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Posted on April 23, 2013
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B4.03)

Buffy 4.03: The Harsh Light of Day

  • Fun fact — this is the title of the fourth chapter of my novel. And it’s one of the best chapters in the book, if I do say so myself.
  • All my chapters have Buffy episode titles. I really should go back and note them in the previous posts. Let me go do that now.
  • If I ever write a sequel, I’ll be using Angel titles.
  • And now onto the actual episode.
  • The Dingoes!
  • Complete with hero shot of Oz.
  • What is it with male TV show rockers with belly shirts?
  • Harmony’s back!
  • "How was your summer vacation?" Remember back to last season, the "have a great summer" thing?
  • Vampire Harmony!
  • Anya… Harmony… AND Spike? This is gonna be a good one.
  • First appearance of Angel’s bite scar.
  • I think even the first time around I knew that Parker was going to turn out to be a d-bag.
  • "Wolf House"? WTF? That just sounds bad.
  • Good point, Anya.
  • Really, Anya? First guy you ever date and you fixate on him? Xander is a good guy, yeah, but that’s just… odd. I guess that’s the point.
  • Given that Buffy knows how dangerous it is out there, she’s going to let Parker go home without an escort?
  • Would it have killed Oz to stop the van at a drugstore?
  • Now that was a great reveal of Spike. Would’ve been more effective without credits, but I understand why we have to have credits. Take the good with the bad I guess.
  • Marsters has improved his accent in his time off.
  • First instance of Blondie Bear.
  • Harmony is a strange character. She’s both vapid and driven (the latter — in her own way, but still).
  • How can a college fraternity afford Bif Naked? Even in 1999 she was fairly popular.
  • You can see even now that Spike has at least changed his regard toward Buffy — there’s more respect, and it’s even verging on interest. At this point I don’t know if the showrunners knew exactly what they were going to do with Spike, but Marsters had an idea of what he wanted to happen, so he played it that way on purpose.
  • And Xander crushes the juicebox.
  • Spike has gone from being a nurturing Daddy-dom with Dru to more of an angry Daddy-dom with Harmony. Spike is definitely into the D/s.
  • Um… this is a weird sex scene.
  • "Just working through a little hysterical deafness here."
  • Hey, Anya, don’t discount putting him behind you during the event as well.
  • Xander, by saying “I’m actually turning into a woman as I say this” you have lost ALL your credibility you built up by being a really nice guy.
  • "Please remove your clothing now."
  • "Still more romantic than Faith." — Well, the difference is that Anya actually LIKES you. She’s not just using you.
  • "Did you and he used to… go out?" Only if you’re traveling through time backwards.
  • I love Buffy’s self-deprecating sense of humor, mostly because it’s similar to mine.
  • Parker is saying ALL the right things here. It’s really quite impressive how well Espenson wrote him to be the perfect guy who turns into the perfect asshole. This whole story arc was extremely realistic, but from the POV of someone looking back on these years/this age, it hurts SO MUCH to see Buffy making this mistake. (Admittedly at the time it didn’t seem like one.)
  • Just putting this out there: Parker has a very kink-friendly headboard.
  • I’m not sure how realistic the condom conversation would’ve been between Parker and Buffy in the continuum of things, but I think I would’ve liked to have seen it.
  • I never pegged quite how old Parker is, but I’m guessing 20.
  • Wasn’t Darla dying of syphillis when she was turned? No wonder Spike likes it more than Harmony.
  • I love Willow’s neon band-aid. And her enthusiastic smile. And her hair. Okay, fine, I just really loved her in seasons 4, 5, and the first couple-three episodes of 6.
  • "A place which has witnessed some truly spectacular kickings of my ass."
  • Because you’re aching to belong, Harmony.
  • Siriporn Keidler? Now that’s a hell of a name.
  • Montage time!
  • Spike has minions. It’s understandable why he’s not letting him do the work, but… he should be ordering them to do the work.
  • I like the detail of Spike’s distressed nailpolish.
  • "You should put some butter on that."
  • They really could’ve stretched the “Spike can be in the sunlight” plot for three or four episodes at least.
  • Y’know, Buffy, YOU could’ve called HIM.
  • Hidden somewhere in all his bullshit, Parker did make one good point — does Buffy REALLY need a commitment at this point in her life?
  • I’m with you, Spike — I HATE squirrels.
  • She’s not running, Giles — she’s showing you where he went.
  • Notice the extreme amount of shadow — so that when Buffy finally wins, Spike won’t fry.
  • That’s twice now Spike has done a kip-up. Show-off.
  • It’s Monday or Tuesday on a college campus. There should be more people around.
  • This is twice in a row that Spike has given Buffy some great insights on relationships — first with Angel, now with Parker. And we all know how much Spike ends up not liking Riley, too.
  • "He’s a poophead." Very good analysis, Willow.
  • Okay, Buffy, NOW you’re getting desperate.
  • "The Poophead Principle" — I can see Willow writing that book.
  • I really feel worst for Anya — Xander probably would’ve been more receptive to you if you had better timing (which isn’t your fault).

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