Season 3 is my absolute favourite Buffy season and whenever I feel the need to watch an ep, 90% of the time I throw on S3, even though I've watched them all 1000 times each. So I really needed to do this picspam! And this isn't a list of what episodes I think are the best objectively, they're just my personal favourites for various reasons. And it was ridiculously hard just picking five, because there are so many eps I feel it's wrong not to include (Lovers Walk, Band Candy, Homecoming, The Wish, Graduation Day..) but oh well, had to draw the line somewhere!
Buffy: "Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day. It's what we have to do. And we can do it together. But if you're too much of a coward for that, then burn. If I can't convince you that you belong in this world, then I don't know what can. But do not expect me to watch. And don't expect me to mourn for you.."
05 | 3x10 - A M E N D S
Buffy/Angel sex dream, Willow/Oz being adorable, Faith chilling with Buffy and Joyce (and the "Angel's on top again?" moment always cracks me up), First!Jenny, Willy appearance, and magical snow that stops the sun coming out! That scene is one of my absolute favourites of the season though, so good. Oh, and Irish David is always good for a laugh. The only thing that ruins it is Buffy's weird bangs.
Buffy: "What if I can't? I've seen too much. I know what goes bump in the night. Not being able to fight it... what if I just hide under my bed, all scared and helpless? Or what if I just become pathetic? Hanging out at the old Slayer's home, talking people's ears off about my glory days, showing them Mr. Pointy, the stake I had bronzed."
04 | 3x12 - H E L P L E S S
I just adore this episode. I love seeing Buffy without her powers, and panicking about it, even though she's always thought of being the Slayer as a bad thing. I love Giles being the HBIC and putting Travers in his place. And the Buffy/Giles scenes are so heartbreaking and some of my favourite scenes betweem them, SMG is amazing.
Faith: "No-one can stop the Ascension. Mayor's got it wired, B. He built this town for demons to feed on, and come graduation day, he's gettin' paid. And I'll be sittin' at his right hand - assuming he has hands after the transformation, I'm not too clear on that part. And all your little lame-ass friends are gonna be kibbles 'n' bits."
03 | 3x17 - E N E M I E S
Lots of Faith! I love Faith. When she's good and when she's bad. Obviously there's a whole lot of Buffy/Faith goodness in here which always makes me happy. Angelus is always amusing so I loved getting to see him pop in again without the bad times to go along with it, and I love the Angelus/Faith dynamic. The scene with Faith taunting Buffy and Angelus throwing in the odd comment cracks me up. ("Did anyone ever ask if you could be more like me?" "I know I didn't.") Xander getting punched in the face was also a highlight. And then there's the "You still my girl?" "Always." scene, which just kills me ♥
Giles: "I won't remind you that the fate of the world often lies with the Slayer. What would be the point? Nor shall I remind you that you've jeopardized the lives of all that you hold dear by harboring a known murderer. But, sadly, I must remind you that Angel tortured me... for hours... for pleasure. You should have told me he was alive. You didn't. You have no respect for me or the job I perform"
02 | 3x07 - R E V E L A T I O N S
This was the episode I used to watch the most back in the height of my Buffy obsession.. I could pretty much recite every single line at one point, lol. Besides hating the way everyone treats Buffy over the Angel situation, I just love this episode, and I'm not even quite sure what it is about it I love so much. Obviously there's the Buffy/Angel scenes which I adore ("What am I doing? What are you doing?" "I don't know." "Shame on you!") and a lot of Faith, and I do find Mrs Post amusing, her scenes with Giles in particular. Willow is also completely adorable, and I love the Buffy/Willow scene in the graveyard.
Willow: "It's horrible! That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil, and skanky... and I think I'm kinda gay."
01 | 3x16 - D O P P E L G A N G L A N D
Ok, I'm pretty sure it's impossible not to love this episode. It's just gold from beginning to end. I love Willow-focused episodes, especially when she gets to be evil, skanky, and kinda gay. The Willow/Willow scenes are amazing. Good!Willow impersonating Evil!Willow is the most ridiculous thing ever. The episode is just full of hilarious lines, ("Have you tried looking inside the sofa in hell?!"). And I really love Evil!Willow getting sent back just to die, heh.