05x04 - The Broken Kingdom

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...

King Arthur: I dub thee Sir David of the Round Table.

Rumplestiltskin: I'm the voice in your head, the Dark One's powers inside you.

Rumplestiltskin: She has to die.

Emma: She has to die.

Hook: Don't. We can find another way together.

King Arthur: It is said one of you is the Savior.

Regina: I am the Savior.


Camelot. Past. Many Years Ago.


( Poor Village. Young Arthur and Guinevere walk through the village. )

Arthur: Look around. Someday this village, will be the great kingdom of Camelot, and I will be King.

Guinevere: ( Laughs ) You have some very strange dreams.

Arthur: But they’re not just dreams. Come on.

( Arthur and Guinevere laugh and run up to Merlin’s tree. )

Arthur: Can I trust you with a secret? This tree… a man is trapped inside of it. A great sorcerer known as Merlin. He spoke to me one night. He gave me a prophecy. Told me I would pull a sword from a stone and become King of Camelot.

Guinevre: King Arthur?

Arthur: Yes. And you will be Queen Guinevere. ( Hands her a pink middlemist ) And on your birthdays, I’ll fill the kingdom with flowers.

Guinevere: A middlemist? I love it.

Arthur: There's more where that came from. I'll show you. ( Leads Guinevere to a replica of a sword stuck in stone )

Guinevre: Arthur, is that the sword in the stone?

Arthur: It's not. We should leave.

Kay: ( Walks up and pushes Arthur to the ground with force ) Go on, King Arthur. Pull the sword.

Guinevere: Leave him alone, Kay!

Kay: His mother must have dropped him on his head before she took off, and now he thinks he's the orphan king. They call Camelot the Broken Kingdom because we have no king and we never will. And nobody in Camelot is ever gonna kneel to the boy who cleans the stables. ( Pushes past Arthur and pulls the fake sword out, before walking off with his friends )

Arthur: Maybe he's right.

Guinevere: No, he's not, and you will find that sword. All you have to do now is follow your heart.


Camelot. Past. Many Years Ago.


( Set right after “The Dark Swan” when Arthur discovers the sword is not whole. )

Arthur: ( Pulls the sword out )

Lancelot: Where's the rest of it?

Percival: How will you take the throne with half the sword? What will you tell the people?


Camelot. Past. Many years ago.


( Arthur, Lancelot and Percival arrive back at the village where everyone is waiting. )

Villager: All hail King Arthur!

Arthur: Camelot. Is no longer the broken kingdom! I give you Excalibur, the sword pulled from the stone! ( Pulls the sword out, but purposely hides the missing part )

( The villagers cheer loudly and Guinevere watches on, smiling. )

Arthur: ( Dismounts and runs to Guinevere, hugging her tightly )

Guinevere: I see you followed your heart, King Arthur.

Arthur: And it led me back to you... Queen Guinevere.

Guinevere: ( Chuckles and kisses him ) Something's wrong. Tell me.

Arthur: Our journey wasn't all I hoped for. Merlin speaks in half-truths. And now my quest has only just begun.


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Arthur watches on his subjects as David approaches him. )

David: ( Opens the doors and walks over to Arthur ) You wanted to see me.

Arthur: Yes. Yes, we have something serious to discuss. Please, join me. Now that you're a member of the Round Table, it's time to share Camelot's greatest secret. ( Shows David Excalibur ) The sword that made me king is broken. For years, I've hunted its missing piece... Something known as the dagger of the dark one.

David: ( Looks taken aback ) I've heard tales of it.

Arthur: Well, I think you're the man to help me find it. After all, you're the only one who needs it as bad as I. You're desperate to destroy the power of the Dark One.

David: Only Merlin can do that.

Arthur: Perhaps. Perhaps not. No one knows what Merlin really wants, but with that dagger, we wouldn't need Merlin. I could reforge Excalibur into the sword it once was with the power to destroy the darkness once and for all. Can you help me in this quest?


