Angel: "I can stay in town as long as you want me."
Buffy: "How's forever? Does forever work for you?"
Pet Sematary -- The Monkey's Paw -- this episode really had to happen. If the writers didn't address the question of resurrecting Joyce, on a show where the dead run around in pretty much every episode, it would be... well... strange.
There's nothing like planning your mother's funeral to throw you into instant adulthood. Poor Buffy. Fortunately, Buffy does still have a loving and supportive parent (Giles, of course, not Hank.) And she still has Angel. I'm still convinced that Buffy and Angel are meant for each other, and the Buffy/Angel scenes back me up. He's still the one she can talk to, and that's what counts.
Spike really does have a heart, doesn't he? No chip would make him the way he is now. I mean, he's still so perverse, but we all knew he really liked Joyce ("she never treated me like a freak"), and that he really cares about Dawn ("Well, whattaya know. Bitty Buffy.") In a way, the Spike character has developed the kind of dimension that the Angel character has.
So when will Daddy show up? Doesn't the other parent automatically get custody when one of them dies? Won't Dawn go to her father?
Bits and pieces:
-- On the Glory-plot front, Glory now knows, unfortunately, that the key is a person.
-- Michelle Tractenberg's Dawn has really grown on me, and I think she and Sarah Michelle Gellar play extremely well off each other. That last scene in particular made me cry.
-- Xander looked really good in an all black suit. I liked the Xander/Anya discussion about life, death, sex, and babies, too.
-- When Giles was alone and drinking, he was playing the same record that was playing when he and Joyce were alone in his apartment in the episode "Band Candy." That was appropriate. It got to me.
Willow: "I'm going to stop by my mom's first. Been doing that a lot lately."
Xander: "Yeah. I actually might stop by your mom's too. (she looks at him) Well, I'm not going to my place. Those people are scary."
Anya: "I just think I understand sex more now. It's not just about two bodies smooshing together. It's about life. It's about making life."
Xander: "Right, when two people are much older, and way richer, and far less stupid."
Anya: "Breathe. You're turning colors."
Anya: "But of course, it's wonderful that you find doing my job so distracting. I am unthreatened. Proceed."
Willow: "What did I have for breakfast this morning? Do you remember?"
Willow: "I wanna say bagel, but I think that was yesterday. You had two eggs sunny-side-up. I remember 'cause they were wiggling at me like little boobs."
Tara: (grins) "Sassy eggs."
Three out of four stakes,
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