The Simpsons - tape 1353

The Simpsons – tape 1353

A tape full of the Simpsons here.

First it’s Dancing Homer, in which Homer becomes a dancing mascot for the local baseball team, then gets promoted to Capital City where he’s not quite as successful.

Dancing Homer

Next it’s Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment. Lisa disapproves of Homer stealing cable TV.

In Brother can you spare two Dimes Homer’s brother (Danny DeVito) visits the Simpsons with an idea to build a new business – a machine that can translate what babies are saying.

Next it’s Kamp Krusty. The children go to Kamp Krusty and it’s not very nice. So Bart stages a takeover.

Bart of the Flies

Treehouse of Horror III has the stories Clown Without Pity featuring a cursed clown doll. King Homer is King Kong.

King Homer

And Dial Z For Zombies has zombies.

Next, in A Streetcar Named Marge, Marge performs with Flanders in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Maggie has to go to daycare.

Maggie's daycare

Amusingly, the city of New Orleans objected to their portrayal in this episode, so the next episode starts with this chalkboard gag.

I will not defame New Orleans

This episode is Homer the Heretic, in which Homer decides not to go to church.

Then recording stops, and underneath there’s a nondescript US police show of some kind that I don’t recognise. The tape ends after a few minutes of this.

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Drop The Dead Donkey - tape 1262

Drop The Dead Donkey – tape 1262

Straight into an episode of Drop the Dead Donkey. In Gulf War Report, Emma Freud is grilling George about the failings of news organizations during the gulf war.

Emma Freud

Henry is raging about the young newscasters – Paxman, Suchet, Snow.

Sally is humiliated by a puppet crocodile on children’s TV.

Sally and the crocs

Dave is attracted to Sir Royston’s daughter. But when George warns him what happened to previous men who went out with her, he backs off, only to get Sir Royston complaining that he’s ignoring her. She’s played by a very young Hermione Norris.

Hermione Norris

The next episode, The Trevorman Cometh, sees the gang worrying about layoffs and pay cuts.

In the next episode, Henry and Dido, Sally has to bring her dog into the office.

Sally and her dog

She feeds it Belgian Chocolate so I’m surprised it’s not dead.

The next episode is Baseball. Trevor Cooper makes a guest appearance.

Trevor Cooper

There’s some enforced sport-based team building.

Enforced Jollity

The next episode is Drunk Minister. Clive Merrison is the eponymous Minister.

Clive Merrison

There’s also a running gag about Damian trying to do a piece to camera in a high street, and he keeps getting interrupted, ending with a great piano gag.

The newsroom is invaded by gay protesters.

The next episode is Alex and the Interpreter. A Russian dignitary visits the newsroom with his interpreter, and falls in love with Alex.

Damian isn’t getting the good stories, being beaten to the punch by Lynn Yeats. The voice of his cameraman is played by writer Andy Hamilton.

The next episode is Hoax. We actually get to meet Lynn Yeats, Damian’s competition (to his left).

Damian vs Lynn Yeats

This episode goes out just after Robert Maxwell killed himself.

Maxwell dies at sea

Recording stops shortly after this episode.

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Earth 2 - tape 2100

Earth 2 – tape 2100

Here’s the first few episodes of Earth 2, one of the many TV shows over the years with that same premise (several of them created by Gene Roddenberry, I sometimes think).

Here’s the pilot, though. I looked at some later episodes some time back, and they didn’t make a lot of sense, as there’s an ongoing story about the planet.

So here’s a chance to catch up. It starts on a space station. The narrator, Debrah Farentino, tells us about her son, diagnosed with “a disease our medical community even hesitates to recognise. Not caused by the presence of a virus, but rather an absence. An absence of what nature can provide. An absence of fresh air, of fresh water, an absence of Earth.”

This condition appears to turn the kids into little proto-borgs.

Proto borg

All their high-technology, and they can’t make a kid’s medical accessories in nice colours?

The Eden project is supposed to take a lot of families with children like him, and find a planet which would provide the missing natural environment for them. But it looks like the evil space government don’t want them to succedd – they find a news report, scheduled for release  an hour after they’re going to launch, that the entire ship was destroyed in an explosion.

So the race begins to launch immediately, but also to find whatever explosive device the government has placed on the ship.

I like the model work in this pilot. I don’t know if it’s physical models or CG, but it’s really good.

Model Work

While arguing with the government bigwig (the always reliable David Clennon) they do this thing that really annoys me with people talking to viewscreens – having the person on screen match eyelines with the person they’re talking to, which makes no sense at all.

