Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Lover's Walk

Season 3, Ep 8, Aired 11/24/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Spike returns to Sunnydale a broken vampire. Drusilla has left him, and he will do anything to win her back, including kidnapping Willow and Xander to force Willow to prepare him a love spell. Will Willow do the spell, or can the Scoobies prepare for tragedy?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • Lover's Walk

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • Horror and heartache

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Lover's Walk

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • A strange episode in the mix of Season 3, but an official comeback for James Marsters, who swore in the Season 2 finale not to return to Sunnidale \"I bloody well hope\". Well, that didn\'t really last.

    By Assafs, Sep 23, 2005

  • How Spike got his grove back (and how everyone else lost theirs).

    By ticktock24, Jul 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Xander: Is that a spell book?
      Willow: No, no, no! Chemistry book.
      Xander: Wait a minute. This is love spell stuff. You doing a love spell? Willow: No, of course not! This is a purely scientific... de-lusting spell... for us. I thought it would go better if you didn't know. Xander: Are you nuts? Or have you forgotten I tend to have bad luck with these sorts of spells?

    • Willow: It's a little Pez witch! Oz: It's kind of a theme present. Do you like it? Willow: I like, I more than like. Oz, this is probably the sweetest.. We have to find a little Pez werewolf so little Pez witch can have a boyfriend. Oz: I don't think they make a werewolf Pez, you might have to settle for a wacky cartoon dog.

    • Xander: Why didn't he just kill us? Willow: He wants me to do a love spell. Xander: What? Willow: Drusilla broke up with him. Xander: Gee, and we had all hoped those crazy kids would make it work.

    • Willow: Buffy! Hey did you get your S.A.T. scores? (she nods) Xander: By the look on your face, I'm guessing you and I are going to be manning the drive-through window, side-by-side. Buffy: They're just test scores, right? What do they really mean anyway? Willow: 1430?! Buffy you kicked ass! Okay, so academic achievement gets me a little excited. Xander: Buffy, that's amazing. Cordelia: Let me see that. Oz: Yeah, with scores like that you can apply pretty much anywhere you want. Willow: Buffy, this could like change your whole future. Buffy: The thought had occured to me. Xander: Then why the sourpuss? Buffy: Well I don't know. I guess, my future. I never really thought about it. I wasn't even sure I was gonna have one. Cordelia: Well I think this is great! Now you can leave, and never come back! (everyone looks at her) Well I mean that in a positive way. Get out of Sunnydale, that's a good thing. What kind of moron would ever wanna come back here?

    • Spike: This should be a kick. Buffy: I violently dislike you.

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    Notes (11)

    • Considering that Spike only appears once in this season (in this episode) it is interesting that his face appears on one of the six discs of the original season three DVD collection (an honor usually reserved for main characters).

    • For this episode James Marsters (Spike) actually lit his hand on fire for the scene when he was lying in a fountain totally smashed and sleeping and his hand bursts into flames! JM actually let his hand burn for too long and he had scarring and everything!

    • Ironically, Willow is very prominent in the photos of Xander in Cordelia's locker.

    • The song Spike is singing along to at the episode's end is "My Way", a song originally recorded by Frank Sinatra. Spike was supposed to be singing along to the infamous Sid Vicious cover, but they couldn't obtain the rights. The version we hear is actually being sung by Gary Oldman from the Sid & Nancy soundtrack (the film in which Oldman plays Vicious).

    • Oz's heightened werewolf senses are at least partially in effect when he's in human form.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Spike returns to Sunnydale the same way he debuted; running over the 'Welcome to Sunnydale' sign with his car.

    • When Spike first sees Angel at the mansion, Angel is reading Jean-Paul Sartre's La Nausée (or Nausea in English)

    • According to the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign which Spike ran over, the population of Sunnydale is 38,500.

    • When this episode originally aired in the US, it was followed by an advert for the phone service 1-800-COLLECT, in which Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz offered a prize of a walk-on part in the show. The lucky winner had a walk-on part in "The Prom".

    • Goof: When "Spike" drives the car over the sign, you can clearly see that this is not his usual car, the windows are see through instead of the normal black paint to block out the sunlight.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Buffy says to Angel: "Tell me that you don't love me." This is the same line uttered by one of the ghosts in season 2 episode 19, which also reflected the forbidden love between Buffy and Angel.

    • Xander: Are you nuts? Or have you forgotten I tend to have bad luck with these sorts of spells?
      This refers to the season 2 episode "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", in which a love spell backfires and makes every woman (except Cordelia) fall in love with Xander.

    • Episode title:
      "Lover's Walk" is the title of an Elvis Costello song.

    • Willow: We have to find a little PEZ werewolf, so little PEZ witch can have a boyfriend.
      PEZ is a type of hard candy shaped like little bricks. PEZ dispensers are made with an ever-expanding variety of "heads" (often based on cartoon characters) and are a popular collectible.

    • Willow: I'm Cletus the slack-jawed yokel.
      Cletus is a character on the TV show The Simpsons. Cletus is a stereotypical stupid poor hick.

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