hansel and runs away. The guard draws his sword but is stopped by the Evil Queen.)

In The Forest.
(Hansel and Gretel continues running. The Evil Queen appears in a cloud of purple smoke and blocks Hansel and Gretel’s way.)
Evil Queen: (Laughs:) “Running from me is foolish. (Giggles. Hansel and Gretel continue to run but are caught by some tree roots controlled by the Evil Queen’s magic. They fall onto the ground and are unable to move. Walking towards them:) Foolish, but also brave. And that bravery, may just have saved you and your family’s lives.” (Removes the roots with her magic.)
Gretel: “You’re, you’re letting us go?”
Evil Queen: “Oh I am doing so much more than that. (Hansel and Gretel get up:) I am going to find your father.”
Hansel: “You are?”
Gretel: “Why?”
Evil Queen: “Because you two, are going to do something for me.”
Gretel: “And then, you’ll take us home?”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma has driven Ava and Nicholas home.)
Emma: “This it?”
(Ava nods. All three of them unfasten their seat belts. Emma opens her car door and prepares to get out of the car.)
Ava: “Please, no. If our parents see you, they’ll be so embarrassed.”
Emma: (Closes the car door:) “Did Henry tell you about my superpower?”
Ava: (Shaking her head:) “We just met him.”
Emma: “I have the ability to tell when anybody is lying. Tell me the truth, money problems aside, is very thing okay at home?”
Ava: “Yeah, we’re great. Can we go?”
Emma: “Alright.”
(Ava and Nicholas get out of the car. Emma starts the engine and watches Ava and Nicholas go up the stairs. Ava and Nicholas stop at the door seeing that Emma has driven off.)
Ava: (To Nicholas:) “She’s gone. We’re good.”
(They go down the stairs, to the backyard climbing over a fence and get into the house’s storeroom, which they have been living in. Nicholas sits on a bed and Ava puts the food they got into a cupboard. Suddenly, they hear some noise coming from the house. They follow the noise and enter the house through a trapdoor. Suddenly, Emma appears behind them.)
Emma: “Why did you guys lie to me? (Startled, they turn to face Emma:) Where are your parents?”
Ava: “We don’t have any.”

Blanchard Loft.
(Ava and Nicholas are having meal while Emma and Mary Margaret talk.)
Emma: “Do you know them? Do they go to your school?”
Mary Margaret: “I’ve seen them, but I had no idea, none of us did.”
Emma: (Reading from a profile:) “Ava and Nicholas Zimmer. So their mother was a woman named Dory Zimmer. She died a few years ago. (Mary Margaret shakes her head:) No one seems to know her or remember her.”
Mary Margaret: “And the father?”
Emma: “There isn’t one, at least not one that they know.”
Mary Margaret: “What does, uh, what does social services say? (Emma pauses:) You didn’t report them.”
Emma: (Whispers:) “I report them, I can’t help them. They go into the system.”
Mary Margaret: “The system that’s supposed to help.”
Emma: “Yeah, says the woman who wasn’t in it for sixteen years. Do you know what happens? They get thrown into homes where they’re a meal ticket, nothing more. These families get paid for these kids and as soon as they’re too much work, they get tossed out and it all starts over again.”
Mary Margaret: “But then not all are like that.”
Emma: “All the ones I was in.”
Mary Margaret: “What, we’re just gonna adopt them?”
Emma: “I want to look for their father. They don’t know him. He may not know they exist.”
Mary Margaret: “And you think if he knows, he’ll want them.”
Emma: “I don’t know. But what I do know is that it’s hard enough finding foster families to take one kid that isn’t theirs, let alone two. It’s the best shot, or…”
(Ava suddenly comes up behind Emma.)
Ava: (In tears:) “…we’re gonna be separated?”
Emma: “No, that’s not gonna happen.”
Ava: “Please, please don’t let it.” (Looks to her brother then back to Emma.)

Hall Of Records.
(A middle-aged male is working behind his desk when Emma approaches.)
Emma: “Excuse me, Mr. (Seeing the nameplate ‘Mr. Krzyszkowski’:) Ku-sas-ki?”
Mr. Krzyszkowski: “It’s Krzyszkowski. Everyone calls me ‘K’.”
Emma: “Mr. K, I am deputy sheriff Swan. I’m hoping to look at the birth certificates of Ava and Nicholas Zimmer.”
Mr. Krzyszkowski: “Well, just (Takes out three forms:) fill out these forms, in triplicate.” (Stamps all three forms.)
Emma: (Takes the forms cautiously:) “Okay.”
Mr. Krzyszkowski: (After searching from a drawer:) “I am so sorry. Those documents have been recently removed.”
Emma: “By who?”

Regina’s Office. Town Hall.
(Emma asks Regina about the birth certificates.)
Regina:
“Don’t worry, Miss Swan, you can relax. I’ve contacted social services. Turns out these kids are on their own. They need help.”
Emma: “Which is exactly what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to find their father.”
Regina: “Well, (Reaches for and hands Emma the file:) he doesn’t exist.”
Emma: “He has to.”
Regina: “Of course, biologically, he exists. But there’s no record of him, which means we have no choice. These children need a home, so they will be put in the foster system.”
Emma: “Storybrooke has a foster system?”

Regina: (Walks around her desk towards her drinks table:) “No, but I have contacted the state. Maine’s group homes unfortunately are filled. But they put us in touch with two homes in Boston. A boys home and a girls.”
Emma: (Following:) “They’re separating them?”
Regina: “I don’t like it either. But we’ve got no choice.”
Emma: “No, I promised them they wouldn’t be separated.”
Regina: (Watches Emma a moment, softly:) “Emma, I know you had a terrible experience with the foster system and I’m sorry for that. But our hands are tied, we have to let social services handle this.”
Emma: “Regina, they must have a father. If you can give me just a little more time there’s a chance I can find him.”
Regina: “Emma…”
Emma: “You’ve said it yourself that people can get lost in Storybrooke! If I could find him, there’s hope that he can take the kids. I don’t want Ava and Nicholas to go through what I did.”
Regina: (Sighs, relenting:) “All right, deputy. I’ll give you till the end of the day to find their father.”
Emma: (Hopeful:) “Really?”
Regina: “But if you fail you must take them to the group homes in Boston.”
Emma: (Nods then turns to leave but stops and turns back:) “You knew I’d never call social services myself, didn’t you?”
Regina: (Puts her drink down and walks closer:) “I knew making that choice would be tough for you, given your history. (Sighs:) And, seeing as my son and most of this town sees me as the villain, I thought I may as well play the part.”
Emma: (Softens:) “I’m gonna find their father and make sure neither of us have to be the bad guy.”
(Emma turns and leaves the mayor’s office. Conflicted, Regina watches her go before picking up her drink once more.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(The Evil Queen is leading Hansel and Gretel somewhere.)
Evil Queen: “What is that?”
Gretel: (Holding her compass:) “My father’s compass. He gave it to me so I can find him. But now it’s broken.”
Hansel: “When are you gonna tell us where we’re going?”
Evil Queen: (Slowing down:) “This is close enough.”
Gretel: “Close enough to what?”
Evil Queen: (Turns to Hansel and Gretel:) “The home of the Blind Witch.”
(Hansel and Gretel exchange a glance.)
Gretel: “That doesn’t sound good.”
Evil Queen: “She has something of mine and I need you to get it back.”
Gretel: “What is it?”
Evil Queen: “Something I need to defeat a very wicked and powerful enemy. It’s kept in a black leather satchel inside her house.”
Gretel: “Well, why don’t you get it yourself? How come you need us?”
Evil Queen: “Because the house is protected by magic. I can’t enter. But luckily the spell doesn’t work on children. You’ll have to wait here until nightfall, and then once the witch is asleep, you can sneak in.”
Gretel: “And if we do this, you promise you’ll find our father?”
Evil Queen: “Oh, indeed I will. (Gretel nods:) But there’s one more thing. The witch’s house is, unique. And because of this, you have to take special precaution once you’re inside.”
Gretel: “Like what?”
Evil Queen: “No matter what you do, no matter how you’re tempted, don’t eat anything.”
(The Evil Queen pushes away a leafy branch and a gingerbread house is revealed.)

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Henry enters while Emma is searching for information about Ava and Nicholas’ father.)

Henry: “Any luck?”
Emma: “No.”
Henry: “I know who they are. (Lays the storybook on the desk:) Brother and sister, lost, no parents. (Opens the book to the correct page, turns it toward Emma:) Hansel and Gretel.”
Emma: (Smiles:) “Anything in there about the dad?”
Henry: “Just that he abandoned them.”
Emma: “Right, sounds like a familiar story. Whoever this guy is, he could be in Laos by now.”
(Emma walks over to the filing cabinet. Henry follows.)
Henry: “No, he’s here.”
Emma: “Just how do you know that?”
Henry: “'Cause no one leaves Storybrooke. No one comes here, no one goes. It’s just the way it is.”
Emma: “I came here.”
Henry: “Because you’re special. You’re the first stranger here, ever.”
Emma: (Takes out a file from a drawer:) “Right, I forgot. Well, if he’s around here anywhere, I’m gonna find him.” (Sits behind a desk.)
Henry: (Sitting on the desk:) “Can, you tell me about him?”
Emma: “I don’t know anything yet.”
Henry: “Not their father, mine. (Emma looks up:) I told you about your parents, now you’re even living with your mom.”
Emma: “Mary Margaret isn’t… she’s… never mind.”
Henry: “Please.”
Emma: (Turns to Henry:) “I was pretty young. I just got out of the foster system and the only job I could get was like, this 24-hour diner, just off the interstate. And um, your dad was training to be a fireman. He always got the worst shifts. So he’d come in and order coffee and pie, and sit at the counter and always complain that we didn’t sell pumpkin pie. But he always come back the next day anyway.”
Henry: “Did you get married?”
Emma: (Laughs:) “No, nothing like that. We just, we hung out a few times outside of work, and life happened. His got better and mine, got worse. I got into some trouble. When I found out I was pregnant with you, (Henry smiles:) I tried to contact him. (Leaning forward:) And I found out, that he died saving a family from a burning apartment building. So, you think I am the savior, Henry. He was. Your father was a real hero.”
Henry: “Do you have anything of his? Something you can remember him by. (Leaning back:) Something I can see.”
Emma: “I, I don’t. (Suddenly realize something:) Henry, I’m sorry. I gotta go. I may know how to find this guy.”
(Emma stands up and leaves. Henry gets off the desk.)

Blanchard Apartment.
(Ava and Nicholas are eating cookies when Emma comes in, holding a box.)

Emma: “I want to show you guys something.”
(Emma takes out a blanket from the box.)
Nicholas: “What’s that?”
Emma: “It’s my baby blanket, something I’ve held onto my whole life. It’s the only thing that I have, from my parents. I’ve spent a lot of time with a lot of kids in your situation. And all of them, all of us, we hold onto stuff. I want to find your father, but I need your help. Is there anything of his, you’ve held onto?”
Ava: “I might have something. But if I give it to you, you’ll make sure we stay together, right?”
Emma: “Right.” (Puts away her baby blanket. Ava takes out a compass and gives it to Emma.)
Emma: “A compass?”
Ava: “Our mom kept it. She said it was our dad’s.”
Emma: “Thank you.” (Prepares to leave.)
Ava: “Did you find them?”
Emma: “Who?”
Ava: “Your parents.”
Emma: “Not yet. But I’m gonna find yours.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Gingerbread House.
(Hansel and Gretel prepare to go inside. Gretel puts her compass inside her clothes. Hansel gets some cream from the wall with his finger and wants to taste it, but is stopped by Gretel. They climb inside through a window and arrive at a room with a table full of candies and cakes.)
Hansel: (Whispering:) “How can you be sure she’s sleeping?”
Gretel: “I can’t. And remember what the Queen said? Not even a lick.”
(Hansel sees that the Blind Witch is sleeping on a chair near the fireplace.)
Hansel: “You’re right, (Pointing to the Blind Witch:) look.”
Gretel: (Pointing to somewhere near the Blind Witch:) “And there’s the satchel.”
(They approach the satchel.)

Hansel: “What do you think is inside it?”
Gretel: “It doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting it to the Queen so she can find father.”
(Gretel walks past the Blind Witch to the satchel. At the same time, Hansel picks up a cupcake and looks back to Gretel. Gretel stops when the Blind Witch suddenly snores but continues on after that. After successfully retrieving the satchel, Gretel returns to Hansel as he takes a bite of the cupcake. Gretel stops Hansel from continued eating, but the Blind Witch has already awakened. Hansel and Gretel suddenly notice that there are many human bones in front of the fireplace so they run towards the doors. The doors slam shut as the witch uses her magic to trap them. As they run towards the windows, the windows are also closed before they reach them.)
Blind Witch: “I smell dinner.”
(Hansel and Gretel look at each other in fright.)

Storybrooke. Present. Mr. Gold’s Pawnshop.
(Emma enters while Mr. Gold is cleaning an oil lamp.)

Mr. Gold: “Emma, how lovely to see you. (Puts down the lamp:) I’m flattered to take time off your busy schedule for me. What can I do for you, sheriff?”
Emma: “Deputy.”
Mr. Gold: “Of course, my mistake.”
Emma: (Puts the compass on the table in front of Mr. Gold:) “I’m looking for information on this old compass. Any idea where it could’ve come from?”
Mr. Gold: (Picks up the compass:) “Well, well, look at the detail. You know, this is crystal. This jewelled setting. Despite the rather unfortunate shape it’s in, this is actually quite an unusual piece. (Puts the compass down to the table again:) The person who owned this obviously had great taste.“
Emma: “And where would someone like that buy it?”
Mr. Gold: “Right here, of course.”
Emma: “You know it?”
Mr. Gold: “Indeed. Piece like this is difficult to forget.”
Emma: “Do you happen to remember who bought it?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, I’m good with names, Miss Swan, but (Walking to another side of the shop:) maybe not that good. However, as luck would have it, I do keep quite extensive records. (Opens a drawer and searches in it:) And, yes, (Takes out a white card:) here we are.”
(He then holds the card and says nothing.)
Emma: (Understanding what Mr. Gold wants:) “What’s your price?”
Mr. Gold: “Forgiveness.”
Emma: “How about tolerance?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, that’s a start. The compass was purchased by Mr. Michael Tillman.”
Emma: “Anything else?”
Mr. Gold: “Just a name. But I generally find that’s all one needs. (Emma nods then turns and walks towards the door:) Good luck with your investigation.”
(Emma looks back then continues to walk. At this time, the card Mr. Gold took out is shown to be blank.)

Michael’s Automobile Repair Shop.
(Michael is reading the file about Ava and Nicholas that Emma gave him.)

Michael: (Gives the file back to Emma:) “Not possible.”
Emma: “Actually it is.”
Michael: “Sorry. But Dory, she wasn’t my, my… It was just once.”
(Michael turns back and resumes tending to a car.)
Emma: “Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Michael: “I met her when I was camping. And, we um… No, it’s not possible. I don’t have twins.“
Emma: “Yes, (Michael turns his head and looks at Emma:) you do. You have twins that have been homeless ever since their mother passed away. Your twins have been living in an abandoned house (Michael continues working on a car:) because they don’t want to be separated from each other. Your twins are about to be shipped off to Boston, unless you step up and take responsibility for them.”
Michael: “Look, I can barely manage this garage. I can’t manage two kids. (Walks back to his working table:) Why are you so sure they are mine?“
Emma: (Taking out the compass:) “Besides the timing? Have you ever seen this?“
Michael: (Walks towards Emma and receives the compass:) “I lost this.”
Emma: “Let me guess, twelve years and nine months ago? (Michael looks up:) I know it’s a lot, believe me, I know. A month ago, a kid showed up on my doorstep I gave up for adoption, asking for help with… something. I ended up moving here for him.”
Michael: “I heard about that. It’s the mayor’s son. But staying in town is, a lot different from taking him in.”
Emma: “I don’t have my kid, because he already has a home. They don’t. Those kids did not ask to be brought into this world. You brought them into this world, you and their mother. And they need you. If you choose not to take them, you are going to have to answer for that every day of your life. And sooner or later when they find you, because believe me they will find you, you are going to have to answer to them.”
Michael: (Pauses for a while:) “I’m really sorry, I am. (Puts the compass back into Emma’s hand:) I don’t know anything about being a dad. If it’s a good home you’re looking for, it’s not with me.”
(Michael walks into a back room and shuts the door.)

Blanchard Apartment.
(Mary Margaret, Henry, Ava and Nicholas are having fun while Emma calls and Mary Margaret picks up the phone.)
Mary Margaret: “Hello.”
Emma: “Hey, it’s me. I need you to come outside right away.”
Mary Margaret:
“Is everything okay?”
Emma: “Don’t say anything to the kids, but no, it’s not.”
(Mary Margaret turns to take a look at the kids, who are all smiling.)

On The Street.
(Emma is talking to Mary Margaret.)
Emma: “He doesn’t want the kids.”
Margaret: “And you don’t want to tell them.”
Emma: “I can’t. Because all I’ll be telling them is that false hope I gave them is exactly that.”
Mary Margaret: “The truth can be painful, Emma, but it can also be cathartic.”
Emma: “I agree on the painful part.”
Mary Margaret: “Hey, look, you told Henry the truth that his father is dead and he’s handling it great.”
Emma: “I didn’t tell him the truth.”
Mary Margaret: (Confused:) “What?
Emma:
“Henry’s father was no hero and trust me, he does not need to know the real story. Maybe we can hide the kids, just until we can find a family for them, someone to take care of them.”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, hiding a twelve-year-old is a good plan(!)”
Emma: “You have a better idea?”
Mary Margaret: “Emma, maybe there isn’t an idea, maybe you just have to…”
Regina:
(Suddenly approaching from behind:) “Deputy, shouldn’t you be on the interstate?”
Emma: “What are you doing here?”
Regina: “Seeing to it that you do your job.”
Emma: “You know that you don’t need to check up on me. I know what I have to do.”
Regina: “Really? Because those kids are supposed to be in Boston tonight.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Gingerbread House.
(Hansel and Gretel are put inside a metal cage.)
Blind Witch: (Locks the gate and tries to grab a child with her hand between the metal bars:) “Where are you? (Touches Hansel’s arm:) Oh, yes, nice and tender. Succulent roast you’ll make.”
(The Witch walks to the oven and feels the temperature of it.)
Hansel: (To Gretel:) “God, she’s going to cook me. We gotta do something quick!”
Gretel: “Stay calm. When she opens the cage, don’t try to fight. (The Blind Witch walks to a table and cuts some ingredients:) Then you must grab the keys in her pocket and toss them to me through the bars.”
(The Witch puts down a knife and walks back to the cage.)
Hansel: “She’s coming. She’s coming. I can’t do it. I’m gonna die.”
(Gretel pushes Hansel out of the way, wanting to replace him.)
Blind Witch: “Gravy or butter? Which shall it be? (The Blind Witch reaches for a child through the bars and touches Gretel. Gretel steps on Hansel's foot so that he makes a noise. Thinking there’s a fat boy for dinner, the Witch opens the gate and pulls Gretel out:) Come with me, little boy. (Gretel gets out and the Witch locks the cage again. Gretel takes the keys from the Witch and throws them to Hansel. Hansel opens the gates and escapes. The Witch is tying Gretel’s hands up while Hansel goes up the stairs to try to find a weapon. He finds a cane but trips over when getting down the stairs. Hearing Hansel, the Blind Witch turns to him:) Gravy or butter? Gravy or butter? (She hurls Gretel to the front:) How should I baste you? (Hansel tries to hit the Witch with the cane but she uses magic to fling the cane out of Hansel’s hands. Hansel wants to step back from the Witch but he’s reached the wall already.) Butter it is. Time to cook.”
(The Witch grabs Hansel and he tries to fight. Gretel unties her hands and pushes the Witch onto the tray for baking. Hansel and Gretel push the tray into the oven and close the oven door.)
Hansel: “Right, Gretel, lock her in.”
Blind Witch: “Let me out! (Hansel gets back the satchel and they escape through the door:) Let me out! You come back right now! Let me out! Don’t leave me here. Let me out!”

Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen watches the Blind Witch through the Magic Mirror. Then she hurls a fireball at the oven through the magic mirror and the Blind Witch screams in pain.)
Evil Queen: “I would’ve gone gravy.”

Dark Palace. Night.
(Hansel and Gretel arrive with the satchel.)
Evil Queen: “My dear children, were you successful in your task?”
Gretel: “Yes, your majesty. Though we were almost made into dinner.”
Evil Queen: “Oh, how barbaric. (She signals to the guard behind Hansel and Gretel and the guard leaves:) Now, if I could have my satchel. (Gretel hands the satchel to the Evil Queen:) I’ve waited a very long time for this. Let’s hope you didn’t let me down. (Puts her hand in the satchel and takes out an apple:) Oh, you did it.”
Gretel: “Yeah, we did.”
Evil Queen: “You’ve got a strong heart, girl. (Reaching to Gretel’s chest:) You remind me of myself at your age.”
Hansel: “We did all that, for an apple?”
Evil Queen: “Oh, trust me, dear boy, this is not just an apple. It’s a weapon, (Walks to her dressing table:) a weapon for a particular and devious enemy. One who’s still under the illusion, (Puts the apple into a small chest:) that she’s safe.”
Gretel: “Whatever your plan is, we did what you asked. Now you have to keep your promise and find our father.”
Evil Queen: (Walking back to Hansel and Gretel:) “Of course, to reunite your family so you can live happily ever after. You were left alone in the woods. You deserve better than a father who’d abandon you.”
Gretel: (Sadly:) “But he is all we have.”
Evil Queen: (Bends down:) “Perhaps it doesn’t have to be.”
Gretel: “What do you mean?”
Evil Queen: “You and your brother have impressed me. You aren’t the first boy or girl that I’ve sent into that sticky, sweet house. But you are the first to emerge. And as a reward, I’ve decided to invite the two of you to live with me, here.”
Hansel: “You mean, that we get to live in a castle?”
Evil Queen: “Yes, you would have your own rooms of course, personal carriages, valets, too. All of your dreams could come true.”
Gretel: “No. We want our father back. He would never abandon us. (The Evil Queen starts to get angry:) And even if he did, we would never want to live with someone as terrible as you.”
Evil Queen: “Is that so?”
Gretel: “Yes. We’re going to find him, with or without your help. And when we do, we’re going to prove you wrong.”
Evil Queen: “We’ll see about that.”
(The Evil Queen conjures a black smoke that envelops Hansel and Gretel.)

Storybrooke. Present. On The Street.
(Emma tells Ava and Nicholas to get into her car while Regina and Henry watch them.)
Emma: “Come on. It’s gonna be… (Takes out the compass and gives it back to Ava:) Here. I’m sorry. We gotta go.”
(Ava and Nicholas get into the car in silence. Emma shuts the door with anger.)
Regina: (To Henry:) “Let’s go, Henry.”
(Henry shakes Regina’s hand off his shoulder and runs to the car’s driving seat.)
Henry: (Through the window to Emma:) “No, you can’t take them. They can’t leave Storybrooke, Emma, they can’t. Something bad will happen.”
Emma: “Something bad has already happened.”
(Emma starts the engine and drives off. Regina watches with a mischievous smile on her face.)

In Emma’s Car On The Way To Town Border.
(Emma is driving and Ava and Nicholas sit
in the back. The car suddenly becomes shaky and eventually stops.)
Emma: “You gotta be kidding me.”
Ava: “What happened? What’s wrong?”
Emma: “Engine stalled.” (Takes out her cell phone.)
Ava: “Who’re you calling?”
Emma: “Help.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen is looking at Snow White through the magic mirror.)
Evil Queen: “Now she’s cavorting with dwarves? When did that happen?”
Guard: “Your majesty, the prisoner you requested is here.”
Evil Queen: “Bring him in.”
(Clears the image on the mirror. The prisoner is brought in, turns out he’s the Woodcutter.)
Woodcutter: “I demand to be released. My children are in that forest that you took me from, alone. They could be in great danger.”
Evil Queen: “Yes, I know all about your children. That compass you gave sweet little Gretel. Well, I’m afraid it didn’t help her find you now, did it?”
Woodcutter: “Tell me where they are!”
(The Woodcutter attempts to get close to the Queen but is restrained by a guard.)
Evil Queen: “Gone. I told them you abandoned them, leaving nothing but a compass to find their way. But I didn’t bring you here to answer your questions. You’re here to answer mine. (Walks close to the Woodcutter:) I offered your children everything, whatever their hearts desire, and they still chose uncertainty because of their blind faith in you. Tell me why. Why did your children refuse me?”
Woodcutter: “Because we’re a family. And a families always find one another.”
Evil Queen: (Pauses for a while:) “Release him.”
Woodcutter: “You’re letting me go?”
Evil Queen: “You can all be together as a family as soon as you all find one another.”

The Infinite Forest.
(Hansel and Gretel are lying on the ground.)
Gretel: (Wakes up and sits straight:) “Hansel, wake up. (Shakes Hansel’s shoulders:) Hansel. (Hansel and Gretel stand up:) She let us go.”
Hansel: “I’m scared.”
Gretel: “Don’t be. Everything will be fine.”
(Gretel holds up her compass and smiles. Then she holds Hansel’s hand and they find their way together.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma’s car is stopped and Emma waits outside the car. Ava and Nicholas stay in the car.)
Ava: (Noticing that the compass’ needle moves:) “Nicholas, look!”
(The needle points to the back of the car so they turn and look through the back window and see a car approaching. The car stops and Michael Tillman steps out.)
Michael: (To Emma:) “Those are them?”
Emma: “Those are them.”
Michael: “And the car? It’s fine?”
Emma: “I just wanted you to see them, just once. I didn’t think I could do it either. I gave up Henry ‘cause I wanted to give him his best chance. When I saw how much he wanted me around, I couldn’t leave. I was just as scared, more, probably. But once I saw him, got to know him, I couldn’t go back.”
Michael: (Walking near the car to his children:) “You’re taking them? To Boston?”
Emma: “I don’t have to.”
Michael: (Looking back to Ava and Nicholas:) “No, you don’t have to.”
(Michael walks to the car and Ava lowers the window. Emma smiles with joy.)

Blanchard Apartment.
(Mary Margaret is folding clothes on her bed when Emma enters.)

Mary Margaret: “Hey, what happened?”
Emma: “Their dad, he showed up, changed his mind.” (Lies on the bed.)
Mary Margaret: “Changed his mind? Just like that?”
Emma: “He might’ve had a little nudge.”
Mary Margaret: “They found their father. That’s great.”
Emma: (Sits up:) “I wonder what that would be like.”
Mary Margaret: “Maybe you’ll find out. You can’t give up.”
Emma: “I don’t know. I kinda think giving up might be the best plan. I think I need to let go.”
Mary Margaret: “No, you don’t.”
Emma: “Really? If they wanted to know me, they wouldn’t make it so hard to look.”
Mary Margaret: “Maybe. But maybe there’s other reasons, maybe there’s an explanation.”
Emma: “If there is it’s something crazy, something even crazier than Henry’s theory.”
Mary Margaret: “Yeah, what’s Henry’s theory?”
Emma: “Well, that my parents put me in a magical wardrobe, and sent me to this world to save them.”
Mary Margaret: “Ohhh, and who does he think they are?” (Chuckles.)
Emma: “Well, for one, you.”
Mary Margaret: “Me?”
Emma: “Well, Snow White.”
Mary Margaret: “Snow White has a kid?”
Emma: “Apparently that book you gave him, not exactly the stories in the most traditional sense.”
Mary Margaret: “I have a kid. You’d think I’d remember that.”
Emma: “Yeah, you’d think.”
Mary Margaret: “You do kind of have my chin.”
(They share a smile.)
Emma: “I think I need to go get some air. (Gets off the bed and walks out of the room, Mary Margaret also follows after folding all the clothes:) I’m gonna go think.”
(Takes a manila envelope from the box that contains her baby blanket.)
Mary Margaret: “If you’re gonna be back late, I can wait to eat with you?”
Emma: “No, don’t do that.”
Mary Margaret: “I’ll leave you leftovers.”
(Emma is grabbing her keys when Mary Margaret catches sight of Emma’s baby blanket.)
Mary Margaret: “What a pretty blanket!”
Emma: (Turns back:) “Thanks, goodnight.”
(Emma leaves and closes the door. Mary Margaret slowly picks up the blanket and sniffs it. Then puts it back in embarrassment.)

Outside The Mills House.
(Emma leans on the police cruiser with Henry, outside the Mayor’s house.)
Henry: “What you did, with Ava and Nicholas, you really are changing things.”
Regina: (Standing by the pathway to the house:) “Indeed you are, Deputy Swan. Come on, Henry, go upstairs and get ready for bed.”
(Henry jumps down from the hood as Emma rolls her eyes at Regina.)
Emma: “Henry?”
Henry: “Hm?”
Emma: “About your dad…”
Henry: “Yeah?”
Emma: (Hesitates:) “I’m glad that I told you.”
Henry: (Smiles:) “Me too. (They hug. Regina watches with an unreadable expression on her face. As they part:) See ya, Emma.”
(With that, Henry turns and runs up the path back inside the house. There’s an awkward silence as the two women find themselves alone once more.)
Regina: “Congratulations, Deputy.”
Emma: “This wasn’t about me or scoring points. I wasn’t going to let those kids go into the system if there was anything I could do about it.”
Regina: “I admire your resolve. (Glancing back towards the open door:) Well, goodnight, Miss Swan.”
Emma: (Taking a step forward:) “Regina, wait. I wanted to… these past couple of days have brought up a lot of issues from my past and it hasn’t been easy for me.”
Regina: “I realise that, you don’t have to explain.”
Emma: “No, but I want to. I guess I need you to know that I’m not going anywhere. And I know in the past when I’ve said that, you’ve taken it as a threat but that’s not what I mean. Whatever happens between you and me and this secret relationship we’ve got going, I will always be there for Henry.”
Regina: (Watches the woman across from her for a long moment before responding:) “Considering how hard you fought to keep one family together, coupled with how passionate you are in other areas of your life… (The women share a smile:) I would expect nothing less.”
Emma: “I’m glad we understand each other.”
Regina: “Not completely, my dear, but… I’m getting there.”
(The two women begin moving closer to each other but stop when Emma notices the curtains twitching in Henry’s room.)
Emma: (Smirks:) “Ah. We’re being watched.”
Regina: “Shame. (Extends her hand:) Goodnight, deputy Swan.”
Emma: (Takes it:) “Night, Madam Mayor.”
(They shake hands then go their separate ways. Henry, watching from his window, frowns in confusion.)

 

Chapter Text

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin is sitting at his wheel spinning as Baelfire enters.)
Baelfire: “Papa, Papa! They’ve come for Morraine.”
(Rumplestiltskin grabs his cane and he and Baelfire leave the hovel.)
Morraine’s Father: “No! No! Please!”
Morraine’s Mother: “No. Don’t take her! No. You can’t take her. She’s my baby. Don’t take my baby.”
Hordor: “Nonsense. She is a fine, strong girl. She’ll make a fine soldier.”
Morraine’s Father: “It’s a mistake. She’s turning fourteen. ONLY FOURTEEN.”
Hordor: (To the gathered crowd:) “AT THE ORDERS OF THE DUKE! The Ogre Wars have taken their toll this season. More troops will turn the tide.”
Baelfire: “They lowered the age again, Papa.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I know.”
Hordor: “Take her. She’ll ride with me.”
Morraine’s Mother: “No!”
Morraine’s Father: “No, you can’t have her.”
(Morraine’s Mother tries to attack Hordor with a knife. The Dark One strangles her and the father using magic. She is forced to stop.)
Hordor: “The Dark One seems to think I can.”
(He and Morraine leave on horseback.)
Baelfire: “My birthday is in three days. They’ll come for me in three days.”
Rumplestiltskin: “We’ll find a way. We’ll find a way.”
Morraine’s Mother: (Whines:) “No!”

Storybrooke. Present. Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer.
(Mr Gold sits in his back room as the door bell rings. Emma Swan enters the shop.)

Emma: (From the shop:) “Gold? You in here?”
Mr. Gold: (To himself:) “Well, it is my shop…”
(Emma enters the back of Gold’s shop. She smells something unpleasant.)
Emma: “Whoa! What is that?”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, this is lanolin, used for waterproofing.”
Emma: “Smells like livestock.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, it is the reason why sheeps wool repels water.”
Emma: “It stinks! Uhm. If there was a reason why you called the Sheriff’s department. If you wanna talk about that quickly or… outside.”
Mr. Gold: “Yes. (Stands up, coming around his table:) I just wanted to express my condolences, really. The sheriff was a good man. You’re still wearing the deputy’s badge? (Emma looks down surprised:) Well, he’s been gone for two weeks now. Someone’ll have to wear the real badge.”
Emma: “Yeah, I guess… I was waiting for the autopsy results. I’m just not in a hurry. So, uhm… thank you for the kind words.”
(Prepares to leave the shop.)
Mr. Gold: (Following:) “Indeed. I have his things.”
Emma: (Turning around startled:) “What?”
Mr. Gold: “The sheriff. He rented an apartment that I own. Like you, I wanted to know the official cause of death before clearing it out. Another reason for my call really, I wanted to offer you a keepsake.”
Emma: “I don’t need anything.”
Mr. Gold: “As you wish. I’ll give them to Mayor Mills. Seems like she was the closest thing he had to family.”
Emma: “Not sure about that.”
Mr. Gold: “No love lost there, I see. Look, I saw how you reunited that family, it was remarkable. You really should take something. (Picks up the Sheriff’s jacket:) His jacket?”
Emma: (Shaking her head:) “No.”
Mr. Gold: (Continues his thought as he shuffles through the box of Graham’s belongings:) “That’s why I nominated you. (Brings a radio set out of the box:) Your boy might like these, don’t you think? You could play together.”
Emma: (Shakes her head again) “I don’t… nominated me for what?”
Mr. Gold: “For Sheriff of course.”
Emma: (Confused:) “I assumed being deputy made me-”
Mr. Gold: “Sheriff by default? No, I’m afraid not. But now that you’ve been officially nominated, things should start moving in that direction. (Holds up the radios again:) Please, they grow up so fast.”
Emma: (Taking them:) “Thanks.”
Mr. Gold: “You enjoy those with your boy. The time together is precious, you know. (Emma looks at him questionably:) That’s the thing about children: Before you know it, you lose them.”

Henry’s Castle.
(Emma approaches Henry who is sitting atop the play area.)
Emma: “Brought you something. Thought we could use them together for Operation Cobra.” (Sitting down beside him.)
Henry Mills: (Moping:) “Thanks.”
(Emma nudges Henry with her shoulder.)
Emma: “Oh, come on. What’s up? You’ve been ducking me all week.”
Henry: “I think we should stop Cobra stuff for a while. You don’t play with the Curse. Look what happened to Graham.”
Emma: “Henry, I told you they did an autopsy. It was totally natural causes.”
Henry: “Okay, whatever! You don’t believe? Good. That should keep you from messing with it. And getting killed.”
Emma: “You’re worried about me?”
Henry: “She killed Graham because he was good. And you’re good.”
Emma: (Sighs:) “Henry I want you to answer me honestly: Has your mom ever harmed you in any way?”
Henry: “She put me in therapy!”
Emma: “Well yeah, but I mean besides that. Has she ever hit you or abused you, thrown you down the stairs?”
Henry: “What? No, she’s my mom.”
Emma: “Have you ever seen her be remotely violent towards anyone before?”
Henry: “No, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t. She always manages to get her own way. Everyone’s afraid of challenging her. Good always loses. Because good has to play fair. Evil doesn’t. She’s evil.”
Emma: “Henry, your mom isn’t evil. She’s just… determined.”
Henry: “Fine. This is probably best. I don’t wanna upset her any more.”
(Henry hands back the radio set to Emma and leaves the playground castle.)

Mr. Gold’s Shop.
(Sitting behind a desk, Mr. Gold watches the flame of a lighter. Regina enters the shop and he puts the flame out.)
Mr. Gold: “Regina. (Smiles. Regina flips the sign on the door to the ‘Closed’ side. Mr. Gold stands up:) Shall I remove some things? Make a bit of space for your rage?”
Regina: (Walking towards him:) “I’ve just received your formal request to nominate Miss Swan for Sheriff.”
Mr. Gold: “Ah yes, lovely girl, she’ll do a fine job.”
Regina: “You know I can’t let this stand.”
Mr. Gold: “And why not? She’s practically sheriff now anyway.”
Regina: “There is no reality in which I can allow anyone you approve of to wield that kind of power.”
Mr. Gold: (Walking over to a cabinet which contains several knives:) “Regina… don’t let your feelings towards me cloud your judgement of Miss Swan. Surely even you can see the good she’s done.”
Regina: “My opinion of Emma’s job performance is not the issue here. (Facing Mr. Gold, standing at one side of a cabinet, he’s standing on the other side:) Your interest in her appointment is.”
Mr. Gold: (Smiles:) “Oh come now, we are, after all, both invested in the common good.”
Regina: “You’re a bastard. I don’t know what your angle is but, believe me, it won’t work. (Regards him for a long moment:) Are you really going up against me?”
Mr. Gold: “Not directly. But I’m sure that if you have any objections to Miss Swan becoming sheriff, you’ll be naming your own candidate soon enough. Now, if there’s nothing further, I’d like you to leave.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “You’d like that wouldn’t you? Well I’m-”
Mr. Gold: “Please.”
(Regina glares at Mr. Gold then turns and angrily heads for the door.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Emma is about to attach the sheriff’s badge to her jacket. Regina Mills enters the office.)
Regina: “Deputy Swan. (Emma turns:) May I have a word with you?”
Emma: (Places the badge on the table:) “Sure, what’s up?”
Regina: “Actually it’s about that badge.”
Emma: “It’s been two weeks. Promotion is automatic.”
Regina: (Nods:) “Well it would’ve been, had you not been formally nominated by Mr. Gold.”
Emma: (Frowns:) “Why should that make a difference?”
Regina: “Because Mr. Gold never does anything unless it benefits himself in some way.”
Emma: “Relax. If I run unopposed I become Sheriff, it’s that simple.”
Regina: “Not in the eyes of the people of this town. You’ll be viewed as Gold’s hand-picked puppet.”
Emma: (Scoffs:) “No one is going to believe that.”
Regina: “Perception is everything, Miss Swan. I’m sorry but I’m going to have to ask you to drop out of the race. You’ll still be deputy of course.”
Emma: “Regina, there is no race. Unless you-”
Regina: “Unless the mayor appoints someone else within the time period. Which I’m doing today.”
Emma: (Tilts her head:) “So who’s it gonna be?”
Regina: “After due reflection: Sidney Glass.”
Emma: “Sidney from the newspaper? How does that even make sense?”
Regina: “Well, he’s covered the Sheriff’s office for as long as anyone can remember.”
Emma: “And he’ll do whatever you want him to. You just can’t stand not getting your own way, can you?”

Regina: (Moving closer:) “Don’t test me on this, Emma. If you insist on running, then there will be no Deputy’s position to fall back on.”
Emma: (Smirks, enjoying this back and forth:) “Oh I won’t need it, ‘cause I’m gonna win.”
Regina: (Sweetly:) “I’m asking you one last time, deputy. Drop out of the race.”
Emma: “You know, Graham had his faults, but he knew what he was doing when he freed this office from your leash. You’re not getting it back.”
Regina: (Moving closer:) “We’ll just see about that.”
Emma: “Winner take all?”
Regina: (Considers:) “Winner take all.”
(Emma leans in for a kiss but is stopped by Regina’s hand, which she offers for a handshake instead.)

Blanchard Loft.
(Loud music playing. There is a bottle of scotch on the kitchen table. Emma tries to repair the broken toaster. Mary Margaret enters, looks at Emma, walks in and switches the music off.)
Mary Margaret: “Toaster broken?”
Emma: “It wasn’t when I started with it. Pretty sure it is now. I just needed to hit something.”
Mary Margaret: “What’s going on?”
Emma: “Regina’s running Sidney Glass against me for Sheriff. That’s my job!”
Mary Margaret: “Never heard you so passionate about it before. What happened?”
Emma: “Oh, I just can’t let her win.“
Mary Margaret:
“There must be a reason.”
Emma: “Maybe… (There's a knocking at the door:) I just want to beat her.”
(Emma opens the door, facing Mr. Gold.)
Mr. Gold: “Good evening, Miss Swan. Sorry for the intrusion, there’s something I’d like to discuss with you.”
Mary Margaret: “I’ll let you two talk.” (Leaves.)
Emma: “Come on in.”
Mr. Gold: (Enters:) “Thank you. I- I heard about what happened. Such an injustice.”
Emma: “Yeah. Well, what’s done is done.”
Mr. Gold: “Spoken like a true fighter.”
Emma: “Look, I’m not giving up, I just know what chance I’ll have. She’s the mayor and I am - well - me.”
Mr. Gold: “Miss Swan, two people with a common goal can accomplish many things. Two people with a common enemy can accomplish even more. How would you like a benefactor?”
Emma: “A benefactor?”
Mr. Gold: “Do you mind? (Sitting down at the kitchen table:) You know, it really is quite shocking how few people study the town charter.”
Emma: “The town charter?”
Mr. Gold: “It’s quite comprehensive on the mayor’s authority. On what she can and cannot do with it.” (Smiles slightly.)

Enchanted Forest. Past. Rumplestiltskin’s Hovel.
Rumplestiltskin: (Approaching his sleeping son and trying to wake him up:) “Bae. Bae. Wake up, son. Come on. Wake up, son. We’re going now. We’re going now. Come on. Come on.”
(
Baelfire wakes up and they leave the house.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin and his son are walking in the woods.)
Baelfire: “It feels wrong to run away.”
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s worse to die, son. I’m not having you taken away to the Ogre wars.”
(They encounter a beggar along the path.)
The Beggar: “Alms for the poor? Alms for the poor?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yes.” (Gives him a few coins, he and Baelfire move on.)
Baelfire: “Are you sure there’s no other way?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, I can’t lose you, Bae. You’re all I’ve got left, son. You don’t understand what war is like - what they do to you. (The sound of approaching horses becomes audible:) Quick, hide! In the ditch - hide. Go, go! Go!”
Hordor: “Stop right there! (Hordor and several riders on horseback surround Rumplestiltskin and his son:) What are you doing in the king’s realm?”
Rumplestiltskin: “We have some wool to sell at the fair at Longbourne.”
Hordor: “I know you, don’t I? (Hordor gets off his horse and walks up to Rumplestiltskin:) What was your name? Hm? Spindlehanks? Threadwhistle? Hobblefoot?”
Baelfire: “His name’s Rumplestiltskin.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Hush, boy!”
Hordor: “Rumple- Ah, the man who ran. Is this your boy? How old is he? What’s your name?”
Baelfire: “I’m Baelfire and I’m thirteen.”
Hordor: “When’s your birthday?”
Baelfire: “In two days time.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Hush, boy!”
Hordor: “Did you teach him how to run as well, Rumplestiltskin? Did he tell you? Did he tell you how he ran and the ogres turned the tide of the battle, and all the others were killed, and he returned home to a wife who could not bear the sight of him?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Please…”
Hordor: “You see, women do not like to be married to cowards.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Please don’t speak to my boy like that.”
Hordor: “It’s treason to avoid service. Take the boy now.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no, no, no! What do you want?”
Hordor: “What do I want? You have no money, no influence, no land, no title, no power. The truth is, all you really have is fealty. Kiss my boot.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I don’t understand-”
Hordor: “You asked my price. Kiss my boot.
Rumplestiltskin: “Not in front of my boy.”
Hordor: “Kiss my boot!”
(Rumplestiltskin gets on the ground and kisses Hordor’s boot. Hordor, along with the other knights, laugh as he does so. Hordor then kicks Rumplestiltskin in the stomach and he falls to the ground.)
Baelfire: “Papa!”
(Hordor returns to his horse and the group leaves. Suddenly, someone is heard coming towards Rumplestiltskin and Baelfire. It turns out to be the beggar from earlier.)
Beggar: “No, no, no! No! It’s okay. Let me help you. Let me help you home.”
Baelfire: “Thank you, old man.”
Rumplestiltskin:(The beggar helps Rumplestiltskin up:) “I don’t have any money to pay you.”
Beggar: “I can think of another way. You just leave me whatever you can spare, and I’ll find a way to be your benefactor. Come.”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Town Hall. The Mayor’s Office.
(Regina, Sidney Glass and several news reporters are present.)
Regina: “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own homes. That’s why Sidney Glass is my choice for post of Sheriff. This man has put the needs of Storybrooke above his own for as long as any of us can remember, as chief editor of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror. Please welcome your new Sheriff!”

Emma: (Entering the room:) “Hang on a second.”
Regina: “Oh, Miss Swan, what a lovely surprise.”
Emma: “What’s going on? Seems like a coronation to me.”
Regina: “The town charter clearly states the Mayor shall appoint-”
Emma: “A candidate. You could appoint a candidate. It calls for an election.”
Regina: “I’m aware of what the term ‘candidate’ means, deputy.“
Emma: “Good. Then you should also be aware that according to the town charter, the Mayor cannot use her powers to influence the race.”
Regina: (A pause:) “I was merely letting everyone know who my candidate is.”
Emma: “In the mayor’s office? Quite the endorsement.”
Regina: “Fine. No more interference from this office. Sidney is more than capable of running a campaign by himself.”
Sidney: “I am? (Regina turns around and gives Sidney a look:) I am.”
Regina: “With my full, moral support. I guess we’ll learn a little something about the will of the people.”
Emma: “I guess we will.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(
Rumplestiltskin and the beggar sitting by the fire share some stew. Baelfire is asleep.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Another day gone. There’ll be no fleeing, now.”
Beggar: “No. You need to find another way. You need to choose a different path.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Choose? What choice do I have?”
Beggar: “Everyone has a choice.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m the town coward. The only choice I have is which corner to hide in. I’m lame, friendless… The only thing I’ve got is my boy. And they’re going to take him away from me. If they take him away, I would truly, truly become dust.”
Beggar: “Not if you have power.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You may as well say diamonds.”
Beggar: “Get a hold of yourself! Think. Why do you think that someone as powerful as the Dark One would work for a useless fool like the Duke of the Frontlands?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Tell me.”
Beggar: “The Duke has the Dark One in thrall. He’s enslaved him with the power of a mystical dagger and on the blade is written a name – the true name of the Dark One. If you were to steal the dagger, then you would control the Dark One yourself. And then no one would be able to take your son away from you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “To keep a man like the Dark One as a slave? No, I… I-I can’t. I’d be terrified.”
Beggar: “Then, perhaps, instead of controlling the power, you need to take it.”

Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner.
(Henry is sitting in a booth, reading the Storybrooke Daily Mirror. Emma enters and sits next to him.)
Emma: (Nudges Henry:) “How was school?”
Henry: “Okay.” (Still focusing his attention on the newspaper’s article.)
Emma: “You’re reading that paper pretty hard.”
Henry: “Sidney wrote it. (Henry passes Emma the paper. On the front page, there is an article titled Ex-Jailbird – Emma Swan birthed babe behind bars.)
Is it a lie?”
Emma: “No.”
Henry: “I was born in jail?”
Emma: “Yes. (Throws the paper down:) These records were supposed to be sealed. Tell me you’re not scarred for life.”
Henry: “I’m not. Well, not by this.”
Emma: “Good. Then, let’s throw this out and we will get our news from something more reliable. Like the internet.”
Henry: “This is what I’ve been trying to tell you – good can’t beat evil, because good doesn’t do this kind of thing. My mom plays dirty – that’s why you can’t beat her. Ever.”
Emma: “I have a new ally. Mr. Gold said he’s going to help.”
Henry: “Mr. Gold? He’s even worse than she is. You already owe him one favor. You don’t want to owe him anymore. Don’t do this.”

Storybrooke Town Hall. Mayor’s Office.
(Emma enters, newspaper in her hand.)
Emma: “This was a juvie record! This was sealed by court order. I don’t know how you got it, but that’s abuse of power and illegal.”
Regina: (Prepares to leave her office:) “Oh, I’m sorry. You didn’t want people to know you cut his cord with a shiv?”
Emma: “I don’t care what people know, but this hurts Henry.”
Regina: “Of course it does and that’s exactly what could’ve been avoided if you had told me in the first place.”
Emma: “Why, so you could’ve used it against me sooner?”
Regina: “If I had known about it I could’ve buried it. This is what Sidney Glass does. He’s a reporter - he finds dirt on people!”
Emma: “You expect me to believe you had nothing to do with this?”
Regina: “Miss Swan, you were the one who insisted I let Sidney run his own campaign. What did you expect would happen?”
Emma: “A campaign he’s only running because you forced him to.”
Regina: “Look, I have no interest in sullying your name, Miss Swan. Don’t you think I know Henry will blame me for this? Do you think I want him pulling away from me any further than he already is?”
(Emma and Regina exit the office and walk through the building.)
Emma: “Well Henry definitely didn’t deserve this. He’s depressed, Madam Mayor. He doesn’t have any… Any hope. Don’t you see that?”
Regina: “I’ve told you, Henry doesn’t share things with me. As far as I know, he’s fine.”
(Regina switches off the lights.)
Emma: “He’s not fine. I mean, think about it, even if you had nothing to do with it, Sidney is still your candidate. So in Henry’s eyes he’s watching his adoptive mother throw an illegal smear campaign against his birth mother! You don’t think that would be upsetting?”
Regina: (Sighs and stops to face her:) “All the story did was expose him to the truth. And as for the legality - you and Sidney will have a chance to get into all that at the debate.” (Regina resumes walking.)

Emma: (Surprised:) “Debate?”
(They walk down a staircase leading to the building’s front door.)
Regina: “Yes, Miss Swan, there’s a debate. You two can talk about jail time and juvie records and maybe even your new association with Mr. Gold. He’s a snake, Miss Swan. You need to be careful who you get into bed with.”
Emma: “I’m not getting into bed with- Look, I’m just fighting fire with- (Regina opens the door and an explosion is set off, setting the next room on fire. Emma and Regina are thrown back from the blast. Regina’s ankle is crushed by a piece of debris and is immobilized. Emma frees Regina:) Alright, come on – let’s go! We’ve got to get out of here.”
Regina: “I can’t move! You have to get me out. Help me!”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Baelfire and Rumplestiltskin are outside of their house. Rumplestiltskin winds wool up on short sticks made of wood. Baelfire soaks wool in hot sheep’s fat.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Keep that fire good and stoked, Bae. The sheep’s fat needs to be liquid and get that wool good and soaked.”
Baelfire: “Why are we doing this, Papa? This is good wool. We can spin and sell-”
Rumplestiltskin: “These are our keys to the castle, son. And once I’m inside there’s something I have to take.”
Baelfire: “What do you need to take?”
Rumplestiltskin: “That old beggar? He told me a fine tale – about the Duke and his magical dagger.”
Baelfire: “What does it do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “If I own that dagger, I control the Dark One. (Pantomimes stabbing someone with a dagger:) If I kill the Dark One with the dagger, I take his powers.”
Baelfire: “By god’s name.”
Rumplestiltskin: (With excitement:) “Imagine me with those powers. Can you imagine me with those powers, Bae? I could get to redeem myself. I could turn it towards good. I’ll save all the children of the Frontlands – not just you, my boy.”
Baelfire: “I’d love to see that, but if the law says I’m to fight, I… I can fight.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no, no! The law doesn’t want you to fight, son. The law wants you to die. That’s not battle – that’s sacrifice, son. You look at that red in the sky. That’s not the… The fires of the battlefields – that’s the blood of our people, son. It’s the blood of children. The blood of children like you. I mean, what sane person would want to get involved with that?”
Baelfire: “So, it’s true.”
Rumplestiltskin: “What?”
Baelfire: “It’s true you ran.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I had no choice, son.”
Baelfire: “And Mother? Did she leave you like the knight said? You told me she was dead.”
Rumplestiltskin: (In a low voice:) “She is dead.”
Baelfire: “So, what do we need to do?”
(Rumplestiltskin kneels down beside him.)
Rumplestiltskin: “The Duke’s castle is made of stone, but the floors and the rafters are made of wood.”
Baelfire: “Why does that matter?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Because wood burns.”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Town Hall.
(Emma and Regina are still in the burning building. Emma prepares to leave but Regina grabs her hand and stops Emma.)
Regina: “You’re going to leave me, aren’t you? (Emma doesn’t answer Regina, breaks free from her grasp and leaves into the next room. Regina fails to get up on her own. Returning with a fire extinguisher, Emma is able to get the fire under control and clears the way to the exit. Emma supports Regina getting out of the building. Outside, a reporter takes a picture of them and sirens can be heard.)
Regina: (Noticing the photographers:) “Oh, ow, ow! My ankle! Set me down gently!”
Emma: “Seriously? You’re complaining about how I saved your life?”
Regina: (Fire engines approach the scene:) “The firemen are here. It’s not like we were really in danger.”
Emma: (Starts walking away:) “Fine. Next time I’ll just… I’ll just… Ah, you know what? (Turning to face Regina, pissed:) Next time, I’ll do the same thing. And the time after that because that is what decent human beings do. That’s what good people do.”

Henry: (Talking to a firefighter some distance away:) “Did Emma really rescue my mom?”
Regina: (She is on a stretcher with an oxygen mask, overhears Henry and throws off the mask in anger:) “Enough!”
Sidney: “Regina.”
Regina: “I’m fine.”
Sidney: (Runs up to Regina with a camera and takes a picture:) “Nice shot of the victim?”
Regina: “Sidney? What the hell are you doing? Are you trying to hand this election to her?”
Sidney: “But it’s news.”
Regina: “She’s the competition, you fool.”
(Emma and various people from town are talking in a group.)
Mary Margaret: “Did you really rescue Regina?”
Henry: “She did! The fireman said it. They saw it.”
Ruby: “You're a hero.”
Mary Margaret: “We should see if they have a picture of the rescue.”
Granny: “We could make campaign posters.”
Archie Hopper: (With excitement:) “Oh, people would love that! That’s a great idea. Wait, so…”
(The group walks away, leaving Emma and Henry alone.)
Emma: (Kneels down beside Henry:)This is how good wins. You do something good and people see it, and then they want to help you.”
Henry: “Maybe you’re right.”
Emma: “You see, Henry? We don’t have to fight dirty.”
(Emma notices a piece of fabric similar to the one Mr. Gold was preparing earlier that day while they had their conversation.)

Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer.
(Mr. Gold stands in his shop. His hands are blackened with soot. Using a rag, he wipes them clean. Emma enters the shop.)
Mr. Gold: “Loads of visitors today. (Emma slams the door behind her:) I do hope you’re not going to break my little bell.”
Emma: “You set the fire.”
Mr. Gold: “I’ve been right here, Miss Swan.”
Emma: (Approaching him, holding the fabric in her hands:) “Take a whiff. It smells like your sheep crap oil. Turns out it’s flammable.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh. Are you sure? There’s some construction work going on at City Hall at the moment. There’s loads of flammable solvents used in construction.” Emma: “Why did you do it?”
Mr. Gold: (Stops cleaning his hands and walks around his desk:)If I did it- that would be because you cannot win without something big. Something like, uh I don’t know. Being the hero in a fire?”
Emma: “How could you even know I’d be there at the right time?”
Mr. Gold: “Maybe Regina’s not the only one with eyes and ears in this town. Or maybe… I’m just intuitive, were I involved.”
Emma: “I could’ve run and left her there.”
Mr. Gold: “Not the type.”
Emma: “I can’t go along with this.”
Mr. Gold: (Gives Emma half of a smile:) “You just did. This is just the price of election, Miss Swan.”
Emma: “A price I’m not willing to pay. (Throws the fabric down at his desk:) Find another sucker!”
Mr. Gold: “Okay. Go ahead, expose me. But if you do (Pauses:) just think about what you’ll be exposing and what you’ll be walking away from. (Emma glares at him for a moment. Then she prepares to leave, heading for the door:) Oh, yes. And um, who you might be disappointing.”
(Emma turns around, glares at him and slams the shop’s door. After Emma has left the shop, Mr. Gold smiles.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Baelfire and Rumplestiltskin are outside of the duke’s castle. Rumplestiltskin lights one of the torches they made earlier and sets a pile of straw on fire. The fire spreads along the castle walls. Burning wooden joints and cracks, the fire spreads inside the castle and burns ceilings and rafters. Some burning rafters fall to the ground. Rumplestiltskin enters a hall with flags standing along the walls. Rumplestiltskin puts one silver-green banner aside, revealing the hidden dagger behind it. He takes the dagger. Briefly the name Zoso written on the blade can be seen. Then Rumplestiltskin leaves the castle.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Town Hall.
(Above the entrance hangs a banner reading ‘Debate Today - Sheriff’s election.’ Mary Margaret is stapling promotion posters ‘Swan for Sheriff’ on the bulletin board. Going on with her task, she runs into David Nolan on the other side of the board.)
Mary Margaret: “David! Hi.”
David: “Mary Margaret. Hi.”
Mary Margaret: “I was just, uh-”
David: “Yeah. Yeah. Me too.”
Mary Margaret: “How are things?”
David: “Okay. I got a job. Yeah, I’m working at the animal shelter.”
Mary Margaret: (Pleased:) “Really?”
David: “Yeah.”
Mary Margaret: (Noticing the poster David fixes to the wall:) “So, Sidney?”
David: “My wife is friends with Regina. So-”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, right. How is Kathryn?”
David: “Good. She’s meeting me here, later.”
Mary Margaret: “That’s wonderful. (Stapling the posters with more force than necessary to the wall:) Well, I’m all out of posters. I’m going to go get some more.” (Quickly leaves.)

Inside The Town Hall.
(Sidney is getting ready for the debate. Dr. Archie Hopper practices his opening speech.)
Dr. Hopper: “Citizens of Storybrooke. Uh- We welcome you to-. Uh-. Welcome citizens of Storybrooke. Uh- Uh, we welcome you citizens of Storybrooke. Welcome-”
(Emma is sitting at the podium. Drawing back the curtains, she notices Henry sitting in the audience smiling at her. Mary Margaret approaches, handing Emma some papers. As she takes them, Mary Margaret hands her a bottle of water.)
Emma: “I’m not going to win.”
Mary Margaret: “What are you talking about? Everyone’s talking about what you did in the fire.”
Emma: “No, there’s more to that fire than people know.”
Mary Margaret: “Like what?“
Emma (Draws back the curtains again to get another look at Henry:) “It’s just-”
Mary Margaret: “Henry.”
Emma: “I wanna show him that good can actually win.”
Mary Margaret: “That’s why you want to win it for him. But why do you want to win the election for yourself?”
Emma: “That is why. I wanna show him that a hero can win. And if I’m not- If I’m not a hero and I’m not the savior - then what part do I have in his life? Okay, there it is.”
Mary Margaret: “There it is.”
(Emma draws back the curtains a third time. She notices Mr. Gold entering the Town Hall.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Baelfire is waiting in the woods for Rumplestiltskin’s return. After a while, Rumplestiltskin joins him.)
Baelfire: “Papa!”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, Bae.”
Baelfire: “I was so worried for you. Are… Are you burned? The castle-”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m fine, son. I’m fine. I need you to go home and wait for me there.”
Baelfire: “Come with me – please. I have a bad feeling.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Bae, this is something I have to do on my own. Go home, son! (Baelfire hesitates to leave:) Go home and wait for me, Bae. I’ll be back. You go. (Baelfire turns around and leaves, looking back at his father for a moment. As soon as Baelfire has left the scene, Rumplestiltskin takes out The Dark One’s Dagger. He holds it up in the air, so he can read the name written on the blade by the light of the torch:) Zoso! Zoso! I summon thee!”
(At first, nothing happens.
Rumplestiltskin lowers the dagger and turns around. Standing behind him, the Dark One frightens Rumplestiltskin. Rumplestiltskin quickly takes a few steps backwards. The torch falls to the ground.)
Zoso: “You were asking for me?” (Wearing a hood, his face is in shadow.)
Rumplestiltskin: (In order to keep Zoso at a distance, Rumplestiltskin raises the dagger:) “Submit, oh Dark One! I control you.”
Zoso: “Yes, you do. Wield the power wisely. You can wield it anytime now. It’s almost dawn. That means it’s your son’s birthday. I bet Hordor and his men are already on their way to your house.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, they can’t take him.”
Zoso: “You don’t control them. You control me. Have you ever wondered, was he really your child at all? Unlike you, he’s not a coward and yearns to fight and die in glory.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No…”
Zoso: “What a poor bargain that would be to lay down your soul to save your bastard son. So, I ask you, what would you have me to do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Die! (He stabs Zoso. They fall to the ground. In the torch’s light the Dark One’s face is revealed to be the beggar Rumplestiltskin met earlier. Zoso laughs. Rumplestiltskin recognizes him. He’s shocked:) It’s you. You’re the beggar.”
Zoso: (Rasping breaths:) “Looks like you made a deal you didn’t understand. I don’t think you’re gonna do that again.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You told me to kill you.”
Zoso: “My life was such a burden. You’ll see. Magic always comes with a price. And now, it’s yours to pay.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Why me? Why me?”
Zoso: (Rasping:) “I know how to recognize a desperate soul.”
(Zoso dies.)
Rumplestiltskin: “No! No! Stay! You have to tell me what to do! Tell me what to do.”
(Rumplestiltskin’s hand, which holds the dagger, changes to a grey color. Removing the dagger from Zoso’s body, Rumplestiltskin notices that his name is now written on the dagger’s blade.)

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Town Hall.
(Dr. Archie Hopper welcomes the audience. Emma and Sidney have taken seat on either side of him.)
Dr. Hopper: “Tragedy has brought us here, but we are faced with this decision. And now, we ask only that you listen with an open mind and please vote your conscience. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the candidates – Sidney Glass (Briefly looks at Sidney Glass:) and Emma Swan. (Briefly looks at Emma:) Glass. (Making a gesture towards Sidney who’s sitting on the right side:) Swan. (Making a gesture towards Emma on the left:) Sounds like something that a decorator would make you buy. Wow, crickets. Okay, uh… Uh, Mr. Glass – your opening statement.”
Sidney Glass: (Walks to the podium:) “I just wanna say that if elected, I want to serve as a reflection of the best qualities of Storybrooke: Honesty. (We see Regina for a moment. Inaudibly, she repeats Sidney’s words simultaneously:) Neighborliness. And strength. Thank you.” (Regina applauds him proudly.)
Dr. Hopper: “And Emma Swan.”
Emma: (Walks up to the podium:) “You guys all know I have what they call a uh- troubled past. But, you’ve been able to overlook it because of the um, hero thing. But here’s the thing: The fire was a setup. (The audience begins to murmur, becoming noisy:) Mr. Gold agreed to support me in this race, but I didn’t know that that meant he was going to set a fire. I don’t have definitive evidence but I’m sure. And the worst part of all this was- The worst part of all this is I let you all think it was real. I can’t win that way. (Looks at Henry:) I’m sorry.”
(Mr. Gold stands up and leaves the Town Hall.)

Granny’s Dinner.
(Emma finishes her drink. Ruby stands behind the counter.)
Ruby: “Another?”
Emma: “Oh hell, yes. (Henry enters:) Hey Henry. (Henry hands Emma a walkie talkie:) What’s this for?”
Henry: “You stood up to Mr. Gold. (Sits beside Emma:) It’s pretty amazing.”
Emma: “Well, he did something illegal.”
Henry: “That’s what heroes do. Expose stuff like that. (Ruby brings Emma another drink and places a glass of milk in front of Henry. Henry leans closer, whispering in Emma’s ear:) I shouldn’t have given up on Operation Cobra.”
(Regina Mills and Sidney Glass enter.)
Regina: “I thought I might find you here. With a drink. And my son.”
Emma: (Addressing Sidney:) “Here to card me, officer?”
Sidney: “Well, not at all. In fact, I think I will join you.”
Emma: “Here? I don’t know. I think they’re setting up a back room for the victory party.”
Sidney: “Oh, well, you’ll have to tell me what that’s like.”
Regina: (Regina takes the Sheriff’s badge out of her pocket:) “Congratulations, (Regina places the badge in front of Emma on the table:) Sheriff Swan.”
Henry: “Wait. What?”
Regina: “There was a very close vote. But people really seem to like the idea of a sheriff brave enough to stand up to Mr. Gold.”
(Slowly, people from the town enter Granny’s Dinner.)

Emma: “Are you joking?”
Sidney: “She doesn’t joke.”
Regina: “You didn’t pick a great friend in Mr. Gold, Miss Swan, but he does make a superlative enemy. Enjoy that.”
(Regina gives Emma a smile.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Hordor and a group of his knights are at Rumplestiltskin’s house. They take Baelfire with them.)
Hordor: “Everyone’s watching from behind their curtains today. (A soldier holding the reins of Hordor’s horse suddenly falls to the ground. Rumplestiltskin, having stabbed him with the dagger, is revealed. Hordor kneels:) Dark One. (Rumplestiltskin walks towards him:) No… Who are you?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Have you forgotten me already? What was it you used to call me again? Spindleshanks? (Snaps his fingers:) Hobblefoot.”
Baelfire: “Papa?”
Hordor: “Rumplestiltskin.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Wonderful. And now, you shall know me as the new Dark One. How about a little fealty? Kiss my boot.”
(When Hordor bends over, Rumplestiltskin grabs him, and then snaps Hordor’s neck.)
Baelfire: “No, Papa! (Rumplestiltskin kills the rest of the knights with the dagger:) Papa? What has happened to you?”
Rumplestiltskin: “You’re safe, Bae. Do you feel safe, son?”
(He approaches Baelfire. Trails of blood are visible on the dagger’s blade.)
Baelfire: “No. I’m frightened.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m not. I protected what belongs to me and I’m not scared of anything.”

Storybrooke. Present. Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department.
(Emma enters and places a folder on her desk. Looking up, she notices Sheriff Graham’s jacket hanging on the coat rack.)
Mr. Gold: (Standing in the doorway:) “The Sheriff’s jacket. I thought you might want it after all.”
Emma: (Jumps startled:) “You do know I’m armed, right?”
Mr. Gold: (Smiles and enters the room:) “All part of the act, my dear. Political theater in an actual theater. I knew no one was going to vote for you unless we gave you some kind of extraordinary quality. And I’m afraid saving old Regina’s arse from the fire just wasn’t gonna do it. We had to give you a higher form of bravery. They had to see you defy me. And they did.”
Emma: “No way. There’s no way you planned that.”
Mr. Gold: “Everyone’s afraid of Regina. But they’re more afraid of me. By standing up to me, you won them over. It was the only way.”
Emma: “You knew I’d agree.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, yeah. (Nods:) I know how to recognize a desperate soul.”
(Both are silent for a moment.)
Emma: “Why did you do this?”
Mr. Gold: “We made a deal sometime back, Miss Swan. We established that you owed me a favor. I know that can be a bad feeling - owing someone. Now that you’re sheriff, I’m sure we’ll find some way for you to pay back what you owe me.” (Mr. Gold leaves the Sheriff’s office:) Congratulations.”

 

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Storybrooke. Present. Mills House. Morning.
(Emma pulls on her top and tousles her hair before turning to look at the woman reclined contentedly on the bed.)
Emma: (Smirks:) “So I guess I’ll be walking Henry to school this morning?”
Regina: (Utterly relaxed:) “Mmm.”
Emma: (Shakes her head and continues dressing:) “After sneaking out of the house and then ringing the doorbell so Henry doesn’t suspect anything, right?”
Regina: (Not really listening:) “As you wish, dear.”
Emma: “Right. (Sits on the bed to pull on her shoes:) You know, it’s a shame you’re not this persuadable all the time.”
Regina: (Sighs and shifts on the bed:) “I’m tough because I have to be, Emma. Besides, I know you enjoy a challenge.”
Emma: (Standing up and turning to face her:) “Well you’re definitely the most challenging person I’ve been with.”
Regina: “And I’m sure that’s quite the list.”
Emma: “Hey! Be nice. You need to work on that jealous streak.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “Jealous?”
Emma: “Oh, don’t try and deny it. You’re gonna tell me all that stuff with Gold wasn’t about you being just a little bit jealous?”
Regina: (Defensively:) “Mr. Gold and I have had our issues long before you arrived in Storybrooke, Miss Swan. (Emma stands over her, just watching:) What is it?”
Emma: (Smiles:) “I was going to say that green is not a good colour on you. But, seeing what you’re wearing, that’s just not true.”
Regina: (Rolls her eyes:) “That was really lame, Emma.”
Emma: “Yeah, well it’s early and someone kept me up all night, (Shrugs:) best I could do.”
Regina: (Laughs:) “Shouldn’t you be going?”
Emma: (Sits on the bed beside her:) “Regina, I don’t want you worrying about Gold. He may be a superlative enemy but you are one superlative f-”
Regina: (Slaps her arm:) “Don’t be vulgar.”
Emma: (Smirks:) “You weren’t complaining last night.”
Regina: “Out, Miss Swan, now.”
Emma: (Beams:) “I’m going, I’m going. (Gets up and heads for the door:) Have a good day, Madam Mayor.”
(As the door closes, Regina smiles briefly before her mind inevitably returns to revenge.)
Regina: (To herself:) “Gold.”
(She throws off the covers and gets out of bed.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Maurice’s Castle.
(Belle, Gaston, Maurice, a steward and several others study a map of nearby regions.)

Steward: “Sir, there’s news from the battlefield. Avonlea has fallen.”
Maurice: “Oh, my gods…”
Gaston: “If only he had come…”
Maurice: “Well he didn’t, did he? (Crosses the room:) Ogres are not men.”
Gaston: “We have to do something, we have to stop them.”
(Belle crosses the room to Maurice.)
Maurice: “They are… unstoppable.”
Belle: “He could be on his way right now, Papa.”
Maurice: “It’s too late, my girl. It’s just… too late.”
(There is a banging at the door.)

Belle: “That’s him! That has to be him.”
(Everyone approaches the door.)
Maurice: “How could he get past the walls? Open it!”
(Some guards open the door; revealing no one standing in the hall.)
Rumplestiltskin: (Sitting on Maurice’s throne:) “Well, that was a bit of a let down! You sent me a message, something about, ‘Help! Help! We’re dying. Can you save us?’ (Gaston points his sword at him:) Well the answer is… (Rumplestiltskin smacks the blade away:) Yes, I can. Yes, I can protect your little town… for a price.”
Maurice: “We sent you a promise of gold.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ah… now, you see, um… I uh… make gold. What I want is something a bit more special. My price… is her.” (Points to Belle.)
Maurice: “No.”
Gaston: (Shielding Belle with his arm:) “The young lady is engaged… to me.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I wasn’t asking if she was engaged. I’m not looking for love! I’m looking for a caretaker… for my rather large estate. It’s her, or no deal.”
Maurice: “Get out. (Points to the door:) Leave!”
(Gaston pulls Belle back with his arm.)
Rumplestiltskin: (Walking toward the door:) “As you wish.”
Belle: “No, wait! (Rumplestiltskin stops and turns as she crosses towards him:) I will go with him."
Gaston: “I forbid it, Belle!”
Belle: “No one decides my fate but me! I shall go.”
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s forever, dearie.”
Belle: “My family, my friends… they will all live?”
Rumplestiltskin: “You have my word.”
Belle: “Then you have mine. I will go, with you, forever.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Deal!”
Maurice: “Belle… Belle… you cannot do this! Belle, please! You cannot go with this… beast.”
Belle: “Father… Gaston… it’s been decided.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You know, she’s right. The deal is struck. (Rumplestiltskin & Belle turn and leave the room:) Oh, congratulations on your little war!”

Storybrooke. Present. Main Street.
(It’s the day before Valentine’s Day as Moe is unloading flowers from his delivery truck service: Game of Thorns.)
Mr. Gold:
“Well this is just perfect. I’ve been looking for you, Mr. French.”
Moe:
“I’ll have your money next week.”
Mr. Gold:
“The terms of the loan were fairly specific… (To his henchman:) Take the van.” (The henchman proceeds to do so.)
Moe: “Wait! No! Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day! It’s the biggest day of—I’ve got a grand in roses in the back! (Mr. Gold’s henchman starts the van:) Stop! You’ve gotta let me sell them!”
Mr. Gold: “I’m gonna leave you two to continue this conversation.”
(Mr. Gold starts to walk away.)
Moe: “Oh, this is no way to do business, Gold! You are the lowest! People aren’t gonna put up with this!”
(The truck is driven off; leaving Moe in the street. Mr. Gold walks down the sidewalk and comes across Regina.)
Regina: “Mr. Gold. That was quite a show back there.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, Mr. French is just having a bad day, happens to the best of us.”
Regina: “I’ve been meaning to talk to you about something–”
Mr. Gold: “Yeah, and the moment you have something I wanna discuss, we’ll have that little chat.”
Regina: (Blocks his path:) “No, we’re gonna do this now. It’ll only take a moment.”
Mr. Gold: “Is there something eating you, dear? Something you need to get out in the open? ‘Cause it’s gonna have to wait, please.”
(He walks away, leaving behind a confused-looking Regina, who is forced to obey his command due to the please enchantment.)

Granny’s Diner.
(David and Mary Margaret are seated at separate tables. At his own booth, David is reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.)
Mary Margaret: (Noticing David’s book title:) “Oh, you got the book!”
David: “Yeah, yeah, I just started it. It’s great. I can’t wait to see how it ends.”
Ruby: (Refilling Mary Margaret’s coffee:) “Uh, I can push the tables together if you guys–”
Mary Margaret: “Oh no, we’re not together.”
David: (Replying at the same time as Mary Margaret:) “No, it’s–”
(Emma arrives and sits at Mary Margaret’s table across from her.)
Emma: “Hey, David.”
David: “Hey.”
Emma: “Mary Margaret. So, fancy seeing you two here at the same time, again.”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know what-”
Emma: “Come on.”
(David gets up and leaves the diner, Mary Margaret watches him till the last moment then turns back to Emma.)
Mary Margaret: “I know, I know, I know. I just like to… come here to see him.”
Emma: “So, you’re a stalker?”
Mary Margaret: “No, not really. (Emma gives her a look:) Maybe a little bit. And it’s not like I’m following him. I just know that he spends his mornings with Kathryn, gets coffee, then drives to the animal shelter to start work at 7:30, and then he’s home around 5:00.”
Emma: “Oh, is that all?”
Mary Margaret: “Thursdays they pick up Chinese for dinner. (Emma gives a sympathetic look:) I can’t get him out of my head.”
(The diner bell jingles as Ashley enters with her daughter, Alexandra.)
Emma: “I know. Maybe the first step is not showing up here tomorrow.”
Mary Margaret: “Valentine’s day? Ugh. Love’s the worst. I wish there was a magic cure.”
(Ashley hands Alexandra to Granny.)

Ashley: “I hear that! Valentine’s day sucks.”
Mary Margaret: “Ashley! I didn’t–I didn’t even recognize you!”
Ashley: “Baby on the outside?”
(She grabs a chair to sit down at their table.)
Emma: “How’s it going?”
Ashley: “It’s uh… I mean, baby’s great. But, we really haven’t had time to do the whole getting married thing, so… that’s been rough and Sean’s been working double shifts at the cannery.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, he has to work.”
Ashley: “On Valentine’s Day? Yeah. He couldn’t get out of it.”
Emma: “I’m sorry, that sucks.”
(Ruby brings Ashley a cup of coffee.)
Ruby: “It doesn’t have to! Come out with me! Let’s have a girls’ night! We can all go, Mary Margaret, Emma too, if you promise to leave the badge at home.”
Emma: “I’m not really in the party mood, but you guys can all go and have fun!” (She exchanges a glance with Mary Margaret. Ruby walks away and Emma’s phone goes off.)
Mary Margaret: “What’s that?”
Emma: “It’s the station. Something’s up.” (She exits.)

Mr. Gold’s House.
(Mr. Gold walks up his front steps to see the door is ajar. Mr. Gold draws a gun and enters, walking slowly through the house. He turns to find Emma inside, also with a gun drawn.)
Mr. Gold: “Sheriff Swan.”
Emma: “Your neighbors saw your front door open and called it in.”
Mr. Gold: “It appears I’ve been robbed.”
Emma: “Funny how that keeps happening to you.”
Mr. Gold: “Yeah, well, I’m a difficult man to love.” (They both lower their weapons.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Royal Castle.
(Prince Charming stands at a balcony, staring out. King George enters with a box.)
King George: “James.”
Prince Charming: “How goes the feast?”
King George: “Your absence is felt. It is, after all, in your honor. I thought this might rouse you from your chamber.”
(He lifts the cover of the box to reveal a golden crown.)
Prince Charming: “You could feed the kingdom for an entire winter with that crown.”
King George: “It’s a gift from King Midas, for you to wear as you marry his daughter. Once that is done, our new prosperity will allow us to feed the kingdom for all eternity. (Scoffs:) Show some enthusiasm.”
Prince Charming: “Enthusiasm wasn’t part of the deal. The wedding’s in two days, I’ve honored your deal.”
King George: “But I want your heart. Not just your honor.”
Prince Charming: “My heart shall belong to Abigail.”
King George: “You think I’m a fool, don’t you? Your heart can’t belong to Abigail when it’s held by another woman, and don’t deny it. I know that look. Who is she?”
Prince Charming: “I met her on a journey. We haven’t seen each other since but… she’s stayed with me.”
King George: “Forget her.”
Prince Charming: “You speak as if that’s so easy.”
King George: “Nobility was not meant to be easy. All this wealth, the power we hold over other men’s lives—do you think that comes at no cost?”
Prince Charming: “I asked for none of it.”
King George: “You were chosen to be my son. Plucked from poverty, wanting for nothing. Be thankful for that.”
Prince Charming: “It wasn’t charity, Father; it was the only way to save your kingdom.”
King George: “Watch yourself, boy. This is a choice you made. A role you have taken. Honor it. There is too much at stake. Do whatever it takes to get that woman out of your head, (Steps closer to Charming:) because nothing is going to stop this wedding.” (He departs.)
Prince Charming: (Moves quickly to a nearby desk and begins composing a note:) “Dearest Snow…”

Forest.
(Snow White sits contemplatively as Prince Charming’s dove lands on her hand. Snow White notices a small scroll attached to the dove’s leg. She takes it and the dove flies away. She opens the note and reads.)
Prince Charming: (Voice over:) “Dearest Snow, I’ve not heard from you since our meeting, and can only assume you’ve found the happiness you so desired. But I must let you know, not a day goes by that I have not thought of you. In two days time, I’m to be married. Come to me before then. Come to me and show me you feel the same, and we can be together forever. And if you don’t, I’ll have my answer.” (Snow White is visibly moved.)

Rumplestiltskin’s Castle.
(
Rumplestiltskin and Belle cross the room to a cell.)
Belle: “Where—Where are you taking me?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Let’s call it... your room.”
Belle: “My room?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, it sounds a lot nicer than ‘dungeon’.”
(He pushes her inside and closes the door, locking it.)
Belle: “You can’t just leave me in here! (Bangs on the door:) Hello!? Hello?”

Sometime Later.
(Belle is serving Rumplestiltskin tea.)
Rumplestiltskin: “You will serve me my meals, and you will clean the Dark Castle.”
Belle: “I-I understand.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You will dust my collection, and launder my clothing.”
Belle: “Yes.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You will fetch me fresh straw when I am spinning at the wheel.”
Belle: “Got it.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, and you will skin the children I hunt for their pelts. (In shock at his words, Belle drops the tea cup:) That one was a quip. Not serious.”
Belle: “Right. (She bends down and picks up the cup:) Oh… my. I’m so sorry but, uh… it’s.. it’s chipped. (She holds up the cup:) You—you can hardly see it.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, it’s just a cup.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mr. Gold’s House.
Mr. Gold:
“Sheriff Swan, you can go now. I know exactly what was taken and who did it. I’ve got it from here.”
Emma: “No, you don’t. This was a robbery, public menace, and if you don’t tell me what you know, I will have to arrest you for obstruction of justice. I have a feeling you don’t wanna be behind bars.”
Mr. Gold: “Indeed, not. Alright, his name’s Moe French. He sells flowers, and he recently defaulted on a loan. A short time ago, we had a little disagreement over collateral.”
Emma: “Okay. I’ll go get him, check him out.”
Mr. Gold: “I’m sure you will, assuming I don’t find him… (Chuckles:) Let’s just say, bad things tend to happen to bad people.”
Emma: “Is that a threat?”
Mr. Gold: “Observation. (Emma prepares to leave:) Good luck.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Inside the Rumplestiltskin’s castle, Belle is on a ladder, attempting to open the curtains. Rumplestiltskin is spinning at the wheel.)
Belle: “Why do you spin so much? (Rumplestiltskin stops spinning:) Sorry, it’s just… you’ve spun straw into more gold than you could ever spend.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I like to watch the wheel. Helps me forget.”
Belle: “Forget what?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I guess it worked. (He laughs and so does Belle. He gets up and walks over to her:) What are you doing?”
Belle: “Opening these! It’s almost spring, we should let some light in. (Tugs:) What did you do, nail them down?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yes.”
(She tugs on the curtains again, and falls off the ladder. Rumplestiltskin catches her in time as both are surprised by what just occurred, and their eyes meet.)
Belle: “Um… thank you. (He awkwardly puts her back down on the ground:) Thank you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s no matter.”
Belle: “I’ll, uh, put the curtains back up.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Uh, There’s no need. I’ll get used to it.”
(He walks back towards the spinning wheel and Belle smiles.)

Exterior of the Royal Castle.
(Snow White pulls up the hood of her cloak. She is carrying a large basket of yellow flowers.)
Man: “Why aren’t you at the stables yet? Must I have a guard drag you there? And you, go with him. King George’s carriage must be spotless for tomorrow’s journey.”
Snow White: (Approaching the man, her eyes downcast:) “Flowers for Prince James from the kingdom of Midas.”
Man: “Top of the northeast spire. Take the service stairwell, or the guards will toss you over the walls.”
(Snow White hurries on to the room at the top of the northeast spire. Entering, she sets down the basket and removes her cloak. Opening Prince Charming’s note, she walks deeper into the room. Hearing footsteps approaching, she hides behind a pillar, dropping the note. She grabs it quickly and returns to hiding as Prince Charming enters the room. As he walks by the pillar, Snow White sidles around it, remaining hidden. He walks by without noticing her. As Snow White is about to step out from her hiding place, a hand grabs her from behind.)

The Royal Castle. Dungeon.
(Snow White struggles and grunts in protest as one of King George’s men shoves her into a cell.)
Snow White: “Wait. I am a royal emissary.”
Man: (Holding up Prince Charming’s note:) “Sure you are. The King will decide your fate.” (He locks the cell door and leaves. Snow White rattles against the bars, and climbs to the top of the door. She moves along the rocky perimeter of the cell, looking for a way out. She climbs up part of the rock wall, then crashes to the ground.)
Snow White: (Hearing someone whistling ‘Heigh-Ho’) “Who’s there?”
Dwarf: (Stepping out from the shadows of an adjourning cell:) “What are you looking at, sister? (Snow White stands up:) Tried it all. (She examines the lock on her cell:) Steel gets stronger as we grow weaker.”
Snow White: “Well… (Grabbing a piece of straw from the ground, she attempts to pick the cell lock:) I am not… giving… up.”
Dwarf: “Give it time. Grumpy.”
Snow White: (Scoffs:) “I’m not grumpy. I’m focused.”
Grumpy: “No, my name—Grumpy. I’m telling you, there’s no way out.”
Snow White: “Well, I’m Snow, and I’ll find one.”
(Her straw breaks and she gives up on the lock.)
Grumpy: “If you say so.”
Snow White: (She bustles about the cell, searching the ground:) “There’s someone out there for me, someone I love very much, and I will not lose him.”
Grumpy: “Love, huh? Good luck with that.”
Snow White: “Yeah? Well, what do you know about it?”
(She tests the bars of the cell door.)
Grumpy: “It’s why I’m stuck in this hole.”
Snow White: (Giving up:) “Ugh!”
Grumpy: “I had it bad. She was beautiful as a fairy, but I lost her. I was desperate to get her back. So I came up with a plan. I worked at the diamond mines. Traded all my wages to the foreman for a diamond to propose. But I got swindled. It was a stolen rock, and I took the blame. I’m no thief, but they think I am. Should’ve known better, but I wasn’t thinking clearly. All ‘cause of love. And now here I am, trapped, with no way out.”
Man: “I know a way out.”
(Another dwarf, wearing a kerchief to cover his face, approaches the cells. He lowers the kerchief to reveal his face with a grin.)
Grumpy: “Stealthy?”
Stealthy: (Working on opening the lock on Grumpy’s cell door with a large ring of keys:) “You ready to go home?”
Grumpy: “How’d you get in here?”
Stealthy: “Doc whipped up a sleeping gas, knocked the guards out cold. The rest are waiting with transport.”
Snow White: “There’s more of you?”
Stealthy: (Looking at Snow White:) “Who’s that? (Addressing Grumpy:) She’s pretty.”
Grumpy: “No one. Come on, let’s go!”
(Stealthy opens the cell door. The two dwarfs start heading out.)
Snow White: “Grumpy. (The dwarfs pause:) Good luck. I hope you get your love back."
Grumpy: (The dwarfs look at each other, Stealthy shaking his head at Grumpy:) “Son of a… (Snatches the key ring from Stealthy:) Give me that. (He heads back to Snow White’s cell and works on opening the lock. He opens the cell door:) Come on.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department. Present.
(At the sheriff’s department, Emma has Mr. Gold’s stolen items strewn all over her desk.)
Emma: “You’re welcome. You’re right. Your man Moe ripped you off. It was all still at his place.”
Mr. Gold: “And the man himself?”
Emma: (Sits at her desk:) “Closing in on him.”
Mr. Gold: “So, job well half-done, then.”
Emma: “In less than a day, I got it all back. Is something wrong?”
Mr. Gold: “You’ve recovered nothing. There’s something missing.”
(Walks away.)
Emma: “I’ll get it when I find him.”
Mr. Gold: “Not if I find him first.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Rumplestiltskin’s Castle.
Belle:
“Why did you want me here?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The place was filthy.”
Belle: “I think you were lonely. I mean, any man would be lonely.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m not a man.”
Belle: “So, I’ve had a couple of months to look around, you know. And, uh, upstairs, there’s, uh, clothing, small, as if for a-a child? Was it yours or… or was there a son?”
Rumplestiltskin: “There was. There was a son. I lost him, as I did his mother.”
Belle: “I’m… I’m sorry. So you… you were a man, once. An ordinary man. If I’m never going to know another person in my whole life, can’t I at least know you?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Perhaps… perhaps you just want to learn the monster’s weaknesses! Nyah, Nyah! Nuh, nuh nuh!”
Belle: (Smiles:) “You’re not a monster. You think you’re uglier than you are, that’s why you cover all the mirrors up, isn’t it? Hmm?”
(There is a banging at the door, Rumplestiltskin opens it. Gaston is standing outside.)

Gaston: “I am Sir Gaston, and you, beast, have taken–”
(Rumplestiltskin promptly clicks his fingers and turns him into a rose and closes the door.)
Belle: (Walks over to him:) “Who was that?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Just an old woman selling flowers. (He extends the rose to her:) Here. If you’ll have it.”
Belle: “Why, thank you.”
(They bow to each other playfully. She crosses the room. As the conversation goes on, Belle takes a pair of scissors to trims the rose, put it in the vase, and sets it on the table.)
Rumplestiltskin: “You had a life, Belle. Before… this. Friends… family. What made you choose to come here with me?” (Takes a seat.)
Belle: “Heroism. Sacrifice. You know, there aren’t a lot of opportunities in this land for women to show what they can do. To see the world, to be heroes. So, when you arrived, that was my chance. I always wanted to be brave. I figured, do the brave thing, and bravery would follow.”
Rumplestiltskin: “And is it everything you hoped?”
Belle: “Well, uh… I did want to see the world. That part didn’t really work out. But, I did save my village.”
Rumplestiltskin: “And what about your… betrothed?”
Belle: “It was an arranged marriage. Honestly, I never really cared much for Gaston. To me love is—love is layered. Love is a mystery to be uncovered. Yeah, I could never truly give my heart to someone as superficial as he. But, um, you were going to tell me about your son.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’ll tell you what… I’ll make you a deal. Go to town, and fetch me some straw. When you return, I’ll share my tale.”
Belle: “But… town? You trust me to come back?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, no. I expect I’ll never see you again.”

Storybrooke. Present. The Rabbit Hole.
(For their girls’ night out, Ashley, Mary Margaret and Ruby are seated at a table drinking. Ashley and Ruby down shots.)
Mary Margaret: “Pace yourself, Ashley.”
Ashley: “I am! This is my first night out since I’ve had the baby, I am making up for lost time.” (She downs another shot.)
Ruby: (Looking at some guys across the bar:) “Ooh, Ash, check out those guys.”
Ashley: “Oh, honey, I’m still with Sean.”
Ruby: “You’re not married, and he’s not here.”
Ashley: “He’s working.”
Ruby: “He’s always working. Have fun moping!”
(Ruby takes her drink and walks over to the guys.)
Ashley: “She’s right. He is always working. I thought love would be different.”
Mary Margaret: “Me, too.” (She sips her drink.)

The Dark Star Pharmacy.
(David picks out two Valentine’s Day cards and gets in line behind Mr. Gold. At the counter, Mr. Clark is helping the customer in front of Mr. Gold ring up some items. The older man notices him and starts a conversation.)
Mr. Gold: “Two Valentine’s. Sounds like a complicated life.”
David: “Oh, no, I-I just couldn’t decide.”
Mr. Gold: “These are both for the same woman?”
David: “Well; they’re both so… us.”
Mr. Gold:“ I see. Well, you're fortunate you have someone that loves you.”
David: “I really am.”
Mr. Gold: “Love. It’s like a delicate flame. And once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Best of luck to you.” (Mr. Gold exits.)
David: “Thanks. (Mr. Clark sneezes:) Bless you.”
Mr. Clark: “Thanks.”

Storybrooke.
(On the streets, Mr. Gold is driving Moe’s truck. In the back, Moe is gagged and tied up. They arrive at an abandoned cabin in the woods. Mr. Gold, with a pistol, opens the back of the truck and Moe slowly climbs out, tied up.)
Mr. Gold: “Walk. (They entering the cabin. Moe turns and Mr. Gold cocks his gun, pointing it at him:) Now, you see, here’s the thing—I don’t normally let people get away.” (He closes the door.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(On
the road towards town to fetch straw, Belle walks there with an empty basket. A carriage approaches and stops next to her. The Evil Queen peers out to see Belle.)
Evil Queen: “Did my carriage splash you?”
Belle: “Oh. Oh, no, I’m- I’m fine.”
Evil Queen: “You know, I’m tired of riding. Let me stretch my legs and walk with you for a spell. (A short time later, the Queen and Belle walk along the road as the carriage follows them from behind:) You carry very little.”
Belle: “I don’t want to be slowed down.”
Evil Queen: “Mm. You’re running from someone. (Laughs:) The question is, master or lover? (Belle silently looks at her:) Oh. Master and lover.”
Belle: “I might take a rest. You—you go on ahead.”
Evil Queen: (Wraps her arm around Belle and they continue walking:) “So, if I’m right, you love your employer, but you’re leaving him.”
Belle: “I might love him. I mean, I could, except… something evil has taken root in him.”
Evil Queen: “Sounds like a curse to me, and all curses can be broken. A kiss born of true love would do it. (Belle stops. The Queen laughs and they continue walking:) Oh, child, no. I would never suggest a young woman to kiss a man who held her captive. What kind of message is that?”
Belle: “Right.”
Evil Queen: “Besides, if he loves you, he would’ve let you go. And if he doesn’t love you, well then, the kiss won’t even work.”
Belle: “Well, he did let me go.”
Evil Queen: “Yes, but no kiss happened.”
Belle: “And a kiss—a kiss is enough? He’d be a man again?”
Evil Queen: “An ordinary man. True love’s kiss will break any curse.”

Rumplestiltskin’s Castle.
(From a window inside his castle, Rumplestiltskin is frantically looking out the window for Belle. Once he spots her returning, he rushes down the stairs to feign busily spinning at the wheel. Belle arrives back with a full basket of straw.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, you’re back already. Good. Good thing. I’m, uh… I’m nearly out of straw.”
Belle: “Hmm. (She crosses to the wheel and puts down her basket:) Come on, you’re happy that I’m back.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m not unhappy.”
Belle: (Laughs:) “And, you promised me a story.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Did I?”
Belle: “Mm-hmm. (She removes the thread from his hand and sits down beside him:) Tell me about your son.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Hesitantly:) “Uh… I lost him. There’s nothing more to tell, really.”
Belle: “And since then, you’ve loved no one, and no one has loved you.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Leans toward her:) “Why did you come back?”
Belle: “I wasn’t going to. But then… something changed my mind.”
(They kiss.)

Rumplestiltskin: “Oh. (His face begins changing as the greenness of his skin starts to melt away. He keeps his eyes closed, unsure:) What’s happening?”
Belle: “Kiss me again, it’s working.”
Rumplestiltskin: (In a human voice:) “What is?”
Belle: “Any curse can be broken.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Stands up abruptly in anger:) “Who told you that!? Who knows that!?”
Belle: “I-I-I don’t know. She, uh… she—she–”
Rumplestiltskin: “She. (He crosses the room and uncovers a mirror, speaking into it:) You… evil… soul. This was you! You turned her against me! You think you can make me weak? You think you can defeat me!?”
Belle: “Who are you talking to?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The Queen! Your friend, the Queen! How did she get to you?”
Belle: “The-the Queen? I don’t–”
Rumplestiltskin: “I knew this was a trick. I knew you could never care for me. Oh, yeah. You’re working for her. Or is this all you? Is this you being the hero and killing the beast?”
Belle: “It was working–”
Rumplestiltskin: “Shut up!”
Belle: “This means it’s true love!”
Rumplestiltskin: “Shut the hell up!”
Belle: “Why won’t you believe me?!”
Rumplestiltskin: “Because no one– (He furiously shakes her:) No one could ever, ever love me!”
(The scene shifts to him throwing her into the cell. Belle lands on the hard ground, confused, as he slams the door shut.)

The Royal Castle. Dungeon.
(Snow White, Grumpy and Stealthy make their way through the tunnels.)

Snow White: (The group passes an opening:) “Oh wait, wait. Stairs.”
(She gestures toward the stairs and Grumpy and Stealthy pause.)
Stealthy: “No, we sneak out through the courtyard.”
Snow White: “No, it’s safer if we climb over the curtain wall. (Grumpy and Stealthy exchange a glance:) Trust me, hiding from royals is my life.”
Stealthy: “But the courtyard is clear now, it won’t be for much longer.”
Grumpy: (Looking from Stealthy to Snow White:) “Sorry, lady, Stealthy got me this far.” (He and Stealthy hurry on.)
Snow White: “Grumpy. Grumpy, wait!”
(She is left standing alone.)

The Royal Castle. Exterior.
(Stealthy and Grumpy emerge from the tunnels to an empty courtyard. A group of soldiers accompanied by King George, appears from around a corner.)
Guard: “Halt! Those two are prisoners.”
Stealthy: “Grumpy, run! We can make it!” (He makes a break for it.)
Grumpy: “Stealthy, no! (A guard shoots an arrow from atop a wall. Stealthy is shot and falls to the ground with a moan:) NOOO!! (He bends down at Stealthy’s side:) Stealthy…” (He cries audibly.)
King George: (He and his group of guards approach:) “Where is the girl?”
Snow White: (Looking up at the King:) “What girl?”
King George: “Kill him.”
(A guard draws his sword. Grumpy straightens on his knees, bracing himself. The guard makes ready to behead him.)
Snow White: (Suddenly appearing:) “Looking for me? (Holding a lit torch over a pile of straw:) Let him go… (Lowering the torch slightly:) Or this place will burn.” (She and King George hold gazes for a moment.)
King George: “Begone, dwarf.”
Snow White: (Grumpy hesitates:) “Go, Grumpy.” (She nods at him.)
Grumpy: (A guard kicks him over:) “Uhh!” (Getting up, he runs off.)
King George: “Now… Snow White. (A guard takes the torch from her as another binds her hands behind her back:) We need to talk.”

Storybrooke. Present. The Abandoned Cabin.
Moe
: “Let me explain. Okay? (Mr. Gold puts his gun on a table:) Let me explain.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh. (He pulls up a chair and sits:) Well, that is… fascinating. Truly fascinating. (He presses the end of his cane into Moe’s throat:) I’m gonna let you breathe in a second, and you’re gonna say two sentences. The first is gonna tell me where it is. The second is gonna tell me who told you to take it. Do you understand the rules?”
Moe: (Strained:) “Yeah.”
Mr. Gold: “Good. Let’s begin.”
(He removes the cane.)
Moe: “I needed that van.”
Mr. Gold: “Ah, ta, ta, ta, ta. Now, you see, that is not a good first sentence.”
(He hits Moe with his cane.)
Moe: “Oh! Gold! Listen!”
Mr. Gold: “Tell me where it is!” (He hits him again.)
Moe: “Oh! Stop!”
Mr. Gold: “Tell me where it is!” (Delivers another physical lashing to Moe.)
Moe: “Oh! Stop! It wasn’t my fault!”
Mr. Gold: “ ‘My fault’? What are you talking about, ‘my fault’? You shut her out. You had her love, and you shut her out!” (He strikes Moe again.)
Moe: “Aah!”
Mr. Gold: “She’s gone. She’s gone forever. She’s not coming back. And it’s your fault! (He accentuates his words with strikes and Moe shouts when he is struck:) Not mine! You are her father! Yours! It’s yours! (The scene transitions briefly to Rumplestiltskin destroying a cabinet with his walking stick, then transitions back:) It’s your fault! It’s your fault!”
(Suddenly, Emma intrudes on the situation by grabbing Mr. Gold’s cane.)
Emma: “Stop!”
(The scene transitions to Rumplestiltskin again. He picks up tea cups and throws them against a wall. When he picks up the chipped cup, he stops, looks at it, and sets it back down.)

Storybrooke. The Rabbit Hole.
Mary Margaret:
(Returning to her seat:) “Girls night’s really working out for you.”
Ashley: “Thought it would make me feel better. But the truth is…I need a ‘be with my guy night’. But he’s never around. And I’m at home with the baby all day. I mean, what’s the point of being together if we’re not together?”
Mary Margaret: “I get it. Loving someone you can’t be with… it’s a terrible, terrible burden.”
Ashley: “Look, this was a bad idea. I should—I should go home.”
Sean: “Ashley.”
Ashley: “Sean?”
Sean: (Holding roses:) “Hey.”
Ashley: “I thought that you were working tonight.”
Sean: “I am. It’s my break and… I had to see you. (He hands her the roses as Ruby rejoins the table:) And, ask you something. (Gets down on one knee and pulls out a ring:) Will you marry me? (Ashley looks shocked:) I only have a twenty-minute break so, um, anytime now.”
Ashley: “Yes!”
(He puts the ring on her finger as the other people in the bar applaud.)
Sean: “My truck’s outside if you want to take a ride, before I head back to work. It’s not much of a date.”
Ashley: “It’s the best date.” (They kiss.)
Sean: “Then your carriage awaits.”
(They happily leave. Mary Margaret, looking sad, prepares to leave as well.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Royal Castle.
(King George is interrogating Snow White.)
King George: “So you’re the one.”
Snow White: “I don’t know what you’re-”
King George: “Enough. (Holds up a piece of paper:) I know everything. You poisoned his heart. Now his marriage. And with that, the entire kingdom all because of your feelings.”
Snow White: “I wish feelings could be helped but they can’t.”
King George: “Of course they can. Love is a disease. And like all diseases it can be vanquished in one of two ways: a cure or death. Do you know where your beloved is right now? He’s right down that hallway packing for his new life.”
Snow White: “He’ll never know I’m here.”
King George: “Oh yes, he will. Because you are going to walk down that hallway, Snow White. You’re going to sneak in and tell him you received his letter. (Gestures to the paper:) You’re going to tell him why you’re here. Because you don’t love him. It’ll break his heart. And that will cure him.”
Snow White: “Or you’ll kill me.”
King George: “Oh no. I’ll kill him. Killing you would just make him love you more, and the marriage and the kingdom would ultimately crumble. But if he were to die at an assassin’s hand he would die a martyr. Midas would forgive, even laud the dead. And the merger would be complete.”
Snow White: “You would do that to your own son.”
King George: “He is not my son.”

The Royal Castle. Prince’s Chambers.
(Snow White sneaks into Prince Charming’s chambers where he is packing his bags. She closes the door behind her and he looks up.)
Snow White:
(Walking towards him:) “James.”
Prince Charming: “Snow.”
Snow White: “I got your letter.”
Prince Charming: (Smiling:) “You came. (Running to Snow White:) You came! (Taking her up in a big embrace:) You came! (He laughs:) You came.”
(Leans in for a kiss.)
Snow White: (Pulling away:) “Wait, James. Us, it can’t happen.”
Prince Charming: “What’s wrong? Of course it can. You’re here! We can go, we can be together, we can leave all this! (Taking both her hands:) I know there are costs. But I planned for everything, they can’t hurt us! And now that I know that you love me too-”
Snow White: “I don’t.”
Prince Charming: “What?”
Snow White: “Love you. I don’t. (He is clearly disappointed:) I’m sorry. You said I would always be in your heart, and that is too cruel a fate. Go live your life. Live it without me, because there is no place for us together. (He starts to cry:) Fill your heart with love for someone else. Someone who can love you the way I never have. The way I never will.”
(She hands him his letter, which he takes and crumples. She walks past him and starts to cry silently.)

Storybrooke. Present. Outside The Rabbit Hole.
(Sean and Ashley get into a truck as Mary Margaret, at a distance, watches them with longing. David walks up.)
David: “How’s girls’ night?”
Mary Margaret: “David? (She walks over to him:) What are you doing here?”
David: “I knew you’d be here. And I uh, I wanted to give you your Valentine’s Day card.” (He hands her the card.)
Mary Margaret: “And check up on me?”
David: “Maybe a little. I didn’t want you to find somebody else.”
Mary Margaret: (Opens the card:) “Like you? (Reading from it:) ‘Kathryn, I woof you.’ ”
David: “No. I’m so sorry. I meant… (Pulls out another card:) I meant…I meant this one.”
Mary Margaret: “I-I-I always thought that if two people were supposed to be together, they’d find a way. But David, if this is our way, I think we should find another one.”
David: “Mary Margaret–”
Mary Margaret: “I think you should go home to Kathryn.”
David: “I know. You’re right. But it doesn’t mean I’m gonna give up. We’ll find that way.”
Mary Margaret: “I hope so.”
David: “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
Mary Margaret: (Chuckles sadly:) “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Outside The Abandoned Cabin.
(Moe is being loaded into an ambulance. At the side, Emma is speaking to Mr. Gold.)
Emma: “So I hear you managed to not break anything he needs. You’re lucky, Mr. Gold.”
Mr. Gold: “You got a funny definition of lucky.”
Emma: “You have a funny definition of justice. What did he really do?”
Mr. Gold: “He stole.”
Emma: “That reaction was about more than taking a few trinkets. You said something about how he hurt ‘her’, what happened to ‘her’? Who was that? What did he do? If someone needs help, maybe I can help.”
Mr. Gold: “No. I’m sorry, Sheriff. I think you heard that wrong.”
Emma: “You really don’t wanna cooperate.”
Mr. Gold: “Look, we’re done here.”
(He moves to walk away.)
Emma: (She grabs his arm:) “Actually… No, we’re not. You’re under arrest.”
(She cuffs him.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Forest Outside The Royal Castle.
(Snow White walks away from the castle, utterly dejected. She takes one last look before continuing on her way. As she walks, Grumpy and the other Dwarves join alongside her.)
Grumpy:
“You okay, sister?”
Snow White: (Fighting back tears:) “Not even close.”
Grumpy: “You didn’t find him.”
Snow White: “Worse. I lost him.”
Grumpy: (Taking her hand:) “Come on.”
Snow White: “Where are you taking me?”
Grumpy: “Home. We all lost someone today.”
Doc: “Now we’re seven.”
Grumpy: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. So you’re coming home with us, Snow, and we’re gonna protect you.”
Snow White: “The only thing that needed protecting is destroyed. My heart.”
Grumpy: “It will get better.”
(Snow White and all the Dwarves walk off together.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Belle, with a crestfallen expression, is sitting on the cot of her cell in Rumplestiltskin’s castle. Suddenly, Rumplestiltskin enters.)
Belle: “So… what are you going to do to me?”
Rumplestiltskin: (He gestures towards the door:) “Go.”
(Turns around to face away from her.)
Belle: “Go?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I don’t want you anymore, dearie.”
(Belle hesitantly gets up to straighten her dress and walks past Rumplestiltskin, who stays perfectly still, as she leaves. Promptly, she stops at the exit. Rumplestiltskin stares at the floor, his expression unreadable, when Belle turns back around to confront him face-to-face.)
Belle: “You know, you were freeing yourself. You could have had happiness if you just believed that someone could want you. (Rumplestiltskin slightly narrows his eyes at her words:) But you couldn’t take the chance.”
Rumplestiltskin: “That’s a lie.”
Belle: (Inches forward as she holds his gaze:) “You’re a coward, Rumplestiltskin. And no matter how thick you make your skin, that doesn’t change.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m not a coward, dearie. It’s quite simple, really. My power… means more to me than you.”
Belle: “No. No, it doesn’t. You just don’t think I can love you. Now, you’ve made your choice. And you’re going to regret it. (Her voice trembles:) Forever. And all you’ll have… is an empty heart… (Voice breaks:) and a chipped cup.”
(With tears threatening to spill, she holds eye contact with him before stalking out of the cell while Rumplestiltskin does not move from his spot. As her steps recede out of earshot, he closes his eyes.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Sheriff’s Office.
(Emma is eating a sandwich at her desk.)
Emma:(To Mr. Gold in cell:) “Pastrami. You want half? (Speaking with her mouth full:) You know, I still owe you that favor. Nice fatty pastrami. Delicious way to clear the books.”
Mr. Gold: (Turning to look at her:) “Well, I don’t need a reminder that you owe me a favor. And when the day comes that I make my request, it’ll be for more than half a sandwich.”
(Emma grins at his comment as footsteps approach. Regina arrives with Henry. Surprised, Emma sets down her sandwich.)
Regina:
“Sheriff Swan? Why don’t you take a break. Take Henry out, buy him ice cream.”
Emma:
(Suspiciously:) “You want me to leave you alone with a prisoner?”
Regina:
(Responding while her eyes are set on Mr. Gold:) “If that’s not too much to ask?”
Henry: (To Emma:) “Hi Emma.”
Emma:
(To Henry:) “Hey kid.”
Mr. Gold: (As Emma looks to him:) “Bring me back a cone.”
Emma: “Just play nice, you two. (She grabs her coat and speaks to Henry:) Come on, let’s go!”
(The two head out.)
Mr. Gold: “Well… You really wanted that little chat, didn’t you?”
Regina: (Approaching cell with a smirk:) “Apparently, this is the only way I could do it.”
Mr. Gold:
“Please, sit. (She does:) Now when two people want something the other has, a deal can always be struck. Do you have what I want?”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Yes.”

Mr. Gold: “So… you did put him up to it, then.”
Regina: “I merely suggested that… strong men take what they need.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh yeah, and you told him just what to take, didn’t you?”
Regina: “We used to know each other so well, Mr. Gold. Has it really come down to this?”
Mr. Gold: “It seems it has, yeah. But you know what I want. What is it you want?”
Regina: “I want you to answer one question. And answer it simply. What’s your name?”
Mr. Gold: “It’s Mr. Gold.”
Regina: (Gives him a stern look:) “Your real name.”
Mr. Gold: “Every moment I’ve spent on this earth, that’s been my name.”
Regina: “But what about moments spent elsewhere?”
Mr. Gold: (Pauses for a few beats:) “What are you asking me?”
Regina: “I think you know. If you want me to return what’s yours, tell me your name.”
Mr. Gold: (He pauses again, and then chuckles:) “Rumplestiltskin. (He stands to grip the cell bars:) Now give me what I want.”
Regina: “Such hostility.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh yeah.”
Regina: (Reaches into her bag and takes out the chipped cup:) “Over this? (Mr. Gold reaches for the cup through the bars while she shifts the item from side to side teasingly:) Such a… (His hand latches onto the cup, to which she stops moving it:) sentimental little keepsake.”
(She loosens her grip as he snatches the cup back.)
Mr. Gold: “Thank you… your Majesty. (Sits down on cell cot to examine the cup in relief:) So… now that we’re being honest with each other, let’s remember how things used to be, shall we? And don’t let these bars fool you, dear. I’m the one with the power around here. I’m gonna be out of here in no time, and nothing between us will change.”
Regina: (Moves closer to the cell, and grips the bars:) “We shall see.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh I know your game, dearie. For instance, I know all about you and Miss Swan.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “What about me and Sheriff Swan?”
Mr. Gold: “I thought we were being honest with each other? There is no way you’d let Emma anywhere near your boy unless you two had somehow managed to… bury the hatchet, shall we say?”
Regina: “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Mr. Gold: “You’re not the only one with eyes and ears everywhere, your highness. Sneaking around together in the dead of night, tsk tsk. Such behavior. (At Regina’s angry look:) Oh, don’t worry m’dear. I’ve known for sometime now and I have no intention of letting the cat out of the bag. Your love life has never been my concern and it never will be. (Points:) I just want you to know that there’s no keeping secrets from me, ever.”
(Wordlessly, Regina retreats out of the room as Mr. Gold glances down at the cup in his hands.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In the castle,
Rumplestiltskin is spinning at the wheel as usual when the Evil Queen enters.)
Evil Queen: “Flimsy locks. (Chuckles:) I have a deal to discuss. A certain… mermaid.” (Glances down at tea set on the table.)
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m not dealing today.”
Evil Queen: “Are you angry with me? What is it this time?”
(She pours herself some tea.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Your little deception failed. You’ll never be more powerful than me. You can keep trying, dearie, but you’re never gonna beat me.”
Evil Queen: (Clicks tongue:) “Oh. (In a mocking tone:) Is this about that girl I met on the road? (Laughs:) What was her name? Margie? Verna?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Belle.”
Evil Queen: “Right. Well… you can rest assured I had nothing to do with that tragedy.”
Rumplestiltskin: (He stops spinning and walks toward the Queen, who is stirring her tea cup:)What tragedy?”
Evil Queen: “You don’t know? (Chuckles and sets down spoon while still holding her cup of tea:) Wow. After she got home… her fiancé had gone missing. (She flashes him a knowing smile and takes a few steps before turning around:) And after her stay here, her… ‘association’ with you, no one would want her, of course. Her father shunned her, cut her off, shut her out.”
Rumplestiltskin: “So she needs… a home?”
Evil Queen: (Chuckles:) “He was cruel to her. He locked her in a tower and sent in clerics to cleanse her soul with scourges and flaying. After a while, she threw herself off the tower. She died.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You’re lying.”
Evil Queen: “Am I?”
Rumplestiltskin: “We’re done.”
(He magically opens the castle doors.)
Evil Queen: “Fine. (She puts down her cup:) I have other calls to make. (Rumplestiltskin stands by the open doors as she walks towards the exit while running her hand along the table to touch dust:) Hmm. The place is looking dusty, Rumple. You should get a new girl.”
(She leaves, and the doors close. Slowly Rumplestiltskin walks over to a cabinet and removes the chipped cup. He takes a golden goblet off a pedestal and puts the cup in its place. As Rumplestiltskin looks at the cup, he begins crying over the loss of Belle.)

Storybrooke General Hospital. Present.
(Regina crosses a lobby, passing a bandaged up Moe, and enters a code into a door marked Exit. The buzzer sounds; allowing her access to the downstairs psychiatric ward. At the counter, she gives a rose to the nurse.)
Severe Nurse: “Pretty.”
Regina: “Well, I know how hard you work. Has anyone been to see her?”
Severe Nurse: “No, ma'am. Not today. Not ever.”
(Regina walks down a hallway. She stops at an unmarked door and lifts a slot, peering in at the resident inside, Belle, who looks up at her. Regina smiles, then closes the slot.)

 

 

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The Enchanted Forest. Past. Night On A Misty Lake.
(Snow White rows a boat to a small dock. She gets out of the boat and begins mooring it.)
Rumplestiltskin: (Suddenly sitting in her boat:) “How much for this?”
Snow White: “Excuse me?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Your boat. Exquisite craftsmanship.”
Snow White: “It’s not for sale.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Of course it is, dearie. No one comes to see me without a deal in mind.”
Snow White: “So you’re Rumplestiltskin.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Indeed, I am. I’ve been looking forward to meeting you. (He disembarks and approaches her:) Ah. (Touching her face:) You really are the fairest of them all, aren’t you? What can I do for you?”
Snow White: “I need a cure.”
Rumplestiltskin: “What ails you, child?”
Snow White: “A broken heart.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ah, the most painful of afflictions. Well, I’m afraid if you want me to make him love you, no can do, and nothing can.”
Snow White: “No, that’s not the problem. We can’t be together.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, that I can help you with.”
(Removes a vial from his pocket and fills it with water from the lake. In his hand, the water turns a cloudy white.)
Snow White: “That’ll do it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Not yet. No two loves are… exactly alike. We must make this… (Pulls some hair from her head:) Personal!”
Snow White: “Aah! (Rumplestiltskin fiddles with the hair and the bottle:) So, if I drink that, I’ll no longer love him?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The next time you see the object of your grief, you won’t even remember who he is.”
Snow White: “I won’t remember him?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Love is the most powerful magic. So the cure must be… extreme.”
Snow White: “ ‘Extreme’ sounds like an understatement.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Don’t doubt yourself now, dearie. Love makes us sick, haunts our dreams, destroys our days. Love… has killed more than any disease. This cure is a gift.”
Snow White: “What’s your price?”
Rumplestiltskin: (Holding up strands of her hair:) “These’ll do.”
Snow White: “What do you need of my hair?”
Rumplestiltskin: “What do you need of it now it’s been plucked from your head? Do we have a deal? (She takes the vial:) Ohh. I thought so. Drink it in good health… Snow White.”
(Snow White looks shocked. He turns and walks away into the fog.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Mills House, Exterior.
(Thunder rumbles. A Stranger works on his motorcycle as Henry Mills walks up.)
Henry: “What are you doing here?”
Stranger: “Fixing my bike.”
Henry: “No, I mean in Storybrooke.”
Stranger: “Just visiting.”
Henry: (Looking at a large case on the back of the motorcycle:) “What’s that?”
Stranger: “A box.”
Henry: “What’s inside it?”
Stranger: “Just something I need to do what I came here for.”
(Regina exits the house and pauses upon noticing Henry talking to the Stranger, who gets on his motorcycle.)
Henry: “I thought you were just visiting.”
Stranger: “Doesn’t mean I don’t have something to do.”
(Thunder rumbles and the Stranger starts his motorcycle.)
Regina: “Henry?”
Stranger: “You better get to school. (Regina starts down the path to the sidewalk:) Looks like a storm’s coming.” (Drives off.)
Regina: “Henry, who was that?”
(Henry shrugs.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Road Outside A Castle.
(A carriage with palace guards brings Abigail to King George. She steps down from the carriage.)
King George: “Princess Abigail. Your beauty grows with each passing day. It is an honor to have you join my family.”
Abigail: “Thank you, Your Majesty.”
Guard: “Let’s go!” (Cavalry gallops away.)
Abigail: “Is everything okay?”
King George: “Just the excitement of the royal wedding. We want to ensure the safety of our guests. So, if you’ll excuse me. (Bows. Approaches guard and speaks to him:) Find him.”

The Enchanted Forest, Road. Past.
(Prince Charming bursts from a group of trees and rides as fast as he can.)
Prince Charming: “Hyah! (Guards on horseback erupt from the trees and follow him:) Hyah!”
(One guard fires bolts at him from a crossbow. With a grunt, Prince Charming jumps a fallen tree in the road. The horsemen behind him pull up short, unable to do the same.)
Guard: “Go around! Go! (They do. When they get to the other side, Prince Charming is nowhere to be found.) Split up!”
(Prince Charming, already dismounted and standing off the road, watches the party take both forks and turns around. Suddenly, two men in purple cloaks capture him.)

Storybrooke. Present. Nolan House.
(David and Kathryn Nolan eat together.)
Kathryn: “David, there’s something we need to discuss.”
David: “Okay.”
Kathryn: “I applied to law school.”
David: “That’s amazing! Why didn’t you ever tell me?”
Kathryn: “I don’t know. Maybe because I didn’t think I could actually do it? But I did. (Hands David a letter:) I got this today. (He opens it:) I got in.”
David: “It—it’s… in… Boston.”
Kathryn: “I know things have been hard between us. But maybe a fresh start is what we need? Maybe we’ve been fighting too hard to recapture old memories when—we should have been making new ones instead.

Granny’s Diner.
(Ruby hands Mary Margaret Blanchard her coffee. The door opens and David Nolan walks in, sees Mary Margaret, then promptly walks straight out again. Mary Margaret follows after him, while Ruby gives a sidelong glance. Mary Margaret follows him down the street.)
Mary Margaret:
“What are you doing?”
David: (Turns around:) “Well, I’m trying not to see you!”
Mary Margaret: “Well, I am trying not to see you.”
David: “Well, how do we stop seeing each other?”
Mary Margaret: “Apparently we can’t.”
David: “This is a problem.”
Mary Margaret: “We’re not being honest. I know it’s hard, but—we have to tell her the truth! About everything: about us…”
(David has stopped walking; Mary Margaret turns around to look at him.)
David: “I don’t know if I can.”
Mary Margaret: (Pause:) “You have to. If we can’t be honest with other people, how can we be honest with each other?”
David: “Is it really the best plan?”
Mary Margaret: “What’s your plan? (David shrugs. They continue walking:) The only way no one gets hurt here is if we don’t want to be together. Is that what you want?”
David: “No.”
Mary Margaret: “Then we have to stop hiding and do something. It’s better she hears it from you than from someone else. (David nods:) You have to make a choice.”
David: (Sighs:) “I choose… you.”
Mary Margaret: (Nods:) “Then it’s time to tell Kathryn.”
(They kiss, but it is revealed that Regina Mills is watching them from her car.)

The Enchanted Forest, Road. Past.
(Prince Charming’s captors unmask him.)
Prince Charming: “Who are you? (Man lifts his dagger:) What are you waiting for? Do you think I fear you? (Man cuts Prince Charming’s bonds. Princess Abigail leads a horse to the man:) Abigail? What are you doing here?”
Princess Abigail: “I wanted to get my hands on you before your father ripped you to shreds.”
Prince Charming: “How did you know I was going–”
Princess Abigail: “Because I have ears in the king’s court. And despite everyone’s best efforts to shield me from it, I know the truth. You love Snow White… and you have no intention of marrying me.”
Prince Charming: “I won’t marry someone I don’t love… or give that despot the satisfaction that I helped him. If that means suffering the consequences, so be it.”
Princess Abigail: “You’re prepared to lay down your life. How charming. But I didn’t come here to see you die. I came here to help you escape.”
Prince Charming: “Why would you do anything to help me?”
Princess Abigail: “Because I don’t wanna marry you either.”

Dwarves’ Cottage.
(Grumpy barges through the front door.)
Grumpy: (To Doc:) “Where’s Snow? Where is she? (Doc points:) Snow! Snow! The royal wedding! The kingdom’s abuzz! It’s off, Snow, he left her! James left Abigail! (Snow White looks confused:) Did you hear me? Your Prince Charming isn’t getting married.”
Snow White: (Vacantly:) “Who?”
(Grumpy’s face drops as he sees an empty vial on her bedside table.)

Storybrooke. Present. David and Kathryn’s House.
(Kathryn is on the computer.)
Kathryn: “David? David, come take a look, I found a whole bunch of great apartment options. (Enter David:) I have no idea which neighborhood to look at, but… have you ever been to Boston?”
David: “No, No, I’ve never been.”
Kathryn: “Maybe we should ask the Sheriff, Emma. She’s from there, she could probably help–”
David: “Kathryn. I can’t go to Boston with you.”
Kathryn: “Can’t… or won’t?”
David: (Kneels beside her:) “I am sorry. I’m so, so sorry. (Shakes head:) I don’t know what to say.”
Kathryn: “Try the truth. (Looks at him:) David, is there something going on that I don’t know about?”
David: “No! No, something happened. I don’t know what it is! But there is something that’s preventing me… from connecting—and it’s not fair to you to let that screw up your life. You’re right, you need a fresh start. It’s just not with me.”

Main Street.
(Emma Swan loads supplies into her cruiser as the Mayor watches.)
Emma: “You know, you could help me instead of standing there checking out my ass.”
Regina: (Distractedly:) “What?”
Emma: (Smirks:) “I said you look upset, what’s wrong?”
Regina: “I need you to look into something, Sheriff. Someone’s in town— someone new.”
Emma: “What’s the big deal? Who is he?”
Regina: “I don’t know. I asked around but no one seems to know anything. There’s something about him—something familiar.”
Emma: “He must be one of the untold millions you cursed.”
Regina: “What?”
Emma: “Oh, you know, the Curse. Henry’s whole thing.”
Regina: “Sheriff, I need you to find out who he is, what he wants, and what he’s doing here.”
Emma: “You know, there’s no one else around, you can use my name. And as hard as you tried to find one in my case, there is no law against visiting Storybrooke.”
Regina: “This isn’t about the law, Emma. You’re gonna do this because I asked you to and because you’ll see it’s the right thing to do.”
Emma: (She closes the trunk of the cruiser:) “And why is that?”
Regina: “Because he was in front of my house, taking a particular interest in the one thing we both care about — Henry.”
Emma: "All right, I’ll look into him. For a kiss.”
Regina: (Looks around:) “Emma…”
Emma: “Come on… nobody is gonna see.”
Regina: (Sighs, steps forward and kisses her:) “Now go do your job, Sheriff.”
Emma: (Salutes:) “Yes, Ma'am.”
(Emma walks toward the front of the vehicle as thunder rumbles.)

The Enchanted Forest, Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming rides with Princess Abigail and two guards.)
Princess Abigail: “We’ve reached my father’s realm. We should be safe here. (They halt, dismount:) I have provisions waiting for you.”
(Hands Prince Charming a leather bag.)
Prince Charming: “I can’t take any of it. (Tosses it away:) Not until you tell me what’s really going on.”
Princess Abigail: “I told you–”
Prince Charming: “Stop playing games! (Guard approaches; Abigail signals him back:) If you have no feelings for me, as you have said, why show me any kindness at all? What haven’t you told me?”
Princess Abigail: “This isn’t about you, James. It’s me. I don’t want to marry you because… my heart also belongs to another. A man I was once to wed. A man named Frederick.”
Prince Charming: “What happened?”
Princess Abigail: “We all have our own tragedies, lost love being the worst. I thought reuniting you with yours might grant me some consolation.”
Prince Charming: “Well, I’m afraid I’m not able to help you, then. My… ‘love’ told me in no uncertain terms that she does not feel for me as I do for her. Can’t fight for something that doesn’t exist. So… (Sighs:) there’s my tragedy.”
Princess Abigail: “That’s no tragedy. Come. (Extends her hand. Prince Charming takes it:) Follow me. (Hand in hand, they approach a golden statue inside a small wooden pavilion. Standing over it are two guards who wear chain mail and carry spears. To the guards:) A moment, please. (Exit pavilion guards:) This is where my beloved Frederick sacrificed his life.”
Prince Charming: “I’m sorry. Did he die in battle?”
Princess Abigail: “We were traveling with my father, King Midas. When our caravan was ambushed, Frederick bravely defended us, and was cut down saving my father’s life.”
Prince Charming: “It’s a fitting tribute. The craftsmanship is—is remarkable. I haven’t seen anything quite so… lifelike.” (Holds statue’s arm.)
Princess Abigail: “That’s because the arm you’re touching is actually Frederick’s.”
Prince Charming: “Excuse me?”
Princess Abigail: “It’s not a statue. Frederick saw the attack when no one else did, and threw himself in front of my father, knocking him to safety. Because of my father’s curse… he was instantly turned to gold.”
Prince Charming: “All curses can be broken. Have you tried true love’s kiss?”
Princess Abigail: (Shakes her head in the negative:) “Until my lips bled.”
Prince Charming: “The gold got in the way. There must be something else to do.”
Princess Abigail: “There is legend of a lake. Lake Nostos. Its waters are said to have magical properties that can return to you something that was once lost.”
Prince Charming: “And— yet, you haven’t tried it?”
Princess Abigail: “Of course I have. But the lake is guarded by a ghastly creature that drowns its victims. No one who’s ever faced it has lived to return.”
Prince Charming: “Don’t give up hope just yet. I will face this… guardian. And return with the water that will undo this wretched curse.”
Princess Abigail: “None have succeeded!”
Prince Charming: “None have my fearless bravery.”
Princess Abigail: “Or fearless disregard for their own safety.”
Prince Charming: “Either way. One of us should have our happiness.”
Princess Abigail: “And if you die, neither of us will!”
Prince Charming: “No, not true. Don’t you understand? If I succeed, you’ll be reunited with Frederick and your misery ends. If I fail, the misery that ends will be mine.”

Storybrooke. Mayor’s Office. Present.
(There is a knock on the door. It opens to reveal Kathryn.)
Kathryn: “Regina, you got a min—”
(Kathryn breaks down crying.)

Regina: “Kathryn, what is it?”
Kathryn: “It’s David. He’s leaving me.”
Regina: (Crosses her arms:) “That little homewrecker.”
Kathryn: “Excuse me?”
Regina: “She just couldn’t stay away, could she?”
Kathryn: “What are you talking about?”
Regina: (Puzzled:) “Why, Mary Margaret, of course.”
Kathryn: “What’s Mary Margaret got to do with this? What’s Mary Margaret got to do with any of this—Regina, do you know something?”
Regina: “They’ve been having an affair.”
Kathryn: (Breaks down again:) “How do you know this? How, did you see something?”
Regina: “I… saw them together.”
Kathryn: “Why didn’t you tell me?”
Regina: “Because I thought you two were working it out! I wanted you to work it out. Believe me, I want you two together.”
Kathryn: “Why? Why do you care about any of this?”
Regina: “Because I’m your friend.”
Kathryn: “No, you’re not. A friend wouldn’t lie. Everyone is lying to me!”
(Exit Kathryn.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Shrine. Night.
(Prince Charming and Abigail arrive.)
Prince Charming: “What’s this?”
Abigail: “It’s a shrine to the guardian of the lake. Every man who faces it leaves an offering here first, asking for the creature’s mercy.”
(Prince Charming picks up a helmet from the shrine and examines it.)
Prince Charming: “I go the rest of the way alone.”
Abigail: “No, this is for me. You have to let me come with you.”
Prince Charming: “No. The only life I want in my hands, is my own.”
Abigail: “Good luck, then. And don’t forget…”
(She looks at the shrine.)
Prince Charming: “A lot of good it did them.”
(Irreverently throws the helmet back and walks off to the lake.)

Storybrooke. David and Kathryn Nolan’s House. Present.
(David is looking at old photos of himself and Kathryn. He puts them down and makes a call on his cell phone.)

Storybrooke Elementary School.
(Mary Margaret is walking through the school when her cell phone rings and she answers it.)
Mary Margaret:
“Hey! Did, uh, did you do it?”
David: (Over the phone:) “Yeah. It was bad.”
Mary Margaret: “I’m sorry.”
David: “No, it was, um, it was really bad.”
Mary Margaret: “But you told the truth, so now we can pick up the pieces. We can start over from a real place.”
David: “Hey. I wanna see you. Can I come by when you get done at school?”
Mary Margaret: “Of course! I’ll see you then! And David, you did the right thing.” (They hang up. Kathryn Nolan comes bursting into the hallway pushing past a man carrying soccer balls.)
Man: (Turning back:) “Oh! Hey! Watch where you’re going!”
Mary Margaret: (Looking up and seeing Kathryn:) “Kathryn! (Kathryn approaches her, shaking her head:) I’m- I’m sorry.”
Kathryn: (Smacking her across the face:) “Screw you, you’re sorry!”
(People in the hallway look up.)
Mary Margaret: (Looking around:) “Yeah. I understand you’re upset, you have every right to be.”
Kathryn: (Sarcastically:) “Thank you for that insight.”
Mary Margaret: “Can we- can we please talk somewhere private?”
Kathryn: “Private!? Why do you get any consideration at all? You have shown none for me! Either of you! All you did was lie!”
Mary Margaret: (Nodding:) “We should have talked to you sooner, but we’ve been completely honest. We didn’t lie.”
Kathryn: “You didn’t lie? You snuck around, you have him break up my marriage with a pack of lies, with some crap about ‘not being able to connect’? (Mary Margaret looks confused:) He didn’t have any trouble connecting with you.”
Mary Margaret: “David didn’t tell you about us?”
Kathryn: “No, of course not. That would have been the honourable thing to do.”
Mary Margaret: “But he said he would tell you.”
Kathryn: “Well, then he lied to you too. Good luck making it work. You two deserve each other.” (Walks off.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Lake Nostos.
(Prince Charming approaches the shore of the lake. He takes off his cape, pulls out a leather canteen, and goes to fill it in the lake. The ripples from the canteen spread and a shudder is heard throughout the lake. Prince charming throws down the canteen and stands up.)
Prince Charming: “Where are you? Make yourself known to me! Beast! (Draws sword:) Show yourself.”
(Slowly, a beautiful woman adorned with jewels, the Siren, rises from the center of the lake.)
Siren: (Smiling:) “Here I am.”

Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner.
(Emma Swan takes shelter from the rainstorm in the diner. She looks over and sees the Stranger sitting in a booth drinking coffee. She takes off her hat and walks towards him.)
Emma: “We need to talk.”
Stranger: “Why?”
Emma: “Because (Sees a large wooden case on the floor next to him:) you’re suspicious.”
Stranger: “Sitting here? Out in the open? Drinking coffee? (Emma narrows her eyes:) I wonder what kind of hell I would have raised had I ordered a doughnut.”
Emma: “You were talking to Henry.”
Stranger: “You mean the little kid who came up to me asking me questions? Is that unusual for him, being curious and precocious?”
Emma: “What were you doing outside his house?”
Stranger: “My bike broke down. It happens.”
Emma: “Your mysterious box. What’s in it?”
Stranger: “It’s awfully frustrating, not knowing, isn’t it?”
Emma: “Just tell me.”
Stranger: “Why? Is it illegal to carry around a box in these parts?”
Emma: “No, of course it’s not.”
Stranger: “You really want to know what’s inside it, don’t you?”
Emma: “No. (Cocks her head:) Well, maybe.”
(Sits down in the booth opposite the Stranger.)
Stranger: “I’m gonna make you wait. You’re gonna have to wait a long time, and watch me carry it around, hauling it, to strange and mysterious places. And with each passing moment the mystery will become more tantalizing. Your imagination will inflame, but so will your frustration, never knowing, only guessing, ‘What could possibly be inside that box?’. Or- (Leans in:) You could let me buy you a drink sometime and I’ll tell you right now.”
Emma: “You want to buy me a drink?”
Stranger: (Smiling:) “Yes.”
Emma: (Staring intently:) “OK, a drink it is. (The Stranger picks up his box and sets it on the table in front of Emma. He pauses for effect, then opens it to reveal a typewriter:) Really?”
Stranger: “I’m a writer.”
Emma: “That’s why you’re here.”
Stranger: “I find this place provides inspiration. Don’t you?”
(Lightning flashes outside as he closes the box.)
Emma: “Wait. Have you been here before?”
Stranger: “I didn’t say that.”
(Leaves a tip on the table and gets up with his box in hand.)
Emma: “What about that drink?”
Stranger: “I said ‘sometime’.”
(Emma raises her eyebrows as he leaves.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Lake Nostos. Night.
(The Siren walks on the water, approaching Prince Charming.)
Siren: “What’s your name? (Prince Charming doesn’t respond:) Would you like to know mine? Because I can be anyone you want me to be.”
Prince Charming: “Stop. I know what you are. You’re a Siren. Your deceitful words are a spell meant to lure me to my death.”
Siren: “I would never hurt such a brave, powerful man like yourself. Not when there are so many other things we could do.”
Prince Charming: (Pushing the siren away:) “I said stop! I will not fall prey to your deceptions.”
Siren: “Really? You’re immune to me. (She pours water from the lake on her face, transforming her face into that of Snow White:) Like me more now, Charming?”
Prince Charming: “No. You’re not really her. It’s an illusion. I know it’s not real.”
Siren: “Sometimes illusions are better than truth. (Approaching Prince Charming:) Everything you want that you can’t have- I can give it to you. All you have to do is kiss me. I know you want to, I can feel it.”
Prince Charming: “No. (They kiss. Prince Charming drops his sword into the lake. Both walking on the water, the Siren draws him out into the middle of the lake. Pausing:) No. I don’t want an illusion. I want reality or nothing.”
Siren: “This doesn’t feel real?” (She kisses Prince Charming again.)
Prince Charming: “Snow…”
Siren: “Oh, that’s right. It’s me. (She kisses Prince Charming a third time:) I love you.”
Prince Charming: “No. (Pulling away:) No. It’s not you.”
Siren: (Angrily:) “Yes, it is! I love you!”
Prince Charming: “No. This is not real love. I’ve felt it, and this isn’t it. I know the difference.”
Siren: “Congratulations, Prince Charming. You’re the first.”
(The Siren pushes Prince Charming into the depths of the lake and drags him down to the bottom. She gestures for him to follow her. He looks and sees the skeletons of other fallen warriors at the bottom of the lake. Prince Charming tries to swim to the surface, but a strand of seaweed grabs his leg and pulls him down. At the bottom, he sees a dagger of one of the dead heroes. The Siren swims over to him and pulls Prince Charming into one final kiss before he stabs her with the dagger, causing her face to transform back to its original state. Prince Charming untangles his leg from the seaweed and successfully swims to the surface.)

Storybrooke. Present. Main Street.
(David Nolan is washing the word ‘tramp’, written in large red spray paint, off of Mary Margaret Blanchard’s car. Mary Margaret approaches.)
Mary Margaret: “Who did this?”
David: “I don’t know. I’m sorry, I don’t know how any of this happened.”
Mary Margaret: “You don’t know? Really?”
David: “Mary Margaret, I can’t control what other people do.”
Mary Margaret: “No, but you can control what you do, and you lied. And now everyone is calling me a tramp.”
David: “Who told her?”
Mary Margaret: “That is exactly the wrong question. The real question is why didn’t you do what we discussed? Why didn’t you tell her?”
David: “I thought we could spare her feelings.”
Mary Margaret: “Right. You thought. Not we. You. And we discussed this.”
David: “I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
Mary Margaret: “Now everyone is hurt. We had an understanding. We had an agreement. But you not only lied to her, you lied to me.”
David: “Mary Margaret, please. Listen to me. If we want to if- if this- if what we have is love, we have to do what you said. We have to pick up the pieces, and we gotta move on.”
Mary Margaret: “David, this isn’t love. What we have is something else entirely. What we have is destructive, and it has to stop.”
David: “Come on- (He tries to reach out to her but she turns away:) What are you saying?”
Mary Margaret: “That we shouldn’t be together.”

Mayor’s Office.
(Regina is watering the plants in her office when Kathryn enters.)
Kathryn: “It’s beautiful. I had no idea you were so good with plants.”
Regina: “Well, better than with people, it would seem. What are you doing here? I thought after what happened yesterday, I’d be the last person you’d want to see.”
Kathryn: “So did I. And then I thought about it, and I realized I owed you an apology.”
Regina: “Kathryn, you don’t-”
Kathryn: “I know you’d never do anything to hurt me. I was just so angry, and confused, and I snapped. I’m sorry. I’ve just been fighting so hard to hold on to David, I’ve never stopped to ask myself why.”
Regina: “He’s your husband. You love each other. You always have.”
Kathryn: “No, we haven’t.”
Regina: “Kathryn, relationships take work. You can’t give up so easily.”
Kathryn: “Have you ever been in love?”
Regina: “Yes. Once.”
Kathryn: “Then, you’re lucky. Because what I’m coming to understand is… Is that I haven’t. What they have is real. It’s true. My marriage to David, it… It just was like an illusion. I don’t know how it happened, but it was never real. I know that now. The way David looks at Mary Margaret – that’s what I want for me. And I’m going to go out there, and I’m going to find it.”
Regina: “What are you talking about?”
Kathryn: “I’m sticking to my plan. I’m moving to Boston. Alone. If I stay here, I’ll never be happy.”
Regina: “And what about David?”
Kathryn: “I wrote him a letter – him and Mary Margaret. I told them they should be together.”
Regina: “Uh, I’m sorry. You did what?”
Kathryn: “I can’t see him. Not now. It’s just too painful.”
(Kathryn hugs Regina, causing Regina to awkwardly hug her back.)
Kathryn: “I’m going to miss you, Regina. You’ve been a good friend to me.”
Regina: “You’re really going?”
Kathryn: “You know, it’s funny. I’ve always had this irrational fear of leaving Storybrooke, like something’s just holding me back. Is that crazy?”
Regina: “No. Change is always frightening. But you know what, Kathryn? This just may be what you need. Maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming returns to Frederick’s shrine, where Abigail is waiting.)
Prince Charming: “Water from Lake Nostos, as requested.”
(He hands her the canteen of water.)
Abigail: “Remarkable. But how did you manage to slay the beast?”
Prince Charming: “Well, the fate of your true love was at stake, I knew it was a battle I couldn’t afford to lose.”
(Abigail pours the water over Frederick’s statue. The golden statue transforms into a human, Frederick. The two of them hug, then kiss.)
Frederick: “Abigail, what happened to me?”
Abigail: “You were trapped, but now you’re free. This is James. He’s the one who freed you.”
(Frederick shakes Prince Charming’s hand.)
Frederick: “I am forever indebted to you.”
Prince Charming: “Well, pay me back by walking down the aisle with someone you truly belong with. And, perhaps, giving me a horse and supplies for a journey as well?”
Frederick: “Done.”
Abigail: “Thank you. So much. Where will you go?”
Prince Charming: “To find Snow White.”
Abigail: “You are going after her.”
Prince Charming: “True love isn’t easy, but it must be fought for. Because once you find it, it can never be replaced.”
Abigail: “How will you know where to find her?”
Prince Charming: “Well, a bird helped me track her down once. Hopefully, it can again.”
Abigail: “Well, then, good luck. Oh, and, James – please, make haste. When King George discovers that the union of the kingdoms has been ruined, he will come after you. Some people will stop at nothing to destroy the happiness of others.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Regina opens the front door to the Nolan’s house using her skeleton keys. Inside, she sees Kathryn’s letter to David on the counter. She takes it and leaves .)

Castle Playground.
(Henry rides up on his bike and Emma exits her squad car.)
Emma: “Hey, kid. (He rides right by her:) Good to see you, too!”
Henry: “The storm!”
(Hops off his bike and approaches the severely damaged castle.)
Emma: “It’s okay, we can fix it! I’ll talk to Marco.”
Henry: (Digging in the ground at the base of the structure:) “I think it’s still here!”
Emma: (Looks behind her and waves to someone unseen:) “What are you looking for?”
Henry: “My book!”
Emma: “Why’d you bury it here?”
Henry: “So my mom doesn’t find it.”
Emma: “Henry…”
Henry: “I couldn’t hide it at home or with you ‘cause that’s where she’d look.”
Emma: “So your mom doesn’t know about the castle?”
Henry: “No, this is our secret. (He keeps digging a little longer then groans in frustration:) My book! I-It’s gone!”
Regina: (Approaching from the squad car:) “Henry? Henry what is it?”
Henry: (To Emma:) “You told her about this place?”
Emma: (Guiltily:) “I didn’t realise it was a secret.”
Regina: “Henry get away from there, it’s not safe. Wait in the car, please. (Henry gives Emma a disappointed look then heads toward the squad car:) You let him play here?”
Emma: “The storm hit it pretty hard, but we can fix it.”
Regina: “Well, can you fix a cracked cranium? ‘Cause that’s what you’ll have on your hands if one of these boards collapses under his weight.”
Emma: “Regina, relax. Of course I’m not gonna let Henry play around here now.”
Regina: “Well good. (Glances back towards Henry:) He didn’t look too pleased to see me out here.”
Emma: “He’s just upset 'cause his book’s missing.”
Regina: (Turns to face her:) “His book?”
Emma: “Yeah, he hid it out here. (With a raised eyebrow:) Away from the Evil Queen’s clutches.”
Regina: (Flatly:) “I see.”
Emma: “Hey, I’m sure he doesn’t mean anything by it. It’s all part of the kid’s imagination.”
Regina: “The same imagination which leads him to believe I’m the villain?”
Emma: “Look, I’m not saying it’s right but… just be nice to him today OK? That book meant a lot to him and he’s pretty worried about it. (Emma’s phone rings and she answers:) Hello? Yeah, yeah, I’ll be right over. (Hangs up:) That was Mary Margaret.”
Regina: (Rolling her eyes:) “Of course it was.”
Emma: “She’s pretty cut up about the whole David thing and needs someone to talk to.”
Regina: “That woman should’ve left well enough alone. Now she’s ruined a marriage.”
Emma: (Putting her hands up placatingly:) “Hey, you’ve made your feelings about my friend pretty obvious. I don’t want to get into it, I just need to go and be there for her, all right? Besides, (Putting her hand on the Mayor’s shoulder and gently turning her around as they walk back to the car:) this’ll be the perfect opportunity for you to be there for Henry. Help take his mind off his book for awhile.”
Regina: (Nods:) “I never liked that book, but it’s not like I wanted him to lose it.”
Emma: (Pats her shoulder:) “I know, I know.”

Granny’s Diner.
(Leroy is eating breakfast at the counter in Granny’s Diner. Mr. Clark and Walter enter.)
Mr. Clark: “Uh, excuse me, Leroy. Uh, do you mind scooting over a seat so Walter and I could sit together?”
Leroy: “If I wanted to sit there, I would’ve sat there. You want this seat? Try dragging your sorry asses out of bed a little earlier.”
Mr. Clark: “You’re a real ray of sunshine as-”
(Mr. Clark sneezes.)
Leroy: “Congrats – just lost my appetite. Seat’s all yours.”
(Leroy gets up to leave as Mary Margaret walks in.)
Mary Margaret: “Excuse me. Can I have everyone’s attention, please? (The diner goes silent:) I’m sorry to interrupt your morning, but I just wanted to remind everyone that a very special occasion is upon us – Miner’s Day. As always, the nuns of Storybrooke are hoping that everyone will get involved, and will help sell their exquisite candles. All we need are a few energetic volunteers. So, who wants to join me? (Everyone ignores her and goes back to what they were doing. Leroy heads to the door, which Mary Margaret is still standing in front of:)  Leroy, you want to volunteer?”
Leroy: “I want to leave, sister. You’re blocking the door.”
Mary Margaret: “Of course. Uh, you know, if you wanted to help, it could really be a-”
Leroy: “Oh, yeah. Right. Quite a team we’d make – town harlot, town drunk. The only person in this town that people like less than me, is you. If you’re coming to me, you’re screwed.”
(Leroy leaves. A moment later, Mary Margaret also leaves. Emma catches up to her outside and walks along with her.)
Emma: “Hey I got your message, what the hell is Miner’s Day, and why are you beating yourself up over it?”
Mary Margaret: “It’s an annual holiday celebrating an old tradition. The nuns used to make candles and trade them with the miners for coal.”
Emma: “Coal? In Maine? If they were mining for lobster, I’d understand.”
Mary Margaret: “Look, I don’t know. Now, they use it as a fundraiser. It’s an amazing party – everyone loves it.”
Emma: “It doesn’t seem like everyone loves it.”
Mary Margaret: “It’s not Miner’s Day – it’s me. Last week, I had ten volunteers. Today, they all dropped out.”
Emma: “You think this is about what happened with David?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, I know it is. A few of them told me as much. I’ve never… been a home wrecker before.”
Emma: “It’s going to blow over. You made a mistake with David – it happens. But, you don’t have to do charity to try to win people’s hearts back.”
Mary Margaret: “I have to do something, and this is the best I can do. Love ruined my life.”
(Emma’s phone rings.)
Emma: “Sheriff Swan. Yeah. I’ll be right down. (Emma hangs up:) Well, apparently, duty calls. Hang in there. And, if there’s anything I can do to help, I will.”
Mary Margaret: “I know. Thank you.”

Elsewhere…
(The citizens of Storybrooke are setting up for Miner’s day. Leroy walks past a ladder, where what looks to be ‘fairy dust’ falls on his head. He looks up and sees Astrid.)
Astrid: “Oh, I’m so sorry. It just slipped out of my hand. I…”
Leroy: “No problem at all.”
(She climbs down the ladder.)
Astrid: “I really am so sorry. I… I was so busy trying to get the lights to work, that I didn’t realize I was about to knock it off the ladder.”
Leroy: “Let me take a look at those lights for you.”
(Leroy climbs up the ladder.)
Leroy: “Here’s your problem – you’re overloading the transformer. If you kept messing around with these lights, the whole thing could’ve blown up on you.”
Astrid: “Oh. Then I guess that makes you my hero.”
Leroy: “I’m nobody’s hero, sister.”
Astrid: “Oh. You can just call me Astrid.”
Leroy: “I call everybody sister. I’m Leroy.”
(Leroy tinkers with the lights, which then turn on.)
Astrid: “How did you do that? Are you an electrician?”
Leroy: “I’m in the custodial services game.”
(Leroy climbs down the ladder.)
Astrid: “That’s… Wonderful.”
Leroy: “No, it’s not. What I really wanted to do, was sail. I even bought a boat. It’s a real clunker. I was going to fix it up, sail around the world, say goodbye to this hellhole. I’m… I’m sorry, sister.”
Astrid: “It’s okay. You know, someone once told me, you can do anything as long as you can dream it.”
Leroy: “You really think so?"
Astrid: “Sure. Look how easily you fixed those lights. I bet you could do anything. I should, uh, get back to the Volunteer Center. Nice to meet you, Leroy."

The Town Line.
(Emma is investigating Kathryn’s crashed car. Sidney arrives on the scene with a camera.)
Sidney: “You mind if I take a look, too?”
Emma: “What for?”
Sidney: “Well, just because Regina got me fired from The Mirror, doesn’t mean I can’t do a little freelance reporting. So, what do we got here?”
Emma: “Gym teacher found this thing on the side of the road abandoned, no one around. Registered to Kathryn Nolan. She’s MIA.”
Sidney: “Kathryn Nolan, whose husband very publicly left her? I mean, the story writes itself. If I get a scoop like that, The Daily Mirror would have no choice but to take me back.”
Emma: “Calm down, tiger. You don’t work for Regina anymore. Kathryn got accepted to law school in Boston. Maybe, after David dumped her, she decided to leave town. Car broke down, she hitched the rest of the way. That’s what I would do if I was running away from my problems.”
(Emma opens the trunk of the car. There is a suitcase inside.)
Sidney: “And, uh, would you leave your clothes in the car?”
Emma: “Time to pull Kathryn’s phone records and find out who she spoke to last.”
Sidney: “Yeah, you know, if you go through the Sheriff’s Department, it’ll take you days to get those. I’ve got a contact over at the phone company, who used to help me out when I was at the newspaper. I can get those in a couple hours.”
Emma: “Great. Call me the minute you get your hands on those phone records.” (David’s truck pulls up along the side of the road.)
Sidney: “There he is.”
Emma: “Time to break the news.”
Sidney: “You really think he doesn’t know?”
Emma: “I’m about to find out.”

Volunteer Centre.
(Mary Margaret is filling out forms at a table at the Volunteer Centre. Leroy enters.)
Leroy: “Where can I sign up? (Mary Margaret ignores him:) What? I want to volunteer to sell candles.”
Mary Margaret: “No, you don’t. You made that very clear this morning at Granny’s.”
Leroy: “Well… Maybe, I saw the light. I mean, maybe somebody showed it to me. What difference does it make, sister? It looks like you can use all the help you can get.”
Mary Margaret: “Okay, I need help manning the candle booth. No swearing, no drinking, and I get to call all the shots.”
(On the other side of the room, Astrid and Mother Superior are talking.)
Mother Superior: “You ordered how many tanks of helium?”
Astrid: “I-I meant to order twelve.”
Mother Superior: “You ordered twelve dozen. Return them.”
Astrid: “There are no refunds.”
Mother Superior: “We needed that money – you knew that. You know how he feels about us. You fix this, Sister Astrid. You fix it now.”
(Mother Superior leaves. Leroy, who overheard the exchange, walks over to Astrid.)
Leroy: “Hey. What’s the problem?”
Astrid: “The problem is, I’m an idiot. We get a stipend each year for expenses, and it’s all carefully budgeted except for the part where I spent it all. On helium. And now we can’t pay our rent.”
Leroy: “So, you’ll make it up when you get your next stipend.”
Astrid: “Which isn’t till next month. The rent is due next week. And the only income we have are these candles.”
Leroy: “Well, so how many do you need to sell?”
Astrid: “Like, a thousand.”
Leroy: “How many did you sell last year?”
Astrid: “Forty-two.”
Leroy: “Ask your landlord to cut you a break.”
Astrid: “Mr. Gold doesn’t offer much leeway.”
Leroy: “Mr. Gold’s your landlord?”
Astrid: “If we miss a payment, we’re out. And then they’ll reassign us, and we’ll have to leave Storybrooke.”
Leroy: “No, you won’t. You know why you only sold forty-two last year? Because you didn’t have me. This year, we’re going to sell all of them.”
Astrid: “Wow! Leroy, I guess you really are my hero.”

The Town Line.
(David and Emma are still at the crash site.)
David: “She’s just gone?”
Emma: “You really don’t know anything, do you?”
David: “I-I don’t… I don’t understand. What happened?”
Emma: “I don’t know. I’m trying to find out. What can you tell me? When was the last time you spoke to Kathryn?”
David: “Yesterday afternoon.”
Emma: “Okay, look. I know there has been lies and deceit, and I’m really not judging you, but is that the truth?”
David: “Yes. I haven’t spoken to her since we… I ended things. And I came home yesterday, and all her things were gone. I assumed she was going to Boston. That’s what she told me. Am I a suspect or something?”
Emma: “No. I know when people are telling the truth, David, and you are. She hasn’t even been gone twenty-four hours. She’s not even technically missing. But, if she is, trust me – I will find her.”

Granny’s Bed and Breakfast.
(Bolt cutters are used to break a lock. Opening the box, the Stranger takes out Henry’s storybook and takes a closer look.)

Mayor’s Office.
(Regina Mills has given Henry a gift.)
Regina: “Oh, go on; open it!”
Henry: “What’s the occasion?”
Regina: “The occasion is I love you. Go on. (Henry opens it. Regina giggles. It is a handheld game:) Now, I know you miss your book but with this, you can do the heroics. You can save the princesses… (Enticingly:) you can be the hero. (Henry pokes at the game. Regina sighs:) Henry, you have to believe me, I didn’t want you to lose your storybook. If it’s out there, we’ll get it back.”
Henry: “Good luck. It’s probably gone and it’s probably never coming back.”
(There is a knock on the door. It opens to reveal Mr. Gold.)
Mr. Gold: “Madam Mayor, do you have a min—oh, I’m sorry.
Regina: “That’s quite all right… (To Henry:) Henry, why don’t you get home and start your homework? I’ll be there in a bit and we can have dinner. (Exit Henry. To Mr. Gold:) What do you want?”
Mr. Gold: “I need a favour.”
Regina: “You need a favour from me?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, as you know, there are battery charges against me… pending. I really don’t relish the thought of spending any more time locked up in a cage. Now, someone with your influence can make the D.A. suddenly realize what a flimsy case they have. Isn’t that right… Your Majesty?”
Regina: (Intrigued:) “What do I get out of it?”
(Mr. Gold merely smiles at this.)

Granny’s Diner.
(Rather than head home and do his homework, Henry is busily writing down characters who appear in his book. The Stranger watches Henry.)
Stranger: “What’cha working on?”
Henry: “No time to talk. I got to write it all down before I forget.”
Stranger: “Yeah, I hate it when great ideas slip away from me.”
Henry: “They’re not my ideas. They’re stories from a book that I lost.”
Stranger: (Sitting down beside Henry:) “Must be a hell of a book. What’s it about?” (Trying to get a look at the paper.)
Henry: (Still paying attention to his drawing:) “Stuff.”
Stranger: “Sounds exciting.”
Henry: (Looking at him:) “You seem awfully interested in me and my book.”
Stranger: “Well, I’m just being neighborly.”
Henry: “What are you doing in Storybrooke?”
Stranger: “I’m a writer.”
Henry: “You can write anywhere. What are you really doing here?”
Stranger: (Leaning closer and whispering:) “Stuff. (Standing up to leave:) Good luck with the stories.”

The Miner’s Day Festival.
(Mary Margaret and Leroy are trying to sell candles at their booth.)
Mary Margaret: “Buy your Miner’s Day candles here! Handmade by Storybrooke’s very own nuns! Light your way to a good cause! By buying a candle… This isn’t working.”
Leroy: “You’re right. We should pack it up.”
Mary Margaret: “Now you’re quitting?”
Leroy: “If the customers won’t come to us, we got to go to them – door to door.”
Mary Margaret: “If they hate us here, what makes you think they’ll like us in their homes?”
Leroy: “Exactly. They’ll pay us just to leave.”
(Elsewhere at the festival, Sidney is playing ring toss. Emma walks up to him.)
Emma: “What the hell are you doing?”
Sidney: “What’s happening?”
Emma: “I just got off the phone with Kathryn’s school in Boston. Registration was this morning, and she never showed up.”
Sidney: “Something did happen.”
Emma: “It looks that way.”
(Mary Margaret and Leroy rush past, but Mary Margaret stops when she sees Emma.)
Mary Margaret: “Oh, Emma! Help me out! What’s more sympathetic. Um, scarf or no scarf?”
Emma: “Sc-Scarf.”
Mary Margaret: “Okay.”
Leroy: “Come on – we’re on a schedule.”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, uh, thank you. Got to go.”
(Mary Margaret and Leroy run off.)
Sidney: “Why didn’t you say anything? You’re looking for a suspect. Someone with a motive. Pixie cut over there has got one a mile high.”
Emma: “She had nothing to do with anything. Trust me.”
Sidney: “But she’s the one-”
Emma: “Trust me – I know her. Just get me those phone records.”
(Mary Margaret and Leroy go to their first house. A man eating a carrot answers the door. A woman then appears beside him.)
Mary Margaret: “ Hi. We’re selling candles for Miners Day.”
Woman: “We’re not interested.”
(She shuts the door. Mary Margaret and Leroy try several more houses, but have the door slammed in their face every time.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station. Later That Day.
(At the station, Emma is looking at pictures from the crash site on a bulletin board. Sidney enters with a folder.)
Emma: “You find something?”
Sidney: (He hands Emma the folder:) “Kathryn’s phone records. Every call she made the day she crashed her car. Including an eight minute call between her and David within an hour of the accident.”
Emma: “That’s not possible. He said he didn’t speak to her that day.”
Sidney: “Then, he’s lying.”
Emma: “No. I know when someone is lying, and David-”
Sidney: “It’s right here on paper, Emma. Phone records don’t lie – people do. And our friend David does it better than most. Don’t beat yourself up over this. You’re not the only person David fooled.”

Main Street In front of Granny’s Diner.
(The Stranger exits Granny’s Diner as Emma Swan walks by.)
Emma: “Fancy seeing you here.”
Stranger:
“Imagine that. Actually I’ve been meaning to bump into you. Matter of fact, I was hoping we might grab that drink you promised.”
Emma:
“Is that you asking me out?
Stranger: “Well, if putting a label on it makes you feel more comfortable, sure. Let’s call it a date.
Emma:
“I thought you came here to write, find inspiration.
Stranger:
“Well, I’m optimistic about our date.”
Emma:
“See, I have a policy. I won’t go out with guys who won’t tell me their names. I find it weeds out the ones who keep secrets, like they’re already married or they… store body parts in their freezer. It was nice talkin’ to you.
Stranger:
“It’s August. (Emma stops, turns:) August W. Booth.
Emma:
“Really? With the middle initial?
August:
“W’s for Wayne. So there goes your reason.”
Emma:
(Sighs:) “Fine. You gonna come in?”
August: (Hesitates:) “Sure, but not here. (Motions toward his bike:) Hop on.”
Emma: “You want me to get on the back of that bike?”
August: “That’s what ‘hop on’ means.”
Emma: “How about if we go somewhere, I drive?”
August: “How about you stop having to control everything and take a leap of faith? You owe me a drink, hop on. I know a good watering hole.”
Granny: (Behind Emma:) “If you don’t, I will!”
(Emma looks at August then, begrudgingly, puts on a helmet, and gets on the bike. Granny smiles as they ride off together.)

Storybrooke Wishing Well.
(Emma and August pull up to a wishing well on the bike.)
Emma: (Dismounting:) “A watering hole? Literally?”
August: (Dismounting:) “Well, say what you want about me. I always tell the truth.”
Emma: “I always thought a drink was, like, wine or whiskey.”
August: “What, do you want me to get you drunk?”
Emma: (Smiling:) “No.”
August: “Next time.”
Emma: “You are optimistic.”
August: (Grabbing two cups from the motorcycle:) “They say there’s something special about this well. There’s even a legend. They say that the water from the well (Draws up water from the well:) is fed by and underground lake, and that lake had magical properties.”
Emma: “Magic? You sound like Henry.”
August: “Smart kid. So this legend, it says that if you drink water from the well, something lost will be returned to you.”
Emma: “You know an awful lot about this town for being a stranger.”
August: “And you know very little for being the sheriff.”
Emma: “How do you know all of this? You’ve been here before?”
August: “I know all of this for one very simple reason: I read the plaque.”
Emma: (Chuckles and walks over to an engraved plaque on the side of the wishing well:) “You actually believe that?”
August: “I’m a writer. I have to have an open mind.”
Emma: “Yeah, but magic?”
August: “Water is a very powerful thing. Cultures as old as time have worshiped it. It flows throughout all lands, connecting the entire world. If anything had mystical properties, if anything had magic, well I’d say it’d be water.”
(Fills a cup with water.)
Emma: “That’s asking a lot to believe on faith.”
August: “If you need evidence for everything, Emma, you’re going to find yourself stuck in one place for a long time.”
Emma: “Maybe. Or maybe I’ll just find the truth before anyone else.”
August: “Well, Miss sceptic, (Hands her a cup of the water:) there’s one thing I can tell you for sure that requires no leap of faith and I know you’ll agree with me.” (Takes a drink.)
Emma: “What’s that?”
August: “It’s good water.”
(They clink cups together and drink.)

Storybrooke .
(Having returned from her ‘date’, Emma is brushing the leaves off of her yellow bug, when she notices a red metal box in the gutter. Realizing it’s the same box that Henry’s book was hidden in, she opens it. The storybook is inside, fully intact. Emma looks around confused as August watches her from a discreet distance.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming is riding through the woods on horseback until he reaches a clearing with a cabin.)
Prince Charming: “Snow! Snow White! Snow! Are you there?”
(Red Riding Hood emerges from the field next to the clearing.)
Red: “She’s gone. She never came back after she went to find you.”
Prince Charming: “Then I’ll find her. I will always find her. And I will convince her that we belong together. I will always fight for her, no matter what comes between us.”
Red: “It won’t be much of a fight.”
Prince Charming: “What are you talking about?”
Red: “Snow wants to be with you more than anything.”
Prince Charming: “Don’t mock me. Snow told me that we can’t be together because she doesn’t love me.”
Red: “She left here to break up your wedding, because she’s in love with you. Unless, something changed her mind along the way…”
Prince Charming: “Not something – someone.”
(The sound of horses is heard in the distance. King George and his men are seen charging towards them.)
Red: “Who are they?”
Prince Charming: “That’s someone – King George.”
King George: “Bring me his head!”
Prince Charming: “Come on!”
(Prince Charming gets back on his horse and extends his hand to Red. She grabs his hand and he pulls her up. The two of them take off as King George shoots arrows in their direction.)

Storybrooke Elementary. Present.
(Henry is playing his video game on a bench outside the school. Emma walks up to him with a bag and sits down beside him.)
Emma: “Wow, I love that game. Space Paranoids, right?”
Henry: “Yeah, my mom got it for me.”
Emma: “I used to play that all the time when I was a kid. Relax – it’s all in the wrists.”
Henry: “My mom said she’s picking me up in, like, five minutes.”
Emma: "I know, I just have something I’d like to give you.”
(She takes the book out of her bag and gives it to him.)
Henry: “You found it! Where’d you get it?”
Emma: “I found it in a gutter. Somehow, it made its way back to me.”
Henry: “Wow. That’s crazy.”
Emma: “Yeah, pretty lucky.”
Henry: “Operation Cobra is back on. It’s a sign. Things are going to be better.”
Emma: “Whatever you say, kid. I gotta go.

Granny’s Diner.
(Mary Margaret is having a drink at Granny’s Diner. Leroy comes in and sits next to her.)
Leroy: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Mary Margaret: “Well? Did you get it?”
Leroy: “What do you think?”
Mary Margaret: “I think you’re right. I was dreaming if I thought the town harlot and the town drunk could accomplish anything.”
Leroy: “Yeah. Just dreaming.”
Mary Margaret: “Leroy, you understand that a relationship between you and Sister Astrid can never happen?”
Leroy: “Yeah, yeah. My whole life people made it their business to tell me what I can’t do. She was the first person that said I could do anything. Who believed in me. I didn’t want to disappoint her.”
Mary Margaret: “But there are consequences to following through when the world tells you not to. I mean, look at me. I am a pariah in this town.”
Leroy: “What about your good memories?”
Mary Margaret: “What do you mean?”
Leroy: “Didn’t you have moments with him that you love? Do you regret them?”
Mary Margaret: “No, of course not.”
Leroy: “Isn’t that what life’s about? Holding on to your good memories? All I wanted was a moment with Astrid. One moment to give me hope that any dream’s possible. You’ve had all that, Mary Margaret. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself and enjoy it. Because I haven’t.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, if I had the dream, I’m sorry to say, it wasn’t worth it.”
Leroy: “And sitting here drinking won’t end this pain.”
Mary Margaret: “What will?”
Leroy: “I can only think of one thing.”
(At the Miner’s Day festival, Leroy, who has a pick axe, is on the roof of one of the buildings. He sees a transformer near him.)
Leroy: “Perfect.”
(Mary Margaret also climbs onto the roof.)
Mary Margaret: “Leroy! What are you doing? Please, don’t do it!”
Leroy: “I’m not going to jump.”
Mary Margaret: “You’re not?”
Leroy: “No, are you crazy? I could hit someone. You know how much damage I could do? I’m solidly built.”
Mary Margaret: “Leroy, what are you doing up here?”
Leroy: “I’m going to get my moment.”
Mary Margaret: “Wait! Whoa, whoa, whoa! What?”
Leroy: “You might want to duck.”
(Leroy hits the transformer with the axe. The power goes out at the festival.)
Mary Margaret: “What are you doing?!”
Leroy: “I’m selling candles, sister.”

(All of the people at the Miner’s Day festival mob Mary Margaret and Leroy to buy candles. Mary Margaret then notices that all of the boxes are empty.)
Mary Margaret: “Leroy. We sold out. (The two of them hug. They see Astrid standing with the other nuns:) Well, go on – give her the news. Have your moment.”
(Leroy brings the box of money over to the group of nuns.)
Astrid: “Excuse me.”
(The other nuns leave, leaving Astrid and Leroy alone.)
Leroy: “Five thousand bucks. Piece of cake.”
Astrid: “You sold them all?”
Leroy: “I had a little help.”
Astrid: “You made it happen.”
Leroy: “You have no idea.”
Astrid: “I don’t know what to say.”
Leroy: “You’re welcome. Listen – that boat of mine? I’m going to fix it up. And, well, maybe you could be my first passenger.”
Astrid: “I’d like that.”
Leroy: “Well, then, that’s what we’ll do, sister.”
Astrid: “Oh. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”
(They look around the festival and see everyone holding the lit candles.)

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station.
(Emma is looking over Kathryn’s phone records at the station. The name ‘D. Nolan’ is highlighted. Regina enters.)
Emma: “If this is about the blackout, I’ve got the guys from the power company down there working on it.”
Regina: “That’s not why I’m here. I wanted to thank you for finding Henry’s book.”
Emma: “Oh. Yeah that was crazy. Must’ve got swept up by the storm somehow.”
Regina: “A fortuitous find indeed. Tell me, did you discover it before or after you rode off on that man’s motorbike?”
Emma: (Folds her arms and leans back in her chair:) “How did you- you know what, doesn’t matter.”
Regina: “I’m told you two looked quite cosy together.”
Emma: (Smirks:) “Why, Madam Mayor, if I didn’t know better I’d think you were jealous.”
Regina: “We don’t know who that man is or what his intentions are.”
Emma: “Actually we do. His name’s August and he’s a writer.”
Regina: “And that’s it? (Emma nods:) All right, what about Kathryn, have you found anything?”
Emma: “I found something. I just don’t know what it means.”
Regina: “Well, what is it?”
Emma: “At this point in the investigation, it’s best I don’t divulge that information.”
Regina: “I see. Well, if you have something you’re better off acting on it. They say the first twenty four hours are crucial in missing person cases. But, far be it for me to tell you how to do your job. (She begins to leave:) Should I expect your call later, Sheriff Swan?”
Emma: (Watches the older woman a moment, then sighs:) “No. There’s something I’ve gotta go do.”
Regina: (As Emma goes to grab her coat:) “I’ll walk you out.”

Storybrooke. Miner’s Day Festival.
(Mary Margaret makes a ‘sold out’ sign and puts it at the front of the candle booth. She walks to her car, which still has the word ‘tramp’ spray painted on it. She stares at it for a moment, and then decides to go back to the Miner’s Day festival. Granny stops her and re-lights Mary Margaret’s candle in a heartfelt gesture. David watches Mary Margaret walk past as Emma arrives. Emma approaches him.)
David: “Emma.”
Emma: “David, we need to talk.”
David: “Did you get a hold of Kathryn?”
Emma: “No, I’m afraid not.”
David: “Then, what is it?”
Emma: “I need you to come to the sheriff’s station with me and tell me everything.”
David: “I’m sorry. I thought I already did.”
Emma: “So did I.”
(Emma leads David to the back seat of her squad car. Mary Margaret looks on worriedly.)

 

Chapter Text

Storybrooke. Sheriff’s Station. Present.
(Emma and David are sitting in Emma’s office at the station. She hands him a mug of tea.)
David: “Thank you. I hope Kathryn’s somewhere warm, not out in the cold.”
Emma: “David. I think you need to start worrying about yourself a little bit more here. Your wife is missing. You are in love with another woman. There’s this… Unexplained phone call.”
David: “I know, I know. I just… I can’t explain why it says that. I didn’t do anything to my wife.”
Emma: “I’m pretty good at spotting a liar. And, honestly, liars have better material. Now, go home.”
David: “I can go?”
Emma: “We don’t even know if there was a crime yet. So, get some sleep.”
David: “Thank you.”
(David stands up to leave.)
Emma: “And, David? Maybe… Get a lawyer.”

Granny’s Diner.
(Ruby is flirting with August, who is sitting at one of the tables.)
Ruby: “You can’t be serious. A whole year without a roof over your head?”
August: “Well, you get used to it. Plus, I had the motorcycle. So, if I didn’t like a place after a while…”
(Granny calls for Ruby, but Ruby ignores her.)
Granny: “Ruby?”
Ruby: “I’ve never even been out of Storybrooke. What was your favourite place?”
August: “Nepal. Best people. They have these prayer temples carved into mountains that are overrun with lemurs.”
Ruby: “What’s a lemur?”
Granny: “Ruby!”
Ruby: “Just give me a sec!”
August: “They’re little animals. And they have these eyes that reflect light. So, at night, it looks like they glow.”
(Granny, again, calls Ruby over to the counter.)
Granny: “Ruby! Stop flirting and get over here!”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Peter knocks on the shutter of Red and Granny’s cottage. Red, imitating the voice of an old woman, calls out from inside.)
Red: “Who’s there?”
Peter: “Let me in.”
Red: “I’m just a poor, old widow. Spare me!”
Peter: “Let me in, or I’ll…”
Red: “Yes?”
Peter: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow the-”
(Red opens the shutters.)
Red: (Giggles:) “You’ll huff and puff?”
Peter: “I couldn’t think of nothing.”
Red: “Oh, so you thought that you’d level the house with the power of your breath? Well, a case could be made…”
Peter: “Oh, ho ho-”
Red: “Shh! Granny’s in the other room. You know she doesn’t like me opening the shutters.”
Peter: “No, she doesn’t like me.”
Red: “That’s what I meant.”
Peter: “You got to get out of here.”
Red: “I know. Anywhere.”
Peter: “Well, a blacksmith’s boy can get work all over.”
Red: “You’d leave everyone you know? You’d do that for me?”
Peter: “I’d do anything for you.”
Red: “Peter, watch out. Your air of danger is slipping.”
Peter: “Come out – just for a minute.”
Red: “It’s already dark. She’d never let me.”
(Granny yells for Red. Red tries to go back in, but Peter holds onto her wrist.)
Granny: “Red! Where are you? What are you doing?”
Red: “Let go.”
Peter: “Pay the price. One kiss.”
Granny: “Red, get in here!”
(Red quickly kisses Peter and shuts the shutters. She goes into the main room, where several men with torches are talking to Granny.)
Red: “What’s going on?”
Granny: “Nothing that concerns you. Just a bunch of fools trying to get themselves killed over a few dead sheep.”
Man: “Wolf took out a dozen last night.”
Red: “So, you called me in here to what? Just to keep me in sight?”
Man: “Good evening, Red. We’re just forming up a hunting party.”
Red: “You’re hunting the wolf? Can I go with them, please? I’ll be safe in a big group.”
Granny: “Don’t be ludicrous. You are staying inside and you’re keeping that hood on. You know red repels wolves.”
Red: “They’re not wearing red.”
Granny: “They’re damn fools, too. There’s only two more nights left in Wolfstime – let it take a few sheep. Now, go home.”
(Granny shuts the door in their faces.)
Red: “I hope they kill the wolf. Then, we can have lives again.”
Granny: “You just want to roam around the woods with that wastrel – Peter.”
Red: “He’s not a wastrel. He works hard. He has plans.”
Granny: “Oh, I am sure he does. Now, come on. You know what to do.”
(Granny and Red prepare the cottage for defense against the wolf. They barricade and lock the doors and windows, as well as barring the fireplace.)
Granny: “Now, go to sleep, girl.”
Red: “Yes, Granny.”
Granny: “I hope I don’t see that boy mooning around here tomorrow. And wear the hood!”
Red: “Yes, Granny.”
(Red goes into her room, while Granny sits facing the door with a crossbow.)

Storybrooke. Granny’s Diner. Present.
(At the diner, Ruby finally goes to meet Granny at the counter.)
Ruby: “I can’t believe you did that. That was humiliating.”
Granny: “I want you to start working Saturday nights.”
Ruby: “Come on – we have an agreement about Saturday night.”
Granny: “I want to start training you to do the books and the reorders. Business is booming lately, and, with more money comes more paperwork.”
Ruby: “Yeah. None of that sounds good.”
Granny: “It’s got to be done.”
Ruby: “Is this a punishment for talking to that guy?”
Granny: “If I wanted to punish you, I’d have better reasons. For one thing, you were late. For another thing, Liza, you dress like a drag queen during Fleet Week.”
Ruby: “And you dress like Norman Bates when he dresses like Norman Bates’ mother.”
Granny: “Ruby, you’re a grown woman. You can’t keep acting like some kid.”
Ruby: “You just want me to act like you until I turn into you. Well, I am not a fossil yet, Granny. I should be out there having adventures with lemurs!”
Granny: “Well, as long as you work here, you are going to listen to me.”
Ruby: “I didn’t ask to work here.”
Granny: “Well, then what’s keeping ya?”
Ruby: “Nothing! I quit!”
(Ruby storms out of the diner.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Ruby exits her room and finds Granny still guarding the front door.)
Red: “Did you get any sleep at all last night?”
Granny: “I’ll sleep with the trolls in the afterlife. I’ll get the shutters. You go check if that wolf left the chickens alone.”
Red: “Yes, Granny.”
Granny: “Wear your hood!”

Chicken Coop.
(Red is collecting eggs in the chicken coop. When she goes to leave, she hears a noise coming from the corner. Snow White, who is holding two eggs, shows herself.)
Snow White: “I’m sorry. I can go.”
Red: “Are you… stealing our eggs?”
Snow White: “No. … (Holds the eggs out:) Not a lot.”
Red: “Hey, hey. It’s… It’s all right.”
Snow White: “Thank you. It was just that, um, last night… There was something out there. There was howling, and… I heard it. And it was so cold, so…”
Red: “Hey. Come on – come with me. Everyone calls me Red.”
Snow White: “I’m Sn- Frosty.”
Red: “Frosty? Really?”
Snow White: “No. It’s just that someone’s looking for me, so…”
Red: “You don’t know or trust me yet. Hey, I-I get it. I just need something to call you.”
Snow White: “Uh, Margaret. Oh, no. Uh, Mary.”
Red: “Well, then, Mary – come on.”
(Snow White follows Red out of the chicken coop and into the forest. They head towards a well.)
Red: “I just got to bring in some water before we go in. It’ll just take a second.”
Snow White: “What was all that howling?”
Red: “It’s Wolfstime. Killer wolf out there. As big as a pony, but a lot more bloodthirsty. It’s been stalking the area pretty regular. It kills cattle and… Hang on. (Red grabs the rope of the bucket in the well:) It sticks sometimes. Could you just… (Snow White helps Red pull up the bucket. When she turns around, she seems shocked by what she sees:) Look. Look at that. Mary, look at the water. (The water in the bucket is red:) Mary. Mary. Mary?”
(Red turns around and sees what Snow White is staring at. Behind them in the clearing, there are several bloody bodies.)

Storybrooke. Main Street. Present.
(Mary Margaret runs to catch up with Emma on the street. The two of them walk together.)
Mary Margaret: “Is he okay? David?”
Emma: “Oh, yeah. He’s a little shaken up, but he’s headed home. He’s fine.”
Mary Margaret: “Any word from Kathryn?”
Emma: “Nothing new.”
Mary Margaret: “Did you check with Boston again?!”
Emma: “She’s not there, Mary Margaret.”
Mary Margaret: “So, we have no idea what happened to her?”
Emma: “All we know, is that she found out about you two, gave you a well-deserved slap, and then disappeared.”
Mary Margaret: “Well-deserved? Do you really believe that?"
Emma: “No. I’m just preparing you for what everyone else is going to think. You two are going to look bad until we figure the truth out.”
Mary Margaret: “You mean David? Th-That people are going to think in order to… Be free with me…”
Emma: “Some are. And, he’s not doing himself any favours. So, if there’s anything you could think of to pin down his whereabouts that night-”
Mary Margaret: “He wasn’t with me. We really are through.”
(The two of them come across Ruby, who is waiting at a bus stop, and Dr. Whale, who is talking to her.)
Ruby: “Sorry. No, don’t need a ride.”
Dr. Whale: “It’s awfully cold out here.”
Ruby: “I’m fine – really.”
Dr. Whale: “I can carry your bag. Where are you headed?”
Mary Margaret: “Dr. Whale?”
Dr. Whale: “Mary Margaret. Emma. Hello there.”
Mary Margaret: “Hey.”
Dr. Whale: “I was just having a talk with Ruby here. But, I should, um…”
Emma: “Yeah. Yeah, you should.”
Dr. Whale: “Yeah…” (He leaves.)
Mary Margaret: “Was he bothering you?”
Ruby: “The day I can’t handle a lech is the day I leave town. Which this is, I guess.”
Emma: “You’re leaving?”
Ruby: “I had a fight with Granny. Quit my job.”
Mary Margaret: “You quit? Where are you going?”
Ruby: “I don’t know. Away.”
Emma: “Yeah, well, buses out of town don’t really happen. And, you might want a destination first.”
Mary Margaret: “Hey, if you need a place to figure things out, you could always come home with us.”
Emma: “Yeah, uh. Yeah. Just for a little while.”
Mary Margaret: “Come on.”

Enchanted Forest. Village Meeting. Past.
(All of the village’s citizens are gathered at the tavern. One of the men who was with the hunting party speaks to the group.)
Man: “The one thing I know, is that last night, was the very last massacre. (Everyone cheers:) You know, if I had stayed with that party for another ten minutes, I, too, would be among the dead. (Granny, Red, and a disguised Snow White enter:) And, when I think if I’d only doubled back, maybe…I could’ve caught it in the act. Maybe, I would’ve been able to slay the creature.”
Granny: “You would not.”
Man: “Widow Lucas.”
Granny: “This creature is more powerful than you can imagine. You wouldn’t have a chance. Stay inside, hide your children, forget your livestock.”
Man: “You’ve said all this before.”
Granny: “But, I haven’t said how I know. Nearly threescore years ago, I was a child with six older brothers. Big as oak trees, all of them veterans of the Second Ogres War. And my father, the biggest of them all. Come one Wolfstime, he decided to go out and take on the wolf. A different wolf back then, of course, but just as fearsome. They went out there to protect me. I was supposed to be asleep, but I crawled out on the roof to watch and lay down in the thatch. They had the beast surrounded, the seven of them, with spears all pointed in at it. And then it started. It was lunging – not at the men, at the spears. Grabbing with its teeth, breaking the shafts. They stabbed it with the splintered end, but it didn’t matter. It tore their throats so fast, that not a one of them got a chance to scream… Or pray… Or say goodbye. When my father died, I tumbled from the roof, and I landed in the blood in front of the wolf. I felt its breath on my face. Then, it clamped its hot jaw on my arm, and I rolled away. (She pulls back her sleeve, revealing several large, parallel scars:) Then, it looked at me with eyes so black, they weren’t even there. Then, it walked away. You ever see a wild animal just turn its back and walk away like you don’t matter? If this wolf is like that one, there is no defeating it. It’s already won just by existing in our world. You don’t kill it – you just hide.”

Later, At Granny & Red’s Home.
(Red and Snow White are sitting by the fireplace at the cottage.)
Snow White: “So, your Granny’s kind of intense.”
Red: “Yeah, a bit. I feel like a rat in a trap.”
Snow White: “Is this trap keeping you from… being with someone?”
Red: “How did you know?”
Snow White: “Well, I saw some looks exchanged back there, and, I hate to break it to you, but it wasn’t subtle.”
Red: “Yes. Peter. We’ve been friends forever, but… Now things are… Well, changing.”
Snow White: “That must be nice.”
Red: “Do you have someone?”
Snow White: “Oh, no. I’m not sure that’s in my future. You’re lucky, Red.”
Red: “I know. And we’re talking about going away together. But I don’t even get any time with him. Granny’s too afraid of the wolf to let me out alone. You saw what the wolf did. Sometimes, I wonder if she’s right.”
Snow White: “Oh, she’s right about the wolf. But, she’s wrong to use it to keep you from love.”
Red: “You think that’s what she’s doing? Let’s kill the wolf.”
Snow White: “Hang on.”
Red: “We’d be heroes.”
Snow White: “Red, teams of trained hunters have been killed.”
Red: “But they go at night when it’s got the advantage. If we went now, we could find it slumbering in its den and kill it in its sleep. Come on.”
Snow White: “Red, I don’t know.”
Red: “I’m going – with or without you. But, you’re right – I can’t let her keep me trapped forever.”

Storybrooke. Town Line. Present.
(Mary Margaret drives her car along the road out of Storybrooke and pulls over just before she reaches the sign. She gets out and goes into the woods. A short ways in, she hears a rustling sound. Suddenly, David appears through the brush.)
Mary Margaret: “I-it’s you. You okay? You’re looking for Kathryn, too?”
David: “I’m looking.”
Mary Margaret: “She knows you didn’t do anything. Emma, I mean. She can tell when people are lying, so… She knows. And I’ll stand with you. I’ll tell everyone this isn’t possible. She’s going to turn up somewhere. That’s why we’re out here, right?”
David: “I’m looking.”
(Mary Margaret notices that David isn’t quite all there.)
Mary Margaret: “David? (David begins to wander back into the woods. She yells to him, but he doesn’t seem to hear her:) David? David!”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White and Red are searching for tracks in the forest.)
Snow White: “What about that?”
Red: “That’s a dog. See how small that is? Don’t look where the snow’s drifted – it covers tracks.”
Snow White: “Hey. Over here.”
Red: “That… is a rabbit. What we’re looking for will be huge. Like a dog print, but big. Like, eight inches across with big, long claws.”
Snow White: “Like these?”
(There is a trail of massive paw prints leading through the forest.)
Red: “Yes. And those. Oh, my gods. How big is this thing?”
Snow White: “This was one stride? From here… To there?”
Red: “Come on – over there. Through the brush, and off towards the hill.”
Snow White: “You’re good at this.”
Red: “When there’s something I want, I’m good at tracking it down.”

Storybrooke. Sheriff’s Station. Present.
(At the station, Henry is searching the internet for a job for Ruby. Ruby is sitting next to him, while the phone on the desk continuously rings.)
Henry: “Want to be a bike messenger?”
Ruby: “Bike messenger?”
Henry: “That’s about taking things to people in a little basket.”
Ruby: “Nope. Yeah, see, I’m not so great at bike riding.”
Henry: “How about taking things on foot, to people, in a little basket?”
Ruby: “I’m not so sure that’s a real job. (The phone rings again:) Why do the phones keep doing that?”
Henry: “Oh, the non-emergency calls go to a machine when Emma’s busy.”
(The phone rings, again, but Ruby answers it.)
Ruby: “Sheriff’s station. How can I help you? Mmhmm. I’ll get her to return. Thank you, too. (She answers the next call:) Sheriff’s station. Hey, Miss Ginger. Uh, no, that’s not a prowler. That’s Archie’s dog – Pongo. Throw him a vanilla wafer. He’ll quiet down. Did you still want to talk to Emma? Great. Glad I could help.” (Emma, who has overheard Ruby on the phone, walks in.)
Emma: “How’s it going, you two?”
Ruby: “Great. Except I can’t do anything.”
Emma: “I’m sure that’s not true. I just saw you on the phone. That was good.”
Ruby: “That? That’s nothing.”
Emma: “No. No, it isn’t. I actually have some money in the budget if you want to help out around here.”
Ruby: “Yes! Thank you! Yes. Um, I could answer phones and help out. Um, is there anything else that you need done? Organize files, cleaning up? Please – I want to be useful.”
Emma: “I’m swamped with the Kathryn Nolan thing. If you maybe want to grab us lunch, I would never say no to a grilled cheese.”
Ruby: “Done. You want anything?”
Henry: “Um, two chocolate chip cookies, an apple pie, and a hot dog.”
Emma: “He ate at school.”
(As Ruby goes to leave, Mary Margaret enters.)
Ruby: “Hey! Lunch, Mary Margaret? I’m getting for everyone.”
Mary Margaret: “Uh, no. I’m not hungry. (Ruby leaves. To Emma:) David’s in the woods. There’s something wrong with him. He looked right through me. It’s like… It’s like he was a different person.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Red and Snow White are still tracking the wolf through the forest.)
Snow White: “Here’s another one.”
Red: “Right. And then here’s…”
(Red looks down, and notices that the tracks no longer resemble just paw prints.)
Snow White: “What?”
Red: “This print – it looks like it’s… Half-wolf and half-boot. See?”
Snow White: “Wolves don’t wear boots.”
Red: “No, they don’t.”
Snow White: “Then it just continues like it was a man?”
Red: “Like it was a man and a wolf.”
Snow White: “Red, what kind of monster is this?”
(The two of them continue to follow the tracks.)
Red: “So…”
Snow White: “Yeah?”
Red: “Wolfstime is once a month on the full moon. There’s a story I heard once about a creature-”
Snow White: “Hey. Aren’t we awfully close to the cottage?”
(They see the tracks lead to the side window of Red and Granny’s cottage.)
Snow White: “Who’s gone to your window, Red? Is it Peter? Red, has he been at your window?”
Red: “Last night – before the killings. And he never joined the guys to hunt the wolf.”
Snow White: “But I’m sure he wouldn’t have killed them.”
Red: “He wouldn’t. But when the wolf takes over…”
Snow White: “What about tonight’s hunting party?”
Red: “They’re going to kill him. Or he’s going to kill them.”
Snow White: “It doesn’t have to be that way.”
Red: “What can we do?”
Snow White: “Tell him. If he doesn’t know, tell him. Stop him. If he’ll listen to anyone, if he’ll believe anyone, it’s you.”
Red: “You think I can save him?”
Snow White: “I think you can save everyone.”
Red: “It’s going to be dark soon. Granny will be out of her mind with worry if we’re not home. She’ll go out there. Mary, this is so bad.”
Snow White: “So do something.”
Red: “You’re right. I have to.”

Storybrooke. Granny’s Diner. Present.
(Ruby enters Granny’s Diner and walks up to the counter to order.)
Ruby: “I need a couple of grilled cheeses. I’m working over at the sheriff’s station now.”
Granny: “Ah.”
Ruby: “Sort of like a… Like a Deputy, you know? I guess sometimes, your fate finds you.”
Granny: “Seems kind of like you’re doing the same thing you always done.”
Ruby: “Plus so much more.”
Granny: “Those will be right up.”
Ruby: “Yeah.”
Granny: “Tony has to unwrap the cheese slices.”
Ruby: “I help solve crimes.”
Granny: “I’m sure you do. I hope you’re finding what you’re looking for.”
Ruby: “I am.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Red and Peter are sitting by a fire in the forest.)
Peter: “You think this wolf-man is me? Red, you know me.”
Red: “I know it’s not you, really, but I think it’s using your body.”
Peter: “Wouldn’t I know? I mean, wouldn’t I wake up in the woods? Wouldn’t I remember something?”
Red: “Maybe. Maybe, it makes you forget.”
Peter: “Oh, my gods. Those men – they died. If I did that…”
Red: “Forget the past. Think of the future. We can go now, Peter. Have lives. All we need to do is tie you up during the Wolfstime, and I know where to get rope.”
Peter: “No. Not rope.”
(He picks up a chain off of the ground.)
Red: “Chains.”
Peter: “Just in case… Just in case you’re right. I’ll show you how to rig it up so that I can’t get out. And then you need to get away from me.”
Red: “No. I’m staying with you. I’ll stay with you all night, and for all the nights to come.”
Peter: “You’d do that for me?”
Red: “I’d do anything for you.”

Storybrooke. Sheriff’s Station. Present.
(Emma and Henry are at the station. Emma is getting ready to leave, while Henry is hiding his book.)
Emma: “Okay, kid. Don’t mean to kick you out, but I got to go see if David’s in some kind of trouble out there.”
Henry: “It’s okay. I’m supposed to meet my mom. (He locks his book in one of the desk drawers:) There.”
Emma: (Smirks:) “Nice.”
Henry: “You know, you can let Ruby do more. She’s Little Red Riding Hood.”
Emma: “With the little basket? Yeah, she seems like a badass.”
Henry: “She is. She just doesn’t remember how cool she is or what she’s capable of. But it’s true.”
(Ruby returns with the food as Henry leaves.)
Henry: “Hey, Ruby.”
Ruby: “Hey, Henry. (To Emma:) Got your grilled cheese.”
Emma: “Thank you. You all right?”
Ruby: “I guess. I mean, this is something I know how to do. So, yay.”
Emma: “Okay, let’s pack these back up, and we can eat it in the car. I need to do a little wilderness search, and I need your help.”
Ruby: “I’m pretty sure I’m just going to screw it up. I mean, I’ll screw it up with flair, but…”
Emma: “No, you won’t. Come on – you can do this.”

Storybrooke. Woods.
(Emma and Ruby are searching through the woods.)
Ruby: “This place is massive. How are we supposed to find one guy?”
Emma: “Hey, shh. We might be able to hear him.”
Ruby: “It’s massive.”
Emma: “I’m following the path because there are boot prints, so just stay close.”
Ruby: “I shouldn’t even be here. I’m just going to screw everything up. Oh, wait.” (Ruby stops walking and Emma bumps into her.)
Emma: “Ruby?”
Ruby: “I hear him.”
Emma: “Really?”
Ruby: “Yeah, really. I hear him or… something. I… I know where he is. Don’t you?” (Ruby takes off through the woods.)
Emma: “No. What are you doing?”
Ruby: “He’s over here!”
(Emma follows her.)
Emma: “Ruby! Ruby?”
(Emma finds Ruby standing over a bleeding and unconscious David. She kneels next to him, and tries to shake him awake.)
Emma: “David? Oh, god. Come on! David, come on! Wake up! David, wake up!”
(David wakes up.)
David: “Emma? What? Ruby?”
Emma: “Do you remember where you are?”
David: “No, I… What the hell? I was… I was in your office. Did you bring me here?”
Emma: “You don’t remember anything since you were in my office? Last night?”
David: “No, I don’t.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma and David are at the hospital, where David is being treated by Dr. Whale.)
Dr. Whale: “Well, he’s bruised, scratched up, a little dehydrated. What’d you expect.”
Emma: “He’s got a cut on his head.”
Dr. Whale: “It’s superficial. I can refer him to Dr. Hopper for a mental health eval, but, it’s my opinion, that whatever caused this blackout, is the same phenomenon we observed when he came out of his coma. Moving around, acting out, not remembering it later.”
Emma: (To David:) “We will figure it out.”
David: “It’s so strange. I can’t even believe it happened.”
Emma: (To Dr. Whale:) “How functional could he be during one of these episodes? I mean, he talked to someone.”
Dr. Whale: “Well, people in similar states, even under sleep medication, do all sorts of things. Cooking, talking, driving a car.”
David: “You want to know if I could’ve made that call. Or more. You… You want to know if I could’ve… What, kidnapped her? Killed her?”
Dr. Whale: “Now, take it easy there. No one’s saying you did anything bad, David.”
David: “No, but it would explain why it didn’t seem like I was lying. I wouldn’t know.”
(Regina quickly storms into the room.)
Regina: “Stop talking, David. What are you doing here? Why doesn’t this man have a lawyer present? Have you even read him his rights?”
Emma: “No, because he’s not under arrest. We’re just talking.”
Regina: “Right. Just talking.”
Emma: “What are you doing here?”
Dr. Whale: “Mayor Mills is still Mr. Nolan’s emergency contact.”
Emma: “You have to be kidding me.”
David: “I thought that changed to Kathryn?”
Regina: “Well, Kathryn’s currently unavailable. Some people haven’t found her yet. Stop trying to place blame and just find her.”
Emma: “There’s a whole lot of Maine to search, Regina.”
Regina: “Well, you covered this room. I suggest you branch out.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station.
(Ruby answers a phone call at the station.)
Ruby: “Sheriff’s station, thank you for calling. How may I direct your-”
(The caller turns out to be Emma, who is still at the hospital.)
Emma: “Hey, stop. It’s me. Here’s the thing – the last time David went for a dream walk, he went to the Toll Bridge. You know the one? It’s a crazy hunch, but I want you to take my bug and go and see if he was there.”
Ruby: “No, I could get somebody else to.”
Emma: “Ruby, you were great out there. I still don’t know how you found him. You can do this.”
Ruby: “I don’t know.”
Emma: “It’s going to be dark out soon. David’s going to be let out. If there is something there, we’ve got to get there first. We don’t have time to argue.
Can you do this?”

(Ruby drives Emma’s bug to the Toll Bridge. She gets out, while still on the phone with Emma.)
Ruby: “I mean, what am I even looking for?”
Emma: “Anything out of the ordinary. Something that doesn’t belong there.”
(Ruby heads toward the bank of the river flowing under the bridge.)
Ruby: “And… if I find something?”
Emma: “Just follow your instincts.”
(Ruby finds a board near the water. She flips it over, revealing a patch of sand underneath it. Ruby puts Emma on speaker and places the phone on a nearby rock. She grabs a stick and begins to dig, until she hits something hard. Ruby brushes the sand away with her hand. The object turns out to be a small jewelry box.)
Ruby: “You… can’t give me a clue what I’m looking for?”
Emma: “Anything of Kathryn’s. (Ruby lifts up the jewelry box:) Ruby? What’s going on? Did you find something? (Ruby opens the box, She gasps:) Ruby? Ruby?”

Enchanted Forest. Granny’s Cottage. Past.
(Snow White, who is wearing Red’s hood, pretends to be asleep in Red’s room. Granny enters and approaches the bed.)
Granny: “Where’s Mary? Come on, girl – wake up. We best bar the door. If Mary’s not back by now, she’ll have to take her chances.”
(Granny pulls back the hood and discovers it’s Snow White.)
Snow White: “She’s in no danger.”
Granny: “What have you done?”
Snow White: “No, it’s okay. It’s alright. It’s fine.”
Granny: “Where is she?”
Snow White: “She’s… Well, she’s with Peter. And I know that you don’t like him, but that’s really beside the point.”
Granny: “You stupid, careless, ridiculous girl.”
Snow White: “No. You don’t understand. Peter isn’t… This is going to be difficult to accept. You just have to trust me. He’s the wolf.”
Granny: “You think Peter is the wolf?”
Snow White: “Yes. This terrible creature is also human. It’s okay, though. He won’t hurt her. She’s got him tied up.”
Granny: “He’s tied up? Oh, that poor boy.”

Out In The Woods.
(Peter is chained to a tree in the woods. He struggles against the chains, while growling is heard in the background.)
Peter: “Red, no. Red! It’s me. Don’t! Don’t! (Red, who has transformed into a snarling wolf, approaches him:) Please! Red! No! Red! No! Red! Red, No!”
(The wolf lunges at Peter.)

Storybrooke. Sheriff’s Station. Present.
(At the station, Emma and Ruby stare at the opened jewelry box sitting on the desk.)
Ruby: “Why would this be buried outside by the bridge?“
Emma: “I don’t know.”
Ruby: “Do you recognise it, do you know who it belongs to?”
(Emma shuts the lid of the box.)
Emma: “Yeah, I do. (Looks to Ruby:) Ruby, you did good. First, you found David, and now, this. I know you say you don’t know what you are, but, whatever it is, I got to say, I’m impressed.”
Ruby: “Don’t be. This is bad news for someone, right? Because I found this?”
Emma: “I don’t know what this means yet but whatever it is, it’s not your fault.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Granny and Snow White are walking through the forest to find Peter and Red.)
Snow White: “You knew?”
Granny: “Of course I knew. Her mother was one, too, before a hunting party killed her. I thought maybe Red didn’t get it, but when she was thirteen, it started. I paid a wizard for that cloak – keeps her from turning. But, she doesn’t wear it, and she’s found some way out of the house.”
Snow White: “Why didn’t you tell her?”
Granny: “I didn’t want her to have that burden. It’s a terrible burden.”
Snow White: “That story you told…”
Granny: “That was her grandfather. He marked me that night. Then came back, found me, turned me.”
Snow White: “Turned you… You’re… Granny? How are you tracking her?”
Granny: “By smell. I still have that, even though the rest of it has faded away. Gods, I was a fool to think I could keep this from her. I am a fool and I have cost so many lives.”
Snow White: “But you didn’t mean to. That’s the main thing.”
Granny: “Is it? (Granny hands the lantern to Snow White, and then takes out a crossbow:) Here – a silver-tipped arrow will drop her.”
Snow White: “Oh-”
Granny: “Shh! Follow me. We’re approaching from downwind, so we have a chance. (The two of them slowly edge their way down the incline, until they reach Red and Peter. Red, still in wolf form, is devouring Peter. Granny accidentally steps on a stick. The noise causes the wolf to turn around. The wolf lunges at the two of them, but Granny shoots it, dropping it to the ground in front of them:) Cloak! (Snow White hands Granny the cloak, which she then throws over the wolf. A wave of magic surges through the cloak. Snow White notices that Peter is dead:) It’s too late. He’s gone.”
(Red, now in human form, arises but is disorientated.)
Red: “Who’s gone?”
Granny: “Get up, girl. Get ready to run.”
Red: “What’s going on?”
Snow White: “Come on, Red.”
(The hunting party is heard shouting in the background.)
Granny: “Don’t you hear them?”
Snow White: “We have to go.”
Red: “Go? I don’t understand.”
Snow White: “No, I’ll explain it later. We must hurry.”
Red: “What? I’m confused. What’s happened? Where’s Peter?”
Snow White: “He wasn’t the wolf.”
Red: “Granny?”
Granny: “I was wrong to keep it from you. But, now, you have to go. Red. Go.”
(The shouting gets louder, and the torches of the hunting party shine through the trees.)
Red: “It’s me? Oh, gods, it’s… It’s me.”
Granny: “Red, go.”
Red: “I don’t want to go like this.”
Granny: “You have to.”
Red: “No, no, no, no…”
Snow White: “It’s okay. It’s going to be okay.”
Granny: “Mary, there’s no time.”
Snow White: “I know. I’ll get her out of here.”
(Supporting Red on her shoulder, Snow White leads the two of them to the woods. Granny stays behind as the hunting party arrives.)

Storybrooke. Granny’s Diner. The Next Day. Present.
(Ruby enters the diner. Granny is at the counter.)
Granny: “You look good.”
Ruby: “Thanks.”
Granny: “Want something for the Sheriff?”
Ruby: “No.”
Granny: “Ah…”
(Granny grabs her arm in pain.)
Ruby: “Your arm okay?”
Granny: “Same as it is every full moon.”
(The same scars from The Enchanted Forest are visible on her arm.)
Granny: “What are you doing here, Ruby? You here to tell me more about your fine new job?”
Ruby: “I want to come back.”
Granny: “Why? You were pretty mad.”
Ruby: “I wasn’t mad.”
Granny: “Looked like mad from here.”
Ruby: “Mmhmm, yeah. Here’s the thing – um… You were talking about having me do all this stuff, and I…wasn’t sure. I-I said that, you wanted me to turn into you, but… What I meant was, I don’t know how to be you. You’re a tough act to follow.”
Granny: “Oh.”
Ruby: “And then you wanted me to take on all this extra responsibility, and I… Guess I just got scared.”
Granny: “Don’t be. You shouldn’t be.”
Ruby: “Well, I am. But, it’s okay. I can do it anyway. I sort of found someone in myself that was more than I expected.”
Granny: “What about adventure? What about lemurs?”
Ruby: “Emma was my lemur. Did that, found out I could do that, and also that I don’t want to. I don’t want a job where a good day means ruining someone’s life. I want to do something that makes me happy. Somewhere I love.”
Granny: “Look – just so you know, I wanted you to do the books and everything, so you could take over when I retire. Own the whole place.”
Ruby: “Own it?”
Granny: “Sure. I mean, who else would I give it to but someone who loves me back? (They hug:) Proud of you.”
Ruby: “What was that?”
Granny: “You heard me.”

Storybrooke Animal Shelter.
(Mary Margaret and David are at the animal shelter.)
Mary Margaret: “David, it’s going to be okay.”
David: “Really? How do you know that? Because, I honestly can’t say anything about my actions anymore.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, there has to be an explanation.”
David: “You’re right. But the problem is, I don’t think it’s a good one. (Emma enters:) What is it? Did you find her?”
Emma: “We found a box.”
David: “Wait… Wait… What does that mean?”
Emma: “It was full of photos of you and Kathryn.”
David: “What?”
Emma: “There’s more. The box in question… (Turns:) belongs to you, Mary Margaret.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station. Interview Room.
(At the station, Emma leads Mary Margaret into an interrogation room. Regina is already there.)
Mary Margaret: “This is crazy. I would never hurt anyone.”
Regina: “Hello, Miss Blanchard.”
Mary Margaret: “What is she doing here?”
Emma: “Regina asked to be here as a third party to make sure that I stay impartial. It can only help you.”
Mary Margaret: (Takes a seat opposite Regina behind a table:) “I have nothing to hide. Ask me anything.”
(Emma turns on the tape recorder.)
Emma: “The box was found buried near the old Toll Bridge. Have you ever been to that bridge before?”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, many times. It’s where David and I liked to meet.”
Emma: “Mr. Nolan.” (Gets to her feet and crosses the room.)
Mary Margaret: “Yes.”
Emma: “And, you met there… For what purpose?”
Mary Margaret: (Takes a deep breath:) “We were having an affair. (At Regina’s look:) I’m not proud of what happened, and I’m sorry. But that doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t done anything to Kathryn.”
(Emma takes the jewelry box out of a cabinet and places it on the table in front of Mary Margaret.)
Emma: “Have you ever seen this before?”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, it’s my jewelry box.”
Emma: “That’s what we found pictures and letters in.”
Mary Margaret: “Don’t you see what’s happening here? Someone stole that box and put those things in it. I don’t know where Kathryn is, I didn’t have anything to do with it. I’m innocent!”

Regina: (Reaching forward to take her hand:) “Miss Blanchard, it’s okay. I know what you’re going through. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. To be publicly humiliated. It put me in a very dark place. Changed me. I can only imagine what losing David Nolan did to you.”
Mary Margaret: (Lets go of Regina’s hand:) “But, I haven’t changed. I’m still the same person I’ve always been – a good person. I did not do this.”
Emma: (To Regina:) “Can I speak to you in the hallway, please?”
(Emma and Regina go out into the hall to talk.)
Emma: “I told you to leave the questioning to me.”
Regina: “How do you know she didn’t do it? If that box was stolen from her as she claims, don’t you think there’d be signs of a break in?”
Emma: “I know her. I know she’s not capable of doing something like this.”
Regina: “We don’t know what ‘this’ is yet, Emma. All we know is that Kathryn is missing and somebody buried a box filled with photos of Kathryn and David in the woods.”
Emma: “Right.”
Regina: “But when the box in question belongs to the mistress of Kathryn’s husband…”
Emma: “Just because it’s Mary Margaret’s doesn’t mean she buried it.”
Regina: “Well, you’re her roommate – tell me. Has there been a break in? (Regina puts her hand gently on Emma’s shoulder:) I know she’s your friend but you have to follow the evidence. She is a woman who’s had her heart broken, and that… That can make you do unspeakable things.”
(Emma looks over to Mary Margaret through the interview room window. Mary Margaret looks back with a confused look on her face as she notices the seemingly intimate exchange between the Sheriff and Mayor Mills.)

Emma & Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(Emma, after speaking with Regina, goes to investigate Mary Margaret’s apartment. She checks the locks of the door and windows. Henry enters.)
Emma: “Henry. What are you doing here? Why aren’t you in school?”
Henry: “We have to help Miss Blanchard.”
Emma: “I am helping her. That’s why I’m searching the apartment. But you’ve got to go home.”
Henry: “Not going to happen.”
Emma: (Sighs:) “Just stay out of the way.”
Henry: “So, what are we looking for?”
Emma: “I’m trying to see if maybe, someone broke in. Looking for busted door jambs, broken glass, muddy boot prints. That kind of thing.”
Henry: “So, you think someone’s setting her up.”
Emma: “It’s the only thing that makes sense. The only problem is, nobody’s got a motive.”
Henry: “My mom does.”
Emma: “Regina?”
Henry: “She hates Snow White. (Emma raises her eyebrow:) Hey, you wanted a motive.”
Emma: “Well, I don’t think ‘she hates Snow White’ will hold up in a court, Henry.”
(Emma and Henry look around Mary Margaret’s room. After looking at the pictures on Mary Margaret’s desk, Emma flops down on the bed. Suddenly, the heat noisily turns on. Searching for the source of the noise, Emma looks to the floor and sees a heating vent. She takes off the grate of the vent and sticks her hand in.)
Henry: “Did you find something?”
(Emma pulls out a set of car keys wrapped in a cloth.)
Emma: “OK, kid. You gotta leave.”
Henry: “What is it?”
Emma: “Evidence. C’mon you gotta go. Just ‘cause Mary Margaret’s not there doesn’t mean you get to skip school.”

Granny’s Diner.
(Henry, having ignored Emma, is drinking a hot chocolate at Granny’s Diner. August enters and sits next to Henry at the counter.)
August: “I don’t think that hot chocolate’s going to drink itself. You’re upset about your teacher, aren’t ya?”
Henry: “She didn’t do it. Why can’t anyone see that?”
August: “Because most people just see what’s right in front of them. And I don’t think you’re going to find the answers you want at the bottom of that mug.”
Henry: “Then where?”
August: “That a book in your bag? You know I’m a writer. So, I’m partial to finding my answers in the literary form.”
Henry: “It’s just a book.”
August: “Is it?”
Henry: “Yeah.”
August: “I think we both know that that’s not the case. (To Server:) Can I get a water, please?”
Henry: “What do you know about it?”
August: “I know it’s a book of stories.”
Henry: “Aren’t all books?”
August: “Stories… that really happened.”
Henry: “You think my book is real?”
August: “As real as I am.”
Henry: “How do you know?”
August: “Well, let’s just say that, uh, I’m a believer. And I want to help others see the light. That, my friend, is why I’m here.”
Henry: “But I already believe.”
August: “Oh, I’m not here for you, buddy. I’m here for Emma.”
Henry: “So, you want to get her to believe? Why don’t you just tell her?”
August: “Well, there are some people – like you and me – we can go on faith. But others – like Emma – they need proof.”
Henry: “Last time I tried to find proof, I got trapped in a sinkhole.”
August: “There are less dangerous places to look.”
(August taps Henry’s book.)

The Mayor’s Office.
(Regina is peeling an apple in her office, when David knocks at the door and lets himself in.)
David: “Hey. Can I talk to you?”
Regina: “Of course.”
David: “These accusations against Mary Margaret – they’ve been gnawing away at me. She didn’t do this.”
(Regina motions for David to sit and he takes a seat opposite her.)
Regina: “I understand what you’re going through. It’s painful when someone we care about betrays us.”
David: “She’s a good person. I know her.”
Regina: “Maybe you don’t. Maybe, you just want to. Everyone has a dark side, David.”
David: “Yeah, sure, but having a dark side and doing something so evil – that’s a different thing. That’s not what she is.”
Regina: “Perhaps. I always believe that evil isn’t born – it’s made.”
David: “All due respect, Regina, I don’t think you know much about evil.”
(David gets up and paces the room.)
Regina: “Well, if she didn’t do it, then who did?”
David: “I don’t know. That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out. But those blackouts I’ve been having – they’ve made everything so hazy.”
Regina: (Gets up and walks over to him:) “Please, tell me you’re not accusing yourself.”
David: “You know, maybe if I could clear up my missing time, I could prove Mary Margaret’s innocence.”
Regina: “You’re very sweet, David. But you’re also wrong. Evil doesn’t always look evil. Sometimes it’s staring right at us, and we don’t even realize it.”

Sheriff’s Station.
(At the station, Emma is with Mary Margaret, who is now locked in a cell.)
Mary Margaret: “The heating vent? Emma, I don’t even know where the heating vent in my bedroom is.”
Emma: “Well, someone did, and they put Kathryn’s keys in there. I checked for signs of a break in, but there weren’t any.”
Mary Margaret: “You don’t believe me.”
Emma: “Of course I do. But what I think doesn’t matter. The evidence is piling up by the hour.”
Mary Margaret: “Okay, what are you saying?”
Emma: “I’m saying, you should think about hiring a lawyer.”
Mr. Gold: (Entering the room:) “An excellent idea.”
Emma: “Mr. Gold. What are you doing here?”
Mr. Gold: “Offering my legal services.”
Emma: “You’re a lawyer?”
Mr. Gold: “Ever wondered why I was so adept at contracts? I’ve been following the details of your case, Miss Blanchard. And I think you’d be well-advised to bring me on as your counsel.”
Mary Margaret: “And why is that?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, because the Sheriff had me arrested for nearly beating a man to death, and I managed to persuade the judge to drop the charges.”
Emma: “Asserting your influence isn’t what’s needed here. We need to find the truth.”
Mr. Gold: “Exerting influence may be exactly what’s needed here.”
Emma: “What’s needed here, is for me to do my job.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, no one’s stopping you. I’m only here to help.”
Mary Margaret: “Enough. Please go.”
Emma: “You heard her.”
Mary Margaret: “No, I was talking to you. Oh, Emma, he’s right. I need help. And you need to do your job, or else I’m screwed. So, just please – do your job the best you can, and you’ll prove me innocent. Until you do, I need some practical help.”
Mr. Gold: “Trust me. This is in Miss Blanchard’s best interests.”
Emma: “Good luck, Mary Margaret. I just hope your best interests are what he’s looking out for.”
(Emma leaves the two of them alone.)
Mary Margaret: “I can’t pay you.”
Mr. Gold: “I didn’t ask for money.”
Mary Margaret: “Then why are you doing this?”
Mr. Gold: “Let’s just say, I’m invested in your future.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station. Some Time Later.
(Mary Margaret is lying on the bed in her cell, when David enters.)
David: “Mary Margaret.”
Mary Margaret: (Getting to her feet to stand by the bars:) “David.”
David: “Emma said we could have a few minutes alone. I wanted to tell you, that I’m starting to remember what happened during my blackouts.”
Mary Margaret: “And?”
David: “Uh, I… I only, um, got pieces of the memory, but… We were in the woods, and I kept saying, ‘don’t do it’.”
Mary Margaret: “Don’t do what?”
David: “Don’t kill her. That’s what I kept saying.”
Mary Margaret: “Kathryn? You think you remember me wanting to kill Kathryn?”
David: “Can you explain why I have that memory?”
Mary Margaret: “David? Are you asking me if I had something to do with Kathryn’s disappearance?”
David: “The Sheriff found your jewelry box in our spot. Kathryn’s keys were found in your apartment. And I have these… These memories. So, yes, I’m asking.”
Mary Margaret: “When your phone records came back, when I found you wandering in the woods, when everyone thought you were responsible, I stood by you. I never once doubted you. And, now that everything is pointing to me, you actually think I am capable of this? Get. Out.”

Sheriff’s Office. The Next Day.
(Still in her cell, Mary Margaret makes her bed. When she tucks in the sheets, something falls out and clinks on the ground. The object turns out to be one of Regina’s skeleton keys. Mary Margaret tries the key in her cell door, and ends up being able to open it. When she hears Emma return, she quickly removes the key and shuts the door. Emma enters with a bag of food.)
Emma: “Hey. Breakfast.”
Mary Margaret: “Thanks.”
Emma: “I know Mr. Gold doesn’t want us to talk, but I thought you should hear this from me. The D.A. is going to move forward with a case against you. It’s going to happen. You know I do believe you, right?”
Mary Margaret: “Yeah. But Emma, Kathryn is still out there somewhere. Surely if-”
Emma: “There’s a search party ongoing, if she’s out there we’ll find her. You should be worrying about yourself right now. The evidence so far tells me one thing for certain – that you are being framed.”
Mary Margaret: “And I think we both know who by.”
Emma: “What do you mean?”
Mary Margaret: “Seriously? Oh, Emma open your eyes. It’s obviously Regina.”
Emma: “Regina? Why would that make any sense?”
Mary Margaret: “You saw how she was in the interview room yesterday. She was practically urging me to confess.”
Emma: “She came on a little strong I admit, but that’s-”
Mary Margaret: “Why am I still in here? Why don’t you confront her?”
Emma: “Because, what you believe is not proof.”
Mary Margaret: (Quietly:) “Of course. I should’ve known.”
Emma: (Confused:) “Known what?”
Mary Margaret: “You have feelings for Regina. There’s no way that kind of animosity between two people doesn’t turn into something more.”
Emma: “What are you talking about?”
Mary Margaret: “You two have been at each other’s throats since you got here and now that she’s clearly the one behind all this, you’re not sure.”
Emma: “I just don’t think-”
Mary Margaret: “How long have you been… with Regina?”
Emma: “Woah, wait a minute. Where is this coming from?”
Mary Margaret: “I saw you two talking in the hall yesterday, it was very… intimate.”
Emma: “It wasn’t… I don’t think… How did you know?”
Mary Margaret: “I should’ve seen it sooner. The late nights, the dinners at her house. (Gasps:) Does Henry know?”
Emma: “No, he doesn’t. And I don’t think you have the right to judge anyone here all right?”
Mary Margaret: “No, that’s the D.A.’s job when he comes to arraign me tomorrow.”
Emma: (Sighs, takes a breath:) “Mary Margaret if I don’t do this right, things will end up worse for you. I’m going to find out what’s really happening and I promise, I won’t stop until I find the truth.”
Mary Margaret: “And how are you going to do that? This is Regina’s town.”
Emma: “I’m working on it. I have faith in you. And now, I need you to have faith in me. (Emma grabs Mary Margaret’s hand on the bar:) Can you do that?”
Mary Margaret: “Of course.”
(Emma leaves. Mary Margaret looks down at the key in her hand.)

Emma & Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(Emma walks up the stairs in the building of Mary Margaret’s apartment, where she finds Sidney Glass and Henry sitting on a step.)
Henry: “I have proof. (He holds up the ring of skeleton keys:) This is how my mom got into your apartment. This is how she framed Miss Blanchard.”
Emma: (To Sidney:) “Did you steal these from her office?”
Sidney: (Hands up:) “Not me, I just came to see if there was anything new on the case.”
Henry: “I did. The book said they could open any door.”
Emma: “There’s no way they’ll even fit in the lock.”
Henry: “We have to try.”
(Henry tries to open the door with multiple keys, but is unsuccessful.)
Emma: “See? What did I tell you? Come on, Henry. I know you want to think the answer to everything is in Operation Cobra-”
Henry: “It is!”
Emma: “But, sometimes the real world needs to come first.”
Henry: “Just try one more. Please.”
Emma: “Okay, one more. But then we’re done.”
Sidney: “May I? (Henry hands Sidney the keys:) Let me see. Try this one.”
Emma: “Really? (Sighs:) Okay.”
(Emma takes the keys from Sidney and tries the key he picked out. The door unlocks.)
Henry: “Do you believe now?”
Emma: (Shocked:) “Sidney, can you make sure Henry gets home OK?”
Sidney: “Sure, where are you going?”
Emma: (Grabs her blue leather jacket and beanie from the back of a chair:) “To meet with the Mayor.”

The Mayor’s Office.
(Regina is seated behind her desk as Emma walks in.)
Regina: (Looking up:) “Ah, Sheriff Swan. I was wondering if you’d forgotten our meeting.”
Emma: (Walking towards her:) “Clearly not. I mean I’m wearing the jacket you like, the hat that you think makes me look adorable. Not that I’d argue with you on that.”
Regina: (Frowns:) “Is everything all right, Miss Swan?”
Emma: (Shrugs:) “Why wouldn’t it be? (Leans on the desk:) Kathryn’s still missing, Mary Margaret is in a holding cell and, (Bends down so that she’s eye level with the mayor:) now we’re about to make out in your office.”
Regina: (Sighs, noticing Emma’s tone:) “I assume the latter is no longer true?”
Emma: (Grabbing her hat and throwing it on the desk:) “Of course not! Jesus, Regina I knew you didn’t like Mary Margaret but I didn’t think you’d stoop this low!”
Regina: (Calmly:) “Am I allowed to ask what you’re talking about?”
Emma: “I know you have a key to her apartment and I know you planted Kathryn’s keys in her bedroom.”
Regina: (Looks away:) “Is that so? Well, seeing as you seem to know so much, (Looking back up at Emma:) why don’t you arrest me?”
Emma: “What, no denial?”
Regina: “Is that what you want, Sheriff? For me to plead my innocence to you? Why would I bother doing that when all you have is circumstantial evidence? Do you not think I know when my keys are missing? Henry showed you, didn’t he?”
Emma: “Yeah. But why else would you have keys to-”
Regina: “Have you seen that key chain? I inherited that when I became mayor. I haven’t got a clue what most of them are for.”
Emma: (Folding her arms:) “You realise I’m not buying a word of this, right?”
Regina: “Emma, even if what you claim is true, do you really think that if I went to all the trouble of stealing a jewellery box or planting evidence that I’d leave that particular key on my key chain?”
Emma: “Well… no. But somebody has a key, there were zero signs of a break in.”
Regina: (Shrugs:) “If it were my investigation, I’d start with the landlord. Not that I’d ever tell you how to do your job, Sheriff.”
(Emma gives the mayor a dirty look before turning and leaving the office.)

Mr. Gold’s Shop.
(Mr. Gold is in the back room of his shop. Emma enters.)
Emma: “Mr. Gold.”
Mr. Gold: “Just taking inventory. What can I do for you, Miss Swan? Any developments in the case I should be aware of?”
Emma: “Yes. Mary Margaret’s being set up.”
Mr. Gold: “And this surprises you? Show me your evidence, and we’ll get this over with immediately.”
Emma: “Yeah, that’s the thing. There isn’t any. Anything that’s court-worthy. But I know it.”
Mr. Gold: “Look who’s suddenly become a woman of faith. Why are you here, Miss Swan? To spin conspiracy theories? Or do you already suspect someone in particular?”
Emma: “I’ve already confronted Regina and she denies it. She thought it’d be a good idea if I asked you a few questions.”
Mr. Gold: “I’ll bet she did. (Leans back in his chair:) Well, anything I can do to help, ask away.”
Emma: “Evidence was planted in Mary Margaret’s room but there was no sign of forced entry. Regina has admitted to having a key to the apartment but denies any involvement. The only other person with a key apart from myself would be-”
Mr. Gold: “The landlord? Yes, I see, very clever. And I suppose you believe Regina’s denial? May I remind you that I’m also Miss Blanchard’s counsel?”
Emma: “I know Regina doesn’t like Mary Margaret but I have a hard time believing she’s behind this.”
Mr. Gold: “Because you’re sleeping together?”
Emma: (Glares at him:) “No. Because it’s a pretty big loose end to leave lying around for Henry to find. You, on the other hand, never do anything unless it benefits you in some way. Perhaps becoming Mary Margaret’s lawyer is just a clever ploy to throw me off.”
Mr. Gold: “Or perhaps it’s neither of us and you’re running out of options and clutching at straws. That’s why you’re really here isn’t it, you need a fresh pair of eyes to help you? As I recall, you don’t exactly approve of my methods.”
Emma: (Hesitates then relents:) “I approve of your results. And this time, I have something more important than a job. I need to save my friend.”
Mr. Gold: “And you’re willing to go as far as it takes?”
Emma: “Farther.”
Mr. Gold: “Now we’re talking. Fear not, Miss Swan. I’m on the case.”

Sheriff’s Station.
(Henry sits on a bench reading his book at the station. Emma and Mr. Gold see him.)
Emma: “Henry. What are you doing here?”
Henry: “I came to congratulate you.”
Emma: “For what?”
Henry: “Your genius plan.”
Mr. Gold: “And what plan’s that, Henry? (Henry doesn’t respond:) Right.”
(Mr. Gold leaves Emma and Henry alone in the hall.)
Henry: “Sorry. I thought Mr. Gold was in on it, now that he’s Miss Blanchard’s lawyer.”
Emma: “In on what?”
Henry: “The escape plan.”
Emma: “The what?”
(Mr. Gold calls out from the other room.)
Mr. Gold: “Sheriff, could you join me, please? (They join Mr. Gold and see Mary Margaret’s empty cell:) She’s gone.”
Emma: “Henry, what did you do?”
Henry: “Nothing. She was gone when I got here.”
Mr. Gold: “Her arraignment’s tomorrow. If she’s not there…”
Emma: “She’s a fugitive. Doesn’t matter if she’s convicted for Kathryn or not – she’s screwed. I have to go find her before someone notices she’s missing.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, you mean Regina?”
Emma: “The arraignment’s at eight A.M. I’m sure she’ll be here bright and early.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, you have until eight A.M., then.”
Henry: “Uh, what about me? How can I help?”
Emma: “Go home.”
Henry: “Emma, if she leaves Storybrooke…”
Emma: “Not now, Henry. Come on.”
Mr. Gold: “Miss Swan, I know time is of the essence, but if Miss Blanchard doesn’t return… Her future’s in jeopardy. And if you’re caught helping her, so is yours.”
Emma: “I don’t care. I’d rather lose my job than my friend.”

Meanwhile…
(Mary Margaret, who has escaped from her cell, has fled to the woods.)

 

 

Chapter Text

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In the forest, Red and Prince Charming have set up a rest spot. A flaming arrow shoots through the air, heading towards Red.)
Prince Charming: “Red, look out!”
(Prince Charming deflects the arrow with his sword. They then see King George and his men riding towards them.)
Prince Charming: “We need to move. They found us.”
(The two of them run towards Prince Charming’s horse. He gets on, and then extends his hand to her. However, Red refuses.)
Red: “Go. I’ll take care of them.”
Prince Charming: “Red, I’m not leaving you.”
Red: “Find Snow. That’s all that matters. Find her!”
Prince Charming: “What are you going to do?”
(Red looks up and sees that it’s a full moon.)
Red: “I’m giving you a head start.”
(Prince Charming rides off while Red stays behind. Red takes off her cloak, causing her eyes to glow yellow. She rushes towards the knights and transforms into a wolf.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma is in her car driving down a deserted road near the woods, searching for Mary Margaret. Through the fog in the distance, a figure can be seen. Emma doesn’t notice in time, and narrowly avoids hitting a man. He jumps out of the way and falls down an incline. Emma gets out of her car to assist him.)
Emma: “I’m so sorry! Are you okay? I didn’t see you there.”
Jefferson: “Uh, I think so.”
Emma: “Are you sure?”
Jefferson: “I’m fine. I’m not used to sharing the road with cars so late. You’re the Sheriff, aren’t you?”
Emma: “Yeah.”
Jefferson: “What brings you out here in the middle of the night?”
Emma: “Oh, nothing to worry about. I’m just looking for a lost dog.”
Jefferson: “Well, I hope you find it.”
Emma: “Thank you.”
(Jefferson tries to walk, but has an obvious limp.)
Emma: “Oh, you are hurt.”
Jefferson: “No, I just twisted my ankle, I think. I live just a mile down the road. I’ll make it okay.”
Emma: “No, let me drive you. I insist.”
Jefferson: “Thank you. I’m Jefferson.”
Emma: “Emma.”
(The two of them get into Emma’s car.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Jefferson runs through the woods, seemingly trying to escape from something. He stops to rest by a tree, but is caught by his daughter, Grace.)
Grace: “Papa, I found you.”
Jefferson: “You certainly did. You must be part bloodhound, my dear Grace.”
Grace: “Now it’s my turn to hide, and you seek.”
Jefferson: “I’m afraid playtime’s over. Although, you can still use that nose of yours to hunt mushrooms. Enough to sell at market tomorrow. Do you think you can do that? Ready or not, here we come. (They head back to their house, where the Evil Queen’s carriage is parked outside:) Wait.”
Grace: “Whose carriage is that?”
Jefferson: “The Queen’s.”
Grace: “In our house? Do you know her?”
Jefferson: “Of course not. Now, listen carefully. I want you to stay hidden in the woods. Like our game. I’m going to find out what she’s doing here.”
(Jefferson enters the house, while Grace runs off into the forest. Inside, the Evil Queen is waiting.)
Evil Queen: “I’d like to say you’re looking well, Jefferson, but I’d be lying. Poverty doesn’t suit you.”
Jefferson: “What are you doing here, Regina?”
Evil Queen: “I have a job for you.”
Jefferson: “I don’t do that anymore.”
Evil Queen: “Yes, I heard you hung up your hat. Why? Is it because of your sweet daughter, Grace?”
Jefferson: “Because of my work, she lost her mother. I don’t want her to lose her father, too.”
Evil Queen: “So, now you’re foraging for fungus. What kind of future does your daughter have here with you? Do this one last favour for me, and you can give her the life she deserves.”
Jefferson: “That’s why I’m staying. You don’t abandon family. That’s… What she deserves. Now, please leave.”
Evil Queen: “All I need is your special skills to get me somewhere. Somewhere you’ve been before. Do it, and I can change your life.”
(She hands him a piece of paper.)
Jefferson: “What business could you possibly have there?”
Evil Queen: “Something of mine was taken and found its way over there. I want it back.”
Jefferson: “Then find someone else to get it.”
Evil Queen: “I see. Hard living has strengthened your resolve. Well, I’m sorry I couldn’t convince you, but I understand. There’s nothing more important than family.”

Elsewhere In The Enchanted Forest.
(Snow White hums a song while she sweeps her room at the dwarf’s place. A bluebird flies in. Snow coaxes the bird over to her, then sets it on a table. She then aggressively tries to swat it with the broom. Grumpy walks in and sees her.)
Grumpy: “Snow? What are you… What are you doing?”
Snow White: “Getting rid of the vermin in this house. (She again tries to swat the bird and, eventually, successfully drives it out the window:) What do you want?”
Grumpy: “It’s dinner time.”
Snow White: “I’m not hungry.”
Grumpy: “Come on – we made something extra special tonight.”
(Grumpy leads Snow White to the dining area where the other dwarves are gathered around the table.)
Snow White: “Somebody die?”
(Jiminy Cricket flies in.)
Jiminy: “Snow, why don’t you have a seat?”
Snow White: (Trying to swat him away:) “Why is there a dirty cricket in here?”
Jiminy: “My name is Jiminy, and your friends have asked me to be here tonight. They’re concerned about you, and they have something they’d like to say. Grumpy, why don’t you start?”
(Grumpy takes out a piece of paper and starts reading.)
Grumpy: “Snow White, you’ve changed. You’ve become angry, irritable, and downright mean.”
Snow White: “Changed? And who are you to tell me I’ve changed?”
Jiminy: “Snow, please. These are your friends. And we’re all here because we… We care about you. Who wants to go next?”
(Sneezy takes out his letter and starts to read.)
Sneezy: “Uh. You brought bales of straw into the house last night, even though you know that I’m… (He sneezes:) Allergic.”
Snow White: “You are allergic to everything!
Happy: “You broke my mug!”
Snow White: “You’re lucky it wasn’t that mug you call a face!”
Happy: “You are the worst, most nasty, horrible-”
Grumpy: “Enough! Look what you’re doing to Happy. That potion you took – the one that erased the Prince from your mind? You haven’t been the same since you drank it.”
Snow White: “That, helped me forget whatever, or whomever, I needed to forget. And I am clearly better off for it. That potion was the solution, not the problem. The problem is, that I’m living here in a house full of dwarves instead of in my palace, with my father, as a princess. But I can’t do that anymore, can I? Because he was murdered. Murdered, by the same woman who sent a Huntsman to kill me.”
Jiminy: “Snow, your anger towards the Queen is understandable. It’s just not fair to take it out on your friends.”
Snow White: “You’re right – I should be taking it out on her.”
Jiminy: “Oh, wait. Revenge is not the answer. No, it’s going to change you. It’ll turn you into something darker than you can imagine. You don’t want to go there-”
(Snow White puts a glass container over Jiminy to silence him.)
Snow White: “Good news, fellas – you can quit your complaining, because I’m leaving. I have more important things to do.”
Jiminy: “Wait! Don’t go!”
Grumpy: “Snow. Wait. Where are you going?”
Snow White: “To kill the Queen.”
(Snow White leaves, taking a bag and a pick axe with her.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma and Jefferson pull up to a large house on a hill.)
Emma: “Wow. This is your house? It looks more like a hotel. You must have a huge family.”
Jefferson: “Nope. It’s just me.”
(Emma sees Jefferson struggling to get up the stairs, and goes to help him inside.)
Emma: “Here. Wait.”
(Inside, Emma is waiting in the living room when Jefferson enters with a tea tray.)
Jefferson: “Here we go. I thought you might want to warm up for your search. It’s cold out there.”
Emma: “That is kind of you, but I think I should get back to it.”
Jefferson: “I know. That’s why I brought this. I’m a bit of an amateur cartographer – mapping the area is a hobby. Maybe, this will help you track down your dog.”
(He lays out the map on a table.)
Emma: “Wow.”
Jefferson: “What’s his name?”
Emma: “Spot.”
Jefferson: “Cute.”
(Emma looks over the map while she sips her tea. She begins to feel drowsy.)
Emma: “Well, Route Six runs the boundary of the forest, so… So, if I just follow that, I should… Be able to…”
Jefferson: “Is something wrong?”
Emma: “I’m just, uh… Feeling a little…”
(Jefferson catches Emma and drags her over to the couch.)
Jefferson: “Oh. Let me help you.”
Emma: “Dizzy.”
Jefferson: “Let’s just lie you down here. There you go. Let me get you some air.” (Jefferson crosses the room without any trouble.)
Emma: “Your limp…”
Jefferson: “Oh. That. I guess you caught me.”
Emma: “Who are you?”
(Emma passes out as Jefferson smiles.)

Enchanted Forest. Marketplace. Past.
(Jefferson and Grace are at an outdoor market. They come to an old woman, who is selling toys.)
Grace: “The toy cart!”
Woman: “Come.”
(Grace picks up a stuffed rabbit.)
Grace: “Wouldn’t this make the perfect guest for our tea parties, Papa? Can I have him? Please?”
Jefferson: “Excuse me. How much for the rabbit?”
Woman: “That costs one silver.”
Jefferson: “Would you take it for eight coppers? It’s all I have.”
Woman: “Oh, you are good father. Your last coppers for your little girl’s happiness, ah?"
Jefferson: “Thank you.”
Woman: “Oh, I did not say I accept. Alas, I cannot take less than one silver. The economy. You understand.”
Grace: “It’s okay, Papa. Come on – people are waiting.”
Jefferson: “I will not take no for an answer.”
Grace: “Papa, please. I don’t need it.”
Jefferson: “Come on, sweetie.”
(The old woman walks away from the crowd to a mirror.)
Mirror: “Well, that was awfully cruel. You could at least let the girl have her toy.”
Evil Queen: “Where’s the fun in that?”
(The old woman’s face briefly morphs into the Evil Queen’s.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White hides behind a tree in the forest, as a knight on a horse rides closer. When he gets close enough, Snow clotheslines him and he falls to the ground. Using the blunt end of the pick axe, she crushes the knight’s ankle.)
Snow White: “It’ll heal. Eventually.”
Knight: “What do you want?”
Snow White: “Information. Where’s the Queen?”
Knight: “And why would I tell you?”
Snow White: “Do you know what a diamond is? It’s the strongest substance known to man or beast. Beautiful, precious, nearly impervious to destruction. Nearly. This… This is an axe from the Dwarf Mines. It’s a special blade. It can, believe it or not, actually cut a diamond. Imagine what it can do to human flesh. Soft, pliable, tender flesh…”
(Snow White raises the axe, but stops when the knight starts to speak.)
Knight: “She’s at her castle, but only for the night. In the morning, she leaves for the summer palace. Please! That’s all I know.”
Snow White: “That summer palace was built for my mother.”
(She hits the knight in the head with the handle of the pick axe, which knocks him out. Snow steals his armor and goes to leave, but is stopped by a voice. It turns out to be Grumpy.)
Grumpy: “What do you think you’re doing?”
Snow White: “I already told you. I’m going to kill the Queen.”
Grumpy: “By stealing the armor off a knight?”
Snow White: “Whatever I have to do to get into that castle. So, get out of my way. I have to get there before she departs.”
Grumpy: “Have you lost your mind? You really think this disguise is going to fool anybody?”
Snow White: “I’m getting in there.”
Grumpy: “Listen to yourself! All you care about is revenge. You can’t even see reality anymore.”
Snow White: “What I don’t need, is to be lectured by a dwarf with a bad attitude.”
Grumpy: “I didn’t come here to lecture you. I came here to help you.”
Snow White: “Help me? How?”
Grumpy: “By taking you back to Rumplestiltskin. He’s the one who gave you the potion in the first place – the one that took away all your memories of your Prince. If anyone can give them back to you, it’s him.”
Snow White: “I don’t want my memories back. That’s why I took the potion.”
Grumpy: “And it changed you. Maybe he can at least bring you back to the person you used to be. He’s the most powerful man in the world. He can do anything.”
Snow White: “Anything?”

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Emma wakes up bound and gagged on the couch. She looks around and sees that Jefferson is gone. Noticing her fallen teacup on the floor, Emma throws a pillow over the cup to muffle sound, and then breaks it with her feet. She manoeuvers herself onto the floor, grabs a shard of the broken cup, and cuts through her binds. Emma tries to open one of the windows, but discovers that they’re all locked. By the windows, there is a telescope pointed at the Sheriff’s station. Emma hears a noise coming from the room across the hall. She peeks in and sees Jefferson sharpening a pair of scissors.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(At their home, Jefferson finishes making a stuffed rabbit. He places it on a chair next to Grace, who is having a tea party.)
Jefferson: “I know it’s not the same as what you wanted.”
Grace: “I love it, Papa. Thank you. (Grace pretends to pour tea:) Mm. This is really good. Don’t you think so, Mr. Tortoise? Papa, do you like your tea?”
Jefferson: “Grace… I want you to go to the neighbours’ for the rest of the day. There’s work I have to do.”
Grace: “Can’t I come with you? I like being with you in the forest.”
Jefferson: “I’m not going to the forest, sweetie.”
Grace: “This has to do with the Queen’s visit, doesn’t it? Whatever she wants you to do, don’t do it.”
Jefferson: “Grace, I have to. I want you to have what you need.”
Grace: “All I need is you, Papa. Please, stay.”
Jefferson: “Come here. (Hugs her:) I know. I’m sorry, baby. I have to go.”
Grace: “Just promise me you’ll come back. You have to promise.”
Jefferson: “Of course.”
Grace: “For our tea party. Promise?”
Jefferson: “I promise. I won’t miss it for the world. Go.”
(Grace leaves. Jefferson opens a locked chest, and pulls out a hat box.)

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Emma slowly edges out into the hallway. She creeps down the hall, but steps on a creaky floorboard. Panicking, she quickly enters the closest room. Inside, Mary Margaret is gagged and tied to a chair. Emma starts to untie her.)
Emma: “What is going on?”
Mary Margaret: “Emma, thank God.”
Emma: “What are you doing here?”
Mary Margaret: “I was in the woods, trying to get away. Then, this man appeared out of nowhere and grabbed me. Why are you here?”
Emma: “I’ve been trying to find you. You escaped, remember? How did you get out?”
Mary Margaret: “There was a key… In my cell, under my pillow. Someone put it there.”
Emma: “Who?”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know. I’d like to know just as much as you.”
(Once Mary Margaret is free, they both head for the door. Emma checks the hall and sees that it’s clear. The two of them start down the hallway, but are stopped by Jefferson. He’s armed with a gun.)
Jefferson: “I see you found Spot.”
Emma: “I’ve already called for backup. They’ll be here any second.”
Jefferson: “You haven’t called anybody. For the same reason you didn’t tell me about her. You don’t want anybody to know you’re here, which means, nobody does. So, tie her back up.”
(Emma ties Mary Margaret to the chair, again.)
Mary Margaret: “Emma…”
Emma: “It’s going to be okay. (She gags her. Turns back to Jefferson:) Your telescope – you’ve been watching me. Why?”
Jefferson: “Because I need you to do something.”
(Jefferson takes Emma by the arm and leads her from the room. Mary Margaret yells through her gag before Jefferson closes the door.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin is spinning straw in his tower. Grumpy and Snow walk in.)
Grumpy: “The potion you gave Snow – it changed her. She’s not the same.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, of course it changed her. It took away her love, left a big hole in her heart. There is no cure for what she’s got. The person she was… There’s no way to bring her back. No potion can bring back true love. (Rumplestiltskin opens a cabinet containing several rows of labeled potions. There is a missing potion above the heart label:) Love, is the most powerful magic of all. The only magic I haven’t been able to bottle. If you can bottle love, you can do anything. (Turning to Snow White:) But you don’t care about that, do you? Now, what is it you really want?”
Snow White: “I want your help to kill the Queen.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Now we’re talking, dearie.”
Grumpy: “Snow, don’t.”
(Rumplestiltskin takes a string and a piece of wood and fashions a bow.)
Snow White: “Now, what is this?”
Rumplestiltskin: “This… is how you kill the Queen.”
Snow White: “How will that help me get into the castle?”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no, no. That’s impossible. You have to kill her when she’s on the move. When she’s on her way to the summer palace. (Pulls out map:) Fire the arrow from this spot here, and you’ll be hidden from sight. An arrow fired from this bow will get you exactly what you need. It always finds its target.”
Grumpy: “I can’t stand by. If you take that weapon, you do it alone.”
(Snow White takes the bow and arrow from Rumplestiltskin.)
Snow White: “That was always my plan. So, what do I have to do in return?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Do? You don’t have to do anything, dearie.”
Snow White: “Everything comes with a price with you. Last time you took a strand of my hair. What’s in it for you this time?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Let’s just say, I’m invested in your future.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Jefferson meets with the Evil Queen at her castle. He enters with the hat box and is escorted by several guards.)
Evil Queen: “Jefferson. So good to see you looking more like yourself. I assume you’re here because you’ve reconsidered my offer?”
Jefferson: “I want your guarantee. That, if I do what you ask, my daughter will want for nothing.”
Evil Queen: “You have my word. Now, let’s open that box of yours and see what it can do. (He pulls a top hat out of the box:) I do so like a man who dresses for the occasion.”
(Jefferson places the hat on the floor and spins it. It begins to spin on its own.)
Jefferson: “Step back. (The hat forms a purple vortex:) After you!”
Evil Queen: “Together!”
(They link arms.)
Jefferson: “Hold on!”
(They both jump into the vortex and are transported elsewhere.)

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Jefferson brings Emma to a room with several top hats lining the walls.)
Emma: “I don’t know what you think you’re doing, but if you hurt my friend, I swear I’ll make you regret it.”
Jefferson: “Hurt her? I’m saving her life.”
Emma: “How do you figure that?”
Jefferson: “Don’t play stupid. We both know what happens when people try to leave Storybrooke.”
Emma: “What are you talking about?”
Jefferson: “The curse.”
Emma: “What curse?”
Jefferson: “The one keeping us all trapped. All except you.”
Emma: “Have you been reading Henry’s book?”
Jefferson: “Henry? You mean the Queen’s father?”
Emma: “Henry, the mayor’s kid.”
Jefferson: “Oh, Henry. Your Henry. And his book of stories. The ones that you choose to ignore. Maybe, if you knew what I know, you wouldn’t.”
Emma: “Why have you been spying on me?”

Jefferson: “Because, for the last twenty-eight 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: “You’re insane.”
Jefferson: “Because I speak the truth?”
Emma: “Because you’re talking about magic.”
Jefferson: “I’m talking about what I’ve seen. Perhaps, you’re the one that’s mad.”
Emma: “Really?”
Jefferson: “What’s crazier than seeing and not believing? Because that’s exactly what you’ve been doing since you got to our little hamlet. Open your eyes. Look around. Wake up. Isn’t it about time?”
Emma: “What do you want?”
Jefferson: “I want you to get it to work.”
(Jefferson sits Emma down in front of a table of sewing supplies and materials.)
Emma: “You want me to get what to work?”
Jefferson: “You’re the only one that can do this. You’re going to get it to work.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Jefferson and the Evil Queen end up inside Jefferson’s hat. There are several different coloured doors lining the walls.)
Evil Queen: “I forgot how magnificent you are.”
Jefferson: “I’m not here to relive the past. I’m here for my daughter. (He points toward a door made of glass:) Here – this is the entrance. It’s important that we stick together. Same amount of people that go through have to come back. No more, no less. It’s the hat’s rule, not mine.”
Evil Queen: “I understand.”

Wonderland. Past.
(They enter through the mirrored door and arrive in Wonderland. Along the path, they encounter the Caterpillar.)
Caterpillar: “Who are you? Who? Who?”
Jefferson: “I hate Wonderland.”

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Emma and Jefferson are still in the sewing room.)
Jefferson: “Make one like that.”
Emma: “You want me to make a hat? You don’t have enough?”
Jefferson: “Well, none of them work, do they? Or else you wouldn’t be here. Now, make a hat, and get it to work.”
Emma: “I don’t-”
Jefferson: “You have magic. You can do it.”
Emma: “The hats, the tea, your psychotic behavior… You think you’re the Mad Hatter.”
Jefferson: “My name’s Jefferson.”
Emma: “Okay. You’ve clearly glommed onto my kid Henry’s thing. They’re just stories. The Mad Hatter is in Alice in Wonderland – a book. A book I actually read.”
Jefferson: “Stories. Stories? What’s a story? When you were in high school, did you learn about the Civil War?”
Emma: “Yeah, of course.”
Jefferson: “How? Did you read about it, perchance, in a book? How is that any less real than any other book?”
Emma: “History books are based on history.”
Jefferson: “And storybooks are based on what? Imagination? Where does that come from? It has to come from somewhere. You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic. Now, get it to work.”
Emma: “Here’s the thing, Jefferson – this is it. This is the real world.”
Jefferson: A real world. How arrogant are you to think yours is the only one? There are infinitely more. You have to open your mind. They touch one another, pressing up in a long line of lands. Each just as real as the last. All have their own rules. Some have magic, some don’t. And some need magic. Like this one. And that’s where you come in. You and your friend are not leaving here, until you make my hat. Until you get it to work.”
Emma: “And then what?”
Jefferson: “Then I go home.”

Wonderland. Past.
(Jefferson and the Evil Queen come to a hedge maze.)

Jefferson: “You want to go in there?”
Evil Queen: “What I want is a short walk through.”
Jefferson: “A short walk? You know who this belongs to.”
Evil Queen: “The Queen of Hearts. She’s not one for subtlety.”
Jefferson: “This wasn’t part of our deal. You know what she does to anyone that crosses her.”
Evil Queen: “Indeed. Better than most. You can’t leave Wonderland without me. Two go through, two go back. You’re not going to let the Queen of Hearts keep you from returning to your daughter, are you? (Jefferson says nothing and begins to follow her:) That’s what I thought.”
Jefferson: “Wait. (He picks up a branch from the ground and throws it towards one of the walls. The hedge grabs the branch and pulls it into the wall:) Stay away from the walls.”
Evil Queen: “I’ve got a better idea. The walls should stay away from me.”
(The Evil Queen magically creates a fireball, and blasts a path through the maze. The two of them proceed until they reach a vault containing a wall of hearts like the Evil Queen’s. She pulls a drawer open and takes out the box.)
Jefferson: “Okay? You got what you need. Shall we?”
(The two of them go to leave, but are suddenly ambushed by several of the Queen of Hearts’ guards.)
Guard: “Trespassers! Halt!”
(Jefferson and the Evil Queen begin to run through the hedge maze. The guards follow and try to stop them, but are thwarted by the Evil Queen’s magic. They run back to the burned path, where the Evil Queen magically causes the hedges to reform. They end up back at the mirrored door they entered through.)
Jefferson: “The Looking Glass! There it is!”
(Jefferson sees that the Evil Queen has stopped.)
Jefferson: “C- What are you doing? We can’t stop now. We got to get out of here.”
Evil Queen: “There’s something I need to do first.”
(She breaks off a piece of mushroom.)
Evil Queen: “A little snack.”
Jefferson: “Are you mad? Do you know what the food here does?”
Evil Queen: “I’m well aware.”
(The Evil Queen sets the opened box on the ground and places the piece of mushroom inside. Purple smoke emerges from the box and materializes into Henry Sr.)
Evil Queen: “Oh, daddy!”
Jefferson: “This is what she took from you? Your father?”
Evil Queen: “The Queen of Hearts has always seen me as a threat. So, she wanted some leverage. I got it back.”
Henry Sr: “The Queen’s soldiers – we must hurry.”
Jefferson: “You knew only two can go through the hat… Which is why you didn’t tell me about your father.”
Evil Queen: “It was the only way to make sure you’d help me.”
(Jefferson tries to chase after them, but his feet are swallowed by the ground.)
Jefferson: “Wait! Wait! Wait, please. My daughter… My Grace… She’s… She’s waiting for me. I promised her I’d… I’d be home for tea.”
Evil Queen: “A promise which you now have broken. If you truly cared for your daughter, you never would’ve left her in the first place. You were right, Jefferson. You don’t abandon family.”
(The Evil Queen and her father go through the mirrored door.)
Jefferson: “No! No…”
(The Queen of Hearts’ men finally catch up to Jefferson. Two of the guards drag him away.)
Knave of Hearts: “Take him to the Queen.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming barges through the front doors of Rumplestiltskin’s estate.)
Prince Charming: “Rumplestiltskin! Show yourself.”
(Rumplestiltskin appears behind him.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Still dressing like a prince, I see. Even though you ran away from the life I gave you. How’s that for gratitude?”
Prince Charming: “You gave me a prison sentence.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yeah, one that you’ve now skirted. Careful, dearie – King George is a vengeful man.”
Prince Charming: “I’m here about Snow. Rumour has it, she’s after the Queen and she came to you for help.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Yes, indeed.”
Prince Charming: “What did you do to her?”
(He draws his sword.)
Rumplestiltskin: “What did I do to her? You mean, what did you do to her. You caused her pain. Without that pain, she would never have drank my potion to forget about you. That’s what changed her.”
Prince Charming: “Undo the potion. All magic can be broken.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, yes. With twoo wuv.”
Prince Charming: “So, that’s it then? True love’s kiss will awaken her?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Most certainly. But, it’s going to be hard to kiss her when you don’t know where she is.”
(Rumplestiltskin swats Prince Charming’s sword and starts to walk away.)
Prince Charming: “Name your price.”
Rumplestiltskin: “How about… your cloak?”
Prince Charming: “My cloak? Why would you want my cloak?”
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s drafty in here.”
(Prince Charming takes off his cloak and places it on the table.)
Prince Charming: “Where is she?”
Rumplestiltskin: “On her way to the Queen’s Highway.”
(He magically produces a map.)
Rumplestiltskin: “This is the route she’s taking, but you better be quick. Because, if she kills the Queen, she becomes as evil as the woman whose life she takes.”
Prince Charming: “She could never become that evil.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Evil isn’t born, dearie – it’s made. If Snow starts down that road, you’ll never get her back.”
(Snow White is preparing herself at the spot that Rumplestiltskin specified. Suddenly, Prince Charming ambushes her from behind.)
Snow White: “Get your hands off me!”
Prince Charming: “Snow.”
Snow White: “Who are you? What are you doing?”
Prince Charming: “I’m helping you remember. (He kisses her:) I told you – I will always find you.”
(Snow White punches him in the head, causing him to fall unconscious.)

Wonderland. Past.
(The guards bring Jefferson before the Queen of Hearts and several other citizens of Wonderland. Her face is covered by a veil and uses a tube to speak through.)
Knave of Hearts: “Her Majesty says she knows you’re responsible for helping to steal from her.”
Jefferson: “The Queen, she tricked me-”
Knave of Hearts: “That woman’s name is Regina. There is only one Queen – the Queen of Hearts.”
Jefferson: “Yes, of course. My apologies. Now, please…”
Knave of Hearts: “Her Majesty wishes to know how you got to this world. How did you come to Wonderland?”
Jefferson: “If I tell you, will you let me go home to my daughter?”
Queen of Hearts: “Off with his head.”
(One of the guards decapitates Jefferson with an axe. However, he does not die. Another guard holds up his head.)
Jefferson: “I’m alive? I’m alive!”
Knave of Hearts: “If you wish your body back, then answer. How did you get here?”
Jefferson: “The… The… The hat. My hat. We used my hat.”
Knave of Hearts: “Where’s the hat now?”
Jefferson: “She took it – Regina.”
Knave of Hearts: “If all you require to travel to your homeland is this magic hat, then surely, you could make another.”
Jefferson: “I can’t. A hat without magic is just a hat. It won’t work.”
Knave of Hearts: “Then, there’s your task. Get it to work.”

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Emma and Jefferson are still in the sewing room. Emma has made a top hat.)
Emma: “I can’t make it work. What you’re asking me is impossible.”
Jefferson: “No! It has to be. If it’s not, I’m never going home. I’ll be cursed to live in this house forever.”
Emma: “What is so cursed about your life? Look at this place. It’s beautiful. It doesn’t seem cursed to me.”
Jefferson: “It’s cursed because, like everyone else here, what I love has been ripped from me. Take a look.”
(He gestures for Emma to look through a telescope. She sees a little girl and her family eating dinner at home.)
Jefferson: “Her name is Grace. Here, it’s Paige. But it’s Grace. My Grace. Do you have any idea what it’s like to watch her day in and day out, happy, with a new family? With a new father?”
Emma: “You think she’s your daughter?”
Jefferson: “I don’t think – I know. I remember. She has no idea who I am. Our life together, where we come from. I do. That’s my curse.”
Emma: “To remember.”
Jefferson: “What good is this house, these things, if I can’t share them with her?”
Emma: "If you really think she’s your daughter, why don’t you reach out to her? Why don’t you tell her?”
Jefferson: “And destroy her reality? I’m trapped by knowledge. How cruel do  you think I am? You think I’d inflict that awareness on my daughter? It’s hard enough to live in a land where you don’t belong. But knowing it, holding conflicting realities in your head… will drive you mad.”
Emma: “That’s why you want me to make the hat work, isn’t it? You just want to take Grace home – to your world.”
Jefferson: “It’s the one world where we can be together… Where she’ll remember who I am.”
Emma: “I know what it’s like to be separated from your kid.”
Jefferson: “Yeah, you do, don’t you?”
Emma: “It can make you feel like you’re losing your mind.”
Jefferson: “I’m not losing my mind. I’m not crazy. This is real.”
Emma: “Maybe. Maybe, it is.”
Jefferson: “You believe?”
Emma: “If what you say is true, that woman in the other room is my mother. And I want to believe that more than anything in the world. So, maybe you’re right. Maybe, I need to open myself up more. Maybe, if I want magic, I have to start believing.”
Jefferson: “So, you’re… You’re going to help me? You can get it to work?”
Emma: “I can try. (When Jefferson turns around, Emma grabs the telescope and hits him in the head. He’s knocked unconscious:) Crazy son of a bitch.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming comes around while Snow White watches him.)
Prince Charming: “Sn-”
(He realizes that he is tied to a tree.)
Snow White: “I assume you’re the man Rumplestiltskin helped me forget. What’s your name again?”
Prince Charming: “It’s me – Charming.”
Snow White: “Charming? Beginning to see why I drank that potion.”
Prince Charming: “This doesn’t make any sense. True love’s kiss should’ve restored your memories.”
Snow White: “It’s not true love… because I don’t love you.”
Prince Charming: “Yes, you do. You just don’t remember. You love me, and I love you.”
Snow White: “Words, words, words. That’s all that love is. And, unfortunately for you, words don’t mean anything to me. You know what does mean something to me? Taking action. And that’s exactly what I’m going to go do.”
Prince Charming: “Snow! Snow, listen to me! You can’t do this. It’s not who you want to be. You can’t kill her.”
Snow White: “Really? Watch me.”
(She starts to head back into the forest.)
Prince Charming: “Don’t do it! Snow! Snow!”

Storybrooke. Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Emma takes Jefferson’s gun and heads to the room where Mary Margaret is tied up. Emma ungags her and begins to untie her.)
Emma: “Hey. It’s alright. I’m going to get you out of here. You’re going to be okay. He can’t hurt you anymore.”
Mary Margaret: “Emma! Look out!”
(Jefferson tackles Emma, who then falls into Mary Margaret, causing the three of them to fall on the floor. The gun is knocked from Emma’s hand, and she and Jefferson scramble for it. The two of them fight, while Mary Margaret tries to untie herself from the chair. Jefferson eventually wrestles away the gun and points it at Emma. The scar around his neck can now be seen.)
Jefferson: “Off with his head.”
(Mary Margaret frees herself and grabs a croquet mallet, which she uses to hit Jefferson. While he is temporarily distracted, Mary Margaret kicks him out the window.)
Mary Margaret: “Are you okay?”
Emma: “Yeah. (They look out the window, but Jefferson is gone and only the hat remains:) There’s no sign of him anywhere.”
Mary Margaret: “Who was he?”
Emma: “A very lonely man. By the way, have you been taking kickboxing and not telling me about it?”
Mary Margaret: (Shakes her head:) “I have no idea where that came from.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming, who is still tied to a tree, struggles against his bindings. Jiminy flies to him.)
Prince Charming: “Go on. Get out of here.”
Jiminy: “You must be James.”
Prince Charming: “You can talk?”
Jiminy: “Yeah, and you can listen. Name’s Jiminy. When Snow began acting differently, her friends, the dwarves, asked me to intervene. But I’m… I’m afraid I wasn’t much help.”
Prince Charming: “I didn’t do any better. Can you get me out of here? I have to stop her.”
Jiminy: “Well, I’ll try. (Jiminy begins to chew on the ropes:) What’s your plan?”
Prince Charming: “I don’t know. I tried everything to make her remember who I am, but nothing worked.”
Jiminy: “Give that a try. (Prince Charming pulls on the ropes again and finally breaks them:) Hm. It sounds like you’re approaching this the wrong way. How can she remember who you are when she’s lost sight of who she is?”

Meanwhile…
(Accompanied by her knights and her father, the Evil Queen rides on horseback through a road in the forest. She rides past rows of peasants, who are watching from the side.)
Knight: “Clear the road! Bow your heads before the Queen!”
(On top of a small cliff and hidden by the trees, Snow White follows the Evil Queen and her entourage from a distance. When she gets to the spot that Rumplestiltskin specified, she takes aim. She shoots the arrow, but Prince Charming jumps in the way and is struck in the shoulder.)
Snow White: “What do you think you’re doing? Why would you do this?”
Prince Charming: “Well, because… You said you appreciate… Action more than words. So, now… You’re going to get both. I love you, Snow.”
Snow White: “But, I don’t love you. I don’t even remember you.”
Prince Charming: “Well, I don’t care. The only thing I care about is that you don’t forget who you really are. I would rather die than let you fill your heart with darkness.”
Snow White: “You would really die for me?”
Prince Charming: “Does it look like I’m making this up?”
Snow White: “No one’s ever done anything like this for me before. No one’s ever been willing to die for me.”
Prince Charming: “No one you can remember.” (They kiss.)

Snow White: “Charming…”
Prince Charming: “Yes. It’s me.”
(They kiss several more times, but are interrupted by the sound of King George’s men approaching.)
Prince Charming: “King George’s army.”
(Prince Charming covers Snow White’s face with her hood. Several knights grab Prince Charming, while several others grab Snow White.)
Snow White: “No!”
Knight: “Prince James. (The knight pulls the arrow out of Prince Charming’s shoulder. He cringes in pain:) Leave the girl. We have who we came for.”
(The knights drop Snow White and drag Prince Charming to a horse drawn cell.)
Prince Charming: “No!”
Snow White: “James!”
(One of the knights draws his sword and raises it above Snow White.)
Prince Charming: “No!”
Knight: “Enough!”
(King George’s men head off through the forest with Prince Charming in tow.)
Prince Charming: “Snow… Snow!”
Snow White: “James!”
Prince Charming: “Snow!”
Snow White: “I will find you! I will always find you.”

Storybrooke. Outside Jefferson’s House. Present.
(Mary Margaret and Emma walk around the side of the house, and discover Emma’s car under a tarp.)
Mary Margaret: “Emma, look.”
(Emma removes the tarp and looks inside. She finds the keys in the car.)
Mary Margaret: “So, Sheriff, I guess you’ll be taking me back now.”
(Emma throws the keys to Mary Margaret.)
Emma: “Here. Go.”
Mary Margaret: “You want me to run?”
Emma: “No, but it’s your choice. Just know something – running ain’t easy. I’ve done my share of it. And once you go, there’s no stopping.”
Mary Margaret: “Emma, everyone thinks I’ve done something to Kathryn.”
Emma: “Mary Margaret, you have to believe me. You have to trust me. I know it seems impossible, but I can get you out of this.”
Mary Margaret: “Why is it so important to you what happens to me?”
Emma: “Because, when Regina framed me, and you bailed me out, I asked you why. And you said you trusted me. And then, when I wanted to leave Storybrooke cause I thought it was best for Henry, you told me I needed to stay because that was the best for him. And I realized, all my life, I have been alone. Walls up. Nobody’s ever been there for me – except for you. And I can’t lose that. I cannot lose my family.”
Mary Margaret: “Family?”
Emma: “Friends. Whatever. You know what I mean. Wouldn’t you rather face this together than alone? (Mary Margaret gives the keys back to Emma. In the distance, the clock chimes:) The arraignment. Regina.”

Storybrooke. Mayor’s Office.
(Regina is in her office about to leave when Emma enters.)
Regina: (Raising an eyebrow:) “Miss Swan, come to accuse me of something else?”
Emma: “What? No, and I’m sorry I accused you, but I just know Mary Margaret didn’t do this.”
Regina: “And you thought I’d spend my time framing Miss Blanchard rather than go out looking for Kathryn?”
Emma: (Sighs:) “No, and I know you’ve got half the town out searching the woods for her. But I need you to give me more time.”
Regina: “Emma, I realise she’s your friend but what evidence there is does point to Mary Margaret. Now, I don’t like the situation anymore than you but the District Attorney is coming and he will see if there’s a case against her.”
(Regina starts to leave the room.)
Emma: (Trying to stall for time:) “You know, I really am sorry for yesterday and I’d love to make it up to you somehow.”
Regina: (Smirks:) “Perhaps another time, Miss Swan.”
Emma: “I’ll hold you to that.”
(Regina gives Emma a curious look before nodding and leaving her office.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White arrives back at the dwarves’ home. When she enters, they are all eating dinner at the table. She takes a stein out of her bag and places it on the table.)
Grumpy: “What’s this?”
Snow White: “An apology.”
Grumpy: “We don’t care about mugs.”
Snow White: “It’s the only thing I broke that I could replace. I’m sorry. All I can say is… I’m sorry.”
Grumpy: “…It’s you.”
Snow White: “It’s me.”
(The dwarves and Snow White group hug.)

Storybrooke. Sheriff’s Station. Present.
(Regina arrives at the station. Inside, she is surprised to find Mary Margaret sitting in her cell reading the newspaper.)
Mary Margaret: “Madam Mayor.”
Regina: “Good morning.”
(Mr. Gold appears.)
Mr. Gold: “Excuse me, but my client is not having any visitors.”
Regina: “Of course not.”
Mr. Gold: “I’ll see you out.”
(Mr. Gold and Regina go out into the hall.)
Regina: “What is she doing here?”
Mr. Gold: “She came back.”
Regina: “You said this was going to work. That she’d take the key, that she’d go.”
Mr. Gold: “And she did. But, it seems that Miss Swan is rather more resourceful than we thought. (Regina shakes her head at this, annoyed at being delayed on purpose:) Fear not, Your Majesty. Miss Blanchard still has evidence against her. You may yet get what you want.”
Regina: “Oh, I better. The only reason I made a deal with you, Gold, is because I wanted results.”
Mr. Gold: “And results you shall have. See you at the arraignment.”

Storybrooke Elementary.
(Henry is sitting on a bench outside of school, when Emma approaches him.)
Emma: “Henry. Well, I found Mary Margaret.”
Henry: “How is she?”
Emma: “She’s okay. Other than being held as the prime suspect, she’s fine.” (A group of kids walk past them.)
Paige: “Hi, Henry.”
Emma: “Who is that?”
Henry: “Her name is Paige. She goes to school with me.”
Emma: “Henry, do you have your storybook with you? Can I see it?”
Henry: “Yeah. Why?”
Emma: “I’m just curious about something.”
(Henry takes the book out of his backpack and gives it to Emma. Emma flips to the story about Jefferson.)
Henry: “What? What is it?”
Emma: “Nothing.”

Wonderland. Past.
(We see Jefferson frantically trying to make a new hat so that he can get back home to his daughter.)

Storybrooke. Present.
Henry:
“Emma? Emma? (The bell rings:) I got to go.”
Emma: “Right. Can I hold on to this?”
Henry: (Smiles:) “Absolutely.” (Leaves.)
(Emma stares down at the book and, after a short while, smiles. Perhaps beginning to believe, if only just a little bit.)

 

Chapter Text

Storybrooke. Mayor’s Office. Past.
(Regina has just sent Henry home as Mr. Gold steps into the room.)
Regina: “What do you want?”
Mr. Gold: “I need a favour.”
Regina: “You need a favour from me?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, as you know, there are battery charges against me… pending. I really don’t relish the thought of spending any more time locked up in a cage. Now, someone with your influence can make the D.A. suddenly realize what a flimsy case they have. Isn’t that right… Your Majesty?”
Regina: (Intrigued:) “What do I get out of it?”
(Mr. Gold smiles at this.)
Mr. Gold: “Help, with your Mary Margaret problem. You see, I’ve noticed that no matter how hard you seem to try to stop them, she and her ‘charming’ friend just keep finding ways to be together.”
Regina: “What are you suggesting?”
Mr. Gold: “If you want to inflict pain… Then you must inflict pain. If something tragic were to happen to David’s wife, and if Mary Margaret should take the blame-”
Regina: “She’d be ruined.”
Mr. Gold: “And you’d have your victory, at last. For Daniel.”
Regina: (Taken aback by the mention of that name, thinks:) “A trial could be very messy.”
Mr. Gold: “A trial? Who said anything about a trial? Now, once Miss Blanchard has been incarcerated, you can plant one of your lovely skeleton keys in her cell. And, once she tries to leave Storybrooke, well… We all know what happens to people who attempt to leave town.”
Regina: (Shakes her head:) “No, if Emma knew I had anything to do with it then-”
Mr. Gold: “Your secret tryst would be over? Not if you let me handle all the details. Then you would have complete deniability.”
Regina: “Give me one good reason why I should trust you.”
Mr. Gold: “Because I always honour my agreements. Do we have a deal?”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(A young Regina is horseback riding as her father, Henry Sr, watches. She jumps over several barricades, and then comes to a stop near her father. She dismounts and hugs him.)
Henry Sr: “That’s beautiful, sweetheart.”
Regina: “Thank you, daddy.”
(Cora approaches them, while Daniel, who is holding a saddle, trails behind her.)
Cora: “Beautiful? I’d hardly call that beautiful.”
Regina: “You didn’t like it, mother?”
Cora: “You ride like a man. A lady should be graceful. You should use a saddle.”
Regina: “I was just having fun.”
Cora: “Well, you’re getting a little old for fun. Who’s going to want to marry you when you behave like a commoner?”
Henry Sr: “Honey, please leave her alone.”
Cora: “Stop coddling her. She’s becoming an old maid. All the other girls her age are married. I had such high hopes.”
Daniel: “Milady, perhaps this saddle-”
Regina: “I’m done riding for the day. And don’t ever interrupt me and my mother again. (Regina hands over her horse to Daniel, who leads the horse away:) Why do you always have to criticize me?”
Cora: “I’m not criticizing you – I’m helping you. (Regina goes to leave:) Don’t you walk away from me.”
(Cora uses her magic to lift Regina off of the ground and bring her closer.)
Regina: “Mother! You know I don’t like it when you use magic.”
Cora: “And I don’t like insolence. I’ll stop using magic, when you start being an obedient daughter.”
Regina: “Why can’t I just be myself?”
Cora: “Oh, because you can be so much more. If you’d just let me help you…”
Regina: “I don’t care about status. I just want to be-”
(Cora magically wraps the reins around Regina, cutting off her air supply.)
Henry Sr: “Cora, please.”
Regina: “Please… I’ll be good.”
Cora: “Excellent. That’s all I wanted to hear.”
(Regina is released and floats slowly to the ground, once she reaches the floor, she immediately turns and runs away.)

(In the stable, Daniel is brushing one of the horses. Regina enters after her encounter with her mother.)
Regina: “Daniel. I’m sorry I snapped at you.”
Daniel: “That’s alright. You’ll just have to find some way to make it up to me.”
(They kiss.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma is leaving Granny’s Diner, when David calls out to her. The two of them talk as they walk to her car.)
David: “Emma. Hey.”
Emma: “David, I don’t have time.”
David: “No, I-I understand. It’s Mary Margaret. How’s she doing?”
Emma: “How do you think she’s doing?”
David: “Well, I think the last time we spoke, she didn’t quite get what I meant.”
Emma: “Oh, you mean that you basically told her you thought she might be guilty?”
David: “Look, it’s this situation. It’s been confusing and horrible for everyone. But, Emma, I don’t think she’s guilty. I need her to know that. Can I see her?”
Emma: “She doesn’t want visitors.”
David: “You mean me. She doesn’t want to see me.”
Emma: “Honestly, David. I’m sure your heart is in the right place, but the last thing she needs right now is words of encouragement from you.”
David: “What does she need?”
Emma: “A miracle.”

Sheriff’s Station.
(At the station, Mary Margaret is sleeping in her cell. When she wakes up, she sees Regina watching her.)
Regina: “They say only the guilty sleep in prison.”
Mary Margaret: “What are you doing here? Where’s Emma?”
Regina: “She hasn’t arrived yet. I just wanted to stop by to offer you a chance. A chance to spare yourself and this town the messiness of a trial. The chance to confess.”
Mary Margaret: “But I didn’t do anything to Kathryn. Why won’t anyone believe me?”
Regina: “The evidence points to you. Why not, for once, make it easier on everyone? Because confession or not, you’re leaving Storybrooke.”
Mary Margaret: ”And you like that. Why? Why do you take such pleasure in this? What did I ever do to you to make you hate me so much?”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(By horseback, Regina meets with Daniel in a field. She dismounts to greet him.)
Daniel: “I thought we could take a ride to Firefly Hill. We can make it by sundown, have a picnic-”
Regina: “I can’t. I have to be back in an hour – tea time. A lady never misses her tea time.”
Daniel: “This is absurd. Stealing kisses between lunch and tea? When are you going to tell your parents about us?”
Regina: “It’s not my parents. It’s her.”
Daniel: “I don’t understand. So, I work in the stables. She started out as the daughter of a miller. Wouldn’t she, of all people, understand?”
Regina: “She does. But… But, she thinks one’s trajectory needs to keep moving up and…”
Daniel: “And I’m down.”
Regina: “She believes that, Daniel. I know better.”
Daniel: “Regina, tell her. She’ll get over it. What can she do?”
Regina: “Have you not seen her magic? Th-The real question is, what can’t she do?”
Daniel: “Who cares about magic? True love is the most powerful magic of all. It can overcome anything.”
(A distressed voice calls out for help.)
Girl: “Help!”
Regina: “Shh. Someone’s here.”
(A young girl flies past them on an out of control horse.)
Girl: “Somebody, help me!”
(Regina gets on her horse and chases after the girl.)
Girl: “Come on, please, stop! Help me! Help! Help me! Please help me!”
(Regina eventually catches up with the runaway horse. She extends her hand to the girl.)
Regina: “Give me your hand! (The girl takes Regina’s hand, who then pulls her onto her own horse. The girl’s former horse continues to run, while Regina’s comes to a stop. The girl tumbles off the horse and Regina goes to assist her:) It’s okay, dear. You’re safe.”
Girl: “You saved my life.”
Regina: “Are you alright?”
Girl: “Yes. But I’ll never ride again.”
Regina: “Nonsense. The only way to overcome fear is to face it. To get back on that horse as soon as possible.”
Girl: “Thank you.”
Regina: “Regina.”
Girl: “I’m Snow. Snow White.”
(Snow White hugs her.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(August, who is sleeping is his bed at the inn, wakes up to find his leg shaking uncontrollably. He attempts to grab his leg, but instead ends up stiffly falling out of the bed. He hobbles over to the phone and dials a number.)
August: “Hey, you there? Good. This is taking too long. We need to accelerate the plan.”

Cut To:
(August and Henry are lurking across the street from Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop.)
August: “It’s almost nine. You all set? You know what to do?”
Henry: “Operation Cobra is always ready. I just…”
August: “You just what?”
Henry: “I don’t understand what this has to do with getting Emma to believe.”
August: “Sometimes, other priorities assert themselves. Can you handle a little improvisation?”
Henry: “Yeah. Can you?”
August: “We’re a go.”
(Henry runs across the street and enters the shop. Mr. Gold greets him.)
Henry: “Hey, Mr. Gold.”
Mr. Gold: “Good morning, Henry. What can I do for you?”
Henry: “I want to get a gift for Miss Blanchard.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, I see.”
Henry: “To show her support.”
Mr. Gold: “Good thinking.”
(As Henry distracts Mr. Gold, August enters the shop through the back door.)
Henry: “Are these bells? Cool.”
Mr. Gold: “See anything you fancy?”
(Henry continues to discuss purchasing a bell with Mr. Gold, while August searches through Mr. Gold’s office out back. He is caught snooping by Mr. Gold.)
Mr. Gold: “May I help you?”
August: “Yeah. I’m looking for some maps. I’m a bit of a collector.”
Mr. Gold: “Yes. Well, there’s maps through in the shop. This is my office.”
August: “I thought this was the entrance.”
Mr. Gold: “It’s not. The shop’s through there.”
(As August walks out of the office, Mr. Gold gives him a sideways glance before checking his watch.)

Sheriff’s Station.
(At the station, Mary Margaret is sitting in her cell, while Emma and Mr. Gold argue.)
Emma: “A pre-trial interview with the prosecution? Explain to me how that is a good idea.”
Mr. Gold: “The D.A. merely wishes to ask Miss Blanchard a few questions.”
Emma: “She’s done answering questions. And why are we kissing up to the D.A.? Why aren’t we going after whomever’s setting up Mary Margaret?”
Mr. Gold: “And have you discovered who that is? What proof do we have, Sheriff? Just because you found the Mayor’s skeleton key in the cell, doesn’t mean we can prove she put it there.”
Emma: “So, what’s your plan?”
Mr. Gold: “I believe our best chance of winning this case is to employ our most valuable asset.”
Mary Margaret: “What’s that?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, that’s you, dear. A sweet, kind, elementary school teacher. Doesn’t exactly fit the prototype of a kidnapper, now, does it?”
Emma: “That’s how you’re going to get her acquitted? By using her personality?”
Mr. Gold: “Perception is everything, Miss Swan – not just in the courtroom, but in life. As such, I’m sure you can imagine how the jury would perceive Miss Blanchard, if she agreed to cooperate with the District Attorney. These things engender trust. It shows the jury she’s at least trying-”
(Sidney enters with a vase of flowers, and interrupts the conversation.)
Sidney: “Emma? Oh, I’m sorry to interrupt. I just, uh, came by to drop these off. I thought they might brighten the place up.”
(Sidney goes into Emma’s office to set the vase down. Emma joins him.)
Emma: “I’m glad you got my message.”
Sidney: “What can I do to help?”
Emma: “The D.A. is due here any minute which means I can’t leave, but I need you to go back to where we found Kathryn’s car and look for clues. Then to the toll bridge where the box was found. I’m running out of time and I need to find something, anything that could break this case.”
Sidney: “Don’t worry – you can count on me. I’m going to keep digging. And I won’t stop until I do find something.”
(Sidney leaves and Emma returns to Mr. Gold and Mary Margaret.)
Mary Margaret: “I’m going to do it. I’m going to talk to the D.A.”
Emma: “Are you sure?”
Mary Margaret: “Mr. Gold’s right. I know I have nothing to hide, but no one else does. I need to let people see me for who I am.”
(The D.A., Albert Spencer, and Regina enter.)
Albert: “Excellent decision, Miss Blanchard. My name is Spencer. I’m the District Attorney. Shall we begin?”
Mary Margaret: “Yeah.”

Interrogation Room.
(
Mary Margaret, Mr. Gold, and Albert are in an interrogation room. Regina and Emma watch from behind a large window. They listen to the conversation through a speaker.)
Albert: “After she learned about your affair, Mrs. Nolan, the victim, came to your school to confront you. Is that correct?”
Mary Margaret: “She was hurt, and she felt betrayed.”
Albert: “She struck you… In the face, was it?”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, but-”
Albert: “That must’ve made you angry.”
Mr. Gold: “You… You don’t have to answer that.”
Mary Margaret: “No, it’s okay. I was not angry. I was sorry for all the pain I had caused her.”
Albert: “Miss Blanchard, this is not a courtroom. I’m not here to judge you. You can be honest with me.”
Mr. Gold: “Shall we end this?”
Mary Margaret: “I am being honest with you.”
Albert: “The wife of the man you loved humiliated you in a public forum. Surely, you must have felt some anger towards Kathryn?”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, I was angry-”
Albert: “And did you ever think about acting upon that anger?”
Mary Margaret: “Of course not.”
Albert: “I have a hard time believing that.”
Mary Margaret: “Wh… Why?”
Albert: “Because you wanted Kathryn Nolan gone.”
Mary Margaret: “I never said that.”
Mr. Gold: (Getting to his feet:) “Alright. My client is answering no more questions for the day.”
Albert: “Your client agreed to this interview because she claimed she had nothing to hide.”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t have anything to hide.”
Albert: “Then, what is your answer? You wanted Kathryn gone, didn’t you?”
Mary Margaret: “No.”
Albert: “Even after she tried to keep you and David apart? After she slapped you in public? After she made you a pariah in your own town?”
Mary Margaret: ”Yes, of course I wanted her gone. She was the only thing keeping us apart. So, yeah, I wanted her gone. Is that what you want to hear?”
(As Mary Margaret realises what she’s just said, Albert smiles, Mr. Gold rolls his eyes and Regina smirks.)

Enchanted Forest. Castle. Past.
(Regina is dressed in her usual riding outfit. She checks herself over in the mirror, when Cora enters.)
Cora: “No, this won’t do.”
(Cora magically engulfs Regina in a puff of purple smoke. When the smoke clears, her riding outfit has been transformed into a gown and her hair has been let down.)
Regina: “What are you doing?”
Cora: “We have a guest. He’ll be here any moment.”
Regina: “I can’t. I have a riding lesson with Daniel.”
Cora: “Well, that’s been canceled. Now, smile. We don’t want to disappoint him.”
Regina: “Disappoint who?”
Cora: “The King.”
Regina: “The King? Why is the King coming?”
Cora: “Because you’ve finally done something right. That little girl you saved, is the King’s daughter.”
(Cora leads Regina to where Henry Sr, King Leopold, and his escorts are waiting.)
King Leopold: “Is that her?”
Henry Sr: “Yes. Regina, honey, this is Snow White’s father.”
(Cora bows. Regina starts to kneel, but King Leopold stops her.)
King Leopold: “No. It is I who should bow to you. You saved my daughter’s life. There is no way to repay that debt. It is an honour to meet you.”
Cora: “Regina, dear, the King’s honored to meet you. Say something.”
Regina: “The honour is mine.”
King Leopold: “You’re quite lucky to have a mother who looks out for you. My dear Snow has many things, but a mother is not one of them. We lost her years ago.”
Regina: “I’m so sorry.”
King Leopold: “Since then, I have scoured the land looking for a wife. I’ve yet to find a woman with an interest in my daughter… Until now. (King Leopold turns around and takes a ring from one of his guards. He goes down on one knee and proposes:) Will you marry me, Regina?”
(Henry Sr silently shakes his head, but Cora ignores him.)
Cora: “Yes. Yes.”

Stables. Night.
(Regina abruptly enters the stables to find Daniel.)
Regina: “Daniel? (Daniel appears:) Daniel!”
Daniel: “What is it?”
Regina: ”Marry me.”
Daniel: “Regina, what are you doing? What’s happened? Did you tell your mother?”
Regina: “No. Now, I can never tell her. She won’t understand. That girl I saved… was the King’s daughter. And now, he’s proposed to me.”
Daniel: “What?”
Regina: “My mother accepted! The only way out is to run. For us to leave this place, for us to be married, for us to never come back.”
Daniel: “Regina… Do you understand what that would mean? Life with a stable boy is a far cry from a life as Queen.”
Regina: “Being Queen means nothing. Daniel… All I care about is you.”
Daniel: “Then, if I am to marry you, we must do this properly. (Daniel goes over to one of the saddles and unclips a ring. He then puts in on her ring finger:) Here.” (They kiss, but break apart when a noise disturbs them. They see Snow White at the entrance to the stables.)
Regina: “Snow! Dear, what are you doing here?”
Snow White: “You said to get back on the horse and… What are you doing with him?”
Regina: “Snow, I can explain. (Snow White takes off:) No, no, no. Snow! Snow! (Regina chases after Snow White through the forest. Snow White trips and Regina catches up to her, who then tries to help her:) Snow! Snow! Wait! Snow! Snow! Are you okay?”
Snow White: “No. No. Why were you kissing that man in the stable? You’re to marry my father. You’re to be my mother.”
Regina: “Oh, Snow, please. Listen to me. Hey. Your father, King Leopold, he’s a kind and fair man… But I don’t love him.”
Snow White: “I don’t understand. Why not?”
Regina: “Love doesn’t work that way. Love, true love, is magic. And not just any magic – the most powerful magic of all. It creates happiness.”
Snow White: “And that man in the stables… You love him?”
Regina: “With all my heart.”
Snow White: “Then you must marry him. I will go tell Father right away.”
(Snow White goes to get up, but Regina stops her.)
Regina: “No, no, no, no. You can’t.”
Snow White: “Why not? Surely he’ll understand.”
Regina: “Perhaps. But not everyone will. My mother, for one. She’ll stand in the way.”
Snow White: “That’s why you’re running.”
Regina: “It’s the only way our love can survive. Snow, do you know what a secret is? (Snow White nods:) If you really, truly want to help me…”
Snow White: “I do.”
Regina: “Then, what you saw, what I told you – you must keep it a secret. Can you do that?”
Snow White: “I think so.”
Regina: “I need you to be certain. You can never speak of this. And, above all, you mustn’t tell my mother. Will you do that for me?”
Snow White: “Yes, I promise.”

Storybrooke. Mr. Gold’s Shop. Present.
(Regina and Mr. Gold are in Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop.)
Regina: “Well I’d say Ms. Blanchard just dug her own grave with that interview. I think now would be the ideal time for Kathryn’s body to turn up, wouldn’t you?”
Mr. Gold: “Body? I’m not sure I follow?”
Regina: “Kathryn’s body. Go and uncover it from wherever you’ve hidden it and we can end this once and for all.”
Mr. Gold: “You didn’t say ‘kill her’. We agreed that something tragic should happen to her. Now, abduction is tragic.”
Regina: “The intent was perfectly clear. Kathryn was supposed to die, and Mary Margaret was to get the blame.”
Mr. Gold: “Yeah, murder seems so much worse here, though, doesn’t it? You can’t just turn someone into a snail and then step on them, can you?”
Regina: “You broke our deal.”
Mr. Gold: “I broke one deal in my life, dear. And it certainly wasn’t this one.”
Regina: “So she’s still out there somewhere, for anyone to find? This is going to raise all kinds of questions about where she was.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, yes. And, um… And who put the key in Ms. Blanchard’s cell.”
Regina: “It’s all going to lead to me, isn’t it? You bastard. This doesn’t make any sense. You and I – we’ve been in this, together, from the start.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, have we?”
Regina: “You created the curse for me. The curse that brought us here, and built all this.”
Mr. Gold: “Yes, it’s about time you said thank you.”
Regina: “Why did you do it?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, you’re a smart woman, Your Majesty. Figure it out.”

Storybrooke Pier.
(At the pier, Emma is sitting on a bench and reading through Henry’s book as August walks up to her.)
August: “What you doing?”
Emma: (Sees him and closes the book, putting it away:) “Grasping at straws.”
August: “Still trying to find a way to prove your friend’s been framed?”
Emma: “Every time I go down a path I think leads somewhere, it ends up being a dead end. I used to think I had these great instincts… Superpower. Ah, I don’t know.”
August: (Taking a seat next to her:) “It sounds like you got a case of writer’s block. Only without the whole writing part.”
Emma: “Maybe.”
August: “You know, when I get struck by a block, I usually re-read what I’ve done, rather than plow ahead blindly. Sometimes, I find there’ll be a little nugget of inspiration left behind.”
Emma: “You mean start over?”
August: “I mean, when I start writing, I usually have one idea. And then, in the middle, I may get another idea, and things are different.”
Emma: “So, your perspective changes.”
August: “Exactly. When you started this investigation, what was it about?”
Emma: “A missing person. Then, it became a cover-up.”
August: “If you knew that then, maybe you would have approached things differently. (Emma gets up:) Where you going?”
Emma: “Scene of the crime.”
August: “I’ll drive.” (August follows her.)
Emma: “No, I’m fine.”
August: “No, you’re not. You haven’t slept in days. And, let’s be honest – it was my idea.”

(August and Emma drive on August’s motorcycle to the Toll Bridge. The two of them walk down an incline to the spot under the bridge where the box was found.)
Emma: “Ruby found the box right over here, just by the shore. (August grimaces in pain:) What’s wrong?”
August: “Nothing.”
Emma: “It doesn’t seem like nothing. Here, let me look.”
August: “No, it’s okay. It’s just a shin splint. Just… let me walk it off. (August turns and walks as Emma surveys the area:) Sorry. I know this must be hard on you.”
Emma: “Yeah, that’s an understatement.”
(Emma begins to clear rocks away from the box site.)
August: “I don’t know you that well, but, it seems to me, that aside from Henry, Mary Margaret’s the closest thing to family you’ve got. It’s okay to admit it.”
Emma: “August, look.”
(Emma pulls a piece of metal out of the sand where the box was buried.)
August: “What is it?”
Emma: “It’s a shard. From a shovel.”
August: “Must’ve broken off when it hit a rock. If we can find the shovel that it broke off of, we can prove that Mary Margaret didn’t bury the box. (Emma looks unsure:) What’s the matter?”
Emma: “This area has been thoroughly swept, I ordered it myself. There’s no way something like this would’ve been missed.”
August: “Stranger things have happened. Emma, don’t you get it? We can prove that she’s innocent.”
Emma: “Yeah, if we can find out who the shovel belongs to.”
August: “Well I’ve got a pretty good guess. And I think you do too.”
(Unbeknownst to Emma and August, Sidney Glass watches them from the bridge. His eyes darting from left to right, he pulls up the collar of his coat and turns to leave.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In a small village, Baelfire and several kids are playing with a ball outside. The ball is knocked in the path of a donkey cart, driven by a man. When Baelfire goes to retrieve it, he trips and scrapes his knee.)
Man: “Hey. Hey! What are you doing in the middle of the road, boy?”
Baelfire: “I’m sorry. I-I…”
Man: “Hey, I know you. It’s fine. It’s fine. It was the donkey’s fault. You want a chicken? Or some eggs?”
Baelfire: “It’s alright, no. I should probably just…”
(Rumplestiltskin appears.)
Rumplestiltskin: “What’s going on?”
Man: “It’s nothing. It was my fault. I wasn’t looking where I was going. But, he says he’s fine!”
Baelfire: “I’m fine, Papa. Really.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Are you sure, Bae?”
Baelfire: “Yes. I’m fine.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, I suppose it won’t happen again.”
Baelfire: “It won’t.”
Man: “No. No.”
Rumplestiltskin: “What’s that?”
(Rumplestiltskin points down, and everyone’s attention is drawn to Baelfire’s bloody knee.)
Baelfire: “It’s nothing.”
Man: “It’s nothing!”
Rumplestiltskin: “Don’t. Bother.”
(In a puff of purple smoke, Rumplestiltskin magically transforms the man into a snail. Baelfire and the rest of the villagers watch as Rumplestiltskin goes to crush the snail.)
Baelfire: “No, Papa. No. Please, Papa, don’t. No, Papa! Papa!”
(Rumplestiltskin crushes the snail under his foot.)

Storybrooke. Present. Night.
(At Regina’s house, Regina checks on Henry, who is pretending to be asleep. When she gets in the shower, Henry grabs the walkie talkie from under his pillow. Emma and August are outside the house awaiting instructions.)
Henry: “The eagle is in the nest, and the package is secure.”
Emma: “Henry. I left the code book at home.”
Henry: “She’s getting in the shower and the keys are under the mat.”
(Emma takes the key from under the mat and the two of them enter the garage.)
Emma: “Don’t touch a thing. (Emma and August search Regina’s garage with flashlights. Emma comes to several shovels, one of which is missing a piece in the corner. Emma calls August over:) Hey.”
(Emma tests the shard they found, and it ends up being a perfect fit.)
August: “We got her.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin and Baelfire arrive back at their home. Inside, their maid is cleaning up.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Thank you, Onora. You can fetch our supper now, dearie.”
Baelfire: “You killed that man.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, you were hurt. Speaking of which…”
(Rumplestiltskin begins to heal Baelfire’s knee, but Baelfire stops him.)
Baelfire: “No. I don’t want magic. It’s just a scrape.”
Rumplestiltskin: “This will heal it.”
Baelfire: “So will this.” (Baelfire gets a first aid kit from a cupboard. Rumplestiltskin sets to mend the knee.)
Rumplestiltskin: “As you wish.”
Baelfire: “You’re different now. You see it, don’t you? You hurt people all the time.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I created a truce in the Ogres War, Bae. I walked into the field of battle, and I made it stop. I led the children home. Surely, a man who’s saved a thousand lives-”
Baelfire: “Is done. A man who’s saved a thousand lives can be done with it. You can stop doing things.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I can’t. I need more power so I can protect you.”
Baelfire: “I wouldn’t need protecting if you didn’t have power.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, I can’t get rid of it.”
Baelfire: “Have you tried?”
(Rumplestiltskin pulls out the dagger of the Dark One.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Tried? If someone kills me with this, then they gain the power. Now, you know that, Bae. Is that what you want?”
Baelfire: “That’s not what I want. I just think there might be other ways to get rid of the power. Have you looked for…”
(The maid returns and sees the two of them discussing the dagger.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, you look for other ways, Bae. But don’t get your hopes up.”
Baelfire: “Papa… If I find a way for you to get rid of the power… A way that doesn’t kill you or hurt me… Would you do it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “It’s not possible.”
Baelfire: “If it was, would you do it? Don’t you miss how it was?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Are you really that unhappy, Bae? I can conjure anything you desire. Name it. What do you want?”
Baelfire: “I want my father.”
Rumplestiltskin: “All I want is your happiness, Bae. If you find a way, I’ll do it.”
Baelfire: “Good. (Baelfire extends his hand. The two then shake on it:) The deal is struck.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Struck.”

Storybrooke . Present.
(Mr. Gold picks the lock to August’s room at the inn. Inside, he finds August’s typewriter on his desk, along with stacks of papers and a donkey shaped paperweight. He moves aside a paper, revealing a drawing of Rumplestiltskin’s dagger .)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White is staring at the flowers in the castle. She reaches out to touch one, but is stopped by Cora.)
Cora: “Careful, sweetheart. A flower is a delicate thing. Be gentle. You want it to grow and not pluck it before its time.”
Snow White: “Sorry.”
Cora: “It’s alright. You needn’t fear me. I’m only trying to help. Perhaps, you can be the flower girl at the wedding. I can already see how close you and Regina have become. She’s going to make a fine mother for you.”
(Cora leads the two of them to a couch to sit.)
Snow White: “She is kind to me.”
Cora: “Indeed. It warms my heart how you two share everything… Already. Perhaps, you could share something with me. Why has she pulled away from me?”
Snow White: “What do you mean?”
Cora: “A mother knows her daughter. Regina’s pulled away. I love her so much, but she’s not letting me help her. And I… I know she’s unhappy. Has she said something? I’d do anything to make her happy.”
Snow White: “You’d do anything?”
Cora: “Of course, dear. You know, I talked to the King about your mother. He told me how much she loved you. Losing her must’ve been so hard.”
Snow White: “It was.”
Cora: “Hearing him, I realized he might as well have been talking about me and Regina. I don’t want us to lose each other. If only I could show her how I feel. That, no matter what, all I want is her happiness.”
(Snow White abruptly stands up.)
Snow White: “Then, don’t make her get married.”
Cora: “I’m sorry?”
Snow White: “She doesn’t love my father. She loves someone else. She made me promise not to tell… But she’ll lose you. She can’t lose her mother. No one should.”
Cora: “Oh, sweet Snow. It’s alright. She won’t lose me. You can tell me. You must tell me.”

Storybrooke. Present. Sheriff’s Station.
(Mary Margaret is sitting in her cell with her head in her hands. Regina enters.)
Regina: “Having a bad day?”
Mary Margaret: “What are you doing here?”
Regina: “I wanted to see you while I can.”
Mary Margaret: “What does that mean?”
Regina: “Simply, that the trial starts tomorrow, and it be won’t a long one. You’ll be sent out of Storybrooke for good, and I will never have to see you again. Oh, I want to enjoy this while I still can.”
Mary Margaret: “Enjoy what?”
Regina: “Justice.”
Mary Margaret: “Justice? Watching an innocent suffer?”
Regina: “You’ve always seen yourself that way, haven’t you? Innocent.”
Mary Margaret: “I am innocent! I don’t know what this is about! I don’t know what I ever did to you, but whatever it was, Regina… I’m sorry. I truly am.”
Regina: “Apology not accepted.”
Mary Margaret: “Please. Don’t do this to me. I don’t deserve this. I did not do anything to Kathryn.”
Regina: “Oh, I know. (Regina reaches through the bars to stroke the side of Mary Margaret’s face, and then grabs her chin:) But you do deserve this.”

Storybrooke. Inn.
(Emma walks August back to his room at the inn. August turns and looks at her.)
August: “Hey, this is a good thing.”
Emma: “Is it? I mean even if Regina confesses, Kathryn is still missing and Mary Margaret is the lead suspect.”
August: “Whoa. Slow down. First things first remember? You need to do this right and get a warrant for Regina’s garage.”
Emma: “Right. Listen, you’re the only other person who knows about this and I need you to keep it that way. That means no telling Henry.”
August: “I would hope that you would have enough faith to know that I would never betray you. (As Emma turns to leave:) Emma? (She turns to look at him:) You’ve got this, I believe in you.”
Emma: (Ironically:) “Yeah, well I’m the savior, right? Off to defeat the Evil Queen. (Sighs:) Well, g’night.”
(Emma leaves as August shakes his head, wishing that Emma truly believed her words to be true.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(In the forest, several children are play dueling with wooden swords. Rumplestiltskin and Baelfire come across them.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Hey, why don’t you join in, Bae? I have some business nearby that would bore you.”
Baelfire: “Alright.”
(Rumplestiltskin heads towards a house up the hill, while Baelfire goes to join the children. However, as he approaches them, the children scatter. He sits on a log by himself, when Morraine joins him.)
Morraine: “Baelfire.”
Baelfire: “Careful, Morraine. You don’t want to be seen with me. I’m dangerous.”
Morraine: “They’re just scared of your Papa. But I’m not. You won’t let him hurt me. I don’t think he’s so bad anyway. I saw him on the battlefield when he stopped the fighting. It was like a miracle.”
Baelfire: “Now, he’s getting worse every day. But he said he’ll change back if I find a way. I just don’t know where to look.”
Morraine: “Reul Ghorm.”
Baelfire: “What?”
Morraine: “I heard about it when I was in the trenches. The other soldiers talked about it. Reul Ghorm is an ancient being that rules the night. The original power.”
Baelfire: “Bigger than Papa, or worse than Papa?”
Morraine: “Bigger than anything. (A crack is heard in the background:) He’s coming back. Good luck to you.”
(Morraine leaves and Rumplestiltskin returns.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Your friend didn’t want to say hello?”
Baelfire: “You frighten them.”
Rumplestiltskin: “What is there to be frightened of, Bae? They’ll get over that in time.”
Baelfire: “You have stains on your boots.”
(They look down, where blood can be seen on Rumplestiltskin’s boots.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, yes, that. Uh, we need a new maid.”
Baelfire: “Gods, no!”
Rumplestiltskin: “She heard us talking about the knife.”
Baelfire: “She was mute. She couldn’t tell anyone.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Even mutes can draw a picture.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(On the main street, August gets on his motorcycle and drives off. Mr. Gold, who is watching from a distance, follows him in his car.)

Mayor Mills’ House.
(Emma knocks on Regina’s door. Regina answers.)
Regina: “Can I help you, Sheriff Swan?”
Emma: “Yes. I need you to unlock the garage for me.”
Regina: “And, why would I do that?”
Emma: “Because I have a search warrant that says that you have to.”
(Emma hands Regina a piece of paper.)
Regina: “On what grounds?”
(Emma holds up a bag containing the metal shard.)
Emma: “I found this near where the box was buried. Figured whoever buried it might have left something behind. Now, open the garage, or I’ll find a way to do it myself.”

(Regina leads Emma to the garage. Emma goes over to where the broken shovel is, opens the evidence bag and shows Regina that it fits perfectly.)
Regina: “I’ve never seen that shovel before in my life.”
Emma: “Really? Well it’s in your house, it was used to bury evidence against Mary Margaret to implicate her in a crime.”
Regina: “Emma…”
Emma: “The box implicated Mary Margaret. (Points:) Now the shovel implicates you. I don’t know what kind of history you two have but one thing is clear. (Emma reaches into her pocket and pulls out something. Holding it out:) You’re both being set up.”
Regina: (Relieved, walks forward:) “What is that?”
Emma: “It’s a bug, a listening device I found in a vase Sidney gave me.”
Regina: “Sidney?”
Emma: (Nods:) “Right before I told him to check out the crime scene again for clues.”
Regina: “You believe I didn’t plant that box?”
Emma: “That whole area was swept thoroughly, there’s no way we would’ve missed that shovel piece. Sidney put it there.”
Regina: “You think Sidney is behind all this? Kathryn’s disappearance, everything?”
Emma: “I don’t know, but I’m gonna find out.”
Regina: “What do you want me to do?”
Emma: “I need you to call off the D.A. and drop the charges against Mary Margaret.”
Regina: “Now wait just a minute-”
Emma: “Regina, the only evidence against her was fabricated and you know it. (As Regina hesitates:) I can just as easily bring you in for the phony evidence against you.”
Regina: “Very well. If you can find Sidney and find Kathryn then I’ll speak to the D.A. about Miss Blanchard.”
Emma: (Stepping forward:) “I don’t care what happened between you, Mary Margaret is a good person. She doesn’t deserve this.”
(Emma walks past Regina and out of the garage as the mayor reaches into her pocket and fiddles with a gold ring, considering her options.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Regina, with a bag in tow, meets Daniel at the stables.)
Daniel: “Are you ready?”
Regina: “Let’s go.”
(They go to leave, but run into Cora at the entrance.)
Cora: “You could’ve at least left a note.”
(Cora produces a wave of magic and pushes Regina and Daniel back into the stable. She then proceeds to shut all of the doors and locks them in.)
Regina: “Mother, I-”
Cora: “Don’t. You sneak out of my house in the dead of night, and think I won’t notice? How dare you.”
Regina: “You’re impossible to talk to. Stop with the magic and listen to me. I want to be with Daniel.”
Cora: “Oh, you don’t know what you want. But I do. I didn’t make the sacrifices I did in life, to get you to the cusp of greatness, so that you could end up the wife of a stable boy.”
Regina: “But it’s my life.”
Cora: “You foolish girl. It’s mine. After what I had to do… The deals, I had to make to get us out of poverty, to get us this life, and you just want to toss it away?”
Daniel: “Stay strong, Regina.”
Regina: “Your magic can’t keep us apart. I love him.”
Daniel: “And I love her.”
Cora: “And I love her, too.”
Regina: “If you loved me, you wouldn’t try to keep us apart.”
Cora: “And if you loved me, you wouldn’t try to run away.”
Regina: “I’m sorry, but this is my happiness. We’re going.”
Cora: “No, you’re not.”
Regina: “So, what’s your plan? You’re going to keep us here forever? Because that’s what you’ll have to do.”
Cora: “So, this is… Your decision? This will make you happy?”
Regina: “It already has.”
Cora: “Then, who am I to stop you?”
(Regina hugs Cora.)
Regina: “Thank you, mother.”
(Cora takes Daniel aside to talk to him.)
Cora: “Daniel. If you want to have a life together, a family… Then, there’s one important lesson I can impart on you. It’s what it means to be a parent. You always have to do what’s best for your children.”
Daniel: “Thank you. I understand. Because that’s what you’re doing now.”
Cora: “Yes. It is.”
(Cora plunges her hand inside Daniel’s chest.)
Regina: “Mother!”
(Cora rips out Daniel’s heart. He falls to the ground and Regina rushes over to him.)
Regina: “No! No! No, no, no. (Cora crushes Daniel’s heart to dust:) Mother, why have you done this?”
Cora: “Because this is your happy ending.”
Regina: “What?”
Cora: “Oh, you have to trust me, Regina. I know best. Love is weakness, Regina. It feels real now. At the start, it always does. But, it’s an illusion. It fades. And then, you’re left with nothing. But power, true power, endures. And then, you don’t have to rely on anyone to get what you want. I’ve saved you, my love.”
Regina: “You’ve ruined everything. I loved him. I loved him!”
Cora: “Enough! I’ve endured this long enough. Now, clean yourself up, wipe away your tears, because now… You’re going to be Queen.”

A Short While Later.
(Regina is being fitted for her wedding dress in her chambers. Snow White enters.)
Snow White: “Wow… You are most certainly the fairest of them all!”
Regina: “Thank you, dear.”
Snow White: “I hope for my wedding day I will be as beautiful.”
Regina: “I’m sure you will be.”
Snow White: “I know you and Daniel will be so happy together.”
Regina: “What?”
Snow White: “Well, I just knew your mother would let you marry him. Once she knew how happy it’d make you, once she knew how much you love him. You have such a wonderful mother. She would do anything for your happiness.”
Regina: “Snow… Did… Did you… tell her about me and Daniel?”
Snow White: “Yes.”
Regina: “But I… told you… very specifically not to.”
Snow White: “I’m sorry. I just didn’t want you to lose your mother. Like I’ve lost mine. Are you mad?”
Regina: “No. I’m not mad at all. You were just trying to help me. However, I’m not marrying Daniel. This dress is for your father.”
Snow White: “But… I thought… You were in love.”
Regina: “So did I. But I was wrong. Daniel has run away. What I had with Daniel wasn’t real. It was an infatuation. You see, that’s the thing about love. It can come in the most unexpected places. Your father and I have something even more special, because it’s not just about the two of us. It’s about all of us. We’re going to be a family.”
Snow White: “We are?”
Regina: “That’s right. I’m going to be your stepmother, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Snow White: “Me, too.”
(Snow White hugs Regina. Cora enters.)
Cora: “Snow. You need to go to your room and help with the packing. Your father wants you ready for the journey, and we’re heading to your castle first thing in the morning.”
Snow White: “You’re both going to love it there.”
Cora: “I know we will. (Snow White leaves Cora and Regina alone:) Well-played, dear. You’re learning.”
Regina: “I should change. I wouldn’t want to ruin the dress before my big day.”
Cora: “I am so proud of you.”
Regina: “You knew the King was traveling through our land, didn’t you? That steed with Snow on it… It didn’t go wild on its own, did it?”
Cora: “I have no idea what you’re saying.”
(Regina begins to leave.)
Regina: “I should’ve let her die on that horse.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(At the convent, August and Mother Superior are talking. August leaves, and Mother Superior encounters Mr. Gold on the step.)
Mr. Gold: “Mother Superior. Good afternoon.”
Mother Superior: “Our rent is paid in full.”
Mr. Gold: “I’m not here about the rent.”
Mother Superior: “Well, good day to you, then.”
Mr. Gold: “Tell me – that man who just left here… Who did he say he was? What did he want?”
Mother Superior: “I don’t have to tell you that.”
Mr. Gold: “And I don’t have to double your rent. What did he want?”
Mother Superior: “Advice and counsel. He came to town looking for his father after a long separation, and he recently found him.”
Mr. Gold: “Ah. And a happy reunion has already taken place?”
Mother Superior: “No. He hasn’t spoken to him yet.”
Mr. Gold: “And why not?”
Mother Superior: “Mm, it was a difficult parting. There are many issues to be resolved between them.”
Mr. Gold: “I see.”

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Baelfire heads to a deserted area of the woods and sits down. He then attempts to summon ‘Reul Ghorm’.)
Baelfire: “Reul Ghorm? Are you there? If you can help me, please make yourself known to me. (The Blue Fairy appears:) Can you help me?”
Blue Fairy: (Nods:) “I can help.”
Baelfire: “How do I know I can trust you?”
Blue Fairy: “Because there is good magic and dark magic, and I’m on the right side.”
Baelfire: “You’re a fairy.”
Blue Fairy: “Oh. And you’re not untouched by magic, are you, child? There’s something dark in your life.”
Baelfire: “My father. He is the Dark One.”
Blue Fairy: “Oh. I can’t make him the man he was before, but I can send him someplace where he won’t be able to use his powers.”
Baelfire: “Not a jail. I want to be with him. Like it used to be.”
Blue Fairy: “Not a jail, young one, just a place without magic.”
Baelfire: “But magic is everywhere.”
Blue Fairy: “In this world, yes. You see, what ails your father is specific to our realm. His powers do not belong here. You must go where you can escape this wretched curse.”
Baelfire: “Go? We have to leave?”
Blue Fairy: “Yes. It is the only way. Can you do it? Can you leave everything here behind for the unknown?”
Baelfire: “If it means I get my father back, then yes.”
Blue Fairy: “You’re a very good son, Baelfire. You are the part of him that keeps him human. That little light inside of him that still glows. It’s his love for you. Hold out your hand.”
(The Blue Fairy tosses him a transparent looking bean.)
Baelfire: “What is it?”
Blue Fairy: “A magic bean. The very last one that is known to our kind. The others got away from us. You just use it wisely, and follow wherever it leads you. It will save you both.”
(The Blue Fairy disappears. Baelfire returns home.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Sidney is drinking coffee at Granny’s Diner. Emma enters, and sits across from him.)
Emma: “Hey, Sidney.”
Sidney: “Emma, hey.”
Emma: “You told me you could help me with Mary Margaret, and I wanted to believe you. But, eventually, there are things that even a blind Sheriff cannot ignore.” (Emma pulls out the wire tap and places it on the table.)
Sidney: “Is that a bug?”
Emma: “Oh, for God sakes, Sidney. Drop it. You fooled me, you spied on me, and you planted evidence.”
Sidney: “Evidence?”
Emma: “The shovel piece, Sidney. (Sidney slumps:) I can only assume you buried the box too.”
Sidney: (Quickly:) “Ah, no that wasn’t me, I swear.”
Emma: “The keys?”
Sidney: “No.”
Emma: “But you know who did. Where’s Kathryn, who took her?”
Sidney: (Shakes his head:) “I… I can’t say. They’d kill me.”
Emma: “You’re in a lot of trouble. (Realising Sidney won’t budge:) Look, I don’t need you to tell me who took her and right now I don’t care. All I want to know is where Kathryn is. You can either help me, and help yourself, or I swear-”
Sidney: “I’ll take you to her. But I need protection.”
Emma: (Getting to her feet:) “First take me to her. Then we’ll see about what happens to you.”
(Sidney gets up and Emma follows him out of the diner.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin is spinning straw at his wheel, when Baelfire enters.)
Baelfire: “Papa! Papa. I found it. I-I found a way for things to be like they were. I want you to come with me. I can make things right. Have you heard of the Reul Ghorm?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The Blue Star. The Blue Fairy? Oh, son, please tell me you didn’t. Fairy magic doesn’t mix well with what I am.”
Baelfire: “But you promised. She can help us. To take us to a place without magic.”
Rumplestiltskin: “A place without magic? I’d be powerless. Weak.”
Baelfire: “Like everyone else. It wouldn’t matter. We’d be happy.”
Rumplestiltskin: “We could be happy here.”
Baelfire: “Father, please. You’re getting worse. And you promised. This can work. It can. You made a deal with me. Are you backing out?”
Rumplestiltskin: (A long pause:) “No.”


Storybrooke. Present.
(Emma and Sidney arrive at an abandoned summerhouse. Emma exits the car and heads straight for the storm cellar.)
Sidney: (Holding a crow bar:) “Here.”
(Emma takes it and uses it to pry the lock off the door. Inside, there is a body laying face down on the ground. Emma leans down to turn the body over, revealing a very dishevelled, but nonetheless alive, Kathryn.)

Dr. Hopper’s Office.
(Mr. Gold knocks on Archie’s door. Archie answers.)
Archie: “Mr. Gold? Are you here for the rent?”
Mr. Gold: “Why does everyone ask that?”
Archie: “Well, because you, uh… Never mind. Would… Would you like to talk?”
Mr. Gold: “I don’t know.”
Archie: “Well, um… If you’d like to get something off your chest, please come in.”
(The two of them go to sit in Archie’s office.)
Archie: “A son? Wow, I-I didn’t know you had a son. How… How old is he?”
Mr. Gold: “Let’s start with something easier.”
Archie: “O-Okay. Um, what do you mean to say that you may have found him?”
Mr. Gold: “Let’s just say, there’s someone acting the way I would expect them to act.”
Archie: “So, you… So, you recognize him?”
Mr. Gold: “Maybe. Or, perhaps, I’m just seeing what I want to see. I don’t know.”
Archie: “Okay, well, I mean, wouldn’t he recognize you?”
Mr. Gold: “There was conflict. I’m not sure he’s ready for a tear soaked reunion.”
Archie: “So, he sought you out and he’s hanging back? Maybe, he’s watching to see if he’s welcome. Looking for a sign that all is forgiven.”
Mr. Gold: “No, no, no. He’s not the one that needs to be… I think he might still be very angry.”
Archie: “Anger between a parent and a child is the most natural thing in the world.”
Mr. Gold: “I think he might be here to try to kill me.”
Archie: “Ah. Right. That’s… That’s not.”
Mr. Gold: “I let him go. I’ve spent my entire life since trying to fix it, and now, he’s finally here. And I just don’t know what to do.”
Archie: “Be honest. Just tell him what you told me, and ask him for forgiveness. And when you’re face-to-face, you’ll know what to do.”
Mr. Gold: “Honesty’s never been the best colour on me.”
Archie: “There’s no other way.”

