Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 2, Episode 20 - The Evil Queen - full transcript

When she finds out that David and Mary Margaret plan to return to the Enchanted Forest, Regina searches for the fail-safe key that will destroy Storybrooke. In the fairy-tale world, Queen Regina continues her search for the bandit Snow White. Emma begins to suspect Tamara's motives.

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Someone killed him and stopped
him from telling us something.

You wanna use the beans to go
back to the enchanted forest?

We can start over, Emma.

Regina: You're hiding something.

I'm going to find out.

Owen: Now you were able
to get the package here, right?

Tamara: It's right outside town.

Actually, I prefer it
with the lights on.

I've spent enough time below deck

to not be afraid of the dark.

So if this is your idea of torture,

(Clicks tongue)

You're just gonna have to try
a little harder.

Torture you? No, we just wanna
offer you a job.

Oh. And then you're gonna let me go?


Oh, I'm sorry.

I already did that last job.

I killed Rumplestiltskin.
I'm sated. Replete.

My life's purpose met.

I wish I could've been there,
to see you stab the dark one.

Well, look who's up to speed.

I'm a quick learner.

Well, then you know my work is done.

Yeah, I don't think so.

(Chair clatters)

Take a look.

(Lacey and Gold speaking indistinctly)




He's alive, Hook.


(Clatter) He beat you.

Now this guy has
some powerful magic, mate.

He's untouchable.

You'll never get another chance
to take him down.

Oh, I will. I will indeed.

Not unless we help you.

How can you help me?

We know how to kill magical creatures.

And the price?

I need you to help me find someone.

My father... he was taken in this town

a long time ago.

Why the bloody hell do you think I'd
be able to help you find your father?

Because you know the
woman that took him.


Do we have a deal?

The Evil Queen
Original air date April 28, 2013

(Men grunting)

(Horse whinnies)


(Blade zings)

(Door bangs)


It's empty, Your Majesty.

Thank you, Berkley. I can see that.

Snow White was hiding here.

And now she's gone.

Someone must've tipped her off,
and she ran.

Queen: Fan out
and bring me the villagers.

Man: Let's go!

(Woman crying)

Get in there!

Snow White has betrayed you.

She poisoned her own father...

my dear husband,

your benevolent king...

so she can try
to ascend the throne herself.

She even now stalks
the outer villages...



and traitor.

Information leading to Snow's
capture will be richly rewarded.

No one?

Not one of you wants gold?


You're telling me she lived here,

and not one of you saw her?

(Lowered voice) What shall
we do now, Your Majesty?

Kill them all.

No mercy.

Find me Snow White.

(Buoy bell clanking, seagulls calling)

Mary Margaret: If we're going
back to the Enchanted Forest,

are we really going
to leave Regina behind?

She's too dangerous to bring with us.

We have to leave her.


Henry won't like it.

She is his mother,
despite all the horrors.

Mary Margaret,

those horrors will continue.

You wanna give her another chance?

Because every time we do, she...

She slips. I know.

What do we do?

Instead of a second chance,
we give her a choice...

come back, live out her days
in Rumple's cell,

or stay here.


Jail cell?

I don't think so.


Well, it seems you've taken
to power quite well,

gives your cheeks a nice rosy color.

I don't understand them.

I offer these peasants a fortune,

and still they protect Snow White.

(Clatter) Why are they loyal
to her and not me, hmm?

I am their queen.

You did just slaughter
an entire village.

Maybe that's why they call you
The Evil Queen.

But I am not evil.

They call me that because
of her. She's the evil one.

They're her people, dearie.

You're gonna have to be content
with their fear.

They'll never love you.

Yes, they will.

When she is gone,

when Snow is dead,

then they will see my kindness.

Through the charred remains
of their homes, yes.

I... I... I'm sure that'll
be perfectly clear.

Well, in time it will be.
Her death will allow it.

And I'm going to find her.

Apparently, I have to do it myself.

Well, in that outfit,
finding her should be easy.


Teach me my mother's
shape-shifting spell,

allow me to hide.

It took your mother months
to learn that.

You? Well, perhaps in a week,
you'll be able to, uh...

(Inhales sharply)
Change your hair?



(Fabric whooshes)

If I can't do the spell, you can.

Put it on me.

If I do,

you won't control it,

and you won't have any magic
while the spell is working.

I won't need magic,

as long as I can get close enough

to snap her neck with my bare hands.

I can see you're determined.

Once the deed is done, call upon me.

Only I can return you
to your regal self.

Hold on.

What's the price?

Mm, boring matter of state.

I need you to cut off all trade
with King George's realm.

King George? Why?

I need him bankrupt. What's it to you?

Okay, fine, fine. Just do it.

(Fabric whooshes)
Time is of the essence.



I don't feel any different...

other than these ghastly rags.

This is what the world will see.



About as regal as a potato.

Careful, dearie.

A queen striding amongst peasants

might not like what she hears.


Won't matter.

When I'm done,

they'll be singing my praises

over her smoldering,
villainous remains.

Good morning, Henry.

Um... what are you doing here?

(Chuckles) I've missed you.

And I wanted to show you something.

Emma and Mary Margaret
and David have been

keeping this from you, darling.

They've been growing magic beans
in secret.

They wanna take you to
the Enchanted Forest...

Without me.

Maybe we're all going and they
just haven't told you yet?

No, they... they won't let me help.

They don't see the good in me...
the good you've seen.

They only see The Evil Queen, which...

they made me.

And I don't wanna be that anymore.

This is my chance
to go back and start over,

for me to be the hero.

And you'd like that, right?

I... I'd love it.

Here's how it will work.

There's a fail-safe
built into the curse.

A trigger.

Like a self-destruct button?

Like you never did it?


It's the next best thing
to turning back time.

That's amazing.
What happens to Storybrooke?

It disappears.


And no need to worry, dear.

We can get away first.

Back to the Enchanted Forest,

using this.

But w... what about everyone else?

They die.


I don't have any of other choice.

As long as there are
other people in our lives,

you can never fully be mine.

You loved me once.

(Voice breaks) With them gone,
you'll love me again.

And you can see me
for what I truly am...

a hero.

Not if you kill everyone.
You're a villain.

Me? They're the ones that have
been keeping us apart.

They're the villains.

How can I ever love anybody who
would do such horrible things?

Why would you even tell me this?

Because I don't have anyone else
to talk to.

Well, I'm gonna stop you.

Everything I just said
will come to pass.

Never. Why would I let you do
any of this?

Because you won't remember a thing.


(Crow cawing)

Mom. What are you doing here?


Just came to say hello.

I've missed you.

Why don't you show
me that bird feeder?

I'm sure it'll make the birds very happy.
(Bird chirps)

(Indistinct conversations)

Man: Step right up, folks.
Step right up.

Try your luck, folks. Try your luck.

Here we go! Come on, now.
Don't be shy.


That... that's the Queen.

The Evil Queen!

Step right up and sink an arrow
into her heart!

(Scoffs) That's not right.

Well, it's fixed, actually.

You... you can't hit the Queen
in the heart...

because she ain't got one!


Kill the Evil Queen!

- Kill the Queen!
Crowd: Yeah!

- Kill her!
- Yeah!


(Arrow thuds)


How could you do that?

She's your queen!

Snow White should be our queen.

Snow White's a bandit,
a murderer and a menace.

Lies! The Queen's evil.

But you don't know her.

Thank my lucky stars for that.

- Let's burn her!
(Crowd) - Yeah!

See how she enjoys that!

No! No! No! This is treason!

I won't stand for it!

(Flame whooshes)

(Man whistles) Out of the way!

- Move!
Man: - Move it!

It's about time. Where were you?

Berkley: You do this?

Of course not.
I was trying to stop it.

(Clatter) That what it
looks like to you?

Looks to me like some dirty slag

is defacing an effigy of our queen.

