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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.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x18
Production Number: 6ABB19
Airdate: Tuesday May 07th, 2002

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Warren
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Amy HathawayAmy Hathaway
As Christine

Co-Guest Stars
James C. LearyJames C. Leary
As Clem
Tim HagerTim Hager
As Administrator
Stefan MarksStefan Marks
As Guard #1
Kate OrsiniKate Orsini
As Girl at Bronze

Troy Brenna (1)Troy Brenna (1)
As Nezzla Demon
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
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.

This episode marks the death of Tara.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Azure RayDisplaced 

Episode Quotes
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.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
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