Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 7, Episode 19 - Flower Child - full transcript

Tilly and Rogers find themselves in danger after an encounter with Eloise; Henry and Jacinda's relationship takes a step forward; young Gothel seeks revenge after her home is destroyed.

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So you were just gonna
abandon this baby here?

The only way I can escape
this prison

is by leaving someone
in my bloodline

to take my place.

Is that what you're looking for?

After everything
that's happened,

I might just believe anything.

This is the M.E. 's
report on Nick.

A lawyer turned serial killer
was stabbed through the heart

one time, from the inside.
And the question is,

what the hell is going on
in this town?

Jacinda, according to that,
Lucy's been right.

I am her father.

Soon, we'll find
our sisters.

And then the Coven of the Eight
will be joined.

It'll be dark soon.
Perhaps we should turn around.

Yarrow, please.

Just trust me.

Want to show you
something beautiful.

What if they
see us? We should go.

- Gothel, we don't belong...
- Look at them.

Have you ever seen
anything like it?

I want to touch the fabric.

Want to know what it
feels like.

To what end?

It'll never be ours.
That's their world.

You sound just like mother.

If you don't wanna be here,
go home without me.

- You'll be in so much trouble.
- I don't care.


I'm so sorry.

- I shouldn't be here.
- Wait!

What was that?

It was magic, wasn't it?

It was harmless. I swear.

Please don't be angry.

Please don't tell anybody.

Why would we be angry?

We've never met anyone
with magic before.

It's incredible!

Well, most people
are frightened.

We're not most people.

We think it's wonderful.

Maybe someday
you can teach us?

Yes, yes! I'd be delighted
to teach you magic.

It seems we found
a new sister today.

- Me?
- Oh, yes.

But we should find you
something decent to wear.

Tomorrow, Lord Adriel's
hosting a party.

He throws the most
elegant affairs.

You must come.

Just what I need today,

a visit from a weirdo
cult leader.

You're here to see
Rogers and Weaver?

I'm here to see you.

- Me?
- Yes, you.

You're going to help me
because I need someone

in your position.

Sorry, lady,
not interested.

You sure about that?

Because it seems to me
you're very interested.

It seems
to me you can't say no.

What do you need?

My sisters are asleep.

And I need your help
to wake them up.

Time has come for the coven
to return.

Now that we're alone,
we should talk.

This is real.

No. See, it's not.

'Cause you can't be
Lucy's father

because you and I,
we never...

- Well...
- Maybe...

You ever been to Cabo?

I know, I know, I...
I would've remembered.

But still,
somehow this happened.

Okay? So there's gotta
be some sort of...


Now, what if...

Lucy is right?

What if my crazy book
is real?

You really think
you're Lucy's father

and somehow I magically
forgot about it?

When I met you...

in Hyperion Heights...

- I loved you immediately.
- Henry.

No. I can say it.

Love at first sight.

But maybe it's because
it wasn't actually

love at first sight.
Maybe everything I felt

was because we already
loved each other.

- You really believe...
- Yes.

I think I do.

If I'm Cinderella, then
where's my blue dress?

- My glass slipper?
- Ah.

My sanity for even having
this conversation.

Well, I don't know
about the rest...



It's your slipper. Or part of it.
We found these.

- It's just broken glass.
- Maybe.

Maybe not.

Here... take this.

Does that do anything?
Will you...

do that for me? Will you...

open your mind?

Just try.

Sabine's texting me.

Drew bailed on work.
I gotta get to the truck.

- She needs me to man the fryer.
- Hey. Hey.

Are you leaving for Sabine

because I freaked you out?

Maybe a little of both.

Can you please let me
outta here?

I don't belong here.

The last guy that got locked up
inside this place ended up dead.

Excellent, well, I'm glad
you're up to speed,

because that's exactly
what I wanted to discuss.

I took your suggestion.

And looked at Nick Branson's
M.E. report

and it doesn't make any sense.
It says he was stabbed.

- From the inside.
- I told you Samdi was powerful.

Now, you see, I'm gonna need
you to be more descriptive

- than that. How did he do this?
- He used magic.


So that's your story?

- Magic is real, Detective.
- Magic is a fairy tale.

