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Red-Handed 

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.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

Edward Kitsis (created by), Adam Horowitz (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison ... Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla ... Regina Mills
Josh Dallas ... David Nolan
Eion Bailey ... August W. Booth
Jared Gilmore ... Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Raphael Sbarge ... Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Robert Carlyle ... Mr. Gold (credit only)
David Anders ... Dr. Whale
Bill Dow ... Mayor Tomkins
Beverley Elliott ... Granny Lucas / Granny
Jesse Hutch ... Peter
Meghan Ory ... Ruby Lucas / Red Riding Hood
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Red Riding Hood: Everyone calls me Red.
Snow White: I'm Sn... Frosty.
Red Riding Hood: Frosty? Really?
Snow White: No. It's just that someone's looking for me, so...
Red Riding Hood: You don't know or trust me yet. Hey, I, I get it. I just need something to call you.
Snow White: Uh... Margaret. Erm, no. Uh, Mary. Mary.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

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A red rose
20 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Once Upon a Time' first started it was highly addictive and made the most of a truly great and creative premise. Really loved the idea of turning familiar fairy tales on their heads and putting own interpretations on them and the show early on clearly had clearly had a ball. Watched it without fail every time it came on and it was often a highlight of the week. Which was why it was sad when it ran out of ideas and lost its magic in the later seasons.

"Red-Handed" establishes Red Riding Hood's back-story very well, it's a very absorbing and sometimes creepy one and contrasts with the real world parallel cleverly. It's a very good episode in its own right, not quite a 'Once Upon a Time' high point but a big improvement over the still very watchable but disappointing previous episode "Dreamy".

It drags occasionally and it is agreed there is some sloppiness on facts regarding lemurs.

However, visually "Red-Handed" is a very handsomely mounted episode, settings and costumes that are both colourful and atmospheric, not too dark or garish and never cookie-cutter. The effects are also above average, not exceptional but not bad. It is photographed beautifully and there is some make-up that suited the characters perfectly. The music is haunting, ethereal and cleverly used with a memorable main theme.

Regarding the writing, "Red-Handed" shows that it really has come on a long way. There is far less corn and instead the humour, emotional, romantic and scary elements and the balance between them are becoming stronger.

The acting likewise, Robert Carlyle, Ginnifer Goodwin and Meghan Ory particularly shine.

In conclusion, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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