Teen Wolf – Recap: The Redemption of Allison Argent
Teen Wolf continued to claw through Season 3 tonight with “Frayed”! Derek is dead, everybody, or so we were told. As long as Peter lives to snark another day, I’m okay with anything.
Episode 5 of Season 3 saw Teen Wolf trying something new. The episode focused around a series of flashbacks as our favorite werewolves and their cronies sat on a school bus in traffic on their way to a cross-country meet. Not far behind, Allison (Crystal Reed) and Lydia (Holland Roden) dragged themselves along to keep a watchful eye on their clever yet clumsy counterparts. Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) juggled dealing with a festering alpha wound across McCall’s side with wrangling in Isaac (David Sharman) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls), who’d been dying to get their hands on Danny’s (Keahu Kahuanui) new boy-toy, were-twin Ethan (Charlie Carver). No, not like that. You all have dirty minds. The two were looking to tear the lone twin to pieces following the untimely death of leader Derek (Tyler Hoechlin). Now let’s begin the Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 5, “Frayed”!
I think this recap will work more efficiently if I decode the mixing of the “present” footage with the “flashback” footage. Also, most of the flashback sequences took place in and out of order, so I’ll attempt to smooth out the wrinkles and stitch things together.
As the bus rolled on towards their meet, a down-and-out Scott dozed in and out of consciousness, leading buddy Stiles to deduce that something was fishy about the disgusting wound across Scott’s torso. Scott had figured that an alpha scratch would take longer to heal, but his thoughts were elsewhere in any case. Derek Hale had died, and there would be hell to pay. Meanwhile, a few seats up, Danny sat concerned with a nervous Ethan, who’d been obsessively checking his phone.
All the while, the dynamic duo of Allison and Lydia trailed just far enough behind, as Allison was concerned for Scott’s wellbeing considering what she’d witnessed. Lydia was quick to hint that she was privy to the battle that’d gone down, coyly noting who’d started it. Allison had been keeping an eye on her bestie, noticing that she’d been getting a little too close to straight were-twin Aidan (Max Carver). Lydia attempted to deny any such sexy lunacy, yet a quick flashback revealed that the two had been getting hot and heavy. Aah, Lydia… so perfect yet such a fatal flaw. Allison, meanwhile, starred in her own flashback sequence with Scott, who’d discovered that she was indeed the one to corral the super-powered Boyd and Cora (Adelaide Kane) into the school the night of the full moon. The two toyed with each other, sparring flirtatiously. In the end, though, Allison ended up a tad peeved over Scott’s aggressive means of warning her to stay out of were-trouble.
Once the bus had stalled in stand-still traffic, Boyd had reached his breaking point. Ripping Ethan to shreds amidst a crowd of fellow students probably wasn’t a great idea, and a weakened Scott acted quickly enough to quell his pack peer’s anger in the nick of time. Meanwhile, Stiles had noticed Ethan’s frantic texting and decided to get to the bottom of the enemy’s situation… by harassing Danny across the bus via text. Over and over and over again, Stiles quite hilariously poked Danny until his friend(?) clued Stiles in. Ethan was stressed over someone very close to him being very sick and dying.
This is a good point to start discussing the main flashback sequence. Upon leaving Allison’s new apartment, Scott bumped into an unlikely face in the elevator. Deucalion (Gideon Emery) loves elevators, doesn’t he? There’s nothing quite like being stuck in a box with the self-proclaimed Demon Wolf! After discovering that the alpha evil lair was the penthouse of Allison’s building, Scott knew he needed to nip the situation in the bud before his former flame ended up caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, Derek and company were already busy formulating a plan. If they knew the location of the alpha lair, they were supposed to know. Rather than falling into an awaiting trap, the group decided to act first, looking to single out Deucalion in an effort to cut off the snake’s head. I appreciated that cunning Peter (Ian Bohen) sided with Scott, who suggested a plan that didn’t immediately jump to murder as a means to an end. While Peter proves that male werewolves can be incredibly likable, even in their anti-heroic ways, Cora (along with that awful claw-foot from the alpha tribe) certainly isn’t doing she-wolves any favors. Am I right, or am I right? Also, for a couple of were-puppies, Isaac and Boyd are pretty quick to jump on the “let’s slaughter everyone” bandwagon.
Jared, you suck!
Recognizing Scott’s deteriorating state, Stiles called Lydia for advice. The girls suggested pleading with the amazing Coach Finstock (Orny Adams) to allow the group to take a break at a nearby rest stop. Of course, half of the reason we were trapped on a bus for most of the episode was because Teen Wolf was gifting us an array of classic Finstock moments. Poor carsick Jared was his main target, but Stiles was a close second. Stiles, realizing his only ticket off of the bus was to pressure Jared to hurl, managed to entice him to do so. Job well done, Stilinski. Good thing coach brought Febreeze.
