Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 5 E 12 Checkpoint

The Watchers Council comes to Sunnydale to tell Buffy what they know about Glory, on condition that she proves herself worthy. A Knight Templar order called The Knights of Byzantium also arrive to destroy The Key.

  • Anachronism Stew: The Knights of Byzantium dress as medieval knights, with swords, quarterstaffs and chain-mail armour.
  • Answer Cut: Buffy wonders who the Council is going to start questioning. Cut to Anya being interrogated.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The physical test involves Buffy following Travers' martial arts instructions, given in the original Japanese. Things aren't going well and Travers asks, "How have you been training her?" Giles snaps back, "I've trained her to win."
  • Badass Normal: Buffy re Xander.
    Watcher: The boy? No power there.
    Buffy: "The boy" has clocked more field time than all of you combined. He's part of the unit.
  • Blatant Lies: A Watcher asks Willow and Tara if they're registered as witches. They answer "Uh... sure." He then asks what level they're registered as, and Tara blurts out "Five!" As he writes it down, we see Willow mouth "Five?!?" and Tara responds with the internationally recognized Shrug Of I Have Absolutely No Idea What I Just Said.
  • Breaking Speech: Buffy gets these from Spike, Glory and her history professor, but she refuses to take it from the Watcher's Council.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Xander talking English instead of plain Buffy Speak.
    "Allo, Buffy; here's some stuff we know, pip pip."
  • Book Ends / Ironic Echo: Travis and later Buffy saying re the other, "I think s/he understands me."
  • Call Back: Reference is made to the events of "Helpless" and "Primeval".
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*
    Buffy: Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher, reinstated at full salary...
    Giles: (cough) Retroactive.
    Buffy: be paid retroactively from the month he was fired.
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • Ben asks Jinx how Glory knows something. Jinx smirks and says, "I do not know; I was not there."
    • Jinx tells Glory that Ben is attractive. Glory says of course he is.
  • Continuity Nod: Xander is still injured after the events of "Triangle".
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The Council threatens to have Giles deported back to Britain where he'll have to eat blood sausage, bangers and mash.
  • Damn With Faint Praise: The Watchers Council M.O.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Giles: You all stand around and look somber. (They do just that) Good job.
    Travers: You used to respect us, Giles. You used to be one of us.
    Giles: You used to pay me.
  • Description Cut
    Giles: Buffy's come very far recently. She's acquired a remarkable focus.
    (Cut to Buffy yawning in class)
  • Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu: Joyce watches Passions with Spike.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Buffy breaks the rib of the Watcher Philip during her test.
  • Double Entendre
    Spike: Maybe your beauty's fading. The stress of slaying, aging you prematurely. Things not as high, not as firm.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: An In-Universe version where Lydia, a female Watcher, is clearly a Spike fangirl.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Buffy is surprised to find the knights attacking her are human.
  • The Dreaded: Nervous Watchers interrogate the notorious William the Bloody at crossbow and cross-point, unaware that he can't harm humans any more. Spike seems quite pleased by the attention.
  • Dynamic Entry: Spike leaping over a backhoe to stake a vampire.
  • Enemy Mine: Buffy entrusts Joyce and Dawn to Spike's care during the Council's review.
  • Evil Brit: Averted with Tara, who assumes British people would be nicer.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Willow and Tara during their interview.
  • Flash Step: While Glory has her back turned, Buffy reaches for a fireplace poker and suddenly finds Glory standing in front of her.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Buffy comes home and finds Glory there.
    Glory: Had a long day at work, sweetie?
  • Forced to Watch
    Glory: I'll kill your mom, I'll kill your friends ... and I'll make you watch when I do.
  • Foreshadowing
    • Dawn tells Buffy she's going to find out what this Key business is about, which happens in the following episode.
    • Buffy figures out that "It's about power" long before Season 7.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Giles has a Not So Stoic moment and does this to Quentin Travers when he tries to lean on Buffy. Given that Watchers are the epitome of the Stuffy Brit stereotype, the personal space violation is the same as in Japan — another Watcher immediately moves to hold Giles back.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Giles is so angry over Travers' threats he breaks his glasses while cleaning them.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After bluntly telling Spike she doesn't need his help at the start of the episode, Buffy hands over her family to him for protection after Glory turns up at their house.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Ben tells Jinx he has a message for Glory. When we next see Jinx, he's got severe bruising on his face.
  • Honey Trap: Jinx suggests to Ben that he continue romancing Buffy, to get information. Ben doesn't want to play along.
  • Humiliation Conga: Buffy until she realises she's got the power, and that's why everyone is trying to put her down.
  • Iconic Item: There's an awkward silence when Buffy is cleaning up the house and finds one of Riley's O.D. jumpers.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...
    Glory: Buffy, if I were here to fight, you could tell by the being dead already. So play nice, little girl.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Quentin Travers does the Stuffy Brit version after Buffy reads him the riot act.
    Travers: Uh, Rupert? When we inventoried your shop, we found a bottle of single malt scotch behind the, uh, incense holders.
    Giles: Well, it's, it's not, you know, during working hours...
    Travers: I think I could use a glass.
  • Lame Comeback: Spike ribs Buffy about how her boyfriends keep walking out on her. There's a long pause before Buffy says, "You're disgusting." Spike sneers. "Rough talk!"
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After the mailman gets mind-sucked, he looks in the direction of the camera and says, "I know you're all always looking at me. I can tell."
  • The Nicknamer: Glory dubs our heroine Mousy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Not Helping Your Case: The physical test involves a blindfolded Buffy protecting a training dummy from an axe-wielding Philip. She ends up breaking the Watcher's ribs and axing the dummy herself.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat/N.G.O. Superpower: When Buffy asks Giles if the Council has the power to get him deported:
    Giles: 'They're all right when it comes to the rough stuff, a little ham-handed but they get it done. But this stuff, bureaucracy, pulling political strings, paperwork... this is where they're the best in the world. They can kill you with a stroke of the pen.'
  • "Open!" Says Me: Buffy kicks open the door to Spike's crypt, waking him up with a shout when sunlight shines on his face.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The Council go out of their way to make Giles and Buffy uncomfortable as a way of asserting their authority.
  • Percussive Therapy: After being publically humiliated by her history lecturer, Buffy takes out her frustrations on a random vampire.
    Buffy: 'Some of us are here to learn, professor!' 'Maybe you'd like to teach your own class!'
    Vampire: (confused) Who are you talking to?
  • Pitiful Worms
    Glory: To me, you're like a bug. You should get down on your knees and worship me!
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Buffy notes that Travis saying they'll take Giles away from her is the perfect threat.
  • Rasputin The Mad Monk and Certain Prussian Generals Were Vampires: Buffy hints at this; her history lecturer is not impressed.
  • Rescue Romance: Spike 'saves' Buffy from a vampire, clearly hoping it will warm her attitude towards him. It doesn't.
  • The Reveal: Glory isn't a demon... she's a god.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Buffy's history lecturer. Also Giles.
    Travis: The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument by which we fight. The Council remains, the Slayers change. It's been that way from the beginning.
    Giles: (scornfully) Well, that's a very comforting, bloodless way of looking at it, isn't it?
  • Saying Too Much: Willow's and Tara's interview.
    Nigel: Well, I need to know a little bit more about the Slayer. And about both of you. Your relationship, whatever you can tell me.
    Tara: O-ou-our relationship?
    Willow: We're friends.
    Tara: Good friends.
    Willow: Girlfriends, actually.
    Tara: Yes, we're girlfriends.
    Willow: We're in love. We're... lovers. Lesbian, gay-type lovers. [She puts her hand on Tara's leg.]
    Nigel: [Deadpan] I meant your relationship with the Slayer.
    • Played seriously when Buffy says she doesn't want the Council involved because she's got too much going, what with having to take care of Dawn. Xander points out she's always had to take care of her little sister. Buffy quickly thinks up other reasons.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Quentin Travers threatens to have Giles deported if Buffy doesn't co-operate with their review. Glory threatens to kill Buffy's loved ones if she doesn't hand over the Key.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Glory complains that Ben drives her insane; "Do you know what I mean?" Jinx thinks about it and suggests, "He drives you insane?" Glory is glad he gets it.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Buffy delivers one back to Travers for all the Breaking Speeches she's been getting recently.
  • Snooping Little Kid: Dawn is listening in on the Scoobies meeting.
  • Spot of Tea: Obviously, with the Magic Box full of stuffy Brits.
  • Spy Speak: "Clocked field time" and "the unit" are examples of Riley Speak.
  • Super Senses: Dawn enters the room behind Glory, then tries to sneak out when she realises who Glory is. She's almost out the door when Glory asks her to join them.
  • Suspect Is Hatless: Jinx describes the Slayer thus; "She's short, symmetrical, hair on top?"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Anya is definitely not an ex-demon.
    Quentin: Excuse me miss? Do you work here?
    Anya: Yes I do. Ever since I moved here from South-Eastern Indiana where I was raised both by a mother and a father!
    Anya: (in a later interview) Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins, twenty years old. Born on the fourth of July, and don't think there weren't jokes about that my whole life, mister, 'cause there were. "Who's our little patriot?" they'd say, when I was younger, and therefore smaller and shorter than I am now.
    Watcher: (taking notes) So, you spell it A-N-Y-A, yes?
    Anya: (sheepishly) Yes.
    Watcher: Fine, now we can get to the questions.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage
  • That Came Out Wrong
    • Tara says the Watchers Council is like a group of "Giles-es". Buffy blurts out, "Yeah, they're scary and horrible!"
    • Xander tells of how last year the Scoobies "combined our essences with Buffy...which isn't as weird as it sounds."
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: Buffy lets the Knights of Byzantium go.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works/Noisy Shut Up
    Nigel: This is beyond insolence—
    (Buffy hurls a sword into the wall by his head)
    Buffy: I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: The version where a question put to one interviewee is answered by the next one.
  • Villainous Demotivator
    Glory: Oh, sweet lumpy minion. You're the only one that understands. Probably cause I haven't sucked your brain out yet.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Glory pays Buffy a surprise house visit.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Buffy when Travis starts by questioning her use of 'civilians'.
  • Weird Trade Union: Nigel asks Willow and Tara if they're registered witches.
  • Wham Line
    Quentin: Well, that's the thing, you see. Glory isn't a demon.
    Buffy: What is she?
    Quentin: She's a god.
    Buffy: Oh.
  • When the Planets Align: Glory is told that the "signs of alignment" are moving faster, so she has to speed up her search for The Key.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Buffy realises that, as Glory isn't trying to kill her, she has her own power.
  • You Got Spunk: Glory on Dawn.
    "Ooh, I like her. She's sassy."