Season 3, Episode 7 - “Revelations”
Original airdate: November 17, 1998
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 31, 2009
This episode was significantly better than I’d remembered. For some reason, the only thing I really remembered from this episode was that other people found out that Angel was alive, and that there was an evil ex-Watcher. But really, it’s so much more than that.
The Angel revelation is the key one in this episode. Xander spots Buffy and Angel together, and lets the gang know because, well, it’s the right thing to do. I’m not sure that was Xander’s actual motivation, but it’s very interesting to see how that whole “intervention” scene plays out. Once again, Giles really stole the show. He has the most reason to be angry that Buffy kept this a secret, but he doesn’t play it with anger. Instead, he plays it like a disappointed parent, which is really his role in Buffy’s life.
This episode sets up a lot of Faith’s trust issues for the rest of the season. Obviously, I remembered the whole thing with the fake watcher (which is why she completely blows off Wesley when he shows up), but Faith seemed legitimately hurt when she was left out of the Buffy intervention, because no one really thought of her as one of Buffy’s friends.
As for the other big revelation of the episode (beyond Angel and Ms. Post) is the escalation of the Xander/Willow pseudo-relationship. Obviously, everyone really finds out about this in the next episode, but here, the revelation is between Xander and Willow themselves -- they realize they’re not going to get past this, no matter how much they try (and oh, do they try in the next episode).
There’s only one thing that keeps this from being a 5-star episode, and that’s the fact that for some reason, no one bothers to tell Joyce that Angel is back. I would have thought that Giles, in his “protective parent” role, would have made that call -- or at least made sure Buffy told her. And now, I’m struggling to even remember how Joyce reacted when she saw Angel again, so I guess we’ll find out.
Giles: “I won’t remind you that the fate of the world often lies with the Slayer. What would be the point? Nor shall I remind you that you’ve jeopardized the lives of all that you hold dear by harboring a known murderer. But, sadly, I must remind you that Angel tortured me ... for hours ... for pleasure. You should have told me he was alive. You didn’t. You have no respect for me or the job I perform.”
(Anthony Stewart Head would have earned an Emmy for that speech if Emmy voters took a show like “Buffy” seriously).