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The Sunnydale Diaries - A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Podcast

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Join hosts Sean and Melanie on their weekly journey into the captivating and supernatural world of the cult classic TV show, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In ”The Sunnydale Diaries”, these two friends come together from opposite ends of the Buffyverse, resulting in an entertaining and thought-provoking podcast that delves into the show’s themes, characters, and episodes. On one side of the debate, you have Sean, the seasoned viewer and die-hard Buffy aficionado. His love for the show runs so deep that he’s proudly inked an iconic episode quote on his arm, a testament to the enduring influence of this 90’s gem. Sean’s passion for Buffy is infectious, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the series adds depth to each episode as he navigates the highs, lows, and iconic moments that have kept fans enchanted for decades. On the other side of the spectrum, we have Melanie, the uninitiated skeptic who’s never seen an episode of ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” With a steadfast belief that it’s a cheesy 90’s relic that can’t possibly withstand the test of time, she brings a fresh, modern perspective to the conversation. Melanie’s skepticism is often met with disbelief and amusement by Sean, as she questions whether Buffy can truly deliver on the hype that has surrounded it for so many years. Together, Sean and Melanie dissect the general themes and overarching plotlines of the show, exploring its cultural significance, strong character development, and feminist undertones. They dive into the individual episodes, examining the monsters of the week, character dynamics, and how well the show has aged (or hasn’t) in the 21st century. But ”The Sunnydale Diaries” isn’t just a serious analysis of the show. Sean and Melanie’s chemistry and friendship shine through in their humorous, tangential chit-chat. Their witty banter and playful disagreements make each episode of the podcast feel like a lively conversation between two friends catching up over coffee (or, perhaps, a stake and garlic-infused latte). Whether you’re a lifelong Buffy fan, a curious newbie, or simply looking for an engaging and hilarious discussion about a beloved TV classic, ”The Sunnydale Diaries” has something for everyone. Join Sean and Melanie on this supernatural journey as they slay their way through the Buffyverse, one episode at a time.

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Join hosts Sean and Melanie on their weekly journey into the captivating and supernatural world of the cult classic TV show, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In ”The Sunnydale Diaries”, these two friends come together from opposite ends of the Buffyverse, resulting in an entertaining and thought-provoking podcast that delves into the show’s themes, characters, and episodes. On one side of the debate, you have Sean, the seasoned viewer and die-hard Buffy aficionado. His love for the show runs so deep that he’s proudly inked an iconic episode quote on his arm, a testament to the enduring influence of this 90’s gem. Sean’s passion for Buffy is infectious, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the series adds depth to each episode as he navigates the highs, lows, and iconic moments that have kept fans enchanted for decades. On the other side of the spectrum, we have Melanie, the uninitiated skeptic who’s never seen an episode of ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” With a steadfast belief that it’s a cheesy 90’s relic that can’t possibly withstand the test of time, she brings a fresh, modern perspective to the conversation. Melanie’s skepticism is often met with disbelief and amusement by Sean, as she questions whether Buffy can truly deliver on the hype that has surrounded it for so many years. Together, Sean and Melanie dissect the general themes and overarching plotlines of the show, exploring its cultural significance, strong character development, and feminist undertones. They dive into the individual episodes, examining the monsters of the week, character dynamics, and how well the show has aged (or hasn’t) in the 21st century. But ”The Sunnydale Diaries” isn’t just a serious analysis of the show. Sean and Melanie’s chemistry and friendship shine through in their humorous, tangential chit-chat. Their witty banter and playful disagreements make each episode of the podcast feel like a lively conversation between two friends catching up over coffee (or, perhaps, a stake and garlic-infused latte). Whether you’re a lifelong Buffy fan, a curious newbie, or simply looking for an engaging and hilarious discussion about a beloved TV classic, ”The Sunnydale Diaries” has something for everyone. Join Sean and Melanie on this supernatural journey as they slay their way through the Buffyverse, one episode at a time.

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English


Episodes
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Episode 34 - Mr. Pointy, Drusilla Whale Songs, and Acidophilus (Becoming Parts 1 and 2)

7/8/2024
We took a different approach by watching the Season 2 Buffy finale together and recording our discussion in real time. Melanie performs some excellent fight scene analysis and Sean points out a fishy connection between this episode and the previous episode, "Go Fish". There's double the amount of unique/bad accents with Angel flashbacks and Kendra's return. Check out our TikTok (@thesunnydalediaries) to see us reenact a fun scene between Angel and Drusilla and stay tuned for our season 2 recap!

