‘Teen Wolf’ S3E11 Recap: Family Matters

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“Alpha Pact” picked up right where last week’s breathtaking episode left off, with Scott and his mother gone and everyone else reconvening in the hospital parking lot. After literally slapping an unconscious Derek awake, Stiles sent him off to find Cora and run, then opted to remain at the hospital to delay the cops; the Argents found Isaac alone (Peter ran off after spotting the hunting duo), and Derek filled the trio in on Scott and his mother’s whereabouts. With everyone up to speed, the real fun began: a new character came to town, allegiances shifted, budding relationships developed, and several major characters chose to sacrifice themselves to save their families. As a penultimate episode, “Alpha Pact” did an excellent job setting up the midseason finale without skimping on heavy character moments.

So, let’s talk about it!

As Stiles quickly learned via an FBI agent he not only recognized, but also did NOT appear happy to see, someone had written “Argent” on the hospital’s elevator doors. The message was either a threat or a warning, depending on who wrote it, but no one needed to know the deliverer’s identity to understand Mr. Argent was the last guardian on the Darach’s hit list. Stiles immediately ran to the Argents with the news, and they pieced together a plan to attack the Darach. Isaac, after a one-sided screaming match at Derek’s (where he ultimately asked Derek why he’d turned the members of his pack, and Derek copped up to his loneliness), stopped by to help. After sending Stiles to find Lydia AKA Beacon Hills’s resident banshee/death detector, Mr. Argent took Allison and Isaac to the bank under the guise that Jennifer would return to the site of a failed sacrifice for a do-over. But, Mr. Argent had no intention of fighting the Darach–instead, he shocked Isaac to the ground and handcuffed Allison to the bank’s guard rails before tossing his beloved gun aside and sacrificing himself to a very pleased evil Druid.

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Once Isaac contacted Stiles with the bad news, Stiles immediately began to have a panic attack in the middle of the school hallway. To calm him down, Lydia dragged him into the empty locker room and tried to make him think happy thoughts; when this failed, she kissed him. Unsurprisingly, her plan worked, and newly-calm Stiles realized they needed to find Ms. Morell. Though the guidance counselor herself was missing, Stiles searched her office and pulled out Lydia’s file. Inside was one of Lydia’s tree sketches, which Stiles noticed was identical to every single tree sketch Lydia’d been doodling in class. By flipping the tree over, the picture represented roots, and Stiles smartly deduced where the guardians were being held. Unfortunately, all attempts to find the location of the root cellar fell through–Lydia found Derek (and ran into Peter, resulting in a tense stare down that ended with Peter looking uncharacteristically ashamed), but his memory of the location had been wiped by his mother Talia after his and Peter’s tragic experiences there; Stiles drew a blank with Allison, whose grandfather had long ago forgotten the cellar’s location. With the help of Deaton (who’d rescued Stiles from more FBI questioning), Stiles, Allison, and Isaac came up with a plan, but they needed Scott.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Morell was running for her life through the woods as the pack of Alphas chased her. Scott and the Deucalion were there, too, discussing the Darach. Deucalion confessed he wasn’t scared of the Darach, but concerned–anyone willing to kill so many innocent people for her cause was somebody who shouldn’t be underestimated. When Scott asked about the Deucalion’s stance on murder, the Deucalion responded with this chilling line: “I’ll kill any living thing that gets in my way.” So, this battle between the Deucalion and the Darach ought to be semi-exciting, right? Anyway, Ms. Morell trapped herself in a circle of mountain ash while the Alphas and Scott surrounded her. The Deucalion wanted Ms. Morell dead because she was so similar to the Darach, and he was distrustful of her, especially after she sent the girl (from the premiere!) to rescue Isaac from the twins. Then, Ms. Morell began to call the Deucalion out on his lies (especially about Ennis, which definitely piqued Kali’s interest), and he responded by throwing his spear/walking stick through her chest. Scott stopped the pack from finishing the kill and asked Ms. Morell where the guardians were.

Later, Scott met up secretly with Deaton and Stiles in the woods, and Deaton revealed his plan: the kids of the guardians would act as surrogate sacrifices for their parents. Though Deaton believes he can bring the kids back, the plan is still dangerous; if they succeed, the Special Druid Tree will have more power than it’s had in years, and the trio will carry a mark (like a darkness around their hearts, as Deaton put it) with them for the rest of their lives. Oh, and the tree will act as a beacon to all supernatural creatures. Of course the three teens agreed to this almost immediately, and Deaton brought them to ice-filled basins in his veterinarian building. Each teen sacrifice needed someone they were emotionally bonded with to push them beneath the water, as well as draw them back to life–Lydia attempted to go to Allison, but Deaton, correctly assessing a bond that the pair probably haven’t even admitted to themselves yet, sent her to Stiles. Isaac went to Allison and Deaton to Scott. Moments before their heads were shoved under the icy water, Stiles informed Scott his father was back in town. That’s right, the FBI agent Stiles seems to hate? He’s SCOTT’S FATHER. Such a good development, seriously. Anyway, under the water they went, and Scott’s eyes opened to reveal a lovely shade of True Alpha gold.

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Having spent most of the episode fairly removed from the action, Derek and Peter sussed out a potential cure for Cora. It involved Derek sacrificing his Alpha status so Cora could use the extra spark of magic/power Alphas have to live. Though Derek definitely reverted to a blue-eyed beta (which Peter looked very pleased about), Cora’s fate remains up in the air. Also, despite being stripped of every one of his weapons, Mr. Argent still had his sonic werewolf alarm; he pressed the button, hoping the wolves would be clued in to the guardians’ location.

And that’s it! Next week’s the midseason finale, and it looks like a werewolf-blocking lunar eclipse will be creating havoc for the wolves. Should be fun!

Notes

–As Peter pointed out to Derek, Isaac’s pretty much completely Team Scott now. And the Deucalion’s pack still seems to slowly be splintering, especially after Ms. Morell cast doubt upon the Deucalion’s past actions.

–Sheriff Stilinski’s a true believer now–Mama McCall filled him in on the town’s supernatural intricacies (including Mr. Argent’s werewolf hunter status); in a heartbreaking moment, he confessed that not believing in the past had led to him missing his wife’s death when an injured girl buried under a car pileup told him to hurry to his wife, but he didn’t believe in her abilities and chose to stay with the dying girl.

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‘Teen Wolf’ S3E10 Recap: Under The Mistletoe

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With a vicious storm, a dying wolf, and one flighty Darach, “The Overlooked” managed to bring almost all of Teen Wolf‘s current heroes, anti-heroes, and villains under one roof for a nonstop thrill ride of corny one-liners (cough, “Let’s rumble,” cough), near deaths, kidnappings, and the occasional heart-to-unconscious-heart. Despite the high intensity level (thanks to the impending mid-season finale, which is only two episodes away), “The Overlooked” still took the time to fill in a few plot blanks and illuminate the cracks forming within the Alpha pack’s ranks as everyone converged on Beacon Hills’s storm-ridden hospital.

After last week’s stunning Darach unveiling, Scott and Stiles wasted no time getting the truth to Derek. When Ms. Blake swung by Derek’s loft hoping to lie about her evil Druidic nature, she found the boys had beaten her there–they stepped out of the shadows and doused her with mistletoe, revealing her hideously-slashed face. Enraged, Derek grabbed his lover-turned-enemy and began to strangle her, but Scott stopped him; without Ms. Blake, Cora can’t be saved and Stiles’s father will never be found.

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The four drove to the hospital–which was being evacuated because of the thunderstorm–to find Cora, who hadn’t been evacuated yet and was still vomiting black blood laced with mistletoe. After running into his mother, Scott told her to leave immediately, and she didn’t argue after noticing his companions. Mama McCall told Scott to get Cora on the next arriving ambulance, but the group found Cora’s room empty. Turns out, the Alpha twins had already arrived at the hospital and were busy shoving Peter (who’d been visiting Cora) through doorways and stealing Cora. As Derek and Scott attacked, Ms. Blake tried to run (so much for her claims that she sincerely wanted to heal Derek’s sister) while Peter and Stiles helped Cora. The twins claimed they were only after the Darach, which proved true when the Deucalion and Kali showed up to join the hunt.

Unfortunately, Mama McCall stumbled across the Deucalion’s spear/cane stuck in the wall and pulled it free–the Deucalion promptly retrieved it from her and took her hostage. While hiding from the twins, Scott and co. heard Mama McCall make an announcement via “Mr. Deucalion” demanding the Darach be handed over. Ms. Blake found the group and told them she’d only help Cora and Stiles’s father in exchange for her safe escape from the hospital.

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Scott, knowing the Deucalion wouldn’t hurt his mother because he wants Scott on his team, agreed to distract the twins so the others could flee. Peter chose to fight with Scott, but only if he could find a suitable weapon. (His weapon of choice ended up being a shot of some drug that’d make him stronger.) The twins, who’d just been bickering over Ethan’s hesitation whilst fighting, attacked the pair, and Derek, Stiles, Cora, and Ms. Blake made a break for the ambulance. They encountered Kali waiting for them with a dead driver and the keys, so Derek and Ms. Blake ran as Stiles locked himself and Cora inside the ambulance. After shutting down the hospital’s power, the Deucalion freed Mama McCall (as a gesture of good faith) and trapped Derek and Ms. Blake inside an elevator. Back in the ambulance, Stiles realized Cora wasn’t breathing. Luckily, Stiles is skilled at CPR and saved her.

After a humorous escape through the laundry chute, Scott and Peter headed for the ambulance, where they scared Stiles post-confession (he’d just told an unconscious Cora of his fears that she was right, and humans were only good for finding bodies–he feared he’d find his father’s body). Dropping an injured Peter off, Scott ran back to the hospital and attempted to single-handedly take on the twins. As they simultaneously choked him against a wall and insisted they weren’t trying to hurt him, Mama McCall attacked with a defibrillator and knocked the twins to the ground.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Blake decided being trapped in an elevator with Derek was a good time for some confessions. For starters, her real name is Julia, and she was Kali’s emissary. Against the Deucalion’s orders, Kali had spared Julia because she loved (!) her. (Kali has a heart after all!) Though Kali did claw Julia almost to death, she chose to leave her to die in peace rather than finish the job. Big mistake, because Julia crawled to the Sacred Druid Tree, where Derek’s sacrifice of the virgin (his girlfriend Paige, whom he killed on the tree’s roots) had woken the tree’s powers; in turn, the tree gave Julia the strength to remain alive until she was found. Then, Ms. Blake told Derek a story about mistletoe that involved feuding gods and death and mistletoe being overlooked as a weapon–her point being the Alpha’s overlooking their emissaries, AKA the basis behind her revenge-murder scheme. To punish the Alpha’s, Julia gained power from her sacrifices and planned to murder them all during the lunar eclipse, when, as Derek finally revealed, werewolves lose all of their power.

Scott and his mother found the Argents and Isaac (they’d arrived to help after learning Scott and co. were trapped inside) roaming the hallways and began to formulate a plan. Allison, the increasingly-awesome BAMF, came up with a plan first. To attract the twins, Derek opened the elevator doors loud enough for them to hear; the twins took the bait, and Isaac, who’d been watching the hallway via his phone, drove for the ambulance to rescue Cora, Stiles, and Peter. As he was leaving the ambulance, Stiles noticed a sheet of paper requesting the signature of a parent or guardian and puzzled out who Ms. Blake was targeting. As soon as he conveyed this information to Scott, Scott took off to find his mother. Instead, he found an unconscious Derek lying face down in the elevator and the Deucalion waiting on the roof.

