Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 1, Episode 11 - Fruit of the Poisonous Tree - full transcript

A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold, who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for.

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Hey, kid.

Nice to see you, too.

The storm!

It's okay. We can fix it.
I'll talk to Marco.

- Do you think it's still here?
- What are you looking for?

- My book.
- Why'd you bury it here?

So my mom doesn't find it.

Hiding it under your mattress
wasn't good enough?

That's the first place
the Evil Queen would look.

How about leaving it with me?

That's the second place.

It's still here. Good.

So your mom doesn't know
about the castle?

No. This is our secret.



I've been looking everywhere for you.

You know you have a session
with Archie this morning.

I should've known he was with you.

Henry, car. Now.

You let him play here?

The storm hit it hard,
but we can fix it.

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.

You're not thinking about
Henry or his safety,

just ways around me.

Ms. Swan, don't let your
feelings cloud your judgment.

People can get hurt.

What's that supposed to mean?

You're the sheriff now.

It's time to be responsible.

Don't let my feelings
cloud my judgment?

That's all Regina ever does.

She's just upset because you
and Henry have a special place

and she... she doesn't.

How'd she find out about
the castle in the first place?

She knows everything about
this town. She's the mayor.

Everything okay?

Yeah, I just need to go.

Look, if it makes you
feel any better,

I think you're right.

I see the effect she has on Henry.

I wish everyone else did, too.

I can grant your wish.

Oh, Sidney.

You want a side of bacon
with that whiskey?

You want to show this town
who the mayor really is?

I can help.

It's gonna be kinda hard to do
from inside her pocket.

The mayor and I are done.

Sure you are.

She got me fired from the paper.

She made a fool of me
in the election.

So I started working on
an expose on the mayor's office,

and I found something
she didn't want found.

Sidney, you're drunk.

Go home.

Sleep it off.

Be grateful you don't have
to answer to her anymore.

Call me.

Storybrooke deserves to know
the truth about her.

Here we go.

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 spoken,
a wish cannot be undone,

no matter what the consequences.

So... tell me your first wish.

Hmm. Uh...


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.


You are in my kingdom,

and yet you seem unhappy.

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.

So you wish to be free?

More than anything.

Then I know my first wish.

I wish you to be free.

Can it be?

Am I truly free?

You're the genie.
You tell me.

There are two more wishes
left in the lamp.

What will you do with them?

For my second wish...

I wish to give my third
and final wish to you.

In my time,
I have granted 1,001 wishes,

and I have seen them end poorly
1,001 times.

Making a wish comes with a price,

and that is why I will never...

Use... this wish.

You are a man of wisdom, genie.

Now tell me--

what will you do with your freedom?

Find the one thing
I've always desired,

that my prison has kept from me...

True love.

Then you must come join me
at my palace.

I am certain you will find it there.

Come. Meet my family.

Your palace is as lovely
as you are kind.

Oh, it's more than kindness,
my friend.

This is my beautiful daughter Snow.

How do you do?

And Regina, my wife, the Queen.


Hey. What happened?
I came as soon as I could.

The castle--she's tearing
the whole thing down!

My book! I-it's gone!

Congratulations, madame mayor.

You destroyed the thing he loves.

A dangerous thing

that can only hurt Henry and others.

You see me as a villain, Ms. Swan.

But that's just your perception,
and you're wrong.

Learn your place in this town,

or soon enough, you won't be in it.

Sidney, hi.

I'm in.

I want everyone to know
who she really is.

I got your text.
What's going on?

Follow me.

David, you're scaring me.
What's wrong?

What's wrong is you're late,

and the wine's getting warm.


We have to stop doing this.

We just started doing it.

We have to figure out
what we're doing.

We will.


Okay. Tomorrow.


All right, I'm listening.

So what do you know about her?


I'm sorry?

50 grand out of the budget
is missing,

and Regina is responsible.

That's it?
That's what you have on her?

The money is just
the tip of the iceberg.

We figure out what she's doing,
it all falls apart,

it all crumbles, and we'll
finally learn her secrets.

You see what she is.

I see it.

All we need is a crack
in the mirror to show everyone.

I'm telling you, this is it.

All right. What's your plan?

Tap her phone.
G.P.S. Her car.

Hack into her e-mail.

- Dip into your bail bondsperson bag of tricks.
- No.

I'm sheriff now.
I have to be responsible.

I want to do this by the book.

She's gonna know
that you're on to her

sooner than later.

Are you prepared for her wrath?

Oh, yeah.

Good. Because I wasn't.

If you thought she was
so terrifying...

How did you allow yourself
to end up in her pocket?

I used to think she was
a different person.

Happy birthday, your majesty.

No gifts are required
to mark this special day,

for they all pale

in comparison to
the greatest gift of all--

my daughter Snow.



You make me blush.

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.

Not in a festive mood?

No one seems to notice my absence.

I noticed.

Such a lovely tree.

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.

I know about being trapped,

more than anyone.

Maybe this will lift your spirits.

So you...

Can see yourself

the way I see you.

And how do you see me?

As the fairest in all the land.

When did that transfer go through?

Does three weeks ago sound right?

Yeah. Why?

Because those records are missing.

Emma, there's something
I'd like to talk to--

hi, Sidney.

We're just doing some work.

I think we may have found
something on Regina.

Interesting work.

Oh, I approve.

You wanna go by the book?
Let's get a warrant.

What judge are we gonna find
that she doesn't own?

We're screwed.

Or... there's my way.

I want to do this right, Sidney.

And what's right is exposing her.

Sometimes doing a bad thing for
a good reason is okay, right?

Yeah. I mean, maybe you're
doing something wrong,

but if it's what's meant to be,
if it's what's right,

does that really make you
a bad person?


Wow. You two are doing
a whole lot of rationalizing.

But look what she's done to you,

to me, to your son,
and it's not gonna stop,

so whatever you do,
you gotta do something.


Let's start by talking to her.

And just what are you and the...

Disgraced ex-reporter accusing me of?

$50,000 was transferred out
of the city account by you.

Well, as mayor, I'm involved
in many transactions.

Check the public records
if you have questions.

That's the thing. They're
missing from three weeks ago.

You have any idea
what happened to them?

Well, if they're missing,
I probably checked them out,

as my job often requires me to do.

And if they were checked out
three weeks ago,

well, that means they burned...

In a fire.

In a fire, that if I recall,
got you elected sheriff.

I have nothing to hide.


There's nothing for us to do.
Let's go, Sidney.


No, she's right.
We have nothing.

That was your plan? I thought
you were gonna do something.

I did. I planted a bug.

You win, Sidney.
Let's do whatever it takes.

You called for me, your majesty?

I have reason to believe...

My wife's heart belongs
to another man.

Well, certainly, the Queen would
never stray, your majesty.

And yet her diary suggests otherwise.

Last night,
a man gave me a gift,

and though it was
but a simple mirror,

it awakened feelings in me
that I abandoned long ago.

Hope for love

and companionship,

even though I am trapped
in my husband's court.

Sadly, the diary does not name

the man who gave her this mirror.

I am not a fool.

I realize that the Queen is unhappy

and yearns for someone

to love her in a way
that I never can.

And yet I never imagined that
she would betray me like this.

Well, certainly, the Queen

would never act on these feelings.

Love makes people do foolish things.

And why have you called
upon me, your majesty?

I need someone with your wits

to learn the identity

of the man who has stolen
my wife's heart.

And what will you do to him
once I have found him?

That is my concern, not yours.


Tell me, genie,

can you find

the man who gave the Queen
this mirror

or not?

Ms. Ginger,
I really don't have time

for more complaints
about working conditions.

The air temperature
is not one of my areas.


Find anything good yet?

Yeah, better than good.

She made this call
a little over an hour ago.

I'll meet you tonight
at access road 23

with the rest of your payment.

Yes, it will all be in cash.

A-and I don't need to remind you

that no one can know about this.

Yes, I know it has to be tonight.

Who's on the other end?

You bugged the office, not the phone.

Well, we're just gonna
have to find out. Yeah.

A payoff in the woods.
That's promising.

A payoff using stolen city funds.

Let's go find out who she's meeting.


It won't stop.


You okay?

Yeah. You?


We're gonna miss that handoff.



You know that bug you planted?

I think Regina found it.

Someone's been tampering
with the brakes.

She's on to us.

- Wait!
- The bitch tried to have me killed. I'm finding her.

Let's be cautious.
We need to think clearly.

To hell with caution. I'm gonna
find out what she's doing

and why she's out here.

She was meeting me.

What are you doing out here with her?

Just a little business transaction.

What's in the briefcase?

Everything comes at a price.

Land is no different.

That's why you're meeting her
out here?

Regina bought your land?

The very ground you're standing on.

- What does she want it for?
- You know, in business,

I find it's best
not to ask too many questions.

Hurts the bottom line.

The question is, Emma,

why are you standing out here
in the middle of the night

with Mr. Glass?

You don't know what Regina did to me.

You don't know
what she did to her son.

