Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 5, Episode 20 - Firebird - full transcript

Hades turns to the heroes to ask for help with getting Zelena back from Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan. In return, he offers to take all their names off their tombstones. However, when Hook is still unable to leave, he and Emma must journey into the depths of the Underworld. Meanwhile, Cruella De Vil is determined to keep the heroes trapped in the Underworld. In flashbacks, Emma searches for answers about her family and makes an unexpected friendship.

Previously on
"once upon a time"...

You want to come with me
to storybrooke?

All I care about is a future
where we might be a family.

Your were sisters once.

Just promise me
you'll hold on to each other.

I think you have another love
to find.


Go to him.

You told her what?

To give him a chance.

And you thought that was
a good idea because?

Because we're family.

And I'm trying
to trust zelena.

She thinks
she can change hades.

I'm sorry, luv,

I missed the part
where zelena changed.

You'd think the ex-pirate
with a rum habit

Would cut my sister
some slack.

Well, you'd think
that the evil queen

Would be smarter than
to send the wicked witch

To romance
the most devious man alive.
Emma: Easy, guys.

We're not gonna win
the war against hades

If we use all our ammo
on each other.

The savior has a point.

What the hell
are you doing here?

Get behind me, kid.

Oh, I didn't find you
to hurt you.

I came for your...

[ sighs ]

Wow, this is hard.


What could you possibly
want our help with?


I went to meet zelena
for our date

And found this.


Zelena, she's been kidnapped
by gold and pan.

They're asking for
a meeting tomorrow morning.

Gold wants you to
tear up the contract
for his unborn child.

So, do it.

I just got my sister back.

I'm not
going to lose her now.
Neither will I.

I'll give them
what they want,

But I know the stiltskins
and their tricks.

They're not gonna
keep their word.

Not unless I have an ace
up my sleeve.

Luckily for you,
you got one.

I'm sorry.

You've been
zelena's doting sister

For all of what,
three hours?

Who's going to be
more motivated than me?


What? Why?

If zelena
gets out of this alive,

I'm prepared
to offer you a deal.

Don't trust a word he says,

Regina: Now I agree
with the pirate.

You and I both know

Your family wouldn't be here
if it weren't for you.

If you help me save her,

I'll take everyone's names
off their headstones.

So we can leave
the underworld.

So, what do you say,

Do you want to send your family
home or not?


So, I just thought
I'd ask on the off chance

If there's someone
still working here

Who remembers that baby
being brought in.

26 years ago?

We can't keep a cook
for six weeks.

Maybe, like,
a long-time customer.

The food ain't good enough
for that kind of loyalty.

Sorry, honey, but you're
not gonna find anyone here

Who remembers this.

Tough break, kid.


Heard what
you were asking.

You a reporter
or something?

No, nothing like that.

You're the baby,
aren't you?

From the article --
you're the baby, right?

Mine's usually pretty good.

And I'm sorry.

It's hard not being able
to find your family.

It's just a dead end.

I've had a lot of those.

So, thanks for your concern,
'but I got this.

Can I say one more thing
based on my intuition?


I look at you --
young, pretty...


...And I see someone
who now --

Stop me
if I'm wrong, but...

Someone who stole money

From a couple convenience stores
in phoenix,

Got arrested,
and took off on her bail.


[ sighs ]

[ tires squeal ]

[ engine sputters ]

[ engine starts, backfires ]

[ horn honks ]

Well, hello there.


Show yourself.

Glad to see
you followed instructions

And came alone.


I tried to stop them,

It's not your fault,
it's theirs.

Oh, is that so?

Because we wouldn't be here

If you'd ripped up that contract
when I asked you to.

You didn't have leverage.

And now I do.

So, you stand there
and don't move

Except to rip up
that contract.

Then you get the witch.


Now give her back.

Oh, you can
have her back.

But we didn't say anything
about her heart, did we?

You see, my body is ready
to walk the earth again.

Except for one thing.

A living heart.

So, if you don't mind.

My heart has got
a protection spell on it.

You may be good at magic,
but we're better.

[ grunts ]

You sure about that?

I was beginning to think
you couldn't get in.

don't bother me much.

He ripped up the contract
like you wanted, so leave.

Since when does the savior
answer to the king of death?

Since he's the one
getting my family home.

You picked the wrong team
to back, ms. Swan.

You won't get
what you want from him.

Because you just did,

Which is making me wonder
why you're still here.

I suppose you have a point.


Looks like your little boy
only came for what he wanted.

I don't think
you're gonna be that lucky.

[ scoffs ]


Are you all right?

You tore up
that contract for me.

I didn't think
you'd do it.

When will you believe
I'd do anything for you?

[ chuckles ]

I think I'm getting there.


[ whoosh ]

[ exhales sharply ]

[ exhales sharply ]

Is that?

My heart. It's beating.

[ rumbling ]

What the hell was that?

[ exhales deeply ]

My banishment.

It's over.

I can finally leave this place
for good.

[ sighs ]
very soon, at the cemetery,

There will be a fully formed
portal back to storybrooke,

But it will close
at sunset.
First things first.

I held up
my end of the deal.

Now it's your turn.

We're going home
through that portal, too.

All of us.

[ clock ticking ]

David: How'd it get here?
The hands are moving.

Is that a good sign
or a bad one?

It's a great one
if you want to leave.

When those hands spin
fast enough in about an hour,

It'll turn into
an open portal back.

Which we can't go through
because of those.

let's get on with it.


There. As promised.

Hades: You're no longer
tied to this realm.

I told you
love could change him.

I don't buy it.

A man can't change
that quickly.

We're free to go through
the portal when it opens,

Which means
it's time to split my heart

So you can leave with us.

Aye, luv.

Do it.

[ grunts ]

[ heart beating ]

[ groans ]

Henry: Mom!

[ gasps ]
why didn't it work?

I told you
we couldn't trust him.

That wasn't me.

I'm afraid there are
laws of nature

Beyond even my control.
No, it should work.

I died.
My wife's heart brought me back.

How long were you dead?

A minute or so,
maybe less.

I didn't think I recalled
you entering this realm.

Your soul
never left your body.

That's why
it worked for you.

So hook's been down here
too long?

And his body's
rotting away up there.

Even if your soul
could return to it,

I doubt either of you
could stomach the smell.

Well, emma, it appears
you have to return without me.

There has to be
another way.
Emma, please.

You're telling me no one's
gone to the underworld

And brought someone back?

They have.


Who did? How?

It was a long time ago,
and it was a rumor.

There's no proof
it actually worked.

Tell me everything.

Cleo: Sorry about this,

But I'm gonna go
take a shower now.

You gonna shower
in that jacket?

You probably sleep
in that thing, too, huh?


Sit tight,
watch some cartoons.

I'll be right back.

[ door closes ]

[ show plays
on television ]

[ water running ]

[ handcuffs unlock ]

Emma: Sorry, tasha.

But I think your mom
will survive.


Do you guys all get
this special search thing?

Oh, I dated a guy once
who's good at picking locks.

You could've left.

The hancock county courthouse
has a file on me.

I didn't know that.

They could know something.

They could know the name of
the boy who brought me in.

There -- there could've been
a note with me

That was dropped into the file,
something, anything.

You could take me there.
Why would I do that?

Because I can
get out of handcuffs,

And you'll have to track me down
in every city and every hotel

All the way
across the country.

if you help me with this,

I'll go quietly
all the way to phoenix.

I just want some answers.

You want to know
where you come from.

Courthouse opens
at 9:00 tomorrow.

Orpheus and eurydice.

I know this myth.

She died, and he followed her
to the underworld

To get her back.

These are the only two souls
who ever escaped my realm.


I thought you said that broke
the laws of nature.

Orpheus helped eurydice escape
by feeding her ambrosia,

The food of the gods.

And where exactly
do you get some of that?

'cause I don't recall
seeing it on the menu

At the blind witch's.

Emma: An elevator?

I'm the savior.
I've got magic.

And I'm the
lord of the underworld.

That should
tell you something.

The ambrosia, it's powerful,

And like
a petty spoiled child,

It wants all the power
for itself.

Everything else
is shut down below.

There's no hopping in and out
in a puff of smoke.

This is the only way,

And once you're down there,
you're on your own.

And then what?

We're knee deep
in a field of ambrosia?

Can't be that easy.

I'm not really sure.

Even I've never ventured
that far down.

So we're going to
the one place in hell

Where even the devil
is afraid to go.

Not hell
and not the devil.

And not
because I'm afraid.

There's a test
to ensure that only those

Who are worthy of eating
ambrosia can reach it,

And it will require

Offering up your heart
for judgment.

Without magic, how am I gonna
take out my own --

[ grunts ]

You're not.

My gift to you.

Take good care of it.

Let's have this be the last time
we do this today, okay?

Just trying to help.

So, failing this test

Has, what,
fatal consequences?

One would think.

You don't have to do this,

And you didn't have to
sacrifice your life

To save all of us
from the dark ones.

We're going.

We'll be right here
waiting for you.

Regina --
I know the drill.

If you're not back
by sunset --

Everybody leaves,
promise me.

You'll be back.

I love you, mom.

I love you, too, kid.

[ sighs ]

[ whoosh ]

She may not accept you
for who you are, but I will.

Despite your rude
abandonment of me earlier.

Touching, papa.

Yes, abandonment hurts,
doesn't it?

But with the contract gone,

I only care about
one thing --

Getting belle home
so her father can wake her.

I'd love to help you
make the journey.

But that's going to be
quite difficult

Since I didn't get the heart
you promised me.

[ laughs ]
oh, there's the man I remember.

Always thinking about
what's in it for himself.

[ chuckles ] there's something
in it for you, too.

Pandora's box.

You can keep her safe in here
in exchange for a heart.

you both might lose out

And miss that portal home.

Opening soon,
but only till sunset.

So, do we have a deal?

Tick, tock.

[ sighs ] we can't just
sit around waiting for
them to get back.

We don't have a choice,

Regina: The minute emma and hook
get off this elevator,

We're going
straight through that portal.

What about
operation firebird?

We can't
leave the underworld

Without helping
the people trapped here.

They were trapped here
because of hades.

Who, fortunately for them,

Will no longer
be a resident.
Hades: She's right.

The underworld will function
as it was meant to --

A place for people to deal
with their unfinished business

Without anyone
getting in their way.


But a lot of the people
down here

Don't even know what
their unfinished business is.

But maybe as the author,
I can tell them.

[ door opens ]

What's going on?

You got our message.

What are they doing here?

Hello to you, too.

Are you just
gonna stand there,

Or are you gonna let our
darling daughter see her mommy?

It's okay, robin.

As hard as
this is to believe,

They're actually
helping us.

[ baby coos ]

We both
want the same thing --

To leave this place.
It's true.

He took our names
off the tombstones.
We can leave.

Well, then what are we
still doing here?

Boy scout's got a point.

We could take the baby
to the cemetery now

And then all walk through
as soon as it opens.

Not without
emma and hook.

And henry's right.

We can still help people.

Robin, take the baby
to the portal.

No. I'm not leaving you
in this place.

He may be playing nice,

But there's still
plenty of people down here

That have a grudge
against you.

Okay, then give the baby
to zelena.

Are you mad?

We can trust her.

Maybe you can.

Trust me.

I wouldn't be doing this

If I didn't think
it's what's best
for your daughter.

[ baby coos ]

[ baby coos ]

Thank you.


Are you okay?

[ sighs ]

I just --
I need a moment.

[ sighs ]

[ floor creaks ]

Who's there?

