Wow! Last Buffy recap of the season. Together Sep and I would like to give shout-outs to Sars, Wing, Glark, and the regulars on the MBTV Buffy boards. I'd also like to thank my family, Ash, and my employers, who don't actually know that I do this on their time. Sep wants to thank owen, Keight, The Boy, and Les.
Previously on Buffy: Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles cast a spell to combine their powers and defeat Adam. In the spell, Willow was the spirit, Giles was the mind, Xander the heart, and Buffy the hand. Empowered Buffy yanked Adam's glow-stick, er, I mean "power source" and he croaked. And that better be permanent, Joss Whedon.
Strange structure to this episode: the previouslys, no teaser, immediately into the credits and then back to the show. I only mention this because I'm a creature of habit and this unconventional sequence really threw me off.
At the Summers's front door, Buffy asks Riley if he's going to be okay. As Giles and Willow look on, Riley assures Buffy that he just has to go in for routine questioning. He says that Graham and the other soldiers who survived will testify on his behalf and he'll get an honorable discharge. I'm having trouble paying attention to the Riley blather because the credits are showing such fascinating names as Mercedes McNab, George Hertzberg (nooo, I thought we were rid of Adam), Seth Green, and Armin Shimerman! Woo hoo, Seth Green! Xander comes on the scene with "dinner" (a bowl of microwave popcorn) and Riley prepares to leave after saying his good-byes to Joyce, who pointedly says it was nice to "finally" meet him. It's nice to finally see Joyce again. And it would be nice to finally see the tail end of Riley for good, but we all know that ain't going to happen. The gang trails into the living room to watch videos; Joyce declines an invitation to join them. Xander pushes to watch Apocalypse Now, describing it as a "gay romp" and "the feel-good movie of whatever year it was." Time to stop smoking the monkey crack, Xander. But this does remind me that I really, really need to break down and rent Apocalypse Now, as I've never seen it. The girls aren't convinced, and Xander admits he brought other selections, enough to last them all night. He pops a video into the VCR, but the gang are all crashed out and asleep before the FBI warning is even over. Well, at least that way they're spared the endless trailers for such straight-to-video cinematic gems as The Wharf Rat, Dusk Till Dawn 2, and Jade.