Props to Sars and Wing for giving me this opportunity. You guys rock. And props to Ace and Sep for turning out such great recaps, even during the winter of our discontent -- or, as I like to call it, the last two seasons.
On my ancient videotape, the ever-present WB announcer plugs the series premiere of Felicity! And the series just ended! It feels like one of those birth/death things I hear so much about. Or something. He then gives us a long montage of clips that sum up the major plot points of Season Two. I'm feeling a bit fragile already, because I just watched "Becoming" to relive the timing of this episode, and seeing clips from "Surprise" and "Innocence" isn't helping. But here we go!
A newly-born vampire struggles to climb out of his grave. As he's almost free, he looks up, and the camera pans back through a pair of legs standing in front of him. We hear Willow's voice -- "That's right, big boy" -- now we see her, with her new shorter hair and a smile on her face -- "come and get it." He growls and moves to attack her, and she looks surprised that her line didn't have more of an effect. Xander grabs the vamp from behind while Oz (yay, Oz!) attempts to stake him. Oz, however, has a little trouble getting the wood out of his pants (what? Don't look at me like that) and the vamp takes the opportunity to kick him while doing a cool back flip over Xander. The vamp runs. Dramatic music swells as Oz attempts a long-distance staking, but his throw goes nowhere close. He laments, "That really never works." Heh. Xander chastises Willow for her cheesy line, but she defends sassing the vamp, saying that Buffy always does it and it throws off the vampires. She does not, however, defend her choice of words. Oz suggests, "'This time, it's personal' -- there's a reason why it's a classic." Again, heh. Xander misses Buffy's punning, and Willow admonishes him for breaking the "past-tense rule." Exposition about the next day being the first day of school. Oz looks slightly perturbed at that realization, Xander's looking forward to seeing Cordelia, and Willow's just excited to hit the books. At a look of scorn from Xander, Willow retorts, "Hey, you're excited over Cordelia, okay? We've all got issues." Ha! Can I just say I've had more fun in the first five minutes of this episode than in the entire last two seasons combined? Marti Noxon, you suck. The gang speculates on Buffy's return as the camera pans out.