Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 4, Episode 16 - Poor Unfortunate Soul - full transcript

Hook tries to make a deal with Ursula as flashbacks show their complicated past, while Regina struggles to maintain her cover with Gold, Cruella and Maleficent.

Previously on Once Upon A Time...

- Regina's doing what?
- She's going undercover.

They're after The Author, too.

They feel the only way
to get their happy ending

is to destroy yours.

May I come in?

No amount of
torture will work on him.

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

I know there's something
about your past with Ursula

you're not telling me.

- Did you break her heart?
- Worse.

Mr. Smee, we are to return to
Neverland with a full hold...

not full bellies.

Come on, captain.

Pan will never notice if
a few cakes are missing.

You can eat as many cakes as you want

after I find a way to
destroy the Dark One.

Until then, we keep pan happy.

Of course.

Do you hear that?

It's beautiful.

Rocks dead ahead!

That voice, captain...
What was it?

The most dangerous
creature in all the seas...

a mermaid.

Why did you let that ship go?

I'm sorry, father, but I couldn't.

But I told you to.

And I'm...

Poseidon, king of the sea.

Yes, yes. I know, but still...

I want to use my voice
to make people happy,

not to hurt them.

That's what your mother wanted,

and look what happened to her.

I miss her, too, father.

But she's the one that taught me to sing,

and I know she wouldn't want
me to use my voice like this.

She also wouldn't want you to
let her murderers sail free.

She would want you to avenge her death.

No! That's what you want!

Just because one human hurt mother

doesn't mean they're all bad.


As long as you live in my
ocean, you will live by my rules.

Then maybe I don't want
to live in your ocean.

Ursula, pout all you want,

but I expect you home by high tide.

Darling. Come.

You're missing out on all the fun.

I already told you...

I don't know anything about this author.

Well, perhaps you could
use a little incentive.

Oh, that knife is not gonna
make me remember something

- that I don't know.
- Wait.

Is there a problem?

I knew she'd never the stomach for this.


I was torturing people

back when you were still
playing with puppies.

This sorry excuse for a
man used to be made of wood.

So let's light a fire under
him and see what happens.

Okay. All right.

You know something?

I actually, uh, do remember
something about The Author.


Don't hold out on us.

W-when I was in Hong Kong,
uh, before the curse broke,

I met a mystic.

His name was The Dragon.

I don't know how he
knew about the book,

but he had been looking
for The Author for years.

And what did this "dragon" learn?

He died before I could ask.

Oh, well, that's something you
two are about to have in common.

And after he died... I took his research.

And I brought it with me to Storybrooke.

Do you really
think this man-child

is telling us the truth?

Well, it wouldn't be the first
time he's lied to my face.

I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pay a visit

to his trailer to find out.

While you're doing that,

shall we carry on with
the rest of the plan?

Rest of the plan?

What aren't you telling me?

You're gonna have to do a lot
more than just kidnap a marionette

and torch a few logs for
us to tell you everything.

In the meantime,

be content that you've finally
chosen the winning side.

It's okay, Emma.

As long as he's with Regina,
Pinocchio will be all right.

We don't know that.

I just wish I hadn't let her ditch me.

Swan, you couldn't have known

that she'd drop that tracking device.

Yeah, but I let her talk me into thinking

kidnapping him was a good idea.

If anything happens to
that kid, it's my fault.

Uh, the tracks end here.

Looks like the rain washed them away.

Oh, would now be an appropriate
time for a locator spell?

We may not need one.


Mary Margaret.

What the hell was that? Are you okay?

I have to make this quick.

We don't have much time.

- Regina?
- Pinocchio's fine.

He's back to his
old self, or older self.


But there's something
else you need to know...

Gold is here.

We're holed up in his cabin,

and he's in town for
more than just The Author.

But he won't tell me why,

which means whatever it is
he's planning... it's bad.

So the Dark One's returned.


There's only one person who
can help us drive him back out.

H-h-he's here?

That's impossible.

Well, did you really
think he'd stay away?

The dagger... you
need to hand it over

so we can stop this
fight before it starts.

The dagger?

I-I don't have the dagger.

Killian does.

Who? Me?

Well, I haven't seen that cursed blade

since you commanded the
Crocodile to leave the first time.

But y-you took it from me last night

to hide it where no one could find it.

After the lifetimes I spent searching

for a way to destroy the Dark One,

I'm pretty certain I'd remember
holding that dagger in my hand.

