Guest Starring: 
 Anthony Stewart Head: 
 Adam Busch: 
 Elizabeth Anne Allen: 
 Tom Lenk: 
 Iyari Limon: 
  13. Killer in me.  
  A spell forces Willow to re-live for murder of Warren Mears.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Willow: “For someone who is sick you [Kennedy] look surprisingly robust and casual-dressy.”
  • Andrew: “Why can’t I come? Is it cos I used to be evil?” Xander: “No, it’s because you’re annoying. But that’s a good reason too.”
  • Giles: “You think I’m evil if I bring a group of girls on a camping trip and don’t touch them?”
  Fantastic moments:  
Willow re-enacting Warren's murder of Tara.
  • Buffy apparently told the Potentials that the slayer ‘vision quest’ consists of Giles driving them into the desert and “... doing the hokey pokey until a spooky rasta-mamma slayer arrives and speaks to them in riddles.” Sounds like a pretty good description given what we saw in season 4.
  • The revelation of what happened to Giles is very good. The production team deserve kudos for resisting the temptation to sate viewers’ fears regarding Giles’ fate and wait for a suitably long time to string the plot out. When Anya asks “Has anyone actually seen Giles touch anything?”, the viewer suddenly does a double take; surely not?! The Scoobies rush out to find Giles and wrestle him to the ground, their being able to touch him an instant proof that he isn’t The First of course. Giles is understandably surprised, asking “I assume there is a totally reasonable and not at all insane explanation?”
  • Willow – looking like Warren and being played by Adam Busch – has to convince her friends that it is really her. This is hardly the most imaginative plot in a science fiction drama, but the scene is written and acted with surprising gusto. Willow snaps at Xander when he asks her to prove who she is, telling him that there are many more stories from kindergarten than the sweet yellow crayon tale, none of which he would want his friends to hear.
  Duff Bits:  
  • Each of the plots in ‘Killer in me’ are far too unconnected. This makes for a very incoherent episode.
  • Kennedy’s attempts to redeem Willow, at the end when the witch tries to re-stage Warren’s murder of Tara, are lame! These two characters have little emotional connection at this stage in their relationship, yet Kennedy seems able break through Willow’s defences by using deliberately confusing language and emotional blackmail. Then the spell on her is broken when she kisses Kennedy. How and why? I thought that she was punishing herself – via the spell – for kissing Kennedy in the first place. How does kissing her again help?
  Dean's comments:  
It's Willow; honestly.
So which killer do you think the title of the episode refers to? Willow, Spike and Giles are all either accused or reminded of evil acts during the episode, but are either of these storylines particularly effective? Each of the plot threads in the episode seem to be more necessary than interesting; the writers knew that they had to visit each at some point and so they cram them all together into one story. Just like the way that Kennedy drags Willow to the Bronze in a desperate attempt to get in her pants, the episode is something that had to be done eventually and has very little subtlety or style. Despite the lack of coherency in the three main plots, matters are just about saved by Adam Busch’s excellent channelling of Alison Hannigan’s Willow (something that only actors in science fiction will ever be able to do) and the excellent twist regarding ‘what happened to Giles’. So Willow becomes Warren and Giles might be evil; these are two rather one-hit-wonder plots that aren’t entirely convincing.
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