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Teen Wolf Review: Skating Around the Subject

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Two of my favorite things about Teen Wolf highlighted its third installment of season two, "Ice Pick." The hour was filled with plenty of moments for Stiles to be awkward and funny, while featuring Derek's all around studliness on multiple occasions.

Three distinctive Stiles moments throughout the episode made this the funniest yet. The first was in which he attempted to bargain with Boyd on renting out the ice rink. His skills in the field were certainly lacking, but his ability to remember the "twuh" sound had me grinning ear to ear.

After finally shelling out the eventual 50 bucks it took to get the double date accomplished, Stiles was super awkward when attempting to connect with Lydia. Trying to broach the subject of opposites attracting was so over-the-top that it worked perfectly... perfectly Stiles.

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Finally, as I note that Dylan O'Brien's timing was once again at 100% this week, there was the old straight-guy-acting-gay stunt that had me in stitches near the end of the hour. Stiles telling Scott that he was attracted to his new-found heroism, and that he wanted to make out for a sec, was absolutely hilarious.

For as funny as Stiles is, Derek matches him with swag. I think we can all agree that making him the new Alpha was the best decision Teen Wolf has made yet, as it only increases his appeal exponentially. Derek continued to create his pack, adding the former epileptic Erica to his crew early on in the hour.

He courted her with promises, but even if Derek wasn't telling me that all of my problems would go away, and that everything else would also get better, I still would have said yes to whatever he proposed. He's just THAT dreamy.

Between that, the grin he shot at Scott and Stiles when the new-look Erica got into his car, and his sarcastic interruption of Scott telling Boyd that he can do much better than him, Derek was on fire this week. I mean, how good was his, "That really hurts, Scott?"

On top of all of that, we then got to watch him exude his dominance over Scott by taking him out at the ice rink. I'm not sure which was hotter, the fact that he destroyed Scotty, or the neck crack he does just before wolfing out.

Meanwhile, a ton of other action was going on in Beacon Hills. What we can only imagine is a were-lizard is still roaming around, Scott could feel Erica's epileptic episode, Lydia had a strange vision of a dude being trapped under the ice, and Jax has super strength.

Oh, and Allison is also being trained by her father to be a hunter leader. I love that fact that in their groups the women have most of the power.  That will make Allison's role that much more important, which is integral to the series. If she became just the girlfriend, it wouldn't be nearly as interesting.

Her rise to power within her family could prove to bring a lot of conflict down the road, which is something we all should look forward to. For now, let's continue to enjoy the ride, which was once again pretty fun.

What did you all think of "Ice Pick?" Was it the funniest yet? Did you enjoy yourself some Derek? How about the additions of Erica and Boyd? And when our we going to find out more about this lizard?!?!

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I loved this episode! Derek, the new wolf-puppies, Stiles !
But I think Jackson is wrong about Lydia getting him immune. As the video says during a class, a small amount of the poison actually gets you immune to the disease. Jackson and Lydia being scratched and not bitten, they both got a small amount of the poison, the hallucinations due to the immune system fighting the poison but then cannot be "transformed"。 Problem with my theory is that I don't understand Jackson sudden extra-strength …
For the rest, the new wolfs are extra, but quite mentally disturbed ... between the abused child and the poor sick girl that will gladly killed half of a promotion for the bulling she had to suffer ...
And I still cannot bear the mom, she's totally fake.
Finally, why the weird new monster looked at Peter Hall's trophy? Can't be him, right?

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Now that I think about it... I think Boyd will be 'team scott'. He said he doesn't want to be like the other werewolves, he wants to be like scott.

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I have to disagree with the author on one thing....I was not happy with Derek in this episode. He is being a total a-hole! He is not even being smart about who he is putting in his pack. And when he beat up Scott...I was pissed! I have liked Derek a lot up until last night! I hope he gets knocked down a peg or two....he deserves it after last night.
So I don't think that Lydia is the lizzard creature...I think it's Jackson.
I think Lydia is 'infected' with the old Alpha's soul or whatever.
I think that Scott needs to start getting some stronger allies on his 'team'. Maybe Boyd will side with him....I was almost sure he would have helped him last night.
One last thing - can't stand Allison's mom! Wow...evil bitch times ten!

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I think Mama Argent has a certified mental disorder. Cutting herself so that she has a reason to go see Scott's mom and find out more of her suspicions? REALLY??! There's no other way in this entire world to see a nurse in a small town?! REALLY?!! Gosh!
Anyway, I'd love to see what's with Lydia and Jackson now. Since Jackson has the strength but not a werewolf. And we still don't know what Lydia is.

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Lydia and Jackson had sex guys!Jackson thinks Lydia is immune to the bite and he's got the immunity from her .I think...
I love it when Derek smiles.he never smiled in season 1.it keeps getting better.

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The show has been on the roll since the start of S2, with each episode being stellar. really interested in where they are taking Lydia's cahracter. This episode proved yet again that she might not exactly be human. the new female werewolf is awesome. The show was really lacking female character numbers, so its nice to see yet another not-your-typical-girl being added to the list. The fact that she is quite attractive and reminiscent of Katie Cassidy is a big plus too. Really nice chemistry with the rest of the cast too. Team Alpha so far seems to be like a concentrated mixture of badass and douchebaggery. Speaking of douches....here i thought that I could not hate Argent family more...their treatment of Allison this episode proved me wrong. overall GREAT episode.

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Good episode

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I'm thinking the person who is that lizard is the guy who let Jackson borrow his camera. After Jackson showed his strength this week I'm wondering if he and lydia must had a delay in turning for some reason? Overall I thought this weeks show was great. I don't really like Erica and I think Allison's mom is CRAZY!!! I want Scott to join Derek's pack. I

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I too believe Jackson is immune to the werewolf bite because he got clawed by Derek after he was infected with the magic bullet. I think you will develop so increased strength, speed and agility BUT he will not go thru the full transformation. I think Lydia will turn into something but I don't think she is the lizard creature. I don't know why Scott is fighting so hard NOT to join the Pack I mean if you can't beat em' join em' right!? I too think Stiles character needs a little more umpf to it even thought I do enjoy him. DVR cut out next preview..hope I can't find it online.

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Excellent episode. Best part was the end when Scott was trashing Erica and Issac. Wonder what choiced Boyd is going to make when he told Scott that he wanted to be like him. I want to know if Lydia becomes something after she got attacked by the Alpha, and who the Vetenarian really is. I think he's an integral piece to this battle between the Wolfs, Hunters, and what ever other creatures that exist. Wonder if Jackson received super strength of a wolf while avoiding the process of becoming one.