Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 10

Wrecked (27 Nov. 2001)

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When they return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magic quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but Willow's recklessness with magic puts Dawn's life in danger.



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Fleming Brooks ...
Jonesing Girl
Michael Giordani ...
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Colin Malone ...
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When they return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magic quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but Willow's recklessness with magic puts Dawn's life in danger.

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'Jeff Korber' (the warlock, Rack) previously played "Zachary Kralik", the psychopathic vampire whom the Watchers Council set on Buffy as a test, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless (1999). See more »


At the beginning when Buffy is leaving the collapsed building and Spike puts his arms around her, you can see that a cross charm from Buffy's necklace is on Spike's wrist and is not burning him. See more »


Buffy: You could've killed her. You almost did.
Willow: [crying] I know, I know. I can't stop, Buffy. I've tried, and I can't.
Buffy: You can.
Willow: I can't. I can't. I just- God, I need help!
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Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
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Willow's addiction to magic comes to a head
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess I'm suppose to feel bad for Dawn and Buffy in this episode, but I don't. Willow and Spike are the ones I wind up having sympathy for. Buffy might be having the "Back From the Dead Blues" or whatever, but Spike genuinely loves her. He wants to build a relationship. She just wants to be depressed. And sure Dawn winds up with a broken arm, but poor Willow's falling off a ledge. The magic that she's used for so long to help people and to feel special is slowly destroying her. When she collapses, sobbing at the end of the episode, my heart just breaks for her. Magic is her entire identity now and it's betraying her. She's completely lost and needs help. This isn't my favorite episode, but it does set up some stuff for later in the season. It introduces Rack, who will return in "Villians" and it begins Willow's recovery from her magic addiction. You really need to watch "Wrecked" if you're going to see the rest of the season.

"Wrecked" picks up directly after the event of "Smashed" and revolves around Willow's addiction to magic. After a night casting spells with Amy, Willow is feeling drained. She can't do any more magic all day and it's making her antsy. Amy and Willow go to a magic "dealer" named Rack to replenish their magical reserves. Rack takes an instant liking to Willow and she is amazed by the power that goes through her as she takes his magic. Meanwhile, Buffy wakes up after sleeping with Spike and is horrified by her actions. Worried and ashamed, she hurriedly tried to get ready to go. Spike is feeling especially smug, though. Plus, the Buffy-bot was right, he looks good naked. Spike and Buffy bicker and trade some insults. He almost convinces her to spend the morning making love, but when he says that sex with a slayer is even better than fighting one, Buffy gets insulted and stomps out.

Dawn in feeling neglected. That night, Willow promises to take her to a movie. The two of them head out, but Willow makes a stop at Racks and gets another dose of magic. Dawn sits in Rack's creepy waiting room, growing increasingly uncomfortable and frightened. Meanwhile, Amy breaks into the Summers' house to steal magical supplies. Buffy catches her and learns of Willow's trips to see Rack. Realizing that Dawn is with Willow, Buffy goes looking for them. She enlists Spike's help and the two of them begin searching Sunnydale's numerous dark alleyways for the secret entrance to Rack's "shop." Once Willow's full of magic, she and Dawn leave Rack's. Dawn is scared and wants to go home. But Willow is high and feeling fine. Unfortunately, she's accidentally brought a demon out of one of her hallucinations and now it wants to kill her. She and Dawn steal a car to try and escape it, but Willow's so out of it that she crashes. The demon attacks Dawn and breaks her arm. Buffy arrives and fights the demon. Willow finally makes it disappear, coming down of her magic high. Dawn is furious and smacks Willow. Willow cries and begs for forgiveness. Buffy finally helps her home and tells her friend that she has to stop using magic. Willow agrees. Buffy also promises herself that she won't sleep with Spike anymore.

There are some good parts to the episode. I like Buffy snapping that her night with Spike was, "the most disgusting, degrading experience of my entire life." Spike looks at her tenderly and nods "Mine, too." He agrees with sincere appreciation. It just crack me up every time I hear it. Also, Willow "high" on magic is pretty funny. She completely blows off Dawn's complaints and anytime somebody on the show ignores Dawn, I give them extra points. And the scene at Racks is pretty cool. With Willow and Amy "tripping" on magic, floating and spinning and seeing strange things. I think Rack himself is a cool creepy character. Too bad we don't get to see him more. Finally, I like how after burning out on magic, Willow can't close the drapes in her bedroom. It ties in nicely to "Seeing Red," where that window changes her entire life. It's like the magic is already letting Willow know that the window is something that beyond her control. Then later in the episode, she somehow teleports herself back into the bedroom after a night of magic use. She wakes up laying on floor, just like a part of her will "awaken" there in "Seeing Red."

On the down side, how many times this season do Willow and/or Buffy have the same "I'm gonna do better from now on" style conversation? There's "Wrecked," "Gone," "Doublemeat Palace," "As You Were," etc... I get tired of listening to them come to the same conclusions about the problems in their lives, over and over, but never doing anything about it.

My favorite part of the episode: Spike's response to hearing that Dawn's missing... Again. "Did ya ever think about getting a Lo-Jack for the girl?" I've often though the same thing.

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