Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dead Man's Party

Episode Report Card
Couch Baron: D+ | 8 USERS: C-
Dead Crappy Episode

Cut to said meeting, where Snyder is being very snarky and deriving pleasure from keeping Buffy out of school. Joyce tries to appeal to him as an educator, but he opines that "I'm quite sure that a girl with the talents and abilities of Buffy will land on her feet. In fact, I noticed as I came in this morning that Hot Dog On A Stick is hiring. You will look so cute in that little hat." You say "Hot Dog On A Stick," I say "Doublemeat Palace." ["But we wish you wouldn't." -- Sars] And oh, burn. Joyce sticks her chin out and says, "If I have to, I'll go all the way to the mayor." Snyder to himself: "Wouldn't that be interesting." Heh. And that's nice foreshadowing in this scene, although the Hot Dog On A Stick thing was probably serendipitous. Still, I give it an A- for foreshadowing.

Foreshadowing: "A-", huh? Thanks!
Couch Baron: You scared the hell out of me! Aren't you dead? Or have you been hanging out with Continuity and Sars?
Foreshadowing: I've tried, but that Dawson's drinking game they play is brutal. It's cool, though -- after they pass out I eat all the food, traumatize her cats, and change the settings on her computer.
Couch Baron: Dude, you're a total sociopath. You know she's my boss, right? I am so going to report you.
Foreshadowing: Don't do that! She'll kill me!
Couch Baron: Well, it's not like you do any work any more. I mean, look at Queer as Folk!

Joyce drops Buffy off in town, telling her they'll work something out in regards to school. Cut to Buffy looking at her watch, clearly having been stood up by Willow. Oh man, that suh-uh-ucks. I'm sorry, but no excuse. This is the first of many horrible acts of behavior in this episode from the characters, and it makes me wonder what Joss was smoking when he wrote it. Then I remember that Marti Noxon wrote this episode, and I wonder what Joss was smoking when he hired her. Cut to Buffy arriving home. She bumps into a middle-aged, heavy-ish blonde woman coming out chez Summers. After cooing about what a "picture" Buffy is, she introduces herself as Pat, from Joyce's book club. Okay, two things. First of all, I hate her already. Second, I know that Ace and Sep have bitched about the writer's growing tendency to exposit past plot points of which we knew nothing to fit what they want to happen currently, and I couldn't agree more. Well, case in point. "Hi, I'm Pat, from your mom's book club, of which you know nothing about. And even though you've been gone only two months, and your mom has never had any friends on the show, I'm now her best friend and confidante." It's a minor, possible even forgivable, example, but even though it may shock you, I'm not giving Marti Noxon the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, Pat gives Buffy a speech about "rebonding," "empanadas," and The Deep End Of The Ocean, so you can imagine that in an already dialogue-heavy episode, I'm not going to say any more about it except that it succeeds in making Buffy hate Pat and making Buffy feel even crappier than she already did.

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