Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 6

Him

3
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2002 on The WB
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  • Funny, but upsetting

    5.0
    While it's good to have a light-heart and rather comical episode during pending doom, I really don't like it. The only positive thing to me is that finally Xander and Spike bond together to save the day, after years of reciprocal hatred. The bad: everything else. Not one or two or three supernatural gals but four fall in love to an enchanted sport jacket! Dawnie may be justified (though a very old being, she has the memories and life experience of a teenage girl). Anya is not a proper demon anymore, but she's centuries old and remembers about all curses he made or been testimony. But Buffy and Willow are the Slayer-in-charge and the most powerful Witch in Western hemisphere...
  • "Him" is a stand-alone episode that suffers precisely the same problem as "Help": long-term character and/or story relevance.

    7.0
    While "Help" earns its points through a fairly engaging script, "Him" stays in a decent point area due to the fact that I cannot, in my right mind, allow anything that causes me to fall off my couch in laughter get anything under a 7. However, just because an episode is totally hilarious doesn't mean it automatically deserves an excellent score. An episode that can put relevance together with comedy -- like "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", "Doppelgangland", "Something Blue", and "Storyteller" -- can achieve an excellent score. So, in a nutshell, this is an episode that earns the vast majority of its points on how purely hilarious it is, but doesn't offer very much more. With that said, let's jump right into the thick of the review!



    I'm a big fan of the fact that Buffy lived up to what she told Spike in "Selfless". Although Xander hates the idea, he lets Spike stay at his place for the time being for Buffy's sake. It also, amusingly, flashes me back to seeing Spike tied to a chair and stuck in Xander's parents' basement in "Hush". I also like how, even though Buffy is standing up for soulful Spike, she still jumps when he grabs her arm from behind. The scars from "Seeing Red" haven't fully healed yet.



    The next day, Dawn continues to probe Buffy on her treatment of Spike -- something very wise of her to do. Dawn asks, "you didn't do it out of pity, so what is it?" Buffy can only respond, "that's a good Buffy clearly doesn't have all the answers yet, but she knows and feels that a soulful Spike is a brand new person that deserves a chance to prove himself. Dawn even outright asks the biggie: "Do you love him?" Buffy, truthfully, says, "No. But I feel for What that exactly means is a complicated issue that hasn't yet been sorted out. This whole conversation sets up the theme of the episode: love.



    Well, poor Dawn spends most of the episode embarassing herself in the name of "true I think there's a lesson to be learned here in that the kind of true love Dawn experiences while under RJ's spell, a metaphor, is not terribly real. Although that's obvious to us, viewing it from the outside, it's not so obvious to the person under the spell. A lot of people have relationships and even get married because, essentially, they're under another person's As soon as that spell wears off, though, as it inevitably does with time and/or age, the relationship usually crumbles at an alarming rate. This is why I, personally, feel that relationships should be based on more than simply raw physical attraction. Otherwise, it's doubtful to last. It's easy to say that from the outside though. The real challenge is having the insight to look inside yourself and recognize whether or not you're just under a spell, or genuinely love the person.



    When Buffy later falls under RJ's spell, we get some 'interesting' moments but also some more building comedy. One thing I love about Buffy when she's under a spell is that she's always convinced she has slayer immunity, so it can't possibly be affecting her. Seeing Buffy romantically revert back to S1 is kind of like a shock to my system. It's been so long since we've seen that kind of blind romanticism out of her -- although, I'm selling S1 Buffy short, she was much smarter than spell-Buffy here. The best part of all of this is that RJ doesn't even know why girls constantly fall for him, and he's obviously not going to complain about it.



    Xander, very experienced in the way of love spells, thankfully immediately calls it out the moment he sees Buffy straddling RJ on a desk. Then, Xander brings Spike along with him to get information out of RJ's brother. The way these two look together is its own form of comedy. Haha. I also especially love the little moment where Spike turns the baby angel ceramic figure around so it's not facing him, staring at him with judgement. It's funny, clever, and relevant.



    The comedy really kicks into gear, though, when Willow and Anya fall under RJ's spell too. This leads to about six straight minutes of undiluted hilarity -- some of the best raw comedy Buffy has pulled off since S4. I especially got a kick out of Willow's confused and contorted facial expressions when falling under the spell. When Buffy, Dawn, Anya, and Willow all get into it, I'm starting to lose it with laughter. When Buffy drives like a spaz to kill Wood, I'm laughing even harder. Then there's Anya telling Willow "his physical presence has a penis!" And the split-screen action-movie montage. When I see Buffy aiming the rocket launcher at Wood through the window, easy listening music in the background, I finally just fall out off my couch in pure glee. Spike and Buffy running back and forth outside of Wood's window over the rocket launcher continues to adds to the fun! Wonderful!



    Even though Buffy is totally in RJ's thrall, Dawn trying to sacrifice herself for RJ's love still really freaks her out. Buffy says, "no guy is worth your life -- not ever!" Very, very true. Dawn later tells Buffy how stupid she feels over how she acted because of the spell. Buffy's got some good advice here: "Get ready to feel even stupider when it's



    After Buffy saves Dawn, we get to see Xander and Spike's complex plan for dealing with RJ's jacket: running up to him and stealing it. Haha! I like how, while the jacket is burning, Buffy asks Xander if he was even slightly tempted to slip it on for himself. Xander's answer is perfect: "I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it didn't



    What more do I need to say about this episode? It's, simply put, incredibly funny. I fully concede there's not much more going on in it than that, but when an episode provides me with that much raw entertainment, I have to applaud. It's not easy to do awesome comedy, and "Him" nails it. If you're looking for a brilliant character study or foreboding drama, look to "Selfless" and "Conversations with Dead People". If you want to laugh until you pee, watch
  • All hail Dawn the pushy queen of slut-town!

    10
    HIM



    The Good;

    ALL OF IT! Just wonderful, love it to death, amongst many favourite bits have to be Dawn falling off the audience stands, Dawn's lapdance, Dawn's catfight, Buffy seducing RJ, the split-screen stuff, Spike and Buffy wrestling over the rocket launcher, Buffy subtly screwing Dawn over for RJ's affections, Xander's KISS plan for getting the jacket back, the list goes on!



    The Bad;

    Nada, it's all terrific! Actually rather stupid that D'Hoffryn has just 'changed his mind' and now wants Anya killed. BUT he might have just wanted her to suffer for a while or might be in league with The First? Then again the demon might be sent by someone else Anya wronged now that D'Hoffryn no longer protects her?



    Best line;

    Xander (reminding Spike of their 'plan') "Grab it!"



    Women good/men bad;

    RJ's dad used his enchanted jacket to seduce the girls (in fairness to RJ and his brother they don't know that, they just think they're popular because they're goodlooking football stars). One question that occurs, 23 year old teaching assistant Buffy seduces 16 year old RJ (statuatory rape in California) and it's every schoolboy's fantasy. Imagine if that was Dawn and a male staff member, what would we think?



    Jeez!;

    I know it's hysterically funny and a little bit sexy but Dawn's cheerleading routine just makes me cringe, you feel for her every time. Which of us haven't embarassed ourselves trying to impress the object of our affections? You also feel bad for Buffy when a distraught Dawn cuts up her outfit. Buffy implies that Joyce would be ashamed to see how Dawn is acting but rapidly realises that this is a step too far and takes it back. Then again when you look at Buffy and Spike and 'teenage' Joyce and Ripper on the hood of the police car in 'Band Candy' you wonder if she'd actually be shocked at all? Maybe it runs in the Summer's family?



    Kinky dinky;

    Dawn in a cheerleader costume (Xander hopes Buffy get's a new one), giving RJ a lapdance then has a great big girly catfight complete with hair pulling, scratching and rolling around on top of one another. Buffy puts on her plaid schoolgirl skirt and a blouse (to make herself look younger?) and get's it on with RJ on the school desk. Buffy describes Dawn as a slut-bag/hussy and thinks should go down to the docks and wait for the fleet to come in. Is that how she supported herself in LA prior to getting her waitress job in 'Anne'? Or maybe why she no longer seems to need to work at the DMP despite her counsellor job only being part time? (for the cheap seats I am IN NO WAY serious! No more so than the bleached blonde Angel says Wes had sex with in season 2 actually being Spike or Willow and Cordy being in the closet together in School Hard means they're both gay so please don't whinge. Although come to think of it Willow....?) Buffy almost seems to indulge in ahem, self-stimulation when RJ walks away for the first time after putting the whammy on her. Xander thinks back nostalgically to the events of 'Bewitched, bothered and bewildered', nice to see Jenny, Joyce and human Harmony again (and the last time we'll see CC in any way on Buffy). Xander smiles at the memory of BBB, Willow looks uncomfortable whilst Anya gives a little look of jealousy. Xander confesses a sexual attraction to Dawn but feels guilty about it (although he says he misses when Dawn used to have a crush on him). Weirdly he says 'Daddy likes' even after he told Warren off for a similar phrase. Buffy says Snyder was always 'on her' and 'riding her'. Buffy alludes to porn star Anna Nicole Smith. Dawn thinks Buffy is hot and is seemingly envious that she has 'sex that's rough'.



    Captain Subtext;

    In a riposte to the evidence for being Bi Willow wants to turn RJ into a girl so she can love him. Then again Willow says her attraction isn't about physical presence which is interesting when you think of her later comments to Kennedy that she fell in love with 'A woman rather than women'. When Anya points out that RJ's 'physical prescence has a penis' Willow says she can work around it. Like Xander she confesses a sexual attraction to Dawn 'Right there with you buddy!". Spike is meanwhile back in the closet, at Xanders? RJ's brother was worried that he found poetry under his younger brother's bed. Spike seems fascinated by the 'Angel' figurines at Lance's house.



    Apocalypses; 7,



    Scoobies in bondage: unless Buffy and RJ got up to some?

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4



    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 19

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 14

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;5

    Dawn; 4

    Tara; 1



    Kills: one demon for Buffy at Anya's

    Buffy: 109 vamps, 62 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 8 vamps and 6 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon



    Scoobies go evil: not evil but mad with lust certainly

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2



    Recurring characters killed: 12

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce, Katrina, Tara



    Sunnydale deaths;

    99



    Total number of scoobies: 6, Anya and Spike back in the fold

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?



    Scoobies shot: Buffy produces the rocket launcher Xander procured for her in 'Innocence'. You can't help but think that might have been useful against Glory and Adam and especially The Beast which AI are currently battling.

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost: so exactly how far does Buffy go with RJ? Her blouse is off, her bra is on, she's straddling him but we've no idea what's going on beneath the skirt for either of them or what happened before Xander interrupted? Come to think of it Xander tells her to get off RJ but then just walks out leaving them to it (check out the little look Buffy and RJ trade, as if to say "We've still got time!") She later refers to him as her 'lover' so I'll put him down as a possible. Equally we've no idea what RJ and Dawn got up to before dancing at the Bronze but without any definite evidence (and RJ denies they did anything even though she was so hot) I think we'll safely assume that Dawn is still 'hymenally challenged' as they said on Clueless, even in the Bill Clinton sense.

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 2 possibles, Dracula+RJ(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander



    Dawn in peril; 13 but self inflicted this time. Again Buffy's love for Dawn seems to overcome the power of the spell implying a deeper connection between her and Dawn than just sisters.



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9 NOT ANY MORE! Joyce's little girl is all slutted up and hot to trot! It's a bit much that Buffy criticizes Dawn's outfit considering some of the stuff SHE used to wear in season 1&2, the leopardskin miniskirt from BBB as exhibit A (and that was BEFORE she got hit with Xander's love whammy!)



    What the fanficcers thought;

    The cliche of an enchanted object or spell going wrong making one character irresistable to all is a feature of more fics than you can shake a stick at!



    Questions and observations;

    Note Buffy still drives Joyce's Geekmobile. Badly! Oz's old favourite 'The Theme from a Summer Place' is used for when the girls fall in love whilst when we switch to split screen the music get's very Charlie's Angels (who doesn't love a bit of funk guitar?). We know that CC doesn't have a sister but wouldn't it be wonderful if the head cheerleader was her cousin or something? Did RJ's brother know Daryl Epps?

    If Xander was on the SDH swimteam shouldn't he have his own athletics jacket? Dawn refers to Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition sketch, been hanging with Xander WAAAYY too much! Buffy's hair looks very similar to SMG's porn star character's in Southland Tales.

    Marks out of 10; 10/10, I know a lot of people don't like this one too much but I love it, in a pretty serious season it's such a fun, amusing romp, could only be better if Faith, Joyce and Tara were present. The first ep I watched this season and then immediately went back and watched it all again then watched it for a third time the morning after. All hail the pushy queen of slut-town!
  • The Boy Next Door

    8.5

    Him-Dawn's simple crush on Sunnydale High's star quarterback RJ Brooks starts to become obsessive, leading Buffy to investigate the boy herself. When Buffy, and all the other women who see RJ, also fall in love with him, Spike and Xander must team up to discover the source of this attraction. But first they have to keep the women from doing anything crazy in their competition for RJ's affection.


    As the final season, it's pretty much expected that the writers would go back to basics with some of the episodes this season. "Him" recycles an old plot from "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and actually makes it funny again bytweakingthe story a bit to make it not seem so "been there, done that". The whole mystical jacket on RJ could have been one of the dumbest and awful plots of the series, yet the story has surprising charm to it, not to mention hilarious performances from the cast, especially the girls. Michelle Trachtenberg gets to so off a morehumorousside of Dawn as she becomes suddenly falls for RJ and soon becomes dangerously obsessed with him. The writers actually puts Dawn's sometimes unbearable annoyance to good use here and I especially love the embarrassing cheerleader tryout scene. The scene especially feels like a call back to Season 1's "The Witch"includingBuffy's old Sunnydale High cheerleader uniform. Also, the scene at the Bronze where Xander and Willow are caught checking out Dawn was so wrong, it was priceless. From the there, the episode gets even more entertaining once Buffy falls for RJ. SMG just plays being helplessly seduced so well. Gotta especially love the moment where Xander finds them together in a certain possession.


    The best part of the episode has to be when Anya and Willow are under the spell too, causing a 4-way battle for RJ. Anya plans to rob a local, Buffy plans to kill Principal Wood and the hilarious ridiculousness of Willow falling for RJ and planning to make him a female. Gotta love the sight of Spike stopping Buffy from killing Principal Wood. I also loved seeing Spike and Xander teaming up together. From them confronting RJ's brother to their hilarious moment of stealing RJ's coat. We also get a cool train sequence of Buffy saving Dawn, although the editing of when Buffy and Dawn jump away from the train could have been better though. I also love Xander's flashback to "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". While pretty much a standalone episode, "Him" is surprisingly enjoyable, with plenty of laughs and priceless dialogue being thrown around.

  • "I just don't understand these relationships where you all do insane things." - Dawn

    8.5
    Re-re-wind. Spike moves back in with Xander, Buffy sits on the bleachers in shades drinking soda through a straw, Dawn tries out for the cheerleader squad (not) wearing Buffy's uniform,Theme From A Summer Place is played (Oz had a fantasy involving it and a feather boa), Buffy uses S2's rocket launcher, and the entire plot is ripped from Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered (a fact the writers admit when Xander flashbacks to a BBB moment ("good times")). I almost expected Devon or Freddy Iverson to turn up.

    So this is a Dawn-centric episode, not words to bring cheer to many people's hearts. She is confused by the dualisms in the gangs' love-lives: Buffy has sex with Spike who "disgusts" her, Spike loves Buffy but tries to rape her, Xander loves Anya but betrays her. Dawn was obviously not around (she was just a twinkle in a monk's spell) when Willow explained that "love makes you do the wacky". This episode aims to put this right as she falls for RJ, unremarkable school football player who nonetheless gets all the chicks. The story returns to the original BTVS MO – high school is hell, literally. Xander points out the plot when he says: "It's the jacket, something about the letter on the chest" - the jacket that metaphorically turns the jock into a god does so in actuality. And the insane love that is teenage hormones, actually is insane, caused as it is by magicks. The boy who casts a spell over girls who then do his dirty work for him ("You turn on the charm, you get whatever you want") - homework, pushing quarterbacks down stairs - is literally a spell. Just as people in love think that only their love is real, then everyone in this ep thinks that it is other people who are under the spell and that they themselves are immune. Once Dawn has caught RJ's attention by injuring his football rival, she's won the right to go on a date with him, in an icky scene where she's suddenly all growed up in "slut-bag hussy" clothes and Xander and Willow are inadvertently perving after her (Xander's "Daddy like" becomes horridly incestuous as we realised that Xander has been a father figure to Dawn; what would Freud have to say about Xander being Dawn's first crush?). The story riffs on the return to high school theme; Dawn is as klutzy as her sister around boys and her claims about RJ ("I know his soul") sounds pretty similar to Buffy's re: Angel. She tells her mother substitute that "you have no idea how I feel" - the Sunnydale High New Generation thinks that they are different from the older. Buffy, no longer a teenager, has to act the hot teacher to seduce RJ. Later on, when the odd couple of Spike and the Xandman visit the previous owner of the jacket, RJ's brother, Lance, we see how people who were popular at high school lose their sheen (and their jacket) when they leave school and become pizza place workers with bad hair and a rumpus room in their parents' basement. Spike and Xander, both having left a basement relatively recently, are in no mood to linger (perhaps it is the basements making people crazy?)

    It's also about the viciousness of women and self-centredness of love. Dawn walking home from the Bronze discovers something more scary than vampires – an annoyed teenage girl who proceeds to try to push her around. Buffy breaks up the fight, but once the Slayer falls under RJ's spell, she hurts Dawn more than the cheerleader. Dawn accuses Buffy of not being able to "stand it that I'm getting the attention", and it seems that this is true when Buffy uses what Dawn doesn't have ("I'm just like you but with the sexual experience and stuff") to get RJ all to herself. Of course in the end sisterly love overcomes womanly enemity as Buffy saves Dawn from a very squashed death, but for a while there Buffy was playing the b*tch. Dawn's rival isn't the nasty Lori but her older, hotter, sexier sister who's not acting all sisterly. Buffy duplicitously tells Dawn: "You're gonna come out the winner here, with me looking out for you". As Dawn points out later: "You're not supposed to do this....you were the one I trusted". Meanwhile, Buffy is counselling more than students as she aims to put things right with Spike (she feels for him, but not pervy feelings) by physically moving him out of the basement, and makes it up to Anya for almost killing her by saving her from D'Hoffryn's henchdemon; Buffy effectively get the outcasts into the gang.

    Anya and Willow also fall for RJ and we get a Charlie's Angels style split screen scene as each of the girls goes about trying to win RJ in her own way. Willow uses magic to make him what she wants (female), Buffy uses violence (RJ wishes someone would get Principal Woods off his back so Buffy tries to kill him), Anya, the capitalist, robs a bank (she was going to buy RJ?) and Dawn, the passive, the one who is "not really good for anything. " decides to commit suicide to show RJ how much she loves him. Buffy's teatime special gives a message to all the lovelorn girls out there, "No guy is worth your life, whatever". Although she also promises Dawn that she'll feel "even stupider" when Dawn falls in love for real.
  • Him

    9.0
    Him was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and touches upon the primal urges of high school age kids. This episode was a fun side track to the main story line of the season. I really enjoyed watching this episode and seeing how easy it is to make women sprung. This episode definitely explored a human right of passage so to speak and was entertainingly insightful. I liked this episode and look forward to seeing the next episode and watching the season progress. This episode was a fun side step in the season. Buffy and Anya are two Bad A** B*&^%#$ and I love watching them in action. I can't wait to see the next episode!!!!!!!
  • A boy at Dawn's high school wears a magical jacket and all the girls fall in love with him.

    10
    This is one of the better episodes in season 7. It's funny throughout the whole episode. First of you have Buffy who starts having a crush on RJ which is really weird. So you have Dawn acting all childish but it's only because she's under a spell. The only sad part in this episode is she made a fool of herself at cheerleader tryouts and she ruined Buffy's uniform. I like how Spike and Xander get along in this episode. It's so funny when they go visit that RJ's brother. I like how Willow, Anya, Buffy, and Dawn are discussing who get's RJ and they all do these things that are either illegal or wrong. Buffy was going to kill the principal, Willow's a lesbien and she was going to do a spell and make him into a girl, and Dawn was going get run over by a train for him. The funniest part was at the end of the episode after the spell has been broken. They all talk about what they were going to do except for Anya. The radio or televsion is on and it announces that someone just robbed a bank which was obviously Anya. This episode made season 7 more enjoyable to watch
  • All the girls fall for the highschool jock and they'll do just about anything to get his attentions.

    9.0
    This episode is classic in many ways. 1st in that it is a shining example of the humour that a Buffy episode can contain. 2nd is how the writers can find a way to make even a jacket evil! What was that line... "Welcome to sunnydale, where even outerwear isn't safe"

    A serious point in this episode is seeing Dawn's insecurity and her inferiority complex when it comes to Buffy. I found it revealing the way she fought for the attention of RJ against other school girls and even his football rival but when it comes to competing with Buffy she just gives up, finding suicide preferable to trying in vein to beat her sister.

    But back to the humour, the 3 girls ( Buffy, Anya and Willow ) fighting over him at the house was awsome. My favorite part was Anya: "Yeah well I'd kill for him"
    Willow: " You'd kill for a chocolate bar."
    Classic. Also Willow trying to turn him into a girl is golden.

    My favorite touchy feely moment was when Xander saw Dawn crying and didn't hesitate to fall into big brother mode. Though Buffy did the same at the railroad, she IS her sister so it is kind of expected, with Xander there is no blood there and no obligation, it comes straight from love and I find that more heartwarming.
    I would have liked to see at some point in the future what Anya did with all that money. I wonder if she gave it to charity out of guilt :P

    All in all this is a gem of an episode and will always be a favorite of mine.
  • a very funny episode.

    9.0
    i kinda liked this episode. it has some funny moments. but this season is not exactly my favorite maybe coz it's the last & there's just too many slayers. this is the only episode where there's romance involving buffy after last season's so many 'intense' episodes. i like the split screens scene showing buffy, willow, anya & dawn doing the crazy things they would do for love. the trouble is caused by a jacket worn by a 'hot' student (according to buffy) that had a spell. spike & xander saved them & burned the jacket. dawn seemed to be the hardest hit that she was willing to die for love. isn't that sweet!?! love ... look what you've done.
  • Dawn, Buffy, Anya and even Willow all fall in love with a high school football player each trying to prove they love him the most. Xander and Spike work together to get to the bottom of it.

    10
    This episode makes me laugh. It's not like a vital episode and important to the rest of the season but man is it hilarious.
    It reminds me of the episode in season 2 where everyone, including Drusilla, fall in love with Xander and he even reflects on that "good times!"
    When Principal Wood is in his office and through the window you see Spike fighting Buffy and stealing her gun, to stop her from killing Wood, is just absolutely hilarious. All of the girls actions are so crazy.
    Another classic moment is when Dawn tries out for the cheerleading squad. I was embarrassed for her, though I had to laugh.
    The ending is also classic, Anya makes me laugh.
    What a pointless but absolutely memorable episode.
  • *swoons and titls head to the left while dreamy music plays*

    9.0
    Upon its original airing, I despised this very episode. It was the "Beer Bad" of season four, in my own opinion. Thank Jebus, I don't share that same lunacy nowadays. As the years went on I began to appreciate "Beer Bad" a hell of a lot more since season four became - and still is - my favourite season from the show. Likewise, my appreciation for this very episode gradually grew and now I find it one of the funnier episodes from the show.

    Perhaps it has something to do with age? I just found the jokes to be rather amusing, whereas beforehand, back in the day, they just went over my head. Also, there's actually a running commentary on how small crushes can turn into overnight obsessions and ruin people's lives, though it's not exactly one of the show's stronger metaphors. Can I just point out right now that Sarah Michelle Gellar looks her sexiest in this episode. Ever. And that was before she literally became stuff of dreams wearing the chequered skirt. What red-blooded male wouldn't kill to be straddled like RJ was!

    To quote a very wise man: Daddy Like!

    It's completely filler, but it's undeniably fun filler.

    How cruel was the attack on Dawn? I laughed quite a bit at the very blunt, very true comment Anya made about Dawn not being good for anything, it was classic.

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    Anya: Well you're going to have to do better than that. I'd kill for him.
    Willow: You'd kill for a chocolate bar.

    Although Willow gets some great one-liners, Anya effortlessly steals the show with some of the best ones of the season. I can't actually recall it, but the one where she stresses Willow's soul mate had a penis was just too funny. Ah, Aud.

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    Overall, a fun little distraction from a season that becomes increasingly more preachy, speechy and morbid as it continues, though nowhere near the level of season six's torturous spiral into depression.
  • Dawn has a major crush an highschool chum RJ.

    7.5
    What happens when Dawn, Buffy, Anya and Willow pine for the same guy?
    Right, hilarity ensues- and something can't be quite right, can it? Must be a spell gone wrong. Now that rarely happens!
    "Him" is a good episode, not great, but still above average like 99% of Buffy episodes.
    First Dawn is quite smitten with RJ, a player of the Highschool football team. Unfortunately she tends to make a fool of herself around him, at least at first.
    It is pretty entertaining, except for the moments when Dawn whiny, "angry" voice makes a reappearance. Could have done without that.
    But it gets better, as subsequently Buffy, Anya and Willow ( "Willow, you are a gay woman- and he isn't!" ) all fall under the same spell that Dawn is under but don't want to realize it. They all try to top each other at proving who "loves" RJ the most, the best being Willow, who wants to turn him into a woman to suit herself.
    In the end it turns out that not RJ is casting a spell, but that his jacket is bewitched. Overall this is an entertaining, funny and light episode, which is nice considering the descent into darkness that is coming - again.
  • Addictive R.J.

    9.0
    In each season, mostly in the beginning of the season, you just gotta have a few filler episodes. Sometimes they are average, and sometimes they are more than average. And this was definitely more than average.

    It was really fun seeing how Dawn was coping with high school. We followed Buffy through high school for over 3 years, and it was fun to see how Dawn was going through it too. Of course, no high school drama can go without some magic included.

    The magic jacket that R.J. was wearing caused every girl to fall in love with him. This plot seems very silly, but it actually provided lots of amazing jokes with a bit of action. It was really fun seeing Buffy funny. She is almost always the calm one. She just broke free in this episode. First when she was all over R.J. and then later when she thought of killing the Principal with a rocket launcher. Those were some amazing scenes.

    The end was pretty boring and it was stupid to see such a good plot ending so easily, but I guess sometimes things can't be complicated. Sometimes they can just be solved without much trouble.
  • Buffy, Dawn, Anya & Willow all fight to prove that "I love RJ the most" when they get affected by a love spell that makes them fall in love with the young high school football player.

    10
    Buffy, Dawn, Anya & Willow all fight to prove that "I love RJ the most" when they get affected by a love spell that makes them fall in love with the young high school football player.

    This an absolutly classic laughs a minute episode and shows that when it wanted to be Buffy could be one of the funniest shows on television. Much like "Band Candy" or "Something Blue"

    It was a breath of fresh air in a final season that took it self a little to seriously (the many many uplifting speeches in episodes to follow)

    Highlights include Xander's "Daddy like" line when Buffy comments on how slutty a young girl looks only to realise it's infact Dawn.

    Buffy attempting to kill the principal by blowing him up with a rocket launcher and Willow trying to turn RJ into a women.

    This is a very fun (some might say overly silly) episode that you can easily just get into if your feeling in the mood for watching some Buffy

    This one gets a 10 its one of my personaly Buffy favourites
  • Yet another love spell

    8.9
    I remember that I didn't like this kind of episode when I was watching Buffy back in the day, whyever. But I just watched it all over again and it was soo cool. It was funny how at first Dawn seems to be having a simple crush and then it's turning out to be this weird love spell thingy. Anyway, when Buffy and the others fell for R.J., too, I just loved that. Especially Willow's dialogue like she loved him the most since she's looking past the whole orientation thing. Great!
    I'm also really glad that Anya is back in the group, I missed her with the others!
  • The girls of the Scooby gang fall for RJ, a football player in Dawn's school.

