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Buffy the Vampire Slayer S03 E18 – Are you thinking what I’m thinking, B1?

, and on February 25, 2013 · 29 comments in Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Season 3

Previously: Faith killed a not particularly evil demon, and tried to seduce Angel. When that failed, she and the Mayor stole his soul, but LOL NOPE Angel’s the best actor ever and now they know the Mayor’s plan. Buffy’s pissed that Angel made out with Faith, and they’re on a break, Ross and Rachel style.

Earshot

Kirsti: Yes, that title is a reference to Bananas In Pyjamas. I’m Australian, what the hell else would you expect?

Lorraine: I already have no idea what’s going on here.

K: You’re welcome, America.

ANYWAY. We open with Buffy running through a park. She falls to the ground, and a big, scaly demon with no mouth appears behind her. She grins and kicks at it, then pulls out a knife. Apparently the run and fall thing was an act. But OH NO. There’s a second big. scaly demon with no mouth. One grabs her knife while the other grapples with Buffy. She throws it to one side, and gets her own knife thrown at her head. She catches the knife, and uses it to stab one of the demons. The other scarpers, and we see some glowing white demon blood absorb into her hand. Ew. Roll credits.

At school the next day, Buffy’s recapping the previous night’s slaying for Willow, who says the no mouth thing freaks her out. I don’t blame her. Giles, Oz and Xander have been researching the Ascension. Apparently Giles has eliminated several possibilities, but basically what they know amounts to this:

Buffy’s all “My boyfriend made out with the town bicycle for nothing?!” but Giles points out that at least now they know that Faith’s a dirty dirty liar who’s working for the Mayor. Buffy absentmindedly scratches at her blood absorbing hand as Wesley scurries up. He snarks at Giles, who gets a “Bitch, I will cut you” face and then points out that with the resources of the Council behind him, surely Wesley has some awesome research to add. Wesley says that he’s discounted the same things as Giles and everyone rolls their eyes and leaves. Except for Giles who smirks into his tea.

Lor: TEA COZY! Sorry. It’d just been a while since I had an occasion to say tea cozy.

Sweeney: I LOVE WHEN WE GET TO SAY TEA COZY!

K: You’d get to say it more often if Boston hadn’t thrown the tea into the harbour…

Lor: But “no taxation without representation” is really fun to say, so there is that.

K: Out in the hallway, Willow asks if Buffy’s seen Angel. She gets all “FAKE BAD AND KISSING FAITH = NOPE”, and Willow says “He only kissed her for the greater good.” And I’m sorry, but I lost my shit and started giggling hysterically at this point because this is all I could think of:

If you haven’t seen Hot Fuzz, go and do so immediately.

Sweeney: A+ for the Hot Fuzz reference.

K: Thank you. Anyway, Buffy thinks that Angel looked like he was enjoying making out with the crazy chick.

Sweeney: Eliza Dushku is hot. He probably did.

K: Good point.

Willow advises that Buffy, oh I don’t know, ASK. Willow then says that it’s too bad Buffy has to patrol because eeeeeeeeeeeeeeveryone is going to the basketball game, on account of Sunnydale somehow overcame all those mysterious deaths and made the championships. Buffy sulks a little and scratches at her hand some more.

Cut to Giles’ office, where she’s all “Ew, I touched a demon and now I think I have cooties.” (L: Makes me happy I got my cootie shot long ago.) He pulls out his trusty A-Z of Demons and goes, “hmm.” Apparently the big scaly mouthless kind can “infect the host with an aspect of the demon,” which is suitably nonspecific. But he then suggests that her hand might be itchy because of a new fabric softener. LOL, NOPE. Outside, Cordelia is busy spelling out words with her arms to introduce the basketball team while Willow reads the school paper. She asks if anyone else has found it depressing recently, and Oz says “I dunno, I always go straight to the obits.” Oh, Sunnydale. Only you would have need of such a thing…

Sweeney: I love these subtle acknowledgements of how craycray this universe is. So much so that its high school paper needs an obituaries section.

