SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Harbour. The ship docks at the harbor and Captain Hook and Cora climb off the ship.
Captain Hook: Well, my dear Cora, this is where we should part ways. Thanks you for... everything. It's time for me to skin my crocodile. (Hook walks off. Cora magically transports from behind him to in front of him)
Cora: You might want to rethink this.
Captain Hook: We had a deal. Get out of my way.
Cora: Believe it or not, I'm doing you a favor.
Captain Hook: By preventing my vengeance?
Cora: Ask yourself how I'm doing that.
Captain Hook: By using your Dark Magic.
Cora: Exactly. Magic is here, and that makes matters a bit more complicated. If you go off half-cocked after an empowered Rumplestiltskin, do you know what'll happen? (Hook looks away, a troubled look on his face) So you do. Good.
Fisherman: Hey. You folks need anything? Tackle shop don't open until morning, but if you want to go out and try and snare some of New England's finest pescetarian creatures, I'd be happy to open early for ya.
Captain Hook: No, thank you. We're fine.
Fisherman: It's a fine vessel you got there. When'd you get in?
Cora: What vessel?
Fisherman: Why, that one right... (Cora makes the ship magically disappear) Hey, that's a neat trick. You some kind of magician back in our land? (Cora turns the fisherman into a fish)
Captain Hook: (kicks the fish into the water with his foot) What did you do with my ship?
Cora: I hid it from prying eyes. For what we both want to do, we need the element of surprise. Now you ready to listen to me?
Captain Hook: Go on, Your Majesty. What now?
Cora: Let's go have a little look at this Storybrooke. Shall we?
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Blanchard Loft. David and Mary Margaret lie in bed kissing.
David: What are you thinking?
Mary Margaret: Oh, that it's good to be back.
Mary Margaret: Uh-huh
David: And what are you really thinking?
Mary Margaret: Twenty-eight years is too long to wait between...
Henry: Hey, guess what. Taco shells were on sale.
Emma: Apparently, tacos not a big item in the Enchanted...
Henry: What are you guys still doing in bed? It's the middle of the afternoon.
Mary Margaret: The trip back was tiring, and I needed to rest.
David: And I needed to... help her... rest.
Emma: Uh, let's-let's go make the tacos. We have to make a lot because there's gonna be a ton of people at Granny's welcome back party tonight.
Mary Margaret: (whispering) We thought you were gonna be back later.
Emma: (whispering) Yeah, well, we weren't, so maybe next time you could put a tie on the door or send a text or... (pauses) You know what? I'm...I'm gonna go make some tacos. (leaves and goes to the kitchen)
David: (to Mary Margaret) It's impressive that we can still provide her with a few traumatic childhood memories at this stage of the game. (They both laugh) Come on. (They get out of bed)
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. The Evil Queen overlooks a burning village when her knights approach her from behind.
Knight: My Queen, we've received word. Snow White and the Prince have defeated King George. His army has fallen. The kingdom is theirs.
Evil Queen: And what of George?
Knight: His fate is unknown, but without his forces, we are now alone. We cannot defeat them.
Evil Queen: Do not tell me what we can or can't do. Where is Snow White now?
Knight: Alone, on her way back to meet the Prince.
Evil Queen: Excellent. I don't care how many men you lose. Keep them apart long enough for me to find her. I will not let them defeat me.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. Deep in the forest. Snow White is running and trips over a rock. The Evil Queen arrives on her horse and dismounts.
Evil Queen: Leaving the battle so soon?
Snow White: The battle's over, Regina. Our army is too great. You can't win.
Evil Queen: Well, that all depends on your definition of victory.
Snow White: I offer you parley to negotiate the terms of your surrender.
Evil Queen: My surrender? Fair enough. My terms are quite simple... Your death.
Snow White: Now!
(The Blue Fairy traps the Evil Queen, rendering her unable to move)
Evil Queen: It was all a trap.
Snow White: You should've surrendered when I gave you the chance.
Prince Charming: (approaching) We knew you couldn't resist going after Snow. And now because of your bloodlust, the kingdom is ours. Your reign of evil is over.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Granny's Diner. Emma and Mary Margaret's welcome back party.
Ruby: I wasn't worried a bit.
Mary Margaret: I can tell.
Dr. Hopper: Oh, we all missed you.
Emma: Tacos. I cannot tell you the relief of cooking something that I didn't have to kill first.
Granny: Don't I know it. Meatloaf back home? What a bitch.
David: I just wanted to, uh, thank you all for joining us tonight. Mary Margaret and I, we have a saying, that we will always find each other, and while I believe that with all my heart, I'd like you all to raise your glasses and join me when I say, here's to not having to look for a while. To Mary Margaret and Emma. (door opens)
Regina: Sorry I'm late.
Leroy: (picks up a knife) What is she doing here?
Emma: I invited her. (Mary Margaret takes Emma to where David is standing so the three can have a discussion) We're celebrating today, because of Regina. She helped us get home. No matter what she did in the past, we owe her our thanks now.
David: Didn't you think to tell us about it?
Emma: I did, but you two were a little busy this afternoon.
Mary Margaret: Emma! She tried to kill us, yesterday.
Emma: No, she didn't. She's trying to change for Henry. He believes in her, and right now that's enough for me. I couldn't have changed if I wasn't given a chance, so... she gets one, too.
Henry: I'm glad you came.
Regina: Me, too. (to Leroy) Oh, I made lasagna.
Leroy: What's the secret ingredient? Poison?
Regina: Red pepper flakes. Gives it some kick.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Outside Granny's Diner. Emma runs after Regina.
Emma: Archie made a cake. You don't want to stay for a piece?
Regina: I'm fine. Thank you.
Regina: Thank you.
Emma: You just said that.
Regina: F..For inviting me.
Emma: Henry wanted it. I'm glad you guys got to spend some time together.
Regina: Me, too. I'd like to see him more. Maybe you'd consider letting him stay over some time. I have his room just... just waiting for him.
Emma: Ah. I'm...I'm not sure that's best.
Regina: Because you know so much about parenting in the five minutes you've been with him. Talk to David, at least he took care of him while you were away, like I did, during the ten years you were away the first time.
Emma: Okay. Thanks for coming.
Regina: No. Wait I'm sorry. I... (stops) Emma, I'm...I'm sorry. Snapping at you-I shouldn't have done that. Will you accept my apology?
Emma: Okay. You're right. Archie said you were trying to change, and, well, you are.
Regina: Dr. Hopper said I was trying?
Emma: He said you came to see him, that you're trying not to use magic, that you're trying to be a better person. You understand, I was hesitant to invite you. I asked him, and he thought it was a good idea.
Regina: Thank you it was. I should be going.
(Hook and Cora on a building rooftop spy on Regina walking home)
Captain Hook: Well, is she broken?
Cora: Not yet.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Docks. Dr. Hopper is walking Pongo and runs into Regina.
Dr. Hopper: Beautiful day, isn't it, Regina?
Regina: Why should I answer you, bug?
Dr. Hopper: Because I'm making friendly conversation.
Regina: That you'll just repeat to anyone with an ear. You told Ms. Swan about our sessions.
Dr. Hopper: (exhales) I was simply trying to help you.
Regina: By betraying my trust?
Dr. Hopper: I-I mentioned only that you had come to see me as an example of your commitment to change.
Regina: I came to you in confidence. How am I supposed to prove to people I've changed when you're there to chirp in their ears and remind them of my past?
Dr. Hopper: I said nothing specific. I would never betray the doctor-patient confidentiality. (Ruby is seen jogging in the distance)
Regina: Doctor? Doctor? Need I remind you got your PhD from a curse? (Ruby reaches them)
Ruby: Hey. Is everything okay here?
Regina: Private conversation. Go take yourself for a walk. (Ruby leaves)
Dr. Hopper: I can be trusted. I assure you.
Regina: You're lucky I've changed.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. War Council meeting
Jiminy Cricket: I fear the Queen will never change. We must dispense justice.
