2×08 – Into The Deep

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(Hook has managed to make his way down the beanstalk. When he jumps down, he finds Cora waiting for him.)

Cora: My dear Captain. It seems you’ve been on quite an adventure. The compass, please.

Hook: Yes, that. Well… Matters grew complicated. It’s eluded me for the moment. The details of the affair are a bit of a bore.

Cora: Really? Stealing my protection spell and climbing the beanstalk without me might seem like a bore to you. But to me, it’s a betrayal.

Hook: I was going to bring it to you. Our agreement remains. We are going to Storybrooke, together. I’ll get it back.

Cora: I don’t have time for your games. I’ve crossed through too many worlds to be brought short at the brink of success. Who was it who bested you?

Hook: The Swan girl – Emma. Rest assured, it won’t happen again.

Cora: No, it won’t. You chose her, and the consequences of that decision.

Hook: Oh. Are you going to kill me, now? Go ahead. Try.

Cora: So brave. No, I’m not going to kill you. I have something far more satisfying in mind. I’m going to leave you here with your thirst for revenge unquenched, while I complete our journey without you.

Hook: There’s no need to be rash. We can… Discuss this.

Cora: Your pretty face buys you a lot, but not my time. It’s too valuable.

Hook: I can do this. I can get it back. You need me.

Cora: No, I don’t. You’ve had your chance. Now, it’s my turn to do this. The right way.

(Hook lunges towards Cora, but she disappears in a puff of smoke.)

———–

(Cora reappears in a hut with several drawers filled with hearts. She takes one out of its box and blows on it, causing the rest of the hearts to begin glowing. The drawers slide out, and the hearts can be heard beating. Still holding the heart, Cora steps outside, where corpses are strewn across the field.)

Cora: Rise.

(The corpses begin to move, then stand to their feet. They start to march into the woods.)

———–

(Emma, Mary Margaret, Aurora, and Mulan are still in the woods. Emma holds up a picture of Henry in front of Aurora’s face.)

Emma: The boy you saw in your dream – is that him?

Aurora: Yes. That’s Henry.

Emma: That’s impossible. It was a dream. How could you dream of my son?

Aurora: I have no idea.

MMB: Maybe it wasn’t a dream.

Emma: What?

MMB: That room… I’ve been there.

Aurora: When I told you about it, you didn’t say anything.

MMB: You were terrified. I didn’t want to make things worse by telling you I thought it might be real.

Mulan: A room in a dream is real?

MMB: The sleeping curse. It has to be. I went through it, Aurora went through it…

Emma: Henry’s been through it because I wouldn’t believe him.

MMB: Emma…

Aurora: What else did you lie about?

MMB: I was… I wasn’t lying. I was protecting you.

Emma: What did he say – Henry? In the… In the dream?

Aurora: He just said his name. He… And then, I woke up, and… It was over.

MMB: Emma. It’s going to be okay.

Emma: We are so far from okay.

MMB: No. We have a way home now.

Emma: We have a compass, and the wardrobe ashes are still with Cora.

Mulan: Any attempt to steal from her would be suicide.

MMB: Not anymore. We can stop her.

Mulan: How?

MMB: I don’t know. But I know someone who does… Rumpelstiltskin. He’ll know a way.

Emma: Henry. We can talk to him. Now we can communicate.

Aurora: Wait, wait.

Emma: Oh yeah, Princess. You’re going back to sleep.

–[Netherworld]–

(Aurora appears in the flaming room in the Netherworld.)

Aurora: Henry! Henry! Henry! Henry!

(Henry appears.)

Henry: Hello? Hello?

Aurora: Henry! Henry, it is you!

Henry: Yeah! Who are you?

Aurora: My name is Aurora. I’m with your mom and your grandmother.

Henry: Are they okay?

Aurora: Yes, they’re fine. They just want to come home. And they need your help.

Henry: Okay, so what do I need to do?

–[Storybrooke]–

(At Mary Margaret’s apartment, Henry jolts up from his dream. Regina and David, who are asleep near Henry’s bed, are awakened by Henry’s yelling.)

Henry: They’re… They’re alive. They’re alive!

David: Who? Who’s alive?

Henry: My mom and Snow.

David: I told you, kid. I told you!

Regina: Was… Was it that woman you saw? Did she tell you this?

Henry: Her name’s Aurora. She said they have a way home, but there’s someone in their way – someone they need us to help them stop. Someone only Mr. Gold knows how to defeat.

Regina: Who?

Henry: Your mother.

———–

(Belle and Mr. Gold are having lunch at Granny’s Diner. Granny serves them burgers and fries.)

Belle: They smell delicious, Granny.

Granny: They are delicious. Didn’t take any dark magic, either. Oh, and, uh, I charge extra for the pickles.

Mr. Gold: Mmhmm.

(Granny goes back up to the front.)

Mr. Gold: I have a complicated relationship with her… As I do with most people.

Belle: Well, it, uh… It did take me a little time to get to know you. They will.

Mr. Gold: You know, you should try it with ketchup. Condiments are this world’s most powerful magic.

(Regina enters the diner and stalks towards their table.)

Regina: Gold. We need to talk.

Mr. Gold: Do we?

(Granny sees the incoming altercation and intervenes.)

Granny: Folks, I think I may need to close early. Uh, everybody out.

Regina: No. It’s okay. We’re civil.

Mr. Gold: Yeah, for now. Belle, you remember the woman who locked you up for twenty-eight years?

Belle: Uh, I should probably just-

Mr. Gold: No, no. Please, stay where you are. Whatever she has to say, won’t be a secret from you. Whatever she wants, she won’t get.

Regina: I’m actually coming about the one thing that might unite us.

Mr. Gold: And what on earth can that be?

Regina: Cora. She’s coming from our land. I need your help to stop her.

Mr. Gold: But she was dead. You told me you saw the body.

Regina: Apparently, you taught her well. She’s not, and she’s on her way. And I don’t think I need to remind you, how most unpleasant that would be for both of us.

Mr. Gold: For you. I can handle Cora.

Regina: That’s not how she tells the story.

Mr. Gold: I won in the end.

Regina: Maybe. But there’s a big difference this time. This time, you have someone you care about. This time, you have a weakness.

Belle: I’m… I’m sorry. Who… Who is this woman?

Mr. Gold: Someone you’ll never meet. So you say she’s coming. Where is she now?

Regina: With them.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(The group is walking through the forest.)

Emma: How close are we? Henry could already be waiting in that Netherworld.

Aurora: No, we planned to meet back there in two hours.

MMB: You’re not going to leave him waiting.

Emma: Yeah, but what if he’s-

Aurora: He was fine.

MMB: There. That looks like relatively safe high ground. We’ll set up camp there. Aurora, you’ll settle in and find Henry – get the information we need from Rumpelstiltskin. And we do this fast, in and out. It’s still dangerous out here.

(Aurora gets caught on a branch and stops. Mulan notices.)

Mulan: Is something wrong?

Aurora: No, just caught on something.

Mulan: That does not explain your arm.

(Aurora covers her arm with her shawl.)

Aurora: What about my arm?

Mulan: The burns you’re hiding – they’re not from the sun.

Aurora: I… Brushed against a poison leaf.

Mulan: You said that this Netherworld was full of smoke and flames. Aurora, if that’s where you were burned, you should not return.

Aurora: I don’t have much of a choice, do I?

Mulan: You’re choosing to go in deeper, and staying under longer to find this boy. I vowed to Prince Phillip to protect you, not to help some strangers find a portal to another land.

Aurora: Mulan, I was cursed to spend eternity in that horrible sleep. And, the only reason I’m here, is because you and Phillip risked your lives to save me. Every day since my waking has been a gift, so let me do something with it. It’s my turn to help someone else. I’m going to go back in and find that boy.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Henry is lying down on a bed in Mr. Gold’s shop. Regina enters with a blanket.)

Regina: I brought your blanket…from your bedroom back home.

(She puts the blanket over Henry. David and Mr. Gold are seen in the background.)

Henry: Thanks. So, Cora… She’s pretty powerful?

Mr. Gold: Yes, but, uh, not as powerful as I am.

Regina: Debatable.

Mr. Gold: Actually, no, it’s not.

David: You sure you’re okay to do this, kid?

Henry: I was born to do this. I’m done reading about heroes. I want to be one.

David: Well, sometimes being one is knowing when not to run into the fire.

Henry: I’ll be okay.

Mr. Gold: Look, whatever he faces in there, will be far less dangerous than what he’ll face if we fail.

Henry: I can do this.

David: Get on with it. Fast.

Mr. Gold: Alright, Henry. Just relax. And soon, you’re going to drift off.

Henry: What do I tell them?

Mr. Gold: Just listen to my bedtime story, and all will be clear.

(Mr. Gold sits next to Henry’s bed and places his hand on Henry’s forehead.)

Mr. Gold: Once upon a time, Snow White and Prince Charming needed to stun a very powerful magician, long enough to lock him up in a dark dungeon.

Henry: That was you. They used Cinderella to trap you with a magic quill.

(Mr. Gold moves his hand across Henry’s face, causing him to fall asleep. He continues the motions as he speaks.)

Mr. Gold: Yes, indeed a quill. And yet, it wasn’t the quill itself, but the ink that captured the Dark One – harvested from the rarest species of squid, from the bottom of a bottomless ocean. Impossible to find, unless, you’re a mermaid… Or me. I happen to have a private supply. In my jail cell… That is where they will find it.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(The group has set up camp, and Mulan watches over Aurora as she sleeps.)

MMB: Hey… It’ll be okay. You’ll see Henry again. This will work.

(A noise is heard in the woods.)

Emma: What was that?

–[Netherworld]–

(Aurora and Henry both arrive at the room in the netherworld.)

Aurora: Henry! Henry! Can you help us?

Henry: Yes! I know what you have to do to stop Cora! You have to go to-

(The flames flare out, muffling Henry’s voice.)

Henry: Rumpelstiltskin’s cell!

Aurora: Where? We have to go where? Wait. Where do we have to go?

Henry: Rumpelstiltskin’s-

(Again, the flames cut Henry off and muffle his voice.)

Aurora: Henry! Henry, I…

(A voice is heard from an unknown source.)

Voice: Aurora!

Aurora: Who is that?

Henry: Did you hear me?

Aurora: No! Henry, say it again! I-

(The voice is heard again.)

Voice: Aurora.

Aurora: Did you hear that?

Henry: No! Aurora, what’s going on?

(The voice is heard again, this time more urgently.)

Voice: Aurora!

Aurora: Do you hear that?

(Suddenly, Aurora is sucked into a vortex and is lifted out of the room.)

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(The voice turns out to be Mulan, who is shaking Aurora awake.

Mulan: Aurora, wake up! Aurora, wake up! Wake up!

Aurora: Henry wasn’t finished.

Mulan: The time for that is over.

(Cora’s zombies have invaded the camp. Mulan draws her sword and fends them off. Elsewhere, Emma and Mary Margaret are also fighting off the zombie horde.)

MMB: Emma, watch out!

(A zombie tackles Emma to the ground, causing Emma to lose the compass. It rolls a few feet away. Another zombie comes along and picks it up.)

Emma: The compass. The compass!

(Mary Margaret shoots the zombie with an arrow, causing the compass to fall back to the ground. Emma scrambles to grab it.)

Emma: Any idea how to kill these things?

MMB: None! Mulan! Mulan?

(The two of them look around, but Aurora and Mulan are nowhere in sight.)

Emma: Where is she?

MMB: Emma, we’ve got to run for it!

(Emma and Mary Margaret flee the campsite. Meanwhile, Mulan is helping Aurora navigate through the forest.)

Mulan: Come on – hurry. Aurora, go.

(The zombies catch up to them. One grabs Mulan and drags her to the ground, while the others swarm Aurora.)

Aurora: No!

(Mulan fights off the zombie but, when she gets up, she realizes Aurora is gone.)

Mulan: Aurora!

