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Buffy Review: "Bad Eggs"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
S2, E12

Bad Eggs

Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed: David Greenwalt

Blurb: Willow, Cordelia, Giles and Joyce becomes drones for an ancient beast after its eggs are mistakenly given out as part of a health class assignment.

Scene 01: We open with a fade in on the Sunnydale Mall looking at two pairs of feet. Our POV pans up and we see a pretty woman and a rough-looking cowboy-booted man. The way the scene is shot, we get an immediate feeling that someone is going to have a bad day. We just need to find out if we're looking at victims or monsters.

Scene 02: On the second level, Buffy and Joyce are debating her buying a dress. Buffy insists it is vitally important she get it, while Joyce is trying to point out it's just a dress, and one that she may never buy, so she should deal.

The stores are starting to close, so Buffy and her mom split up: Buffy is sent off to retrieve a dress that Joyce ordered, while Joyce goes off for the flyers for some event and to get them some food for dinner.

Buffy is riding down the escalator when she sees something odd. Our couple is riding up, but only the woman is reflected in the glass panes bordering the escalator.

Scene 03: Buffy goes down a corridor to the already closed gaming arcade (I miss the noise of an actual arcade). The door gate has been broken open. She slips through.

Our couple isn't doing what we thought they were... although, they may be about to. But, first Miss must complete her game of pinball as she's working her high score, so y'know, you can't really fault that. But Guy is feeling a bit randy and they have the whole place to themselves... plus, he's a vampire and they're not generally known for patience.

Vamp-Breath is talking about Miss' pretty neck, and Buffy interrupts with a quip about boys' lack of originality.

Commentary: First, Miss takes entirely too long to react to the interruption of Buffy. But more importantly, this could be a bit of irony, as Angel and Buffy are in a unique situation and she's going to wish that they were able to follow the old boy-girl cliches. But this episode is really a long foreshadow about the sometimes bad consequences of sex; what it is really doing is establishing that Buffy and Angel are moving closer toward to bedding one another, and at the same time, it's trying to tell us that we don't want them together as badly as we think we do. The themes of the episode are a forewarning that there are going to be bad consquences to the Buffy/Angel romance. In that way, it is actually clever. It just doesn't engross me.

Miss gives Buffy attitude for interrupting, but Buffy tells Vamp-Cowboy that he promised to never cheat on her again. Miss excuses herself, finally turning to see Vamp-Guy's Vamp-Face. She runs off.

Cowboy Vampire and Buffy start their square off, wherein there is a lot of equating their sparring with sex; something that we'll see Angelus and Spike make reference to as well.

Commentary: This, of course, is a running theme through all tales of vampirism.

Buffy and Lyle Gorch's brief tussle is interrupted by his taking off, but warning she hasn't seen the last of him. "Oh sure, they say they'll call...," Buffy quips.

Scene 04: Buffy returns to find her mom at the food court, without Joyce's dress. Joyce guesses Buffy was distracted by a boy. She asks her if she ever thinks about anything besides clothes (although, not her mother's) and boys.

Buffy quips "Saving the world from vampires?"

Joyce has a brief moment, but then just shakes her head at her incomprehensible way her daughter's mind works.

Commentary: This is the second time that Buffy has sorta told her mother about what she has to do... she also mentioned her vampire slaying in The Witch. Now, in The Witch, I complained that I wish they hadn't brought that up so soon, because they weren't going to do anything with it... and I'm sorry, but this is just a weird thing to say when your daughter has gotten the reputation of being a violent student and you'd think that Joyce would show some signs of worry over her daughter's mutterings when she's also acting so weird and getting into so many fights. Here, though, I kinda like it because we're building toward something. All of Buffy's secrets are going to be revealed by season's end, and the episode is laying the groundwork here that Joyce can't be kept in the dark any longer just as "School Hard" did.

Here there is a momentum, while in S1, it came so early and was blown off so completely, that it felt gratuitous to mention it at all.

