Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 13

Dead Things

2
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2002 on The WB
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  • What we have here is an episode that takes the last four episodes, sheds them of all their bad material, but retains their admirable qualities.

    10
    Wow! "Dead Things" is an incredibly ambitious episode that ends on an admission of sorrowful guilt, but thankfully offers absolutely no reprieve, easy solutions, or light at the end of the tunnel. It's true to the troubles of real life in a way few TV shows are capable of providing. The episode ends in an emotional mess that's been spilled all over the floor and can only be cleaned up with a lot of gradual hard work and, most importantly, time. This is one of the most intellectually and emotionally gripping episodes of television I've ever witnessed due to its uncompromising ability to show the righteous hero largely in the wrong, the evil soulless demon largely in the right, and an utterly messy, complicated, and gripping conclusion that leaves aboslutely no hope in sight. We care about everything that's happening, too, because we know and love the characters and the episode is completely built off of fabulous continuity. If I had to sum up this episode in a couple words, I'd proclaim "unbelievably superb!"
  • The turning point

    5.0
    DEAD THINGS



    The Good;

    The tearful, incredibly intimate scene between Buffy and Dawn in bed. Also am I the only one who is charmed by Buffy confiding in Tara who seems to have blossomed once she split up from Willow? LOVE the Buffy/Tara scene at the end, how many times have you seen a character crying on her knees begging NOT to be forgiven?



    The Bad;

    Even with the 'happy' ending hugely depressing.



    Best line;

    Willow; "Shimmy on out when you're done lubricating"



    Women good/men bad;

    The Geeks show their horrid misogyny. Especially awful when they refer to Katrina's body as 'it'. We see the fault lines develop in the Troika as Andrew sides with Warren and Joanthon starts to pull away from them.



    Jeez!;

    The killing of Katrina is just awful beyond belief



    Kinky dinky; Where to begin? I've heard that SMG was no fan of the Spike/Buffy relationship, she found it demeaning and it's probably because of eps like this. SO packed full of sex and sexual metaphor with the scene at the Bronze astonishingly graphic (actually that's not true, we see absolutely NOTHING but Buffy and Spike's expressions convey so much you think you've discovered free cable porn by accident) .

    Altogether now, "BAZOMBAS!" The Geeks voyeurism at the bar and enslavement of Katrina, making her wear her ridiculously sexy French Maid outfit is funny, creepy, pathetic and sexy all at the same time. But overall just CREEPY! Her flat monotone voice is especially upsetting she really does come across as a human robot (how could anyone find that attractive?). I fast forwarded through this bit on my rewatch as it just makes me cringe. As Katrina says it is rape (although you'd wonder exactly what the Sunnydale Police would do with her allegation, it's not like she has any proof? There may be a test for rohypnol but not for the influence of Magic Orbs) Obviously we're supposed to think they're going to hypnotise Buffy and make her their 'willing sex bunny' and it's been the subject of much fanfic not least because Buffy would have cleaned their clocks once the effects wore off, Katrina would still be alive and in some ways meaningless sex with them would still have been healthier than Spike? (read one very clever one where the effects of the orbs wears off but Buffy keeps playing along anyway, turning the tables on the Geeks by exploiting them as an occasional guilt-free booty call).

    Katrina refers to April the sexbot as Warren's 'wind up slut'.

    Buffy and Spike on the crypt floor is full of mixed messages. They missed the bed, again. Spike says Buffy 'Makes it hurt in all the wrong places' and says she's an 'animal' (which Buffy denies, her Buffy side struggling against her Slayer essence?) and Spike asks if she'd like to see the bitemarks? "You're amazing" and "You get the job done yourself". However Buffy seems to draw the line at handcuff sex, she sometimes likes Spike but she NEVER trusts him (and events will prove her right). We later see in her dream sequence that Spike is the one wearing the cuffs BUT she flinches guiltily later when Anya remarks that she's been 'all tied up' so I think it's open to debate as to whether she wore them or not. Anya also refers to Buffy 'pounding the big evil'. Their sex is so powerful Buffy loses the ability to use her legs for a while afterwards.

    Exactly what sort of sex do Buffy and Spike have at the Bronze? Exhibitionist certainly but what of Spike's goes where in Buffy precisiely ? I've heard one of the writers has previously stated it's conventional sex but it doesn't look like that to me, it looks like something much more kinky, intimate and taboo (Buffy even remarks beforehand that she needs 'More lubrication'!?)

    A LOT more importantly this is the ep the Spike-defenders always refer to in regard to the later rape scene, she goes 'Don't' but he presses on saying 'Stop me' and she succumbs and melts into bliss like they're Rhett and Scarlet on the staircase or something. I don't buy it, when Buffy says "Don't" she doesn't necessarily want him to stop. When she starts crying, struggling, shaking and begging him 'Please! Stop! No!" on the bathroom floor she WANTS him to stop!



    Captain Subtext;

    Buffy imagines herself having sex with Katrina. Katrina tells the Geeks they'll be homosexually raped in prison. If ever there was a time for Buffy and Tara to hook up it would be between the end of this ep and the next. Warren tells a struggling Andrew and Jonathon 'You girls stop touching each other'.

    Buffy just wants to curl up on the sofa for the night with Dawn but there's a distance between them. Joyce's illness and death brought them closer but Buffy's detachment since her ressurection has forced them apart again.



    Apocalypses; 6



    Scoobies in bondage: Buffy imagines herself in handcuffs (wants to be punished? Is that why she wants to go to jail?) but only in a dream sequence as far as we know for sure.

    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: 1 demon for Buffy and 2 for Spike

    Buffy: 103 vamps, 42 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, poor Katrina

    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:

    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?

    A pivotal episode in this genre. Spike cares for Buffy so he helps her cover up the murder. But he doesn't care for Katrina, he truly doesn't understand why Buffy is so upset at killing her (even Faith and Warren show remorse). Not his fault, he doesn't have a soul. Spike makes many of the arguments that Faith made when she killed Finch but the difference is that Faith was in denial and making excuses whilst Spike actually believes what he's saying, he has no guilt as Faith had. He also comments that he once ate a decorator.



    Dawn in peril; 8



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 6



    Questions and observations;

    Once again we see the difference in Faith and Buffy, how Buffy reacts to having killed someone and how Faith did (at least how she did in the past). Why doesn't Buffy just go to the Watcher's Council and ask them for their judgement? Willow has had no spells for 32 days, making this ep a full month after DMP. Note Buffy's little 'Thank you' to God/PTB when Katrina's scream interrupts her lusty feelings for Spike. Please note that when Buffy tells Dawn what's happened and what she intends to do Dawn never goes "What's going to happen to me?", she only expresses concern for her sister not herself. "You always hurt the one you love" is featured again just like in the Angel ep RM w/a Vu. Some great acting from Danny Strong when Warren and Andrew are euphoric at getting away with murder, you can just see Jonathon knows he's got in way over his head.

    Marks out of 10; 5/10 good episode but not much fun for anyone

  • Gives You That Sick Feeling...In A Good Way

    8.5

    Dead Things-The Troika's latest scheme, a new device which will make women their mindless slaves, goes horribly wrong when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is accidentally killed. The trio use magic to make Buffy think that she has killed Katrina - and it works. Between finding out the truth about her resurrection and believing that she has killed an innocent girl, Buffy's world begins to fall apart.


    It's not even the end of the season yet Season 6 up to this point is probably the darkest season of Buffy, but of any other TV season I've ever seen. Yes, darker than any season of Angel, darker than Supernatural, even True Blood, because despite all the blood and sex that spews from that series, it's pretty campy about it. Yet this season of Buffy goes beyond anything I've ever seen, especially when we know how the series started out. The writers are seriously putting the characters through the Ringer this season to the point where even Sarah Michelle Gellar admitted years ago she was kinda put off by Season 6 at times and uncomfortable with the material, but who can blame her? That witty, light-hearted supernatural high school drama we once knew is gone, now we see as series with very surreal, mature themes about love, sex, drugs, abuse, obsession, loneliness and ultimately...life. During the course of Season 6, some of these themes were illustrated beautifully (Bargaining, After Life, Life Serial) or pretty sloppy with a disastrous outcome (Gone, Doublemeant Palace), here, the writers once again find that great balance ofsolidcharacter development and riveting dark drama. I honestly had written off his episode previous, but after just-rewatching it, I was thoroughly impressed. When the writers really go for the psychological aspects of the characters, it's amazing.


    One thing that was desperately needed at this point was for the Trio to develop, at this point, they've been childish nerds trying to live out a fantasy about being super-villains having absolutely no idea what being a "villain" truly means. When they turn Katrina, Warren's ex, into a sex slave as the latest part of their plan, things really start to hit home. Katrina makes sums it perfectly by telling them that it's rape and it leads to a horrifying moment where Warren accidentally kills her. It's a shocking moment with very convincing acting from those three actors. From Andrew's "Oh Gods" to Jonathan's anger to Warren taking charge and planning a way to cover up the body, now this is where the Trio really shines. This is not only a pivotal moment for Trio but a lot more for Warren, as he descends to an even darker place by season's ends. But here, when the Trio plan to pin the murder of Katrina on Buffy, it's probably the most sinister plan they've thought of and not some supernatural prank. The time whammy they put on Buffy is really well done, SFX wise, not to mention continues this season's trend of disturbing sequences. Buffy's reaction to killing Katrina and Spike's desperation to protect Buffy by getting rid of the body is very reminiscent of "Bad Girls" and "Consequences" with Faith's committing her first murder. I also love how Buffy's guilt-ridden dream with allusions to her despair over her relationship with Spike. I really liked all the Buffy/Spike scenes this episode. Essentially, Buffy is in an abusive relationship, especially during the scene at the Bronze where Buffy is looking down at her friends while Spike comes from behind her...and well....you know. It's a creepy moment where Spike whispers into ear and tells her she doesn't belong with them but in the shadow in him. Then there's that haunting moment where they are on each side of his crypt door, sensing each other. The scene where Buffy beats Spike to death is one of the most heart-wrenching moments from the series as Buffy beats Spike's face in until he is brutally deformed. The moment where he calls out for Buffy as walks away was especially chilling. Once again, Sarah and James are doing remarkable work here, I was left speechless after that scene.


