Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Bargaining: Part 1 

The gang hope to bring Buffy back from the dead. Meanwhile, motorcycle-riding demons discover the Buffybot has been posing as the Slayer.

Director:

David Grossman

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Franc Ross ... Razor
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Geoff Meed ... Mag
Mike Grief ... Klyed
Paul Greenberg ... Shempy Vamp
Joy DeMichelle ... Ms. Lefcourt (as Joy DeMichelle Moore)
Bru Muller ... Mr. Davis
Robert Vito ... Cute Boy (as Robert D. Vito)
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Storyline

Buffy is dead, and the Scooby Gang must do the best they can without her. But concern about the way she died leads Willow to believe that she may have been pulled into a hell dimension. Unable to bear the thought of their friend enduring eternal torment, Willow, Xander, Anya, and Tara decide to perform a resurrection spell that will bring Buffy back from the dead. Written by Nicola Leoni

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(two parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first episode broadcast on UPN. See more »

Goofs

The Summers house address is incorrectly shown on the curb as 1313. See more »

Quotes

Anya: Discovery Channel has monkeys. And our tape machine's all wonky.
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Alternate Versions

This episode had several scenes trimmed from it in order for it to be shown in the UK at 8pm by Sky One. The scene were Willow stabs a deer and takes its blood stopped at the point where she picked up the knife. It then cut to the next scene rather quickly. The overall destruction of the BuffyBot was also trimmed by several seconds. See more »

Connections

References The Fury (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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BtVS's best season begins
26 February 2015 | by jaywensley2004See all my reviews

Viewers, and for that matter the BtVS crew, didn't know when Buffy jumped if the show was done.

Then Whedon found a new home and the show's darkest but most meaningful season begins with "Bargaining." "Bargaining 1 & 2" are not the show's best episodes. But they set up exquisitely the season's Big Bad by providing a reason for Buffy to wonder "Is this Hell?"

Season 6 is the show's most metaphysical. BtVS was always filled with symbols and metaphors, but with Buffy's asking of Dawn the nature of their existence, Whedon and Co. are taking viewers into the meaning of the story. In Season 4's finale, "Restless," Xander visits the "Heart of Darkness." "Restless" is well regarded for its prophetic elements and with "Bargaining" the journey prophesied begins.

Its a sad, brutal and pointedly banal ride. At season's end the world will be saved by the most prosaic object imaginable: A yellow crayon. But Buffy's question will remain: "Is this Hell?"


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