    10
    This has got to be one of the funniest episodes I have ever seen! I loved the music that was chosen every time one of the girls fell for RJ. It was funny to see the girls fight over him, but I thought Buffy was a little stupid for what she did with RJ during school hours. I liked the idea of Spike and Xander being forced to work together to find out why all the girls were falling for RJ. It was funny seeing them attack RJ in the middle of the street, steal his jacket, and then run away. I also liked seeing what Willow, Anya, Dawn, and Buffy were willing to do to prove their love for RJ. It was funny seeing Willow trying to turn RJ into a woman and seeing Anya rob a bank. I thoroughly enjoyed the scene where Buffy had the bazooka and tried to shoot the principal, but Spike comes out of nowhere and knocks her down and steals the bazooka. It was funny seeing them chasing and fighting each other through the window when the principal had no idea what was going on. I didn't like what Dawn was willing to do though. Why would you kill yourself for a guy? I agree with Buffy when she said that no guy is worth your killing yourself.
  • Dawn falls in love with RJ who is the star Quarterback of sunnydale high .Buffy then falls in love with him .Willow and Anya belive it to be a lovespell they then fall in love to and try to prove thier love to him.But in the end it was the jacket.

    9.0
    I really love this episode because its funny compared to the rest of the series.Im under the love spell to RJ is cute.There is no sad lovey dovey stuff in this episode only plain comedy.The fashion side of this episode is great i loved the big sunglasses.They should have made dawn have a funny scenario because she is always the one who is going to die,like in season 5 she had to die coz she was the Key, so they should have given her Buffys one (to kill the principle).The characters were great.But all in all i loved this episode.
  • A bit on the silly side

    7.3
    The silliness before the storm...
    Although more of a forgettable comedy story, Him is enjoyable enough. The scenes where Anya, Willow, Buffy and Dawn are trying to prove their love to the boy are very funny, especially Buffy wandering up to Principal Wood with a bazooka. The whole reason for the magic-thing isn’t explained a lot but that doesn’t really affect it, as the humour comes before the actual plot.
    Overall, a silly fun-fest before the much graver Conversations With Dead People and the rest of Season Seven...
  • R.J, a cute teenage footbal player, has a jacket making all the girls go mad. A funny episode, that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

    8.3
    An episode that always makes me laugh. Although, usually, I'm not a fan of some of the more, "silly" episodes, this is one I always have to watch over and over. There's not a whole lot of plot development, but just silly antics, remarks and actions that make me laugh hysterically. From Anya, Willow, an BUffy arguing who likes R.J better, to each of their attemps (Anya's attemps aren't that funny, but her remarks to willow, about R.J having a penis is. By far, my favorite part of the episode, is Buffy and her rocket launcher, and her attempt to kill principle Wood. It'ts just too funny watching her and spike wrestle in the around for it, while Wood, is oblivious to it all. This is an episode every hard core fan needs to see.
  • Magic running wild

    7.8
    Magic really ran wild in this episode, or should I say one spell in particular ran wild in this episode. And hilarity ensued, as usual. I particularly loved that though the character has absolutely nothing to do with the story of season the episode didn't feel like a filler and the episode was a tad lighter in comparison to the rest of the reason.
  • everyone is inlove with a guy because of his jacket....

    7.1
    the story is just so dumb and stupid. but that is not the point! this episode is supposed to be idiotic. but its hilarious! willow especially as she falls inlove with a dude. anya is also hilarious and steals a bank. buffy tries to kill her woody and dawn becomes suicidle. great episode. no classic but just very fun.
  • Now this is a classic!!!

    10
    Okay, favorite epi EVER!!! Willow is fight over a guy. That pretty much sums it up!!! This epi is HALERIOUS!!! And also adds a bit of drama! Who couldn't love it!!!!! Anya at the end with the radio, love that part. Poor Zander, that jacket didn't fit! Another rating 10 part is Buffy, Spike and the Bazooka! Classic!! I just love how you see them running back and forth, now that is what I call entertainment!! And When they're trying to show that they love him more! Favorite part! Dawn and Buffy really make a perfect sister sister/momlike pair!! These parts and MORE make "Him" a rating 10 episode! This epi has entertainment, jokes, and drama!! SEXY!!!
  • This episode was a good example of the comedic and silly episodes of buffy.

    9.0
    This episode is one of the funny episodes of buffy and I think buffy does those episodes really well and this episode was no exception, I thought this episode was well written and had some very funny moments, especially when buffy is going to kill wood and spike comes running and stops her, I dont know why but that bit made me laugh so much. This episode was a nice comedic break from the previous episodes which were mainly serious. I personally liked this episode a lot and thought it was one of the better episodes in season seven. Overall this was a very funny episode.
  • Not the best episode, but there are some cute moments.

    8.4
    Generally, this episode is way too Dawn centric for my tastes, but there are some fun moments that make me watch it. The use of music and the cute split screen were quite nice. Really, my favorite moments all center around Spike (no big surprise there), despite the fact that he is in very little of the episode. His tackling Buffy for the rocket launcher as Principal Wood listens to some easy listening was simply priceless. Dare I say that it\'s one of my favorite gags of seventh season, possibly even THE favorite? (Xander and Spike being all serious before grabbing R.J.\'s jacket is another great one. So cute!) All in all, not that fabulous of an episode, but it does have its moments.
  • One of Buffy's funniest episodes. full of humor though a little pointless. The good thing was that Dawn tried to prove her love by killing herself, thereby we learn a lesson to not give our live for love. It's a very fun episode to watch.

    9.5
    Him

    What's so good about this episode is that it shows us how dangerous a crush is and a love spell. It's a very funny episode and specially for Anya, she didn't have a big role in it but what she had was hilarious. it's a very good comedy episode.

    cut to Buffy taking Spike to Xander and he's staying over there but Buffy is still freaked out with him but she makes him stay there no matter what. cut to Dawn and Buffy in school talking about love and Spike and Buffy says she knows he changed and that's why she's helping but Dawn doesn't see why people bother after what happened to Xander and Anya and stuff. she doesn't get love and Buffy goes away and then Dawn sees a guy and she falls in love and then falls from her seat.

    the credits start

    cut to Anya and Buffy talking because Anya was almost being killed. and she says that Willow and Dawn aren't good for helping but she can. cut to Dawn in school she goes to RJ and his friends and she begins to talk about a teacher. and then they talk about the new tryouts and Dawn begins to talk about nothing and they totally ignore her and leave. cut to Dawn finding cheerleader outfit. next day she has to perform with that old outfit. and she makes herself look stupid and falls on the ground. and they think she's dumb.

    cut to Buffy outside and Dawn is crying and Buffy says she noticed. Dawn says she blew it and cut her dress up. she goes to cry on her bed and Buffy and Xander go to her room. Dawn is ad and she says she saw his soul and that she doesn't know what real love is and tells her to go. cut to Dawn on school and a guy tells RJ he's taking over and that upsets Dawn who goes after that guy and she says it isn't fair and he doesn't care so she pushes him off the stairs. cut to Dawn on Robin's office. and she says she didn't do it and is sorry but Buffy noticed what Dawn did. cu to Dawn outside and she sees RJ and she says some stupid things to him. and RJ knows what she did and they make a date.

    cut to The Bronze. and Buffy, Xander and Willow talking on a table and they see RJ and see that he's with a slag and they like her and then they see it's Dawn. Buffy is very mad and when Dawn takes a brake Buffy tells her to go home but Dawn doesn't want to and Buffy says that if Joyce was there and she tells Dawn to go home and she says she doesn't care how she looks and that she's inlove with RJ and goes away. On an alley someone is waiting and it's his chick and they are mad and have a catfight but Buffy stops them and the girl tells Dawn to stay away and walks away. cut to school next day and Robin is mad at RJ and then Buffy talks to him and he says he doesn't mean to hurt the girls and Buffy begins to fall inlove with him too and she says she has a sexual experience and he knows what she means and walks away with his jacket and she falls madly inlove.

    cut to Dawn coming home and Buffy wants to talk to her. she says that she talked to RJ and that he likes her. she says that she likes him and the that there was something he didn’t like and that was that she came on too strong. she tells her to lay back and he likes the be the sweeper and Dawn is very happy with her sister. cut to RJ in class and Buffy comes in and she wants RJ and he comes with her and they go to a room and they have sex over there. and he wishes someone would get rid off Robin. cut to Dawn looking for RJ and then she looks in that room and sees them having sex and gets all upset and goes crying where Xander finds her and she tells him and that she never wants to see Buffy and RJ again and Xander goes to the class and he finds them having sex and tells Buffy to get off and that they're going home.

    cut to Dawn crying and Buffy telling her to stop and that he's inlove with her and the guys tell them that it's a spell and Buffy makes Dawn upset and Dawn says that she trusted Buffy and that's why she isn't suppose to do that and goes to her room. cut to them looking for a picture and Xander remembers the time with him and his spell and then they find out who's the brother so Xander knows him and is going to him. cut to Xander and Spike going to the brother and he looks very weird. and he talks about stuff and that his brother was a geek until he started to ware his jacket. and then they want to go and leave him because he wants to play a game and they don't want to.

    cut to RJ coming to he house and Anya and Willow tell him to go away and when he does they fall inlove and then they start to fight about who loves him the most and they are gonna prove their way and Buffy tells Dawn she's never gonna get him. cut to Willow going to do the spell that turns him into a girl and Buffy going to kill the principal and Anya to rob a bank and Dawn is going to kill herself by a train. cut to them arriving and stop Willow but she doesn't have much time cause the others are gonna prove their love. Buffy is going to kill Wood so they are going to start there. cut to Robin and Buffy is outside with a bazooka but Spike stops her and they run away and Willow is doing a spell to find Dawn. cut to them arriving and Buffy sees Dawn and she jumps on a train and is able to save Dawn and Dawn was gonna do that cause in that way he'll know that there was someone who loved him so much. but Buffy says no guy is worth her life and that they are under a spell.

    cut to Xander and Spike going to attack RJ and they take off his jacket. cut to the house where they burne jacket. Dawn says she feels stupid but Buffy tells her to get ready to feel stupid when it really happens. then they ask what Anya did and she doesn't tell and then on the radio that a thief is still free and she said she wrote a poem 'who wants ice-cream. my threat?'

    Black Out
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    Best episode quotes:

    Xander: You're gonna live in that small room over there. I know it looks like a closet, but it's a room now. You're not gonna touch my food. I take the first shower in the morning, and if I use up all the hot water, that's your tough noogies. And I hate this plan. Are you keeping up, or do you need some kind of English-to-ConstantPainInMyAss translation?
    Buffy: Invitation.
    Xander: Is there something more emphatic than hate? Can I revile the plan? Fine. I invite you in. Nimrod.
    Spike: Don't want your soddin' food anyway.
    Xander: I just don't understand when his problems became your problems more specifically mine.
    Buffy: The school basement is making him crazy. We can't just leave him there.
    Xander: Why not? Crazy-Basement-Guy is better than Stalking-Buffy-Guy.
    Spike looks down, ashamed.
    Dawn: It's true. You guys aren't... You're not starting up again with the whole
    Buffy: No. A thousand gallons of no. OK, it's just things are different now he has a soul.
    Xander: I'm sure that'll be a real comfort when he soulfully attacks you again.
    Dawn: Yeah, what does that mean exactly that Spike is all soul-having?
    Buffy: I don't know, but he's been through a lot, OK, and nobody's attacking
    Spike: Buffy Sorry.
    Buffy: No, it's me. I-I just
    Spike: I'll go. This can't work.
    Buffy: It will. I-it already is. OK, you know, you've been out of the basement for half an hour, and you've already stopped talking to invisible people.
    Spike: Bollocks.
    Buffy: OK, so there was that one episode in the car, but
    Spike: No, bollocks to the whole thing. I don't need your mollycoddling.
    Buffy: It's not coddling. Now go to your closet.

    Dawn: So, what is it?
    Buffy: What's what?
    Dawn: Last night, you said you weren't helping Spike out of pity. What is it?
    Buffy: It's a good question.
    Dawn: Is sitting there drinking soda some kind of a Zen non-answer?
    Buffy: No, I just... I don't know what I'm feeling. I think I can't stand him, but sometimes...
    Dawn: You love him?
    Buffy: No. I I feel for him.
    Dawn: Feel what, exactly?
    Buffy: Dawn...
    Dawn: No, I'm I'm just trying to understand. I mean, none of it makes sense. First you say Spike disgusts you, but secretly you two are doing it like bunnies. And then Spike says he'd die for you, but he tries to rape you.
    Buffy: For the record, Spike knew how wrong it was. That's why he went away.
    Dawn: But to get a soul? Like that would make him a better man? Xander had a soul when he stood Anya up at the altar. And now he says he still wants her? I just don't think it's the school basement that's making people crazy.
    Buffy: I should really get back. You comin' with?
    Dawn: I just don't see why people bother. I mean, you put all this energy into chasing and having and brooding and I just don't understand these relationships where you all do insane things.
    Buffy: Bye, rant girl.
    Dawn: Well, you could, like, paint a beautiful mural on every ugly wall in the world, and then you could paint a beautiful mural on every ugly mural in the world.

    Anya: Maybe I'm not even the right Anyanka. Ever think about that? There's tons of Anyanka's out there. Maybe one of them pissed off this, uh what did you say his name was? D'Hoffryneffer...
    Buffy: Good thing I stopped by and heard screaming. So, I guess D'Hoffryn decided to take you out after all?
    Anya: Yeah. He's, uh, not head of vengeance for nothing. Well, thank you for the generous life-saving. Now please go away. Look, I don't need anyone's help. Or, OK, clearly I do, but I don't want to need anyone's help, so stop helping.
    Buffy: I get it. After last week, you feel you need to be all renegade and broody. Taking yourself out of the loop
    Anya: I need to figure out who I am.
    Buffy: Another, something bad is happening. I don't want my friends out there alone right now, OK?
    Anya: Well, I-I guess you guys could use my help. Willow's not very good with the practical strategizing except when she's evil. And Dawn she's not really good for anything.

