Hearing a wolf howl at the moon sounds both mournful and natural. The wolf and moon have an undeniable connection. Much like the wolf, this episode is chock full of mourning, connection, and even discovery, both of self and otherwise.
Let’s begin in the Fairy Tale Land. Snow White and Red are running from hunters. Red has just killed Peter and she must hide. Eluding the hunters, Red and Snow White agree to split up and meet again in the morning by a stream.
The next morning as Red waits for Snow White to appear, a man with glowing eyes pounces on her, grabs her red cloak and makes a dash for it. Red chases the man, named Quinn, and begs for her cloak back. Why does she need it? He goads. He, too, is one of her kind. There are more of them. She can have her cloak, but she needs to come with him. He and his pack can teach her all about controlling the wolf-side of her. No more black outs. Total control.
Desiring to have control over the wolf within her, Red takes him up on his offer and follow him to his den.
Inside, she meets their leader, Anita. Anita, in fact, is Red’s mother, the mother Red always believed was dead. Embracing her mother, she agrees to follow any rules the pack has. In turn, her mother teaches her control. Red no longer needs her cloak.
Red refuses. She can’t kill her best friend. Fine! Anita will do it. Transforming into a wolf, Anita closes in on Snow White. As Anita prepares to pounce, Red morphs into a wolf and saves Snow White, only in the process she killed her mother.
She’s sorry for that, but she can’t embrace one part of her and not the other. She must be true to both her selves. She is both. Snow White is the only person who ever accepted her completely.
It’s been 28 years since she’s turned into her wolfish alter ego, and she’s searched everywhere for her magical red cloak, even Gold’s, but the garment is nowhere to be found: it didn’t come over when the curse hit.
David believes that Ruby has enough control to not need to be locked up, but Ruby can’t take any chances of harming anyone, including the newly discovered, cheese-loving mouse, Gus, from Cinderella, also known as Billy the tow trucker.
So, out of Granny’s freezer comes the lasagna and in goes Ruby—at least for the night.
The next morning, Granny returns to her diner to release Ruby, but only claw marks and a busted door greet her! David and Granny search for Ruby only to find her in the woods.
Paranoid at what she might have done, she questions everything. When David gets a call, she’s sure it’ll be about some murderous act she committed; but his call is only about a parking violation. That is until they arrive on the scene. Billy’s tow truck, the violating vehicle, is empty and his body, covered in blood, lays on the ground by the tire!
Lock her up, she says. Wolfs-time isn’t over yet; only a jail cell can hold her now. So David does.
But when the town plus King George break into the jail to kill Ruby, they discover an empty cell. David may not have been an actual prince in Fairy Tale Land, but he has many princely qualities, two being quick thinking and strategy skills.
One step ahead of his kingly “father,” David takes Ruby to Belle’s library. Chained in the library, Ruby’ll be safe and kept from harming more people.
David leaves Ruby with Belle. Belle tells Ruby she’ll stay with Ruby through the night. She’s fairly familiar with being around monsters. (Apologies for the term, Ruby). Nevertheless, Ruby can’t risk harming her friend and ends up locking Belle in her own library. Ruby will run away, deep into the woods.
She doesn’t get far before a howl can be heard across the town. The mob descends.
In King George’s car trunk is Ruby’s cloak, an ax, and paper evidence that could lead to David’s destruction. When David and Granny hear Ruby howl, they race to rescue her.
In front of the townsfolk, David presents the evidence, gains Ruby’s trust in wolf form, and turns her back into a human by cloaking her in red. When they turn to the mob, King George is missing!
You see, earlier, by accident, the dwarves finally discovered diamonds in the mines. Fairy dust was now possible, and there would be enough to repair Jefferson’s hat and make it work. King George knew this and stole the hat.
With a wicked grin, King George throws the hat into the fire, destroying David’s only link to his family in Fairy Tale Land!
At Mary Margaret’s apartment, David laments never seeing his wife and daughter again. Little does he know the incident that happened earlier with Henry, Regina, and Mr. Gold.
When David was off helping Ruby, Regina had been sent to watch over Henry while he napped. Henry, gripped in the flaming nightmare, awakens with a jerk, discovering that the flames had transcended into reality, actually burning some skin on his hand.
Regina immediately calls Gold for help. Mr. Gold mixes a potion and places it in a necklace for Henry to wear while he sleeps. This necklace will give Henry power over the dreams until they cease.
So, while David laments, Henry dreams…
Mary Margaret and Emma leave to talk to her while Aurora sleeps. Again Aurora’s dream traps her in the fire room, except this time the eyes she sees now belong to a little boy. Above the roaring flames, he calls out to her, trying to calm her. The flames recede and Aurora wakes up with a start.
Mary Margaret and Emma run to her side. Aurora, gasping for breath, exclaims that she saw a boy and that he said his name is Henry!
1) How will this link between Henry and Aurora help the two worlds find a portal back to Storybrooke? Or will it bring Storybrooke citizens back to their native land?
2) What will happen when the women track down Cora?
3) Why/How did the flames actually burn Henry?
4) How long do these nightmare side effects last? Did Snow White get burned too? Or is this a completely different dream?
5) For what purpose would Mr. Gold freely give away some magic to Henry? What is his plan?
6) How will David get back at King George?
7) Will there be more deaths because of Ruby or does she really have complete control now?
8) How much power will fairy dust have in Storybrooke? What can it do for Mr. Gold and his curse?