Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 13

Dead Things (5 Feb. 2002)

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After Jonathan, Andrew, and Warren accidentally kill Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina, they set Buffy up to make her believe it was she who killed the girl.



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Cop #1 (as Bernard K. Addison)
Eric Prescott ...
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Buffy goes to Tara, concerned about the fact that Spike can harm her without triggering his chip. She also gets mixed up with the Trio's latest scheme, creating a new device which will make women their mindless slaves, which goes horribly wrong when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is accidentally killed. The Trio set Buffy up to make her think that she has killed Katrina - and it works. Between finding out the truth about her resurrection and believing that she has killed an innocent girl, Buffy's world begins to fall apart, and she ends up revealing to Tara that she and Spike are having sex. Written by Taylor

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When the camera pans back rapidly as Buffy looks upon the crying girl with confusion, a large stage light is clearly visible on the left hand side of the screen. See more »


Buffy: [angrily] What did you do?
Spike: What I had to. I went back and I took care of it. It doesn't matter now. No one will ever find her.
Cop #1: [coming out of the police station] Where'd they find her?
Cop #2: The river. She washed up half a mile from the cemetery.
Spike: Oh, balls.
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A really dark episode
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the episode that turns the Trio into real villains. Until now, they've basically just been pests. Stealing diamonds, making invisibility rays, robbing banks, etc... In "Death Things" the commit murder, which will change them forever and drive the season forward. "Dead Things" is an important episode, but it's also really dark.

"Dead Things" revolves around the Trio accidentally killing Warren's ex-girlfriend, Katrina. They hypnotized her with the idea of making her into love-slave, but things went wrong and she wound up dead. Andrew and Jonathan panic. But Warren comes up with a plan to pin the murder on Buffy. He has Andrew call up some time-shift demons to confuse Buffy, then they stage a fight and trick Buffy into thinking that she killed Katrina during the confusion. Meanwhile, Buffy continues to sleep with Spike and feel disconnected from the Scoobies. Willow is trying to stay "clean of magic" and win Taar back. And Anya and Xander continue to plan their wedding. Buffy goes out on patrol and is set upon by weird time fluxes, thanks to the Trio's demons. Buffy falls for their trick and thinks that she killed Katrina. She wants to confess, but at first Spike stops her. He tells her that it was an accident and she can't go to jail. She's the Slayer. But Buffy is insistent. They get into a fight, where he lets her punch him mercilessly. Spike is trying to get he to relieve some of her anger. But Buffy is out of control. When she finally stops hitting him, she stumbles into the police station. While there, though, she realizes that the Katrina is the victim and links her to Warren. Deciding that the Trio is behind the murder, she goes home, more determined than ever to find them. Tara then tells Buffy that she's investigated and Buffy is still fully human. Spike can only hit her because her cells got a "sunburn" during her resurrection. Buffy begins to sob and confesses to Tara that she and Spike have been sleeping together. Buffy can't explain what's wrong with her and why she feels so disconnected from the world. Tara hold her while Buffy cries.

There are some good parts to "Dead Things." I think that it's Jonathan's finest episode, showing how he's different from Warren and even from Andrew. He and Andrew were both shocked when Katrina accused them of attempted rape. They never thought of their "super villain" plans in real terms before. Jonathan's face reflects his growing horror as he really sees what they've done. When Katrina dies, Andrew sits on the steps crying. Warren immediately starts calling the body "it" and plotting how to get rid of Katrina. Jonathan stares at him in shock and disgust, but as Warren keeps pressuring him, Jonathan reluctantly agrees to the plan. His disillusionment with Warren is a fatal crack in the Trio dynamic, though. One that will play into the season finale. Also, that scene with Spike and Buffy standing on either side of the door to his crypt is pretty cool. They're so close, yet so far apart. Finally, Tara is great in this episode. Comforting Buffy and listening patiently as Buffy tells her about sleeping with Spike. Tara is the only Scoobie who seems like a responsible, adult these days.

Maybe I just love Spike. Or maybe I'm just sick of Buffy's whining and self pity. But I really don't think that Spike is dragging HER into the darkness. I think that Buffy is the one making HIM darker. At the beginning of the season-- Heck, for the past three seasons-- Spike has been a playful sort of guy. Evil? Sure. But still watching cartoons and soap operas. Even his "relationship" with the Buffy-bot was full of light fighting and other "fun" Spike stuff. It's only since he's been sleeping with Buffy that he's been all depressed. She's being dark and broody, and Spike is changing to fit her. He does the same thing when he's with Dru. Buffy is the one spinning out of control and she's taking Spike with her. Their relationship is, frankly, kind of creepy and I blame Buffy for it.

Oddly, I think that Buffy blames herself, too. It seems like "Dead Things" is contrasting Warren with Buffy. Warren kills Katrina. Buffy dreams of killing Spike. Warren hits Katrina over the head and then stands over her body in shock. Buffy beats Spike into the ground and then stands over him, apparently appalled at what she's done. Warren and Buffy are both punishing other people for their own failings. Warren kills Katrina for not loving him. Buffy attacks Spike because she doesn't love herself. Buffy punching Spike mirrors Faith hitting Buffy during the body switch episode "Who Are You?" In it Faith, beats Buffy because Buffy looks like Faith and Faith hates herself. In "Dead Things," Buffy seems to be hitting Spike as a substitute for herself. Cursing him with words that are really directed at herself. Punishing him for caring for her. How could he love her when even she doesn't? At the end of the episode, she even begs Tara not to forgive her, because Buffy can't forgive herself. Buffy's in an emotional collapse and really needs some help.

On the down side, Spike couldn't weigh down one body? How hard could it be? Geez! Also, didn't we already establish that people sometimes get hurt during slaying, but it isn't a matter for the police? The second half of season three was all about Faith accidentally killing the deputy mayor and everyone was pretty clear that it was a suppose to be a Council matter. Buffy didn't even suggest calling Giles. I think that Buffy just wants to confess to the police so she has a way out of her life.

My favorite part of the episode: Spike and Buffy discussing decorating tips as they lay under Spike's numerous oriental carpets.

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