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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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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Vampires look in the mirror and see nothing. Buffy looks in the mirror and hates what she sees.
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The essence of "Dead Things": (Spike to Buffy at The Bronze) "You see...you try to be with them...but you always end up in the dark. With me. What would they think of you if they found out all the things you've done? If the knew who you really were?" He then puts his hand up her skirt and forces her to keep her eyes open -- on her friends -- while he plays with her. She can't stop him because she doesn't want to stop him. Yet she despises the fact that she doesn't want to stop him.

And while it's convenient for Buffy to think that she's only falling for Spike because she came back from the heavenly realm damaged and demonized, Tara confirms that Buffy is not a demon; she's just got a case of "sunburn" that is sending Spikes' chip a false positive demon signal. Buffy simply cannot face her own dark drives, and this episode really highlights that fact to perfection.

As for the rest of the episode...

The Trio come up with some high tech love potion...blah blah blah...Warren accidentally kills his ex-girlfriend Katrina and The Trio attempt to pin the blame on Buffy...blah blah blah...Buffy eventually figures out that Warren is behind Katrina's death...blah...blah...blah...Willow and Tara seem to be moving closer to a reconciliation...blah...blah...blah...

But the bottom line is that Buffy wants/needs Spike more than she can admit to herself. When she screams at Spike that he's dead inside, she's really talking about how she herself feels. But as usual...she lacks the proper insight to see that she's actually just described herself. When Tara tells her there's nothing wrong with her as a result of the resurrection she keeps insisting that there must be because she simply cannot accept who and what she really is. She begs Tara to not forgive her, because she cannot accept and/or forgive herself.

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