Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 21

End of Days

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2003 on The WB
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Buffy has a powerful new weapon, but the gang cannot find any information about the origins of the mysterious scythe. Eventually the Slayer goes herself in search of knowledge, and finds a new ally, an old friend, and great danger.

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  • "End of Days" is not at all awful and is certainly watchable, but it's also quite a disappointment.

    6.5
    There's no other way to say it. We're at the end of what's my favorite television show and we have to sit through a bunch of unwieldy exposition about an overly convenient plot device thrown into the story at the last second? Come on guys! You're better than this! Remember in my review of "Empty Places" how I related the end of the show to a flickering candle? Well, the candle's getting dim again.



    This is a plot-heavy episode with a falsely billed epic title. One particular scene really sticks in my mind when I think about it: Willow and Giles doing booooring research on the scythe. It's a whole lot of meandering, exposition, and last-minute revelations that really cheapen the stakes of everything going on. And that's how I feel about the episode as a whole. Now with that said, there's still a handful of quality scenes worth cheering about that still give the episode a sense of purpose and quality.



    The scythe itself represents a mistake on the part of the writing staff. When Buffy tells us that this scythe is all they have going for them, I can only respond with "huh?" The timing and appearance of the scythe is incredibly contrived and forced. When the writers throw in a plot device and/or item specifically meant to get the protagonist out of a tricky situation, something's definitely gone wrong. Although I'm a fan of how the scythe is used as a metaphor in "Chosen", it doesn't wash away how it reeks of convenience and lazy plotting here.



    A conversation between Buffy and Xander represents another problem that shows up in "End of How did things so quickly become alright between Buffy, Willow, Xander, and the rest of the group? I'd expect a lot more hostility there despite Faith's failed mission. Buffy makes jokes to Xander and gives him a speech about how much she needs him, yet it all just feels off to me. Earlier Willow cracks a silly joke that Buffy smiles to. I don't feel like these reactions have been earned after what just happened. It's like the writers ran out of time and have jumped right into oh-shit-the-series-is-almost-over mode. It just doesn't feel right to me. One bit of self reflection we get is from Willow in terms of whether she can perform magic under pressure, but even this is ground that was already covered in "Get it Done".



    The primary problem of the episode is really solidified by the long-winded expository scene between Buffy and the Guardian in the Pagan Temple. For one, why does Buffy instantly trust this lady with the scythe? Secondly, what's with all the nonsense about all the ancient groups watching other ancient groups? Buffy's confusion is palpable. Why only now is all this information coming to light? It's actually kind of amazing that in all that talking, we didn't learn anything relevant. She talked a lot and confirmed that the Shadow Men eventually formed the Watcher's Council, but beyond that interesting tidbit it pretty much felt like a lot of filler to me. This is the second to last episode of a great show! It pains me to have any moment of screen time wasted like it is in several places here in "End of



    Now, fortunately, there are several things the episode does right. One scene that rubs off as much more successful is between Buffy and Faith. Buffy correctly informs Faith that the deaths the group incurred were not her fault. Faith also gets introspective and finally begins to understand Buffy and her burden. It's easy to be jealous or criticize someone from the outside, but it's not so easy when you're in their shoes and have to do that job. Even though Faith had all those people supporting her, she felt alone as ever before. Faith then tells Buffy, "and that's you. Every Buffy solemnly responds, "I love my friends. I'm very grateful for them. But that's the price of being a



    Another scene that works for me is the reunion of Buffy and Spike after their special evening together in "Touched". After some fun word play between them and a clear avoidance of discussing what they shared the other night, Buffy insists they discuss it. Spike's reaction is nothing short of amazing. He says, very rawly, "Last night was... God, I'm such a jerk. I can't do this ... it was the best night of my life. If you poke fun at me, you bloody well better well use that 'cause I couldn't bear it. It may not mean that much to you but-" Buffy jumps in and whispers, "I just told you it Spike, not completely convinced that she was there with him yet, directly asks her "Yeah, I hear you say it but- I've lived for soddin' ever, Buffy. I've done everything. I've done things with you I can't spell. But I've never been close to anyone, least of all you. Until last night. All I did was hold you, watch you sleep, and it was the best night of my life. So yeah, I'm terrified. ... Were you there with me?" Buffy honestly says, "I



    When Spike pries a little further to figure out what this means for them, Buffy has a very human response: "I don't Some may feel this comment is a cop-out, but I personally feel it is the most honest response that Buffy could have given. But what is clear is that the two of them definitely love each other. It's what they do next about it that is left open-ended as the series rolls to a close. What a journey for both Buffy and Spike.



    Although it's hard to pick a favorite scene in the episode between the stand-outs, I might have to pick Andrew and Anya at the hospital. We sadly haven't seen much attention devoted to Anya's jouney to find herself in the aftermath of the brilliant "Selfless", but this conversation directly picks up that thread. Although it's not as much as I had hoped for, I'm still thrilled we got closure to this character thread -- it's more than most shows would give us. Andrew asks the very pertinent question of why Anya doesn't just leave town and run away. What's different?



    Anya points out that she took off before. What's changed is that "Well, I guess I was kinda new to being around humans before. But now I've seen a lot more, gotten to know people, seen what they're capable of and I guess I just realized how amazingly screwed up they all are. I mean, really, really screwed up in a monumental fashion. ... And they have no purpose that unites them so they just drift around blundering through life until they die, which they know is coming yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane, and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting but they do. They never quit. So I guess I will keep fighting



    Sometimes Anya really surprises me with how insightful and touching she can be. It's cool to see Andrew continuing that self reflection that awoke in him after "Storyteller". And then... there's the wheelchair fight. This is what Whedon shows do best: have a genuinely serious moment, and then follow it up with a hefty chuckle to help sink in that warm feeling and connection to the characters. Wonderful.



    So that all pretty much sums up what "End of Days" is about. It's a plot-heavy outing that does boast a few great character scenes, but overall isn't sure of what it's trying to do. As the penultimate episode of the entire series, it's extremely lacking. The last thing I wanted is long-winded exposition scenes this close to the end. Thankfully Buffy, Spike, Faith, and Andrew save this one and make it a worthwhile watch. "Touched" aside, I just expected more out of the final group of episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fortunately, "Chosen" gives us a fairly satisfying conclusion to it all, flaws and all.moreless
  • What's past is prologue

    9.0
    END OF DAYS



    The Good;

    Even the most ardent Spuffer must cheer at the sight of Angel's return.



    The Bad;

    The First says once the Hellmouth has opened it will enter all humanity. But wasn't it already there? DB's name in the opening credits, will they ever learn?



    Best line;

    Faith; "Thank god we're hot chicks with superpowers!"

    Buffy; "Takes the edge off"

    although I also like;

    Caleb; (indicating the scythe) "Unless you can prise that out of solid rock" (Buffy effortlessly does just that) "Darn!"



    Women good/men bad;

    The Guardians have been looking out for Slayer all this time, protecting them from the male domination of the Watcher's Council (who in fairness do have female members?). Whilst it's fine for Angel to help Buffy out in her final battle with Caleb it's important that she defeats him herself, Buffy isn't the damsel who needs to be rescued, she's the heroine and she beats him on her own terms.



    Jeez!;

    Anya has the possibly the worst bedside manner ever. Also the poor potential being ripped apart by the Turok-Han and the Guardian's neck being broken.



    Kinky dinky;

    Willow comments that 'Scythe matters'. Do we count Caleb and the First as sex? Faith comments that Wood doesn't lack for stamina. Spike says that he and Buffy have done things he 'Can't even spell'.



    Captain Subtext;

    Buffy seems more than a little upset that Faith has bedded Wood. Buffy remarks to Spike that she doesn't need him to be defensive and send mixed signals because 'I have Faith for that'.



    Apocalypses; 7,



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 9

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 3

    Dawn; 4

    Spike; 4



    Scoobies knocked out: Faith by the explosion, Dawn by Xander then Xander by Dawn

    Buffy: 23

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 17

    Will: 10

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 4

    Wes: 1

    Anya;7

    Dawn; 7

    Tara; 1

    Spike; 3

    Kennedy; 1

    Kills: 3 Turok-Han for Buffy

    Buffy: 128 vamps, 62 demons, 6 monsters, 10 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demons, 3 humans/1 god.

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human.

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 19 vamps, 6 demons, 4 humans.

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

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 11 vamps and 7 demons+1 human

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon

    Kennedy; 3 humans+1 vampire

    Amanda; 1 vampire

    Woods; 5 vamps and 2 demons

    Vi; 1 human



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Spike; 1

    Wood; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 6

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2

    Andrew; 1



    Recurring characters killed: 17, alas Miss Kitty Fantastico, we knew her. No wonder Dawn warned Kennedy about messing about with crossbows!

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce, Katrina, Tara, Quentin Travers, Chloe, Molly, Miss Kitty, Jonathon



    Sunnydale deaths; 3 potentials gone although none are recurring characters

    110



    Total number of scoobies: 35 or so.

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike, Giles, Kennedy, Vi, Rhona, Amanda, Chao-Anh, Wood, Andrew, Faith plus an indeterminate number of potentials.



    Xander demon magnet: 6(7?)

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



    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

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

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 3 possible, Dracula+RJ+Shadowmen's demon(?)

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

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:4 ;Xander, Riley, Bullwhip guy and Wood.

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 3;Oz, Tara and Kennedy

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander

    Kennedy; 1 Willow

    Wood; 1 Faith



    Dawn in peril; 14



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9



    What the fanficcers thought;

    Common theme in fic is that no matter what befalls the Slayers the Guardians are there to save them. Also when Buffy and Faith finally kiss and make up they do a lot more than just talk.



    Questions and observations;

    Spike mentions The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch which Monty Python's Arthurian Knights used to finish off the killer rabbit. Bet Anya's a fan! Kennedy is quite the leader with Faith down for the count. For a little while you wonder if Xander is actually going to go evil, little looks and things he says like 'Guess so' when the others suggest going to help Faith. I wonder if the whole kidnap Dawn sequence was filmed out of series, that we were supposed to think he had turned evil? Anya comments that she never makes reckless wishes, certainly not with D'Hoffryn out to get her. Buffy says that she loves her friends but ultimately has to stay alone. Faith ventures that she and Buffy always clash because there's only meant to be one Slayer at any one time.

    Wouldn't Xander want to take Anya with him if he's splitting town? The First as Joyce told Dawn when the end came Buffy wouldn't choose her and in a sense that's what happens here.

    Spike says he's never been close to anyone, presumably not even Dru but then he didn't have a soul, he could only love 'Quite well'.

    In her letter to Dawn Buffy tells her that 'Everything I do is for you', Dawn is the reason for the entire Buffyverse. For a moment at the end you think Spike is going to turn into Iago as he watches Buffy with Angel whilst being goaded by The First as Buffy (just as you thought Wes might in WITW when he sees Gunn and Fred). Is this where Spike finally realises that there's no future for him and Buffy? Despite all they mean to each other?

    Marks out of 10; 9/10 would get that for Angel showing up alone!



    Oh my god, this is nearly it, after 143 eps I'm nearly there, one more ep to go. Bottle of Bollinger Champagne waiting in the fridge which I shall drink as I watch it. Tonight's the night.

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  • The Penultimate episode.

    10
    This episode puts Buffy back in charge back and with a weapon better than ever. Before she comes back, she gets the most powerful weapon that she has ever had, the scythe, or M?. With this it also gives Buffy her first instance of Caleb being afraid of something. This episode also shows that Faith is starting to know how alone Buffy actually feels, even though she is surrounded by people who love her, which will give Faith a reason to stay with Buffy and the Slayer Organization in Buffy Season 8. But with all of the factual statements made, This is a great episode that shows what Buffy The Vampire Slayer is all about.moreless
  • End of Days

    10
    End of Days was a perfect episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really enjoyed watching this episode. Willow and Giles try to discover the origins of the weapon discovered by Buffy, while she finds answers of her own. I thought the story of this episode was interesting and very important to the season as a whole. I like Anya and Andrew's little trip to the hospital. These two have been growing closer which is interesting. I also think it was cool how The First merges with Caleb. I wonder if it can experience physical form through this. Unfortunately for Caleb, Buffy is a true Hero and defeats him. I can't wait to see how the season and the series ends!!!!!!!moreless
  • "They're lame morons for fighting, but they do" - Anya

    9.0
    Queen Arthur, er, I mean Buffy prised the scythe from solid rock and even Caleb is impressed. But the big showdown between the two is delayed because first Buffy has to save Faith and reunite with the gang. An injured Deputy Slayer means the girls have to think for and organise themselves, with Kennedy's desire to be in control for once working in their favour as they fight their way out of the vineyard against a bunch of Camden Toy-alikes. Fortunately, Buffy's new toy is very Turok Han unfriendly. The mission is what matters, and Buffy makes no recriminations towards the Potentials but she does take time out to try to reconnect with her friends; in a lovely scene with Xander she tells him: "You're my strength, Xander. You're the reason I've made it this far. I trust you with my life", as she asks him to, well, effectively break Dawn's trust and chloroform and kidnap her. Unfortunately, Dawn has other ideas, and a taser. With the "When it's bad, Buffy won't choose you" in her mind, Dawn is determined to be there at The End. Pity Miss Kitty Fantastico can't be there too, huh, Dawn?



    Buffy lets William in a little; after he tells her that the previous episode was the best night of his life, she tells him she was there with him and admits that he gave her strength. This is the emotional bond they never had when they were 'dating'. Of course the scene is only there as a set up to the final scene when we wonder if Buffy's smoochies with Angel will turn William back into Spike and to the dark side.



    Buffy also bonds with Faith, who acknowledges her mistake in taking the Slayerettes back to the vineyard by giving the scythe back to Buffy although she badly wants to keep it: "It feels like....it's mine". She accepts she is the second slayer. Buffy accepts Faith's relationship (such as it is) with Buffy's ex-boss/ex-potential lover. Faith admits that she's "never felt so alone in my entire life" and finally Buffy has someone to share the Slayer burden with rather than fight over. Thank god(dess) they're "hot chicks with superpowers", right? The final solution is once again hinted at as Faith says: "There's only supposed to be one" - we've known for a long time that Buffy is a subverter of paradigms. Maybe there's only supposed to be one Slayer, but since when has Buffy done what she is supposed to?



    Meanwhile Willow and Giles also hint at what will happen in the finale. We saw Buffy reject becoming part demon in Get It Done (and we see what happens when a human merges with an evil thing as Caleb sexes it up with The First ), and in this scene Giles asks Willow if she's willing to go black eyed and veiny to save the world. Answer: "Honestly, I don't know". But we know that you can't fight bad with bad – Willow will be an instrumental part of the final battle but it will be through good and not evil.



    Two people who Buffy has turned to the light side are Anya and Andrew who do a cute bonding session in the hospital. Anya has finally accepted that she admires humanity in her usual Anya manner - which needs to be quoted in full:



    Well, I guess I was kinda new to being around humans before. But now I've seen a lot more, gotten to know people, seen what they're capable of and… I guess I just realized how amazingly screwed up they all are. I mean, really, really screwed up in a monumental fashion. And they have no purpose that unites them so they just drift around blundering through life until they die… which they know is coming yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane… and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting but they do. They never… they never quit. So I guess I will keep fighting too.



