Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (6): Full Season Pick-Up (Favorite Episodes – Part 2 of 3 – Season Three)
Author’s Note – 11/10/12: I took a bit of a hiatus between my last post and now to deal with Real Life and get my muse back on track and focused – she’s feisty when she’s not fed regularly. I’ve also had too many distractions in my life of the television variety, which hasn’t helped either. When several of your favorite returning shows have their fall premieres, it makes focusing on anything that much harder. And in all honesty, I also wasn’t really feeling very Buffy-ish; that explains why this second part has taken so long in being published and created. But now my muse is back and I’m ready to jump feet first back into Buffy’s world and ask for forgiveness from disappearing from it for so long.
Please also note that Part 2 has been broken up into two separate posts for Seasons Three and Four. I didn’t want this to be one mega-post because there are many episodes to cover, and I don’t want, Geeky Readers, to get bored or bogged down by reading through so much content – though we fandom folks don’t mind. I present to you Season Three, followed by Season Four in the next immediate post for continuity. Enjoy!
Welcome back to my blog, Awesome Readers, after the long hiatus that I took. I’m back full-time in Buffy’s universe, and I present the first season of this second half of my “Favorite Episodes” retrospective. Now, before I continue on to Season Three and the episodes that I loved in this exciting season, let’s take a few steps back and recap the first two seasons of the series, as covered in Part One:
Season One of Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduced us to Buffy Summers, our heroic teenage vampire slayer, and her friends and allies who fought by her side against all types of freaky creatures and powerful and dangerous demons. They even battled one of the most powerful vampires around: The Master. Buffy was very unsure of herself and what her responsibilities and duties were, but she started to come into her own and become the Slayer the secret prophecy surrounding her foretold. While the prophecy mentioned that Buffy would die at the hands of the Master, it never mentioned a possible resurrection scenario. Buffy was saved from certain death by her ever loyal friend Xander, and she returned with a vengeance and kicked some ancient vampire ass.
Season Two had our gang entering their junior year in high school and facing more challenges than they had in the previous season. Buffy and her friends also made new allies – along with some new enemies – and a familiar face joins the Dark Side. Spike and Drusilla proved to be quite the difficult and chaotic duo for Buffy, and they were soon joined by an old friend and parental figure that would deal the most emotional tolls on Buffy yet – her former vampire lover, Angel. Angel lost his soul after one night of passion with Buffy, destroying a Gypsy curse that inflicted him with his soul and helped in reminding him of all the crimes he had committed as Angelus against humans. Angel reverted back to his demonic, villainous alter-ego Angelus. Buffy had to face off against him at the end of the season to save the world; in the end it cost her. The death of her lover, her friends’ loyalty, and her relationship with her mother – they were lost after she saved the world from being sucked into a demon dimension. Faced with some tough decisions, she took a bus out of Sunnydale and seemingly disappeared forever.
Season Three sees Buffy going through a major transitional period in her life, and also fighting to regain the trust and confidence of her friends and family. Along the way, she’ll face even more dangerous opponents, emotional and mentally exhausting battles, and the entrance of a new hero to the frontlines. Unfortunately, this hero would later fall and join forces with Season Three’s Big Bad, the Honorable Mayor Richard Wilkins (and we thought Mayor Regina Mills on Once Upon A Time was bad).
And as always – SPOILERS AHEAD! BE WARY, TRAVELERS!
Episode 1 – “Anne”
My Two Cents: “Anne” represents the emotional impact of all of the events that have happened to Buffy up until this episode, and her struggles with trying to push them away and starting a new life out on her own. But even in Los Angeles – the City of Angels – she finds herself going back to her calling and saving other lost souls who feel that they have nothing left to live for. She meets a young woman named Lily at the diner she works at, who is hopelessly in love with her boyfriend Rickie – they even have matching tattoos. Lily comes to Buffy for help after Rickie has disappeared. Rickie, along with many of these fellow runaways and homeless teens are being held captive in a demon dimension, and are being forced into slave labor by a demon named Ken. Buffy realizes what’s happening and tries to save as many runaways as she can, and in the process she realizes that she can’t run away from her problems or her past forever – what we’ve dealt with in our lives help shape who we are in our future.