Duration:00:47:56

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Episode 33 - Fish, Ferrules, and Conchata Ferrell (Go Fish)

7/1/2024
Sean and Melanie open this episode by talking about how they both live close to the beach, but rarely go there. They also touch on going to the beach as kids and their experiences playing competitive sports in school. Swimming through the plot of the Buffy episode "Go Fish", Melanie and Sean point out the plethora of guest starts in this episode. Melanie continues her protest of Prinicpal Snyder taking advantage of Willow's willingness to teach her peers and Sean expresses his concerns with the "toxicology lab" references (do your research people!) Stay tuned for our upcoming Scooby Snacks Oreo-tasting episode!

Duration:00:48:33

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Episode 32 - Stop Child Labor at Sunnydale High! (I Only Have Eyes for You)

6/24/2024
Melanie and Sean take on ghosts and spookiness in entertainment, including the movies Ghost and Poltergeist (still slightly scarred by that movie.) They also touch on the OG Ghostbusters, Paranormal Activity and the Blair Witch Project and discuss the concept of a Sadie Hawkins dance and how "promposals" have gotten outrageous. In our haunted conversation about the Buffy episode "I Only Have Eyes for You", Melanie shares a personal anecdote about receiving a rose quartz, similar to what Willow gave to Giles. Sean and Melanie perform an in-depth analysis of the inside of Xander's locker - the contents are somewhat concerning. Sean questions the proper spelling of snakalicious/snakealicious. The critical question - do you like Buffy's hair in this episode? Let us know at thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com!

Duration:00:34:56

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Episode 31 - Fly Kids and Eye Stalks (Killed by Death)

6/10/2024
Melanie and Sean remember the times that they've been hospitalized, including how a back massager recently sent Melanie to the ER and a waterslide led to a concussion. Sean recounts his ambulance ride after an unfortunate bowling injury and a potential anesthesia overdose as a child. While diagnosing the Buffy episode "Killed by Death", Sean provides a connection between Der Kinderstod and the recent Halloween movies. Melanie has some strong opinions about Der Kinderstod's eye stalks (and the recycling of the related stop animation footage.) Do you have a spooky hospital story to share? Send it to us at thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com!

Duration:00:42:31

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Episode 30 - Brown Plaid Pants and Couches (Passion)

6/5/2024
Melanie and Sean open this episode by discussing stalking, their experience with it, and portrayal of stalking in movies and TV (remember Fatal Attraction and Single White Female?) After a brief tangent regarding the unusual late 90s soap opera "Passions" they focus on the Buffy episode "Passion". Melanie points out how hypocritical Joyce is being towards Buffy and questions the legality of Willow teaching her fellow students. Sean drops a bit of knowledge connecting a song from Ed Sheeran's X album to the music in this episode and we say farewell to a recurring character. Our Diorama Derby deadline has been extended! You now have until June 30, 2024 to make your Buffy season 1 or 2 diorama and send a pic of it to thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com.

Duration:00:37:47

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Bonus Episode - Scooby Snacks - Animal Cracker Edition

5/31/2024
In the second episode of our snack tasting series (named Scooby Snacks!) we try Animal Crackers. Inspired by Oz and Willow's conversation at the end of the Buffy episode "What's My Line Part 2", we try the classic animal cracker and frosted ones! There's also a video version of us doing this tasting on Youtube!

Duration:00:03:04

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Episode 29 - Enough with the Hecate! (Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered)

5/28/2024
Sean and Melanie share their views on Valentine's Day as well as some memorable Valentine's day experiences .Hear when Sean got friend-zoned on Valentine's Day and when a flower delivery put Melanie in an awkward situation! While Cupid's arrows fly, Melanie and Sean discuss the Buffy episode "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." There's slow motion strutting, angry mobs, people turning into rats, a lovestruck Joyce, and a scavenger hunt!

Duration:00:44:37

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Episode 28 - Noisy Husbands and a Box of Pirate Manacles (Phases)

5/20/2024
Sean and Melanie dig into this episode, dealing with werewolves, by discussing their past and present pet dogs! Melanie shares her husband's future plans for having a pack of dogs and Sean reveals the one thing that Melanie's dogs do with him that they don't do with her. Unleashing their thoughts regarding the Buffy episode "Phases", Melanie is enamored with the opening scene and the throwback to Season 1. This episode's snack discussion centers around the weird marshmallow filling in Moon Pies and Peeps (gross.) Sean compares the locker room scene between Larry and Xander to a scene from Glee and Melanie questions the sudden bond between Cordelia and Willow. Check out our social media accounts (@thesunnydalediaries) for pictures of our dogs. We want to see pictures of your pets, especially your pets named after Buffy characters! Send them to thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook or Instagram.

