1×16 – Heart Of Darkness

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(In the forest, Red and Prince Charming have set up a rest spot. A flaming arrow shoots through the air, heading towards Red.)

Prince Charming: Red, look out!

(Prince Charming deflects the arrow with his sword. They then see King George and his men riding towards them.)

Prince Charming: We need to move. They found us.

(The two of them run towards Prince Charming’s horse. He gets on, and then extends his hand to her. However, she refuses.)

Red: Go. I’ll take care of them.

Prince Charming: Red, I’m not leaving you.

Red: Find Snow. That’s all that matters. Find her!

Prince Charming: What are you going to do?

(Red looks up and sees that it’s a full moon.)

Red: I’m giving you a head start.

(Prince Charming rides off while Red stays behind. Red takes off her cloak, causing her eyes to glow yellow. She rushes towards the knights and transforms into a wolf.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(Emma is taking Mary Margaret’s mugshot at the station.)

Emma: Please turn to the right.

MMB: Emma, this is a mistake. I didn’t kill Kathryn.

Emma: Of course you didn’t. But, while I am your friend, I am also the Sheriff. And I have to go where the evidence leads.

MMB: Which points to me? Emma, yesterday it was David. There’s something not right here.

Emma: I know. But, your fingerprints were on that box, and his are not. So, now we have to deal with this.

MMB: Evidence that says I cut out Kathryn’s heart…and buried it in the woods. This is insane.

Emma: If I don’t book you, with all this evidence, it’s going to look like favouritism. And then, Regina will have cause and she will fire me. And then, you know what she’ll do? She’ll bring in someone who will railroad you. So, please – just try to be patient and trust me. We can’t even move forward till we verify the heart belonged to Kathryn. And I am still waiting for the DNA test results. But, in the meantime, you need to bear with me. I have to ask you a few questions.

MMB: This is crazy. I would never hurt anyone.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Snow White hums a song while she sweeps her room at the dwarf’s place. A bluebird flies in. She coaxes the bird over to her, then sets it on a table. She then aggressively tries to swat it with the broom. Grumpy walks in and sees her.)

Grumpy: Snow? What are you… What are you doing?

Snow White: Getting rid of the vermin in this house.

(She again tries to swat the bird and, eventually, successfully drives it out the window.)

Snow White: What do you want?

Grumpy: It’s dinner time.

Snow White: I’m not hungry.

Grumpy: Come on – we made something extra special tonight.

(Grumpy leads Snow White to the dining area where the other dwarves are gathered around the table.)

Snow White: Somebody die?

(Jiminy Cricket flies in.)

Jiminy: Snow, why don’t you have a seat?

Snow White: Why is there a dirty cricket in here?

Jiminy: My name is Jiminy, and your friends have asked me to be here tonight. They’re concerned about you, and they have something they’d like to say. Grumpy, why don’t you start?

(Grumpy takes out a piece of paper and starts reading.)

Grumpy: Snow White, you’ve changed. You’ve become angry, irritable, and downright mean.

Snow White: Changed? And who are you to tell me I’ve changed?

Jiminy: Snow, please. These are your friends. And we’re all here because we… We care about you. Who wants to go next?

(Sneezy takes out his letter and starts to read.)

Sneezy: Uh. You brought bales of straw into the house last night, even though you know that I’m…

(He sneezes.)

Sneezy: Allergic.

Snow White: You are allergic to everything.

Happy: You broke my mug!

Snow White: You’re lucky it wasn’t that mug you call a face!

Happy: You are the worst, most nasty, horrible-

Grumpy: Enough! Look what you’re doing to Happy. That potion you took – the one that erased the Prince from your mind? You haven’t been the same since you drank it.

Snow White: That, helped me forget whatever, or whomever, I needed to forget. And I am clearly better off for it. That potion was the solution, not the problem. The problem is, that I’m living here in a house full of dwarves instead of in my palace, with my father, as a princess. But I can’t do that anymore, can I? Because he was murdered. Murdered, by the same woman who sent a Huntsman to kill me.

Jiminy: Snow, your anger towards the Queen is understandable. It’s just not fair to take it out on your friends.

Snow White: You’re right – I should be taking it out on her.

Jiminy: Oh, wait. Revenge is not the answer. No, it’s going to change you. It’ll turn you into something darker than you can imagine. You don’t want to go there-

(Snow White puts a glass container over Jiminy to silence him.)