I also like the pause in Joyce's response... you can almost see the Hellmouth Effect grab her here, but it also is filled with so much retroactive weight after we find out that Buffy had told Joyce and Hank about her calling in "Normal Again". Of course, this throws everything off about Joyce not being WAY more worried about these weird things coming from Buffy's mouth, even with the Hellmouth Aura going on, so it is definitely a mixed bag in retrospect. Here, though, I like the way that the foundation continues to be laid that WE SHOULDN'T want Angel and Buffy to continue their relationship AND Joyce is finally going to be let in on what is really going on.

Scene 05: At the high school the following day, Xander and Cordelia have closed themselves into a janitor's closet for a make-out session.

Commentary: This episode is all about the hormones.

They snark at one another. They go back to kissing, but the fact that Cordelia wants to keep the light off bothers Xan and he breaks apart with her to discuss it some more. Both of them are feeling very unenthusiastic about their physical attraction... Xander can't stand Cordy talking, she can't stand looking at him. It's all around a comically bad not-really-romance. And Xander specifically mentions the self-esteem issues involved in what they're doing. Cordelia fully agrees.

They fully decide that they don't need this crap... until they both reach for the door handle, in which case they sink to the floor, making out more.

Scene 06: We cut to a classroom, where a teacher is writing SEX on a greenboard.

Commentary: So, did Xander and Cordelia "do it"... as is implied by this cutaway, their sinking out of screenshot with one another and the themes of this season in which sex can be dangerous and lead to bad things because of uncontrolled passion running away with us? No. At least, not all the way. We'll find out in The Zeppo, that Xander's virginity is lost to Faith. But, clearly, Xan and Cordy are being driven by their hormones... as is Buffy toward Angel.

As the discussion of SEX and its unintended consequences continues, Xander and Cordelia cross-room snipe at one another about their makeout sessions in a way that sounds suspiciously personel. Willow brings up pregnancy to which the teacher is grateful, since it gets to the point of this lecture, rather than problems with kicking Miatta gear shifts, halotosis and guys who use the 'hoover technique'.

The teacher reveals a tray of eggs at this point. The class is going to be playing parent to these eggs over the next week, pretending that it is a baby and seeing to its needs [What needs? Don't break it. I can't determine what the lesson is supposed to be in this. It isn't going to demand attention, it doesn't need to be changed, nothing has to be bought for it, it doesn't need feeding... what is the what in this?].

Poor, tragic Willow is super excited and the way she keeps glancing at Xander, you can tell she's looking forward to their time together playing parenthood. Poor, sad Willow.

Xander gets up before Wills can choose him for her egg partner as he goes to Cordy. But, she grabs really cute boy sitting next to her instead. Xan chooses random blonde at the desk [I can't tell if this was a Buffy stand-in, or if they just so happened to cast a blonde with a nice smile for this extra role].

Scene 07: Meanwhile, Buffy is hanging in the library. Xan and Willow join her and she explains she has a vampire issue [Yes, she does... but it isn't really Lyle]. Will hands her the egg and Xan explains their assignment. Buffy is immediately freaked out, as she insists she can't handle responsibility. She's even more displeased when she finds out that because she was absent, she gets to play "single parent" as there are an uneven number of students in class.

Buffy is horrified, equating this silly assignment to her mother's life.

