Once Upon a Time s02e15 Episode Script

The Queen is Dead

NARRATOR: Previously on Once Upon A Time Where has Rumplestiltskin gone? Do you really think you can just stab him in the heart with your sword? Well, I prefer my hook, but I can't find that now.
With the Dark One gone, we can search for his dagger.
EMMA: Here's your boy.
- Neal? - Emma? Get out of my apartment! - Neal - Emma, I got this.
You two know each other! How? Mom? What's going on? Is this my son? A young boy will lead you to him.
(ECHOING) The boy will be your undoing.
Then I'll just have to kill him.
EVA: Let's be certain she's seated as far away from the Duke as possible, for the Duchess's sake.
Yes, ma'am.
Do you like it? Oh, my dear Snow, you are an absolute vision.
You are gonna be the talk of the ball.
And not just because it's for your birthday.
(EVA SIGHS) Come.
I can hardly believe you're growing up so fast.
(GASPS) Which reminds me.
I have a gift for you.
It was my mother's once, and her mother's before that.
And soon it will be yours.
- EVA: Johanna? - (GASPS) Oh! Oh, Your Majesty! Please forgive me.
I just wanted to see the How dare you? That's mine! It's not for a servant.
It was my mistake.
- Servants don't wear crowns.
- Enough.
- I'm sorry, Your Majesty - No.
I was talking to Snow.
Me? I thought I raised you better than that, Snow.
It doesn't matter whether one is a servant or royalty.
Everyone in the kingdom deserves our love and respect.
But she took my tiara She apologized.
And it isn't yours yet.
Your Majesty, it's all right.
You are kind, Johanna, but Snow must learn.
My dear, we are all the same.
But I thought we were royals.
We are.
But that doesn't make us better than anyone else.
The upcoming ball, for instance.
Can you tell me what it's for? It's to honor me.
On my birthday.
No.
It's for you to honor them.
By showing them you will be a kind and benevolent leader when that time comes.
Please.
When you're crowned with this on your birthday, it will be a symbol that you will always hold goodness in your heart and rule justly.
Now do you understand? I do, Mother.
It's beautiful.
(BOTH CHUCKLE) And it's heavier than it looks.
(ALL GASP) - Your Majesty? - Mother! I'm fine.
No, no, you're not.
Come.
There.
I'm getting the doctor.
Mother.
I'm fine, dear.
- What are you doing? - Making breakfast.
Why? I'm hungry.
You think I don't know what you're doing? We talked about this.
We had a deal.
I know, I know.
But with the curse broken, I thought maybe you would change your mind.
Well, I didn't.
What's this? - A birthday present.
- No, I told you.
- It's not from me.
- No one else knows.
Apparently, someone does.
And they also think you should celebrate.
It was left outside the door this morning.
What is it? I thought that was lost when the curse hit.
(SNIFFLES) So did I.
Johanna? I didn't know she was in Storybrooke.
Neither did I.
After the curse, you were gone for a while.
You know, we're all still finding each other.
It hasn't been easy.
I have to go.
Okay.
Hey.
Happy birthday.
Thank you for understanding.
You should go.
It's getting late, you have to go to work.
I know.
I just (SIGHS) I just wish this day made you happier.
I know.
But we both know it can't.
(SIGHS) (COIN CLATTERS) Apologies, mate.
But I think you have something of mine.
Johanna? (WHISPERS) Snow.
It's Mary Margaret here.
No.
You will always be my dear Snow.
- Ah! - Oh! (CHUCKLES) I never thought I'd see you again.
- Or this.
- Oh.
I came across it in Mr.
Gold's shop and I knew how much it meant to you.
I knew you had to have it.
Thank you.
I haven't seen those flowers in a long time.
They reminded me of you.
Because they could survive the harshest winter.
And you were born during the harshest one of all.
That's why she named me Snow.
I thought keeping this garden would be a nice way to honor her.
It is.
I miss her, too.
(SNIFFS) (WHISPERS) Oh.
