Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 1, Episode 19 - The Return - full transcript

Mr Gold attempts to find out the true identity of August, Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn's disappearance, and David tries to apologize and reconcile with Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to comply and do whatever it takes if his son can find a way for him to safely give up his powers and turn back into the loving man he used to be.

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"Once Upon a Time"...

(David) The sheriff found
a heart in your jewelry box.

The weapon was found
in your apartment.

I didn't kill Kathryn.

You think my book is real?

I'm a believer, and I want
to help others see the light.

But I already believe.
I'm here for Emma.

Help me. Oh!








Hey. You there?


This is taking too long.
We need to accelerate the plan.

It's almost 9:00.

You all set?
You know what to do?

Operation Cobra is
always ready.

I just...

You just what?

I don't understand
what this has to do

with getting Emma to believe.

Sometimes other priorities
assert themselves.

Can you handle
a little improvisation?


Can you?

We're a go.

(Rain falling)

(Door bells jingle)

Hey, Mr. Gold.

Good morning, Henry.

What can I do for you?

I want to get a gift
for Ms. Blanchard.

Oh, I see.

Since she didn't kill
that woman.

Good thinking.

Are these bells?
(Door creaks)

(Bells jingle)

(Mr. Gold)
See anything you fancy?

(Henry) It should be something
special, like...

(Continues indistinctly)

(Mr. Gold) You're asking
a lot from a bell.

(Henry speaks indistinctly)

(Mr. Gold speaks indistinctly)

(Bell jingles)

This one's good.
How much?

The price on the back.

Oh. Wow.
(Continues indistinctly)

(Mr. Gold speaks indistinctly)
(Bell jingles)

May I help you?


I'm looking for some maps.
I'm a bit of a collector.


Well, there's maps through
in the shop. This is my office.

I thought this was
the entrance.

It's not.

The shop's through there.


Come on in. Look who's awake.

(Door closes)
Kathryn, hi.

Listen, I don't want to take
a lot of your time.

But do you remember
what happened?

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.

Yeah. We're still trying to
flush that out of your system.

And then I woke up in a field
at the edge of town,

and I started walking.
That was it.

You saw no one?
You didn't hear a voice?

Or smell perfume? Cologne?

Nothing. No. I'm sorry.

I wish I could help.

Especially since...

while I was gone,

you thought I was dead?

Your D.N.A. matched
the heart we found.

They're grilling everybody
down at the hospital lab

to see who doctored
the D.N.A. results.

Why would anyone do this?

I think someone was trying
to frame Mary Margaret.

But why?

I mean, who would do
something like that?

You broke our deal.

I broke one deal in my life,

and it certainly
wasn't this one.

Kathryn was supposed to die,

and Mary Margaret was
to get the blame.

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?

You didn't say "kill her."

We agreed that something tragic
should happen to her.

Now abduction is tragic.

The intent was perfectly clear.

Oh, let's not talk about intent.
Intent is meaningless.

Intent is everything.


This is going to raise
all kinds of questions

about where she was and how
the test results were fake.

Oh, yes. And, um...

And who put the key
in her cell.

It's all going to lead to me,
isn't it?

You bastard.

This isn't make any sense.

You and I... we've been in this,
together, from the start.

(chuckles) Oh, have we?

You created the curse for me...

The curse that brought us here
and built all this.

Yes, it's about time
you said "Thank you".

Why did you do it?

Well you're a smart
woman Your Majesty...

...figure it out!

(Indistinct conversations,

(Horse whinnies)

(Man) Come on.

(Boys grunting)

(Donkey brays)
Come on. Come.


Hey! Hey!

What are you doing
in the middle of the road, boy?

I'm sorry. Uh...

Hey, I know you.

It's fine. It's fine.
It was the donkey's fault.

You want a chicken
or some eggs?

It's all right. No.
I should probably just...

What's going on?

It's nothing. It was my fault.

I wasn't looking
where I was going.

But he says he's fine.

I'm fine, papa.

Are you sure, Bae?

Yes. I'm fine.

Well, I suppose
it won't happen again.

It won't.


What's that?


It's nothing.
It's nothing!





No, papa. No.

Please, papa, don't.

No, papa! Papa!

(Villagers gasp)

(Chicken clucking)

I'm sorry.

What are you doing?

I was trying to kiss you
on your forehead.

It was meant to be sweet.

(Chuckles) Well, thank you.


It's good to see you.

Kathryn, I'm sorry.

I'm sorry I lied to you.

I'm sorry I cheated on you.

I'm just so sorry
for all of this.

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.


You are, uh...

Kind of amazing.

Yeah, I am.


