Stiles is sitting with Ms Morrell in the guidance office, fiddling with the strings of his lacrosse stick and rambling quietly about Matt’s death and death by drowning in general. This entire scene is basically just gratuitous porn of Stiles’ face.
Stiles tells her that he’s not sorry that Matt’s dead; when she asks if he feels bad about Matt’s near-death drowning as a kid at the hands of the swim team, Stiles is similarly uninterested – he thinks that this doesn’t really justify Matt’s decision to go around killing them off one by one. Which, point.
Stiles also points out that Matt had a ton of creepster stalky photos of Allison on his computer, which is just more evidence that he was not playing with a full deck. And despite the fact that the Sheriff now has his job back, Stiles and his dad still have a shitty, bizarre relationship. He also hasn’t spoken much to Scott since the night Matt died, because Scott has enough problems of his own to deal with right now, like the fact that his mom knows he’s a werewolf and is scared to death of him.
Scott’s also not really talking to Allison since her mom’s death, which has unfortunately brought her closer to her dad and their crazy mission of werewolf slaughter. They’ve actually managed to narrow down the possible locations of Derek’s secret pack hideout to the subway depot.
Jackson is also acting super weird, which is no surprise, seeing as he’s been manipulated by a crazy kid to slaughter dozens of people against his will. So lately it seems like Lydia might even be acting the most normally, which is pretty scary, all things considered.
Ms Morrell asks Stiles if he’s doing okay, and he insists that he’s fine. She asks him if he’s worried about the big game coming up, and he snarks at her that with one of his teammates dead and another one missing, he might actually get a chance to play. Ms Morrell tries to turn the conversation towards Issac, the “missing” teammate, but Stiles just asks her why she isn’t taking notes. He’s not impressed by her answer that she can remember their sessions well enough to write down her notes afterwards.
Eventually Stiles admits that he feels like he’s having constant panic attacks, and Ms Morrell explains that it’s hypervigilance, and gives him a weird lecture about not drowning. She is sort of a terrifyingly bad guidance counselor, tbh. I really like my personal fanon idea that she is still Kendra the slightly less than awesome Vampire Slayer.
Scott gets out of the shower and is staring at himself unhappily in the mirror when he hears an odd noise from his bedroom. When he comes out of the bathroom, he sees Kanima!Jackson on the ceiling, holding his mom up by her neck with his prehensile lizard tail. Gerard the gross creeper is sitting in his bedroom, because the adult men of Beacon Hills have absolutely no boundaries where teenage boys are concerned. Gerard tells him there have been some new developments and it’s time they had a talk.
Scott wolfs out a little, and Gerard just laughs at him, refusing to let Melissa go. Gerard complains that Scott hasn’t been answering his phone, unable to realize that Scott just doesn’t like him in that way. Scott tells Gerard to let his mom go and he’ll do anything that Gerard wants, but Gerard isn’t willing to negotiate that far. He agrees to let Melissa live if Scott will tell him where Derek and his pack are hiding out.
Scott insists that he doesn’t know where they are, which of course Gerard doesn’t believe – he tells Scott that he’s sure Scott will be able to draw them out with the proper motivation. Like the Kanima, for example. Gerard reminds Scott that the Kanima is a weapon of vengeance, and Scott realizes that Gerard’s entire vendetta this time around is because of Kate. Well yeah, obviously.
Jackson drops Melissa, and he and Gerard disappear. Melissa begs Scott to give Gerard whatever he wants, and isn’t interested in hearing Scott’s halfassed explanations that it won’t be that easy.
Erica and Boyd are walking through the woods on their way back to the lair when Boyd hears something in the distance. They realize there are werewolves on their trail, and none of them are familiar.
Derek is rooting through some old books in his burned out house when Erica and Boyd finally arrive. He realizes that they’ve made the decision to abandon his pack and run away, and Erica admits that they’re going to leave tonight while everyone is at the big game. Derek impatiently tells them that they knew there would be a price to pay for the bite, and that he taught them how to survive, but Boyd quietly and reasonably replies that they never really realized it would be this bad – hunters constantly on their tail, other random supernatural things trying to eat them, etc.
Derek grumpily tells them that they’re only powerful as a pack, and a pack is nothing without an Alpha. How do they expect to survive without an Alpha? From the look on Boyd’s face, Derek realizes they’ve already found another one.
Dr Deaton and Scott are in the back of the vet clinic working on a sick dog when the bell over the front door rings. Deaton sends Scott to see who it is, which turns out to be somewhat unnecessary when all the animals in the clinic start freaking out. It’s Isaac, looking slouchy and miserable.
Erica and Boyd are explaining to Derek about all the werewolves they heard in the forest, assuming that there’s a pack of at least a dozen out there. Derek grumpyfaces at their idiocy, telling them that couple of wolves can sound like 20. It doesn’t matter to Erica and Boyd, though, as their minds are made up. They’re convinced that there’s nothing left for them with Derek’s pack, and they’re leaving.
