Riley: He started it.
Xander: He called me a bad name. I think it was bad. It might've been Latin.
Giles: Stop it, or you're going to break something.
Buffy: Or I'm going to break something.
Donny: Tara, if you don't get in that car, I swear by God I will beat you down.
Xander: And I swear by your full and manly beard you're gonna break something trying.
Buffy standing up for Tara in the end. Because as many problems as I might have with Tara, what her family has done and is trying to do is just plain wrong.
Revelations as I watch
1. The contrast of Hank being off and Giles being ultra-responsible father figure has never seemed so striking to me before.
2. They're really playing up the family theme with Xander and Riley wrestling like brothers and Giles reprimanding them, huh?
3. Could there be more sexual innuendo in this fight between Spike and Buffy?
4. Amy Adams is so damn young in this episode.
5. So what was the purpose of bringing Cousin Beth to this? Apparently, just to be creepy and controlling.
6. Tara has been around the Scoobies this long and still doesn't lock her door? Not so bright.
7. I've always been bothered by Tara's selfishness doing the spell. Once again, she is only thinking about herself. Buffy has specifically been targeted by this new threat. Her *job* is to fight demons. And Tara took that away from her.
8. I hate Tara's family, but I do agree with Cousin Beth about Tara being selfish.
9. The gang does really well in fighting the demons they can't see.
10. Even if she didn't love her, Willow would still be the first person to defend someone trying a spell that goes wrong.
11. I love that Spike is the one who puts it all together first.
12. Why on earth isn't Cousin Beth angry that she's been lied to this whole time? Oh, that's right. She's been brainwashed with ignorance. This episode is hitting a little too close to today's news for me.
13. Willow got a *lot* of people to come to Tara's party.
14. Is that an ET lunchbox amongst Tara's gifts? It's hard to tell. I'm going to think yes. That just makes me smile.
Fool for Love
Dawn: When do I get to patrol?
Buffy: Not until you're never.
Buffy: You think we're dancing?
Spike: That's all we've ever done.
Spike: Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know, what's it like? Where does it lead you? And now you see, that's the secret. Not the punch you didn't throw or the kicks you didn't land. She merely wanted it. Every Slayer... has a death wish. Even you. The only reason you've lasted as long as you have is you've got ties to the world. Your mum, brat kid sister, Scoobies. They all tie you here but you're just puttin' off the inevitable. Sooner or later, you're gonna want it. And the second - the second that happens, you know I'll be there. I'll slip in. Have myself a real good day.
The final scene between Buffy and Spike on the back porch. Spike goes from murderous to concerned, all because the woman he's in love with is in pain. His romantic soul defeats his fury at being reminded of his inferiority.
Revelations as I watch
1. The *one* time Spike isn't following Buffy around, she gets this badly hurt. Oh, how wonderful it would've been if Spike had been the one to find her instead of Riley.
2. Riley, the control freak, did not share his hand signals with the Scoobies so they'd understand him. Big surprise.
3. As we've seen, Buffy slamming Spike against the wall is his biggest wet dream.
4. More words rhyme with gleaming than effulgent, that's for sure.
5. These accents are so damn bad.
6. And these scenes are exactly why I love William and Spike so much. He looks so little sitting on that settee after Cecily leaves him. My heart breaks for him.
7. For all his sensitive ways, the fact that William doesn't run screaming when Dru's vampire comes out is more proof of his innate courage. I mean, this is a guy who bared his soul to the woman he loved moments after being completely disparaged by his peers. He's always had balls.
8. Man, I hate these wigs.
9. The slo-mo scene in China is one of my favorite shots in the entire series.
10. And the fight on the subway train is one of the best sequences in the entire series.
11. For as dim as she can be, Harmony understands just how sensitive Spike is at his core.
12. Joyce is packing a very big bag for only spending one night in the hospital.
Anya: You sold someone a Khul's amulet and a Sobekian bloodstone.
Rupert: Yes, I believe I did.
Anya: Are you stupid or something?
Buffy: How did she get away with this bad mojo stuff?
Anya: Giles sold it to her.
Giles: I- I- I... I didn't know it was her! I mean, how could I? If it's any consolation, I may have overcharged her.
Anya discovering what Giles sold. It's a very good episode, in general.
Revelations as I watch
1. Gee, an ad in a phone book. How quaint.
2. Spike is always the king of saying exactly the right thing to get under a person's skin.
3. Ben and his reassuring manner. The first time I watched this, I was convinced he was the one who replaced Riley. As much as I love Spike, I was okay with that because it's obvious Buffy isn't in any position yet to reciprocate his feelings.
4. Anya was grossly underutilized for her demon/magic knowledge.
5. I forgot there was a carousel in this episode. It's a good thing I watched this before I started writing tomorrow.
6. Poor Dawn, trying to be helpful but really not.
7. Nothing good ever happens at the Sunnydale Zoo.
8. Man, this episode is just depressing. Nobody is happy in this one.
9. I don't like what he's doing, but I do understand why Riley goes to get bitten.
10. Giles has gotten more comfortable driving the penis-mobile.