In celebration of my birthday today, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite birthday-themed episodes in TV history! Starting in no particular order with…
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Surprise” 02×13
As Willow, Xander and the gang plan a party for Buffy, Spike and Drusilla are planning a “party” of their own. They bring together body parts of a dismembered demon who seemingly can’t be killed. More importantly, Buffy and Angel go to check out the demon, get caught, escape and end up back at Angel’s place where they make love for the first time, drastically changing both of their lives.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Helpless” 03×12
As part of a watcher/slayer test given by the Watcher’s Council, Giles must take Buffy’s powers away and let her face a psycho vampire, using just her intellect and instincts. It sucks to see Buffy this helpless but I love this episode because 1. Buffy and Angel have some lovely moments together, and 2. We see, very clearly, that Giles and Buffy’s relationship is not just watcher/slayer but much more father/daughter. Giles loses his job with the council and Buffy ends up quitting the council later this season.
*BtVS is on Netflix! Watch it here.
The Vampire Diaries’ “162 Candles” 01×08
Although things aren’t going so well for Stefan and Elena after events of the last episode, we hear Stefan talk to his bff, Lexi, about how much he loves Elena and how different she is than Katherine. We also meet Lexi in this episode, and she’s awesome. Stefan is different around her, he’s fun and outgoing and finally just having a good time. Until Damon ruins everything (big surprise) and stakes Lexi as part of his plan to infiltrate the council. I hate Damon for what he did but I love this episode because I love Stefan and Lexi’s friendship and it’s nice to see him even semi-happy for even a small amount of time. He lights up when he talks about Elena; and Elena realizes she can’t stay away from Stefan and loves him just as much he loves her.
*The Vampire Diaries is on Netflix! Watch it here.
Dawson’s Creek’s “The Te of Pacey” 04×12
Even though Pacey begs Joey not to throw him a party for his 18th birthday, and she agrees not to, she helps his mother plan a surprise party at his parents’ house. It starts out as a disaster when we see how dysfunctional his family really is, and gets worse when the family members take turns with their Pacey mess-up stories. And Pacey storms out. I love Pacey and you can’t help but feel bad for him for having to go through this torture on his birthday but it’s not Joey who comes to console him, but his dad who finds him, talks to him and brings him back to the party. Pacey and his father have a strained relationship but here we see how much his dad actually loves him and is proud of him. They have a nice moment and when Pacey’s happy, I’m happy.
*Dawson’s Creek is now on Netflix! Watch it here.
Friends’ “The One Where They All Turn Thirty” 07×14
It’s Rachel’s 30th birthday and she’s upset about turning 30, but then decides that all she needs is a plan. She quickly realizes Tag doesn’t really fit into her life plan, so she breaks up with him by the end of the episode. The best part about this episode though is we get to see when everyone turned 30. Monica got wasted. Phoebe find out she really turned 31. Joey cried out to God. And then again at Chandler’s party. And Ross had a mid-life (although 30 isn’t really “mid-life”) crisis and bought a sports car.
Grey’s Anatomy’s “Wish You Were Here” 05×11
Meredith and Cristina are still fighting. The hospital has to operate on a prisoner on death row (guest star Eric Stoltz), and Derek and Meredith disagree on how to deal with him. Izzie has been seeing Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who died at the end of season 2, and we don’t know what’s wrong with Izzie yet at this point or why she’s seeing Denny but I love this episode because I love Denny Duquette! And even though he’s dead and not in a “real” form here, it’s still superbly wonderful to see him again. Also, Mark and Lexie get together ♥ and Alex bakes a cake for Izzie’s birthday, which is super cute.
*Grey’s Anatomy is on Netflix! Watch it here.
One Tree Hill’s “Life is Short” 05×15
It’s Jamie’s 5th birthday! Brooke has her hands full with baby Angie. And I love seeing Brooke all mom-like. Lucas is hoping Lindsey will come back to him when he sees her at Jamie’s party. I’m probably one of the few people who actually like season 5 and I love this episode because there’s no Brooke-Lucas-Peyton triangle fiasco, and we get to see nice friendly moments between Brooke & Lucas and Brooke & Peyton. And B. Davis is my favorite One Tree Hill member, in case you weren’t in the know ;)
One Tree Hill’s “4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad)” 07×01
It’s Jamie’s 7th birthday this time, and it’s the first episode without Lucas or Peyton. Nathan is successful in his NBA career, so far, Haley is running Red Bedroom Records, and they have a beautiful home! Brooke is off with Julian in L.A. rolling around kissing movie-style in the sandy beaches ♥ And we meet Clay and Quinn. Although season 7 isn’t my favorite, it’s a fun episode (birthday parties are always fun, right?) and I love it!
*One Tree Hill is on Netflix! Watch it here.
That’s it! Those are my favorite TV birthday episodes! Do you love these eps too? Which episodes do you love that I forgot? Comment below!
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