Buffy’s return home is certainly not the most pleasant homecoming, but her mother nonetheless welcomes her back home with open arms. Buffy will have to deal with the continued scrutiny of her friends, Watcher and her mother as they keep an eye and make sure she doesn’t run away again. They will never understand what Buffy has gone through after killing her lover, but they will slowly come together again.
Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Lily, Ken
Notable Quote: “You know, I just woke up and I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Hey, what’s with all the sin.’ I need to change. I’m dirty, I’m bad with the sex, and the envy and the loud music that us kids listen to nowadays… oh, I just suck at undercover.” – Buffy
Episode 3 – “Faith, Hope & Trick”
My Two Cents: Buffy has enough to deal with in life. She has the admiration of a young man named Scott Hope, she’s trying to re-enter Sunnydale High after being expelled by Principal Snyder, and she’s still trying to get over Angel. Things don’t become easier for the Slayer when she has an encounter in an alleyway outside of the Bronze after a night out with her friends and her new potential (and short-lived) love interest. Buffy and her friends see a young woman (“Slut-O-Rama,” courtesy of Cordy) with her badly-dressed leaving the Bronze, and Buffy’s vampy senses are tingling. When she arrives to save the damsel-in-distress with her friends, she’s holding her own against the vampire just fine. Welcome Bostonian Slayer Faith Lehane to the show! *slow clap*. Faith is wild, brash, a bit sexual, and a rule-breaker – Buffy’s opposite. But Faith isn’t as tough as it seems when it’s revealed that she escaped to Sunnydale after watching her former Watcher being brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named Kakistos. Buffy helps Faith find the courage and confidence to face her demons and kill the vampire who has haunted her since fleeing her home. In the end, Buffy has another Slayer by her side – for now.
The last scene in the episode shows Buffy placing the Claddagh ring that Angel gave to her in the middle of his mansion. As she leaves, a mysterious white light shines from the dark, and a naked man is seen falling to the ground. The camera pans around to show his face and lo and behold – Angel has returned from his trip to hell! Though he isn’t the same Angel that we knew before…
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Principal Snyder, Faith Lehane, Scott Hope, Trick, Kakistos, Angel (in all his nude glory!)
Notable Quote: “Ain’t it crazy how slaying just always makes you hungry and horny?” “Well… sometimes I-I crave a non-fat yogurt after.”- Faith and Buffy
Episode 5 – “Homecoming”
My Two Cents: Buffy and Cordelia fight for survival against would-be assassins. Wait – did you read that right? Yep – Our Slayer and her varsity cheerleading rival somehow get themselves involved in the infamous Slayerfest ’99. Slayerfest ‘99 is self-explanatory and this year’s “winners” are our Slayers: Buffy and Faith. Created by Mr. Trick (Kakistos’ former minion) as another ingenious way to get rid of Slayer Power x2, assassins from all over the world – both human and demonic – participate in the festivities. While Slayerfest ’99 is being organized, Buffy and Cordelia are in a heated match against one another for Homecoming Queen. Battlelines are drawn and friends are seemingly pushed to side with one girl over the other. Sick of the in-fighting between the two, Buffy and Cordelia are picked up together in a limo for Homecoming, set up by their friends to make-up and get-along. Unfortunately, they end up trying to save themselves from certain death while facing off against their would-be assassins. Through some massive miscommunication on Team Evil’s part, Cordelia was mistaken for Faith, which puts a kink in Team Evil’s plans – not like they care. Buffy and Cordelia face off and defeat their would-be killers and barely make it in time for the announcement of Homecoming Queen, which they both lose to another girl. And the biggest travesty of this episode? Their gorgeous dresses are ruined. RUINED, I SAY! For the Buffy/Angel ‘shippers, there are some nice scenes between the two as Buffy helps Angel regain some more of his humanity after returning from Demonville.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Faith Lehane, Scott Hope, Mr. Trick, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, Mayor Richard Wilkins
