David faces questions about Kathryn's disappearance and Emma gives Ruby a job as her assistant, as flashbacks show Red Riding Hood attempt to kill a wolf preying on her village.



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Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
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Emma takes on a depressed Ruby as her assistant in the hopes it will show her the good things in life. David is questioned about Kathryn's disappearance (and possible murder). The backstory of Red Riding Hood is revealed as well as her yearning to run away with her true love and her village's virtual imprisonments when a bloody thirsty wolf begins a unyielding killing spree. Written by robo_1990

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11 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Visible when she is answering the phone, Ruby is wearing a wolf shaped ring, which references her story. See more »


August says he was surrounded by Lemurs in Nepal, they are only found wild in Madagascar. It is likely they meant macaques, but the mistake was repeated later by Ruby saying Emma was her Lemur. See more »


Ruby: [showing Emma the box she found buried by the toll bridge] Is... Is that what I think it is?
Emma Swan: Yeah.
Ruby: [turning away] I can't look.
Emma Swan: Are you okay?
Ruby: I don't know what I am.
Emma Swan: It's gonna be all right. We can figure out what happened now. Ruby, you did good.
Ruby: This is doing good?
Emma Swan: Yeah. It's amazing. First you found David, and now this? I know you say you don't know what you are, but whatever it is, I gotta say I'm impressed.
Ruby: [wry laugh] Don't be. I was scared out of my mind.
Emma Swan: But you did it anyway.
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The opening sequence gives a hint to the episodes main story line by showing a character or event happening in the dark forest underneath the title. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »

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An improvement and a great back story to Red Riding Hood/Ruby
17 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Red-Handed is an improvement over the last two episodes and not only does it do a great job continuing where it left off with Kathryn's disappearance to Mary Margaret being in jail, but it gives a great back story to Ruby's character as Red Riding Hood. Yes, it did drag a bit longer, but there's nothing else to fault this episode with.

The writing's pretty good, the chemistry between Red Riding Hood and Snow White is spot on, the performances are still good, the scenery is still gorgeous and how atmospheric the Red Riding Hood setting was (also I liked how it's connected to the Enchanted Forest), the music score's still beautiful, the script is well-written, and the directing is pretty good.

Overall, an improvement and a great back story to Red Riding Hood/Ruby.

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