Tonight on ABC their fantastical series Once Upon A Time returns with an all new Sunday April 17, season 5 episode 18 called, “Ruby Slippers” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Ruby (Meghan Ory) looks for Dorothy, (Teri Reeves) whom she and Mulan (Jamie Chung) met in Oz awhile back, and her search leads her to the Underworld, where she asks for assistance from Emma, (Jennifer Morrison) Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Snow. (Ginnifer Goodwin)
On the last episode, Belle turned to Rumplestiltskin with hope of finding a way to protect their child from Hades. However, they disagreed over whether to use dark magic, as Belle forbid Rumplestiltskin from using his powers for evil. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the ABC synopsis, “in flashbacks, Ruby and Mulan find themselves in Oz, where they meet Dorothy. After the three witness Zelena’s return to Oz, they look for a way to defeat her once and for all.
However, Dorothy mysteriously disappears, and Ruby’s search for her new friend lands her in the Underworld. Reunited with the heroes, Ruby teams up with Emma, Regina and Snow to continue looking for Dorothy. Meanwhile, Snow and David struggle with not being able to be with their son, Neal, and devise a plan so that one of them can escape the Underworld.”
Tonight’s season 5 episode 18 looks like it is going to be as magical as ever so make sure that you tune in to our live coverage of Once Upon A Time at 8:00 PM EST!
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#OnceUponATime starts with them gang lying Red down in bed and wondering why she’s in the underworld. Last they saw her she went to find her pack. Emma shows them a scarp of cloth she found of blue plaid.
We see Red and Mulan in Oz a while ago. They’re in the woods at a run and then Red tells her about the movie she saw about Oz and says there’s no trace of her pack scent there. They hear a growl and it’s Toto. Dorothy approaches them and she says he sniffed out a witch.
Red says she’s not a witch but is part wolf. Toto runs off whining and Dorothy sniffs and says the dog went off the other way. Hades comes to Zelena but says he’s not there to woo her but warn her and says a werewolf crash landed here.
Zelena panics and Hades says she must have done something wicked for her to chase her there. Zelena says she has to leave before they find her and says she’s alive. Hades asks about her daughter. Zelena says if she faces Red, she’ll do something bad.
Hades says stay and face them so you can get your daughter back. Hades pledges to take care of the wolf for her. Belle tells Gold she hates what she did to Gaston and says she darkened her soul to save him and gained nothing.
Red wakes and says she came there tracking Zelena because Dorothy went missing. She says she destroyed another life because she’s a wolf but Snow promises help. Emma says they need to go talk to Zelena and they take off.
David encourages Snow to be a hero. There’s a huge line for the phone booth and Cruella is having her men tear the phone out. Henry asks if this is because he won’t bring her back to life. She says Hades ordered it to kill the hope they’re encouraging.
Cruella offers to make a deal for them to have one last call and David says no. Her henchman Claude rips out the phone and the ghost citizens are understandably upset. Zelena is ready to leave but Regina shuts down her magic slippers.
Red demands to know what she did to Dorothy. We see Red, Mulan and Dorothy looking for Toto when Zelena turns up. She tells them she was banished there and says it’s to keep her from her baby. Zelena tells her that her child needed her and demands the silver slippers.
Dorothy says no and Zelena offers to trade her Toto for the slippers and laughs wickedly then poofs away with the dog. Now, Regina tells her to do the right thing but Zelena says even she can’t help Dorothy now and shows them a magic mirror with a reflection of her in it.
She put Dorothy in a sleeping curse and needs true love’s kiss but has no one that loves her. Zelena says it really was clever. Zelena tells Regina she wants her daughter for the slippers but Regina says no and says stop blustering.
Regina says she understands and says a terrible thing doesn’t mean she can’t do right at this point. Regina sits and says she can come back from this and she knows from experience. Regina says just try. She gives Regina the slippers but says no more pep talks.
Regina pours a shot of whiskey and says she hopes they can wake her. Red paces and tells Snow and Emma that Dorothy has no one. Regina hands Red the slippers but Red says there’s no one that can give Dorothy true love’s kiss.
She says she loved her Aunt Em but she’s dead. Emma says Em may be in the underworld. Mulan makes sleeping powder to use against Zelena back in Oz and Red and Dorothy go looking for the poppies she needs.
Red asks if Toto is more than a pet and Dorothy is hesitant to answer then says when she went back to Kansas she told her family what happened and they tried to have her committed. Red says sorry and Dorothy says her Aunt Em saved her but then died.
She says she gave her Toto before she died and he’s the only one who understands her. Red says her village ran her out of town when she was younger and says she didn’t have a lot of control over her wolf then and accidentally killed her BF.
Red says she lived on the run after that and later learned to control her powers and made some friends along the way. She says she came looking for her pack in Oz and says she now thinks she’s not sure if they are the answer any more.
Red looks at her and says she’s not sure what she’s looking for now. Red goes to Emily Brown’s headstone and they tell her since it’s intact, she’s still there. Em can’t get out and Snow says maybe they can bottle her kiss so Red can take the kiss to Oz for Dorothy.
David and Hook come tell them that Hades ripped out the phones to cut off their communication. Snow freaks and Emma says it’s time for them to go home. Snow says their mission is not done and Snow says they wanted to come.
Emma says your other kid needs you more and Hook says they can wage their war without the Charmings. Emma says use the slippers to get back to Storybrooke and take care of Neal. Regina minds them that Snow’s name is on a tombstone and can’t leave – but David can.
Belle comes to see Zelena and says she needs her help as a mother. She tells her about the contract that Hades has for her baby. Zelena is annoyed Regina told her that he loves her. Belle begs and says she knows what it’s like to lose a child.
