Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 7 E 16 Storyteller
Hello there, gentle viewers.
Andrew documents life for the Slayer and her friends. Meanwhile, Buffy needs to find out how to close the Seal of Danzalthar before it turns Sunnydale High into a war zone.
This was the last appearance for both Jonathan and Warren.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Andrew's narration. Also invokes AcCENT Upon The Wrong SylLABle:
Andrew: Buffy - Slayer of the Vam-PIREs.
Andrew: The wind was crew-ell.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Anya complains about Andrew hogging the toilet for half an hour. When she discovers he's making a documentary she says, "Why can't you just masturbate like the rest of us?"
- A Day in the Limelight: Andrew
- Aside Glance: Buffy winks at the camera during the first Imagine Spot.
- After-Action Patch-Up: Buffy patching up Wood's head wound.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Turns out everyone hates them instead.
- The Big Board: Andrew uses his whiteboard for exposition.
- Big "NO!" / My God, What Have I Done?: Andrew claimed he said these after killing Jonathan.
- Blank White Eyes / Evil Sounds Deep: Wood possessed by the Seal of Danzalthar.
- Book Ends: Andrew's bathroom monologues — the first where he's lost in his fantasy world, the last completely serious.
- Brand X: The raisin bran.
- Breather Episode: The last comic episode in BtVS.
- Brick Joke: The piglet from "Sleeper" runs past Buffy and Wood while they're checking out the basement.
- The Cheese Man from "Restless" appears for some blink-and-you-miss-it frames in Andrew/Jonathan's dream montage.
- The anti-cheerleader graffiti adorning the walls.
- Buffy Speak / Got Me Doing It
Buffy: It's like all the Hellmouth's energy is trying to escape in that one little spot, and it's getting all-—
Buffy: Careful. You're starting to speak like me now.
- Call Back to the plot from "Out of Mind, Out of Sight": Buffy catches an unnoticed girl in the middle of turning invisible, and manages to stop it.
- Captain Obvious: After encountering various chaos outside, Buffy enters Wood's office to find the principal holding an ice pack against his head, after having a rock thrown at him.
Buffy: Something is going on today.
Wood: Yes, well, um, that occurred to me as I ducked the other two rocks.
- Casual Kink: Xander and Anya have sex on Spike's bed (take that you evil bloodsucking fiend!) and complain that it's too bad Buffy took away Spike's chains.
- Catch the Conscience
- Circling Monologue: Buffy confronting Andrew in the basement.
- Comically Missing the Point: Andrew assumes Spike and Robin trading insults is a sign of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- Continuity Porn: Thanks to the Seal, the kind of weekly crises the Scoobies faced in the first few seasons all start happening at once - e.g, a girl turning invisible because no-one notices her. Buffy also mentions the swim team monsters and killer prom dogs to Robin.
- Conversation Cut
Andrew: (talking to Buffy in the graveyard) But the story needs—
(Hauled out of the bathroom by Anya) —to be told!
- Credits Gag: The monster of the Mutant Enemy Productions logo, instead of saying his famous "Grr, argh!", sings "We are as gooooooods!!!"
- Andrew says "Grrr, Arghh!" at one point, so the monster and Andrew must have decided to swap lines.
- Daydream Surprise: The Teaser opens with Andrew giving a Masterpiece Theater introduction — when Anya hammers on the door he's revealed to be sitting on the toilet.
- Death Equals Redemption: Explicitly mentioned and averted; Buffy forces Andrew to admit that being killed won't make up for his murder of Jonathan.
- Defictionalisation: You've seen the episode, now buy the Fun T-Shirt!
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Andrew lights up a pipe for his Masterpiece Theater introduction. Then starts coughing.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Willow snuggles with Kennedy during Buffy's Rousing Speech.
- Later subverted: Andrew walks in on Willow and Kennedy kissing on the sofa.
: Hey, here's something I think you're going to be interested in, gentle viewers. (zooms in on the window behind the sofa
) Look at the fine work Xander did on that replacing that window sash. You can't even tell it's new, it blends in so well. He's extraordinary.
- Documentary Episode: The episode makes Andrew's pre-existing inclination to fantasizing plot-relevant and use it for hilarious deconstruction of the other regulars at the same time.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?
- Andrew interviews Anya and Xander, and ends up acting like a marriage counsellor.
- The first Imagine Spot looks like a TV commercial for breakfast cereal.
- Andrew's video resembles badly-written fanfiction, especially with the blatant shipping.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: A flashback shows Andrew and Jonathan in Mexico, dreaming of events to come in Season 6. And for some reason the Cheeseman.
- Easily Forgiven: Kennedy is back with Willow, which could just be because it's sweeps week.
- Eye Scream: Sunnydale High students blind themselves to become Bringers.
- Failed Attempt at Drama
(as The Narrator
) Things are tense in Command Central this morning. Buffy is clearly concerned with some unknown danger, and the air is filled with foreboding.
Dawn: (drying dishes) Oh, um, we're out of raisin bran.
- Fake Video Camera View: Sometimes we see the red "REC" with the frame, when Andrew is recording something. Other times they show a green "PLAY" when he's reviewing video he shot earlier.
- Flashback Echo: Plenty — subverted with Andrew 'remembering' his confrontation with Dark!Willow. Clips of Andrew calmly using magic to ward off her attacks replace the scenes where Anya actually does so.
- Foreshadowing: Wood trying to kill Spike — a more planned attempt on his unlife will occur in "Lies My Parents Told Me".
