Fave 5 - Moments from "The Gift"

I didn’t really give “The Gift” enough respect in yesterday’s (or technically “this morning’s”) live blog of my re-watching of Season 5 of Buffy, so let’s run down my favorite moments from the show, in the order they occur:

1. Not technically part of the episode, but in the original airing, before the show, there was a “Previously on Buffy” montage that included the introductions of all the main characters and scenes from each of the first 99 episodes in quick succession. It was really cool, and included as a hidden feature in the Season 7 DVD, so I edited it into my playlist for the marathon.

2. At the end of the first scene, in the alley, the random guy Buffy has just saved from a vampire says to her “but you’re just a girl” and Buffy’s response is “that’s what I keep saying”. It represented the key message of the entire series.

3. There’s a lot of tiny comedy moments in this episode, but my favorite one is right after Glory has kicked off the head of the Buffybot and she’s very confused. She starts looking around and says “Huh, wow, the Slayer’s a robot. Did everybody else know the Slayer was a robot.” Then you hear Buffy’s voice from off screen and she says “Glory” before smacking her head with Olaf’s hammer, and finishes off her quip with “you’re not the brightest God in the heavens, are you.” I laugh every time.

4. Spike’s little speech to Buffy about how she treats him like a man is done so well. Some of the Buffy-Spike stuff got absurd in Seasons 6 and 7, but this was the high point of their relationship in my mind. James Marsters did a fantastic job with the scene.

5. Buffy’s final speech. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this. Again, to reiterate, I have a snippet of this tattooed on my right arm. I can’t do it justice here, so let’s just watch...