Casa Summers. Smaller war council in one of the bedrooms. Buffy wants the Junior Misses armed. She and Faith will go on reconnaissance. Giles asks Buffy if she's sure she should take action against Preacher Malarkey, adding that they can't be sure the Preacher has anything of Buffy's at all. Buffy says, "It could be a girl! A potential trying to get to us," and Giles totally cracks me up by snotting back, "It could be a stapler." Well, a good stapler is hard to find. You need to hold onto it pretty tight to keep your coworkers from oh, sorry. This isn't about me, is it? Just that little office-supply obsession of mine. Anyway, now I'm wondering if Buffy will show up at Preacher Malarkey's vineyard and be all, "I believe you have my stapler?" Giles point out that most of the Junior Misses haven't even been in the field, and I'm left wondering why the hell not if things are so bad in Sunnydale that the unseen citizens are leaving in droves. Buffy decides to take the Misses who have been around the longest, because they're the girls with the most experience. And because they're the ones getting on her nerves the most. Willow and Spike point out that this could be a trap, so Buffy instructs Willow to stay behind to protect the girls who aren't going. "You're my most powerful weapon," Buffy tells Willow. Either that's different than being her most powerful warrior, or she's just passing out "most powerful" ribbons to all her minions these days. Xander again points out that this sounds like a trap, and Buffy gets all out-of-proportion agitated and practically shouts that they have to move fast because Preacher Malarkey won't be expecting them to do anything yet. Buffy, think. He sent you a message specifically designed to make you come to him. How could he not be prepared for your arrival? Giles snots that they need more time to prepare. It's always so sad seeing your ex-boyfriends after the break-up, isn't it? And you look at them and wonder if they really have changed, or were always jerks and you couldn't see it. Oh, and Giles? Stop calling, man -- it's over between us. One stapler joke isn't enough to make up for your behavior in Episodes Ten through, well, this one. Buffy won't consider a delay, and tells Giles to stay behind and "help the girls who still need a teacher." Meow! Saucer of milk for the Slayer, please. Giles looks at her like he really can't believe she just fucking said that to him.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: B- | 1915 USERS: B-
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer