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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 3x06 - Band Candy

Synopsis: Ethan Rayne, Giles' old friend, is back and playing the part of Willie Wonka, but there is more to his chocolaty treat than meets the eye. It turns the adults of Sunnydale into hormonal teenagers.

Review: The bad guys' plan in this episode is insidious and downright creepy. They plan to sacrifice babies to a sewer-dwelling demon. The bad guys of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have learned that the best way to stay alive is to delegate the criminal activity. The Mayor delegates to Mr. Trick who delegates to Ethan Rayne.

By the time you get all the way down to Rayne, it is questionable how much he knows about the baby sacrificing. The Mayor is all the more creepy for his nonchalant attitude towards such an evil act. Both are obviously evil.

Once you get past the creepiness of The Mayor's motivation for an otherwise funny prank, this episode offers a lot of laughs. It is fun to see the adult characters acting out of character. My favorite was watching Snyder act out as a geeky teenager who wants friends. The plot was solid enough, and Band Candy garnered enough laughs to earn 7 out of 10.

Objectionable Content: Under the influence of the chocolate, Giles and Joyce make-out on the hood of a car, and it is implied that they also have sex.

Rating: 7 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)

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