The Mayor takes Willow prisoner after Buffy and her friends steal away a box containing demonic energy needed for Ascension Day.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Keith Brunsmann ...
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Michael Schoenfeld ...
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Nearly all the gang is admitted to colleges, Willow even Oxford; only Xander plans to tour instead. The mayor gives Faith a precious weapon as reward, and the mission to intercept at the airport the box of Gavrok, a container of mystical energy he needs for his demonic ascension. Mother Joyce hopes Buffy goes to Northwestern University, near an aunt in Illinois, but the watchers doubt if her slayer-duties allow any long absence from the Hellmouth; maybe if she first prevents the ascension, therefore Giles agrees to seize the initiative once they know more, quickly done ignoring Wesley's caution by the Council's book. Angel helps Buffy steal the box from the town hall, but Faith takes Willow hostage, only Wes would refuse to exchange her. First Willow kills a vampire guard and consults the Books of Ascension; at the meeting of both sides, the box is dropped, spilling some of its spider-scary content... Written by KGF Vissers

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4 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the first time that Buffy and the Mayor meet face-to-face, despite the fact that they were in the same room together at the city hall press conference in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread (1999) and they almost met in the sewers beneath Sunnydale in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998). See more »


When Buffy gets attacked by a spider, it zooms in on Xander and Angel, and you can see Xander clearly smiling at the intense situation. See more »


Willow: [explaining why she wants to stay in Sunnydale when she has other choices available] The other night, y'know being captured and all, facing off with Faith... Things just - kinda got clear. I mean, you've been fighting evil here for three years and I've helped some. And now we're supposed to decide what we want to do with our lives. And I just realized that's what I want to do. Fight evil, help people. I mean, I-I think it's worth doing. And I don't think you do it because you have to. It's a ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Moving on
2 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buffy has to make choices as graduation day approaches and tries to avoid the mayor's graduation day plans. She sets. I like that Buffy has thought about what the future holds knowing that she has fully accepted who she is and balanced her two lives. Angel even knows that the help he provided her has come to an end and decided to find his own path by leaving town. Cordy is so done with Sunnydale after a rocky year setting her sights for the big city.

Another great aspect as Buffy gain the box to stop ascension yet must chose between the world or her friend. In a way it show cases why the slayer must always be alone as they can be used as leverage against her and many innocent people die. In a way I feel Buffy made the wrong choice as she saves Willow, who has the plans, but the mayor has the final key he needs to cause havoc. More lives could be saved with her on the front lines instead of worrying about the big giant snake.

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