Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 3, Episode 4 - Nasty Habits - full transcript

Gold is reunited with Neal, as flashbacks show Rumplestiltskin go in search of a missing Baelfire, who has followed a mysterious figure who steals away children with his music.

Previously on
once upon a time"...

Who are you?
Peter pan.

This tinker bell is not going
to save us.

You know where pan is.

The arrow barely nicked me.
You know how long?

Days. Weeks at most.

You were created for a reason,
and I can help you find it.


Papa! No!

You're not coming back,
are you?

I must do this
to honor baelfire.

I know how
to get to neverland.

Welcome home, baelfire.

(felix) feels like
just yesterday

I welcomed you to neverland
the first time, baelfire.

Gotta say, hoped I'd never
see you again.

Then maybe pan shouldn't have
taken my son.

Maybe you should've left
well enough alone.

I'm gonna get him back.

You really believe that?

You were a lost boy.

You know peter pan's
not be to trifled with.

You know how long
he's been searching for

The heart of
the truest believer.

Do you really believe
he'll just...

Give him up?

Maybe, if I ask nicely.


You may have grown up,

But it would appear you have
grown up stupid.

I have grown up.

I don't know if
I'm stupid or not,

But I do know I know how to tie
an overhand knot.



I'm not a boy anymore,

I sure as hell ain't lost.


A present.

Something to
sharpen your coal with.

Where did you get it?

Oh, from a man
who no longer needed it.

You mean taken from a man
who couldn't pay you.


I don't want any more gifts
from the people your terrorize.


Then what do you want?

Tell me, son.

What would make you happy?

Leaving this place.

I'm tired of staying
in this hovel all the time.

Well, that's easy to fix.

How about a castle, huh?

I could build you a palace
so magnificent

Its shadow would blanket
the countryside.

That's not what I mean.

I wanna go out,
have friends,

See the world beyond
these four walls.

Papa, why can't you just
trust me to do that?

I do trust you, bae. It's...

It's others that I can't.

You see, I have many enemies
beyond that door.

And once you leave, any one
of them could hurt you.

You sure
that's the only reason?

Maybe what you're
really worried about

Is if I leave,
I might never come back.

No, no. I...

I-I'm worried
about your safety.

This is the best place
for you.

I don't know what I'd do
if I ever lost you.


(fire crackling)

You always felt more comfortable
behind a mask.

You were the only one
who could ever see past it,

Past the mask of the monster.

Then why put it back on now?

I need the monster, belle.

It's the only way
I can save him.

And that's what I've decided.
I'm gonna save henry.

The prophecy states that
henry will be your undoing.

To save him, you ensure
your own death.

You don't think I can do it?

I think your intentions
are good.

But a lifetime of
craven self-interest

Is a nasty habit

That you've never been able
to break.

Things are different now.

How? What--what's different?

Because I have nothing
to live for.

What about me?

You're not real.

Just a vision.

But I'm--I'm back
in storybrooke,

Waiting for you.

You shouldn't be.

When I said good-bye
to you, belle,

We both know it was for good.

Well, maybe I think
you'll come back.

Even if I did,
eventually you'd leave me

Because you can see me
for what I really am.

You think you see a good man,

But in time,
you'd see the monster.

My son is dead.

The only way
I can redeem myself

Is by saving his son

And giving my life.

This is where
they're keeping henry.

Pan's compound.

According to, uh...

Yes, I know.
Still weird to say.

"tink" is fine.

Anyway, she says that there are
sentries positioned

Across the front,
which is why we are gonna

Come in through
the back entrance here.

She's gonna talk her way in.

Once she makes sure
the coast is clear,

Then we are going to
sneak on in.

You'll still have to deal
with any lost boys

I think we can handle a few
children with pointy sticks.

It's not the sticks
you need to worry about.

It's the poison
they're dipped in.

Dreamshade. Hook warned us.

Good. Because one nick,
and you'll spend the last of--

Poison sticks equal death.
We got it.

Now when can we put this
rescue mission into action?

I'm ready to go,

Just as you tell me
the exit plan.

You do have an escape plan,
don't you?

It's--it's more of
a last-minute trip.

If you don't have a way
off this island,

Then none of this matters.

We'll figure it out.

You'll figure it out?

No one comes and goes from
this place unless he allows it.

This is a waste of time.

Hey, when it comes to family,
we always find a way.

You don't get it.

Here. Let me show you something.

You know what this is?

I got it from the people who
brought your son here for pan.

Greg and tamara? Where are they?
Why'd they give you that?

I got it off the girl's body.

Spent half the night
cleaning the blood off it.

And the other guy...

Well, there wasn't enough
left of him

To find anything useful.

This is what pan does
to people he employs.

What do you think
he's gonna do to you?

I'm not sticking my neck
on pan's chopping block

Without a way off
this island.

When you figure that out,
you know where I live.

Where the hell is she going?
I'll get her, bring her back.

Don't. She's right.

You never break in somewhere
unless you know the way out.

And where'd you get that,
in bail bondsperson school?

Neal taught me that.

What about you, hook?
You got off this island before.

Yes, aboard my ship,

Which would require some form
of magic to create a portal,


In a deal I don't think
he's ready to repeat.

So no one's ever left the island
without pan's permission.

One man.

Her partner in crime neal.


Maybe we can find out.

(lost boys speaking indistinctly
in distance)

(foliage rustles)

Stop by order of pan!

(grunts and groans)

I don't take orders.



(whispers) bae?

You're not real.

What? Of course I'm real.
What the hell's going on?!

You're a vision,
just like belle.

No. No, hey.

Listen to me. It's me.

I was shot. Okay?

But I survived. See?

I'm alive.
My son is dead!

You're just here to remind me
of my failure!

That's not why I'm here.

My weakness.
Put the spear down.

You're here to question
my resolve.

But you won't succeed.

I willsacrifice my life
for henry.

And nothing will
stand in my way!

(whispers) please, papa.


(whispering) bae?

Is that really you?

(whispers) yeah.

(spear thuds)

I thought I'd lost you

I was thinking...

Only a king should live
in a castle.

So why don't you try this on
for size?


All right, now listen.

We'll start organizing
search parties right away.

You think you can hide him
from me?

(woman gasps)

Where is he?

Where's my son?!


He's not here, dark one.
I swear!

Don't lie to me!

Magic has led me to
this rathole of a town!

His trail ends here,
in hamelin.

I know you're hiding him
from me.

No. No, we're not.

Many of our children
went missing last night,

Lured from their beds
by some unholy music.

What kind of music?

From the piper.
Only the children could hear it.

Some of them tried
telling their parents,

But no one believed them.

They were sent back to bed.

And this morning,
they were gone.

And who was playing it?

No one saw his face.

O-only a figure

Hidden by a pied cloak
of multicolor patches,

Leading the children from
their homes and into the forest.

Don't you see? It...

It has to be the same man
that has taken your son.

Then whoever
this pied piper is,

He's about to play
his late note.

How is it possible?

It's kind of a long story.
Let's just say that

The debt robin hood owes you
has been paid.

You were back in our land?

Yeah, but I made it here.

The only thing that matters now
is that I help emma save henry.

Where is she?

I left her and the rest of them
aboard hook's ship.

As noble
as their intentions may be,

They don't have the stomach
to do what needs to be done.

Like what you did
to these boys?

They're not, uh...

No, they're just sleeping.

For now.

Let's leave it that way,

You don't have the stomach

I'll do what needs
to be done.

But killing lost boys?
We don't have to do that.

We shall see.

So I take it
you have a plan?

The whole
"sacrifice your life" thing

Was just you being dramatic.

Well, it's the only way.

Pan's too powerful.

You can only beat him
if you're willing to die,

Which I am.

What if I told you
there was another way?

So what exactly
is your plan?

You know how if you hold a shell
up to your ear

You can hear the ocean?

Certain shells,

The ocean can hear you.

(plays conch)
why would we need the ocean
to hear us?

(note continues)

What have you done?

Give me the spear.

(squid growling)



(both grunting)


A squid?

That's right.

I believe you know how
to extract ink

From one of
these bad boys.

Squid ink.

It can immobilize
the most magical of creatures.

(water lapping)

Even pan.

I have some experience
with it.

Can you get it out?


But how do you plan on getting
close enough to use it?

(sighs) I don't need
to get close.

All I need is one clean shot
to get henry back.

Well, leave that to me.

What is this
supposed to be?

(emma) so... What, neal swung
out of neverland on a vine?

Well, if someone would be kind
enough to lend me a hand...

What do you say, savior?

I'll do it.

(lowered voice) you don't look
so hot, mate.

(lowered voice)
it's a hundred degrees

In this damn jungle.

And I'm plenty hot.

(stone scraping)

(hook) ladies first.

How much longer do you think
you can keep up this charade?

Don't you think your family
deserves to know

You're gonna die?
What do you care?

Why don't you?

What is the good
in telling them

When there is nothing I can do
to stop the poison,

Well, if there's one thing I've
gleaned from you hero types,

Is there something you're not
telling me, mate?

Alas, hope and reality are
most often worlds apart.

I told you the truth.

You'll never make it
off this island alive.


Then this is between us.

The only thing they need
to worry about saving

Is henry.


What is this place?
What are we doing here?


This is where he lived.

(hook) aye.

Baelfire spent some time
in neverland as a boy.

This was his home.

(snow) so you think he may have
left a clue

As to how he escaped
from here?

Well, let's hope so,

Or we'll be lost
just like he was.

(pipe in distance
playing melody)

(pipe continues playing)

(boys whooping and laughing,
drums playing tribal beat)

(whooping and music continue)



(whooping continues)

(pipe playing)

(whooping and music continue)


where is my son, piper?

Is that what
they're calling me?

We both know
who I really am.

Been a long time, laddie.

Glad you could make
the show.

You surprised to see me,

I don't blame you.
I'm a little surprised myself.

Look who's all grown up
and become the dark one!

Good for you.

What are you doing here?

It's lonely in neverland.

Are the children who visit
in their dreams.

But they can't stay.

The boys I take
back with me will.

You're here for my son.

I am.

It's gonna take a lot more
than a magic pipe

To take my son.

The only thing magic
about this pipe

Is that only certain boys
can hear it--

Boys who feel unloved,
boys who feel lost.

I guess that's why you can
hear it, rumple. Isn't it?

Don't pretend to know me.
You don't. Not anymore.

Oh, I think I do.

You're nothing more than
an unloved, lonely, lost boy.

Hey, I like the sound
of that.

That's what I'll call
my new group of friends.

The lost boys.

It has a nice ring,
don't you think?

You can call them
whatever you like.

Baelfire will not
be part of it.

Oh, he's already
a part of it.

The question is,

What are you willing to do
to get him back?

I'm gonna make you regret
ever asking that question.

Oh, I understand
you're upset.

Is that their child will
be taken away from them.

But that's not yours,
is it, rumple?


You're not afraid baelfire will
be taken from you.

You're afraid he'll leave.

After all, being abandoned is
what you're good at, isn't it?

Everyone you've ever known
has left, haven't they?

Like bae's mother milah.

Not to mention
your own father.

Why should baelfire
be any different?

You're wrong.

Am I? Well, let's find out,
shall we?

You ask baelfire

If he wants to come
to neverland with me

Or stay here with you.

If he wants to stay,
I'll leave and never return.


I don't have to make
any deals with you.

But why wouldn't you,

If you're so sure
he'll stay?

(lost boys whooping,
drums playing tribal beat)

You don't want to join in
the celebration, henry?

Nothing to celebrate.

Nothing to celebrate?


Henry, this whole party
is to celebrate you.

Me? Why?

Because you've come
to save magic, of course.

And I, for one,
can't think of a reason

More deserving of celebration
than that.

Just look at them.

I'm not like them. Or you.

Sure you are.

You're still a boy.

Maybe a song will get you
on your feet.

(blows air)

I-I don't hear anything.


You see, this pipe's enchanted,

It can only be heard
by certain children.

Like who?

You'll find out soon enough,
I promise.


I know that look.
What happened?


I'm afraid he got away.

Well, then why didn't you
get him back?

I tried.

And found two of our sentries
knocked out...

By a sleeping spell.

The dark one.

So father and son
have been reunited.

They'll be coming
for the boy.

We should move him
somewhere safe.

Now, now, felix.

Where's your sense
of adventure?

We can't end the party when
the real fun is about to begin.

Anything important?

I can't tell yet.

I didn't know
he liked drawing.

He got it from his mother.

(emma) I'm hoping neal left
something useful

In the details
of one of these.

Maybe a map?

Some kind of clue.

Hand me that candle.

What about you? Any luck?

No potted bean plant

Or swirling vortex
under the rug,

If that's what you mean.

There may be no rug at all.

There are other drawings
on the far wall,

But as far as I can tell,
that's all they are.

Probably just a way to
pass the time and keep occupied.

You knew him pretty well,
didn't you?

We spent some time together.

You all right there, swan?

I'm fine.

Looks like you're right.

They're just a bunch
of pictures.

What's all this?

Uh, just some cups and bowls
he fashioned

From things he found here.

Don't know how great a cup
this coconut could make.

(mary margaret) uh,
maybe it's a tiny colander.

Yes, because preteen baelfire
probably made lots of pasta.

Hold on.

Hook, snuff out that torch.

Am I supposed to be impressed
that he made a night-light?

Look up.


It's a map.

To where?


(lost boys yipping and grunting)

(wind blowing)

We have a guest!

No doubt someone who knows
how much I like guessing games.

Who could it be?

I guess...

(fire whooshes)

The dark one.

Come to save henry,
have you, laddie?

(whispers) how exciting.

The dark one ready to sacrifice
his life for his family.

Speaking of family...

(fire whooshes)

You can come out now,

Name's neal now.

New name,
but the same old tricks.

It's heartwarming to see
father and son working together,

Especially after
you abandoned him, rumple.

This is a real family reunion.

What are you waiting for?

I got this.



But we've been through this
before, baelfire.

Have you remembered nothing?

I remember plenty.

(arrow clatters)

That's why I didn't coat
the tip.


Grab henry.

Well, how about that?

I'm impressed.

But are you sure you're
really saving him, bae?

What could be worse than
leaving him here with you?

Why don't you ask
your father?

Sometimes the people
we should fear the most

Are the ones closest to us.

W-what's he talking about?
Don't listen to him.

You mean you haven't
told him?

Told me what?

Why, about the prophecy,
of course.

What prophecy?
What's he mean?

The prophecy that says
you've been tricked.

Your father isn't here
to rescue your son.

He's here to murder him.

What the hell
was he talking about?

Oh, don't mind him.

He said you were gonna
murder henry!

He plays games. Mind games.

The important thing is
we got the boy and we got away.

Where are we?

The other side of the island.

We're safe here
for the time being.

Hey. Hey, henry. It's me.

Hey, it's your dad.
No, he--he can't hear you.

Pulling him out of the spell
could be dangerous.

He'll wake naturally
in a few hours. He'll be fine.

All right.

Then you can explain to me
what the hell pan meant.

This prophecy that
he's talking about,

Why would he say
that you'd kill henry?

Oh, I don't know,
to create a wedge between us.

That's not a denial.


No, this has to do with
what happened when I found you.

You said that you had to do
the right thing and save henry!

What did that really mean?

it's neal!

Now stop dodging and tell me
what's going on!

There was a seer,

And she told me
of a prophecy--

That boy would help
reunite me with you.

And that boy...

Would be my undoing.

I didn't know it was gonna be
my own grandson,

Till I found you in new york

And discovered
you were his father.