Snow White: Good news, fellas – you can quit your complaining, because I’m leaving. I have more important things to do.

Jiminy: Wait! Don’t go!

Grumpy: Snow. Wait. Where are you going?

Snow White: To kill the Queen.

(Snow White leaves, taking a bag and a pick axe with her.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(At the station, Emma leads Mary Margaret into an interrogation room. Regina is already there.)

Regina: Hello, Miss Blanchard.

MMB: What is she doing here?

Emma: She asked to be here as a third party to make sure that I stay impartial. It can only help you.

MMB: I have nothing to hide. Ask me anything.

(Emma turns on the tape recorder.)

Emma: The heart was found buried near the old Toll Bridge. It had been cut out by what appears to be a hunting knife. Have you ever been to that bridge before?

MMB: Yes, many times. It’s where David and I liked to meet.

Emma: Mr. Nolan.

MMB: Yes.

Emma: And, you met there… For what purpose?

MMB: We were having an affair. I’m not proud of what happened, and I’m sorry. But that doesn’t change the fact that I did not kill Kathryn.

(Emma takes the jewelry box out of a cabinet and places it on the table in front of Mary Margaret.)

Emma: Have you ever seen this before?

MMB: Yes, it’s my jewelry box.

Emma: That’s what we found the heart in.

MMB: Don’t you see what’s happening here? Someone stole that box and put the heart in it. I didn’t have anything to do with it. I’m innocent!

Regina: Miss Blanchard, it’s okay. I know what you’re going through. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. To be publicly humiliated. It put me in a very dark place. Changed me. I can only imagine what losing David Nolan did to you.

MMB: But, I haven’t changed. I’m still the same person I’ve always been – a good person. I did not do this.

Emma: Can I speak to you in the hallway, please?

(Emma and Regina go out into the hall to talk.)

Emma: I told you to leave the questioning to me.

Regina: How do you know she didn’t do it? If that box was stolen from her as she claims, don’t you think there’d be signs of a break in? Well, you’re her roommate – tell me. Has there been a break in? She is a woman who’s had her heart broken, and that… That can make you do unspeakable things.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Snow White hides behind a tree in the forest, as a knight on a horse rides closer. When he gets close enough, she clotheslines him and he falls to the ground. Using the blunt end of the pick axe, she crushes the knight’s ankle.)

Snow White: It’ll heal. Eventually.

Knight: What do you want?

Snow White: Information. Where’s the Queen?

Knight: And why would I tell you?

Snow White: Do you know what a diamond is? It’s the strongest substance known to man or beast. Beautiful, precious, nearly impervious to destruction. Nearly. This… This is an axe from the Dwarf Mines. It’s a special blade. It can, believe it or not, actually cut a diamond. Imagine what it can do to human flesh. Soft, pliable, tender flesh…

(Snow White raises the axe, but stops when the knight starts to speak.)

Knight: She’s at her castle, but only for the night. In the morning, she leaves for the summer palace. Please! That’s all I know.

Snow White: That summer palace was built for my mother.

(She hits the knight in the head with the handle of the pick axe, which knocks him out. She steals his armor and goes to leave, but is stopped by a voice. It turns out to be Grumpy.)

Grumpy: What do you think you’re doing?

Snow White: I already told you. I’m going to kill the Queen.

Grumpy: By stealing the armor off a knight?

Snow White: Whatever I have to do to get into that castle. So, get out of my way. I have to get there before she departs.

Grumpy: Have you lost your mind? You really think this disguise is going to fool anybody?

Snow White: I’m getting in there.

Grumpy: Listen to yourself! All you care about is revenge. You can’t even see reality anymore.

Snow White: What I don’t need, is to be lectured by a dwarf with a bad attitude.

Grumpy: I didn’t come here to lecture you. I came here to help you.

Snow White: Help me? How?

Grumpy: By taking you back to Rumpelstiltskin. He’s the one who gave you the potion in the first place – the one that took away all your memories of your Prince. If anyone can give them back to you, it’s him.

Snow White: I don’t want my memories back. That’s why I took the potion.

Grumpy: And it changed you. Maybe he can at least bring you back to the person you used to be. He’s the most powerful man in the world. He can do anything.

Snow White: Anything?

–[Storybrooke]–

(Emma, due to speaking with Regina, goes to investigate Mary Margaret’s apartment. She checks the locks of the door and windows. Henry enters.)

Emma: Henry. What are you doing here? Why aren’t you in school?

