An Uncomfortable British Librarian
I love Giles. I mean, really. He's such a GREAT character. I love how he can be uncomfortable in almost any given situation, regardless of the circumstances. That's quite commendable, and amazing. I liked Giles from the get-go...he's so sweet. But there is that rough underbelly to him as well. He works Buffy hard, but he also sometimes realizes that Buffy is a human being. I was shocked when he apologized to her in Reptile Boy. I mean, yeah, he isn't an idiot. He knew Buffy felt bad about what had happened, but that move wasn't what I was expecting at all.
I loved the fact that Giles dug Ms. Calendar. They were just the cutest couple in the whole world. And she was going to make him squirm....*sigh* I would have loved to have seen that. Passion was a great Giles ep. ASH was absolutely amazing in the "Giles discovers Jenny" scene. That scene was horrible to watch, because we all KNEW what was up there, and ASH made our hearts break with his contained excitement. Perfect gestures, expressions, everything. Seeing him take off his glasses and then fix his hair. That scene epitomizes to me how damn good a show Buffy really is.
And, then, of course, the aftermath. Giles attacking Angelus and Co.'s hole, and almost getting the better of Angelus. Even though he didn't, it was freaking awesome to see him beat the crap out of him with the fiery club. Woo hoo. Go Giles. The Buffy/Giles scene at the very end of the show was heartbreaking. Buffy punching Giles, and telling him she "can't do this alone." Then, the two of them hugging and crying together. Very powerful, superb acting. Giles brings out the logical side of Buffy, and she brings out the emotional side of him. They are a great team.
My Favorite Giles Quotes
"But that's the thrill of living on the Hellmouth! There's a veritable cornucopia of fiends and devils and ghouls to engage. (pause) Pardon me for finding the glass half full." (The Witch)
Yes, she's lovely. In a common, extremely well proportioned way." (To Buffy, about Miss French, Teacher's Pet)
"You were right all along about everything. Well, n-no, you weren't right about your mother coming back as a pekinese, but..." (To Carlisle, Teacher's Pet)
"Alright, I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show." (To Buffy, Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
"I was going to be a fighter pilot. Or possibly a grocer." (To Buffy, NKBFD)
"Testosterone is a great equalizer, it turns all men into morons." (To Buffy, The Pack)
"Those boys aren't sparklingly normal as it is." (About Dave and Fritz, I Robot, You Jane)
"Things involved with a computer fill me with a childlike terror. Now, if it were a nice ogre or some such I'd be more in my element." (To Buffy, IR, YJ)
"He though it would behoove me to have more contact with the students. I did try to explain that my vocational choice of librarian was with a deliberate attempt to minimize said contact, but, uh, he would have none of it." (About Principle "Fuehrer" Snyder, The Puppet Show)
"A vampire in love with a Slayer. It's rather poetic! In a maudlin sort of way." (To Angel, Invisible Girl)
"Uh, once again I teeter at the precipice of the generation gap." (To Buffy, Willow and Xander, IG)
"W-w-w-what I'm proposing is, um . . . and I-I don't mean to appear indecorous, is, is, um, a, a-a-a social engagement um, a-a-a-a date, if you're amenable." (To the chair woman, Some Assembly Required)
Giles and his girls...
Buffy and Giles, the Slayer and Watcher to be reckoned with, on an extreme level.
The Watcher, and the future Watcher, in my opinion...