Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 5 E 18 Intervention

"Hey! You look just like me. We're very pretty."

Spike's Buffy-bot is complete. The real Buffy and Giles go on a spirit quest.

  • Act of True Love / Adopt the Dog: Spike's willingness to face torture and death to protect Dawn.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With
    First Slayer: This is a form. I am the guide.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: While Spike is asleep, the Buffybot goes out to do some Slaying, running into the other Scoobies. Cue Oh Crap! when Spike finds out.
  • An Axe to Grind: Xander and the Buffybot.
    Buffybot: Get me something big and sharp.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Averted, despite Buffy not wanting to give Spike the slightest hint of encouragement in "Crush". This is our first indication that the attraction might be mutual after all.
  • Arc Words: "Death is your gift".
  • Badass Longcoat: It's Spike. And he's wearing a coat.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment
    Xander: Spike, Buffy has lots of friends, and we love her very much, and we’ll do whatever it takes to protect her. And if that happens to involve killing you; well, that's a bonus.
  • Beneath the Mask: Spike shows his gentle side (and his Jerk Ass side) in his interactions with the Buffybot. And Buffy steals a kiss from Spike, away from the gaze of the Scoobies.
  • Berserk Button: Spike insults Glory's hair and fashion sense.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Scoobies turn up in time to rescue Spike.
  • Big "OMG!": Buffy on meeting the bot.
    Buffy: Oh my God.
    Xander: And so say all of us.
    • Spike gasps this when confronted by the closed elevator doors.
  • Blatant Lies
    Dawn: We're safe. Right. And Spike built a robot Buffy to play checkers with.
    Tara: I-it sounded convincing when I thought it...?
    • Buffy insists the bot looks nothing like her.
  • Brain Bleach
    Tara: You aren't really gonna slap [Buffy], are you?
    Xander: No, but if I have to see her straddle Spike again, I will definitely knock myself unconscious.
  • Breather Episode
  • Buffy Speak: Buffy addresses the bot as "Skirt Girl".
  • Call Back: "Intervention" is a reference to "Revelations", where the Scoobies discovered that Angel was Not Quite Dead and apparently involved with Buffy again — she used the line, "What is this, Demons Anonymous? I don't need an intervention here."
    • Xander's "Hey, I know this; they're both Buffy" is a reference to "The Replacement" when two Xanders were created.
    • "I know this place." Buffy goes to where she met the First Slayer in her dream in "Restless".
    • Spike's dislike of Angel goes back to him stealing Drusilla's affections in Season 2 (and, as we see in later flashback episodes of Angel, even further back). Buffy's belief that Angel is her One True Love gives Spike yet another reason to hate his vampire rival.
    • Buffy starts the search for Glory's Big Fancy House in the park where she killed the snake-demon in "Shadow", knowing it was heading back to her.
    • Anya says that Witch Hunts are only bad for the Wrongly Accused, as a real witch could use magic to escape. This was shown in "Gingerbread".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Buffybot will prove useful to the Scoobies in "The Gift" and "Bargaining". Warren Mears flees town, but returns in Season 6 as a Big Bad Wannabe.
  • Cryptic Conversation
  • Defiant to the End: Spike defies Glory, only breaking his silence to tell her that The Key's human form is Bob Barker. Glory's minions obligingly offer to fetch him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When Spike isn't sure "if [he's] a satisfied customer," Buffybot activates and throws her(it)self into his arms, kissing him. Warren uses this to beat feet.
  • Double Entendre: The Buffybot having cowgirl-position sex with Spike while crying, "You're the Big Bad! You're the Big Bad!"
  • Dramatic Pause: Glory's minions presenting her with...the Key (actually Spike).
  • Dramatic Shattering: Glory gives Spike a drink of water, then smashes the glass in his face.
  • Elevator Snare: Spike forces open the doors to the elevator shaft and drops onto a descending elevator to escape Glory's minions. However they're able to get to the ground floor to cut him off by the time the slow-moving elevator gets there.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Spike tells the Buffybot he'd rather die than see Buffy in pain from Dawn's death, unaware he's actually talking to Buffy pretending to be the bot.
  • Exact Words: When Willow is talking to the Buffybot, but thinks it's actually Buffy:
    Willow: You didn't, you know, sleep with Spike?
    Buffybot: No.
    Willow: (relieved sigh)
    Buffybot: I had sex with Spike.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The Buffybot has, needless to say, vastly increased the options for Slash Fic and Lemon Fic writers.
  • Five Stages of Grief
    Anya: Okay, that's denial. That usually comes before anger.
    Buffy: I am not having sex with Spike!
