1. Xander and Spike have this exchange: SPIKE Listen. I've figured it out. [..] Willow knew there was a chance she'd come back wrong. So wrong that you'd have to-- that she'd have to get rid of what came back. And she knew I wouldn't let her. [..] That's why she shut me out. XANDER What are you talking about? Willow wouldn't do that! -- What’s really going on here?
Spike is right. Xander is wrong.
Xander is right. Spike is wrong.
Spike is more right, but not entirely right.
They’re both completely wrong.
Wait, when Xander says “Willow wouldn’t do that!” which “that” does he mean?
2. Willow and Tara have this exchange: WILLOW If it did go right? Wouldn't she be ... happier? [..] TARA You thought she'd say thanks? Be more grateful? WILLOW Am I a terrible person if I say yes? -- Is Willow a terrible person?
Yes, but that's not the reason
Of course not. We can’t control our feelings -- she’s just being honest.
Not a terrible person. But she is being a terrible friend.
3. Creepiest manifestation of the Thaumogenesis creature?
Dead faces in photographs
4. Buffy’s “You gave me the world” speech thanking her friends for pulling her out of the imaginary hell dimension. How convincing is it?
Convincing -- ish, if you don’t have any reason not to believe it.
It mostly convinces the others because it’s what they expect to hear.
Not convincing at all. Her friends buying it is a clear sign that they’re not REALLY listening to her.
5. Buffy’s description of heaven -- would you want to go there for all eternity?
Well, sure, if the only alternative is a nightmarish hell dimension
Actually it sounds kind of boring/lonely
I don't think it was really heaven
6. This episode introduces the Season 6 pattern of Buffy pulling away from her friends and seeking comfort in Spike’s company. What is the biggest thing driving her behavior here?
It’s a little self-destructive. She feels “wrong” and is embracing the “wrongness” represented by Spike
It’s still mostly coincidental. “Why are you always around when I'm miserable?” “Because that's when you're alone, I reckon.”
It’s all about her resentment toward her friends for pulling her out of heaven. Spike wasn’t involved in the spell, so he’s safe. Plus, she knows he and her other friends don’t really get along.
It’s simple: Spike is acting like the better friend, and actually letting her tell him what she needs and trying to provide it.
Right now? It’s largely a reaction to that moment of sympathy when he recognized her clawing-out-of-the-coffin wounds
Duh. She returns his romantic affections, even if she doesn’t admit it to herself yet.
7. Favorite thematic/quotable line
Anya: Evil things have plans
Demon to Buffy: You're the one who's barely here.
Demon to Willow and Tara: What did you do? Do you know what you did? You're like children! Your hands smell of death!
Anya: I think we screwed it up. I think she's broken.
Xander: Look me in the eyes, and tell me when you saw Buffy alive, that wasn't the happiest moment of your entire existence
Xander: She can't fight this thing while it's all misty. So they make it more solid, and then Buffy can kick its newly corporeal ass.
Buffy: I think I was in heaven... And now I'm not. I was torn out of there. By my friends.
Buffy: This is hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that... knowing what I've lost.
8. Rate this episode
Mean: 8.05 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.32
Hey, campers! Time for another Buffy Season 6 poll!