Teen Wolf season 3, episode 6 just finished airing on the East Coast! Come read our recap and discuss “Motel California” with your fellow fans.
Teen Wolf season 3, episode 6 “Motel California” began with a flashback to the 1970s. We see a man enter a hotel room, injured and bitten. He puts a shot gun to his head and pulls the trigger, and afterwards we get a close up of his license and see the name Argent.
Flashing to the present, the cross country bus stops at the same hotel for the night. Lydia feels apprehensive, but doesn’t have much choice. It’s the closest hotel with the most vacancies.
Stiles tells Scott his list of suspects, the main ones being Cora, Deaton, and Lydia. He doesn’t trust the other two, but it’s obvious he doesn’t like suspecting Lydia. However, they can’t deny something strange is going on with her.
Meanwhile, Miss Blake takes Derek to his apartment after he comes to her bleeding and half dead. He seems very touch and go for a while.
Back at the hotel, things start to get strange right off the bat with Boyd acting more stoic than usual (who thought that was possible?), and Scott being a little too forward with Allison. Lydia goes to the front desk to get new towels and sees a number on the wall. The woman tells her the hotel is number one in terms of most guest suicides — 198 and counting.
Back in the hotel room, Lydia hears voices coming from next door. They belong to a young couple, who promptly makes a pact to kill each other. When she and Allison go to investigate, they don’t find anything. The others begin to have their own experiences, with Boyd finding a young girl in the freezer and Isaac thinking he hears his father yelling at him.
When Lydia and Allison go back to the front desk, they notice that the number on the wall has gone from 198 to 201.
Next, Scott gets a call from his mother. She’s outside the hotel room with Deucalion, who proceeds to slash her throat open. It’s another hallucination (thank God), and is followed up with Ethan and Boyd having their own experiences. It seems Ethan has some fears having to do with his brother, and Boyd appears to have witnessed his sister dying.
Lydia is, naturally, upset when Stiles tells her he’s wondering if she’s behind the murders. She walks away, but stops when she hears a baby crying. She says someone is drowning, and as she comes to this conclusion, we see Boyd attempting to kill himself in the bathtub.
Lydia and Stiles break Boyd and Isaac of their trances by putting flames to them. As they leave the hotel room, they come upon Scott holding a flare over a can of spilled gas. Stiles won’t let him go out like that, though, and risks his own life, telling Scott he’ll have to take him out too.
Stiles saves Scott and tosses the flare away, but something blows it toward the gasoline. Lydia knocks them to the ground to save them, but when she looks at the fire, she sees the Darach amongst the flames.
Later, Lydia figures out that the Darach put wolfsbane in the coach’s whistle, and that’s how everyone was poisoned. Ethan, because they saved his life, decides to give them some information. He tells Scott that they think Derek is alive. However, because he killed Ennis, Derek either has to join their pack or they’ll kill him.
At the very end of the episode, we see Chris visiting none other than Gerard, who proceeds to tell him that Deucalion is the Alpha that bit his uncle, the man we saw commit suicide in the beginning of the episode.
Favorite quotes from ‘Motel California’
Lydia: “A lot can happen in one night.”
Miss Blake: “Not exactly how I imagined our first date.”
Allison: “After everything we’ve been through, I believe you.”
Stiles: “Most places leave a mint under the pillow. This one leaves a record of all the horrible things that happened here.”
Miss Blake: “You’re like one giant open wound.”
Scott: “Maybe I should be no one again.”
Stiles: “Scott, just listen to me. You’re not no one. You’re someone. You’re my best friend. I need you. Scott, you’re my brother.”
Teen Wolf season 3, episode 7 “Currents” will air next week, Monday, July 15 at 10 p.m. EST on MTV.