It's just me, dearie.

Don't worry.

You'll remember
none of this.

[ grunts ]
[ heart beating ]

[ elevator rattling ]

Bloody hell.
You all right, luv?

Looks like
this is our stop.

How long could this take?

You take a file
out of the drawer,
you hand it over.

How hard is that?

Maybe I can motivate them
to speed up.



My jacket,
the one you like to ridicule.

It's my armor.

What are you
talking about?

You're not thinking clearly.
You're emotional.

It's what keeps
getting you in trouble.

Can I give you
a piece of advice?

You got to learn
how to protect yourself.

Look, whatever we find here,

That ain't gonna be
the end all be all.

Find your armor.

I have your file.

It's too thin.

It's the same damn article.

There's something on the boy
who brought you in.

Looks like he ran away
and fell out of the system.

The inventory
of what I came in with.

I'm sorry.

Something's missing.
Can you just take another look?

That's all there is.
Just look again.

Miss --
okay, you know what?
I can look.

Step back or I'll have to
call security.

I can just look
through the file!

Emma, it's a dead end.
You saw that folder.

Things could fall
out of the folder
and other things.

Come on,
you're grasping at straws.
Straws are all I have!

That's it!
That's -- straws are it.
Calm down.

You said you would go quietly
if we did this.

We gave a day, we did it,
now let's go, come on.

I'm not giving up.
Maybe you should.

But don't do it
because we had a deal.

Do it for yourself.

Go back to phoenix
and start again,

Looking front ways
this time.

Once you've paid the price
for everything you've done,

You can start building
a new life.

You just want to drag my ass
back to arizona

So you can get the money
for bringing me in.

I didn't have to give up
a whole damn day

To do this for you,
did I?

I kept my word,
now you're gonna keep yours.

Hate me all you want,
but tomorrow,

We are going back
to phoenix.

Do you understand?

I understand.

Come on, kid.
It's arizona.

It's not hell.

Here you go, stealthy,
your unfinished business.

Oh, wow.

I hadn't realized
how much resentment

I held against bashful.

Thank you.

And, um, when you get back,

Can you tell my brothers
I miss them?
I will.

Y-you know, leroy --
grumpy --

He talks about you a lot.

Any sign of
mom and hook?

but we still have some time

Before the portal
even opens.

Cruella: Don't count on it!

[ groans ]
that's right, vermin.


Regina: Sorry, cruella,

But I don't think
your unfinished business

Is going to take you
to any place you'd like.

Oh, I'm not here
to collect my story.

I want to stay
in this marvelous realm.

You see,
with hades departing,

The underworld is going to need
a new ruler.


[ chuckles ]
it's the only upside

To your daughter
sentencing me to this fate.

But the job
would be meaningless

Without a citizenry
to torment.

Cruella, we're not gonna let you
harm these people.

Oh, you think I'm just
going to keep them here?

Oh, no.

I'm going to keep
all of you here.

It's only fair,

Considering it was your son

Who refused
to write me back to life,

And you,
you dissolved my james,

The best toy
in the whole playpen.

I'm still waiting to hear

How you're going to stop us
from leaving, fuzzy.

Because all your magic
can do

Is make a dog
roll over and beg.

I don't have the magic

To keep you all
penned in here.

But I do.

Out of the way, david.

You forced my hand,
kid eater!


What the hell?
Cruella: That's right.

No one's getting out
before sunset

When the portal closes,

And then
no one's getting out.

Consider it payback,

For tricking those children
into burning me in my own oven.


Oh, it's going to be
a nice eternity after all.

At least for us.

[ chuckles ]


Emma: The instructions
couldn't be in english?

"only a heart filled
with true love can pass."


You'd be surprised
what they teach you
in the royal navy.

The only question is,

What the bloody hell
does it mean?

I think I know.

I think I have to
weigh my heart

To see if my love for you
is true.

Are you saying that
what we share is...

we're about to find out.