Okay, well, if I didn't
give it to you, then who...

you gave it to Gold... Disguised as you.

He's back, and so is his power.

Even when I didn't think he
could deceive me anymore...

He found a way.

Banishment was too good for that demon.

We should have driven that
dagger through his heart

when we had the chance.

Then your name would
be written across it.

It's a small price to pay

to ensure the Crocodile
wouldn't come back again.

I know you're angry, but we defeated
him before and we'll do it again.

Yeah, but the question is, how?

We don't even know what he's planning.

First, we save August.

Yeah. You do that.

I'll find out the Dark One's secret.

How are you gonna do that?

The sea witch Ursula.

Remember when I said
I had a past with her?

Now's the time to use it.


By taking a page out of your book, Swan.

I'm gonna return her happy ending.

Can you really do that?


Because I'm the one who took
it from her in the first place.

What's that... more kindling?

This page appeared to
someone very important to me.

Robin Hood?

How do you know about Robin Hood?

Just 'cause the boy
doesn't remember being me

doesn't mean I don't
remember being the boy.

Well, you're right.

Robin did find it.

But this page...

it depicts something that didn't happen.

And I think you know
more than you're saying.

What's the matter, darling?

Is there something out there?

It's nothing.

Just gonna go stretch my tentacles.

Where is that infernal creature?

Right here, captain.

Wait. I want to offer you a deal.

After what you did to me? I don't think so.

Gold was wrong.

You don't have to find the
author to get what you want.

And why should I believe a word you say?

Because I know what it is you desire.

And I know exactly where to get it.

You still have it?

The Dark One...

he's here for more than just The Author.

If I return your happy ending,

you're gonna tell me exactly
what he's doing in Storybrooke.

You got yourself a deal.

I'd recognize that voice anywhere.

You're the mermaid who
nearly sank my ship.

But you didn't.

For that, I owe you a drink.

After I let you escape, my father said

I had to obey his rules if I
wanted to live in his ocean.

Ah. I see you don't
take well to ultimatums.

I broke into his vault and stole this.

It lets me walk on land.

Well, you're a brave lass.

My father wasn't always
so cruel, you know.

He used to be happy.

Listening to my mother and
me sing used to bring him joy.

What changed, love?

My mother was killed...

By a pirate.

That's why he forbade me to sing,

except to guide sailors to their doom.

He turned my voice into a weapon.

But it's all I have left of my mother.

Singing is the only way
to keep her spirit alive.

You have a rare gift.

Your voice can soothe
even the most haunted soul.

You really think so?

For almost a century,

my every waking moment

has been consumed
by one thought...

making an evil man pay

for what he did to the woman I loved.

Listening to your voice...

took away that pain.

If even just for a brief moment.

That's all I ever wanted
To make people happy.

Well, that's what you're doing.

So, why are you singing
in this rat's nest?

I'm saving for passage to Glowerhaven.

My mother said it was her
favorite place to sing.

I'm trying to earn enough gold...

oh, you don't need
gold for that trip.

I won't?

Not if I take you.

You'd really do that for me?

Meet me at the docks tomorrow morning.

So, where exactly did
you bury my treasure?

Oh, I didn't bury what you're
after. It's aboard the Jolly Roger.

So where's the Jolly Roger?


Back in the Enchanted Forest.

Now, can you still open
portals underwater,

or did you give up that power

when you became the monster you are?

The monster that you made me.

- Can you open the portal or not?
- Yes, I can.

But I'm afraid I'll need
something from the Jolly Roger

to know exactly where it is.

Piece of the rigging.

Did you really think I'd trade my ship

without taking a souvenir?

What's the matter...
you don't like the ocean?

I haven't dipped my toe in the sea

since I was banished to this world.

Stand back.

It didn't work.

Yes, it did.

Bloody hell.

Looks like you're not the
only thing that's changed.

The last man who tailed me ended
up with a dagger in his gut.

You dare drag me onto my own ship?

You're a dead man.

You listen to me.

My daughter is not

going anywhere near
this vessel tomorrow.

Well, threatening me isn't
gonna make her change her mind.

I don't need to change her mind.

You do.

How's a seashell gonna help me?

It's now enchanted to take away
her reason to leave... her voice.

Or rather, her singing voice.

If she can't sing, she'll return
to the sea, where she belongs.

She told me what that voice means to her.

I won't betray her, not
since she spared my ship.

What if I could offer you a
way to destroy the Dark One?

