Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Surprise (1)

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Surprise (1)

In Spike and Drusilla's warehouse lair, Drusilla is pissed at Dalton because he lost her "present." Dalton tries to excuse himself by blaming it on the Slayer, but Dru flings off his glasses and is about to gouge out his eyes when Spike suggests that Dru give Dalton a chance to recover the box. With Dru's clawed fingers in front of his eyes, Dalton promises to recover the Judge's arm. Dru makes one of her annoying little crazy faces and then replaces Dalton's crushed glasses on his face. I don't want to tell tales out of school, but looking at Dru's arms in this scene makes me think that "pursuing a movie career" is industry shorthand for "detox." You can see individual veins.

Buffy and Angel walk down the dock, holding hands. Angel has the box containing the Judge's arm slung over his shoulder. They approach the gangway of the ship and Angel intensely promises Buffy that he'll be back. She whines some about how long he'll be gone. They exchange angsty musings on whether either one of them will even be alive six months from now; all these close-ups of Buffy's face make it apparent that they ran out of eye-shadow on the set this week and improvised by rubbing a half-melted Hershey bar across SMG's eyelids. Anyway. Angel reaches into his pocket and says he has something for Buffy for her birthday. In his hand he's holding a silver ring and explains "My people -- before I was changed -- they exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It's a claddagh ring." Eww, Angel's fingernails are rather grubby. He explains that if she wears the ring with the heart pointing towards her, it indicates she belongs to someone, and shows her that he's wearing a man's version of the ring with the heart pointing in. Buffy tells him not to go, and they kiss to the accompaniment of sad music. Angel is about to tell Buffy something -- presumably that he loves her -- when they are jumped by two vampires. Fightage ensues, and while Buffy and Angel are occupied, Dalton grabs the box and starts to flee. Angel manages to knock Dalton down, but has to rush to Buffy's aid when one of the other vamps tosses her into the bay. This scene is really fun to watch while rewinding. Wheee! Angel flies backwards onto the pier. Wheee! Buffy flies backwards onto the pier. Hey, we recappers have to take our entertainment where we find it.

Giles, Willow, and Xander are researching in the library. Willow expresses sympathy for Buffy having to say goodbye to Angel on her birthday, but Xander can't hide his pleasure at seeing Angel have to leave town, saying, "What kind of a future would she've really had with him? She's got two jobs -- Denny's waitress by day, Slayer by night -- and Angel's always in front of the TV with a big blood belly, and he's dreamin' of the glory days when Buffy still thought this whole 'creature of the night' routine was a big turn-on." During Xander's touching conclusion about how he'd comfort Buffy with prime rib, Buffy stomps into the library, telling the gang that Dru's henchmen recovered the box. Giles says the Judge is one mean mother-shut-your-mouth, and that while evil beings can withstand the Judge, no human has ever survived his touch. Xander suggests that in that case they should send Cordy to fight him. Sadly, no one follows up on this idea, and Giles fills the gang in the fact that "no weapon forged can kill" the Judge. The gang agrees to spend the night researching. At 2:10 AM they're still at it, though Willow seems to be mostly busy playing with her hair and mooning about Oz. She's impressed by how cool he was about the vampire revelation, but Xander just scoffs. Was he jealous of Oz at this point? Inquiring minds want to know. Giles wants to know if Angel has found anything, but then shushes him, pointing to Buffy, who has fallen asleep over her books. Angel, wearing thick yellow pancake makeup (or so it would appear on my TV), confirms that Buffy hasn't been sleeping well, she's been "tossing and turning." The gang, which also now includes Jenny, turns to stare at him, and Angel explains that Buffy told him this information, he didn't observe it firsthand. I have to keep reminding myself that, despite Buffy's Junior League 'do and spackled-on eye-shadow, she's supposed to be a teenage virgin and therefore her sleeping arrangements are a Big Deal.

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