Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 10

Wrecked

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2001 on The WB
8.3
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When they finally return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magick quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but will Willow be able to keep Dawn safe, or has her addiction gone to far?moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Startedut good, but quickly went downhill.

    5.0
    This is a very problematic episode that still has some really good material in it. Although I understand why people have problems with it -- and valid problems they are -- I do not understand why everyone just calls it a lost cause altogether. Big problems? Yes. Still some great scenes mixed into it? You bet! It's those handful of quality moments that really keep this episode from diving into the nebulous wasteland that is the below 5 range. It really doesn't deserve an 1 either because, although it failed at part of what it was trying to do, it succeedly wonderfully at the other. I only give out 1's when everything fails. For all of "Wrecked"'s problems, it still has great Buffy/Spike interaction, a great Buffy/Willow scene, and solid pacing. All those large pluses have to count for something, don't they?moreless
  • Willow finally gets it!

    9.0
    I actually love this episode. It finally really shows Willow understanding her addiction. Before now, she's been so flippant about all of it, that it was good to really see her accept it. Course, Rak is majorly creepy, and I've never been a fan of Amy, but the last ten minutes makes it all worthwhile.
  • Hard to watch if you're a Willow fan

    7.0
    WRECKED



    The Good;

    The waking up scene is a classic. Love the sight of Buffy in her nightie (same one she wore for Dracula?) surrounded by crosses and garlic trying to ward off Spike's advances.



    The Bad;

    The anti-addiction metaphor is laid on a little thick



    Best line;

    Amy (proffering bag of grass like substance) "It's not what you think, it's sage"

    Buffy "That was what I thought it was"



    Jeez!;

    The drug stuff is nasty as is poor Dawn getting beaten up by the demon.



    Kinky dinky;

    The magic interchange between Rack, Amy and Willow has obvious erotic undertones. Spike says that having sex with a Slayer is even better than killing one (because THAT's what every girl wants to hear in the morning). Spike seems actually quite pleased with Buffys description of their sex as the most 'peverse, degrading experience of my life'. Buffy says only one vamp ever got her hot, assuming she means Angel what about Dracula?

    15 year old Dawn says that her burger was like a "Meat-party in her mouth"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joss is right he really does just write porn. Here Spike does force the kiss on a struggling Buffy and she succumbs, Victorian heroine style. Spike says he's done being Buffy's whipping boy, he might just be using that expression or is he talking literally? Her him or him her? Spike steals Buffy's panties for the second time. Love Amy's revealing strapless top. Spike says someone should teach Buffy to use candles in foreplay. Willow wears cheese in her bra which would probably work for Marge Simpson.



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy threatens Amy



    Scoobies to the ER;

    Dawn breaks her arm



    Apocalypses; 6



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3



    Scoobies knocked out: Willow in the crash

    Buffy: 17

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 11

    Will: 7

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;3

    Dawn; 2



    Kills: 1 demon Willow

    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 + 2 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

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1



    Recurring characters killed: 10

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



    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: It's possible you could count the interchange between Rack and Willow as sex but it's not explicit so no

    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 gloats at Buffy's discomfort and shows no remorse for his killing of the previous Slayers. But he does go to rescue Dawn (again!)



    Dawn in peril; 8 and how!



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 6 even she knows her 'meat party' metaphor is a bit too kinky



    Questions and observations;

    Rack is of course played by the same guy who played Kralik in 'Helpless', along with Brian Thompson as Luke and The Judge Buffy continues Xena's tradition of blatantly using the same actor to play completely different characters (Karl Urban plays 4 different characters in the course of 6 seasons, 2 semi-regulars). The scene with Willow hugging Tara's clothes makes me go awwwww every time, right up there with Dawn snuggling the Buffybot or Buffy and Joyce on the couch at the finale of Innocence. Some great acting from Alysson Hannigan.

    Dawn says that Buffy always goes to the refrigerator after patrol, bearing out Faith's assertion that slaying makes you hungry and horny.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, good enough ep but hard to watch if you're a Willow fan

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  • I'm Surprised They Didn't Call It "Stoned" or "High"

    6.0
    Wrecked-When they finally return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magick quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but will Willow be able to keep Dawn safe, or has her addiction gone to far?

