The path to true love took us down the yellow brick road on Sunday’s Once Upon a Time.
As we saw at the end of last week, Ruby has crash-landed in the Underworld. She was using a tracking spell to find Zelena and it dumped her in the land of the dead. Ruby’s presence in the Underworld is bad news for Zelena, and Hades knows that. He wants her help getting rid her, but Zelena knows if she does anything to hurt Ruby, Regina will never let her see her baby again. She’s ready to click her heels and get out of the Underworld for good.
However, before she can head back over the rainbow Regina and company find her. When Ruby demands to know what happened to Dorothy we find out Zelena took a page from her sister’s handbook and placed her under a sleeping curse. Since Dorothy’s Auntie Em is dead, and she has no one who else who loves her, she’ll be under the sleeping curse forever. But that can’t be there must be someone out there who loves Dorothy. Cue the flashback.
Mulan and Ruby are still on their quest to find Ruby’s pack. Their search has lead them to Oz and a little dog named Toto crosses their path. Ruby recognizes him because she’s seen the Wizard of Oz back in Storybrooke, Mulan on the other hand still has no clue what a movie is. Enter Dorothy not far behind Toto. Apparently Toto only barks when he’s found a witch, but no witches here Dorothy, just a werewolf. Ruby’s wolf nature spooked Toto so he runs off into the forest. Ruby uses her sense of smell to help Dorothy track him.
Ruby can tell Toto means much more to Dorothy than just a mere pet. Dorothy explains that when she returned from Oz as a child, her family wanted to send her off to an asylum. Her Aunt Em was the only one who believed her. Toto is the last remaining piece she has left of her. Ruby empathizes with Dorothy because she understands what it’s like to be an outcast. Ruby’s been searching for something that’s missing, but she isn’t sure what that is.
While they’re searching Zelena arrives back in Oz via cyclone. Already searching for a way to get her hands on Dorothy’s silver slippers and head back to Storybrooke, she captures Toto and offers Dorothy a deal. She’ll trade Toto for the silver slippers. She has a day to decide. The three ladies decide there has to be another way to stop Zelena and get Toto back. A batch of Mulan’s sleeping powder should do the trick all they need is poppies. Thankfully they grow like crazy in Oz. Dorothy knows exactly where to find them, but Ruby won’t let her go alone. But before they can leave with the poppies in hand, the flying monkeys show up to cause some trouble. Conveniently there’s a full moon, so Ruby has a way for them to escape quickly. She transforms and runs back to camp with Dorothy on her back.
Dorothy is a bit overwhelmed by the whole wolf out experience and so is Ruby. She can tell Dorothy is afraid of her, even though she tried not to show it. While Dorothy rests Mulan and Ruby have a heart to heart. Ruby realizes that what she’s been looking for this whole time is someone like Dorothy. She’s never felt this way about anyone before. Mulan encourages her not to make the same mistake she did, and express her feelings before it’s too late. However it appears too late has already come because Dorothy has snuck away.
Back in the Underworld the heroes try to find a way to contact Auntie Em. They notice in the graveyard that her headstone is still intact, so she hasn’t moved on yet. They think that there’s a chance they can bottle up True Love’s Kiss the way the Blind Witch bottled Charming’s breath. But Hades is there to rain on their parade. Auntie Em runs the competing diner across the street from Granny’s and he decides to make an example of her. He slips some water from the River of Lost Souls into her soup and she melts into a puddle of water before she can gift her kiss to the heroes.
Hades has had it with hope sprouting in his domain. So much so he has ordered the removal of all the telephones. Can’t have people talking to their loved ones anymore. This puts Snow into a tizzy. They no longer have a way to contact baby Neal. The only alternative is to send Charming to Oz with Ruby, and then she can bring him home to Storybrooke once they save Dorothy. Regina has managed to convince Zelena to hand over the silver slippers, but now that Auntie Em is gone, there’s no one to give Dorothy True Love’s Kiss.
But Snow can see that Ruby’s concern for her friend is much more than friendly affection. She tells her best friend that she should be the one to break the curse. Before Ruby can leave to try True Love’s Kiss, Charming has a surprise for his true love. Killian’s hook is still enchanted to write names on the tombstones. While he can’t erase the names, he can change them. He scratched out Snow’s name and put Charming’s instead. Now Snow can return to be with her son.
When Snow and Ruby land in Oz they find Dorothy surrounded by the munchkins much like how Snow was surrounded by the dwarves in the pilot episode. Ruby is able to wake Dorothy with True Love’s Kiss, and once Dorothy awakens she confirms that she indeed loves Ruby as well. The two share a sickly sweet kiss.
Back in the Underworld Henry has just finished recording another story. He shows his family that Ruby and Dorothy found each other, and that Snow made it home to baby Neal. Things are starting to look up.
After a conversation with Zelena, Belle realizes time is not on her side. If Hades wants her baby he can just speed up her pregnancy like Emma did with Zelena. So she gets the brilliant idea that if she puts herself under a sleeping curse, her body with be frozen as is, giving Rumple enough time to figure out how to get their baby back. But she doesn’t expect Rumple to be the one to wake her. She wants Rumple to bring her back to Storybrooke once they’ve defeated Hades so her father can wake her.
Hook and Charming share an awesome bromance moment. Hook thanks Charming for coming along to save him, and Charming admits Hook may have grown on him as of late.
So what did you think of the big reveal? Once Upon a Time’s first LGBTQ fairytale relationship got a happily ever after. A lot of people were expecting Mulan and Ruby to be the ones who ended up falling for each other, but I’m glad it wasn’t. Mulan still has loose ends to tie up with Aurora, so it wouldn’t have felt right. I’m also glad that there wasn’t some big hoopla about Ruby being bisexual. Her feelings were addressed in the same way any straight couple would have been, which is how it should be. I applaud Once for showing people that even in fairytales, love is love. People of every sexual orientation can find their happy ending.
Next week it looks like we’ll be getting that Charming x James showdown we’ve been waiting for!
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