Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 2/10/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Xander tries to use Valentine's Day to further his relationship with Cordelia, but she succumbs to peer pressure and breaks up with him. With the help of Amy (who is experimenting with her mother's magickal tricks), he puts a love spell on her which goes horribly wrong, turning him into every woman's desire... everyone's except the one who matters most.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (28)
  • Very funny!

    By Sebastian411, Sep 16, 2014

  • Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • The ep that made me a fan

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Love me, love me! Say that you love me!

    By TankLike, Jun 26, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Giles: (after Amy turns Buffy into a rat) We have to catch the Buffy rat.

    • Joyce: (Joyce smashes through the back door window reaching for the lock) Xander, honey, let Joycey in!

    • Cordelia: (Xander gives Cordelia the necklace) Xander, it's beautiful. We have to break up.
      Xander: Not the kind of reaction I was hoping for...
      Cordelia: Come on Xander, who are we kidding? Even if parts of us see good in the other, we just don't fit!
      Xander: Okay, you know what's a good day to break up with someone? Any day besides Valentine's Day!

    • Giles: I cannot believe that you are fool enough to do something like this. Xander: Oh, no, I'm twice the fool it takes to do something like this.

    • Cordelia: Your clothes... you look so good. Xander: I let Buffy dress me. Well, not physically. Cordelia: Perfect. You had to make this harder, didn't you? Xander: Okay, clearly the fact that I please you visually has got us off on the wrong foot here.

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    Notes (8)

    • Music: At the Bronze, during the Valentine's party, 'Dingoes Ate My Baby' play this song -- "Pain" by Four Star Mary Cordelia breaks up with Xander -- "Drift Away" by Naked Xander walks in slow motion in the hallway -- "Got The Love" by The Average White Band

    • Tamara Braun "Frenzied girl" also Co-Starred in Season 2's "When She Was Bad" as Tara.

    • Below the Etnies sticker in Xander's room (when Willow tries to seduce him) the word "SHEEP" is painted in red, this is possibly tied to the women who follow Xander like sheep (albeit violent ones) and Cordy's line to Harmony at the end of the episode.

    • The French title for this episode is "Un Amour Deroutant", which translates "A Misleading Love".

    • When Amy does a spell on Buffy, her eyes go pitch-black like her mother's in the episode "The Witch". This, and the mojo she worked on her teacher, suggests that Amy is taking the same path as her mother regarding the use of magic.

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    Trivia (10)

    • When Angelus says that ripping a person's lungs out lacks poetry, Spike answers: "It doesn't have to, what rhymes with lungs?" This references to his past as a (not very good) poet.

    • Goof: When the Buffy-rat leaves the library she goes through the library doors, one of which is slightly ajar, but the scenes before and after show both doors completely closed.

    • Nitpick: At the beginning of the episode a female student is seen wearing a dark top with a black and white plaid skirt. She is seen wearing this same outfit at school throughout the episode even though the story's events occur over three days.

    • Cordelia and Xander make up/re-unite in Buffy's basement during a crisis--the same place they had their first kiss, while trying to escape the bug man in "What's My Line Part 2".

    • Goof: When Buffy gets turned into a rat Xander is on the stairs, but in the next shot (after the commercial and a continuing scene) he comes onto the screen from the side, away from the stairs.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Poster of super-heroes in Xanders bedroom
      The characters on the poster are the X-Men of the year 2099 who appeared in the Marvel comic X-Men 2099 that ran for 35 issues from 1993-1996.

    • Cordelia: Who died and made you Elvis?
      This is a play on the phrase "Who died and made you the king?". Singer Elvis Presley was often referred to as "The King of Rock & Roll" or just "The King".

    • Buffy: She loved you before you invoked the great roofie spirit.
      Roofie is a street name for the drug Rohypnol. Know as the "date rape drug", Rohypnol is related to valium but much stronger. It acts as a strong sedative and is often combined with alcohol or other drugs.

    • Cordelia: Ok Harmony, if you need to borrow my Midol just ask.
      Midol is an over the counter medicine used to treat the symptoms of PMS.

    • Xander: We were both in footy pajamas.
      Pajamas with closed-end feet are worn almost exclusively by small children.

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