In the July 7 episode of ‘Teen Wolf’, we meet a new werewolf teenager, a new supernatural creature altogether, and Stiles talks about Scott’s butt again. Full recap of ‘Muted’ below!
The July 7 episode of Teen Wolf went back to basics — to werewolf teenagers, to lacrosse, and to mortal peril. (Not that our intrepid heroes have ever really left the stage of mortal peril.) In “Muted,” we meet newcomers Liam and Garrett and the creepy mouthless dude from the trailers that is likely working for The Benefactor. Furthermore, a new supernatural creature is added to the Teen Wolf roster, and, as ever, there are homoerotic undertones ahoy!
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Meet Shirtless Sean, And Mouthless Thing
“Muted” opens in a horror movie-style cold open. A handsome young man, because Teen Wolf, heads shirtlessly to bed, because Teen Wolf. In his room, the boy hears screams, and he leaves his bedroom, shirtlessly, to find someone with a bloody axe. He runs like hell.
“Hello, Sean. I just killed your family. Do you want to die like them, begging for your life? Or do you want to fight? I’ll give you some help.” The figure — a terrible killer, clearly — encourages Sean to wrap a towel around his fist, smash the mirror and grab a shard for a weapon. Instead, the kid wisely punches out the window, runs off, and then we see that the killer is the scary mouthless thing that has been haunting my dreams since the trailer was released!
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Derek & Peter Hire Braeden — She’s Pricey, And Peter’s Resume Is Out Of Date
Over at Derek’s loft, Braeden (Meagan Tandy) wants to talk numbers with Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and Peter (Ian Bohen). Peter writes down a number, and she crosses it out, visibly adding several more zeros. “We’re hiring you to find Kate, not assassinate the President,” Peter sasses. She tells them that she was hired by the Calaveras to find Kate — going against them is what jacks up her price.
Peter theatrically (big surprise) walks away from her in a huff, but Derek, handsomely, insists they’ll pay. I really am all a-flutter seeing Tyler Hoechlin back and delivering lines from his beautiful face, you guys.
“Kate knew someone who knew something they shouldnt’ve known; we’d like to know how they knew it,” Peter not-clarifies. Braeden leaves, and Peter gives Derek hell for “promising the last of their money to a mercenary.”
It’s been a week since they last saw Kate and their search has turned up nothing. Peter is like, hi, if this doesn’t work out, I can’t exactly get a job — “my resume is slightly out of date.” I love that the show has finally acknowledged that Peter Hale, as far as Beacon Hills is concerned, is like, super dead.
Peter grabs Derek’s wrist and Derek roars, awesomely, beautifully, and handsomely into Peter’s face. I just love Tyler Hoechlin’s commitment to Werewolf Acting. Simply the best. Anyway, Peter notes his yellow eyes, and Derek doesn’t know what happened, but he’s “willing to pay to find out.” I miss your baby blues, too, Derek, but is that your reason for giving Braeden all of your money? Because, if so, I’m with Peter on this one — the $117 million might be what you really need right now.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Because America, The Stilinski Family Is Facing Money Troubles
At Beacon Hills High, it’s lacrosse time!!! Scott (Tyler Posey) tells Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) that he told Chris Argent about Kate via text because he didn’t have the scratch to call France. Bless his soul. Stiles one-ups him by revealing that the Stilinski family is having money troubles, too — “try paying for an MRI and a visit to Eichen House.” Oh, America!
Stiles wisely points out that they’ve got bigger fish to fry than their standings on the lacrosse team, which is when we meet Garrett (Mason Dye), who can’t get one past the guy in the goal. It’s Liam (Dylan Sprayberry), whom Garrett tells that he might be BHHS’s first-ever freshman captain. (The more you know: Sprayberry turned 16 today, July 7. He is an actual teenager! Actual freshman age when he filmed this!)
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Mama McCall & Papa Stilinski Want To Give Their Kids A ‘Day Off’ From ‘Murder And Massacres’ — Good Luck
The kid from earlier, Sean, falls into Beacon Hills Memorial. In the next scene, shippers get the Mama McCall (Melissa Ponzio) and Papa Stilinski (Linden Ashby) interaction they’ve been craving, but it’s in a morgue, and they’re talking about the Sean’s dead family. Bit of a mood-killer. They decide that the killings are not supernatural in nature — no claws or teeth — and that the boys should get to have a “day off” for once and haha, I’m sad. Their teenage sons get to have a “day off” from “murder and massacres” for once.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Kira’s Family Wants To Move Back To New York, And Literally Who Can Blame Them?
