03x17 - The Jolly Roger


[ Enchanted Forest - Past Year ]


(A carriage, escorted by knight, crosses a forest. It is stopped by Hook.)

Knight: Whoa! And just who might you be?

Hook: I'm the man who's going to relieve you of that chest full of gold you are transporting.

Knight: You and what army?

Hook: Well, I'm glad you asked.

(Lights are lit.)

Hook: Your choice. Save your lives or the gold.

Knight: Retreat!

(The knight leaves.)

Hook: Smee?! Those arrows took a lot longer to light than discussed.

Smee: It wasn't easy lighting all of them by ourselves, captain. Maybe if we had an actual army...

Hook: And share in the spoils? I think not.

Smee: I got to say, it's good to be at your side again, sir, and... Not as a rat.

Hook: Well... that's a lovely side effect of the curse breaking for you, I'd imagine.

Smee: I did like the mobility, but being a human is good, too.

Hook: What did I tell you, mates? You don't need a ship to be a pirate.


(At the tavern.)

Hook: One more, one more!

(Oh!)

Hook: To the most clever, dastardly band of pirates to ever set sa... Stride on the open roads!

Smee: To captain Hook!

Everybody: Hey!

Smee: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! The boys and I chipped in...

Hook: Mm-hmm.

Smee: And got you something.

Hook: Oh. Mr. Smee. How did you know?

Smee: Enjoy. To captain Hook!

Everybody: To Hook!

Smee: Come on. One more.

(Outside the tavern. Hook gives the prostitute some money.)

The prostitute: I don't... Understand. Your men took care of me.

Hook: And tomorrow, you shall tell them that you had a grand time. Good night.

(Hook is walking in the street and he is hit by Ariel.)

Hook: Aah.

Ariel: Move, and I'll slit your throat.

Hook: Not a good plan for you. I'm guessing you don't know who I am.

Ariel: I know exactly who you are, Captain Hook.

Hook: Well, then, I'm at a disadvantage.

Ariel: My name's Ariel. And you're gonna pay for what you've done.


[ Storybrooke ]


(At Charming Family's loft.)

David: I've seen enemy battle plans that were easier to decode than this.

Emma: Let me see. All right, it says "take screws 'E' with washers 'D' "through bar 'C' using wrench 'F, '" which is... Not provided.

Mary Margaret: Why don't you just call Marco? He's really good at this sort of thing.

Emma & David: No!

David: No. We're fine.

Mary Margaret: Should we even be doing this? Ever since the showdown between Regina and the Wicked Witch, we haven't seen Zelena or Gold at all. Shouldn't we be focusing on her next move?

Emma: We are. We just can't stop living.

David: And this crib is a statement. We're not gonna lose another baby.

(Regina comes in.)

Regina: And, thanks to me, you won't. I'm finished.

David: So? Did it work? Were you able to put up a new protection spell?

Regina: One that can't be undone by blood magic, which means Zelena won't be able to put her hands on that baby.

Mary Margaret: Any idea why she would want to?

Regina: The number of spells involving baby parts would surprise you. That greenie is clearly one twisted witch. But as long as we're in here, we're safe.

Emma: That's useless. I think we need to stop playing defence and start taking the fight to her.

Regina: Did you not see how I barely outwitted her yesterday? She has magic... Powerful magic.

Emma: I have magic, too. You've seen me use it. I just can't always control it. But if we teamed up, if you... Taught me...

Regina: Now, why does this feel so familiar?

Emma: I'm ready this time.

Regina: Okay. But if we do this, we do this my way. This isn't drinking stale coffee at a stakeout or... Whatever you did as a bail bondsperson. This is a way of life. You have to fully commit to it.

Emma: Not a problem.

Regina: Meet me at my vault in two hours.

(Regina leaves.)

Emma: And no complaining. I'm doing this. It's the only way. And yes, I will be careful.

Mary Margaret: We know.

David: Don't worry. We'll watch Henry when he gets back from the store.

Emma: Actually... I'm not sure that's the best idea.

Mary Margaret: What? What is it?

Emma: Well, you guys are tired. You need to rest.

Mary Margaret: I'm pregnant. I'm not sick with the flu.

Emma: Yeah, I know. It's just, um... Well, it's... "Cradle cap." Last time you guys had him, you overwhelmed him with baby tips. He's 12. He's doesn't want to talk about pregnancies. It's not fun.

