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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 9


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

After breaking up with Tara, Willow successfully de-rats Amy and the two witches begin hanging out and having fun with magic, drawing Willow further into her growing addiction. Meanwhile, Spike notices that his chip doesn't kick in when he hits Buffy, leading him to believe that she may not be entirely human anymore.moreless

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  • I'm sitting here wondering, once again, just why so many of these S6 episodes are considered so poor.

    I'm very confused and simply don't understand. "Smashed" is an episode, considered by most as mediocre at best, that engages me on all levels. Does it have a couple annoying flaws? Sure. But it's also loaded with sharp humor, deeply involving character development, extremely murky themes, and just overall gutsy and daring writing. Here we see Buffy continue to descend into the waters of dispair, but take the time to explore what that means while it's there. "Smashed" is a very good episode, one which would have easily scored an 9.5 had some flaws been cut and the edges tightened up a bit. But those faults really shouldn't rob the episode of the fact that it's got an amazingly juicy center. Ready for a bite?

    I'm not sure why so many people consider this to be one of the season's weaker episodes, because it's pretty much the opposite. "Smashed" is loaded with relevant and powerful character development that inspires thought and all different kinds of twisted emotions over who to root for, who to feel sorry for, and who, if anyone, to be enticed by. Plus, it's chock full of sharp, witty dialogue. All the characters are motivated out of the building blocks of previous seasons, and now things are finally playing themselves, darkly, out. This is a daring episode that pays off dividends and, despite its realistically small but nagging flaws, should be recognized as such.moreless
  • Spuffer's delight

    The Good;

    Everything with Amy and the Geeks at the museum/with Spike. Especially love Amy and Bufy catching up and Buffy jumping up and down to see over the crowd at the museum, reminding you for all her superpowers she's still a tiny little woman.

    The Bad;

    If the diamond is so valuable surely even in Sunnydale they'd have more security than some guy called Rusty?

    Best line;

    Buffy; "How have you been?"

    Amy; "Rat. You?"

    Buffy; "Dead"

    Women good/men bad;

    The 2 jerks who dance with Amy at the Bronze


    Don't mind the sex but dislike Spike hitting Buffy before they have sex, fine with a little slap and tickle/hairpulling roleplay but punching and kicking, it's all a little too brutal. It certainly brings the house down.

    Kinky dinky;

    Joss is right he does write pure porn. Naked Amy. Warren comments that 'size is everything'. Buffy says she thinks about Giles when she's kissing Spike. Must have done the Guffers' hearts good until she catches herself on. As Spike comments he may be into dark sexuality but he is a vamp, he should be treading on the darkside. Interesting point in the commentary that Joss made sure that Buffy kissed Spike first rather than him forcing the kiss on her and her succumbing after a little resistance gothic romance/rape fantasy style.

    Captain Subtext;

    Spike comments that he's the only one 'here for you' in regard to Buffy which is very true. Amy wanted to go to the Prom with Larry, unaware he was gay. Tara and Dawn on the sofa, awwww! (lovely pic of that on the Buffy 2009 calender) Anyone else think that the girl Amy selects for Willow at the Bronze looks the spitting image of Cordelia? (Her stand-in/stunt double?) Maybe Amy picked up on something they never could admit to each other? Warren is concerned that when Spike asks him to examine his 'chip' it's British slang for something else.

    Apocalypses; 6

    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3

    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 17

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 11

    Will: 6

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1


    Dawn; 2

    Kills: none but Buffy beats up 2 muggers

    Buffy: 103 vamps, 41 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 + 1 demon +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 2 demon

    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


    Spike; 1

    Recurring characters killed: 10

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

    Sunnydale deaths;


    Total number of scoobies: no more Tara or Giles so 5

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Spike,

    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?) Amy remarks on Xander's yen for demons so presumably she was always aware of the events of seasons 1-3

    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: Buffy and Spike and how!

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

    Cordy: 1?

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

    Angel: 1;Buffy

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

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 1 Buffy

    Spike; good or bad?

    Spike thinks he should be able to feast in muggers. He says he's at the museum out of compassion for the guard but he's surely lying, just an excuse to meet Buffy. Once he thinks his chip is not working he goes out to slaughter the first pretty girl he can find but seems to need to psych himself up to do so.

