Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 5, Episode 8 - Birth - full transcript

Hook risks everything to uncover the truth about what Emma did in Camelot.

Previously on
"once upon a time"...

Emma, there is a way to make
excalibur whole again.

A spark from mankind's
original fire,

The flame of prometheus.

Its heat forged excalibur.

You know I'm a survivor.

This ring is why.

Be careful, emma.

What an ingenious recipe
for a tethering potion.

It can control
the world's greatest wizard.

How kind of you to come
when called.

You lied to him, to david.

And it brought me
no pleasure.

He's a good man.

But I must think
of my kingdom first.

That's arthur's tent.

I'll go in first.

You two stand guard.
[ gun cocks ]

And if our dishonest king
should put up a fight?

We'll make him wish
he hadn't.

David: Arthur.

Good to see you,
my friend.

Come, sit. Join us.

Why don't you explain
why you lied to me?

Why you tried to burn
the crimson crown.

So, you found me out.
Yeah, I found out...


Now, that part was real.

Ah, it doesn't matter.

Not anymore.

[ sighs ]
but I want answers.

See...There was a message
in there for merlin.

It said there was
only one person

Who could destroy the dark one,
named nimue.

You tell me who that is.

[ grunts ]

He's getting away!


[ grunts ]

[ breathing heavily ]

[ panting ]

Look at that.

Seems you brought a hook
to a sword fight.

I brought a sword,

But I seem to have
misplaced it.

It's always the simple mistakes
that get us killed.

[ grunts ]


[ breathing shallowly ]

It's whole.

Yes, it is.

But it's not
going to help you.

This sword
doesn't control anyone now.


[ grunts ]

[ breathes deeply ]

I suppose I should say
"thank you."

You don't need
to say anything.

Just don't do that again.

I should apologize

For what I said that day
aboard my ship.

For when you refused
to accept me

Or when you said
you did not love me?

It's a bit more complicated
than that.

Doesn't matter.
I'm the dark one.

You're more than the dark one.
You're still you.

You saved me.

That was emma.

What do you want from me?

I want to help you.

And I need your help
to do it.

Who is nimue,

And how can she defeat
the darkness?

Nimue doesn't matter

This will all be over

What will be over?
And why do you need
that damned sword?


All this power,

And you don't even have
the courage

To answer one simple
bloody question.

Why do you need excalibur?

I know you're still in there,

And I know
that despite everything,

You always
have your reasons!
You're right! I do!

You want to know
why I'm doing all of this?

I'm doing it for you.




Mom, did you do it?

Did you find
the spark of --
prometheus, yes.

Now we can use it
to fix excalibur.

Finally some good news.
That's great, mom.

Let's get that darkness
out of you.

Yes, let's.
Where's the sword?

I don't know.

No one's
come back with it.


They should've been back
hours ago.

Have you seen merlin?

I thought he was with you.

He was, but then he vanished.
Something's wrong.

I don't think
we're safe here anymore.

let's close up shop.

One step ahead of you.

Henry, lock the front.
I got the back.


He'll be fine
once we're done.

I'm sorry
for the theatrics.

It's not usually my style,

But...I had to follow

Orders? Who's orders?


My wayward pupil
has done something
I did not foresee.

He's tethered me
to excalibur.

Arthur has ordered me

To re-forge excalibur
into a whole sword,

Which means I will need
your dagger

And the promethean flame.


Then he will order me
to kill your family,

And emma, as much as I hate it,
I will obey him.

Arthur has my family?

Because of me.
I'm sorry.

He wants to make a trade

In the heart of
the caledonian forest

In one hour --

Their lives for the dagger
and the flame.

That's not enough time.
This isn't even a flame yet.

I've seen
the strength in you, emma.

When you're ready
to light the spark,
it will burn.

And arthur will have
what he wants.

The sword will be whole
once again.

So, I'm just supposed to give up
without a fight?

is a form of strength.

I know the darkness
lives in you, emma,

But I beg you, please.

Do not seek vengeance.

Do not make the same mistakes
as nimue.

Who is nimue?

What the hell happened
back in camelot?

I wish I knew.

That blond demon
took my memory,

Same as yours.

The why destroy
merlin's message?

What aren't you
bloody telling us?!

That's enough!
He doesn't know anything.

