(The situation is chaotic at the town line. Mr. Gold holds an injured and confused Belle, Hook is unconscious at the side of the road, and the ‘outsider’ is still in the crashed car. In the distance, sirens are heard approaching.)
Belle: Who are you? What’s going on?
Mr. Gold: Shh… Let me… Let me. Let me.
(Mr. Gold magically heals Belle’s injuries.)
Mr. Gold: All better. Good.
Belle: How did you do that?
Mr. Gold: It’s nothing to be afraid of.
Belle: Get away.
Mr. Gold: Shh. Belle, please.
Belle: What are you?!
(Emma, David, and Mary Margaret arrive on the scene via squad car. David gets out and runs towards Belle and Mr. Gold, with Mary Margaret trailing behind. Meanwhile, Emma radios for more assistance.)
David: Are you okay?
Emma: I’m at the town line. Two people down, maybe three. There’s a car – pretty banged up with Pennsylvania plates.
David: What’s going on?
Mr. Gold: She crossed over the line. She doesn’t remember.
(Emma finds a now alert Hook at the side of the road.)
Hook: Hey, beautiful. Here, I didn’t think you’d notice.
(She leans down and pushes on his ribs. He yells out in pain.)
Emma: Your ribs are broken.
Hook: Oh, that must be why it hurts when I laugh. Did you see his face? His one true love, gone in an instant! Just like Milah, crocodile! When you took her from me…
Mr. Gold: But you took her first.
(Mr. Gold lunges at Hook, digging his cane into his neck.)
Emma: Gold, are you insane?!
Mr. Gold: Yes, I am!
David: You can’t do that!
Mr. Gold: I can if you let me go.
Emma: You don’t want her to see that.
Mr. Gold: I’m a stranger to her.
Emma: Murder is a bad first impression.
David: What would Belle want you to do?
(An ambulance arrives, distracting Mr. Gold long enough for David to pull him off of Hook.)
David: Over here!
(The paramedics head towards Hook first, but Emma directs their attention to the driver of the car instead.)
Emma: No! Him! Take care of him. He can wait.
(Mary Margaret, who is still tending to Belle, overhears Emma.)
Emma: There’s someone in there.
MMB: Stay. I’ll be right back.
(Emma and Mary Margaret watch as the paramedics look over the unconscious driver of the car.)
Emma: Do you know this guy?
MMB: I’ve never seen him before.
David: That’s because he drove into town.
MMB: From the outside?
Emma: Looks like the world just came to Storybrooke.
(At the hospital, the voice over the intercom announces the arrival of the accident victims. Alone in another room, Dr. Whale listens to the announcements as he drinks. Outside the door, several other hospital workers can be heard.)
Man: Anybody seen the doctor?
Woman: Dr. Whale, we need you in the ER!
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor, Gerhardt, and Alphonse toast in the living room of their home. It is decorated with Christmas decorations.)
Victor: To the Frankensteins.
Gerhardt: To a fine new year, papa.
Alphonse: Thank you, Gerhardt. And let’s have a better look at that medal.
(He looks over the medal pinned to Gerhardt’s chest.)
Alphonse: My son. The Silver Cross.
Gerhardt: It’s embarrassing to have everyone make such a fuss.
Victor: Well, that’s your cross to bear, I suppose.
Alphonse: To the holiday. Something for both of my sons.
(Alphonse hands a small box to Gerhardt and a leather envelope to Victor.)
Gerhardt: Too small to be a pony.
(Gerhardt opens to the box, revealing a pocket watch inside.)
Alphonse: Your mother gave me that when we were married. It was her father’s. She wanted to keep it in the family.
Gerhardt: I remember.
Alphonse: Open yours, Victor.
(Victor opens the envelope, revealing a piece of paper.)
Victor: A commission. Father, surely you’re joking. My work is far too important to leave now.
Alphonse: I purchased you a commission. You will join the Mobile Thirty-fourth as their camp physician. It’s an honour.
Gerhardt: Well, yes, of course. But I’m not sure you realize the important scientific work he’s doing.
Alphonse: Certainly, but how will he do his work without my financial support?
Victor: Papa, I rely on that money.
Alphonse: I’ve already allowed you the use of our summer home for your foolish purposes. Isn’t that enough?
Victor: I have made great progress! The name Frankenstein is going to stand for life! Life, everlasting here on Earth.
