Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 5, Episode 16 - Our Decay - full transcript

Gold creates a Storybrooke portal; Zelena and Regina clash; Belle and Rumple are reunited; Snow and David try to send a message from the Underworld to their son, Neal.

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...
Our secret remains safe.

The author's pen?

Henry: I'm gonna write
the stories as they are,

and I'll start
with Hades.

She's pregnant.

You two had a contract,
which he just signed over to me.

At any time, I can cash in
and take...your...baby.

You work for me.

Cora: Poor babe.

Now I must give you away
to give me...

[ Voice breaking ]
my best chance.

[ Baby crying ]

[ Crying stops ]

You gave away
the wrong child, Mother.

Soon, you'll see.


[ Blows ]

[ Monkey squawking ]

Scarecrow: Aaaah!

No, no, no, no, no!


isn't this nice?

W-W-What do you want?!

Why, you, of course.

You're going to help me create
a very special spell,

one that no sorcerer
has yet to achieve --

a time-travel spell.

I just need
the ingredients --

symbols of innocence and love
and courage and wisdom.

A symbol of innocence
could be a baby, for instance,

and a symbol
of wisdom...

could be a brain.

[ Chuckles evilly ]

[ Gasps ]

Your brain, to be exact.

Oh, no!
No, no, no, no, no!


[ Gasps ]

Didn't I send you
back to Kansas?

Well, witch...

[ Whimpering ]

...I'm back.

Those slippers.

They were supposed to be
a one-way ticket home!

You left me no choice.
I had to return.

When I got word
that you were alive,

and had taken over Oz,
I had to stop you.

You got word?


I hate
those mouthy, little vermin!

Let the Scarecrow go.



Think I'll hold on
to him.

You will never defeat me,

because I have the most powerful
weapon of all --

the love of the people.

[ Laughs ]

Well, then...


[ Whimpering ]
[ Toto barking ]



[ Gears click ]

You'd think a desperate man
would work a little faster.

Magic cannot be rushed.

Creating a portal
is no simple task.


Yes, I know.

But we don't have
a dark curse

or a magic bean
or silver slippers.

We have something better --
your Dark One-tainted blood.

It got you down here.
It can reopen the portal.

Why do you even need
a portal?

You can come and go
as you please.

But I can't
bring anyone back -- alive.

By combining
our powers...

that can change.

And I don't care
how painful it is for you.

So, if you want me
to tear up this contract

so your child-to-be
is your child-to-be...

...you won't care
about the pain, either.

You must tell me where
you want this portal directed.


Why, Storybrooke,
of course.

[ Birds chirping ]

Why, hello,
little ones.

Did you sleep well?

Yeah? [ Gasps ]

[ Baby laughing ]


What are you
doing here?

[ Baby cooing ]

formula for the babies?

[ Laughs ]

Of course.
Here. I'll help.

the red one's hers.

Oh. [ Chuckles ]

I don't know
where my head is today.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Baby cooing ]

Uh, Mother Superior,
what -- what's going on?

Everything's fine.


No, it's not.

What --

Who are you?

[ Sighs ]


[ Chuckles ]

You really are
a clever girl.

[ Gasps ]

No, no, no.

Regina sent you back to Oz.
Ho-How did you --

All you need to know is that
my sister can't keep me down.

I've come for my baby.

So, if you wish
to remain alive, step aside.

Zelena's baby?

What do you want
with her child?

Well, you of all people
should know the value

of keeping your reasons
your own.

I don't have to
tell you anything.

[ Chuckles ]
And yet you keep doing so.

Some might call that
the mark of an insecure man.

We're done here.

Get me Zelena's baby.

I'll rip up
the contract,

and you can tell Belle
she's pregnant

without also
having to tell her

she owes her baby
to me.

I hear new expectant mothers
hate that.

Almost as much
as they hate hearing

their husbands
are still the Dark One.

Now do it.

[ Baby crying ]

Put her --
Put her down.

Or what? Hmm?

You'll smite me
with your book learnin'?

Oh, I have something
more than that.


Neither of you would dare risk
hurting my child.

[ Whoosh ]

[ Breathing heavily ]

No, you -- you don't want
to hurt your baby.

Zelena: No.

But I don't mind
hurting you.

[ Belle breathing heavily ]

Okay. We'll see.

[ Rumbling ]

Stop it!

Stop it!
You're endangering everyone!

It's not me
that's doing it!

[ Rumbling continues ]



Where's the baby?

[ Baby crying ]

[ Breathing heavily ]

W-What happened?

[ Groans ] How did
we get out here?

[ Gasps ]

My baby. My baby!
Is she hurt?!


[ Groans ]

[ Crying continues ]

[ Energy crackles ]

Oh, my magic!

what did you do to us?

I didn't do anything!
This wasn't me!

Okay, then, if it wasn't you,
then who was it,

and -- and where are we?

And why is the sky red?

No, no, no!


[ Sighs ]

We're in the Underworld.

[ Sighing ] Okay.

Then, uh,
t-then Rumple must need my help.

That's why we're here.



We're here
because of me.

And now I know why --
my baby.


Hades wants your baby?

Hand her over.


No, nothing good ever came
of anyone trusting you.

Give her to me!

Belle, please! Give her to me!
I can keep her safe!

Please! Aah!


[ Groans ]


So, I heard someone
of the Munchkin persuasion

tipped off Dorothy
that I was still alive.

Since you're all
so fond of tattling,

I'll give you the chance
to make it up to me.

Where can I find
the Scarecrow?!

We don't know!
We swear!


Have it your way, Boq!

Did that loosen
your bearded lips?

Or would you like to turn into
a pile of ash, too?!

Now, now.
No need to make more of a mess.

Who the hell are you?!

Who the hell am I?

That question is
more appropriate than you know.

Please -- allow me
to introduce myself.

I am Hades.


King of the Underworld?

[ Munchkins screaming ]


[ Chuckling ]
My reputation precedes me.

And to what
do I owe this visit?

Your handiwork
has impressed me.

You've sent so many
my way.

That last headless guard --

You have panache.


But I sense
there's something else.

I heard a rumor that
you're dabbling in time travel,

trying to achieve
the unachievable.

It won't be unachievable
for long.

Which is why I'm here.

I believe in you.

[ Laughs ]

Is the devil
flirting with me?

[ Laughing ] Yes.

I'm not the devil.

People are always
conflating us.

I want to help you.

This Scarecrow -- he is
one of the ingredients you need?


And I had him

until a meddling farm girl
got in the way.

Ah. Dorothy.
You know her?

Well, I did my research
before I came,

and from what I hear,
she's a powerful woman.

So am I.

[ Chuckling ]
Yes, yes, I know. I know.

But she has one thing
you don't --

the love of the people.

And pardon me for saying so,
but no one loves you.

But there is a way
to defeat her.

[ Chuckles ]

With an ally.

And what does Hades need
with a time-travel spell?


All in good time,

All in good time.

I don't need
anyone's help.

We haven't ordered yet.

One dry wheat toast,
one oatmeal.

I know the orders
of all the regulars.

I'll get your cocoa.


David, we're regulars.

We were only supposed to be here
for a day,

and now we're regulars
at the diner in hell.

on the way to hell.

You know what I mean.

[ Sighs ]

You're thinking
about Neal.

I do, too --
all the time.

If only
we could talk to him.

If he could just...
hear our voices...


You can do that.

It's a simple
Level 1 haunting.

Lots of people do it here
until they lose interest

in life and people and...


I know where a booth is.

A booth?
For haunting?


Oh, here and there.

What do you want?

Breathe into this.

The breath of the living buys
a lot on the black market here.

[ Exhales ]

[ Sighs ]


Um, the booth
is by the bus stop.

Just pick up the phone

and tell the operator
who you wish to haunt.

Happy haunting!

Let's go, Snow.

Let's talk to our boy.

[ Sighs ]

Riveting tale.

Snow likes oatmeal.

Is my morning breakfast
in there, too?

Henry, I thought you were
gonna use your author powers

to get us
to defeat Hades.

I don't even remember
writing this.

I just woke up
and had it done.


really well-written.

Yes, and the illustrations
are lovely.

Maybe if
you focus harder...

Oh. So you're all
authors now?

Everyone's a writer.

Everyone's got an idea.

