Rewatching Buffy – Episode 96

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 21 years ago.


  • “Some minutes are harder than others…”
  • That’s Buffy’s response when Giles asks how she’s doing while they do the after dinner dishes.
  • Buffy is struggling. She wonders if being the Slayer just always means being emotionally numb… hard on the inside, all the time.
  • Giles suggests a trip to a sacred place in the desert to commune with the spirit of the First Slayer.
  • Apparently the Watchers have a ritual that’s been done with previous Slayers who’ve sought to regain focus.
  • So Buffy’s gonna leave town for a few days.
  • Meanwhile, Spike is checking out the Buffybot that Warren made for him.
  • Glory wants her minions to keep an eye on the Slayer and her friends. The Key must be someone especially close to Buffy.
  • Giles and Buffy get to the desert where he does a pretty silly little ritual that’s supposed to transfer his guardianship of Buffy over to the guide that will lead her to the sacred location.
  • Buffybot and Spike get super inappropriate super quick.
  • Buffy’s guide in the desert turns out to be a mountain lion that leads her on her quest.
  • It leads her to a place that looks a lot like a location from her dream at the end of Season 4.
  • Dawn is staying with Xander and Anya, so Tara drops by to do a protection spell, should Glory decide to get frisky.
  • And while the grownups are distracted, Dawn swipes a pair of Anya’s earrings.
  • That’s a fun new wrinkle to the Key’s personality.
  • As Spike sleeps, Buffybot heads out to go on patrol. Because she’s programmed to be the Slayer. Why shouldn’t she patrol?
  • Buffybot runs into Xander and Anya, who are also on patrol.
  • From the robot’s POV, we see information about each of her friends. When she sees that Anya likes money, she asks how her money is doing.
  • Anya chuckles a little, “Fine! Thank you for asking!”
  • The Buffybot’s speech patterns are starting to give away that she’s a robot, but before Xander and Anya can figure it out, Spike catches up and stops her from speaking.
  • Then they’re attacked by a trio of vampires while Glory’s minions watch.
  • They see Buffybot being overly protective of Spike.
  • Anya dusts one, Buffybot dusts one, and Spike gets the last.
  • Spike and Buffybot go off in one direction while Xander and Anya head off in another.
  • But Xander wonders why Buffy didn’t ask about Dawn… something’s wrong.
  • They go back and, from a distance, catch Buffy and Spike having sex.
  • They get home and break the news to Willow and Tara. They come to the conclusion that this is happening because she’s still grieving her mother’s death and worry that this is how she’s coping.
  • Xander goes to Spike’s crypt and confronts him.
  • Minions interrupt and abduct Spike, thinking he’s the Key.
  • Back in the desert, Buffy encounters the First Slayer. She reveals to her that her soul is full of love, and that is why she fights.
  • “Love is pain and the Slayer forges strength from pain… Love will bring you to your gift…”
  • Buffybot looks for Spike, but goes to Xander’s when she can’t find him.
  • Willow tries to talk to her, but it’s not going well. Because she’s a robot.
  • Xander gets home and warns everyone that Glory has Spike. Which is bad because he knows Dawn is the Key.
  • But Buffybot is just worried about getting Spike back.
  • The real Buffy is told that “death is your gift…” She’s not sure how this answers her question, but the First Slayer vanishes after that.
  • Glory knows Spike isn’t the Key upon first looking at him. The Key is pure and vampires are far from pure.
  • But, knowing that Spike is precious to the Slayer, Glory begins to torture him for information.
  • At Buffy’s house, the gang sends Buffybot upstairs to get more weapons and change clothes.
  • Then, in walks the real Buffy, who they all think is the same Buffy they’ve been dealing with this whole time.
  • Buffy is obviously confused when they stage an intervention about having sex with Spike.
  • Then the Buffybot comes back downstairs and it all becomes clear.
  • Buffy gets caught up on the whole Glory-has-Spike plot thread and they go to find her before he can spill the Key beans.
  • Spike is really beaten up, but he doesn’t tell the truth. He tries to tell Glory the Key is Bob Barker.
  • Spike manages to escape and gets to the lobby, pursued by several scabby minions.
  • Buffy and Xander arrive in time to help take out the minions. Then Giles and the Buffybot arrive, too.
  • Buffybot is accidentally deactivated, but everyone (including Spike) manages to get away.
  • Buffy needs to know what Spike told Glory, so she dresses like the Buffybot and goes to his crypt to find out.
  • Spike tells her that if Glory got to Dawn, it would destroy the real Buffy and he couldn’t live with that.
  • Buffy thanks him with a kiss.
  • Really doesn’t mean much. She’s still disgusted by the idea of the robot.
  • But what he did for her and Dawn, that was real. She’ll never forget that.
  • Body count: Vampires – 3

4 thoughts on “Rewatching Buffy – Episode 96

  1. Love this episode. This is one of my favorite moments for Spike and Buffy because it is the first real kiss between them. Even though Buffy isn’t thinking of Spike romantically, he has proven himself worthy by protecting Dawn even though Glory tortured him. Spike’s reaction to the kiss when he realizes it is the real Buffy is so incredible and I think this is when I first started really liking them together. Spike could have easily given Dawn up, but he would have never done that to Buffy. His sexual obsession with her has transformed into something real. Great read as always! 🙂

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    • I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I ever got on board with the Spike/Buffy pairing. I understand why it eventually happens and the circumstances that lead to it, but I’m just never fully invested in the relationship. Maybe my opinion will change with this watch through…


  2. I always thought this was an under-rated show. Probably because of the title. The entire series was well written and acted. The characters drew you in. Most of the episodes drew the viewer in and gave them reason to watch the next. I need to go back and watch season 1 again.

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