Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 7, Episode 3 - The Garden of Forking Paths - full transcript

Cinderella gains an unlikely ally; Jacinda attempts to stop Victoria from destroying Lucy's beloved community garden.

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...

My name's Lucy. I'm your daughter.

It's like your book.

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

Lucy, it's not a curse!

How do you know that?

I know because I had a family, okay?

And I lost them.

CINDERELLA: Do the Prince
and I live happily ever after?

HENRY: There's usually a
complication before that.

Thanks for the lesson.

girl killed the Prince!

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

The portal to my land opens at midnight.






- Come with me now...


No. It's a lie. I did nothing.

Just what a murderer would say.



I wouldn't.


Hey, there.

I'm Tiana.




SABINE: Morning, J.

What is it?

Is that from Lucy?


I miss her so much, my heart hurts.


Ever since Victoria took her
away, we've been writing letters

and leaving them in the
well at the community garden

so she won't know.

Oh, honey. I'm so sorry.


That's Lily. I'm late for work.

Look, I, uh... I got to go.

But you... you hang in there.

You are going to get
her back. I promise.

I don't know.

Maybe she's right.

Maybe I am cursed.

No, you're not.

Come here.

Come here.


Come on in.

Our one-handed detective
is already here.

What's that?

Wasn't sure what was appropriate
for a gathering like this,

so I picked up some doughnuts.

Right, 'cause the key to
bringing down Victoria Belfrey

is a bear claw.

Much appreciated, mate.

And you'll excuse Roni...
she's a bit ornery.

Yeah, well, you're
new around here, Henry,

so soon, you'll be ornery, too.

Just give it time.

You brought us together because
you said you had something.


Last night, I had a customer

who works for the building commission.

Got pretty drunk.

Started spouting off about
how he was going to make

some real money off Belfrey.

She needed him to do her a favor.

Heard him say that they
were meeting this afternoon

in Hyperion Plaza, across
from Belfrey Towers.

Bribes, public officials,
redeveloping the neighborhood

at the expense of the
new guy... this is good.

This is really good.

I-I mean, it's... bad.

It's bad.

It's a good story. It's a bad... thing.

Well said.

Thank you.

I'll go and stake it out.

If I can get to the guy,
maybe I can get him to give us

info on everything Belfrey
has her dirty little hands on.

Like your missing-girl case?

- Aye, luv.
- A stakeout, huh?

That sounds... pretty cool.

Always kind of wondered
what one of those was like.

Mind if I, uh, tag along with you?

Sorry, mate. I think I'll
be less conspicuous alone.

Why don't you stick to your expertise

and try and do a little research?

Figure out who our target is.

So, I'm research guy.


Baby steps.

I'll keep pouring drinks and
make to keep sure my ears open.

Hey. Don't look so glum.

You, uh, picked a hell of a bear claw.

You really do believe me?

Yeah. I know it was Lady
Tremaine who killed the Prince.


Because I didn't come to the
ball to win the Prince's hand.

I came to keep my eye on him.

You're a spy?

I'm the leader of the
resistance that was formed

to overthrow your stepmother
and the royal family.


Where were you before?

When the Prince killed my father?

And when my stepmother locked
me away and made me serve her

and her cruel family?


I am so sorry for everything
that has happened to you.

But we are doing our best.

And I assure you, we
can end all of this.

I saw you with a sword.

You could be a great asset to our cause.

I'm not interested in your cause.

The Prince didn't act alone
when he murdered your father.

Your stepmother... she
planned the whole thing.

I can see it in your
face. You know I'm right.

What am I supposed to do?

Come with me.

We have a resistance camp nearby.

Help us stop your stepmother.

She took your home,

and now she is going to take
all of our homes...

The entire kingdom.

Your father died standing up to her.

Don't let that be in vain.

Get on.

- Come on!
- What is that?

It's faster than any horse.

That's all you need to know.

Get on.

Hold on tight.


Your shoe.

It's for a friend...
so he knows to find me.


VICTORIA: How sweet!

I know about the letters,

and I'm afraid Lucy's
not going to get that...

Or anything else you leave
in that well, for that matter.

What the hell are you doing here?

I moved up my plans to build my condos.

