Season 2, Episode 9: What’s My Line, Parts 1 and 2

In this episode!

  • Mark wonders if Angel is the sexiest man in the world; Katherine says even in the universe of the show, maybe not…
  • We love Kendra, but Mark wonders about her accent.
  • Katherine is the grammar police and explains slay vs. slew.
  • Mark says Buffy the show is all about toxic masculinity; Katherine says but what about Xander and …
  • Mark says vampires aren’t sexist; rather, vampires are racist and/or speciesist.
  • Mark points out that not only is Spike emotionally fragile, Mark thinks that the Big Bads in Buffy are basically bad at being bad. They lack focus and are too impulsive.
  • Destiny and fate vs. free will: on which side does Buffy the show land? Katherine leans toward free will.
  • Have any of you noticed that people who love Buffy, the Vampire Slayer are really cool and interesting?
  • Katherine loves Drusilla and Spike; Mark, not so much.
  • We both love Oz.
  • Career talkā€”note that Buffy is told she should be in law enforcement and Xander a prison guard. Buffy worries she doesn’t have a future, and this episode makes it clear that Xander doesn’t think he has a future either.
  • Mark says there is a Beauty and the Beast feel to this episode, especially the scene at the skating rink.
  • Mark is a little concerned about who the Big Bad of the episode is going to be. If it’s Spike then what are we waiting for?

Shout outs and interesting tidbits

Shout out to Jessica Branch who suggested that the Hellmouth is in University Circle, more specifically, under the Cleveland Museum of Art and CWRU. She argues this has to do with Jane Jacobs’s theory about urban spaces that are deserted at night. Mark takes this on in the episode. Katherine argues the Hellmouth is probably in Old Brooklyn under Rhodes High School.

Shout out to Tony Martin whose photographs of West 3rd and Quigley make the argument that the Hellmouth is there.

Shout out to Cathy Podojil.

5 wonderful comments

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  1. americanlamboard.com said...

    on 26 March 2017 @ 7:42 pm

    There is one featured Hellmouth in Buffyverse canon , located in Sunnydale , California and a second one, mentioned several times throughout the series, in Cleveland , Ohio .

    • katherine said...

      on 17 April 2017 @ 1:01 am

      Yep. It is fun that Cleveland has this connection to Buffy. Or is it?

  2. mark.w.schumann said...

    on 28 March 2017 @ 8:43 pm

    Near the end, I’m struggling to explain why I thought the bus looked outdated. Just now I’m realizing how much it reminded me of Rosa Parks. THAT’s how old the bus looks.

  3. David Evenmoreobviousfakename said...

    on 28 March 2017 @ 10:10 pm

    Despite my love for Jane Jacobs, I’m going to stake a claim for the Hellmouth being located near E. 55 and Scoville, probably directly under the old House of Wills funeral home.

    1) Far more abandoned than University Circle at night.
    2) Highest homicide rate in Cleveland
    3) The House of Wills is astoundingly creepy inside, especially the large room dedicated to burying people in an Egyptian Temple setting. http://abandonedplaces.livejournal.com/2244747.html
    4) The housing projects represent a large stream of available victims.
    5) It is the neighborhood the powers that be have chosen to keep Cleveland’s disposable people.
    6) The site of the House of Wills was previously a hospital, an orphanage, and is now a satanic temple. Link contains some disturbing imagery. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/rnc-satanic-airbnb-rental
    7) When Urban Renewal rolled through, this was a neighborhood that was covered in concrete, the better to trap some eldritch horror.

    • katherine said...

      on 17 April 2017 @ 1:01 am

      You make a wonderful argument. I have something brewing as a present for Buffy fans. I am going to use what you wrote. Thanks!


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