Doomed to live life as a mortal since her amulet was destroyed by Buffy and the Gang, Anya begs with a demon to get her powers back… and fails. She convinces an unsuspecting Willow to assist her with a spell that will return her amulet and, with it, her Vengeance Demon powers. Willow, sensing something wrong with the magic, balks at the last minute and disrupts the spell. Instead of returning the amulet, the spell summons the vampire Willow from the alternate universe in “The Wish” and sets her loose in Sunnydale.
Giles: This is extraordinary.
Willow: It’s horrible! That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil! And… skanky. And I think I’m kinda gay.
This was a fun episode. A litle foreshadowing perhaps, since Willow does get her gay on in the near future. Some might find it a tad creepy when her evil self flirts and even licks her good self. Or others might find it a complete turn-on. At one point, the Gang captures the vamp Willow and have good Willow go back out as the vamp one. This was hilarious to watch. Good Willow is all squirming in her counterpart’s leather bustier and suppose to come across sexy, vicious and vampy. Another great time was when the evil Willow is locked up in the library cage and needs Cordelia to release her. Cordelia instead takes the opportunity to rail on her about boyfriend stealing. The sheer boredom and frustration that the evil Willow shows is quite good too.
Angel: Buffy… something terrible’s happened that… Willow’s dead… hey Willow… wait a second…
Another great set of moments is when Xander, Buffy, and Giles all think that their Willow has been turned vamp. They truly mourn her, only for her to come into the library like any other day. And when Angel comes in to tell them all that Willow is a vamp, he is just distraught. He knows how much she means to them, and he’s gotta deliver this horrible news. And she pops out of the library office as he’s stammering for the words. Good stuff.
A demon offers to sell Buffy and Faith the books of Ascension but Faith, acting on behalf of the Mayor and defying Buffy, kills the demon and steals the books. Also as part of her new alliance with the Mayor, Faith tries to seduce Angel so that he will again lose his soul. When that fails, and it fails oh-so-miserably, the Mayor summons a powerful demon to remove Angel’s soul with dark magic.
Wesley: And you say this demon wanted cash? That’s very unusual.
Giles: Demons after money. What ever happened to the still-beating heart of a virgin? No one has any standards anymore.
Giles is just becoming brilliant now that he’s been fired as a Watcher, and is just another member of the Gang. Since Wesley gets to be our stiff Englishman for the time being, I guess Giles feel a bit of the pressure is off. He’s acting a lot like Buffy, really. He’s sarcastic, snarky, and just plain rebellious when it comes to Wesley. Because of this, he has some great lines. Thus the plethora of them in this post.
Buffy: It’s down by the bus station. Not the nicest part of town.
Giles: Again, see? No standards. Any self-respecting demon should be living in a pit of filth or a nice crypt.
Angel turns evil again, but not really, cuz they pull a fast one on Faith and her boss, the Mayor. I gotta say, what the hell is up with Angel’s hair in these last few episodes. It’s really bothering me. Also, Angel not looking so hot to me either. I know Mr. Boreanaz started this show when he was something like 28, so he’s bound to probably go through more physical changes than some of the younger members of the cast, but still. Not digging it. Now, I know that he gets out of this awkward phase at some point, cuz he’s quite hot again on Bones, but it’s not helping me while I’m watching this. I like the Angel in the first season. He was just HAWT. Damn hawt. Friggin’ hawt. Also, it seems I like Angel better as Angelus. Maybe it’s the bad boy thing, I dunno. But it almost seems like the Angelus character has more depth or something. Angel just seems too… what’s the word?…. castrated.
Wesley: Find anything?
Giles: Six course banquet of nothing with a scoop of sod all as a palette cleanser.
This was a great version of nanny-nanny-boo-boo. I had truly forgotten what happened on this episode so the ending was a complete surprise to me again. Don’t you just love that? It’s all fresh and stuff. But, we get a peek of emo-Buffy here. Or maybe this is just PMS-Buffy. After Angel goes through all the faking of being Angelus, which happens to involve a lot of making out with Faith, Buffy gets her panties in a wad. She thinks they need a break. Wah.
After an encounter with a demon that has no mouth, Buffy is infected with the demon’s blood as it seeps into her skin, and she gains the ability to hear people’s thoughts. At first her newfound ability is useful for cheating on schoolwork and eavesdropping on the thoughts of those around her, but when the voices continue to flood her mind, she realizes that she can’t control the power. Amid the chaos, Buffy hears a killer planning a mass murder at the school. Now she must keep herself from going mad long enough to prevent a catastrophe.
Buffy: Guess I won’t be writing that book, “Winning Friends Through Telepathy.”
Interesting to hear the Gang’s thoughts. My favorite was probably Oz. He’s very existential up in that noggin of his. Xander thinks about sex, constantly. No big shocker there. Wesley thinks about not thinking about Cordelia. There was a bit of a funny when Buffy hears her mother’s thoughts and discovers more of the specifics regarding the events from the 3×06 Band Candy episode. Joyce and Giles did more than make out. On the hood of a police car. Twice.
Giles: Feel up to some training?
Buffy: Sure! We can work out after school, you know, if you’re not too busy having sex with my *mother*!
Other than the initial little laughs, the rest of the episode was a heavy one. She and the Gang have to find who wants to do harm to the school. It ends up being the little dork Jonathan that we see from time to time in episodes. Generally, he’s the butt of a joke or the target of some snide remarks. I guess this has really gotten to him. But, he just wants to hurt himself, not the rest of the school. Which seems really strange cuz, why would you take a sniper rifle into a tower on campus if you were only going to kill yourself? But, I nitpick.
Buffy receives an acceptance to Northwestern University, but what should be a happy surprise turns sour when she realizes that she may not be able to go away to school and still fulfill her duties as the Slayer. In a bit of a huff after realizing this, she decides to launch an immediate offensive against the Mayor, instead of waiting for the Ascension. She manages to intercept the Box of Gavrok, a container of mystical energy that is vital to the Mayor’s plans. But when Willow is captured, the gang must decide whether they can give up their best chance at preventing the Ascension to save Willow’s life.
Xander: We Bohemian anti-establishment types have always been persecuted.
Oz: Well, sure. You’re all so weird.
Willow seems to be coming into her own finally. She can spin a pencil in the air. It’s nice to see her not just be the nerd of the group. Buffy just really struggles with this whole destiny thing. Her skull is thick, cuz we keep having this issue pop-up left and right. This time it’s about going away to college. Since she mysteriously got a good SAT score (maybe she just tests well and isn’t as dumb as she acts), she has actually gotten into a decent school. But reality crashes upon her quickly. She then goes all mission impossible in the Mayor’s office trying to get some fancy box that ends up being full of this super creepy spider thingies. During the big fight at the end with the Mayor and his minions — they win — Faith actually helps one of them with one of the creepy spiders. It seems to give everyone pause. Is she not the hopeless, serial killing, mega-bitch they all thought she was? I seriously doubt that.