    They are other great character moments spread throughout the episode. For one, it was great having Tara back. Tara and Willow re-unting outside the Magic Box was a touching moment between them. You can tell how happy Tara was to see Willow's progression and Willow was happy to see Tara actually speaking to her. Also, Tara's sub-plot with researching Spike's sudden ability to hurt her shows how Buffy and Tara's friendship has grown, leading to a devastating breakdown from Buffy when Tara reveals that nothing is wrong with her. It's a truly complex and tragic moment for Buffy as she truly wants something to be wrong with her to find an excuse for her unhealthy relationship with Spike. You once again feel for Buffy here as she continues to spiral downhill not knowing why she's doing the things she's done and fearing what will happen when the truth gets out. Sarah is masterful and Amber is wonderful as well when Tara finds out about Buffy and Spike. I loved how she just knew, but didn't judge Buffy and knew she was just hurting, showing Tara has grown to be a good support system for the Scooby Gang. All and All, "Dead Things" is atremendouslydisturbing yet profoundly moving hour.

  • "You always hurt the one you love" – Spike

    8.9
    We start with a customary Buffy fight. No, she's having sex again. She's a lover not a fighter. And this isn't just an in-between shifts shag: for a few moments she even engages in post-coital conversation, until Spike ruins it by comparing her to an animal. As we know, Buffy is scared of not having real feelings, of being hard, being inhuman. Spike knows how to push the wrong, as well as the right, buttons. In this scene, he is the 'feminine' one, living only for her, asking if she likes him, does she trust him, and Buffy the hard hearted mannish one, wanting only sex and distraction from her dull job. As she turned to Spike, the outsider, with her coming-back-from-the-dead problems, she now turns to another person outside of the gang to help with the Spike problem: Tara, whom she wants to investigate Willow's resurrection spell. "I think I came back wrong," she tells her. Is her predilection for rough sex with Spike due to the Urn of Osiris being broken before the spell was complete?

    Meanwhile, the geeks have found a new lair – Andrew's house – and a new toy, a cerebral dampener. The name is important, it dampens down cerebral activity. It doesn't make the holder devilishly attractive to women as with Xander and Amy's spell in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, it takes away free will. This is the trio's revenge on women (Jonathan wishes he'd had one in high school). But while Jonathan and Andrew are interested in "bazumas" and short skirts, Warren is far more single-minded. He wants his ex-girlfriend, Katrina, but he doesn't just want her to be his girl again, he wants her passive, objectified and under control, much like April, his robot girlfriend. Spike was compared to April in I Was Made To Love You, here we see Buffy using Spike for sex without considering his feelings, just as the boys want to use Katrina for their sexual plaything; the difference being of course that Spike is a willing victim. The boys compare women to "candy" and dolls – Warren says: "You can play with her when I've finished with her". This, to the guys, is not gang rape, it's similar to teenage films such as Weird Science where boys want to make their own women for fun. Andrew wants to live in a fantasy, Jonathan wants to be someone other than himself, but Warren is turning out to be evil. When Katrina comes out of the spell and points out what they're doing: "A bunch of little boys, playing at being men. This is not a game, you bunch of freaks: it's rape!", Warren hits her over the head. It's not an accident as they tussle, it's quite plainly murder. Warren even wants to cerebrally dampen her again after he has attacked her. The boys want to go to the police, not because they have a moral compass, but because they're scared of what Buffy will do to them. However, Warren has other ideas: "We have to get rid of it," he says, denying that Katrina was even a person. "It's her problem now," he claims after Buffy is tricked into thinking that she killed Katrina – responsibility is abdicated absolutely. In framing Buffy, the three fail again to see her as a person with a life and people who rely on her, and in the end, although Jonathan seems unsure, we see Andrew too turning to the dark side as he realises that the troika literally got away with murder – they are super-villains after all - not a bunch of little boys.

    Buffy's reaction is quite different. Despite having "killed" Katrina accidentally, she is determined to confess her sins to the police. But is it more than a martyr complex making Buffy do this? Dawn, after understanding last week that Buffy will always have lowly jobs, has gone into in an adolescent strop once more: "I didn't think you'd care, you're never here", she tells Buffy and, in her solipsism, she believes that Buffy wants to turn herself in because she can't bear to be near Dawn. There is a grain of truth in her egotism, Buffy does want to relinquish responsibility, forget her job and her life and Spike by being taken into custody. Spike has other ideas though, he makes her leave the scene of the crime, hides the body and invokes the spirit of Faith when he asks what one accidental death is compared to all of those lives she's saved. But killing someone is the icing on Buffy's feeling-like-a-demon cake. Her determination to sacrifice herself is fuelled by her guilt over the way she treats Spike; he and Katrina become one person in her dream. When she beats up Spike, she is beating on herself: "There is nothing good or clean in you, you are dead inside. You can't feel anything real"; again this is similar to when Faith in Buffy's body hit "herself" in the face. Buffy can strike Spike until his vamp face is smacked off because he is a vampire, this kind of domestic violence with a human would be awful. She can sleep with him without treating him well because he is an "evil blood-sucking fiend." But this makes her feel guilty, not because she secretly loves Spike, but because of the person it makes her. This is why she is so resolved to determine that she has come back wrong.

    But Spike brings it on himself. Not content with sex, he wants Buffy to himself, wanting her to distance herself from her friends by telling her they'd think badly of her if they knew she was sleeping with him. On top of the sex is the murder – their shared secret (until, even in her distress, her slayer instincts kick in and Buffy realises that Warren is behind Katrina's death). He wants her alone, just as he wanted Dru to himself without the involvement of Angel or Darla. Like Warren, he too wants control. His insistence that she "belong[s] in the shadows" is an attempt to make her his partner, rather than his f*ck-buddy but he also trying to invoke the emotional connection they had in Afterlife when she confessed to him alone that she was in heaven and not hell. He doesn't realise that reminding her of a) her detachment from her friends and b) her shadowy side does not endear him to her, much less forge a connection. Just as Riley didn't understand Buffy's dark side, even visiting vamptitutes to try and get it, Spike does not comprehend her light, human side, because it conflicts with her desires for him. Tara, Buffy's spirit guide in Restless, tells Buffy that she didn't come back wrong and Spike's ability to hurt her is only due to a bit of mystical physics. Tara shows herself more forgiving of Buffy's dark addiction than Willow's as she tells Buffy it's ok to have sex with Spike. But Buffy doesn't want forgiveness: "Tell me that I'm wrong, please don't forgive me" – she can't accept herself and doesn't want Tara to do so, she doesn't want her feelings towards Spike to be normal: sex should be about love and flowers, not dark desires: "He's everything I hate, he's everything I'm supposed to be against." Like many twenty-somethings, she is having an identity crisis as she says: "This can't be me. It isn't me; why do I feel like this?"
  • It's the "OMG I killed a Human!" plot line.

    8.0
    Wow, I totally agree with Sarah Gellar with the whole disliking of the balcony scene with Spike. That was totally disgusting. When Buffy and Spike were fighting those demons, I thought for sure that it was Warren and his Merry Band who were messing up with the whole time sequence.

    You know, I wanna say, I hope those three learned their lesson, but I somehow doubt that. Getting girls to become their mindless sex slaves? That's super un-evil genius and just goes to prove how pathetic they are that they need to mess with the forces to get laid. Ick.
  • worth watching episode.

    9.0
    warren accidentally killed her ex-gf katrina & tried to cover it up. then he tried to frame buffy for the murder. the trio agreed so as to get rid of their problems. buffy was ready to turn herself in to the police when she realized the trio is up to their old tricks. the teaser is intriguing w/ heavy breathing, breaking & shattering sound that is spike & buffy having sex then near the end when buffy was hallucinating is one exciting scene. no wonder they have the best & hottest love scenes on tv. couldn't agree more. & the dramatic ending buffy breaking down on tara's lap filled w/ remorse asking her that's surely there must be something wrong w/ her for using spike just to feel & not forgive what she'd done.
  • The Trio gets away with murder and we find out Tara is one of the only mentally stable Scoobies left

    8.3
    I like that season 6 focuses more on the characters than it does on the supernatural big bad (it's kind of hard to top season 5's Glory after all); especially the Buffy/Spike situation and the Willow and her magic addiction one.

    The evil trio is sometimes funny and entertaining, but Warren has gotten downright scary in willing to rape his ex girlfriend (mind control) and then killing her when she gets away. In his panic, he tries to make Buffy think she killed the girl (using some time/perception distorting demons) and although Buffy eventually realizes that it wasn't her, they do end up getting away with the murder. While Warren's reaction to this is relief, Jonathan is somewhat creeped out (it surprised me Andrew didn't seem as horrified as well, because I don't think neither he or Jonathan are as bad as Warren).

    As for Buffy, she's still struggling with the doubts that she came back from her grave wrong (since Spike is able to hurt her despite his chip and because of her sexual escapades with him) and asks Tara to research more about the spell that brought her back. In a very well done ending scene, Tara tells Buffy that she didn't come out wrong while Buffy insists she did and admits her sex-capades with Spike as proof of it before she breaks down and asks Tara not to be so forgiving of her. On a character relationship level, it's a very nice scene as we see the relationship between Tara (a former outsider) and Buffy become closer mainly because of Tara's unjudgmental nature and the bond they share after losing a mother. On a story arch level, it leaves the viewer wondering whether Buffy has a sexual addiction to overcome akin to Willow's magical addiction or if she just won't admit to herself she may have feelings for Spike back...
  • The turning point of the season...

    9.0
    This is the episode where everything changes. Until now the 'Evil Trio' has been more entertaining than villainous. They have never posed any real threat. Buffy's sometime relationship with Spike has been generally light-hearted, and anything important that the characters had to say to one another has been masked with humour (as in the episode Once More with Feeling for example, when Buffy told everyone that she'd been brought out of heaven).

    Here, however, the show becomes darker and more disconcerting. The tone of this episode sets the mood for the rest of the season.

    Warren and his gang start hurting real people instead of just fumbling around with giant plans of world domination. Warren uses a mind-control device on his ex-girlfriend leading her to accuse the Trio of rape, a subject that will be revisited in a later episode this season. When they realise that implications of such an accusation, they try to stop her from getting away and kill her in the process. They then try to set Buffy up for her murder.

    Buffy has her own problems. She believes that she "came back wrong" and she enlists Tara's help to look at what may have happened in her resurrection spell that allows Spike to hurt her despite his chip. She's torn by her relationship with him, and the possibility that she's just using him to feel something. She's surviving her job, but only as a means to an end, and she's too busy to maintain her relationships with her friends and with Dawn. She's exhausted.

    Despite Buffy's conclusion that the Trio are behind the murder, they still manage to get away with it. There is no sense of closure and we're left with a Big Bad that is affecting people's lives instead of just fumbling around. They are the catalyst for much of what goes wrong from here on in.

    The ending scene with Tara and Buffy is beautifully written and acted, and is heartbreaking to watch. Tara tells Buffy that there isn't anything wrong with her, but Buffy can't believe that's true and tells Tara about the relationship she has with Spike. Tara is typically forgiving and non-judgemental, showing once again what a lovely character she is. It's a believable turn in a relationship that sadly, didn't ever gain much importance or attention in the writing of the series.
  • I dont know why people dont really like this episode....

    9.2
    This is one of the darkest episodes of Buffy ever, but I love it! Buffy's depression is become more and more effecting on her. Buffy thinks that she killed a man, and it's devestating to her. She beats up Spike, in a great scene to me, and the scene on the balcony is so appalling yet intruiging to me. The ending is what got me. Buffy feels like she came back from the grave wrong, and no matter how much Tara tries to convince her that everything's fine, Buffy wont accept it. When Buffy collaspes in tears in Tara's embrace, I couldn't help but think that even we weren't aware of her fragile state. A great episode!
  • "Dawny, I have to" - where have we heard that one before?

    10
    This was an amazing episode. It was so dark and full of deep emotions. And there were so many amazing Buffy and Spike scenes, I loved it!
    Spike is so amazing this season and I loved how he protected her in this episode. Plus everything he says and especially that scene when they were both at the door, it was amazing!
    And finally Buffy admits to having those unexplainable feelings for Spike - and it's good that Tara knows now and can give her comfort about it!

    Also, it was so sad when Buffy told her sister "Dawny, I have to" just like she said in the season 5 finale right before she jumped. It's really sad how they're alienating this season...
  • Sick -- And not in the cool way.

    4.5
    'Dead Things' is probably the most disturbing episode Buffy could ever have had. If you think that an episode like 'Where the Wild Things Are' is too much, you won't like this at all. Everything here is wrong and only the ending is worth your time. Buffy has sex with Spike (a lot), The Trio kills a person and Buffy has sex again - now in a different position. It was just a horrible episode. Buffy gets completely out of character for a while and Warren, Jonathan and Andrew prove themselves to be pathetic little psychos. And Dawn keeps annoying us. The good moments were there, of course. I actually enjoy the ending, because I was delighted to see Buffy coming to her senses. The scene with Spike in the alley reminded me of a scene Buffy had with Faith during 'Consequences' and that was also very much appreciated. Plus, although I usually like him, I loved to see Buffy punching Spike's face.

    It was also nice to see Amber Benson again, but this episode comes off as a little too graphic for me.
  • Dead Things

    9.0
    Dead Things was a really great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This episode explored darker sides of Buffy and the Trio. There was a lot of character development and the actors really pulled off their roles given the subject matter. I admit that I'm shocked some of this stuff ever made it to TV, but I'm glad it did! I think this really touched on the dark side within us all which made it disturbingly relatable to viewers. Towards the end of the episode we start to see Buffy reaching out for help, and she has taken her first step toward ending her addiction to sleeping with Spike. This episode was very entertaining and I can't wait to see how things work out next!!!!!
  • The most disturbing Buffy episode ever.

    10
    This episode is dark. I mean really. It deals with sexual abuse, rape, murder and domestic violence, if the Spuffy relationship can be categorized as that.

    And yet, there's a certain something that always draws me back to this one. Maybe it's that it really is the turning point in the season. Buffy finds out that she has not come back wrong; and while it's not the end of the liaison yet, she does realize that her relationship with Spike is very unhealthy.

    The Trio becomes truly evil, using magical drugs to lure Warren's ex-girlfriend back to the lair to use her as their sexual slave. The plan backfires however, and Warren ends up killing Katrina to stop her from leaving and reporting them. The try to get away with it by convincing Buffy that she is responsible for killing Katrina in a trippy scene during patrol. All the while, Buffy seeks help from Tara concerning her resurrection, specifically why Spike can hurt her. And the Spuffy sex just intensifies. We are treated to an opening of post-coital conversation, an ambiguous sex scene on the balcony of the Bronze, and a scary dream sequence featuring handcuffs and murder. Buffy tries to turn herself in for the murder, ostensibly because she feels totally responsible, but also because she just can't handle real life anymore. But she's stopped by Spike in the alley next to the police station and we are treated to one of the worst fights of the series, not because it is particularly brutal but because it is a heavy dose of subtext-rapidly-becoming-subtext. The episode continues with Buffy discovering that the Trio was really behind the murder and concludes with Buffy having a breakdown with Tara finding out about her tryst with Spike.

    This may not be the best episode for everyone; it is a little hard to stomach, especially for fans of Buffy herself. But it is a great episode in and of itself, particularly one scene with features Bush's "Out of This World" in a cemetery scene.
  • the one where buffy thinks she killed an innocent human being...

    10
    i have to say that this episode is one of the best in season six. it's so filled with emotions, it's dark and captivating.

    i liked the opening scene where spike and buffy were sorta having a conversation ^_^ it was lighter at the beginning then it goes deeper as the show goes on. i also liked the scene where buffy was going to turn herself in to the police and spike tries to stop her. he was just desperately trying to protect her, he let her beat him to a pulp. when buffy was walking away, spike said "you always hurt the one you love". when he said that, i almost cried...really.

    later on in the episode, when buffy informs the gang that it wasn't her who killed the girl, she said the same thing that spike said, the one about hurting the one you love. in a way, she was kind of admitting that she loved spike and that made me happy.

    but the happiness was short lived because the end of the episode brought tears back to my eyes. buffy admitted to having relations with spike to tara. i thought she was going to come out and say that she did love spike but she didn't and instead she believed that something was wrong with her for doing all those things with spike, and for that she wanted to be punished. i think it's because she was feeling emotions that she shouldn't be feeling towards spike, but she didn't say that. i just hope that she did though...it would have probably made my day ^_^
  • Buffy thinks she killed an innocent

    10
    In a cruel trick played by Warren, Jonathan and Andrew, Buffy thinks that she has killed an innocent girl and is overcome with guilt and wants to hand herself in to the police.

    James Masters plays Spike really well in this episode when he tries to save Buffy from herself and take back the fact that he said she was a demon. When Buffy was beating him up in the end it brought a tear to my eye.

    Dawn was slightly annoying when she was whining about herself and how Buffy didn't love her. But otherwise a very emotion filled episode.
  • i'm not a big fan of Spike but I have to admit that he made this episode. Buffy give me some irritation moments but she also made me cry at the end of the episode. she wants to be punished. it's a dark and cruel but great episode.

    10
    Dead Things

    I don't like the nerds or the gross Spuffy relationship but this episode. it's dark. it's sad. it's true life. The trio all get darker. Tara comes back and Buffy tells her secret to Tara. and Buffy acts really annoying in this episode. she doesn't think at what she's doing. she almost throws her life away. but she tells Tara at the end that she wants to be punished. I have felt that way. beautiful ending to a great episode.

    cut to Spike and Buffy after having sex. they are under the rug. then they have a conversation and had god sex. Buffy says she likes Spike sometimes but she can never trust him. cut to the geeks and they do a spell and make a weird looking thing and they are gonna make anyone their sex slave with it.

    the credits start

    cut to Buffy working and Tara comes over. they wanna talk and Tara thinks it's about Willow but Buffy wants to talk about Spike. she says he can hurt her and only her. she thinks it's maybe the spell and that she came back wrong. Tara says she didn't and she'll look at the spell. cut to Warren going to a party and they are gonna make a girl their slave. Warren sees Katrina and tries to talk to him but she doesn't want him and tells him to go away and that he's sick but then he grabs a thing and brings her under hypnoses and calls him her master. cut to the house and they want to go out with Buffy but she wants to stay with Dawn but Dawn is going to slept with her friend because she thought Buffy wasn't gonna be home and it hurts Buffy but Dawn goes anyway.

    cut to the geeks drinking and with Katrina. they think she's very hot and Warren says she’s perfect and they wanna sleep with her but Warren says she's her and they can use her after he's done. cut to Warren with her wanting to have sex but then she calls him Warren and snaps out of it and then she gets mad at him and says that they were gonna rape her. they were gonna put that magic on her again but it doesn't work. she's gonna make them go to jail and tries to leave but Warren hits her on the head and tells the geeks to recharge the thing but Andrew finds out she's dead. they don't know what to do and Andrew wants to turn themselves in but Warren doesn't want to go to jail and he says they can take care of the body and the slayer in one. two birds in one stone.

