Rewatching Buffy – Episode 137

Welcome 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.

Get It Done

  • Buffy walks through her living room, where about a dozen Potentials are sleeping on the floor.
  • Same goes for Willow’s room… and Dawn’s room…
  • Then she comes across Chloe, crying in the hallway.
  • Buffy is suddenly tackled down the stairs by the First Slayer who warns her, “It’s not enough!”
  • She wakes up in her own bed, surrounded by more Potentials sleeping on her floor.
  • Spike and Anya have gotten out of the house to get a drink… too many Potential Slayers.
  • While out, Anya is attacked by a demon assassin sent by D’Hoffryn.
  • Spike stops the demon, but they end up escaping instead of slaying the demon.
  • At the high school, Buffy and Robin confront two students for fighting.
  • The principal has noticed that things are getting worse… the Hellmouth is affecting everyone faster than they expected.
  • Robin has decided to give Buffy his mother’s old emergency kit.
  • He says it should have been passed down to her through Slayers over the years, but he couldn’t bear to part with it.
  • She takes him to the house to fill him in on all things in the fight against evil.
  • In the back yard, Kennedy is in charge of some training… but she’s a little bit hard on Chloe.
  • Down in the basement, Anya is arguing with Spike about the assassin.
  • Robin feels about as good about Spike having a soul as Connor does about Angel.
  • There is clear tension but Spike doesn’t know why.
  • Later, Dawn tells Buffy about what she’s inventoried from the bag while they walk around straightening up the bedrooms.
  • When they get to Willow’s room, they find that Chloe has hanged herself.
  • Then the First shows up in the form of Chloe.
  • It spent all night whispering little lies in Chloe’s ear until she couldn’t stand it anymore.
  • Chloe’s suicide has shaken up the entire group of Potentials.
  • It’s shaken up Buffy, too.
  • After she buries Chloe, she gives a pep talk that isn’t very peppy…
  • In fact, it kind of just promotes dissension in the ranks.
  • Spike doesn’t want to hear the speech and starts to walk out, so Buffy turns on him.
  • She says he’s been holding back since he got his soul back… she needs Spike to be dangerous.
  • Buffy sends the Potentials upstairs and gets Dawn to break out the emergency kit.
  • They find a box with shadow casters that should tell a story that they need to see.
  • As Dawn reads the story and the shadows are cast on the wall, she says an exchange has to be made.
  • A portal opens up and Buffy has to go in.
  • In her place, an enormous demonic creature shows up and throws Xander across the room.
  • Everyone tries to fight and Spike even comes back to lend a hand.
  • But the demon throws Spike through the ceiling and then runs out of the house.
  • Buffy winds up in the same desert from her dream at the end of Season 4, where she encountered the First Slayer.
  • Spike comes to and tells Willow to get cracking on figuring out how to open another portal while he goes after the demon.
  • He starts to head out and says there’s something he needs to get.
  • In the desert, Buffy encounters the three men who created the First Slayer.
  • They say they can’t give her knowledge… only power.
  • Then they knock her out.
  • Willow begins to work on a spell and nothing seems to be happening.
  • Suddenly, a blast of energy knocks back Dawn and Kennedy while Willow’s eyes go black and she screams in a voice that really isn’t her own.
  • Buffy wakes up chained to the ground.
  • The men want to imbue her with more power and complain that the First Slayer did not talk this much.
  • The power they speak of is the heart of the demon.
  • That’s how they created the First Slayer.
  • Buffy isn’t down for this change… but she doesn’t seem to have much of a choice as some kind of black sludgey essence enters Buffy’s nose and ears.
  • She screams and seemingly rejects the demon.
  • Spike digs through his stuff in the school basement and finds his long black coat.
  • He passes Robin on his way out who comments on the coat… he knows it belonged to his mother.
  • Willow’s spell continues and she draws on energy from Kennedy and Anya (without permission)… but it works and the portal opens.
  • Spike is back to his old self in the coat and takes on the demon.
  • Buffy breaks her chains and calls out the three men for the way they treated and used the First Slayer.
  • Spike kills the demon and drags it back to the house to throw it in the portal.
  • Before Buffy is returned to the house, one of the men touches the side of her head, apparently revealing something to her.
  • Willow apologizes to Kennedy, but her actions may have damaged their blossoming relationship.
  • Then Willow goes to check on Buffy…
  • She tells Willow that the Shadow Men offered her more power, but she turned them down.
  • She reveals that they showed her an army of ubervamps, waiting for the Hellmouth to open.
  • Body count: Demons – 1

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