Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 31, 32, & 33

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.

Kids, the Season 2 finale was a two-parter. In this post, we only get part one. So the actual finale for Season 2 will be part of next week’s post, where we’ll also begin Season 3. Isn’t that exciting? A little? …cue the crickets…

I Only Have Eyes for You

  • What a great song.
  • And, BTW, there is no shortage of indie-emo bands available to perform at The Bronze.
  • A guy tries to ask Buffy out. But she shuts him down pretty handily. “I’m not seeing anyone. Ever.”
  • Meanwhile, a young couple hanging out at the high school (at night?) are in a pretty heavy argument about how it’s over. But the guy feels that “love is forever,” and then pulls out a gun.
  • Dude, a gun is a pretty quick way to cut forever way short.
  • Buffy gets there just in time to stop the guy from shooting the girl. But the gun vanishes. Hmm…
  • As a reward for her good deed, Buffy finds herself in Snyder’s office. While she’s alone, a yearbook from 1955 falls off the bookshelf of its own accord. Hmm…
  • Willow is still covering Ms. Calendar’s computer classes. Apparently she had great lesson plans on her computer.
  • Uh… the computer that Angelus destroyed just before he snapped Jenny’s neck?
  • Apparently, there are also great links to sites dealing with paganism and witchcraft.
  • Slippery slope, Will…
  • In class, Buffy seems to doze off and finds herself back in the 50s. Dare I say, 1955?
  • She sees a student getting a little too close to a teacher. Hmm…
  • “Something weird is going on. Isn’t that our school motto?” – Xander
  • Said just before a dead guy’s arm tries to pull him into his own locker.
  • Giles thinks, based on Xander’s description, that they’re dealing with a poltergeist.
  • “I defined something? Accurately? Guess I’m done with the book learnin’.”
  • That night, a janitor and a teacher have an innocuous conversation, showing they clearly don’t know each other well. Suddenly, they’re having an argument about how it’s over, but love is forever. Hmm…
  • This time, the guy pulls a gun, but no one is there to stop him before he shoots the teacher.
  • Giles stops the janitor as he runs away, but the gun vanishes.
  • Remember that time when Giles went after Angelus for killing Jenny and burned down the factory? Well, Angelus has acquired a mansion for them to become a new lair for him and Drusilla. Oh, and Spike’s tagging along.
  • The next day, Giles is convinced that the ghost is Jenny. He’s wanting to see what he wants to see.
  • There’s a pattern here that doesn’t fit with how Jenny died.
  • Willow does some digging and discovers the student and teacher from Buffy’s vision of the 50s. They were involved in a murder-suicide. He killed his teacher when she said she didn’t love him anymore, then killed himself over the guilt.
  • The poltergeist steps up his game by causing a snake epidemic in the cafeteria. School’s closed.
  • This is probably important: Snyder is arguing with a police official about how to cover this up. “We’re on a Hellmouth.” Snyder knows!
  • Then why is he a constant jerk to Buffy?
  • The Scooby Gang decide to go back to the school at night to try and drive out the spirit. That’s when things get really weird.
  • A huge swarm of wasps drives out the good guys and then surround the school.
  • Buffy returns to the school, in something of a trance. Angelus shows up, too. The wasps let Buffy in because she’s been called. Angelus isn’t really bothered by wasps.
  • They act out the same murder-suicide scene. But this time the roles are reversed. Buffy is the student, Angelus is the teacher.
  • When Buffy shoots Angelus, he doesn’t die. Being a vampire, a bullet and a fall from the second story can’t do him a lot of damage.
  • The teacher’s ghost is able to provide the student’s ghost with forgiveness. And the spirits move on.
  • Angelus is not happy about being possessed. He needs a real vile kill before sunrise, so he and Dru head out. Then Spike reveals that he doesn’t actually need his wheelchair anymore.
  • Fun fact: David Boreanaz’s acting ability in this episode is what convinced Joss Whedon that he could hold his own as the lead on a spin-off.
  • Body count: Humans – 1

Go Fish

  • Sunnydale has a beach? Why didn’t we know this before?
  • The swim team is having a victory party. Apparently this is the only thing Sunnydale High is good at.
  • As the party dies down, one of the swimmers is evidently attacked by some kind of sea monster. It flays him alive.
  • One of the swim guys tries to make an aggressive move on Buffy and she easily takes care of herself. Of course, she’s the one to get in trouble.
  • Because suddenly the swim team is comprised of untouchables.
  • Soon enough, Buffy’s swim attacker becomes the next victim of the sea monster.
  • Thus far, the victims have been #1 and #2 on the swim team, respectively.
  • Buffy decides to keep an eye on #3 who, by the way, is playing an old school Game Boy. Respect.
  • Xander decides to join the team and go undercover.
  • Angel goes after #3 before the sea monster can. But he doesn’t like the taste of the swimmer’s blood. #3 is contaminated.
  • The working theory is that the team is infected with steroids, which is probably what’s attracting the sea monster.
  • #3 is next to be attacked. But he’s not really attacked. He transforms. Into one of the sea monsters.
  • The swimmers aren’t being killed. They’re becoming the Creatures from the Black Lagoon.
  • Xander soon discovers that the steroids are being pumped into the team through the steam in the sauna. And the coach is behind it.
  • And the steroids are behind the transformations.
  • To cover up, the coach throws the school nurse, who is in on the thing, into the sewer to be eaten by the former swim team.
  • Cordelia confronts a sea monster thinking it’s Xander. Turns out it’s swimmer #4.
  • When Buffy confronts the coach about what’s going on, he throws her into the sewer, too. But she can still take care of herself.
  • Xander manages to pull Buffy out. But then the coach falls in. And he becomes fish food.
  • The four who transformed are free to go out to sea. The rest of the team are cured with plasma transfusions.
  • Body count: Humans – 2

Becoming, Part I

  • Ireland, 1753 – Angelus is just a normal 18th century Irish twentysomething.
  • He’s drunk and follows a pretty girl down a dark alley. Who turns out to be Darla. Who turns him into a vampire.
  • Back in the present, Angelus is watching as Buffy takes down two of his henchvamps.
  • Giles has been called in to examine an object that was unearthed by some construction workers. He’s not sure what it is, but asks that the museum not open it until he has a better idea about what’s inside.
  • London, 1860 – Angelus has killed a priest, then poses as a priest while a still human Drusilla comes to confession. He gives her some pretty non-priestly advice.
  • In the present, Dru has had a vision of the thing that Giles was called in to examine.
  • They’re pretty sure it’s some kind of tomb. With a surprise inside.
  • Willow is helping Buffy study for finals. And they discover Ms. Calendar’s disc that fell beside her desk back at the end of Passion.
  • They could restore Angel’s soul?!
  • Romania, 1898 – Angelus is getting cursed with his soul.
  • Back in the present, Xander is very against re-cursing Angelus. “You want to forget all about Ms. Calendar’s murder so you can get your boyfriend back.”
  • Museum guy is attacked by Dru as Angelus and the boys show up to steal the tomb.
  • Buffy’s out for a leisurely nighttime patrol when she’s ambushed by Kendra, the Vampire Slayer.
  • She’s been sent to Sunnydale because another dark power is about to rise in Sunnydale.
  • Cut to the mansion and the stolen tomb. “It’s a big rock. Can’t wait to tell my friends. They don’t have a rock this big.” Ha! Classic Spike!
  • Angelus tells the history of the big rock. It’s the tomb of a demon named Acathla.
  • Acathla was summoned to suck the world into Hell with just a breath. But he was killed by a virtuous knight before he could draw the breath.
  • “Friends, we’re about to make history… end.” – Angelus
  • Kendra came prepared, armed with a sword blessed by the knight who first slew Acathla.
  • Buffy’s gonna go after Angelus, but Willow’s gonna hang back and attempt the curse.
  • Meanwhile, Angelus attempts the ritual that will bring Acathla to life. “Someone wasn’t worthy…” sings Spike. Again… classic!
  • Manhattan, 1996 – Angel is a mess. Chasing rats down dark alleys.
  • Until he meets a demon named Whistler, who wants to help him get on the right path.
  • Whistler takes Angel to LA where he sees Buffy slay her first vampire from a distance. He decides he wants to help her.
  • Opening a portal to Hell isn’t being very helpful. But, since he fails…
  • During a final exam, a vampire walks into Buffy’s classroom to demand she meet Angelus at sundown. And then she burst into flames.
  • Buffy goes to meet Angelus. It’s a trap. Just not for her… “And you fall for it every single time!”
  • Drusilla and the henchvamps attack everyone else at the library. Kendra is able to take out one of the vampires. But then Dru kills the second slayer. RIP, Kendra.
  • The vamps drag Giles out of the library.
  • Buffy gets there after the fact, where the police find her kneeling over Kendra’s dead body.
  • To be continued…
  • Body count: Vampires – 5; Humans – 3

Come back next week for the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3. Oh, and I should probably tone down the commentary on these things. Or cut back to only one episode per entry. These posts are getting too long.

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