Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 21

Two to Go (1)

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 21, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

After exacting revenge on Warren for Tara's death, an extremely powerful and vengeful Willow now vows to go after the other two members of the trio, Jonathan and Andrew. After freeing the Duo from jail and escaping from Willow, the Scoobies run to the Magic Box to find a protection spell. While all this is going on in Sunnydale, Spike undergoes a fierce challenge given by an African demon in order to become what he once was.moreless

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  • "Two to Go" is a decent continuation of the creepy awesomeness that was "Villains".

    Unfortunately, it slips up a couple places and just can't maintain the previous episode's unique tone, look, and feel. With that said, there's still a lot to like here including entertaining action, Willow continuing to be creepy, and one particularly insightful character sequence. This is a mostly action-orientated episode that does, indeed, suffer from being the middle episode of a three-part finale.

    During the beginning of this episode, Willow is still absolutely terrifying. Tearing up the police station and then cutting off an Anya who's trying to help her, with lightning. Oh, and that scream... yikes! Jonathan points it out perfectly: "I still can't believe that was Willow. I mean... I've known her almost as long as you guys. Willow was... you know. She packed her own lunches and wore floods and was always... just

    When Willow later goes to see Rack, she cleverly misleads him into thinking she's playing his tune again, but then rapidly turns the tables on him and sucks him dry too, killing him in the process. Willow's "just gonna take a little What a nicely-staged scene -- very aesthetically interesting; wonderful use of CGI.

    When Willow confronts Dawn, she's the creepiest she's ever been, even threatening to turn her back into a ball of energy. Willow cruely tells her, "maybe that's why you're crying all the time, Dawnie ... We'll all be a lot happier without the constant This dialogue is clearly a bone thrown to the fans who are rabidly annoyed by Dawn. Since the comment totally fits within the context of the episode, I'll not only buy it, but also be simultaneously scared and amused by it.

    It's interesting to watch how Willow acts in this state. When she's focused on anger and rage, it's the magic talking; when she's focused on her emotions, it's Willow talking. This change is very subtle, but is denoted in how Willow refers to herself -- in the third person for the former, and in the first person for the latter.

    The highlight of the entire episode, especially from a writing perspective, is when Buffy confronts Willow about the situation at hand. Buffy's entire argument is so weak because she's ignored her own words all season. Although she's pulled through her problems and is definitely on the rebound, she's still in no position to be the morally superior one here, as Willow brilliantly points out. Willow says to Buffy, "Please! This is your pitch? You hate it here as much as I do! I'm just more honest about it. You're trying to sell me on the world? The one where you lie to your friends when you're not trying to kill them. You screw a vampire just to feel. And insane asylums are just the comfy alternative. This world? Buffy, it's me. I know you were happier when you were in the ground. The only time you were ever at peace in your whole life is when you were

    Buffy has absolutely no defense against Willow here. Everything Willow's said is completely true -- this is the precise moment when we, the audience, realize that Buffy is utterly powerless to stop Willow. I love how the key to defeating Willow does not lie in brute force and/or magic, but in human connection and love -- things which Buffy is not equipped to effectively communicate to Willow right now.

    It's a real shame that the episode goes downhill after this brilliant scene and instead resorts to cliched dialogue and cheesy one-liners. The action is serviceable, albeit over-the-top. I'm not wild about the hard zoom-ins on Buffy and Willow before their fist-fight either. I hate to say it, but what should be a crackling insightful moment between the two of them quickly devolves into a mediocre fight scene that's staged -- and fails -- to be epic. This lackluster ending really pulls down the episode a notch for me. Even Giles' supremely thrilling entrance can't completely save this ending.

    Before I wrap up, I'd like to do a shout-out for Jonathan. Andrew asks him, "Why are you helping them?" Jonathan's response is perfect: "because they're savings our lives, moron! ... you want an order? Grow up!" Jonathan finally grows up here and I like him more in this episode than at any other point in the entire series. Way to go Jonathan! I love that even some minor characters get their own arc in this series.

