Buffy The Vampire Slayer relives a ghost story in I Only Have Eyes For You. All part of my SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy post.
What Buffy Did!
Buffy is at the Bronze and turns a boy down when he asks her to the Sadie Hawkins dance. Buffy then heads to Sunnydale High to talk to Giles and comes upon a heated argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When the boy pulls out a gun to kill the girl, Buffy stops him, but the gun vanishes and the couple have no memory of fighting. Principal Snyder of course blames Buffy, who is sent to his office and finds a 1955 yearbook that falls off the shelf. Willow gives Giles one of Miss Calendar’s possessions. Buffy has daydreams in class about a 1950’s student/teacher relationship and she wakes to her teacher seemingly channeling her dream onto the chalkboard. Buffy also saves Xander from a monster arm in her locker. Angelus, Spike and Drusilla have moved into a mansion and they argue and flirt some more. Giles at night sees another couple argue and use a gun, and this makes him believe Miss Calendar is haunting the school. Willow nets up info about a student killing a teacher in 1955 when she breaks up with him. The cafeteria food changes into snakes. Snyder gets crabby with the police about the snakes and mentions the Hellmouth, but shushes when the Mayor is brought up. Meanwhile, Drusilla sees a prophecy involving Buffy and death. Willow figures out how to contain the ghosts and the Scoobies head off to Sunnydale High at night. but Giles is also present and believes it is Miss Calendar still. Buffy hears noise coming from the music room and sees the ghosts dancing. The ghosts then do psychic attacks on the Scoobies, with Willow almost being sucked into another dimension, with Giles saving her. This finally convinces Giles that this is not Miss Calendar’s doing. The Scoobies start the spell, but the candles they are using are blown out and a swarm of insects inhabit the school, chasing the Scoobies out. Back at Buffy’s house, the Scoobies argue with Buffy, who is angry at James the 1950’s student/Angelus. Buffy leaves the house in a huff and heads back to school, where the swarm lets her in. The Scoobies figure it out and follow Buffy to the school, but can’t enter. Buffy finds Angelus, possessed by Grace the 1950’s teacher, and talks to him as she is possessed by James. They parallel the ghost’s love story with their own, which leads to Buffy pulling the gun and shooting Angelus. He appears dead. Buffy heads to the music room to kill herself like James did, but Angelus is not dead and comes after her. Buffy/James and Angelus/Grace talk and apologize and kiss. The ghosts have resolved so much, leave Buffy and Angelus, and move onto another realm. Angelus is kinda freaked by what happened and takes off. Angelus, back at the mansion, hates that he kissed Buffy, etc, and insults Spike and leaves with Drusilla. After they depart, Spike suddenly stands up from his wheelchair and walks normally.
I hate these unknown bands playing the Bronze, especially the emo ones. This guy Ben has one awful looking shirt. Sadie Hawkins Dance!! Buffy, you just crushed Ben’s heart! This abusive guy has a gun and called her a bad name! A disappearing gun is never a good sign. Oh look, Principal Snyder, how I hate this jerk. Willow is still teaching! And she is funny! Miss Calendar is still being referenced! Yay! Gone, but not forgeton! Giles is really feeling this. Now it’s the janitor and teachers turn to be possessed. Gun vanishing, part two. I like the new digs for Angelus, Drusilla and Spike, and the slow burn Spike is doing. Giles, look up one track mind in the dictionary and see your picture. Where are Cordelia and Oz? And the Scoobies figure it out without Giles, all because Willow is so smart. And Buffy needs some anger management. Finally Cordelia! Did I just say that? Officially grossed our by snakes in food. Snyder and the cops make up cover stories? Holy Moly, they know about the Hellmouth! Willow is the most awesome, bringing to the seance all the cool toys. Drusilla is one crazy loon and really wants Angelus, and Spike is getting super jealous and this is really quite crazy. Giles is so preoccupied with his own anguish he does not even register the danger Willow is entering into. Everything they face individually is awful, but Willow’s torment is the worst. Being dragged down to hell maybe? Now Giles sees the light. Is this where Willow starts being a witch? This may sound sick and counter productive, but I actually loved it when the Scoobies argue. It doesn’t happen often, but it is gold when it does. Angelus is possessed! I am shocked! And they are acting out the 1950s, holy crap. And they switched roles, just noticed that. This is interesting, the abusive possessive one is Buffy! Is Angel still inside Angelus? Please say yes! And now Buffy is wrestling with the ghost picking her. Spike is so going to kick Angelus’s ass when he gets better. Wait, Spikes okay! Vampire showdown is a coming!
Willow gives life advice to Buffy with, “Maybe you need to date more in order to date more.” Principal Snyder lets more of his wacky aggressiveness out, with this accidental line to Buffy, “Pathetic little no life vegan.” Xander explains so much to Buffy with this bit, “Something weird is going on. Isn’t that our school motto?” And Principal Snyder lets a big old cat out of the bag when he talks a cop and says this, “We are on a Hellmouth. Sooner or later, people are going to figure that out.” Cordelia becomes the voice of reason to Buffy with this bit, “Okay, over identify much?” And Buffy pours her heart out to the Angel still inside Angelus when she says, “A person just doesn’t wake up and stop loving somebody.”
For an episode that started kind of slow, but the time it reached the end, my mind was blown. Everything from the ghosts love story, Buffy and Angel’s love story, and all points in between, had enormous emotional impact with me. And switching up the possessions was excellent.
…is currently reading Boston Terriers for Dummies by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson