The fate of the world is at stake when Spike and Drusilla gather the dismembered body parts of the Judge to use as the ultimate weapon against Buffy. Meanwhile Angel's ability to feel human emotion is jeopardized when an intimate moment with Buffy threatens to destroy his soul.
Giles: His touch can literally burn the humanity out of you. A true creature of evil can survive the process. No human ever has.
Xander: What's the problem? We send Cordy to fight this guy, and we go for pizza.
This episode reminded me of where I got my Claddagh ring fetish. Angels gives one to Buffy and explains to her what it means. It was so beautiful, and stuff, that I had to have one, and I've had it ever since.
Watching these episodes at the rate I'm doing it, which is like super mega fast, and not once a week like originally, is making some of my favorite episodes seem less meaningful or something. Or just more cheesy. I see why I liked them, but I can now see the ultra-mega-velveeta factor that I believe I missed the first go around. Like, the whole "I love you" and "Me too" bit they do before their big intimate moment almost had me gagging. Their heavy breathing even seemed funny. Now, I will admit, that this could all just be coming from jealousy.
And by intimate moment, I mean, they got it on. Beast with two backs and all that. Except, you know, sexy beasts with sexy backs. Damn that Boreanaz looks good with his shirt off. Well, back then. He's gone through some pudge phases that I wouldn't have really wanted to see sans top. But this was not during that one. Sexy mofo. But I digress, yah, our vampiric Romeo & Juliet get it on, then Angel disappears outside to writhe in sexy pain... and in the rain. *faint*
After Buffy and Angel's intimate moment transforms him back into Angelus, aka Angel without a soul, Buffy realizes that she must destroy him. Giles' relationship with Jenny Calendar takes on a new twist, and Willow's hopes are dashed when she discovers Xander and Cordelia's secret romance, aka make out fests in random rooms whenever possible. This particular relationship has that car wreck aspect to it. You can't believe it's happening, and yet you still must watch.
Spike: I know you haven't been in the game for a while, mate, but we do still kill people. It's sort of our raison d'etre, you know.
This is so hard to watch. Not in the awful episode way, but in the "How can Angel be so mean to Buffy right after he boffed her?" He does get very cruel. And she seems every bit of the 17 year old girl she's supposed to be. How much would that suck? Your first time seems all poetic and perfect. You're gonna get jiggy with your own personal Romeo and he's all googly eyes and sonnet-speaking back to you. You have your stellar night, it couldn't have been better. Then you wake up and your Romeo is all, "HAHA nice ass, thanks for playing, buh-bye!" Brutal dude.
When a werewolf descends on Sunnydale, it is up to Buffy and the Gang to protect the mostly-human being from an evil poacher. Werewolf skins are trÃ¨s chic, yanno. What? You don't have one? How gauche. But Willow is completely unaware of the danger she is about to face after she turns her romantic interests from Xander to Oz. She does seem to love the mens with the unique names.
Willow: Well, I like you. You're nice, and you're funny, and you don't smoke. Yeah, okay, werewolf, but that's not all the time. I mean, three days out of the month I'm not much fun to be around either.
Love the Seth Green. Adore the Seth Green. So, any episode where we see more of him is a good one. His character Oz, becomes even more a part of the gang by being a werewolf. If he weren't a werewolf, what use would he be to the gang. He has to have some use to our storyline here. So, bang, werewolf you be.
2x16 Betwitched, Bothered and Bewildered
When Cordelia succumbs to peer pressure and breaks up with Xander on Valentine's Day, he convinces a witch to put a spell on her. But the spell backfires and soon all the women in Sunnydale begin to see Xander in a whole new light. Seeing Buffy's mom going after him though, is quite disturbing.
Giles: I cannot believe that you are fool enough to do something like this. Xander: Oh, no, I'm twice the fool it takes to do something like this.
A Xander-centric episode, and the only thing he has going for him is Cordelia. So, yay!, let's take that away and create some conflict. After Buffy hits on him quite strongly, she gets turned into a rat by the witch, and we don't see her til the end of the episode. Where Oz finally finds her, but she's all naked and stuff. So, I guess if Buffy can't really be in the episode much, might as well hint at some nudity to dull the hit.