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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Council threatens to have Giles deported back to Britain where he'll have to eat blood sausage, bangers and mash.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Council threatens to have Giles deported back to Britain where he'll Britain; Xander comments that it's a terrible punishment, as Giles will have to eat live on a diet of blood sausage, bangers and mash.


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[[caption-width-right:284:"Oh, you've gotta be kidding me."]]

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[[caption-width-right:284:"Oh,
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Oh,
you've gotta be kidding me."]]
"'']]


* CallBack: Reference is made to the events of "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E12Helpless Helpless]]" and "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Primeval]]".

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* CallBack: Reference is made to the events of "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E12Helpless Helpless]]" Helpless]]", "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You]]", and "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Primeval]]".


* BeethovenWasanAlienSpy: During a history lecture about how UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was hard to kill, Buffy hints that he and certain Prussian generals may have been vampires; her professor is not impressed.

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* BeethovenWasanAlienSpy: BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: During a history lecture about how UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was hard to kill, Buffy hints that he and certain Prussian generals may have been vampires; her professor is not impressed.


* BeethovenWasanAlienSpy: During a history lecture about how UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was hard to kill, Buffy hints that he and certain Prussian generals may have been vampires; her professor is not impressed.



* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Joyce watches ''Series/{{Passions}}'' with Spike.

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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Joyce watches ''Series/{{Passions}}'' with Spike.



* BeethovenWasanAlienSpy: During a history lecture about how UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was hard to kill, Buffy hints that he and certain Prussian generals may have been vampires; her professor is not impressed.



* ShutUpHannibal: Buffy delivers one back to Travers for all the {{Breaking Speech}}es she's been getting recently.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Buffy delivers one back to Travers for all the {{Breaking Speech}}es [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]] she's been getting recently.



* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Buffy when Travis starts by questioning her use of '[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits civilians]]'.


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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Buffy when Travis starts by questioning her use of '[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits civilians]]'.


->''"You're Watchers. Without a Slayer, you're pretty much just watching Masterpiece Theater. You can't stop Glory. You can't do anything with the information you have except maybe publish it in the Everyone Thinks We're Insane-Os Home Journal. So here's how it's going to work. You're going to tell me everything you know. And you're going to go away. You'll contact me if and when you have any further information about Glory. The Magic Shop will remain open. Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher reinstated at full salary."''

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->''"You're Watchers. Without a Slayer, you're pretty much just watching Masterpiece Theater.''Series/MasterpieceTheatre''. You can't stop Glory. You can't do anything with the information you have except maybe publish it in the Everyone ''Everyone Thinks We're Insane-Os Home Journal.Journal''. So here's how it's going to work. You're going to tell me everything you know. And you're going to go away. You'll contact me if and when you have any further information about Glory. The Magic Shop will remain open. Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher Watcher, reinstated at full salary."''



Glory is at her place, panting, sweating and in obvious pain. Dreg and another one of her minions rush into the room to her aid, bringing along with them a hysterical mailman. They carry her to the crying man and help her put her fingers to his temples to drain away his all of his sanity. She gets up, refreshed, and the disoriented mailman wanders away. The other demon warns her that she has even less time now to use The Key, but Glory isn't worried. She explains that if Buffy is the only obstacle between her and The Key, she won't need much time at all.

Quentin Travers and a team of Watchers arrive at the Magic Box. They disrupt the business, sending paying customers home, and criticize Giles' handling of merchandise. They announce that the Magic Box will be closed for the duration of the Council's stay in Sunnydale. Giles is frustrated and takes an antagonistic position and then learns that the Council plans on conducting an extensive review of Buffy (her methods, skills, and abilities). Quentin announces that they have information on Glory but won't reveal it until Buffy's skills have been comprehensively tested and she proves she can handle the information.

In Buffy's history class, the teacher is discussing how Rasputin was considered nearly impossible to kill. Buffy challenges the professor to look at the history from a different angle but he shoots her ideas down with scathing criticism and sarcasm, embarrassing her in front of the entire class. That night, Buffy complains about class to a vampire she's fighting until she is thrown off balance. Spike suddenly appears, flying over a tombstone to tackle and stake the vampire. He expects gratitude from her, but Buffy tells him he is getting in her way. The two then verbally attack each other.

