Best Buffy Flashback
“I remember wiping away the blood, and there were those blue eyes, looking up at me.”
Rin says: “We’re looking for a girl. American. Blonde hair. Blue eyes.”
RING ANY BELLS?! Worst ever. ANGEL WOULD KNOW WHAT COLOUR EYES BUFFY HAS.
Sophy says: I had the exact same thought. Like, it was hilarious in this show, okay, but on Angel? Not so much.
And he would never. DAVID WOULD NEVER. I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND.
Yes, it still matters to me.
Rin says: I would like a Buffy gag in every outtake from now on. Please and thank you.
JUST HEARING SARAH CONTINUOUSLY TWEET ABOUT BTVS AND NOW ACTUALLY REFERENCING IT IN A GAG?
Single tear/creamy cheek.
Sophy says: The use of single/creamy has never been more apt. SMG/twitter brings me so much joy and JUST HEARING THE WORD ‘SUNNYDALE’ COME OUT OF HER MOUTH OH GOD.
“I honestly thought he was going to move.”
Rin says: HAHAHAHA I didn’t expect that scene to follow at all and it made me laugh out loud for sure.
It was a clever joke to turn Sydney’s irrational fear into a rational one. AND SARAH’S FACE THE ENTIRE TIME. Oh my god. Perfection.
I laughed afterwards too when Simon said, “I think you have bloodlust since you hit that bird.”
Sophy says: That’s the thing! It was funny enough when he was telling her with marginally concealed exasperation that the bird would move but it was the follow up that turned it into a splutter type situation. It was the same principle with the Driving Music – it was special enough the first time, but at the end when they’re camping? Super special. The entirety of the ‘Let’s learn to drive’ sequence was hilarious, but this took the cake. And the best part was I’d just been driving along the other day frustratedly inching towards a bird who wouldn’t get out of the way.
Mine moved though.
Best ‘Lauren is random’ Moment
“I learned to drive when I was visiting my uncle in Syria. He got shot by the military police and I was the only one around to drive him to the hospital. Still I think your experience was scarier.”
Rin says: Okay so it’s not so much about Lauren being random because this is probably a true story for her.. but I love the random craziness her character gets to have. Because her uncle getting shot in syria and her having to drive for the first time is such a breeze
AND THE BAD DAD DRIVING EXPERIENCE WAS STILL SCARIER.
Sophy says: So it looks like Lauren is developing layers. Layers where she drives uncles to hospital in Syria. I enjoy this. I also enjoyed “I’m doing that thing where I give my honest opinion, you are great.”
I love that Lauren is dippy and weird but not actually stupid and we’re starting to see that little by little. She’s intuitive about the people around her and she can be consciously funny as well as being unwittingly so a lot of the time. She’s not just a joke, you know? She’s a joker too.
Head In Hands
“These are not for you.”
Rin says: The entire Remora storyline was honestly head in hands. And Andrew being “one of 7 sisters”. I JUST.
A particular high point was when Zach pointed out that if he didn’t eat his leftover food he’d get fat. Oh man.
Sophy says: WHEN ZACH SAID THAT. I JUST. WOW. HE IS SO ADORABLY SELF-INVOLVED. I MEAN.
Also goldilocks shoulders.
“Or how to light a lady’s cigarette. You gently cup her hand…”
Rin says: FAVOURITE PART OF THE EPISODE HANDS DOWN.
HOW TO LIGHT A LADY’S CIGARETTE.
It’s moments like this that tell me this show is going to continue to do well, and that Sarah is 100% suited to it too. She’s funny and none of that has to do with Buffy or any of that nostalgia that might come with seeing her face. It’s Sarah playing somebody entirely new and being great at it — a great fit. It’s the role we’ve been waiting for her to get to be honest. Something she’s comfortable doing and something that works.
I’m so happy.
I loved how they came together in the end over their craziness and the other daughter was just like, “What are you talking about?”
AND SIMON WAS GENUINELY TOUCHED AT BEING CALLED A WEIRDO NUT JOB.
Their chemistry is the best and so natural.
I’m so happy.
Sophy says: I am so impressed with Sarah as a sitcom actress. I mean, I should have known she had it in her, because it’s not like Buffy was light on the comedy or the cute, but this show – as well as this type of show – has a very different tone and style and she has adapted beautifully.
Meanwhile, I love that Simon actually is the worst dad ever in a lot of ways, and that Sidney actually knows that and you can tell there is some actual trauma there from her childhood beneath all the lols… but at the same time, he’s trying and I think she really values that. And she’s going to stick up for her own, you know? Maybe he’s a Bad Dad. Maybe she’s the Bitch Daughter. But they make it work because they want to – because family is important and so is you – who you are – where you came from. I think this episode actually raised some really interesting questions about where the dividing line is between acknowledging the ways you were let down and the ways that made you who you are. You can’t hate yourself right? That way lies spooky carnival death! So to some extent you have to make peace with whatever it was your family didn’t give you or whatever it was they gave you too much of and you have to say ‘That’s okay – that’s okay because it made me who I am.’
Obviously there’s a line that has to be drawn when it comes to outright abuse in family relationships, whether emotional, physical or sexual, but when it’s just that your dad sucks at being normal or your mum is a full time job of a person or your kid brother wants to tag along on the rest of your life… stuff like that? You make it okay. You choose to be proud of it. Because you are proud of who you are.
And SMG lighting a lady’s cigarette and the lady is Robin Williams who taught her everything she knows on this important subject I WILL NEVER.
“I drew boobs again.”
Rin says: HE DREW A LEGIT VENN DIAGRAM AND STILL SAW BOOBS.
But it was the ‘again’ and the way he was so angry at himself.
I love Zach so much. SO MUCH.
Sophy says: I also love him and I love this. And I love the fact that in both this recap and our corresponding Agents of SHIELD recap we have a category that is basically just Boobs.
Okay the day we have an actual category that is ‘Boobs’ we have a rophydoes.com suicide pact going on yes?
Rin says: Definitely.
Welcome Back, Face
Rin says: YOUR HAIR IN THE MOOONLLIIGHHTTT.
Sure there’s no moonlight and it’s only natural daylight but shutup this is my recap not yours.
YOU LOOK FAMILIAR.
Sophy says: LIKE YOUR DEAD GIRLFRIEND.
Sorry SMG. We are really sorry. And you are really pretty.
Rin says: ONLY WHEN YOU SMILE BUT I’M SURE I’VE SEEN YOU SOMEWHERE ELSE
DO YOU GO TO THE BRONZE NIGHTCLUB…
I’M NEVER SORRY I REGRET NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!