|SCENE: Storybrooke, Castle Playground. Henry rides up on his bike and Emma exits her squad car.
Emma: Hey, kid. (He rides right by her) Good to see you, too!
Henry: The storm! (Hops off his bike and approaches the severely damaged castle)
Emma: It's okay, we can fix it! I'll talk to Marco.
Henry: I think it's still here! (Digging in the ground at the base of the structure)
Emma: What are you looking for?
Henry: My book!
Emma: Why'd you bury it here?
Henry: So my mom doesn't find it.
Emma: Hiding it under your mattress wasn't good enough?
Henry: That's the first place the Evil Queen would look. (He unearths a box)
Emma: How 'bout leaving it with me?
Henry: That's the second place. (Opens the box, revealing the storybook inside) Good.
Emma: So your mom doesn't know about the castle?
Henry: No, this is our secret. (He closes the box and begins reburying it)
Regina: (Approaching from her parked car) Henry? Henry! I've been looking everywhere for you! You know you have a session with Archie this morning. (To Emma) Should have known he was with you. Henry, car! Now. (Henry heads for the car) You let him play here?
Emma: The storm hit it pretty hard, but we can fix it.
Regina: Well, can you fix a cracked cranium? 'Cause that's what you'll have on your hands if one of these boards collapses under his weight. You're not thinking about Henry or his safety, just ways around me. Miss Swan, don't let your feelings cloud your judgement, people can get hurt.
Emma: What's that supposed to mean?
Regina: You're the sheriff now, it's time to be responsible.
SCENE: Storybrooke, Granny's Diner, interior. Emma and Mary Margaret are seated at a table.
Emma: Don't let my feelings cloud my judgement? That's all Regina ever does.
Mary Margaret: She's just upset because you and Henry have a special place and she... she doesn't.
Emma: How'd she find out about the castle in the first place?
Mary Margaret: She knows everything about this town, she's the Mayor. (Her phone vibrates. She picks it up and looks at it. Camera cuts to a view of the phone, showing a text from David that reads, "We need to talk. Meet at our spot.")
Emma: Everything okay?
Mary Margaret: Yeah, I just need to go. (Gets up quickly and readies to leave) Look, if it makes you feel any better, I think you're right. I see the effect she has on Henry.
Emma: I wish everyone else did, too. (Mary Margaret exits the diner, touching Emma's arm briefly as she passes. Sidney Glass, clearly very drunk and with a drink in his hand, takes Mary Margaret's place)
Sidney: I can grant your wish.
Emma: Oh, Sidney, you want a side of bacon with that whiskey?
Sidney: You wanna show this town who the Mayor really is? I can help.
Emma: It's gonna be kinda hard to do from inside her pocket.
Sidney: The Mayor and I are done.
Emma: (chuckles) Sure you are.
Sidney: She got me fired from the paper. She made a fool of me in the election. So I started working on an expose' on the Mayor's Office, and I found something she didn't want found.
Emma: Sidney, you're drunk. Go home, sleep it off. Be grateful that you don't have to answer to her anymore.
Sidney: (Offering her his card) Call me. Storybrooke deserves to know the truth about her. (Emma takes the card and gets up. Sidney's face is used as a focal point for the following scene transition)
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest, the Genie's Lamp, interior. The Genie of Agrabah is seated with a mirror. Rumbling is heard, distantly, from outside, growing louder. The camera pans up and King Leopold is seen.
Genie: Here we go. (Scene transitions to the exterior, along a lake's beach. King Leopold picks up the Lamp and rubs it to clean off some plant matter. Black smoke emerges from the lamp and the Genie appears) You awakened the Genie of Agrabah. You're entitled to three wishes—no more, no less. But, you must know that magic has its limits. You cannot wish for life, nor death. You cannot wish for love. You cannot wish for more wishes. And, once spoke, a wish cannot be undone, no matter what the consequences. So... tell me your first wish.
King Leopold: Hmm. Uh... (laughs) Hmm. I cannot think of a single thing I desire. I have everything I need. I seek nothing more than the happiness of all who set food in my kingdom.
Genie: Ugh. (He sits on some nearby driftwood)
King Leopold: (He chuckles. The Genie sighs) You are in my kingdom, and yet you seem unhappy.
Genie: I have served as Genie of the Lamp for longer than you've been alive. Life as a genie is not as magical as it may appear.
King Leopold: So you wish to be free?
Genie:More than anything.
King Leopold: Then I know my first wish. I wish you to be free.
Genie: (The shackles about his wrist glow and fall off with a magical sound) Can it be? Am I truly free?
King Leopold: You're the genie. You tell me.
Genie:There are two more wishes left in the Lamp, what will you do with them?
King Leopold: For my second wish... I wish to give my third and final wish to you. (Offers the Genie the Lamp)
Genie: (Taking the Lamp) In my time, I have granted 1001 wishes, and I have seen them end poorly 1001 times. Making a wish comes with a price, and that is why I will never... use... this wish. (Puts the Lamp in a purse at his belt)
King Leopold: You are a man of wisdom, Genie. Now tell, what will you do with your freedom?
Genie: Find the one thing I've always desired, that my prison has kept from me... true love.
King Leopold: Then you must come join me at my palace. I am certain you will find it there. Come. Meet my family.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest, King Leopold's Palace, exterior. King Leopold and the Genie walk along a garden path.
Genie: Your palace is as lovely as you are kind.
King Leopold: Oh, it's more than kindness, my friend. (They approach Snow White, who is picking flowers) This is my beautiful daughter, Snow.
Snow White: How do you do? (She curtsies and the Genie bows)
King Leopold: And Regina, my wife, the Queen.
Evil Queen: (Picking an apple from her tree. She turns to the Genie and smiles) Hello. (The Genie is visibly moved by her)
SCENE: Storybrooke, Henry's castle. A crew is demolishing the structure as Henry watches. Regina is standing next to her car nearby. Emma approaches.
Emma: Hey. What happened? I came as soon as I could.
Henry: The castle—she's tearing the whole thing down! (He approaches the spot where the storybook was buried, it is gone) My book! I-It's gone!
Emma: (Approaches Regina) Congratulations, Madame Mayor, you destroyed the thing he loves.
Regina: A dangerous thing that can only hurt Henry and others. You see me as a villain, Miss Swan. But that's just your perception, and you're wrong. Learn your place in this town, or soon enough, you won't be in it. (Walks away)
Emma: (Takes out Sidney's card and her cell phone. She dials) Sidney, hi. I'm in. I want everyone to know who she really is.
SCENE: Storybrooke, the Toll Bridge. Mary Margaret approaches a waiting David.
Mary Margaret: I got your text. What's going on?
David: Follow me. (He takes her arm and leads her off.)
Mary Margaret: David, you're scaring me. What's wrong?
David: What's wrong is you're late. (A picnic in a clearing comes into view) And the wine is getting warm.
Mary Margaret: (She kissed David.) Mm. (Laughs) We have to stop doing this.
David: (Laughs) We just started doing it.
Mary Margaret: We have to figure out what we're doing.
David: We will. Tomorrow.
Mary Margaret: Okay, tomorrow. (As the two kiss, the camera pans down to a tunnel below. Emma pulls up her squad car, stops, and exits the vehicle. Sidney appears, on foot.)
Emma: Alright, I'm listening. So, what do you know about her?
Sidney: Fifty grand out of the budget is missing, and Regina is responsible.
Emma:That's it? That's what you have on her?
Sidney: The money is just the tip of the iceberg. We figure out what she's doing, and it all falls apart. It all crumbles, and we'll finally learn her secrets. You see what she is. I see it. All we need is a crack in the mirror to show everyone. I'm telling you, this is it.
Emma:All right, what's your plan?
Sidney: Tap her phone. GPS her car. Hack into her email, dip into your bail bondsperson bag of tricks.
Emma: No. I'm Sheriff now, I have to be responsible. I wanna do this by the book.
Sidney: She's gonna know that you're on to her sooner than later. Are you prepared for her wrath?
Sidney: Good. Because I wasn't.
Emma:If you thought she was so terrifying... how did you allow yourself to end up in her pocket?
Sidney: I used to think she was a different person.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest, Leopold's castle. The royal family, the Genie, and many guests are gathered to celebrate Leopold's birthday.
Man: Happy birthday, your Majesty!
King Leopold: No gifts are required to mark this special day, for they all pale in comparison to the greatest gift of all—my daughter, Snow.
Snow White: (sighs) Father. (She joins him on the dais.) Father. You make me blush.
King Leopold: Every day I look upon your face, and I am reminded of your dearly departed mother... who, like you... truly was... the fairest in all the land. (A dejected Evil Queen leaves the party, and the Genie follows her. The scene transitions to the exterior garden, near the Evil Queen's apple tree.)
Genie: Not in a festive mood?
Evil Queen: No one seems to notice my absence.
Genie:I noticed. (Gazing at the apple tree) Such a lovely tree.
Evil Queen: Yes, it's from my childhood garden. The tree and I share something in common. Neither of us can leave the palace and neither of us truly belongs. No matter how hard I try to please the King, he will never love me the way he loved his first wife. I'm trapped by the memory of the life they used to share.
Genie: I know about being trapped, more than anyone. Maybe this will lift your spirits. (He gives her a mirror) So you... can see yourself the way I see you.
Evil Queen: And how do you see me?
Genie: As the fairest in all the land.
SCENE: Storybrooke, Emma and Mary Margaret's apartment. Emma and Sidney are pouring over boxes of documents.
Emma: When did that transfer go through? Does three weeks ago sound right?
Sidney: Yeah. Why?
Emma: Because those records are missing.
Mary Margaret: (Entering) Emma, there's something I'd like to talk to you-- (Noticing Sidney) Hi, Sidney.
Emma: Hey. We're just doing some work. I think we may have found something on Regina.
Mary Margaret: Interesting work. Oh, I approve.
Sidney: You wanna go by the book? Let's get a warrant.
Emma: What judge are we gonna find that she doesn't own. We're screwed.
Sidney: Or... there's my way.
Emma: I wanna do this right, Sidney.
Sidney: And what's right is exposing her. Sometimes, doing a bad thing for a good reason is okay, right?
Mary Margaret: Yeah. I mean, maybe you're doing something wrong, but if it's what's meant to be, if it's what's right, does that really make you a bad person?
Emma: Wow, you two are doing a whole lot of rationalizing.
Sidney:' But look what she's done to you, to me, to your son, and it's not gonna stop so whatever you do, you gotta do something.
Emma: Okay. Let's start by talking to her.
SCENE: Storybrooke, the Mayor's Office. Emma and Sidney confront Regina.
Regina: ..And just what are you and the... disgraced ex-reporter accusing me of?
Emma: Fifty-thousand dollars was transferred out of the city account by you.
Regina: Well, as Mayor, I'm involved in many transactions. Check the public records if you have questions.
Emma: That's the thing. They're missing from three weeks ago. You have any idea what happened to them?
Regina: Well, if they're missing, I probably checked them out, as my job often requires me to do. And if they were checked out three weeks ago, well, that means they burned... in a fire. In a fire that, if I recall, got you elected Sheriff. I have nothing to hide.
Emma: (Steps forward and leans over Regina's desk in a dramatic fashion) Okay. There's nothing for us to do, let's go, Sidney.
Emma: No, she's right. We have nothing. (They depart. The scene transitions to the exterior of the building)
Sidney: That was your plan? I thought you were gonna do something.
Emma: I did. I planted a bug. You win, Sidney. Let's do whatever it takes.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest, King Leopold's Castle. The Genie enters the King's bedchamber and approaches a seated Leopold.
Genie: You called for me, your Majesty?
King Leopold: I have reason to believe... my wife's heart belongs to another man.
Genie: Well, certainly, the Queen would never stray, your Majesty.
King Leopold: And yet her diary suggest otherwise. (He hands the diary to the Genie, opened to a page. The Genie reads it.)
Evil Queen: (Voice-over) Last night, a man gave me a gift, and though it was but a simple mirror, it awakened feelings in me that I abandoned long ago. Hope for love and companionship, even though I am trapped in my husband's court. (The Genie is visibly confused)
King Leopold: Sadly, the diary does not name the man who gave her this mirror. I am not a fool. I realize that the Queen is unhappy and yearns for someone to love her in a way that I never can. And yet I never imagined that she would betray me like this.
Genie: Well, certainly, the Queen would never act on these feelings.
King Leopold: Love makes people do foolish things.
Genie: And why have you called upon me, your Majesty?
King Leopold: I need someone with your wits to learn the identity of the man who has stolen my wife's heart.
Genie: And what will you do to him once I have found him?
