Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 Bailey Chase: 
 Nick Chinlund: 
 (Major Ellis) 
 Randy Thompson: 
 (Doctor Kriegel) 
 Rainy Jo Stout: 
 (Vampire Girl) 
 Emmanuel Xuereb: 
  10. Into the Woods.  
  Spike discovers Riley having his blood sucked by a female vampire, he immediately tells Buffy with disastrous effects for their relationship.  
  Great quotes:  
Buffy works out her 'issues'.
  • Xander: "They're showing films in theatres, I hear it's like watching a video with a bunch strangers and a sticky floor."
  • Anya: "We have to see the chimp playing hockey, that's hilarious! The ice is so slippery and monkeys are all irrational. We have to see this."
  • Anya to Xander: "... I'm the one who sleeps with you and feeds you and bathes you." Willow: "She bathes you?" Xander: "Only in an erotic Penthousey way, not in a geriatric sponge-bathy..." Giles: "Please stop, I beg you."
  • Spike talks to Riley about his lust for Buffy: "I envy you so much sometimes it chokes me, and sometimes I think I got the better deal. To be that close to her and not have her, to be all along even when you're holdin' her, feelin' her, feelin' her beneath you, surrounding you, the scent... no, you got the better deal."
  Fantastic moments:  
  • After Joyce's surgery is successful, the Scoobies all hug. Except for Giles and Xander, they're a little too manly for hugging.
  • The post-credit scene involves Anya and Xander baby-sitting Dawn in order to give Buffy and Riley time to 'boink'. Cue some comedy after 2 episodes of relentless misery. Dawn explains that she understands she has to be out of the house before Buffy and Riley can have sex, Anya ponders this for a minute before asking Xander "Oh, does that mean we can't?"
  • After her argument with Riley, 8 vampires set upon Buffy with the intent to kill her in revenge for her breaking up the blood-sucking ring. This is the cue for one of the best-choreographed fights the show has ever seen; Buffy, rather than beating the vamps up, nonchalantly and emotionlessly stakes them all in quick succession. She then looks like she is going to let one of them go, but she changes her mind and spears it through the heart at distance, javelin-style.
  Duff Bits:  
  • A lot of people like Xander's "... I love you..." speech to Anya in the final scene. I think it's rather lame and stinks of lazy story telling, almost like a tacked-on postscript designed to remind us that some people in the show still have good relationships even if Buffy's has fallen apart.
  • I was disappointed by Riley's ultimatum to Buffy over him leaving; now I know he's a bit of a prick but that's just plain stupid. As if Buffy is going to give in to threats; he obviously doesn't know her that well after all.
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy and Riley.
The depression continues, what with Joyce going into hospital and the Scoobies tiptoeing around Dawn. Now Riley acquires a dark secret that Spike gleefully reveals, Buffy and Riley break up despite her fruitless attempts to chase after him. Riley knows that he is less strong than Buffy, the problem is that she doesn't care while he wants to experience the dark side in order to be on the same level as her. He goes and gets himself bitten by vampires to show her he has some 'monster' in him, as Spike says. The problem is that Buffy wants a normal guy while Riley wants to be a superhero. The final ten minutes are dramatic, as Riley and Buffy argue over their issues, but nowhere near as good as her break up with Angel in 'The Prom'. The trouble is that no one really likes Riley (why should we, after all he gives her an ultimatum); we would rather see Buffy in a torrid relationship (remember that the series is better when Buffy is sad or in trouble) rather than a stable one with a normal guy. Interesting that in this episode and the last there has been no appearance of Glory and little or no mention of 'the key'. Nice of the forces of evil to leave Buffy alone while she sorts out her family problems. Anya gets to be very bitchy during the episode, having a go at Dawn, Willow, Giles and Xander.
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