Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Seeing Red 

Willow and Tara wallow in their togetherness, but things aren't as happy everywhere else. Buffy has to face both Xander and Spike, whilst tracking Warren and Company to foil their next move.


Michael Gershman


Joss Whedon (created by), Steven S. DeKnight | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Danny Strong ... Jonathan Levinson
Adam Busch ... Warren Meers
Tom Lenk ... Andrew Wells
Amy Hathaway ... Christine
Nichole Hiltz ... Diana
James C. Leary ... Clem
Garrett Brawith ... Frank
Tim Hager Tim Hager ... Administrator


Willow and Tara are together and spend most of the episode in bed, Tara blurts out that Buffy and Spike are involved. Buffy finds out where the trio's lair is located but gets there after they have cleared out. She discovers that they left her a trap. The trio have found something that gives them the power of invincibility. Dawn is angry and upset over Spike having sex with Anya. She stops by Spike's place to talk to him and tell him that if he wanted to hurt Buffy--he succeeded. Buffy tries to talk to Xander but it doesn't go well as he's still mad at her. After getting hurt on patrol, Buffy comes home to take a bath. After his conversation with Dawn, Spike is convinced that Buffy loves him so he drops by.. He attempts to explain what happened, and apologize for his actions. Spike hopes they can get back together, thinking that she loves him. Buffy isn't interested, and he ends up trying to rape her. She finally kicks him out of the house. After Xander runs into Warren at a bar, he ... Written by Dagny

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Release Date:

7 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tara is unique amongst the Scooby Gang in that during her time on the show she was never tied up and was never possessed or went evil. See more »


When Warren throws Jonathan the knife, Jonathan catches it partially on the blade. See more »


[first lines]
[in bed together]
Willow Rosenberg: When did morning happen?
Tara Maclay: After the moon went down.
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Crazy Credits

Amber Benson (Tara) was added to the opening credits, despite being killed off at the end of the episode. This is because Joss Whedon has "always wanted to kill someone in the opening credits." See more »

Alternate Versions

The British channel, Sky One, cut the scene where Spike attempts to rape Buffy from the part where Buffy falls against the shower to where she has finished struggling on the floor and kicks him away. They also cut a shot where a bullet went through a window and through Tara's chest, subsequently with blood spattering on Willow's chest. Tara looks and says, "Your shirt." Sky started the scene with that line. Also, at the start of the episode, Warren snaps a demon's neck. Several frames were trimmed so that the snapping itself was not shown, but the sound effect was left in. See more »


References H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Dark and serious Buffy...
6 September 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

This episode completely proves why Season 6 of Buffy is by far the darkest. Every complex action that the characters make affect them, and I think that this episode shows how tangled up every character is. Both James Marsters are Sarah Michelle Gellar are convincing in the attempted 'rape' scene. Overall, the ending of the episode remains one of the best endings to any Buffy episode, and it proves how shocking and dark a show of a supernatural premise can be. Kudos to everyone involved who worked on this episode, although I know many fans will be at the top of the line and will certainly have problems with how dramatic the show has gotten.

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