I must admit for me as mere reader of the comic book I felt no huge degree of shock while reading the latest issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have to say I did not have any clue what was going on and would have to say I do not recall the storyline that Joss Whedon said in the N.Y. Times article on the story that this had
I would have to say it was just a good old school bit of making the charecters as uncomfortable as possible as per romantic comedy rules.
Note: this is my 70th post. I just thought you might want to know!