Once the girls and Stiles managed to drag Scott into a dirty pit-stop rest room, propping him up against the wall, the trio started brainstorming. Well, Stiles and Allison started brainstorming aimlessly, while Lydia came to the conclusion after about sixteen seconds. The symptoms were psychosomatic. Meaning, Scott’s mental state was keeping him wounded out of guilt for the loss of Derek. My favorite scene from Episode 5, “Frayed,” had to have been the one-on-one between Allison and the vision of her dead mother. While Lydia and Stiles attempted to stall Finstock from leaving, Allison would attempt to stitch Scott’s wound herself. As Lydia suggested, if he believed he was healing, he’d heal. Allison, overrun with emotion and crippled by her fear, couldn’t thread the needle. Honestly, is there anything more frustrating than trying to get that freaking thread through that tiny hole? I felt her pain. Of course, I’ve never had to thread a needle while the scariest woman I’ve ever seen in my life loomed over my shoulder. Handle the situation clinically over emotionally, her mother scolded from behind. Eventually, though, the words got to Allison, and she succeeding in threading the needle before stitching up Scott’s wound. What a great mom? Unfortunately, it was too late. Scott McCall had died. Tonight, we say goodbye to Teen Wolf.
No, not really, guys.
While Scott and his friends faced their own struggles, Peter Hale and Cora played detective surrounding the disappearance of Derek’s body. You see, Derek and opposing alpha Ennis had taken a massive fall to their dooms; however, by the time Peter and Cora arrived to scope out the scene, the bodies were gone. Had somebody survived with enough strength to carry the other off? The two would snoop their way over to Deaton’s (Seth Gilliam) veterinary office. Inside, the alpha pack struggled to haul Ennis in for surgery. Initially, Deaton refused to allow the pack to enter his spelled office, even if it meant the death of former protégé Ms. Morrel (Bianca Lawson). Something to note that became clear this week: Ms. Morrel doesn’t seem too friendly with these people. It seems like she’s somehow forced to aid them at this point. In the end, Deaton decided to help Ennis with Scott’s safety in mind. He managed to do a bang-up job. Ennis would live! That is, until Deucalion stepped into the room mid-procedure only to crush the alpha’s skull with his hand. What an image, Teen Wolf. Thanks for that! Sewed flesh and a crushed skull all in one episode! Peter and Cora would witness the other alphas’ howls of pain outside the office. Unbeknownst to them, Deucalion does not have their best interest at heart. Don’t blame yourselves, horrible alphas! Who wouldn’t trust a psychopath with the name “Demon Wolf”?..
Scott recovered on the double, and I have to say, I appreciated that Lydia thought to grab his heavy-looking gym bag from his shoulder. Like, come on, Allison. I realized that you just performed an amazing medical procedure as a high school student, but couldn’t you take the duffle too? Outside the rest room, Boyd and Isaac did a number on Ethan’s face after hearing of Scott’s looming death. Oops! Well, you win some, you… Nah, this was just a win.
The final flashback revealed the true nature of what had gone down the night of Derek’s alleged fall to his death. Scott, in an attempt to thwart a future massacre, decided to meet with Deucalion in order to reason out a sensible solution. Isaac joined him, much to Scott’s initial dismay. Scott and Stiles is one great thing, but I’m truly enjoying the growing friendship between Scott and Isaac. It’s a different kind of relationship than we’re used to seeing Scott be a part of. I’m hoping the show doesn’t screw it up too badly with a love triangle situation. Unfortunately for the duo, their own plan for peace was cast aside, as Derek and his pack revealed themselves from the shadows of the abandoned building. If Scott was unpleased with that, the reveal of Deucalion’s minions lurking in the shadows surely pissed him off. Can a were-puppy not trust anyone these days? Not even a super-villain named Demon Wolf? An epic fight scene would roll out, but in the end, Derek’s pack was bested. Kali (Felisha Terrell) aka the she-wolf we all know and loath as “girl with gnarly feet” stood ready to crush Cora’s neck. Boyd fell to the ground nearby, and Scott and Isaac were both held by another. In the end, Derek was given a choice. Kill Boyd to take the first step towards the alpha pack, or, at Kali’s suggestion, watch Cora die.
Luckily, there was an option number three! Like an angel, Allison Argent, fresh from disobeying her father’s orders, appeared in the lighted area above, firing flash arrows left and right. Basically, Argent reset the match, giving Derek’s wolves another fighting chance. It was Scott who seemed supercharged by his ex’s act of courage, showing a red flash of future “alpha” in his eyes before slamming Ennis. Derek joined him before the two began teetering on the edge of a massive void. Once Scott slashed out Ennis’ calf, the two plummeted to their “deaths.” At this moment, we realized just why Scott blamed himself so harshly.
Allison and Lydia joined the boys on the bus for the ride home, considering that Allison’s car had died a mile back. Lydia and Stiles discussed the allusive dark druid known as Darach, and Lydia suggested that the sacrifices could be used to power up for an upcoming battle. Hmm… Peter is looking more and more like the culprit, huh? He was very quick to jump to Scott’s defense during the initial battle plan session. Then again, I’m not sure Teen Wolf would jump to incriminating Hale as a murderer, again, this quickly. Wait, I change my mind. Just do not kill Peter Hale. The sacrifices are already dead or on their way out. No use crying over spilt blood, right? They might as well take advantage! Meanwhile, Scott thanked Allison for her outright disobeying of both his and her father’s demands. Allison Argent has been redeemed, everybody!
Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 5, “Frayed,” closed with Ms. Blake (Haley Webb) finding herself caught off guard by a brink-of-death Derek outside her car in the school parking lot. He loves her already, huh? Derek Hale lives to brood and sneer another day!
What did you think of Teen Wolf Season 3 Episode 5, “Frayed”? Will Lydia fall for Aidan’s charms much longer? Will Danny get caught in the crossfire? What’s going on with Darach? Were you impressed with Allison this week? What is Deucalion’s true plan?
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