Teen Wolf "I.E.D." Review: Babies Having Babies (PHOTO RECAP)

By Price Peterson

Jul 22, 2014

Teen Wolf S04E05: "I.E.D."

The main thing about supernatural teen soaps is that they deal with real teen issues via metaphors. You know? Like, when a character is secretly a monster? That's a coming out story. Or when someone joins a satanic cult? Classic clique drama. Vampirism? That's like STDs 101. Pretty much anything teens have dealt with has been transposed to a monster metaphor at some point or another. That is because being a teen is terrifying and watching literal monsters navigate life-or-death situations helps remind us that maybe our real problems aren't so bad. Buffy kind of invented this model, but Teen Wolf has been carrying the torch all over town lately. When all is said and done, I think my favorite thing currently going on this season is the issue that Scott is a TEEN DAD all of a sudden? The mentor relationship between Scott and Derek was a pretty touching thing back in Season 1, but we all know Derek never turned Scott, so it was more like an older bro situation. But the Scott-Liam thing is way more about Scott having to deal with the repercussions of not using protection and now having to raise a werewolf baby all by himself. (Scott should have used a dental dam before biting Liam probably, but even with glowing red eyes, hindsight is 20/20.) Fortunately this storyline has been very fun and charming (whenever Liam isn't literally growling at everybody) and it is obviously much more fun than the Teen Mom franchise (wait, does Teen Mom have weight room scenes?).

"I.E.D." was a big continuation of last week's episode in that we mostly just learned more about certain characters and a second list of names was unveiled. Nothing too wild or crazy, just a very solid mid-season episode. Let's talk about it!


So we started with a good and fun cold open in which a lady without a hand ran around and jumped over a fence and leaned against a bus and only paused to occasionally stare at her stump which was making SIZZLING noises. That could only mean one thing:

Violet and her super-hot bolo tie were in hot pursuit! Which meant that this blonde lady was probably a monster, but don't quote me on that.

Not that being a monster would help her in any way. It's not like Teen Wolf's THESIS STATEMENT is that werewolf powers make you a superhero. In this case this werewolf lady was no match for a 15-year-old human girl with a hot bolo tie. But at least she had spunk...

...if not great decision-making skills.

Whoops! She hopped in a strange truck and got knifed by a dreamboat. There are worse ways to go, sure, but it was definitely not the best.

Then after some opening titles we got this fun montage of all the info our heroes had learned since the last episode. 

For one thing, Stiles ran out of yarn and he had to put all his theories on a transparent white-board, which we ALL have in our bedrooms, right?

Back atcha bb.

Meanwhile they realized that the hit list Lydia uncovered last week only contained one third of the names, so Lydia was now spending all her time listening to her banshee records at the lake house, trying to crack the next code. Banshees are total vinyl snobs, it turns out.

Also those numbers next to each name were the fees that the assassins would earn. Which was kinda harsh. First of all, the wendigo guy was only worth $250K? With THAT bod? Meanwhile Kira, an immortal kitsune with a samurai sword, is only worth $6 million, but Lydia and her jalopy-like abilities are worth over three times that? And Derek is worth $15 million—which is a lot, sure, but I figured he'd be worth more. This is like the kids discovering a discarded slam book. Sometimes you just don't want to know what people think of you, you know?

My favorite thing about Sheriff Stilinski this season is that you'd assume knowing all these new facts about monsters would reinvigorate him somehow and he'd operate with much more confidence and precision now that life has started making sense to him. But instead he's SO OVER IT. Like, the second Scott brought up the Nematon, his eyes glazed over and it looked like he wanted to go to bed. Fair enough! I'm the same way when someone tries to talk to me about The Big Bang Theory.

These two. I guess this means that in the past few days they've earned $750,000? That is A LOT of money for a couple of underage teens. What are they going to spend it on? Don't say bear bones. As we know by now, that is NOT a secure investment.

Oh, and it's official: Kira has a sexy secret!

This was obviously a funny moment because at first she started coming clean about a "death pool" and murder and whatnot but her dad did NOT care. That's because a girl playing sports is much more worrisome I guess? In my opinion this town is weird.

