Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 7, Episode 9 - One Little Tear - full transcript

Victoria strikes a deal with Weaver to free herself from jail, intent on waking Anastasia; Mother Gothel offers to help Lady Tremaine's family.

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...

I did some digging today.

What makes you think I'd
be interested in some thing

that you dug up?

Because I didn't dig
up some thing.

- I dug up someone.
- Anastasia?

I don't understand She's...

Perfectly preserved.

I've been trying my whole
life to win your approval.

But now I realize I'm
never going to get it

because I'm not her.

You're most certainly not.





Why'd you stop, Rapunzel?

Because I found our
family something to eat.

I'm sorry the burden falls to you

to look after us all.

You're a brilliant tailor, Marcus.

Once I mend you, you'll
stitch together the life

we've always dreamed of... our family.

Are you sure it's safe
to go in there, Mama?

The lanterns will connect us.

You'll see mine in there,

and yours will guide
me back to you here.



for my family, I'll always find a way.





Who dares trespass in Gothel's garden?

I'll apologize for taking some food,

but I won't apologize for
trying to help my family.

My husband is sick.

My kids have gone two
days without a bite.

Many people come here in an
attempt to steal my magic.

And yet, here you are

selflessly risking
my ire for radishes...

It's rare to find a flower

that can grow amongst
the weeds of human nature.

I meant no disrespect.

I can work as payment,
if that pleases you.

If your family is your
be all and end all,

what would you sacrifice
to give them a better life?

I would do anything.

Anything is something I can work with.

We have a deal.





There is no way out of this tower.

I never agreed to this.

Oh, but you did.

You swore to pay any price

for your family's happiness.

And there's a distinct difference

between theirs and yours.

They'll come for me.

But they'll never find you.

Marcus! Help!

Anastasia! Drizella!

Help me!



Orange looks better on the
women on that Netflix show.

My wardrobe has much in common
with you, as my daughter.

In both cases,

I'm stuck with what was thrust upon me.

Why are you here, Ivy?

No, you're right.

That's enough small talk.


have hidden something away from me.

A family heirloom, if you will.

You want Anastasia's body?

Then I can do what you never could...

Wake my sister up.

[SIGHS] No. You want
the magic within her.

And once you get it,

we both know what you
plan to do with her.


You know, I learned
negotiating from you.

I have control of all
of your assets now.

You have no money, no lawyer,

no Chanel.

Sharing Anastasia's whereabouts

is the only way you can get out of here.

I don't need you
to get me out of here.


I'll find her myself.

I have Gothel helping me now.

I bet you do.

You always did gravitate toward
any mother figure you could.

And you always gravitated
to the love of only one daughter.


Did someone not get enough hugs?

Have fun in prison.

This isn't the first time
someone's tried to lock me up.

Apparently, you've forgotten
the lesson they learned.

When it comes to my family...

I always find a way.

LUCY: Mom, I'm so happy
to be back here with you.

Yeah, me too.

Come on.

Got to grab your backpack for school.

And don't forget... you
got ballet after, okay?

Actually, now that
I'm back here for good,

I was wondering if we
could invite Henry over

and share the good news with him.

Let's just see how, um...
we can get through day one,

and then we can talk
about it tomorrow, okay?

Okay, Mom.

Kid's not gonna give up on this, huh?

She keeps trying to "Parent Trap" you.

Real question is, when Lucy finally does

trick you and Mr., uh... Mixtape

into some romantic spot,

will there actually
be any romance to play?


I don't know what to do about Henry.

I went to Roni's bar to see if
we can try to figure things out.

I heard that he took off
with her to San Francisco.

And what's he doing there?

The bartender was very
vague about the details.

He just said that Roni needed a ride.

- Ready to go.

Uh, you want to walk me?

I'd love to, Lucy.



Time to take you back.

Not exactly Tiffany,

but they are bracelets all the same.

I've missed our talks, Detective.

Did you enjoy the one
with your daughter?

To be honest, not since she was 4.

I only agreed to meet
with her because I knew

it would afford me the
chance to speak with you.

Oh, well, I am flattered.

But given your... current situation,

you don't have very much to offer.

How could I forget your skill set

always comes with a price?

What are you getting at?

I need help getting to my daughter.

The little brat was just here.

Not Ivy.


[QUIETLY] Nobody's
here. We're all alone.

Why pretend you're not concerned

that Gothel is out of the tower?

Now, you say that...

like I should understand
what all your nonsense means.


Well, why don't you let me know

when I do start making sense?

All the knickknacks
you've been collecting,

that great love you're separated from,

that dagger you can't
seem to get rid of.


Stand up.

How is the search for
The Guardian going?

I have all the information
you've long sought.

You help me today,

and I'll gladly share it with you...


I'd say...

you've got yourself a deal...






[SIGHS] Remember your family.

Be brave.

Lovely morning, Detective.

How are you out of jail?

In a word... determination.

I didn't get to be who
I am sitting around,

waiting for others to improve my odds.

And I didn't ask for a TED Talk.

I asked how you managed
to sidestep your charges.

I'm afraid that honor goes to you.

You failed to get a warrant.

I had exigent circumstance.
There was immediate danger.

Judge didn't see it that way.

Don't you mean you
made certain he didn't?

You dress it up any way you want.

I know you're getting something
out of this arrangement.

Come clean with it now, or
I'll go dig it up myself.

I'd advise against that, Detective.

Or has ignoring me not
done enough damage already?

Congratulations. You're a free woman.

Now, where's Anastasia?

It does me no good to get to my daughter

without the means to wake her.

You and I have a few stops to make.


Uh... Jacinda,

there's a fugitive at the door for you.

What I am is a free woman
in need of a manicure.

New evidence is coming to light

that will show just who
the villain is in all this.

And, uh, the first thing you
do is come here about Lucy?

Specifically about our
long-standing agreement.

If you think that you
are getting Lucy back...

I'm here to, quite
literally, do the opposite.

I am removing all claims of custody

and handing Lucy over to you.

Wait. Where's the catch?

There is none.

I handed you that custody
paperwork years ago

in the hopes that you would tear it up

and throw it back at me.

The fact that you signed Lucy over

told me who you were as a person.

It was a test?

One you failed.

And now one you've passed.

You reached out to Nick

and wisely used Lucy's
lawyer of a father

to clear matters up.

I, for one, am glad
he's back in your life.

I would have him thoroughly vet this.

I think he'll find
it's on the up and up.

Forgive me, but, um, where
is all this coming from?

Being locked away from the world

affords one the
opportunity to think about

what's most important, and...

the answer I found...

was Lucy's happiness.

I'm having her things sent over here,

but she's rather fond
of this little dolly.

I don't know what to say.

I do.

Family is worth fighting for.

I'm so very proud
that you never gave up.

They're serving dessert in the parlor.

We should go in.

I can't give up on our mother, Drizella.

One of these lanterns could
help guide her back to us.

It's been six years, Anastasia.

I know it's silly to believe, but...

something feels different about tonight.

My girls...


You're so grown up

I saw the lanterns,
and I knew it was you.


I thought you were dead.

I searched for weeks.

All I found was your tattered cloak.

It was a trick.

A witch promised me you'd all thrive,

but my side of the bargain

required me to be
locked away in a tower.

But the love of my family
helped me survive all this time.

I'm so happy I'm finally
back to share it with you.

Who is that, Father?

Go back inside, Ella.

What does she mean, "Father"?

She's my stepdaughter.

- I had no idea that...

CECILIA: Marcus?

This is my wife, Cecilia.

Now... who might you be?

Why is it you people work

all your little lives in locked rooms

only to re-create nature's greatness?

It's air freshener.

Your mother's entanglement
with Rumplestiltskin

is going to prove meddlesome.

She can team up with all
seven dwarves for all I care.

If we follow her, she
will lead us to Anastasia.

