The Munchkin Village is based on Munchkin Country from the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy learns from the Munchkins that her old enemy, Zelena, who she thought she defeated years ago, is still alive. No longer fearing the witch, she storms Zelena's palace to stop her. Blaming the Munchkins for Dorothy's return, Zelena heads to their village and tries to intimidate them into giving up the girl's hiding spot, even going as far as turning one of them, Boq, into a pile of ash when he swears that they don't know where Dorothy is. The Munchkins scatter after being frightened by Hades, the lord of the Underworld, who has come to see Zelena. Hades introduces himself to the Wicked Witch, who he thanks for sending many souls to the Underworld. He offers to help her track down the Scarecrow since she needs his brain for a time spell, and because he believes she won't get far in her plan with Dorothy in her way. However, Zelena rejects his help and teleports away. ("Our Decay")
Together, Zelena and Stanum search for a magical object known as the Crimson Heart. As they approach the den of the Cowardly Lion, who guards the heart, Zelena is impatient and suggests that they get on with the task, since there is a village full of Munchkins that she plans to terrorize that night. ("Where Bluebirds Fly")
After Zelena spies on Rumplestiltskin urging Regina to break Snow White's singing spell to prove he chose the right witch as his disciple, she breaks out into song about the pain she's endured from both Cora and Rumplestiltskin himself rejecting her in favor of her sister. Zelena takes a ride on her broomstick and heads for the Munchkin Village, where her presence scares the Munchkins, as she eventually jumps off to walk around the village square to continue her somewhat mournful serenade, singing about how Regina has had a better life than her and taken all of it for granted but that while her sister's evil may be powerful, her wickness always wins over her. Zelena then pauses mid-song, realizing that instead of reveling in Regina's inability to break Snow's spell, she can aid her in undoing it with her magic and then reveal this to Rumplestiltskin in order to make him regret not choosing her. ("The Song in Your Heart")
Dorothy is put under a sleeping curse by Zelena and her cursed body is found by Mulan and some Munchkins. They place her on a bier in the Munchins Village, where they wait for Ruby's return to Oz. After Ruby returns, she gives Dorothy true love's kiss, which breaks the sleeping curse. When Dorothy awakens, she explains to Ruby why she left earlier, revealing she has feelings for her. After Ruby promises to always come back for her, she and Dorothy kiss, as Mary Margaret, Mulan, and the Munchkins look on happily. ("Ruby Slippers")
- The flashback scene where Zelena intimidates the Munchkins in "Our Decay" and the scene where Ruby wakes up Dorothy with true love's kiss in "Ruby Slippers" were both filmed on a blue-screen set at The Bridge Studios. For the latter, the dais Dorothy was lying on, and a few of the background items, were real, while the rest of the village were created digitally in post-production.
|Once Upon a Time: Season Five|
|"The Dark Swan":||"The Price":||"Siege Perilous":||"The Broken Kingdom":||"Dreamcatcher":||"The Bear and the Bow":||"Nimue":||"Birth":||"The Bear King":||"Broken Heart":||"Swan Song":|
|"Souls of the Departed":||"Labor of Love":||"Devil's Due":||"The Brothers Jones":||"Our Decay":||"Her Handsome Hero":||"Ruby Slippers":||"Sisters":||"Firebird":||"Last Rites":||"Only You":||"An Untold Story":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Six|
|"The Savior":||"A Bitter Draught":||"The Other Shoe":||"Strange Case":||"Street Rats":||"Dark Waters":||"Heartless":||"I'll Be Your Mirror":||"Changelings":||"Wish You Were Here":||"Tougher Than the Rest":|
|"Murder Most Foul":||"Ill-Boding Patterns":||"Page 23":||"A Wondrous Place":||"Mother's Little Helper":||"Awake":||"Where Bluebirds Fly":||"The Black Fairy":||"The Song in Your Heart":||"The Final Battle Part 1":||"The Final Battle Part 2":|