Rewatching Buffy – Episode 105

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 22 years ago.

Life Serial

  • Buffy returns from her off-screen visit with Angel.
  • But let’s not talk about it. Remember, Angel is still appearing on a competitor’s network.
  • Then there are more important conversations to be had… like what’s Buffy planning on doing with her life now that she has a life again.
  • Only she keeps asking Giles what he thinks.
  • I’ll say this, season 6 has its bright spots. But, overall, it’s not my favorite.
  • But I get it now. I don’t think I did back when it aired the first time.
  • Back then, I was still in college. I was still, to a point, allowed to be mildly irresponsible.
  • This season is about Buffy being forced to grow up in the most uncomfortable ways imaginable.
  • Up until the previous year, she had her mom to lean on.
  • At this point, she still has Giles to lean on.
  • But the look we see on Giles’ face every time she asks him to take care of something or to tell her what to do (not give advice) tells us that he’s not comfortable continuing to raise her as his surrogate daughter when Buffy is essentially an adult.
  • Anyway… enough about what I think about the season overall.
  • The trio has decided to trick out a van to keep tabs on the Slayer.
  • I guess they all the money they got from the bank robbery didn’t go toward buying collectible Star Wars action figures.
  • Buffy decides to spend a day auditing classes with Willow and Tara, in case she decides to return to college when the next semester comes around.
  • After a confusing sociology class, Warren casually bumps into Buffy.
  • Then time around Buffy seems to speed up.
  • It happens several times, until Buffy eventually figures out she’s got something on her.
  • Some kind of really tiny device that Warren obviously planted on her is causing all of this strangeness.
  • Once she discovers it, the nerds freak out and hit the self-destruct.
  • The next day, Buffy tags along with Xander on the job site. She’s a temp in construction work.
  • Xander’s foreman is kinda pissed that this tiny woman is who Xander brought to help them get caught up. He thinks she’s weak.
  • And then they see her pick up a heavy beam. She’ll do fine.
  • But then one of the other guys complains that she’s going to fast because they get paid by the hour.
  • Doesn’t matter because it’s all about to be ruined when Andrew summons some kind of low-budget Predator demons to attack her.
  • Buffy saves the foreman, but accidentally knocks him out, so he doesn’t witness anything.
  • She also destroys a lot of the progress on the site, so that works against her.
  • Oh, and when the demons are killed, their bodies dissolve, leaving no evidence.
  • Buffy is fired… But one good thing came out of it.
  • Buffy caught sight of the nerdmobile when they accidentally hit the horn, which played the Star Wars theme.
  • Buffy’s next move is a part-time gig at the Magic Box.
  • I’m not sure I could work for Anya. But I digress.
  • The nerd trio has a camera planted in the store.
  • Jonathan performs a spell that turns the show into Groundhog Day.
  • Buffy begins to live the same 10-15 minutes over and over again.
  • I’m curious as to how the trio is able to observe Buffy in the loop.
  • Let’s leave logic out of this.
  • Eventually Buffy breaks the loop by make a specific customer happy.
  • Retail, it seems, is not for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • After her day at the store, Buffy decides to go hang out with Spike and get drunk.
  • He takes her to a demon bar to try and dig up some info about who could be messing with her.
  • There’s a demon poker game going on in the back.
  • They play for kittens.
  • They really don’t get any info from the demons, but it is the first appearance of Clem.
  • We don’t hear his name in this episode, but we’ll see him again.
  • Buffy is crazy drunk and kinda mad at Spike over the worthless poker trip.
  • While the nerds argue over which James Bond is best, Buffy recognizes their van.
  • To try and throw her off, Jonathan shows up from behind the van using some kind of glamour spell to look like a demon while the other two drive away.
  • Buffy kicks him, then he throws a Batman style smoke bomb and runs away.
  • Back at the house, Giles has decided to give Buffy a check to help her out with all the things.
  • She mentions that having him there is a little like having her mom back.
  • Then she says it makes her feel safe, knowing he’s always gonna be here.
  • But there’s that look on his face again…
  • Body count: Demons – 3
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