Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 2

Beneath You (1 Oct. 2002)

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A giant worm-like creature begins stalking a young girl. As the gang begin to investigate, they realise it's appearance in Sunnydale may be linked to Anya.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kaarina Aufranc ...
Principal Robin Wood (as DB Woodside)
Tess Hall ...
Punk Girl
Young Woman
Jack Sundmacher ...


As Buffy awakes from a bad dream with the warning, "From beneath you, it devours.", Xander meets a young woman whose dog was eaten by a creature that burrowed up out of the ground. Spike offers his assistance, but the group is still uneasy about having him around. The gang soon discovers that the source of the monster is closer to them than they thought. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she prepares to leave England and return to Sunnydale. Written by Alex

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In the pre-title sequence, when the pink-haired girl is chased through Frankfurt, the German vocals of the song are "Von der Tiefe / es verschlingt", which translates to the idé fixe of the season, "From beneath you it devours" (although it should really be 'Aus der Tiefe'...). See more »


(24:25) When Xander and Nancy survey the damage to the flooring in the corridor, the hole that the demon rose from is now only about 30cm deep and lined with black polythene. See more »


Spike: [to Buffy] And when exactly did your sister get unbelievably scary?
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References Run Lola Run (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Beneath Me (But I watched it anyway)
6 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a surprise...

less than 1 second into her new job Buffy leaves her office and goes into the basement looking for Spike. I don't know if it's her chronically annoying voice, her marginal acting ability, her weird looking nose, her soap box moralizing, her intrusiveness, her selfishness, her ingratitude, her hypocrisy, or just an accumulation of way too much Buffy over the past 6 seasons...but there's just something very unlikeable about that character. Not as unlikeable as Xander. But seriously unlikeable nonetheless.

And in yet another herky-jerky plot shift Willow is now magically healed and ready to return to Sunnydale, where one of her biggest concerns is whether or not her friends will still like her.

The more this series winds its way toward its merciful conclusion the more episodes like "Normal Again" seem like distant, fading memories. That episode was one of the best -- and it just ended up getting swept away like children's sand-bucket sand castles with each ensuing tide.

How many times do viewers have to bear witness to Spike attempting to talk to Buffy or help out, only to be lambasted by Xander Harris -- arguably THE worst character in the history of television? It's beyond deja vu. It's pure Hell.

ANY humor at all? Anya, in a bar, in the middle of drumming up some customers in need of a good vengeance demon... "Guys...I'm WORKING, here!" (Don'tcha just love 'er?)

And Nancy asking: "OK...is there anybody here who HASN'T slept together?", then Xander and Spike giving each other a quick awkward glance.

The final scene...Spike in a church talking to Buffy in almost free association prose...baring his soul to her -- the most soulless creature in the series...maybe the most painful display of Buffyverse yet...ever...Spike...draped over a 6 foot cross...burning...a tear rolls down Buffy's cheek...

Executive Producers

Joss Whedon

Marti Noxon

(Anybody else wonder if Whedon was banging Noxon?)

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