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Season 2, Episode 12: Bad Eggs

In this episode!

Katherine opened by saying this episode is almost universally hated.

  • Mark’s immediate reaction is to understand that reaction and to point out the chief reason for such hatred is (drumroll)… that Buffy misuses the term “begs the question.”
  • Mark further says that this episode is “gross.”
  • Katherine shocks the world and says that she didn’t hate it. Why Katherine, why?
  • It was scary. The monster was centipede-y, in a good way.
  • She loved the banter between Cordy and Xander. (Mark admitted he did too.)
  • She loves the advancement of the Cordy/Xander relationship.
  • Katherine said what didn’t work for her is what didn’t work for Mark in last episode: the feeling that this was an isolated episode. Katherine believes she heard that this was meant to be a season 1 episode, and that is why it doesn’t fit in the arc. Does anyone out there know?
  • Katherine also likes the advancement of the Buffy and Angel relationship. That sexual tension will have some significance later.
  • Katherine also really enjoys the Gorch brothers.
  • Mark and Katherine debate Texas.
  • More vampire rules&emdash;becoming a vampire does not mean you lose all your personality. You are you and not you at the same time. Cool.
  • Mark’s Fashion Report:
    • Willow is wearing smiley PJs when she turns evil
    • Katherine points out that Xander is wearing golfing or bowling pants. Katherine makes an astonishingly good observation that Xander often dresses like a guy in his 50s who would fit in nicely as a guest on All in the Family.
    • Mark likes that Joyce’s wardrobe is described by Buffy as being from Muumuus are Us. Mark also revels in Joyce’s perfect curls.
    • Katherine loves Cordy’s leather mini-skirt.
    • Katherine and Mark agree that Giles has a uniform.
    • Mark loves Buffy’s purple eye-shadow and how it coordinates to her shirt.
  • How do you feel about Joyce as the mean mother? Katherine and Mark are split on this. Katherine reveals a not very interesting secret from when she was 16.
  • Mark says he will create the sucks-rules-o-meter for Buffy. Let’s press him on this.

Shout out to Jessica Branch, who once explained to me that men can’t do color but women can. I told her that I can’t. Anyway, I believe she will be able to decide if Mark is right by his claim about the color of Buffy’s eye shadow.

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  1. David OftheLegionoflisteners said...

    on 8 June 2017 @ 11:11 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the episode, but I don’t think it was meant to be in season one. The sex and consequences foreshadowing is just a little too strong for the placement of the episode to be a matter of chance. One of the most glaring weaknesses to me is that they still haven’t figured out who Joyce is, as a character. Prior to *late season 2 spoiler* they largely use Joyce as a prop. She serves to show both that Buffy is loved and to serve as an obstacle to leaving the house. This episode and Ted give her some screen time.

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    • katherine said...

      on 10 June 2017 @ 12:25 pm

      You may be right David about it not necessarily being season one. I’ve been searching to see where I came up with that idea, and I think it is going to take me awhile to figure out why I thought that. Anyway, while I’ve been looking I’ve found some fascinating commentaries on the net. If you’ve seen Buffy already and can’t be spoiled, I urge anyone who is interested to do a Google search of Bad Eggs. I love the interpretations of the episode. And, many of the folks who are talking about it are like me and enjoy the episode, so of course I love that. As for your comments about Joyce: I can’t decide if I agree with you or not. I think in a way it makes sense from a narrative standpoint to have Joyce be an uncertain parent. Much of the commentary I’ve read suggests this is an episode about good and bad parenting and sex (duh) so one of the things we constantly wonder about throughout the series is how Joyce parents Buffy and what good and mostly bad decisions she makes. If Joyce is a laid back mom who takes things in strides, it makes for a less interesting foil for Buffy. But I hear you on this. I also think that Joyce represents the typical adult in Sunnydale (even though she has only been there a year and half) in that supernatural phenomenon happens constantly, and she like the other residents doesn’t “notice.” Sunnydale residents hide their heads in the sand and behave as if everything is normal. (I’m fighting a Trump reference here.)

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