(Emma and Mary Margaret have successfully escaped the zombies.)

Emma: You still in one piece?

MMB: Yeah, pretty much.

(They hear a rustling in the bushes. Mary Margaret draws an arrow, but stops when Mulan emerges.)

Mulan: They took her. Aurora’s gone.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Henry awakens from his dream. David rushes to his side.)

David: Henry. Are you alright?

Mr. Gold: Did you see her? Did you tell her?

Henry: No. I… I didn’t get the chance. Something… Something happened. She… She got sucked out of there.

(They all notice that Henry appears to be in pain.)

Regina: Henry?

Henry: Some… Something’s wrong.

(Regina pulls back Henry’s sleeve, revealing a burn.)

Regina: Henry…

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(Aurora has been taken to ‘the pit’ at the Haven. Cora enters with a tray of food.)

Cora: I thought you might be hungry. I hope you enjoy stew.

(She places the tray in front of Aurora.)

Aurora: I enjoy anything that masks the bitter aftertaste of poison.

Cora: Plucky. I like that.

Aurora: You might as well go. I’m not going to tell you anything.

Cora: Oh, I know. That’s alright. You’ve nothing to tell. You weren’t my target.

Aurora: The compass – sad you lost it?

Cora: I suppose. But now, I have something to trade for it.

Aurora: They’ll never trade me for that.

Cora: You might be more valuable than you know.

Aurora: To who? They just met me, and they’re trying to get back to their families. Do you really think they’ll sacrifice that for a stranger?

Cora: Your newfound companions? You may not know them, but I do. Snow and her daughter just can’t help themselves. No matter the personal stakes, they won’t let an innocent die.

Aurora: We shall see.

Cora: And what stakes do you have in their cause, Princess? It’s not as though you’d travel back with them. Oh… What a sweet, misguided notion. Did you really think you could have a life there? Find another prince? You’ve forgotten Phillip already.

Aurora: Phillip is in my heart every moment of every day. If there was anything I could do to bring him back, I would.

Cora: Is that so? What if I told you that when a wraith consumes a soul, it merely travels to another realm? But that soul could be brought back to this world? Show me a little courtesy, and I may explain how.

(Aurora kicks the tray of food at Cora.)

Cora: Oh! You stupid, ungrateful girl!

Aurora: I’m not as stupid as you think, nor my loyalty so easily bought. You can bring me a hundred meals, and make me a hundred promises, but I will never help you!

(Cora magically throws Aurora against the wall, knocking her out.)

Cora: Plucky…

(Cora approaches a crow that is perched on a cage in the pit. She gently strokes its chest.)

Cora: Tell them.

(The crow flies out of the dungeon.)

———–

(The crow reaches the group in the forest, and sits on Mary Margaret’s shoulder. Everyone draws their weapons.)

MMB: Wait.

(The crow caws, seemingly ‘talking’ to Mary Margaret. The crow then flies off.)

Emma: What the hell was that?

MMB: Cora. We have until sundown to bring her the compass. If we don’t, she’ll kill Aurora.

Mulan: Give it to me.

Emma: Hold on, Mulan. Just give us a minute to consider.

Mulan: There’s nothing to consider. A compass is not worth Aurora’s life.

MMB: We need a plan to get back Aurora and keep the compass.

Mulan: My vow to Phillip was to protect Aurora. That promise is all that is left of him, so it shall be done.

(Mulan attempts to grab the compass out of Emma’s hand.)

Emma: Hey. Hey! I climbed a beanstalk for this. You go get your own.

Mulan: Give it to me!

MMB: Mulan. Mulan. Give us a few hours, please. If we haven’t defeated Cora by then, you can have the compass.

Mulan: You can’t hope to defeat her. We no longer have access to the Dark One’s assistance.

MMB: Yes, we do.

Mulan: How? Aurora’s gone.

MMB: Aurora isn’t the only one who’s been under a sleeping curse. I can go back to that Netherworld.

Mulan: The door to that place is closed. You said it yourself.

MMB: There may be a way… A way for me to go back into a deep slumber. One that can let me access it again.

