I also really don't like how much they ham it up about Spike going off to Africa to get the chip out. He pretty much says in season 7 that he got his soul back on purpose, so why so much effort to make us think otherwise? It annoys me.
Lisa didn't seem as upset about Tara's death as I was the first time I saw it, so maybe she was spoiled. "Seeing Red" is my least favorite episode of the entire series. Attempted rape and dead Tara, both in one episode. Bah.