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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fan recap: Let the wrong one in

Season 2 | Episode 17 | “Passion” | Aired Feb 24, 1998

This is what Angelus says, narrating as he stalks Buffy from a distance—at the Bronze, walking home, while she sleeps:

Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?

Buffy wakes the next day, disturbed to find he’s left a sketch of her sleeping on her pillow.

(I’d forgotten it takes magic to un-invite a vampire from your home in Sunnydale. All you have to do in Bon Temps is say, “I rescind your invitation.”)

Recalling how Angelus tortured Drusilla by killing her family, Buffy worries about Joyce. Giles promises to figure it out, and encourages Buffy to keep her emotions in check.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow sleeps over at Buffy

Giles drops by Jenny’s classroom, and she offers him a spell book for the Angelus problem. She apologizes again: She didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and never imagined she’d fall in love with Giles. Giles reminds her that it’s Buffy she really needs to make amends with.

Buffy is quiet at dinner and Joyce wants to know why. She vaguely tells Joyce about Angel, and warns her to be careful if he drops by. “He’s changed? Not the same guy you fell for?” Joyce asks. “Something like that,” Buffy replies. (Ha!)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Drusilla brings Spike a puppy

Angelus can get to anyone, anytime, and proves this by killing Willow’s pet fish. Wigged, Willow sleeps over at Buffy’s. Buffy can’t believe he’s so different, but Willow argues that’s untrue: Buffy is still Angelus’ number-one girl.

Horrifyingly, Drusilla brings Spike a puppy to cheer him up; he’s tired of being babied and trapped in the wheelchair. (Why is it taking him so long to heal?) Angelus taunts Spike some more, and Drusilla loves the attention until she has a premonition of an old enemy.

It’s Jenny. She buys an orb to cast a spell on Angelus—not to keep him out, but to restore his soul!

Buffy offers Jenny a truce: Buffy knows Giles misses Jenny, and doesn’t want him to be lonely, though Ms. Calendar can keep on feeling guilty about Angelus.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Giles sees Jenny for the last time

Angelus is waiting for Joyce when she pulls into the driveway. He tries to cajole her into helping him fix things with Buffy, even oversharing about their night of passion. But Joyce unlocks the door just in time, and Buffy and Willow are waiting, having cast a fairly simple spell that Giles and Jenny found to keep him out. “Sorry, Angel. Changed the locks,” Buffy says, and slams the door in his face. Burn!

Giles finds Jenny working late. She flirts, tells him she may have some big news, and asks if she can stop over later. He’s flustered and happy. And knowing that’s the last time he’ll see her alive makes his joy so difficult to watch.

Jenny finishes the translation. Copy (onto a floppy disk, of course) and print. She’s frightened to find Angelus lurking. (He doesn’t have to be invited in, remember—it’s a public building.)

Pissed that Jenny wants to restore his soul, Angelus smashes the orb, and the computer, and sets the translated pages on fire. They take off on a terrifying chase through the hallways until he catches her and snaps her neck, killing her instantly.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Angel kills Jenny Calendar

(Do you remember the shock you felt at that moment? Friends don’t die on Buffy. Especially not ones Giles loves, who can save Angelus. Bold move, raising the stakes like that—no pun intended.)

Giles picks up the spell book from the Summers to fortify his own apartment. Willow is downstairs while Joyce and Buffy have “the talk.” Joyce scolds Buffy for making bad choices, but reassures her she’ll never stop loving her.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Giles finds Jenny Calendar deadGiles is delighted to return home and find roses and music. He thinks Jenny is romancing him. A note directs him upstairs, where he’s shattered to find her dead on his bed. The music swells, and so do our tears, for the loss of a great character, and in empathy for the pain of Giles’ heartbreak.

Angelus watches with perverse glee through the window as Buffy and Willow hear the news and break down.

The Scooby Gang rushes to Giles’ house, but he already packed up his weapons and left. Xander can’t hold onto his “I told you so” any longer, and Buffy admits he’s right, but they still have to save Giles.

Giles sets the factory on fire and gets in a few good punches before Angelus knocks him out. Buffy beats the living hell out of him, but has to let him go to save Giles from the fire.

“Were you trying to get yourself killed?” she frantically asks after punching him. “You can’t leave me. I can’t do this alone.”

Together they mourn Jenny at her grave, and Buffy apologizes for not killing Angelus when she had the chance. Now, she promises, she’s ready.

Angelus talks passion once more:

It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank … without passion, we’d be truly dead.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy and Giles after Jenny

Willow will take over Jenny’s class for now. Buffy knows Angel is never coming back, she tells Giles in a voiceover … as the disk containing the translated soul-restoration spell Jenny made before she died falls off the desk into a small crack.

Big Bad of the Week: Angelus

Quote of the Week

Willow (nailing a cross to her window): I’m gonna have a hard time explaining this to my dad.
Buffy: “You really think it’ll bother him?”
: Ira Rosenberg’s only daughter nailing crucifixes to her bedroom wall? I have to go over to Xander’s house just to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year.
Buffy: I see your point.
Willow: Although it is worthwhile to see him do the Snoopy dance.

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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