Derek’s last piece of advice to them is that they’re not actually leaving, they’re just running away, and once they start, they’ll never be able to stop.
Boyd and Erica leave anyway. Derek turns away so he doesn’t have to watch even more people leaving him. SOB.
As soon as they’re gone, though, Derek realizes he has yet another visitor – Peter.
Isaac is watching Scott and Deaton working on the sick dog. He’s upset because he can smell that the dog isn’t going to survive much longer, and Deaton confirms that the dog has bone cancer. He then shows Isaac how to use his werewolf powers to drain away some of the dog’s pain, and literally everyone on earth cries a whole lot, including Isaac.
Peter has unhelpfully decided to lecture Derek on how he’s let things go in the few weeks since Peter died – pack falling apart, murderous lizard people, teenage psychos with vendettas. Derek stares at him like he’s completely bonkers, which, okay, he probably still is, but Peter tells him innocently that he just wants to help the only relative that he has left, of course. He just wants to talk!
Things do not go precisely as Peter had planned.
Isaac tells Scott that Boyd and Erica plan to leave that very evening during the game. Scott can’t figure out why Isaac came all the way over to the clinic just to tell him something he doesn’t really care about, but he’s actually got Isaac all wrong. Isaac is there to ask him for his advice. Isaac trusts Scott, because he thinks Scott always at least tries to do the right thing.
Scott is pretty much stunned. I don’t think he gets enough credit from his friends for always trying to be the good guy, even if he is often fairly dopey about how he tries to do it. Scott tells Isaac that he almost always has no idea what he’s doing, but that he’s not going anywhere like Boyd and Erica are, because there are too many people around who need him. Isaac says that Scott is lucky that way, because there’s no one around who needs Isaac anymore.
OH MY GOD SCOTT HUG HIM HUG HIM IMMEDIATELY
y u no hug :(
Isaac gets up to leave, HUGLESS, and Scott asks if he plans to join Erica and Boyd. Isaac says that he thinks he probably will, and tells Scott good luck with the game. Scott says he’s not going to the game either, and Isaac looks startled. Apparently no one has told Scott that Jackson has been coming to practice again, like nothing ever happened. And he’ll definitely be playing in the game that evening.
That night, everyone is, as usual, hilariously pumped for a high school lacrosse game. In the locker room, Danny asks Jackson for what is probably the dozenth time if he’s doing okay – Jackson hasn’t been answering his phone or returning any texts all week. Jackson is even more surly and distracted than usual, and when he finally pulls himself together, he quietly tells Danny to stay inside the goal all night, and if he sees Jackson coming towards him for any reason, he should run away as fast as he can.
Danny is not very pleased to hear this proof about Jackson’s wacky state of mind. On the far side of the locker room, Scott overhears this conversation and realizes that maybe Jackson is more aware of what’s been going on than they’d realized.
Melissa awkwardly strolls into the locker room and tries not to check out any underage ass. She is interrupted on her search for Scott by Coach Finstock giving a motivational speech over the loudspeaker. About 2 seconds into it, she realizes there is something gravely amiss with this speech, and stops to confirm her suspicions with Stiles – yes, it’s the pre-battle speech from Independence Day. The team seems to enjoy it nevertheless.
Unfortunately, Gerard shows up to give them a brief creeper speech of his own, making Melissa’s skin crawl, and making Scott and Stiles twitch. Scott also realizes that Gerard has forced Coach Finstock to remove him from the co-captain position, allegedly due to his crappy grades, but more likely due to his creeperface vendetta.
Peter and Derek are still brawling companionably – really, it’s just Derek throwing Peter around like a flopsy doll while Peter smarms at him innocently, insisting that he’s not there to try and take over Derek’s pack again, he just wants to be ~*friends*~ this time. For reals, you guys!
Eventually Peter runs out of smarm and starts needling Derek about being the biggest failwolf ever to fail at being an Alpha, mocking him for beating up Peter in order to make himself feel better. Anything to help, really! Derek leaves him on the floor, telling Peter that he can’t help at all.
Stiles and Scott sit together on the sidelines and try to figure out what they’re going to do – Stiles is pretty sure it’s going to be a super bad scene, and Scott has no words of encouragement for him.
Stiles finally admits to Scott how freaked out he was seeing his dad get hurt by Matt the other night. Scott tells him it’s okay, and this is another hug opportunity passing us by.
Coach Finstock sneaks up behind them to tell Stiles to get his ass in the game to replace Greenberg. Stiles’ confusion and delight are glorious to behold.
From the far side of the field, Gerard addresses Scott in a normal conversational tone, knowing that Scott will be able to hear him with superwolfy powers. He tells Scott that the game is about to get interesting.