So Beacon Hills High definitely has a weight room now, and here was Liam bench pressing EVERYTHING. Also his friend who has a name that I intend to learn soon was curling eight pounds and gossiping about Garrett, which to be fair is all I would ever do if I was in that situation. Also we found out that the lacrosse team was about to scrimmage with Liam's old high school and Liam did NOT seem happy about that. 

But then Liam found himself alone and stressed out in the locker room!

It was Derek, and he was here to push Liam's buttons!


But it was all a trick I guess? Scott gave Liam back his REAL pole and sent him on his way.

I honestly have no idea what was going on here:

Derek did something with his face and it freaked me out. Anyway, he seemed pretty proud of Scott for accepting his new responsibility as Liam's teen werewolf dad.

But yeah, it was going to be a lot of responsibility, seeing as Liam had mental problems and Scott had a lot on his plate already. Except you can't always be prepared for parenthood and Scott was just going to have to deal.

Did this part make you feel funny be honest. Lydia was trying all her old tricks to somehow force herself to have banshee visions, but Malia tagging along wasn't really helping, oh well. 

Meanwhile the assassins were in the science lab inventing new anti-werewolf potions.

It wasn't made clear via dialogue but I'm guessing this super-wolfsbane smells TERRIBLE? It looks like it smells terrible. Like anti-freeze and cat pee. Count me out.

Meanwhile the rival lacrosse team arrived and Liam attempted to keep his cool when he saw his nemesis get off the bus.

It was funny when Stiles had to jump in and make sure Liam didn't bite the hunk-dick's face off. Stiles is a pretty good mediator sometimes. So then he and Scott threw Liam under a cold shower to get him to literally chill out.

At that point they informed him that they believed the assassin was a lacrosse player (due to the werewolf girl's stab wounds matching the shape of a lacrosse stick don't ask) and one of them might get killed in the game that night. Also Liam let them know that it had been Garrett who paid for the keg at that one party, so now everyone pretty much assumed that Garrett was the assassin. Meanwhile he was walking around school looking like a total assassin:

Oh, Garrett. I am pretty sure you sleep in a storm drain now, but hopefully you can get out of the murder game soon and take up a better hobby like fishing or being all of our boyfriends. 

Meanwhile down at the station Deputy Parrish was getting in on the action!

Oh hey, Meredith! Still a crazy-person, I see. But guys, Meredith was NOT here to party. She was here on banshee business, the most serious kind. 

Meanwhile at that night's lacrosse game, the kids had a certain amount of anxiety over the fact that an assassin was probably going try to kill one of them on the field, typical lacrosse problems.

Meanwhile the jerk on the other team took off his shirt for some reason, doesn't matter why.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus, a couple of older gentlemen were paying a visit to the underground vault under the school.

Clearly Argent and Derek were on the same page that Kate Argent needed to be stopped; the main question was how?

But Derek wanted to personally handle Kate for personal reasons.

Not only did she steal away his murder (blue eyes are cooler than yellow eyes in this world I guess) but almost all of his werewolf powers were weakening. Was Derek UN-turning? Couldn't he just go out and have some unprotected bites with other werewolves and get turned back again? I don't know. 

I love the recurring thread this season that nobody has any money anymore. Lydia's family is broke, Stiles' family can't pay his mental health bills, the lacrosse team can't afford equipment or even proper lighting. Did the Benefactor steal the whole TOWN's bear bones? Or had Peter Hale been stealing them all along? Also will the assassins' paychecks trickle down into the economy? And what happened to that cool mil the Mute left behind? Did he have a wife and kids? Did any of them have mouths? I realize there is a joke to be made here about not having a lot of mouths to feed, but maybe you can write it I'm so tired. 

This was a cute moment on the field:

Ugh, Liam was going to be so mortified when he found out that Scott had personally asked his nemesis to take it easy on him. But come on, Scott, did you really think that would work? You can take the bully out of the dick but you can't take the dick out of the—whoops, nevermind.

So then Kira scored a goal!

Unfortunately the coach took a quick break from being a crazyperson and rationally explained that Kira hadn't followed the play and he benched her for the rest of the game.

I don't know, that felt pretty sexist to me considering every lacrosse game we've seen so far has had a bunch of monsters running around doing whatever they feel like. Meanwhile a tiny teen hunk assassin kept making sustained eye contact with Scott:

Way to play it cool, Garrett. BB put that knife-pole away and chill out for a minute.

Meanwhile at the station Meredith was having a hard time being a sane person, but the gang must have remembered that time she got horny for Isaac so Deputy Parrish stepped up to take his place.

And sure enough, she started spouting off numbers that would maybe help Lydia crack the code! Unfortunately there weren't enough numbers for it to be a phone number and everyone got so steamed at Meredith.

Ugh, banshees. 

Meanwhile the lacrosse game was going about as well as you'd expect:

There was this big tussle and everybody got hurt and also Garrett's blade was out, so who got stabbed with the werewolf poison??

Liam hadn't been stabbed though, he merely had a broken arm which his teen dad fixed for him. But then Lydia cracked the code and got list #2 and we found out who Garrett's REAL target had been.

It was the sexy dick-jerk-hunk-bully! He was a werewolf too! (Which in retrospect should've been obvious seeing as he was a star lacrosse player?) Suddenly Violet was yanking him around the locker room with a hot bolo tie.

But that wasn't the only interesting discovery on the new list:

HAHA WE KNEW IT YOU RASCAL. Only Stiles is allowed to be both cute and a human. But back to that new list for a second, I got kinda bummed that Kira's mom's life was only worth $5 million. What does a kitsune have to do to get any respect around Beacon Hills? Certainly not be a WORLD WAR II SURVIVOR. 

Anyway, then Scott ran into the locker room to try and save the dick-bully but Violet intercepted him with her hot bolo tie!

SO GOOD. Violet got too ambitious thinking she could take out an alpha. But also it was nice to see a werewolf actually overpower a human teenage girl finally? Call me old-fashioned, but I think that werewolves should be deadlier than humans. At least the Argents had exploding arrows and whatnot. Anyway, Scott bonked Violet's head against the wall and she took a nap. Also the dick-bully survived his decapitation attack, so expect to see that torso again soon.

And then we came to our final moment: Argent was confronted by some familiar faces!

It was Mexican Mama Fratelli and she was VERY curious as to why Argent wasn't so much of a hunter anymore. She even guilt-tripped him by name-checking his dead family members, and then she forced him to recite the old-school hunter's mantra (even though Allison had changed theirs). Eventually he went with the flow.

I guess we were meant to believe that maybe Argent was going to become a blood-thirsty hunter again, but yeah right. You don't spend several months gazing into Isaac's eyes and still feel the need to harm a werewolf, sorry. Not buying it.

Can I just say how much I'm glad that Allison keeps being name-checked this season? It's nice that this show hasn't swept her death under the rug and is continuing to honor her as being in the very DNA of the show. From passwords to weaponry to the ghost of her moral code, Allison still lives on and that feels very satisfying to me. 

"I.E.D." refers to Liam's medically diagnosed psychosis (don't worry, he quit taking his medication), but it's also the title of a fun and suspenseful episode of Teen Wolf. This was very much a fifth episode of a season, more concerned with fleshing out concepts and characters while setting up dynamics to be resolved later. But it never felt like wheel-spinning, and that's a tough feat for any rip-roarin' serial that tends to back-load its fireworks, you know? Good times, I liked it.

BYEEE


QUESTIONS

... Where is Kate sleeping these days?

... Do Garrett and Violet have a joint bank account?

... Is Scott a good dad?

... What and I mean WHAT is Deputy Parrish? 


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  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    Quick question, I forgot. Why has the Beacon Hills Police not run all those names through a system to locate them. I mean you don't have to tell anyone they're supernaturals just that there is a list that was found on a killers body and people on it are continuing to die. Seriously, gather those people and lets team up, supernaturals vs assassins showdown.

    Also Scott should at least find that other pack, I'm sure there were more than 2 people in it, where the hell is the other alpha.

  • wolffanatic Aug 11, 2014

    They did end up running those names and nothing came up. Parrish says that when Lydia and Stiles show him his name on the list.

  • _Fire_Ice Aug 11, 2014

    Yah I noticed that in the following episode, he makes that comment. :)

  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    I have been desperate to know what Parish is, since he showed up. He must be awesome though cause he is worth the same as Kira's mom.

    I miss Isaac so much, I really want Chris to have a conversation about how he is doing, hell a phone call between the two if them that someone walks in on, I will take anything.

    Also what is up with Derek's powers. How could Kate steal them, they're part of his friggin DNA.

    Mama Fratelli is a b*tch, but I'm not worried, Chris will never betray Scott of Derek they are now all besties. I mean did you see the joy in his eyes last episode when he saw Scott for the first time, and the concern over what Kate had done to Derek. I do want to know more about the other Argent families. I don't mean to wish ill on Daniel, but I'm hoping his character dies quick on the originals and he comes back next season. How awesome would it be if Chris starts a hunter war with the Fratelli family and all the Argents (the sane ones) have to come over from France to help, and they would bring Isaac of course.

    In answer to Price's question I think not only is Scott a great teen dad, if a little over protective and embarrassing (but what parent isn't), I also think Liam is a really great baby werewolf. I am really liking Liam even if he has some anger issues he can't help.

  • Hasarubbersoul Aug 06, 2014

    Questions:
    • Can't wolves smell other wolves? Wouldn't they be able to tell that 'dick-bully' was a werewolf?
    • When did Meredith come onto Isaac? (I'm a little hazy about last season)
    • What was the point of the Mexicans coming to visit Chris?
    • Deputy Parrish looks exactly like Jackson, does he not?
    • Why don't they just ask Parrish what he is? Or at least tell him that the dead pool is for SUPERNATURALS and that he has some explaining to do?
    • How did Violet know how to make the detergent-wolfsbane?

  • kaillyndozier Jul 30, 2014

    Parrish is a WereRaven, they spoke about it in the previous episode

  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    What, are you screwing with me? When the were were-ravens mentioned lol?

  • sance777 Jul 28, 2014

    I think Parrish its the benefactor i believe he put himself there on the list to throw others off. Not only that, but it could be vengeance or something directly linked to supernaturals hence the hunting of them

  • Troublemaker Jul 28, 2014

    ... Where is Kate sleeping these days? Not in a backhoe in an unfinished development; that bunk is taken. Maybe she popped back to Mexico for a bit because she suddenly remembered she left the oven on.

    ... Do Garrett and Violet have a joint bank account? They seem pretty joined at the hip. Back in the day when I was a teen assassin, we used to have to carry wads of cash. In the snow. Uphill both ways. The kids these days, though, it's all electronic transfers and Cayman Islands accounts. They don't know what real assassination business is.

    ... Is Scott a good dad? He'll get there after he drops the baby a few times [in the bathtub with duct tape]. Uncle Derek is being very cool about not overtly enjoying the schadenfreude of Scott having to deal with a rebellious kid. After he was the big bro taking in runaway Scott from abusive dad Peter, I'll bet he yelled at some point, "I hope you have a beta just like you someday!" It ain't easy being a Teen [Wolf] Dad.

    ... What and I mean WHAT is Deputy Parrish? Hot. Oh, you mean supernaturally? I like the phoenix theory. It'd come in useful with his explosives expertise.

    STELLAR recap, Price, as always!

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    Derek did something with his face and it freaked me out.
    This is a judgement-free boner
    You can take the bully out of the dick but you can't take the dick out of the—whoops, nevermind.
    Only Stiles is allowed to be both cute and a human.
    You don't spend several months gazing into Isaac's eyes and still feel the need to harm a werewolf, sorry.

    So true! Not to mention broing around with Derek and mentoring Scott. I agree with other commenters that Chris repeated Mama Fratelli's code, but what she meant by "those who hunt us" is not what he meant. Especially after they name-checked Allison on him.

    I am a little peeved with Chris's mention of werewolf prison, though. The hunter "rule" is supposed to be supernatural creature = death, like the flashback!Argent in the motel, Victoria Argent, or Kate with the Calaveras. But both Gerard and Kate have turned out to be far more evil than flashback!Argent or Victoria would ever have been, and even more deserving of death, but they get locked away instead? Both of them need a good sword through the torso. I'm guessing the place Chris mentioned to Derek is the facility where he has Gerard.

  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    I have not heard about this phoenix theory, please enlighten me I would love it but how do we think it would work?

  • Troublemaker Aug 08, 2014

    A Phoenix is a mythological bird that can be consumed in fire and be reborn from the ashes. Here are some of the clues people are looking at:

    In 4x06 Parrish says "Maybe I should just kill myself." Maybe he knows that he can be reborn.

    He defuses bombs (Army and BHSD) which could mean that he is resistant to / has power over fire.