(Hook and the driver of the car are wheeled into the hospital on stretchers by the paramedics, while the rest of the group from the accident site follow behind them.)
Belle: I don’t know what’s going on.
Paramedic: Car versus pedestrian. Chest trauma from the wheel. Pedestrian’s got contusions, broken ribs.
Nurse: Go to X-ray. Pedestrian first.
Emma: Hide him.
Emma: Find a room and hide him.
(Mr. Gold enters.)
Mr. Gold: Belle. What’s going on?
David: Get him out of here!
Mr. Gold: Well, what’s happening? Belle!
Leroy: I’d like to know that myself.
Mr. Gold: Belle! Belle!
(Dr. Whale finally joins everyone.)
Dr. Whale: Everybody, calm down! Mr. Gold. Everything will be fine. She’s in good hands here. I promise.
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor briskly walks away from the house towards his carriage, as Gerhardt runs after him.)
Gerhardt: Victor. Victor, wait. He’ll cool off. Here. Take this.
(He extends the pocket watch to Victor.)
Gerhardt: You’re the eldest. She wanted it for you.
Victor: No. Keep it. Don’t worry about me. I’ll find another way.
(Victor continues on towards his carriage, while Gerhardt turns to return inside. Rumpelstiltskin is shown watching the exchange from a distance.)
(Mr. Gold watches Belle as she sleeps in her hospital bed. He leans over and kisses her on the lips. There is a brief pause where it seems like Belle may recognize him, but she then starts screaming.)
Mr. Gold: No, no, no, no, no.
(She continues to scream.)
Mr. Gold: No, no, no, no, no. I… I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
(Several nurses enter the room. Mr. Gold begins to back out of the room.)
Mr. Gold: I’m sorry.
Man: You okay?
Mr. Gold: I’m sorry…
(Mr. Gold exits.)
(In another room in the hospital, Emma interrogates Hook, who is handcuffed to the bed.)
Emma: Where’s Cora?
(Hook goes to move his arm and realizes he’s stuck.)
Hook: Again? You’re really into this, aren’t you? Damn, that hurts.
Emma: Told you – cracked a few ribs. Where’s Cora?
Hook: You look good, I must say. All ‘where’s Cora?’ in a commanding voice. Chills.
Emma: You have all sorts of sore places. I can make you hurt.
(Emma pushes her hand into his ribs, causing him to wince in pain.)
Hook: I have no idea where Cora is. She has her own agenda. Let’s talk about something I am interested in – my hook. May I have it back? Or is there another attachment you’d prefer?
Emma: You’re awfully chipper for a guy who just failed to kill his enemy, then got hit by a car.
Hook: Well, my ribs may be broken, but… Everything else is still intact. Which is more than can be said for other bad days I’ve had. Plus, I did some quality damage to my foe.
Emma: You hurt Belle.
Hook: I hurt his heart. Belle’s just where he keeps it. He killed my love. I know the feeling.
Emma: Keep smiling, buddy. You’re chained down, he’s on his feet, immortal, has magic, and you hurt his girl. If I were to pick dead guy of the year? I’d pick you.
(Mary Margaret and company have gathered in the lobby of the hospital with the driver’s cell phone.)
Leroy: We’ve got to get into his phone.
David: Let me guess another pass code.
MMB: You can’t guess. There are a million possible combinations.
David: Leroy, can you get it open or something? Hack it?
Leroy: Well, you do understand that computer hacking and pickaxe hacking are different.
Emma: Here, let me try. I have a thing. And we do know something. There was stuff in his car – rental agreement, maps, receipts. His name is Greg Mendell. Now, let’s see…
(Emma breaks into the phone and begins to root through it. She finds several phone numbers and pictures of Greg.)
Emma: Pictures of him alone at a bunch of Eastern Seaboard tourist locations, a LinkedIn account, and he tweets pictures of his food. I’ll keep looking, but I think what we have here is a well-documented, real-life ordinary Joe. Or Greg.
Ruby: So, whatever’s kept random people from stumbling into Storybrooke for the last twenty-eight years-
MMB: Is gone.
David: Anyone could drive in. Why are my instincts telling me that’s a bad thing?
Leroy: Cause you’ve seen E.T., or Splash, or any other movie where they find something magical and study it to death. Think what’d they do to a werewolf.
