Guest Starring: 
 Anthony Strewart Head: 
 Raymond O'Connor: 
 (Shark Demon) 
 Geordie White: 
 (Vamp 1) 
 Stephen Triplett: 
 (Vamp 2) 
 David Franco: 
 (Vamp 3) 
  8. Tabula Rasa.  
  Willow tries to use a spell to wipe the memories of past woes, with dire consequences.  
  Great quotes:  
Argh; a vampire!
  • Spike: "Can we talk?" Buffy: "Vocal chord-wise; yes. You and me; no."
  • Spike: "I help the helpless, I'm a vampire with a soul." Buffy: "How lame is that?!"
  • Spike to Giles: "Oh listen to Mary Poppins. He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are always so... bloody hell, sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks. Oh god! I'm English!" Giles: "Welcome to the nancy-tribe."
  • Dawn: "How are you?" Willow: "I little confused... no memory, trapped in a pipe, hunted by a vampire, and I think I'm kinda gay" which of course how she described her evil twin in Doppelgangland.
  Fantastic moments:  
Willow; after Tara has broken up with her.
  • Tara and Willow start arguing, Xander quickly leaves the room "I'm gonna go get that phone you probably don't hear..."
  • For some reason Anya doesn't understand the words 'loo', 'shag' or 'brolly', didn't she ever go to Britain to carry out vengeance? She then tells Giles to "... bugger off you brolly!"
  • The 'amnesia' sequence at the start of the second act (the scene goes on for about 8 minutes) is very funny, the best bits are Xander's reaction to waking up next to Willow "Hey." (in a seductive voice), Willow's reaction to realising she's a girl, and Spike thinking his name is 'Randy Giles' "Why not just call me Horny Giles or Desperate-for-a-shag Giles?"
  • Buffy - as Joan - discovers she is a superhero by killing a vampire, Willow "What did you just do?" Buffy: "I don't know, but it was cool." We know mate, that's why we watch this show.
  Duff Bits:  
  • The 'loan-shark' demon is ... wait for it ... a shark! Oh be still my sides. What a tame gag.
  • I was unnecessarily annoyed by Buffy and Dawn 'bonding' when they guess that they're sisters. I was disappointed by the fact that it flies in the face of the misery of their real lives. It almost seemed like the writers were thinking 'the show has been too depressing lately, we must shoe-horn some lighter moments in before we lose our teen demographic'
  Dean's comments:  
The memory-less Scoobies are not sure what to make of Buffy's superpowers.
So this is fall-out episode after all the secrets were revealed in 'Once More With Feeling', or at least it is for 15 minutes before it turns into a rather middle-of-the-road science fiction tale where all the regular actors get to play different characters for half the episode. It's a rather odd point in the series to go down this road, but the writers knew that this would be the last time that all eight of these main characters would be on screen together and so I guess they wanted to give them all a chance to interact in one scene. Willow, despite using magic irresponsibly in previous episodes, uses magic to the endangerment of the Scoobies for the first time here. This is after she promises to Tara that she will use no magic for an entire week. By the end of the episode Tara has left Willow, Giles has left Sunnydale, Dawn is sad and Spike and Buffy are making out. So we're pretty much in the same place we were at the end of the last episode then, except that now everyone has done what they were previously only threatening to do. The sad 'bookends' to the episode's structure almost make the comic middle seem like a distasteful joke.
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