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"Bargaining, Part Two" is the second episode of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 102nd episode in the series. Written by David Fury and directed by David Grossman, it was originally broadcast on October 2, 2001, on the UPN network.

Synopsis[]

Still reeling from their seemingly unsuccessful resurrection spell, the Scooby gang attempt to protect Sunnydale from a band of marauding demons. Meanwhile Buffy rises from the grave, but is she the same as she was before?[1]

Summary[]

Xander carries a weakened Willow off toward the Magic Box, where Tara and Anya will meet them and they can try and contact Spike and Dawn. The Buffybot is in the possession of the Hellions and getting beaten badly. Meanwhile, beneath the ground, the real Buffy claws her way out of her coffin.

Xander stops on the way to the magic shop. Willow wants to try the resurrection spell again, but Xander tells her they can't as the Urn of Osiris was broken. Willow tells Xander that it was the only one in existence and can't be repaired, meaning that Buffy is truly gone forever. Tara and Anya pause on their way in time to hide from a few of the demons and overhear their conversation about visiting some stores.

With the demons trashing the other houses on their street, Spike explains that the Hellions attack places that are vulnerable, and he and Dawn realize that the Buffybot ruse has failed. They prepare to leave for a safer location, Spike assuring a frightened Dawn that he will protect her. Buffy finally breaks out of her coffin and reaches the surface. She walks through the damaged streets of Sunnydale. Back at the Magic Box, Tara and Anya return to find that the store is still safe. Tara casts a guiding spell to locate Willow and Xander. Xander questions Willow's directions back to the shop and the power of the spell she conducted. Tara's spell sends a small blue light to guide Willow and Xander back to the Magic Box.

Buffy bumps into a car, setting off the alarm and causing the owner to threaten her with a shotgun. Out in the streets, Spike knocks one of the demons off his moving bike and takes it for him and Dawn to ride off on. The gang meets up at the shop to discuss their plans and how they're going to deal without Buffy, Spike, Giles, or a strong Willow. The real Buffy stumbles upon four of the demons on their bikes, which are chained to the limbs of the Buffybot. The Buffybot notices Buffy but is then ripped apart when the bikers drive off in four different directions.

Buffy screams, drawing attention to herself, and runs off, followed by the bikers. The Scooby Gang is armed and ready for battle, discussing the reasons for their failure, when Buffy drops down from a fence in front of them. While the others believe her to be the Buffybot, Willow recognizes her as the real Buffy, but scares her off.

The gang follows and Xander realizes that the spell brought Buffy back to life inside her coffin. Buffy is frightened and confused, but is motivated to beat the demons when Razor and his crew try to hurt her and her friends.

Dawn and Spike find the Buffybot's head and torso. While Spike looks for the rest of her, the robot hints that the real Buffy is back before it shuts down for the last time. Dawn takes off, leaving Spike screaming for her when he doesn't know where she went.

Buffy finishes off most of the demons before she runs off to Glory's tower. Razor awakens and fights with Willow, Tara, and Anya, who use various weapons and magic. As he is strangling Willow, Tara kills him with an axe. Dawn tracks Buffy to the tower and follows the Slayer as she heads to the top.

Buffy remembers what occurred the last time she was there, until Dawn interrupts. Buffy questions if she's in hell and contemplates another jump. The tower starts to collapse as Dawn begs Buffy to come with her: she and the others need her. When she sees Dawn in danger, Buffy quickly uses a rope and pulley to get them partially to the ground. Buffy cushions the fall and rolls them out of the way before the tower completely collapses. Dawn hugs Buffy while telling her sister she's home.

Continuity[]

  • The spell Tara uses to find Willow and Xander in the woods is the same spell Willow unsuccessfully tried to perform in "Fear, Itself."
  • While Buffy is on top of the tower, she remembers her sacrifice in "The Gift" and begins to repeat part of her final speech to Dawn, saying "Dawnie, I have to." Dawn also reminds Buffy that she told her to be strong and then begins saying "live for me" in reference to this speech.

Appearances[]

Individuals[]

Organizations and titles[]

Species[]

Locations[]

Objects[]

Rituals and spells[]

Death count[]

  • Buffybot, dismembered by four Hellions.
  • Three hellions, killed by Buffy.
  • One hellion, killed by Willow.
  • One hellion, killed by Xander.
  • Razor, killed by Tara with an axe.

Behind the scenes[]

Production[]

  • The episode was originally conceived of as a self-contained episode called "Hell."[2]
  • This episode is the first in the series without Anthony Stewart Head as Giles.

Broadcast[]

  • The 2-hour season premiere of "Bargaining Parts 1 & 2" on UPN attracted 7.7 million viewers,[3] the second-highest viewership the show has ever received, behind only "Innocence."[4]

Pop culture references[]

  • Xander refers to Tara as the Tinker Bell fairy from Peter Pan.
  • Xander's line, "Yeah, we got trouble. Right here in Hellmouth City," is a reference to the song "Ya Got Trouble" from the musical The Music Man.
  • Xander's retort about his axe's size, "The better to cut you down to size, Grandma," is a reference to the dialogue between the girl and the wolf in the tale "Little Red Riding Hood."

Goofs[]

  • The car Buffy starts the alarm has the same license plate as her mother's Jeep.
  • In the scene just before Razor reawakens and attacks the Scoobies, he visibly gets up on the right hand side of the screen just before the shot of him opening his eyes.
  • Multiple cameramen are visible on the ground while Buffy is standing on top of the tower.
  • During the scene in the tower, a small microphone can be briefly seen above Dawn's head.
  • As Dawn screams for help, a shot shows her on her knees, and Buffy moves into the shot as if coming to the rescue, but then it changes to a close-up of Buffy's face, and she hasn't moved yet.

Music[]

International titles[]

  • Armenian: "Պայման (Մաս 2-րդ)" (Condition (Part 1))
  • Czech: "Návrat mezi živé (2. část)" (Return to the Living (Part 1))
  • Finnish: "Paluu, osa kaksi" (Return, Part Two)
  • French: "Chaos, Partie 2" (Chaos, Part 2)
  • German: "Die Auferstehung — Teil 2" (The Resurrection — Part 2)
  • Hungarian: "Alkudozás, 2. rész" (Bargaining, Part 2)
  • Italian: "Il Rito — 2ª Parte" (The Ritual — 2nd Part)
  • Japanese: "取引 Part2" (Transaction Part 2)
  • Polish: "Na granicy światów — Część 2" (On the Border of Worlds — Part 2)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Barganha, Parte 2" (Bargain, Part 2)
  • Romanian: "Negocierea (Part 2)" (Negotiation (Part 2))
  • Russian: "Сделка (Часть 2)" (Bargain (Part 2))
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Haciendo Tratos Parte 2" (Making Deals Part 2)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Negociación (II)" (Negotiation (II))

Adaptations[]

Quotes[]

Anya: "Already been looted! Sorry! Try the appliance store down the block! They've got great toasters!"
Xander: "Maybe they're on their way here. I mean, this place is NORAD when we're at DEFCON 1. Okay, I so need male friends."
Xander: "Oh, no."
Willow: "What?"
Xander: "No. How could we... so stupid!"
Willow: "Xander!"
Xander: "Our spell. Our resurrection spell worked like a magic charm. We brought you back to life, Buffy. Right where we left her."
Willow: "Oh, God."
Xander: "In her coffin."
Mag: "So, you got a witch in the mix."
Tara: "More than one."
Xander: "I happen to be a very powerful man-witch myself. Or... male... Is it a warlock? Warlock."
Xander: "Demons. Ah, well, there's something you don't see every day. Unless you're us."

References[]

  1. "Buffy Season 6." Craig's BuffyVERSE 4ever. Retrieved on March 15, 2022.
  2. "David Fury." The Succubus Club, May 15, 2002. Archived from the original on January 8, 2006.
  3. "National Nielsen Viewership (Oct. 1-7)." The Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2001. Retrieved on May 31, 2021 from Newspapers.com.
  4. "National Nielsen Viewership (Jan. 19–25)." The Los Angeles Times, January 28, 1998. Retrieved on May 31, 2021 from Newspapers.com.
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