1. Buffy singing Macho Man makes me laugh hysterically, and also pause to wonder “why this song?” In a million different ways Buffy is way more “macho” than any man could ever be, though I am not a fan of the word.
2. That look of expectation and disappointment I mentioned before? It was back in full force when Buffy is talking to Joyce about how Amy’s relationship with her Mother is, practicing together daily (albeit we later find out all is not what it seems). The let down is visible, and again, stings to see.
3. A bit “monster of the week" we do see more of expectation of who Buffy should be versus who Buffy wants to be in her discussion with Giles about responsibilities of being the Slayer versus things like joining the Cheer team. Buffy fights for an ideal "normal" while Giles looks confused knowing he sees her as "special", and not seeming to realize that to Buffy, at this age, normal trumps special.
4. Of course the irony is Buffy’s idea of “normal”, in this case Cheer team, turns out to be where the monster (of this week) is. Buffy’s normal will be ever subverted, turning it to abnormal (kind of like life, except with supernatural beings - life’s “normal" is never normal).
5. Amy’s Mom casting a spell on her reflection and ending up in the trophy (that Amy’s Mom in Amy’s body said was “her Mom” to Buffy - the sentence reads confusing, but basically it is Amy’s Mom predicting her fate) reminded me of the biblical story of Lot’s wife, and how she looked back, after being warned not to, and turning into a pilar of salt. Lesson being that we need to not dwell on the past or else we may become stuck in it?