Though, fair play to you, miss.

It looks just like her.

How dare you! I'll have
your head for that, Rivers.

(Arrow thuds)
She knows your name.

How dare you address the Knight
of the Queen's guard thusly.

I know your names, you idiots,

because I am the Queen.

(Rivers and berkley laugh)

I... I am the Queen. Oh!

I... I can prove it!

Uhh! Let go of me! Berkley!

(Floorboards creak)

(Footsteps approaching)

(Door creaks)


You look like you've had a rough time.

(Door closes)

Indeed, I have.

I've come to ask you
for your protection.

From Gold?

I'm surprised you'd
show your face in this town,

once you noticed
your murder didn't take.

We've got bigger problems.

That man Greg Mendell...

the one who hit me
the night I shot Belle...

well, he's in league with some woman.

She abducted me in New York
and dragged me back to Mendell.

And they want me to make
an alliance with you

and then betray you.

That's why they let me go.

Mm. And I say,

let's you and I make an alliance
and we'll...

we'll skip the unpleasant
betrayal business.

Why should I trust you?

I took up with your
mother for a reason.

Perhaps the three of us could
reestablish our alliance.

My mother died.

Well, that... is sad news indeed.

I'm sorry.

She will be missed.

I will tell you this, Regina...

I knew her well enough

to know that what she wanted
most in the world

was to see you win.

Now I failed in my revenge.

The best tribute I could give
her is to help you with yours.

Well, can I...


Let me show you something.

Escape plan?

Oh, she'd have loved that.

She brought that giant for the beans,

so she could go back
and start over with you.

And now I'm going to do that
with Henry...

if you'll help me.

This is how we're going to escape

the total destruction
of Storybrooke...

if I can trust you.

Now when you say "total destruction,"

you're including the Crocodile, yes?

Oh, yes.

Rumplestiltskin will die

if you help me.

- Here you go.
- No mayo, right?

That's right.

I'm so sorry!


He, uh, still hates mayo, huh?

Avoids it like the plague.

How are you doing here in Storybrooke?

I mean, it's a lot to take in.

Understatement. (Laughs)

But, uh...

I guess you know that
better than anyone.

Yeah, I guess it's true.

But I had Henry. He got me through it.

Right. Yeah, Neal's doing
the same for me.

Even so, it's pretty crazy here.

(Door closes)

If the world found out
about this place,

do you know what that would mean
for Henry or Neal?

Look, Emma, you don't have to worry.

You can trust me.

That's good to know.

Be seeing you later.

Yeah, I'll be seeing you.

(Door bells jingle)

(Door closes) I'm telling you,

Tamara is the "she" August was
trying to warn us about.

Emma! Shh!

What? Don't "Emma" me!

(Lowered voice) Henry is upstairs.


I know this has been hard for you.

No. This isn't about me.
This is about August.

He died trying to warn us
about someone...

about a woman. "She."

Tamara has a list
of people who live here,

what their fairy tale names are.

Doesn't that worry you?

(Lowered voice) There could be
a million explanations

for what you saw. We don't
know anything about her.

And she lied to me.

When she said I could trust her,
she lied.

(Mouths words)

But your "superpower" has been
known to be unreliable, Emma.

Especially when you're emotional.

For the last time,
I don't have feelings for Neal.

That was over a decade ago.
I'm over it.

Well, that may be.

(Lowered voice) But if you tell Henry

that you think his dad's fiancee
may be up to something,

then Henry's gonna think
that there's a chance

his parents could get back together.

So keep it to yourself. Please?

Till you know something more?

(Footsteps depart, door closes)

So... we're back in business.

I heard everything.

I... I thought you were in the shower.


Operation Cobra's back on.

We're investigating Tamara, right?

Get your coat.

This why it's a two-man job?
You need me to lower you?

No. Used to be... before magic.


(Gears clicking)

(Metal creaking)

(Metal clanks)


(Gears clicking)

I... I hired you a year ago,
despite your drunkenness!

