Welcome back, Teen Wolf fans. I have good and bad news. The good news is that Scott is officially on the mend and beginning to rebuild his pack! The bad news is, well, pretty much everything else. The Dread Doctors are still around, we could be witnessing the end of Beacon Hills, etc. But more than that, Lydia has a hole in her head …and they show it A LOT. So I hope you’re ready (and not eating)!
Let’s do this…
We start with Lydia — hole-in-head and all — who’s hanging with Dr. Valack at Eichen House. He claims that said hole has amplified her abilities, and thanks to that, she’s able to revisit the night that Theo watched his sister die. It seems Dr. Valack is very interested in why the Dread Doctors chose Theo — your standard 10-year-old sociopath — to be a chimera in the first place. But the only answer we get is that Theo let his sister die because he needed her heart. One heart transplant later and Theo would become a genetic chimera. Get it?
That still raises the question of why the Dread Doctors went through so much trouble to get Theo specifically, but that’s not important right now. What is important is the fact that Theo and his pack of chimeras just showed up at Eichen House looking for Lydia. The other big takeaway from the tale of “Lydia and the Hole in Her Head” is this: The Doctors have succeeded in creating the perfect killer. We simply don’t know who or what that is yet. (What do you want to bet is rhymes with The Feast?)
And if you’re having trouble remembering where everyone else left off last season, don’t worry. Lydia’s amplified abilities also come with excellent recap skills: Liam most recently tried to kill Scott, Malia is trying to find the Desert Wolf, Kira’s still gone, Lydia of course is “missing” at Eichen, and our dear Sheriff Stilinski is dying.
That takes us to the hospital, where Stiles is all alone as he waits to find out the fate of his father. He wouldn’t be alone if Scott could get there faster, but the poor True Alpha is still suffering the after-effects of, you know, dying. With a gaping hole in his abdomen — thanks a lot, Liam — Scott tries to bandage himself up and move forward, but he only makes it as far as the hallway outside his bedroom before he passes out.
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Elsewhere, Parrish is enjoying a McSteamy-approved shower. But when Lydia shows up, he knows something off. Apparently Parrish still hasn’t caught on yet, so Lydia spells it out for him: Someone’s dying. He then wakes up — which is good because he’s currently driving — and calls Hayden’s sister, Deputy Clark, to see if he can get police help with finding Lydia.
But here’s the thing: Everyone’s a little busy wondering how Parrish busted out of jail. Also, things are cray. As Clark puts it, “Parrish, no one’s available. Do you have any idea what’s going on? The high school sign somehow ended up in one of the hallways, the library is completely wrecked, there might be a pre-historic animal running around the streets, and I am starting to seriously think about a transfer.” #realtalk
With that, Parrish heads to the Nemeton on his own. It’s there that he finds a catatonic Lydia and takes her to Scott. The last thing Lydia did was use her nails to carve a badge into a rock. It’s a warning, and it’s one that comes just in time as Scott arrives at the hospital to check on Stilinski. Not surprisingly, he’s taken a turn for the worse. And with poor Stiles on the edge of a breakdown, seeing Scott sends him over the edge.
Stiles slams his one-time best friend to the ground demanding to know where Scott’s been. After all, Scott was the one who trusted Theo. But Scott only brings more bad news: Stilinski isn’t the only one who’s hurt.
Just like that, Stiles is at Lydia’s side. But when he tries to check the back of her neck, Natalie Martin throws him out of the room. An emotional mother, she blames Lydia’s friends for what’s happened to her. But when she checks the back of her daughter’s neck, she finds something much worse than a typical teenage hickey: She sees the holes left by Theo’s claws. Then Lydia finally speaks, saying, “I told you to stay in the car.” (Is this a callback to Lydia seeing her grandmother at Eichen? What does it mean?)
But if you’re hoping all that will make Natalie call Stiles back in, you are so, so wrong. Instead, she decides to sign her daughter over to Eichen House, and specifically, Dr. Valack, who can apparently change his appearance to look like other people? Did we know this? Guys, I’m so confused. Whatever, I love him for saying this about Lydia: “That pretty little thing could shatter your skull with her voice if someone decided to teach her how.” (Seriously? Can we teach her? Because that’d be useful.)
Meanwhile, Stiles, Parrish, Melissa, and Scott try to figure out what Theo could’ve wanted with Sheriff Stilinski. It seems he simply wanted Stilinski to serve as a distraction so as to leave Scott alone with Liam. And by warning Stiles, it’s evident that Theo didn’t want Stilinski to die. Translation: It’s time to have a little chat with Theo.
NEXT: Did someone say they were looking for a Hellhound?