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Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 7 E 22 Chosen
Are you ready to be strong?
The final battle against the First.
- All Women Love Shoes: Buffy casually suggests the Scoobies engage in some Retail Therapy after they've defeated the Ultimate Evil.
Giles: Well, now aren't we gonna discuss this? Save the world to go to the mall?
Buffy: I'm having a wicked shoe craving.
Xander: Aren't you on the patch?
Willow: Those never work.
- Always Someone Better: Angel gets jealous because Spike has a soul too, and is involved with Buffy. Spike is pissed because Buffy still loves Angel.
- Analogy Backfire: Buffy tries to pass off her Angel snog as 'just saying hello.'
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: When Buffy announces that she killed Caleb, Willow's reaction is "Well, all right!".
- Anyone Can Die: Anya and Mauve Shirt Amanda are killed in the battle.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Angel bluntly asks if she's in love with Spike, Buffy is noticeably thrown for a moment.
- Back for the Finale: Angel, though he doesn't stay.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Giles says Buffy's plan is...bloody brilliant.
- Berserk Button: Anya rouses herself to face The Legions of Hell by thinking of floopy...hoppy...bunnies!
- Big Badass Battle Sequence
- Big "OMG!" / Oh My Gods!: Willow gasps out "Oh...my...Goddess!" while turning into one.
- Blatant Lies: Andrew makes up one last story, that Anya died heroically saving his life instead of telling Xander she was virtually cut in half from behind by a Bringer.
- Book Ends: The conversation between Buffy, Xander, Giles and Willow before the final fight mirrors one at the end of "The Harvest", and that conversation is the first time that all four of them have been back to Sunnydale high since Season 4. Likewise Angel backing away from Buffy into the shadows, as he did after their first meeting in "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
- After that conversation, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles walk down the hall. Giles is the first to split away from Buffy, then Willow, and lastly Xander, in reverse the order in which they met in "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
- There are certain elements of this throughout the whole season, as Buffy metaphorically goes "Back to the Beginning" and finds the origin of the Slayer Line.
- Blood Magic: Buffy, Faith and the Potentials cut their palms to open the Seal fully, with all the implied menstrual overtones.
- Bond One-Liner: Subverted slightly after Buffy kills Caleb by slicing him in two. When Angel asks her where he is, she replies "He had to split", then breaks into nervous giggles.
- Xander is fighting an ubervamp when Dawn opens a skylight, dusting it.
- Brain Bleach: After hearing Caleb is dead, Xander suggests they all have a party in his eye-socket, squicking everyone out with the image.
- Brick Joke
- In the Alternate Reality Episode "The Wish" (in which Buffy never came to Sunnydale) Giles phones up Buffy's Watcher to try and get her help. The Watcher complains that Buffy is very busy, what with Cleveland being a hotbed of demonic activity; Giles and the Watcher end up arguing over whether there's a Hellmouth in Sunnydale too. At the end of "Chosen" the Scoobies rejoice over having closed the Hellmouth, to which Giles dourly replies there's another one in Cleveland.
- The opening two-parter of the series finished with Giles saying, "The Earth is doomed" in response to the Scoobies less-than-serious attitude to their task. Here the Scoobies act in a similar matter, causing Giles to say, "The Earth is definitely doomed."
- Bring My Brown Pants: As the cast march into Sunnydale High for the final battle, Xander tells the Potentials where the bathrooms are. If they don't have to go, he suggests they picture what they're about to face — an army of Ubervamps under the Hellmouth. "Better to go now." Later one of the Potentials regrets not taking his advice when seeing what's facing them.
- Buffy Speak: "Splainy?" "Not much with the damseling."
- Call Back
- Buffy to Angel: "And what was the highlight of our relationship? The time you broke up with me or the time I killed you?"
- Andrew thanking his brother Tucker for inspiring him to raise demons ("The Prom").
- Buffy complains about Angel turning up and acting jealous whenever she has a boyfriend, which also happened with Riley Finn in "The Yoko Factor".
- Buffy, Faith and the Potentials charge into the Hellmouth, and then a flashback to what the plan was, similar to the end of Season Five when we find out what Buffy said to Dawn just prior to jumping in "The Gift".
- Angel can hardly believe that Buffy is involved with Spike; the last time he saw them together in "Lovers Walk", he had to restrain Buffy from staking Spike on the spot. Whereas in that same episode, Spike expressed his disbelief that Buffy and Angel were involved, as the last time he saw them they were trying to kill each other.
