Before I delve into the Buffyverse, I just wanted to mention that both last week and this one, I was interviewed on the Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, talking about my life, writing, and of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Check it out! http://www.martinlastrapesshow.com/episodes/2015/6/28/episode-78-liz-hersey
The Dish: Buffy must fight a killer snot monster from outer space.
As the date of Joyce's surgery approaches, the Summers matriarch gets hospital cabin fever, despite being doted on by her two daughters, and Tiny Jewish Santa.
An unfortunate side effect of Joyce's tumor is that it makes her say bizarre, disturbing things. Buffy ushers Dawn away, only to have a mental patient call her a 'thing that doesn't belong'. The mental patient is none other than the security guard who Glory brain-fingered. Apparently she's been doing this all over town, hence the full mental ward at the hospital.
In other news, Sadsack Riley is bummed that his girlfriend is too busy caring for her cancer-riddled mother to pay attention to him. So he does what any neglected boyfriend would do and lets some naked vamp chick feed off him.
During a night of stargazing, Willow and Tara spot a meteor heading for HERE! The gang investigates and they find a dead mental patient, its mouth full of stinky goop. While Riley calls in Graham and the army, the gang hits the books. Turns out our alien friend is a Queller demon, called forth to kill off the 'mad men' by making them choke on its stinky goop. The gang thinks Glory is the prime suspect, but really the culprit is the good Doctor Ben.
The Summers girls take Joyce home for a rest, and the matriarch's bizarre behaviour continues, this time with a mean streak. She calls Buffy 'disgustingly fat', and tells Dawn that she 'doesn't belong', just like the mental patient did at the hospital.
Riley and the army go to the hospital, to find the mental ward completely decimated by the Queller. Their trackers cut out at the parking lot. It's after someone. Someone like...Joyce.
The Queller attacks Joyce and
Just before Joyce's surgery, she asks Buffy about Dawn. In her impaired mental state, Joyce realized that Dawn didn't belong to her, but is still precious to the world. Buffy confirms this, and Joyce makes the Slayer promise to keep Dawn safe. Buffy agrees and mother and daughter hug.
As Joyce gets wheeled into surgery, the Scooby Gang looks on, Buffy and Dawn hugging. Hey, where's Riley? Oh, he's right there. Oopsy!
* Well, this episode's a dark one, isn't it? I always love it when a spell/curse/demon makes a Scooby or loved one act out, but in this case, the culprit is Joyce's brain tumor. Every time she said something off, it was like a punch in the gut. For Joyce, I felt awful that an otherwise healthy woman was being ripped out of of her mental state, and for the Summers sisters, as they had to be subject to it, but pretend everything was fine.
* Okay, what the Hellmouth is going on? For, what is it, three weeks now, I feel sympathy for Dawn. What is a 14-year-old's biggest fear? That they don't belong. I don't care if the people saying it are mental patients or rocket scientists, it's gotta be rough to hear. But nothing, NOTHING, is as horrible as that sentiment being echoed by your own mother. Even I wanted to give the Dawnster a hug after that one.
* So let's talk about this extraterrestrial snot monster. More like jizz monster. Seriously, who else thought that goo looked like joy juice? I have mixed feelings about the Queller Demon, the one and only creature of the show to come from outer space. I'm really glad they didn't go all 'X-Files' on us, but I also question why the Queller couldn't just be like all the other demons, and originate from the bowels of hell. My only rationale is that it justified Riley calling in the army. Then there's the creep factor. Up close, the Queller is majorly eerie. Add that to its motive of attacking the mentally handicapped, and you've got some decent bone-chillitude. But then when it moves, I can't help but laugh -- and how the hell does NOBODY at the hospital notice it scuttling along the ceiling? The Queller's waddle plus the aforementioned death jizz makes it kind of unintentionally hilarious.
* So Doctor Ben is a little bit Doctor Dirty, as he's mysteriously connected to Glory. I'm thrilled. Up until now, I thought Ben was just another Captain Cardboard -- er, sorry, Doctor Cardboard -- but now that I know there's some darkness there, I've bought my ticket to the Ben train.
* It was a quieter moment, but I loved Willow and Tara's stargazing cuddle time. Those two are so the perfect couple. As epic as this season has been, it's very Buffy and Dawn-centric, and I'm starting to miss my Scooby Gang.
* Though I will always give the show props for its sublty. Buffy and Riley's relationship is obvy on the rocks, and if you recall it was Xander who Riley confessed to about Buffy's lack of love for him. In the past few eps, who's the one noticing Riley's erratic behaviour? Xander. On a side note, I love that the skinny on the Queller was found in a book entitled 'Meteors and You'.
* Garsh, Buffy really does carry the weight of the world on her petite shoulders, doesn't she? Every time she cries, it just gets me.
* Though she should be crying tears of joy...for winning this week's Fashion Slayer award. Buffy looked just peachy in her country gal shirt.
That's all for me this week, my lovely readers. What did you think of the episode? Coming around to the Dawnster? What do you think of the Queller -- terrifying or hilarious? Ready to go stargazing with Willow and Tara and see the Giant Pineapple? Post a comment and let me know. Check in every Tuesday for my latest Buffy blog.