Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 7, Episode 1 - Hyperion Heights - full transcript

Years after Henry leaves Storybrooke, he encounters Cinderella in another realm. In the present day, Lucy finds Henry under a new curse in Seattle, determined to make him remember his true self.






Henry, are you sure about this?

I was hoping after high school,
you'd think about college.

I know. But college
isn't going anywhere.

I just... I need to do this.

Operation Cobra is over.

We did it. We have our happy endings.

So then why leave?

Because I'm still the Author.

I've been writing
everyone else's stories.

I need to figure out
what my story is.

And... it's not here.

Then where do you think it is?

I don't know.

But when I finished the book,

I returned it to the Sorcerer's mansion.

And you know what I found?

Hundreds of other books.

With the stories I thought
I knew, but told differently.

Like, you know how
there's a French Snow White

and an Italian one...

There's endless possibilities.

And what does that have to do with you?

I'm not in any of them.

I'm the only me.

It's time I figure out where I belong.

[EXHALES] Henry, if that's
the only bean you have,

getting back here is...

Will be an adventure.

That's where I'm going.

I love you, Mom.

I love you too.








[Lord Huron's "Fool for Love" plays]


♪ I'm leaving this place behind ♪

♪ And I'm heading out
on the road tonight ♪

♪ I'm off for the winter lands ♪

♪ Way up north to have
taught you to stand ♪

♪ Before I commence my ride ♪

♪ I'm asking Lily to be my bride ♪

♪ I know there's another man ♪

♪ But he ain't gonna delay my plans ♪

♪ You know I bet he's not so tough ♪

♪ Ain't afraid of him
'cause I'm a fool for love ♪




Uh, hello?

Hi. Are you Henry Mills?

Yeah. Who are you?

My name's Lucy.

I'm your daughter.

Is this some kind of a joke?
Kid, I don't have a daughter.

Oh, that's just the curse.
It changed all your memories.

- A curse, huh?
- Huh...

I kind of expected my favorite writer

to have a little more...


This place is a dump.

You know, I didn't exactly
write "Harry Potter"...

Or anything since that one book...

"Poetic opening line goes here."

You got some work to do.

Not all stories come easy.
Sophomore albums are hard.

And actually, this is
none of your business.

What are you, some kind
of stalkery super fan?

- No, I'm your dau...
- Daughter. Right.


Unh-unh, it's like your book.

You just don't remember
'cause you're cursed.

This is why you're not writing now.

It's because you're not
living your own story.

[SIGHS] Come with me to my
neighborhood, Hyperion Heights.

Hyperion Heights?

- It's like your Storybrooke.
- No, it's not.

It's a real neighborhood in Seattle.

A real city with real people.

And living with them... your family.

And the other cursed
fairy-tale characters.

Come with me.

You can meet your true
love and break the curse...

My true love?

My mom.

- Cinderella.
- Mm.

You met her in the
last chapter, remember?

Kid, none of that was real.

Snow White isn't my grandma.

My shrink isn't Jiminy Cricket.

I never flew with Peter Pan

and I never crashed into
Cinderella's carriage.

No, it's true. You returned
all the happy endings.

And now my mom and all the
others need you to do it again.

The curse put most people
in Hyperion Heights, but...

I hear that's an
up-and-coming neighborhood.

Doesn't really sound like a curse to me.

It is!

It's up-and-coming
because my step-grandma,

Cinderella's step-mom,

is trying to bring
people from this world in,

so all the fairy-tale
characters move out.

Move away. Get separated.

Just like you lost Cinderella,

everyone will lose each other...


Sad story, kid.

But that's all it is. Now
come on, I got stuff to do.

But my mom! She needs...

Look kid, I'm sorry about your mom.

But I'm not some magic
fairy-tale character

who can swoop in and change her life.

She's got to do what we all do.

She's got to save herself.


You're late.


I ran here as fast as I could,

but my... but my roommate took
too long in the bathroom...

and then the door got stuck...

- I don't give a crap!

I'm paying you for 39 hours...


Really, Carl?

That's coming out of your paycheck.

Hey, Louie, lay off.

It's just chicken.

You don't need to be a jerk about it.


Now! Or get out.

I can't, because it's true.

You're a jerk.

You think you know me so well, huh?

I know you.

I've known a million yous.

Single mom. Kid to take care of.

No real skills other than that temper.

You need this job.

