Rewatching Buffy – Episode 74

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 21 years ago.

Where the Wild Things Are

  • We begin with Buffy and Riley fighting a vampire and a demon in a cemetery.
  • Riley dusts the vampire, Buffy kills the demon.
  • They talk about going to Giles to fill him in on the vampire/demon tag team.
  • Instead they wind up in Riley’s room.
  • Kids these days. Always thinking with the hormones.
  • Riley gets up in the middle of the night and hears strange sounds. Investigating the bathroom, he pulls back the shower curtain like he’s in a horror movie. Of course, nothing’s there.
  • Xander’s working as an ice cream truck driver this week. And Anya’s riding along with him.
  • Somehow, I don’t think you’re supposed to give rides to your girlfriend if you’re driving an ice cream truck.
  • They begin loudly arguing about their sex life until Xander realizes he has many customers, most of whom are children.
  • I assume this is how Xander lost his job as an ice cream truck driver.
  • Giles meets with Buffy, Riley, Willow, and Tara to discuss the demon/vamp tag team.
  • They come to the conclusion that this is happening because Adam is bringing the bad guys together.
  • Before we go further, just know that this is mostly the sex episode.
  • Buffy and Riley are pretty much going at it non-stop.
  • Riley’s house is haunted by something that’s either making them insatiable or is being provoked by their constant lust. I can’t remember which.
  • Maybe it’s both.
  • And I’m sure it helps that there’s a big party at Riley’s house.
  • While most of the Scooby Gang parties, Anya is randomly hanging out with Spike at the Bronze. They’re an odd match.
  • But it kinda makes sense… ex-demon and a neutered vampire…
  • Eventually, whatever’s in the house begins affecting more than just Buffy and Riley.
  • There’s a spot on the wall that causes extreme pleasure. Games of spin the bottle are getting out of hand. And then there’s some insane guilt/penance in the aftermath for some of the party-goers.
  • Willow hears a noise in the bathroom. Probably the same thing Riley heard the night before.
  • But when she pulls back the curtain, she sees a kid drowning in the tub.
  • Suddenly the kid is gone… and then he’s right behind her!
  • As things get out of hand, the sidekicks call out for Buffy. But she and Riley are literally in a world of their own. Supernaturally separated from the rest of the house.
  • The gang goes to find Giles.
  • He’s performing an acoustic set at the Espresso Pump.
  • He’s pretty good. There should be a musical episode…
  • Turns out the house is haunted by a whole mess of poltergeists.
  • The building was once an orphanage. It’s haunted now by the kids who were, in life, forced to repress sexual desires. And they’re feeding on Buffy and Riley.
  • Xander and Anya manage to fight back through the poltergeist house to break into Riley’s room, breaking the spell over him and Buffy.
  • I hope we all learned a lesson here.
  • Body count: Vampires – 1; Demons – 1
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