Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 3, Episode 9 - Save Henry - full transcript

While Henry's life hangs in the balance, the race is on to stop Pan from gaining full magical powers from the heart of the truest believer. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke of the past, Regina decides to fill a void in her life and sets out to adopt a baby.

Previously on
"Once Upon a Time"...

You traded Baelfire
for the power of a dagger,

and I traded you for youth.

I was never meant to be a father.

Pan's dying.

He needs the heart
of the truest believer.

It's a trade. Henry will die.

Your finding Henry
wasn't an accident, was it?

Whatever do you mean?

Where did you get him?

All curses can be broken.

Their child is the key.

Great power requires great sacrifice.

Tell me, what will suffice?

The heart of the thing you love most.

The curse! It's here!
(Bell clanging)

(Thunder rumbling)

(Cracks reins)

(Horse whinnies)

I'm waiting!


What took you so long, dearie?

You know what took so long.

Oh, yes. The curse.

You did it.

That's right.

(Whispers) I did it.

And I wanted you to know it.

Before you, like all
the pathetic denizens

of this wretched land,
forgets everything.

How did it feel?

Watching the curse cloud form?

Felt like victory.

(Giggles) How did it feel

to kill the thing you love most?

Ripping the heart out of your father.

How did that feel?

It was the price of the curse.

How it felt doesn't matter.

He would've understood.

I took my life back.

I had to.

I won.

And yet, here you are,
feeling the need to gloat.

Something's missing, isn't it, dearie?

Not at all.

I have everything I want.

Nothing can stop me now.

(Giggles) Not quite.

What does that mean?

The savior.

The child of Snow White
and Prince Charming.


She can stop you.

She can break the curse.

Well, it looks like
getting rid of a baby

just made my to-do list.

Of course it did.

But even if you succeed with that,

you have an even bigger problem.

Now there's a hole... in your heart.

And someday,

you will come to me to fill it.

You overestimate
your powers of foresight.

And you underestimate
the price of what you've done!

♪ You shall see, you will come to me ♪

♪ There is more you need, oh! ♪

Your taunts will get you nowhere.

I know you too well.

You wanna make another deal.

Well, I won't.

A deal?

You've already promised me
a good life in this new land.

What more can I want from you?

Oh, to be... let out of this cage?

To... be let out of our last deal?

To escape the curse?

But why would I desire that, dearie?

I'm exactly where I want to be.

Once Upon A Time: "Save Henry"
Season 3 Episode 9

Original air date December 01, 2013

(Emma) Oh, God. Is he unconscious?

(Regina) Henry, can you hear us?

He passed out as soon
as his heart went into Pan.

Is he breathing?

Just hang in there, buddy.

What the hell'd you do to him?

Oh, I didn't do anything, Emma.

It was Henry.

He offered me his heart
of his own free will.

(Blade zings)
I'm gonna take it back from you.

I don't think you have it in you.

Rumplestiltskin didn't.

Why should you?

Where is he?

- What did you do?
- Why, he's right in this box,

safe and sound and out of the way.

Unfortunately for you,
he can't hurt me anymore.

And neither can you.


How did that feel?

Like a tickle.

(Emma) How is he?

You're gonna be all right, Henry.

We're gonna get you home.

You, um, you wanted to see me?

Yes, I did.

All right, well, if this is
about Pongo's dog license,

I... I believe it's still up-to-date.

This has nothing to do with your dog.

(Pen clicks and thuds)

Madame Mayor, are you all right?

I'm okay.

Excuse me for saying so,
but you don't seem okay.

I don't tolerate that sort of bluntness.

I'm the Q...

the Mayor.

And I'm a therapist.

That's... that's why you
asked me here, isn't it?

What's bothering you?
What are you feeling?


I'm feeling nothing.

If I were to guess, I would say that...

you're a driven woman,

and sometimes that can leave a hole.

A what?

A hole. An emptiness.

There's more to life than work.

And maybe that's why
you feel dissatisfied.

I'm not dissatisfied.

I love my life.

Well, what's the point if you've
got no one to share it with?

There's that bluntness again.

Has there ever been a time in your life

when you haven't felt this way?

When that little boy visited.


A child.

That can provide so much meaning.

(Door bells jingle)

(Door closes)

I need a child, Gold.
And I need your help.

Well, I'm flattered, but uninterested.

Not like that.

I spent all morning
talking to adoption agencies.

The wait-lists are over two years long.

But you, Gold,

you know how to cut through red tape.

And if anyone can work the system

and find me a baby, it's you.

You wish to adopt?

Well, don't look so surprised.

Oh, I'm not.

I'm sure you'll make a...

well, a mother of some sort.

Can you help me?

Of course I can.

But a word of caution...

ask yourself, is this something
you're ready for?

It's something I need.

Well, that may not be the same thing.

I'll get you a child.

But whether or not that's helping you,

remains to be seen.

When you become a parent,
you must put your child first.

No matter what.


This preservation spell

can keep him in this condition
for a while longer.

Buy us time to get to Pan.

You were a lost boy.
Any idea where he went?

Well, I... I mean, I know where he lived,

where... his compound.

Well, that's idiotic. We all know that.

You think he's stupid enough to go back?

- You're useless.
- Okay, enough.

Don't tell me what's enough.

My son is dying!

Our son.

So yes, I know how you feel.

You have no idea what I feel.

You have your parents. You have this...


a pirate who pines for you.

You have everything, and yet you claim

to know what I feel?

(Voice breaking) All I have is Henry,

and I am not about to lose him,
because he is everything.

You're right.

I don't know what you feel.

So what do you wanna do?

You wanna the run show? Run it.

How do we save Henry?

(Whispers) I don't know.

Even if we can find Pan,
he was powerful before.

With Henry's heart,

I... I don't know if we can hurt him.

Yes, we can.


You nicked him.

If he can bleed, we can hurt him.

And if we can hurt him, we can kill him.

And we will.

(Wind whistling)

Gold is in a box?

Then David can never leave the island.

Mary Margaret, that doesn't matter.

I've already made peace with that.

What matters is Henry.

How much time do we have?

Maybe an hour before

the preservation spell wears off.

If he's airborne,

he could be anywhere on the island.

An hour isn't much time.

I suggest we get started looking.

Where is he?


There's nothing you can do.
He's already won.

Pan never fails.

You won't talk?

How 'bout I make you talk?

Regina, wait.

There's no time!

I don't think torture
is our best move here.

Look at these kids.
They've been to hell and back.

We need to try something else.

Yeah, we tried the cute and cuddly.

They don't respond to reason.

What else do you have to offer?

What every kid wants.

A mother.

(Door bells jingle)

You have news?

Yes. Fate may be on your side.

This morning I, uh, spoke with an agency

who had placed a baby boy from Phoenix

with a family nearby in Boston.

With a family? How is that fate?

Because at the last minute,
the adoption fell through.

It happens.

So the baby still needs a home.


As I said, fate appears
to be on your side.

The agency is in Boston.

(Horn honks in distance)

(Papers rustling)
Well, Ms. Mills,

your application is almost
too good to be true.

I mean, your references are impeccable.

And this town you live in... Storybrooke...

you're the Mayor?

Third term. All unopposed.

Never heard of Storybrooke.

Oh, it's a... hidden gem.

Peaceful, perfect for children.

It's like a fairy tale.

You should come visit sometime.

I get two weeks off a year.

And all due respect,
Sandals has an inclusive buffet.

You got that in Storybrooke?

I'm afraid not.


I've explained your rights
and responsibilities,

but there's one item
I'd like to go over in detail.

This is a closed adoption,

which means you'll never
be able to contact

your child's birth parents.

It's a complete information
blackout... parents' names,

ethnicity, genealogical records.

You won't have access to any of it.

I'm concerned with my child's future,

not his past.

Well, then congratulations.
You ready to meet your son?

Yes! (Chuckles)

(Intercom beeps)



Well, hello there.

It was fate, wasn't it?


Henry, huh?

You don't meet a lot of Henrys nowadays.

Very old world.

It was my father's name.

He passed some time ago.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

I hope it was peaceful, at least.

(Henry crying)

Oh. Oh, you need some help?

Oh, no, no. I've got it.


Come on, Henry.

Let's go home.

Guys, listen to me.

We are not gonna hurt you.

I know you're loyal to Pan,
and I get that.

But you are making a terrible mistake.

For a long time,

I thought I was never
gonna find my family.

I was an orphan, like all of you.

A lost girl.

And I was reminded today
that I am not alone,

that I have a lot of people
that love me.

And I never thought
that was gonna happen.

If that can happen to me,
it can happen to you.

Pan is the only family we need.

No. Family doesn't do what he did.

Pan lied to you and made you
do terrible things.

He lied to Henry, and convinced him

to give up his own heart.

To save the island.

No, to save himself.

Don't listen to her.
Pan cares about all of us.

No, he doesn't.

We care about you.

And we can save you!

We can take you home with us
to our land.

There's no reason to fear Pan anymore.

Until he absorbs the power
from Henry's heart,

he can be stopped.

You just have to tell us where he is.

Leave now while Pan
still allows you to breathe.

That's the only help you'll get.

Where... is Pan?

Not... telling.

Can you really bring us home?

Shut your mouth!


With your help.

His thinking tree.

- No!
- Yes, his thinking tree.

Stop it! All of you!

What is that?

It's where he goes
when he wants to be alone.

You can find him there. It's not far.

No, don't trust her.

Can you tell us where that is?


But you have to swear,

swear that you'll take us with you.

I promise.

We are going home.

All of us.

(Henry crying)

Who is this bundle of joy?

Do you have a problem with him crying?

No, of course not.

Hey, shh.

Okay, it's time to be quiet.
It's time to be quiet.

(Continues crying)


You want some advice?

Try a story.

That's how they soothe themselves.

A bedtime story.
Gets 'em used to your voice.

Worked with Ruby.

Her issues started later.

(Continues crying)

Hey. Okay. It's okay.

It's okay.


Once upon a time, there was...




(Continues crying)

Well, his heart's as strong
as a locomotive.

And his lungs are healthy, clearly.

Well, what about a blood test?

Or a chest X-ray?

Is he a smoker?


Look, it's obvious what the problem is.

He's a crying baby.

I paid for this?

Actually, your insurance did.

What do I do?

I can prescribe you something.

10 CCs of maternal love.

(Crying continues)

Dr. Whale, no one loves their child

more than me.

Which means there's
something wrong with my son.

Your job is to help him.

Do it!

Sure, I could order additional testing,

but, uh, with babies, there are risks.

And it's generally nothing
and not worth it.


Well, in some cases,
there could be something

abnormal happening.

But we'd need
the birth mother to find out.

You mean the woman who abandoned him?

You think she can soothe him?

I'm his mother.

You misunderstand me, Regina.

If something were in fact
wrong with the baby,

maybe there's something
in her medical records,

something genetic
that could be causing a problem.

But the only people who can
help us fill those blanks

are the biological parents.

But it was a closed adoption.

There's no way to contact them.

Sidney, grab a pencil.

There's an adoption agency in Boston on
Dartmouth Street. (Henry continues crying)

(Sidney) Say again?
There's noise on the line.

Ms. Blanchard.

Oh. Hi.

Who's this?

Meet Henry.


Make yourself useful.

Boston Angels Adoption on Dartmouth.
(Henry fussing)

I need the name of
Henry's biological mother.

Isn't that against the law?

Well, that's why I called you, Sidney.

(Crying stops) Because I know, for
me, you'll do whatever it takes.

I need this done.

There's something wrong with my son.

He won't stop c...


Just... just do it.

(Snaps cell phone shut)

- How did you do that?
- Do what?

M... make him stop crying.

Well, I'm just holding him.
He's so sweet.

(Resumes crying)

No. Oh, no, no.