King Leopold: That is my concern, not yours. Now... tell me, Genie, can you find the man who gave the Queen this mirror, or not?(Gives him the mirror and
SCENE: Storybrooke, Sheriff's Office. Sidney is listening in on Mayor Regina using a radio as Emma walks in.
Regina: (Over radio) Miss Ginger, I really don't have time for more complaints about working conditions. The air temperature is not one of my areas.
Emma: Scintillating. Find anything good yet?
Sidney: Yeah, better than good. She made this call a little over an hour ago. (He plays a tape.)
Regina: (Over tape) I'll meet you tonight at Access Road 23 with the rest of your payment. Yes, it will all be in cash. A-And I don't need to remind that no one can know about this. Yes, I know it has to be tonight. (Sidney stops the tape)
Emma: Who's on the other end?
Sidney: You bugged the office, not the phone.
Emma: Well, we're just gonna have to find out.
Emma: A payoff in the woods. That's promising.
Sidney: A payoff using stolen city funds.
Emma: Let's go find out who's she's meeting.
SCENE: Storybrooke, exterior, the road in the woods. Emma and Sidney follow Regina in the squad car as she turns onto Access Road 23. As she approaches the turn, Emma applies her foot to the brake. Nothing happens.
Emma: It won't stop. (The squad car crashes into the road sign, sending it flying.)
Emma: You okay?
Sidney: Yeah. You?
Emma: Yeah. (The two exit the vehicle and inspect the damage) We're gonna miss that handoff.
Sidney: You know that bug you planted? I think Regina found it. Someone's been tampering with the brakes. She's on to us. (The scene cuts to the two walking throw the woods) Wait!
Emma: The bitch tried to have me killed, I'm finding her!
Sidney: Let's be cautious. We need to think clearly.
Emma: To hell with caution. I'm gonna find out what she's doing and why she's out here.
Mr. Gold: (Coming up an embankment, carrying a briefcase.) She was meeting me.
Emma: What are you doing out here with her?
Mr. Gold: Just a little business transaction.
Sidney: What's in the briefcase?
Mr. Gold: Everything comes at a price. Land is no different.
Emma: That's why you're meeting her out here? Regina bought your land?
Mr. Gold: The very ground you're standing on.
Emma: What does she want it for?
Mr. Gold: You know, in business, I find it's best not to ask too many questions. Hurts the bottom line. Question is, Emma, why are you standing out here, in the middle of the night, with Mr. Glass?
Sidney: You don't know what Regina did to me. You don't know what she did to her son. We can't just sit idly by.
Mr. Gold: Of course you can. Be careful. (Starts to walk away) Emotional entanglements can lead us down very dangerous paths.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Genie cuts an apple from the apple tree in the gardens. As he slices the apple he hears foot steps behind him.
Genie: I was beginning to worry you wouldn’t come.
Henry: You were expecting the queen? (He’s carrying a box.)
Genie: (turning around) Who are you? What have you done with her?
Henry: The king has locked her away in her chambers. My daughter is a prisoner in her own kingdom.
Genie: You are the queen’s father?
Henry: (presenting the box to the Genie) Please, take this to her. The palace guards won’t allow me into her chambers. They know I’d die for her. But you- (The Genie takes the box) The King trusts you. He doesn’t know that you have my daughter’s heart. The guards will allow you in. Give her this box.
Genie: Wait. I don’t understand. What is in it?
Henry: This is the only thing that can free her from that wretched life. If you truly care for my daughter, I know you’ll do whatever it takes to set her free. (Henry leaves)
(On top of the box a key is placed. The Genie picks it up and takes a closer look at it.)
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. The Town Hall. Emma parks her car outside. She and Sidney walk towards the entrance.
Sidney: What are we doing here?
Emma: We know she bought land from Gold. We don’t know why. I’m willing to bet it’s for personal reasons but we have to know for sure. We need documents that officially link her to that land.
Sidney: So, you wanna break into her office. It’s locked. And she’s got a state of the art security system and alarm.
Emma: If we don’t show this town who Regina really is who will?
Sidney: Do you think you can crack her code?
Emma: Yep. (Picking up a brick stone, she smashes the window.)