Yes, it is.
It's not from this land,

a land without magic.

But there are shreds of it
that have made their way over.

The sooner you accept that,

the more likely
that you're gonna survive.

Why do you think Nick
was killing all those women anyway?

- He was targeting a cult.
- Not a cult. A coven.

He was hunting
down witches.

There's no such thing.

And there's no way a man can be stabbed
from the inside.

Believe whatever you like,

But there is a war brewing.
And no one in this city is safe.

I've done as you asked.

I've woken them.

At last.

My sisters, it's so good
to see you again.

Now it's time to reclaim
what was once ours.

That is enough masquerading
for one day, Daughter.

Darling, you can yearn
to be something else,

but you can't deny
what you truly are.

A Tree Nymph
like all of us.

- Be proud.
- Yes, Mother.

I hear you've been
with the humans.


Humans are mercurial creatures.
Conflicted and irrational.

But the ones I met today
are different.

They're not afraid
of magic.

You are not human.

No matter how drawn
you are to them.

Darling, you are
of eternal nature.

Like all of our kind.

- Raised in the stead...
- Steadiness of seasons.

I know, I know it all, Mother.
I've heard it all.

What is before you
is a great honor.

The mantle of "Mother"
will be yours.

But I want freedom.

Well, when I pass
the mantle on to you,

you will be Mother of all
of the magic in the land.

That is freedom.

Then why does it feel
like a prison?

Because you cannot exist

both with your family
and with the humans.

- So, I do have a choice?
- Well, of course.

But you are my daughter...

and I know you'll be wise.

You'll realize
that the only choice

is to follow your duties.

To follow nature.

Your girl's lovely, Tilly.

- How do you know my name?
- I know more than your name.

Bully for you. And I know
who you are too.

You're part of that cult
and I want you out of my sight.

- I just wanna talk.
- Why the hell

would I wanna
talk to you?

Because I'm your mother.

No. It's not possible.

My mother left years ago.

So, either you're a liar
or a monster.

Because what kind of woman
abandons her child?

I know I was selfish...

and it's no excuse,
but the world was...

It was cruel to me.

And I became cruel, too.

But I want to change.

Maybe if you could forgive me...

maybe you'd find peace.

You'd get back what I took
from you.

You'd feel wanted.

I already am wanted.

Already have people
who care for me.

Let me guess...
Roni's not returning your calls?

How did you get past Monique?

I broke into your apartment,
charming Monique was nothing.

I shouldn't have
underestimated you.

And how do you know
Roni isn't returning my calls?

Weaver stole the magic
you gave her to cure Henry.

And until she can find
a way to save him,

she's not dealing
with anything else.

Double-crossed by her
oldest friend, was she?

Yeah, that's why I'm here.

If you had magic
to give her once,

there must be more.
There has to be.

That piece of magic,

like all such things
in this land,

was terribly difficult
to come by.

Imagine you're the hero
and save Henry.

Roni'd be real grateful, right?

More so than if I told her
how you wouldn't help.

Quite the blackmailer,
aren't you?

All right, I'll see
what I can do.

But I'm going to need
your assistance.

What do I need to do?

Find something that came
over in the curse,

a symbol of Henry
and Jacinda's love.

If you do...

we might be able to glean
some magic from it.

I can do that.
I'll figure something out.

Good. Because you're not
the only one

who wants this curse broken.

A storm of witches is brewing...

and if we're going to survive,
I'm going to need magic.

All of us will.

- Hey. What's wrong?
- This.

This woman is what's wrong.

She just told me
she's my mother.

It seems crazy, right?

I mean, she's not that much
older than me.

There's something
about her.


This seems crazy,
but there's something about her.

You're not the only one looking
into crazy right now.

I'm investigating
an impossible crime.

It shares one thing with
your non-delusion-delusion.

- Eloise Gardener.
- So, you believe me?

Well, I've learned never
to doubt you.

Whatever's going on here,
no matter how crazy...

we'll figure it out.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Enjoying yourself?

More than I ever dreamed.

Good, and it's about
to get better.

I've been telling my friends
all about you.

You said you'd teach
us magic, yes?