Storybrooke. Forest.
(August is roaming around outside of the cabin in the woods, seemingly searching for something. Mr. Gold appears and confronts him.)
Mr. Gold: “I know who you are. And I know what you’re looking for.”
August: “Well, then… I guess all the lying can stop… Papa.”


Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Baelfire and Rumplestiltskin head through the forest to a clearing.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Where are we going, boy? What kind of world is this we’re going to? What kind of world is without magic?”
Baelfire: “A better one.”
(Baelfire pulls out the magic bean and throws it on the ground. A green vortex forms.)
Rumplestiltskin: “My gods, boy! It’s like a tornado!”
Baelfire: “We have to go through it!”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no! I don’t think I can!”
Baelfire: “We must! It’s the only way!”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, no, no, no, no, no! It’s a trick! It’ll tear us apart!”
Baelfire: “It’s not! It’ll be okay! I promise!”
(Baelfire gets pulled down towards the vortex. Rumplestiltskin hangs on to him.)

Baelfire: “Papa! We have to go through! What are you doing? Papa! It won’t stay open long! Let go!”
Rumplestiltskin: “I can’t! I can’t!”
Baelfire: “Papa, please! It’s the only way we can be together!”
Rumplestiltskin: “No, Bae! I can’t!”
Baelfire: “Papa, please!”
Rumplestiltskin: “I can’t!
Baelfire: “You coward! You promised! Don’t break our deal!”
Rumplestiltskin: “I have to!”
Baelfire: “Papa!”
(Rumplestiltskin can no longer hang on, and Baelfire gets sucked into the vortex. The vortex disappears, leaving only a hole in the ground behind.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Bae? Bae! No, no, no, no, no. No, no, Bae. I’m sorry, Bae! (He starts digging:) I want to come with you! I want to come with you, Bae! I want to come with you! Bae! Bae! Bae!”

Storybrooke. Forest. Present.
(Mr. Gold and August are still outside of the cabin in the woods.)
Mr. Gold: “You were right, Bae. You were always right. I was a coward, and I never should’ve let you go. I know it’s little consolation, but… I just want you to know, that ever since you left, ever since you crossed the barriers of time and space, in every waking moment… I’ve been looking for you. And now that I’ve finally found you… I know I can’t make up for the past, for the lost time. All I can do, is to ask you to do what you’ve always done. And that’s to be the bigger man… And forgive me. I’m so sorry, son. I’m so sorry, Bae. (August goes to hug him, and Mr. Gold returns the embrace:) Oh, my boy. My beautiful boy. Can you truly, truly forgive me?”
August: “I forgive you, Papa.”
Mr. Gold: “You were looking for the knife.”
August: “I thought that if you still had it, it would mean that you hadn’t changed.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, let’s go and find it and see.”
(The two of them go to a spot in the woods. August begins digging with a shovel.)

Mr. Gold: “I buried it here shortly after Emma came to town. Things were changing. Didn’t want to take the chance of Regina finding it.”
August: “Of course.”
Mr. Gold: “It should be right about here, son. Here. Look, look. (Mr. Gold picks up the dagger out of the hole, which is wrapped in a cloth. He unwraps the dagger and hands it to August:) I want you to take it. Destroy it, the way I know you always wanted to. I found you, and I don’t need it anymore. I chose it once. Now, I choose you.”
(August takes the dagger and examines it.)
August: “It’s remarkable. (August holds up the dagger and points it at Mr. Gold:) By the power of the darkness, I command thee… Dark One.”
Mr. Gold: “You’re trying to control me?”
August: “I command thee, Dark One!”
Mr. Gold: “You’re not my son. You’re not Baelfire.”
August: “Papa, why would you say that? I’m just trying to use your power to help us.”
Mr. Gold: “Enough! It’s over, Booth. Or whoever you are. My son would never try to use me. And he would know, that this knife cannot harness any magic in this world, because there is no magic in this world. That’s why he chose this place. He didn’t want me… (Mr. Gold grabs the dagger from August:) Dabbling.”
August: “So, why bury a useless knife?”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, I wouldn’t say it was useless. It still cuts through flesh rather nicely. It’s about time you start answering some questions, sunshine. Why the theatrics? Why didn’t you just come to me?”
August: “I needed you to work for it. I needed you to want it so bad, you would ignore what your eyes were seeing. Do I even look like him at all?”
Mr. Gold: “How do you know about this knife?”
August: “I hear things.”
(Mr. Gold points the dagger at August, until he ends up backed up against a tree.)
Mr. Gold: “No one here knows about this knife.”
August: “No one here remembers.”
Mr. Gold: “And, yet, you do. You’re from there, aren’t you? From my world.”
August: “The fact that you’re asking the question means you know the answer.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, now that that’s settled… (Mr. Gold lunges at August, pinning him against the tree behind him. He holds the dagger to his throat:) How about my other question? Who told you about me and the knife?”
August: “A little fairy.”
Mr. Gold: “Why did you want it? If you know who I am, then you know who I am. The chances of you surviving this little encounter are pretty slim. So, why take the risk?”
August: “Because I’ll die anyway.”
Mr. Gold: “What?”
August: “I’m sick. I’m sick, and I need magic. I was going to get the savior to believe. But that woman… I don’t think I’m going to make it long enough to see that happen.”
(Mr. Gold removes the dagger from August’s throat.)
Mr. Gold: “She trusts you – it might be enough. Try again.”
August: “You’re going to let me live?”
Mr. Gold: “You’re going to die either way. This way, at least I might get something out of it.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Station.
(Emma returns to the station to find Regina sat upon a desk waiting for her.)
Regina: “Congratulations, Sheriff. You’ve solved the case and rescued Kathryn.”
Emma: “Yeah, she’s getting checked out at the hospital. Dr. Whale thinks she’s going to be fine. (Nods toward the empty cell:) Where’s Mary Margaret?”
Regina: “I believe Ms. Blanchard was headed home. She didn’t really stop to exchange pleasantries once she was released.”
Emma: (Knowingly:) “Imagine that. (Turns and calls over:) Sidney, get in here. (Sidney enters:) Tell her what you told me.”
Sidney: “Now? In front of her?”
Emma: “Just the bullet points. You did try and frame her, after all.”
(Regina gets up from the desk, crossing her arms as she crosses the room.)
Sidney: (Sighs:) “It was me. I confess. I abducted Kathryn, and I held her in the basement of an abandoned summer home by the lake.”
Emma: (Mirrors Regina and folds her arms:) “And the other thing.”
Sidney: “I… borrowed some skeleton keys from Regina and… planted Kathryn’s car keys in Mary Margaret’s apartment.”
Regina: “My keys? (Looks to Emma:) Can’t help but feel personally violated about that part.”
Emma: (To Sidney:) “That’ll do for now. In you go. (Sidney walks over to the jail cell and takes a seat on the bed as Emma locks him in. Turns, to Regina:)
A word in the hallway, please?”

(Regina and Emma meet in the hall alone.)
Regina: “You believe his story?”
Emma: “Parts of it. He’s covering for someone though. Just give me time and I’ll find out the person pulling Sidney’s strings.”
Regina: “And… what about us? Where do you and I stand?”
Emma: “I may have had my doubts, but I know now that this wasn’t you. (Regina nods, smiles:) But, I also know that you were happy to let Mary Margaret take the fall for all this.”
Regina: “Emma, I-”
Emma: “Uh-uh. I’m talking. I told you to keep me out of this feud or whatever you have against Mary Margaret, and you both nearly ended up going to jail for something neither of you did.”
Regina: “I’m pretty sure you would’ve found a way, Sheriff.”
Emma: “Oh I’ve found one. ‘Cause you see, if you want what we have between us to continue, you’re gonna have to find a way to make peace with Mary Margaret.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “You want me to become friends with Ms. Blanchard?”
Emma: “Neither of us expect that but you’ve got to work it out between you, because I will not be put in this position again.”
Regina: “Those are your terms?”
Emma: “Those are my terms.”
Regina: (Not wanting to show any weakness:) “I suppose that, as Mayor, I can make sure Ms. Blanchard’s good name is restored.”
(Emma gives her a wry smile.)

Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Rumplestiltskin is in a clearing in the forest.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Reul Ghorm! Show yourself! (The Blue Fairy appears:) How do I follow him?”
Blue Fairy: “You had the way, you didn’t take it. And there are no more magic beans.”
Rumplestiltskin: “That’s a lie.”
Blue Fairy: “We don’t do that.”
Rumplestiltskin: “A lie.”
Blue Fairy: “You will never make it to that world.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, I’ll find a way. There must be other paths. A realm jumper?”
Blue Fairy: “No.”
Rumplestiltskin: “A time turner?”
Blue Fairy: “No.”
Rumplestiltskin: “A mage?”
Blue Fairy: “There is no-”
Rumplestiltskin: “A curse?”
Blue Fairy: “No!”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ah! So, it is a curse.”
Blue Fairy: “Of course you would think of a curse instead of a blessing. Your magic is limited by its own rotten core, Rumplestiltskin. Anyway, it can’t be done. Not without a great price.”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’ve already paid a great price.”
Blue Fairy: “So, you’d be willing to sacrifice this world for the next? Because that’s how great the price is.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, what do you think?”
Blue Fairy: “Well, then I’ll comfort myself knowing that such a curse is beyond your abilities.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Oh, for now. But I’ve got all the time in the world. I will do nothing else, I will love nothing else. I will find a way. You took my son, but I will get him back.”
Blue Fairy: “I didn’t take your son.”
Rumplestiltskin: “You took my son, but I will get him back!”
Blue Fairy: “You drove him away.”
(He swipes at her with his dagger. The Blue Fairy disappears.)
Rumplestiltskin: “I will find him! I will find him! I will find him…”

 

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 Storybrooke. Present. Blanchard Apartment. 
(A deadbolt on the front door slides open; August enters with a small tool in his hand, then closes and bolts the door. Emma and Mary Margaret are on the inside waiting for him.)
August: “No one is getting through that.”
Emma: “Wow. When are you installing the torture chamber?”
August: “You don’t like it? (Admires his handiwork:) I call it medieval-chic.”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t care what it looks like as long as it keeps Regina and her skeleton keys out.”
Emma: “This is pretty handy for a writer; where’d you learn to do all this?”
August: “Wood shop? Eighth grade?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh! Speaking of school. Have to get going.”
(Walks over to the counter.)
Emma: (Following:) “Uh. Are you sure you’re ready to go back?”
Mary Margaret: (Laughs:) “After a stint behind bars? How tough can a room full of fourth-graders be? Besides, shouldn’t you be investigating Regina?"
Emma: (Sits:) “Regina, why?”
August “Well. She did try to frame Mary Margaret.”
Emma: “That was Sidney, he confessed. Mr. Gold is the one I’m keeping my eye on. (August and Mary Margaret share a look:) The guy owns half the town, you don’t think the summer house Kathryn was held in will eventually lead to Gold?”
Mary Margaret: “But - (Leans in so that August doesn’t hear:) don’t you think you’re letting your relationship with Regina cloud your judgement?”
Emma: “No. Look, I don’t understand why Sidney did what he did and I can’t prove that Gold was involved but I know Regina wasn’t.”
Mary Margaret: “And you have proof of that?
(Emma is about to respond when Henry comes through on the walkie talkie.)
Henry: (Speaking into walkie-talkie:) “Code red. Code red.”
Emma: (Picks hers up:) “Hey, Henry, what’s goin’ on?”
Henry: “Meet me at Granny’s. It’s an Operation Cobra emergency.
Emma: “I’m on my way.”

Main Street. 
(Emma walks on the sidewalk; August catches up to her.)
August: “Emma, wait up!”
Emma: “You heard the kid, Operation Cobra calls.”
August: “I didn’t think you believed any of that.”
Emma: “Well, I don’t, but sometimes it’s the only way to get through to Henry.”
August: “You know, you need to look at the big picture, understand what you’re up against: that’s the only way you’ll know how to beat Regina.”
Emma: “Okay, new guy, why do I need to beat Regina again?”
August: “Take the day off. Come with me, and I’ll show you.”
Emma: (She stops walking as does August:) “And where exactly would we be going on this magical mystery tour?”
August: “If I told you, you would never come. (Emma resumes walking:) Oh, come on. Take a leap of faith. You come with me and I promise you you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.”
Emma: “My kid needs me; I don’t have time for faith.”

Granny’s Diner.
(Emma enters the diner, and leaves August behind.) 
Emma: “Hey. What’s the emergency?”
Henry: (Speaking in a hushed whisper:) “Shh! This is sensitive.”
Emma: (Sitting down:) “If it’s sensitive, why are we at Granny’s, out in the open?”
Henry: “I’m hungry. (Pauses:) Who else knows that we hide the book at the Sheriff’s station?”
Emma: “No one. Why?”
Henry: “Someone changed it. There’s a new story in it.”
Emma: “Why would someone add a new story?”
Henry: “To tell us something we need to know about the curse.”
Emma: “And what would that be?”
Henry: “I don’t know. (Shrugs:) Story isn’t finished.”
Emma: “Why would someone go to so much trouble to add a new story and then not bother finishing it?”
Henry: “That’s what’s weird. The story’s about Pinocchio. Everyone knows how that ends.”
Emma: “Well, maybe that’s why it was left out.”
Henry: “Or maybe… there’s more to it.”
Emma: “Henry. You’re gonna be late for school. Let’s go.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Body of Water.
(A raft, tossed about in a storm at sea, carries Geppetto and Pinocchio.)
Geppetto: “Hold on, my boy!”
Pinocchio: “I’m trying, father! (Monstro is swimming after the raft:) Faster, father, faster! He’s catching up!”
Geppetto: “The current! It’s too strong! (Monstro rears his head:) Don’t let go! Hold on!” (The raft lists perilously and Geppetto shakes his head.)
Pinocchio: “What is it?”
Geppetto: “We must abandon ship. (Offers his son a life vest:) Take this. This is the only one.”
Pinocchio: “No, father. I’m made of wood. I’ll float: we can both survive.”
Geppetto: “No. We don’t risk. Take!”
Pinocchio: “No, father! You take it! (Monstro opens its jaws to swallow the raft:) Save yourself!” (Pinocchio jumps off the raft.) 

Geppetto: “Pinnochioooo! (Cut to: A beach. Geppetto has washed up, along with two barrels and a life vest:) Pinocchio? (Kneels down:) Pinocchio! You saved me. (Stands up:) Oh! Where are you? Oh! Where are you? (He spies Pinocchio face down by the water’s edge, and stumbles over to him:) Oh no. (In a fit of grief, he cradles Pinocchio, who has reverted to a wooden puppet:) I wish that I could save you, my boy.”
(The Blue Fairy flits in the air as she approaches.)
Blue Fairy: “We still can.”
Geppetto: “Please. (Pleadingly, he holds out Pinocchio’s body to the fairy:) Save him.” (The Blue Fairy waves her wand; turning the puppet into a boy.)
Pinocchio: (He blinks several times, and looks up to Geppetto’s face:) “Father?”
Geppetto: “Pinocchio. Look!”
Pinocchio: “I’m… a real boy. I’m a real boy!”
Geppetto: “Thank you. I don’t know how I can ever repay you, thi… this is all I ever wanted.”
Blue Fairy: “You and Pinocchio have found each other. Now go. Live your life together as a family.”
Geppetto: “Come. My son.” (Hands Pinocchio his hat.)
Blue Fairy: “Remember, Pinocchio—be brave, truthful and unselfish. So long as you do that, you will always remain a real boy.” (She blows him a kiss.)

Storybrooke. Present. August’s Room. The Inn.
(August plays with Pinocchio’s hat. Then, he dials 5-6-4 on a phone with a rotary dial.)
August: “Mr. Gold? We need to meet, it’s about Emma: there’s a… problem. Mm-hmm.”
(He gets up, puts on his jacket, and prepares to leave, but is struck by a terrible pain. While hobbling over to the bed, he rolls up the leg of his jeans. His left leg has become wooden.)

The Enchanted Forest. The Genie’s Lamp. Interior. Past.
(The Genie of Agrabah is seated with a mirror. Rumbling is heard, distantly, from outside, growing louder. King Leopold is seen.)
Genie: “Here we go. (Exterior, along a lake’s beach. King Leopold picks up the Lamp and rubs it to clean off some plant matter. Black smoke emerges from the lamp and the Genie appears:) You awakened the Genie of Agrabah. You’re entitled to three wishes—no more, no less. But, you must know that magic has its limits. You cannot wish for life, nor death. You cannot wish for love. You cannot wish for more wishes. And, once spoke, a wish cannot be undone, no matter what the consequences. So… tell me your first wish.”
King Leopold: “Hmm. Uh… (Laughs:) Hmm. I cannot think of a single thing I desire. I have everything I need. I seek nothing more than the happiness of all who set foot in my kingdom.”
Genie: “Ugh.” (He sits on some nearby driftwood.)
King Leopold: (He chuckles. The Genie sighs:) “You are in my kingdom, and yet you seem unhappy.”
Genie: “I have served as Genie of the Lamp for longer than you’ve been alive. Life as a genie is not as magical as it may appear.”
King Leopold: “So you wish to be free?”
Genie: “More than anything.”
King Leopold: “Then I know my first wish. I wish you to be free.”
Genie: (The shackles around his wrists glow and fall off with a magical sound:) “Can it be? Am I truly free?”
King Leopold: “You’re the genie. You tell me.”
Genie: “There are two more wishes left in the Lamp, what will you do with them?”
King Leopold: “For my second wish… I wish to give my third and final wish to you.” (Offers the Genie the Lamp.)
Genie: (Taking the Lamp:) “In my time, I have granted 1001 wishes, and I have seen them end poorly 1001 times. Making a wish comes with a price, and that is why I will never… use… this wish.” (Puts the Lamp in a purse at his belt.)
King Leopold: “You are a man of wisdom, Genie. Now tell me, what will you do with your freedom?”
Genie: “Find the one thing I’ve always desired, that my prison has kept from me… true love.”
King Leopold: “Then you must come join me at my palace. I am certain you will find it there. Come. Meet my family.

King Leopold’s Palace. Exterior.
(King Leopold and the Genie walk along a garden path.)
Genie: “Your palace is as lovely as you are kind.”
King Leopold: “Oh, it’s more than kindness, my friend. (They approach Snow White, who is picking flowers:) This is my beautiful daughter, Snow.”
Snow White: “How do you do? (She curtsies and the Genie bows:) And Regina, my wife, the Queen.”
Regina: (Picking an apple from her tree. She turns to the Genie and smiles:) “Hello.” (The Genie is visibly moved by her.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(Narrating in a darkened room to an unknown person, Sidney Glass continues his story.)
Sidney: “They say there’s no such thing as love at first sight, but in that very moment, I knew.”

The Enchanted Forest, Leopold’s Castle. Past.
(The Royal family, the Genie, and many guests are gathered to celebrate Leopold’s birthday.)
Man: “Happy birthday, your Majesty!”
King Leopold: “No gifts are required to mark this special day, for they all pale in comparison to the greatest gift of all—my daughter, Snow.”
Snow White: (Sighs:) “Father. (She joins him on the dais:) Father. You make me blush.”
King Leopold: “Every day I look upon your face, and I am reminded of your dearly departed mother… who, like you… truly was… the fairest in all the land.”
(A dejected Regina leaves the party, and the Genie follows her.)

Exterior Garden. Near Regina’s Apple Tree.
Genie:
“Not in a festive mood?”
Regina: “No one seems to notice my absence.”
Genie: “I noticed. (Gazing at the apple tree:) Such a lovely tree.”
Regina: “Yes, it’s from my childhood garden. The tree and I share something in common. Neither of us can leave the palace and neither of us truly belongs. No matter how hard I try to please the King, he will never love me the way he loved his first wife. I’m trapped by the memory of the life they used to share.”
Genie: “I know about being trapped, more than anyone. Maybe this will lift your spirits. (He gives her a mirror:) So you… can see yourself the way I see you.”
Regina: “And how do you see me?”

Storybrooke. Present.
Sidney: “As the fairest in all the land.”
(Slowly our perspective changes to reveal who Sidney is talking to.)
Regina: (Rolling her eyes:) “I think I need some air.”
(Regina stands and leaves the room.)

Storybrooke. Present. The Pawnshop
(Mr. Gold leans on the counter while Marco fiddles with a clock. August enters the shop.)
Mr. Gold: “Oh, Mr. Booth. I’ll be with you in a moment. On second thought, tell me—as one admirer of antiquities to another—do you think it’s worth my while having this clock repaired? (Marco turns around; he and August stare at each other:) I’ll take the silence as a yes, then.”
Marco: “You know, I’m very busy right now, and eh, I’m just a one-man shop—but uh… I’ll get to the clock as fast as I can.”
Mr. Gold: “I wouldn’t ask for anything more.”
Marco: (He leaves with clock, and greets August on his way out:) “Good day.”
August: (Stuttering:) “H-how are you…” 
(Marco passes him and exits the shop.)
Mr. Gold: “First time seeing dear old Dad since you arrived at Storybrooke?”
August: “I’m s-sorry?”
Mr. Gold: “You know, what surprises me is, why a man who claims to be at death’s door can’t even bring himself to say hello to his father—what are you afraid of?”
August: “That’s uh… that’s my business.”
Mr. Gold: “Ohh. Fair enough. Let’s talk about ours. You claim to be the only person who can make Miss Swan believe. That you could get her to do exactly what she was brought here to do and yet, for a man who’s running out of time, (He glances down at August’s leg:) you don’t seem to be in much of a hurry.”
August: “It’s not me slowing us down. It’s her. All she can think about right now is getting justice for Kathryn.”
Mr. Gold: “Looks like Sheriff Swan needs a course correction.”
August: “She’s comin’ after you.”
Mr. Gold: “She has no proof. Tell you what, why don’t I steer her towards you?”
August: “I can get her there. To believing. Trust me.”
Mr. Gold: (He bursts out laughing, then stops and puts up a hand:) “I’m sorry, it’s just—knowing who you are, and your nature, trust is a big ask. Fear not—a gentle nudge I shall provide.” 
(He exits through the curtains to the back of his shop.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Geppetto’s Workshop
(Pinocchio pokes at a clock.)
Geppetto: “Align the gear on the spindle. Now press the spring. (Pinocchio does, and the clock works:) Good work! You fixed it, eh? Bravo. (Suddenly, Jiminy pops out of the front of the clock, tied up and moaning:) Did you do this, Pinocchio? Remember what the Blue Fairy told you about being a good boy?”
Pinocchio: (Shamefully:) “Yes.”
Jiminy: “Ah. It’s okay: he meant no harm. I’d be laughing too if… I wasn’t so dizzy.” (Geppetto chuckles as the Blue Fairy enters.)
Pinocchio: “I’m sorry. I meant to be good!”
Blue Fairy: “I’m not here because of you, Pinocchio. I’m afraid I bring bad news.”
Geppetto: “Wait in your room, my boy. Go on.” 
(He ushers Pinocchio out, and the boy leaves.)
Jiminy: “H-hang on, Pinocchio. I’ll come with you.”
Geppetto: “What is it?”
Blue Fairy: “The Evil Queen. She’s threatened the entire kingdom with a curse—a curse that will rip away all that we love.”
Geppetto: “Then we must stop it.”
Blue Fairy: “It is too late for that.”
Geppetto: “So all is lost?”
Blue Fairy: “No. There is hope. If you will help us.”
Geppetto: “Me?”
Blue Fairy: “Snow White is about to give birth to a child. A child who will save us all when she reaches her twenty-eighth year. But only if she can be protected from the powerful effects of the Dark Curse.”
Geppetto: “But how can I protect this child?”
Blue Fairy: “There is an enchanted tree. Much… like the one you carved Pinocchio from. If fashioned into a vessel, it can protect the child from the queen’s magic. Will you do this?”
Geppetto: “I cannot lose my boy. I have lost… so much. I cannot lose him too.”
Blue Fairy: “Then build the wardrobe. That’s how you will save us all.”
(Geppetto nods.)

Storybrooke Hospital. Present.
(David is in Kathryn’s room at the hospital. She is asleep. He leans over to kiss her forehead, but she wakes up, startled.)
David: “I’m sorry.”
Kathryn: “What are you doing?”
David: “I was trying to kiss you on your forehead. It was meant to be sweet.”
Kathryn: “Well, thank you. It’s good to see you.”
David: “Kathryn, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I lied to you. I’m sorry I cheated on you. I’m just… I’m sorry for all of this.”
Kathryn: “David, it’s okay. You know, what we had… It wasn’t it for you. Maybe for both of us. I can’t blame you for just being the first one to see it.”
David: “You are, uh… Kind of amazing.”
Kathryn: “Yeah, I am. Now, go on. Get out of here so I can get some rest.”
David: “I’m going to give you that kiss on the forehead now.”
Kathryn: “Knock yourself out.”
(He kisses her as Emma arrives.)
David: “Emma. Look who’s awake.”
Emma: “Kathryn, hi. Listen, I don’t want to take a lot of your time. But, have you… do you remember what happened?”
Kathryn: (Shakes her head:) “I don’t know much. Um, I was in a car accident, and… I remember the airbag going off. And the next thing I knew, I was in the dark, in some basement. I didn’t see anyone, but there was food and water. And then, I guess I was drugged.”
Emma: “Yeah. Dr. Whale says they’re still trying to flush that out of your system.”
Kathryn: “And then, you and that newspaper man came and found me. That was it.”
Emma: “You saw no one? You didn’t hear a voice? Smell perfume? Cologne? Anything?”
Kathryn: “Nothing, no. I’m sorry. I wish I could help.”
Emma: “Sidney’s already confessed his part in everything. But I don’t think he was working alone.”
Kathryn: “Why would anyone do this?”
Emma: “I think someone was trying to frame Mary Margaret.”
Kathryn: “But why? I mean, who would do something like that?”
Emma: “I have my suspicions.”

Storybrooke Elementary School.
(Children play and Mary Margaret enjoys the happy atmosphere.)
Regina: (Approaching:) “Miss Blanchard. (She stops in front of Mary Margaret:) I see you’re back.”
Mary Margaret: “Yes. Isn’t it wonderful; everything worked out.”
Regina: “Henry forgot his lunch. Have you seen him?”
Mary Margaret: “He’s with his mother.”
Regina: “Miss Blanchard, is there a problem?”
Mary Margaret: “Not anymore. But someone did go to a lot of trouble to make it look like I did something horrible. But they failed.”
Regina: “Yes. Sidney Glass. Who’s safely incarcerated.”
Mary Margaret: “If it was Sidney.”
Regina: “Well, ask your roommate. He confessed.”
Mary Margaret: “Of course he did.”
Regina: “Are you insinuating something?”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, I am. (Pauses:) But I forgive you. Even if you can’t admit what you did, I forgive you anyway. Your life must be filled with such incredible loneliness if your only joy comes from destroying everyone else’s happiness. It’s so sad, Mayor Mills, because despite what you think, it won’t make you happy. It’s only going to leave a giant hole in your heart. (She points behind Regina:) There’s Henry now.” (Mary Margaret departs as Henry approaches.)
Henry: “What are you doing here?”
Regina: (She stops staring after Mary Margaret, and clears her throat:) “You forgot your lunchbox.” (She holds it out for him.)
Henry: “Thanks.” (He takes the lunchbox from her.)

Regina: (She brings him aside and they sit down on a bench:) “Henry, it’s time for a change. I think it’s time to transfer you to a new class with a new teacher.”
Henry: “Why do you want me out of Miss Blanchard’s class? Is it because you framed her?”
Regina: “Henry! Do you really think I’m capable of doing something so horrible?”
Henry: “Of course. You’re the Evil Queen.”
Regina: “Enough. Those fairy tales are not real. Miss Blanchard should never have given you that book. She should be grateful I’m not trying to get her fired.”
Henry: “Go ahead and try. It won’t work. No matter what you do, Snow White will have her happy ending. She and Prince Charming will be together. The curse will end. Good will win. And I’m not transferring classes. (He starts to leave and then remembers something:) There’s a party at Granny’s for Ms. Blanchard after school and I’m going.”
Regina: “Henry.”
Henry: “I didn’t mention it earlier ‘cause you’re not invited. (The bell rings:) I gotta go.”

The Pawnshop
(Emma and Mr. Gold have a conversation at the counter.)
Emma: “Was it you?”
Mr. Gold: “Was what me?”
Emma: “Did you kidnap Kathryn? ‘Cause it sure looks that way to me.”
Mr. Gold: “That’s quite the accusation, Sheriff.”
Emma: “I thought I’d take the direct approach. Because if you kidnapped that poor, innocent woman, just to -”
Mr. Gold: “To what, Sheriff? Really, what could I possibly gain from Mrs. Nolan’s abduction?”
Emma: “I don’t know, but for awhile there, all evidence of a frame job lead directly to Regina. And I know you and the mayor are in a power struggle over this town.”
Mr. Gold: “And yet it was Mayor Mills’ once trusted confidant, Sidney Glass, who confessed. Now, are you proposing I’m working with Regina, or against her?”
Emma: “I don’t know. Maybe, diagonally.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, you keep working on that one, Sheriff. My question is, if you have a confession, why not close the case?”
Emma: “Because Sidney wasn’t working alone and everyone thinks Regina was in on it.”
Mr. Gold: “I see, so you’re here to clear your girlfriend’s name? Ask yourself, if everyone else suspects her, why don’t you? (Emma frowns:) How much do you really trust Regina?”
Emma: “A lot more than I trust you.”
(She exits, to which Mr. Gold smirks in satisfaction.) 

The Enchanted Forest. Past. A Forest
(The Blue Fairy follows Jiminy, Geppetto and Pinocchio through the woods.)
Blue Fairy: “The Evil Queen will stop at nothing to destroy Snow White and Prince Charming’s happiness. We must stop at nothing to undo her curse.”
Geppetto: (They reach a colossal tree:) “It’s beautiful.”
Blue Fairy: “This is the last enchanted tree in the entire realm.”
Geppetto: “It can be done. I can make a beautiful wardrobe out of this.”
Blue Fairy: “The tree contains enough magic to protect two from the Queen’s curse. Before the curse strikes, before Snow White gives birth to her child, she and the Prince will enter the wardrobe and travel to a distant land. A land without magic, where Snow White will give birth to her child. Then when she reaches her twenty-eighth year, she will begin the battle that will defeat the evil queen! You see why it is vital that you complete the task at hand.”
Geppetto: “Pinocchio wasn’t always a real boy. When the curse strikes—when the things we love are ripped away—he will be turned… back into wood again, won’t he?” (Pinocchio is horrified.)
Blue Fairy: “I’m afraid it’s impossible to say.”
Jiminy: “Uh… (Clears throat:) you’re frightening the boy.”
Geppetto: “No. Shh. (Kneels to comfort Pinocchio. To fairy:) I will build your wardrobe. On one condition! If Pinocchio can take the second spot in it.”
Jiminy: “You can’t bargain like this! Not when the entire realm is in danger!”
Geppetto: “If I don’t, I… I will lose my boy! maybe forever, I… I can’t risk that. Snow can raise the child without the Prince.”
Jiminy: (In a hushed whisper:) “Geppetto—think about the example you’re setting for Pinocchio!”
Geppetto: “Oh! (Irritated, he dips his shoulder to shrug Jiminy off as the cricket falls off:) You may be a conscience, but you have not earned the right to tell me what to do!”
Jiminy: “Please. I’m only trying to help!”
Geppetto: (Angrily:) “Help? Yeah, help. Like you helped my parents? Your debt to me can never be fulfilled. But a start would be staying out of this. You understand?”
Jiminy: (Hangs head in guilt:) “Yes.”
Geppetto: “Good. (To Pinocchio:) Hey. Hey. Here, boy (to the Blue Fairy:) Pinocchio goes through. Or no one does.”
Blue Fairy: (Outraged:) “And what will we tell the Prince and Snow White?”
Geppetto: “You will tell them that the tree contains enough magic to protect only one. Do we have a deal? Or no?”

The Royal Castle.
(Geppetto, Granny, Pinocchio, Prince Charming, the Seven Dwarves and Snow White hold a war council meeting as several palace guards stand by. Some more guards haul a massive tree trunk into the room.)
Blue Fairy: “The tree is enchanted. If fashioned into a vessel it can ward off any curse. Geppetto—can you build such a thing?”
Geppetto: “Me and my boy (Pats Pinocchio on head:), we can do it.”
Blue Fairy: “This will work. We all must have faith. There is, however, a catch. The enchantment is indeed powerful… but all power has its limits and—this tree can protect only one. A choice must be made.” 

The Enchanted Forest. Dark Palace.
(The Genie enters Regina’s chambers.)

Regina: (Pleased:) “It’s you. (They hug:) My love for you grows stronger with every beat of my heart. But the King has read my diary. Found my mirror. (Sobbing:) Soon he will discover the truth about us. There’s no escape.”
The Genie: “There’s always an escape. (Gesturing towards the box he brought with him:) What if (He pauses:) the King didn’t live?”
Regina: “What are you saying?”
The Genie: “The Agrabahn Viper. A snake so deadly it can kill anything with a single bite. I know all to well of its poison.”
Regina:“You would do that for me?”
The Genie: “For you I would do anything.”
(Relieved, she hugs him again.)
Regina:“I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
The Genie: “You’ll never have to find out.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(Sidney continues talking.)
Sidney: “And so, later that night I used that viper to kill King Leopold and give you that freedom you so desperately desired.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(King Leopold is asleep. The Genie is standing at the foot of the bed holding the box.)
The Genie: (Whispering:) “Forgive me. (Using the key, he unlocks the box. The snake rises and briefly faces the Genie. He raises its attention to the king. The snake slowly sneaks under the sheets. Now, the Genie approaches the king who awakens. As it reaches the pillow, both snake heads bite the king. Almost immediately, King Leopold’s skin turns bruised and purple. The king is gasping for air. The Genie decides to take the king’s hand:) The pain will soon pass. You asked me to find the man who gave the mirror to your queen. I did—I am that man. You gave me my freedom. You gave me a chance to find love and, for that, I’m forever in your debt. But just as you freed me, so must I now free your queen. Forgive me.”
King Leopold: (Using the last of his strength, he prevents the Genie from leaving the room:) “You were right. (In a strained voice:) I should never have made that wish.”

Storybrooke. Present.
Regina: (Clears her throat:) “How did you get your memories back? Was it Gold?”
Sidney: (Smirks:) “In a way, I never really lost them. You see, while you were making sure each and every person who had ever wronged you would be miserable in this new land, you forgot about me. Good old dependable ‘Sidney Glass’. I became what you needed me to be without needing a curse. I was always devoted to you and you just couldn’t appreciate it. I did everything to please you and still it wasn’t enough. Even after you had me fired from the paper I kept my head down waiting for my opportunity.”
Regina: “And colluding with Gold was your opportunity?”
Sidney: (Nods:) “He came to me and told me his plans. He explained that by framing Mary Margaret and driving her out of town that you’d finally be able to move on from your quest for revenge. That you’d be able to allow yourself to find love. He made it sound so simple. Little did I know there was more to your story.”
Regina: "Oh?”
Sidney: “A few days ago, Gold just happened to let slip what he knew about you and Sheriff Swan. Sneaking around together in the dead of night, in the Sheriff’s office, the mayor’s office-”
Regina: (Cutting him off:) “So, the shovel… you planted that to frame me out of jealousy?”
Sidney: “I put it there to drive a wedge between you and Emma. I put it there to protect you.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “Protect me?”
Sidney: “Don’t you see? The longer the Savior stays in this town the more likely she’ll break your curse. Everything you’ve worked for, everything you’ve built will come crumbling down.”
Regina: “No, you didn’t do it to protect me. You did it because you were looking to control me, just like Leopold. You don’t care about what I want, only what I can do for you. You’ve learned nothing from your past mistakes.” 

Storybrooke. Present. Road.
(August takes Emma on a motorcycle ride. They halt at a stop sign.)
Emma: “August! Are you gonna tell me where we’re going and how it’s gonna help me?”
August: “We’re going on a trip, Emma. So I can tell you somebody’s story.”
Emma: “Whose story?”
August: “Mine.”
(They drive off past the ‘Leaving Storybrooke’ sign.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. 
(The Evil Queen, in her carriage, outraces the Dark Curse on a road to the royal castle. Inside, Prince Charming grips Snow White in support while she is experiencing a painful labor.)
Prince Charming: “Doc. Do something. (To Snow White:) It’s gonna be okay. The wardrobe’s almost finished, just—just hold on.”
(Cut to: The workshop room where Geppetto and Pinocchio actively work to finish the wardrobe. The Blue Fairy flies in.)
Blue Fairy: “Circumstances have changed.”
Geppetto “What do you mean, ‘changed’?
Blue Fairy: “Snow White is going to give birth early, the savior will be born at any moment. Pinocchio can’t go. Snow White must accompany her daughter or all will be lost. She must be protected—this is a land with no magic. She will need someone to guide her. Someone to make her believe in her destiny. Who better than her mother?”
Geppetto: “But we have a deal.”
Blue Fairy: “There is no time to argue. The curse is almost upon us and I must return to the Fairies to make final preparations. It is vital that you tell Snow White what I just told you. The child is our only hope; she is the only one who can save us.”
Geppetto: “And my boy. What will happen to him?”
Blue Fairy: “All we can do is have faith that one day, the savior will restore all that we have lost.” (She exits from the room.)
Pinocchio: “Shall we tell Snow White?”
Geppetto: “No. Get in the wardrobe, my boy.”
Jiminy: “Geppetto. You can’t–things have changed! The savior needs her mother!”
Geppetto: “No, she needs someone to protect her. And make her believe in her destiny. My boy, he can do that.”
Pinocchio: “I don’t understand, father. She said–”
Geppetto: “I don’t care what she said. All the matters is you are safe!”
Pinocchio: “But you told me to be honest, father. You told me not to lie.”
Geppetto: “Sometimes, you lie to protect the people you love. You must look out for the child; in this new land you must protect her.”
Pinocchio: “I don’t wanna go. I don’t wanna leave you.” (They hug.)
Geppetto: “Pinocchio. You must remember what the Blue Fairy said. In twenty-eight years you must make sure the savior believes. Promise me. It is the only way we’ll see each other again.”
Pinocchio: “I promise.”
Geppetto: “Good. Good. Here.”
Jiminy: “There will be many temptations in this new world, Pinocchio. But as long as you remain brave, true, and unselfish, you will not fail.”
Geppetto: (He ushers Pinocchio into wardrobe. They share a moment:) “You will find me again. And on that day, I will look at you with pride. You’ll be a great man, my son.” 
(Geppetto gives him a hat. They hug again, and Geppetto kisses Pinocchio on the forehead. He closes the wardrobe with Pinocchio inside. The room shakes, and Geppetto re-opens the wardrobe, which is now empty.)

Storybrooke Hospital. Psychiatric Ward. Present.
(Regina steps out of the darkened room, where Sidney Glass can still be heard babbling, until she closes the door behind her. Standing beside the door is Dr. Whale.)
Dr. Whale: “Mr. Glass has clearly had some sort of psychotic break and is a danger to himself and others. I’m recommending that he be committed.”
Regina: (Nods:) “This is exactly where he should be. Thank you, Doctor.”
(Regina walks past Dr. Whale and smiles, relieved that Sidney’s words are being disregarded as those of a madman.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace. 
(The queen sits at her dressing table. The Genie enters.)
The Genie: “It’s done. You’re free, my love. We are free to be together. (Regina still pays attention to her mirror:) D- Did you not hear me? Our days of imprisonment are over.”
Regina: “You haven’t heard the news? The palace guards found the snake. They know it’s from your country. They know it is you who killed the king. It’s only a matter of time before they catch you. You will be executed. I’m sorry, but we will never be together. (Standing up:) Come, I’ve arranged for a boat to provide you safe passage out of the kingdom. You must leave at once.”
The Genie: “The Agrabahn viper.” 
Regina: (Nods:) “Now flee the kingdom and never turn back.”
The Genie: (Shakes his head:) “I can’t live without you. I won’t live without you.”
Regina: “Did you not understand me? There’s no way we will ever be together.”
The Genie: “There is one way. (He reaches for his lamp in his pocket:) There is still one wish remaining. I wish to be with you, forever. To look upon your face always. To never leave your side.” 
(Blue smoke covers him. The lamp falls to the ground. Regina hears a tapping sound. She turns around searching for the Genie. Finally she looks into her mirror again. Instead of her own reflection, the Genie faces her from within.)
Regina: (Smiles:) “Looks like you’ve got your wish. You will be with me. Forever.”

The Outskirts of Storybrooke. New England. Present.
(August stops the motorcycle on the side of a road near a diner. He and Emma dismount from the vehicle.)
Emma: “What the hell is this?”
August: “Last I checked, it was a diner.”
Emma: “No more screwing around. I am not a character in one of your books—what the hell are we doing here?”
August: “I think you know! (Takes out old newspaper clipping, which reads: ‘7 Year Old Boy Finds Baby on Road’:) You’ve been here before. This is the diner you were brought to when you were found as a baby.”
Emma: “So you found an article about me. So what? I thought this trip was supposed to be about you.”
August: “It is. This is my story, (Waves article:) and it’s your story.”
Emma: “And how is that?”
August: “That seven-year-old boy who found you? That was me.
(Emma backs away slowly.)

Forest in Northern New England, 1983.
(The wind picks up and a rainbow flash emanates from a tree moments before it explodes. Pinocchio emerges from the tree. A jet flying overhead frightens him as it passes in the sky. Pinocchio tries to climb back into the hollowed out tree trunk, but a flash of white light knocks him unconscious and he dreams of his last moments with Geppetto.)
Geppetto: “You must look out for this child, in this new land; promise me you’ll do that. It is the only way we will see each other again.”
Pinocchio: “I promise. (Geppetto seals Pinocchio inside the wardrobe. In the real world, Pinocchio wakes up. He stands, and then another rainbow flash comes from the tree. A blanketed baby begins wailing from inside the hollowed out tree. Pinocchio picks it up:) Shh. Shh. Shh.”

Same New England Forest, 2012. 
(August leads Emma on a short hike.)
Emma: “Why are we in the woods?”
August: “All the answers you’ve been searching for are right where I found you.”
Emma: “See? You’re not that seven-year-old-boy. I wasn’t found in the woods; I was found on the side of the highway.”
August: “And why do you think that? ‘Cause you read it in the newspaper? Did it ever occur to you that maybe that seven-year-old boy lied about where he found you?”
Emma: “No. But it occurs to me that you’ve been lying to me about everything. And I’m done listening.” (Starts to leave.)
August: “When I found you, you were wrapped in a blanket, and ‘Emma’ was embroidered along the bottom of it. (Emma comes back:) That wasn’t in the article, was it? How would I know that unless I was there?”
Emma: “Okay. Let’s say you were that kid. Why lie about where you found me?”
August: “I lied to protect you.”
Emma: “From what?”
August: (Jerking thumb behind him:) “That.”
Emma: “A tree?”
August: “You’ve read Henry’s book, right? (Emma scoffs in disbelief:) You know about the curse, don’t you? Your role in it? It’s true, Emma. We both came into this world (Turns to examine tree:) through this tree.”
Emma: (Eyes the tree:) “You’re asking me to believe that you are a fairy tale character?”
August: “Pinocchio.”
Emma: “Right. Of course Pinocchio—explains all the lying. (Thoughtful pause:) You’re the one who added the story to Henry’s book!”
August: “I needed you to know the truth.”
Emma: “The truth is you are out of your mind. And you’re not even a very good liar: why not write the end of that story?”
August: “Because this is the ending, and we’re writing it right now.”
Emma: “And how does this story end?”
August: “With you believing.”
Emma: “Not gonna happen.” (Leaves.)
August: “Emma? Emma, wait.” (He chases after her only to fall down.)
Emma: “What is wrong with your leg?”
August: (Tearful chuckle:) “I failed.”
Emma: “What are you talking about?”
August: “It doesn’t matter; you don’t believe.” 

Emma: “If you think that by making me feel sorry for you that something’s going to change, you are wrong.”
August: “I’m not screwing around here. Whatever you believe, or don’t, this is real, Emma. I’m sick.”
Emma: “That’s an understatement.”
August: “You ever been to Phuket? It’s a beautiful, amazing island, full of pleasures. The perfect place to lose oneself, that’s where I was when you decided to stay in Storybrooke.”
Emma: “How do you know when I decided to stay in Storybrooke?”
August: “Because at eight-fifteen in the morning, I woke up with a shooting pain in my leg; that’s eight-fifteen at night in Storybrooke—sound familiar? That’s when time there started to move forward again. I was supposed to be there for you… and I wasn’t. Because I was halfway around the world, I got a painful reminder of just how far I’d strayed. (Stumbles over to a tree stump and sits down:) If that tree won’t make you believe, maybe this will.” 
(Rolls up pant leg; left leg is wooden.)
Emma: (Looking at the leg; her point of view shows a healthy leg:) “How does that prove anything?”
August: (Looks down at leg:) “Look.”
Emma: “August, I’m looking.”
August: “You don’t see it, do you?”
Emma: “See what?”
August: “Your denial is more powerful than I thought: it’s preventing you from seeing the truth!”
Emma: “Okay, one of us is losing it here, and it’s not me.”
August: “You don’t wanna believe. After everything you’ve seen, why can’t you just do it?!”
Emma: “Why is it so important to you that I do?”
August: “Because I, the town, everyone, needs you!”
Emma: “I don’t want them to need me!”
August: “Well that’s too bad because we all do!”
Emma: “You’re saying that I am responsible for everyone’s happiness? That’s crap! I didn’t ask for that; I don’t want it!”
August: “Right now. A little while ago you didn’t want Henry, either.”
Emma: (Breaking down:) “And I’m not even doing a good job of that! Now you’re telling me I have to save everyone? That is beyond ridiculous; I don’t want any of it.”
August: (Nodding:) “Well, that’s too bad, Emma. Because that doesn’t change the truth. You’re our only hope.”
Emma: “Then you’re all screwed.” 
(She walks away from him.)

New England Foster Home, 1983. 
(Emma cries in a crib. Pinocchio looks at her.)
Pinocchio: “Shh, shh. Don’t cry, Emma. Look at me, watch this. (He makes funny faces as Emma quiets down and looks at him:) There. That’s better, right?” (He holds his nose and pretends to drown. Pinocchio sits on floor next to the crib with a box by his side.)
Mr. Raskind: “Do those tools belong to you?”
Pinocchio: “I was just trying to fix the crib. I didn’t want Emma to fall out and get hurt.”
Mr. Raskind: (Kneels to grab Pinocchio’s arm:) “Don’t ever touch anything in this house again. Nothing belongs to you.”
Pinocchio: “Yes, Mr. Raskind.” 
(Mr. Raskind takes the tools and exits the room.)
Gordie: (Approaches Pinocchio:) “Hey. You okay? Can you keep a secret?”
Pinocchio: (Pinocchio nods. Gordie shows him a roll of cash:) “Wow. Where’d you get that?”
Gordie: “I stole it from the sock drawer. It’s enough to buy us all bus tickets out of here.”
Pinocchio: “You’re leaving? When?”
Gordie: “Right now. You wanna come?”
Pinocchio: (Looks at Emma:) “I told my father I’d take care of Emma. Can she come, please?
Gordie: “We can’t take care of a baby. You want to stay here for the rest of your life, be my guest.” (He exits as Pinocchio makes a distressed face.)
Pinocchio: “Wait. (Gordie returns with three other children. To Emma, Pinocchio whispers:) I’m sorry, Emma.” 
(He kisses his fingers and rubs her forehead with them before leaving.)

Storybrooke. Present.
(David is waiting outside of a building. When Mary Margaret appears, he approaches her.)
David: “Mary Margaret. (She ignores him:) Please wait. Look, I’ll leave if you want. I… I just think we need to talk.”
Mary Margaret: “So, talk.”
David: “I need to apologize.”
Mary Margaret: “Yes, you do. Keep going.”
David: “I didn’t believe you. I didn’t stand with you.”
Mary Margaret: “You know, I will never forget that moment… The moment the world sort of blows you backwards, and the one person you thought would always be there to catch you… He isn’t there.”
David: “Look at what was going on. It was your jewelry box, your fingerprints, keys in your apartment-”
Mary Margaret: “It was a setup.”
David: “And a really good one. I’m human. I fell for it. I’m sorry, but… We have to move forward.”
Mary Margaret: “But we can’t. It’s like something in this world doesn’t want us together.”
David: “Like what? Dark forces?”
Mary Margaret: “Maybe. I don’t know, but it’s like something just keeps pouring poison between us. And what I don’t want, is to have all of those good memories… Replaced by moments like that. When I looked at you, and I saw that you didn’t believe me…”
David: “No. I know. I am so sorry.”
Mary Margaret: “I know. I know.”
David: “But, I love you.”
Mary Margaret: “And that… Is what makes it all so sad.”

Mayor Mills’ House.
(The doorbell rings and Regina answers it to find Emma standing outside.)
Regina: “Emma. Henry’s not here, he’s-”
Emma: “At Mary Margaret’s party, I know. I should be there too, but I’m just not in the party mood.”
Regina: “I see. (Noticing Emma’s tired demeanor:) Would you like to come in? I made lasagne.”
Emma: (Smiles and nods:) “Lasagne would be great. (Softly:) Lasagne would be perfect.”
Regina: (Steps aside to allow Emma entry:) “I made more than enough for me and Henry, and… Lately it seems like he’ll do anything to avoid spending time with me. The curse strikes again I guess.”
Emma: (Taking off her coat:) “Ugh, please Regina. I don’t want to hear anymore about curses or magic or saviors.”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Of course. Wine?”
Emma: (Slumps into a chair:) “Now we’re talking.”

Marco’s Handyman & Woodworking Services.
(Marco tries to repair the clock he and Mr. Gold discussed. August walks by.)
Marco: “Faster. Faster. Work, work, work work. You see?”
(Continues speaking in Italian.)
August: “Align the gear on the spindle, then press the spring.”
Marco: (He nods, then lets out a breath. When Marco does as August says–the clock works. He looks up at August with a smile. August smiles as well:) “Who taught you that?“
August: “My father.”
Marco: “He taught you well. He must be very proud.”
August: “I don’t know about that. I don’t think I became the man he wanted me to be.“
Marco: “Well, have you tried to make it up to him?”
August: “I made him a promise… a long time ago. By the time I got around making good on it… I think it was too late.”
Marco: “But you kept your promise. You realized your mistake, and you tried to fix it. That’s important. If I had a son, that would be enough for me.”
August: “You look like you might be shorthanded.”
Marco: “Hmm. I get by.”
August: “How would you feel, about… taking on an assistant?”
Marco: (Smiles:) “I can’t pay you.”
August: “That’s okay. I just feel like fixing things.”
Marco: (Extends hand to him:) “Come in. (August walks into the garage:) Vieni, vieni. This here…” 

Later That Night. A Tree In Storybrooke. 
(Regina is roughly pushed against a tree as Archie and Ruby tie her up. A vigilante mob watches, comprised of the Charmings, Henry, Mr. Clark and the counterparts of the other Seven Dwarves. Granny and two of the no-names hold torches.) 
Regina: “No. No. Let me go. I command it!”
Ruby: “After everything you’ve done to all of us?!”
Archie: “Apologies, Your Majesty, but my conscience is clear!”
Leroy: “You’re not Queen anymore, sister!”
Granny: “Tighter! She needs to feel our pain!”
Mary Margaret: “You took our love and ripped it apart!”
David Nolan: “And now you’re gonna pay.”
Emma: (Plucks a black apple from the tree. Squashes it in her hand, releasing an inordinate amount of black juice. Regina squeals:) “Rotten to the core.”
Regina: “I just wanted to win. For once.”
Emma: (Grabs Regina’s chin:) “You took away our happiness, and it’s our turn to take away yours.” 
(Approaches David Nolan, who pulls a sword out of nowhere and gives it to her.)
Regina: “What? Henry. Henry, please don’t let them do this to me.”
Henry: “You did this to yourself.”

(Emma swings the sword. Regina, who has been dreaming this the entire time, wakes up in nightclothes, gasping.)

The Enchanted Forest, King George’s Castle, Courtyard. Past.
(Two guards are restraining Prince Charming.)
King George: “Do you really think that I would let you get away? Hmm? You’ve had quite the adventure since then.”
Prince Charming: “Whatever it is you’re going to do to me, get on with it!”
King George: (The guards haul Prince Charming to his feet:) “I took you in as my son, and you betrayed me! I would have given you everything: crown, kingdom. All you had to do was marry King Midas’ daughter. But you decided to follow ‘true love.’ ”
Prince Charming: “Losing my life for love? That’s a sacrifice I am happy to make.”
King George: “As you wish. (The two guards drag Prince Charming over to a guillotine. King George sits on a golden throne that has been set up across from it for the occasion:) Release the blade. (The executioner pulls a cord and the blade falls, but halfway down, it turns to water and splashes harmlessly on Prince Charming’s neck. King George rises:) What is the meaning of this?”
(Enter Regina with two of her soldiers.) 
Evil Queen “Sorry to drop in on you.”
King George: “Regina. What do you want?”
Evil Queen: “I want the man you pretend is your son. And I’m prepared to pay you any riches Midas promised you in return for him.”
King George: “What do you plan to do to him?”
Evil Queen: “Oh, I promise he’ll suffer. Far more than some swift and simple beheading.”
(George’s guards bring Prince Charming to the two monarchs.)
King George: “How?”
Evil Queen: “By using him to destroy his one true love. By using him to bring an end to Snow White.” 

Storybrooke. Present. Blanchard Apartment. The Next Morning.
(Mary Margaret pours orange juice as Emma enters.) 
Mary Margaret: “Oh. Good morning.”
Emma: “Mary Margaret.”
Mary Margaret: “We missed you at Granny’s last night. It would’ve been nice to have the Sheriff there to show everyone I was truly no longer a suspect.”
Emma: “Yeah. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t face a party.”
Mary Margaret: “So you thought you’d spend the night at Regina’s? That’s where you’ve been I assume? Why, after everything, are you still with her?”
Emma: “Because she’s the only one who’s not trying to make me be something I’m not. I don’t wanna be Sheriff. I don’t want people relying on me, I don’t want this, any of it.”
Mary Margaret: “What about Henry?”
Emma: “What about Henry? He’s not being mistreated or abused. He’s just at that awkward stage. It’ll pass.”
Mary Margaret: “He’s lonely.”
Emma: “Maybe. But he’s loved. All my life I’ve never even had that.”
Mary Margaret: “What the hell is wrong with you?”
Emma: “What’s wrong with you?! All I want is what’s best for him.”
Mary Margaret: “And you think that’s Regina?”
Emma: “His mother? Yes I do!”
Mary Margaret: “You’re reverting, Emma. Into the person you were before you got here and I thought you’d changed.”
Emma: “You thought wrong.”
Mary Margaret: “Well, regardless, you have to do what’s right for Henry now.”
Emma: “Oh, and what’s that?”
Mary Margaret: “Oh, I don’t know. You’re his mother. That’s your job. So you figure it out.”
Emma: “You want me to look into Regina, is that it? You think she’s an unfit mother, fine. I’ll ask around, investigate. But if I don’t find anything then I want you to drop this vendetta you have against her.”
Mary Margaret: (Scoffs:)My vendetta?”
Emma: “Do we have a deal?”
Mary Margaret: “Fine.”
Emma: (Turns back towards the door:) “Fine.” (She exits, slamming the door.)

The Enchanted Forest. King George's Castle. Grounds. Past.
(Snow White peers at the battlements through a telescope.)
Snow White: “If we’re going to get him out, we’re going to have to get over that wall. There’s a soldier on every parapet.” 
(We see Granny and the Seven Dwarves beside her.)
Widow Lucas: “We’re gonna need some air support.”
Grumpy: “Air support? I know just the person that can help us, and who owes me a favor.” (Hearing something coming, the Dwarves draw their crossbows on a nearby bush.)
Red: (Emerging from bush:) “Don’t shoot. It’s only me.”
Grumpy: “Uh, Red, you’ve got a little something on your chin.” 
Red: (Wipes blood off.) “Sorry.”
Snow White: “What were you able to find out?”
Red: “The prince is still alive.”
Snow White: “Then why don’t you look happy?”
Red: “Because I also heard word the Queen is here.”
Snow White: “She knew I’d come for him.”
Widow Lucas: “It’s a trap.”
Snow White: “Indeed. It matters not; I can’t stop now. (Turns, addresses Dwarves:) But I’ll understand if any of you want to turn back. (Chorus of ‘no!’s from the Dwarves. Snow White lets out a quick, relieved sigh:) Well, then there’s no time to waste.” (Exit Widow Lucas, Dwarves.)
Red: “Why is the Queen doing this?”
Snow White: “I destroyed her happiness. And now she wants to destroy mine.”

Dungeons. Prince Charming’s Cell.
(Prince Charming, manacled, sits on a rock inside the cell. Enter Regina and two soldiers.)
Evil Queen: (To soldiers:) “Leave us.” 
(They do. Regina magically opens the cell door.)
Prince Charming: (Rising:) “What do you want?”
Evil Queen: “Hmm. I suppose I see the allure. (Touches his chest; he slaps her arm away. She looks him up and down:) I wonder if you’ll be quite so incorruptible after your precious Snow is gone.”
Prince Charming: “Whatever she did to you, leave her alone and take my life instead.”
Regina: “Oh, who said anything about taking her life? Oh, no. I have a far more satisfying brand of punishment for her.” 
(Leaves cell, taking an apple out of a bag as she does so. Prince Charming lunges forwards, but she closes the door by magic and chuckles.) 

Storybrooke. Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer. Present.
(Mr. Gold is behind the counter, as usual. Enter Regina.)
Mr. Gold: “Your Majesty, to what do I owe the pleasure?”
Regina: “You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve dealt with your little Sidney Glass problem.”
Mr. Gold: “My problem?”
Regina: “You think Emma wouldn’t have used Sidney’s testimony to put you behind bars?”
Mr. Gold: “I tend to think Sheriff Swan’s judgement is not to be trusted lately.”
Regina: “That’s a shot at me, I assume? You think this is funny. Well, I’ll tell you what I think. I think you owe me a favour.”
Mr. Gold: “Is that right?”
Regina: “You promised to rid me of Ms. Blanchard and you failed spectacularly.”
Mr. Gold: “That’s not all, is it. Come on, might as well get everything off your chest.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Mr. Gold: “You and Miss Swan. You’re worried that Ms. Blanchard will come between you. Understandable really, she did give Henry the book that started all this. The curse was meant to take away Snow White and Prince Charming’s happiness and now their daughter is back right under their nose.”
Regina: “Emma came to me last night, she chose me over being there for Mary Margaret. She doesn’t want to be the savior. She wants someone to want her for who she is. I can be that for her. She’s only the savior because you designed it that way. Undo it.”
Mr. Gold: (Scoffs:) “You know: even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. Magic, well, it’s in short supply here. And dwindling by the minute.”
Regina: “You want the curse broken. Why?”
Mr. Gold: “That’s not something I care to discuss.”
Regina: “Don’t bother; you can shove your reasons. I want to strike a new deal. One where I can get rid of Ms. Blanchard once and for all.” 
Mr. Gold: (Laughs:) “Because it worked out so well the last time? Or the dozens of other attempts you’ve made on her life? Unfortunately for you, a negotiation requires two interested parties. But I will give you a piece of advice, free of charge: I’d start thinking of an escape plan. Because once people waken up, and remember who you are—and what you did to them–(Chuckles:) they are going to be looking for blood.”

Storybrooke Elementary School. Schoolyard.
(A bell rings and three kids chase each other, dashing into school with two more behind. Regina steps up to a row of bikes and places a ‘White Rabbit’ placard on a license plate labeled ‘Paige.’)

Granny’s Diner. 
(Emma sits across from Archie.)
Emma: “Do you think that she would ever hurt Henry?”
Archie: “No. Never. Everyone else, but not him.”
Emma: (Smirks:) “I can see that. Do you think it’s a good thing he’s spending time with me? He’s been happier, right?” 
Archie: “Maybe. I mean, objectively? He’s skipped school, he’s stolen a credit card, he’s run off, he-he’s endangered himself repeatedly. And so in the eyes of the law it’s not so–”
Emma: “What about in your eyes? What do you think?”
Archie: “I mean, a while ago, I told you to engage him in his fantasy life, and—perhaps I was wrong. Because he’s only retreated further into it.” 
Emma: (Winces:) “Tell me honestly. Has he been better off since I got here?”
Archie: “Oh. It’s not a matter of better off. I think you and Regina can certainly learn from each other on how best to care for your son. Why do you ask? I thought you and Regina had made peace with your situation.”
Emma: “We have, sorta. I mean I never came here to claim Henry as my own and him still seeing Regina as the ‘Evil Queen’ and me as the ‘Savior’ obviously puts a strain on our relationship. But she’s his mother.”
Archie: “Yes, and so are you.”
Emma: (Nods:) “I just hope I haven’t messed things up too badly for everyone.”
Archie: “These kinds of thoughts, doubts, are understandable. Your life has been turned upside down these last few months. But, if you’re worried about the negative effect your arrival has had on Henry, I can tell you it’s nothing compared to what might happen if you were to leave.”
Emma: (Smiles:) “I’m not going anywhere.” 

