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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Doug Petrie with weaponry. Grrr!
Doug Petrie
Buffy producer's inside guide


Something Blue
Amy the Rat comeback and Cordelia of Nine discussed.

BBC : The public needs to know: Amy the Rat? What's the thinking behind her appearance in this episode and her ongoing de-ratting? Is it a bit of fun with the fans by not bringing her back yet, and is there a need for the character within the group now that we have Tara and Anya?

Doug Petrie: I think that about three times for every story, one of the writers will say, "Well, why don't we bring Amy back?" and we can't seem to do it. We want to and we try to, it just never seems to work out for who knows what reasons. I think that bringing her back for two seconds was about as cruel and funny as anything could be, and again it goes back to the previous thing - the kind of crossover thing – of, "How big is this world?"

We're very into treats for the fans, rewarding the faithful without getting in the way of an episode that a new viewer could enjoy and there's always some tension there. But if that was the first episode you ever saw, you'd have no idea what that joke meant. If you've been watching since the beginning, it's just gut-bustingly funny and a little mean - it's a mean spirited joke - but Amy could be the season six villain for all we know. She could never show up again. We have no idea. We think about it all the time, and Jane Espenson in particular is always saying, "Hey, let's bring back Amy." We just know that if she comes back she'd probably be a little rat-like but we don't know. We don't even know that for sure, so that's poor Amy.

BBC : By this point in the season, the relationship is starting to build between Xander and Anya. How do you see that evolving and what function does Anya have within the group? Has she become Cordelia to a certain extent, or is she more of a Seven of Nine for the series?

Doug Petrie: Oh, excellent comparison. I think she's a little of both and I think that what she's done is she's started as a combination of those two things. Like all of our characters, none miss the fun. No-one stays in the same place for very long and I think that Anya is, in addition to being like Seven of Nine and Cordelia, has a female Pinocchio. She is slowly starting to become human. Now, I haven't been up on the new Star Trek so maybe Seven of Nine is doing that as well?

BBC : A little bit, yes.

Doug Petrie: It's a very natural thing to do with a character like that. She's learning about emotions and...

BBC : And sex!

Doug Petrie: Well, she started off with a very high learning curve for sex - she and Xander - but again the joke is that she and Xander are constant. I think she started off as this kind of walking sex joke who has no feelings and having explored [that] I think there's only so far that can go. It's a very funny joke, but you can only take it so far and I think that she's going to become more emotional without being sappy. I think she's going to grow into a real person. I look forward to that. I think [with] Xander, they're going to develop some real feelings for each other and I think that's the most interesting place we can go to - that she's not a joke and so that's coming up.


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