Mary Margaret: Oh, we're fun.

Emma: Well, I'm just saying maybe Henry disagrees.

Mary Margaret: No!

Emma: He'll get there. You got to remember, he doesn't know who you are.

David: Well, if we're not fun, who is?


(Hook is waiting for Smee at the harbour.)

Smee: Captain Hook. Captain.

Hook: It's about time, Mr. Smee. You know how much I abhor waiting. What is it that's so urgent?

Smee: It's just, um, me and the men were talking about how we haven't seen much of you since we all ended up back here.

Hook: Is there a point to that rather odd observation?

Smee: What's keeping us from crewing up again hitting the high seas, getting back to pirating?

Hook: You mean other than being attacked and turned into flying monkeys? Have you forgotten? There's no safe passage out of this town. You've already been a rodent, Mr. Smee. Does life as a simian interest you, as well?

Smee: Of course there's safe passage. We could outrun them.

Hook: Not with that torso of yours.

Smee: If we had a fast enough ship. The Jolly Roger, for instance. You still haven't told me whether you found her during the time none of us can remember.

Hook: What happened during that time isn't important.

Smee: Because you remember. Is our ship okay? What... What happened to it?

Hook: My ship. All you need to know, Mr. Smee, is that the Jolly Roger isn't here. So there will be no outrunning of anything.

Smee: I mean, what if we found another ship? Any one of these...

Hook: Mr. Smee, I've tried letting you down easy. Now let me be more direct. I have no intention of leaving this town.

Smee: Captain, I agree with you This place has its bright spots. I have never tried anything quite like frozen yogurt before. But the Wicked Witch is here. And with that sort of danger, what possible reason do you have to stay?

Hook: My reasons are my own. Question them again at your peril.

(Emma and Henry arrive.)

Smee: Sir.

Emma: Wait here, okay? Didn't he used to be a rat?

Hook: Aye. In many ways, he still is. To what do I owe the pleasure, Swan?

Emma: Um... I was wondering if you could take care of Henry again.

Hook: If you want to get close to me, you just need to ask. There's no need to use the lad as an excuse.

Emma: Why am I not surprised you're making this about you? I need your help, 'cause Regina needs to train me in magic. We think together, we might be able to defeat the Wicked Witch.

Hook: That's the first reasonable plan I've heard since this all began. Magic is a part of you, Swan. Don't forget... I was there when Cora tried to steal your heart. I saw the power inside of you. It's about time you embraced it. It's what makes you the Saviour.

Emma: I'm not embracing anything. I need to learn magic to defeat Zelena and make sure everyone here is safe. After that, I'm done.

Hook: Done with what, exactly?

Emma: He doesn't belong here... Not anymore. He belongs in the real world, in New York, and the life that he remembers. It was good. And it didn't involve vile villains.

Hook: What about the life you remember? You can't just pretend like this never happened. Trust me. I spent the last year trying to do just that... Return to the person I used to be... And it didn't work.

Emma: Why? What happened over the last year that you're not telling me?

Hook: It matters not. Just take it from me just this once. No matter how much you wish you could go back to your old life... You can't.


(Mary Margaret and David are walking on the beach.)

David: We can't just sit back and do nothing.

Mary Margaret: You're right. We can be as fun as... As any pirate captain.

David: Exactly. Henry obviously did a lot of growing up in the past year. We just have to... Adjust accordingly.

Mary Margaret: What's going on?

(A group surrounds Ariel.)

Somebody: Does anyone know what happened?

Somebody: She just washed up onshore.

Mary Margaret: Who did? Who's here? Ariel?


(On the beach.)

Mary Margaret: Where have you been? We thought you'd been turned into a monkey.

Ariel: A monkey? No. I'm a girl that turns into a fish.

David: Yeah, we... We know. What happened to you?

Ariel: I've been under the sea... Searching. I've travelled to every known realm looking for Prince Eric.

David: So he's missing? For how long?

Ariel: After Pan failed, I woke up here, like everybody else. I... I couldn't find him. I didn't understand what happened until I overheard everybody saying that we had all gone to the Enchanted Forest and been there for a year without knowing it.

David: So you still don't know what happened to him?

Ariel: That's why I came back here. I thought maybe I'd overlooked something, that he'd be here, but... Obviously, you haven't seen him.

