We gave it a B+
Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we? Because the opening scene of this episode is by far my favorite of the season. I wasn’t sure how the show was going to work Jackson and Ethan back in when their return was first announced, but my curiosity was definitely piqued when they were revealed to be a couple. And within their first moments back on screen, I was reminded of the earlier days of the show and why we loved these characters in the first place.
We find Ethan at his London apartment, angrily calling his boyfriend, who’s late for their anniversary date. Ethan had gotten them tickets to a show…which they missed when his boyfriend didn’t show up. But as it turns out, his boyfriend wasn’t late. He was kidnapped, a fact Ethan learns when two hunters walk into his apartment and shoot him with purple wolfsbane. However, purple wolfsbane only works on wolves. And considering his boyfriend is none other than Jackson, they really should’ve gone with yellow wolfsbane. Remember, Jackson is part werewolf and part kanima.
And as Jackson puts it when he wakes up, “both parts are pissed.” Jackson proceeds to take out both hunters while Ethan complains about the fight destroying his antiques, lamps, and photo wall. But hey, at least Jackson didn’t forget their anniversary. And just like that, they kiss. So if you didn’t realize these two were together, I imagine this scene was only made better by the surprise. But for me, even knowing what was happening, it was still so much fun.
The next time we see them, they’re questioning the hunters. Well, Jackson is. While Jackson talks, Ethan listens to heartbeats to know when people are lying. It’s kind of their thing. Long story short, they realize that the hunters are following orders from Gerard, who’s obviously hanging out in Beacon Hills.
Speaking of Beacon Hills, Scott starts the episode in the hospital waiting room. Need I remind you how the last episode ended? In lots and LOTS of bullets. Turns out Melissa was hurt the worst, which is why Scott is currently listening in on her surgery. In the end, she pulls through, and she’s even awake enough to tell her son, “Don’t run. You fight.”
But in order to fight, Scott’s going to need an army, and seeing as how his dad’s in the hospital, Mason is just out of surgery, and Lydia is also in a hospital bed — they were all shot — he’s going to have to get creative. But as he tells Malia: “No more peace summits, no more running, no more half measures.”
The first person they call to help them? Deucalion! He struts into Scott’s house just in time to tell Malia and Scott that he is a changed man who now lives in a condo. And everyone knows that once you live in a condo, you can no longer fight, right? Or rather, he prefers not to fight. But as he proves when Malia comes at him, he is certainly fast on his feet. Now that he’s learned a new martial art, Malia can’t even land a hand on the guy. In other words, Deucalion has perfected the art of avoiding a fight, literally. However, he does offer his guidance to Scott. And his first tip? Scott needs to lower his standards when it comes to allies. And yes, there is someone even lower than Deucalion…
And that’s Peter! Peter agrees to meet Scott and Malia at Eichen, where we get this great exchange. After Peter asks why Malia is there, she says…
Malia: “I’m here for moral support.”
Peter: “For him or for me?”
Malia: “You’d need to have morals.”
First, Scott tries to appeal to Peter’s ego, but as Peter tells him, there’s no need. Peter’s ego, as always, is “quite healthy.” In fact, it might be healthier than usual, because right now, Peter has a penthouse apartment, a very crowded passport, and two very fancy cars (also, a great new haircut). Peter’s not looking to get involved in a war, especially when Scott’s not ready to win. (Next: The Anuk-Ite finds its second half)