Rasa, the esteemed Rebecca Rand Kirshner
set shippers' hearts aflutter.
It wasn't Randy and Joan - Noble Vampire and Protector of the World.
It wasn't Willow and Tara - who reached out and found each other
despite their amnesia.
No - this ship was unheralded and unexpected - but so, so right.
Rupert and Ann-ya - Ruggedly handsome british man with glasses
and his shop-owning tarty trollop - father and soon-to-be step-mum
of Randy - were just so *right*.
Where Xander belittles Anya's suggestions and aspirations, Rupert
takes her ideas seriously. Rupert and Ann-ya squabble, but it is
with an undercurrent of love and respect, and it is forthright and
open rather than done subtly through put-downs and snide asides.
In Season 4's Something Blue, a spell of Willow's went awry, causing
Spike and Buffy to become engaged. Much has been made of the fact
that nowhere did the spell suggest that they should be madly in
love -- that came from within them, and looks set to blossom in
Similarly, in Tabula Rasa, Willow's spell caused the Scoobies to
lose their memories. It did not convince Giles and Anya that they
were engaged, or that they were lovers - and it certainly did not
explain that deeply passionate kiss!
A survey of our members ("Which ships do you ship?" showed
a 2:1 majority in favour of Giles/Anya over Xander/Anya) - and this
was *before* Grave.
And now we have Grave. David
Fury (husband of Elin Hampton) may
not have known it, but he gave us an episode chock-full of shippy
From Giles' first scene, where Anya hovers nervously, pointing
out that she too has changed her hair (he'd noticed!), to the ending
where she helps him out the door, we see the strong ties between
Through Giles' look of (surprise? horror? hope?) when Buffy tells
him that Anya is a vengeance demon again and, later, Anya's "There's
so much I have to tell you", their concern for each other is
Giles feels he has to tell Anya that Xander saved the world but
Anya just leans closer to Giles, caring for him, not for the boy
who said he loved her but "can't think of where [he] would
rather be" (when the world ends) than with Willow. And check
out the hand fondle! (we did!).
We weren't imagining it! From the shooting script for Grave:
[Anya] GASPS when Giles' hand comes up and touches hers. She looks
at him and sees his eyes are slightly open and looking at her with
It makes sense really. Who else could Giles find? Not a stuffy
Watcher-type to hem him in and restrict his less-than-sanctioned
activities. Not a witch, who brings other commitments and beliefs
to the relationship. And certainly not an outsider - one who doesn't
know the "real" world that is Scooby.
And for Anya, where are the ties to Xander? She's ready to settle
down, he's wanting to play at being young again. She has wisdom
beyond her years, but he's so afraid of it that he loses himself
in mocking her. A mature, stable man like Giles - who knows what
he wants, knows what she is and ::cough:: is dead sexy to boot ::cough::
may be just what she needs.