K: Meanwhile, Buffy’s checking her scalp to make sure she’s not growing horns.  Willow tries to reassure her, but not knowing what aspect she’s going to get is freaking Buffy out. She lists some demon parts and then Willow gets a terrified look on her face:

LOL FOREVER. Back at the pep rally, Wesley is watching Cordy cheer, and Xander’s none too happy about it. I don’t blame him. It’s kind of pedo-y.

Sweeney: I am mostly amused by/in favor of their relationship, but YEAH, this is pedo-y, Wesley. Calm down.

K: Buffy has another freak out because she thinks she might wake up as Not Her, and we cut to her walking down her street in the dark. Angel lurk-ppears from nowhere, and says that he wants to make sure she’s safe. They have a little tiff about Faith, and then Buffy mopes some more about her pending demon part, and UGH, THIS PLACE IS BROOD CENTRAL. Right on cue, the Clarinet of Mopeyness strikes up as Angel says he’ll always make sure nothing happens to her. With the magic of knowing what happens in the coming seasons, I’m going to go with “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, NOPE.”

Lor: IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.

K: At school the next day, Xander is wearing a shirt made of Christmas wrapping paper:

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But mostly he, Willow and Oz are discussing the basketball game, which Sunnydale won right at the buzzer. Willow shushes the boys as Buffy approaches. They try to downplay how awesome the game was, which works until Cordy’s all “ARE YOU INSANE?!” Xander turns to look at Cordy and wonders (via a voiceover) if she and Wesley have kissed. When Buffy comments on it, Xander’s all “Whoa, mind read much?” and Buffy gets a horrified expression on her face. HELLO, ASPECT OF THE DEMON!

After a Not Ad Break, Buffy’s walking through the corridors, hearing thoughts from random people. My favourite is from the dude who’s got four inches of boxer shorts sticking out the top of his jeans, who’s thinking “I swear, someday my pants are going to fall right off.” (S: Awesome.) But then she starts hearing horny teenage boy thoughts, and EW. So she runs off to talk to Giles. He pooh-poohs the idea of her being telepathic, so she proves it: “When I walked in a few minutes ago, you thought ‘Look at her shoes. If a fashion magazine told her to, she’d wear cats strapped to her feet.’” LOL. There’s a minute of Giles thinking stuff, then saying stuff, and Buffy going “I know, you just told me.”

Lor: Buffy is excited about her new power, probably because she’s never watched TV and forgot she lives in Sunnydale. If you put these two things together, you quickly realize that telepathy + Buffy = NOPE.

Sweeney: But it was great for these couple minutes, right? I’m glad she got to have that, you know, before it went the usual Sunnydale way.

K: So very true. She should really start reading our recaps.

Cut to English class where Buffy is using her new found powers to steal the answers right out of the class know-it-all’s head. Surprisingly, the class know-it-all isn’t Willow. Willow, meanwhile, is busy thinking “Buffy did the reading? Buffy UNDERSTOOD the reading?” which seems a little harsh. (L: 1430, bitches!) Buffy hears Freddy, the editor of the school paper, being kind of an arse which serves very little purpose besides introducing him to the plot, and then she moves on to stealing ideas straight out of the teacher’s head. Cheater.

We head over at the Brooding Bungalow, because Buffy’s realised she can find out how Angel really felt about making out with Faith. Except that it turns out that, much like Sookie Stackhouse, Buffy can’t hear the thoughts of vampires. Bummer. He says that she can just ask, and she replies “Oh, but that would have made sense.” Yup. She says that Faith has that whole bad girl thing going on, and Angel says he doesn’t want a bad girl because been there done that a millionty times. That’s a little too much honesty and sharing for Buffy, but Angel redeems himself by saying he’s only ever loved one person – her. He then tells her to be careful with the whole mind reading thing, because sometimes things that seem like gifts aren’t. Like immortality. He’s dying to get rid of that. “Funny,” she says, and he deadpans “I’m a funny guy” in response. I kind of don’t hate him right now.

Lor: That’s practically a Heartless Cow term of endearment. Cute.

Sweeney: It really is! And not that I want to push limits or undermine how grateful I am for one of the kindest things you’ve said about soul-having Angel, on behalf of Team Buffy/Angel, Party of Me, I HAVE TO INCLUDE THIS NOW. SORRY I’M NOT SORRY:

K: Aaaaaaaand Team Heartless Cow is back to being heartless.

Cut back to the Wiggins Library where Xander’s freaking out about Buffy being able to hear his thoughts. Willow tries to be supportive, but then accidentally thinks that Buffy won’t need her anymore now that she’s not really human. Oz, meanwhile, is having an existential  crisis, because how can he exist if all his thoughts are in Buffy. (S: This is part of why we love him.) Xander proceeds to think about sex and then naked girls and then naked Buffy, and runs screaming for the door. Wesley says that they’re all going to find themselves thinking whatever they don’t want Buffy to hear, and that avoiding it is all a question of mental discipline. He, of course, proceeds to think about how hot Cordy is. Buffy does this:

And Wesley also runs away. Buffy tells Willow that it’s like doors are opening to hundreds of little worlds, and Willow gets a little hurt because Buffy knows what Oz is thinking and Willow never knows what Oz is thinking. Oz, for the record, is thinking “We think, therefore she is.” Anyway, Willow can’t quite deal with it all, and leaves. Oz follows her. Cordelia, bless her, says every single thing that pops into her head, most of which are about how she doesn’t want to be there.

Out in the hallway, Buffy struggles to process the thoughts of all the people around her. Giles and Wesley, meanwhile, have discovered that a man in Ecuador also became telepathic thanks to demon blood, and is now in total isolation because he can’t stop hearing all the thoughts. Welp. That’s awkward.

In the cafeteria, Buffy’s firmly on Struggle Street. She gets more and more overwhelmed, then hears a single voice cutting through the noise: “This time tomorrow, I’ll kill you all.” She drops her tray, and starts grabbing people, trying to work out who the Future Murderer is. But the noise gets too much and she ends up standing in the middle of the cafeteria with her hands over her ears, and then passing out next to her dropped lunch.

She wakes up to this:

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Which would kind of freak me out. Also, how the hell did they get her outside?! Anyway, she fills Giles in on the whole “someone’s a Future Murderer” thing. She tries to head back into the school to keep searching, but the noise of all the thoughts causes her to nearly pass out again. She asks the others to investigate, and Giles leads her towards his car to drive her home. She asks if she’ll be okay, and he’s all “YUP, TOTES”, but then thinks “If it doesn’t go away, she’ll go insane.” WHOOPS.

Joyce tucks Buffy into bed, and then dashes in and out of the room getting things. Buffy asks Joyce to sit with her, but she makes excuses. Then this happens and I have to post the entire gifset because OMG PERFECTION AND BAHAHAHAHAHAHA:

Lor: I’m going to adopt “it was the candy! We were teenagers!” into my regular arsenal of excuses, right along with “hormones,” “shaving my hands,” and “the economy.”

Sweeney: +1. AWESOME. This definitely makes the Joyce highlight reel. Not that it’s a lengthy reel, but this makes it.

K: Back at school, Willow divvies up the list of names, which she’s narrowed down to twelve. She interviews Jonathan about how fantasies are fun, and EW. Except that it turns out she’s talking about fantasies of power. Carry on.

Lor: This scene gave me wicked deja vu. Rightly so, as this is the second time Willow questions Jonathan. Of course the first time was in Go FishAnd yes, to answer a commenter’s question, I do enjoy the continuity and call backs BUT WHY GO FISH? AGAIN. 

K: Could be worse. Could be The Zeppo… #justsaying.

