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BARGAINING PART 2 (ep #6.02)

Written by: David Fury
Directed by: David Grossman
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield as Anya
Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn Summers
James Marsters as Spike
Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg
Guest Starring: Franc Ross as Razor
Amber Benson as Tara Maclay
Co-Starring: Geoff Meed as Mag
Mike Grief as Klyed
Richard Wharton as Homeowner

Plot Summary

The characters battled demon bikers without realizing that they succeeded in bring back Buffy.

Plot Details

Eventually, a couple of demon bikers managed to circle the Buffybot. The others fled. Xander decided that they should split up. Xander carried Willow one way while Tara and Anya fled another. The demon bikers paid no attention to them as they were treating the Buffybot like the bikers were the LAPD and the bot was Rodney King. Meanwhile, the human Buffy desperately tried to get out of her coffin.

Willow wanted to try the spell again until Xander told her that the Urn of Osiris broke. Willow realized that it was the last one and that its magic was destroyed along with the urn. Meanwhile, Tara and Anya overheard demons complain about having to hunt humans instead of wreaking the town. The demons decided to do the latter.

Buffy dug her way out of her grave. She was shocked to see the gravestone. She wandered through the destroyed and burning town and probably thought that she was (still?) in hell.

Anya and Tara made it to the Magic Box first. Anya was worried about Xander and her store. Tara calmed her down a bit by saying that she would know if something happened to Willow and Xander. Tara thought that they might have gotten lost, so she cast a spell.

Xander and Willow were lost because he mistook a blimp for the North Star. He was quite worried that Willow went into darker territory than she should, but she did not want to talk about that. Fortunately, a small light effect floated toward them. Xander was ready to fight it, but Willow realized that Tara sent it to guide them out of the woods.

Spike envied the demons wreaking stuff, but he realized that he needed to get Dawn out of town. He stood in the street as a demon charged him on a motorcycle. Spike clotheslined him and took the motorcycle.

Xander and Willow arrived at the Magic Box, where Anya and Tara were glad to see them. Willow wanted to go out looking for Dawn and Spike, but Anya was worried that they lacked the strength. Willow decided that they were the only ones who could do anything, so they needed to go and go now.

Razor decided that he wanted to stay in Sunnydale permanently. Buffy approached the group and watched the "christening." This involved four motorcyclists dismembering the Buffybot. Buffy foolishly called out "no!" as this occurred, which only drew attention to herself, even if the demon bikers thought that she was another robot.

As Willow, Tara, Xander, and Anya patrolled, Tara theorized that the demon bikers were a sign that they were messing with forces that they should not mess with. Anya thought that this might be a good time to announce her engagement, but Xander did not think so.

Buffy jumped in front of them. At first, Xander thought that she was the Buffybot, but Willow recognized her as Buffy. Xander realized that Buffy was resurrected in her coffin. Anya tried to tell Buffy about her engagement, but Xander still thought that it was not a good time.

Several demons interrupted the reunion. Xander tried some bluster, but they were not intimidated. Instead of killing them, Razor suggested that the demons might do things that, due to anatomical incompatibilities, might tear them up.

Buffy stepped up and knocked Razor unconscious. The other demons attacked. Buffy beat up on most of them and stabbed one with his own knife. Meanwhile, Willow shot another demon with a crossbow.

Spike and Dawn came across the scene where the Buffybot was dismembered. Spike tried to tell Dawn that it was just a machine, but Dawn still felt sad. The head was barely functional and mentioned that there was another Buffy around. Dawn ran off.

Xander killed one of the demons and Buffy killed two more. Xander congratulated her, but she fled. They neglected to notice that Razor regained consciousness. He went after Xander. Willow, Tara, and Anya started to beat on Razor, but he threw them off. Willow used magic to toss some sort of fast drying plastic goo on Razor's face. Razor broke free and started to attack again. He was about to slash Tara, but Willow cast a spell to make his razor claws shatter.

Razor turned his attentions to Willow. He was trying to throttle her to death when an ax slammed into his back. There was no way that Tara was going to let him hurt Willow. They decided to go looking for Buffy.