Prince Charming: Agreed. What are our options?
Grumpy: How about giving me five minutes alone with her and my axe? She's still restrained, right?
Blue Fairy: Yes. But the magic that we used to capture her will only keep her powerless for a short while.
Granny: How about banishing her to another realm?
Jiminy Cricket : We can't. It would be unconscionable to condemn another realm to the suffering that we've endured.
Red Riding Hood: Jiminy's right. She's our problem, and we have to deal with her.
Prince Charming: And only one thing is certain... As long as the Queen lives, the kingdom is in danger.
Snow White: Are you saying...
Prince Charming: Yes. We must kill the Queen. Thank you all.
Snow White: Are you sure this is what we must do?
Prince Charming: What choice do we have? As long as she draws breath, she will come after us, after you.
Snow White: There's always a choice. You stopped me from killing her once. Took an arrow to save her. Why is this different?
Prince Charming: I took that arrow to save your life, not hers. That was an assassination. This is an execution. If we don't stop her now, there's no telling what she'll live to do.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Dr. Hopper's office.
Regina: I know it's late, but I was hoping we can talk.
Dr. Hopper: Sure. Come on in. (Pongo starts barking) Hush, Pongo. You know Regina. (goes over to his file cabinet) I know how hard it is. Real change can often be...a struggle.
Regina: I couldn't agree more. (He turns around)
Dr. Hopper: Regina, is there something... (she strangles him (Pongo starts barking and is stunned with magic) she then chokes the life out of Dr. Hopper with magic)
(Regina walks out his office and proceeds home. In the alleyway, purple smoke appears and Regina is revealed to actually be Cora in disguise)
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Granny's Diner. The next morning. Emma and Henry have breakfast.
Henry: So, what was it like—over there?
Emma: Well, let's see. There were ogres, the dead rising, people trying to kill me. And...more..ogres?
Emma: Kid, we gotta work on your sense of awesome. Come on. It's time for school. I'll walk you to the school bus.
Henry: It's okay. I can go on my own.
Emma: I know that you can, that doesn't mean that you should.
Henry: David let me.
Emma: Well, I'm not David.
Henry: You used to let me.
Emma: Well, I am not me. I'm walking you, because that's what mothers do, and I'm doing it.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Outside Granny's Diner. A rattled Pongo runs up to Henry as he exits the Diner.
Henry: Hey, Pongo. (Pongo continues to bark) It's okay.
Emma: Where's Archie? (Ruby rushes out from the Diner to Pongo)
Ruby: Emma! Something's wrong.
Emma: How do you know? Never mind. The wolf thing. You know what? 11 is old enough to walk to the bus stop. I'll pick you up later.
(Henry leaves. Pongo runs off. Ruby and Emma follow him to Dr. Hopper's office.)
Emma: Archie? (knocks on the door) Archie? (opens door) Oh, hell.
Ruby: What? What is it?
Ruby: No. No.
Emma: Who would do this?
Ruby: I think I know.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. Evil Queen's prison cell.
Guard: You have a visitor.
Evil Queen: Daddy.
Valet: This is all my fault. I failed you as a father. I should have done more to protect you. Can you ever forgive me, child?
Evil Queen: There's no need. (crying) How could I blame the one I love most? The only one to stand by me to the end.
Valet: It doesn't have to be the end.
Evil Queen: Snow and her Prince seem rather determined to make it so.
Valet: Show them regret for what you've done, the pain you've caused. Show them you can change. They will spare you. Just give them a reason. I beg of you.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Sheriff Department. Regina sits in the Interrogation room. Emma and David enter.
Regina: Glad to see the sheriff's station's now a family business. Why am I here?
(Mary Margaret appears behind the glass. Forlorn. She watches from outside.)
Emma: You know why you're here. Because of Archie.
Regina: Oh, it's now against the law to get into an argument with someone?
David: It is if you go to their office later that night and kill 'em.
Regina: (completely shocked) Archie's dead?
David: Stop it, Regina. Ruby saw you going into his office last night.
