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Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 7 E 10 Bring On The Night

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"Sorry to barge in. We have a slight apocalypse."
Rupert Giles
"I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of hell, and it is gonna swallow me whole. And it'll choke on me."

Giles arrives with several potential Slayers. Buffy fights the übervamp only to find herself outmatched.

  • Analogy Backfire / Unsafe Haven: "As safe as houses" is not a good analogy to use when the house you're in has a boarded-up window from the last visit by an evil force.
  • Ankle Drag: The übervamp grabs Buffy as she's trying to crawl out of the hole to escape.
  • Answer Cut: When Buffy is left under a pile of rubble by the übervamp we cut to the First saying to Spike, "Do you know why you're still alive? Because I'm not finished with you yet."
  • Anti Climax Cut: Buffy declares she has the "best plan ever" for finding information on the First. Cut to her looking up "evil" on the internet.
  • Badass Boast / Rousing Speech / This Means War!: Buffy gives the first of many, many, many speeches.
    Buffy: I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of Hell, and it's going to swallow me whole. (Beat) And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Oh, we'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run... do it now. Because we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them and cut out their hearts one by one until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There's only one thing on this Earth more powerful than evil. And that's us. Any questions?
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  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Willow is searching on the internet and finds information on the First!...Bank of Delaware, sorry.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted for Buffy and Spike. Played straight with Dawn as the cut on her cheek is finally gone and left nary a scar.
  • Blatant Lies: Buffy and Wood explaining to each other what they're doing in the school basement with shovels.
  • Bound and Gagged: Andrew is tied to a chair, and when he talks too much he gets his mouth duct-taped shut.
  • Break the Badass: Averted; Buffy looks like a domestic violence victim by the end, but shows she's still got a good speech in her.
  • Broken Heel: Buffy sprains an ankle fighting the übervamp, slowing her down when she tries to flee through the factory.
  • Buffy Speak: Xander on seeing the seal of Danthazar. "Whoa. Check out the goat-heady badness." On seeing Wood in the basement with a shovel, Buffy congratulates him on his "full-service principaling".
  • Call-Back:
    • Buffy and Giles walking through a Sunnydale full of Christmas decorations. The First was introduced in the Christmas episode "Amends".
    • After repairing the Summers house yet again, Xander feels he's caught in a "Groundhog Day" Loop like the "mummy hand" ("Life Serial").
  • Captain Obvious
    Andrew: Listen to me, man. I've got a bad feeling about this.
    Xander: Of course you've got a bad feeling, dude. You're tied to a chair.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Xander is making jokes while the Potentials are scared to death waiting for night to fall and the übervamp to come crashing in.
    Willow: Xander? Newbies. Let's ease them in to the whole jokes-in-the-face-of-death-thing.
  • Continuity Nod: The First's true appearance as a horned demon-like creature was first seen in "Amends"
  • Cliffhanger Copout: No mention is made of how Giles escaped the axe-wielding Bringer. Or indeed, if he did at all...
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Spike gets tortured by the First For the Evulz.
  • Daydream Surprise: An exhausted Buffy keeps dropping off and dreaming of her mother. Due to the First appearing as Joyce before, it appears to be happening again until Buffy wakes up — unless of course the First is infiltrating her dreams as it did in "Amends".
  • Demonic Possession / Evil Sounds Deep / Black Eyes of Evil: Willow tries a location spell to find the First. It doesn't go well.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: The majority of Spike's interactions with the First while the latter is impersonating Drusilla. At one point, an amused Spike points out that he knows he's talking to an illusion because the real Drusilla is far crazier than the First's impersonation. At the end of the episode, though incredibly worn out, Spike dares the First to keep torturing him, because no matter what, it won't turn him back into its puppet. When The First angrily inquires as to why, Spike replies that Buffy's faith in him is just that much of a morale booster.
    First!Drusilla: Choose a side. Choose our side. You know that it's delicious. What do you say?
    Spike: Dru, love — get bent.
    • And earlier...
    First!Drusilla: Do you know why you're alive?
    Spike: Never figured you for existential thought, love. I mean, you hated Paris.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Being possessed by the First makes Willow afraid to use her magic powers for the next few episodes, so Buffy has to defeat the übervamp the old-fashioned way.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Xander breaks the First's hold on Willow by breaking the bowl she's using for the location spell.
  • Eldritch Abomination: We have a brief glimpse of the First's true face.
  • Evil Plan/Kill ’Em All: The First has been killing off all the potential Slayers (and their Watchers) so when Faith and Buffy die there won't be anyone left to guard the Hellmouth.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef
    Dawn: Annabelle and Molly are starved and I totally burnt the mac and cheese. Oh, um, I'll put hot sauce on it, tell 'em it's an American thing, say it's blackened.
  • Death by Looking Up: Buffy drops a load of heavy pipes on the übervamp's head. Turns out it's Not Quite Dead.
