Reading can be dangerous. (“We never should have read that book,” Scott declares after he and Malia escape a fight with one of the Dread Doctors.) Also, if Lydia and Mason sat down together, the season would be significantly shorter because they’d probably figure everything out by dinner. Those are the real takeaways of the Monday, July 27 episode of “Teen Wolf,” season 5 episode 6, “Required Reading.”
Remember how they photocopied the book about the Dread Doctors for everyone to read in the last “Teen Wolf” episode? Well, they still haven’t gotten around to that. If Dread Doctor Reading were a class, they’d all have to turn in drop forms. (Like Sidney does for AP Biology and Scott attempts to do before real life supernatural problems get in the way.) In fact, their attempt to finish it via a very twisted, nightmare of a book club fails too since they all just fall asleep instead (except for Theo, who watches everyone and then sneaks into Scott’s room to record Kira speaking in Japanese in her sleep).
After their failed book club yields zero results, Scott suggests that they need a trigger, like Malia with the car crash, and that’s just one more thing to add to the list of things they need to worry about (and school is not on that list, other than to serve as a possible trigger). “I’m starting to see the appeal of a third eye,” Stiles says since they need to keep an eye on each other, out for chimeras and out for the Doctors. (Really, classes are nowhere near the top of any of their lists of priorities.)
Lydia’s memory comes when she goes to check on Sidney after she drops AP biology mid-class (and that teacher continues to drop helpful nuggets of knowledge for the pack like, “once an invasive species is introduced, everything changes”). Sidney’s hair has been falling out due to stress for years, and when she shows her the bald spot above her ear, it triggers a memory of Lydia seeing her grandmother in Eichen House. “They’re coming, Lydia,” her grandmother warned her. “They’re coming for all of us.”
Scott’s memory comes when he goes to sign the drop form for AP biology, and it triggers an asthma attack. With Scott lost in a memory of being brought into the hospital as a kid, all the teacher can do is yell out for someone to bring him an inhaler, which Liam does since to him, someone having an asthma attack immediately means it’s his alpha.
As for what’s going on with Kira, Mason has all the answers as to why she can’t read the book. Since he now knows a kitsune, he’s been doing some reading on them and it goes back to Japanese folklore. Fox spirits have difficult with language, and saying “hello” twice when answering the phone is a way of confusing them. The book is like that – one long language trick – and it’s affecting the fox part of her. Other than that, Kira pretty much spends the entire episode insisting she’s not responsible for all the lights flickering everywhere.
Theo continues to tell everyone that he just wants to be part of the pack, and he seems to think that working out shirtless in front of Malia and continuing to keep it secret that she saw the Desert Wolf in her memory from the others is the way to do that. As for that recording of Kira talking in her sleep, he tells Scott about it, and let’s just assume that Scott not knowing if he can trust her is why he says nothing about the fact that Theo went into his room while she was sleeping. Theo also provides a helpful translation of what Kira had been saying: “I am the messenger of death.” That, combined with Scott explaining that the aura around her seems to be taking over her, may explain why she’s leaving in that glimpse into the future from the premiere.
Stiles’ delayed memory comes when he and Lydia head to the hospital to try to get answers about the flashes of the Doctors she saw in her surgery – she thinks that’s about being a banshee and not her memory – and his is the most heartbreaking. He follows his mother to the hospital roof, where he sees his father doing his best to convince her that her 10-year-old son is not trying to kill her. He comes out of the memory to a chimera attacking him. Theo is the one to save him, but after he kills the chimera, he tells Stiles he can’t tell anyone – because he didn’t tell anyone about Donovan.
Meanwhile, despite the power problems – Lydia wants to see what she’s hearing – she does get the answers she’s looking for about those memories, as she sees the Doctors over a teenager on the table. One peels back a section of the boy’s skin and his insides are glowing. “Your condition worsens,” the Doctor says.
Elsewhere, Parrish begins to teach Lydia how to fight so she can be the Lydia seen in the opening minutes of the premiere, and it of course goes down exactly like a teaching session does on TV: with clothes being removed, the two getting very close and an interruption before anything can really happen. This time, it’s Lydia remembering the Doctors in the hospital.
Oh, and Liam continues to try to pay Hayden back for spilling all those shots at her rave in small increments ($43 here, $25 there), and the two engage in some angry sports flirting at school while Mason and Brett watch, go over their history and list everything they need to look out for when it comes to chimeras. When Liam finds out that Hayden’s working at the club to pay for medication after a kidney transplant, he becomes even more determined to give her what he can and then looks into her eyes with a glow stick and they’re glowing.
Between that and Lydia’s memory in the hospital, it seems that they may have found the answer to what Stiles asks as he, his father and Malia go over the list of dead and probably dead chimeras – and the fact that there are eight new ones. Do they have something in common? Is there something that makes them right for this experiment? Are they special? Time to look into some medical files perhaps? After all, looking for abnormal behavior at a high school can go so far because, as Theo puts it, “Isn’t everyone a little weird in high school?”
“Teen Wolf” season 5 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV. What did you think of episode 6 “Required Reading”?