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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

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 BrennaTroy Brenna
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 ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Fury
Supervising ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  Jane Espenson
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marc D. Alpert
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
EditorJoshua Charson
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorSam Hill
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorTim Isle
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Location ManagerJeffrey Garrett
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterEd Borasch, Jr.
Construction CoordinatorMike Brooks (1)
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Post Production SupervisorTamara Becher
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Tom Perry  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorSteven S. DeKnight  |  Rebecca Sinclair
Art DirectorBill Durrell
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Casting AssistantMichael Nicolo
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Brett Matthews  |  Amy R. Bynum
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistKarl Wesson
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsRadium
Special Effects CoordinatorLee McConnell (2)
Makeup ArtistJay Wejebe  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
LeadpersonKeith A. Cuba
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Post Production ServicesR!ot
Produced ByGareth Davies
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