How did Ruby end up in the Underworld if she’s not really dead? (I didn’t even know that could be a thing, but apparently, it is.) After being found last week, the gang brought her home to figure out how she got there and, well, what happened. All they know is that she arrived holding a swatch of familiar blue-and-white checkered fabric that we know belongs to Dorothy Gale.
And in Oz some time ago (because no one knows timelines and that’s okay), Ruby and Mulan are attempting to track Ruby’s pack through the woods and are caught off guard by none other than…Toto. Not that scary. Where there’s a Toto, there’s a Dorothy, and Dorothy is rightfully wary of Ruby since Toto is acting the way he only acts around witches. But Ruby’s not a witch. She’s part wolf, which is why Toto’s understandably taken to her (she’s showing Dorothy some foreshadowing, apparently). When Ruby tries to show Dorothy she’s trustworthy, Toto gets spooked and runs away. Ruby uses her wolf senses to push a disgruntled Dorothy in the right direction, but they’re interrupted by Zelena’s presence. See, Zelena is after Dorothy, who has the silver slippers she needs to get back to her baby. Dorothy doesn’t have them, but Zelena has her precious dog, so, you know. Fair trade, and she’s got 24 hours to figure something out.
In the Underworld, Ruby finally awakens, understandably confused (most everyone is when it comes to this show so it’s okay). She came here looking for Zelena via a tracking spell that led her here because Dorothy went missing. Zelena, for her part, is having a moment with her dead rose when Hades shows up and warns her that a very wolfish visitor dropped in. Zelena panics and says she needs to leave before she gets found or she’ll do something she regrets to Ruby and Regina will never let her see her daughter again. Aw, Zelena. You do have a heart hidden underneath everything! It’s okay because if she stays here, she can get her daughter back. And Hades will take care of the wolf issue ’cause that’s what good boyfriends do.
Zelena attempts to take the slippers so she can finally go home, but Regina and crew stop her. What exactly did Zelena do to Dorothy? Nothing so terrible that her sister wouldn’t understand…a.k.a. a sleeping curse. Regina saddles her sibling with a sisterly talk where she uses her positivity and optimism of the past four seasons to convince Zelena that she can change her mistakes, make good choices, and change her life…all by handing over the shoes. Seems all you have to do is ask, and Zelena surprisingly hands over the shoes with no problem.
While the issue of getting the shoes back is solved, the real issue with Zelena’s curse is that no one can give Dorothy true love’s kiss to wake her up because she doesn’t have a significant other or even family that loves her, except for Aunt Em. Ruby is distraught about this, feeling like she failed her friend, until she remembers that conveniently Aunt Em is dead…and, hey, we’re in the Underworld!
NEXT: What is this feeling so sudden and new? I felt the moment I laid eyes on you…