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Buffy 6.14 FAQ

What’s it called?

“Older and Far Away.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Drew Greenberg (“Smashed”).

What does TV Guide say?

“Lonely Dawn feels like the odd-girl out when the Scooby Gang throws a party in honor of Buffy's birthday, leading to a fateful wish that leaves the Slayer and her friends in a fix. Clem: James C. Leary. Richard: Ryan Browning. Sophie: Laura Roth. Hallie: Kali Rocha.”

What is TV Guide not telling us?

When Tara accidentally unleashes a teleporting demon inside the house, some of the gang – especially Anya – pressures Will to use magic to save the day.

The big news?

Despite rumors to the contrary, no one learns of the Spike-Buffy sex this week.

The less-big news?

It turns out vengeance demons punish more than just cheaty males – cheaty males were just Anyanka’s thing.

Ah. Is Halfrek involved in the lockdown?

‘Tis she who grants Dawn’s wish.

Do Spike and Halfrek have a connection?

When they meet near episode’s end, they seem to recognize each other. She even calls him “William.” One senses a sexual history.

Any non-scoobies come to the party?

If one excludes Halfrek, three. A handsome co-worker of Xander’s, Spike’s not-so-handsome pal Clem (whom we met playing poker with Spike in “Life Serial”), and Buffy’s Doublemeat coworker Sophie.

Does Dawn’s stealing come to light?

Yep. And imagine Anya’s reaction when unsold Magic Box inventory is discovered in Dawn’s room.

The Nerds of Doom sit it out again?

They do.

Any sign of Fantastico?


Is the Buffy-Spike sex a thing of the past?

They don’t do it this week, but one senses Buffy hasn’t closed the door on the relationship yet. (It bears noting, however, that Spike still sports a colossal black eye from the pummelling the slayer gave him last week.)

Does Dawn invite Spike to the party?

No. He finds out about it from Willow.

Whose idea is it to invite Tara?

Buffy’s. But she clears it through Will first.

What’s the what with Will and Tara?

Things are awkward at first, but they grow considerably friendlier as the night wears on.

Is there the touching and the kissing?

Not this week.

Does Will go back on the pipe?

That would be telling.

What’s the what with Xander and Anya?

Anya freaks out worse than anyone else and starts to unbutton her top – but Xander stops her. No, Xander! Bad Xander!

What’s great?

Will’s dilemma. Buffy’s growing bond with Tara. Sophie.

What’s not so great?

Dawn’s whining about always being neglected is the brokenest of records. Also? Absolutely no new “Buffy” next week!

Herc’s rating for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 6.14?


The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

I am – Hercules!!

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