Teen Wolf Recap of Season 2, Episode 3, “Ice Pick”: My Zamboni Has a First Name
The third episode of Teen Wolf’s second season opens with a father-daughter bondage bonding. Derek’s pack is getting bigger, and Allison’s mother is an unfeeling monster. Lace up your skates, werewolf fans. There are strange things afoot in Beacon Hills.
Allison pulls up to a gas station, which is deserted except for a motorcycle. The rider nods to her and drives away. The lights go out, and a panicky Allison gets in her car, only to find her keys missing. She really needs to add hotwiring to her hunter repertoire. When she gets out of her car, someone grabs her.
Both Allison and her father are tied up and gagged in what looks like Derek’s house. “Ever wonder what happens if you get bitten? What do you think you father would do? What do you think he’d have to do?” a deep, disembodied voice booms. Just when we think this is the strangest sorority initiation ever, Chris breaks free and shows her the voice is coming from his phone. Terrifying the heck out of your daughter? There’s an app for that. Then he tells her that they’ll go after Isaac and quizzes her on why hunters use arrows. “This is how we’re gonna train you,” Chris says. He gives her arrow and kisses her on the head. Such a great daddy-daughter moment. After she frees herself, she heads out and meets another hunter — the motorcycle guy.
Hopefully, you didn’t get too attached to motorcycle man, because after Allison leaves in her car, something scaly winds around his foot and lashes him on the back of the neck. He pulls out gun, then falls down, seemingly dead. Then there’s a shot of dripping claws that don’t belong to werewolves.
It’s climbing day in gym class. Allison and Scott scale the wall together, and he tells her he doesn’t have a tail. Whatever attacked the hunter had a tail. After they talk about her butt, Allison knocks him to the mat and everyone laughs.
Next, Stiles climbs the wall with a random girl named Erica, who looks like Luna Lovegood with acne scars. As Erica hyperventilates, Allison warns the coach that she’s epileptic. Erica is shaking and eventually drops back safely to the mat.
Back in the locker rooms Jackson overhears Stiles and Scott saying new werewolf Isaac is Derek’s problem. The boys are busy planning an excursion. While Stiles is keen to get a little action, Scott is nervous about Allison’s grandfather and the new, mysterious, tailed monster. Suddenly, Scott’s hand begins shaking. He runs to the darkened gym, where he literally catches Erica. She attempted to scale the wall again and fell due to her uncontrollable trembling. Allison asks how he knew Erica was going to fall, and Scott says he felt that it was going to happen.
In the hospital, Scott’s mom tells Erica she knows the girl she hasn’t been taking her meds. After Mrs. McCall leaves, Derek shows up in the hospital. He reads the side effects listed on her pill bottle — everything from anxiety to acne. It could all go away, Derek promises her. There’s some age-inappropriate leg touching, and then the werewolf pulls her to him and tells her everything could get better. Derek’s eyes glow red.
In biology class, a film about vaccination is playing. Matt is upset about the camera he lent Jackson. Suddenly, the wannabe werewolf starts to pay attention to immunology video. After class, he chases down Lydia. “What the hell is wrong with you,” Jackson asks her, angrily. He wants to know why she’s immune to werewolf bites and blames her for making him unable to transform, too. “You did this to me. You ruined it for me. You ruin everything,” Jackson shouts. Hm, those are werewolf-style anger-management issues...
Lydia sobs over her boy/wolf trouble in the bathroom when a pair of unshod feet appear under the stall door. “This is the girl’s room,” she says, which is enough to scare off Shoeless Joe. Lydia follows and sees the mysterious figure looking at the trophy case. When she peeks at the trophies, she flashes back to seeing Derek’s uncle coming towards her.
Stiles and a guy named Boyd work out a transaction in the lunchroom. The negotiation doesn’t go well, and Stiles has to give him $50 for a set of keys. As Scott and his bestie plot to meet at the skating rink, Erica walks in looking like Luna Lovegood — if the witch got a makeover at Miss Parkinson’s Store For Barely There Clothing. When Scott follows her outside, the newly confident Erica slides into a car with Derek.
