Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 3, Episode 19 - A Curious Thing - full transcript

Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook doesn't kiss Emma and take her magic away, as flashbacks show when the curse to send everyone back to Storybrooke was cast during the missing year.

[ Birds chirping ]

You've gathered
the entire kingdom for this?

There's a wicked witch out there
just waiting to pounce.

And pretending otherwise
would be dangerous.

There's nothing dangerous
about rallying our people.

You're announcing you're pregnant.

It's not like you invented the wheel.

What's this?

- Belle!
- Are you okay?

When you and Neal disappeared,
we feared the worst.

We went off to see
if we could revive The Dark One.

What happened?

Neal was able to resurrect him

at the cost of his own life.

Rumple's alive.

Neal's dead.

I think so.

To which?


You see, when Rumple saw
that Neal was dying,

he... absorbed him.

And, uh, Zelena got ahold of the dagger.

Now she controls Rumple.
[ Groans ]

Maybe now isn't the time
to announce the pregnancy.

Regina is right. It's too dangerous.

No, if... if we don't,
we give in to fear.

But if we do, we give the
kingdom what they need... hope.

We don't even know
what this wicked witch wants.

Actually, we do.

She wants your baby.

She came to us when you were gone,

threatened us and our unborn child

unless we told her
when you arrived in our land.

She thinks your baby could be important.

I'm so sorry. She said she'd hurt us.

[ Wind howling ]

And I make good on my promises.

[ Whoosh ]

[ Chattering ]

[ Snow gasps ]

[ Squawking ]

What do you want with our baby?

Calm down, sweetie.

You don't want to go into early labor.

[ Whoosh ]

Stay away from my wife!

Ooh! Someone's testy.

Enough, sis.

This is between you and me.

[ Whoosh ]


...let's see if this was all worth it.

Oh, yes.

Yes, it was.

This child shall do quite nicely.

So take good care of it for me.

Don't forget to eat well.

I will be back for your happy day.

And what's yours... will be mine.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Wind howling ]

Once Upon a Time 3x19 - A Curious Thing
Original air date April 27, 2014

Grumpy, tell me you found something.

I've been to Blue, Tink,
all the fairies.

They've been scouring the forest

for enchanted items to destroy her,

but they got zilch.

They say she's just too powerful.

It's happening again.
[ Sighs ]

I'm about to give birth,

and an evil sorceress is threatening
the future of my child.

To be fair, the first time,
I was threatening you.

Everyone else just became
collateral damage.

Remind me again why we forgave her.

Because I'm helping.

Frustrating as it is for me to remember,

Snow, you had a head start
to defeat me last time.


We were warned. By Rumplestiltskin.

Well, maybe he can warn you again.

Wait. You want to sneak into
Rumple's castle,

where he's being held captive
by the Wicked Witch?

- Name's Grumpy, not stupid.
Snow: - Mm, you're right.

It is stupid, but for our child...

- We'll do whatever it takes.
Regina: - Heartwarming.

He's trapped in his own castle.

Belle, you were prisoner there.

Yes, but breaking in? I... I...

I would have no idea how.

Luckily, I do.

I broke in there once before.

[ Chuckles ]
Why are we even listening to him?

He's a thief, which means
he's not to be trusted.

What are you even still doing here?

What I'm doing here is saving your ass.

The castle has traps... and deadly ones.

Not more deadly than my magic.

They are if you don't see them coming.

Well, maybe I'm okay
with taking my chances.

All right, you may be,
but we're not. He's coming.

[ Sighs ]

What do you see in me?

Hopefully the same thing
you see in me...

a second chance.

And you're quite a good kisser.

[ Chuckles lightly ]

Just wait till I actually have
my heart back.

What is that like?

- I mean, can you...
- Feel?

Yes, I can.

Just not fully.

It's difficult to explain.

Then don't.

Use mine for the both of us.

[ Chuckles lightly ]

[ Door opens ]

[ Clears throat ]
[ Gasps ]


- Good morning.
- Morning.

E... excuse me, Madam Mayor.

Are you all right?

No, I'm not all right.

But they're waiting for me. I should go.


Good luck.

[ Door opens ]

Mary Margaret: Regina.

If I didn't know any better,
I'd say you look smitten.

[ Scoffs ]
Well, if I didn't know any better,

I'd say Haagen-Dazs
is smitten with your stomach.

- Can we get started?
- We were waiting for Hook.

I don't have time to wait
for the handless wonder.

We have to figure out
how to destroy my sister.

For once, I agree with Regina.

Stopping her plan is the priority.

There's one thing about this
plan that doesn't fit... Regina.

I'm the point of it.

So she can take my life for herself.

Yes. But why bring you back
to Storybrooke?

Why bring any of us?

Well, no one's ever succeeded
at traveling through time.

Perhaps something from
this world makes it possible.

But what's almost as troubling

is that she was able to cast the curse

- to bring us all here in the first place.
- Why is that?

To do it, you have to give up
the thing you love most.

From what I gather,
Zelena doesn't love much.

Neither did you. You managed.

Zelena's smart, strategic.

Perhaps we discovered something
in the missing year to stop her.

And then the only way to stop us
from interfering

was to bring us back here
and wipe our memories.

So if we get our memories back,

we might already know how to defeat her.

We just need to break this curse.

Well, thank goodness we have a savior.

I would love to,
but there's one problem.

Last time, all it took was me
believing in magic and kissing Henry.

Since I've been back,
I've done both and nothing.

[ Gasps ]

It's the belief.

Henry... he needs to believe.

In this new life... he doesn't.

We have to get him to believe again.

So, what? We put on a magic show?

How did you believe?

The book... the storybook.

That's what started Henry
on his original path

and what got you
to believe... it's the key.

In him believing, in him remembering...

remembering everything.

That's not necessarily a gift.

He's been through a lot of tough stuff.

And some good stuff.

Either way, it's our best bet.

She's right.

I know.

Let's find it.

A rose. How lovely.

Have you earned it?

[ Trunk creaks ]

It appears you have.


[ Sighs ]
We're in Storybrooke.

You've never heard of a telephone?

[ Chuckles ]

Such pretty lips.

They're so wasted.

Why haven't you used those
luscious lips and kissed Emma?

Well, a fella likes to be courted.

This isn't a joke.

I need to have her magic removed.

If Snow's baby is born before your kiss,

I'm going to have no other option.

I'm going to have to
start killing people...

people that Emma loves,
starting with her son.

[ Grunts ]

Take away her magic, Captain,

or the next rose will be
for her little brat's grave.

Your Majesty, I wouldn't.

[ Gasps ]

That arrow almost took off my head!

Well, that door
almost took off your arm.

Where I come from, a simple
"thank you" would suffice.

Where you come from,
people bathe in the river

and use pine cones for money.

Snow: Come on. Let's go.

[ Wheel squeaking ]


[ Giggles ]
Rumple Bumple isn't here.

Rumple Bumple...

Gone, my dear.

[ Chuckles ]
He really is back from the dead.

Dead. Dead.

So much better...


He's lost his mind.

On the contrary!

Now I have two... two minds!

Mining time.
Digging deeper in the grime.

What is she doing to him?

Nothing that can't be undone.

Rumplestiltskin, we need your help.

How do we stop Zelena?

Round and round, the circle of time,

racing towards the finish line.

This is pointless.

Let me try.

Belle: Hey.



Hey. Hey.

I know you're in there.

I know you can hear me.

How do we stop Zelena?


W... what?

Light magic.

The Good Witch of the South...



B... but south of... what, Oz?

No! Banished! Here!

The Good Witch of the South
was banished north...

north of the Dark Forest.

How do we find her?

Rumplestiltskin, in the Dark
Forest, how do we find her?!

♪ Through the door, step inside ♪

♪ If pure of heart,
then she won't hide ♪

[ Giggles ]

[ Wheel squeaking ]

[ Giggles ]

Gold's was a dead end. That was Belle.

No book in the shop.

Regina, you said the last place
you saw it was Henry's room.

Yes, but it's not there.

Swept away by the last curse.

A book can't just disappear.

But it can just appear.

The first curse.

It just showed up
in my closet when I needed it...

- or more accurately, when Henry needed it.
- What do you mean?

He was going through a rough time.

He was realizing he had been given up.

He didn't feel like
he had a real family.

Regina: [ Scoffs ]

He did.

That may be, but, Regina,

he wasn't feeling that way
with you or with anyone.

He needed to believe
in happy endings again.

That's what the book gave him.

Well, he needs to believe again.

In fact, I think we all do.

What do you say we go check your closet?

Hey, kid. I got to run.
I got to check on a lead.

You okay to stay here longer?

[ Smooches ]
Call you later.

Where are you really going?

I told you. I'm following a lead.

What lead?

It's... my job. It's complicated.

Is this about the person
who killed my dad?


Then tell me.

I... it would just be easier
once it's all solved, Henry.

You've been lying to me
ever since we got here.

I deserve to know everything.

No, you don't!

I'm your mother, and I know best!

So you're just gonna have to
deal with this for now, okay?


Yeah, I... I think I do.


I... I need your keys.

I left mine in the room,
and if I'm gonna be a prisoner,

I'd like to have my game boy.

Where you off to there, mate?

Uh, nowhere.

You're in quite the rush to go nowhere.

Fine. I'm... going home.


You're running away.

[ Sighs ]

So you're planning on driving
all the way back to New York.

One lesson and you think
you're ready for that?

No, just to the nearest bus station.

I'm afraid I can't let you do that.

It's too dangerous.

I don't care what you think.

Well, you should...

'Cause I've got a better way.

Why do women keep their shoe boxes?

Because after true love,

there is no more powerful magic
than footwear.

It has to be protected.

Any sign of the book?

No. I don't think it's here.

Mary Margaret: You don't know that.

Maybe it's in this thing.

[ Groans ]

Some winter coats, some scarves.

The book is not in here.

[ Sighs ]

Hang on. Let me check.

I... don't understand.

Can I see that?

I know there are chapters on Oz in here.

I want to know whose heart Zelena
crushed to enact this curse.

Because if there's something she loved,

that's her weakness.

Did you really not see it in there?

- You think I'm lying?
- No, of course not. It's just...

Emma, what is going on?

You have been anxious
since we left Granny's.

- Nothing.
- No, it's not nothing.

You yelled at Henry.
That's not like you.

None of this is like me,
at least it never used to be.

What are you talking about?

I am talking about wicked witches

and time-traveling holy wars.

I'd forgotten what it was like here.

I don't want that for Henry.

So you're taking him back to New York

after this is all over, aren't you?

Your father said
you're thinking about it.

Yeah, I am.

And that is why you looked relieved

when we couldn't find the book.

You don't want his memories back.

If getting his memories back is
the only way to break the curse,

then that's what we're gonna do.

But I don't want it to be any
harder on him than it has to be.

Our life in New York was really good.

I'm sure it was, but it wasn't home.

It was for us.

Well, that's because
you forgot about us.

Let's go get Henry.

For luck.


We're at the edge of the Dark Forest

trying to find the one person

who can stop our imminent doom

and save your unborn child.

And you two stop to smell the roses?


I don't care
If they're dancing daffodils.

I need to destroy my sister,
and so do you.

And if that babbling mad man
sent us on a wild goose chase,

I swear I'll...

What's that supposed to be?

Well, it appears to be a door...

...that leads to nowhere.

[ Sighs ]

"Through the door, step inside."

"If pure of heart, then she won't hide."

It's Rumple's riddle.

It's Glinda.

[ Sighs ]

[ Scoffs ]

A portal with a cheap cloaking spell.

[ Sighs ]

I thought she was supposed to be
the Good Witch of the South.

I was.

Before I was banished here.

Charming: Uh, where's Regina?

I'm afraid your traveling companion

has a heart heavy with vengeance.

Only a good witch
may pass through my door.

I'm not a witch. My name is...

I know who you are.

I've heard many tales of your bravery,

and now you hold
not one pure heart, but two.

I sense powerful magic there.

That's why we're here.

We were told your light magic

could help defeat the Wicked Witch.

We've come to ask for your help.

I'm sorry.

My magic is not powerful enough
to defeat Zelena.

It never has been.

You know her.

We were friends long ago,

when things were different.

But she made her choice.

She gave in to her dark magic.

I tried to stop her.

I failed.

There must be some way to defeat her.

There is.

She was born with great power.

Long ago, I gave her
a pendant to help focus it.

Her magic has resided
inside of it ever since.

So if we can remove it,

she'll lose her power,
and we can defeat her?

Yes, but only a purveyor
of the strongest light magic

will be able to accomplish such a feat.

Light magic.

Magic created from love.


Our daughter.

She's the product of true love.
She's the Savior.

If she is as pure and powerful
as you say, then yes.

She, and only she, can defeat Zelena.

But she's not in this land.

And we can't get back to her.

Well, then, I'm afraid
your quest is futile.

Actually, there is a way.

But there's a steep price.

- No, Snow, you can't mean...
- Yes.

We must enact the Dark Curse.

Are you out of your minds?

Even if I believe this Glinda,

which I don't,

to cast a dark curse,

I'd have to destroy the heart
of the thing I love most,

which, for me, is Henry.

There has to be another way to enact it.

If there were,

do you think I would have
killed my own father?

What about a... a magic bean?

If we had one, we could open
a portal, or Jefferson's hat.

There are no more portals.

Not for us... not for anyone
the curse brought back.

When I undid the first curse
to escape Pan to bring us here,

it divided our realms.

It placed a wall between them.

So the Dark Curse is the only way.

