They already did the haunted frat house episode last Halloween. And much, much better.
I thought some of this episode was pretty funny, but much of it went right past funny and into tasteless. I mean, it wasn't that long ago that all three of our teenage leads were virgins, and all three got seriously hurt with their first amours. And now? Arguing about erectile dysfunction in an ice cream truck in front of a bunch of kids? All those leering dirty jokes about Buffy and Riley? Is this Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Dallas: The Teen Years?
Maybe I'm overboarding a little on the sex thing because the plot didn't all that much for me, either. I did like Buffy's double entendres and the "big bursting poltergasm" comment, and the show gets points for showing a drawer-full of condoms, but that was about it. My two favorite scenes were: (1) Spike and Anya hanging out together reminiscing about their demon glory days, and (2) Giles in the Espresso Pump. Neither of which had anything to do with the plot. No, wait -- the vampires and demons getting together thing was part of the plot, and Spike and Anya fit the bill there. It reminded me of that line in Ghostbusters about cats and dogs living together.
I've always wondered why Xander allowed himself to get involved with a former vengeance demon. Isn't he just asking for trouble?
Bits and pieces:
-- More Spike! I want more Spike!
-- Did you notice that the ice cream truck music was in a minor key?
-- Willow used to have a crush on Giles? Did I miss that? What good taste she has.
Giles: "There's always been great discord between them. And yet you say that the vampire went to the demon's aid. The two of them were working as a team?"
Buffy: "Everything except giving each other little pats on the behind."
Buffy: "Who better to bring together a bunch of demon types than someone who's made out of a bunch of demon types?"
Tara: "So he's, um, bridging the gap between the races."
Willow: "Like Martin Luther King."
Xander: "Um, just, you know, impressing you with my knowledge of local history. Or my knowledge of reading."
Julie: "You didn't even have to sound anything out."
Xander: "You should see me add short columns of small numbers."
Julie: "You're funny."
Xander: "Thanks. I mean, funny 'how amusing', or funny 'back away and avoid eye contact'?"
Julie: "Kinda both."
Xander: "Anya, this is crazy. We had a little fight. It just means that we have to work our way through some stuff. It doesn't mean that we rebound with the evil undead."
Xander: "Anya, look around! There's ghosts and shaking, and people are going all Felicity with their hair... We're fresh out of superpeople, and somebody's gotta go back in there. Now who's with me?"
Spike: "I am. I know I'm not the first choice for heroics, and Buffy's tried to kill me more than once. And, I don't fancy a single one of you at all. But... actually, all that sounds pretty convincing. (Walks away.) I wonder if Asia House is open."
Xander: "So with Buffy and Riley having, you know, acts of nakedness around the clock lately, maybe they set something free. Like a big bursting poltergasm."
Buffy: "If Riley and I hadn't gotten so wrapped up in each other, none of this would've happened."
Anya: "True. Feel shame."
Xander: "My girlfriend. Mistress of the learning plateau."
One out of four stakes. And it would have been zero without Spike, Anya and Giles,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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