|“|| "It all started that night, the night I got bitten. You remember the way it was before that? You and me, we were-we were nothing. We weren't popular. We weren't good at lacrosse. We weren't important. We were no one. Maybe I should just be no one again. No one at all."|
"Scott, just listen to me, okay? You're not no one. Okay, you're someone. You're my best friend, okay? And I need you. Scott, you're my brother. All right? So, if you're gonna do this, then... I think you're just going to have to take me with you."
Stranded at a motel for the night because of the postponed cross-country meet, Scott and the others suffer strange experiences that cause them to believe members of their own group may be the mysterious killer's newest targets.
The team takes refuge at an eerie motel for the night, where Scott and the gang undergo strange experiences. Boyd, Ethan, and Scott suffer various types of hallucinations that drive them to attempting suicide while Isaac is triggered into a PTSD flashback. All four werewolves are saved by Stiles and Lydia. Lydia realizes that the Darach caused this to happen, intending to use the wolves as sacrifices. Meanwhile, Jennifer helps to heal Derek when the two have sex. Chris visits a wheelchair-bound Gerard to seek information regarding his uncle, who committed suicide in 1977, as he wanted to know which Alpha had bitten him. Gerard reveals that it was Deucalion.
- Tyler Posey as Scott McCall
- Crystal Reed as Allison Argent
- Dylan O'Brien as Stiles Stilinski
- Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale
- Holland Roden as Lydia Martin
- JR Bourne as Chris Argent
- Daniel Sharman as Isaac Lahey
- Orny Adams as Coach Bobby Finstock
- Michael Hogan as Gerard Argent
- Sinqua Walls as Vernon Boyd
- Gideon Emery as Deucalion
- Charlie Carver as Ethan
- Haley Webb as Jennifer Blake
- Keahu Kahuanui as Danny Mahealani
- Adelaide Kane as Cora Hale
- Melissa Ponzio as Melissa McCall
- Eshun Melvin as Young Vernon Boyd (voice only)
- Jazmin De Veaux as Alicia Boyd
- Rick Otto as Alexander Argent
- Jayne Taini as Desk Clerk
- Felisha Terrell as Kali (archive footage only)
- Brian Patrick Wade as Ennis (archive footage only)
- Max Carver as Aiden (archive footage only)
- John Wesley Shipp as Mr. Lahey (voice only) (uncredited)
- Jeremiah Sutheim as Jared (uncredited)
- The title is a play-on-words in reference the song and album "Hotel California," which was released by the Eagles in December 1976 and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. The title was changed to "Motel California" to reflect the episode's focus on the Glen Capri Motel, a motel known for its high incidence of suicide by its customers during their visits.
- Fairvale, California
- Beacon Hills, California
- "Your Man" by Guards
- The cross-country team's school bus pulls up to the Glen Capri Motel.
- "Hush Now" by Fink ft Tina Grace
- Danny and Ethan make out in their motel room.
- "Touch" by Daughter
- Derek and Jennifer have sex at Derek's loft
- "Revelation" by Dino Meneghin
- Scott is about to commit suicide when Stiles intervenes
- "Sleep Paralysis" by Gabriel Bruce
- The cross-country team's school bus leaves the motel to return to Beacon Hills