Teen Wolf – 2.08 – Raving

Jackson is sitting in class when he receives a text message. He goes out to his car and checks the message one more time before driving off to an abandoned-looking warehouse. Jackson climbs the stairs in a weird daze and sees a long line of people waiting to buy something. Ahead of him in line is Matt, who looks pretty nervous about seeing him, since the last time they were together, Matt ended up unconscious in the trashed library. Jackson stares creepily at Matt until Matt lets him cut in front of him in line.

 

creepin'

creepin’

Matt looks like he’s pretty sure he dodged a major crazyface bullet as Jackson shoves past him. Meanwhile, Scott is peeking out at both of them from around the corner.

*****

Stiles has brought dinner over to his dad at the station – unfortunately, it’s a veggie burger, and the Sheriff makes a most horrible face at his first bite. Yeah, wait til you see the carrots and celery replacing your fries, dude. Stiles just wants his dad to live as long as possible, and that means healthy eating.

Having successfully distracted his dad with terrible food, Stiles asks for details on the multiple, likely interconnected cases the Sheriff is working on. The Sheriff doesn’t want to share confidential police information with him, so Stiles makes the cunning investigative leap of just looking over his dad’s shoulder at the details posted on the corkboard behind them.

The Sheriff admits that he found something: the couple that was murdered and the auto mechanic all had something in common – they were all the same age, 24. And at first, it seemed like Mr Lahey wouldn’t fit in with this pattern, but then the Sheriff discovered that Isaac had an older brother who died in combat a few years ago, and who would have been 24 if he was still alive.

*****

Scott slips up behind Matt on line and asks him how much the tickets cost – $75 is kind of out of his league, and he asks Matt to lend him the money. Matt, of course, looks at him like he’s nuts, so Scott heads to the back of the line to peep at Jackson.

*****

Stiles and his dad are staring at the wall of evidence and pondering new theories. Eventually the realize that all the victims went to Beacon Hills High School together, and were all in Mr Harris’ chemistry class together. Stiles starts searching the 2006 yearbook for photos of all the victims.

*****

Jackson gets to the front of the line and has an intensely creepy interaction with the girl selling the tickets – it’s the same girl Stiles just saw in the 2006 yearbook on the random page he opened. This, my internets friends, is what is known as Hamfisted Dramatic Foreshadowing.

Yearbook Girl is sufficiently creeped out by Jackson to close up shop and end the sale of rave tickets.

*****

Chris and Allison are checking out the bodies of the Kanima’s latest victims down in the morgue, because this is what passes for father-daughter bonding time in the Argent family. The man, Sean, was definitely killed by the Kanima, but Jessica, the woman, was smothered to death immediately after giving birth. Chris and Gerard are pretty sure that whoever killed Jessica is the person controlling the Kanima, which means there are two actual killers, one monstrous and one human.
Chris gives Allison a ridiculous hunter moto speech which she quickly realizes is an interrogation and not a lecture. Chris and Gerard saw the security camera footage from the library and they know all that damage wasn’t caused by something as simple as a high school kid fight. Chris tries to guilt and threaten Allison into telling him everything she knows, telling her that she’s responsible for the couple’s deaths. Chris insists that she knows who controls the Kanima.

*****

Derek and Isaac arrive at the vet’s office, upsetting Scott, who was only expecting Derek. He still doesn’t trust Isaac, and doesn’t want him there. Derek does not care what Scott wants, since he trusts Isaac enough for both of them. Also, he’s really there to see Dr Deaton, not Scott. So there.

Deaton is only willing to help them if they agree not to kill Jackson and try to save him instead. Scott is on Team Save Jackson, but Derek is leaning towards killing instead. This will surely work out well. Scott and Derek give each other almost identical sad panda faces of betrayal.

saddest puppies

saddest puppies

Scott insists that saving Jackson is the way to go, and Derek is forced to agree if he wants Scott’s and Deaton’s help.

