Bring On The Night

Original Air Date: December 17, 2002

Written by Marti Noxon & Douglas Petrie
Directed by David Grossman

Summary

    After last night's attack, everyone is busy researching the First, and coming up empty while Xander mumbles on about how he keeps having to replace the windows in the Summers' house. Willow isn't sure that they're looking for the right thing but Buffy tells her that she can just feel what it is. Meanwhile, Andrew is still asleep, tied up in his chair. Dawn tries to rouse by giving him a good smacking but it does nothing. Buffy is frustrated but continues to research, she asks for a book when suddenly her mother appears before her urging her to get some sleep. Buffy argues against her, trying to convince herself that it's just the First Evil playing tricks with her. Suddenly Xander wakes Buffy up from her day dreaming, leaving her to wonder what she really saw. Meanwhile in a cavern somewhere, the First Evil transforms into Drusilla's form and chatters on to a weakened Spike while the hideous beast that had risen from the symbol continues to beat Spike mercilessly.

    The next day, Andrew still hasn't woken up despite Anya and Dawn's best attempts. Buffy walks in and suddenly Andrew wakes up. Buffy threatens to feed him to the First Evil unless he agrees to take them to the symbol of Danzalthar. Easily intimidated, Andrew takes them down to the school basement where all of them are surprised to see the immense size of the symbol. They quickly cover it up with dirt and head out when they're surprised by the principal who is also carrying a shovel. They both offer their excuses for being in the basement with shovels and Buffy assures him that she'll be in school tomorrow. Back at home, Willow sets up for a locator spell while Dawn continues research on the First. Xander encourages Buffy to sleep, who hasn't has any shut eye in 2 days. Willow's spell suddenly goes awry and power circulates and inhabits her. Her eyes blacken and she throws everyone off their feet while telling them all that they'll just make it stronger.  Xander grabs the bowl of herbs and smashes it against the wall, breaking the spell. Buffy rushes to Willow who is shaking, telling them she can feel it inside herself. Buffy is about to go out and search for the First when she opens the door and finds Giles at the door. She's surprised to see him, but even more surprised when three young girls march in. Giles begins to fill the group in about how these are the remaining potential Slayers (named Kennedy, Molly and Annabelle) and all the others have been killed, as well as their Watchers. Buffy realizes that with all the potentials gone, and if she and Faith die, it'd be the end of the Slayer line. Giles then mentions that the Council has been obliterated, as well as most of their records. He managed to steal a couple of volumes and files regarding the First. He continues on, saying that the first can only take the form of someone who has passed away and it cannot fight on it's own, but rather manipulate those it takes on. This thing predates any written history and he has no idea how to defeat something like this. 

    Meanwhile, in Drusilla's form, the First Evil tells Spike that she's not nearly done with him while her super vampire continues to wail on him. In town, Buffy and Giles are heading towards the area where Buffy first saw the First Evil years ago. She mentions that she misses him, and he shares the sentiment. At the Summers' residence, Willow is trying to set up the sleeping arrangements but Kennedy takes over that job while the other Slayers in training plus Dawn munch away on cookies. Giles and Buffy find themselves at the old Christmas tree lot where Buffy stumbles through a boarded up hole in the ground. Buffy decides to check out the cave while Giles stays up top. She finds nothing of interest until she's suddenly attacked by the First's super vampire. They begin to brutal wail on each other, the vampire displaying an immense amount of power. Buffy manages to stake it but it just pulls the stake out from it's heart and continues beating on her. He continually smashes her into rock and stone. Realizing that she can't win this alone, Buffy tries to climb up out of the cave, it tries to follow her but is stopped when the sun suddenly rises. She returns home and finds the three Slayers in training up and eating in her kitchen. Giles then informs them that what Buffy fought was a vampire it's just another race of vampires called Turok-Han, he just believed it had been completely extinct up until today. They're lethal killing machines that even regular vampires fear.

    Shirking sleep, Buffy heads to school in her position of councilor where she tries to search for the First Evil on the internet. Principal Wood catches her and she pretends she's searching for evil movies. He tells her that once she's seen true evil it has serious effects on people and he's personally not a fan of evil movies, he tends to prefer mysteries, where everything unravels at the very end. Back in the caverns, the First Evil tries unsuccessfully to re-enact Drusilla's craziness but Spike sees right through her. She tries to convince him to switch sides and join the dark one but he tells her to get bent even while the Turok-Han continues to beat him. In the bathroom at school, Buffy looks at her battered body parts when her mother suddenly appears again. Joyce insists that Buffy can't control everything and that her friends are putting far too much pressure on her. Buffy suddenly walks up to find herself dozing off while she was supposed to be talking to a student. 

