Fred starts to gossip about her feelings for Knox and Wesley, but just as the audience is collectively about to jump off a bridge because nobody freaking cares about Fred's love triangles, she stops to ask why anyone cares about her love life. "That's what we've been saying for years," the audience sighs. Harmony explains that everyone wants to know what's happening with the bigwigs, then grumbles, "You'd think they'd ask me, but...." Fred guesses that Harmony doesn't have any friends at Wolfram & Hart. Harmony admits, "I used to be way popular in high school. Just since I got vamped at my graduation I've had trouble connecting with people." You weren't really "connecting with people" when you were popular, Harmony. You were bullying them. Fred tells Harmony to "put herself out there," and then there's a very odd conversation to establish that vampires refer to humans as "straight." I can't wait to read the essays which use this conversation to accuse Mutant Enemy of gay-bashing, because they're equating the soulless undead to homosexuals. Or maybe they're subverting the metaphor and questioning our cultural biases about what "evil" is, and implying that Buffy was committing hate crimes. Personally, I think it's just a joke that isn't very funny, but don't mind me. Anyway, this somehow leads to Fred's suggesting that Harmony should try dating some live humans for a change. It's nice that they're still using the fact that Fred's insane as a plot point. That is what they're doing here, right? Harmony confesses that a guy at the bar has been looking at her. Fred starts to turn to look at the guy, but Harmony quickly yanks her back, which will be important later, so I'll complain about it then. Fred encourages Harmony to go talk to him, and Harmony says she couldn't abandon Fred, but is easily convinced that she can. She stops long enough to ask Fred for advice on how to hit on a guy, which ranks with Buffy getting flirting advice from Willow on the list of "least plausible character interactions ever." Fred tells Harmony to ask the guy where he's from and what he does for a living. "Cover the boring stuff!" Harmony summarizes. "Only -- maybe act like it's not?" Fred suggests. Harmony heads for the bar, and Fred tells herself, "I'll just...go."
Episode Report CardStrega: C- | 1520 USERS: C+
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