Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 1, Episode 21 - An Apple Red as Blood - full transcript

Regina works with Jefferson on a plan to get rid of Emma, as flashbacks show Snow attempt to reunite with Charming after he is kidnapped by the Evil Queen.

Previously on
Once Upon a Time...

You tried to take away
someone that I love,

and now I am taking back
my son.

Maybe this
will make you believe.

Why is it so important to you that I do?

Because everyone needs you.

I will find you!

I will always find you!

King George took
James. I have to get him back.

You can't do it alone.

Let's show that king
what Snow White

and seven dwarves
can really do!

Do you want to come
and live with me?

More than anything.

Then buckle up.
We're leaving Storybrooke.

Once Upon A Time: "An Apple Red as Blood"
Season 1 Episode 21

Original Airdate May 6, 2012

I don't recall us
expecting any company.

Sheriff Swan.

What are you doing here?

Henry invited me.

Do you honestly believe
I'd allow you into my house

for dinner after all the threats
you made to my family?

I didn't come for dinner.

Then what did you come for?


We all did.



No. Let me go.

I command it!

After everything you've done
to all of us?!

My apologies, your majesty,
but my conscience is clear!

You're not queen anymore, sister!

She needs to feel our pain!

You took our love
and ripped it apart!

And now you're gonna pay!


Rotten to the core.

I just wanted to win...

For once.

You took away our happiness,

and now it's our turn
to take away yours.

What? What?


Henry, please don't let them
do this to me.

You did this to yourself.

Is that all your stuff?

All I need.

Wait. You wanna go now?

We're leaving now?

Uh-huh. I'm getting you
out of here,

away from all this,
away from her.

No. No. Stop the car.

You can't leave Storybrooke.
You have to break the curse.

No, I don't.
I have to help you.

But you're a hero.
You can't run.

You have to help everybody.

Henry, I know it's hard
for you to see it,

but I'm doing
what's best for you.

That's what you wanted when
you brought me to Storybrooke.

But the curse...

you're the only chance to bring
back the happy endings.




What were you doing?!
You could've gotten us killed!

Please don't make me go!

We can't go!

Everything's here...

me, your parents, your family.

Please, Emma.
They need you.

Your family needs you.

Did you really think
that I would let you get away?

Hmm? You appear to have had
quite the adventure since then.

Whatever it is
you're gonna do to me,

get on with it.

I took you in as my son,

and you betrayed me.

I would've given you

the crown, the kingdom.

All you had to do was marry
king Midas' daughter.

But you decided to follow
"true love."

Losing my life for love...

that's a sacrifice
I am happy to make.

As you wish.

Release the blade.


What is the meaning of this?

Sorry to drop in on you.


What do you want?

I want the man
you pretend is your son,

and I'm prepared to pay
any riches Midas promised you

in return for him.

What do you plan to do to him?

Oh, I promise he'll suffer...

Far more than some swift
and simple beheading.


By using him

to destroy his one true love.

By using him to bring an end
to Snow White.

Your majesty.

To what do I owe the pleasure?

My tree is dying.


Perhaps it's your fertilizer.

You think this is funny?

Well, I'll tell you
what I think.

I think it's a sign
of the curse weakening

because of Emma.

But do you care?


You're content to just
sit back and do...

Whatever it is you're doing

while all my hard work burns.

That's not all, is it?

Come on. You might as well
get everything off your chest.

I don't know
what you're talking about.


Ms. Swan wants him.

She'll have that boy
over my dead body.

The curse was meant
to take away

Snow White and
Prince Charming's happiness.

Perhaps you giving up Henry is

just the price
to keep the curse unbroken.

I think I'd rather
just get rid of her.


Well, well.

You're gonna have to be
quite creative.

We both know the repercussions
in killing Ms. Swan.

The curse will be broken.

That's because
you designed it that way.

Undo it.

You know...

Even if I wanted to,
I couldn't.



Is in short supply around here

and dwindling by the minute.

You want the curse broken.


That's not something
I care to discuss.

Don't bother.
You can shove your reasons.

I want to strike a new deal.

One where I can get rid of Emma
without shattering the curse.

Unfortunately for you,

a negotiation requires
two interested parties,

and I'm already planning
a trip.