Eyelines

After 21 years of uneventful flight in cryogenic sleep, as soon as they all wake up, the ship gets into problems, the everyone has to evacuate. I know they need jeopardy, but why not just show how difficult it is even when things go right?

There’s an obligatory cute creature.

Obligatory Cute Alien

And some outrageous product placement.

Hummer

There’s possibly intelligent life on the planet, contrary to all their previous information (which might have been filtered by the evil government).  Even the cute little alien shoots poison claws. The captain of the crew gets hit and dies, so they bury him.

There are also some mysterious other aliens who appear from afar. Naturally, an idiot in the group takes a potshot at them.

Looming Aliens

The aliens are trying to communicate with the colonists in their dreams. I am so sick of prophetic dreams. The Aliens have taken Farentino’s sick son, Ulysses (Uly) to learn about him, and when he’s found (by co-star Clancy Brown) he’s lost his Borg costume, and his pallor has improved significantly.

Ulysses Is Grand

They decide to try to find a spot to live in, and all set off travelling, but they’re watched ominously by Tim Curry as the episode swells to its conclusion.

Tim Curry

The next episode starts with Curry, who seems to have a chain gang of rejects from The Dark Crystal working for him.

Dark Crystal Rejects

What were they thinking with their title design? Yuck.

Earth 2 Title

Curry is found, injured, by the group, and tells them he’s been there for fifteen years. His ship was off course, and he thinks they’re a rescue team. He also tell them that the little rodents with the poisonous claws aren’t fatal, so they panic and rush back to where they buried the captain – and he’s no longer there. But he turns up safe and sound, and later unearths the truth about Tim Curry – his ship was a prison ship. But Curry kills him, and keeps his secret.

In the next episode, Curry sabotages the main vehicle, and they discover some cargo from the ship, some of which is a mystery. Until one of the metal vials in the box grows a horse. Strange that the people running the expedition didn’t know what kind of technology was sent with them.

Curry has fun manipulating the little kids in the group. But whiny kids and inactive parents aren’t my favourite thing in drama.

Farentino tells Clancy Brown she thinks the expedition is cursed. He replies “I’ve never been much of a believer in curses. I tend to think bad things happen for a reason.” Aren’t those statements slightly contradictory? Isn’t a curse a reason? Makes as much sense as ‘fate’ anyway.

 

After this episode, recording continues for a time, into an episode of Picket Fences. Oh dear. The actor Fyvush Finkel died 4 days ago, as I write this, and he was one of the regular cast of Picket Fences. I don’t think I can dodge responsibility for this one. I thought I’d dodged it when an earlier tape was down as Picket Fences but was actually the Diana Funeral, but here he is (in the credits, at least). I’m so sorry.

Fyvush Finkel

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The Jewel in the Crown - tape 2436

The Jewel in the Crown – tape 2436

More from ITV’s landmark drama, first on this tape is episode 3: Questions of Loyalty. Daphne is pregnant, and going through with the pregnancy. She believes the baby is Kumar’s.

But she doesn’t survive the birth.

RIP Daphne Manners

Her Aunt Ethel is looking after the baby, and in the boat next door, Geraldine James (Sarah Layton) is relaxing with her mother, who’s getting annoyed at the baby crying.

Geraldine James

This is a classic drama set in India, so Peggy Ashcroft is a statutory obligation. She plays a character called Barbie.

Peggy Ashcroft

There’s a lot of flashback in this programme, and it’s a bit confusing.

Kumar’s case is still being discussed, and we learn that Merrick has been dismissed, because of problems with the evidence in the case. So he joins the army. His bunkmate is Nicholas Farrell as Teddy Bingham, who sounds like a character from Jeeves and Wooster.

Nicholas Farrell

He spots a broken lady’s bicycle in front of the barracks, with a strange symbol written in dirt. He tells Merrick, who obviously thinks of Daphne’s bicycle, a key piece of evidence in the case against Kumar, and one which many people thought was manufactured.

Teddy is Sarah Layton’s sister’s fiancee, by the way, so there’s a connection to Geraldine James.

The episode ends with the news that Miss Crane, a schoolteacher we met last episode, who had been attacked in her car (and who owned a copy of the eponymous painting of The Jewel in the Crown) had killed herself by burning herself alive in a shed, and the episode ends over a shot of the burning shed. This is grim stuff.

Still no sign of Charles Dance.