Jinx confronts Ben at the hospital and relays a message from Glory, who wants Ben's assistance in gathering useful information about the Slayer. He accidentally lets slip that the key is a human. Before Jinx can run and tell Glory, Ben beats up the demon. Quentin informs Buffy and Giles that she must pass the review or he will shut down the shop and deport Giles. Buffy and Giles realize that they must cooperate with the Council, which is powerful enough to carry out all its threats. Buffy worries that she may fail, placing everyone in even greater danger.

Council members interview the rest of the Scooby Gang, including Spike, for information about the Slayer. Lydia interviews Spike and she reveals she wrote her thesis on him. With the exception of Spike (who declares her to be "slipping" because she "can't keep a man"), they all try not to incriminate Buffy in any way, and each tries to justify his usefulness to her (without making it sound like Buffy actually needs help, of course). In the training room, Buffy is blindfolded and her fighting skills are tested against one of the council members, but she does not pass the test.

Upon returning home, Buffy finds Glory in her living room. After Dawn sees her and departs, Glory openly threatens to kill Buffy's loved ones and friends and force her to watch her do so. Visibly disturbed, Buffy takes Dawn and Joyce to Spike for protection. Although Spike initially protests the sudden increase of "manly responsibilities", he agrees to look after them; after a moment's awkwardness, Joyce and Spike discover their shared addiction to "Passions" and sit down to watch it together.

On her way to the shop to meet with the council for a comprehensive review of her plans and strategies, several well-armed men wearing medieval fighting gear attack Buffy. Buffy takes them out and discovers from the last conscious one that they are the Knights of Byzantium and are in town to destroy The Key. They consider her their enemy because she protects The Key.

Buffy returns to the shop and informs Quentin that she is not going to deal with the review anymore. She now knows that she holds power against both Glory and the Council because they both need something from her: Glory needs to know where The Key is, and the Council needs her to make their jobs meaningful. She delivers an authoritative speech justifying the participation of each of her friends and demands that Giles be reinstated as her Watcher (receiving retroactive pay from the month of his dismissal). She finally instructs the Council to give her the information that she needs.

Quentin reluctantly agrees to her terms. He then informs Buffy that Glory isn't a demon.. she's a God.

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Glory is at her place, panting, sweating sweating, and in obvious pain. Dreg and another one of her minions minions, Jinx, rush into the room to her aid, bringing along with them a hysterical mailman. They carry her to the crying man and help her put her fingers to his temples to drain away his all of his sanity. She gets up, refreshed, and the disoriented mailman wanders away. The other demon Jinx warns her that she has even less time now to use The the Key, but Glory isn't worried. She explains that if Buffy is the only obstacle between her and The the Key, she won't need much time at all.

Quentin Travers and a team of Watchers arrive at the Magic Box. They disrupt the business, sending paying customers home, and criticize Giles' handling of the merchandise. They announce that the Magic Box will be closed for the duration of the Council's stay in Sunnydale. Giles is frustrated and takes an antagonistic position and then learns that the Council plans on conducting an extensive review of Buffy (her methods, skills, and abilities). Quentin announces that they have information on Glory but won't reveal it until Buffy's skills have been comprehensively tested and she proves she can handle the information.

In Buffy's history class, the teacher is discussing how Rasputin UsefulNotes/{{Rasputin|TheMadMonk}} was considered nearly impossible to kill. Buffy challenges the professor to look at the history from a different angle angle, implying that Rasputin was a vampire or other immortal, but he shoots her ideas down with scathing criticism and sarcasm, embarrassing her in front of the entire class. That night, Buffy complains about class to a vampire she's fighting until she is thrown off balance. Spike suddenly appears, flying over a tombstone to tackle and stake the vampire. He expects gratitude from her, but Buffy tells him he is getting in her way. The two then verbally attack each other.

Jinx confronts Ben at the hospital and relays a message from Glory, who wants Ben's assistance in gathering useful information about the Slayer. He accidentally lets slip that the key Key is a human. Before Jinx can run and tell Glory, Ben beats up the demon. Quentin informs Buffy and Giles that she must pass the review or he will shut down the shop and deport Giles. Buffy and Giles realize that they must cooperate with the Council, which is powerful enough to carry out all its threats. Buffy worries that she may fail, placing everyone in even greater danger.

