- Abandon Shipping: Many abandoned the Spike/Buffy ship after this episode.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Spike's behavior. A lot of people call it his Moral Event Horizon, and he certainly saw it that way himself (hence his immediate search for redemption); others would grant him a "Get out of Jail Free" Card due to contextual factors not least of which is that some people feel that Buffy practically trained him not to take 'no' for an answer in their relationship (she certainly didn't herself, see "Gone"), and he wasn't operating with normal human morality to begin with... they've as much as said that the soul acts as the conscience and those without it, no matter how good they might like to be, are trying to navigate morality without a working compass. That, and his genuine surprise when he's kicked away suggests that he'd never actually intended to attack Buffy and believed she was doing yet more of their Slap-Slap-Kiss routine, not realizing she was serious until it was nearly too late. Others combine the two, saying that it's an absolutely horrible act that Spike needs to redeem himself for while also acknowledging that the fact that Spike realizes that means he's not irredeemable.
- That said, most agree that the show would have been better off using just about anything else to be the turning-point in Spike deciding to seek out a soul.
- Spoiled by the Format: A rather impressive inversion. Thought Tara was finally safe because she has a spot in the opening credits now? Nope, Joss Whedon was waiting since season 1 to use that trick.
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