- The Champion: Spike asks for the amulet Angel brought. Buffy explains that it has to be worn by a champion, which Spike clearly thinks isn't him. Buffy then pointedly hands the amulet to Spike.
- The Chosen Many: Slayer Army!
- Collapsing Lair
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Turok-Han fall victim to this. Even Dawn gets to kill one.
- Conveniently Empty Town: Just as well the entire population of Sunnydale decided to switch off their Weirdness Censor, eh?
- Cowardly Lion: Vi and Rona turn into Blood Knights once they gain their Slayer powers.
Vi: (watching thousands of ubervamps charging towards her) These guys are dust.
- Cower Power: Andrew cowers behind Anya as the battle begins, even though she'd readily agreed earlier that the opposite should happen.
So that leaves me and the Dungeon Master
in the north hall?
Andrew: We will defend it with our very lives.
Anya: Yes, we will defend it with his very life.
Anya: Good, yes, thanks.
- Credits Gag: The Grrr Argh! monster turns his head to snarl directly at the audience.
- Crossover: Angel makes an appearance with the file and amulet given to him by Lilah Morgan in "Home".
- Dare to Be Badass
Buffy: Every girl who could have the power, will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?
- Deadpan Snarker: Lampshaded by Anya when she says she assumed Andrew would be terrified and she'd be sarcastic about it. Turns out they're both terrified.
- Dead Person Conversation
Giles: I'll go dig up my sources. Quite literally, actually, two of the people I have to talk to are dead...
- Deus ex Machina: The amulet and the Scythe.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Joss Whedon left the question of whether Spike and Buffy have a Pre-Climax Climax deliberately vague.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Buffy taunts the First over it's inability to do anything but taunt, and suggests it adopt the name "The Taunter" instead.
- Dies Wide Open: Played straight with Amanda, then subverted with Robin Wood, who's only faking to tease Faith.
- Does This Make Me Look Fat?: In the Hilarious Outtakes.
Joss Whedon: Does this series finale make my butt look big?
Voice from off-camera: No. You make your butt look big.
Joss Whedon: (fake crying) Waah.
- The Dog Bites Back: In the montage of Potentials all over the world suddenly gaining Slayer powers, one girl in the process of being slapped by an Abusive Parent catches his hand and Death Glares.
- Double Entendre
- Buffy tells Spike that Angel was just passing through. Spike retorts, "Oh, just popped by for a quickie then?"
- Faith tells Wood to have a little faith. He mutters, "I think I've had my share."
- Double Vision: Buffy vs. First!Buffy. Snark-to-Snark Combat ensues.
- Dying Declaration of Love: As foretold by Cassie in "Help", Buffy finally says she loves Spike, though he doesn't believe her. Still, this is the first Love Confession Buffy has made to any boyfriend since the tragic events of "Innocence" in Season 2, so even her willingness to say it means something.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The Core Four survive the final battle, Buffy faces the prospect of a normal life where she no longer has the sole burden of being the Slayer, Faith meets a decent man who challenges her cynical isolationist crap, and Spike is reincarnated in the spin-off series.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Spike walks out in disgust over how Buffy is fawning over Angel, right after which she starts making up excuses why Angel should leave.
- Executive Meddling: Originally the series finale was planned as a two-hour event. Unfortunately UPN only ordered 22 episodes instead of the required 23.
- Failed a Spot Check: Xander is shouting out for Anya, but fails to see her dead body as she's lying among a pile of Bringer corpses.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Buffy coyly tells Spike that Faith is still using her bed, only for Spike to respond indignantly that she's not buying him off after having snogged Angel. "I have my pride, you know!"
Buffy: (looks sad) I understand. (turns to walk away)
Spike: (intercepting her) Clearly you don't, 'cause the whole "having my pride" thing was just a smokescreen.
Buffy: (sighs with relief) Oh, thank God!
- Andrew giving an Oscar award-type farewell speech, only for Anya to cut him off. "Nobody cares."
- Fatal Attractor: Buffy finally realises this isn't her fault, and she can concentrate on Mr Right Now as opposed to finding Mr Right.
- Felony Misdemeanor: "We destroyed the mall? I fought on the wrong side."
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: Buffy tells Angel it could be years before she's ready to settle down permanently with a guy, but she does sometimes think that far ahead. Angel says he's not getting any older.
- Foreshadowing: The Angel/Spike rivalry continues in Season 5 of Angel, and the two eventually do fight it out in "Destiny" (oil is not involved).
- The Four Loves: The Core Four reaffirm their connection, Spike shows Unconditional Love with his Heroic Sacrifice, and the ending leaves it ambiguous whether Buffy's love for Spike is Romantic or Platonic.