Henry: We have to help Miss Blanchard.

Emma: I am helping her. That’s why I’m searching the apartment. But you got to go home.

Henry: Not going to happen.

Emma: Just stay out of the way.

Henry: So, what are we looking for?

Emma: I’m trying to see if maybe, someone broke in. Looking for busted door jambs, broken glass, muddy boot prints. That kind of thing.

Henry: So, you think someone’s setting her up.

Emma: It’s the only thing that makes sense. The only problem is, nobody’s got a motive.

Henry: My mom does.

Emma: Regina?

Henry: She hates Snow White. Hey, you wanted a motive.

Emma: Well, I don’t think ‘she hates Snow White’ will hold up in a court, Henry.

(Emma and Henry look around Mary Margaret’s room. After looking at the pictures on Mary Margaret’s desk, Emma flops down on the bed. Suddenly, the heat noisily turns on. Searching for the source of the noise, Emma looks to the floor and sees a heating vent. She takes off the grate of the vent and sticks her hand in.)

Henry: Did you find something?

(Emma pulls out a hunting knife wrapped in a cloth.)

———–

(Henry is drinking a hot chocolate at Granny’s Diner. August enters and sits next to Henry at the counter.)

August: I don’t think that hot chocolate’s going to drink itself. You’re upset about your teacher, aren’t ya?

Henry: She didn’t do it. Why can’t anyone see that?

August: Because most people just see what’s right in front of them. And I don’t think you’re going to find the answers you want at the bottom of that mug.

Henry: Then where?

August: That a book in your bag? You know I’m a writer. So, I’m partial to finding my answers in the literary form.

Henry: It’s just a book.

August: Is it?

Henry: Yeah.

August: I think we both know that that’s not the case. Can I get a water, please?

Henry: What do you know about it?

August: I know it’s a book of stories.

Henry: Aren’t all books?

August: Stories…that really happened.

Henry: You think my book is real?

August: As real as I am.

Henry: How do you know?

August: Well, let’s just say that, uh, I’m a believer. And I want to help others see the light. That, my friend, is why I’m here.

Henry: But I already believe.

August: Oh, I’m not here for you, buddy. I’m here for Emma.

Henry: So, you want to get her to believe? Why don’t you just tell her?

August: Well, there are some people – like you and me – we can go on faith. But others – like Emma – they need proof.

Henry: Last time I tried to find proof, I got trapped in a sinkhole.

August: There are less dangerous places to look.

(August taps Henry’s book.)

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(In the forest, Prince Charming gets off his horse to check the tracks in the snow. He draws his sword and follows them, eventually coming to the naked knight that Snow White attacked earlier.)

Prince Charming: Put your hands where I can see them.

(The knight turns around, only covered by the helmet he’s holding.)

Prince Charming: Uh, on second thought, don’t.

(Prince Charming throws him a blanket.)

Prince Charming: Who did this?

Knight: She’s crazy. She had a pick axe. She threatened to skin me.

Prince Charming: The Evil Queen?

Knight: No. Snow White.

Prince Charming: What?

Knight: She said she wanted to kill the Queen. I’ve never seen someone so bloodthirsty.

Prince Charming: No. Snow is not bloodthirsty. She is not a killer. I know her.

Knight: Maybe you don’t.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Regina is peeling an apple in her office, when David knocks at the door and lets himself in.)

David: Hey. Can I talk to you?

Regina: Of course.

David: These accusations against Mary Margaret – they’ve been gnawing away at me. She didn’t do this.

Regina: I understand what you’re going through. It’s painful when someone we care about betrays us.

David: She’s a good person. I know her.

Regina: Maybe you don’t. Maybe, you just want to. Everyone has a dark side, David.

David: Yeah, sure, but having a dark side and doing something so evil – that’s a different thing. That’s not what she is.

Regina: Perhaps. I always believe that evil isn’t born – it’s made.

David: All due respect, Regina, I don’t think you know much about evil.

Regina: Well, if she didn’t do it, then who did?

David: I don’t know. That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out. But those blackouts I’ve been having – they’ve made everything so hazy.

Regina: Please, tell me you’re not accusing yourself.

David: You know, maybe if I could clear up my missing time, I could prove Mary Margaret’s innocence.

Regina: You’re very sweet, David. But you’re also wrong. Evil doesn’t always look evil. Sometimes it’s staring right at us, and we don’t even realize it.

———–

(At the station, Emma is with Mary Margaret, who is locked in a cell.)