It's a mistake to underestimate her.

Are you speaking from experience?

Because in mine, she
always takes the wrong path.

She made her choices,

and now she'll have to deal with mine.

Looks like the kettle's run dry.

It's your company we came
for, not the tea, Mother.

Right, Drizzy?

Actually, I am thirsty.


Hi, sweeties.

You ready to head back to the manor?

I need to speak with your mother.

RAPUNZEL: I'm losing them, Marcus.

That isn't true. The girls love you.

Anastasia doesn't
stop talking about you.

Drizella slips further away every day.

You have to give it time.

She was so young when you left.


I brought you something.

That's my old cloak.

I mended it.

You kept it all these years?


had you not made that
deal that stormy night,

I'd likely be dead and
our girls in the streets.

Our family owes all
its happiness to you.

Do you still love me?

Of course I do.

And our girls mean everything to me.

But so does Ella.

And Cecilia.

I have to go.


You're too strong for tears.

If you're here to put
me back in your tower...

I'm not.

In fact, I admire your
resourcefulness in escaping.

I was surprised to find
my family like this.

The deal was honored.

They sleep every night
in their cozy manor.

And yet I, myself,

may as well still be
locked in your tower.

That was the deal.

You knew that I would escape
eventually, didn't you?

I had hopes.


You proved pure enough
to sacrifice yourself

for your family's happiness.

And now I'm curious to see

if you'll sacrifice
someone else's for yours.

Just a little something
I unearthed in Wonderland.

Squeeze it into Cecilia's
drink when she least expects it.

You can make her go away.
You can have your family back.

Cecilia's an innocent in
this. I won't hurt her.

I'm not that person.

If you're truly who you
believe yourself to be,

then perhaps, over time,

your path will bend towards happiness.

- If not...

there's always my way.


The paperwork's legit.

For real? Lucy's mine?

Lucy's yours. Belfrey conceded.

- Don't mess with me.
- It's true.

It's finally over.

[CHUCKLES] I-I wasn't...

I wasn't sure that it was the...
The right thing to call you,

but I'm so glad I... so glad I did.

Well, that smile is
worth any work on my part.

I owe you my future life.

[CHUCKLING] Lucy... Lucy and me both!

Oh, my God!


No, I, uh...

- I don't want to do this.

I'm sorry. I must... must
have, uh, misread the signs.

No, no.

I mean, yes.

B-But I-it's not about you.

I am... I'm so grateful that
you're back in our lives.

And I want you to have
a relationship with Lucy.

[CHUCKLES] Me too.





What are you doing, Weaver?

"Rollin' Bayou." Look at that.

The little lady's, uh, prettied
up since her impound days.

Yep, she's nearly
ready for the big ball.

So, did you just come
here to compliment my work?

Not just.

Uh, I have to follow
up on the Cluck's fire.

That's weird.

Detective Weaver
followed up the other day.

We're working different shifts.

I don't want to bother
him on his day off.

Maybe you can just fill
me in on what you told him.

He told me about the alley door

that was jimmied with a knife.

I don't know.

He said they found it in a Dumpster.

He asked me if I recognized it.

Did you?

No. Believe me, I would
remember a knife like that.

Can you describe it?

Actually, I'll do you one better.

If I'm gonna be honest,
it didn't exactly feel

like the ideal item
to jimmy a door with.

It was more like a...

something out of a Tim Burton movie.

Detective Weaver practically
shoved it into my hands.

He kept asking if I felt anything.

What's this all about, anyway?

I don't know.

But I'm gonna find out.



You know we're being followed,

been with us since the police station.

I'm aware. I'm not concerned.

There's a plan for those two.

I was rather expecting a body.


Glad I can still get one
over on Rumplestiltskin.

- You're planning a trip?


Inside here is all I
need to awaken Anastasia.

You seem to be jumping
through a lot of hoops

to reunite with one daughter

when the other waits just outside.

I had a son...

who thought as little
of me as Ivy does of you.