Mary Margaret: We're sorry. We've been trying to piece together what happened. All we know is that we're up against Regina's sister, the Wicked Witch.

Ariel: Do you think that she might be responsible for Prince Eric's disappearance?

Mary Margaret: Without our memories, it's impossible to know everything.

David: Maybe for us, but what about Hook?

Ariel: The pirate?

Mary Margaret: Yes. He wasn't part of the witch's curse. He has his memories. Maybe he can... I don't know... Shed some light on what happened to Prince Eric.

Ariel: Well, do you think he'd help me?

Mary Margaret: He helped us save Henry. I don't know why not.


[ Enchanted Forest - Past Year ]


(In the street.)

Hook: Fear of adding insult to injury, would you mind catching me up on your particular grievance?

Ariel: You kidnapped Prince Eric, and you're gonna return him to me. Now on your feet!

Hook: Kidnapping a prince does sound like something I would do, but... I'm afraid you've got the wrong pirate. Or should I say the wrong pirate has you?

Ariel: Go ahead... Kill me. But I still know you're lying. One of Eric's men escaped, so I know the ship that took him was yours... the Jolly Roger.

Hook: The Jolly Roger? Are you certain? Answer me!

Ariel: You really didn't take him.

Hook: What else do you know about who's captaining my ship? Did that man tell you anything else?!

Ariel: Only that he was able to escape with a weapon that he stole from the armoury... The dagger that's against my throat.

(Hook watches the dagger, he laughs and leaves.)


(Mr Smee is sleeping in the tavern. Hook enters.)

Hook: Rise and shine, you bilge rats! No offense, Mr. Smee.

Smee: None taken. I keep dreaming of cheese. What is it?

Hook: I know who has the Jolly Roger, and we're gonna take her back.

Smee: Whose funeral shall we be attending, sir?

Hook: Black Beard.

Smee: Black Beard? But... He's the most cutthroat pirate ever to hoist a sail. Uh... After you, of course.

Hook: Which will make it all the more satisfying when I take my ship back and make him walk her lovely plank.

Smee: Let's not be hasty. We've been having fun robbing carriages. Getting rich from it, too. M... M... Maybe we should forget about the Jolly Roger. You said it yourself. We don't need a ship to be...

Hook: She's not just a ship.

Smee: I'm fairly certain she is.

Hook: She's more than that. I haven't been myself since we've returned. I should have realized the reason why. It's because I don't have her.

Smee: "Her"? You talk about the vessel as though she's a woman.

Hook: Women come and go, Mr. Smee, but a pirate's life... It's forever.

Smee: Still, captain... I doubt we could even find Black Beard...

Hook: Don't be a coward! I know where he moors his vessels. It's less than a day's trek. And then I'll have my ship again.

Ariel: And I will have my prince.

Hook: Few people have held a dagger to my throat and lived to tell the tale. I'd leave before I change my mind.

Ariel: No. I've crossed paths with enough pirates to know your code. Any valuable information a pirate captain ascertains shall be compensated in equal favour.

Smee: I think she's right.

Ariel: So... When do we leave?


[ Storybrooke ]


(Hook and Henry are at Granny's Diner. They dice. Hook always wins.)

Hook: You want to know the secret to winning?

Henry: Practice?

Hook: No, my boy. Loaded dice.

Henry: That's cheating.

Hook: Only if you get caught.

Henry: I think it's cheating either way.

Hook: Point is, you win. "Practice," huh?

(David, Mary Margaret and Ariel enter in the Diner. Hook goes see them.)

David: Uh, Hook, this is a friend of ours... Ariel. She's looking for someone who didn't return to Storybrooke with the rest of us.

Ariel: He's from a maritime kingdom, and he loved to sail. Perhaps... You came across him on the high seas? His name's Prince Eric.

Hook: Sorry, lass. I wish I could help, but I've never heard of him.


(At Regina's vault.)

Regina: Don't touch anything.

Emma: How am I supposed to learn magic if I can't touch anything?

Regina: The same way I did with Rumple. We're going to create a solid foundation first and then build your skills from the ground up. I said "don't touch." So, while we're here, who's looking after Henry? The Un-Charmings?

Emma: Actually, Hook is.

Regina: Well, those two have been spending a lot of time together lately.

Emma: Hook's good with Henry, and Henry likes him.

