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Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 6 E 15 As You Were

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Riley: I've been up 48 hours straight tracking down something bad. Now it's come to Sunnydale.
"I gotta tell you, Buffy, I'm a little bit intimidated. I mean, patrolling with the real live Slayer, you're like ... Santa Claus, or Buddha, or something."

Riley returns to enlist Buffy's aid in tracking down a demon black market dealer.

  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Buffy gets pissed off when a vampire doesn't want to eat her.
  • Battle Couple: Riley returns with his wife, Sam, who is equally action-y as him.
  • BFG: Riley wields a USAS-12 shotgun. Though in a Fridge Logic moment he hands it to Buffy at the one time a full-auto shotgun would have come in useful.
  • The Bus Came Back: Riley returns!
  • Blatant Lies
    Dawn: How's the soon-to-be newlyweds? Nervous?
    Anya/Xander: NO!
    Dawn makes rapid exit...
    • And:
    Riley: National Forestry Service, we got a wild bear!
  • Brick Joke: Riley loves Buffy's new haircut. Not so the burger smell.
    Buffy: You smelled the smell?
  • Bridezilla
    Anya: "Planning this marriage is like staging the invasion of Normandy."
    Xander: "Without the laughs. We should have eloped."
    Anya: "No. I've been through too much planning this wedding, and it is going to happen. It is going to be our perfect, perfect day if I have to kill every one of our guests and half this town to do it."
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  • Buffy Speak: Buffy's not exactly Gun Girl.
  • Call-Back
    Sam: You got a safe house?
    Buffy: I have a house. I think it's safe. Sometimes you can't even leave.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Averted; Buffy finally admits out loud that she's sleeping with Spike, and that admission helps her to end their self-destructive relationship.
  • Character Development: Riley's time away and her new relationship with Sam have made him get over his toxic feelings of inadequacy with regards to Buffy.
  • Consummate Liar: Spike doesn't even blink when Buffy tells him she's looking for a demon trafficker called the Doctor.
  • Dogged Nice Guy:
    • Riley could have legitimately killed Spike, and no doubt wanted to, but he won't do it unless Buffy agrees.
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    • Sam could be excused for being wary of her husband's superhero former flame, but she's never anything but nice to Buffy (which only makes her feel worse).
  • Double Entendre:
    • Spike suggests that as Buffy won't let him come inside her house it's time she came...outside. Cue Spuffy sex on the lawn.
    • Dawn sees the grass stain on the back of Buffy's coat and asks if a vampire got rough with her. Buffy mutters, "He's not getting any gentler."
  • Easily Forgiven: Buffy decides not to get on Spike's case about being the black market dealer, because that's just Spike being Spike. She dumps him instead, but it's her being Cruel to Be Kind rather than an attempt to get back at him.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Riley Perp Sweating Spike. "We can do this the hard way, or the fatal way."
  • Explosive Breeder: The Suvolte demon can make a lot of young very fast.
  • Fast-Roping: Buffy and Riley down the side of the dam — a good opportunity for UST.
  • First-Name Basis: When Buffy breaks up with Spike, she uses his given name "William".
  • Geographic Flexibility: Sunnydale now has a dam.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Spike: I can't go inside, so ... maybe the time is right ... for you to come outside.
  • Golden Moment: Though everyone but Buffy hugs Riley.
    Riley: You're up, you're down ... it doesn't change what you are. And you are a hell of a woman.
  • Happily Married: Riley and Sam are married and their relationship contrasts the dysfunctions currently in Buffy and Spike's relationship. As the episode ends, the former leave together but the latter break up.
  • Homoerotic Subtext:
    Anya: You know, if you love Riley Finn so much, maybe you should just marry him.
    Xander: He's taken. And that's not the point.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Lampshaded when Buffy asks Riley, "Were you always this tall?"
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Buffy's life is in a rut. Her old flame turns up and sees her wearing a silly hat. He turns out to be married. Then he catches her in bed with an evil bloodsucking fiend, who turns out to be the black marketeer they're looking for.
    • Spike gets knocked around by both Riley and Buffy, his black market deal falls through, then his girlfriend blows up his lair and dumps him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Willow says she'll be petty and nasty to Sam on Buffy's behalf. She eventually calls Sam a bitch — after she's left.
