Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 9

Never Leave Me (26 Nov. 2002)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lydia (as Cynthia LaMontagne)
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Principal Robin Wood (as DB Woodside)
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Spike is held captive in the Summers home while the Scoobies ponder their options in the aftermath of his murder spree. Willow finds Andrew buying blood and decides to take him prisoner also. While they try to decide what to do next, the gang are interrupted by the mysterious hooded figures called "Harbingers"... the minions of the First Evil. Written by Alex

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When Principal Wood rolls the corpse of Jonathan into a grave and begins to shovel dirt down on him, Jonathan slightly winces and flutters his closed eyes. See more »


Warren Meers: [as The First] You know the rules. I can't take corporeal form. Here. Feel.
Andrew Wells: [he passes his hand through Warren's chest] Cool!
Warren Meers: Pretty bitchin', right? I'm like Obi-Wan!
Andrew Wells: Or Patrick Swayze!
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9 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Funny reference to the infamous "permanent record", while principal Robin Wood delivers an ultimatum to 2 kids in his office (which they reject). As soon as I heard the words "permanent record" leave his lips I started to balk. But to his credit, he then proceeded to expose the myth about the permanent record once and for all: NOBODY GIVES A HOOT ABOUT IT! LOL. As he says (after they reject his ultimatum to repaint the walls they defaced, or have the incident go on their permanent record): "OK...I was bluffing...I hadn't really thought that one through. Listen...this whole permanent record thing is such a myth anyway. Colleges never ask for anything past your SAT scores. And it's not like employers are gonna be calling up to check to see how many days you missed in high school." Finally -- the permanent record myth DEBUNKED! Now that's progress!!

Other funny stuff:

The butcher, to Andrew (who's wearing a long black leather coat) after he requests toothpaste along with the rest of his order: "This is a butcher shop, NEO. We don't sell toothpaste". Very funny!!

Funnier than two (former) nerds, Willow and Andrew, interfacing angrily in the alley outside the butcher shop? I don't know...maybe.

Good cop/bad cop (or, as Xander says...'easy way/hard way thing') interrogation of Andrew by Anya and Xander -- also funny.

Anya, after Xander figures out that the song that keeps recurring is acting as a "trigger" to set Spike off: "The horse?"

Now...the not so funny stuff:

Buffy to Spike: "You feeling sorry for yourself, Spike?" Spike to Buffy: "I'm feelin honest with myself...You used me". Buffy to Spike: "Yes." Spike to Buffy: "You told me that, of course. I never understood it, though. Not until now. You hated yourself, and you took it out on me".

Later on, he goes further, after he implores Buffy to kill him:

"You wanna know what I've done to girls Dawn's age?" But she refuses to believe that he's dangerous.

"Have you ever really asked yourself why you can't do it -- off me? After everything I've done to you...to people around you. It's not love. We both know that"...(Buffy says it's because Spike has fought by her side and saved lives.) "Don't do that. Don't rationalize this into some noble act. Because we both know the truth of it. You like men who hurt you" (Buffy says "No".)..."You need the pain we cause you. You need the hate. You need it to do your job. To be The Slayer." And despite her immediate denial, all Buffy demonstrates is what she always demonstrates -- that she lacks even the most basic insight into herself and her own motivations. And while she might see more in Spike than he sees in himself, he clearly sees more about her than she sees about herself.

Definitely NOT funny stuff. This is the crux of the whole Spike-Buffy relationship -- something that seems to be both misunderstood and highly debated among the BtVS fan base.

He also describes what it is to be human and have a soul. Basically he says that having a soul opens up the gates to self-loathing. He contrasts what he felt when he was William The Bloody with what he feels now. And he says that he never felt his current level of self-loathing when he was William The Bloody.

Then enter...the Harbingers...scary dudes who are minions of The Firest (Evil), intent on pummeling the Scoobies and kidnapping/torturing Spike to use his blood to unlock the Hellmouth Seal and release the Uber-Vamp (quite an uncomfortable scene, BTW).

"Never Leave Me" also sheds light on the fact that Robin Wood might not be what he appears to be. After he finds Jonathan's body lying on the Hellmouth seal, he drives the body out to some deserted location and buries it.

And just when it looked as if The Watcher's Council would spring into action -- they all get blown up.

Worth noting: At the very end of the previous episode we see one of the Harbingers swinging a weapon at Giles' head, and then the episode ends. To my way of thinking, this episode should have started off where that one ended, to continue the tension/story arc, etc. Instead, it started with the Scoobies cleaning Buffy's house.

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