"The Weight of the World"
Written by Doug Petrie; directed by David Solomon

Glory’s minions make preparations at her apartment, excited that their “moment of triumph” is fast approaching. Glory herself is having a gown tailored and is anxious for the events coming that night. Dawn is bound and gagged on her couch. At the gas station (see “Spiral”), Spike has hotwired Ben’s car and the Scoobies are preparing to leave. Willow tries to get through to Buffy, who seems to be in a catatonic state. The Scoobies debate moving her, and Spike decides that Buffy can be shaken out of her state. However, hitting her just makes his head hurt. He and Xander start to fight and Willow magically separates them, then takes charge. She announces that they will return to Sunnydale, where Xander will take Giles to the hospital, Anya will tend to Tara, Spike will find Glory, and she herself will try to help Buffy. The Scoobies are a little intimidated and agree to her plans.

Spike asks what happens if they run into Ben, but the Scoobies don’t see why he’s important. Spike tells them that he’s obviously important because Ben is really Glory, but the Scoobies are confused. They think that Ben and Glory are working together, and even after Spike tells them that Ben is Glory, they still don’t get it. Spike realizes that Glory has some sort of ability to make people forget that they have seen her morph from or into Ben. Unfortunately, the Scoobies are still unclear on exactly what Glory and Ben’s connection is. At a warehouse, psych patients seen throughout the season do various things with machinery. A priest minion starts to anoint Dawn before Glory kicks him out. Dawn tells her that she wants to go home and Glory replies that she will soon - tonight she’ll be doing her job as Key and opening a lock. This will be her last night as a human.

Glory realizes that she’s starting to feel guilty and accuses Dawn of performing a spell to make her have feelings. She brings the priest back in to continue anointing Dawn and tells her that her blood is what opens the portal. Once Dawn has bled out, Glory can go back to her dimension, creating chaos on Earth in the process. At Xander’s apartment, Willow prepares for a spell while Anya assures her that she will look after Tara. Willow magically enters Buffy’s mind and sees her as a young girl. Spike breaks into Glory’s apartment but finds it empty. The only interesting thing he finds is Ben’s hospital ID. Little Buffy asks Willow what she’s doing there and Willow replies that she’s looking for her. She tells Buffy that they need her and that she needs to come out. Little Buffy announces that it’s a big day for her, then excitedly notes that her parents are home. Joyce (last seen in “The Body”) and Hank (last seen for real in “When She Was Bad”) enter with baby Dawn and introduce Little Buffy to her new “sister.” At first Little Buffy is worried that she won’t get any attention anymore, but she soon tells Joyce that she will help take care of Dawn. Willow sees the current version of Buffy pausing as she puts a book on a bookshelf in the Magic Box and wonders why this thought is in Buffy’s mind. Next, Willow finds herself next to a fire and is even more confused.

Giles and Xander head out of the hospital, where they have learned that all of the psych ward patients have disappeared. Spike catches up with them and tells them that Glory’s apartment was empty. He mentions that Doc (see “Forever”) might be able to help them and they decide to go. He also says that he found Ben’s room in Glory’s place and again Xander is confused as to what he’s talking about. Glory tells Gronx that she’s starting to remember things that Ben did and asks Dawn if Ben went to see her. She confirms that Ben went out to the gas station to help the Scoobies. Glory complains that she’s not supposed to remember that - the separation between her and Ben is fading. She tells the priest to get rid of Ben, just before she morphs into him. He quickly morphs back into Glory and announces that it’s time to open the portal.

Willow stands next to the fire as Buffy talks with the First Slayer (see “Intervention”). She hears the First Slayer tell Buffy that death is her gift, then sees Buffy (#1) putting the book on the shelf again. She sees another version of current Buffy (#2) walking down a hallway and follows her. At the warehouse, the minions warn Glory that she can’t kill Dawn yet or she won’t be able to return home. Glory lets up on Dawn and kicks the minions out. She talks about her hatred of humanity, calling them puppets. Willow tries again to get Buffy to talk to her, following her to a bedroom, where she sees Joyce’s grave. Buffy #2 repeats that death is her gift, goes into Dawn’s bedroom, and smothers her sister with a pillow. At the warehouse, Glory morphs into Ben, who asks Dawn if Glory has hurt her. He can remember many of the deaths that Glory has caused and complains that she’s selfish. He tells her that he’ll take her away from the warehouse and leave before he morphs back into Glory. Willow winds up back with Little Buffy, replaying the same scene. Spike and Xander go to Doc’s, where Xander suddenly gets that Ben is Glory. Spike asks Doc about Glory and he warns that they shouldn’t get involved with her. He tells them that he can’t help them, but Spike notices that he’s standing in front of a box and trying to keep it from them. Doc grabs a sword and tries to stab Spike with it. He uses his superpower - a long tongue - to keep Xander at bay and tells Spike that he worships Glory. He throws the box in the fire but Spike retrieves it while Doc fights with Xander. Xander manages to stab Doc with the sword, seemingly killing him. Spike and Xander leave with the box, not seeing that Doc is still alive.