MMB: Oh, and his friends and family? They’re going to come looking for him soon.
Emma: Let’s try not to overreact.
David: Leroy’s right. We don’t need outsiders here.
Emma: Hook says he doesn’t know where Cora is, and God knows what she’s going to do. With other people coming here, that’s not going to be good for anyone.
MMB: We need to find Regina – tell her we know she was framed.
Ruby: I’ve been tracking her. No luck. She’s gone underground.
MMB: But what if Cora finds her first? I don’t want to think about the damage those two would do together. This could not have come at a worse time.
Emma: It’s okay. The guy’s being patched up right now. He’ll probably be on his way home by morning.
(Dr. Whale enters.)
Dr. Whale: Not quite. He’s bleeding into his chest cavity. It’s not a full flood, you know. But, pretty soon, he’ll be drowning in his own blood.
Emma: So make it stop. Aren’t you a doctor?
(Dr. Whale spots Mr. Gold walking down the stairs. He approaches him.)
Dr. Whale: Gold. You fixed me. Now fix him. It will take you seconds and cost you nothing.
Mr. Gold: No.
Dr. Whale: No? Just… No?
Mr. Gold: I owe you nothing, Whale. I owe none of you anything. And some of you, owe me. So, yeah, just… No. Oh, and point of interest – the driver? He saw me throwing some magic. So, instead of trying to get him out of here, you better be hoping he dies. Because if he doesn’t, he’s going to be driving tour buses up and down main street. So glad I don’t give a damn.
(Mr. Gold exits.)
Dr. Whale: Look… Letting him die is easy. I can do that, if that’s what you decide.
Emma: Let’s take this somewhere private.
(The group enters a small examination room to talk.)
Dr. Whale: It’s not really murder if we let him succumb to his injuries.
Emma: I’m pretty sure it is.
MMB: Of course we save him.
Leroy: We got to think it through. If we save him and kill the whole town, is that really better?
Ruby: So we have to choose between our lives and his.
David: We can worry about the town later.
MMB: Which doesn’t mean we should abandon him.
David: I know, but let’s worry about Storybrooke after we save a life. Dr. Whale, prep for surgery.
(Dr. Whale exits.)
MMB: Anyone else notice he’s drunk off his ass?
(Suddenly, Greg’s phone begins to ring.)
Emma: Someone’s looking for Greg. How long before they come here?
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor and Igor are clearing out Victor’s laboratory. Igor leaves with a box of stuff, while Victor continues to pack. Rumpelstiltskin enters by magically appearing on a chair.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Good evening, Doctor.
Victor: How did you get in here? Who are you?
Rumpelstiltskin: Stiltskin. Rumpel Von Stiltskin.
Victor: A foreigner.
Rumpelstiltskin: What tipped you off? My rosy complexion? Yes, I’ve seen nothing of your drab little land yet, but, I am interested in your work.
Victor: Well, you’re a little late. I’ve been shut down. And I can’t bring back dead loved ones, anyway, if that’s what you’re after.
Rumpelstiltskin: I think my deceased are best kept where they are, dearie, thank you very much. No, no, no. My interest, is in how you do what you do. You see, where I come from, we do things differently. Your land has witchcraft, but it’s feeble, neglected stuff. Where I live, it’s strong and hearty. But… It cannot restore life. If you can do this, well… I’ll want to know more, and I’m willing to pay.
(Rumpelstiltskin takes out a small pouch and pours its contents onto the floor. A massive pile of coins pour from the bag.)
Victor: How did you do that?
Rumpelstiltskin: Ah… Missing the point. Money – yours.
Victor: Are you a philanthropist?
Rumpelstiltskin: Well, I’ve been called worse. There is a cost to you – knowledge. You teach me to wield… Whatever it is you wield. That, is the deal.
Victor: Then it’s a deal.
Igor: I thought you were bringing-
Victor: Igor, tremendous news! This is Rump-
(Victor turns around, but finds that Rumpelstiltskin has disappeared.)
Igor: Master… What’s happened?
Victor: Bring back the equipment. We’re staying. And we’re going to need a body.
(In his shop, Mr. Gold is reminiscing over the chipped cup. Suddenly, the bell to the front door rings. He goes over to investigate, but finds that there’s no one outside. When he turns around, he sees that a box has been left on the counter. Cora then appears near the door.)
Cora: Hello, Rumpel.
Mr. Gold: Well, I expected this was just a matter of time. Had hoped you were dead, but hey – disappointment’s just part of life. I’m sure we can agree on that.
Cora: Aw, the crocodile snaps at the little bird. And after I brought you a gift.
Mr. Gold: Yeah, did you bring the antidote, too?
Cora: Oh, Rumpel. It’s a peace offering.
Mr. Gold: And what do you want for this, uh… This peace offering?
Cora: My daughter. You were so clever to get her to lay the curse so you could come here. You don’t need her anymore. Let me try to get her back and let us live.
Mr. Gold: And what do I get for my troubles?
Cora: Your son.
(She nods towards the box. Mr. Gold pulls off the lid, revealing a white ‘globe’ inside.)
Cora: You know what that is, of course.
Mr. Gold: It’ll find him… If this one truly is it.
Cora: Oh, darling, I have no reason to cheat you.
Mr. Gold: Anymore.
Cora: I want you to find the one person in this universe who might still love you. After all, I’m doing the same thing.
Mr. Gold: Do you have any spells to return memories?
Cora: I only know what you taught me… Master. So, will you accept my offer of a truce?
Mr. Gold: Truce.
(He extends his hand, which Cora takes. The two shake on the deal.)
Cora: Let’s seal it like we used to.
(Cora leans in and kisses Mr. Gold.)
(At the hospital, David finds Dr. Whale staring at Greg’s watch.)
David: What’s that?
Dr. Whale: Oh. It’s just the guy’s personal effects. I get the best watches this way. Joking. As far as you know. It’s too bad it’s cracked.
David: I thought you’d be scrubbing in by now.
Dr. Whale: Yeah. Yeah, I’m going to do that.
David: Arm okay?
Dr. Whale: I’m not drunk.
David: Okay, just… Let’s save this guy, alright? I don’t care what he saw. We don’t let go of people.
Dr. Whale: Right. Of course not.
–[A Land Without Color]–
(During a thunderstorm, Victor is in a graveyard attempting to dig up a body. Gerhardt finds him there.)
Gerhardt: Igor told me that I’d find you here. I can’t believe… I thought you worked with cells in Petri dishes.
Victor: My work has progressed. And I thought you supported me.
Gerhardt: Not like this.
(Near the entrance of the graveyard, there is a man with a gun.)
Victor: Don’t shoot! We have orders! He’s in uniform.
(A shot is fired. The two of them run towards the carriage and quickly get inside.)
Gerhardt: Go! Go!
Victor: You shouldn’t have come looking for me. And I thought you supported me. Gerhardt?
(Victor notices that Gerhardt is unresponsive. He looks down and sees blood seeping through his uniform.)
(Emma and company are waiting in the lobby of the hospital. Greg’s phone, now on silent, begins to vibrate. On the screen, the incoming caller is listed as ‘Her’.)
Leroy: Same person again.
Emma: ‘Her’. Cute.
David: Probably a girlfriend.
MMB: We could answer it – just let her know he’s okay.
Emma: He’s not okay.
Ruby: He’s alive. We could let her know he’s alive.
David: Nah. The police could trace it here instantly.
Emma: She can activate the find your phone thing without us picking it up at all.
(The phone stops vibrating.)
Leroy: That settles that.
MMB: Oh, my nerves can’t take this. Is the surgery almost over?
Emma: I… I think it takes…
(A man enters and scans the lobby. He turns to leave when David stops him.)
David: Whoa. Whoa. Wait. Wait. Any news?
Man: No. I was just looking for the doctor.
Ruby: He’s not in the OR?
Man: He never came in.
Emma: Then page him.
David: He was not looking so good earlier.
(The man makes a phone call. A beeping sound is then heard nearby.)
MMB: He’s here.
(The beeping sound is coming from the laundry basket of dirty scrubs. Emma looks through it and finds the pager, along with Dr. Whale’s lab coat.)
Emma: No, but his pager is. He’s gone.
(Ruby sniffs Dr. Whale’s lab coat to pick up the scent.)
David: Got the scent?
Emma: Just find him and bring him back. We’ll watch Hook and figure out options if Whale doesn’t come back.
MMB: Maybe Doc can do it.
Leroy: Surgery? No.
MMB: Maybe he didn’t even run. Maybe Cora grabbed him for some reason.
David: I don’t think so. He’s been in a rough place since he had brought Regina’s fiancé back to life.
Emma: Back to life?!
David: And had his arm ripped off and put back on.
MMB: Wait. Daniel came back?
Emma: Like some kind of Frankenstein?
David: That’s Whale. The doctor. And Daniel was his-
MMB: What went on here while we were gone?
Emma: Ruby, get going. Bring back… Dr. Frankenstein.
Emma: We’re going to send this guy back home with bolts in his neck.
MMB: She’ll find him.
Emma: Yeah, but what kind of state is he going to be in?
(Dr. Whale is shown running down the main street of Storybrooke.)
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Surrounded by his equipment, Victor has Gerhardt’s corpse laid out in the middle of his lab. He chest has been cut open and sewn shut. Igor is there assisting.)
Victor: I will bring you back, my brother. I promise.
(Victor throws a switch, causing a surge of electricity to flow through Gerhardt’s body. The body twitches, then all is still. When they check over the body, they notice smoke rising from the chest cavity. Victor grabs a scalpel and cuts open the stitches. He then pulls out Gerhardt’s charred heart.)
Igor: It’s burned. Like coal.
Victor: Cover him. The sheet will serve as his shroud.
Igor: Of course, doctor.
Alphonse: You were seen carrying a body into this house. Explain yourself.
(Alphonse walks over to the body and discovers that it’s Gerhardt.)
Alphonse: Gerhardt? My boy. My dear son. What did you do?!
Victor: It was an accident. I was working-
Alphonse: You caused this! The things you do.
(He pulls back the sheet and sees the stitches running along his chest.)
Alphonse: You cut into your brother!
Victor: No, no, it wasn’t like that!
Alphonse: You put your foul magician’s work into your brother!
Victor: It can work! I did this for you, too, father. I wanted you to have two sons again.
Alphonse: And now I have none.
(Cora enters Regina’s house and begins to look through it. She scans the glassware in the kitchen, then smells the clothes hanging in Regina’s closet. Cora then reaches Henry’s room, where she finds an old picture of Henry and Regina. She looks over the dresser, and finds an old craft done by Henry. It’s a mold of Henry’s handprint with the words ‘To Mommy’ written below it. She smirks and takes it with her.)
(In the middle of the night, Henry walks across the graveyard to Regina’s family mausoleum. He slides the sarcophagus over, and heads down the stairs. He begins to call for Regina.)
Henry: Mom? Hello? Hello? Hello? Mom?
(Behind one of the walls, Regina has a hidden room. She hears Henry and walks over to one of the mirrors on the wall. She waves her hand, and
magically transforms the mirror to allow her to see out. Regina sees Henry searching the crypt.)
Henry: You in there? Can I come in? Mom?
(Regina opens the door to the hidden room.)
Henry: Mom? Mom?
(Henry enters and hugs Regina. She returns the embrace.)
Regina: Henry, I’m so glad you’re here. I missed you so much when… I have to let you know, I had nothing to do with Archie.
Henry: I know. I always knew.
Regina: I was framed. I don’t know how. I… It just seems like everything… You knew? How did you know?
(In a puff of blue smoke, Henry magically transforms into Cora.)
Cora: Because I did it.
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor is working is his laboratory. He has suspended Gerhardt’s body in a bubbling fluid. He goes to look through a microscope, when Rumpelstiltskin appears behind him.)
Rumpelstiltskin: Did it work? No?
Victor: There was a little problem with what the heart could withstand.
Rumpelstiltskin: Ah! Problems of the heart. Isn’t that always the way?
Victor: Could you get out of my light, please?
Rumpelstiltskin: You know, where I come from, there are hearts that can withstand anything because of magic.
Victor: You have hearts?
Rumpelstiltskin: I’ll tell you what. I’m going to bring you a friend – a master of the hat. He shall take you to a young woman who has exactly what you need. You put on a little show for her, and then you walk away with all your prayers answered. A heart for your brother.
Victor: And who is this woman?
Rumpelstiltskin: Her name…is Regina.
(Regina and Cora talk in the hidden room.)
Regina: You… I thought we stopped you. How did you get through?
