The Monday, Aug. 17 episode of “Teen Wolf,” 509, “Lies of Omission,” sees more manipulation on Theo’s part and the Dread Doctors continuing to succeed in cleaning up after their “failures.” Plus, Lydia figures out another clue about what Parrish is.
First things first, the big mystery on “Teen Wolf” now is what is Parrish? Wondering why no one has checked to see what’s been going on at the nemeton lately? Well, that’s because apparently they can’t find it. After Stiles and Lydia skip their classes (or in Lydia’s case, her one class) to wander around the woods and pass the same tree three times, Lydia decides to ask Parrish because “the banshee’s having an off day.” While Parrish may be skeptical, he obviously knows something since he’s making turns without being told to, and after Lydia attacks him to try to get him to stop thinking in hopes of triggering something, his eyes glow and he finds the nemeton.
After that, Parrish is all set to turn himself in because he’s no longer protecting and serving like he should be as a deputy and is instead covering up bodies, but that’s what gets Lydia thinking. Part of what he is, what he does, may have to do with keeping the secret of the supernatural world safe since by taking the bodies, he’s covering that up. That doesn’t stop him from locking himself up in a cell at the station and telling Sheriff Stilinski that he can’t let him out, especially with two more bodies out there.
Meanwhile, the Dread Doctors continue to clean up their own messes by killing the “failures,” all while basically brushing Theo’s protests that they promised him a pack and he needs Hayden alive aside. First up in this episode is poor Beth, whom Malia follows out of class after witnessing her biting a nail off and bleeding silver, but all she can do is watch as a Doctor kills her. Next up is Corey, while Mason’s watching him test his strength in the weight room, and while he tries to hide from the Dread Doctors in the hospital, there’s no hiding from them, even by camouflage.
With her nose bleeding silver, Liam and Hayden decide to try to run from the Doctors, but it’s when they make a quick stop to pick up her pay at the club that the Doctors find them. Both Scott and Liam try to fight off the Doctors, but one gets to Hayden, and all Liam can do is watch as her eyes turn silver from the mercury. She’s still alive when they leave, with Theo pretty much feeding Liam everything he needs to think that having Scott bite her to save her is his idea – but when Liam reminds him that he said he’d do everything he could to save her and asks him to give her the bite, Scott refuses.
Finally, the pack is pretty much falling apart, with no one talking to one another, everyone keeping secrets, Kira gone, Deaton still MIA and the world of Beacon Hills seemingly in a state of constant mourning/dreary misery. That means it’s so easy for Theo to step in and do some more manipulating – and he’s not even being that sneaky about it anymore. It’s really all he’s doing, and he’s even getting on the Doctors’ nerves, so clearly, enough is enough. “Trust me, there’s going to be worse,” Scott says, to which Theo replies, “I’m counting on it.”
Despite telling Stiles that they should maybe tell Scott about Donovan and Josh since their bodies will be at the nemeton when it’s found and repeating that it was self-defense, Theo easily spins a (graphic) tale for Scott, complete with a bloody wrench, about how he saw Stiles brutally kill Donovan, crushing his skull, and he had to pull him off. Then, when the sheriff pulls him aside to talk about that night, Theo makes what happened to Stiles his story, claiming that Stiles wasn’t even there. Donovan was going to kill Stiles, he claims, and he refused to tell the chimera where he was. He was the one who climbed up and saw the support beam impale Donovan, Theo insists, and then the body was gone and he didn’t know what to do. He’s such a good storyteller, he even gets himself a hug from the sheriff.
The most heartbreaking scene of the episode (and also reason enough to hate Theo) comes when Scott confronts Stiles about Donovan, with only Theo’s “story” to go on and Stiles arguing that he didn’t have a choice. There’s always a choice, the alpha protests, but Stiles tells him that they can’t all be true alphas – “Some of us have to make mistakes. Some of us have to get our hands a little bloody sometimes. Some of us are human.” He was going to kills his father, he says, but the way Scott thinks it happened, that’s not self-defense and he can’t say he believes when his best friend insists he didn’t have a choice. It’s even worse when Stiles steps forward as he’s pleading, with the wrench in his hand, and Scott takes a step back. When Stiles wants to know how he can fix it, Scott doesn’t give him an answer. Why Scott just believes Theo’s story and doesn’t ask Stiles what happened before confronting him is a mystery.
“Teen Wolf” season 5 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV. What did you think of episode 9, “Lies of Omission”?