Those of you who watched the theatrical version of Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried were somewhat familiar with Once Upon A Time‘s tale “Red-Handed”. It was pretty much exactly the same story with a twist ending and a more overbearing grandmother. I hope your kids didn’t watch this episode. It was pretty gory.
Our story starts in Fairytaleland with a love-sick “Red” (Meghan Ory, Ruby’s counterpart) who’s got a cute hunter boyfriend named Peter (Jesse Hutch) that Granny (Beverly Elliot) won’t let her go near. Granny is fearful of the wolf and she’s trying to protect Red but she’s being a real killjoy. Seriously, Red is at least 25 years old and she’s being scolded like a 16 year old.
So Granny shoos Peter away and they batten down the hatches Fort Knox style. Granny stands guard in her cute little rocking chair holding a really big gun. My Granny, what a big shotgun you have!
In the morning Red is gathering eggs from the hen house when she notices the eggs are gone and she hears suspicious noises. Out pops cute as button, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin, Mary Margaret’s counterpart) trying to be an egg thief.
Instead of scolding her, Red becomes her friend but Snow is too afraid to give Red her real name. She is still on the run, not sure if it’s from the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla, Regina’s counterpart) or from King George (Alan Dale). Either way, Snow gives Red an alias to call her, Margaret. Then she changes her mind suddenly and says Mary. Nice job slipping that in there, OUAT writers.
They head back to the house but stop at a well first. They’re met with an unwelcome surprise. The well is filled with blood and the land is littered with body parts left from the wolf’s kill.
Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Ruby is all upset at Granny because Granny is making her do more work and shooing her away from flirting. Again, she’s like 25!
So Ruby gets mad and quits. She runs into Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Mary Margaret who are discussing David (Josh Dallas, Prince Charming’s counterpart) and his possible involvement with Kathryn’s (Anastasia Griffith, Abigail’s counterpart) disappearance. They offer Ruby a place to stay.
The next day at the police station, Emma is working and Henry (Jared Gilmore) is helping Ruby find a job on the computer database. Mary Margaret runs in upset because she has just run into David in the woods and he didn’t even recognize her. Emma takes off and brings Ruby with her. It seems that Ruby has got a new job.
Emma and Ruby search the woods but Ruby is the one who finds David. She said she could hear him which is odd considering that she found him unconscious. The only explanation is that she heard him breathing.
Flashback to Fairytaleland, Red, Snow and Granny are in a tavern with a bunch of hunters when Granny decides to scare everyone with her tale of why the wolf is bad. It seems it killed 7 of her brothers and scarred her in the process. You know a person is intense when a little old granny can scare grown men.
Snow even comments on this in private to Red. She deduces that Granny is trying to keep Red away from love and is using the wolf to do it. Red decides the only solution is hunt the wolf and kill it.
She and Snow set out and Red proves to be surprisingly good at tracking. The tracks go from wolf to human and lead to Red’s window. Red deduces that the tracks belong to Peter. He’s the only person who’s been at her window.
This is the part where we all facepalm. Not another werewolf story! Isn’t Twilight enough? Plus, Red Riding Hood already did the whole is-my-boyfriend-a-werewolf thing. Do we really need to see this again?
Apparently we do. Red meets up with Peter while he’s still a man and tells him he’s the werewolf but that she still loves him anyway. Awwww. She convinces him to chain himself to a tree and she’ll keep watch. For Snow’s part, she will pretend to be Red and put on her cape to trick Granny. This all seems like a great plan except for one little thing.
Granny isn’t stupid and Snow’s too innocent to tell a good lie so Granny finds out rather quickly what’s going on. That’s where the twist comes in. Turns out Red is the werewolf not Peter. The red cape was magic and it kept her from changing into a werewolf. Consider me surprised!
Granny and Snow find Red and what’s left of Peter. They subdue the wolf and cloak it. Red turns back into Red and she is horrified when she finds out the truth and even more horrified that she’s just killed her true love. Who knew that Red’s darkside was this dark?
Back in Storybrooke. David is being checked out by the doctor. It seems that he’s experiencing side effects from his comma and basically sleepwalks just like after he awoke from his comma and disappeared only to be found by the toll bridge.
After Regina shows up as David’s primary contact at the doctor’s office and scolds Emma, Emma calls Ruby. She sends Ruby out to the toll bridge based on a hunch.
Ruby goes and finds a jewelry box buried in the mud containing a human heart. Emma runs the fingerprints and it turns out that it belongs to Mary Margaret which means Mary Margaret is under arrest.
Wow. First, what a good episode! There are so many ways this episode could have gone wrong but it didn’t. It was dark, really dark and oh so good.
It explained a lot. For instance, I was wondering why everyone treated Red like a little girl. She has such a badass look in Storybrook. I expected her to be burning cigarette butts on arm or have a wicked tattoo. Nothing in her look says she’s a good little girl. It didn’t add up. Turns out her darkside is much worse than anyone could imagine.
Come back next week for a brand new Once Upon A Time review where we find out how Snow got a little dirty. Can’t wait!
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