–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–
(Emma, Mary Margaret, Mulan, and Aurora are walking back to the haven.)
Aurora: I don’t know if I can do this. I’m not a very good liar.
MMB: Oh, it’s not really a lie, Aurora. Lancelot did die an honourable death, and Cora did escape. All true.
Emma: Just leave the particulars to us. There’s no reason to cause unnecessary panic amongst your people.
Aurora: I’m not so sure it’s unnecessary-
(Mulan notices that the guard tower is empty.)
Mulan: Wait. The tower – we always have sentries guarding the entrance. Stay close.
(The four of them enter the area below the guard tower, where they find piles of corpses strewn across the field.)
Emma: Oh my God…
Mulan: This can’t be… Our land… We were protected here – hidden. How did the ogres find us?
(Mary Margaret notices that the bodies have bloody chests.)
MMB: Ogres didn’t do this.
MMB: Cora did. Their hearts… They were ripped out. This is her magic, twisted and evil. We have to stop her.
Mulan: Too late. She killed them. She killed them all.
MMB: Well, we have to stop her before she hurts anyone else!
Emma: Hey! Hey! Look!
(Emma rushes towards a stack of bodies and debris, under which she sees someone waving their hand.)
Aurora: There’s someone under there.
(Aurora helps Emma free the person, who turns out to be Hook.)
Aurora: He’s alive.
MMB: It’s okay.
Hook: Please, help me.
MMB: It’s okay. You’re safe now. We won’t hurt you.
Hook: Thank you. Thank you…
(Outside of Granny’s Diner, Dr. Whale approaches David.)
Dr. Whale: You – we need to talk.
(David punches him in the face.)
Dr. Whale: Ow! What the hell was that for?
David: Sleeping with my wife.
Dr. Whale: Kathryn?
Dr. Whale: Look, I didn’t know, alright? I was cursed.
David: Yeah, I got it. What do you want?
Dr. Whale: So… Is it true? People are saying that you’re trying to find a way to build a portal back to your land, because that’s where you think Emma and Mary Margaret are – that they’re alive.
David: Well, the whispers can stop. I have no secrets from this town. That’s exactly what I’m doing.
Dr. Whale: But the land, it’s… It’s gone. Destroyed by the curse.
David: Apparently not.
Dr. Whale: Well, you having any luck?
David: Not yet. We’re working on it.
Dr. Whale: Does that mean that all the lands still exist?
Dr. Whale: So, the Queen lied to us. Again. Are you sure?
David: Remember who we’re talking about.
(Archie answers the door to his office to find Regina standing there.)
Archie: Regina. Are you here to see me?
Regina: I’ve been trying to keep my promise to Henry, but it’s been difficult…
Archie: To not use magic.
Regina: It’s been two days.
Archie: That’s an excellent start. Come on in.
(Regina enters the office and sits on the couch across from Archie.)
Regina: It’s just that, magic is the way I’ve always gotten everything.
Archie: It sounds like it’s also the way you’ve lost everything. Regina, this is your chance to start over – to earn Henry.
(Dr. Whale barges into the room.)
Archie: Dr. Whale, this is highly inappropriate.
Dr. Whale: Send me back.
Regina: Excuse me?
Dr. Whale: To my land. Send me back to my brother.
Regina: Why don’t you check the ‘missing’ board like everyone else?
Dr. Whale: Your curse only brought the living.
Regina: Well then, I’m sorry for your loss. But I’m afraid I can’t send anyone anywhere.
Dr. Whale: Can’t or won’t?
Archie: Dr. Whale, I have to insist, please. Go!
(Dr. Whale exits and Archie shuts the door behind him.)
Archie: Sorry. What you said isn’t entirely true, is it?
Regina: I’m sorry?
Archie: About the curse only taking the living. The grave of your father’s here, right?
Regina: I don’t care about Whale or his brother. I brought who I wanted.
Archie: Anyone else? If you want help, you have to try and trust me. Stopping magic is a lot harder than starting.
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin are having a magic lesson in the forest. They are practicing on a black unicorn.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Now, show me what you’ve learned. Immobilize it.
(She magically freezes the unicorn.)
Evil Queen: There. I did it.