This is the best you
can do, and you know it.

So, yeah,

you're gonna apologize.



Uh, Cinderella? Are you okay?

Come on. Come on, wake up. Come on.

- You okay?

I think so.

The hyacinths broke my fall.

Your lucky flower.

And you broke my carriage.

And scared off Felipe.


My s...

My steed.

It's, uh, one with an actual head,

unlike your headless-horse contraption.


What the hell were you
doing there, anyway?

Uh, heading home,

and, well, time is
kind of of the essence.

Is your home going somewhere?

No, but the way home is.

I'm from another realm.

Portals and, well,
they don't stay open...

Enough. I have somewhere to be too.

And I am not walking the rest
of the way in glass slippers.

Right, the slippers. Your story...

My story?

Well, yeah, sure. Everyone knows it.

You know, from the books.
And there was the cartoon.

Who are you?

That doesn't really matter right now,

because it's your story we got to fix.

Don't you have a prince to find?


I do.

Well, maybe I can give you a ride.

You want me to get on that thing?

Well, yeah. You're gonna love it.

"If you want to see your
laptop again, meet me at Roni's.

Take a left at the Troll
under the Aurora Bridge."


Uh... hello?


Uh, excuse me? Is this Roni's?

[SIGHS] I sure hope so.

Or else I put the wrong sign out front.

I'm Roni.

What can I get ya?

It's your lucky day, kid.

Whole bar's half off till midnight.

Midnight, huh? Then what?
Place turns into a pumpkin?

[CHUCKLES] More like a juice bar,

or... whatever the bitch
who bought us out drinks.

You're selling, huh?

Well, neighborhood's changing.

And not by choice. By Belfrey.

By what-frey?

Victoria Belfrey?

She's buying up everything.
Bringing folks in.

This used to be...

used to be a community here.

Used to be nice.

Now... everyone's scattering.


Can't fight the power, right?

Might as well take the money.

- You don't exactly look

like you're having a banner day either.

Been interesting, that's for sure.

What gives?

Imagine if I walked through that door

and told you that I was your son.

That would be a kicker.

It's pretty simple. You
turn here to give it gas.

Squeeze here for the
breaks to slow it down.

Squeeze here to shift gears.

A lot of squeezing.

[LAUGHS] Yeah.

Here... how about you
hop on, I can show you.

All you have to do is hold on tight.

Well, I suppose there are
worse ways of getting to a ball

than getting escorted by a handsome man

in a tiny smoke-breathing carriage.

- Motorcycle.
- Ahh.

Did you say handsome?

Would you show me the
gas and breaks again?


- Mm-hmm.

See? Simple.

- [LAUGHS SOFTLY] Oh, one more thing.
- Yeah?

My story... how does it end?

Do the Prince and I just dance
and live happily ever after?

There's usually a
complication before that.

He has to find you.

How does he do that?

In most versions, you
leave him a sign...

The glass slipper...

- Which he uses to find the girl who fits it.

- Wha...
- That is ridiculous.

Do you know how many girls
have the same size foot as me?

- Yeah.
- Mm.

A plot hole. For sure.

And, uh, I don't believe in signs.

Well, that's how it goes.


Well, maybe it could use a twist?


- Thanks for the lesson.

Whoa, whoa!

What're you doing home so early?

I quit.


You know, Louie, he's...

Yeah, I know what Louie is.

He's what you grin and bear

so that the singles in the
rent jar don't get lonely.

I'll figure something out.

What's your step-mom gonna say?

You know, she wasn't thrilled

to let you have custody
of Lucy with a job.

So now...

She's not gonna say a thing,
because she is never gonna know.


Speaking of that uptight crone,

it's time for Lucy to go to her.

- She almost ready?
- Don't know.

Door's been closed all morning.

If she's still asleep...

Her grandma will kill me if she's late!




Oh, no!

I'm gonna kill her!


My step-mother's gonna
kill the both of us.

She's coming up!

Come on, people, look alive!

You, clean that up!

You, take off that ridiculous tie!

Everybody look busy! And
remember, not eye contact!


- Good morning.
- Is it?

So tell me, how is it that
I have three assistants

and none of them know
where my granddaughter is?

- Why wasn't she at the house?
- I don't know.

I've been trying to get
a hold of Jacinda all day.

Stop trying.

Start succeeding.

Or must I do everything myself?

So your Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.