I'll give you anything.


You no longer have
anything I want, dearie.

But I will give you a piece
of advice, free of charge...

I'd plan a trip of your own,

because once people waken up
and remember who you are

and what you did to them?

They are gonna be looking
for blood.


Thought you'd left.

Mary Margaret...

but I couldn't tell for sure

because you didn't bother
to say good-bye.

Do you remember when I left?

When I ran?
What you said to me?

You said, we have to
stick together,

that we're like...



I'm sorry.
I shouldn't have left.

You're right.
You shouldn't have.

So why, after everything,
did you just go?

I don't wanna be sheriff. I
don't want people relying on me.

I don't want this, any of it.

What about Henry?

I took him with me.

You abducted him?


So you don't want people
to rely on you,

but you took your son?

Now that sounds like
a stable home for him.

What the hell is wrong
with you?

I want what's best for him.

And running is
what's best for him?

Or is that what's best for you?

You're reverting, Emma,

into the person you were
before you got here,

and I thought you'd changed.

You thought wrong.

Well, regardless, you have to do
what's right for Henry now.

What's that?

Oh, I don't know.

You're his mother.

That's your job.

So you figure it out.

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're gonna need
some air support.

Air? I know just the person
who can help us,

someone who owes me a favor.

Don't shoot. It's only me.

Uh, Red, you know, you got
someone on your chin.


What were you able to find out?

Your prince is still alive.

Then why don't you look happy?

Because I also heard word
the queen is here.

She knew I'd come for him.

It's a trap.

Indeed. It matters not.

I can't stop now.

But I'll understand
if any of you want to turn back.

Not a chance!

Oh. Well, then there's
no time to waste.

Why is the queen doing this?

I destroyed her happiness,

and now she wants
to destroy mine.

Leave us.

What do you want?


I suppose I see the allure.

I wonder if you'll be
quite so incorruptible

after your precious Snow
is gone.

Whatever she did to you,

leave her alone
and take my life instead.

Oh, who said anything
about taking her life?

Oh, no.

I have a far more satisfying
brand of punishment for her.


So you got my message.

How could I miss it?

You know I watch her.

It must be so painful,

your daughter Paige
being oh, so near.

Grace. Her name is Grace.
You should know that.

You changed it.

What do you want?

Your help.

And what makes you think

I won't kill you
after everything you've done?

Because you don't have it
in you.

If you did, you would have
done it 28 years ago,

when I brought you here.

Because you know if I'm dead,

you'll never get back
to your daughter.

And I have a way for us
to both get what we want.

My hat.

I want you to use it again.

I can't make it work.

No one can.

Not here. Not without magic.

Well, then you're in luck,
because I happen to have some.

Not a lot...

But hopefully, enough...

For one last journey.


Back to our land,

where there's a solution to
a very delicate problem I have...

how to get rid of the one person
who could break my curse.


And why shouldn't I let her
do just that?

End the madness and go home.

To your hovel?

Selling fungus at the fair?


When you could just stay here
in the mansion I gave you?

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.

Why should I trust you now?

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.


Remembering is
the worst curse...

two lives in her head, like me.

I want to forget.

I want you to write us
a new story,

a fresh start,


Well, my dear Jefferson, then
that's exactly what you'll have.


After we take care
of Ms. Swan.

Thank you, Red.

Do it.

Move out.

I miss stealthy.

We're a go!

Fairies! Attack!

Let's go!

Hang on.

August, please,
I need your help.

Emma wants to leave.

What? Slow down.

You were gonna make her believe.
You have to.

I know, Henry.

I'm sorry. I...

I failed.


I tried to show her.

At first it was my legs,

and now...

Now take a look...

At the unvarnished truth.

It's wood.



All of this...

I was right.
The curse... it's real!

You're a smart kid.

And you're Pinocchio.

What gave it away?

But why are
you turning back to wood?

Your story...

you should be real.

I'm changing back because...

I haven't exactly been
a good boy.



If the curse doesn't break,

this doesn't stop.

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.

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
and it's hard to walk.

Soon it's gonna be hard
to breathe.

So we have to do
something fast.

But there's nothing to do.

And with what little time
I have left,

I want to spend it
with my father.


Told you you're a smart kid.

So everyone's giving up.

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.

Emma, I'm sorry,

but I'm afraid you don't have
any case for custody.

Even after everything
she's done?

Which you can't prove.

Let me just ask you a question.

With this war raging on,
who really is getting hurt here?

I know. Henry.
But isn't it a good thing

that he's spending time with me?
I'm his mother.

Yes, you are,

and so is Regina.

And l-look, the court is
gonna come in and look at him

and see how he's been
since you've come into his life.

And he's been happier, right?


I mean, objectively?

He's skipped school,
he's stolen a credit card,

he's run off,
he's... he's endangered himself,


And so in the eyes of the law,
it's not so...

what about in your eyes?
What do you think?

I mean, a while ago,
I told you to engage him

in his fantasy life,
and-and perhaps I was wrong,

because he's only retreated
further into it.

You think he's better off
with her?

I never said that.

Do you think
that she would ever hurt him?



I mean, everyone else,
but not him.

Look, right or wrong, her
actions have all been defensive.

I'm not judging, but...

In many ways, your arrival
has woke a sleeping dragon.

Tell me honestly.

Has he been better off
since I got here?


It's not a matter
of better off.

It's... it's a matter
of this war has to end.

If you two are
gonna be in his life,

you have to figure out
the best way to do that.








Oh, no!

The queen took me
to her palace.

But I'm rescuing you.


Is this always
gonna be our life?

Taking turns
finding each other?

We'll be together.
I know it.

Have faith.

I just had to stop you.

I have no interest in cleaning
tongue marks off my mirror.

Let him go.

Your fight is with me.

My thoughts exactly.

Have you ever heard
of a parley?

We break off
all this messy fighting

and have a little talk,

just you and me.

Come unarmed.

Where do I meet you?

Where it all began.

Stop trying to talk me out
of this.

The castle is secure. I'm going.

Keep the little knife
between your tuffets.

I promised I would come alone
and unarmed.

It's a parley.
There are rules.

You're too noble
for your own good.

I'm not, but enough of you
have risked your lives

because of something
that's between the queen and me.

I will not let anyone else
get hurt because of me.

Except you.

Thank you for your concern,
but this ends today.

We can't let you go.

I'm not asking.

Thank you for your support.

I love each and every one
of you,

but this is something
I have to do...


I don't like this.

I don't trust that queen.

Watch your step.

What is this place?

Where I've kept
the last bit of my magic.

The only magic in this world

is in the things
I brought with me.

It's not spinning.

It's not working.

It needs to absorb
the magic that's here.

I have some things left,

a few trinkets.

It's not enough. You need
something that still works.

Who's that?

Someone long gone.

Well, whatever
or whoever it is,

it still has
magical properties.

Give me that, and let me see
what I can do with it.

If you want your son back,

if you want your revenge,
give it to me.

What's wrong?

Why isn't it opening a portal?

The magic... it's not enough.

We can't go anywhere.

Then you've failed.

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.

I can bring something back?

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 that you can take
with your hand.

Is there anything like that
that can help you?


Yes, I believe there is.

Then you need to direct me
to the time and place

where this object exists.


Think about it.

Guide the hat.



It appears to be working.

Now what is it we're after?

An apple.

Hello, Regina.

Follow me.

Do you remember when I ran down
your runaway horse, Snow?

Do you remember
when I saved your life?

Of course.

It all looks the same.

Not quite.

This is new.

Is that...

A grave.

Daniel's grave.

I thought...

he ran away?

I told you that

to spare your feelings
out of... Kindness,

but he died because of you.

Uh, I'm...

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, too,

but nothing can change
what happened,

what you did.

You promised to keep my secret.

You promised, but you lied.

I was very young,
and your mother...

she ripped his heart out
because of you,

because you couldn't
listen to me!

You took my father.

Haven't we both suffered


What is that?

It's just a morsel.

Did you know that apples stand
for health and wisdom?

So why do I get the feeling
that one might kill me?

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.

And you're going
to force me to eat it.


Of course not.

It wouldn't work anyway.

The choice is yours.

It must be taken willingly.

And why would I do that?

Because if you refuse
the apple,

your prince, your Charming

will be killed.