Mayor’s Office. 
(Regina stares out a window. Enter Jefferson, holding the White Rabbit placard.)
Regina: (Turning around:) “Jefferson. So you got my message.”
Jefferson: “How could I miss it? You know I watch her.”
Regina: (Crosses room to pour some drinks:) “It must be painful, your daughter Paige being oh-so-near?” 
Jefferson:Grace. Her name is Grace; you should know that—you changed it. What do you want?”
Regina: “Your help.”
Jefferson: “And what makes you think I won’t kill you after everything you’ve done?”
Regina: “Because you don’t have it in you. If you did, you would have done it twenty-eight years ago when I brought you here. Because you know if I’m dead, you’ll never get back to your daughter. (Offers Jefferson a drink:) And I have a way for us to both get what we want.” 
(Jefferson places the placard inside the cup instead of taking it. Regina crosses the room, sets down the cup, and picks up a hatbox, then sets that down with a triumphant look at Jefferson.)
Jefferson: (Walks over, flips open box:) “My hat.” 
Regina: “I want you to use it again.”
Jefferson: “I can’t make it work. No one can. Not here, not without magic.”
Regina: “Well then, you’re in luck, because I happen to have some. Not a lot. (Lifts hat out of box, gives it to Jefferson:) But hopefully enough for one last journey.”
Jefferson: “Where?”
Regina: “Back to our land. Where there’s a solution to a very delicate problem I have: preventing the one person who could break my curse from doing just that.”
Jefferson: “Emma. (Smiles:) And why shouldn’t I let her do just that? End the madness and go home?”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “To your hovel? Selling fungus at the fair? Why? You can just stay here, in the mansion I gave you. (Sigh, walks past him:) My problem, Jefferson, is the same as yours. It’s family. We both want our children back, and we both can get them. If we work together.”
Jefferson: “Why should I trust you now?”
Regina: “You shouldn’t. But it’s the only offer you’ve got. After we’re through I’ll wake up your dear Grace so she remembers who you are.”
Jefferson: “No! (Approaches her:) Remembering is the worst curse: two lives in a head, like me. I want to forget. I want you to write us a new story. A fresh start. Here.”
Regina: “Well then, my dear Jefferson, that’s exactly what you’ll have. (Crosses room one last time:) After we’re done.”

The Enchanted Forest. King George's Castle. Grounds. Past.
(Snow White et al. survey the castle. A wolf howls.)
Snow White: “Thank you, Red. (To the Dwarves:) Do it. (A bearded dwarf in a purple cap shoots a flaming arrow into the sky:) Move out!” (They do.)
Grumpy: “I miss Stealthy.” 
(Blue Fairy and the other fairies are hovering high in the air.)
Blue Fairy: (Seeing the arrow through a hole in the clouds:) “We’re a go! Fairies—attack! (Fairies dive through the clouds and hover above the lake surrounding the castle. Snow White and company stand underneath a wall, pointing crossbows upwards. They launch grappling hooks at the battlements and climb up. Palace guards exit the guardhouse one by one; Snow White kills the first two using a throwing dagger and a sword while Grumpy takes out the third with his pick-axe. Leaving the guardhouse behind in favor of the courtyard, Snow White and the Dwarves take care of a dozen guards in a variety of ways. Regrouping, they find themselves face-to-face with a wedge formation of only nine guards. Snow White and the Dwarves hesitate and look behind them, where three of the previously-wounded guards are rising. Suddenly, the fairies attack:) Let’s go!” (The fairies instantly knock all standing guards unconscious with Fairy Dust.)

Storybrooke. Granny’s Bed and Breakfast. Present.
(Henry races down a hall to door number two. He pounds on the door.)
August: “Hang on.” (August opens the door.)
Henry: (Steps into the room:) “August, please, I need your help.”
August: “What? Slow down.”
Henry: “You were gonna make her believe. You have to.”
August: “I know, Henry. I’m sorry. I … I failed.”
Henry: “Failed?”
August: “I tried to show her. First it was my legs, and now? Now take a look. At the unvarnished truth.” (Rolls down the jacket sleeve to reveal a wooden arm.)
Henry: “It’s wood!”
August: “Yes.” (Wiggles gloved fingers.)
Henry: “All this! I was right! The curse; it’s real!”
August: “You’re a smart kid.”
Henry: “And you’re Pinocchio!”
August: “What gave it away?” (Rolls sleeve back up.)
Henry: “But, why are you turning back to wood? Your story, you should be real!”
August: “I’m changing back because I haven’t exactly been a good boy. (Gets on eye level with Henry:) And uh, if the curse doesn’t break, this doesn’t stop.”
Henry: “So, we show Emma that you’re turning back into the puppet you were, and then—she has to believe! And when she does, she could break the curse!”
August: “I tried that. She doesn’t want to see, so she doesn’t. There’s nothing more that I can do. I, I’m getting tired. It’s hard to ride, it’s hard to walk. Soon it’s gonna be hard to breathe.”
Henry: “So we have to do something fast.”
August: “There’s nothing to do. And with what little time I have left, I want to spend it with my father.”
Henry: “Marco.”
August: “Told you you’re a smart kid.” (Rises, shows Henry out the door.)
Henry: “So, everyone’s giving up.”
August: “I’m afraid that I don’t have a choice. I’m sorry, kid, but—I’m out of Operation Cobra. Now, it’s up to you.” (Shuts door.)

The Enchanted Forest. Castle Dungeons. Past.
(Snow White jogs down a stone passageway to Prince Charming’s Cell.)
Snow White: “Charming! Charming.” (Takes a key off a nearby hook.)
Prince Charming: “Snow.”
Snow White: (Puts down lantern, opens cell, only to find she is staring not at Prince Charming, but a mirror holding his image:) “You're—no. No. Oh no.”
Prince Charming: “The Queen took me to her palace.”
Snow White: (Sobs:) “But I’m rescuing you.”
Prince Charming: “Snow.” 
(Puts his hand to his side of the mirror; she matches it.)
Snow White: “Is that always going to be our life. Taking turns finding each other.”
Prince Charming: “No. We’ll be together, I know it. Have faith.”
Evil Queen: (Appearing in place of Prince Charming with purple smoke and an evil giggle:) “I just had to stop you. I have no interest in cleaning tongue marks off my mirror.”
Snow White: “Let him go. Your fight is with me.”
Evil Queen: “My thoughts exactly. Have you ever heard of a parlay? We break off all this messy fighting and have a little talk. Just you and me. Come unarmed.”
Snow White: “Where do I meet you?”
Evil Queen: “Where it all began.”

King George’s Castle.
(Snow White, Red, Widow Lucas, and the Seven Dwarves stand around a table while Snow White disarms.)
Snow White: “Stop trying to talk me out of this; the castle’s secure. I’m going.”
Grumpy: “Keep the little knife between your tuffets.”
Snow White: “I promised I would come alone. Alone and unarmed: it’s a parlay. There are rules.”
Red: “You’re too noble for your own good.”
Snow White: “I’m not. But enough of you; I’ve risked your lives because of something that’s between the Queen and me. I will not let anyone else get hurt because of me.”
Red: “Except you.”
Snow White: “Thank you for your concern, but this ends, today.”
(Snow White attempts to leave.)
Grumpy: “We can’t let you go.”
Snow White: “I’m not asking. Thank you for your support. I love each and every one of you. This is something I have to do. Alone.”
(Pushes past Grumpy. Exit Snow White.)
Red: “I don’t like this. I don’t trust that queen.” 

Storybrooke. Regina's Vault. Present.
(Regina leads Jefferson down to her vault.)
Regina: “Watch your step.”
Jefferson: “What is this place?”
Regina: “Where I’ve kept the last bit of my magic. The only magic in this world is in the things I brought with me.” 
(They arrive at a room with shelves containing minor artifacts.)
Jefferson: (Puts hat on floor, sighs:) “It’s not spinning, it’s not working.”
Regina: “It needs to absorb the magic that’s here. I have some things left. (Takes box from shelf:) A few trinkets.” (Empties box into hat, replaces it on shelf. They wait. Jefferson shakes his head and flips the hat upside down; nothing falls out.)
Jefferson: “It’s not enough; we need something that still works. (Regina pulls out a ring from her pocket and studies it tearfully as it shows Daniel’s face:) Who is that?”
Regina: “Someone long gone.”
Jefferson: “Well, whatever—or whoever—it is, it still has magical properties. Give me that, and let me see what I can do with it. (Regina hesitates:) If you want your revenge, give it to me.” 
(Regina indicates that he should put the hat on the floor. He does, and she places the ring inside. This finally causes the hat to make a small vortex.) 
Regina: “What’s wrong? Why isn’t it opening a portal?”
Jefferson: (Examining hat:) “The magic; it’s not enough. We can’t go anywhere.”
Regina: “Well, then you’ve failed.”
Jefferson: “Maybe not. There’s enough magic to touch the other side, just not to get us there. There might be enough to—reach through and retrieve something.”
Regina: (Sinking down to eye level with Jefferson, interested:) “I can bring something back?”
Jefferson: “Is there an object that can help you? Perhaps I can open it enough, and reach through and grab it. It would have to be small, something you can take with your hand. Is there anything like that that can help you?”
Regina: “Yes. Yes, I believe there is.”
Jefferson: “Then you need to direct me to the time and place where this object exists.”
Regina: “How?”
Jefferson: “Think about it. Guide the hat. (Regina closes her eyes and smiles. She opens them and both stand up to witness a real vortex this time:) Excellent. It appears to be working. Now what is it we’re after?”
Regina: “An apple.”

The Enchanted Forest, Regina’s Childhood Home, Stable. Past.
(Regina enters and looks around. Enter Snow White.)
Snow White: “Hello, Regina.”
Evil Queen: “Follow me. (They walk:) Do you remember when I ran down your runaway horse, Snow? Do you remember when I saved your life?”
Snow White: “Of course. (Nervous laugh:) It all looks the same.”
Evil Queen “Not quite. This is new.”
(Indicates a headstone with a pink heart on it.)
Snow White: “Is that–”
Evil Queen: “A grave. Daniel’s grave.”
Snow White: “Daniel. I thought–”
Evil Queen “He ran away? I told you that to spare your feelings out of kindness. But he died because of you.”
Snow White: “Uh, uh-I’m… sorry.”
Evil Queen: “I’m sorry too. But nothing can change what happened. What you did. You promised to keep my secret. You promised, but you lied.”
Snow White: “I was very young, and your mother–”
Evil Queen: “She ripped his heart out. Because of you! Because you couldn’t listen to me.”
Snow White: “You took my father. Haven’t we both suffered enough?”
Evil Queen: “No!” (Reaches into bag.)
Snow White: “What is that?”
Evil Queen: (Takes out apple:) “It’s just a morsel. Did you know that apples stand for health and wisdom?”
Snow White: “So why do I get the feeling that one might kill me?”
Evil Queen: “It won’t kill you. No, what it will do is far worse. Your body will be your tomb. And you’ll be in there with nothing but dreams formed of your own regrets.”
Snow White: “You’re going to force me to eat it.”
Evil Queen: (Scoffs:) “Of course not. It wouldn’t work, anyway. The choice is yours. It must be taken willingly.”
Snow White: “And why would I do that?”
Evil Queen: “Because if you refuse the apple, your Prince? Your Charming? Will be killed.”
Snow White: “No.”
Evil Queen: “As I said, the choice is yours.”
Snow White: “I take that apple and he lives. That’s the deal you want to make?”
Evil Queen: “With all my heart.”
Snow White: (Takes apple:) “Then congratulations. You’ve won.” 

(Snow White bites the apple and falls down. In his prison, Prince Charming grunts and falls down in the same manner.)
Prince Charming: “Snow. (Runs to cage, rattles bars:) What have you done to her? What have you done? Snow!”
(Meanwhile, the apple rolls down the hill and a small portal opens up. It falls through the portal and through Jefferson’s Hat into Storybrooke.)

Storybrooke. Regina's Vault. Present.
Jefferson: (Catching apple:) “Was this it?”
Regina: (Accepting apple:) “Yes. Yes it is.”
Jefferson: “And my daughter? My Grace?”
Regina: “First things first. The deal’s not done. Not until I solve my next conundrum.” 
(Montage of Regina baking a turnover.) 

Mayor’s House. 
(Emma walks up the front steps, rings the doorbell. Regina answers the door.)
Emma: “We need to talk.”
Regina: “Yes, I-I imagine we do. I was just about to call you. Come right in. (Emma crosses the threshold:) I wasn’t able to get any sense out of Sidney, I’m afraid he’s clearly unfit for trial. (Noticing that Emma isn’t really listening:) I believe you came to see me.”
Emma: “Look. This isn’t easy. I think that this—whatever it is between us—is great and I don’t want it to end.”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Something we agree on.”
Emma: “But I don’t want it to come between Mary Margaret and I. She’s really pissed at you. Last night at Granny’s she told everyone she’s planning to run against you for Mayor.”
Regina:What?
Emma: “This—feud between you is a problem. And I need you two to figure out how to deal with each other.”
(Oven beeps.)
Regina: “You’re right. Would you mind following me for a moment? (Emma and Regina move the conversation to the kitchen, where Regina takes the turnover out of the oven:) I think you and I are of the same mind.”

Emma: “Yeah?”
Regina: “Which is why I made this for Ms. Blanchard. (As Regina moves around the kitchen, Emma can’t take her eyes off the Mayor:) If we’re going to be in each other’s lives, it’s time we start being cordial. (Puts turnover in container:) My famous turnovers. Old recipe. But delicious. (Presents turnover to Emma:) Perhaps you’d be so kind to give it to her for me? (Emma, her attention still focused on the older woman and the way she moves:) I do hope she likes apples.”
Emma: (Slowly coming back to herself, takes the container:) “You only made one?”
Regina: “Oh, Miss Swan. (Noticing the look in Emma’s eyes:) I think maybe you’re hungry for something else?”
(Before either woman knew what was happening, Emma had tossed the turnover aside, grabbed Regina around the waist and they were sharing a searing kiss. Regina sighs as Emma eagerly attacks her neck with her mouth. Losing track of all coherent thought for a moment, Regina's senses adjust to the overwhelming sensations Emma’s touch make her feel.) 
Emma: (Breaking the kiss briefly:) “I’ve been thinking about doing that all day.” 
Regina: “Well I’m glad you put your thoughts into action.”
Emma: (Shaking her head:) “I’ve spent the day talking to what seems like everyone in this town and everything they’ve said makes me question everything about you.”
Regina: (Stiffens slightly:) “Oh?”
Emma: (Nods:) “And then I realised, I don’t give a damn what anybody thinks.” 
(The pair resume their feverish kiss with frenzied fingers now reaching to remove unwanted clothing.)
Regina: (Between kisses:) “So everyone’s against me, aren't they?” 
Emma: (Moving to kiss along Regina’s collarbone:) “Every last one of ‘em.”
Regina: “Except you.”
Emma: “Mm, except me.”
Regina: (Groans:) “Well then perhaps, Savior, you’d like to taste my forbidden fruit?”
(Emma growls her answer, lifting the brunette into her arms and laying her down on the kitchen counter.)
Emma: “Whatever you say, your Majesty.” 

The Enchanted Forest, Regina’s Childhood Home, Stable. Past.
(Widow Lucas and Red enter, looking for Snow.)
Red: “Snow’s here. I can smell it.”
Widow Lucas: “Snow! Snow!”
Grumpy: (Unseen:) “She’s over here! (The Seven Dwarves stand over Snow White’s body:) I found her lying here like this, is she–”
Red: “Granny, give me your dagger.”
(Widow Lucas does. Red holds it under Snow White’s nose.)
Happy: “Maybe she’s just sleepin’.”
Red: “She has no breath. She’s gone. (Dwarves remove caps in unison:) She sacrificed herself for true love.”
Grumpy: “She sacrificed herself for all of us.”

The Enchanted Forest. Dark Palace. 
(Regina sits at a table with a mirror on it.)
Evil Queen: “It would appear sacrifice is overrated. (Giggles, leans forwards:) But speaking of.” (Gestures toward mirror, which–with a puff of blue smoke–shows Prince Charming rather than the Dwarves.)
Prince Charming: “No! What have you done to her? What have you done?”

Storybrooke. Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop. Present.
(Mr. Gold stands at the counter, writing in a ledger. Enter Regina with a swagger.)
Regina:
“I hope you bought travel insurance. Because no one’s going anywhere.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh really. And why’s that.”
Regina: “Because I found the solution to my problem.”
Mr. Gold: (Softly:) “Oh, yes.”
Regina: “An old, reliable solution.”
Mr. Gold: “A sleeping curse. Might I ask how you managed to obtain one here in Storybrooke?”
Regina: “By sacrificing the last bit of magic I had left.”
Mr. Gold: “So you made magic from magic. Well, I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that uh… all magic comes with a price.”
Regina: (Leans forward over counter:) “Then you can pay it. Because now? The curse is gonna be stronger than ever and you will be right here, where you belong. (Mr. Gold leaves the counter behind and stands by another counter:) Don’t you understand? I won! (Follows Mr. Gold:) So whatever plan you had, whatever reason you wanted the curse broken… too bad. Because it’s never going to happen.” (Spins globe on her way out.)

Blanchard Apartment. 
(Emma comes down the stairs and a knock sounds on the door. She opens it to Henry.)
Henry: “Hey, Emma! Everything okay? You sounded strange over the walkie.”
Emma: “Oh, um. I’m okay. Just, um. (Sighs:) I think I’m going to quit as Sheriff.”
Henry:What?
Emma: “It’s too much responsibility, I don’t need it.”
Henry: “No no no! You’re just scared. This happens to all heroes, it’s just—the low moment before you fight back.”
Emma: (Sinking down to her knees:) “Henry! This isn’t a story! This is reality. Some things have to change. You can’t skip school. You can’t run away, and… you can’t believe in curses.”
Henry: “…You really don’t believe?”
Emma: “I’m not going anywhere, kid. I just don’t need everyone relying on me all the time. I’ve spoken with your Mom and she agrees.”
Henry: “Yes! But she wants you dead.”
Emma: “Come on, Henry!”
Henry: “You’re the only one that can stop her!”
Emma: (Rises:) “Stop her from what? All she’s ever done is fight for you.”
(They hug.)
Henry: (Seeing apple turnover:) “Where did you get that?”
Emma: “Regina gave it to me. It’s for Mary Margaret.”
Henry: “Apple!”
Emma: “So?”
Henry: “She can’t eat that: it’s poison.”
Emma: “What? Henry, come on. Why would she do that?”
Henry: “Because as long as she’s alive, you’re gonna realise Mary Margaret is your mom and you’re going to break the curse.”
Emma: “Henry? You’ve got to stop thinking like this.”
Henry: “But it’s the truth. And you quitting as sheriff isn’t gonna change that.” (They both reach for the turnover.)
Emma: “I’ll prove it to you.”
Henry: “No!” 
(Snatches the turnover away and steps back.)
Emma: “Henry! What are you doing?”
Henry: “Sorry it had to come to this. You may not believe in the curse. Or in me. But I believe in you.” (Bites into turnover, chews.)
Emma: “See? You wanna have some ice cream with that? Then we can go back to talking about– (Henry collapses:) Henry. Henry? Henry?”

 

Chapter Text

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Evil Queen’s Dungeon.
(Prince Charming is attempting to break the lock of his cell. He beats a rock against the lock, with no success.)
Prince Charming: “I will find you, Snow. I will always find you.”
(Two guards approach and unlock the cell.)
Guard 1: “It’ll be hard to do that without your head. Get up, the Queen is looking forward to your execution.”
(The guards escort Prince Charming down a hallway. Charming falls.)
Guard 2: “Get up! On your feet.”
(A fight between Prince Charming and the two guards ensues. Prince Charming prevails and escapes down the hallway. He encounters another guard, drawing a bow. He turns back the way he came, encountering a fourth guard.)
Guard 4: “Shoot him.”
(The guard fires his arrow, shooting the other guard.)
Prince Charming: “Who the hell are you?”
(The guard removes his helmet, revealing himself to be the Huntsman.)
Huntsman: “A friend.”
Prince Charming: “I don’t know you.”
Huntsman: “But I know Snow White.”
Prince Charming: “Is she okay?”
Huntsman: “The Queen was traveling to meet her. (He removes Charming’s shackles:) Her fate is in a precarious place. You must hurry. Follow me, I can get you out. I’ll try and stall the Queen. The rest is up to you. (He hands Charming his sword and some supplies:) Your weapon, and some provisions. Good luck.”
Prince Charming: “You’re not coming with me?”
Huntsman: “I cannot. I gave up my heart so that the Queen would spare Snow’s. Don’t let my sacrifice be in vain. Find her.”

Storybrooke. Present. The Hospital.
(Henry Mills is being rushed into the ICU on a stretcher, Emma Swan by his side.)

Emma: “Henry, can you hear me? Come on Henry, wake up, please! Come on Henry. Come on, you can do it!”
(A nurse tries to pull Emma away.)
Nurse: “Ma'am, you need to –”
Emma: “No, I am not going anywhere. Henry!”
(Dr. Whale examines Henry.)
Whale: “There’s no pupil response. What happened, did he fall? Hit his head?”
Emma: (She shows Dr. Whale the apple turnover:) “He ate this. I think it’s poisoned.”
Dr. Whale: “His airway’s clear. Did he vomit? Any convulsions or disorientation?”
Emma: “He took a bite of this and then he just collapsed! So run the tests for arsenic or bleach or Drano or whatever could have done this to him!”
Dr. Whale: “The boy is showing no symptoms that would suggest neurotoxins. So whatever’s going on (Takes the turnover from Emma:) THIS is not the culprit!”
Emma: “Well what else could it be?!”
Dr. Whale: “I don’t know. That’s what I’m trying to find out.”
Emma: “He’s gonna be okay though, right?”
Dr. Whale: “Right now we just need to stabilize him, ‘cause he’s slipping away. Is there anything else that you can remember, any little detail?”
Emma: “I already told you everything. DO something!”
(She dumps out Henry’s backpack on a bed.)
Dr. Whale: “Look, I understand you’re frustrated Miss Swan. I do, but I need something to treat. Right now there is no explanation. It’s like…”
Emma: “…like magic.”
(She picks up the ‘Once Upon a Time’ storybook. The title on the book glows, and as Henry’s voice narrates, we see flashbacks of Prince Charming taking baby Emma to the wardrobe and placing her inside.)
Henry (VO): “All the stories in this book really happened. You should know more than anyone. Because you’re in this book.”
(Regina Mills arrives at the hospital.)
Regina: “Where’s my son!?”
Emma: “You did this.”
Regina: “No.”
(Emma grabs Regina by the arm and forces her into a supply closet. They have a physical altercation.)

Emma: (Pushing Regina up against some shelving:) “You did this!”
Regina: (Struggling:) “What the hell are you doing!? Stop this, my son–”
Emma: “Is sick because of you! That apple turnover you gave me—he ate it!”
Regina: “What? It was meant for her!”
Emma: “It’s true isn’t it?”
Regina: “What are you talking about?”
Emma: “It’s true isn’t it!? All of it.”
Regina: (Hesitates then relents:) “Yes.”
Emma: “Why couldn’t you just leave things alone?”
Regina: “Because as long as she’s alive, she’d find a way to win. To turn you against me and then Henry will never be mine.”
Emma: “He will never be anyone’s unless you fix this. You wake him up!”
Regina: “I can’t!”
Emma: “Don’t you have magic?”
Regina: (Shakes her head:) “That was the last of it. (Shrugging off Emma’s grip:) It was supposed to put Snow to sleep!”
Emma: “What’s it gonna do to him?”
Regina: “I don’t know. Magic here is unpredictable.”
Emma: “So… so he could…”
Regina: “Yes.”
Emma: “So what do we do?”
Regina: “We need help. (Paces the room:) There’s one other person in town who knows about this. Knows about magic.”
Emma: “Mr. Gold…”
Regina: “Actually, he goes by Rumplestiltskin.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Dark Palace.
(The Evil Queen paces in a rage as the Huntsman arrives.)
Evil Queen: “Where is he? The prisoner!”
Huntsman: “Escaped.”
(The Queen blasts the Huntsman against the wall with her magic. She walks toward him.)
Evil Queen: “A palace full of guards, and you let him escape?”
Huntsman: “I did my best.”
Evil Queen: “You failed! And do you know what happens to people who fail me, Huntsman?”
Huntsman: “I’ll find him. You needn’t worry. Leave him to me.”
(Regina looks into a mirror, showing Prince Charming running along the beach.)
Evil Queen: “That won’t be necessary. He’s mine.”
(She transports him to the Infinite Forest with her magic.)

Prince Charming In The Infinite Forest.
(Confused at his sudden change of locale, Charming looks around briefly before running off. He comes to a clearing.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Lost, are we?”
Prince Charming: “What are you doing here?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m just here to help.”
Prince Charming: “Well, no need. I’ll be fine.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No I don’t think so. This is the Infinite Forest. There’s no way out. Well, except… my way.”
Prince Charming: “I want nothing from you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Not even this?”
(Holds up Prince Charming’s mother’s ring.)
Prince Charming: “My mother’s ring.. it was just.. (Checks his purse:) How did you get it!?”
Rumplestiltskin: “The same way I get everything I want… magic! The same magic that allows me to do… (Tosses the ring into the air and catches it:) this. (The ring now glows:) This ring is now enchanted. The closer you get to Snow White, the brighter it will glow. Interested?”
Prince Charming: (Takes a step toward him:) “Give it to me.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Ah! It’s not something for nothing, dearie! Time to make a deal.”
Prince Charming: “No! (Draws his sword:) No more deals!”
(Prince Charming attempts to attack Rumplestiltskin, who easily dodges him. Rumplestiltskin appears behind him, with a sword.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Over here! (The pair clash swords briefly and Rumplestiltskin appears behind Prince Charming:) Persistent. (The fight continues:) Had enough?”
Prince Charming: “Never!”
(The fight continues, Prince Charming scratches Rumplestiltskin’s face and Rumplestiltskin heals it with his magic. Rumplestiltskin throws Prince Charming against a tree. Prince Charming rolls onto his back on the ground, and Rumplestiltskin stands over him with his sword at his neck.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Looking for this? So brave… so gallant. So pointless. Bravery won’t get you out of this forest, dearie. Magic will. Trust me. This is a deal you want to make, because we both want the same thing.”
Prince Charming: “What’s that?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Why, you and your true love to be together, of course. Hmm?”

Storybrooke. Present. Outside Granny’s Diner.
(Mary Margaret Blanchard is walking to her car when David Nolan approaches.)
David:
“Hey.”
Mary Margaret: “David.”
David: “I was wrong… About you, about me. About… everything. I didn’t believe in you, and I wish I had a good reason why… But it’s like I keep making these wrong decisions, and I don’t understand why they keep happening. You know, ever since I woke up from that coma, my life hasn’t made a lick of sense. Except for you, and what I’m feeling… It’s love, Mary Margaret.”
Mary Margaret: “David, why are you here?”
David: “Because Kathryn put a down payment on an apartment in Boston. She’s not gonna use it, but I am. Unless you give me a reason to stay.”
Mary Margaret: “David. I can’t.” (She gets into her car.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming and Rumplestiltskin, holding his True Love Potion, stand in the Infinite Forest.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Behold. The most powerful magic of all… True love. (Prince Charming reaches for the potion:) Ah! Careful. This is all I have left of it.”
Prince Charming: “What do you know of true love?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well, not as much as you, perhaps, but not so little as you might think.”
Prince Charming: “You? You love someone?”
Rumplestiltskin: “There was a brief flicker of light amidst an ocean of darkness.”
Prince Charming: “What happened?”
Rumplestiltskin: “She died. That’s the thing about true love, dearie. It can slip through your fingers. It’s the most powerful magic in the world, the only magic powerful enough to break any curse. It must be protected at all costs.”
Prince Charming: “I don’t understand. What exactly is it you want me to do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I want you to help me protect it by putting in a safe place for me.” (He conjures an egg and places the potion inside.)
Prince Charming: “And where is that?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Why, inside the belly of a beast, of course!”
(Tosses Prince Charming the egg.)
Prince Charming: “Why hide it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Let’s just say… I’m saving it for a rainy day.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mr. Gold’s Shop.
(Emma and Regina enter.)
Mr. Gold:
“Do my eyes deceive me, or is that the look of a believer?”
Emma: “We need your help.”
Mr. Gold: “Indeed, you do. It seems quite the tragic ailment has befallen our young friend. (Looks at Regina:) I told you magic comes with a price.”
Regina: “Henry shouldn’t have to pay it.”
Mr. Gold: “No, you should, but alas, we are where we are.”
Emma: “Can you help us?”
Mr. Gold:
“Of course. True love, Miss Swan—the only magic strong enough to transcend realms and break any curse. Luckily for you, I happen to have bottled some.”
Regina:
“You did?”
Mr. Gold:
“Oh yes. From strands of your parents’ hair, I made the most powerful potion in all the realm. So powerful, that, when I created the Dark Curse, I placed a single drop on the parchment. Just a little safety valve.”
Emma:
“That’s why I’m the savior, that’s why I can break the curse.”
Mr. Gold: “Now you’re getting it.”
Emma:
“I don’t care about breaking the curse. All I care about is saving Henry.”
Mr. Gold: “Which is why it’s your lucky day. I didn’t use all the potion. I saved some. For a rainy day.”
Emma: “Well, it’s storming like a bitch. Where is it?”
Mr. Gold: “Where it is, isn’t the problem. Getting it, is what should worry you.”

Regina: “Enough riddles. What do we do?”
Mr. Gold:
“You do nothing. It has to be Miss Swan.”
Regina: “He’s my son. It should be me.”
Mr. Gold: “All due respect, but it’s her son. And it has to be her. She’s the product of the magic. She must be the one to find it.”
Emma:
“I can do it.”
Regina: “Don’t trust him.”
Emma: “What choice do we have?”
Mr. Gold: “That’s right dearie, What choice do you have?”
Emma:
“Where is this magic?”
Mr. Gold: (To Regina:) “Tell me, your Majesty, is our friend still in the basement?”
Regina: “Oh, you twisted little imp. You hid it with her?”
Mr. Gold: “Oh no no no, not with her. In her. I knew you couldn’t resist bringing her over.”
Emma: “Who is ‘her’?”
Mr. Gold: “Someone you should be prepared for. Where you’re going, you’re gonna need this.”
(He opens a case, revealing a sword.)
Emma: “What is that?”
Mr. Gold: “Your father’s sword.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma stands over Henry.)

Emma: “Henry. You were right about the curse. I should have believed you. I’m sorry. (She places his book on the bedside table:) For when you wake up.
(She crosses the room and exits as Regina enters:) Say what you gotta say, you got ten minutes.”
Regina: “You know where to meet?”
Emma: “Yeah. Don’t be late.”
Regina: (Crosses to Henry’s bedside:) “I’m sorry.”
Jefferson: (From across the room:) “Pity, isn’t it? There’s nothing harder than not knowing whether you’ll ever see your child again.”
Regina: “Jefferson, now is not a good time.”
Jefferson: (Walks over:) “For you. Well, for me, it’s the perfect time. I’m here to collect. Where is she—my daughter?”
Regina:Snow was supposed to eat that apple and she didn’t. As far as I’m concerned, that makes our deal null and void.”
Jefferson: “I did what you asked, and you’re gonna screw me over again?”
Regina: “Look at it however you want, Jefferson. The fact is, I’m done with you.”
Jefferson: “But I’m not done with you.”
Regina: “What are you going to do? Kill me? I know you want to, but I also know you can’t.”
Jefferson: “Do you?”
Regina: “Yes. You don’t have it in you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to save my son.”

Outside August Booth’s Room At Granny’s Inn.
(Emma knocks on the door.)
Emma: “August? Please open up. I know you’re in there, open the door.”
August: “I can’t.”
(Emma forces the door open. August is laying in his bed, his arms visibly wooden.)
Emma: “No. What’s happening to you?”
August: “You can see it now. You believe.”
Emma: “Yeah, I do, but… H-How do I stop this?”
August: “Break the curse.”
Emma: “I’ll do it I promise, but I gotta save Henry first and I need your help.”
August: “No, you don’t.”
Emma: “Yeah, I do. This is all too much. I-I just… talked to the Evil Queen and Rumplestiltskin about a quest to find magic. I can’t do it August, I can’t. No normal person can.”
August: “Luckily for us, you’re not normal. You can save Henry. You can save all of…” (His words are cut off as his transformation into wood is completed.)
Emma: “August?” (Cries.)

Outside The Boarded Up Clock Tower.
(Emma paces briefly as Regina arrives and unlocks the door.)
Emma: “What is this place?”
Regina: “Would you like a tour, or shall we just get to it?”
Emma: “Lead the way. (Regina lifts a wall revealing an elevator:) Whoa.”
Regina: “Get in.”
Emma: “After you.”
Regina: “It’s a two-person job, the elevator’s hand-operated. I have to stay up here and lower you down.”
Emma: “And I’m just supposed to trust you?”
Regina: “I don’t think you have much choice in the matter, Miss Swan.”
Emma: “This battle I’m supposed to fight—who is it? What is down there?”
Regina: “An old friend.”
Emma: “Then why don’t you go talk to them?”
Regina: “Because her punishment here was different than everyone else’s. I trapped her… in a different form. She doesn’t wanna hear from me. You have to trust me on that.”
Emma: “Okay, I will go down there. But let’s be clear about something… ‘your Majesty’. If Henry dies…”
Regina: “If Henry dies then I have nothing else to live for. (Emma clamps up:) Let’s get on with it. Now, this is what you’re going to have to do.”

Cut to:
(Emma, in the elevator going down, unsheathing the sword.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Forbidden Fortress.
(Maleficent ascends some stairs to sit on a throne. Prince Charming’s sword appears at her throat.)
Prince Charming: “Where is it? Where is the beast that reigns over this castle?”
Maleficent: (Knocks Prince Charming back with magic:) “That would be me. (She stands and descends the steps to Prince Charming:) But ‘beast’ is so harsh. I prefer ‘Maleficent’.”
Prince Charming: “I’m gonna need a smaller egg.”
Maleficent: “Such a shame. So handsome.”
(Prince Charming stands and Maleficent blows out all the candles with magic. Prince Charming flails his sword in the darkness briefly, and Maleficent is heard cackling.)
Prince Charming: “Show yourself, witch.”
(Maleficent, now a dragon, appears behind him and chases him across the room.)

Storybrooke. Present. Beneath The Clock Tower.
(The Elevator carrying Emma arrives at the bottom of the shaft. She exits into a mining tunnel, and briefly examines Snow White’s glass coffin. Suddenly, a green eye appears behind her, and Maleficent roars as Emma faces her.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Forbidden Fortress.
(Maleficent shoots flames at Prince Charming, who hides behind a column. He looks down at the egg briefly, and smiles slightly.)

Prince Charming:
“Come on!”
(Maleficent chases him.)

Storybrooke. Present. Beneath The Clock Tower.
Emma:
(Looks at the sword:) “To hell with this.”
(She drops it and takes out her gun, shooting at the dragon, which shoots flames at her as she ducks behind a rock formation.)

(We intercut between Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest. Both Prince Charming and Emma are chased by the dragon Maleficent. Prince Charming jumps on the dragon, throwing the egg into her mouth before being thrown off and jumping out the window into the water below. In Storybrooke , Maleficent, in her dragon form, falls down a pit and then flies back up.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Mary Margaret is at Henry’s bedside, reading to him.)
Mary Margaret: “ ‘And yes, she was beyond hope, beyond saving. This was her end. When Prince Charming saw his beloved Snow White in her glass coffin, he knew that all that was left was to say goodbye. He had to give her one last kiss, and when he did, true love proved more powerful than any curse. A pulse of pure love shuttered out and engulfed the land, waking up Snow White and bringing light to the darkness.’ Henry, when I gave you this book it was because I knew… I know life doesn’t always have a happy end. But I thought… (The machines start beeping rapidly:) What is it? Dr. Whale!? (Dr. Whale and a nurse rush in:) What—What is wrong?”
Dr. Whale: “Nurse, get her out of here. NOW!”
Mary Margaret: “What’s going on?”
(A nurse escorts her out, and another performs CPR on Henry.)
Dr. Whale: “His heart rate’s falling. Come on, Henry!”
Announcer: “Nurse to ICU, STAT. Nurse to ICU, STAT. Defibrillator team to ICU, defibrillator team to ICU.”
(We pan out from the ICU, following someone in scrubs as they open the ‘Exit’ door that leads to the psychiatric ward.)
Man: (Hands tea to Nurse Ratched:) “Your tea.”
Nurse Ratched: “Thank you. What’s the commotion upstairs?”
Man: “There’s a sick boy, he took a bad turn.”
Nurse Ratched: “How tragic. Is there any hope for a–”
(She slumps over, unconscious.)
Jefferson: “Recovery? (We see the man to be Jefferson:) Doubtful. (He takes the keys and a coat, walking down the hallway to the room of Belle. He unlocks the door and extends his hand to her:) Come with me.”
Belle: “Who are you? Why are you doing this?”
Jefferson: “My name is Jefferson, and I need your help to do something that I can’t. There’s a man, his name is Mr. Gold. Find him. All you have to do is tell him where you’ve been, and that Regina locked you up.”
Belle: “Wait a minute, what?”
Jefferson: “It’s very important. Mr. Gold’s gonna protect you but you have to tell him Regina locked you up. He’s gonna know what to do. You understand?”
Belle: “Yes, I-I have to find Mr. Gold.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. A Beach Near The Forbidden Fortress.
(Prince Charming walks out of the water toward Rumplestiltskin.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Impressive, dearie. Very impressive, indeed. Come warm yourself.”
Prince Charming: “I have done what you’ve asked. Return my ring to me.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Of course, you’re in a bit of a rush. How rude of me. (He holds up the ring:) With this… Prince Charming… you will find her.”
Prince Charming: (Takes the ring:) “Thank you.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Something’s missing. (He transforms Prince Charming’s clothing into much fancier attire:) Now you’re ready for your big moment.”
Prince Charming: “Why do you want us together? What do you get out of it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m a fan of true love, dearie, and, more importantly, what it creates.”

Storybrooke. Present. In The Mining Tunnels.
(Emma is shooting at Maleficent. Realizing it doesn’t work, she grabs the sword and throws it into the dragon, destroying her, leaving behind the egg from the Enchanted Forest that contains the True Love Potion.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Prince Charming rides through the countryside on a white steed, enters the forest and arrives at Snow White’s coffin, surrounded by dwarves.)
Doc: “You’re too late.”
Prince Charming: “No. No! At least let me say goodbye.”
(The dwarves remove the lid and Prince Charming kisses Snow White, releasing a blast of magic. Snow White gasps and awakens.)
Snow White: “You found me.”
Prince Charming: “Did you ever doubt I would?”

A Short Time Later.
(Prince Charming and Snow White walking along a beach.)
Snow White: “How did you do it?”
Prince Charming:
“With this. (Holds up his mother’s ring:) It’s my mother’s ring. It… led me back to you. And now… I never want it off your finger. (He gets down on one knee:) Will you marry me?”
Snow White:
“What do you think?”
(They kiss.)
Prince Charming: “What is it?”
Snow White: “There’s the little matter of your father and my stepmother.”
Prince Charming: “Ah. That. I’m open to suggestions.”
Snow White: “Here’s one. Let’s take back the kingdom.”
Prince Charming: “How?”
Snow White: “Like we shall do everything, together.”

Storybrooke. Present.
(David gets into his truck and drives away.)

Clock Tower.
(Emma in the elevator, riding back up. It stops suddenly.)
Emma: “Regina! What the hell was that?! Regina!”
Mr. Gold: “Miss Swan? You’ve got it?”
Emma: “Mr. Gold? What are you doing here?”
Mr. Gold: “I’ve come to check on you. I’m glad I did. Regina abandoned you and sabotaged the elevator.”
Emma: “What? I’m coming up!”
Mr. Gold: “No there’s– there’s no time for this. You can’t possibly scale the wall and carry that.”
Emma: “Yeah? Well I can try.”
Mr. Gold: “No you can’t, just toss it up. Your boy’s gonna be fine. I promise. We’re running out of time, toss it up.”
Emma: “Okay. You hold on to it, I’ll be right up. (She tosses up the egg and Gold walks away:) Mr. Gold? Gold! (Emma climbs up and out of the shaft to find Regina, tied up:) Regina?”
Regina: (As Emma yanks the tape off her mouth:) “He tricked you! How could you give him that?”
Emma: “Where is he?”
Regina: “Gone. (Emma unties her:) Gold. He manipulated all of this.”
Emma: “Come on, he can’t be that far! (Both women’s cell phones start ringing and they check them:) It’s the hospital.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma and Regina rush to the ICU as Dr. Whale and Mother Superior exit.)
Dr. Whale: “We did everything we could.”
Mother Superior: “I’m sorry. You’re too late.”
(Emma enters the ICU as a nurse turns off a machine and removes a breathing mask from Henry’s face.)

Mr. Gold’s Shop.
(Mr. Gold takes out a key and opens the egg, removing the True Love Potion. As the bell rings indicating someone entering, Gold quickly puts the potion away.)

Woman: “Excuse me, are you Mr. Gold?”
Gold: “Yes I am, but I’m afraid the shop’s closed–”
(He turns around and stops, realizing the woman is Belle.)

Belle: “I was uh, I was told to-to find and tell you that Regina locked me up. Does that mean anything to you?”
Mr. Gold: (He reaches out and touches her:) “You’re real. You’re alive. She did this to you?”
Belle: “I was told you’d protect me.”
Mr. Gold: (Embraces her, sobbing slightly:) “Oh yes. Yes I’ll protect you.”
Belle: “Um, I’m sorry, do I-do I know you?”
Mr. Gold: “No. But you will.”

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma, Regina, Dr. Whale and Mother Superior are gathered around Henry’s bed.)
Regina: “No… (She turns and cries on Dr. Whale’s shoulder:) No.”
Emma: (Crosses to Henry, tears running down her face:) “I love you Henry.”
(She kisses his forehead and a blast of light radiates out. Henry gasps and wakes up.)
Henry: “I love you, too. You saved me.”
Regina: “You did it.”

Storybrooke.
(The blast radiates through the town. Mary Margaret, Ruby and Granny, Archie Hopper and David are affected by the blast, looking slightly confused. David, nearing the ‘Leaving Storybrooke’ sign, stops his truck and looks back.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
Emma:
“Henry, what’s going on?”
Regina: “No.”
Henry: “The curse… I think you broke it!”
Mother Superior: “That was true love’s kiss.”
Regina: “No. No!”
Mother Superior: “If I were you, your Majesty, I’d find a place to hide.”
Regina: (Approaches Henry’s bed:) “Henry… no matter what you think, no matter what anyone tells you, I do love you.”
(She leaves.)

Storybrooke. Main Street.
(David is walking along the street. He spots Mary Margaret.)
David: “Snow!”
Mary Margaret: (Looks up:) “Charming. (The two run to each other:) You found me.”
David: “Did you ever doubt I would?”
(They kiss.)

Mills House. Henry’s Room.
(Regina sits on Henry’s bed, picks up his pillow, and sobs into it.)

The Woods.
(Mr. Gold and Belle are walking.)
Belle: “Wait.”
Mr. Gold: “No, no. We’re very close.”
Belle: “Rumplestiltskin, wait. (He stops, turns, and she catches up to him:) I-I remember. I-I love you.” (They hug.)
Mr. Gold: “Yes, yes. And I love you, too. But hey, there’ll be time for that. There’ll be time for everything. But first, there’s something I must do.”
(The two come to the wishing well.)
Belle: “What is this?”
Mr Gold: “This is a very special place, Belle. The waters that run below are said to have the power to return that which one has lost.”
(Mr. Gold drops the True Love Potion into the well. Purple smoke rises out and spreads outward.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
Emma:
“Henry, what’s going on here? If the curse is broken, why didn’t they go back?”
Henry: “I… I don’t know.”
(A nurse drops something on the floor, Emma approaches her.)
Emma: “You okay?” (She looks toward the window, shocked.)

Mills House. Henry’s Room.
(Regina looks out the window at the smoke engulfing the town.)

Storybrooke General Hospital.
(Emma and Henry look out the window.)

Emma: “What is that?”
Henry: “Something bad.”

The Wishing Well.
(Purple smoke continues to flow.)

Belle: “I-I don’t understand…”
Mr. Gold: “We’re in a land without magic, Belle, and I’m bringing it. Magic… is coming.”
Belle: “Why?”
Mr Gold: “Why? Because magic… is power.”

Mills House. Henry’s Room.
(Regina looks out the window at the smoke covering the town and smiles.)

Storybrooke. Main Street.
(David and Mary Margaret hold each other as the smoke engulfs them. We see the clock tower. As it’s engulfed, the clock strikes 8:15.) 

 

Chapter Text

New York City. A Mysterious Man Heads Home.
(Upon arriving at his apartment, it begins to rain, and he notices that his window is up. The man attempts to close it, but the window is jammed. As he tries to force the window down, the man drops his cell phone down the fire escape. He leans on a desk, lowering his head, when a dove lands on the windowsill and leaves a postcard behind. One side reads ‘Broken’, the other has a picture of the Storybrooke Clock Tower and the phrase, ‘Greetings from Storybrooke ’.)

The Enchanted Forest. Two Riders Approach A Castle
(Inside, Prince Phillip cuts through the thorns surrounding the altar on which Aurora slumbers. Prince Phillip approaches the altar and, just before kissing Aurora, speaks to his traveling companion.)
Phillip: “If this works, we don’t tell her everything. Not right away.” 
(His companion nods. Phillip kisses Aurora, a burst of True Love springs forth, and Princess Aurora awakens.)
Aurora: “Phillip?”
Phillip: “Yes, Aurora.”
Aurora: “I told you not to come after me. (The two kiss. Phillip’s companion walks away and Aurora sits up, looking around:) How long have I been asleep? What happened?”
Phillip: “It doesn’t matter, the worst of it is over. Now that we’re together, we’ll restore this castle. And our kingdom. As we dreamt, be here always.”
Aurora: “Where is everyone? Why does it need to be rebuilt?”
Phillip: “It’s a long story. And you, my love, need rest.”
Aurora: “I’ve had my fill of rest.”
Phillip: “Then come with me. (He lifts her down from the altar:) Our people have gathered in a new safe haven. We must join them.”
Aurora: “A safe haven. From Maleficent?”
Phillip: “No. Worry not, she can no longer harm us.”
Aurora: “First she goes after my mother. Then me. Forgive me if I’m still a bit wary.”
Phillip: “Don’t be. There are new dangers now. But nothing we can’t handle.”
(The two kiss.) 

Storybrooke. Main Street.
(The purple mist dissipates, leaving Mary Margaret Blanchard and David Nolan, memories regained, together in the street.)
Mary Margaret:
“What’s happening?”
David: “Let’s find out.”
(Mary Margaret nods. Holding hands, the two begin walking down the street, and encounter Ruby and Granny, their memories also regained, embracing.)
Ruby: “Snow?”
(The two embrace as David and Granny hug; the Seven Dwarves approach. Granny hugs Mary Margaret as David and Ruby also embrace.)
Leroy: “Your Highness? (Mary Margaret smiles at the dwarves; they bow and share a group hug:) The Curse, it’s broken?”
David: “It would appear so.” (He clasps hands with Leroy.)
Ruby: “So what do we do now?”
Mary Margaret: “Now? Now I find my daughter.”

Emma: “So it’s true.”
(Apprehensively, Charming and Snow turn and walk towards Emma.)
Mary Margaret: (She touches Emma’s face, then hugs her, tears in her eyes:) “You found us.” (David hugs Emma as well.)
Henry: “Grandpa?” 
(Mary Margaret laughs.)
David: “Yeah, kid. I suppose so.” 
(He hugs Henry.)
Henry: “She did it. She saved you.”
Mary Margaret: “She saved all of us.”
Emma: “I… Well…”
Leroy: “Uh, then why are we still here?”
David: “That, my friend, is an excellent question.”
Mr. Clark: (Sneezes:) “And what was that smoke?”
Doc: “Who did this?”
Bashful: “And what was that smoke?”
Walter: “And why?”
Happy: “And what was that smoke?”
Mother Superior: “Magic. (She joins the group:) It’s here. I can feel it.” 
Henry: “Magic? In Storybrooke? But you’re the Blue Fairy. Do something magical.”
Mother Superior: “It’s not quite that simple, Henry. No wand. No Fairy Dust. Matters are complicated now.”
Leroy: “Let’s go to the person responsible for bringing it, the Queen.” 
(The other dwarves nod and voice agreement.)
Emma: “No. Wait. It wasn’t Regina.”

The Wishing Well. 
(Mr. Gold and Belle speak at the well.)
Mr. Gold: “My darling, Belle. You have to tell me what happened to you.”
Belle: “I was abducted.”
Mr. Gold: “By Regina?”
Belle: (She nods:) “She locked me away until her curse. And I’ve been in the asylum ever since.”
Mr. Gold: “For 28 years. (Belle nods:) All these years, you’ve been here. Alive.”
Belle: “Is that—is that why you did this? Why you wanted magic? For revenge?”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, no. But it might come in handy.”
Belle: “No. No!”
Mr. Gold: “I cannot let this stand, Belle, I will not let this stand!”
Belle: “Look. (She takes his hand:) Promise me. Promise me you won’t give in to your hate. Promise me you won’t kill her. (Gold looks away from her, saying nothing:) Promise me and we can be together.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh. (Caressing her face:) Sweetheart, I promise.” 
(They kiss and embrace.)

Main Street
(Emma, Henry, her parents, the dwarves, Mother Superior, Ruby, and Granny walk down the street.)
Mary Margaret: “Is there anything that you wanted to ask us? I mean, you must have questions.”
Emma: “The only questions I have are for Mr. Gold. Why did he double-cross me, and what did he do to this town?”
Mary Margaret: “Uh… Shouldn’t we talk about ‘it’ first?”
Emma: “What?”
Mary Margaret: “Us. Your life. Everything?”
Emma: “Can we do ‘everything’ maybe later? Like, with a glass of wine. Or several bottles.”
David: “I know it’s a lot to take in. For all of us.”
Mary Margaret: “And we don’t want to push, but we’ve waited for this moment for so long…”
Emma: “Yeah, so have I! I’ve thought about this moment my entire life. I’ve imagined who you might be. But of all the scenarios that I concocted, my parents being… I-I just need a little time. That’s-that’s all.” 
(A commotion is heard.)
David: “Snow?” 
(Many townspeople, including Dr. Whale, are running through the streets. Archie Hopper runs toward the group.)
Archie: “There you are. Come with me, I need your help. Dr. Whale’s whipped everyone into a frenzy. They’re going to Regina’s house. They’re gonna kill her!”
Leroy: “Great, let’s watch.”
Archie: “No. No, we cannot stoop to her level. No matter who she is or what she’s done, killing her is wrong.”
Henry: “He’s right. (To Emma:) Please. She’s still my mom.”
Emma: (Looking at Mary Margaret:) “We have to stop them.”
David: “If the Blue Fairy is right and magic is here, Regina could have her powers back. They could be marching into a slaughter.” 
(He and Mary Margaret share a glance, nodding. The group takes off down the street.)

The Enchanted Forest. Aurora’s Palace.
(Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora’s reunion continues.)
Phillip: “I missed you so much.”
(Phillip’s companion walks purposefully to an entryway, laying a hand on the ground, which trembles. They draw their sword, and a creature bursts up through the floor, knocking them back. Phillip rushes up to the creature, swinging his sword at it.)
Aurora: (Still on the dais:) “Phillip!”
(Phillip slashes at the creature, cutting off an amulet, which falls to the ground. The creature shrieks and flies off. Phillip, bare-handed, picks up the amulet.)
Aurora: “What was that thing?”
Phillip: “Something bad.”

Storybrooke. Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer.
(Mr. Gold and Belle enter the shop.)
Mr. Gold: “You, uh… You wait here, Belle. I’m gonna find you something to wear. You’ve spent enough time in these rags.”
Belle: “Thank you.”
(Gold enters the back of his shop and unlocks a large cabinet. Putting on gloves, he removes a small container. Opening it, he removes the same amulet dropped by the creature in the Enchanted Forest.)

The Mills’ House. 
(The mob of townspeople shout outside as Dr. Whale bangs on Regina's front door.)
Dr. Whale: “Open up! (Banging on the door:) Open up or we’re coming in!” (Bangs on the door again; it opens.)
Regina: (Sweetly:) “Can I help you?”
Dr. Whale: “That smirk isn’t gonna last forever, Regina. You took everything from us. And now…”
Regina: “What? Now you’re gonna kill me?”
Dr. Whale: “Eventually. But first, you need to suffer.”
Regina: (Stepping outside and shoving Dr. Whale:) “Listening to you has been enough suffering for all of us. (Addressing the crowd:) That’s right. You wanted to see your Queen? Well, my dears. (Slowly raising her arms and enunciating:) Here she is!” 
(She flings her hands forward and the crowd cowers and ducks, all clearly expecting magic. However, nothing happens. Regina looks shocked and the crowd recovers.)
Man 1: “She’s powerless!”
Regina: (Looking down at her hands:) “What?”
Man 2: “Get her!” 
(Dr. Whale and the crowd move toward her.)

Dr. Whale: “Now, (He shoves her up against a column:) where were we?”
(As Dr. Whale raises his hands toward Regina’s throat, Emma and company arrive.)
Emma: (Pushing through the crowd:) “Let her go! Let her go! (She grabs Dr. Whale’s arm:) Let her go!” 
Dr. Whale: “Why should I listen to you?”
Emma: “Because I am still the Sheriff.”
David: “Because she saved you. All of you!”
Mary Margaret: “And because no matter what Regina did, it does not justify this!”
Emma: “We are not murderers here.”
Dr. Whale: “Well, we’re not from this world.”
Emma: “Yeah, well, you’re in it now.”
David: (Putting himself between Dr. Whale and Regina:) “Okay, Whale. We’re done.”
Dr. Whale: “Back off! You’re not my Prince.”
David: (Pauses:) “Who are you, Whale?”
Dr. Whale: “That’s my business.”
David: “Well, my business is making sure this town doesn’t go to hell, so whether or not I’m your Prince isn’t the issue. We have a lot to figure out. 
And this isn’t the way to do it.”
Mary Margaret: (Moving next to Regina:) “And Regina’s death won’t provide any answers. She needs to be locked up. For her safety, and more importantly, for ours.”

Storybrooke Sheriff’s Department. 
(Emma, Mary Margaret and Henry are present as David locks Regina in a cell.)
Regina: “So, I’m a prisoner now?”
David: “If the curse is broken, why didn’t we go back?”
Regina: “Because there’s nothing to go back to. That land is gone.”
Mary Margaret: “We should get to Gold.”
(The group exits. Regina eyes the lock on the door, holding out her hand as if attempting to use magic.)
Mr. Gold: (Entering:) “Magic is different here, dearie.”
Regina: “I noticed. I assume this is all your doing.”
Mr. Gold: “Most things are.”
Regina: “Get to it, Rumple. What do you want? You here to finish the job?”
Mr. Gold: “No, no, no. You’re safe from me.”
Regina: “I feel so relieved.”
Mr. Gold: “I made a promise to someone that I won’t kill you.”
Regina: “Who could elicit that from you?”
Mr. Gold: “Belle.”
Regina: “She’s alive?”
Mr. Gold: “You are a dreadful liar.”
Regina: “I could have killed her. But I didn’t.”
Mr. Gold: “Yeah, you did much worse than that. You kept her alive, so you could kill her when it suited you. A fate worse than death. Which, incidentally, is exactly what I’ve got in store for you.” 
(He reaches through the bars of the cell, grabbing Regina’s hand and pulling it to him. He produces the amulet and presses it against her open palm.)
Regina: (Gasping:) “Is that…”
Mr. Gold: “Yes, dearie. The one thing no one can escape. Destiny. And I promise, yours is particularly unpleasant. (He releases her. Regina pulls back her hand and glares at him. He chuckles:) Oh.”

The Enchanted Forest. Aurora’s Palace. 
(Aurora, Phillip, and his traveling companion continue to converse.)
Companion: “Qui Shen. (Phillip puts the amulet into a purse at his side:) In your land you would call it a Wraith.”
Aurora: (To Phillip:) “I’m sorry, who is this?”
Mulan: (Removing her helmet, Phillip’s traveling companion is revealed to be Mulan:) “A friend.”
Aurora: “You’re a girl?”
Mulan: “Woman. My name is Mulan.”
Phillip: “In your absence, she has helped me like no other. We’ve fought many battles together.”
Aurora: “With a woman.” (Phillip nods.)
Mulan: “And now we have another to wage. The Qui Shen, the Wraith, is one of the most dangerous creatures in all the known lands. A soul sucker. According to legend it marks its victims and removes their souls, damning them for all eternity. (The Wraith’s wailing is heard:) Those are the sounds of the souls it’s trapped, trying to escape. But fortune favoured us, as we all avoided the mark. We need to begin our journey.” (She turns and walks away.)
Phillip: “It’s okay. We’ll be safe with our people.” 
(The two embrace. Phillip notices a mark on his hand from the Wraith’s amulet. As Aurora turns, Phillip hides his hand before she sees.)
Aurora: “Phillip, what is it?”
Phillip: “Nothing. Everything is fine.”

Storybrooke. The Woods.
(Mr. Gold drops the amulet on the ground in a small clearing, his dagger in hand.)
Mr.Gold: (Holding the dagger aloft:) “The Dark One summons thee!”
(Gold stabs the dagger into the ground near the amulet. The scene then jumps to Regina, on the cot in her cell, sitting up abruptly; gasping. She looks at her hand; The mark of the Wraith has appeared on it.)

(The scene transitions back to Gold in the woods. The Wraith appears from the amulet, rising up with the amulet around its neck.)

Main Street
(Emma closes the door of Ruby’s car, with Henry inside, as David and Mary Margaret look on.)
Emma: “Keep him safe, Ruby.” 
(Ruby and Henry drive off.)
David: “Don’t push it, Snow.”
Mary Margaret: “I won’t.”
Emma: “You guys ready?”
Mary Margaret: “We need to talk.”
Emma: “I- Well, I don’t… I just- I don’t wanna talk.”
Mary Margaret: “But I do, okay? Gold can wait. I can’t. You’re my daughter. And I wanna talk to you. I know that we have talked. But we didn’t know that we were talking. And we talked about things we probably shouldn’t have even talked about. One-night stands and the like.”
David: “One-night stands?”
Mary Margaret: “Whale.”
David: “Whale?”
Mary Margaret: “We were cursed. That is neither here nor there. The point is, we did not know that we were mother and daughter. And now we do. And, so, please, let’s talk.”
Emma: “Okay. What do you want to talk about?”
Mary Margaret: “We’re together, finally. And I can’t help but think you’re not happy about it.”
Emma: “Oh, I am. But, see, here’s the thing. No matter what the circumstances, for 28 years I only knew one thing, that my parents sent me away.”
Mary Margaret: “We did that to give you your best chance.”
Emma: “You did it for everyone. Because that’s who you are. Leaders, heroes, princes and princesses. And that’s great and amazing, and wonderful, but it doesn’t change the fact that for my entire life, I’ve been alone.”
Mary Margaret: “But if we hadn’t sent you away, you would’ve been cursed, too.”
Emma: “But we would’ve been together. Which curse is worse? (Pause:) Come on. Let’s just… Let’s go find Gold.” 
(She walks off. As they gaze after her, Mary Margaret and David join hands.) 

The Enchanted Forest. 
(Mulan, Prince Phillip, and Princess Aurora journey through the woods on horseback. Mulan stops.)
Mulan: “We should camp here tonight. The Wraith only appears when light is absent. That’s why it ran when it first appeared. Light is its adversary.”
Aurora: “And you want to stop? Now?”
Mulan: “It’s looking for a mark. Something alive. Our best bet is to be still until night passes.”
Phillip: “She’s right. We have to rest here. (The scene transitions to the trio making camp; Phillip fashions a makeshift tent for Aurora:) Here. You should sleep.”
Aurora: “No, I-I can’t.”
Phillip: “Just relax, it’ll come.”
Aurora: “No, I mean I won’t sleep. Not after what I just went through. (Phillip pauses, gazing at her. She takes his hand:) What’s wrong?”
Phillip: “I just missed you so much.”
Aurora: (Smiling:) “And now you don’t have to.”
Phillip: “I’m going to find wood to build us a fire. I’ll be back in five minutes.” 
(He kisses her passionately.)
Aurora: (Laughing:) “That’s a see-you-in-five-minutes kiss?”
Phillip: (Chuckles:) “I’m making up for lost time. I love you.”
Aurora: “I love you, too.” 
(Phillip walks away. Out of Aurora’s view, a tear runs down his face.)

