Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 4, Episode 4 - The Apprentice - full transcript

Hook asks Gold for his hand to be reattached for a first date with Emma, as flashbacks show when Anna made a deal with Rumplestiltskin.

Previously, on Once Upon a Time...

My parents...
they had a problem with magic.

Would there be someone
who could help them

with that kind of a thing?

Ruth: There is one man...
a very powerful wizard.

Want to find who wrote
this book and ask them

to write me a happy ending.

It'll be
our own secret mission.

I've hunted you a long time,
my old crocodile.

I know that that dagger
you gave Belle was a fake.

[ whoosh ]

Show yourself, Dark One.

You... Are not...
The sorcerer.


I am his apprentice.

And you are not the first
Dark One I have faced.

[ whoosh ]
[ groans ]

[ sword clatters ]

You don't want to know
what you'll unleash

if you open that box.

Then the sorcerer

should not have put his faith
in someone like you.

[ warbling ]

[ whoosh ]

[ grunts ]

Fortunately, Zoso...

I am not the only thing
he puts his faith in.

An enchantment!

Cast by the sorcerer himself.

And no one who has succumbed
to the darkness in their heart

can ever break it.

Now be gone.

[ whoosh ]

Every Dark One has tried,

but no Dark One will ever
possess what is in that box.

[ warbling ]

Once Upon A Time: "The Apprentice"
Season 4 Episode 4

Original Airdate October 19, 2014

[ parking brake clicks ]

[ engine shuts off ]

You sure
you're okay with this?

No, but I want you
to be happy.

[ door closes ]

The Snow Queen turn up?
Did I miss the search party?

Oh, nothing to miss.

There's no sign
of that ice witch yet.

That's all right, Swan.
You'll find her.

Yeah, I know.
Uh, that's not why I'm here.

Then why are you here?

Well, I thought about what you said
last night about being a survivor,

and you're right. It's like I said, love,
you don't have to worry about me.

Good, 'cause I'm here
to ask you out.

[ dart clatters ]
To dinner or something.

Shouldn't I be the one
asking you out?

Should have known
you'd be old-fashioned,

given your age...
what are you, like 300?

Curses and Neverland
may have given me experience.

But as you can see,
I've retained my youthful glow.

[ scoffs ]

I happily accept
on one condition...

You let me plan the evening.

I know how to plan a date.

You know
how to chase a monster.

I know how to plan
an evening out.

Well, I don't pillage and plunder
on the first date, just so you know.

Well, that's because you
haven't been out with me yet.

[ chuckles ]

See you tonight.

What the hell?

[ door bells jingle ]

Making yourself at home,
are we?

I'm here to make another deal.

Not interested.

Oh, you will be,
unless you want Belle

to learn the truth
about your precious dagger.

Tread carefully.

I might just take
your other hand.

It's funny you say that

'cause my hand is exactly
what I'm here about.

You kept it
all of these years?

Only to remind myself

I should have finished the job
when I had the chance.

Can you reattach it?

But the question is, why?

I've got a date with Emma.

Should things go well
and she wants me to hold her,

I want to use both hands.

Oh, I see blackmail
brings out the romantic in you.

But this hand
may bring out the worst.

What the devil does that mean?

This hand belonged
to the man you used to be...

Cunning, selfish pirate.

If I reunite this
with your body,

there's no telling what
influence it could have on you.

[ laughs ]
Sorry, Dark One.

I'm not gonna fall
for your tricks today.

Nothing can change me back.

Now give me my hand,

or Belle finds out
exactly who she's married to,

because unlike me...

You haven't changed one bit...


Very well.

[ whoosh ]

Don't say I didn't warn you.

[ door bells jingle ]

Census records

from the first
and second curses.

If Anna was ever
in Storybrooke,

we'll find
some trace of her here.

Your curses are very...

That's just
"a" through "e."

Here are the rest of them.
[ grunts ]

Okay. I want honest opinions.
What do we think?

What your mother said.

Is that just the corset?
Where's the rest of it?

This is the rest of it.

Someone's sister is going
on a very big date tonight!

Let's not oversell...

[ camera shutter clicks ]

Wow, I really need to
get my own place.

It's not like
we got to send you to a ball.

You sure you guys
don't want help?

Maybe I can get Hook
to stay in for the night.

My sister put her wedding
on hold because of me.

I don't want anyone else

to stop living their lives
on my account.

[ knock on door ]

[ singsong voice ]
Here we go.



You look stunning, Swan.

You... Look...

I know.

[ sighs ]

Now that I'm settling
into this world,

I finally thought
it was time to dress the part.

[ chuckling ] Wow,
you really went all out.

Uh, Emma...

Is that...

Mine? Yeah.

The Dark One kindly restored
what he once took from me.

It seems he has indeed
changed his ways.

So, what do I call you now...
"captain hand"?

"Killian" will do.
Okay, Killian.

We should get out of here
before David

decides to give you his
overprotective-dad speech.

Well, you can spare yourself
the trouble, mate.

I assure you, your daughter
couldn't be in better hands.

That's exactly
what worries me,

especially now
that you have two of them.

I can take care of myself.

You sure you don't
want me to drive? - Goodbye.

I wasn't too hard on him,
was I?

You should have seen me when
Kristoff started dating Anna.

It's the only time
in my entire life

that I've ever
made someone sweat. [ Chuckles ]

Speaking of which,

let's see if we can figure out
what happened to your sister.

Anna: Rumplestiltskin?
Are you here?

End of the hall,
first door on your right.

Come on in, dearie.

My name is Joan.

I was hoping
you could help me.

Is there something wrong
with your skin?

Not that it looks like
anything's wrong with your skin.

[ chuckles ]

You know, I have a cream...

Your name isn't Joan.

You see, uh, names
are my stock and trade, dearie,

and yours is...
Anna of Arendelle.

No need
to keep secrets from me.

I know more about you...
Than you think.

So [chuckles]
You know why I'm here?

You want to know

why your parents ventured
into this strange land.

My sister thinks
it was because of her,

but I know she's wrong.

Can you help me?

As it happens,

your parents paid me a visit
on their journey.

It would seem
when one needs answers,

I'm the place to go.

What answers did they seek?

Well, I can't
just tell you, dearie.

You see, aside from names,

I also have a penchant
for making deals.

A deal?
Sure, I'll make a deal.

I'll do whatever it takes
to help my sister.

[ laughing ]
Whatever it takes?

Oh, I love it
when they say that.

At the foot
of the dark mountains

lives a very old man...
prickly sort,

probably eats children
for breakfast.

I want you
to put this in his tea.

What will it do to him?

Sorry, dearie. That's not
part of our agreement.

Oh, speaking of which...

Our contract.

Sign here,

and I shall tell you
why your parents came to see me.

Do we have a deal?

[ sighs ]

Can I help you?

Yes... uh, maybe.
I-I-I mean...

Can I come in?

I just put a kettle
on the fire.

Join me for tea and biscuits.


You mean
you don't eat children?

[ chuckles ]

Is that what they're saying
about me these days?


No! Well...


So, what brings you
so deep into the woods

to the home of an alleged
devourer of children?

I'm on a quest
to help my sister,

but I seem to have gotten myself
a little bit turned around.

Well, you're welcome to stay
as long as you wish.

I assure you,
the biscuits are delicious,

and they are made with flour.

[ chuckles ]

[ teakettle whistling ]

Do you take sugar?

[ indistinct conversations ]

Well, Swan, what do you think?

I like that it's not granny's.

I've only seen you
go on one date,

and that was
with a flying monkey.

Thought I had to top that.

He set the bar pretty high.
He proposed that night.

He also tried to kill you.

Right. There's that.

[ clears throat ]

Shall I order us some drinks?

Not tonight.

You a bit worried you'll find me
even more irresistible

after a few libations?

I want to stay sober tonight

just in case the Snow Queen
decides to crash our date.

Her being here
has something to do with you.

There was a puddle
next to my car this afternoon.

A puddle?
What does that prove?

Look, Swan.

I didn't bring you here
to worry about the Snow Queen.

I brought you here
to show you a good time.

Oh, bloody hell.
What's the sheriff doing here?

[ exhales sharply ]

Thank you.

Oh! Oh, my god.
Are you all right, mate?

- Really? - There you go.
Take your glass there, mate.

[ grunts ]
[ breathing heavily ]

Apologize to the lady, mate.

Killian, look, it's okay.


You're the thief that took off
from the ice-cream shop.

[ sighs ]

Not gonna do it.
We are on a date.

And I am not gonna let some
petty fairy-tale thief ruin it.

And there's an ice wall
around the town...

He can't get away.

I'll find him, but he is not
gonna ruin this night.


Hey. Look.

It's okay.
It was just a glass of wine.

I, uh, don't know
what got into me.

Henry: Eye of newt?
Dragon scale?

Adder's fork?
Lizard's maw?

Unless you want to spend
your teenage years as a toad.

So, which one of these
is gonna unfreeze Marian?

None of them.

I don't think I have anything
powerful enough

to counteract
the Snow Queen's magic.

Is it because
Robin Hood still loves you?

Who told you that?

No one.

But I know
how this stuff works.

I know that true love's kiss
didn't work on Marian

because he still loves you.

But isn't that a good thing?

Shouldn't you be happy?

In this case, Henry,

I'm afraid
this may be something

you're just too young
to understand.

[ sighs ]


Not bad.

You actually
managed to make me forget

that Storybrooke was under siege
from an evil Snow Queen.

That our run-in with that thief
might have cast a pall.

I apologize for overreacting.


It's okay.

You want to come in
and have coffee

with my parents, a newborn,
and a human ice maker?

[ both laugh ]

I really need my own place.

I suppose we'll just
have to wait till next time.

Next time?
I don't remember asking.

That's 'cause it's my turn.

Will you go out with me again?

Okay. [ sighs ]

Good night, Killian.

Good night.

[ door closes ]

So, how was it?

[ chuckling ] You guys are still awake.
We want to hear everything about the date.

Some of us don't
want to hear everything.

How was the restaurant?
Did you go anywhere after?

Was there a good-night kiss?
That, for instance,

is one of the things
I don't want to know about.

I really need to
get my own place.

Good night, guys.
[ sighs ]

She seems happy.

I guess he really has changed.

I can hear you guys.

[ insects chirping ]

Oh. We'll see about that,
won't we?

Hook: Bloody hell.

That's what I say.

- You. - I've been a pirate
long enough

to know there's nothing
worth stealing in there.

That's what you think.

You're drunk, mate.
Go home.

Get off me, man.
[ grunts ]

What the hell, mate?

You tell anyone about this,
you're a dead man.

Bloody crocodile was right.

So, you poured it in the tea?

Just as you asked.

And he drank it?
Every last drop.

Then he'll live!

So, now can you tell me
why my parents came...

Wait, what?

He'll live because he drank
the antidote you gave him.

Antidote? To what?

Uh, poison.

I thought it was poison.

[ laughs ] No! The poison's
what he drank yesterday!

What you had
was the cure for that.

I didn't give it to him.

Well, why not?

We had a deal.

We have to go back
to the cottage.

We have to help him.

I'm afraid it's far too late
for that, dearie.

[ grunts]

[ groans]

You should have listened to me
when you had the chance.

He's got to be here somewhere.

Careful you don't step on it!

[ sighs ] We have to find him.
You have to change him back.

Oh, but I can't, dearie.


Because I don't want to.

He was protecting something
that I need.

You were the one
who poisoned him.

[ giggles ] [ sighs ] Then why did you
send me there with an antidote

if you wanted to
turn him into a mouse?

It was never about him.
It was always about you.

It was all a test?

And one
you performed admirably.

You see, he's but
the first line of defense.

And what he protects is also
guarded by an enchantment...

A spell
that can only be broken

by someone who has been tempted
by their inner darkness

and turned away from it...
someone just like you.

I knew you wouldn't do it.

I knew you'd see
the best in the old man.

I never faced
my inner darkness.

- What? - As soon
as I met the old man,

I knew what I had to do.

I could never hurt someone
to get what I want.

Elsa wouldn't want me to.

So I was never even tempted

by that inner darkness
you speak of.

In fact, I don't even think
I have one.

I'm, unlike you, nice.

Well, then, dearie,
I hope you're gonna enjoy

spending the rest of your life
locked up in my tower.

It was part of our deal.

But I have to
get back to Elsa.

Then you should never have
left home in the first place.

Imagine the guilt
she will feel

when you don't return home
from your journey...

A journey you only took
because of her.

She will finally
become that monster

everyone fears she is.

[ gasps mockingly ]

I suppose the wedding's off.

[ gasps ]

Rip it up.

Rip up the contract now!

Well, I can't do that, dearie.

No, I'm afraid the only way
for you to escape your fate

is by killing... Me.

And we both know...

You're just... Too...


Do it.

Go on.

Right through me.

Do it.

Do it.

[ breathing heavily ]

Do it!

Do it!

Do it!
[ whimpers ]

[ sword clatters ]

You may never have considered
dosing the old man...

But you just thought
about killing me.

[ giggles ]

And now I have
exactly what I need...

The tear of someone who has
faced their inner darkness

and turned away.

The love for your sister
was all I needed.

I should have known.

I should have known
the moment I met you...

You're a monster.

You take the most precious
thing in this world...


And turn it into a weapon.

Love is a weapon, dearie.

Always has been.

It's just...

[ whoosh ]

So few people
know how to wield it.

[ giggles ]

[ whoosh ]

[ warbling ]

[ keys jingle ]

You were right.
Get out.

I don't want
this infernal hand anymore.

You should have heeded
my warning when I offered it.

I can't control it.
Remove the damned thing

before it makes me do
something you'll regret.

Was that a threat?
Aye, mate.

Take it back, or Belle learns
that the dagger she has

is as fake
as your new disposition.

Oh, is it?

Is it what?

Well, you wouldn't have given me
the hand if it weren't.

After you
extracted that price,

I switched
the real dagger back.

No, you're lying.

Am I?

Seems you've lost
that leverage you once had.

So if you want to part ways
with that hand

and get this back,

there's only one way
I'll help.


What do you want?

All in due time.

To agree to that
without knowing the terms?

I'll find another way to rid
myself of this damned hand.

I'm afraid that's
easier said than done.

You see,
my magic put that hand on,

and only my magic
can take it off.

[ grunts ]

[ breathing shakily ]

You'd think you'd have learned

the first time you buried
that Hook in me...

It never sticks.

That wasn't me.

You're losing control, dearie.

Next time,
you might do something

to someone who can't
be so easily fixed.

You have a deal.
I'll do whatever it takes.

Oh, I do love it
when they say that.

Meet me at the docks
tomorrow morning, captain.

We have work to do.

Home of the original
party animals.

Current temps
in the Storybrooke metro area

are 70s in midtown, dropping
to low 30s out by the ice wall.

Ain't it always somethingat the town line?
[ tires screech ]

But don't sweat it,
not that you can.

Wherever you are, chill out with us...
[ breathing heavily ]

As we head
into another five in a row,

brought to you
by granny's diner.

Granny's diner... it's better
than you remember.

All right, we've got a request
here from Mr. Rip Van Winkle,

who is looking for something
classic to wake up to.

Well, the doctor is in.
I knew it.

Why the hell
are you following me?!

Hey! Stop!

What the hell?

[ cellphone ringing ]

[ beep ]

Now's not a great time.

Emma, I need you
to come down to the library.

We have a situation.

Good morning, captain.


I trust you're ready.

I'm ready to pay the price
and get this over with.


[ whoosh ]

What are we gonna do
with that?

This is gonna help me
find an old friend.

After you.

[ whoosh ]

I helped you
get what you want,

so give me what you promised.

Tell me about my parents.

Well, dearie,
the king and queen of Arendelle

landed on my doorstep
with an itsy-bitsy problem...

Your sister.

They wanted something
to take away her powers...


My parents loved Elsa.

Sounded more to me
like they feared her.

It's a thin line and,
oh, so easy to cross.

You must have known.

They always wished she had been
born a little bit more...

Did they find
what they were looking for?

I'm afraid not.

No one could lay their hands
on that kind of magic...

Until now.

So, that's what the box does.

Not the box, what's inside...

A hat,

crafted thousands of years ago
by a sorcerer for one purpose...

To steal magical power...

And guarded all these years
by his apprentice.

What are you
going to do with it?

When the hat has collected
all its ill-gotten power

and is fully charged,
I will be unstoppable.

I thought the Dark One
was already unstoppable.

There are limits,
however small.

No. You can't.

That mouse...
that apprentice...

He dedicated his life

to keeping it out of the hands
of people like you.

Too bad
he's not here to stop me.

What if he is?



Don't come any closer!


You're not coming any closer
just because I told you not to?

I get it.

As long as I have
this wavy knife,

you have to do as I say,
don't you?


That's how it works.

Is that one of the limits
you spoke of?

Is that why
you want the hat...

To free yourself
from the control of this dagger?

- Answer me. - To be free of
the control and to keep my power.


Yeah, I can't let you
walk out of here with that.

So, please, give me the box.

Remember, dearie,

you can't keep hold
of that dagger forever,

on the other end of it
when I get it back.

Then I command you send me
and this box home to Arendelle.

If I must.

Wait. And, also,
you can never hurt me.

Or my sister.

And you have to turn
the mouse back into a man.


Now I'm ready.

[ whoosh ]

[ screams ]

To whom is our
bristled guide leading us?

Someone who wronged me
long ago.

And today,
he's going to pay the price.

Hello, old friend.

Captain, please see
our host a seat.

[ man grunts ]

[ warbling ]

[ whoosh ]

You have it.

Don't tell me you doubted me.

Every Dark One tries.
Every one fails.

Might be time
to update the motto.

You may have the hat,
but we both know

you will never collect enough
power to do what you want.

Oh, I will.

But, alas,
you won't be there to see it.

[ whoosh ]


[ groaning ]

Where the hell did he go?

[ sighs ]

Exactly where I need him.

[ grunts ]

Come on.

Just one?

[ grunts ]

[ scoffs ]

Sven, stop pouting.

You love carrots.
What is wrong with you?

Think maybe he missed me?


[ chuckles ]

[ neighs ]
[ sighs ]


Not nearly as much as I did.

[ grunting ]

Not now, Sven.

[ slurps ]

[ groans ]

What is it?

I took a bath
this morning, I swear.

No. No,
you smell wonderful.

It's just...

My mission
didn't go as planned.

So they did leave
because of Elsa?

They got on that ship
because they were afraid of her.

They wanted to change her.

They were looking for a way
to take away her powers...

With this.

That is...

Horrible? Terrible?

The worst news
you've ever heard,

and the world might as well
end right now?

I was gonna say "bad,"

but, yeah,
what... what you said.

What are you gonna tell her?


I don't know.

[ sighs ]

Okay. We're done.

I've fulfilled our deal.
Now take it off.

[ whoosh ]

Our deal actually
isn't complete.

