Rewatching Buffy – Episode 118

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 so many years ago.


  • The nerd trio are chasing down a vampire duo on ATVs.
  • I think that’s cheating.
  • They need some kind of disc that they’re carrying.
  • The vampires get away, but not for long.
  • Because Buffy.
  • Warren manages to grab the dropped disc while Buffy is fighting and Spike is holding back the second vampire.
  • Spike threatens to drop the other vampire while she’s busy with the first one unless she tells her friends about them.
  • She points out that she tried to kill her friends and Dawn last week and they don’t hate her, so she doesn’t much care if Spike drops that news.
  • In the meantime, Buffy has no problem dusting both vamps.
  • Xander’s at home, drinking alone.
  • When he leaves, we see that Anya is back in town and keeping an eye on him as he walks away.
  • Willow and Tara are building back toward relationship status with more awkward encounters in the halls of UC Sunnydale.
  • Buffy takes Dawn out for a “sisters day” but they can’t really go into any stores because they’re all places where Dawn got caught stealing.
  • She’s returned most of what she stole and what she couldn’t return, she’s working on paying for.
  • Back in the Nerdcave, Jonathan is working on some sort of chemistry/magic experiment that has something to do with the disc dropped by the vampires earlier.
  • He’s clearly regretting the whole super villain shtick.
  • Warren and Andrew aren’t really saying it, but the implication is that they’re going to eliminate Jonathan soon.
  • Xander returns home and Anya is sitting there waiting.
  • She won’t let him get close to her, but he tries to explain what he did.
  • He still loves her and wants to take away the pain he caused…
  • But that’s not so easy to do.
  • What it boils down to is that Xander just doesn’t want to get married, despite how he feels about Anya.
  • His honesty is only pissing her off.
  • He tells her that he wishes things could just go back to the way they were before.
  • And Anya’s face transforms as she wishes Xander had never been born!
  • Oh, but a vengeance demon can’t grant her own wishes.
  • So Xander still exists.
  • Anya tries to wish other torturous things, but nothing’s happening.
  • Clearly she’s not aware of the thing where she can’t grant her own wishes.
  • Frustrated, she walks out.
  • Then she meets Halfrek for coffee.
  • Halfrek breaks the news that she can’t exact vengeance on her own behalf.
  • She suggests trying to get someone to make the wish for her.
  • Buffy is continually trying to make up for the guilt she feels over the whole basement thing.
  • This time it’s making Dawn a huge breakfast.
  • Dawn suggests that instead of Buffy hanging out with her, that she hang out with Buffy… patrolling.
  • Buffy’s not sure she’s ready for Dawn to be involved in that kind of danger.
  • But let’s think about this… Dawn is about the same age as Buffy was when she started slaying in the first place.
  • Anya “bumps into” Willow and Tara at the coffee shop.
  • She wants one of them to wish something horrible on Xander.
  • Then she tries with Dawn.
  • Then she tries with Buffy.
  • Doesn’t really work…
  • Xander shows up while Anya is talking with Buffy in front of the house.
  • Buffy stops Xander from following Anya as she storms off.
  • In his frustration, he kicks and breaks a garden gnome, leading to the discovery of a spy camera.
  • Who could try to spy on Buffy?
  • Xander thinks it’s Spike… so Buffy goes to confront him.
  • Of course, for the audience, the obvious answer is the nerd herd.
  • Why wouldn’t that be the first guess for the Scooby Gang?
  • It’s not like the trio has been super stealthy about anything else they’ve done.
  • Anya and Halfrek discuss the Xander problem some more, since she’s having trouble coming up with someone who doesn’t care if Xander gets hurt.
  • Enter Spike looking for something magical to get rid of his pesky Buffy feelings.
  • Instead of magic, Anya suggests whiskey.
  • Willow is able to connect the spy camera to the computer to trace the signal back to the nerds.
  • Because that’s just something everyone could do in the early 2000s.
  • In the Nerdcave, Jonathan uses the disc to locate something on the map of Sunnydale.
  • But what are they trying to locate?
  • Spike and Anya get nice and drunk, but Spike just won’t use the words “I wish…”
  • Willow gets closer to hacking the signal…
  • Instead of finding the nerds, she unlocks other cameras.
  • Including the Magic Box…
  • Where the drunken Spike and Anya begin “comforting” each other… if you know what I mean…
  • Well, if Anya wanted to hurt Xander, this is one way to definitely do it.
  • And Willow notices the hurt look on Buffy’s face, too.
  • Xander grabs an ax and heads off toward the Magic Box.
  • Dawn talks with Buffy in the back yard…
  • Yep… Buffy and Spike were a thing, but it’s over.
  • Spike leaves the store in time for Xander to miss with the swing of the ax.
  • Xander starts throwing Spike around.
  • Buffy and Anya both arrive to stop Xander.
  • In the middle of the verbal tirade, Spike lets it slip that “it was good enough for Buffy.”
  • And Xander just walks away… ‘Cause that’s what he does these days.
  • Everyone else is heartbroken, but Willow and Tara are back together.
  • Guess it’s good that someone can be happy… right?
  • Let’s not hold our collective breath, shall we?
  • Body count: Vampires – 2

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