What do you know about my
feud with the Crocodile?

I know you've spent a lifetime
searching for a way to kill him.

I can offer you magic that
will finally set you free.

What kind of magic do you mean?

Squid ink.

A single drop is potent
enough to paralyze any being,

even Rumplestiltskin.

And all I have to do

is steal your daughter's singing voice?

It's simple, pirate.

Just show her how awful
humans really can be.

Do hope we're not interrupting,

but we need the thief's assistance.

And how do I know
That you're really Killian?

Oh, now you decide
to question my identity?

If he were the Dark One,

lover boy here would already be dead.

Yeah, she's got a point there.

But why should I help you?

Because for once, we want the
same thing... the Dark One gone.

The key to making that happen is in here.


That your ship, is it?

- Bit small, isn't it?
- Careful, mate.

It's unwise to insult the
size of a pirate's ship.

And you spent more time in
wonderland than anyone I know.

You must have something
that can restore it.

You're in luck.

I think I might have just what you need.





I don't understand.

How did you get here?

That doesn't matter.

The only thing that matters
is I'm here with you now.

Someone's watching.

What the hell are you doing here?

Get away from him!

If you're having trouble sleeping,

I have something that might help.

I'm fine. Thank you.

Hello, dearies.

Tell us... did you find
anything at the puppet's trailer?

Of course not.

I didn't even look.

The man's a born liar.

He never would have cracked so easily.

Instead, I paid a visit to the fairies.

Or rather, a visit to their
ample supply of magic.

Now, this potion can temporarily reverse

any spell those do-gooders cast.

They made him real.

This can undo that.

I promise you, deary...
This is gonna hurt.


Let's see if we can pull
this puppet's strings.

Gold's cabin's up ahead.
We go on foot from here.

Anything from Hook?

Think he's managed to turn Ursula yet?

If she hasn't turned him.

Really? We're thinking that now?

Well, he kind of went to
a dark place this morning.

Do you blame him? If Gold
did to me what he did to Hook,

I'd want to shove that
dagger through his heart, too.

Emma, that's not you.
You're not...

it's also not Hook. Relax.

I'm just saying I understood
where he was coming from.

Come on.

Gold might not hurt a kid, but August?

Who knows what he'll do to him?

When you said it was temporary, you
weren't kidding, were you, darling?

You see, you may no longer look
like the puppet you once were,

but it matters not.

That potion you just drank

has activated that...
built-in lie detector of yours.

I don't know what you're talking about.


The next lie is gonna hurt.

What do you know about The Author?

I already told you everything.

Try again, deary.

Where is he?

I don't know.

Do not fool yourself.

I will get my answer.

- Okay.
- Where is he?

All right. I'm gonna tell
you what you want to know.

The Sorcerer, uh, trapped
The Author behind a door.

The Sorcerer? A door?

He's speaking in riddles.

No, listen to me, Gold.

You know about the sorcerer.

You know I'm telling the truth.

And she... she knows about the door.

I know my papa gave you my things.

There was a page that
I took out of the book.

Had an illustration of the door on it.


They were just scraps of paper.

Then you'll have no problem
sharing them with us now.

Well, I would if I hadn't
already given them to Henry.

Do you remember what the door looks like?


Made of wood.

Hand-carved frame. Gilt in gold.

Where is the door?

All I know... Is...

it's somewhere in Storybrooke.

There we are, now.

That wasn't so hard, now, was it?

Since the sorcerer was the
one who did the trapping,

we will start our search
for the door at his mansion.


I'll stay here and watch the puppet.

No, no.

Cruella will be our guard dog.

Since you're the only one who's
seen the drawing of the door,

you're gonna have to help us find it.

Be careful, love.

That's distilled from
wonderland's finest mushrooms.

Spill one drop, and, well,

Storybrooke will have a
giant squid in its harbor.

Now that's a ship fit for a pirate.

Mr. Smee, clear the deck.

I'd like a moment alone with our guest.

I hope you don't mind.

I thought your crew might
like something to work by.

Aye. It's beautiful.

I'm afraid I've got
something to show you.

I know what that is.
Why do you have that?

- Please don't use it!
- Don't worry.

I won't.

But you must know...
your father gave this to me.

He thought you'd return home
if you could no longer sing.

In exchange for helping him,
he offered me squid ink...

a weapon that would finally
let me get my revenge

against the Dark One.

And you would sacrifice
that prize for me?