Now go on. Get out of here
so I can get some rest.

I'm gonna give you that kiss
on the forehead now.

Knock yourself out.

(Door squeaks,
indistinct conversations)

(Gasps) Hi!


How are you?
Would you like some?

All of these people...
just to welcome me home?

You've got a lot of friends.

Didn't feel like that

Here you go.

(Man) Thank you.
(Man) Thank you.

How bad was it?

Getting caught in his office?

Not bad. I played it off.

What were you looking for?
Did you find it?

Nope. But I have a feeling
it's gonna find me.

There she is. Why don't you
give her your present?

(Bell jingles)

Hey. I have something for you.

Well, thank you.

"We're so glad you didn't kill
Mrs. nolan."

It's from the whole class.

And I got you a bell.
(Bell jingles)

Thank you.
Tell everyone I'll be back soon.


Henry, we gotta get you home
before your mom finds out.

That won't be pretty.

(Indistinct conversations)

(Door squeaks)

Hey. Henry.

(David) Leaving already?
(Henry) Yeah.

(Mouthing words) Gotta get
home and do homework.

She's kinda tired.

I think if you just give it some time.
I just wanted to...

hey, Henry, why don't you
head home with David? Okay.




(Door closes) Hard to
let him go, isn't it?

Your son.

Yeah. Pretty much
the hardest thing.

Speaking of something we weren't
talking about, was it you?

Was what me?

Did you make Kathryn
suddenly materialize?

'Cause it sure
played that way to me.

Was that the magic
you were going to work?

Because if you kidnapped
that poor innocent woman

just to let her go...

are you proposing I'm working
with Regina or against her?

I don't know.
Maybe diagonally.

Well, you keep working
on that one.

My question's about
something else.

What do you know about him?
Watch this. Yeah, it's pretty good.

Goes by "August."
He's a writer.

Typewriter wrapped in an enigma
wrapped in stubble. Why?

He was poking around
my shop today.

August Wayne booth...
clearly a false name.

There's one thing I know about.
It's names.

Writers go by pseudonyms.
What does it matter?

You trust him?


A lot more than I trust you.

indistinct conversations)

(Door creaks)

Thank you, Onora.

You can fetch our supper now,

You killed that man.

Well, you were hurt.

Speaking of which...



I don't want magic.
It's just a scrape.

This will heal it.

So will this.

As you wish.

You're different now.

You see it, don't you?

You hurt people all the time.

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...

is done.

A man who's saved a thousand
lives can be done with it.

You can stop doing things.


I can't.

I need more power

so I can protect you.

I wouldn't need protecting
if you didn't have power.

Well, I can't get rid of it.
Have you tried?


If someone kills me with this,

then they gain the power.

Now you know that, Bae.

Is that what you want?

That's not what I want.

I just think
there might be other ways

to get rid of the power.
Have you looked for...

well, you look
for other ways, Bae.

But don't get your hopes up.


If I find a way for you to get
rid of the power... (Door opens)

A way that doesn't kill you or hurt me...
(Door closes)

- Would you do it?
- It's not possible.

If it was, would you do it?
Don't you miss how it was?

Are you really that unhappy,

I can conjure
anything you desire.

Name it. What do you want?

I want my father.

All I want is
your happiness, Bae.

If you find a way,

I'll do it.


The deal is struck.


(Lock clicks)

(Door creaks)


Hey, Sidney.

Emma, hey.

So things certainly
did work out, didn't they,

for... for your friend?

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.

Is that a bug?

Oh, for God sakes, Sidney,
drop it.

You fooled me, you spied on me,

and you reported it all back
to that sick, crazy woman.

I can't even imagine
what she has on you,

but it must be something huge.
She's a good mayor.

She tried to get Mary Margaret

of a murder
that didn't even happen.

You're in a lot of trouble.

There is a D.N.A. trail
in a basement

of some house out there,
and I'm gonna find it,

and she's gonna go away.

Maybe. But I wouldn't
bet against her.

She's an amazing woman.

Do you...

are you in love with her?



Here's the thing...

before you know it,
I will have that evidence,

and you need to think
long and hard.

You can either help me
and help yourself,

or you're gonna go down
with her, too.

(Door bells jingle)


(Engine revving)

(Shifts gears)

(Boys laughing
and shouting playfully)

Hey, why don't you join in, Bae?

I have some business nearby
that would bore you.

All right.

(Boy gasps)

(Whispers) Let's go.


Careful, Morraine.

You don't want
to be seen with me.

I'm dangerous.

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

I saw him on the battlefield,
when he stopped the fighting.

It was like a miracle.

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.

Reul Ghorm.


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.

Bigger than papa
or worse than papa?

