We never should have read that book.

Required Reading is the sixth episode of Season 5 and the sixty-sixth episode of the series.

Synopsis Edit

Scott and his friends follow Dr. Valack's advice, and experience strange effects as a result.

Plot Edit

Sheriff Stilinski discovers eight large holes on the lacrosse field, suggesting that the Dread Doctors have created eight new Chimeras. Parrish begins teaching Lydia how to fight. Liam attempts to make things up to Hayden. The group begins reading Valack's book, but Kira has difficulty reading it. Mason later explains to her that it is because Kitsunes are confused by "language tricks.” Theo records Kira's whispering in her sleep, and he later informs Scott that what she has been saying translates to "I am the messenger of death." Scott has an asthma attack at the high school. One of the new Chimeras, a boy named Josh, enters the school basement, and chews through the power lines, before making his way to the hospital roof. Scott, Stiles and Lydia all experience traumatic visions because of their exposure to the book. Liam discovers that Hayden is a Chimera. In the hospital, Scott and Malia are attacked by one of the Doctors, but they manage to escape. Meanwhile, Stiles goes to the roof of the hospital during a hallucination. Josh, the new Chimera, attacks Stiles, but Theo rescues him and kills Josh.

Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Supporting Cast Edit

Continuity Edit

  • Hayden Romero is implied to be a Chimera in this episode after Liam noticed she had enhanced hearing and that her eyes reflected the light of a glowstick just like a shapeshifter. She was first hinted to have supernatural powers in Dreamcatchers when she healed from the claw wounds inflicted by Tracy Stewart.
  • Josh Diaz was revealed to be a Chimera as well in this episode, making him the fifth Chimera to be confirmed in this season, though the kind of hybrid he is remains a mystery; all that is known is that part of his Chimera nature involves siphoning and producing electricity. The four previously confirmed Chimeras were Belasko (Creatures of the Night), Tracy Stewart (Dreamcatchers), Donovan Donati and Lucas (both in Condition Terminal).
  • Scott had an asthma attack in this episode for the first time since Season 1's Wolf Moon. This will be a recurring problem throughout the rest of Season 5A.
  • Lydia, Scott, and Stiles become the third, fourth, and fifth characters to trigger suppressed memories after reading Gabriel Valack's book The Dread Doctors.
  • Claudia Stilinski made her first true physical appearance in the series during Stiles' flashback-hallucination. She was first mentioned in Lunatic, and first mentioned by name in Alpha Pact.
  • This episode marks the first time that a flashback of Scott's childhood is shown in the series.
  • Lorraine Martin appeared in Lydia's flashback-hallucination in this episode. She was last seen in flashbacks in Perishable.
  • The backstory between Liam Dunbar and Hayden Romero from the sixth grade is revealed by Mason Hewitt to Brett Talbot in this episode-- Hayden intervened in a fight Liam was having with another student, and Liam accidentally punched her in the face and broke her nose right before they were taking yearbook photos. In retribution, Hayden punched him in the face and broke his nose as well. This feud was first mentioned in Parasomnia.
  • Hayden reveals that she takes an immunosuppressant/anti-rejection medication called mycophenolate because she had a kidney transplant several years ago. This fact about Hayden will have a significant role in the rest of Season 5.
  • Hayden and Liam reference the $200 of shots that Liam ruined when Liam tries to pay her back in this episode. Liam spilled those drinks in Condition Terminal.
  • Jordan Parrish makes good on his promise to teach Lydia Martin how to fight in this episode. He made this promise in Condition Terminal after Lydia was hospitalized following her attack by Tracy Stewart in Dreamcatchers.

Trivia Edit

  • Scott McCall, Lydia Martin, and Stiles Stilinski all experience suppressed memories in the form of flashbacks after reading The Dread Doctors novel. However, it remains unknown if these memories were suppressed by the Dread Doctors, or if they have any connection to them-- it is possible that these are just memories that they repressed themselves due to how traumatic they were.
    • Lydia's memory was of when she was a child who came to Eichen House with her mother Natalie after they received a call that Lydia's grandmother, Lorraine Martin, had been injured. Natalie told Lydia to stay in the car, but she didn't listen and followed her in anyway. She then walked into the bathroom to find Natalie and a nurse with Lorraine, who had drilled a hole into her head behind her ear. Lorraine told her, "They're coming, Lydia. They're coming for all of us." This memory was triggered by Lydia seeing a bald patch behind Sydney's ear after she told her that she had alopecia.
      • Since "They're coming for all of us" was said by both Tracy (in Dreamcatchers) and will also be shown spray-painted on the wall of the Dread Doctors' laboratory in Russia in the upcoming Ouroboros, it is likely that there is a connection between the memory and the Doctors as well.
    • Scott's memory was of when she was a child, and he and his dog Roxie were attacked by a large Doberman stray. Roxie died, and the stress caused young Scott to have such a severe asthma attack that he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. This flashback was triggered by Mrs. Finch reminding Scott that he wanted to be a veterinarian, and the intensity of the flashback caused him to have an asthma attack in real life for the first time since he was turned into a werewolf.
    • Stiles' memory was of when he was a child and visiting his mother Claudia at Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital. Claudia had gone up to the roof to get away from Stiles because her dementia made her believe that Stiles was trying to hurt and kill her. Sheriff Stilinski went to the roof to talk her down, but when young Stiles came up onto the roof, Claudia began attacking him. This memory didn't have an obvious trigger, but Stiles was so engaged in the memory that he made himself vulnerable to the Chimera Josh Diaz, who started attacking him just like Claudia was in the flashback.
  • Kira was unable to read The Dread Doctors, and it was revealed that Kitsune have difficulty understanding language, which is why she was unable to focus on it.

Body Count Edit

Locations Edit

Soundtrack Edit

  • "Attack" by Conway
    • Parrish makes good on his promise to teach Lydia close-quarters combat by sparring with her at his apartment
  • "Famous & Rich" by Naughty Queen, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello
    • Liam comes to Sinema to give Hayden more money to cover the shots he spilled several episodes ago. When the power goes out, he helps Hayden turn on the backup generator.
  • "Bust One" by Proper Villains ft Metric Man
    • Liam and Hayden practice lacrosse and soccer on the practice field at school
  • "Freaks" by Timmy Trumpet ft Savage
    • Liam and Hayden continue to challenge each other at their respective sports
  • "It's Good" Ethel and the Chordtones ft Ryan Levine of Wildling
    • Liam returns to Sinema to give Hayden more money to cover the shots, and she explains that she needs the money to pay for her medication so her sister doesn't have to pay for all of it.
  • "Ghost Dance" by The Bright Light Social Hour
    • Theo is working out in the weight room at the high school when Malia confronts him about him witnessing her flashback-hallucination in the previous episode

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