Regina: He's prone to violence, impulsive, and has a hook for a hand. What about him would a 12-year-old boy not like?

Emma: I trust him. He brought me back to Storybrooke, and he didn't have to.

Regina: Oh. Of course he brought you back.

Emma: What's that supposed to mean?

Regina: Seriously? You're going to pretend everyone doesn't see the yearning looks and doe-y eyes?

Emma: I don't yearn.

Regina: Well, maybe. But he does. Let's start with roots for incantations.

(Regina shows Emma her mother's book of magic.)

Emma: Are you kidding me right now? What language is this... Spanish?

Regina: We're not making tapas. We're making magic. It's Elvish. Well, half Elvish.

Emma: I'm never gonna get this. Is this how Rumple taught you? Just think about your training. What other methods did he use?

Regina: Rumple was a bully. He didn't suffer fools, and he certainly didn't coddle his students. And if he tried to teach you how to swim and you couldn't learn, you drowned.

Emma: Drowned?

Regina: That's it.

Emma: That's what?


(Regina used her powers to transport Emma and her on a bridge.)

Emma: What the hell are you doing?!

Regina: Teaching you to swim.


(At Granny's Diner.)

David: Come on. Think hard, Hook. Are you sure you can't remember anything that can be useful?

Hook: My apologies, mate, but if I'd run across a prince during my adventure, I think I'd remember it.

Ariel: I just... I don't understand. How could he vanish without a trace?

Mary Margaret: That's it. Maybe he didn't.

David: What do you mean?

Mary Margaret: When the curse brought us back here, it brought our things, too. Gold's shop is filled with them.

David: And if we find something of Eric's, we can use a locator spell to track him.

Ariel: Let's go.

Hook: Sounds like a plan. Best of luck with that.

Mary Margaret: Oh, wait, no. You should come with us. You might remember something that we won't... Or can't. You'd be far more helpful than us.

Hook: Well, someone has to keep an eye on the boy.

David: Well, Mary Margaret and I can take over. Could we... Have a talk for a moment?

(Hook and David go apart.)

David: What is it?

Hook: You sure this is such a good idea, mate? Let's be honest... There's only one obvious explanation why the little mermaid here can't find her prince. He's dead. There's no reason to ply her with false hope.

David: In my experience, there's no such thing. You just have to believe. Now go. Good luck.



[ Enchanted Forest - Past Year ]


(Hook, Ariel and Mr Smee are walking into the woods.)

Ariel: Trudge, trudge, trudge. If you ask me, there's nothing more boring than land travel. I'll take my tail in the ocean any day.

Hook: That's one thing we can agree on... Minus the tail, of course. You won't be bored for much longer. Our destination is just past this rise.

Ariel: Then it won't be long until I'm reunited...

Hook: Here. Allow me.

Ariel: You've ripped it!

Hook: It's a cloak.

Ariel: It's Eric's cloak. And he's had it since before we met. He left it with me while he was away to keep him close, and now you have ruined it!

Hook: If mending a cloak is our biggest obstacle, we're in fine shape. You realize you might not find him... Or survive?

Ariel: I will.

Hook: Didn't you see the fear Black Beard's name struck into my crew? You don't become a pirate captain through mercy. If I were you, I would prepare myself for the worst.

Ariel: Why? What are you saying... That you would kill Eric if you had him?

Hook: You don't believe that?

Ariel: Well, honestly, I was a little surprised to hear that you might be responsible for Eric's kidnapping... After the stories that I've heard.

Hook: What stories?

Ariel: Well, the ones of you helping reunite Snow White and her family in Neverland. Some people say that you're a hero.

Hook: Don't believe every story you hear.

Ariel: Being good is nothing to be ashamed of. People change. Look at me. I have legs, and I fell in love with a human. I don't think anyone saw that coming.

Hook: You may have changed. I haven't. I'm a pirate, and I always will be.


[ Storybrooke ]


(At Mr Gold's shop.)

Ariel: Belle?

Belle: Ariel? Where... Where have you been? I... I was... I was worried I'd never see you again.

Ariel: I've been looking for Eric. He's been missing since we all returned.

Hook: We were hoping we could find something of his here.

Belle: Oh, of course... To see if he's in Storybrooke.

Ariel: Have you seen anything of his?

Belle: I, um, I only just started sorting through things, but, uh... Don't despair. Let's... Let's start looking.

