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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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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2 October 2001 (USA)  »

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(two parts)

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1.33 : 1
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We see Willow wearing a shirt with a number on it. We then see Xander come in wearing what looks like a football jersey with a number on it. Later when they gang is saying goodbye to Giles, Dawn is wearing a shirt with 07 on it. The crew got many letters asking what the numbers were supposed to mean, but there was no connection. Executive Producer Marti Noxon said that this was completely unintentional and was just a wardrobe coincidence. 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: [stepping into the kitchen] House of chicks, relax. I am a man, and I have a tool.
[everybody stares at him]
Xander: Tools. Lots of plural tools. In my, uh, toolbox.
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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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The One Where Buffy Comes Back To Life...
30 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode so much. But it was a bit strange to see an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, with pretty much, no Buffy in it.

After Buffy died three months ago, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Giles, Anya, Tara and Spike have taken over Buffy's responsibilities. They even trick you in the beginning, making you think that Buffy was still alive. But alas, it was Buffy-bot. Buffy-bot has taken the role of real Buffy, so no one realizes that she's dead. Especially the demons and vampires of the world. Sunnydale would become a permanent nesting ground for every low life near Southern California. Willow and Tara now live with Dawn and take care of her. Spike often babysits her as well. And of course, Willow being super witch, has hatched a plan to bring Buffy back to life. The end of Part 1, ends with Buffy crawling out of her grave.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.

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