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Posted on January 22, 2014
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B5.22)

Buffy 5.22: The Gift

  • Oh, yeah, this is the one where the opening shows you pretty much everything that’s ever happened on the show.
  • "Hey… what’s going on?"
  • So this episode aired before the season finale of Angel, and given the way it ends (which I was NOT expecting when I first saw it), they didn’t end the night with this one?
  • Seriously? This vampire is in Sunnydale and has ever heard of the slayer?
  • ANOTHER cartwheel kick? This is like Harry and Expelliarmus.
  • "You’re just a girl."
  • "That’s what I keep saying."
  • I used that whole bit in the first chapter of my novel — which was not called “The Gift”, but “Older and Far Away”.
  • I guess everyone is being nice and letting Spike smoke in the shop because at this point it doesn’t matter.
  • "Go through it again." — Therefore letting Giles give us exposition.
  • You guys assume that Dawn has to be dead, but how about you just stop the blood from flowing out of Dawn? I read a fanfic like that once. Can’t find it, though.
  • Here’s Spike’s “blood is life” speech.
  • Look at Willow’s and Xander’s faces when Buffy and Giles are arguing… it’s like mom and dad having a fight.
  • "Don’t have another coma, okay?"
  • Y’know, Anya’s actually got a really good point that comes back, regarding the hammer.
  • No, Xander. We could not kill a regular guy. Except for Spike; he’s killed regular guys before.
  • Hey, wait, guys, at least Anya is TRYING to keep you guys’s brains going.

  • "Here to help; wanna live."
  • "Smart chicks are so hot."
  • "You couldn’t have figured that out in tenth grade?"
  • So Ben’s not going to resurface, huh?
  • Dawn is pretty smart; how did she not figure out that if she somehow bleeds herself out before the ritual then Glory can’t use her in the ritual?
  • Yes, because NOW is the time to train.
  • Aaaaaaand Giles with the foreshadowing.
  • Lampshade officially hung on the apocalypse thing.
  • I wonder who cleans the training room. They have cleaning supplies, after all. You can see them over the sink.
  • SO MUCH FORESHADOWING.
  • If Joyce was still alive, Buffy would already have sent her away.
  • I still don’t understand why one would put a couch in the training room.
  • What’s Glory writing? Why would she be writing at all?
  • Damn… those mindless humans work FAST.
  • "Pervert."
  • "Other pervert."
  • Sometimes Anya is the most human person on this show. Other times it’s Spike.
  • This is the SECOND long speech that Anya has given in a row.
  • "I think I’m gonna live a long and silly life." There’s some Joss Whedon dialogue right there.
  • It’s good that they’re taking this relationship to the next level — they’ve been together a while after all — but let’s remember that they’re both only 21. Okay, Anya’s 1100, but she’s also only 21.
  • I remember watching this episode, tapping my iPad to see how much time was left, and wondering how they were going to fit everything in.
  • No, Spike, he’s a carpenter as well as a swell bowler. Carpentering has nothing to do with bricklaying. Not really.
  • That was a really grown-up thing for Spike to say — just handing the weapons over the threshold.
  • "I know you’ll never love me. I know that I’m a monster. But you treat me like a man."
  • That high up, even in May or June in California, with all the wind, is going to be cold. I know Glory plans for Dawn to die, but she could’ve at least let her keep her shoes.
  • Who put lipstick on Tara? She didn’t have it before.
  • "You’re a killer."
  • "We few… we happy few…"
  • "We band of buggered."
  • Again with the crossbows. A cool weapon, but ultimately useless.
  • "Shpadoinkle!"
  • Notice that this episode gives everyone a chance to interact with everyone else prior to the big battle. Interesting how that happens.
  • "She’s with me."

  • "Groove-tastic." Is that even a thing anymore?
  • Credits shot. For next season, but still.
  • Gotta admire Warren’s programming to get the Buffybot to be this good a fighter.
  • "This will be our day of glory!"
  • "Well-punned."
  • "Well, it just called out to me."
  • "I will always find you." Even in your silly pajama pants with big clunky boots.
  • Oh, the first time I saw Glory knock the robot’s head off I about lost it.
  • There’s no way Dawn could’ve recognized that was Buffy all the way up there.
  • I understand the point of using the robot as a diversionary tactic, but dressing it in Buffy’s clothes from earlier in the day is only for the purposes of tricking the viewers — Glory wouldn’t notice or care what Buffy was wearing.
  • Okay, so Buffy survived THAT fall, but not the one later?
  • …a bigger hammer.
  • Oh, hello.
  • I almost feel like we needed Doc in just ONE more episode to really cement him as a possible last-second villain.
  • Spike moves FAST.
  • Doc moves faster…
  • "You’re a god. Make it stop."
  • Giles really could’ve found a faster, more merciful way to kill Ben.
  • Also, it doesn’t seem like he ever feels remorse. Yeah, he helped save the day, but he still killed someone.
  • I wonder where Glory was going to cut Dawn. Doc cut her stomach, through the clothes, which seems like a waste of blood because the clothes will just soak it up.
  • Credits shot of xenomorph-looking demons.
  • Foreshadowing of Anya taking a blow meant for someone else.
  • I hate this piece of music. It always makes me cry because I know what’s coming.
  • And it’s cool how Dawn knows Buffy well enough to know what she’s going to do.
  • I’m not going to transcribe Buffy’s speech. You can look it up.
  • Spike’s reaction is one of the best — even better than Willow’s.

  • "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me."
  • She saved the world a lot.
  • In the pre-super-proliferated-internet days that this aired, people had no idea that the show was going to continue. This was a GREAT way to end the show, had it ended.

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