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'Teen Wolf' S3-E10 Recap: Under The Mistletoe

August 6th, 2013 2:52pm EDT

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With a vicious storm, a dying wolf, and one flighty Darach, “The Overlooked” managed to bring almost all of Teen Wolf‘s current heroes, anti-heroes, and villains under one roof for a nonstop thrill ride of corny one-liners (cough, “Let’s rumble,” cough), near deaths, kidnappings, and the occasional heart-to-unconscious-heart. Despite the high intensity level (thanks to the impending mid-season finale, which is only two episodes away), “The Overlooked” still took the time to fill in a few plot blanks and illuminate the cracks forming within the Alpha pack’s ranks as everyone converged on Beacon Hills’s storm-ridden hospital.

After last week’s stunning Darach unveiling, Scott and Stiles wasted no time getting the truth to Derek. When Ms. Blake swung by Derek’s loft hoping to lie about her evil Druidic nature, she found the boys had beaten her there–they stepped out of the shadows and doused her with mistletoe, revealing her hideously-slashed face. Enraged, Derek grabbed his lover-turned-enemy and began to strangle her, but Scott stopped him; without Ms. Blake, Cora can’t be saved and Stiles’s father will never be found.

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The four drove to the hospital–which was being evacuated because of the thunderstorm–to find Cora, who hadn’t been evacuated yet and was still vomiting black blood laced with mistletoe. After running into his mother, Scott told her to leave immediately, and she didn’t argue after noticing his companions. Mama McCall told Scott to get Cora on the next arriving ambulance, but the group found Cora’s room empty. Turns out, the Alpha twins had already arrived at the hospital and were busy shoving Peter (who’d been visiting Cora) through doorways and stealing Cora. As Derek and Scott attacked, Ms. Blake tried to run (so much for her claims that she sincerely wanted to heal Derek’s sister) while Peter and Stiles helped Cora. The twins claimed they were only after the Darach, which proved true when the Deucalion and Kali showed up to join the hunt.

Unfortunately, Mama McCall stumbled across the Deucalion’s spear/cane stuck in the wall and pulled it free–the Deucalion promptly retrieved it from her and took her hostage. While hiding from the twins, Scott and co. heard Mama McCall make an announcement via “Mr. Deucalion” demanding the Darach be handed over. Ms. Blake found the group and told them she’d only help Cora and Stiles’s father in exchange for her safe escape from the hospital.

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Scott, knowing the Deucalion wouldn’t hurt his mother because he wants Scott on his team, agreed to distract the twins so the others could flee. Peter chose to fight with Scott, but only if he could find a suitable weapon. (His weapon of choice ended up being a shot of some drug that’d make him stronger.) The twins, who’d just been bickering over Ethan’s hesitation whilst fighting, attacked the pair, and Derek, Stiles, Cora, and Ms. Blake made a break for the ambulance. They encountered Kali waiting for them with a dead driver and the keys, so Derek and Ms. Blake ran as Stiles locked himself and Cora inside the ambulance. After shutting down the hospital’s power, the Deucalion freed Mama McCall (as a gesture of good faith) and trapped Derek and Ms. Blake inside an elevator. Back in the ambulance, Stiles realized Cora wasn’t breathing. Luckily, Stiles is skilled at CPR and saved her.

After a humorous escape through the laundry chute, Scott and Peter headed for the ambulance, where they scared Stiles post-confession (he’d just told an unconscious Cora of his fears that she was right, and humans were only good for finding bodies–he feared he’d find his father’s body). Dropping an injured Peter off, Scott ran back to the hospital and attempted to single-handedly take on the twins. As they simultaneously choked him against a wall and insisted they weren’t trying to hurt him, Mama McCall attacked with a defibrillator and knocked the twins to the ground.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Blake decided being trapped in an elevator with Derek was a good time for some confessions. For starters, her real name is Julia, and she was Kali’s emissary. Against the Deucalion’s orders, Kali had spared Julia because she loved (!) her. (Kali has a heart after all!) Though Kali did claw Julia almost to death, she chose to leave her to die in peace rather than finish the job. Big mistake, because Julia crawled to the Sacred Druid Tree, where Derek’s sacrifice of the virgin (his girlfriend Paige, whom he killed on the tree’s roots) had woken the tree’s powers; in turn, the tree gave Julia the strength to remain alive until she was found. Then, Ms. Blake told Derek a story about mistletoe that involved feuding gods and death and mistletoe being overlooked as a weapon–her point being the Alpha’s overlooking their emissaries, AKA the basis behind her revenge-murder scheme. To punish the Alpha’s, Julia gained power from her sacrifices and planned to murder them all during the lunar eclipse, when, as Derek finally revealed, werewolves lose all of their power.

Scott and his mother found the Argents and Isaac (they’d arrived to help after learning Scott and co. were trapped inside) roaming the hallways and began to formulate a plan. Allison, the increasingly-awesome BAMF, came up with a plan first. To attract the twins, Derek opened the elevator doors loud enough for them to hear; the twins took the bait, and Isaac, who’d been watching the hallway via his phone, drove for the ambulance to rescue Cora, Stiles, and Peter. As he was leaving the ambulance, Stiles noticed a sheet of paper requesting the signature of a parent or guardian and puzzled out who Ms. Blake was targeting. As soon as he conveyed this information to Scott, Scott took off to find his mother. Instead, he found an unconscious Derek lying face down in the elevator and the Deucalion waiting on the roof.

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The Deucalion offered Scott a deal: he’d help rescue Scott’s mother and Stiles’s father, but only if Scott joined the Alphas and helped take down the Darach. Despite Stiles protests that they’d find another way, Scott chose to go with the Deucalion.

Lastly, Mama McCall woke up in the root cellar where Mr. Stilinski was also being held. Good to see they’re alive, for now.

Notes:

–With the twins fighting, Ennis long dead, and the Deucalion realizing Kali betrayed his orders before she even joined his pack, the Alpha pack’s really showing its fractured foundation. Adding Scott to the mix could only hurt them further, as he’ll likely be favored. Not to mention, he’s different–if he becomes an Alpha, he’ll have done it without murdering anyone, and he’s not joining the pack too willingly.

–Mr. Argent seems to have done a 180 since season one; he stormed into the hospital with Allison and Isaac to save werewolves. Does this mean he’s firmly on the hero side now? It could be argued that he simply wanted a chance to kill the Darach, since he has been hunting her, but I think he would’ve gone in otherwise.

Bonus: Here’s the song that played at the end of the episode, as Scott tried to save his mother. It’s “And The World Was Gone” by Snow Ghosts.


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