Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 4, Episode 15 - Enter the Dragon - full transcript

Regina's getting desperate. She knows that the only way to get answers about this mysterious author is to go undercover. She must show Maleficent, Cruella and Ursula that she can still be a monstrous Evil Queen. Emma is determined to use her special skills to help Regina but is constantly denied the chance. Meanwhile Rumplestiltskin's heart shatters as he watches his wife fall for somebody else. Back in the enchanted forest we see young Regina seek the help of a powerful witch; Maleficent. This exciting episode reveals that even the heroes have to break the rules sometimes.

Previously on
"Once Upon A Time"...

Maleficent's back.

You should be looking
for the Author.

He left hidden clues
in some of his works.

August might know something
about it that we don't.

Too bad he isn't around
to ask.

But Pinocchio is.

Pinocchio: Everybody wants me
to remember.

I just don't.

You rode a motorcycle.

You wore leather
and didn't shave!

He's not trying hard enough.

We want you to
go undercover with them

and help us stop their plans.

What exactly did you do
to Maleficent?

Because of us...

Maleficent lost her child.

[ wind gusting ]

[ bell jingles ]

So, the rumors are true.
You are back from the ashes.

What are you doing here, Regina?

Making it easier for you.

If you want to try to kill me,
I'm right here.

So that's why you think
I'm back... to kill you.

I trapped you underground
for 30 years,

And you're not big
on forgiveness.

That's true.

But what you did is nothing
in the grand scheme.

There are far worse crimes
that must be answered for.

Careful, darling. She's thick
as thieves with those heroes.

Not by choice.

You know how much
I wanted my revenge.

But in this town,
I had to play nice to survive.


Watching them enjoy
the happiness I was denied.

If you're planning on destroying
some of that happiness,

I want in.

You can't expect us
to believe that.

Of course she doesn't.
That's why she's here.

She wants us to see
she's still one of us.

I am.

Then let's find out.

Are you still a bad girl, Regina?

[ glass shatters ]

The worst.

Once Upon A Time: "Enter The Dragon"
Season 4 Episode 15

Original Airdate March 15, 2015

Hyah! [ chuckling ]

Come on, Roman.

Well, hurrah for Snow White.

Another trophy for
little miss precious.

[ grunting ]

I love a touch of irony!

[ giggles ]

The day you met Snow White,
she nearly died on a horse.

And yet today, she's the best
rider in all the land.

It's her precious horse that's
won those medals, not her.

Still, good fortune
does tend to, uh,

Fall in her lap, does it not?

[ sighs ]

And you promised
to teach me magic

so I can end
her charmed life!

I'm teaching you, deary.

Though you sound
a bit impatient.

Sneaking out here to read...
what is it?

Maleficent's spell book?

I found it
in my mother's things.

She can turn into...

A fire-breathing dragon.
Yes, yes, yes.

A bit showy if you ask me.

I'm just tired of watching
Snow grow up.

I am tired of her
getting everything,

And I... I want to finally
have my revenge.

[ giggles ]

You don't even know what revenge
looks like, deary.

You're right.

All I know what your lessons
look like,

And they're
taking me nowhere.

Before you start
throwing stones,

You might want to look
in the mirror.

And I'm not speaking

[ sighs ]

What is this place?

It's a wasteland.

But years ago,
it was a lush forest

till Maleficent burned it down.

Her dragon flame
burned so hot

that there's one tree
still on fire

half a lifetime later.

Do you know how she did it?

With a powerful magic

that she cultivated

with that most precious
commodity... time.

If you ignore the gift of time
and rush into things,


Will never be ready.

Or maybe this is all
just excuses,

And you're just not a skilled
enough teacher to show me.

You think
she's gonna help you?

I think
I'm tired of waiting.

And that is exactly
your problem.

Good luck with Maleficent.

[ sighs ]


I'm sorry.
Regina's doing what?

She's going undercover.

With someone who could turn
into a dragon?

Are you out of your minds?
Why didn't you call me?

There wasn't time.

She told us the plan.
That was it.

You should've told me.
Mary Margaret: Why?

You really think
you could've stopped her?

I could've helped.
I was a bail-bonds person.

Pretending to be someone else
was part of my job.

I know that, but I really think
Regina can take care of herself.

I hope you're right.

When is she supposed
to check in?

Mom? Dad?

When is she supposed
to check in?

About an hour ago.

[ tires squeal ]

Now, will someone please tell me
where the hell we're going?

Want me to spoil
all the fun?

You'll find out soon enough.

But out of... Professional

I have to know, just...

How did you two
resurrect her?

First things first.

You see, some of us don't
exactly trust you.

[ tires screech ]

[ train horn blaring ]

[ bell dinging ]

What are you doing?

Playing my favorite game.

It's called
"don't be a hero."

First one
that saves us loses.

You got to be kidding me.

You don't like it,
then just poof us out of here.

[ blaring continues ]

[ dinging continues ]

[ blaring intensifies ]

Come on.
Don't look at me like that.

I told you she'd gone soft, Mal.
Pay up.

She's just rusty.
It doesn't mean anything.

What do you think?

Are we playing too rough
for you?

I think we should get out
of here...

And go find
some real trouble.

[ footsteps approaching ]


So, um, is...

Is that the page that August
took out of the storybook?

Did you find anything?

I think this door somehow

has something to do
with the Author.

I just have to figure out
where it is.

You will.


[ chuckles ]

Come on, August.

What are you trying
to tell me?

[ tires screech ]

[ engine shuts off ]

Find anything in there?

Well, a burned table,
broken bottles,

Uh, and a very irate granny.

Apparently, Regina and the
witches drank the place dry.

I'd say she won them over.

Unless that's exactly what
they wanted her to think.

Look, I know you're worried,

But we don't even know
what happened yet.

That's what's worrying me.

She's not at home.
She's not in her office.

My parents are gonna check her vault,
but... and you fear the worst.

I can't help but think,

If the undercover
thing worked,

If she's got the situation
under control,

Then why the hell
isn't she back yet?

Maybe this was a bad idea.

If something happened
to Regina...

No, like you said,
she'll be fine.

She can take care
of herself.


[ brakes squeal ]

[ engine shuts off ]

That's one of
my sheriff's cars.

What the hell happened?

Maleficent happened.

And that is her idea
of a good time.


Are you okay?
What happened last night?

[ sighs ]
I had to prove myself.

Which meant some drinking,
some burning,

And lots of destruction.

Sorry about the car.

And you really
shouldn't be here.

Next time,
we have to meet covertly.

David: Next time?

You didn't find out
what they're planning?

It was one night.

But I did find out
they're hiding something,

incredibly powerful.

Well, what is it?

I don't know.

So, the only thing
you accomplished

was property destruction?

I accomplished trust.

Last time,
I had to come to Maleficent.

This time,
she'll come to me.




Been studying magic.

Beginner stuff.
[ chuckles ]

But I thought...


Perhaps you can teach me?

Maleficent: [ echoing ] Why don't you
show me what you've learned

and light that fireplace.

[ sighs ]

[ sighs ]

Come on.

Come on!

That's pathetic.

But it'll do.

[ sighs ]

Ugh, that feels nice.

I haven't had a proper fire


What's that?

[ sighs ]

You won't read about this
in any spell book.

A single drop
of sleeping curse

mixed with seawater,

Takes the edge off.

[ laughs ]

What's the matter, dear?

I'm not everything
you expected?

What happened to you?

A Rose.

A Briar Rose.

The one you put under
a sleeping curse.

Until king Stefan
the square jawed

undid all my work
with true love's kiss.

Do you know what?

I don't even care anymore.

The Maleficent I read about,
she would never just give up.

Y-you need to remember
who you really are.

That Maleficent
had a foul temper,

And if you insulted her,

She'd turn into a dragon
and eat your flesh.

[ gasps ]

It's a good thing for you
I already had breakfast.

Take your dusty book
and get out of my castle.

Well, where the hell
have you been all night?

Don't be nasty.

Regina came to find us.

We had some catching up to do.


What was she after?

She was sniffing around
for information.

I assume you didn't tell her
I'm what you're hiding.

Oh, we were careful, darling.
She doesn't know a thing.

Very interesting plan,
bringing us all together.

My plan's just beginning.

But Regina does present
an intriguing possibility.

Do you really think
she'll help us?

Heartbreak turned her
into a monster once.

And now her heart's
been broken anew.

She's lost another love
and is in great pain.

