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'Teen Wolf' recap: 'Condition Terminal'

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Teen Wolf

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby
Comedy, Drama, Horror

Remember how last week I was all about the Dread Doctors and how I loved that they could create any supernatural creature they wanted? Well, I’m still into it, but it’s definitely making things (potentially too) complicated. But we’re not quite there yet. So far, I’m still intrigued enough to follow along. In fact, one thing this week’s hour did that made me more interested was that it began to weave the Doctors’ story into the lives of some of our favorite characters. The worlds are finally colliding, and now is (hopefully) where things will really start to fall into place.

This week we start with Parrish flipping a playing card. It looks like a standard card except for one thing — the Queen looks freakishly like Lydia. Cut to a scene of Lydia wanting to test Parrish’s resistance to fire. Specifically, she lights a lighter and has him hold his hand over the flame for as long as possible. He tries it once, but gives up easily. As she puts it, “You can last longer than that.” [Insert inappropriate joke here.]

On the second go-around, she tells him not to focus on the flame or the pain, not to even look at it. So this time, he keeps his eyes on her, even as his hand starts to smoke. Lydia only pulls the flame away when she accidentally burns herself.

In that moment, she asks him what he was thinking about when his hand was burning and he recalls a dream he’s been having lately: Cut to Parrish walking through the woods carrying a burned body to the Nemeton. (Season 3 much?!)

He then lays the girl’s body on the Nemeton, where he catches fire. As the camera pans out, it reveals that the Nemeton is surrounded by dead bodies. For those of you who need a refresher, Lydia supplies one: The Nemeton is a sacred meeting place for Celtic druids; it’s a supernatural beacon. (Also, who noticed the druid-esque music in the background? Or should I say darach-esque?!)

As for Parrish, well, he and Kira are now in a solid battle of “who wore it best: orange flames/light?”

From there, we cut to Donovan in his jail cell, where the Doctors magically open the cell door with the wave of a hand and kidnap him. (So they’re witches? I still don’t get it.)

Moments later, Scott, Stiles, Liam, and Deaton finally make it to the police station, where Stiles sees Lydia, who’s still lying on the floor bleeding out. In a beautifully emotional moment, Stiles freezes, and it’s Theo who snaps into action, using his belt to create a tourniquet for Lydia. So with Lydia seemingly okay and telling Stiles to go help Tracy, Stiles reluctantly heads downstairs with Scott and Deaton. There, they find Tracy, who’s not changing back to her human form now that she’s dead.

So while Malia tries to tell Stiles about the people in masks, Deaton convinces Stilinski to let him take Tracy’s body, you know, so he won’t have to explain the severed reptilian tail to the coroner.

With that, Lydia’s mom goes with her daughter to the hospital — where she claims she saw nothing but a lunatic girl trying to kill everyone — and we check back in with another operating room, where the Doctors are pulling out all of Donovan’s teeth … to replace them with wendigo teeth … I think?

As Lydia goes into surgery, the last thing she sees before going under is the Doctors. Whatever that means, it can’t be good. And it certainly could have everything to do with where she ends up at the end of the season.

So after a long day, Stiles heads back to his mystery board, where he adds Tracy Stewart and the masked men. As for Malia, well, she erases “Who is the Desert Wolf?” That’s one mystery she doesn’t need solved. (She’s got enough murderers in her life, amirite?)

Elsewhere, Scott and Kira share a sweet kiss before Deaton awkwardly shows up in Scott’s kitchen. (Does this guy have a key?)

Deaton informs them that the creatures they’ve been dealing with were not born or bitten. They were made. How else would you get a werewolf with the talons of an eagle — shapeshifter! — or Tracy, who had the claws of a wolf but the venom and scales of a kanima? Someone is blurring the lines between science and the supernatural. As for the holes in the woods, Deaton thinks it must be part of the process, like some sort of incubation. For now, Deaton’s heading out of town for a few days. And if we know Deaton, he’ll return with some more helpful knowledge.

Back at the hospital, Lydia wakes up to find Parrish in her room watching a kung fu movie. That gives Lydia an idea. She asks Parrish if he knows kung fu, and of course, he knows a little jiu jitsu. Close quarters combat is something he learned in the army. So can he teach Lydia? OF COURSE he can.

NEXT: What’s a chimera?


