Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 6 E 14 Older And Far Away
People keep ... people have a tendency to go away ... and, I miss them. And sometimes ... I wish I could just make them stop. Going away.
Dawn accidentally wishes to a vengeance demon that no one would be able to leave the house. With everyone trapped, they are attacked by a demon Buffy thought she defeated.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Willow's present turns out to be a portable massager "for all your little ache-ys." Buffy makes the mistake of looking at Spike who smirks and raises his eyebrows suggestively — an embarrassed Buffy quickly packs the massager away.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Anya ruffles Dawn's hair, to her extreme irritation.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Spike enjoys himself mocking the 'sweet' boy Buffy's friends have set her up with.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
Run off huh? Afraid to face a true warrior? (Buffy sees demon's sword) Ooh, shiny!
- Buffy is distracted from Dawn's gift by Xander rolling out a handmade weapons chest.
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Blatant Lies: Tara shows she can snark with the best of them.
Spike: I had a...muscle cramp. Buffy was uh, helping.
Tara: A muscle cramp? In your...pants?
- Bottle Episode
- Clem Scare: Buffy bumps into Clem while stalking the demon.
- Closed Circle
- Continuity Nod: To "Once More With Feeling"
Xander: Sometimes we do something that seems like a good idea at the time, like, say, invoke the power of a musical amulet? And it turns out, you know, not so much.
- The slug-scented candles Buffy mentioned in "Life Serial" — Anya still hasn't been able to sell them.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*
Halfrek: Oh, [punishing men who wronged women] was just Anya's little raison d'etre. Most of us try to be a little more well-rounded.
Anya: "Well-rounded", huh? Is that how you explain your thing for bad-parents?
Halfrek: Oh, that's not a thing. The children need me.
Anya: *coughing* Daddy issues.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Spike unexpectedly turns up at Buffy's birthday bash with Clem, clearly playing with the idea of fitting into Buffy's 'normal' world as a proper boyfriend would.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?
Anya: I think she's possessed.
Xander: She's a teenager.
- Buffy tells Tara she's not ready to "come out" to her friends about Spuffy. She's all stay-inny.
- Double Entendre: Spike works in plenty of suggestive comments to Buffy. Tara, in turn, throws some of her own to get Spike to cool it.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Halfrek tries to teleport away dramatically (twice) but her own spell keeps her in the house.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The Loose-Skinned Demon from "Life Serial" returns as 'Clement'. Just call him Clem.
- Game Face: "Wish granted."
- Gilligan Cut
Buffy: Just trust me — I promise we'll be out of here soon.
(Cut to the house at nighttime) Okay, so maybe 'soon' was a bit of an overstatement.
- Get-Out-Get-Out-GET OUT!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: During the scene where Sophie is listing things she can't eat, there's a break in the conversation and in the background music you can quite clearly hear the uncensored lyrics to Rilo Kiley's 'Pictures Of Success', the specific line being "Mexico can fucking wait."
- Go Through Me: Tara re Anya trying to pressure Willow to make a spell.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: The demon gets stabbed on its own sword. Halfrek gets trapped by her own spell.
- Hollywood Healing: Averted; Spike still has bruises from the beating he got from Buffy in the previous episode.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Spike suggests Buffy not celebrate her birthday, as bad things always seem to happen. Given that Buffy doesn't in Season 7, she's clearly taken this advice to heart.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: A non-alcoholic version where Tara grabs a cup of water off Buffy after her fumbled meeting with Willow.
- Insistent Terminology: They're justice demons, not vengeance demons. Oh, right.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Deliberately by Tara on Buffy/Spike.
- Jackass Genie: Halfrek has no trouble trapping her old friend Anya for eternity.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The weapons chest has slots for basic weapons, plus a few non-basic ones and a handsome CD holder.
- Limited Social Circle: Buffy invites Sophie, a friend from work, to her birthday party.
What? Like I'm one of those losers who can't make friends outside her tight little circle? No. I'm friendly. We bonded instantly. Peas in a pod. Bonded peas
Anya: Really? Um, what's Sophie's last name?
