[[caption-width-right:210:A not-so CasualKink.]]

->''"You see, you try to be with them, but you always end up in the dark. With me."''

The camera pans across Spike's crypt to the sounds of passion, pain and breaking objects, eventually focusing on Spike and Buffy catching their breath underneath the carpet. Buffy is more comfortable in the vampire's presence now, and they note with some amusement that they're having an ordinary conversation post-coitus, instead of Buffy thumping Spike and fleeing as per usual. Buffy isn't in a hurry to do so until Spike starts raving about how she's an animal in the sack. When Buffy starts looking for her clothes, he asks Buffy what their relationship means to her. Buffy continues to deny there's anything between them except sex, so Spike pushes the envelope by offering her a [[KinkyCuffs set of handcuffs]]. "Do you trust me?" Buffy's response is an unconvincing, "Never".

The next day Buffy seems unusually cheerful at the soulless grind that is the Doublemeat Palace, unconsciously rubbing her wrists in a tell-tale manner. She has arranged a meeting with Tara in the lunchroom, asking her to check out the spell the Scoobies used to bring her back from the dead. Buffy wants to find out if she really did 'come back wrong'.

Meanwhile the Trio have built the Cerebral Dampener, a MindControl device they can use to turn any woman into their SexSlave. Warren checks out a restaurant for suitable candidates while Andrew and Jonathan watch from the surveillance van and make suggestions. Annoyed over their bickering, Warren [[RemovingTheEarpiece dumps his earpiece in a martini glass]] and approaches someone familiar -- his former girlfriend Katrina, last seen in "I Was Made To Love You". Warren attempts to reconnect with his ex, but when Katrina makes her contempt for him clear he resorts to the Cerebral Dampener, which immediately converts Katrina into an obedient automaton who addresses Warren as "Master".

Buffy tries to make quality time with Dawn, only to discover she's already arranged to spend the night over at a friend's place. The Scoobies try to cheer Buffy up by taking her to the Bronze, but she refuses to join her friends on the dance floor, instead wandering up to the catwalk. As Buffy looks down on Xander, Anya and Willow dancing happily below, Spike appears behind her. Despite Buffy's feeble protests he starts to have sex with her, whispering in Buffy's ear that she doesn't belong with her friends, but in the shadows with him.

Back at the Trio's lair, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty the nerds drool over Katrina]], who's dressed in a French maid outfit and is pouring them champagne. Warren declares first dibs on the girl, promising to hand her over when he's finished. As they start making out however, Katrina calls Warren by his name instead of "Master". Oops! Turns out the effects of the Cerebral Dampener have faded. She starts yelling that what they're doing is rape, shocking Jonathan and Andrew who clearly haven't put much thought into the ethics of what they're doing. Realising his ex is about to go to the police, Warren knocks her down with a champagne bottle and tells the others to charge up the Dampener again. The problem is, the blow has killed Katrina.

It's their first murder and the would-be supervillains start to panic. They can't afford to dump the body as there's a link between Katrina and Warren, who's determined not to go to prison (or if he does, he's not going to take the rap alone). Warren declares he has an idea to solve both their Katrina problem and their Slayer problem.

That night Buffy makes a listless effort at patrolling the graveyard, only to end up at Spike's crypt. The two sense each other from either side of the crypt door, but when Spike pulls it open Buffy has done a runner. As Buffy walks through the woods muttering that she mustn't think about the evil bloodsucking fiend, a woman's scream provides a welcome distraction. Buffy sees Katrina being chased by cloaked demons, but when she tackles one he vanishes, leaving her alone in the woods as ghostly voices whisper accusingly. Time starts to jump erratically between Spike catching up with her, Spike and Buffy fighting the cloaked demons, and Katrina collapsing in tears before them. In the confusion Buffy hits Spike and later Katrina, who rolls away down the hill. When Buffy follows, she finds Katrina's body and assumes she killed her. Buffy goes into shock and has to be dragged away by Spike. 'Katrina' (actually Jonathan using his shapeshifting device from "Life Serial") returns to the Trio's [[SpiesInAVan surveillance van]], where Warren and Andrew congratulate themselves on having got away with murder. Jonathan doesn't look as pleased.

