Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 16

Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Goof: In the scene where Cordelia is walking up the stairs towards Harmony, right before you see Cordelia you see two people sitting on a bench, and two people walking to the stairs. But when Cordelia enters the shot a second later, there are magically three people on the bench and the same two people are further away from the stairs than they were before.

    • Goof: When Buffy is changed into a rat (and also in later episodes whenever Amy is a rat) the rat is a male. So not only does she change into a rat, but she also has a sex change!

    • Goof: In Xander's slo-mo walk down the hallway, he passes a group of girls right at the start and then again just before he runs into the library. Also, an African American student seen behind Xander at the hallway doors is suddenly ahead of Xander staring at him.

    • Nitpick: When Xander and Cordelia are attacked at the school it is day, but when they arrive at Buffy's house it is night. It must be an awfully long distance.

    • For the love spell, Amy calls upon Diana, goddess of love and the hunt. Throughout history, Diana has been believed to have dominion over many things including the wilderness and untamed frontiers (which may include love). She has also been depicted as a torchbearer or guide, and has been known to be invoked for issues regarding fertility. It is for these reasons that it makes sense to call on Diana for a love spell. However, because Diana is most commonly known as the Roman goddess of forests, animals, and the hunt this could explain why the spell backfired.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Xander: I wish dating was like slaying. You know, simple, direct, stake to the heart, no muss, no fuss.
      Buffy: Sorry to say, Xand, but slaying is a tad more perilous than dating.
      Xander: Well, you're obviously not dating Cordelia.

    • Buffy: I remember coming on to you. I remember begging you to undress me. And then a sudden need for cheese. I also remember that you didn't.
      Xander: Eat cheese?
      Buffy: Undress me.

    • Giles: (Giles searching through Angelus' history) Oh here's another... ahh yes, Valentine's Day. Angel nails a puppy to the...
      Buffy: Skip it.
      Giles: But, but it...
      Buffy: I don't want to know, I don't have a puppy, skip it.
      Giles: Right you are.

    • Xander: Blackmail is such an ugly word.
      Amy: I didn't say blackmail.
      Xander: Yeah, but I'm about to blackmail you so I thought I'd bring it up.

    • Giles: Buffy. Buffy, might I have a word?
      Buffy: Have a sentence even.

    • Xander: (Xander holding a heart-shaped necklace) So what do you think?
      Buffy: It's nice.
      Xander: But do you think Cordelia will like it?
      Buffy (referring to the heart) I don't know. Does she know what one of these is?

    • Xander: I have a plan: we use me as bait.
      Buffy: You mean make Angel come after you?
      Xander: No, I mean chop me into little pieces and stick me on hooks for fish to nibble at, 'cause it would be more fun than my life.

    • Angelus: I'm still trying to decide the best way to send my regards.
      Spike: Why don't you rip her lungs out? It might make an impression.
      Angelus: Lacks... poetry.
      Spike: It doesn't have to, what rhymes with lungs?

    • Buffy: I'm glad that you guys are getting along, almost really, and don't stress over the gift.
      Xander: Well, this is new territory for me. I mean, my valentines are usually met with heartfelt restraining orders.

    • Buffy: (To Willow, after Amy asks if they're going to the Bronze) Go on, I know you're dying to say it.
      Willow: (To Amy) My boyfriend's in the band!
      Amy: Cool.
      Buffy: There, I think you have officially told everyone in the world.
      Willow: (sheepishly) Only in this hemisphere...

    • Drusilla: Your face is a poem. Oh, I can read it.
      Xander: Really? It doesn't say, "spare me" by any chance?
      Drusilla: How do you feel about eternal life?
      Xander: We couldn't just start with a coffee? A movie, maybe?

    • Amy: Why did you send Xander away? He needs me.
      Jenny: That's a laugh.
      Amy: He loves me. We look into each other's souls.
      Jenny: No one can love two people at once. What we have is real.
      Giles: Instead of making me ill, why doesn't one of you try to help me?

    • Amy: Who made you Queen of the world? Well, you're old enough to be.
      Jenny: What can I say? I guess Xander's just too much man for the pimple squad.

    • Xander: (Willow leans up to the side of his face and starts to suck on his earlobe) I-I don't wanna use force.
      Willow: Mmm. Force is okay!
      Xander: Th-that's it! This has gotta stop. It's time for me to act like a man. And hide.

    • Cordelia: You're a sheep (Refering to Harmony). All you ever do is what everyone else does just so you can say you did it first. And here I am, scrambling for your approval, when I'm way cooler than you are 'cause I'm not a sheep. I do what I wanna do, and I wear what I wanna wear. And you know what? I'll date whoever the hell I wanna date. No matter how lame he is.

    • Amy: What do you want?
      Xander: What do I want? I want some respect around here. I want, for once, to come out ahead. I want the Hellmouth to be working for me. You and me, Amy... we're gonna cast a little spell.

    • Willow: How long have we been friends?
      A long, long time. Too long to do anything that might change that now.
      Well, friendships change all the time. People grow apart. They grow closer.
      Uh, this is good! How close we are now. I feel very comfortable with this amount of closeness. In fact, I can even back up a few paces and still be happy. (steps back) See?
      : I want you Xander. I want you to be my first...
      Xander: Baseman! Please tell me we're talking baseball.

    • Buffy: Hi Oz! I seem to be having a slight case of nudity here.
      Oz: But you're not a rat. So call it an upside.
      Buffy: You think maybe you could get me some clothing?
      Oz: Yes, I can. Just, uh...don't go anywhere.
      Buffy: Really not an issue.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • In this episode we see the grave with the name "Alpert," named after a producer on the show. The same grave is seen a number of times throughout the show, including the pivotal Xander scene in the 6x22 episode "Grave (2)".

    • In the October 1, 1999 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Gareth Davies, the producer, said this was his favorite episode.

    • According to an interview with Sarah Michelle Gellar, they filmed this episode in same week she first hosted Saturday Night Live. They filmed her parts first, then she left for New York, while the rat played her part for the rest of the episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Cordelia: Because all you ever gave me was that Wal-Mart looking thing.
      Wal-Mart is a huge discount store chain. By saying that the necklace looked like it came from Wal-Mart Cordelia is implying that it is a cheap inferior quality item.

    • Buffy: He said it with flowers.
      From the advertising tag line "say it with flowers". The florists' idea is that you can express an emotion through the gift of flowers.

    • Xander: A man can only talk self-tanning lotion for so long before his head explodes.
      Self-tanning lotions give the effect of tanning without requiring sun. The implication is that Xander and Cordy don't exactly discuss deep topics.

    • Cordelia: Excuse me, where's the fire sale.
      A fire sale is usually held to sell the possibly damaged merchandise after a fire in a retail store. The line is a play on the phrase "where's the fire" which is often used when someone is rushing someplace (as in a fire fighter trying to get to a fire). The implication is that Harmony and her friends are more likely to be rushing off to a sale than to a fire.

    • Title: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.
      From the Frank Sinatra song "Bewitched" (Written by Rodgers/Hart). Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote this song as part of their score for the musical "Pal Joey" in 1941. The second to last verse seems particularly appropriate to the Xander/Cordelia relationship seen in the episode:
      I lost my heart, but what of it
      he is cold I agree
      She might laugh, but I love it
      Although the laugh's on me

      The chorus of the song is as follows:
      I'm wild again, beguiled again
      A whimpering, simpering child again
      Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - am I

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