You're not very impressive
without your wings.

My wings... they're gone!

I cut them off. While you were sleeping.


But why? Why are you doing this?

Consider it a "teaching moment"

for my other daughter.

Are you done here, Mother?

I have a ball to get to,
and the Prince won't...

Isn't going anywhere, Drizella.

And if you're going to be a princess,

you need to understand

what real power looks like.

You have her wand. Can I?

Never rely on magic.

Magic isn't power...

because magic can be taken.

But fear...

fear lasts forever.

Of course, Mother. I'm sorry.

As you should be.

I suppose there's no harm in
using this wand just the once.

How does this work?

Something like...


I guess that was it.

If Cinderella ever returns,
have her clean that up.



- What are you doing?
- Making a wish

before Grandma demolishes
this whole place for condos.

Demolishes what place, baby?

This? It's just a sad and a random lot.

No... this used to be a garden.

- Things used to grow here. They can again.
- Right.

See, I found this quarter right here.

It's a sign.

Things can change.

I don't believe in signs.

Throwing that in there,

it's just a waste of a quarter.

Not if the wish comes true.



Uh... still empty.

Give it time.

Okay, now come on.

Got to get you ready for ballet class.

You already got me in enough
trouble with my step-mom today.


Yeah, I know.

Where did you go anyway?

I found my dad.


REGINA: Oh, hey,
Jacinda. How's it going?

Great. Lucy's stealing
computers now so... that's new.

Never a dull moment with that kid.

of my little felon...

you must be Henry.

I'm so sorry about all this.

I don't know what's gotten into her,

but I promise you,
it won't happen again.


Oh... Oh, oh... no... uh, nothing.

Nothing. I'm just, uh, relieved.

And I was starting to wonder
if I really did have a kid.

But clearly I don't,
because meeting you...

I would definitely remember.

Well, that's a...


Looks like you two kids
need an ice breaker.

On the house.

Cheers. [CHUCKLES]


Oh, frog legs. No...

No, thank you.


May I have this dance?

Thanks, but I'm not
really the dancing type.

Yeah, I picked up on that.

Brought your lucky flower... a hyacinth.

I promise not to knock you over again...

It is lovely.


One dance.


If you're here about your
headless horse, it's out back.


I'm less concerned with that
than the dagger you stole.

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

Oh, really? Then what's this?

It has my initials engraved on the hilt.

"H.M." Henry Mills.

Are you crazy?

You didn't come here to fall in
love with the Prince, did you?

No, I didn't.

I came here to kill him.

Why would you do that?

'Cause that "prince"
took everything from me.

"He killed my father,

and I've been locked up
sweeping floors ever since."

You're gonna throw your
life away for revenge?

Once you kill him, they'll kill you.

That's not a happy ending.

There is no happy ending for me.

Maybe things are changing.

Maybe me crashing into your carriage

was a sign you can start over.

I told you, I don't believe in signs.

What if I told you I know a place.

A land where people
start over all the time.

I'm going back tonight.
You can come with me.

Start over.

Find your own story.

Sounds lovely, but...

my father, he meant the world to me.

I just can't let it go.

No, no, no! No, hey, wait!




[STRAINED] What did you do?


You should really be more
careful what you drink.

I'm Alice.

I need to see Weaver.


Someone to see you, Weaver.

- What?
- There's someone new in town.

Thought you'd want to know.


So... I take it there's
no father in the picture?

Well, there was this guy,
but it was just a fling.

Not my proudest moment,
but, uh, it gave me Lucy.

And I wouldn't change
that for the world.

As for the rest of my life...

Hm. Not too happy with your story?

What would you change?


Well, every day on my way to work,

I see this island out in the bay.

And I always imagine...

What if Lucy and I had
a little home there?

There's a lighthouse, and gardens,

and it just looks like the kind of place

where people live quiet, happy lives.

I guess it's not much of a story.

I think it sounds perfect.


The bar's yours at midnight, Victoria.

Take a hike till then.

Happy to... as soon as Jacinda tells me

what the hell is going on.

Lucy is sneaking out of your
house in the middle of the night

to meet up with some strange man?

I can explain that.

It's okay, Henry. This isn't your fault.

I'll fix it.


By day-drinking?

If I remember, that's
how we ended up with Lucy

in the first place.

That's not fair.

Life isn't fair, Jacinda.

Lucy needs some stability.

