Once Upon A Time Pilot  Season #1 Episode #1

Synopsis: Emma's life turns upside down when she is visited by Henry, the 10-year-old child she long ago gave up for adoption; Emma brings Henry back to his foster mother in a strange town called Storybrooke.
Year:
2011
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1/28/11

ONCE UPON A TIME

"Pilot"

by

Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

ONCE UPON A TIME “Pilot”

By

Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz

ACT ONE:

OVER BLACK. We hear the sound of HEAVY BREATHING and GALLOPING. FADE UP ON --

EXT. COUNTRY SIDE - MAGIC HOUR - FAIRY TALE LAND

A bucolic countryside. The sun is setting and casting a magical glow over this beautiful stretch of land. Peaceful. Idyllic. UNTIL --

A HORSE breaks into frame. On its back is a determined MAN. His dress and attire tell us we’re somewhere different. In a far off land. In another time. This is PRINCE CHARMING. And he’s in a f*cking hurry.

Charming pushes his horse hard, into the WOODS. He moves through the thick trees. Dodging branches. On a MISSION.

He reaches a clearing and skids to a halt. As he dismounts --

SAD VOICE (O.S.) You’re too late.

The Prince strides toward the voice. And we REVEAL -- a DWARF. This is DOC. And yeah -- we’re in the midst of a tale we ALL know. Charming shakes his head at Doc.

CHARMING It’s never too late.

He pushes through into the clearing and comes upon -- A GLASS COFFIN. Surrounding the coffin are the other SIX DWARVES. They slowly part, revealing... in the coffin...

SNOW WHITE. Beautiful. Dark haired. Eyes closed. Hands folded over her chest. DEAD. Charming’s eyes well up. He can’t believe it.

CHARMING No. No. NO!

He moves to the coffin’s side. Kneels down in front of it as the TEARS stream down his cheeks. We SIT ON HIM in his MOMENT of GRIEF. And then -- he barks at the dwarves --

CHARMING Open it.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

Doc gently places a hand on the Prince’s shoulder.

DOC:

There’s nothing you can do.

Charming fills with resolve.

CHARMING OPEN IT.

DOC:

I’m sorry... she’s gone.

Charming slowly unclenches his fists. Realizes he’s right. There’s no fighting this. Sadly, he looks at Doc.

CHARMING:

At least let me say goodbye.

Doc nods. Then slowly OPENS the glass case. Charming leans over and softly kisses Snow White’s lips.

A SHOCK OF ENERGY. He pulls back, startled. And now we witness pure unadulterated MAGIC as --

SNOW WHITE’S eyes flutter open. Yes folks, TRUE LOVE is showing its power. Snow smiles as she sits up, groggy, and sees her Prince.

SNOW You... you found me.

And now Charming’s tears move from grief to JOY.

CHARMING:

Did you ever doubt I would?

Snow looks around at her surroundings, smiles wryly.

SNOW:

Truthfully? The glass coffin gave

me pause.

CHARMING (smiles back)

Well you never have to worry. I will always find you.

BEAT. Snow White drinks this in. And more than anything else. She BELIEVES it. She stares into his eyes. Fully, deeply, in LOVE. Charming takes her hand, stands.

2.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

SNOW Do you promise?

NOW WE’RE SUPER TIGHT ON CHARMING’S FACE.

I do.

CHARMING:

PULL BACK. And suddenly we’re not in the forest anymore. Charming is making this proclamation SOMEWHERE ELSE --

INT. BALLROOM - CASTLE - EVENING - FAIRY TALE LAND

We’re inside a BALLROOM. Snow White wears a white gown. PULL BACK to see she’s standing opposite Charming, in formal attire. A BISHOP stands between them.

This is their wedding. Snow White smiles at his “I do.” We WIDEN FURTHER TO SEE we’re at the most lavish, opulent fairy tale wedding our budget will afford us. All the subjects of the kingdom are assembled.

BISHOP:

And do you, Snow White, promise to

take this man to be your husband and love him for all eternity?

SNOW I do.

BISHOP:

I now pronounce you man and wife.

The ORCHESTRA starts to play as the assembled crowd CHEERS.

BISHOP:

I believe you know what comes next.

They lean into one another for what promises to be the storybook kiss to end all storybook kisses. And, just as their lips are about to touch --

KERRRRRR-ACCCCCCCCK! THUNDER BOOMS! Charming and Snow freeze. Lips millimeters apart. The orchestra stops. Everyone turns to see --

LIGHTNING FLASH through the stain glassed windows. And then more THUNDER. And then the doors at the far end of the BALLROOM fly open. Entering, wearing a flowing black gown, is...

THE EVIL QUEEN. But this queen isn’t the hunched hag we remember from fairy tale lore.

3.

(CONTINUED)

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Edward Kitsis

Edward Lawrence "Eddy" Kitsis (Born February 4, 1971) is an American television writer and producer, best known for his work with his writing partner Adam Horowitz on the popular ABC drama series Lost and Once Upon a Time. more…

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