    Dawn in peril; 7

    Dawn the bashful virgin; 5

    Questions and observations;

    Buffy always wanted a pony. Maybe CC let her ride hers? The mugging scene is funny, nice to have some lightness as the writer comments. Spike can punch Buffy, a huge plotline right there. Spike mocks the geeks but isn't he the guy who referred to KITT and Yoda even in season 2? The Geeks have a glitterball in their lair, the same one that Andrew's brother used to train his hellhounds? Dawn refers to a talking cat on TV, Sabrina;TTW?

    So, Buffy and Spike? My personal opinion on this is not that Buffy loves Spike but that she needs someone, anyone after her ordeal of being ripped out of heaven (to quote Justine on Angel 'better to feel something than feel nothing"). Unfortunately neither Willow or Xander is available, Angel has his curse, Riley's unreachable, Giles is out of picture and Dawn is out of the question unless you're into some pretty damn extreme Summers/slash (which in fairness a LOT of people are to judge by the plethora of Buffy/Charmed fanfiction in that fetish genre) so Spike fits the bill. That's not to say she doesn't develop feelings for him later but even Spike here comments that he's the only one 'here for her'.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, one for the Spuffers and no mistake, unfortunately I'm not one

  • Welcome To Disturbia

    Smashed-After breaking up with Tara, Willow successfully de-rats Amy and the two witches begin hanging out and having fun with magic, drawing Willow further into her growing addiction. Meanwhile, Spike notices that his chip doesn't kick in when he hits Buffy, leading him to believe that she may not be entirely human anymore.

    Up to this point, Season 6 has been a pretty dark season, but with this episode, these not only get even darker, but depressing. Season 6 was the season that took the characters' to some really shocking places, that we thought we'd never see and it starts here. First off, the tension between Buffy and Spike has been building up a lot all season. Buffy has kissed Spike twice at this point and you can't really blame the guy for being so persistent with confronting Buffy about them. He's right, Buffy has been a tease and her typical shtick about Spike just obsessing over nothing just doesn't work anymore. The she goes as far as calling Spike "an evil disgusting thing" which beyond cruel at this point. Spike may not be the nicest guy, but he's proved more than once that he's more than just an "evil disgusting thing". He was the one protecting her sister all summer while she was dead, not to mention protecting Dawn's secret from Glory from before. I think Spike has more than proven himself to Buffy and the others of how loyal he can be despite having no soul. That has to stand for something right? I'm not surprised that once Spike realized he could hurt Buffy with no pain from the chip, he went off to attack the first helpless girl he saw. Which kinda contracts the scene that took place before. Spike suddenly gives in to his desire to feed despite knowing the woman he's supposedly in love with wouldn't approve. Sure, he's still soulless, sure he was upset about Buffy rejecting him again, etc. But after seeing such a noble Spike so far this season, why make him out to be a monster again in that one scene. Just lessens the episode for me.

    Of course, it does lead to a hilarious couple of scenes between Spike and the Trio, one is where Spike threatens the break one of the Trio's priceless Star Wars action figure and the other is when Spike desperately calls out for Warren after being extremely annoyed by Andrew and Jonathan's Dr. Who rants. We soon learn from Warren that Spike's chip is fine and that the problem is Buffy. Following a hilarious phone call between them, Spike confronts Buffy about his new ability to hurt her, leading to probably the most disturbing fight scene I've ever seen on this series or anywhere else. There are so many conclusions to make out of this fight: is Buffy suddenly turned on by the fact that Spike can hurt him? If you think about it, Spike can't really have sex with a human cause of the chip and now that Buffy knows he can very well do what he pleases with her, it seems to full some kind of sexually charged reaction from her. What makes the fight even more eerie is Buffy and Spike are getting off on hurting each other. What seems like an tiresome fight leads to a graphic sex scene between the two. I honestly give Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Masters props for making that scene so surreal and compelling. The looks on their faces are haunting between Spike's utter disbelief to Buffy given into her desire and making one of the most painful mistakes of her life. The combination of that, the stunning music that overshadows the actual noise in the scene and the house falling apart around them.....chills. It's really cringe-worthy and I honestly don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing.