Rumpelstiltskin: Excellent work, my apprentice. Now there’s just one last tiny, tiny, teeny little detail. Take its heart.
Evil Queen: Like what my mother did to-
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, your true love. Indeed. Then, you already know how it’s done.
(The Evil Queen slowly inches her hand towards the unicorn’s chest.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Gentle. If you do it right, no harm will befall it. Unless, of course, you will it.
(She withdraws her hand.)
Evil Queen: I can’t. It’s innocent.
Rumpelstiltskin: Nothing is innocent.
(Rumpelstiltskin magically removes the unicorn’s heart, which removes the immobilization spell.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Now, it belongs to me. You see, when you take a heart, it becomes enchanted. Stronger than a normal heart. You’re not hurting the beast – you’re controlling it. Now, show me you know what to do with that power.
(He tosses the heart to the Evil Queen.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Kill it.
Evil Queen: What?
Rumpelstiltskin: You’ve seen it done, now do it yourself. Show me, you can take the next step in your training. Crush it.
(She slowly begins to squeeze the heart, but stops when she sees the unicorn wither on the ground in pain.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Dearie, dearie, dearie. And I had such high hopes.
Evil Queen: And I didn’t sign up to kill unicorns.
Rumpelstiltskin: Magic is power. Until you can take power, you’re not learning anything. Do you want me to teach you or not?
Evil Queen: Yes.
Rumpelstiltskin: Then there’s one simple question for you to ponder.
Evil Queen: I’ll tell you anything.
Rumpelstiltskin: I don’t need the answer – you do. What’s holding you back?
(Regina and Archie are still sitting in the office together. Regina flashes back to when she put the enchantment spell on Daniel’s body in the Fairy Tale World.)
Regina: His name was Daniel. I preserved his body with an enchantment spell. He’s dead, but frozen. And I’ve kept him in my family mausoleum.
Archie: Because you couldn’t let go of him. If you can’t let go of the past, Regina, it’s doomed to haunt you.
Regina: You know what? I think this has been quite enough.
(Regina gets up and heads for the door. Archie tries to stop her.)
Archie: Regina, wait. I… I can help you.
Regina: I doubt it.
(That evening, Regina is driving home during a thunderstorm. As she’s driving, a car cuts her off and she stops abruptly. When she looks up, she sees Daniel staring at her from across the street.)
(Regina briefly looks away, but when she looks back, Daniel is gone.)
(David and Henry arrive at the stables in David’s truck. David gets out.)
(Henry also gets out of the truck. David notices him yawning as they enter the stables.)
David: Come on. What’s with the yawn? This isn’t school. It should be fun.
Henry: I couldn’t sleep.
David: Hey. I know. I miss ’em, too. Now, just think how happy Emma and Snow will be when they come home to find that you’ve become a proper knight. Say hello to your steed.
(They come to a row of stalls housing the horses.)
Henry: Is he mine?
David: This one’s yours.
Henry: Really? So… How do I get on him?
David: Oh, you’re not riding today.
Henry: I’m not?
David: No. There’s much to learn before you hop in the saddle.
Henry: Like what?
David: Well, every morning, you’ll have to muck out his stall. Then, you’ll brush him and feed him. After school, you’ll do it again. Every day, twice a day.
Henry: That’s not riding, that’s babysitting.
David: Ah. Horsesitting. It builds an essential bond. The trust between knight and steed.
Henry: Okay. But, when will I ride him?
David: When the horse tells you. I’m going to go check in on the dwarves – see how the mining’s coming. I’ll pick you up later.
Henry: So… Anything you want to tell me?
(Regina enters her father’s mausoleum at the graveyard. Underground, she enters a room with a glass coffin similar to Snow White’s. However, the coffin is empty and Daniel’s body is gone.)
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(Rumpelstiltskin is spinning straw at the wheel, while the Evil Queen prepares potions.)
Evil Queen: Are you ready to begin?
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, I’ve been ready. The question is, are you?
Evil Queen: Yes, I am.
Rumpelstiltskin: Tell me why you’re really here.
Evil Queen: For power-
Rumpelstiltskin: Stop wasting my time! What is it you want? Come on. You’ve done all your soul searching. Now tell me.
Evil Queen: Can you teach me how to use magic to bring back the dead?