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Its night time, and Emma can’t sleep so she is whittling dreamcatchers. There are voices whispering to her. )

Rumplestiltskin: Do you hear it? A sweet sound. A strange sound. Let's go have a look, shall we?

( Emma walks down a long corridor, towards the room where the voices are coming from. It’s Regina’s room, and the box which holds her dagger is sat there. )

Rumplestiltskin: So that's where it's coming from... Your dagger. Since Regina left it in her room, I say, uh, finder’s keepers.

Emma: ( Attempts to take it, but is stopped by a magical barrier )

Rumplestiltskin: So she put a spell on it. That's nothing for you. Shatter it.

Emma: I can't.

Rumplestiltskin: It's calling to its other half.

Emma: Leave me alone.

Rumplestiltskin: Your friends cannot protect you.

Emma: Stop.

Rumplestiltskin: You're the Saviour. Save yourself before it's too late.

Emma: Get out of my head! ( Turns around and tries to use her magic to get rid of Rumplestiltskin, but it narrowly misses Hook who has just appeared. She rushes forward, worried she’s hurt him )

Hook: Calm down. ( Slowly approaches her ) There's no one here. It's just us. You and me. ( Pulls Emma into a gentle hug )

Emma: ( Watching Rumplestiltskin ) He's inside my head. I can't get him out. He's here. He's always here.


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Emma is now laying down, and is surrounded by her loved ones. She is holding Hook’s hook, whilst everyone else watches on worriedly. )

Mary Margaret: What happened to her?

Hook: I have no idea. She hasn't said a word.

David: It's getting worse, isn't it?

Mary Margaret: ( Turns to face him ) David, where have you been? I was looking all over the castle for you.

David: With Arthur. It turns out he might have a way to help Emma.

Mary Margaret: We can't…

David: ( Interrupts her ) If we give him the dagger...

Mary Margaret: ( Interrupts him in return ) David, listen to me. We can't trust Arthur.

David: What are you talking about? Who told you that?

Mary Margaret: ( Inhales deeply ) Lancelot.

David: Lancelot? Lancelot is dead.

Mary Margaret: That's what he wanted Cora to think, but he outwitted her.

Regina: ( Interrupts them both ) Hey, not in front of the patient, given the state that she's in, anything could set her off. She needs rest... Somewhere quiet and away from prying eyes.

Henry: I know the perfect place.

Hook: Perhaps me and the boy should take her there. Come on, love. Let's sail away. ( Helps Emma to stand )

( Emma, Hook and Henry leave the scene. Regina, David and Mary Margaret remain behind. )

Regina: Whatever's happening to her, I think she was here for the dagger, so I should probably move it somewhere safer.

David: Now, hold on a second. Arthur has a way to use that to help Emma.

Mary Margaret: What did I just tell you? We are not giving it to Arthur. Lancelot said he can't be trusted.

David: And Cora said Lancelot was dead. You can't believe everything you hear.

Mary Margaret: You really don't trust Lancelot, do you? He married us. He's our friend.

David: That was a long time ago, and where's he been all these years?

Mary Margaret: He didn't say.

David: Well, where is he now?

Mary Margaret: Hiding. It's not like he's welcome in Camelot.

David: Because he went after Arthur's wife. And he's back. Why? Why's he back?

Mary Margaret: I don't know, David! I don't have all the answers! ( Realizes that Regina is still standing there, looking awkward ) Regina, would you mind please giving us a minute?

Regina: ( Poofs away )

David: Listen, Arthur is already looking for the dagger. If we come clean now, he can still help us.

Mary Margaret: So that's what this is about. You haven't met a king in a while, and you're star-struck.

David: That's not what this is about. Our daughter is sick. We have to help her.

Mary Margaret: So why become a Knight of the Round Table? How does that help her? Or is it that you need to feel like a hero again?

David: Maybe the Round Table's exactly where I should be.

Mary Margaret: We aren't telling Arthur anything until we know he can be trusted.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Arthur is looking through old drawings for clues on how to make the sword whole again and the location of the dagger. When he hears the lock click, he quickly hides the sword from view. Festive music plays in the background. )

Guinevere: ( Enters ) Don't worry. It's only me.

Arthur: My Queen. I'm so glad to see you. I've almost translated the Carmarthen Scroll. I had to pull language fragments from a dozen different books. But can you believe how close we are to the other half? This time I'm right. Directions to the Dark One dagger as clear as day. It's just these symbols I can't figure out... Star, eye, and sun. What do you think it means?

Guinevere: It means... come to the party, dance with your wife.

Arthur: No, no, no, I can't. I can't. Not until I finish this translation. Don't you understand? This is Merlin's test. Why else would he lead me to this? The broken sword to rule the broken kingdom. It's a cruel joke. The world's most maddening riddle.

Guinevere: I know. But this one night, your wife needs you.

Arthur: You're right. Give me five minutes, and we shall dance until dawn.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Arthur still hasn’t come down to the party. Guinevere sits and watches the other dance, and looks sad and bored. )

Lancelot: ( Approaches and sits down beside her ) I'm sure he'll be out shortly.

Guinevere: I'm sure he will.

Lancelot: Happy birthday, my Queen.

Guinevere: ( Smiles ) Thank you.

Lancelot: In the meantime... Perhaps you'll allow this knight a dance. ( Stands up and offers her his hand. He then leads Guinevere to the dance floor and they begin to dance )

Guinevere: He's getting worse, locked up in that room all day instead of actually building the kingdom we dreamed of.

Lancelot: Arthur may have much on his mind, but look around. He did manage to throw you quite a party.

Villager: A birthday gift from King Arthur to his Queen Guinevere! ( Throws handfuls of pink middlemist petals over Guinevere and Lancelot )

Guinevere: ( Laughs ) Middlemist flowers. ( Face falls )

Lancelot: What's wrong? You don't like them?

Guinevere: I'm not a fool. I know he didn't plan any of this. The fact that you won't deny it tells me all. Thank you.

Arthur: ( Appears ) Where's my queen?

Guinevre: ( Happy ) You made it! Look!

Arthur: ( Holding his maps and scrolls ) I completed the translation. The dagger is only a day's ride from here. By this time tomorrow, I will hold it in my hand.

Lancelot: Let me fetch my horse.

Arthur: No. No, not this time, old friend. I need my best knight to stay here and protect the queen. After all, she is the most precious thing I have.


Camelot. Five years later. Six weeks ago.


( David walks down the corridor alone and enters the room where Arthur is looking over the Excalibur. )

Arthur: David?

David: ( Shuts the door behind him and approaches Arthur ) We need to talk. Ever since we came to Camelot, we've been lying to you about why we're here. That stops right now. It's not easy for me to be here, and people I care about told me not to, but the darkness is threatening someone I love, and I will do anything to destroy it. So, we're gonna restore Excalibur tonight.


Camelot. Five years later. Six weeks ago.


( David has just finished telling Arthur about Emma. )

Arthur: I'm glad you told me about your daughter. Of course I will help you defeat the darkness inside her.

David: ( Sighs ) That is a relief. My wife thought this was a bad idea.

Arthur: What put her off me? It's the beard, isn't it?

David: Something a bit more serious. Lancelot. He's back.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Guinevere is trying to sneak off in the night unnoticed. )

Lancelot: ( Catches her ) You must not think much of me. And what would I tell Arthur if his queen ran off on my watch?

Guinevere: ( Turns to face him ) Tell him I'm going to find the dagger myself. ( Pulls out the gauntlet ) I broke into Merlin's tower and took this, a magic gauntlet, and it has shown me the true location of the dagger. Arthur has it all wrong.

Lancelot: And how did Arthur not find this remarkable magic object in all his years of looking?

Guinevere: He would never think to use it because he believes the dagger will be his strength, and this gauntlet… It leads you to a person's greatest weakness. So I'm going to finish this damned quest and get back the man I love. And you cannot stop me.

Lancelot: Stop you? I'm joining you.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Lancelot and Guinevere arrive at the entrance to the dark one’s vault with the guidance of the gauntlet which Guinevere is now wearing. )

Guinevere: ( Sighs ) I told you it would work. This is it.

Lancelot: The vault of the Dark One.

Guinevere: These symbols... they are the same ones Arthur showed me on that damn scroll of his. Star, eye, sun.

( The door to the dark one’s vault opens, and slowly, a stairwell leading underground appears. )

Lancelot: Shall we?

( Guinevere and Lancelot descend into the vault, before making their way through the tunnels, looking for the dagger. )

Guinevere: This way.

( They continue walking through the tunnel, when the same darkness that tried to consume Regina in the season 4 finale, attacks Lancelot. )

Guinevere: Lancelot! No! You cannot have him! ( Uses a torch on the wall to fend the darkness off, resulting in Lancelot falling to the ground. She rushes forward ) Lancelot. I thought you were dead. I was sure I'd lost you. ( Kisses him passionately, but pulls back ) I'm sorry. That... will never happen again.

Lancelot: ( Stands up ) No. Never.

Guinevere: We need to remember why we're here. For our King. For Arthur.


Camelot. Five years later.


( Arthur is looking shocked at David’s news of Lancelot being alive. )

Arthur: Lancelot's alive. And here in Camelot. Serious news, indeed. Can we keep this between ourselves?

David: Of course.

Arthur: Sometimes a husband has to go on the defensive. I wouldn't want my wife to learn that he's here.

Guinevere: ( Enters and walks over ) She already has. Where is Lancelot?

Arthur: He doesn't know, my love.

Guinevere: So tell me how to find him so I can make him pay for what he did.

David: From what I heard, you both had some culpability in that.

Guinievere: ( Chuckles ) So you heard the old story? Believe me, the legend is only the beginning. Lancelot coveted far more than a kiss from a queen.

Arthur: I'm afraid my wife is right. ( Walks over to Guinevere and stands by her side ) I didn't want to speak ill of a former knight, a former friend, but if Lancelot is in Camelot, that dagger isn't safe anywhere.

David: Then it's a good thing I brought it with me. ( Opens the box, but finds it empty )

Arthur: Where is it?


Camelot. Five years later. Six weeks ago.


( Mary Margaret arrives at Granny’s diner where Lancelot is hiding. )

Mary Margaret: You can come out. It's me. It turns out I need your help. There's something we must hide. ( Shows Lancelot the dagger )


Camelot. Five years later. Six weeks ago.


( Emma and Hook walk arm in arm as they follow Henry through the forest to a stable. )

Henry: Come on, Mom. Keep going. We're almost there.

( They enter a barn and Emma and Hook look around curiously. )

Henry: It's nice here, right? A good place to rest. You'll feel better in no time.

Hook: It's a quiet and isolated little nook. How did you turn up such a refuge, lad?

Henry: Well, there's this girl.

Hook: Is there, indeed? Well, I like this tale already.

Henry: I-it's not like that. Her name's Violet. She brought me here. The stable belongs to her family.

Emma: So you two are getting close?

Henry: N-not at all. We're just hanging out.

Violet: ( Arrives outside ) Hello? Who's in there?

Henry: That's her. Hide. Hide. Go on. Go on.

( Emma and Hook quickly hide behind a stable door. )

Violet: ( Enters and chuckles when she sees Henry standing there ) Henry. What are you doing here?

Henry: I was wondering if you'd be interested in taking me riding.

Violet: Yeah. I'd love to. Come on. I'll introduce you to Nicodemus.

Henry: That your dad?