Deaton gets out a bunch of mystical magical powdery stuff in jars, and tiny puppy Isaac can’t help reach out for the shiny things. Derek slaps his hand away and it is weirdly adorable. Isaac then snarkily asks Deaton if he’s a witch, and Deaton gives him a patiently incredulous look. No, Isaac, he’s a veterinarian.

Deaton says he doesn’t have anything that might function as an effective defense against paralytic venom. Isaac wants something that would be an effective offense, but Derek reminds him that between himself and Chris Argent, they couldn’t even stop the Kanima for more than a couple of seconds. In fact, the only weakness it has shown thus far is an apparent fear of the water.

Scott thinks that the reason the master killed Jessica is because Jackson couldn’t bring himself to kill a woman under similar circumstances as his own mother died. Isaac wonders if it’s all part of the weird supernatural rule set for the Kanima – since the Kanima can only kill murderers, maybe Jackson couldn’t kill Jessica because her baby would have died with her, and the baby wasn’t a murderer. Isaac isn’t particularly surprised or bothered by the inference here that his own dad was therefore a murderer.

Deaton decides that the fear of water must be the master’s fear and not the Kanima’s, so there is the potential for this kind of transfer to go both ways – maybe whatever affects the Kanima will also affect the master. And maybe they’ll be able to use this to catch both of them.

*****

The next day at school, Scott and Stiles are still trying to figure out how to get tickets to the rave. Matt sees them pull up and walks over to ask why no one ended up getting suspended for the brawl in the library the other day. Stiles has no time for Matt’s silly concerns, and tells him it doesn’t matter because no one actually got hurt. Matt reminds Stiles that he had a concussion and was in the ER for six hours, and Stiles tells him to quit being a little diaper baby.

Scott and Stiles are pretty sure that if Jackson is at the rave, the Kanima’s master will be there too, just in case, since last time, Jackson was unable to finish the job on his own.

*****

In the locker room, Coach Finstock is outraged at Jackson’s absence from lacrosse practice that morning. No one seems to have seen him all day, not even Danny. Finstock retreats to his office to sulk.

Stiles and Scott attempt to talk Danny into giving them his tickets to the rave, eliciting an impatient eye roll. Isaac overhears their sadface meeblings and takes care of the situation for them instead – this involves extreme violence and smashing people into lockers and stealing their tickets. Stiles and Scott are too startled to be particularly grateful.

(My favourite part of this whole scene is how many times Isaac’s american accent slips up and you can hear his dulcet RADA tones oozing out all over. DANIEL SHARMAN YOU ARE A DELIGHT.)

*****

Allison is lurking alone in one of the science classrooms, waiting on Scott. As soon as he arrives, it’s plainly obvious that she has a lot more on her mind than just their usual slobbery making out. Allison updates Scott on everything that Chris and Gerard know – that the murders are all connected, that there are two killers, and that Allison knows something she’s not telling them.

Scott attempts to reassure her by saying he’s more worried about her mom; he explains how Victoria called him to the office from detention and threatened him with a bunch of pencils and an electric sharpener. Scott thinks they should be seen dating other people, for their own safety. Allison suddenly realizes that she has something else to tell Scott – that she accidentally made a date with Matt.

Instead of being upset or outraged, Scott is really excited about Allison’s date. He tells her to make a big deal out of the date to her mom and maybe even kiss Matt if she can. Allison is so hilariously baffled by Scott’s nonjealousy, it is so adorable and I want to smish her.

Allison asks if she should REALLY kiss Matt, and when Scott asks for clarification on the whole REAL KISS situation, Allison shows him, at great, slurpy, smacky length. Yeah, Allison, please don’t kiss Matt like that.

From the other side of the classroom, we see that all their subterfuge and scheming is for absolutely nothing, as Victoria Argent is watching them through another door with a face at which Sam and Dean Winchester would immediately hurl holy water.

