Recap by Leigh Ann (@leigh_ann415)
In this week's episode, we were treated to a bit of sibling rivalry. Brother vs. brother and sister vs. sister. And we got a reunion that was a long time coming. Plus, a Mills family secret was revealed! We also got two new additions in Ava Acres as Young Regina and Isabella Blake-Thomas as Young Zelena, playing their counterparts spot-on.
We start off with a car tearing down the road. It is Hades' car, with Zelena as his passenger. “I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire” is playing. Hades is taking her on a date, which she wasn't expecting. He shows her the town he made for her saying she deserves more, the real thing. Hades wants to go to the real Storybrooke and have wants a future with Zelena. He then goes on to say the Underworld will still exist after he leaves, and all our heroes will be trapped there. Everyone's name has a tombstone now. “It's her or us,” meaning Regina, Hades whispers. He then drops to one knee, saying, “Will you make chaos with me?”
by Samantha Lee @samsjag
"Ruby Slippers" it turns out, was not just the title of the show, but also the name of the newest "ship" on ONCE. Many fans were rooting for MulanRouge, but I for one was very satisfied with RubySlipers. In addition to the adventures in Oz, the Charmings continued to try and figure out how to defeat Hades and Belle decided to take matters into her own hands to protect her unborn baby.
Let's begin with Ruby's story. Ruby and Mulan have been searching for Ruby's werewolf pack. Their search has brought them to Oz where they cross paths with Dorothy, who is all grown-up and gained some warrior skills. They get off to a rocky start as Ruby accidentally frightens Toto who runs away. So the three women go in search of the dog, but they end up finding Zelena who has just been banished back to Oz by Regina to keep her away from her baby girl. Zelena has caught Toto and is willing to trade him to Dorothy for the silver slippers. She gives Dorothy a day to return the slippers which have been hidden away. Dorothy, along with Mulan and Ruby come up with a plan to recover Toto by knocking Zelena out with a sleeping potion. Ruby and Dorothy have some time to bond as they go to find some poppies for the potion. They are attacked by flying monkeys and escape by Ruby changing to her wolf form and having Dorothy ride her away! They return to Mulan and Dorothy seems shaken by the sight of Ruby's transformation. She goes to bed early and leaves the other two to talk. Ruby admits to Mulan that her feelings of not quite belonging, not quite knowing what it was that she needed to be happy have finally found an answer and that answer is Dorothy. Mulan encourages Ruby to make her feelings known without delay, because she knows what happens if you wait until your chance for happiness has passed. Ruby goes to Dororthy, but finds she has gone off in the night, presumably to rescue Toto on her own.
By Joanne Denney - @Dragonlady 755
In this episode, Belle learns that sometimes the end justifies the means. A hero can't always be compassionate and forgiving. They have to do whatever it takes to protect their loved ones, even if it is unpleasant.
Belle meets her father, Maurice, in the stables. He presents her with a new suitor, Gaston, who is a great hunter of animals and women. Belle has heard of him and is not very impressed with his reputation. Maurice tells Belle that there's more at stake than her preferences in suitors, Gaston’s army could help protect their kingdom from the ogres. Belle argues with her father, and they are interrupted by the appearance of Gaston, a charming and confident young man. He flatters Belle and admits that his reputation isn't the best. She decides to give him a chance, and they go for a walk together in the woods.
Recap by Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
Once Upon A Time took us Over the Rainbow this week where troubles most certainly did NOT melt like lemon drops. Zelena and Hades fell for each other, Rumbelle were reunited, Henry began to write, and The Charmings dabbled in a haunting!
The episode opens with a throwback to Emma's lonely birthday in the Pilot as Zelena miserably blows out a single candle. Entertainment at her party-of-one? Viewing a rerun of Mama Dearest Cora abandoning her to exposure so that she can give herself "her best chance." A helpful flying monkey interrupts this sad memory, dumping The Scarecrow at her feet. Zelena perks up as she proceeds to explain her plans to make a time travel spell using a rather vital organ of her prisoner. Lucky for him, Warrior Dorothy saves the day informing Zelena she got word about her takeover of Oz and proclaims an intent to stop her. Who told Dorothy? "Munchkins," Zelena snarls. Dorothy responds she has what Zelena doesn't: the love of the people.