For our first series retrospective, we couldn't resist a tribute to the inimitable Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (And yes, we're still as disappointed as anyone that Sarah Michelle Gellar was never gagged on the show, though we're not buying that "no gag clause" rumor for a moment!)
We begin with Buffy and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), who find themselves tied to chairs and menaced by an invisible rival in the first-season episode "Out of Mind, Out of Sight." Just three episodes later in "Some Assembly Required," danger magnet Cordy ends up blindfolded and strapped down in her cheerleader outfit, about to be scavenged for spare parts. Eww!
"School Hard" brings us the show's first gag scene, with guest star Alexandra Johnes as a bad girl whose encounter with vampire power couple Spike and Drusilla doesn't end well for her. Next, "Reptile Boy" gives us a trio of chained-up damsels, once again including Buffy and Cordelia.
After a solo scene in "The Dark Age" for Buffy, who finds herself tied face-down in a cute outfit by recurring troublemaker Ethan Rayne, we get yet another triple-tie: "Gingerbread" features Buffy, Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and Amy (Elizabeth Anne Allen) about to be burned at the stake by a crusading mob led by Buffy's own mother. Next, having regained her wits, mom (Kristine Sutherland) gets a taste of her own medicine in the very next episode when she is tied up, cleave gagged, and used as Buffy-bait in "Helpless."
But what's this? Out of nowhere in season five, Buffy suddenly has a mysterious sister, and it only takes Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) two episodes to wind up chained to a wall in "Real Me." Her woes continue in "Normal Again," when she and Willow are tied and tape-gagged in a basement, courtesy of Buffy herself. Finally, in the last season, cute guest star Azura Skye is gagged and almost sacrificed in "Help."
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