(All of the above is basically just my way of talking to myself and clarifying something I've only thought about in a muddy fashion.)
The use of "fags" makes me think of a bit from the new Reginald Hill book where Dalziel makes some off-color comment and another character muses that he can never tell when Dalziel is being genuinely, appallingly offensive or postmodernly ironic. I love Dalziel, by the way. Death's Jest-Book is a bit hard to get into so far--all that blather from Franny Roote strikes me as an odd narrative choice--but maybe it'll pick up later.
I watched the rest of "Fredless" and then "Billy" last night. Was struck by how poignant Fred's anguish was when she tried to run from her parents, and the psychological reasons for it. I don't know that I had such a strong reaction the first time around, but it really teared me up this time. And "Billy" is of course an incredibly intense episode, especially all that riled-up Wessage. Charisma Carpenter was too deliberate in her line readings sometimes; it wore thin. But there was so much great stuff, including Lilah-angst. Are there any vids that try to explore Wes's issues? Can't imagine what song there'd be with lyrics to suit him, but I kept having that thought when watching him stalk Fred through the hotel.
I am Slacker Joe today.