Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 6 E 2 Bargaining Part 2

Of course we want trouble. We're demons. We're really all about the trouble.

The Scoobies must defend the town from demon bikers. Buffy has returned from the dead, but is she back to normal?

  • And I Must Scream: There's hardly any air in her coffin so Buffy can't even scream.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Razor and his gang chain the Buffybot's limbs to their motorcycles. The bikes take off, and the 'Bot is neatly quartered. Yuck.
  • Anti-Hero Stole My Bike: Spike flying-kicks a demon off his bike, which he keeps throughout the season.
  • An Axe to Grind
  • Almost Dead Bot: The Buffybot survives long enough after being ripped apart to reveal to Dawn that the real Buffy is back.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Spike and Dawn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tara hits a biker demon with an ax. TARA.
  • Big "NO!": Buffy on seeing the Buffybot torn apart.
  • Bond One-Liner: Averted when Buffy knocks down the demon leader...and says nothing at all.
  • Buffy Speak: Willow gets "avoidy" when Xander starts grilling her about the magic she was using.
  • Came Back Wrong: Buffy is frightened of the chaos around her, visibly traumatized and refuses to speak.
  • Chain Pain: Two demons on bikes try to snare Buffy with a chain. She ducks and the chain wraps itself around the other demon's head, pulling them both off their bikes.
    Demon 1: Sorry!
    Demon 2: Sorry!
  • Dismantled For Real: The Buffybot.
  • Dumb Struck: In a character famous for her snarky commentary and Bond One Liners, Buffy's silence is rather unsettling.
  • Exotic Equipment
    Razor (to Willow, Tara, and Anya): Now let me tell you something, children. We're not gonna fight you. We're just gonna hold you down and enjoy ourselves for a few hours. You might even live through it. Except that certain of my boys got some...anatomical incompatibilities that, uh, tend to tear up little girls.
  • Foreshadowing: Buffy asking if she's in hell, even though she's supposed to have been rescued from a terrible hell dimension.
    • The original concept of the series was "High school is hell." (later "college is hell") This season will explore the concept of "real life is hell" or as Joss Whedon put it, "Real life is the Big Bad."
  • Impairment Shot: Buffy's point of view is hazy as if she's not used to using her eyes.
  • It's Going Down: Glory's tower collapses right after Dawn and Buffy get off it. Addressed on Television Without Pity, after 9/11 the reviewer would not want to type sentences with towers and collapsing.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Razor Neck Lifts Willow after she uses a curse to shatter his razor-claws.
    "So, witch, got a little power after all. Well, let's see what tricks you can manage while I choke the life outta—" (falls forward with Tara's axe In the Back).
  • Let's Split Up, Scooby Gang
    Xander: New plan. We split up.
    Anya: No, bad plan.
  • Lotus Position
    Tara: Willow and I always know how to find each other. (sits cross-legged on the table)
    Anya: With yoga?
  • Morality Pet: Dawn to Spike. There's an evil smile on Spike's face when he watches the demon bikers force their way into a house to attack the people inside, then he remembers who he's protecting.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Scoobies realise that, even though their spell worked, they left Buffy to dig herself out of her grave.
  • New Era Speech: Razor gives one to his gang, then commemorates it by having them rip the Buffybot limb from limb.
    "This here is a momentous occasion, the beginning of a new era. Now, no question, the open backroads and highways have been good to us. But we've got ourselves a juicy little burg here, just ripe for the picking. And I ain't in no hurry to leave it, you? (demons all yell "NO!") So I figure, what better way to kick off our ... semi-settling-down, than with a little christening? A symbolic act commemorating the new order around here ... and ridding ourselves of any not-so-pleasant reminders of the old."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A biggie. Resurrecting Buffy means the Slayer line is out of whack, allowing The First Evil to enact a plan to kill them all. To make things From Bad to Worse Buffy was resurrected inside her coffin, forcing her to dig herself out of her own grave and become freaked beyond belief. Xander, then the others, realize what that had done, what they should have done, and Buffy goes into a year long depression and becomes a Death Seeker.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Dawn has to talk Buffy down off Glory's tower which is on the verge of collapse.
    Dawn: This tower was built by crazy people!
  • Protectorate: Buffy only reacts when her friends and sister are in immediate danger, though she appears to be functioning entirely on her Slayer instincts.
  • Punch Catch: Razor punches Buffy in the face, an act that sent Xander and Willow flying. Her head snaps aside; her body doesn't move. Uh oh — Razor throws another punch. Buffy catches it in her palm and uses her other hand to beat Razor unconscious.
  • Rape as Drama: Implied
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The demon bikers do all three.
  • Revealing Hug: The episode ends with Dawn hugging Buffy, but only the audience sees her Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Buffy returns in time to see the sweet Buffybot permanently destroyed when it's ripped apart by demons, showing Buffy's loss of innocence and the need to build herself anew.
  • She's Back: Subverted; the Scoobies think this when Buffy starts kicking demon ass, but she's just acting on instinct, running away (leaving her friends to fight the demon leader) and trying to commit suicide.
  • Spark Fairy: Tara uses one to guide Willow and Xander to their location.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Buffy tries to reenact her death leap from Glory's tower. Dawn talks her out of it.
  • Tempting Fate: A played-straight version where Tara suggests that the bikers arriving just in time to wreck the raising was the Fates dishing out punishment for their hubris. And of course the traditional Buffyverse version with Xander saying the demon bikers will eventually tire of wrecking Sunnydale and move on — Cut to Razor addressing his minions. "Say hello to your new home, boys!"
    • Anya saying, "That's it — no more surprises!" Then back-from-the-dead Buffy appears in front of them.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Xander calling himself a man-witch.
  • Two-Part Episode
  • Walk In Chime In: Xander is trying to communicate with Buffy.
    Xander: Yeah, that's it. You're home.
    Razor: Yeah, welcome home, Slayer.
  • Wolverine Claws: Demon-biker leader Razor has metal extensions to his claws.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Willow tries this on Razor, who is unimpressed, especially when Willow can't muster any power to fend him off (having been drained by her efforts earlier).