Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 1

Bargaining (1)

5
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 2001 on The WB
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  • "It'll be dark soon," Xander utters as he and the remaining Scoobies watch Giles fly back to England.

    9.5
    "Bargaining Pt. 1" is an excellent season opener, easily the best of Buffy and possibly the best of the entire Buffyverse altogether. It's got so much character development, darkness, powerful images, and gigantically impacting events that its importance and value cannot be overlooked. The only thing holding it back from a P are the small bits involving the excessively lame demon biker gang. Ironically, how little they're used here is also what raises this episode above it's conclusion. However, great stuff! This is what I want from a season opener that picks up from the kind of devastating events of the previous season's finale. Where "Anne" failed, "Bargaining Pt. 1" succeeds.
  • She who believeth in me...

    6.0
    BARGAINING 1&2



    The Good;

    SMG is just wonderful as the Buffybot, credit it to her that she can remember all the dialogue at the end of the teaser. Another nice Anya/Tara scene and Dawn and Buffy reunited is always a joy. Love the way that the Buffybot is such a hit at Dawn's parent/teacher day. Possibly the coolest Spike moment ever when he kicks the Hellion off the bike.



    The Bad;

    The Hellions are deeply stupid. There's only 15 of them and they appear to be killable by conventional methods (some are even human) so why don't the SDPD just shoot them? The fat vamp seems to burn awfully fast, Dru and Darla on Angel take far longer.



    Best line;

    Xander; "House o' chicks relax, I am a man, I have a tool!"



    Women good/men bad;

    Razor is nastily misogynist so Tara let's him have her axe. Good for her!



    Jeez!;

    Will kills Bambi! Even though she's a machine you feel so sorry for the Buffybot. The sight of Buffy's corpse is upsetting but not as much as her crawling out of her grave.



    Kinky dinky;

    The Hellions threaten to rape the Scoobies.



    Captain Subtext;

    Love the Willow/Tara house. In the comics Willow talks of the pair being tempted of just taking Dawn and the three moving out of Sunnydale, forming their own little family. Spike can't be with Buffy so he takes the closest thing he can get, babysitting Dawn. Xander appears to like the Backstreet Boys? Hmmmmm? Dawn and the Buffybot, a***wwwwww! Xander and Giles hug at the airport. Xander says he needs more male friends.



    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: Willow

    Buffy: 16

    Giles: 10

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 8

    Will: 6

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;1



    Kills: 1 vamp for Spike and one for the Buffybot. One fawn and one demon for Will. A demon each for Xander and Anya. Tara's first kill plus 3 demons for Buffy

    Buffy: 96 vamps, 35 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 5 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 1 demon +1 fawn.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 5 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 3 vamps and 2 demon

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 3



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 6

    Giles: 3

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 3



    Recurring characters killed: 10

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



    Sunnydale deaths;

    89;



    Total number of scoobies: goodbye Giles and goodbye Buffybot so 6

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Tara, 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: no although Razor has a gun he never uses it.

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

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

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 3 confirmed; Angel, Parker,Riley, 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; good or bad? (new column to handle one of the most pressing questions of the series)

    Spike is fighting alongside the scoobs and taking care of Dawn but also pouring scorn on the schooling system and thinking the chaos and destruction looks fun.



    Questions and observations;

    Very long 'previously on Buffy', the series now very much rooted in it's own mythology. Love Tara the vamp hunter, note she feels the need to get a leather coat for her warrior princess phase. Note Giles and Spike actually share a joke together. The numbered shirts appear which I actually didn't notice first time around. Buffy looks to have put a little weight on whilst dead and it suits her. The Buffybot remarks 'I don't eat', deliberate joke? Dawn is back in touch with her dad. The Buffybot appears to be breaking her programming and almost becoming a real girl. Check out the scene where the Scoobies are saying goodbye to Giles at the airport, it looks like Spike is sitting behind Giles (JM's stand in?).

    One good thing is that they kept Dawn. She wasn't that popular with the fans and it would have been very easy to write her out, she would have simply gone to live with her dad and she and Buffy could have had an offscreen reunion as Buffy and Angel do. But they kept her and the show is all the better for it. Dawn not only gives Buffy the will to live but she seems to just instinctively be able to sense that she's back and find her amidst the chaos. Once again it's implied that that there's a deeper connection between the 2 sisters.

    Surely if Willow can fix a decpitated Buffybot she can fix a limbless one? So what happens to the bot? I remember reading an excellent fanfic on fanfiction.net called The Sentry where they repair it and leave it hooked up to an electricity supply in a remote cave, programmed to come to the rescue if anything ever happens to the Scoobs (very 'Demon with a glass hand' if you ever watched The Outer Limits). To judge by Buffy's appearance when she comes out of the grave she dyes her hair. You notice that the 'power shot' at the end of the opening titles isn't actually Buffy at all, it's actually the Buffybot.

    I almost stopped watching Buffy at this point, I was so disappointed in these opening eps but I'm glad I kept with it.

    Marks out of 10; 6/10

  • Dead Slayer Walking, Part 1

    9.2
    Bargaining, Part 1-It's a dark and gloomy world without the Slayer. Buffy is dead, and the Scooby Gang must do the best they can without her. But concern about the way she died leads Willow to believe that she may have been pulled into a hell dimension. Unable to bear the thought of their friend enduring eternal torment, Willow, Xander, Anya, and Tara decide to perform a resurrection spell that will bring Buffy back from the dead.

    In 2001, Buffy was nearly cancelled but thanks the UPN gladly willing to take over as the series' home network, Buffy was brought back to life...again! Starting of with quite the bang and not showing any sign of loss in quality due to switching networks, "Bargaining, Part 1" is stellar first parter to this slightly epic season premiere which sees the Scooby Gang trying to live life without Buffy. The episode starts off with a brilliant openning teaser with the whole gang chasing after vampires. I love Willow using her mind reading magic to guide the others through the cemetary, especially when she scares Xander and Anya. The Buffybot fake-out was well done as for just a second you're wondering "Wait a minute, isn't Buffy suppose to be dead!?" Then there's Spike saving Giles with cool move by setting a vampire fire unknowingly. Spike's line to Giles after that was just priceless:

    Spike: "What's the matter? Life flash before your eyes? Cup of tea, cup of tea, almost got shagged, cup of tea."

    The whole cast is wonderful in the episode dealing with their lives with Buffy's death. Willow and Tara are palying Dawn's parental figures with Buffy gone, Xander and Anya dealing with the secrecy of their engagement, Dawn trying keeping living life like Buffy said, etc. The most interesting is Giles, as he decides to go back to England now that Buffy is gone. The farwell scene between Giles and the gang was pretty sad, considering what the characters have been through since he's been in America and how close he got to them. Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn't even appear that much in the episode, but her scenes as the Buffybot bring some of the light-hearted, humorous moments the episode needs considering how dark it becomes. It was obvious that Bufy would be brought back to life, but the scenes involving the spell to bring Buffy back are some truly disturbing scenes. One scene that caught me off guard was Willow stabbing a deer to death and putting the blood on her face. It's the darkest that Buffy has ever gone and becomes one of the trends of this season.

    The Road Pirates, while cool looking demons, don't feel like more than any other monster of the week, but they do help move the story along. The scenes of them causing choas in Sunnydale well directed and the way it interuppts the gang when they are doing the spell is played out well. Even before that, the whole spell sequence is very intense and brings some stunning effects..well, minus the fake looking snake. You really do feel bad for the gang, especially Willow who gets all cut and bruised from doing the spell. You really do believe it's hope less until we see inside Buffy's coffin and her corpses turns right back into Buffy! An excellent ending to this superb part 1 and Par 2, is even better..like always!
  • Buff the Vampire Slayer has been resurrected...onto UPN and we kick things off with a two hour episode.

    9.0
    Great way to start the season, although, the initial "Season Premiere" is actually 3 episodes long, this first half of what was a two hour premiere, starts off very well. Much of the characters lives are explored as they have been masquerading the Buffy-bot around as the Slayer, in hopes of keeping the illusion that Buffy is still alive(no new Slayer has been called because Faith is still alive). Willow has pretty much mastered the telepathy she used in the S5 finale, Xander is still the same. Dawn is no longer the Key, but Spike still watches over as a way of a redemption for him not getting to Dawn in time before. Giles is also leaving for England and leaving Anya the Magic Shop.
    The emotions from each of the characters are well done, but this episode tends to get a bit on the darker side, more like an Angel episode, than a Buffy one. Although, it has the famous one liners and jokes Buffy is known for, it feels a bit out of place this time around. The Demon Biker gang was an ok way to throw Buffy right into the middle of things again, but it seemed more like an excuse to break up the team and have a reason for Buffy to have to dig herself out of her own grave. The Demon Biker Gang also lends itself to one of the biggest plot holes; Where are the damn cops!!!! An entire town is being looted and terrorized and not one cop is shown to even try and stop them. It's a no wonder there needs to be a Slayer.
  • Season 6, Episode 1.

    7.0
    Buffy is dead, and the Scoobies are trying to go on without her. Willow has repaired the BuffyBot, and they try to pass her off as the Slayer to vampires. Willow and Tara are living with Dawn, and Giles is moving to London. When Willow thinks about how Buffy's death was not from natural causes but from mystical ones, she begins to think Buffy is suffering from eternal torment, and the gang develops a plan to resurrect her.

    This was an OK episode. I think the storyline was good and everything, but they used too much of the characters' personal lives in this episode before they actually resurrected Buffy. Not bad, though. I liked how Season 5 ended, but I liked Buffy alive even more. Plus, BuffyBot is kinda starting to annoy me. Cool episode, though.
  • Bargaining (1)

    9.5
    Bargaining (1) was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sixth Season. I enjoyed watching this episode, especially the begining where the gang is hunting vampires in the grave yard. There are some funny moments among the action, and there are clues leading up to what will happen. Buffy Bot has assumed the Slayers duties with Buffy now gone. Willow believes she may have been pulled into a demon dimension and searches for a way to get her back. I thought that this episodes story was great, and it kept me wanting to know more. This was a good season opener, and I like how it turned out.
  • season 6 kicks off to a spectacular start,Buffy is definately back!!

    9.9
    The Gift was such a terrific finale and a genuine tearjerker of epic proportions...it was the only time i cried so much at a tv programme (seriously!!) it had such an emotional impact and showed just how powerful the cast and crew of this programme are.
    Bargaining is such an amazing intro to what has to be a fine tuned season of the shows run.
    it is both very dark yet incredibly moving at the same time,the addition of Buffybot was a classic idea as she and Anya provided some much needed laughs in the episode and the dialogue is at its most highest standard here.
    a must watch for everyone!!
  • "This is deep stuff Will: we're talking about raising the dead" - Xander

    9.0
    As at the end of Season 5, the previouslies start from the beginning of, and use footage from all of the earlier seasons. They explain Anya, Tara, Dawn, Angel (?) and Spike and introduce the main characters. This could be for the benefit of new viewers after the network change in the US, but is interesting in its choice of quotes from the gang: Xander: "The three of us have been there from the beginning," Willow: "You're the slayer and we're the slayerettes," Buffy: "Why can't you people leave me alone?!" Willow and Xander's identities are so tied in with being Buffy's gang that they cannot get on with their lives, their focus is only on Buffy, despite the fact that as an (enhanced) gang, they can slay much better than their previous Buffy-less attempts back in the gap between S2 and 3. Their stasis is exemplified by Anya's lack of patience - waiting for Giles to leave so she can take over the shop, waiting for Xander to announce their engagement. Nobody is moving on. The opening fight scene is impressive with Tara quipping, Spike fighting, Willow telepathing and RoboBuffy, the eternal plot device (PlotBot?), spouting surrealism. The bot is still around because the gang need "the world and the underworld to believe that Buffy is alive" – so why the stupid gravestone then? The scenes in the school (showing that Buffy, alive or dead, is still more uncomfortable in an educational establishment than fighting the undead) is supposed to be funny and cute but just comes off annoying. In fact, all the Buffybot does is remind people that Buffy is dead and lead the biker gang to the Scooby gang. It doesn't even do its job properly: a fresh-from-the-coffin Hanson lovin' vamp finds out that she's a robot and thus precipitates the demon biker gang arriving in Sunnydale (as prophesised by Snyder in S2's School Hard). The leader, Razer, kills the vampire that Buffybot couldn't, showing their strength and cruelty; similarly, Willow's killing of the fawn shows her ruthlessness and foreshadows her forthcoming downfall. If Buffy fans thought that the misery of S5 would be followed by something light and fluffy, they were wrong, just as the gang is wrong about Buffy's resurrection being all sunshine and lemonade. Using the last known Urn of Osiris (ebay jokes were funny in 2002, but this has aged somewhat), and the deer's blood that Willow lies about (first of many…), they attempt to reanimate Buffy. The series, once again, takes a problem – Tony Head wanting to return to the UK – and makes it an opportunity: S6 is about young people coping without adult direction and coming a cropper. They are no longer teenagers and they believe that they are grown up and can cope with whatever life, and death, throws at them. This is shown by Willow not wanting Giles to be involved in the resurrection. She is the leader now, she doesn't want caution or interference from the patriarch. Willow uses several tactics to make sure the spell goes ahead in the face of the others' uncertainty. She uses her new leadership role to persuade them, she tried emotional blackmail: "She could be in a hell dimension", and finally pleading: "It's Buffy". In the end, although these methods are subconscious, Willow is acting on selfish grounds. She persuades herself and others that raising Buffy is an unselfish act. Tara goes along with it because she loves Willow and because she sees a loophole, Buffy's "mystical death". When they think the spell has gone wrong, Tara starts to change her mind, talking about invoking forces they had no right to. Willow has never been any good at loss – Xander to Cordy, Faith & Anya, Oz, Joyce, and now Buffy. It's only been these last 3 where she's used magic (or helped others use magic), to try to cure the pain of loss. Willow sees magic as having "cured" her – from shy computer nerd to powerful Wicca woman. In the ritual she bloods herself, she is a warrior after a kill. It is of course this desire for power that leads to her breakdown later on in the series and, after having little to do in S5, this is all about Willow's journey. In her dealing with the cuts and snakes, in her bargaining with Osiris, in her killing of the deer, Willow believes that the end justifies the means. But in bargaining, you have to give up something, and in this case it's Buffy's heaven as well as Willow's sanity. Ironically then, it is Willow who is most upset that Giles is going, the one who tells Giles that they'll be OK when, later, it is the father figure she battles with. "Be careful," says Giles, but the new adults are not interested in caution.

    As the biker gang attack the spell, the gang are fractured. "Let's split up," Xander says and he and Anya, and Tara and Willow are separated: more foreshadowing. Xander and Wilow are left together, just as they are at the end of the series. The Buffybot and the newly awakened Buffy are alone, isolated - as she will be all this season. Just as the bot reaches her end, the real Buffy starts to claw her way out of her grave. Good job they didn't cremate her.
  • grr argg.

    9.4
    after buffys death the gang seams to be doing fine. they all work together in slaying in kinda a funny way. willow stands there telepathicly telling everyone what to do, and the buffy bot has funny slaying lingo. and the bufy bot faces the hardest thing yet, school with dawn. she actually did fine. willow is plannig to resurect buffy using dark magic, but it is kept a secret from giles dawn and spike. giles leaves to go to england. that goodbye was funny. tara and her grr argg. that was perfect. a gang of demony bikers terrorize sunnydale, and hurt the buffy bot. she automaticly goes to willow to be fixed. that ruins her ritual of resurecting buffy. she went through a lot of pain and torture, then the mortorcycle ran over the pot with blood, which ruined the ritual. the episode ends with buffy comming alive in her grave. this episode was really cool. great cliffhanger to the next episode.
  • A touching episode.

    9.0
    The world has moved on after the slayers death. It seams like the scoobies are doing great. They cover patrols witht the help of Willow’s wichpowers, Spike’s vampire strength and the Buffybot, a robot made as a toy for Spike. In everyday life everyone still believes that Buffy is alive, as The Buffybot is covering for the real Buffy. Firs everything seems to be ok, and nobody seems to be really sad, but when the episode goes on we see the pain, and the plan to bring Buffy back.

    I love this episode, it is deep and shows many feelings. It also shows that it may not be easy to be brought back. I feel that it is good that Buffy doesn’t come back the same as she went, and that it takes Dawn so much to bring her sense back.

    One of the small moments that made me smile was when Tara saved Willow by axing the demon in the back, and then saying “nobody messes with my girl”.

    I am not sure if I like the demon gang, they are to much like a human montorcykle gang. They don’t seem that scary.
  • Great episode for a great show

    8.7
    So this is one of my personal favorites! This episode should every reason why I watch Buffy. When they are all doing the spell and everything is going through willow, It's just so cool to see al that. Although a lot of the magick stuff the girl's do would never really happen, it's great to be able to think "what if." Also when Giles leaves it's really sad and depressing. So sad that I cried. I love this show and I'm glad that after season 5 when she died they brought her back. It was a great way to start season 6....with a BANG!
  • buffy is back

    8.0
    a very decent episode that ends so good. what makes this episode so brilliant is the scene where willow does the spell and brings back buffy from the dead. how a snae comes out of her and how she does the entire spell.

    a big part of this episode is just a little boring. i hated those bikers and the episode felt as it went on forever. but at least it brought buffy back and she turned from a dead beeyoch into a living one. that morphing looked perfect!
  • Bargaining part 1

    10
    New season... When I started watch this episode I didn't know what to expect... Buffy is dead...
    And I was so suprised when I saw Buffy - and she was fighting a vampire... unfortunaltely it was just Buffybot.
    Buffy is already gone for one hundred and fourty seven days...
    Her friends decides to bring her back from hell ( they think she is there): "Tomorrow night we're bringing Buffy back"
    But... one sad thing that demons have known that Slayer is dead and came to Sunnydale... And calm city bacome load city in fires...
    Willow starts to bringing Buffy back... She needs Osiris help... Continue in the next episode...
    I really liked this episode, do you?
  • No Buffy

    8.5
    Anya: (about Buffybot) She's not the descendant of a long line of warriors- she's the descendant of a toaster oven.

    Spike: Oh, poor Watcher... has your life passed before your eyes - cup of tea, cup of tea, almost got sh*gged, cup of tea?

    The first scene is very illustrative in how the gang cope without Buffy - the answer being not very well. It's nice to see Spike helping still, and the BuffyBot makes a welcome return. If only everything surrounding this and the next episode wasn't so unrealistic and implausible.
  • brilliant.

    9.1
    At the start of this episode we see buffy fighting and think that she is alive but it is really the buffy bot. I really like the opening of this episode. I really like when they are all trying too kill the vampire and willow is telling them all were to go.

    Giles leaves for England in this episode. The gang decide that they all need to bring buffy back and so willow does but gets interupted so they think they havn't brought her back. From this episode onwards we learn that Willow is growing in power.

    overall: a brilliant episode.
  • The Scoobies are struggling without their warrior and make plans to bring her back. A must-see episode.

    9.4
    The episode begins with a rather lengthy recap of the entire series, probably due to the shows change of network to UPN. It details, Buffy’s calling, Giles as the Watcher, the Scoobies, Willow and Tara as witches and Anya as an ex-vengeance demon. It also shows Angel (which is slightly unnecessary as he has nothing to do with the current plots but since he was such a big part of BTVS for 3 years its understandable) Spike being a neutered vampire and Dawn as the key as well as Buffy’s sacrifice. A worthy introduction to this very dark episode.

    The episode itself begins with the Scoobies hunting down a demon and vampire. Willow is standing on a building and is magically directing them. This reminds me a little of those game shows where contestants would be blindfolded and their partner would have to guide them. The Scoobies manage to kill the demon and vampire eventually but with the aid of the BuffyBot who seems to be malfunctioning. The fact that Spike struggles to deal with this demon seems a little out of character as we have seen him defeat many monsters in his time but the writers are merely pushing home the point that they are lost without Buffy.

    We then get shots as the Magic Box showing Anya’s desperation to become its owner and her squabbles with Xander. Emma Caulfields brilliant comic timing really aids this scene and adds some much needed humour to the episode.

    Throughout the episode we see Giles leaning towards leaving but never quite making it until some choice words from the BuffyBot leads him to try and make a quiet exit for England. He is unsuccessful as the Scoobies rush to the airport with their quickly bought gifts (including a very amusing grr argh from Tara) This is a very touching scene and shows how close Giles has got to all the Scoobies and not just his Slayer.

    We learn of the older Scoobies plans to bring Buffy back to life. Both Xander and Anya are doubtful, but Willow seems very eager to do this. We as part of the ritual see some very horrifying scenes including Willow killing a deer and the snake coming from her mouth. This sets up her future obsession with magic that will round of this season. The deer killing especially emphasises this as it is so out of character with old Willow who was so sweet and kind and gentle.

    We see little of Spike and Dawn in this episode. What we do see tells a lot. Dawn seems to be coping remarkably well with her sisters’ death and the scenes at school are very amusing. We now see Spike as a partial Scooby. He helps in the fighting and he is trusted with Dawn but stays away most of the time. His utter annoyance at the BuffyBot talking about his “washboard stomach” and the angry way in which he tries to protect Dawn shows how deeply he is grieving. James Marsters portrays these emotions so deeply its hard not be a little moved by this episode.

    The BuffyBot appears only a little in the episode but is always very amusing. SMG does a wonderful job playing a very Anya-like character.
    The fact that Buffy herself doesn’t appear in the episode (apart from briefly at the end) and the BuffyBot only makes small appearances says a lot about this show. The supporting characters carry the episode and there are not many dramas that can take the main character out and still have an amazing episode especially when it’s the first episode on a new network.

    A brilliant and dark start to this very dark season
  • 3 or 4 months after buffy's ultimate sacrafice willow plans to wake buffy form her grave and bring her back to life the only thing is when she comes back she is different she doesnt even know who she is they soon realize they made a awful mistake...

    10
    Great!!! I would watch this episode over and over especially the end of part 1 when buffy awakes! Sarah michelle gellar plays the part so well! I give her kudos for laying in the fake-coffin for hours on end! the cast and staff really work so hard to make buffy fans happy and i thank them for that and for bringing our slayer back! Originally the gift was supposed to be the series finale but joss still went on for two more seasons! I hope there is a spin off soon!
  • Amazing episode. I didn't care that much about the Buffybot thing or those annoying demons but the way Willow grows is amazing. the characters are very well written and here is when Tar finally begins to become an awesome character as well.

    9.7
    Barganing part 1

    This episode was amazing, almost better than The Gift but it's a little too slow now and then and that brings the episode down. but the characters are all very well written. specially Tara, you can see her change of the last two seasons where she didn't have much dialog at all. and also Anya is better and Giles leaves to England.

    cut to a vampire running, Spike, Tara and Giles are running after him. hey try to kill the vampire but it's to strong and then Buffy comes to the rescue but he's to strong for her too. cut to Xander and Anya, Willow is on a roof and sees everything and tells them what to do and Xander and Anya need to kill another vampire. then the other almost kills Giles but Spike burns the vampire up. cut to Anya and Xander fighting the other but it's to strong. Buffy tries to kill it but it's still stronger and even Spike can't but then Buffy stakes him and they leave. they say that the really real Buffy is gone.

    the credits start(Anthony Stewart Head is take out the credits)
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Nicholas Brendon
    Emma Caulfield
    Michelle Trachtenberg
    James Marsters
    and Alyson Hannigan

    cut to Willow kissing Tara and waking up. they go downstairs and Xander arrives. they tell Dawn to stay with Spike tonight cause it's a Scooby meeting. they are only worried about the Buffybot cause she has a big challenge now and that's going with Dawn to school. cut to Buffy and Dawn at school. she acts all weird and Dawn has to save her out of it. they go to the classroom and Buffybot asks questions and she makes all the peole a little weird.

