03x07 - Dark Hollow

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...

Find your anger.

Smell that?



I can't leave Neverland. If I do, I'll die.

Maybe we don't have to kill him.

Maybe we can find another way.

I might have just the thing.

Why would I help you?

The place I'm sending you, among its residents, is your prince Eric.

You have a nice girl waiting for you back in Storybrooke.

Belle, is it?

You have to stay here.

No! W... why? I... I...

I wanna help.

Well, Greg and Tamara weren't working alone.

Others will follow.

It's a cloaking spell.

It will shield the town, making it impossible for anyone to find.

Well, then how... how will you find your way back to me?

You're not coming back, are you?

The prophecy.

The boy is my undoing.

But he's also my grandson.

I must save him.

(Voice breaking)

I understand. I also know... that the future isn't always what it seems.

I will see you again.



(Leroy) They did it!


They saved us!


They did save us, didn't they?

Tears of joy?

Belle, what is it? Are you okay?

What happened? Where is everyone?

They stopped the self-destruct device.

Those people who came... Greg and Tamara... they kidnapped Henry and they took him through a portal.

A portal? To where?

I... I don't know. Everyone else followed them on Hook's ship.

Why'd you stay behind?

Because I had to.

It's a cloaking spell.


Because Rumple said...

He said others were coming.

(Revs engine)

Who exactly does Gold think is coming?

(Belle) He didn't say specifically.

(Archie) Well, let's not panic.

I mean, for all we know, it's a precaution. Right?

Well, he... he did say they're working with the people who tried to destroy the town.

(Leroy) Can we panic now?

Yeah. Sure. Maybe just a little.

We'll be fine as long as we get this up in time.

Careful, sister. Mines are a dangerous place.

Fairy dust.

It runs through the walls.

We just need to open up a vein, and that'll carry the magic through town.

No time for whistlin', boys.

Let's get swingin'.

(Men grunt)

(Clanking, rocks clattering)



What is it?

I... I've never cast a spell before.

Maybe you should do this.

No. Mr. Gold entrusted this task to you for a reason.

You just need to believe in yourself.

(Whispers) Okay.

You might wanna believe a little harder.


(Man) Whoa! Oh!

(Whooshing continues)

(Revs engine)

(Loud crunch)

(Tires screech)


(Engine idling)

(Engine revs, tires peal)

That's Storybrooke?

Can you get there?

It's far. I'll have to cross over realms.

But yes, I can make it.

If all went according to plan, Storybrooke... will be surrounded by a cloaking spell.

When you arrive, surface close to the shore.

Then you're inside its bounds.

And what would you like me to bring back?

An object to help us defeat Pan.

Well, I'm gonna need a little more than that to go on.

I'm sorry.

(Stick clatters)

Pan has ears everywhere.

We can't risk telling you.

(Tinkling) Then how?

Find a woman named Belle, and then give her this.

She'll know exactly what to do.



Got it.

And Eric?

Where will I find him in this new world?

Well, that comes after you've succeeded.

Incentives are important.

The bracelet will only give you legs for hours.

How do I know you'll uphold your end of the bargain when I'm back?

Guess you'll just have to trust me.

(Water splashes)

(Inhales sharply)

What is it?

(Exhales deeply)

Someone's leaving Neverland.


(Spears clatter)

How shall we stop them?

It's too late.

Don't worry, Felix.

We simply need to get word to our friends on the ground.

In Storybrooke?

They can handle this.

All it does is move up our timetable a touch.

We need to get Henry ready.

(Sighs deeply)

And I need to have a chat with our friend in the other cage.

Pan's shadow?

That's your way off the island?

Unfortunately, it's the only way.

Oh. We thought you learned how to navigate the stars.

I know how to navigate the stars, but I can't fly.

I'm guessing that's where the shadow comes in.

That's why we have to capture it.

Capture it? We've never been within feet of Pan unless he wanted us to be.

Sneaking up on him to steal his shadow? That sounds insane.

Except Pan's shadow is rarely with him.

It's an entity unto itself.

It can carry out his will from miles away.