He's a king with no kingdom.

As much as he hates it...

He's not important anymore.

Feel any better?

Hook: I'll feel better
when I have some answers.

Emma said this whole thing
was about me.

[ chuckles ]
are you really that naive?

She's manipulating you.

That's what
the dark one does.


This was emma talking.

There may not be any emma.

Not anymore.
She's right.

This dark one,

She has excalibur,

And she is going to destroy
all light magic.

So, that's what you think
it's about?

A sword she hasn't
actually used?

Well, obviously,
she needs another ingredient

To cast the spell.

So, we figure out
what that is

And stop her
from getting it.

And we get our emma back.

You can all look at magic spells
till you're blue in the face.

But something happened
between me and her in camelot.

The only way to help emma

Is to find out
what the hell it was.

[ doorbell jingles ]
we need to talk.

Didn't you hear?

I'm not that man anymore.

Belle, you can, uh...

Yeah. Sorry,
I thought you might be emma.

It's a good thing
I'm not.

A crossbow wouldn't do you
much good.

best we could manage.

I did have some squid ink
set aside for a rainy day,

But, uh, unfortunately...

...She found it.

Dark ones
are clever like that,

Clever enough
to make everyone believe

That they've
really changed.

I need to know what's going on
inside emma's head now.

She said she's doing all this
because of me.

This isn't about
what you did.

It's about what she did.

You're sure of that?

I've seen the look
on her face.

One that I-I know
only too well --


I became the dark one
to save my son.

Committed countless sins
along the way,

Convinced myself
I would atone for them all

Once I'd found him.

But things never work out
the way you think they will.

If you want to find out
what emma swan is after,

Find out
what she's atoning for.

And how do I do that?

I've been looking all over
for her.

She doesn't want
to be found.

Then you have to give her
a reason to find you.


[ door bells jingle ]

Hook: Emma!
[ door closes ]

What happened between us?

What the hell
do you want from me?

I wouldn't light that
if I were you.

Which as a matter of fact,
I am.

If arthur uses that
to forge excalibur,

He will kill you,

And that's bad news
for those of us in your head.

I don't have a choice.

I need to ignite this spark
to save my family.

I can't risk their lives.

[ sighs ]

What the hell's
wrong with this?

Wrong with it?

Or wrong with you?

Merlin said
you can only light that

When you're ready to let go
of the darkness.

So, perhaps you're not.

You're wrong.

Well, prove it then, dearie.
Light the flame.

Go on, do it.

Just -- just do it.

Just -- just light it!
I'm trying!

Henry: Hey.

You weren't supposed
to see that.

What were you trying to do?

Get this flame lit.

what do the voices say?

That I can't do it

Because I don't want
to give up the darkness.

Maybe you just need
a little motivation.


I've got something
to show you.

A little project
hook and I were working on.

Operation light swan.

He was looking for
a house you'd like

So when
we get back home...

He can ask me
to move in.

He said that the house
is a promise,

Kind of like a plan
for the future.

You know what?

That voice in my head
was right.

I don't want to give up
the darkness.

Not yet.

I need to use it
one last time.

[ chains rattle ]

I brought the dagger
and the flame,

But you don't get it
until you free my family.

Arthur: No.

You will hand it over now,
or I unleash merlin.

Merlin: Emma, please.

I don't want
to fight you.

No, but I do.

So, now that mommy's
got her magic back...

...Tell us, dark one.

What are you gonna do?

Zelena: And then the witch
opened the oven,

Stoked the flames,
ready to put gretel inside.

Oh. Felt that one.

You must like this book
as much as your mom.


[ chuckling ]
okay, steady on.


[ breathing shallowly ]

[ grunts ]
something's wrong.

Something's wrong!

[ grunts ]

Help! I need help!

Aah! Somebody help me!

[ cries ]

[ grunts ]

Let me out!

What's wrong?
What happened?

A bit difficult
to explain.

You better see
for yourselves.

Careful. It could be
another one of her tricks.

[ grunts,
breathing shallowly ]

Well, don't just stare!
Help me!

How --
how has this happened?

You're only
two months pregnant.

how do you think?

Dark magic.


Who's dark magic?

Emma swan!

Emma swan!

Emma swan!

I guess we'll have to do this
the hard way.

You were sure
I'd save you?

Well, I'm either optimistic
or desperate or both.

I need to know what happened
between us in camelot.

Just tell me.

It's not that easy.
It can be.

Whatever you did,

Whatever you are trying
to atone for,

I already forgive you.

I don't need forgiveness.

Then come clean.

I assure you,
you've done no worse than I.

I was a pirate
for hundreds of years.

And you think
it's the same?

You see this?

Belonged to a man
named barnaby.

Called me "one hand jones."

I killed him
in front of his wife,

Took his ring.

This one -- edgar.

Fine sailor.

I caught him
drinking the captain's wine.

I drowned him.

Every ring is a sad story.

What about this one?

You have it.
I thought I lost it in camelot.

You gave it to me
to keep safe.

It's the saddest story
of all.

Belonged to
a better man than I --

My brother liam.

You can
have it back now.
Keep it.

You know, I used to wear
these rings as trophies.

But all that changed
when I met you.

What are they now?
A reminder.

That all sins can be forgiven
when someone loves you.

And I was absolutely wrong

I love you, emma swan,

No matter what you've done.

So, you really
want to know the truth

No matter how awful?

I do.

Then there's something
I need to show you.

I've already seen your home,

Why are we here?

You promised me the truth,
not a bloody tour.

The truth is tricky.

You have to look for it.

[ sighs ] all right.

I'll play your game.


I guess being the dark one
has its perks.

That is a stunning view
of the sea.

There's no sight like
a full moon on the waves.

Back in camelot,

You said
the ocean calmed you.

I thought you might like
to see it.

You picked yourself a fine home.
I give you that.

I didn't pick it.

You did.

That's my handwriting.

You said this was
our future together.

Everything I've done has been
to keep that future alive.

Well, then I guess
this is the moment

That you tell me
the truth.

Almost there.



I can't tell you everything
that happened between us

Until it's all over.
Why not?

Because if you knew
what I was really after,

You'd do everything
in your power to stop me.

[ groans ]

[ grunts ]

[ groans,
breathes shallowly ]

What did you do?

You have to stay calm
and breathe.

Shut up! I was a fake midwife.
I know the drill.

why would emma do this?

I have no idea!

Are you sure
it was her?

Let's just say when the dark one
offers you onion rings --

Aah! -- Don't eat them!

[ screaming ]

[ screaming continues ]

Someone scream
for a doctor?

[ panting ] there is
an angry baby inside of me.

Get it out!
You know, the last time
I delivered a baby,

You tried to steal it.

But why try to steal one

When making one
is so much more fun, right?

Dr. Whale.

We really need another doctor
in this town.

And what's with
the dye job?

Oh, so --
so emma changes her hair

And no one makes a fuss,

But I get ridiculed?

Come on.
You know you like it.

Oh, my god, stop talking!

Didn't I kill you
the last time I was here?

No, you just threw me
across the room.

I hope that doesn't happen again
this time.

Okay, all business today.
Got it.

Uh, let's get those
vitals going, get
that baby out of you.

Mary margaret:
Everybody get ready.

We have to protect that baby
from emma.

She's here?
She will be soon.

And we found that spell
to destroy light magic

In merlin's spell book.

The only thing she needs
other than excalibur is...

Cries of a newborn child.

she's not taking this baby.

Not while
I'm still alive.
Zelena: Regina.

Take this cuff off so I can
defend myself and my child.


You are far
from trustworthy.

But worry not.
I'll protect the baby.

What happens to you,
[ scoffs ]

Just do something!

[ screaming ]

Zelena: So, dark one,
who should I execute first?

Hmm? Your boyfriend
or your father?

You can have the flame.

Zelena, make sure that's real.

Now you want to give me
my family?

Or keep fighting?


Merlin: Please, emma.

Give him the flame.

This is a battle
you cannot win.

[ crackling ]

[ grunting ]

I wish you could defeat me,

But I've played this game
for too long.


[ grunts ]

[ groans ]

Merlin, kill her mother.

[ gasps ]
mary margaret!

It's no good.
They're too strong.

Keep trying.

you have to fight it.

I can't!

[ gasping ]

You are the greatest sorcerer
that has ever lived.

If you cannot
fight off the darkness,

No one can.


[ gasping ]

I said kill her!

By the sword,
I command you!

Kill her!

I can't hold him off
much longer.

You...Will...Kill her.

Not today, mate.


[ grunts ]

I know someone else
who needs that.

Get us out of here.

[ whoosh ]

Snow white: [ groans ]

I'm okay.

Thank you.
Easy, swan.

You got tagged
pretty good there.

So did you.

This thing?

Well, I've had worse cuts

Itching my nose
with the wrong hand.

Shh. Hold still.

Thank you.

Didn't even sting.

Look at that.

There's a sword.

Killian, we did it.

Now all I have to do
is light the spark

And then we can get
the darkness out.

Well, then let's do it
and go home.


Henry: You punched him?

Gave him a left hook,
if you know what I mean.

Well, the woods are clear.

Zelena and arthur
must have retreated

Somewhere far from here.

I'm afraid merlin
won't be much help.

Resisting excalibur
has taken its toll on him.

And emma?

How's she doing
with the spark?

Well, she said she needed
some time alone.

She took it outside.

Regina: Need a light?


I thought you could use
a friend.

[ sighs ]

He's playing with me.

He said I can't light it

Because I'm not ready
to let go of the darkness.

Are you?



No one knows
the lure of darkness

Better than I do.

You can lie to your parents,
you can lie to yourself.

But you can't lie to me.

I don't know.

Feels good, doesn't it?

Indulging every impulse,

Wielding great power,

Doing whatever you want.


Yes, it does.

Is that wrong?

[ sighs ]

Of course it is.

But it's also human.

Look, I know you, emma.

It took a long time,
but I really know you.

And you're not as weak
as I once was,

So if you're clinging
to the darkness,

You have good reason,

And it's beyond temptation,
so what is it?

I don't know.

There's a difference between
not knowing something

And not wanting
to admit it.

Those walls
you put up, emma,

It's time
they come down.

What are you doing?
Helping you
break the walls.

As your friend,
I command you, dark one,

Tell me, why are you so afraid
to give up the darkness?

Once I let it go,
I won't be able to
protect my family.

That's another wall,

Now...The truth.

It is.

Regina, please.

No, it's not.

You just have to be
brave enough

To knock down all those walls
you're hiding behind.

The dagger
can make you look,

But you --
you have to choose to see.

Now come on.

Come on, emma. See.

Tell me what
you're really afraid of!

what are you doing?
I'm getting answers.

By controlling her?
That's enough.
[ scoffs ]

Are you all right?

You really think
you're helping her
by being cruel?

I wasn't cruel.

I've been cruel.
And trust me,
you'd know it.

I was getting to the truth.

It's not my fault
that it's painful.

Zelena: [ grunts ]

[ panting ]


[ groans ]
you're almost there.

You're doing great.
One more push.

[ grunts ]

[ baby crying ]


It's a baby girl.

[ crying echoes ]

Am I really helping

It's the right thing to do,

So, are you ready to
meet the newest member
of your family?


I don't know.

[ knock on door ]



I have a daughter.

[ chuckles ]

That's wonderful.

Look who's
green with envy now?

[ whoosh ]

Look who's glowing.

I will not let you
take this baby.

Not without a fight.

That would be a problem
if it was the baby I was after.

Hook: [ grunts ]

[ coughs, groans ]

[ sighs ]

[ breathing heavily ]


Your insane girlfriend
sped up my pregnancy,

Kidnapped me
right after giving birth,

And separated me
from my little girl.

And they say I'm wicked.

Why would she do that?

What does she need you for?

From the looks of things,

She's casting a spell
to steal my magic.

Why does she need
more dark magic?

[ whoosh ]
emma: I don't.

I'm not taking
zelena's magic.

I'm giving her mine


you were right.

My plan is not to destroy
light magic.

It's been to destroy
dark magic --

The dark magic
that's inside of me.

If that were true,

Why keep it secret from me
or the rest of your family?

Because I knew
you would never let me do

What was necessary
to get the job done.

And that's
where I come in.

The darkness needs to be
contained in a vessel -- you.

what are you going to do?

What needs to be done.

I'm going to cut her down

With excalibur's
enchanted blade,

And the darkness will be
vanquished forever.

That's why you needed
my baby out.

I don't want anyone to get hurt
who doesn't have to.