    cut to the magic shop. Giles is gonna leave and she has fight with Giles. Xander stops them and tells them to act normally. Anya is mad because he has said this before and that she wants to announce her marriage with Xander but he isn't ready. cut to Dawn and Spike in their house. Spike is still pretty hurt and Dawn wants him to leave her alone but he doesn't want her to get hurt so he stays. cut to a vampire and the Buffybot fighting and he hits her with a bottle on the head and she brakes and he escapes.

    cut to Xander and Willow in the house with Tara and Anya. they have all the stuff but Anya and Xander aren’t sure. but Willow says it's time to stop talking. tomorrow they will bring Buffy back. Anya and Xander are still unsure but Willow says they are gonna bring her back. period. so they say yes and that nobody can know. Willow is afraid that Buffy's accence could be in a hell dimension when she died. only her body remained and they buried it. Willow needs to get her back because it's Buffy.

    cut to Willow coming home to broken Buffy. Spike is there and Willow is gonna fix Buffybot and she says something about Spike and that pisses him off. he doesn't even look at her anymore and then he leaves. cut to everyone in bed and Dawn goes to Buffy's room and sleeps next to the Buffybot. cut to Giles and Buffybot training he sees that it's dumb to do that and he blames himself but she says he was a good watcher but then he knows his job is over and there is no reason to still be there. cut to a bar where the vampire is telling a guy and that the slayer is a robot and he takes him to the bigger boss and they believe him and are going now to Suddydale and kill the vampire.

    cut to Willow doing a spell and a hart comes and Willow has to kill him and takes someone his blood. cut to Willow comming in the magic shop. they are all feeling pretty bad. then Anya finds a letter about Giles leaving so they go to the airport and find him and they give him the last goodbye. he didn't want to make a scene and Willow says that she will be okay. he hugs Xander, Anya, Tara, Dawn and then Willow and then he leaves. cut to a while later. while Tara takes Dawn Willow tells Anya and Xander that they have to rehearse it again. nothing can go wrong.

    cut to Willow starting to do the spell in the cemetery with Tara, Anya and Xander. they hear the others come and those start to ruin Sunnydale. cut back, something starts to hurt Willow and a snake comes out of her mouth. cut to Buffy fighting those demons but one damages her and they see she's a robot and she has to go back to Willow and they follow her. cut to the cemetery, Buffybot arrives and those bikes are there too and brake the thing. Willow falls on the ground and Xander goes to grab her and tells Anya and Tara to run away. one of them grabs Anya but Tara saves her. cut to Xander and Willow and Willow asks Xander if it worked but he says sorry and she falls unconscious. cut to Buffy under the ground. she suddenly turns into flesh and bones again.
    black out

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    Best episode quotes:

    Spike: I'm never gonna get anything killed with you lot holding me back.
    Tara: I thought the big ones were supposed to tire more easily.
    Spike: No, that's over-the-hill shopkeepers.
    Giles: I'm fine. I just need to ... to die for a minute.
    Spike: It was that powder you blew at him made him rabbit off.
    Tara: It's sorbis root, it was supposed to confuse him, but ... it just kinda made him peppy.

    Willow: Try to drive him toward the Van Elton crypt.
    Tara: Is that the one with the cute little gargoyle?

    Buffybot: Big, fast and dumb. Just the way I like 'em.

    Giles: You might have let me in on your plan while he throttled me.
    Spike: Oh, poor Watcher. Did your life pass before your eyes? Cuppa tea, cuppa tea, almost got shagged, cuppa tea?

    Buffy: That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo!
    Spike: What's with the Dadaism, Red?
    Tara: Yeah, she says that pie thing every time she stakes a vamp now.
    Willow: I-I don't know, I was trying to program in some new puns and I kinda ended up with word salad.
    Buffybot: I think it's funny.
    Willow: It's a glitch, I'll fix it.
    Giles: We just can't have her messing up in front of the wrong person. Or the wrong thing. We, we need the, the world and the underworld to believe that Willow: And I will therefore fix it. I got her head back on, didn't I? And I got her off those knock-knock jokes.
    Buffybot: Ooh, who's there?
    Xander: You know, if we want her to be exactly-
    Spike: She'll never be exactly.
    Xander: I know.
    Tara: The only really real Buffy is really Buffy.
    Giles: And she's gone.
    Buffybot: 'If-we-want-her-to-be-exactly-she'll-never-be-exactly-I-know-the-only-really-real-Buffy-is-really-Buffy-and-she's-gone' who?

    Willow: I think there's a clog-eating monster under the bed. It's really those lesser-known monsters that make living in Sunnydale so hard.
    Tara: I believe that that is a Dawn monster. She borrowed them yesterday.

    Xander: House of chicks, relax. I am a man, and I have a tool.

    Xander: So. Excellent. We're agreed. Sit your robo-self down so we can get to work. We gotta fix up those fighting skills pronto.