Bigger than anything.

(Twig snaps)

He's coming back.
Good luck to you.

Your friend didn't want
to say hello?

You frighten them.

What is there
to be frightened of, Bae?

They'll get over that in time.

You have stains on your boots.

Oh, yes, that.

Uh, we need a new maid.

Gods, no!

She heard us talking
about the knife.

She was mute.
She couldn't tell anyone.

Even mutes can draw a picture.

(Speaking indistinctly)

...what you're doing,
and things will work out.


Mother superior.


Good afternoon.

Our rent is paid in full.

(Motorcycle engine revving
in distance)

I'm not here about the rent.

Well, good day to you then.

Tell me...
that man who just left here...

Who did he say he was?

What did he want?

I don't have to tell you that.

And I don't have to
not double your rent.

What did he want?

Advice and counsel.

He came to town looking for his
father after a long separation,

and he recently found him.


And a happy reunion
has already taken place?

No. He hasn't spoken
to him yet.

And why not?

Mm, it was a difficult parting.

There are many issues to be
resolved between them.

I see.

(Crickets chirping)

Reul Ghorm?

Are you there?

If you can help me,

please make yourself
known to me.


Can you help me?

I can help.

How do I know I can trust you?

Because there is good magic
and dark magic,

and I'm on the right side.

You're a fairy.

Mm. Well...

You're not untouched by magic,
are you, child?

There's something dark
in your life.

My father.

He is the dark one.

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.

Not a jail.
I want to be with him,

like it used to be.

Not a jail, young one,
just a place without magic.

But magic is everywhere.

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.

Go? We have to leave?

Yes. It is the only way.

Can you do it?

Can you leave everything
here behind for the unknown?

If it means
I get my father back,

then yes.

You're a very good son,

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.

What is it?

A magic bean.

The very last one
that is known to our kind.

The others got away from us.

Just use it wisely

and follow
wherever it leads you.

It will save you both.

Mary Margaret.

Please wait.

Look, I'll leave
if you want. I...

I just think we need to talk.

So talk.

I need to apologize.

Yes, you do.

Keep going.

I didn't believe you.

I didn't stand with you.

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.

Look at what was going on.

It was your jewelry box,
your fingerprints,

knife in your apartment.

It was a setup.

And a really good one.

I'm human.

I fell for it.

I'm sorry, but...

We have to move forward.

But we can't.

It's like something in this
world doesn't want us together.

Like what? Dark forces?


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.

No. I know.

I am so sorry.

I know.


I know.

(Whispers) But I love you.

And that...

Is what makes it all so sad.



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?

The blue star.

The blue fairy?

Oh, son,
please tell me you didn't.

Fairy magic doesn't mix well
with what I am.

But you promised.

She can help us,

to take us to a place
without magic.

A place without magic?


I'd be powerless.


Like everyone else.
It wouldn't matter.

We'd be happy.

We could be happy here.

Father, please.

You're getting worse.
And you promised.

This can work. It can.

You made a deal with me.

Are you backing out?


Mr. Gold?

Are you here for the rent?

Why does everyone ask that?

Well, because you...
never mind.


Would you like to talk?

I don't know.

Well, um...

If you'd like to get something
off your chest,

please come in.

A son?

Wow. I-I didn't know
you had a son.

How... how old is he?

Let's start
with something easier.


Um, what do you mean to say
that you may have found him?

Let's just say there's someone

acting the way I would
expect him to act.

So you...
so you recognize him.


Or perhaps I'm just seeing
what I want to see.

I don't know.

Okay, well, I mean,

wouldn't he recognize you?

There was conflict.

I'm not sure he's ready
for a tear-soaked reunion.

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.

No. No. He's... he's not the one
that needs to be...

I think he might
still be very angry.

Anger between a parent
and a child

is the most natural thing
in the world.

I think he might be here
to try to kill me.


Right. That's... that's not.

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.

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.

Honesty's never been
the best color on me.

There's no other way.

I know who you are.

And I know
what you're looking for.

Well, then...

I guess all the lying
can stop...


{Pub}(Wolf howls, bird calling)

Where are we going, boy?

What kind of world is this
we're going to?

What kind of world is
without magic?

A better one.


My gods, boy!
It's like a tornado!

We have to go through it!

No! No!
I don't think I can!

We must! It's the only way!

No! No! No! No! No! No!

It's a trick!
It'll tear us apart!

It's not! It'll be okay!
I promise!



We have to go through!


What are you doing?!

Papa! It won't stay open long!
Let go!

I can't! I can't!

Papa, please! It's the only way
we can be together!

No, Bae! I can't!

Papa, please!