MMB: The heating vent? Emma, I don’t even know where the heating vent in my bedroom is.

Emma: Well, someone did, and they put a hunting knife in there. I checked for signs of a break in, but there weren’t any.

MMB: You don’t believe me.

Emma: Of course I do. But what I think doesn’t matter. The evidence is piling up by the hour.

MMB: Okay, what are you saying?

Emma: I’m saying, you should think about hiring a lawyer.

(Mr. Gold enters.)

Mr. Gold: An excellent idea.

Emma: Mr. Gold. What are you doing here?

Mr. Gold: Offering my legal services.

Emma: You’re a lawyer?

Mr. Gold: Ever wondered why I was so adept at contracts? I’ve been following the details of your case, Miss Blanchard. And I think you’d be well-advised to bring me on as your counsel.

MMB: And why is that?

Mr. Gold: Well, because the Sheriff had me arrested for nearly beating a man to death, and I managed to persuade the judge to drop the charges.

Emma: Asserting your influence isn’t what’s needed here. We need to find the truth.

Mr. Gold: Exerting influence may be exactly what’s needed here.

Emma: What’s needed here, is for me to do my job.

Mr. Gold: Well, no one’s stopping you. I’m only here to help.

MMB: Enough. Please go.

Emma: You heard her.

MMB: No, I was talking to you. Oh, Emma, he’s right. I need help. And you need to do your job, or else I’m screwed. So, just please – do your job the best you can, and you’ll prove me innocent. Until you do, I need some practical help.

Mr. Gold: Trust me. This is in Miss Blanchard’s best interests.

Emma: Good luck, Mary Margaret. I hope your best interests are what he’s looking out for.

(Emma leaves the two of them alone.)

MMB: I can’t pay you.

Mr. Gold: I didn’t ask for money.

MMB: Then why are you doing this?

Mr. Gold: Let’s just say, I’m invested in your future.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Rumpelstiltskin is spinning straw in his tower. Grumpy and Snow walk in.)

Grumpy: The potion you gave Snow – it changed her. She’s not the same.

Rumpelstiltskin: Well, of course it changed her. It took away her love, left a big hole in her heart. There is no cure for what she’s got. The person she was… There’s no way to bring her back. No potion can bring back true love.

(Rumpelstiltskin opens a cabinet containing several rows of labeled potions. There is a missing potion above the heart label.)

Rumpelstiltskin: Love, is the most powerful magic of all. The only magic I haven’t been able to bottle. If you can bottle love, you can do anything. But you don’t care about that, do you? Now, what is it you really want?

Snow White: I want your help to kill the Queen.

Rumpelstiltskin: Now we’re talking, dearie.

Grumpy: Snow, don’t.

(Rumpelstiltskin takes a string and a piece of wood and fashions a bow.)

Snow White: Now, what is this?

Rumpelstiltskin: This…is how you kill the Queen.

Snow White: How will that help me get into the castle?

Rumpelstiltskin: No, no, no. That’s impossible. You have to kill her when she’s on the move. When she’s on her way to the summer palace. Fire the arrow from this spot here, and you’ll be hidden from sight. An arrow fired from this bow will get you exactly what you need. It always finds its target.

Grumpy: I can’t stand by. If you take that weapon, you do it alone.

(Snow White takes the bow and arrow from Rumpelstiltskin.)

Snow White: That was always my plan. So, what do I have to do in return?

Rumpelstiltskin: Do? You don’t have to do anything, dearie.

Snow White: Everything comes with a price with you. Last time you took a strand of my hair. What’s in it for you this time?

Rumpelstiltskin: Let’s just say, I’m invested in your future.

–[Storybrooke]–

(David knocks on the door of Archie’s office. Archie answers the door.)

Archie: David. What can I do for you?

David: Dr. Hopper, I need your help.

Archie: Okay. What… What is it?

David: I’ve been having these blackouts… And I need to remember what happened during them.

Archie: Why?

David: I think I might know something that can help Mary Margaret.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Prince Charming barges through the front doors of Rumpelstiltskin’s estate.)

Prince Charming: Rumpelstiltskin! Show yourself.

(Rumpelstiltskin appears behind him.)

Rumpelstiltskin: Still dressing like a prince, I see. Even though you ran away from the life I gave you. How’s that for gratitude?

Prince Charming: You gave me a prison sentence.