  • I Can Explain: Spike is just holding the demon eggs for a friend—(Buffy punches him in the face)
  • Idiot Ball: Spike not keeping the Suvolte eggs frozen. The eggs start to hatch so Buffy has to firebomb his crypt.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Buffy seems about to tell Riley that she tried to stop him leaving in "Into the Woods", but then changes it to say she just regrets things didn't work out between them.
    • Riley tells Buffy he has authorization to terminate 'The Doctor', but won't do so unless that's what Buffy wants.
    • Spike insists that there's nothing wrong with them being together even if Buffy's being weak and selfish, until she says that it's killing her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Sam asks Willow to help out using magic, only to learn that Willow is a recovering magic addict.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Riley walks in on Buffy and Spike in bed together. Despite having threatened to kill Spike in "Into the Woods" if he ever touched Buffy, Riley resists the temptation to blow the smug vampire's head off.
  • Kill It with Fire: Buffy throws Riley's grenade belt down into the crypt to destroy the Suvolte hatchlings. Spike is later shown contemplating the burnt out wreckage of his once-comfy crypt.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Splitting up is used as an excuse so Buffy can leave Sam to go and shag Spike.
  • Love Martyr: Buffy tells Spike she's just using him for her own selfish needs. Realising that Buffy is serious about breaking up, Spike hastens to say that he's really not complaining about that.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Buffy has sex with Spike on the lawn of her house while Dawn is waiting for her inside.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Spike lets lose his frustrations about Buffy.
    Spike: Well, that's bloody funny coming from you! No more games? That's all you've ever done is play me. You keep playing with rules you make up as you like. You know what I am. You've always known. You come to me all the same.
  • Meaningful Echo
    • Spike will unconsciously repeat Riley's "You are a hell of a woman" in "Touched", and in much the same context.
    • "Tell me that you love me." Warren demanded the same from a brainwashed Katrina in "Dead Things".
    • "Girl just needs a little monster in her man." Spike said this to Riley in "Into the Woods".
  • Misery Poker: Buffy and Riley promise to swap stories if they get a chance and see whose were more exiting/dangerous/crazy etc. She asks if he died, and when he says he didn't, she says, "I'm going to win."note 
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Justified for once — Buffy is embarrassed when Riley bursts in on them, so she cowers behind the sheet while a smirking Spike doesn't hide his naked body.
  • Moment Killer
  • Mundane Solution: Buffy says the Suvolte demon is too fast to chase. Description Cut to them chasing after it in Riley's SUV.
  • Neck Snap: Buffy kills the Suvolte demon with her hands and a quick jerk instead her customary stake.
  • The Nicknamer: Xander refers to Sam/Riley as Nick and Nora Fury. Sam calls her husband Captain Can-Do.
  • "No" Means "Yes": Averted; Spike is initially amused by Buffy's break-up speech, assuming she'll come back to him as she always does. Buffy admits she still desires him, but sticks to her guns.
  • The Nose Knows: Played with; a vampire comes after Buffy, calling her "little girl", not recognizing who she is because she reeks of Doublemeat food. When he gets close enough to engage her in combat he gets two scent-based realizations: he's fighting the Slayer, and the Doublemeat in her system is too overpowering to be appetizing.
  • Obligatory Joke: On Riley's sweet ride.
    Buffy: Nice wheels.
    Riley: They came with the car.
  • Oblivious Mockery: Sam asks Buffy if she's seeing someone. Buffy waffles on that she doesn't need a guy at this time.
    Sam: Yeah, better no guy than the wrong guy, that's for sure.
  • Pet the Dog: After finding out that Willow is a recovering magic addict, Sam tells her that she knew two shamans who became addicted and are "gone, as in, there's nothing left" and admires Willow's strength to quit.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Suvolte Demon when Riley fails to tell Buffy they need the demon alive. He also fails to mention he's married, but as Buffy (who on their last encounter had been furious with him) was acting like the flirty, quirky girl he'd fallen in love with, his reluctance to drop that particular bombshell was understandable if not excusable.
  • Pun
    Buffy: "We need to stop this thing before Sunnydale turns into the Trouble Meat Palace. ... I wish I'd said something different."
  • Puppy-Dog Pout: Spike's reaction to Buffy refusing to let him into the house for sex is adding a pout when asking her to come out.
  • Rugged Scar: Riley now has a standard Awesome McCool scar across his left eye.
  • Rule of Symbolism: At the end of the episode after dumping Spike, Buffy walks out of his crypt into the light.
  • Saying Too Much
    Dawn: Some vamp get rough with you?
    Buffy: He's not getting any gentler.
    Willow: He?
    Buffy: They! know...vampires in a...general sense...
  • Selective Obliviousness
    Riley: (butt-strokes Spike in the face) Where are the eggs?
    Buffy: The can't be Spike....
    Spike: No need to defend me, luv.
    Buffy: (punches Spike in the face) It can't be, he's too incompetent. It's just Spike, Riley—
    Riley: Right — deadly, amoral, opportunistic...or had you forgotten?
  • Sex for Solace: "Being with you makes things simpler. For a little while."
  • Shout-Out: Buffy makes a Star Trek reference by comparing the Suvolte demons to Tribbles, before explaining it away as a side-effect of dealing with the Trio for too long.
  • Spider-Sense: Buffy senses Spike lurking outside her house, though he says it doesn't count as he wasn't exactly hiding.
  • Spy Catsuit: Riley provides Buffy with her own kevlar 'ninja wear'.
  • Suggestive Collision: Two such collusions occur with Buffy/Riley, and the latter's wife happens to see one of them.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Buffy is upset that Riley has gotten married, so she flees back to Spike's arms.
    Buffy: Tell me you love me.
    Buffy: Tell me you want me.
    Spike: I always want you. (smiling) In point of fact—
    Buffy: Shut up. (pulls him down onto the bed)
  • Skewed Priorities: Buffy is pre-occupied with the Doublemeat Palace, i.e. "My hat has a cow." "You smelled the smell?"
  • Smug Snake: Spike can't resist riling Riley over how he's boffing Buffy.
    "Well, looky here. I don't usually use the word delicious but I've gotta wager this little tableau must sting a bit, eh? Me and your former? Must kill. What can I say? Girl just needs a little monster in her man."
  • Stock Phrases: Riley says he's going to search Spike's crypt.
    Spike: Over my dead body.
    Riley: I've seen enough of your dead body for one night, thanks.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Buffy blows up Spike's crypt using Riley's grenade belt.
  • Talk to the Fist: Buffy punches Spike every time he pisses her off, sometimes cutting him off.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: This macho-contest is chuckle worthy.
    Riley: Glad to be back in Sunnydale. The locals all speak English, and I know who to beat for information. It's all brought me here.
    Spike: Look, Crew Cut. She's not your bint any more. And if I can speak frankly, she always had a little thing for me, even when she was shagging you.
    Riley: Nice. That's very distracting. Now tell me, before I get unprofessional... (pointing his gun at Spike) ...where are the eggs, Spike?
  • This Is the Part Where...: Spike quickly realises Buffy is going to break up with him, but doesn't take it seriously. "I've memorized this tune, love. I think I have the sheet music."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sam — from Peace Corp volunteer to Action Girl.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: A vampire takes a raincheck on trying to eat the Slayer because she stinks of fried food. Next moment a stake is hurled into his heart.
  • The Triple
    Riley: You want me to say that I liked seeing you in bed with that idiot? Or that blinding orange is your very best color? Or that that burger smell is appealing?
    Buffy: (appalled) You smelled the smell?
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Averted; Dawn asks if Riley is going to split all secret-agenty like last time. Instead Riley and Sam are pulled up into a helicopter while everyone waves goodbye.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Spike's claim of five hours of sex; Really?
  • Walk-In Chime-In
    Buffy: Oh, why can't I get this stupid jingle out of my head?
    Vampire: (leaping out in front of her) Least of your problems now, little girl.
  • Weirdness Censor: Rampaging demon = wild bear.
  • Wham Line
    Riley: That's not why I'm here...Doctor.
  • Writer on Board: Guns = Never useful. Riley brings one but he hands it to Buffy in a situation where it might have been useful.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Buffy calls Spike 'William' when breaking up with him, ironically showing him more respect than when they were lovers.
  • "You!" Exclamation
    Buffy: Doublemeat Palace, how can I help— (realises the 'customer' is Riley)!
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Buffy is on the way home from her shift at a Greasy Spoon when a vampire tries to eat her, only to back off because she smells terrible. Buffy naturally takes offense.
    "You're dead! You smell like it! How do you get to say I'm the one who's stinky?"
  • You Talk Too Much: Spike
    Riley: Can't you make him shut up?
    Buffy: Not so far.

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