Regina: Then she's lying. I was home all evening. (to Emma) After everything I've done to change, to win Henry back, why would I toss it all away now? And if I did, and I was going to kill Archie, you would never know it. The fact that he's dead and you "caught" me shows sloppiness.
David: You've been caught before. Come on, Emma. Who do you think is lying Ruby or her? She's incapable of change, no matter how many times we've given her the chance. Why should this time be any different?
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. Evil Queen's public execution.
Jiminy Cricket : Regina, this is your opportunity to meet your end with a clear conscience. Do you have any last words?
Evil Queen: Yes. Yes, I do. I know I'm being judged for my past, a past where I've caused pain, a past where I've inflicted misery, a past where I've...even brought death. When I—look back at everything I've done, I want you all to know what I feel, and that is...regret. Regret that I was not able to cause more pain...inflict more misery, and bring about more death. And above all else, with every ounce of my being, I regret that I was not able to kill...Snow White!
Prince Charming: Arrows! (knights load their arrows and the Queen is blind-folded) Take your aim. (knights aim at the Queen) Fire! (arrows released)
Snow White: (Snow stands up) Stop! (Blue fairy stops the arrows with her wand)
Prince Charming: Snow.
Snow White: This is not the way. (she walks away)
Prince Charming: Snow. (she walks away still) (regarding the Queen) Take her back to her cell.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Sheriff Department. Outside the Interrogation room.
Mary Margaret: So what do we do with her now?
David: Lock her up.
Emma: We can't lock her up, because she didn't do it.
David: You really believe her?
Emma: I watched her when we told her Archie was dead. She didn't know.
Mary Margaret: Emma, I know that you want to believe that Regina can change for Henry, but...
Emma: I know what I saw. Look at her in there. The old Regina would've reduced this building to ashes. That's a woman who wants to change. She just wants everyone else to see it. I know that look. I know her. I believe her.
David: With all due respect, you don't know her like we do.
Emma: Maybe that's the problem. I know in your kingdom, she was the Evil Queen, but here, she's Regina. And I'm still the sheriff, and I say she's innocent until proven guilty.
Mary Margaret: So...uh, what do you suggest we do?
Emma: Let her go.
David: Emma, she...
Emma: We let her go, and then we find the truth.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. War council room.
Prince Charming: Snow. I thought we agreed what had to be done. Instead you show the Queen mercy? She doesn't deserve it. You heard her. She's completely unrepentant.
Snow White: What I heard was a woman who didn't want to appear weak in her final moments.
Prince Charming: I've seen her kill. I've seen her terrorize. Every moment I've seen of her has been one of evil.
Snow White: Exactly. That you've seen. But I knew her before. I knew her when she was good. She saved my life when I was a little girl.
Prince Charming: That was years ago.
Snow White: She changed before. Why can't she change back?
Prince Charming: You can't be serious. You want to rehabilitate the Queen?
Snow White: Maybe showing her mercy is the first step.
Prince Charming: But if you fail, the entire safety of the kingdom is at stake. We cannot take that risk.
Snow White: You're so sure of her black soul? Sure enough to kill? Because there's no going back from killing.
Prince Charming: If you think this is the right thing to do, then it's what we shall do. But know that your path is one that we cannot come back from either.
SCENE: The Enchanted Forest. Past. The Queen's execution site. Snow looks at the wood block the Queen was tied to and Rumplestiltskin appears behind her.
Rumplestiltskin: My, my. Aren't we troubled, dearie?
Snow White: Rumplestiltskin. What brings you here?
Rumplestiltskin: You have to ask? I came to witness the Queen's execution. Even had my heart set on a wee souvenir. It's all very disappointing.
Snow White: I won't apologize for sparing her life. Not when there's a chance she might change.
Rumplestiltskin: (giggles) (sing-songy) Regina redeemed... what a novel thought. And...um...how do you plan to accomplish such an impressive feat?
Snow White: I don't even know if it's possible. I'm probably just fooling myself.
Rumplestiltskin: Maybe you need someone to show you if it is possible.
Snow White: What do you mean?
Rumplestiltskin: Simple. I provide you with a test to help determine whether the Queen can truly change.
Snow White: Why would I trust you when I know you want the Queen dead? You never make a deal without a price.
Rumplestiltskin: Maybe I just want her alive.
Snow White: (skeptical) That I doubt.
Rumplestiltskin: (giggles) Question my motives all you like, dearie, but they shall remain mine. What is yours now is opportunity. I can help you. Do we have a deal?
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Dr. Hopper's office. David looks through Dr. Hopper's filing cabinet. Emma and Mary Margaret are seated looking for other evidence.
David: (opens a file) Ah. Regina's file... it's empty.
Mary Margaret: So she did it. She killed the kindest soul in this town, a man who only cared about helping.
Emma: I promise we'll find whoever really did this.
David: Isn't it time you admit we already have? Regina had a fight with Archie, Ruby saw her outside last night, and now her file is empty. That's...that's a lot of evidence.
Emma: Maybe that's the point.
David: What do you mean?
Emma: Well, I don't know how it is in fairy tale land, but in the real world, it's usually hard to find evidence. But this has been way too easy, unless someone wants us to find evidence.
Mary Margaret: So you think she was framed?
Emma: Well, it wouldn't be the first time that happened in this town.
David: Who would want to frame her?
Mary Margaret: That's a long list, present company included.
Emma: Yeah. But there's only one name on that list that would resort to killing to get what they want.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer. Mr. Gold and Belle French are about to have sandwiches when Emma, Mary Margaret and David interrupt them.
Mr. Gold: Oh, well, that looks delicious. Thank you very much, Belle. (Door bell jingles. Emma, Mary Margaret and David enter) Ah. Nothing warms the heart more than a family reunited. You have your mother's chin, Ms. Swan.
Emma: We know that you killed him.
Mr. Gold: And your father's tact.
Belle French: Someone's dead?
Emma: Dr. Hopper.
Mr. Gold: Why on earth would you think I had anything to do with that?
Emma: Because all the evidence points to Regina.
Belle French: And she's not possibly capable of doing something so vile?
Emma: It's a frame job.
Mary Margaret: It wouldn't be the first time you used someone to try to hurt her.
Mr. Gold: (smiles) Nice to see your memory's still intact, dearie, but this time, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to disappoint you. It wasn't me.
David: Why should we believe you?
Mr. Gold: Because I can prove it. Ask the witness.
Emma: No one was there.
Mr. Gold: Well, that's not strictly true, now is it? (David enters with Pongo on a leash) Hey, boy. Good boy. Good boy. Good boy.
Belle French: I, uh, I didn't know you were such a dog person.
Mr. Gold: Well, a long time ago, in another life, I got to know a sheepdog or two.
Emma: That's fascinating. But unless you speak dog, how is Pongo gonna tell us anything?
Mr. Gold: Through magic, of course. It won't allow us to communicate, but it will allow us to... extract his memories.
Mr. Gold: You don't have to worry. He won't feel a thing.
Emma: Why should we trust you? Couldn't you just as easily use magic to fool us?
Mr. Gold: Because I'm not gonna be the one using magic. You are.
Emma: Me? How?
Mr. Gold: (walks towards a wooden cabinet) You have it within you. Told me so yourself. (to Mary Margaret) You witnessed it, didn't you?
Mary Margaret: Emma, you don't have to do this.
Emma: If it tells us something about Archie's death, so be it. (Mr. Gold removes something from the cabinet in the background)
Mr. Gold: Now... (shows her an object) do you know what this is?
Emma: A dreamcatcher.
Mr. Gold: Well... it's capable of catching so much more.
Belle French: What is that?
Mr. Gold: Memories. Now Ms. Swan...you show us how.
Emma:How? It's just a jumble.
Mr. Gold: Will it. Will it, and we shall all see.
Emma: I can't.
Mr. Gold: Yes, you can.
David: Emma... You're doing it.
Mary Margaret: No!
Emma: You were right all along.
David: I'm sorry, Emma.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Outside the shop.
