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As this thrilling story comes to a close, Willow having tried to destroy Buffy and all her friends, is too powerful for any of them to stop. Lucky for them, Giles returns with borrowed power to try and stop the all-powerful wicca from destroying the world.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x21
Production Number: 6ABB22
Airdate: Tuesday May 21st, 2002

Director: James A. Contner
Writer: David Fury

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (7 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew

Co-Guest Stars
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Cave Demon
Brett WagnerBrett Wagner
As Trucker
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 4.3/6 in the ratings.

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

UPN aired this episode and "Two to Go" as a 2 Hour Buffy Season Finale event.

This is the final episode to feature the interior of the MagicBox which evil-Willow destroyed in this episode.

As the sixth season ends, it is the only season where David Boreanaz didn't even appear in one episode as Angel.

This is the only season finale out of all 7 to not be written and directed by Joss Whedon.

This episode didn't have any opening credits for its original UPN airing, since it was immediately following the episode "Two to Go".

A Sarah McLachlan song played at the end of this episode. One of her songs also played at the end of the Season 2 finale, "Becoming", Part 2.

This episode received a 3.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 75 out of 119 prime time shows.

As Willow is left trapped by Giles' spell, Buffy and Giles catch up on what he has missed since his departure in "Tabula Rasa". Buffy reveals after Dawn's kleptomania, her job at the DoubleMeat Palace, Xander and Anya's break-up, her secret relationship with Spike and other aspects of this year that Giles missed.

Episode Quotes
Buffy: Willow. Listen to him. I don't want to fight you anymore.
Willow: I don't want to fight you, either. (looking to Giles) I wanna fight him.

Willow: Remember that little spat we had before you left? When you were under the delusion that you were still relevant here? You called me a rank, arrogant amateur. Well, buckle up, Rupert, 'cause I've turned pro.

Dawn: You know, if Spike were here, he'd go back and fight.
Xander: Sure, if he wasn't too busy trying to rape your sister.
Dawn: What?
Xander: Forget it.
Dawn: I don't believe you.
Xander: Fine.
Dawn: He wouldn't do that.
Xander: Is this blind spot like a genetic trait with the Summers women? The only useful thing Spike ever did was finally leave town.

Willow: You're such a hypocrite. Waltzing in here with your borrowed magicks so you can tell me what? "Magick's bad. Behave. Be a good girl." Well, uh, I don't think you're in any position to be telling me what to do. Do you? I used to think you had all the answers. That I had so much to learn from you.
Giles: Willow --
Willow: You were jealous. Still are. Just couldn't bear that I was the one with power. That's why you ran away.

Cave Demon: You have endured the required trials.
Spike: Bloody right I have. So you give me what I want. Make me what I was, so Buffy can get what she deserves.
Cave Demon: Very well. We will return... your soul.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
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