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Teen Wolf Recap: Silverfinger


This episode was great, and I don’t just say that because Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat was a guest star. It’s only mostly that. FINISH HIM.

We start off with Chris Argent telling Isaac and Allison why (he thinks) he’s on the Demon Ninja’s shit list: For one of his first hunting jobs, Gerard sent Chris off to take down a demon who just so happened to be a yakuza boss, too, which Gerard didn’t warn Chris about because he’s Satan incarnate. I might’ve gotten some of the details wrong there because I was distracted by baby (well, 18 year old) Chris Argent’s spot-on casting. The demon ninjas showed up and killed just about everyone, including the yakuza dude. BB Chris shot one of the Demon Ninjas in the face, which didn’t kill it, but it did give Chris and another survivor, Katashi (aka Silverfinger), a chance to escape.

Katashi’s the only person Chris can think of who might know what the Demon Ninjas are, but he’s a big ol’ recluse, so Chris had to put one of his fancy historical guns up for sale to lure him into town. They don’t have much time, because when the sun goes down the Demon Ninjas are probably coming for Scott (or maybe Kira) again. Isaac’s all “WE HAVE TO SAVE SCOTT *hearts in my eyes*.”

Meanwhile Kira takes the news that her boyfriend is a werewolf pretty damn well. She touches his wolfed-out face, there are rainbows and puppies and kittens, and everything is unbearably cute but not in a way that’s so saccharine it makes me want to stab my eyes out and listen to death metal. Kira and Scott have that superpower.

At school the twins reveal that they’ve elected themselves Scott’s bodyguards. That’s… it’s… did the twins do something I approve of? Because them sticking by Scott so he has backup if the Demon Ninjas show up actually makes a lot of sense. The effect is somewhat diminished by the fact that Scott clearly doesn’t want to be bodyguarded, though. He goes off to tell Stiles about what went down at the rave, but he decides not to pile all that extra drama on him when Stiles reveals his “HOLYSHITITHINKITRIEDTOGETKIRAKILLED” panic. Only he has no proof, because someone stole the chemistry lab key back and erased the chemistry code from the blackboard (EVIL JANITOR. Or they were never there in the first place. I prefer the first thing). Scott tells Stiles that he doesn’t want to just brush off his friend’s concerns, but he honestly don’t think he tried to kill anyone, either.

Scott.

And now for the COMPLETE AND UTTER ANTITHESIS OF SCOTT: Agent McDouchebag is talking with someone on the phone about how he can totes get the Sheriff fired, no problem (screw you and the horse you rode in on), when he opens his computer and sees that someone (*cough*EvilStiles*cough*) left a picture on his desktop of Kira and Scott trespassing in the evidence room.

Stiles has gone to the hospital, where Mama McCall proceeds to mother him big-time, giving him a sedative so the evil demon living inside him can be fully released he can sleep for more than a few hours. After she tucks him in, a half-asleep Stiles says “Thanks, mom.”

As if that’s not gut-wrenching and Tumblr-breaking enough, something about Stiles’ symptoms twig in Mama McCall’s memory. Turns out those exact same symptoms are on the chart of Barrow, the psycho killer whom Stiles suspects he has some sort of supernatural connection wi—wait. The other chart doesn’t belong to Barrow? It belongs to STILES’ MOM?!

I need a minute.

Kira and Scott ditch the twins by performing some minor vandalism on their motorcycles. At the time I thought it was a bit dumb—they are your bodyguards, Scott. But then Kira confronts Scott with the fact that the real reason he doesn’t want them around isn’t to get some alone time with her awesome self, but to make sure they don’t get hurt. Awwww. No, that’s not dumb. That’s Scott being Scott.

Oh, and Kira’s a kitsune, aka a Japanese fox demon. She updates Scott on his mythology using a book she Post-It noted up, and it’s just a small detail, but I love it. Research nerdery. There’s some cute banter (tails!), but it’s interrupted by Agent McDouchebag showing up and asking them why they were in his office. Scott tries to get him to leave without saying DEMON NINJAS ARE COMING WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, but it doesn’t work. Mama McCall shows up. Bye-bye sun…

… and a demon ninja stabs Agent McDoucebag through the chest. I am trying to summon a shit to give…

No? No.

