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'Teen Wolf' recap: 'A Novel Approach'

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Scott Everett White/MTV

Teen Wolf

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
5
performer:
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby
broadcaster:
MTV
genre:
Comedy, Drama, Horror

I’m feeling inspired by the Dread Doctors, so go with me on this one: If we were scientists in a lab working to concoct the formula for a great episode of Teen Wolf, it would have to involve intrigue, a large creep factor, interesting character interactions, and of course, a bit of romance. And not only did tonight’s episode have all of that, but it presented it at a pace that was just fast enough to give us all the information but just slow enough to make things, well, even scarier. Let’s get to it!

We start off exactly where we left off, with Donovan attacking Stiles in the parking lot. And despite the fact that he’s been using duct tape to repeatedly fix his engine, Stiles miraculously has a wrench lying nearby, which he uses to hit Donovan and run into the high school, which has to be where 90 percent of this town’s crimes/murders happen. Honestly, someone lock the doors already!

Inside, Stiles runs to the oh-so-popular-this-season library, where he hides. That allows Donovan to give his epic speech, which serves to inform us that Donovan’s father was once Sheriff Stilinski’s partner … until the day that Stilinski went to call for back-up and left Donovan’s dad to enter a location alone. The result? Donovan’s father was shot in the spinal cord and paralyzed from the waste down. So now, Donovan thinks that it’s only fair that he eat Stiles’ legs. Right?

Well, here’s the thing. Donovan might be supernatural, but Stiles has been fighting supernatural beings for way longer than Donovan’s been one, so needless to say, Donovan ends up with a huge metal beam through his chest, oozing silver stuff until he can’t anymore. But just as Stiles turns to leave, his cell phone buzzes in Donovan’s jacket, otherwise known as that awkward moment when the supernatural being you just killed still has your phone and your girl is calling you.

Stiles quickly grabs his phone and then uses a landline to call 911, after which he camps out in the parking lot to see what happens. Flash-forward to the cops finding nothing at the school, otherwise known as that awkward moment when the police don’t find the supernatural being you just killed because its body disappeared.

By the time Stiles gets back in the school, the body is gone and the crime scene has been cleaned … with only a tiny bit of blood left behind.

Meanwhile, across town, Scott and Kira are sleeping on top of the covers in his bed. As she mutters something in Japanese, his phone alerts him that the alarm at the animal clinic has been triggered.

Moments later, Scott is calling a highly confused and distressed Stiles to inform him that someone is taking the bodies of the dead Doctor victims. Spoiler: It’s Parrish, and he looks good doing it.

But they don’t know that yet, so for now, Malia is sharing the Dread Doctors book with everyone so that they can try to figure out what it all means. Based on the book summary, it’s about teenagers who were taken in the night and buried alive, and an ancient order of parascientists. As Malia puts it, there is no volume two because they’re living it.

However, Lydia thinks the book could be a prediction. And that brings us back to our favorite three-eyed Eichen House patient: Dr. Valack.

When Scott shows the book to Theo, Theo points him to the acknowledgments page, where the author thanks Dr. Valack. Theo then reports back to the Dread Doctors that the plan worked — the teens are going to visit Valack.

Well, Lydia, Scott, and Kira are going to visit Eichen. Stiles and his injured shoulder should really stay behind, but there’s no way Stiles is letting Lydia go in without him. They’re better as a team, and he knows it. (Cue all the ‘shipper feels!)

Speaking of ‘shipper feels, back in Scott’s bedroom, he and Kira are looking for her belt when she once again brings up Scott’s L word slip from last week, but she’s not yet brave enough to come out and ask him if he loves her. So instead, she asks him to see her with his “other eyes.”

When he does that, Scott can see Kira’s entire foxy outline — see what I did there? — which literally lifts its hand — paw? — and points to the location of her belt. So the fox is helpful! (But also has a mind of its own or what?) Regardless, they’ve got her belt, and they’re headed to Eichen House.