Buffy: (pause) Okay, shut up.
- Literary Allusion Title: The title is taken from J. G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun, where at the end of the story a young man comes to this realization about his current relationship with his family; the teacher's line about "things Jim lost during his years in Shanghai and things he gained" implies that Dawn's class is studying the book.
- Moment Killer: Tara keeps cockblocking Spike whenever he puts the moves on Buffy, aware that Buffy feels herself unable to resist him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dawn makes a wish to a stranger. Buffy brings home the demon's sword as a souvenir. Tara's 'release' spell only frees the demon from the sword.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Buffy’s boyfriend candidate receives a wide wound thrust to his guts by the demon, has to stay untreated for ~6 or so hours and after that is able to walk on his two, just supported by leaning on others.
- Oh, Crap: Anya says that only a vengeance demon can break her own spell. Halfrek promptly materialises...and gets run through with a sword by the demon.
- On Second Thought: Everyone is trying to leave the house as they've got to go to work, including Sophie who's got a double shift at the Doublemeat Palace. She thinks about that for a moment and concludes she's actually all right where she is.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Tara gets to have a lot of fun at Spike's expense.
Tara: How's that cramp, Spike? Still bothering you?
Spike: What? Oh, yeah.
Tara: Maybe you, uh, wanna put some ice on it.
- Plot Armor: The demon appears behind Xander from the wall and instead of just thrusting him with his sword merely holds him down until others can arrive at the scene and “rescue” him.
- Punctuated Pounding: Anya helping Buffy beat up the demon.
"I hope you...die, you...stupid...jerkface!"
- Red Shirt: Homaged with the expendable guest star who gets stabbed while wearing a red polo shirt.
- Sarcasm Mode
Willow: I don't know if there's even anything I could do.
- Secret Keeper: Tara re: the Spuffy romance; as Buffy begged her to not tell anyone Tara keeps an eye on Buffy, and slyly slags off Spike when he attempts to put the moves on her.
- Slumber Party: Buffy's birthday bash turns into this — it's only the next morning they find out why.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Anya and Xander have invited a friend to Buffy's party.
Xander: Don't worry, it's not a setup.
Anya: Right. No. Just an attractive single man, with whom we hope you find much in common. And if you happen to form a romantic relationship leading to babies and many double dates with us so we have someone else to talk to, yay!
Buffy: I assume this was an act of kindness? That'll help with the not throttling.
- Sticky Fingers: Dawn's kleptomania is revealed when Anya searches her room.
- It also causes an awkward pause when Buffy notices the security tag on her new leather jacket.
- Talk About That Thing: Buffy makes her excuses when Tara meets Willow.
"I have to, with the thing that I, uh... Coming!"
- Villain Teleportation: The demon can travel through walls and the ground.
- The Wallflower: Dawn
- Weirdness Censor: Clem 'has a bad skin condition'.
- Whole Plot Reference: The whole idea of people being unable to leave a party is one to The Exterminating Angel.
- You Look Familiar: Kali Rocha first appeared on the show in a flashback in "Fool For Love" playing Cecily, Spike's hopeless crush from his time as a human. Later on she was re-hired in a completely different role as Halfrek, Anya's fellow vengeance demon. Keen-eyed fans, of course, immediately spotted that they were the same actor, and a lot of Fanon built up over how Cecily could have become Halfrek in the intervening century —- so much so that Joss Whedon finally decided to acknowledge it and establish Cecily = Halfrek as canon. (When Halfrek meets Spike it becomes obvious that the two of them know each other and have a history, with Halfrek addressing Spike by his original name, "William".)
- Retcon: Cecily = Halfrek created some issues with timing — Halfrek's offhand references to her own age establish her as having been a demon long before the time period when William met Cecily. A non-canon comic, Spike: Old Times, reinterprets the flashback episode from Cecily's perspective, revealing that she was already a demon at that time and "Cecily" was a long-term undercover identity.
- You're Insane!
Spike: And I was insane to think... No, wait. You were right. You're insane.