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Season 2, Episode 19 (Episode 31 of entire series)

This episode is integral to the arc of the whole Buffy/Angel consummation; basically, Buffy's been at a standstill, unable to move on from Angel ever since he's lost his soul. She still loves him, or at least the part that used to be Angel, and still blames herself for everything that's happened. This episode allows for a sort of spiritual cleansing; spiritual takes on a double meaning here because it's through the spirits or ghosts of Miss Grace Newman and James Stanley that Buffy and Angel have closure. Kinda. This episode features yet another Scooby effort at witchcraft -- this time to rid the ghost from the school -- and also is the third time that a guy tries to ask Buffy out. (See Never Kill a Boy on the First Date and Reptile Boy.) Also, Principal Snyder meets up once again with the Sunnydale Police, something we haven't seen since School Hard.


Show opens at the Bronze; Buffy's milling about looking kinda sad, and a not-bad looking guy by the name of Ben comes up to see if she'll ask him to the annual Sadie Hawkins dance -- y'know, where the girls ask the guys? -- they chat for a moment and Buffy turns him down. Apparently, she's given up dating for good. same here, but not voluntarily! Willow approaches Buffy and remarks that Buffy's too hard on herself, she's entitled to have some fun. This doesn't wash with Buffy, though, and she heads off to school to check in with Giles.

While at school, Buffy witnesses a guy going "O.J. on [his] girlfriend." George the janitor had witnessed the scene also, and once it's over, the guy can't explain what happened. He doesn't know where he got the gun (which has conveniently vanished from sight as soon as the guy's back to normal), and his girlfriend didn't appear to be scared of him afterwards, either. The next day, Buffy's in Principal Snyder's office, and when he goes to take care of some other problem, she's startled when a yearbook falls off the shelf and opens up to a certain page...

Rest of plot coming soon.

What Got the Job Done:

1. Buffy and the gang unsuccessfully tried to cast the ghost out by using a spell.
2. Buffy and Angel served as the hosts for the spirits of Grace Newman and James Stanley, so that James could get forgiveness from Grace and play out the event in a way that would allow his spirit to be at peace.

What We Learn in This Episode:

1. Buffy's been all work and no play recently.
2. Spike's legs are in tip-top shape!
3. It's clever to use sulfur when making a scapula. (it's not just your shoulder bone!)

An Amusing Line:

Quotes Coming Soon!

Settings Seen:

1. Sunnydale High School
2. Buffy's house
3. The Bronze
4. The Garden Mansion (Spike, Dru, Angel)

Characters Seen:

1. Buffy
2. Willow
3. Xander
4. Giles
5. Cordelia
6. Angel
7. Spike
8. Dru
9. Grace Newman
10. George
11. Miss Frank
12. Principal Snyder
13. James Stanley
14. Mr. Miller
15. Ben

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