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The Deucalion offered Scott a deal: he’d help rescue Scott’s mother and Stiles’s father, but only if Scott joined the Alphas and helped take down the Darach. Despite Stiles protests that they’d find another way, Scott chose to go with the Deucalion.

Lastly, Mama McCall woke up in the root cellar where Mr. Stilinski was also being held. Good to see they’re alive, for now.

Notes:

–With the twins fighting, Ennis long dead, and the Deucalion realizing Kali betrayed his orders before she even joined his pack, the Alpha pack’s really showing its fractured foundation. Adding Scott to the mix could only hurt them further, as he’ll likely be favored. Not to mention, he’s different–if he becomes an Alpha, he’ll have done it without murdering anyone, and he’s not joining the pack too willingly.

–Mr. Argent seems to have done a 180 since season one; he stormed into the hospital with Allison and Isaac to save werewolves. Does this mean he’s firmly on the hero side now? It could be argued that he simply wanted a chance to kill the Darach, since he has been hunting her, but I think he would’ve gone in otherwise.

Bonus: Here’s the song that played at the end of the episode, as Scott tried to save his mother. It’s “And The World Was Gone” by Snow Ghosts.

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E9 Recap: The Girl in Question

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“The Girl Who Knew Too Much” had not one but TWO shocking reveals–the first being the identity of the Darach, and the second being the two-and-a-half season long mystery surrounding Lydia, who up till now had seemed like a psychic with a taste for screaming. Oh, and Stiles finally told his father about Beacon Hills’s supernatural shenanigans, Scott sought advice on the murders and his impending-True Alpha status, and Allison bonded with Isaac whilst hunting for the evil Druid killer.

The episode opened with the murder of a cop investigating a 911 call from inside the high school. After running into a group of students (including Danny) practicing for an upcoming recital, the cop was pulled into the locker room and strangled. Shortly after the murder, the core four arrived at the school thanks to Lydia’s spidey senses and found the body. The Darach sure loves slaughtering people from/within the high school (HINT HINT).

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Anyway, the next day Allison faked a sick day so she could follow Mr. Argent (whom she suspected of being the killer). As she was preparing her weapons, a noise from outside set her on guard, and she pulled a lurking Isaac through the window and held a knife to his throat. Scott had sent him to check up on Allison, though, as she pointed out, she can take care of herself.

With Aiden back in school, Scott and Stiles had to devise a plan to get Ethan alone (they wanted to question him about the Alpha pack’s druid emissary, because Ethan is the nicer twin). That plan involved Lydia, who pulled Aiden into an abandoned classroom for a make-out session, which was promptly interrupted by Cora scratching the werewolf revenge symbol onto the door. Aiden chased Cora to the locker room (Why do so many fights happen in the locker room? Is that just the easiest place to stage them in? Or just the most private?) and began to beat her with some weights before Ethan (who, while being questioned by Scott and Stiles, had felt a pain in his chest indicating his brother was injured) stopped him. The mission was only semi-successful–Scott and Stiles learned the twins had been the omegas (or, as Stiles said, “bitches”) of their pack, and, when the Deucalion showed them how to do their back-fisting trick, they slaughtered everyone, including the Alpha–but Cora wound up grievously injured in the fight. Stiles, ever the gentleman, offered to take her home,

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Back at Apartment Argent, Allison showed Isaac her father’s map. When Isaac took a step back so he could see the whole picture, the pair found a five-fold knot AKA a Celtic symbol on Mr. Argent’s desk. Each knot represented a group of sacrifices, which Mr. Argent wrote in the center: virgins, warriors, healers, philosophers, and guardians. Because of the dead cop, Allison and Isaac presumed the guardians were being targeted. They gave Stiles a call to protect his father, and Stiles realized it was time to let the Sheriff in on the truth. Though Stiles did his best to explain, he only made his father angry. As a last ditch attempt to reveal the truth, Stiles enlisted Cora to shift; unfortunately, Cora fainted instead.