NEXT: Eichen, electrified

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Outside of Eichen — I love that you can just buzz into this place — Scott updates Stiles on the The Mysteries of Kira: She speaks Japanese? She tries to kill innocent people? But Stiles feels about that show much like the rest of us feel about The Mysteries of Laura: He has more important things to worry about.

But when the door opens, everyone’s problems are put on hold as they hand over all of their belongings to the horribly inappropriate nurse from the first episode of the season and head inside.

While Scott and company head downstairs at Eichen, Theo finds Malia at the school library and decides to get his flirt on. Offering her his keys, he lets her drive them both home, but needless to say, that doesn’t go as planned. First, Theo sneaks this line in: “We can go a little faster if you want.” *wink* Then, Malia has a flashback to her family’s car accident, causing her to nearly wreck his truck before she runs out and collapses in the street. It’s then that she sees a new part of her flashback: Her family’s car didn’t just crash. They were shot at … by the Desert Wolf. So mom really does suck, huh?

Back at Eichen, Scott and Kira can’t get in to see Valack because the walls are lined with Mountain Ash. So basically, it’s a good thing Stiles came along.

Finally coming face to face with Valack — who speaks of his former roommate, but seriously, where is Peter?! — Lydia quickly figures out that it was Valack himself who wrote the book. According to him, it was a tool designed to open people’s eyes to the Dread Doctors. He wrote it because no one believed him.

So what are the Dread Doctors? “Not entirely human,” Valack says. At one point, they were scientists who worshipped the supernatural and used electro-magnetic forces to prolong their lives, give themselves power, and make people forget they’d ever seen them — hence why Valack wrote the book: to help people remember.

With Lydia and Stiles negotiating with Valack — who wants Lydia to record her scream on his recorder — Scott updates Kira on the Stydia saga. Yes, they’re good together. And yes, Stiles still likes her, but he’s not nearly as obsessive as he used to be. And Lydia? Well, she’s finally stopped trying to hide the fact that she’s smart.

Speaking of hiding stuff, Kira, you might want to put away your lightning bolt of a hand right about now. Here’s the thing though: She claims she can’t, and now her whole body is full of electricity.

So as Kira literally lights things up, Valack explains that the Doctors are here because of the teens re-igniting the Nemeton. As for what’s happening with Kira, well, that has to do with the fact that she’s disrupting the building’s electromagnetic energy defenses. In other words, the Doctors used Kira to get inside Eichen House.

Walking through the front door, the Doctors arrive just in time for Scott to carry Kira out of harm’s way — even as she burns him — and Valack to explain that the book triggers your memory senses. It brings images of the Dread Doctors into focus. (Hence Lydia remembering seeing the Doctors right now). He tells them to read it, which makes him a better influence than that awful high school teacher of theirs. At least he encourages them to read.

With that, Lydia records her scream for Valack, and she and Stiles hide while the Doctors come in, take Valack’s third eye, and leave. Valack then uses the recording of Lydia’s scream to break the glass of his cell.

As for our foursome: Scott sets Kira down way too nicely if you ask me, but after all, he loves her. Which, by the way, he remembers saying, and yes he meant it. He just can’t do much about it right now because he’s in desperate need of some aloe vera and a skin graft or two.

Inside, Stiles and Lydia decide that whatever’s going to happen next is both their fault and their responsibility, I assume because they reactivated the Nemeton. Although, whatever Parrish is doing to it has to play into all of this.

Thoughts/questions/theories:

– Does Parrish know what he’s doing?

– Where is Dr. Valack going now that he’s seemingly free?

– What will become of his third eye?

– Seriously, what happened to Peter?

– Are Theo and Malia going to be a thing now?

– How does the Desert Wolf tie into any of this? Or will she just be her own separate story line?

– Is there any chance that whatever Kira is saying in Japanese isn’t completely and totally awful and deadly? 

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