Written by Jane Espenson; directed by Michael Gershman

Buffy, Giles, and Dawn finish up dinner at the Summers’ house and Giles asks Buffy how they’re doing. He suggests getting back to training, but she thinks it would be better to take a break. She is afraid that slaying is turning her to stone and has a hard time telling him that she loves him. He tells her about a quest he’s heard of but she’s apprehensive about leaving Dawn while Glory is still after her. Dawn assures her that she’ll be fine and encourages her to go find out more about being a Slayer. Elsewhere, Warren (see “I Was Made to Love You”) has built Spike a Buffybot who seems to be in love with him. Spike is very pleased with his new toy.

In Glory’s apartment, she tells her minions that she’s worried about Ben, who seems to be getting out of her control. She tells them to find out who is new in Buffy’s life, in case someone she knows is the Key. Giles and Buffy drive out to the desert, where he brings out a book, a gourd, and twigs. He tells her that he can’t take her to the “sacred place,” but that he will perform a ritual that will transfer her guardianship to a temporary guide. She is surprised that he didn’t bring any food or water for her, then asks how the ritual goes. He describes a routine that sounds a lot like the hokey-pokey. Slightly embarrassed, he performs the ritual, then sends her on her way. Spike and the Buffybot do some fake fighting in Spike’s crypt; she calls him “very, very bad” and pretends that she’s going to stake him. This leads to some friendliness. Back in the desert, Giles reads from his book as Buffy continues on her way. She encounters a mountain lion (“hello, kitty”) and follows it. It leads her to a place that she finds familiar. Tara finishes up a warning spell at Xander’s apartment (see “Blood Ties”) while Anya and Dawn hang out in the living room. Xander discusses going out to patrol with Anya while Dawn eyes a pair of Anya’s earrings, then pockets them without anyone noticing. Spike and the Buffybot chat post-coitus (“darn your sinister attraction”). One of Glory’s minions spies on Willow as she leaves campus. While Spike sleeps, Buffybot decides to go out and patrol (“vampires of the world, beware”).

Buffybot runs into Xander and Anya, who are surprised to see her back from her quest so soon. Spike catches up to them before Xander and Anya can realize that Buffybot isn’t Buffy. A group of vampires approaches and the four fight them as more of Glory’s minions look on. Once the fight is over, Buffybot sends Xander and Anya home, then gets friendly with Spike in the cemetery. Xander and Anya realize that Buffybot didn’t ask about Dawn, so they head back to talk to her and catch a glimpse of the friendliness (“oh, Spike. You’re the big bad”). They rush over to the apartment and fill Willow and Tara in. Xander decides to go find Buffybot and talk to her. In the desert, Buffy finally sees someone for the first time in hours - the First Slayer (see “Restless”). In his crypt, Spike hears someone approaching and sends Buffybot through a trapdoor to hide out. Xander arrives and tells him that he saw him and Buffy having sex. Spike replies that if Buffy wants his comfort, he won’t keep it from her. Xander replies that he and the Scoobies want to protect Buffy, and that they’ll kill Spike if they have to. Suddenly, Jinx and some other minions show up. They knock Xander out and drag Spike off, thinking that he’s the Key. Back in the desert, the First Slayer tells Buffy that she’s her guide. She says that Buffy is full of love and that she “forges strength from pain.” She continues, “Love will bring you to your gift.”

Buffybot emerges from her hiding place to see that Spike is gone. She heads to Xander’s apartment and tells Willow that she can’t find Spike. Willow asks if Buffybot really had sex with Spike and the robot confirms that she did. Xander returns and tells the Scoobies that Glory’s minions have grabbed Spike. They decide to go over to the Summers’ house for weapons. Buffy continues her discussion with the First Slayer, confused about what her gift is. “Death is your gift,” the First Slayer tells her cryptically. Upset and confused, Buffy asks for clarification but receives none. The minions bring Spike to Glory’s apartment but she tells them that he can’t be the Key because he’s a vampire. The minions tell her that Buffy treated Spike like something “precious” and she decides that she might be able to get information out of him. She throws him around a little, then begins to torture him.

Buffybot, Xander, Willow, and Anya arrive at the Summers’ house and stock up. Buffybot goes upstairs to change clothes and the Scoobies realize that if they want her to have her head in the game, they’ll have to have an intervention. Buffy returns home and informs them that death is her gift. The Scoobies begin their intervention, but Buffy is confused as to why they think she’s having sex with Spike. Buffybot comes back downstairs and the Scoobies are thrown by the realization that there are two Buffys. Buffy tells them that Buffybot must be a robot and is surprised that they couldn’t tell. They realize why she was created and start to freak out a little. Upon hearing that Glory has Spike, Buffy announces that she knows where to find him. At her apartment, Glory continues torturing Spike until he finally says that he’s had enough and will tell her who the Key is. Buffy leads the Scoobies (including Giles) and Buffybot back to the place where she killed Fake the Snake (see “Shadow.” On second thought, don’t) and decides that Glory must live nearby. Spike tells Glory that the Key is “that guy…on TV.” She’s confused, and he continues that he’s on “that prize show…where they guess what stuff costs.” The minions recognize that he’s talking about Bob Barker and promise Glory that they’ll bring her “the limp and beaten body of Bob Barker.” She tells them that Spike is lying and he laughs at her. Glory reminds him that she’s a god and he replies, “The god of what, bad home perms?” Spike tells her that Buffy will kill her and gets thrown across the room for his troubles. He manages to escape and throws himself on top of an elevator, but is still caught by the minions.

The Scoobies arrive and start to fight the minions. Buffybot is thrown into the elevator control panel and experiences an electrical malfunction. After the fight, the minions tell Glory what happened; she’s not happy with their excuses. At the Magic Box, Willow assesses Buffybot’s damages. Xander and Giles return from taking Spike back to his crypt and tell Buffy that he didn’t say what he’d told Glory. Willow figures out what’s wrong with Buffybot and determines that she can fix her, an idea which Buffy is not on board with. Later, Buffybot goes to Spike’s crypt and offers to tell Glory who the Key is so that Spike doesn’t have to do it. He stops her, telling her that Glory can never know. He says that he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he let Buffy get hurt. Buffybot kisses him and he slowly realizes that she’s the real Buffy. He asks after Buffybot and Buffy tells him that it’s gone and wasn’t real. “What you did, for me, and Dawn…that was real,” she says on her way out. “I won’t forget it.”


GRADE: B Too much sex, but you have to love the hokey-pokey and Bob Barker jokes.


MEMORABLE QUOTES - Buffy: “What's in the trunk?”
Giles: “Supplies.”
Buffy: “Supplies? I was wondering about that. Like, food, water, maybe a compass?”
Giles: “What about a book, a gourd, and a bunch of twigs?”
Buffy: “I don't think I'll be that hungry.”

Buffy: “A guide but no food or water. So it leads me to the sacred place, and then a week later it leads you to my bleached bones?”
Giles: “Buffy, please. It takes more than a week to bleach bones.”
Buffy: “So, how's it start?”
Giles: “I, uh, jump out of the circle and then jump back in it, and then, um…I shake my gourd.”
Buffy: “I know this ritual! The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the hokey-pokey and turn themselves around.”
Giles: “Go quest.”
(He jumps into the circle of twigs, then back out, and shakes his gourd)
Buffy: “And that’s what it’s all about.”

Tara: “Oh, yeah, Willow wants to watch this thing on the History Channel tonight, Salem Witch Trial stuff, which is only gonna get her all upset.”
Anya: “Oh, I was there, it really wasn't that bad. See, if you were really a witch, you could do a spell to escape. So, really it was only bad for the falsely accused, and, well, they never have a good time.”

Willow: “Those darn Salem judges. With their less-satanic-than-thou attitude.”
Tara: “Oh, honey, let's change it. The Discovery channel has koala bears.”

Tara: “What can we do?”
Anya: “Sometimes in the movies when they go crazy they slap 'em.”
Xander: “I'm gonna go find her and talk to her. If she's losing it, we gotta help her before she gets herself hurt.”
Tara: “You aren't really gonna slap her, are you?”
Xander: “No, but if I have to see her straddle Spike again, I will definitely knock myself unconscious.”

First Slayer: “This is a form. I am the guide.”
Buffy: “I have a few questions…about being the Slayer. What about…love? Not just boyfriend love.”
First Slayer: “You think you're losing your ability to love.”
Buffy: “I-I didn't say that. (sighs) Yeah.”
First Slayer: “You're afraid that being the Slayer means losing your humanity.”
Buffy: “Does it?”
First Slayer: “You are full of love. You love with all of your soul. It's brighter than the fire…blinding. That's why you pull away from it.”
Buffy: “I'm full of love? I'm not losing it?”
First Slayer: “Only if you reject it. Love is pain, and the Slayer forges strength from pain. Love…give…forgive. Risk the pain. It is your nature. Love will bring you to your gift.”

Willow: “Okay, yeah, you've been with a vampire before, but Angel had a soul.”
Buffybot: “Angel's lame. His hair grows straight up, and he's bloody stupid.”

Buffy: “I-I'm sorry, I, I'm just a little confused. I'm full of love, which is nice, and…love will lead me to my gift?”
First Slayer: “Yes.”
Buffy: “I'm getting a gift? Or, or do you mean that, that I have a gift to give to someone else?”
First Slayer: “Death is your gift.”
Buffy: “Death….”
First Slayer: “Is your gift.”
Buffy: “Okay, no. Death is not a gift. My mother just died. I know this. If I have to kill demons because it makes the world a better place, then I kill demons, but it's not a gift to anybody.”
First Slayer: “Your question has been answered.”

Willow: “This shouldn't be about blame.”
Buffy: “Blame? There's blame now?”
Willow: “No, there's only love. And…some fear.”
Anya: “We’re just kind of thrown by the you having sex with Spike.”
Buffy: “The…who whating how with huh?”
Anya: “Okay, that's denial. That usually comes before anger.”
Buffy: “I am not having sex with Spike!”
Anya: “Anger.”
Xander: “No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.”
Buffy: “I am not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think that you might be.”

Buffybot: “Say, look at you. You look just like me! We're very pretty.”
Willow: “Two of them!”
Xander: “Hey, I know this! They're both Buffy!”
Buffy: “No, she's a robot. She acts just like that girlfriend-bot that Warren guy made. You guys couldn't tell me apart from a robot?”
Buffybot: “Oh, I don't think I'm a robot.”
Anya: “She's very well done.”

Dawn: “We're safe, right. And, uh, Spike built a robot Buffy to play checkers with.”
Tara: “I-it sounded convincing when I thought it.”

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