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De-Void is the 22nd episode of Teen Wolf Season 3.

According to the Nielsen Company, the initial airing was viewed by 1.796 million people.

Synopsis

Scott and Lydia join forces. Meanwhile, Stilinski faces a review board.

Full Recap

EDITOR'S NOTE: this episode picks up just moments after the events of the last episode.

Scott and Kira race on Scott’s dirt bike toward Derek's Loft.

Sheriff Stilinski approaches Stiles and asks him to willingly put himself in handcuffs. Nogitsune/Stiles complies but then quickly breaks the cuffs.

Allison, Derek and Chris enter and take turns attacking Stiles. Allison hits him with a Taser which Stiles catches and holds as electricity courses through the line. Derek attacks but is easily tossed aside.

Argent pulls his automatic pistol and levels it at Stiles.

Nogitsune/Stiles feigns distress and begs his father to save him. Then turns to Argent and dares him to shoot him.

Both Allison and Stilinski implore Argent not to shoot. Stilinski pulls his gun and points it at Argent’s head demanding that he lower his weapon.

The sun begins to set.

Scott is still enroute with Kira.

Allison points out that this chaos is exactly what the Nogitsune wants but Stiles says it’s not exactly what he wants because he’d hoped Scott would be there. Stiles says he is glad everyone has their guns out because he drew them to the loft not to kill him but to protect him. The Oni manifest and phase through the loft’s large main window. Argent finds his gun won’t fire, drops it and draws another but the gunfire has no effect on the demons.

We don’t see the fight that follows. Scott and Kira arrive to hear gunfire from the loft but when he makes it up stairs the demons are gone as is Stiles.

At some point during the fight, the Oni managed to slice into Derek’s shoulder and back.

Noshiko Yukimura enters the basement at Eichen House and makes her way to the wall where the body of Corporal Rhys is entombed. Stiles appears behind her and asks why she carved the kanji for “Self” into the wall. She says to signify that Rhys died as himself and not as a monster.

It turns out that Noshiko called off the Oni at the loft. Stiles asks why and wants to know what happened to the woman who called out for chaos, strife, and pain to descend upon everyone and everything. Noshiko says she doesn’t want that anymore. Stiles counters that he does and snatches away her dagger, her last “tail,” and cuts into his own stomach.

A swarm of flies comes boiling out, briefly surround Noshiko and then dissipate. Stiles is gone.

At the hospital, we hear buzzing and have a fly's-eye-view of Melissa McCall carrying a file down the hall. She places it in one of the holders attached to the wall and the fly lands on it. The file is that of Isaac Lahey.

The fly takes to the air once more and goes into Isaac’s room. His electrical burns have healed. The fly lands near the cannula and trocar needle that is delivering intravenous fluids into Isaac’s arm. The bug crawls between the pieces of tape holding the gear in place and enters Isaac’s body. His eyes fly open and flash golden yellow.

Scott has taken Kira back to his house because she doesn’t want to face her parents after learning the truth about her mother. He says she can have the bed and he’ll sleep in the chair but she wants him to lay with her. After stating it explicitly twice, Scott gets the message and the two lay side by side. They kiss and cuddle as a fly lands outside on the window.

Allison and her father return home and she asks him if he would really pull the trigger on Stiles. He says he’s not sure and then she admits that she’d removed the firing pin from this weapon which is why the first one misfired. He says that’s why the women in the family are the leaders.

Isaac is waiting in Allison’s room. He is not himself, acting distant and distracted. Allison says that giving him the alarm code was a bad idea. They kiss.

Peter questions why Derek is messing about with chess pieces and why the gash on his back isn't healing. Derek says “it’s from one of their swords” meaning the Oni and says it will heal. He then explains that he wants to figure out what Stiles’ chessboard meant. Peter says that the Nogitsune is playing a game without rules.

He goes on to explain that they’re dealing with “the kind of spirit that’s lived too long to play by human rules. It’s a fox spirit that chose to become human and supposedly that’s something they can do only after about a hundred years.”

