->'''Xander:''' This is deep stuff, Willow. We're talking about raising the dead.
->'''Willow:''' It's time we stop talking. Tomorrow night, we're bringing Buffy back.

The Scoobies have been holding the fort with the help of the Buffy-bot but decide they need the real Buffy. Demon bikers crash into town. This was the first episode on the [[ChannelHop new network of the series]], ''{{UPN}}''.

* AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: Demons interrupt the spell, and the one-of-a-kind urn gets dropped and broken, but it turns out the resurrection was completed moments before that.
* ActuallyADoombot
* AndStarring: For most of ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'''s run, Anthony Stewart Head was last in the titles, with an "and...as Giles", because he was by far the most accomplished and famous actor in the series at that point. When he dropped from regular cast member to recurring guest star, the "and" went to AlysonHannigan, whose career had recently taken off thanks to the ''AmericanPie'' movies.
* [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels All Bikers Are Hellsmouth Demons]]: The Hellions.
* AttackHello / BetweenMyLegs: Our introduction to the Buffybot.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Buffybot to Giles. "Then why are you still here?"
* BaitAndSwitch: The Buffybot is introduced in the middle of the teaser fight, as if the real Buffy is somehow alive.
* {{Bambification}}: Averted when Willow kills a fawn [[BloodMagic for its blood]].
* BlackMagic
* BondOneLiner: The Buffybot never quite gets it right.
-->'''Buffybot:''' That'll put marzipan on your pie plate, bingo!
-->'''Willow:''' I was trying to program in some new puns and I kind of ended up with WordSalad.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Dawn is no longer the Key, so she only has to worry about being eaten by some random MonsterOfTheWeek.
* BuriedAlive: JossWhedon has Creator/SarahMichelleGellar go through her greatest fear. [[{{Jerkass}} Again.]]
* CallBack
** When persuading the Scoobies, Willow assures them that it's not like Dawn trying to raise Joyce from the dead in "Forever", and plays on their fear that Buffy might be trapped in a hell dimension like Angel was at the beginning of Season 3.
** Also evokes Buffy being buried alive in "Nightmares".
** The BetweenMyLegs BaitAndSwitch was used previously in "Anne", Season 3's opening episode.
* CameBackWrong: Averted when, among other things, Buffy's dessicated corpse is revived with no visible difference. Her mind/spirit, not so much.
* CerebusSyndrome
-->'''Xander''': We better get home. It's gonna get dark soon.
* ChannelHop: First episode of the UPN era.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Anya does lots in this episode.
-->"I tried being patient but it took too long."
* TheConfidant: Giles ends up discussing his feelings of guilt with the Buffybot.
-->'''Giles:''' I just can't help but wonder if ... she would have been better off without me. Buffy.\\
'''Buffybot:''' I don't think that's true. You were very helpful to her.\\
'''Giles:''' Right. Yes, I was a perfect Watcher. I did what any good Watcher would do. Got my Slayer killed in the line of duty.
* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: The Scoobies have to buy Giles' goodbye gifts at a gas station while they're racing to intercept him at the airport.
* CreditsGag: Homaged with Tara's finger monster. Grrr. Arrgh.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Sets the template for the whole season.
* DeathIsCheap: Willow can resurrect Buffy after she's been dead for months because she died a supernatural death.
** {{Downplayed|Trope}} and/or {{Justified|Trope}} due to the resurrection being significantly [[BuffySpeak un-cheap]]
* DefconFive: Averted.
-->'''(Taking refuge at The Magic Box)'''
-->'''Xander:''' This place is NORAD when we're at Def Con 1.
-->'''(Tara, Willow and Anya stare back at him blankly)'''
-->'''Xander:''' Okay, I so need some male friends.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Spike is living up to his promise to Buffy to protect her little sister.
* DescriptionCut / TemptingFate
** "Nothing can go wrong tonight." Cut to the Hellions roaring past a Welcome to Sunnydale sign.
** "You don't think they'll cause a lot of damage, do you?" Cut to the Hellions chucking {{Molotov cocktail}}s about with abandon.
* DissonantSerenity / ManOnFire: Spike appears to be unconcerned that Giles is being choked by a huge vampire.
-->'''Willow:''' What are you doing? Help him!
-->'''Spike:''' (calmly lighting a cigarette) I just did.
-->''(The back of the vamp's shirt goes up in flame, followed by the rest of him)''
* DontSplitUsUp: The Buffybot charade is being kept up not only to fool demons, but also so Dawn won't be taken away from [[HasTwoMommies her two mommies]].
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: The reaction of the Scoobies when the Buffybot hugs her "sister".
* EverythingIsOnline: Including the Urn of Osiris -- Anya bought it on Website/EBay.
* FantasticRacism: The leader of the Hellions kills a vampire who asks to ride with them by [[OffWithHisHead cutting off his head]].
-->'''Razor:''' [[BondOneLiner I'll think it over.]]
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Bargaining is the third stage of grief.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** Xander has been putting off announcing his engagement to Anya all summer, implying that he has second thoughts.
** The distortions moving over Willow's body when she's being 'tested' are the same as the malevolent spirit in "After Life".
** Willow killing a fawn shows this season is going to be DarkerAndEdgier, not to mention foreshadowing for Dark!Willow.
* GeographicFlexibility: Sunnydale has a regional airport with flights to Los Angeles. And apparently big enough to have airplanes large enough to fly to England, after refueling in L.A. (Giles' flight has continuing service to Heathrow.)
* GrievousBottleyHarm: A vampire damages the Buffybot when he hits it in the head with a bottle.
* HalfTruth: "Wine of the mother" (the fawn's blood)
* HeroicBSOD: Anya goes into a minor one when she realizes, just after getting the Magic Shop, the Hellions are damaging stores in Sunnydale.
* HideYourGays: Averted -- JossWhedon celebrates the new freedom of UPN by having Willow and Tara kiss [[SweepsWeekLesbianKiss casually]] and [[AnywhereButTheirLips on the lips]].
* IronicHell
-->'''Anya:''' "You know, I used to punish people like this when I was a demon. I made them double-check spreadsheets for all eternity."
* KnockKnockJoke
-->'''Willow:''' I got her head back on, didn't I? And I got her off those knock-knock jokes.
-->'''Buffybot:''' Ooh, who's there?
-->'''Xander:''' You know, if we want her to be exactly--
-->'''Spike:''' She'll never be exactly.
-->'''Xander:''' I know.
-->'''Tara:''' The only really real Buffy is really Buffy.
-->'''Giles:''' And she's gone.
-->'''Buffybot:''' "If we want her to be exactly she'll never be exactly I know the only really real Buffy is really Buffy and she's gone" who?
* LiteralMinded: The Buffybot making mega-sandwiches.
-->'''Tara:''' Oops, um ... she wanted to help, and I got her started, but then I forgot to un-start.
* {{Malaproper}}: The Urn of Cirrhosis...Osiris.
* ManHug: Between Xander and Giles.
* MoodWhiplash: Dawn is trying to talk Spike out of babysitting her when he suddenly slams a pack of cards down on the table.
-->'''Spike:''' No. I'm not leaving you ... to get hurt. (softly) [[TheAtoner Not again.]]
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: Spike after Giles nearly gets throttled by a vampire.
-->Oh, poor Watcher, did your life flash before your eyes? [[SpotOfTea Cuppa tea, cuppa tea,]] [[BritishStuffiness almost got shagged]], [[RuleOfThree cuppa tea?]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Hellions knock the Buffybot to the ground and proceed to kick and stomp the shit out of it.
* NotSoDire: "Buffybot is about to face her most dangerous challenge ever." Cut to a banner proclaiming "Welcome to Parent Teacher Day."
* OnlyAModel: Buffybot admires a model "City of the Future" at a science fair, but notes that she's never seen people that small.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: When Xander worries that they might be raising a brain-eating Buffy, Anya reassures him that it's a myth -- zombies only [[BrainFood eat brains]] if they're instructed to by the person who raised them.
* OutOfCharacter: Willow has to collect the last item, blood from an innocent deer. Pretty dark stuff for her, until later.
* PreviouslyOn: An extended version summarizing all previous seasons for the benefit of UPN viewers who had never seen the show before.
* PromotedToParent / HasTwoMommies: Willow and Tara now sleep in Joyce's room and act as Dawn's parents.
* {{Pun}}: A sticker in the Magic Shop says "Life's a witch and then you fly." After the Buffybot malfunctions and keeps running into the furniture, Spike decides not to let it out as there's already enough ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Dawn [[CradleOfLoneliness curls up in bed next to the recharging Buffybot]]. Giles finds himself teaching the bot Eastern martial arts philosophy until Anya calls him on it. Averted with Spike who refuses even to look at it.
* RiseFromYourGrave
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Willow vomits up a live snake during the ceremony, shocking the Scoobies who are unaware just [[BlackMagic how dark the magic]] she's using is.
* RoboticReveal:
-->'''Vampire:''' "You're... you're a machine!"
** Inverted when Buffy shows up just when The Hellions tear the Buffybot apart.
-->'''Razor:''' Another one!
* SeeminglyProfoundFool
-->'''Buffybot:''' "School is where you learn." Preach it, sister.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Buffybot is programmed to return to Willow if damaged. As a result it leads the Hellions directly to the Scoobies in the midst of their raising ceremony.
* {{Stiff Upper Lip}}py: The Scoobies try to avoid tears while saying farewell to Giles.
-->'''Xander:''' My face was getting sore from all that faux smiling.
* TalkAboutThatThing: The Scoobies discussing their plan around Giles, Spike or Dawn.
-->'''Willow:''' Oh. I, uh, had to get that thing.
-->'''Xander:''' Giles isn't around, you can dump the cryptic.
* {{Telepathy}}: [[TheLeader Willow uses this to direct the Scoobies]] in the teaser where they run down a vampire.
* ThatCameOutWrong
-->'''Xander:''' House o' chicks, relax. I'm a man and I have a tool! (sees Dawn) Tools. Lots of plural tools. In my toolbox.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The Scoobies are trying to keep the underworld from knowing that Buffy is dead because, since Faith is around, another Slayer ''won't'' be called until Faith dies.
* TragicBromance: Willow has always been eager to test her abilities earlier than Giles or Tara would like, but with Buffy's death all bets are off. Her "success" will further convince her that magic really can solve all her problems, until she learns otherwise the hard way.
* TwoPartEpisode
* WeirdnessCensor: The Buffybot is regarded as an example for all parents.
-->'''Tara:''' She did great; she impressed all the teachers.
-->'''Xander:''' And [[BookDumb they still thought it was Buffy]]?
* WimpFight: Giles and Anya get into a slapfight.
-->'''Xander:''' Okay -- when ''I'm'' marveling at the immaturity...be scared.
* YouAreInCommandNow / RhetoricalQuestionBlunder
-->'''Xander''': Who made ''you'' boss the boss of us?
-->'''Willow''': You did. You said I could be boss.
-->'''Anya''': You said to take a vote and it was unanimous.
-->'''Tara''': You made a plaque that said "You're the boss of us!" with little sparkles on it.

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