That’s when Derek leaps out of the shadows and starts messing the Demon Ninjas up. Turns out he’s been following Scott all day, albeit at a more discreet distance than when he used to glare at him from the edge of the lacrosse field. Awwww. He got subtle in his creepage.

Never forget:

The twins, who could take a few pages from Derek’s book when it comes to protecting Scott, leap from the shadows, and with their werewolf powers combined they manage to get the Demon Ninjas out on the porch, which lets Mama McCall trigger the Mountain Ash Home Security System (TM) Deaton set up.

Deaton, where are you this season? Lydia, where are you this episode? Probably at home solving Fermat’s Last Theorem.

While Scott, Kira, Derek, Mama McCall, and the twins are trapped in a house with a dying Agent McDouchebag, Chris, Isaac, and Allison are trying to bust into Katashi’s place. Their plan involves Isaac BAMFing it up in a suit and handling the gun sale, distracting Katashi’s people long enough for Chris and Allison to take out the guards. Isaac is freaking out, because—well, because it’s a high-pressure thing to have to do, and he’s never done anything like it before, and he’s not exactly burdened with a great amount of confidence because of his abusive father. Isaac puts on a front a lot of the times, with his sarcasm and his sassy scarves, but here we get to see him vulnerable. It’s a nice character moment. Allison’s all BE A MAN. SWIFT AS THE COURSING RIVER. WITH ALL THE FORCE OF A GREAT TYPHOON. She initiates some makeoutge and some gropage, which is enough to pull a The Sound of Music and give Isaac some confidence. Allison is magic.

Isaac does pretty well pretending to be a high-flying antique gun salesman, but Katashi has a pet werewolf too, and he figures out that something’s up and gets Isaac at clawpoint. But by that point Chris and Isaac have already gotten to Katashi’s (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) office. Chris explains Heyyyyy, I don’t want to kill you. I actually saved your life once. I need any info you have on the Demon Ninjas and you weren’t picking up your cell. Shang Tsung Katashi explains that when the Demon Ninjas attacked he was actually going to run away, so Chris shooting one when he did meant that he didn’t lose his

so now they’re BFFs.

The Demon Ninjas, Katashi explains, are called Oni. They’re basically unkillable. But the situation with Scott and Kira isn’t quite so dire as all that, because the Oni are looking for something specific—a type of evil kitsune called a nogitsune. The Oni are there to essentially go over Scott and Kira with a spiritual barcode scanner to make sure they’re devoid of evil spirits. Why won’t these teens just let them do their jobs?! Kira had thought she might be evil—Kira, have you met you?—but when the Oni bust through the mountain ash barrier and check her and Scott, both of them are cleared.

But then, of course, the evil one is Stiles. The Oni come after him in the hospital, and he—or his evil doppelganger, or his possessed self, or whatever—kills them. He kills them good.

Evil Stiles. Bring it.

Miscellaneous Bits ‘n’ Bobs

  • Looks like the dubstep theme was only a one-off for the rave episode, thank God. Annnnnnd that’s a sentence that I’ve never come close to typing before.
  • Scott TAKES DOWN Agent McDouchebag for waltzing into his life and trying to be all fatherly after years of abandonment. “You’re a gene donor,” he says. “I got my hair color for you, and that’s all I got.” BOW DOWN.
  • Derek in this episode was a joy to behold. He knew Kira was a kitsune and gives the twins guff for their lack of knowledge about supernatural auras. Gawd, it’s obvious. He also takes them to task for not being willing to die for Scott, which he totally would, because he’s been a charter member of the Scott McCall Fan Club for seasons now. Can the twins die for Scott, actually? It’d be a nice wrap-up for their character development, and I just want them both gone.
  • Whip it, Allison. Whip it good.

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  • delia

    Mama McCall is the best den mother ever. stiles calling her mom ranks up there with isaac and scott falling asleep near the foot of her bed while trying to guard her all night like puppies. she and sheriff stalinski need an epi focusing on how awesome they are and their OTP status as opposed to them almost dying.

    also, i LOVE Scott finding a way to tell Stiles he isn’t a murderer while also not dismissing what he’s been seeing and his detective work.

  • Paola

    When Evil!Stiles took down those four oni, I didnt even blink, Evilness looks good on Stiles.

    But without a doubt my favorite part was when Scott completely read his own father. THATS RIGHT SCOTT, YOUR MAMA IS AN AMAZING PARENT AND YOU DON’T NEED THAT LOSER!

    all in all, this was a great episode, probably the best of the season.

  • Anonymous

    I love that this half of the season we are having these sort of exposition dump episodes (not like last season when Derek was impaled the whole time and Deucalion was going on and on and more like, even though people had issues with it, when Matt revealed his whole thing) where everyone is developing (is it weird that I find it weird Isaac and Allison are moving at this super fast pace and almost more sexualized dynamic and Scott and Kira are still such innocent lambs).

    And we had a sighting of my favorite version of Derek Hale, the actual smart know it all snarky one!! I fear though he managed to sign his death warrant.

    You know what I also find funny, as much as we all discussed the Scott reaction of the Allison and Isaac of it all, the show seems to want to play with that Allison might be the most uncomfortable with the whole thing. I also so wanted Isaac to think it was a great idea to break out an English accent for his undercover role.

    I don’t have much to say on the whole mythology thing, I wonder if Kira is Stiles’ direct opposite (and probably the one who can save him) or if she is a younger version of her mother who might be our next bad ass parent (since her dad seems to fall into the Sheriff/Melissa realm of parents we love and Chris needs an adult ally) who can help.

    My biggest fear is actually not that we lose Stiles totally, I have this thought that since this kind of is a Buffy story (Willow) that they might fold it in with a totally tragic side story. Like that Kira or her mother manages to save Stiles, but unfortunately, the possession has triggered a regular old physical condition in Stiles that might have arose when he was his mother’s age, but it sped it up.

  • Anonymous

    I demand a scene with Shang Tsung and Sheriff Johnny Cage. For honor. Or science.

  • Lup Lun

    “someone (*cough*EvilStiles*cough*) left a picture on his desktop of Kira and Scott trespassing in the evidence room.”

    Nobody left it. Agent McCall has some clever little security thing on his laptop that snaps a picture with the webcam whenever someone accesses without permission. You can see a pop-up to that effect just before he brings up the photo. Although, this does raise a very important point: why the hell doesn’t an FBI agent have a password on his laptop?

    Incidentally, is it just me, or has the werewolf makeup improved since last season?

  • cheesy

    This episode WAS great, you are right. I realized, while watching it, that in the handful of episodes since the start of 3b, they’ve managed to get me back to caring about and being invested in nearly every single character in the line-up (baring the twins and Agent McIHopeYouDieofYourStabWound). If you had told me back in season one that Scott McCall would be one of my favorite characters on the show, I would have laughed, but wow, how far we’ve come. XOXO Scott McCall, sign me up for your fanclub.

    Anyone else get the feeling they’ve been reading fanfic/looking at gifsets in the writing room, though? (I jest. Or do I?) I mean..

    Darkside!Stiles: Check
    Demon!Stiles: Check
    Fox (Demon) !Stiles: CHECK
    Calling Mama McCall Mom: CHECKCHECKCHECK

    I loved it all. I loved that Allison was so kick ass and in charge of that kiss. I loved the pep talk to Isaac about looking like a young man instead of a teenager, when Daniel Sharman is like 28. I loved the Oni. I loved Agent BadDad getting stabbed. IT WAS ALL SO GREAT.

  • cheesy

    I figure the thing with Stiles is going to go down one of two ways.

    One: after a long, terrible fight (likely with the demon in Stiles killing one of the twins (hopefully not the one that is cute with Danny) who is trying to protect Scott and therefore “earns” membership in Scott’s pack for the surviving twin) it’s down to Scott and Stiles. Scott will somehow rescue Stiles, most likely with the power of friendship, even though everyone else will want him to just straight up kill Stiles at this point. Scott, being the Sailor Moon of teen-aged American boys, will win the day with the power of love, etc etc etc.

    Two: someone tells Dylan O’Brien that he’s a great actor and gives him a job making 100x more money than he is on MTV and so they kill him off after long, terrible fight. Scott will be supposed to do it, but be unable to, because that’s not the Scott that we all love. I’m thinking Allison will probably pull the trigger in this case (maybe with Ye Olde French Gun from last night). Stiles comes back to himself at the last instant, dies in Scott’s arms, cue tears forever from fandom.

  • Anonymous

    Finally a show doesn’t do the “but he/she/it is family!” to excuse someone of being an asshole. I’m so tired of that.

    Actually, I’m kinda disappointed that Stiles is the evil one… just because it was so obvious. Seriously, all the chapter screams EVILSTILES, they didn’t even try to hide it. I was really hoping it wouldn’t be him, some “ha! gotcha!” from the writers. With some luck, he is not the nogitsune, is a diferent monster or something.
    Don’t misunderstand me, I like Stiles being evil (temporarily), but I’d like the writers to try being a little more unpredictable… like the mom file, that was unexpected.

  • cheesy

    Yeah, Teen Wolf has a habit of telegraphing its ‘big’ surprises really obviously (for example, I think a lot of people figured out Ms. Blake was the Darach last season/that Lydia was a Banshee). It used to irritate me, but now I find it…almost endearing?

  • Anonymous

    I think a little of both will happen. One Dylan O’Brien has the Maze Runner coming out and that could effect things like how much press the lead in a potential franchise movie will have to do. Second yes everyone will be lets kill Stiles camp except Scott and I actually suspect Kira which will be useful because there is an exorcism type thing that can be performed that she probably can do but only once she embraces her full power. I think one of the twins and Derek might be victims (and I suspect Aiden will survive just because his redemption arc is longer than Ethan) along the way. I suspect Lydia might be able to communicate with the real Stiles who might be the president of the kill Stiles club.

  • Brittany K

    I don’t have any comments on this episode in particular other than /damn/ Dylan O’Brien’s acting, holy crap, but I must say this half of the season is a thousand times better than the first half. Tbh, before it started, I was kind of dreading it, but now I’m glad I stuck with it.

    I’ve heard that Jeff Davis has been writing less for this half of the season, maybe that’s why it’s better. In other news though, there’s apparently going to be a new character soon, some jerkish jock freshman guy, probably cast to give Jeff Davis more fuel for his obvious fetish for jackass white guys, since Jackson’s departure left a sizeable hole, I’m sure.

  • cheesy

    Noooooooo, no more asshole jocks! I keep hoping the twins will die off and the cast will be just full of characters that are all pretty decent and good to one another. We don’t need another asshole!

  • http://active-voice.net/beckyallen/ allreb

    Yeah, I’ve been wondering if Stiles is the teased death because Dylan O’Brien’s career is taking off and who could blame him for wanting to see where it can take him at this point? Though my guess is if he’s gotta die to end the story arch, Stiles will probably pull out enough control to self-sacrifice and die tragically in Scott’s arms thataway.

    (Then again, I also hoped that was where they were going with Jackson in the s2 finale, and instead it was “he’s dead and probably killed himself! Nope, he was controlled and not dead. Maybe he’s dead now! It’s kind of a redemption sacrifice! Wait, nope. Oh, he’s gone. What? Jackson who?” so I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up.)

  • BatiHoney

    I don’t see anyone commenting much about this, but I was freaking out about Stiles’ mom. You misunderstood that part, actually: the person who had the same symptoms as Stiles was his mom, not Barrow. The file was his mom’s, I checked the screenshot and you can see “Claudia” up there and then she when Mama McCall closes it and says “DECEASED 2004″ and “STILINSKI, CLAUDIA”.

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???

    Was she ALSO possesed by a demon? Is it hereditary and Stiles just needed a trigger (the human sacrifice thing)? Is it a COINCIDENCE? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THIS.

    At least now I know why no one has mentioned HOW she died.

    P.S.: Evil!Stiles hurts me SO SO SO MUCH.

  • Anonymous

    omg this episode is filled with wonder and light and unicorns. Although I kind of want to see a kitsune? Like, not just a lighted up one? Knowing this show, it would be in all its badly CGI’ed glory.

    Nice Airbender reference, although that scene made me think of all the “honors” in Mulan.

    In other news- yay awesome parents! Kira and Scooooott! Isaac and Allison! Stilespleasedon’tbeevil *whimper*

  • Anonymous

    Oh, PS- at least this show knows how to pronounce “kitsune”. Looking at you, Lost Girl. It’s not “KIT-soon”. Can’t remember if Supernatural did, but they also had no budget for 9 tails.

  • Elizabeth Wells