In the lunchroom, Allison sits at the table next to her boyfriend’s. Scott says Erica came up to him, and Allison says she’s not jealous. She’s worried about the battle lines being drawn between Derek’s pack and her family. Scott say she can’t pretend to be normal, but she just wants him safe. Stiles arrives and points out Boyd’s table is empty. Scott tells Stiles they have to find Boyd. But Stiles is skeptical about whether the zamboni driver needs help. Erica looks good, after all. Scott points out a wolfsbane bullet will mess up her looks, permanently. Plus, if she gets out of control, he’s responsible. Stiles says he’s attracted to Scott’s heroism and offers to make out with his bestie. Jackson visits Derek’s house because he wants to know why the bite hasn’t changed him. When the werewolf doesn’t open his front door, Jackson breaks it down. Waiting with guns drawn are the Argent hunters. Chris tells him not to pursue supernatural status anymore, or they’ll come after him. At Boyd’s house, Erica finds Stiles on the front porch, flirts with him a bit, and knocks him out.
The alarm is going off at the animal clinic. The vet sees a body on the table. A human body. Chris is waiting in the dark. He wants to know what scaly, tailed beast killed the hunter and says he knows he’s not just a vet.
Scott finds Boyd at the rink. The zamboni driver says Derek told him about hunters. “I just want to not eat lunch alone every day,” he says. Scott tells him that he can do better than Derek. It’s awkward, because it turns out the Alpha is in the room, as are his new minions. After an informal poll — Erica says life has been “transformative” since she met Derek, and Isaac agrees — Derek tells Scott to go home. Scott punches ice and prepares for a werewolf tussle. As the zamboni dude and Derek look on, Scott beats up the new werewolves. “He’s not doing this for you ... He’s just adding to his power,” growls Scott. The he calls them guard dogs. Oh, snap.
Derek says it is about power and goes after Scott with a full-on werewolf face. After he makes Scott bleed, Derek steps on his chest. Zamboni Boyd looks on in dismay. Derek chokes his Beta for awhile, then leaves. “You don’t want to be like them,” Scott tells Boyd. The already bitten boy agrees. He wants to be like Scott. Aw, someone has a mentee! (Although, it would’ve been nice if Boyd had helped his new friend off the ice.)
After a quick flash of Stiles waking up in dumpster, the vet tells Scott is bite isn’t healing because it’s from an Alpha. He and vet need to have talk — probably because of that human body on his slab.
Alone at night, Jackson is sucking it up on the lacrosse field. Then his car gets stuck in the mud, and he tries to push it out, only to slip into the muck. Somehow, his rage triggers something and he manages to lift up the whole back of the truck, which makes him manically happy.
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Scott is having a meltdown at the animal clinic. “Everything is slipping through my fingers,” he tells his boss. Then they have a philosophical discussion about entropy and the vet gives him a raise in order to skirt the issue of werewolfism.
Allison talks to her dad about Lydia while her friend sits in the room, headphones on. Though Allison says Lydia seems fine, her father is concerned about what happened to her when she was bitten and wants his daughter to keep an eye on her. What Chris Argent calls looking after a friend, Allison calls spying.
Lydia, Stiles, Scott, and Allison arrive at the ice skating rink. Stiles pitches his best woo at Lydia, who (intentionally?) misses the point. On the ice, Allison teaches Scott to skate. Evidently, werewolf super-speed and strength don’t help with this sport, and Scott crashes into the wall. It turns out Lydia can spin circles around Stiles as well. While Scott and Allison attempt to take pictures in the photobooth (his werewolf eyes mar the majority of the shots), Lydia finds flower petals on the ice. As horror music plays, she follows the trail of petals to where Uncle Peter is trapped under the ice. But he’s dead! Then his face does some Jacob’s Ladder type stuff. When she starts screaming, Allison and Scott run in to see a hysterical, hallucinating Lydia being held by Stiles. There are no flowers or human ice cubes in sight.
Scott talks to Erica to find out who Derek’s next victim will be. Someone once took video of Erica when she once having a seizure, the female werewolf tells him. Everyone laughed at her when she peed her pants during the episode. “Look at me now, Scott,” she purrs, if werewolves can purr. Allison sees Erica cozying up to her boyfriend, and Scott grabs the new supernatural’s wrists in anger. She likes it.
It’s just a normal day in the Argent household. Allison’s mom cleans her daughter’s room, including tidying up the pages of her geometry book. Tucked inside is Scott’s “Because I love you” note. In addition to her hot-wiring skills, Allison needs to brush up on Note Hiding 101. Burn after reading, Allison! Mrs. Argent goes to kitchen and calmly slices her arm open. Um, is Allison’s mom a Stepford Wife?
As Scott’s mom sews up Mrs. Argent at the hospital — sans anaesthetic, because Allison’s mom is some sort of cyborg or something — (also, is she the only nurse at this hospital? She seems to see every patient that comes in) the ladies chat about their offspring. Mrs. McCall notes Scott doesn’t seem heartbroken after his breakup with Allison. This can’t bode well for Beacon Hills High School’s cutest couple.