Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 1, Episode 17 - Hat Trick - full transcript

Emma leaves in search of Mary Margaret and instead finds herself trapped in the house of a seemingly dangerous man named Jefferson. In fairy-tale land, the Queen calls upon the Mad Hatter to help her find something she has lost in exchange for his daughter's safety.

Once upon a time,
an Evil Queen

banished every storybook
character you've ever known

to our world.

Who knows the truth?

And who can break the spell?

You don't play with the curse.

Emma, this is a mistake.
I didn't kill Kathryn.

She is a woman
who's had her heart broken.

That can make you do
unspeakable things.

- Ever seen this before?
- That's my jewelry box.

That's what we found
the heart in.

The evidence is piling up by the hour.

what are you saying?

You should think
about hiring a lawyer.

- Hat Trick -

What are you doing here?

I came to congratulate you.

For what?

Your genius plan.

And what plan's that, Henry?


Sorry. I thought
Mr. Gold was in on it

now that he's
Ms. Blanchard's lawyer,

in on what?

The escape plan.

The what?

could you join me, please?

She's gone.

Henry, what did you do?

Nothing. She was gone
when I got here.

Her arraignment's tomorrow.
If she's not there--

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.

Oh, you mean Regina?

The arraignment's at 8:00 A.M.
I'm sure she'll be here

bright and early
to celebrate her victory.

You have until 8:00 A.M. then.

Uh, what about me?
How can I help?

Go home.


- If she leaves Storybrooke--
- not now, Henry. Come on.

Ms. Swan, I know time
is of the essence,

but if Ms. Blanchard
doesn't return,

her future's in jeopardy,

and if you're caught
helping her, so is yours.

I don't care. I'd rather lose
my job than my friend.

I'm so sorry! Are you okay?

- I didn't see you there.
- Uh, I-I think so.

Are you sure?

I'm fine.

I'm not used to sharing the road
with cars so late.

You're the sheriff, aren't you?


What brings you out here
in the middle of the night?

Oh, nothing to worry about.

I'm just looking
for a lost dog.

Well, I hope you find it.

Thank you.

Oh, you are hurt.

No, I just twisted my ankle,
I think.

I live just a mile down
the road. I'll make it okay.

No, let me drive you.

I insist.

Thank you.

I'm Jefferson.


Papa, I found you.

You certainly did.

You must be part bloodhound,
my dear Grace.

Now it's my turn to hide
and you seek.

I'm afraid playtime's over.

Though 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.


Whose carriage is that?

The Queen's.

In our house?

Do you know her?

Of course not.

Now listen carefully. Hey.

I want you to stay hidden
in the woods,

like our game.

I'm gonna find out
what she's doing here.

I'd like to say you're
looking well, Jefferson,

but I'd be lying.

Poverty doesn't suit you.

What are you doing here,

I have a job for you.

I don't do that anymore.

Yes, I heard you hung up
your hat. Why?

Is it because
of your sweet daughter Grace?

Because of my work,
she lost her mother.

I don't want her
to lose her father, too.

So now you're foraging
for fungus.

What kind of future does your
daughter have here with you?

Do this one last favor for me,

and you can give her the life
she deserves.

That's why I'm staying.

You don't abandon family.


What she deserves.

Now please leave.

All I need is your special
skills to get me somewhere.

Somewhere you've been before.

Do it, and I can
change your life.

What business could you
possibly have there?

Something of mine was taken
and found its way over there.

I want it back.

Then find someone else
to get it.

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.

Wow. This is your house?

It looks more like a hotel.

You must have a huge family.

No. It's just me.

Here. Wait.

Here we go.

I thought you might want
to warm up for your search.

It's cold out there.

That is kind of you, but I think
I should get back to it.

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.


What's his name?



Well, route 6 runs the
boundary of the forest,


So if I just follow that,

I should...

Be able to...

Is something wrong?

I'm just, uh,
feeling a little...

Oh. Let me help you.


Let's just lie you down here.

There you go.

Let me get you some air.

Your limp...



I guess you caught me.

Who are you?

The toy cart!


Wouldn't this make the perfect
guest for our tea parties, papa?

Can I have him? Please?

Excuse me.
How much for the rabbit?

That costs one silver.

Would you take it for 8 coppers?

It's all I have.

Oh, you are a good father.

Your last coppers for your
little girl's happiness, ah?

