(This is a short recap; we hope to have a longer, more detailed summary
Aired: October 22, 2003
is not a ghost infact he’s nothing like Fred has seen before. His
temperature is still lowering, and he still feels like he is being
pulled into hell. If Fred can defy some of the laws of nature
there’s a good chance she can anchor him to this plain and make him
Spike disappears again and he finds himself in what looks like the
W&H basement, the gateway to hell to find a creepy undead man
slicing off his fingers.
Fred is preoccupied with trying to help Spike. Wesley is worried
that she’s not getting enough sleep or eating right. Angel is
concerned that she is spending too much like $800,000 over the
quarterly budget in the practical science department. Fred explains
that she is doing something that has never been done before and
Angel is less then thrilled that she is helping Spike. Fred feels
Spike could be an assess to the gang. He says, he thinks Fred is
blinded by Spike’s charm and he doesn’t want her disappointed if her
attempt fails. What really worries Angel is if she does succeed and
if Spike will go running back to Buffy.
Spike walks the basement halls as the lights flicker out and he
finds an armless ghost women who says “It’s coming.” He then pops up
to Angel’s office where he wants to hang out like a couple of
vampires from the old days doing the ‘hangy thing’. They talk about
prophecies, which are bunch of bull, nothings written in stone.
Their evil past is all that matters, their both going to hell.
Though they both agree they hate each other (in quite a witty
banter) Angel admits he did like Spike’s (William’s) poems but then
again he likes Barry Manilow, Spike points out.
Their conversation is interrupted when Spike starts seeing other
ghosts. The gang gather and security does a sweep (hourly) but no
other corporeals are found besides Spike. “It’s coming for you.” A
ghost woman tells Spike in an eerie whispery voice. “It’s Here.”
Another ghoul confirms. Spike begs for Fred’s help but disappears at
least to the gang; Spike is still in the room calling for her. The
ghoul continues “She can’t help you now William, no one can.” He
finishes with an evil chortle.
Spike walks the hall of W&H but he can’t interact with the real
world. He takes a waiting elevator back down to the basement. “It’s
going to get you. The Reapers going to take you.” A women with a
jagged glass jabbed in her eye taunts. She removes the glass from
her eye and slashes it across Spikes face.
Gunn and Wesley think that Spike is crazy and seeing things. Fred
reveals to them in a shocking revelation that Spike is slipping into
hell. But that’s pretty much what Wesley and Gunn had expected.
Where else would he be headed?
Spike arrives in Fred’s lab and tries to communicate with her. He
tells her the ghosts he is seeing is his welcoming committee to
hell. He thanks her and when he reaches for her she feels him.
Eve brings in a medium with attitude to conjure up Spike. The woman
is killed by a dark soul, which Angel thinks is Spikes doing. Wesley
and Gunn know it wasn’t Spike but something else inside W&H.
While Fred has a shower Spike is standing out side the steamed
covered stall. He’s trying to figure out what and who the Reaper is.
He figures out it’s trying to hide something. He also discovers if
he concentrates he can touch solid objects. He leaves her a message
“Reaper” on the shower glass wall but it shatters.
The ghost torment Spike until the Reaper appears and starts to
Wesley, Gunn and Angel are doing research where it is discovered
that Angel is mentioned four times and he doesn’t like what is said
about him. “That not fair, I didn’t even have a soul when I did
that.” He complains. Fred reveals that they are looking for the
Reaper; it came to her in the shower.
The Reaper was a doctor named Pavayne that did unnecessary surgeries
that you don’t recover from. He was involved in brutal murders and
the dark arts for over twenty years. W& H took him for his blood for
their new branch they were opening in L.A. Spanish missions were
already resting on the grounds they wanted so they used his blood to
desecrate the grounds. The gang believe Pavayne must being using the
dark arts to keep from going to hell. Also they wonder where all the
people that must of died at W&H are. Where are their ghosts, is the
Reaper munching on them?
The Reaper is bending reality. He chances things around them
locations, appearances etc. He takes clothes from Spike and he’s
The gang need a massive serge of dark forces. But where do they find
it? Though Wesley mentions a volcano in the deeps of South Africa
Gunn knows a place a little closer to home, in the ‘white room’.
Gunn has a little chat with the black panther.
Spike is weakening with visions of torment and death. The Reaper
needs Spike to go to hell so he can stay. Spike gathers his strength
and strikes The Reaper. ‘Reality bends to desire.’ If Spike wants to
touch something he just has to want it bad enough. They battle.
The gang get the recorporealizer ready with a little dark force from
the black panther. A circle is made in the middle that Spike has to
stand in. Spike and Pavayne enter the lab and Pavayne grabs Fred
around the neck to kill her. Spike has to choose between saving Fred
or jumping into the circle and becoming corporeal. Spike chooses
Fred and he knocks Pavayne into the circle and he becomes corporeal.
The recorporealizer is damaged and if ever fixed it would be highly
unlikely to find another power source. Fred apologizes to Spike but
he says that he made his chose and wouldn’t change it for the world.
He doesn’t want to cheat hell like Pavayne. Fred says he’s worth
saving. Spike shows her a new trick and he picks up a mug. Spike
says there’s worst things then being a ghost.
Pavayne is trapped in a metal cage, permanent storage. He is going
to live forever without being able to move, touch, or feel or affect
anything in the world around him. Welcome to hell.
Can’t spirit the knick knacks about, can’t willy the locals. Bloody
sad ghost I turned out.” Spike.
“You’re making me a real boy again?” Spike questions Fred.
“The White room?” Says Angel. “Why do you think they call it that?”
Gunn comments as they stand in the room entirely of white.
Written and Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight
Starring: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August
Acker, Andy Hallet, and Alexis Denisof
Guest-starring: Sarah Thompson (Eve) and Simon Templeman (Pavayne)
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