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Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 7 E 13 The Killer In Me

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"Now wait a minute, you think I'm evil if I bring a group of girls on a camping trip and don't touch them?"
Rupert Giles

Spike's chip begins malfunctioning. After kissing Kennedy, Willow is transformed into Warren Mears.

  • Abandoned Laboratory: Spike and Buffy go to the Initiative base to find the drugs they used to keep him passive, in the hope of reducing his pain.
  • Beautiful All Along: Willow asks why Kennedy would be interested in her. She replies, "Have you seen yourself?"
  • Buffy Speak
    Willow: For someone who's sick, you look surprisingly robust and casual dressy.
    • Lampshaded when Kennedy lists the things she finds attractive about Willow:
    Kennedy: I like the way you speak. Interesting.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Ah Kennedy, you really need to read up on Californian date rape laws.
  • Call-Back: Kennedy haters among the fans complained about her dodging her training to go on a date with Willow, but it's hardly different from the stunts Buffy would pull with Giles in the first few seasons in order to have a social life.
    • Riley Finn leaves the decision-making re Spike to Buffy, as he did in "As You Were" when he'd been given permission to kill Spike for selling demon eggs but (realising Buffy was now in a relationship with him) refused to unless she agreed.
    • An instant of happiness makes Willow forget her guilt, leading to her transforming into someone evil. Fortunately she got over it quicker than Angel(us) did.
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  • Character Tics: Warren had a distinctive downward-chopping gesture that he made with both hands whenever he was annoyed. This is used for a meaningful moment when Willow is being taken over by his personality.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pistol Willow buys becomes a plot point in the next episode.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Amy returns, as does Giles' fellow watcher Robson (offscreen).
  • Continuity Nod
    • Giles' description of the Vision Quest involving the "hokey pokey" was from a quip Buffy made in "Intervention".
    • Willow assumes she's put a spell on herself due to subconscious guilt, as happened in "Same Time, Same Place".
    • Willow threatens to tell some "non-yellow crayon stories" about Xander, referring to Xander talking Dark!Willow down from destroying the world with his story about Willow in kindergarten crying over a broken yellow crayon.
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    • The Wiccan group in UC Sunnydale last seen in "Hush", where Willow and Tara dismissed them as mere pretend witches. It appears they now have some genuine talent, though the practice of serious magic scares them off. And they still do bake sales.
    • Willow reenacts the shooting of Buffy and Tara in the garden of Buffy's home ("Seeing Red"). Alyson Hannigan does an amazing job copying Adam Busch's movements.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: The phone number Buffy calls in an attempt to contact the Initiative turns out to be a flower shop. This is likely a tongue-in-cheek reference to The Man From Uncle, whose New York Headquarters could be entered via Del Floria's tailor shop. It's later revealed that Agent Finn did in fact get the message.
  • Dead All Along: Only he's not.
  • Dramatic Drop: Andrew drops his plate on seeing 'Warren'.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: The Initiative making their entrance.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Andrew threatens to "do something evil" if he is left alone at the house.
    Andrew: Like... burning something or... gluing things together.
  • Flirting and Courtship: Kennedy describing the art of lesbian dating to Willow:
    "It's like flirting in code, it's using body language, and laughing at the right jokes. And looking into her eyes and knowing she's still whispering to you, even though she's not saying a word. And that sense that if you can just touch her, just once, everything will be okay. For both of you... [suddenly flippant] Or, if she's really hot, you get her drunk and see if she comes on to you."
  • Foreshadowing: Amy says of Kennedy how Willow had found herself a big Potential Slayer bodyguard. Big aside, she's gone all Blackwater personal protection in Season 9.
  • Gaydar
    Willow: What you think you have some special lesbidar or something?
    Kennedy: OK, you know there's a better word for that, right?
  • Gender Bender: Lampshaded in the scene where Willow (a lesbian in the body of a man) complains when Andrew (an Ambiguously Gay male with a Ho Yay attraction to Warren) keeps touching her.
  • The Glomp: Andrew hugs 'Warren', much to Willow's annoyance as he's inadvertently groping her breast region. Xander, Anya, Dawn and Andrew establish Giles' corporeal state by tackling him to the ground.
  • Held Gaze: Willow and Kennedy at the Bronze.
  • I Never Said I Was A Potential: Tips off Kennedy that Amy knows more about what Willow has been up to than she claimed.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Even given Amy's descent into magic addiction last season, her sudden appearance as a mustache-twirling villain seems like quite a leap.
  • Karma Houdini: Last appearance of Amy, though in the season 8 comics, she returns as a villain, and working for the Big Bad.