[insert Psycho stabby music here]

[insert Psycho stabby music here]

*****

Deaton gives Scott and Stiles some ketamine to take to the rave. (This is hilariously realistic tbh.) Since they use it to tranquilize animals at the vet’s office, presumably it will work on a giant supernatural lizardbeast, right? I mean surely. He also hands over some mountain ash for Stiles to create a barrier around the warehouse so that both the Kanima and its master can’t escape the circle. Stiles isn’t too sure about this high pressure job, and Dr Deaton gives him a bunch of analogies encompassing sparks and golf swings and believing in oneself in order to get things done. Stiles gives Deaton the Stilinski Family Face of Disapproval.

o rly

o rly

*****

Chris and Gerard and a pack of their creepy hunter buddies are arming themselves from the massive crazy person armory in the Argent’s garage. Allison, sitting alone in the corner, twitches a little when Chris informs them that she’s given them the information that Jackson’s going to be at the rave. She’s working with them all the way, apparently, since Chris tells the hunters that she’ll be signaling him when she spots Jackson. Chris reminds the hunter gang that he doesn’t want any collateral damage to happen. Gerard, predictably, looks like he couldn’t care less if everyone was mowed down by machine guns.

As soon as Allison is gone, Gerard smirks that Allison stupidly thinks they’ll be trapping the Kanima instead of killing. Obviously killing Jackson was the plan all along, and Gerard is embarrassingly smug about having gotten one over on his sweet, goodhearted, trusting 17-year-old granddaughter.

*****

Stiles is leaving for the rave just as his dad is returning home from work. Stiles runs past him, saying he’s late and can’t stop to talk, but he realizes immediately that something is very wrong. He notices that his dad doesn’t have his gun, and the Sheriff tells him that he left it at the station along with his badge. Sheriff Stilinski has been fired due to Stiles and Scott having stolen police property and whatnot. Stiles can’t even figure out why his dad isn’t angry, and Mr Stilinski (it feels weird not writing ‘the Sheriff’) tells him he doesn’t want to have to feel even worse by yelling at his son.

*****

Stiles finally shows up at the warehouse and meets Scott, who can totally tell that something is wrong. Stiles doesn’t want to tell Scott about his dad, and so reminds him that they have plans to get underway. Before they can get started with anything, Scott senses something going on in the rave that distracts and upsets him, and he runs inside the warehouse.

*****

Inside, Erica and Isaac have just arrived, looking embarrassingly gorgeous and out of place amongst the goofy revelers. They shove their way through the ridiculously attired crowd in search of Jackson.

Scott’s lurking on the sidelines, watching Allison and Matt walking together. As soon as Allison sees Scott, she runs over to say hi; Scott is wildly alarmed to see her there, because while he did tell Allison to go out with Matt, he didn’t expect to see them there in the middle of their Jackson-napping plans. Things only get worse when Allison admits that she told Chris and Gerard everything, and that armed hunters are on their way to the rave.

Scott can’t believe Allison betrayed everything, and storms off after yelling at her to stay out of the way.

*****

Outside, Stiles is spreading a circle of mountain ash around the building. On the far side of the warehouse, the gang of hunters arrive.

*****

Scott hands Isaac the needle full of ketamine and explains that Isaac will need to get Jackson right in a vein for it to work properly. Scott tells him to be careful, and Isaac laughs at the idea that Scott is worried about him hurting Jackson. So he’s pretty surprised when Scott corrects him; Scott’s afraid Isaac might get hurt. Isaac is so startled that someone is actually caring about him for no specific gainful reason, omg. MUST HUG PUPPY.

MUST HUG

MUST HUG

*****

Before the hunters can storm the building and shoot everyone inside like the crazy genocidal maniacs they all are, Derek and Boyd step out of the shadows to confront them with their mighty shoulders and manly biceps and glorious cheekbones and rock-hard abs and firm manbreasts and smoldering eyes and muscled thighs and big, rough, gentle yet capable hands and, uh. Yeah.