I say it is.

You can no longer
control me, mate.

I just saw you use
the real dagger,

so I know
you're lying to Belle.

You've got nothing on me.

Security tape...

From the house we just left.

How do you think
miss Swan is gonna react

when she finds out what you did
to that kindly old man?

I know how that device works.
And if I'm on there, so are you.

[ whoosh ]

And now I'm not.

But you are.

I only did what you asked

so I could rid myself
of that cursed hand

so I could become
a better man.

Emma will understand that.

Even when she
finds out the truth?

What truth?

This hand isn't cursed.

No, you said...

[ chuckles ]
You were right.

Dark one lies.
Dark one tricks.

This hand is nothing
but a lump of flesh.

The only thing it did
was give you permission,

permission to be
the man you really are...

Not some puppy dog
chasing after

the object of his affection,
but a ruthless pirate

who will stop at nothing
to get what he wants.

I did you a favor.

I helped you remember
the darkness that lies beneath.

Then you know
that that darkness

will have no problem
crushing Belle's heart.

If you go after my love...

You will surely lose yours.

You threatened my marriage,

tried to destroy
the only light in my life,

and for that,

you will owe me
as long as you live.

What if I'm willing
to take you down with me?

I think...

I know you better
than you know yourself, dearie.

So here we are, captain,
still in business together.

I think...

You and I
are gonna have some fun.

[ groans ]

Oh, bloody hell.

Good morning, sunshine.

Want to tell me why you broke
into the library last night?

The what?

Oh, that's
what that place was?

I just thought it was
a poorly stocked pub.

Okay, I get it... every town
needs a village idiot,

but your little stunt
pulled me away from

an important investigation
and interrupted my night off.

The last thing I remember
is running away from you,

and then I celebrated my escape
with a nice bottle of whiskey.

Did you celebrate
with all your friends...

Alice and the white rabbit?

This was on you
in the library.

This was in your pocket.

Mean anything to you?

Doesn't mean a thing.

How about your eye?

You get a look at whoever
gave you that shiner?

Now, that is an interesting
question, isn't it?

Where were you?

Sorry, love. I just
got your message. I...

It's okay. I just need
another minute here.

You were about to tell me
who did that to your face.

It's a bloody mystery to me.

Your guess is as good as mine.

Must have been some party, eh?

[ sniffs ]

Well, if you
remember anything,

I'll know where to find you.

You're just gonna
keep me in here

because I broke
into a bloody library?

Because you crashed my date.

Despite the rude interruption.

What the hell
happened to your hand?

It appears
the Dark One's magic

wasn't all
I'd hoped it would be.

Emma, there's something
I need to talk to you about.

I want to go
after the Snow Queen

before the trail gets...

The name the Snow Queen's

that name doesn't appear
anywhere in the census records.

What does that mean?
You're right...

She didn't come here
by any curse.

Then how did she get here?

What the hell
does she want with me?

Henry: Mom.

How's it going?

No progress yet.

Look, I know
I might not understand

everything that's going on
with you and Robin Hood,

better than anyone else...
operation Mongoose.

The storybook?

We're gonna find the Author,

make him change it.

Who has all the answers
we're looking for.


My grandpa.

My other grandpa...
Mr. Gold.

Everyone knows Rumplestiltskin
doesn't get a happy ending,

but look at him now.

He just married Belle.

He must have figured out
how to change his story,

which means he might know
who wrote the book.

And I'm the last person
he'd ever share that with.

That's why
I'm gonna find out for you.


By going undercover.

A job?

You know,
after school and weekends.

Now that my father's gone,

I realized that you're the
closest thing I've got to him,

but I-if you don't
want me around...

No, well...

All right.

A few days a week.
But, uh...

Stay out of the back room,

and don't touch anything
without asking.

You can be my apprentice.

What does an apprentice do?

Many, many things.

First, you can start
by sweeping the floor.