    cut to the bronze and Willow and Buffy are watching Anya and Xander dance. Willow says she's doing better now and Xander and Anya invite her to dance with them and she goes. then Buffy goes upstairs and watches them and Spike comes out of the shadows. he says to look at them and he touches her. he says that she belongs in the shadows with him (I this scene pretty gross) cut to Willow and Xander going to the magic shop and Tara comes out of it with a book. Xander goes inside and Willow tells Tara she's doing fine but Tara says she was here for Buffy and tells Willow to tell Buffy she has to talk with her and then she says to Will that she's very glad she's doing better.

    cut to Buffy going to Spike and they feel each other on the other side of the door but then she leaves and she comes to a place where she then gets attacked. something weird happens and she sees all kinds of stuff like the girl and hitting Spike and then suddenly she hits the girl and she falls down while Spike kills the last demon he goes to Buffy and she says she killed her. Spike tells her to go home and rest but she is blaming herself. cut to the geeks. Jonathan is mad but Warren says it's now Buffy's problem. cut to Buffy having nightmares and she feels very guilty and wakes up.

    cut to Buffy going to say goodbye to Dawn and Dawn thinks it's weird and Buffy tells her she killed a girl and has to go to the police and Dawn gets upset and she knows they'll take her away and Dawn tells her to leave cause she's not really here anyway. cut to Buffy going to the police and Spike says they won't find her because he threw her in the river but some cops come out and say they found her. then Buffy needs to go but Spike stops her and they fight and Buffy starts to beat up Spike and says he's dead inside and keeps hitting them and then she walks over to the police. but then she hears that the girls name was Katrina she walks away cause she realised it was Warren.

    cut to the magic shop and now that Buffy isn't they are feeling good but Dawn is still and at her. cut to the geeks and Andrew says it's kinda cool they got away with murder but Jonathan doesn't think so. cut to Tara and Buffy at the end. Tara tells Buffy that there is nothing wrong with her but Buffy says there has to be. Spike can hit her because her molecules confuse the ship. Buffy didn't came back wrong but wants to and she is using Spike. she doesn’t think that is good and she doesn't want to be forgiven. she wants to be punished and cries on Tara's legs. 'please don't forgive me'.

    Black Out
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    Best episode quotes:

    Buffy: Uh ... we missed the bed again.
    Spike: Lucky for the bed.
    Buffy: Is this a new rug?
    Spike: Mm...no. Just looks different when you're under it.
    Buffy: You know, this place is okay for a hole in the ground. You fixed it up.
    Spike: Well, I ate a decorator once. Maybe something stuck.
    Buffy: I've been thinking about doing something to my room.
    Spike: Yeah?
    Buffy: Yeah, I think the New Kids On The Block posters are starting to date me.
    Spike: Well, if you want, I can... Are we having a conversation?
    Buffy: What? No! No. Maybe.
    Spike: Hmm.
    Buffy: What?
    Spike: Well, isn't this usually the part where you ... kick me in the head and run out, virtue fluttering?
    Buffy: That's the plan...soon as my legs start working.
    Spike: You were amazing.
    Buffy: You got the job done yourself.
    Spike: I was just trying to keep up. The things you do...the way you make it hurt in all the wrong places. I've never been with such an animal.
    Buffy: I'm not an animal.
    Spike: You wanna see the bite marks?
    Buffy: You know, it's late, I-I should ... get home before Dawn goes to sleep.
    Spike: And she's off.
    Buffy: Have you seen my underwear?
    Spike: What is this to you? This thing we have.
    Buffy: We don't have a ... thing, we have ... this. That's all.
    Spike: Do you even like me?
    Buffy: Sometimes.
    Spike: But you like what I do to you. Do you trust me?
    Buffy: Never.

    Buffy: Thanks for coming by.
    Tara: Is it bad?
    Buffy: I was sort of hoping you could tell me.
    Tara: I knew this was gonna happen. What did Willow do now? Did she ... she hurt anyone?
    Buffy: Wha... uh, no, no, um... Ta-Tara, this isn't about Willow.
    Tara: I-I thought that's why you didn't want to meet at the house.
    Buffy: Uh, sorry, it's, um ... Willow's fine, uh, she, she's been doing really well. You'd be proud of her.
    Tara: Good, that's ... that's good. So, so what do you want to talk about?
    Buffy: I-it's Spike. He can hurt me. Without his head exploding.
    Tara: Oh my god. Hi-his chip stopped working?
    Buffy: No, it still works. Just not on me. I-I need to know about the spell. The one that ... brought me back. I, I'd ask Willow, but...
    Tara: You think it's you.
    Buffy: I don't know. I feel ... different. There are things... I-I think ... maybe ... I came back wrong.
    Tara: No, Buffy, that's n-not ... no. You didn't.
    Buffy: Can you check out the spell? Just see if there's something that ... Could you just check? Please?

