Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 1, Episode 4 - The Price of Gold - full transcript

Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold, as flashbacks show when Cinderella made a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin.

NARRATOR: There is a town in Maine...

I'd like a room.

GRANNY: Welcome to Storybrooke.

NARRATOR: Where every storybook
character you've ever known

- is trapped between two worlds.

An evil queen sent a bunch
of fairy tale characters here?

And now they don't remember
who they are.

of a powerful curse.

Everything you love,

everything all of you love,

will be taken from you.

NARRATOR: Only one knows the truth,

and only one can break her spell.

It's your destiny.

You're gonna bring back
the happy endings.

You enjoy your stay.

Once Upon A Time: "The Price of Gold"
Season 1 Episode 4

Original Airdate
November 13, 2011



Do not despair, my dear.
You will attend that ball.

Who are you?

I'm your fairy godmother,

and I'm here to change your life,

But my stepmother told me
that I couldn't go.

She forbade me to leave.

Your stepmother doesn't have this.

This wand has the power
to take you to your ball,

to your Prince, and to a life...

(GASPS) What?

What did you do?

Now, now, I got what I wanted.

There's no need to be frightened.

No need?

You just killed my fairy godmother!

She was trying to help me.

Was she?

Do you know what this is?

Pure magic.

Pure evil.

Trust me. I've done you a favor.

All magic comes with a price.

Go on back to your life,

and thank your lucky stars you
still got something to go back to.

My life is wretched.

Then change it.

You can't handle this.

Wait, please, wait.

I can handle it.

Please, I will do anything
to get out of here, anything.


Do you know how
to use that wand, Mister...


And, yes, of course I do.

Then help me.

Well, if I do,

and you can indeed
shoulder the consequences,

then you'll owe me a favor.

Name it. What do you want?

Something precious.

But I have nothing.

But you will.

With this wish will come riches
more than you know.

I care nothing for riches.

I'll give you anything you want,
just get me out of here.

Now we're talking.

- How does it work?
- Fear not.

My needs are small.

And all you have to do
is sign on the dotted line.

Do we have a deal?


Yes, thank you.




Every story needs a memorable detail.

Let's see how they fit, shall we?

Now, you have a good time.

But be sure to watch the clock.


You sure we can be out in the open?

Enough sneaking around.

If your mom has a problem
with me walking you to a school bus,

I am more than happy to have that chat.

You're brave.
We'll need that for Operation Cobra.

Speaking of,
do you think we need code names?

Isn't "Cobra" our code name?

That's the mission. I mean us.

I need something to call you.

Oh. Um.

You could just call me Emma for now.

Okay. Well, then,
I'll see you later, Emma.


What's with the siren?

It's so hard to get your attention.

Well, you got it.
Are you arresting me again?

I'm thanking you.

For your help finding that coma patient.

We all owe you a debt of gratitude.

Well, what do I get?
A commendation? A key to the city?

How about a job? I could use a deputy.

Thank you, but I have a job.

As a bail bondsperson?

There's not much of that going on here.

I don't see a lot of sheriffing
going on around here either.

Well, here's your chance
to see it up close.

There's dental.

Why don't you think about it?

And stay awhile.

Thank you.



How was your walk with Henry?

That's right, I know everything.

But relax, I don't mind.

- You don't?
- No.

Because you no longer worry me,
Miss Swan.

You see, I did a little digging
into who you are,

and what I found out
was quite soothing.

It all comes down to the number seven.


It's the number of addresses
you've had in the last decade.

Your longest stint anywhere
was two years.

Really, what did you enjoy
so much about Tallahassee?

If you're wondering,
I did find a place here in town.

I know, with Miss Blanchard.

How long is your lease?

Wait, you don't have one.

You see my point?

In order for something to grow,
Miss Swan, it needs roots.

And you don't have any.

People don't change. They only fool
themselves into believing they can.

- You don't know me.
- No, I think I do.

All I ask is as you carry on
your transient life,

you think of Henry
and what's best for him.

Perhaps consider a clean break.

It's going to happen anyway.

Enjoy your cocoa.




Do you have a laundry room I can use?


ASHLEY: No, no, no, no, no.


You okay?

The sheets, they're pink.

Have you tried bleach?



Last night, I felt contractions
and the doctor said

that the baby could come any day now.

So, that's great.

It's just that when the baby comes,

no one thinks that I can do this.

No one thinks I can do anything.

Maybe they're right.

Screw them.

- What?
- Screw them.

- How old are you?
- Nineteen.

I was 18.

When you had a kid?

Yeah. I know what it's like.

Everyone loves to tell you
what you can and can't do,

especially with a kid.

But ultimately,
whatever you're considering doing,

or giving up,

the choice is yours.

It's not exactly what
you might think it is.

It never is.

People are gonna tell you
who you are your whole life.

You just gotta punch back and say,
"No, this is who I am."

You want people to look
at you differently? Make them.

You want to change things?

You're gonna have to go out there
and change them yourself

because there are no fairy godmothers
in this world.

GOLD: Ashley?

What are you doing?

Changing my life.


I know you think otherwise,

but I don't enjoy these
Saturday city council meetings.

Sometimes they're just unavoidable.

Now, you know the rules?

Yes on homework, no on TV,
and stay inside.

Good boy.

Under no circumstance
do you leave this house.

You mean don't see my mom.

She's not your mother.
She's just a woman passing through.

Now, do as I say
or there will be consequences.

I'll be back at 5:00 sharp.


EMMA: So glad my stuff is here.

Oh, thanks.

So that's all your stuff?

What do you mean?

Is the rest in storage?

No, this is all of it.

I'm not sentimental.

Well, it must make things easier
when you have to move.


Miss Blanchard?

Is Miss Swan here?

Hi, my name is Mr. Gold.
We met briefly on your arrival.

- I remember.
- Good.

I have a proposition for you, Miss Swan.

I need your help.
I'm looking for someone.

Really? Um.

You know what,
I'm going to go jump in the bath.

I have a photo.

Her name is Ashley Boyd,

and she's taken something
quite valuable of mine.

So why don't you just go to the police?


She's a confused young woman,
she's pregnant,

alone, scared.

I don't want to ruin this young girl's life,

but I just want my property returned.

What is it?

Well, one of the advantages of you
not being the police is discretion.

Let's just say it's a precious object
and leave it at that.

- When did you see her last?
- Last night.

That's how I got this.

It's so unlike her.

She was quite wound up,

rambling on and on
about changing her life.

I have no idea what got into her.

Miss Swan, please help me find her.

My only other choice is the police,

and I don't think anyone wants to see
that baby born in jail, now do they?

No, of course not.

So, you'll help me then?

I will help her.


Hey, Emma, I was thinking we...

Hey, Henry. How're you?



Give my regards to your mother.

And good luck, Miss Swan.

Do you know who that is?

Yeah, of course I do.

Who? 'Cause I'm still trying
to figure it out.

I meant in reality.

Is that all you brought?

Henry, what're you doing here?

My mom's gone till 5:00.
I thought we can hang out.

Kid, I wish I could,
but there's something I gotta do.

Please let me help.

No, it could be dangerous.

The pregnant maid is dangerous?

- She assaulted Mr. Gold.
- Cool.

This isn't a game. She's desperate.

- How do you know?
- Because I know.

Well, then let's find her.

Oh, no, no, no, no. There is no "let's."
You cannot come with me.

Then I'll look for her myself.

Then I'll find you and I'll bring you back.

Then you wouldn't be helping the maid.

I am just trying to be responsible here.

And I'm just trying
to spend time with you.

Oh, that is really not fair.

So, the maid, what's her story?


What's wrong?


Every year when I was growing up,

I used to watch these fireworks
from afar.

I knew what they meant.

That something special was
happening at the palace.

Now they're for me.

For our wedding.


- I'm so happy you could come.
- You look beautiful.

Thank you, Father.


My dear Ella,

we are thrilled
to have you join our family,

and I hope our family
will soon be growing.


My darling.

Congratulations, Ella.
You two are gonna be very happy.

Why thank you, James.

Ella, dear.



This is truly a night for celebration.

Do you realize what an inspiration
you are to everyone?

All I did was get married.

All you did was show that anyone
can change her life.

I'm proud of you.

I'm proud of you, too.

You. What're you doing here?

I just wanted to make sure you're
happy with your end of the bargain.

You know, true love, riches.
Happy endings.

Did you get everything you desired?


Yes, I did, now what do you want?

What's your price? My jewels?

The ring?

No, no, dear. Keep your baubles.

What I want is
something you don't yet possess,

but something I know is coming.

Your first-born.


What are you doing?

I thought you were hunting.

I was, but the weather wasn't
agreeing, so we came back early.

Are we going somewhere?

You're going somewhere.

- Something's happened.
- What?

I'm pregnant.

Ella, that's wonderful.

Why are you upset?
This is what we wanted.

There's something else.

When we met that night at the ball,

it wasn't my fairy godmother
who sent me.

It was Rumplestiltskin.

I made a deal with him for this life.
I was stupid.

I didn't understand the price of magic.

So I promised him something.

What did you promise him?

He tricked me.

I thought he'd want our gold or jewels.

What was it?

Our baby?

I'm so sorry.

And now I'm going to lose it all.

My life,



I don't care what that imp said.

Magic may have brought us together,
but it didn't create this love.

But I made a deal.

I can't break that. He's too powerful.

Then the answer is simple.

We make another deal.

So, this boyfriend of hers,

you don't think he was involved
in her disappearance?

That would mean he was involved
with her at all, which he isn't.

He left her in the lurch right after
they found out they were expecting.

Hasn't spoken to her since.

Like I said, he's a...

Hey, hey, hey, Billy! Be careful.

You almost shattered
my wolf thing, Billy. It's good luck.

I'm sorry, Ruby, but look, it's fine.

Ruby, what about her family?

Oh! Um. She's got a stepmom and two
stepsisters that she doesn't talk to.

Wait, stepmom, stepsisters,

- and she's a maid?
- Henry, not now.

Look, I don't know what
you've heard, but it's wrong.

Everyone thinks she's not ready
to have this kid, but she's trying.

Taking night classes, trying to better
herself, trying to get her life together.

Can you understand that?

I think so.

Then maybe you should
just stay out of it.

She's been through enough already.

I've been through it, too, Ruby,
and I can help her.

Then try her ex.

Where can I find him?

He lives with his dad.


- Can I help you?
- Sean Herman?

Yeah, who are you?

I'm Emma Swan.

I'm looking for Ashley Boyd.
She's in trouble.

I just thought maybe
she came to see you.

My son doesn't have anything
to do with that girl anymore.

So whatever trouble she's in,
I am sorry for,

but there's nothing we can do
to help you.

You're the reason he broke up with her.


I'm not gonna let my son throw away
his entire life over a mistake.

So you just told him to leave her?

What are they gonna do?
Raise the child in the backseat of a car?

Some people only have
the backseat of a car.

Well, they're to be pitied.
I'm not letting that happen to my son.

Dad, maybe we should help her look.

It's a waste, Sean.

Sean, if you wanna come, come.

Stop letting other people
make decisions for you.

If Ashley runs away with this baby,

she's gonna be in some serious trouble.

She's running away with the baby?

- Yes.
- Sean.



Look, believe me, if I knew
where she was, I would tell you.

I went to a lot of trouble
to get her that deal.

Deal? What're you talking about?

You don't know?

Ashley agreed to give up the child,
and she's being paid very well to do so.

She sold the baby?

You make it sound so crass.

I found someone who's going to find
that child a good and proper home.

And who are you to judge whether
Ashley is capable of providing that?

Look at her. She's a teenager.

She's never shown any evidence
of being responsible.

How could she possibly know
how to be a mother?

Maybe she's changing her life.

Everybody says that.

Now look.

I found someone who's going
to pay Ashley extremely well,

someone who's going to see to it
that everybody's happy.

Mr. Gold.

Isn't that why you were hired?
To bring him the baby?

You can't make her double-cross Gold.
No one's ever broken a deal with him.

Happy to be the first.

If Ashley wants to have this baby,
she should have it.

Anyone who wants to be a mother
should damn well be allowed to be one.

Why didn't you tell me
she sold the baby?

Because I didn't think it was important.

Really? Considering that's why
she's running away?

Look, Ashley's my friend. I don't
like the idea of people judging her.

Ruby, where's your car?

You didn't send me to Sean to find her.

You sent me there
to give her a head start.

Look, I'm only trying to help her.

Yeah, so am I.

Ashley's in more trouble
than you know, Ruby.

Where is she?

Don't make her deal with Gold
without me.

I can't talk in front of him.
He's the mayor's kid.

Hey, I'm on your side.

Henry, I need to find this woman.

