Written by: Tim Andrew (again)
Directed by: Jeff Davis (again)
Aired: Monday 3rd March 2014
This week’s Teen Wolf opens with a flashback to 1943. A pair of soldiers is dumping bodies in the middle of a field, getting ready to set them ablaze. One of the soldiers keeps asking the other riddles – ‘What has a neck but no head?’ – but the second soldier doesn’t have any interest in them. That’s when the nogitsune shows up, kills them both and the opening scene ends.
-The Birth of the Nogitsune
Mr Yukimura is in his classroom on a Saturday (One dedicated teacher to come in on the weekend) he kills a fly, which makes Stiles/Nogitsune appear for he strolls in, looking for the blades Mrs Yukimura uses to create the oni. Mr Yukimura doesn’t give him any information on the blades location so Stiles/Nogitsune resurrects the fly; it flies down the teacher’s throat. ‘They always talk,’ Stiles/Nogitsune says.
Scott is with Kira discussing the picture that Malia had taken last episode. The picture is from 1943 and the woman looks like Kira (Arden Cho had to play two different characters in this episode – Kira and a younger version of her mother) They are interrupted by the news of Kira’s father, and they must bring a special mushroom to her mother in order to save him.
In this scene we learn that Mrs Yukimura is actually 900 years old (Looking good for her old age, don’t you think?) and knows a lot more than she originally let on. Kira gives her mother a sword, where Mrs Yukimura says that the blade was shattered the last time it was used – which was against the nogitsune.
Oak Creek was a real camp, but all records were destroyed. Oh yes, the nogitsune actually manifested itself from Mrs Yukimura herself.
In another flashback, we see how Noshiko, Kira’s mother, steals things from the soldiers, who are beginning to catch on, but she doesn’t care for she just wants to help her friends, but luckily enough to get an accomplice in one of the medics, whom she has a relationship with.
At the internment camp, we learn that the doctor is selling medicine on the black market while the residents are dying of disease causing the Japanese-Americans to go after the doctor and cause a riot. It is also revealed that the calm and stoic old woman who chastises Noshiko and told her to lay low, is actually a werewolf for one of the soldiers hit her, and she loses control. She throws a bottle of alcohol with a lit rag at Noshiko’s boyfriend and lights him on fire.
The soldiers fire back with guns, Noshiko is hit and her boyfriend Reese is severely burned; he later dies, and Noshiko seems dead, so they are piled in the back of a truck with the other bodies being hauled off to be burned while the doctor and other soldiers are going to cover the whole incident up.
Noshiko wants revenge on the soldiers so she calls upon her ancestor who was a kitsune to bring forth the dark spirit of the nogitsune to posses her. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen the way she planned, for it possessed Reese’s body instead and that is how the bandaged man is born. (I might as well mention that Noshiko said that Reese was taken to Eichlen House where he died meaning that it was his body behind the wall) Returning to Eichlen House, after going to the internment camp, Noshiko sees everyone is dead. So she goes after the nogitsune who she finds and tries to fight, but its too difficult. That is when the old woman, the werewolf returns and joins her and together they kill the nogitsune.
Back in present day, we learn that Kira is not a fire kitsune (we didn’t really need that pointed – we kind of knew that already from all the electricity she absorbed) but a thunder kitsune, she mends the shattered katana with her mother’s help, but Kira doesn’t want the sword, but Noshiko insists for she thinks it’s the way to save Stiles and kill the nogitsune at the same time.
-Search for Stiles
Back in the present, Derek and Chris Argent are finally out of jail with the Sheriff being the one vouching for them; he takes them to his office to talk. It turns out that the nogitsune was playing tricks on everyone when Stiles got tested for frontotemporal dementia for the results were exactly the same as Claudia’s – Stiles’ mother – resulting in Stiles not being actually mentally ill (Sigh of relief wipes forehead)
Sheriff Stilinski asks Chris and Derek for their help and that they need to outfox the fox. Joined by Allison, they all go off in different directions to start laying the trap. Later on, there is a nice and tender moment between the Sheriff and Allison who praises her for her bravery and strength and being fearless until she tells him that she’s always scared. That’s when the sheriff gets an alert that someone is breaking into his house, which turns out to be Stiles, who knows the cameras are there, he gives a little boy wave.
While Sheriff Stilinski, Allison, Chris and Derek are all in Stiles’ room where they find a coded message from the Nogitsune or Stiles (it’s not clear which did this) in the pieces of left on his chessboard. The Sheriff shows his prowess as a detective deducing that he’s figured out what the nogitsune is after, and that they need to trick the trickster.
Right before the episode ends, the group heads over to Derek’s loft, including Scott and Kira who left Mr and Mrs Yukimura at the school. Noshiko was the one that buried the fly (Nogitsune spirit) in a jar under the Nemeton which was still a full tree in 1943, but when Scott, Allison and Stiles had sacrificed themselves for their parents it recharged the Nemeton and released the Nogitsune.
The Sheriff walks into Derek’s loft alone, where Stiles turns and says, ‘Hi, Dad’
The next Teen Wolf episode – De-Void – airs on Monday