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Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 2 E 22 Becoming Part 2
Buffy arrives too late to save Kendra from Drusilla's surprise attack, and ends up being arrested for Kendra's murder. Escaping from the police, she goes to the hospital to find that Willow is in a coma, and Giles has been abducted. Now a wanted fugitive, Buffy is almost caught by the police, but is saved by an unexpected ally: Spike. He tells Buffy that he does not want the world to end either (it is far too fun a place) and that he wants to take Dru and leave town, so they declare an uneasy truce.Buffy decides to convene a meeting with Spike inside her home, but is intercepted in the driveway by her mother. The three are attacked by a vampire sent by Angelus, and Joyce watches in shock as Buffy dusts him. Whoops. Buffy tries to explain her role as the Slayer to her mother, who is resistant to accepting the truth. Following a heated argument, Joyce tells Buffy that if she walks out of the house, she won't be welcome back. Buffy goes.Spike returns to the mansion, concealing that he has healed from his injuries enough to walk. To keep Angelus from killing Giles, Spike suggests that Drusilla use hypnosis on him. She appears to Giles as Jenny Calender, and he tells her that Angelus is the key. He must use his own blood, not someone else's, to awaken Acathla. In her hospital bed, Willow (despite protest from Xander), decides to try the Restoration Spell again.Buffy heads to the mansion to confront Angelus, who is surprised to find himself getting attacked on both sides by Spike and the Slayer. After rendering Drusilla unconscious, Spike flees town. Buffy overpowers Angelus in a duel, but not before he has already removed the sword from Acathla. Just as Buffy is about to deliver the killing blow, Willow completes the spell and Angel's soul is restored. Buffy realizes that Angel is back and embraces him. However, by then Acathla is awake and creating an expanding vortex. Buffy kisses Angel, professes her love for him and then drives her sword through him, sending him to Hell and sealing the portal.Joyce finds a note on Buffy's bed, and clothes have been strewn everywhere and her closed emptied. The Scoobies gather in front of the school, speculating on Buffy's whereabouts. Unbeknownst to them, Buffy boards a bus to leave Sunnydale.
Adventure Duo: Despite being enemies up till now Spike and Buffy instinctively work as a team in combat, with Spike punching a vampire who suddenly leaps out at them, then tossing him to Buffy to be staked. Then he backs her up in lying to Joyce.
Armor-Piercing Question: When Buffy asks if Whistler is just there to keep the balance between good and evil he pauses for a moment before stammering, "Good guess."
Barehanded Blade Block: Angelus, noticing Spike's departure, proceeds to toy with his prey. "Now that's everything, huh? No weapons. No friends. No hope." Buffy closes her eyes in anticipation of death. "Take that away, and what's left?" He draws the sword back and thrusts it straight at her face; Buffy grabs the blade between both palms, and replies, "Me." She shoves the sword away, causing the hilt to hit Angelus square in the face. DONK.
Blatant Lies: Willow wants to try re-cursing Angelus again. She instructs Xander to tell Buffy her plans, hoping she can stall until the curse is complete. Upon rendezvousing with Buffy outside the mansion, Xander suddenly remembers, "Willow! Uh, she told me to tell you —" (rethinks it): "Kick his ass."
Book Ends: Like Darla did in Part I, Buffy tells Angel to close his eyes before she kills him.
Bridal Carry: Spike witnesses Angelus knocking away Buffy's sword, prompting him to resignedly gather up Drusilla, shrug, and head on his way. (Big help there, Blondie.)
Another theory is that Spike breaks her neck. As long as he doesn't decapitate her, she'll eventually recover. (A choke hold obviously won't work on a vampire because they don't need to breathe.)
She was put in a Mata Leon (or rear naked choke) a move used in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial-arts. A person is knocked unconscious by this move because of the restriction of blood flow to the brain; loss of air has nothing to do with it.
Comically Missing the Point: Spike says he'll help kill Angelus in exchange for getting to flee town with Dru. Buffy says Drusilla doesn't get to live because she killed Kendra, to which Spike exclaims, "Dru bagged a Slayer?" Elated, he turns to Joyce. "She didn't tell me! Hey, good for her!" Glare from Buffy. "..Though not from your perspective, I suppose."
Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Xander pushes aside a curtain leading to Angelus' torture room and finds a bruised Giles tied to his chair. Giles woozily lifts his head slowly as Xander busies himself with the ropes. Giles protests that Xander isn't real.
Giles: It's a trick. They get inside my head, make me see things I want.
Xander: Then why would they make you see me?
Giles: [considers] You're right. Let's go.
Continuity Nod: Back at the Summers home, there's an awkward silence between Joyce and Spike. Joyce recognizes him from somewhere and asks if they've met. Spike candidly answers that says she hit him on the head with an axe once, followed by "Get the hell away from my daughter." Both are very happy when Buffy shows up, which spares them further small talk.
Convenient Coma: Getting conked by a falling bookcase as put Willow into a coma. Xander explains that she has head trauma and could wake up at any time, but it's touch-and-go.
Couch Gag: The "Grr Arg" at the end of the credits was altered for this episode. Instead of the trademark grunt the monster says "Oooh, I need a hug".
Cryptic Conversation: Lampshaded by Buffy, who guesses that Whistler doesn't have anything useful to impart. He tacitly says with Great Significance that the quicker she ends Angel, the "easier" it will be.
Deadly Lunge: Spike unleashes a half season's worth of pent-up rage on Angelus' skull, horrifying Drusilla. While he's so preoccupied, Dru rushes at Spike with a girlish whimper and tackles him to the ground.
Defiant to the End: Torture chamber at the mansion. Giles is barely concious, still bound to his chair, as Angelus circles him like a buzzard. He tells Giles he can make the pain stop. Giles pants a little and begs, "Please." Angelus sits beside him, triumphant. Giles speaks in a hoarse whisper so Angelus has to put his face very near Giles's and listen very carefully:
Giles: In order...to be worthy... you must perform the ritual... in a tutu!
The awkward silence is briefly interrupted when Joyce asks him where she's seen him before, and Spike explains she was hitting him with an axe screaming "get the hell away from my daughter". Fond memories.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Buffy revealing she's as a slayer to her mother = coming out of the closet. As Buffy and Spike lay their cards on the table, Joyce keeps interrupting with "Honey, are you sure you're a vampire slayer?," and "have you tried not being a Slayer?" Spike ignores her. Finally, Joyce drops that old chestnut about Buffy lacking "a strong father figure." Buffy snaps that being the Slayer is just fate and her mother should accept it.
Dramatic Irony: The Scoobies reconvene at the school. Xander and Giles, who is walking rather unsteadily, approach Oz, who is pushing a wheelchair-bound Willow. Everyone exchanges updates and they realize they haven't heard from Buffy. Willow is of the opinion that the spell was a success, and Xander postulates that it wasn't in time, since Buffy had already killed Angelus. Willow hopelessly romanticizes that perhaps Angel was cured and he and Buffy went off to be alone together.
Cordelia: Well, she's gotta show up sooner or later. We still have school.
Willow: Yeah, she'll be here in a while.
Earlier, Spike serves as the voice of reason to Angel, talking him down from not the killing Giles. Angel says "You know I kinda like having you watch my back" unaware that Spike is planning to betray him and is only helping him for Drusilla.
Dull Surprise: As his henchvamp's head rolls past him, Angelus affects boredom with Buffy crashing his party.
Angelus: [eyeroll] I don't have time for you.
Buffy: You don't have a lot of time left.
Dying as Yourself: At the climatic moment, Buffy readies her sword to decapitate Angelus, but stops when Angelus' eyes glow for a second. Angel's back. And just a minute too late.
Dynamic Entry: Shortly after parting with Whistler, a cop car pulls up next to our heroine. A Sunnydale cop, so nonexistent in previous weeks and so very prevalent in this one, jumps out and tells Buffy to hold it right there. Suddenly, the gun gets kicked out his hands. Spike pops out of nowhere, slaps around the cop and kicks him into the hood of his car, knocking him out.
At the mansion, Angelus cuts himself in preparation for freeing Acathla. Buffy enters quietly behind one of the henchvamps and cleanly decapitates him. O hai!
Evil Versus Oblivion: Spike explains that while vampires may love to talk about destroying the world amongst themselves ("tough-guy talk"), he prefers the world as it is. Moreover, he can't stand the way Drusilla fawns over Angelus.
Spike: The truth is I like this world. You've got... dog racing, Manchester United. And you've got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It's all right here. But then someone comes along with a vision. With a real passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye, Piccadilly. Farewell, Leicester Bloody Square, y'know what I'm saying?
Exact Words: Spike and Dru stare each other as Spike says, "I don't wanna hurt you, baby." Dru's answer is to grab him by the throat and shove him against the wall. He immediately clocks her with a haymaker punch, then shrugs, "Doesn't mean I won't.
Fake-Out Make-Out / Hug and Comment: The G-rated version. Buffy sneaks into the hospital, wearing an oversized coat and black watch cap. She finds Xander just as some cops round a corner in the hall, so Xander pulls her in for a tight hug until the coast is clear.
Finger Muzzle: Book Ends the scene where Buffy quiets Angel's half-hearted attempt to stop them making love in "Surprise".
Angel: What's happening?
Buffy: Shhh... (finger on lips) Don't worry about it. Close your eyes.
Fingore: Giles is shown at the end of the episode with splints on several of his fingers, giving us a good idea of how Angelus was torturing him.
Five-Finger Discount: After clocking out the cop who was arresting Buffy, Spike explains his change of heart while searching through his pockets for a smoke. Finding nothing, he then fishes through the KO'd cop's pockets and swipes some cigs, still yapping the entire time.
Angel was supposed to be the hero who saved the world, but he turned evil, so it's Spike who helps Buffy to do so. This reflects the ambiguity in the Angel series over which side Angel would end up on when the Apocalypse happened. In the final season of the spin-off, it's also ambiguous whether Angel or Spike is The Champion foretold in the Shanshu Prophecy.
Frame-Up: Snyder gleefully tells the police that Buffy, caught at the murder scene, is a known delinquent.
Glamour: Spike uses reason to persuade Angelus not to kill Giles, instead suggesting that Dru "play a game"; she reads Giles' mind to discover his weakness, her visage changing to that of Jenny Calendar. Giles desperately tells Jenny that they have to get Angel away from Acathla, because his own blood is the key.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: Buffy figures Whistler doesn't have anything useful to tell her. "What are you," she snaps, "just some immortal demon sent down to even the score between good and evil?" Whistler looks both surprised and deflated by her spot-on evaluation: "Good guess." Buffy suggests that the Powers That Be get off their "immortal ass" to help, to which Whistler responds with the stock speech about the cost of free will and how you can only count on yourself. Boy, subtract Acathla and you have the pilot for Angel, right here.
Heel-Face Turn: Subverted when Spike just walks out carrying Drusilla, instead of coming to Buffy's aid.
Hoist by His Own Petard: In every sense of the word. Buffy, recalling Whistler's words that only Angel's blood can re-seal Acathla, runs Angel through with her sword. The bloodied tip of the blade penetrates the vortex behind him, sucking Angel into Hell and sealing it shut.
Hollywood Law: The officer shot at Buffy when Buffy ran away. A police officer would not have legally been able to use lethal force in this instance because no one's life was in immediate danger.
I Have No Daughter: Joyce refuses to accept that her daughter is a vampire Slayer, and the battle lines are drawn. It's Ultimatum Time. Joyce says she won't let Buffy leave the house. They get into a shoving match, and Buffy opens the door to leave. "You walk out of this house, don't even THINK about coming back!" barks Joyce. Buffy just looks at her sadly and then walks out. Joyce slumps over the counter, her head in her hands. That could have gone better.
Ironic Echo: Buffy repeats Angel's "Hello, lover" when making her Dynamic Entry. When Spike is pounding on Angelus, his casual comment on how much it must hurt is similar to what the gypsies said when cursing him.
It's All My Fault: Buffy, overlooking her best friend's unconscious face, expresses regret for letting Willow attempt the curse. She doesn't realize yet that Drusilla came to snatch Giles, not interrupt Willow.
Kiss of Death: Angel, still weakened, senses the evil whirlwind behind him, but Buffy reassures him that everything is fine. She tells Angel that she loves him, then she touches his lips with her fingers and instructs him to close his eyes. He does, and she kisses him again tenderly (though her face is winced in pain) before stepping back and ramming her sword through his chest.
Leit Motif: In the most heartbreaking way possible. Angel and Buffy's theme finally reappears...as Buffy kisses Angel and runs him through. Even more of a Tear Jerker when you realize where that track's title comes from.
Buffy: (to Angel) Don't worry about it. Close your eyes.
Loser Has Your Back: Xander shows up to help Buffy fight Angelus. "The cavalry's here. Cavalry's a frightened guy with a rock, but it's here." She uses him to get Giles, badly hurt after Angelus' Cold-Blooded Torture, out of the way while the vampires are distracted by fighting her.
