In the back room, Spike grabs a nasty-looking weapon off the wall and finishes off his opponent. "Tara, where is it?! Can you see it?" shouts Buffy, and Tara, realizing what she has done with her magic, breaks the spell. Buffy's eyes flash and she is able to see the demon now attacking Tara. The punches in this fight scene are incredibly fake -- just like in the earlier dream-sequence fight with Spike, it's painfully obvious that the blows are landing nowhere near the supposed target. As if we didn't already have enough trouble, all the McChoads choose this moment to arrive at the store. One of the demons rushes Pa McChoad, who throws himself to the ground in terror, I guess because the demon doesn't get anywhere near him due to Buffy's quick intercession. She snaps the demon's neck on the stairs with a nasty crunch. Nice work, Foley artists! At least you guys still can do your job, even though the show's creator is writing bad characterization and the show's stunt coordinators seem to be drawing inspiration from the oh-so-realistic action of a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game. Pa McChoad wonders, "What the hell was that?" and I guess he was talking about the demon and not the crappy excuse for a fight scene we just witnessed. Everyone is understandably confused as to what was going on, and Buffy fixes Tara, crouched on the floor, with a nasty glare. As Willow rushes over to her, all concerned-face, Tara stutters out an apology, saying, "I was trying to hide. I didn't want you to see -- what I am." Buffy and Willow want to know what the hell she's talking about, and when Tara can't answer, Pa McChoad declares, "Demon. The women in our family have demon in them. Her mother had it." Wait, Tara's mother was in her husband's family? Because where I come from, we call that "in-breeding," not "demon." Shouldn't he have said, "Tara's mother's family have demon in them"? Oh, anyway. He goes on to explain that Tara's demon side is the source of her witch-fu, and that he came to fetch her home before Tara started making too much trouble. Giles, apparently looking out for the slower viewers at home, expositions the obvious -- Tara cast a spell on them so they wouldn't see her demon side, and that's why they couldn't see their attackers. Yeah, we ALL figured that out, Joss. My cat figured it out, and she spent most of the episode distracted by some nefarious carpet fuzz. Tara is ashamed and rises, saying she'll leave with her family, but Willow tries to stop her, saying she only made a mistake. Pa McChoad tells Willow it's none of her concern, but Willow ignores him, asking Tara if the trust she put in her was all just a lie. Tara tearfully insists it wasn't, and Willow asks if she truly wants to leave. Before Tara can answer, Pa McChoad again tells Willow it's not her decision, and Willow amuses me a little by snarling, "I know that!" Sniffle, sniffle, sniffle, Tara doesn't want to leave, but Pa McChoad insists, "The girl belongs with her family." Buffy steps up: "You want her, Mr. McClay? You can go ahead and take her." Pause and sad look from Tara. Buffy continues, squaring her shoulders, "You just gotta go through me." Buffy tells Pa McChoad she won't allow him to take Tara against her will, and Dawn lends her voice of support. Pa McChoad expresses disbelief that "two little girls" would try to stop him, so Giles also stands up for Tara.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardSep: D | 1177 USERS: C+
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer