Teen Wolf recap – Season 2, Episode 11: Battlefield

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Stiles is in the guidance counsellor’s office, restringing his lacrosse stick net thingie as he gives us a rundown on what has happened since the last episode.

We can't go over this in real time. Let's do a quick recap before the title sequence.

We can’t go over this in real time. Let’s do a quick recap before the title sequence.

Matt’s body has been found. Stiles doesn’t feel sorry for Matt; just because he drowned as a nine-year-old doesn’t mean that he had the right to go around murdering people. The police also found Matt’s stalker shots of Allison. He had gone one step further, starting to Photoshop himself into the pictures to show them kissing and holding hands. Matt was definitely riding the crazy train.

Papa Stilinski has been reinstated as Sheriff after finding out Matt was the murderer. There’s still tension between Stiles and his dad. There’s also tension between Scott and Stiles for some reason.

We watch as Scott, SHIRTLESS and in flashback, gets dressed and tries to talk to Mama McCall through her bedroom door. Scott tells his mother that he loves her, but she still can’t open the door to face him.

Scott is still leaving messages on Allison’s window, begging her to meet him. Allison is still reeling after her mother’s death and she wipes the messages away. She and Chris are discussing WEREWOLF HUNTER tactics and trying to find Derek. They’re crossing their searches off on a big map but they haven’t looked at the railway depot yet, which I guess means the subway cubby is really a train cubby. I don’t care.

Jackson is still out of it. Right now, Lydia seems to be the most normal one right now.

The championship lacrosse game is tomorrow night and Ms Morrell asks Stiles if he’s anxious, since he’s been restringing his net this whole time.

STILES: No. I never actually play. But hey, since one of my teammates is dead and another one’s missing, who knows? Right?

People died and everything is shit but every cloud has a silver lining, right?

People died and everything is shit but every cloud has a silver lining, right?

It seems Isaac, Erica, and Boyd have all been classed as ‘runaways’ and are no longer showing up for school. Stiles tries to avoid the question and Ms Morrell wants to know if he’s okay.

STILES: I’m fine. Yeah, aside from the not sleeping, the jumpiness, the constant overwhelming, crushing fear that something terrible is about to happen.

MS MORRELL: It’s called hyper-vigilance. The persistent feeling of being under threat.

STILES: It’s not just a feeling, though. It’s like it’s a panic attack. You know, like I can’t even breathe.

Ms Morrell tells Stiles to think about something Winston Churchill once said: ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’

Scott hops out of the shower. He’s still NAKED and wet when he hears a sound in his room.

Derek? Is that you showing up ominously again?

Derek? Is that you showing up ominously again?

He finds the Kanima up on the wall, its tail around Mama McCall’s neck. Gerard is sitting in the corner. He wants to talk.

Hey, buddy. Don't worry about a towel or any clothes. Just come have a chat.

Hey, buddy. Don’t worry about a towel or any clothes. Just come have a chat.

TITLE SEQUENCE

Stiles pulls out his wolf claws and Gerard is not even a little bit worried since he clearly has the upper hand. He’s also not the least bit bothered by having this conversation while Scott is NAKED. Scott hasn’t been answering his phone and this is how Gerard responds to it. Scott bargains, saying that he’ll talk to Gerard about anything if he lets Mama McCall go.

Gerard is not into it. He wants to hunt down Derek and his pack. Scott denies knowing where they’re hiding out.

GERARD: I think with the proper motivation, you could draw them out. And if you hadn’t noticed, I now have a fairly impressive means by which I can motivate people. Why do you think I’m able to control him? You know the myth, Scott. The Kanima is a weapon of vengeance.

SCOTT: Is this about Kate?

GERARD: I didn’t just come to bury my daughter. I came to avenge her.

Aw, did you think I was just here to hang out with my family? Cute.

Aw, did you think I was just here to hang out with my family? Cute.

The Kanima drops Mama McCall and leaves with Gerard. Mama McCall still doesn’t know what’s going on but she tells Scott to give Gerard whatever he wants. Scott doesn’t know if he can.

Erica and Boyd are walking through the woods in the dark. Apparently Derek told them to be back (from wherever they were) by dawn. Boyd hears the howl of a wolf but he’s not fooled. There are no wolves in California and it didn’t sound like the howl of any werewolf he knows. More wolves start howling and Erica and Boyd stand still and listen.

They go back to the Hale house, where Derek is looking through a lot of books. He knows immediately that they’ve decided on something. Boyd says they’ll do it tonight while everyone’s at the lacrosse championship.

