PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SPOILER-RICH ZONE. If your diet requires you to dine on Buffy Spoiler-free ... good luck with that.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One Down

Episode 6.20: Villains. Original Airdate 5.14.02

"Enraged after Tara's death at the hands of Warren, Willow turns to the Black Magics to exact her revenge."

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Last episode and now this episode have these scenes that feel unnervingly realistic, and not our accustomed heightened reality - the attempted rape scene, and here the EMTs running to Buffy, prone on the grass and bleeding. Banally utilitarian in soundscape.
  • And then we have Willow conjuring Osiris. This will end well.
  • And Buffy's completely in shock, blinking with a slightly confused expression. Not even crying in pain.
  • "How is this natural?" That line kills me.
  • Oh look now Tara's NOT in the credits. *growls*
  • "Think they'll let my aunt bring me my discman?" 2002, LADIES AND GENTS!
  • "Sure, he's a nice murderer who keeps his word."
  • Oh the demon bar. I'd forgotten all about it.
  • "I was gonna eat you myself during the commercial." I love this. It's just so ... the humor of the mundane.
  • I love that Anya , with her vengeance demonsense, knows something has happened. She knows Willow's a live wire.
  • I love this image of Willow absorbing the text into her skin. One of my favorite effects on the show. 
So cool.
  • Oh god, poor Dawn. Why didn't Xander try to call her at school, get her to the hospital? She has to find Tara like that.
  • Ugh a scene of Rack and Warren. Everyone here sucks.
  • Warren's vanity knows no bounds. He assumes the demon world gives a shit about his little heists, would even have heard of the Trio (great name there, bub), and they just don't care. They recognize real power, and they know what danger looks like, and it doesn't look like Warren in a popped collar.
  • Buffy's flatlining. Does this count as a third death?
  • "It's so small." Such good acting from AH. I think other people would want to infuse it with vulnerability, but she's completely detached. It's surprise, a scientific curiosity. But the only space she has left for emotions is the cold fury reserved for Warren.
  • Here's how you know Willow's full to the brim with dark magic: even her eyebrows are black.
  • So. It's a well done trick of Warren's, infusing his bot with his essence to trick Willow. But it does lead me to ask - did he have Warrenbot just lying around, just in case? I don't believe he had time to build one that quickly, so it had to already exist. And if he had a robot self lying around, why didn't he use his double for any of his heists? [Maybe it's reserved for sexytime? -D] [Now I want that "threw up in my mouth" gif again ...-Z]
  • "I didn't want to leave her alone." God, poor Dawn. She's just been sitting here with her. "I don't understand."
  • "Being a Slayer doesn't give me a license to kill. Warren's human." // "So?" // "So the human world has its own rules for dealing with people like him." // "Yeah, we all know how well those rules work." // "Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. We can't control the universe." It's helpful when Buffy - and the show - reminds us of the lines of morality here, the difference between fighting supernatural evil and vigilantism.
  • Did Clem really just yell "suffering cats!" as an expletive! Isn't that like humans yelling "spaghetti"?
  • Clem has a point. How many crypts are wired for electricity? Smart to squat in Spike's place.
  • Look you guys, Spike drove his motorcycle to AFRICA. THE COUNTRY OF AFRICA. (Update: apparently he's in Uganda)
  • Willow coming back up from the axing, so terrifying and awesome. 
(Thanks Lucas for making the gif!)
  • "It wasn't personal, that's all." // "Well, this is."
  • "You are really asking for it, you know that?" wow his shitbaggery knows no bounds.
  • "Because you deserved it, bitch!" Seriously, why does comics Amy hook up with this sexist piece of shit? I get that she's gone evil, but he's evil AND a misogynist.
  • Also I'm pissed he gets saved in the comics. Fuck that shit.
  • Oh god, so two things from when I first watched this episode. When she said "Bored now," I gasped. I got chills. I may have screamed. It's such an amazing and horrifying callback to VampWillow from The Wish. So concise and horrifying (and rewarding for fans with a good memory - and even a nod to when Angel hinted that our evil selves aren't so far away from our human selves as we'd like to think). Thing 2 - Actually seeing Warren getting flayed traumatized me.
  • But this episode was awesome, you guys. Such an amazing and unexpected move to make with her character, and yet completely grounded because the writers did the prep for this years in the making.

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Ambulance at the Summers house brings back memories of Joyce. But they’re here for Buffy, not Tara. Because Xander called 911 and Willow did not.
  • Except…I don’t exactly blame Willow. Tara isn’t dying, she’s already dead.
  • But…here’s the beginning of dark Willow.
  • Annnnnd Tara is gone from the credits.  Remember that one time she was in the credits. Fuck you, Joss.
  • Discman! 90s/2000s reference.
  • Ugh, everything about the trio makes me sick.
  • Why exactly does Warren think he’s so indestructible walking into a demon bar?
  • I was gonna eat you myself during the commercial, but now I think it'll be more fun to let the Slayer de-gut you.” – Random vamp because he's 100 times smarter than Warren.
  • Anya’s outfit is adorable.
  • The effects here – the words draining into Willow’s hands and body – so awesome.
  • And apparently all the magic makes her voice deeper?
  • Dawn finding Tara dead…
  • UGH, Rack. Although Rack>Warren any day. [It's a slim margin, but ... yes, 100% - Z]
  • Xander is watching the surgery? Is that a thing that can happen? Meredith Grey tells me it cannot.
  • It sounds like Buffy flat lined – even for a moment before Willow took the bullet out.  I know that wouldn't call another Slayer but it should be addressed.
  • OK, so Warren made a Warren-robot. Sure. So I guess Rack put his ‘essence’ in the robot? Eh, ok. Sorry, just figuring all that out.
  • Ha. Meanwhile, through all this – the bus and all its passengers are just hanging out.
  • This looks like the road at the end of Chosen.
  • Dawn didn’t call 911 either…Poor Dawn.  Another mother-figure gone.
  • And finally someone called the coroner.
  • They do mention that the police were there but we don’t see them. There’s a lot missing. I mean, did they tell them that Buffy was shot too…and there and ok? Did the police put an APB out on Warren?  Did they question Buffy and Xander as suspects?
  • Buffy keeps arguing for not killing Warren – since he’s human – but it’s interesting that everyone else is arguing against her.
  • Maybe we should go to the magic shop for a spell. (also maybe we should check in on Anya? You know – the one you say is your friend?)
  • Creepy finding-spell with the blood on the shirt and all.
  • Mmm. Bugles. I wonder if those still exist.

You know you guys did this, too.

  • If this were a few years later, Spike would totally have Netflix.
  • The demon that Spike seeks has cool glow-in-the-dark eyes. I so want my eyes to be glow-in-the-dark. (for science...)
  • It’s really weird that Anya’s been a vengeance demon for a while now and Xander’s just now realizing it.
  • “When?” “When do you think?”
  • Wow, axe in the back.
  • “Axe not gonna cut it.” Oh, Willow. Now that you’ve gone all dark-super-villain, you have to be with the puns. [I ... actually didn't catch that that was a pun. I'll show myself out. - Z]
  • Hey it’s Katrina! Dead Katrina!
  • Damn, all the men in this episode are having fun with the B-word.
  • Wow, Warren has a really hairy chest. It’s like a sweater.
  • Man. What happens to Warren? From the bullet torture to the lips sewing to the skinning…Probably the grossest death in Buffy-verse history. This is like horror movie death. And yet? No one has deserved it more.

It's like something out of Hellraiser

  • Oh man, it’s just so horrific.
  • One down.


Z: Did the screen actually say where they are?
D: No. Where are they?
Z: Africa.
D: How'd he get to Africa?
D: I always assumed that it was some tribe in southern California or New Mexico or something.
Z: Yes, Sunnydale - in addition to its airport, train station, bus depot, amusement park, docks - has an African village.

Favorite Lines:

Zelda: "I miss Ferris Matthew. Broadway Matthew, I find him cold." - Andrew. It's funny because it's true.
Daniel: Xander: When? Anya: When do you think? 

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: Final appearance of Tara (in corpse form) ;(, The disintegrated Trio, the demon bar, Rack, Clem, Katrina, DARK WILLOW
  • Xander and Buffy know Anya's a vengeance demon now 


Anya's Hair - blonde, ponytail, sideswept bangs
Dead Humans - 1 (even if this gets undone by the comics)
Dead Undeads - 1 (Warrenbot)
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Evil Reveal - 0 (We're not counting Willow because it wasn't a surprise reveal so much as a plot development)
Unevil Reveal - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Metaphor Balls of Misogyny

Episode 6.19: Seeing Red. Original Airdate 5.7.02

"Willow and Tara wallow in their togetherness [wtf is that phrasing? - Z], but things aren't as happy everywhere else. Buffy has to face both Xander and Spike, whilst tracking Warren and Company to foil their next move."

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Aww, look how happy Tara and Willow are! THIS WILL LAST
  • Pretty risqué for 2001, showing Willow and Tara in bed together post-coital and kissing. They came a long way from just a couple of years ago when they couldn’t even kiss.
  • I like Tara being all wise.
  • It’s sad knowing Tara will never leave that house…
  • Ha. Even Dawn knew about Buffy/Spike before Willow.
  • Poor Xander? No. No, Dawn.
  • Oh man, I love this Indiana Jones – Last Crusadeness of this scene with the buzzsaws. Nice reference for the nerds. And what great visual effects for the time.
  • “We need to get Warren and the others before anyone else gets hurt.” You know, like someone in this room being shot and killed.
  • Yay! “He’s a man, look no further.” Heh.
  • Oh man, Anya is so bitter. It’s so sad. But it’s also so funny. And the show cuts her off…because that was gonna continue for a while.
  • Scary looking cockroach demon. Gross.
  • Vodka-Blood, the brunch drink of vamps. I dig it. But really, why is Dawn there?
  • You know, for once I’m on Spike’s side. I think everyone’s mad at him because of their own dumb reasons.
  • Why is everyone all, “how could you do that to her?” Nothing? They were just sleeping together. And Buffy was the one who broke it off.
  • Spike assumed Buffy didn’t care. He wasn’t doing it to hurt Buffy. He was doing it to feel better. Why on Earth can’t he sleep with someone else when Buffy rejected him? And it’s not like Anya is Buffy’s best friend or anything. It’s not like he slept with Willow. Or Xander – (I’ve read slash on that last one.)
  • They’re all so gross – the trio. Such tiny annoying little boys. They can’t even trust each other.
  • Xander opens door, says nothing. Me: Shut up, Xander.
  • Buffy: “She loves you….you know that.” I think on my first watch, at this point, I really thought Anya and Xander would get back together. Even though I hate Xander (and my hate grew upon rewatch after rewatch), I just wanted Anya to be happy.
  • But also, again, Xander seems more upset about Buffy than Anya. Which, another reason why I hate him so much.
  • Buffy: “Xander, what I do with my personal life is none of your business.” DAMN RIGHT.
  • Ugh, Now Xander is walking alone to a sad song. You don’t deserve the montage of sad song walking, Xander.
  • Xander: It’s a good thing I’m part fish. YOU WERE AT ONE POINT!
  • Warren gains ultimate power and…he uses it to hit on chicks… And also somehow thinks that’ll help.
  • Oh no, I actually forgot this part happens in this episode. Damn it, Spike.
  • And this, retro-actively is why I can never root for Spike. This, among other things. But this is just way too upsetting to watch.
  • Andrew’s drink. Tell me again how he’s …ahem, heterosexual?
  • Ok, I guess it’s not about hitting on chicks….and more about getting even with bullies. Sad but kinda reasonable. But also really sad.
  • Who barges into someone's bathroom with accusations? (Xander does.)
  • Yeah, blame it on the chip, Spike.
  • “You really have a problem with strong women, don’t you?” Yeah, you nailed it, Buffy. That’s exactly who Warren is.
  • That roller coaster looks awesome. I wonder where that is.
  • So this is an interesting turn of events. Why is Jonathan helping Buffy?
  • The sight of Andrew jetpacking into a ceiling and falling to the ground is amazing.

