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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.


Ron Underwood


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

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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


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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Release Date:

11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The Swayambhunath Temple just west of Kathmandu, Nepal is also known as the Monkey Temple. The hundreds of Assam Macaques that live on the temple grounds are not merely tolerated, they are revered as sacred. In the Galta Ji temple complex in Jaipur, India is a temple of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. The hundreds of Rhesus Macaques who live at the temple are revered, protected and pampered. There are no lemur temples. 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 »


Snow White: Who's going to your window, Red?
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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 »


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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