I can't!

You coward!

You promised!

Don't break our deal!

I have to!






No. No. No. No. No.

No, no. Bae.

I'm sorry, Bae!

I want to come with you!
I want to come with you, Bae!

I want to come with you!




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...

that's to be the bigger man...

(Voice breaks)
And forgive me.

I'm so sorry, son.

(Sighs deeply)

I'm so sorry, Bae.


Oh, my boy.

My beautiful boy.

Can you truly,
truly forgive me?

I forgive you, papa.

You were looking for the knife.

I thought that
if you still had it,

it would mean
that you hadn't changed.

Well, let's go and find it
and see.

I buried it here shortly
after Emma came to town.

Things were changing.

Didn't want to take the chance
of Regina finding it.

Of course.

It should be right about here,

Here. Let... let...


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.

It's remarkable.

By the power of the darkness,

I command thee...

Dark one.

You're trying to control me.

I command thee, dark one!

You're not my son.

{Pub}You're not Baelfire.

Papa, why would you say that?

I'm just trying to use
your power to help us.


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...



So why bury a useless knife?

Oh, I wouldn't say
it was useless.

It still cuts through flesh
rather nicely.

It's about time you answering
some questions, sunshine.

Why the theatrics? Why didn't
you just come to me?

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?

How do you know
about this knife?

I hear things.

No one here knows
about this knife.

No one here remembers.

And yet you do.

You're from there, aren't you?

From my world.

The fact that you're asking
the question

means you know the answer.

now that that's settled...


How about my other question?

Who told you about me
and the knife?

A little fairy.

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?

Because I'll die anyway.


I'm sick.

I'm sick, and I need magic.

I was gonna get the savior
to believe.

But that woman...

I don't think I'm gonna make it
long enough to see that happen.



She trusts you.

It might be enough.


Try again.

You're gonna let me live?

You're going to die either way.

This way,

at least I might get
something out of it.

(Crickets chirping,
bird calling)

Reul Ghorm!

Show yourself!


How do I follow him?

You had the way.
You didn't take it.

And there are
no more magic beans.

That's a lie.

(Sighs) We don't do that.

A lie.

You will never make it
to that world.

Oh, I'll find a way.

There must be other paths.

A realm-jumper?
A time-Turner?


A mage?
There is no...

a curse?


Ah! So it is a curse.

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.

I've already paid
a great price.

So you'd be willing to sacrifice
this world for the next?

Because that's how great
the price is.

Well, what do you think?

Well, then I'll comfort myself

knowing that such a curse
is beyond your abilities.

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.

I didn't take your son.

You took my son,
but I will get him back!

You drove him away.


I will find him!

I will find him!

I will find him.

Congratulations, sheriff swan.

There's about to be
a big break in your case.

You just got yourself
a confession.

But I want you to listen
to the whole explanation

so you understand
why this happened.

Oh, I'll hang on every word
you say.

Sidney, you can come in now.

Tell her what you told me.

It was me.

I confess.

I abducted Kathryn
and I held her in the basement

of an abandoned summer home
by the lake.

I bribed a lab tech to get me
the heart from the hospital,

and I used that same person
to doctor the lab results.

And the other thing.

I borrowed some skeleton keys
from Regina

and... planted the knife
in your apartment.

My keys.

Can't help but feel personally
violated about that part.

(Jacket and keys thud) I am supposed
to believe you did this for why now?

I was gonna find her
after the conviction, be a hero,

then get the inside track
on the biggest story

to ever hit this town.

I'd get my job back.

Plus a novel and a movie,

and I don't know.
It sounds crazy now.

I don't know about crazy,

but false, yes, false as hell.

I have maps
to where the house is.

You'll find chains
in the basement,

lots of fingerprints, I'm sure...
hers and mine.

But I didn't hurt her.

The man has obviously suffered
some kind of mental break.

He clearly hasn't been himself
for a while.

Yeah. It's like his words
aren't his at all.

Wow. You are sold
on your own rush to judgment

that you can't even see
the truth anymore.

A word in the hallway, please.

(Clicks tongue)

Well, that's the biggest load
of crap I've ever heard.

I'm pretty sure
that's not true.

That poor man.

I know you are behind all this.

I understand
that you own the game

and that you've set the board
so that no one else can win,

but I am about to start playing
an entirely different game.

I don't care about
what happens to you.

I don't care about
what happens to me.

All I care about is
what happens to my kid.

And you are going
to leave him alone.

Am I?

Unh-unh. I'm talking.

You're a sociopath, lady.

You tried to take away
someone that I love,

and now...

I'm gonna take away
someone you love.

I am taking back my son.