You were planning on
getting rid of him,

Whoever he was, weren't you?

To try and cheat fate?
To get around the prophecy?

You cold-blooded
son of a bitch.

You were gonna kill him.


Get back.

You stay away from him!
That was then.

Things have changed.

I-I didn't come here
to neverland to hurt henry.

I came here to save him.

After what you just told me,
I'm supposed to believe you?!

I won't lie to you, bae.

has been a nasty habit

I've had my whole life,
but I came here to break it,

To do the right thing
and to save your son.

Even if that meant sacrificing
my own life.

you have to trust me.

(whispers) how can I?

(drums playing)

(boys whooping)

You don't even recognize him,
do you, rumple?

Well, how could I when
he's wearing a mask?

Well, he might be wearing
a mask,

But that's not the reason.

Look at him...

Playing with to boys,
out in the world.

He's happy, rumple.

That's why
you don't recognize him.



Baelfire. Are you all right?

I'm fine.
Why are you here?

I know you think I don't care
about you, son, but I do.

And I'm here to prove it.


Go ahead, rumple.


What are you doing?!
I'm protecting you.


You're gonna regret
not taking my deal, rumple!


Don't touch me! Get away!
It's all right now, bae.

You're safe.
Safe? I was never in danger.
The piper was my friend!

He may have wanted you to
think that.

But you have to believe me.
He would've hurt you.

Why? Who is he?

Another person that you abused
with your power?

His name is peter pan.

I've known him since
I was a boy.

Growing up,
we were incredibly close.

So you're saying
he's immortal, too.

He wasn't always.

He betrayed me, bae.

He can't be trusted.

What happened?

All that matters is that
he fooled me for a long time

Before I'd finally seen
his true nature,

And it is darker
and more repulsive

Than you should ever
be exposed to!

He can't be any worse
than you.

I had to protect you, bae.
I didn't have a choice.

Stop lying
because I know that you did!

I know about the deal
pan offered you.

He said all you had to do was
ask me if I wanted to come home.

(whispers) he told you?

He said that way I'd know
if you really trusted me,

If you really cared.

Oh, please, bae.

You didn't need to.
I would've chosen to come home.

I would've chosen you!

If only you asked.

Maybe we could've found a way
to be a family again.

We can be.



Tell me what I have to do
to gain your trust,

And I will.

Give me the dark one dagger.

I know you.

I know you wouldn't come all
the way to neverland without it.

It's the only thing
that can control you.

It's the only thing
that could stop you.

You wouldn't take any chances
with it.

I don't have it.
Why you lying?

I'm not lying to you, bae.

I hid it
so pan couldn't get it,

So he couldn't stop me.

So un-hide it!

My shadow took it.


Your shadow.

Man, you got an answer
for everything, don't you?

I'm telling you the truth,
I swear.

You know,
maybe you did hide it.

Maybe you do want to do
the right thing.

But that's today.

What about tomorrow?

I've changed.

Have you?

The prophecy still stands.

You save him,
he's still your undoing.

I'm still willing
to die for him.

What happens
if we get back,

And you're reunited
with belle,

And you realize that
the only thing standing between

You and your happy ending
is my son?

And suddenly, "undoing" doesn't
sound so great.

You're my happy ending.

This is,

Because it's my redemption.

I canbe strong, son,

If you have faith in me.

(lowered voice) you know,
when I was living here

And sleeping in a cave,

I used to dream
of you coming to rescue me.

But then I'd wake up

And remember how
you left me behind.

You left your own son behind
for the power of that dagger.

How can I think

That things would ever be
any different?


What are you doing?

I'm gonna find emma
and the others

And get the hell off
this island.

Then I'm gonna get my family
back home.

You can't go into the jungle

Without my power to protect you,
pan will capture you both!

I'm sorry,
I got no choice.

We're safer without you.

Good-bye, papa.


How can you be so sure
it's a map?

There was a short time
in neverland

When baelfire was aboard
my ship.

I taught him to navigate
using the stars.