    Ehw! Like I said, "Smashed" and "Wrecked" are two back-to-back episodes that are hard to mentallydigest. They're dark and relentless in showing how selfish, flawed the characters can be. "Smashed" is more successful in retrospect and in a good way for the most part while "Wrecked" seems like supernatural PSAcommercialon drugs. Willow's arc up to this point has been pretty amazing to watch. Her descent into magic abuse was really a fascinating take on a metaphor for drug abuse, but this episode kinda hits us over the head with that message. For one, the scene where Buffy catches Amy stealing sage from Willow's room like some crack addict pretty laughable. Amy been back for what, a day and to she this sudden transformation from her is pretty jarring. Rack, the obviously the metaphorical drug dealer, actually has enough of a menace to him to be a great villain here, but he's ultimately waste, used as plot device to get Willow all drugged up. The trippy, dream-like sequences don't help either. The demon that spawns from her "highness" never makes any sense either, unless the writers were trying to say "using drugs excessively, leads to your demons coming". Which I'm sure they were but it's just poorly done. Willow's characterization doesn't make sense at all, her sessions will Rank never really show her becoming more powerful and gaining something from her experiences there. She goes there once, has a cliched breakdown in the shower and animates Tara's clothes to find comfort. One thing we've seen from Willow is that she does magic to gain something from it, like Buffy's life or her making things right with Tara. Rank seems like more of an inconvenience and Willow's interest in him is never clear or makes sense. What would have been great if we saw Willow wanting Rank to teach her how to become more powerful by giving her new spells to use or something other than floating her up in the air and making her look "stoned"! The only real weight to this story is the final moments where after Willow kills the demon with her powers and she realizes how much damaged she's done. I have to admit, Alyson Hannigan's performance was nothing sort of remarkable, she raises the bar even when the script doesn't and the moment Willow is slapped by Dawn, she finally lets go of what she's been feeling. I also loved the bedroom scene at the end where we finally get some insight on why Willow's so obsessed with magic. Willow's insecurity and fears about being just another girl fuel her need to be something greater and after a rather weak episode, this was beautiful finish that gave the episode some depth in the end. And with that, Willow finally quits her magic abuse....but for how long?

    After their disastrous sexual encounter, Buffy once again pretends there is nothing between her and Spike the morning after. I got to say the writers are clearly trying to make Buffy delusional as it's hard to believe after she forced herself on him that he is the one who is wrong here. Also, this episode starts thegratuitousSpike nudity this season. Either James Masters is fearless or there was something in his contract? Either way, there's certainly a cable TV feel this season with the heavy focus on sex, nudity, drug use, death, violence etc. The high school days seem so much more innocent after this season, doesn't it! I did love the scene of when Buffy finds Spike naked when wanting his help finding Dawn. The way she turns away as he changes is hilarious reverse of the almost exact same moment in "Into The Woods", when she's naked and Spike is forced to look away as she changes. Spike also makes a point when Buffy tries to push him away completely from her life. It's too late for all that. Not only has Spike become apart of the group, but they havephysically gotten close. For her to push him away, especially when her sister's life is at stake shows that Buffy is mentally not in the right state of mind. She is still not admitting to what she feels for Spike, it may not be love, but it's obvious she finds comfort in him and until she admits that, she'll continue to sink deeper this season. Overall, "Wrecked"is a bit too contrived and heavy-handed for my liking. A pretty average outing for the writers.moreless
  • "She's going through something…maybe she has reasons for acting this way. So what if she crossed a line? We learn and we don't do it again." - Buffy

    8.9
    Buffy has sex. Bad Things happen. You'd think she'd have learned by now. This time, instead of it being Angelus or Poophead Parker rejecting her, she rebuffs Spike - calling their liaison "perverse and degrading….a freakshow". Once again Spike makes it easy for her to leave, telling her: "I always knew the only thing better than killing a slayer was f[ucking one]". We see Spike's clingy aggressive tendencies as the only way Buffy can get him to let her go is by punching him in the face. Spike is determined to make her see things his way: first he kissed her, then he slept with her - he thinks she is starting to come round to his point of view, refusing to see that she is never going to turn to the dark side (they already did that Slayer Gone Bad thing in S3), never going to stay in during the day, never become Drusilla #2. Buffy isn't "hot for vampires", she loved Angel before she knew that he was immortal, and Spike, as she says, is "convenient". He's the very epitome of the booty call boy. She's only hot for this vamp because she can allow herself to use and abuse a soulless dead thing as she couldn't a human being – even if it does mean that she is full of regret and shame in the cold light of day.



    Meanwhile, in the other Smashed Part Two storyline, we find out that drugs are bad, m'kay? as Willow goes through withdrawal, druggy trips with mystical highs and hellish lows, friends stealing her stash, breakdown and finally, cold turkey – all in one episode! But when she returns home after a night on the magicks to find that the only sensible Scooby is looking after Dawn, she still doesn't understand Tara's 'tude - she is quick to explain Amy's presence as being magically, rather than hormonally, induced. Tara disapproves and leaves and the burnt breakfast pancakes she made for Dawn symbolise Willow's magic burn out and Buffy's burning, um, groinal area (she sits down very carefully). Unable to do a simple curtain closing spell, Willow allows herself to be taken along to Rack's Crack Shack and finds out what Zachary Kralik has been up to since Buffy killed him in Helpless. Learning how to manipulate innocent witches seems to be the main thing. And Willow is still innocent, apologising for "vibing" at Rack and offering to help him with his computer problems. "You taste like strawberries," he tells her as he searches her power, setting up a sex-for-drugs metaphor. Exactly what power does Willow get from Rack? Perhaps this is to show that dealers get more from their relationships with junkies than vice versa - also shown by the dependence of the strung-out people waiting outside. As they've now moved on to the harder drugs, Willow has a terrible comedown after her psycho-trip, crying in the shower and magically inflating Tara's Under Your Spell dress (the last time the two were happy) to cuddle with. Willow still only wants Tara. She tries to make it up to Dawn for staying out all night by taking her to the movies, but after a while she is bored and edgy, and goes back to Rack's, leaving Dawn in the waiting room whilst she goes to shoot up and then drives under the influence as they try to escape the red demon (the bad trip, the comedown, the consequences) that Willow has inadvertently summoned during her trip.



    Willow almost kills Dawn but eventually saves her by frying the demon before collapsing in hysteria. She is finally facing up to what she's done. Interestingly, although the gang has always forgiven each other before, it takes Willow sobbing "I screwed up…I can't stop - I've tried and I can't. I need help" to get Buffy, who has coldly told her to stay away from Dawn, to come to her aid. Buffy, who has told off Anya and Xander for being "judgy" about Willow is certainly judgemental herself, perhaps because she is feeling guilty about her out of control behaviour which left Dawn alone all night, especially as she has already tried to palm off her parenting responsibilities onto other people. Maybe she also feels bad about previously ignoring Willow's problems, only relating Xander's concerns about Willow to her own situation. Maybe she's still mad about the last times Willow went overboard with magic in Something Blue and Tabula Rasa.



    Later, she softens towards Willow as the (ex)-witch comes to terms with her problems: "I thought I had it under control," as well as admitting her over-use of magic is why Tara left. She even gets to the root of her trouble – self-esteem: "If you could be plain old Willow or Super Willow, who would you be?" She doesn't want to be the girl kidnapped by vampires or running away from demons. She wants to be able to deal with these things as Buffy does.



    Buffy should be able to understand this; she may complain about being the Slayer but during the times she's lost her powers, she doesn't like it at all. Instead, as in her conversation with Anya and Xander, she sees Willow's pain as being all about Buffy. Willow says: "I was out of my mind. I did things, I can't even…it won't happen again I promise". And Buffy replies: "I think it's right to give it up no matter how good it feels." Because Willow has got to the heart of her issues, she can give up magicks (until Ep 20 at least), but because Buffy thinks her problem is Spike Sex rather than the cause of it – her depression and loneliness, she will find detoxing more difficult. Instead of sitting in her room with a cross and garlic (does that even work?), she could be analysing her relationship with Spike: why does she 'reward' him with sex when he is violent rather than when he is tender? (and he can be tender, see how he gently leads an injured Dawn away). Is it because if she responded to his gentleness, there would then be a chance for a relationship, even love? This is not what she wants, she only desires distraction from her troubles. She tells Spike: "I want you out of my life, my work, my home". He replies: "You invited me in already". This may be a double entendre, but it's true, Spike is very much in her. She can't give him up just yet.moreless
Jeff Kober

Jeff Kober

Rack

Guest Star

Fleming Brooks

Fleming Brooks

Mandraz

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Mageina Tovah

Mageina Tovah

Jonesing Girl

Guest Star

Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Tara

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Anne Allen

Elizabeth Anne Allen

Amy Madison

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • After waking up with Buffy in the now damaged building, the nude underwear James Marsters is wearing can easily be seen multiple times as he is speaking with Buffy in the rubble.