David: Emma. Wait. Where are you going?
Emma: To get Regina.
Mary Margaret: Well, can we talk about this?
Emma: What's there to talk about? She killed Archie. Now she's gotta pay.
Mary Margaret: Emma, how do you plan on doing that? She has her powers back here.
Emma: Yeah, well, you just saw what happened. So do I.
David: Yeah. You have something, but you didn't even know what the hell to do with it, and now you're gonna go take on the most powerful woman in town?
Emma: Excuse me. Weren't you both the ones who've been pushing on the "it's Regina" kick the whole time? You should be happy you were right.
Mary Margaret: We may be right, but I also know that going after her without a plan is a mistake.
Emma: So what do we do?
David: Even if the dwarves construct a cell to hold her, we need a way to contain her magic until then.
Mary Margaret: Fairy dust. Leroy said they were processing a new batch of it.
Emma: Will that stop her power?
David: It has before. The problem is, she'll see us coming.
Emma: Leave that to me. Trust me, we're locking her up.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. Evil Queen's prison cell.
Prison Guard: Your highness.
Snow White: Leave us, please.
Prison Guard: But I have direct orders from the Prince...
Snow White: And now you have direct orders from me. (Prison guard leaves)
Evil Queen: First you stop my execution and then you defy your Prince to see me. Should I be worried there's trouble in paradise?
Snow White: I'm not here to talk about my fiancé.
Evil Queen: Then why are you here?
Snow White: I know you weren't always like this, Regina. The woman who saved my life all those years ago...had good in her.
Evil Queen: That woman lost much. And now she's gone.
Snow White: Maybe. But as hard as you've tried to bury her, I think she's still inside you.
Evil Queen: No, she's not.
Snow White: All you need... (opens cell) Is someone to help you let her out.
Evil Queen: What are you doing?
Snow White: I'm letting the woman who saved my life go. This is a chance to start fresh, Regina. To leave the evil behind in this cell.
Evil Queen: (walks to the cell door) Just like that?
Snow White: Just like that.
Evil Queen: You make change sound so easy. (Snow White draws a dagger) Did you really think this would protect you? Since I can't use magic, I can think of no better way than to kill you with the blade you had meant for me. Goodbye, Snow White.
Snow White: No... (Evil Queen stabs her)
Evil Queen: Yes...
Snow White: (firmly-with sadness) No.
Evil Queen: That's impossible.
Snow White: No, that's magic.
(Prince Charming enters with guards)
Prince Charming: And this time, it wasn't thanks to fairies. Rumplestiltskin. He took one of your hairs from this, and used it to fashion a protection spell.
Evil Queen: No...
Prince Charming: Now there's nothing you can do in this land to hurt Snow or me. You're powerless against us.
Evil Queen: You tricked me.
Snow White: It wasn't a trick. It was a test – one that I had truly hoped you'd pass.
Prince Charming: We wanted to give you a chance to change, Regina.
Snow White: Regina, you are banished. Banished to live alone with your misery.
Prince Charming: As long as you're alive in this world, you can't hurt us.
Snow White: You saved my life once, and now I've saved yours. So we're even. And if you ever try to hurt anyone in my kingdom again, I will kill you.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Regina's House. Regina opens to the door to see Emma, David and Mary Margaret
Regina: Miss Swan. I assume you're here to apologize.
Emma: I saw you do it.
Emma: I saw it. You choked the life out of Archie.
Regina: What are you talking about? How is that even possible?
Emma: I saw what happened, and it was you.
Regina: Gold. He helped you. You're going to trust him, of all people, when he's probably the one behind this?
Mary Margaret: We didn't trust him. That's why Emma used magic instead.
Regina: You can use magic... The Savior. Of course. Well, I can only assume he warned you, then.
Emma: About what?
Regina: That magic always comes with a price.
Emma: Yeah? Well, that's a price we're both going to pay.
Regina: How's that?
Emma: Henry. He believed in you. His heart's going to break. That's both our prices.
Regina: No. I will not let you poison Henry against me.
