It’s Whedon season, and I’m needonin’ some Whedonin’. To tide me over until much anticipated (by me, at least) Whedon flicks Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers come out later this month, I’m revisiting the best episodes of Joss’s best show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
If you missed it, you can read the first part of this list here: The 25 Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes, part 1: 25-21.
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20. “I Was Made to Love You” (05×15)
Buffy: Can you cry? Sometimes I feel better when I cry. But… there might be rust issues.
April: Crying is blackmail. Good girlfriends don’t cry.
Is anything more relatable than a sex robot getting rejected by her creator/boyfriend and then going on a violent rampage? Not to me, but I’m not known for having the healthiest relationships. This episode (which introduces the nerd we all love to hate and hate to love, Warren Mears) is adorably sad while still being entertaining and having some funny moments. Be warned, though- the last scene, which is unrelated to the episode plot, will bum you all the way out. No judgements if you turn off your TV the second Buffy steps into her house.
19. “The Wish” (03×09)
Xander: And they burst in, rescuing us, without even knocking? I mean, this is really all their fault.
Buffy: Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic.
Xander: Mine is much more advanced.
In the wake of her split with Xander– caused by finding him kissing notorious overalls-wearer Willow– Cordelia makes a wish with a vengeance demon (Anya! Welcome to the show, Anya!) that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. Kind of a weird wish, when you think about it, since her problem is with Xander and Willow, but I guess I’ll give her a pass since she was just idly saying that and didn’t know it would come true. It does come true, though, and we get a glimpse into what Sunnydale would be like without Buffy and, equally unnerving, what Buffy would be like without Sunnydale. Most things would be awful, sure, but at least Angel would get tortured a whole lot! Oh well, I guess it’s not worth it.
18. “Lovers Walk” (03×08)
“I gave her everything – beautiful jewels, beautiful dresses, with beautiful girls in them, but nothing made her happy. And she would flirt! I caught her on a park bench, making out with a chaos demon! Have you ever seen a chaos demon? They’re all slime and antlers.” – Spike
This episode has a recently dumped Spike being a whiny little bitch, then sort of getting rapey with Willow. It also has Joyce thinking that Spike is a nice young man she should make hot cocoa for, and that Angel is a monster. (She has some good points there.) What can I say? Those are pretty much my two favorite things.
17. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (02×16)
Angelus: Dear Buffy. I’m still trying to decide the best way to send my regards.
Spike: Why don’t you rip her lungs out? It might make an impression.
Angelus: Lacks… poetry.
Spike: It doesn’t have to. What rhymes with lungs?
Amy the witch turns Buffy into a rat for the majority of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” but despite having less Buffy than any other Buffy, this episode, about Xander and Cordelia fleeing the angry mob of Xander-admiring girls created by a love spell gone awry, is still a delight to watch. Oh, Xand. When will you learn that love spells don’t solve anything? I guess after this episode. Asked and answered.
16. “Superstar” (04×17)
Buffy: “Giles, do you have a Jonathan swimsuit calendar?”
Giles: “No. (pause) Yes. It was a gift.”
Finally, the Scoobies get transported to a universe where Jonathan Levinson is the coolest guy in the world-which, incidentally, is the universe I already live in. It’s awesome to see Danny Strong play a character who’s almost as cool a dude as he is for once. Plus, we get the delight of seeing every character drool over Jonathan, as well as confirmation that no matter what the situation, Buffy’s natural leadership skills will come out eventually.