Notable Quote: “Buffy and Faith are in the library getting all sweaty.” “They’re training.” “I stand by my phrase.” – Xander and Cordelia
Episode 6 – “Band Candy”
My Two Cents: I love Buffy’s comedic episodes. They help us move away from the many dramatic moments thrown at us courtesy of the writers, and allow us some breathing room to understand what’s happening with the major story arc of the season. “Band Candy,” out of all of the comedic episodes from the series, is hands-down my favorite. Why? Because we get to see the grown-ups loosen up and unwind this time around, and our teenage supernatural-beating squad has to pick up the pieces and save the day. Hey – Buffy and her friends can’t keep the fun happenings all to themselves. In this fuzzy and warm episode, four vampires, Mr. Trick, and Mayor Richard Wilkins want to sacrifice four babies to a serpentine god named Lurconis, as a tribute needed for the Mayor’s endgame. In order to do this, they need to distract the adults who love and protect said babies. Our Chaos Magick “friend,” Ethan Rayne, returns for a visit and enchants a bunch of chocolate bars that are later sold by the Sunnydale High student population. The adults eat the chocolate bars and revert to their teenage selves, but the funniest and coolest scene-stealers are Giles and Buffy’s mom, Joyce. The two of them together are magic…in more ways than one [insert sexual innuendo here]. Buffy saves the poor innocent babies from Lurconis and foils the Mayor’s plans, but that crafty bastard still has a few demons up his sleeve.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Mr. Trick, Principal Snyder, Ethan Rayne, Mayor Richard Wilkins
Notable Quote: “Yeah, we can go home. I’ve got the SAT’s tomorrow.” “Oh, blow them off. I’ll write you a note.” – Buffy and Joyce
Episode 8 – “Lovers Walk”
My Two Cents: Spike! My good friend! Nice to see you back on my screen, buddy – I’ve definitely missed you. Spike shows up in his only appearance in Season Three as Lovesick Spike. Sunnydale must have some money set aside for sign repairs because this is the second time that Spike has driven right through the sign. Our poor Blondie Bear is rightfully drunk after being dumped by his vampiric ladylove, Drusilla. Let’s have a moment of silence for the collapse of one of my favorite couples from the series. *silence* Spike blames Angel for making Drusilla fall for him in Season Two when he turned back into Angelus. Pissed off at the bloke, Spike drunkenly swears and curses outside of Angel’s house, passing out at his pad. Waking up from his drunken stupor, Spike decides to enact revenge on Angel by performing a cursing spell on him. Spike is at the magic shop and overhears Willow looking for the ingredients for an anti-lust spell; looks like she and Xander are starting to have feelings for each other. Problem – Willow is with Oz and Xander is with Cordelia. Spike kidnaps our best friends and asks Willow to perform a love spell. There’s a subplot with vampires trying to kill Angel, Buffy and Spike, but what matters (to me) is the moment when Oz and Cordelia find their captured paramours and see them making out with one another. Cue me shrieking at the TV and shedding a few tears for the two couples devastated by this. Cordelia is injured as she runs away from the scene and is taken out by a collapsing staircase. Xander visits her in the hospital but she turns him away; meanwhile, Oz refuses to see or speak to Willow. The damage is already done, though, and our couples are torn apart. The whole theme of this episode is about broken relationships, and Buffy and Angel’s own relationship falters too.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Spike, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch
Notable Quote: “Oh, sod the spell. Your friends are in the factory. I’m really glad I came here, you know. I’ve been all wrong-headed about this: weeping, crawling, blaming everybody else. I want Dru back. I’ve just gotta be the man that I was – the man she loved. I’m gonna do what I shoulda done in the first place; I’ll find her – wherever she is – tie her up, torture her, ‘til she likes me again. Love’s a funny thing.” - Spike
Episode 9 – “The Wish”
My Two Cents: Remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for?” Thanks to an ill-advised wish from Cordelia Chase, her “wish” causes a lot of havoc. This episode also introduced us to one of our future series regulars and one of my favorite characters, played by the sexy and hysterical Emma Caulfied.