ERICA: It’s not like we want to.

DEREK: What do you want?

ERICA: Since I just turned 16 a month ago, I wouldn’t mind getting my licence. I can’t do that if I’m dead, you know.

Derek told them there was a price to becoming a werewolf but he didn’t say that it would be like this. Derek tells them that they’re stronger in a pack and they need an Alpha. How are they going to find another pack? Erica and Boyd tell Derek about the wolves they heard howling last night.

We heard voices and we're going to make friends with them.

We heard voices and we’re going to make friends with them.

Derek isn’t convinced. If wolves modulate their howls and shift tone quickly enough, two wolves can sound like 20. Erica and Boyd have already decided; the fight in Beacon Hills is over and they’re leaving. Derek tells them that they’re not leaving. They’re running. And once they start, they’ll never stop.

Erica and Boyd walk out, leaving Derek alone. He throws a piece of glass in anger and Peter Hale catches it right before it hits him in the throat.

I may have only just been resurrected but my reflexes are still sharp.

I may have only just been resurrected but my reflexes are still sharp.

PETER: I expected a slightly warmer welcome, but point taken.

At the animal clinic, all the animals start going crazy as someone walks in. It’s Isaac. Deaton invites him in and he watches as Deaton and Scott treat a dog.

I just really like watching people treat sick dogs.

I just really like watching people treat sick dogs.

Isaac can smell that the dog is dying. Deaton shows Isaac that one of his werewolf abilities is being able to take away someone’s pain. When Isaac lays his hand on the dog, its pain seeps into Isaac’s veins like black blood.

Dem veins.

Dem veins.

He only took away a little pain, but sometimes that’s all that’s needed. Isaac gets teary and Scott tells him that he cried the first time as well.

Back at the Hale house, Peter is throwing shade.

PETER: it’s quite a situation you’ve got yourself in here, Derek. I mean, I’m out of commission for a few weeks and you’ve got lizard people, geriatric psychopaths, and you’re cooking up werewolves out of every self-esteem-deprived adolescent.

Apparently Peter wants to help, since Derek is the only relative that Peter has left. He wants to teach Derek some stuff. Peter makes the mistake of putting his hand on Derek’s shoulder affectionately.

Too soon, Peter.

Too soon, Peter.

Derek throws Peter into the staircase.

Isaac tells Scott that Erica and Boyd are leaving tonight. He wants Scott’s advice. Isaac trusts him.

SCOTT: Why?

ISAAC: Because you always seem to want to do the right thing.

SCOTT: I usually have no idea what I’m doing. Actually, I always have no idea what I’m doing.

Scott does know that he’s not going anywhere. He has too many people who need him. Isaac doesn’t have anyone who needs him, so he decides he may as well go with Erica and Boyd. Scott wasn’t planning on playing in the lacrosse game tonight—it seems meaningless with everything else going on. He changes his mind when Isaac tells him that Jackson was back at practice last week as if nothing had happened. Which means Jackson will be playing in the game tonight.

In the locker room before the lacrosse game, Danny asks Jackson if he’s okay. He’s been ignoring Danny’s texts all week and Danny’s getting worried. Jackson snaps out of his Kanima coma and Scott overhears him give Danny some advice.

JACKSON: Stay in goal tonight, Danny. Do not come out. And if you see me coming towards you, run the other way as fast as you can.

I may try and rip out your throat. Don't let me.

I may try and rip out your throat. Don’t let me.

Mama McCall walks into the locker room, looking nervous. She can’t see Scott but she’s in time for Coach’s pep talk, which is actually just the speech from Independence Day. According to Stiles, it’s Coach’s favourite movie and he recites the speech every year.

MAMA McCALL:  He doesn’t know any sports speeches?

STILES: I don’t think he cares.

Coach’s speech wraps up and Gerard steps in for his principal pep talk. He says that he’s sure they’ll do a great job, even with only one co-captain playing. Scott has been benched because he’s failing three classes. It isn’t Coach’s choice and he can’t be persuaded to let Scott play.

But no one will get to see my parkour skills!

But no one will get to see my parkour skills!

Looks like Derek has been kicking the crap out of Peter all afternoon. Peter tells Derek that he doesn’t want to be the Alpha again. He offers to let Derek keep hitting him if it’ll make him feel better. But he still wants to help.

Stiles and Scott talk on the bench, doing a head count of their nearest and dearest to see who’s going to end up in the Kanima’s killing path.