What you're looking at
is the fruit of my labors.

Then you can read it.

Sadly, no.

I thought you just said
you taught him how.

Yes, but I also taught neal
something else.

The key to being a pirate--

The best captains conceal
their maps in a code.

He was an apt pupil.

So you're saying the only person
who can read this map is neal?

Which means the only person
who can read it is dead.

(david) emma, wait!

I can't imagine even imagine
the sadness you must be feeling.

I'm not sad. I'm pissed.

Yes, neal just died,

But I lost him years ago.

(voice breaking) all that time
thinking that he didn't love me,

Only to find out that he did,
and it was too late.

I can't even tell him
how angry that makes me,

Or how much it hurt
when he left,

Or how terrified I was
when he came back.

I knew the moment I saw him,

I never...

I never stopped loving him.

She'll be okay.

We have done everything
we can.

But that's the problem.

(voice breaking) I have no idea
how to comfort my own daughter.

It is the first thing
a mother learns,

And I don't know how.

I know.
I feel the same way.

But she is so upset,
we have to get--
how can we even blame her?

If you died, I would not
be able to move on.

You must.

(stammers) I'm just saying.

Every day we're here,
something bad could happen.

And if it did to me,

I'd want you to move on,

To continue, to be happy.

that's really sweet,

But nothing is going to happen
to you,

Not while I'm here.



You were so close
to finding her.

You disappoint me.

Never break in somewhere
unless you know the way out.

I'll remember that
for next time.

Well, there isn't going to be
a next time.

But don't blame yourself.

Your father could have protected
you out here, sure.

But then who would've
protected henry from him?

Talk about
a rock and a hard place.

I will get my son back,
no matter what it takes.

You're not getting it.

That's not the problem.

You got him. I got him back.

It's the game.

No, my boy,
the real problem for you

Is that there is no escaping

No one gets off this island
without my permission.

I've done it before.

Did you?

Look where you are now.

It's like you never left.

You saying you let me go?

I'm saying everyone's where
I want them.

(henry groans)

Something to chew on.

You know where take him.

No! Henry!

Oh, don't worry.
It won't be for very long.

I'm alive!
Just until I reset the board.

See, the game is about
to change.

Don't give up hope, henry!
I will come for you!

I promise!


(sighs deeply)

I'm so sorry, rumple.

Neal should have trusted you.

How could he?

After everything I've done?


He may not know what was
in your heart, but I do.

You would've protected henry.

You would've even
given your own life

To show neal
that you've changed.

Are you asking me,

Or do you truly
believe that?

I know it with all my heart.

What I don't know is
why you look so upset now.

I mean, rumple, he's alive.

You have something
to live for.

But the prophecy remains.

Henry's still my undoing.

That's why you're upset.

You were so determined
to die for the boy,

But now?

Having something to live for
has brought back

That nasty habit of
self-preservation, hasn't it?


Habits can be broken,
can't they?

Go away, belle.

I don't want to talk right now.

(drums continue playing)

(lost boys whooping)


What happened?

Oh, you fell asleep.

I did?

No, don't worry.

It was just
a little catnap.

The night's still young.

(whooping continues)

Wait. I-I remember something.

My dad...

When I was asleep, I...

I could've sworn
I heard him calling for me.


It must've been a dream.

Well, how can you be sure?

'cause my dad's dead.

I'm sorry, henry.

It makes sense for us to dream
about the things we've lost

And the things
we hoped for,

Like your father being alive

And your mother
coming to find you.

But eventually,

You'll find new things
to dream about.

And when you do,

They'll start to come true.

How do you know?

Because that's what I did.

And now you're here.

Neverland used to be a place
where new dreams were born.

You can bring
that magic back, henry.

And we can be your family.

I'd like to play a song,

A song for
our guest of honor--henry.

(playing melody)

(whooping continues)

(voice echoes) you can hear
the music now, can't you, henry?

(voice echoes) yeah!

(lost boys yipping
and whooping, voices echoing)