The rescue mission we’ve all been waiting for is here… It’s Operation Eichen House time. This week’s new Teen Wolf brought the action, with more Beast casualties, Kitsune powers, and some Eichen House showdowns – leading up to an adrenaline-fueled cliffhanger. Read on for our full recap of “Amplification.”
The Beast is on the prowl once again… Is it just us, or does it look like it’s getting bigger – and meaner – every week? In any case, it’s not exactly keeping a low profile. There are multiple fatalities, and the cops are in pursuit – though Stiles tries to head them off with the police scanner, they aren’t giving up… and the Beast is headed for the hospital. HOW IS THAT PLACE STILL OPEN?! Stilinski and the boys meet at Beacon Memorial to find a trashed room and a very hot man – no, literally, Parrish on fire. Looks like La Bete isn’t the only one getting their beast mode on. Taking in the scene, Scott notices some distinctly human footprints in the blood – can they use them to identify the Beast?
Deaton has wasted no time getting back on the job since his return from captivity. He steps in with some top secret shots from Valack’s reign as Chief Medical Officer at Eichen House – and they aren’t exactly pretty. He experimented on supernatural creatures, drilling holes into their heads – which initially heightened their powers, but to levels that couldn’t be contained, leading to violent deaths. Since Lydia was already pretty powerful, trepanation would be lethal not only to her, but to everyone around her. TLDR, it’s time to get our Banshee queen the hell out of Eichen House.
Stiles takes the logical step – and one not often taken in Beacon Hills – and goes to the cops first. Unfortunately, Stilinski says there’s nothing legal they can do. Fortunately, that means we get to enjoy another classic Teen Wolf heist episode. The pack is on the case, with a more in-depth plan than their M.O. of winging it. Kira will cause a brownout, Scott and Liam will get Stiles into the closed unit, and then Stiles will go past the mountain ash barrier and get the Banshee babe. Oh, and the clock is ticking – they have to pull all this off TONIGHT.
As if there weren’t enough barriers to pass in Eichen House already, Valack pulls out a mask from his old steampunk cosplay and… oh, sh*t, he’s creating a new Dread Doctor. Serves creepy orderly right, but that can’t be good for the pack.
Meanwhile, the pack is rounding up the troops. Scott and Liam touch base with Mama McCall while Stiles recruits Parrish – though he’s reluctant to come along and fearful that his abilities will put everyone in danger. Malia and Kira take to the science classroom to test-run the Kitsune’s abilities – they need to be on-point for the rescue mission. Not a perfect demo, but it will have to be good enough.
Uh-oh… Their little practice sesh had a spectator – Corey, in Invisible Boy mode. Theo confronts Scott and Stiles and offers his help in the rescue mission – but says that if the pack won’t accept his help, they’ll just have to see who gets to Lydia first.
Stilinski does his part to help in the Lydia effort, trying to convince Ms. Martin of the dangers Eichen House presents. She’s still reluctant to acknowledge the supernatural openly, only wanting to do what she needs to do to survive. We’ll see if the trepanation file the Sheriff drops on her desk has any impact.
Parental support or not, it’s go-time, and the escape from Eichen is on. Parrish uses the surplus of bodies in this town to sneak Scott, Stiles, and Liam into the Eichen House morgue, while Kira and Malia slip past the front desk and into the electrical room to initiate the brownout. So far, so good. There are a few snags – Malia has to psych Kira up for her big moment – which she does beautifully by reminding the Kitsune that they’re there to save Lydia – and there are a few orderlies where they aren’t supposed to be on the lower floor, who thankfully walk away.
The brownout is on, with 5 minutes to get Lydia… But the card reader on the door is gone. So much for Stiles’ stolen keycard. Thankfully, brute force is on the pack’s side – though the mountain ash sucks their powers, Liam asks Scott to hit him so he can get angry (and powerful) enough to break the door down. Unfortunately, that tight timeline is about to get even tighter, because Theo and his chimera pack are almost on the scene – except Hayden, who’s babysitting Deucalion. Babysitting duty is pretty interesting, though – Deucalion tells Hayden just what Glow Claws’ glow claws do… and that they won’t work for Theo. If he puts them on, he’ll die. Frequencies are a bitch.
Back to Eichen: Stiles gets into the ward with 2 minutes to spare… and finds Lydia with a hole already drilled into her head. She warns him that if he stays, everyone will die. The Banshee begs Stiles to leave, warning him that “he’s coming” – meaning Valack. That traitor. Stiles hides just outside the cell as the creep enters.
It’s a real party at Eichen House, with the chimeras – and Parrish – and Natalie Martin – entering the building one after another. And not a moment too soon. Valack talks to Lydia, telling her that he amplified her abilities – something that might just save her friends. Somehow we’re guessing his motives aren’t that pure.
Their little heart-to-heart is cut short by the arrival of Theo and his pack – remember this from earlier in the season? If so, you’ll remember what happens next – Parrish melting down the door like a boss. Even better the second time.
During this showdown, the pack’s worst fear comes to pass: it’s an Eichen House lockdown. Scott and Liam barely manage to take down four security guards (armed with tasers), while Kira and Malia – and separately, Ms. Martin – find themselves trapped.
And on this note – with everyone in peril – Scott reaffirms the mission, saying that it’s time to go get Lydia… and the episode ends. Even though we predicted that cliffhanger, it still hurts. BRING US NEXT WEEK NOW.