Last night I realized I hadn't dropped by SS for a bit, so I did. Bad decision. Believe it or not, they are no longer mentioning Spike at all. They skip over every scene he is in, except saying he's lurking and spying when Angel and Buffy kiss. Sweeney talked about how much easier it was to review now that she could skip scenes with Ramen Noodle Head in them.
The next episode is the last, and I am betting they won't mention that he dies to save the world. Amazingly petty - hilarious! How better to show how important Spike is than to make such a huge deal about excluding him. Gah - not worth my time but it's that car wreck thing, you know.