Lost in Character: Drusilla delving a bit too far into her role as "Jenny", is still snogging with Giles as Spike and Angelus clear their throats impatiently. They have to try a couple of times to get her attention until Dru turns around and sheepishly responds, "Sorry. I was in the moment."
Meaningful Echo: Both times Angel dies, the words he hears are: "close your eyes". It's the last thing Darla said to him before she made him a vampire, And it`s also the last thing Buffy says to Angel before she runs him through with her sword.
Angel really should be more careful when beautiful blondes tell him to do things.
Noodle Implements: With the "noodle" in question being Angelus' magic fingers. We don't see where he's placing his hands, but from reading Giles' face it can't be pleasant.
Played straight after Giles proves surprisingly resilient. All right, bust out the chainsaw! note He was serious about that?
No Time to Explain: Averted; Buffy's attempts to brush off Joyce only lead to her mother losing her temper and giving the Ultimatum.
Not Himself: Angelus, losing patience with his guest, is on the verge of killing Giles when Spike rolls in. He points out that emancipating Giles from his limbs won't get Angelus the information he needs. (He omits the part about Buffy's promise to kill Drusilla if anything happens to her Watcher.) Angelus eyes Spike suspiciously. Something about this scenario is off.
Angelus: Since when did you become so level-headed?
Spike: Right about the time you became so pig-headed.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Outside the house, Joyce starts asking a few too many questions, and Buffy is anxious to move the conversations inside. As they approach the door, a vampire pounces at them. Buffy and Spike make short work of the vamp, who ends up getting dusted right in front of the astonished Joyce. The vamp is identified as "one of Angelus' boys"; Joyce demands to know what is going on. Oh....right. You're still here?
Out-of-Character Alert: When Angelus wants to kill Giles, Spike advises against it, much to the former's surprise. He doesn't know about Spike's secret deal with Buffy, and that Buffy has only agreed to let Drusilla go if Giles isn't killed.
Angelus: Since when did you become so levelheaded? Spike: Right about the time you became so pig-headed. You have your way with him, you'll never get to destroy the world.
Oh, Crap: Giles' pitiful expression once he realizes he's been duped by Drusilla. Principal Snyder when he tells Buffy she's been expelled...and then Buffy pulls out a sword.
Ominous Latin Chanting: Angelus slitting his hand and reciting an incantation — basically the same spiel he made to Acathla in the last episode, except in Latin.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Spike offers to take Drusilla out of the country and never come back. He likely meant it at the time...
Police Are Useless: Buffy returning to the library, which is cordoned off with crime scene tape, to retrieve some of her gear hidden under the table. Snyder catches her in the act and proceeds to smug some more, while Buffy protests her innocence and has faith that the police will figure that out. Snyder retorts that the "police of Sunnydale are deeply stupid." No kidding. They missed a duffel bag full of weapons at a crime scene which they left unguarded!
Joyce can't accept the whole new unexplained world that has opened before her and tries to pick up the phone to call the cops. Joyce, don't you know 911 is a joke? Buffy slams the phone down, insisting the cops will just get killed.
Prophecy Twist: Whistler claiming that this was supposed to be Angel's "big day". He recruited Angel because he believed he was destined to stop Acaltha, but things didn't go as planned — rather, the reverse. Buffy's love for Angel was an X factor nobody saw coming.
Put on a Bus: Buffy herself. The last shot of the episode is of a sign on the outskirts of town. It reads: "Now leaving Sunnydale — Come back soon!"
Buffy: "The whole Earth may be sucked into Hell, and you want my help 'cause your girlfriend's a big 'ho? Well, let me take this opportunity to not care."
Smash Cut: Cordelia arrives at Willow's bedside, explaining that she ran away and "made it through three counties" before she noticed no one was in pursuit. Now everyone's accounted for. ...Hold on. Xander asks if Giles made it out with Cordy, and she says she hasn't seen him. Cut to the mansion, where Giles is starting to come to. Angelus is crouched on the floor next to him, looking like that cat that ate the canary.
The newly-revived Willow tells Oz her head feels big, but he reassures her that it's "head size" and gives her a kiss. "Is everybody else okay?" wonders Willow. Cut back to our profoundly-unlucky friend Giles, bound and bloodied, while Angelus sits nearby, cheerfully polishing Giles' glasses. Ick.