Council members interview the rest of the Scooby Gang, including Spike, for information about the Slayer. Lydia interviews Spike and she reveals she wrote her thesis on him. With the exception of Spike (who declares her to be "slipping" because she "can't keep a man"), they all try not to incriminate Buffy in any way, and each tries to justify his usefulness to her (without making it sound like Buffy actually needs help, of course). In the training room, Buffy is blindfolded and her fighting skills are tested against one of the council Council members, but she does not pass the test.

Upon returning home, Buffy finds Glory in her living room. After Dawn sees her and departs, Glory openly threatens to kill Buffy's loved ones and friends and force her to watch her do so. Visibly disturbed, Buffy takes Dawn and Joyce to Spike for protection. Although Spike initially protests the sudden increase of "manly responsibilities", responsibilities," he agrees to look after them; after a moment's awkwardness, Joyce and Spike discover their shared addiction to "Passions" ''Series/{{Passions}}'' and sit down to watch it together.

On her way to the shop to meet with the council Council for a comprehensive review of her plans and strategies, several well-armed men wearing medieval fighting gear attack Buffy. Buffy takes them out and discovers from the last conscious one that they are the Knights of Byzantium and are in town to destroy The the Key. They consider her their enemy because she protects The the Key.

Buffy returns to the shop and informs Quentin that she is not going to deal with the review anymore. She now knows that she holds power against both Glory and the Council because they both need something from her: Glory needs to know where The the Key is, and the Council needs her to make their jobs meaningful. She delivers an authoritative speech justifying the participation of each of her friends and demands that Giles be reinstated as her Watcher (receiving retroactive pay from the month of his dismissal). She finally instructs the Council to give her the information that she needs.

Quentin reluctantly agrees to her terms. He then informs Buffy that Glory isn't a demon.. demon... she's a God.
god.

->'''Buffy:''' ... Oh.



!Tropes:
* AnachronismStew: The Knights of Byzantium dress as medieval knights, with swords, [[SimpleStaff quarterstaffs]] and chain-mail armour.

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!Tropes:
!! Tropes in this episode include:
* AnachronismStew: The Knights of Byzantium dress as medieval knights, with swords, [[SimpleStaff quarterstaffs]] quarterstaffs]], and chain-mail armour.



* BadassNormal: Buffy re Xander.
-->'''Watcher:''' The boy? No power there.
-->'''Buffy:''' "The boy" has clocked more field time than all of you combined. He's part of the unit.
* BlatantLies: A Watcher asks Willow and Tara if they're registered as witches. They answer "Uh... sure." He then asks what level they're registered as, and Tara blurts out "Five!" As he writes it down, we see Willow mouth "Five?!?" and Tara responds with the internationally recognized Shrug Of I Have Absolutely No Idea What I Just Said.
* BreakingSpeech: Buffy gets these from Spike, Glory and her history professor, but she refuses to take it from the Watcher's Council.

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* BadassNormal: Buffy re re. Xander.
-->'''Watcher:''' The boy? No power there.
-->'''Buffy:'''
there.\\
'''Buffy:'''
"The boy" has clocked more field time than all of you combined. He's part of the unit.
* BlatantLies: A Watcher asks Willow and Tara if they're registered as witches. They answer answer, "Uh... sure." He then asks what level they're registered as, and Tara blurts out out, "Five!" As he writes it down, we see Willow mouth mouth, "Five?!?" and Tara responds with the internationally recognized Shrug Of of I Have Absolutely No Idea What I Just Said.
* BreakingSpeech: Buffy gets these from Spike, Glory and her history professor, but she refuses to take it from the Watcher's Watchers' Council.



-->"Allo, Buffy; here's some stuff we know, pip pip."
* BookEnds / IronicEcho: Travis and later Buffy saying re the other, "I think s/he understands me."
* CallBack: Reference is made to the events of "Helpless" and "Primeval".
* CoughSnarkCough
-->'''Buffy:''' Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher, reinstated at full salary...
-->'''Giles:''' ''(cough)'' Retroactive.
-->'''Buffy:''' ...to be paid retroactively from the month he was fired.

