Welcome 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 so many years ago.
- The nerd trio are chasing down a vampire duo on ATVs.
- I think that’s cheating.
- They need some kind of disc that they’re carrying.
- The vampires get away, but not for long.
- Because Buffy.
- Warren manages to grab the dropped disc while Buffy is fighting and Spike is holding back the second vampire.
- Spike threatens to drop the other vampire while she’s busy with the first one unless she tells her friends about them.
- She points out that she tried to kill her friends and Dawn last week and they don’t hate her, so she doesn’t much care if Spike drops that news.
- In the meantime, Buffy has no problem dusting both vamps.
- Xander’s at home, drinking alone.
- When he leaves, we see that Anya is back in town and keeping an eye on him as he walks away.
- Willow and Tara are building back toward relationship status with more awkward encounters in the halls of UC Sunnydale.
- Buffy takes Dawn out for a “sisters day” but they can’t really go into any stores because they’re all places where Dawn got caught stealing.
- She’s returned most of what she stole and what she couldn’t return, she’s working on paying for.
- Back in the Nerdcave, Jonathan is working on some sort of chemistry/magic experiment that has something to do with the disc dropped by the vampires earlier.
- He’s clearly regretting the whole super villain shtick.
- Warren and Andrew aren’t really saying it, but the implication is that they’re going to eliminate Jonathan soon.
- Xander returns home and Anya is sitting there waiting.
- She won’t let him get close to her, but he tries to explain what he did.
- He still loves her and wants to take away the pain he caused…
- But that’s not so easy to do.
- What it boils down to is that Xander just doesn’t want to get married, despite how he feels about Anya.
- His honesty is only pissing her off.
- He tells her that he wishes things could just go back to the way they were before.
- And Anya’s face transforms as she wishes Xander had never been born!
- Oh, but a vengeance demon can’t grant her own wishes.
- So Xander still exists.
- Anya tries to wish other torturous things, but nothing’s happening.
- Clearly she’s not aware of the thing where she can’t grant her own wishes.
- Frustrated, she walks out.
- Then she meets Halfrek for coffee.
- Halfrek breaks the news that she can’t exact vengeance on her own behalf.
- She suggests trying to get someone to make the wish for her.
- Buffy is continually trying to make up for the guilt she feels over the whole basement thing.
- This time it’s making Dawn a huge breakfast.
- Dawn suggests that instead of Buffy hanging out with her, that she hang out with Buffy… patrolling.
- Buffy’s not sure she’s ready for Dawn to be involved in that kind of danger.
- But let’s think about this… Dawn is about the same age as Buffy was when she started slaying in the first place.
- Anya “bumps into” Willow and Tara at the coffee shop.
- She wants one of them to wish something horrible on Xander.
- Then she tries with Dawn.
- Then she tries with Buffy.
- Doesn’t really work…
- Xander shows up while Anya is talking with Buffy in front of the house.
- Buffy stops Xander from following Anya as she storms off.
- In his frustration, he kicks and breaks a garden gnome, leading to the discovery of a spy camera.
- Who could try to spy on Buffy?
- Xander thinks it’s Spike… so Buffy goes to confront him.
- Of course, for the audience, the obvious answer is the nerd herd.
- Why wouldn’t that be the first guess for the Scooby Gang?
- It’s not like the trio has been super stealthy about anything else they’ve done.
- Anya and Halfrek discuss the Xander problem some more, since she’s having trouble coming up with someone who doesn’t care if Xander gets hurt.
- Enter Spike looking for something magical to get rid of his pesky Buffy feelings.
- Instead of magic, Anya suggests whiskey.
- Willow is able to connect the spy camera to the computer to trace the signal back to the nerds.
- Because that’s just something everyone could do in the early 2000s.
- In the Nerdcave, Jonathan uses the disc to locate something on the map of Sunnydale.
- But what are they trying to locate?
- Spike and Anya get nice and drunk, but Spike just won’t use the words “I wish…”
- Willow gets closer to hacking the signal…
- Instead of finding the nerds, she unlocks other cameras.
- Including the Magic Box…
- Where the drunken Spike and Anya begin “comforting” each other… if you know what I mean…
- Well, if Anya wanted to hurt Xander, this is one way to definitely do it.
- And Willow notices the hurt look on Buffy’s face, too.
- Xander grabs an ax and heads off toward the Magic Box.
- Dawn talks with Buffy in the back yard…
- Yep… Buffy and Spike were a thing, but it’s over.
- Spike leaves the store in time for Xander to miss with the swing of the ax.
- Xander starts throwing Spike around.
- Buffy and Anya both arrive to stop Xander.
- In the middle of the verbal tirade, Spike lets it slip that “it was good enough for Buffy.”
- And Xander just walks away… ‘Cause that’s what he does these days.
- Everyone else is heartbroken, but Willow and Tara are back together.
- Guess it’s good that someone can be happy… right?
- Let’s not hold our collective breath, shall we?
- Body count: Vampires – 2
One thought on “Rewatching Buffy – Episode 118”
Depressing episode and then what follows is even worse 😦
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