Stereo Fibbing: Buffy and Spike head back to her house to talk, but are waylaid by Joyce pulling up in the driveway. Buffy gives Spike an expressive "don't say anything in front of my mother" eye roll. "What, your mom doesn't know?" Spike asides. Know what?
Buffy: That I'm, uh... [stammering] in a band. A rock band. With Spike here.
Joyce: [unconvinced] Hmm. And, uh, what do you do?
Spike: [beat] well, I sing.
Stop or I Will Shoot!: We pick up with Buffy in the Sunnydale High library, kneeling over Kendra's body, when two police officers burst in with their guns drawn. The female officer checks for Kendra's pulse, while Snyder arrives to pin the whole thing on Buffy. Buffy says, F#@% the police, and elbows the male cop into the lockers before sprinting away. His partner yells freeze and takes aim at Buffy, and her bullet narrowly misses.
Stunt Double: As soon as the camera pulls back during their swordfight, Buffy grows several inches, and Angel has a drastically receding hairline.
Sword over Head: Buffy is about to decapitate Angel when he gets his soul back.
Take My Hand: Buffy violently stabbing Angel and drawing him into the vortex. A shocked Angel calls out, "Buffy?" and extends his arm, but no help is coming.
Talking in Your Sleep: In the hospital, Xander tells a comatose Willow that he loves her. At this, her face twitches and her hand gives his a squeeze. Xander's eyes widen in hope, but his face falls as Willow whispers, "Oz?" On cue, Oz is in the doorway, and a crestfallen Xander sidles out of the room to let him sit next to Willow. Oh, this'll end well.
Tap on the Head: Spike delivering a kick to a cop's face. The groaning officer quickly comes to, however.
Spike: [absently] I'm just gonna kill this guy.
Buffy: [clears her throat loudly]
Spike: Oh, right.
Tempting Fate: Buffy assures Whistler that if spilling Angel's blood will seal the portal, then she's more than up to the task: "I've got nothing left to lose." To her retreating figure, Whistler says under his breath, "Wrong, kid. You got one more thing."
Angelus reminding Buffy that the deck is stacked against her odds-wise, gesturing to his lackeys. That's Spike's cue to rise up out of his wheelchair and clobber Angelus' across the head with an andiron.
Spike promises to take Drusilla out of the country. "You'll never hear from us again, I bloody well hope."
Torture First, Ask Questions Later: At Angelus' place, a captive Giles asks what he wants. Angelus hops to his feet and says matter-of-factly, "I wanna torture you." He explains that he's tried to wake Acathla, with no results, and was hoping Giles could give him some pointers. "But honestly," he confides, "I sorta hope you don't. 'Cause I really wanna torture you."
Trailers Always Spoil: There was never a big question as to whether Angel would return, since the announcement of Angel was made right after this episode aired.
"Open your eyes, Mom! What do you think has been going on for the past two years? The fights, the weird occurrences. How many times have you washed blood out of my clothing, and you still haven't figured it out?"
He finally full on reappears in the Angel & Faith comic series. This time with nothing potential about it: He's the Big Bad of that half of season 9.
Who Needs Enemies?: Spike offers to strike a deal with Buffy; he will help her stop Angelus if she lets him and Drusilla skip town. Later he's carrying out Drusilla and notices a sword-wielding Angelus advancing on a disarmed Buffy.
Spike: He's going to kill her! (shrugs and walks off)
You Can't Go Home Again: Joyce finding a note on Buffy's bed the next morning. We don't hear its contents, but clothes have been strewn everywhere and her closed emptied. As she's reading, Joyce starts to cry.
By episode's end, Buffy is still under suspicion for murder, and can't to either her home or school. Next stop: L.A.
Buffy: You never got a single date in high school, did you?
Snyder: Your point being?
You Will Know What to Do: Back at Casa del Giles, Whistler is heroically guarding the fridge. (Sigh) Buffy enters and demands to know what he meant before when he said "the sword isn't enough." Whistler, in his habit of not answering until somebody threatens to beat the crap out of them, explains that once Acathla opens a vortex to hell, only Angel's blood can close it. Blood in, blood out.
You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Invoked during Buffy's phone call to the hospital. She tells Willow that she caught a "lucky break" in their search for Giles. When Willow asks for specifics, Buffy shoots a glance at her living room, where Joyce and Spike are awkwardly twiddling their thumbs.
Your Door Was Open: Buffy burst into Giles' apartment looking for him, but Whistler's waiting for her instead. Chalk up one more quirk he has in common with Doyle.