I know that voice

is the only thing you
have left of your mother.

If I had something left of my love...

Look, I may be a pirate...

but I have a code.

And I promise to never
take that voice from you.

But that means you'll remain trapped

as pan's servant forever.

Not necessarily.

You stole that bracelet
from your father's vault.

I'd wager that's where
he keeps the squid ink.

You want me to steal it for you.

I'll take you to Glowerhaven
and wherever else you want to go.

Then we can both get what we want.


Now you're thinking like a pirate.


I never thought I'd walk
this sweet vessel again.

Yes, well, you can ogle your ship

after you return my singing voice.

Now, you know the deal
I hand this over,

you tell me every detail
of the Dark One's plan.

Oh, you hear that?


It didn't work.

Why the devil not?

Because you're wrong, Hook.

Villains can't get their happy endings.

I never should have believed you

when you said we could do
this without The Author.

I delivered your voice.

It's not my fault if your magic

can't get it out of the bloody shell.

Now tell me what Gold has planned.

Our deal is over. You get nothing!

Our deal is not done.

I have to stop the Dark One.

He's taken too much from me already.

You haven't changed one bit.

Still the same selfish pirate, as always.

Never go up against a
woman with eight hands,

especially when you only have one.

Have a nice swim, Captain.

Don't worry.

You can thank me later.

Are you okay?



That's for tossing black beard overboard

before he could tell me where Eric was.

I had to rescue that
awful man to find him.

Then why are you here?

I thought you and your prince
were living happily ever after.

I was, until I got trapped in that bottle.

After you traded the
Jolly Roger to black beard,

he used your ship to
terrorize a lot of people,

including some royals from Arendelle.

The queen trapped
your ship as punishment.

Elsa did that?

And I accidentally got
swept up in the magic,

so thanks for letting me out.

Was that the real Ursula?

Why was she throwing you overboard?

Because I was so focused
on getting what I want,

I made a promise to
her I couldn't deliver.

Maybe she was right.

Maybe villains can't get
their happy endings.

Maybe that's because villains

always go about getting
them the wrong way.

I'm gonna need your help.

I trust that you didn't
run into any trouble.

Nothing I couldn't handle.

I've waited a century for this.

I couldn't have done this
without your help, Ursula.

So, tell me, where do
you want to go to first?

You're not taking her anywhere.

Stand down, men.

This is between me and the sea king.

No! It's about me.

Hook told me what you asked him to do.

You were trying to take away

the only thing I have left of mother.

So I wouldn't lose you
the way I lost her.

You may have fooled my daughter,

but I know exactly what you are.

You only care about one
thing... your vengeance.

Now you'll never get it.

You have no idea what you've just done.

You dare attack a deity?

I don't have to kill
you to make you suffer.

I know I'm not the only
one consumed by vengeance.


Now you'll never sink
another ship with this.

How could you?

You said you had a code.

You said you'd never steal my voice.

That was before your father

destroyed my one chance at revenge.

My father is a tyrant,
but you're no better.

Keep it.

If this is what humans are
like, no one deserves to hear it.


Give me the shell.

And give you the satisfaction
of returning it to her?

Now go.

Before I destroy it and
everything you hold dear.

Thank heavens that
potion was only temporary.

The scruff is so much more
attractive than the timber.

I'm here for my friend.

So, the savior found us, did she?

Now leave.


Nice one, mom.

Well, first thing you
learn as a bandit...

back door's usually unlocked.

August, are you okay?

- Did they hurt you?
- I'll survive.


Well, I see somebody's been practicing.

Well, I seem to remember someone telling
me I just needed to believe in myself.

I always knew you'd figure it out.

It's good to have you back,

even if it isn't the way
things were supposed to be.

I'm glad I didn't have to
wait 20 years to see you

as you again.

Me too.

Come on. Let's get you out of here.

No one is going anywhere.

Where the hell is Hook?
What'd you do to him?

Sorry, sweetheart.

Your boyfriend is shark bait.

Aah! Oh!

Drop those hands,

or your mother here's
gonna need gills to breathe.

I'm sorry, Ursula.

But I had to.

Don't you understand?

My singing was the only thing
keeping mother's spirit alive,

and now she's gone forever.

You wanted me to choose a side.

Well, father, I'm
choosing one... mine!

Ursula, don't!

All you ever wanted

was for me to remain
your precious, little mermaid.

Well, I'm not gonna be that anymore.

In fact, I'm not gonna
be a mermaid at all.

