->'''Riley''': I've been up 48 hours straight tracking down something bad. Now it's come to Sunnydale.
->'''Buffy''': [[BadJobWorseUniform My hat has a cow]]...

Riley returns to enlist Buffy's aid in tracking down a demon black market dealer.

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Buffy gets pissed off when a vampire doesn't want to eat her.
* BattleCouple: Riley and [[GenderBlenderName Sam]]
* TheBusCameBack
* BlatantLies
-->'''Dawn:''' How's the soon-to-be newlyweds? Nervous?
-->'''Anya'''/'''Xander:''' '''NO!'''
-->''Dawn makes rapid exit...''
** And:
-->'''Riley''': National Forestry Service, we got a wild bear!
* [[BoyMeetsGirl Boy Loses Girl]]
* BrickJoke: Riley [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E11Gone loves Buffy's new haircut]]. Not so the burger smell.
-->'''Buffy:''' You smelled the smell?
* {{Bridezilla}}
-->'''Anya:''' "Planning this marriage is like staging the invasion of Normandy."
-->'''Xander:''' "Without the laughs. We should have eloped."
-->'''Anya:''' "No. I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it."
* BuffySpeak: Buffy's not exactly Gun Girl.
* CannotSpitItOut: Averted; Buffy finally admits out loud that she's sleeping with Spike, and that admission helps her to end their self-destructive relationship.
* ContinuityNod
-->'''Sam:''' You got a safe house?
-->'''Buffy:''' I have a house. I think it's safe. Sometimes you can't even leave.
** Spike makes a point of mentioning Riley being [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E14GoodbyeIowa kept on drugs by the military]] and [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E10IntoTheWoods using vampire prostitutes]] in Buffy's earshot.
* DidYouDie: Buffy and Riley promise to swap stories if they get a chance and see whose were more exiting/dangerous/crazy etc. She asks if he died, and when he says he didn't, she says, "I'm going to win."
* DoggedNiceGuy: Both Riley and Sam in their interactions with Buffy.
* DoubleEntendre: Spike suggests that as Buffy won't let him come inside her house it's time she came...outside. Cue Spuffy sex on the lawn.
** Dawn sees the grass stain on the back of Buffy's coat and asks if a vampire got rough with her. Buffy mutters, "He's not getting any gentler."
* {{The Easy Way or the Hard Way}}: Riley PerpSweating Spike. "We can do this the hard way, or the fatal way."
* ExplosiveBreeder: The Suvolte demon.
* FastRoping: A good opportunity for {{UST}}.
* GeographicFlexibility: Sunnydale now has a dam.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Spike''': I can't go inside, so ... maybe the time is right ... for you to come outside.
* GoldenMoment: Though everyone but Buffy hugs Riley.
-->'''Riley:''' You're up, you're down ... it doesn't change what you are. And you are a hell of a woman.
* HomoeroticSubtext / WhyDontYouMarryIt
-->'''Anya:''' You know, if you love Riley Finn so much, maybe you should just marry him.\\
'''Xander:''' He's taken. And that's not the point.
* HumiliationConga: Buffy's life is in a rut. Her old flame turns up and sees her wearing a silly hat. He turns out to be married. Then he catches her in bed with an evil bloodsucking fiend. Who turns out to be the black marketeer they're looking for.
* HypocriticalHumor: Willow says she'll be petty and nasty to Sam on Buffy's behalf. She eventually calls Sam a bitch -- after she's left.
* IdiotBall: Riley recruits Buffy to join him on a demon hunt, but forgets to tell her he needs it alive. But somehow we're still supposed to see this as Buffy's fault.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Buffy seems about to tell Riley that she tried to stop him leaving, but then changes it to say she just regrets things didn't work out between them.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Used as an excuse so Buffy can leave Sam to go and shag Spike.
* LoveMartyr: Buffy tells Spike she's just using him for her own selfish needs. Realising that Buffy is serious about breaking up, Spike hastens to say that he's really not complaining about that.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Buffy has sex with Spike on the lawn of her house while Dawn is waiting for her inside.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Spike lets lose his frustrations about Buffy.
-->'''Spike:''' Well, that's bloody funny coming from you! No more games? That's all you've ever done is play me. You keep playing with rules you make up as you like. [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys You know what I am. You've always known. You come to me all the same.]]
* MeaningfulEcho
** Spike will unconsciously repeat Riley's "You are a hell of a woman" in "Touched", and in [[DevotedToYou much the same context]].
** "Tell me that you love me." Warren demanded the same from a [[SexSlave brainwashed Katrina]] in "Dead Things".
* ModestyBedsheet: Justified for once -- Buffy is embarrassed when Riley bursts in on them, so she cowers behind the sheet while a smirking Spike doesn't hide his naked body.
* MomentKiller
-->'''Sam:''' Hey there. [[SuggestiveCollision What exactly are you doing with my husband?]]
