Guest Starring: 
 Adam Kaufman: 
 (Parker Abrams) 
 Paige Moss: 
 Eric Matheny: 
 Stephen M Porter: 
 Lindsay Crouse: 
 (Maggie Walsh) 
  5. Beer Bad.  
  Buffy encounters alcohol for the first time, but the beer is tainted with a dark magic that turns its drinkers into Neanderthals.  
  Great quotes:  
Buffy getting drunk.
  • Willow comments on Xander's ID card: "This isn't in the 'up and up'." Xander: "How can you tell?" Willow: "Lookin' at it."
  • Xander: "Nothing can defeat the penis!"
  • Willow on Buffy: "She's in need of a big mental-tidy."
  • Willow to Buffy: "You didn't, with Parker again?", Buffy: "No, with four really smart guys." Willow: "Ow!" Buffy: "... saw Parker; then came beer." Willow: "And then group sex?"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Parker makes some intelligent points to Willow about casual sex in a university environment, Willow is just starting to believe him when he starts hitting on her. Willow then goes on a rather entertaining monologue complaining about men "... find a woman take her to your den do whatever's necessary just as long as you get the sex..."
  Duff Bits:  
  • The intellectual fascist at the bar who questions Xander on the 'geopolitical ramifications of bio-engineering' is very nasty. Did the writers want to paint all college kids as insufferable gits? The scene doesn't work at all.
  • The writers went miles over the top when they turn all the boys and Buffy into Neanderthals, all that "You stupid ... no you stupid" is fairly cringe-worthy.
  • The ending, although it is funny to see Buffy get her revenge on Parker, is rather superficial in that his apology falls on deaf ears. Nobody, not even Parker, deserves to have his or her attempt at an apology ignored.
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy getting drunker.
This is a reasonably entertaining romp if one is prepared to switch off one's brain for 40 minutes. There are no deep and meaningful messages to be found in 'Bad Beer', just plenty of jokes about drunkenness and Sarah Michelle Gellar's 'cave-slayer' act. I can't bring myself to lambaste the episode as strongly as other reviewers have, mainly because I find drunkenness funny and also because not every episode of BtVS has to be a metaphor for life's problems. Sometimes it's funny just to do a bit of slapstick. I will admit that seeing Gellar pretend to be a Neanderthal for 20 minutes isn't really my idea of great television, the episode lacks any proper subplot though while the ending is annoyingly shallow (I couldn't tell whether Parker had learnt his lesson or if he was hitting on Buffy again).
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