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Buffy's friends try to cope with Buffy's death and are left to defend Sunnydale without her. Meanwhile a gang of marauding demons threaten to jeopardize their plan to bring the slayer back from the dead. To complicate matters, Giles contemplates leaving Sunnydale to come to terms with the loss.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x1
Production Number: 6ABB01/6ABB02
Airdate: Tuesday October 02nd, 2001
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (8 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Franc RossFranc Ross
As Razor
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara

Co-Guest Stars
Geoff MeedGeoff Meed
As Mag
Mike GriefMike Grief
As Klyed
Paul Greenberg (1)Paul Greenberg (1)
As Shempy Vamp
Joy DeMichelle MooreJoy DeMichelle Moore
As Ms. Lefcourt
Bru MullerBru Muller
As Teacher
Robert D. VitoRobert D. Vito
As Cute Boy
Harry Johnson (1)Harry Johnson (1)
As Parent #1
Kelly Lynn WarrenKelly Lynn Warren
As Parent #2
Hila LevyHila Levy
As Pretty Girl
Richard WhartonRichard Wharton
As Homeowner
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This was the first episode to air on UPN. Over the summer, UPN launched a huge promotion campaign using the phrase "Buffy Lives!" in its advertisements.

This episode scored a 6.2/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 9 UPN shows for the week.

UPN aired both episodes of Bargaining as a 2 Hour Network Series Premiere event for its original broadcast.

As of this episode, Anthony Stewart Head is no longer featured in the opening credits.

As of this episode, Alyson Hannigan now gets the coveted "and" slot at the end of the opening credits.

This was the first time two new Buffy episodes aired on the same night as a 2 hour event, since the pilot episode in March of 1997.

Ranked 78 out of 135 prime time shows.

Sarah Michelle Gellar appears in this episode continiously as Buffy-Bot, but Buffy Summers is not actually in this episode until the very end, as we watch her morph from her corpse back to living Buffy.

Part 1 was written by Marti Noxon and Part 2 by David Fury.

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Episode Quotes
Anya: (about Buffybot) She's not the descendant of a long line of warriors- she's the descendant of a toaster oven.

Spike: Oh poor watcher. Did your life flash before your eyes? Cuppa tea cuppa tea, almost got shagged, cuppa tea.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
AssistantJD Peralta
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