She needs someone she can count on.

What are you saying?

As of tomorrow, Lucy
moves back in with me,



Well, I'm starting to understand
the whole Cinderella thing.

I don't know what you're doing here,

but you're not helping anyone.

Lucy is a lonely little girl, Mr. Mills.

Whatever hole you're trying to fill...

she's not your answer.

So do her a favor, and
go back to your books.

Your fairy lands. Whatever
nonsense you write.

Because in this world...
the real world...

People get hurt.

And if that happens,

you'll be sorry you ever
stepped foot on this street.

Hey. Hello. I think my car was stolen.

Really? That sucks.

Yeah. So... can you look for it?

Sure. No problem.

How 'bout I, uh, look
under my desk here.


- I'm stumped.

Don't worry. I'll help you.

Some of us still care about police work.

Some of us still want to help people.

Have at it, Eagle Scout.

So what happened, mate?

Missing auto?

All right. Here. Fill this out.

How long's this gonna take?

[SIGHS] Well, that's hard to tell.

I'll call around the impound lots,

but honestly... most people find them

stripped in a parking lot somewhere.

So our best bet's hitting the pavement.

Yeah. Okay. Fine. Whatever it takes.

I got to get out of this place.


Can you get me out of this, please?

Out of what?



Wait, "Alice"?

You're the
Alice? From Wonderland?

And other places. [SIGHS]

You have one weird trip and
it's all anyone knows about you.

Okay, well, I don't know
what this is all about,

Alice from... wherever,

but I got to get back now.

Oh, no. Mm.

You can't do that.

Why not?

Because this isn't your story,

Henry Mills.

How do you know who I am?

I don't...

but Rumplestiltskin does.

You know Rumple?

Don't you know by now your
grandpa knows everyone?

He's watching out for you.

Okay, look, I don't
have time for mind games.

This isn't a game. Trust me.

When it's not your story...

bad things happen.

You gonna stop me?

Oh, no.

When bad things happen...

I want to be far, far away.

Forget that Cinderella

and go home.

When someone needs help, I help them.

Been looking for you.

So, tell me. I want to hear everything.

My car was stolen.


You didn't help with
that in any way, did you?

Of course not.

My feet can't even reach the pedal.


Well, if you remember
anything, you let me know. Okay?

Wait. Where are you going?

To look for my car, and
then I'm... going home.

But you are home.

Lucy, listen to me.

Your mom is really nice.

And I get the feeling that you
don't have the easiest life,

and I'm sorry about that,

but I am not the one who can save you.

You still don't believe me.

But you always believe!

I can't go through this again.


It didn't happen right
away with Emma either.

Lucy, it was just a book.

You are not my daughter.

- But how do you know that?
- [VOICE BREAKING] Because I know.

- That's the curse.
- Stop it, Lucy! It's not a curse!

I know because I had a family, okay?

And I lost them.

- What?
- I had a family.

I had a wife and a kid that I
loved more than anything, and...

Lucy, there was a fire...

and they died.

No. No, those are your cursed memories.

I'm your daughter
and my mom is your wife

- and your true love!
- But Lucy, listen to me.

I would give anything for
another chance at a family,

- but...
- You don't need another chance.

We are your family.

you have to believe me.

You have to. It's why you can't write.

You're waiting for the
perfect first sentence.

But no story is perfect.

It just needs to start.

I'm sorry, Lucy. I really am.


Get in.

Why? Where are we going?

To live our story.


Damn it!

Stupid car!

It's not the car. It's the curse.

It wants us to stay here.

Come on, baby. We're walking.


I must say, when my father
suggested this garish affair

as a way to find a royal
bride, I had my doubts.


But who knew I'd find a
girl as stunning as you...

You don't recognize me, do you?

Simple girl from a simple family

that you destroyed.


I can't.

Thank you. You won't re...



You never quite manage to finish
your chores, do you Cinderella?


That fool rejected my Drizella.

His younger brother, now...

there's a man of taste.

He's taken quite a shine to my girl.

I had hoped that you would
do my dirty work for me.

But at least there's one
thing you can still do...


This woman assassinated the Prince!



Take my bike and wait
for me where we first met.

The portal to my land opens at midnight.

You'll be safe there. You need to go!

Stop that girl!

That girl killed the Prince!



HENRY: Really? You checked
every lot and chop shop

and none of them have my car?