Commentary: Naturally, Buffy is actually mistaken here. She does handle responsibility, albeit of a different nature. But, she is also kinda correct, too. She had problems with handling the normal person responsibilities and struggles with these mundane things... she wants normal life, but she wants an idealized version of the normal stuff. When things become a bit too real, like looking out for a sister, struggling with her mother's illness, broken pipes and paying the bills she tends to do less well. And, yes, she is quite young still when all of that gets dumped on her, but we can recognize a theme that runs through Buffy's story of her dealing fine with the monsters, but having much more of a time trying to cope with normality, than what she thinks "normal" is just looking on her classmates' lives from outside. What is more interesting to me though, is the idea that this could be a Slayer trait; Kendra wouldn't need to deal with real-life issues because she's so shielded by her upbringing, Faith's personal relationships are a series of messes by her own opinions, Nikki had a son that she routinely left to the care of her WATCHER so she could focus on Slaying... when you consider all of the stories thus far and into the future in which "real life" seems more hard than monster slaying, there may be something interesting going on here about Slayer psychology. It is even more intriguing when you consider that the Slayer powers are originating with demons... beings who aren't really worried about paying mortgages and raising siblings [with exceptions, of course, once we get to Angel the Series -- but these things were much more black and white here, in keeping with Buffy still being a high school student and not exposed yet to the complications of adult life].

In this way, Bad Eggs is very much in the vein of Lie to Me. It seems like this is a self-contained story, but it is actually part of a narrative about Buffy growing up and her difficulties in trying to deal with adult responsibilities. It just isn't as well written or interesting as Lie to Me.

Giles comes from the bookcage, having found information on the Gorches. He reveals that they are mass murderers --- prior to being vampires mass-murderers. Willow excitedly tells Buffy that she should have Angel help her. Xan snarks that should result in a lot of vampire hunting getting done. Buffy retorts that she and Angel aren't slaves to passion [Uh-huh... Passion... *sob*].

Scene 08: Naturally, we cut to that night in the cemetery where Buffy and Angel are making out, instead of hunting for the Gorch brothers. They manage to break apart for a few moments to look for the vampires, but don't see them standing in their immediate vicinity and so back to kissing passionately.

But, a pan shows us that the Gorches are there. They have been sitting on a wall and watching the show between Buffy and "Angelus" (a foreshadow?) and wondering what is up with that.

Tector Gorch wants to rush in and kill 'em now, but Lyle councils caution and attacking The Slayer when she's alone... though he's quick to boast that he could kill them both immediately, if he had a mind to.

Scene 09: Later that night, Buffy is turning in with her baby-egg on the night table beside her.

As she sleeps, we see the egg rocking back and forth and a little hole appears in the egg. From this a tendril snakes and waves around. The tendril stretches and fans out like little fingers and grabs Buffy's arm as we fade to black and a music sting.

Commentary: The egg effect is so obvious where it is going to open the shell, though, that it is impossible to miss. And yet when we saw the egg before and will see it again, it will suddenly be completely whole and uniformly chicken-eggy looking. Quite the feat. But, what I really wanted to mention here is that I'm wondering if this is an allusion to John Carpenter's The Thing. The tendril stretching out from the egg reminded of The Head in that movie, whose eyes pop out on stalks as it tries to skitter away. But more, we're left with Buffy's skin being ghosted by The Egg Thing, and in that movie the mode of takeover of the characters was by physical contact with the alien. And, as we'll see, the Egg Thing is also taking over the students. It's not an exact copy of the movie, but the way it is shot made me wonder if this is what they were mimicking.

Scene 10: We come back with the tendrils and their finger-like extrusions again creeping across Buffy's bedspread. They come to rest across her face, with one tendril snaking into her ear. We see the tendril pulsate, as if it is feeding off of her.

Commentary: And the allusion this time is unmistakable and unambiguous; we are in Invasion of the Body Snatchers territory, now. The scene does have a nice chill to it as we see these foreign tentacles drape themselves over Buffy's eyes and you almost expect her to start shriveling up (see the 90's Body Snatchers) into a husk before your eyes. This is much more creepy than what the monsters will turn out looking like when they're actually ready to hatch.

Scene 11: We rejoin Tector and Lyle keeping a low profile in one of Sunnydale's sewer pipes, the following morning. Tector is a chatty complainer about their digs and Angelus making with the kissies on The Slayer. Lyle starts getting irritated, as he is trying to get some sleep. Tector teases Lyle that he's afraid of "that girl".

