Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Episode Report Card
Ace: B- | 5 USERS: A-
Vengeance! Plague! Death! Confusion!

D'Hoffryn claps his hands, and as Xander reaches towards Anya and yells, a bright yellow light fills the room. Everyone turns towards it to see a smiling Halfrek materialize. A pause, then horror on Anya's face as Hallie is consumed by a pillar of fire that shoots out of her screaming mouth. Stunned, Buffy and Xander turn back towards D'Hoffryn and Anya gasps in pain, as if she's been stabbed in the chest again. All pretense of affability swept aside, the true D'Hoffryn shines through as he snarls, "Who did you think you were dealing with? Did you think it would be that easy to get away?" Oof. He says he did it because Anya wished it, which I suppose profoundly brings home to her the sense of how all the women she "helped" felt when their idle, angry wishes actually came true, with horrific results. Nasty D'Hoffryn continues, "Haven't I taught you anything, Anya? Never go for the kill when you can go for the pain." Xander, all heart, makes an impulsive move towards D'Hoffryn, but Buffy stops him. Pimpin' ain't easy for D'Hoffryn, but he tells them, "I've got plenty of girls. There will always be vengeance demons. But now you, Anya, you're out." Weeping, Anya whispers that D'Hoffryn should have killed her, but he assures her that she might still have a chance to die. "From beneath you it devours," he shares. "Be patient. All good things in time." He teleports out. Anya stares at Buffy and Xander, then plods out the door. Buffy tells Xander to follow Anya, and we hear the sound of the college boys stirring from the other room.

Anya walks away from the frat house, her face streaked with tears. She stops when Xander calls to her, but tells him to go away. He responds that no matter what has happened between them, he doesn't want her to be alone "in this." She tells him that she should be alone. "My whole life, I've just clung to whatever came along," she tries to explain. Xander gently says that he didn't mind the clinging, but Anya's "Thanks, for everything" is a very final dismissal. Xander sighs, and giving her a last glance, he starts to leave. "Xander," Anya calls after him, "what if I'm really nobody?" Aw, her heart's fear. I think this scene has me more sniffly on second viewing than the first time, when I was just too shocked to really have it sink in. "Don't be a dope," Xander reassures her, and heads off. I know some viewers were upset that he left her there, but seriously, she told him not to help her and to leave her alone about sixty-seven times in this episode, and he couldn't have pushed any more without being a creep. Anya watches Xander go, then walks away in the opposite direction.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer




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