I'm doing my best.

Maybe if you just laid off
for a little bit...

where are you going?


Well, we officially have
a teenager on our hands.

[ Knock on door ]

And a visitor
in our Underworld apartment.

Robin: Zelena?!


finally did you in.

Sorry to disappoint,
but I'm very much alive.

Then how did you
get here?

Through a portal.

And I didn't come alone.

Who else is here?

Our baby.

And she's in danger.

You again?

Is it your birthday?

I didn't know the king
of the Underworld was so nosy.

I don't know
the day I was born,

but thank you
for reminding me.

That's actually
a sad story.

I only know the day
that my mother abandoned me.

Ohh. Getting sadder.

So, this is, what,
celebrating Abandonment Day?

I'm not
celebrating anything!

[ Blows ]

Please go!

You know,
when I offered to help you,

yes, it was coming
from a place of self-interest,

but I really do think
I can help.

You're thinking
about your sister.

Aren't you?

How did you know that?

I know
exactly how you feel.

She got
everything you ever wanted.

[ Blows ]
[ Feedback ]

And you got nothing.

Am I warm?

Yeah, you know
how some people say

they look up to
their older siblings like gods?

Well, my older brother
is a god --


Ever hear of him?

He got everything
he ever wanted.

He rules Mount Olympus,

while I'm trapped
ruling the Underworld.

He stopped my heart.

Love, happiness, joy --

they've all been taken
from me.

What I'm left with
is only anger

and a thirst...
for vengeance.

I've survived on that
for quite some time.

Only the kiss of...
true love

can restart my heart
and allow me to return

a fully formed man,
free of this curse.

[Chuckling] well...

true love, hmm?

No one is more hated
than the Lord of the Underworld.

I could give you
a run for your money.


Which is why...

we...must find
your ingredients.

I know
where this Scarecrow is.

Let me help you.

Let me help us.

If I can travel back...

I can see to it that it is me
who winds up on Olympus

and my brother...
who suffers.


You might just be
as vindictive as I am.

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Chuckles ]

Where are you going?

To find our daughter.

What about
a tracking spell?

We don't have
anything of the child's.

I don't need magic.
I can find her.

I lived for years in the forest.
I can track anyone.

I will find
our daughter.

[ Sighs ]


What is this place?

[ Metal creaking ]

[ Whirring ]

[ Gasps ]



What are you
doing here?

Y-Y-You're not --
Y-You didn't --

Oh, no, no, no, no.
I'm -- I'm alive.

A portal brought me
and -- and the baby


That's why the spell
didn't work as I thought.

Brought over three bodies
instead of one.

you -- you did this.

Who were you trying to bring
if not me

and you didn't know
Zelena was back and --


Why would you
steal a baby?

No, no, no.
It was -- It was Hades.

He used leverage
to force me.

[ Sighs ]

a long time ago,
long before we even met...

I made a deal --

one I never thought
would rear its head.

What did you do?

My boy was sick.

In exchange
for Baelfire's life...

I made a deal to give up
my second-born child.

But you don't have
a second-born child.

It happened, Belle.


I'm -- I-I'm pregnant?

[ Sighs, sniffles ]

W-We're gonna have
a baby?

A-a baby --

a-a baby
that you've already sold!

Yes, but --
but w-we can fix that.

I'll use all my power.
W-We can fix this.


What --

You're the Dark One again.



See, the thing is...

...I love this dagger.

And I also love you.

Both are possible.

y-you wanted me to be...

a better man.

A-A-And you've done that.

But if you want me
to be a different man...

I'm sorry.

This is who I am.

You weren't always.

Yes, I was.

Even when I was a coward,
I craved power.

The only difference is,
now I have it.

And I won't let it go.

Not again.


Not even for me?

Belle, there's something
you must realize.

[ Sighs ]

Falling in love
with the man behind the beast...

isn't really
what happened to you.

You fell in love
with me...

because there was a man
and a beast.

Neither exists
without the other.



I-I can't condone you
being like this.

Not again.

Yes, you can.

You just
have to choose to.

And if you do...

we can have
what's important --

family, happiness.

It's your choice.

No, I'm, uh...
[ Sniffles ]

I'm not making any choices --
not now.

[ Inhales shakily ]

Not until you get me back
to our friends...

and you've fixed...
all of this.

Then that's
what I shall do.

But you'll see
I'm right.

You'll see.

[ Wind whistling ]

I mean,
how does this even work?

I don't know
how much time it give us.

Do we just talk,
or --

Oh! Maybe we should sing
a little song.

He likes our singing.

I don't think
it really matters.

I think it's just about Neal
hearing our voices.

Yeah, but how does that work,

Does it go
directly into his ears?

Does it repeat
on a loop?

Uh, excuse me.

Do you know how this works --
I mean, on the other side?

No idea.

I don't even know
if the messages get through.

I hope so.

Or I've wasted a lot of time
these past 30 years.

All right, come on.

[ Sniffles ]


Before we find
my daughter,

would you do me the courtesy
of sharing with me

whatever horrid name
you've saddled her with?

Probably something dreadful
like Brittany or Nancy or --

Oh, God,
not Marian!


I haven't
named our child

because I need to know her first
to find out who she really is,

which I haven't
been able to do

because I've been too busy
protecting her from you!

You weren't protecting her
at all!

You just left her so you could
go on some heroic quest.

I mean,
how is finding some pirate

more important
than our child?

Helping friends,
setting an example of heroism --

that is important!

You know, Zelena,
I used to be just like you.

Oh, please.
Don't flatter yourself.

When I was
the Evil Queen,

I spent every day
not giving a damn about anyone.

And in return,
no one...

cared about me.

I thought all I needed
was my vengeance

to keep me warm
at night.

But then
something happened.

My enemies...

became my family.

And that's when
I finally felt happy.

That is why I'm here.

They need my help,

and when family needs help,
you step up.

In case you've forgotten,
there is someone I love

who needs my help --
my daughter!

[ Sighs ]

So, if we could get on
with finding her,

that would be
just brilliant!

What are
we doing here?

This is where Dorothy
first landed in Oz.

Sometimes [grunts]
to find someone [grunts]

...you need
the right...tools.

What the hell
is that?

Oh, right.
They don't have these in Oz.

It's called...
a bicycle.

And how is
that contraption

going to help us
find the Scarecrow?

Oh, well...
here, hop on.

I'll show you.

Oh, please.

Trust me.


[ Sighs ]

[ Sighs ]

What is it?


Are you ready?

All right.

Hold on.

[ Bell ringing ]

[ Laughs, snorts ]

[ Squeals, laughing ]

[ Laughs ]

It's like
a broom with wheels!

[ Bell rings ]

[ Laughs ]

[ Squeals, snorts ]

[ Both laughing ]

It's okay.
I've got you.

[ Chuckles,
breathing heavily ]

[ Sighs ]

Would you like
to go again?

I'd like to go again!

[ Both laugh ]

[ Both breathing heavily ]


tell me
how this piece of tin

is gonna help me
find my prey.

That loathsome farm girl
must have him carefully hidden.

Simple -- This bicycle
belongs to Dorothy.

Just enchant it, and it will
take us right to her.

And the Scarecrow.

[ Sighs ]

[ Both chuckle ]

Regina: Belle?
It's okay.

Belle, is that you?!

[ Baby cooing ]

You have her?!


Yeah, here.
Yeah, she's fine.

Are you okay?
She's fine.

Are you okay?

Daddy's got you.
Daddy's got you.

[ Baby cooing ]

Thank you.


Thank you.

Wait. What are you
doing here?

Helping them.

She stole your baby.

My baby,
which was stolen from me.

And now I'm helping.

It's all right, Belle.
She won't hurt anyone.

[ Baby crying ]


Robin: Shh!
[ Crying continues ]

I've got a bottle.
Give her to me.


Give it to me.
I'll do it.

I don't have
any magic here, Robin.

The worst thing that can happen
is some mother-daughter bonding.

It's all right.

There's nothing nefarious
in feeding.

[ Crying continues ]

Okay, fine.
[ Sniffles ]

As soon
as she's done...

you're handing her back.

[ Crying continues ]

[ Chuckles ]

There, there,
my little sweet pea.

There, there.

Are you hungry?

