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Previously on Teen Wolf , the pack took a trip to Mexico in order to get Derek back. They were quite surprised when they ended up with a teenage Derek Hale on their hands instead of the mature man as they last saw him.
The episode begins with a flashback of teenage Derek trying to control his wolf powers on the night of a basketball game that coincides with the full moon. Young Peter Hale enters the scene, which is really the only way to tell that this is in fact a flashback, since Kate turned him to a vaguely young age. Peter tells Derek off for thinking he could play in the game when he is obviously not in control.
Sorry to tell you this, bud, but not all that much changes as you get older. Derek might be able to control his powers, but there are still a million uncontrollable forces at play in his life.
Lydia, Scott, and Stiles bring young Derek to Deaton to be treated because he’s really cold and sick, but Deaton tells them that de-aged werewolves are definitely outside of his skill set. When Derek wakes up the next morning, he immediately freaks out, attacks Deaton and runs off. In this case, Derek’s reaction wasn’t completely unwarranted. After all, who wouldn’t freak out after having someone casually drag a scalpel down their forearm?
At school, Stiles is divulging his relationship woes to Scott, which mostly contains the fact that he is always the little spoon and Malia is a scratcher. Although, we are pretty sure scratching has to be in the “Dating a Werewolf 101” handbook.
After running away from Deaton’s, Derek makes it to the Hale house only to find it destroyed. In his de-aged mind, his family is still alive and well. To him, the fire hasn’t happened yet. Unfortunately, the beautiful deputy, Parish, picks him up for trespassing; the poor kid must be so confused.
Is he a kid? Seriously, how old is he?
After running his prints at the station, the only match that keeps coming up for Derek Hale is, well, Derek Hale. Scott and Stiles show up to convince Derek to come with them and are surprised when Derek, resident cynic, doesn’t immediately trust them. The mood turns somber when Derek asks after his family; Scott looks into his eyes and just can’t tell him that they pretty much all died in a fire. Instead, he assures him they’re safe, just not present, but they will bring him to them as soon as they get Derek’s memories back. That seems to convince Derek to, if not trust them, at least go along with the plan so he can see his family.
Scott feels bad about lying to Derek, but Stiles assures him that he actually saved Derek unnecessary pain. He says that this will all eventually blow over and then “everyone’s happy, except for Derek, who is never happy.” Sounds about right. Teen Wolf loves to use Derek Hale as the punching bag, and we must be sadistic because we do sort of love watching it.