13. Tracey Forbes
Best Episode: “Something Blue” (S04E09)
This is probably this list’s most controversial inclusion. Season 4 brought about a whole new vibe to Buffy — college, Angel off in LA with Cordelia, The Initiative — and the comical Forbes episodes “Beer Bad” (college kids drink!) and “Where the Wild Things Are” (and have lots of sex!) were not especially well received by many. But “Something Blue” is her masterpiece, giving us a Buffy wildly in love with vampire Spike due to a spell — foreshadowing things to come.
XANDER: This’ll give them some time to ponder the geo-political ramifications of being mean to me!
— “Beer Bad” (S04E05)
[Giles is singing and playing guitar]
TARA: Does he do this a lot?
XANDER: Sure. Every day the earth rotates backward and the skies turn orange.
— “Where the Wild Things Are” (S04E18)
SPIKE: [Spike can no longer attack humans] You are one step away, missy–
BUFFY: Giles, help! He’s going to scold me.
— “Something Blue” (S04E09)
Post-Buffy Highlight: Forbes created the CBC show Cracked in her native Canada in 2012.
12. Rebecca Rand Kirshner
Best Episode: “Tabula Rasa” (S06E08)
Rand Kirshner joined the team in Season 5, as Buffy was entering what was supposed to have been its final season (ending in Buffy’s sacrifice, as seen in “The Gift.” But while it is hard to argue that Seasons 6 and 7 took us to some very strange places, it would be remiss not to call out some truly excellent episodes from among them, such as “Tabula Rasa,” which has our Scooby Gang lose their memories (again, it was a spell), to hilarious effect. Rand Kirshner is also responsible for Spike’s much-loved Buffy-adoring monologue from Season 7’s “Touched.”
WATCH IT HERE:
WILLOW: I took Psych 101. I mean, I took it from an evil government scientist who was skewered by her Frankenstein-like creation before the final, but I know what a Freudian slip is.
— “Tough Love” (S05E19)
[The gang have lost their memories]
SPIKE/RANDY: I must be a vampire with a soul. I’m a good guy on a mission of redemption. I help the helpless!
BUFFY/JOAN: A vampire with a soul? Oh, my God! How lame is that?
— “Tabula Rasa” (S06E08)
ANYA: [practicing her wedding vows] I, Anya, promise to… love you, to cherish you, to honor you, but not to obey you, of course, because that’s anachronistic and misogynistic and who do you think you are, like a sea captain or something?
— “Hell’s Bells” (S06E16)
Post-Buffy Highlights: Season 7 of Gilmore Girls.
11. Ty King
Best Episode: “Passion” (S02E17)
King turned in only two episodes of this show and both make him worthy of his place on this list, both being so utterly memorable. One for containing one the cleverest lines in Buffy‘s storied history (below) and the other for its heartbreaking rendering of the death of Giles’s newfound love, Jenny Calendar, at the hands of the recently-evil Angel.
XANDER: And speaking of love…
WILLOW: We were talking about the reanimation of dead tissue
XANDER: Do I deconstruct your segues?
— “Some Assembly Required” (S02E02)
Post-Buffy Highlights: He was one of the writers of the video game Guild Wars 2 in 2012?