Haven't you been listening?
I can't cast it!

But someone else can.



It's the only way.

You can use my heart to cast the curse.

We have to think of our child.

Our child needs you. I need you.

We'll find another way.
We always find another way.

[ Sighs ]

He's gone.

What do you mean, "gone"?

I mean he's not in the room,
he's not in the parlor,

and my keys are gone... my car keys.

Give me something of his.
I'll try a locator spell.

I'm way ahead of you.
I've got GPS on his phone.

He's at the docks.

Hook: Henry, this is...

a friend of mine, Mr. Smee.

Like from "Peter Pan"?

You... you remember?

I've seen the movie a million times.

It's quite a common name
in the seafaring world.

As luck would have it,

he's making sail to New York

and would be happy for the company.

I am?

I mean... I am.

Really? Where's your ship?

Um... there she is.

You're stealing it, right?

You want to go to New York or not?

Why are you helping me?


Mr. Smee, we need to get
the lad to the boathouse.

Why? What's going on?

Killian, what is that?!


[ Screeching ]


What now, Captain?!

Take the boy there... far exit.

Find a new boat.

I'll stay here to deal
with our winged friends.

Henry, go with Smee!

Don't stop, no matter what you hear.

[ Screeching ]

Henry, go!

[ Screeches ]

[ Gunshot ]
[ Screeches ]

[ Snarling ]

[ Gasps ]

[ Gun clicks ]

[ Gunshot ]

[ Screeches ]

[ Screeches ]


[ Screeching continues ]

I never liked pets.

Emma: Henry!

Are you okay?

Yeah... y... what were those things?!

Why does he have a sword?

It's all gonna make sense in a minute.

- I promise.
- What are you talking about?

I'm sorry I was keeping things from you.

You were right.
You deserve to know the truth.

About fairy tales?

I don't understand.

Do you trust me?

Yes, of course I do.

Then I need you to believe.

Believe in what?

Believe in magic.

From a book?

It's more than just a book.

Do you believe in me?


Then take it.



[ Chuckles ]

I remember!

I remember!

Do it, Emma.

Break the curse.

I'm so sorry to interrupt.

Now, who wants to say goodbye first?

Who are you?

You can call me auntie Zelena.

Enough of this.

Let him go.
He had nothing to do with this.

Don't blame me.

The Captain failed me.

Damn you, Zelena.

Hook, what's she talking about?

He knew what the price
of that failure was...

your son's life.

[ Henry gasping ]

[ Gasps ] Mom!

[ Screams ]

[ Screams ]


Enjoy this moment together,
'cause you don't have many left!


- Are you okay?
- Yeah, yeah.

Mom! Mom!


It's ready.


There has to be another way
to get to Emma.

There isn't.

You know if there were,
I'd have gone back to Henry.

This is it.

This... sacrifice.

Snow, we have to do this.

You have to do this.

I can't.

I can't crush your heart.
I can't lose you.

You could never lose me.

But this... this is our only chance.

Think of our baby.
Think of being a mother.

Our child will never know its father.

Of course it will.

Through you.

We have always shared one heart.

It'll only grow stronger

when you look at that baby's face...

and see the love
I have for you in its eyes.

I've loved you since
the first moment I saw you.

And I'll love you until my last.


Do it.

I won't lie. This is going to hurt.

But it will work.

[ Gasps ]


Don't say goodbye.

I love you.

I love you more than anything.

Which is why you have to crush it.

[ Heart squishes ]

[ Sighs ]

This won't be in vain.

We will get back to Storybrooke.

We will defeat...

[ Wind howling ]


Did you really think

you could enact Rumple's Dark Curse

and I wouldn't know about it?

No, but I didn't really care.

You're too late.

Actually, I'm not.

I'm afraid you sacrificed

your charming husband for nothing.

Regina, he can't die in vain.

She's bluffing.

Once the curse is enacted,
it can't be stopped.

I may not be able to stop it,

but that doesn't mean
I can't spice it up a bit.

How does a forgetting potion sound?

[ Thunder rumbling ]

Mm, sorry.

Did you need your memories
in the new land?

Were you planning to stop me,

or... or, for that matter, recognize me?

We'll find a way

Without knowing any of this, I doubt it.

You'll be too busy
looking for your husband.

You won't even know about his sacrifice.

Just endlessly wondering
where he could be,

always fearing the worst.

Pay attention, sis.

This is how you take away
a happy ending.

[ Wind howling ]

Henry: Mom!

Mom, please, wake up!


[ Groans softly ]



- Mom.
- Ohh.

[ Grunts ]

Henry. Oh, Henry.