- Freudian Slip: Willow has to do some powerful magic, and tells Kennedy she might have to kill her if she turns evil. Kennedy retorts, "Bite me!" Willow says, "I will...I mean I do mean it."
- The Glomp: Dawn hugs Buffy after she survives Sunnydale's destruction.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Which is just as well. When Angel asks where Caleb is, Buffy pointedly looks in two different places.
- Grand Finale
- Green-Eyed Monster: Bangel vs. Spuffy
Buffy: Like I haven't had enough jealous vampire crap for one night.
- Groin Attack: To end all groin attacks — Superpowered Slayer. Scythe. Slice in half from the groin up.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Annoyed over their mutual jealousy, Buffy suggests putting her two vampire ex-boyfriends in a room together so they could fight out their frustrations. She then adds with a certain amount of relish, "There could be oil involved." Note that this trope is a view held by much of the show's fanbase as well.
- Half Truth: Buffy says she needs Angel to go back to Los Angeles, to prepare a second line of defense if she can't hold the Hellmouth. Angel however is picking up the distinct smell of Spike, and realises she's wants him out of the way to avoid confusing the issue.
- Handicapped Badass: Rona fights with one arm in a cast.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: For once not played for laughs or denial. Angel wants to know if Spike is Buffy's boyfriend. Buffy says no, but then says frankly "He is in my heart."
- Held Gaze: Spike/Buffy in the basement (Fade to Black) and during his Heroic Sacrifice. Also Buffy indulges in a brief moment of "basking" when Angel first turns up.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Heroic Second Wind: Buffy's stabbed by a random ubervamp, but after some taunting from the Big Bad, dramatically rises to her feet and carries on kicking ass.
First Evil (in the form of Buffy): That was a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down. What more do you want?
- Hey, It's That Guy!: The lead actors from all four of Joss Whedon's television shows appear in this episode. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, David Boreanaz as Angel, Nathan Fillion as Caleb (Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly) and Eliza Dushku as Faith (Echo on Dollhouse).
- Holding Hands: Buffy and Xander exchange a hand squeeze before they part ways.
- Hollywood Tactics: Buffy's plan to even the odds in the coming battle of her gang of Potential Slayers vs. the hundreds of uber-powerful vampires lurking in the Hellmouth is to have Willow cast a spell that will upgrade them all to full Slayer status. Fine, but instead of waiting safely for a few minutes until the spell is complete and then entering the arena fully powered-up and prepared, they instead inexplicably charge into the Hellmouth and hide out on a ledge hoping not to be seen. They are immediately spotted, and have to begin the fight severely outgunned and hold the line until Willow finishes casting. They should have waited in the basement above and chopped the ubervamps as they tried to crowd through the narrow Seal but hey; Rule of Cool.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: Vi is seen shouting at a wounded Rona to stay awake. The Season 8 comics show she survived.
- Hypocritical Humor
Xander: That's not what we're calling them, sweetie.
Anya: Not to their faces. What, am I insensitive?
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: After being stabbed in the guts with a sword, Buffy still masters enough Heroic Second Wind to slay a bunch of ubervamps, outrun the collapse of Sunnydale, and leap onto a moving bus.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: Spike exalts in the feel of his soul burning as he dies.
- Immortal Immaturity
Angel: You know, I started it. The whole "having a soul". Before it was all the cool new thing.
Buffy: Oh my god. Are you twelve?
- Intertwined Fingers: Buffy and Spike do this even though Spike's hand has burst into flame.
- Ironic Echo / Breaking Speech
First!Buffy: Into every generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. She alone will have the strength and skill to... There's that word again! What you are, how you'll die — Alone.
- Karmic Death: Caleb the Crazy Misogynist Guy gets his knackers chopped by Buffy the Feminist Icon.
- Killed Off for Real: Anya and Amanda.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Caleb
- Lame Comeback: Subverted: Buffy doesn't give one of her trademark snappy comebacks because the First has just given her a Eureka Moment.
- Lame Pun Reaction: After her "had to split" quip, Buffy notes that she hasn't had a good pun in a while.
Angel: That would still be the case.
Buffy: Hey, my kill, my wordplay.
- The Legions of Hell
- Let Them Die Happy: Attempted. Spike is saving the day but also burning up in the sunlight. As he's dying, Buffy says she loves him. Spike responds, "No you don't, but thanks for saying it."
- Light Is Good / Power Glows / Power Dyes Your Hair: Instead of the return of Dark!Willow, Willow glows and her hair turns white.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: By the finale, Willow is considerably more powerful than Buffy, and is one of the most powerful witches on earth.
- Little Girls Kick Shins: Buffy comes home and is confronted by her little sister who was supposed to be packed off with Xander. Dawn Death Glares at Buffy, then kicks Big Sis in the shin.
Buffy: If you get killed, I'm telling.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: The first Ubervamp was a tough enemy even for Buffy. By the time of this episode even Anya and Dawn manage to kill some.
- Made of Plasticine / Diagonal Cut: Anya gets sliced almost in half by a Bringer armed with a short sword.
- Meaningful Echo: In the Season 6 episode "Dead Things" it's Buffy who replies "No you don't" to Spike's "I love you".
- Major Injury Underreaction: Mocked by First!Buffy as Buffy lies bleeding on the ground in front of her.
"Gee Mommy, this mortal wound is all itchy."
- Near Villain Victory: Spike's amulet doesn't work. Buffy is mortally wounded, Faith is down and so is Kennedy. Then suddenly they all get up again.
- Neck Snap: Amanda's death.
- Never Say Goodbye: Buffy calls out to Dawn as she's leaving for her allocated area. Dawn turns and says firmly, "No. Anything you say is gonna sound like good-bye." Buffy then turns to the rest of the Scoobies and engages in their usual Gallows Humor.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The First taunts Buffy over how she'll always be alone. This gives Buffy the idea of sharing her Slayer power with all the Potentials.
- Later, it's the First taunting her again that gives Buffy the strength to finish the fight.
First!Buffy: Oww! Mommy, this mortal wound is all itchy. You pulled a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down. What more do you want?
Buffy: I want you to get out of my face!
- The Nicknamer: Captain Peroxide vs. Tall, Dark and Forehead.
- Not Quite Dead: Was anyone surprised when Caleb got to his feet again?
Buffy: OK...how many times do I have to kill you? Ballpark figure.
- Not So Dire: Several of the gang are shown looking at a map, discussing where they're standing and what they're planning to do. It turns out that they're not planning the final battle which may well decide the fate of the world — they're playing Dungeons & Dragons.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: Wood is not surprised that Faith doesn't. He thinks it's because she's a Slayer, but when she explains her grim view of men ogling her he teases her that he's more attractive than she is, goading and intriguing her into first trying to do him on the spot, then continuing their relationship.
- Oh, Crap
- Offhand Backhand / Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Faith after taking over the scythe from Buffy.
(shooting script) She holds out her scythe to Faith. A moment, and Faith takes it. Stabs the guy behind her without looking at him. And then goes apeshit on the fuckers.
- One Last Smoke: The script includes a (never filmed) scene in which Giles and Robin Wood share a "hand rolled cigarette" before the final battle.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Buffy. Sword. Gut. Roof Hopping.
- Outside-the-Box Tactic
- Percussive Therapy: Spike pounds away at a punching bag on which he's stuck a crude drawing of a vampire with Spiky Hair.
- Person as Verb: Angel is going all Dawson on Buffy.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Spike's amulet shoots beams of light which incinerate the attacking ubervamps and collapse Sunnydale on top of the Hellmouth.
- Physical God: Instead of going all black-eyed and veiny as she feared, Willow turns into a White Magic goddess.
- Pretender Diss: The First derides Buffy's "Wanna-slay Brigade".
- Pseudo Crisis: The last episode implied that Spike might fall under the First's influence due to jealousy. He just goes and works out his frustrations on a punching bag.
- Redemption Equals Death: Averted; Andrew is stunned that he didn't die as expected.
- Rousing Speech
Buffy: I hate this. I hate being here. I hate that you have to be here. I hate that there's evil, and that I was chosen to fight it. I wish, a whole lot of the time, that I hadn't been. I know a lot of you wish I hadn't been either. (Kennedy and Rona look away) But this isn't about wishes. This is about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes, not when its army is ready, now. Tomorrow morning I'm opening the seal. I'm going down into the hellmouth, and I'm finishing this once and for all. Right now you're asking yourself, "what makes this different? What makes us anything more than a bunch of girls being picked off one by one?" It's true none of you have the power that Faith and I do. So here's the part where you make a choice.
- Roof Hopping: Buffy chasing the bus, with the buildings collapsing behind her as she runs.
- Rule of Cool: Joss has specifically cited this as the reason why all of the ubervamps suddenly start dying a lot easier than in "Bring On The Night", even when being fought by normal humans.