Emma: Another sleeping curse?

MMB: No, not another curse. I don’t need one. I’ve been under already. I need to go into a sleep where my natural defenses slip away – where my mind stops protecting me.

Emma: How?

MMB: Your sleeping powder… If I inhale it, I will fall into a deep enough sleep that I should be able to do this.

Mulan: I used the last of it on the giant.

MMB: Then make some more.

Mulan: The poppy plant is extremely rare in this kingdom, but I know of a place that may grow some more. It’s a bit of a journey from here.

MMB: Can we make it by sundown?

(Mulan nods.)

Mulan: We have to hurry.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Regina is tending to Henry’s burn.)

Mr. Gold: Here. Let me take care of this.

(Mr. Gold magically heals the injury.)

Regina: What caused this?

Mr. Gold: When you venture deeper into the Netherworld instead of away, there are risks. Someone woke Aurora before her soul was ready to return. The violence of that act tore her away and injured Henry. We’re lucky it wasn’t worse. He’s going to need some time to recover before he can be sent back.

Regina: Out of the question.

David: Not a chance in hell. We’d be monsters to even consider risking his life again.

Mr. Gold: Careful with your tone, Charming. I understand your concern for the boy, but I know Cora. Without our help, Snow and Emma will soon be dead. And then… A true monster will be on her way to Storybrooke.

Regina: Aurora is gone. Why do we need to send Henry back to that fiery inferno with no one there to receive our message?

David: Because someone will be there.

Regina: Who?

David: Snow.

Regina: Well, that’s an awfully big assumption.

David: No. No, it’s not. She was there once before. She can go back. She can find a way. She will – I know it. And I’ll be waiting.

Regina: You’re going to this Netherworld?

David: I faced you. How bad could it be?

Mr. Gold: It’s not as simple as that. You can’t get there. You haven’t been under a sleeping curse.

David: Well, then put me under one.

Mr. Gold: If we do that, there’s a chance you might never waken up.

David: Sure I will. When I see her, she’ll kiss me, and I’ll be fine. Now, put me under. I’ve spent far too much time looking for my wife. It is time to bring her home.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(In the pit, Hook tries to awaken an unconscious Aurora.)

Hook: Wake up. Wake up. Come on, sweetheart. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up. On your feet. Hurry.

(Aurora gradually comes to and realizes who it is.)

Aurora: No! No! Are you going to kill me?

Hook: If I were here for that, then waking you first might not be the best course of action.

(He breaks the shackles on her wrists.)

Aurora: So what? Did Cora send you?

Hook: Cora has no idea I’m here.

Aurora: I don’t… I don’t understand.

Hook: Look, I know you’re sleepy… Isn’t it obvious? I’m setting you free.

Aurora: What is this? Some sort of pirate’s ruse?

Hook: Cora’s denied me passage to Storybrooke, and my vengeance. And now, I’m going to deny her her wishes, starting with the compass. In pirate terms, you might say I’m firing a shot across my enemy’s bow.

Aurora: You’d risk your life to break in here, all so you could thwart Cora?

Hook: I don’t like being double-crossed. Now, go.

Aurora: Thank you.

(Aurora goes to leave, but Hook stops her.)

Hook: You can thank me by doing me one favour.

Aurora: What?

Hook: Give Emma a message. Tell her, that the deal still stands. If she provides me passage back to her realm, I swear I will help her find that dust that opens the portal.

Aurora: You really want to assist us?

Hook: It hurts Cora and helps me. Of course I do. Now, go.

———–

(The group is still traveling through the woods to find the poppies.)

Mulan: Once we crest this ridge, we’ll be near the woods of the dead. The last poppies in this realm have taken seed there.

Emma: You okay?

MMB: Yeah, I’m fine.

Emma: Hey. Wait. Wait. No, no, no. You look nervous. This Netherworld… How bad is it? What’s it like?

MMB: It’s like you’re, um… Lost, drifting in the dark. No one to talk to, nothing to do. Except think of all the people that you love, and how you’ll never see them again.

Emma: Henry was lost in that dark too because of me.