Zelena asks why her instead of the Dark One and Belle says she can’t trust him right now. Zelena says now she knows why she doesn’t want to rush to her own beast. Belle says maybe she’s scared to see him but Zelena says she’ll never get any happy ending.
She says she tried but look where I am, boozing with the bookworm. Belle gets queasy and Zelena thinks she disgusts her but it’s morning sickness. Zelena says her pregnancy only lasted 10 minutes and Belle panics that Hades might speed up her pregnancy too.
Belle is upset and Zelena says she may have time on her side and there may be a way. Hook flips through the book impatiently then David comes to ask if he found anything. Hook says only that she died in Kansas and David says he hates to go back.
He thinks Snow should go be with her son and says she already missed time with Emma and says they shouldn’t be here then tells Hook sorry. Hook thanks him and says he’s right he shouldn’t be there. David says he came for Emma and he grew on him too.
Hook says he has that effect on people and David smiles. Hook says he should go and David says he’s right. Back in Oz, they find the poppy field which is in Zelena’s territory. Dorothy says be careful and says sorry for calling her wolfie.
Red says he likes it and says she gets to give Dorothy a nickname too and suggests Kansas. Flying monkeys near them to attack and Red asks if Dorothy trusts her and she says she does and then turns wolf. Dorothy steps closer and picks up her red cape.
Red goes to fight the monkeys. They meet with Mulan and Dorothy throws her cloak over her and she turns back to Red again. Now, Red comes into the diner and the woman says no dogs allowed. Emma asks where they can find Emily Brown.
Regina says tell or Red takes off the cloak. The woman says she hates Auntie Em – she’s the competition. She points them over to a diner across the way. They go to Em’s diner who says the soup is to die for.
Emma says they’re trying to help Dorothy and they tell her she needs true love’s kiss in a bottle. Em goes to blow the kiss but then she turns to ice and water. Hades is there and says the soup must not have agreed with her.
He says it’s a little water from the river of souls. They ask why he’d hurt her and if Zelena put him up to it. He says she has no idea and calls it a teachable moment. Emma says he’s scared to lose the fight and he scoffs and calls her savior.
He says her dear old aunt would not agree. He wipes up her remains and says this is what happens to anyone who deals with the heroes. The other diners look away. He says it’s hard to be a savior when no one wants you to save them.
Back in Oz, Mulan tells Red they attack at first light. She asks Red what’s going on and Ruby says Dorothy asked her what she’s been looking for and she said she didn’t know. Mulan asks if that’s true. Red says she’s been looking for someone like her.
Red says she’s never felt like this about anyone before. Then she says Dorothy looked at her with horror when she changed. Mulan encourages her to tell Dorothy how she feels. Red goes to talk to Dorothy but she’s gone from the cabin and there’s just a scrap of cloth left behind.
Now, Snow tells Red it’s not safe here and Red says no one can wake her up. Snow sits and says maybe Red can do it. Snow says she knows her and they’re best friends and she can tell how much she cares about Dorothy.
Red says she’s right and Snow says go to Oz and Red say true love is a one-way street and Dorothy doesn’t feel that way since she bailed on her in Oz. Snow says she hit Charming in the face the first time she met him and love is funny.
Red says she’s never been so scared before and Snow says love is scary and it’s a good sign. Snow says she’s about to say goodbye to David but she’s okay because what you get back far outweighs the risk when you love someone.
Red leaves the scrap of Dorothy’s cloth on her Aunt Em’s headstone. Regina tells Red how to use the slippers and David and Snow say goodbye. Hook says he removed the name and swapped his name for hers on the headstone.
Hook says he can’t erase the names but he can change them since Hades enchanted his hook to carve the names. David tells Snow to go and he’ll be back before she knows it. Emma hugs her and Regina asks her to check in on Robin’s baby.
Snow kisses David and then takes Red’s hand. Red clicks her heels and they’re gone. Zelena finds Hades sniffing his jar of river water. She says a talk with Belle made her realize she didn’t give him a fresh chance.
He’s about to dump Aunty Em in the river and Zelena tells him about putting her in the sleeping curse forever. He dumps the water in the river after she asks what he gets. He says your happiness. Zelena smiles and says it was all for her…
Hades says that’s why he did it – to show her it’s possible to be selfless. He says she’s scared he’ll disappoint her and she admits it’s true. She says maybe she just needs to take a chance. He offers her a drink to toast Dorothy’s eternal slumber.
They clink glasses and drink. The munchkins are gathered around Dorothy’s body when Toto starts growling. Mulan is there too when Red and Snow show up. Mulan says she was waiting for her.
Snow tells Ruby she can do it and she steps up to the sleeping Dorothy. Red takes a deep breath then touches her hair and finally kisses her. The spell breaks and Dorothy wakes – she gasps to life and Toto barks happily.
Dorothy sits up and Red asks why she left without saying anything. Dorothy says she was afraid to lose her to Zelena. Red says she almost lost her. Dorothy says she didn’t and says you came back for me.
Red says she always will. Dorothy kisses her and Snow wipes away a tear. Henry smiles at the completed page he wrote about their happy ending. Emma and the others talk and Henry shows the page to David.
He says grandma made it back to Storybrooke. David says now let’s figure out how to join them. He shows the page to Emma and she smiles. Belle comes back to the shop and says she’s been out trying to fix his mistake.
Belle says she can’t risk this and says she can pause everything. She has the sleeping curse she got from Zelena and says that will buy him all the time he needs. Rumple says the only way back out is true love’s curse and says he’s not that man.
Belle says have her father do it after he breaks the contract. She pricks her finger before he can get to her and she collapses into the curse even though he told her it would make things worse. Gold rushes to her and holds her.