(They start to look.)


(Hook enters in the back room.)

Hook: I've been wondering where you went.

(He uses his telescope and the button of Eric's cloak. Ariel and Belle enter.)

Ariel: That's Eric's. How did you know that was his?

Hook: I, uh... I wasn't sure. I saw the sea-creature clasp and remembered he was from a maritime kingdom.

Ariel: He is. He was. And now he's here.

(Ariel hugs Hook.)


(On the bridge.)

Emma: Are you out of your mind?!

Regina: Every time you've exhibited your power, it's been spurred by your instincts. So today, we're going to push those instincts until you master them.

Emma: A little reading doesn't sound so bad now.

Regina: You can stop me.

Emma: Stop you from what?

Regina: This.

(Regina destroys the bridge.)

Emma: What the hell are you doing?!

Regina: Making the bridge collapse. You can either stop it... Or die.

Emma: Aah! Regina! Enough! Stop this!

Regina: No, you stop it. No more hand-holding. You have to do this. Reach into your gut. You know you can do this. It's inside you, Emma. Save the bridge. Save yourself.

Emma: Aaaaah!

(Emma falls but she uses her powers to build a bridge which brings her to Regina.)

Emma: Did I... Did I just do that?

Regina: Yes. When all I wanted was for you to retie the rope.

Emma: It was like you said... Instinct. Why are you pissed? I did it. Why does it matter how?

Regina: You think I'm mad because you didn't listen to me? I'm mad because... Look at all this potential inside of you, and you've been wasting it.


(At Mr Gold's shop. Belle pours a potion on Eric's cloak.)

Belle: This is a locator spell, so whatever object it's poured on becomes enchanted and returns itself to its rightful owner.

Ariel: Thank you, Belle. I know that you've been busy trying to find a way to break your Mr. Gold out of the Witch's control. You didn't have to do this.

Belle: No, I... I did. You know. Perhaps a little good news around here will be contagious.

(The cloak flies away.)

Ariel: Let's go!


[ Enchanted Forest - Past Year ]


(On the docks, near the Jolly Roger.)

Hook: Up close, she's even more beautiful than I remember. Don't worry, my dear. You'll soon be back in my loving arms.

Ariel: You do realize you're talking to a boat?

Hook: You have your love. I have mine.

Smee: So, how are we gonna get on board, Captain? Black Beard's crew outnumbers us.

Hook: I'll show you.

(Hook stands up. He stuns a pirate and goes on board.)

Hook: Stand at attention, mates! Now boarding the ship... The rightful captain of the Jolly Roger. Now, if the coward who tried stealing her from me would kindly show his face, I'll give him the punishment he deserves.

Black Beard: Gladly. But it's not me who'll be punished. You want your ship back? Then take it.

Hook: With pleasure.

(Hook and Black Beard fight.)

Black Beard: I was afraid you weren't gonna show up. Word on the waterways is Captain Hook had gone soft.

Hook: The only thing soft will be your guts spilling on this deck. I'd never give up the Jolly Roger without a fight.

(Hook and Black Beard continue the fight.)

Hook: You think you know the ship?

Black Beard: Oh, every inch of it... I assure you.

Hook: If that was the case... You'd know not to step there!

Black Beard: Aah!

(Black Beard is trapped.)

Hook: Oh, I've been meaning to fix that.

Black Beard: Finish it!

Hook: Fancy a shave, do we? Well, I'll be happy to oblige.

Ariel: Wait! Eric's not on board. You have to get him to tell you where he is.

Hook: You heard the lady. Where is he?

Black Beard: So, that's what this was... A rescue mission for some wench? Ha! They were right about you, Hook. You have gone soft.

Hook: I can either make this painful... Or quite painful. Now answer!

Black Beard: I have him stashed safe and sound on a deserted island. Only I know where. I was planning to ransom him when the time was right.

Ariel: Whatever it is, I'll pay it.

Black Beard: Money's not what I'm after anymore.

Ariel: Then what is it that you want?

Black Beard: The satisfaction of proving Captain Hook is no longer a pirate.

Hook: How are you gonna prove that?

Black Beard: By giving you a choice. Surrender the Jolly Roger to me, and I'll tell you where I'm holding her prince. Or refuse, and he dies along with me.


[ Storybrooke ]


(Hook and Ariel follow Eric's cloak across Storybrooke's street.)

Ariel: We must be getting close. Maybe he's on one of these boats.

(The cloak dives into the see.)

Ariel: It must be searching. If the spell worked and... It's taken us to Eric, then... He's gone.

Hook: I'm sorry.


(In the street.)

Mary Margaret: Are you sure this is a good idea?

David: You said you wanted to take action, so we're taking action.

Mary Margaret: Well...

David: Mary Margaret... Our grandson would rather spend time with a pirate than us, but not after today.

Mary Margaret: It's dangerous... Not to mention illegal!

David: It couldn't be safer. And as far as legality, I'm the sheriff.

(David joins Henry in the car.)

Henry: So, are you sure this is okay?

David: Well, if Killian can teach you how to steal a boat, I can teach you how to drive.

Henry: Technically, we borrowed it.

David: Well, what do you say we see how you can handle a land vessel? Okay. Steady, steady. There you go. All right. Steady. Steady.

Henry: I... I got it. I got it.

David: Steady. Steady.

Henry: Okay.

David: Watch out!

(Henry crashes into a mail box.)

Mary Margaret: Oh!


(On the docks.)

Ariel: I saved Eric from the sea once before. I just never thought that I would lose him to it in the end.

Hook: A sailor couldn't hope for a better resting place.

Ariel: Thank you.

Hook: I didn't do anything.

Ariel: You found Eric's cloak. I would have never stopped looking for him. At least now I know that our story's over. I just wish I knew how it ended. You're more than a pirate, Hook. You have a true heart. I'll always be grateful that you tried to help me.

(Ariel leaves.)


[ Enchanted Forest - Past Year ]


(Hook is about to push Black Beard under the sea but Ariel stops him.)

Ariel: You can't do this. We had an agreement. You promised me that you would help find Eric. Please. I know that you are a good man, and I know that man Is still in there somewhere. It's not too late to do the right thing. Isn't true love more important than a few planks of wood and a sail?

Hook: She might just be a few planks and a sail, but she's mine. She's all I need. Love brings nothing but wasted years and endless torment. I'm doing you a favour. A little something to whet the appetite of our razor-toothed friends below.

(Hook pushes Black Beard.)

Ariel: No!!

Hook: Enjoy the feast, boys! The Jolly Roger is mine! Any man willing to swear an oath to me shall be given quarter. Those who don't, you're welcome to follow your former captain.

The crew: Captain Hook!

Hook: You may release her, Mr. Smee.

Ariel: I was wrong about you, Captain. You're selfish, and you're heartless. And that is what will bring you wasted years and endless torment. I feel sorry for you. You'll never be happy.

Hook: Where do you think you're going?

Ariel: Eric's still out there, and whatever it takes, I will find him.

(Ariel dives into the ocean.)


[ Storybrooke ]


(On the docks.)

Hook: Ariel! Wait!

Ariel: What is it?

Hook: I have a confession. I haven't been entirely truthful with you... With myself. You and I met before. Our paths crossed during the missing year.

Ariel: What?

Hook: Eric had been kidnapped by the pirate Black Beard. You asked me to find him.

Ariel: I... I don't understand. Why didn't you say anything?

Hook: Because I was too ashamed. I sacrificed saving your prince for my ship. I am so sorry, Ariel.

Ariel: You're a coward! And a monster! You let a man die for your ship?! What kind of person does that?

Hook: The kind who's empty, who believes that a ship can fill a void left by a broken heart.

Ariel: And that makes it okay?!

Hook: No, it doesn't. I would give anything to take it back, to make things right.

Ariel: Anything?

Hook: Yes... Anything.

Ariel: How am I supposed to trust a man who no longer believes in love?

Hook: I still do.

Ariel: Then swear to me on it. This woman that broke your heart... Do you still love her?

Hook: Yes.

Ariel: Then swear to me on her name.

Hook: I swear on Emma Swan.

Ariel: Thank you, Captain. That's exactly what I needed to hear.

(Ariel uses magic to curse Hook's lips.)

Hook: What the hell?

(Then she turns into Zelena.)

Hook: Zelena? It was you. Where's Ariel?

Zelena: Relax. She was never really here. After she left you on your beloved ship, she actually found where Black Beard had been keeping her prince.

Hook: She found him? How do you know that?