- Mm-hmm.
- Come on, Isla.

She can't do magic
in front of everyone.

Of course not, silly.
But I have the perfect place.

Oh, please, say you will.
Can't you show us just a little?

Why not?

I've always dreamed
of being special like you.

Do you think I can be?


Magic's not as mysterious
as people think.

It's all around us,
if you know where to look.

Even here, in a place like this?

Especially in a place like this.

I'll show you.

You don't have
to do this, Gothel.

No, it's fine.

These plants could use
a little magic.

People forget
that they're alive,

just like they are.

And probably
even more so

because nothing
from the earth...

ever truly dies. You see that...

is the secret to magic.

The roots are right there...

just waiting to be reborn.

It's beautiful,
isn't it?

It is.

Such a pity.

What are you doing?

Did you really think putting on
a ball gown made you one of us?

What's under that dress? Scales?

Stop it!

You lied?

You are an abomination.

Or maybe you just
need a bath.

No! No! No! No!

Aw. That...

That's a much better look
on you, Gothel.

Now you can grow your roots
in some other land,

far away from us.

Because whatever thing you are,
you don't belong in our world.


Let's go.

You're Margot, right?
Tilly's friend.


- Sorry, do I know you?
- Probably not,

but I feel like I know you.
I'm a close relation of Tilly's.

- Really?
- Mm-hmm.

Well, any friend of Tilly's
gets a drink on the house.

Do you wanna try something
from the new "Wanderlust Menu?"

It's inspired by all
the best drinks

- I had on my travels.
- Ah. Impressive list.


- Is that an Indian drink I see?
- It is.

And it's made
with real rose petals.

It'll blow your mind.

Such a beautiful country.

They... they have
these sprightly trees

called Arunachal hopea.

They went extinct
nearly 20 years ago,

people thought
they'd make good fence posts.

- That's terrible.
- But that's what people do,

they destroy things.
I've been a gardener my whole life,

and I can honestly say
there's no greater pest

than humanity.

You don't remember this,
but we've met before.

Such an insipid human you were.
Not the least bit helpful.

This time...

I have a feeling you're going
to give me exactly what I need.

Ow. What the hell?

But are you sure
that you wanna drag Henry

into our Eloise Gardener

Well, yeah, he solved
the Candy Killer case,

and he wrote a book
about magic.

He's gotta know something
about witches.

Yeah... but what if
he thinks that we...

- Crazy?
- Yeah.

Welcome to my world.


What's up?

Can we come in?

Kind of in the middle
of somethin' right now.

Is it urgent?

I mean, you're not, like,
on the run, are you?

Not today. But I did
find out my mother

might be Eloise Gardener,
and she's either a witch

or a cult leader.
Or both, I suppose.

And that Nick guy?
He was killed by voodoo magic.

In other words, yes.
It is rather urgent.

Right. Ah.

Yeah, okay.

Wow. Guess we're not
the only ones who are crazy.

Yeah, I was thinkin'...

maybe my book is real.

There are just
too many odd things

in Hyperion Heights
to keep ignoring.

I once saw a photo of Roni
and me at eight

that can't be explained.

I've got, uh...

this swan key chain, okay?
Weaver's tea cup,

it's an exact copy, down
to the placement of the chip,

as the one on page 147
in my book.

Real or not, we still
don't have any answers

as to what Eloise's plan is.

Yeah, one question.
If Eloise really is a witch,

why isn't she using magic?

Because in a land
without it,

she probably doesn't
have enough.

In my book, the bigger
the spell,

the bigger the magic
needed to cast it.

So whatever source of magic

this coven's trying
to get its hands on,

if we can keep them from it...

then we can probably stop 'em.

Whatever their plan is.


That coven thing
you were lookin' at.

Just got a lead that
might connect.

Group of shady women
were spotted

entering the Hyperion Theater.

- Hope that helps.
- Oh, to get a real, concrete

lead today, you've got
no idea. Thanks.

I just got a tip on Eloise.
It has to be followed up.

I'll tag along.
Your logic and my ill-logic

might crack this thing open.

You okay? I can take
you home if you like.

What if Eloise Gardener
is home?

I always wanted a mom.

