Funniest. Ep. Ever.
Also, sort of an inside-out Superstar. Andrew, in his new position as The Nerd We Sort Of Care About Now That Jonathan's Gone, is turning the Buffy Gang into a piece of fiction, just as Jono did, but he's trying to make himself part of the group, instead of the center of it. He's actually, in his own wierd way, trying to be useful.
Dear God, I love Anya. And seriously -- sitting there in...oh...season 4, did you ever magine they'd say something like 'masturbate' onscreen, in its intended context? And still have it be funny, vs. crass?
This ep? Seriously showing what an adult BtVS *can* be.
Invisible Girl shoutout. A *real* one, with a point, unlike the nod in Gon. This is. Wow. This is a *damn* good ep.
Exploding boy, though? This is a tiny retcon, I'd say. Yes, Marcy became literally invisible -- but I can't think of any other situations where -- without outside catalyst -- things became literal *just* because of being on the Hellmouth. The "hellmouth heats up every spring" thing is still pushing the edge of too meta for me.
Mmmmmm. Xandrew. [Because Sunnydale needs *real* female heroes.]
Gah! You bastards! You may not shuttle me from Xandrew to Xanya in 30 seconds! Bastards! *cough* But wow, closure. stuff they haven't said... wow.
Look - she finally called him Robin. Yes, I have no idea what that means either. I still can't call him Robin -- why should Buffy be able to? Years after they're married she'll still be calling him Principal. [cough, /fantasy sequence, go Buncipal!]
Awwhh. um. Sniff. Um. (And it's my favorite kind of sniff, because I really think Anya and Xander *are* best apart, but awwwh. And damn fine dialogue.
Jondrew? God, I hate these pairing names, Nah on anime for cursing us with them. But so cute, they are, the boys. In the bed. ha! Andrew is *so* checking out Jono's ass!
I have no words. Evil! Trio! In! Togas!
Kennedy.. oh well. Does not exist, because I love this episode, and I am not asking as everyone else did, why she's suddenly part of the inner cabal -- does she have a *useful* purpose? Besides, I can't tell her voice from Dawn's when she's offscreen, and that's just wrong. Too... Right, Kennedy isn't in this episode. But if she were, she wouldn't have actively annoyed me; she's just superfluous.
Bwhaha! I! Funniest! Ep.! Ever! Sexual tension! I officially heart Andrew. (Yes, I know what I just said about meta. this is the *good* way to be meta.)
Andrew: "I'll be with Buffy."
[Doors close. Wood and Spike look at each other.]
Swood: "At last, we're alone..."
The retelling of Andrew's story is wonderful. Funny -- all the retellings -- Hi Dark Willow! -- are hilarious, but more than that. Eventually, he'll have to face the truth. Just like Anya, just like Spike (Although Spike's has been badly told, he *is* aware of the things he's done and is [ad nauseum, yes, I know] sorry for them.) Forcing Andrew to face himself, beyond the rationalizations, beyond the superficial changes... Ok, maybe I'm loving this too much -- but it's what this series has been *not* looking at for so long. the elephant in the corner. Even if the house is overrun with them, and they're looking at the wrong elephant, they're at least still acknowledging that there's *one*.
You people leave my naked Xander alone. Guh. Mmmguh. And again, nice dialogue. Nice *Xander* dialogue. [Pardon my Xandergasm; look over there at the nice elephant!]
No more stories. Yeah. [Viewers: No! Wahhh! We want more stories! Exceept no more crappy ones!] But Buffy, sweetie, much as I actually love you in this ep, you're speechifying again. Everything *after* the no more stories, was speechifying.
Andrew's confession is.. Just pretty. It's snotty and helpless and it's *not* pretty. Which was pretty.
Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. We are, indeed, as gods.
[Edit: I missed the Cheese Man! How could I miss the Cheese Man? I have *got* to stop typing these things while I'm watching the ep.]