Peter describes the Kitsune as “an annoying pain in the ass” and says the Nogitsune, which is a dark Kitsune, is a frigging disaster. Just before he exits, he points out that Chess is Stiles’ game – not the game of a Japanese fox.

A fly enters the loft, lands on Derek’s wound and crawls inside him.

Danny and Ethan have been playing lacrosse at school. They enter the locker room discussing Ethan’s prospects of joining the team “next spring” but Danny then questions if the other boy wants to make the team. Ethan halfheartedly says he does but then admits that maybe it’s not working out for him and his brother in Beacon Hills.

As Ethan scoops up water to splash on his sweaty face, a fly lands in his cupped hands and is carried along with the water. Ethan’s demeanor suddenly changes. He becomes bitter about his brother and then demands that Danny take a shower with him. Danny looks happy to comply.

Aiden is riding in Lydia’s car. He’s found a note that has Malia Tate’s name on it. Lydia is listening to her GPS voice guide her to take the next right and then the next right until Aiden realizes they’re going in a circle. He points out that her GPS isn't actually turned on. Lydia panics and pulls over into a parking lot. Stiles is lying, seemingly unconscious, on the pavement in front of them.

They exit the car and as they approach Stiles, a fly lands on Aiden's ear and enters the canal just behind the tragus.

EDITORS NOTE: We have yet another zip code for Beacon Hills provided on the scrap of paper with Malia Tate’s address. The zip 95931 is not valid according to the United States Postal Service. This makes a total of three postal codes for Beacon Hills: 95921 which is not valid and 95351 which is the proper zip code for Modesto, California.

Allison awakes and Isaac is standing with his back to her in front of her large wall mirror. He is going through her bag of weapons. He questions her having them saying that he thought the new code was about protecting people. She points out that most are non-lethal. He holds up her Chinese ring daggers and says they look lethal. Then he says she should keep them because “some of us” are not so non-lethal “like the twins.” Allison says they were going to give Ethan and Aiden a second chance and that things are different now. Isaac takes the bag of weapons and exits. Allison tries to follow but finds that Isaac has shackled her feet to the bed.

Aiden and Scott carry and unconscious Stiles into the McCall living room and place him on the couch. Dr. Deaton, Melissa and Lydia follow behind.

Melissa implores them to take Stiles to the hospital but Scott reminds her of the last time he was in the hospital (Riddled). Deaton checks his wound and says he seems to be healing the way the werewolves do.

Melissa calls the Sheriff to tell him what’s happened but her ex-husband declines the call before the Stilinski can answer. Agent McCall says the Sheriff has to go to a preliminary hearing to determine if he keeps his job. Stilinski grabs his gun and badge, taking them with him “in case I’m turning them in.”

Aiden wants to kill Stiles. Barring that, he suggests they tie him down with really big chains. Deaton says he has something more effective. He produces a brown bottle of liquid from his doctor’s bag. As Scott and Aiden hold Stiles’ mouth open, Deaton places a few drops of the liquid on the tongue. Stiles awakes with a start and grabs Aiden around the throat. Slowly his grip loosens and he realizes that Deaton has slipped him paralyzing Kanima venom.

Aiden is pissed. He growls at Stiles but the Nogitsune just issues a veiled threat about how twins get a feeling when one of them is in pain and says he hopes the twins “didn't lose that talent too.” He then tells him that Ethan is at the school implying but not saying outright that he is in danger. Scott tells Aiden to go.

Stiles then says he likes the twins because of their short tempers and homicidal tendencies. He says they are a lot more fun that Scott, who he calls a “bakemono, trying to save the world” all the time. Melissa asks if Deaton brought something to paralyze his mouth too. The doctor places black gaffers tape over Stiles mouth.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As with all things within Japanese folklore, bakemono means a bunch of different things. Here though it is used as a catchall term for a shapeshifter that takes on a scary form such as a giant monk or a faceless being known as a Noppera-bō. It’s clear the Nogitsune meant this as an insult but without a greater understanding of the underlying myth – it is unclear why it is insulting.

At the preliminary hearing, the leader on a panel of three says they want to discuss the Sheriff’s successes and failures.

Deaton says Stiles might be paralyzed but that it feels like he still has them right where he wants them.

Allison calls her father saying she thinks Isaac is heading toward the School and she’s following him. Chris says he is on his way but when he opens the door, Derek is outside waiting for him. He claims he needs to show Argent something and walks into the apartment.

Derek throws down Talia’s claws onto Argent’s desk. He says it’s all that left of his mother after “your psychotic sister burned her and the rest of my family alive.” He then moves to attack Argent.

At the McCall’s, Melissa is tending to Stiles’ wound. His mouth is still taped but he looks sad and a single tear rolls down his face. She removes the tape and the Nogitsune shakes his head at her saying that all it took was a single tear. He says she can’t crumble that easily or “how you gonna hold up when Scott knows the truth.”

He goes on, in a truly cryptic manner, to suggest that whatever went down with Scott’s father resulted in Melissa calling the sheriff and Stiles overhearing what happened. He never told Scott because he knew that Scott would never forgive his mother and how much he would hate his mother. Melissa returns the tape to Stiles mouth.

The chairman of the panel at the preliminary hearing addresses the Sheriff as “mister” Stilinski. He points out that he hasn't yet been relieved of his title. He goes on to basically say that he’s got better things to do than waste his time in their little hearing. Agent McCall then steps forward and says he wants to make a statement.

Lydia, Scott and Deaton are brainstorming. Lydia points out that the scroll (Echo House) said to “change his body.” Deaton worries that he may have translated it wrong or that the scroll might be a proverb or a metaphor. Scott worries that he might kill Stiles if he bites him in an attempt to turn him into a werewolf. Lydia says they need to call someone other than Derek to help.

They call Peter who says Stiles doesn’t look like he would survive a slap across the face and certainly not the bite of a werewolf. Peter says they’re looking at it wrong; it’s a war of the mind not the body.

Danny is dressed and leaving Ethan at the door to the locker room, he asks if can tell coach that Ethan is trying out for the lacrosse team. Ethan says he’ll think about it but Danny says that sounds like a “yes” to him.

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first mention of Coach since his “arrow to the gut” injury in Riddled. We choose to discern from Danny’s off the cuff reference and his overall demeanor that Coach is still with us and will be coaching again in future.

Aiden is waiting in the shadows outside the locker room. They get into a fight about the fact that Scott doesn’t trust them. Ethan says he’ll probably cut them loose or put them down. He goes on to say that he’d probably be in the pack already if it wasn't for Aiden's violent tendencies. Just as they are coming to blows, Isaac shows up and shoots them with a super taser dart fired from a shot gun.

Isaac points out that he should say something witty then decides he’s not witty and just punches the twins with a the butt of the shotgun.

Peter and Lydia have struck a deal of some sort. Lydia agrees to his terms if Peter will help her and Scott enter Stiles mind. They plan to use the “werewolf claws to the back of the neck” thing that we've already seen can transfer memories. In this case, Scott plugs into Lydia and Stiles and they find themselves together inside Stiles’ mind the goal is to find the real Stiles and bring him back.

Isaac mumbles to himself about revenge for Erica and Boyd as he searches through Coach’s office for a lighter. He’s prepared a Molotov cocktail and lights the end of a handkerchief and takes the liquor-filled bottle out to the hall. He is surprised when the flaming cloth is ripped away by a katana. Kira is waiting in the hall with sword drawn.

He drops the bottle and begins advancing on Kira. Allison attacks from behind and hits him in the head with her crossbow. She calls his name but he completely wolfs out. The twins, now recovered, rise and attack Isaac while Kira and Allison lock themselves in Coach’s office.

At Argent’s apartment, Derek has him tied to a chair and douses him with lighter fluid. He says that he’ll burn his family just like the Argent’s burned the Hales. He plans to wait for Allison before lighting him up.

Whatever Agent McCall said in the hearing, it saved Sheriff Stilinski’s job. McCall admits that Beacon Hills is the “Bermuda Triangle” of “homicides, disappearances and strange occurrences” but that the real reason he came back wasn't to get Stilinski fired – it was so he could stay and talk to Scott. The Sheriff says McCall can’t wait any longer and that he should grab Scott the first chance he gets and just tell him everything.

