The Monday, Aug. 10 episode of “Teen Wolf,” season 5 episode 8, “Ouroboros,” sees the pack search for Liam and Hayden, who meet another one of the Doctors’ “experiments.” Meanwhile, Kira’s mother offers her some advice that leads to a breakthrough – but not necessarily a good one – and Deaton runs into someone who means a lot of trouble for one of the pack.
This “Teen Wolf” episode is bookended by Deaton’s trip to find out whatever he can about the Dread Doctors, and that leads him to a nuclear pant that isn’t really a nuclear plant. On the walls is written, “They come. They come for all of us,” meaning men in masks who some believe had no faces, and a symbol of a snake eating itself, the Ouroboros, hence the episode title. Deaton finds what can only be a mad scientist’s lab (or, you know, a Dread Doctors’ lab), filled with failed experiments, but just as he finds what he’s looking for – a tooth, an answer – the Desert Wolf shows up and tells him that if her daughter is alive, she’s going to have to kill her again. She won’t be winning any Mother of the Year awards ever.
Back in Beacon Hills, the search is on for Liam and Hayden, who basically just go through hell in the Dread Doctors’ hands, and it doesn’t get much better when they’re moved from their lab to another holding cell, where they meet Zach, another experiment who had what can only be wings removed. Because Zach’s providing them with actual information, it’s obvious he can’t last very long – and he doesn’t. As he explains it, he’s seen three others, failures, dragged out screaming, and he’s even seen two almost kill one another. One person had a cut like Hayden’s, and it’s only when the blood starts turning silver that there’s cause for concern. And when his turns silver, that’s when it’s his turn to be dragged out.
Scott’s had enough of just sitting around and not finding Liam and Hayden and decides to tap into Corey’s memories, alpha style. Even as the others protest how dangerous it is, Scott just says he’ll be alright and heal, and Stiles does recognize the place Scott describes from the memories. Scott, Malia and Mason head out to try to find their missing friends, but all they accomplish really is walking by an Ouroboros on the wall and totally missing it, not that they would know they should notice it (unless Mason came across it in his reading – who knows what he’s found). Oh, and Scott needs his inhaler again and some encouraging words from Mason – and later on, he tells his mother that something’s changed with him and his friends and he thinks it’s his fault. Scott’s really not having an easy time lately. And it’s his senior year. (Not that any of them seem concerned about that.)
It’s Theo (still creepy, still completely untrustworthy) who pushes Corey to think harder to remember what happened to him, and when Corey mentions a basement in a house with a broken stone wall, Theo connects it to the werewolf with the talons. He finds Liam and Hayden and breaks them out, even with the electrified fence in his way, but there’s still something not right about everything he does and those smirks of his.
Meanwhile, Melissa calls the Sheriff about the body in her kitchen, but she makes him take off his badge – literally and figuratively – before letting him into her house…and then he proceeds to call in the body because he’s set his badge aside so many times already. She slaps him, arguing that their kids constantly deal with things outside the law, but that doesn’t stop him from having Kira brought in as a suspect. When her parents arrive at the station, they spin a story about the woman breaking into their house and Kira’s father stabbing her in self-defense and she must not have been dead and just decided to go die in the McCalls’ kitchen because… It’s a story with a lot of holes in it. “Are you prepared to tell a different one?” Kira’s mother asks the Sheriff, and really, she has a point. It doesn’t help that Melissa’s statement is full of talk about chimeras, werewolves and banshees (and if she has her way, she’d add in the Dread Doctors).
The latest body gets an armed escort and more guards than one would think a dead body would receive considering the only members of the police force that know what’s going on are the Sheriff and Parrish when it’s brought to the morgue, but that doesn’t stop Parrish, whose post is to stand guard at the morgue drawer, from taking the body and bringing it to the nemeton. By episode’s end, Stiles has realized that he’s the one taking the bodies and Lydia knows where he’s taking them. (So has no one gone to the nemeton at all lately? Is everyone just staying clear of that area in the woods?)
Elsewhere, after spending some time in cuffs, Kira spends the rest of the episode taking her mother’s advice and reading the Dread Doctors book backwards since her fox side won’t let her understand it – and that’s how she remembers the Doctors attacking her the night her family returned to Beacon Hills and got stuck in traffic. Her parents sat in the car, not noticing as the Doctors held her down, stuck her with their syringe, lightning struck and she screamed. She doesn’t think the solution is in Beacon Hills, and with her father free to go (no body means no murder charge), her family is leaving town.
Also, one of the deputies tells the Sheriff that Theo and Stiles’ keycards were swiped at the library at the time of the 911 prank call, and the Sheriff not so subtly asks his son about the library keycards and after hours access. After, Stiles throws his keycard out.
“Teen Wolf” season 5 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV. What did you think of episode 8 “Ouroboros”?