There are limits.

You call those limits,

You're still talking about
cold-blooded murder.

she killed neal and marian.

Given time,
she will kill you, too.

After today,
you can be certain.

This isn't about zelena,

It's about you.

We went to camelot
for merlin's help.

Surely he has
a solution to the darkness

That doesn't
require this.

Merlin can't help us

Why not?

What happened there?

Why are you really
doing this?

Hook: There you are.

Been looking everywhere
for you.

Dagger's right here.

Regina was going to use it
on me.

Why not you?
What she did was wrong.

I'm sorry it had to happen.

It's funny. I'm not.

She was right.

I do know why I'm scared
to let go of the darkness.

Because of her,
I finally admitted
it to myself.

What are you
so afraid of, love?

This. Our future.

I see you talked
to henry.

Sometimes I forget that boys
can't keep secrets.

Don't blame him.

He just thought
it would help

If I knew what I had
to look forward to

When we got home.

What are you trying
to tell me?

That you can't ignite
the promethean flame

Because you're afraid to take
the plunge and move in with me?

It's not about moving in.


When I told you I loved you
back in storybrooke,

It was because I thought I was
never going to see you again.

It was the same way
with neal.

I could only admit
my true feelings

When I thought
I was losing him -- and you.

Well, I guess it's even worse
than I thought.

You can't even see
any future at all with me.

That's not it.
Don't you get it?

I'm afraid because I do
want a future with you.

You do?

And the minute
you take away the darkness,

That future begins.

I know it sounds crazy.

Doesn't sound crazy at all,

That sounds like music
to this pirate's ears.

You just have to trust me.

The future's
nothing to be afraid of.


Mary margaret:
I don't understand.

How can emma destroy light magic
using zelena?

Regina: She can't.
What is she planning?

Your guess is
as good as mine.

All I know is no one hurts
my sister but me.

What are you planning to do
once you find emma?

Oh, it's simple.

I'm going to show
the dark swan

What dark magic
really looks like.

Do you hear emma
pacing around up there?

You're her boy toy.
What do you think she's up to?

I'm no one's toy.

We need to find
a way to get rid of
these iron shackles

Before emma gets back.

Those shackles
aren't the problem.

This one is.

When regina put it back on,

She enchanted my wrist,
and I can't cut it off.

Without magic,

We're never gonna
get out of here alive.

It's a good thing
I happen to have some then.

You've got magic?

No. My hook does.

As you recall,

I imbued it with magic
to rip your heart out.

Well, go on, then.
What are you waiting for?

The last time
I tried helping you,

You betrayed me.

How do I know
I can trust you now?
You don't.

But you also
don't have a choice.

Fair point.

Well, then,
here's to trust.

[ sighs ]

[ whoosh ]




Feels so good to be back.

about that deal we made.

[ whoosh ]

Shall we get out of here?

David: Regina,
she's still our daughter.

Mary margaret:
We can't go to war with her.

If you don't have the stomach
for this --

I'm not
going to hurt her.

This is exactly why
she gave me the dagger.

She knew
I'm the only one

Who could do
what has to be done.

Now, stand back,

Or I'll make you
stand back.

No, we are coming
with you.

And not only
will we stop her,

We will save her.

[ door opens ]

I don't need saving.

You're gonna
have to trust me.

By the time
I'm done with zelena,

You'll all be thanking me,
especially you, regina.

And why would I thank you?

You don't remember this,
but back in camelot,

You helped me admit some things
about myself.

And now I'm ready
to repay the favor.

Because deep down,

We both know you'll be happier
when zelena is gone.


This is not the way,
miss swan,

And you know it.
We're back to miss swan?

Well, start acting
like emma again
and we'll talk.

I am emma.

Good, she's busy.

We'll have to sneak out
the back.

I'm not coming with you.
Are you joking?

I actually keep my word,

And you decide
to go down with the ship.

If I don't stop emma,

She'll just find somebody else
to put her darkness into,

And if I leave now,
I may never get
the answers I need.

And how are you
going to get them?

I don't think
she's in a sharing mood.

Emma stole squid ink
from gold's shop.

If I can find it,

Then I can get her to tell me
what I want.

Well then, you better hope
she doesn't find you first.




[ door opens, closes ]


I was trying
to help you.