They end up trading blows, but it isn't being done in a brawl, but in a game of one-punch, one-punch. Awww... the Gorch brothers care about each other... in a violent, vampire kind of way.

Scene 12: At Buffy's her alarm goes off, waking her for school. She feels drained. 'Eggbert', in the meanwhile looks like an unblemished chicken egg again.

Scene 13: In the Summers' kitchen, Joyce shares some teasing banter at Buffy's expense about her parenting. Buffy reports she doesn't think she slept well.

Commentary: It's a slight and useless scene, but Kristine and Sarah's chemistry on screen carry us through it.

Scene 14: At the high school, Xan, Willow and Buffy startle Giles. They report that Health Class was cancelled because of a no-show by the teacher. Xan and Giles realize that Buffy and Willow both seem a bit sluggish and out of it. Strangely, Xander seems completely fine.

Xander guesses that maybe Wills and Buffy are taking their egg-parenting lesson a little too seriously and he tosses his around in the air without a care in the world.

He ends up dropping his egg and Willow, Buffy and Giles are surprised it didn't break all over the carpeting. Xan reports this is because he boiled the kid for eight minutes.

"Sometimes, you've gotta be cruel to be kind," he sagely advises.

Giles suggests this might be cheating around the egg-care thing he is supposed to be doing as he reshelves a book. No one but us sees an egg tucked onto the back of the shelf and its wobbling back and forth of its own volition.

Cordelia interrupts them to complain that she should have known they'd all be hanging out in the dungeon while something major is going on in Sunnydale High. She shares that Mr. Whitmore is missing, which the gang know, because that is the Health Teacher. No one else is concerned as yet, but Cordelia mentions her run in with Mr. Gregory falling out of unexpected places. She (very) heavily hints that Xander should join her in searching the utility closets for his body.

Willow points out that there is some unknown weird vibe going on lately between Cordy and Xan, but Buffy blows this off. She asks Giles if she should feel a bit guilty over not getting onto the search for Mr. Whitmore immediately.

Commentary: Meanwhile, I'm noticing all of the shades of purple going on... what was that all about? Even Xan is wearing a dark purple pair of slacks.

Giles tells her he'd rather she conserve her strength for the Gorches, as Mr. Whitmore isn't exactly missing so much as he didn't show for work one morning. Buffy tells him she should have them found and dealt with that night and Willow, with sly grin, asks her if Angel is still helping her. She responds that he's doing what he can, just as slyly.

Scene 15: Cut to that night, where Angel and Buffy are again doing much more kissing than actual hunting for the Gorch brothers. They break apart and Angel tells her that she should get home, as it is getting late and she has an early day. He tells her he'll look for the vampires. She mentions she still has to fill out her egg diary and reminds him of the school assignment.

Talk turns to children and Angel has to break it to Buffy that he can't have kids (except when there is a goddess pulling some powerful strings). Buffy tells him it isn't important, but you can see Angel is suddenly considering her future and the things he'll never be able to give her. But enough of this drama, let's get back to kissies.

As we pan away from Buffy and Angel, our POV scans a memorial, "In Loving Memory"...

Commentary: ...which is really a weird director's choice, until we know what is going to happen later. Now, it is just chockful of foreboding foreshadowing. I also like the discussion, as short as it is, between Angel pushing Buffy about what she thinks of the future and Buffy's insistence that she doesn't think about it; all she is seeing is her love for him, but at least he's briefly wondering about their continued romantic track.

Scene 16: Meanwhile, in the halls of Sunnydale, we see a security officer patrolling the halls... alone. He finds the boiler room door ajar and goes downstairs to investigate.

Scene 17: Down in the boiler room, the guard finds the lights won't turn on. He grabs a flashlight and looks around. Behind some boxes and barrels placed suspiciously, he finds a large hole in the basement wall leading to the ubiquitous Sunnydale Tunnels beyond.

Security Guard is looking in the hole-in-wall, when our missing Sex Ed teacher beams him in the back of the head with a crowbar, or shovel (the scene is a bit too dark).

