Beneath You

Season 7 Episode #2
Overall Episode #124; Original air date October 1, 2002
Written by Douglas Petrie. Directed by Nick Marck.

Slay Me - episode rating
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The Story:
- - From Beneath You It Devours - -
A girl with pink hair is being chased through a German office building. She nearly escapes but is caught by a mysterious robed figure and stabbed. As she dies she intones 'From beneath you it devours'. In Sunnydale Buffy awakes from a dream of the same scene worrying that more girls were going to die. At Sunnydale High Buffy starts her job as a counsler. Willow leaves the safety of England and begins her journey back to Sunnydale. Xander meets a girl, Nancy, whose dog just got eaten by a burrowing monster. A much saner Spike appears at the Summer's house offering to help Buffy, which she reluctantly accepts. Xander discovers that Nancy had made a wish to Anyanka and the worm monster that has been attacking her is really her ex. Spike stabs the worm monster just as Xander convinces Anya to reverse the wish. Buffy follows Spike into a church where he finally admits to her that his crazy behavior is caused by his recently restored soul.

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Spike: I tried to find it, of course.
Buffy: Find what?
Spike: The spark. The missing... the piece. That fit. That would make me fit. Because you didn't want... god... I can't? Not with you looking... I dreamed of killing you... I think they were dreams. So weak. Did you make me weak? Thinking of you, holding myself and spilling useless buckets of salt over your... ending. Angel, he should have warned me. He makes a good show of forgetting but it's here in me... all the time. The spark. I wanted to give you what you deserve. And i got it. They put the spark in me... and now all it does is burn.
Buffy: Your soul...
Spike: A bit worse for lack of use.
Buffy: You got your soul back. How?
Spike: It's what you wanted, right?... It's what you wanted, right? And now everybody's in here, talking. Everything I did, everyone I... and him... and it... the other. The thing beneath... beneath you. It's here, too. Everybody. They all just tell me go. Go... to hell.
Buffy: Why? Why would you do that?
Spike: Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he mustn't? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev - To be a kind of man... And she shall look on him with forgiveness and everybody will forgive and love... and he will be loved. So everything's okay, right?... Can we rest now? Buffy, can we rest?

Slayage - 0.

Body Count - 2 - Potential from Germany by Bringers in teaser; Nancy's dog by worm moster.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *James Marsters - Spike; *Emma Caufield - Anyanka; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; Daarina Aufranc - Nancy; DB Woodside - Princpal Robin Wood; Tess Hall - Punk Girl; Benita Krista Nall - Young Woman; Jack Sundmacher - Ronnie.

Rock On - Soundtrack: Von der Tiefe by Stillste stund, David by Gus Gus, The Von Bondies's It Came From Japan, and Joey Ramone's Stop Thinking About It. Episode score by Robert Duncan.

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