|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Season 6, Episode 21|
|Air date||May 21, 2002|
|Written by||Douglas Petrie|
|Directed by||Bill L. Norton|
|Sarah Michelle Gellar||Buffy|
|Alyson Hannigan|| Willow |
|Special Guest Starring|
|Anthony Stewart Head|| Giles |
|Jeff Kober|| Rack |
|Steven W. Bailey||Cave Demon|
|Damian Mooney||Patrol Cop|
|Michael Younger||Truck Driver|
|Brett Wagner|| Trucker |
|James C. Leary||Clem|
|Tanoai Reed||Flaming-Fists Warrior|
"Two to Go" is the twenty-first episode of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the one hundred twenty-first episode altogether. It was written by Douglas Petrie and directed by Bill L. Norton. It originally broadcast on May 21, 2002.
After flaying Warren alive, Dark Willow turns to Jonathan and Andrew—who are still in jail—while Buffy, Xander, and Anya rush to the Sunnydale police station to protect them and try to stop Willow. Dawn convinces Clem to take her to Rack's in order to find Willow. Turns out Willow is already there, has murdered Rack and absorbed his magic in order to become more powerful. After leaving Andrew and Jonathan safe at the Magic Box, Buffy finds Dawn at Rack's with Willow and a fight ensues. Magically, the fight ends up at the Magic Box. Giles appears, to stop Dark Willow.
Immediately after the events of the last episode, Buffy, Anya, and Xander run through the forest. While Xander fights down the urge to be sick at what Willow has done, Buffy quickly deduces that Willow's last words ("one down") indicate she is now going after Andrew and Jonathan. Xander is convinced that Warren deserved what he got, but Buffy, while she reluctantly agrees, knows full well that Andrew and Jonathan do not deserve such a fate. Anya teleports herself to Jonathan and Andrew's holding cell, while Buffy and Xander have to make the trip on foot, Willow having destroyed Xander's car. At the jail, Anya fills Jonathan and Andrew in on Willow's rampage and Warren's death. Anya tries in vain to convince the cops that they need to free Andrew and Jonathan to keep them safe. Willow arrives and starts ripping bricks from the jail to get at them. While the cops pull guns on Willow, Buffy breaks into the jail and breaks Jonathan and Andrew out. Xander commandeers a police cruiser to cart the escapees away.
While making their escape, the gang is rammed by Willow, who has magically taken control of an 18-wheeler. Fortunately, Willow's power runs down and the group escapes to the Magic Box. Once there, they realize Willow has absorbed all the power from the books in the shop, with the exception of one ancient (and untranslated) Sumerian book of protection spells. It's their last chance against Willow. Jonathan says Willow is out of power and is looking for a new power source. After informing Jonathan and Andrew that they are only helping them for Willow's sake, Buffy goes to track down Willow.
In Africa, Spike undergoes a test that pits him against a fire-fisted demon. Eventually, Spike defeats his opponent, only to discover that this victory is merely the first step toward achieving his goal.
Tired of feeling useless, Dawn convinces Clem to help her find Rack's cloaked apartment so she can help the gang. Little do they know Willow is headed for the same destination, jonesing for a fix. When Willow arrives, Rack's demeanor is seductive. "Tell me, Strawberry," he whispers, "what on this earth do you want?" Willow quotes Rack back to himself: "Just to take a little tour." She sucks the power, as well as the life, out of the pusher. Minutes later, Dawn stumbles on Rack's body. She turns, screaming, and runs straight into Willow, who looks worse than ever--her face is covered in black veins of magic power. A terrified Dawn desperately attempts to reason with Willow, but Willow is unmoved and even slightly annoyed by Dawn's words. Willow then offers to turn Dawn back into an energy ball and end her human existence, simply to put an end to her constant whining. Fortunately, Buffy arrives before Willow can make good on her threat.
Meanwhile, at the Magic Box, Xander and Anya attempt to translate the protection spell text, without much luck. During another argument between Andrew and Jonathan that is broken up by Xander and Anya, Andrew warns them that Willow will most likely come after the Scoobies after she kills himself and Jonathan, and Anya reluctantly admits that he may be right. Xander feels enormous guilt because he couldn’t prevent the shooting of his friends, but Anya doesn't offer much sympathy. Though she tells him it's not his fault, she's still bitter over their breakup. Xander tells her to suck it up till after they save Willow, and save themselves in the process.
At Rack's place, Buffy tries to talk Willow down reasonably, but Willow won't listen. All the angst of her lifetime pours out, because all she can see is despair without Tara. Buffy continues to try to convince Willow to stop and focus on positive things, but Willow simply criticizes Buffy's hypocrisy, summarizing all of Buffy's self-destructive habits and depression since she was revived.
