Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 2 E 8 The Dark Age
I'm so used to you being a grown-up, and then I find out that you're a person.
A corpse-possessing demon comes to Sunnydale with a personal vendetta against Giles, revealing facts about his Dark and Troubled Past
- A Day In The Lime Light: For Giles
- Addictive Magic: Giles's Former Teen Rebel status comes to full light - this being Sunnydale, "I used to be a drug user" becomes "I used to let a demon possess me for kicks". Willow's research describes the feeling as a euphoria, which Giles corroborates.
"It was an extraordinary high. God, we were fools."
- Almost Kiss: Averted; the school bell rings as Jenny and Giles are about to kiss, but they do it anyway.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: This is the first time Xander and Cordelia are forced to spend significant time together as Scoobies. They're practically about to make out while screaming at each other before Willow interrupts them.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Giles once again lets the Ripper out when Ethan shows up. It worries the people around him. The look in his eyes when he threatens Ethan in the library...
- Bleached Underpants (In-Universe): All of Giles's tweed is his attempt at bleaching his Old Shame.
- Birds of a Feather: Knowing Giles was also foolish in his younger years increases Buffy's bond with him.
- Bittersweet Ending: Everyone important survived, the demon is dead, but Giles and Jenny's relationship took a serious hit.
- Body Surf
- Bookshelf Dominoes: Ethan tries to knock down Buffy this way.
- Brain Bleach: The Scoobies have this reaction at the thought of Giles and Jenny having sex.
- Conveniently-Placed Sharp Thing: Ethan Rayne has Buffy tied up, with her arms wrapped around the edges of a table and tied together beneath it. There is a conveniently located screw sticking out the bottom of the table that she uses to saw through the ropes.
- Cower Power: Rayne leaps behind Buffy when Zombie!Philip does his Super Window Jump.
- Cut Phone Lines
- Dark and Troubled Past / Former Teen Rebel: Giles
- Demonic Possession
- Dirty Coward: Ethan Rayne
- Drives Like Crazy
Cordelia: (to the detective in the library) Can you help me with a ticket? It's totally bogus. It was a one-way street. I was going one way!
- Drowning My Sorrows: Giles again
- Evil Sounds Deep / Kubrick Stare / Animal Eyes: Possessed!Jenny.
- Fantastic Aesop: Demonic possession = drug experimentation.
- Finger Twitching Revival: Jenny
- Foe Yay Shipping: Apart from the usual Giles/Rayne, Eyghon throws in plenty of Double Entendre while fighting with Giles.
- The Gadfly: Miss Calendar likes to tease Giles.
Jenny: Oh! Thank you so much for loaning me the Forrester book; it's wonderful.
Giles: I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Jenny: Yeah, it's so romantic; so... evocative.
Giles: That edition was my father's. I must have read it twenty times.
Jenny: Yeah, you know how you have to dogear your favorite pages so you can go back to them?
Giles: A e a... what?
Jenny: I practically had to fold back every single page. So finally I just started underlining all the pages I really wanted to discuss.
Jenny: But then, of course, I spilled coffee all over it; I can't even read it...
Giles: It's a First Edition...
Jenny: I'm lying, Rupert. The book's fine. I just love to see you squirm.
Giles: I trust I gave good squirm.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Miss Calendar: All right guys, the first thing we're gonna do is— [Buffy enters] Buffy!
- The Glasses Come Off
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Gotta Kill Them All: Eyghon's motivation
- Groin Attack: Cordelia shows she is good in a fight after all.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: At the beginning of the episode Buffy is training away, in gym clothes. Now take a look at Kim Possible, which in many ways is Buffy with a spy rather than horror theme. Her casual outfit of lime top and blue cargoes is a carbon copy of Buffy's gym clothes.
- Hollywood Acid: Even concentrated acid takes time to react with skin. As in minutes or hours. Not the sizzling instants portrayed when Ethan burns off his Eyghon tattoo.
- Hollywood Homely: Cordelia telling Xander that he needed "a year supply of acne cream".
- Idiot Ball / Out-of-Character Moment: Giles doesn’t pull Jenny’s unconscious body away from the blue liquid puddle even though he should’ve been aware of the whole Body Surf deal. Had he done that the whole issue would’ve probably resolved itself then and there since:
Willow: [..] Eyghon must jump to the nearest dead or unconscious person to continue living.
- I'll Kill You!
Buffy: I'm gonna kill you. Will that blow the whole karma thing?
- It's the Best Whatever, Ever! / Sarcasm Mode: Xander has to attend a Saturday computer class and hears Cordelia does too: "Ooo, did you hear that? An extra day of class AND Cordelia! Throw in a little rectal surgery and it's my best day ever!"
- Kill It with Fire: Ethan burns off his tattoo with acid.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Angel defeats Eyghon
- Mark of the Beast / Embarrassing Tattoo: The Mark of Eyghon
- Meaningful Echo: Buffy helps Giles get back into tweed-bound character at the end of the episode by encouraging him to say of her jazzercise music, "It's not music, it's just meaningless sound."
- Mood Whiplash: Giles goes from being affectionately teased by Jenny, to being promised sexy-times that weekend, to walking into a library with police waiting to talk with him about an old friend found dead at his doorstep, to Cordelia walking in and demanding help... All in the space of about a minute.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- No Ontological Inertia: The demon Eyghon possesses Jenny, whose appearance gradually becomes demonic. When Eyghon is expelled, she immediately reverts.
- Oh Crap: Giles has a few over the course of the episode. When he learns that his old friend was found dead on his doorstep, when he learns that all of his friends from that circle are dead apart from him and Ethan, and when Buffy calls him and asks him about the "Mark of Eyghon", and again a moment later when he learns that Buffy is standing next to Ethan, and finally when he realizes that Jenny is possessed by Eyghon. Holy crap.
- Old Shame: Giles used to be a dark magician demon summoning punk rocker. And then his past comes back to kill him.
- Our Zombies Are Different
- Out-of-Character Moment: Willow turns into The Determinator when Xander and Cordelia are about to fight.
Willow: Willow: HEY! We don't have time for this! Our friends are in trouble! Now, we have to put our heads together and, and get them out of it! And if you two aren't with me a hundred and ten percent, then get the hell out of my library!
- Revealing Hug
- Shout-Out: To The Lost Weekend, a novel and movie about an author who loses an entire weekend to a drinking binge, when Buffy says she's worried about Giles, not least because he was "lost weekending" in his apartment.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Eyghon before he enters Rayne's shop.
- Stuffy English Librarians Are Sexy
Jenny: Did anyone ever tell you you're kind of a fuddy-duddy?
Giles: Nobody ever seems to tell me anything else.
Jenny: Did anyone ever tell you you're kind of a sexy fuddy-duddy?
Giles: Well, no. Actually that, that part usually gets left out. I c-can't imagine why.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Willow's plan for defeating Eyghon.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Rayne, naturally.
- The Watson: Cordy fills some of this role, asking questions.
Ethan: Hello, Ripper.
Cordy: Why did he call him "Ripper"?
Giles: [Grabbing Ethan by the back of the head, forcing him to his feet, and threatening him] You should have left when I told you.
- Weirdness Censor: A librarian hangs out with the same few students all the time, these students hang out with him in the library, bring martial arts training equipment there and make a gym out of it with full loud-music-background workouts and nobody really seems to care about it.
- You Won't Feel a Thing: Subverted.
Ethan: Now this may sting a little, just at first. But don't worry, that'll go away once the searing pain kicks in.