Rumpelstiltskin: Yeah, one that you’ve now skirted. Careful, dearie – King George is a vengeful man.

Prince Charming: I’m here about Snow. Rumour has it, she’s after the Queen and she came to you for help.

Rumpelstiltskin: Yes, indeed.

Prince Charming: What did you do to her?

(He draws his sword.)

Rumpelstiltskin: What did I do to her? You mean, what did you do to her. You caused her pain. Without that pain, she would never have drank my potion to forget about you. That’s what changed her.

Prince Charming: Undo the potion. All magic can be broken.

Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, yes. With twoo wuv.

Prince Charming: So, that’s it then? True love’s kiss will awaken her?

Rumpelstiltskin: Most certainly. But, it’s going to be hard to kiss her when you don’t know where she is.

(Rumpelstiltskin swats Prince Charming’s sword and starts to walk away.)

Prince Charming: Name your price.

Rumpelstiltskin: How about…your cloak?

Prince Charming: My cloak? Why would you want my cloak?

Rumpelstiltskin: It’s drafty in here.

(Prince Charming takes off his cloak and places it on the table.)

Prince Charming: Where is she?

Rumpelstiltskin: On her way to the Queen’s Highway.

(He magically produces a map.)

Rumpelstiltskin: This is the route she’s taking, but you better be quick. Because, if she kills the Queen, she becomes as evil as the woman whose life she takes.

Prince Charming: She could never become that evil.

Rumpelstiltskin: Evil isn’t born, dearie – it’s made. If Snow starts down that road, you’ll never get her back.

———–

(Snow White is preparing herself at the spot that Rumpelstiltskin specified. Suddenly, Prince Charming ambushes her from behind.)

Snow White: Get your hands off me!

Prince Charming: Snow.

Snow White: Who are you? What are you doing?

Prince Charming: I’m helping you remember.

(He kisses her.)

Prince Charming: I told you – I will always find you.

(Snow White punches him in the head, causing him to fall unconscious.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(Emma walks up the stairs in the building of Mary Margaret’s apartment, where she finds Henry sitting on a step.)

Henry: I have proof.

(He holds up the ring of skeleton keys.)

Henry: This is how my mom got into your apartment. This is how she framed Miss Blanchard.

Emma: Did you steal these from her office?

Henry: Yeah. The book said they could open any door.

Emma: There’s no way they’ll even fit in the lock.

Henry: We have to try.

(Henry tries to open the door with multiple keys, but is unsuccessful.)

Emma: See? What did I tell you? Come on, Henry. I know you want to think the answer to everything is in Operation Cobra-

Henry: It is!

Emma: But, sometimes the real world needs to come first.

Henry: Just try one more. Please.

Emma: Okay, one more. But then we’re done.

Henry: You do it. This one.

Emma: Okay.

(Emma takes the keys from Henry and tries the key he picked out. The door unlocks.)

Henry: Do you believe now?

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Prince Charming comes around while Snow White watches him.)

Prince Charming: Sn-

(He realizes that he is tied to a tree.)

Snow White: I assume you’re the man Rumpelstiltskin helped me forget. What’s your name again?

Prince Charming: It’s me – Charming.

Snow White: Charming? Beginning to see why I drank that potion.

Prince Charming: This doesn’t make any sense. True love’s kiss should’ve restored your memories.

Snow White: It’s not true love…because I don’t love you.

Prince Charming: Yes, you do. You just don’t remember. You love me, and I love you.

Snow White: Words, words, words. That’s all that love is. And, unfortunately for you, words don’t mean anything to me. You know what does mean something to me? Taking action. And that’s exactly what I’m going to go do.

Prince Charming: Snow! Snow, listen to me! You can’t do this. It’s not who you want to be. You can’t kill her.

Snow White: Really? Watch me.

(She starts to head back into the forest.)

Prince Charming: Don’t do it! Snow! Snow!

–[Storybrooke]–

(In Archie’s office, David is lying on the couch in a hypnotic state.)

Archie: Now, David, listen very closely. Can you hear me?

David: Yes.

Archie: Good. Okay, I want you to go back in your memory. Back to the last time you and Kathryn spoke. The last thing you remember. Tell me – where are you?

David: In my bedroom.

Archie: When?

David: The night she left.

Archie: And what were you doing?

David: I called her on her cell.

Archie: And what did you talk about?

David: She said she realized she needed to start a new life. Without me. She thought Mary Margaret and I should be together.

Archie: And how did that conversation end?