Next, it’s episode 4: Incidents at a Wedding. “Pankot 1943” reads the caption. Well thank goodness it’s after the events of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, otherwise the place would be swarming with heart-ripping Thuggee cultists.

But that’s not to say there aren’t crises. Teddy’s best man has fallen ill, so his hastily arranged wedding to Susan Layton is in jeopardy, until he realises he can ask Ronald Merrick to be his best man. Just the kind of dour, humourless automaton you’d want as your best man. I bet they spend the stag night drinking lemonade and listening to Souza records.

The wedding is bringing out the big guns of the acting world, with Rosemary Leach as a friend of the Laytons.

Rosemary Leach

Merrick is, at least, a ruthlessly efficient best man, arranging everything to the last detail.

At Pankot, we meet another acting great, Eric Porter, playing Blofeld lookalike Dimitri Bronowsky.

Eric Porter

And Saeed Jaffrey is the Nawab of Mirat.

Saeed Jaffrey

He’s invited to the wedding, but stopped at the door because, of course, he’s Indian. And when he’s presented to the bride’s mother, she appears to be stoned – there’s some kind of breach of protocol with his greeting. Either I’m missing something, or the programme doesn’t feel like explaining it.

On the way to the wedding, someone throws a stone at the limo carrying Merrick and Teddy. At the wedding, Bronowsky talks to Merrick about what happened in Mayapore with Daphne, and about the Indian agitator Pandit Baba, who Merrick was trying to get evidence about when he arrested Kumar.

We’re missing episode 5 here – either I missed recording it, or it’s on another tape. There are a couple more in my database.

To catch you up, we see Kumar again, in prison, questioned while Daphne’s aunt watches. Peggy Ashcroft (Barbie) gets a bit overcome at a wedding reception, as she’s still upset about her friend self-immolating. And Susan Layton gets the bad news that husband Teddy has been killed, not good news for a newly pregnant wife. But still no Charles Dance.

The next episode on this tape is episode 6: Ordeal by Fire. Barbie (Peggy Ashcroft) is still having bad dreams about Miss Crane who burned herself to death.

Sarah receives a letter telling her that Teddy was with Merrick when he died, and Merrick ‘rendered much assistance’. I bet he didn’t. But he did get injured. I think he was jealous of Eric Porter’s Blofeld impression, and decided he’d go for Phantom of the Opera.

Captain Merrick is there inside my mind

Sarah kindly lets him take a drag on her cigarette. So thoughtful and health conscious.

Merrick was indeed heroic in his own retelling of what happened.

Heroic rescue

Teddy was killed because he believed in the inherent goodness of the Indian soldiers, apparently. This event solidifies Merrick’s racist worldview.

Number of Charles Dance sightings to date: 0

Finally on this tape, episode 7: Daughters of the Regiment. Sarah is chatted up by Jimmy Clarke, an officer who’s almost as slimy as Merrick. “You’re not really plain. Quite pretty really.” Quite dreadful, and after all this he pretty much bullies her into sleeping with him, by belittling her and telling her that she should experience ‘joy’. Ghastly.

Creepy Jimmy Clarke

Sarah and Susan’s aunt Mabel dies, sitting in her sun chair next to Susan. Poor Susan, she’s not having much luck.

Barbie rushes back, and finds the household in rather a panic. They’re casting suspicion on their Indian manservant over teh death, and Susan has started her labour. Barbie can’t understand why they’re so suspicious of the Indians.

She’s very upset at Mabel’s death, and insists to Mrs Layton (Judy Parfitt) that Mabel should be buried next to her husband. Mildred’s disdain for Barbie is revealed by this confrontation, “You have the soul of a parlour maid.” So naturally, it’s all about class. None of this has really been made clear by the narrative, unless I missed an important conversation. Peggy Ashcroft gets to do some Bafta Nomination Scene acting.

Peggy Ashcroft Bafta Scene

The episode ends on a curiously flat note, with Sarah Layton arriving by train in Ranpur.

After this last episode, recording continues very briefly with the start of A Rage In Harlem.

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Congo - The Englishman who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain - tape 2434

Congo – The Englishman who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain – tape 2434

First, Congo, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. I’ve watched this a couple of times, and I’ve read the novel, and yet I can’t recall many details of the plot. But how can I dislike a film with both Tim Curry and Bruce Campbell in the cast?