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-->"Allo, -->'''Xander:''' Allo, Buffy; here's some stuff we know, pip pip."
* BookEnds / IronicEcho: Travis and later Buffy saying re the other, "I think s/he understands me."
pip.
* CallBack: Reference is made to the events of "Helpless" "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E12Helpless Helpless]]" and "Primeval".
"[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E21Primeval Primeval]]".
* CoughSnarkCough
CoughSnarkCough: Giles steps in to up his pay as Buffy delivers her speech.
-->'''Buffy:''' Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher, reinstated at full salary...
-->'''Giles:''' ''(cough)'' Retroactive.
-->'''Buffy:''' ...
salary...\\
'''Giles:''' ''[cough]'' Retroactive.\\
'''Buffy:''' ...
to be paid retroactively from the month he was fired.



* ContinuityNod: Xander is still injured after the events of "Triangle".

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* ContinuityNod: Xander is still injured after the events of "Triangle"."[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E11Triangle Triangle]]".



-->'''Giles:''' You all stand around and look somber. ''(They do just that)'' Good job.
-->'''Travers:''' You used to respect us, Giles. You used to be one of us.
-->'''Giles:''' You used to pay me.

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-->'''Giles:''' You all stand around and look somber. ''(They ''[they do just that)'' that]'' Good job.
-->'''Travers:'''
job.\\
'''Travers:'''
You used to respect us, Giles. You used to be one of us.
-->'''Giles:'''
us.\\
'''Giles:'''
You used to pay me.



-->'''Giles:''' Buffy's come very far recently. She's acquired a remarkable focus.
-->''(Cut to Buffy yawning in class)''

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-->'''Giles:''' Buffy's come very far recently. She's acquired a remarkable focus. \n-->''(Cut \\
''[cut
to Buffy yawning in class)''class]''



* DracoInLeatherPants: An InUniverse version where Lydia, a female Watcher, is clearly a Spike fangirl.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: An InUniverse version where Lydia, a female Watcher, is clearly a Spike fangirl. She rather breathlessly confesses to him that he was the subject of her dissertation.



-->'''Glory:''' I'll kill your mom, I'll kill your friends ... and I'll make you watch when I do.
* {{Foreshadowing}}

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-->'''Glory:''' I'll kill your mom, I'll kill your friends ...friends... and I'll make you watch when I do.
* {{Foreshadowing}}{{Foreshadowing}}:



* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Giles has a NotSoStoic moment and does this to Quentin Travers when [[PapaBear he tries to lean on Buffy]]. Given that Watchers are the epitome of the StuffyBrit stereotype, the personal space violation is the same as in Japan -- another Watcher immediately moves to hold Giles back.

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* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Giles has a NotSoStoic moment and does this to Quentin Travers when [[PapaBear he tries to lean on Buffy]]. Given that Watchers are the epitome of the StuffyBrit stereotype, the personal space violation is the same as in Japan -- another Japan--another Watcher immediately moves to hold Giles back.



* InterrogationMontage:

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* InterrogationMontage: Interviewed by the Watchers' Council, the Scoobies fall all over themselves trying to simultaneously justify their closeness with Buffy and convey that she operates just fine without any help. Except Spike, who just throws her under the bus.
* IronicEcho: Travis and later Buffy saying regarding the other, "I think s/he understands me."



-->'''Giles:''' 'They're all right when it comes to the rough stuff, a little ham-handed but they get it done. But this stuff, bureaucracy, pulling political strings, paperwork... this is where they're the best in the world. They can kill you with a stroke of the pen.'
* OhCrap: The look on Buffy's face in the final bit of dialogue in the episode, wherein [[WhamLine Quentin reveals that Glory is a god]], is one of the most notable ones in the series, and for very good reason -- she's faced demons, Old Ones, vampires, and all manner of evil. Glory being revealed as a god makes her realize that for the first time in six years as a Slayer, she is out of her element and she has no idea what to do.

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-->'''Giles:''' 'They're They're all right when it comes to the rough stuff, a little ham-handed but they get it done. But this stuff, bureaucracy, pulling political strings, paperwork... this is where they're the best in the world. They can kill you with a stroke of the pen.'
pen.
* OhCrap: The look on Buffy's face in the final bit of dialogue in the episode, wherein [[WhamLine Quentin reveals that Glory is a god]], is one of the most notable ones in the series, and for very good reason -- she's reason--she's faced demons, Old Ones, vampires, and all manner of evil. Glory being revealed as a god makes her realize that for the first time in six years as a Slayer, she is out of her element and she has no idea what to do.



* PercussiveTherapy: After being publically humiliated by her history lecturer, Buffy takes out her frustrations on a random vampire.
-->'''Buffy:''' 'Some of us are here to learn, professor!' 'Maybe you'd like to teach your own class!'
-->'''Vampire:''' (confused) Who are you talking to?

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* PercussiveTherapy: After being publically publicly humiliated by her history lecturer, Buffy takes out her frustrations on a random vampire.
-->'''Buffy:''' 'Some "Some of us are here to learn, professor!' 'Maybe professor!" "Maybe you'd like to teach your own class!'
-->'''Vampire:''' (confused)
class!"\\
'''Vampire:''' ''[confused]''
Who are you talking to?



* RasputinTheMadMonk [[BeethovenWasanAlienSpy and Certain Prussian Generals Were Vampires]]: Buffy hints at this; her history lecturer is not impressed.

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* RasputinTheMadMonk [[BeethovenWasanAlienSpy and Certain Prussian Generals Were Vampires]]: BeethovenWasanAlienSpy: During a history lecture about how UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk was hard to kill, Buffy hints at this; that he and certain Prussian generals may have been vampires; her history lecturer professor is not impressed.



-->'''Travis:''' The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument by which we fight. The Council remains, the Slayers change. It's been that way from the beginning.
-->'''Giles:''' (scornfully) Well, that's a very comforting, bloodless way of looking at it, isn't it?
* SayingTooMuch: Willow's and Tara's interview.
--> '''Nigel:''' Well, I need to know a little bit more about the Slayer. And about both of you. Your relationship, whatever you can tell me.
--> '''Tara:''' O-ou-our relationship?
--> '''Willow:''' We're friends.
--> '''Tara:''' Good friends.
--> '''Willow:''' Girlfriends, actually.
--> '''Tara:''' Yes, we're girlfriends.
--> '''Willow:''' We're in love. We're... lovers. Lesbian, gay-type lovers. [''She puts her hand on Tara's leg.'']
--> '''Nigel:''' [Deadpan] I meant your relationship with the Slayer.

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-->'''Travis:''' The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument by which we fight. The Council remains, the Slayers change. It's been that way from the beginning.
-->'''Giles:''' (scornfully)
beginning.\\
'''Giles:''' ''[scornfully]''
Well, that's a very comforting, bloodless way of looking at it, isn't it?
* SayingTooMuch: SayingTooMuch:
**
Willow's and Tara's interview.
--> '''Nigel:''' --->'''Nigel:''' Well, I need to know a little bit more about the Slayer. And about both of you. Your relationship, whatever you can tell me.
-->
me.\\
'''Tara:''' O-ou-our relationship?
-->
relationship?\\
'''Willow:''' We're friends.
-->
friends.\\
'''Tara:''' Good friends.
-->
friends.\\
'''Willow:''' Girlfriends, actually.
-->
actually.\\
'''Tara:''' Yes, we're girlfriends.
-->
girlfriends.\\
'''Willow:''' We're in love. We're... lovers. Lesbian, gay-type lovers. [''She puts ''[puts her hand on Tara's leg.'']
-->
leg]''\\
'''Nigel:''' [Deadpan] ''[deadpan]'' I meant your relationship with the Slayer.



-->'''Quentin:''' Excuse me miss? Do you work here?\\
'''Anya:''' Yes I do. Ever since I moved here from South-Eastern Indiana where I was raised both by a mother ''and'' a father!\\
...\\
'''Anya:''' ''(in a later interview)'' Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins, twenty years old. Born on the fourth of July, and don't think there weren't jokes about that my whole life, mister, 'cause there were. "Who's our little patriot?" they'd say, when I was younger, and therefore smaller and shorter than I am now.\\
'''Watcher:''' ''(taking notes)'' So, you spell it A-N-Y-A, yes?\\
'''Anya:''' ''(sheepishly)'' Yes.\\

