Theo wants a pack, but his ideal pack doesn’t include a true alpha. (It does, however, include the werecoyote whose first instinct is to kill, the banshee surrounded by death, the dark kitsune, the beta with anger issues and Void Stiles.) The Monday, Aug. 24 episode of “Teen Wolf,” 510, the summer finale, “Status Asthmaticus,” sees Theo make a couple of big moves in his attempt to get what he wants. Plus, Lydia figures out what Parrish is (finally!) and Melissa is the MVP of the episode.
First things first, it’s been a long time coming to finally have “Teen Wolf” reveal what Parrish is. Clues have been dropped along the way, and unsurprisingly, it’s Lydia who puts everything together while Parrish spends some quality time alone in the holding cell in the sheriff’s station for a bit (until he has another body to pick up, that is). When she remembers what Kira said about the Wild Hunt and ghost riders of the sky and black dogs, she heads to the library to do some research. Black dogs are spectral beasts whose eyes glow with fire and they’re the guardians of the supernatural (which explains why he’s covering up the supernatural by taking the bodies). They’re more commonly known as hellhounds. Yes, Parrish is a hellhound.
Meanwhile, Theo continues to try to manipulate his way to getting what he wants: a pack, one that, he explains to Stiles, does not include Scott. To that end, he offers to “help” Scott by talking to the others, and for him, that means knocking out Lydia when he realizes she knows someone’s going to die, leaving Malia to fight a chimera when she doesn’t buy what he’s trying to sell and trying to bring out Void Stiles because that’s who he wants in his pack and then leaving Stiles with a choice: save his father or save Scott. (Stiles does find his father, still alive, fortunately.)
As for Scott, he has an angry, supermoon-charged Liam to deal with when he refuses to bite Hayden because he knows the chances of it saving her are slim to none – and this all goes down in the school library, where Theo traps him using mountain ash, mountain ash he can cross, no problem, because he’s a chimera. See, Theo is the first chimera. When Scott tries to find a way out by going up to the roof of the school, that’s when he realizes that there’s wolfsbane in his inhaler, courtesy of – who else? – Theo. Then Liam finds him, and the fight begins, causing more destruction to the school (to go along with the broken sign in the middle of the hallway and whatnot) and adding to the already costly repairs. Scott refuses to let Liam kill him and finally wolfs out and fights back, but Liam still gets the upper hand – until Mason bursts into the library to tell him that Hayden’s dead. Melissa did all she could, but there’s only so much she can do when it comes to something like this. All Liam can do is go hold her body until Parrish comes to add it to the nemeton.
But Melissa’s work isn’t done. After Liam leaves, Theo shows up at the library and stabs him in the chest with his claws. They’re not like him, Scott insists, even as he’s losing even more blood, and not because he’s not a real werewolf. “Because you’re barely even human.” Theo leaves him there to die, but Melissa refuses to accept that he’s dead and starts CPR, even though by the time she gets there, he hasn’t had a pulse in over 15 minutes. “He’s not someone. He’s my son, and he’s an alpha,” she tells Mason as he protests. “He’s too strong to die like this.” She wants him to roar, and that’s what he does.
Melissa’s work still isn’t done, as she still has a pep talk to give Scott as he recovers at home. He’ll get his pack back, she says, even as he wonders why they would even come back. “Because you’re their leader, and even when a leader thinks they have nothing left to give, there’s still one thing: hope. Give them hope.”
Meanwhile, Braeden returns to town in time to help Malia with her chimera problem. But she’s also there to warn her that the Desert Wolf knows Malia’s alive, and she’s coming back to Beacon Hills. Uh-oh.
Since Theo can’t have the pack he wanted – Malia, Lydia, Kira, Liam and Stiles – he has to make do with what’s available. First, he takes Lydia for a grim tour of the Dread Doctors’ lab, where he taps into Lydia’s memories to get a look at the nemeton, and then he drags her into the woods, leaving her on the ground to watch as he injects the dead chimeras with something from the lab – and then they all come back to life. “I’m your alpha,” he declares. “And all of you, all of you belong to me.” They all follow him as he walks away, and Lydia is just left lying there.
So what are the Dread Doctors up to during Theo’s temper tantrum? The police get a call about a individual too large to be human “loping” around Beacon Hills on all fours, then running on two feet, then back on all fours and heading for the high school. (Because of course it’s going to the high school.) When the Sheriff arrives on scene, the Beacon Hills High School sign is in two pieces in the middle of the hallway and the ceiling has collapsed so he has a clear view of the full moon. The Doctors are just hanging out in the background talking about their “success.” Then, in the closing moments of the episode, they break down a wall to reveal a drawing of two creatures in battle.
“Teen Wolf” season 5B will air this January on MTV. What did you think of episode 10, “Status Asthmaticus”?