Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 2, Episode 10 - The Cricket Game - full transcript

Hook and Cora arrive at Storybrooke and plan their revenge while Regina struggles to regain the trust of the rest of the town. Matters worsen when a beloved resident is killed and Regina takes the blame. Back in the fairy tale world, Snow and Charming disagree over how to handle Regina now that they have taken over the kingdom.

Well, my dear Cora.
This is where we shall part ways.

Thank you for everything,

but it's time for me to skin my crocodile.

You might want to rethink this.

We had a deal. Get out of my way.

Believe it or not, I'm doing you a favor.

By preventing my vengeance?

Ask yourself how I'm doing that.

By using your dark magic.


Magic is here.

And that makes matters
a bit more complicated.

If you go off half-cocked after
an empowered Rumplestiltskin,

do you know what will happen?

So, you do. Good.

Hey. You folks need anything?

Tackle shop don't open until morning,

but if you wanna go out and try
and snare

some of New England's
finest pescatarian creatures,

I'd be happy to open early for you.

No, thank you, we're fine.

It's a fine vessel you got there,
when'd you get in?

What vessel?

Why, that one, right...

Hey! That's a neat trick.

You some kind of magician
back in our land?




What did you do with my ship?

I hid it from prying eyes.

For what we both want to do,
we need the element of surprise.

Now, are you ready to listen to me?

Go on, Your Majesty. What now?

Let's go have a little look
at this Storybrooke, shall we?


What are you thinking?

That it's good to be back.

- Yeah?
- Uh-huh.

What are you really thinking?

Twenty-eight years is too long
to wait between...

Hey, guess what?
Taco shells were on sale!

EMMA: Apparently, tacos,
not a big item in the enchanted...

What're you guys still doing in bed?
It's the middle of the afternoon.

The trip back was tiring,
and I needed to rest.

And I needed to help her rest.

Uh... Let's go make the tacos.

We have to make a lot.

Because there's gonna be
a ton of people

at Granny's
welcome-back party tonight.

(WHISPERS) We thought
you were gonna be back later.

Yeah, well, we weren't.

So, maybe next time you can put
a tie on the door or send a text or...

You know what?
I'm gonna go make some tacos.

It's impressive that
we can still provide her

with a few traumatic
childhood memories

at this stage of the game.






My Queen, we've received word.

Snow White and the Prince
have defeated King George.

His army has fallen.
The kingdom is theirs.

And what of George?

His fate is unknown.

But without his forces we are now alone.
We cannot defeat them.

Do not tell me what we can or can't do.

Where is Snow White now?

Alone, on her way back
to meet the Prince.


I don't care how many men you lose.

Keep them apart long enough
for me to find her.

I will not let them defeat me.



Leaving the battle so soon?

The battle's over, Regina.

Our army is too great. You can't win.

That all depends
on your definition of victory.

I offer you parley.

To negotiate
the terms of your surrender.

My surrender?

Fair enough. My terms are quite simple.

Your death.


It was all a trap.

You should have surrendered
when I gave you the chance.

We knew you couldn't resist
going after Snow.

And now because of your bloodlust,
the kingdom is ours.

Your reign of evil is over.



GRANNY: Whoo-hoo!

I wasn't worried a bit.

I can tell.

Oh, we all missed you.

Tacos? I cannot tell you the relief
of cooking something

that I didn't have to kill first.

Don't I know it. Meatloaf
back home? What a bitch.


I just wanted to thank you all
for joining us tonight.

Mary Margaret and I, we have a saying,
that we will always find each other.

And while I believe that
with all my heart,

I'd like you all to raise your glasses
and join me when I say,

"Here's to not having to look
for a while."


Mary Margaret and Emma!


Sorry I'm late.

What is she doing here?

I invited her.

We're celebrating today
because of Regina.

She helped us get home.

No matter what she did in the past,
we owe her our thanks now.

Didn't you think to tell us about it?

I did, but you two
were a little busy this afternoon.

Emma, she tried to kill us. Yesterday.

No, she didn't. She's trying to change
for Henry. He believes in her.

And right now, that's enough for me.

I couldn't have changed
if I wasn't given a chance.