I'm sorry, love.

You've left me no choice.

Regina was right.

You are a villain now,

And now you're gonna tell me

Exactly what happened in camelot
to make you that way.

How are you going to
make me do that?

I've got some ideas.

I see you found the squid ink,

Zelena, why the hell
did you come back?

I thought about
how you said you couldn't run

Until you got some answers,

And I realized
I couldn't run either --

Not without making
the dark one pay.

Whatever you think
you're doing...



[ grunts ]

[ laughs ]

I bet you didn't see
that coming, did you?

Of course that's nothing
compared to the surprise

That you're feeling
right now.

You're saying to yourself,

"I just got stabbed
in the chest.

Why shouldn't it
hurt more?

Why am I not dead?"

What the hell is happening?

Answer me, witch!

you could take my word,

Or you could
return the memories

That the dark one stole.

See for yourself.

I found this outside.

Don't trust her.

I can explain everything,

[ breathes shallowly ]

Do it.


Are you ready?

Then it's time

To destroy the darkness
once and for all.


[ crackles ]

Bloody hell.

Hook, what's wrong?

Mary margaret:
He's bleeding!

Hook: [ groans ]

Emma: Killian.

[ breathing
heavily ]

When did that happen?

It was excalibur.

But it was just a small cut.
I healed it.

Merlin: I'm afraid it only
seemed that way.

Excalibur was forged
to cut immortal ties.

A wound from it
cannot be healed.

Mary margaret:
What? There has to be
something we can do,

That she can do.
Even emma's power
isn't strong enough,

Nor is my own.

Killian, you have to hold on.
I can't lose you.

[ weakly ] it's all right.

Emma, it's all right.

No. Please, no.

Don't leave me.
You have to stay.

You have to stay.
Come on, killian.

What about
our future together?

Our future is now.

Reunite the blades

So I can see them
before I go.

[ grunts ]

Regina: No?

I'm not gonna let him
die when I know there's
a way to save him.


Merlin said it.
There's nothing you can do.

That's what he said,
but it's not true, is it?

You told me how powerful I am.
Let's use that power.

I-I can use
the promethean flame

To release you from excalibur,
and then I can use it

To tether hook's life to it

It could save him.
Emma, you know
what that could do.

Create another dark one.

It will
multiply the darkness

So that it cannot
be destroyed.

Not without you paying
the steepest of prices.

It will be your final step
into the dark.

I don't care
what happens to me.

Emma, wait.
Listen, you can't.

your parents are right.

If you could've saved
daniel or robin --

Look how far
you were willing to go,

How far you pushed me
to save him!

[ voice breaking ]
I'm not gonna lose killian.

I won't let anyone stop me.

[ weakly ] emma.


[ grunts ]

You're going to be okay.

No, please.

You have to let me go.

[ groans ]

I don't want to pay
this price.

I don't -- I don't want
to become that.

You won't.

You can fight the darkness.
I can help you.

We can do it together.

I'm not as strong
as you are...Or merlin.

I'm weak.

The things I've done --
I've done.

I've succumbed to darkness
before in my life.

And it took centuries
to push it away.

I don't know
if I can do it again.

But our future...

I'll just be happy knowing

That --
that you have one.


That's not enough for me!

[ crying ]


[ buzzing ]

[ whoosh ]

What's happening?

It's too late.



[ sighs ]

I'm so sorry, killian.

But I did not
have a choice.

No, no, no.

No, there has to be
some other explanation.


Are you finding the truth
hard to swallow?


Have a look at the sword.

A glamour spell.

[ chuckles ]

It was there the whole time
right under your nose,

And you didn't even see it.

[ laughs ]

Ooh, I suppose it's not
the dark one anymore, is it?

More like the dark ones.

So, that's why you saved my life
twice tonight.

I was never in any danger.

You just wanted to keep me
from the truth.

I wanted to fix it
first to make up for
what I had done.

By killing me?

How sweet.

It was the only way

To destroy the darkness
in both of us.

Everything I've done
since we got back
to storybrooke

Was to try to save you,

This is saving?

How could you do this
to me?

I'm sorry.

So much for our future,

[ chuckles ]

Now, tell me.

Are you ready to learn
what else happened in camelot?


But first we have to
take care of her.