I know you love me.

But true love
is the rarest magic of all.

Are you certain?

I mean,
honestly, I'm not sure,

But who could be?

We have to try.

Why can you only admit
how you feel

When one of us
is facing certain death?

I don't know. [ sighs ]

I guess my armor's been on
for such a long time

That I...

Sometimes I forget
I don't need it with you.

[ chuckles ]

Here goes.

[ heart beating ]

It didn't bloody work.

[ grunting ]

[ gasping ]
emma, what's wrong?

[ groans ]

The pedestal.

Get my heart off.


Aah! Aah!



Get your heart!


[ breathing shallowly ]

Hook: Aah!

[ grunts ]
[ both panting ]

[ door clanging ]

What the hell is that?

That's true love.

Emma, you chose me.

That was the test.


[ door creaks ]

[ footsteps ]

Oh, god!

Cleo, you scared the hell
out of me.

What are you doing?

I know we had a deal,
but I can't --

Yes, you can,
and you will.

You want your bail money
that bad?

Did you call security?

Do you think a security guard
is gonna show up

And ask to see my license
and give me my money?

Damn it.

All they're gonna see
is two moron criminals

On government property
asking to get shot.

Then why are you here?

I'm sure that your parents

Had reasons they gave you up,

But you finding out,

What good is that
gonna do you?

They would want you to focus on
what you've got now.

How do you know
what my parents would want?

Because I know things,

And sometimes
you would do yourself some good

Listening to me.

Emma, look what I'm risking
being here.

Come on, let's go.

[ police siren chirps ]

Man: This is the police!
Okay, come on. Damn it.

Come out with your hands
over your head!

Stand back.

I'll get your back.

[ glass shatters ]

[ police sirens wail ]

[ grunts ]

[ grunts ]



The ambrosia are dead.

And have been
for some time.

Someone cut it.

Not somebody. Hades.

I knew
we couldn't trust him.

Of course we couldn't.

Hades probably
did this ages ago

When orpheus and eurydice
used them to escape.

Then why lie to us?

Why send us after
dead fruit?

Because he doesn't
want us coming with
him to storybrooke.

I don't get it.

The blind witch's spells
are always half-baked.

this isn't her spell.


He wants us
trapped in here.

Hades: It's open now,

But it won't stay open
much longer --

15 minutes tops.

They should've been here
by now.

I don't know
what's keeping them,

But we can't wait.

[ baby cries ]

Zelena, we don't have time.

I can't leave my sister here.

We've done everything we can
for your friends.

They're heroes.
They'll get here in time.

Do you really think so?
[ scoffs ]

Without me in their way,

What could possibly
stop them?

[ crying continues ]

All right, then.

Let's go.

[ doorbell rings ]
where have you been?

We're running out of time.

Still can't bring yourself
to trust little rumple,

Can you, papa?

You always were
a touchy boy.

[ rumbling ]

I take it that means

It's not going to be open
much longer.

Shall we?
Not quite yet.

Timing is everything.

Have patience, papa.

[ rumbling continues ]

There must be seeds
or clippings

Or something we could use
to help save you.

Hades tricked us
into coming down here.

There's no telling
what he's done to your family,

Or what he'll do
if he reaches storybrooke.

[ rumbling, cracking ]

We need to
get out of here.

Not without the ambrosia.
It's the only way we can --

We'll find another way up,
I promise.

But we have to go.

[ rumbling continues ]

[ sirens wailing ]

[ both panting ]

[ grunts ]


I didn't hear a shot.

It's not a shot.

[ groans ]

Glass from the window.

I'm so sorry. I didn't --

[ siren wailing ]
an ambulance.

You're gonna be okay.
You're gonna be fine.

It's not an ambulance.

That's the cops.
Don't get caught here.

They'll be able
to help you.

And I'll call
your family.

I have no family.

Your little girl.

I saw the picture.

She has no idea who I am.


I took that 10 years ago
from across the street.

