Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Couch Baron: A | 8 USERS: A
Things aren't always as they seem

Buffy follows, and starts babbling about Angel and the glove until Giles tells her to be quiet. As he turns, regarding her with a burning intensity, he delivers the following missive: "I won't remind you that the fate of the world often lies with the Slayer; what would be the point. Nor shall I remind you that you've jeopardized the lives of all that you hold dear by harboring a known murderer. But sadly, I must remind you that Angel tortured me, for hours, for pleasure. You should have told me he was alive; you didn't. You have no respect for me, or the job I perform." He turns his back on her. Once again, I got nothin', except to say how brilliant ASH was there. His voice quavered just a little toward the end. It was masterful. Buffy sadly considers his words, looking like she feels as small as the Fear Demon in "Fear, Itself," and leaves.

Knock at Faith's door. She opens it, stake ready, but it's Krister. She points out that it's daytime. That was silly. I mean, I know Faith often is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but come on. Krister praises Faith's spartan accommodations. She says that she means to be very hard on Faith, but that she will make Faith a better Slayer. She goes off on Giles and his methods, and offhandedly refers to the "secret meetings" he holds. Faith is curious, and Krister says the one in question had to do with "Buffy and her friends." Somewhat dejectedly, Faith says, "I guess that doesn't include me." Again, that subtle expression from ED in the earlier scene lends credibility to that statement. And wow, Krister is smart. She's subtly sowing the seeds of subversion among the Slayers and Scoobies. Alliteration, whee! Sorry. Too much coffee. Krister suggests they do some training, and Faith is sold -- on Krister as well as the training, it seems.

Buffy hesitantly approaches Willow at her locker. Buffy asks how mad she is, but Willow says she's not. "You were scared, you kept a secret, you know? It's okay! I mean, secrets aren't bad, you know, they're normal. They're better than normal, they're good. Secrets are good. Must be a reason why we keep 'em, right?" That's not going in Bartlett's Quotations anytime soon. Willow asks what Buffy's going to do that night, and Buffy says she's going to try to kill Lagos as "a peace offering to Giles."

Bronze. Xander petulantly plays pool. Whee! Sorry. Faith observes that he looks pissed off. She says she knows about their secret meeting, but Xander informs her that she doesn't know jack: "Angel's still alive." He tells her that Angel has the glove, and that Buffy knew about it. Faith is outraged, and decides to take matters into her own hands and kill Angel. Xander: "Can I come?" You know, I've said it before, but I'll say it again: What a fucking asshole. I mean, no matter how angry you are with Buffy, keep it in the family. There's a reason Giles didn't include Faith in that meeting. And -- he's willing to participate in killing a re-souled Angel? There's been a lot of talk in the forums about whether Xander should have been held accountable for not telling Buffy that Willow was trying to re-curse Angel in "Becoming Part Two." To me, that issue's irrelevant, because what Xander does here is far, far worse.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer




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