Scene 18: In the meantime, Buffy is returning to her bedroom through the window (which has obviously been un-nailed between "Ted" and this episode).

Buffy notices that Eggbert is jittering around in his egg bed. She unwisely bends in close for a look as it continues wobbling and making egg-cracking noises.

Commentary: "ALIEN" reference, ahoy!

The egg breaks open and Eggbert tries to face-jump her. Slayer reflexes allow her to leap out of the way, but now she has a little facehugger scuttling around her room. Buffy grabs an iron as the thing scuttles underneath her bed; when she looks it isn't there, but she knows that it is closeby. As she slow spins in an attempt to spot it, it drops from the ceiling onto her shoulder...

Commentary: "ALIEN" reference, ahoy!

Buffy drops the iron and wrestles the thing from her shoulder. It quickly disappears into a corner of the room. She grabs a large pair of fabric scissors. Behind her we see the beasty climbing up the wall, but Buffy senses it and swings with a stab. The scorpion-like Eggbert is stabbed and dies.

Buffy takes a moment to gather her wits, but then grabs the phone in a panic to call Willow and warn her.

Commentary: And also? In addition to the demon-hatchling acting like a face-hugger and controlling minds like a Puppet Master, the look of the critter, especially its purple-pinkish coloring, strongly suggests the Blue Gill Parasites from ST:TNG's 'Conspiracy'.

Scene 19: Willow answers the phone a bit confused, but assures Buffy that her own egg is completely normal and is sitting in the refrigerator. She wonders aloud if maybe the Gorch brothers set a trap for her using a demon egg, which Buffy considers a possible (I don't. It seems completely out of their character to be subtle and sneaky.) and apologizes for waking Willow up.

As Will hangs up the phone though, we see her egg (I knew it!) and it isn't in the refrigerator. In fact, it's just the shell cracked in half! Willow looks off in an emotionless daze....

Scene 20: Back in Buffy's room, she's startled by Joyce coming in due to the noise. She quickly hides the mess on the floor, but Joyce's attention is taken up by the fact that Buffy was obviously on the phone at such an hour. Worse, Buffy is looking dressed in streetclothes for it being so late.

Buffy tries to tell her mother that she was just worried about Willow being ill that day and was checking up on her... at two thirty in the morning. Joyce doesn't buy that one, so Buffy next states... nightmare... in which she, um, got dressed. Joyce says no to that one as well and tells her she's grounded for the rest of her life....

Scene 21: ... which leads to the next morning in the Jeep where Joyce is laying down the law, again, from the night before. Joyce tells Buffy that school ends at 2:30p at which time she is to report to the library for studying and where she will stay until Joyce comes to collect her at 5:30p.

Scene 22: As Buffy makes her way toward the school she asks Cordelia about her egg and whether it is acting weird. Cordy informs her eggs don't act in anyway, they don't emote. Elsewhere, Xander has his hard boiled egg and decides he needs somethin' to nosh before class begins....

Scene 23: Meanwhile, Willow has joined Buffy and is asking if there were any other shenanigans the night before. Buffy tells her there weren't, but she has the creepy crawley for Giles to take a look at. Wills offers to meet up with Giles later for a little bit of science.

But, as she, Buffy and Cordy walk past us, we see Willow's lower back and there is a parasite clinging to her....

Scene 24: The girls approach Xan, who has a suddenly flip out when he goes to bite into his hardboiled egg, only to find that it is a purplish thing (Uh, was this a purple-headed penis metaphor, or was that just my warped mind that went there?).

Scene 25: In one of the labs, the gang discuss autopsying the things, which Will offers to do. In the meantime, we see that Cordelia's egg has hatched inside of her teddy bear backpack. They theorize what happened to Mr. Whitmore.

Willow says that the teacher wasn't necessarily harmed. She tells the others that he could have just been taken back to the mother Bezoar.

This comes as a odd thing to say, since nobody knows about the Bezoar, yet. But before Buffy can interrogate Willow about what she's talking about, Cordelia clobbers her in the face! With a somethin-or-other-that-just-happened-to-be-lyin'-there-that-looks-like-an-iron-bar.

Xander exclaims in panicked shock at this turn of events, but he can't really do more than that since Willow follows Cordy's lead by bashing Xander's head with a microscope!

Commentary: Okay, I'll admit that the scene was pretty good and gave a burst of excitement for a moment, there.

Scene 26: Xan is hauled into a closet by Cordy/Willow.

Buffy is quickly placed into the closet as well by random student one and two.

Scene 27: We then follow Willow, Cordelia, random students and random teacher as they go to a grounds maintenance room and grab various digging implements. All are doing the dazed zombie walk.

Commentary: They try to use the music to carry over that brief bit of energy from the 'knock out Buffy and Xander' scene, but it doesn't really work. Instead, the music is just intrusive and feels like it's trying too hard to make this all exciting and scary, where it isn't. Maybe if this que was playing with Buffy and Xander dragged into this room with our mind controlled guys, and as they're laying on the floor we see everyone beginning to grab the shovels and pickaxes, this music would have worked. We could then have ended the scene before we discover that they're just grabbing the implements to go digging, so there would be that ambiguous moment at the end of the scene on whether Xand and Buffy were going to be slaughtered....

And why is teacher-guy trying to do the zombie-stiff-legged shuffle? You're under mind control, you're not in rigor!

Scene 28: Our students trudge downstairs and through the hole in the wall....

Scene 29: Meanwhile, in the library, Joyce comes in to pick up Buffy and looks puzzled at how quiet and empty the library seems, since Buffy is supposed to be there. Giles greets Joyce and they complain to each other about how Buffy never listens. Joyce is really miffed that her daughter has ignored her explicit instructions.

Giles hears a noise and Joyce turns around to look toward the door...

Commentary: And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the ONLY scene in this episode where I felt some frisson.

We see Giles reach into an empty drawer, where he pulls out a squirmy demon-baby. He very deliberately places it on the back of Joyce's neck and as she falls to the ground, screaming, Giles watches impassively.

Commentary: I love delicious chills up the back, don't you? This scene actually accomplishes that, I think because of a combination of Joyce's flailing scream and the music, which accomplishes what it couldn't in scene 27. Also, just the thought of our Giles hurting Joyce is deeply disturbing even though he's obviously being controlled.

Scene 30: With Joyce now under their control, she and Giles leave the library. They join more students in the conga line to the digging going on in the basement.

Scene 31: In the Closet of Entrapment, Buffy turns on the light to see Xan lying out on the floor. She wakes him with a few slaps to the face.

Commentary: Which, of course, leads to the huge question -- why didn't Willow or Cordelia go to Giles, or down to the basement, to grab up a Bezoar baby to plant on Buffy. She'd already killed one of the babies, and since it is obvious their linked to the Mother, you'd think she'd want to get her under control or dead immediately. Locking these two up in a Janitor Closet is a completely ridiculous plot hole.

Xander, being slightly out of it still, groggily tells her that the last time Cordy dragged him into this closet, it was a lot nicer. Buffy gives a "What?", but he covers.

They discuss their situation, and Xan wonders the same thing I did -- why are they still alive? Our answer comes when two eggs begin to wobble on the floor, ready to strike out at them.

Commentary: This wallpapers over the plot hole, but doesn't patch it up: Buffy still should have been a primary target, and the hatchling in the library still should have been used on her, rather than sitting around idly in a drawer. Plus, I like how Buffy tries the door handle, sees that it is locked, and then just turns away like she's given up that mode of escape. Excuse Me. We've seen her twist locks easily... if anything, I'd be surprised if she didn't go around accidentally twisting knobs off of doors all the time, when she isn't paying enough attention.

