Posted by: thebuffyrewatch | July 11, 2011

Cordia’s Review: S2, E20 – Go Fish

Go Fish
Season 2, Episode 20
Original airing: 5/5/98

My Rating: 63

The Good: It’s great when the show is able to put a clever twist on the monster-of-the-week. The episode drags out the question of the monster for a good long time, before finally revealing it’s the swim team members themselves. The nurse and Jonathon are also fun red herrings, leading to Willow’s excellent interrogation style. And in the end, the coach himself was responsible for drugging his students. It’s nice to occasionally have a plain old human be the bad guy.

It was also fun to have Xander as Lookin’ Around Guy. He turned out to have a really nice body in a Speedo, which made his undercover bit totally believable and a great way to learn about what was going on. It also led to some fun dialogue from Cordelia who was thrilled to be dating an athlete. And once again, we got to see the tender side of Cordelia when she thought Xander had turned into a fish monster. She even offered to bring him bath toys! It was very sweet.

The Bad: But, where are Spike and Drusilla?! After the cliffhanger last week where Spike stepped out of his wheelchair, it’s extremely disappointing to not see him at all in this episode. Which is the major issue here. The episode itself is not bad, but it feels out of place in the scheme of things after the flow established since Passion (S2E17). Suddenly, Angelus is back in the shadows and Buffy is wise-cracking to fish people.

Favorite Moment: Xander in a Speedo was a lovely surprise. Who knew he would look so good? Can’t help but agree with Cordelia’s stunned surprise and thrilled smile.

The Bottom Line: This was a fun, relatively clever episode. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit very well into the overall arc determined from the last three episodes and it feels very out of place.

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