By Fletcher Thorn
If you enjoyed last week’s emotional flashback episode, get ready to grip your seats. We’re back to high tension, creeping fear, and constant moments of no, no, no this won’t be what I think it is, because that happens a lot. In “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” we get hit with a lot of information that the fandom has been guessing at for quite a long time. We’ll start with the end of the episode’s reveal – the identity of the Dark Druid, which has been committing sacrifices all over Beacon Hills. It’s Miss Jennifer Blake, the English teacher that Derek Hale has been seeing on the fringes of episodes. And she’s more than a pretty face (which is also sometimes a very mutilated masklike visage) when she’s orchestrating (forgive my pun) a recital to “remember the losses” the school has sustained (read: celebrate her job well done completing four-fifths of her sacrifices). Now that we have the major/last point of the episode clear, we can look back at the unfolding of events from the beginning. We see some interesting character pairings this episode, much to the fandom’s delight and angst. As small groups split off to do investigative work, a lot unfolds around our Beacon Hills High group.
Isaac checks in on Allison (who skipped school to spy on her father, the ex-werewolf hunter) and ends up following her to another sacrifice just before the recital. Meanwhile, Ethan and Danny are still dating despite Aiden (Ethan’s twin brother and fellow Alpha Pack member) being adamant that Ethan should stop. On top of that, Scott and Stiles are back to their detective work, trying to figure out how to stop the mysterious Dark Druid. In an attempt to separate Aiden and Ethan for some one-on-one conversation, they send Lydia to distract Aiden, only to have Cora Hale (Derek’s sister) arrive and start a fight with Aiden. In a somewhat predictable turn of events, the Alpha Twin overpowers the beta-wolf Cora. But, despite her rueful demeanor and injuries, Cora acquiesces to Stiles’ request that she accompany him to see his father, Sherriff Stilinski, and explain the supernatural side of Beacon Hills to him. Unfortunately, Cora’s wounds appear to be direr when she faints just before transforming, leaving Stiles with an unconvinced father, and some high tension between them just before action begins to pick up again. Although we see Derek return from his MIA status (to meet with Jennifer for a typical-of-teen-wolf slow-motion heavy scene), he only appears twice – the second time being at Cora’s side in the hospital.
And in the midst of all of this, we have Lydia – ironically, she’s the title character, the girl who knew too much. I say ironically, because in the past two seasons she has always been the one given the least amount of information about the werewolves and gang (excluding Mama McCall and Papa Stilinski). Her immune to the bite in season one was unusual, but we were left with no real explanation about it. In season two, she suffered some serious psychological manipulation from a then-dead Peter Hale, to the point that she accidentally brought him back from the dead. Now in season three the gang has finally filled her in, and she’s a part of the action as much more than a pretty face with an absurdly intimidating IQ. Her completely ignored behaviors post-manipulation are now coming into question, as she finds many of the sacrifices and obviously has some sort of connection to the Dark Druid events. It’s when she’s finally accepted her identity of a “something” (as she quotes from Stiles) she becomes instantly targeted by the Dark Druid. Lydia, barely conscious after a blow to the head, finds herself being tied up by Jennifer while everyone else remains at the recital in the school’s auditorium. But luckily for Lydia, everyone is on high alert. More importantly, Lydia has a knack for screaming, and catching the wire just before it reaches her throat, Lydia is able to release one of her signature screams. It is here that Lydia’s connection is finally revealed. Jennifer looks down at her (while our Beacon Hills team tries to scramble to find her) to tell her how surprising it is that she, Lydia, is a banshee – the wailing woman. That’s why she’s heard the druidic chanting but nobody else could, and that’s why she finds the sacrifices.
While everyone at home is excited that they finally have something to work with on understanding Lydia, Sherriff Stilinski finds Lydia first, saving her from Jennifer. But “saving” is not the best phrase, as he rather distracts Jennifer, only to take a knife to the chest-shoulder region (opposite the heart). Scott arrives next, only to be completely overpowered by Jennifer, and by the time Stiles gets into the classroom, Jennifer is gone – with Sherriff Stilinski.
So, not only is excitement and “ah-ha!” moments in abundance this episode, but tension for the season mid-point (as season three is twice as long as the previous two season, having a break between 3a and 3b) is also built quickly, as the lines between good and evil are scattering all over the place. The Alpha Pack and our Beacon Hills Team might have a common enemy in Jennifer, but Jennifer’s goal is to avenge herself against the Alphas, making a very complicated situation for the Beacon Hills Team as they can’t exactly get behind Deucalion, who is trying to make killers out of Derek and Scott. While this episode was fun and exciting (not to mention feel-heavy as almost every character gets a pretty big let-down moment) most of its success is in its confirmation of fandom theories. In the first episode of the season, Jennifer gave Scott some heavy advice (concurrent with the idea of a druid) and also happened to be running the classroom that all of the birds attacked. At the time it seemed suspicious, and if anything the Derek/Jennifer relationship seemed to throw the suspicion off of her, but once 3.09 hits, the creeping questions filter back in, only to be proved true.