Wow. This summer was kind of a blur, and now, just like that, it's my last recap before the new season starts. I'm grateful to be closing with one of the best ever episodes of Buffy, although it's one of those episodes that's very difficult to snark on. Thanks to all the posters who took the time to give us props -- it's very meaningful. Big thanks to Ace and Sep, into whose estimable and hilarious hands I now return you. And huge props to Wing and Glark for keeping the site going, and finally to Sars, for that, for giving me this gig, and for so much more. Here we go!
Bronze. Xander, in close-up, is giving a speech to someone about how the two of them are good friends, and it's time to take the next step. It's Willow he's talking to, and she's completely enraptured. He continues by asking, "Would you, um...date me?" He then complains that that line is terrible. Turns out he's practicing the speech on Willow, but it's Buffy to whom he wants to say these things. Willow agrees that "date me" won't cut it, and he wonders if he should bring up the "Spring Fling" dance. Wait, didn't they just have the "May Queen" thing? Maybe that wasn't so much a "dance" as a "plot contrivance." He rehearses again: "You know Buffy, Spring Fling just isn't any dance. It's a time for students to choose, um...a mate, and then we can observe their...mating rituals, and tag them before they migrate, just kill me!" Hee. Poor guy -- I think we've all been there. Willow generously says he's doing fine, and he opines that a simple, direct approach will work best. Well, it'll get a simple, direct rejection, at least. He says he wants to tell Buffy now. Willow points out that Buffy's not there, and pathetically offers to let him practice on her some more. Xander wonders what Buffy's doing. Willow: "You know. The usual."
Nice soundless cut to a park lawn. Buffy, in slo-mo, goes flying through the air. She hits the ground, and sound and speed go back to normal. I feel like there's a "sound and fury" joke in there, but I'm too lazy to think of it. Nearby, Cordy and some meathead are in her car. Cordy, you car slut! She starts up, asking what that noise was. A vamp stands over Buffy and smiles evilly. She looks up at him like it's beneath her to be fighting him. Cordy says that someone's out there, but Meathead doesn't think so. Buffy, back in no-sound slo-mo land, does a backward somersault onto her feet, and draws a stake. The vamp's smile fades and reappears on Buffy's face. Normal sound and time resume again, and Buffy quickly stakes him. She says to herself, "Three in one night. Giles would be so proud." Just you wait, girlie.