Episode 73 – You’re Weird and You Can Cook

Episodes discussed:  Buffy 4×8 Pangs and Doctor Who 5×11 The Lodger

Pangs

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Lange

Buffy’s first Thanksgiving gets interrupted by the ghost of a vengeful Native American warrior. Discussion points include:

  • Thanksgiving themes
  • Colonialist controversy
  • The spectrum of opinions
  • Anya’s lust and the complicated Willow/Xander dynamic
  • Poor, lonely, forlorn Spike
  • Rivalry and crossover
The Lodger

Written by Gareth Roberts; Directed by Catherine Morshead

When the TARDIS disappears with Amy, the Doctor must pass as a normal young man. Discussion points include:

  • Gareth Roberts’ comic strip
  • Sitcom tropes and romcom cliches
  • Does Amy remember the ring?
  • Eleven tries to pass for human
  • Craig and Sophie work out their feelings
  • A mysterious new TARDIS

Link: Gareth Roberts’ original Doctor Who Magazine comic strip “The Lodger”

Next time: Doctor Who 5×12 The Pandorica Opens and Angel 1×8 I Will Remember You.

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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