To start-I really liked this episode. It was great to see Dawn in non-psychowhinybitch mode, and I’m SOOO glad to see Willow and Tara on the mend (although the skeptic in me doubts it will last). The parallel of the loyalty shown to Xander by the scoobies, and the loyalty Buffy expected to receive upon being “outed” was nicely done. FINALLY the whole Spike/Buffy thing is out in the open. And, as much as I’ve been dreading this moment, I think it was done in the best possible way. I was literally on the edge of my seat from the point of Willow finding the feed into the Magic Box, right up to Spike’s “It’s good enough for Buffy”.
And watching Buffy stand there and listen to Xander spout his Anti-Spike venom all over Anya–and of course project it onto herself–I had to hope it will maybe make her think about the knee-jerk hostilities she’s been engaging in. Or not–but a girl can dream, can’t she? Spike might just be reaching the end of his tether though. I can’t imagine that he enjoys hanging around with a bunch of frequently whiny, incessently self-absorbed humans 200 years his junior who seem to enjoy nothing more than heaping abuse upon him, despite the fact that he’s helped save their hides time and again.
I’m very curious to see where the whole Anya/Xander thing goes now. Will he forgive her? Will she care?
The trailers for next ep. had little miss Willow looking decidedly blackmagicky, and I have to wonder if rumors about a certain scoobie might be true after all…