Teen Wolf Recaps: Radio Silence
If it were possible to skim a TV show, I would have skimmed this episode, because I still have 8 essays to grade, and my grades are due on Wednesday. I intended to finish them before I watched this episode, but after we put the baby to bed and washed the barf out of the car seat (we drive FIVE MINUTES to the grocery store, and she gets carsick) and took all the recycle down to the curb, I just didn’t have the energy to grade eight essays, much less finish the grading and then recap teen wolf. Since "skimming" doesn't really work for TV, I thought, well, I'll get up early to finish the grading and that way tonight I just have to muster enough energy to watch 41 minutes of tv and write a quick recap. I further justified the tv over the grading by telling myself I could finish up some knitted pants I’m making for the baby while watching, so I brought my knitting down--I have this pair of pants I’ve been working on in faculty meetings since August, and I’m about four rows and a cast off away from finishing, easy peasy, could totally do it in 40 minutes. So I sat down on the sofa, and then I got back up and got a beer and the bag of "brownie bites" that Seth got me at the store and just stared at the werewolf action while downing about ⅔ of the bag of brownie bites and swigging beer. I didn't so much as work on the baby’s pants. Sorry baby. Aaaaaand sorry to those of you who thought I was going to take my recapping responsibilities seriously.
Speaking of ⅔ of things, about ⅔ of this episode takes place in a nonexistent train station. For all that it’s nonexistent, it doesn’t seem that different from Union Station, like if you’ve ever been at the MARC gate in Union Station about 7:20 pm, when it’s another hour till the next commuter train departs, and all the commuters are just stacking up in the gate area, blank-faced? Not that different. It’s nice to see Stiles, though. HI STILES, YOU EXIST!
Peter Hale, the werewolf who bit Scott and Started It All it turns out has been taken by the Hunt and is also in the not-a-train-station. It’s difficult to leave this train station; all the trains are SUPER DELAYED. Must be run by Amtrak, har-har-har! There IS an intercom, though, and eventually Stiles toys with the radio and gets it to work; the police scanner in his jeep picks up the signal. The other two things that happen in this plot that matter are that Peter has some realization based on the names of the towns on the reader board that says all the stations, and that Peter manages to hop on a ghost rider horse and traverse the lightning portal out of the train station but he ends up pretty barbecued on the other side.
Back in Beacon Hills, Lydia notices Stiles’ jeep being towed and has some flicker of recognition or something because she runs out of biology class (in biology it’s BRAIN WEEK!) to stop it being towed. Scott follows her. They bribe the tow truck driver, and then later, they hear Stiles’ unearthly broadcast whining through his police scanner. While hanging in the jeep, Scott smells the whole pack in the jeep which is not weird because they’ve all been in there a million times, but weird to them because they don’t remember it. They find the registration in the glove box; no name, but the address is THE STYLINSKI’S. They stop by to say “Hey!” and also “Did you have a child, give him jeep, and then forget his existence?” They are like, “Um, no.” The reanimatrix acts evil and implies Lydia is crazy and should talk to her mom. Lydia cries. She doesn’t know what’s going on but she’s upset about it.
Then Peter shows up looking like . . . when I lived in Ecuador, you used to see people roasting guinea pigs (cuy) on sticks over barbecues made from 50-gallon drums. That’s kind of what Peter looks like. He brings Stiles car keys so the pack can start the jeep! In the Jeep, Stiles gets through to them on the radio. Lydia remembers the last thing Stiles said to her! Scott kind of fakes that he remembers Stiles, but I don’t think he does. Stiles tells them to look for Canaan because that is one of the stops listed as “delayed”.
I know this is short, but honestly, escapism is not working that well for me. I didn’t even enjoy all the brownie bites I just ate. They were disgusting. I was watching Teen Wolf with my eyes, but I kept thinking about all the things I was deliberately watching Teen Wolf to try not to think about for 41 minutes; I'm sure you can guess what most of them are. Anyway, you can find out what happens next in Beacon Hills tonight, if you care, or you can read about it in a recap next week. I’m going to go to bed and hope that the electoral college voted unanimously for Hillary Clinton, or decided to choose the next president based on whichever candidate has the most animal friends. Whichever of these equally plausible scenarios is true, I guess I missed the news because I was grading papers and watching Teen Wolf. Looking forward to reading about it in the morning!
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