- (RUSTLING) - (WINGS FLAPPING) What was that? Stay here.
I'm sure it was nothing.
- Snow.
- No, please.
Please, just stay here, I'll be right back.
(DIRT SIFTING) (SHOVEL THUDS) (PAPER RUSTLING) And you're sure this is where we're supposed to dig? (SIGHS) Yes.
Hook marked it clearly.
Rumplestiltskin's dagger is here.
(GRUNTS) Unless Hook lied to us.
(SIGHS) Then this map is useless.
Gold is the only one who can translate it.
Oh, don't worry, sweetheart.
Hook could have saved us a lot of effort with honesty, but the truth is, we don't need anyone.
I can reconstruct the map.
It'll just take a bit more time.
And when we find it, I promise you, I'll use that dagger to force the Dark One to kill anyone you like.
MARY: David! David! David! David! Oh! - David? What happened? - (GROANS) Hook.
He ambushed me.
(GRUNTS) Are you hurt? No, I'm fine.
It's not me he wants, it's Gold.
And his hook.
Yeah, I'm gonna enjoy throwing his ass in jail.
Hook isn't the problem, David.
- Tell that to my head.
- It's Regina.
She's been lying to us.
She's working with Cora to find Gold's dagger.
The dagger controls him.
If Cora gets it, she can force Gold and all his power to do her bidding.
Or become the Dark One herself.
Neither one of those options sounds good.
Lucky for us, we can call the man himself.
He's with Emma.
Tried it.
I sent a message.
Well, we can't just wait.
No, we have to buy time until they call us back or return.
How? Regina.
She doesn't trust her mother.
Never has.
If we can put some doubt in her about Cora's motives, it might slow them down.
And you think she'll just trust you? Well, she doesn't need to trust me.
She just has to listen to me.
And I know how to get her to do that.
So, uh, you like pizza? Yeah.
Let me guess, you're gonna tell me the best pizza's in New York and I gotta try it, right? Actually, it's in the Kingdom of Damarian on the north shore of the Dragon Fields of Zorn.
Nah, it's in New York.
Here, let's get you a slice.
So you're really from there? Yeah, I am.
Do you think that we should If we were welcome, I feel confident an invitation would've been extended.
It's a sad truth that the people closest to us are the ones capable of causing us the most pain.
That's our common ground, Miss Swan.
Guess my lying to him just caught up with me.
Give him time, he'll forgive you.
Is that you projecting your own hopes? (SCOFFS) My son and I have some way to go.
I can see that.
I need you to speak to him.
Try and convince him to come back to Storybrooke with us.
If I recall, there was only one favor I owed you.
And I think I'm paid up.
This isn't about me anymore.
You'll do it for Henry.
How do you figure that? Well, because if you don't, you're gonna wake up one morning and discover he's hopped in a bus back to New York.
He ran away to Boston to be with you.
He'll do the same thing for his father.
Until Neal lets him down.
Which he will.
It'll be a hard lesson, but then at least Henry will understand that I lied to protect him.
Someone's beginning to sound a lot like Regina.
I think the real reason you lied was to protect yourself.
What's that supposed to mean? - From getting hurt again.
- That's not happening.
Do you want a second a chance with that man? What makes you think that? The look on your face.
You have no idea what What are we talking about? Emma, Neal wanted to show me the museum.
Do you think we can go back to the apartment and get my camera? Yeah, well, I Kids like culture, right? Sure.
Yeah, that's fine.
You like the New York pizza? Yeah, it's delicious, cheesy and doesn't lie.
(DOOR BELLS JINGLE) So how is Henry? Is he okay? He's fine.
Everything's fine.
What did he say? I didn't actually talk to him.
(SIGHS) Then why am I here? Because I know you've been lying.
And I thought it was time we talk about it.
I don't know what you're talking about.
No, no, no.
No more lying.
I know you've been with your mother.
I know you're looking for the dagger.
What I'm doing is my business.
There's a war starting, Regina.
