School’s ending and everyone’s under pressure. Buffy misses getting her yearbook picture taken because Cordelia forgets to remind her about them. Just when Buffy decides that she needs to go on living life, Scott breaks up with her cuz she’s seems too distracted. So, when Cordelia flaunts her sure-win for Homecoming Queen it awakens the prom queen within Buffy, and the two duke it out for the title. Mr. Trick, the new vampire baddy in town rallies a group of the meanest vamps, demons, and mercenaries together to play a game with the two Slayers — “Slayerfest ’98.” But instead of the two slayers he ends up with Buffy and Cordelia in very bad moods.
Faith: Scott? There you are, honey! Hey, good news. The doctor says that the itching and the swelling and the burning should clear up, but we gotta keep using the ointment.
Ok, I couldn’t stop laughing at the map software they kept showing on screen. Wow, it just looked ANCIENT. All ascii looking and whatnot. Oh, our GPS has come a long way. I’m sure we’ll constantly have this sort of feeling when looking back on anything showing computers and software. But dang, this just felt prehistoric.
In the end, neither or our girls wins Homecoming Queen and Mr. Trick still doesn’t get his prize.
3×06 Band Candy
As Buffy strugglers over her SATS, Principal Snyder enlists the students to sell candy to raise money for the Band’s new uniforms. Everyone knows kids love candy, but what these chocolate bars do to the adults of Sunnydale is anything but sweet. Mr. Trick enlists Giles’s old buddy Ethan Rayne to manufacture and distribute boxes of candy which turn the adult population into uninhibited, irresponsible teenagers. While the adults are indisposed, the mysterious Mayor Wilkins pays a tribute to a demon.
Giles: (to Buffy) Listen you’re my Slayer, that means you do what I tell you, now sod off!
Seeing Giles as a teenager was hilarious. Seeing Buffy’s mom Joyce as a teenager was pretty funny too. I think I liked her better this way actually. Now, seeing Giles & Joyce going at it like teenagers was priceless. Giles needs some action, and well, Joyce is as good as any. I’d like to see more of Giles like this… carefree and reckless. But he is the person that is meant to keep our Buffy at bay. So I guess that wouldn’t really work. Even seeing asswipe Principal Snyder as a teenager was entertaining. I guess he was as big a dork when he was young, so that explains why he’s such a douche to cool kids as a Principal.
Gwendolyn Post, an uptight, prim and proper English Watcher, arrives in Sunnydale to take over the duties as Faith’s Watcher. She also says she is on hand to assess the entire situation in Sunnydale. She is quite quick to judge Giles on his methods and his meager library. Miss Post informs them of their next mission and takes the reigns: slay the demon Lagos and destroy his weapon, the glove of Myhnegon. The glove is in the tomb of the von Hauptman family in Restfield cemetery.
Angel, still getting back on his feet, finds the glove and retrieves it for Buffy. At this oh-so-appropriate moment, they’re seen kissing by Xander, who then goes back to the gang to tell them. Giles is deeply hurt, and Miss Post breathing down his neck doesn’t help matters. The gang, angry and feeling betrayed, confront Buffy about her keeping this mega-secret. Xander continues to worry about the issue, and goes behind everyone’s back to tell Faith about Angel’s return. Faith, being the kill now and ask questions later sort, freaks out and goes to hunt Angel after finding Giles knocked out on the library floor.
Buffy: I just wanted to wait…
Xander: For what? For Angel to go psycho again the next time you give him a happy?
I really dig the intervention that the Gang does with Buffy. Their reactions are hilarious, and Xander just assumes the worst with the whole situation. Giles’ anger is dead-on. Buffy thinks she can do as she pleases when it comes to the subject of Angel. And while I’m all for the selfish when it comes to the hunky mens, she does need to be shown she doesn’t always know what’s right. Willow plays the middle ground well by trying to get everyone to use “I” statements. However, the whole Watcher-chick ending up evil seemed to come out of the blue and really had no backstory as to why she was after the powerful glove that eats your hand and doesn’t come off til you die or your hand is chopped off.
3×08 Lover’s Walk
YAY! Woo! Spike is back. He’s brokenhearted and drunk, but he’s back! I loves me some Spike. Drusilla has left dear Spike, and he will do anything to win her back, which includes kidnapping Willow and Xander to force Willow to cast him a love spell. Spike also blames Angel and Buffy for the Drusilla heartache. Not sure how that really goes, but when you’re brokenhearted, logic does truly fly out the window.
Spike: You’re not friends. You’ll never be friends. You’ll be in love ’til it kills you both. You’ll fight, and you’ll shag, and you’ll hate each other ’til it makes you quiver, but you’ll never be friends. Love isn’t brains, children, it’s blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.
The baddy here is Spike, and I’m ok with that. We see him drunk out of his mind, and he really wants his Dru back. After he kidnaps Willow and Xander, he uses them as a way to get Angel and Buffy to help get his ingredients for his love potion. They end up fighting a ton of other vampires while in the witchcraft shop, and during the fight Spike comes to the conclusion that he needs to stop being a whiny bitch and get back to being the Spike that Dru fell in love with. So, he leaves Sunnydale to find Dru, kidnap her, and torture her until she likes him again. Awwww… sweet love.
Oz and Cordelia finally find Willow and Xander where Spike left them, and they happen to walk in on them locking lips. It truly was a “look we’re dying, so let’s have a final hoorah” sort of thing, but kind of hard to explain that to those that love you and would prefer that you not share your lips. After Cordy wiggs, and starts running away, she falls through the stairs and gets impaled in the stomach. First, Xander drives a stake through her heart (metaphorically, of course), and then she actually gets a stake in the stomach. Talk about a double whammy. Again with the sweet love.