So, she gets one, too.

I'm glad you came.

Me, too.

Oh, I made lasagna.

(SCOFFS) What's the
secret ingredient? Poison?

Red pepper flakes.

Gives it some kick.



EMMA: Archie made a cake.

You don't wanna stay for a piece?

I'm fine. Thank you.


Thank you.

You just said that.

For inviting me.

Henry wanted it.

I'm glad you guys got
to spend some time together.

Me, too.

I'd like to see him more.

Maybe you'd consider
letting him stay over some time?

I have his room
(CHUCKLES) just waiting for him.


I'm not sure that's best.

Because you know
so much about parenting

in the five minutes
you've been with him.

Talk to David, at least he took
care of him while you were away.

Like I did during the 10 years
you were away the first time!

Okay. Thanks for coming.

No, wait. I'm sorry.

Emma, I'm sorry.

Snapping at you,
I shouldn't have done that.

Will you accept my apology?

Okay. You're right.

Archie said you were trying to change

and, well, you are.

Dr. Hopper said I was trying?

He said you came to see him.

That you try not to use magic, that
you're trying to be a better person.

You understand
I was hesitant to invite you.

I asked him and he thought
it was a good idea.

Thank you. It was.

I should be going.

Well, is she broken?

Not yet.

Beautiful day, isn't it, Regina?

Why should I answer you, bug?

Because I'm making
friendly conversation.

That you'll just repeat
to anyone with an ear.

You told Ms. Swan about our sessions.

(SIGHS) I was simply trying to help you.

By betraying my trust?

I mentioned only that
you had come to see me

as an example
of your commitment to change.

I came to you in confidence.

How am I supposed to prove
to people I've changed,

when you're there to chirp in their ears
and remind them of my past?

I said nothing specific. I would never
betray the doctor-patient confidentiality.

"Doctor"? Doctor?

Need I remind you,
you got your PhD from a curse.

Hey. Is everything okay here?

Private conversation.
Go take yourself for a walk.

I can be trusted. I assure you.

You're lucky I've changed.

I fear the Queen will never change.

We must dispense justice.

Agreed. What are our options?

How about giving me five minutes alone
with her and my ax?

She's still restrained, right?

Yes. But the magic that
we used to capture her

will only keep her powerless
for a short while.

How about banishing her
to another realm?


It would be unconscionable
to condemn another realm

to the suffering that we've endured.

Jiminy's right. She's our problem
and we have to deal with her.

And only one thing is certain.

As long as the Queen lives,
the kingdom is in danger.

Are you saying...


We must kill the Queen.

Thank you, all.

Are you sure this is what we must do?

What choice do we have?

As long as she draws breath,
she will come after us. After you.

There's always a choice.

You stopped me from killing her once.

Took an arrow to save her.
Why is this different?

I took that arrow to save your life,
not hers.

That was an assassination.
This is an execution.

If we don't stop her now,

there's no telling what she'll live to do.


I know it's late,
but I was hoping we can talk.

Sure. Come on in.



Hush, Pongo. You know Regina.

I know how hard it is.
Real change can often be a struggle.

I couldn't agree more.

Regina, is there something... Oh!



So, what was it like over there?

Well, let's see.

There were ogres, the dead rising,
people trying to kill me.

And more ogres.


Kid, we gotta work
on your sense of awesome.

Come on, it's time for school.
I'll walk you to the school bus.

That's okay. I can go on my own.

I know that you can.
That doesn't mean that you should.

David let me.

Well, I'm not David.

You used to let me.

Well, I'm not me. I'm walking you.

Because that's what mothers do.
And I'm doing it.


Hey, Pongo.

It's okay. It's okay.

Where's Archie?

Emma, something's wrong.

How do you know?

Never mind. The wolf thing.

You know what? Eleven is old enough
to walk to the bus stop.

- I'll pick you up later.
- Okay.


Archie? Oh, hell.

What? What is it?



No. No.

Who would do this?

I think I know.


MAN: You have a visitor.


This is all my fault.

I failed you as a father.

I should have done more to protect you.
Can you ever forgive me, child?

There's no need.

How could I blame the one
I love most? (SNIFFLES)

The only one to stand by me.