Bruce Campbell

Campbell is searching for ‘Blue Diamond Effluvia’ I think. It powers a laser. He’s working for a hi-tech company, who want the lasers for their communications technology, although the one he demonstrates can blow up rock, so I’m guessing that. But while exploring, he comes across a hidden temple. And pretty soon, something very scary comes across him.

His whole expedition is attacked, as witnessed by Laura Linney and Joe Don Baker (Campbell’s father) over a video-link.

Laura Linney

Baker is desperate to get the diamonds, which are crucial to his company’s communication laser, so he orders Linney, who was engaged to Campbell, to head over to Africa.

Joe Don Baker

Meanwhile, we meet Grant Heslov and Dylan Walsh, who have been using VR gloves to allow a gorilla called Amy to speak using sign language.

Amy the talking gorilla

In the audience for their presentation is Tim Curry, a Romanian businessman, who offers to fund their expedition to take Amy to Africa to speak to other gorillas.

Tim Curry

Linney needs to get to Africa too, so she hitches a ride on their plane.

Once they get to Africa, they’re met by Joe Pantoliano

Joe Pantoliano

And Ernie Hudson, as their “great white hunter”.

Ernie Hudson

Even Delroy Lindo turns up as a corrupt Captain who needs to be bribed to carry on with the expedition.

Delroy Lindo

Weirdly, both Lindo and Pantoliano are uncredited cameos.

Nothing’s easy on this trip. They cross the border into Zaire (now the People’s Democratic Republic of Congo) and the army starts shooting RPGs at the plane, which Linney and Hudson destroy using flare guns. Then everyone has to bail out of the plane, with Amy hitching a ride with Hudson.

This is an oddly paced film. It’s way more than halfway through, and they haven’t even reached their destination. So the film has to generate jeopardy along the way, including a boat ride that’s attacked by hippos.

Hippo Attack

Once they actually het to the legendary lost city, they find it’s defended by a tribe of aggressive white gorillas who don’t like visitors, and the team is soon inundated by them. Amy comes to the rescue of Walsh when he’s attacked, and I was disappointed that she didn’t sign the words “Get your damned hands off him you damned dirty apes.”

Linney finds Campbell’s body, and what does he have with him? The super laser he showed off at the start. Always nice to see Chekov’s laser in practice.

Chekov's Laser

Rather coincidentally, the lost city is overwhelmed by a volcanic eruption at just the moment they’re escaping, leading to a fiery climax.

This is a deeply silly film.

After this, recording switches over to the Movie Channel for The Englishman who went up a Hill and came down a Mountain. It’s got an introduction from David Puttnam.

The film itself is a lovely shaggy dog story. Hugh Grant and Ian MacNeice are cartographers from the Ordnance Survey, visiting a small Welsh town to measure the height of their mountain. But the mountain is only 982 feet high making it not a mountain but a hill. It would have to be 1000 feet to qualify to be a mountain.

Hugh Grant and Ian MacNeice

The villagers, led by Colm Meaney as the lecherous hotel keeper, are incensed that their mountain is being reduced in rank, so they conspire to keep the two Englishmen in town, not letting them leave, until they can bolster the height of the mountain.

Colm Meany

It’s a lovely film, and has a vibe much like Local Hero. It’s also the first film I ever saw when they opened the new Multiplex in my home town. Ever since I’d been a regular cinemagoer, the only cinema in town was the Odeon in the main street, which, since the 70s decline in cinema attendance, had all but curtailed its film showings. Films were only shown on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, all other nights being used for Bingo. I did love that cinema, though. It had a huge screen, and I remember queuing around the block for Star Wars when it eventually arrived in the summer of 1978. The multiplex was a big improvement in the number of films available to watch, and meant I no longer had to make the journey to Hatfield or High Wycombe to watch films. They did have some teething problems, though 0 the sound cut out a few times at our screening of this film, which was annoying.

The recording stops after the film.

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The Jewel in the Crown - tape 2444

The Jewel in the Crown – tape 2444

First on this tape is the first episode of a repeat run in Channel 4 of ITV’s acclaimed drama The Jewel in the Crown.

Here’s Om Puri, Mola Ram himself, as Dr deSouza, a doctor working with a Nun, Sister Ludmilla, who is running a sanctuary.

Om Puri

Tim Pigott-Smith arrives as the district superintendant of police, Merrick. It must have been exhausting for him to maintain that sneer throughout the filming process.