And you! You... uhh!
(Chickens cluck)

I had you flogged last spring
for lateness!

How would I know that?

I'm not liking her any better.

Let's cut off her head.



(Arrow whooshes)

Aah! Aah!

(Blade zings)

Uhh! Aah!


(Swords clank)


Regina: Aah!






(Clenched teeth) Snow.

(Crowd gasps)

(Crowd murmuring)

(Elevator whirs, clanks)

You ever wonder if this
constant pursuit for revenge

is the reason we have no one
who cares for us?

I mean, when all this is over,

and I know the Crocodile
is dead, for good and all,

I'll have nothing to look forward to.

My life will be empty.

Revenge may sate your being,

but don't misunderstand me, my dear.

It's an end, not a beginning.

For you, maybe. Not me.

I have Henry.

And destroying Storybrooke? Well...

that seems like a small price to pay

to allow us to live in peace.

(Water dripping)

Where did you get that?

It belonged to my mother.


Well, she enchanted it

so I could climb the beanstalk
in our world.

- She, uh...
- I don't care why she gave it to you.

It was hers, and I want it back.

You plan to blow this
town off the map,

and you're worried about
a scrap of cowhide?

She was my mother.

- Well, she was my friend.
- Hardly.


(Inhales deeply)

Now follow me closely.


You couldn't have just hid the trigger

in the back of your wardrobe?

(Chuckles) It had to be both
well-hidden and well-guarded.

I put it somewhere no one
would ever think I'd go.

You know, you say well-guarded...

Who's guarding it?

A friend.

She's been through a lot.

There's a powerful spell here
that sustains her in...

whatever form she's in.

In fact, Hook, she's the reason
why this is a 2-man job.

And what exactly am I here to do?

I'll get the trigger.

And you?


you're the distraction.



Uhh! Uhh!

(Pants and groans)

(Whooshing and wind howling)




Love you in earth tones.



(Blade zings)








(Glass shatters)

(Birds chirping)

(Gasps) Don't move.

(Whispers) You need to lie still.

You have a fever.

Dirty blade'll do that. Ooh.

Snow White.

What's your name, honey?

(Inhales deeply)


My family works in the mills.

Nice to meet you, Wilma.

You're going to live, by the way.

How long...


How long till I can get up?

Two days?

Picked a good place for it, though.

Fresh water,

healing herbs,

some not-bad hunting if you don't mind

killing the royal livestock,
which I don't.

You don't know how to do that.

Oh, I... I... I mean, um...

you were a princess.

Someone from another forest taught me.

It's a long story.

(Utensil clatters)

There are people hunting for you.

It's dangerous for you to be here.

Why are you helping
a perfect stranger?

I'm going to bathe your wound,
but it's going to hurt.

So... just listen to me.


It's easier if you're distracted.


When I was younger,

the horse I was riding
ran away with me.

I was about to be thrown.
I would've been killed.

(Inhales sharply)

This woman...
she had no idea who I was.

She came charging in after me.

(Inhales sharply)

She saved me.

She risked her own life.

It changed me.

My mother always told me
to keep goodness in my heart,

and this woman proved
that she was right.

(Inhales sharply) You okay?

I'm good. I'm listening.

It... it changed you?

(Whispers) Yes.

It taught me that there can be

this genuine, selfless
connection between people,

even strangers.

There. I'm done.

What happened to her?

The stranger?

She's gone.

Oh, but I hope she comes back someday.

Operation Cobra was about
breaking the curse.

This is about
keeping Storybrooke secret.

We need a new name.

Operation Tiger.


I need a why? You never need a why.

I want something like the town,

something that hides in plain sight.

Something like a praying mantis.

(Door bells jingle in distance)
Oh! Duck.

Oh. No, it's not them.

- Stakeouts are fun.
(Mouth full) - Not usually.

But this one? Yeah, kinda.

I thought by now
we'd be having adventures.

Over there, you know?

Riding horses,
shooting bow and arrows.

This is cool, too.

Is that still something you want?

I mean, if there was a way to...
go back to the enchanted forest?

Is there?

No, don't be crazy.

There is.

A way back.

The... a bean or something.

The giant brought it, didn't he?

You are a smart kid.

That's awesome!

We could get, like, a castle...

- you, me, and Neal.
- Oh, hey, whoa.

- No way. That... we're not... that's not...
- Duck!

Operation Praying Mantis is on.

(Metal clinks)

(Lowered voice)
Hang on. I almost got it.

So once we find proof
that Tamara's evil,

I guess the wedding's off?

Henry... Neal and I are not
getting back together.

You know that, right?

I mean, once he's single,
it could happen.

Thrown together, moonlight,


Listen to me, Henry.

I am onto Tamara for other reasons,

not because she's with Neal, okay?

(Whispers) Go. Go, go, go.

(Lock clicks)
(Whispers) Ah! Yes!

(Door creaks)

Unh-unh! Unh-unh!
You gotta be the lookout.

But... but what do I do? Whistle?

No, that's too obvious.
You gotta hit the door.

You know, like, just like...

(Thumps door)
like, kick it like you're bored.

(Kicks door twice)

Or, like, stumble into it.
(Thumps door)

Like, oh, I'm... you know?

Just hit the door, okay?

- Hit the door.
- Yeah.

Got it. Now go.

(Doors creak)

(Hangers clatter)

(Floorboard creaks)




Uh? Hey, Henry.
(Thumps door)

(Henry mutters)

(Thumps door) Uh...

Oh, hell no. I taught her that.


(Door creaks)

So you weren't here,
and the door was open,

and we just...

Emma, what's... what's this about?

Tamara. I think she's playing you.

She's playing me? How?

I think she's the "she" August
was trying to warn us about.

I didn't wanna tell you
until I had proof.

Oh. (Chuckles)
Okay, yeah.

Well, as long as you broke into
our room to spare my feelings...

Are you out of your mind?

He warned us about a woman.

Yeah, which covers half the world.

You roped the kid into this?

She lied to me. Remember I had
that thing with lies?

You thought you had a thing
with lies. I never bought it.

Yeah, you did.

Listen to me, Neal.

She's got a list of fairy tale
characters and who they are...

whoever she's gonna give that to

that could blow this whole town
right open.

Emma, I helped her make that list.

It was to help her come to grips
with this place.

It's not easy, you know?

I mean, she's trying
to deal with it for me.

Okay, I know what this
looks like, but it isn't that.

Do I look like a jealous ex?

Okay, maybe I'm crazy.
But let's find out.

There's a floorboard loose.
It shouldn't be.

So let's look under it.

If there's nothing there,
fine. I back off.

Okay. Yeah, sure. What the hell?

(Clears throat)

A little help?

Oh. Right.


(Clears throat)


(Inhales deeply)


I know Tamara being here
is a little awkward...


Henry, let's go.

(Liquid trickling, steam hissing)

(Regina groans)

Morning already?


We have one every day.

Well, you look better.

I think you slept off the last of it.

Yeah, I think I did.

Mm. You don't waste any time.

Oh. Noises in the woods.
Maybe a patrol.

We stayed too long.
(Sword clatters)

You're arming me?

Well, just in case. Her soldiers
are ruthless. Stay behind me.

(Crow cawing)

(Blade zings softly)

(Whooshes softly)

If the stories are to be believed,

the Queen sent the huntsman
to tear your heart out.

She did.

How horrible.

If you had her in front of you now...

would you kill her for that?

Regina wants to hurt people.

I think she's in constant pain

and is always looking to
figure out whom to blame for it.

We lived in the same household,

and still, she could never see
that I was on her side.

She wanted revenge
more than she wanted love.

And I can't imagine living that way.

I want to be guided by love.

So, no, I wouldn't kill her.

No one's that generous.
People aren't that good.

Oh, I think they are... even her.

She's just afraid to look vulnerable.

You... you believe
there's good inside there?

