A slight twist is thrown into the case of the Benefactor courtesy of Lydia and Peter; Scott, Derek, Kira, and Chris take steps to protect Satomi's pack; and Stiles and Malia work together to find out how to stop the assassins.
Wow, I was not exactly expecting Meredith to have been influenced by comaPeter to start the killings. She was in the hospital at the same time as him (right after the fire) and he was apparently broadcasting his rage at what was going on and decided to wipe out all of the supernatural creatures in Beacon Hills in order to remake everything in his own image. So Meredith used a list of creatures put together by Lydia's grandmother and used Peter's money to hire the assassins because she believed that all of the "monsters" in Beacon Hills (herself included) needed to be wiped out. Given Peter's reaction, I have no doubt that what happened was the ranting and raving of a mind that was hovering on the edge of madness out of revenge, anger, and sorrow at what happened to his family. Meredith didn't put her plan into action until she heard Lydia scream around the time that Allison was killed last season.
In a way, this makes a lot of sense. Meredith is not cold and calculating. Crazy? Absolutely, but not as cold and calculating as needed to pull off what happened this season. But if she was carrying out what she thought was Peter's plan, that would explain how she could be so calculating. Given the fact that Stiles and Malia managed to shut the machines that were distributing the dead pool and money down, I don't think Meredith is a danger anymore.
I am finding it hard to be mad at Liam. Should he have been there with Scott, Kira, Derek, and Chris? Absolutely. But he just came into this supernatural world and he is still adjusting. The reason that the whole gang continues to do what they do is because of Scott. He is so focused on doing the right thing and protecting people. Stiles sticks by his side out of loyalty and friendship; Lydia has come to trust that Scott will do what needs to be done; and Derek, Chris, and Deaton have come to respect Scott's power of belief and value him. It's what Derek said last season to Aiden and Ethan. If you want to be in Scott's pack, put others before yourself and protect the innocent. As I've been saying for years, this is Scott's pack and his purpose animates them all. To make an analogy to Buffy, Scott is the heart; Stiles and Lydia are the brain; Kira, Derek, and Chris are the claws of the pack. Without Scott, the whole pack would fall apart, and not just because he is a True Alpha. They follow him because of who he is. Malia is along for the ride because of Stiles and Peter is trying to take his power back. Liam just needs to find his place and find his reason for staying. Scott has lost Allison, Aiden, Erica, and Boyd to death and lost Ethan, Cora, Isaac, and Jackson to leaving. All of this has made him even more determined to save as many people as he possibly can. He has taken the Hale's place as the Protector of Beacon Hills and takes this very seriously.
Peter's plan is to kill Scott? Out of everyone currently alive, I think he is the one best equipped to pull a plan like that off. He is close to Scott and is burning with an almost unholy desire to get his power back from the Beta he himself turned. To take a True Alpha's power would probably be a serious power trip and for someone like Peter, that is a dangerous thing. Throw Kate into the mix and I worry for Scott over the next few episodes.
Calling everyone in to protect Satomi's pack was smart. Even though Derek no longer has claws, he has been learning how to shoot and that is helpful. Throw in Chris and Braeden who are incredible with guns and Kira who can use a katana very nicely, and you have a formidable group of protectors. Scott was scaring me. He really let the wolf out when he was fighting. I don't think I have ever seen him quite that vicious. I swear he was on the verge of ripping that guy's throat out before the guy took his mask off and the fact that he was a human penetrated Scott's brain. This is what really worries me if Peter attacks Scott. If Scott were to completely let go and let the wolf out, that could be more dangerous than anything. If Peter gets that power....<shudder>
I love that Stiles and Malia managed to talk out their issues. Melissa (presumably) locking them into Stiles' room at the hospital was a good idea. Stiles made a mistake and knew it. Fortunately, Malia chose not to hold a grudge and decided to work with Stiles in the end. Without her, Stiles would never have found the machines behind the wall and the fight at Chris' hideout would have been much bloodier.
A little later tonight, I'll review Falling Skies and then next Monday, Teen Wolf at its normal time. Until then!