    Warren: I just, I wanted us to be together!
    Katrina: There is no us, Warren! Get that through your big meaty head! I am not your girlfriend anymore!
    Jonathan: She's your ex?
    Andrew: Dude, that is messed up.
    Katrina: Oh, you think? You bunch of little boys, playing at being men. Well, this is not some fantasy, it's not a game, you freaks! It's rape!
    Jonathan: What?
    Andrew: No ... we didn't-
    Katrina: You're all sick. And I'm going to make sure you get locked up for this. And then we'll see how you like getting raped.

    Spike: You see ... you try to be with them... but you always end up in the dark...with me. What would they think of you ... if they found out ... all the things you've done? If they knew ... who you really were?
    Buffy: Don't.
    Spike: Stop me. No ... don't close your eyes. Look at them. That's not your world. You belong in the shadows... with me. Look at your friends ... and tell me ... you don't love getting away with this... right under their noses.

    Tara: There's a monkey problem?
    Willow: Only if you don't stretch first. The Brekenkrieg Grimoire? Light reading?
    Tara: Uh, yeah, I was just...
    Willow: No, it's okay. I, I didn't expect you to stop doing magic just because ... You don't have to hide it. I'm not - I'm, I'm doing better. No spells for thirty-two days. I can even go to the magic shop now. As long as someone's with me at all times. But, uh, but it's better now, it really is. You know, if you were checking on me.
    Tara: No, I wouldn't ... I was just looking for Buffy.
    Willow: Oh. Well, I-I haven't seen her since last night. She's not around much these days. We kinda miss her.
    Tara: I'm sure she feels the same way. If you see her, c-can you tell her that I need to talk to her? It's important.
    Willow: Yeah. Of course I will.
    Tara: Thanks. Will? I'm ... I'm glad you're doing better.

    Spike: It wasn't your fault!
    Buffy: I killed her!
    Spike: It was an accident. It just happened.
    Buffy: Nothing just happens.
    Spike: You're not going in there.
    Buffy: I have to do this. Just let me go.
    Spike: I can't. I love you.
    Buffy: No, you don't.
    Spike: You think I haven't tried not to?
    Buffy: Try harder.
    Spike: You are not throwing your life away over this.
    Buffy: It's not your choice.
    Spike: Why are you doing this to yourself?
    Buffy: A girl is dead because of me.
    Spike: And how many people are alive because of you? How many have you saved? One dead girl doesn't tip the scale.
    Buffy: That's all it is to you, isn't it? Just another body!
    Spike: Buffy-
    Buffy: You can't understand why this is killing me, can you?
    Spike: Why don't you explain it? Come on, that's it, put it on me. Put it all on me. That's my girl.
    Buffy: I am not your girl! You don't ... have a soul! There is nothing good or clean in you. You are dead inside! You can't feel anything real! I could never ... be your girl!
    Spike: You always hurt the one you love, pet.

    Buffy: Are you sure?
    Tara: I-I've double checked everything. There's nothing wrong with you.
    Buffy: Then why can Spike hurt me?
    Tara: Well, I said that there was nothing wrong with you, but ... you are different. Shifting you out of ... f-f-from where you were ... funneling your essence back into your body ... i-it, it altered you on a basic molecular level. Probably just enough to confuse the sensors or whatever in Spike's chip. But it's all just surfacey physical stuff. It wouldn't have any more effect than ... a bad sunburn.
    Buffy: I didn't come back wrong?
    Tara: No, you're the same Buffy. With a deep tropical cellular tan.
    Buffy: You must have missed something. Will you check again?
    Tara: Buffy, I-I promise, there's nothing wrong with you.
    Buffy: There has to be! This just can't be me, it isn't me. Why do I feel like this? Why do I let Spike do those things to me?
    Tara: You mean hit you. Oh. Oh, huh. Really.
    Buffy: He's everything I hate. He's everything that ... I'm supposed to be against. But the only time that I ever feel anything is when ... Don't tell anyone, please.
    Tara: I won't.
    Buffy: The way they would look at me ... I just couldn't...
    Tara: I won't tell anyone. I wouldn't do that.
    Buffy: Why can't I stop? Why do I keep letting him in?
    Tara: Do you love him? I-It's okay if you do. He's done a lot of good, and, and he does love you. A-and Buffy, it's okay if you don't. You're going through a really hard time, and you're...
    Buffy: What? Using him? What's okay about that?
    Tara: It's not that simple.
    Buffy: It is! It's wrong. I'm wrong. Tell me that I'm wrong, please, Please don't forgive me, please, Please don't... Please don't forgive me...

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    Story: 10
    Acting: 10
    Writing: 10
    Picture: 10
    Gripping: 10
    My Rank: 10
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    Total: 10
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