Emma: Who does the alarm system alert? The police. I’m the police. Two minutes for her to get a call from the alarm company, one minute to get her coat and keys, three minutes to drive here. We got maybe six minutes. (Entering the office, she approaches Regina’s computer and successfully hacks into its system.) I just uncovered every file that references the tract of land she bought from Gold. (The files are printed.) Nice. (Emma starts to look around the room and discovers a key ring with several keys) What the hell do these open?
Sidney: I don’t know. What are you doing?
Emma: Looking for Henry’s book.
Sidney: We didn’t come here for Henry. We came here for files and—
Emma: (Interrupting him) No,you didn’t come here for Henry. Me? That’s the only reason I’m here.
(The light is switched on and Regina enters. She switches off the alarm)
Regina: What are you doing?
Emma: Some kids broke in. I heard the alarm so I’m checking it out cause I’m Sheriff.
Regina: Well, that was an awfully quick response time.
Emma: You told me to do my job and I’m doing him.
Regina: And you brought him?
Emma: Oh, well he saw it while he was on a walk. He’s a witness.
Regina: Hm. And what did you see, Sidney?
Sidney: Some kids with a—
Sidney: A rock.
Regina: Did they take anything?
Emma: I don’t know. I’d have to do a thorough sweep to, uh, find out.
Regina: It appears to me it was all just a prank.
Emma: You’re sure you don’t want me to take the place apart?
Regina: Sheriff, your services are not wanted nor needed.
Emma: Okay. Well, you know where to find me.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest. Dark Palace. The Genie enters The Evil Queen’s chambers carrying the box with him.
The Evil Queen: (Pleased) It’s you. (They hug.) My love for you grows stronger with every beat of my heart. But the king has read my diary. Found my mirror. (Sobbing) Soon he will discover the truth about us. There’s no escape.
The Genie: There’s always an escape. Your father said what’s in this box (Gesturing towards the box he brought with him) would give you your freedom. (He hands her the key.)
The Evil Queen: Yes, I believe it will. (Turning the key, she unlocks the box. Inside, there is a two-headed snake.) The Agrabahn Viper. A snake so deadly it can kill anything.
The Genie: With a single bite. This serpent is from my homeland. I know all to well of its poison. But why would you have it brought here?
The Evil Queen: There’s no happiness left in this life. One small bite and I shall be free from this prison forever. I’m sorry we couldn’t be together, my love. Perhaps in another life we will find each other again. (The Evil Queen slowly reaches for the box. As her hand comes into the snake’s reach, the Genie grabs her hand and prevents her from proceeding.)
The Genie: There is another way. What if (He pauses.) the King didn’t live?
The Evil Queen: You would do that for me?
The Genie: For you I would do anything. (Relieved, she hugs him again.)
The Evil Queen:I don’t know what I’d do without you.
The Genie: You’ll never have to find out.
SCENE: SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner. Henry is busily writing down characters who appear in his book. The Stranger watches Henry.
Stranger: What cha working on?
Henry: No time to talk. I got to write it all down before I forget.
Stranger: Yeah, I hate it when great ideas slip away from me.
Henry: They’re not my ideas. They’re stories from a book that I lost.
Stranger: (Sitting down beside Henry) Must be a hell of a book. What’s it about? (trying to get a look at the paper)
Henry: (Still paying attention to his drawing) Stuff.
Stranger: Sounds exciting.
Henry: (Looking at August) You seem awfully interested in me and my book.
Stranger: No, I’m just being neighborly.
Henry: What are you doing in Storybrooke?
Stranger: I’m a writer.
Henry: You can write anywhere. What are you really doing here?
Stranger: (Leaning closer and whispering) Stuff. (Standing up to leave) Good luck with the stories.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Daily Mirror’s office. Sidney and Emma look through some files.t
Sidney: Blue prints. Bank statements.
Emma: (taking a closer look at a construction plan) What is she building out there? A mansion?
Sidney: (reading a file) Well, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter, because these escrow statements have her name all over it. You were right – personal use. She’s done – we got her. (Emma leans back in her chair) What’s wrong? Didn’t you hear me?
Emma: We stooped to her level. That’s exactly what I promised Henry I wouldn’t do.
Sidney: Emma, we got her.
Emma: It’s fruits of the poisonous tree. Illegally obtained evidence. It’ll get thrown out in court in a heartbeat.
Sidney: No, we don’t need her to go to jail.
Emma: Then what are we doing here?
