BY MERCEDES MARKS
Deputy Parrish has danced around the peripherals of the Beacon Hills supernatural scene for awhile now–certainly since he was put onto the deadpool list a few weeks ago, and ostensibly the day he arrived at the sheriff’s department claiming that something drew him to the town. In “Perishable,” the mystery of his abilities is answered (definitely supernatural), but it only raises further questions when he is burnt alive inside his car and walks out soot-streaked, but without a scratch otherwise. Not even Derek has an idea of what Parrish might actually be, and he suggests that they check the bestiary.
While his flamey induction may leave him dubious about the honour, it brings Parrish squarely into the pack fold, complete with a rundown on who’s who and what’s what from Derek, Lydia and Scott. I love that any time somebody new is introduced to the wacky world of Teen Wolf, the creature they have the most trouble wrapping their heads around is the kanima. Maybe because I still have a little trouble wrapping my head around the kanima, but that is neither here nor there.
Anyway, the hit on Parrish is an obvious deadpool assassination attempt. The aggressor? Not an obvious assassin, which leads Scott to wonder how far the deadpool list has spread. He doesn’t need to wonder long, as hroughout the episode, printers at the school, at offices, and even in Liam’s bedroom start spitting out copies. And if I were Lydia, I’d be pretty annoyed that I spent weeks cracking ciphers and listening to spooky white room records when now anybody with a InkJet can get their hands on these lists, but I suppose she has other things on her mind tracing banshee lore. The printouts send Liam into a panic when he notices two differences on the list: Derek Hale is no longer on it, and Liam Dunbar’s bounty has been hiked to $18 million.
Liam does what any reckless teenager who is feeling overwhelmed by the burdens of lycanthropy and a price on his head would do: goes to the lacrosse team bonfire/rave and attempts to get blind, stinking drunk. He’s not alone, as Malia, still reeling from last week’s revelations of her paternity, is there doing the same thing. And of course Scott shows up to look out for his baby pack members (whether they want it or not). Despite her lacrosse player status, Kira is nowhere in sight. This the second episode of the season where she’s absent with no explanation! Why are you keeping Kira from us, Teen Wolf? Why?!
Scott drops the bad news to Malia and Liam that as supernatural shapeshifters, they can’t actually get drunk, but when Malia and Liam start weaving and stumbling, they beg to differ, and Scott’s hackles rise. When he starts feeling woozy himself, he realizes that more than just hops are in the air, and that this reeks of an assassination attempt. He traces the perpetrator to an evil DJ, but before Scott can put a stop to things, he’s dragged away by police officers moonlighting as hitmen. Crooked cops seem to be a theme of the episode, since Parrish was assaulted in the teaser by a fellow officer. Will Sheriff Stilinski need to watch the station with more vigilance now?
Scott, Malia, and Liam are saved by a combination of Liam’s friend Mason, who kills the music that plays at were-damaging decibels (and is clearly getting very confused about what the hell is going on in Beacon Hills), and Derek, who swoops in and kicks some cop ass with the moves he learned from Braeden last week. I gotta say, humanity looks good on Derek. There’s an air of more integrity and less angst to him already, and I wonder how things will continue to play out.
While Scott and Co. tangle with the Teen Wolf Order of Taraka, Stiles and Lydia continue on the Benefactor’s trail. It takes them into Lydia’s past, where they learn more about how Lydia’s grandmother came into her own as a banshee. I’m a little lost on how Lydia’s grandmother managed to set up a parapsychic mad science lab in their family lake house without anybody noticing or saying anything for this long, but to be perfectly honest, I was too swept up in the parallels between Lydia and Allison, and Lydia’s grandmother Lorraine and Maddy, the woman she loved who died at sea. Trust Teen Wolf to give crushing femslash subtext after one half of the OTP is dead.
Lydia and Stiles crack another cipher that leads them to Eichen house, where they are snared in a trap by Brunski, the sleazy head orderly and apparent angel of death. They’re saved in the nick of time by Deputy Parrish (thank god he just joined the Scooby Gang, huh?) and Lydia accuses Brunski of being the Benefactor and manipulating Meredith into helping him, but Brunski laughs. “You think I was controlling her?” he asks before he dies. “She was controlling me.” Then Meredith steps out of the shadows and the twist is revealed. She was the Benefactor all along!
Why did Meredith make the deadpool? Why is Liam suddenly worth so much to them? What the heck is Deputy Parrish? And where on earth does Kira keep going?! Questions continue to bubble on Teen Wolf.