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LYDIA is NAKED and showering in her dream sequence. She hears Peter whisper her name and she turns off the shower and opens the curtain. She finds herself on the lacrosse field, back in her dress from the winter formal. There’s a crowd cheering for her (and one random girl crying but that apparently has no significance so just forget about it) as Peter drags Lydia to the ground and bites her.
Lydia wakes up in her bed, crying and covered in dirt. She asks Peter (who appears on the bed beside her) to leave her alone. But he can’t do that yet.
LYDIA: Are you real?
PETER: Interestingly, that question could also be answered ‘not yet’.
Peter promises that everything will get back to normal as long as Lydia does everything he asks. He takes her down the stairs and fills her in on his plan. The March full moon is coming. It’s the last full moon of winter; the ground will be thawing and worms will be crawling out of the earth. It’s like a rebirth.
Lydia protests, saying that the full moon is on Wednesday and that’s her birthday. That’s all part of the plan. If Lydia follows Peter’s orders, no one at her party will be hurt. Peter says that she deserves to know everything and it’s probably best if he just shows her. He disappears and reappears at her kitchen window in Alpha mode.
Lydia screams as the Alpha lunges towards her.
In Casa Argent, Chris is trying to clean Mama Argent’s werewolf wound.
She says she can clean it herself and Chris goes to talk to Gerard. Chris is hoping for the best but Gerard isn’t fooled; it’s a bite from an Alpha. It seems that, as a WEREWOLF HUNTER, if you get bitten by a werewolf then you die. Chris doesn’t know how he can get Allison through this when they just buried her aunt.
CHRIS: She can’t lose her too.
GERARD: You’re getting your tenses mixed up. Your wife is already dead. That thing over there is just a cocoon waiting to hatch.
At the subway cubby, Scott and Derek talk about needing a new plan. They can’t save Jackson and they can’t seem to kill him. Scott suggests letting the Argents handle it but Derek is the one who turned Jackson; this is his responsibility. Scott says that Jackson became the Kanima because of something in his past and it had nothing to do with Derek.
DEREK: That’s a legend in a book. It’s not that simple.
Scott tries to find out what Derek’s hiding from him but Derek won’t talk about it. He sends Scott home.
Allison drives Matt home after the party. He apologises for kissing her again. She tells him not to worry about it. Matt asks about her relationship with Scott and Allison tries to get away with ‘it’s complicated’.
Matt gets out of the car and Allison blows on her window to see if there’s a message from Scott. There isn’t. She sees that Matt left his camera in the car and she picks it up to look at some of the pictures. Allison scrolls through some of the normal pictures and then finds the creeper shots. There are pictures of her when she’s in class, by herself at school, and even some when she’s in her bedroom.
There’s a knock on the window. Matt’s back to grab his camera.
Allison has the door locked and she reluctantly rolls down the window to hand his bag to him. Allison compliments him on his lacrosse photos and Matt says there’s a good candid photo of her in there. Allison pretends she didn’t see it. Matt offers to show her the pictures on his computer but Allison opts out. Matt has gone from normal to creepy in 0.01 seconds. He takes his bag and Allison drives off.
A few days later at the subway cubby, Derek opens his special wooden trunk (not a euphemism). Isaac points to the spiral design on it and asks what it means. (That spiral design is the same as the tattoo on Derek’s back that we saw last season.)
BOYD: It’s a triskele. Spirals mean different things—past, present, future. Mother, father, child.
DEREK: Know what it means to me?
BOYD: Alpha, Beta, Omega?
Boyd wins all the points.
Derek gives them a lesson on how each one call fall or rise to a different position; Betas can become Alphas but Alphas can also fall to Betas or Omegas. The trunk is filled with heavy-duty chains to restrain the newbies. Being a werewolf comes with perks like healing, but the full moon tonight means that they’re going to want to kill everything they can find.
ERICA: Good thing I had my period last week, then.
Lydia shows up at Casa Argent with Macy’s bags filled with outfit options for her party tonight.
Allison mentions that Lydia didn’t send out any invites. Lydia isn’t worried.
LYDIA: It’s the biggest party of the year, Allison. Everyone knows.
ALLISON: I was wondering if maybe this year things, you know, might be different.
LYDIA: Why would anything be different?
ALLISON: Just because things have been off lately. Things and people. Like Jackson.
LYDIA: Why do you care about Jackson?
ALLISON: Do you know if he’s coming tonight?
LYDIA: Everyone’s coming.
She hands Allison the dress that she’ll be wearing tonight. Mama Argent walks in and asks to speak to Allison. Allison tries to brush her off and Mama Argent lets it go. She seems happy to see that Allison is happy.
At home, Stiles is combing through Beacon Hills yearbooks. He’s crossed out the pages of the murder victims so far and is looking for the pattern that links them. Papa Stilinski walks in and closes the yearbooks. Mr Harris has been brought in for questioning and the police are working on a warrant to arrest him for the murders.
Apparently tyre tracks at the couple’s trailer were a match to Harris’s car. The same car was also seen at the hospital when the girl was killed. Papa Stilinski mentions the bumper sticker and Stiles says he saw it at the warehouse when the rave was happening. Papa Stilinski says that Stiles will have to go in to give a witness statement.