I know there is.

I've seen it.

I wish she'd give herself a chance

to be that person again.

You don't think it's too late for her?

Oh, I don't think
it's too late for anyone.

So if she...

if she wanted to change,

if she wanted to be a family again,

if she... wanted to be good,

would you forgive her for that?

Would you let her back in?

If she really meant it, yes.

I would love that.

I wouldn't mind a feather bed either,

but neither one is happening.

So there's no use thinking
about it. She wouldn't offer.

Well, sometimes people
can surprise you.

(Flies buzzing)

(Whispers) No.

We've gone further than I thought.

(Voice breaking) These people
are dead because...

they helped me.

No. You didn't do this.

Oh, I know.

She did it.

I take it back.

It is too late for her.

I could never forgive her.

There is no good in that woman.


I was wrong.

There never was.

What about when she rescued you?

The horse.

(Whispers) What are you talking about?

Your story,

about being saved.

I never said it was her.

I read between the lines.


It was you.

Regina, your dark magic
is hiding you somehow,

but it is you.

Yes, it is me.

But there is good in me.

If this is your idea of "good"...

I want no part of it.

(Whispers) Damn.


(Sword clatters)






Startling, aren't I?

Some people say "striking."

You couldn't have survived that.

Well, you should know by now

the one thing I excel at is surviving.

The amazing thing is,
you almost had me.

All that stuff about
a fresh, clean start,

just killing 'em and movin' on...

it kinda touched me.

For a moment there, I thought
we had a real connection.

And honestly, I almost
put a stop to my plan.

Your plan?

Well, their plan, but I fancied it.

And they did save me
from that wretched...

whatever maleficent is.

(Door opens)

Do you, uh, know these two?

(Door closes)
Well, they have a way with magic.

Or should I say, a way against magic.

Enough of this.

(Mouths word) Yeah, sorry.

That's not gonna work.

Not anymore.

You know, I believe you about Tamara.

You should, 'cause I'm right.

And when we prove it,

we can all go back
to the Enchanted Forest.

(Turns off engine)

You know, when we get back, Leroy,

we're going to need your help
restoring the palace.

It's in pretty bad shape.

Cosmetic or a total teardown?

Burn down.



What happened here?

The beans... they're gone.

(Breathing heavily)

Nobody steals from a dwarf.

Who would do this?

(Doors creak)

Why didn't you come when I called you?

Sorry, dearie. Do I know you?

I already have a maid.
Promising girl, actually.

You know who I am.

You were supposed
to come change me back.

(Giggles) Was I?

I said you could call.
Didn't say I'd answer.

(Fabric whooshes)

(Coughs) Oh!
Have the peasants no soap then?

Will you just take
this damn spell off me?

I want my magic back,

and I wanna be able
to get into my own damn castle,

thank you very much.


Told you it wouldn't be pleasant.

You wanna hear you were right?
Is that it? Huh?

Well, you were right.

Oh, I like that. Right about what?

They'll never love me.

So sad and yet so true.

What are you gonna do now, then?

Punish them.



(Inhales deeply)

(Exhales deeply)

The Queen is dead.

Long live...

The Evil Queen.


The cuff. You gave me this.

No, you rather insisted.

You knew I would want it.


They rigged it with something
that blocks your magic.

It's impressive.

So little bitty Owen does
grown-up magic of his own now.

It's not magic.

this is something much better...


You... you can stop doing that.

It's not gonna work.

You might be able to get rid
of the leather,

but inside are the toughest
metals and machinery

known to man, and right now

they're counteracting
every magic bone in your body.

Which one was she?

Uh, she was the... the Queen.
The Evil Queen.

Yes. I was... the Queen.

But now... here...

you're nothing.

And what are you?

I'm... I'm just a man...
a man on a mission.

And all this just to try
to find your father.

I already told you,
I don't know where...

Yes, you do.

But that's not my mission.

Then what is?

I'm not telling you.

Bag her.

(Fabric whooshes)