Violet: ( Laughs ) No. It's my horse. I hope you're ready to get your heart racing. ( Laughs ) Come on. ( She leaves and Henry follows )

Hook and Emma ( Come out of their hiding place )

Hook: Well, you can hide buried treasure or a winning poker hand, but you can't hide the bloom of first love.

Emma: Yes, he has a crush. And he straight-up lied to my face. And I'm the Dark One.

Hook: You're his mother.

Emma: Which is scarier?

Hook: To him? That's up for debate. Speaking of your dark one-ness, don't you think it's time you tell me the truth of what happened?

Emma: It's Rumplestiltskin. Or at least something that looks like him. I've been seeing him in my head ever since we got here.

Hook: He was there when we first found you, with the flame-haired Scot.

Emma: I almost crushed her heart because of his voice.

Hook: I've spent many years battling demons in my head… ( Emma reaches out and takes a hold of his hand ) And I was able to purge them on the prow of the Jolly Roger, riding the ocean's waves.

Emma: Too bad you can't have it shrunk in your pocket right now.

Hook: Well, we may not need it. That girl promised to get Henry's heart racing astride a horse. You and I are gonna do the same. ( Looks over at the saddle )



Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Mary Margaret and Lancelot make their way through the forest together. )

Mary Margaret: You never told me what happened between you and Guinevere.

Lancelot: It's complicated. But what's happened is in the past. It doesn't matter anymore.

Mary Margaret: It does if you still love her. Do you?

Lancelot: Yes. I'll forever love Guinevere.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Guinevere continues to use the gauntlet to lead her and Lancelot to the dagger. )

Guinevere: The dagger lies beyond this door.

Lancelot: Stand back. We have no idea what trap remains.

( Guinevere draws her sword, and they both enter through a door, and come out in a forest. The dagger lays in front of them. )

Guinevere: There it is. Excalibur will finally be complete. ( Goes to take the dagger, but she and Lancelot are thrown back by magic )

Rumplestiltskin: ( Appears ) Not exactly a sword in the stone, but it still does the trick. ( Giggles and notices Guinevere’s gauntlet ) So, that's how you found this place, Merlin's gauntlet. That's quite a powerful object, at least for a wizard stuck in a tree.

Guinevere: That dagger is Arthur's birthright, and you will surrender it to us.

Rumplestiltskin: So, that's King Arthur's weakness, is it? So that must make you Guinevere. Sadly, I can't give you what you want, though I might be willing to part with the next best thing, assuming, of course, you're willing to make a deal for that gauntlet.

Lancelot: What's the next best thing to completing a magical sword?

Rumplestiltskin: Making it appear like it's been completed, with this. ( Produces a vial of sand with his magic ) Enchanted sand from the mystical Isle of Avalon. One pinch of this can "fix" anything.

Guinevere: Even Excalibur?

Rumplestiltskin: Your husband need never know. After all, what's one little secret if it means getting your husband back? Assuming, of course, that's, uh, still what you want.

Guinevere: And why should I trust you?

Rumplestilskin: Because I know what happens when a woman's heart is torn between duty and desire. And believe me, it never ends well.

Lancelot: Please, Guinevere, don't listen to this demon.

Guinevere: I will accept your deal.

Rumplestiltskin: ( Laughs ) Good girl! But be careful. Love is a weapon, dearie. The most dangerous weapon of all, which means the pain you should worry about isn't the kind inflicted by a broken sword, but the kind that comes, from a broken heart.


Camelot. Five years later. Six weeks ago.


( Lancelot and Mary Margaret arrive at the vault of the dark one. )

Lancelot: We're here.

Mary Margaret: The vault of the Dark One.

Lancelot: ( Opens the vault by using the correct symbols )

( The scene changes to Mary Margaret and Lancelot arriving in the same place where Guinevere traded the gauntlet for the sand, and the same place where Mary Margaret once had her vision of a young Emma. )

Mary Margaret: This place. I've been here before. I had a vision. I thought I understood what it meant, but maybe I was wrong. Maybe it was always about Emma becoming the Dark One.