  • Aww, Tara’s shirt is cute. I hope it doesn’t get stained with something.
  • Oh geez. That’s good aim. Right through the heart.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Ugh. Must we?
  • Oh but look how sweetly it starts, with Willow and Tara all snuggly
  • Ah, Willow finally noticed the Spuffiness of S6
  • So um. I get that it's funny when Tara just tells Willow bluntly "they've been sleeping together," but she chases it with "I promised her I wouldn't [tell]" but ... it's okay to tell now? Way to keep the secret, Tara.
  • "She probably really needs someone to talk to." Yeah friendshipness!
  • Awwww Dawn ships Tara and Willow more than the internet even. It's really cute and sweet.
  • It's also heartbreaking, of course, because we know Tara's become one of Dawn's mother figures and she's already had two of those die on her and number three is coming soon to a television near you.
  • Buffy's leather jacket is way looser than I believe she'd wear, if not for the upcoming stunt action with the buzz saws. It needs to be believably far enough away from her skin when it gets sliced across the front.
  • "We'll stop." // "Oh you better not!" Dawn's ship is sailing!
  • Aw Anya. So mad she can't even hear her mark start wishes.
  • Sometimes I wonder if it was scenes like Jonathan in the giant demon skin suit that drove Danny Strong to become an award-winning screenwriter.
  • JM's acting the hell out of this scene. His voice is so small and controlled, knowing if he were to try to speak at full volume he might break.
  • Hey Dawn, what you're doing right now? It's not fixing things. Also hey Spike, what you're now thinking about doing right now? It will really not fix things.
  • Look, you guys. The Orbs of Nezzla'khan aka METAPHOR BALLS OF MISOGYNY.
  • Xander needs to stop being a shit and start being supportive of his friend, and not slut shame her.
  • "You could have told me." // "You didn't want to know." EXACTLY. "What I do with my personal life is none of your business." ALSO EXACTLY. I'm so impressed with how gently she's handling this conversation, considering how shitty her "friend" is being to her.
  • Man, this shot of Sad Anya dusting the shop is reminding me just how pretty the Magic Box set is. Just in time for the show to demolish it, just to hurt me.
  • I'm impressed Tara actually seems to have bedhead in this scene. I thought that was anathema to TV women unless they're making a deliberate joke about it.
  • Warren's motivations are always so transparent. He sees a guy who made him feel emasculated years ago, and that's who he zeroes in on.
  • Fuck. It's the bathroom scene. I don't want it.
  • So, most of the fans know now that this plotline came out of a story one of the female writers of the show told the others, of trying to force her soon-to-be-ex into sex in order to save the relationship, and ... it just doesn't work in the translation. It's just. I can barely watch this. Buffy struggling. Spike spidering over her, all in black. The weird, wide, far away shot alternating with these intense weird close ups. She's weeping, he's tearing at her robe, THIS IS NOT OKAY. It's not a sad desperate last attempt at reconciliation, especially not how it's played here. It's attempted rape.
  • At the time this aired I felt incredibly betrayed - though not by Spike, by the writers. This felt so far out of left field, so out of character with what we'd been dealing with, even with his consent issues we've seen earlier. It's obv on a different level than the out of character stuff that happened for the sake of the joke in The Zeppo, but it makes me distrust the story, when I see the characters behaving differently than I think they should.
  • And then of course we'll see that the writers mostly used that moment to further Spike's story and his redemption, and give nearly no time or space to Buffy, who is not only our protagonist, but the victim of the attack and the one who more deserves our sympathy. It was a misstep in every possible way, this plot development. There are other ways to drive Spike off to "Africa" to get his spoiler.
  • I don't know if there's any good way to discuss this scene/plot. It's one of the biggest mistakes the series made, and it's revealed a lot of toxic rape apologist bullshit and victim blaming in the fandom. Love Spike and Spuffy though I do, there's not a way to make this scene okay. I barely know how to begin to talk about it, and I don't really feel like I'm even close to the person who should try.
  • It should also be noted that Buffy's being victimized by Spike is what will lead Xander to "forgive" her for her relationship with Spike. So yeah he's doing GREAT this episode.
  • Oh look, Spike's the one having traumatic flashbacks of that time he attacked someone. I mean, what even?
  • Clem is here to attempt to rescue this episode. He's got hot wings!
  • "It isn't supposed to be this way. It's the chip! Steel and wires and silicon. It won't let me be a monster, and I can't be a man." Gosh, no wonder JM thought Spike was going to get his chip taken out instead of his soul installed. I get the writers wanting to red herring us for the finale reveal, but it's a disservice to mislead the actor too. I think JM could have handled the ambiguity but instead he's playing the chip stuff pretty hamfistedly.
  • "What's the matter, baby? You never fight a real man before?"

  • I like how this scene really snaps Jonathan out of it (took him long enough, but still). It's Andrew screaming "Kill her!" that finally wakes him up to what they're doing.
  • The fact that Warren thinks he's smarter than Buffy is also hella laughable.
  • Not a big fan of the queerbaiting with Andrew's crush on Warren. Just commit to it, writers. Gayness isn't a punchline.
  • Spike's on his motorcycle trip to AFRICA.
  • Man. We're approaching magic bullet time. THIS WOULD BE SO EASY TO FIX, YOU GUYS. Either move Tara closer to the window and fix the bullet hole trajectory, or move Willow and Tara to the kitchen before Warren's gun goes off. It's just such bad physics. I just don't get why NO ONE CAUGHT THIS during production. Put them in the damn kitchen. Problem solved.
  • Much like S4, S6 has seen our Scoobies not communicating. We're reconciling just in time for Willow to go dark.
  • We just remembered that Tara finally made it into the opening credits for this ep (neither of us were paying attention at the time), as one final troll from the writers before they killed Tara. Fuck you, writers.

  • I remember a lot of rumors about Tara's demise were circulating, and I think the episode itself even leaked early online. Then Steven DeKnight, the author this ep, went on the message boards, all "Guys, come on, we wouldn't kill Tara!" He's a lying liar who lies.


Warren: Oh, Relax. All right, you'll each get a whirl, soon as I'm done playing with them.
Daniel: With his balls.
[Daniel and Zelda giggle like middle school boys]

Favorite Lines:

Daniel: "And then you get all excited with the tingly anticipation, but wait! Not so fast! There's the apocalypse, and the back from the grave, and the blah blah blah blah blah, and by the time you're finally standing there in that beautiful expensive white dress you've dreamed about ever since you became human, he's gets all heebie-jeebie and decides, "you know, I'd rather just go steady."" - Anya
Zelda: "I got hot wings!" - Clem

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: the Trio, Clem
  • Sunnydale has an amusement park


Anya's Hair - pin straight, blonde, shoulder-length
Dead Humans - 1
Dead Undeads - 3
Dead Leather Jackets - 1
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 1
Evil Reveal - 0
Unevil Reveal - 0 
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just Skip It

Episode 6.18: Entropy. Original Airdate 4.30.02

"Anya returns to Sunnydale, bent on revenge for Xander leaving her at the altar. She has since become a Vengeance demon again, but ends up hurting Xander in a way she never expected."

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Aw, a good old fashioned chase through the - oh it's Warren on a bike. Fuck you, Warren.
  • Oh there's Buffy. Lotta hats this season for our patroller.
  • "I tried to kill my friends, my sister, last week, and guess how much they hate me. Zero. Zero much." This is used as a brush off line for Spike, but it's actually an important realization for Buffy.
  • I feel like Xander should be listening to country music, as a callback to his pouting after Buffy rejected him in season one. Not whatever music this is.
  • Anya's back! Hi Anya.
  • You guys, if this post suddenly turns rageful, don't take it personally. My tablet just crashed and now my backup laptop is crashing too. It's a dark day for Zelda's electronics.
  • Awkward Tara/Willow banter. Setting us up for HEARTBREAK I SEE YOU WRITERS.
  • It's nice to see Buffy and Dawn sharing some bonding time too.
  • ugh Warren is such a gross psychopath
  • "Okay clearly, I'm not handling this well." // "Well, duh!"
  • GASP ANYA'S A VENGEANCE DEMON AGAIN. I hear Emma really didn't want to wear the latex makeup again, so that was CGI'd.
  • "Those are metaphor intestines! You're not in any real pain!"
  • Omg Buffy has prepared All The Carbs for breakfast. A stack of pancakes, a pile of toast, an army of cereal boxes.
  • "See I thought a little levity might but okay also no." Amazing delivery, and kind of reminiscent of Lisa Kudrow.
  • Emma Caulfield is amazing. This sequence is a bit weird, but she's fantastic:

"Just go love men!'

  • Buffy's reaction to the creepy stalker garden gnome. Is this our true sign that Buffy's truly mending from her depression? She's distinctly quippier and funnier this episode.
  • Aw Willow's pulling up her old hacker skills to track the feed for the spycam. Everything seems so optimistic for full Willow recovery, so let's just completely destroy that next episode, shall we? Yes good plan.
  • Spike's accent is getting more cockney the drunker he gets. I think it'd be funnier if his accent got posher the drunker he got, more like before he was turned.
  • Pssst Xander you don't get to be self righteous about this. You LEFT ANYA AT THE ALTAR. You're not in a relationship. She can do what she wants. And whom she wants. [AMEN - D]
  • Ugh Xander needs a good dick punching.

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Fucking Warren.
  • Love that the vamp gets so caught up in Spike’s love life, that that’s what gets him killed.
  • Keep drinking, Xander. Be like your dad.
  • Oh Willow, with the dorky awkwardness.
  • Omg, an actual street! You can tell because it looks real.
  • And therein lies the problem. He’s apologizing for breaking her heart….but the wrong way. He should have done it earlier? No. He shouldn’t have done it at all.
  • Scary Anyanka face!!!
  • Beady eyes call back!
  • Metaphor intestines!
  • “Syrups have kinds?” - Haven’t you ever been to IHOP? Poor deprived child.
  • I’m glad they didn’t just drop the events of Normal Again. They’re addressing it a lot, as they should.
  • Doublemeat Palace throwback! Penis monster!
  • Aww, Anya trying to make her friends make a wish. Deep down, she knows they’re not going to wish Xander harm.
  • I'm glad Tara and Willow are explaining that being a Lesbian doesn't actually involve hating men...but when Willow says "girl on girl"...I just...what?
  • The camera: Was Spike really the first person they thought of? It’s obvious Warren and co. use this kind of technology. [Maybe it finally occurred to them to wonder how Spike has electricity in a crypt. He could be a secret Tesla-level genius! - Z]
  • If I could just get someone to wish that Spike were a woman…then…
  • I think Spanya is a lost opportunity there.
  • Hey an Indiana Jones reference. I love it.
  • “Singing in the shower, doing my sexy dance.” “Exactly. I…have no dance.”
  • “We should have been dead hundreds of years ago. And we’re the only ones who are really alive.” I love that line because it’s so true of Anya and Spike.
  • It’s done very naturally; it’s not forced. That’s due to the writing but also the two really talented actors:

Missed opportunity right there

  • It was lame that they never matched anyone with Anya besides Xander.  She deserved to have a second chance like Buffy, Willow and Xander.
  • Well, she wanted to hurt him. And she did. Worse than metaphor intestines
  • Is Buffy really upset about this? I mean fine, be upset – but to blame Spike for sleeping with someone else?
  • "No, the mature solution is for you to spend your whole life telling stupid, pointless jokes, so that no one will notice that you are just a scared, insecure little boy!"  YES. YES.
  • Jeez, Xander seems more upset about finding out the Buffy slept with Spike.
  • Hey but at least Tara and Willow get a happy ending. RIGHT?
  • Can we just skip it? Yay? Oh and then go ahead and tear my heart out, next episode, Joss.


Dawn: Yes, when I was in my fives and sixes -
Daniel: - and didn't exist.

Warren: The milk. In the fridge. How long 'til it expires?
Andrew: Well, we got it on Friday, and I remember noticing there wasn't a full two weeks on it, but we did get it in the fridge pretty quick, unless I'm thinking of the 2% milk ...
Zelda: That's why I buy almond milk.
Daniel: Me too!

Favorite Lines:

Zelda: "Things fall apart. They fall apart so hard ... You can't ever put them back the way they were ... I'm sorry, it's just - you know, it takes time. You can't just have coffee and expect ... There's just so much to work through. Trust has to be built again, on  both sides. You have to learn if - if we're even the same people we were, if you can fit in each other's lives. It's a long ... important process, and ... can we just skip it? Can you just be kissing me now?" - Tara
Daniel: "We should have been dead hundreds of years ago and we're the only ones who are really alive." - Spike

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: The Trio, Tara, Halfrek, Espresso Pump
  • Shoutout to the penis demon from Doublemeat Palace


Anya's Hair - blonde, long, straight with a flip; then supercurly with a center part
Dead Humans - 0
Dead Undeads - 2
Dead Lawn Gnome - 1
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Evil Reveal - 0
Unevil Reveal - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

You Didn't Say He Was a Glaghk Guhl Kashma'nik

Episode 6.17: Normal Again. Original Airdate 3.12.02

"After Buffy is stung by a demon, she begins to have vivid day-dreams about a mental asylum. She gradually begins to believe that she is a crazy girl back in L.A. and that Sunnydale and all her friends are just a figment of her imagination."

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • One of the reasons for my hate of this episode is No Anya.
  • But that's only one reason.
  • Ugh, the trio. Hey remember when they killed that girl? The show remembers.
  • Hey! A digeridoo.
  • Scary lookin demon. Good make-up.
  • And scary mental hospital!
  • Aww, Willow's kinda cute with the nervousness.
  • Xander doesn't deserve those hugs.
  • "She was kinda broken." - FEEL GUILTY, XANDER.
  • Xander: I screwed up real bad. Buffy: We all screw up. Me: YES BUT YOU SCREWED UP MORE.
  • Hey it's Joyce! Oh and Hank.
  • Xander, stop being so glib. You have lost that right.
  • It's day. So it's the next day? Did they wait all night to talk about this?
  • Did she get that cute haircut in the mental institution, too? I kinda would have liked if SMG was wearing a wig or something in the mental institution scenes.
  • I love all the explanations especially regarding Dawn.
  • And I love the commentary on the show - how she's used to (in her mind, but also the show) fighting all these Gods and Demons and now she just has three random nerds.
  • New knowledge of Buffy: Back before the series started, Buffy spent some time in an institution; well a clinic.
  • Oh Dawn. Way to make this about you. First of all, how did you not realize before now that you weren't in the other reality? Nothing mystical is real there. Secondly, how can you call it her ideal alternate reality when she's been in a mental institution for six years?
  • Ok ok, they showed Spike flinching at the sunlight. That's something, at least.
  • Oh it's so sad that Buffy is accepting this alt. reality like it's the only reality.
  • "Last summer's momentary awakening." I'm assuming is when she died. But the fact that she has no memory of that should be a clue.
  • When Buffy releases the demon, why doesn't it come after her?
  • All right! Tara to the rescue!
  • I love the "You're right. Thank you. Goodbye." - when Buffy finally realizes her real reality.

  • See, the reason I always disliked this episode was because of the ending - where it seems like the show is saying that the real reality is the mental institution one. At least that's the way I took it for years. Instead, I choose to believe that the demon that "poked" Buffy didn't actually cause her to have hallucinations but rather created an alternate dimension/reality, kind of like Anya(nka) did in The Wish. So the Buffy in the mental institution was real; it just wasn't our Buffy's reality because the only really real Buffy is really Buffy. And that makes me like this episode more than I used to.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • I know this one's controversial, but I remember really loving this episode when it aired. Let's see if that's still true. Also, I have a good reason, though I have to give credit to my sister for explaining what makes the ending amazing.
  • Oh good, Buffy's looking for the nerds again.
  • So I would like to know the exact nature of the demon's power. I'm gonna say the venom doesn't come fully loaded with the constructed "alternate universe," but that it's some kind of powerful hallucinogenic that relies on the victim's brain to create the nightmare. Because all the stuff that happens in the asylum is, I'm sure, stuff that's been knocking around Buffy's subconscious for a while now.
  • Man, poor Buffy though. What a horrific thing to be hallucinating, that everyone you thought you knew and loved is a fiction, that you can't trust your own senses.
  • Parking lot! Do a shot!
  • Oh god, when the camera reveals Joyce, everything in me breaks.
  • How small Buffy's voice is when she says "Mom?"
  • What makes it hurt so much, I think, is how plausible it suddenly seems - that it was all imagined. But I disagree with Daniel (and others) think the episode actually considers this a viable alternate reality, or possibly the true reality. The framework of the show makes it clear it's a hallucination, no matter how complex and comprehensive the delusion is.
  • "Just three pathetic little men who like playing with toys." I think the other reason people don't like this episode is, if they were already dissatisfied with the season as it was going (especially because at this point we thought the Trio was the big bad, and didn't realize Willow was being set up for us), and they thought the doctor's explanations of Buffy's "delusions" was too much of a nod/hat tip to the complaints levied against the season so far, and they didn't think self-awareness of the perceived flaw was enough to make up for it. Sorry if this is kind of a mess, I'm trying to logic this out while I watch Buffy break my heart.
  • "I still say we're gonna need eight other guys to pull this off." // "I never should have let you see that movie." BUT OCEAN'S ELEVEN IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC, YOU HOMICIDAL JERK.
  • Aw Jonathan realizes Warren and Andrew are plotting against him. Get out now, Jonathan! And go to prison where you belong!
  • God this just breaks my heart. Buffy did tell Joyce when she first became the Slayer, and she was institutionalized for it. It adds a whole new heartbreaking layer to how and why she doesn't tell her mom in the narrative of the show, until she has no choice. And then Joyce rejected her again. *hugs Buffy forever*
  • "What if I'm still there? What if I never left that clinic?" SMG is acting the hell out of this episode, you guys.

  • Man, Spike was way more mature last episode about the breakup. He's being a bit of a shit right now.
  • "Oh balls, you didn't say he was a Glaghk Guhl Kashma'nik." // "Cause i can't say glar - " *gets punched*
  • "We have to deal with these things, Dawn -" // "You don't have a sister, Buffy." STOP HURTING ME.
  • The way Buffy's savoring each time Joyce strokes her. IT HURTS.
  • We know I have issues with Dawn, but man it's gotta hurt. "I'm not even there, am I?" But then she has the dumbassery to call it Buffy's ideal reality? Ah yes, everyone longs to be schizophrenic and institutionalized. That sounds awesomesauce.
  • Oh look, Spike's also being a shit about Buffy being ill. Stop being a shit. Stop. Go away.
  • And then - when threatened with the already unpleasant reality she's living getting even more unpleasant - Buffy pours out the antidote. Chooses the new reality. 
Nice going, Spike.

  • This should be the moment it's clear to everyone - Buffy and the audience - that this is a hallucination and not an alternate reality or the possible "real" reality. When the doctor refers to Buffy's stint in heaven as a few months of clarity. No way would Buffy describe time in an institution, even if she's "clear," as heaven. No way no how. While it's an interesting nod/acknowledgement, it's a clue this isn't real.
  • I'm sorry, I can't help laughing when Buffy wallops Xander in the face with a frying pan. I get that it's horrific, but also it's really funny. There is tragically no gif I can find of this moment.
  • Hey Dawn, stop making Buffy's illness about you. 
  • "What's more real, a sick girl in an institution, or some kind of supergirl chosen to fight demons and save the world. That's ridiculous. A girl who sleeps with a vampire she hates? Yeah, that makes sense." Seriously, SMG deserves awards for this episode. She's knocking it out of the park.
  • And then the eeriness, when she's attacking Dawn, reminiscent of her fugue dream in The Weight of the World.
  • Tara to the rescue! Maybe? I forget what happens here. I think Buffy trips her on the stairs?
  • Because actually wait I do remember it'll be Buffy to the rescue. Okay let's keep going. We're getting so close to my favorite part.
  • When Joyce, comforting Buffy, says "You're too good to give in, you can beat this thing. Be strong, baby, okay? I know you're afraid. I know the world feels like a hard place sometimes, but you've got people who love you ... You've got a world of strength in your heart. I know you do. You just have to find it again. Believe in yourself." and you think that means Buffy's going to stay in her delusion. But then she says "You're right. Thank you. Goodbye." And everything hurts because she's saying goodbye to the possibility of keeping Joyce. Because - this is from my sister's explanation - here's what's happening. This is a delusion, right? This is Buffy's brain. And Buffy's brain reminds her, even when she feels the most broken, that she is strong and good and alive. Buffy's brain talks her back into embracing reality, herself, and life. This is so fucking huge. And you can see it in Buffy's face. This scene absolutely kills me, and it's why I love this episode.
  • And Buffy returns to Sunnydale and saves her friends.
  • And this is the part that pisses everyone off, because the episode flashes back at the end to Buffy, catatonic in the institution. And people hate that because they say the episode is still trying to present this as a possible reality. I disagree. Buffy hasn't taken the antidote yet, she's still flashing between reality and hallucination. She's just choosing to not engage in the hallucination anymore - hence, catatonia.
  • Though Daniel is right, too much Xander, not enough Anya.

You want more crossfire? Did you not read any of this post?

Favorite Lines:

Daniel & Zelda: "You're right. Thank you. Goodbye." - Buffy

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: The Trio, Tara, Sunnydale U, Doublemeat Palace, Joyce and Hank
  • Andrew's using his demon summoning skills again


Anya's Hair - invisible
Dead Humans - 0
Dead Undeads - 1
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Evil Reveal - 0
Unevil Reveal - 0 
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Sea Captain or Something

Episode 6.16: Hell's Bells. Original Airdate 3.05.02

"It's the day of Xander and Anya's wedding. Emotions are running high with Xander's dysfunctional family clashing with Anya's demon friends. The ceremony is disrupted when an old man claiming to be the future Xander shows up."

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • omg we're back you guys! we missed you
  • They're reenacting the Passion of the Christ across the street from my apartment. Like, in the street in front of the church. There are centurions and everything. Daniel and I just watched the 39 lashes.
  • I wonder if SMG demanded that her dress not have the absolutely horrific sleeves that the other bridesmaid dresses have.
  • Aw shoutout to Willow being Jewish.
  • They're singing outside now. At least it's distracting me from how horrible Xander's family is
  • "Nothing on Earth can stop this wedding now." Oh Xander. What were you thinking? Or were you even thinking at all? (I told you back in season two I use this a lot)
  • So this bit about Xander's cummerbund not fitting is because we've been seeing Xander chowing down in every episode this season, but was that done because Nicky had gained weight, or is this a chicken-egg situation?
  • "Who do you think you are, like a sea captain or something?" Bless Anya. I think I missed you most of all during our hiatus.
  • "It's probably the blush of imprudent spending." I want to start using that. I think I imprudently spend enough to warrant it.
  • "I get to be with my best friend forever!" Man, how did we not see it coming? [They are going to be together forever!!! - Ten-Years-Ago-Daniel]
  • Well, I'll tell you, because I remember watching this one live. The episode is mostly played for laughs, wedding drama hijinks, and we know that the badness will be vanquished, so we assume the wedding will still happen, even if stuff goes wrong. And then Xander punches us in the guts.
  • yay D'Hoffryn!
  • Oh Dawn also doesn't have the horiffic sleeves on her sea monster dress. So just the Summers girls lucked out. Iiiiiiiiiiinteresting.
  • Haha Clem is my hero: "Well, there are ancient ways ... Clowning as an occupation, grew out of the commedia del'arte, and uh ancient sports, of course."
  • Is it bad that I think this demon is cute even with his tentacle face?  [Nah, he's totes cute - D]

  • I kinda wish they'd used twin Kelly again, and put one of them in old age makeup, for the Future Xander Harris character here. Although since he turns out to be a con artist, I guess this is okay.
  • Ugh can we just "accidentally" kill Xander's gross dad?
  • Awww in fake future, Buffy's dead. again.
  • Then again, the old age makeup on Anya in these fake future scenes is bad. so maybe it's just as well they cast a real old man.
  • That whole sequence was really upsetting, you guys. Poor fake future Xander and Anya.
  • Not Future Xander pronounces Anya as "Unya." That shoulda been our clue. Really, though, someone on set should have caught that. It's ANGelus/AnGELus all over again.
  • "She seems like a very nice attempt at making me jealous."
  • "Yeah it hurts." // "I'm sorry ... or - Good!" *snort*
  • "It's nice to watch you be happy ... you glow." IS SHE EFFULGENT, SPIKE? IS SHE?
  • No lie, I love that scene between Buffy and Spike. Too bad their whole dynamic changes episode to episode and it's gonna be toxic for basically the rest of the season.

  • Anya's vows are distinctly the best part of this episode.
  • I wonder if Tito is a groomsman, or if the entire wedding party is the Scooby gang plus Halfrek.
  • I was really hoping we'd get to see Tito again, you guys.
  • Hey um guys. How come Halfrek is out sitting with the rest of the congregation? She's wearing the hideous dress, shouldn't she be helping the bride prep with the rest of the wedding party? What the fuck? Oldest friend my foot. Shenanigans you guys.
  • I've been in two wedding parties so I'm now an expert.
  • Aww SMG can juggle! (I searched but could not find a gif. You have failed me, internet)
  • We got a good old fashioned wedding brawl!
  • Willow rescued Tara!
  • gasp! it's not Old Man Xander after all. gasp!
  • How come none of the demons in attendance are mad when Buffy and Xander kill a demon? Instead they're like gosh let's sit down for the wedding now
  • Or not, more fighting for all.
  • This episode's kinda weirdly put together. It feels like a bit of a rush job, even if the emotionally heartbreaking stuff is still really well done.

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • It’s time. This should be a happy episode, right?
  • It’s a wedding! HAPPY, RIGHT?
  • Buffy the bridesmaid
  • Wow, those dresses are pretty bad. Why does Willow’s dress have those awful arms? Buffy’s at least has better sleeves.

Tara and Willow drew the short straw.

  • What's funny is that I think Anya actually thinks they look good.
  • Anya’s so happy! IT'LL LAST.
  • And that hug.  I love Anya's hugs. They're hugs the way you hugged when you were a little kid - so full of emotion and earnestness.
  • “It’s the happiest day of my life,” *thunder*
  • Xander’s parents are so awful; which I guess is the point.
  • “Nothing on Earth can stop this wedding, now.” - Man, Xander’s really good at the jinxing.
  • I like when Buffy is happy for Xander and Anya.
  • Oh man, Anya’s vows.
  • “Take care of my heart, won’t you please…?” It’s just so sad, knowing what’s going to happen.
  • Hey, did Willow just compliment Anya?
  • “I get to be with my best friend forever!” I…it’s just so sad.
  • Dawn’s dress, weirdly, doesn’t look terrible.
  • Interesting that Hallie is in her demon face.
  • Man, Anya knows a lot of demons
  • I’m so glad we never saw Xander’s parents before this if this is the way they are. They’re just so gross. (I know we kinda saw his dad in Restless)
  • I wish Giles was back for the wedding. I think he’d want to see this and maybe he could have helped somehow.
  • The old man is like 3-4” shorter than Xander. I know older people shrink but… He looks nothing like Xander. And he has both eyes. SPOILER! [OMG THAT'S THE REAL CLUE - Z]
  • Oh Xander, you know better than to look at shiny objects. Or maybe you don’t.
  • In the “flash forward”, why doesn’t Anya still own the shop?
  • This kitchen is right out of a 1950s sitcom.
  • The old man has none of Xander’s inflections.
  • Was Spike even invited? Would Anya & Xander have invited him?
  • Oh man. Spike just walked out of the church. It’s daytime. Zelda: At least it’s cloudy? Me: Grrrr.
  • Sex Poodle. Lol.  We wanted to name this post Sex Poodle, but we figured we'd get the wrong kind of hits.
  • “I finally get love” Awww.
  • Omg, this Dawn flirting with the cute teenaged angsty demon is kind of awesome.
  • Wow, Buffy’s good at juggling!
  • The thing is – the stupid demon is right. It didn’t take much to convince stupid Xander.
  • And now, this is when you guys go elope. Right? It all ends happy, right???
  • It’s so sad. When Anya is still trying to convince him knowing she’s fighting a losing battle.
  • Willow is being sympathetic towards Anya – she’s 2 for 2.
  • That final shot with Anya seemingly accepting her fate of returning to vengeance demonism.