STILES: But what about the concert promoter, Cara? She wasn’t in Harris’s class, right? And what does Mr Lahey have to do with Harris?
He goes back to combing through the yearbooks. He needs to do something to help his dad out. Papa Stilinski catches sight of the swim team photo. It has all the murder victims in it. And Mr Lahey was the coach. Looks like we’ve got our pattern.
Apparently there’s still lacrosse practice going on during spring break. Lydia finds Jackson at the locker room and asks if he’s coming to her party. Jackson seems to be in a Kanima coma until Lydia touches his arm.
JACKSON: You don’t want me there. Trust me.
LYDIA: Don’t worry about it. I’m over it. Look, of course I’m going to—
JACKSON: You do not want me there.
He grabs her arm and Lydia backs away, saying that she’ll see him there. Jackson’s eyes go reptilian for a moment.
Allison arrives at Lydia’s house and seems reluctant to go inside. She has to remind herself that this is for Lydia. Stiles arrives with a giant present and almost can’t make it through the door.
Scott and Stiles talk about what they’ve found out about Jackson and the Kanima’s master.
STILES: We figured out it has something to do with water. You know, the fact that all the victims were on the swim team, the way the Kanima reacted around the pool.
SCOTT: So whoever’s controlling the Kanima really hates the swim team?
STILES: Hated the swim team. Specifically the 2006 swim team.
Allison rocks up and confirms that Jackson isn’t here yet. No one’s here yet. The place is deserted and it may be because Lydia’s now the town whack job.
Allison says they have to do something because they’ve ignored her for the past two weeks. Scott says that they don’t owe her a party, which seems kind of harsh when Scott’s usually the champion of the people. Maybe it’s because it’s the full moon and he’s being a bitch tonight.
Allison says that they do owe her the chance to get back to normal, since she wouldn’t be a pariah if she hadn’t been caught up in all the supernatural drama. Scott says he’ll use his co-captain status to call in the lacrosse team. Stiles has some new friends who know how to party as well. It turns out to be a bunch of drag queens from the club the other night. Lydia’s happy to have them if it means a fuller house.
In the subway cubby, Derek is chaining everyone up. Erica is going to be able to withstand more pain than the boys so she gets to wear a headband with spikes that get driven into her skull. Looks fun.
Lydia’s party is now in full swing and Lydia hands out punch to everyone in sight.
Stiles tells Scott that he should apologise to Allison, even if he thinks he hasn’t done anything wrong.
SCOTT: I’m not apologising.
STILES: Is that the full moon talking, buddy?
At least he’s aware that he’s being a bitch tonight. Stiles just wants something to go right.
STILES: People are dying, I got my dad fired, you’re going to be held back in school, I’m in love with a nut job. And if on top of all that I’ve got to watch you lose Allison to a stalker like Matt, I’m going to stab myself in the face.
Scott tells Stiles to hold off on stabbing himself in the face; Jackson just showed up.
Lydia greets Jackson with a glass of punch. Oh, and there’s little wolfsbane flowers in the punch. This is going to be a great night.
Erica and Boyd are chained up. Now it’s Isaac’s turn. He wants to know how Derek keeps himself in control on the full moon.
DEREK: Find an anchor. Something meaningful to you. Bind yourself to it, keep the human side in control.
Derek’s anchor is anger and Scott’s is Allison; everybody’s anchor is different. Derek finishes chaining up Isaac and says it should hold. He tests the chains and the old seat leg pulls out of the ground easily. Suddenly Derek seems to be regretting the fact that his hiding place is always a rundown crapshack that offers no support or protection.
At Casa Argent, Chris has some prescription pills for Mama Argent to overdose on. Statistically, that’s the way women choose to commit suicide. Mama Argent is not a statistic. She wants to stab herself with a giant knife. She goes upstairs to write her suicide note. Chris sits down and Gerard tells him not to hesitate because of Allison. If Chris wants an easier life then he should change his last name. If not, Chris needs to go and help his wife die with dignity.
Everyone at Lydia’s party seems to be getting high off the punch. Kind of weird, since wolfsbane is actually poisonous to humans as well. But we have no time for inconsistencies. Scott looks at his hand as if he thinks he’s about to sprout some werewolf claws. Lydia puts a glass of punch in his outstretched hand and tells him to kiss and make up with Allison.
LYDIA: I don’t care why you have to keep your little love affair so secret but right here and right now seems like the perfect time just to have a good time.
Scott takes a sip of the punch. He seems to like the taste of his own slow death.
Allison is upstairs with Matt. She’s giving him two minutes to explain himself but he’s doing it where people can see them. Allison asks about the photos in her bedroom and Matt says it was with a telephoto lens; photographers call them candids.
ALLISON: Well, police officers call it stalking.
MATT: Stalking. So I’m a stalker now. That’s—is that it? You think my bedroom is wallpapered with your photos? You think I’m the kind of guy that’s going to say something like, ‘Well, if I can’t have her, no one can.’ Well, you know what? Get over yourself because there’s another pretty girl walking through the room every five minutes.
