Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 1

Bargaining: Part 1 (2 Oct. 2001)

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Buffy is dead, and the Scooby Gang must do the best they can without her. But concern about the way she died leads Willow to believe that she may have been pulled into a hell dimension. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Ms. Lefcourt (as Joy DeMichelle Moore)
Cute Boy (as Robert D. Vito)


Buffy is dead, and the Scooby Gang must do the best they can without her. But concern about the way she died leads Willow to believe that she may have been pulled into a hell dimension. Unable to bear the thought of their friend enduring eternal torment, Willow, Xander, Anya, and Tara decide to perform a resurrection spell that will bring Buffy back from the dead. Written by Nicola Leoni

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2 October 2001 (USA)  »

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This was the first episode broadcast on UPN. See more »


In the beginning of the episode when the gang is hunting the heavyset vampire, the camera pushes in to Willow on top of a mausoleum, and as it does you can clearly see a pair of camera flags being moved along with it on the right of the screen. See more »


Xander: [sees Anya and Giles slapping at each other like kids] Okay, when *I'm* marvelling at the immaturity... be scared.
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Referenced in Angel: Carpe Noctem (2001) See more »


Written by Wayne Static, Tony Campos, Ken Jay
Performed by Static-X
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BtVS's best season begins
26 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewers, and for that matter the BtVS crew, didn't know when Buffy jumped if the show was done.

Then Whedon found a new home and the show's darkest but most meaningful season begins with "Bargaining." "Bargaining 1 & 2" are not the show's best episodes. But they set up exquisitely the season's Big Bad by providing a reason for Buffy to wonder "Is this Hell?"

Season 6 is the show's most metaphysical. BtVS was always filled with symbols and metaphors, but with Buffy's asking of Dawn the nature of their existence, Whedon and Co. are taking viewers into the meaning of the story. In Season 4's finale, "Restless," Xander visits the "Heart of Darkness." "Restless" is well regarded for its prophetic elements and with "Bargaining" the journey prophesied begins.

Its a sad, brutal and pointedly banal ride. At season's end the world will be saved by the most prosaic object imaginable: A yellow crayon. But Buffy's question will remain: "Is this Hell?"

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