- Girl on Girl Is Hot: Andrew brings his video camera into Buffy's living room to find Willow and Kennedy kissing on the couch. He comments that this is hot — and turns his camera to the window repair work recently done by Xander to which he was referring.
- Good Is Not Nice: Andrew asks if Buffy would have spilled his blood if the tears didn't work. Buffy doesn't answer.
- Buffy tells Spike not to kill the possessed students. Spike just says, "They'll live" and continues beating them up.
- Hate Plague: Created by the Seal of Danzalthar.
- The Heart: Xander of course.
Andrew: I'm gonna do your special intro later. "The man who is the heart of the Slayer machine."
- Homoerotic Subtext: Jonathan and Andrew share the same bed in Mexico.
- Imagine Spot
- Andrew starts filming Buffy — we see his POV in a super-produced ultra-glamorous style.
(V.O.): You've already met Buffy. (Buffy gracefully pours
herself a bowl of cereal, and shakes her hair sexily
in the breeze that comes from nowhere
, and looks directly into the camera
) She's beautiful, with a lion's heart and— (Buffy winks) and the face of an angel. She's never afraid 'cause she knows her side will always win. (A shirtless Spike enters view
, walking up to Buffy; they look as if they will kiss
, but don't
; instead, he touches her waist, and Buffy touches his arms as they nearly embrace) Buffy and Spike have some kind of history — you can feel the heat between them
. Although, technically, as a vampire, he's room temperature.
(Anya flits sexily into view, crossing in front of Spike and Buffy, twirling and eating from a bunch of grapes
, then smiling into the camera
) Anya, a feisty waif with a firey temper and a vulnerable heart that she hides, even from herself. (camera pans over to a blonde girl eating from a bowl of cereal) This lovely girl...I don't remember her name
Buffy: Oh, for God's sake. Is he doing that again? Can't we make him stop?
- First!Warren tells Andrew that killing his friend will lead to them ascending to a higher plane where they'll live as gods. Cut to the Trio dressed in togas and playing lyres, in a field of huge flowers, butterflies, gold bars and a unicorn.
Andrew: (singing) We are gods. Oh, we are gods. We are as gods. We are as goooods!
- In the Back / Conveniently Timed Attack From Behind: Wood tries to stake Spike while his back is turned, only to be tackled by a possessed student.
- I Reject Your Reality
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
It was cold last night, and the wind was crew-ell
, but the Slayer had a job to do."
- Knife Struggle: One of the alternate versions of Jonathan's death.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Loads
- Made of Evil
Andrew: This whole thing is being orchestrated by something called 'The First'. It's made up of all the evil in the whole world.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Pretty much everything from Andrew's POV.
- Mundane Utility: Andrew left the sacrificial dagger he used to kill Jonathan in with the other kitchen knives.
- Not so Above It All: Spike gets in Andrew's face about videotaping him. When Andrew interrupts to tell Spike the lighting is wrong, he changes position and repeats the same angry spiel.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Wood asks Buffy how she can tell the difference between her dreams and her visions.
Buffy: You're running to catch the bus naked? That's a dream. Army of vicious vampire creatures? That's a vision. Also, I was awake.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: The students turning into Bringers.
- Redemption Equals Death: Averted for now, but Andrew still thinks he deserves death and assumes he'll die in the final battle against the First.
- Rousing Speech: Spoofed — Andrew ducks out of the room when Buffy starts going into another soliloquy, noting that they can go on for some time. A few minutes later he looks to see if Buffy has finished — she's still going on and even Willow is trying to hide a yawn.
- Self-Serving Memory: When Andrew tries to justify killing Jonathan, we see various flashbacks which differ wildly each time. This prompts Buffy to point out indignantly that he has just completely changed his story.
- Serious Business
Buffy: Being in high school can feel like being at war
. Now it's true. The students feel like the teachers are out to get them. The Chess Club resents the French Club for taking the Activities Room, and, well, everybody hates the cheerleaders.
- Shipper on Deck: Andrew happily ships Buffy/Spike, Willow/Kennedy, Anya/Xander, and Wood/Spike. Subverted in that Andrew completely misreads the last two pairings.
- Smash to Black: The episode ends with Andrew turning off the camera.
- Special Edition Title
- The Storyteller
- Super Villain / Badass in a Nice Suit: Andrew's fantasy version of his past with the Trio. Also involves Technobabble and Technicolor Science.
- Swiss Army Tears: Andrew's tears close the Seal.
- Tears of Remorse: After several attempts to justify the murder of Jonathan, Andrew breaks down crying as he realizes he killed his only true friend in cold blood.
- Tempting Fate: Buffy shh's Wood because the crazy students might hear him. Wood points out that they're all the way down the corridor, only for a student to step out from behind a locker and hit him in the face with a fire extinguisher.
- Title Drop/Phantasy Spelling: "Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyrs". Andrew actually pronounces "Vampyr" slightly differently to make the point, putting the stress on the second syllable rather than the first.
- Trashcan Bonfire: Inside a trashed Sunnydale High for no apparent reason.
- Unreliable Narrator
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Spoofed with Andrew's fantasy scene; Spike (who'd been fully dressed a moment before) walks into frame shirtless and starts making out with Buffy.
- Why Don't You Just Stake Him?: Averted; Wood tries to stake Spike the moment he sees an opening.
- Your Head Asplode: The Hellmouth is making metaphors become literal truths; this includes a student whose head literally explodes from stress, splattering against the window of Principal Wood's office.