Original airdate: Nov. 30, 1999
Project 310 re-watch date: Feb. 23, 2009
Ya know, this is the first episode of the season I really enjoyed. Not just liked, or thought was good, but actually thoroughly enjoyed. It’s incredibly funny from start to finish, even with Willow wallowing.
The plot involves Willow casting a “my will be done” spell to try and get over Oz, who sent for his stuff and is officially gone (he shows up twice more this season, but has been removed from the credits and isn’t a part of the show for real anymore). Hijinks ensue.
The best part of the Willow spell hijinks is the Buffy-Spike love-fest. Basically, Willow says about Buffy and Spike, “why doesn’t she just marry him”, being sarcastic of course, and that’s exactly what happens.
The Spike-Buffy kissing, lovey-dovey stuff is laugh-out-loud funny. It wasn’t until the episode was over that I thought back and realized “hey, maybe that was a test-run by the writers for the eventual Buffy/Spike relationship in Season 6”. I’m not sure if that’s the case, but it definitely falls in the realm of possibility.
At first, I thought maybe the Xander and Giles reactions to Willow’s spell were underutilized, but they served their purpose. They were helpful in the figuring out of the spell, and the Xander demon-magnet thing forced them to have to flee from Giles’ apartment.
The best scenes, from a writing perspective, were the Buffy/Riley scenes. When Riley sees Buffy (at this point under the spell) looking at a wedding dress, and then Buffy has to try to explain it away after the spell is broken, that was good stuff. It’s more subtle comedy than the Buffy-Spike stuff, but still pretty good.
Buffy: Honey, we need to talk about the invitations. Now do you want to be William the bloody or just Spike? 'Cause either way it’s going to look majorly weird.
Spike: Whereas the name "Buffy" gives it that touch of classic elegance.
Buffy: What's wrong with "Buffy"?
Giles: Oh, such a good question.