I'm so sorry. I... did I do something?


No, you didn't. It's me.

(Crying continues)

The Pixie Woods? That's where it is?

It's just North of here.

It's where the pixie dust used to grow.

Do you know where that is?

Aye. The whole region is deserted now.

No one but Pan has set foot
in those woods in centuries.

Then let's make history.

We're gonna need you here.

Once we get Henry's heart,
it's gonna be a race back.

We need help on both ends.


What do you need from us?

Let's gather up the lost boys.

Get 'em on board the "Jolly Roger."

Prepare the ship to fly.

Let's hope you have a Pegasus sail.

Otherwise, we're at the mercy
of the trade winds.

Pan's shadow's in here.
It'll get us home,

long as your ship holds together.

Well, as long as your plan
holds together,

she will.

Henry's gonna be with me
the entire time.

Nothing is gonna happen to him

while you two are away.

You mean three.

I may be trapped on this island

for the rest of eternity.

So if you think I'm not going to

be spending my last moments
with my daughter,

you're crazy.

Okay. Let's do it.



Henry, I promise if you just
tell me what you want,

I'll do anything for you. Anything.

(Inhales deeply)

(Voice breaks) Please? Just...

give me a chance.

(Stops crying)



Thank you.

(Cell phone ringing and vibrating)


What'd you find?

(Sidney) The agency was a dead end,

but I worked my magic
with the health department.

Found out all about his mother.
(Fax machine whirring)

I'm faxing over
the information right now.

- You should have it any second.
- It's here.

(Snaps cell phone shut and thuds)

(Whispers) No.

(Door bells jingle)

You knew.

Knew what exactly?

The child that you located
for me in Phoenix,

his mother was found in the woods,

outside of Storybrooke, 18 years ago.

What a startling coincidence.

18 years ago?!

I fear I'm missing the significance.

You'll have to forgive me.

My memory's not what it used to be.

Henry's mother was found as a baby,

on a very significant day...

the day this town...

this town...

This town what?

She's important, isn't she?

This mother.

Is she important?

I suppose inasmuch as
she gave birth to your son.


You built this

into this whole thing, didn't you?

You made this happen because the mother,


She's what, madame Mayor,

this mother that you seem
to fear so much?

Oh, you really know nothing
of what I'm talking about?

Well, I know you're upset.
That much is clear.

You told me I'd come to you,

that I'd have a hole in my heart.


you want this to end.

This town, what I built.

You wanna destroy it all
by bringing the mother back.

That's why you did all this!

Do you know you have
dark circles under your eyes

and a weary tremble in your voice?

Poor thing.

Look what motherhood has done to you.

(Pen thuds)

Play dumb all you want, you little imp.

You should know who
you're dealing with by now.

I sacrificed everything
to build this life!

And nothing will tear me away

from my revenge!

Henry goes back to Boston tomorrow!

(Door bells jingle)

(Gasps) Look.

(Blade zings)

(Object thuds)

(Regina) Careful.

Pan wouldn't have just
left it behind for no reason.

It's David's only way home.

- Without Gold, we're stuck here.
- Mary Margaret!

(Vine whips)


Are you still at it?

Don't you know?

Peter Pan never fails.

I didn't expect you to find me.

But then again,
I shouldn't be surprised.

You're mothers.

Quite tenacious about your offspring.

Believe it or not, I understand that.

But if you're looking
to see Henry again,

I have to tell you,

there's only one place
you'll be reunited...

in death.

(Door closes)

I wrote out instructions

for his bedtime, nap time, and feeding.

(Papers rustle)

Ms. Mills, I assure you,
the baby will be

in expert hands here.

I know.

I'm just sad that this
couldn't work out.

The circumstances were... unforeseen.

Not every child
is the right fit for a parent.

And sometimes, putting the child first

can mean having the strength
to give him up.

(Inhales deeply)
Where will Henry go next?

We already have a new family lined up.

He's gonna be just fine.


I tell you what. You take a minute.

I'll be right back. Okay?


(Voice breaking)
Oh, Henry.

You deserve better than me.


You truly are the only one
in all the realms

who believes in me.


(Door opens)

Would you like me to hold him

so we can get the last little signature?

(Sniffles) No. That won't be necessary.

Henry is my son.

The best thing for Henry
is to stay with a mother

who will never let go of him,

ever again.

I'm afraid there's been a hiccup.

You'll have to go back
on the waiting list.

The mother changed her mind.

I'm sorry.

(Man) We... lost him?

Yes, but I can put you back on the list.

Pan will not be pleased.

Which is why we don't give up.

We will get that child.

Having trouble moving?

Not surprised, given where you are.

You see, what's hastening
your demise is your regret.

What are you talking about?

This tree is the site

of a very important event for me.

I abandoned my boy here.

You have a son?

I'm older than I look.

If you have a child,
you must regret losing him, too.

But I don't.

Quite the opposite, actually.

See, I have him all boxed up

so I don't lose him again.

Rumplestiltskin is your son?

That he is.

How is that possible?


Younger than him? Not really.

Just like you and your daughter.

You're a fraud.

Your magic is weakened.

You can't even hurt us,

let alone Rumplestiltskin.

You're right.

But that's why I'm here.

This tree will protect me
until my power is restored.

And then...

well, then I get to have some real fun.

And I won't have to ever worry

about my child again.

Something else we will
all soon have in common.

(Grunts) Oh!

There has to be another way.

No, you're not going to get to me.

See, this tree attacks the regret inside

anyone who comes here. And you?

You've got plenty.

I regret not taking a better shot at you

when I had a chance.

Well, that's not all, is it, Savior?

(Whispers) No.

I have your son's heart inside me.

I can feel just how much
you let him down

time and time again.

Leave her alone.

Perhaps I should.

After all, what chance did she have

at being a good mother?

Look at the example you've set...

abandoning her for 28 years.

Are you finished?

Last words from the Queen.

Perhaps a deathbed confession

from the one who has
the most to regret of all.

Yeah, there's one problem with that.

I did cast a curse

that devastated an entire population.

I have tortured and murdered.

I've done some terrible things.

I should be overflowing
with regret, but...

I'm not.

(Vines snap)

Because it got me my son.


(Heartbeat thumping)

(Exhales deeply)


let's go save Henry.

Henry?! Where is he?

He's over here!

(Regina) Hold on, Henry.

(Heartbeat thumping)



Are we too late?





Whoa, whoa, whoa. Take it easy, buddy.

(Strained voice) I'm sorry. I...

I wanted to save magic.

It's okay. (Sighs)
It's okay.

I... I wanted to be a hero.

- There's plenty of time for that.
- And now it's time to rest.

(Hook) Welcome back, young sir.

Only the best for our guest of honor,

don't you think? Captain's quarters.

Come on. I'll tuck you in.

(Archie) Regina, I'm just so pleased.

I'll admit, I was concerned.

And I'm just so glad
the way things worked out.

There's just one problem, Dr. Hopper.

I'm afraid...

No, I'm...


that Henry's birth mother
will wake up one day

full of regret over leaving him,

and come here to take him back.


Wasn't it a closed adoption?

I mean, you're both perfectly anonymous

to each other, right?

Yes, but I'm worried
about something bigger

than the law is at play.



It seems to me like
you've made your own destiny.

But there's still someone out there

who can destroy it.

Regina, if you keep worrying
about the future,

you'll never enjoy the present.

This child has brought
something to you...


Revel in that. Revel in being a mother.

Thank you, father.


(Door slides open)

Once upon a time, there was a Queen,

and she cast a glorious curse,

that gave her everything she wanted...

or so she thought.

She despaired when she learned that...

revenge was not enough.

She was lonely.

And so she searched the land
for a little boy

to be her prince.

And then...

she found him.

And though they lived happily,

it was not ever after.

There was still an evil
out there lurking.


The Queen was worried
for her prince's safety.

While she knew she could vanquish

any threat to the boy,

she also knew she couldn't
raise him worrying.


