Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 12: CheckpointWritten by Douglas Petrie & Jane Espenson; Directed by Nick Marck
Tonight on the WB: Willow calls herself a lesbian! Tune in for rampant lesbian antics and the destruction of wholesome American family values! Or not.
In the feel-good episode of the year, Buffy gives the Watchers' Council the thorough kicking it so sorely deserves when Quentin Travers turns up, underlings in tow, to put Buffy through a series of "tests" (think Helpless in Season 3, only without Giles' cooperation) in order to determine whether or not she can handle the information they've uncovered on Glory. In one of the most satisfying scene in the series as a whole, Buffy points out to them that they didn't come to see is she was competent - they came to beg her for help, but to disguise it as a series of tests in order to save face. Some really nice acting from Anthony Head in this episode, who for the first time in a while gets to do something more than stand behind the cash desk and agree with everything Buffy says.
Overall rating: 9/10.
Next time: Blood Ties.