Tim Piggott-Smith

He’s there looking for “a wanted man”. The only man there of any interest is the young man found the previous night by the doctor and the nun, lying drunk in a ditch. It’s Art Malik as Hari Kumar, who only speaks English, and seems to know his way around the law. Merrick arrests him (“on no charge”) as all he sees is an Indian face.

Art Malik

We meet Daphne Manners (Susan Wooldridge), an English ex-pat living with Lili Chatterjee. She knows Merrick, and at a couple of events she meets Kumar and seems to fall for him, although he seems less interested. But Merrick is also interested in her, and invites her to listen to his copious collection of Sousa records.

She has a couple of lovely meals with Kumar, and clearly likes him. So when she meets with Merrick, and he proposes to her on the first date, she politely declines. Awkward. And he’s very disapproving of her friendship with Kumar.

Daphne finds out that Kumar was seeing her to be polite – not because he was interested in her, so she stops seeing him.

All this is playing out against the backdrop of the campaign for independence. Trouble is coming. The episode ends with a night of unrest, and Daphne has gone missing on her way home from the hospital.

Next is episode 2, The Bibighar Gardens. Daphne has gone to find Kumar, in the Bibighar Gardens where they had walked before. The heat of the moment takes over and they start kissing, unaware that they are observed by some Indians.

Merrick is going all over town looking for Daphne, clearly assuming she’s with Kumar.

Then Daphne turns up, distressed, alone and injured. She was attacked. Not by Kumar, she claims, but by someone else. I wonder if Merrick will believe her.

Of course not. He finds Kumar at his aunt’s house, cleaning himself up. He’s got marks on his face. Merrick pulls him in, beats him, arrests all his friends to try to get Kumar to admit he raped Daphne.

A flashback shows us what actually happened to Daphne and Kumar – while they were resting after their steamy session, they were both set upon by a gang of ‘hooligans’, and she was raped. But she can’t admit that Kumar was there, as their affair would be a huge scandal. I can’t help thinking that this one decision is the cause of all that follows.

Also, I’m struck that this plot seems to be almost identical to A Passage to India. A shy English girl at the heart of a rape charge against an innocent man. I guess the fear of the ‘other’ is a common trope.

Plus, two episodes in and there’s no Charles Dance. I thought he was the star of this.

Before the next episode is another in-vision Channel 4 announcer.

Channel 4 in vision

Then, we skip forward to episode 8, The Day of the Scorpion. There’s another tape, with some of the missing episodes on it coming up in a couple of days, so you might need to wait for that one to keep up with the story, but here’s episode 8.

Ranpur 1944, the title tells us. Sarah was only in Ranpur for a stopover, but she meets Eric Porter’s Count Bronowsky on the platform.

In the train with Bronowsky is Nigel Rowan, the man who took Hari Kumar’s testimony for his aunt. The subject of Merrick comes up, but he claims not to be familiar with the case, or if the young men incarcerated are released.

Later, Bronowsky talks to Ahmed Kasim (Derrick Branche) who had been at the wedding. He explains that Merrick’s heroic action will somehow purge the scandal around the Manners case, and the men in prison would now be released.

Kasim is there to meet his father, Mohammed Ali Kasim, who had been imprisoned politically.

Sarah arrives back home to see Sarah. Sarah is having trouble accepting the baby.

Laytons and the baby

Barbie is packing to leave, having been asked to leave by Mildred Layton, when her friend (Anna Cropper) comes to see her to ask her about some gossip she’s heard. The gossip is that Barbie shouldn’t be staying in the same house as Sarah and Susan because they think the elderly spinster is a lesbian. Of course, that word is never spoken, and only barely alluded to, but it certainly came out of nowhere, although it might explain people’s reaction to her.

Meanwhile, Merrick is his usual charming self, getting used to his artifical arm, and being looked after by Warren Clarke.

Merrick and Dixon

The scene with Merrick is shot very cleverly, using an amputee as a  body double, and framing the shots so that the two of them can slip in and out of frame, giving the strong illusion that Tim Pigott-Smith has actually lost an arm. No CGI here.

Merrick's injury

Susan is still not coping with the baby, and re-enacts something she had seen as a child, where an Indian boy set a small ring of fire, and put a scorpion inside, and the scorpion appeared to sting itself. But she reenacts this with her baby and a ring of burning petrol.

Baby in the Ring of Fire

Thankfully, a sharp-eyed servant sees her doing it and rescues the baby unharmed.

So that’s the end of episode 8. Number of Charles Dance appearances so far: 0

After this episode, recording continues briefly with the start of White Men Can’t Jump. One of Stanley Kubrick’s favourite films, apparently.

