Angel believes that's one reason why Buffy doesn't want him to stay, and asks what the other reason is. Buffy insists that she doesn't have one and stomps outside, Angel following. He tells her he can smell Spike on her. Oh! So that's the real reason Spike was written into the Tomb of the Useless Guardian scenes? Not to be tempted by The First, but so that Angel could smell him in Buffy's vicinity and we could launch into a "what does this non-relationship mean to you?" discussion with Buffy's other vampire ex? Greeeat. Angel mopes, "Is he your boyfriend?" and his tone makes me laugh out loud. I really get a kick out of Angel's dopiness sometimes. But honestly, how high school is this? Is this part of all those promises to "go back to the beginning" that were bandied about by ME in interviews? Buffy's voice reflects a world of exhaustion I can really relate to when she replies, "Is it really any of your business?" She walks away, and Angel hurries after, demanding, "Areyouinlovewithhim?" Hee. Funny. I find Angel's stupid insecurity and dog-in-the-manger-ness here a million times more entertaining than all the "Saint Spike praises Beatific Buffy" drivel we've had to suffer through in the past few episodes. Joss's Angel seems a lot more like a real guy than Jane's romance-novel dialogue-spouting Spike McHunkychest does. Angel is confuzzled that Buffy is/was/whatever involved with Spike, and Buffy actually says -- wait for it -- "It's different. He has a soul now." KHAN! But you know, I'm just stumped for an appropriate quip here. Last episode ever, Buffy utters the one line we've come to hate and mock the most and -- I've got nothing. I'm sorry; I'm hanging my head in shame for failing you guys. And smiling a little, because hearing that line uttered YET AGAIN really takes the sting out of losing this show. Angel digests the fact that he now has competition in the ensouled arena and bobbles about, hurt. He blinks some more and incredibly insincerely offers up, "Oh. Well. That's great!" Then under his breath: "Everyone's got a soul now." And I'm so amused that I'm totally not caring that this Angel is pretty inconsistent with the Angel from "Home." Did I mention how happy we all are here. Because we are. Happy. Angel whines, "You know, I started it. The whole 'having a soul.' Before it was all the cool new thing" Snicker. Buffy's disgusted and demands, "Oh my god! Are you twelve?" Just what I was thinking. Angel sulks about getting the "brush-off" in favor of Spike, and they bicker some more. I'm amused, but the amusement abruptly ends when Buffy describes Spike as a bizarre strain of heartworm. See, he's "in [her] heart." I think they have medications for that, Buffy -- ask your vet.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: B- | 2358 USERS: B-
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer