Introducing the Pick of the Week

This week marks the beginning of a new feature here at  Every Monday we will bring you our Pick of the Week. It could be a book, a movie, a song, a dish, an episode of television series, or just about anything at all that we feel needs a bit of time in the spotlight.

I’m going to kick things off with one of my favorite episodes of one of the best television series ever made, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Somewhere our Beloved Site Mistress just choked on her morning coffee (or blood.  She is a vampire herself, after all.) upon reading that sentence.).

There are many episodes of Buffy that are considered classics and consistently make the Top Ten lists.  There’s the fantastic musical episode Once More With Feeling.  There’s Hush, in which the main cast had to deal with the very creepy Gentlemen while at the same time having lost the ability to speak.  There’s Restless, which may be one of the best presentations of dreams in any visual medium. 

My pick for this week never shows up on those Top Ten lists, though.  It’s the 16th episode of Season 2, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.  The episode centers around Xander Harris, played by Nicholas Brendon, who, after being dumped by his girlfriend, Cordelia Chase, decides that a love spell is the best way to get revenge.  What follows is not exactly what Xander had in mind and leads to one of the funniest episodes of the series.

Xander was always one of my favorite characters on the show, and I hated that was almost completely sidelined in Buffy’s final season in favor of a number of new characters.  Back in Season 2, though, Xander was still at the heart of the Scoobies, and Brendon puts on one of his best comedic performances in Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.  

- Alan Decker

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