Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 7, Episode 20 - Is This Henry Mills? - full transcript

Roni enlists Lucy's help to wake Henry; Rogers and Weaver go to Margot in hopes of getting through to Tilly; A mysterious phone call helps a young Henry decide on his path.

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I got something for you.
It's a family thing.

It's for our travels.

I was clear
that when I came back to the Heights,

it was to get that dagger.

I've missed you so much.

Papa, no!

The curse didn't break.

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

- do it to save your father.
- Don't do it, Tilly.

You are my father

and that's why I have
to do this.

It didn't work!

Lucy, what are you talking
about? What didn't work?

True Love's Kiss.
My mom and Henry kissed.

But Henry's poisoned.

Not anymore, I found all
the pieces of the Glass Slipper

and Mr. Samdi cured him

but it doesn't matter,
we're still...


I don't know about cursed but,

those clouds
aren't a great sign.

They're not clouds.
It's a re-birth.

The balance of nature
is shifting, Regina.

We're on the precipice
of a great extinction.

One that man cannot
crawl back from.

So you're wiping out humanity
with a rainstorm?

How biblical.

Oh, it's going to be
much worse than that.

But I'm here
to offer you salvation.

You were once the Eighth Witch.

Join me now and your family
will be spared.

Sorry, but I'm not really
a joiner.

You may have brought us here,
but this is my home now.

- And I protect my own.
- With what magic?

Your son couldn't break
my curse.

Do you think that was
an accident?

- What did you do to Henry?
- I didn't have to do anything.

Did you ever notice
how human children

have a nasty way of growing up?

An adult's belief
is a lot less potent.

- You don't know Henry. He has the heart...
- Heart

of the Truest Believer.
Yes, I know.

But your Henry also has
more pain than you know.

His belief is gone,

and there's nothing you can do
to bring it back.

Do we really have to do
this now, Mom?

Come on, it's your last
first day of school.

Just give me this and you'll
never have to do it again.


Henry! Wait.

- You forgot your lunch.
- Seriously?

I haven't used a lunch box
since fifth grade.

Oh, just open it.

No way.

Henry, I know you think
I treat you like a child, but...

Well, you're not
my little boy anymore.

And next year you'll need
this car

to drive across town
to Storybrooke College.


This is great.

- What is it, Henry?
- It's just...

I'm not sure if SBC
is the right move for me...

since it's not a move at all.
It's still in Storybrooke.

Well, what's wrong with that?
Storybrooke's your home.

But I'm the only kid
that wasn't whisked here

from the Enchanted Forest.
I'm from the real world.

Maybe I should get out there
and consider other options.

Other options.

Thanks, Mom. I'll bring her home
without a scratch.

I'm sorry, I don't remember
ordering a traitor

with a side of betrayal.

Lucy told me
about Gothel's visit.

Yes, well, then you know
she has magic and we don't.

I'm trying to harness
what I can from that storm.

So, I can at least go a round
or two with her.

Perhaps this could be
of some assistance.

I managed to distill
a dusting of memory potion

from Nick's blood.

Lucy told me what Gothel said
about Henry's belief.

And you think if he remembers
who he is, he'll believe again.

- The kiss will work.
- The curse will break.

And we will have our magic back.

Just a few days ago,
you screwed over

your own grandson to save

Why be a team player now?

I'm beginning to realize,
I may never get back to Belle.

So, perhaps...

I should help the family
I do have here.

Look, I'm sorry for what I did.

I didn't mean to hurt Henry.

Let me fix this.

Let me help you...
before it's too late.

Tilly... Tilly!

It's too late,

What's too late?

What's happening?

- What the bloody hell was that?
- She's been gifted.

When a member has completed
her task,

given all that she has,

she is rewarded with a place
in the eternal grove.

What about you? Will you be
rewarded as handsomely?

They are the chosen.
I will be spared...

but not rewarded.

But you will find the worst...

Tilly, we have to get out
of here now

- before that witch comes back.
- No. I can't do that.

I'm to be with Mother.

The hell you are.

What the hell?

Tilly, what are you doing?

I don't know what's happening,

I will come back for you.

I will save you.

Stop. You're stripping
the threads.


Look kid, I'm happy to let you
borrow my tools,

but you got to respect
the machine.

This is
vintage Curse-Era Classic.

Hey, Granny.

Would you mind picking us up
a few grilled-cheese sandwiches

- for lunch?
- Glad to.

No one should be doing
auto maintenance

on an empty stomach.

So... I may've hit a curb
and dinged the passenger door.

Oh, Henry, do you know
what I put this car through?

Scratches are a part of life.

Look, I... I've been thinking,

and maybe your future
is outside Storybrooke.

Mom... I thought you didn't want
me to leave home?

Oh, well, I don't.

But, being a parent also means
learning to let go.


Oh, Henry, I just want you
to be happy.

And even if happiness means
a rowing crew in Ithaca

or a chess club in Boston.

Or studying film in Los Angeles.

Whatever you want.

- Even California.
- Thanks, Mom.

Hey! Roni.

That's a nice surprise.
What are you doing here?

Well, I haven't seen
my favorite customer in a while.

I want to make sure
you're eating, all right.


Oh, grilled cheese. Nice.

Can I get you anything? Water?

Coffee's fine.

So, uh, what's with the bags?

Oh, I'm taking Jacinda and Lucy

to Bainbridge Island
this weekend.

Jacinda kinda has a thing
for that place.


So the rumors are true.

Yeah, Jacinda and I are
definitely, officially...

- some sort of thing.
- Well, that's great, Henry.

All right, here you go.

A cup of Mills' finest.


Roni, everything okay?

It didn't work.

Gothel was right.

What are you talking about?

Is this about
the fairy tale stuff?

Did Lucy send you here?

Because she and I already had
a talk...

This doesn't have anything
to do with Lucy.

Henry, something bad
is happening here.

- I need your help.
- Bad, like a curse?

- Yeah.
- Roni, we are not fairy tale characters.

Why else would you have
kissed Jacinda?

Because I am in love with her.

Okay, well, the glass slipper,
how do you explain that?

I don't know, a coincidence,
a sign maybe,

that we needed to get over
ourselves and just kiss.

And we did.

But the only thing that it broke
was my delusion

that I need to be somebody else
to be happy.

No, but a part of you wanted
to believe,

or else what's all this?

Nick was a psychopath.

And I admit it, I went deep down
into the rabbit hole

but, I was wrong.

You're rationalizing away
your belief...

- like an adult.
- I am an adult.

Roni, why do you care
so much about this?

Because this isn't like you,

Don't you want to believe?

I do believe in real Henry,
and real Jacinda

in our real future.

Listen to me, I am done

searching for answers
in some imaginary past.

Hey, Luce.

Want to put that phone down
and help me pack?

I think it's gonna rain.
Maybe we shouldn't go tonight.

J! I found that extra bag.

I forget it was in the trunk
holding spare tees...

Seriously? How long
are you guys gonna be gone?

Bainbridge at this time of year?

Gotta be prepared
for any weather.

Like apocalyptic storms.

Yeah, it is pretty nasty
out there.

Not you, too.
Why is everyone on edge today?

I still haven't heard from Drew.
It's not like him to go MIA.

- Um, did Drew ever use this bag?
- Yeah. Why?

I think I might know
who you should talk to.

- Mr. Samdi.
- The shady businessman? Why?

He also deals in tarot cards.

I've, um,
seen him around Roni's.

Well, it looks like I will be
paying Mr. Samdi a visit.

Wait, I'm coming with you.
Luce, keep packing.

- Where the hell have you been?
- I need you to tell me

what the hell is going on
in this town.

I just spent the night tied
up in the bowels of the city.

And I saw... things. All right?

So either I'm going crazy,
or Eloise Gardner drugged me

- or...
- Magic is real.

- Magic is...
- Real.

All of it.

Everything you read
in Henry Mills' book...

we are all from another realm.

Eloise is a witch named Gothel,

and what you saw her doing
was magic.

Now, if you want proof,
I imagine

anything I have to offer,
pales in comparison

to what you witnessed
last night.

Yeah, you're right.
What I witnessed last night

strange to reason, but so is
what you are saying now.

The choice is simple.

Madness, or take
a leap of faith.

Believe your eyes. Believe me.

I'm not mad.

I know.

She said... Eloise said
that Tilly is my daughter.

And you felt a connection to her
from the moment you met.

A connection that's troubled you
ever since.

- Isn't that right?
- Aye.

And my heart,
when I got near her,

it was like I was being stabbed
by a million knives.

Gothel poisoned your heart
as a punishment

to keep you and your daughter

Now that she's bringing
magic back,

I guess the poison
must have activated again.

That must be why
I couldn't rescue her.

- Rescue her from what?
- I don't... I don't know.

It's like the coven is locked
in a ritual and Tilly is, too.

It's like they have her under
some kind of spell.

Well, maybe we can break it.
Get her outta there.

- How?
- Follow me. I have an idea.


If what you say is true...

who was...

am I... in this other place?

All you need to know
right now is, you're a survivor.


Hey, Detectives.
Nasty out there, isn't it?

Can I get you something hot
to drink?

Well, unfortunately,
it's only gonna get worse.

And we need you to come
with us.

What? Why?

Is this about the overdue
parking tickets?

You're fine.
This is about Tilly.

She's in trouble.
We need your help.

What kind of trouble?

Tilly and I were on a case,
and she was taken by some...

bad people.

To make matters worse,
she's in one of her states.

You think I can help get
through to her?

You may be the only one
who can help her.

Look, we really
don't have a lot of time,

she's in real danger.

- Is that...
- Yes.

This is where Henry's belief
went to die.

This is where he thinks
his family is.

You're not gonna dig them up
to prove him wrong, are you?


Then why are we here?

Because there are other ways
of waking people up.

The Storybook.
Of course.

When Emma touched it,
she believed.

And maybe if Henry touches
the second storybook,

it might have the same effect.

I've looked everywhere
for it.

I haven't seen it

since my step-grandma showed it
to me.

Victoria knew how powerful
that book is.

If anyone wanted it,

you'd have to pry it
from her cold, dead hands.

Uh, you think the storybook
is in there?

Why do you think
I kept my vault in the cemetery?

When you have secrets
that powerful,

you take 'em to the grave.

- So, we're just gonna dig it up?
- Not we, me.

Your mission is to get
your father to the bar.

Henry was always the one
who made the rest of us believe.

And today, we're gonna return
the favor.

You missed a great fundraiser.

Looks like we'll finally be able
to rebuild the athletic club,

after that old Snow Monster

What are those?

You got into Madison...

BU, USC, Wesleyan, Bard?

You got into every school
you applied to.

- I am so proud.
- Thanks, Mom.

I'll call Emma and get her
to rally everyone at Granny's

so you can break the good news
in person.

Maybe... maybe we could wait
a sec to tell everyone.

What's wrong?

It's just...
In the entrance essays...

the Henry Mills I was writing
about wasn't really me.

What're you talking about?

I couldn't write about the time,
I got kidnapped to Neverland.

Or how I met my first girlfriend
in Camelot.

I even had to lie
about my own home.

I read those essays.

They were exceptionally
well written.

That's not the point.

They didn't accept
the real Henry Mills.

And if I go out there
and keep lying...

I won't be me anymore.

Maybe I'm better off
just staying at home.

Mom... what do I do?

I wish I can tell you
to stay here and never grow up.

But you're already grown up.

And the only person
who can tell you what to do...

is you.

What's this?

Lucy, where's your mom?

Uh. Jacinda isn't coming.

I asked Lucy to bring you here.

Henry, there's something
I need to show you.

This is Book Two.

The story of us.

Really, Roni?
We've already been through this.

Henry, I know you don't want
to believe.

- But I need you to.
- Just touch the book,

and then you'll remember


You want me to touch the book?


Nothing's changed.
I'm still me, Henry Mills.

Failed author
and five-star Swyft driver.

- Lucy, wait!
- Henry. Just...

What is going on with you today?

You don't really believe
all this stuff, do you?

This isn't a fake photo.
I looked into it.

A real Regina Mills adopted
a Henry Mills in Boston.

These are the adoption papers.

It's my signature.

I'm Regina. It's all true,

- I am your mother.
- No, you are not my mother.

I don't have a mother.
No one gave me a home.

I made my own home,
and it went up in flames, Roni.

And all I am trying to do
right now is just move on,

and you won't let me. Why?

- Because I need you!
- Okay, fine. You know what?

I'll play along.
Say my book is real.

Where are all the real heroes?

Then where is Snow?
Where is Charming?

Where is Emma?
Where are these heroes to save the day?

Doesn't everybody always find
each other?

You can't find someone

if you don't know
they're missing.

What the hell does that
even mean?

Gothel's curse didn't just bring
us to a Land Without Magic.

