This is undeniably the first Buffy of sweeps. The “Previously on…” segment contains clips from seasons 4, 6, and 7, and all were important. WARNING: My discussion contains spoilers.

There were a number of fantastic moments in this episode. Random thoughts follow.

  • No, that phrase will never work again.
  • Yes, Kennedy is good.
  • So what the devil did happen to Giles?
  • “Those were his exact words.”
  • The slowly building friendship between Andrew and Xander is very cool.
  • Evil people taking girls on camping trips and not touching them.
  • The fake flu.
  • Willow sure knows how to storm out of a room.

That’s probably enough for now.