Two science club nerds use body parts to create the "perfect girlfriend" for a teenager who has been brought back from the dead.

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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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While arguing whether he is jealous and has a vampire character, Angel and Buffy are attacked by a typical one, which is no problem, and she stumbles into an fresh grave, but remarks the body didn't rise itself as vampires do, it was dug up. Uncertain how to court a modern girl like miss Jenny Calendar, Giles can use some dating advice, then starts researching what evil purpose digging up girl bodies may serve, his guesses being a voodoo priest creating zombies or a flesh-eating demon, which is ruled out by a dig on the graveyard. Hiding (it was only Angel) in a dumpster near school, Cordelia finds thrown-away body parts. The gang correctly suspects science class ace Chris Epps, a recluse since his elder jock brother Daryl's fatal car accident, and geeky yearbook photographer Eric Gittleson, worries because there is no head taken yet and finds out only later the third perpetrator is already Frankenstein-monstrously 'reassembled' Daryl Epps, who wants a mate and chose Cordelia's head ... Written by KGF Vissers

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In this episode, Angel reveals that he is 241 years old. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) As the cheerleaders cheer at the game, you hear them say "Go, Greenbacks, Go!" The Sunnydale mascot is the Razorback, even the subtitles on the DVD say Greenbacks. See more »

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[first lines]
Buffy: [sitting on top of the gravestone of Stephan Korshak] C'mon, Stephan, rise and shine. Some of us have a ton of trig homework waiting.
Angel: Hey. Is this a bad time?
Buffy: Are you crazy? You don't just sneak up on people in a graveyard. You make noise when you walk. You stomp or... yodel.
Angel: I heard you were on the hunt.
Buffy: I'm supposed to be, but... lazybones here doesn't wanna come out and play.
Angel: When you first wake up, it's a little disorienting. He'll show.
Buffy: It's weird to think of you going through ...
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References The Bride (1985) See more »

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A fairly ordinary monster of the week
18 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't the best episode of the season. It's basically a Bride of Frankenstein deal, with a young man trying to build his dead-but-not-quite-gone brother, Darryl, a girlfriend. He starts out using body parts from the already deceased. But things begin to spiral out of control when it becomes apparent that a head from a live body will be needed to complete the Bride. Cordy's head is soon the top choice for Darryl's bride and the Scoobie's have to save her. All in all, a pretty typical monster-of-the week.

The episode does have some good points. I like Cordy recruiting Angel to drive her home. No one can befuddle and confuse Angel like Cordelia. And I like Giles and Miss Calander's growing relationship. You have to laugh at Buffy's helpful "how to ask out a girl" coaching, "I have a thing, you maybe you have a thing, maybe we could have a thing." Then Willow and Xander crash his date at the football game and the Frankenstein guy's henchman attack Cordy... Poor Giles. Like everyone else in Sunnydale, he's not destined for smooth road to love.

On the downside, I'm not really sure what this episode is trying to say. Usually, the show would being trying to deliver a deeper message with this plot. Convey something that's applicable to real-life situations using the story and the characters as metaphors. All I really get from this episode is the importance of letting go to the past. The mother endlessly watching Darryl's football games, the brother resurrecting Darryl and the girls (or at least, parts of them), Cordy reminiscing about her crush on Darryl when they were younger, etc... But, honestly that seems kind of obvious and weak. Maybe, it's borrowing Mary Shelly's thesis point of science replacing God and humans' inability to control or take responsibility for the things they create with it. The episode does revolve around the school science fair and that would add some meaning. But, I honestly just don't know.

My favorite part of the episode: Xander and Giles protesting that they're the ones shoveling out a possible zombie grave, while Buffy and Willow just sit by a tombstone at chat about Angel. Buffy's response, "I was raised that the men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies" makes me laugh every time.


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