But I never stopped trying
to make things right with him.

Good for you.

My son...


meant the world to me.

And I lost him.


Don't compare your grief to mine.

You have no idea what I've been through.

Oh, but you see, Rapunzel... I do.

And I know what it's
like to seek reunion.

There are costs involved.

And wouldn't you have paid them?

I did.

And then some.

Well, then, you know I can't stop.

Not now that I finally have a way.

If you have what you need,

where's the information you
promised me on The Guardian?

Oh, you'll get it...
once Anastasia's awake.

And for the record, that girl out there

hasn't been my daughter
for a very long time.

- _


You are amazing.

You make the best lavender
lemonade north of the bayou.

Marcus mentioned they
were your favorite.

Well, as nice as they are,

why are you working today?

It's your daughter's birthday.

You should be celebrating.

Excuse me.

She's trying, you know.

I do.


You see how well the girls get along?

Maybe us parents should
take a cue from them.

Marcus, she's looking after my two.

I'm not looking after hers.

I know you see it that way.

I'm alone here.

You're really not.

Our girls need you.

I gave Drizella a gift.
She didn't even smile.


It's amazing, Mother!
Thank you! Thank you!


WEAVER: Well, well, well.

You certainly took your time.

Where's Victoria?

Oh, your mother's long gone, princess.

Piece of advice...

Next time you want to tail someone,

learn how to do it better first.

Come on. Let's get out of here.

GOTHEL: Run ahead, Drizella.

Mother Gothel needs a moment.


Talk until the sun sets if you want.

That one speaks too much.


But she's really bought into your, um...

maternal routine.

Why is it you call
yourself "Mother Gothel"?

I mean, y-y-you're no mother to them.

And you're certainly no nun.

"Mother" means different
things to different people.

I tend to their needs,

as I can tend to yours.


I'm fine, thanks.

Are you?

Because life seems to
have you glum nowadays.

I never thought I'd see
a pout on the Dark One.

Nor love in his heart.

No, I suppose it's a time for firsts.

How is Belle, by the way?

[STERNLY] Don't you
dare... say her name.

Ooh, that struck a nerve.

You know you're never
getting back to her.

Not on your own.

But with me...

No, no. I don't serve anyone.

There's nothing you
can do to stop Belfrey

from waking Anastasia now.

Rapunzel, Lady Tremaine,
Victoria Belfrey,

whatever role she's assuming today...

You neglected to ask her the
cost of what she hopes to do.

Why is that?

Well, you tell me.

Reawakening Belfrey's
biddy is going to cost

the loss of an innocent's belief.

If you want to tell me something,

why don't you just say it?

Do you have any idea...

where your great-granddaughter
is right now?



What are you doing
here? My mom texted me.

Yes, I know.

I'm having your things
sent over to her place,

but I-I wanted to give
you something myself.

I think I should probably go.

Wait. I have it right here.


Is that...?

Yes. You were right, Lucy.


Fairy tales are real.

Henry's book was real.

Your family, your
belief... it's all real.

But you don't know the whole story.

Come now. I'll tell you the rest.

So, wait, it's true? You're Rapunzel?!

I thought you were Lady Tremaine,

but Rapunzel, too?!

Tremaine was Marcus' name.

I took it from him when we were married.

[CHUCKLING] My mom...
she is Cinderella.

I-I... I knew it! I was right!

Yes, and it's that unfettered belief

that makes you so special.


You poisoned my mom's mom?

The witch tricked me,
Lucy. She twisted the truth.

I was blinded by what was in my heart.

I needed my family to be together again.

You must understand that.


So... she died?

No. Gosh, no.

I could never hurt
somebody like that, Lucy.

I knew the poison would only cause

Ella's mother to flee.

What I didn't know was that
Marcus would chase after her...

to Wonderland.

Eventually, he returned,

and we were reunited as a family.

We even welcomed your mother in.

Unfortunately, the
story didn't end there.

There were moments in the tower

when all of this seemed so unlikely.

The three of them truly
do seem like sisters.


[GIGGLES] I'll get it.

I've been thinking a lot

about how much you've
done for our family.


Sacrifice is the ultimate form of love.

Hey, Ella.

It... It's humbled me.

It's now my turn to show you
just how much I value you.



He'll get her.

He'll get her.


- That's Ella.

Where's our daughter?!

Where's Anastasia?

She's... I couldn't.

- I could only grab one.


Is that...?

Yes. Anastasia.

Why are you showing me this?

I need you to see how
the world really is,

even for the people in this book.

What are you talking about?

I only ever did what the heroes
you so often speak of would do.

I sacrificed everything for my family.

And the only thing I ever
got in return was pain.

You were right, Lucy...
Fairy tales are real.

But sadly... happy endings aren't.


Good people can get happy endings

when they work at it.

My family's story is different.

I am your family.

No, you're not!

My family's me, my mom, and Henry,

and... and we'll all be together.

I believe it.

Well, I believed it, too.

For far too long.



it's already too late, Lucy.

Henry means nothing to your mother.


Your story and mine...

we're the same.

Separated from those we love,

willing to do anything to reunite.

But I'm back with my mom now.

And not Henry.

He left town. He's gone.

And no matter how strongly you believed,

you failed to make him stay.

When your beliefs betray
you, you must let them go.

Lucy, it's time.

Let your belief go.


You have to help her.
She fell through the ice.

She was trying to save someone.

What a terrible waste
of a promising soul.


What are you doing?

Locking in her last breath.

As long as it remains in her lungs,

she hangs between life and death.

[SOBBING] Thank you.
She's my everything.


Unfortunately, gratitude alone

will not be enough to reawaken her.

This time, Anastasia's
going into the tower.

What? She's done nothing wrong.

You still haven't realized.

This was never a
punishment. This was a test.

A test?

For long, I've sought after
a hero pure of heart...

The Guardian.

Someone incorruptible by evil,

willing to sacrifice.

The tower.

The poison.

When you accepted suffering
to save your family,

I thought you had the
potential to be The Guardian.

But you couldn't resist the temptation

to harm an innocent.

Perhaps someone else in your
bloodline will do better.

You put her in that tower,

and I will scale it brick by brick

if that's what it takes.

I'm sure you would.

But since your escape,

I made a few
improvements... blood magic,

to keep the next occupant entrapped.

Say goodbye to your little girl.


Looking for something?

- No.
- Do it when they least expect.

Isn't that what you told me?



Don't worry, my dearest. I promise...

I will bring you back.


- Any sign of her?
- Not yet, sir.

But we found this here.

Are you sure you don't want
us to reach out to her mother?

That's the one place I
know she won't be found.


- Keep searching.
- Yes, sir.

And remember...

you report only to me on this matter.


I really don't have
time for you right now.

Well, make time.

Who the hell are you looking for?

This is my business, and,
therefore, none of yours.

Says the guy questioning
witnesses in my case.

I've been in your locker.

You have files on half
of Hyperion Heights.

Now, I can't tell if you're a dirty cop

or the best one I know.

One minute, you're
speaking to me in riddles.

The next... the next,
you're shutting me out.

Yet I can't shake the feeling

that there's something
that you want to tell me,

so spit it out!

I'm looking for someone.

Much as you were with Eloise Gardener.

What does Belfrey have to do with that?

I thought she could help me.

I was wrong.

Look, this is...

this is really hard to put into words.

But I've been separated from my wife...


And I would do anything to get to her.

I don't know how else to put it.

But this... all of this...

is in service to that.

That is the least believable
thing you've ever said to me.

And yet... and yet I believe it.

Just let me help you.

Yeah, okay.

So, what do we do now?


Find Lucy.



What's wrong?




Lucy! Lucy! Baby!

Lucy, no, no, no!



What... what happened?


I saved you.

Oh, my sweet Anastasia, I saved you!

When it comes to my family,

I always find a way.