Sep: So, two references to glowing and being pregnant. Do you fear what I fear?
Ace: I can't hear you! Can'thearyouhearyouhearyou!
Sep: That's not going to work and you know it! I have infinite patience to shout over your childish babbling. Can you hear me now? Good. Because I honestly want to know: do you think Mutant Enemy is foreshadowing a pregnant-Buffy story line?
Ace: Oh, c'mon. They wouldn't, would they? [pause] Oh, God. They would. This season of Angel proves they so would.
Sep: I know. I used to trust them to not choose the horribly annoying plots, and now -- well, I can trust them to unerringly choose the horribly annoying plots.
Ace: But Spike's a vampire. He can't get Buffy pregnant, right? Oh, man, what if the whole "I'm a vampire! My seed is dead" thing is just a big scam male vampires have been perpetrating for centuries?
Sep: Shyah. It's all been a big ploy to get out of having to wear a condom.
Xander is pacing in the kitchen, worried about the recent vision of his future, when Willow comes in for their emotional sharing of A Big Life Moment. They compliment their respective hotnesses (with obligatory gay Willow reference) and then tell each other how much they love each other. This is the sole moment of this whole episode that got me sniffly. Buffy and Spike? Dry eyes. Anya's hopeful vows? Yawn of boredom. Xander leaving Anya at the end of the episode? Checking my watch to see how much longer the torture was going to last. It's really unusual for me to not react to one of these heartrending episodes of Buffy. What the hell is wrong with me? I cry at long-distance commercials! The one that uses that "Rocketman" song? I miss my wife too, Elton! And neither of us do, or ever will, even have wives. I got teary this afternoon when I paused the tape and caught a few minutes of some dumb movie in which George Clooney cuddles a small kitten and romances a prickly Michelle Pfeiffer. Kittens are always good for a sniffle with me. But maybe my lack of emotional reaction to this episode is not my problem. I mean, I don't know why I've been saying the writers have no talent at all this season. It's completely untrue. They have an unerring talent for taking any given event that should emotionally resonate and sucking the pathos right out of it. Willow asks if he's ready to go, but Xander dissembles, asking for a few minutes to work on his vows. What is this "working on the vows" thing? Granted, I'm very familiar with procrastination, but I would think that for something as important as a wedding, you might have taken a few minutes to put together a couple of words at some point before the day of the ceremony.