Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 15

As You Were

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2002 on The WB
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Riley pursues a demon to Sunnydale and seeks Buffy's help in killing it. He also comes with a surprise... he is married. His wife, fellow demon hunter Sam, befriends the entire Scooby Gang and gets along quite well with all of them, but Buffy's own "relationship" with Spike comes into question when her ex's perfect romance shows her just what she doesn't have.moreless

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  • "As You Were" has problems, but it really doesn't deserve the poor reputation it has.

    6.5
    This is an episode that has a few irritating missteps, but, despite itself, manages to pull itself into a really worthwhile episode containing some fabulous, character-altering moments. This entire season has struggled with its plots, but the character material still shines through brightly. The only thing that truly saddens me is how I so desparately want to give this episode a higher score, but simply can't -- this simply isn't a tight episode. Fortunately, the season only picks up steam from this point on.moreless
  • The return of Riley

    8.0
    AS YOU WERE



    The Good;

    I never really liked Riley when he was a regular but in small doses I find him much more agreeable (and indeed feel the same way for Connor on Angel)



    The Bad;

    One thing that always shakes me about this ep is that Riley's wife Sam looks so much like Warren's ex Katrina. Also rather a spoiler when Marc Blucas' name appears in the opening credits. Have a look at the scene where the demon attacks on Main Street Sunnydale, the couple sitting at the coffee shop don't react at all. Since when does Sunnydale have this huge dam just outside it? Why do Riley and Buffy have to dump most of their weapons to go down on the line together, can't they just go down one at a time?



    Best line;

    Buffy (staring shocked at Riley);"Were you always this tall?" (yes which is one of the reasons he and petite Buffy were so ridiculous as a couple)



    Women good/men bad;

    Riley says he is in command of Sam. She says 'He wishes'. Buffy says she's not defined by who's she with, the beginning of her cookie dough philosophy.



    Kinky dinky;

    Riley walks in on Buffy and Spike. Buffy changes in front of him but he doesn't look (seen it all before?). Buffy and Spike against the tree right in the open outside the Summer's house. Some very risque comments about 'Letting you in' and 'Come outside' that could be open to interpretation. But Buffy's 'He's not getting any gentler' remark gives a different aspect to all this, it seems almost joyless for her. According to Spike he and Buffy have sex for five hours straight but this is the last time they ever will.



    Captain Subtext;

    Xander is starting to dream of flower bouquets. Riley comments that he's seen enough of Spike's 'dead body' for one night. Willow comments how as a little girl she used to dream about marrying Xander but now seems glad to have ducked the bullet. After the events of 'Older and Farther Away' Buffy and Dawn seem much closer, getting on better, Dawn happy to go to school and kissing an ecstatic Buffy before she leaves.

    Spike seems to revel in flashing his nakedness in front of Riley, prompting him to comment that 'I've seen enough of your dead body for one evening'. Anya comments that if Xander is such a big fan of Riley he should just marry him. Buffy says she loves Riley's wife too.

    Once again Buffy says of guns "These are never useful" foreshadowing the end of the season.



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Riley's glad to be back in Sunnydale where he knows who to beat for information. Spike objects to Riley's search of his crypt as unconstitutional.



    Apocalypses; 6



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3



    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 17

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 11

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;3

    Dawn; 2



    Kills: one vamp and a dozen demons for Buffy. Weirdly the vamp wears a peace symbol on his jacket.

    Buffy: 104 vamps, 55 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 8 vamps and 4 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 7

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1



    Recurring characters killed: 11

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce, Katrina



    Sunnydale deaths;

    93



    Total number of scoobies:

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Spike,



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?



    Scoobies shot: Buffy uses Riley's shotgun and tranquiliser gun but can't hit anything with either. She makes better use of his belt of grenades.

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 1 Buffy



    Spike; good or bad?

    Spike is dealing in demon eggs, evil as they come. This seems to open Buffy's eyes to his true nature although she still won't let Riley kill him.



    Dawn in peril; 8



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 6



    Questions and observations;

    Obvious allusions to Aliens and all the better for them, Angel;TS will do something very similar in season 5 (also a series with strong female heroine until pt3 ruined the series). Poor Buffy, you feel so sorry for her that she get's rejected for UCSD (but surely she wouldn't have the money to go anyway?). Nice to give Riley some closure after the strained nature of his departure in 'Into the Woods'. Riley comments that Dawn has grown one and a half feet, well probably just eight inches. Note Riley asks if Dawn wants to leave due to the gory details but Buffy now lets her stay for the grown up stuff. Check out Willow's expression at Sam's 'disposable cameras' idea.

    What book is Spike reading when Buffy comes into his crypt? It's a very Angel like touch. Riley says that Buffy is the first woman he ever loved and the strongest he knows (better not tell the missus that!). Buffy's final goodbye to Spike is very emotional, especially when she calls him William, that means more than ALL the sex in the world between them.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

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  • When Ex-Boyfriends Go Perfect

    6.5
    As You Were-Riley pursues a demon to Sunnydale and seeks Buffy's help in killing it. He also comes with a surprise... he is married. His wife, fellow demon hunter Sam, befriends the entire Scooby Gang and gets along quite well with all of them, but Buffy's own "relationship" with Spike comes into question when her ex's perfect romance shows her just what she doesn't have.

    Hard toreallylove this episode as a whole when it shows Buffy as her lowest point again, but maybe that was the point to start her recover at the end of the episode. At the beginning of the episode Buffy is insulted by a vampire for her BO, tempted by Spike once again, forgets to take out the garbage, doesn't get accepted back into USC etc. things couldn't be any worse for Buffy at this point.....until Riley arrives out of no where. I have to say, it was nice having him back and seeing this new, edgy, man with a mission Riley was refreshing after we last saw him. The long time apart does make the heart grow fonder. It's ironic considering when Riley left, he was at his lowest point and Buffy was the one who was the stable one. Now the roles have reversed and Buffy couldn't be more ashamed of her self. Sure it seemed like they were getting along fine as they were hunting for that demon thing, even flirting a bit then we learn he's married and that makes Buffy feels even more like a loser. It doesn't help that Sam....well....it's pretty okay...evenlikable. She's a good solider/fighter, gives great marriage advice to Xander and Anya, even gives Willow some support about her giving up magic. I even liked her talk with Buffy about Riley, it was an insightful talk but one that ultimately makes Buffy feel unloved and empty. When she confronts Spike, she asks him if he loves her and then if he wants her. Buffy once again wants to feel something. It the last time where she gives into attraction to Spike and it's a shock when Riley sees them together. Riley is obviously disgusted but he has a job to do. I loves Buffy's hostility caught between Riley and Spike's war of the words. But I loved when Riley reminded Buffy of what Spike is and kinda confirmed that when it turns out he was "the doctor" keeping all the demon eggs. It's a shock but then it's not, besides he's feelings for Buffy, Spike is still a soulless demon, what's stopping him from doing some evil deeds without having to kill people. It's this revelation that leads to Buffy finally healing and having the strength to end her relationship with Spike.

    I loved the last scenes between Buffy and Riley then Buffy and Spike. Riley's encouraging and powerful last words to Buffy were exactly what she needed to hear, despite being at a dead end, she's still Buffy, she's still a "hell of a woman" and nothing's gonna change that. This is the kind of closer they both needed and I'm glad Riley left still seeing the best in Buffy and not judging her on questionable decisions. It really shows how much Riley has grown and it's a shame wecould'tsee more of this last season. Then the scene between Buffy and Spike is a true revelation, Spike saysearlierthat Buffy always played him and she knows what he is. Finally, Buffy admits to this and tells her she needs to stop, because her relationship with him isn't helping anymore, it's "killing" her. I really love this moment between the two and it's beautifully acted by Sarah and James. I especially love how Buffy calls him William before she leaves. It's the most honest moment the two have shared since the end of "Intervention" but this shows progress in how Buffy has a sense of respect for Spike despite knowing what he is. Overall, a pretty solid episode, there's nothing much to talk about in terms of the main plot which was kinda weak, but the character moments and development were pretty remarkable.moreless
  • Did you wait until your life was absolutely perfect and then send that demon here so you could throw it in my face? - Buffy

    9.0
    In which Riley makes up for everything. So, after discussing Machiavelli with her new manager whilst scraping grease off the grill, Buffy walks home through the graveyard singing the Doublemeat theme, but really she's still Going Through The Motions. Her sister and friends have a night out at the Bronze to look forward to whilst Buffy has a ten hour shift to recover from and chores to do. Willow is happy because Tara no longer puts the phone down on her (she even banters with Buffy like in the old days), Dawn has cheered up after getting some attention, and Anya and Xander are busy setting up the next episode ("it's going to be our perfect perfect day if I have to kill all of our guests and half this town to do it!"). But Buffy has failed to get back into college and the only thing she has to look forward to in life is joyless sex with Spike. Even a good fight with a vamp is spoiled by Buffy's grease grill girl smell. It's no wonder that she jumps (literally) at the chance to kick some good old demon butt with her ex-boyfriend Riley rather than another double shift at the Doublemeat. Riley will make everything better, he will make her feel like a slayer again, a girl again. Her life will be reset to before he left, before her mother died, before she died, before she became the pathetic person that she feels herself to be today. Maybe he's back for good this time, maybe he will whisk her away to Central America, maybe…..We know how Buffy turned to Angel a little too dependently after Joyce's death; here it seems as if Riley is here to solve Buffy's problems and for their relationship to continue where it left off. And he is back back back, the action man, not whiney whore-visiting Riley; his perfect life juxtaposes with her grease-stained, cow-hat wearing, mortal enemy-shagging existence.



    But Riley doesn't see her as a McWorker, he sees her as the Slayer and within a few minutes they're flirting and straddling each other on the abseil. All is well, until we're introduced to Mrs Finn - taller, nicer and more modest & well-adjusted than Buffy. Sam wins over the gang pretty quickly and calls Buffy "legendary" in their girl talk demon patrol. Knowing that Riley has found both himself and his perfect woman leads Buffy to blow off the demon egg hunt and go to Spike for one last consoling sex act. "Tell me you love me, tell me you want me," she says to Spike, echoing the words he said to the Buffybot in S5.



    Unfortunately, Riley too is led to Spike. Buffy doesn't believe that Spike is the doctor, not because she thinks he's good but because she thinks he's inept. She admires nothing about him. Riley reminds her that Spike is on the side of evil: "Deadly, amoral, opportunistic". Now that Spike has what he wants – Buffy – he is no longer interested in becoming good for her sake and he shows his nasty side as he tells Riley: "She's not your bint anymore". Buffy has to choose between Spike and Riley and it's no wonder she sides with Mr Moral Centre and breaks up Spike's crypt (before breaking his heart). Riley is no longer affected by Spike's taunts and he sees past the fact that Buffy has turned to the person she was previously disgusted by. After wanting to do away with Spike for so long, Riley even turns down the opportunity to "take him out". Riley and Spike may both now have a scar over their left eyebrow, but they are no longer linked. Riley is still a problem for Spike, but not vice versa.



    Riley hasn't come back to save Buffy's life, but he gives her the strength to make changes to it. He has an ideal life whilst hers is at her lowest ebb but he doesn't gloat, he gives her a pep-talk:



    "None of that means anything it doesn't touch you. You're still the first woman I ever loved and the strongest one I've ever known. You're not in the greatest place in the world, you're up you're down, it doesn't change who you are". He sees the real Buffy, the one hidden under layers of grease and self-loathing. Riley reminding Buffy of who she is enables her to finally admits her secret to someone: "I'm sleeping with him". By being honest with Riley she is able to be honest with herself and, ultimately, with Spike. Changing out of her now customary black to something in pastel, she finally treats him like a human. Spike is a stop-gap for Buffy, just as the Doublemeat Palace is supposed to be, she doesn't want either becoming her life. She is not ending their liaison with him because he is a monster, she is finishing it because she is afraid of becoming a monster. She admits: "I do want you. It makes things simpler - for a little while." She knows that: "I'm using you, I can't love you. I'm just being weak and selfish and it's killing me….I'm sorry, William,". Her use of his pre-vamp name is telling. And in a moment of selflessness, Buffy doesn't tell Riley that she came to stop him leaving on that night just over a year ago, she doesn't want him to have any what-ifs; instead, she just apologises to him. Buffy walks out of Spike's destroyed crypt into the sunshine and we know that Riley is not going to save Buffy, she is going to save herself.moreless
  • I love this episode. it has a batmat feeling for me. I love the outfits as well. only thing was that Spike annoyed me like hell and they made Sam too nice. but other than that it was a very nice episode.moreless

    10
    As You Were



    great episode. only thing that really irritated me was Spike. he's ok in season 6 except this episode. I really wanted to see him die and was glad that Buffy left him. I like Riley a lot and Sam was a little too nice. I loved the black clothes and the episode had some pretty funny stuff and some sort of a batman-feeling.



    cut to Buffy working with a guy and he talks her ears off and she's tired. and then she goes home and a vampire attacks and they fight and he wants to bite her but she thinks she stinks and then doesn't want to bite her anymore and that makes her to feel bad and she stakes him. and then smells herself.



    the credits start



    cut to Buffy walking home and Spike is waiting for her and he wants to kiss her but she doesn't cause Dawn is home but he starts to kiss her anyway. cut to her coming inside and Dawn is there but she doesn't want the same dinner again. then comes Willow and Dawn wants to go to the bronze and Buffy lets them leave but she is staying. cut to Anya and Xander are eating ships and bickering and Dawn and Willow look at them and laugh. then they talk about Tara and Willow is very happy because when she calls Tara she wouldn't hang up anymore. cut to Buffy trying to clean her jacket and then she goes out to bring the garbage next day but she misses it.



    cut to Buffy going inside and Dawn says she had fun in the bronze and Buffy says she's coming next time. cut to Buffy working again and he's boring her again and she goes to the customers and it's Riley. she's all freaked out and doesn't know what to say. he asks her to come but she's still shocked but she goes with him anyway. he is tracking something. cut to outside and a demon attacks them and he can become in a lot of demons and they fight it but it escapes so they take the car. cut in the car and he says he clothes that are to shiny and he gives her a black suit to wear. she's still a gentlemen and he says he likes to see her again and it goes the same for her.



    cut to Anya and Xander in traffic and she's pissed cause she says they're in hell and they don't want Xander's family and it's not a good idea for them to be in the same house as Anya's demon friends. cut to Riley and Buffy coming to a place and going down a place where the demon might me. they fight it but its strong and she and Riley fall on each other and have a sexual moment and then a woman falls there and asks what Buffy is doing with her husband. Riley tells her that it's Sam and that they are married. the demon awakes and she fights it and it hits her down so Riley and Buffy fight it and Buffy snaps it;s neck and they say it's not to bad. and Buffy realises she did a mistake. now they can’t track it's babies. they then go to Buffy’s home.



    when they arrive Dawn is still mad at Riley and Xander is going to get married and Willow tells Buffy she is gonna hate Sam for the both of them. they sit to talk while Buffy looks at them inlove. She wants Willow to track the demon but she says she got addicted and leaves. Riley wants Sam to go with Buffy but she doesn't but Buffy tells her to go. then goes Sam to Willow and says 'she's sorry and she tells about the guys who got addicted in dark magic’s and that they are both gone so it's very strong of Willow that she quit. cut to Sam and Buffy walking in the cemetery. Sam says it took a long time until he forgot her and that there is no bad guy here. and she asks if she's seeing anyone new but Buffy says no and that she needs to go to someone to helps her and Sam goes back to help Riley.



    cut to Buffy going to Spike. she wants comfort and she starts kissing him and have sex and then they sleep together while Riley walks in and he sees them together and he says that Spike is the doctor. they go downstairs while Spike is very annoying they use a granite and because the eggs hatched they go outside and throw the granite making all those eggs explode. cut to Anya and Xander in the bathroom talking about the marriage and he's still very frustrated and they make up and kiss again. cut to Riley saying goodbye and she says she wanted to say sorry for what happened and he says she's hot and the strongest woman he knows. and fist woman he loved and then he leaves with Sam. Buffy goes to Spike and says it's killing her because she's using him it’s over and she leaves.



    Black Out

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    Best episode quotes:



    Buffy: 'Get the double treat, that's the double sweet, oh it's hard to beat, when the meat meets-' Oh, why can't I get this stupid jingle out of my head?

    Vampire: Least of your problems now, little girl.

    Buffy: Wait.

    Vampire: Ooookay.

    Buffy: Okay, let's do this. Quickly.

    Vampire: What's that smell? Geez, Slayer, is that you?

    Buffy: I've been working!

    Vampire: Where, in a slaughterhouse?!

    Buffy: Double Meat Palace.

    Vampire: Ohhh. You know what? Let's just call it a night. If it's all the same to you, and you've been eating that stuff, I'm not so sure I wanna bite you.

    Buffy: You're dead! You smell like it! How do you get to say I'm the one who's stinky?

    Vampire: Really, it's, it's cool, I'll just catch you next time.



    Dawn: Your Arnold Palmer, milady.

    Willow: Thanks. So how are Mr. and Mrs. High-Strung?

    Dawn: I'm betting they explode.

    Willow: You know, when I was little, I used to spend hours imagining what my wedding to Xander would be like. And now I look at them... I just think... "Nee-hee-hee!"

    Dawn: You're awfully chipper tonight.

    Willow: Can't hide it.

    Dawn: Hmm. Big wedding coming up ... lots of date possibilities ... you and Tara are speaking again. You wanna call her? Invite her over?

    Willow: Oh, no. Too soon for so bold a maneuver. But if I did call? She wouldn't hang up on me.

    Dawn: That's progress!

    Willow: Hence the happy.



    Buffy: Welcome to the Double Meat Palace, how may I help... You.

    Riley: Hey.

    Buffy: Huh? Riley.

    Riley: Sorry to just drop in on you like this, Buffy.

    Buffy: It's you.

    Riley: It's me.

    Buffy: You're here.

    Riley: I know.

    Buffy: And ... were you always this tall?

    Riley: Look, this isn't the way I wanted it. But something's come up, something big. We don't have much time. You understand?

    Buffy: Not a work you've said so far.

    Riley: Right. I should have known, anticipated. You're working.

    Buffy: Well, just counter, not grill any more.

    Riley: I want to explain, I just don't have time. I've been up for 48 hours straight tracking something bad, and now it's come to Sunnydale.

    Buffy: My hat has a cow.

    Riley: I know that I'm putting you on the spot, showing up like this, but ... but you know, here we are. I need the best. I need you, Buffy. Can you help me



    Buffy: Nice wheels.

    Riley: Came with the car.

    Buffy: Know where we're goin'?

    Riley: Got an idea. The tag's on-line. We'll find it.

    Shot of a GPS screen on the car's dashboard. It shows a blip for the demon and another one for the car.

    Buffy: How's your arm?

    Riley: It'll heal. How you doin'?

    Buffy: Complicated question.

    Riley: I just meant-

    Buffy: I know.

    Riley: I hear ya. Got some, uh ... big stories to tell you to. If we ever get half a second.

    Buffy: Did you die?

    Riley: No.

    Buffy: I'm gonna win.

    Riley: Here. No offense, but this is black ops, and you Buffy: Ninja wear?

    Riley: Battle gear. Lightweight Kevlar, state of the art.

    Buffy: What a surprise.

    Riley: Boys like toys. Put it on, thank me later.

    Buffy: You won't look?

    Riley: I'm a gentleman.

    Buffy: Okay. So ... the black-ops life, it's workin' out for ya?

    Riley: Don't suck.

    Buffy: They got dental?

    Riley: Yeah, we're covered. You know, there's not many people I'd ask to risk their life for me, Buffy. It's really good to see you.

    Buffy: Thanks.

    Riley: You're welcome. And Buffy ... love the hair.



    Anya: I think we died in this car on the way to the airport, and now we're stuck in hell.

    Xander:: The radio said no traffic.

    Anya: It's a hell radio, of course it said that. We'll never get to the airport in time to pick up your stupid uncle.

    Xander: It just gives my uncle Rory more time at the bar. Trust me, he'll be happy.

    Anya: Great. So he can sleep off his drunken stupor on our newly re-upholstered couch.

    Xander: He can't afford a hotel.

    Anya: Why are you defending him?

    Xander: I'm not. I hate my uncle. I hate my whole family. That's why I'm marrying you, to start a new family. Have children, make them hate us, then one day they'll get married, we'll sleep on their couch. It's the circle of life.

    Anya: Well, the Gnarals are teleporting in in twenty minutes. If I'm not there to greet them? Somebody's getting incinerated.

    Xander: Why did we ever agree to have your friends, who are demons, and my family, who are monsters, stay at our place?

    Anya: Well, I can only do so much, Xander. Planning this marriage is like staging the invasion of Normandy.

    Xander: Without the laughs. We should have eloped.

    Anya: No! I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it.

    Xander: Mm. Cool Ranch?

    Anya: Cajun Fiesta.



    Buffy: End of the line? I don't see our demon.

    Riley: It's not here.

    Buffy: Let me guess. Down we go?

    Riley: Looks that way.

    Buffy: That's a big first step. So, Mr. Finn, got an extra jet-pack for a girl like me?

    Riley: Sorry, fresh out of jet-packs. Looks like we'll have to share. This test line's built for one, so if we go together, we're not hauling any gear. Just be you and me.

    Buffy: I was never big on the hardware anyway.

    Riley: You hold onto me?

    Buffy: If that's what it takes.

    Riley: Come on.

    Buffy: Ready when you are, Agent Finn.



    Sam: Hey there. What exactly are you doing with my husband?

    Buffy: Husband? Wife. And ... those aren't code names like Big Dog or Falcon or... I didn't think so.

    Riley: Buffy, meet Sam. Sam, Buffy.

    Sam: Pleasure.

    Buffy: Demon.

    Sam: Mine.

    Buffy: She's good.

    Riley: She's a special one.

    Buffy: How long have you been married?

    Riley: Four months almost.

    Buffy: Mazel tov. Any children?

    Riley: Buffy, I meant to tell you. When the time was right. She caught up to us a hell of a lot faster than I would've guessed possible. She does that.

    Buffy: So, you-you guys do this often, you know, the whole ... husband-and-wife tag-team demon fighting thing?

    Riley: Yeah, it's what brought us together. I almost feel sorry for the Suvolte. But not quite.



    Riley: Hey.

    Dawn: Agent Finn returns.

    Riley: Dawn. Geez, look at you. I think you grew a foot and a half.

    Dawn: A lot can happen in a year.

    Riley: Well, it's good to see you.

    Xander: Hey, there's the man! Life taker, heartbreaker. You know, figuratively speaking.

    Riley: Xander, Sam. Willow...

    Sam: Hi.

    Riley: Hi.

    Willow: We got your call.

    Xander: We're here to help. Just like old times. Except, with you being all big with the married life.

    Riley: Hear you're getting hitched yourself. Believe me, you're gonna love it.

    Willow: Congratulations, really, both of you. Just so you know? I'm prepared to hate this woman any way you want.

    Buffy: Thanks, but no. I don't wanna seem all petty.

    Willow: Well, that's the beauty! You can't, but I can. Please. Let me carry the hate for the both of us.

    Buffy: Go nuts.

    Dawn: So. What brings you back to town after you left suddenly with no word?

    Riley: Sam and I have been tracking a Suvolte demon through Central America. Killing machine. Nearly mature.

    Sam: Yeah, three months old and growing fast.

    Riley: These things start to kill the minute they're hatched. And leave a real clear trail.

    Sam: Yeah. Just follow the villages with nothing in them but body parts.

    Riley: Uh ... Dawn, are you sure you wanna be around hearing all this?

    Sam: Oh, come on, Finn, she looks all grown-up to me. That is, if it's all right with you.

    Buffy: Uh, sure, yeah, it's fine.

    Dawn: So, this demon shredded your guys, and now you're looking for a little payback?

    Sam: No. It came here to the Hellmouth to, to spawn. But we think it already hatched its eggs somewhere.

    Riley: And the plan was to track it. Let the demon take us to its nest.

    Dawn: And ... now they're gonna hatch a bunch of ... baby demon things?

    Sam: Unless we stop it.

    Buffy: Which means we have to find the nest, and fast, before Sunnydale turns into the Trouble Meat Palace. I wish I'd said something else.

    Xander: Okay, so we track down the demon, find the nest, Mr. and Mrs. Finn here make with the killin', and everyone goes home happy. But seriously, married man. If forced to choose between a photographer and place settings-

    Buffy: We can't track the demon. I killed it. So! Who's hungry? We got, uh-

    Dawn: Ice cubes.

    Buffy: All you can eat.

    Sam: Buffy? It's good that you killed the Suvolte before it killed us. Disposable cameras.

    Xander: Di - wah?

    Sam: Yeah, you, you know, little plastic ones, ten bucks a pop. You arrange them like table settings, guests snap photos...

    Sam:...breaks the ice, and when the wedding's over, you get to take home the pictures.

    Xander: I like it!

    Buffy: So, demon eggs. Any timetable on when they're gonna hatch?

    Riley: Hatching's not the problem.

    Sam: We think they're gonna be sold on the black market. There are some foreign military powers that would love to have their own Suvolte. You could never train it, but drop it on an urban population...

    Riley: And it cleanses the area.

    Dawn: Is that a nice way of saying it kills people?

    Sam: Lots of 'em. Money's been exchanged. There's a dealer in town, calls himself the, The Doctor. Willow, you think you can help with a little locating spell?

    Willow: I can't do the magicks.

    Sam: Oh, Riley says you're comin' on as one major-league Wicca.

    Willow: I got addicted. The way addicts do.

    Riley: Two teams. No civilians. I'll, uh ... I'll go out and look for our Doctor. You two find that nest.

    Buffy: Me and Sam together?

    Riley: You come across a Suvolte nest, you're gonna want backup.

    Sam: You know, I don't wanna be dragging down the Slayer. You've got speed, and power I can't even-

    Buffy: Let's go.



    Sam: Hey Willow. I'm sorry, I think I really ... stepped in it in there. You know, back in the jungle ... we had not one, but two hard-core shamans working for us ... they were working the dark magicks, and ... got addicted. And now they're gone. Gone ... as in ... there's nothing left. I've never met anyone with enough strength to quit before. I'm just saying.



    Sam: Thanks for letting me tag along.

    Buffy: No problem.

    Sam: Maybe not for you. I gotta tell you, Buffy, I'm a little bit intimidated. I mean, patrolling with the real live Slayer You're like santa Claus or Buddha or something.

    Buffy: Fat and jolly?

    Sam: Legendary. And it's not just slayer status I'm talking about. It's you.

    Buffy: Riley talks about me?

    Sam: He didn't say anything for a long time, but I could tell. He was ripped up inside.

    Buffy: Good thing he has you.

    Sam: More like miraculous. I went down to Central America with the Peace Corps. One night, my entire infirmary got slaughtered by... I didn't know what they were. I got saved, quit the Corps, joined the squad. My first firefight, I met Riley. We started talking, you know, first about tactics, missions, stuff like that. And then about you.

    Buffy: He thinks ... I let him go.

    Sam: Do you wish you hadn't.

    Buffy: I wish things were different. I-I'm not trying to ... I don't ... uh, you know.

    Sam: I didn't mean to put you on the spot, Buffy. There's no bad guys in this one. The only thing that could ... help Riley work it out was time. Lots of time. Took him a year to get over you.

    Buffy: I'm glad he's over me.

    Sam: So, you seeing anyone new? Someone special?

    Buffy: You know, I just take my time, you know, I don't ... I don't wanna jump right into anything, don't wanna ... you know ... be defined by who I'm with.

    Sam: Yeah, better no guy than the wrong guy, that's for sure.

    Buffy: Sam. You know what? Um, I think we should split up.

    Sam: Oh, I'm slowing you down. I knew I would, this was just selfish of me.

    Buffy: No, it's not, uh ... there's this guy, uh, an informant, but he's twitchy. I show up with company, and, and we get nothing.

    Sam: Cool. I'm guessing Finn needs me about now. He's probably off somewhere gettin' his ass kicked. You know how wild he gets. Don't worry about Rye and me, we're good.

    Buffy: I noticed.



    Buffy: Tell me you love me.

    Spike: I love you. You know I do.

    Buffy: Tell me you want me.

    Spike: I always want you. In point of fact-

    Buffy: Shut up.



    Riley: I'm taking this place apart until I find that nest.

    Spike: Over my dead body.

    Riley: I've seen enough of your dead body for one night, thanks.



    Spike: I can explain.

    Riley: We're gonna need more weapons. Spike screwed up. You didn't keep 'em frozen, did you ... Doctor?

    Spike: You can stop calling me that any time. If I may, the thing of it is, I'm holding these for a friend, who-

    Buffy: No more games.

    Spike: Well, that's bloody funny coming from you! No more games? That's all you've ever done is play me. You keep playing with rules you make up as you like. You know what I am. You've always known. You come to me all the same.

    Riley: Can you shut him up?

    Buffy: Not so far.



    Anya: You know, if you love Riley Finn so much, maybe you should just marry him.

    Xander: He's taken. And that's not the point.

    Anya: So you think that their marriage is better than ours, is that it?

    Xander: No! But granted, I have a hard time imagining Nick and Nora Fury hiding out from their own relatives in the bathroom. And I have no idea what Riley and Mrs. Riley's wedding was like.

    Anya: Well, you haven't shut up about them.

    Xander: Well, they have a great marriage! And it bummed Buffy out, but I can see it. And Anya ... I really have no clue what their wedding was like.

    Anya: So our wedding... is not our marriage.

    Xander: Separate things. One fills me with a dread akin to public speaking engagements.

    Anya: And that would be the wedding.

    Xander: Which will be over soon.

    Anya: But our marriage...

    Xander: That lasts forever.

    Anya: Ah, well. That works out nicely, then.



    Buffy: So, are you and Sam headed back to Central America? Or, is that classified?

    Riley: Nepal.

    Buffy: Sounds fun.

    Riley: I'll send you a postcard. Buffy-

    Buffy: Riley-

    Riley: By mission parameters I'm done here. But I have authorization to take the Doctor out. Do you want me to do that?

    Buffy: Do I want you to... How can you ask me ... I'm sleeping with hi-him. I'm sleeping with Spike.

    Riley: I had actually noticed that.

    Buffy: And then you come back ... and did you wait until your life was absolutely perfect and then send that demon here so you could throw it in my face?

    Riley: Look ... you think this was easy for me?

    Buffy: Yeah! I think it was a rollicking adventure, fun for the whole family.

    Riley: I was terrified about seeing you again.

    Buffy: Well, I'm sure my incredible patheticness softened the blow for you.

    Riley: I don't know what you're talking about.

    Buffy: Riley, please don't patronize-

    Riley: Hey! You want me to say that I liked seeing you in bed with that idiot? Or that blinding orange is your very best color? Or that that ... burger smell is appealing?

    Buffy: You smelled the smell?

    Riley: Buffy, none of that means anything. It doesn't touch you. You're still the first woman I ever loved ... and the strongest woman I've ever known. And I'm not advertising this to the missus ... but you're still quite the hottie.

    Buffy: You know, it goes away after many bathings.

    Riley: This isn't about who's on top. I know how lucky I am right now. I love my work, and I love my wife.

    Buffy: I know. And I kinda love her too.

    Riley: So you're not in the greatest place right now. And maybe I made it worse.

    Buffy: No.

    Riley: Wheel never stops turning, Buffy. You're up, you're down ... it doesn't change what you are. And you are a hell of a woman.

    Buffy: Riley, that night... I never got the chance ... to tell you ... how sorry I was. About what happened between us.

    Riley: And you never have to.

    The door to the magic shop opens again and Sam and Xander emerge, followed by Dawn and Willow.

    Sam: Well, the wedding itself was held in a military chopper just before a hairy night drop into hostile territory.

    Xander: Huh! And just curious, what's a chopper rental run these days?

    Sam: Oh, well, actually, we commandeered it from a local guerilla squad, so ... cheap!

    Xander: Oh!

    Sam: Yeah. You have my email, you promise you'll keep in touch?

    Willow: You won't get traced? I don't wanna lead the bad guys to your location by mistake.

    Sam: Our line's secure.

    Willow: Oh, huh, duh, of course it is! I keep thinking of you like regular people, but no, you're not.

    Sam: Oh, right, like demon-hunting is all exotic to a girl from Sunnydale.

    Dawn: So you gonna say goodbye this time, or just ... split all secret-agenty like last time?

    Riley: Depends. I warrant a hug? Goodbye, Dawn.

    Dawn: I thought it would suck less this time. It doesn't.

    Sam: It was really nice meeting you all. You ready for Nepal, agent?

    Riley: Soldier. Fire-fights, bug hunts, big body counts ... yeah, I could use a break.

    Willow: Bye!

    Xander: Bye! Bye Riley! Bye Sam!

    Willow: What a bitch.



    Spike: So she's back. Thought you'd be off snogging with soldier-boy.

    Buffy: He's gone.

    Spike: So, you come for a bit of cold comfort? The bed's a bit blown up, but then, that was never our-

    Buffy: I'm not here to- And I'm not here to bust your chops about your stupid scheme, either. That's just you. I should have remembered.

    Spike: So this is worse then, is it, this is you telling me-

    Buffy: It's over.

    Spike: I've memorized this tune, luv. Think I have the sheet music. Doesn't change what you want.

    Buffy: I know that. I do want you. Being with you ... makes things ... simpler. For a little while.

    Spike: I don't call five hours straight a little while.

    Buffy: I'm using you. I can't love you. I'm just ... being weak, and selfish...

    Spike: Really not complaining here.

    Buffy:...and it's killing me. I have to be strong about this. I'm sorry ... William.



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    Picture: 10

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Willow comes in while Buffy and Dawn are talking in the kitchen, Buffy has a Doublemeat burger in her hands in the shots of just her, but in the wider shots, there is nothing in her hands.

    • The song playing indistinctly from the radio as Buffy tries to scrub out the grass stain from her coat is Trespassers William's song "Washes Away". The chorus works well with the cause of the stain on her coat (her tryst with Spike). "Pain is a rain that washes away / I'm a fabric you can't stain" and later in the song "I have never gotten warm from you huddling close" which alludes to Spike's lack of body heat as a vampire.

    • Sam (Riley's wife) tells Buffy it took Riley a year to get over her. However, the last episode with Riley took place just a little over a year ago than this one. It seems Riley rushed right into marriage considering it took him a year to get over Buffy.

    • Spike's record collection can be seen in the moment before Buffy shoots it. The first album is a white cover with some print on it(probably the back cover). As Buffy fires the gun the white cover is gone. In its place is a different album "The Kaller Family Sings". Also seen is the soundtrack album to "The Wiz". Both seem to be odd music choices as Spike has been shown to be a lover of punk and alternative rock.

    • When Buffy and Sam are walking in the cemetery the background scenes are not consistent. There is nothing to indicate that they are walking in anything other than a straight line, so the headstones and monuments should remain the same and simply recede into the background. Instead, every time the camera goes back to a head on shot of the two there is a different cemetery scene behind them. Also, Sam passes a tree in one of her closeups, yet the tree isn't there in the next head on shot.

    • On Buffy's rejection letter for readmission to UC Sunnydale, her address is printed as 1630 Crestview instead of 1630 Revello Drive.

    • Wasn't Xander supposed to be at Buffy's house watching Dawn while Buffy, Sam & Riley were out? Instead he was at his house with Anya hiding from his relatives in the bathroom...

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Willow: Just so you know, I'm prepared to hate this woman any way you want.

    • Xander: I'm starting to have dreams of gardenia bouquets. I am so glad my manly co-workers didn't just hear me say that.

    • Riley: So you're not in the world's greatest place right now. And maybe I made it worse...
      Buffy: No.
      Riley: The wheel never stops turning, Buffy -- you're up, you're down. It doesn't change what you are. And you are a hell of a woman.

    • Buffy: I'm using you. I can't love you. I'm just being weak and selfish...
      Spike: Really not complaining here.
      Buffy: ...and it's killing me. I have to be strong about this. I'm sorry... William.

    • Riley: Got some big stories to tell you too. If we ever get half a second.
      Buffy: Did you die?
      Riley: No.
      Buffy: I'm gonna win.

    • Riley: You're still the first woman I ever loved, and the strongest woman I've ever known. And I'm not advertising this to the missus, but you're still quite the hottie.

    • Buffy: Which means we need to find the nest, and fast, before Sunnydale turns into the Troublemeat Palace. ... I wish I'd said something different.

    • Buffy: Tell me you love me.
      Spike: I love you. You know I do.
      Buffy: Tell me you want me.
      Spike: I always want you. In point of fact...
      Buffy: Shut up.

    • Buffy: Nice wheels.
      Riley: Came with the car.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Buffy mentions the time they couldn't leave the house in "Older and Far Away."

    • During the break up scene, Buffy addresses Spike as William. In the Season Five episode, "No Place Like Home" during their first dialogue after Spike discovers his feelings for her, she uses the same address.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Buffy: You still carry around
      all that James Bond stuff.

      James Bond is a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming. Exotic espionage equipment and vehicles are very popular elements of James Bond's literary and cinematic missions. These items often prove critically important to Bond in successfully completing his missions.

    • Xander: ...Nick and Nora Fury...
      Xander is referring to Nick and Nora Charles, the characters from The Thin Man series of films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy about a retired detective and his socialite wife. Also, he's referring to Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel Comics.

    • Buffy: ...like really mean Tribbles.
      Tribbles are cute little fuzzy creatures that are born pregnant, so their population rapidly expands to match the food supply. They were central to the plot of a classic episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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