But she doesn't strike me
as the tuck-me-into-bed type.

Look, just because biology
says someone is a mother,

doesn't make them one.

And whatever the truth is, Til,
I'll help you figure it out.


If Henry's curse theory
is correct...

lots of people are
right next to the truth

and they don't
even know it.

It's cruel, really,

to be so close to happiness
and kept so far away from it.

What made you
so nostalgic, Luce?

Just after everything
that's happened.

Nick not being
who he seemed.

It's nice
to remember who we are.

- Aw!
- What's "BL" stand for?

It's 'Before Lucy.'
Trust me, there's nothing in there

you're gonna care about.

What's this really about?

Truth is, I'm not looking
for things to help me forget

about Nick being my dad.

I'm looking for things
that say Henry Mills is.

I know it seems impossible,

but you once drove me to a boat
and told me to believe in you,

that we could run away
together, and I did.

Now I'm asking you
to do the same.

Believe with me
this is possible.

Concert tickets.

My stuffed frog.

Old T-shirt from...


It's from a diner
where Henry grew up.

Bet he took it with him
to the Enchanted Forest.

What's this?

I... I've never seen that.

It's the glass slipper.

I knew it!
You're Cinderella.

Look, I know these
can be a bit boring.

Oh, no. It's exciting.

I get to do nothing with
someone for a change!

I am a bit hungry though.

Aw, thank you. Even better.

For everything.

For caring for me today,
for letting me live with you.

Don't know how I got to be so lucky
for you to be so nice

to a strange...
stranger like me.

There she is.

- You wait right here.
- I'm staying nowhere.




Where are you?

It's too late.

Humans came...

they destroyed
this grove.

Each swing of their axe,
each touch of their torch...

took the spirits
of your sisters one by one.

Everything you said
about the humans was right.

And I failed you.


No. My darling,
you haven't failed me yet.

Nature has taken
its course...

and now you are the Mother.

And you hold...

a very powerful seed
of magic within you.

They'll pay.

- Every one of them will pay.
- No.

Instead, you find
a place to grow anew.

That is your
responsibility now.

Remember what you were destined
to blossom into...

my daughter.

All Mothers know...

that only goodness can
bear sweet fruit.

Mother? Mother?



What're you doing out here,
mate? Is something wrong?

Nothing's wrong. In fact,
it's all going as planned.

Hey! Where're you taking her?

To a place where the truth
will finally be revealed.

I swear, Eloise,

I won't let my badge stop me
from killing you

- if you hurt that girl.
- Calling me Eloise?

My name is Mother Gothel...

and don't worry, Detective,

Tilly's not the one
I'm going to hurt.


Oh. You're back.

I think you've gotten
some mud on your dress.

Why'd you do it?

Because they were
an abomination. Like you.

My mother told me
never to forget my roots.

And thanks to you...

I never will.

Nor will I forget the humans
that murdered them.


- No.
- ...killed my family!

No. No, please.
Please, no, please.


I'm like you.

But you are braver
than I could ever be.

I hid who I was,
because I was afraid

they would've come for me.

You don't have to be
scared anymore.

Join me.

Join me.

You'll never be afraid again.

The guards
are coming.

We should go.

No. I will not run
or hide...

entertain this human
stain again.

They must all be made to pay!

You've been on to things
for a long time, Detective.

Questioning. Investigating.

Pondering the persistent parade
of the impossible.

You can rest easy...

because you're right.

We are witches.

At least you don't have
to worry about a cult.

You disgrace your badge.

- Let us go!
- Oh, no, my child.

You're not going anywhere.

Not till after you help us
cast our spell.

- Hey. It'll be all right, Tilly.
- I really don't like it here.

That's because you haven't
accepted who you are yet.

I am truly sorry I never
saw it sooner...

how special you are.

Had I known you
were like us...

things would've been...
very different for you.

Your mother has a gift
for finding special people...

outcasts, exiles.

I was the first she recruited
to her coven.

A coven that'll soon
be behind bars!

Don't listen to him.

We're your family,
and family help each other.

Like you helped my father?

You killed him.

Your father's right
in front of you.

That's right.

The love you feel is real,
you just don't remember it.

