The best of ‘Homecoming’ for me was the Buffy & Cordelia stuff, and the fact that David Greenwalt wrote and directed. I get the feeling from the way he writes/treats the characters that Greenwalt really loves these kids and cares about their relationships. I love how he writes conversations amongst our Scoobies.
We finally meet the mayor they’ve been foreshadowing for-ever. Fun character while still being scary. Whedon’s big-bads do usually get loads of layers and Mayor Wilkins is a big old onion. His relationship with Faith is so creepy/funny. Slayerfest ’98 is kinda genius. Xander and Willow share their first kiss and begin their several episode fling. I like seeing them together, smooching, but I hate the episode when Oz and Cordy catch ‘em. Great ending to the episode, just when you think the Homecoming Queen tie is B and Cordy- it’s neither. Bazinga!
‘Band Candy’ is one of my absolute faves, mostly due to Tony Head’s portrayal of a young Giles. Messing up his hair in the mirror, accent all thick and slang-y, total disregard for authority. Love him. Snyder’s fun, too. Joyce is not one of my favorite characters but I like her it this. Forget about the demon and what the Mayor is up to (stealing babies to sacrifice to the big snake demon), and this is just a fun episode. I love how at one point Buffy has traded in her usual Scoobies to sleuth with Giles, Joyce and Snyder!
Buffy (to Giles): Why do I put up with this?
Giles (blindfolding B for training): Because it is your destiny…and because I just bought 30 “cocorific” candy bars.
Angel was shirtless in this episode, reminding me how skinny Boreanaz is now on Bones. I like him better a little thicker.
Willow and Xander play footsies under the table in class. Just wrong, guys.
Snyder (at the Bronze and under the influence): There are some foxy ladies here tonight.