by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)
Next week, Joss Whedon fans will celebrate the birthdays of three "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alums: Alyson Hannigan (Willow) on Sunday the 24th, Nathan Fillion (Caleb) on Wednesday the 27th, and Juliet Landau (Drusilla) on Saturday the 30th.
To help you celebrate, the Weekly Whedon has chosen one quintessential "Buffy" episode for each of these fine actors; all are available on Netflix, so we suggest you to watch (or re-watch, whatever the case may be) to commemorate each birthday!
Alyson Hannigan - March 24th – Episode 3.16, "Doppelgangland"
This episode, written and directed by Joss Whedon, marks the second appearance of alternate-universe Vamp Willow (she first showed her fangs in "The Wish" earlier in season 3). But in "Doppelgangland," Vamp Willow faces Regular ol' Willow, and hilarity ensues. Also, there’s a big fight at The Bronze, and that always makes for good fun.
Nathan Fillion - March 27th - Episode 7.18, "Dirty Girls"
This is definitely not "Captain Mal" Nathan Fillion from "Firefly." This is "Seriously Effed Up Creepy Evil Preacher Caleb" Nathan Fillion, and "Dirty Girls" is his introduction to the Buffyverse. In this one episode, Caleb manages to kill or injure several Potential Slayers and do something very, very bad to Xander which necessitates the permanent addition of an eye patch into Xan’s wardrobe.
Juliet Landau - March 30th - Episode 5.7, "Fool For Love"
In this first part of a "Buffy"/"Angel" crossover, we learn through flashbacks just how wimpy William the Bloody, named because of his bloody awful poetry, became Spike the vampire (we also learn the meaning of the word effulgent) – and Drusilla had a lot to do with it. Ever the source of entertaining yet puzzling bits of dialogue, Drusilla says things like "The King of Cups expects a picnic. But this is not his birthday!" We love her for it.
Previously on The Weekly Whedon:
MTV News producer Tami Katzoff presents The Weekly Whedon, a column exploring all corners of the Whedonverse from "Marvel's The Avengers" to "Buffy" and beyond. Assemble your reactions in the comments section!