As you and I both know, pain
always makes you stronger.

Indeed it does.

When war hits Storybrooke,

Everyone's gonna have to pick
a side, including Regina.

And what war is that?

Oh, the one
we're about to start.

And tonight...

We're gonna throw
the first punch.

Driver, stop!

[ horse whinnies ]

My dear, what are you doing out
here in the middle of nowhere?

Walking home...

To Leopold's castle.

That's a long walk.

If you'd like, I can take you
as far as the next kingdom.

I'm headed that way
for the royal wedding.

What wedding?

I assume you've heard
of the queen?

Briar Rose?

Her daughter Aurora
is to be wed.

Briar Rose's daughter
is getting married!

A whole new generation is
getting their happy endings

while you sit up here
and rot!

And why in the hell
do you care so much?

Because if...

Someone as powerful as you
can't get their revenge...

That means I never will.

So, you've had someone
taken from you, too?


And the girl who's responsible
lives and breathes.

And I still don't have
my revenge.

Do you want some advice
from me?

Give up.
Find another hobby.


Isn't this a reason
to get up?

To turn back into a dragon?
To fight?

I can't.

Doesn't this
make your blood boil?

Did you hear me,
stupid girl?

I can't!

I can't...

Turn into a dragon anymore.

I lost the fire
a long time ago.

Then let's get
that fire back.

[ sighs ]

Sorry we couldn't stay
to clean.

Oh, that's okay.

You need the beauty sleep
more than I do.

It's good to see you
again, Regina.

Hope you had fun
last night.

Last night? Yes.

This morning?


Maybe I can help...

With this world's version
of magic.

Don't worry.
They're not poison.

They're aspirin.

They help with the pain.

I know what they are.

It's just you're not
usually nice.

Nice has nothing
to do with it.

I need you sharp tonight.

For what?

More games?

No. No more games.

You want to know why
we're in this town?

The fact is,

We are after the same thing
as you... the Author.

How do you know
about the Author?


He spilled the whole story
to Cruella back in New York.

good luck finding him.

I've been looking
for months.

But you've been going about it
all wrong.

What you need
are some new allies

with new leads
on this author.

And these new leads,

Do they have anything to do

with this powerful magic
you're hiding?

Before I let you in
on that secret,

I've got a little job
for you.

Hey, we're here.

I said we needed
to meet covertly.

Now I see you brought the entire
charming softball team

and their pirate mascot?

We were worried about you.

Well, then worry quickly.
I can't be seen with all of you.

Regina, listen to me.
This is a bad idea.

This woman, this dragon,
she's dangerous,

And you don't know the first
thing about going undercover.

I'm a quick study,

And Maleficent already told me
why they're here.

Apparently, they're after
the Author, too.

I simply want him
to change my fate.

What do they want?

They want to shift
the entire balance

so that villains win
and heroes lose.

They feel the only way
to get their happy ending

is to destroy yours.

Do you think they can find
the Author?

They have a lead, we don't.

And tonight, they want me
to help them steal it...

Whatever it is.

I'm telling you,
these things never end well.

I understand your concern,
but I'm in.

Okay, well, then
I'm in too.


I'm gonna stick by you.

I'm gonna get your back
while you do this.

No. It's too dangerous.

I said I was a part
of operation mongoose.

I am a part of it.

You wanted my help...
now you're gonna get it

no matter what it means
for both of us.

Whatever she has planned
tonight, I'll be there.

[ wind gusting ]

[ engine revs ]

Ready to take a drive?

[ exhales sharply ]

You want me to get in that?

Cruella enchanted it
to drive itself,

Or you could take the wheel
if you prefer.

Yes, I'd very much prefer.

Where are the other two?

Don't worry about them.

It's just you and me tonight,
like old times.

You have to try
some of this cake.

It's delicious.

Well, look at which two

survivors found
a dinghy together.

I do hope
I'm not interrupting.

Uh, Killian, this is...

This is Will.

Have the two of you met?

That we have, yeah.


Now, before you give in
to your pugilistic urges,

Let's take this outside away
from the lady, shall we?

And you clearly
don't get along.

As much as I'd enjoy
blooding you again,

I'm here for Belle.

We need to talk in private.

And no one knows
what these three witches

want Regina
to help them steal?

Not for sure.