[ Chuckles ]

I will never let you go away again.

I promise.

I love you, Henry.

[ Whoosh ]

It wasn't me. It was you.

Mary Margaret, David, did it work?

Do you remember the missing year?

Yes. Everything.

How did Zelena cast the curse?

She didn't, Emma.

We did.

You cursed yourselves?

Zelena's weakness is light magic.

I mean, it's clear now, more than ever,

you are the only one who can defeat her.

That's why we paid the price
of Regina's curse...

to find you.

The price of the curse

is the heart of the thing you love most.

If one of you cast it...

how are you both still here?

Snow: Regina.

I need you to rip out my heart.

Charming's right.

We have been of one heart

since the day he woke me
from the sleeping curse.

If you split my heart in half,
we can both survive!


I know your love is strong,

but this isn't like plucking a flower.

How do you know it will work?



I believe!

I believe my heart is strong
enough for both of us!

But if you're wrong, you'll die.

Please. Please, Regina.

Do it.


[ Gasps ]

[ Panting ]

[ Heart breaks ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Gasps ]


Snow, what's happening?

You're okay.


We're both okay.

[ Thunder rumbles ]

New York was awesome...

the pizza, the Yankees, my school.

[ Chuckling ]
Slow down.

I want to hear it all...
the entire year.

I found an apple tree in Central Park

that looked exactly like
the one by your office.

Of course, I didn't know that then,

but now I do.

- And guess what.
- What?

I got pretty good at math.


Pretty good.

Not Stephen Hawking good, but... good.

What did I miss here?

Nothing much.

Nothing that matters now.

Not even that guy that was kissing you?

Let's stay focused on New York.

- Tell me about the pizza.
- Come on, mom.

Who is he?

[ Inhales sharply ]

[ Clears throat ]
His name is Robin...


Uh, we just started seeing each other.

Wait, Robin Hood?

At your service.


So, the curse is broken.


And the missing year...

things a bit rocky between us, yeah?

[ Chuckling ]
For some reason.

Y... you're so much more likeable
here in Storybrooke.

[ Both chuckle ]

Are you gonna tell me
what Zelena was talking about?

She said you failed her.

Don't listen to her.

Killian, what's going on?

Were you working for her?

The witch tried
to back me into a corner.

I did everything I could
to resist her plans.

So whose idea was it to kidnap
Henry and stick him on a boat?

It was mine. I was trying to save him.

From what? What is she doing?

She cursed me.

My lips, actually.

Your lips. Why?

She wants to steal your magic.

She thought I was the best way
of doing that.

She knows what we all know...
that you can defeat her.

It should have been my decision
to protect Henry.

Whether she forced your hand
or not, it doesn't matter.

I can't trust you now. How can I?

She's right not to.

He's lied about more than just this.

You said you brought Emma to Storybrooke

because you received a message
from us with a memory potion.

Aye, what of it?

We didn't send you any message.

Well, I got one!

It's the truth!

Somebody bloody well
sent me the message!

Who else would have an antidote?

Who else would know
where to find the Savior?

[ Giggles ]

Wolf's blood, dragon's scale.

I've tasted this brew before.

We're about to take
an unplanned trip, my pet.

The curse is coming.

You failed, you failed.

You failed, you failed, you failed,

- you failed, you failed, you fa...
- Don't be so dour.

What I need to do
can be done from any land.

I will succeed in changing the past.

My spell will work.

But only if you remember it.

Which I will...

with this...

to keep my valuable
recollections safe and sound.

Mmm. Here.

Drink it, dump it out, sing it a song.

Your brains are still mine.

If you want to remember
the loss of your son, so be it,

but if you'd prefer to stumble about

blind and stupid with the rest of them,

be my guest.

[ Chuckles ]

Memories are pain.

Pain is strength.

[ Cork pops ]

For vengeance.

[ Whoosh ]




We don't need to remember.

Emma does.

[ Whistling ]

Find Killian Jones on the Jolly Roger.

Find Captain Hook.


Henry: He really was a hero.

Emma: He was, Henry.

He didn't give a second thought

to sacrificing himself for you...

for all of us.


Was it hard?

Coming back to Storybrooke

when you knew it would be dangerous?

I mean, life in New York
was pretty good.

It was better than good,

but I had this voice stuck in
my head that I couldn't shake.



I knew how you would have voted on this.


- And you know what this means.
- Hmm?

Operation Cobra is back on.

I'm not sure it ever ended.



- Mary Margaret!
- Hey.

Deep breaths. Take deep breaths.

- I'll get the truck.
- Mary Margaret, are you okay?

It's the baby.

It's coming.