Showtime-Potential Slayers are arriving from around the world, seeking shelter in Sunnydale. Some of them, however, are starting to doubt that Buffy will be able to protect them from the First Evil. Giles and Anya seek answers and learn of a weakness in the Slayer line. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are rushing to fortify their defenses because nightfall will bring the Turok-Han.
Let's face it, all "Showtime" has going for it is that it ends with one of the finest action set pieces/fight scenes of the series. As an episode itself, it's pretty good I guess, but some moments just leave you scratching your head. Not to mention, introduces another annoying potential: Rona! A character who most of the time goes on and on about how scared she is, how they can'tpossibly win and whines and whines and WHINES! Sheesh and she's suppose to be a slayer one day? God! I know all the potentials can't be the same but atleast Kennedy shows someinitiativeand wants to help, the rest either complain about how they have no hope or are gonna die. Also, I found the twist with one of the Potentials being the First all along a HUGE stretch. So Eve/The First has been at the house for days since the real Eve was found dead for days. How did Buffy and anyone else in the house not notice that something wasn't right with Eve since it's established that the First isincorporeal! We saw covers over her in the beginning, she had to have touched someone in the house when she first met the gang. How did she hid the fact she can't eat? This twist made no sense....AT ALL! Also, the whole sub-plot with Anya and Giles going to that mystical eye and finding out that resurrecting Buffy caused the First to put this apocalypse into motion. It's a pretty big plot development, that never gets brought up again. It's kinda makes this development feel pointless, if the writers never build on it. Sure, telling Buffy and the others won't solve anything but the fact that Anya and Gilesneverbring it up again kinda makes that part of the episode pointless.
Also I find the whole telepathy conversation between Buffy, Xander and Willow also hard to believe. Sure we've seen Willow use telepathy before but the fact Buffy is the one that started the mental conversation made me go "WTF?!" Since when did Buffy get that power? Your telling me they couldexcusethemselves from the room for a private conversation? The episode just has these contrived twists that make no sense! I mean besides that, I did enjoy the lighter moments of the episode like Dawn and Andrew's conversation. Never have I loved Dawn more in a scene! I also liked the awkward flirtation between Kennedy and Willow. While most fans were put off by this relationship being established, it's cute seeing Kennedy falling for Willow. I also loved Willow's comment about evil tasting chalky! lol Like I said, the episode is really about the final fight between Buffy and the Tuo-kan and it's a really impressive fight sequence. While I feel the fight scenes during the later years don't compare to the fast paced, martial arts style of Sophia Crawford, this definitely was well done fight that using props, different set pieces, acrobatics, you name it. When Buffy finally kills the Tuo-kan, it's one of her best slays of the series, showing the potentials that there is hope and the war has just begun. All and All, "Showdown" has some shortcomings with it comes to it's plot twists but there are some great comedy and the final fight is pretty awesome!