"My hat has a cow."
I know there's a typo in the first answer set, but when I corrected it and resubmitted my poll, the XML wouldn't resolve and I couldn't instantly figure out why, so I got impatient and decided to just live with the typo. TContext is supposed to be "Context" Here, let me distract you with shirtless Spike:
"I've seen enough of your dead body for one night."
1. During the opening scene, Buffy has no idea who Machiavelli is and her co-worker condescendingly implies that this is because she dropped out of college. But in previous episodes, Buffy has made or picked up on references easily as obscure as Machiavelli (for example, her threat to "pull a William Burroughs" during "New Moon Rising.") So, why doesn't Buffy pick up on the Machiavelli reference?
Character inconsistency for the sake of establishing the "Buffy feels like a loser" theme of this episode.
Fatigue. She's exhausted.
Depression. It can really interfere with cognitive abilities.
TContext. She's not expecting a scholarly reference right at that point.
Sheer randomness. You ever play pub trivia? Everybody knows different random things.
2. When Buffy first sees Riley, she utters the line "Were you always this tall?" Fill in with your preference:
Were you always this boring?
Were you always this big of a jerk?
Were you always this inconsiderate?
I'm okay with tall.
3. Why doesn't Riley tell her that he's married?
He's been awake for 48 hours and is getting punchy. That's probably also why he fails to tell her not to kill the demon.
Because he's a big jerk. That's why.
Because he's still hung up on her, duh.
Because he's still hung up on her, AND he's a big jerk.
4. Willow: "Just so you know: I am prepared to hate this woman any way you want." Do you hate Riley's wife Sam?
Actually, I kinda do.
I like her, but I feel like the script works just a little too hard to try to get me to like her.
She's way better than Riley deserves.
like Sam. But, seriously, Riley has been away for ONE YEAR and he's still, like, 25 years old tops. I don't think their marriage was necessarily entered into with the best possible judgment.
5. Sam's speech to Willow about the shamans who got addicted to dark magic and now are "gone" -- what do you think?
What's the difference between a shaman and a wicca?
What, so now "getting addicted to dark magic" is a thing?
Where did they go? Does she mean they, like disappeared into an alternate dimension? Or does she mean they are hollow inhuman shells gibbering into the darkness? I want details here!
She's trying to be nice, but she clearly has no idea what she's talking about.
6. Riley busting in on post-coital Buffy & Spike. What do you think?
I can't watch this scene. I just can't.
You know, Riley and Spike really bring out the worst in each other.
I'm okay with its unspeakable awkwardness and embarrassment, right until the point Riley deliberately shames Buffy with that "have you forgotten?" line.
What is it with Spike and the sexual tension with the other male characters, anyway? Does Riley even notice?
7. The scene downstairs in the crypt -- Buffy says "No more games, Spike." Then Spike gets really upset. "That's bloody funny, coming from you? No games? That's all you've ever done is play me, and keep playing with rules you make up as you like! You know what I am -- you've always known -- and you come to me all the same!" Is Spike right?
Kind of. He knows that Buffy has been in denial about his bad side. But he also knows that if she stops being in denial about it, she's likely to break it off with him.
No. He's upset, and he's projecting.
8. The Xander/Anya wedding jitters sub-plot. What do you think?
Totally pointless. Just there to remind us what to expect for next week.
I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A COUPLE THAT COULD POSSIBLY NOT SUCCEED IN GETTING MARRIED A WEEK FROM NOW.
I don't like the implicit fat-shaming in all the jokes about their compulsive snacking.
9. Riley's little "you're a hell of a woman" pep talk. What do you think?
He's got some nerve, the big jerk.
It's fine. He doesn't say anything that's wrong or bad advice.
It's fine, but seems a little overly practiced. That's probably why he forgot to tell her he was married or the objective with the demon. Too busy rehearsing this little pep talk.
You know, closure is good. She gets closure here. So I'm giving it a thumbs up.
10. In the final scene, Buffy breaks up with Spike. What do you think?
It's just because that big jerk Riley shamed her, and it really bugs me.
I appreciate that she's trying to do the right thing for herself, but it's tainted by all the Riley-shaming beforehand.
Wow, she's really adult here -- taking care of herself, and respecting both the relationship and Spike as a person. Plus, it's the first time she's ever broken off a relationship properly. Go Buffy!
Her depression is getting better, so it was inevitable that this was coming, Riley or not.
I think she does it for all the right reasons. And I appreciate her maturity. But my fantasy life is going to be so much poorer for the rest of the season...
DAWN Some vamp get rough with you? BUFFY He's not getting any gentler.
WILLOW You know when I was little, I used to spend hours imagining what my wedding to Xander would be like. And now that I see them together I just think ... Nyeah heh.
BUFFY Don't you want your garbage ... ?
BUFFY My hat has a cow.
ANYA I think maybe we died in this car on the way to the airport. And now we're in hell. XANDER The radio said no traffic. ANYA It's a hell radio. Of course it said that.
XANDER Why did we ever agree to let your friends -- who are demons -- and my family -- who are monsters -- stay at our place?
WILLOW Just so you know: I am prepared to hate this woman any way you want.
SAM There's no bad guys in this one, Buffy.
BUFFY Tell me you love me. SPIKE I love you. You know I do. BUFFY Tell me you want me. SPIKE I always want you. In point of fact, I -- BUFFY Shut up.
RILEY I've seen enough of your dead body for one night, thanks.
RILEY Can you shut him up? BUFFY Not so far.
XANDER No! I mean, granted, it's hard to imagine Nick and Nora Fury hiding out from relatives in their own bathroom
12. Rate this episode
Mean: 4.29 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.07
Bonus question! Have you ever worked at a job that left you "stinky"?
Wow! From out of nowhere! Just in time for Saint Patrick's Day! The return of the late Season 6 Buffy polls!