Wesley is dozing in front of the TV, just as Captain Blood begins. Hope wakes him for a little "snack" -- a full roast chicken dinner, complete with those cute little chef's hats on the end of the drumsticks. When he says she didn't have to do that, she insists she wanted to. "Well, no, I... I had to, because I love you more than anything, lover." He asks her to sit down, and asks her if she's happy. She can only answer, "I love you more than anything." He knows, and gently he says he loves her too, which is why he wants her to start doing things that used to make her happy before they fell in love. She gets extremely stressed out, and pleads with him not to be angry with her (which he isn't). "I'd just die. I'd just die." Oh my word. Look, he's put the whammy on this girl, so she's love sick, right? I -- have to ignore the troublesome acquaintance rape implications here, because this woman is not capable of consent -- consent has been thrust upon her. This show is not Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I'll spoil this subplot right now, to let you know we're not even going to get the small satisfaction we got from the Warren/Katrina storyline. In fact, I'll quote her right now, so I can get on with the recap. "Bunch of little boys playing at being men. This is not some fantasy! It's not a game, you freaks! It's rape!" I really would have preferred to keep quoting the musical, but someone had to say it, and it wasn't going to be Edlund. Dammit. Now I'll share my handwavium, for those of you who, like me, need to get past this part, in order to get through the story. It goes like this. We never see Hope and Wes have sex. They never say they're having sex. Okay, they're probably having sex, but we don't have to interpret the wish-spell to be a date rape drug. We can interpret it as a lie, instead. And yet, she's still not capable of giving her consent, is she, so strike that. Frig. I mean, look how freaked out she was, just because Wes kindly asked her to make sure she does stuff to make herself happy. Oh, crap. It is rape. It is. After one airing, I could handwave it away, and now I can't. I wasn't any help at all, was I? This show has more issues with sex and race than a year long subscription to Busty Asian Beauties. Let's move on, shall we?
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: B+ | 2234 USERS: B
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