Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 4, Episode 12 - Heroes and Villains - full transcript

In the aftermath of the Snow Queen's curse; Emma looks for a portal so Elsa, Anna and Kristoff can return to Arendelle, Regina makes a difficult choice, and Gold's quest for power reaches a dramatic conclusion.

ANNA: Wow. That is a lot of ice!

And it's time for it to come down.


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ANNA: Okay.

Now can we go back home?

Stop! Don't take another step.
That's the town line.

Right. But I want to leave the town.

Didn't I just say that?

The wall may be down, but I sense
that some of Ingrid’s magic remains.


leaving this town
has never been simple.

And Ingrid? She didn't change things.

She wanted to be here alone,
with you and me.

She wanted to make Storybrooke
her ice castle

and clearly she wanted to protect it.

So, how do we get back home?

Walking wouldn't get us there, anyway.
We're in a different realm.

We need to find a portal.
Or magic beans. Or something.

Okay, now I'm lost.

Well, then let's get one of those things.
We have to hurry.

No, we don't need to rush.
We need to be careful.

Arendelle will still be there
while we figure this out.

It might not.
(GASPS) Did we forget to tell her?

A lot of stuff was going on.

Tell me what?

Arendelle's been conquered.
By Hans and his 12 brothers.

Emma, we need to find
a way back. Now!

We'll do our best.


KILLIAN: They didn't leave.

The Snow Queen
mucked up the border.

Once you cross,
there's no coming back.


If only the Snow Queen had succeeded,

everything would be much simpler.


Perfect cover for your exit.

But everybody survived.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

What about our friends from Arendelle?

Well, they're still searching
for a portal back.

Well, that is a problem.

Can't have that Anna
running around town.

She knows, doesn't she?

She knows what you're doing.

Cleaving yourself from the dagger
so you can leave with your power.

Emma told me
Belle confessed about knowing Anna.

Still. Quite the supposition.

Why else would you care?

Anna's a danger to you.

You can't have
your blissfully ignorant wife...

Lose either her bliss or ignorance.

Watch Anna. Make sure
she comes nowhere near this shop.

Well, if I had the choice...

Well, you don't.

Your usefulness
was unexpectedly extended.

But tonight, when the stars in the sky

align with the stars
in the Sorcerer's hat,

I will finally do what I should have done
so many years ago.

I will crush your heart.

And while I'm out doing your dirty work,
what are you gonna do?


I'm simply gonna wake my wife,
and prepare her for my greatest gift.

She's gonna have the life
she always wanted.

- Don't cut yourself, dearie.

I'm so, so sorry, I thought...

You thought
I would be away for a few more days

and it would be fine
to play with my toys.

- Well, you did say that I...
- Oh!

I lied.

I wanted to see how the mouse
would play while the cat was away.

And the mouse
has done very little cleaning.

You just have...

You have so many things here

from all over the world. I was curious.

And you never talk about them.

No, you're the help.


And you're rude.

Well, I could be much worse.

Hmm. But you're not.


you have seen the world,

something that I've always
wanted to do,

yet you share nothing.

(CHUCKLES) Mouthy, mouthy!
And foolishly brave.

You know, if you were going to kill me,

you would have done it long ago.

Now, tell me what you've seen.
How was your trip to Camelot?

Good for me.

Not so good for Camelot.

A souvenir.

Clean it for me, will you?


(STAMMERING) What is it?

It's a magic Gauntlet
with a very specific power.

It can locate anyone's
greatest weakness.

Hmm. How ominous.
But why do you need this?

With all your power,
you could destroy any foe.

Look, if you must know,
it's about manipulation.

And for that,
you must find one's weakness.

And for almost everyone, that weakness
is the thing they love most.

This will simply point me
in the right direction.



Breakfast in bed, huh?

I have a much bigger surprise
coming for you.

I think it's about time
we had a proper honeymoon.

How would you like to see
a magical city called New York?

So, after breakfast, pack a suitcase.

It's time for you to see the world.







Please, I'd rather be alone.

MARIAN: I thought we should talk.

Thank you for saving my life.
Twice, actually.

Forget about it.

I can't. Because Robin can't.

I see the way you two
look at one another.

And I understand.

For me, it's only been a short time
that I've been away.

But for him, years have passed.

His heart moved on.

He's in love with you, Regina.
And I think you're in love with him.

Well, it doesn't really matter.

He's a man of honor.

He made a vow to you
and he's going to keep it.

I don't want him to be with me
out of obligation. I want to be chosen.

If his heart leads him to me, fine.

But if it does what I suspect
and leads to you,

I will step out of the way.

You may have got the best of me
this time, Dark One,

but I promise you, the next life,
it won't be so pleasant for you.

(CHUCKLING) Well, then,
given my immortality,

you'll have quite the wait
amongst the fire and brimstone.

