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While Willow and Tara have reunited, Buffy's friendship with Xander is endangered following the revelation of her sexual relationship with Spike. In the aftermath of the heartache caused from his tryst with Anya, Spike is dead set to prove he truly loves Buffy, bringing him to carry out an unthinkable act.
The opening credits for this episode were altered to include Amber Benson as Tara, since this was her final episode.
This episode scored a 3.8/6 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 5th out of 10 UPN shows for the week.
This episode received a 2.8 in the national ratings.
Ranked 93 out of 123 prime time shows.
This episode is the last to feature Amber Benson as Tara. Tara would be one of the few major characters to leave the series and never make another appearance.
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Buffy: (about Spike) You fought side-by-side with him when I was gone. You let him take care of Dawn.
Xander: But I never forgot what he really is. God, what were you thinking?
Buffy: You're asking me that? Oh, 'cause your decision making skills have really sparkled lately.
Xander: I'm not saying I didn't make any mistakes. But last time I checked, slaughtering half of Europe wasn't one of them. He doesn't have a soul, Buffy; just some leash they jammed in his head. You think he'd still be all snuggles if that chip ever stopped working? Would you still trust him with Dawn then?
Warren: (flirting with some girls) Don't worry, babies. Daddy gonna give you some, too.
Xander: See now, I think it's the "daddy" thing that's throwing her. 'Cause incest? Not that sexy.
Warren: (to Buffy) You think you could just do that to me? You think I'd let you get away with that? Think again.
(Warren fires the gun, one of the bullets flies through the window, hitting Tara in the back, spraying Willow's shirt with blood)
Tara: (last words) Your shirt.