As I said, the choice is yours.

I take that apple,
and he lives?

That's the deal
you want to make?

With all my heart.

Then congratulations.

You've won.


What have you done to her?!

What have you done?!


Is this it?


Yes, it is.

And my daughter, my Grace?

First things first.

The deal's not done,

not until I solve
the next conundrum...

how to get this savior

to taste my forbidden fruit.

We need to talk.

Yes, I imagine we do.

I was just
about to call you, too.

Come right in.

Do what you're so skilled at
and make yourself at home.

I believe you came to see me.

Look, this isn't easy.

I think that this...

Whatever is between us
needs to end.

At last,
something we can agree on.

I want to make a deal
with you about Henry.

I'm not making any deals
with you.

I'm leaving town.



What we're doing is a problem,

and I'm gonna go,
but I have conditions.

I still get to see Henry.
I get to visit

and spend time, whatever.

And you get to see him.
You're still in his life.

Look, in any deal, both parties
are a little unhappy.

But let's be honest.

We both know the world
where I'm not in his life

no longer exists,

and there's no one who can do
anything about that.

You're right.

Would you mind
following me for a moment?

So what are you proposing?

I don't know.

Just figure it out as we go.

But he's my son.


Oh, Ms. Swan?

Maybe a little something
for the road?


If we're going to be
in each other's lives,

it's time we start
being cordial.

My famous turnovers.

Old recipe.

But delicious.

Thank you.

I do hope you like apples.

Snow was here.
I can smell it.

Snow! Snow!

She's over here!

I found her lying here
like this. Is she...

granny, give me your dagger.

Maybe she's just sleeping.

She has no breath.

She's gone.

She sacrificed herself

for true love.

She sacrificed herself
for all of us.

It would appear
sacrifice is overrated.

Speaking of...


What have you done to her?!

What have you done?!

I hope you bought
travel insurance,

because no one's
going anywhere.

Oh, really?

And why's that?

Because I found a solution
to my Emma Swan problem.

Oh, yes?

An old reliable solution.

A sleeping curse.

Might I ask how you managed to
obtain one here in Storybrooke?

By sacrificing the last bit
of magic I had left.

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.

Then you can pay it.

Because now...

The curse is gonna be
stronger than ever,

and you will be right here
where you belong.

Don't you understand?

I won.

So whatever plan you had...

Whatever reason
you wanted the curse broken?

Too bad.

Because it's never
going to happen.

Hey, Emma.
Everything okay?

You sounded strange
over the walkie.

Oh, um... no, I'm okay.

Just, um...

Yesterday when
I tried to take you away,

you were right.

I can't take you
out of Storybrooke.

But I can't stay either.


I have to go.

Go? You mean
leave Storybrooke?

Yeah. I spoke to Regina,
and we made a deal.

I'm still gonna be able
to see you, just not...

Every day.

No! No, you can't trust her.

I have to.
It's my only choice.

It's what's best
for you, Henry.

Every time I fight her,
someone else gets hurt.

No, no, no!

You're just scared.

This happens to all heroes.

It's just the low moment
before you fight back.

This isn't a story.

This is reality.

And things have to change.

You can't skip school.

You can't run away, and...

You can't believe in curses.

Y-you really don't believe?


This is how it has to be
right now.

I made a deal,

and I used my super power.
She's telling the truth.

She's gonna
take really good care of you.

Yes, but she wants you dead.

Come on, Henry!

You're the only one
that can stop her.

Stop her from what?

All she's ever done
is fight for you.

This just...

Got out of hand.

I'm sorry.

Where did you get that?

Regina gave it to me.



You can't eat that.
It's poison.

Don't you see?

The deal... it was all a trick
to get you to eat that,

to get rid of the savior.

Henry, come on.
Why would she do that

when I just told her
I was gonna go?

Because as long as you're alive,
you're a threat to the curse.

Henry, you've gotta stop
thinking like this.

But it's the truth!

And you leaving
isn't gonna change that.

I'll prove it to you.

What are you doing?

I'm sorry it had
to come to this.

You may not believe
in the curse... or in me.

But I believe in you.

See? You wanna have
some ice cream with that?

And then we can go back
to talking about...


Henry? Henry?!