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Teen Wolf recap: 'Codominance'

The skinwalkers test Kira's abilities while Scott and Stiles take a road trip


Teen Wolf

Season 5, Ep. 13 | Aired Jan 19

In general, the parents on Teen Wolf are pretty badass. Not only are they willing to risk their lives for their children, but a few of them have some pretty killer abilities, from Argent’s gun skills and vast supernatural knowledge to the fact that Noshiko is an actual kitsune who’s been alive for 900+ years. 

But as it turns out, there are some things even a 900-year-old kistune can’t face because, right now, Noshiko is hanging her daughter out to dry in this desert air. Facing all three skinwalkers on her own, Kira ends up with a spear through her right shoulder. As the skinwalkers tell her — in their weird joint voice? — she is frightened of herself. The solution? They will test her, and if they can’t help her, she will become a skinwalker…forever. (So her future might be completely void of hair conditioner, BUT the good news is that these skinwalkers are in great shape, so her future could look worse.)

Back in Beacon Hills, Stiles is focusing his attention on the important things: Fixing Roscoe! Well, fixing Roscoe enough so that he and Scott can take Roscoe out to the desert to find Kira. As Scott tells Liam, who’s waiting to talk to him, they’re headed out to New Mexico. And no, Liam can’t come. After learning of Hayden’s resurrection, Scott simply asks Liam to do nothing until he gets back (which is like asking your average teenage guy NOT to think about sex). Yeah, it’s not easy.

As Scott tells Stiles, he knows that he’ll forgive Liam eventually, but that time isn’t now. And I’d venture to say that seeing Scott on a full moon is not the same as seeing Liam on a supermoon, but whatever. Roscoe is up and running, so let’s get this road trip going!

With Scott and Stiles on the road, Theo and Tracy are on the hunt for The Beast. Sort of. They don’t want to catch it yet — as if they’ll ever be able to “catch” it — but they are tracking the phrase “damnatio memoriae,” which the Dread Doctors continue to repeat in the hopes that The Beast will remember what it was. The real twist, though, is the reveal that The Beast probably doesn’t even know that it turns back to human during the day. So this creature could unknowingly be walking among these high schoolers all day, every day! Guesses as to its identity?

After a brief history lesson — The Beast of Gévaudan killed 500 people back in its day — Theo and Tracy come face-to-face with the Dread Doctors. Apparently Theo’s not happy with his pack, because he’s still not an alpha. With his yellow eyes, he’s not even a real boy werewolf!

But Theo’s pity party is cut short by the arrival of The Beast, decapitated head in hand. The Beast lets out one locker-rattling growl, and then he’s gone. So it seems like the Doctors do have control over it? 

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Still living in a Beast-free world, Noshiko informs Kira that, even if she passes the skinwalkers’ test, she could end up spending months or even years in the desert. If she doesn’t, the fox spirit could consume her completely. Mom then gives Kira a quick lesson in not judging others so quickly. After all, the same myths that say skinwalkers are evil also say that kitsunes are evil. (To be fair, though, aren’t you in this desert because Kira’s fox spirit is evil?)

Sitting in an overheating Jeep, Scott’s doing a bit of research when he discovers that “damnatio memoriae” was a Roman practice in which the government decreed to destroy the images of the damned — names were scratched off inscriptions, faces were chiseled off statues. As the Romans believed, being forgotten was a punishment worse than death. It was a practice that was later used on a serial killer in 1598. Known as the “demon tailor,” the killer would boil the flesh off of children’s bones to eat.

And if that weren’t bad enough, the name of the serial killer is still TBD considering that the courts destroyed all documents about him. That killer? Well, it seems he became a werewolf…named The Beast.

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