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We pick up right where we left off last time with Scott and Stiles running into the school. Stiles left a pair of bolt cutters outside with the Alpha and he goes back to grab them.
Side note: you could probably open the door a tiny bit and grab the chain hanging on the outside. Also, you could probably stop shining your torch everywhere, Stiles, because it acts as a freaking beacon and gives away your location.
The Alpha appears again and Stiles gets back inside in time to barricade the door. I don’t know the science around barricading doors but I’m pretty sure the positioning of those bolt cutters is basically useless and Scott seems to realise the same thing.
The Alpha howls. Scott and Stiles run into a classroom to have a quick conversation about how Deaton (Vet Man) is looking like a pretty likely candidate for the Alpha.
SCOTT: That can’t be.
STILES: Oh, come on. He disappears and that thing shows up 10 seconds later to toss Derek 20 feet through the air? That’s not convenient timing?
Scott doesn’t want to believe that Derek’s dead but, as Stiles points out, blood spurting out of Derek’s mouth ‘doesn’t really qualify as a minor injury’.
PLAN TO ESCAPE IMMINENT DEATH: outrun the giant werewolf that’s stalking them, get to Stiles’s Jeep, and drive away.
Plain is immediately foiled when the Alpha rips out the Jeep’s battery and throws it through a window at the boys’ heads.
Scott and Stiles head for the locker room, which has less windows for the Alpha to throw things through.
Stiles doesn’t want to call his dad and the police in case the Alpha ‘goes completely Terminator and kills every cop in sight’. There’s nothing close to the school so they can’t just run away.
PLAN B: get the keys to Derek’s car off his dead body and drive away (with Derek’s dead body either for sentimental reasons or because they think the Alpha might eat him).
They’re about to put the plan into motion when they’re discovered by a janitor on night duty. The janitor won’t listen to them about the danger and is promptly ripped to shreds by the Alpha, who somehow found his way into the locker room. Scott and Stiles run.
Outside her house, Allison is waiting to be picked up by Scott. He’s 26 minutes late so, instead of just walking back inside her own house, Jackson and Lydia pick Allison up.
As she’s about to get in the car, Allison gets an ominous text.
Scott and Stiles find an exit blocked by a dumpster (the Alpha is more thorough about this barricading thing). The boys walk down a hallway with an entire wall of windows and Stiles’s torch is still bouncing around and shouting out, ‘HERE WE ARE! COME KILL US!’
The Alpha hears the call of the torch, smashes through yet another window and chases them down a flight of stairs.
Allison, Jackson, and Lydia rock up at school as per the instructions of the ominous text.
The trio assume that Scott and Stiles have broken into the school for reasons unknown so Allison starts to nonchalantly walks into the kill zone by herself. Jackson tells her to be careful and they have a brief, weird flirty exchange. Lydia, who’s still in the car, looks like she could punch a bird out of the sky. Allison walks into the school and the door swings shut behind her to fulfil a basic horror story requirement.
Scott and Stiles are in some basement area and talking pretty loudly for people trying to hide. Stiles throws his keys into a random room and they manage to trap the Alpha inside, smiling triumphantly at each other.
Outside, Jackson notices that the hood of Stiles’s Jeep has claw marks on it. Lydia notices that the car is a piece of crap.
Jackson starts to walk into the school and Lydia follows, thinking they’re going to get Allison.
Back in the basement, Stiles breaks EVERY RULE about how to treat a caged killer:
- Don’t stick around for a quick look. Run away while you have the chance.
- Don’t taunt the beast that could kill you. Run away while you have the chance.
- Don’t tell the beast that you’re not scared of it. Run away while you have the chance.
- Run away while you have the chance.
While they’re not running away, the Alpha jumps up into the ceiling and starts crawling towards them.
Allison walks around empty hallways, calling out to Scott. The Alpha crawls past in an adjacent hall without her noticing.
Jackson and Lydia walk into the school and Lydia has to take a bathroom break.
LYDIA: Do you have a problem with my performing a basic biological function?
JACKSON: You know, I’m starting to have a problem with all of your functions.
Jackson waits outside the bathroom and has an ALPHA SIGHTING. At first he thinks it’s Scott or Derek but then the Alpha gets down on all fours and walks away as if to say, ‘Do I look like a human right now?’
Lydia comes out, having taken the quickest pee in the history of girl world, and finds Jackson looking freaked and rubbing at his neck wounds.
Scott hears a generic ringtone and realises that Allison must be nearby. He calls her on Stiles’s phone and tells her to get to the lobby, where Allison shows him the text that ‘Scott’ sent her. Lydia and Jackson join them. Now that the Alpha has everyone in the same place, he’s ready to start chasing them for real.
They barricade themselves in the cafeteria and Lydia, Jackson and Allison start demanding answers. Scott’s in no fit state to make up credible lies quickly so Stiles steps in and says that someone killed the janitor.
LYDIA: No, no, no, no. This – this was supposed to be over. The mountain lion—
JACKSON: Don’t you get it? There wasn’t a mountain lion.
Congrats on connecting the dots, kids. We’re finally getting somewhere.
Scott throws Derek under the bus and names him as the murderer; if Derek’s dead then it doesn’t matter what Scott says about him.
Lydia calls the cops.
LYDIA: She hung up on me.
ALLISON: The police hung up on you?
LYDIA: She said they got a tip warning them that there were going to be prank calls about a break-in at the high school. She said if I called again that they were going to trace it and have me arrested.
ALLISON: Okay. Well, CALL AGAIN.
STILES: No, they won’t trace a cell. And they’ll send a car to your house before they send anyone here.
Everyone starts questioning Scott like he has the answers and he shouts at them all. Allison takes it personally because apparently she’s the only one that’s allowed to freak out right now.
Jackson comes up with the new plan.
PLAN C: Stiles calls Sheriff and tells him to send someone with a gun and decent aim.
(Jackson also called Sheriff useless so I think he deserves to be pistol-whipped again.)
SCOTT: He’s right. Tell him the truth if you have to. Just call him.
STILES: I’m not watching my dad get eaten alive.
JACKSON: All right. Give me the phone.
Stiles PUNCHES JACKSON IN THE FACE (You go, Glen Coco!). Stiles does ring his dad and – getting his voicemail – leaves a message as the Alpha starts banging down the door and growling in a very nonhuman way that should probably tip everyone off to the fact that there is no way that’s Derek Hale outside.
STILES: The kitchen. The door out of the kitchen leads to the stairwell.
SCOTT: Which only goes up.
STILES: Up is better than here.
So they go up and end up in a chemistry classroom. Scott sticks a stool under the doorhandle. Then they all stand right near the window in the door to hide themselves from their attacker.
SCOTT: Jackson, how many people can fit in your car?
JACKSON: Five if someone squeezes on someone’s lap.
ALLISON: Five? I barely fit in the back!
Allison, how about you sacrifice some fucking personal space for the sake of everybody’s lives?
Scott suggests they go up to the roof and down the fire escape to the parking lot. The door to the roof has a deadbolt, which is really annoying because it’s not like anyone in this gang has suddenly acquired super strength from a werewolf bite or anything.
PLAN D: Scott goes to find the janitor’s body and retrieves the keys to the door. THEN they go up to the roof and down the fire escape. Also, Lydia’s going to mix up a self-igniting Molotov cocktail from the chemicals in the cupboard.
Stiles points out they don’t have a key for the chem cupboard either so Jackson breaks the glass, which could maybe remind Scott that he could break the deadbolt but doesn’t so we’re sticking with the current plan.
Lydia mixes the Molotov cocktail with Jackson’s help. Once it’s ready, Allison begs Scott not to go.
ALLISON: Do you remember – do you remember when you told me you knew whether or not I was lying; that I had a tell? So do you. You’re a horrible liar and you’ve been lying all night.
In the background, Jackson smirks like the lil’ bitch he is. Scott is unswayed by Allison’s tearful plea and her passionate kiss.
Scott takes the Molotov cocktail and walks out, using his wolf nose to sniff out the janitor’s blood.
The Alpha, possibly realising that his captives might need the keys and possibly just because he felt like it, has hung the janitor’s body underneath the gym bleachers.
Up in the classroom, Jackson is comforting Allison and everyone’s busy with their hormones instead of just taking that as an ‘I’m comforting someone whose boyfriend may be dying at this very moment’ gesture. To be fair, their hormones are probably more on point since it’s Jackson.
Scott has to climb up the bleachers to grab the keys and once he’s off the ground and reaching for them, the Alpha decides to collapse the bleachers. (Side note: I did not know that was a thing you could do but it seems like an IKEA innovation.) Scott grabs the keys at the last second, scoops up the beaker with the Molotov cocktail and parkours out of there.
Lydia starts to wonder if Jackson handed her the right chemicals. Could it be that the Molotov cocktail isn’t going to self-ignite?
The Alpha comes at Scott in the gym. Scott throws the Molotov cocktail and it doesn’t ignite. Fucking hell, Jackson. The Alpha pins Scott down and then lets out a mighty roar and leaves.
The roar hurts Lydia’s ears, seems to give Jackson a seizure stemming from his neck wound, and causes Scott to shift into wolf mode against his will. Stiles and Allison seem pretty cool with it. No one questions why Derek Hale is roaring like that.
Jackson’s being sensitive about his neck wounds and the fact that he fell down on the floor, writhing. Meanwhile, Scott walks back to the chemistry room in wolf mode, dragging his salon nails along multiple surfaces to make creepy scratching noises.
Scott starts to unlock the chemistry door when hearing Allison’s voice triggers an Allison montage. He breaks the key off in the lock, trapping them in the chemistry room and possibly protecting them from himself. No one else sees it that way. Allison goes ballistic, banging on the door and screaming at him.
Then Lydia tells her to shut up and listen. Police sirens. They’re saved! (Thank God. NONE of the plans were working.) Outside, Scott comes out of wolf mode.
Sheriff tells Stiles and Scott that they can’t find the janitor’s body. They also don’t seem to have found Derek’s body, since they’re still calling him the murderer. Sheriff promises to search the entire school and walks away to do some sheriffing.
Scott and Stiles debrief about the Alpha’s motives.
SCOTT: It wants me in its pack. But I think, first, I have to get rid of my old pack.
STILES: What do you mean? What old pack?
SCOTT: Allison, Jackson, Lydia … you.
STILES: The Alpha doesn’t want to kill us.
SCOTT: It wants me to do it. And that’s not even the worst part?
STILES: How in holy hell is that not the worst part, Scott?
SCOTT: Because when he made me shift, I wanted to do it. I wanted to kill you; all of you.
Stiles has no response to that, which works out well because Scott suddenly notices that Deaton (Vet Man) is being treated in a nearby ambulance. He walks up to him, apparently not at all scared that he might be the Alpha despite Deaton’s coincidental appearances and disappearances. Deaton offers Scott a raise. All is forgiven.
Scott goes to check on Allison, who doesn’t trust Scott right now (fair enough) and tells him not to call (also fair). She walks away from the safe area with the cop cars and the ambulance—and we’re done with Allison being smart.
Scott lets her go so he can stand and look shocked.
END OF EPISODE