Season 2, Episode 7 - “Lie to Me”
Original airdate: Nov. 3, 1997
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 9, 2009
Random Student Alert! When Billy “Ford” Fordham shows up unexplained early in the episode, you know he’s gonna be involved in the evil plot. And he is!
As for Billy, he serves to make a point that wasn’t often addressed in the early seasons of “Buffy” -- the difference between good and evil isn’t always as black and white as we’d like it to be. Sure, we get some of that with Angel, but to this point, he’s always been on the “good” side of that. Billy is a human who actually falls on the evil side. But his motivations aren’t totally evil. It’s an interesting dichotomy.
I found this episode to be above average, but not great. It definitely has some key moments -- Buffy telling Angel she loves him, the introduction of “Chantarelle” (who later becomes Lily, then Anne) -- but overall it just didn’t impress me.
I do like that Angel is again involved in helping the gang -- he does some recon with them at the fake vampire hideout. I also like that Spike lets his whole plan go to shit just to save Drusilla. It really emphasizes the connection between the two of them (which is something we haven’t seen in un-souled vampires on this show before).
One thing that always bothered me was the fact that after all the screwups, Spike still turned Billy at the end of the episode. The way that scene happened in the vault, it sure looked like Spike wasn’t going to do it. Maybe he realized that Buffy would stake him immediately like she did, which is why Spike turned Billy, but still, it seemed out of place.
Also, I do love Giles’s little speech at the end, after Buffy tells him to lie to her, because not only is it not true, but it sets up the next episode really well.