And in order to do that,
I need you to go home, okay?

So please listen to me.


She's not going to tell me anything
if you're around.

- Okay.
- Thank you.


She left town.

She said she was gonna try Boston,
thought she could disappear there.

How long ago did she leave?

About a half an hour.

What'd she tell you?

Henry! What the hell?

I'm going to Boston.
You can't come with me.

You can't go to Boston! She can't leave.

Bad things happen to anyone that does.

I don't have time to argue with you
over the curse.

I got to get you home.

We have to stop her
before she gets hurt.

We're wasting time.

If you drop me off,
you'll never catch up to her.


Then Mr. Gold will call the police,
and he'll have her sent to jail.

Buckle up.

Ashley, what did you get yourself into?

Why are we down here?

We need a place to keep him.

Rumplestiltskin is the most
dangerous man in all the realms.

He needs his own special prison,
so we converted the mines to hold him.

But how will we get him here?
He's eluded all forever.

His strength is also his weakness.

His deals. He can't resist making them,

and we already know
who he wants to deal with next.


We've sent word with
one of Snow's bluebirds.

He's accepted a meeting with you.

You're gonna tell him that
Doc heard something

with his stethoscope, two heartbeats.

You're going to tell him it's twins.

And if he wants both, which he will,
you propose a new deal.


A quill? I don't understand.

The Blue Fairy cast a spell on it.

Whoever signs with this will be frozen,
their magic made impotent.

All you must do is
get him to sign the contract.

Ella, this man is a scourge.

You will be doing the entire land
a service.

But should we even use magic?

Isn't that what's causing
these problems to begin with?

What if this magic also has a price?

Then I will pay it.

I will do whatever is needed
to save you and our child.

Let's go.

I hope you like it.
A lot of Dwarf blood went into it.

You sure this'll work?

Once he's in there, he'll never get out.

You'll be safe.

I can do this, Ella.


Let's get him.

I told you.

It's her car.



My baby.

It's coming.


Is the baby really coming?

Oh, yeah.

Don't worry, the hospital isn't that far.

No! No, no, no! Take me to Boston.
I can't go back there.

No, we don't have four hours.
Trust me, I know.

I can't go back there, please.
He's gonna take my baby.

I won't let that happen.

But do you know what you're
asking for if you keep this child?

- Are you really ready?
- Yeah.

Are you sure? Because I wasn't.

- You weren't?
- Nope.

If you want to give this kid
its best chance,

it's gonna be with someone who
is ready, so know what that means.

Your whole life is gonna change,

and once you decide that it's yours,
this running away can't happen.

You have to grow up,
and you can't ever leave.

- Understand?
- Yes.

I want my baby.

RUMPLESTILTSKIN: Well, well, well.

You're starting to show.

A little bird told me
you wanted to speak.


I'd like to alter the bargain.

That's not what I do.

But I think you'll want to.

I'm having twins.

Is that so?


Let's have a look.


And you would, what? Give up both?

Why is that, I wonder?

My husband, he's having a hard time.

Our kingdom is poor. We're losing
money. Our crops are dying.

We can't support ourselves
or our people.

And you would trade your other child

for comfort?

I can always have more children.

But I can't make crops grow
where the soil is dead.

In exchange for our other child,

you will see to it
that our land is once again fertile.

- I think it's more than fair.
- Yes!

Yes, yes.

It is.

If what you're saying is true.

It is.

And all you have to do
is sign on the dotted line.

What a lovely quill.

Wherever did you get it?

It's from our castle.

You know, the only way to stop me
is through magic.

I'm not trying to stop you.

Of course you're not.

Because as we all know,

all magic comes with a price.

And if you were to use it to, say,

imprison me,

then your debt to me would only grow.

And we wouldn't want that,
now would we?

Just sign the contract, please.

Are you sure you're happy
with this new arrangement?

Then so it shall be.


No one breaks deals with me, dearie.

No one.

No matter where you are,

no matter what land you find yourself in,

I assure you, I will have your baby.

You know, Emma, you're different.

What's that?

You're the only one who can do it.

Break the curse? Yes, I know.
You keep telling me that.



You're the only one
who can leave Storybrooke.

You left and came
and found me in Boston.

But I came back.
I'm 10. I had no choice.

But if anyone else tried to go,
bad things would happen.

Anyone except me.

You're the savior.
You can do whatever you want.

You can go.

Miss Swan,
the baby is a healthy six-pound girl.

And the mother is doing fine.

What lovely news.

Excellent work, Miss Swan.

Thank you for bringing me
my merchandise.

Did we really win?

Yes, I told you we would.

I was so afraid.

I was so afraid that we'd fail,

that I'd have to go back to that life.

That terrible life.

I was afraid that I'll lose you,
and that nothing would've changed.

As long as I'm alive,
you will never go back to that life.

Now, how is our little Alexandra?


Did I not mention
that I picked out a name?

A name?
That's more like a prison sentence.

Well, I like it.

Men, you really know nothing of...

Ella, what is it?

It's the baby. Something's wrong.

No, no, it can't be. It's too soon.

It must be the stress, the excitement.

I'm dizzy.

Sit, sit.

- I'll go get you water.
- Okay.



Thomas! It's okay. It's passed.




What did you do?

- Ella, what's wrong?
- Your highness, what happened?

What did you do to my Thomas?

I haven't done anything.

In case you haven't noticed,
I've been otherwise engaged.

Something's happened to him.
You know. Tell me!

I have no idea, dearie.

But I did warn you.

All magic comes at a price.

Looks like someone has just paid.

Don't listen to him. We'll find Thomas.

No, you won't.

Until that debt is paid,
until that baby is mine,

you're never gonna see him again.

In this world or the next, Cinderella,

I will have that baby!

Well, well.

Must be my lucky day.

Would you care for a cup, Miss Swan?

A baby? That's your merchandise?
Why didn't you tell me?

Because at the time,
you didn't need to know.

Really? Or you thought
I wouldn't take the job?

On the contrary,

I thought it would be more effective
if you found out yourself.

After seeing Ashley's hard life,

I thought it would make sense to you.

I mean, if anyone could understand
the reasons behind giving up a baby,

I assumed it would be you.

You're not getting that kid.

Actually, we have an agreement, and
my agreements are always honored.

If not, I'm going to have
to involve the police,

and that baby is gonna end up
in the system.

And that would be a pity.

You didn't enjoy your time
in the system, did you, Emma?

That's not gonna happen.

I like your confidence. Charming.

But all I have to do is press charges.

She did, after all, break into my shop.

Let me guess, to steal a contract.

Who knows what she was after?

You know no jury in the world
will put a woman in jail

whose only reason for breaking
and entering was to keep her child.

I'm willing to roll the dice
that contract doesn't stand up.

Are you?

Not to mention what might come out
about you in the process.

Somehow, I suspect there is more
to you than a simple pawnbroker.

You really want to start that fight?

I like you, Miss Swan.

You're not afraid of me.
That's either cocky or presumptuous.

Either way,
I'd rather have you on my side.

So she can keep the baby?

Not just yet.

There's still the matter
of my agreement with Miss Boyd.

Tear it up.

That's not what I do.

You see, contracts,


they're the very foundation
of all civilized existence.

So I put it to you now.

If you want Ashley to have that baby,

are you willing to make a deal with me?

What do you want?

Oh, I don't know just yet.

You'll owe me a favor.



What's her name?


It's pretty.

Thank you for getting me here.

Mr. Gold was outside.

I took care of it.

She's yours.

She is?

What did you do?

Made a deal with him.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Oh. Hey, kid, it's almost 5:00.
We gotta get you home.


I have to go.
Henry's expecting me home at 5:00.

But I'll see you again

at the next council meeting.

And don't forget,
you left your socks under the bed.


My code name.

I was thinking
in honor of Cinderella, Pumpkin.

- You got a better one in mind?
- Yup.


I'm not sure you're ready yet.


About what you said at the hospital,
about me being able to leave?


I'll see you tomorrow.



What did I tell you?

Do not

leave your shoes
lying around on the stairs.

Someone could get hurt.


Is that her?


I am so sorry.

I never should have left you.

You're back.

Yeah, I'm back.

Here, I got her a present.


I don't know if they're gonna fit.

They're perfect.

GRAHAM: Hello?

Graham, it's Emma.

I was thinking,

maybe some roots wouldn't be so bad.

That deputy job still open?


Then I'm in.

Regina gonna be okay with this?

I don't care. It's my department.

I'll see you Monday morning.

I'll see you.