Part III - "Potential," "The Killer in Me," and "First Date."
Part IV - "Get it Done" to "Empty Places."
Part V - The final three episodes, unless they turn out longer, in which case I'll save "Chosen" for Part VI.
Thank you again for waiting and I apologize for the delay. Without much further ado, let's dig deeper into Buffy and Spike's relationship!
The trust between Buffy and Spike is now restored, which is critical to their relationship moving forward, especially in terms of romance. But, at the moment, it’s back to work in the fight against the First. The episode starts with Buffy teaching the potential slayers how to fight vampires. And Spike is finally able to help Buffy without her feeling tense. A complete contrast to their relationship when Spike returned to town offering his help in "Beneath You." Since Buffy and Spike trust each other again, but on an entirely different level, they are able to start working as a team. And this episode clearly shows it, along with Buffy’s trying to figure out her feelings towards Spike.
First, in the graveyard, Buffy shows the potentials how to use their instincts when fighting vampires. She then tells Spike to come at her. When Spike does and Buffy pins him down, she notices he’s hurt and asks if he’s ok. Spike tries to brush it off, saying that some of his ribs aren’t set right since he’s still recovering from being tortured by the First, but he’s fine. But, Buffy is genuinely concerned and wants to see if he’s hurt, so she lifts up his shirt. Spike says no (Buffy’s getting a little too close for comfort) and Buffy says, “Spike,” in a way that sounds like she really cares about him. Spike then takes her hand and holds it while he covers his shirt. He then calmly assures her that he’ll be ok. The potentials, key witnesses to this whole scene, notice the obvious chemistry between Buffy and Spike. “That’s hot.” “So, we’re suppose to, like, make-out with them or something?” The romance is building. And before the opening montage begins, Buffy looks at Spike and then seems as if she’s trying to figure out what just happened or more importantly, what she just felt when she helped Spike. Her feelings are confusing, as they usually are in matters of love.
We get a better understand of Buffy’s confused feelings later at the school. Buffy and Amanda have a conversation about guys picking on girls. Honestly, for anyone who doubts whether Buffy ever had feelings for Spike in season 6, this scene makes it clear that she did. When Amanda asks Buffy if it’s weird to like a guy who picks on her, Buffy’s reaction (my lovely icon) is adorable. She shyly looks down and smiles. She knows exactly what Amanda is talking about because we know she’s thinking about her relationship with Spike.
Amanda also says, “We’re mean to each other and we like each other.” Buffy responds by saying this type of relationships depends on the couple because sometimes, that’s how people relate. Here’s the thing though because I don’t want people to misinterpret this conversation, considering the horrible things both Buffy and Spike later did in s6. Before Buffy and Spike’s relationship took a turn for the worst in s6, they did like each other (see s6 analysis). The problem was that Buffy and Spike were always mortal enemies until Spike fell in love with Buffy. When Buffy started developing feelings too (early s6), she was more confused because she’s the slayer and he’s a vampire with no soul. She’s NOT suppose to love a vampire like Spike. And even when they were in a relationship (although it was purely sexual), they were still mean. So, when Buffy refers to her relationship with Spike in this scene, it refers to when they were actually in a relationship. It led to “absolutely no good” and “much confusion,” which was true because Buffy felt it was wrong to have feelings for Spike. She also knew it was wrong to use him, so she ended it in “As You Were.” BUT, even when Buffy “absolutely, definitely, seriously,” ended the relationship, she was still confused with “the over part.” She still had feelings for Spike even after ending their relationship (see “Hell’s Bells” for further proof). And as much as Buffy’s trying to convince herself that the relationship is really over, she’s not entirely sure it is because Spike is different now. Their relationship is different now.
This is made evident with exchange of glances at the bar scene. Buffy tells the potentials that they can “down all the yak urine shots or pigs blood spritzers” they’d like. Buffy then smirks at Spike and Spike smirks back. They’re able to share a smile and small laugh with each other, like they’re old friends who know something the other people around them don’t. It’s such a cute exchange! What I also love about this exchange is that the last time Buffy and Spike shared a similar encounter was in “Hell’s Bells.” Spike said he was happy to see her smile, even if it was for Xander and Anya, because she’s glows when she smiles (hint, hint). But, in this scene, Buffy shares a smile with Spike. She’s happy to joke about something with him again (like her dress being radioactive at the wedding).