Whatever. Anyway, Buffy grabs a tool box and smashes the two eggs before the creepy-crawlies can hatch. She then remembers that a flimsy door can't resist her and simply bangs it open.

Scene 32: They rush to the library, only to find it empty. Xan remembers that Willow mentioned the name of their beasty and they turn to a book lying on the counter that Giles must have been looking at when he fell victim to the hatchling possessing him.

Xander hears a crunch under his foot, which is the remains of an egg, and they realize that Giles has already been co-opted.

Scene 33: In the basement, Joyce, Giles and anony-kids join the others with the digging.

Commentary: Yeah, we get it. Digging in the basement. Still not exciting, despite the action-theme playing over the scene.

While some of our possessed folks are digging away, others - including Cordy - are gathering up yet more chicken eggs. We get a glimpse of something pink and slimy under the concrete floor.

Scene 34: In the library, Buffy reads about the Bezoar prehistoric parasite aloud. She's interrupted by a screaming in the hallway....

Scene 35: ... which turns out to be Jonathon with a parasite on his lower back. But, when Buffy and Xander rush into the hallway, he's all like, "I'm fine".

Buffy and Xander doesn't buy that for a minute and presume that they've just seen Jon taken over. They follow him.

Scene 36: Jon leads 'em to the Basement of Digging Action. Which is even more exciting than when we first saw it.

Xander plays possessed to get to the eggs, while Buffy goes in search of a weapon [never mind that everyone has shovels and, even better, pick axes she could easily liberate with her Slayer strength]. He sees Cordelia and random-student head up... another... tunnel... toward the surface carrying a crate of eggs. He follows.

Scene 37: Buffy, in the meantime, has chosen an iron bar in a random-barrel-of-random-crap. She's intercepted, however, by the Gorch brothers making a return to the story.

They have a brief fight, where Tector is knocked out, but she and Lyle end up in the Chamber-O'-Dig, where Lyle gives WTH?-face.

Buffy spots her mother with a pick axe in hand, and gives a worried "mom?" which is all Willow needs to decide to kill her and the vampires. This suddenly puts the Gorches and Buffy on the same side as they fight off possessed people.

Well, for a moment, anyway. Lyle quickly turns on Buffy and she kicks his ass.

Scene 38: In the meantime, Xander ... for some reason... is still following, following, following... Cordy and random-student.

Finally, he decides to make his move, throwing random-student head first into the wall. Cordelia responds by gently placing down the eggs and trying to punch him out. He tries pleading with her, which usually doesn't work. Like a dumbass, he turns his back to her to deal with the eggs and she clobbers him. He stands up yelling over her hitting him in his bumped head, and then decks her... hard... and she goes down like a sack of flour, much to his horror.

Commentary: I don't like the way this was filmed at all! Not just because it's stupid, but it makes Xander look like he's punching out his illicit girlfriend because she pissed him off by hitting the knock on his noggin, rather than because she's under the influence of a demon and means him harm. This was an EXTREMELY unwise choice in both scripting and directing.

Scene 39: Back where we actually have some action, Buffy is continuing to fight both the possessed and Lyle.

Tector returns to the action, but is distracted by the Bezoar. He's also too dumb to live. He spies down into the (barely deep enough to be called a hole) hole and the Mother Bezoar opens its single eye (which makes me wonder if it has the body of a halibut) and he gives it googy-grin. Which she responds to by yanking him in with a tentacle and eating him. Dumbass.

Lyle sees his brother vanish and turns on Buffy for it being her fault. He flips her over to the ground, where Joyce decides to axe her daughter. Fortunately, Buffy avoids this.

What she doesn't avoid though, is having a tentacle wrap around her ankles and being dragged by the Bezoar down into its (not really deep enough to be a pit) pit for devouring. But she's able to bring a pick axe from the floor with her.

Everyone suddenly stops working, as there are roars from the Bezoar (not a) pit.