    In other news, Amy's not a rat anymore! It's good to have her back and you got to love the first few scenes of her being human. From her horrifying scream to finding out how long she's been rat to her casual chatting up with Buffy, it's all pretty solid stuff. It's obvious the writers brought Amy back to continue to push Willow over the edge with her magic addiction. I did love the Bronze scenes, especially when they teach a couple of jerks at thing or two by locking them in a cage, to dance half naked in ahumiliatingfashion. Even then, I don't feel bad for Willow in terms of her break-up with Tara. Her heavy magic use is still unhealthy and during the scenes between Dawn and Tara, she seems to be doing fine without her. It's a nice bonding moment between the two but it's shame Dawn gets Tara's hopes up when she lies about Willow doing less magic. It's just Dawn trying to bring them back together and wanting Tara back in her life. The Trio, besides their scenes with Spike, are once again just given some annoying material, though I did like Warren's "freeze ray" codes. The whole mystery with the frozen guard goes no where, in fact, it takes up the next two episodes too. Though, you got to love Buffy's no so sudden defensive with Xander and Anya. All in All, "Smashed" is pretty good episode that sees some of the characters descending even more to dark places. As for the following episode "Wrecked", no so much....moreless
  • Just when you think Willow's magic problems can't get any worse they do

    This was an awful episode of Buffy. Willow was completely out of control you would have thought that after loosing Tara the way she did she would have at least made an attempt to use a little bit less magic. The only good parts were of Tara and Dawn in this one I loved the two of them after the movie they saw and Tara was cute telling Dawn to eat something green after that milkshake. I loved how Dawn suckered Tara into staying with her until someone got home. The relationship between them here was so adorable.

    Willow finally bringing Amy back was interesting. Amy's character was always something interesting that could be played around with and I like how the writers brought her back as a kind of Tara replacement for Willow.

    Buffy and Spike was completely disturbing. It was obvious that Spike was gonna follow her around about their kisses but the end was just too awful for words. They didn't need to beat the crap out of each other and have sex like that because the two of them doing it controlled most of the season after that and it was not good.

    I loved when Buffy found the muggers. That was classic I loved that she had bad guys that weren't vampires or demons it was amusing. I did like Spike trying to jump in and then realizing that the muggers were human and him and Buffy arguing there was decent. I loved how Spike reacted to Buffy telling him she was thinking about Giles. It was great to see Spike say something about that relationship.

    I liked how Anya pointed out that the recent crimes in Sunnydale were kinda lame. That was something that needed to be firmly established sooner but Anya was perfect in saying that.

    I loved the Trio and Spike. I found it humorous that Spike was gonna behead the "Boba Fett" doll.

    This was a terrible episode of Buffy but the few comical moments saved it from being a complete waste.moreless
  • Smashed

    Smashed was a perfect episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sixth Season. This episode really exploited some of the characters emotions and we saw them doing things they normally wouldn't have. It was interesting to see how both Buffy and Willow were dealing with their respective issues. I thought that the story of this episode was very interesting and a great way to tie every thing together. I think the ending was the most shocking part of all, though not totally unexpected. I look forward to watching what happens in the next episode. There are a lot of possibilities this season!!!!!moreless
Patrice Walters

Patrice Walters


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John Patrick Clerkin

John Patrick Clerkin


Guest Star

Janck Jozefson

Janck Jozefson


Guest Star

Danny Strong

Danny Strong


Recurring Role

Adam Busch

Adam Busch


Recurring Role

Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In the scene where Anya informs Xander that he's reading a D&D manual, Xander checks the so-called manual revealing that it is in fact a standard hard-cover book with a jacket around it. The glitch here will be obvious to anyone who has played the game: no hardcover D&D manuals through the various editions have ever had a jacket, and they were much thinner, and a little wider and taller the book Xander was reading. The book is actually the novel Dragons of a Fallen Sun by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

    • While Buffy and Amy are watching the news report about the museum robbery, behind the reporter you can see someone wheel out an ambulance gurney, presumably holding the injured guard. However, when Buffy goes to the museum, she arrives in time to see the man removed from the building.

    • In the fight scene between Buffy and Spike, right before they start fighting in the old house, you can see that Buffy punches the left side of Spike's face with her right hand, but then the scene cuts to show Spike flying up in the air as if she had used an uppercut punch.

    • When Xander is reading the newspaper in the Magic Box around the line 'It said they used hairdryers.', when the camera pans on the newspaper, it looks like it comes straight from a SAT reading section guide. Or like it is a story you have to read and answer questions to on a test. It also repeats itself.

    • The concept of the chip recognizing Buffy as not human is a big stretch. It's one thing to have a chip controlling Spike according to Spike's belief that a creature is human or demon, but altogether much more implausible that the chip actually detects on its own whether a creature Spike is about to harm is human or demon. Of course this should also apply at the very start of the episode when he attacks the muggers believing them to be demons.

    • When Amy ratted herself in "Gingerbread," she certainly didn't seem to be abusing the power that she had, except if you count her tricking a teacher to believe she turned in her homework ("Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"), which just seems like a trick any high schooler would use if they had magic at their disposal. However, when Amy comes back in this episode, she is a magic addict. It seems like a highly unlikely character shift. And, it is unlikely that third season Willow would have hung out with that kind of a person if Amy was an addict at that time.

    • How come when Amy came back her hair was a different color and it was a lot longer. If it grew while she was a rat it should have been longer than it was.

    • Andrew claims to have seen every episode of Doctor Who, but the BBC purged their archives sometime in the 70s and about 100 early episodes of Doctor Who were destroyed, and Andrew clearly isn't old enough to have seen them prior to the purge. It may be that Andrew has seen all existing episodes, or that he has some mystical or technological source for the purged episodes.

    • It's very little but on minute 43 Jonathan goes with the device to Spike's head and you can see the reflection from Spike's skin for a split second.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Willow: I know. Xander engaged. I couldn't believe it either.
      Amy: It's so weird. So, what's she like?
      Willow: Thousand year old, capitalist ex-demon with rabbit phobia.
      Amy: Well, that's so his type.

    • Xander: (about Spike) So what did Captain Peroxide want?

    • Xander: Tara thinks Willow is doing too much magic. And she's not the only one.
      Buffy: I know. But I think she'll be fine. You know, it's Willow, she of the level head.
      Anya: Well, those are the ones you have to watch out for the most. Responsible types.
      Buffy: Right. She might go crazy and start alphabetizing everything.

    • Warren (referring to the frozen museum guard): He'll be fine. Yeah, he'll defrost in a couple of days. No harm, no foul.
      Andrew: Won't he tell on us?
      Warren: And say what? "Two guys and a mime took me out with their freeze ray"?

    • Spike: (after he hit Buffy) Guess what I just found out. Looks like I'm not as toothless as you thought, sweetheart.
      Buffy: How?
      Spike: Don't you get it? Don't you see? You came back wrong.

    • Xander: Aha! I got it! Here's our villain, right here! (points to a book) What?
      Anya: That's a D&D manual, sweetie.
      Xander: No, but it could- (looks at the book cover) Oh.
      Anya: Let's face it, we're not gonna find this thing because it doesn't exist. There's no such thing as a frost monster who eats diamonds.
      Buffy: Well, maybe he doesn't eat them. You know, maybe he just ... thinks they're pretty.

    • Amy: The whole school?... By a giant snake thing? (Willow nods) Still adjusting. Hey Buffy.
      Buffy: Hey, how've you been?
      Amy: Rat. You?
      Buffy: Dead.
      Amy: Oh.

    • Buffy: Spike, when I kissed you, you know I was thinking about Giles, right?
      Spike: You know, I always wondered about you two.
      Buffy: What? (makes a face) Oh, gross, Spike!

    • Buffy: Your job is to kill the Slayer, and all you can do is follow me around making moon eyes!
      Spike: I'm in love with you.
      Buffy: You're in love with pain!

    • Xander: It seems like we've been through every book.
      Anya: Yeah, even the ones that weren't so boring you wanted to kill yourself.
      Xander: We have those?

    • Spike: I love you Buffy!

    • Tara: Good god, that's a lot of shake. I mean, I know, part of our... big... movie and milkshake fun day, but... good god, that's a lot of shake.

  • NOTES (10)

    • In the original pitch for the script, Drew Z. Greenberg had the two guys in the Bronze magically kiss each other after they gay bash Willow. Joss Whedon changed this because he didn't like the idea of homosexuality being used as punishment, as something bad.

