Enchanted Past. Red is a wolf. Her pack finds (or you know, kidnaps) her. Her mommy isn't dead. She's just Annabeth Gish (who is way too young to play Red's mom, but I digress). Momma and the other wolves (including cutie Quinn) want to teach Red how to control her lupine tendencies, such that she can transform at will, and remember her transformation, without gobbling up half the town. It all goes pretty well until Snow White infiltrates their den. The wolves don't trust the humans, so they're ready to kill the fairest in the land. Red loves Snow, though, so she rejects their evil plan. Anita (Red's mom) ends up dead (as does Quinn). Snow and Red decide they're family. Isn't it romantic?
Storybrooke. King George (Charles Widmore) is still out to break Charming, for his failure to pretend he is his late twin James, marry Abigail, and otherwise give up his life to the monarch. So, he (Widmore) brutally murders Billy (the tow truck driver from season 1, who is Cinderelly's Gus-Gus, which just breaks my heart) and frames Red for it, because it's a full moon, and all. Charming knows Red is the real deal, and with Granny's help, he proves our toothy girl's innocence.
Meanwhile, Henry has another nightmare. It's certainly Aurora who is in the corner opposite his, but the fire is so hot and bright that when our boy wakes in Storybrooke, his hand is burnt. Since Charming is working the Red case, Regina takes babysitting duty. When her son wakes up burnt, she drags him to Rumpy, who confirms the boy is spending sleepy-time in another dimension. Rumpy can't stop the dreams, but he can (and does) give Henry a pendant filled with a potion which will allow the boy to be proactive in his own dreams.
Also, Grumpy and his brothers discover diamonds underneath Storybrooke, but it isn't like if we discovered diamonds. They're in it for the magic, not the riches. Dopey, indeed.
The important parts? In the Enchanted Past, Snow never loses faith in Red. In the Storybrooke present, Charming never loses faith in Red. Also, hotties are unnecessarily slaughtered, which means Kitsis and Horowitz are due for another trip to the woodshed. And finally, Belle is a true friend to Red, for no reason other than friendship.
Previously, on Once Upon A Time, Peter isn't the wolf; Red is. Ruby flirts with Billy the tow truck operator. Charming asks Regina about Jefferson's hat. Emma is dragged into the portal. Snow jumps in after her. Blue tells Charming that without fairy dust, the quest for his wife and daughter is hopeless. King George (Charles Widmore) tells Snow that Charming could have been his family, but instead made his suffering worst. He must know pain.
Storybrooke. We open in the mines, where the seven dwarfs continue their fairy dust quest. Happy declares the day over because it's Happy Hour at Granny's. She's running a 2-for-1 special on mead. (Cute.) Grumpy lives up to his name, and also to his duty as a member of Snow's royal guard, and reminds his brothers that they still have work to do. I would really like a dwarf centric episode soon so that we can get to know the other brothers better. As Grumpy continues to work, the rock beneath him collapses.
Charming's cruiser speeds through Storybrooke. Henry and Blue follow him inside the mine. Happy shows him where Grumpy is. Charming shines his flashlight down into the hole. Grumpy is there with Doc, and possibly Bashful, Dopey and Sleepy. See, this is what I mean about wanting to get to know the other dwarfs, better. Wait. I forgot that the process of elimination is an actual thing. Sneezy doesn't remember he's Sneezy. Happy is still up top. We all know Grumpy. 1 2 3 4 5 6. Doc, Bashful, Dopey, and Sleepy it is. Yay, logic!
Grumpy's standing up next to his brothers, by the way, and is just fine. He's smiling in that tight way he does. Charming trains his light around the hole until he spots the cause for Grumpy's grin. Diamonds! Henry exposits that they're the kind that become fairy dust. Blue tells Charming to lock up Jefferson's hat, which previously belonged to Chekov. By tomorrow, they'll have enough fairy dust to make it work. Henry: "So, Mary Margaret and Emma?" Charming smiles. "That's right, kid. We're bringing them home." Title card.
At Granny's, Charming proposes a toast to the dwarfs. Red smiles at the giddy crew as she sets about her work. While she's bussing a table, Billy the Tow Truck operator (Jarod Joseph) appears out of nowhere and says, "A mouse." Red might be a wolf, but that doesn't mean she's above girlish stereotypes, so she jumps and shouts, "Where?" He clarifies. He used to be a mouse, Cinderella's Gus, in fact. Oh, Gus Gus. I love Gus Gus.