Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Him   Rewatch 
March 30, 2016 7:50 PM - Season 7, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Dawn falls for a hot dude, one with an enchanted letterman jacket that makes him irresistible to all women. As Dawn, Buffy, Anya and Willow plot to win him, Spike and Xander work to break the spell.
posted by yellowbinder (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
The final episode before the season plot actually hits. And isn't it odd that the last series season plot doesn't actually kick into gear until the seventh episode? I don't think this happens outside season 1!

As Dawn centric episodes go, this is a decent one, and it's really, really funny in places, particularly Buffy and the rocket launcher. I like that seeing Dawn try to take her life snaps Buffy out of the spell, and it gives them a nice moment, which is good, as they won't have anything like that for the remaining epsidoes. Again, it's super frustrating that the show is putting all this groundwork in to make Dawn and Buffy's relationship richer, only to just ignore it.

There are always deeply disturbing implications to love spells. The show mostly avoids them by having RJ not be aware of the powers of the jacket, although the level of obsession created by it seems to conflict with the idea that his brother wore that jacket all through high school. How did no-one notice the horde of women going crazy? It's also kind of quite unfortunate that Buffy, who after all was sexually assaulted last season, sleeps with RJ here, as she is acting under magical compulsion. But this is a very light episode, and it really can't stand up to this kind of examination.

-"I'm not coddling. Now go to your closet."
-Dawn's cheering is great.
-The Breeders are playing the bronze! They get some good guests this season!
-Xander and Willow lust after Dawn. I could live without that.
-"Oh my god I'm the pushy queen of slut town"
-"I don't even want to hear his name anymore!" "...I called him guy in the jacket" "That's what I called him before I knew his name!"
-"His physical presence has a penis."
"I'd kill for him." "You'd kill for a chocolate bar."
posted by Cannon Fodder at 1:05 AM on March 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


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