WE WILL DEFEAT YOU WITH OUR HOTNESS

WE WILL DEFEAT YOU WITH OUR HOTNESS

Chris and his friends are not as easily seduced, and Chris hilariously tells Derek to “back off”. Derek smirks hotly, so Chris retaliates by telling him not to bring claws to a gunfight. The hunters all dramatically cock their weapons, and Boyd steps back a little, nervously. Derek gives him a tiny disgusted face but is otherwise unmoved.

*****

Erica and Isaac spot Jackson on the dance floor and head for him immediately.

*****

Outside, Chris and his hunter gang open fire on Derek and Boyd. On the far side of the warehouse, Stiles is still working on his magical circle of mountain ash.

Chris and the hunters corner Boyd and Derek behind a dumpster and shoot wildly like a bunch of teenage premature ejaculators. They don’t manage to make a single hit, either.

*****

Erica and Isaac stop Jackson on his way across the dance floor towards his next victim. They do this by climbing all over Jackson like crazed ferrets in heat, and there has never been anything on earth more disappointing than the most obvious threesome setup scene that failed abjectly to end in a hot sweaty threesome.

*****

Stiles continues with his magical mountain ash circle while Derek and Boyd rush out at Chris and the hunters, kicking them around easily. Boyd loses control and wolfs out, presumably preparing to messily slaughter his captive hunter. Derek turns to stop him and is caught by a couple of tasers to the chest.

*****

While thrustily dancing up on Jackson, Isaac prepares to inject the ketamine into Jackson’s neck. He’s not quite stealthy enough, and Jackson claws Erica’s side open with one hand while ripping into Isaac with the other. The needle full of ketamine is knocked out of Isaac’s hands, and out of reach. Before Jackson flees their sexy embrace, the Kanima’s master says to Isaac and Erica, through Jackson and using a creepy monster voice, “he belongs to me!”

Jackson then continues his path across the dance floor to Ticket Girl, his next intended victim.

*****

Two puny tasers are not going to stop Derek Hale, you silly hunters. Derek yanks on the wires to knock the two taser-holding hunters together, Looney Tunes style.

*****

Stiles is almost finished with his mountain ash circle when he runs out about 50 feet away from completion. Ruh roh.

*****

Isaac and Erica fumble across the dance floor and eventually find the ketamine needle in time to stop Jackson. Isaac jams it into Jackson’s neck, and Jackson goes all limp and flopsy like a scared bunny.

*****

Scott hurries outside to help Derek and Boyd, and is run over by an SUV that is clearly aiming right for him. Victoria Argent gets out of the car and kicks Scott a little, because she is an evil bad person.

*****

Stiles tries to call Scott for help with his mountain ash problem, but Scott is too busy being run over by his girlfriend’s monstrous mother to answer his phone right now, sorry. Stiles panics all over Scott’s voicemail and eventually remembers that Dr Deaton told him to just believe in himself. Stiles glances over at a familiar Einstein bumper sticker on a nearby car, and reminds himself to use his imagination. He closes his eyes and imagines everything working, and behold, it works, because Stiles is awesome and the bestest and I love him forever, yay.

If you were expecting objectivity or a lack of favouritism in these recaps you will forever be disappointed. I am just saying.

*****

Victoria has Scott laid out on what I hilariously recognize as an overpriced table from Restoration Hardware. She has a vaporizer set up next to him, and inserts a vial of wolfsbane into it. Because the rational parent’s response to not liking your daughter’s boyfriend is obviously to kill him in an incredibly slow and painful way.

*****

Isaac and Erica have Jackson hidden away in a side room of the rave warehouse, slumped unconscious in a folding chair. Stiles bursts into the room, startling them badly, and they decide to see if Jackson’s really out of it or not. Isaac wolfclaws up his hand and paws at Jackson, which results in a broken hand for Isaac. Looks like the ketamine isn’t as strong as they hoped. Stiles says they just have to hope that the Kanima’s master decides to show up.

He’s already there, actually, and tells them so via Jackson’s creepy lizardmonster voice.

