Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 7 E 15 Get It Done
"We cannot give you knowledge. Only power."

"Chloe is...I'm sorry, was a good listener. 'Til she hanged herself. Like when you called her maggot — she really heard that."
The First Evil

Buffy discovers the origins of the First Slayer.

  • Amazon Brigade: There are now almost twenty Potentials living in Buffy's house, but to Buffy's mind they resemble more a Redshirt Army than a Slayer army.
  • Ancient Tradition: The Watchers Council descend from the Shadow Men.
  • Badass Decay (In-Universe): Buffy gets stuck into both Spike and Willow for not using their full abilities.
  • Badass Normal:
    Wood: Buffy, I'm just a guy. Granted, a cool and sexy vampire-fighting guy, but still...
  • Bad Liar: Willow comes out with an armful of weaponry and sees Buffy with Principal Wood, watching the Potentials learn martial arts.
    Willow: Oh, hi. Hey. Well, Buffy, I—I see that our preparation for the school-pep-dance-cheer-drill contest are coming along. (to the Potentials) Bring it on!
    Buffy: It's OK, I filled him in on everything.
    Willow: (lets out a sigh of relief) Oh, thank God! If I had to explain all these weapons, I had nothing.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Buffy returns from burying Chloe.
    Buffy: Does anyone want to say a few words? [silence] Then I will. Chloe was an idiot.
  • The Big Board: Andrew objects to Buffy showing Wood around the place as he might see the Big Board. When Buffy points out they don't have a Big Board, Andrew produces his own whiteboard drawing of Sunnydale and the various evils that face them.
    Buffy: You'll have to forgive Andrew...or maybe not.
  • Bring My Brown Pants
    Kennedy: Better get started.
    Willow: I think I might pee my pants.
    Kennedy: You can do it — the magics, not the pants thing.
  • Butt-Monkey: Xander says he doesn't like cryptic since someone, usually him, gets hurt. Just as the "exchange" demon comes through the portal, he gets his butt handed to him, again.
    • Later subverted when Willow tries to open up the portal in the presence of Xander, Kennedy, Dawn, and Anya. Xander is the only one of the group who doesn't get knocked down or have his life energy sucked out by Willow.
  • Catapult Nightmare: One of the few played-straight examples; usually Buffy just wakes up normally from a bad dream.
  • Chained to a Rock: Buffy is chained to the ground so she can be merged with demon essence used to create the First Slayer. As she's already got Slayer strength however, she rips free her chains and uses them to kick the Shadow Men's butts.
  • Continuity Nod
    • Anya tells Spike she likes her sex on top of the table, a not-so-subtle reference to their sex in "Entropy".
    • Robin Wood recognises Spike's black leather duster, which he stripped from the corpse of the New York Slayer in "Fool For Love".
    • The Slayer's bag is the same Buffy saw in her dream in "Restless". Likewise the shot of the First Slayer chained to the ground is finally explained. Both Adam (in her dream in "Restless") and Dracula (in "Buffy vs. Dracula") hinted to Buffy that her power is rooted in darkness.
    • Spike says that having a soul makes him "more or less" unique, referring to Angel.
    • (re You Talk Too Much) In "Restless" the First Slayer is barely able to speak, unless using a third party (Tara) as an avatar.
    • Buffy tells Willow "Thanks for bringing me back... again."
  • Cunning Linguist / The Smart Guy: Dawn can now read Sumerian; presumably because Anthony Stewart Head wasn't available for some reason.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Forcibly merging with the shadowy demon that turns her into the Slayer has definite rape aspects.
  • Double Entendre: Spike with "It's my bone. Let it go." and "You don't want to miss a look at her weapons chest."
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: First Kennedy, then Buffy. Honestly The First Evil itself could not have done a better job at breaking up the team, and it is used as an issue in a later episode.
  • Driven to Suicide: Chloe
  • Easily Forgiven: Andrew was evil and people got killed, and now he...bakes. It's a thing.
  • Environmental Symbolism: The BEWARE OF THE DOG sign reappears in the alley where Spike fights the demon.
  • Eternal English
    Dawn: Translation's gonna be a bitch. Do you know that ancient Sumerians do not speak English?
    Buffy: They're worse than the French.
  • Evil Gloating: The First materialises as Chloe next to her hanging corpse to give its own "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Potentials.
  • Evil Makeover: The redheaded Wicca worries about "going brunette".
  • Exact Eavesdropping: The First repeats Buffy's words back to the Potentials.
    "They're not all gonna make it. Some will die, and nothing I can do will stop that."
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Spike tells the others to stand aside and let him do what he does best. He goes to fight the demon and...
  • Foreshadowing
    • Buffy sees Chloe crying in her dream.
    • Buffy's Cruel to Be Kind approach only succeeds in alienating the Potentials, which sets up the events of "Empty Places".
    • The Shadow Men say Buffy is the last guardian of the Hellmouth.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Spike strikes a match on the dead demon and lights up a ciggie.
  • Hell Is That Noise: All the spooky sounds that start up with the magic lantern show freak out the characters.
  • He's Back: From Wimpyre to Blood Knight in one badass fight.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The First Slayer became this because she was instilled with the essence of a demon - thus explaining her behavior in "Restless". Buffy refuses to undergo the same procedure to become more powerful.
  • Hypocrite: Kennedy arrogantly shoots down Spike after he says he is going after the demon, claiming that the Potentials would do better because they were trained. Kennedy did even less well against the demon than Spike and she is the best trained of the Potentials.
  • Iconic Item: Spike throws on his Badass Longcoat in a He's Back moment.
