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Xander’s Reaction to Buffy’s Sexy Dance

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I’ve watched this episode a dozen times (When She Was Bad S02E01) and I’m still fuzzy on interpretation: What is Xander’s reaction during Buffy’s sexy dance?

I’m looking at his face and body language (he pretty much stops dancing and stands there while Buffy uses him as a pole), but:

Is he confused?
Is he aroused?
Is he enjoying it?
Is he insulted?
Is he angry?
Is he frustrated? By what was happening and/or Buffy’s overall attitude/behavior?
Does he want her to stop? Don’t stop?
 
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The fact that people still refer to it as "Buffy's sexy dance".. Its like someone took the shows innocence and locked it in a time capsule.


Xander pulls a stunned mullet because the problem with wanting things is that sometimes you get them.
 
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Actually, it was fairly tame for turn of the millennium standards as well.

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I'd say its a mix of WTF is going on and being aroused? I think he is so much in the moment that the thought of making her stop never really crossed his mind.
 
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Yeah, that’s how I see it too, mix of Wtf and arousal. But I think I also see some anger...?

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I’ve watched this episode a dozen times (When She Was Bad S02E01) and I’m still fuzzy on interpretation: What is Xander’s reaction during Buffy’s sexy dance?

I’m looking at his face and body language (he pretty much stops dancing and stands there while Buffy uses him as a pole), but:

Is he confused?
Is he aroused?
Is he enjoying it?
Is he insulted?
Is he angry?
Is he frustrated? By what was happening and/or Buffy’s overall attitude/behavior?
Does he want her to stop? Don’t stop?
I also feel like it is all of the above. Like conflicted, but happy because finally, but also mad because it's not real, frustrated because she's using him… lol, the whole shebang.
From his body language though I interpret that he'd rather she stop, because he knows its a lie.

The fact that people still refer to it as "Buffy's sexy dance".. Its like someone took the shows innocence and locked it in a time capsule.
Nitpicking on how people phrase things is a rather unpleasant practice. If you object to the phrase "sexy dance" you could've said something about the dance per se and what you'd rather call it, rather then condescend to another member.
 
MissChristina
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Thanks for defending! Ironically, I picked up the term “Buffy’s sexy dance” on this board. If the guy is a word or phrase police, he’s on the wrong Buffy Board!

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From his body language though I interpret that he'd rather she stop, because he knows its a lie.
Hmm, I really like this interpretation! I re-watched “Bewitched Bothered Bewildered” (S02E16) last night, and was reminded that Xander wanted Buffy to stop her romantic advances in this episode because it was a lie, I think this makes the most sense. Thanks!
 
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It's a subtle touch to Buffy's character...she may be the slayer, but she does on occasion enjoy using her sexuality to get what she wants, a bit like Cordelia. She does the same with Spike in intervention.

I think SMG would have killed it as Cordelia tbh. I often wonder what the show would be like had she played that role as originally intended.

As for Xander I think it's all you listed...but mostly arousal. Lol
 
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