Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 6 E 18 Entropy

"There's so much to work through. Trust has to build again, on both sides ... you have to learn if you're even the same people you were, if you can fit in each other's lives, it's a long and important process and... can we just skip it? Can you just be kissing me now?"
Tara Maclay
"Things fall apart; they fall apart so hard."

Anya is again a vengeance demon and tries to get The Scoobies to wish something bad would happen to Xander. The Scoobies discover the Trio's network of surveillance cameras. Willow and Tara get back together.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Averted with Dawn, who remembers the lesson of "Older and Far Away" about making wishes.
  • Action Prologue: An exciting sequence of the Trio running down vampires in ATV's (plus Spike and Buffy dusting same vamps) compensates for how things don't start hotting up again until the final act.
  • Ambiguously Bi / Ambiguously Gay: Andrew.
    Andrew: He [Spike] is so cool... [beat] And, I mean, the girl is hot. Too.
  • An Axe to Grind: Xander tries to kill Spike with Buffy's axe, but fortunately he swings it so hard it gets stuck in the wall.
  • A Shared Suffering: Anya and Spike realise they've a lot in common as demons who never really fit in with the Scoobies.
  • Bathos: The scene of everyone watching Anya and Spike sleep together manages to be dramatic and retain some comedic elements. For example the Trio's reaction to it is very funny - especially as they're in the middle of shutting down all their feeds and get distracted by it. Likewise Dawn comes in, looks at what the others are watching and Willow covers Dawn's eyes. It's a funny moment but doesn't distract from the fact that Xander and Buffy are getting their hearts broken.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Averted as Anya can't get anyone to wish harm on Xander, especially Dawn. Played straight with Buffy telling Spike to stop pining over her and move on, then being confronted by the sight of him screwing Anya.
  • Beneath the Mask: Anya spends the whole episode raging about Xander like a Woman Scorned. Then during her drunk talk with Spike, she confesses that she can't sleep at night - worried if the break-up was because of something she did.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Willow and Tara.
  • Breaking Speech: Anya to Xander.
    No, the mature solution is for you to spend your whole life telling stupid, pointless jokes so that no one will notice that you are just a scared, insecure little boy!
  • Buffy Speak
    Xander: That's not Proactive Guy. That's Sit-Around-And-Wait-For-The-Rest-of-His-Life-To-Turn-To-Crap Guy.
    • Spike goes to the Magic Box because he needs a thing (a numbing spell).
  • Captain Obvious
    Xander: Okay, clearly I'm not handling this well.
    Anya: WELL, DUH!
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Spike denies placing the camera in Buffy's garden, and Buffy realises he's telling the truth.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Even after making it clear she's not getting back with Spike, the sight of him having sex with Anya hits Buffy hard. Just her expression is enough to tell everyone what's been going on between them.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Anya trying to curse Xander directly. "Those are metaphorical intestines. You're not in any real pain!"
    • As a vampire rushes up behind Buffy, Spike shouts to her, "So why won't you sleep with me?" The vampire stops and gapes at Spike, thinking he's the one being addressed.
  • Continuity Nod: Xander assuming that Spike is behind the GnomeCam is a reference to Spike's Stalker With a Crush behaviour the year before, when he'd lurk outside Buffy's house. The gnomes can be seen outside Spike's crypt in Giles' dream in "Restless". Willow fills in Tara on the Scoobies adventures since she walked out (mentioning "Gone", "Doublemeat Palace" and "As You Were"). Buffy points out that Dawn only came into existence at the beginning of Season 5.
  • Corner of Woe: Buffy sits in a lawnchair in the dark after seeing Spike sleeping with Anya.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Dawn tells Buffy that she could have told her about Spuffy. Buffy replies that she didn't want to admit it to herself.
  • Demon Scorned / Demons Do It On Tables: Anya and Spike.
  • Cutting the Knot: Tara gets her priorities right.
    Tara: Things fall apart; they fall apart so hard.
    Willow: Tara?
    Tara: You can't ever...put them back the way they were.
    Willow: Are you okay?
    Tara: I'm sorry, it's just... You know, it takes time. You can't just...have coffee and expect—
    Willow: I know.
    Tara: There's so much to work through. Trust has to be built again, on both sides. You have to learn if we're even the same people we were, if we can fit in each other's lives; it's a long and important process and can we just skip it? Can you just be kissing me now?
  • Death Glare: Spike to Buffy after she tells him to move on from their relationship. Buffy to Spike after the Relationship Reveal.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Willow telling Tara about the demon in "Doublemeat Palace".
    Tara: Okay, wait, it was under her wig?
    Willow: Well, it was this thing, it just came out from inside her head.
    Tara: That's disgusting. What did it look like?
    Willow: Well... let's put it this way. If I wasn't gay before...
  • The Dog Bites Back: Spike gets his revenge.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The Trio are shutting down their surveillance network to stop Willow from tracing them when they're distracted by the candid camera view of Anya and Spike having sex.
    Andrew: He [Spike] is so cool... [beat] And, I mean, the girl is hot. Too.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Anya tries to get Spike drunk so he'll curse Xander, and ends up sharing the bottle with him.
  • Easily Forgiven
    Buffy: I tried to kill my friends, my sister, last week ... and guess how much they hate me. Zero.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Anya's first thought on seeing Spike is that she must get someone else to wish he'd become a woman, as her reputation had been built on helping Woman Scorned. Halfrek points out that while Anya's concern for womans rights is touching, men are entitled to a little vengeance too.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Buffy and Spike don't notice the Trio scooping up the disk from under their noses as they're too busy fighting vamps and exchanging Casual Danger Dialogue about their non-love life.
  • Game Face / Evil Sounds Deep: Our cue that Anya has returned to being a vengeance demon.
  • Get Out: When Buffy tells Spike that his love isn't real and he should move on, Spike interrupts her with a "Get out" that sounds exceptionally menacing.
  • Generation Xerox: Buffy fears she's turning into Season 1 Joyce.
    Buffy: I'm cramping your teenage style.
    Dawn: No—
    Buffy: Yes, I am. (alarmed) I'm the embarrassing mom who tries too hard. When did this happen?
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar (done via Twisted Echo Cut)
    Buffy: Anya, Xander's my friend. I know what he did was wrong, and ... if it had happened to me, I'd—
    Anya: (hopefully) Wish his penis would explode?
    [Smash Cut to the Magic Box.]
    Dawn: I never use that word anymore. note 
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Tara/Willow are bemused by the idea that they should be offended by this.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Willow picks up the Trio's wireless camera signals and uses it to find their location. "I'm still me!"
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Andrew watching Spike having sex.
    He is so cool. (glances at the others, self-consciously) And, I mean, the girl is hot too.
  • I Believe That You Believe It
    Spike: I've tried to make it clear to you, but you won't see it. Something happened to me. The way I feel ... about you ... it's different. And no matter how hard you try to convince yourself it isn't, it's real.
    Buffy: I think it is. (Spike looks at her hopefully) For you.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: None of Xander's friends want to wish ill upon him. Anya points out that with her Limited Social Circle she's hardly going to stumble across someone who hates Xander enough, whereupon Spike enters the Magic Box.
  • Internal Reveal: Spuffy comes out.
  • Ironic Echo
    Anya: Wait. Wait. (very soft whisper) What are we doing?
    Spike: Moving on.
  • Ironic Hell: Halfrek put a spell on a man who didn't pay child support so he'd get paper cuts every time he handled paperwork that wasn't a child support payment.
  • In Vino Veritas: Averted — Spike is careful not to mention the name of the girl he's griping about to Anya while they're finding the bottom of a bottle of Scotch. He doesn't hesitate to vent about the Scoobies hypocrisy though.
  • Just Friends: Tara and the girl Willow saw her peck on the cheek in the last episode.
  • Lady in Red: Anya getting her vengeance on. She turns out to be wearing a black bra underneath, so Red and Black, Keep Back also applies.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Buffy still doesn't want to mention Spuffy.
    Guys!? There's only been 4... 3! Only 3!
    • Or Willow mention Tillow.
    Tara: It's not like living with the house full of family, or sharing your room with someone you—
    Willow: Are-are friends with?
  • Mirror Monologue
    Xander: I may have practiced that a couple times in front of the mirror.
  • Never Be a Hero: Dawn expresses her desire to start working with Buffy, a theme which would be carried over into Season 7.
    Buffy: Dawn, I work very hard to keep you away from that stuff. I don't want you around dangerous things that can kill you.
    Dawn: Which would be a perfectly reasonable argument, if my sister was chosen to protect the world from tax audits? But, see, my sister is you, and ... dangerous things that want to kill me seem to find me.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Albeit an accidental version.
  • Red Alert: Goes off to tell the Trio that they're being hacked by Willow.
  • Revenge: Subverted when Anya gets her revenge accidentally, and then stops Spike from wishing further harm on Xander.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Xander kicks a garden gnome in frustration, only to reveal the Trio's camera when it breaks.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
    Willow: 'Uh', 'um' ... various sounds of hesitation...
    "Oh the great Xander thinks so. Shudder, gasp, it must be true.
  • Sex for Solace
  • She's Back: Buffy is putting some serious effort into making up with Dawn and tracking down the Trio.
    Buffy: I want to find these guys!
  • Shout-Out: To Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the disk shining a light beam onto a map (spoofed when the map bursts into flame).
  • Sick and Wrong: Xander expresses his disgust that Anya "let that soulless thing touch you." Spike retorts with the In-Universe Wham Line that he was good enough for Buffy.
  • Songs of Solace: Xander listens to "Sao Paulo Rain" by Tom McRae while Drowning His Sorrows.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Allison Kraus's "That Kind of Love" plays over Anya, Spike, Buffy and Xander walking away from each other. The song is about deep love, while the characters on screen have all broken up. It's then subverted as it continues to play over Willow and Tara's Big Damn Kiss.
  • Spy Cam
  • Technicolor Science: Jonathan in his lab.
  • Tempting Fate: Played for Drama when Buffy dares Spike to blow the whistle on their Secret Relationship. He does so at the worst possible time.
  • Travelling Salesman Montage / Twisted Echo Cut: Anya trying to get her friends to wish something horrible on Xander.
  • Trouble Entendre: The 'milk expiry date' conversation between Warren and Andrew; the latter ends up Comically Missing the Point.
  • The Unfair Sex: Deconstructed. Anya is the wronged party, having been left at the altar and humiliated on her wedding day. Xander is depicted sympathetically and Anya's attempts at getting revenge are portrayed as petty and selfish. She sleeps with Spike and ends up getting her revenge accidentally when Xander sees it on a hidden camera. Even before she discovers that Xander has seen it, it's shown that she regrets it immediately. And the final act of the episode does a good job of showing that, far from being a stereotypical Woman Scorned, Anya is just a girl that's had her heart broken and has no clue how to actually deal with her pain.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Spike does this to a vampire in the opening scene, holding him by the collar while arguing with Buffy.
  • Weaponised Car: Cold Opens with the Trio chasing vampires on ATV's fitted with large wooden stakes.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Warren and Andrew are clearly thinking this re Jonathan.
  • Younger than She Looks
    Dawn: You guys went out patrolling every night when you were my age.
    Buffy: True ... but technically, you're one-and-a-half.