    • On the commentary it is said that the most controversial part of this episode wasn't the sex scene but rather Spike seeking out someone to kill immediately after thinking that his chip didn't work. The writer says that it was written with Spike being forced to talk himself into the killing to explain his conflicting character.

    • The band Virgil performs "Vermilllion Borders" and "Here" at the Bronze, later Halo Friendlies perform "Run Away" at the Bronze as well.

    • This particular episode was the focus of a FCC investigation, for indecency, by a watchdog group. Fortunately, the FCC deemed the episode as not being indecent at all.

    • LOOK HARD: Just before Amy turns off the TV to tell Buffy about people being frozen (the security guard at the museum), you can hear a commercial she was watching, for the Doublemeat Palace, which we find out about 3 episodes later.

    • There was an extra part to the sex scene between Buffy and Spike after they fall through the floor. This was apparently censored but many websites have it available to download (e.g. www.buffy.nu).

    • When Spike knocks Buffy down he notices that his chip didn't zap him, but he immediately pretended it did. He did not tip his hand so Buffy still thinks his chip works and is not after him allowing him to run amok.

    • When Amy asks to have something to eat, but wants anything but cheese, it is of course a joke about her being a rat, but may also be because Elizabeth Anne Allen is allergic to cheese.

    • Willow tells Amy that Larry had died, presumably in the attack by the Mayor in the season 3 finale 'Graduation Day'. While we actually do see him getting hurt in the episode, many fans speculated that he may have survived and were awaiting his return. Alas, it will not come.

    • This is the first episode featuring raunchy sex; all previous sexual encounters (Buffy and Angel in 'Surprise'; Willow and Oz in 'Graduation Day', Buffy and Parker in 'The Harsh Light of Day'; Buffy and Riley in 'Where the Wild Things Are') are all depicted as passionate, tender experiences.


    • Spike: You can play holodeck later.

      This is a reference to Star Trek. The holodeck was introduced on Star Trek: The Next Generation as recreation for the crew and as an occasional plot device. The holodeck would create realistic and dynamic holographic environments.

    • Spike: Examine my chip or else Mr Fett here is the first to die.

      Boba Fett is a bounty hunter from the Star Wars film series.

    • Spike: Help me out here Spock. I don't speak loser.

      Yet another reference to Star Trek, this time to the Vulcan, Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series.

    • Anya: Thats a D&D manual sweetie.

      Anya notices Xander is trying to find the diamond thieves by researching a manual from the game Dungeons and Dragons.

    • Visual: The part of this episode revolving around the freezing of a guard and the stealing of a diamond, though probably unintentional, bears a slight resemblance to the movie "Batman and Robin," in which Mr. Freeze steals diamonds to power his freeze rays.

    • Guy #2: (to Willow) Well, nobody asked you... Ellen.
      Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular lesbians in Hollywood. She came out on her show Ellen in April 1997. The guy called Willow 'Ellen' because he realized she was gay.

    • Buffy: Way to go with the keen observingness, Jessica Fletcher
      Jessica Fletcher was the main character in Murder, She Wrote, a tv series about a murder mystery author who solved mysteries on her spare time.

    • Andrew: I've seen every episode of Doctor Who... but not Red Dwarf, 'cause...
      Doctor Who is a classic British sci-fi series that began in 1963 and became a cult favorite around the world. The series follows the eccentric Doctor and his companions on their travels through time and space in the Tardis. Ten actors have played the role of the Doctor including Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and most recently David Tennant. A new series began airing in the UK in 2005 and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) has appeared in the second season of this show.

      Red Dwarf is another cult British sci-fi series created in 1988 which follows the adventures of last human alive Dave Lister, hologram Arnold Rimmer, service mechanoid Kryten, an evolved feline named Cat and a computer named Holly as they attempt to return to Earth after being stuck three million years into deep space.

    • Amy: ...and did you hear about Tom and Nicole?!
      Amy is referring to Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the Hollywood 'perfect couple' who both have starred in many films, and together in Days of Thunder, Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut. The couple were married in 1990 and announced their separation in early 2001 and were officially divorced in August 2001.