Rumpelstiltskin: That’s what this is about? The stable boy?
Evil Queen: I want true happiness.
Rumpelstiltskin: Then find it elsewhere, dearie. Magic can do much, but not that. Dead is dead.
Evil Queen: Then I am lost.
Rumpelstiltskin: And I’ve had my time wasted. I’m sorry but, uh, transcending death is beyond even my reach.
Jefferson: I thought nothing was beyond your reach? …Busy. Should I…
Rumpelstiltskin: No, no. Nothing important going on here.
Evil Queen: Rumpelstiltskin…
Rumpelstiltskin: Ignore her.
Jefferson: I got what you wanted.
(Jefferson hands Rumpelstiltskin a crystal ball.)
Rumpelstiltskin: What about the slippers?
Jefferson: Oh. Couldn’t find ’em. Heard talk they’ve already been moved to another land.
Rumpelstiltskin: That’s what I needed to get to that other land.
Jefferson: Well, come with me in my hat. I’m sure we can work something out.
Rumpelstiltskin: No, no. Your hat only transports between magical realms. I need to get to a land without magic.
Jefferson: Why would anyone want that?
Rumpelstiltskin: My business.
Jefferson: You want the ball or not?
(He takes the crystal ball.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Mm… Yes. Help yourself to as much gold as you deem appropriate. Oh, and you. You can let yourself out. Our work is done.
Evil Queen: Wait, so that’s it? You’re not going to teach me anymore?
Rumpelstiltskin: So long as you harbour foolish notions of bringing back the dead, so long as you live in the past, you’ll never find your future. Teaching you is a waste of time.
Jefferson: Pardon me…for eavesdropping, but I think you need to look elsewhere for assistance.
Evil Queen: What do you know about it?
Jefferson: I hear things. Jefferson’s the name, and I’m a man who travels and sees much. And I know the man who can do what you want – bring back the dead. He’s, um, you might say, a wizard. I can bring him to you.
Evil Queen: At what price?
Jefferson: Always a price, indeed. So, here’s mine. Like I said, I’m a man of travels, and I’ve made many enemies along the way and I’d like a royal passport so I can have free reign to traverse your kingdom.
Evil Queen: How would I do that?
Jefferson: Well, you’re the Queen, aren’t you?
Evil Queen: That’s right, I am. And this wizard… Can he really bring someone back from the dead?
Jefferson: Well, if he can’t, no one can.
–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–
(Mulan and Emma are watching Hook from a distance.)
Emma: Have you seen him before?
Mulan: Yes, I’ve seen him around. He’s a blacksmith. Came to our camp a couple months ago. Said he lost his hand in an ogre attack. Why would Cora leave a survivor?
Emma: It’s messy. Doesn’t make sense.
Mulan: You think he’s lying?
Emma: I think Cora’s tricked us before. I don’t want that to happen again. Here you go.
(Emma hands him a cup. Mary Margaret and Aurora also join them.)
Hook: I can’t thank you enough for your kindness. Fortune, it seems, has seen fit to show me favour.
Emma: An island full of corpses. You’re the only one to escape. How exactly did that happen?
Hook: She attacked at night – slaughtered everyone in one fell swoop. When she started ripping out people’s hearts, I hid under the bodies of those who had already been killed. Pretended to be dead myself. Mercifully, the ruse worked.
Emma: So much for fortune favouring the brave.
Hook: It was all I could do to survive.
Emma: I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m pretty good at knowing when someone is lying to me.
Hook: I’m telling you the truth.
Mulan: We should leave here in case Cora decides to come back.
MMB: We should start searching for a new portal back to Storybrooke. I only got about five minutes with my husband, not to mention my grandson.
Hook: You have a grandson?
MMB: Long story.
Hook: Well, I know this land well. I can guide you.
(Emma draws a dagger and holds it to Hook’s throat.)
Emma: You’re not going to guide us anywhere, until you tell us who you really are.
(Regina enters the psych ward in the basement of the hospital. She realizes that it is completely deserted.)
Regina: Dr. Whale? Where are you?
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(At the Evil Queen’s castle, Jefferson and the Evil Queen walk through the halls.)
Evil Queen: Where is he, this wizard? You promised to bring him to me.
Jefferson: Indeed. And off we shall go to see him. But I warn you – be cautious.
Evil Queen: Why? Is he dangerous?
Jefferson: Not to us. But, bear in mind, he’s never been to a world like this before. He’s unfamiliar with our ways – with our magic.
Evil Queen: All I care about are his ways and if they will do what I require.
Jefferson: Well, there’s only one way to find out. May I present to you… Your salvation.
(Jefferson leads her outside, where a man is waiting.)
Evil Queen: You’re the wizard?
Victor: I prefer doctor. But you’re welcome to call me whatever makes you comfortable.
Evil Queen: Very well…Doctor. You understand why you’ve been brought here?
Victor: Of course. Now… Show me the patient.
(The Evil Queen and Jefferson bring Victor to the room where Daniel’s body is magically preserved.)
Victor: It’s remarkable. It’s as if his last breath was drawn just moments ago.
Evil Queen: A preservation spell. Can you bring him back?
Victor: Perhaps. Let’s take a look.
(He makes an incision along Daniel’s hand and squeezes out a bit of blood. He rubs the sample between his fingers.)
Victor: It’s wonderful. His condition is ideal. Apart from being dead, that is.
Evil Queen: Just how many times have you done this, doctor?
Victor: You didn’t tell her?
Evil Queen: Tell… Tell me? Tell me what?
Victor: The procedure is experimental. Success is yet to occur. But if certain conditions are met, I’m optimistic.
Evil Queen: Optimistic?
Jefferson: Just hear him out.
Evil Queen: What kind of charlatan are you?
Victor: I am no such thing. I was told the last crucial piece of the puzzle exists in this land.
Evil Queen: What else do you need?
Victor: A heart. It’s a fragile organ, and I need a strong one. I’ve searched the far reaches of my realm for one with the fortitude to stand the shock of my procedure. None have survived. But they say in your land, there are hearts transformed by magic. Hearts made so powerful, they glow.
Evil Queen: That’s why you’ve come here?
Victor: I need this for my work. So, tell me – how do you change these hearts? How do you enchant them?
Jefferson: Those who practice the dark arts do it by ripping the organ out of the living while it still beats.
Victor: Mmhmm. And you can do this?
Evil Queen: No.
Victor: You assured me that this Queen was some powerful sorceress.
Evil Queen: I will not use magic for evil.
Jefferson: Well, if you want your fiance back, then you’re going to have to find someone who will.
Victor: Have I wasted my time here?
Evil Queen: No. I know exactly who can help us. I know where to get a heart.
(Regina is still investigating the abandoned psych ward.)
Regina: Dr. Whale?
(She comes to an autopsy room that appears to have been trashed. The lights are flickering on and off, and there’s a trolley with a bloody sheet over it. She lifts the sheet and discovers a severed arm. After Regina recovers from the shock, she pushes the trolley aside to find Dr. Whale sprawled on the ground and missing his arm.)
Regina: Whale? Whale? I know you took Daniel’s body and you took one of my hearts. Why? Why?! Did you bring him back?
Dr. Whale: I did it.
Regina: He’s alive?
Dr. Whale: Yes. I brought him back but… He’s not Daniel.
Dr. Whale: He’s… He’s a monster.
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(At the castle, the Evil Queen, Jefferson, and Victor are standing in front of a large fireplace.)
Evil Queen: This… Was my mother’s.
Victor: How sweet. But I’m not interested in heirlooms.
Evil Queen: Oh, I believe you will be. Listen.
Victor: To a fireplace?
Evil Queen: Just listen.
(Gradually, the faint sound of beating hearts can be heard.)
Jefferson: Where is that coming from?
Evil Queen: Her vault.
(The Evil Queen magically transforms the fireplace into an entrance, and the three of them enter the vault. Inside, she leads them to a room, where the walls are lined with boxes containing hearts.)
Evil Queen: Take your pick.
Victor: These are all hearts?
Evil Queen: My mother was a collector.
Jefferson: Whose hearts are these?
Evil Queen: I have no idea. She took so many, caused so much pain. It was impossible to keep track. She was a monster.
(Victor pulls out one of the boxes from the wall. He opens the lid and peers down at the heart.)
Victor: Finally. After all this time. It’s perfect.