Sidney: What you wished for: Get everyone to see who she is. What she did to Henry she does to everyone. She destroys what people love. Let me show you something. (Sidney places a box on the table between them. He opens the box revealing photographs. Emma starts looking through them. The first photograph shows Emma and Henry sitting together at his playground castle) (Sidney sighs) She made me follow you. She made me tell her everything. She knew about your secret place weeks ago. She just waited to destroy it until it would hurt you and Henry the most. (sighs) It’s all my fault. If you don’t do this I have to.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Town Hall. Regina sits in front of six members of the town’s castle. It’s a public meeting. Behind them, an audience is assembled. Regina bangs a gavel to start the meeting.
Regina: This session of the Storybrooke City Council will come to order. We will begin by reading the minutes from our last meeting.
Sidney (Standing up) Uh, excuse me, um, Madam Mayor. I have something I’d like to bring to the council’s attention.
Regina: This is not an open forum, Sidney. And no one on this council’s interested in hearing the boozy complaints of a disgraced reporter. Now sit down.
Emma: (Standing up) He’s not the only one who has something to say.
Regina: (Irritated) Miss Swan, this meeting is to discuss issues facing Storybrooke.
Emma: Like the Mayor stealing thousands of dollars from the city to build herself a second home?
(Gasps come from the audience. Regina bangs the gavel to silence them.)
Regina: Miss Swan, you will sit down immediately or so help me—
Emma: What? You’ll punish me? You’ll bully me like everyone else in this town? No. Not today. (She turns around to face the audience to show the a paper with a construction plan.) In my hand, I am holding documents proving that this woman, your mayor, stole funds from the city to build herself a lavish home in the woods. And this disgraced reporter – you want to know why he was really fired? Because he stood up to her. Because he questioned her. We all know what happens to people who question the Mayor. You claim that you act in the best interest of all of us, but that isn’t the truth, is it? The truth is, you are a thug that doesn’t care about anyone, or anything, but yourself. That is who you really are. And it is time for the people of Storybrooke to know that.
Regina: (Calmly) You’re right, Miss Swan. I am building a house. (Standing up) A play house. (The projector behind her shows an image of a playground.) The accusations are true. I did take city funds. I wanted to build a playground so my son Henry and all the children of Storybrooke could have a special place to play. Safely. As for the sketch in your hands—it was inspired by a drawing in one of son’s books. So, there you have it. Miss Swan, you’ve exposed me for who I really am.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace. King Leopold is asleep. The Genie is standing at the foot of the bed holding the box.
The Genie: (Whispering) Forgive me. (Using the key, he unlocks the box. The snake rises and briefly faces the Genie. He raises its attention to the king. The snake slowly sneaks under the sheets. Now, the Genie approaches the king who awakes. As it reaches the pillow both snake heads bite the king. Almost immediately King Leopold’s skin turns bruised and purple. The king is gasping for air. The Genie decides to take the king’s hand.) The pain will soon pass. You asked me to find the man who gave the mirror to your queen. I did—I am that man. You gave me my freedom. You gave me a chance to find love and, for that, I’m forever in your debt. But just as you freed me, so must I now free your queen. Forgive me.
King Leopold: (Using the last of his strength, he prevents the Genie from leaving the room.) You were right. (In strained voice) I should never have made that wish.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. The council meeting is over. Emma and Sidney walk together. In the distance Regina talks to a small group of people. Mr. Gold joins Emma and Sidney Glass.
Mr. Gold: Look at her. Queen of the castle. You know, what you did in there was commendable, Miss Swan. But if you really want to bring her down you’re going to need a strong ally.
Emma: Like yourself? (Mr. Gold inclines his head) Thanks. I’m still not interested.
Mr. Gold: Oh, one can wish. (He smiles and takes his leave as Regina approaches Emma)
Regina: Miss Swan? A word? Alone? (Sidney walks away) I don’t know what you were hoping to accomplish in there. But now, I hope you’ll go back to your job. Which is upholding the law - not breaking it. You don’t think I know you broke into my office?
Emma: Don’t pretend you’re so innocent. I know, you messed with the brakes on my car.
Regina: Your brakes? Are you delusional? Why would I kill you when you just saw I had nothing to hide?
Emma: Nothing I can prove.