What does that mean for us?

It means we can get his shadow

without having to be anywhere near Pan... as long as we know where to look.

I know where to look.

Okay. You and I are on shadow duty.

As am I.

This trek won't be easy.

You could use another veteran of the island.

Thanks, man.

Well, in the meantime, we'll give Tinker Bell a heads up, see if she can make good on her promise to get us into Pan's camp.

Okay, we meet back at Tink's.

Then we get Henry and get the hell back to Storybrooke.


(Sighs deeply)

(Birds chirping)

(Happy) Gotta say something, boys.

You know I love Snow and Charming, but... can I be honest?

It's kinda nice not having them around.


- No, really.

It's only been five days, but it's the first five days with no killing.

No wraiths.

No giants stepping on my Miata.

It has been peaceful.


I don't want to hear any more of this.

Snow and Charming are coming back, and everything will remain normal.


I'm Ariel.

(Water splashes)

Do you know where I could find someone named Belle?

(British accent)

The home office was right.

She's here.

What now?

(British accent) We follow our orders.

We find out why she came.

Then we make sure she never leaves this town again.

What's the matter?

Too many pickles? Not enough pickles?



I... I guess I'm just not hungry.

All right, so that's the fourth cheeseburger you've turned down this week.

It's about Gold, isn't it?

Certainly not my cooking.

You miss him.


And it's just...

He said he was going off to his death.

And I just...

I wish I was...

I wish I was able to help him, help save Henry.

But you protected Storybrooke.

I mean, that... that's just as important.

All... (Scoffs)

all I did was pour a potion over some rocks.

The dwarfs did all the hard work.

Hey, you wanted to be a hero.

Sounds like you were.

And you kept the bad guys out.

What bad guys?

Come on, face it. Nobody's coming here.

I wasn't on that ship because he doesn't need me. (Door bells jingle)

(Leroy) Beg to differ, sister...

(Closes door)

'Cause this little lady just swam a real long way to find you.

Uh, maybe you didn't notice the sign?

No shirt, no shoes, no service.

Now you got a dress code?

I seem to recall some Ruby outfits that are seared into my brain.

So, uh, who are you?

W... w... why are you here?

I came from Neverland. Rumplestiltskin sent me.


He's a... he's alive?


And he wanted me to give you this.

A sand dollar?

What am I supposed to do with it?

Don't ask me.

I'm just the delivery girl.


Looks like you figured it out.



(Gasps) Rumple.

I hope you raised the cloaking spell.

The people headed for townas far more dangerousthan even I first believed.

They're unwitting pawns in Pan's game.

I told you I was going to my death.

I found another way.

I can defeat Pan and live...

But only if you get mesomething from the shop.

The object I need is hidden.

But I know that withthe strength of our love,

you'll find it.


(Sighs deeply)

He's really into being cryptic, isn't he?

(Voice breaks) He wants my help.

He wants me to save him, Henry, everyone.

(Grunts) Hey, you need help?

No, I can handle my pack.

Mary Margaret...

(Sighs deeply)

(Blows air)

How long is this gonna go on?


The whole not-talking-to-each-other thing.

Don't you think it's been long enough?

He didn't tell you about his illness because he wanted to keep the focus on the mission.

I get that.

It's good to see you've inherited his tunnel vision.

What does that mean?


You say a lot with nothing.

(Sighs deeply)

Be careful with Hook and Neal.

The one we need to be careful with is the shadow.

The fact that they both have feelings for you is dangerous, too.

None of that matters.

All I care about is getting my son back.

There you are.

You care to take a stroll?

There's someplace special I'd like to show you.

I'm not going anywhere with you.

(Sighs) Why not, Henry?

I think you're lying to me.

My family... they're here, on Neverland. I know it.

What makes you so sure?

Does it matter?

No. It doesn't.

But I'd remiss if I didn't point out what does.

If your family's here, Henry, why haven't they come for you?

Maybe you're keeping them from me.

(Whispers) Henry, I promise you, I'm not holding your family prisoner.

Then why do you keep disappearing into the jungle?

You're hiding something from me, and I'm gonna find out what it is.

(Felix) It would appear we're losing the boy.

He just requires... some effort.

Given his lineage, I'd expect nothing less.

(Sighs deeply)

Shall I bring the cage here?


I have another idea.

Something tells me we won't find Pan's shadow in here, mate.

Yeah, well, we're looking for something else.

It's a... it's a coconut.

It's carved in two.

One part holds a candle.

The other part goes on top of it.

Yeah, your star map.

We hid it. I'll go grab it.

I owe you thanks, for being so understanding.

Understanding about what?

Emma and me.

Emma and you?

Our dalliance.

You don't know, do you?

Well, this is awkward.

The two of us shared a kiss.

Apologies. I assumed she told you.

Honestly, it probably... slipped her mind.

(Object clatters)

We're kinda focused on getting our son back.

Of course.

(Footsteps approach)

Everything all right?

Couldn't be better.

Here it is, your star map.

It's not a star map. It's... what we're gonna use to trap Pan's shadow.

A coconut? Are you daft?

You came to Neverland on a pirate ship through a portal.

You draw the line at a magic coconut?

Fair enough.

What's our next stop on this mission?

Dark Hollow.

(Emma) Really?

Why couldn't it be called something like Sunshine Valley or Rainbow Cove?

What exactly is it?

Just what it sounds like...

the darkest spot on the entire island.

Any light that makes its way in is snuffed out by the shadows that call it home.

Even I managed to avoid it.

Well, time to break tradition.

Dark Hollow it is.

That's where we're gonna find Pan's shadow, right?


It's the only way we'll ever get back to Storybrooke.

(Ariel) Look at this stuff.

Yeah, he's a... (Chuckles) bit of a collector.

This is a...


But it's not what Rumple needs.

(Object clatters)

It's a...

Uh, button.

Also not what he needs.

No, I know. But Eric, he... he had one just like it on his jacket when I rescued him.

And Eric is...

He's a prince. The kind with legs.


I fell in love with him a long time ago.


It didn't work out.

Because you're a mermaid?

Something like that.

Well, that's just one more reason that we need to succeed.


So Rumple said I'd find the hiding space with the strength of our love.


There... there's only one thing he could've been talking about.

That's a... Teacup.

It's chipped.

I know.

But no matter how much this thing has been through, it's survived.

Just like our love.

So... what now?

Do we make tea?

I'm not sure.

Rumple used to keep it in here.




He enchanted it. It's... It's a key.

(Belle gasps)


It's a box.

I've read about this in my books, but I... I didn't realize it was real, or that Rumple had it.

What is it?

Pandora's box.

Legend says it contains the world's darkest evil.

Shouldn't you be wearing gloves or something?

No, no. As long as we don't open it, we're fine.


Yeah. Sure.

So what do you think's inside to it?

Well, whatever it is, it's what Rumple's gonna use to defeat Pan.


(Guns cock)

All that trouble for a box?

Who are you?

The people you tried to keep out of Storybrooke.

(Belle and Ariel grunt)

Stay still.

I don't understand. Why do we kind of doing what he tells us?

Because he has a gun.

What's a gun?

Trust me, you don't want to find out.

What did Rumplestiltskin tell you about this thing?

I'm not afraid of you or your gun... and not just because I don't know what it is.

Shall we demonstrate?

The box... what is it?

It's magic, which you're only gonna destroy anyway.

So why do you even care?

Because our boss wants to know.

Your boss?

(Laughs) You don't even know what this is all about, or who you're really working for.

Peter Pan.


Yes. We know exactly who we're working for.

But Rumple said that...

Greg and Tamara didn't know.

They were patsies.

We, on the other hand, are aware of our real mission.

Which is what?

Seeing that your Rumple fails,

and that this thing never makes it back to Neverland.

Head to the other side of the island and deliver the supplies.


Anything else?

Just be certain Henry doesn't find out what you're up to.


I'm okay.

Are you?

Because you've hardly said two words to me since the caves.

Hell, since yesterday.

Look, I... I know you're upset I didn't tell you I was poisoned.

And even though it might seem like it wasn't fair, that's all I was trying to do...be fair.

I think Tinker Bell's is that way.

(Sighs deeply)

(Exhales deeply)

We're gonna have to cut our way through.

(Blade zings) Here, use this.

My cutlass.

You find it in the cave?

No. Actually, Hook gave it to me.

Since when are you sentimental?

I thought Emma would wish to have something to remember you by.

Oh. Thanks. She's got me now.

What was that about?

(Exhales deeply)

I assumed he'd heard my secret.

And I also assumed that you'd told him of our shared moment.

Why would you assume that?

Because I was hoping it meant something.

What meant something was that you told us Neal was still alive.

Thank you.

I realized you could've kept Pan's information to yourself.

Why would I have done that?

I don't know.

Maybe Pan offered you a deal?

Why else would he tell you?

It was a test.

He wanted to see if I'd leave an old friend to die... even if the old friend happens to be vying for the same woman that I am.

And you chose your friend.

Does that surprise you?

You are a pirate.

Yeah, that I am. But I also believe in good form. So when I win your heart, Emma... and I will win it... it will not be because of any trickery. It will be because you want me.

(Whispers) This is not a contest, Hook.

Isn't it?

You're gonna have to choose, Emma. You realize that, don't you? Because neither one of us is gonna give up.

The only thing I have to choose is the best way to get my son back.

And you will.

You think so?

I have yet to see you fail. And when you do succeed... well, that's when the fun begins.

(Neal) Guys!


I think I found it.


(Crow caws)

(Wind whistling)

Dark Hollow.

(Wind gusts)

So this is where the victims of Pan's shadow reside.

(Low roar)


Forced to spend eternity in this darkness.

Come on.

Let's be sure not to join them.

(Grunts) - They're too tight.

We'll find a way out.

What makes you so sure?

Because... I'm an optimist.

I wish I could be, but every time I try to be a hero, it just... feels like it backfires.

I'm sorry you won't get to be with Eric.

Don't worry about me.

Even after the magic wears off this bracelet, I'll find him and I will tell him how I feel...as long as he lives near the beach.

Bracelet? Is... is that what turned your tail into legs?

Yeah. Why?


I think we can get out of here.


By stretching your fins.

Can you get that bracelet off?



No, I can't reach it.

Okay, hang on.

(Grunts) Ugh!

You got it?

Ah! I can! I can!

Let me... got it!


(Gasps) Aah!


(Both panting)

See? That didn't backfire.


Where did they go?

Well, the protection spell's still up, so they can't leave Storybrooke.

Well, then what are they gonna do with the box?

(Sighs) Well, if I wanted to make sure it doesn't end up in Neverland, I'd... I'd destroy it.

How do you destroy something so powerful?

You need something just as strong.

Like what? More magic?


No. A dwarf's pickax.

The kind that can smash a diamond.

The kind that their friends who took Henry used to start all this trouble.

Come on. Hurry.

I think we're almost at Tink's.

I see why she picked this area.

Nice quiet jungle.

Might make a good spot for a hut, don't you think?

Or a tree house, if you prefer.

Mary Margaret.


When are you gonna start talking to me again?

When we're storming Pan's camp?

When we're grabbing Henry? When?!

You need to say something.


You didn't.

You didn't tell me anything.

At first, I was hoping that I could find a cure for the poison.

And if I could, then I... I figured there was no reason to worry you.

Okay. But then you did find a cure, and you still didn't tell me.

I know.

So what, were afraid of worrying me again?

No. I... I... I didn't think...

No, you didn't... you didn't think?

You didn't think I had a right to know you could never leave this island?!

Why didn't you tell me?

I was scared!

Did you think I wouldn't stay here with you?

After everything we've been through?

Did you think I wouldever leave your side?

No, I knew you wouldn't.

That's what scared me.

And I didn't want that for you.

I didn't want you to be stuck on this island with me.

The price of this cure was something I didn't want to force on you.

Love means being together.

I know. It also means sacrifice.

And protecting the person you love.

How could... a part of me not want you to leave this place?

I would happily build a tree house and spend the rest of my days dodging poison arrows and lost boys, as long as I had you by my side.

But you should have told me.

(Whispers) - I know.

I'm sorry.

You didn't believe, David.


You needed to believe in us.

(Animal cries)

(Crow caws)

(Emma) So we just wait for Pan's shadow to show up?

Yeah. And when it does, we'll be prepared.

You wanna tell me how that coconut works?

(Crow caws)

We light the candle, and the shadow is drawn to it.


It gets close enough, the flame will suck it in.

Put the lid on...then it's trapped inside this bad boy.

(Hook) Sounds like a fine plan, except for one thing... our lanterns went out.

So how the devil are we gonna ignite that bloody thing?

(Clinks open)

Welcome to the st century.

(Crow caws)

(Wind blowing, lighter clicking)

(Blows airs)

How's it coming over there, guys?


All right, hang on.

(Flint striking)

Let me help.

No. D... I got it.

Well, I've only got one hand.

I can do better than that.

You know what? Now's not the time to try to impress Emma.

Oh, you think that's what I'm doing?

Really? You're doing this now?

You heard her. Are we gonna stand here and argue... (Flint striking) or are we gonna get the candle lit?

(Crow caws)

(Breeze blows, flint strikes)

Harder than it looks, huh, pal?

Let me see it.

(Lighter clinks closed)

Give it to me. Give it to me.

Guys, we don't have time for this.


(Wind gusts)


(Blade zings)

We really don't have time for this!

Is that Pan's shadow?

(Neal) Yeah, it's Pan's shadow!

(Hook) What about the other two?!



It's controlling them!


Aah! Aah!

(Loud thud)



(Loud thud)

(Roaring continues)

(Roaring continues)

Aah! Aah!





(Hook and Neal screaming)

Emma, get out of here!

Just go!

Save yourself!



(Hook and Neal continue screaming)

(Roaring continues)

(Flame whooshes)


(Roaring continues)




(Crow caws)

How did you do that?

(Breathes heavily)


She's teaching you magic?

Yeah. I guess she is.


(Twig snaps)

They're, uh, they're probably just ahead.

(Ariel) Shouldn't we wait for the dwarfs?

We don't have time.

(Man) Here. Use this pickax.

(Gasps) You can't do that.

(Gun cocks) You destroy that box, people we really care about will die.

Then we have something in common.

Because if we don't, someone we care about will die.

What are you talking about?

None of your concern.

Now stay back.

We don't want to hurt you.

But we will.

You should know when to walk away.


(Lever clanks)



(Men groan and grunt)

(Men grunt)

Please. You're making a terrible error.

There is too much at stake.

Destroying magic?

That's not it.

We don't care about magic.

Then what were you trying to do?

We're trying to save our sister.

Your sister?

She's been Pan's prisoner for a long time.

Over a century.

That's impossible. You'd be...

Dead. We're well aware.

Pan has kept us alive to do his bidding.

And as long as we do, she lives.

And then when we're done, he'll free her and us.

But now... now is your best chance.

We can defeat Pan, and your sister can finally be set free.

You think you're the first person who thought they could beat him?

Why? Have you tried?

Yes, but we failed.

It's how our sister ended up his prisoner in the first place.

We tried to be heroes, but it just made things worse.

And now? Now that we've failed?

He'll kill her.

We get this back to Neverland, Pan is gonna have much bigger things to worry about.

Can you really stop him?

Yes. I believe we can.

And if what you're saying is true, we will save your sister.

Who is she?

Her name is Wendy.

Wendy Darling.

If you see her, tell her John and Michael are waiting for her.

(Chain rattles)

Am I...

am I free?

Not yet, Wendy.

But that doesn't mean you can't come out and play.

So... remember what I told you.

Don't worry.

I'll deliver your message to Gold.

Good luck.


(Whispers) Okay?


(Water splashes)

(Cough in distance)



Who are you?

You're not supposed to be here.

I know.

I thought Pan might be keeping my family here.

Why are you so far away from the camp?


I'm sick, and he's afraid someone might catch it.

Who are you?

My name's Wendy.

Wendy Darling?

I'm Henry.

W... what's wrong?

It's the island, Henry.

Its power is fading.

I've been here a long time, but...

well... for some reason, it's affecting me more than the others.

You look like him.

Like who?

Your father.

You knew my father?

We were friends.

A long time ago, when he was just a little bit older than you.

He saved my brothers from danger.

He would do anything for my family.


Are you gonna be okay?

You should go.

M... maybe there's something I could do to help.

Just please, I don't want you to catch what I have.

Pan is already doing everything that he can.

But the magic here...

I fear it is not enough.

There has to be a way...

Please go, before you, too, become ill.

I'll come back for you.

I promise.

Well done.

I couldn't have played the part better myself.

Oh, and that bit about dear old dad.


Excellent job.

I don't like lying to him.

Well, don't think of it as lying.

Think of it as...

providing motivation.

Motivation for what?

Doing what needs to be done, for all of us.

And I need to control that belief.

What do you need him to believe in?


Now back to your cage.

(Water lapping)

You really believe Belle can succeed?

Yes, I do.

Are you sure it's not your feelings blinding you?

Or perhaps it's my feelings illuminating me.

You really love her.

Is that jealousy?

(Laughs) Of Belle?

I think not.

No, no.

Of having someone.

Sorry I'm late.

We ran into a few... complications.

Did you get it?

(Opens satchel)


You fulfilled your end of the bargain.


Now you can have legs whenever you want.

Or a fin.

Whatever Eric's into these days.

Thank you.

When you return to Storybrooke, seek him out.

The rest is up to you.

Before I go, Belle wanted me to let you know that Pan has a prisoner on this island... a girl named Wendy.

Her brothers are back in Storybrooke.

Belle doesn't wanna let them down.

She wants you to make sure that Wendy's okay.

All that matters is Henry.

And now you have a chance to save him, thanks to me and Belle.

So rescuing that girl is the least that you can do.

We'll do our best.


Look, um... when you return... tell Belle I love her, and that she was right.

I will see her again.

Hey, hey, hey, I'm sorry. I know I screwed up.

Yes, you did.

You both did.

We almost lost our shot at capturing the shadow because you two were fighting over a lighter.

It wasn't the lighter that we were fighting over, luv.

Okay, let me be very clear about something.

If I had to choose someone... I choose Henry.

He's the only love I have room for in my life.

(Foliage rustling)

I was wondering if I'd see you again.

But if you've come to talk me into helping you before you've found a way off this island, I still...

We found one... or we're about to.

I'm not sure I like the sound of "about to."

Pan's shadow.

Emma went with Hook and Neal to capture it.

That's our way off the island.

Capture Pan's shadow?

Yeah, I'm not lifting a finger until I see some proof that you've actually succeeded.

(Coughs) Hey.


Here's all the proof you need.

It's been a long time, Tink.


Is it really you?


Most people call me Neal now.

We did it.

Are you finally ready to do your part, Tink?


Yes, I am.

Uh, Emma?


I... I... listen.

I just wanna say that... you're right.

About Henry.

He is all that matters.

And if he's the only thing that came from us being together?

I'd say we did all right.


Now let's go get our son back.

Why so glum, chum?

You said you weren't keeping any secrets.

But you lied.

I found Wendy.

Henry, I can explain.

She's dying, isn't she?

I'm afraid she is.

Like much of the island, because the magic here is slipping away.

I would've told you, but... I didn't want you to have that weight on your shoulders, knowing that a young girl's life

depends on you.

So I'm the only one who can save magic?

You are.

How do I do it?

The question isn't how, Henry.

It's where.

Follow me.

See that?

Is that skull rock?


Inside is where our salvation awaits... a salvation that only the heart of the truest believer can bring.


That's right, Henry.

But I won't lie to you.

It won't be easy.

It will require heroism and sacrifice.

(Breathes deeply)

The only question is, are you up to the task?


The End