Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
As Anya (Emma Caulfield) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) deal with the fallout from their disastrous relationship, Spike (James Marsters) stages a desperate bid for the affections of his beloved Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) -- he nearly rapes her. Meanwhile, Tara (Amber Benson) and Willow (Alyson Hannigan) finally mend their troubled union. Tara moves back into Willow's room at the Summers house, sending Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) into paroxysms of joy. Elsewhere, however, trouble brews. Warren (Adam Busch), Andrew (Tom Lenk), and Jonathan (Danny Strong) plot to steal a set of magical talismans that will impart strength and invulnerability to whoever holds them. Once Warren is armed with the mystical orbs, he puts a serious hurting on Buffy. Dissension in the ranks, however, cuts the super-nerd's victory short; Jonathan, sick of being dumped on by his compatriots, lets slip to Buffy the secret to short-circuiting Warren's powers. Defeated, Warren zips off in a jet pack, leaving Andrew and Jonathan to be arrested. Back at home, Buffy talks to Xander in the backyard, while Willow and Tara chat inside. Soon, though, a vengeful Warren interrupts both conversations. His super-powers eradicated, he has turned to conventional weaponry: a gun. He merely wounds Buffy, but a second stray bullet flies through the window, killing Tara in mid-sentence. Originally broadcast May 7, 2002, on UPN, "Seeing Red" marked episode 119 of the cult-favorite series. This episode sees longtime guest star Amber Benson appearing in the opening credits for the first time -- a consolation prize for her character's death at the end of the program. Contract disputes kept the actress from returning the next season to Buffy, as the actors playing so many other dead characters would continue to do.