*****

Victoria smiles psychotically as she waves the wolfsbane vapor over Scott, who is gasping for air. She thinks it’s absolutely delightful that his death is going to look like an asthma attack accident, and I hate her forever. Scott helplessly wolfs out, clawing at the table, and tries to fight off the effects. Victoria kicks him off the table onto the floor.

*****

Matt and Allison are dancing together with a deeply embarrassing level of awkwardness, as per the usual state of Teen Wolf affairs. Allison sends a text message to her dad that she can’t find Jackson and pretends to enjoy herself. Matt suggests that they go closer to the DJ, and she agrees. As they move through the crowd, Allison bumps into someone familiar – it’s their horrible chemistry teacher, Mr Harris. And he’s with someone who looks about 16 years old. Before Matt and Allison can say anything, Mr Harris defensively tells them that she’s 21, and then basically just runs away like a sissypants baby.

Allison and Matt share a hilariously disgusted look and continue across the room.

*****

Outside, Chris receives Allison’s text message and looks disappointed. Boyd tells Derek that he’s not healing anymore, which Derek blames on the wolfsbane bullets used by the hunters. He sends Boyd home to heal, telling him to take the car, and promises to find Scott for help.

*****

Stiles leans down in front of Jackson and tries to talk to him. The Kanima’s master tells Stiles that they’re both present inside Jackson, and confirms that he’s sending Jackson after murderers as everyone suspected. Stiles asks who the victims murdered, and the Kanima’s master tells them that they murdered HIM. This makes no sense to anyone at all.

how YOU doin

how YOU doin

*****

Outside, Gerard finds the line of mountain ash, and waves his hand over it, apparently sensing some kind of power. That’s the power of awesomeness, Gerard. STILINSKI AWESOMENESS.

*****

Allison and Matt are sitting uncomfortably on the sidelines, and Matt says that he knows she’s not having a good time. Allison says something about always making ridiculous mistakes, and Matt responds by cracking a joke about his total perfection, followed by an awkward kiss which he immediately regrets. Allison tells him that it’s okay, then that it’s not okay, and then flees to make a phone call.

*****

Jackson is fighting the effects of the ketamine, and unfortunately, they don’t have any more to give him. Stiles gets snippy with Isaac about using up the entire bottle, so only Erica is paying attention when Jackson goes full on lizardmonster at them. She and Isaac haul Stiles out of the room and slam the door behind them. Kanima!Jackson needs no doors, though – he prefers to slam directly through walls instead.

Jackson bides his time until Ticket Girl is alone, and then claws her throat open messily. No one inside the rave seems to notice.

*****

Stiles runs outside and bumps into Derek right by the line of mountain ash. Stiles tells Derek that they lost Jackson inside, just as Erica and Isaac come outside. They realize that they can’t pass over the line of ash, and Stiles is super excited that he did it correctly.

*****

Victoria is really enjoying herself, having decided to mentally torture Scott in addition to the physical torture. She makes fun of him for not joining Derek’s pack and generally being a loserwolf who will die all alone. Scott mumbles something, and Victoria demands that he repeat himself; he tells her that he’s not alone, and then howls to warn the rest of the pack.

*****

Derek hears the pained howl and shouts at Stiles to break the line of mountain ash. Stiles doesn’t want to do it until Derek tells him that Scott will die without his help.

*****

Scott’s basically moments from death, and his last words are, OF COURSE, about Allison. I’m not entirely sure but I think maybe, possibly, perhapsily, they are trying to tell us that Scott really loves Allison? I can’t quite tell, they haven’t really given me enough evidence yet to support this wild and whimsical theory. I guess we will never know.

Derek comes crashing into the room and is immediately struck by the wolfsbane vapor. He tries to pull himself together, and while he’s distracted, Victoria comes up behind him and stabs him in the back with a kitchen knife.

This is so embarrassing to me, honestly. Her husband has a massive and diverse hunter’s arsenal and yet she is reduced to using kitchen utensils? What the shit is this?