It brought us back in time.

Henry... you grew up.

You left home.
You went on amazing adventures.

But Gothel brought you
and all of us,

back to this specific time.

Which means, right now,

I'm technically still
in Storybrooke and so are you.

Roni, listen to me.

This has to stop.

I'm not your hero.

You didn't adopt a son.
I am not that little kid.

Yes, you are.

You just stopped believing
in yourself.

Don't you get it?

No one wants to believe
this is real more than I do.

Because if this is real,
that means that the pain

that I carry around,
every single day, doesn't exist.

But it is still right there.

So no, I am not your boy wonder.

I am just a sad grown man

who couldn't even save
his own family.

Henry, I get it.

I'd thought it was just
the curse but your pain is real.

Because the day we were cursed,
you couldn't save your family.

You were kidnapped

and you're still blaming
yourself for it.

But the difference
between what you believe

and what I believe is that
I know you can still save us.

Because we're right here.

We've always been with you.

I just need you
to remember that.

Bye, Roni.

- You okay, love?
- My hands are shaking.

There's a good chance

that you're gonna see
something unusual.

Just know that you're not mad.
All right?

Okay. It's okay.

I once went to an Ayahuasca
ceremony in Iquitos.

I can handle this.

Hey... Tilly.

It's me, Margot.

Look, there are a lot of people

who are really worried
about you.

But I know, you're just having
one of your bad days.

But if you come with me,
maybe we can turn it

into a good one. Hm?
What do you say?


We have to get to Tilly.

What the hell's going on?

Last night, I saw this.

They were turning into trees.

Then the spell
is almost complete.

- Tilly, stop!
- Don't do any more, Tilly!

The hell are you doing in here?
Business hours are over.

I don't know what kind
of business

you are running here,
but I have a feeling

it has more to do
than backing Beignet Wars.

And I have a feeling
you know something about Drew.

We found this in his bag,

and my daughter says
it belongs to you.

I know you tried
to manipulate him before.

Where is Drew?

Since you've asked so politely,
you need only look

behind that door.


Now that you've found him,

why don't you sit down
and join him?

And why the hell
would we do that?

Because I can be
very convincing.

Now in the closet, both of you.

- Lucy, please. Just li...
- No!

You could believe,
you just don't want to!

It doesn't work that way. Okay?

You may not understand now,
but you will when you're older.

I wish you could remember
what it was like to be a kid.

To... to believe.
I wish you never grew up!

Okay. I guess...

we're not going to the island

I'll call your mom.


Got it, Mom!


My name's Henry.
You can't eat that. It's poison.

You can make them love you.

- I love you, Henry.
- I love you, too.

I'm willing to take a risk,


Who's calling?

Is this... Henry Mills?

Yeah. Who's this?


I'm, uh...

I'm just a friend
of your mother's.

Oh, you must be calling
about the graduation party.

Yeah, we moved it.
We're meeting at Granny's now.

It's my...

uh, your graduation.

Yep. Sure is.

Are you a friend of my mom's
from work or something?

- Should I go get her?
- Oh, no, no, no. Wait, um...

uh, I just called
to congratulate you.

Oh, well... thanks.

So, um...

what's next?

To be honest...

You're having doubts.

I told my mom

it was because I didn't want
to lie about who I am.

But, um...

it's hard...
letting go of this place.

Believe me, I know.


Can I give you
a piece of advice?

Advice someone gave me
a long time ago

at my graduation?


Home isn't a place.

It's the people in it.

And they will always
be with you.

Who'd you say this was again?

Just someone
who believes in you.

We're gonna be late.

Hold on, Mom.

I'm sorry. I gotta go.

Have fun at your party, kid.

And when you're opening
your gifts,

make sure you don't miss
the tiny one

that fell behind your dresser.

You are gonna want that one.

Henry, what's going on?

Not Henry, Lucy. Dad.

- You remember?
- Yeah.

But, but how?

I remember that call.

I always remembered it.
It was so weird.

Because it was me.

I'll explain everything. Okay?

But right now I need to help
my mom.

You know, I thought you'd
bring more to the fight

than a piece of dead wood.

I've got nothin' left to lose.

So let's do this.

Thank you for saying
you wanted to leave early.

I could not handle
another one of Grumpy's...

"To all the Curses
I've Known Before" toasts.

Yeah, I was starting to think

that wasn't hot chocolate
in his mug.

