Flooded (Buffy episode)

Flooded (Buffy episode)

Infobox Television episode
Title=Flooded


Series=Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season=6
Episode=4
Airdate=October 16 2001
Production=6ABB04
Writer=Jane Espenson, Douglas Petrie
Director=Douglas Petrie
Guests=Anthony Stewart Head
(Giles)
Danny Strong
(Jonathan)
Adam Busch
(Warren)
Tom Lenk
(Andrew)
Amber Benson
(Tara)
Todd Stashwick
(M'Fashnik Demon)
Episode list= List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes
Prev=After Life
Next=Life Serial

"Flooded" is the fourth episode of season 6 of the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Plot synopsis

Summary

Still adjusting to being raised from the dead, Buffy must also deal with a mountain of unpaid bills and a flood in the basement. However the Slayer's spirits are raised slightly as Giles returns to Sunnydale, seemingly for good.

Elsewhere, Warren, Andrew, and Jonathan have teamed up in an ultimate goal to take over Sunnydale. Despite appearing somewhat incompetent and nonthreatening at this stage, they manage to send an M'Fashnik demon to kill the Slayer, whom they believe to be their biggest threat.

While visiting the bank in search of a loan, Buffy is confronted by the M'Fashnik, and despite saving the lives of several customers, she is still rejected due to her bad credit. Unfortunately, the M'Fashnik is able to get away, and later shows up at the Summers' home after being given Buffy's address by Warren. To Buffy's dismay, the demon manages to wreck her living room, but she eventually kills it in the basement.

Giles confronts Willow over her decision to bring back Buffy from the dead. He accuses her of being foolish and arrogant, but Willow is furious and warns Giles that it may not be such a good idea to get on her bad side. She then relents slightly, asking Giles to be grateful that Buffy is back.

Expanded overview

Buffy attempts to repair a leaky pipe in her basement only to have it burst and flood the basement. At breakfast, the gang discusses the damage while Xander and a plumber examine the damage caused by the pipes. The plumber advises Buffy that a full re-piping is necessary and hands her a very large bill. The size of the cost leads to Buffy finding that with the hospital bills and funeral costs, the Summers girls are pretty much broke. Anya suggests charging for slaying which leads to an argument with Xander about telling the others that they are engaged, but Buffy manages to keep her cool and is determined to find a way around the problem.

Buffy goes to a bank to consult with a loan director, which is hardly a positive experience as Buffy finds that without a job and no real collateral, she can't get a loan. A demon breaks through the office window, interrupting the meeting and Buffy fights it, despite her conservative clothing. While money is stolen from the bank, a security guard tries to intervene in the fight, but is unable to help the situation. The demon escapes and Buffy returns to the loan officer to discuss the possibility of getting paid for saving his life.

Later that night, Willow tries to upset Buffy purposely in order to get her to express some real anger but Buffy doesn't fall for it. Anya continues to try and force Xander to announce their engagement and he's ready to but not until everyone has arrived. Dawn wants to help with research, but Tara thinks she's too young and that fact is proven when Dawn looks at a picture in one of the books. Buffy isn't pleased that Dawn is researching with the gang but Dawn is able to identify the bank-robbing demon Buffy encountered earlier. Giles returns to have a happy reunion and intense discussion with Buffy before meeting up with the rest of the gang.

The bank robbing demon, a M'Fashnik, throws a fit in front of his "controllers," Jonathan, Warren and Andrew (brother of Tucker from "The Prom") complaining that the Slayer still lives even though they got the money from the bank. The three guys argue both with the demon and each other, then Jonathan, Warren, and Andrew think up a way to accommodate the demon without killing Buffy. Giles takes the couch at the Summers home and talks with Buffy, telling her he'll help her take care of the financial problems in the morning. The three guys discuss their mission: taking over Sunnydale, and somewhat agree unanimously that none of them want to kill Buffy, but Warren secretly provides Buffy's address to the M'Fashnik demon so he can kill her.

Later that night, Giles asks Willow for specifics regarding the spell she cast to bring Buffy back to life. Willow, seeking Giles' praise, begins to boast about how scary the spell was, but Giles quickly takes the wind out of her sails by reminding her why such spells aren't practiced, including the possible consequences, noting that he left her in charge of the group because he thought she was the most responsible, which he now sees is clearly not the case. Although he maintains a typically British calm through most of his speech, Giles ultimately loses control and thunders that Willow is lucky to be alive after casting such a spell, calling her a "rank, arrogant amateur." Failing to see that Giles' anger is at least partially motivated by his deep affection for her, Willow stands up for herself, even threatening Giles, however he reminds her that the gang still have no idea where Buffy has been or what she has been through. Spike finds Buffy on the back porch and the two exchange small talk about life and money. Giles and Dawn both have trouble sleeping and go for a snack. The M'Fashnik crashes their late night cereal party, but Buffy catches him. A fight ensues with Buffy and Spike working together against the M'Fashnik.

The fight ends up in the basement where the demon latches on to one of the pipes and Buffy immediately attacks as the expensive pipes are threatened. The "supervillain" guys consider their future plans and agree that hypnotizing and making Buffy their willing love slave is a priority. The Scooby Gang regroups after the demon is taken care of and hopelessly attempts to save the furniture that was destroyed in battle. A phone call off camera reveals that Angel needs to meet with Buffy and she needs the same so she leaves to meet him at a neutral location.

Acting

tarring

*Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
*Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris
*Emma Caulfield as Anya Jenkins
*Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn Summers
*James Marsters as Spike
*Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg

pecial guest star

*Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles

Guest starring

*Amber Benson as Tara Maclay
*Danny Strong as Jonathan Levinson
*Adam Busch as Warren Mears
*Tom Lenk as Andrew Wells
*Todd Stashwick as M'Fashnik Demon

Co-starring

*Michael Merton as Mr. Stavitsky
*John Jabaley as Tito
*Brian Kolb as Bank Guard

Production details

Translations

* Italian title: "Allagamento" ("Flood")
* German title: "Geld und andere Sorgen" ("Money and other worries")
* French title: "La tête sous l'eau" ("Head Under Water")

Quotes and trivia

* In reference to the bank security guard's handgun, Buffy says, "These things? Never helpful." The line is repeated in "As You Were".

* The Cyrillic letters on the Trio's periscope (ГЫЫК) are not a Russian word: they just say "GEEK".

* Anya suggests that Buffy charge for killing Demons,which is what "Angel Investigations" do in Los Angeles

Continuity

Arc significance

Crossover with "Angel": The episode ends with Buffy receiving a phone call from Angel. Having learned about her resurrection, he wishes to speak with her, and so Buffy leaves to meet up with him. This meeting is the subject of Jane Espenson's "Buffy/Angel" comic, "Reunion".

* Warren, Andrew, and Jonathan are introduced as the Trio, part of this season's Big Bad.

* Giles returns from England, having moved back after Buffy's death in "Bargaining, Part One."

* While having a important conversation with Giles, Buffy doesn't tell him she was in Heaven, or something similar. Even though she had the chance to tell Giles the truth.

* Willow's worrying attitude towards her power, a main theme of the season, is shown in her argument with Giles. Giles calls Willow a "rank, arrogant amateur" during their argument in this episode, and Dark Willow references his comment when they battle in "Grave."

* Warren's attitude with the M'Fashnik demon establishes that he is easily the most amoral of the trio.

* After receiving the phone call from Angel, Buffy turns down Giles' request that they look over the bills before she goes, beginning the process of Buffy continually pushing more of her adult responsibility onto Giles through Season Six. Ultimately, this will lead to Giles' departure later on in the season.

Timing

* Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:

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