Favorite Lines:
Zelda: "Well, there are ancient ways ... Clowning as an occupation, grew out of the commedia del'arte, and uh ancient sports, of course." - Clem
 'I, Anya, promise to ... love you, to cherish you, honor you, uh, but not to obey you, of course, because that's anachronistic and misogynistic and who do you think you are, like a sea captain or something?' - Anya

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

Recurring: Tara, Xander's dad (recast), D'Hoffryn, Halfrek, Clem
First (and only) appearance of the oft-mentioned Uncle Rory
Shoutout to Xander and Willow getting it on in formal wear

Anya's Hair - long, blonde, curly, gorgeous
Dead Humans - 0
Dead Undeads - 1
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Xander Breaks Anya's Heart - 1
Evil Reveal - 1 (Not Future Xander)
Unevil Reveal - 0
Shenanigans Called - 1
Apocalypse Called - 0

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Hat Has a Cow

Episode 6.15: As You Were. Original Airdate 2.26.02

"Buffy's ex-boyfriend, Riley Finn, returns to Sunnydale with his new wife Sam to track down a nest of demons which threaten the future of the town."

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Other fast food chains in the Buffyverse: Burger World & Happy Bun
  • Aww, Buffy smells like fast food
  • And she calls out the vamp on being dead and smelling like being dead. Does Spike smell like he's dead? You know, when they're porking? Does he? Huh?
  • Special Guest Star Marc Blucas! He was in an ep of Limitless the other week, fyi. He was kinda playing the same role-ish. [That makes sense. - Z]
  • Ugh. You know what that Ugh means.
  • Xander and Anya are still doing the seating chart.
  • Buffy missed the garbage guys but like, why didn't she use her slayer speed?
  • Aww, Buffy's application was rejected. EVERYTHING SUCKS is basically what this episode is saying.
  • RILEY FINN. And he's got a super sexy scar on his face.
Super Sexy Scar

  • The DMP uniforms are actually really well made.
  • Riley: We got a wild bear. Hehe. Everyone will believe that!
  • Wow, I kinda forgot how tall Riley is, too.
  • "Did you die?" "No." "I'm gonna win."
  • Riley complimented Buffy on her hair. Because that's the type of guy he is.
  • Aww, Buffy's being all flirty. It's like that thing when you see an ex for the first time in ages and you feel that passionate chemistry again and you think it's mutual and then whoops, they're married. That's never happened to me. Nope, not once. Nope. God Damn it.
  • Oh hey, Sam, wife of Riley.
  • She's so perfect for Riley.
  • I love the continuity of all the episodes this season. They keep referring to past eps.
  • Aww, Willow's a good friend.
  • Hey, maybe the nest is somewhere where the nest of the praying mantis woman is.
  • Oh Buffy. Stop. Please, stop with the Spike.
  • They could have given him a better code name than "Doctor". Who wrote this ep, Moffat?
  • But hey, Spike is evil? What? WHAT? That was all sarcastic, btdubs.
  • Also, put a shirt on, Spike.
  • I hate Anya & Xander talking about their wedding and marraige when we all know how it's going to end.
  • Such a sweet reconciliation between Buffy & Riley. I'm so thankful for this episode. I like that at least one thing in Buffy's life could be resolved; that she can have closure on one thing. I'm glad things finally ended nicely between the two of them and that Riley's last appearance shows that he's happy as well. It's so rare in the Buffyverse.
  • And all this has made Buffy finally make sense of the LACK of sense Spuffy makes. And she makes a good decision here. And it at least looks as though it's going to stick.

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • Wow I have been completely neglecting to write anything for like 15 minutes. I'm sorry, guys.
  • Aw Buffy got rejected from Sunnydale U.
  • In this week's Inconsistent Characterization of Dawn, Dawn - who was throwing passive aggressive fits like they were spitballs last week - is now totally cool and gentle about Buffy's absentness. One can argue that's she's grown but HAHAHAHA DAWN AND GROWTH THIS SEASON.
  • Oh. It's Riley. "Were you always this tall?" Fair question.
  • Yes, Riley, that's a wild bear all right.
Someone's been watching Men In Black too much.

  • "Did you die?" // "No." // "I'm gonna win."
  • Anya just said "the gnarls are teleporting in in " WAIT WHAT ANYA KNOWS THE GNARLS WTF A GNARL ALMOST ATE WILLOW .. in the future [Edit: my mistake. Gnarols, per the shooting script. Stand down, everyone, stand down.]
  • Sunnydale has a reservoir, you guys. SURE, WHY NOT.
  • Wow, Riley. You do a special ducking maneuver to make sure the giant pipe can't see you, and then you turn your back on a completely open doorway and leave yourself open to attack? That's some bad soldiering.
  • Ugh. I hate Sam. As my friend Malcolm said once, "has there been a more non-character character?"
  • Seriously, Riley, shouldn't that have been step fucking one, though, telling Buffy this was a capture and not a kill? It's not like you don't know Buffy's general practice. Riley is a bad bad soldier.
  • "Just so you know, I'm prepared to hate this woman." Yay Willow being a supportive friend.
  • I am loving the shade Dawn is throwing at Riley. At least he deserves it.
  • "there's a dealer in town, calls himself the Doctor." whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • "You're like Santa Claus or Buddha." // "Fat and jolly." I LOVE SNARKY BUFFY
  • Ugh, she's so baaaaaaaaaaaad. This actress is okay in small comic roles I've seen her in, but she's so baaaaaaaaaaaaad as Sam.
  • Yeah, this is just beyond dumb, though. It's so ridiculously out of character for Spike to be "the Doctor" and to have this stupid plan. Not to have a stupid plan, we all know Spike isn't good at long term plans or sticking to said, but this kind of random-ass scheme? I just don't buy it. I never did, and it makes the whole thing just ring false and forced and stupid and it takes me out of things. It's always disappointing when the writers sacrifice character consistency for plot points. (it's even worse when they do it for the sake of a joke, I guess, like in The Zeppo or even Once More With Feeling, but I still hate it. it weakens the show and it weakens the characters)
  • This is the second time Anya's hidden out in a bathroom from a fight.
  • "What a bitch." Good friend, Willow.


(before episode starts)
Z: Goddammit!
D: What?
Z: I hate Sam.
D: Sam? Who's Sam?
Z: Boring Riley's Boring Wife.
D: I like Sam! And I like Riley and Sam. And I'm glad they have a happy ending.
Z: They're both boring and they're both mediocre actors.
D: Yes, but they're boring and mediocre together.

Buffy: You won't look?
Riley: I'm a gentleman.
D: He is.
Z: This would be the time to say "I'm a married man."

Favorite Lines:

Daniel: "I think we died in this car on the way to the airport, and now we're stuck in hell." // "The radio said no traffic." // "It's a hell radio, of course it said that." - Anya/Xander
Zelda: "Did you die?" // "No." // "I'm gonna win." - Buffy and Riley

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: Riley
  • Riley and Sam have been married four months. According to Sam, it took Riley a year to get over Buffy. Riley left town approximately fourteen months agoSo. That's a timeline. They got married and then two months later he got over Buffy.
  • shoutout to Older and Far Away and Halfrek's curse
  • "These things? Never useful." Buffy's go-to reaction to guns. (callback to Flooded)


Anya's Hair - blonde, straight, tied back
Dead Humans - 0
Dead Undeads - 12 (this counts the 10 eggs)
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Evil Reveal - 0
Unevil Reveal - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Muscle Cramp...In Your Pants?