    Anya: Anger.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Apart from the whole Spike/Buffy thing, there's the scene where Glory throws Spike onto a bed and climbs on top of him to choke him.
  • Foreshadowing: The words of the First Slayer.
    "Love is pain, and the Slayer forges strength from pain. Love...give...forgive. Risk the pain. It is your nature. Love will bring you to your gift. Death is your gift."
    • #1: "Love...give...forgive." Buffy forgives Spike's lechery with the Buffybot and grants him "the barest smidgen" of affection he pleaded for in "Crush", thus gaining a loyal and powerful ally.
    • #2: "Love will bring you to your gift. Death is your gift." In the season finale "The Gift", Buffy's love for Dawn causes her to do a Heroic Sacrifice that saves the world.
    • #3: "Love is pain, and the Slayer forges strength from pain." Buffy's Destructive Romance with Spike leads to a stronger relationship between the two of them in Season 7, after both parties learn to accept their love and forgive each other.
  • The Four Loves: Family (Buffy's love for Dawn and Giles), Friendship (the Scoobies love for Buffy), Romance (Spike's love for Buffy), and Unconditional Love (Spike's protection of Dawn).
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Anya suggests doing this to Buffy, based on what she's seen in movies. The others veto it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Loads and loads...
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend / Parrot Expo-what?: Buffy's reaction to the accusation of being with Spike.
    "The who whating how with huh?"
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Buffy worries that she's been shutting down emotionally even before her mother's death.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: The Scoobies confront the real Buffy on her apparent fling.
    Xander: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sorta compact but well muscled.
    Buffy: I am not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think that you might be!
    • Buffy is going off about the bot looking nothing like her. Willow had been staring at it for a long time and reluctantly agrees.
    • After 'Buffy' reveals the lurid details of what she did with Spike, Willow tells the Buffybot she just wants to help her. The Buffybot replies, "You're my best friend. You're recently gay." Unfortunately Xander interrupts before Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    Tara: People do strange things when someone they love dies. When I lost my mother, I did some pretty dumb stuff, like lying to my family and staying out all night.
    Anya: Buffy's boinking Spike.
    Willow: (struggling to understand) Oh. Well, Tara's right, grief can be powerful and we shouldn't judge—
    Tara: What are you, kidding? She's nuts!
  • I Am a Monster
    Spike: If [Buffy] turns to me for comfort, well, I'm not gonna deny it to her. I'm not a monster.
    Xander: Yes. You are a monster. Vampires are monsters. They make monster movies about them.
    Spike: Well, got me there.
  • Idiot Ball: The Scoobies failure to realise the Buffybot was a robot, given that they quickly realised April was one. Handwaved by them thinking that Buffy is still loopy from the Vision Quest or has gone wacko out of grief, but actually due to Rule of Funny.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma
    Buffy: I love you, Dawn. You know that, right?
    Dawn: Yeah. I love you too.
    Buffy: I love you ... really love you.
    Dawn: (nervous grin) Gettin' weird...
    Buffy: Sorry. But it's important that I tell you. Weird love's better than no love.
    • And this fanfic-inspiring scene.
    Buffy: Giles ... I love you. Love ... love, love, love, love — Giles, it feels strange.
    Giles: Well, I shouldn't wonder...
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: As per Sunnydale Syndrome, none of the Scoobies notice Glory's jawa rejects are following them around.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Spike having partially freed himself from his chains, insults Glory. He's promptly Punched Across the Room which gives him a chance to escape.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Glory anxiously touches her behind in the middle of Spike's taunting, after he calls her ass "lopsided".
  • It Came from the Fridge: Invoked when Buffy asks Dawn to bring her the dirty plates from her room...
    Buffy: ... before they get furry and we have to name them.
  • It Gets Easier: Buffy is trying to avoid this.
    "I can beat up the demons until the cows come home. And then I can beat up the cows. But I'm not sure I like what it's doing to me. (...) To slay, to kill. It means being hard on the inside."
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Buffy is giving everyone their assignments. "And Giles, you can"
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Giles gripes that Spike hasn't programmed the Buffybot to say his name correctly, pronouncing it "Guy-els". This is an In-Joke on fans who mispronounce the character's name despite claiming to have watched the show.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Spike nips the Buffybot, who gushes, "Oh Spike, devour me!"
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Glory on seeing Spike. "What the hell is that, and why is its hair that color?"
  • Malicious Misnaming: Giles gripes that Spike didn't program the Buffybot to say his name correctly. Then Buffy makes the same mispronunciation.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After this episode Buffy's attitude to Spike changes from loathing and Foe Yay to treating him as a Fire-Forged Friend. Spike responds in kind, substituting his Stalker with a Crush behaviour to one of service without any expectation of reward. And for all the problems between them in Seasons 6 & 7, his loyalty to Buffy never wavers.
