As I suspected, and as Ashley pointed out, I’m finding it much harder to narrow down Must Watch episodes of Buffy Season 2 because honestly? They’re all kind of Must Watch. Even the bad ones are supremely entertaining. But I’ll try. For you guys.
This season is weird for me because it’s when I officially started watching, like, as a fan, so I've seen a lot of these, just, A BUNCH of times. My mom bought me those Buffy VHS two-packs that each had two “important” episodes per tape. The X-Files did this, too, because I remember watching the Conduit/Ice and Squeeze/Tooms ones pretty much constantly. Anyway, according to the Buffy VHS doubles, you should only be watching, like, What’s My Line(s), Surprise/Innocence, and Becoming(s) from season two, and that is unacceptable. This just goes to show you that those tapes know NOTHING, which is probably why we don’t watch them anymore. Also -- Netflix.
When She Was Bad: Buffy has angst and not just her normal Slayer-angst, but some I-almost-died-angst.
School Hard: SPIKE!
Halloween: I LOVE THIS EPISODE SO MUCH. It was actually one of the first ones I ever saw and it’s one I’ll just watch randomly when the mood strikes me. ANYWAY. It’s about Halloween, duh.
The Dark Age: If you were hoping for some Giles History (and why wouldn’t you?), this one’s for you.
What’s My Line, part one: I don’t want to spoil anything. So just watch this one.
What’s My Line, part two: This one, too.
Surprise: It’s Drusilla’s birthday and she has a surprise for Buffy (hence the name of the episode).
Innocence: I can’t talk about it.
Phases: More Oz!
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered: Xander makes a huge mistake. And it’s just THE BEST.
Passion: I SAID I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT.
I Only Have Eyes For You: Remember that show Jake 2.0 that was like Chuck before Chuck was Chuck? Anyway, Christopher Gorham, who played Jake (and Ugly Betty’s boyfriend), is in this one.
Becoming, part one: DUH, yes, watch this one.
Becoming, part two: DUH, yes, watch this one (part two).
You Should Really Watch (as in, I keep almost adding them to the list above):
Some Assembly Required: Cordelia gets better and better, you guys, I can’t even.
Inca Mummy Girl: I was going to put this on Do Not Watch List but OZ, YOU GUYS. Just fast-forward to the parts with Seth Green in them.
Lie to Me: I went back and forth on this one. It’s really, really good but I’m not sure you’d be missing anything by skipping it.
Bad Eggs: THIS ONE IS SO MUCH FUN PLEASE JUST WATCH IT.
OK FINE, skip these:
Reptile Boy: Yeah, this one is the Britta of season two.
Ted: This one is actually sort of good (John Ritter!) but I find it extremely EXTREMELY uncomfortable to watch. Your mileage may vary.
Killed by Death: The monster in this one is terrifying but I found the episode itself to be kind of boring? Sorry.
Go Fish: This one is disturbing and not just because Xander wears a Speedo. He’s no Mulder, you guys.