->'''Riley''': I've been up 48 hours straight tracking down something bad. Now it's come to Sunnydale.
->'''Buffy''': [[BadJobWorseUniform My hat has a cow]]...

Riley returns to enlist Buffy's aid in tracking down a demon black market dealer.

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Buffy gets pissed off when a vampire doesn't want to eat her.
* BattleCouple: Riley and [[GenderBlenderName Sam]]
* {{BFG}}: Riley wields a [[CoolGuns/{{Shotguns}} USAS-12 shotgun]]. Though in a FridgeLogic moment he [[DoesntLikeGuns hands it to Buffy]] at the one time a full-auto shotgun would have come in useful.
* TheBusCameBack
* BlatantLies
-->'''Dawn:''' How's the soon-to-be newlyweds? Nervous?
-->'''Anya'''/'''Xander:''' '''NO!'''
-->''Dawn makes rapid exit...''
** And:
-->'''Riley''': National Forestry Service, we got a wild bear!
* [[BoyMeetsGirl Boy Loses Girl]]
* ButtMonkey: Spike gets slugged by both Riley and Buffy, his black market deal falls through, then his girlfriend blows up his lair and dumps him.
* BrickJoke: Riley [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E11Gone loves Buffy's new haircut]]. Not so the burger smell.
-->'''Buffy:''' You smelled the smell?
* {{Bridezilla}}
-->'''Anya:''' "Planning this marriage is like staging the invasion of Normandy."
-->'''Xander:''' "Without the laughs. We should have eloped."
-->'''Anya:''' "No. I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it."
* BuffySpeak: [[DoesntLikeGuns Buffy's not exactly Gun Girl]].
* CallBack
-->'''Sam:''' You got a safe house?
-->'''Buffy:''' I have a house. I think it's safe. [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E14OlderAndFarAway Sometimes you can't even leave]].
** Spike makes a point of mentioning Riley being [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E14GoodbyeIowa kept on drugs by the military]] and [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E10IntoTheWoods using vampire prostitutes]] in Buffy's earshot.
* CannotSpitItOut: Averted; Buffy finally admits out loud that she's sleeping with Spike, and that admission helps her to end their self-destructive relationship.
* ConsummateLiar: Spike doesn't even blink when Buffy tells him she's looking for a demon trafficker called the Doctor.
* DidYouDie: Buffy and Riley promise to swap stories if they get a chance and see whose were more exiting/dangerous/crazy etc. She asks if he died, and when he says he didn't, she says, "I'm going to win."
* DoggedNiceGuy: Both Riley and Sam in their interactions with Buffy.
* DoubleEntendre: Spike suggests that as Buffy won't let him come inside her house it's time she came...outside. Cue Spuffy sex on the lawn.
** Dawn sees the grass stain on the back of Buffy's coat and asks if a vampire got rough with her. Buffy mutters, "He's not getting any gentler."
* {{The Easy Way or the Hard Way}}: Riley PerpSweating Spike. "We can do this the hard way, or the fatal way."
* ExplosiveBreeder: The Suvolte demon.
* FastRoping: A good opportunity for {{UST}}.
* GeographicFlexibility: Sunnydale now has a dam.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Spike''': I can't go inside, so ... maybe the time is right ... for you to come outside.
* GoldenMoment: Though everyone but Buffy hugs Riley.
-->'''Riley:''' You're up, you're down ... it doesn't change what you are. And you are a hell of a woman.
* HomoeroticSubtext / WhyDontYouMarryIt
-->'''Anya:''' You know, if you love Riley Finn so much, maybe you should just marry him.\\
'''Xander:''' He's taken. And that's not the point.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Lampshaded when Buffy asks Riley, "Were you always this tall?"
* HumiliationConga: Buffy's life is in a rut. Her old flame turns up and sees her wearing a silly hat. He turns out to be married. Then he catches her in bed with an evil bloodsucking fiend. Who turns out to be the black marketeer they're looking for.
* HypocriticalHumor: Willow says she'll be petty and nasty to Sam on Buffy's behalf. She eventually calls Sam a bitch -- after she's left.
* IdiotBall: Riley recruits Buffy to join him on a demon hunt, but forgets to tell her he needs it alive. But somehow we're still supposed to see this as Buffy's fault.
** Spike traffics in demon eggs but doesn't store them properly, so they start to hatch.
* ICanExplain: Spike is just holding the demon eggs for a friend--''([[TalkToTheFist Buffy punches him in the face]])''
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** Buffy seems about to tell Riley that she tried to stop him leaving in "Into the Woods", but then changes it to say she just regrets things didn't work out between them.
** Riley tells Buffy he has authorization to terminate 'The Doctor', but won't do so unless that's what Buffy wants.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Riley walks in on Buffy and Spike in bed together. Despite having threatened to kill Spike in "Into the Woods" if he ever touched Buffy, [[DoggedNiceGuy Riley resists the temptation]] to blow the smug vampire's head off.
* KillItWithFire: Buffy throws Riley's grenade belt down into the crypt to destroy the Suvolte hatchlings. Spike is later shown contemplating the burnt out wreckage of his once-comfy crypt.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Used as an excuse so Buffy can leave Sam to go and shag Spike.
* LoveMartyr: Buffy tells Spike she's just using him for her own selfish needs. Realising that Buffy is serious about breaking up, Spike hastens to say that he's really not complaining about that.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Buffy has sex with Spike on the lawn of her house while Dawn is waiting for her inside.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage / AllTakeAndNoGive: Spike lets lose his frustrations about Buffy.
-->'''Spike:''' Well, that's bloody funny coming from you! No more games? That's all you've ever done is play me. You keep playing with rules you make up as you like. [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys You know what I am. You've always known. You come to me all the same.]]
* MeaningfulEcho
** Spike will unconsciously repeat Riley's "You are a hell of a woman" in "Touched", and in [[DevotedToYou much the same context]].
** "Tell me that you love me." Warren demanded the same from a [[SexSlave brainwashed Katrina]] in "Dead Things".
** "Girl just needs a little monster in her man." Spike said this to Riley in "Into the Woods".
* ModestyBedsheet: Justified for once -- Buffy is embarrassed when Riley bursts in on them, so she cowers behind the sheet while a smirking Spike doesn't hide his naked body.
* MomentKiller
-->'''Sam:''' Hey there. [[SuggestiveCollision What exactly are you doing with my husband?]]
* MundaneSolution: Buffy says the Suvolte demon is too fast to chase. DescriptionCut to them chasing after it in Riley's SUV.
* NeckSnap: Buffy killing the Suvolte demon.
* TheNicknamer: Xander refers to Sam/Riley as [[Film/TheThinMan Nick and Nora]] [[NickFury Fury]]. Sam calls her husband Captain Can-Do.
* NoMeansYes: Averted; Spike is initially amused by Buffy's break-up speech, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage assuming she'll come back to him as she always does]]. Buffy admits she still desires him, but sticks to her guns.
* ObligatoryJoke: On Riley's sweet ride.
-->'''Buffy:''' Nice wheels.
-->'''Riley:''' They came with the car.
* ObliviousMockery: Sam asks Buffy if she's seeing someone. Buffy waffles on that she doesn't need a guy at this time.
-->'''Sam:''' Yeah, better no guy than the wrong guy, that's for sure.
* [[PoorCommunicationKills Poor Communication Kills the Suvolte Demon]]: Riley fails to tell Buffy they need the demon alive. He also fails to mention he's married, but as Buffy (who on [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E10IntoTheWoods their last encounter]] had been furious with him) was acting like the flirty, quirky girl he'd fallen in love with, his reluctance to drop that particular bombshell was understandable if not excusable.
* {{Pun}}
-->'''Buffy''': "We need to stop this thing before Sunnydale turns into the Trouble Meat Palace. ... I wish I'd said something different."
* PuppyDogPout: Spike's reaction to Buffy refusing to let him into the house for sex.
* RuggedScar: Riley now has a standard Awesome [=McCool=] scar across his left eye.
* RuleOfSymbolism: At the end of the episode after dumping Spike, Buffy walks out of his crypt into the light.
* SelectiveObliviousness
-->'''Riley:''' ''([[PistolWhipping butt-strokes Spike in the face]])'' Where are the eggs?
-->'''Buffy:''' The Doctor...it can't be Spike....
-->'''Spike:''' No need to defend me, luv.
-->'''Buffy:''' ''([[TalkToTheFist punches Spike in the face]])'' It can't be, he's too incompetent. It's just Spike, Riley--
-->'''Riley:''' Right -- deadly, amoral, opportunistic...or had you forgotten?
* SexForSolace: "Being with you makes things simpler. For a little while."
* SpiderSense: Buffy senses Spike lurking outside her house, though he says it doesn't count as he [[StalkingIsLove wasn't exactly hiding]].
* SpyCatsuit: Riley provides Buffy with her own kevlar 'ninja wear'.
* SuggestiveCollision: Happens twice to Buffy/Riley.
* ShutUpKiss: Buffy is upset that Riley has gotten married, so she [[DestructiveRomance flees back to Spike's arms]].
-->'''Buffy:''' Tell me you love me.
-->'''Spike:''' [[AllLoveIsUnrequited I love you. You know I do.]]
-->'''Buffy:''' Tell me you want me.
-->'''Spike:''' [[LustObject I always want you.]] ''(smiling)'' In point of fact--
-->'''Buffy:''' Shut up. ''([[SexForSolace pulls him down onto the bed]])''
* SkewedPriorities: "My hat has a cow." "You smelled the smell?"
* SmugSnake: Spike can't resist riling Riley over how he's boffing Buffy.
-->"Well, looky here. I don't usually use the word delicious but I've gotta wager [[InterruptedIntimacy this little tableau]] must sting a bit, eh? Me and your former? Must kill. What can I say? [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Girl just needs a little monster in her man.]]"
* StockPhrases: Riley says he's going to search Spike's crypt.
-->'''Spike:''' Over my dead body.
-->'''Riley:''' [[WalkingShirtlessScene I've seen enough of your dead body]] for one night, thanks.
* StuffBlowingUp: Buffy blows up Spike's crypt using Riley's grenade belt.
* {{Talk to the Fist}}: Buffy every time Spike pisses her off.
* TestosteronePoisoning
-->'''Riley:''' Glad to be back in Sunnydale. The locals all speak English, and I know who to [[PerpSweating beat for information]]. It's all brought me here.\\
'''Spike:''' Look, [[TheNicknamer Crew Cut]]. She's not your bint any more. And if I can speak frankly, she always had a little thing for me, even when she was shagging you.\\
'''Riley:''' Nice. That's very distracting. Now tell me, before I get unprofessional... (pointing his gun at Spike) ...where are the eggs, Spike?
* ThisIsThePartWhere: Spike quickly realises Buffy is going to break up with him, but doesn't take it seriously. "I've memorized this tune, love. I think I have the sheet music."
* TookALevelInBadass: Sam -- from Peace Corp volunteer to ActionGirl.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: A vampire takes a raincheck on trying to eat the Slayer because she stinks of fried food. Next moment [[DoNotTauntCthulhu a stake is hurled into his heart]].
* TheTriple
-->'''Riley:''' You want me to say that I liked seeing you in bed with that idiot? Or that blinding orange is your very best color? Or that that burger smell is appealing?
-->'''Buffy:''' (appalled) You smelled the smell?
* StealthHiBye: Averted; Dawn asks if Riley is going to [[BuffySpeak split all secret-agenty]] like last time. Instead Riley and Sam are pulled up into a helicopter [[{{Narm}} while everyone waves goodbye]].
* VampiresAreSexGods / [[SexGod Sex Goddess]]: Five hours of sex? Really?
* VillainBall: Spike not keeping the Suvolte eggs frozen.
* WalkInChimeIn
-->'''Buffy:''' Oh, why can't I get this [[EarWorm stupid jingle out of my head?]]
-->'''Vampire:''' (leaping out in front of her) Least of your problems now, [[MuggingTheMonster little girl]].
* WeirdnessCensor: Rampaging demon = wild bear.
* WhamLine
-->'''Riley:''' That's not why I'm here...Doctor.
* WriterOnBoard: Guns = Never useful.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Buffy calls Spike 'William' when breaking up with him, ironically showing him more respect than when they were lovers.
* YouExclamation
-->'''Buffy:''' Doublemeat Palace, how can I help-- ''(realises the 'customer' is Riley)'' ...you!
* YouNeedABreathMint: Buffy is on the way home from her shift at a GreasySpoon when a vampire tries to eat her, only to back off because she smells terrible. Buffy naturally takes offense.
-->"You're dead! You smell like it! How do you get to say I'm the one who's stinky?"
* YouTalkTooMuch: Spike
-->'''Riley:''' Can't you make him shut up?
-->'''Buffy:''' Not so far.