  • Fake Brit: The first of many bad accent imitations due to Annabelle and Molly being played by American actresses Courtnee Draper and Clara Bryant.
  • Flashback Cut: Buffy remembering her dreams about the murders of the other Potentials.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Andrew isn't impressed by the name of The First for an ultimate evil, preferring something like Lex Luthor or Voldemort.
  • For Science!: Dawn re burying a time capsule (her excuse for being in the Sunnydale High basement with a shovel).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Kennedy comes on to Willow, who's a bit flustered. Meanwhile, Dawn is on kitchen duty...
    Willow: You wanna do the sleeping arrangements?
    Kennedy: OK. You better not hog the covers. (exits)
    Willow: What?!?
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Spike being tortured in The Teaser. The übervamp blocks the camera's POV, then we hear a terrible scream from Spike that seamlessly smash cuts to the Title Sequence.
    • Also, Annabelle's death (see below) is off-screen while the camera looks at her necklace falling to the ground.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Averted; the übervamp grabs Annabelle around the neck — cut to her bloody cross necklace dropping to the ground.
  • I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Subverted — Buffy claims to not have time to sleep and patch herself up; unsurprisingly, the Ubervamp kicks her bruised insomniac ass.
  • If I Had a Nickel
    Buffy: It claimed to be the original evil, the one that came before anything else.
    Anya: Please, how many times have I heard that line in my demon days? "I'm so rotten, they don't even have a word for it. I'm bad. Baddy bad bad bad. Does it make you horny?" (everyone stares at her) Or terrified. Whatever.
  • Immune to Bullets: Buffy has an Oh, Crap! moment when the übervamp yanks her stake out of his heart.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Andrew would rather everyone think of him this way.
    "I admit I went over to The Dark Side, but only to pick up a few things."
  • Luck-Based Search Technique: Giles and Buffy go looking for the underground cavern where she saw the First in "Amends". As Giles walks across a clearing he hears a great crash from behind him, and turns to see a hole where Buffy was standing.
    Buffy: Found it!
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: The First appears to Spike in the form of Drusilla, but Spike tells her the real Drusilla is even crazier.
  • Mr. Exposition: Giles fills in the audience on the First and the Turok-Han.
  • Neck Lift: The übervamp's favourite move.
  • Nerd Glasses: Worn by Anya while doing research.
  • Not Himself: Giles seems demoralised by the death of his colleagues on the Council and the scope of the threat they are facing. Why, he hasn't even hugged anyone...
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: An exhausted Buffy has a Daydream Surprise dream in the middle of her counselling session. Naturally the kid concerned walks out, especially when Buffy can't even remember his name.
  • Oh, Crap!: Buffy drops hundreds of pounds of metal pipes on the übervamp and starts limping away. Then it pulls itself out of the pile...
  • Punch Catch: The übervamp catches Buffy's punch, twists her into an armlock and slams her head against a stalagmite.
  • Red Herring: Buffy saying she's doing to have to go out and find the First Evil, only to open the door and find herself facing Giles. As she goes to hug him several Potentials walk through the door, blocking her off.
  • Running Gag: As mentioned, this marked the beginning of Buffy's habit of going into soliloquy at the drop of a hat.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Annabelle
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
    Willow: Buffy, I want you to know that I'm really sorry for letting you down. You know, here before with the magic going all Arrrrgh! and me going all Eeeeee! and everything getting all Rrrrrr!
  • Series Continuity Error: Spike being subjected to Water Torture, despite the well-established fact that vampires don't breathe. Though the psychological aspects can't be much fun either. Word of God is that it was written as holy water, and the effects guys failed to add the smoke and sizzle.
  • Shout-Out: When the others are skeptical of Xander's plan to use the pantry as a trap, he says, "You saying M. Night Shyamalan lied to us?", referring to when an alien was easily trapped inside a pantry in Signs.
  • Speak in Unison: Xander and Andrew discover they are Not So Different when they share a geek moment, much to Xander's annoyance.
  • Spiteful Spit / Blood from the Mouth: Buffy spits blood in the übervamp's face. It's not exactly bothered by this, but it does provide a distraction so Buffy can escape.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Dawn and Anya are discussing what nasty things they can do to Andrew to make him wake up, only for Buffy to walk in. They quickly sit down.
    Dawn: Hi. (Buffy stares at them, but they avoid eye contact) Nothing.
    Buffy: What?
    Dawn: (wringing hands) Oh, um, I thought you were gonna ask us what we were doing.
  • There Is Only One Bed: And Kennedy is entirely willing to share it with Willow.
  • Titled After the Song
  • Water Wake-up: While he's unconscious and tied to a chair, Dawn tries to wake Andrew up, first by slapping him and later by throwing cold water in his face. Neither method works, but he comes to on his own before she can try throwing hot water on him. Since Buffy doesn't approve of this, Dawn and Anya try to pretend the water came from Andrew drooling all over himself.
  • The Worf Effect: The Turok-Han kicks the shit out of Buffy and leaves her for dead.
  • You Taste Delicious: First!Drusilla to Spike, though of course she can't actually touch him.

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