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.
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.