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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' nostalgia react: All the Oz and Angel feels

Season 3 | Episode 4 | “Beauty and the Beasts ” | Aired Oct 20, 1998

“Beauty and the Beasts” is a pretty special episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though the show uses the supernatural to address a lot of real-world issues, few feel as real and grounded (in spite of the supernatural aspects) as this one, which speaks pretty directly to domestic violence. Plus, even though the villain turns out to be a Jekyll and Hyde–esque, physically and emotionally abusive Sunnydale High student, the first suspects (and ultimate red herrings—PHEW) are Oz and Angel.

Angel is kind of Buffy’s secret theory, since she hasn’t exactly told anyone about his whole “coming back from a hell dimension” thing, and he’s wild and crazed from enduring centuries of otherworldly torture. But Oz … he’s an open suspect. He even questions himself (thanks a lot for falling asleep on Oz-watch duty, Xander).

When you have to allow for the possibility that Angel committed the brutal, rip-the-victim-apart-like-a-wild-animal killing, you’re kind of like:

We’re fresh off half of a season of Angelus the Terrible. It’s disappointing, but not, you know, world-shattering.

But when you think about the possibility that sweet, amazing Oz killing someone like that, you’re more like:

This is the first time since season 2’s “Phases” that we’ve seen Oz in werewolf form. His wolfy side isn’t even referenced all that much (when breaking the news to Faith, Oz sums up the “long story” of his special quirk with, “I got bit”). This is also the first time Oz has to really consider what it means to be a werewolf. He has a pretty sweet setup with the book cage at the library, but not all Teen Wolves are so lucky. And the idea that his friends, who have dealt with such horrors and saved the world so many times, could be so careless in helping him control his inner demon … well, it’s no wonder Oz needs to do that thing where you bail in the middle of the conversation (and if it weren’t his time of the month, he would have, too).

It’s also the first time we see the good side of Oz’s condition—that he could totally take down some major baddies in his wolf form. He doesn’t get to have the last laugh in the battle with Pete (Faith and Willow get to him with a tranquilizer first), but it’s a nice little foreshadow to his moment in “The Zeppo.”

So Oz is innocent and doesn’t get to kill the bad guy. That honor goes to Angel, probably because even though Scott is high on rage-inducing, monster-turning ‘roids, he’s still a human, and it’s weird for Buffy to kill a human. After Pete kills Debbie (her major offense seems to be loving him too much), he turns on Buffy, but Angel jumps in and uses his chains to break Pete’s neck. Then, of course, he turns back into Good Angel, drops to Buffy’s feet, and sobs. As you do.

Angel crying Beauty and the Beasts

It’s actually kind of heart-wrenching.

Which moment in “Beauty and the Beasts” gave you the biggest feels? Sound off in the comments!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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