- Rule of Symbolism: Buffy sharing a Friendship Moment with the Core Four, who peel off from her one by one until she walks alone...to where the Potentials are waiting.
- Running Gag: Spike knocking down the Welcome to Sunnydale sign, as he did in "School Hard" and "Lovers Walk" (also Rule Of Threes). Andrew complaining that he has swimmer's ear.
- Save The World Climax
- Saying Too Much:
- Security Cling: Averted; Buffy is eager to share her bed with Spike, platonically or otherwise, but in the middle of the night she starts gets up and starts pacing the basement, when the First appears.
Buffy: Talk on. I'm not afraid of you.
First: Then why aren't you asleep in your dead lover's arms?
- Shaped Like Itself: Faith re Not Staying for Breakfast.
"Look, I'm sorry if it seemed like I was blowing you off the other day. I was just trying to, you know, blow you off."
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Buffy's brilliant comeback to First!Buffy.
- Slices, Dices, and Makes Julienne Fries: Buffy re the Scythe.
"It slices, it dices, it makes Julie-Anne Preacher."
- Slow Motion: The melee shot of Buffy decapitating an ubervamp while the others fight in the background.
- Smells Sexy / The Nose Knows: Angel gets jealous when he picks up the Signature Scent of Spike on Buffy.
Buffy: You vampires. Did anybody ever tell you the whole smelling people thing's a little gross?
- Subverted when Buffy meets up with Spike later and he immediately starts snarking about Angel. Buffy says, "Let me guess, you smelt him." Spike responds that he also used his "enhanced vampire eyeballs to watch you kissing him." Busted!
- Superman Stays out of Gotham: Angel lends only meager support in Buffy's final battle, despite evidence of The First Evil operating in Los Angeles (an assassin with a Bringer knife attempting to kill Faith in prison.)
- Staking the Loved One: Willow tells Kennedy she might have to kill her if she turns evil.
- Storming the Castle
- Take Up My Sword: After Buffy is injured, she passes the Scythe to Faith. When Faith is caught in a Dog Pile of Doom, she throws it to Rona who, after slaying a few ubervamps, tosses it back to Buffy after her Heroic Second Wind.
- Talk To The Sword: Buffy rallying her troops is interrupted by her being run through with a sword from behind.
- Tears of Black Blood: Caleb after getting knocked down the first time.
Are you ready to finish this, bitch?!
- That Came Out Wrong: Buffy explaining why she's not ready for a permanent relationship (namely with Angel).
I'm cookie dough, I'm not done baking yet, I'm not done becoming whoever the hell it is I'm going to be... maybe one day I turn around and realize I'm cookies, and then if I want someone to eat me... (beat)
Er, enjoy "delicious cookie" me...
- Too Much Information: Willow. Kennedy. Pierced tongue. Dawn winces, Giles looks like he's about to hurl and even Buffy struggles for a second during the speech.
- Took a Level in Badass: All the Potentials become Slayers. The previously timid Vi is a particular example.
- Trash the Set: On a huge scale with the entire town of Sunnydale collapsing into a huge pit.
- The Triple
It's very powerful and probably very dangerous. It has a purifying power, a cleansing power; possibly scrubbing bubbles
. The translation is, uh...anyway, it bestows strength to the right person who wears it.
- Unpredictable Results: No-one knows how the amulet is going to help.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee / Once More with Clarity
- Waking Non Sequitur / Real Dreams Are Weirder: Spike wakes up shouting, "I'm drowning in footwear!" He may well have been Dreaming of Things to Come as Spike turns up in Los Angeles, mecca of many shoe stores according to Cordelia in "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
- Wasn't That Fun?: Willow keels over from exhaustion, saying the spell was "nifty". Kennedy then runs downstairs and starts slaying at full power. "I could get used to this!"
- "What Now?" Ending
Willow: The First is scrunched, so... what do you think we should do, Buffy?
Faith: Yeah, you're not the one and only Chosen anymore. Just gotta live like a person. How's that feel?
Dawn: Yeah, Buffy. What are we gonna do now?
- Where It All Began: The final epic battle takes place where the series began — Sunnydale High.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Buffy realizing (see Nice Job Fixing It, Villain) that the first Watchers invented the "one-Slayer" rule, and that Willow was powerful enough to change that rule, giving every potential Slayer in the world their power simultaneously.
- You Shall Not Pass vs. Onrushing Army
- You Watch Too Much X
Angel: (handing Buffy a file) I got coverage on the whole thing. It's very gripping. It needs a third act.
Buffy: You have to leave L.A.