Her Handsome Hero
Season 5, Episode 17
Her Handsome Hero (Once Upon A Time)
Airdate April 10, 2016
Written by Jerome Schwartz
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Episode Guide
Our Decay
Ruby Slippers
Her Handsome Hero is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of the American fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time, which aired on April 10, 2016.

In this Episode, Emma's nightmare is about to erase their names onto tombstones in the underworld graveyard when Hook senses something isn't right; it is the storm that is brewing to bring beast down to the Underworld. Emma hates to see what happened to her Mom, Snow, when a big bad wolf jumps on Snow so, Emma woke up. Emma's dreams are vision of the future. Hook, Emma, Snow, & Regina spot the werewolf in the woods unless Emma & Regina use their magic and Snow White uses her bow & arrows. Meanwhile, Hades convinces Gaston to get revenge on Rumpelstiltskin. In flashbacks, Belle and Gaston find an ogre.

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Opening sequence

An ogre runs through the red-tinted forest.

Event chronology

The Enchanted Forest events take place before "Family Business". The Underworld events take place after "Our Decay".

In the Characters' Past

In the Enchanted Forest, Belle's father Maurice wants to arrange a meeting between Belle and Gaston. As the two take a stroll in the woods they are interrupted by a noise and Gaston senses that it came from large animal. They find a young ogre in a pit trap and Gaston vows that he will bring the creature back to her father. However, Belle believes the ogre does not mean any harm and wants to find another so that does not involve killing it. Gaston agrees to go along with her idea. At her father's library, the two search for books before finding "An Alphabetic Inventory of Magical Antiquities", which lists all of the magical items in the kingdom. Belle finds details on a mirror which reveal the evil in a person's soul. She wishes to use the mirror on the ogre to see if he means the kingdom any harm. Belle also shows Gaston a book titled "Her Handsome Hero" which she says defines how a hero is supposed to act, with compassion. They nearly kiss, but Belle turns him down. Belle leaves to fetch the mirror and Gaston agrees to watch over the ogre.

Later, Belle tells her father about trapped ogre. When they arrive at the pit, Gaston is injured and claims the ogre had escaped and waited to attack him. Gaston suddenly sees the ogre and shoots at the creature with arrow from the tree. Gaston is ready to kill the ogre but Belle argues with him, believing there is a misunderstanding. During the argument Gaston breaks the mirror. When Belle sees the broken glass she notices Gaston's eyes glowing red. That, combined with several fresh wounds on the ogre, reveals that Gaston had tortured the ogre in order to provoke the creature so they would have reason to kill it. Belle lets the ogre escape.

Back at the castle, Maurice reveals that the ogres are now advancing on their kingdom and believes Belle's actions are to blame. He says that they cannot defend against the ogre army on their own and they need the help of Gaston's kingdom and that Belle will have to marry Gaston to obtain their help. Gaston arrives and proposes to Belle, and Belle reluctantly agrees, as she believes it is the only way to save the kingdom.

In the Underworld

Emma wakes up from a nightmare. In the dream, Hook, Snow White and herself are in the Underworld Graveyard attempting to use Emma's light magic to erase their names from the tombstones Hades had created. Hook sense something is wrong and a tornado appears. The three seek shelter behind a large crypt and Hook senses there is a large creature nearby. Snow attempts to face the creature and is taken away and presumably killed which wakes Emma. Emma tells Hook about the dream wondering if they are visions of the future. In the library, Regina has spent all night preparing a spell to break Hades' protection spell on the elevator by drawing runes all over the elevator door. Emma and Regina use their magic to open the door as they break the code and the door opens revealing a brick wall, their efforts proving futile. Emma outlines some of the details of the dream believing that she can erase their names from the tombstones to all everyone to leave the underworld. Hades is standing there to see Zelena when he notices a daisy growing in the broken road. Regina decides to talk to Zelena, who knows more about Hades rather than the others. When Regina visits Zelena, she realizes that her and Hades are in love. Zelena tells her that she (Zelena) is Hades' only weakness. At the underworld cemetery, Emma attempts to cast the spell from her dream, but suddenly starts believing the nightmare is coming true when the same storm appears. She, Hook and Snow ahead to Regina's vault, where Hook, Snow, and even Regina tell Emma not to give up. Emma failed everyone but she saved Hook's life. Snow White tells Emma that love is worth it.

Meanwhile, Belle issues an ultimatum to Gold, saying that this time she should take charge of things her in order to protect her child. Moments after Hades picked up the flower, which have suddenly started growing in the Underworld because the outsiders have bought hope, enlist Gaston, who was working at Storybrooke Pet Shelter. Hades wanted Gaston to take down everyone, startling with Gold, and handed Gaston a set of lethal arrows, which were forged in the River of Lost Souls (Acheron). When Gold and Belle attempt to look up a spell, they leave arguing over his use of Dark Magic, when they are met by an arrow fired by Gaston. Gold catches the next one, even as Belle tries to mediate. Gaston tells Belle that Gold (as Rumplestiltskin) was responsible for his death, as he aims another arrow, but just as he fires, Gold uses magic to relocat him and Belle to the docks. Belle is shocked to learn about how Gaston died, even as Gold was ready to use Dark Magic to defeat Gaston, but Belle refuses, believing that her goal to help Gaston move on would be solve the conflict and weaken Hades. While looking through Gaston's locker, Belle figured out that she was Gaston's unfinished business, when she finds a book called "Her Handsome Hero." After she asked Gold to leave, Belle is surprised by Hades, who showed up to offer her a deal: Let Gaston and Rumple fight to the death. If one of them threw the other into the River of Lost Souls, he would cancel the contract on Belle's baby.

When Gaston arrived to the Pawn Shop, he aims at what he thought was Gold but discovers a mannequin instead. He is then confronted by Belle, who now knows he was willing to kill Rumple and believed he still had feelings for her, only to learn that the book was punishment and a constant reminder of why he died. He was also shocked to discover Belle is now Gold's wife, and leaves furious. Belle tells Gold and made him promise not to hurt Gaston, but when she tells Gold about what Hades told her he just couldn't accept what Belle wanted. At the docks, Gold uses magic to choke Gaston by the throat, ready to send him to the River of Lost Souls, when Belle pulls the dagger and commands him not to hurt Gaston, and he drops Gaston on the ground. However, Gaston is unable to let his vendetta against Gold go, and when he goes for his arrow, Belle accidentally knockes Gaston out into the River of Lost Souls. Unfortunately, Belle discovers that because she saved Gold but interfered, Hades arrives to tell the couple that the contract allowing him to take their baby was still in effect, as Belle was the one who knocked Gaston into the Acheron, not Gold. He then looks at a withering daisy flower that he picks up, as a sign of hope fading away. The burned flower later shows up at Granny's Diner, as a gift to Zelena from Hades.

Finally, Emma, Regina, Hook, and Snow chase down the beast in the woods that Emma believes to be the same one from the dream, and uses her magic to stop it. When they reach the creature, they are shocked to find a wolf, only to learn from Snow as she put Ruby's cloak on a big bad wolf; it's actually Ruby, who has shown up in the Underworld, but unsure of whether or not she is still alive. Snow tells Emma that her dream was actually a vision pointing them to Ruby.


Sean Maguire is not featured in this episode.


  • The episode title comes is a reference to the book Belle was holding when we first met her. "Her Handsome Hero" is the first book her mother ever read to her. Which she said made her fall in love with books.
  • In season one, episode 12, entitled Skin Deep, we first meet Sir Gaston, played by Sage Brocklebank (Psych). In this episode he is played by Wes Brown.
  • The pan flute Rumple is holding at the beginning of the episode is the same flute Peter Pan would play for the Lost Boys. The boys could only hear the flute when they felt no hope.
  • The object/animal/person in this episode is an ogre running through the forest. The card features the forest background, but the color is red instead of blue to reflect the Underworld.
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