* MundaneSolution: Buffy says the Suvolte demon is too fast to chase. DescriptionCut to them chasing after it in Riley's SUV.
* NeckSnap: Buffy killing the Suvolte demon.
* TheNicknamer: Xander refers to Sam/Riley as [[Film/TheThinMan Nick and Nora]] [[NickFury Fury]]. Sam calls her husband Captain Can-Do.
* NoMeansYes: Averted; Spike is initially amused by Buffy's break-up speech, knowing that she still desires him sexually. Buffy admits this, but sticks to her guns.
* ObligatoryJoke: On Riley's sweet ride.
-->'''Buffy:''' Nice wheels.
-->'''Riley:''' They came with the car.
* ObliviousMockery: Sam asks Buffy if she's seeing someone. Buffy waffles on that she doesn't need a guy at this time.
-->'''Sam:''' Yeah, better no guy than the wrong guy, that's for sure.
* [[PoorCommunicationKills Poor Communication Kills the Suvolte Demon]]: Riley fails to tell Buffy they need the demon alive. He also fails to mention he's married, but as Buffy (who on [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E10IntoTheWoods their last encounter]] had been furious with him) was acting like the flirty, quirky girl he'd fallen in love with, his reluctance to drop that particular bombshell was understandable if not excusable.
* {{Pun}}
-->'''Buffy''': "We need to stop this thing before Sunnydale turns into the Trouble Meat Palace. ... I wish I'd said something different."
* RuggedScar: Riley now has a standard Awesome [=McCool=] scar across his left eye.
* RuleOfSymbolism: At the end of the episode after dumping Spike, Buffy walks out of his crypt into the light.
* SpyCatsuit: Riley provides Buffy with her own kevlar 'ninja wear'.
* SuggestiveCollision: Happens twice to Buffy/Riley.
* CoolGuns/{{Shotguns}}: Riley wields a USAS-12 shotgun. Though in a FridgeLogic moment he [[DoesntLikeGuns hands it to Buffy]] at the one time a full-auto shotgun would have come in useful.
* ShutUpKiss: Buffy is upset that Riley has gotten married, so she [[DestructiveRomance flees back to Spike's arms]].
-->'''Buffy:''' Tell me you love me.
-->'''Spike:''' [[AllLoveIsUnrequited I love you. You know I do.]]
-->'''Buffy:''' Tell me you want me.
-->'''Spike:''' [[LustObject I always want you.]] ''(smiling)'' In point of fact--
-->'''Buffy:''' Shut up. ''(pulls him down onto the bed)''
* SkewedPriorities: "My hat has a cow." "You smelled the smell?"
* SmugSnake: Spike can't resist gloating to Riley over how he's boffing Buffy.
-->Well, looky here. I don't usually use the word delicious but I've gotta wager [[InterruptedIntimacy this little tableau]] must sting a bit, eh? Me and your former? Must kill. What can I say? [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Girl just needs a little monster in her man.]]
* StockPhrases: Riley says he's going to search Spike's crypt.
-->'''Spike:''' Over my dead body.
-->'''Riley:''' [[WalkingShirtlessScene I've seen enough of your dead body]] for one night, thanks.
* StuffBlowingUp: Buffy blows up Spike's crypt using Riley's grenade belt.
* {{Talk to the Fist}}: Buffy every time Spike pisses her off.
* TestosteronePoisoning
-->'''Riley:''' Glad to be back in Sunnydale. The locals all speak English, and I know who to [[PerpSweating beat for information]]. It's all brought me here.\\
'''Spike:''' Look, [[TheNicknamer Crew Cut]]. She's not your bint any more. And if I can speak frankly, she always had a little thing for me, even when she was shagging you.\\
'''Riley:''' Nice. That's very distracting. Now tell me, before I get unprofessional... (pointing his gun at Spike) ...where are the eggs, Spike?
* TookALevelInBadass: Sam -- from Peace Corp volunteer to ActionGirl.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: A vampire takes a raincheck on trying to eat the Slayer because she stinks of fried food. Next moment [[DoNotTauntCthulhu a stake is hurled into his heart]].
* VampiresAreSexGods: Five hours of sex? Really?
* VillainBall: Spike not keeping the Suvolte eggs frozen.
* WalkInChimeIn
-->'''Buffy:''' Oh, why can't I get this [[EarWorm stupid jingle out of my head?]]
-->'''Vampire:''' (leaping out in front of her) Least of your problems now, [[MuggingTheMonster little girl]].
* WeirdnessCensor: Rampaging demon = wild bear.
* WriterOnBoard: Guns = Never useful.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Buffy calls Spike 'William' when breaking up with him, ironically showing him more respect than when they were lovers.
* YouExclamation
-->'''Buffy:''' Doublemeat Palace, how can I help-- ''(realises the 'customer' is Riley)'' ...you!
* YouTalkTooMuch: Spike
-->'''Riley:''' Can't you make him shut up?
-->'''Buffy:''' Not so far.