6×16 Hell’s Bells
Xander and Anya’s lovely day has arrived. They have all their family around them, which in Xander’s case is never a good thing. Xander’s human family goes head to head with Anya’s demon friends, who everyone thinks are just “circus folk”. That would have to be some very odd circus.
Buffy and Willow are quite terrified at the bridesmaid/best wo-man dresses they will be wearing. They do look particularly hideous, even for bridesmaid dresses.
Willow: I’ll say this for the Y chromosome: Looks good in a tux.
Xander: Your double Xs aren’t doing so bad there either.
Spike shows up to the wedding with a weird goth looking chic as a date. Not all the cute IMO. He finally talks to Buffy and she admits to being a bit jealous, which really makes him feel good. Then he leaves cuz, yanno, mission accomplished there.
Just as the wedding is about to start, an old man approaches Xander claiming he is future-Xander. He does some magick with a glowy ball and shows young Xander all that his life is going to be like with Anya. It looks really awful. One of their children even has demony features, so obviously Anya got it on with a demon at some point. They just fight all the time, and hate on each other. Right after he sees all this, and the fact he’s been all wiggy with the idea of the wedding since they told everyone about it, he runs off and leaves Anya at the altar.
Fights ensue between the demon folk and the drunk human folk, and Anya discovers the old man isn’t a future Xander. He’s a guy that’s now a demon thanks to Anya’s old vengeance demon ways, and all this was his payback for the things she did to him.
Xander does finally return but only to tell Anya that he can’t marry her. All that he saw might not have been real, but it could be, and that’s reason enough for him to not go through with it. Can’t really say this was all that shocking. Xander is always the weeny scared one of the group, and this is a weeny scared thing to do. In the end, Anya’s old boss offers her her old job back.
6×17 Normal Again
After Buffy is poisoned by a demon, she starts to believe that she is actually in a mental hospital. In this alternate world of hers, her mother is alive, her parents are actually together, and that her entire existance as a Slayer has been a really long detailed hallucination.
Buffy: …and that Sunnydale and all of this, none of it was real.
Xander: Aw, come on, that’s ridiculous. What, you think this isn’t real just because of all the vampires and demons and ex-vengeance demons and the sister that used to be a big ball of universe-destroying energy?
With the help of the Scoobies, she finds out what demon it is, and they go do their thing with capturing it. It also seems to have it’s own antidote. Willow does the non-witch thing and makes an antidote with science. She leaves Buffy to drink it down, but Buffy decides she might like the other life better. If she does like the doctors say in her other world, getting rid of all that anchors her in Slayer-world, she can be normal again. Heh, name of episode. DING! So, she starts to gather up her friends and stuffs them into the basement where they have the poison demon tied up. It gets loose, almost kills her friends, Tara helps save them. With the help of Buffy’s mother on the institutional side of things, she convinces Buffy that she needs to live her life finally. This clicks with her, and she decides to save her friends and finally gets the antidote. Oh, and this was all cuz of the nerd trio. Those buggers are getting quite dark themselves.
I guess this episode is another way to get Buffy back into her more happy place. Another step out of her despair. Meh.
Anya has taken on her old role as a vegeance demon and attempts to curse Xander for all the pain he has caused her. But she quickly realizes she can’t do it herself. So, she tries to get some of her old friends, aka Xander’s lifelong friends, to help her make the wish for her. But, she can’t quite seem to squeeze the W-I-S-H word out of ’em.
Buffy is trying to spend some quality time with Dawn after her violent actions in the previous poisoned/mental institute episode. But, Dawn’s not digging on the big sister trying to tag along everywhere. Dawn would much rather just tag along with Buffy… like when she’s out patrolling with the dangerous demons and such. Buffy doesn’t really like that idea, it being dangerous and all.
Anya: I wish you felt the pain of a thousand searing pokers boiling your heart in its own juices!
The Gang discover that the nerd trio have been watching their every move with hidden cameras that are everywhere. With the camera they find in Buffy’s front yard, Willow traces the signal to all the other cameras. They get quite a show when they find the camera at the Magic Box. They all witness Anya and Spike consoling each other on the table there. And by consoling, I mean getting it on all drunk like. Xander is beyond pissed, he’s actually quite disgusted. Willow and Dawn witness Buffy’s reaction to Spike’s presence on the video feed, and everything starts to click with that. Xander finds out from Spike when he says something like “good enough for Buffy”. He thought his world was rocked before, add that and it gets all bouldered.
Willow and Tara are on the road to mending their relationship. They go out on a coffee date. Then Tara gets impatient with the journey to trusting again, and heads over to Willow and they start making out like the good ol’ days.
6×19 Seeing Red
Willow and Tara are still up from the night before. They got busy and busy and busy apparently. Their love life is looking far better than anything Xander, Anya, Spike or Buffy have going on.
The nerd trio, aka the Troika I think, are moving into something bigger than ever. They steal a couple mystical orbs which give the bearer crazy super strength and your basic invulnerability.Â They attempt to rob an armored truck, but Buffy manages to stop them and destroys Super Warren’s super balls. He manages to leave via jetpack, but the other two get taken away by the coppers.
Spike feels pretty miserable about his thing with Anya. But only in so much as he still loves Buffy. He goes over to Buffy’s house to apolgize to her and tries to convince her yet again that she does love him but she just can’t admit it. He goes way too far this time, and almost rapes her. She manages to stop him, but not before she is completely disgusted and afraid of him. He looks pretty disgusted with himself too. He ends up leaving town, saying things will be different when he returns.
Buffy: (about Spike) Xander, you fought side by side with him when I was gone. You let him take care of Dawn.
Xander: But I never forgot what he really is.
Just as Xander and Buffy are making up from all the fighting about the Spike situations, Warren storms into her backyard and starts firing a gun to kill Buffy. He manages to hit her, and with one of his more wild shots, he hits Tara who is upstairs talking to Willow.
I’ve noticed this before, but I noticed it again with this episode. There are a lot more daytime shots in this season. We have our Gang having conversations out in the bright beautiful sunny days or whatever. Maybe it was a way to balance the darkness of the stories themselves. Pretty wise actually. This is a pretty dark situation, and it all goes down during the day. Not the usual circumstances for our gang.