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.
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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