Episode 6.14: Older and Far Away.Original Airdate 2.12.02 

"After Dawn talks to a guidance counselor about her feeling lonely, she accidentally puts a spell on Buffy and her friends, trapping them inside the Summer's house with a sword-wielding demon."

Zelda's Thoughts:

  • It's happy birthday Buffy!
  • Why does Dawn have an anteroom to her bedroom? Like, seriously, WHY.
And why is there a table there?
  • Oh Dawn. Why are you stealing all the things.
  • TAWIST. Halfrek's pretending to be a guidance counselor.
  • It's actually pretty clever - since we saw her only in veiny demon form in her first episode, she might not be immediately recognized by everyone.
  • So, I remember when this episode aired, everyone on the message boards got all excited about Buffy's new friend Sophie. And then she never showed up again. But that didn't stop fans from shipping her with Clem. And possibly writing fic about it. I can kind of see it? They're both very sweet.
  • Aw I bet Sarah missed these opportunities to be funny. (Willow appears, making Tara feel awkward. Buffy: "I have to, wit the thing that I, uh ... Coming!")
  • Clem is back! And he's been sufficiently rewritten to be sweet and adorable and one of my favorite recurrings. 
  • So ... how'd Dawn get the jacket out of the store with the security tag still on it? [There are ways.  -Not D]
  • Dude the weapons chest Xander made is gorgeous. I want one!
  • gasp Halfrek's a demon gasp
  • Gotta feel bad for Richard. Got invited to a stranger's birthday party as an obvious fix up.
  • Tara shutting Spike down is the best though.
  • "We do not joke about eating people in this house!"
  • Dawn, darling, please stop taking people's desire to not be stuck in a house for the rest of their lives personally. This stuff is why Dawn gets a bad rap.
  • Oh, look, it's another GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT. This is also why Dawn gets a bad rap.
  • Richard's kinda dumb. And judgmental. "I don't think that's a skin condition."
  • How stupid are they to carry him upstairs when he has a cut like that? Put him on the couch maybe, but why risk exacerbating the injury with stairs?
  • So like ... why don't they just call some EMT guys and have them get stuck in the house too? We know (from the future) that the Summers house can hold a lot of people. Just ... they should get actual medical help for poor boring stupid cute Richard.
  • I really don't like how Anya goes after Willow. Emma's really great at it, but I don't like how she's treating her, out of fear.
  • But then Tara is lovely. "Hey, you're gonna back off. She said no."
  • I'd say Anya's being out of character, but we see this again, this cruel striking out when she feels cornered and terrified, when she accuses Buffy of being "lucky" in S7 and we all want to punch her.
  • Emma Caulfield is amazing in this ep though, I gotta say.
  • I find it kind of weird that they keep doing the fake out with not really killing vengeance demons - this comes back again next season - for anyone paying attention, we're not tricked for a minute.
  • I've read some fanfic that tracks how Cecily became a vengeance demon. There's some cleverness tying her rejection of William to a controlling father, which is why she's the patron demon of unhappy children. Also Paul (one of our commentors) tell us that the non-canon comics also follow this narrative.
  • And now they're walking Richard down the stairs upright. WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL YOUR BORING FRIEND.

Daniel's Thoughts:

  • Buffy’s getting ready for that wintry night in southern California.  You let it go.
  • And what’s with this hat she borrowed from Willow’s collection.  Or Blossom’s? 

And in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine!

  • It’s nice that Buffy’s close enough with Tara that she wants her at her party.
  • Dawn said ‘hey’ that reminded me of Buffy.  Weird thing.  But I wasn’t looking at the screen and thought it was Buffy.  
  • Why doesn’t Dawn have friends? Where’s Janice?  It’s weird that she’s always relying on her sister’s friends.
  • I’m not sure if we’re supposed to know that’s Hallie yet.  BUT I KNOW.
  • Sophie!
  • Anya: “We invited someone for you.  *whispers* A guy…”  Hehehe.
  • Willow’s all worried about what she looks like. And Z and I agree that she should change that dumb shirt.
  • Oh, the awkwardness.  I love it. They’re actually really good at it.
  • CLEM!
  • Also, Richard.  Such a 90s style soap dreamboat.
  • Man, Anya.  With the treating Dawn like she’s 10.
  • All the fun awkwardness in this episode is really well written and acted.
  • “I offered helpful suggestions from a safe distance.”
  • Hey Sophie!
  • It’s alarming that Tara’s not more disturbed.  She seems downright delighted at the Spike/Buffy thing.  Especially when way back when they saw Buffybot boinking Spike, She called her insane or something.
  • Tara’s playing poker!
  • Hey.  Hey, look at all that natural light hitting Spike.  And hey.  Hey, look at him not exploding. You let it go.
  • OMWF reference.
  • Tara’s the only one who seems to get what it’s like to be a teenager.
  • Why is Spike by the door? He. Will. Burn. Up. If the spell works.
  • The visual effects with the demon falling through the door are kinda cool.
  • Richard!
  • Has anyone tried calling someone?
  • Wow. Anya has some major claustrophobia issues.
  • Aww, Spike’s trying to save Xander.
  • Buffy: “Are you ok?” Dawn, “Do you care?” Me: *eyeroll*
  • Eh, while I like Tara’s sudden valiance, it’s a little bit contrived. [I dunno, she's grown a lot this season. I think leaving Willow has been great for her gumption. - Z]
  • Lots of Anya this episode and a lot of the problems she has with people are coming out.  Too bad it never gets resolved.
  • Oops, Halfrek.  But Anya should know a sword can't kill a vengeance demon.  Nice seeing her kick some ass anyway.
  • And Hallie calls her on it, which is nice.
  • Love this moment where Spike/Hallie seem to know each other. BUT ARE CECILY AND HALLIE THE SAME PERSON?  ...this was discussed in the comments section of our last blog post.
  • Sort of a Deus Ex Machina ending….but pretty clever as well. 

Favorite Lines:

Zelda: "I don't know. He seemed ... cute. Was he cute? I mean, I'm not a very good judge, but I think he seemed cute." // "I think he seemed cute, yeah." - Tara and Clem, ruining Spike's evening
Daniel: “We invited someone for you.  *whispers* A guy…”   ~Anya

Arc/Continuity Stuff:

  • Recurring: slug candles, Dawn's kleptomania, Tara, Clem, Halfrek
  • Shoutout to that time Xander summoned Sweet to Sunnydale
  • Gentle reminder that impaling a vengeance demon with a sword will not kill the vengeance demon. Remember this next season.
  • Nod at the double casting of Kali Rocha with Halfrek and Spike recognizing each other.
Anya's Hair - blonde, straight, twist clipped
Dead Humans - 0
Dead Undeads - 1
Dead Flashbacks - 0
Buffy Breaks a Door - 0
Evil Reveal - 0
Unevil Reveal - 0
Shenanigans Called - 0
Apocalypse Called - 0