That much is clear, yes.
Lucky for you, you've earned enough goodwill with me to give you one last chance.
Just to choose the right side, the side of good.
Have you ever considered that maybe, perhaps, I am good? I was always the Queen, it was you who added "Evil" to my name.
Good doesn't do what you do.
Why? Regina, why go back to being this way after how hard you tried? And what did it get me? Dinner with a bunch of hypocrites who pretend they'll forgive me, when, in their hearts, they know they never will.
You're giving me a chance? How about I give you one? Stay out of my way.
Listening to your mother is a mistake, Regina.
Because listening to you will work out so much better.
She doesn't care about Henry.
All she wants is power.
Power's how you get things.
She doesn't care about you.
Really? And what would you know about mothers? Do you know what's wrong with her? DOCTOR: Not yet, my dear.
But I have hope that we shall know soon.
Then she'll be all right? (WEAKLY) Snow.
Mother.
You should call for the King immediately.
(STUTTERS) What message shall I give him? That whatever business he's attending to can wait.
He should be at his wife's side.
We'll cancel the ball.
And turn it into a celebration once you're better.
We can't cancel your birthday.
It will be fine.
I will be well by then.
I want to see you walking in, in that tiara.
(KISSES) I don't care about my birthday.
(WHISPERS) All I care about is you.
(COUGHING) Johanna.
Snow, let's leave your mother alone, hmm? It's all right.
She needs her rest.
Come.
Mother? What's going to happen to her? Is she going to die? - (SOBS) - (SHUSHING) I don't know.
I don't want to lose her.
We must hope the doctor will He doesn't even know what's wrong with her.
How can we place hope in him? There has to be something that can save her.
Maybe there is.
If medicine can't cure the Queen, (WHISPERS) perhaps magic can.
(WHISPERS) Magic? Yes.
Your mother has a confidante, someone few know about.
Someone schooled with the most powerful of magic.
I'm not really supposed to even know of this.
Please, Johanna.
There is a benevolent fairy who can grant a person's wish, if their heart is true.
Mine is.
I swear.
Where do I find this fairy? Tonight, go into the woods, where the sky is clearest.
Wish upon the Blue Star, then she will appear to you.
(HORN BLARES) So, should I call you "Grandpa" now? Call me whatever you like.
NEAL: He's a good kid.
Yeah.
Hey, I'm trying my best here.
I know.
We all are.
It's just, we're gonna have to go back.
To our home.
I'm just getting to know him.
Well, then maybe Maybe you should come with us.
To Storybrooke? I've seen your apartment.
You don't got a lot going on here.
Looks can be deceiving.
Listen, there's something I've been meaning to tell you.
It's complicated.
So, Neal, do you think we can take the subway? Yeah.
Sure, of course.
Let's go get that camera.
Come on.
Here, I got it.
NEAL: After this, maybe Times Square? - HENRY: Great.
- So, uh, did you talk to him? He said it's complicated.
Oh, I see.
Well, maybe he just needs some time.
I don't know.
(GRUNTS) - (GRUNTS) - Ah! Uh! Tick-tock.
(GROANS) Time's up, crocodile.
You took Milah, my love, my happiness.
(GASPS) And for that I now take your life.
- (GRUNTS) - (GROANS) (STAND CLATTERS) Gold, are you all right? (GASPS) What the hell's going on? One of your dad's enemies found us.
(WHISPERS) Hook.
You know him? (GASPS) Papa? (GOLD GRUNTING) Found a storage room and locked our stab-happy pirate in there.
He shouldn't be causing anyone else any problems.
And get this.
He had a map on him.
It looks like he sailed his ship here.
How did he get a pirate ship into New York? It's cloaked.
Don't worry, he's not gonna hurt any of us.
But is Mr.
Gold going to be okay? Henry, he's going to be fine.
Mr.
Gold, are you all right? You stay away from me.
You caused this.
You brought us back here.
You did this.
- Hey, kid.
- (GOLD PANTS) The battery's dead.
