Can we talk about Beacon Hills being a hellmouth? Because it absolutely is a hellmouth. Bad things are attracted to Beacon Hills: werewolfs, nogitsunes, kanimas, dark druids, berserkers, hunters, demons, geriatric grandfathers. That new deputy in the Sheriff’s department has no idea what is to come.

But I think that in spite of all these monsters, the worst one might be Kate. Kate, the human turned were-jaguar (she’s probably that, right?). Kate is a sociopath, a crazy bitch but also a predator. 

All of her manipulations with Derek prove such. Back in the day, a very Young Peter and Derek (played by their younger actors) are working together to control the turn. Well. Peter is giving really bad advice to keep anger as an anchor; it probably works for a egotistical, self-interested douche, but Derek is not yet one of those. Peter gives Derek a ritual to hold a talisman type thing and repeat the words “Alpha, Beta, Omega.”

Back to the future, Kate Argent is trying not to jaguar out on anyone at a restroom stop at a gas station. If I have learned anything from horror films, gas station attendants have very short lifespans and it is one high-risk job. Kate is dangerous, but her agenda may even be more high-risk. 

In the present, the pack takes Young Derek to the Animal Shelter for a consultation with Deaton, who is way out of his league. Can I just comment that Deaton is almost always entirely out of his league, doesn’t know what’s going on, or won’t just go out and say it? What I’m trying to say is Deaton is a frustrating plot device.  The trio argue over who will stay with Derek – Lydia wins because she has the best grades, despite the fact that I can’t remember one scene with the two of them.

There are a lot of shots of Lydia holding Derek’s hand – I suppose to show how Lydia’s grown into a more compassionate person – but given Young Derek’s other ‘romance’ with an older gal, I just find it a little unsettling. Deaton cuts Derek’s hand open, which heals unusually quick, like Wolverine quick. Derek wakes up, feral and afraid, injures Deaton and bolts.

Elsewhere, Scott finds his dad – Agent McCall -- sleeping on the couch of his house at 4 in the morning. Apparently, they have a deal to have dinner on the nights Melissa is at work. (No Melissa McCall this episode, but we get the Agent? Eh.). I guess they are taking steps forward from that light case of domestic negligence years prior.

Derek returns to the Hale House, which looks very different than the Georgia set (where they filmed the first two seasons). To adjust, the house has been burnt down! As Derek stands in the ruins, two Beacon Hills Deputies come on over, perhaps to be efficient at their jobs for once (I love Stilinski, but come on. Beacon Hills is totally on a hellmouth). Parrish – the young, handsome one from last season – is back, but with a really crappy macho-man cop as a partner. He ends up tazing a teenaged Derek Hale. Back at the station, Parrish proves he will one day be a worthy successor to Stilinski by uncuffing Derek and being, you know, kind. Derek’s prints match up to a photo of him in his… is Derek in his 20s? The show is intentionally vague on that one, but let’s go with that.

Scott and Stiles show up to babysit/liberate/lie to Young Derek, but Sheriff Stilinski is not on board. Time traveling is Sheriff’s limit (mine too – I’m pretty sure Teen Wolf would break every rule/theory of string theory). Instead, Stiles spills the beans about going to Mexico for a crazy adventure where they rescued Derek from an abandoned church, but they didn’t go for drugs. This show is basically the supernatural The O.C.

Scott and Stiles debate whether or not they should tell him about his whole family being massacred that one time. (Do they choose to tell him that Peter used his energy to resurrect himself from the dead and that his sister Cora is now in medieval France? We will never know).  Scott shows Young Derek his Alpha eyes so that Derek will trust them because Derek is always putting his trust in the wrong places.