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Latest news March 19, 2003
Now Shooting: Episode 21 (Episode 20 will start filming next week)
for the long hiatus.
I have episode 21 information that will undoubtedly be volatile among
Buffy fans, particularly the shipper communities. Please keep in mind
that we do not have information on episode 20 yet, other than what we
can surmise from the episode 21 information. Also, this information is
subject to change.
Episode 21 begins in a sewer with a bomb about to go off as Faith and
several Potentials, including Kennedy, are nearby. The bomb goes off as
everyone dives for cover. Elsewhere, Buffy easily removes a Scythe from
a rock as Caleb watches. He wants her to give it to him, but she won't.
The First appears in Buffy's form to Caleb and tells him to let Buffy
go; they'll get the Scythe later when her back is turned. Willow, Xander,
Anya and Dawn return to the Summers home having failed to find Buffy.
At the site of the bomb blast, Faith is unconscious and various other
Potentials are dead and injured. The Potentials (carrying Faith) flee
two Ubervamps coming after them. The Ubervamps have the Potentials cornered
when Buffy arrives and dispatches them with the Scythe. The Potentials
are in awe of Buffy.
including Buffy, returns to the Summers home. We learn that the bomb in
the sewer was a trap. Buffy starts to take charge again. Later, she asks
Xander to do something for her. Xander doesn't seem happy about it because
he wanted to be with her at the end. Buffy says she is counting on him.
Willow and Giles are trying to do research on the Scythe. Giles wants
Willow to draw power from the Scythe, but Willow is afraid of losing control
again. Xander is in the car with Dawn and they talk. Suddenly, he puts
a handkerchief over her mouth--he's drugged her so she's unconscious.
The First and Caleb merge so that Caleb can be strong again.
Faith and Buffy talk about the scythe and how to be a Slayer is to be
alone because they can't share the burden. As Buffy goes downstairs, she
runs into Spike coming in the front door. She is unsure how to act because
of the night before. She shows him the Scythe. Spike says it's the kind
of thing a girl ditches a guy for. Buffy apologizes. Spike says it's ok,
"last night was ... just a little cold comfort from the cellar dweller--let's
don't make a thing of it." Buffy says fine, she has work to do. As
they walk away from each other, Buffy turns back and tells him he's a
dope. She tells him that "the reason I'm holding [the Scythe] is
'cause of you. Because of last night, the strength you gave me."
She doesn't know how he feels about last night but ... Spike says he is
terrified. He tells her it was the "best night of [his] life":
lived for sodding ever, Buffy. I've done everything--I've done things
with you I can't SPELL, but I've never...been close. To anyone, least
of all you...Until last night. All I did was hold you, and watch you sleep,
and it was the best night of my life. So I'm, yeah. Terrified."
he doesn't have to be terrified. He asks if she was there with him, and
she says she was. When he asks her what it means, she wonders if it has
to mean something. That breaks the feeling of closeness between them,
and he withdraws a bit. She says "Maybe, when --," but he wants
to just leave it. He says they'll go be heroes, then leaves as she watches
Anya have gone to the hospital to get supplies, and they talk about whether
they will survive. Buffy goes to a cemetery and finds a tomb in which
she finds an older woman, dressed in white. She's been waiting for someone
to get the Scythe, which was made secretly without the knowledge of the
Shadow Men. She tells Buffy to use the Scythe wisely to fight evil. Caleb
shows up and snaps the woman's neck.
Dawn a letter from Buffy, telling her that Buffy wanted to send her away
to protect her. Dawn uses a stun gun on Xander and turns the car back
around to Sunnydale. Buffy fights Caleb, and Angel shows up to help. "Heard
maybe you needed a hand," he says. Buffy fights Caleb some more.
After, Angel asks her to tell him she's glad to see him. She hugs him,
then they kiss, tenderly at first, then a real kiss. As they kiss, we
see that Spike is watching, the First-as-Buffy next to him. The First
says judgmentally , "That bitch," and the last shot of the episode
is Spike's pained face.
me in the Crypt of Decryption:
It's going to be a long two months until the series finale. If by chance
the closely guarded season finale information becomes available, that
would happen in mid-April.
Obviously, something very meaningful--but non-sexual--happened between
Buffy and Spike in episode 20. We can guess that after episode 19, when
Buffy leaves the Summers house having been replaced as leader by the Scoobies
and Potentials, that Spike goes after her.
I know I will be accused of spinning these developments in a positive
way for fans of Spike, but I cannot believe that Angel's appearance at
the end of episode 21 signals that Buffy will dump whatever is happening
with Spike to be with Angel. In fact, I'm more concerned by the First's
comment that Caleb can retrieve the Scythe when Buffy's back is turned--perhaps
to deal with the complications of her romantic life. I am, frankly, surprised
that episode 21 ends with such an emphasis on Buffy's romantic life. The
question we are left with at the end of episode 21 is how Spike will act.
It seems obvious that the First wants to create conflict between Buffy
and Spike--which should indicate that their being together is a good thing.
I suppose the finale of the series could involve Buffy and Angel reunited,
fighting against an Evil Spike, but that seems very unlikely. I think
it far more likely that the finale will involve Spike having to act good
despite great temptation and Buffy having to decide between her past and
How Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn and Faith fit in, I don't know. I was
kind of surprised at the lack of plot for these characters, though Dawn
seems to be set to do something significant in the finale. I also suspect
Willow will have to use her magic and connect with the positive energy
of the earth as Giles has been suggesting she should do.
My apologies for skipping over information on episodes 18 and 19. I will
try to catch up on those episodes soon.
Scheduled writers and episode titles:
Episode #17: David Fury and Drew Goddard
Title: Lies My Parents Told Me
#18: Drew Goddard
Title: Dirty Girls
#19: Drew Z. Greenberg
Title: Empty Places
Episode #20: Writer Unknown
Episode #21: Doug Petrie and Jane Espenson
Title: End of Days
Episode #22: Joss Whedon
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