Done with his lone wolf brooding, Derek returned to Ms. Blake–the pair shared a cheese-tastic reunion complete with slo-mo walking and leaves blowing. Luckily (for us), the bell rang. Inside the school, Scott stopped by guidance counselor/druid emissary Ms. Morell’s office to accuse her of being the murderer and then receive some advice when he realized she wasn’t a killer. In her professional opinion, the Deucalion either wants to possess Scott or destroy him.

Then the Darach kidnapped a teacher–one minute, he was writing notes on the board, the next he was gone and a five-fold knot had replaced the notes–and Lydia wandered into his classroom in a trance-like state. She proceeded to pick up the teacher’s fallen chalk, write a “2” in one of the circles, and scream. Ms. Blake, Scott, and a handful of judgey students filed into the room as Lydia declared she was either psychic or “something!”

Using Mr. Argent’s map, Allison and Isaac found the location of the next sacrifice. They were too late to save the teacher, and Mr. Argent was immediately ruled out as a suspect when he arrived with his guns literally blazing. The trio called the cops and then headed to the school, where the recital Ms. Blake had set up to honor the dead was about to start. (Because they wanted to catch the Darach, who was clearly targeting philosophers instead of guardians, not because they were eager to hear some mournful music.)

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Lydia decided to stick around for the fun; she and Scott shared a sweet moment when Lydia told him she wanted to find a body before its death so someone like Scott could save the victim. Scott earnestly promised her he’d do exactly that. Then the Argents and Isaac (looking apologetically at a confused Scott) arrived, and the recital began.

Still refusing to believe his son, the Sheriff convinced Mama McCall to help him read about a past murder. Apparently, a woman had been killed and hundreds of birds had simultaneously offed themselves as a sacrifice.

Lydia left the recital and was immediately cornered by Ms. Blake–AKA the Darach!–in an empty classroom and knocked unconscious. (Ms. Blake’s been pretty boring until now, with no real role aside from Derek’s snooze-worthy love interest, but this reveal changes everything!) Lydia woke to the recital musicians playing the Darach’s murder theme (which sounds awfully reminiscent of the prisoners’ chanting as Batman climbed out of hole in The Dark Knight Rises, doesn’t it?), and then Ms. Blake started spouting nonsense about sacrifices for deities and necessary evil. (On second thought, maybe her new villain status won’t make her suck any less.) Ms. Blake intended to kill Lydia for “knowing too much,” but Lydia replied to this by screaming loud enough to affect all of the wolves in the vicinity, including Derek at the hospital visiting Cora. (There was also a gruesome bit here where a cord in the piano snapped and sliced the pianist’s neck, effectively killing her and causing a mass panic.) Ms. Blake realized what Lydia was–a wailing woman, AKA a banshee (Via Google, a banshee is an omen of death who wails when someone is about to die). COOL. Teen Wolf‘s been tormenting us with Lydia’s true nature for ages now, so it’s nice to finally understand who and what she is.

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Anyway, Sheriff Stilinski arrived to save Lydia, but Ms. Blake tossed a knife at his chest. Then Scott showed up, wolfed out, and attacked, but Ms. Blake has some wicked Druid skills and shoved him in the chest; Scott flew across the room and began coughing up blood. Lastly, Stiles tried to get into the room, but Ms. Blake shoved a desk against the door and approached the Sheriff. He shot her in the leg, but she healed, confirmed she was behind the murder he had looked into with Mama McCall, kissed him (I don’t know) and then kidnapped him.

I bet you believe in the supernatural now, Sheriff Stilinski! (I’m sorry.)

See you next week!

 

‘Teen Wolf’ S3E5 Recap: Coming Undone

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Last night’s Teen Wolf, aptly titled “Frayed,” was a gorgeous and, at times, slightly cinematic, study of the characters we’ve come to love over the course of the show. Not only was the storyline chopped into pieces and delivered (beautifully) out-of-order, but also several of the characters found themselves unraveling to varying degrees over the course of the episode–Scott found himself in peril both mentally and physically, Isaac and Boyd struggled with their self-control and anger, Allison fought with herself as well as (both of) her parents, and Derek spent a majority of the episode missing and presumed dead.

I’ll start at the beginning.

The episode opened with Scott, Stiles, Isaac, Boyd and only one of the Alpha twins, Ethan, on a bus heading toward a cross country meet. Stiles and Scott shared a confusing conversation that revealed Scott had a vicious wound on his side courtesy of an Alpha and resulted in this killer line, “I can’t believe Derek’s dead.” Um, WHAT? Oh, and Lydia and Allison were tailing the bus because, as revealed via partial flashback, Scott had stopped by Allison’s with one of her exploding arrows (which he found by the school) and proceeded to warn her away from getting involved with the Alpha pack. They shared a brief sparring session (after Allison insisted she could take Scott in a fight) that was loaded with sexual tension before Scott injured Allison’s wrist and left. While Scott and Alison made a good couple, I have to be honest–I’m really enjoying this new phase of their relationship. The pair aren’t romantically together, but they still care deeply about one another, enough to rush to the other’s aid whenever one of them is in danger. And they’re being very mature about the whole situation, which is a rarity on any teen show. Also, the two are growing very much as people while they’re separated–Scott’s on a path to leadership, whilst Allison’s becoming quite the badass.

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Anyway, post-Allison visit (and still in a flashback), Scott ran into the Deucalion in the elevator of Allison’s building; apparently the Alpha pack’s living in the penthouse suite right above the Argents’ floor. Scott ran to Derek’s and found the pack already preparing to attack, having discovered where the Alpha’s lived through Cora and Boyd’s werewolf detective skills. Also, the group planned to attack only the Deucalion, thus cutting the head off the figurative snake, though Peter made a good counterpoint by mentioning Hercules’s battle with the multiple head-spawning Hydra. The flashback then shoots a little bit ahead, right into the middle of the battle we just witnessed the pack gearing up for. Though the scene was lovely–all of the battle scenes in “Frayed” were filmed with a dreamlike quality, with a lot of dim blue lighting and tragically beautiful music (no dubstep whatsoever!)–, the battle was clearly not going well for our beloved wolf pack.

Back to the present, Scott’s wound wasn’t healing and was even beginning to bleed through his shirt, though Scott was distracted from his injury by the tension between Isaac, Boyd, and Ethan. Though Scott hoped his friends would withhold from attacking on a bus full of onlookers, Boyd was looking increasingly agitated.

Back to the battle, Derek is fighting one of the Alphas, and the pair fall over the edge of the floor, onto a set of escalators on the floor below. As Scott peers over the edge, he sees the fallen pair, unmoving and presumably dead, lying on the steps. Later, Peter and Cora return to the scene to retrieve Derek’s body, but both bodies have gone missing.

On the bus, a delirious Scott tries to reach Boyd before he wolfs out and attacks Ethan, and, in a nicely-poignant touch, a conversation Scott had with vet Dr. Deaton plays over the moment: Scott asks the vet for advice on stopping his wayward pack, but the vet suggests a different approach and insists Scott shouldn’t stop them, but lead them. Scott does just that when he reaches Boyd, by talking him down rather than commanding him to stop. After the danger’s momentarily averted, Stiles attempts to get Danny (who’s sitting next to Ethan) to puzzle out why Ethan is checking his phone with an unnatural frequency. The pair share a funny fight via text and facial expressions, with Danny finally relenting when Stiles refuses to let the matter drop. Turns out, Ethan’s got a sick friend who’s on the verge of dying.

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Next thing we see, missing twin Aidan and the rest of the Alphas are dragging one of their members, the one who had fallen to his supposed death with Derek during the battle, to Dr. Deaton’s for some emergency surgery. To make the vet comply, the bitchy werewolf threatens to kill Ms. Morell.

Worried about Scott, Stiles gives Lydia and Allison a call (he realized hours ago that the pair were tailing the bus, something that had escaped Scott’s notice) for help. Lydia’s solution is to get Stiles to convince the coach to pull over the bus, something the coach repeatedly refuses to do until Stiles has the bright idea to get queasy teammate Jared to vomit. The bus stops and clears out within moments, giving Lydia, Stiles, and Allison the chance to drag Scott into a rest stop bathroom. Once inside, Lydia realizes Scott’s wound isn’t healing because he’s somehow given himself a mental block. The trio’s solution is to stitch Scott up (if they can convince him that the wound’s healing, then the mental block will come down), and the task is relegated to Allison, while Lydia and Stiles leave to stall the bus from leaving.

Allison’s an emotional wreck over her worry for Scott’s life, so much so that she can’t even thread the needle. Mama Argent pays her a visit and proceeds to verbally abuse Allison for her inability to complete such a simple task, but when Allison begins to truly freak out, her mother begins to calm her instead. I’m interested in seeing whether the visions of her mother are plaguing Alison psychologically, or whether they’re simply visual representations of what’s going on in Allison’s head, i.e. is she using the memory of her mother to motivate her, and the show’s giving us a 3D look inside Allison’s mind. Maybe it’s a combination of both? We’ll see. Anyway, Allison calmed down enough to thread the needle and stitch up Scott, unfortunately, Scott was no longer breathing when she finished.

Luckily, Scott jerked awake and told Allison he blamed himself for Derek’s death. In another pre-battle flashback, Scott attempts to leave his house but Isaac refuses to allow him to go alone. The duo ride (on one motorcycle! Too cute) to the apartment building to confront the Deucalion, but they aren’t alone–Derek steps out of the shadows, along with the rest of his pack. Not to be outdone, the Deucalion calls out his own pack. The Alphas surround Scott and co., and Scott realizes Derek knew this would be Scott’s decision all along.

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In the present, Allison helps Scott out of the bathroom, but Stiles informs them that he told Boyd and Isaac what was happening with Scott, and one of the wolves snapped. Thinking the wolf was Boyd, Scott was surprised to find Isaac attacking Ethan instead. Scott immediately stopped him by shouting his name.

At the vet’s, Peter and Cora arrived and realized the entire Alpha pack was inside. Though the vet managed to save the injured Alpha, the Deucalion stopped by to crush his pack member’s skull with his bare hand. Gruesome and terrifying. A villain who’s willing to kill his own men for his personal gain is scary and very threatening, though his desire for power could also be his undoing. For now, the show’s simply giving him time to develop as a villain, and the tactic is working–the audience is seeing Deucalion as a real threat and a quality Big Bad, while Scott and co. are running scared and failing to fight their enemies at every turn. Also, there’s still build-up for a potentially bigger Big Bad in the human-sacrificing dark Druid.

Anyway, a final flashback to the battle showed Scott and co. being defeated by the Alpha pack, until Alison showed up with her exploding arrows and saved the day. Turns out, her father had attempted to talk her out of getting involved with the wolves again, but she countered by pointing out that almost her entire family was dead, and she refused to lose her friends as well. Scott saw Allison and climbed to his feet. He attacked one of the Alphas, and the pair collided with quite a big thud. Derek stepped in and wrestled with the Alpha to the edge of the floor. Trying to help, Scott slashed the Alpha’s leg, but the Alpha dragged Derek down with him. Thus the reason Scott’s been blaming himself for Derek’s (presumed) death.

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Lastly, did anyone truly believe Derek was dead? Especially after his body up and disappeared, and the Alpha was revealed to have survived the fall? Come on, a character as important and beloved as Derek wouldn’t die like that! No, Derek was alive–he wandered to English teacher Ms. Blake’s car, smacked a bloody hand print on her window and collapsed unconscious onto the pavement. A bit drama queen-y, but that seems to be Derek’s style. Oh, Derek.

So, next week’s promo showed the group spending a not-so-fun night of horrific shenanigans at some motel while Derek lies on his deathbed, so that should be good! Can’t wait!