Back home Buffy's guilt over what happened spills out in a dream. She sees herself having passionate sex with a handcuffed Spike, raising her stake to kill him, then plunging it into Katrina's chest instead. She awakens determined to turn herself in to the police. Buffy goes to tell her little sister who isn't impressed, accusing Buffy of running away from her real-life problems, notably Dawn.

As Buffy is walking up to the police station, Spike pulls her into an alley. He tells Buffy that he's disposed of Katrina's body, but then overhears two policemen talking of a body found in the river. Regardless, Spike is determined to stop Buffy from turning herself in. He vamps out and tries to stop her physically; when Buffy hits back he encourages her to work off her angst on him. "That's it, put it all on me. That's my girl."

His words infuriate Buffy, who knocks Spike to the ground and savagely beats him, shouting that she'll never be his girl and decrying Spike as an evil soulless thing. Spike reverts back to his human face, now swollen and bruised, and says only; "You always hurt the ones you love, pet." Shocked over her actions, Buffy walks in a daze into the police station, but before she has a chance to confess she overhears the desk officer noting down the name of a missing person -- Katrina Silber. Buffy remembers Warren addressing his girlfriend as Katrina the year before, and leaves without turning herself in.

At the Magic Box the Scooby Gang's research reveals that the cloaked demons Buffy encountered are Rwasundi. They come from AnotherDimension, and their appearance in this one causes time to appear to jump erratically. The coroner has ruled that Katrina's death was accidental, but Buffy is convinced the Trio are involved.

Tara has good news for Buffy; she didn't come back wrong. The resurrection has given Buffy the equivalent of a molecular 'sunburn', which is enough to fool Spike's chip but not alter her in any significant way. Buffy is aghast at this; if there's nothing wrong with her, how can she excuse her actions with Spike? Tara is surprised but not judgmental about their relationship, saying it's alright if Buffy loves Spike, as she's convinced Spike truly loves Buffy, and if she doesn't that's OK as well. This only makes Buffy feel worse; she breaks down [[LapPillow crying in Tara's lap]], begging her friend not to forgive her.

* AccidentalMurder: Warren probably intended that bottle to hit ''just'' a bit less hard.
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: See RightThroughHisPants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Do you love him?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Being exposed to a Rwasundi demon can cause vivid hallucinations and "a slight tingly scalp".
* BaitAndSwitch:
** On a meta level: Longtime viewers of the show are probably so accustomed to the use of Bait and Switch that it can be genuinely surprising when the opening scene, which sounds like Buffy and Spike having a DestructoNookie, turns out to actually ''be'' exactly that.
** A DescriptionCut implies that Warren is going to use the MindControl device on Buffy, but he's actually after his ex-girlfriend Katrina.
* BasementDweller: "Why can't we have a [[SupervillainLair lair]] with a view?"
* BastardGirlfriend: Buffy is devastated over how she had become this.
* BatDeduction: Just the mention of Katrina's name is enough for Buffy to remember their encounter in "I Was Made To Love You", and realize Warren is setting her up.
* UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}}: The sexual control games between Buffy and Spike. However there are no {{Safe Word}}s or discussions on what is SafeSaneAndConsensual, largely due to Buffy's reluctance to discuss ''anything'' about their not-a-relationship. This will backfire on both of them in "Seeing Red".
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted; Spike hasn't had his handsome face bashed up this badly since "Intervention".
* BerserkButton: Spike calling Buffy "[[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend my girl]]" triggers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. That or the realization she had become Faith, sort of a [[JustForPun mirror]] to Faith's GrandTheftMe / RageAgainstTheReflection in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You.]]"
* BigShutUp: Warren when the rest of the Trio start panicking over Katrina's death.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Buffy can't love Spike as he's an Evil Bloodsucking Fiend, but thinks it's equally wrong to have sex without love, or to enjoy kinky sex that helps her cope with her post-resurrection trauma. She insists it's impossible for Spike to love her as you can't love without a soul. The Slayer is meant to slay vampires and protect the innocent; instead she's killed an innocent woman and shared her bed with a vampire, therefore Buffy needs to be locked up. And the Scoobies would surely be disgusted with Buffy's DatingCatwoman relationship as she is; when Tara responds with sympathy and understanding, it's the final straw.
* BlankWhiteEyes: Katrina in Buffy's dream.
* BondageIsBad: Played straight and subverted -- Buffy is shocked by the things she got up to with Spike, yet her cheerful attitude the morning after [[IntimatePsychotherapy implies she found it]] [[CatharsisFactor therapeutic as well]].
* CameBackWrong: Averted -- funneling Buffy's essence back into her body during her resurrection caused some basic molecular changes which were enough to confuse Spike's chip, "but it's all [[BuffySpeak surfacy physical stuff]]". This is not what Buffy wants to hear, as it means her actions with Spike can't be blamed on some demonic aspect of her.
* CasualKink:
** Spike (a vampire, don't forget) is amazed at the bite marks on him. Really, Buffy?
** [[CuffsOffRubWrists It's shown that Buffy used the cuffs]] that Spike offered her. I guess ItRunsInTheFamily -- [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E6BandCandy Joyce enjoyed handcuffs too]].
* ClothingReflectsPersonality: Recovery!Willow wears dark, somber clothes, which is especially obvious during her scene with Tara who is wearing bright red -- a [[CharacterDevelopment noticeable change]] from Season 4 (when [[RedOniBlueOni Tara wore blue and Willow wore red]]) and {{foreshadowing}} for Dark!Willow.
* TheConfidant: Tara for Buffy re Spuffy.
* ContinuityNod: Willow has checked that Dawn is [[SlumberPartyPloy actually staying over at Janice's place]] after the events of "All The Way". Buffy's alarm over finding Dawn dancing with Xander ("Are we singing again?") refers to the MusicalEpisode "Once More With Feeling" when everyone expressed their emotions through song and dance.
* CreepyMonotone: {{Mind Control}}led Katrina.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Buffy appears to [[BondageIsBad refuse Spike's offer to handcuff her]], but the next day is shown rubbing her wrists and hiding her bruises from Tara.
* ADarkerMe: Buffy refuses to join the Scoobies on the dance floor of the Bronze and retreats to the upper balcony, where she finds Spike waiting.
-->'''Spike:''' You see...you try to be with them, but you always end up in the dark, with me. What would they think of you, if they found out all the things you've done? If they knew...who you really were? ''(Spike starts to lift Buffy's skirt)''
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(faintly)'' Don't...
-->'''Spike:''' Stop me. ''(Spike enters Buffy from behind; Buffy closes her eyes and moans)'' No, don't close your eyes. Look at them. That's not your world. You belong in the shadows, with me. Look at your friends and tell me you don't love getting away with this, right under their noses.
* {{Deconstructed Trope}}s: Erotic MindControl and FoeRomanceSubtext.
* DescriptionCut: Used for DoubleEntendre gags -- e.g. Spike bonking Buffy at the Bronze, to Xander limping along the next day rubbing a groin muscle (which he pulled while dancing). Or Buffy (after Dawn rejects her to spend time with Janice) demanding, "[[INeedAFreakingDrink Frosty nectar. Now please.]]" to the Trio celebrating with champagne.
* DestructiveRomance: Fully demonstrated in this episode, with Spike trying to dominate Buffy sexually and Buffy seeking to retain control by [[AllTakeAndNoGive denying Spike emotionally]].
* DestructoNookie: Buffy and Spike's furniture-smashing habits during sex are once more demonstrated.
-->'''Buffy:''' We missed the bed again.
-->'''Spike:''' Lucky for the bed.
* DisposingOfABody: The Trio and Spike both run into difficulties. Andrew is asked if he can summon a demon to [[EatTheEvidence eat the body]], but he says that any demon big enough to do so would be too difficult to control. "It would go for us first."
* {{Dissimile}}: The Trio are checking out a bar full of women for their SexSlave.
-->'''Andrew:''' We can really have anyone we want.
-->'''Jonathan:''' It's like candy.
-->'''Andrew:''' Juicy, pulsating candy.
* [[DistractedByTheSexy Distracted By The Sex]]: Buffy is neglecting her Slayer duties because of her SecretRelationship, which only adds to her feelings of guilt.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Buffy tearfully reveals her relationship with Spike to Tara. She begs Tara to ''not'' forgive her; not out of anger, but because she's so disgusted with herself that she doesn't think she deserves pity.
* DoubleMeaning: The Willow/Tara conversation is ostensibly about Buffy, but actually about how they miss each other.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Spike is dead; an "evil twisted thing" ("Smashed"). Buffy fears she's becoming [[EmptyShell dead inside]]. Katrina is dead for real.
* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi: Averted.
* DoYouTrustMe:
-->'''Spike:''' [[AmIJustAToyToYou Do you even like me?]]
-->'''Buffy:''' Sometimes…
-->'''Spike:''' [[VampiresAreSexGods But you like what I do to you.]]
-->''(Buffy can't look him in the eye)''
-->'''Spike:''' ''(holding up handcuffs)'' Do you trust me?
-->'''Buffy:''' [[BlatantLies Never]].
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Tara and Dawn are careful not to mention the word "heaven" to Buffy.
* EroticDream / BadDreams: Buffy's dream of having sex with a handcuffed Spike are mixed with her killing Katrina.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
-->'''Spike:''' Why are you doing this to yourself?
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(tearful)'' A girl is dead because of me.
-->'''Spike:''' And how many people are alive because of you? How many have you saved? One dead girl doesn't tip the scale.
-->'''Buffy:''' That's all it is to you, isn't it? Just another body! You can't understand why this is killing me, can you?
** This becomes inverted when Spike says that he won't let Buffy turn herself in because he loves her. Buffy responds by savagely beating Spike, [[RageAgainstTheReflection implying that she's the evil thing]] who can't comprehend Spike's selfless actions.
* EvilFeelsGood: Andrew's reaction to having gotten away with murder.
* FlashbackCut: When Buffy hears Katrina's name mentioned at the police station, she has a flashback to the scene in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E15IWasMadeToLoveYou I Was Made To Love You]]" when she saw Katrina with Warren.
* FanDisservice:
** Warren making out with a brainwashed Katrina.
** Spike… er… giving Buffy some back door service on the Bronze balcony. Some fans even insisted it was so gross that it had to be an ImagineSpot; unfortunately, a later episode has Spike talking about it.
* FauxtivationalPoster: Tara meets Buffy in the employee lunchroom at the Doublemeat Palace, which has posters urging DEDICATION, PRODUCTION and COOPERATION.
-->'''Tara:''' I have this sudden urge to dedicate my productive cooperation.
* GameFace / FangThpeak: Spike confronting Buffy in the alley.
* GoGoEnslavement: Katrina serves the Trio in a FrenchMaidOutfit.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Warren accidentally kills Katrina by [[TapOnTheHead hitting her over the head]] with a champagne bottle.
* HearingVoices: Buffy, no thanks to the Trio and the demons they cajoled
* HeelRealization: For both Buffy and the Trio:
** Buffy realizes she's been using Spike for her own selfish needs while refusing to treat him with respect.
** Jonathan and Andrew realize that Villainy isn't a game, that what they're doing is actually evil, and freak out. Warren, the first full-fledged villain, has been there the whole time.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: PlayedForDrama with Buffy beating Spike in a rage, shouting that she could never be his girl.
* HeroicBSOD: When Buffy thinks she's killed an innocent woman.
* HistoryRepeats:
** Buffy likely has the events of "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls Bad Girls]]" and "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences Consequences]]" very much in mind. [[EvilCounterpart Faith]] accidentally killed a civilian during a melee, tried in vain to dispose of the body by dumping it in water, and argued afterwards that the death of one person didn't matter compared to all the lives she had saved.
** To Season 2's "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E19IOnlyHaveEyesForYou I Only Have Eyes For You]]". Buffy, depressed and unwilling to join her friends on the dance floor, retreats to the catwalk of the Bronze and rejects a boy who makes advances to her there. The events of that episode enable Buffy to start forgiving herself for her ill-considered actions motivated by her illicit passion for a vampire. In this episode she is unable to do either.
** Similarly, the last time Spike put Buffy in bondage down in his crypt was in "Crush", when she refused to acknowledge any attraction between the two of them.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Or to be exact; humans with souls can be just as evil as the soulless.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Spike dumping Katrina's body in the river.
* InTheHood: Rwasundi demons.
* IronicEcho:
** Warren calls the robotic Katrina "perfect". In "I Was Made To Love You" Warren had built the [[SexBot April-bot]], but ended up leaving his "perfect girlfriend" for Katrina, who was more interesting and unpredictable.
** "Do you trust me?" Dream!Buffy asks a handcuffed Katrina the same question before staking her.
** "You always hurt the ones you love." Spike tells Buffy this after his beating; Buffy repeats it to the Scoobies when explaining why she thinks Warren may have killed his ex.
* IronicEchoCut:
-->'''Buffy:''' We need to find Warren and the others. Whatever they've done, they're not gonna get away with it.
-->Cut to '''Warren:''' We're gonna get away with it.
** Spike disposes of Katrina's body.
-->'''Spike:''' No one will ever find her. (Cut to two officers in front of the police station)
-->'''Cop 1:''' Where'd they find her?
-->'''Cop 2:''' The river. She washed up half a mile from the cemetery.
-->'''Spike:''' Oh '''[[OhCrap balls.]]'''
** Buffy when time went all Creator/DavidLynch.
-->'''Voices:''' What did you do? What did you do?
-->''[SmashCut to Spike laying in front of her with a bloody nose]''
-->'''Spike:''' Bloody hell, what'd you do that for?
* ItDoesntMeanAnything
-->'''Spike:''' What is it to you? This thing we have.
-->'''Buffy:''' We don't have a 'thing'. We have this.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The Trio make Buffy think she killed Katrina. Jonathan uses a glamor to take on Katrina's appearance, then after Buffy hits him the Trio leave Katrina's dead body while Buffy is distracted fighting the Rwasundi demons.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Spike and Buffy shun the bed for rough sex on the floor. Later they have sex on the catwalk at the Bronze while Buffy's friends dance below. Averted in Buffy's guilt dream, where they're in bed like normal lovers.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E13Surprise Surprise]]" just before Buffy and Angel first make love (turning him into the evil Angelus) he says, "I love you. I try not to, but I can't stop." Here Spike pays the price of Buffy's unresolved angst from that affair.
-->'''Spike:''' I love you.\\
'''Buffy:''' (upset) No, you don't!\\
'''Spike:''' You think I haven't tried not to?\\
'''Buffy:''' (punches Spike clear across the alley) Try harder!
** Joyce asked Buffy, "Do you love him?" after finding out about her daughter's relationship with Angel in "Passion".
** Her TalkToTheFist reaction to Spike's "That's my girl" can also be explained as an Angel reference (see "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E17Enemies Enemies]]" -- Angel: "You still my girl?" / Buffy: "[[OneTrueLove Always]]") as well as echoing Faith's "There's my girl" response to being punched by Buffy (after she taunted Buffy over her dark attraction to vampires).
** "Dawnie, I have to." Buffy's words to Dawn before her HeroicSacrifice in "The Gift" are used to justify abandoning her little sister to give herself up to the police.
** Spike challenging Buffy to stop his advances is similar to Dracula's "Stop me, stake me" taunt when she's under his thrall in "Buffy vs. Dracula".
* MindControlDevice[=/=]HypnoRay: The Cerebral Dampener.
* ModestyBedsheet: Buffy and Spike somehow end up ''underneath'' the carpet.
* MoralMyopia: The other members of the Trio discover that Warren has brainwashed his ex-girlfriend.
-->'''Jonathan:''' She's your ex?
-->'''Andrew:''' Dude, that is messed up.
-->'''Katrina:''' Oh, you think? You bunch of little boys, playing at being men. (yelling) Well, this is not some fantasy, it's not a game, you freaks! It's rape!
* MoodWhiplash: The moment when Katrina is freed from the mind control device.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Buffy's expression after finding Katrina's body and beating Spike in the alley.
* NoMeansYes: Buffy with the handcuffs, and at the Bronze.
* NotSoDifferent: Buffy is familiar with Faith's views on men and how she treats them. The DestructiveRomance with Spike leads the Slayer to realize she is as bad as Faith. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Buffy is absolutely freaked.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Nerd Trio stop being a joke [[MoralEventHorizon when they kill their first victim]].
