3×20 The Prom
In Buffy’s ever long quest of trying to be a “normal” girl, she gets quite wrapped up in all things Prom. So much so, it appears she didn’t even think to ask Angel if he wanted to take her. She just assumes he will. Now, in a normal High School relationship, this is how it would work. But, you need to give your 240-year old boytoy a bit of a heads up with these sorts of things.
Oh, ooops, as soon as Buffy brings it up, Angels gets a little squirmy. Then Joyce shows up at Angel’s weird abode, and tells Angel she thinks he needs to be a man and dump Buffy now before things get crazy out of hand. Cuz, you know, losing the soul thing was just a blip on the relationship radar. Next, he has to relay this information to Buffy, right before the Prom. Dude, seriously, you don’t want to go that bad? This info couldn’t wait a day? Naturally, the fact that Buffy and Angel are splitting makes Buffy want her normal girl Prom that much more.
Buffy: Great thing about being a slayer, kicking ass is comfort food.
So, when some random kid from Oz’s chemistry class unleashes some Hell Hounds, Buffy gets quite motivated to get rid of them. Even if she can’t have a Prom, she’ll be damned if the rest of the school will suffer. Such self-sacrifice with that one.
I did really dig how they kind of did the bad guy in this weird fast-forward way. Just as the guy is about to go into his usual bad guy monologue, Buffy cuts him off. When he says why he wants to attack at Prom, Buffy cuts him off again, and we see a flashback of him asking a girl to Prom and she simply says No. Awesome. She then beats the three Hell Hounds in record time, then whips out her Prom dress from her weapons bag, and walks into Prom just as gorgeous as can be. Bitch.Â :D
Anya: Look, I know you find me attractive; I’ve seen you looking at my breasts.
Xander: Nothing personal, but when a guy does that, it just means his eyes are open.
There was some crazy contrasts going on in this episode. You have the kind of quick baddy thing, which was a bit funny. Then you have the real emotional killers. As the classmates are handing out their “Biggest Class Clown” and whatnot awards, they get serious for a moment, and present Buffy with a “Class Protector” award. They realize that Sunnydale High isn’t like your average school, and they have noticed how Buffy seems to be there to save the day. This made me weepy. All she has ever wanted was to be normal — not gonna happen — and not be such an outcast. Then, Angel shows up at Prom to dance with her, and she knows this doesn’t mean anything. He just wants to give her the moment I think.
3×21 Graduation Day, Part 1
The Gang receives some valuable information from their old enemy Anya, who has actually witnessed an Ascension. She reveals that the Mayor plans to transform himself into pure demon, something that has not been seen for thousands of years. As the Gang prepares for Graduation they continue to search for a way to stop the Mayor’s Ascension. As they dig for answers, Angel gets shot by Faith with a poison arrow, and the only cure for him is he blood of a Slayer.
Xander: Come on guys, the suspense is killing Angel.
Now, just hearing this makes it painfully clear that we know who’s gonna be feeding Angel his cure. Buffy actually stabs Faith in the stomach, but she gets away via jumping off her balcony into the back of a work truck. This is big. Buffy intentionally stabs a human. But, of course Faith doesn’t die. That would make Buffy a killer. And that would be seriously uncool.
On a lighter and sweeter note, Willow finally gets her cherry popped by Oz. She’s just as chatty in bed as out. And Oz is just as non-chatty. They are so sweet together. Adorable couple, but don’t get used to it.
3×22 Graduation Day, Part 2
Since Buffy couldn’t get Faith for Angel to suck dry, she goes to him and makes him drink from her. He refuses repeatedly, and so she starts punching him until she can get his vampire-ness raring to go. Once she does that, and she shows him a bit of neck, he doesn’t hesitate. Chomp, slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, oooops he took too much. Since he’s all better now, he runs Buffy to the hospital cuz she kinda won’t wake up. But, good news is she’s not dead. While in the hospital they run into the Mayor who is there in another room with a comatose Faith. He is extremely upset that his precious Faith is down for the count, possibly for good. They fight in the hospital a bit, yadda yadda yadda.
Xander: [to Angel] Well, it’s just good to know that when the chips are down and things look grim, you’ll feed off the girl who loves you to save your own ass.
Tada! Buffy gets better all quick and slayer-like, just in time for graduation. We see the Gang call on a couple fellow classmates to get some weapons in place on the campus, but we don’t quite know why. As the ceremony is in effect, and the Mayor is in the middle of his commencement speech, he gets a bit of a stomach ache. But really, he just turns into this huge snake beastie thing.
Xander: Aren’t you supposed to be drinkin’ tea, anyway?
Giles: Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.
Xander: Okay. But you’re destroying a perfectly good cultural stereotype, here.
Instead of screaming and running, as you’d expect, the entire graduating class stands up, tears off their robes to reveal they are all strapped for some serious fighting. I love this! What a seriously awesome bonding moment as a graduating class. They are very organized with the help of Xander. Yes, Xander. They start with the flame-throwers, and then projectiles, and then flaming arrows. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it.
Once the class does what they can, it’s up to Buffy to get him where they need him. She distracts him with Faith’s knife and taunting him about Faith also. He starts to chase her into the school where she leads him to the library… where it’s full of explosives and whatnot. (They did pack up the library earlier, mustn’t endanger the rare book collection Giles has assembled).Â HUGE explosion… the day, er night, is saved. And they all are so friggin’ thankful that High School is over.
With just a long tearful look across a busy parking lot, Angel and Buffy say goodbye without any words. Angel turns around, and walks away… to his own show.