Rewatching Buffy – Episode 108

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.

Tabula Rasa

  • For those of us who do not speak a dead language, Tabula Rasa is Latin for “clean slate.”
  • After last week’s musical fiasco, Buffy is out patrolling in the cemetery.
  • Spike shows up. He wants to talk about the kiss.
  • Buffy wants to pretend it didn’t happen. She’s also convinced it’ll never happen again.
  • Their conversation is interrupted by a loan shark.
  • No… really… it’s a guy with the head of a shark. And Spike, apparently, owes him 40 Siamese kittens.
  • Buffy steps in, saving Spike and giving him a chance to cut and run.
  • “If I would stop saving his life, it would simple things up so much.”
  • The rest of the gang meets at Xander’s place to discuss what Buffy’s heavenly experience must have been like.
  • There’s a lot of guilt to go around. Most of it falls on Willow.
  • Tara suggests they stop obsessing over what they did and start trying to just make things better for Buffy.
  • Willow suggests fixing it with a spell… Tara is vehemently against another spell.
  • “I know a spell that can make her forget all about heaven.”
  • Tara then confronts Willow about the forgetting spell she used pre-musical.
  • I do like Tara a lot more this year than I have in the past. She’s finally comfortable standing up for herself.
  • She’s not the pushover she was in Season 4 or 5. She says what’s on her mind and doesn’t put up with crap from anyone, especially Willow.
  • Tara is ready to throw in the towel on their relationship after all that Willow has done.
  • Willow says she can go a month without using magic… Tara says she’ll give her a week.
  • But in that week, they need to not be together.
  • Meanwhile, Giles breaks the news to Buffy that he’s going back to England.
  • He finally tells her that if he doesn’t go, she’ll keep on leaning on him. She won’t trust that she can deal with every trial in her life until she’s forced to stand on her own.
  • And… yeah… it breaks Buffy’s heart.
  • Giles gathers everyone at the shop where he breaks the news to the rest of the crew.
  • But Willow hangs back at the house to perform another forgetting spell… this one for Buffy and Tara both.
  • There’s a time delay… Only problem is, Willow left the spell ingredients too close to the burning fire… and they all catch fire.
  • As Giles is breaking the news to everyone (including Spike), Buffy gets upset and tries to storm out.
  • Willow stops her and tries to apologize again, but Buffy is tired of hearing sorry.
  • She tries to describe how it feels to be alive again after what she’s experienced, but then she passes out.
  • As do they all…
  • Several hours later, Buffy is the first to wake up.
  • Xander and Willow fell asleep against each other.
  • Giles and Anya fell asleep against each other.
  • And when they all wake up… no one knows who any of them are.
  • The first discovery is that they’re in a magic shop.
  • And that Giles is British.
  • Buffy comforts Dawn in a very sisterly way.
  • Spike figures out that he’s British, too.
  • So he thinks he’s Giles’ son.
  • And he assumes that Giles and Anya are engaged.
  • Xander, Willow, and Tara figure out their names by finding their IDs.
  • Buffy and Dawn don’t have wallets… but Dawn is wearing a necklace with her name.
  • Giles goes by Rupert and Anya figures out her name when they figure out that they own the shop together.
  • Spike is wearing a crappy suit (he was trying to hide from Sharkboy) that has the name Randy in it. So he thinks he’s Randy Giles.
  • Buffy decides to call herself Joan.
  • Willow and Xander assume they’re dating each other, since Willow was wearing Xander’s jacket.
  • They all decide to go to the hospital, but when they open the door, the Shark’s henchvampires are waiting for them.
  • They freak out, not knowing how to fight vampires.
  • Joan figures out real quick that she’s a super hero when she stakes a vampire that’s attacking Randy.
  • The other vampire takes off.
  • Joan decides that she and Randy will lead the vampires away from the rest of them while Anya and Rupert stay behind to protect the shop.
  • The rest of them go through the sewer to get to the hospital.
  • As they run out the front, one of the vamps grabs Randy and his face transforms as he knocks the guy about 30 feet away from him.
  • He turns back to Joan and proclaims himself a super hero, too. But she sees his true face.
  • Joan runs away, now afraid of Randy.
  • Down in the sewer, the rest of the gang finds another vampire.
  • In the shop, Giles discovers his plane ticket… why would he be leaving his shop and fiancee?
  • Anya is convinced that she knows how to do magic, so she finds a spell trying to reverse their memory loss.
  • Instead, she causes a rabbit to appear out of nowhere.
  • Randy catches up to Joan, who knocks him to the ground.
  • He comes to the conclusion that he’s a noble vampire. He helps the helpless… a vampire with a soul.
  • Where have I heard that before?
  • Anya and Rupert’s spell keeps making bunnies.
  • Randy and Joan fight more vampires, managing to dust two more.
  • It’s getting worse at the shop as Rupert sword fights a skeleton.
  • Hiding from the vampire in the sewer, Willow starts to figure out she might be kinda gay.
  • Rupert and Anya argue over how they keep making things worse, leading Rupert to blurt out, “No wonder I’m leaving you!”
  • Anya takes off her ring and throws it across the room.
  • Rupert manages to reverse the spells, then apologizes to Anya after she retrieves her ring.
  • She apologizes to him…
  • And they awkwardly kiss…
  • Back in the sewer, Alex manages to dust the vampire and the crystal that’s the key to the spell falls out of Willow’s pocket.
  • Xander steps on it, destroying it… thus breaking the spell.
  • Immediately, Tara is pissed at Willow.
  • And she should be.
  • As should they all.
  • Xander can’t help but laugh, though. He just got back the memory of seeing King Ralph.
  • Giles and Anya can’t look at each other.
  • Buffy and Spike fight some more vampires, killing a couple more.
  • Sharkboy tries to tell Spike his debt is forgiven, but Spike insists he’ll pay it.
  • Hey, Michelle Branch is playing The Bronze!
  • Whatever happened to Michelle Branch?
  • As “Good Bye to You” plays, Buffy sits at the bar… Tara packs her things and leaves Willow… Willow does a self-pity thing… Giles unceremoniously flies back to England…
  • Nothing like a happy ending, right?
  • Spike approaches Buffy, but she turns away… so he storms off.
  • But, once more… with feeling… just before we cut to the credits, Buffy and Spike are kissing.
  • Body count: Vampires – 6

One thought on “Rewatching Buffy – Episode 108

  1. Ready Joan?!

    One of my favorite episodes. I enjoyed your highlights and I also love the concept of Tabula Rasa. LOST is another show that has an episode with the very same name and it’s interesting to see how characters get the chance to do something better or different and yet they end up repeating the same pattern or mistake.

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