Graduation Day Part 2 (BTVS 3.22)
This is part of my ongoing Buffy Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the show. You can find the full list here. Gifs are not mine.
Graduation! No more library scenes, no more Snyder, no more original Scoobies. Oh, and doubly unemployed Giles.
Graduation Day (Part 2) begins immediately after the events of Part 1. The Mayor just barely misses Buffy fleeing the scene at Faith’s. He’s really emotional and this is the first time we really know he genuinely cares about her. Which just speaks to his strange persona…doesn’t the personality the Mayor puts up seem like it would clash with Faith? Imagine Snyder’s view of her. The put together family man and the rebel girl? Just another sign that the Mayor isn’t what he appears. He puts everyone on finding her.
Buffy returns to Angel’s place. When he thinks Willow is Buffy Angel tells her he was wrong and he can’t leave her–he needs her. Willow never shares this information. Buffy kicks everyone out and forces him to feed. I saw in an interview that Joss couldn’t believe he slid Buffy having an orgasm during the bite past the network, which totally went over my innocent little head.
Mayor: I will. I’ll do that and worse. Murderous little fiend, did you see what she did to my Faith?
Angel: Hadn’t made plans to weep over that one.
Mayor: Well, I’d get set for some weeping if I were you. I’d get set for a world of hurt. Misery loves company, young man, and I’ll be looking to share mine with you and your whore.
Angel tosses him at this point. Again, the Mayor takes off because the plot demands he not just decide to dust Angel then and there.