Thank you.

Oh, I did not say I accept.


I cannot take less
than one silver.

The economy.

You understand.

Make up your mind.
Come on. Let's go.

It's okay, papa.

Come on. People are waiting.

I will not take "no"
for an answer.

Papa, please.

I don't need it.

Come on, sweetie.

Well, that was awfully cruel.

You could've at least
let the girl have her toy.

Where's the fun in that?


I know it's not the same
as what you wanted.

I love it, papa.

Thank you.

Mmm. This is really good.

Don't you think so,
Mr. Tortoise?


Do you like your tea?


I want you to go
to the neighbors'

for the rest of the day.

There's work I have to do.

Can't I come with you?

I like being with you
in the forest.

I'm not going to the forest,

This has to do with
the Queen's visit, doesn't it?

Whatever she wants you to do,
don't do it.

Grace, I have to.

I want you to have
what you need.

All I need is you, papa.

Please stay.

Come here. I know.

I'm sorry, baby.
I have to go.

Just promise me
you'll come back.

You have to promise.

Of course.

For our tea party.


I promise.

I won't miss it for the world.



Help me.

What is going on?

Emma, thank God.

What are you doing here?

I was in the woods,
trying to get away.

This man appeared out of nowhere
and grabbed me.

Why are you here?

I've been trying to find you.
You escaped, remember?

How did you get out?

There was a key...

In my cell, under my pillow.
Someone put it there.


I don't know. I'd like to know
just as much as you.

I see you found "Spot."

I've already called for backup.
They'll be here any second.

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 now tie her back up.


It's gonna be okay.

Your telescope.

You've been watching me.


I need you to do something.


So good to see you looking
more like yourself.

I assume you're here because
you've reconsidered my offer?

I want your guarantee

that if I do what you ask,

my daughter will want
for nothing.

You have my word.

Now let's open
that box of yours

and see what it can do.

I do so like a man
who dresses for the occasion.

Step back.

After you!


Hold on!

I don't know
what you think you're doing,

but if you hurt my friend,
I swear I'll make you regret it.

Hurt her?

I'm saving her life.

How do you figure that?

Don't play stupid.

We both know what happens when
people try to leave Storybrooke.

- What are you talking about?
- The curse.

What curse?

The one keeping us all trapped.

All except you.

Have you been reading
Henry's book?


You mean the Queen's father?

Henry, the mayor's adopted kid.

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.

Why have you been spying on me?

Because for the last 28 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--


You're insane.

Because I speak the truth?

Because you're talking
about magic.

I'm talking about
what I've seen.

Perhaps you're the one
that's mad.


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?

What do you want?

I want you to get it to work.

You want me
to get what to work?

You're the only one
that can do this.

And you're gonna get it to work.

I forgot
how magnificent you are.

I'm not here
to relive the past.

I'm here for my daughter.


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.

I understand.

Who are you?



I hate Wonderland.

Make one like that.

You want me to make a hat?
You don't have enough?

Well, none of them work,
do they?

Or else you wouldn't be here.

Now make a hat
and get it to work.

I don't--

you have magic.
You can do it.

The hats,

the tea...

Your psychotic behavior.

You think
you're The Mad Hatter.

My name's Jefferson.


You've clearly glommed on
to my kid Henry's thing.

They're just stories.

The Mad Hatter is
in "Alice in Wonderland,"

a book.
A book I actually read.



What's a story?

When you were in high school,
did you learn

- about the civil war?
- Yeah, of course.

How? Did you read about it,
perchance, in a book?

How is that any less real
than any other book?

History books are
based on history.

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 a magical
solution for their problem,

and everyone refuses
to believe in magic.

Now get it to work.

Here's the thing, Jefferson,

this is it.

This is the real world.

A real world.

How arrogant are you to think
yours is the only one?

There are infinite 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.

And then what?

Then I go home.

You want to go in there?

What I want is
a short walk through.

A short walk?

You know who this belongs to.

The Queen of Hearts.

She's not one for subtlety.

This wasn't part of our deal.

You know what she does
to anyone that crosses her.


Better than most.

You can't leave Wonderland
without me.

Two go through.
Two go back.

You're not gonna let
the Queen of Hearts

keep you from returning
to your daughter, are you?

That's what I thought.


Stay away from the walls.

I've got a better idea.

The walls should stay away
from me.


You got what you need.

Shall we?

Trespassers! Halt!


Don't let them get away!

The looking glass.
There it is!

C-- what are you doing?
We can't stop now.

We gotta get out of here.

There's something
I need to do first.

A little snack.

Are you mad? Do you know
what the food here does?

I'm well aware.

Oh, daddy.

This is what she took from you?

Your father?

The Queen of Hearts has always
seen me as a threat.

So she wanted some leverage.

I got it back.

The Queen's soldiers.
We must hurry.

You knew only two
can go through the hat.

Which is why you didn't tell me
about your father.

It was the only way
to make sure you'd help me.

Uhh! Wait! Wait!


My daughter...

My Grace-- she's--

she's waiting for me.

I promised her
I'd be home for tea.

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.



Take him to the Queen.

Her majesty says she knows
you're responsible

for helping to steal from her.

The Queen. She tricked--

that woman's name is Regina.

There is only one Queen--

the Queen of Hearts.

Yes, of course.
My apologies.

Now please...

Her majesty wishes to know
how you got to this world.

How did you come to Wonderland?

If I tell you,

will you let me go home
to my daughter?

Off with his head.


I'm alive?

I'm alive!

If you wish your body back,

then answer.

How did you get here?

The-- the--- the hat.
My hat. We used my hat.

Where's the hat now?

She took it.


If all you require
to travel to your homeland

is this magic hat, then surely,
you could make another.

I can't.

A hat without magic is
just a hat. It won't work.

Then there's your task.

Get it to work.

I can't make it work. What
you're asking me is impossible.

No! It has to be. If it's not,
I'm never going home.

I'll be cursed to live
in this house forever.

What is so cursed
about your life?

Look at this place.
It's beautiful.

It doesn't seem cursed to me.

It's cursed because
like everyone else here,

what I love has
been ripped from me.

Take a look.

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,


with a new family,

with a new father?

You think she's your daughter?

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.

To remember.

What good is this house,
these things,

if I can't share them with her?

If you really think
she's your daughter,

why don't you reach out to her?
Why don't you tell her?

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.

That's why you want me to make
the hat work, isn't it?

You just wanna take Grace home,

to your world.

It's the one world
where we can be together...

Where she'll remember who I am.

I know what it's like to be
separated from your kid.

Yeah, you do, don't you?

It can make you feel like
you're losing your mind.

I'm not losing my mind.

I'm not crazy.

This is real.


Maybe it is.

You believe?

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.

So you're gonna help me?

You can get it to work?

I can try.

Crazy son of a bitch.

Hey. It's all right.

I'm gonna get you out of here.
You're gonna be okay.

He can't hurt you anymore.
Emma, look out!



Off with his head.


- Are you okay?
- Yeah.

There's no sign of him

Who was he?

A very lonely man.

By the way, have you been
taking kickboxing

and not telling me about it?

I have no idea
where that came from.


Emma, look.

So, sheriff, I guess you'll
be taking me back now.

Here. Go.

You want me to run?

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.

Emma, everyone thinks
I killed Kathryn.

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.

Why is it so important to you
what happens to me?

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.




You know what I mean.

Wouldn't you rather face this
together than alone?

The arraignment.


Madame mayor.

Good morning.

Excuse me, but my client
is not having any visitors.

Of course not.

I'll see you out.

What is she doing here?

She came back.

You said this was
going to work,

that she'd take the key,
that she'd go.

And she did.

But it seems
that Ms. Swan is

rather more resourceful
than we thought.

Fear not, your majesty.

Ms. Blanchard is still guilty
of murder.

You may yet get what you want.

Oh, I better.

The only reason I made a deal
with you, Gold,

is because I wanted results.

And results you shall have.

See you at the arraignment.



I found Mary Margaret.

How is she?

She's okay.

Other than being on trial
for murder, she's fine.

Hi, Henry.

Who is that?

Her name is Paige.
She goes to school with me.

Henry, do you have
your storybook with you?

Can I see it?

Yeah. Why?

I'm just curious
about something.


What is it?


Get it to work.
Get it to work. Get it to work.

Get it to work!
Get it to work!

Get it to work. Get it to work.
Just get it to work.

Get it to work. Get it to work.
Get it to work. Get it to work.

Get it to work.
Get it to work. Get it to work.

Get it to work. Get it to work.

Get it to work!



I gotta go.

Can I hold on to this?