It’s a continuous battle of will-they or won’t-they when it comes to Buffy and Spike’s relationship. I’ve always been a supporter of them getting back together and having a healthy relationship, but with the baggage they both carry it’s been a long journey. Is there a happy ending in sight?
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
At the end of last issue, we had Buffy springing a kiss on Spike. And now we deal with the aftermath. While Buffy’s ready to give their relationship a go, it’s Spike who is now unsure. And, while I’ve been waiting for them to finally get on the same page, I have to say good job on him for standing up for himself and not just following along blindly. She’s strung him along all this time, and he shouldn’t just rush back on her schedule. Plus, it’s not like she hasn’t got a pattern of this — wanting someone she can’t have or wanting them at the most inopportune moments. Xander followed her around like a puppy and she ignored him, but when he became interested in Dawn, Buffy finally took notice. And when both Angel and Spike were not themselves, that’s when they became more attractive to her. How can Spike be assured that she won’t just toss him aside again once she becomes bored? While it might be hurtful for Buffy to hear, it’s the truth, and she’s got to realize that.
But Spike also needs to recognize the need for opening himself up to love, and all its possible hurt, because keeping separate will only do them harm. Spike loves Buffy, has always done so, and now she’s finally willing to expose herself and all her vulnerabilities to admit that maybe she loves him, too. They’ve both grown and changed since their last go-around, so maybe they can venture into this relationship with their eyes open. But as much as Spike realizes this, and wants to talk to Buffy about the possibility, their last interaction is too fresh and Buffy needs time to cool off. Good thing they’ve got a case to take their minds off the situation.
Muscled!Andrew comes crashing through Spike and Xander’s apartment window, needing the Scooby Gang’s help with the whole meat monster thing. They do accomplish what they set out to do, and that was to temporarily stop the growing meat army, but it’s only a temporary measure. And Andrew set out to do what he was supposed to do, and that was realize his own self-identity as a gay man who is comfortable expressing that, but with that realization comes a return to his old self. He quickly goes into hiding, away from his supportive friends and potential love interest Clive. I really hope Andrew doesn’t go back into the closet. He was doing so well, and I was happy to see him finally coming out.
But even if I can’t get my wish with Andrew, I can get it with Buffy and Spike maybe. Buffy’s ready to admit that Spike’s right, that they are better off as friends, but Spike’s not having any of that. No more missed opportunities, or being on different pages. Spike tells her point-blank that he’s in love with her, and that seems to be all the motivation they need. Kissing and physical fun ensue as they go crashing through Spike’s apartment on the way to the bedroom. Finally! And I’m not going to let Spike’s nightmare of the monster he once was spoil my happiness. It was only a dream, they can be together. I have to believe. It’s been too long in the making to have my hopes dashed once again.
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars