Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What's My Line?, Part II

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Couch Baron: B+ | 3 USERS: B
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Supply room. There's sunshine on Angel's shoulders, and it ain't makin' him happy. He hears a noise, and looks up. He appears very weak and possibly delusional, but that could just be his default setting. Anyway, Willy opens the cage, smiles in a possibly evil manner, and drags Angel out by his feet. There but for the grace of Willy goes a spin-off. In the main room, Willy opens a small panel in the floor, and drops Angel through it. Angel lands in the sewer, and moves about a little, not looking particularly conscious. Willy lowers himself down after him, and Spike creepily appears from the shadows with a couple of henchvamps in tow. Willy says that Angel will be as good as new in a day or so. I assume that once Angel was caged, Willy seized the moment and contacted Spike himself, because I can't imagine how he thought he could trap Angel without Kendra's serendipitous involvement. Spike starts to move toward Angel, whose shirt has somehow come unbuttoned, but Willy asks for his payment. Spike gives him several bills, but adds a warning, "Talk and I'll have your guts for garters." For good measure, he drops one of the bills in the sewer water. Heh. The henchvamps pick Angel up and cart him off. Willy asks Spike what he's going to do with Angel. Spike: "I'm thinking maybe dinner and a movie. I don't want to rush into anything. I've been hurt, you know." That's more than enough encouragement for the slashfic writers, I'll wager. Also, remember when Spike was a competent villain? I know it didn't last long and all, but I miss that.

Chez Summers. Cordy asks Norman if he has anything in raisin, as she's "both a winter and a summer." Well, you've certainly seen enough of both, dear. Norman, with less personality than Ali MacGraw's character on Dynasty, tells her it's "$9.99, tax included." I thought he wasn't selling anything? Give me the Avon lady any day. Cordy notes that he said that already, and something indescribable about her delivery of that line sends me into a giggling fit every time. She then inquires if he has anything in the "berry family." How about a nice shade of clueberry? And I know that's the second time I've said that a character in this episode needs a clue, but honestly, these folks really should be buying in bulk. Norman creepily asks if there are any other "ladies" in the house, and I'm forced to point out again that I don't see the logic of him going to the trouble to take up a vigil in the next-door neighbor's house, with binoculars even, if he's not going to discern exactly who was in the house before he came over. Cordy says that they're not home. "You know, nothing personal, but maybe you should look into selling dictionaries or...some..." The Music Of It's Gettin', It's Gettin', It's Gettin' Kinda Scary kicks up as Cordy sees a bug emerge from Norman's sleeve and crawl across his hand. Cordy looks horrified as Xander reappears. Xander asks what's going on, and Cordy says that Norman's a salesman, and that he's just leaving, like, nice try. Xander makes to lead him out. "Okay, Mary Kay, time to" -- we see a bug run across Norman's face and into his ear -- "time to run." Xander and Cordy run into another room, instead of out the door, as Norman's face turns into a mass of larvae, then blows apart and falls to the floor. I suppose his clothing and glasses were made of larvae too. Sigh. The kids rush into another room and find a reconstituted Norman in it, which is just plain silly. They go through the basement door and close it behind them. The larvae try to get in through the crack between the floor and the door. Cordy hands Xander some duct tape: "I don't do worms." Just wait until "Expecting." Although I think Demian and Jessica would agree that that's really an insult to worms, as Ken Marino played that particular annelid. Anyway, as Cordy brushes back the bug with a broom, Xander manages to get the duct tape over the opening. Save some for both your mouths, to spare me the impending horror of your next scene.

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