    Buffy: Come on, Dawnie. Come out. Dawn, sweetheart, it's not that bad.
    Dawn: How would you even know? R.J.'s never gonna notice me now.
    Buffy: From what you said, I'm sure he already noticed you, I mean with the falling and the spirit. Spirit. They said you were spirited, right?
    Dawn: Go away!
    Buffy: Dawn...
    Xander: Things are a lot better, I see.
    Buffy: I don't think tonight's gonna be good for videos, Xand.
    Xander: Right, with the wailing and the crying... Still better than a cozy evening with Spike. Shall I order a pizza? Don't teens in a snit like pizza?
    Dawn: It is not a snit! I-I finally met him they guy of my dreams, OK and I blew it. R.J. hates me now.
    On the bathroom floor, Buffy sees her cheerleading outfit, shredded.
    Buffy: Dawn, what is that?
    Dawn: Just the end of my life.
    Xander: Remember when she used to have a crush on me? I miss the much cuter "me" crush.
    Buffy: You shredded my outfit.
    Dawn: I'll buy you a new one.
    Buffy: That's not the point. I don't want a new cheerleading outfit.
    Xander: Now, now, let's not be hasty. Not the right time.
    Buffy: Dawn, I'm sorry that you feel so bad. OK, but in the morning this won't seem so terrible. You don't even know this R.J. Not really.
    Dawn: I do know him. I know his soul.
    Buffy: Really? Dawn, he wasn't even on your radar yesterday.
    Xander: It's the jacket. It's true. Something about the big letter on the chest makes girls get all swoony and crushy. I saw it all the time in school. And you couldn't just pin any old felt letter to your coat and get play not that I tried.
    Dawn: It isn't a crush. It's love. I love R.J.
    Buffy: Again, since yesterday. Dawn, it's awfully fast.
    Dawn: What? You're telling me I don't feel what I feel?
    Buffy: No, of course not. I believe that you think it's real. It seems real... to you.
    Dawn: You know what? Maybe I don't want advice from the Dysfunction Queen. You have no idea how I feel. You have no idea what real love is. Maybe if you did, you wouldn't make fun of me this way.
    Buffy: Dawn, I'm not making fun of you.
    Dawn: Just go. Leave me alone.

    RJ: Summers! Hey.
    Dawn: Hi.
    RJ: I heard Wood hauled you into his office.
    Dawn: Well, yeah.
    RJ: About O'Donnell?
    Dawn: Yes.
    RJ: That sucks, facing the whole inquisition thing.
    Dawn: Yeah. "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition." God, it's like I have a disease or something. It was really no big deal.
    RJ: No. It was. I think it's cool that you faced him. Wood.
    Dawn: We just talked. He just wanted me to tell him about... the accident.
    RJ: Yeah. It sucks when these things just happen out of nowhere.
    Dawn: Right. Out of nowhere.
    RJ: You know, I was thinking of heading out tonight, after practice. You want to meet up?
    Dawn: Uh... hmm

    Xander: Well, Spike definitely seems a little more cogent, less bl-bl-bl-bl-bl. I'm just saying... once you get back the soul, doesn't that mean you start, like, picking up your own wet towels off the floor?
    Willow: No, but maybe you start to feel really bad about leaving them there.
    Buffy: At least he's showering, and that's a refreshing and delightful change.
    Xander: Buff.
    Buffy: I think that's the guy.
    Willow: What guy?
    Buffy: The one who, according to Dawn, is the quote smartest, funniest, coolest, hottest, and having the thickest boy eyelashes boy in school unquote.
    Xander: He don't seem so tough.
    Willow: Check out the fan club.
    Xander: Daddy like.
    Buffy: What is that shirt made of? Paint?
    Willow: Buff
    Buffy: Glad Dawnie isn't here to see her precious boyfriend getting all thrusty with some slut-bag hussy. Oh.
    Xander: Oh. Oh! No! "Daddy" No, I wasn't When I was looking, I wasn't Oh, God!
    Willow: Right there with ya.

    Buffy: So, do you have plans later, or are you just gonna go down to the docks and wait for the fleet to come in?
    Dawn: What?
    Buffy: Where do I start with the bad? First, you told me you were going to the library. Second, you do not go out on a date without informing me first. Third, Anna Nicole Smith makes you look tacky.
    Dawn: Yeah, well I think I look hot, and so does R.J.
    Buffy: Oh, I bet he does. Maybe I should go have a little word with him.
    Dawn: No! Don't you dare embarrass me in front of him.
    Buffy: I don't like this. This boy has you acting crazy.
    Dawn: It's my life. I'll do what I want to.
    Buffy: I don't think so.
    Dawn: Oh. So, what suddenly you're Mom now?
    Buffy: No, I'm not. And I am glad she's not here to see you like this. Look, I'm sorry. I just
    Dawn: You just can't handle it.
    Buffy: What?
    Dawn: You've always been the special one. Hot little Buffy with her boyfriends. The Slayer. And now someone likes me, and you just can't stand that I'm getting the attention.
    Buffy: That is the farthest thing from true.
    Dawn: No it's not. And I'm sorry, but I like the way R.J. makes me feel, and if you think that makes me a slut or whatever, I don't care.
    Buffy: Oh, no, no, no. You are not going back out on that dance floor.

    Dawn: Oh, my God! I'm the pushy queen of slut town.

    Buffy: I've always been fascinated by football. So, what's it like to lead a team?
    RJ: The thing of it is: the time. Nobody gets how much time goes into it, with practices and games.
    Buffy: I totally get it. I was kinda juggling some stuff when I was in high school, too which was also very recent. Principal Snyder was always on me.
    RJ: I still say Wood's the worst. You haven't seen the way that guy rides me. I wish somebody'd get him off my back.
    Buffy: Yeah, that would be cool.
    RJ: And sometimes, I didn't even do anything wrong. You're like a teacher.
    Buffy: Not really. But, I mean, does it bother you?
    RJ: Not so much.

    Buffy: Dawn, please stop crying. Please? Crying isn't going to make his love for me go away, you know.
    Pan out to show Xander, Anya, and Willow are standing there, staring at Buffy and Dawn.
    Xander: Listen, you're under a love spell. That's what this has to be.
    Buffy: You're right. He's right. You're under a spell. Oh, poor little Dawnie.
    Willow: But we're working on it. It'll be better soon.
    Anya: Yes. Soon neither one of you will be in love with this boy.
    Buffy: He's not a boy.
    Dawn: What do you know about our love? It's true and real. This isn't magic. This is my heart.
    Anya: Fine.
    Xander: We'll be working.
    Willow: Look, I know this feels terrible, but it isn't real. Try to hold onto that.
    Buffy: Did you hear that? It isn't real. You're just crazy.
    Dawn: It is so real! I love him. You knew how I felt like I finally found something, and you betrayed me.
    Buffy: I betrayed you? You're the one that constructed this elaborate fantasy about you and my lover.
    Dawn: Your lover? You're lover!
    Willow: Guys Guys
    Buffy: I tried to get you to back away.
    Dawn: That's right! You lied to me!
    Buffy: Did you want me to tell you that he's in love with me? That your little crush is hopeless?
    Dawn: It's not a crush! Stop. You're not supposed to do this.
    Buffy: Why? Because he's younger than me? You know, I'm extremely youthful. And peppy.
    Dawn: No, because you were the one I trusted.

    Willow: Damn love spell. I have tried every anti-love spell spell I could find.
    Anya: Even if you find the right one, the guy would probably just do an anti-anti-love spell spell... spell.
    Willow: What? I'll get it. Maybe it's Xander with some answers from the brother. Oh, you have to be
    RJ: I was looking for Buffy. Miss Summers.
    Willow: Buffy's not here. Go away!
    RJ: Are you sure?
    Anya: No Buffy for you. Leave quickly now.