Regina: Well, until you have something more substantial than disdain to throw my way you’re going to stay away from me. And - more importantly - from Henry.
Emma: But that’s-
Regina:(interrupting Emma) Not open to discussion. You’ve lost the high ground, Sheriff. If I wanted to there’s not a judge in the world that would deny me a restraining order after what you’ve done. You don’t get to see my son unless I say so. And right now, I don’t say so. (Regina leaves)
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. The new playground. Henry notices Emma in the distance who’s sitting in her car. He waves and then takes out his Walkie Talkie in order to talk to her.
Henry: Why are you so far away? Come over here.
Emma: Sorry, kid, I can’t today.
Henry: You’re undercover, aren’t you? For Operation Cobra?
Emma: No, Henry. I’m not undercover. Your mom – she doesn’t want us seeing each other for a while.
Henry: You don’t have to listen to her.
Emma: Actually, this time, I do. I screwed up, Henry. I got mad at your mom about you and the book and everything and… Well, we’re just going to have to be apart for a little while.
Henry: (sitting down) I don’t want to be apart.
Emma: Neither do I. But, right now, we have to. Don’t worry – I’ll find a way back in. And hey. If it’s out there, Henry – I will find your book.
Henry: Good luck. It’s probably gone and it’s probably never coming back.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Bed and Breakfast. Tong’s are used to break a lock. Opening the box August takes out Henry’s book. He takes a closer look at the book.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Granny’s Diner. Sidney enjoys a drink. Emma enters the diner and joins him.
Emma: Looks like we had the same idea.
Sidney: Well, if you can’t beat her… Drink. (He takes a sip of his beer and sighs) How did we not see this?
Emma: We did. We saw it all, right from the start. Just didn’t want to look. Blinded by our anger. (pauses) By everything.
Sidney: This time. But there are a lot more skeletons in Regina’s closet. And the good news? You’ve got yourself an ally.
Emma: We won’t get fooled again. (They clink glasses)
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace. The queen sits at her dressing table. The Genie enters.
The Genie: It’s done. You’re free, my love. We are free to be together. (The Evil Queen still pays attention to her mirror) D- Did you not hear me? Our days of imprisonment are over.
The Evil Queen: You haven’t heard the news? The palace guards found the snake. They know it’s from your country. They know it is you who killed the king. It’s only a matter of time before they catch you. You will be executed. I’m sorry but we will never be together. (standing up) Come, I’ve arranged for a boat to provide you save passage out of the kingdom. You must leave at once.
The Genie: The Agrabahn viper. (shocked) Of all the snakes in all the world that is what you chose. Yo wanted the murder to be traced back to me. You fooled me. You never loved me.
The Evil Queen: Loved you? I wanted the king killed and you killed him. You are no longer of any use to me. Be grateful I’m offering you an escape. Now flee the kingdom and never turn back.
The Genie: (shakes his head) I can’t live without you. I won’t live without you.
The Evil Queen: Did you not understand me? I don’t love you. There’s no way we will ever be together.
The Genie: There is one way. (He reaches for his lamp in his pocket.) There is still one wish remaining. I wish to be with you forever. To look upon your face always. To never leave your side. (Blue smoke covers him. The lamp falls to the ground. The Evil Queen hears a tapping sound. She turns around searching for the Genie. Finally she looks into her mirror again. Instead of her own reflection the Genie faces her from within)
The Evil Queen: (smiles) Looks like you’ve got your wish. You will be with me. Forever.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. The Mayor's Office. Lost in thought Sidney Glass looks at one of the mirrors of the office. Regina approaches him from behind.
Regina: Have a seat, Sidney. (They both sit down. Regina takes an apple from the fruit bowl standing on the table) Well? (Sidney pulls a tape recorder out of his pocket and plays the tape back.)
Sidney: You’ve got yourself an ally.
Emma: We won’t get fooled again.
(Sidney switches off the recorder)
Regina: (pleased) Mhm. She bought it.
Sidney: All of it.
Regina: (smiles) Masterful job, Sidney. Top to bottom. (She offers him the apple) And cutting the breaks of her car? Inspired.
Sidney: I’m glad you approve.
Regina: Now, she trusts you. Now, we can have some fun.
Sidney: Everything she does. Everywhere she goes. You’ll know about it.
Regina: (smiles) I don’t know what I’d do without you, Sidney.