Scene 40: The Mother Bezoar's eye closes, and we see Willow's parasite drop off her back. She faints. Very quickly, everyone else follows suit.

Lyle creeps up to the (not a) pit, and the pick axe suddenly flies up out of the (not a) hole. Instead of grabbing it and then ax-ing Buffy in the head, he watches her crawl to safety covered in Bezoar grue.

She gives power-glare, he takes off, she allows the slaughtering, killer-vampire go on his way.

Scene 41: Later, outside of the school, Giles is peddling 'gas leak' while Xan tells him he'll fill him in on the real story the next morning.

Buffy walks up and asks about her mother. Xan tells her she's a bit confused, but none the worse for wear.

Scene 42: Joyce tells Buffy she was worried, and repeates the 'gas leak' story that everyone is just accepting. Buffy had time to shower, change her clothes and dry her hair apparently.

She explains she was in the gym when she heard they had to leave the school. Joyce is pissed because she wasn't in the library where Joyce specifically told her to be. Buffy sighs, guessing she's grounded, but Joyce reminds her she's already grounded. She tells her now she'll be confined to her room except for going to school and visiting the bathroom. She storms off.

Scene 43: We see Buffy obeying her mother by staying in her room... but she's making out with Angel through the window.

The Good: First, let me give a kudo to Jeremy Ratchford, who makes Lyle Gorch fun. He loads the vampire with personality and makes me wish he was more integral to this plot, rather than the Bezoar nonsense.

I like the way that there is an undercurrent to the tale involving sex and its consequences at the same time that we can see Buffy and Angel doing more intense making out. It's really clever the way that Joss and company are trying to warn us that Bangel is going to lead to serious complications, but not in a highlight-underline-screaming way.

I like some of the individual shots: The tentacles draping themselves over Buffy's face, and Giles placing that parasite on Joyce are both nicely and effectively done.

The Bad: I find this episode dull. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but I just don't enjoy it. There is something missing in the pacing... and it has a distinct lack of sparkling dialog.

We continue with the trend of talking up a baddie as a major threat to Buffy, only for the villain to do relatively little and be easily beaten. The Gorches are seriously both under, and badly, used.

Other Thoughts: There are some places where the special effects are not-so-special, but this is evened out by other effects that are well done. The Mother Bezoar looks nicely disgusting, but for not seeing much of it at any time. But there are so many logical errors going on, that it is hard to enjoy the story because of all of the "IITS" moments. For instance, Buffy being knocked unconscious with such ease, her and Xander not being immediately killed or bound until a parasite could be procurred to convert them and the immediate acceptance by Buffy that the Gorch's could have planted a demon egg to get her in the middle of the night, despite the fact that not a single thing in their background would lead one to think they spend a lot of time planning elaborate ploys, and Buffy's trying the closet door and not just immediately snapping the lock just stuck in my craw.

The Scoring: Wow. This took forever to get through, but it isn't because it was bad, exactly. It was just... humdrum.

2.75 out of 5


Notice: So, because I took so long to do this one, I feel like I should kick out another Buffy review before moving onto my plans for the next X-Files and a movie review. Now, the issue for me with that is that the next episode is "Surprise" and it doesn't seem like I can do that one, without doing "Innocence" immediately afterward. They may have different titles, but their so linked that they're actually a Part I and Part II story.

So my plans are as follows: The two Buffy reviews, first. Then, the X-Files' "Deep Throat". Followed by movie review for "She Gods of Shark Reef".

After this, we get a bit muzzy again. I want to get back to my reviews of "WATCHERS: The Virtual Series", but I'm also really wanting to dive into the next SPN episode, "Phantom Traveler"and then there is finishing up the disc I'm on in the Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection by reviewing "Dr. Cyclops" and "The Land Unknown" and getting back to Angel S6's comic and diving into the Twilight wrap up in BTVS: S8.

They're all piled around the computer, demanding attention, along with Buck Rogers.

I'm exhausting myself... lol....

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