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The BtVS episode "Intervention"--i.e., the one where the Buffybot is introduced--is much better than I remembered. Not only does it have the first genuine and non-spell-induced Buffy/Spike kiss, but the awesome quotes abound! Behold...

Buffy: Weird love is better than no love.

Buffy: So, how's it start?
Giles: I, uh, jump out of the circle, and I jump back in it, and then, um...(sheepishly) I shake my gourd.
Buffy: Oh, I know this ritual. The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the hokey pokey and turn themselves around.
Giles: Go--quest!
(Giles sighs, awkwardly jumps out of the circle, jumps back in, and shakes his gourd.)
Buffy: And that's what it's all about.

Buffybot: Angel's lame. His hair goes straight up, and he's bloody stupid.

Xander: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.
Buffy: I am not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think that you might be.

Glory: I am a god.
Spike: The god of what, bad home perms? ... Mark my words, the Slayer is going to kick your skanky, lopsided ass back to whatever place would take a cheap, whorish, fashion-victim ex-god like you.

In short, though I originally thought the Buffybot was the lamest, most shark-jumpy idea I'd seen on the show yet and thus didn't appreciate this episode quite like I should have the first time around, I now am quite tickled. Especially since I know they do use the Buffybot in clever ways crucial to the plot later on, so it wasn't a one-joke wonder.

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gavinworld
Sep. 15th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Intervention is one of my all-time favorite episodes. I love it because it's so funny and because it's when Buffy becomes aware that Spike is actually capable of selfless good.

I love Buffybot because she's so funny and also because her sunny disposition makes her likable in her own right.
mollyringle
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
It's true--it's a much more important Spuffy episode than I initially realized. It occurred to me that "Weird love is better than no love" works as a commentary upon the whole Spuffy relationship, in fact. :)
jjschwabach
Sep. 15th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
The thing about Spike is, at the end of the day, he's not just another blood-sucker. Even without a soul, he sometimes does things that are unvampiric. Like in "Lie To Me," he is the only character who doesn't lie to anyone.

"Intervention" is a lot of fun.
mollyringle
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I never noticed that about "Lie to Me"--good point! I love when the show is subtle and deep like that. (The show answers, like Cordelia, "What? I can't have layers?")
naill_renfro
Sep. 15th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
The Buffybot was such a relief! After what seemed like ages of Depressed! Buffy and Angsty! Buffy, it was so nice to see the character (more or less) being relaxed and fun again.

Oh, and "Angel's lame. His hair goes straight up, and he's bloody stupid" - how many times I've quoted that... Poor Angel - everyone's always picking on him. Especially about the hair, although they do that to Spike, too: "What is that, and why is its hair that color?"
jjschwabach
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
That, Captain Cardboard, is Hostile 17.
naill_renfro
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Captains Outrageous
Known to Captain Cardboard as Captain Peroxide.
jjschwabach
Sep. 17th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Captains Outrageous
Good point.
mollyringle
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Exactly--the episode is also a breath of fresh air because it's the first time (and one of the last, actually) that the show becomes delighful and funny again after Joyce's death. A mere two episodes after her death, in fact. Not bad.

Cordy realizing that "of course" Angel has mousse is another fine moment in the saga of Angel's hair. And though it isn't hair-based, even Riley gets in a good Angel-denigrating line by calling him "Mr. Billowy-Coat King of Pain."

I liked how Glory actually looked concerned and insecure about the vanity points Spike was hitting in those insults. :D
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