Thursday, July 11, 2013
Teen Wolf - 3.06 - Motel California - Recap
Previously - Derek's pack fought the Alphas and lost, Scott thought Derek died, Argent retreated back to a no hunting stance (boo), Allison chose to help keep her friends alive, Isaac's dad was abusive, Lydia trance walked…again, and Derek passed out by Eternally Doomed Teacher's car.
On March 5, 1977, a hunter pulled into the Glen Capri motel, bleeding from the leg with a huge werewolf bite on his chest. Determined not to wolf out he shot himself. In a shocking twist, his name was Alexander Argent from Massachusetts. I see a future connection here that current Argent may not be able to resist. 36 years later, Coach books the cross country team into the same hotel still bent on making it to the now rescheduled meet. The school's going to love covering this cost. Of course with the cost of gas, it might not be that much more expensive. No one is particularly impressed by the no-tell motel. Scott: "I've seen worse." Stiles: "Where have you seen worse?" Coach explains: "This is the closest motel with the most vacancies and least amount of good judgment when it comes to accepting a bunch of degenerates like you." Ha! Valid point. As seen by the giant bags, they are all still sponsored by Nike. Students pair off but Lydia does not want to stay because she's got a bad feeling. People need to stop ignoring Lydia's feelings. She's attuned to the weird and this motel gives off bad vibes. Lydia: "I don't like this place." Allison: "I don't think the people who own this place like this place." Good point, but ignoring Lydia is always a mistake. Allison says it's just for the night but Lydia counters that "a lot can happen in one night." So true on Teen Wolf where a lot happens in one episode.
A little late to the party, our favorite hunter Argent heads to the fight scene for more glorious flashbacks of its epicness. Never enough Alpha Twin gymnastics and claw fights. Of course he also finds proof Allison was there, hello future awkward conversation, not that he didn't know she would help. Meanwhile Scott freaks out when his eyes briefly go red in the mirror and Boyd goes crazy on a vending machine. Punching out the glass is one way to unstick it. Stiles notices Boyd is incredibly zombie-like and thus starts the wacky fun. And stolen food. Scott joins the crazy by walking in on Allison in the shower while Lydia is out getting towels. They banter as Allison and I get increasingly uncomfortable. Scott is zombie-like too, whispering about being closer friends. Lydia needs to hurry. Scott somewhat snaps out of it and backs off as Lydia gets the exposition dump from the motel clerk, who is deliciously creepy. On the wall is the number 198, which the clerk says is how many people have committed suicide there in the last 36 years. Coincidence, nope. Most suicides for a Californian motel, yep. Since Isaac can't be left out of the fun, he obsessively watches TV static with a crazy smirk. The werewolves have clearly lost it , so when Argent offers to pick up Allison and Lydia it should be a no-brainer. Allison of course turns him down. Seriously honey, that SUV can fit a lot of people. Get everyone out. Argent wonders if she's hiding things from him, but she's not ready to tell him about her big archery night. Derek, however, is not ready for much of anything except bleeding out. Yikes that's a seriously nasty gash. EDT freaks: "To be honest the…um, 'Oh my God' would be for your unbelievable physique if it were not for the fact that you're bleeding black blood." Bwah! She's probably not the only one almost overpowered by Derek's physique. Derek passes out again causing even more freaking out. She leans on top of him listening to his heartbeat. "Not exactly how I imagined our first date." Ha!
Speaking of parents, Scott's mom calls crying because Darach has her prisoner. Outside the motel window, Scott sees Duke with his hand around his mom's throat. He calls Scott an alpha and says Derek is dead. Scott protests that Derek could be alive while I ponder why Derek's death would make Scott an alpha given that Elevator Alpha actually took Derek for the ride, meaning EA killed him inadvertently. Duke says he's coming after Scott and those he loves. I'm ecstatic this means mom, not Allison. Well until he kills mom. It's all of course a hallucination as Stiles snaps him out of it. Sadly Stiles quickly leaves to answer an urgent text from Lydia which says to come alone. That's never good. Danny however is having a great time with his roommate, Alpha Twin. They make out and talk scars. Alpha Twin subtly asks Danny if he wants to be a werewolf, but Danny doesn't get it. He likes his scars. Danny: "They make me feel like a survivor." Alpha Twin: "I really hope you are." Say what? Duke might kill Danny? Say it isn't so. No more details are forthcoming as some weird spinal thing occurs on Alpha's back. He heads to the bathroom where his stomach goes all alien and a face appears. Freaking out, he bolts. It's a bad night to be a werewolf. Of course there are 4 of them and the sign only changed by 3. Time for more sleuthing.
At the motel, Alpha Twin is ungrateful for the save and the trio split up to find the other werewolves to get out. Hopefully they called Argent beforehand or else they'll have to steal the bus. Lydia takes exception to Stiles staring again, but he has a valid point about the wolf's bane punch last year. No time to delve into it though since Boyd has his own issues. The radio replays a police interview from when he was a kid. He was ice skating with his sister when she disappeared. Seemingly she drowned but who knows. Season 4 twist? Boyd smashes the radio and takes off, stranding us with Eternally Deranged Teacher (new name, same initials). Since Derek doesn't stock medical supplies, the best plan is to get some right? Nah, instead of handing him a phone to call his pack, they angst on how dangerous Derek is and how everyone around him dies. A sad oboe shrills as EDT says he's worth the pain, or something similarly cheesy. Tonight they get the momentum-killing, badly written romance. Oh joy. Since Derek is obviously too hurt to use a phone, they decide sex is a better plan. (Deep sigh-eye roll combo) The motel is far more interesting, so we cut to Boyd stealing the motel safe, Allison NOT finding Scott, and Stiles apologizing to Lydia. "I just meant that maybe…maybe you're somehow involved in getting people to kill themselves." Oh for the love of all things Stiles, shut up! Luckily, Lydia is too busy listening to a mother drown her baby to pay attention. She figures out Boyd is trying to commit suicide by putting the safe on top of himself in the bathtub. Boyd jerryrigged the drain and the safe is too heavy to lift. In his panic Stiles burns himself on yet another heater, prompting them to get flares from the bus to heat the water and snap Boyd out of it. They could emergency breathe for Boyd and get another werewolf to remove the safe but not enough drama I guess. Stiles grabs all but one of the emergency flares, so that's coming up again, while Lydia finds Isaac hiding under the bed. Stiles finally starts the flare prompting Boyd to pop up a werewolf, tearing the safe off. As he de-wolfs, Stiles uses the other flare to snap Isaac out of it.
Which makes the sudden cut to Coach entering the bus all the more jarring. Usually I love Coach and his
funny but it's too soon. This is one time when watching without commercials might not be such a great idea. Coach finds the six of them sleeping on the bus and tells them the meet has been cancelled. Hmm. Alpha Twin sits by Scott to everyone's surprise, and thanks Scott for saving his life. Say what? Scott wasn't even there. I don't blame Stiles for objecting since he, Lydia, and Allison saved everyone. Alpha Twin pays Scott back by telling him Derek is still alive. Sadly by getting the credit for killing Elevator Alpha, although Duke really did it, Derek can either kill one of his pack and join theirs or Shoeless will make it a personal vendetta to see Derek dead. Guess that proves Duke did not tell them the truth. Stiles: "You know your little code of ethics there is sort of barbaric - just FYI." As Stiles takes Alpha Twin's place by Derek, Lydia notices a stain on Coach's shirt. She grabs his whistle and blows on it into her hand. Wolf's bane powder comes out. Every time Coach blew his whistle in that fabulous scene last week, more wolf's bane spread through the bus. Way to make an already fabulous scene more awesome! Scott realizes Darach was trying to get into the werewolves' heads and tosses Coach's whistle out the window as the bus heads off, leaving behind all kinds of questions. But the twists don't end here. Argent slowly opens a door to reveal…Gerard. Yep, he's back. Apparently Argent has known where Gramps was all this time. He recaps his uncle's death from the beginning flashback and Gerard confirms that Uncle Argent was bitten by Deucalion. Duhn, duhn, duhn! This have just gotten interesting. Argent is back in the fight!
Best scene (by far) - Stiles talks Scott out of deep frying himself
Most uncomfortable scene - Scott walks in on Allison in the shower
Best acting - tie - Isaac channeling his dad and Stiles stopping Scott's suicide
Best twist - tie - wolf's bane in the whistle and Alex Argent bitten by Deucalion
Worst twist - sex as werewolf cure all
Biggest shock - Boyd's dead sister in the ice bin
Best moment - Scott and Stiles lie back on their beds in tandem and Argent opens the door to reveal Gerard
MVP - Lydia
Best casting - Creepy Clerk
Best cameo - Darach in the flames
Scott: "I've seen worse." Stiles: "Where have you seen worse?"
Coach: "This is the closest motel with the most vacancies and least amount of good judgment when it comes to accepting a bunch of degenerates like you."
Lydia: "I don't like this place." Allison: "I don't think the people who own this place like this place."
Creepy Clerk: "We're not going to make the top of anyone's list when it comes to customer satisfaction."
Teacher: "To be honest the…um, 'Oh my God' would be for your unbelievable physique if it were not for the fact that you're bleeding black blood."
Stiles: "That's a beautiful thing. Most places leave a mint under the pillow. This one leaves a record of all the horrible deaths that occurred."