Duration:00:48:28

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Episode 27 - Check Out That Sexy Linoleum! (Innocence)

5/13/2024
Melanie and Sean look back at the first half of Season 2 - comparing it to the first season, and how the show has progressed. While discussion the newer characters in this season, they go off on a brief tangent to discuss Danny Strong (who plays Jonathan) and his current screenwriting career and accolades, including several Emmys! Navigating the aftermath of betrayal in the Buffy episode "Innocence", Sean wonders what was actually being produced in the factory that has become Spike and Drusilla's lair. Melanie questions the career of the random woman in the alley that approaches Angel (and how Angel can smoke when he has no breath??) Sean and Melanie also express appreciation of Willow and Oz's emotional maturity. There's a few conventions upcoming this summer with several Buffy actors that Sean and Melanie plan on attending - Tampa Bay Comic Convention, FanBoy Expo (in Orlando) and Dragon Con. If you're also attending, keep an eye out for your 2 favorite podcast co-hosts!

Duration:00:39:57

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Bonus Episode - We Interviewed a Buffy Background Actor!

5/12/2024
In their first full video episode, Sean and Melanie interviewed Georgia (@scrapthecatwalk) who was a background actor in the first few episodes of Buffy! Hear what it was like walking down the halls of Sunnydale High, dancing at the Bronze, and having lunch with James Marsters. Georgia also made one of the prizes that will be given away in the Diorama Derby! Time is running out to enter - see thesunnydalediaries.com/diorama-contest for more info and submit your entry before June 1st, 2024!

Duration:00:48:02

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Episode 26 - It's a Judge in a Box - A Very Wet Episode! (Surprise)

4/29/2024
Sean and Melanie open this episode discussing their experiences with surprise parties - how difficult it is to keep them secret and when each of them have been surprised in the past. Sean recounts the interesting theme for his 30th birthday party and Melanie describes what she did to make her 40th birthday party unique (hint - it involves a bounce house.) Amidst the balloons and streamers, Melanie and Sean analyze the Buffy episode "Surprise", including a review of the varied filmography of Vincent Schiavelli, who played Jenny's uncle. Along with providing the Judge his very own theme song, Melanie points out where we've seen the actor who plays him before and Sean highlights how suspicious Jenny is being in this episode. For our birthday, we'd love it if you can leave us a rating or review of the podcast, and send us your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas to thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com!

Duration:00:38:05

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Episode 25 - Hang on to Your Ovipositor! (Bad Eggs)

4/22/2024
Sean and Melanie tackle a very controversial topic - eggs! They divulge their go-to egg orders, discuss eggs in cinema, and reveal their opinions on caviar. There's also conversation about sex-ed classes and hearing the dreaded phrase in school "Choose a partner" and the anxiety that follows. Eggsploring the details of the Buffy episode "Bad Eggs", they review the events occurring at the Sunnydale Mall and discuss their favorite mall food court foods. Sean recalls the store in the mall where he first heard his favorite band while Melanie can't get enough of Lyle and Tector Gorch and their authentic Texan accents. Joyce continues her campaign for worst mother ever. If you haven't heard about our diorama contest, be sure to stick around until the end of this episode for the details! Or visit https://thesunnydalediaries.com/diorama-contest/

Duration:00:49:20

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Episode 24 - Melanie and Sean Won't Stand for Your Malarkey! (Ted)

4/16/2024
Mark the date - Melanie stated "This episode's amazing!" Sean and Melanie begin this one by discussing their experiences with single parents dating, since they both are children of separated parents - hear how they dealt with meeting the significant others of each of their fathers. In the circuit of conversation surrounding the Buffy episode "Ted", Melanie provides an OUTSTANDING rendition of Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" and they recall watching Three's Company in their younger days. Sean reveals his theory of what causes a stake to either dissolve into ash or stay whole and highlights the inaccuracies of Joyce attempting to take Ted's pulse after his tumble. Melanie comments on the unfortunate victim shaming that occurs at the police station, and there's a lot of Joyce-bashing (she's pretty horrible to Buffy in this episode.) Have you left us a review yet? Let us know how we are doing and drop a review in your favorite podcast platform! Email us your thoughts at thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com.

Duration:00:40:21

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Episode 23 - Kendry and Buffa: What's the Flum? (What's My Line Part 2)

4/8/2024
Inspired by Kendra's intriguing accent, Melanie and Sean discuss their experiences in Jamaica, the Caribbean and on cruises - favorite excursions, pier runners, and rum punch are some of the highlights. Reviewing the plot of the Buffy episode "What's My Line Part 2" Melanie schools Sean on the existence of the "raisin" color in cosmetics (which led to a tangent about raisins). Melanie expresses how Drusilla is quickly becoming her favorite character. Sean runs through the filmography of Bianca Lawson (who played Kendra) and since they always enjoy discussing snacks, there's a quick conversation about animal crackers. Before wrapping up, Melanie asks about the concept of potential slayers and how they become "activated", which is more proof that she is getting hooked into this show!