    As good as parts of this episode are, I can't help but feel the writers could have done even more and gone even further. What's such a long-time coming just isn't fully capitalized on. I just wanted, nay: expected, more from this episode -- more insight, better action, elevated acting, and more surprises. With that said, this is still a very entertaining episode to watch and, as a whole, still contains many worthwhile character moments and some mediocre-to-decent action set pieces. I really like "Two to Go," but it's just not all it could be and doesn't have the unique tone and flair that "Villains" nailed.moreless
  • Never stops moving


    The Good;

    This ep just never stops moving, just like 'truck driving magic momma' DarkWillow.

    The Bad;

    No time for that!

    Best line;

    Anya; (of Andrew) "The annoying vrigin has a point"

    Women good/men bad;

    The female coven sense the impending disaster whilst the male dominated Council don't


    You really know how far Willow has gone when she threatens her beloved Dawn, mocking her loss of Tara and Joyce. Willow really doesn't live here anymore as is brought home by her referring to herself in 3rd person.

    Kinky dinky;

    Anya tells Xander that her tryst with Spike was not vengence as it appeared, it was solace. Xander doubts that Andrew has ever had any sex. According to Clem Rack likes 'little girls' (as we saw with Willow and Amy). Dawn says she's not a little girl anymore but still insists on going to see him, willing to pay any price to help those she loves.

    Captain Subtext;

    Xander spends almost the whole episode bemoaning his uselessness. Don't worry, every dog has his day and it's coming. Andrew says he's willing to search every hole in his body or Jonathon's? Note Jonathon keeps trying to help at the Magic Shop, he wants to be part of the Scoobygang. Even DarkWillow still refers to Dawn as 'cutie' and 'honey'. Spike meanwhile get's half naked and all sweaty with the 'walking action figure' (who later turns up as Helo's...I'm sorry Agent Ballard's sparring partner in Dollhouse).

    Apocalypses; 6

    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4

    Scoobies knocked out: Dawn faints after teleporting whilst Anya and Buffy get knocked out at the Magic Shop.

    Buffy: 18

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 12

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya; 4

    Dawn; 3

    Tara; 1

    Kills: Willow kills Rack

    Buffy: 107 vamps, 56 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+1 human.

    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: Willow and how!

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Alternate scoobies: DarkWillow

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1


    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2

    Recurring characters killed: 12

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

    Sunnydale deaths;


    Total number of scoobies: 2- Anya helping but not really part of the gang

    Xander, Buffy,

    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

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

    Scoobies shot: DarkWillow threatened by a phalanx of police guns but no rounds fired

    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?

    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; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander

    Dawn in peril; 10

    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9

    Questions and observations;

    Anya says that Willow is the most powerful wicca in the Western Hemisphere (she's the wicked witch of the West?). Anya's outfit makes her look like some sort of puritan. Check out kung-fu DarkWillow.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

  • The Dark Willow Saga Part II: Vengeance Isn't Enough

    Two To Go-After exacting revenge on Warren for Tara's death, an extremely powerful and vengeful Willow now vows to go after the other two members of the trio, Jonathan and Andrew. After freeing the Duo from jail and escaping from Willow, the Scoobies run to the Magic Box to find a protection spell. While all this is going on in Sunnydale, Spike undergoes a fierce challenge given by an African demon in order to become what he once was.

    Willow's rage gets taken up a notch as these episode continue to get darker. I loved the sequence of Willow pursuing Jonathan and Andrew. Filled with more great SFX and a scary shot of Willow screeching in anger. Alyson Hannigan once again shows how terrifying she can be. Her confrontation with Rack was intense as well as when she confronts Dawn and Buffy soon after. I'm sure most fans were praising Willow for calling Dawn out on her constantwhining but I loved her speech to Buffy after Buffy fails to make Buffy realize how precious life is. As cold as Willow's words were, they hold true. Buffy should be the last person to sell anyone on the world. The only time she's ever been happy was when she was dead and Willow knows Buffy is just full of BS. This all leads to a great moment where Buffy and Willow finally duke it out. It's hard to believe these two are about to fight but it turns out to be one of the series' most impressive fights and you just gottta love Willow's line prior to the fight:

    Willow; "Oh Buffy. You really need to have every square inch of your ass kicked!"

    Anya and Xander also get more movement with them as their scene in the Magic Box. It's a great scene showing how Xander continues to beat himself up about everything that's happening to the point where he feelscompletelyuseless while Anya is at a point where she doesn't know what do about her anger toward Xander, she hates him yet still loves him. But I did love the moment where Xander makes sure Anya's okay before he leaves the Magic Box but she tells him to go and focus on saving Jonathan and Andrew. Although, I'm a little surprised Anya didn't help Buffy when she was fighting Willow. Considering we know Vengeance demons are pretty tough (can survive stab wounds no less) and have super strength of their own as we see in "Selfless" next season, it seems a bit silly for her to be so helpless when Willow confronts her and knocks her out so easily. But still the last few minutes of the episode end with the biggest twist of the season yet as Willow seems unstoppable until Giles shows up with a energy ball to knock her down. Badass!!!

    The episode also has it's far share of hilarious moments, especially from Jonathan and Andrew, like when Jonathan and Andrew fight in their cell and Andrew references Dark Phoenix outside of the jailhouse after Willow goes into their cell. But they aren't the only ones who have the funny moments in this episode. I loved when Buffy tells Jonathan to shut up after the fact she declares she's only saving him and Andrew for Willow. Then there's Xander and Anya making fun of Andrew's virginity after having a complete geek moment. Overall, a stellar second part and the last episode is quite the superb finish!!moreless
  • "She's running on grief and magicks" – Xander

    As at the start of the Season 5 finale, we get a rundown of everything that's happened so far: the preview details the important plot points leading up to "one down" and this moment, this now, the running through the woods, once again in pursuit of the season's big bad. The Buffy/Willow battle begins as the latter destroys Xander's car to slow them down and Buffy destroys the gaol cell in order to rescue the rest of the Troika from "Darth Rosenberg". They're not cutting each other any slack. Xander is left behind as his ex-girlfriend transports herself to the prison and his best friend runs as fast as her Slayer legs will carry her. Without his car, Xander is nothing. He's not even the wheels guy any more. Later, he claims its his fault that the gang is in this mess – he thinks he could have stopped Warren, stopped the bullets. He has no special powers, no way to stop Dark Willow – well, until the next ep anyway.

    Everyone is choosing sides – Anya is cool, calm and in charge as she tries to bust the duo out of jail. Dawn is brave and intelligent as she persuades comic relief Clem, who doesn't like the dark side of the underworld ("It's not very clean"), to help her find Rack's shack. Jonathan attempts to help with the Sumarian/Babylonian translation, but it turns out that Buffy et al hold him as responsible for Tara's death and Willow's actions as Willow does. He has to settle for chewing out Andrew who is showing signs of schizophrenia: waiting for Warren's transmissions through the prison bedposts. He is ungrateful for the gang's help, he tries to manipulate Jonathan into escaping with him, and he is still in denial about the part they played in Willow's downfall. He wants to go to Mexico, but it's Jonathan who introduces the Mexican stand off when Andrew tries to shake off Xander with the use of a sword. Jonathan, however, understands their role in the situation only too well: "We signed on. We signed up. We wanted to see where our plans would take us." He knows they have to return to jail "to do our time". He also voices the gang's confusion and lack of understanding about Willow's sudden change: "She was always Just Willow". Problem is that she never wanted to be "Just Willow". She never wanted to be the "sideman", the loser", the girl who was picked on (is this all Cordelia's fault rather than Warren's?) the helper - she wanted to be centre wage. With her regular magic denied her, this was the only way she could go about being the focus of everyone's attentions – the traditional super villain, the bad element. "I am the magicks", she declares. She explains that there's no point in her returning to being Just Willow because the only person who made her feel good about herself is gone. Prejudices declared: I remain unconvinced by Dark Willow. Vamp Willow was funny, but Dark Willow, with her deep voice, supercilious ways, black contact lenses and crap puns is just not very well actualised. Nonetheless, she appropriates (male) power from Rack as she turns the tables and takes a tour of him, before sending him off to the big opium den in the sky. We see an echo of Glory when she destroyed the student hall as Willow hovers over the smashed up gaol; Willow is now the ultimate power, the dark god. Whilst the gang think that Willow would never hurt "her family", we see how far gone Willow is as she threatens Dawnie with returning her to the mystical ball of energy she once was. "We'll all be happier without listening to the constant whining". Never a truer word spoken in a dark magic vengeful fury! A villain you know is worse than one you don't as they understand your weak spots. She turns Buffy's "There's so much to live for" speech on its head as she scoffs: "You're trying to sell me on the world? I know you were happier in the ground". She points out that it was her magic, the stuff Buffy is trying to turn her off of, that brought Buffy back to the world she claims is worth so much. Paradoxical, huh. Anya is more phlegmatic about Willow's aims as she claims that Willow doesn't care: "if you live or die". However, she cares about doing the right thing: we see Anya's courageous and moral nature as she carries on with the protection spell even after Willow has (Toto like) discovered her behind the curtain.

