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.

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... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
... Dawn Summers
... Spike
... Willow Rosenberg
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Razor
... Tara Maclay
... Mag
... Klyed
... Shempy Vamp
... Ms. Lefcourt (as Joy DeMichelle Moore)
... Mr. Davis
... Cute Boy (as Robert D. Vito)
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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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2 October 2001 (USA)  »

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(two parts)

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Trivia

In a 'Buffy' first, half the end credits are shown at the beginning. 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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Connections

References The Fury (1978) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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BtVS's best season begins
26 February 2015 | by See 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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