  • Kind Restraints: Spike is chained to his bunk in the basement in case the First activates him again.
  • Layman's Terms
    Kennedy: What did you do to her?
    Amy: Oh, just your standard penance malediction is all.
    Kennedy: OK, and that's magic crazy talk for what?
    Amy: I put a hex on her.
  • The Lost Lenore / Tear Jerker: The hex is triggered not by Willow's guilt over killing Warren, but her guilt in the moment she kissed Kennedy; in that moment, she forgot Tara and in her mind, it was like her dying all over again.
    Willow!Warren: I'm being punished. I k—I kissed you just-just for a second, but it was enough. I let her go. I didn't mean to.
    Kennedy: Kissing me didn't mean th—
    Willow!Warren: No, she was never gone. She was with me. We should have been forever, and I— (cries) I let her be dead. She's really dead. (breaks down into tears) And I killed her.
  • Magic Kiss / Love Redeems: Lampshaded by Kennedy when she says she has the whole magic thing figured out. "It's like fairy tales." She then kisses Willow a second time to reverse the spell.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Spike passing out from the pain as the Scoobies are distracted with Willow!Warren.
  • The Mind Is The Plaything Of The Body: Willow takes on Warren's personality the longer she stays in his body.
  • Memetic Molester: Lampshaded In-Universe
    Giles: Now wait a minute. You think I'm evil... if I bring a group of girls on a camping trip and don't touch them?
  • Morton's Fork: The Initiative tell Buffy they can repair Spike's chip or remove it entirely.
  • Noodle Incident / Spot the Imposter: Willow-in-Warren's-body convinces Xander that she's Willow by mentioning that there are other kindergarten stories where he doesn't look very heroic, such as the one about Aquaman underoos.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Averted
    Buffy: Remember when things used to be nice and boring?
    Willow: No.
  • Not Quite Dead: Robson survived being stabbed In the Back by a Bringer in "Sleeper".
  • Orbital Kiss: Used when Willow turns into Warren while kissing Kennedy, and when she changes back.
  • Playing Sick: Kennedy pretends to be ill so she can stay back and have some private time with Willow.
  • Punched Across the Room: Amy does this to Kennedy with magic.
  • Red Herring Mole / Faux Shadow: Giles was never the First.
  • Remonstrating with a Gun / Gangsta Style: Willow!Warren recreating the Buffy/Tara shooting.
  • The Resenter
    Amy: This is not about hate. It's about power. Willow always had all the power, long before she even knew what to do with it. Just came so easy for her. The rest of us...we had to work twice as hard to be half as good. But no-one cares about how hard you work. They just care about cute, sweet Willow. They don't know how weak she is. She gave in to evil...stuff worse than I can even imagine. She almost destroyed the world! And yet everyone keeps on loving her? So what's wrong with having a little fun, huh? Taking her down a peg or two?
  • Series Continuity Error: The Initiative was supposed to have been closed down after the events of "Primeval" and their Elaborate Underground Base filled with concrete, yet bodies and even an experimental subject are still there. Handwaved in the Buffy comics by saying the job was delegated to government contractors who failed to follow through.
  • Serious Business: Giles complains that the Potentials aren't taking the Vision Quest seriously.
    Giles: Do you think they appreciate the gravity of what we're undertaking? It's frightening, and it's difficult. And then, apparently, someone told them that the vision quest consists of me driving them to the desert, doing the hokey pokey until a spooky Rasta-mama Slayer arrives and speaks to them in riddles. (Meaningful Look at Buffy)
    Buffy: (embarrassed) That's not exactly how I put it...
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Willow!Warren gives a loud squeal when she suddenly bumps into Kennedy.
    Kennedy: OK. Safe to say no one will ever accuse you of being too butch.
  • Shout-Out: When Kennedy is teleported into Buffy's backyard she says to herself "That was a hell of a thing," a reference to Galaxy Quest, mimicking Tony Shalhoub's understated attitude to being teleported for the first time.
  • Slasher Smile: Willow!Warren buying the gun.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: Willow!Warren blocking Kennedy from following her.
  • Spot of Tea / Book-Ends: Willow brings tea for a 'sick' Kennedy, despite Buffy's teasing. The episode ends with Kennedy offering to make tea for a weary Willow.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    Soldier: We're to provide you anything you need to help assface here. (Buffy and Spike stare at him) Those were [Riley Finn's] exact words, ma'am.
  • Tempting Fate
    Spike: This [pain] seemed easier than the others. See? Probably just gonna fade— (starts screaming in agony)
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
    Willow!Warren: You were there, bitch! You saw it!
  • The Un-Reveal: The soldiers tell Buffy they can either repair Spike's chip or take it out. We don't discover Buffy's decision until the next episode.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Spike points out that the Scoobies can't just hit the Tome of Eldritch Lore for information on behaviour modification technology.
    Spike: Who ya gonna call? (beat) God, that phrase is never going to be usable again, is it?
    Buffy: Doubt it.

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