Go in the other room and see if you can find a charger, okay? - Okay.
- NEAL: Oh, man, we gotta get him to an ER fast.
No, that's pointless.
What the hell is that? It's poison.
This is one of Hook's own making.
There's no antidote in this world.
It's not from here.
Hey, hey, hey.
There's gotta be some way we can save you.
There is, there is.
Storybrooke.
There's magic there now.
We need to get him back.
I'll get a car to take us.
No, no, no.
There's not enough time.
We need something faster.
The Captain's ship.
The Jolly Roger instead of a car? It's the fastest vessel in all the realms.
Well, that's great.
But who's going to captain it? Since the only guy qualified wants you dead.
I can do it.
Bae.
Yeah.
I can do it.
You know how to sail a pirate ship? Yeah.
I do.
Mother Superior! We need your help.
I know.
Something is wrong.
I sense a great deal of dark magic has been expelled.
That's why we're here.
Cora and Regina are trying to find Gold's dagger.
So they may control the Dark One? We're hoping your magic will find the dagger first.
Please, Mother Superior, you're our only hope.
- Is that the star? - (OWL HOOTING) Or is it that one? Worry not, Snow White.
I have found you.
The Blue Fairy.
I knew you'd come, but I didn't even make my wish yet.
Well, I know when I'm needed.
Your mother, the Queen, is sick.
Yes.
And if you don't help her with magic, she'll die.
I can tell that you love your mother very much, Snow White.
But fairy magic is the purest magic of all.
And, alas, cheating death is the darkest of undertakings.
Please, you can't just let her die.
It is the way of the world.
There has to be something you can do! (SIGHS) Yes.
There is! You're just not telling me.
(WHISPERS) What is it? Please.
I may be able to conjure a remedy.
Using a type of magic that is forbidden to fairies, except under the most dire of circumstances.
You must promise to keep this a secret.
No one must ever know.
Yes.
Yes, anything.
Just help her.
This candle is infused with magic that can save your mother's life.
But all magic, especially magic this powerful, comes with a price.
What is it? In order for one to live, another must die.
I don't understand.
To salvage a life beyond hope means breaking the laws of nature.
So if you are to save a life, then you must lose one in return.
But who must die? That is for you to decide.
You must hold this candle over the heart of your sacrifice and whisper their name.
And when the candle is lit, that person's life will be traded for your mother's.
All she ever wanted was for me to be good.
I can't trade someone else's life for hers.
Then I'm afraid she will die.
(SNIFFS) (NEAL CLEARS THROAT) What are you doing? Getting us a car.
I thought you were suddenly a pirate and we're gonna take a ship.
Yeah, well, we still gotta get his ass to the ship.
- So, you know Hook? - It's a long story.
Short version is this world wasn't my first stop when I left home.
No? If it was, I'd be a couple of hundred years old by now.
(CELL PHONE RINGS) That should be our ride.
Hang tight.
- HENRY: Emma, you need to see this.
- What is it, kid? It's a text from David and Mary Margaret.
You need to read it.
Now.
Bad news, Gold.
What, worse than incurable poison? I don't know.
You tell me.
You got a dagger hidden somewhere in Storybrooke that's the source of all your power? Get to your point.
Cora's after it.
The only way to stop her is if David and Mary Margaret get to it first.
Let Cora try.
You can't seriously be willing to risk this.
Not with your son coming back with you to Storybrooke.
Miss Swan, that dagger has not left my possession for centuries.
(WHISPERS) It's not about to now.
Here's the thing, you're dying.
And right now, we are your best hope.
Time's come for you to start trusting someone.
And if I were you, I'd start with family.
(EXHALES SHARPLY) (SIGHS) - Ah! - (CLANKING) (PANTING) He's cast a protection spell.
Well, then we need to try something equally powerful.
Dark magic? Dear, you don't know what you're saying.
Cora can't get that dagger.
If dark magic is the only thing that can break that protection spell, we need to make an exception and use it.
Just like you told me once before.
