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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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Episode cast overview:
August W. Booth
Henry Mills (as Jared S. Gilmore)
Dr. Archie Hopper (credit only)
Mr. Gold (credit only)
Mayor Tomkins


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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Did You Know?


Ruby's love interest in this episode is named Peter. Possibly a reference to the story "Peter and Wolf", which was made into a short animated film by Disney also titled Peter and the Wolf (1946). 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 »


David Nolan: What is it? Did you find her?
Emma Swan: We found a box.
David Nolan: What... what does that mean?
Emma Swan: We think it... we think that she...
David Nolan: What?
Emma Swan: There was a human heart inside it.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Oh, my god.
David Nolan: [crying] No.
Emma Swan: We're gonna send it out for some tests, but there aren't any other missing people.
Mary Margaret Blanchard: Maybe you should go.
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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

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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