    Andrew, the coward, also speaks of his desire to fight the good fight – Buffy's essential goodness, rather than vengeance or violence, has changed them. The Guardian tells Buffy that "You already have weapons" – these are some of the people that Buffy has transformed through her influence (and will transform in the next ep through white magicks).



    Back in the trad. setting of the graveyard, Buffy wanders into a crypt she hasn't seen before in her seven years of patrolling and walks into the worst scene in the series, meeting Tilda Swinton who has "been waiting" for her - yeah, for 142 episodes. So it turns out there's a feminist collective who've been watching the Watchers all this time (but not in England where the council was, and not actually doing anything. Ever), the gentle feminine pagans (the scythe is pre-Christian) to Caleb's religious misogynist intolerance. I do hate changes in mythology at the last moment. Still, she lasts as long as Caleb as, after he's dispatched the Guardian, he is sliced to (almost) death with a little help from the scythe and a fat vampire who fortunately is willing to stand back and let Buffy do the slicing and – for all the Bangel shippers - gets to snog the Slayer for the very last time, whilst Spike and the FE glower behind the curtain.moreless
Christine Healy

Christine Healy

Guardian

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Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

Caridad

Guest Star

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Lisa Ann Cabasa

Injured Girl

Guest Star

Felicia Day

Felicia Day

Vi

Recurring Role

Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head

Rupert Giles

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Eliza Dushku

Faith

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Giles has a liking for Jaffa Cakes.

    • In the episode, we learn that Tara and Willow's long-absent cat, Miss Kitty Fantastico, may have been killed in some sort of mishap when Dawn left a crossbow lying around.

    • In the scene with the three Turok-han and the potentials, you can see a Turok-han holding a girl in a red sweater off to the right. But then in the next shot you see a Turok-han grabbing the girl as if for the first time.

    • Faith is recuperating in bed wearing the same clothes she had on when she was pulled unconscious from the water. It seems odd that apparently no attempt was made to get her out of her wet clothes and into some dry ones. With all the women in that house someone should have been able to spare a set of clothes.

    • When the girls are checking the wounded, the hole in the background is the same one in which Dawn, Tara, Willow and Xander hid in the episode Tabula Rasa (6x08).

    • On the Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scene it shows the Bombs Timer at 3 Seconds when Faith shouted get down whilst on the previous episode it showed 8 seconds.

    • When Willow is researching she finds a picture of a weapon called the Axe of Dekeron but next to it is a picture of a scythe.

    • When Buffy is fighting the Turok - Han in the basement scene with the girls, when one of them bends down, you can see the actor's real skin beneath the costume.

    • In the scene at the end where Buffy is fighting Caleb, Buffy gets thrown onto a large "cement" block. When Buffy gets up you can see the block rattle around as if it is no more than cardboard.

    • If Buffy was gone by the time Willow got to the house, why didn't she just recast the locator spell to see where she went?

    • Despite what it is called, the Slayer weapon is not a scythe. Scythes have long, curved blades extending perpendicularly from the shaft. The weapon here looks more like a truncated halberd with the base of the hilt sharpened to a point.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dawn: I told you, I don't leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Not since that time with Miss Kitty Fantastico.

    • Giles: In addition to being ancient, it's clearly mystical.
      Buffy: Yeah, I figured that one out when I King Arthured it out of the stone.

    • Buffy: You're a dope!
      Spike: I'm a what?
      Buffy: You're a dope and a bonehead and you're shirty!
      Spike: Have you gone completely Carrot-Top?
      Buffy: (holding up the scythe) Do you see this? This may actually help me fight my war. This might be the key to everything. And the reason I'm holding it is because of you. Because of the strength that you gave me last night. I am tired of defensiveness and weird mixed signals. You know what? I have Faith for that. Let's just get to the truth here, okay? I don't know how you felt about last night but I will not--
      Spike: Terrified.
      Buffy: Of what?
      Spike: Last night was... God, I'm such a jerk. I can't do this. Buffy: Spike...
      Spike: It was the best night of my life. If you poke fun at me, you bloody well better use that 'cause I couldn't bear it. It may not mean that much to you but--
      Buffy: I just told you it did.
      Spike: Yeah, I hear you say it but... I've lived for sodding ever, Buffy. I've done everything. I've done things with you I can't spell... but I've never been close... to anyone. Least of all you. Until last night. All I did was hold you, watch you sleep... and it was the best night of my life. So yeah, I'm terrified.
      Buffy: You don't have to be.
      Spike: Were you there with me?
      Buffy: I was.
      Spike: What does that mean?
      Buffy: I don't know. Does it have to mean something?
      Spike: No, not right now.
      Buffy: Maybe when...
      Spike: No, let's just leave it
      Buffy: Okay.
      Spike: We'll go be heroes.

    • Spike: Found the holy grail. Or the holy hand grenade, or whatever the hell that is.

    • Andrew: I've been here, keeping morale up. Because that's important.

    • Andrew: I don't think I'll be okay. I'm cool with it. I think I'd like to finish out as one of those lame humans trying to do what's right.

    • Buffy: (in reference to her relationship with Principal Wood) We're just good friends. Or mortal enemies, depending on which day it is.

    • Anya: Okay. I'll get Kennedy to watch the girls. She's tough. Imminent death won't bother her.

    • Anya: Many of these girls will die. A slaughterhouse is what it is.
      Injured girl: What?
      Anya: (in a reassuring voice) Oh. Trying to talk will just kill you sooner.

    • Andrew: I like the real bandages better. These bed sheets are awfully festive. (groans)
      Anya: Yeah, they're going to look like mortally wounded Easter baskets.

    • Guardian: I'm sorry, what was your name?
      Buffy: Buffy.
      Guardian: No, really...

    • Xander: Well you know, it's like when a cow gets old and loses an eye, or its ability to be milked, the farmer takes it and puts it in a different pasture so it won't have to... fight with the priests.

    • Kennedy: Are there more?
      Buffy: There's always more.

    • Faith: Okay, the point. Me, by myself, all the time. I'm looking at you, everything you have and, I don't know... jealous. Then there I am, everybody's looking to me, trusting me to lead them and I've never felt so alone in my entire life.
      Buffy: Yeah.
      Faith: And that's you, every day. Isn't it?
      Buffy: I love my friends. I'm very grateful for them. But that's the price of being a Slayer.
      Faith
      : There's only supposed to be one. Maybe that's why you and I can never get along. We're not supposed to exist together.
      Buffy: Also you went evil and started killing people.
      Faith: Good point, also a factor.

    • Buffy/The First: Faith go boom!

    • Andrew: Oh, this one has oxygen tanks.
      Anya: They'd only be useful if something big was attacking, and then we could shove one down their throat and blow them up like Roy Scheider did with that shark in Jaws.
      Andrew: You are the perfect woman!
      Anya: I've always thought so.

    • Faith: Thank God we're hot chicks with super powers.
      Buffy: Kinda takes the edge off.

    • Caleb: I'm sorry, I didn't catch that last part on account of her neck snapping and all. Did she say the end is "near"... or "here"?

    • Anya: Well, I guess I was kinda new to being around humans before. But now I've seen a lot more, gotten to know people, seen what they're capable of and… I guess I just realized how amazingly screwed up they all are. I mean, really, really screwed up in a monumental fashion.
      Andrew: Oh.
      Anya: And they have no purpose that unites them so they just drift around blundering through life until they die... which they know is coming yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane... and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting but they do. They never... they never quit. So I guess I will keep fighting,too.