Lancelot: What did you see?

Mary Margaret: Emma crushed my heart. We have no time to waste. We have to make sure that Arthur can't get this dagger.

Lancelot: This altar is the place to secure it, but it's shielded by a nasty protection spell.

Mary Margaret: ( Sighs ) Well, if it's meant to keep the dagger safe, then maybe a person holding it can be allowed past?

Lancelot: Wait. It should be me.

Mary Margaret: You've done enough.

Lancelot: You need to let me do this, Snow. What is it? Don't you trust me?

Arthur: ( Enters ) Apparently not. And that's a decision she's gonna regret.

Lancelot: Arthur!

Arthur: ( Points his sword at Lancelot ) I wouldn't. Excalibur's blade is broken. This one works just fine.

Mary Margaret: You followed us. So I was right.

Arthur: Pity your husband didn't listen when you tried to warn him.

Mary Margaret: Where is he?

David: Searching for you in the wrong place. Which means if you ever want to see him again, you're gonna hand over that dagger.


Camelot. Five years ago.


( Arthur looks over as Lancelot and Guinevere have a romantic moment before saying goodbye. Guinevere then enters the tower. )

Arthur: Hello, Guinevere. Where were you?

Guinevere: Lancelot and I... Went to find the dagger of the Dark One.

Arthur: And tell me, were you able to find it?

Guinevere: Yes. It was where you said it would be... In the Dark One vault.

Arthur: You mean to say you truly found it? Well, where is it, then? Give me the dagger! ( Grabs her satchel and hastily searches through it ) I'll finally prove Merlin wrong. That I'm not his fool! That I'm meant to be king of this god-forsaken place! It's not here! Where are you hiding the dagger from me?!

Guinevere: The only thing I'm hiding is this. ( Pulls out the vial of sand ) I couldn't get the dagger, so I got this instead. Enchanted sand that can make something broken appear whole again.

Arthur: Well, that's why you came back... To use magic to trick me!

Guinevere: Yes! I wanted you back! To be the man I loved! My King. And now I realize I don't want any of it. Not unless it's real.

Arthur: It can be. You can have me back. You can have it all. I just need the dagger. Tell me where the vault is!

Guinevere: Don't you understand?! You have to make a choice! Stop trying to mend that sword, or your marriage and your kingdom will be broken forever.

Arthur: And what if I can't?

Guinevere: Then I'll follow my heart to where it belongs.

Arthur: With Lancelot? I saw you.

Guinevere: It's not what you think. He was saying goodbye. He's leaving Camelot.

Arthur: You expect me to believe that? I can't lose you to him, Guinevere. I won't. I'll do whatever it takes to fix things.

Guinevere: Arthur, what are you doing?

Arthur: I'm sorry, Guinevere, but my heart tells me I have to finish my quest. And with this magic, I can keep you by my side to do it.

Guinevere: No!

Arthur: ( Throws some of the sand on Guinevere to make her believe she is happy ) So, my Queen, how are you now?

Guinevere: Better... I think. ( Sees she is now holding flowers ) Middlemist flowers. So beautiful.

Arthur: Do you remember the first time I gave one to you?

Guinevere: Of course. It was the day you told me about Merlin's prophecy... A prophecy you have yet to complete, and I... have not been supportive enough. I know how much getting that dagger means to you, so you can prove yourself to Merlin.

Arthur: Yes, my Queen. But until then, I don't see why you can't live in the kingdom you deserve. And I think it's time to fix this broken kingdom, don't you? ( Throws the sand out the window, and Camelot transforms into a beautiful kingdom )


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Arthur is now pointing his sword at Mary Margaret. )

Arthur: Give me the dagger, or I will put this sword through my oldest friend, like I should have done years ago.

Mary Margaret: No.

Arthur: First you try and steal my wife, and now you want to deny me the dagger after all I've done for you!