But they're powerful witches
seeking more power,

And who's more powerful
than the Dark One?

His dagger... it's still
in town, isn't it?

Why do you think
they're after it?

What better way
to find the Author

than by getting the Dark One
to do it for you?

But how?

Isn't it useless as long as
he's outside of Storybrooke?

Unless they found a way
to lure him back.

Any one of them
could control him.

Or even worse...
use the dagger to kill him

and become
the Dark One herself.

We won't let that happen.

I assume you hid the dagger
somewhere safe.

Yeah, of course.

Then let's move it.


They knew him
on the outside.

They may have gleaned
much about you

and where you might hide

We have to put it somewhere
they would never think to look.

But where?

Don't worry about that.

If you want to bury treasure
where no one could find it,

Leave it to a pirate.

[ brakes squeal ]

We're here.

This can't be right.

This is Marco's house,
the town handyman.

The only magical object
you'll find here is duct tape.

I assure you, there's something
far more valuable.

Actually, someone...

That naughty little piece
of pine he calls a son.

The magical object you're after
is Pinocchio?

He has information
about the Author,

And we intend
to make him tell us.

Which would be a good plan
if I hadn't tried already.

He doesn't
remember anything.

Maybe the trouble was

you not asking your questions
more forcefully.

What's that
supposed to mean?

I'm beginning to worry Cruella
and Ursula were right.

You've spent so much time
around heroes,

You've forgotten
who you really are.

I'd be careful questioning
my commitment.

You want to prove to me you're
the Evil Queen I remember,

Go inside there now
and steal that little boy.

So, there's a tree I burned
that's still on fire.

Who cares?
What does it matter?

That's your spark.

That's what's going to reignite
the dragon inside you.

Now, get dressed.

[ gasps ]

[ moans ]

Did it work?

I'm not sure.

[ horse neighs ]

We're about to find out.


[ horses neigh ]

Hello, Stefan.

Stefan: Maleficent...

I promise, if you intend

to take away
Aurora's happiness,

You will fail...

Just as you failed
with Briar Rose.

You made sure of that,
didn't you?

Men, seize them!

[ rumbling ]

[ horses whinnying ]

[ gasps ]

It would appear that you've made
a fool of yourself once again...


Wonderful work, Pinocchio.

She's ready, huh?

All that is left is to see
how she gallops.

[ chuckles ]

How's that, papa?

She is a steed
fit for a prince.

[ knock on door, door opens ]

Hello, Marco, Pinocchio.

May I come in?
Of course.

Is, uh...
is everything all right?

[ door opens ]



What are you doing here?

I've been watching you.

I saw you casting
a sleeping spell,

And my gut said
something was wrong.

Well, it will be if you don't
get out of here.

Not until you tell me what
Maleficent has you in here doing.

[ Sighs ]
they're after Pinocchio.

I told you these things
never end well.

We'll have to do
this quickly.

Let's take him out the back
and then find a safe place.

One little snafu and
you're ready to pack up?

What happens when Mal realizes
and lets loose her inner dragon?

This is a child we are
talking about, Regina.

It's too big a risk.

Not if I'm there
to keep him safe.

If they try to harm him,

I'll stop them
and fight my way out.

Three of them!
One of you.

I know you think I'm in
over my head, but I got this.

You don't know them
like I do.

Then enlighten me, because
ever since they came to town,

My superpower's
been going haywire,

Like everyone,
including my own parents,

Is keeping something
from me.

Emma, the only ones
keeping secrets

are Maleficent and her friends.

They've taken a page
out of the heroes' playbook.

They're working together,

Which means we have
to take a page out of theirs

and break some rules.

I'll be right on your tail.

I see anything I don't like,
and I will come in blazing.

It's good to have you back.

[ horse neighs ]

What are you doing?

I'm not going out like this.

You're gonna fight?

There's too many of them.

Guess we'll have to hope
my fireballs have improved.

You can't defeat them.

You're right.
Not without a dragon's help.

[ horses whinnying ]

Aah! Ahh!

Kill her!

[ roars ]


Look who's back.


Come on.
What's the hold up?

Why aren't you...



Regina, what are you doing?

[ Aurora humming ]

You must be Aurora...

Briar Rose's sweet-smelling
bud of a daughter.


But my father...

Said he was going
to protect you.

He failed.