To the end.

It doesn't have to be the end.

Snow and her Prince seem rather
determined to make it so.

Show them regret
for what you have done.

The pain you have caused.

Show them you can change.

They will spare you.
Just give them a reason.

I beg of you.

Glad to see the Sheriff's station
is now a family business.

Why am I here?

EMMA: You know why you're here.
Because of Archie.

Oh, it's now against the law to get
into an argument with someone?

It is, if you go to their office
later that night and kill them.

Archie's dead?

Stop it, Regina.

Ruby saw you going into his office
last night.

Then she's lying.
I was home all evening.


After everything I've done to change,
to win Henry back,

why would I toss it all away now?

And if I did, and I was going to
kill Archie, you would never know it.

The fact that he's dead and you
caught me shows sloppiness.

You've been caught before.

Come on, Emma. Who do you think
is lying? Ruby or her?

She's incapable of change,

no matter how many times
we've given her the chance.

Why should this time be any different?


Regina, this is your opportunity to meet
your end with a clear conscience.

Do you have any last words?

Yes. Yes, I do.

I know I'm being judged for my past.

A past where I have caused pain.

A past where I have inflicted misery.

A past
where I have even brought death.

When I look back
at everything I have done,


I want you all to know what I feel.

And that is


Regret that I was not able
to cause more pain.


Inflict more misery.
And bring about more death.

And above all else,
with every ounce of my being,

I regret that I was not able to kill

Snow White!


Take your aim.

- Fire!
- Stop!


This is not the way.


Take her back to her cell.


So what do we do with her now?

Lock her up.

We can't lock her up,
because she didn't do it.

You really believe her?

I watched her when we told her
Archie was dead. She didn't know.

Emma, I know that you want to believe
that Regina can change for Henry, but...

I know what I saw. Look at her in there.

The old Regina would have
reduced this building to ashes.

That's a woman who wants to change.
She just wants everyone else to see it.

I know that look.

I know her.

I believe her.

With all due respect,
you don't know her like we do.

Maybe that's the problem.

I know in your kingdom
she was the Evil Queen.

But here she's Regina.

And I'm still the Sheriff. And I say
she's innocent until proven guilty.

So what do you suggest we do?

Let her go.

- Emma...
- We let her go.

And then we find the truth.

Snow! I thought we agreed
what had to be done,

instead you show the Queen mercy?

She doesn't deserve it. You heard her.
She's completely unrepentant.

What I heard was a woman

who didn't want to appear weak
in her final moments.

I've seen her kill. I've seen her terrorize.

Every moment I've seen of her
has been one of evil.

Exactly! That you've seen.

But I knew her before.

I knew her when she was good.

She saved my life
when I was a little girl.

That was years ago.

She changed before.
Why can't she change back?

You can't be serious?

You want to rehabilitate the Queen?

Maybe showing her mercy
is the first step.

But if you fail, the entire safety
of the kingdom is at stake.

We cannot take that risk.

You're so sure of her black soul?

Sure enough to kill?

Because there's no going back
from killing.


If you think this is the right thing to do,
then it's what we shall do.

But know that your path is one that
we cannot come back from either.

My, my, aren't we troubled, dearie.


What brings you here?

You have to ask?

I came to witness
the Queen's execution.

Even had my heart set
on a wee souvenir.

It's all very disappointing.

I won't apologize for sparing her life.

Not when there's a chance
she might change.


Regina redeemed.
What a novel thought.

And how do you plan to accomplish
such an impressive feat?

I don't even know if it's possible.
I'm probably just fooling myself.

Maybe you need someone
to show you if it is possible.

What do you mean?


I provide you with a test

to help determine whether the Queen
can truly change.

Why would I trust you
when I know you want the Queen dead?

You never make a deal without a price.

Maybe I just want her alive.

- That I doubt.

Question my motives all you like,
dearie, but they shall remain mine.

What is yours now is opportunity.

I can help you.

Do we have a deal?



Regina's file, it's empty.

So she did it.

She killed the kindest soul in this town.

A man who only cared about helping.

I promise we'll find
whoever really did this.

Isn't it time you admit we already have?

Regina had a fight with Archie,
Ruby saw her outside last night,

and now her file is empty.
That's a lot of evidence.

Maybe that's the point.

What do you mean?

Well, I don't know how it is in Fairy Tale
Land, but in the real world,

it's usually hard to find evidence.

But this has been way too easy.

Unless someone
wants us to find evidence.

So you think she was framed.

Well, it wouldn't be the first time
that happened in this town.

Who would want to frame her?

That's a long list.
Present company included.

Yeah, but there's only one name
on that list

that would resort to killing
to get what they want.

Oh, well, that looks delicious.

Thank you very much, Belle.


Nothing warms the heart
more than a family reunited.

You have your mother's chin,
Ms. Swan.

We know that you killed him.

And your father's tact.

Someone's dead?

Dr. Hopper.

Why on earth would you think
I had anything to do with that?

Because all the evidence
points to Regina.

And she's not possibly capable
of doing something so vile.

It's a frame job.

It wouldn't be the first time
you used someone to try to hurt her.

Nice to see
your memory's still intact, dearie,

but this time I'm afraid I'm gonna have
to disappoint you. It wasn't me.

Why should we believe you?

Because I can prove it. Ask the witness.

No one was there.

Well, that's not strictly true, now, is it?

Hey, hey, boy, good boy,
good boy, good boy.

(CHUCKLES) I didn't know
you were such a dog person.

Well, a long time ago, in another life,

I got to know a sheep dog or two.

That's fascinating,
but unless you speak dog,

how is Pongo gonna tell us anything?

Through magic, of course.

It won't allow us to communicate.

But it will allow us
to extract his memories.


You don't have to worry.
He won't feel a thing.

Why should we trust you? Couldn't you
just as easily use magic to fool us?

Because I'm not going to be the one
using magic.

You are.



You have it within you.

You told me so yourself.

You witnessed it, didn't you?

Emma, you don't have to do this.

If it tells us something
about Archie's death, then so be it.

Do you know what this is?

A dream catcher.

(CHUCKLES) Well, it's capable
of catching so much more.


What is that?


Now, Ms. Swan, you show us how.

How? It's just a jumble.

Will it.

Will it and we shall all see.

I can't.

Yes, you can.

Emma, you're doing it.



You were right all along.

I'm sorry, Emma.

Emma! Wait, where are you going?

To get Regina.

Well, can we talk about this?

What's there to talk about? She killed
Archie. Now, she's gotta pay.

And how do you plan on doing that?
She has her powers back here.

Yeah, well, you just saw
what happened. So do I.

Yeah, you have something,

but you didn't even know
what the hell to do with it

and now you're gonna go take on
the most powerful woman in town?

Excuse me, aren't you both the ones

who've been pushing on the
"it's Regina" kick the whole time?

You should be happy you were right.

We may be right, but I also know that

going after her without a plan
is a mistake.

So what do we do?

Even if the dwarfs
construct a cell to hold her,

we need a way
to contain her magic until then.

Fairy dust. Leroy said they were
processing a new batch of it.

Will that stop her power?

It has before.
Problem is she'll see us coming.

Leave that to me.
Trust me, we're locking her up.

Your highness.

Leave us, please.

But I have direct orders
from the Prince...

And now you have direct orders
from me.

QUEEN: First you stop my execution

and then you defy your prince
to see me?

Should I be worried
there's trouble in paradise?

I'm not here to talk about my fianc?.

Then why are you here?

I know you weren't always
like this, Regina.

The woman who saved my life
all those years ago

had good in her.

That woman lost much.

And now she's gone.


But as hard as you've tried to bury her,

I think she's still inside you.

No, she's not.

All you need


is someone to help you let her out.

What are you doing?

I'm letting the woman
who saved my life go.

This is a chance to start fresh, Regina.

To leave the evil behind, in this cell.

Just like that?

Just like that.


You make change sound so easy.



Did you really think
this would protect you?

Since I can't use magic,

I can think of no better way

than to kill you with the blade
you had meant for me.

Goodbye, Snow White.





That's impossible.

No. That's magic.

And this time, it wasn't thanks to fairies.


He took one of your hairs from this
and used it to fashion a protection spell.


Now, there's nothing you can do
in this land to hurt Snow or me.

You're powerless against us.

You tricked me.

It wasn't a trick. It was a test.

One that I had truly hoped you'd pass.

give you a chance to change, Regina.

Regina, you're banished.

Banished to live alone with your misery.

As long as you're alive in this world,

you can't hurt us.

You saved my life once,

and now I've saved yours.

So we're even.

And if you ever try to hurt anyone
in my kingdom again, I will kill you.

Ms. Swan.
I assume you're here to apologize.

I saw you do it.


I saw it.
You choked the life out of Archie.

What are you talking about?
How is that even possible?



I saw what happened, and it was you.

Gold. He helped you.

You're going to trust him, of all people,

when he's probably the one
behind this?

We didn't trust him.

That's why Emma used magic instead.

You can use magic.

The savior. Of course.

Well, I can only assume
he warned you, then.

About what?

That magic always comes with a price.

Yeah, well that's a price
we're both gonna pay.

How's that?

Henry. He believed in you.

His heart's gonna break.

That's both our prices.


I will not let you poison Henry
against me!

It's an interesting word choice.
Since you already did.

I want to see him.

He deserves to hear my side
of the story! He's my son!

He's not! He's mine!

And after this, you're not getting
anywhere near him! Do it!


Did you really think
that would work again?



You will not keep my son from me!


REGINA: So much for fairy dust.

Maybe some of your newfound magic
can save you now.

I don't need it. I already won.

There's no way Henry will swallow
your lies about Archie now.

You can pretend all you want,
but we know how you are.

And who you will always be.

Henry's bus is going to be here
any minute.

You can do this.

Tell my son that someone he loved

was killed by someone else
he cares about?

I don't know if I can.

Okay, I don't think I can do any of this.

This is, like, real parent stuff.

How can I be a parent
if I never was one?

I know. I've been asking myself
the same question.

Oh, no. You guys don't have to...
It's different.

No, it isn't. And, yes, we have to.

We can figure it out. So can you.

You don't know me. You don't know
what I was before Storybrooke.

And trust me, I was not parent material.

Yeah, but we know who you are
since you've been here.

What if I revert? Regina did.

You're not going to. And the Emma
I know was great with Henry.

I was his parent for five minutes.

And I was yours for five minutes, too.

But things are different now,
for all of us.

We don't have to go through
any of it alone. We're family.


Emma? I told you I can walk myself.

I know.

Something happened
and I want you to hear it from me first.

What is it?

Come here.

You have a visitor.


RUMPLESTILTSKIN: You need to ask?

What other friends
do you have, dearie?

You're no friend.

Have you come to relish my suffering?

I thought you'd want someone
to help raise your spirits.

Especially on a day like today.

What's so special about today?

Snow White and Prince Charming's
wedding, of course.

Didn't you get an invitation?


Me, neither.

Still. Nice to be able to see them
declare their true love

in front of the entire kingdom.

Happy ending after all.

And, because of you,
there's nothing I can do to stop it.

No way to harm them in this land,
ever again.

Yes. Yes, I suppose that's true.

In this land.


The deal I made was explicit.

You can never harm them in this land.

Now, were you to bring them
to another land, well...

Told you I was your friend.


Bring my carriage.

I have a wedding to get to.


You're back.

So, did you get what you wanted?

Yes. My daughter's
lost everything, now.

Ah. Well, aren't you Mom of the Year.

I did what was needed.

What about what I need?

You promised you'd help me
get my revenge on Rumplestiltskin.

And I've already started.

Or didn't you notice the little gift
I left you in the hold of your ship?

A gift?

What is it?

Not "what." "Who."


Who is that?

Someone privy to Storybrooke's
deepest secrets,

including Rumplestiltskin's.

Someone who can help us determine
his weaknesses here.

Can't you, Dr. Hopper?

Well, if that's him,
then who did you kill?

How do I know? It's my first day in town.

You disguised the body
to look like him?

As if death wasn't punishment enough.
Marvelous work.

Thank you.

Now you will have
all the knowledge you'll need.

It may take some work,

but this cricket will chirp.


That he will.