BUFFY REWATCH - S05E21 - The Weight Of The World
*Buffy unresponsive, staring at nothing*
SPIKE (voice over): “Buffy!
*The gang continues staring at Buffy*
She can't just be brain-dead.
*Paces around behind Xander*
I mean... she's still Buffy,
*Willow stands up*
somewhere in there, right?”
XANDER: “Spike, come on, we're not gonna get Dawn back by sitting around here.”
SPIKE: “You're not gonna get Dawn back any way you slice it, Harris, it's for Buffy to decide.”
XANDER: “Good, panic. That ought to help.”
WILLOW: “We should move her. U-unless we shouldn't. Should we?”
ANYA: “Couldn't that make it worse? I think I read that somewhere.”
XANDER: “I am so large with not knowing.”
GILES: “It's impossible to know for sure. Losing Dawn, after all that Buffy's been through... I think it's pushed her too far into some sort of catatonia.”
SPIKE: “You don't need a diploma to see that.
Snap her out of it.
*Spike grabs Buffy by the shoulders and shakes her*
*Close shot on Spike's face (Buffy POV)*
Oi, rise and shine, love!”
*The others look skeptical*
SPIKE: “Come on, people. Girl's endowed with Slayer strength. It's hardly the time to get dainty. Buffy!”
*Shakes her harder*
XANDER: “We tried that!”
*Spike slaps Buffy across the face, hard. No reaction*
*Grabs his head in pain*
ANYA: “We didn't try that.”
*Xander pulls Spike away*
XANDER: “Are you insane? We could be dealing with neurological damage here. You want to kill her?”
SPIKE: “We have to do something. I can't just sit here watching. You waste time with kid gloves. I'm willing to wager, when all is said and done, Buffy likes it rough.”
*Xander punches Spike in the face. They grapple. Willow turns to them with a stern expression*
*An unseen force pushes Spike and Xander apart. They both stare at Willow in surprise. Anya and Giles stare too. She gives them a determined glare*
Buffy's out. Glory has Dawn. Sometime real soon, she's gonna use Dawn to tear down the barrier between every dimension there is. So if you two wanna fight, do it after the world ends, okay?
*Spike glares at Xander. Xander goes over to Anya and Giles, leans against the counter. Very quietly and with authority*
All right. First we head back to Sunnydale. Xander will take Giles to a hospital. Anya's looking after Tara. And Spike, you find Glory. Check her apartment, see if she's still there. Try anything stupid, like payback, and I will get very cranky.
*Looks around at them*
*Anya cautiously raises her hand*
ANYA: “Um... w-what will you do?”
WILLOW: “I'll help Buffy.”
ANYA: “Okay then.”
TARA: “The world is spinning.
*Willow looks concerned, goes over to Tara as Xander and Anya begin helping Giles down*
Straight to a new day! Big day. Big, big day.”
*Tara whimpers. Spike moves forward*
SPIKE: “Uh... Will?
*Willow looks at him*
Now, uh, don't turn me into a horned toad for asking, but... what if we come across Ben?”
*Shot of the others listening*
WILLOW: “I-I don't think a doctor's what Buffy needs right now.”
Buffy’s out of commission as she’s gone into a catatonic state. With the loss of their leader and time running out to rescue Dawn, Willow immediately takes the initiative to take command of the Gang, as she often does when Buffy is AWOL. Willow gives out orders to everyone, already having come up with a plan to save Dawn and to stop Glory in one fell swoop, showing she’s competent at leadership. At taking charge and executing a procedure while Buffy is absent. This is one of the reasons why I believe Willow to be an INTP in the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types system. INTP leaders often lead or manage out of necessity more than anything else. They will not take leadership unless they have to. And I can absolutely attest to that as I am an INTP myself. Whether Willow is one also is obviously debatable but I do believe so - not just because of this personality trait but a few other personality traits of hers too - as well as her being exceedingly academically and intuitively intelligent She observes things other characters do not and as such, has attention-to-detail where it counts. What I’ve noticed is in situations like this in the show,... as soon as Willow takes leadership, the Gang follow her lead instinctively just as they do with Buffy. But there is a HUGE difference between the two that many fans on here have pointed out. Buffy has no choice but to do it. Willow does. She chooses to do it. Thus, Willow always chooses to be the leader - but only in the absence of Buffy, And this is a very important detail to remember going into the start of Season 6 when Willow takes lead indefinitely.
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