During her eerily calm diatribe, Willow manages to transport the three of them back to the Magic Box. When she spots Jonathan and Andrew, Willow unleashes her power on them, but it has no effect. Anya is hidden behind a curtain, chanting her protection spell. Willow does a strength spell on herself, preparing to beat the remaining Trio members to death, when Buffy steps in. Willow knocks her best friend across the room, and Buffy responds by doing the same, sending Willow flying. Xander, not certain that Buffy can defeat Willow, takes the chance to get Dawn, Jonathan and Andrew out of the shop and make a run for it. Willow tries to stop them, but Buffy stops her and a huge fight erupts between the two which manages to completely wreck the Magic Box. During the fight, Anya's hiding place is exposed and Willow grabs her and throws her aside preventing her from continuing the protection spell.
Xander and the others are still on the move looking for find a safe place to hide. While on their way, Andrew panics and threatens Xander with a sword, but Jonathan immediately forces him to back down, informing him that they will be going back to jail to do their time when the dust settles.Willow gathers magical energy and prepares to finish Buffy off when she is thrown across the room by a huge burst of power. A bleeding Willow looks up, shocked to see Giles standing in the doorway.
- Giles' line, "I'd like to test that theory," is repeated by Willow in The Long Way Home, Part Two against Amy Madison.
- Willow refers back to the events of "Normal Again", when she says that Buffy considered a psych ward to be a preferable alternative to being the Slayer.
- Buffy stated that killing someone changed you, followed by "Believe me, I know. " This was a reference to the assumed belief that she had killed Katrina on accident and the crippling guilt she had to face afterward in "Dead Things".
- Xander says "out of the mouths of babes" after a comment made by Dawn, which is the same line said by the Master after a similar comment made by the Anointed One in "Angel", both referring to murder.
- Buffy's warning to Willow about not wanting to hurt her, only to be attacked in response and then attacking back, claiming she didn't want to but is still willing is similar to a situation in "Becoming, Part Two" between Spike and Drusilla where in mid-fight Spike says "I don't wanna hurt you, baby" before being forced back at his throat where he then easily manages to release himself from her grasp and punches her, then saying "Doesn't mean I won't".
- When Clem is performing a taste test on Doritos, Dawn replies that, "As taste tests go, this is definitely one of the better ones I've been to," possibly referring to her culinary experiment in "Flooded" where she asks Giles, "You ever try mixing parts of every cereal you got in one bowl?" She also experimented with peanut butter tortilla chips one time, commenting "remind me never to invent that again," after Willow offers to take her out for real food in the episode "Wrecked".
- Just before Willow kills Rack, she repeats his exact phrase "just to take a little tour" ("Wrecked").
- Rack is revealed to have survived being drained by Willow, albeit powerless, in the Season Nine comic series Willow: Wonderland.
- Fire-fisted demon, killed by Spike
Behind the Scenes
- Nicholas Brendon does the opening narration "This is what happened this year."
- Giles' reappearance was described in the script as "pure Ripper".
- Anthony Stewart Head is not credited in the opening guest cast list because the writers wanted viewers to be surprised to see Giles back.
- This episode, and its second part, "Grave", were shown, back-to-back, as a two-hour feature on its original airing in both the USA and UK – consequently, the presentation of this episode on DVD includes credits such as "Grave" Written by...
- This line was cut due to length:
- Clem: "We don't have a plan. Don't we at least need a plan?"
- Dawn: "Buffy and her friends never have a plan. They just sort of...jump in and don't know what they're doing."
- Clem: "And this works?"
- Dawn: "They never really let me come along. Guess we'll find out... It's okay. I mean they usually come back in one piece."
Pop Culture References
- Andrew comments that Willow is "like Dark Phoenix up there!" referencing the character and related storyline from X-Men comics.
- In the scene right after the opening credits, Andrew tells Jonathan, "Laugh it up, Fuzzball", another Star Wars quote.
- Before fighting, Spike references Nirvana with the line, "Here we are now, entertain us!"
- The name of the episode is a reference to the previous one, which ends with Willow saying "One down" after killing Warren. It is also a double entendre as to there being two episodes left in the season (this one and "Grave").
- Tara, despite her death, remains in brief scenes that are part of the opening credits.
|Andrew - "You think your li'l witch buddy's gonna stop with us? You saw her. She's a truck-driving magic mama! And we've got maybe seconds before Darth Rosenberg grinds everybody into Jawa burgers, and not one of you bunch has the Midi-chlorians to stop her."|
|Jonathan - "I still can't believe that was Willow. I mean, I've known her almost as long as you guys. Willow was, you know - she packed her own lunches, and wore floods, and was always ... just Willow. Geez it!"|
|Andrew - "What was that?"|
|Xander - "Just Willow."|
|Buffy - "I don't wanna hurt you."|
|Willow - "Not a problem."|
|Buffy - "I said I didn't want to. Didn't say I wouldn't."|
|Willow - "Buffy, I gotta tell ya. I get it, now. The Slayer thing really isn't about the violence. It's about the power. And there's no one in the world who has the power to stop me now."|
|Giles - "I'd like to test that theory."|