Normal Again

Season 6 Episode #17
Overall Episode #117; Original air date March 12, 2002.
Written by Diego Gutierrez. Directed by David Solomon.

Slay Me - episode rating
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The Story:
- - No More Cookoo's Nest - -
While fighting a demon Buffy is poisoned when it stabs her. She begins jumping between her reality in Sunnydale as the Slayer and another reality as a patient in a mental institue. The doctors explain that Buffy is schizophrenic and has lived in her own world for the past six years. A world which is a mirror image of Sunnydale. Buffy admits to Willow, in the Sunnydale reality, that when she learned of her destiny as a Vampire Slayer her parents checked her into an institution for a few weeks. She fears that she might never have left, and that Sunnydale is all an elaborate illusion in her mind. Buffy is forced to choose which reality to stay in. Though initally she tries to kill her friends to free her of Sunnydale, in the end her duty, and her friends make Buffy decide to stay in Sunnydale as the Slayer.

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Dawn: Look at me, Buffy. I'm right here. You're my sister. I need you and love you. Somewhere inside, you must know that's real.
Buffy: Sure it is... Cause what's more real? A sick girl in an institution?
Dawn: Don't. Please, believe me!!
Buffy: Or some type of... supergirl. Chosen to fight demons and save the world? That's ridiculous. Girl that sleeps with the vampire she hates. Yeah. Cause that makes sense.
Dawn: STOP!! I'M REAL!!! BUFFY!!!

Slayage - 1 - Buffy killed the Glarghle Guhl Kashma'nik demon by punching through its chest.

Body Count - 0.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *James Marsters - Spike; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; Danny Strong - Jonathan Levinson; Adam Busch - Warren Meers; Tom Lenk - Andrew Wells; Dean Butler - Hank Summers; Michael Warren - Doctor; Kirsten Nelson - Lorraine (Doublemeat Palace Manager); Amber Benson - Tara Maclay; Kristine Sutherland - Joyce Summers; Sarah Scivier - Nurse; Rodney Charles - Orderly; April Dion - Kissing Girl.

Rock On - Soundtrack: Episode score by Thomas Wanker.

Awesome!! - don't miss these highlights
** Look for more great use of the color blue especially in the mental institute/L.A. reality.
** Buffy hitting an unsuspecting Xander with a frying pan.
** Ending the episode in the mental ward/L.A. reality leaving open the possibility that everything is a hallucination from Buffy's mind without definitively stating that it is.

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