Oz interviews members of the basketball team, which is mildly hilarious because they’re like three feet taller than him, and Cordelia flat out asks a teacher if he’s planning on killing a bunch of people. And then follows it up with “Oh, and it’s for the yearbook.” Smooth, Cordy. Xander, on the other hand, is using his time to try and pick up girls. Oz also checks out the newspaper office, but fails to spot Freddy hiding under the desk.

That night, Buffy stares out her bedroom window, hearing the thoughts of everyone in the neighbourhood. She shuts the window, but it doesn’t help. Wesley and Giles, meanwhile, are making up a cure. They have everything they need – except the heart of the second demon. Cut to the park where Angel, game face on, is fighting the demon. The demon knocks Angel down and makes a run for it. Cut back to Buffy’s room, where it’s now early morning and Buffy’s tossing and turning and whimpering. Cut AGAIN to the school, where the interviews continue. Xander talks to Larry, but being gay is no longer a secret – “I’m so out I’ve got my grandma fixing me up with guys!” Awesomeness. He still thinks Xander’s gay, and encourages him to have Freddy put a tasteful coming out announcement in the school paper.

Back in the Wiggins Library, it turns out that Freddy was the only person they couldn’t find. Back at Buffy’s, Joyce tells Giles that she can’t stand the idea that she’s hurting Buffy with her thoughts. Apparently not any more, because “she can’t pick one thought out of…out of the din.” Suddenly, someone starts bashing on the front door. It’s Angel, who’s smoking on account of daylight. He’s got the finished potion, which is electric blue and has chunks floating in it. Ew. He force feeds it to Buffy who, surprisingly, doesn’t gag everywhere.

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He DOES have to hold her down as she writhes though, so…there’s that.

Cut to the school, where suspenseful music is playing. We pan up to the previously unseen clock tower, where Jonathon is sweating like a pig and unpacking a gun. I can’t identify it further on account of Australia having gun control. (It’s not a hand gun. That’s all I got.)

Lor: I am American and I can’t identify it, contrary to popular belief. I also own no guns. WHUT. I know, Kirsti. I just blew your Australian mind.

Sweeney: +1. True stat: 0% of American Snark Ladies own guns.

K: This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. I’d long suspected that the Ladies of Snark aren’t really representative of gun toting Americans. Story time: I visited a friend in rural Nebraska once, and friends of her brother’s barged into the house one day carrying a new gun that they wanted to show him. I responded to their friendly “Hey, where’s B-?” with “PLEASE DON’T KILL ME OH MY GOD.” That was in 2004. I’m still the laughing stock of their town. Much like when there are sharks in the water, guns give Australians the wiggins.

BACK TO SUNNYDALE. Over at Buffy’s, she’s all better. Yay. Cut back to the school and I’m starting to feel seasick from all the cuts. The Scoobies go into the newspaper office and corner Freddy. Turns out he thought Oz was looking for him because he gave Dingoes Ate My Baby a bad review:

Oz: Dingoes Ate My Baby play their instruments as if they have plump Polish sausages taped to their fingers.
Freddy: Sorry, man.
Oz: No, it’s fair.

Buffy turns up and they’re all “yay, you can’t hear us thinking any more!” Her plan is to evacuate the school and hope the Future Murderer isn’t waiting outside. Then Cordy conveniently finds a murdery sounding note on Freddy’s desk. It’s from Jonathan. The gang set out to find him. We cut back and forth between Jonathan taking three hundred years to assemble the gun (L: FO REAL.), and the gang searching various rooms of the school. Xander checks the cafeteria and gets distracted by jello.

Lor: XANDER RANT! Here is another excellent example of the writer’s sacrificing Xander on the altar of comedic relief and contrivant plot points. Xander. Someone is about to SHOOT UP THE SCHOOL, and you are distracted by Jell-o? I hate him so much sometimes.

K: Agreed. Buffy runs into the quad and spots Jonathan up in the clock tower. She does a not even remotely subtle leap onto the roof and bursts through the clock tower just as Jonathan loads his gun.

He turns the gun on her, and tells her not to try and stop him. She tells him she’s not going anywhere, and he says, “Stop saying my name like we’re friends.” It’s the first time Jonathan’s had more than a jokey sort of a role, and it’s pretty great acting from Danny Strong. He thinks that everyone thinks he’s a short idiot, and Buffy takes the honest approach, telling him that no one really thinks about him at all.

Sweeney: I LOVE THIS. I have been looking forward to this episode since I first spotted him in an episode for the rewatch. This is one of the things that has been extra fun about rewatching the series because HE WAS IN SO MANY EPISODES. He was all over the place and I don’t think I even noticed the first time around and that makes this episode that much more brilliant.

K: I actually looked up Danny Strong on IMDb in the course of writing this post and had a moment of “Wait, he was only in that many episodes?! It seemed like so many more!” Weird. Buffy tells Jonathon that she feels his pain, and he’s all “Pff, yeah right.” At which point, she monologues as she looks out over the quad:

Buffy: You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it’s not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they’re too busy with their own. The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you. Everyone. If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It’s not. It’s deafening.

Jonathan hands her the gun, and she does a little spiel about how mass murder is never the answer. He’s all “WHUT?” because apparently he was just going to kill himself.

Lor: I’m going back to my “I can’t identify this gun,” to say that it looks rather sniper-y-ish. And long, so that pointing it at yourself and pulling the trigger would be difficult, no?

K: Huh. Good point. Meanwhile, Xander’s sneaking into the cafeteria kitchen to take some jello, just in time to see the lunch lady pouring a giant box of rat poison into the food:

L: She apparently bought that RAT POISON!! from Acme Corporation.

K: RIGHT???? He runs for the cafeteria and starts slapping food out of people’s hands. And then the lunch lady comes after him with a cleaver. Sadly, Buffy grabs her hand just as she’s about to get choppy. Shame. There’s a brief fight with the lunch lady – who thinks they’re all vermin who do nothing but eat – from which Buffy obviously emerges victorious.

Walking up to school the next day, Willow asks how things are with Angel, and I get distracted by Buffy’s skirt, which is knee length, but also see through. Ho suspension or no? I can’t decide…

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Lor: (1) The under portion is still longer than some skirts we’ve seen Buffy wear and (2) she’s been in Good Girl Pastels so much lately, I’ll let it slide.

K: Good points. Giles approaches and asks how she’s doing. Better, apparently. Jonathan, on the other hand, got suspended and his parents are wigging out about the whole suicide thing. Buffy says that it’s nice to be able to help someone in a non-Slaying capacity, but that she’s worried Jonathan might ask her to prom. Giles says that it would probably be good for Jonathan’s self esteem, thereby proving that after three years as her Watcher, he still has zero idea how teenage girls operate.

Lor: Buffy balks at accepting his invitation and says he’s short. That line rubbed me  as pretty tactless, on account of this is the boy who almost killed himself recently thanks to his insecurities. There was some slap-stick type humor in this episode that featured attempts at suicide and mass murder, and okay. But really? You had to get that dig in?

Sweeney: +1. It was just tasteless.

K: Yeah, that seemed pretty icky to me too…

Giles asks if she’s up for some training, seeing as how she’s feeling better now. She says that after school works for her, “…if you’re not too busy having sex WITH MY MOTHER.” And then this happens:

LOL FOREVER.

 

Next time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The gang get college acceptance letters, the Mayor kidnaps Willow, and Buffy steals a box full of grossness. Find out what’s in the box (sorry. Couldn’t resist) in S03 E19 – Choices.

 

Kirsti (all posts)

I'm a grad student who's staring down the barrel of 30 and I still live with my parents because I'm super broke. My degree is in information management, which is a fancy way of saying librarianship, which is a fancy way of saying "I get to read young adult books and have it count as studying". I have an inexplicable love for 90s television, eat too much chocolate, and tweet about the random crap that happens to me on public transport more than I should.





Lorraine (all posts)

I'm a 20-something south Floridan who loves the beach but cannot swim. Such is my life, full of small contradictions and little trivialities. My main life goals are never to take life too seriously, but to do everything I attempt seriously well. After that, my life goals devolve into things like not wearing pants and eating all of the Zebra Cakes in the world. THE WORLD.





Sweeney (all posts)

I collect elaborate false eyelashes, panda gifs, and passport stamps. Reconciling my aversion to leaving the house/wearing pants with my deep desire to explore everything is my life's great struggle. I like language; semicolons bring fantastic things to the party, like letting it last longer.





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  • Polge Clément

    I truly love this episode, because it takes a lot of balls to tackle something like suicide, and Jonathan really seems like the perfect character for this. As you said, he’s been in SO. MANY. EPISODES. and I don’t even think i recognised him the first time I watched the show in this episode. And yeah, Danny Strong is just awesome here. Being myself rather short (1m69, roughly 5’6″), I know it’s not always easy :)

    Also, this episode remind me one Community episode in which a character buy a device to ear people from afar, to listen to what they really say about him, and the conclusion is that our friends are the people we love within earshot, because thinking something bad about you (like Willow did) is OK, but saying it to your face just for the sake of putting you down is not. There’s also a Torchwood episode with more or less the same idea, where Tosh gets a pendant allowing her to listen to people’s thought.

    This episode would have been almost perfect without that super-cheesy line from Angel. Seriously, I’m still vomiting rainbows and unicorns. But then again, when it comes to Angel in Buffy (both litterally and the show), i’m team Heartless Bull all the way.

    • http://thelatepartygirls.com Lorraine

      HEARTLESS BULL. That made me smile. :)

      High five short people! I mean, I say that knowing that you are still six inches taller than me. Buying jeans is the worst.

      While Googling a few things for this episode, I found out that the airing was delayed in the original run, since it was scheduled for the week after the Columbine shootings. Ballsy, indeed and MOSTLY well handled. The episode juggled a lot, what with people’s thoughts, intentions, problems, and what they portray and then you have this background cafeteria lady who done did it. I was with it all until the last comment about Jonathan being short. It offended me more than Angel’s cheese-fest, but then again, you know, Team Feels.

  • Polge Clément

    Also, after watching it, I just to say that WHAT THE FUCK ARE THOSE BANANAS.

    Also also, since we’re talking bananas, do you know that you’ve probably been opening them wrong your whole life ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHyu2pAGp-A

    • http://thelatepartygirls.com Lorraine

      SOMEONE GET ME A BANANA. Not to put them in pajamas, but because I want to try and peel it. I felt the need to clarify.

      • Polge Clément

        I just want to say that I have e-mail notifications for the comments on your recaps, and the notification give me the first few words of the e-mail. I just want to say that your e-mail notification was “SOMEONE GET ME A BANANA. Not to put them in…”, and my mind went to a really really dirty place.

        I blame 50 shades.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

          LOL, would have thought the same.

        • http://thelatepartygirls.com Lorraine

          -_-

    • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

      Really? That’s how monkeys do it? I can only remember seeing them gripping each end of the banana with one hand and bend it until the middle of it pops open.

      • Polge Clément

        Well, I don’t know if that’s REALLY how they do it, seeing how the only monkey I ever saw were at a zoo, but ever since I’ve tried I’ve never been able to bring myself to peel a banana any other way :p

        • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

          So I tried opening my banana like the video showed me to but it didn’t work for me. Granted, opening it at the other end is also not always working for me but at least it doesn’t fuck with my brain like “OMG, this is upside down!! Send HELP!!”

  • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

    First of all: BANANAS IN PAJAMAS FTW!! B1 and B2 are so great, I actually think about them from time to time. Yes, I’m 25, shut up!