  • The Nose Knows: Glory sniffs Spike and realises he's a vampire.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Xander realies something is wrong with the Buffybot when she doesn't ask about Dawn.
  • Parrot Expo What: Buffy's famous reaction to the idea she was having sex with Spike.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The Buffybot wears pink, as opposed to Buffy's somber colours.
  • Retargeted Lust
  • Sequel Episode: To "I Was Made To Love You".
  • Sex Bot / Robot Me: The Buffy-bot.
  • Shout-Out: Lots of talk about the Key being "precious".
  • Smooch of Victory: Buffy gives Spike a lingering kiss on the lips as a reward for his loyalty.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Spike is leaning against the wall smoking a fag when Xander hammers on the door; Buffy the Bot suddenly pops into view from below from...well, smoking something else.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat
    Buffy: A [spirit] guide, but not to food and water. So it leads me to the sacred place, and then a week later it leads you to my bleached bones?
    Giles: Buffy, takes more than a week to bleach bones.
    Buffy: So, how's it start?
    Giles: I, uh, jump out of the circle and I jump back in it and um (reluctantly) I shake my Gourd.
    Buffy: I know this ritual! The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the hokey pokey and turn themselves around!
    (Giles does the ritual)
    Buffy: And that's what it's all about.
  • Spiky Hair: Spike can't resist programming in a Take That at his love rival.
    Buffybot: Angel's lame. His hair stands up, and he's bloody stupid.
  • Spirit Advisor: Takes the form of the First Slayer.
  • Spot the Imposter: The Scoobies completely fail to notice that 'Buffy' is actually a robot, much to the real Buffy's annoyance. Spike makes the same mistake (in reverse) until Buffy kisses him — then he can tell the difference instantly.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The Buffybot sees like this with information about Buffy's friends displayed on screen when they're in its line of sight. Having been programmed by Warren to specifications given by Spike however, the information is extremely basic or displays a laughably 2D idea of the characters. For instance, Willow's screen reads: "Best Friend. Gay (1999-Present). Witch. Good with computers.". Also displayed on screen are the Buffybot's two primary objectives in life, "Locate Spike" and "Make Spike Happy". The latter has a drop-down menu of files with titles like "kissing" and "position-1" and so on.
  • Sticky Fingers: Dawn steals Anya's earrings — unlike in "Blood Ties" or "Forever" she's not after something plot-related, foreshadowing the kleptomania that becomes a serious issue in Season 6.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Justified unlike the April-bot, as Spike gets off on fighting the Slayer as much as having sex with her, so Buffy's strength and combat abilities is part of the package.
  • Tempting Fate: To get rid of the Scoobies, Spike claims that the cemetery is full of vampires. Xander says they haven't seen any. A gang of vampires promptly appear.
  • Tomato in the Mirror
    Buffybot: Oh I don't think I'm a robot.
  • Too Much Information / Sick and Wrong: The Scoobies reaction to the fine details of what Spike is getting up to with his Sex Bot.
    Willow: (thinking she's talking to Buffy) So just this one time you just did something kinda crazy?
    Buffybot: It wasn't one time. It was lots of times, and lots of different ways. I can make sketches!
    Willow: No!
    • And later...
    Xander: Spike must have had her built so he could program her t—
    Buffy: (horrified) Oh god.
    Willow: Yikes. Imagine the things—
    Buffy: No! No, no imagining. Any of you.
    Xander: (raises his hand) Already got the visual.
  • Twisted Echo Cut
    Buffy: Weird love is better than no love.
    Cut to Spike: [checking out the Buffybot] Some say it's better than the real thing.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Spike is chained up by his wrists from the ceiling so Glory can slice his flesh off with a knife.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods
    Buffybot: You're right. He's evil. (smiles) But you should see him naked. I mean really.
  • Villain Ball: Fortunately for the Scoobies, Glory is too lazy to chase after Spike herself, so they only have to fight her minions.
  • Vision Quest
  • Weapon Twirling: The Buffybot twirls her stake as she tiptoes through the graveyard.
  • Yellow Snow
    Glory: He can't be the Key. The Key is pure. Vampire = impure.
    Spike: Damn right I'm impure. Impure as the driven yellow snow.
  • You Have Failed Me: Glory is not happy when her minions return without the escaped Spike. Cue Scream Discretion Shot.
  • You Know Too Much: Buffy intends to kill Spike to stop him from telling Glory about Dawn...or just for screwing a Sex Bot version of her; it's not entirely clear.