Rewatching Buffy – Episode 54

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.

The Prom

  • You know… I skipped my prom. So, even though this episode aired during my freshman year of college, it felt like it was my prom.
  • Just kidding… It was just an episode from an awesome TV show.
  • We open on Buffy sleeping.
  • And Angel watching her sleep.
  • Why is this a staple in vampire lore? They always have to watch girls sleeping?! Even the vampires with souls? It’s creepy.
  • Anyway, Buffy accidentally fell asleep at Angel’s mansion. She’s talking about couple-y things. A drawer for her stuff. Some mirrors here or there.
  • And then she brings up the prom. Clearly makes Angel uncomfortable.
  • And then she nearly kills him by opening the curtains and letting in the sunlight.
  • What a great girlfriend!
  • At school, Anya approaches Xander. She makes it clear that she hates all men, but she doesn’t have a date for the prom. So she wants him to take her.
  • Back at Angel’s place, he has a visitor.
  • Hey, it’s Buffy’s mom!
  • She expresses her worry about his relationship with Buffy.
  • Joyce isn’t saying that he should break up with Buffy. But she’s not not saying it, either.
  • In the library, the Watchers have discovered that the Ascension means the mayor will be shedding his mortality to become a demon. They just don’t know which one.
  • Giles wants them to focus on the Ascension/Graduation Day… Buffy thinks that, since it’s possible they could all evaporate, it’ll be important to have fun at the prom.
  • Cut to a creepy house with a creepy demon looking critter in a cage going kinda nuts.
  • And now we’re in a church. Angel and Buffy are getting married… huh?
  • Buffy looks lovely in that wedding dress.
  • Is it wrong that I still kind of have a crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar?
  • There are no wedding guests, so the marriage is invalid. No witnesses.
  • As they walk out of the church, into the sunlight, Buffy catches fire.
  • Then Angel wakes from that particularly disturbing nightmare.
  • In the sewer, Angel and Buffy patrol, looking for a vampire.
  • Buffy brings up the prom again and Angel gets uncomfortable again.
  • They’re interrupted by the vampire, who Buffy quickly slays because she doesn’t have time to deal with that right now.
  • Angel lets her know that he’s been thinking about the future. And he’s breaking up with her.
  • After graduation, he’s leaving Sunnydale.
  • But, y’all, it’s okay… He’s spinning off into his own show.
  • Buffy talks with Willow… She knows that Angel is right. But right now, she’s just a girl who’s first love just broke her heart.
  • Back at creepy house, one of the demon critters breaks free and gets loose.
  • Xander finds Cordelia at that dress store again and finds out she works there. She’s trying to earn money to get a dress.
  • Turns out, Cordelia’s dad screwed up his taxes for the last 12 years. So everything is gone.
  • While Cordelia explains this, the demon critter breaks in through the store window and mauls a guy wearing a tux.
  • Then the critter scampers away and it’s seemingly being controlled by some guy outside.
  • The Watchers determine the demon critter is a Hellhound. And the guy outside the store is Tucker Wells.
  • He graduated the year before. He’s planning to attack the prom. With Hellhounds trained to attack people in formal wear.
  • The gang starts changing their prom plans. But Buffy won’t hear it.
  • She’ll make sure they have the fun prom they deserve, even if she has to kill everyone on the face of the earth to do it.
  • Seems excessive.
  • Buffy bumps into Angel at a slaughterhouse. He’s picking up fresh blood. She’s looking into who could be buying cow brains to feed the Hellhounds.
  • It’s an awkward interaction.
  • Cordelia’s finishing her shift and nearly walks out without her dress. She didn’t finish paying for it… but someone else did.
  • This prom is so very ’90s.
  • Anya is talking Xander’s ear off about all the men she’s tortured over the centuries.
  • Wesley is smitten when Cordelia arrives.
  • Cordelia thanks Xander for paying off the dress.
  • Buffy confronts Tucker. He’s attacking prom because he was rejected by a girl last year. Idiot.
  • Three Hellhounds have already been released onto the streets of Sunnydale.
  • Buffy takes one out with a crossbow, distracting the other two.
  • But then they hear the DJ playing “Celebrate” inside the gym, so they turn back.
  • Buffy stabs a second hound with a knife.
  • Then she breaks the third’s neck.
  • She drags the bodies away, then changes into her dress.
  • Buffy looks lovely in that prom dress.
  • Is it wrong that I still kind of have a crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar?
  • During the awarding of superlatives, the class surprises Buffy by giving her the award for Class Protector. They give her this gold painted umbrella.
  • Before the prom ends, Angel shows up and shares a dance with Buffy.
  • Body count: Vampires – 1; Humans – 1; Hellhounds – 3

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