ALLISON: Well, then all you have to do is wait another three. Good luck.
She goes to leave and Matt grabs her arm. Allison immediately uses some of her WEREWOLF HUNTER moves to put him on the ground but she either didn’t realise what she was doing or didn’t think she was being so forceful.
Allison sees a hooded person walking around the house and carrying a crossbow. She calls out to Scott but it’s too late. The person has shot her in the stomach. Oh, it’s another Allison. This is a hallucination.
Hallucination Allison berates Real Allison for being helpless and then goes to shoot her in the head. Allison jolts out of the hallucination, shaken.
Stiles hallucinates Papa Stilinski arriving at the party after a funeral. He’s drunk and angry and takes it out on Stiles.
PAPA STILINSKI: You know, every day I saw her lying in that hospital bed, slowly dying, I thought, ‘How the hell am I supposed to raise this stupid kid on my own? This hyperactive little bastard who keeps ruining my life.’ It’s all you. It’s you, Stiles. You killed your mother, you hear me? You killed her. And now you’re killing me.
He throws his bottle at Stiles and Stiles comes out of the hallucination and realises he’s crying.
Mama Argent didn’t get a chance to talk to Allison so she wants to kill herself in Allison’s room to be closer to her. The full moon is rising outside.
It’s Scott’s turn for a hallucination. First he sees Allison in a hot and heavy make-out session with Jackson on a window seat. Then he blinks and it’s Allison and the Kanima.
Scott snaps out of it. The window seat is empty. Scott realises that there must have been something in the punch.
Jackson has a glass of punch and it seems to wake him from his Kanima coma. He looks around, confused, and hallucinates seeing his biological parents arrive at the party. They turn around but their faces are all blurred out. Then Jackson’s face is blurred out.
He snaps out of it.
Scott looks around for Lydia, but she’s not there anymore. She left the party and is walking down the road, swinging her car keys and looking pretty happy about poisoning everyone.
In the subway cubby, Erica, Boyd, and Isaac are going insane and as they change. Derek calls Scott to ask for some help in restraining them, then goes in to control them on his own. Erica breaks loose from her chains first and comes at Derek. Then Isaac gets loose and jumps out a window. Derek is tackled from behind by Boyd and then Boyd and Erica start beating the crap out of him.
At Lydia’s party, Scott is trying to make Stiles drink some water and sober up. A girl shows up and helpfully shoves Stiles’s head in the pool for a couple of seconds.
GIRL: How do you feel?
STILES: Like I might have to revisit my policy on hitting a girl.
GIRL: He’s sober.
Derek manages to subdue Boyd long enough to chain Erica up again. Boyd is about to run out of the cubby when Isaac returns and pins him down.
Mama Argent is ready to stab herself. She makes sure Chris knows what to say, how to explain away her suicide. Chris tells her that he’ll make sure Allison knows she did it for them. Mama Argent can’t do this by herself, though. As the moon rises and her eyes start to turn yellow for the first time, Chris helps her drive the blade into her heart.
Things are looking fine at the subway cubby. Isaac is getting Derek to chain him up again, even though he’s completely calm.
DEREK: Looks like you found an anchor.
ISAAC: My father.
DEREK: Your father locked you in a freezer in the basement to punish you.
ISAAC: He didn’t used to.
Derek steps out of the cubby and sees Lydia. She walks up to him and blows a handful of wolfsbane powder in his face. Derek passes out immediately.
Allison arrives at the hospital, crying. Chris must’ve already called her. At first she thinks it’s some kind of sick training session but Chris tells her it isn’t and keeps saying he’s sorry. Allison collapses into his arms, sobbing.
Scott and Stiles can’t find Lydia and everyone who drank the punch is freaking out. People start jumping in the pool. Matt starts screaming that he can’t swim as two guys throw him in the pool. He starts going under and everyone stands there doing nothing. Except Jackson, who hauls him out of the water and looks like he’s going to kill everyone around him.
Sirens sound as the police arrive and the party clears out in less than a minute. Scott sees Matt standing on the road with the Kanima crouched next to him, its tail wrapped protectively around Matt’s legs. People are running everywhere and Matt and the Kanima disappear. Yeah, buddy. You probably should’ve pulled Matt out of the water yourself. That look in his eyes just then was murder.
Apparently Lydia dragged Derek all the way from the subway cubby to the Hale house. I don’t know how far that is but it seems implausible, especially since Derek is gliding along the floor so smoothly. He’s waking up now and sees that the floor of the house has been ripped up right where Peter was buried.
Lydia takes Derek’s arm and puts it in corpse Peter’s hand. Then she does something with mirror to make sure the light of the moon reflects on Peter’s corpse.
Peter digs his claws into Derek’s arm, drawing blood, and opens his eyes. Then Peter bursts through the floorboards (why? Was there not a sufficient hole there for you? Were you just being dramatic?) and gets to his feet, seemingly NAKED.
Derek is fully awake now and Lydia looks terrified.
PETER: I heard there was a party. Don’t worry; I invited myself.
END OF EPISODE