Allison, Chris, and a couple of other heavily armed hunters are zooming through the woods on ATVs towards the sound of all the howling. Boyd and Erica are hiding behind a large tree just off their path, terrified and alone, and holding hands desperately.
Gerard tells Scott that he has until the last 30 seconds of the game, and if Scott doesn’t give Gerard the information he wants on Derek, then Gerard will have Derek kill someone right then and there. Out on the field, Jackson’s eyes glow a lizardy yellow.
Gerard continues taunting Scott, asking who he thinks should die – his mother, the Sheriff, Lydia, or maybe just some random teenager? Maybe Coach Finstock? Scott is practically hyperventilating with hate and rage and terror, and is probably just barely able to hold himself back from crushing Gerard into a fine pink paste on the side of the field. The start of the game isn’t much distraction to him.
Peter is supervillanishly monologuing at Derek about how he needs a pack to be stronger and heal better. He insists that Derek needs him in his pack just as badly as Peter needs to be in his pack. Derek isn’t quite sure he wants help from a total psycho like Peter, and Peter feigns a sad panda face. He’s not a TOTAL psycho, Derek. So rude! And anyway, Derek is the one who slashed Peter’s throat open and left him to die, so there!
Hale Family Values, folks.
Peter reminds Derek that they need each other, and that when you really need help, sometimes you turn to the people you’d least expect.
As the game gets underway, Melissa, Lydia, and the Sheriff all watch with increasing concern as Stiles gets stomped on unmercifully every time he ends up with the ball. Soon the crowd is booing him enthusiastically.
Scott leaps up from the bench to try and salvage the game, and Coach Finstock shoves him right back down. Scott isn’t getting past Gerard’s jerkface edict that easily.
Another form of potential salvation sits down on the bench next to Scott, again surprising him completely – it’s Isaac, and he didn’t just come to help Scott, he came to win the game. And by sitting down next to Scott, he’s very clearly declaring his side to Gerard, who notes his arrival with smug, vicious interest.
Erica and Boyd sprint through the forest, fleeing the hunters. Not even caring that she’s taking aim at her former classmates, Allison looses an arrow that hits Erica in the thigh. Erica screams at Boyd to keep running and save himself, and bravely turns to face Allison as she walks over, presumably to finish the job. Chris calls after his bloodthirsty daughter but she completely ignores him.
Allison readies another arrow to shoot Erica right in the face.
Isaac asks Scott if there’s any sort of plan in the works yet, and Scott is forced to admit that so far their only plan is to try and keep Jackson from killing anyone. As most of their plans, this is clearly very much a work in progress. Isaac quite reasonably points out that this will be much easier if Scott is actually in the game, and resolves to make it so that Coach Finstock will have to choose between forfeiting the game or putting Scott on the field. Scott can’t figure out how they’ll accomplish this, since Finstock has a bench full of guys that he’d put in the game before Scott, and Isaac just flutters his luxurious eyelashes innocently.
Oh. Right then. Scott asks Isaac if he can take care of it without actually putting anyone in the hospital, and Isaac promises to try.
Isaac strolls out onto the field and gives Jackson an extremely disturbing smile, full of blood and mayhem. He then proceeds to mangle his way through the first line, and soon enough, the bench is emptied of extra players. Finstock angrily berates Isaac, who continues fluttering his glorious lashes and smiling the most innocent of precious puppy smiles.
Allison takes aim directly at Erica’s face and shoots. Erica turns away so as not to have to actually watch her own death coming right at her head, but the arrow is snatched right out of the air at the very last minute. BOYD! He has returned, and he is not at all pleased with Allison. She’s not happy to see him either, and soon fills him up with arrows like the world’s hugest and angriest porcupine. Erica sobs and begs Allison to stop, but Allison is quite far beyond caring.
With no players left on the bench besides Scott, Jackson neatly takes Isaac out of the game by smashing him messily to the ground. He’s obviously used the Kanima’s venom, because Isaac can’t move his legs, and he can feel the paralysis spreading. As the EMTs carry Isaac off the field on a stretcher, he warns Scott to take care of Jackson as soon as he can. From across the field, Gerard taunts Scott for not being able to sacrifice his own pawns.
WELL GERARD YOU SEE HE IS ACTUALLY JUST A HIGH SCHOOL KID AND NOT A BATTLE-HARDENED GENERAL IN THE MIDDLE OF LAND WAR IN ASIA
Also I hate you ok bie.
Melissa runs out onto the field to talk to Scott, knowing that something more serious is going on there than just a simple lacrosse game. Scott tells her to leave and be safe, but Melissa is through being afraid of creepy old men and their lizard pals. Melissa stares Scott down with the Serious Mom Stare and instructs him to do whatever he has to do to make this right. Scott is newly energized and determined from his mom’s support, and strides dramatically out onto the field.
