Nighttime. Still at the damned restaurant. Buffy goes over to talk to automaton Gina, but has to wave her hand in her face to get her attention. She says that she's going to take another break because it's so slow. Gina advises her not to. Y'know who these fast food workers remind me of? The spirit-sucked serfs in the hell dimension in "Anne." I think that's sayin' something. Something that anyone who has ever donned a hairnet as a condition of employment already knows. Gina points out a new customer, thus putting the kibosh on Buffy's break plans. This new customer is, of course, Spike, who has again fallen into the Gap. Or started ordering his clothes from the dELiA*s catalog, which is very fond of that "space-dyed" stuff that looks like a dog barfed on it. To paraphrase Willow, that shirt is skanky and I think it's kinda gay. Buffy tells Spike to go away. He tells her, "You chose to be in the consumer service profession and I'm a consumer." With a little smirk and lilt he finishes, "Service me." Heh. Okay, I admit it that I cracked a smile at that one. Buffy isn't finding it quite as amusing, though, and tells him to "order something or go." Throwaway reference to fluorescent lights and the "something wrong" with Buffy that I assume we'll get an explanation of later in the season. Then Spike leans in and gets serious: "Buffy. You're not happy here." Looking about to cry, Buffy pleads, "Please don't make this harder." "You don't belong here," Spike continues. "You're better than this." Buffy protests that she "need[s] the money." Spike offers to get Buffy money, and asks her to leave the restaurant with him, gesturing his head towards the door. Buffy remains resolute, saying she needs to assist Gary with the fries, but Spike grabs her arm: "This place will do stuff to you. This place'll kill you!" Oh, please! Why are all vampires such drama queens? I mean, really! "Oi must have a Judge destroi the woirld for moi boithday!" "Darla needs a room with a view!" "Working fast food will kill you!" I think vampires must be very wearing people to know, what with the constant histrionics and exaggerations. And while I think Spike is genuinely concerned about Buffy's welfare, I just have to laugh at the idea of her taking job advice from a guy who has never, ever, in the one hundred and forty or so years he's walked this Earth, held a job. Maybe he should just shut his never-gainfully-employed mouth and let Buffy make her own choices and mistakes. Plus, while I think Buffy could choose, and get, any number of jobs more suited to her temperament, I'm really turned off by Spike's latent elitism. He loves Buffy, she's special, therefore a minimum-wage food service job will kill her? Please. It's just fast food, not coal mining. She won't enjoy it, it won't put much in her bank account, but it's not like she's above it. It's a perfectly legitimate way to earn a living. Not that Spike would know anything about earning a living.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: B- | 903 USERS: B-
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer