History Recap / BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain

9th Jan '16 3:34:37 PM tropermorgan1234
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->''You think this isn't real just because of all the vampires and demons and ex-vengeance demons and the sister that used to be a big ball of universe-destroying energy?''

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->''You think this isn't real just because of ->''"I know you're afraid. I know the world feels like a hard place, sometimes. But you've got people who love you. Your dad and I, we have all the vampires and demons and ex-vengeance demons and faith in the sister that used world in you. We'll always be with you. You have got a world of strength in your heart. I know you do. You just have to be a big ball find it again. Believe in yourself."''
-->--'''Joyce Summers'''

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[[caption-width-right:284:"For the last six years, she's been in an undifferentiated type
of universe-destroying energy?''
schizophrenia."]]
3rd Jan '16 12:14:07 PM tropermorgan1234
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A demon summoned by The Trio poisons Buffy, making her think her adventures had been all a delusion and she's really stuck in a mental hospital.

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A Buffy searches newly rented house for the Trio's hideout. The three discover her on surveillance equipment but she gets too close. While they hide in the basement, Andrew calls on a demon summoned by which attacks Buffy and starts a fight. The Trio poisons Buffy, making demon grabs Buffy and stabs her think her adventures had been all with a delusion and needle-like part of its body.
In a mental hospital, Buffy cries out as
she's really stuck held by two orderlies and stabbed with a needle.
Outside the Trio's house, Buffy wakes up confused and alone and walks home.

Willow prepares to talk to Tara but sees her give her female friend a quick kiss; Willow leaves, wouned. Tara notices her leave but it's too late to catch her.
At the Doublemeat Palace, Buffy works like a zombie whilst having brief flashes to the hospital where the doctor tells her it's time for the drugs.
Willow and Buffy talk about Xander's disappearing act and Willow's attempt to talk to Tara. Xander surprises the girls by showing up at the house. He wonders about Anya and how to rebuild his relationship with her. The girls tell him that Anya left town a few days ago and that everything will be fine
in time.

Buffy runs into Spike at the cemetery and they talk about the events at the wedding that didn't happen. A confrontation begins between Spike and Xander and as Willow tries to break it up, Buffy becomes weak and collapses. Xander manages
a one punch to Spike who focuses on Buffy.
At the
mental hospital.
hospital, a doctor tells Buffy that she's been hallucincating for the past six years and everything she knows about Sunnydale is fake. She's shaken and confused, especially when both of her parents walk in before Buffy falls back into Sunnydale world.

Willow and Xander get Buffy home and she tells them about the mental hospital and what the doctor said. While Willow organises a plan to research, Buffy returns to the hospital where the doctor explains to her parents that she's been catatonic from schizophernia for the past six years and her life as a Slayer has been elaborately created.








6th Oct '15 10:10:41 AM Angelus25
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* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the first couple of seasons [[FridgeLogic rather implausible]]. The common explanation is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after this episode and Dawn never confirmed the story.

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* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the first couple of seasons [[FridgeLogic rather implausible]]. The common explanation is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after this episode and Dawn never confirmed the story. The non-canon (but canonically plausible) comic interquels that cover the time between The Movie and Season 1 show she actually was institutionalized.
6th Oct '15 10:04:48 AM Angelus25
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Added DiffLines:

** It could all be HandWaved with Schizo!Buffy being a parallel reality.
6th Oct '15 10:03:38 AM Angelus25
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* AllJustADream: OrWasItADream. WordOfGod has it tat you could make your own interpretation.

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* AllJustADream: OrWasItADream. WordOfGod has it tat that you could make your own interpretation.
2nd Aug '15 9:14:06 PM Angeldeb82
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----



* AmbiguousSituation: Buffy is injected with a poison that make her hallucinate... Or is it the other way around? According to a psychiatrist, who may or may not be a real person, she is in fact getting better -- She has been sick all along, and now she's finally waking up from years of catatonic schizophrenia. So, the whole series is either ThisIsReality or a mad AllJustADream with a dash of TheSchizophreniaConspiracy. In the end, Buffy choses her life in Sunnydale over her life in the mental institution, but the ending leaves it ambiguous whether or not the world she settled for is the real one. The fact that Creator/JossWhedon himself has said that either interpretation is just as legitimate as the other doesn't help things at all.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Buffy is injected with a poison that make her hallucinate... Or is it the other way around? According to a psychiatrist, who may or may not be a real person, she is in fact getting better -- She has been sick all along, and now she's finally waking up from years of catatonic schizophrenia. So, the whole series is either ThisIsReality or a mad AllJustADream with a dash of TheSchizophreniaConspiracy. In the end, Buffy choses chooses her life in Sunnydale over her life in the mental institution, but the ending leaves it ambiguous whether or not the world she settled for is the real one. The fact that Creator/JossWhedon himself has said that either interpretation is just as legitimate as the other doesn't help things at all.



* BreakingSpeech: Spike gives one to Buffy. Becomes a "[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Anti-Hero]]" moment when it causes Buffy to pour away her antidote.

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* BreakingSpeech: BreakThemByTalking: Spike gives one delivers this lecture to Buffy. Becomes a "[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Anti-Hero]]" moment when it causes Buffy to pour away her antidote.



* HomoeroticSubtext / LesYay: Buffy is once again fed up with work.

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* HomoeroticSubtext / LesYay: [[HoYay Les Yay]]: Buffy is once again fed up with work.



* ShoutOut: When the Trio are planning a heist Andrew says, "I still think we need eight more guys" and Warren replies, "I should never have let you see [[OceansEleven that movie]]."
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out To Shakespeare]]: Xander quotes Mark Antony's eulogy in Theatre/JuliusCaesar.

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* ShoutOut: When the Trio are planning a heist Andrew says, "I still think we need eight more guys" and Warren replies, "I should never have let you see [[OceansEleven [[Film/OceansEleven that movie]]."
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Xander quotes Mark Antony's eulogy in Theatre/JuliusCaesar.
14th Jun '15 9:22:02 PM nombretomado
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* AmbiguousSituation: Buffy is injected with a poison that make her hallucinate... Or is it the other way around? According to a psychiatrist, who may or may not be a real person, she is in fact getting better -- She has been sick all along, and now she's finally waking up from years of catatonic schizophrenia. So, the whole series is either ThisIsReality or a mad AllJustADream with a dash of TheSchizophreniaConspiracy. In the end, Buffy choses her life in Sunnydale over her life in the mental institution, but the ending leaves it ambiguous whether or not the world she settled for is the real one. The fact that JossWhedon himself has said that either interpretation is just as legitimate as the other doesn't help things at all.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Buffy is injected with a poison that make her hallucinate... Or is it the other way around? According to a psychiatrist, who may or may not be a real person, she is in fact getting better -- She has been sick all along, and now she's finally waking up from years of catatonic schizophrenia. So, the whole series is either ThisIsReality or a mad AllJustADream with a dash of TheSchizophreniaConspiracy. In the end, Buffy choses her life in Sunnydale over her life in the mental institution, but the ending leaves it ambiguous whether or not the world she settled for is the real one. The fact that JossWhedon Creator/JossWhedon himself has said that either interpretation is just as legitimate as the other doesn't help things at all.
2nd May '15 9:09:57 AM majohe
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:OrWasItADream]]

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:OrWasItADream]]OrWasItADream. WordOfGod has it tat you could make your own interpretation.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The Buffy in the asylum goes into permanent catatonia]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The The Buffy in the asylum goes into permanent catatonia]].catatonia.



* IdiotBall: Even if her life did seem more unrealistic in comparison to the Asylum-containing version, Buffy still decided to start [[spoiler:killing her friends]] without running any Litmus Paper tests on both “realities”. If she’d have researched her condition she would’ve discovered some neet mind tools like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat Brain in a vat]] thought experiment and would’ve found some rationally stable strategies for dealing with such conditions (checking information inflow level, for example, in regards to which the Slayer-reality was winning over the Asylum-one so far).
** Which she might have done...if the poison wasn't making her completely delusional.

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* IdiotBall: Even if her life did seem more unrealistic in comparison to the Asylum-containing version, Buffy still decided to start [[spoiler:killing killing her friends]] friends without running any Litmus Paper tests on both “realities”. If she’d have researched her condition she would’ve discovered some neet mind tools like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat Brain in a vat]] thought experiment and would’ve found some rationally stable strategies for dealing with such conditions (checking information inflow level, for example, in regards to which the Slayer-reality was winning over the Asylum-one so far).
**
far). Which she might have done...if the poison wasn't making her completely delusional.
1st Apr '15 2:57:09 PM StarManta2
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* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the first couple of seasons [[FridgeLogic rather implausible]]. The common fanwank is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after this episode and Dawn never confirmed the story.

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* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the first couple of seasons [[FridgeLogic rather implausible]]. The common fanwank explanation is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after this episode and Dawn never confirmed the story.
20th Jan '15 7:54:42 AM Odon
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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Buffy tells Spike, "You're not part of my world" because vampires aren't real. Assuming she's referring to him no longer being her boyfriend, Spike goes off on a rant instead of ensuring Buffy takes her medicine.



* FridgeLogic: The revelation that Buffy's parents had her put in psychiatric care for seeing vampires makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the first couple of seasons a bit less plausible. Given that Dawn never confirms this story, a fan HandWave is that it's also a fake memory caused by the poison.



* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which you'd think would have come up a few times before, like when Joyce finds out she's the Slayer. The common fanwank is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after the episode and Dawn never confirmed the story.

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* {{Retcon}}: Buffy is revealed to have been briefly institutionalized when she first learned about vampires, which you'd think would have come up a few times before, like when Joyce finds out she's makes Joyce's WeirdnessCensor in the Slayer.first couple of seasons [[FridgeLogic rather implausible]]. The common fanwank is that this is part of the timeline that was altered by Dawn's creation. Another possibility is that it's merely a side effect of the demon's venom, since it's never referenced again after the this episode and Dawn never confirmed the story.
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