The tape ends shortly into the film.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer - tape 2468

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – tape 2468

First on this tape, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Homecoming. Buggy is going out with Scott, who we know is a loser because he’s not Angel. Nobody else knows that Angel is back from the dead except Buffy. Buffy tells Angel she’s seeing Scott “because he’s reliable.” Then Scott dumps her. Meanwhile there’s two buff army types watching Buffy from inside a van, and transmitting her picture to an old guy, who’s working with Mr Trick.

Old Guy and Mr Trick

We’re also introduced to the Mayor for (I presume) the first time. And Faith is around, and training with Buffy.

Mr Trick has assembled a lot of people to take out Buffy and Faith. Slayerfest ’98. But Buffy has a more important mission: Beat Cordelia to Homecoming Queen.

Danny Strong as Jonathan makes another of his guest appearances early in the show. He’s now a screenwriter, who wrote the screenplays for the last two Hunger Games movies.

Buffy and Jonathan

Buffy and Faith are supposed to get the same Limo to the prom, but the gang switch it, so that Buffy and Cordelia can sort out their differences. Unfortunately, that’s when the Slayerfest starts, so Buffy not only has to fight off the bad guys, but has to protect Cordelia. Excapt when Cordelia persuades one fo the bad guys that she’s a slayer, and just makes him run away. Brilliant.

The next episode is Band Candy. Giles and Joyce are pressuring Buffy to study for her SATs. The Principal is getting the kids to sell Band Candy to the neighbourhood. But Buffy is ducking out to be with Angel, which she can’t tell anyone.

But the Band Candy is cursed, by Giles’ old enemy Ethan Raine. And it’s making all the adults behave like kids.

Giles Smoking

Giles and Joyce in particular are great fun, with Giles reverting to his early ‘Ripper’ persona.

But the infantilisation of the adults is not just for fun. It’s to allow collection of a tribute to a big demon – who eats babies.

The Demon, when it appears, it a fairly mediocre CGI snake. Buffy didn’t have the budget or technology to really pull off great CGI characters, so it’s a bit of a disappointment.

Lurconis

But the real job of this episode is to set up the Mayor as the big bad for this series, along with his associate, Mr Trick. Harry Groener really enjoys playing the Mayor, and there’s a good argument to be made that he’s the best season-villain the show ever had.

The Mayor and Mr Trick

The next episode, Revelations, starts off with Willow and Xander still jittery about their recent smooch, and has Buffy and Faith’s training interrupted by the arrival of Gwendoline Post – Faith’s new watcher, played by Serena Scott Thomas – last seen in this blog for her starring role as Diana in Diana: Her True Story.

Gwendoline Post

She spends her first scene belittling Giles, then announces that a Demon called Lagos who is looking for the Glove of Mynhegon. When she leaves, Buffy’s response is “Interesting lady. Can we kill her?”

Xander goes to the place where the glove is supposed to be buried, and sees someone leaving with a package. It’s Angel, who he last saw as a totally evil vampire. He follows him back to the place he’s living, and sees him kissing Buffy. You can see where this might be going.

The Glove of Mynhegon looks a bit scary. “Once you put it on, you can never take it off.”

The Glove of Mynhegon

The gang are mortified that Buffy has been hiding Angel, particularly Giles, given what Angel did to him last season.

Angel isn’t the problem, though. When Giles tells Miss Post about the glove, and suggests a way to destroy it, she clonks him on the head with a big statue. When Faith and Xander find Giles out cold, she assumes Angel is responsible and goes off to sort him out.

There’s some really good stunt work in this episode, culminating in a superb Buffy vs Faith showdown at Angel’s place. The choreography of their fight is fantastic, and the performers sell it magnificently.

But while the slayers are busy fighting, Miss Post grabs the glove and puts it on, charging it up with Lightning an hurling bolts of electricity around.

Buffy knows what to do, though, and chucks a sharp chunk of glass at her to take off her arm, leaving her a bit susceptible to the lightning. More great effects here, too.

Miss Post Gets Zapped

After the last episode, recording switches to the start of an episode of So Graham Norton. But there’s only a few minutes of the opening of one episode before that recording ends and we’re back to Sky One with the start of an episode of Train Wrecks – literally a programme about train crashes.

This recording ends, and underneath there’s an episode of Battle Stripes. Then it’s followed by an episode of Gun Law. The tape ends with the start of an episode of The PJs.

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