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The Five: Worst episodes of Buffy (or "Bored now")

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 31st 2006 10:31AM
buffy logoBefore all of you Buffy fanatics come jumping down my throat for even having the nerve to suggest that there are bad episodes of Buffy, know that I did do a list last year of my favorite five episodes of the show. I am a huge fan of this series no matter how much I might bitch and whine about an episode or two (well, in this case five). I'm always watching the seasons over and over again, so much so that I think my DVDs are wearing out.

So, while there are many more good episodes than bad, Buffy -- like any other show on TV -- does have its bad days.

5. Where The Wild Things Are (S04E18) -- There really wasn't much point to this episode. Buffy and Riley spent the bulk of the episode in a frat house bedroom having sex while the rest of the scoobs are left to battle some ornery ghosts who are none too happy. Maybe I just hate that we had to endure the knowing that some guy was banging Buffy for hours on end. No, actually, the episode was just pointless and not all that good.

4. The Pack (S01E06) -- I mentioned my distaste for this episode when I reviewed it during Retro Squad. The whole plot within the zoo and Xander hanging around with bullies, possessed with the spirit of some demon hyenas. And then we're supposed to believe Xander can take down Buffy in any capacity? Please.

3. Inca Mummy Girl (S02E04) -- This episode has a familiar feeling to it, one that took me back to 'The Pack'. And it makes sense, as it was written by the same duo. Maybe it's a problem with the silly field trips the kids are taking in High School that makes for a bad episode. This was another of the few episodes that made me wish it'd be over already.

2. Go Fish (S02E20) -- I feel bad for Nick Brendon. Out of the very few Xander-centric episodes, I'm naming three of them in my worst-of list. Thankfully there's 'The Zeppo', which I really liked but I think there are those who didn't. Actually this one's not all Xander, so that's good for him. I think what I hated the most about this episode was the horrible costumes used on the, um, fish men. The scene at the end of the episode, with the group of them flopping around in the ocean is pain inducing and laughable at the same time.

1. Doublemeat Palace (S06E12) -- Where do I begin? This just had to be a joke amongst the writers to see how laughable they could get an episode past the fans of the show. I'm not sure there is anyone I know who, when I mention this episode, doesn't react with a smarting sound and "ooooo.... yeah that was bad." What were they thinking?

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"Double Meat Palace" is essentially a story focusing on Buffy's difficulty in coping with one specific aspect of having normal, mundane responsibilities (something she always claimed she wanted). It's one version of the "What if... Buffy Needed a Steady Paycheck" episode. It isn't great, but seeing Buffy flipping burgers definitely adds something extra to the overall depressingness of Season 6.

November 09 2011 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where the Wild Things Are is the worst episode.

But The Pack, Go Fish, and Inca Mummy Girl are GREAT standalone eps, The Pack especially. Simply a fantastic episode, maybe the best from Season 1.

Doublemeat Palace is a fun, silly episode, nothing more or less.

November 05 2011 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Beer bad is not on here but The Pack is? WHAAAAAAAAAAT?

April 18 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, there's actually hate for "crack whore Willow"? Evil Willow was one of my favorite parts of the entire series.

August 10 2010 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seeing Red.
Because, why? Just, why ಥ_ಥ

August 02 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The Pack" was awesome! Only episode in which Xander was marginally attractive (not that i dont love him in other capacities). My worst episode ever has to be "Bad Eggs" followed closely by "Superstar" and "Gingerbread". Admittedly there is the "Ill see your bleurgh and raise you a eeeeeurgh" in Bad Eggs which makes it slightly better, but on the whole cant stand that episode.
Agreed the others you have mentioned are not the best, but i cant believe anyone would diss Once More With Feeling!! Shocking!

June 11 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Like "No Assembly Required," "Go Fish" reminds me why I love Buffy. It's a gem of a campy horror story: absurd, Scooby Doo-like plot treated with absolute sincerity, clichéd high school dialog, excessively gruesome special effects, really, really bad jokes--it even has an evil swim coach who would do anything "for the win." The penultimate episode in the season, it does nothing for the story arch, but a great deal for the tone of show.

March 26 2010 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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