1. Favorite segment?
Construction is full of misogynist jerks
The retail day will never end
Whiskey, tequila, and kitten poker
2. Assume the Trio wasn’t messing with her. Do you think Buffy would have had success during any of her three “normal world” days?
What, are you kidding? Of course not.
3. Buffy’s exaggerated BLEAHRRGH alcohol face.
It’s adorable and I never get tired of it.
It was funny at first, but then I got tired of it.
It was funny, then I got tired of it, then I thought it was funny again.
4. Why kittens?
I don’t know. It’s too ridiculous. Why is the “dark, depressed” season also the “goofy” season?
Because it’s funny. Don’t overthink.
No, it’s a perfect BTVS thing: cute and funny at first, but kind of horrifying the more you consider it
It serves to effectively trivialize the demons as a threat, while still making them seem -- you know, demony
I refuse to think about what they do with the kittens. You can’t make me think about what they do with the kittens.
5. This episode marks the first time the Trio targets Buffy specifically. How evil are they here?
Not very evil. None of their “tests” has the potential for permanent harm.
Moderately evil. Their pranks might be non-lethal, but it’s still pretty evil to target somebody for that kind of mystical pranking.
Extremely evil. They are treating Buffy like she’s a video game character or action figure, with a callous disregard for her welfare and personhood.
6. Spike tells Buffy: “You’re not a schoolgirl. You’re not a shop girl. You’re a creature of darkness, like me.” Is he right?
Yep. Spike is being his usual insightful self.
No way. He wants to believe it, but he's wrong.
It's mostly a seduction tactic. He wants her to believe it.
He’s half right. Slayer’s dual nature and all.
7. Favorite thematic/quotable dialog
Willow: Because social phenomena don’t have unproblematic objective existences, they have to be interpreted and given meanings by those who encounter them.
Jonathan: Stop touching my magic bone!
Anya: Don’t be nervous. Do what I do. Picture yourself naked.
Buffy: Yes! And then I’m going to marry Bob Dole and raise penguins in Guam!
Buffy: Life is stupid. Spike: I didn’t figure you were here cadging my whiskey because life is all blood and peaches.
Spike: You’re not a schoolgirl. You’re not a shop girl. You’re a creature of darkness, like me.
Buffy: The only person I can stand to be around is a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker!
Giles: Go easy on yourself, won’t you? You don’t need to figure it out all at once
8.Rate this episode (on a recalibrated scale where 5 is the lowest score)
Mean: 8.35 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.79
Bonus question: do they check ID in demon bars?
Here it is, another episode poll! Just one more episode until we get to the musical!