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Why was Cordelia absent in episode the pack and I robot you Jane

Discussion in 'Sunnydale Cemetery' started by Benz, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Benz

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    Why was she absent in those episodes?.
     
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    Sineya
    I doubt there was any real reason, other than her just not being needed in the episodes.
    There were odd episodes where Anya, Angel and Oz were absent, despite being in the credits.
     
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    Sineya
    They were both Scoobie-centric episodes right? Xander and Willow respectively.

    Maybe they just didn't have a way of fitting her in that would add to the story.
     
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    Same as the others. Despite being in the credits I still don't think that she earned core cast member status till the end of the first season.
     
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    Cordelia wasn't a member of the scoobies until later on in the season so she wouldn't be hanging around with Buffy and co all the time.
     
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    Athena Belinda Staff Member

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    It's a bit like why Xander was missing from Conversations with Dead People - he wasn't needed for the plot of that episode, so although listed in the titles, he didn't feature. :)
     
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    A little different though. It is very rare for a score scoobie not to feature somewhere in the episode. They could have still come up with something for Xander related to his past.
     
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    Didn't NB have something that prevented him being available that day? Whatever it was caused him to miss out on being in every Buffy episode which can only be claimed by SMG and AH.
     
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    Not sure. The episode might have been over crowded with another storyline thrown in anyway, so I think they made the right call.
     
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    ?

    I think even if they featured someone like Jesse from Xander's past, it might have became too comedic with Xander instead of serious. Dunno. I like the episode just the way it is.
     
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    I also think they needed Buffy to be the one to hear that Spike was out killing and siring and the only way they could do that was for someone she knew being sired by Spike. Holden is a simple plot device which is why he's never been seen or mentioned about before or after this episode. There are worse plot devices out there, Holden at least seems reasonable.
     
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    Technically just SMG, as AH wasn't in the original pilot.

    Also, to be fair Cordelia's role in the show until Out of Mind Out of Sight was simply to act as a foil for Buffy, meaning she just had to show up, be mean and leave. Since the episodes The Pack and I Robot You Jane were main character-centric there was really no reason for her to be there. When she learned about the supernatural and started dating Xander in S2 there was a legit reason to see her hanging around with the Scoobies.
     
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    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    You mean the unaired pilot ? If you look at all the aired episodes then both SMG & AH made it .

    Also Cordy could very easy had been in The Pack so I for one don't know why they didn't put her in there :confused:
     
    Samuel Reyes: The unaired pilot
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    Why would it become too comedic? Xander's character isn't always comedic. Hell's Bells is Xander's most serious episode, and the episodes that follow feature very few comedic Xander moments.

    I heard they wanted to feature Jesse in Conversation with Dead People, but couldn't get the actor.

    They don't need to feature Jesse. Xander alone in his apartment with First Spike would have been spooky enough, especially if First Buffy made an appearence.
     
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    ChaseRules When it comes to dating I the Slayer.

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    Sineya
    So why didn't they then ? And they could have used Ampara . That would have been something as it could have made Xander
    feel guilty over what he did to her .
     
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    No, it was too early in the season at this point and the audience weren't supposed to have a clue what was going on. Seeing Spike and Buffy talking with Xander while also being in other places at the same time would have been too confusing and would have detracted from the episode.
     
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    Sineya
    Probably because the episodes were Scooby focused, and Cordy wasn't a Scooby at the time.