Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming, Part II

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Becoming, Part II

A uniformed cop clomps down the stairs at the Summers residence as Joyce explains to a detective type there must be some mistake. Joyce suggests that Buffy slept over at Willow's house, and one of the cops identifies Willow as the "second victim." The detective reminds Joyce of Buffy's history of violence and then leaves. Joyce studies his business card with her usual befuddled air.

Buffy bursts into Giles's apartment, calling his name. "I don't think he's here," responds Whistler as he descends from upstairs. He identifies himself to Buffy, and when she demands to know what he wants, he jokes that he needs a date to the prom. Buffy has had just about enough and slams Whistler, his baggy vintage suit, and his porkpie hat up against the wall, threatening to "pull out [his] rib cage and wear it as a hat." Then Whistler gives a little speech that really doesn't make much sense when you think about it -- he claims, "It wasn't supposed to go down like this. Nobody saw you coming. I figured this for Angel's big day." But let's review -- he sent Angel to spy on Buffy in LA, and afterwards he saw what a smitten kitten Angel was. What did he and TPTB really think was going to come out of that situation? Anyway, Mr. Shift-The-Blame asks Buffy what she's going to do about Angelus and what she's "prepared to give up," which really seems to make it seems like Angel's demon status is all Buffy's fault when we know it's actually the fault of that simpering wench, Darla. "You don't have anything useful to tell me, do you?" snaps Buffy. "What are you, just some immortal demon sent down to even the score between good and evil?" Whistler looks both surprised by her spot-on evaluation and rather like he has a severe gas pain and tells her, "Good guess." Buffy tells him to get "off [his] immortal ass" to help, and as she storms out, he calls after her that the sword (brought by Kendra in the previous episode) isn't enough. "You gotta know how to use it!" he yells after her.

Buffy mopes along a Sunnydale street. A police car pulls up next to her and a Sunnydale cop, so nonexistent in all previous episodes and so very prevalent in this one, jumps out and tells Buffy to put her hands on her head. If I were a struggling actor, I would hate to get these cop roles -- the clichéd dialog would send me to my bed weeping every night. Anyway, as Buffy raises her hands, someone kicks the crap out of the cop, who falls unconscious onto the hood of his car. "Hello, cutie," says Spike, and gives her a toothy grin. Sigh. They fight briefly but Spike backs off, claiming he's there to talk, not fight. He tells her he wants to get rid of Angelus, wants to put him "in the bloody ground," which of course is only a vampiric-type metaphor since a staked Angelus will leave behind nothing to bury. Buffy laughs and accuses Spike of trying to pull a "lame trick," but when Spike tells her Angelus has Giles, she lowers her stake and looks somewhat prepared to listen. As he searches through his pockets and then the cop's pockets for a smoke, Spike tells her he wants to save the world. Buffy is skeptical, but Spike explains, "I like this world. You've got dog racing, Manchester United. And you've got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It's all right here." Spike says that he wants Dru back and can't stand the way she acts around Angelus. Buffy is pissed by this explanation and snaps, "The whole earth may be sucked into Hell, and you want my help 'cause your girlfriend's a big ho? Well, let me take this opportunity to not care." Spike tells Buffy he's all she's got, and as the cop begins to wake up, they leave to talk.

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