Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 11

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

22
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2012 on ABC

Episode Recap

Harry rides past Emma to his playground castle and discovers that it's been trashed by the storm. He digs underneath for his book , having hidden it there. He confirms that it's there and quickly hides it when his mother arrives to take him to a session with Archie. Regina points out that it's time for Emma to be responsible, and that she shouldn't let Henry be hurt on the playground just to spite her.

Later, Emma meets with Mary Margaret at the diner and discusses Regina and how she knows everything. Mary Margaret receives a text message from Dave asking her to meet them at their usual place. As she leaves, a drunken Sydney then comes over to Emma and says that he wants revenge on Regina for firing him. He says that he's found something on her, but Emma says that he needs to drink it off. As he goes, Sydney gives Emma his card and insists that Regina deserves to know the truth about him.

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A genie (Sydney) is confined within his bottle and looks up as King Leopold finds the lamp. The king rubs it and the Genie emerges. He tells him the rules, including the fact that wishes can't be undone, and King Leopold says that he has everything he desires. Leopold points out that the Genie seems unhappy, and the Genie explains that he wishes to be free. Leopold immediately wishes for him to be free, and then makes his second wish to give his third wish to the Genie. The Genie thanks him, saying that wishes come with a price, and says that he will never use the third wish. When Leopold wonders what he will do now, the Genie says that he wants true love and the king invites him to join him at his palace. At the castle, Leopold shows the Genie around and introduces him to her daughter, Snow, and his wife the queen... Regina.

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Regina has the unsafe playground demolished and Henry looks on in horror. He realizes that his book is gone and Emma confronts Regina. The mayor insists that she acted to make things safe and warns Emma that she has to stop misjudging her as a villain. Once Regina leaves, Emma calls Sydney and tells him that she wants everyone to know who the mayor really is.

Mary Margaret meets Dave at the toll bridge and he takes her down to the river and shows her the picnic that he's set up. She kisses him but warns that they can't keep doing what they're doing. Dave says that they'll figure out what they're doing... tomorrow.

Emma meets Sydney in a tunnel and he tells her that Regina has embezzled $50,000 from the city budget. If they can find out what she's using it for, then Regina will crumble. All they need is a crack in the mirror to show everyone what Regina is really like. Sydney suggests that Emma begin illegal surveillance, but she insists on doing things by the book. He warns Emma that she should be prepared for Regina's wrath, and admits that he wasn't. Emma asks how he ended up in Regina's pocket, and he explains that he used to think Regina was a different person.

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The court holds a birthday party for King Leopold and he says that Snow is his greatest gift, and how she reminds him of her departed mother. Queen Regina goes outside and the Genie goes after her and finds her looking at the sky and crying. They talk about the apple tree and Queen Regina notes that like her, it can't leave the castle and doesn't truly belong. She admits that Leopold will never love her like he loved his first wife, and the Genie offers her a mirror and says it will show her the image that he sees of her. He assures her that he sees her as the fairest in all the land.

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At the apartment, Emma and Sydney go through the city records and find missing records from three weeks ago. Sydney warns that going to a judge will reveal to Regina what they're up to. He suggests they do something wrong to achieve something write, and Mary Margaret hastily agrees. Emma wants to talk to the mayor first and goes to see Regina with Sydney. She asks Regina what she did with the $50,000 and the mayor says that they should check the records. When Emma points out that they were destroyed, Regina says they were wiped out in the fire that got Emma elected as sheriff. Emma says there's nothing more to do and leaves, much to Sydney's surprise. Outside, she explains to him that she secretly planted a bug and is now willing to do whatever it takes.

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Leopold summons the Genie to his chambers and explains that he suspects his wife's heart belongs to another man. The Genie assures him that the Queen would never stray, but Leopold shows him her diary. The Queen doesn't refer to the Genie specifically, but talks of her finding a hope for love and companionship and the gift of a mirror. Leopold admits that he could never love the Queen the way she wishes, and the Genie suggests that she'll never act on those feelings. The king doesn't believe it, and asks the Genie to learn the identity of the man who has stolen his wife's heart. He refuses to say what he will do to the man, and then asks him to identify the man who gave the Queen the mirror. The Genie takes it and looks into its image.

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At the sheriff's office, Sydney and Emma listen in on the bug. They hear a message of Regina arranging a meeting that night in the woods with someone to complete their payment. Emma and Sydney follow Regina into the woods, but her brakes fail and they go off the road and crash into a sign. As they examine the damage, Sydney confirms that someone was tampering with the brakes and figures that Regina knows that they're onto her. Emma insists on following the trail on foot and find Mr. Gold. He has a briefcase and explains that everything comes with a price, and he sold his land to her. Gold wonders why Sydney is there and the ex-editor says that Gold can't understand what Regina is really like. The pawnbroker warns that emotional entanglements can lead to danger and walks away.

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The Genie is tending to the apple tree when the Queen's Valet arrives. He explains that Leopold has locked the Queen away and asks the Genie to take a case to her, because Leopold trusts him. The Valet explains that the contents are the only thing that can free the Queen from her wretched life, and that the Genie will deliver it if he cares for her.

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Emma and Sydney drive to town hall and Emma says that she's going to break in. Sydney hesitates, warning that there are alarms. Emma smashes in the window, setting off the alarm, and noting that she's the one who responds to alarms and knows it will take Regina at least six minutes to get there. They go through Regina's files on land and print out the contents, and Emma finds a ring of old-fashioned keys. She then begins looking for Henry's book, but Regina comes in earlier than planned. Emma claims that some kids broke in and she came to investigate. The mayor wonders why Sydney is there and Emma says that he saw the break-in. He lies and supports Emma's story, and Regina dismisses it as a prank and tells Emma that her services aren't required.

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The Genie enters the Queen's chamber and she professes her love for him. However, she warns that Leopold will soon discover the truth of their relationship. The Genie gives her the box and the key that opens it, and the Queen opens it to reveal a pair of snakes. The snakes are from the Genie's homeland, and the Queen plans to use their bite to kill herself. As she embraces the Genie, she starts to reach into the box. However, he stops her and says that there's another way. He suggests that they can be together if Leopold is dead, and says he would do anything for her. The Queen embraces him and wonders what she would do without him, and the Genie says that she'll never have to find out.

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Henry is at the diner recreating the stories from his missing book when the Stranger approaches him. The Stranger takes an interest and Henry explains what he's doing. When Henry asks why he's there, the Stranger avoids answering and leaves.

Emma and Sydney go over the escrow statements and confirm that she's using the money for personal use, even if they can't figure out what she's doing. Emma is concerned that they're stooping to Regina's level, but Sydney insists that they can ruin the mayor's reputation even if they can't use the illegally gathered information. He then shows Emma photos that Regina forced him to take of all of her meetings with Henry. She knew all along about the castle playground and waited for the perfect moment to destroy it. Emma agrees to present the information.

At the town meeting, Regina calls meeting to order. First Sydney and then Emma get up and Emma accuses her of stealing the Storybrooke town money to build a second home. Regina tries to override her but Emma insists on showing everyone the evidence. She also tells the townspeople that Regina destroyed Sydney personally when he tried to disobey her. Regina smiles and admits that she is building a house... a new playhouse to replace the one that was destroyed in the storm. The mayor has a presentation prepared proving what she said, and asks Emma if she's satisfied now that she's shown the townspeople what Regina truly is.

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The Genie goes to the king's bedchamber, asks for forgiveness, and places the snakes next to the sleeping Leopold. Leopold wakes up and finds the Genie standing over him... and the snakes bite him. As the king dies, the Genie tells him that he was the one who gave the Queen the mirror. He says that he is in debt to Leopold, but that he had to free the Queen just as Leopold freed him. As he dies, Leopold says that the Genie was right and he should never have made his wish.

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As they leave the meeting, Gold approaches Emma and Sydney. He suggests that Emma will need a strong ally to bring Regina down, but Emma refuses to accept his help. Regina comes over and asks for a word alone with Emma. She tells Emma to go back to her job and is aware that she broke into her office. When Emma accuses her of sabotaging her brakes, Regina denies it and orders her to stay away from her and Henry. If Emma doesn't cooperate, she'll get a restraining order against her.

Henry and the other children are at the new playground. He sees Emma nearby and talks to her on the radio, but she explains that she can't approach him. Emma admits that she screwed up and that they'll have to be apart for a little while. However, she assures him that she'll find a way for them to be together, and that she'll find his book if it's out there.

The Stranger removes Henry's storybook from a locked box and examines it carefully.

Emma meets Sydney at the diner, and she admits that they were both blinded by anger. Sydney assures her that she has an ally and they share a toast, vowing not to be fooled again.

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The Genie goes to tell the Queen that she is free and they can be together at last. She tells him that the guards found the snakes and know they are from the Genie's country, and he will soon be executed. The Queen has arranged a boat to transport him to safety, but the Genie realizes that she set him up to take the blame. He says that she never loved him and the Queen agrees, saying that he's no longer of any use to her. The Genie says that he can't live without her but the Queen insists that they'll never be together. With that, the Genie takes out the lamp and makes his wish. He wishes to be with her forever, to look upon her face always and never leave her side. The Genie disappears in a puff of smoke only to discover that he is now trapped in the mirror that he gave her. Smiling, the Queen assures him that he will be with her... forever.

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Sydney goes to see Regina and plays her a tape of his meeting with Emma. Smiling, he assures her that Emma now believes in him entirely, and that he was the one who cut the brakes on Emma's car. Regina caresses him and says that she doesn't know what she'd do without him.

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