DO change your tune about Buffy's love life. But it would be nice if you admitted as much, Xander. Both Jenn and I noted his rather abrupt turnaround. For example:
- Xander Quote from "IWMTLY": "The problem is not you."
- Xander Quote from "Into the Woods": "But you missed the point. You shut down, Buffy. And you've been treating Riley like the rebound guy."
[In response to Buffy's fear that she's too self-involved]
- Xander Quote from "IWMTLY": "I don't think you're like that."
- Xander Quote from "Into the Woods": I think you took it for granted [Riley] was going to show up when you wanted him to, and take off when you didn't."
|Maybe the puffy sumo suit blunts some of that self-righteousness.|
Okay, now that's out of my system.
|Havoc-wreaking here takes the form of throwing Spike through a window.|
Which begs the subsidiary question, why is everyone, including Ben, ostensibly a grown man with a job, hanging out at an all-ages club packed with highschoolers? [**Update**: Jenn has just informed me that this party doesn't take place at The Bronze, but rather at UC Sunnydale. Oops. Though it's still strange that Ben's there, yes? And the question below still stands.]
|And why is Willow wearing a turtleneck to a luau?|
But no mind. The primary question is, how can you protect yourself from losing love? Warren's interested, Spike's interested, and next week Buffy's going to learn the answer: You can't.
DON'T make my mistake. And assume this episode is in any way a throwaway. Not only does the poignancy of watching April's batteries die as Buffy sits with her guide us into a much more devastating and personal loss in "The Body,"
|Makes sense she's on a swing set, since these are the last moments of her childhood.|
but Warren and a robot that looks like a chick
|As well as Spike's continued failure to heed the Do's and Don't's of this episode as well as "Crush."|
are both going to have serious and wide-ranging implications for the rest of this season and the next.
|Next week: The pain is brought.|
And of course, the word that April doesn't say to finish that cliche is "Dawn." This re-watch is really reminding me of how crucial Little Bit's appearance is in the show as a whole.