  • It's What I Do: Willow gets two. First, trying to apologize to Kennedy for sucking the life out of her to get extra powerful...
    Kennedy: I thought it would be... I don't know, cool somehow. It just hurt.
    Willow: I'm really sorry. It's just, you were the most powerful person nearby, and... well, that's... that's how it works. That's how ''I'' work.
    • ...and then, after Buffy thanks her for bringing her back again. "Well, that's what I do."
  • Language of Magic: Spoofed.
    Willow: Via concursus tempus spatium audi me ut imperio Screw it! Mighty forces, I suck at Latin, OK? But that's not the issue. I'm the one in charge, and I'm telling you: Open up, portal, now!
  • Life Energy: Willow drains life force from Kennedy (and apparently Anya and Dawn) to increase her power. Kennedy is not happy about it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Buffy re the Hellmouth "blowing around May" is referencing the fact that the apocalypses usually occur as the season finales, which tend to air in May.
  • Living Shadow: The shadow casters tell the story of the creation of the First Slayer.
  • Lotus Position: Willow casting the spell.
  • Magical Negro: The Shadow Men have shades of this. To be fair though, since this takes place in the beginnings of the modern human race, which originated in Africa, there wasn't any other way. And they are not precisely pure hearted, what with pretty much creating the First Slayer through what tantamounts as rape
  • Magic Staff
    Buffy: I knew it. It's always the staff.
  • Mind Rape: The First pulls it on Chloe. And succeeds.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Dawn is teasing Buffy about bunking off her school studies when they open a door and find Chloe hanging from the ceiling.
    • Willow tells the others to put on the coffee as the spell might take a while — suddenly she's got Black Eyes of Evil and a banshee shriek.
  • Neck Snap: Spike killing the demon.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Buffy does a better job at breaking apart the team than The First Evil's attempts to do so. The. First. Evil. The consequences for her Everybody sucks but me attitude will bite her on the ass and hold on later in the season.
  • Not a Date: Spike and Anya.
  • Not So Different: The revelation that her Slayer power is of demonic origin explains a lot about Buffy's long-standing attraction to the Dark Side — her vampire boyfriends, the enjoyment she gets from inflicting violence, and her lack of guilt over being what is essentially a vigilante killer.
  • Oh, Crap!: Buffy turns down the Shadow Men's offer of greater power. They then give Buffy a vision of what lies in wait for her, an army of thousands of Turok-Han inside the Hellmouth.
  • "Open!" Says Me
    Anya: (points to the box) What's inside it?
    Wood: Mm, I don't know. It hasn't been opened since— (Buffy breaks off the lock with her bare hands) Well, since now.
  • Percussive Therapy: "A tussle like good for the soul."
  • Power Trio: The Shadow Men
  • Pun: Buffy describes Willow as "The Wicca Who Won't-a".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Buffy gives one to the Potentials and Scoobies. Anya even lampshades it later.
    Anya: You missed her "everyone sucks but me" speech. If she's so superior, let her find her own way back.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A literal version with the Shadow Men keeping the essence of the demon in a box.
  • Series Continuity Error: Spike left his black leather duster at Buffy's place after his Attempted Rape in "Seeing Red". Having it in a box in the Sunnydale High basement implies he had it with him all the time. Or that he got it back in the course of the past episodes.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Buffy jumps into the portal, knowing it will force Spike and Willow to overcome their insecurities to save her.
  • Squishy Wizard: It doesn't take much for Buffy to knock the Shadow Men on their keisters.
  • Staircase Tumble: Buffy is knocked down the stairs in her dream by the First Slayer.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Wood chucks some shuriken at the demon. They're about as useful as you'd expect.
  • Teach Him Anger: Buffy taunts Spike that he was more badass when he didn't have a soul.
    Spike: I did this for you. The soul, the changes — it's what you wanted!
    Buffy: What I want is the Spike that's dangerous. The Spike that tried to kill me when we met.
    Spike: (angrily) Oh, you don't know how close you are to bringing him out.
    Buffy: I'm nowhere near him.
  • Tempting Fate: Buffy says she's in some kind of simulation; one of the Shadow Men knocks her out with his staff. Later Buffy says, "Tell me something I don't know." The Shadow Men show her something she doesn't want to know.
  • Testosterone Poisoning / Terse Talker: Spike vs. Wood
  • That Came Out Wrong
    Wood: Buffy tells me you have been, um—oh, how shall I put it—experimenting. (Willow's eyes grow wide; she casts a "You said what?" glance at Buffy) With the magicks.
    • Anya is disappointed that Ensouled!Spike didn't fight a demon to the death when Buffy and Robin Wood walk into the conversation.
    Spike: No need to thank me. I'm just the one who beat him off.
    Buffy & Robin: ...
    Spike: Repelled him would perhaps be the better phrase. (Buffy smirks) Demon...
  • Translator Microbes: The Shadow Men's magic allow them to communicate with Buffy.
  • Unholy Holy Sword: The source of the Slayer's power is a demon that was merged with the girl who became the First Slayer.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • Buffy gets called out on the way she's acting towards everyone.
    • Kennedy is shocked when Willow drains her Life Energy.
    • Buffy tells off the Shadow Men over how they basically raped a young girl and then forced her to do their fighting for them.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kennedy clearly thinks she's in Full Metal Jacket. A little research into the film would reveal it was addressing her approach as the wrong one.
  • You Talk Too Much: The Shadow Men comment that "The First Slayer did not talk so much."