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Episode 103 "After Life"

Original Air Date: October 9, 2001
Written by Jane Espenson
Directed by David Solomon

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Willow, Xander, Anya and Tara are worried about Buffy and suspect she's at home. Willow's afraid that Buffy won't get over the trauma of being ressurrected. Meanwhile Dawn has brought Buffy back home. Buffy doesn't like the bright light and she finds her home different, which disturbs her. Buffy walks from room to room and then freshens up. She's still emotionless but Dawn continues talking to her, explaining things: that Giles is in England, that Willow and Tara live there now. Spike arrives and he's shocked to see the real Buffy. He notices her hands and knows immediately that she clawed herself out of her coffin because he did the same and he can relate to how she's feeling. The gang then arrives and crowds around Buffy but Dawn orders them to back off even though they're trying to be heplful. All Buffy wants to do is sleep right now. Willow tell her to be happy because they saved her from hell, but she says nothing. Outside Spike speaks angrily to Xander because he wasn't told that Buffy was going to be brought back and that she might have come back wrong. Spike walks off warning them that there will be consequences for Willow's magic.

Inside, Willow has called Giles and he's coming back in a few days. Willow tells Tara that she wishes Buffy would have said thanks for being brought back. And if she is happy that she was back, why isn't she showing it more? Willow and Tara go to bed and are woken up in the middle of the night by a Buffy who starts screaming nonsensical things at them. They turn the light on and the image of Buffy disappears. But the real Buffy is sound asleep in bed. They sense something is in the house so they call Xander. While Xander is talking to them, Anya goes crazy and her eyes turn white. She starts cutting her face with a large knife but when she falls to the floor, the cuts have disappeared, as has the knife.

The next day the group hits the books and absently Buffy says she misses Giles, she then heads out for patrol alone. Dawn then becomes possessed and breathes fire. She collapses and she's released by the demon. Buffy goes to Spike's crypt and they talk for a while about how Spike wishes he had saved her and how he does save her continually, in his dreams. Back at the Magic Box, Willow has figured out that they accidentally created this demon by ressurrecting Buffy. But the demon is temporary and he can't live unless it kills Buffy. Unfortunately the demon has possessed Xander and now the demon knows what to do.

Buffy returns home to find the shadowy demon in her room. It attacks her but she can't fight back because it has no form. Xander, Anya and Dawn rush to the Summers' home while Willow and Tara cast a spell to give the shadow solid form so that Buffy can fight it. During the spell a higher power reaches for Willow and she commands the being into solidity. Buffy, now able to fight, cuts off the demon's head.

The next day Buffy goes to the Magic Box and thanks her friends for saving her from hell, she doesn't want to talk about it though. She smiles, but it doesn't reach her eyes. Buffy goes outside where Spike is hanging around in the shade. He asks how she's doing and she says that she was happy wherever she was. She knew everyone was alright and that she was warm and loved. Finished and complete. She thinks she was in heaven but now she's been torn out of there by her friends to this bright, hard, violent place. This is hell to her. She gets up and leaves, telling him that her friends can't ever know.

Buffy Summers
Xander Harris
Willow Rosenberg
  Sarah Michelle Gellar
Nicholas Brendon
Alyson Hannigan
Emma Caulfield
Michelle Trachtenberg
James Marsters
Amber Benson