Yes. And seeing as I'm the only
one here willing to help you,

you might want to curb
your agitation a bit.


Look, I'm on your
side. Just give me time.

Officer Rogers, whatever
you're working on can wait.

Ms. Belfrey, what can I do for you?

Find my granddaughter.

Lucy's missing?

Mr. Mills, you're still here.

Believe me, I'm trying not to be.

Just need to find my car.

Hm. Jacinda's also missing.

I don't suppose you have
any idea where they ran off to,

do you?



Mr. Mills...

I do know what you think of me,

but I do care about my girls.

You sure have a funny way of showing it.

Jacinda tends to make mistakes.

But if she wants to build a better life

for herself and her daughter,

she simply can't do it by
running away from her problems.

Tell me what you know.

You want your car back?

Help me find my girls.

I'm not going! Lucy, no.

Hey. [VOICE BREAKING] We can't stay.


Listen, baby...

There's something you don't know.

Grandma wants you to live with her.


What? Why?

It doesn't matter.

See that island over there?

That's where
our story begins, Luce.

That's where we can have a fresh start.


But what about Henry
and breaking the curse?

You have such a big and
beautiful imagination.

And I know why you want
to believe in fairy tales.

Because life is hard.

You got to believe in something.

But just this once,

can you believe in me?

I believe, Mom.

I believe in you.


Lucy, come here. Now.

Your grandmother is worried sick.

Just not worried enough to show up.

How'd you find us?

Mr. Mills told us about
your little island fantasy.

He was only trying to help.

That's not true. He...
he wouldn't do that.

The truth hurts more than fiction.

Speaking of which...


Officer Rogers, can you
please put this in evidence?

Or get rid of it. Or destroy
it. Or... I don't care.

It has caused enough trouble.

Everything okay?

Yeah, everything's okay.

They found it, hm?


Cops found it abandoned
on the side of the road.

Nothing taken. No damage.

Doesn't make any sense.

Yeah, well, life doesn't
make any sense sometimes.

But you got what you
wanted, so that's good.

For you. I hope it was worth it.

Look, I didn't ask to be
dragged into your family drama.

Goodbye, Henry Mills.

And good luck on that second book.



Cinderella, I'm here!



Yeah, I know. I was
crazy to think she'd come.

- Ah, you get it.



Operation Glass Slipper is a go.

Hey, Eagle Scout.

I hear congrats are in order.

What are you talking about?

You made detective.

Looks like somebody
has a fairy godmother.

Ms. Belfrey must have
taken a liking to you.

Come on, I'll introduce
you to your new partner.

GOLD: So I tell the punk, "Go ahead.

Give me the finger one more time,

and you'll be picking it off the floor."

MAN: And did he?

No. But I broke his finger anyway.


Hey, Detective. Special delivery for ya.

Meet your new partner.

A pleasure...



We'll do great work together.




I don't think I'm gonna
give you my bar today.

What? We had a deal.

Yeah, well, that was yesterday.

And what happened today?

Your step-daughter...

She inspired me.

By running away?

By not giving in to you.

You're so used to pushing people around,

I think it's time you
felt what it's like

when someone pushes back.

You can't win.


Maybe not.

Today... I watched you
march into my bar

acting like you own the place.

And you know what?

I didn't like it.

And I realized...

if I sign this piece of paper
you will own this place.

And that I really don't like.

This is my bar.

It's my home.

It's my life.

Sure, it's seen better days,

but that doesn't mean it
won't have better days again.

And just because life isn't
what you want it to be right now,

doesn't mean you should tear it down.

I started thinking about

all the things I want to do and have

that I'm not doing or having.

Excuse me?

- This is 10th and Oak, right?
- Uh-huh.

Shouldn't there be a
cemetery right here?

Not that I know of.

Been like this long as I can remember.

REGINA: And how everyone
in this neighborhood

seems to have given up

imagining what a better
life might look like...

But if we can admit to ourselves

what we want is out there somewhere...

then maybe we can fight for it.

And if we do that... then
we're halfway to getting it.

That's the thing about
the people of this town...

Things can seem...


When suddenly,

someone gives the rest of us...



Because the first step
to a new beginning...

is imagining that one is even possible.

And I'll be damned

if I stand by

and let a bully like you...

take that away from us anymore.

Now if you'll excuse me.

You'll regret this, Roni.

Uh, doubtful.

Regret's not really my thing.