I never told you any such thing.
Look, I kept your secret.
(CELL PHONE RINGS) Everybody hold on.
Emma? He told you where it is? Mother! (SOBBING) I'm sorry, I've done an awful thing.
Snow, what is it? I went to the Blue Fairy and begged her to help.
To save you with magic.
But what she gave me, it was dark magic.
A candle that could restore your life by taking away someone else's.
It was the only way.
But I couldn't do it.
- I'm sorry.
I could've healed you - (SIGHS) but I was too afraid.
(SOBBING) Snow, that wasn't fear.
That was strength.
Strength to resist darkness.
I am so proud of you.
But now you won't get better.
We all reach a moment in our lives where we are not meant to get better.
And, with or without me, someday, you will be a great queen.
(WHISPERS) Please don't leave me.
As long as you hold the spirit of goodness in your heart, I shall never leave you.
(INHALES DEEPLY) (EXHALES) (GASPING) (WHISPERS) Oh, no.
No.
(SOBBING) (ELEVATOR WHIRRING) It's here.
A clever hiding place for a very clever man.
We did it.
The Dark One finally can be controlled.
Indeed he can be.
But by whom? Cora? You're too late.
Actually, it seems that we found you just in time.
I told you to pick your side carefully.
Good has won, just as it always does.
(CHUCKLES) I think the day has finally come, my darling Snow, for you to learn a long overdue lesson.
Johanna! You see, in the end, it isn't good or evil that wins, but power.
- (JOHANNA SCREAMS) - (SCREAMS) (GROANING) Your choice.
It's time, Snow.
Today was supposed to be a day of celebration.
And the kingdom needs you more than ever.
They will find strength through your goodness.
Where will I find my strength? Where you always have.
From your mother.
(SIGHS) She was right.
It is heavy.
(WOMEN SOBBING) (WHISPERS) I miss you so much.
(SOBBING SOFTLY) It's over, my dear.
(WHISPERS) It's time to let her go.
I hate that outfit.
Don't know how that fairy stands it.
As for you, poison looks good on you.
And death is most certainly your color.
Hmm.
You raised her well.
My daughter doesn't love me the way yours does you.
Snow would have been a great ruler someday, but that will never happen because my daughter will be queen, and all yours will be left with is knowing how I've felt.
How it feels to be the miller's daughter.
I will turn Snow White's heart black as coal.
That candle won't be her final test.
And once I've darkened her soul, it won't just be you I've destroyed, it will be your legacy.
Do not harm her.
She has nothing to do with this.
Of course she does.
Whatever they want, Snow, don't give it to them.
- Quiet, handmaid.
- Mother, watch out! - (WHOOSHING) - (CLATTERS) Leave me, Snow! (GROANS) Enough of this.
Surrender the dagger.
We all know you will follow your mother's example, no matter the cost.
All she ever wanted was for you to be good.
Those words? Where did you hear those words? Where do you think? The Blue Fairy made me swear never to speak of that candle again.
Not because it was a secret, but because it wasn't her.
The dagger, dear? She didn't give me that candle.
You did.
My mother wasn't sick at all, was she? (CHUCKLES) Oh, she was quite sick.
You did all of this.
You killed my mother.
Actually, the candle would have worked.
You could have saved her.
But you knew I wouldn't.
Why? Why did you take her from me? To make my daughter the queen.
Hand over the dagger.
No.
No.
I will not let you win.
Not again! You've already lost your mother.
How many connections to her do you have left? Not many, I'd wager.
If we give up the dagger, we can still win.
Let me go, Snow! It's all right.
(GROANING) What would she say if she could see you now? If she wasn't dead? The dagger, dear.
Enough! Mmm.
Such a good girl.
You have what you came for.
(GROANS) - Not quite everything.
- (JOHANNA SCREAMS) REGINA: Well, there you go.
You see where good gets you? (SOBBING) (SIGHS) It's nice to be back.
Hiding is quite wearisome.
I like what you've done with the place.
