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Buffy, Xander, and Anya race to keep Andrew and Jonathan safe from becoming Willow’s next targets in her magick-induced thirst for retribution. Having now taken a life, she has become fully enveloped in dark power and isn’t hesitant about eliminating anyone who gets in her way.

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x20
Production Number: 6ABB21
Airdate: Tuesday May 21st, 2002

Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Jeff KoberJeff Kober
As Rack

Co-Guest Stars
James C. LearyJames C. Leary
As Clem
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Cave Demon
Jeff McCredieJeff McCredie
As Officer
Damian MooneyDamian Mooney
As Patrol Cop
Michael YoungerMichael Younger
As Truck Driver

Tanoai ReedTanoai Reed
As Fire 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
This episode scored a 4.1/6 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 9 UPN shows for the week.

UPN aired this episode and "Grave" as a 2 Hour Buffy Season Finale event.

Instead of the usual introduction with Anthony Stewart Head's voice saying "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer", for this episode we get Nicholas Brendan saying "This is what happened this year."

This episode received a 3.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 75 out of 119 prime time shows.

In order to keep Giles surprise appearance at the end a secret, Anthony Stewart Head's name was withheld until the closing credits.

Episode Quotes
Anya: Warren shot Buffy. Warren shot Tara. Buffy's alive. Tara's dead. Willow found out, and being the most powerful Wicca in the western hemisphere, decided to get the payback, with interest.
Andrew: What about Warren?
Anya: She killed him. Ripped him apart, and bloodied up the forest doing it. Now she's coming here and the two of you are next.
Andrew: Oh my God. Warren.
Jonathan: Oh my God. Me.

Xander: (to Jonathan and Andrew) Boys, if you don't knock it off, I will pull this car over and you can just walk to your painful deaths from here.

Buffy: Whatever we got, we better grab it fast. This is one of the first places she's gonna think to look for us.
Andrew: Then what are we doing here? You know, I could summon a demon that would kill her.
Xander: And I could smack you so hard your eyeballs would switch sockets.

Andrew: We can be The Duo, you and me. You can even be the leader. I swear. I'll take orders. I like taking orders. Just tell me what to do.
Jonathan: You want an order? Grow up.

Andrew: Think your little witch buddy's gonna stop with us? You saw her! She's a truck-driving magic mamma and we've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds everybody into Jawa burgers, and not one of you bunch has the midichlorians to stop her.
Xander: You've never had any tiny bit of sex, have you?
Anya: The annoying virgin has a point.

Anya: She doesn't care if you live or die.
Xander: Guess you two finally have something in common.
Anya: I care if you live or die, Xander. I'm just not sure which one I want.

Anya: You know, none of this would be happening if it weren't for you.
Xander: You think I don't know that? You think I'm the hero of this piece? I saw the gun... before Warren raised it. I - I saw it, and I couldn't move. He shot two of my friends before I could even -- You want me to know how useless I am? That it's my fault? Thanks. I already got the memo.
Anya: I was talking about us.

Buffy: I don't want to hurt you.
(Willow punches Buffy, sending her crashing into a magazine rack)
Willow: Not a problem.
(Buffy gets up)
Buffy: I said I didn't want to.
(Buffy backhands Willow, crashing into a glass display case)
Buffy: Didn't say I wouldn't.

Willow: So, here we are.
Buffy: Are we really gonna do this?
Willow: Come on. This is a huge deal for me. Six years as a sideman, now I get to be the Slayer.
Buffy: A killer isn't a Slayer. Being a Slayer means something you can't conceive of.
Willow: Oh, Buffy. You really need to have every square inch of your ass kicked.
Buffy: Then show me what you got, and I'll show you what a Slayer really is.

Willow: Buffy, I gotta tell ya. I get it now. The Slayer thing really isn't about the violence. It's about the power.
(Willow shots down Buffy with a shot of magick)
Willow: And there's no one in the world who has the power to stop me now.
(Magic Box door is blasted down and Willow is thrown across the room)
Giles: I'd like to test that theory.

Cultural References
As Spike is about to begin the first test in the cave, he says to the 'walking action figure', "here we are, now entertain us." This is a reference to the Nirvana song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

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
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
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 MixerBuck Robinson
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorJoshua Charson
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
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 ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Jay Wejebe
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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