If I really am to die,
at least give me all of the information.

Whose house is this?

A powerful sorcerer.

He brought the Snow Queen
from Arendelle to this world.

Which means his magic
is strong enough

to move between that world and ours.

There's a portal around here

We simply need to find it.




HENRY: Hey, Grandma.

Are you taking a trip?


Yeah, Rumple's taking me
to New York for our honeymoon.

But the Snow Queen
left a spell on the town line.

Anyone who goes can't return.
Didn't you hear?

No. (STAMMERING) I didn't.

But I'm sure he must
have a way to remove it.

Hey, what's wrong?

This book. It's got all your stories in it.

It started all this.

And my mom...

Lots of bad things happen to her in it.

Well, that doesn't mean
they'll always happen to her that way.

I wouldn't worry.
She's on a much better path now.

Thanks, Grandma.

Yeah, you know, Belle's good.


Got it.

Okay, so, I need another suitcase.

Help me look?

HENRY: You know,
when you're in New York,

you've gotta go to the Public Library.

No offense,
but it blows the one here away.

It's got these lions outside of it.


(LAUGHING) God, are you okay?

Sorry. Let me get those.

Huh. He really keeps
some strange things here.


What's wrong? I'll clean it up.

No, no, no! It's okay. I got it.

I just, uh...

Didn't expect to see this here.


So, I figured it out.

Why you collect
so many magical objects.

You have a hole in your heart.

There's only one thing
missing from my life right now.

Clean clothes.



You're just upset
because you know I'm right.

And, no, I am not talking to myself,

because I know
you can and do listen to me.



- Hello, puppy. Hi. Hi.


Gah! Where did you go?


Rumplestiltskin! Rumple!



Come celebrate.

For I may not be the Savior,
but I've just saved the day.

Hang on. Don't get your hopes up yet.

Okay, what exactly are we celebrating?

The portal to Arendelle. I found it.

So, bottoms up.

You found a portal?

Well, I found Gold.

And he told me where to locate one.

A door in the ballroom
of that lakeside mansion.

Yes, it appears our Rumplestiltskin
has turned over a new leaf.

Apparently dozens of leaves.

Are you sure we can trust him?


The crocodile truly has changed.

He gave me a long-winded explanation

...the portal.

About how it brought the...

...Snow Queen into this land,

which I don't recall.

But the important thing is, it works.

All they have to do is walk through it.

Then we should go.

Brilliant. You do that. I, alas...

Bruised myself during the curse.

Really need to get it seen to.

Hey! Killian.

What's wrong? You are acting strange.

Nothing. I'm fine.

See you around, love.



Where have you gone?

Don't tell me you've done
something stupid like running away.


Rumplestiltskin, I'm...

I'm supposed to ask you
for that Gauntlet from Camelot.

Bring it to the base
of Demon's Bluff at midnight or...

Or I'll be killed.

- (SOBS)

Rumple, help!




I know where you came from.

Tell your master I know who she is
and she's just crossed a line.

REGINA: They look happy.

Having Marian back in his life,
it means so much to Roland.

REGINA: I understand.

At the end of the day,
our children come first.


She's his mother.

I choose you.



But Roland.


What would this look like to him?

It's gonna look like a messy,
complicated situation, which it is.

But if I went back to my life with Marian,
I'd be living a lie.

The best example I can set to my son
is to live truthfully.

To follow my heart.

To you.


Papa! Papa, help! Help, Papa!


ROBIN HOOD: I thought she was cured.

There must be some remnant
of that spell still inside her.

Even by now,
her heart should be infected.

So, there's no hope?


There may be another way to save her.

Now that the ice wall is down,
she could leave Storybrooke.

She can cross the town line
and enter a world without magic.

Without magic,
the harm to her would end.

So, let's get her to the town line.

Robin, you need to know something.

It's a one-way trip.

There's a curse on the town line
and once you leave, that's it.

So, you're saying...

I'm saying that we can't just send
Marian into an unknown world.

Someone has to go with her.

You and Roland.

And once you do go...

You can never come back.


I hate goodbyes. Don't you?

If you've come here to gloat,
I'm really not in the mood.

What do you want?

Belle and I are taking a trip.

I came to bid you farewell.

Have you been under a rock all day?

There's a curse on the town line.
If you leave, you can never come back.

Hence the goodbye.

But before I go,

could you pass something on
to my grandson?

Tell Henry I'll miss him.

And his charming attempts
at snooping around my shop.

You knew.

Oh, I knew.

Perhaps you can tell me why.

He was looking for the impossible.

My happy ending.

(CHUCKLES) The storybook
has me written as a villain,

and villains always lose,

so he thought you might have a clue
as to who the author is,

so I can make him change that.

Intriguing idea.

But, alas, I have no clue
as to his identity.

I know.

Villains don't get happy endings.

It would appear in your case
that that's true.

You and Belle seem...


How were you able to get one?

Because I took it.

And quite frankly, you should, uh,
stop moping and do the same thing.

I mean, if this Marian died,

all would be well, would it not?

That's no longer me.

Being good doesn't mean
good things will happen.

This sounds like
the old Rumplestiltskin talking.

I thought you changed.

More like evolved.

Coming back from the dead
and being a slave to the Wicked Witch

tends to do that to you.

But if you don't think
villains can get happy endings,

just watch me take one.

There's no author of my fate.
No storybook with my destiny.

I've been a villain
a thousand times over,

and yet I'm about to get
everything I desire.

As unbelievable as it sounds,

I want the same for you.


The diner I told you about
is just a few miles down the road.

Right. Uh, Regina...

And you have the map I gave you?

And the money. So, that
should be plenty to get you started.

Yes. But...


Then you should go.

Thank you.


She needs to cross the line. Now!

ROBIN HOOD: Okay. You guys, go.
I'll be right behind you. I promise.

I just... I just need a moment, okay?

Of course.

Thank you.




MARIAN: Robin?

Your family is waiting. Go.



I know.





I have what you want, dearie.

Now show yourself.

Rumple! Help! Help!

Yes, Rumplestiltskin, do help her.



Oh. I am impressed.
Didn't think you had it in you.

I'm not here for your praise.

Give me the Gauntlet
and you can have your wench back.

Well, seeing as
how you asked so nicely...



You think you could steal
from the Dark One and live?

Fatal mistake, dearie.

Any last words?

(GASPING) I'm not alone.



The Sea Witch!


Such a pretty thing.

Seems a shame
I'll have to crack her pipes.

Harm one hair on her head,
Maleficent burns.

And Ursula will kill your maid.

And where will that leave us?


Thought I caught a whiff
of desperation and gin.

I must say,
I'm surprised to see you all here.

Last time we crossed, it looked like
things weren't going your way.

And unless you hand back my maid,
they won't be this time, either.

Shall I get you a step stool so you can
look in my eyes when you threaten me?

I don't need to threaten you, dearie.

It took three of you to get this far.

And I promise it isn't far enough.

Have it your way.

Ursula, darling, crush the maid's heart.





That was a rather risky endeavor
for an old glove, dearies.

URSULA: Well, the risk was worth it.

For too long, we've lived in a world
where the heroes always win.

And the Gauntlet
will reveal our enemies' weaknesses.

And we will be the victors.

MALEFICENT: Let her go.

Why would you do that?
I mean, with that object, you...

They still won't be able to harm you.


Why do you care about me?

I don't.

But if anyone's gonna crush your heart,
it's gonna be me.

When the stars in the hat
align with those in the sky,

we shall begin.

You mean, I shall end.
Let's not start mincing our words now.

Oh, how brave.

I half expected you to crumble
at the precipice of your demise.

I'm not the one who was a coward.

Well, then you'll enjoy watching
this coward crush your heart.



This place is amazing.

Mom, I'll, uh, be right back.

Hey, kid, wait!

Well, Emma, I think this is it.


Crocuses! Arendelle crocuses!
Elsa, we're almost home!

Wait! Maybe I should open it.
Magic can be unpredictable.

So, this is it.

Appears so.

Thank you for taking
such good care of my sister.

It's kind of what we do.

MARY: It's our pleasure.

Now, don't you all
have a kingdom to go save?

We sure do.

I hope Hans isn't too comfortable
on that throne,

'cause I'm gonna knock him
right off the minute we get back.

And the second minute we're back,
maybe we could get married?

Just a thought.

Emma, thank you for everything.

You've done so much.

I could never repay you.

It's time.

Please, thank Hook
and Mr. Gold for us, as well.



EMMA: Good luck.

I wish I had met this Mr. Gold.

He seems super helpful. Who is he?

I mean, who was he in the other world?

Wait! Let me guess.
He was a fairy godfather, wasn't he?

DAVID: (CHUCKLES) Well, not exactly.

He was an evil sorcerer
you're lucky you never met.


Wait! What?

You know him?

He explicitly said
he didn't know anything about you.

Well, that's a lie.
Not that I'm surprised. All he does is lie.

So, Gold was playing us the whole time.

But Why?




It's time.


EMMA: Gold! Stop!

I'm sorry, I can't.

I've waited too long for this
and I'm too close.

Well, maybe not everything
has went to plan,

but this next part,

I'm really gonna enjoy.



I don't understand.

Why can't I...

Because I commanded you not to.

Drop the heart.

Now release everyone.


And now...

Now, you can take us to the town line.