Yes, you are.
[ Baby coos ]

Your mummy knows exactly
what you need, doesn't she?

Yes, she does.

[ Sighs ]

Robin: Okay.
[ Sniffles ]

That's it.
She's done.

Hand her back.

[ Electricity crackling ]

Now, Zelena.

No, sis.

Not now.

Not ever!

You...can do that?

You can talk
to the real world?

Or...well, no.

I don't know.

at least we tried.

I just need him
to hear our voices.

He will.

As soon
as we make it back home.

when will that be?

We went through this
with you.

For all those years,

if you had just
heard our voices...

would that have made
a difference,

knowing someone out there
loved you?

[ Grunting ]

Oh, this won't do!

[ Baby crying ]

Oh, shh. It's okay.

It's okay.

I'm gonna find us a safe place,

What is it, sweet pea?

[ Crying continues ]

[ Gasps ]
Oh, no.


Oh, no, it's okay.
Let Mummy fix it.

[ Crying continues ]

My magic did this.

[ Crying continues ]

[ Crying ] I did this.

I'm sorry.

[ Insects chirping ]


There she is.

Go on.

This Dorothy's
no match for you.

I've seen many powerful women
in my day,

but none
as brilliantly wicked as you.

Or clever or witty.

[ Chuckles ]

Or beautiful.

[ Sighs ]
[ Door opens ]

[ Sighs ]

Scarecrow: You know,
scarecrows don't...

Go on.
You've got this.

All right.

If that Kansas brat
gets in my way,

we'll see what gingham
looks like with blood spatter.

[ Laughs ]

Give him back!

[ Gasps ]
Oh, no!

Back off, Witch!
You're not taking him from me!

Yes, I will.

What did you do?!

No, no, no!
Ah! Aah!


I won't let you win!

It's too late.

I'm not
afraid of you.

Do your worst, but I will never
be afraid of you.

Not sure where all this
back-talk is coming from.

What happened to you
in Kansas?

I don't really care,

because we're finished.

You see,
I don't need to kill you,

and, believe it or not,
I don't want to.

Because I want every Munchkin,
every Quadling,

every good witch
and bad of Oz

to know that the great
Dorothy Gale can't protect them.


They need to know
that you failed, and then...

then, my pretty...

you'll have nothing.

[ Laughs evilly ]


Hades, you were right!


Regina: Zelena?!

Are you in there?!

Zelena, enough!

It is not safe for you
or our child out here!



[ Door opens ]

I'm right here.
[ Crying ]

It's all my fault.

[ Sobbing ]

I can't protect her.

Not down here.

Not from him.

You need to tell us
exactly what happened

with you and Hades.

[ Sighs ]

He wants to use her...

for a spell.

For my time-travel spell.

He's got the same
thirst for vengeance as I do.

You know,
he had love in his heart.

But because of me,
it's gone.

And she's
the ingredient.

Symbol of innocence.

Take her.


Take her.

You can protect her,
and I can't.

My magic's

I don't care if
you never let me see her again!

You have to save her.
Regina, please!

It's more important
than what happens to me.

We'll do everything we can
to protect her.

[ Sighs, sniffles ]

Goodbye, little one.

Mummy has to let you go.
[ Sniffles ]

[ Sobs ]

[ Sobbing ]

[ Gasps ]
She has your eyes.

So, does she have
a name yet?

No. Not yet.

I can't.

Hades can do things
with names.

Like put them on tombstones to
keep people from leaving here.

I don't even think it's wise
to keep her in this apartment.

I mean, what if Zelena
changes her mind?

I hate to be the one
to offer optimism,

but it sounds like
she was sincere.

She was, but that doesn't mean
what she knows

can't come back
to bite us.

Robin's taking her
to the forest.

Honestly, it's the only place
I've ever felt really at home.

[ Footsteps approach ]
It happened!

It happened again!

[ Sighs ]
Take a look.

Snow, look at this.

It's Neal.

Why did you
write this?

It's like before.

I didn't,
or I just don't remember.

It just...
wrote itself.

Like it does.

"The infant son of Snow White
and Prince Charming

looked up
at the tiny glass unicorns

as they stirred
by the wind.

But on this night, he didn't
hear the chime of the crystal.