Moving back to the graveyard, Buffy, Spike, and the potentials enter a vampire crypt. Buffy explains that although vampires can live anywhere and anyway they want, “the animal inside is always the same.” Spike seems kind of put off by Buffy’s statement and rightfully so, since he’s been trying to fight the animal/monster inside him. BUT, when Spike tries to find the right word to describe what his crypt was like, Buffy jumps in and says it was “comfy.” It makes total sense why Buffy would find it comfy, although Kennedy is shocked and confused as to why. In early s6, particularly “Life Serial,” Buffy found comfort in being around Spike himself, which made his crypt comfy. So, Buffy is remembering how comfortable she felt around Spike. Again, Buffy’s confused about her feelings, but they all point in the direction of something other than a friendship between her and Spike.
One final Buffy/Spike moment in this episode is when Buffy tosses a knife to Spike when they are in battle. Just another example of how awesome Buffy and Spike work together as a team.
“The Killer in Me”
Let’s start with the basement scene. Buffy and Spike are talking like friends again and feel more comfortable around each other. Spike also explains that it’s better for him to be chained up in case the First does trigger him again (worried about that monster inside him). Buffy understands, but says he’s been fine, even when he’s been around the potentials. Spike says that it’s better when Buffy’s by his side. He knows she won’t let him hurt anyone, so in a sense, he feels safer around Buffy. The chip then starts to malfunction, causing Spike to feel intense pain.
We then have another sweet scene where Buffy takes care of Spike. She hands him a towel to wipe the blood from his nose. Buffy says that there has to be a reason for the chip to go all wonky, but Spike thinks maybe he just wasn’t meant to last this long. Like Buffy, who wasn’t suppose to last long as a slayer, Spike thinks he’s outdone his time too. “One more thing you and I have in common, eh, pet?” But, Buffy believes the chip can be fixed and calls Riley. Sidenote: love Buffy and Spike’s little Ghostbuster joke. Just another subtle example of how they’re able to joke with each other again.
Buffy and Spike then go to the sight of the Initiative. As they talk and dig through the dirt, it’s another small, but important example of how they are working together as a team. More importantly, they are not being mean to each other, especially Buffy. In fact, she’s the one joking with him now! “Eh, nothing good on TV tonight.” She’s again starting to feel more comfortable around him, which is a complete contrast to how they were in "Beneath You." And as they walk through the Initiative, there’s no hint of mean sarcasm between them. They are working together, like partners. Also, when Buffy gets attacked by the demon and Spike’s chip starts acting up, causing him to collapse, she calls his name as if she’s worried. Again, it shows that she cares about his well-being.
After Buffy kills the demon and checks out Spike, the army appears. Riley got Buffy’s message. Then, when Buffy learns Spike’s chip is degraded and fatal, she has to make a critical decision: either have the army fix Spike’s chip or remove it. Does Buffy now trust Spike enough to allow the chip to be removed? Absolutely!
When Spike attacks Giles, thinking he’s the First, Giles wonders why Spike is able to hit him. We immediately learn Buffy made the choice to remove Spike’s chip. Giles is not happy with Buffy’s decision. And he expresses his feelings in the following scene. “You know this is dangerous.” Free-range Spike. He asks Buffy why on earth she would make the decision to remove Spike’s chip and Buffy’s says it was instinct. She felt it was right. Buffy then tries to make a case for Spike. He was dangerous even when he was under the First’s control, so the chip would make no difference. Giles thinks that if the chip was repaired, it could have restrained Spike better, even if he was under the First’s control. BUT, for Buffy, it’s not longer about keeping Spike chained up and on a leash because she’s sees him as a man. “Spike has a soul now. That’s what’s gonna stop him from hurting people.” Again, Buffy’s believes Spike can be good because he faced the monster inside, as she said in “Never Leave Me.” And she reiterates this point to Giles.
He can be a good man, Giles. I feel it. But he's never gonna get there if we don't give him the chance.
Giles gets more serious. He thinks Buffy’s feelings for Spike are clouding her judgment.
It doesn't matter if you're not physical with each other anymore. There's a connection. You rely on him, he relies on you. That's what's affecting your judgment.
Even Giles knows Buffy and Spike have feelings! In fact, their relationship is much bigger than a physical connection now. They have a deeper connection. They rely on each other, especially now that the trust between them is restored. Buffy then tries to assure Giles that she's not losing sight of the big picture. But, she also knows that it was wrong to have Spike with the chip, especially if he's trying to a better person. "You can't beat evil by doing evil." Again, Buffy is full of love.
Later, when Willow says that it would help Buffy move on if she goes out with Robin Wood, Buffy immediately assumes Willow is talking about Spike and gets defensive. “Why does everyone in this house think I’m still in love with Spike?” Wait…what was that Buffy? STILL IN LOVE? Not, “still love,” but “still in love.” That is a MAJOR difference. So, Buffy possibly was in love with Spike, although she never admitted. Spike felt it, other people recognized it, but Buffy isn’t completely there yet. But, whether or not Buffy was in love with Spike in s6, the fact that she thought Willow was referring to Spike seems to suggest Spike is on her mind when it comes to romance. Further proof of this is the hallway scene.
Buffy comes out of the bathroom wearing a lace tank-top style blouse. She immediately stops in her tracks when she bumps into Spike. She feels a bit nervous and tries to cover herself up. Spike tries to look away too, since this is clearly an awkward moment for both of them. So, here’s the thing: if Buffy and Spike were so comfortable around each other as friends (as I laid out), why would this moment be so awkward? It wouldn’t be unless they had feelings for each other.
Spike tries to make it less awkward and says Buffy looks nice. Buffy smiles and thanks him, and then tries to explain herself, saying traditionally one wears something over his blouse. Spike then mentions how he heard she’s got a date tonight. And instead of Buffy saying, “Yes, it’s a date,” she says, “Well, it’s unclear.” She says it could be about a promotion or that he’s evil. Again, if Buffy was so over Spike, why then try to explain herself and her outing with Robin? She keeps saying that it’s over between her and Spike, so why can’t she admit it to Spike himself? Because it’s really not, especially for Buffy! There’s still something unresolved there.
Spike catches on (because he knows her so well) and says that he’s actually okay with her going out on a date. Spike is the one who acknowledges it’s over between them. “Think I still dream of a crypt for two with a white picket fence? My eyes are clear.” Buffy feels calm by his statement, thanks him, and mentions he should try going out too. When Buffy leaves, we see Spike with a sad and disappointed face. Spike may have said it was over between them to make Buffy feel more comfortable, but he still has feelings. He’ll always have feelings. He’ll always be in love Buffy because no other girl could mean anything to him as much as Buffy does.
Later, when Xander is in trouble and Spike interrupts Buffy’s date, he doesn’t act too hasty. He looks at Buffy and although there are bigger things to worry about, it seems like it still stings him to see her with another guy. And in the car, Buffy again feels awkward with her date and her ex, who we know she still has feelings for. At the high school, Spike gets beaten up by the demon to the point where he gets knocked down. After Buffy kills it, she goes to check on Spike first! I mean come on! The way Spike looks at her…it’s as if he knows Buffy still cares about him. He also takes her hand to comfort her, saying he’s ok. It’s like their scene together in “Potential.” Robin notices the obvious connection between Buffy and Spike, which causes Buffy to then go check on Xander.
Finally, the last scene in the episode with Buffy and Spike talking on the couch. Spike says that the First spoke to Andrew and said it wasn’t time for Spike yet. So, Spike knows the First still has plans for Spike, possibly triggering him again. Spike suggests that he move out, even leave town, because he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Buffy says no and that he has to stay. Spike tries to convince her that she doesn’t need him because she has another demon fighter: Robin. But, Buffy says it’s not about fighting demons. “That’s not why I need you here.” So, Spike asks why. What is Buffy getting at? And Buffy says the reason why is because she’s not ready for Spike to not be here. She’s not ready for Spike to not be around her. Her reasons for having Spike in her life go much deeper than fighting demons. It may have been like that in the past (see season 5), but again, their relationship is completely different now, in this moment in time!
Spike seems surprised by her answer. So, he presses further, but not too much because Buffy has been so unclear about her feelings that he doesn’t want to go looking for hope when there still might not be any. He asks where Robin fits in, since he thinks she may have feelings for him. Buffy looks at Spike as if she really doesn’t know how to answer that question. More importantly, she’s still not there to admit her feelings for Spike. And Spike gets it, so he looks away, disappointed again. But one thing is for sure at this point: Buffy doesn’t just need Spike in her life because she's not ready to part ways. Buffy wants Spike in her life. The version of Spike that she wants, however, is another issue entirely.
To be continued…
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