4x09 Something Blue
In Willow's continuing descent into mega-pissy broken hearted chica, she has attempted a spell to have her will done. At first it appears to not work, until she saying something about Giles being blind about something they are talking about. So, he slowly goes blind. Then, Buffy can't stick around Willow to console her cuz she has to catch Spike cuz he's escaped from Giles' house. So, when Willow goes to Xander to complain she says something like Buffy should marry Spike. The next thing we see is Buffy and Spike in the middle of a marriage proposal. That is funny. Absolutely hilarious. She says yes, they both get all happy and start to make out. And they can't keep their hands off each other. Then they actually start talking about wedding plans... invitations, locations, music. I love it.
Spike: This is the crack team that foils my every plan? I am deeply shamed.
At one point, Willow says that Xander is just a demon magnet or something and of course then he can't quite keep the demons at bay. Things happen in a not so obvious manner that it takes our Gang sometime to figure out that it's a spell that Willow did. Meanwhile, Willow is busy getting offered Anya's old demon position. She declines, and they give her their card or talisman or something and then let her go. She then reverses the spell, right in the middle of a good Spike/Buffy make out session, and everything goes back to normal.
Buffy: Look at my poor neck! All bare and tender and exposed. All that blood just pumping away.
Spike: Oh gees, Giles, make her stop!
Riley can't seem to say the right thing to Buffy. He just tends to ramble on which ruins some great potential kissing moments. This turns out to be the least of his worries when the entire town of Sunnydale lose their voices. A group of strange creates called The Gentlemen appear suddently and steal everyone's voices. It's so no one can scream while they take their hearts out. They need seven hearts to fulfill something that I forgot about. Turns out they are from a Fairy Tale, and the only thing that can get rid of them is the scream of a girl.
Little Girl: Can't even shout, Can't even cry,
The Gentlemen are coming by,
Lookin' in windows, Knockin' on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours,
Can't call to mom, Can't say a word,
You're gonna die screaming but you won't be heard.
This is a truly great episode. One of my favorites. I just love the idea of needing to communicate and not being able to, which seems to truly allow you to communicate without all the distractions that talking can provide. To me it shows that words can truly get in the way.
Not only did the episode have a great story, but it looked really eerie too. The Gentlemen simply float, they don't walk, and this looks very well done.
Oh, and during The Initiative's and Buffy's fighting The Gentlemen and their minions... Buffy sees Riley in his commando gear, and Riley sees Buffy in her full Slayer glory. Guess those secrets are out.
The Hellmouth gets reopened... again.
Giles: It's the end of the world.
Buffy, Willow, Xander: Again?
Buffy and Riley are having a difficult time redefining their relationship since now they know about each other's secrets. Riley has asked that she keep his secret to herself, so she has to distract Giles from focusing on the commandos. She tries to convince him that the recent earthquake might be a prophecy of doom and that they need to be investigating it. Then, a new set of demons do show up in town stealing mystical items and it turns out that Buffy may be more accurate than she originally thought.
Spike is not liking the fact that he can't attack humans. He's now stuck in Xander's basement with him since Giles is having company of the female persuasion and doesn't want Spike around. He starts to despair, so much in fact he actually attempts to stake himself, but he gets interrupted. Xander and Willow cart Spike around to watch him so that he won't kill himself. I forget why they care, but I guess they do. They eventually meet up with Buffy and Riley to kick demon ass, and Spike discovers that he can attack other monsters and demons. He gets oh-so-excited by this. Now, he wants to fight evil just so he can some ass.
Spike: What's this? Sitting around watching the telly while there's evil still afoot. That's not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What, can't go without your Buffy, is that it? Too chicken? Let's find her! She is the Chosen One after all. Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let's annihilate them. For justice... and for... the safety of puppies... and Christmas, right? Let's fight that evil! Let's kill something! Oh, come on!
Fun episode. I just really enjoy it when Spike is around, and now he's really a part of the Scooby Gang. Good times. Just gets better from here... as far as having Spike around.