Demolition starts today.

Victoria, you can't.

If not for me, then for Lucy.

Look at what she's done here.

This garden means the world to her.

It's already done.

I have my permits right here.

Now, unless you want
to be buried beneath it,

I suggest you vacate the area.

I'm gonna stop you.

Start digging.



Paperwork... hardest part of the job.

Yeah, or the dullest.

Here's something else that's dull.

Tag this as evidence for me, will you?

I'm afraid I can't.

I've got something I
have to take care of.

Oh, really?

And what would that be?

It's a court date...

A parking ticket I wrote
up before my promotion.

I'm actually running a bit late.


Well, the wheels of justice
must keep turning, I suppose.

Yeah. Look, I won't be long.

Who am I to stand in their way?



Oh. Hey, Jacinda. What can I do for you?

I need help.

The community garden's in trouble.

If I had a nickel for every
customer who came in with that...

I'm serious.

I don't know how it's happening so fast,

but Victoria's ripping it up right now,

getting it ready for her stupid condos.

Lucy loves that garden so
much. I can't let this happen.

I guess we now know what that payout

to the building commissioner was for.

What payout?



What are you doing here?

Uh... helping.

If she's paying people for permits,

I say we beat her at her own game.

"Hyperion Heights Building Codes."

If you want a liquor
license in this neighborhood,

you got to know a
lot... and I know a lot.

Section 8, covering
neighborhood businesses...

"An injunction can be
called on any demolition,

so long as the community
deems the property

essential to the public good."

So, how do we do that?

A petition.

Get enough people to
sign, and Belfrey's done.

Well, look who's a leader of the people.

Yes. I'm a regular queen.

We came to see how you
were getting settled.

And to introduce you to someone.

This is Jeremiah, one of the
truest believers in our cause.

He made these for you.

I was a cobbler in my old life.

I hope they serve you well.

Better to fight in than glass.

Thank you.

Okay. So, I got shoes and an army.

When do we go up against my stepmother?

That's actually the real
reason I came to find you.

According to our scouts,
she's been transporting magic

from the king's vault to her manor...

Dark fairy dust, enchanted weapons.

It's like she's
preparing to fight a war.

And then, last night,
this was brought in.

Everything else, we've
been able to identify,

but this, we have no idea,
and that is what scares us.

You lived with her. Do
you know what that is?

- No.
- Well, it can't be good.

By now, she's learned
there's a resistance.

You want a fight? Don't
worry. It's coming.

HENRY: Maybe we can help.


You look surprised to see me.
Didn't you want me to find you?

And you said you don't believe in signs.

Oh. Uh, there's someone
I want you to meet.

This is my mother.


It's, uh, nice to finally meet you.

It would have happened sooner,

but I had a few kinks
in my locator spell

I needed to work through, so...

Well, I'm glad you did.

And, uh, if this is your mother,

don't tell me... this is your father?

Well, not quite.

Captain Hook, at your service.

It's a pleasure. This is Tiana.

Is it true you have magic?

You could help us defeat Lady Tremaine?

I know my way around a spell.

[SIGHS] Then maybe we do have a chance.

You're really here to help?

Whatever you need.

There you are.

And here you are...

in a bar.

Have you seen this?

It's part of a petition.

She's gotten 100 signatures already.

And you're helping.

I knew you'd be back... For my mom.

Listen, Lucy, I'm not
here about her, okay?

Well, yeah, I guess I am right now.

But just to help her
stop your step-grandmother

from destroying the garden.

I get it.

It's the truth.

No, I know.

You seem awful chipper,
considering what's happening.

I figured, after all the work
you put in to save the place,

you'd be a little more upset.

Why would I be, when
it's making my mom fight?

Don't you get it? She's
starting to wake up.

It's happening.

[WHISPERING] Can I tell you a secret?


This isn't really about the condos.

It's not?

It's about what's below the surface.

What? You think there's
something buried down there?

There's only one way to find out.


It's just like when you led Archie

into the Storybrooke mines, remember?

And the Evil Queen had to stop you

before you discovered
Snow White's coffin

was hidden down there?

You mean in the book I made up.

[SIGHS] Whatever.

The point is, I bet
there's something magical

under the garden...

Something my grandmother
wants to get her hands on

before we do.

Honestly? One storyteller to another,

it just seems a little, uh...


Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

Stop digging! We hit something!

What the hell?

Grab the caution tape
and cordon off the area.

Call Belfrey!

Told ya.


Hey, this doesn't prove anything.

I know.

But if I get my hands on whatever's
down there, it will.

Hey, Lucy! Lucy!



ROGERS: Michael Griffith?


How do you know who I am?

I've been trying to track you all day.

Name's Detective Rogers.

Oh, okay.

Good for you.

I'd like you to answer some questions

about Victoria Belfrey.

Mm. I don't know anything about her.


The bulge in your jacket
pocket would suggest otherwise.


You don't want to do this.

I assure you, I do.


how about you keep half of
that, and I finish my empanada?

You're coming with me.

HENRY: Lucy!

Hey! What the hell are you thinking?

This tunnel could collapse.

Nah. It seems to have
held up this long.

Now, come on and help.

Grandma's definitely got something

hidden down here somewhere.

Lucy, I know this all
seems a little... magical,

but it's not.

They just built part of the
new city over the old city.

Yeah, I know about the
Seattle Underground,

but that doesn't mean something magical

can't be buried down here.

You know what? I don't get it.

Why is it so hard for
you to believe the truth?

That me and my mom are your real family?

Because it's crazy.

Is it?

Then tell me what happened
when you went to the cemetery

where you said your wife
and daughter were buried...

The cemetery you said you never went to.

Well, I bet you did after we met.

So, what did you find?

They weren't there.
Neither was the cemetery.

- It was like...
- Like it never existed? Yeah.

Because it didn't.

All the memories of
your family are fake.

It's just the curse.
They didn't really die.

Maybe they moved the cemetery.

Or I could've had the
wrong address all along.

There is definitely a
rational explanation,

and I am gonna find them. I...

No, you won't, because
you're fooling yourself.

Your family isn't buried anywhere

because they're not dead.

That's the curse.

We're right here.

You just have to be willing to believe.


Thanks so much for all your support.

The gardens and I thank you.


Oh, yes.

Thank you.


Thank you so much. Thank you.


TIANA: This will work.

We won't have to breach
their perimeter alone.

We'll have two sets of resistance guards

on either flank to occupy the guards.

I'll be heading up one group.

I'll head up the other.

I'll go with you.

I'll join you, if you'll have me.

I guess we can use all
the help we can muster.

All right, everyone, rest up.

We'll head out in the morning.


You don't have to worry.
Everything's gonna be okay.

Me and my family, we take
down bad guys all the time.

I can tell.

Is something wrong?

We have a big day tomorrow.
We need to get some rest.

Yeah, sure.

Have a good night.

Sorry, but it looks
like this is it, kid.


There's no way she's
digging up that garden

just to put in condos.

There has be something here!

Oh, come on, Lucy.
It's getting late, okay?

And if she finds you down here with me,

you're going to boarding school

and I'm going somewhere
a whole lot worse.

- Come on.
- I don't care.

We have to keep looking!

Lucy, please.

Can we just... this
is dangerous down here.

[SIGHS] We're just not seeing it.

Maybe we have to look closer.

Look closer at what?
There's nothing here.


There is! I knew it!



[SCOFFS] It's a piece of glass.

Not just any piece of glass.

It's from my mom's slipper,
when she was Cinderella.

It must have come
through during the curse.

Even if I believed
that... which I don't...

Why would Belfrey go through all this

just to find a broken piece of shoe?

Don't you see?

This proves everything...

Who my mother really
is, the curse, all of it.

Lucy, listen to me.

I literally wrote the
book on fairy tales.

And I'm so glad that you
enjoyed it, but this is not...

If you don't believe
me, maybe my mom will.

I have to show this to her.

Then maybe she'll finally
remember who she is...



that would lure you in.

Why is this here?

Yes, I suppose it's time
we had a proper talk.

Yeah, it sure is.

Let's start with the coffin.

Or what you did to my father.

So, you've learned the truth.


Oh, you know exactly why.

So, this is because of me?

Will there never be a time
where I've suffered enough

for what I did?


Well, if you want to
punish me, get it over with.

Leave the others out of this.

Kill me now.

Oh, I'll get to that.

But I still need something from you.

Shall we take a look?



Look at her.


I don't understand She's...

Perfectly preserved.

There's one tiny breath left

inside this precious little body.

And I've saved it...
Until I could save her.


How did you do this?

You're not the only one
with magical friends.

Anastasia was an innocent,
with the purest of hearts.

The only way to bring her back
is with an equally pure heart.


I did a little digging,
and I discovered who he was.

Ana died. It was terrible.

But killing another innocent...

Is the only way to bring her back.

It's wrong!

I don't care.

You'll never get his heart.

Yes, I will.

Because you're going to get it for me.

Because if you don't,

every person in that little
resistance you've joined

will pay the price.

It's your choice, Cinderella.

Either you sacrifice that boy...

or you sacrifice everyone.

Thank you so much.

Thank you.

Oh! A petition.

How quaint.

Sneer all you want. It's working.

Is it?

Well, that doesn't matter,
since you're about to stop.

A brochure of your crappy condos?

Why would I care about that?

What if one of these
crappy condos were yours?

And Lucy's, of course.

You're just gonna give it to me?

Why not?

All this fighting isn't
getting us anywhere.

This way, everyone wins.

Especially you.

Think of the life you
can give her, Jacinda.

I'm tired of being the bad guy,
and this is a peace offering.

All you have to do is one small thing.

Burn the petition.

For Lucy.

LUCY: Mom?

Lucy, what are you doing here?

Mom, why would you do this?

Lucy, I know this is hard
for you to understand,

but I did it for us.


hero does the right thing.

I'm not a hero. I am just your mother.

And this is the
right thing for us, Lucy.

We need to be together,
and I don't care how.

I do.

If this is what it takes...

I don't want to be together.


What the hell are you doing?

Well, I should ask you the same.

What is this?

Extracurricular work, is it?

I'm doing my job. That man's a criminal.


And you're a liar.

Court date? Parking ticket?

You opened up a case unofficially.

Why are you so interested in him?

What does it matter? He's a bad guy.

It matters because he
works for Victoria Belfrey,

and dealing with her
requires a bit of finesse.


So, we're just supposed to let
some lowlife walk the streets?

Sometimes, yes.

Because now, when she makes
a call to that lowlife,

he makes one to me.

Enjoy the rest of your day off.


I'm sorry.

You don't want to do that.

I saw you sneak off. Pretty
sure I know where you went.

Please. You have to let me do this.

Look, whatever Tremaine wants,
we can find a way to stop her.

She wants Henry.

The Heart of the Truest Believer.

But I couldn't.

I just couldn't do it.

This man...

he believes.

Tiana said that he'd give
up his life for the cause.

And if that would save everyone
else, then... isn't that okay?

You know, it took me
a long time to learn...

but no.

It's not.

That kind of sacrifice
is never okay.

What the hell is this about, anyway?

I'm sorry.

I can't.


You all right?


Not even close.

Let me guess.

Victoria showed up and made you an offer

you couldn't refuse.

How did you know?

[CHUCKLES] I've seen her M.O.

Yeah, well... so did Lucy.

She saw the whole thing.

[SIGHS] I'm so sorry.

She has this idea that I'm some hero

that always does the right thing.

But I'm not, you know?

I'm just human.

And I just want my kid back.

How can that be wrong?

It's not.

But this isn't about Lucy.

It never has been.

It's about you.

And you have to ask yourself, Jacinda...

what are you honestly
willing to give up?

'Cause the Victoria
Belfreys of the world...

they will take everything
you have if you let them.


I've been looking for you everywhere.

What happened?

I don't want to talk about it.



Hey, what's going on over there?

I don't know.

Thank you all for coming.


I know some of you have
already signed this once today

and are probably wondering
what this is all about.

Well, I need you to sign it again.


I'm sorry.

I let you all down.

I let myself down.

And I put this defenseless
little garden at risk,

when I should have protected it.

You see, this garden isn't
what it was supposed to be.

I couldn't see that.

But my Lucy did.