Allison continues firing arrows at Boyd, who is now badly injured. Erica screams and begs her to stop, and it has absolutely no effect. Instead, the last arrow is stopped by Chris, who shoots Allison’s bow to splinters. As Boyd collapses, Allison yanks out a big hunting knife and whooshes it around dramatically.
Out on the field, Scott takes a bad hit and ends up on the ground, momentarily stunned. Stiles is left holding the ball. Seconds later, he too is squashed by the giant dude on the opposing team.
Gerard addresses Scott again from across the field, mocking him for not having guessed what Gerard is really offering him – it’s Allison. Gerard tells Scott that if he hands over Derek, Gerard will give him Allison. Because obviously she’s a pawn to be bargained with and not an actual human being with feelings of her own, right? Ugh, Gerard. PLZ STAHP.
Scott glances at the scoreboard and sees the minutes counting down, and runs back into the game.
Allison tosses her hair and tells Chris that he owes her a new bow. Chris counters that she owes him an explanation, and Allison smugly tells him that she’s the one who caught them, not him. Chris tries to remind his murderous daughter that they stick to a Code, but predictably, Allison, like Gerard, no longer cares about any silly old code that doesn’t let them kill whoever they want, whenever they want to.
Before Chris can really get into lecturing mode, Allison waves him off obnoxiously to call Gerard and leave him a message about having Boyd and Erica. Chris watches her with a combination of heartbreak and disgust, as this is the first time he’s heard her refer to Gerard as “grandpa”.
In the locker room, Isaac is almost totally paralyzed and trying to crawl away from Gerard and his hunter buddies. Gerard taunts him for making a “good effort” and then gets out his werewolf-slicing sword.
Peter is still trying to insinuate himself into Derek’s pack and into his mind, explaining all the ways in which Derek has failed. Unfortunately, Peter is 100% correct in everything he’s saying.
Furthermore, Peter has one very valuable piece of information for Derek, and it’s the first thing that Derek is actually interested in hearing – Peter tells Derek that he knows how to stop Jackson. Derek assumes this means killing Jackson, but Peter really means saving him.
Gerard stalks Isaac into the corner of the locker room and raises his sword dramatically. He stops abruptly when he sees that Isaac no longer looks scared, but triumphant instead, because Scott is standing right behind them.
Out on the field, the Beacon Hills team is getting trounced, and Coach Finstock starts shouting for Scott, who is, of course, nowhere to be found.
The ball rolls to a stop before Stiles, and he stares at it nervously for a moment before scooping it up and running towards the opposing goal. Stiles freezes at the last minute, completely alarmed by the sight of the opposing team hurtling towards him like an elephant stampede, and then finally shoots the ball.
Inside the locker room, Scott is kicking the hunters around when he realizes that Gerard has disappeared.
Stiles manages to shoot another goal, evening the score. YAYS.
Peter explains to Derek that sometimes there are bits of truths located within old myths and legends. He thinks the reason that Jackson ended up being the Kanima because he’s an orphan with almost no true self-identity, and Derek needs to bring him back to himself. Derek can’t begin to imagine how to do this, because Jackson doesn’t have anyone important enough to him to do this. Peter, once again, is completely correct when he tells Derek that there is ONE person who could do it – Lydia.
It is a sad state of affairs when the crazy maniac undead creeper who is literally burned up and dead inside is the only one around who can recognize the value of the power of LOVE, isn’t it, Derek.
Stiles scores yet another goal and the already unreasonably pumped crowd is shrieking with glee. He looks across the field towards the stands and sees Lydia staring right at him, applauding delightedly.
Scott shoves through the crowd and stares at the scoreboard – the 30 second mark has been reached, and it’s too late to do anything about it, and Stiles is all alone on the field with no one to protect him from Jackson.
Jackson drops his padded gloves and snaps out his lizardy claws as the buzzer rings, sounding the end of the game – Beacon Hills has actually won. Scott looks around in confusion, wondering why nothing ended up happening, and of course that’s when the lights go off and everyone panics.
Scott hears his mom’s voice calling to him through the noisy crowd, and when he locates her, she tells him that someone is badly hurt on the field. The lights come back on and Scott sees that the someone who is bleeding to death is Jackson. Lydia shoves through the crowd towards Jackson, screaming horribly.
Melissa leans down to check Jackson’s pulse, and can’t find any signs of life. When she lifts his shirt to start chest compressions, they see the horrible gouges in his stomach and blood everywhere. Isaac and Scott have the presence of mind to look more closely and see the blood on his own hands – Jackson did this to himself.
Melissa tells Lydia to get down on the ground and help her try to save Jackson, and she does so immediately.
And then Sheriff Stilinski comes out onto the field and realizes that Stiles is missing.