Cordelia wishes that Buffy Summers had never moved to the ‘Dale, because she blames Buffy for the bad luck streak that seems to follow her. She meets a young woman named Anyanka (her humkan form hides her true visage), and things go south from there after she vocalizes her wish in front of the vengeance demon. Bad move, Cordy! In alternative Sunnydale, Buffy never arrived, causing the Hellmouth to spill over and allow The Master (Season One’s Big Bad) to escape from his imprisonment. Vampires are running rampant through the streets at night, and the citizens are under a nighttime curfew for their own safety and longevity. Willow and Xander have been turned into vampires and are The Master’s top minions. Willow even has her own special “pet” that she likes to torture: Angel. Oz, Giles, and a few Sunnydale citizens have teamed up to create their own monster squad. Cordelia is able to relay some information about Anyanka and Buffy to Giles before she meets her untimely demise at the hands of Xander and Willow. Giles is able to get a hold of a very jaded and cynical Buffy (think Faith), who eventually makes her way to Sunnydale, but dies at the hands of the Master (déjà vu much?). With Buffy down and Giles running out of all available options, he finds out that Anyanka is the vengeance demon tied to the amulet Cordelia was wearing before she became dinner. Summoning Anyanka to his home, he confirms Cordelia’s story, destroys the amulet, and poor Anyanka has been demoted to sarcastic, powerless, teenaged Anya.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, The Master, Anya/Anyanka
Notable Quote: “Bored now.” – Willow
Episode 12 – “Helpless”
My Two Cents: Buffy loses trust in her Watcher, Giles, after she is sent through a Slayer rite-of-passage in this episode. All Slayers must complete it when they hit that somber age of 18 (about middle-age in Slayer years, considering the mortality rate). Unfortunately for her, Buffy loses her Slayer strength thanks to some “treatments” given to her by Giles while in a trance (drugs are bad, kids!). This makes her “human” and unable to fulfill her Slayer duties without serious injury or possible death. Even worse, the Watchers’ Council has decided to use a vampire who was deemed insane in his pre-vampiric state before being turned. Oh, no – nothing bad will occur from using him for her “test.”Zachary Kralik, our psychotic vampire villain, tricks his Council guards and turns one of his captors into a vampire, who helps him escape his restraints. Kralik is able to kidnap Joyce Summers and uses her as bait. Buffy, trying to stay alive through all of this, has to rescue her mom and prevent their untimely deaths at the fangs of Kralik. Buffy uses her ingenuity to survive Kralik, grabbing the pills that Kralik needs to keep him less psychopathic. Kralik corners her but she gives him the pills and a glass of water, which Kralik promptly drinks to wash down his pills. Thanks to Buffy’s quick thinking, her trusty bottle of Holy Water saves the day, burning Kralik from the inside out. Buffy – 1, Kralik – 0. Buffy saves her mom and Giles is stripped of his Watcher duties.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Zachary Kralik, Quentin Travers
Notable Quote: [to Joyce] “Mother. May I call you ‘mother’? My own mother was a person with no self-respect of her own, so she tried to take mine. Ten years old, she had the scissors. You wouldn’t believe what she took with those. But she’s dead to me now. Mostly because I killed and ate her, but also because I know I won’t be alone much longer. I’ll have your daughter. I won’t kill her – I’ll just make her like me. Different. She’ll go to sleep, and when she wakes up, your face will be the first thing she eats. I have a problem with mothers. I’m aware of that.” – Zachary Kralik
Episode 14 – “Bad Girls”
My Two Cents: “Bad Girls” is my favorite Buffy episode – it has been since the first time it aired. There are many elements that make this a memorable episode for me, but it’s the ending that always gets to me every time. We see Buffy putting on her Rebellious Girl pants and ignoring the new Watcher assigned to her – the then-annoying Wesley Wyndham-Pryce. Later she goes on a “date” with Faith while skipping out on a chemistry exam, surprising her friends with her actions, and exuding enough sexual tension and subtext with Faith to set televisions on fire. Thanks to this episode, it also introduced me into the wonderful world of Fuffy ‘shippers (Faith/Buffy for the unfamiliar with fandom relationship terms). Buffy will later regret her anti-good girl actions: she and Faith get into some trouble after they break into a sporting goods store to score some new weapons, escape from police custody, and defeat an obese vampire named Balthazar. In the most shocking moment of the episode – Faith accidentally kills a human, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, who was looking to assist the Slayers with some valuable information. While Buffy is shell-shocked and dealing with the consequences of this accidental death, Faith is less reluctant to accept what she did and is numb to it. This episode starts Faith’s journey to joining Team Evil, and Buffy will have to eventually fight her.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Mr. Trick, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Balthazar
Notable Quote: “Faith, you can shut off all the emotions that you want. But eventually, they’re gonna find a body.” “Okay, this is the last time we’re gonna have this conversation, and we’re not even having it now, you understand me? There is no body. I took it, weighted it, and dumped it. The body doesn’t exist.”
