We’re in the home stretch. Are you pumped?

Cast and Crew

David
Boreanaz
as
Angel

Alexis
Denisof
as
Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

J.
August Richards

as Charles Gunn

Amy
Acker
as Illyria

Andy
Hallett
as
Lorne

James
Marsters
as
Spike

Written by Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight.

Directed by David Greenwalt.

Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate

The Girl In Question originally aired on
Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

Premise

Angel and Spike travel to Italy to find a corpse, and
help Buffy.
Meanwhile, Fred’s parents drop in for a visit.

High Point

Wesley’s look of dawning realization in his office
was perfect, and
subtle. It was a slow, continuous change that you’d
expect from
someone who is still processing what’s going on, and
not quite
believing it.

“He felt like sunshine!” was a close second.

Low Point

There’s not enough time left. I look at what is left
for each
character to close out their own stories, and I don’t
see how it’s
going to get done in two episodes.

The Review

It’s not completely original, but it has
it’s moments. In
the main storyline, this is the second time that
they’ve used Buffy
without getting Sarah Michelle Gellar on board.
We’ve had the
flashbacks to introduce old villains before in this
very season. The
seconday story, back at Wolfram and Hart, was nicely
done, with some
interesting character exploration. (Illyria is one
of the characters
that’ll need a lot of time to finish off her story.)
I give it 4 out
of 6.

The effects were well done in most cases.
The morph was
actually pretty good, perhaps because it was morphing
into the same
actress. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story hit the “okay, let’s focus on the
corpse… where’s
Buffy?” joke a couple of times more than it should
have, but was
otherwise pretty good. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is still weak from David
Boreanaz, and still
exceptional from Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong,
particularly in the
flashback with Darla and Drusilla. (That had to be
one of the
funniest scenes in the series.) I’m still wondering
if the head of
the Italian Wolfram and Hart knew something we didn’t
when she greeted
them. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was good for most of the
episode. The flash
cuts were back, although not as frequent. The one
scene that stands
out as a problem was the slow motion combat. David
Boreanaz and James
Marsters just haven’t had enough stunt training to
time responses
properly, and it stands out in a slow motion
sequence. That should
have been rewritten to a full speed sequence once the
footage was
collected. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but it
doesn’t seem to be
quite as pivotal as I expected this near the end. I
give it 4 out of
6.

In total, The Girl In Question receives 32
out of 42.