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This article focuses on the Season Five episode.
For the Storybrooke character, see Ruby.
For the magical items, see Silver Slippers.
Ruby: Well, yeah, but I almost lost you.
Dorothy: You didn't. You came back for me.
Ruby: I always will.

"Ruby Slippers" is the eighteenth episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Bill Wolkoff, and directed by Eriq La Salle. It is the one hundred and sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 17, 2016.


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.[2]




Guest Starring



  • Unknown dog as Toto



Production Notes

Event Chronology

  • The Oz flashbacks take place years after the flashback scenes from "Our Decay".
    • They also take place immediately after Zelena is banished to Oz in "Swan Song", and before she goes back to Storybrooke in the present day scenes in "Our Decay".
  • The Underworld events take place after "Her Handsome Hero" and before "Sisters".
  • The present Oz events take place not long after Zelena leaves in "Our Decay".

Episode Connections



  • Dorothy mentioned that she was committed to an asylum after telling her family about Oz. This is a reference to the 1985 Disney sequel film Return to Oz.

Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • This episode revealed that Dorothy is a lesbian or bisexual. "Friend of Dorothy" happens to be a LGBT term that started out as a euphemism for stating or asking if somebody was homosexual without others knowing, back when homosexual acts were illegal in the United States.

Props Notes

  • As Belle is flipping through Her Handsome Hero, one page contains text from Lorem ipsum,[14] a filler text commonly used as mock-content when testing a given page layout or font. Lorem ipsum consists of badly garbled Latin, based on sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of De finibus bonorum et malorum ("On the ends of good and evil"), a philosophical work by the Roman philosopher Cicero. Lorem isum is often used when previewing the layout of a document, as the use of more understandable text could easily distract the user from the layout being examined.[15] While many forms of Lorem ipsum exists, the show uses a version that can be found on several online websites, including this French page about typography.
  • The Underworld storybook page that Henry is writing at the end of the episode says:[17]

so tangible and intoxicating to her, was merely in her
head. It was a thought that was too crushing to
bear, not to mention that it also meant Dorothy would
be doomed to lie on that dais forever. Ruby could hardly
take the pressure, and suddenly she needed someone by
her side to reassure her, someone who could instantly
put all this turmoil into perspective.
Fortunately Snow White was only a few feet away from
her. Dorothy turned to her uneasily, and Snow nodded
her on, as if to share a little of her own courage.
You can do it, Ruby", Snow said. "Go on."
[image begins] was enough to bolster Ruby, who turned back
[image begins]ing up the courage to say something
[image begins] toward anyone before. But
[image begins] to look at Dorothy in
[image begins]. Ruby's eyes
[image begins]ew she
[image ends]

And then she leaned down and kissed Dorothy. For her,
it was the kiss of a lifetime. She felt a jolt of electricity
pass from her lips to Dorothy’s. And just as she was
[shot ends]

  • According to a photograph on an online prop auction, an unseen page reads:[18]
The normally bustling Munchkin
was unusually quiet. In
[obscured] had been quiet for quite
[obscured] tragic
And so this tableau repeated every day, until one day, a
miracle happened.
Right smack dab in the middle of a particularly long
bout of silent, mournful meditation, Toto started bark-
ing. The yapping came so fast and furious that for a
[obscured], Mulan thought it was another of Zelena's
[obscured] immediately drew her
[obscured] her

Set Dressing

Costume Notes


Filming Locations

International Titles



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  13. Lindemans, Micha F. Moloch. Encyclopedia Mythica. Archived from the original on December 20, 2017.
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  15. Lorem Ipsum. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
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  18. Storybook pages from Once Upon a Time.. iCollector. Retrieved on December 8, 2018. (Photograph)
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  29. Milbrand, Lisa. Why You Might Not Have Morning Sickness. Retrieved on August 25, 2018. “"Some women may experience morning sickness, and some women may not; some women have it in one pregnancy and not the next," says Marra Francis, M.D., an ob-gyn in Woodlands, Texas, and a contributing author to the Mommy MD Guides. "Not everyone experiences morning sickness, just like not everyone gets motion sickness."”
  30. When does morning sickness start?. BabyCentre. Retrieved on August 25, 2018. “Morning sickness usually starts when you're five weeks or six weeks pregnant. Some women may start to feel queasy as early as four weeks. If you don’t feel queasy in the early weeks, you may miss morning sickness altogether.”

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  • Ruby Slippers Episode Discussion and Thoughts

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    • I rewatched that episode and I stand by my original opinion - this episode looks more like a "strained romance to appease a cert...
    • I agree 100% on this:} It was all so forced.
  • My theory on werewolves

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    • Its part of an idea I had for a LWC spin off. Frankenstein would take Ruby with him back to the LWC to heal his brother with the heart of Drac...
    • I like it except for Rumple wanting to steal the magic. I do think a guest appearance by him would be cool though.