Derek and Victoria brawl momentarily, and Victoria knocks Derek over and runs away. Derek picks up Scott and carries him out of the deathcloud of wolfsbane.

*****

Allison runs outside and is caught by Gerard, who leads her off to the car. Allison is scared and upset, telling him that the plan didn’t work, but Gerard seems to think that everything worked out very well.

*****

Ex-Sheriff Stilinski arrives at the recently-discovered crime scene, and asks what Ticket Girl’s name is – it’s Kara Simmons, and her name is not on the list that the Sheriff and Stiles compiled using the 2006 Beacon Hills Yearbook. Hm.

*****

Derek brings Scott to Dr Deaton’s office, where Deaton uses his awesome veterinarian powers of magicalness to save Scott. Derek thanks him quietly.

Outside in the waiting room, Ms Morrell is waiting for Deaton, and tells him she can’t decide if she admires his sentimentality or despises it. Deaton doesn’t seem either surprised to see her or impressed by her opinions, and tells her if he wants her help, he’ll make an appointment at the guidance office.

Oh snap.

Ms Morrell says he could actually use some guidance, and asks if he really plans on leaving everything up to a bunch of kids. Deaton tells her that they’re more capable than she thinks; she then cryptically asks if Deaton plans to warn them about what’s coming. Deaton, in fact, does not, as he thinks they’ve already got enough to worry about.

*****

Victoria staggers out from the shadows, calling for Chris. She collapses in his arms and he sees a fresh and bloody werewolf bite on her shoulder. Victoria weeps tragically over her impending terrible woffly fate and I could not possibly care less. I hope it hurts worse than root canals and paper cuts and hemorrhoids. I hope it is worse than stepping barefoot on a Lego in the dark.

yeah whatevs, cry me a river

yeah whatevs, cry me a river

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9 Responses to Teen Wolf – 2.08 – Raving

  1. I know Teen Wolf has never been a monster-of-the-week show, but I think you might get the point when I say: With all the supernatural monsters on the show, it is still the Argents that terrify me the most.

    Screw subjectivity. Stiles will always be the bestest! :)

    Only 4 more eps to go in season 2 and so much happening!!!

    • They are seriously the WORST and I feel so bad for Chris because he’s really starting to realize how terrible his entire family is. Not that he’s the best person himself, but at least he appears to operate using basic human decency.

      • I KNOW. I went through the whole first season thinking that Kate was just one (hot) bad egg. AND NOW IT IS REVEALED THAT CHRIS IS A BRUISED PEACH IN A BASKET OF NUTS (BRAZIL NUTS, YUM).

        • I have this whole creepy overdeveloped headcanon that Gerard is actually a Death Eater from way back; like, the main line of pretty okay in general Argent hunters died out a few hundred years ago and some douchey bastard line of Argents took over with a grudge against everything everywhere and oh of course they ended up as dark wizards and tl;dr Gerard had Kate under Imperius the entire time and she didn’t REALLY want to do all that shitty stuff and in conclusion that’s why she should be my girlfrand forever.

          yes.

          • And since you can only have one person on imperious at on one person at a time it is really unfortunate that he had two children.

            Tru Fax.

  2. Victoria Argent’s crazy face is enough to give me nightmares…not even kidding. It’s like when you’re walking through your house in the middle of the night and it’s dark, sometimes you get freaked out even though you’ve lived there for years. You’re spooked and a little paranoid, peeking over your shoulder, hearing little noises. You run into the kitchen and flip on the lights and instead of the safe haven you expect, there she is, standing in front of the refrigerator with her super scary villain face on and you immediately lose control of your bowels. Yep, that’s what her particular brand of crazy does to my head. ;o)

    Back to the point here, this is the episode that finally made me begin to like Isaac. He really just wants to be important to somebody, anybody, and having Scott show real concern for his well-being was a huge deal for him. I might love him forever for that, just saying.

    Also, no need to be fair-minded and objective when it comes to Stiles. He is a TREASURE. Anyone who says any differently deserves to step on Legos barefoot in the dark.

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