    Buffybot: What is this?
    Dawn: Oh, um, this is our city of the future. I made the hover-cars. They're orange-juice cans, see?
    Buffybot: They're very nice. But I-I still don't understand.
    Mr Davis: We're reading Walden. This is, uh ... a kid's version of a utopian society. You'll notice there are no schools but an extraordinary number of pizza parlors.
    Buffybot: I don't think I know of a breed of humans this small. Who's going to live here?
    Dawn: Ha ha ha! Oh ... god, she's always like this. Ha ha! Come on, wacky Buffy.

    Giles: Anya, this register report for January looks a bit off. Pull the files again.
    Anya: Are you mad at me?
    Giles: Mad? No, I'm-I'm-
    Anya: Well then why are you torturing me? You know, I used to punish people like this when I was a demon. I made them double-check spreadsheets for all eternity.
    Giles: I'm sorry if you resent my authority, but I won't feel comfortable leaving here until I know that absolutely everything-
    Anya: You're taking the Ramadan effigy?!
    Giles: It's not inventory, it's my personal collection.
    Anya: Oh, huh. Aren't you Mister Dicey Semantics. So, what, you think you can just take anything you want? Give it!
    Giles: No, you give it! Ow! Ow! Ow!
    Xander: Okay, when I'm marveling at the immaturity ... be scared. Anya, Giles is gonna leave the store to you when he goes. What more do you want?
    Giles: I'm not leaving the store to anyone. I'm going to England. I'm not dead, I'm still a partner.
    Anya: Silent oversees partner.
    Xander: Who you should be very nice to, unless you want to end up working at Video Hut. What are you doing? What kind of gratitude is that?
    Anya: I know, I know. It's just ... he keeps saying he's going, and then he doesn't. And I keep almost being in charge, but then I'm not. And maybe he shouldn't be going at all, but we can't talk about that. And it all just leaves me with this stress and bossiness stored up, and it just ... leaks out.
    Xander: Just give it time, Ahn. This is hard for all of us. Just ... be patient.
    Anya: I was being patient, but it took too long. I mean, I-I miss Buffy. I do. But life shouldn't just stop because she's gone. I'm sick of waiting to take over here, and I'm sick of waiting to tell everyone about us.
    Xander: We've talked about this. We can't announce our engagement while things are so up in the air.
    Anya: Why not? It's happy news. Happy news in hard times is a good thing.
    Xander: It is, but ... if things go as planned, everything could be different. Let's just hold on.
    Anya: You've been saying that all summer.
    Xander: Please, Anya. We'll know more after we talk to Willow and Tara tonight.
    Anya: Fine, whatever. Just remember that this whole marriage thing was your stupid idea. I didn't ask to be all crazy.

    Spike: So, uh, what do you fancy, bit, uh, game of rummy?
    Dawn: Well, uh, Willow and Tara said they'd be back early. You don't really have to hang. I mean, if you're bored.
    Spike: I'm not, and yeah, I do.
    Dawn: But I'm fine alone. It's not like anyone's coming after me. I'm not the key. Or if I am, I don't open anything any more. It's over. Remember?
    Spike: I'm not leaving you here by yourself, so forget it.
    Dawn: Well, I'm just saying-
    Spike: No. I'm not leaving you ... to get hurt. Not again. Now deal.

    Tara: The urn of Osiris.
    Willow: You really found it.
    Anya: Yeah. It wasn't easy. I went through every supplier the Magic Box has.
    Willow: You used a Magic Box supplier? What if Giles finds out?
    Anya: He's too busy not leaving to pay attention to me. Besides, I ended up getting it on eBay.
    Tara: You found the last known urn of Osiris on eBay?
    Anya: Yeah, from this desert gnome in Cairo. He drove a really hard bargain, but I finally got him to throw in a limited edition Backstreet Boys lunchbox for a - a friend.
    Xander: So you got your somber on, Will, is the urn not up to spec?
    Willow: It's the one. Which means it's time.
    Xander: It's time? Like, time time? With the... timeliness?
    Anya: Are you sure?
    Willow: I am.
    Tara: Mercury's in retrograde, and we have... Do we have everything?
    Willow: Just about.
    Xander: But why the sudden rushy-rush? I mean, did the bot blow our cover at school?
    Tara: No, she did great, she impressed all the teachers.
    Xander: And they still thought it was Buffy?
    Willow: Tomorrow night, we'll meet back here.
    Xander: Whoa! Let's apply the brakes and check the rear- and side-view mirrors here. This is deep stuff, Willow. We're talking about raising the dead.
    Willow: It's time we stop talking. Tomorrow night ... we're bringing Buffy back.

    Xander: Tomorrow? I don't know.
    Anya: Um, Di-Discovery Channel has monkeys. And our tape machine's all wonky.
    Willow: Guys, I need you on board here.
    Xander: It's just ... It feels wrong.
    Tara: It is wrong. It's against all the laws of nature, and practically impossible to do, but it's what we agreed to. If-if you guys are changing your minds-
    Willow: Nobody's changing their minds. Period.
    Xander: Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?
    Anya: You did.
    Tara: You said Willow should be boss.
    Anya: And then you said "let's vote," and it was unanimous...
    Tara: ...and then you made her this little plaque, that said "Boss of Us," you put little sparkles on it...
    Xander: Valid points, all. But we ... I mean... We were just talking then.
    Willow: Xander, I can do this, I promise. But not without you.
    Anya: Should we maybe tell Giles? You know, now that we're really ready? It's not like he's going anywhere. Ever.
    Willow: No. No one else can know. Not Giles, not Spike, not Dawn. They might not understand.
    Tara: What if something does go wrong?
    Willow: I'm telling you it won't.
    Xander: Scenario -- We raise Buffy from the grave, she tries to eat our brains. Do we, a) congratulate ourselves on a job well done-
    Willow: Xander, this isn't zombies.
    Anya: Zombies don't eat brains anyway unless instructed to by their zombie masters. A lot of people get that wrong.
    Willow: This isn't like Dawn trying to bring Mrs. Summers back, or anything we've dealt with before. Buffy didn't die a natural death. She was killed by mystical energy.
    Tara: Which means we do have a shot.
    Willow: It means more than that. It means we don't know ... where she really is.
    Xander: We saw her body, Will. We buried it.
    Willow: Her body, yeah. But her soul ... her essence ... I mean, that could be somewhere else. She could be trapped, in-in some sort of hell dimension like Angel was. Suffering eternal torment, just because she saved us, and I'm not gonna let ... I'm not gonna leave her there. It's Buffy.

    Willow: You really think we'd let you get away with that?
    Giles: I was trying to avoid a scene, really.
    Willow: Like we'd make a scene.
    Giles: Not you. Me.
    Anya: Um, we, uh, brought you some lovely parting gifts. It's American. Get it? Apple pie? To remind you of all the good food you won't be eating.
    Tara: A-and a monster, sort of a Sunnydale souvenir we thought. Grr! Argh!
    Giles: Thank you.
    Xander: And I wanted to buy you a can of Old English 800, 'cause, you know, England, and you, and ... because at the time it sounded really funny. But the guy who lives in the box in front of the store, he, uh, wouldn't buy it for us.
    Dawn: We got your presents at the gas station. We were kind of in a hurry. Um, we made this in the car. That's why the letters are all shaky.
    Giles: This is, uh ... impossible, really.
    Willow: We just wanted you to know that ... we'll miss you. Uh, but we'll be okay. We'll miss you, but, we'll be okay.
    Anya: I'll take really good care of your money.
    Giles: Yes, I have no doubt.
    P.A. Announcer: ...passengers, Flight 3982, leaving for Los Angeles, and continuing to London. Rows 20 through 30...
    Giles: That's me.
    Willow: Now? We just made it.
    Giles: Just, yes. Well, if we're going to do this, let's do it properly.
    Giles: I'm just a phone call away ... if you need anything. You must promise me.
    Dawn: I do. I promise.
    Giles: Willow. I don't know where to start.
    Willow: Well, maybe you shouldn't. I'm trying to be stiff-upper-lippy.
    Giles: Right, right.
    Willow: Well, you should get going. Don't you have a life or something?
    Giles: Um, well, I suppose that's the question really. Just, uh ... be careful. Please.

    Willow: Osiris! Here lies the warrior of the people. Let her cross over.

    Xander: Willow. Willow, are you okay?
    Willow: Did it work?
    Xander: I'm sorry.

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    Story: 10
    Acting: 10
    Writing: 10
    Picture: 10
    Gripping: 9
    My Rank: 9
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    Total: 9.7
  • Here lies the warrior of the people. Let her cross over.

    8.9
    Willow: I am gonna make you good as new…I promise.

    Although talking to BuffyBot, the viewers know she is talking about the real Buffy. In the first episode of season six, the Scoobies plan on reviving Buffy. They have been planning for weeks before it all falls into place. All the ingredients for there spell, and the planets are in retrograde.

    This fantastic, cataclysmic introduction to season six it perfect. Wonderfully acted by Sarah Michelle Gellar, and as always, well directed by Joss Whedon. All the characters have grown over the summer and are back and ready. Willow has advanced spectacularly with her magic's, and the slayer is back! Though not as we would hope.

    Great introduction to Buffy, and highly recommended as a first watch season for you newbies!
  • "Bargaining" (1)

    8.4
    The "Buffy" episode, 'Bargaining(1)' was a fine installment.

    The story and main plots were interesting.

    Both parts ,(part 1 and part 2), of "Bargainging" felt like a mini-movie. It stood out from all of the regular episodes.

    I enjoyed the dark/light textures of the episode.

    The impression that Buffy was really dead, was kind of heart-wrenching at times. Which is good because a good story is one where the character's feelings become your feelings.

    Excellant job. The story captured the point of the episode very quickly, never dulled down, kept moving the story along.

    Loved it!
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