Mary Margaret: Please don't hurt him! ( Hands Arthur the dagger ) Here.

Arthur: I have waited a lifetime for this. Now I control your daughter. I can command her to reunite the sword and free Merlin. Excalibur's blade will be the last thing he sees before I use it to run him through. Then I will use the blade to snuff out the darkness once and for all. I can become what no one thought I could... The greatest king in all the realms. Dark One, I command you to appear! I said I command you!

Mary Margaret: She's not coming.

Arthur: Why? What have you done to the dagger?

Mary Margarey: The dagger's not real.

Arthur: How?

Lancelot: You knew he would follow us.

David: ( Walks up behind Arthur and draws his sword, pointing it at Arthur ) She wasn't the only one.

Mary Margaret: Well, I was wondering when you were gonna show up.

David: I had to keep my distance so Arthur wouldn't see me trailing him.

Arthur: You betrayed me. You broke the sacred trust of the Round Table.

David: You tried to trick me with a catchy title and a comfy chair.

Arthur: David, you deserved a seat at my table. Every choice I've made is for the good of Camelot! I'm trying to destroy the darkness!

David: The darkness is in my daughter, so every choice I make is for the good of my family.

Lancelot: So this was all a show? Are you even really fighting?

Mary Margaret: Oh, the fight was real. Oh, very real. But we quickly realized that fighting wasn't going to solve any problems, so we put aside our differences and thought of Emma's well-being first.


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Hook leads a brown horse through the forest, and Emma walks next to him. The horse is saddled up and ready to be ridden. )

Hook: Beautiful animal, isn't she? The finest horse in all of Camelot. Or at least the finest I could borrow without anyone noticing.

Emma: I thought the plan was to ride the horse. This feels a lot like walking.

Hook: This isn't like driving that yellow contraption of yours. You can't just turn a key. The horse has to trust you. So, go on. Introduce yourself.

Emma: ( Slowly approaches the horse and reaches out, but the horse snorts and tries to move away from her, and she snatches her hand back )

Rumplestiltskin: ( Laughs ) Well, I guess the pony's smarter than the pirate. She knows what you are, dearie.

Emma: Go away.

Hook: ( Already mounted the horse ) Swan, stop talking to the demon in your head. Get on the horse.

Emma: This is pointless. I'm the Dark One. What's this going to do?

Hook: This isn't about the bloody horse, Emma. This is about you putting your faith in me, in our future.

Emma: You still think we can get back there, to Storybrooke and some white-picket-fence life?

Hook: Yes. I'll never stop fighting for us. All you have to do is trust me. This'll work.

Emma: ( Walks around the horse, and climbs on behind Hook, him helping her )

Hook: ( Kicks the horse into a walk )

Emma: ( Watches Rumplestiltskin as Hook rides them past him )


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( David, Mary Margaret and Lancelot have Arthur handcuffed in Granny’s diner and Mary Margaret is examining Excalibur. )

David: Finally a blade that can stand up to Granny's meatloaf.

Mary Margaret: So, now what do we do with it?

David: Well, Arthur wanted to reunite it with the dagger and use it for evil. But that doesn't mean that it couldn't also be used for good.

Mary Margaret: Like helping Emma.

David: We can talk more about it as soon as we get back to Camelot and put someone worthy in charge.

Lancelot: I spent a lifetime putting my faith in a false king. Camelot's true leader... is its queen, Guinevere.

Mary Margaret: ( Looks over at Arthur ) Is it me, or is he unusually quiet? ( Stops when she hears a horse whinny outside )

David: Because he knows something.

Guinevere: ( Enters with some of Arthur’s knights )

Lancelot: Gwen. What's going on? Why are you doing this?

Guinevere: ( Unlocks Arthur’s shackles ) I love him.

Lancelot: No. It's not real. He must have used the sands of Avalon on you. Guinevere, we can break this spell. ( Looks down at Guinevere who is standing in front of him )

Guinevere: Not interested. ( Takes Excalibur back ) Take this traitor to the dungeon where he belongs.

( A couple of guards come forward and arrest Lancelot and he watches in sadness as Guinevere kisses Arthur, as he is escorted out of the building. )

Arthur: ( Turns to face Mary Margaret and David ) You're not the only couple with hearts that beat as one.

David: The second you lock us up, our friends will know something's wrong, and your secret's out.

Guinevere: Who said we're locking you up? We're hoping you can help.

Mary Margaret: Never.

Arthur: Oh, actually, I'm quite optimistic. Guinevere. Fix this, my love.

Guinevere: ( Walks up and blows the sand on Mary Margaret and David )


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Lancelot is thrown in the Camelot dungeons. )

Merida: Someone doesn't like you. That's the cell the rats take a fancy to.

Lancelot: I had a disagreement with the king. Didn't make me a lot of friends.

Merida: It might have made you one. Because an enemy of King Arthur is probably a friend of mine. I'm Merida.

Lancelot: Lancelot.


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Regina and Robin wait for the return of Mary Margaret and David, and Regina is pacing backwards and forwards. )

Robin: You're going to wear out the masonry if you keep pacing. I'm sure David and Mary Margaret are fine.

Regina: ( Scoffs ) You think I'm worried about them? Those two can outlive a cockroach. I want to know how their test went. I get antsy when I don't know who I should hate.

Mary Margaret: ( Enters with David ) I think we can help with that.

Regina: ( Sighs ) What took so long?

Mary Margaret: Turns out David was right. We can trust Arthur.

Robin: And Lancelot?

David: Locked safely in the dungeon. He was lying. Our best move now is to give Arthur the real dagger.

Regina: I just spent all day hiding it, like we agreed upon.

Mary Margaret: Plans change. Making Excalibur whole is our best chance to help Emma.


Camelot. Six weeks ago.


( Hook and Emma ride through the country side of Camelot, and Emma is carefree. They are galloping. )

Hook: ( Turns his head to look at Emma and grins at her smile ) Yah!

( They continue to gallop before they arrive at their destination. Emma dismounts the horse, happy and laughing. )

Emma: That was amazing. Thank you.

Hook: ( Takes her hand as he leads her to a spot in the flower meadow ) Well, I had a feeling you would like it. ( Leans down and picks her a pink rose from the grass and hands it to her ) Tell me. What do you see?

Emma: ( Looks around ) Lots of flowers.

Hook: Very good. Now... What don't you see?

Emma: Rumplestiltskin. He's gone.

Hook: I hoped he might be. By trusting me with your burden, you've left no room for him in that head of yours.

Emma: Well, now that we're alone... ( Leans up and kisses him )

( The two engage in a very passionate kiss. Emma holds onto the rose and she wraps her hands around his neck. They kiss until the camera changes scene. )


Storybrooke. Present time.


( Emma is twirling the rose Hook gave to her in Camelot, as Mr Gold is tied up behind her. )

Gold: I remember how the darkness feels. But you don't have to give in to it. You just... You could just set me free.

Emma: ( Stops and turns to face him, still holding the rose ) The only one who can get me that sword is you.

Gold: I can't be the hero you want.

Emma: Of course you can. You're like a dull knife sitting in a drawer. But don't worry. I have just the thing to sharpen you up.

Gold: What?

Emma: We'll call it my secret weapon.


Storybrooke. Present time.


( Emma walks towards her yellow car, where she has Merida tied to the front. )

Merida: I should have trusted my gut when I first met you. You are a witch.

Emma: I should have trusted my gut, kept that heart of yours. ( Takes her heart again )

Merida: Oh! Now you're gonna kill me? You coward!

Emma: ( Takes away Merida’s ability to speak ) No more talking. Go pick up the bow. You see, there's a guy I know. You wouldn't like him. He's a real coward. But for me to get what I want, that needs to change. I need you to make him just like you. I need you to make him brave.


[ End of episode ]