Season 2, Episode 5 - “Reptile Boy”
Original airdate: October 13, 1997
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 7, 2009
I actually felt really good about this episode, right up until the point where “Reptile Boy” (Buffy’s name for the demon Machida) showed up on screen. The horrible rubber-suit snake was among the worst demon makeup jobs in the first few seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
In case you’re wondering, Richard -- the frat guy Cordelia is pining after -- doesn’t qualify for “Random Student Alert!” because we see him being evil before we see him at Sunnydale High. And Tom, because of his association with Richard, is also out.
The first time I saw this episode, I was kind of shocked that Tom turned out to be the guy keying the whole evil plot. However, once you’ve seen that twist once, it doesn’t quite have the same effect upon re-watching. In fact, on rewatching, it seems like the writer of the episode (David Greenwalt) is trying so hard to throw you off that track, that he ends up putting you right back on it.
This episode does mark an important moment, because we get to see the Scoobies (in this case Willow) getting Angel involved in the fight. It happened in “Prophecy Girl”, but aside from showing Xander where The Master’s lair was, Angel didn’t really do much there. This time, he was really in the middle of things, kicking ass and taking names. His involvement grows all the way up to “Surprise” (and we all know what happens there).
One thing I really do like about this episode is Buffy’s wardrobe. The two shirts we see her wear to school are practically see-through, and the dress she wears to the frat party is nice and slinky (all of this is my way of pointing out, for like the 100th time, that Sarah Michelle Gellar is hot).