After a non-stop season opener, tonight’s second hour of Teen Wolf took a step back and let things slow down a bit: Now that we know what we’re working toward—Lydia’s crazy visions at Eichen House—we can take our time getting there. But of course, this is Beacon Hills, so even taking things slow means taking it faster than just about any other show. And that’s why we love it.
We kick things off with Tracy, a student at the high school who’s having a nice little chat with Lydia’s mom. What exactly are they talking about? Usual high school issues: Parasomnia, and specifically, the sort of night terrors that, you know, might actually be real. (Yeah, you thought your high school acne was a problem.)
As Tracy tells the tale, we flash back to her highly specific night terror, in which a raven pecks at her supposedly sealed skylight. But when the window opens and Tracy goes to close it, someone pulls the chair she’s standing on out from under her. Sure, it might sound like nothing more than a bad dream, but considering that her father found her on the floor next to the chair the next morning, part of it could’ve actually happened.
But what’s more disturbing is what definitely happens next: Tracy vomits up a large pile of black ooze, complete with raven feathers. Sorry Natalie, but if you want a case of “normal anxiety for seniors,” look at Stiles. There’s nothing normal about this.
So from one feather-y situation to a hairy one, we find Scott perfecting his veterinary skills with Deaton, who’s now had time to analyze those fancy electric claws from Scott’s latest attacker (a.k.a. Oozy). Deaton confirms Parrish’s theory that they’re more like talons than claws. Specifically, they’re some sort of eagle talon, meant to absorb Scott’s power. But typically, the only one who can absorb an Alpha’s power is a Beta of said Alpha’s own making. Scott asks if the same rules apply when he lets someone new into his pack, but Deaton’s not sure. In fact, the only thing he’s sure of is that someone’s messing with the rules of their supernatural universe.
Speaking of the new guy in town, Stiles is highly skeptical of Theo’s return. More than anything, he’s not convinced this new kid is actually Theo. But Sheriff Stilisnki isn’t exactly keen on helping his paranoid son. Sure, Theo’s a wolf, but how can we hold that against him when Stiles is dating a werecoyote and Stilinski still hasn’t figured out what Kira’s supposed to be? (You know what, it kinda sounds fair to me.)
But because he’s a good dad—and let’s face it, a sometimes questionable sheriff—Stilinski runs the background check on Theo, only to find one speeding ticket from eight years ago. Of course, that’s enough for Stiles, who then takes his worries to Malia. And for the most part, she sees why he’d be worried. After all, she recognizes that Theo has great hair and a perfect body, something she never should’ve admitted to her already insecure boyfriend.
But Stiles clearly doesn’t have much to worry about, because a girl doesn’t just offer to torture someone that hot unless they really care about you. At this point, all Stiles knows is that the cute new kid with the adorable smile is not the Theo he knew in fourth grade. But who is he?
So while Stiles works through his latest investigation, Scott does what he does best: Enters the high school in slow motion, fully absorbing all of the sentimentality that comes along with his last first day of school. And much to everyone’s surprise, Scott has enrolled in AP Biology. Heck, he’s even done some pre-studying before class started. I mean, if he weren’t a wolf, he’d be a total nerd. Well, that is if his teacher lets him. Geez, aren’t you supposed to encourage kids to challenge themselves? What kind of high school is this?
Apparently, it’s one full of bullies, because within hours of being back at school, Liam finds himself being bullied by a familiar face. Well, she’s familiar to him. I have no idea who she is. All I know is that she sticks gum in his seat, and when he later asks if she’s still mad about something that happened when they were younger, she informs him that she’s “vengeful.” So … they’re gonna fall in love, right? Or she’s going to try to kill him. It’s really a toss up in Beacon Hills.
So while Mason heads out to check out soccer players and Liam deals with his new bully, Lydia gets acquainted with Tracy. Or rather, Lydia interrupts Tracy’s horrifying vision. Standing in the middle of the hallway, Tracy suddenly finds herself alone, with one of The Doctors climbing out of one of the nearby lockers to get to her. (Why he couldn’t just walk is besides me.) But when Lydia pulls Tracy out of her terrifying trance, she heads straight to her mom to get the full story.
According to Mrs. Martin, Tracy coughing up feathers can easily be explained by the fact that she obviously ate her own pillow. I mean, duh.
So yeah, Lydia calls Parrish and has him come check out Tracy’s room. That’s where we find out that not only is Tracy’s skylight not sealed like she thought, but there’s also a dead raven on her roof … or 10.
NEXT: Someone is not someone … but who? Wait, what?