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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 originally broadcast on October 2, 2001 on the UPN network.


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]


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 Hellions trashing the other houses on their street, Spike prepares to leave with Dawn for a safer location. 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. 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 fight 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.


  • 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.
  • Buffy says she remembers everything being "shiny and clear," alluding to her being in a heavenly dimension, which she will reveal in "After Life."



Organizations and titles




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 ax.

Behind the scenes


  • The episode was originally conceived of as a self-contained episode called "Hell."[2]
  • This episode starts off directly with the title sequence, something that hasn't been done before in the series. The sequence also has no sound effects whatsoever for this episode.
  • This episode is the first in the series without Anthony Stewart Head as Giles.


  • The 2-hour season premiere of "Bargaining, Parts One and Two" on UPN attracted 7.7 million viewers, the second highest viewership the show has ever received, only behind "Innocence."[citation needed]

Pop culture references

  • Xander's worries that Buffy might eat their brains is a reference to zombie horror films such as The Return of the Living Dead series, in which the zombies eat their victims' brains.
  • Xander refers to Tara as the Tinkerbell 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.


  • 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.
  • In the scene just before Razor reawakens and attacks the Scoobies, we can see him get up on the right hand side of the screen just before the shot of him opening his eyes.


International titles

  • French: "Chaos - Partie 2" (Chaos - Part 2)
  • German: "Die Auferstehung - Teil 2" (The Resurrection - Part 2)
  • Italian: "Il Rito — 2ª Parte" (The Ritual — 2nd Part)


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."


  1. "Buffy Season 6." Craig's BuffyVERSE 4ever. Retrieved on March 15, 2022.
  2. "David Fury Interview," The Succubus Club. Archived on February 12, 2006.