At the Yukimura house, Mrs. Yukimura seems to be handling the last of her kitsune tails, or whatever, which I only mention because I’m sure that will be a thing at some point. Meanwhile, Kira (Arden Cho) finds out that her family is moving by the “For Sale” sign in front of their house. This family is like, overwhelmingly terrible at communication. Remember when Mrs. Yukimura told her Never Ending Story in Season 3B about her relationship with the nogitsune when he was a human named Rhys and… forget it. It was boring.
Anyway, they want to go back to New York, but Kira obviously wants to stay for Scott; she tries to pass it off as her father being too important at the high school, but her mother is like 700 years old (I can’t remember if that’s an exaggeration or not) and is wise to her game. She tells Kira that Scott wasn’t her first boyfriend, and he won’t be her last. Kira mutters to herself that Scott isn’t even her boyfriend.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Stiles Is Obsessed With Liam, Malia Is Bad At Math (Big Surprise), And Scott Accidentally Kisses Kira
In the Beacon Hills High locker room, fully-dressed Stiles and fully-dressed Scott stare at half-naked Liam, because Teen Wolf. Bless this homoerotic show. Stiles is hung up on the fact that Liam caught every goal, and Liam’s like, yeah, I was the goalie. Scott uses his werewolf hearing to deduce that Liam was kicked out of his previous school, and I’m not sure why Stiles is so reluctant to believe that Liam is just good at lacrosse, but he basically asks if he’s a werewolf by asking if he’s ever been out in the woods on a full moon, and it half sounds like he’s asking him out on a date.
Malia (Shelley Hennig) walks into math class, sees the algebra on the board, and backs out of the room and out of frame before Stiles drags her back into class. “I hate math — it’s pointless!” Agree, Malia, but Stiles tries to tell her that it’s important for calculating tips at restaurants, and Lydia (Holland Roden) rolls her eyes and is like, um, also, medicine, economics, engineering?
Malia gets called to the board and when Stiles gives her a thumbs up, she growls at him and he makes a face like he has the weirdest boner right now. Tell me I’m wrong. Lydia gives her the answer up at the board, but Malia has popped her claws — she’s having trouble with control.
Stiles gets a mobile alert about the triple homicide and tries to run out the door to go investigate, but Scott reminds him about econ in five minutes. I am really enjoying the fact that school is actually a thing that these kids have to go to this season. Everyone is trying so hard to move on, to be normal, but their circumstances will surely, as ever, take them away from that.
Oh, and Scott kisses Kira before heading off to class, just an offhand thing, as if they’re already a couple, and Kira is stunned and Scott horrified by what he’s done.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: The Mouthless Thing Does Gross Stuff
Oh, blarf. In who-knows where, the mouthless thing looks so human-like that I have the mega-creeps. He is on a laptop, wearing a tank top, because Teen Wolf, and he pulls a stopper of some kind out of his neck. Ugh. I hate this. Then, he pops some sort of tube in, and I think blood gets run into him, and then weird code or something shows up on his laptop screen and listen, it’s gross. I’m not going back to take a closer look. Weird stuff happens.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Meet Braeden Winchester
At the Sheriff’s station, Braeden has pulled a Winchester and is pretending to be a U.S. Marshal to get at case files. Oh, and Papa McCall is bringing in an expert from Quantico to help with the case of the massacred family. Which leads me to wonder, what exactly is Papa McCall’s expertise? Literally what has he done? Why are you here, Mr. McCall? Go back to Virginia or wherever deadbeat dad FBI agents live!
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Is Lacrosse Really Scott’s Biggest Concern Right Now? No, Really, Is It? Because That Would Be Nice
Back in Teen Wolf‘s fave set, the BHHS locker room, Scott and Stiles talk about the “chaste” kiss he landed on her. Coach (Orny Adams) storms in and informs the boys that all positions are open on the team, and that it’s a “rebuilding season.” Sure is, Teen Wolf writers!
Scott is on the team, but his captain status is in jeopardy. I’m of two minds. On the one hand, I’m like, wow, Scott, I know that you have larger concerns right now. On the other, I love the idea of Scott giving a crap whether or not he’s captain of the lacrosse team, because I want him to be just a normal kid with normal kid problems.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Stiles Is Not Good At Lacrosse, And Nor Is Scott All Of A Sudden. Also, Stiles Talks About Scott’s Butt
Coach is seriously unimpressed by the running portion of the tryouts, and Stiles lags behind as the worst of them all, so exhausted that you forget that O’Brien was cast in a little film called The Maze Runner and has been to Maze Runner Boot Camp, if the breadth of his shoulders is anything to go by.
Scott helps Stiles from where he’s dropped on the field, and Stiles continues his hilarious obsession with Liam’s everything: at this moment, he’s watching him do push-ups.
Kira and Malia are on the bleachers, and Malia is studying when she takes a big whiff of Kira and asks her what’s wrong. Malia, it’s not polite to sniff out your friends’ emotions! “You reek of anxiety, and it’s distracting,” Malia tells her. I like that her reason for asking is because it’s putting her off, personally. Anyway, Kira wants to be “more” to Scott.
Anyway, Stiles sucks at lacrosse, and just as he’s telling Scott that maybe Liam sucks at everything but the goal — where we saw him killing it earlier — Liam obviously scores. Stiles says that he hates Liam but at this point I think he protests too much, I mean, seriously: Stiles is obsessed with Liam. “You don’t have to hate him,” Scott says. “The team needs new players.” FORESHADOWING. Scott needs new betas! The show needs new characters! Don’t hate, y’all!
“What about a new team captain?” Stiles asks him. Scott looks horrified — he wants betas, not to be replaced as the alpha/lacrosse captain. The two are clearly becoming mixed in Scott’s mind.
Liam continues to perform outstandingly, and Scott totally sucks. “I hate seeing this freshman come in and steal all your glory after you’ve worked your tushy off. I hate it,” Stiles tells his BFF. SCOTT’S TUSHY. This is the second episode in a row that Stiles has talked about Scott’s butt. Stiles isn’t obsessed with Liam, he’s obsessed with Scott and is just jelly of this interloper.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Scott Compromises His Values, And Injures Liam In The Process
Scott doesn’t want to use his alpha powers, because it’s cheating, but Stiles convinces him to do it. Scott, you’ve compromised your values again! Remember that in “117,” he swore he wouldn’t lie to Young Derek, but then he totally did.
Scott starts to use his wolf powers and begins killing it on the field, and Kira loves it. Malia makes a face of such utter confused apathy in the face of Kira’s happiness that I love her all the more. Liam continues his streak, though, getting a ball past Scott. Malia demands a do-over from the bleachers, bets $10 on Scott and Stiles, and the Coach takes her bet.
In the do-over, Scott totally annihilates him, flipping Liam over on his back and badly injuring him. Coach takes his anger out on a lacrosse ball that he throws into the bleachers, where students are, and is about to nail Malia in the face when Kira catches the ball with a lacrosse stick that was just lying there. Insane. All of this is crazy!! Coach has her throw it back, and she does, nailing him too hard in the stomach.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Braeden And Derek Will Eventually Get It On, And Derek Should Be More Worried About Cash Money Than Eye Color
Deputy Handsome (Ryan Kelley) is staking out Murder House when he sees movement from inside. It’s Lydia. Dun dun.
Back in the loft, Derek is looking over the papers that Braeden lifted from the station and is not happy with her findings — it wasn’t Kate who killed the family, since the killer used a tomahawk.
Also, Braeden is fully changing out of her U.S. Marshal uniform in the background. Gurl I don’t blame you for taking your shirt off in Derek Hale’s presence. She puts her hands on the desk in front of hr and leeeans in toward Derek, and Derek puts his hands on the desk and leeeeans in toward her, and it’s very sexual!! This is sexual stuff for a guy who should basically be celibate at this point. She tells him to trust her, and instead of laughing his ass off while showing her pictures of his last two girlfriends, he’s like, “I don’t know anything about you.” “Yeah? Well I know you. And I know what you want.” This tension. He searches her face, handsomely — SO HANDSOMELY — and she steps away, tension gone. God, Tyler Hoechlin’s face in this episode is taking me over.
She has somehow sussed out that he’s after Kate because he wants to know why his eyes changed color. Derek, I’m just saying, you wouldn’t cut it as a waiter. You need that money more than eye color answers — after all, Teen Wolf fans waited three long years for those.
Derek tells her that he has a week to find Kate. Or what? Does Breaden come with a 100% money-back guarantee?
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Scott And Kira Kiss For Real, And Lydia Finds Dead Bodies — Obviously
Scott finds Kira at BHHS and, before taking Liam to the hospital, he apologizes to her for their weird kiss, and it’s sooo awkward. They are both sooo awkward. Scott turns away from her, and it’s sad for one second before Scott turns back, tells her that he’s not sorry, and Kira jumps into his arms and they kiss, adorably, while Liam lays somewhere with a broken or sprained limb. Kira is sooo thrilled by what just happened that I feel bad for kinda hating on Scira. I’m just not sure that I buy them together, you guys. Different strokes for different folks who still mourn Allison Argent every day.
At Murder House, Deputy Handsome is quizzing Lydia on why she found herself in a crime scene, while they walk through the crime scene. Deputy! Be better at this! Y’all are contaminating evidence! He tells her that she has a reputation for showing up where the bodies do, and that maybe she’s psychic — he keeps an open mind, but if she’s looking for dead bodies, she’s missed the boat.
However, the strings of Lydia-is-about-to-find-a-dead-body play on the soundtrack, and Lydia finds a bunch of horrifying, ghoulish faces in the wood grain of a cabinet with a secret door. Deputy Handsome, more Handsome than Deputy, goes into the creepy room with Lydia, the civilian minor.
They walk into a giant fridge, and Deputy Handsome is like, hurr durr, it’s a game locker, there’s probs deer in here, when clearly every hanging bag has a dead body in it because why would they hide venison in a secret room in their basement, Deputy, and, indeed, I am correct — dead bodies. Dead bodies everywhere.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Maybe Scott Didn’t Use His Wolf Powers After All, And Stiles And Scott Are Such Boyfriends
Over at Beacon Hills Memorial, Scott and Stiles have arrived with Liam in tow. Seems like a liability on part of BHHS for the students to bring him to the hospital, but whatever. Scott is wracked with guilt, but Stiles tells him that if he had used any actual wolf power, he wouldn’t be limping, “he’d be crawling — back to the other half of his body.” Stiles assures him that it’s OK for Scott to want something for himself, that it’s OK to want to be lacrosse captain so bad that he accidentally hurt Liam. They’re such boyfriends.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Stalia Make Out Sesh
Later, at the Stilinski household, Malia and Stiles get down to business, and by business I mean studying, and by studying I mean eschewing that in favor of making out. She climbs on top of him and frankly, who can blame her? He gets them back on task, but when Malia explains her highlighting system — green for things she understands, yellow for things she’s working on, and red for things she has no clue on — he looks to his crime wall and to the strings attaching each photo and realizes that she’s picking up on his tricks. They smooch, and Malia and Stalia haters will hate it, but they can go to the left because it’s sweet that he’s so touched.
Anyway, Malia tells Stiles that she needs notes on how to understand Lydia’s notes, which is when Stiles takes a look at Lydia’s notebook — it’s full of the weird code that we saw from the mouthless terror earlier.
‘Teen Wolf’ ‘Muted’ Recap: Baby’s First Beta
Back at BH Memorial, Lydia calls Scott in a panic, and tells him to find Sean in the hospital immediately. In the next scene, Melissa enters his room to tell him that the Sheriff has arrived, but he’s missing from his bed, because he is on the floor because, OK, oh my god, he killed the Deputy and is gnawing on his intestines!!! Sean, I believed in you!! You were shirtless!
He screams that he couldn’t help it — he was just so hungry. Melissa is about to become his next meal when Scott tackles him to the ground, but he’s able to get away pretty easily. Liam is his next victim, and he takes him to the hospital’s roof, for literally no reason that I can understand. Why the roof?
Scott insists that he can help him, but Sean tells him that “wendigos don’t need help — we need food!” Ding ding, who had “wendigo” on their supernatural dead pool bingo card?
Liam falls off the building in the fray, his fingers barely gripping the edge, and Scott tries to pull him up but he’s got a wendigo at the back of his neck and he’s having some trouble.
Liam’s fingers slip off the edge of the building but Scott catches him — with his teeth. Suddenly, the same tomahawk that killed Sean’s family gets lodged in his back, and the mouthless terror shows his terrifying face to Scott’s wolfy face, and takes off.
Meanwhile, Liam clutches his bloodied arm and the realization of what Scott has done dawns on him. Baby’s first beta! The Calaveras are comin’ for you, Scotty!
So, HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the episode? Wasn’t it great to have lacrosse back? I know that some fans are a bit irked to have all these new characters join the fray, but it feels really nostalgic to me. A new wolf is bitten without his consent, lacrosse is back, Stiles has an unattainable crush (Liam, clearly), Lydia is smarter than everybody, and Derek is looking so. handsome. That last bit isn’t new, but it seemed vital to mention.
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— Amanda Michelle Steiner