Cora: Determination. I had to see you. I needed to tell you, that I know why you sent me through the looking glass. And I know why you tried to have me killed. And it’s… It’s alright.
Regina: I think it’s not alright.
Cora: I love you. I just… I’ve always shown it in all the wrong ways. And I never should have made you marry the King. I’m so sorry. When you cried over my coffin, it… It all changed.
Regina: You framed me – for the cricket.
Cora: Temporarily. So you could see what these people really think of you.
Regina: You made an airtight case. Anyone would believe it.
Cora: I didn’t want you to reject me. Not again.
Regina: You wanted me broken.
Regina: You are the most manipulative… No. I won’t even argue. Come with me. We’re going to town.
Cora: It’s the middle of the night.
Regina: I don’t care. We’ll wake them up – Emma and Henry and the two idiots – and you can tell them how you lied. You owe me that.
Cora: And then you’ll let us start over?
Regina: I don’t see that happening, mother. But I am… I was trying so hard to be worthy of Henry. And I deserve the same thing from you.
Cora: You’re right. For you, sweetheart. Anything.
(Dr. Whale is standing at the edge of the dock. He stares at Greg’s watch as he looks into the water below. Ruby finds him.)
Ruby: Dr. Whale?
Dr. Whale: Don’t come near me!
(He tosses the watch into the water, then jumps off the dock. Using her wolf abilities, Ruby is quickly able to grab Dr. Whale by the neck of his coat before he falls in.)
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor and Igor have conducted the experiment on Gerhardt’s body. Slowly, Gerhardt raises his hand, which Victor clasps.)
Victor: Rumpelstiltskin was right. The new heart worked. Welcome back, brother.
Igor: It’s magic, Dr. Frankenstein.
Victor: No, not magic. Science.
(Victor confronts Alphonse in his study.)
Victor: I’m telling you, it’s true. I brought him back.
Alphonse: Victor… If you have really given me this…
Victor: We’ve kept him waiting long enough.
(Victor goes to fetch Gerhardt. He leads him into the room, but is clearly ‘off’.)
Victor: He’s still…recovering. It’s a slow process, so don’t expect him to…
Alphonse: You did it.
Victor: I did it.
Alphonse: It’s really you. Let me see you, my son.
(Alphonse grabs a candlestick and holds it up to Gerhardt, which causes him to shy away from the light. Gerhardt says nothing, and only grunts.)
Alphonse: What? What is it? Is he alright? Why doesn’t he speak?
(Gerhardt swings and hits the candle out of Alphonse’s hand. He then crouches on the ground, holding his head.)
Victor: I told you, father, it’s an adjustment.
Alphonse: I believed you. The terrible thing is, for a moment, I believed you did it. He’s a monster! What a fool I was! That’s not my son! You aren’t my son! You’re a ghoul and a grave robber. A fool and a witch doctor. You’re a disgrace to this family!
(During the tirade, Gerhardt suddenly lunges at Alphonse and throws him onto the floor. He then sits on his chest and begins to furiously punch him. Victor watches for a few moments before deciding to intervene.)
Victor: Enough. Gerhardt. Enough.
(Victor places his hand on Gerhardt’s shoulder, causing him to cease the attack. Victor feels his father’s neck for a pulse.)
Victor: You have killed our father.
(Distressed at the news, Gerhardt flees the room.)
(Ruby and Dr. Whale are sitting on the dock conversing.)
Dr. Whale: I wanted my name to stand for life. But everybody just thinks it’s the name of a monster. I guess they’re right about that. Rumpelstiltskin says that magic has a price. But, from where I’m sitting, seems that science does, too. Every time I try to save a life, someone else dies.
Ruby: Hey. Yeah. Look, you’re Frankenstein. And I’m the werewolf. I ate my boyfriend. Regina thought she was punishing us by erasing who we were, but I think she underestimated how much crap we wanted to forget.
Dr. Whale: Yeah.
Ruby: But… We can’t let it stop us. She gave us a chance to start over, and I want to take it. I think you should, too.
Dr. Whale: I wasn’t such a bad guy, you know. I wanted to bring life back. But he never got over our mother. If I could’ve just brought her back-
Ruby: That guy in the hospital – someone keeps calling for him. Maybe a wife, a mother. Maybe, there’s still some stuff you can fix.
(Regina and Cora are in Regina’s car. Regina is driving, and Cora is in the passenger seat.)