Willow follows Buffy #2 down the hall again and tells her that she has to stop killing Dawn. Ben and Dawn walk through Sunnydale and wind up in an alley. Dawn hits Ben over the head with a chain, but he morphs into Glory, who complains that Dawn hurt her. Moments later, she morphs back into Ben, who tells Glory to leave Dawn alone. (Get used to the quick morphs for the rest of this scene.) Glory and Ben morph back and forth, arguing with each other and talking about Dawn. Ben tells Glory that he won’t let her hurt Dawn, but Glory is determined to go back home. Ben threatens to bleed Dawn himself and Glory tries to make a deal with him for immortality. Ben grabs Dawn and takes her back to the warehouse, telling her he’s sorry, but it’s her or him.

Still with Buffy #2, Willow tries to make sense of why she keeps seeing Buffy #1 putting the book on the shelf. Buffy #1 tells her that at that moment, she quit - she realized that she can’t beat Glory, and for a minute, she actually wanted to lose, because then she wouldn’t have to worry anymore. Because she quit, she feels that she killed Dawn. Willow tells her to snap out of it and the Buffys both ask her what she’s talking about. Willow says that she’s feeling guilty, which is all right - she’s always carried the burden of being the Slayer, and wanting out for one minute isn’t a crime. She says that she still has a chance to save Dawn, but if she stays locked inside her mind, then she really did kill her sister. Willow announces that she’s returning to the real world and asks if Buffy is coming. Back in the bedroom, the real Buffy suddenly looks at Willow and breaks down into tears.

Buffy and Willow meet up with the Scoobies at the Magic Box, where Xander informs Buffy that Ben is Glory. Giles has read through Doc’s scrolls and learned that they can stop Glory. He explains that the portal is opened by Dawn’s blood, and that it will only close when the blood has stopped flowing. The only way to stop the blood from flowing is to kill Dawn.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Ben and Glory have some kind of connection. I think.

GRADE: B- I don’t buy the catatonia, but I can’t help loving the “Ben is Glory” mess.

MEMORABLE QUOTES - (Spike shakes Buffy)
Xander: “We tried that!”
(Spike slaps Buffy and gets a headache)
Spike: “Ow!”
Anya: “We didn’t try that.”

Spike: “Ben is Glory.”
Willow: “You mean…Ben's with Glory?”
Xander: “‘With’” in what sense?”
Anya: “They're working together?”
Spike: “No. No. Ben is Glory. Glory's Ben. They're one and the same.”
Anya: “When did all this happen?”
Spike: “Not one hour ago! Right here, before your very eyes! Ben came, he turned into Glory, snatched the kid, and pfft! Vanished, remember? You do remember…? Is everyone here very stoned? Ben! Glory! He's a doctor, she's the beast. Two entirely separate entities sharing one body. Like a bloody sitcom. Surely you remember.”
Xander: “So you're saying…Ben and Glory….”
Anya: “Have a connection.”
Giles: “Yes, obviously, but what kind?”
Spike: “Oh, I get it. That's very crafty. Glory's worked the kind of mojo where anyone who sees her little presto-change-o instantly forgets. And yours truly, being somewhat other than human…stands immune.”
Willow: “So…Ben and Glory…are-are the same person?”
Xander: “Glory can turn into Ben, and Ben turns back into Glory.”
Anya: “And anyone who sees it instantly forgets.”
Spike: “Kewpie doll for the lady.”
Giles: “Excellent. Now. Do we suspect there may be some kind of connection between Ben and Glory?”

Xander: “How you doing?”
Giles: “It only hurts while I answer pointless questions.”

Spike: “Found Ben's room at Glory's. Didn't learn much.”
Xander: “Wait, wait, wait. Ben? At Glory's? You're saying all this time he's been subletting from her?”
Spike: “This…is gonna be worth it.” (he smacks Xander over the head)
Both: “Ow!”
Spike: “Last time. From the top.”

“Hey…I know you. You're, you're the first original Slayer who tried killing us all in our dreams. How’ve you been?” - Willow

“I'm just a little emotional right now…which, if you're into irony, funny.” - Glory

Glory: “Is this what the poets go on about, this? Call me crazy, but as hard-core drugs go, human emotion is just useless! People are puppets! Everyone getting jerked around by what they're feelin'. Am I wrong? Really, I want to know. Gonna bleed you either way.”
Dawn: “Depends on the person.”
Glory: “So you're saying some people like this.”
Dawn: “Some.”
Glory: “Funny. 'Cause I look around at this world you're so eager to be a part of…and all I see is six billion lunatics looking for the fastest ride out. Who's not crazy? Look around. Everyone's drinking, smoking, shooting up…shooting each other, or just plain screwing their brains out 'cause they don't want 'em anymore. I'm crazy? Honey, I'm the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind. 'Cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts. Name one person who can take it here. That's all I'm asking. Name one.”
Dawn: “Buffy.”

Willow: “…I think we already déjàed this vu.”
Little Buffy: “You talk funny.”
Willow: “Yes…as you'll tell me again when we're older and in chem class.”


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