Emma: It's an interesting word choice, since you already did.
Regina: I want to see him. He deserves to hear my side of the story! He's my son!
Emma: He's not! He's mine! And, after this, you're not getting anywhere near him! Do it! (Mother Superior appears and throws a blast of blue magic. Regina catches it.)
Regina: Did you really think that would work again? (furiously tosses the blue orb at David and Mary Margaret's feet) So much for fairy dust. Maybe some of your newfound magic can save you now.
Emma: I don't need it. I already won. There is no way Henry will swallow your lies about Archie now. You can pretend all you want, but we know how you are, and who you will always be. (Regina disappears in a puff of purple smoke)
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Main Street. Emma, Mary Margaret and David wait for Henry's school bus.
Emma: Henry's bus is going to be here any minute.
Mary Margaret: You can do this.
Emma: Tell my son that someone he loved was killed by someone else he cares about? I don't know if I can. Yeah, I don't think I can do any of this. This is like real parent stuff. How can I be a parent if I never was one?
David: I know. I've been asking myself the same question.
Emma: Oh, no. You guys don't have to... It...It's different.
Mary Margaret: No, it isn't. And yes, we have to. We can figure it out. So can you.
Emma: You don't know me. You don't know what I was before Storybrooke. And trust me, I was not parent material.
David: Yeah, but we know who you are since you've been here.
Emma: What if I revert? Regina did.
David: You're not going to. And the Emma I know was great with Henry.
Emma: I was his parent for five minutes.
David: And I was yours for five minutes, too, but things are different now, for all of us. We don't have to go through any of it alone. We're family. (Henry approaches)
Henry: Emma. I told you I could walk myself.
Emma: I know. Something happened, and... I want you to hear it from me first.
Henry: What is it?
Emma: Come here.
SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. The Dark Palace.
Valet: You have a visitor.
Evil Queen: Who?
Rumplestiltskin: You need to ask? What other friends do you have, dearie?
Evil Queen: You're no friend. Have you come to relish my suffering?
Rumplestiltskin: I thought you'd want someone to help raise your spirits. Especially on a day like today.
Evil Queen: What's so special about today?
Rumplestiltskin: Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding, of course. Didn't you get an invitation? Me neither. Still, nice to be able to see them declare their twoo love in front of their entire kingdom. A happy ending after all.
Evil Queen: And, because of you, there's nothing I can do to stop it. No way to harm them in this land ever again.
Rumplestiltskin: Yes. Yes, I suppose that's true... In this land.
Evil Queen: (curious) What?
Rumplestiltskin: The deal I made was explicit. You can never harm them in "this" land. Now, were you to bring them to another land... Well... (the Queen smiles)
Rumplestiltskin: Told you I was your friend. (disappears in a puff of red smoke)
Evil Queen: Father? Bring my carriage. I have a wedding to get to.
SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Storybrooke Docks. Hook sits sharpening his hook as Cora arrives.
Hook: You're back. So did you get what you wanted?
Cora: Yes. My daughter's lost everything now.
Hook: Ah. Well, aren't you mum of the year?
Cora: I did what was needed.
Hook: What about what I need? You promised you'd help me get my revenge on Rumplestiltskin.
Cora: And I've already started. Or didn't you notice the little gift I left you in the hold of your ship?
Hook: A gift? What is it?
Cora: Not what. Who.
(They enter the ship which is still cloaked. Inside Cora leads Hook to a crate which she then opens - revealing to him her "gift")
Hook: Who's that?
Cora: Someone privy to Storybrooke's deepest secrets, including Rumplestiltskin's. Someone who can help us determine his weaknesses here. (Dr. Hopper is shown bound and gagged in the crate) Can't you, Dr. Hopper?
Hook: If that's him, then who did you kill?
Cora: How do I know? It's my first day in town.
Hook: You disguised the body to look like him. If death wasn't punishment enough... Marvelous work.
Cora: Thank you. Now you'll have all the knowledge you'll need. It may take some work, but this cricket will chirp.
Hook: Aye. That he will.