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'Teen Wolf' Recap: The Kanima's Master Is Revealed

Tue, July 24, 2012 12:00am EDT by Andy Swift 67 Comments
Teen Wolf Episode 209

Plus: One of our favorites suffers a devastating loss, a terrifying evil returns, and Stiles battles a really big birthday present.

After the July 23 episode of Teen Wolf, I think it’s official: Lydia (Holland Roden) throws the best parties in Beacon Hills. I wouldn’t exactly call them ‘fun’ — because, you know, everybody either hallucinates or dies — but they’re definitely memorable.

Let’s get the biggest shocker out the way first: Matt (Stephen Lunsford) is the one controlling Jackson (Colton Haynes)! When Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) saw that Matt couldn’t swim in Lydia’s pool, they put two and two together — the Kanima hates water and Matt’s a freakin’ psychopath — and reached their “a ha!” moment.

And now for the sad portion of tonight’s episode: Mrs. Argent (Eaddy Mays) decided she couldn’t live as a werewolf, and thusly had Mr. Argent (J.R. Bourne) kill her just as she was beginning to transform for the first time. Her death scene was the second most heartbreaking of tonight’s episode, lead only by Allison’s (Crystal Reed) arrival at the hospital. (Serious kudos to Crystal for actually reducing me to tears.)

Even though I never cared for Allison’s mom, and I don’t think we were really supposed to, I’m super bummed that she’s no longer with us. She didn’t need to die — but hey, this is Teen Wolf, so maybe she’ll find a way back to life!

Speaking of people coming back to life, Lydia used the chaos of the full moon — along with a special purple powder she had at her disposal — to drag Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) back to the mansion and free Peter (Ian Bohen) from his underground prison of creepy gross-ness. We saw the red drain from Derek’s eyes, so I’m assuming that Peter has reclaimed his position as the Alpha.

But does that mean Derek’s merry band of were-friends will abandon him to follow Peter, or will they stay by his side and help him fight?

Assorted thoughts:

>> I could have written a separate recap based solely on week’s Stiles moments. From the awkwardly giant present (enjoy that here) to the super-serious hallucination about his dad blaming him for his mother’s death, we pretty much saw every angle of him. Dylan O’Brien is a multi-faceted work of art.

>> I know Tyler Hoechlin has always been a well-built gentleman, but Derek looked twice as big as he normally does this week. And I’m not complaining.

>> I’ve said this before, but I’m so glad Lydia has solid material this season. Holland Roden continues to impress me every week.

OK, Teen Wolf fans — Were you surprised to learn that Matt controls Jackson? Were you as sad as I was when Mrs. Argent died? And what do you think will happen now that Peter is back in town? Drop me a comment with all of your thoughts and theories!

— Andy Swift

More Teen Wolf:

  1. ‘Teen Wolf’ Recap: The Kanima Speaks & [Spoiler] Gets Bitten
  2. ‘Teen Wolf’ Comic-Con Scoop: Who Gets Bitten Next, Plus More Spoilers
  3. ‘Teen Wolf’ Twist: Is Allison Turning Supernatural This Season?