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Episode 26 - The Initiative / Pangs / Something Blue (feat. Jessica Hautsch)


PhD student, Slayage contributor, and shadowy, mysterious Spuffy fanfic author Jessica Hautsch makes her Conversations with Dead People debut! Together we find the titular troublemakers in 407, “The Initiative” to be non-mixy things, possibly even a little bit world-breaky? In 408, “Pangs,” as is usually the case with Thanksgiving gatherings there are things we really love and things we really don’t. And finally, Spike pops the question to Buffy and is welcomed into the family with open arms in 409, “Something Blue.”


What is up with the creepy TA/student power dynamics? Did the show just blatantly foreshadow an important character development in Angel Season Five? And what is even holding Sunnydale up at this point?


Enjoy your ritual sacrifice with pie, everybody!


Next: my good, loud, punk rock friend Kenn Edwards unplugs and joins me to discuss episode 410, “Hush.” The entire conversation will take place via dry erase boards, which ought to make for a pretty interesting podcast.



Angel 107, “The Bachelor Party” and 108, “I Will Remember You”



Intro / Guest (00:00:00 - 00:00:08:38)

Main Topic (00:08:38 - 01:49:30)

Outro / Next (01:49:30 - 01:54:40)



Library Closed For Filing - Please Come Back Tomorrow



“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Something Blue” by Elvis Presley, Pot Luck with Elvis (1962)



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