Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 22, 23, & 24

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 20 years ago.

Y’all, the actual 20th anniversary of Buffy’s series premiere was on Friday. Isn’t that neat? Aren’t you just going, “Oooh!”? Okay, so it was just me. But if you’re back from last week, you’ll be happy to know that we’re picking up with the cliffhanger…

What’s My Line, Part 2

  • So Angel’s locked in a cage and the sun is coming up. Xander and Cordelia are at Buffy’s house being confronted by creepy bug guy. Buffy is in a fight with someone calling herself Kendra, the Vampire Slayer. Huh?
  • How could there be two Slayers?
  • Giles figures it out… The next Slayer is only activated when the current Slayer dies. And Buffy did die. She was only dead for a minute, but that’s all it took.
  • Willy the Snitch pulls Angel out of the cage and tosses him into the sewer.
  • Because Spike paid him to.
  • Spikes posse drags Angel back to their lair.
  • Meanwhile, creepy bug guy can’t hide his buggy nature. Dude moves fast for a pile of worms.
  • The Slayers take on Willy to find out where Angel is. He just tells them that Angel went underground to recuperate.
  • Turns out, Angel, Drusilla’s sire, is the key to a ritual that will restore Drusilla to full strength. But first she’s going to torture him a bit.
  • In the downtime, Buffy is kind of liking the idea of another Slayer being around. Maybe she could have a normal life and let Kendra take over.
  • Xander and Cordelia are trapped in Buffy’s basement, hiding away from creepy bug guy. They’re arguing. A lot. And then they’re making out. Very Sam and Diane.
  • They leave the basement and then worms drop on Cordelia from the ceiling, but they get away, more or less unscathed.
  • Buffy returns to career week and is at the law enforcement seminar. Where the cop tries to shoot her. Meet assassin number three.
  • Oz takes a bullet for Willow. That’s so sweet. Buffy and Kendra chase off the cop.
  • Giles figures out that Drusilla’s ritual requires Angel and will kill him. This sets Buffy off.
  • The Slayers go back to Willy, who leads Buffy to the church where the ritual is taking place. And it was a trap. Of course.
  • But Spike’s not happy that Buffy is there, interrupting the ritual. Which has already begun.
  • Kendra and the others break in and the fight ensues. Giles kills a vampire. Xander tricks creepy bug guy into disassembling so he can kill the worms. Willow dusts a vamp.
  • Buffy gets to Angel and Drusilla and disrupts the bleeding process. Spike tries to get Dru out, but Buffy causes him to fall into the pipe organ, causing him and Dru to be buried under all the pipes.
  • The Slayers save Angel. They leave Spike and Dru to rot. All’s well that ends well.
  • Except that they’re not dead. And Drusilla is back to full strength, carrying Spike out of the wreckage.
  • Body count: Vampires – 2; Tarakan Assassins – 1

Ted

  • Buffy’s mom is making out with John Ritter! I mean Ted.
  • Now he’s probably going to sit Buffy down and tell her the story of how he met her mother.
  • I’m confusing my sitcoms.
  • Willow and Xander love this guy.
  • He’s obviously evil and must, therefore, be destroyed.
  • Buffy takes out her potential stepdad aggression on a vampire who she takes her sweet time in staking.
  • Ted invites the kids to go miniature golfing.
  • He’s obviously evil and must, therefore be destroyed.
  • Giles stops by to see Ms. Calendar, presumably for the first time since the Eyghon incident.
  • On the mini-golf trip, Ted gets a little psycho over Buffy cheating on a hole. Unfortunately, no one else sees his mini-tirade.
  • Buffy gets Willow to do some digging into Ted’s life. Probably has really good reason.
  • When Buffy goes off on Ted during dinner, Joyce sends her to her room. She sneaks out to patrol.
  • But when she comes back Ted is sitting in the dark in Buffy’s room. And he’s been reading her diary.
  • Ted slaps her. Wrong move Teddy-boy.
  • Fight ensues. He’s freakishly strong. But Buffy gets the upper hand when Joyce walks in and Ted takes the fall. Down the stairs. Apparently killing him.
  • Gotta make Buffy look like the bad guy, right?
  • The police aren’t charging Buffy with anything, what with it being self-defense and all.
  • Buffy feels wicked guilty, so Giles is giving her the night off and patrolling in her place.
  • Willow discovers that the food Ted was making was drugged to make people compliant.
  • Ms. Calendar interrupts Giles’ patrol and they’re confronted by a vampire. Jenny accidentally shoots Giles in the back with a crossbow bolt. Giles pulls it out and stakes the vamp.
  • Ted is still alive! He nearly strangles Buffy, but she stabs his arm with a nail file, revealing… He’s a robot!
  • The rest of the gang find Ted’s home. And all of his deceased wives. Robo-Ted has been pulling this act since the 1950s!
  • Before Ted was able to abduct Joyce, Buffy was able to shut him down.
  • Body count: Vampires – 2; Robots – 1

Bad Eggs

  • Buffy and Joyce are spending some time at the mall, where Buffy is forced to fight a of vampire with a serious cowboy fetish. He gets away.
  • It occurs to me, Buffy wears a lot of cross necklaces, but she and her mom aren’t particularly religious. Does Joyce ever wonder about that?
  • Xander and Cordelia are still making out in secret. So that’s still a thing.
  • As a part of sex education, the kids have to take home eggs to take care of as if they’re their babies.
  • Turns out cowboy vampire has a brother… they are Lyle and Tector Gorch. And they watch as Buffy makes out with Angel.
  • During the night, Buffy’s egg sends out some kind of tentacle that’s attaching to Buffy.
  • Just when you thought the Gorch brothers would be the A storyline, the eggs have a nefarious purpose and push the vampires to the B side.
  • The next day, Buffy and her egg both seem all right. Well, Buffy seems tired.
  • Willow’s tired, too. Xander’s full of energy.
  • One of these things is not like the others.
  • Xander hard boiled his egg. No tentacles are coming for him.
  • The sex ed teacher is missing. Things just get fishier in Sunnydale.
  • Security guard at the high school hears strange noises coming from the basement. Like a good horror movie victim, he goes to investigate.
  • The good news is, sex ed teacher is alive and well. He attacks the guard with a pick axe, knocking him down a hole.
  • Something hatches from Buffy’s egg. Which she’s able to kill, Slayer-style.
  • It looks like some kind of alien bug. Like it could attach to her face and then shove a xenomorph embryo down her throat.
  • Buffy calls Willow to warn her about the egg. She sounds okay on the phone, but her egg has already hatched. And it’s attached itself to her lower back.
  • Xander, on the other hand, decides to eat his hard-boiled egg and discovers a hard-boiled alien thing.
  • Willow and Cordelia reveal that they’re controlled by the offspring of the mother Bezoar. Before knocking out Buffy and Xander.
  • Now all the students who are being controlled head into the basement to help sex ed teacher dig up the Bezoar.
  • Giles is under the thing’s control and he infects Joyce.
  • Xander and Buffy wake up and make their way down to where all the zombie-like people are digging.
  • Enter the Gorch brothers. Great timing, boys. Tector gets eaten by Mama Bezoar. Buffy is almost eaten, but she takes a pick axe with her. No more Mama Bezoar, no more offspring.
  • Lyle takes off when Buffy emerges and lives to fight another day.
  • Everyone has some slight amnesia after the Bezoar incident.
  • Body count: Vampires – 1; Bezoars – 1 (plus countless offspring)

Next week, things get dark(er).

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3 thoughts on “Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 22, 23, & 24

  1. I think I said this before, but Buffy was my son’s favorite show for decades, it seems. Ok, just a few seasons. Besides the fact that Buffy was gorgeous and my son was in middle school, which may say it all, I just couldn’t take it for more than a few minutes at a time.

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