Meanwhile, Dawn had been following the trail of demon corpses to the tower where Buffy jumped at the end of "The Gift." Dawn climbed up and found her sister there. Unfortunately, Glory's crazies were not particularly good engineers, and the tower was unstable. Dawn talked Buffy out of jumping off again and to go down the slow route instead. She eventually got through as the tower started to collapse. Buffy woke out of her funk and grabbed Dawn. They rode a pulley down and scrambled away before the wreckage fell on top of them.

The Good

This was a very good action episode.

I do like Buffy, but it is nice to see the other characters step up and do some good.

The Bad

Although done well in this episode, marauding bikers are a bit of a cliché

Overall Rank: 25

Action: 8

The demon bikers beat up on the Buffybot.

Spike clotheslined a demon biker and stole his motorcycle.

Buffy, with some assistance, fought off several demons in an alley.

Later, Xander, Willow, Anya, and Tara fought Razor until Tara axed him.

The tower from "The Gift" collapsed.

Comedy: 1

Anya tried to convince demons to loot an appliance store instead of the Magic Box and tried to convince Willow not to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

Drama: 7

Willow was very upset when she thought that her resurrection spell failed.

Anya was worried for Xander's safety.

Dawn talked Buffy out of jumping off the tower again.

Romance: 0

Character Development: 2

Willow believed that Buffy was counting on her.

Buffy is alive, but she does not seem to have her full mental faculties yet.

Anya is desperate to announce her engagement.

Importance: 6

The Buffybot is beyond repair, or is it? It is.

Tara has killed Razor, the demon biker leader.

Xander, Willow, Anya, Tara, and Dawn now know that Buffy is alive.

Most Valuable Player: Tara

Tara and Dawn both fought hard for the award. Tara, by killing Razor, directly saved Willow and indirectly saved all of Sunnydale from the demon bikers. She was also able to lead Anya out of the woods and guided a lost Xander and Willow out as well. Dawn, meanwhile, managed to talk Buffy out of jumping off the tower again. Tara gets the MVP, but Dawn would have been a worthy winner. Spike gets credit for protecting Dawn, Buffy gets credit for supplying a bit of muscle when needed, and Willow gets credit for saving Tara twice.

Sherlock Holmes Award: Willow

Again, there was not much figuring out in this episode. Willow was the first to figure out that Buffy was Buffy and not the Buffybot. Xander figured out that Buffy was resurrected in her coffin and had to claw her way out. Willow gets the award even though it did not take much of a genius to see that Buffy was wearing the clothes she was buried in rather than what the Buffybot was wearing.

Goat of the Week: Razor

Razor gets the Goat for overestimating his ability to take over even a slayer-free Sunnydale. Despite Buffy's absence, there are still a few experienced demon killers around who could cause trouble.

Random Commentary

This episode was filmed before September 11, 2001, so it was just a coincidence that it included a tower collapsing. Still, it was unfortunate that it aired only a month after the World Trade Center collapsed.

Episodes like this are the reason why I believe that it does not make sense for Sunnydale to be in a world in which police and guns exist. Even a small police force with normal police sidearms and shotguns should be able to handle 15 or so demon bikers who have one unloaded revolver among them.


To answer Xander's questions, fireflies neither bite nor burn. Instead, they carry eclectic groups of travelers from planet to planet until the evil network cancels them.

DVD Extras

Commentary by Writers Marti Noxon and David Fury continues the commentary from the first part. Again, there were spoilers throughout the sixth season. Insights include:

Memorable Dialogue

"And how long have you known that your girlfriend's Tinker Bell?" Xander

"Already been looted, sorry. Try the appliance store down the block. They've got great toasters." Anya

"This place is NORAD when we're at DEFCON 1. [Tara, Willow, and Anya stare blankly] OK, I so need male friends." Xander

"Our resurrection spell worked like a magic charm. We brought you back to life, Buffy, right where we left her." Xander

"I better back off or you might, what, pull a rabbit out of a hat?" Razor
"Don't do that! Why would she do that?" Anya

"Nobody messes with my girl." Tara

"Buffy, please, listen to me. You told me I have to be strong, and I've tried, but it's been so hard without you. I'm sorry. I promise I'll do better. I will if you're with me. Stay with me, please. I need you to live." Dawn

Characters in Peril


Evil Escaped

Police and Guns

Unusual Pairings

Spoiler Questions

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