    Willow: But you don't even know him!
    Anya: Yes, I do. I looked into him and saw his soul.
    Willow: He was walking away, so unless his soul was in his ass
    Anya: A.J. is my best friend and my dearest darling
    Willow: It's R.J. And what you were picking up on was his deep caring and devotion to me.
    Dawn: What's going on?
    Anya: Willow thinks she's in love with my boyfriend, R.J.
    Dawn: What? No! You two can't do this.
    Buffy: Willow, you're a gay woman and he isn't.
    Willow: This isn't about his physical presence. It's about his heart.
    Anya: His physical presence has a penis!
    Willow: I can work around it!
    Dawn: This isn't fair! How can you all be doing this to me?
    Buffy: OK, wait. Everyone wait. Just calm down, OK? I-I think I know what this is. Clearly, you've both been affected by the same love spell that got Dawn.
    Dawn: Uh! This isn't a spell. He owns my heart.
    Buffy: Dawn, be quiet. We're trying to work this out. We don't need you interfering.
    Willow: There's a simple answer to this. Just think about who loves him the most. Clearly I do, since I'm willing to look past the whole orientation thing.
    Dawn: I need him.
    Anya: Well, you're gonna have to do better than that I'd kill for him.
    Willow: You'd kill for a chocolate bar.
    Buffy: No. Yes! Kill for him. I'm the slayer. Slayer means kill. Oh, I'll kill the principal.
    Anya: Ooh, that is hard to top.
    Willow: Yeah, well I have skills. I can prove my love with magic.
    Anya: Yeah, right. What're you gonna do use magic to make him into a girl? Damn. Ooh, I know what he'll like.
    Buffy: Sorry, Dawnie. You're never gonna get him.
    Dawn: No. Never.

    Willow: Oh, Hecate, I call on you. I humbly ask your will be done. Hear my request, a simple change, create a daughter from a s- Oh, man! Now I've gotta start all over. Hecate hates that.
    Xander: What the hell are you doing?
    Willow: Proving I love R.J. the most!
    Xander: Will, honey... R.J.'s a guy.
    Willow: I did notice that, yeah. 'S why I'm doing my spell, 'cause, you know, he doesn't have to be. Now, hand me back my crystals. I don't have much time.
    Xander: Much time before what?
    Willow: Before Buffy and Anya and Dawn have a chance to prove that they love R.J. the most.
    Xander: And how are they gonna do that, exactly?
    Willow: Well, Buffy's gonna kill Principal Wood, Any
    Xander: Fine, OK, let's start there.

    Buffy: What were you doing? I mean, what is this?
    Dawn: It doesn't matter.
    Buffy: This is the plan? You're gonna steal R.J. by being trisected?!
    Dawn: What am I gonna compete with you? You're older and hotter and have sex that's rough and kill people. I don't have any of that stuff. But if I did this then his whole life he'd know there was someone that loved him so much they'd give up their life.
    Buffy: Dawn...
    Dawn: And it would be true forever.
    Buffy: No guy is worth your life not ever.
    Dawn: R.J. is. And don't say he isn't. Look what you were willing to do.
    Buffy: Dawn, I would give him to you in a second if I could. That's how much you're scaring me.
    Dawn: But I- I thought you wanted him... for you.
    Buffy: Nah. Well, yeah. My God, that boy is hot. Sorry. I think I might be under a spell here.
    Dawn: I hear ya.

    Xander: That, my friends, is the smell of sweet, sweet, victory.
    Anya: Also, burning cotton-poly blend.
    Buffy: Xander, be honest. You didn't, you know, think about slipping that jacket on just a little bit?
    Xander: I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it didn't fit.
    Anya: Man, this tool gets his jacket from his brother, who got it from their father, and we'll never know where he got it. That bites.
    Xander: Yeah, welcome to the hellmouth, where even outerwear isn't safe.
    Willow: I can't believe I almost
    Buffy: I can't believe I almost
    Anya: It was a spell. You were helpless. We're not responsible for anything we did morally or, you know, legally...
    Xander: True. You fell for a mystical, ancient curse. Who hasn't made that mistake seven, eight times?
    Buffy: You hear that? Not your fault.
    Dawn: I'm just so... the way I acted, the way I talked to you. I feel so stupid. All over a spell.
    Buffy: Get ready to feel even stupider when it's not.
    Willow: Hey, Anya, you never told us what you can't believe you almost.
    Anya: Almost who, now?
    Willow: No, you can't be the only not embarrassed one. What did you do?
    Anya: I, uh, wrote a poem. An epic poem... comparing him to a daisy and a tower and a lake.
    Radio: And now the latest on Sunnydale's late-night bandit who is still at large. A masked thief held up a number of large businesses
    Anya: OK, great, ice cream. My treat.

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    Story: 9
    Acting: 10
    Writing: 10
    Picture: 10
    Gripping: 9
    My Rank: 9
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    Total: 9.5
  • "Sunnydale. Where even outerwear isn't safe."

    8.6
    "Him" could be seen as an important episode for the relationship between Buffy and Dawn or as an episode that's just hilarious and, actually, shows how it could be. I think "Him" should not be taken too serious.

    The episode is basically about a teenager in love.
    Dawn falls in love with RJ, but soon, Buffy, who was at first really caring for Dawn, falls in love with him too. When Anya and Willow, who's gay, have a crush on him too, we find out they're under a love spell.
    The music used is from 'A Summer Place' and fits this 50's-feeling episode great.

    Sit back and relax while watching "Him": I think it's the only really funny, feelgood and not 'deep' episode in season seven.
  • A fun light hearted episode that was a nice break of the war to come.

    8.4
    I loved this episode as it has been able to make me laugh over and over everytime I see it. It involves everyone being in love with a boy named RJ. The love spell they are set under causes them to go to the extremes for the one they "love" resulting in some of the funniest things I've seen on the show. Maybe not a master piece of an episode but it is one of the better of the season!
  • The One Where Everybody Loves RJ

    7.5
    It seems nowadays that the writers think its okay to re-use old plotlines if the characters actually acknowledge that it's happened before. Like last season's "Gone" where the invisibility plot was used again, this episode is another hour reminiscent of an old storyline. Like a gender-reversed sequel to season two's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "Him" goes where "Gone" failed to reach... its actually good.

    A hilarious episode, "Him" has Buffy, Dawn, Willow and Anya all falling for high school quarterback RJ Brooks, who is irresistible to any woman due to a magical spell put on his jacket.

    Each actress is a riot in this episode and it comes across that they had a blast making it. When all of the ladies argue over RJ, you can't help but laugh. Buffy believes she isn't under a spell, Dawn is angry that everybody's doing what she's doing, Willow tries to prove that she loves RJ, despite him being a guy and Anya professes her love for him despite not knowing his correct name. It's a hilarious scene and brilliantly written.

    Despite some scenes which are slightly boring, it's a fun episode which (like "Help") makes brilliant use of the high school setting and features some brilliant music. The theme to Summer Place is wonderfully used whenever one of the girls first falls for RJ and anybody who doesn't at least laugh a tiny bit during the episode is obviously made of stone.

    Scenes I loved: the big argument between the girls, the use of split-screens and the brilliant sight gag where Spike leaps on Buffy before she manages to kill Principal Wood with a rocket launcher.
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