Five seasons ago, we first met Scott McCall when he was a self-defined “nobody” in high school. His hair was shaggy, he had asthma, and his best friend was an adorable nerd. Cut to now, and Scott McCall is a self-defined badass with phenomenal hair and a best friend who is an adorable nerd (who can hold his own). Okay, so maybe he prefers “true alpha” to “badass,” but I’m taking liberties.
And yet, thanks to the arrival of the Dread Doctors, Scott has been reduced to some combination of the boy we met in season 1 and the slightly older boy we know to be the hero of our story today: At this point, Scott is still a true alpha, but his asthma is back. And more than anything, his pack is crumbling all around him. The good news? It all makes for some pretty intriguing drama.
We pick up with Scott’s voiceover explaining how he can no longer go anywhere without his inhaler. Also, it’s been five days since they’ve seen the Dread Doctors or any new chimeras. Nobody at the high school seems to be talking to one another anymore, or even smiling for that matter. (Teen angst, amirite?)
Lydia and Stiles spend their days looking for the nemeton while Stilinski has the entire police force trying to identify the next chimera. As for Hayden and Cory, they both seem to be getting stronger. Scott hasn’t gotten any word from Kira or Deaton, and because of that, he’s closing down the animal clinic for now. But more importantly, who is he telling all this? Theo, of course. Because nothing makes a guy look trustworthy more than a good set of Stefan Salvatore-approved hero hair.
Seriously, how could Theo just tell Scott that he’s “counting” on things to get worse and Scott not think he’s bad news? That kid’s alpha senses are all kinds of off.
Across town, the Doctors’ lair is looking extra bloody as one of the docs shoots up another with something that makes his scar-filled arm puff up like new. Theo, who’s paying a quick visit to his slow-moving homies, tells them that they promised him a pack, and as part of that, Theo wants Hayden alive. But when the Doctors turn to look at Theo, he realizes—much like a small child who just yelled at his parents—that he’s out of his league. The Doctors are waiting until for the “perigee-syzygy”—which Wikipedia tells me is the supermoon—to decide what to do with Hayden … and that’s the end of that. (Also, it would be great if they could annunciate just a bit more.)
Speaking of Hayden, she’s busy making out with Liam in between buses at school. Well, at least until mercury starts oozing from her nose and just generally kills the mood. So after packing a quick Doctors survival duffel bag—which looks very similar to an apocalypse survival duffel bag—Liam tells Scott that he can’t protect anyone before he takes Hayden to the club to get her last $200 and hit the road.
Meanwhile, in the woods, Stiles and Lydia can’t seem to find the nemeton, so Lydia decides to take matters into her own hands and tell Parrish that he’s
super hot stealing the bodies. Leading him into the woods, Lydia distracts him with a quick self-defense training session, during which Parrish finally stops thinking just long enough to realize that they’ve been 15 feet from the nemeton this whole time.
Finally realizing it wasn’t just a dream, Parrish tells Lydia the end of it: That there were hundreds of bodies at the nemeton, which is why he’s choosing to lock himself up at the jail.
While Mason helps chimera Cory test his new strength, Stilinski finds his way into the library, where his blacklight reveals something that appears to be smoke? I honestly have no idea, but he decides to ask Theo about what happened. Interestingly enough, Theo takes the fall for killing Donovan, but he claims it was self-defense. Of course, that’s not the story that Theo, the sociopathic liar, told Scott earlier in the day.
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