Willow, Xander, Anya and Tara are worried
about Buffy and suspect she's at home. Willow's afraid
that Buffy won't get over the trauma of being
ressurrected. Meanwhile Dawn has brought Buffy back home.
Buffy doesn't like the bright light and she finds her
home different, which disturbs her. Buffy walks from room
to room and then freshens up. She's still emotionless but
Dawn continues talking to her, explaining things: that
Giles is in England, that Willow and Tara live there now.
Spike arrives and he's shocked to see the real Buffy. He
notices her hands and knows immediately that she clawed
herself out of her coffin because he did the same and he
can relate to how she's feeling. The gang then arrives
and crowds around Buffy but Dawn orders them to back off
even though they're trying to be heplful. All Buffy wants
to do is sleep right now. Willow tell her to be happy
because they saved her from hell, but she says nothing.
Outside Spike speaks angrily to Xander because he wasn't
told that Buffy was going to be brought back and that she
might have come back wrong. Spike walks off warning them
that there will be consequences for Willow's magic.
Inside, Willow has called Giles and he's
coming back in a few days. Willow tells Tara that she
wishes Buffy would have said thanks for being brought
back. And if she is happy that she was back, why isn't
she showing it more? Willow and Tara go to bed and are
woken up in the middle of the night by a Buffy who starts
screaming nonsensical things at them. They turn the light
on and the image of Buffy disappears. But the real Buffy
is sound asleep in bed. They sense something is in the
house so they call Xander. While Xander is talking to
them, Anya goes crazy and her eyes turn white. She starts
cutting her face with a large knife but when she falls to
the floor, the cuts have disappeared, as has the knife.
The next day the group hits the books and
absently Buffy says she misses Giles, she then heads out
for patrol alone. Dawn then becomes possessed and
breathes fire. She collapses and she's released by the
demon. Buffy goes to Spike's crypt and they talk for a
while about how Spike wishes he had saved her and how he
does save her continually, in his dreams. Back at the
Magic Box, Willow has figured out that they accidentally
created this demon by ressurrecting Buffy. But the demon
is temporary and he can't live unless it kills Buffy.
Unfortunately the demon has possessed Xander and now the
demon knows what to do.
Buffy returns home to find the shadowy
demon in her room. It attacks her but she can't fight
back because it has no form. Xander, Anya and Dawn rush
to the Summers' home while Willow and Tara cast a spell
to give the shadow solid form so that Buffy can fight it.
During the spell a higher power reaches for Willow and
she commands the being into solidity. Buffy, now able to
fight, cuts off the demon's head.
The next day Buffy goes to the Magic Box
and thanks her friends for saving her from hell, she
doesn't want to talk about it though. She smiles, but it
doesn't reach her eyes. Buffy goes outside where Spike is
hanging around in the shade. He asks how she's doing and
she says that she was happy wherever she was. She knew
everyone was alright and that she was warm and loved.
Finished and complete. She thinks she was in heaven but
now she's been torn out of there by her friends to this
bright, hard, violent place. This is hell to her. She
gets up and leaves, telling him that her friends can't
There were so many references to hell
in this episode that it stated to make me realize that I
don't think Willow really knew what she was doing. Sure,
she researched the spell and she knew how
to perform the spell but she really didn't know anything
about where Buffy had been, or what her soul had been
doing. How could she possibly believe that Buffy would go
to hell? Buffy was the Slayer, if there's one person on
earth that's not deserving of hell then it's the Slayer.
So why would Willow immediately assume that Buffy went
straight to hell? That bothered me. They mentioned hell
so much that I was thinking maybe Buffy's going to start
to believe them. But then the last five minutes of the
show tore my heart in half and left it bleeding on the
family room floor. The yanked her out of heaven. They
stole her paradise! That's horrible! For the seven
minutes or so of the show I wished they hadn't done that.
Buffy should have stayed dead. She was happy and warm and
everything everyone wants to be. And then all that was
destroyed because her friends thought they were doing the
right thing. I can't even begin to describe the kind of
anguish she must be feeling. I couldn't even cry (okay,
well not much). My mouth just hung open in utter shock.
This also makes me wonder... what if Buffy's so desperate
to get back to her paradise? She wouldn't become suicidal
would she? What if she attempts to her kill herself in
order to find that peaceful place again? And her friends
can't know? Why the hell not?! They should know! They
should know what they've done to her! Oh god... what a
total mess! Oh yeah, and how creepy is Willow getting?
That spell and the end was really eery. Especially when
Tara pulled away, looks like Tara is getting terrified of