You seem different.

What's changed?

Mom, I wasn't entirely honest
with you, or myself

about why I couldn't pick
a college.

- Really?
- When you told me

that you were ready
to let me go,

I realized I wasn't ready
to leave.

Storybrooke is the only home
I've ever known.

And the change is hard.
And the unknown is scary.

- But now it's not?
- Oh, no. Still terrifying.

But I know now that home
isn't a place.

It's the people you love.

And even when I'm not
in Storybrooke,

Storybrooke will always
be with me.

Well, it sounds like you made
your decision.

What's the lucky school?

Let me guess, BU? No, USC.

Madison? It's Madison, isn't it?
You've always loved cheese.

Why don't we talk about it

Good night, Mom.

That's the problem with humans.

They don't know when to let go.

Letting go has never been
my thing.


Hold on, Mom.

I've got you. I've got you.
It's okay.

It's okay. I'm with you, Mom.
I got you.

Mom? Mom...

I'm sorry it took me so long,
but I'm here.

I remember.
I finally remember everything.

Please come back to me, Mom.

Come back.

I love you.

Welcome back, Captain Hook.


- Robin.
- Tower Girl.

I told you we'd always know
each other.

- Henry?
- Yeah!

You did it.

You broke the curse.

I'm sorry it took me so long
to get here.

Oh, Henry.
I'm just glad to have you back.

And my magic.

- It's not enough, Regina.
- Maybe.

But perhaps
your daughter's magic will be.


My daughter's with me now,
Dark One.

Come here, Tilly.

She was never with you.

And now she's gonna be the one
who stops you.

What? No.

I can't fight her.
She's a monster.

She's too strong.

Not half as strong as you,

- Papa, please.
- I know you're afraid.

You're hurting yourself.
You're growing weak.

No, I'm finally growing strong.

You make me stronger.

And yet, every step you take,
your heart grows weaker.

You can do this.

I'm here with you.

And so am I.

Don't be a fool.

Join your mother
and defend your home.

You are not my mother.

You wanna ruin me the way
the world ruined you.

But I'm not like you.

I'm not an outcast.

I'm not an orphan
or a street rat.

Or some crazy girl
who's lost her way.

You chose hate.

But I choose love.

I'm sorry, your life twisted

into something
you never meant it to.

I promise I will do better.

For everyone.

Farewell, Gothel.

Don't move, Facilier.

Princess Tiana, I presume.

It's Queen to you.

Now that's the kick-ass queen
I remember.


I'm so sorry
I couldn't save you before.

Better late than never.

Where are you running off to?

To find my family.

You were right...
I did stop believing in myself.

I guess I got a little dinged up
along the way,

and I couldn't recognize
who I was anymore.

I know.

Scratches are a part of life.

I remember that now.

I remember everything
you taught me.

"Dear Mom,

"this is the personal essay
I wanted to send, but couldn't.

"It's titled Once Upon A Time.

"And it's the story of us.

you have to leave home.

"When you've been there
for so long,

"you don't know
who or what you'll be

"outside of it.

"But then you realize
every experience, every trial,

"every moment has shaped you.

"And you take that place
with you,

"no matter where you go next.

"I'm lucky.
I have an incredible home.

"You won't find it on a map.

"But in it, you will find magic.

"You'll find love, hope,

"and something to believe in.

"You'll find a family
that fights for one another.

"Who never gives up
on each other.

"And even when they're separated
by curse or distance or time...

"they find each other.

"They always find each other.

"I wish the world could know
the story of my family

"how it was all true,
how every moment of it happened.

"And you may think
this is just a story.

"But that's the thing
about stories.

"They're more than words.

"They live inside of us.

"They make us who we are.

"And as long
as someone believes that...

"there will always be magic."


I thought I'd lost you.

I've tried, Belle...

but I don't think I'm gonna
find my way home to you now.

No, I don't think that you will,

Dark One.

How nice of you
to pay me a visit.

How dare you take what's mine!

Remember, you're not
the only one with magic anymore.

That's what I thought.

You're a shadow
of your former self.

It's sad.

Trying to get back
to your beloved

has made you the worst version
of you.

Well, I find that
really insulting.

I mean, I'm the worst version
of me.

Hello, Dearie!

Did you really think
a wish realm could hold me?

Now, then...

it's time you and I
got better acquainted.