    This is one of the first episodes of Buffy I did watch back in the days when it was still running and it’s a great episode. Buffy who is overcome by suddenly being able to hear every little thought of every person. Talk about torture there! And it may just be a plot device that enables Buffy to properly deliver her little monologue at the end with Jonathan but it’s still good.

    Jonathan! Oh Buffy, there will be a time when you probably wish you had let him kill himself. He is a great character and I also didn’t notice him being in so many episodes the first time around. It’s very well thought out, I give you that, Whedon.

    I love how Cordelia just says whatever comes to her mind. And Buffy running up that stairwell is great. I was waiting for this episode to finally come around.

    Not that I usually am a Xander fan but he probably wouldn’t have figured out the rat poison thing if he wouldn’t have been sidetracked by jello #justsaying

    Not that I’m familiar with guns but Jonathan’s looks like a hunting rifle and even if it is possible to kill yourself with it, he should have chosen a hand gun because those are easier to handle when it comes to suicide. However, he wouldn’t even have been able to kill a lot of people with the rifle because you have to load it again after every shot or so. No mass killings there. Thank you, cop shows for my education on guns.

    And one last thing, Willow’s hat??? Seriously??

    • http://thelatepartygirls.com Lorraine

      I recall Bananas in Pajamas, mostly for the first two lines of the theme song. But I don’t know enough of it to get the reference Kirsti made and also, BANANAS. IN PAJAMAS. Whut.

      I love that Jonathan, my Context-less Wonder, finally got context! Having him in the background, mostly unnoticed, but also on the edge of being noticed the whole time, was brilliant in light of his development. He felt very much in the background, and gah, brilliant.

      I loved Buffy running up the stairwell too!! I love most displays of the Slayer Strengths.

      That’s why I mentioned that he’s sacrificed for contrivance. Someone needed to be in the cafeteria, SO WHY NOT XANDER, LOL. Look at how kooky he is! Someone has a gun and he needs to nibble on Jell-o!!! For… reasons…

      I guess Jonathan’s gun wasn’t good for mass murder or suicide. If a deer happened through Sunnydale High, though, he would’ve been set.

      LOL. Willow’s hat.

      • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

        Again, the theme song has different words in German but it’s still awesome. I don’t remember much more of them but the idea of talking bananas in pajamas is just too good.

        YES, Jonathan the context-less wonder finally makes sense! Yay!

        Xander is just such an easy target.

      • Jojo

        No – no killing bambi! Anyone who kills bambi is evil!

    • Polge Clément

      For Jonathan: knowing the future I know what you’re talking about, but I think I still have to disagree :) But we want to stay spoiler-free, so let’s wait until the recaps get there !

      As for the gun he chose, yeah, it’s probably not the easiest, but I really don’t see Jonathan getting in a gun store (or whatever they’re called) and buy a handgun, so my guess it that he took his mom’s/dad’s rifle or something…

      • http://twitter.com/WillieSun Wilhelmina Upton

        Yes, sorry, it’s just so difficult to stay spoiler-free with J. And you’re right, he probably stole the rifle from one of his parents.

  • 3hours

    Yay, Jonathan! And I’m so glad you called out the sniper rifle thing, because that always rubbed me the wrong way. Also, the school clocktower/whatever as the setting for your suicide? Really? Obviously all contrivance, just… surely they could have worked some more on that and made it look more believable as a suicide. At least have him say something about how it was his dad’s rifle and it was the only one he had access to or *something*.

    Buffy’s line about Jonathan being short will never stop being ugh :/ She can be fairly harsh sometimes, but immediately after a suicide attempt? Not like Buffy, imo.

    • http://thelatepartygirls.com Lorraine

      YEP. It was all very heavy-handed misleading. “I’m going to kill myself near this open window looking out onto the population of all the students with my sniper-y rifle!” Mmmhmmm. Sure.

      I’m glad I’m not being overly serious about that line and that it truly felt icky. I don’t know if it was there to set-up anything future, but as far as my limited point of view, it felt out of place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/regina.doran Regina Doran

    What a great episode. Sex with Giles, on the hood of a police car, twice? I’m really starting to have a newfound respect for Joyce!

  • geff

    I’m American but I used to watch Bananas in Pajamas! Though I don’t remember much about it except part of the theme song.

    I liked that second Buffy/Angel conversation because the lack of communication between characters and couples is definitely an annoying TV trope, but in my opinion this show makes up for it sometimes by having people like Willow and Angel insist that it’s silly. Also I love the way Buffy said “funny” because she sounded so amusingly impressed that he cracked a joke. You should try and be funny more often, dude.

    Lol to all Joyce & Giles gifs, and to Oz’s thoughts. He gets so few lines but they’re always great, and Seth Green sells every single one without overdoing it. One of his best wordless moments, however, is in the next episode. Also, I thought the Buffy/Willow interactions in that library scene were so cute, with Willow worrying about Buffy not needing her and Buffy taking a moment to explain how it feels. It suggests a lot about their friendship and how much they want to share with one another.

    The sniper rifle really bothered me, especially the first time I watched this episode. It doesn’t make any sense.

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  • Jojo

    Maybe there’s a hold button on the rifle – like on cameras (okay – what used to be cameras) so that the photographer can get in the picture. (Apropos of nothing – why do people constantly post pictures of their food? What is the point of that?)

    Anyway, all Jonathan needed to do was aim the gun and put on the pause, then run around and stand in front of it. Which means that the gun tower (oops – bell) was a smart place if he chickened out. (Man is not a rational animal – man is a rationalizing animal). And I think I just rationalized.

    Okay – if she can’t read Angel and there are no voices here – then why not stay at Angel’s house. A simple chastity belt – with Giles holding the key – and no bad Angel. And I really have to say that I can’t imagine Angel losing track of the fact that he committed mass murder last time he had a happy – and I suspect that memory would make his happy less than perfect. Just saying.

    I am ready for Angel to leave. I am ready for Spike to return. Team heartless cow here….uh, once Angel does leave can we all have steak?

    • Polge Clément

      I like the idea of a rifle with a delay to help people commit suicide.

      And it’s not the last time Angel’s private place will cause trouble, maybe he should just cut it off and be done with it ? At least he’d have a valid reason for brooding.

      • Jojo

        It will only grow back – and I imagine the itching would be terrible which would mean he’d lose all his cool enigmatic broodiness and come to be known as the vampire with a severe infestation of crabs. Which would probably tone down the romance aspect but would really give two good reasons to stay away!

  • JEL

    I just heard on the news this morning that the book “How Tea Cosies Changed the World” (a follow-up to “Really Wild Tea Cosies”) is up for the “odd title of the year” award! Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Tea-Cosies-Changed-World/dp/1742666604

    And a link to the article about the odd title of the year award:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/22/oddest-book-title-diagram-prize

    The rest of the titles up for the award this year make for a fun read.

  • SnazzyO

    Bananas in Pajamas! My kids loved them.

    Best bits:
    - Buffy learning about the Joyce/Giles sex
    - Angel snark

    WHY?!?! bits:
    - Buffy continuing to have made-up boyfriend angst – ugh. So unnecessary.

    Fun bits:
    - Lots of Oz existentialism and the obits comments.

    Obligatory XDF comment:
    - Hey! He saved everyone with his buffonish jello antics! Okay, yeah, I got nothing that makes the contrivance okay … but have you ever noticed that there is a Xander/Ron Weasley connection. Xander was RIGHT about cafeteria lady … just like Ron is often right about stuff. Just sayin’.

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  • Alex

    Random trivia: did you know the tree thing at the end was a last-minute addition by Antony Stewart Head that wasn’t in the script? As if he could get any more awesome.

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