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-->'''Quentin:''' Excuse me me, miss? Do you work here?\\
'''Anya:''' Yes I do. Ever since I moved here from South-Eastern Indiana where I was raised both by a mother ''and'' a father!\\
...\\
father!\\\
'''Anya:''' ''(in ''[in a later interview)'' interview]'' Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins, twenty years old. Born on the fourth of July, and don't think there weren't jokes about that my whole life, mister, 'cause there were. "Who's our little patriot?" they'd say, when I was younger, and therefore smaller and shorter than I am now.\\
'''Watcher:''' ''(taking notes)'' ''[taking notes]'' So, you spell it A-N-Y-A, yes?\\
'''Anya:''' ''(sheepishly)'' ''[sheepishly]'' Yes.\\



* TerribleIntervieweesMontage
* ThatCameOutWrong

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* TerribleIntervieweesMontage
* ThatCameOutWrong
ThatCameOutWrong:



** Xander tells of how last year the Scoobies "combined our essences with Buffy...which isn't as weird as it sounds."

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** Xander tells of how last year the Scoobies "combined our essences with Buffy... which isn't as weird as it sounds."



-->'''Nigel:''' This is beyond insolence--
-->''(Buffy hurls a sword into the wall by his head)''
-->'''Buffy:''' I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.

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-->'''Nigel:''' This is beyond insolence--
-->''(Buffy
insolence--\\
''[Buffy
hurls a sword into the wall by his head)''
-->'''Buffy:'''
head]''\\
'''Buffy:'''
I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.



-->'''Quentin:''' Well, that's the thing, you see. Glory isn't a demon.
-->'''Buffy:''' What is she?
-->'''Quentin:''' [[OutsideContextProblem She's a god.]]
-->'''Buffy:''' [[OhCrap Oh.]]
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Glory is told that the "signs of alignment" are moving faster, so [[OrcusOnHisThrone she has to speed up her search for The Key]].

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-->'''Quentin:''' Well, that's the thing, you see. Glory isn't a demon.
-->'''Buffy:'''
demon.\\
'''Buffy:'''
What is she?
-->'''Quentin:'''
she?\\
'''Quentin:'''
[[OutsideContextProblem She's a god.]]\\
'''Buffy:''' ... [[OhCrap Oh.
]]
-->'''Buffy:''' [[OhCrap Oh.]]
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Glory is told that the "signs of alignment" are moving faster, so [[OrcusOnHisThrone she has to speed up her search for The the Key]].



-->"Ooh, I like her. She's sassy."

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-->"Ooh, -->'''Glory:''' Ooh, I like her. She's sassy."sassy.
----

Added DiffLines:

* OhCrap: The look on Buffy's face in the final bit of dialogue in the episode, wherein [[WhamLine Quentin reveals that Glory is a god]], is one of the most notable ones in the series, and for very good reason -- she's faced demons, Old Ones, vampires, and all manner of evil. Glory being revealed as a god makes her realize that for the first time in six years as a Slayer, she is out of her element and she has no idea what to do.


-->'''Quentin:''' [[OutsideContextVillain She's a god.]]

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-->'''Quentin:''' [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem She's a god.]]

Added DiffLines:

* InterrogationMontage:





The Watchers Council comes to Sunnydale to tell Buffy what they know about Glory, on condition that she proves herself worthy. A KnightTemplar order called The Knights of Byzantium also arrive to destroy The Key.

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\n\n\nThe Scooby Gang gather at Buffy's house to discuss the Council's plans to come to Sunnydale, which Buffy isn't happy about. She recalls that her two previous experiences with the Council put her life in serious danger, and wishes that they would just give her the information she needs without making the trip to Sunnydale.

Glory is at her place, panting, sweating and in obvious pain. Dreg and another one of her minions rush into the room to her aid, bringing along with them a hysterical mailman. They carry her to the crying man and help her put her fingers to his temples to drain away his all of his sanity. She gets up, refreshed, and the disoriented mailman wanders away. The other demon warns her that she has even less time now to use The Key, but Glory isn't worried. She explains that if Buffy is the only obstacle between her and The Key, she won't need much time at all.

Quentin Travers and a team of
Watchers arrive at the Magic Box. They disrupt the business, sending paying customers home, and criticize Giles' handling of merchandise. They announce that the Magic Box will be closed for the duration of the Council's stay in Sunnydale. Giles is frustrated and takes an antagonistic position and then learns that the Council comes to Sunnydale to tell plans on conducting an extensive review of Buffy what (her methods, skills, and abilities). Quentin announces that they know about Glory, have information on condition that Glory but won't reveal it until Buffy's skills have been comprehensively tested and she proves herself worthy. A KnightTemplar order called she can handle the information.

In Buffy's history class, the teacher is discussing how Rasputin was considered nearly impossible to kill. Buffy challenges the professor to look at the history from a different angle but he shoots her ideas down with scathing criticism and sarcasm, embarrassing her in front of the entire class. That night, Buffy complains about class to a vampire she's fighting until she is thrown off balance. Spike suddenly appears, flying over a tombstone to tackle and stake the vampire. He expects gratitude from her, but Buffy tells him he is getting in her way.
The two then verbally attack each other.

Jinx confronts Ben at the hospital and relays a message from Glory, who wants Ben's assistance in gathering useful information about the Slayer. He accidentally lets slip that the key is a human. Before Jinx can run and tell Glory, Ben beats up the demon. Quentin informs Buffy and Giles that she must pass the review or he will shut down the shop and deport Giles. Buffy and Giles realize that they must cooperate with the Council, which is powerful enough to carry out all its threats. Buffy worries that she may fail, placing everyone in even greater danger.

Council members interview the rest of the Scooby Gang, including Spike, for information about the Slayer. Lydia interviews Spike and she reveals she wrote her thesis on him. With the exception of Spike (who declares her to be "slipping" because she "can't keep a man"), they all try not to incriminate Buffy in any way, and each tries to justify his usefulness to her (without making it sound like Buffy actually needs help, of course). In the training room, Buffy is blindfolded and her fighting skills are tested against one of the council members, but she does not pass the test.

Upon returning home, Buffy finds Glory in her living room. After Dawn sees her and departs, Glory openly threatens to kill Buffy's loved ones and friends and force her to watch her do so. Visibly disturbed, Buffy takes Dawn and Joyce to Spike for protection. Although Spike initially protests the sudden increase of "manly responsibilities", he agrees to look after them; after a moment's awkwardness, Joyce and Spike discover their shared addiction to "Passions" and sit down to watch it together.

On her way to the shop to meet with the council for a comprehensive review of her plans and strategies, several well-armed men wearing medieval fighting gear attack Buffy. Buffy takes them out and discovers from the last conscious one that they are the
Knights of Byzantium also arrive and are in town to destroy The Key.
Key. They consider her their enemy because she protects The Key.

Buffy returns to the shop and informs Quentin that she is not going to deal with the review anymore. She now knows that she holds power against both Glory and the Council because they both need something from her: Glory needs to know where The Key is, and the Council needs her to make their jobs meaningful. She delivers an authoritative speech justifying the participation of each of her friends and demands that Giles be reinstated as her Watcher (receiving retroactive pay from the month of his dismissal). She finally instructs the Council to give her the information that she needs.

Quentin reluctantly agrees to her terms. He then informs Buffy that Glory isn't a demon.. she's a God.

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->''"You're Watchers. Without a Slayer, you're pretty much just watching Masterpiece Theater. You can't stop Glory. You can't do anything with the information you have except maybe publish it in the Everyone Thinks We're Insane-Os Home Journal. So here's how it's going to work. You're going to tell me everything you know. And you're going to go away. You'll contact me if and when you have any further information about Glory. The Magic Shop will remain open. Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher reinstated at full salary."''
-->--'''Buffy Summers'''





* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Glory pays BNuffy a surprise house visit.

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* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: Glory pays BNuffy Buffy a surprise house visit.

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*ObstructiveBureaucrat[=/=]NGOSuperpower: When Buffy asks Giles if the Council has the power to get him deported:
-->'''Giles:''' 'They're all right when it comes to the rough stuff, a little ham-handed but they get it done. But this stuff, bureaucracy, pulling political strings, paperwork... this is where they're the best in the world. They can kill you with a stroke of the pen.'


* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: If the Council fail to approve Giles, he'll be deported back to Britain where he'll have to eat blood sausage, bangers and mash.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: If the The Council fail threatens to approve Giles, he'll be have Giles deported back to Britain where he'll have to eat blood sausage, bangers and mash.


* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Joyce watches ''{{Passions}}'' with Spike.

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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Joyce watches ''{{Passions}}'' ''Series/{{Passions}}'' with Spike.

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