Somehow still remembering to go to school during all of this, Scott is using his AP bio lesson to help him solve his supernatural problem. As his teacher explains, it is possible for multiple sets of DNA to live in the same individual. In Greek mythology, it’s called a chimera. The least realistic part of this scene? Scott knowing how to spell “chimera” just from her saying it. Because, I’m going to be honest, I was going to look it up.

But Miss Teach over there isn’t nearly as impressed as I was. When Scott admits he didn’t do last night’s reading, she continues to encourage her students to reach for the stars by handing out drop forms to the students she thinks are dumb. Seriously, she needs to watch Dead Poets Society again and learn a thing or two about teaching.

On his way out, Scott grabs a drop form. And can you blame him?!

Back at the Doctors’ lair, we get our first official confirmation that Theo is working with the Doctors when they “allow” him to talk to newbie Donovan. Looking at the results of Donovan’s psych evaluation — back when he wanted to be a deputy — Theo pretty much explains that Donovan is an angry psycho. But now? He’s an angry psycho with teeth, strength, speed, and heightened senses!

And if he wants to hurt Stilinski, Theo tells him to go after someone Stilinski loves … which means Stiles.

Speaking of Stiles, he’s currently at the library with Malia, Scott, and Kira, as they try to find information on chimeras. They don’t learn much, but the pause on the wendigo page has to mean that Donovan must be at least one part wendigo. Again, I think.

While everyone else is at the library, Mason drags Liam to Sinema, the greatest named club in all of Beacon Hills/the world. It also happens to be where Hayden works … and is maybe a bouncer?

Reluctantly, she lets them both in so that Mason can reconnect with hottie Brett. But when Liam senses that there’s another supernatural creature in the club, he gets so distracted that he knocks over Hayden’s entire tray of shots … $200 worth. But the real takeaway? These high schoolers are at a club and they’re serving alcohol. Really, Beacon Hills? Do you have any rules?

While Liam tries to figure out what’s happening at the club, Scott and Kira figure it out for him. After Melissa calls them to the hospital to see if they can help some kid named Corey who’s screaming in pain from a burn on his arm, Scott is able to take away enough of his pain so that Corey can talk. Fun fact: He’s suffering from scorpion venom. The twist? The scorpion that attacked him would’ve had to have been 10 feet tall. Oh, and his name is Lucas.

So, by now you’ve probably figured out that the hot guy eyeing Mason at the club is named Lucas … and he has stingers covering every part of his body. The good news? He’s definitely not even 6 feet tall.

So while Brett and Liam try to fight off the half-scorpion, half-werewolf, black-eyed Lucas, Scott and Kira break into the club. Significant moment: When they set off the alarm and Kira uses some sort of blade from her belt to shut it off, Scott says, “God, I love you” WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING WHAT JUST HAPPENED. #men

Entering the fight, Kira once again goes full kitsune, but this time, she loses control and goes in for the kill. It’s Scott who stops her, but he’s not able to stop the Doctors, who show up just in time to shoot Lucas through the heart, claiming that he was “terminal.” (Read: a failure.) But can we talk about how Scott’s first question upon seeing the Doctors was, “Why did you do that?” and not “Who are you? What do you want? Why are you dressed like that?” etc.

Honestly, Scott.

At the morgue, Melissa gives Scott a motherly pep talk, and he walks away convinced that he’s going to find out who did this — you just saw them and didn’t ask any of the right questions —and stop them. But when he and Melissa leave the room, someone enters. Spoiler: It’s Parrish! Suddenly, he’s carrying Lucas’ body to the Nemeton, where he once again sets himself on fire. I’m not even going to pretend to know what’s happening.

Finally, Malia leaves Stiles — the only human left — alone at the library to go to Tracy’s room, where she finds a book with a note on it. It’s titled “The Dread Doctors.” As for Stiles, well, he’s busy duct taping his Jeep when Donovan comes up behind him, opens his hand to reveal teeth in his PALM, and then places said palm on Stiles’ shoulder. Pain/screams ensue.


– Is Parrish helping the Dread Doctors? Does he realize it?

– What is Donovan?!

– The biology teacher is definitely a Doctor, right? Or am I still scarred from the teacher who turned out to be the darach?

– Was Lucas the other body from the hole in the woods?

– Is Kira’s kitsune side turning her into a killer?

– If Theo is involved with the Doctors, he must be more than just a werewolf, right? What else do we think he is?

– Will Stiles’ Jeep break down in every episode?