You named me Ursula
after the sea goddess of old.

Legend says she was
strong and powerful.

Well, that's exactly what I want to be.

Ursula, wait!

Now I'm even more powerful than you.

And the whole sea will be at
the mercy of my every whim.

You don't need to protect me, father.

You need to fear me.

Ursula, you don't need to do this.

That's where you're wrong.

I can't have him leave with you.

Not when The Author is the only one

who can give me what I want.

That's not true.

How are you still breathing?

I'm good at surviving.
Or you're bad at killing.

Either way, you don't need the
author to get what you want.

I know why you couldn't release
your voice from that shell.

Only the one who
enchanted it can do that.


You don't mean...




How are you here in this land?

A young mermaid found me and
brought me through a portal.

I need to say something.

I'm sorry, Ursula.

I never should have forced you
to use your voice as a weapon.

It was just... Every
time I heard you sing,

I heard your mother,
and it was too painful.

I let that pain fuel
my desire for vengeance,

but it shouldn't have.

It should have reminded me that I
still had a piece of her... you.

Let me return your voice

so I can hear it one last time.

Now that you are whole again,
I'll leave you in peace.


My voice is all we have left of mother.

You took it from me once.

I don't want to do
the same thing to you.

What are you saying?

I've missed you.

I've missed you, too.

Where's Cruella?

Uh, she must have slipped
away, most likely to warn Gold.

We should clear out before they get back.

- Are you okay?
- I'm okay.

Hook, what's wrong?

You gave Ursula everything she wanted.

But I almost didn't, love.

I was so desperate to figure
out what the Crocodile was up to,

I almost became the man I used to be.

You have no idea how easy it is

to fall back into the darkness.

Whatever mistakes you made
with Ursula, you fixed.


But it's a stark reminder of something.


With all this talk of
authors and the book,

we've never discussed one fact...

I was a villain.

But you're not anymore.

Neither is Regina, but she
still lost her happy ending.

If we're to believe
the rules of the book,

then it's only a matter
of time before I lose mine.


If you're afraid of losing
your happy ending,

that means you found it.

What is it?

Don't you know, Emma?

It's you.

Well, that was a royal waste of time.

The door may not be in
the sorcerer's mansion,

but it's somewhere in Storybrooke.

We will find it.

What are you doing here?

Where's August?

They rescued him... the heroes.

You had one simple task.

It wasn't my fault! We have a mole.

Who would be foolish enough to cross us?

I know exactly who.


She sold us out for a
reunion with daddy dearest.

All right.

We may have lost our informant,

but we still have his information.

Bring us the illustration of the door.

Maybe there's something
in it the puppet missed.

I suppose this is farewell.

It is, but first, I have to
hold up my end of the deal.

Gold's plan... I'm
afraid it involves Emma.

She's the only way

he can secure happy
endings for the villains.

Well, I thought he
was gonna get The Author

to rewrite everyone's stories.

It's not that simple.

The Author can't just
change things in this world

because he didn't give everyone
their happy endings here.

Emma did.

She's the savior.

And as long as there's a savior,

The Author can't give the
villains what they really want.

And the Dark One knows this.

The Dark One's gonna try to kill Emma?


he plans to fill her heart
with darkness forever.

We're lucky he's okay.

It wasn't luck.

You got us that message. Thank you.

I need your help with something.

What is it?

I had a dream today...
Robin Hood came back,

we were finally together,
but then, I...

The Evil Queen...

showed up with a fireball in her hand.

I may not be Archie, but it sounds like

you're afraid of the
villain you used to be

and the one you might become again.

No, I don't think that's it.

In my dream,

I don't think the Evil Queen
was there to hurt Robin.

I think she was there to protect him.

From what?

I don't know.

I just... Felt it.

You used to track people for a living.

Can you get me
a phone number,

a way to contact him, anything?


Yeah, I can do that.


What is she doing here?

Oh, it's okay. I promise.

August... We need to talk about

how I'm going to keep
up my cover with Gold.

The only reason I was able to come here...

is because they think
I'm stealing this page.

We didn't find the door
at the sorcerer's mansion.

That's because it's not there.


But... You said you
didn't know where it was.

And your nose didn't grow.

My nose didn't grow
because I wasn't lying.

When Gold asked me, I didn't
know where the door was

because I didn't know where
Henry was keeping this page.


This isn't just an illustration.

This is the door.

The Author is trapped inside the book.