Lydia and Scott arrive in Stiles’ mind and find themselves strapped into beds with a modified “five point restraint” in a room that looks like Eichen House. Lydia reminds Scott that he’s a werewolf but Scott is unsure if he still has his abilities since he’s now inside Stiles' mind. She insists he try and he does manages to break them free.

They try to exit the room together but are separated when the door slams shut. Lydia finds herself back in school during the winter formal in Formality just before Peter attacked her on the field. She is running through the school hallways surrounded by red, blue and silver balloons. She shouts for Jackson and sees the Nogitsune drawing the kanji for “self” on a blackboard.

Scott is suddenly in the closet at Allison’s apartment in Currents. They’re hiding from Allison’s dad and she tells him he has to stay quiet. They make out. He begins to realize that something is wrong.

In the real world, Lydia’s nose begins to bleed. Peter kneels in front of her and screams her name. Inside Stiles’ mind she hears him and begins to run. Scott also hears Peter. They both push through doors into the “white room purgatory” we saw first during the surrogate sacrifice in Alpha Pact.

They meet up and see Stiles and the Nogitsune sitting on the Nemeton stump playing "Go" a Japanese board game.

Allison and Kira prepare to face the twins and Isaac. Kira manages to slash Ethan. Allison loses the upper hand with Isaac when she has trouble reloading her crossbow. She kicks him out of the way but then Aiden attacks. Kira tosses her the katana and the girls stand back to back prepared to take on all three werewolves.

Derek is rambling about how many werewolves Chris must have killed. Chris is calm and explains that he’s been trained since he was a child and the first thing they do to train their kids is to tie them to a chair. He flips over backwards, breaking the chair and freeing himself. He grabs a weapon from under the desk and draws on Derek, placing the weapon right under his chin.

No matter how far Scott and Lydia run they never get any closer to Stiles. Lydia reminds Scott that Stiles is a member of his pack and that wolves howl to signal their position to the other members. Scott howls, Stiles hears him and upends the game sending the Nogitsune into a rage. This has the effect of releasing all his “puppets.” Ethan, Aiden, Isaac and Derek collapse simultaneously each has a black viscous liquid pouring from their mouth and nose.

Lydia and Scott snap back to reality.

Peter hastily forces Lydia to tell him the name of his child, she gives him Malia’s name.

Stiles begins to cough. He rips the tape from his mouth and begins to vomit a long strand of gauze bandage until there is a sizable pile on the floor of the McCall family room. Suddenly black smoke issues forth and a hand reaches out of the gauze; it appears to be the bandaged hand of the Nogitsune. Stiles watches in horror as the figure crawls out of the bandage covered floor until it is fully formed.

The figure lunges forward and Scott and Peter rush to hold him down but Scott senses something and tells Peter to wait. Removing the bandages from the creatures head - they find Stiles, the real Stiles, underneath.

They realize the Nogitsune, which also still looks like Stiles, has fled and taken Lydia with him.

Soundtrack

  • Hozier - "Like Real People Do"

Scene: Kira stays the night at Scott's house.

  • Lizi Kay - "This Electric Night (Dubstep Remix)"

Scene: Aiden and Lydia go for a drive.

  • She Wants Revenge - "Not Just A Girl"

Scene: Lydia has a strange hallucination.

Gallery

Video



Episodes List

Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
#01 Tattoo #07 Currents #13 Anchors #19 Letharia Vulpina
#02 Chaos Rising #08 Visionary #14 More Bad Than Good #20 Echo House
#03 Fireflies #09 The Girl Who Knew Too Much #15 Galvanize #21 The Fox and the Wolf
#04 Unleashed #10 The Overlooked #16 Illuminated #22 De-Void
#05 Frayed #11 Alpha Pact #17 Silverfinger #23 Insatiable
#06 Motel California #12 Lunar Ellipse #18 Riddled #24 The Divine Move

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