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TV Recap: 'Teen Wolf' Episode 204 - 'Abomination'

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Teen Wolf Episode 204
"Abomination"

Written By: Christian Taylor
Directed By: Tim Andrew
Original Airdate: 18 June 2012
In This Episode...

Alan, the vet, explains to Scott that whatever killed the guy on his table wasn't a werewolf. There is a slit in the nape of the neck that was filled with a paralytic toxin, and then huge claws gorged out the chest.

That same night, while Stiles is waiting for his car at the mechanic's, he sees this "abomination." A dab of paralytic is left on the handle, freezing Stiles's hands, preventing him from dialing 911 when he sees the lizard monster paralyze the mechanic, then kill him by dropping the car rack on him. Stiles tells Scott about the reptilian creature. He felt like the creature recognized him. Stiles figures that if anyone would know what that thing is, it would be the Argents. He is certain they have a bestiary - a chronicle of all sorts of mythic beasts - and Alison and Scott set about finding it. Alison has seen a small leather bound journal that her grandfather carries with him - that's probably it. She checks his coat; Stiles checks Gerard's office. No dice.

After the lacrosse game, Gerard invites Scott over for a very, very tense dinner. He plays the kindly old man well. The kids excuse themselves early to "study" and snoop through Gerard's room. Using his super wolf hearing, Scott cracks open Gerard's safe and finds the journal. Turns out it is a cookbook. Alison then realizes that grandpa keeps a thumb drive on his keychain. The kids retrieve it and sure enough, the bestiary is there. It is not in English but it is there.

Derek is training his betas and is disappointed in their progress. He sends Erica to seduce Stiles and lure him to the school's indoor pool, where Derek grills him on what this creature looked like. Stiles submits to Derek's interrogation, but it turns out he doesn't need to; the abomination is in the gym and pounces. I'm not sure what happens to Erica, but Derek thinks he can take the lizard creature. It paralyzes him and Derek falls into the pool. Stiles had been about to call for help, but dropped his phone and opted to save Derek instead. The abomination is still pacing, but it turns out he can't go into the pool. Stiles assumes it can't swim; I think the chlorine burns it.

When Scott returns to school to find Gerard's thumb drive, he hears the trouble at the pool, and rushes in to save Stiles and Derek. Wolf Scott attacks the lizard creature. It could defeat him easily, but Scott uses a broken shard of mirror to defend himself. The lizard catches sight of itself and runs off. As the kids regroup, Scott wants to work together with Derek, his pack, and maybe even the Argents. After all this abomination is bigger, faster, stronger, and meaner than they are. Derek wants to go it alone. Scott then goes to pick up his mom from work, and he is confronted by Gerard, who knifes him in the gut, all to keep him quiet and listening. Gerard knows he is a werewolf and warns Scott that he will need a favor from him, and if Scott doesn't comply, Gerard will kill his mom.

Also in this episode: Jackson has Danny examine the video he made on the night of the full moon. Careful examination reveals that about two hours of video had been removed, and the rest of it was looped. Also, Lydia is still having some severe emotional issues, so her mom sends her to a shrink.

Dig It or Bury It?

I don't have much to say about this episode. It was entertaining, it was enjoyable, it totally kept my attention, but there was nothing particularly special or memorable about it.

Worst. Moment. Ever.

The mechanic kill could have been really great. Instead, it was shot so vaguely that I didn't even realize the mechanic had been killed until Stiles was giving his statement to his dad. All you saw was the mechanic's terrified look, and a shot of the rack. You didn't have to show a lot of blood n' guts to make it effective, but we didn't even get to see the rack slam down or hear any crash.

Howlingly Funny

Stiles has a great scene where he is running messages between Alison and Scott so that they aren't caught talking to each other. With each progressive message, Stiles is more and more out of breath. After a half-dozen trips, he offers a suggestion: "You know, drug dealers have been successfully using disposable cell phones for years."

Prophecies?

The kids think the abomination is someone they know, and have narrowed it down to (gasp!) Jackson or Lydia.

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