So everyone we love is here? And there's a huge chance they could die? Cool.

So everyone we love is here? And there’s a huge chance they could die? Cool.

Mama McCall and Sheriff are sitting together. Allison is nowhere to be seen, and neither is Lydia.  Stiles tells Scott how much it sucked watching his dad get hit over the head by Matt while he lay there, paralysed and helpless. He just can’t do the things that Scott can. Scott tells him it’s okay but Stiles knows it’s not; they’re losing.

Coach tells Stiles to get out on the field because he sucks slightly less than Greenberg.

STILES: I’m playing? On the field? With the team?

COACH: Yes. Unless you’d rather play with yourself.

STILES: I already did that today. Twice.

COACH: Get the hell out there.

Stiles runs out onto the field and Sheriff is so proud that he finally gets to watch his son play.

No, I will not sit down. I am too proud and adorable right now.

No, I will not sit down. I am too proud and adorable right now.

Gerard tests Scott’s super hearing and tells him to watch closely because the game is about to get interesting. Considering the game hasn’t even started yet, that’s probably right.

Oh, no. Not the super hearing.

Oh, no. Not the super hearing.

Chris, Allison, and another WEREWOLF HUNTER ride through the woods on quad bikes. Those wolf howls Erica and Boyd heard? They’ve just been playing on a recording that Allison controls. Boyd and Erica hide behind a tree, realising they’ve walked straight into a trap.

Gerard plays with his foreshadowing pillbox. If Scott doesn’t give Gerard Derek’s location before the last 30 seconds of the game, then Jackson is going to kill someone.

Foreshadowing is a dramatic device in which an important plot point is mentioned earlier in the story to return later in a significant way.  10 points to Gerard.

Foreshadowing is a dramatic device in which an important plot point is mentioned earlier in the story to return later in a significant way. 10 points to Gerard.

GERARD: So tell me, Scott. Who’s going to die tonight? Should it be your mother, who so bravely came out to support you? Or the Sheriff, your best friend’s father? Or how about the pretty little redhead who managed to survive the bite of an Alpha? Or maybe one of these innocent teenagers with their whole life ahead of them? Or should I do everyone a favour and kill that ridiculous coach? It’s up to you, Scott, but you are going to help me take Derek down. Because if you don’t, I’ll have Jackson rip someone’s head off right in the middle of the field and drench everyone you love and care about in blood.

Lydia has arrived and sits with Mama McCall and Sheriff. The whistle blows. The game is about to start.

Derek has stopped kicking the crap out of Peter. Peter is now inspecting his face, which is taking longer to heal than usual.

Do you know how often people ruin my face? I need to be able to heal faster.

Do you know how often people ruin my face? I need to be able to heal faster.

He needs a pack and an Alpha to regain his strength after coming back from the dead. Derek needs a pack because his has deserted him. Win-win.

Stiles catches the ball and is immediately ploughed over by the other team.

I caught the ball! Dad, look! I caught the ball!

I caught the ball! Dad, look! I caught the ball!

He keeps fumbling and Mama McCall and Lydia try to make excuses, saying he’s just warming up, he’s just nervous.

Let's just pretend we don't know him for a while.

Let’s just pretend we don’t know him for a while.

Sheriff puts his face in his hands.

Coach still won’t let Scott play, even though they’re losing. Isaac shows up. He decided winning the lacrosse game (and possibly the bigger fight against Gerard) was a better idea than running away with Boyd and Erica.

What are you doing here, Lahey? My plan did not involve two teen wolves.

What are you doing here, Lahey? My plan did not involve two teen wolves.

Boyd and Erica are running through the woods, hotly pursued by the WEREWOLF HUNTERS on quad bikes. They seem not to have mastered that wolf-run thing that Scott does. Allison jumps off the quad bike and shoots Erica in the leg with an arrow. Erica tells Boyd to run as Allison comes closer to finish the job.

Scott’s plan to stop Gerard from setting the Kanima on everyone is to sit on the bench until the end of the game and then just jump up and fight. Isaac decides they need to get Scott on the field to better their chances of stopping Jackson.

We could totally take him.

We could totally take him.

The only way to do that is for all the other benched players to be put out of commission so Scott’s the only choice left. Isaac gets on the field and starts dropping players left and right.

Boyd returns to help Erica face down Allison, who’s just shooting arrows into them while they stand there and growl or cry at her.

Stand still while I continually impale you.

