Rewatching Buffy – Episode 109

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.

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  • Remember when things seemed so happy… when everyone was singing and dancing?
  • Remember way back in Season 3 when Amy turned herself into a rat and Willow still hasn’t been able to turn her back to normal?
  • In a dark alley, Buffy comes across a frightened couple being attacked by a couple of… normal guys.
  • It’s a mugging… not vampires.
  • Spike swoops in to help and fires off his chip when he punches one of the criminals.
  • He’s still insisting that they hash things out in regards to their, now, two kisses.
  • Willow pulls Amy the rat out of her cage and is talking to her about being with someone who will eventually leave for no good reason.
  • No, Will, Tara left for very good reason.
  • You’re obsessed with using magic to do, literally, everything.
  • Anyway, Willow then figures out that she’s powerful enough now to de-rat Amy, returning her to human form.
  • Amy’s response is to scream.
  • As one does after being a rat for three years.
  • In a museum, Andrew is pulling a Mission: Impossible to rob an exhibit.
  • He really doesn’t need to do that… it’s a museum in Sunnydale.
  • Jonathan points out that the guard is a guy named Rusty.
  • Probably offensive to museum guards everywhere named Rusty.
  • Rusty catches them after they’ve stolen a large diamond.
  • So they use a freeze ray on him. And it actually freezes him.
  • But it also backfires and the gun freezes to Jonathan’s hand.
  • Amy’s unaware of how much time has passed since she turned herself into a rat.
  • She thinks it’s still senior year.
  • If it were me, I’d be pissed. Willow hasn’t bothered turning Amy back to normal in all this time? Jerk.
  • Buffy comes home and is pretty close to confessing her Spike make out sessions to Willow, but then Amy comes back in.
  • The interruption gives Buffy the out, so she doesn’t have to talk about the hard stuff.
  • Buffy sees a report about the frozen guard on the news then heads to the museum to investigate.
  • So does Spike… coincidence?
  • Buffy apologizes for the most recent kiss… she was depressed and vulnerable after Giles left.
  • Their argument becomes heated… Buffy punches Spike, Spike punches Buffy…
  • But there’s no pain.
  • He pretends that his brain chip fires, but it doesn’t.
  • Buffy hits him again and calls him an “evil, disgusting thing” before walking away.
  • So why doesn’t it hurt when Spike hits Buffy? It hurt when he hit that guy in the alley…
  • Clearly, his chip still works. So what’s wrong with Buffy?
  • But wait… Spike thinks he could hit Buffy with no pain because his chip is malfunctioning.
  • So he goes on the hunt. Doesn’t really work out for him. Because clearly, his chip still works.
  • The gang researches at the Magic Box to figure out what’s going on with the frozen guard.
  • Willow decides to use magic on her computer to hack the police files, finding out about the stolen diamond.
  • Meanwhile, the nerds are enjoying their diamond.
  • Spike bursts in, wanting Warren to examine his chip.
  • He threatens to break a Boba Fett action figure.
  • Not sure what the big deal is. Boba Fett is a chump.
  • Willow comes home to find Amy getting a little antsy. She wants to go out and do something fun.
  • Warren examines the chip and figures out that it’s working fine.
  • And then it clicks for Spike. Nothing wrong with him… something wrong with her.
  • Tara spent the day hanging out with Dawn, who brings Tara back to the house in hopes of her running into Willow.
  • It’s like The Parent Trap, except Dawn is a kleptomaniac and doesn’t have a twin.
  • Willow and Amy are at The Bronze, playing pool with only their minds.
  • Then they start magicking all kinds of things. And people.
  • It gets out of hand…
  • At the shop, Xander, Anya, and Buffy aren’t able to figure out what froze the guard, so talk turns to Willow and the magic getting out of hand.
  • It was getting out of control when Tara was around. Now that Tara’s gone, there’s no one to keep her in check.
  • Spike calls and invites Buffy to patrol… but he’s being creepy about it.
  • Buffy eventually leaves the store and goes to patrol.
  • And then there’s Spike… she hits him… he hits back.
  • This time he doesn’t pretend the chip fires.
  • “Don’t you get it? You came back wrong.”
  • Then they really start fighting… a good back and forth.
  • Buffy can’t accept that she might have come back a little bit different.
  • They wind up fighting in an abandoned old house… their fight is tearing the place down.
  • Trading punches and insults…
  • Then Buffy attacks Spike’s mouth again.
  • And as the house collapses around them, Buffy and Spike have sex.
  • It’s a scene that I’m a little surprised they got away with on network TV in 2001.
  • Body count: No one died!

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