This week, the homoeroticism gets clearer, the Lizard thing gets weirder and a whole lot of unnecessary stuff happens before a fantastic twist that makes up for most of the episode.
The Vet Vetted
We pick right back up from where we were in the last episode. Scott, injured form his brawl with Derrick, is seeking treatment from the too-omniscient veterinarian. He knows way too much about all of this and continues to be entirely too cryptic.
For once, his mysteriousness helps because the Argents drop by the Vet's office for, I don't know, a bonding session. They pump the veterinarian for information on the autopsy of the corpse found in the last episode. Does last week feel like an eternity ago?
Regardless, the vet infers that this creature wasn't killing to eat, but killing just to kill. And that the Argents should be afraid. Considering what we've seen of the Argents, I really do want to know what they are afraid of.
Stiles is at the mechanic's shop getting his beloved jeep fixed. First order of business: Why is the mechanic so attractive? Answer: This is an MTV show. Unfortunately, attractiveness does not save a character on this show (except for the series regulars!). As Stiles touches some weird goo on the door handle, the Lizard appears, slicing the mechanic. Both of these paralyze Stiles and the hot mechanic, who is trapped and most likely to be crushed to death.
The Lizard may have saved the mechanic (well ... probably not) but hesitates when watching Stiles, as if recognizing him.
At Casa de Werewolf, Derrick trains his wolves to survive! Unfortunately, these idiots do not seem to realize that they are being hunted. Erica the Desperate, also known as Blondie with Cleavage, tries to jump Derrick's bones, but he rejects her. He's clearly into dudes (note: nothing is wrong with this; Derrick is hot enough for both sexes).
At Lydia's house/school, we see Lydia struggle to not be supernaturally altered. She wakes up with bloody hands and must go to therapy. The horror! At therapy, she talks to a guidance counselor, who I'll note as Bianca Lawson. I only highlight this because this actress will never leave high school. She was on Buffy and Dawson's Creek and ... Pretty Little Liars 10 years later. Woah. Anyway, Lydia's still damaged or whatever.
At school, Stiles must help Scott and Allison with their communication skills; he quite literally runs back and forth delivering messages. As Allison notes, her parents track every email, text, call or whatever, so it's pointless to get a disposable phone. What about carrier pigeon? It might be discreet enough, provided Scott doesn't get too hungry. You know -- 'cause he's a wolf.
Last, but not least, this show is just a homoerotic bubble waiting to burst. Jackson, the biggest douche on the planet, gets his gay best friend to watch a video of him in bed. I swear, this is for purposes that are plot-related and not just porn. The video was taken to determine what Jackson does in his sleep.
Danny, the BFF, enlists the help of creepy photographer Matt, who determines when Jackson moves his hand over his boxers -- it is the key to everything. What does that mean, Jackson wonders? It means that this show could not be less secretly homoerotic if it tried. I love the camp on this show, and I love the underlying tensions that are becoming increasingly more prominent. What it means in regards to the plot is that the tape is on a loop and that two hours of time are missing.
It's Still Lacrosse Season?
Why, yes, it is! And they continue to happen when it is pitch black out. I know that technically this is "winter," but I always thought lacrosse happened in the spring. One of the lonely henchman Derrick turns, also known as Boyd, randomly starts playing lacrosse well while Stiles is saving lives. Yet he is the one immortalized in high school in terms of glory. The mechanics of Teen Wolf and high school will one day force me to suffer from an aneurysm.
Stiles and Allison team up to find more information about the lizard man, which has a species name, but I prefer lizard man. They believe that Grandpop Crazy possesses the book, so Stiles must go steal it. I worry for his safety. Especially as he comes head to head with ... a crying Lydia. Being adorable Stiles, he genuinely cares for this head case, but he's on a time crunch.
Tread or You're Dead
Sadly for Stiles, he ain't never getting that book, thanks to Derrick and Erica. They exchange information begrudgingly before -- dum dum dum dummmm -- the Lizard thing appears. It knocks Erica out (but no worries, her boobs act as a cushion to her fall) and goes after Derrick and Stiles near the high school pool.
Derrick gets sliced and paralyzed in the water. Heroism is Stiles' true calling, so he dives in the water to act as Derrick's life preserver. I feel bad for poor little Dylan O'Brien because Tyler Hoechlin is, like, 200 lbs. of pure muscle. Poor dude. Luckily for them, though, the Lizard cannot go into the water. After two hours of holding up that hunk of man (it's debatable whether or not that is lucky), Stiles abandons Derrick to call Scott, literally letting Derrick sink because he is that dense. He swims so fast to get that phone, but Scott is in the middle of looking for the book at the Argent house...
Argent Family Dinners
Every time Scott eats dinner at the Argent's house, I am uncomfortable because these people are beyond crazy; they are psychotic while Scott is just a cute little puppy dog who occasionally turns into a wolf. Since Gramps invited Scott to dinner, he bluntly brings up the awkward werewolf in the room as to why everyone hates such a cute little puppy like Scott.
I start to feel bad for Scott and Allison, that's how awkward this scene is; luckily, Gramps seems to be the only one cool enough to be nice to Scott and allow him alone time with Allison. I doubt he'd be so happy if he knew Scott was riffling through his things to find his book -- filled with recipes? Immediately, Scott and Allison conclude it must be at the school, so Scott leaves abruptly to "pick up his mother," much to the amusement of Gramps.
At the school, poor Stiles is still saving Derrick; he would make the most heroic lifeguard (an excuse to see Stiles shirtless, show!). Scott arrives in the nick of time to face off against the lizard thing with a shard of glass. The Lizard, seeing its reflection, storms out. At this point, I think we can all confidently say that the Lizard is Lydia because she's vain enough to not recognize her scaly self.
Oh, Scott actually does pick his mother up at the hospital. Out of nowhere, Grandfather just stabs Scott. Woah. The scene is electrifying, as Grandfather threatens Mrs. McCall and shows he knows exactly what is going on around these woods. Holy hell.