(Regina is standing outside of Dr. Whale’s room at the hospital. David arrives.)
David: What’s going on? I just got a call that Dr. Whale was attacked.
Regina: You’ll have to ask his doctors.
David: No. I am asking you.
Regina: I came here to speak with him and discovered he was hurt. It’s the truth!
David: What else? What did you come here to speak with him about?
Regina: Someone from my past. I believe he’s come back. Daniel – his name is Daniel.
David: The man you were supposed to marry. Snow told me what happened and… How it was her fault that he died.
Regina: Yes, he did.
David: Well, then how could he be back?
Regina: Whale. He believed he could bring him back from the grave and… I don’t know how… But he has.
David: You don’t know how? Guess.
Regina: He practices something more powerful than magic. Or, so I was told. All he needed was a heart, and he took one of mine.
David: You have hearts here?
Regina: In my vault. From our land.
David: Whose heart did he take?
Regina: I have no idea. I took so many, it was impossible to keep track. I need to go. I have to help him.
David: No. Where is he? Look what he did – he’s dangerous.
Regina: Not to me. He won’t hurt anyone else, David, I promise.
David: You know I can’t take that chance. You have two choices Regina – tell me where he is, or jail.
Regina: I think it’s like when you awoke from your coma. He’s following his final thoughts to where he last met me – the stables.
David: No. Henry. Henry’s at the stables.
(At the stables, Henry is brushing his horse in one of the stalls.)
Henry: Gramps says that you’ll tell me when I’m ready to ride you. So… Anytime. Like, soon?
(Suddenly, the horses become spooked. Henry’s horse pushes Henry to the ground and runs off. Daniel then enters the stall.)
–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–
(Mulan ties Hook to a tree in the woods, while Emma, Mary Margaret, and Aurora stand by.)
Hook: I already told you. I’m just a blacksmith.
Emma: Sure you are.
Emma: You don’t want to talk to us? Maybe, you’ll talk to the ogres while they rip you limb from limb.
(The ogres can be heard approaching.)
Emma: Come on.
(The three of them go to leave, but Hook calls out to them.)
Hook: You… You can’t just leave me here like this!
Aurora: What if he’s telling the truth?
Emma: He’s not.
Hook: Good for you! You bested me. I can count the amount of people who’ve done that on one hand.
Emma: That supposed to be funny? Who are you?
Hook: Killian Jones, but most people have taken to call me by my more colourful moniker – Hook.
Hook: Check my satchel.
Emma: As in, Captain Hook?
Hook: Ah, so you’ve heard of me.
Emma: You better hurry up. They’re getting closer. So, unless you want to be dinner, you better start talking.
Hook: Cora wanted me to gain your trust, so I could learn everything there is to know about your Storybrooke. She didn’t want any surprises when she finally got over there.
Emma: She can’t get there. We destroyed the wardrobe.
Hook: Ah, but the enchantment remains. Cora gathered the ashes. She’s going to use them to open up a portal. Now, if you’ll kindly cut me loose.
Mulan: No. We should leave him here to die. To pay for all the lives that he took.
Hook: That was Cora, not me.
Emma: Let’s go.
(Once again, the three turn to go, but Hook stops them.)
Hook: Wait. Wait! You need me alive.
Hook: Because we both want the same thing – to get back to your land.
Emma: You would say anything to save yourself. Why are we supposed to believe you now?
Hook: I arranged for transport with Cora. But, seeing how resourceful you are, I’ll offer you the same deal. I’ll help you, if you promise to take me along.
Emma: How are you going to help us get home?
Hook: The ashes will open a portal, but, to find your land, she needs more. There’s an enchanted compass. Cora seeks it. I’ll help you obtain it before she does.
Emma: So, Cora won’t make it to Storybrooke, and we’ll be one step closer to getting home.
MMB: Sounds too good to be true.
Hook: There’s only one way to find out.
Emma: You tell me one thing, and whatever you say, I better believe it – why does Captain Hook want to go to Storybrooke?
Hook: To exact revenge on the man who took my hand… Rumpelstiltskin.
(Henry and Daniel are still at the stables.)
Henry: You… You got to stop. You’re… You’re scaring the horses. A-Are… Are you hurt? Can I help you?
(Henry extends his hand towards Daniel, which causes him to have a flashback to when Cora ripped out his heart.)
Henry: Let me help you.
(Daniel grabs Henry by the neck and lifts him off the ground. Regina and David arrive.)
Regina: Daniel! Let him go!
(Daniel drops Henry to the ground, and David quickly pulls him out of the stall.)
David: Are you okay?
David: Go. Go!
(Henry exits. Regina is still staring at Daniel.)
Regina: It’s true. You’re really here.
(Daniel lunges for Regina, but David pushes her out of the way. David then shuts the door of the stall and locks it. Daniel furiously beats on the door.)
David: It won’t hold for long. Can you cast a spell to subdue him?
Regina: No, I won’t use magic on him.
(David draws his gun.)
Regina: What do you think you’re doing?!
David: He’s a monster, Regina! If you won’t put him down, I will!
Regina: David, please! Just let me talk to him.
(Regina tries to physically restrain David.)
David: It’s too big of a risk. There’s no telling what he’ll do.
Regina: You have to at least give me a chance!
David: Out of the way, Regina! Now!
(He pushes Regina aside, but she is relentless and, again, tries to physically stop David.)
Regina: No! I won’t let you hurt him! He’ll listen to me! Please! Let me talk to my fiance.
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(During a thunderstorm, Victor has set up a tent in the middle of a field in order to do his experiment. Daniel’s body lies inside. Jefferson and the Evil Queen wait outside, until Victor comes to fetch the heart.)
Victor: The heart, Your Majesty.
(She hands him the box containing the heart.)
Victor: Thank you. Now please – wait here. The procedure is one I must perform alone.
(Victor goes back into the tent to begin the procedure. The Evil Queen and Jefferson watch the shadows through the tent.)
Evil Queen: What’s he doing back there? Magic?
Jefferson: He says he wields power greater than magic.
Evil Queen: Really? Why won’t he let us see?
Jefferson: In his land, there’s much we don’t understand. Or can’t. If he can’t achieve what you seek, Rumpelstiltskin was right. It can’t be done.
(Lightning crashes, and Victor appears to plunge the heart into Daniel’s body. He exits the tent.)
Evil Queen: Well?
Victor: I’m sorry. I failed. The heart wasn’t strong enough. It couldn’t withstand the procedure.
(Regina unlocks the door to the stall. Inside, Daniel has seemingly calmed down. He slowly approaches Regina and brings his hand up to cup her face, but, instead, he grabs her by the neck. He slams her against the wall just outside the stall.)
Regina: Daniel… Stop. It’s me. I love you…
(Something inside Daniel changes, and he lets go of her neck.)
Regina: I can’t believe it’s really you.
(Suddenly, Daniel grimaces in pain.)
Daniel: Stop. Just stop the pain.
Daniel: Let me go.
Regina: No. No, I won’t lose you again. Without you, I’m lost.
(Daniel, again, grimaces in pain.)
Regina: Daniel. Daniel, come back to me.
Regina: But I love you.
Daniel: Then love again.
(Something inside Daniel changes again, and he turns back to his ‘monster’ state. He starts to go for Regina, but she stops him with magic. Hesitating, she then magically turns him to dust.)
Regina: Goodbye, Daniel.
–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–
(Emma and company are traveling through the forest with Hook in tow.)
Hook: Up ahead. We’ll find the compass just over the ridge.
MMB: Do you get the feeling he’s leading us exactly where Cora wants us? That this whole thing’s a trap?
Emma: It’s definitely a trap. As long as we know they’re trying to play us, we can-
MMB: Stay one step ahead of them.
(They come to the edge of the forest, where they see a beanstalk in the distance.)
Emma: Let me guess – the compass is up there?
Hook: Oh, yeah.
Emma: So, how do we get to it?
Hook: It’s not the climb you need to worry about. It’s the giant at the top.
(Still upset, Regina parks her car outside of Archie’s office.)
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(The Evil Queen comes across Rumpelstiltskin and his new apprentice practicing in the forest.)
Evil Queen: Who’s this?
Rumpelstiltskin: Ah, your replacement, of course. I needed someone more dedicated.
Evil Queen: Dedicated?
(The Evil Queen magically rips out the new apprentice’s heart and crushes it to dust in her hand.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Now… Where were we?
(Regina knocks on the door to Archie’s office. He answers.)
Archie: You’re back.
Regina: I used magic.
Archie: Why don’t you come in and tell me what happened?
–[Fairy Tale Land – Past]–
(Jefferson is leading Victor through the woods, until they reach their destination.)
Victor: Enough. I need to be taken home. Now, I have work to do, and I believe our deal is done.
Jefferson: The deal isn’t done until he says it’s done.
Rumpelstiltskin: Now, now. Patience, please. Our transaction is, uh, nearly complete.
Victor: And are you satisfied with the results?
Rumpelstiltskin: She did seem rather… Heartbroken.
Victor: She is. She bought my failure.
Jefferson: You should’ve seen her tears.
Rumpelstiltskin: I’ve seen the aftermath. Impressive.
Victor: Now… My property.
Jefferson: Yeah, here it is.
(Jefferson hands him a box containing a heart.)
Victor: You’ll excuse me if I check.
(Victor opens the lid to find the heart beating inside.)
Victor: It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, the pleasure was mine. Thanks to your efforts, I’ve made my monster. Now, I do hope you’ll be able to make yours.
Victor: I’m not making a monster.
Rumpelstiltskin: Sure you’re not. Good luck.
Victor: If these hearts are as strong as you say, I won’t need luck.
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh, just magic.
Victor: No. What I’m going to accomplish goes far beyond magic.
Rumpelstiltskin: And yet, you need a magical heart to do it.
Victor: So small minded. I need my powers to transcend the limitations of your magic.
Rumpelstiltskin: This must be quite a land you hail from if you think your abilities are more powerful.
Victor: They are.
Rumpelstiltskin: Care to wager? I suspect, someday, you’ll see it my way.
Victor: I doubt it. Now, may we go?
Rumpelstiltskin: Careful, dearie. Just remember – whatever it is you traffic in, it comes with a price.
(Jefferson throws his hat on the ground, forming a purple vortex.)
Victor: We’ll see.
(Jefferson and Victor jump into the portal.)
(Dr. Whale enters Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop with a cooler containing his severed arm.)
Mr. Gold: When they say I charge an arm and a leg, that’s meant as a figure of speech.
Dr. Whale: Put it back.
Mr. Gold: You want me to reattach your arm?
Dr. Whale: Can you do it?
Mr. Gold: Of course. But first, tell me why.
Dr. Whale: Because I want to use it again.
Mr. Gold: Obviously. I meant, why bring that stable boy back from the dead? Why now?
Dr. Whale: I thought… I thought that if I helped her, she would return me to my world. I want to see my brother – to try to bring him back again.
Mr. Gold: Again?
Dr. Whale: The first time ended badly. I need to return and try it once more.
Mr. Gold: Well, it seems that’s rather beyond her abilities. My condolences.
Dr. Whale: Now, my arm. You said you can do it.
Mr. Gold: Oh, yes. But there’s a difference between can, and will.
Dr. Whale: Name your price.
Mr. Gold: Say it.
Dr. Whale: Say what?
Mr. Gold: You know what. You came here, not the hospital. So say it.
Dr. Whale: I need magic.
Mr. Gold: That’s all I needed to hear.
(Mr. Gold waves his hand, and Dr. Whale’s arm magically reattaches.)
Mr. Gold: Always a pleasure doing business with you, uh, Victor.
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor has returned to his realm with the heart. He enters his castle as a thunderstorm rages outside. Inside, he finds his assistant waiting for him in the lab. A body covered by a blanket sits in the middle.)
Igor: Doctor. You’ve returned. Did you find what you were looking for?
(He takes the heart out of the box and holds it up.)
Victor: Look at it. It’s remarkable, isn’t it?
Igor: The final piece to the puzzle.
Victor: I believe so. Let’s begin.
(Victor starts the experiment. He harnesses the electricity from the lighting and channels it towards the body on the table. Slowly, the body begins to raise its hand.)
Victor: It’s alive.
Igor: You did it. Victor, you did it.
(Victor clasps the extended hand.)
Victor: Yes. I believe I have. Welcome back, brother.
Igor: It’s magic, Dr. Frankenstein.
Victor: No, not magic. Science.