We can't just sit idly by.

Of course you can.

Be careful.

Emotional entanglements can lead
us down very dangerous paths.

I was beginning to worry
you wouldn't come.

You were expecting the Queen?

Who are you?

What have you done with her?

The King has locked her away
in her chambers.

My daughter is a prisoner
in her own kingdom.

You... are the Queen's father?

Please, take this to her.

The palace guards won't
allow me into her chambers.

They know I'd die for her.

But you...

The King trusts you.

He doesn't know that you have
my daughter's heart.

The guards will allow you in.

Give her this box.

Wait. I don't understand.
What is in it?

This is the only thing
that can free her

from this wretched life.

If you truly care for my daughter,

I know you'll do whatever it takes

to set her free.

What are we doing here?

We know she bought land
from Gold. We don't know why.

I'm willing to bet
it's for personal reasons,

but we have to know for sure.
We need documents

that officially link her
to that land.

So you want to break
into her office? It's locked,

and she's got a state-of-the-art
security system and alarm.

If we don't show this town
who Regina really is, who will?

- Do you think you can crack her code?
- Yep.


Who does the alarm system alert?
The police.

I'm the police.

Two minutes for her to get
a call from the alarm company.

One minute to get her coat and keys.

Three minutes to drive here.
We got maybe six minutes.

I just uncovered every file

that references the tract of land she bought from Gold.


What the hell do these open?

I don't know.

What are you doing?
Looking for Henry's book.

We didn't come here for Henry.
We came here for the files and--

no, you didn't come here for Henry.

Me? That's the only reason I'm here.


What are you doing?

Some kids broke in. I heard the alarm,

so I'm checking it out
'cause... I'm sheriff.

Well, that was
an awfully quick response time.

You told me to do my job.
I'm doing it.

And you brought him.

Oh, well, he saw it while he was
on a walk, so he's a witness.


And what did you see, Sidney?

Some kids with a...


A rock.

Did they take anything?

I don't know.

I'd have to do a thorough,
sweep to, uh, find out.

It appears to me
it's all just a prank.

You sure you don't want me
to take the place apart?

Sheriff, your services
are not wanted nor needed.

Okay. Well,
you know where to find me.

It's you.


My love for you grows stronger
with every beat of my heart.

But the King has read my diary,

found my mirror.

Soon he will discover
the truth about us.

There is no escape.

There is always an escape.

Your father said what's in this box

would give you your freedom.

Yes, I believe it will.

The Agrabahn viper--

a snake so deadly
it can kill anything.

With a single bite.

This serpent is from my homeland.

I know all too well of its poison,

but why would you have it
brought here?

There is no happiness
left for me in this life.

One small bite...

Then I shall be
free from this prison forever.

I'm sorry we couldn't
be together, my love.

Perhaps in another life,

we will find each other again.

There is another way.

What if the King...

Didn't live?

You would do that for me?

For you, I would do anything.

I don't know what I'd do without you.

You will never have to find out.

What you working on?

Uh, no time to talk.

I gotta write it all down
before I forget.

Yeah, I hate it when great ideas
slip away from me.

They're not my ideas.

They're stories
from a book that I lost.

Must be a hell of a book.

What's it about?


Sounds exciting.

You seem awfully interested
in me and my book.

I'm just being neighborly.

What are you doing in Storybrooke?

I'm a writer.

You can write anywhere.
What are you really doing here?


Good luck
with the stories.

Blueprints, bank statements.

What is she building out there?

A mansion?

Well, whatever it is,
it doesn't matter,

because these escrow statements
have her name all over it.

You were right. Personal use.

She's done. We got her.

What's wrong?

Didn't you hear me?

We stooped to her level.

That's exactly what I promised
Henry I wouldn't do.

Emma, we got her!

It's fruit of the poisonous tree.

Illegally obtained evidence.

It'll get thrown out in court
in a heartbeat.

No, we don't need her to go to jail.

Then what are we doing here?

What you wished for--
get everyone to she who she is.

What she did to Henry
she does to everyone.

She destroys what people love.

Let me show you something.

She made me follow you.

She made me tell her everything.

She knew about your secret place
weeks ago.

She just waited to destroy it

till it would hurt
you and Henry the most.

It's all my fault.

If you don't do this,

I have to.


This session of the Storybrooke
city council will come to order.

We will begin by reading

the minutes from our last meeting.

Excuse me, um, madame mayor.

I have something I'd like to bring

to the council's attention.

This is not an open forum, Sidney.

And no one on this council's
interested in hearing

the boozy complaints
of a disgraced reporter.

Now sit down.

He's not the only one
who has something to say.

Ms. Swan,

this meeting is to discuss
issues facing Storybrooke.

Like the mayor stealing
thousands of dollars

from the city to build herself
a second home?

Ms. Swan, you will sit down
immediately, or so help me--

What? You'll punish me?

You'll bully me like
everyone else in this town?


Not today.

In my hand, I am holding documents

proving that this woman, your mayor,

stole funds from the city

to build herself a lavish home
in the woods.

And this disgraced reporter--

you wanna know
why he was really fired?

Because he stood up to her.
Because he questioned her.

We all know what happens to
people who question the mayor.

You claim that you act in
the best interest of all of us,

but that isn't the truth, is it?

The truth is you are a thug
that doesn't care about anyone

or anything but yourself.

That is who you really are,

and it's time for the people
of Storybrooke to know that.

You are right, Ms. Swan.

I am building a house.

A playhouse.

The accusations are true.

I did take city funds.

I wanted to build a playground
so my son Henry--

and all the children of Storybrooke--

could have a special place to play...


As for the sketch in your hands,

it was inspired by a drawing I found

in one of my son's books.

So there you have it, Ms. Swan.

You've exposed me
for who I really am.

I hope you're satisfied.

Forgive me.

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.

You were right.

I never...

Should have made a wish.

Look at her.

Queen of the castle.

You know, what you did in there
was commendable, Ms. Swan,

but if you really want
to bring her down,

you're gonna need a strong ally.

Like yourself?


but I'm still not interested.

Oh, one can wish.

Ms. Swan, a word?


I don't know what you were
hoping to accomplish in there,

but now I hope you'll go back
to your job,

which is upholding the law,

not breaking it.

You don't think I know
you broke into my office?

Don't pretend like
you're so innocent.

I know you messed
with the brakes on my car.

Your brakes?

Are you delusional?

Why would I kill you when you
just saw I had nothing to hide?

Nothing I can prove.

Well, until you have something
more substantial than disdain

to throw my way,

you're gonna stay away from me

and more importantly, from Henry.

But that's--

not open for discussion.

You've lost the high ground, sheriff.

If I wanted to, there's
not a judge in the world

that would deny me a restraining
order after what you've done.

You don't get to see my son
unless I say so,

and right now?

I don't say so.

Why are you so far away?

Come out here.

Sorry, kid. I can't today.

You're undercover, aren't you,
for Operation Cobra?

No, Henry, I'm not undercover.

Your mom--she doesn't want us
seeing each other for a while.

You don't have to listen to her.

Actually, this time, I do.

I screwed up, Henry.

I got mad at your mom
about you and the book

and everything and...

Well, we're just gonna have
to be apart for a little while.

I don't want to be apart.

Neither do I,
but right now we have to.

Don't worry.
I'll find a way back in.

And hey, if it's out there, Henry,

I will find your book.

Good luck.

It's probably gone, and it's
probably never coming back.

Looks like we had the same idea.

Well, if you can't beat her,


How did we not see this?

We did. We saw it all,
right from the start.

Just didn't want to look.

Blinded by our anger,

by everything.

This time.

But there are a lot more
skeletons in Regina's closet.

And the good news?

You got yourself an ally.

We won't get fooled again.

It is done.

You are free, my love.

We are free to be together at last.

D-did you not hear me?

Our days of imprisonment are over.

You haven't heard the news.

The palace guards found the snake.

They know it's from your country.

They know it was
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.


I've arranged for a boat
to provide you safe passage

out of the kingdom.

You must leave at once.

The Agrabahn viper.

Of all the snakes in all the world,

that is what you chose.

You wanted the murder
to be traced back to me.


You fooled me.

You never loved me.

Loved you?

I wanted the King killed,
and you killed him.

You are no longer of any use to me.

Be grateful
I'm offering you an escape.

Now flee the kingdom
and never turn back.

I can't live without you.

I won't live without you.

Did you not understand me?

I don't love you.

There is no way
we will ever be together.

There is one way.

There is still one wish remaining.

I wish...

To be with you forever,

to look upon your face always,

to never leave your side.




It looks like you got your wish.

You will be with me...


Have a seat, Sidney.


You've got yourself an ally.

We won't get fooled again.

She bought it.

All of it.

Masterful job, Sidney,

top to bottom.

And cutting the brakes on her car?


I'm glad you approve.

Now she trusts you.

Now we can have some fun.

Everything she does,

everywhere she goes--

you'll know about it.


I don't know what I'd do
without you, Sidney.