Because we need to be alone
for what comes next.

Belle, what are you doing?

Finally facing the truth.

No, please,

put the dagger down and let me explain.


It's my turn to talk.

Do you remember
the first time you saved my life?

You traded for me.

And I thought I saw something in you.
Something good.

Well, I found that Gauntlet today.

And that's when I finally realized

that all the signs I'd been seeing

were correct.

You'd never give up
power for me, Rumple.

You never have.

You never will.

(STAMMERING) You don't understand...


You told me that Gauntlet

could lead you to someone's weakness.

To the thing they loved the most.

Well, you know
where it lead me, Rumple?

To the real dagger.

Your true love

is your power.

I like the power.
But there's nothing wrong with power.

Not when it means that I...

That we... That we can have it all.


I just wanted you.

I wanted to be chosen. I...

I tried to be everything for you, Rumple.

(SNIFFLES) But I wasn't.

And I lost my way

trying to help you find yourself,
but not anymore.

Please, Belle, I'll make it up to you.

I've changed once before,
I can do it again.

You've never changed.



It's too late.


Once, I saw the man behind the beast.

Now, there's only a beast.

Rumplestiltskin, I command you

to leave Storybrooke.

Belle, no! Please!

I won't be able to come back.

I know.

(STAMMERING) I don't wanna lose you.

You already have.

Belle, please!

I'm afraid, Belle.


- No!


(VOICE BREAKING) Belle, please!


ANNA: Isn't it beautiful?

I found it hidden in the East Wing.


Is it my hair? You're right.
I should have worn the braids.

Anna, you look absolutely perfect.

I wouldn't say perfect.

(GASPS) Did you see these bruises?

Have you seen Hans' eye?

Yeah. Totally worth it.

Okay, let's get this wedding on the road.

I mean, on the aisle.

Anna, why did you do it?

Why did you postpone
your whole wedding

just to find out the truth?

Elsa, you're my sister.

I couldn't walk down this aisle
unless you were as happy as I was.

Anna, I'm very happy.


What is that amazing smell?


- Chocolate!
- Chocolate!


You ready?




Just be...


Sorry. I just thought if I did it quickly,
it'd be like ripping off...

I told you, Swan. I'm a survivor.


I'm not in the mood
for a hope speech, Emma.

You're mistaking me for my mother.

Besides, you don't need a speech.
You need a drinking buddy. Shots?

Sure. Why not?


You know, you did the right thing today.

There it is! A hope speech.
I thought we were drinking.

It's not a speech. It's a compliment.

Well, I don't need your validation.
I know I did the right thing.

I know because I'm miserable. Again.

EMMA: Thanks.

Well, if it makes you feel any better,
so is Gold.

It does.

EMMA: Whoa, kid, slow down!

Mom! Mom! I found something big.

You're gonna wanna see this.

After you guys left,
I stayed behind to look around.

And I found something.




REGINA: A library.

Not just any library. Look.

That looks like your book.

Only it's blank.

They all are.

And if this place
is full of potential storybooks...

Then maybe this is the author's house.

Henry, you did it!

Did what? What's going on?

Well, uh...

We were looking for the author.

I was hoping he could
write me a happier story.

We called it Operation Mongoose.

I like it. It's got style. I'm in.

You are?

I made you a promise I intend to keep.

Everyone deserves their happy ending.



There may come a day
when the students surpass the master.

But today is not that day.

I want my Gauntlet.

We made a deal, Rumple.
And you never go back on a deal.

No, I paid a ransom. Quite different.

Demanding a ransom
from the Dark One is not a deal.

It's a death wish.

And a fool's errand.

Now, if you'll excuse me,
I have work to do.

CRUELLA: Whatever you're up to,
it'll never work.

The game is rigged.

The villains never win.

Why don't you join us?

Perhaps we can
change the game together.

underestimate me, dearie.

I always win.

And I win alone.

I certainly don't need to join you
Queens of Darkness.


WOMAN: That's all I got.

You're not happy about it,
try eating each other.

I hear cannibalism is frowned upon
in the aquatic world.

Or maybe you could tell me differently.


So, this is what a man
who always wins looks like.

I assure you, Ursula,
my situation is only temporary.

(CHUCKLING) Really? How are you
gonna fix that? Play the lotto?

I'd like to tell you a story.

It's about heroes and villains,
where the villains always lose.

Seems like
someone's changed his tune.

I've learned the rules do apply to me.

But also, there's someone
who can change those rules.


For now, let's call him the Author.

Pretentious. I hate him already.

Then let's go see him.
Tell him what we think.

Unless you prefer life
as a fish food dispenser.

But if you're coming to me for help,
I can assume it won't be easy.

Who's standing in our way?

The usual people. The heroes.

Let's get your things.

We've two more stops to make.

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