MMB: What are you talking about?

Emma: He tried so hard to convince me I was the saviour.

MMB: Stop it. Nobody would’ve believed Henry’s stories.

Emma: But his mother should have.

MMB: Okay. You want to play the blame game? If I hadn’t told Cora about Regina’s true love, Cora never would’ve killed him. Regina wouldn’t want revenge. The curse? Never would have happened. We could spend all day trying to figure out why each of us should feel guilty, but it will not help us get home.

Emma: You really think we’re going to make it back?

MMB: If there’s one thing your father’s taught me, it’s not to give up. Now, it’s time for me to go back to sleep.

Emma: It’s Regina.

MMB: What?

Emma: Regina. That’s who we should blame.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Regina is preparing the potion for the sleeping curse, using supplies from Mr. Gold’s shop. Henry enters and watches her work.)

Henry: It smells funny.

Regina: I know, sweetheart. It’s a curse. It’s not meant to be pleasant.

Henry: So the potion’s finished? Mr. Gold had everything you needed in his shop?

Regina: Yes. We’re almost ready.

Henry: So this is how you do it – Magic.

Regina: There are many ways. It’s never easy.

Henry: And… Have you been using magic?

Regina: Henry, I told you I wouldn’t, and I haven’t. Except for… With Daniel. …And now. I’ve really been trying.

Henry: It’s okay. At least you’re using it to help people now.

Regina: I’m trying. And after this, I won’t.

Henry: I know. Will David be okay?

Regina: He’ll be…asleep. And in there, he won’t die. Gold’s explaining everything to him right now.

Henry: It should be me. I can go in there without a curse and still come back.

Regina: Henry. David and I have many differences, but, on this, we agree. We won’t let you risk your safety. It’s just not worth it.

Henry: It is to me. He won’t wake up.

Regina: Unless, he succeeds. And if there’s one thing I know about your grandparents, they always find each other.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(The group has finally found a single poppy in the forest.)

MMB: It’s beautiful.

Mulan: I’ll use my dagger to crush the seeds. We’re doing this the old-fashioned way.

–[Storybrooke]–

(Mr. Gold is discussing the process to David. He has brought him to a spinning wheel.)

David: What do you mean, the old-fashioned way?

Mr. Gold: You’re about to join a quite distinguished club, Mr. Nolan. Before such innovations as the apple, back when the sleeping curse first came to be, a more direct method was required… Through blood. By pricking one’s finger on the needle of a spinning wheel, one falls under the spell. Your Majesty, you did his wife. I’m sure you’d like the honours.

(Regina dips the end of the needle into the sleeping potion, and then places back onto the wheel.)

Regina: It’s all yours.

Henry: Good luck.

David: It’s going to be alright.

Henry: How do you know?

David: Well… How did you know Emma would save you after you ate the turnover?

Henry: I… I believed in her.

David: The way Snow and I believed she’d come back to break the curse. That’s the kind of faith that runs in our family.

(Henry takes the pendant from around his neck and gives it to David.)

Henry: This helps control the flames in the room. It’ll keep you safe.

David: I will guard it with my life.

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(Mulan is grinding up the poppy with her knife, while Mary Margaret sits down and prepares.)

Mulan: The powder’s nearly ready.

MMB: How long will the effects last?

Mulan: It’s difficult to say. Maybe an hour, or much less.

MMB: Well, I shouldn’t need much time. As long as Henry’s in there when I am.

Emma: I’ll be right here. Say hi to my son for me.

(The poppy powder is finally ready. Mulan holds the handful of powder up to her face and blows towards Mary Margaret. Mary Margaret inhales it, knocking her out.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(David stares at the needle, as Mr. Gold spins the wheel. Regina and Henry watch from the side.)

David: When I awake, I’ll be in that fiery room?

Mr. Gold: Not exactly. That room is where those who’ve already awoken from the curse return. You, however, are being put under for the first time.

David: Then how will I know where to go? How the hell am I supposed to find a room with no door?

Mr. Gold: And that, dearie, is the conundrum we’re all depending on you solving. Now, I say this with the utmost sincerity… Good luck.

(He again begins to spin the wheel. This time, David extends his hand a pricks his finger on the needle. He quickly goes under the curse.)

–[Netherworld]–

(When David arrives in the Netherworld, he finds himself in a dark room, lit only by a single torch. He picks the torch up and begins to wander. All of the walls around him are mirrored.)

David: Snow!

(Meanwhile, Mary Margaret arrives in the flaming room.)

MMB: Henry? Henry? Henry? Henry?! Where are you?

(David is still wander through the mirrored part of the Netherworld. In the mirror, he realizes that Henry’s necklace is glowing blue. He holds it in his hand, and realizes that it glows brighter the closer he gets to his destination. It continues to glow brighter, until it burns his hand. He drops the pendant on the ground. He bends over to pick it up, but instead touches the floor itself. He draws back his hand when the floor burns him.)

David: The room…

(Using the torch, David breaks through the floor, which appears to be made of glass. It shatters, and he falls into the flaming room with Mary Margaret.)

MMB: Charming? Charming?

David: Snow!

MMB: I don’t understand. I… Henry should be here.

David: I wouldn’t let him come back. This is… This is too dangerous.

MMB: You found me.

David: You found me. I knew you’d be here.

MMB: I don’t know how much time we have.

David: Gold… He says there’s a way to stop Cora. We have to stun her like we did with him.

MMB: The quill.

David: It wasn’t the quill, it was the ink. There’s a jar of it in his cell where we kept him. Get it. Get it, stop her, and come home.

MMB: Charming, how are you here? There’s no way for you to be here, unless…

David: I had to see you.

MMB: You’re in a sleeping curse.

David: It was worth it.

MMB: Now you’re cursed.

David: A curse you’re going to break with true love’s kiss.

(David leaps over the flames towards Mary Margaret.)

David: Now…

(They go to kiss, but the two of them go straight through each other.)

MMB: No!

David: It’s a Netherworld. We’re not really here.

(Mary Margaret begins to fade.)

MMB: I’m waking up.

David: It’s okay. You’ll get back, and then you’ll wake me as I woke you. You will always find me, and I will always find you.

MMB: Yes. Will we always lose each other, too? Is that our fate?

David: No. I refuse to believe that. You need to have faith… In us.

MMB: I’m waking up.

David: It’s okay. You can do this.

MMB: Charming…

David: I love you.

MMB: I love y-

(Mary Margaret disappears completely, leaving David alone.)

–[Storybrooke]–

(Regina, Mr. Gold, and Henry are waiting for David to wake up.)

Henry: Come on… Come back. Should he be in there so long?

Regina: I’m sure it’s fine. I imagine they’re just catching up.

(Regina looks to Mr. Gold, who shakes his head.)

–[Fairy Tale Land – Present]–

(Emma, who is sleeping across from Mary Margaret, wakes up as Mary Margaret comes out of the dream.)

Emma: Hey. Hey, you okay?

(Mary Margaret suddenly stands up and jerks away from Emma.)

Emma: What… What happened? What are you doing?

MMB: I’m looking for more powder.

Emma: Well, I’m pretty sure we’re out of that. What happened?

MMB: No. I have to go back in. He’s all alone.

Emma: Henry? What? Is he okay?

MMB: No. David. He went under a sleeping spell so he could see me. He thought that my kiss would wake him, but it didn’t. And now he’s trapped.

Emma: Okay, slow down. David is trapped in there?

MMB: I have to get back. There’s only one way to help him.

Emma: True love’s kiss.

MMB: Yes, but… It won’t work in there. We have to get back. If we don’t-

Emma: We will. We will.

MMB: Now you’re so sure?

Emma: Yes. You told me to have faith, and now I’m telling you. We will make it back. Okay? Did you get the information?

MMB: It’s Rumpelstiltskin. He said the key to stopping her is in his jail cell.

Emma: Okay. Then let’s go get it. Come on – get your stuff. Come on.

(Emma helps Mary Margaret up, who goes to retrieve her things. Emma checks her pockets, then becomes frantic.)

Emma: No…

MMB: What?

Emma: The compass is gone. And so is Mulan.

———–

(Mulan is shown running through the woods, compass in hand.)

———–

(Cora enters the pit and finds Aurora missing. Hook is waiting for her.)

Hook: Looking for someone?

Cora: Oh, don’t tell me you were dumb enough to let her go.

Hook: She was never going to give you what you wanted anyway.

Cora: So, you freed her. And stuck around for the petty satisfaction of seeing me suffer?

Hook: Oh, watching you suffer is a tempting motivation, but it wasn’t that.

Cora: Well, then you must have a death wish.

(Cora magically throws and binds Hook against the wall. She removes his Hook and traces it along his chest.)

Cora: You know I have to kill you.

Hook: You should try thanking me.

Cora: Oh, really? Why’s that?

Hook: Because I’ve brought you a gift. It’s in the satchel.

Cora: What is it?

Hook: Customarily, surprise is part of the fun of gift giving. Open it.

(Cora removes the satchel from Hook’s belt. She looks into the bag.)

Cora: Is that…

Hook: Indeed, it is. And with it, you’ll get everything you want.

———–

(Mulan is running through the forest, when an arrow zooms past her head, hitting a tree. Mary Margaret and Emma appear.)

MMB: That was a warning shot. Try to run, and I promise the next one won’t be.

Mulan: How did you find me?

MMB: I know a thing or two about tracking.

Emma: All we want is the compass.

Mulan: Very well.

(Mulan goes to draw her sword, but Mary Margaret tackles her to the ground before she gets a chance.)

MMB: Give me the compass.

Mulan: And seal Aurora’s fate?

MMB: We learned how to overpower Cora. Once we get what we need, we will defeat her, and Aurora will be free.

Mulan: Another journey – just as I predicted there would be. Our best chance to save Aurora, is to make that trade now.

MMB: Not going to happen. Without that compass, we can’t get home.

Mulan: Then I hope you’re prepared to use that arrow.

(Mary Margaret draws her weapon back, but Aurora’s voice stops her.)

Aurora: Stop!

(Aurora appears.)

Emma: Okay, don’t take this the wrong way, but how the hell did you get here?

Aurora: Let Mulan go. I said, let her go!

(Mary Margaret gets off of Mulan, and Aurora helps her up.)

Mulan: Were you followed?

Aurora: I… I don’t think so. Cora may know I’m gone, but she didn’t see me escape.

Emma: How did you escape?

Aurora: It was Hook. He let me go.

Emma: Why?

Aurora: Because of you. He said he wanted to prove to you, that you should’ve trusted him. That if you had trusted him…

(It cuts to Cora, who is holding Aurora’s heart in her hand. Whatever Cora says, Aurora mimics. Hook is watching the display.)

Aurora/Cora: You could’ve defeated Cora together. That the two of you could’ve gotten the remains of the wardrobe. Without him, you’ll have to go up against her all by yourself. He only wants to help. I… I think he may care for you.

Hook: Nice touch, that.

Cora: But you know she won’t trust you.

Hook: Ah, she doesn’t have to. All I need, is for her to believe that I was genuine in letting the girl go, which I wager she does now. You’re welcome.

Cora: Impressive. You took a heart.

Hook: Now you’ve a princess.

Cora: Indeed, I do.

Hook: Now, can we get on with the business of going to Storybrooke… Together?

Cora: Why not? I hate to travel alone. All we need is the compass.

Hook: Which will soon be delivered.

———–

(The four are still talking in the woods.)

Aurora: Did you find a way to stop Cora?

Emma: Yes.

Aurora: Where are we going?

Emma: Rumpelstiltskin’s cell.

Aurora: Great. Then lead the way.

(The group sets off, as Cora continues to manipulate Aurora’s actions.)

–[End]–

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2 thoughts on “2×08 – Into The Deep

  1. Bizzarieve says:

    Thank you, for this latest transcript, you were right on time saying you will have it ready for next week.

  2. Luc says:

    Great work! Thank you!

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