Zelena: My spies are always circling, Captain, through every realm... Always circling. She found him on Hangman's Island, which was outside the force of the curse. They've been living happily ever after ever since. Don't you just love a good twist?

Hook: I don't understand. Why would you pretend to be her?

Zelena: To corrupt your love. As I said earlier, I've known about your dirty little secret for quite some time... Seen the guilt on your face over the decision you made that day. I knew it haunted you. And I knew I could use it.

Hook: Use it for what?

Zelena: When you invoked the name of your love in a selfish plea for redemption, I was able to curse you... More specifically, your kiss. See, the next time your lips touch Emma Swan's, all of her magic will be taken. Everything that makes her special, that makes her powerful, that makes her a threat will be gone.

Hook: I won't do it. I'll tell her. And she'll defeat you.

Zelena: Then I'll send The Dark One to kill her before you can.

Hook: No... You won't... If you could have killed her, you would have. You need her power removed. It's why you didn't kill her when she came to the town. It's why you had a monkey look after her in New York instead of killing her. For some reason... You can't.

Zelena: It no longer matters, because you're going to remove her powers. I may not be able to hurt Emma, but I can hurt those around her... Her parents, her friends... Her child.

Hook: Do not go near them.

Zelena: Oh, yes. You've become quite fond of the boy, haven't you? I will enjoy turning him into a monkey's breakfast.

Hook: I'll stop you.

Zelena: No, you won't. That pointy, little hook of yours can scratch a mere mortal, but me? You're out of your depth, pirate. The choice is yours. Kiss Emma and remove her powers or everyone she loves dies.

(Zelena disappears.)


(Hook knocks on the Charming Family's door. Emma opens.)

Hook: Swan? I didn't expect to see you here.

Emma: What do you mean? Where's Henry? Is everything all right?

Hook: He's fine. He's with his grandparents. I thought they might be back here.

Emma: We haven't seen them. If you're not with Henry, what have you been doing all day?

Hook: I was enlisted to help Ariel find her lost prince.

Regina: Really? That fish is in Storybrooke?

Hook: She was, yes. And we found a clue in Gold's shop which led us to discover that Eric had been shipwrecked on Hangman's Island, just off the coast of the Enchanted Forest.

Emma: Zelena's curse must not have reached that far.

Hook: Ariel's on her way there now. She wanted me to say goodbye to Mary Margaret for her.

Regina: Oh. At the rate mermaids swim, she's probably already there. In fact, let's find out.

Emma: I thought you couldn't use mirror magic to look between worlds.

Regina: I can't. But after seeing the raw power you possess, I think maybe you can.

Hook: There's no need. I'm sure she's fine. Anyway, it's bad form to spy on such a private affair.

Emma: How do I do it?

Regina: Well, you've focused. You've let emotions awaken your power. Now you have to look inward.

(The see Ariel and Eric, happy, on the mirror.)

Emma: You did this? You brought them together?

Hook: No. It was Ariel. She never stopped believing.

Emma: Modesty? You're just full of surprises today.

(Henry, David and Mary Margaret enter.)

Emma: Where have you guys been?

Henry: Only having the best day ever. David let me drive his truck.

Regina: You let him what?! Oh. A... As mayor, I can't let an unlicensed, underage driver on the streets of Storybrooke.

David: As mayor, you might want to throw a little money at road repair.

Regina: Excuse me?

David: Nothing.

Regina: This is a terrible mistake.

Emma: She's right. Someone could have been seriously hurt.

Mary Margaret: Only if you're a mailbox.

Henry: It was so much fun.

David: What can I say? I've got a reckless, carefree... Fun side.

Mary Margaret: Killian? Where's our friend?

Hook: It turns out her missing... Husband was back home after all.

Emma: It's true. We just checked in on them on... Skype.

Hook: She sends her regards, but she was too excited to wait.

Mary Margaret: A happy ending. Well, maybe our luck's about to change. Dinner at Granny's?

Henry: Can I drive?

Emma & Regina: No!

Hook: Well, I guess I'll leave you guys to it.

Emma: You're not coming?

Hook: Another time, perhaps.

Emma: Well, if you change your mind, you know where we'll be. And, Killian... Whatever happened this past year, whatever you're not telling me... I don't care. I'm tired of living in the past.

Hook: I know how you feel.

(Hook leaves.)


(The Charming Family and Regina have diner at Granny's. Hook is in the street, he watches Emma with his telescope.)