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: The Scoobies keep saying things that remind Buffy of what she's up to with Spike, e.g. "[[ObligatoryJoke We all know you've been tied up]]" and "You've been going at it too hard, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar slinging the doublemeat]] and pounding the big evil."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Buffy finds out she's not a demon, she responds, "This ''can't'' be me!" and pleads with Tara to say that she CameBackWrong after all.
* [[OhCrap Oh...Balls!]]: Spike saying he's gotten rid of the body, only to overhear the police say it's just turned up in the river.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Their brief FriendshipMoment is ruined [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame when Spike tells Buffy what an animal she is in bed]]. Buffy [[ADarkerMe looks uncomfortable]] and starts muttering excuses about how she has to get back to Dawn.
* PercussiveTherapy: PlayedForDrama instead of the usual BlackComedy. Spike encourages Buffy to work off her anger on him. Buffy is shocked by the damage she inflicts.
-->'''Spike:''' That's it, put it all on me. [[BerserkButton That's my girl]].
* PlotHole: Spike not realising that Katrina has been dead for some time, as well as [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch the coroner not noticing]] there was no water in Katrina's lungs, even though she'd been found in the river.
* PowerPerversionPotential: The Trio invent a MindControl device and immediately use it to pick up chicks.
* PrisonRape: Katrina's FamousLastWords (apart from "get off me!") are "I'm gonna make sure you get locked up for this, then we'll see how you like getting raped!"
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Buffy savagely beats an unresisting Spike, describing him in terms that clearly mirror her own fears over what she has become.
-->"You don't have a soul! There is nothing good or clean in you. You are dead inside! You can't feel anything real!"
* RightThroughHisPants: Done to especially weird effect in their exhibitionist scene on the top level of the Bronze, where both Buffy and Spike are not only nearly fully clothed, but standing on their own two feet, in a way that (given the height difference between them) would make sex pretty difficult. As TV Without Pity put it, "And then they got it on in some kind of [[AnatomicallyImpossibleSex anatomically impossible way]]. Is Spike walking around the Bronze with his pants around his ankles, or what?" Many viewers assumed he was masturbating Buffy with his hands, though this is apparently not the intention. Unless Buffy [[Film/CruelIntentions lets Spike put it anywhere?]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: Most of the Spuffy scenes, notably Buffy's dream and the scene at Spike's crypt where Buffy/Spike [[AllLoveIsUnrequited try to touch each other from either side of the door]].
* SeparatedByTheWall: Buffy, patrolling the cemetery, is drawn to Spike's crypt. Spike's vampire SpiderSense tips him to her presence and he touches the door anticipating her entry, as Buffy does the same thing from the opposite side. But when Spike pulls open the door Buffy has already fled.
* SmashCut: Used for the time jumps Buffy and Spike experience while fighting the Rwasundi demons.
* SoftGlass: Averted; the champagne bottle used to kill Katrina doesn't break.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: "Out of this World" by Bush, which plays during the [[SeparatedByTheWall crypt door scene]].
-->''Are you drowning or waving? Just want you to save me.''\\
''Should we try to get along, just try to get along,''\\
''So we move, we change our speed of choices that we make''\\
''And the barriers are all self-made.''
* {{Subtext}}: Plenty in regards to Faith. The accidental murder and cover up in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls Bad Girls]]", her sex games in "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E15Consequences Consequences]]" and "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You]]", and the RageAgainstTheReflection in "Who Are You." Although Faith is never brought up the similarities and implications are clear.
* TemptingFate:
** Buffy is grateful to be distracted from thinking about Spike when she hears 'Katrina' scream.
** Spike says no-one will find the body right before hearing two police officers mention they've found the body.
** Buffy likes the way Spike has done up his crypt. A couple of episodes later [[spoiler:she fire-bombs it with hand grenades.]]
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: Although Spike doesn't try to do anything evil to Buffy's friends, he does imply she's better off throwing away her attachments to join him on the DarkSide.
* ThisIsThePartWhere: When Buffy and Spike realise they're having a FriendshipMoment, Spike notes this is usually the part "where you kick me in the head and run off, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone virtue fluttering]]". Later when Buffy [[NotStayingForBreakfast comes up with the Dawn excuse to leave]], he mutters with bitter resignation, "And she's off…"
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Brekezikrieg Grimore.
* ValuesDissonance: (InUniverse); Spike believes he's helping Buffy by pushing the limits of her sexuality and disposing of Katrina's body. He's unable to see that these acts are only making her feel more wretched.
* VisibleBoomMic: A light on its stand can be seen in one of the shots when Buffy is fighting the demons.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Jonathan when he's impersonating Katrina.