She needed to put
her own troubles aside,

and put her child first.


And so...
(Liquid bubbling)

the Queen procured

an ancient potion of forgetting.


Oh, it's all right.

If the Queen drinks the potion,

she won't forget her child.

She'll only forget her worries...

her troubles...

her fears.

And with those gone...

she... and her prince can indeed

finally live

happily ever after.

(Inhales deeply)


(Inhales sharply, exhales deeply)


Hello, Henry.


What shall we do today?

Oh, I know that look.

That's five hours of space
paranoids and too much pizza.

Pizza's good.



It stings.

What's that for?

A spell,

so no one can ever take your heart

ever again.

Thanks, mom.


We'll be home soon, my little prince.

(Door closes)

(Blade zings)

(Breathing heavily)

I'm sorry it had to come to this, Henry.

(Clicks and whirs)





- Where's Henry?
- He's safe. He's safe.

I told you I wasn't gonna hurt the boy.

I know. I'm sorry. I...

Why didn't you tell me
Pan was your father?

Because I didn't want you to know

that I was as bad a father as he was.

Because we're both the same, me and him,

because we both abandoned our sons.

No, you're not the same.

You came back for me, papa.

He's back.

- That means...
- He can cure me.

We can go home...

A family.

(Wind whistling)

What's wrong?

What? What are you doing?

I wanted your heart, Henry,

but your mother took it away from me

and left me for dead.

Her mistake.

(Crackles, zaps)


(Breathing heavily)

Oh, how clever.

Ow! What are you doing?


Blood magic works both ways...


(Continues ripping)




Henry? Henry!

Oh, no.


(Gasps) It's okay.

I'm okay.

Are you sure?

He's a strong boy, Regina.

You raised him well.

Go. Over here.

Ready, Regina?

(Lighter clicks)

(Shadow shrieks)


(Shadow screaming)

You think it'll fly?

It has no choice.

Then let's get the hell
out of Neverland.

As you wish, m'lady.

Bosun, weigh anchor!

(Wood creaking)

You know, when we first
landed on this island,

you said we'd all need to work together.

I was just trying anything.

Well, to be honest,
I didn't think it was possible.

That a hero, a villain, a pirate...

that we could all be united, but we were

because of the most
important piece of the puzzle...

a leader.

I'm just glad that we were
all able to work together

and get Henry home.

Get all of us home.

Better than being in a cage, isn't it?

Are we really free?

Yes, Wendy.

Soon, you'll see your brothers.

I have something for you.

I've saved it all this time.

I could never use it, but...

maybe you can.

It's pixie dust.

It's the last bit from the last flower

in the treetops.

- It's inert...
- I can't make it work.

I've got no magic.

Not since I lost my wings.

You'll figure it out.

I believe in you, Tink.


You feelin' okay?
Shouldn't you be resting?

I could bring you some food
if you're feelin' up for it.

I'm feeling much better now.

- I think the fresh air is good for me.
- Okay.

(Lost boys speak indistinctly)

I know we haven't had much of a chance

to be a family. Not yet.

Just, I want you to know that
you have a dad now.

Now and for forever.

I'll never leave you, okay, buddy?

I'm glad you got your son back, Regina.

Seems the Evil Queen

was able to love someone after all.

Yes, it seems.

It seems you were right.

I knew you still had some good in you.

Apparently, you still
have some magic in you.


what happened?

Well, if I had to guess,
I'd say for a moment there,

you believed.

Go away, boy.

Not hungry.

But I came to thank you.

No matter what those other traitors do,

I'm on Pan's side.

- And Pan...
- never fails.


You heard me.

Peter Pan never fails.

He can't be stopped.

Even when they think he's defeated,

when they think they've won,

he finds a way.

So you think you're not safe?

Oh, no, I'm perfectly safe.

During our struggle, my fate was sealed.

The one who's in trouble...

is Henry.

But you're Henry.

Not anymore.


you switched.

You sure you're not hungry?

Thank you...



let's play.