After last week’s pretty disappointing “Monstrous,” Teen Wolf delivers a more character-focused episode that still leaves me feeling a little empty inside.

Maybe we’ve been spoiled for the past few season of Teen Wolf, but it’s generally around this time that the plot and energy kind of explodes into what I can only describe as 44 minutes of the characters scrambling around to dubstep as they try and find their footing. The stakes were always raised and they were always based in character. You can actually trace it back all the way to the beginning. In fact, I will break down penultimate episodes of Teen Wolf. 

Season 1, Episode 11 “Formality”: Allison and Scott both share secrets from one another, but that doesn’t stop them from saying those special three words, eight letters. Allison learns Scott is a werewolf. Stiles grows closer to Lydia but Peter viciously attacks her to gain everyone’s attention. A proper cliffhanger. 

Season 2, Episode 11 “Battlefield”: Even though Allison has gone dark after being manipulated by granddaddy Gerard and Scott tries to repair his relationship with his mother, the episode is a Stiles-centric episode into heroism just as he is kidnapped for bait. 

Season 3A, Episode 11 “Alpha Pact”: As the Darach and Deucalion’s threat strengthens, Scott, Stiles and Allison go through extreme measures to find their missing parents. Derek also intentionally weakens himself to save his sister. 

Season 3B, Episode 11 “Insatiable”: The Nogitsune is at full power thanks to possessing the power of the Oni. The team tries to rescue both Lydia and Stiles from the Nogitsune’s clutches, but Allison is fatally stabbed and dies in Scott’s arms. 

And then Season 4, Episode 11 “A Promise to the Dead”: Couple time for Scott and Kira, couple time for Stiles and Malia, couple time for Liam and Mason, couple time for Derek and Braeden ... and not too much else. A big cliffhanger over Chris Argent’s life in the balance and Scott a the mercy of the psychotic Kate? Not feeling it.

So I really expected this episode to feel like those other seasons, especially since we saw Peter become the villain we truly deserve after that disappointing Benefactor reveal. But it isn’t. It’s sort of like a bad teen melodrama. And Teen Wolf is not usually bad! It’s usually very good, but I noticed that it is selectively really good.