While the Iniatiative brass and its political superior worry about its commandos' moral, unreliable control -loose gun Riley- and what to do with captured demons, Adam promises to put Spike back on the map as 'terrifying beast' after removing his behavior chip implant and eliminate slayer Buffy together. Spike cleverly makes a deal with Giles, who accepts his demands for blood supply, money and immunity from slaying in return for discretion and information on the Initiative and Adam, on heavily encoded data media which even Willow finds quite a challenge. Meanwhile Spike stirs potential strife and personal insecurities among the gang so Buffy feels almost isolated, such as Willow's lesbianism, only laborer Xander's lack of status and (self-)respect, Giles' midlife crisis after professional (library) retirement and feeble hold on his almost solo-slaying charge. After Xander accidentally told Riley about Angel's curse while bringing the demoralized ex-soldier silly clothes in his ruins ... Written by
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The title of the episode refers to Yoko Ono, blamed by many for The Beatles' break up. In this episode, Spike acts as the "Yoko factor", sowing dissension within the Scooby Gang. Also, when Spike asks Adam if he has ever listened to the Beatles and Adam answers that he likes Helter Skelter. Spike remarks that he is not surprised, which is probably a reference to Charles Manson and his murders (Manson believed that the Beatles had hidden messages directed at him, and named his killing spree Helter Skelter) See more
At 20:03, when Buffy rolls down the hill into some rocks, it is obvious from the way they shift under the impact that they are lightweight, flat-bottomed props sitting atop a soft stunt mat. Then, as the camera revolves while looking down on Buffy, you can see a patch of reflected light move across a "rock" and onto her shoulder in time with the camera motion. See more
[startling Giles by walking in on him singing
You know, for someone who's got "Watcher" on his résumé, you might wanna cast an eye to the front door every now and again.
References The Godfather
Written by Ronnie Van Zant
and Allen Collins
Performed by Anthony Head
(as Anthony Stewart Head) See more