Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Fool For Love

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 11/14/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When a run-of-the-mill vampire seriously wounds Buffy with her own stake, she begins to obsess over the deaths of previous Slayers. Desperate for answers, she turns to the only person with firsthand knowledge of how two Slayers fell in battle... Spike.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Emma Caulfield


  • Michelle Trachtenberg

    Dawn Summers

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • I think it's safe to say that my love of this episode will not come as a surprise to anyone.

    By tarafan2, Jul 05, 2013

  • The delight of Spikettes everywhere

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • The Spike episode

    By fatfreeoreos, Jan 11, 2010

  • Season 5, Episode 7.

    By Wanted23, Jul 12, 2009

  • Fool For Love

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 28, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Cecily: Your poetry, it's... they're... not written about me, are they? Spike: They're about how I feel. Cecily: Yes, but are they about me? Spike: Every syllable. Cecily: Oh, God! Spike: Oh, I know... it's sudden and... please, if they're no good, they're only words but... the feeling behind them... I love you, Cecily. Cecily: Please stop! Spike: I know I'm a bad poet but I'm a good man and all I ask is that... that you try to see me- Cecily: I do see you. That's the problem. You're nothing to me, William. You're beneath me.

    • Angel: Congratulations. I guess that makes you one of us. Spike: Don’t be so glum, mate! The way you tell it, one Slayer snuffs it, another one rises. I figure there’s a new Chosen One getting all chosen as we speak. I’ll tell you what. When and if this new bird does show up, I’ll give you first crack at her. Drusilla: I smell fear. Angel: This whole place reeks of it.

    • Drusilla: (about Spike's and Angel's fight) The King of Cups expects a picnic. But this is not his birthday! Darla: (confused) Good point.

    • Buffy: Were you born this big a pain in the ass? Spike: What can I tell you, baby? I've always been bad.

    • Spike: Every day you wake up, it's the same bloody question that haunts you: is today the day I die? Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later it's gonna catch you. And part of you wants it... not only to stop the fear and uncertainty, but because you're just a little bit in love with it. Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: What's it like? Where does it lead you? And now you see, that's the secret. Not the punch you didn't throw or the kicks you didn't land. Every Slayer has a death wish. Even you.

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    Notes (9)

    • This episode is ninth in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • The actresses who play the Chinese Slayer and the Subway Slayer in Spike's flashbacks are both also professional stunt performers as well as actors, and both performed their own stunts.

    • In what might be another reference to the Blade series, the second slayer that Spike killed bears a striking resemblance to Blade's mother in the first movie. In fact, both women give birth to future vampire hunters - Blade's mother to Blade, the Subway Slayer to Robin Wood from the seventh season of Buffy.

    • In reality, James Marsters got the scar during a New York mugging.

    • Doug Petrie only had 4 days to deliver the script for this episode.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Nitpick: Apparently Xander no longer remembers any of the military knowledge gained in "Halloween" (2x06). Riley uses one of the standard CRE (Close Range Engagement) hand signals, which are taught in boot camps of every military branch and during many different kinds of civilian law enforcement training, yet Xander does not know what it means. The "choo-choo" signal, as Willow calls it, means "hurry up." A stationary fist held out means "freeze."

    • In this episode we learn that Spike got the scar on his left eyebrow from his fight with the Chinese slayer and he got the leather jacket that he wears, from the second slayer he killed.

    • In the episode "School Hard" (2x03), Spike says to Angel "You were my sire, man!". In this episode we find out Drusilla is Spike's sire, not Angel. This may be a continuity error, or the earlier comment may have been more metaphorical than literal.

    • Goof: When removing the dead Slayer's coat a tan line can be seen on Spike's left arm. It can also be seen when Spike is getting angry while gathering the money in the alley.

    • Throughout the subway scenes Spike's reflection can be seen in the windows of the subway car.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Spike: Here endeth the lesson.
      The phrase "Here endeth the lesson" is part of the Anglican church service. Millions of people have heard it once a week, every week of their lives. Hence in other contexts it is used to suggest that the lesson you have just received is comparable to the word of God. The phrase occurs widely. Sean Connery's character says it in The Untouchables (1987). The Master says it in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date". Buffy says it in "Showtime".

    • Title: "Fool for Love"
      Fool For Love, is also the title of a 1985 movie starring Sam Shepard and Kim Basinger.

    • Spike: (about getting vamped) Don't make it sound like something you'd flip past on the Discovery Channel.
      The Discovery Channel is a US cable station offering documentary programs about nature, animals, health, travel, etc. (Also referenced in "The I in Team").

    • Buffy: It's about two Slayers: One in China in the Boxer Rebellion...
      The Boxer Rebellion was an anti-Westerner uprising in China that took place from 1900 to 1901. Resentful of the economic power and social condescension practiced by Europeans and Americans living in China around the turn of the century, the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi encouraged her subjects to rise up. This led to a group of armed Chinese calling themselves "The Fist of Righteous Harmony" smashing up western-controlled train stations and businesses and eventually actually murdering Westerners. A coalition of Western forces including the U.S. Marines fought the Chinese back to Peking and imposed harsh terms of surrender upon them.

    • Buffy: Look, I realize that every Slayer comes with an expiration mark on the package. But, I want mine to be a long time from now. Like a Cheeto.
      Cheetos are a cheesy crunchy snack produced by Frito-Lay. Because they are a junk food packed with preservatives, they have a long shelf-life — though they will go stale much sooner than Buffy would have you think.

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