Beauty and the Beasts (Marti Noxon)
I would rather watch a poor monster of the week episode than one as preachy as this. In a mainly dour episode that is the definition of anvilicious the best moments include Willow whispering “rabbits” only to have werewolf Oz get cross, Giles being very angry with Xander, Willow being cool in the morgue (Cordelia’s “God, I’m just saying” is so like my son), Oz's “I may be a cold-blooded jelly doughnut, but my timing is impeccable”, Giles getting tranquillised, and a couple of dialogue exchanges:
“Yeah? Bet you and Scott have been up there kicking the gearshift.” “Hardly. Only been on a few dates.” “But you like him. And when you think about him, you get that good, down-low tickle, right?” “Yeah, I guess, but...how low?” “You tell me.” (oo, that Faith is so saucy)
“No worries. I can handle the Oz full Monty. I mean, not handle handle, like hands to flesh handle.” “Okay. Well, it's not for you. It's for me, cause I'm still getting used to half a Monty.” “Oh. Good. Half? You and Oz? Which half?” “Wouldn't you like to know?” (poor Xander, he can’t handle that Willow and Oz may be getting more than he is with Cordelia)
Hard to take moments include Oz rejecting Willow’s concern, Angel wearing trousers, Buffy talking to Giles about a “vivid. Really vivid. Three-dimensional, sensurround, the hills are alive “dream” (wearing a most unflattering vest), Pete and Debbie, the scene in the toilets where I think Buffy is too harsh on Debbie (maybe she’s right but who is she to say “Great. So what, you two live out your Grimm fairy tale? Two people are dead”?).
The best moment by far is Faith clocking Buffy: a moment for rewinding and replaying several times.