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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode
5: Life Serial, Original air date: 10/23/01
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Buffy enters the Summers house, after visiting
Angel, carrying a bucket of chicken, obviously for dinner, but finds Tara
serving Giles, Willow and Dawn an "actual" dinner. Trying to make
Buffy feel better, they also have chicken, using various puns ("I'm a
breast girl myself, but I guess, then again you already knew that", Willow
smiles at Tara). The dinner-room undertakes an awkward silence, until Dawn asks
Buffy how seeing Angel was, but she doesn't seem to want to talk about it, just
saying it was intense.
Giles explains to Buffy that they have all
been discussing Buffy's problems, and how to solve them, and Buffy also seems to
have ideas, but they aren't exactly what Giles means. He means with her life and
what she is going to do. She doesn't have an idea, but she'd like to return to
school, too late though. She missed late enrolment, being busy dead and all.
Tara and Willow suggest they she could attend their classes, until she can
register next semester begins, and Buffy agrees it might be the best plan.
Jonathon is complaining about Buffy, because
she is too powerful, smart and seems to always be one step ahead of them. He is
standing in a driveway, as Warren rolls out from underneath a black van,
explaining to Jonathon that, that's why they've developed a series of tests for
her. To see her powers. Jonathon nods, and asks Warren for a tour of the van.
Warren gets excited and opens the van's door, to a bunch of cool gizmos. Mainly
surveillance equipment, but Jonathon is worried Buffy will know they're there,
but Warren re-assures him that they're safe, and there is no way she will spot
As the two guys walk around to the other side
of the van, they discover Andrew, spraying a "Death Star" on the side
of the van. Warren freaks out, and explains they don't want to draw
attention to themselves.
Buffy attends a class with Willow on
"Social Construction of Reality". A class discussion begins, leaving
Buffy obviously lost, as the rest throw information back and forth. Buffy is
really confused, as Willow tries to convince her that she isn't stupid...she's
as dumb as the rest of the class. Willow answers a really hard question with a
Class ends, and Buffy tells Willow she desires
a easier class, for example, "Advanced Walking". A guy bumps into
Buffy, as Willow and Buffy meet up with Tara. What Buffy doesn't see, is the guy
was Warren, and he planted a little bug on Buffy.
Tara hands Buffy a giant book on the
Renaissance, and explains how they have some time to kill before class. Suddenly
Buffy begins to experience time displacement. Buffy finally discovers the
"bug", and goes to poke it, but the "troika" use the self
destruct option, exploding it in a small poof of dust. Time is back to normal.
In the van, Warren tells Jonathon to score
him, so Jonathon gives him 50 points for ingenuity, 30 points for actual
contact, an average score of 7, a grand total of 220. "Beat that!".
Buffy enters Xander's construction site, with
him, wearing a hard hat. Xander explains how he had to pull a few favours to her
a try-out on the crew. He also asks if Giles had any idea about the whole time
displacement thing, but he didn't, though he said it might have something to do
with stress. But she doesn't want to rule out the thing on her jacket, and how
it just went poof. Xander cracks a joke about it being evil lint, but then gets
serious, and explains how when she meets Tony (the foreman), she might want to
leave out the whole blacking out and evil lint.
Buffy is introduced to Tony, but he doesn't
seem to impressed. He gives her, the first job, which is moving some really
heavy beams. She picks them up easily, which doesn't seem to make the other
workers happy. "Slow down! We get payed by the hour!".
In the van, Warren and Jonathon are spying on
Buffy, then tell Andrew its his turn. Andrew is in the back of the van, and
begins to play some pan-pipes.
Buffy is getting a drink of water from a
cooler, as the flute music floats into the scene, Buffy looks up. Tony is
standing there and smirks, asking why she is jumpy. Buffy grabs him, and throws
him, knocking him out. Two demons, with weird heads, with tentacles, attack her.
Lots of punching and kicking. Two works are thrown into a wall. Buffy picks up a
shovel, stabs it, and it melts. She wraps a chain around the second demons
throat, and the third is trapped under a hydraulic lift's gears.
Warren is watching it all through some
binoculars in the van, which is across the street. Andrew tries to get the
binoculars, and accidentally falls on the van's horn. The theme from Star Wars
trumpets from the van, and Buffy looks, seeing the van across the road. The
three dive down, and all seem pissed off at Andrew.
Xander enters and see's the mess, and the
three workers (incl. Tony). Xander asks what happened, and Tony insists that
Buffy freaked out and attacked him. Buffy takes Xander aside and tells him the
real story, but Xander says no, not at his job, that's your job. Buffy tries to
explain again, but he just tells her to go back to the magic shop, to work with
Giles on it. Buffy asks if he is firing her, and he replies big time.
At the Magick Shop, Buffy is telling Anya that
she has always wanted to work retail. Anya explains how to enter sales into the
ledger, and Giles gives even more instructions. A skull, which sits on a shelf
nearby, also has a camera inside. From inside the van, the three guys watch, as
they realise she is completely without focus. The three gather in a spell
circle. As the spell is cast, white smoke starts to flow out of a nearby magical
"bone" which gets alot of puns.
A woman enters the shop, and Buffy notices the
new customer. Anya tells her to go up to her and sell her something. Buffy walks
up to her, but is interrupted by a man, who has been looking at a display of
candles. He asks which candle creates more of a romantic atmosphere. She
suggests lemon seduction (over essence of slug). She continues to the woman, who
explains she is looking for a mummy hand, so Buffy goes downstairs to fetch one.
As Buffy arrives downstairs, she finds an
ancient mummy hand sitting on a crate. She goes to grab it, but instead it goes
for her throat. When she finally has wrestled it down, she stabs it with the
"Dagger of Lux".
Buffy returns upstairs, and presents the mummy
hand to the customer. She isn't very happy, and declines the sale, because the
power is now gone.
A woman enters the shop, and Buffy notices the
new customer. Giles offers some helpful advice on sales. Then it hits Buffy,
"What? Huh?". Time is repeating itself.
"Oh, oh dude, you did it! She's
looping". Jonathon has cast a spell that will loop her with the task, until
she gets it right.
Buffy runs through the same routine a few
times; Anya explains to Buffy about sales, Buffy walks into the candle shopper
then up to the woman, kills the mummy hand then it does it again, but sometimes
with many differences)
Finally Buffy realises. She special orders
one, and rings it up at the counter. "Thankyou for shopping at the Magic
The three guys are extremely happy.
Giles congratulates Buffy on the sale, but
Anya immediately notices that she didn't charge for delivery, so she is going to
take that out of her pay. Buffy slams her nameplate down on the counter and
In Spike's crypt, Buffy is sitting on his
coffin, drinking vodka with Spike. She continually complains about her life.
Spike tell's Buffy that she is a creature of darkness, like him, and she should
try his world.
The two walk into a bar, Buffy being very
tipsy. Spike asks for the "Back Room Action", while Buffy spots a
bottle of scotch, and drinks it. Out the back, Spike sits down to a game of
poker, with three demons. Buffy asks why he is going to play cards, and explains
its to get information out of them. Buffy sits down in a corner, with her bottle
of scotch. The demons all reach down by the side of the chairs and pulls out
little kittens, and puts them in the basket which sits in the centre of the
table. Buffy is a little shocked that they play for kittens, but just goes back
to being drunk.
The three guys are looking for Buffy's new
location, as they compare themselves to supervillans from feature films.
Spike wins a game with his straight flush. As
Spike starts putting all his "winnings" into a larger basket, one of
the demons accuse him of cheating. They tell him to get out, and to leave his
winnings, but he informs them that they didn't expect him and the slayer to show
up. Buffy hiccups.
Buffy walks out of the bar. Spike stops her,
and asks her what is wrong. She starts to complain, saying how he was going to
use fighting to get the information, and that didn't work. Then she starts to
complain, about, "Stupid Buffy, too dumb for college freak, Buffy too
strong for construction work and my job at the Magick box. I was bored to tears
even before the hour ended, and now the only person i can stand to be around is
a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker!".
In the van, the three guys are still arguing
about the whole super villain thing. Spike catches up with Buffy in the allay,
as she notices the van, not that too far off in the distance. As the three
physically wrestle over the argument, they don't notice Buffy walking towards
the van. Finally Warren notices, and he tells Jonathon to grab his magic bone.
A demon jumps out from behind the van. It's
quite large with big wings and horns. The van drives off, as the demon begins to
fight Buffy, who is still drunk. He throws something to the ground, which causes
lots of smoke, and he runs off, supposedly returned to his demon dimension.
At the van, the demon runs up and complains
about her hitting him. He undoes the spell, which makes the demon shrink down
into Jonathon. He crawls into the back of the van, in alot of pain. Warren is
quite happy, they now know her strengths and weaknesses and such. Not too
mention they found free cable porn.
Buffy (who has a hang over), walks out of the
bathroom, as Giles hands her a glass of water. Giles gives her a check, which
makes her quite happy. She goes to show Dawn the check to cheer her up, but
turns to Giles. "it makes me feel safe, knowing you're always going to be
here". She walks towards Dawn's room, leaving Giles smiling uncomfortably.
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