Buffy: They're kinda the same now.
Giles: Yes, he's clearly a bad influence on himself.
Everything about the spell about putting the Xanders back together.
Revelations as I watch
1. Xander’s home life makes me sad. It's a surprising he isn't more damaged than he is.
2. One of the strengths of this season as a whole is the continuity they strive for. Like Anya’s injury. It’s nice to see it still an issue and a reminder of her humanity.
3. First apartments are daunting. It’s perfectly understandable for Xander to be so cautious.
4. It's kind of odd that nobody notices the other Xander left behind in the garbage. Unless he didn't appear right away.
5. And thus begins the physicalization of Spike's obsession. He doesn't know how to deal with his emotions so he lashes out. And yet, look at the sensuality in the way he touches his fake Slayer's face. It's all there.
6. I'm still dying to know where Anya lived when she wasn't with Xander. We got so little detail on the show about it.
7. So the fact that Willow never actually denies setting the fire next door to Xander so he could see fire trucks near his birthday makes me think that maybe she might have. Wouldn't that be fun to explore?
8. Smart!Xander accepts the Both theory straight out, but of course, Flustered!Xander goes for the robot theory.
9. As two-dimensional as Anya can often seem, her fears about her mortality are a welcome flash of insight to make her more real.
10. I am really not surprised that Anya owns a gun.
11. How does he have two of the same ugly shirt?!?
12. Riley's excitement about experiments is more proof he spent way too much time with Maggie.
13. I might not enjoy Buffy and Riley together, but it's hard not to feel a little bad for him in the coda scene. He is fully aware he's not going to get the girl he wants, and he has no idea how to deal with it.
Out of My Mind
Buffy: I thought it was gonna be like in the movies. You know, inspirational music, a montage. Me sharpening my pencil, me reading, writing, falling asleep on a big pile of books with my glasses all crooked, 'cause in my montage, I have glasses. But real life is slow, and it's starting to hurt my occipital lobe.
Willow: Aw, poor Buffy's brain.
Spike: Aw, is the enormous hall monitor sick?
Spike's dream. Hands down.
Revelations as I watch
1. Riley is so damn oblivious. I love that Spike sees totally through how Buffy feels about it.
2. It might not be everybody's favorite, but I love how they undercut Spike's seriously violent moments with levity. It drives home the idea that Spike isn't nearly as bad as he wishes he could be for me.
3. Tara's hanging out with the others without Willow being around. That's a huge step for her. And it's so underplayed here.
4. Gee, quoting Dawson's Creek about never loving her isn't foreshadowing at all. /sarcasm
5. Ben! I wonder how hard it's going to be watch him here after watching the actor on "How to Get Away with Murder" the past few years. I can't get over how young he is!
6. Aw, Graham! It's so good to see him again, even if it's only for a few minutes.
7. Riley's so insecure about his place in Buffy's life, he's not even willing to lose what little edge he thinks Maggie's drugs has left in him to save himself.
8. Buffy's speech is exactly why they will never work. Riley has never really seen her. His analyses of their relationship are all about him and his definition of masculinity.
9. I remember being so shocked the first time I saw the final scene with Buffy and Spike. But in hindsight, I should've known it was a dream simply based on the shirt they put him in for it. It's a very Angelus shirt.
No Place Like Home
Xander: Anya, the Shopkeeper's Union of America called. They wanted me to tell you that 'please go' just got replaced with 'have a nice day.'
Anya: But I have their money. Who cares what kind of day they have?
Xander: No one. It's just a long, cultural tradition of raging insincerity. Embrace it.
Buffy: What are you doing here? Five words or less.
Spike: Out... for... a... walk. Bitch.
The Spuffy shipper in me is coming out, but...the scene under the tree. Because for a split second before Buffy hits him, the vulnerable, yearning, romantic Spike is there, hoping for the best.
Revelations as I watch
1. Why do monks always have such bad haircuts?
2. It might mean I'm old, but I want Dawn's denim patchwork jacket.
3. Giles in a wizard costume will never not be funny.
4. Oh, and I'll take Buffy's striped purse, too.
5. A prescription in ten minutes? In California? Yep, this is a fantasy world.
6. Unpopular opinion: Glory annoys out of the crap out of me. She is the main reason S5 is not my favorite.
7. What was the monk's map for? Buffy's house? Someplace else? If it's Buffy's, why on earth didn't Glory look through his bag? This whole season would've been a lot shorter.
8. How on earth did Giles get so many customers into his shop at one time?
9. WHY IS THE MAGIC BOX SO BUSY?!?
10. Spike is wearing that shirt again. I guess I'm so used to the T-shirts and the occasional foray into something very much different that I'd forgotten about it.
11. It's hard watching Buffy get her ass kicked.
12. The monk is surprisingly heartfelt during his explanations. But I honestly feel for Buffy in the final scene because of it.