    • Xander: I should be at your side. That's all I'm saying.
      Buffy: You will be. You're my strength, Xander. You're the reason I've made it this far. I trust you with my life. That's why I need you to do this for me.
      Xander: Okay.
      Buffy: Also, you can't shoot a bow and arrow anymore and every time you pick up a sword, I worry that you're going to break one of our good lamps.
      Xander: Hey!
      Buffy: (smiling) Don't look at me. You're the one who said I'm gonna die.
      Xander: I never said that you were going to die. I implied that you were going to die. It's totally different.
      Buffy: Yeah, okay. Sure.
      Xander: Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Spike: That's fine. You don't have to get shirty about it.
      Regardless of what Buffy may think, "shirty" is indeed a word. It's British slang meaning ill-tempered or annoyed.

    • The season finale of Angel aired the week previously, which left Angel free to return to Sunnydale.

    • Marti Noxon was due to write the penultimate episode of Buffy but was working on creating Still Life, a Fox drama that never aired. Her absence left little time to write the script, which is why Jane & Doug co-wrote this episode.

    • On the US release of season 7 on DVD, the beginning of this episode, in which the "previously" segment ends with the ticking bomb, leading to a CGI explosion, is cut out. This likely happened because the first scene was a direct continuation of the previously segment, and none of the episodes have included those. Such scenes have also been cut from at least one episode of Angel on DVD ("Over the Rainbow").

    • When discussing the solitude of being Slayers, Faith says, "thank God we're hot chicks with superpowers." This is very similar to a conversation in Season 4's Hush (4x10) in which Riley and Forrest discuss the solitude of working for the initiative and Forrest says, "thank God we're pretty."

    • Rona does not appear in this episode.

    • Faith spends most of this episode off-screen in bed recuperating. This is because Eliza Dushu was filming the pilot for her series Tru Calling.

    • When The First merges with Caleb, it transforms into the CGI monster form that it took at the end of the season 3 episode "Amends"; and after the merge, Caleb eyes go black like Willow's did when taken over and empowered by dark magic.

    • Anya talks about that one time she did flee an apocalypse... she is referring to the Mayor's Ascension at the end of season 3.

    • David Boreanaz makes his first appearance on Buffy since Season 5's "Forever" when Angel returns to Sunnydale.

    • When Xander says, "If you die, I'll bring you back. It's what I do.", he refers to Buffy's 2 deaths which he revived her ("Prophecy Girl" and "Bargaining (1)")

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Dawn: Colorforms?
      When Xander tells Dawn he used chloroform to make her pass out, she is still a bit groggy and replies, "Colorforms?" Colorforms are packages of paper-thin latex shapes, painted to represent cartoon characters that stick with static cling to a board that is usually printed as a background for the characters. Colorforms are made as tie-ins for many cartoon shows, such as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, and Scooby Doo.

    • Andrew: Oh, cool. Gauze and alcohol... Tape and, oh, sutures, if we want to get stitchy with it.
      Andrew is playing with the title of Will Smith's song, "Gettin' Jiggy With It." This song was released and became a hit in 1997, the same year Buffy the Vampire Slayer began it's first season on the WB.

    • Spike: Have you gone completely Carrot Top?
      Carrot Top is the stage name of an American comedian, Scott Thompson. He is known for his insanely hilarious, yet crazy and eccentric, props and gags.

    • Spike: Found the Holy Grail. Or the Holy Hand Grenade, or whatever the hell that is.
      The holy hand grenade was a weapon that featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail is a legendary object of Christian mythology that is usually said to have been the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper.

    • Buffy: Yeah, I figured that one out when I King Arthured it out of the stone.
      The legend of King Arthur tells the story of a mythical sword embedded in stone. The one who could pull it out was to become King. The young Arthur pulled the sword out with ease much like Buffy did with the scythe. Also the scythe was referenced to as the Holy Grail which is also a part of the legend around King Arthur.

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