    • Waking up after a night of rough sex and falling through floors and who knows what else, Buffy's hair is nicely combed and clean.

    • Just after Willow and Dawn take off in the car, and the demon is running after them, you can see a wheel and the edge of some of the camera equipment in the middle of the road.

    • When Willow magically orders the car door to open, a hand can be seen through the window pulling away from the door after it opens.

    • When Buffy and Spike are looking for Dawn and Willow they stop and they are talking and Buffy talks about the night they had sex, she says "last night" but it didn't happen last night it actually happened two nights ago, the night before, didn't show Buffy or Spike it only showed Amy and Willow going to see Rack after they saw Rack Willow woke up in the morning on her bedroom floor, so a night had already passed before this incident.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Spike: I'm just saying vampires get you hot.
      Buffy: A vampire got me hot. One. But he's gone. You're just... You're just convenient.

    • Xander: Anya has a theory. She thinks Martha Stewart froze that guy.
      Anya: Don't be ridiculous. Martha Stewart isn't a demon. She's a witch.
      Xander: Please, she... really?
      Anya: Of course. Nobody could do that much decoupage without calling on the powers of darkness.

    • Spike: You're gonna crave me like I crave blood, and the next time you come calling, if you don't stop being such a bitch, maybe I will bite you.

    • Buffy: When...when did the building fall down?
      Spike: (grinning) Must've been some time between the first time, and, uh...
      Buffy: (whining) Oh. Oh my God.

    • Anya: (to Xander) At least I'm not asking you to perform the groom's rite of self-flagellation.

    • Buffy: The only thing that's different is that I'm disgusted with myself. That's the power of your charms. Last night was the most perverse, degrading experience of my life.
      Spike: Yeah. Me, too.

    • Dawn: ...Plus, the mother of all night wedgies.
      Tara: Oh no!
      Dawn: Oh, it's not tragic. I'm sure as soon as I stand up...

    • Dawn: I'll leave a note for Buffy on the refrigerator. That's the first place she goes after patrolling. She's such a pig after she kills things.

    • Buffy: Oh you're bent.
      Spike: Yeah, made you scream didn't it.

    • Dawn: It was like a meat party in my mouth! Okay, now I'm just a kid and even I know that came out wrong.

  • NOTES (8)

    • When Buffy is trying to call it off with Spike at the beginning of the episode she calls what they have a "freak show". This is an odd choice of words considering thats what Angel labeled his and Buffy's relationship in season 3's "The Prom".

    • In Willow's chest on her room lies a box that looked very much like the box that held every voice in Sunnydale in the episode Hush(04x10)

    • After trying to plead sorry, Willow gets slapped by Dawn. Michelle said in an interview that when finding out she had to slap Alyson, was rather nervous because she has so much respect for Alyson, and didn't want to hurt her, however Alyson told Michelle to give it her all, and she reluctantly said okay, and said she pretended Alyson was a bully in high school. She apologized to Alyson after the scene.

    • Despite Sarah Michelle Gellar saying that James Marsters was naked in the opening scene, Joss has said that James was not naked and in fact wearing bache underwear and if you look carefully on your DVD as Spike rolls over you can see them.

    • This episode was dedicated in memoriam to J.D. Peralta, who was Marti Noxon's assistant. She died of cancer on November 12, 2002, at the age of 31.

    • When Willow and Dawn are leaving to go out to eat and to go to a movie Dawn leaves a note for Buffy on the fridge saying that it's the first place Buffy goes, "Buffy is such a pig after she kills something" This is a reference to the episode, "Faith Hope and Trick" and Faiths comment about slaying making one hungry and horny.

    • Jeff Kober, who plays Rack, is no stranger to the Buffyverse. He also played vampire Zachary Kralik in season three's "Helpless."

    • The Warner Bros. cartoon clip Tara and Dawn wake up to is from Ding Dog Daddy (1942) Directed by Friz Freling.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Xander: Anya has a theory. She thinks that Martha Stewart froze that guy.
      Martha Stewart is the founder and former CEO (now, after her conviction and prison sentence, Chief Editorial and Media Director) of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and is world famous (and often either derided or envied) for her home decorating and cooking suggestions and the apparently limitless time and energy she has to engage in them (hence Anya's followup quip about needing the "forces of darkness for "that much decoupage").

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