I'm so happy you approve.
What is it, my love? You're troubled.
You never told me about your history with Snow's mother.
I spared you that burden, like any good parent would do.
You didn't think I deserved to know exactly what it took for me to become queen? Now, you know.
That day at the stables, when I rescued her, that wasn't an accident, was it? CORA: Regina, sweetie, it's time for your riding lesson.
(SIGHS) Mother, I have no lesson today.
Oh, I thought you'd be happy.
I arranged for you to have more time with Rocinante.
Of course, thank you.
I'll send the stable boy for my saddle right away.
REGINA: You made sure I'd be in the pastures when Snow rode past.
I'm so tired of these endless journeys.
Your father, the King, is a lonely man.
But have faith.
Someday, his wanderings will end.
REGINA: You had to make sure, when I met Snow White - (SLAPPING) - (NEIGHING) (SCREAMS) her father would be searching for a new queen.
Help me! Help! Shh! Someone's here.
SNOW: Somebody help me! And what does this knowledge change for you? (CHUCKLES) That you won, Mother.
I am the queen.
And if that's what you wanted so badly, why do you need Rumplestiltskin's dagger now? You're worried my interests are no longer aligned with yours.
My only interest now is Henry.
And I've told you, you'll have him.
But how? Now that Mary Margaret and David know we have the dagger, we can't use Gold to kill them without Henry finding out.
Have patience, my love.
By the time Rumplestiltskin returns, Emma Swan and the rest of them will be nothing more than a vaguely unpleasant memory.
And Henry will be yours.
NEAL: It should be one more block west.
EMMA: Once we get the car, what do we do about Hook? I don't know, he's made his way to New York, I'm sure he can make his way out of a basement.
You have a problem leaving him behind? - Actually, I've done it before.
- Great.
I have to admit, after some of the things you've said, I'm surprised you'd rally to his side like this.
There's a difference between running away from your father and watching him die in front of you.
He may be a monster, but he's my blood.
What happens when he's healed? I don't know.
Forgiveness ain't something I think is possible with him.
But somewhere inside you, you hope someday it will be.
Life's full of surprises, isn't it? Well, no matter what, it'll be nice for Henry to be around you a little bit.
Even if it's just for a visit.
Here's our car.
Please tell me we are not gonna hotwire this thing? No.
It belongs to a friend.
That's a generous friend.
Yeah, about that, um, we need to finish our conversation from earlier.
There's something you need to know about me before we get on the ship.
WOMAN: Neal! (PANTING) - Thank God I caught you! Oh.
- What are you doing here? I don't know.
I got a little worried after talking to you.
You can't just say you're leaving town for a while.
Hey, hey, listen, everything's fine, okay? I promise.
All right, sweetie.
Just tell me what's going on.
Neal? I'm Tamara.
Emma.
She's my fiancée.
It was a beautiful service.
That never should have happened.
Johanna was an innocent.
You can't blame yourself.
(SIGHS) You did the best you could do in an impossible situation.
And yet Regina's family mausoleum remains untouched.
Mary Margaret I've followed the same rule my entire life.
Hold on to goodness.
It's what my mother taught me.
How many more lives is following that lesson going to take away from me? You can't let Cora make you lose faith in who you are.
Someone who does the right thing.
You know, that's exactly what she wants.
I made the "right" decision when I stopped Regina's execution all those years ago, when it could have saved us all of this heartache.
I made the "right" decision when I sent Emma through the wardrobe alone, and we didn't see her first steps.
I made the "right" decision when I let my own mother die from Cora's poison.
And we keep beating them.
At what cost? All I want is our happy ending.
It's time.
We've earned it.
No more lives lost, no more hearts broken.
The dagger, it's useless until Gold returns to Storybrooke.
We have time.
We'll get it back.
And when we do, we can bring Cora and Regina to justice.
I don't care about justice anymore.
We keep thinking that people will change.
What if that's wrong? What if I'm the one who has to change? Change how? I'm going to kill Cora.