At the Summers' residence, Xander is boarding up the windows trying to assure the Slayers in training that they're going to be fine. Willow then apologizes to Buffy for causing those problems before. The three slayers in training are then loaded up with weapons in preparation for the night. Buffy and Giles talk quietly when suddenly one of the Slayers in training tells them that Annabelle ran off. Annabelle is running in some industrial area when she runs straight into the Turok-Han. Buffy finds Annabelle's dead body in the same area moments later. The Turok-Han suddenly attacks her, brutally, throwing her into a huge metal dumpster repeatedly. He grabs her by the neck but she spits blood in his face, giving herself a chance to run off. Limping and in obvious pain, she tries to get away as the Turok-Han continues to track her. She tries fighting him off with a metal pipe but he continually bests all her moves, sending her flying through the air time after time. She manages to kick a huge stack of metal poles onto him, but he rises from it immediately, apparently unhurt. Terrified, Buffy tries to run but he throws her through a brick wall. Moments later, Xander, Willow and Giles find Buffy underneath the rubble, battered, bruised, unmoving and covered in blood. Drusilla's poser still tries to get Spike to join the dark side but he refuses, on the grounds that Buffy believes in him.

    Back at home, Giles and the others discuss their problems while Buffy sits in the other room, listening to them. Giles is worried that there's internal bleeding with Buffy and if she can't fight, they're back at square one and he doesn't know how to fight it. Buffy joins them suddenly, tearfully telling them that they don't know how to fight it, that it's always been there and they're dealing with the reason that evil exists. She says that the mouth of hell is going to swallow her whole, and choke on her. She insists that the evil isn't ready for them and she's done waiting and they're going to seek out their worst fears. And she'll kill the First Evil herself.

Summary written by Nika

 

Quote of the Week

Buffy: You're right. We don't know how to fight it. We don't when it'll come. We can't run, can't hide. Can't pretend it's not the end, because it is. Something's always been there to try and destroy the world. We've beaten them back. But we're not dealing with them anymore. We're dealing with the reason they exist. Evil. The strongest. The first. 

Giles: Buffy, I know you're tired, but...

Buffy: I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of hell and it is going to swallow me whole. And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're going to wait for the end to come like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? We'll give them one. Anyone else wants to run? Do it now. Because we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them and cut out their hearts, one by one. Until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth that's more powerful than evil. And that's us. Any questions?

 

My Rating

5/5

 

Nika's Review

Good grief. This was far too good for words. And for once we got to see a vampire that was actually able to give Buffy a challenge. Guess they had to invent an entirely new breed in order to do that! Wow... so many things to mention, and most of which I'm sure I'll forget accidentally.

Alright first off, why do they need SPIKE for the ritual? Why not some other dude? Obviously Jonathan's blood wasn't good enough, though I doubt it was for the reason that he was too little and anemic. I'm guessing there's something special about Spike's blood. Maybe they need something that's undead? Not quite sure there.

Next... the Slayers in training! Oooo! Fun stuff! And they're British and have the cutest accents ever. Now why did Annabelle have to run off and die? WHY would you run off (to god only knows where) in a town where you know no one or anything? Doesn't make a whole load of sense to me. Plus I liked her the best out of the trios of SITs (Slayers in Training) and then they went off and killed her. Not too nice if you ask me. Did anyone else catch Kennedy hitting on Willow? hehehe "Hope you don't hog the covers!" Take a look at Willow's face. Absolutely priceless. hehe that had me in stitches laughing so hard.

Oh! And Buffy mentioned Faith! Wooohooo! They're totally setting up for her return!

As for this First Evil thingy... alright, according to Giles it can take the form of someone/something that has passed away. Buffy HAS died. Twice. So that let's her off the hook for us thinking that she's actually some sort of ghost. BUT... Giles on the other hand... and this is beginning to worry me. I heard a rumor that the script called for Anthony Stewart Head to touch nothing or anyone in that episode. And if you look, you never see him touching anything. Giles also mentioned that the First Evil can't do anything itself, it has to enforce others to do it's bidding. AND what happened to Giles getting slashed through the neck in Sleeper? They never brought that up and they never showed us what happened. What if Giles is actually dead and the First Evil took his position and is now trying to destroy Buffy from the inside? It's a decent idea... but I don't like to think of Giles like that, even though it'd be one hell of a plot twist. I guess we can only wait and see.

Buffy's speech at the very end was both beautiful and utterly shocking. When she first started out talking to the group, I thought she'd completely given up hope and was just trying to scare the shit out of all of them. Sarah's acting was superb in that scene and she went from shaking and terrified to valiant and heroic. I was getting so scared that Buffy had completely given up when all of a sudden she's declaring war on the First Evil. Good for her. I was so frigging impressed by that speech.

And awesome episode that adds another notch to the wonderful season that this has been. I can't wait to see what the finale is going to be like. It's going to be pretty damn spectacular!

Cast

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Nicholas Brendon
Alyson Hannigan
Emma Caulfield
Michelle Trachtenberg
James Marsters
Anthony Stewart Head
Kristine Sutherland
Iyari Limon
Clara Bryant
Courtnee Draper
Juliet Landau
DB Woodside
Ubervamp
Roger
  Buffy Summers
Xander Harris
Willow Rosenberg
Anya
Dawn
Spike
Giles
Joyce Summers
Kennedy
Molly
Annabelle
Drusilla
Principal Wood
Camden Toy
Chris Wiley