“Getting rid of the evidence doesn’t make the problem go away.” “It does for me.” “Faith, you don’t get it – you killed a man.” “No, you don’t get it – I don’t care!” – Buffy and Faith, talking about Allan’s death
Episode 16 – “Doppelgangland”
My Two Cents: Five words describe this personal favorite of mine – “Willow meets her evil twin.” That “evil twin” is the sadistic and sexy Vampire Willow from “The Wish,” and she’s out to have some fun with our witchy geek – in some slightly disturbing ways. Anya also returns for some fun as she tries to regain her status as a vengeance demon. The spell backfires and we get Vamp Willow coming into our world, and she’s out for some fun, including hitting on her straight-laced (heh, heh) counterpart. One of the funniest parts of this episode is seeing shy and geeky Willow portray her more murderous and vampiric counterpart as she enters the Bronze, which is the current location of a potential slaughter by vampires who were under Vamp Willow’s command. Trying to see our beloved human Willow try her hardest to be her evil doppelganger is hysterical, and Anya is not buying it. Angel, Buffy, and the rest of the gang come swinging into action and save the day as Vamp Willow is sent back to her alternate dimension, in time to get slayed by Alternate Universe Oz. I send kudos to Alyson Hannigan for pulling double-duty and giving us some of my favorite Willow and Vamp Willow moments. Willow-centric episodes are always welcome.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Anya, Faith Lehane, Principal Snyder, D’Hoffryn
Notable Quote: “It’s horrible! That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil and…skanky. And I think I’m kinda gay.” “Willow, just remember, a vampire’s personality has nothing to do with the person it was.” “Well, actually… [Buffy shoots a look at Angel] That’s a good point.” – Willow, Buffy, and Angel, talking about Vamp Willow’s more colorful aspects and future foreshadowing
Episode 17 – “Enemies”
My Two Cents: I jumped a few episodes into Faith’s plunge towards Team Wilkins and have arrived at one of the major episodes of Season Three. Buffy knows that Faith is in a downward spiral and becoming more volatile as each day passes. This becomes clear when Faith (already working for Team Wilkins) joins Buffy as they meet with a demon that has some very valuable books for Team Buffy: the Books of Ascension. Mayor Wilkins also needs these books to complete the rituals needed for his shining moment at the end of the season. Faith makes a trip to the demon’s pad and dispatches their contact, taking the books for her boss. Team Buffy has to come with an alternate plan and it involves Angel pretending to have his soul ripped out from him (hello Angelus!), making Faith a very happy Dark Slayer. Buffy is later kidnapped by Angelus and Faith and held captive at Angel’s mansion. Faith talks a bit about the Mayor’s plans for Ascension and makes many threats towards Buffy when psych! Angel and Buffy reveal themselves as having planned together to get information about the Ascension from Faith, and she is P-I-S-S-E-D. She and Buffy tousle and hold knives at each other’s throats. Buffy realizes that her sister Slayer has turned evil, and now she has another enemy to contend with. Add it to her list of people to eventually kill or try to help.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Angelus (but only pretend), Mayor Richard Wilkins
Notable Quote: “What are you gonna do, B? Kill me? You become me. You’re not ready for that – yet” - Faith
Episode 18 – “Earshot”
My Two Cents: School shootings are quite the heavy subject for a TV show to capture, and many television shows and films have portrayed these events without being exploitative This episode falls under that category. Buffy fights a wicked-looking demon without a mouth that speaks telepathically to its fellow demons. Unfortunately for Buffy, the demon bleeds on her after she kills it and its blood soaks into her skin. She is able to temporarily hear people’s thoughts and it’s slowly driving her crazy, but then she hears one single voice that makes an alarming threat against the student population. Between all of the random voices speaking in her head, Buffy has to find the student who is planning to shoot up the school. It turns out that the student in question, Jonathan (who will make several appearances throughout the series), is actually contemplating suicide and not wanting to hurt his fellow students. The real culprit is one angry lunch lady who feels under-appreciated and threatens to poison as many people as she can. Buffy is able to stop the lunch lady and save Jonathan at the same time.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Percy West, Jonathan Levinson, Larry Blaisdell
