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What I create is not from this world because the people who need my help suffer from affliction that science cannot treat.
—The Dragon to Tamara src

The Dragon's Clinic is a Land Without Magic location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the eighteenth episode of the second season.


During First Curse

A woman named Tamara travels the world in search of magic and meets many frauds until finding a healer called "the Dragon" in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, August is reverting into wood and is desperately trying to find someone who can help him. He meets a young man named Quon, who tells him that the Dragon can cure him and leads him to a clinic where he works. Once they get enter the waiting area, Quon asks him to wait there, adding that it shouldn't be long before the Dragon is ready to see August. Quon then turns to Tamara, who is waiting on line for her turn in the Dragon's office. She gets up while dropping her phone in the process and August returns it to her, which she thanks him for. When Tamara meets the Dragon, she pretends to have terminal cancer, and as payment for a magical cure for her illness, she gives him a cherished photo of herself and her grandmother. As Tamara leaves, the Dragon asks her to send August in, which she does. When it is August's turn with the Dragon, he discovers the healer already knows he is Pinocchio. As payment for the cure, the Dragon takes a whale-shaped necklace, something August's father used to animate him into a puppet. Secondly, August must give ten-thousand U.S. dollars, which he doesn't have. August steals money from Tamara at a bar and returns to the clinic, where he pays the Dragon. The Dragon gives the cure as promised, but he warns that only August can truly heal himself. ("Selfless, Brave and True")

After August leaves the Dragon's clinic, he is confronted by Tamara, who takes back the cure before going to speak with the Dragon, who reveals that he knows that her claims about having cancer are fake. Tamara admits to the deception and asks how can the potion he gave her, which she had tested in a lab, not contain any element known to man. The Dragon acknowledges that the aliments he treats are not of this world. Since she now knows this, Tamara doesn't want anyone else to discover it as well, and takes out a taser to kill the Dragon. Though she is momentarily stunned when the Dragon begins rising into the air to attack her, Tamara thrusts the taser at him. After he is dead, she grabs back a photo of herself and her grandmother before leaving. A few days later, August returns to ask the Dragon to cure him again, but finds the man mysteriously dead, not knowing Tamara killed him. In the Dragon's belongings, August finds research about the storybook Author and takes it with him. ("Selfless, Brave and True", "Poor Unfortunate Soul")


Set Dressing


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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