David: She said she was hurt… But she wanted me to be happy.

Archie: And do you remember anything after that?

David: Yes. I saw Mary Margaret in the woods.

Archie: And what was she doing there?

(David has a flashback to his meeting with Snow White in Fairy Tale World. Specifically, he thinks he remembers trying to stop Mary Margaret from killing ‘her’. Archie pulls David out of hypnosis.)

Archie: David. David!

David: What happened?

Archie: I had to wake you up. You went too deep into hypnosis. Something was disturbing you. What did you see?

David: It was…

Archie: What? Tell me, David. I can help you. David. David, tell me. What did you see? I can help you.

David: No, you can’t.

(David rushes out of Archie’s office.)

Archie: David!

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Prince Charming, who is still tied to a tree, struggles against his bindings. Jiminy flies to him.)

Prince Charming: Go on. Get out of here.

Jiminy: You must be James.

Prince Charming: You can talk?

Jiminy: Yeah, and you can listen. Name’s Jiminy. When Snow began acting differently, her friends, the dwarves, asked me to intervene. But I’m… I’m afraid I wasn’t much help.

Prince Charming: I didn’t do any better. Can you get me out of here? I have to stop her.

Jiminy: Well, I’ll try.

(Jiminy begins to chew on the ropes.)

Jiminy: What’s your plan?

Prince Charming: I don’t know. I tried everything to make her remember who I am, but nothing worked.

Jiminy: Give that a try.

(Prince Charming pulls on the ropes again and finally breaks them.)

Jiminy: Hm. It sounds like you’re approaching this the wrong way. How can she remember who you are when she’s lost sight of who she is?

———–

(Accompanied by her knights, the Evil Queen rides on horseback through a road in the forest. She rides past rows of peasants, who are watching from the side.)

Knight: Clear the road! Bow your heads before the Queen!

(On top of a small cliff and hidden by the trees, Snow White follows the Evil Queen and her entourage from a distance. When she gets to the spot that Rumpelstiltskin specified, she takes aim. She shoots the arrow, but Prince Charming jumps in the way and is struck in the shoulder.)

Snow White: What do you think you’re doing? Why would you do this?

Prince Charming: Well, because… You said you appreciate… Action more than words. So, now… You’re going to get both. I love you, Snow.

Snow White: But, I don’t love you. I don’t even remember you.

Prince Charming: Well, I don’t care. The only thing I care about is that you don’t forget who you really are. I would rather die than let you fill your heart with darkness.

Snow White: You would really die for me?

Prince Charming: Does it look like I’m making this up?

Snow White: No one’s ever done anything like this for me before. No one’s ever been willing to die for me.

Prince Charming: No one you can remember.

(They kiss.)

Snow White: Charming…

Prince Charming: Yes. It’s me.

(They kiss several more times, but are interrupted by the sound of King George’s men approaching.)

Prince Charming: King George’s army.

(Prince Charming covers Snow White’s face with her hood. Several knights grab Prince Charming, while several others grab Snow White.)

Snow White: No!

Knight: Prince James.

(The knight pulls the arrow out of Prince Charming’s shoulder. He cringes in pain.)

Knight: Leave the girl. We have who we came for.

(The knights drop Snow White and drag Prince Charming to a horse drawn cell.)

Prince Charming: No!

Snow White: James!

(One of the knights draws his sword and raises it above Snow White.)

Prince Charming: No!

Knight: Enough!

(King George’s men head off through the forest with Prince Charming in tow.)

Prince Charming: Snow… Snow!

Snow White: James!

Prince Charming: Snow!

Snow White: I will find you! I will always find you.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Mary Margaret is lying on the bed in her cell, when David enters.)

David: Mary Margaret.

MMB: David.

David: Emma said we could have a few minutes alone. I wanted to tell you, that Dr. Hopper helped me remember what happened during my blackouts.

MMB: And?

David: Uh, I… I only, um, got pieces of the memory, but… We were in the woods, and I kept saying, ‘don’t do it’.

MMB: Don’t do what?

David: Don’t kill her. That’s what I kept saying.

MMB: Kathryn? You think you remember me wanting to kill Kathryn?

David: Can you explain why I have that memory?

MMB: David? Are you asking me if I had something to do with Kathryn’s murder?

David: The Sheriff found a heart in our spot. It was in your jewelry box. The weapon was found in your apartment. And I have these… These memories. So, yes, I’m asking.

