What would you do if you found out your boyfriend was a werewolf? Worse yet, what if you were the werewolf? And, you, uh…accidentally ate him? Well, you might end up hiding beneath a red cloak day in and day out to avoid any further mishaps…like, say, a full moon.
Yeah, that scenario sounds pretty far-fetched, but not if you’re Little Red Riding Hood and your classical tale has taken a dangerous, but incredibly astounding twist.
Red lives with her able-bodied, cross-bow toting grandmother, Granny. Ever since she can remember, Granny’s always been on her case about wearing that stupid red cloak. Supposedly it keeps the wolves at bay. They don’t like the color red. But, wolves won’t ever get her if she’s never allowed to leave the cabin.
Nevertheless, it’s Wolf’s Time, and Granny is more ferociously adamant in her reasoning and persistence towards the red hood. Several hunters are found dead, attacked by a wolf larger than any man has ever known.
Red craves adventure. She wants to help track this wolf down and kill it. Oh, what a grand time she’d have out from under Granny’s stiff thumb. And she could do it too, if only Granny would let her leave the cabin.
One day after a boring night of staying indoors, dreaming about wolf hunting, Red trudges through the snow to the chicken house to collect eggs for breakfast. As she’s ready to leave, she hears a small scrape against the back wall. An egg thief? What if it’s the wolf?
But Red won’t have any of it. Whoever this stranger is…Sn--, I mean, Margaret. No, Mary. Yes, Mary. She can come in and have a nice hot meal with Red and Granny. First, though, they’ll need to fetch a pail of water.
One problem: It’s turned to blood. The wolf has struck again.
The small village rapidly gathers, rallying a troop to kill this wolf once and for all. Everyone’s adrenaline is pumping. Everyone’s except Granny’s.
Granny’s seen the wolf. She knows exactly what it looks like and what it is. It’s no ordinary wolf. It has been many, many years, but she remembers like it was yesterday. It was Wolf’s Time and her brothers had geared up to hunt down the wolf, much like these men were. Only on this occasion, Granny, a young girl, had snuck out of her house to join in the action. That’s when she saw it. Her brothers had cornered it, but the beast swiped the weapons from their grasps. They were mauled. The beast’s eyes were black with rage as it turned and saw her. It lunged and bit her upper arm, leaving a snarly scar. But instead of killing her, the beast turned and walked into the woods.
This wolf was like no other; its eyes held reasoning. Why would it have let her go? The best course of action for these men today: leave it alone. There’s nothing that can be done.
Red’s not convinced. She wants to track down this wolf, especially if it means she’ll get out from under Granny. Plus, she’s got this guy…Peter, whom she really likes. Granny isn’t fond of him, but Red doesn’t care. Without the wolf, she and Peter can runaway together.
Peter’s the wolf?
The only way to be sure is chain him to a tree. If he stays human, he’s not the wolf, but if he is then everyone will be safe because he’ll be tied up. Red will stay with him all night and Snow White can pretend to be Red so Granny won’t be suspicious. That means Snow White will have to wear the red hood.
Well, Granny’s not easily fooled. When she finds out that Red has Peter chained to a tree without her red cloak, she’s furious. Don’t you see, Snow White? Red is the wolf!
Quickly the too track down Red. On the way Granny reveals a family secret. Red’s mother was a werewolf, although she was killed. And Granny was once a werewolf too, but the changing powers have since worn off. What’s left is a super sniffer. She can track anybody with only a few inhales of air. The only thing keeping Red from turning is her magical cloak, which Granny bought from a wizard. That’s why she has to be wearing it at all times!
Soon enough they find Red and Peter…or what’s left of him. Red, now the wolf, whips around at Granny’s and Snow’s startled cries. Snow throws off the red cape and onto Red. The hunters are coming and Red has turned human again under the magical cloak, albeit dazed and confused.
Granny can hold the hunters off if Snow can take Red to safety. No one can know about this. No one can ever know that sweet Little Red Riding Hood is actually the wolf!
So what can she do but quit. And leave town. But since fairy tale characters can’t actually leave Storybrooke without something bad happening, Emma and Mary Margaret invite her to stay with them. Maybe Henry and Emma can find Ruby a job at the police station. She’s got to be good at something besides waiting tables, right? Like carrying things in little baskets…
Okay, so back to Mary Margaret. Mary Margaret isn’t just worried about her reputation. Sure, she’s mad at David for lying to her and Kathryn, yada, yada, but she doesn’t want to see him in any kind of real trouble. She figures she can help him by searching in the vast woods near the scene of the crime. But then she spots David searching too.
Oh, he’s searching alright, and it’s probably for his lost mind. He’s acting strange, like looking through her as if she wasn’t there. Before Mary Margaret can question him further, he stumbles away in a distant haze.
Now Mary Margaret’s alarmed. She rushes to the police station. Emma and Ruby quickly hit the woods. It’s only then that Ruby’s enhanced, almost dog-like senses kick in. She can hear small sounds across long distances. And she hears David. He’s just waking up from his fog. He doesn’t remember anything. Nothing from the time Emma let him go at the station until now.
But Emma’s not so sure David’s behind this mystery. She needs to keep looking. And this time Ruby might be the key. So Emma sends Ruby down to the Toll Bridge where David was first found. Ruby begins searching for anything out of the ordinary only to find a mysterious jewelry box. Slowly she opens the lid, and finds…a heart!
Panicked, Ruby decides police work isn’t her thing, but waiting tables and working extra hours at the diner is. She leaves the heart and jewelry box with Emma and practically runs back into Granny’s loving arms.
At the Storybrooke Animal Shelter, Mary Margaret is trying to comfort David about this entire fiasco when Emma walks in. She comes bearing bad news. That heart they found was Kathryn’s, but even worse, the fingerprints on the jewelry box belong not to David but Mary Margaret!
Things just took a nasty turn!
1) Who saw that twist coming?! Obviously the writers have drifted from the original tale. But don’t you think this version is so much cooler?!
2) When the curse is broken, will Ruby gain back her werewolf powers?
3) What is wrong with David?
4) How long did Snow White stay with Red and Granny?
5) Is this what Snow White helped Red with when no one else would? (see Ep: 10)
6) Who is Doctor Whale if he’s not the wolf? Could he still be the Big Bad Wolf from the Three Little Pigs?
7) Who is the wizard Granny bought the red cape from?