What if their problems are all weird and tricky?

Help (Rebecca Rand Kirshner)

Season 7 is now 3 for 4 which isn’t bad, I suppose. This strongly reminded me of “Reptile Boy” from way, way back. However, it was better than “Reptile Boy” even if it was relatively predictable until Cassie’s death which was totally unexpected and yet satisfying. Buffy cannot help everybody. Actually, that theme may have been touched upon before. Maybe in S5. Oh, anyway, I enjoyed this rehash of old stories and themes with added Amanda (“and I slammed his stupid-ass insecure face right into the pavement”).

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Obviously there is still that elephant in the room. Maybe Xander might have mentioned Tara to Willow as they were walking to her grave? Maybe.

It's as if they can't say her name.

It's as if they can't say her name.

Buffy knows an awful lot about the Foreign Legion.

“Have you Googled her yet?”

“Look, all I’m saying is that this is normal teen stuff. You join chat rooms, you write poetry, you post Doogie Howser fan-fic. It’s all normal, right?” – who knew Alyson and Neil would be together in a Friends type environment?

I'm over you now, sweetie.

I'm over you now, sweetie.

When is Cassie’s dad going to sue Sunnydale High, Buffy’s employer?

We lasted such a long time without Spike in this episode. No Anya at all.

I love it when Buffy catches the bolt (that is some booby trap) and then Cassie dies.

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Azura Skye totally looks like…

3 thoughts on “What if their problems are all weird and tricky?

  1. I remember how totally weird to was to see Sarah Hagan as Amanda in this episode and not in ‘Freaks & Geeks’. Oh, Millie.

    I guess it’s pretty obv by this point that I’m a big WT shipper. That scene at the graveyard gets me every time. So little, says so much.

  2. “I think you underestimate your familiarity with the world of weird and tricky.”

    I like the way Nick Brendon delivers that line.

    I have a fondness for this episode that I probably wouldn’t otherwise if not for Azure Skye and Sarah Hagan. I really like Skye as Cassie and I was bummed that she had to die at the end of the episode, though I do like how that plot twist played out. As for Sarah Hagan, well, Millie! I never remember her character’s name because she’s just Millie to me. She’s great here with her bit about beating up a boy.

    I also think the scene of Willow visiting Tara’s grave is well done (I like that Willow puts a rock on the headstone), but it’s frustrating that it seems like they can’t say Tara’s name.

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