‘Once Upon a Time’ season 5, episode 18 review: The story of Red and Dorothy

Meghan Ory, Once Upon a Time

Isn’t this what happens when we all assume? For much of “Once Upon a Time” season 5, our key assumption has been that the show’s first same-sex couple was going to be Mulan and Ruby, if for no other reason than that Mulan was the only LGBTQ character we’d seen on the show so far, and the woman otherwise known as Red seemed to be the only real option.

Well, Sunday night’s “Ruby Slippers” found a way to surprise us by making us ‘shippers of Ruby and Dorothy for the first time, who turned out to be very interested in each other! Granted, there were some hurdles that the two had to overcome, but as a way to bring Dorothy back to life, she needed true love’s kiss. While this story did come out of nowhere, we appreciated that it was a small but fun love story in the same vein as many others on the show. It was nice, sweet, and while we don’t know how much more of them we are going to see, we’re pretty happy that we saw it tonight.

As for the remainder of the hour, it felt like the rest of the story dealt with writing off actors who are pregnant in real life for the immediate future. When it comes to Mary Margaret, David found a way to send her back to Storybrooke so that she could look after their child. Meanwhile, Belle decided to put herself to sleep so that Rumpelstiltskin could cancel out the contract, and then she could be woken up and the baby would not belong to Hades.

Our heroes are not out of the woods just yet, mostly because of the fact that Hades and Zelena are not done just yet, and we still have to get the rest of the group out of the Underworld. Time will tell there. Grade: B+.

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