Instead, he heard the voices
of his mother, Snow White,

and his father,
Prince Charming.

They sang a lullaby
until he fell asleep

as soundly
as if he were in their arms."

He heard us.

[ Sighs ]

He heard us.

Thanks, Henry.

I don't know about anyone else,
but I am really ready

to get back home to my family --
my whole family.

No more waiting.

We can save ourselves.

We're going to take down Hades,
and we're going to do it now.


There you are.

What's this?


[ Blows ]

To celebrate.

[ Blows ]

You saw?

Of course I saw.

You were wonderful.

I knew you'd succeed.

Come. Sit.

[ Chair creaks ]


is this also
a farewell dinner...

...before you return?


I'm not going back
to the Underworld, Zelena.

But you said
you needed...



So, you think
that you and me are...

True love.

You can't tell me
you don't feel something, too.

but we just met.

I know, I know.

But when we were
on that bicycle...

...and I had my arms
around you...

I felt something
I haven't felt in eons.


[ Sighs ]

My heart...


Just for a moment.

And I truly believe...

once we kiss...

my heart
will start again.

I'll be free.

And we can be together.


No? What?

How could I be
so stupid?!

What -- What are you
talking about?

[ Chuckles ]
I almost believed you.

It's the truth.
I promise!

You want me to kiss you
to free you from the Underworld!

And then you'll have the power
to steal this brain

and enact my
time-travel spell -- for you!

And only you!

[ Sighs ]

Because that's
what I would do.


You want revenge
and until you get it,

you will never
be satisfied.

You need this spell.

You need to go back
to beat your brother,

just like I need
to go back to beat my sister!

Love is not enough!

No, Zelena.
I don't want that anymore.

I want you.

I love you.

No one could love me.

But if you did...

you wouldn't want to take away
my best chance at revenge.

Go back
to your brimstone.

I never want
to see your face again.


You will regret this...


[ Breathing heavily ]

Hello, Hades.


You know,
I was looking for you.

You were looking
for my baby.

I was just
a happy accident.

[ Chuckling ] Yes.
Yes, you were.

But when I heard you fell
through my little portal...

I really was
looking for you.

I know.

I thought
I'd make it easy.

I know that you want my child
for your time-travel spell.

[ Chuckles ]

If you touch her,
I will demolish you!

There's no need
for that.

I wouldn't hurt you.

I never
would've hurt you.

That's the thing
about true love.

I-It endures.
It can't be broken.


So, sending Rumplestiltskin
after my daughter

had nothing to do
with revenge on your brother?

Zelena [sighs]

I was trying to rescue her
from those miserable heroes

for you.

I didn't know
you were there.

[ Sighs ]

Despite everything I've done,
you've loved me all this time?

[ Laughs ]

Look around you.

I mean, aren't you curious
why this -- this place...

looks like Storybrooke?

[ Laughing ]
I did it for you!

I saw how much you wanted
to cast the Dark Curse

to get everything
your sister had.

[ Sighs ]

You made me
my very own Storybrooke?

[ Laughing ] I gave you
what you wanted, what she had.

It's not...perfect.

The Underworld
is a place of...

...well, destruction.

Despite my best intentions,
things don't grow here.


[chuckles] decay.

But it's our decay.


wouldn't it be nice...

to not be alone...


After all these years,
I still choose you.

[ Sighs ]

What better revenge is there
than having it all?

[ Chuckles ]
But I had it all.

And then
I gave them back my baby

because I thought
that you wanted to hurt her!

Well, then,
we'll just have to go back

and get her, won't we?

[ Breathing heavily ]


[ Breathing heavily ]

I-I want to trust you.
I do.

But you still can't.
I understand.

I'm sorry.

It's too much.

I will
get my daughter back.

And I'll do it all
on my own.

April 15th.


Your birthday.

Just thought
you might want to know.

How do
you know that?

Tortured it
out of a miller's daughter.

[ Chuckles ]

Don't worry.

I took care of her, too.

For you.

I know
you don't need me.

You don't need anyone.

But if
you change your mind...

and decide
you want me...

...I'll be waiting
for you...

at home.

Just like
I always have.

[ Wind rushing ]