You were born from both sides
of the looking glass.

It's both his and mine
and you know it's true.

I only want to help you

figure out which side
you belong on.

Leave humanity behind.

Join your sisters and I'll be the mother
you always wanted.

Whatever you might be...

you're no mother to me.

If you won't help cast
the spell for me,

perhaps you'll do it
to save your father.

I'm so sorry.

I didn't know.

This was the last refuge
of magic in this realm.

Everyone I loved
was here.

All I did was pay back the wound
the humans left here tonight.

That you did.

- How many are dead?
- All of them.

I wiped the land clean.

May the gods forgive.

There's nothing to forgive.
It's not even permanent.

Some slimy lump
will flop ashore

and crawl towards
humanity again.

And as is their way...

it'll be worse.

I shudder at the thought
of what destructive civilization

they'll create next.

This time they'll do it alone
in the cold world...

because now they've
created something

that's never been before.

A land without magic.

They'll be alone?

Where will we be?

This will take us
to another realm.

We'll find others like us

and when the time is right,
and we're strong enough...

we will return.

But you said the humans
would come back, too.

We'll cleanse the land
once more and reclaim our homes.

I'm sorry, Mother.

I didn't understand
what there was to lose.

I won't forget my roots.

I know exactly where to come
to regrow them.

Let's go, Seraphina.

I remember this.

This is it.

Another scrap of magic
left behind.

How little mankind's left...

just tatters and rags.

But it's time to change that.


Even when they're beautiful,
they're poison.

- What are you doing?
- Taking another tatter of magic.

And amusingly,
I'm also making a point.

I can either take
a little bit of blood...

or these witches here
can take the whole lot.

So, I ask you again,
do you want to help me,

or do you want
to watch him die?

Don't do it, Tilly.

There you go.

And when you see the beauty

of what we're going
to bring back,

you won't mind the cost at all.

We have everything we need.

Let's begin.


you are a resourceful girl.

So, what do we do next?

We tape it up
and she puts it on?

That's a charming old story,
but not the one we're telling.

Our purpose isn't
to save a romance.

We're here to save
a man's life.

That looks like fire.

That is the poison
in your father's body.

If we can pull it out...

he won't be harmed
when the curse is broken.

If this works,

go right away to your parents
and get them to break the curse.

It will finally be safe
to do so.

And if Gothel is bringing
what I think she's bringing...

we'll all need to be whole
and awake.


What the hell?


- Hello?
- Henry, we found it.

We found the slipper.

The glass just...
fit together.

Henry, the shoe
is real.

I wish I could show you,
but Lucy ran off

with it somewhere.

But I think this is
good news, right?

With the possible
exception of Lucy

running with
broken glass, yes.

Yes, I think this
is very good news.

It can't be real.

Can it?

And did we find each other
in some other world?

- In a fairy tale.
- Well...

I happen to know
a lot about that fairy tale...


there is one crucial
element still missing.


I'm not her yet.

I have a lifetime
of memories of Jacinda...

a struggling single mom

who never thought
she'd have romance

in her life again.

And that Jacinda...

wants to kiss
this Henry.

Is that okay?

That... is more
than okay.


I don't remember anything
from the other life.

Did you kiss?

- Yes.
- Lucy.

There was no magical thing,
no... no pulse.

The curse didn't break.

It didn't work.

I don't understand.

Hold out your hands.

Old love. The blood
of your father.

New love.
Blood from the woman

with whom you wish
to spend your life.

What, Margot?
What do you know about...


Love betrayed.

The key to the grove
which should've been

my daughter's birthright.

So, what's supposed
to happen?

- Am I meant to...
- Please don't do this, Tilly.

I'm just one life.

If I truly am your father,

I'm asking you as a father...

don't do this.

I feel that it's true.

You are my father.

But that's why I have
to do this.

I can't be responsible
for killing you.

Nature's witches,
words unheard...

our wishes worthless...

worse than dirt.

Until we learned what
we were worth,

to turn our hurt
into your burns.

Our purest urges now emerge,
old for nursery...

dark for church.

Close the circle...

purge the Earth.

Hold on to your
mother's hand, dear.

I'm your family.