Best Buffy Flashback
“I don’t know, living with monks in Tibet for a month…”
“Even with a vow of silence, those guys can be catty bitches.”
Rin says: Maybe this was just an excuse for me to watch scenes from 3×01 Angel. WHEN HE WENT ON A MONK RETREAT TO MOURN BUFFY AND THEY TURNED OUT TO BE DEMON MONKS.
I know I miss Buffy every day. But sometimes I forget just how much I miss Angel. Both the character and the show.
Sophy says: AHHH. The moment the word ‘monks’ came out of SMG’s mouth I immediately thought of Dawn but then Robin Williams rapid-fired with the line about these monks being catty bitches and I was all ‘AHA UNPLEASANT MONKS, WE ARE IN ANGEL 301 TERRITORY’.
Really, this isn’t something we came up with after much thought and analysis searching for a Buffy throwback. It was an instant gut reaction. This is because our brains are full of Buffy. And always will be.
“Burn the demon fibre and set yourself free!”
Rin says: It was the combination of Robin Williams going all evangelistic with the FACES from everybody being so excited to burn a cardigan that had me laughing.
And then there’s Sydney trying to save the day with a single bottle of water.
Sophy says: BUFFY WOULD HAVE SAVED THE DAY WITH THE SINGLE BOTTLE OF WATER. But I guess she was more of a MacGyver than Syd.
Not that everyone’s faces weren’t brilliant, and not that Robin Williams being Tara’s mum from True Blood on a good day doesn’t trump everything ever, but Sydney with the bottle of water is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Followed by “We need more water”. Followed by the sprinklers coming on. And then “My binder!” And then Andrew picking her up and carrying her away while she flails her little legs and reaches uselessly.
And it made a nice lead-in to the extreme awkwardness that was Andrew/Sydney almost happening.
“You told me a sexual fantasy-”
“A business fantasy!”
Bwa. I loved everything about their scene together. But I do find myself hoping this episode was meant to kill speculation of a possible romance between these two rather than herald one. Their chemistry just feels extremely platonic to me somehow? However, I grant that it is early days.
I REALLY WANT SYDNEY TO HAVE A BEN THOUGH. NOT LESLIE’S BEN THOUGH BECAUSE SHE NEEDS HIM AND HE BELONGS TO HER. BACK OFF SYDNEY.
Rin says: Fire bad, tree pretty.
Best ‘Lauren is random’ Moment
Rin says: HER MORBID SLAM POETRY. SLAM POETRY IN GENERAL.
And then her bow at the end. Let me die.
Also a big shout out to “A lot of people don’t know this, but you can channel hurt and pain into art.”
Sophy says: Oh lord. The awkward bow at the end nearly killed me. Everything Lauren chooses to be seems to be perfect from week to week, and the best part about it is that she gets considerably less cute and dippy and considerably more… cute and terrifying? Like if you went to dinner at her place you might eat veal but you also might eat people one time.
Like, basically Sydney is right. We shouldn’t label Lauren. She is probably more advanced than us. Not just sexually but also sexually.
ALSO NOT GONNA LIE THE WHOLE SLAM POETRY THING ALSO GAVE ME ANGEL FLASHBACKS SPIKE IN NOT FADE AWAY I WILL NEVER BE OKAY.
Head In Hands
Sydney hates people who don’t own a TV.
Rin says: Seriously.
The most unintelligent thing you could do is not own a TV.
And there’s something about the way those words are coming out of the mouth of SMG… the goddess of television.
Sophy says: BAHAHAH. Hah.
Sarah Michelle Gellar heaping scorn on people who say they don’t own a TV is priceless. It’s priceless in and of itself and so Rophy it is more ourselves than we are. But it’s also particularly delightful given that when I was young and still pretending to be an intellectual who took her coffee black with no sugar, a friend boasted of exactly this – having no television – and I nodded along and said my family had one but I hardly ever watched it.
Meanwhile I was obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And had a stash of fuzzed up VHS tapes and secret posters inside my walk-in closet where nobody could see.
Rin says: Jesus Christ. You were literally in the closet.
NOT EVEN I WAS IN THE CLOSET ABOUT BUFFY. NONE OF YOUR EXCUSES ARE VALID AND YOU KNOW IT.
I used to have Buffy and Angel pictures all over my school diary. And make people have Buffy marathons. Like, I literally made my friends sit there and watch the show with me. They weren’t allowed to say a bad word about it.
Sophy says: I bet you had mochas too. Without shame.
“I want more for you.”
Rin says: Simon and Sydney continue to show that without these little heartfelt moments in the episodes, the show would be pretty one dimensional. They offer the show some balance and this is where it gets grounded in reality. Because it is an over-the-top comedy, especially with Simon’s character — but showing that he’s a caring father who does offer wisdom and good advice is what makes him real.
Sophy says: Yeah, I mean I don’t have all that much to say about this because it was just kind of nice and sensible and warm and fuzzy and there. What was totally brilliant about it, though, was the way it was prefaced. Like Rin says the good advice and high fatherly hopes are what makes Simon real and you need him to be real every so often because otherwise he would be the most exhausting character on television and his relationship with his daughter would be impossible to relate to. So it’s important that he can share tender an genuine moments with her, without needing to be funny about it. But the lead-in? Well, let’s just say it was a testament to his ridiculous side. Simon being horrifyingly specific about the memories of the wrong little girl was hilarious. Like, he knows the full names of the subjects of this pre-teen drama but it slipped his mind that it had nothing to do with his actual daughter.
Ah. Simon really is the worst dad. And the best dad.
“Oh, don’t even start with me. I’m soaked. I must look terrible.”
Rin says: I MUST LOOK TERRIBLE.
Zach’s vainness only makes him more likeable. I don’t know how that works.
Sophy says: AHAHAHAAH. JUST. THE WAY HE WIPES HIS PERFECTLY SHAPED BROWS. I love him and everything he stands for including his obscene vanity and frighteningly innocent lack of empathy for those around him.
Also. “Adultery and breakfast together at last!”
Welcome Back, Face
Rin says: This might just be the best cap that ever capped.
LOOK AT HER.
Sophy says: I am looking at her. It’s a good time.
Hey one of these days we should have a Muppet-off. Like, get all the Muppet faces we’ve capped and make a poll to see who’s the Muppet-master.
Rin says: I would say this is a good idea but then I see us having a really hard time if people ever voted against any single one of them. They should all win.
Sophy says: You’re right. Rophy polls in general are bad for my health. I don’t like looking at our main page because I get too angry about people not voting Lorna Corbett as the best ever. Imagine what I would do if people voted against SMG’s face?
EVEN THE NOTION.