    So the Buffy/Willow smackdown begins. I'm sure it pleases the boy-viewers, but personally, I preferred the Buffy/Faith fights. There is some awful quipping, with the writers giving Willow the worst lines: "Get off superb*tch!" and "You really need to have every square inch of your ass kicked". I know its the end of the season, but I'd've thought that they could have come up with some better gags than that. At least it's the Magic Box being trashed this time, rather than the Summers house.

    Meanwhile, in the gratuitously naked subplot, Spike is vanquishing a demon with fiery fists. Willow could have learned from Spike that only hubris follows grand sweeping statements. As she announces: "There's no-one in the world with the power to stop me now!", a magically modified Giles (echoes of his wizard costume) bursts in to see what a terrible job Anya has done of minding the shop - and to save the day!moreless
  • this episode shows the way joss can change the story line

    this episode is exciting from start to finish with the non stop action you would expect from this show. The ending is a cliffhanger and leaves us thinking that the answer to all of their problems have been answered when Giles arrives. This ending shows how Joss can change the plot in a click.
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Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk


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Danny Strong

Danny Strong


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the scene where Andrew challenges Xander in the alley there is a sound effect that shouldn't be there. The sound of a sword being removed from a scabbard or sheath is heard as Andrew puts his sword to Xander's chin. The sound is heard again as Jonathan puts his sword to Andrew's ear. Both of them are carrying their swords openly and nothing they do accounts for the sound heard.

    • When Willow appears at the Police station an officer gets out of his patrol car and points at her with his right arm. The camera changes to a side shot and the officer is now pointing with his left arm.

    • In the opening scene at the Police station the wall clock says 12:26. The scene moves upstairs where the jail cells are and that clock reads 12:20.

    • Between the time that she leaves Xander, Anya, Jonathan, and Andrew at the Magic Box working on protection spells and and the time that she finds Willow cornering Dawn at Rack's lair, Buffy seems to have pulled her hair back and curled the tendrils framing her face.

    • Only someone into the "big bad" can find Rack's place because it is cloaked. But Buffy manages to charge in without any trouble, unlike when she needed Spike's help in "Wrecked".

      However, when Buffy finds the lair, Rack has been drained by Willow which means the the cloaking of the lair would likely no longer be effective

    • If you watch closely enough during the fight scene between Willow and Buffy, you can see that sometimes Evil Willow's hair is red and sometimes it is black. You can also notice that sometimes her eyes are completely black (evil) and sometimes her eyes are normal.

    • When Clem is doing the chips taste test in Spike's crypt with Dawn, there is a tombstone behind him with the name James (as in Marsters,maybe).

    • When Evil-Willow drains Rack, she initially is holding his face with her right hand, but when the camera cuts, it is now her left hand.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Dawn: You're back on the magicks.
      Willow: No, honey. I am the magicks.

    • Willow: You're trying to sell me on the world? The one where you lie to your friends when you're not trying to kill them? And you screw a vampire just to feel? And insane asylums are the comfy alternative? This world? Buffy it's me. I know you were happier when you were in the ground. The only time you were ever at peace in your whole life was when you were dead. Until Willow brought you back...you know, with magick.

    • Johnathan: She killed him?
      Anya: She killed him, ripped him apart, and bloodied up the forest doing it. And you're next.
      Andrew: Oh my God... Warren!
      Johnathan: Oh my God... Me!

    • Andrew: Why are you helping them?
      Jonathan: Because they're saving our lives, you moron!

    • Andrew: We can be a duo, you and me. You can even be the leader. I swear, I'll take orders. I like taking orders. Just tell me what to do.
      Jonathan: You want an order? Grow up!

    • Rack: When you first came to me, you were just a little slip of a girl. Look at you now -- so growed up. So full of dark juice. And you still taste like strawberries. Only now... you're ripe.

    • Andrew: You think your Li'l Witch buddy's gonna stop with us? You saw her! She's a truck driving Magic Mamma. We've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds everybody into Jawa burgers, and not one of you bunch has the midiclorians to stop her.
      Xander: You've never had even a tiny bit of sex, have you?
      Anya: The annoying virgin has a point.

    • Cop: What exactly's coming?
      Anya: One of the many things in the world you are not prepared to deal with.

    • Willow: Bored now

    • Willow: And there's no one in the world that has the power to stop me now.
      (Willow is thrown across the room by a blast of energy)
      Giles: I'd like to test that theory.

    • Willow: Jonathan. Andrew. You boys like magic, don't you? Abracadabra.

    • Willow: So. (smiling) Here we are.
      Buffy: Are we really gonna do this?
      Willow: Come on, this is a huge deal for me! Six years as a side man, and now I get to be the Slayer.
      Buffy: A killer isn't a Slayer. Being a Slayer means something you can't conceive of.
      Willow: (sighing, shaking her head) Oh, Buffy. You really need to have every square inch of your ass kicked.
      Buffy: Then show me what you got. And I'll show you what a Slayer really is.

    • Willow: You'll be happier. I'll be happier. We'll all be a lot happier without your constant whining.
      Dawn: Willow... stop!
      Willow: "Mom!" "Buffy!" "Tara!" "Waah!"

    • Willow: Get off super bitch!

    • Anya: I care if you live or die, Xander. I'm just not sure which one I want.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Instead of the usual "Previously on Buffy" recap narrated by Anthony Stewart Head this episode featured Nicholas Brendon telling viewers "This is what happened this year".

    • "Two to Go" was not originally envisioned as being paired with "Grave" and being a 2-hour season finale event. UPN made the programming decision to couple the episodes.

    • Anthony Stewart Head is not credited in the guest cast list until the end of the episode to keep the viewers surprised to see Giles back.

    • The title is a clever little continuation from episode 20, where the last line of the episode is, "One down."

    • Like the opening episodes of this season, the finale 2-parter initially aired as a single 2 hour episode.


    • Andrew: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
      This is the opening text for every film in the Star Wars series by George Lucas. The text is designed to convey the setting, create a storybook feel that is almost mythic, and is reminiscent in wording and visual style of the old movie serials.

    • Andrew: Laugh it up, Fuzzball.
      This is a quote from Empire Strikes Back. In the film, the character of Han Solo says this to his furry co-pilot, Chewbacca. Chewie was laughing at Han, who had just been insulted by Princess Leia.

    • Johnathan: Are you kidding, she's like Dark Phoenix up there and you just expect us to outrun her?
      Jonathan compares Willow's rage and power to the comic book villain Dark Phoenix. Jean Grey (also, coincidentally, a redhead) was a mutant with the powers of telepathy and telekinesis. After her apparent death, Jean was "reborn" as The Phoenix, having bonded with a cosmic entity of incalculable power. The Phoenix said that it was "fire and life incarnate." Months later, the illusion casting Mastermind seduced Jean through a psychic rapport hoping to use her powers for his own gain. She eventually broke free, but the exposure to such evil had twisted the once pure Phoenix Force. Jean transformed into the Dark Phoenix, a creature of pure power and destruction.

    • Andrew: We've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds us all into to Jawa burgers and not one of you bunch has the midichlorians to stop her.
      From George Lucas' Star Wars series, midichlorians are micro-organisms which exist in all living things. A Jedi has many more midichlorians in his or her body and they give the Jedi their powers.

      "Darth" is the 'title' given to a Sith Warrior (eg. Darth Vader and Darth Sidious); and Jawas are the scavenger people who live on Tatooine.

    • Spike: Here we are now, entertain us.
      This is a line from the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit.

    • Andrew: Do we sit around waiting for Sabrina to disembowel us?
      Obviously a reference to the comic, cartoon and TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. ("Sabrina" being used here to refer to Willow).