‘Teen Wolf’ Recap: Stalking Leads to Murder (PHOTOS)

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Jeff Davis is stepping Teen Wolf up even another notch from the giant leap into the darkness the sophomore season of his werewolf drama took weeks ago with its premiere.

As promised tonight in “Raving,” he delivered a killer party, a misguided plan, and a threat that Scott (Tyler Posey) had previously overlooked. But Davis also delivered new nuances to Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) manipulation, daddy drama, and one hell of a cliffhanger!

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “Raving.”

Before we get into what went down in “Raving,” we feel we have to point out just how many characters Teen Wolf now has to service. For a show that could easily just kill people off, it is instead choosing to do the more complicated thing by weaving its characters together more intricately and with ever-evolving relationships. That deserves some kudos for Davis!

“Raving” saw Scott stalking Jackson, trying to trap him at a warehouse concert. But what really piqued our interest right from the get-go was that when Jackson walked in, he did so already in a trance, seemingly from the message he got on his beeper (!?). Um, did we see that right? What year is this, and how can mind-control cross numeric messaging!? Is it a commentary on who is controlling him?

We already know that the kanima kills those who have killed themselves — you know, like a Reptilian Dexter — but “Raving” makes it a point to remind us. So when Jackson starts a little stalking of his own, we know his motive. And suddenly the shot he took at his so-called best bud Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) a few weeks ago makes more sense: he just has bad aim when he’s not on the lacrosse field, and he was actually gunning for a girl all along.

Though the plan to trap Jackson and the other kanima — using a powder the vet claims such beings cannot cross (you know, like demons with lines of salt!) — starts off well-intentioned enough, things go awry when Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and his minions and the hunters all show up at the warehouse, and fighting amongst each other ensues. Isaac (Daniel Sharman) proves his worthiness by distracting Jackson with multi-species dance-floor threesome with Erica (Gage Golightly), and later, shooting him with a tranquilizer, not to ensure he gets the girl, but to be able to lure him back to his lair to be interrogated.

Can we just point out that pre-werewolf Isaac and Erica never would have been allowed entrance into such a cool underground party!?

Stiles learns his antics got his dad booted as Sheriff but not until after his dad lets him in on a major coincidence in his case: All of the ages of the victims were the same, which put them in the same high school class. All except for Isaac’s dad, who may have been a missed target. And wouldn’t you know it? They were all in the creepy chemistry teacher’s class…

Meanwhile, Allison’s mom (Eaddy Mays) has been doing a little spying of her own — on her daughter and the boy with whom she supposedly broke up. Scott expresses worry about her mom and warns Allison (Crystal M. Reed) the time might be coming for them to step up appearances that they’re split up. She already has that plan in motion, by agreeing to go to the warehouse concert with creeper Matt (Stephen Lunsford), but it’s too late, as Allison’s mom is onto Scott’s scent and runs him down — literally, with her car.

Scott may be hurting, but his body still heals faster than most. So while she spills a monologue over him, Derek has ample time to come to his little cub’s rescue — which he does by biting Mrs. Argent, turning her into the thing she hates the most.

After spilling to Stiles, Erica, and Isaac that he is killing those who killed him (as if Beacon Hills Class of 2006 had it’s own “secret circle”), the thing inside Jackson turns and manages to track down his prey once and for all, and the guidance counselor pops up to be ominous with Scott’s vet boss, leaving us with more questions than answers after “Raving.” Are we ever going to learn who is controlling Jackson!?

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Derek bites Victoria — but perhaps more importantly, she actually reveals this truth to her husband.

Thank you, TV gods.: Gerard (Michael Hogan), in all his creepiness, has finally returned.

Awk-ward: Matt finally locks lips with Allison — and she just walks off, leaving him to lick his own wounds.

Hotness: Derek and Argent’s brief battle of words, as ripe with tension as they were, led into a much better use of the show’s physical specimens than anything done with glowsticks inside the warehouse.

Fab-u-lous: Victoria’s wide-eyed menace makes a lot more sense now that we’re looking at it as foreshadowing for tonight’s turn of events!

Can. Not. Wait.: Will Allison’s mother prove to be immune from Derek’s bite, or is she going to have to bite the (silver) bullet of her husband’s gun just to stop from completely turning?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9

Does the fact that Jackson is now technically a vigilante make him more or less likeable to you guys? Let us know in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano