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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' nostalgia react: 'Revelations'

Season 3 | Episode 7 | “Revelations” | Aired Nov 17, 1998

There are two main kinds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. There are the fun, lighthearted episodes that maybe do a little to advance the big season arcs or touch on the plan of the Big Bad, but mostly, they exist to be fun and wonderful. The sixth episode of season 3, “Band Candy,” is a perfect example of this. Often, those episodes are really, really memorable and amazing.

The second kind of Buffy episode is the big, “IMPORTANT STUFF IS HAPPENING” kind. These are the episodes when secrets come out, big characters die, and/or the Big Bad of the season takes center stage.

“Revelations” is the second kind of episode. It sees Buffy’s secret about Angel come out (she’s been nursing him back to health after his time in Hell, and nobody is really jazzed about that, what with the maiming and torturing and killing he was doing throughout the second half of season 2). Also, we meet Gwendolyn Post, a Watcher who claims the Council sent her to take over with Faith (and evaluate Giles and Buffy). Really, she’s a rogue Watcher in a way Wesley Wyndham-Pryce would never be; she’s after the Glove of Myhnegon, which gives its wearer great power and proves she’s as evil as she seems.

More evil than anything she does or wants to do with the Glove, however, is what Gwendolyn Post does to Faith on an emotional level. Faith lost her last Watcher, unable to save her. Gwendolyn takes Faith under her wing and, in spite of being crazy and strict, resonates with her and quickly becomes a parental figure. She also reinforces Faith’s fear that she’s not really accepted by Buffy and the Scoobies. So when Gwendolyn goes all evil and has to be put down, it practically breaks the already fragile Faith.

I know: It sounds all dire and serious, and when I think about this episode, that’s all I can usually remember—the dire, serious stuff. But the great thing about rewatching is the chance to remember all of the little moments that get eclipsed. If you had asked me a week ago to list the most somber episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I might have included this one. After all, some big, important stuff does happen, and the title is so … important. “Revelations” is a big noun to throw out as your title. But this is Buffy, and even the most serious episode has its light moments. Her are four of those moments that I forgot about until I rewatched the episode:

Giles being super-chill while Buffy and Faith are slaying.

Giles Revelations

Just moments before we meet Mrs. Post, we get a glimpse at the well-oiled machine of slayage that Buffy and Faith have become. They’re so good, in fact, that Giles literally sits and casually reads while they take on two vampires. He barely even looks up. And we he does, the look on his face is one of priceless amusement.

Buffy’s reaction to Gwendolyn Post:

Gwendolyn Post Revelations GIF

Giles: That was bracing.
Buffy: Interesting lady. Can we kill her?
Giles: I think the Council might frown upon that.

Gwendolyn Post’s snooty reaction to Giles’ (epic) library:

Gwendolyn Post: Mr. Giles, where do you keep the rest of your books?
Giles: I’m sorry, the rest?
Gwendolyn Post: Yes, the actual library.


Gwendolyn Post: Oh, I see.
Giles: I can assure you, Mrs. Post, this is the finest occult reference collection …
Gwendolyn Post: This side of the Atlantic, I’m sure.

Gwendolyn Post‘s death scene:

Gwendolyn Post death scene revelations


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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