MMB: When your phone records came back, when I found you wandering in the woods, when everyone thought you killed Kathryn, I stood by you. I never once doubted you. And, now that everything is pointing to me, you actually think I am capable of that kind of evil? Get. Out.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Snow White arrives back at the dwarves’ home. When she enters, they are all eating dinner at the table. She takes a stein out of her bag and places it on the table.)

Grumpy: What’s this?

Snow White: An apology.

Grumpy: We don’t care about mugs.

Snow White: It’s the only thing I broke that I could replace. I’m sorry. All I can say is… I’m sorry.

Grumpy: …It’s you.

Snow White: It’s me.

(The dwarves and Snow White group hug.)

Happy: You can have your old room, if you like.

Snow White: Thank you. I can’t stay.

Grumpy: Where are you going?

Snow White: King George took James. I have to get him back.

Grumpy: No, Snow, you can’t do it.

Snow White: I can’t let the King just kill him. He came back for me. It doesn’t matter what happens to me now. I have to try.

Dwarf: That’s not what I meant. What I meant was, you can’t do it alone. But, luckily, you won’t have to. Let’s show that King what Snow White and seven dwarves can really do!

–[Storybrooke]–

(Still in her cell, Mary Margaret makes her bed. When she tucks in the sheets, something falls out and clinks on the ground. The object turns out to be one of Regina’s skeleton keys. Mary Margaret tries the key in her cell door, and ends up being able to open it. When she hears Emma return, she quickly removes the key and shuts the door. Emma enters with a bag of food.)

Emma: Hey. Breakfast.

MMB: Thanks.

Emma: I know Mr. Gold doesn’t want us to talk, but I thought you should hear this from me. The test results came back on the heart… And the DNA was a match for Kathryn. She’s dead. I’m sorry – for a lot of things. But, now that we have proof of the death, we have enough evidence to move forward with a case against you. It’s going to happen. You know I do believe you, right?

MMB: Yeah.

Emma: All this evidence tells me one thing for certain – that you are being framed. And I think Regina’s behind it.

MMB: Then why am I still in here? Why don’t you confront her?

Emma: Because, belief is not proof.

MMB: But you just said-

Emma: If I don’t do this right, things will end up worse for you. Every time I’ve gone up against Regina, she’s seen it coming, and I’ve lost.

MMB: So, what makes this time any different?

Emma: Because she doesn’t know I suspect anything.

MMB: Why would she do this to me?

Emma: I don’t know, but I’m going to find out. And I promise, I won’t stop until I expose what she’s up to.

MMB: And how are you going to do that? This is her town.

Emma: I’m working on it. I have faith in you. And now, I need you to have faith in me.

(Emma grabs Mary Margaret’s hand on the bar.)

Emma: Can you do that?

MMB: Of course.

(Emma leaves. Mary Margaret looks down at the key in her hand.)

———–

(Mr. Gold is in the back room of his pawn shop. Emma enters.)

Emma: Mr. Gold.

Mr. Gold: Just taking inventory. What can I do for you, Miss Swan? Any developments in the case I should be aware of?

Emma: Yes. Regina set her up.

Mr. Gold: And this surprises you? Show me your evidence, and we’ll get this over with immediately.

Emma: Yeah, that’s the thing. There isn’t any. Anything that’s court-worthy. But I know it now.

Mr. Gold: Look who’s suddenly become a woman of faith. Why are you here, Miss Swan? To spin conspiracy theories?

Emma: I need help.

Mr. Gold: From me?

Emma: Every time I’ve gone up against Regina, I’ve lost. Except for once, when I became Sheriff. When you helped.

Mr. Gold: As I recall, you don’t exactly approve of my methods.

Emma: I approve of your results. And this time, I have something more important than a job. I need to save my friend.

Mr. Gold: And you’re willing to go as far as it takes?

Emma: Farther.

Mr. Gold: Now we’re talking. Fear not, Miss Swan. Regina may be powerful, but something tells me you’re more powerful than you know.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–

(Rumpelstiltskin is looking through the fur on Prince Charming’s cloak with a magnifying glass. He finds what appears to be a human hair and picks it up with tweezers. He drops the hair in a vial that already contains a strand of Snow White’s hair. The two hairs begin to glow and then wrap around each other, forming a double helix. Rumpelstiltskin places the vial in his cabinet above the heart label.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(At the station, Mary Margaret’s cell is empty and the door is unlocked.)

–[End]–

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