Rewatching Buffy – Episode 112

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.

Doublemeat Palace

  • Ugh… just that title is unpleasant.
  • Willow fills Xander and Anya in on what they’ve been able to find out about the nerd.
  • And in walks Buffy in her new uniform.
  • To help make ends meet, she’s taken a job at the local Doublemeat Palace.
  • I’m really glad that’s not a real restaurant.
  • The premise is disturbing.
  • The way they explain it on the show is that the meat is a mixture of beef and chicken and some kind of secret ingredient.
  • Guys, this is the same reason I’m vehemently against the turducken.
  • It is an abomination.
  • Buffy watches a cheesy new hire video, which is scarily accurate when compared to real videos that a lot of places force new hires to watch.
  • Manny, the manager (not a joke, that’s really his name, which he likes to tell people), introduces Buffy to her co-workers.
  • They aren’t the sanest types.
  • Former employees seem to disappear from time to time.
  • Not suspicious at all.
  • Buffy asks about the secret ingredient and all Manny will say is that it’s a meat process.
  • Even regular customers notice that some of the employees vanish without a trace.
  • Uh… this might be the most depressing episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ever.
  • I mean, this tops the depression of Buffy sending Angel to hell at the end of season two.
  • When the gang stops by to support Buffy, she fills them in on her suspicions.
  • Xander points out that it’s fast food. She may be seeing demons where there’s just life.
  • After sunset, Spike stops by, too.
  • He points out to her that she’s better than this job.
  • But she needs the money… and he offers to get her money. Probably not so much in a legal way, though.
  • Spike points out that this place will kill her as she goes back to help a co-worker.
  • Meanwhile, another co-worker is taking trash out the back and is attacked by someone he definitely knows.
  • But we don’t get a glimpse of who the attacker is.
  • At home, Xander is confronted by a vengeance demon.
  • She thinks she’s there to rip Xander apart, but she’s actually an old friend of Anya’s, Halfrek. She wasn’t supposed to show up until the wedding, but the message was a little off.
  • Halfrek sort of makes Anya question things a bit…
  • Amy shows up at the house to visit Willow.
  • She is not a good influence.
  • Especially while Willow is clearly exhibiting signs of withdrawals.
  • Amy somehow transfers some magic into Willow against her will…
  • Back at the palace, Buffy finds a finger in the meat grinder.
  • She confronts Manny… angrily.
  • Then Buffy runs out into the dining area and goes all Soylent Green on the customers.
  • I really hope everyone gets that reference.
  • Buffy, of course, was fired.
  • She enlists the help of the Scoobies to figure out what the meat really is.
  • Then she returns to the restaurant after closing to investigate further.
  • She finds Manny’s severed foot.
  • Using chemistry, Willow discovers that the meat is not human. But that doesn’t mean it’s normal…
  • Back at the palace, Buffy’s still carrying Manny’s foot when she comes across a regular customer’s wig.
  • Then she comes across that regular customer.
  • The wig is to hid the demon worm that grows out of her head, which can spit a paralyzing venom at its victims.
  • Buffy discovers this the hard way.
  • She tries to put up a fight, but really can’t move.
  • Willow shows up and distracts the old lady/worm.
  • Over the drive-through speaker, Willow confirms that the meat is actually ground up vegetables.
  • Buffy introduced the world to the Impossible Burger decade ago!
  • She also admits that Amy imbued her with magic.
  • Willow manages to get into the restaurant and saves Buffy by cutting the worm off the lady’s head and shoving it into the meat grinder. Really sick.
  • The next day, Amy come back to the house and Willow warns her to stay away from her.
  • Seems that Amy is harboring some bitterness about Willow not returning her to normal for three years.
  • Buffy returns her uniform to the new manager, but she also reveals that she knows about the secret ingredient.
  • As long as she promises not to pull anymore Soilent Green practical jokes, she can have her job back.
  • See? Depressing.
  • Body count: Humans – 2; Worm ladies – 1

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