- Jul 29, 2016
This episode really should have ended with that scene of her refusing to allow him to gaslight her and refusing to enter a codependant relationship that she wasn’t comfortable with because apparently to Riley and Xander Buffy’s emotional boundaries mean nothing
Agreed. The show turned what could've been an empowering moment (Buffy refusing to give in to Riley's ultimatum) into one where she's basically told she should tolerate Riley's bad behaviour because she'd be stupid to let him go, after all he's "the one that comes along once in a lifetime".
Buffy missing the helicopter was the best thing that could've happened to her, even if it didn't feel like it at the time. If she had stopped Riley from leaving, she would've been trapped in that relationship no matter how unhappy she was, because she would feel like she owed it to Riley to try and make the relationship work since she would've cost him his chance to re-join the military.