    There is a clip that shows the sheriff car on fire and then Parrish coming through some doors with no clothes but ash all over him.

    The phoenix is a symbol of immortality/youth and it has been mentioned that Parrish looks really young.

    4x09 is called Perishable. Perish / Parrish?

    Ash is the theme of this year's promos.

    (There is also the related Camden Lahey theory. Camden was Isaac's older brother who died in Iraq. Parrish was in the Army in Iraq. Camden would be 24 if he lived. Parrish is 24. Maybe Camden was in an explosion and "died" but was reborn. He wouldn't be able to explain being brought back to life, so took the identity of another soldier.)

  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    Hmmm I haven't watched the rest of this season yet, I'm behind, just going to watch 6 now. But yah I just always picture a phoenix as a bird I wasn't sure if people were thinking he would shape shift into one or not. That would be cool. I like it.

  • belladire Jul 26, 2014

    Going out on a limb here to say that The Benefactor could be that new doctor? Seems smart, he's been introduced, close to Liam. Liam is obviously afraid of displeasing him? He seems sort of serious, he's in a place of power in BH... and we all know you have to be in a place of power to be someone around there!
    I also agree with something someone else said about the list. Lydia wrote the code and the keys, no? I'm not saying she wrote the list but she somehow got it in the form of all that wacky code with her banshee powers, so the key could definitely be Jackon as it's one of the only names left that would tie to Lydia, besides Stiles or her fam. Seems like she's teetering on the edge lately so to have that would really push her right over which could lead to interesting outcomes and possible discovery/control of her powers seeing as how she is always been her most powerful (IMO) when she's pushed and under a lot of pressure.

    Anyways, just some theory! Can't wait for ep. 6!

    Also 1) Where is Kate sleeping these days? Gas station bathrooms, apparently.
    2) Do Garrett and Violet have a joint bank account? Donut care
    3) Is Scott a good dad? They say we learn from our parents mistake
    so, I'd say yes. especially with Mama Stiles and Uncle Derek

    4) What and I mean WHAT is Deputy Parrish? I can definitely see Deputy Dreamboat as either manshee or a siren. Literally so excited!



  • _Fire_Ice Aug 08, 2014

    Wouldn't be surprised if the doctor was the benefactor, though damn that guy would be type casted. I was suspicious of him solely because of TVD so I hope it isn't him. I kinda want it to come out of no where and be someone we don't know or at least haven't met.

  • ILoveTVandDDsBB Jul 26, 2014

    Anyone else wanted Scott to finish off Violet? Loved the scene between Coach and Stiles and Kira is awesome at lacrosse! No idea what Parrish is but gonna take a wild guess here and say he's a Naga.

  • ludoTV Jul 26, 2014

    • Hey Price - when is your b'day b? We're getting you a few bear bones since you like them so much...
    • Great episode except for Mamma Fratelli - she is just a joke and I can't take her rants seriously sorry... Chris Argent should have been laughing instead of being all angst ridden... Hope he kills her (and Severo) so we don't have to suffer her again...
    • So the two cyphers so far have been Allison and Aiden ie two of the fallen in the inner circle of TW... That makes Gerard a lot less likely to be the Benefactor IMO...
    • Petty of me but I feel a little vindicated that the numbers were $$$ even if the relative figures are not easy to explain...
    • Is Parrish a Banshee-boy?

  • ForeverUnknown Jul 25, 2014

    well its about time they did something with parish, right? :P and ya its good to know im not the only one who was getting a sexist vibe off that little scene between kira and coach (bitch).

    Its great that Allison is getting name checked an all, but where the eff is her funeral? like, what the fuck? and lol "You don't spend several months gazing into Isaac's eyes and still feel the need to harm a werewolf, sorry. Not buying it." yes great reasoning, also Allison freaking changed the code wtf argent are ok there??? caN I SAY WTF AGAIN BECAUSE I JUST

    anyway, bakc to parish for a second, has it occured to anyone that maybe he isnt were-wolf related? And maybe, just maybe, he doesn't know about his supernatural-ness? And I know he was like 5M but can we really go by these prices? So unreasonable man.

    *silently prays that he is a banshee and he lydia have banshee adventures together in the future* *shameless shipping*

  • wolffanatic Jul 26, 2014

    Thats possible but he sure looks in the midseason trailer to up to the challenge.

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