This episode begins stylistically very different with Stiles narrating various things to Ms. Morrel the school guidance counsellor. It’s an elegant and very powerful and emotional way to bring together just how much happened last week. It brought it all together, everything up to date, and added a whole truck load of emotional impact. This scene needs applauding.
We move into the action with evil Grandaddy Argent, new master of the Kanima, using the weregecko to hold Melissa McCall (Scott’s mother) captive while he talks to Scott. He wants Derek and his pack, to avenge his evil daughter, Kate. Melissa can’t deal with any of this – the weregecko or Scott as a werewolf for that matter, and just wants Scott to give Granddaddy Argent whatever he wants.
Meanwhile Erica and Boyd are worried about the whole being a werewolf thing and the risk that comes with it (especially since there’s suddenly a whole lot of howling going on). In particular, to live they want to find another pack, another alpha, one that isn’t under attack by the evil Argents. And since they heard howling, they assume there’s another pack that they could join and they’re leaving.
Isaac didn’t join them and went to Dr. Deaton instead where Scott and the vet are treating a dog – and we get to see a new werewolf power, apparently they have the ability to take the pain of other creatures. It’s a bit randomly inserted (we didn’t get to see this before) but still kind of nicely done. Isaac is there to ask for Scott’s advice – and planning to leave during the lacrosse game as well, same as Boyd and Erica.
That night they run, running off into the woods – but are hunted by Argents. Including Evil Argent Allison who decides to join her murderous family and shoot Erica with an arrow. Erica urges Boyd to run. Helpless and shot in the leg, Erica lies there unable to stop Allison shooting another arrow at her – an arrow that is caught by Boyd. Allison the fills Boyd full of arrows, forever confirming her as a villain. Finally it’s Daddy Argent that has to stop his sadistic daughter. Can we have all the Argents dead now?
As if that wasn’t bad enough for Derek, Peter Hale comes to talk. Though Derek isn’t in the mood for talking and attacks Peter while Peter offers help and advice since he has failed so badly. Ouch, methinks that hurt rather more than werewolf claws. Pete goes on to try and convince Derek to work with him.
And Peter has a big bargaining chip – he knows how to stop the weregecko, how to save Jackson. A Kanima has no identity, to restore him back you need to restore his original identity – by appealing to his heart. Though it’s Jackson – which means you have to find someone he cared about (oh dear, this is Jackson). Peter points out he had a connection with… Lydia. We then get a wonderfully cheese hailing of the power of love and that Derek, who masters anger, needs Scott because he has Heart. Hey it’s dramatic enough for me to forgive any amount of cheesiness.