In "Normal Again", while looking for the Trio's new hideout, Buffy is poisoned by a Glarghk Guhl Kashmas’nik. The poison causes her to hallucinate that Sunnydale isn't real and she's been in a mental hospital for 6 years. Or maybe she's really there? And Sunnydale is the delusion? While Buffy tries to determine what's real, the Scoobies brew her an antidote. We discuss the poison's medical effect, and what's really real.
In "Entropy", freshly wounded after being left at the alter, Anya seeks vengeance against Xander. When she can't grant her own wishes, she enlists the Scoobies to wish terrible things on his intestines. Meanwhile Spike, definitively rejected by Buffy, seeks Anya's help in licking his wounds. Kristen and Mike discuss Xander's riteous indignation, and Dawn's growth as a character.
PLUS! We poll your thoughts on the real reality in Normal Again.
Reeling from Anya's sad walk down the aisle, we needed to get away from Sunnydale for a bit. So Chris (from Hey, Do You Remember...?) hopped in the school bus to join us on a field trip to review the 1996 film The Craft.
Sarah's just moved to a new school and catches the eye of the local coven. Recognizing Sarah's natural gift for magic, Rochelle, Bonnie, and Queen Bee Nancy recruit her to call upon the power of "Manon". They're still teenage girls, however, and at first they use their powers for superficial purposes. Sarah wants a boy to like her. Bonnie wants to be beautiful. And Rochelle was revenge on a bully.
But when Nancy wants to "invoke the spirit" to gain "all the power of Manon", the consequences of these spells start catching up to them. When Sarah tries to convince the others to decelerate their witchcraft, she's ousted from the group. Will Sarah succumb to the torment of these supernatural mean girls?
We discuss our nostalgia for this movie, the muddied motivations for Nancy's anger, the repetitive imagery, and write a love letter to Fairuza Balk.
PLUS! The Stackers write their own spell books...
In "As You Were", just as Buffy's life can't seem to get any more miserable - Riley Finn returns to Sunnydale to really show her up. With his exciting job and his perfect wife, Riley barges into town tracking "The Doctor" - someone who's dealing in illegal demon eggs. When Riley's success drops Buffy's self esteem to an all-time low, she turns to Spike for consolation. Kristen and Mike discuss how our feelings toward Riley have changed since season 5, and try to find any fault with Sam.
You're invited to Xander and Anya's wedding! In "Hell's Bells", as Anya practices her wedding vows, Xander is approached by a mysterious old man. He warns Xander that marrying Anya will only bring misery, and shows him glimpses of the future to prove it. As the guests and the bride get restless, Xander makes a life-altering decision. Kristen and Mike discuss Anya's wedding fashion, and other choices Xander could have made.
PLUS! Your Spike autobiography titles!
In "Dead Things", the Trio combine their skills to create a cerebral dampener - a device that allows them to control the actions of whomever they want. And these geeks want girls. Warren specifically wants Katrina back. When the effects wear off, Warren accidentally kills Katrina, then frames Buffy for the murder. Kristen and Mike debate the grossest thing Warren says, and break down why we're so creeped out by Spike's actions this ep.
It's Buffy's birthday! HIDE! In "Older and Far Away", Dawn's visit to the guidance counselor unwittingly traps Buffy's party guests in the house. Binging cartoons and Monopoly is all well and good until Tara accidentally releases a demon that can hide itself in the walls. Buffy must confront an angsty Dawn and free them from the house before one of the guests bleeds to death. Kristen and Mike discuss the stakes (get it?) in this episode, and Dawn's regression to toddlerish whining.
PLUS! Your favorite minor demon characters!