Cora: Not about owning up to what I’ve done. It’s just… These carriages are strange. And something’s irritating me…
(Cora pulls out Henry’s handprint craft.)
Cora: Oh. For Mommy. Oh, that used to be you.
Regina: When were you in my house?
Cora: I haven’t had the pleasure.
Regina: That was in my house. Think I don’t know where that was? It’s one of my most treasured possessions.
Cora: Well, let’s be honest. Taking me to be pilloried by the town might gain you some points, but, as long as Emma and her parents are here, he’s not really yours. Not like he was when he made things for his one and only mommy. You’ve been too bad for too long, and now they see you as a… A snake. You don’t want their love at all. What do you want?
Regina: My son back.
(Regina pulls the car over in a deserted parking lot.)
Cora: And I want my daughter back. I meant everything I said earlier. I am so sorry. I can do better. I won’t push you away again. Let me into your heart. Together, we can get him back again.
(Regina leans across the seat and puts her head on Cora’s shoulder. Cora embraces her.)
Cora: Oh, I have a few thoughts.
(Dr. Whale and Ruby arrive back at the hospital, where Emma and company are still waiting in the lobby.)
MMB: You’re back.
Dr. Whale: I don’t know why everyone’s so worried. I was just stretching my legs. Now I’m going to go do this thing.
–[A Land Without Color]–
(Victor enters Gerhardt’s cell. Gerhardt sits in silence.)
Victor: Gerhardt? My brother? I was trying to bring you back. Are you here? Gerhardt? Gerhardt?
(When he places his hand on Gerhardt’s shoulder, Gerhardt reacts violently. He throws Victor onto the ground and begins to strangle him, but stops when he recognizes his brother.)
Victor: Yes. Yes, it’s me.
(He takes his hand off of Victor’s neck, and scrambles over to the corner of the cell, grabbing his head. Victor takes out a pistol and slowly makes his way over to Gerhardt. He points the gun at his head, but then lowers it. Gerhardt, realizing Victor’s intentions, grabs Victor’s hand and aims the gun at his forehead. Once again, Victor lowers the gun.)
Victor: No. I won’t do it. I will still save you. Father is wrong. I will find a way.
(At the hospital, Dr. Whale meets Ruby in the hallway.)
Dr. Whale: Where are they?
Ruby: Getting coffee from the machine. What’s the verdict?
Dr. Whale: He’ll live.
Ruby: You did it?
Dr. Whale: Thank you. Monster to monster.
Ruby: You did it!
(They enter the lobby, where Emma and company have returned.)
David: He’s going to make it?
Dr. Whale: He’s got some recuperating ahead of him – a few weeks, maybe – but yes. He’s going to live.
MMB: Thank goodness.
Dr. Whale: Or me.
Leroy: Telling you right now, this will come to no good.
David: Quiet, Leroy.
Emma: I want to talk to him.
Dr. Whale: He’s waking up now.
Dr. Whale: I waited a couple of hours to tell you in case he, you know, keeled over. But so far, so good.
MMB: Alright, then.
David: Well, let’s talk to him.
Emma: We’re not talking to him as a group. We’re not a group Sheriff.
MMB: But, we’ve been doing this together.
Emma: We’re trying to convince this guy this place is normal. In a normal town, the Sheriff goes in and asks a few questions. She doesn’t bring her parents in with her.
David: That’s probably true.
MMB: We’ll be right here, then.
(Elsewhere in the hospital, Mr. Gold hands Belle, who is still bedridden, the chipped cup.)
Mr. Gold: I know you don’t remember, but just… Indulge me. Please. Be careful with it.
(Belle takes the proffered cup.)
Belle: It’s a… It’s a cup.
Mr. Gold: Yeah.
Belle: It’s… It’s damaged.
Mr. Gold: Just…look at it. Focus. It’s your talisman.
Belle: It’s a cup.
Mr. Gold: You dropped it… In my castle. You were afraid that you had angered me.
Belle: Okay, here. You… You need to go and take your cup, okay?
(She tries to hand him back the cup, but he refuses to take it.)
Mr. Gold: No, no, no, no. I… I charmed it. If you focus, it will work. It’s magic.
Belle: Okay, just go away. S-stop talking about magic, and take your cup.
(Belle, again, tries to push the cup back to Mr. Gold.)
Mr. Gold: Just look at it.
(Frustrated, Belle takes the cup and throws it against the wall. It shatters onto the floor.)
Belle: Just go. Just go away.
Mr. Gold: I’m sorry…
(He leaves the room, glancing at the broken cup on the way out.)
(Emma enters Greg’s room.)
Emma: Sheriff Swan, actually.
Greg: I’m thirsty.
(She hands him a glass of water with a straw. She also sets a bag of his belongings next to the bed.)
Emma: Here. I have your personal effects. I’m just going to put them here, okay? So, Mr. Mendell, I wanted to talk to you about the accident.
Greg: Did I hit somebody? Oh, my God, I hit someone. Is he okay?
Emma: Don’t worry about him. I mean, the… The damage was pretty minor.
Greg: Oh, thank God.
Emma: But, I do need you to state what happened in your own words – what you did, what you saw.
Greg: Well, I… I didn’t see anything. I-
Emma: Well, you were driving.
Greg: Yeah, I mean… I saw the road, of course.
Emma: I just think I might be able to put your mind at ease. There might be…an explanation if you saw-
Greg: I was texting.
Greg: I looked down, just for a second. And when I looked back up, he was… He was right there. And he was too close to avoid, but I… I know that it’s not legal in Maine.
Emma: It’s okay. I’m just glad that you… Were honest with me.
Greg: So, no charges?
Emma: No. No charges. I will let you go with a warning this time.
Greg: Thank you. So when… When can I head home?
Emma: As soon as the doctor clears you. We don’t want to keep you.
(Emma exits the room and heads down to the lobby, where everyone is nervously waiting.)
Leroy: He didn’t see nothing?
Emma: Free and clear.
MMB: Oh, good.
David: Now maybe, things can calm down for ten minutes and we can catch our breath.
(At his shop, Mr. Gold takes out the white ‘globe’ that Cora had given him. He pricks his finger on the point and the top, and drops a drop of his blood onto the globe. The globe begins to glow and rotate. A red map of the world starts to appear, with one point in particular standing out from the map.)
Mr. Gold: Bae.
(Emma, Mary Margaret, and David arrive home to Mary Margaret’s apartment. Henry runs down the stairs to greet them in the kitchen. They all sit down to eat breakfast.)
Henry: You were out all night. Where were you? Granny wouldn’t tell me anything. Did I miss it all?
David: Cereal okay?
MMB: Rumpelstiltskin and Captain Hook had a fight and someone got hurt.
Emma: We weren’t sure if Dr. Frankenstein could fix him, but he did.
Henry: Doctor? Oh… That’s who Whale is.
Emma: Yeah, but without the neck bolts.
Henry: The monster had the bolts, not the doctor.
Emma: Right, but either way, some of us having known him… It’s weird.
MMB: It’s not weird. We’re past it. We were cursed.
Henry: What are you talking about?
MMB: Really, it’s nothing.
(Henry leaves and returns with his book.)
Henry: Frankenstein isn’t in here. It’s not even a fairy tale. That means it comes from another land with different stories.
Emma: Eat. I really want to go to bed.
Henry: If the curse went to places with other stories, then who knows who else is in this town?
(There is a knock on the door. Emma goes to answer it, but Mr. Gold lets himself in first.)
Emma: Gold. We’ve all had a long night.
Mr. Gold: You remember that favour you owe me, Miss Swan?
Mr. Gold: I’m cashing it in.
Emma: It’s not… A good…
Mr. Gold: You do honour your agreements, don’t you? I need to find someone, so we’re leaving today. Pack your bag.
Emma: Wait. Find someone? Who?
Mr. Gold: My son. It has to be today, because every minute I’m here, is a minute closer to me killing Hook. So it’s really best for all concerned if I leave, and you’re going to come with me. Oh, and, um, we have a long history. So know this, and know it to be true. If any harm comes to Belle while I’m gone, I’m killing all of you. I’ll see you at noon.
(Greg is still in his room at the hospital. He grabs his bag of belongings off of the table and takes out his cell phone. Checking that the coast is clear, he dials a number.)
Greg: Honey? I… I… I know. Just wait. Wait. Just listen. Just listen. Okay? Yes, I’m okay. I… I was in an accident. And, honey… You’re not going to believe what I saw.