Duration:00:47:27

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Episode 22 - Don't Warn the Tadpoles! (What's my Line Part 1)

4/1/2024
Melanie and Sean discuss their careers - what they wanted to be as kids, what jobs they've had, and where they are at now. The jobs they ended up with were very different than what they thought they'd be as kids! Analyzing the intricacies of the Buffy episode "What's my Line Part 1", Melanie poses the question of what career Buffy could have along with being the slayer and does a great impression of Drusilla's whimper. Sean compares the Order of Taraka to The Three from Season 1 and also provides an impression, his being a line from Kendra. Don't forget about our diorama contest! Visit https://thesunnydalediaries.com/diorama-contest for more info.

Duration:00:45:17

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Episode 21 - The Broward County Peephole Thing (The Dark Age)

3/25/2024
Sean and Melanie open up this episode by announcing the Sunnydale Shoebox Spectacular - Season 1 and 2 Diorama Derby! Break out the shoeboxes and craft supplies and recreate your favorite season 1 or season 2 scene from Buffy as a diorama. There will a Buffy themed FANTASTIC prize from Etsy as the winner. Snap a photo of your diorama and send it to thesunnydalediaries@gmail.com to enter. Entries are due by 11:59 PM ET on 5/31/2024. After a brief interlude to discuss TikTok addiction and Smartfood caramel cheddar popcorn, they reflect on the events of the Buffy Episode "The Dark Age". Melanie fondly remembers step-aerobics in the 90s and Sean points out the numerous inaccuracies during the blood delivery scene in the hospital parking lot. Sean shares the unusual question he'd ask Anthony Stewart Head if he ever gets to meet him and Melanie brings us back to the 70s with an Electra Woman and Dyna Girl reference. Looking forward to those diorama pics - be creative and have fun! The STAKES are high!

Duration:00:48:06

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Episode 20 - Oreos Dunked in Apple Juice (Lie to Me)

3/18/2024
We're headed to the club! Sean and Melanie discuss their clubbing experiences, including goth clubs, 80s-themed clubs, and a club with a rotating dance floor. Sinking their teeth into the vampire fan club from the Buffy episode "Lie to Me", Sean provides a rundown of Jason Behr's many WB/CW appearances. Melanie questions the usefulness of a bomb shelter that can only be opened from the outside, and they both express their gratitude that they no longer have to carry a pager or be on-call for work. Some pics of us at the club over the years are posted on our Facebook and Instagram - drop us a comment!

Duration:00:42:02

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Episode 19 - Leeches in the Pharmacy (Halloween)

3/11/2024
Keep an eye out for the Great Pumpkin, because it's Halloween! Melanie and Sean share their own memorable costumes, favorite candy (any chance to discuss snacks), haunted houses, and Halloween parties. Cackling over the events of the Buffy episode, "Halloween", Sean comments on Angel's colorful outfit (it's so wrong!) and ponders if, for once, Principal Snyder actually acted like a good principal when he organized the kids' trick-or-treating event. Melanie points out the plethora of back rooms and caverns in Sunnydale homes and businesses (Florida doesn't have basements so we're a little jealous.) Keep an eye out for some pics of us in costume on Instagram and Facebook!

Duration:00:43:30

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Episode 18 - Moonshine, a Sloe Gin Fizz, and Shoes (Reptile Boy)

3/4/2024
Sean and Melanie start this one off by describing their first experiences with alcohol and their favorite inebriated interactions. From Melanie having a sloe gin fizz in international waters to Sean's epic holiday party with Maple Crown Royal, there have been many drinks consumed. Along with their funny drinking stories, they do discuss some of the more serious topics of the Buffy episode "Reptile Boy". But, they balance the seriousness with humor - Melanie does a great impression of Cordelia's fake laughter and Sean makes a connection between Buffy, Days of our Lives. and Supernatural. Check out our recent Facebook post to see Melanie wearing the hat she mentioned in this episode! If you're like Sean and not aware of the "Shoes" video by Liam Kyle Sullivan that Melanie mentioned, or you just want to watch it again, here's a link: https://youtu.be/c0DVrRw9aGk Ask Alexa to play "Alcohol" by The Barenaked Ladies and enjoy this episode!

Duration:00:51:08

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Episode 17 - The Snack Limit Does Not Exist (Inca Mummy Girl)

2/26/2024
Inspired by Xander and Ampata munching on Twinkies, Sean and Melanie delve into the savory and sweet world of snack foods - what snacks they liked when they were kids (some which don't taste as good as they used to) and what snacks they love today (Sean had Melanie very interested in buttered pop tarts). After completing the snack food conversation (which could have lasted all episode), they chew over the events of the Buffy episode "Inca Mummy Girl". Sean points out that yet another student was left behind during a field trip and shares his appreciation of the shirt Oz wears in his first scene. Melanie points out a connection between this episode and the Twilight movies and expresses her opinion on Oz's facial hair. We are continuing to work on the details of the Buffy diorama contest - more info coming soon!

Duration:00:38:01