You gave her up.

Just like I was.

You're holding on too tight.

[ siren wailing in distance ]

Emma, let go.

Let go.

[ engines whirring ]

[ sirens chirp ]

Over here! We got blood!

And they went this way!

[ exhales sharply ]

Come on, we don't have
that much time before
the portal closes.


I'm not going up with you.

I never was.

We're never gonna find
anything up there to save me.

But you said --

It was the only way
I could get you to
leave that chamber.


Killian, I came to
the underworld to save you.

I'm not going back
without you.

I'm afraid
we don't have that choice, luv.


I just want to say my goodbyes
down here

Without everyone watching.


We've already had more time
than we were ever meant to.

That's not true.
We both know it is.

You should have let me go
in camelot.

Don't make that mistake

I just...

[ voice breaking ] I don't know
how to say goodbye.

Well, then don't.
[ inhales shallowly ]

Just promise me one thing.

If I helped
take off that armor,

Don't...Put it back on

Just because
you're gonna lose me.

I promise.

[ cries ]

But then you have to promise me
something, too.

Don't let me be
your unfinished business.

Move on from here.

Don't wait for me
to show up.

Aye, luv.

I think I can manage that.


I love you.
[ crying ]
I love you, too.



Yes, sir,
I'm on the trail.

You'll have your skip
by tonight,

And then the next one --

Yeah, no, I know.

I know it's a trial period,

But you'll see
I've got this.

I can do it.


Oh, I got to go. Bye.


Hi. Can I help you?


Where did you get this?

So, it's you?

Tasha morris?

I've never seen
this picture before,

But yeah,
that looks like me.

Am I in
some kind of trouble?

Here's the thing.

I...Knew your birth mother,
cleo fox.


Oh, my god.

I collected everything
I could find about her.

I have access to some records
from work.

I just thought...

You might want to know
where you came from.

Is --
is she looking for me?



I'm sorry.



Thank you so much.

[ chuckles ]


Emma: Hey.

Could you ring this up
for me?

Yeah, of course.


I got to get to work.

[ elevator rattling ]



Emma, where's hook?

I'll explain later.

We have to hurry
to get to the thing.

Regina: We can't.

The blind witch cast a spell
trapping us here.

Let me guess,
she got it from hades.

This whole thing
has been a setup

To keep us trapped
in the underworld.

You mean,
the ambrosia --
it wasn't there.

So, hook...

He -- he can't leave?

He can move on.

But he wanted
to make sure that we all got out

Even if he couldn't.

Well, then,
let's give him his wish.



You did it.
David: Come on,
it's getting late.

Let's get out of here.

People will find them.

It's nearly time.

We should go.

We don't want to miss
our ticket home.

Mr. Gold: Now...

...Are you ready?


Thank you, son.

Pleasure's all mine, papa.

[ panting ]

Wait, something --

Wait, something's wrong.

Does it feel different
than you remembered?

[ coughs ]
what's happening?

What did you do?

That wasn't really
robin hood's heart

I put inside you.

I knew you or your shadow
could be watching.

Whilst you were
otherwise distracted,

I returned robin's heart
to him.

What did you put in me?

[ chuckles ]

A wineskin I glamoured,

Filled with water...

From the river of souls.



Villains don't get
happy endings, papa.

And I'm here to make sure
you never get yours.

[ groaning ]

Goodbye, papa.

For good this time.

Emma: The portal, it's closing!
Hurry! Hurry!

Emma: Go!

David: Emma.

[ sighs ] I'm sorry
there wasn't some other way.

When I bought this jacket,

It was meant to be armor

To protect me from getting hurt
by those I love.

But now
it's just a reminder

That I have to protect
those I love.

[ voice breaking ]
nothing's more important.

You did your best for hook.

I don't know.

Did I?

[ rumbling ]

All I know is,
I can't lose anyone else.

Let's go.

[ cries ]


[ clock ticking ]


[ ticking stops ]