Storybrooke. Gold’s Shop.
(Mr. Gold is making tea as Emma, Mary Margaret, and David arrive.)
Mr. Gold: “What can I do for you?”
Emma: “What you can do is tell us what you did.”
Mr. Gold: “I’m sorry, you’re gonna have to be more specific.”
David: “You know damn well what we’re talking about.”
Mary Margaret: “You double-crossed Emma, you, uh, took your—uh—potion from her.”
David: “And did who-knows-what to this town.”
Emma: “And worst of all you risked Henry’s life.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, that is quite a litany of grievances, now, isn’t it?”
Emma: “Maybe I don’t need answers. Maybe I just need to punch you in the face.”

Mr. Gold: “Oh. (Laughing:) Really, dearie? (Coming from behind the counter:) Allow me to answer your questions with some of my own, all right? Did your dear boy, Henry, survive?”
Emma: “Yeah.”
Mr. Gold: “Is the curse broken? And let’s see here, Miss Swan, how long have you been searching for your parents? Looks like you’re reunited. Seems like rather than a punch in the face, I deserve a thank you.”
Emma: “Twist my words all you want, what was the purple haze that you brought?”
Mr. Gold: “You know. (With a flourish:) Magic.”
Mary Margaret: “Why?”
Mr. Gold: “Not telling.”
(There is a rumbling; the store shakes.)
Emma: “What the hell was that?” 
(David and Mary Margaret look out the door window. The Wraith is heard, wailing, and a strong wind is blowing along the main street. Streetlights flicker and sparks fly.) 
Mr. Gold: That is my gift to you. That is gonna take care of Regina.”
Mary Margaret: “Emma, come on!”
David: “We need to go take care of this.”
Mr. Gold: “If you can stand to lose her, of course. After all you’ve shared together.”
David: “Wait, what does he mean by that?”
Mary Margaret: (Panicked, pulls David out of the shop:) “I’ll explain on the way.”
Emma: (Grimaces:) “Thanks for that.”
Mr. Gold: (Smirks:) “Well, that’ll make things interesting, won’t it?” 
Emma: “We’re not done.”
Mr. Gold: “Oh, I know. You still owe me a favour. (Emma leaves to follow her parents and Mr. Gold returns to making tea. Belle emerges, a troubled look on her face:) Hey.”
Belle: “You lied to me.”
Mr. Gold: “No, I-I kept my word. (Deliberately:) I will not kill her.”
Belle: “You toy with words like you do people. You’re still a man who makes wrong choices. (Gold looks down:) I thought you’d changed.”
Mr. Gold: (Scoffing:) “What, in the hour you’ve known me? (Belle, visibly hurt, heads for the door:) Belle, I-I-I’m sorry. Belle, I’m sorry. (She pauses, door open, looking back at him:) I am.” (Belle exits, slamming the door behind her.)

The Enchanted Forest. The Camp, Near Sunset
(Princess Aurora sits in her tent, Mulan strikes a flint, attempting to light a fire. The Wraith is heard wailing. Aurora rises and walks toward Mulan, looking around.)
Aurora: “Where’s Phillip?”
Mulan: “I thought he was in your tent.”
Aurora: “He said he was making a fire.”
Mulan: “I’m making the fire.”
Aurora: “I can see that.”
Mulan: (Rising and looking around:) “He left. The horses are gone.”
Aurora: “Why would he leave?”
Mulan: “Because he was marked.” (She gathers up her tinderbox.)
Aurora: “What are you doing?”
Mulan: “Going after him. He’s sacrificing himself for you.”
Aurora: “No, for both of us! We have to get him!”
Mulan: “I’m going alone. You’ll only slow me down.”
Aurora: “No, I won’t slow you… Mulan! (Mulan hurries off:) Mulan! (She grabs her shawl:) Mulan, wait! (Mulan is gone, Aurora hurries after her:) Mulan! (Looking for her:) MULAN!!”

Storybrooke. The Wraith Flies Down The Main Street
(In her cell, Regina holds her marked hand and the lights flicker.)
Regina: “Hello? Who’s there?”
(The Wraith appears. It rips off the door to Regina’s cell. With a gesture of its hand, it begins sucking out Regina’s soul. Suddenly, David appears with a chair.)
David: “Hey!”
(He slams the Wraith with the chair, which it sends flying across the room. David attempts to attack the creature; it sends him flying, too. Mary Margaret attempts to enter the fray and the Wraith moves a desk, making her step back. The creature then sends the desk toward David, who narrowly avoids it, then continues to suck out Regina’s soul. Mary Margaret, a can in hand, sneaks up to the Wraith.)
Mary Margaret: “Over here!” 
(Using a lighter and the canister, she creates a flame directed at the creature. The wraith then flies out the window. Regina makes choked noises; Emma rushes to help her up.)
Emma: “What the hell was that thing?”
Regina: (Accepting her help:) “A Wraith. A soul sucker.”
Mary Margaret: “Did I-”
Regina: “-Kill it? No. It’s regenerating. It’ll be back. It doesn’t stop until it devours its prey. (Showing her marked hand:) Me.”
Emma: “So, how do we kill it?”
Regina: “There’s no way. Can’t kill something that’s already dead.”
Emma: “Then we have a problem.”
David: “No, we don’t. Regina does.”
Regina: “What?”
Mary Margaret: “David?”
Emma: “You wanna let her die?”
David: “Why not? Then it goes away. Then we’re safe.”
Regina: “That’s quite the example you’re setting for your daughter, there.”
David: “No. You don’t get to judge us! Especially when-”
Mary Margaret: “David!”
Regina: (Looks curiously at them:) “Especially when what?”
(David fumes but doesn’t speak and Mary Margaret doesn’t meet her eye.)
Emma: “They know. About us.”
Regina: “Oh. (Shakes this awkward revelation off and continues:) Let me ask you something, where do you think that thing came from? Gold.”
David: (Advancing:) “To destroy you.”
Emma: “I made a promise to Henry. She’s not dying.” (Regina looks shocked.)
(David steps back, reluctantly.)
Mary Margaret: (To Regina:) “If it can’t be killed, what do you suggest?”
Regina: “We send it somewhere it can’t hurt anyone.”

Town Hall. Regina’s Office
(Regina sets the box containing Jefferson’s hat on a table and opens it as Emma looks on.)
Regina: “Did Henry really ask you to protect me?”
Emma: “Yes.”
Regina: (Smiles slightly and hesitantly asks:) “Is that the only reason you’re-”
Emma: “You really wanna talk about this now?”
Regina: “We may not get another chance.”
Emma: (Takes a breath:) “All right, what first? The fact that you cursed my entire family or the part where you’ve been lying to me since the day we met?”
Regina: “Emma…”
Emma: “You’re not dying today, not if I can help it. So why don’t we save our first honest conversation for another time. (Regina nods and takes the hat out of its box:) The hat. You had it all along.”
Regina: “What do you mean?”
Emma: “That’s Jefferson’s hat.”
Regina: (A pause:) “You know Jefferson?”
David: (Entering with Mary Margaret, carrying brooms:) “Torches. For when it comes back. I know it’s old-fashioned, but so am I.”
Mary Margaret: “So, how does it work?”
(Scene transitions to the group entering the main hall; Regina carrying the hat.)
Regina: “It will open a portal to our land. All we have to do is send the Wraith in there.”
David: “Oh, yeah, just that.”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t understand, I thought our land was gone.”
(David begins lighting the brooms.)
Regina: “It is. But sending it to a place that no longer exists… Well, that’s banishing it to oblivion.”
(She begins to attempt to spin the hat; the lights flicker and the Wraith’s wailing is heard.)
Emma: “Regina…”
Regina: (Still attempting to spin the hat:) “I’m trying.” 
(The wailing is heard; the doors to the main hall blow open and the scene cuts to black.)

The Enchanted Forest. The Woods
(Mulan, holding a torch, examines tracks on the ground when a sound is heard. She reflexively draws her sword, pointing it toward the sound; it’s Princess Aurora approaching on horseback.)
Aurora: “I found one of the horses. I’m coming with you.” (She dismounts.)
Mulan: (Sheathing her sword:) “You need to stay here. It’s dangerous.”
Aurora: “I wasn’t asking for your permission.”
Mulan: “That thing out there is dangerous. And Phillip? He left to protect you. So even if I don’t believe in his methods, I’m gonna honour his wishes. I’m gonna keep you safe.”
Aurora: “I never asked him to.”
Mulan: “You never had to. Everything he does, he does for you. And now he’s gonna die for you. Love is sacrifice. Something you clearly don’t understand.” (She turns away.)
Aurora: “I’m not gonna let him face that alone.”
Mulan: “He won’t. But with all due respect, Your Highness, Phillip’s best chance is me.“
Aurora: “You love him.”
Mulan: “What?”
Aurora: “Phillip. You love him, too.”
Mulan: “I owe him much. We fought many battles together, side by side. Nothing more.“
Aurora: “Deny it all you want, I know love when I see it.”
Mulan: “You’re wrong.”
Aurora: (The wailing is heard again:) “Phillip…”

Storybrooke. Town Hall
(The Wraith enters the main hall. David readies himself to fight it with a torch on one side of a railing; Regina continues to attempt to spin the hat with Emma and Mary Margaret on the other side.)
Emma: “Regina.”
Regina: “I know.” 
(David battles the Wraith; Mary Margaret pours alcohol along the railing.)
Mary Margaret: “David!”
David: (He closes the gate of the railing and sets it alight with his torch:) “Hurry!”
Regina: “It’s not working.” 
(David continues to slash at the wraith with his torch.)

The Enchanted Forest. The Woods.
(Phillip, alone, slashes a torch around.)
Phillip: “Come on, you bastard! (He looks around; Aurora and Mulan ride up:) No! Stay back!”
Aurora: “Phillip! What are you doing?”
Phillip: “You know what I’m doing.”
Aurora: “No, please. We can help you fight!”
Phillip: “Go! It will find me. (The Wraith’s wailing is heard; Phillip turns, showing the women his hand:) I’ve been marked. It’s too late for me. Go, there’s no other way.”
Mulan: “Yes, there is. Give me the talisman, I can mark myself. You can live.”
Phillip: “This is my choice. To save you. To save both of you.”
Aurora: “No, Phillip, I don’t wanna live without you.”
Phillip: “Neither do I. (The Wraith approaches from above:) You two need to keep each other safe.”
Aurora: “Phillip, no!”
(The Wraith hovers above Phillip.)
Phillip: (Turning his head slightly:) “I love you.”
(He throws down his torch. With a gesture, the Wraith sucks out his soul as Aurora and Mulan scream behind him. Phillip falls to the ground, lifeless, and the Wraith is sucked back into its amulet. The women kneel over Phillip’s body, Aurora sobbing.)

Storybrooke. Town Hall
(The fight continues.)
Regina: (Still attempting to spin the hat:) “It’s not working!”
Emma: “What is the problem?”
Regina: “Magic. It’s different here.”
David: “Now would be the time!”
(Emma kneels beside Regina and touches her arm. Suddenly, the hat spins, opening a portal. David is knocked back, and the Wraith heads for Regina, standing between it and the portal with Emma.)
David: “It’s coming!” 
Emma: “Regina!” 
(Emma pushes her out of the way. The Wraith is sucked into the portal, but as it disappears, it grabs Emma’s ankle and pulls her in too.)
Mary Margaret: “NOOOO!!”
David: “NO!”
Mary Margaret: “I’m not losing her again!”
David: “Neither am I.” 
(He rises; Mary Margaret jumps into the portal. David attempts to follow, but the portal closes; he simply lands on top of the hat, crushing it.)

The Enchanted Forest. Aurora’s Palace.
(Phillip is laying in state on the altar Aurora slumbered on. Aurora and Mulan converse as they gaze at him.)
Aurora: “This palace was to be our home. We were to spend eternity here.”
Mulan: “How did you end up here in your cursed state?”
Aurora: “You’re not the only one who knows about sacrifice.”
Mulan: (Withdrawing the Wraith’s amulet, she places it in a satchel and hands it to Aurora:) “You should have it.”
Aurora: (Taking it:) “Thank you.”

Storybrooke. Town Hall
(David, getting up from the floor, has crushed the hat. Regina stands shocked as he confronts her.)
David: “No. (Angrily:) Where are they?”
Regina: “I have no idea.”
David: (Approaching her:) “Are they dead?”
Regina: “The curse, it destroyed all the lands-”
David: “ARE THEY DEAD!?”
Regina: “I don’t know!”
David: “I should’ve killed you myself!” 
(He steps closer, raising his hand as if to strike.)
Regina: “Well, then, what’s stopping you? (She shoves him back; magic slams him against the wall; vines from the wallpaper hold him in place just off the ground, choking him:) You think you’re some heroic Prince? Please. You’re nothing but the son of a shepherd. I should’ve killed you when I could. And now… Now I can.”
Henry: (Entering with Ruby:) “Mom?”
Regina: “Henry, what are you doing here?”
Henry: “What are you doing?”
Regina: (Walking over to him:) “It’s okay. You’re safe now.”
(The vines release David and he falls to the floor. Ruby rushes over to aid him.)
Henry: “Wh—where’s my mom? Where’s-”
Regina: “They’re gone. They fell through a portal. They’re… Henry, I’m sorry.”
Henry: “No, you’re not. You really are the Evil Queen.”
Regina: “No, don’t say that. I love you.”
Henry: “Then, prove it. Get Emma and Mary Margaret back.”
Regina: “I… don’t know how.”
Henry: “Well find a way. And until then, leave me, leave everyone alone.”
Regina: “Leave you alone? What does that mean? Where will you go?”
David: (Stepping forward:) “With me.” 
(He exits with Henry, followed closely by Ruby, leaving Regina alone.) 

Mr. Gold’s Shop. 
(Gold is absently spinning wool at his spinning wheel in the back of the shop when Belle enters.)
Belle: “Hi.”
Mr. Gold: “Hey.”
Belle: “I, uh, went for a long walk.”
Mr. Gold: “I thought you didn’t wanna see me.”
Belle: “I didn’t. But I was worried.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, the beast is gone. Regina lives.”
Belle: “So, uh, you didn’t get what you wanted?”
Mr. Gold: “Well, that remains to be seen.”
Belle: (She notices the chipped cup behind him and picks it up:) “You uh.. you still have it? My chipped cup.”
Mr. Gold: (Standing and taking the cup from her:) “There are many, many, things in this shop. But this… This is the only thing I truly cherish.
And now you must leave.”
Belle: “What?”
Mr. Gold: “You must leave, because despite what you hope, I’m still a monster.”
Belle: (Taking his shoulders:) “Don’t you see? That’s exactly the reason I have to stay.” 

Blanchard Loft.
(Henry and David enter. Henry crosses the room and gazes at a photo of Emma & Mary Margaret sitting on the counter.)
David: “Henry?”
Henry: “Yeah?”
David: “Don’t worry. Emma and Mary Margaret, they’re alive.”
Henry: “How do you know?”
David: “I have faith.”
Henry: “But?”
David: “Henry, come here. (Kneeling in front of him:) I will find them. I will always find them.”

The Enchanted Forest. Aurora’s Palace.
(Aurora, her head on his chest, mourns Phillip silently.)

Mulan:
“We should leave this place. It’s not safe here.”
Aurora: “But the Wraith is gone.”
Mulan: “There’s more. You need to know everything. (A pause:) Much has changed in our land since you’ve been asleep.”
Aurora: “It was less than a year.”
Mulan: “In a manner of speaking. You see, as you slept, and Phillip and I searched for you, something worse happened.”
Aurora: “What?”
Mulan: “Are you familiar with Regina, the Queen?”
Aurora: “Yes.”
Mulan: “She cast a curse on this land. A terrible, terrible curse. It ripped everyone away to another world.”
Aurora: “But we’re still here.”
Mulan: “This corner of the land was untouched. No one knows why. But something saved us. And for 28 years we were frozen. And then, time started again. The terrible curse’s power was weakened. Phillip and I were able to resume our search. We found you. But the land is ravaged with dangers more fearsome than you can imagine. For those of us who remained, we found a safe haven. We must go there now. (A rustling is heard; Mulan and Aurora approach the hole left by the Wraith:) Something’s in there. Stay back.”
Aurora: “What did it bring? What is it? What do you see? (Mulan lifts up a piece of the rubble, the two women stare at what is lying beneath:) Mulan, what is that?”
Mulan: “That? That is what brought the Wraith here. That’s what killed our Prince.”
(We see an unconscious Emma and Mary Margaret lying in the rubble.)

 

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Storybrooke. Town Line. Present.
(The Seven Dwarves are at the town line. Leroy sprays a line over the Storybrooke border.)
Leroy: “This, gentlemen, is our mission, the great barrier of our existence. Does it remain? We must investigate the line. (He pulls out a small bag with straws inside:) I made straws. Short one crosses. Draw.”
Happy: “With the curse broken, we can cross, right? Should be no problem yeah?”
Walter: “With magic back, it could be even worse now.”
Doc: “Like, vaporize us.”
Bashful: “Let’s go home.”
Leroy: “Guys! We are the royal guard! Dwarves loyal to Snow White! This is our chance to prove ourselves to the prince. We must do this. Show your hands.
(Mr. Clark is holding the shortest straw.)

Mr. Clark: (Sneezes twice.)
Leroy: “You’re up, Snotty.” (Exhales deeply.)
Mr. Clark: “You know, what if we found a turtle and sort of nudged it over first?”
Leroy: “Oh, for the love of… (Pushes Mr. Clark over the line:) (Whoosh:) Sneezy, you okay? Sneezy!”

Town Hall. Exterior.
(The people of Storybrooke are trying to regain order after the breaking of the curse and the Wraith attack. Some townspeople are gathered in front of a wall of missing people. Marco puts up a picture of Pinocchio.)
Marco: “My boy. My poor boy.”
Ruby: (To the masses:) “If you are looking for a family member, come to the front table. If you need counseling, Dr. Hopper has a signup sheet. (Siren wails:) If the wraith damaged your house, there are cots at the school.”
Mother Superior: (Sighs:) “This is getting out of hand. People are in a panic. They don’t know what to do.”
Ruby: “It’s okay. It’ll be fine. We just need everyone to remain calm. I have a feeling our prince is working on something right now.”

Regina Mills’ House. 
(There's pounding on the door. Regina opens it and David enters.)
David Nolan: (Walking up the steps:) “Tell me… about this.”
(He holds up Jefferson’s hat.)
Regina Mills: “I’m surprised you don’t have armed guards ‘round the clock.”
David: “Don’t need 'em. We both know if you step outside, there’s a line a mile long for your head.”
Regina: (Shuts the door:) “Who’s going to risk coming at me?”
David: “Take your chances then. But, I think that little wallpaper trick was an anomaly. If you had your abilities back, this town would be charcoal by now. You’re having problems with magic, aren’t you? Right now the only thing keeping you alive is that Henry wishes it. (Holds up the hat again:) Now this.”
Regina: “It’s the hat that pulled your loved ones away.”
(Regina walks up the steps and past Charming into the dining room.)
David: (Follows:) “Well, where did you get it?”
Regina: “I’ve long since forgotten. You know what? Maybe you should be less concerned with hats and more concerned with taking care of my son.”
David: “Oh, because you took such great care of him.”
Regina: “I will not listen to child care lectures from a man who put his daughter in a box and shipped her to Maine.”
David: “Okay. (Softens:) Listen, that was uncalled for but I need my family. That includes Emma, who I know you care about. (Regina pauses but doesn’t deny this:) There’s magic here now. There have to be ways to follow them.”
Regina: “Follow them where? Into a sucking airless void? And good luck getting magic to work, because as you said, you’d be charcoal.”
David: “Ah, frustrated, are we? Serves you right. You earned every bit of this.”
Regina: “Keep on baiting me, Charming. Right now I don’t have magic and I don’t have my son, but when I get one, I get the other, and you don’t want to be around when that happens.”
David: “If you have to use magic to keep your son, you don’t really have him.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Young Regina is riding her horse, Rocinante, trying to leave her family’s manor.)
Regina: “Come on, Rocinante! Go! We’re almost free.”
(The branches on the trees suddenly come to life and grab Regina. Cora appears.)

Cora: “And I thought we were done with all this nonsense.”
Regina: “Hello, mother. What evil have you conjured?”
Cora: (Chuckles:) “Not evil, darling. A barrier spell. Designed to keep you where you belong.”
Regina: “I can’t leave?”
Cora: “Not alone. Not without the king. We’ve been through this. In two days, you’ll be married. You’ll be queen. After that, you’re free to go, whenever you’re with him.”
Regina: “Mama, I don’t want to marry the king. I don’t want this life.”
Cora: “You’re just frightened of having all that power.”
Regina: “I don’t want power. (Exhales:) I want to be free.”
Cora: “Power is freedom. Don’t worry. I’m here to show you.”

Storybrooke. Present. 
(The townspeople are still trying to figure everything out. David approaches.)
David: “Henry. Have you seen Blue? Mother Superior.”
Henry Mills: “No, but everyone is looking for you.”
Ruby: “Do we know where Rump… Mr. Gold is?”
Dr. Hopper: “Wait. Does the Queen still have power?”
Marco: “I thought I would find my boy. Are the lists complete?”
Henry: “He’s got to be planning something!”
Dr. Whale: “Hey, let me ask you something. Are the nuns still nuns, or can they, you know, date?”
David: “Uh, I don’t know. Blue!”
Dr. Whale: “Don’t say it’s me asking.”
David: “Could there be a tree on this side? The way we sent Emma through as a baby… maybe I could go after 'em that way.”
Mother Superior: “It’s possible, but without fairy dust to guide us here, uh, no, it’s hopeless.”
Henry: “You’ll find another way. In the book, things always look worse right before there’s good news.”
Leroy: (Running In:) “Terrible news! Terrible news! We were out at the town limits. Tell 'em who you think you are, Sneezy!”
Mr. Clark: “Will you stop calling me that? You know who I am. I’m Tom Clark. I own the Dark Star Pharmacy. What’s going on here?”
Leroy: “If you cross the border, you lose your memory all over again.”
Dr. Hopper: “And coming back doesn’t fix it?”
Leroy: “If it did, would I have come running in yelling ‘terrible news’?! If we leave, our cursed selves become our only selves.”
Ruby: “Do we know that anything’s gotten out that way?” 
(The people of Storybrooke continue their loud commotion.)
Henry: “I wonder if Mom knows.”
Man 1: “Help! We need help.”
Henry: “I can help!”
Man 2: “Don’t leave us here!”
Man 3: “We need something now!”
Leroy: “What do we do?”
David: “People! Everybody! Everybody, meet back here in two hours. I’ll tell you my plan to fix everything.”
Ruby: “What’s the plan?”
David: “I don’t know, but I got two hours to figure it out.”

Regina’s House.
(She is attempting to magically light a candle.)

Regina: “Come on. (Flame flickers:) Light, damn you.”
(Regina throws the candle into the fireplace and exits the house, only to run into Dr. Hopper.)
Dr. Hopper: “Regina. I thought you might want to talk.”
Regina: “Oh, right, the conscience thing.”
Dr. Hopper: “It’s what I do.”
Regina: “I’m in no mood.”
Dr. Hopper: “It’s too bad, 'cause…'Cause I think talking about your pain might be very helpful, might help you learn who you truly are.”
Regina: “I know who I am.”

The Enchanted Forest. Present. 
(Mulan and Aurora ride towards an island, dragging the bound Emma and Mary Margaret behind them.)
Mary Margaret: “What is this place?”
Mulan: “Our home.”
(They arrive at the safe haven, and people stop, stare and gasp.)
Emma: “It’s like they’re refugees.”
Mulan: “We’re survivors.”
Aurora: (Mary Margaret knees Aurora in the stomach:) “Aah!”
Mary Margaret: “Emma, run! (Both run away, but are stopped by Mulan who throws a sling at Mary Margaret’s back:) Aah!”
Emma: (Running back to check on her:) “Mary Margaret! Mary Margaret! (To Mulan:) What did you do?!”
Mulan: “Take them to the pit.”
Emma: “No.”
(Regardless, they are thrown into the pit.)
Emma: (As the guard drags Mary Margaret inside:) “Be careful! Oh! Be careful! (The guards leave:) Hey. Come on. Wake up. Hey. Can you hear me?”
Woman: “Do you need help?”
Emma: “Who are you?”
Woman: “A friend. (Stepping forward into the light coming from above:) My name’s Cora.”

King Leopold’s Castle, The Enchanted Forest. Past. 
(Regina is adorning young Snow White’s hair with flowers.)
Regina: “What do you think, Snow?”
Snow: “It looks beautiful.”
Regina: (Chuckles:) “No, dear, you look beautiful.”
Snow: (Eyes a necklace with the ring from Daniel on it:) “What’s this?”
Regina: “What? That’s mine.”
Snow: “It’s pretty. (Puts it around her neck:) Where did you get it?”
Regina: “Daniel gave it to me.”
Snow: “The stable boy. The one who left you.”
Regina: “He didn’t leave me.”
Snow: (Whispers:) “What?”
Regina: “He was killed.”
Snow: “Oh, no.”
Regina: “He was killed because you couldn’t keep a secret from my mother.” 
Snow: (Gasps:) “But… But she said… She told me she was going to help you.”
Regina: (Begins to choke Snow:) “My mother corrupts young souls. If you were stronger, none of this would’ve happened.”
Back In Reality…
Snow: “It’s pretty. Where did you get it?”
Regina: (Shakes her head to clear her vengeful thoughts:) “I don’t remember.”

Courtyard. A Short Time Later.
Regina:
“Daddy, you don’t know what mother’s doing to me. It’s like she’s turning me into her. I have to get away.”
Henry I: “Get away? But tomorrow’s the wedding, child.”
Regina: (Voice breaking:) “I don’t want to marry the king. I’ve told you that.”
Henry I: “Are you certain it isn’t just cold feet?”
Regina: “Daddy, this is not cold feet. This… this is… this is insanity. I’m angry all the time. She’s making me crazy.”
Henry I: “She wants to give you everything she never got for herself.”
Regina: (Crying:) “I don’t want her life. I want a life of my own. (Turns away:) How did she get like this?”
Henry I: (Hesitates:) “There was a man. (Regina turns back to face him:) Well, not quite a man. Someone Cora knew before I met her. He brought magic to her. Gave her that book of spells. He made her like she is.”
Regina: “What was his name?”
Henry I: “I don’t know. Cora won’t even say it.”
Regina: “But the book is his.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer. 
(Regina enters the shop and scours all the books.)
Mr. Gold: (Entering from the back room:) “The library’s beneath the clock tower. You closed it, remember? When you still had power.”
Regina: “I need the book. I need to get my son back.”
Mr. Gold: “Which book? Oh. (Laughs:) So it’s come down to that, eh? You need your mummy’s help.”
Regina: “Give me the book.”
Mr. Gold: “Do you really need the smell of the written word to get the magic flowing again, love? Maybe if you relaxed, it would just happen.”
Regina: “I don’t have time. It worked once. I know I can do it. I just… I just need a shortcut back.”
Mr. Gold: “Yeah, well, I don’t have time either. Leave. Please.”
Regina: (Smirks:) “Well… How about that? Your ‘pleases’ have lost their punch.”
Mr. Gold: “Well, the fact remains jump-starting your magic is not in my best interests.”
Regina: “You know what else isn’t in your best interest? Having everyone know the Enchanted Forest still exists. Knowing that you and I are keeping that little secret. You’re up to something… And it doesn’t involve going back home.”
(A book appears in Mr. Gold’s hand who hands it to Regina.)
Mr. Gold: “Careful, dearie. These are straight-up spells. Rough on the system.”
Regina: “I don’t care if they turn me green. I’m getting my son back.”
Mr. Gold: (Chuckles:) “Oh, my.”
Regina: “What?”
Mr. Gold: “It’s just holding that… I told you once you didn’t look like her, but now… Now I can see it.”
(Regina gasps, hurt, then leaves the shop.)

The Enchanted Forest. Present. The Safe Haven. 
(Cora tends to an unconscious Mary Margaret while Emma watches, in the pit where they are being held.)
Emma: “You sure she’s gonna be okay?”
Cora: (Nods:) “Don’t worry. She’ll be fine.”
Emma: “What is this place? Where are we?”
Cora: “It’s a little island our captors like to think of as their haven.”
Emma: “Haven? From what?”
Cora: (Shrugs:) “The world’s dangerous. What’s left of it, anyway.”
Emma: “Well, they can’t keep us down here. We didn’t do anything wrong.”
Cora: “Neither did I.”
Emma: “Then why are you here?”
Cora: “I’m here because of something my daughter did. The curse that ravaged this land? She cast it.”
Emma: “Regina? You’re Regina’s mother?”
Cora: “Yes. But you’ve nothing to fear from me. The apple fell very far from the tree. You’re from over there, aren’t you? How’d you get back?”
Mary Margaret: (Getting to her feet, holding her head:) “Emma. No…”
Cora: “Oh, Snow, you’re awake. I’m so relieved.”
Mary Margaret: (Grabs Emma by the arms:) “As bad as Regina is, this woman is worse.”
Cora: “Oh, Snow. Sweet Snow, please believe me. Whatever she told you isn’t true. I just want to help you.”
(Snow turns and stands protectively between Emma & Cora.)
Emma: (Softly:) “Let’s hear her out.”
Mary Margaret: “Emma.”
Emma: “Okay. Right now, we’re at the bottom of a hole with no other options. And Henry is back in Storybrooke.”
Cora: “Who’s Henry?”
Emma: “My son. I kind of share him with Regina. It’s complicated.”
Mary Margaret: “Don’t talk to her!”
(A rope is thrown down into the pit.)
Man: “Enough! Our leader requests an audience.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Cora’s Bedchamber. 
(Regina sneaks in and lifts Cora’s book of magic from under her pillow.)

Regina’s Chamber.
Regina: (Rifling through the pages she finds a name written:) “Rumplesh… Stilts… Rumpleschtiltskin, I summon thee.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Appearing, sat in a chair:) “That’s not how you say it, dearie, but then… You didn’t have to say anything.”
Regina: “What are you?”
Rumplestiltskin: “What? What? What? My, my, what a rude question. I am not a what.”
Regina: “Sorry. I don’t really know what I’m doing.”
Rumplestiltskin: “That much is clear. Allow me to introduce myself. (Bows:) Rumplestiltskin.”
Regina: (Lifts her skirts as if to curtsy:) “And I’m…”
Rumplestiltskin: “Regina. I know.”
Regina: “You do?”
Rumplestiltskin: “But of course.”
Regina: “Because of my mother, Cora. You taught her?”
Rumplestiltskin: “My legend precedes me.”
Regina: “People say I look like her when she was younger.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Really? (Pause:) I don’t see it. No, that’s not how I know you.”
Regina: “Oh. How then?”
Rumplestiltskin: “I knew you long ago, dearie. It’s been some time, but I knew this day would come. I’ve been waiting for it. And I’m so happy we’re back where we belong.”
Regina: “Where’s that?”
Rumplestiltskin:Together. Oh, yes, I know everything about you, my dear. I held you in my arms. You were younger, more… portable. There is much history between your family and me… history both in the past and in the future.”
Regina: “Then can you help me?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Possibly, yes. You seek power? The death of your enemies? The death of your friends?”
Regina: “No. I don’t want to hurt anyone.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Hard to believe you’re from the same family. So kind, so gentle… So… Ooh! Powerful. You could do so much if you just let yourself.”
Regina: “But I don’t know how.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Well… Let me show you the way.”
(Turns Regina around to reveal a large wrapped item.)
Regina: “How did…”
Rumplestiltskin: “Magic. It can set you free.”
Regina: “I don’t want to do that. Use magic… that’s what she does. I don’t want to end up like her.”
Rumplestiltskin: “No. No. Of course not, but that’s the beauty of my gift. You don’t have to. It will do it for you.”
Regina: “What is it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “A portal. A passage between lands. This is a portal to a specific annoying little world. Useless to me, but for your purposes, a-perfect. You’re unlikely ever to see her again. All she needs is a little push. The question is… can… you… do it?”

Storybrooke. Present. Mary Margaret’s Apartment.
(David is practicing his speech in front of a mirror:)
David: “People of Storybrooke, I know we’re trapped again and things look… bleak… But… they’re not.”
Henry: “No. Keep going. You were on to something.”
David: “No, I wasn’t. I did the fighting. Snow did the talking.”
(Places Jefferson’s hat on the table.)
Henry: “Can I see that?”
David: “Yeah.”
Henry: “I think I know what this is. It’s the Mad Hatter’s hat. It’s a portal between worlds.”
David: “Mad Hatter.”
Henry: “You’ve heard of him?”
David: “No. I mean, yeah. I mean, the prince-me doesn’t know him, but David had memories of reading ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in school. I need to get it to work again. Who is he? I mean, who is he here?”
Henry: “I don’t know. Maybe he’ll check in at the crisis center. You could check after the thing.”
David: “What thing?”
Henry: “The meeting where you tell us all your plan? Remember the speech you were doing?”
David: “Right. (Grabs his coat:) I’ll be back for that.”
(Leaves the apartment.)
Henry: (Following:) “Gramps, you gotta use me. Come on! (As David heads downstairs:) The curse was broken ‘cause of me! Let me help! (The door shuts:) Or not.” (Henry goes back inside.)

Mayor Mill’s House. Garden.
(Regina sits on a bench outside staring at her mother’s book of magic. Opening the book, she leans down and blows on one of the pages. Dust or vapor rises up from the pages allowing Regina to breathe it in. As she does, Regina is imbued once again by the power of magic, causing the rotten apples upon her tree to ripen once more.)

The Enchanted Forest. Present Day. The Safe Haven. 
(Emma and Mary Margaret walk through the camp.)
Mary Margaret: “Why can’t you just listen to me?”
Emma: “Why couldn’t you have trusted me? I was just trying to find a way to get us home. I could’ve handled her.”
Mary Margaret: “Cora? Don’t be so sure. I’ve lived here, Emma. I know this world and its dangers.”
Man: “Wait here.”
Emma: “Is that why you came through the portal? Because you thought I was helpless here?”
Mary Margaret: “No. I came through to be with you. (Looks over her shoulder:) Lancelot?”
Lancelot: “Snow?”
Mary Margaret: (Runs over and hugs him:) “Oh! Oh!”
Lancelot: “If I had known that you were the prisoners Mulan had brought back, I never would’ve locked you away. Please, forgive me.”
Mary Margaret: “Of course.”
Emma: “Lancelot? Really?”
Mary Margaret: “He’s an old friend. We can trust him. This is Emma.”

A Short Distance Away.
Aurora: (Watching:) “Why is he embracing them? They were responsible for Phillip’s death.”
Mulan: “You’re new here, Aurora. Phillip trusted Lancelot. So must we.”
Aurora:
“I want justice.”
Mulan: “Tread carefully. It’s dangerous to confuse vengeance with justice. Do you understand me? (Aurora doesn’t answer:) Do you understand me?”
Aurora:
“Yes.”
(Mulan leaves. Aurora draws out a concealed dagger and looks back at Emma and Mary Margaret.)

A Short Time Later. The Safe Haven.
(Emma and Mary Margaret receive a comprehensive meal.)
Emma: “What the hell is that?”
Lancelot: “That is Chimera. An acquired taste, but all our hunting party could bring back. One part lion, one part serpent, one part goat.”
Emma: (Inspects it:) “Like turducken?”
Mary Margaret: (To Lancelot:) “I don’t understand. We were told this land didn’t even exist anymore. How did you all escape the curse?”
Lancelot: “It is a mystery. The curse struck, and when the smoke cleared, most of us had been torn from this land. But some of us here, in this particular region, were left behind. We don’t know how and we don’t know why. Finding this safe haven wasn’t easy. It took some spilt blood. But, worry not, you’re safe here.”
Mary Margaret: “We can’t stay. My husband’s back there. Emma’s son, my grandson. We have to get back to them. Can you help us find a portal?”
Lancelot: “Leaving is unwise. The Enchanted Forest is not as you remember it. The Ogres have returned.”
Emma: “Ogres? Like, as in ‘Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum’?”
Mary Margaret: “Those would be giants.”
Lancelot: “Ogres are far worse. That’s why we live here, on this island, where it’s safe. Please, Snow, stay here. There are no more portals left.”
Mary Margaret: “I might know of one.”
Emma: “You do?”
Lancelot: “Where?”
Mary Margaret: “Cora’s near. I don’t feel comfortable voicing my plans. She’s powerful.”
Lancelot: “Not any more. The curse stripped her of her powers. But given her reputation, we’ve kept her locked up as a precaution.”
Mary Margaret: “Nevertheless, I’m not taking chances. Just trust me, I may have a way. Let us go.”
Lancelot: “I’ll allow it. But on one condition. Take my bravest warrior with you. Allow Mulan to defend you.”
Emma: “We can defend ourselves.”
Mary Margaret: “Deal. Thank you, Lancelot. For always looking out for me.”

Storybrooke. The Town Hall. Present.
(Everyone is gathered to hear David’s plan.)
Henry: (On his phone trying to reach David:) “Come on, Gramps. Pick up. Come on. Come on.”
Ruby: “Please, everyone, just be patient. I’m sure he’s gonna be here any second. (Noticing the crossbow:) Granny, do you really need that?”
Granny: “We got a lawless town, Ruby. Damn right I need it.”
Ruby: (To Henry:) “Try calling him again.”
Henry: “He’s not picking up.”
Ruby: “Just keep trying.”
(The doors to the hall suddenly spring open, revealing a sinister looking Regina.)
Regina: “My… What a nice turnout. (She strides into the room, everyone moving out of her way:) No need for a fuss. It’s just little old me.”
Dr. Hopper: (Running forward:) “Regina, think about what you’re doing.”
Regina: “Bug.” (Regina uses her magic to knock him backwards.) 
Dr. Hopper: “Aah!”
Leroy: (Running up:) “Hey!”
(Leroy is also knocked backwards. Granny steps forward and shoots her crossbow but Regina deftly catches the arrow.)
Regina: “How sweet.”
(Regina tosses the now flaming arrow towards the gathered masses, it zooms around the room and then ignites the Storybrooke sign behind her.)
Ruby: (Defiantly:) “What do you want?!”
Henry: “Me. She wants me. (Walking towards his mother:) Okay, I’ll come with you. Just… leave them alone.”
Regina: (Her expression softens, cupping Henry’s face affectionately:) “That’s my boy.”
(Henry and Regina exit the hall, leaving everyone to stare after them, terrified.)

The Enchanted Forest. Present. The Safe Haven.
(Mulan opens a trunk full of weapons.)
Mulan: “Choose wisely. We must be vigilant if we hope to survive the journey.”
Emma: (Picking up a knife and putting it in her boot:) “Where’s my gun? I want it back.”
Mulan: (Removes the gun from her pocket and examines it:) “Is it magic?”
Emma: (Holding out her hand:) “Depends on who’s pulling the trigger.”
Mulan: (Hands it back to Emma:) “Follow my lead, step where I step, do exactly as I say, and we might survive.”
Emma: “Thanks for the pep talk, but I think we’re okay. I just killed a dragon recently.”
Mulan: “Have you ever seen an ogre?”
Emma: “Pretty sure I’ve dated a few.”
Mulan: “Legend has it that when they kill you, the last thing you see is yourself dying in the reflection in their eyes. Let’s walk. It’ll be dark soon.”
(Mulan walks ahead of them.)
Mary Margaret: “Don’t let her rattle you. I won’t let anything happen to us. Stick to the plan.”
Emma: “What is the plan? You haven’t told me anything. What’s going on?”
Mary Margaret: “The wardrobe.”
Emma: “Wardrobe? The wardrobe? Like, the wardrobe that sent little baby me to Maine?”
Mary Margaret: “Mm-hmm.”
Emma: “You think it could get us back to Storybrooke?”
Mary Margaret: “I don’t know. First we have to see if it survived the curse, then we’ll worry about making it work.”
Emma: “Where is it?”
Mary Margaret: “My place. You wanna see where you’re from, Emma? That’s right. We’re going home.”
(They walk a short distance.)
Emma: “So, what’s the story with you and Lancelot?”

Storybrooke. Present. 
(David has been trying to locate Jefferson, without much luck, but is quickly found by a panicked Ruby.)
Ruby: “David, Regina has Henry!”
David: “What?”
Ruby: “She has Henry. She’s threatening everyone.”
David: “She has Henry?”
Ruby: “She showed up at your town meeting… the one you missed. Her magic’s back. Everyone’s panicking. They want to leave town. They’re going to lose everything.”
David: “Okay. But I have to find the Mad Hatter. He’s my only hope of finding a way to get Emma and Snow back.”
Ruby: “Okay, back to what? This town is about to come apart. You’ve got to do something.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Royal Castle.
(In the past, Lancelot has captured Snow White and brought her to King George’s castle.)
Snow White: (As Lancelot pulls her hood off, to King George:) “I don’t care what you do to me. I will never tell you where he is!”
King George: “I know. That’s not why you’re here. (To Lancelot:) Would you bring our guest some water? (To Snow:) Times have been good for you, haven’t they? I can see a light in your eyes. Cherish that, because that light can die and be replaced by something else… pain.”
Snow White: “The only thing you know of pain is how to inflict it.”
King George: “That’s where you’re so very, very wrong. I’ve had my share of pain. I had a son that I loved die before his time. I tried to replace him with your ‘Charming,’ offered him the world, but he rejected me, humiliated me in front of my kingdom, all for the sake of true love.”
Snow White: “Something about which you know nothing.”
King George: “I know more than you think.”
Snow White:You… were in love?” 
(She drinks some water.)
King George: “Yes, and she loved me. We were happy, blissful, but then she became cursed. She drank a vile potion that made it impossible for us to conceive a child. Family is everything, my dear. Losing all hope of having one… there is no greater misery. Charming could’ve been that hope for me, but instead, he made my suffering worse. For that, death is too good for him. First, he must know pain… my pain.”
Snow White: (Looking down at her chalice:) “No.”
Lancelot: “You poisoned her?”
King George: “I cursed her. She will never bear a child.”

The Enchanted Forest. Present.
Mulan:
“This will do. We’ll make camp here for the night. We just need to find water, collect some firewood.”
Emma: “Uh, if we’re hiding from ogres, shouldn’t we maybe, I don’t know, not start a fire?”
Mary Margaret: “Ogres are blind. They hunt by sound alone.”
Emma: “Right. Because that’s something everyone would know about ogres.”
Mary Margaret: “Look… I know you’re out of your element…”
Emma: “I’m fine.”
Mary Margaret: “I know, but maybe you should just stay here while we get wood and water, guard the campsite.”
Emma: “You mean the big, empty clearing?”
Mary Margaret: “It’s the safest place. We’ll be right back.”
(Mulan and Mary Margaret walk off, leaving Emma alone.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past.
(Snow White is dumped unceremoniously onto the ground of the forest by King George’s men, who ride off and leave her. Picking herself up, Snow walks a few steps before hearing a horse approaching. Grabbing a fallen branch and ducking behind a tree, Snow waits. Lancelot rides into the clearing and, when he is close enough, Snow ambushes him.)
Snow White: “Aah! Uhh! (Knocks Lancelot of his horse:) Ya!”
Lancelot: “Wait! I’ve come to help.”
Snow White: “After what you did to me?”
Lancelot: “After what the King did to you. I still do have a small shred of honor left.”
Snow White: “Do you really think I’m that naive? You’re going to earn my trust so I can lead you straight…”
Lancelot: “To the cabin where your prince is hiding his mother?”
Snow White: “How did you know?”
Lancelot: “Because George knows where it is. He sent men there to kill your man’s mother.”
Snow White: “Charming’s at the cabin, too.”

The Cabin.
(Ruth is outside in the garden.)
Prince Charming: “Mother, the place looks beautiful. Will you come inside?”
Ruth: “I’m sorry if I want things to be perfect when I meet the girl my son is going to marry.”
Prince Charming: “Wait. Did you hear that? Go in. Bolt the door. Whatever happens, stay inside. Go. (Charming runs a short distance and turns to find himself surrounded by George’s men:) What? That’s it?”
(A soldier fires an arrow at Charming but he ducks, leading him to take on and dispatch all of the King’s men in quick succession.) 
Ruth: (Clutching an arrow to her chest, shakily:) “Son?”
Prince Charming: (Running towards her:) “Mother! Mother! (Catching her before she falls:) I told you to stay inside.”
Ruth: “I know, but I heard you. I thought you were hurt. I’m sorry.”
Prince Charming: “No. You’re gonna be okay. Okay? Everything’s gonna be okay.”
(Lancelot and Snow arrive.)
Snow White: (Dropping to her knees beside them:) “I’m so sorry. We came as quickly as we could.”
Ruth: “Is this… Snow?”

Storybrooke. Present. The Town Line.
(David drives quickly ahead of all the townspeople who are driving straight for the town line. He swerves and stops his car, creating a blockade.)
Archie Hopper: (Exiting his car:) “Get out of the way! We have a right to go!”
David: (Climbing on the back of his truck, to everyone:) “Listen to me! Listen. If you cross that line, you’re gonna be lost. Everyone who loves you will lose you. But there’s something worse. You’ll lose yourself. Look, I get wanting to leave here. I do. And I get that it’s easier to let go of bad memories, but… even bad memories are part of us. David, Storybrooke David was… is … weak… confused… and he hurt the woman I love. I wouldn’t give up being Charming just to be him. But you know what? I wouldn’t make the other trade either, because that David reminds me not only of whom I lost… But of who I want to be. My weaknesses and my strengths. David and The Prince. I am both… Just like you. You are both. The town is both. We are both. Stay here, and every choice is open to you. Live in the woods if you want. Hell, live in a shoe if you want. Or eat frozen burritos and write software. Let’s open Granny’s, the school and get back to work. I will protect you. She won’t be able to hurt any of us, not as long as I’m alive. Not as long as we all come together… As we did before… As we shall do again.”
(The townspeople all slowly nod and return to their cars as Ruby and David shared relieved looks.)

The Enchanted Forest. Past. 
(Prince Charming and Lancelot are talking about the arrow.)
Lancelot: “It’s poisoned.”
Prince Charming: “Then we find an antidote?”
Snow White: “Or the fairies. They can help us.”
Lancelot: “No. I’m afraid this is gonna take something stronger than fairy dust.”
Prince Charming: “Lake Nostos… I’ve been there before. Its waters have powerful magical properties. I’ve seen them turn a man from solid gold back into flesh. It isn’t far. A day’s journey at most.”
Lancelot: “I’ll prepare a wagon.”


On The Road.
Prince Charming: “Must be a curious tale.”
Lancelot: “What?”
Prince Charming: “Well, how a knight of the round table ended up a sword for hire.”
Lancelot: “You mean how did I fall from grace? The same way you ended up running from King George. A woman.”
Prince Charming: (To Ruth and Snow:) “We’re gonna scout ahead. We won’t be long.”
(They leave as Snow cares for Ruth.)
Ruth: “Thank you.”
Snow White: “Oh. It’s the least I can do. Are you comfortable?”
Ruth: “No. For giving my son something to believe in. All he’s ever dreamt of was having a wife and a son. Fret not. It could be a daughter. But trust me, all that matters is that it’s healthy. Let me show you something. (Ruth reaches up and removes a chain from around her neck:) My mother gave this to me when I was pregnant. She said it was spelled by a gypsy to predict the sex of your firstborn even before you are with child.”
Snow White: “And it works?”
Ruth: “It did with my boys. If it swings North to South, it’s a boy. East to West, it’s a girl.”
Snow White: “Mm.”
Ruth: “Shall we? Just between us?”
Snow White: “Oh, I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
Ruth: “Indulge an old woman. It’ll help take my mind off the… well, you know. Here.”
(The amulet doesn’t spin. Snow looks devastated.)
Ruth: “Don’t worry. It’s just… a silly superstition. What’s wrong, child? (Reaches for and takes Snow’s hand:) You can tell me anything, Snow.”
Snow White: “It’s the King. When he captured me, he cursed me, so… so that I can never have children.”
Ruth: “Worry not. If the water from Lake Nostos can heal me, it should be able to do the same for you.”
Snow White: “Do you really think so?”
Ruth: “You are going to be a wonderful mother.”

Storybrooke. Present. Mills House. Henry’s Room.
(Regina and Henry are talking on Henry’s bed.)
Regina: (Sighs:) "Now I don’t want you to think that things are just going to go back to how they used to be, Henry.”
Henry: “How long am I grounded? Until I grow up?”
Regina: “Henry, I rescued you because I love you.”
Henry: “So I’m a prisoner because you love me. That’s not fair.”
Regina: “You know where I come from. That was really not fair. Of all the places I’ve seen, this is the fairest of them all.”
Henry: “You ruined lives. You sent away Mary Margaret and Emma.”
Regina: “That was an accident.”
Henry: “The way you treated me wasn’t an accident. You made it so no one believed me. You made me feel like I was crazy.”
Regina: “But that’s all gonna change now. Henry, you can know all the secrets. You can live in a house with magic. Look what I could do. (She magics a cake out of thin air. Chuckles:) And I can teach you. You can do this and so much more. You can have all the friends you want come over any time, and you can show them everything in your book.”
Henry: “No one’s gonna want to come over here. They’re scared of you.”
Regina: “You can make them not be scared. You can make them love you.”
Henry: “I don’t want that. I don’t want to make people like me. I don’t want magic and neither should you. I just want them back. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I should be over there with them, riding horses, learning how to sword fight.”
Regina: “Is that what this is about? Henry you’ve hardly been to school recently as it is. (Henry looks away:) Look, I know. It’s okay, because we are gonna do this together. I promise I will find a way to bring them both back.”

The Enchanted Forest. Present. 
(At their camp, Mary Margaret is making a fire, when Aurora appears with a knife and tries to kill her.) 
Aurora: “Don’t move. Phillip’s gone because of you.”
(Mary Margaret flips Aurora over and pins her to the ground.)
Mary Margaret: “You listen to me, princess! You think I don’t know what it’s like to be separated from the people that I love? What happened to Phillip was not our fault. So I suggest you find another way to channel your anger.”
Mulan: (Pulling Mary Margaret off:) “Don’t talk to her like that.”
Mary Margaret: “She tried to kill me.”
Mulan: “I will deal with her.” 
(Mulan picks up Aurora’s knife when a gunshot is heard.)
Mary Margaret: “Emma, what are you doing?”
Emma: “Protecting you. (Points her gun at Mulan:) Drop the weapon!”
Mary Margaret: “Do you have any idea what you’ve just done?”
(A loud roar is heard.)
Emma: (Turning towards the sound:) “Ogres?”
Mary Margaret: “RUUUNNN!!!”
Mulan: “Aurora. This way. Come on!”
Mary Margaret: “Split up!”
Mulan: “Come on!”
Mary Margaret: “Over there.”
(Emma trips over a log branch. The ogre approaches her, she tries to shoot it but it crushes her gun.)
Emma: “Seriously?”
(Whistle.)
Mary Margaret: (Yelling at the Ogre:) “Back away from my daughter! (She notches an arrow and fires her bow, shooting the ogre in the eye, killing it:) 
You have to shoot them in the eye.”
Emma: “When was the last time you shot an arrow?”
Mary Margaret: “Twenty eight years ago. Guess it’s like riding a bike.”
Emma: “Yeah, but how did you know you could hit that?”
Mary Margaret: “I didn’t. Next time, listen to me. (Nods to the discarded gun:) That kind of thing isn’t gonna work here.”
Emma: “Yeah.”
Margaret: “We should get going.”

The Enchanted Forest. Past. Lake Nostos
(Prince Charming, Ruth, Snow White and Lancelot discover that the lake is bone dry.)
Snow White: “Where’s the lake?”
Prince Charming: “You’re looking at it. It’s gone. This is my fault. The siren who lived here… I killed her. That’s why the lake is dry.”
Lancelot: “You needn’t worry. My mother raised me by a lake. There may yet be water. You just… need to know where to look. (Lancelot searches the lake bed trying to find any water that remains, but can only find a tiny bit in a seashell:) God in his mercy, lend her grace.”
Prince Charming: “You found it?”
Lancelot: “It’s all that’s left. Just enough for one sip.”
Prince Charming: “Enough to heal my mother.”
Lancelot: “We shall find out.”
(Lancelot pours it carefully into a flask.)

Across The Way.
Ruth: “I want you to have it. That last sip of water… I want you to drink it.”
Snow White: “No. No, I couldn’t.”
Ruth: “That water can lift your curse, allow you and my son to have a child.”
Snow White: “But you’ll die. I won’t let you give your life for this.”
Ruth: “That’s what parents do. They put their children first. Someday you will understand.”
Snow White: “No. Maybe it’s for the best. I was raised without a mother. I wouldn’t even know how to be one. This water was meant for you.”
Prince Charming: (Hurrying over to them:) “Mother. Mother. Our prayers are answered. There is magic in this lake yet. Here. Drink.”
(Ruth does so and, as Charming and Lancelot hug, speaks softly to Snow.)
Ruth: “Have faith, Snow. We’ll find another way.”
Prince Charming: “Why isn’t it working?”
Lancelot: “Wounds take time to heal.”
Prince Charming: “No. No. I used this magic before. It worked instantly. There wasn’t enough water. We need more.”
Ruth: “Son… stop. There’s no m-more magic here, and I don’t want to spend my last moments this way.”
Prince Charming: “This is all my fault. I am so sorry.”
Ruth: “F… for what? For being happy? For finding your true love? For your happiness, I would gladly give my life. My only regret is that I won’t live to see you marry Snow.”
Prince Charming: “Shh.”
Snow White: “Yes, you will. Lancelot, does a disgraced member of the round table still have the power to perform a wedding?”
Lancelot: “It would be my honor.”

A Short While Later.
(Lancelot presides over Snow & Charming’s wedding.)
Lancelot: “In my kingdom, there is legend of a cup that has the power to grant eternal life. And so may the love between you always be strong, true, and eternal.”
(Snow and Charming both sip from the cup Lancelot offers to them. Ruth watches on as Snow and Charming marry. They kiss and afterwards Ruth dies.)
Prince Charming: “Goodbye, mother.”

Enchanted Forest. Past. Regina’s Bedchamber.
Cora: “What’s this?”
Regina: (Turns to see Cora admiring the portal:) “I don’t know. A gift?”
Cora: “Maybe it’s a portrait. (Waves her hand and removes the covering magically:) Oh, a looking glass. Not nearly as personal. I wonder sometimes if the people really love you.”
Regina: “I’m doing my best, mother.”
Cora: “Oh, honey, I’m sorry. Come here. Look at you, with your whole life ahead of you, and it’s going to be better than you can imagine. The King’s not a strong man. The kingdom will be yours. Raise the tributes, form a personal guard, let everyone know where the new power lies, and you’ll hold the hearts of your people in your hands.”
Regina: (Walking away:) “Is that what you would do, mother?”
Cora: “That’s exactly what I would do.”
Regina: “Well, the thing is, I don’t want to be you. (Regina turns to push her into the looking glass, Cora stops her using magic:) Aah!”
Cora: “What are you doing? You think it’s that easy to get rid of me? You’re stuck with me forever, darling, because I’m your mother, and I know best.” 
(A Rumplestiltskin apparition appears in the looking glass and gives last minute encouragement to Regina to push Cora into the glass and out of her life.) 
Regina: “Aah! Aah!”
(Once Cora falls through the portal, the glass shatters, closing the portal for good.)

The Enchanted Forest. Present. Royal Castle. 
(Emma and Mary Margaret enter Emma’s nursery.)
Emma: “Oh, my God. I recognize this from Henry’s book.”
Mulan: (To Aurora:) “Come. We’ll stand watch at the gate.”
(They leave.)
Mary Margaret: “I never thought I’d see this place again. This room. It was your nursery.”
Emma: “I lived here?”
Mary Margaret: “You never even got to spend a night. (Pause:) This is the life I wanted you to have. I was going to teach you how to walk in here, how to talk, how to dress for your first ball. You never got to do any of it. We never got to be a family.”
Emma: “We have a family… in Storybrooke and right now they need us to get back there. So… (Points to the wardrobe:) how do we get this to work? (Walks over and opens the door:) Where’s the ‘on’ switch?”
Mary Margaret: “It’s more complicated than that. We’ll have to get it back to the island. Hopefully, someone there has access to enough magic to make it work again.”
Emma: “How are we gonna carry this thing?”
Lancelot: (Entering the room:) “With the help of an old friend.”
Mary Margaret: “Lancelot. What are you doing here?”
Lancelot: “We heard about the ogre attack, and I had to make sure you were alright.”
Mary Margaret: “Oh. Where are Mulan and Aurora?”
Lancelot: “I sent them to find food. Tonight we’ll make camp, and in the morning, we’ll head back. So… this is it… the portal you were after.”
Mary Margaret: “The same one Emma went through. It’s how she escaped the curse.”
Lancelot: “Remarkable.”
Mary Margaret: “Geppetto carved it from an enchanted tree, but… there’s no magic left.”
Lancelot: “A portal this powerful… there must be another way to recharge it.”
Mary Margaret: “Why are you so interested in the wardrobe?”
Lancelot: “Well, I just want you to get home to your husband and son. Henry. They must miss you.” 
(Snow White draws her sword.)
Mary Margaret: “Stay away from him, Emma. He is not who he says he is.”
Emma: “What are you talking about? Who the hell is he?”
Mary Margaret: “There is only one person you told Henry’s name.”
Emma: “Cora.”
Cora: (Transforms:) “Clever girl.”

Mary Margaret: “Where’s Lancelot?”
Cora: “He’s dead. I killed him a long time ago.”
Mary Margaret: “And you’ve been posing as him ever since.”
Cora: “Well, they’d never listen to me. And besides, every kingdom needs a hero, don’t you think?”
(Mary Margaret tries to attack but Cora pins her against the wall with magic. Emma charges but Cora knocks her away.)
Mary Margaret: “Aah! Oh!”
Cora: “Thank you, Snow. I’ve been looking for a way over for so long. (Emma tries to attack Cora but again Cora uses magic to stall her:) I never thought the person to help me find it… would be you.”
Mary Margaret: “Why? Why are you doing this?”
Cora: “I want to see my daughter. It’s been too long. And you know, I would love to meet my grandson Henry.”
Emma: “No, you won’t!” 
(Emma creates a fire using gunpowder, torching the wardrobe.)
Cora: “NO!”
(Cora creates a fireball and is about to throw it at Emma before Mulan deflects it with her sword.)
Aurora: “Mulan!”
Cora: (Seeing she’s outnumbered:) “We’re not done.”
(She disappears and Mary Margaret is released.)
Mary Margaret: “Oh!”
Emma: “You okay?”
Mary Margaret: “You saved me.”
Emma: “Yeah, well… where is she?”
Mary Margaret: “Gone.”
Emma: “So is our ride home.” 

The Enchanted Forest. Past. 
(Regina rides her horse away from the Kingdom. Rumplestiltskin is waiting for her.)
Rumplestiltskin: “Leaving, are we?”
Regina: (Dismounts:) “That was always the plan. Here. (Pulls Cora’s book of magic from her satchel:) A gift. I don’t want it.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Takes it:) “Uh, can’t be a gift. It was mine to start with. Before you go… Answer me this… How did it feel?”
Regina: “I love my mother.”
Rumplestiltskin: “That’s not what I asked, dearie. How did it feel to use magic?”
Regina: “It doesn’t matter. I’ll never use it again.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Why not?”
Regina: “Because I loved it.”
Rumplestiltskin: (Giggles:) “You’ve discovered who you are. You could do so much now… (Singsong:) If you let me show you how.”
Regina: “Through magic.”
Rumplestiltskin: “Through many things.”
Regina: “And what do you get out of it?”
Rumplestiltskin: “Someday… You’ll do something for me. Let me guide you.”
(Holds out the book. After a moment, Regina places her hand upon it.)
Regina: (Sniffles:) “And I won’t become like her?”
Rumplestiltskin: “That, dearie… is entirely up… to you.”

Storybrooke. Present. Regina Mills’ House. 
(The front door bursts open and David walks in with a sword. Regina gasps.)
David: “I want to see him.”
Regina: (Stands and faces him, Calls:) “Henry, come down. (To Charming:) You won’t be using that.”
David: (Pointing his sword:) “Whatever you conjure, I can fight.”
Regina: “I mean, you won’t need (Brushing the weapon aside:) your sword. (Henry descends the stairs and Regina goes to meet him:) Henry, you’re gonna go home with David.”
Henry: “Really?”
Regina: “Really. I shouldn’t have brought you here. I was… I don’t know how to love very well. I wasn’t capable of it for a very long time. But I know… I remember… That if you hold on to someone too hard, that doesn’t make them love you. I’m sorry I lied to you, that I made you feel like I didn’t know who you are. But I want you to be here because you want to be here, not because I forced you… And not because of magic. I want to redeem myself. Go get your things.”
(Henry turns and runs upstairs.)
David: “Then prove it.”
Regina: (Turns towards him:) “How?”
David: “Answer one question. Does it exist?”
Regina: “What?”
David: “The Enchanted Forest, our land… does it still exist?”
Regina: (Walks down the stairs to stand in front of him:) “Yes. But I have no idea how to get back there. (At David’s determined expression:) I can see I just launc