I was going to kill him,
you know.

I was going to kill
your mother, too,

Until I realized...

They would suffer far worse

if they were alive to see
what I'm going to do to you.

My mother defeated you,
as shall I.

All it will take is what I have
and you never will.

True love?

Don't count on it.

I have my own quite special
curse in mind

for your prince Phillip.


That was inspired.

Well, it never would've happened
if it wasn't for you.

You reminded me of who I am.

Thank you.

[ exhales ]

Thank goodness it's safe.
[ sniffles ]

Do, uh... do you know where
you're going to hide it?

The less you know about it,
the better.

Take Gold's car.

You won't seem me again
until it's in a place

where no one will ever find it.

Thank you, Killian.

The idea of Rumple
returning after...

After everything
that happened,

I...I don't know
what I'd do.

At least you don't have to worry
about that now.

What is it, love?
Is something wrong?

Yeah, I just had
the most awful thought.

What if... what if
Rumple's already here?

You mean inside the town lines?
Isn't that...

Impossible, yes,
but... I don't know.

I just have this...
this terrible feeling.

This is my only protection.

Well, if you're concerned
he's here,

There's one way
to know for sure.

Use the dagger.
Command him to come face you.

If he's here,
he has no choice.

Dark one, if you're here,

Come and face me... now.

[ thunder crashes in distance ]

[ sighs ]

Well, guess I was wrong.


[ bell jingles ]

Ah, Killian.
So, is the dagger safe?


And now that it's hidden,

We have one last piece
of business.

We must swear
a pirate's oath.

We must promise to never talk

about what happened
today again...

To one another
or anyone else.

It's the only way to assure
the dagger stays safe.

You have my word.

And you have mine.

[ chuckles ]

I'm guessing that's a gift
from your admirer, Will.

[ chuckles ] Yeah.

It was outside
when I got here.

If you don't mind, are...

Things serious?

[ chuckles ]

What it is, is... It's new.

And beyond that,
I-I don't know.

You're so... Different.

I know, and,

After Rumple,
it's so nice to...

Spend time with someone

who's nothing more
than who he says he is.

So you're over him,
then, Rumplestiltskin?

I don't know
if I can ever be over him.

But for now,
Will makes me smile.

I'm glad to hear that.

Goodnight, then.

Oh, Killian, uh...

About Will.

I was wondering,

What h... what happened
between you two?

Let's just say he took something
I care for.

[ giggles ]

How did you get here
so soon?

On the back of a dragon.
How else?

You mean Maleficent?

I was certain
she'd lost that power.

Well, it's more like

Until I helped her remember
who she was.

I thought it was you
that was seeking a teacher,

Not the other way around.

I was.

But then I realized...

I already had a teacher,

One who was doing quite well
with me.

Glad to hear it.

I can see you're doing
quite well, too.

And why do I get the feeling

that that pony's
not just taking a nap?

Well, of course he is...

For another 100 years or so.

[ giggles ]

Maleficent helped me see

death is too good for Snow White.

I need to take away
what she loves.

A lesson I've been trying
to teach.


I'm finally ready to learn.

No matter how long it takes,
I can do it.

I can get my revenge.

Gold's cabin?

What are we doing here?

We needed someplace
out of the way

to hang our headdresses and hide
our kidnapped puppets,

And this little hovel
became available to us.


Your dark magic...

It's not a spell
or an object.


Mr. Gold:
That's right, deary.

It's me.

You didn't really think I'd stay
banished for long, now, did you?


I didn't.

I learned quite a bit
about myself

on my little journey
outside Storybrooke.

[ chuckles lightly ]
You were right, Regina.

Sometimes the teacher needs
to learn from the student.

And sometimes...

You need to fall
very far...

To finally see the light.

Well, then you've finally
accepted the same truth I have.

You can't get your happy ending
without finding the Author.

I suppose that puts us
on the same side.

I suppose it does.

And now, with the help of
the real boy you've acquired,

We can take
our first steps.

What are you going to do?

Step aside,
and I'll show you.

Or have you gone soft?

[ chuckles ] Never.

What a relief.

You see, we're not gonna ask
young Pinocchio here

to remember anything...

Because he can't.

No amount of torture
will work on him.

But it will succeed on the man
he used to be.

Welcome back, August.


Shall we begin?