Notable Quote: “You think I just want attention?” “No. I think you’re up in the clock tower with a high-powered rifle because you wanna blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan, I understand about the pain.” “Oh, right! Because the burden of being beautiful and athletic, that’s a crippler!” “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… You know, I could’ve taken that by now.” “I know.” “I’d rather do it this way. [Jonathan hands her the rifle]” – Jonathan and Buffy
Episodes 21-22 – “Graduation Day, Parts 1 & 2”
My Two Cents: The Scooby Gang has discovered the depth of Mayor Wilkins’ plans, and things are looking very grim. He is going to ascend into a true demon, unlike the half-demons that we’ve all seen frequently in the show. Becoming a full-fledged demon is a very bad thing for our Gang and Sunnydale in general. According to Anya (who has since joined our group), she barely lived through an Ascension that occurred years before. That’s bad news for Team Buffy. Faith has also stepped up her game of being the Dark Slayer to Buffy’s Light by murdering an innocent man for Mayor Wilkins. While Allan Finch’s death was an accident, Professor Worth’s is not, and Faith has taken the final step towards total darkness of the soul. In the meantime, Buffy is trying to convince her mom to leave down before all hell breaks loose, but she refuses to leave her daughter behind to die. In the chaos of all the events surrounding Ascension, Buffy and Angel try to have a heartfelt talk until an arrow pierces Angel’s chest, close to his heart. Our culprit is Faith and now it’s officially endgame between her and Buffy. The arrow is poisoned with a substance that is deadly to vampires and the only known cure is the blood of a Slayer. The most logical choice is Faith’s, but draining her blood could also kill her in the process. After everything that she has done to Buffy and her friends, Buffy has pretty much given up on her and is willing to bring her back to Angel, to let him drain her to death. She and Faith have my favorite epic fight scene between them and both women end up injured – Faith is stabbed in the gut by her own knife (courtesy of Buffy), and Buffy collapses into a coma after coming back empty to Angel’s mansion and convincing him to drink her blood.
Continuing on, both Slayers are in the hospital. Both are also in a shared Slayer dream where Faith gives Buffy a huge hint about how to stop Mayor Wilkins – use his human weakness against him. In the end, Faith is still willing to help Buffy after their friendship has collapsed. Buffy recovers and visits Faith’s room and gives her a tender kiss on the forehead, quietly thanking her for the hint and hoping that she’ll recover someday. Back in the battle, Buffy preparing plans with the Scooby Gang, Giles, and Wesley. Mayor Wilkins is also making his own plans with Team Evil. At Sunnydale’s graduation ceremony, Team Buffy is trying to stay awake as Mayor Wilkins gives his commencement speech, but something peculiar is happening – he’s starting to ascend. The sky above darkens and a group of vampires come out to play, planning to kill our helpless student body. Buffy, never one to leave home without a few weapons and a plan of her own, has rallied the student body to fight back against the vampires. Our students are holding their own against the vampires and Buffy goes after Snake Wilkins. Using his love for Faith against him, Snake Wilkins becomes enraged and chases after Buffy as she runs through the hallowed halls of Sunnydale High. What Snake Wilkins doesn’t know is that Buffy has rigged the school with explosive devices, turning Snake Wilkins into bite-size chunks. Juicy! Sunnydale High may be gone forever, but our Gang is just thankful that they made it through the school year without dying. Our final scene shows Angel quietly brooding off into the darkness of night as Buffy searches for him. She’ll pay him a few visits in Los Angeles, but it is a bittersweet ending to a hell of an intense season.
Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Anya, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Principal Snyder, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Larry Blaisdell, Harmoney Kendall, Percy West, Jonathan Levinson
Notable Quote: “Oh my God. He’s going to do the entire speech.” “Man, just ascend already.” “Evil!” – Buffy and Willow
Other Episodes Worth Checking Out: Season Three doesn’t have a bad episode among its 22-episode run. There are some episodes that are a little weak in their delivery, but overall it’s really an enjoyable season – I recommend watching the whole season. There are several episodes of note that will be mentioned in a later post.
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