Isn't it just the shittiest thing when you get ripped out of heaven by your nearest and dearest, have a possessing demon follow you around all day, and then your damn basement gets flooded? Yes, Buffy would tell you, yes it is. What's even worse is that Buffy can't even pay a plumber, because she's flat broke.
While Joyce may have left a sizable amount of life insurance, that was all swallowed up by her hospital bills. Too bad the Hellmouth isn't in Canada. Buffy has no money coming in, so she goes to the bank to get a loan. Things aren't looking good, until a demon shows up, and wreaks havoc. While it appears he's a distraction for some unknown bank robbers, he provides excellent opportunity for Buffy to save the bank man's life. And wouldn't you know it? The bastard still won't give her a loan.
While our Slayer may be in a pickle, things are definitely better when Giles shows up. The two share a loving hug, and Giles promises to help Buffy fix her finances. He also goes into full-Watcher mode and alongside bitty-Buffy Dawn, figures out the M'Fashnik is a mercenary demon, hired out to the highest bidder. The question is, who did it?
The answer: three of Sunnydales biggest nerds, aka. the Trio. They consist of high school classmate Jonathan, robot-building Warren, and prom-attacking Tucker -- oh wait, sorry, Tucker's brother Andrew. They hired M'Fashnik so they could rob the bank and carry out their dastardly plan to take over Sunnydale.
Unfortunately, M'Fashnik ain't pleased. A Slayer guest appearance was not part of the deal. He wants Buffy dead. Warren's game, but Jonathan and Andrew have reservations about killing an innocent human, particularly one that's saved like a billion lives. Warren begrudgingly agrees but discreetly slips M'Fashnik the Slayer's contact info.
M'Fashnik shows up at the Summers house and attacks. Buffy fights him, but is hyper-conscious of keeping the fight cost-effective, so she kills him in the basement.
Nice try, blondie. M'Fashnik trashed the place, and now Buffy is officially in the red. Giles is about to take Buffy up on his offer to go through her bills with her, but when Angel calls, the Buffster goes a-running, leaving Watcher and little sis in the dust. Unless Angel plans on giving her a big fat cheque, I call bitch move.
* Poor Buffy. Literally. Back in Season 5, we got a glimpse of Buffy having to be the grown-up, the mom to Dawn, but that took a backseat to the whole leaping into the Gloryhole of Death thing. But now we're back, with another fab offering from Season 6. Why do people hate this season so much? Buffy the Vampire Slayer has covered high school hell, college hell, and now they've transitioned into life hell. Yeah, Buffy is a badass superhero but she still has to pay bills just like everyone else. The poor thing has to put on a happy -- or mad, as it were -- face for her friends -- seriously, lay off, guys -- and what I love is that Buffy's not perfect. She actively goes to the bank, and eagerly agrees to sit down with Giles, but as soon as Angel calls, Buffy is out the door like a flighty schoolgirl.
* Let's talk about the fight. No, not Buffy vs. M'Fashnik, though I did enjoy that one -- How to Fight on a Budget 101, kiddos. Nah brah, I'm talking about Giles vs. Willow. I've long said WIllow reminds Giles of himself, especially when it comes to magic, and he worries about Willow using her intelligence for dark purposes, Ripperette-style. The fact that Willow went to that dark place with Buffy in the balance is more than enough to set G-Man off. On Willow's side, she sees herself as an apprentice figure to Giles, so of course she expects him to be impressed. OMGolly, how tense was it when Willow threatened Giles? I've still got goosebumps.
* While Giles and Willow may be on the outs, he is one half of my new favorite Buffyverse couple -- Giles and Dawn. They didn't have any hard story beats together, but I love their little conversations and asides. Poo on M'Fashnik for interrupting Dawn's combining all the cereals experiment. Giles's response was classic -- 'As you get older, you lose patience with...throwing up.' And how cute was it when Dawn asked if her newfound poorness would result in her working in a 'poorly ventilated sweatshop', and Giles's WTF response of 'what have you been reading?'. Man, I think they should have a spinoff where he raises her in England. I'm full of gold, people!
* I love the Trio. Love them. No, they aren't hell goddess-strong, but they still made their splash. Buffy's in serious debt, and the M'Fashnik attack definitely doesn't help. It's such great fun that they've recalled old characters, already familiar in the Buffyerse. We've known Jonathan as basically a good kid who can get carried away with magic, and Warren we know has a darker, creepier side. This definitely played true to form when Warren was the only one who voted to kill Buffy. What I love so much about these guys is how nerdy their aspirations are. I would totally go to Warren's mom's basement and hang out.
* Here's a big pet peeve of mine: how convenient life is for movie and TV characters. When was the last time we saw Julia Roberts futilely searching for a parking spot in downtown Manhattan? Nope, she just parks right in front of Bloomindale's at Christmastime. In the context of this episode, Warren just naturally has Buffy's contact info ready and in his pocket for M'Fashnik. Yeah, okay, sure, geeze.
* Let's talk about Andrew. The only new face in the Trio. I am dying to know the behind-the-scenes scoop there. Was Tucker unavailable? It's not like the guy is Brad Pitt, you'd think he'd jump at the chance to have a recurring spot on a hit TV show. Not that I'm complaining. I like the running joke about Andrew getting confused with Tucker -- flying monkeys, school play. He's so adorkable, with his big dastardly plan to stay up all night. I welcome him to the Buffyverse.
* While Buffy may be broke as shit, she still looks hot doing it. The penniless Slayer wins this weeks Fashion Slayer award for her casual blue get-up. Hey, she burst my pipes.
That's all for me this week, my lovely readers. What did you think of the episode? How shocking is it that Buffy didn't get the loan? Which are you -- Team Willow or Team Giles? The Trio -- hilarious or annoying? Speaking of which, Ding, Marry, Kill -- Jonathan, Andrew, Warren. Post a comment and let me know. Check in every Tuesday for my latest Buffy blog.