Stand still while I continually impale you.

Jackson takes out Isaac by paralysing him. Finally, Scott gets a chance to play. Mama McCall runs out onto the field and tells Scott to forget what she said before about giving Gerard what he wants. If Scott can do anything to help then he should.

I'm totally cool with you being a werewolf now. Just be a good werewolf. No playing with the bad guys.

I’m totally cool with you being a werewolf now. Just be a good werewolf. No playing with the bad guys.

Erica begs Allison to stop shooting arrows into her and Boyd. Allison doesn’t listen until Chris shows up and shoots the bow right out of her hands. Boyd steps towards her and Chris turns the gun on him. Allison pulls out a knife.

I will kill you. In a minute. I may just have to pass out first.

I will kill you. In a minute. I may just have to pass out first.

The werewolf glow goes out of Boyd’s eyes and he falls to the ground.

Back on the field, Beacon Hills player are hitting the ground just like Boyd and Erica. Gerard starts bargaining with Scott through his wolf hearing again. If Scott gives Gerard Derek, then Gerard will let Scott have Allison. Too bad she’s a person with her own free will and all that. Step into the present, Grandpa.

In the woods, Chris wants an explanation for Allison’s behaviour. She’s going through her teenage rebellion right now and doesn’t care that catching werewolves almost turned into killing them. She ignores Chris’s attempted lecture and calls Gerard to tell him they caught the two runaways. She’s calling him ‘Grandpa’ now. That’s just great.

In the locker room, Isaac is mostly paralysed and is trying to crawl away from Gerard and some other WEREWOLF HUNTERS. Gerard pulls out his sword again and makes a pun about it being ‘half time’.

Peter is still trying to work his way into Derek’s pack by telling Derek what a failure he is. He’s telling Derek everything that he already knows and Peter only has one trump card: he knows how to stop Jackson. He can still be saved.

Isaac manages to pull himself to a standing position with the bathroom sink. Gerard gets ready to swing his sword and then he sees Scott in the mirror behind him, wolf eyes glowing.

I'm half paralysed and you have a giant sword but Scott's here and I love him. So everything's okay.

I’m half paralysed and you have a giant sword but Scott’s here and I love him. So everything’s okay.

Someone must have recovered enough to play in Scott’s place because the lacrosse game is still going. The ball rolls to a stop at Stiles’s feet and no one realises that he has it until he’s running towards the goal and screaming. People start yelling at him to shoot the ball but it’s not until Lydia yells that Stiles wakes up and scores a goal. The crowd goes wild and Stiles can hardly believe he just scored a goal.

In the locker room, Gerard seems to have disappeared while Scott was picking off the other WEREWOLF HUNTERS.

Isaac, your one job was to keep an eye on the dude with the giant sword!

Stiles gets the ball again and scores another goal.

I figured out where the ball goes! It goes in the net!

I figured out where the ball goes! It goes in the net!

Peter’s way to save Jackson is to get to him through his heart. Jackson won’t admit it but there is one person who could save him—someone who had a real bond with him. Lydia.

Lydia is busy cheering for Stiles as he scores yet another goal. She has no idea that her love for Jackson could probably save everyone around her right now.

Stiles, you are suddenly much more attractive to me.

Stiles, you are suddenly much more attractive to me.

Scott runs back to the field just as the game reaches its last 30 seconds. Jackson pulls off his gloves and his eyes go reptilian. He’s ready to kill someone.

Kanima coma strikes again.

Kanima coma strikes again.

The timer reaches zero. Beacon Hills have won the championship by one point. Mama McCall and Sheriff hug. Everything seems fine and no one’s hurt.

Then the field lights start to go out. People start screaming and running everywhere. Scott finds his mother and she tells him that someone on the field is hurt. The lights come back on and we see who the injured person is. It’s Jackson.

Whoops. Killed myself.

Whoops. Killed myself.

He’s lying prone on the field, surrounded by his curious teammates. Mama McCall and Scott run over. Lydia pushes her way through to get to Jackson’s side as Mama McCall starts listening for a heartbeat.

Jackson’s not breathing and he has no pulse. He’s bleeding from the stomach. Isaac and Scott see the blood on Jackson’s hand; he did this to himself.

Let's try and resuscitate him so he can kill us properly.

Let’s try and resuscitate him so he can kill us properly.

Mama McCall starts doing compressions with Lydia’s help.

Sheriff looks around and realises that he can’t see his son. Stiles is missing.

END OF EPISODE

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