She never stopped believing
in it for a second.

We're gonna show Victoria Belfrey

that when you truly
believe in something...

you can change things.

So, if you're willing to
fight with me, sign this.

And when you're done, start planting.

We're gonna show Victoria Belfrey

that we're not just gonna stop
her from destroying this garden.

We're gonna make some
something wonderful here...



REGINA: Going somewhere?

After what I almost
did, I shouldn't be here.

Well, that's not true.

I'm not saying it was the
smartest decision, but...

hell, I've done a lot worse.

You'd be surprised
what people can forgive.

Well, it's not safe for anyone
to be around me anyway, so...

Especially you and Henry.

You should both go back to
your home, where he's safe.

It was... silly of him
to have stuck around here.

Why don't you tell me what's going on?

My stepsister Anastasia died
when she was 14 years old.

I'm so sorry.

Lady Tremaine blamed my father...

but it was because of me.

And now Lady Tremaine
wants to bring her back?

Raising the dead. [CHUCKLES]

She won't stop until she gets it.

She doesn't care how many
people she hurts along the way.

Running away isn't the answer.


Or maybe chasing me will keep
her away from other people.


Now it all makes sense.

You stayed in that
depressing manor home.

You let your stepmother
walk all over you

and call you "Cinder... ella."

But, you know, there's
a reason for that.

You're punishing yourself.

[SIGHS] Take my advice.

If you want to take this woman down,

the first thing you got to do...

is forgive yourself.

And I'm not talking about
what happened tonight.

I'm talking about whatever
happened with your stepsister.

Whatever you decide to do,

you make sure it's your wish...

not someone else's.

We should make a move soon.

Well, my hook is
sharpened and at the ready.

Where's Cinderella?

About that, Henry...

I was, um, just packing up.

And, uh...

it's just "Ella" now.

HENRY: Ella, huh?

I like it.

And we can't storm
Lady Tremaine's manor.

It's a trap.

How can you be sure?

Well, because I used my
magic mirror and saw inside.

She's waiting for us.


Okay, then. Let's pack up.

Is everything okay?

It'll be good we have some time to talk.

Oh, man.


Well, I should probably get going.

I've got a lot of writing to do.

Right... your story about the garden.

Seems like you got a pretty good start.

Yeah, I think so.

And hey, maybe I could run
it by you when I'm done.

Hmm? Something tells me
you've got lots of ideas.


So, I guess I'll, uh... see you around.


I have something for you.

I thought you were gonna
give this to your mom.

I was going to, but... she
doesn't need it anymore.

She's already becoming the
hero she's supposed to be.

And in the story, it's the
prince that keeps the slipper...

So he could always find his true love,

even when he thinks she's lost forever.

Lucy, let's not go down this path again.

We won't.

Because I know the
family you're looking for,

you're not gonna find
them in some cemetery.

We're right in front of you.

And I know you feel it now.

All you have to do is believe.

And you're getting there.



Thank you, gentlemen. Good work.

I'll take it from here.

Come into the light
so that I can see you.


I said, "Come into the light."

It's been a long time
since you visited me

in the tip top of your tower.

What's the matter? Plans gone awry?

Quite the contrary.

I did some digging today.

Cinderella and her
friends tried to stop me,

but once they succeeded,
it was too late.

And what makes you think I'd
be interested in some thing

that you dug up out of the ground?

Because I didn't dig
up some thing.

I dug up someone.

My darling, sweet girl.


You found her.


And now you can finally help...

bring her back.

And are you ready for what that means?

Nothing frightens me.

Oh, but it should.

It most certainly should.

And the boy believes?


But his daughter, Lucy...

Her heart's protected, too.

I don't need to steal her heart.

She needs to surrender
her belief... willingly.

Yes, yes, by destroying
everything she cares about.

And now you want my help.

Alas, I'm afraid you're on your own.


Don't you forget...

you're my prisoner.


Because the way I see it is that

we're both shackled in our own way.

And the question is, who
is the actual prisoner...

and to whom?

This was... a courtesy...

a peace offering.

Consider it rescinded.

You may destroy the girl.

You may take everything she cares about.

You may get your daughter back.


then you'll have to deal with me.