Same Time, Same Place-Though they seem to be in the same places at the same time, Buffy, Xander and Dawn are unable to find Willow when she returns from England. Shortly after returning to Sunnydale, Willow is captured by a demon who enjoys eating the skin of his victims.
Wow. I'm surprised by how underrated this episode is. This is a great psychological study of Willow, certainly a much, MUCH more well thought out one than "The Killer In Me" (shrugs). It's not a dark, saddening episode at times and other times, it's possibly the goriest andgrossestepisode ever (well, maybe after "Doublemeat Palace in the "gross"category. Willow has been having fears of returning back to Sunnydale after how much chaos she caused before she left, killing people and almost ending the world and all. The first time I watched this episode, I was pretty confused on what was going on with scenes repeating with Willow and the others interchanging. It was a pretty clever and made for a refreshing, often haunting episode. There were scenes throughout the episode that really worked with how the story was being told. The scene where Buffy, Xander and Willow confront Spike in the basement has some great editing, not to mention James Masters is as superb as usual. I also loved Spike leading the gang to the gnarl. Xander thinks he lead them to a dead end but Spike shows them a cave, then says:
Spike: "Im insane, What's his excuse?"
Then you have Alyson Hannigan who once againdeliverssolid work here and it's amazing how much we still sympathize with Willow even after what she became late last season. I adored her scenes with Willow and how they were so quick to blame each other after a boy was found skinned. I am also shocked by how vulnerable and afraid for Willow you are during her scenes with the Gnarl. The Gnarl itself is by far one of the scariest and gruesome demons of the series. From the creepy moments to it slowly cutting out pieces of Willow's skin and eating her......YUCK! Even though you know Willow won't die, it's a terrifying moment for the character, making the moment where Buffy and the others come to her aid that much more emotionally satisfying. I love the moment where Willow and the others see each other, making Willow cry happily. The last scene between Buffy and Willow was also touching, so much grow between the two women, who had it rougher than anyone last season but coming together to give each other strength. All and All, "Same Time, Same Place" is both fun and frightening, showing Willow at her most vulnerable throw a cleverly woven tale. Not to mention, Dawn all paralyzed andpose-able was hilarious!