Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 8

Lover's Walk

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 1998 on The WB
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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?

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  • Lover's Walk

    9.5
    If I have one complaint about S3, it's the lack of Spike. So when you mix S3's awesome consistency and great character development with Spike, you've got one hell of an episode. There is just so much fun to be had here that if there wasn't so much attention paid to the horrible Willow and Xander 'thing,' it would have gotten a perfect score. Thank the powers that this episode marks the end of that nonsense. Nonetheless, unlike some people I know, I don't let something minor ruin my appreciation for the rest of the episode.



    The episode begins with the group getting their SAT scores back. Buffy gets a high score which shocks her into actually consider that she may have a life outside of slaying still, and the "college talk" begins. I like Joyce's discussion about it with Buffy at the house and how Buffy shoots down her mention of wanting keg parties and frat boys. Go Buffy! I think it's great that Giles actually encourages her to go to college and uses Faith as a possible way out. Angel even tells her, as a 'friend,' that she should leave Sunnydale and go to a good college. All of this just goes to show how much the people around Buffy genuinely care about her well-being and future.



    For the rest of the episode, though, Spike steals the show. He rides into town again in the exact same way as in "School Hard" (2x03). He drives over the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign again and will be the cause of it falling over one more time in the series finale, "Chosen" (7x22). He then visits Joyce just to chat with her about his breakup with Drusilla. His comment, "you got any of those little marshmallows?" gets me laughing every time.



    All the great moments (many of which are captured in the quote section below) are attributed to Spike and his realizations. He admits he's "love's bitch" and explains to Buffy and Angel that they'll never be 'friends.' He says, "You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love till it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends." Spike is incredibly unhappy coming into this episode. He drinks a ton, which is always a sign of that (we saw him drinking a bunch while stuck in his wheelchair in "Surprise" [2x13]). All this sorrow stems from his love breaking up with him. Love is everything to Spike. Right now it's more a perverted love, but over the final three seasons of this series he begins to slowly change that perversion to purity and even ends up sacrificing his life ("Chosen" [7x22]) for love and redemption.



    What's the one thing that brings Spike out of his sorrow? Violence. The moment he gets in a good brawl he feels himself again and leaves town in an attempt to get Dru back. Spike's powerful words obviously didn't go unnoticed to Buffy because she, soon afterwards, breaks it off with Angel realizing that they are not indeed 'friends' and that Angel can't give her the relationship she wants. If the Buffy and Angel relationship wasn't meant to end in "Faith, Hope, and Trick" (3x03) like I wanted, then this is the perfect cut-off point which is why I can't understand why they get all snuggly again later in the season, but that's another story.



    The end of the episode shows everyone alone and unhappy, except for Spike who is back in form and singing while on the highway down south. This is a BtVS classic: it's got loads of humor, drama, messages, and action all in one tightly wrapped package. It's just a shame that I have to wait until S4 to get more Spike!moreless
  • Horror and heartache

    10
    Lover's Walk



    The Good;

    Spike is back in town and emotional hell follows with him for the rest of the cast! I think it's at this point that Buffy really stops being about the demon of the week and starts being about the relationships.



    The Bad;

    Are you kidding?



    Best line;

    Spike; I may be love's *** but at least I'm man enough to admit it



    Character death;

    Bye bye to another magic shop owner. Spike's killing her is horrible in the extreme, the sheer brutality of it. The scene where Spike threatens to push a broken bottle in Willow's face is also horrible (pay attention Spike fans!). I remember watching this ep for the first time and thinking "NO! They can't kill Cordy!" but eventually they do. Presumably the funeral we see is of the Magic Shop owner?



    Knocked out; Cordy and Xander



    Women good/men bad; Joyce wants Buffy to go to parties with kegs and boys, as it happens neither will work out well for her.



    Kinky dinky; Willow thinks bowling and rented shoes are sexy which is a whole level of kink beyond my ken, my barbie and all my action figures. Spike also seems to be quite enamoured of Willow (Spillow?) which will be referred to again in season 4. He also talks of 'having a woman' which implies that a vamp feeding is akin to a sexual act. Spike says he's going to torture Dru until she loves him again.?



    Calling Captain Subtext; How much do we adore the scene between Spike and Joyce? Of course when we see Spike's relationship with his own mum, we understand why. Spike also refers to Angel as 'peaches' and a 'great poof' which must have had Spangel fans working overtime. Buffy comments that for some reason she can't fool Spike hinting at their relationship to come and possibly Spikes hidden sensitivity (realising in season 4 that Willow is falling apart, empathising with Dawn in season 5). Plus Dru senses that Spike is infatuated with the Slayer.



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy and Angel beat up and threaten to kill Spike for info



    Questions and observations;

    Willow refers to Cletus the slack jawed yokel from the Simpsons. Weirdly Buffy has never even been referenced on that show as far as I know? Xander refers to Buffy and him working at the drive-in, both will but not at the same time. Surely the Mayor wouldn't have let Spike and co run rampant last year and destroyed the world? Xander recognises the ingredients for a love spell from his experience in BBB. Note Xander refers to wanting to be a fireman which will also feature in The Replacement (he later plays one in a very bad Syfy movie Fire Serpent) . Weirdly Buffy says that Spike's not known for keeping his word but to judge by 'Lie to Me' and 'Becoming' he actually does? Or does she mean that he'd promised that he'd never return to Sunnydale? Note that even Angel with a soul still knows how to push Spike's buttons? Cordy's expression upon seeing Xander and Willow together is just heartrending.

    Buffy scores remarkably well on the SATs once again showing us there's brains behind that blonde hair. Love Cordy's bizarre leap of logic that Xander has been kidnapped by Columbian drug barons?

    Really you get the idea that they're toying with the idea of Spike as a regular character and this was a test for it. Of course he fit the bill and the rest is history



    10/10 no question

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  • Lover's Walk

    9.0
    Lover's Walk was a key episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Third Season. In this episode Willow and Zander's recent actions finally catch up with them, having dire consequances for Cordelia while leaving Oz feeling betrayed. Spike also returned to Sunnydale and wants willow to do a love spell for him. I think that this episode was exciting to watch, especially the action scenes, and the suspense of the characters actions. The stories blended together in a superb flow. This show is so complex yet simple at the same time. This makes it very relatable to most viewers, and this episode definitely is worth watching.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    6.5
    Not my favorite episode - because Spike\'s lines are very out of character (crying most of the time, not coherently) and one big disappointment - The loss of Drusilla, just by the time I got used to her. It\'s also unrealistic - the chance that the two lovers will part over something like that after 100 years seems odd. Only after Season 4 (Spoiler alert) when Spike returns and gets an official star status, I understood why. (End Spoiler) It\'s quite badly written too, I\'m afraid - The dialogs are not as good as the rest, and the fight scene in the Magic shop is even lame. You can skip it and move right on, the only important thing plotwise in this episode is that Cordelia and Oz find Willow and Xander kissing. Cordelia leaves the Scooby-gang after this, and Oz sticks around until mid-Season 4.moreless
  • How Spike got his grove back (and how everyone else lost theirs).

    9.0
    Most of the loose ends from last season have been tied up in the first third of this one with one big exception. Spike snuck out of Buffy and Angel's fateful duel, speeding off with his unconscious beau Drusilla. Obviously he survived for a reason. Spike has a devoted following, so much so that his image is on one of the DVDs for this season despite being in only one episode (and said DVD doesn't contain it). However, there had to be more to his return than satisfying the fans. So leave it to Spike to breeze into town, make a huge emotional mess, and leave with his old attitude back, while leaving the door open for another comeback later.



    It's apparent in Spike's return, echoing his arrival in "School Hard", that he is a different vampire. Smashing through the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign now doesn't mean that he's a bad boy, but that he was too drunk to drive. Fans may have had cause for concern, as they wouldn't want to see Spike moping the entire episode. However, they mine great comedy out of this, like him sobbing over a park bench where they killed a homeless man. It also serves as a contrast to Angel and Buffy's relationship: they want him to get over his heartbreak, but they're oblivious to their own problems with love. All three have a big moment of realization during this: Spike realizing he's "gone soft" and needs to be tough to get Drusilla back and Angel and Buffy realize they're fooling themselves.



    Of course his initial target is Angel. Through the second part of last season Angelus continually teased the physically impotent Spike while charming Drusilla. It ultimately created the chain of events that caused him to side with Buffy which destroyed his relationship with Drusilla. Until he gets to the magic shop, he seems more like the guy who gets wasted, talks big about revenge and ultimately does nothing. However, it's Spike's desire to curse Angel with leprosy that leads him on a collision course with Willow, where he becomes the catalyst for the breakdowns of three major relationships.



    Meanwhile, Xander and Willow's stolen moments have become increasingly obvious. It couldn't keep it going much longer without everyone else coming off as superbly ignorant. Willow tries to fight those hormones by attempting a "de-lusting" spell. While Xander's tried it before (nice callback), this episode is the first time Willow's used magic to simplify her life, a theme that will be explored heavily in future seasons. However, the spells in this episode are merely a device to get Spike involved in the main story and place Xander and Willow in a high peril situation where they express themselves and are discovered in the worst manner possible.



    This happens as Cordelia and Oz's gestures show commitment to their relationships. Cordelia has to deal with the pressures of high school politics, where she's gotten plenty of flack from her friends for dating a "loser" like Xander. Displaying photos of them in her locker shows that her feelings for Xander have overcome peer pressure. Oz on the other hand, is known for being so relaxed and nonchalant that putting his feelings out there is noteworthy. Because he's so protective of his emotions, Oz is likely the more hurt of the two.



    However, the key development is Buffy and Angel realizing that they don't have a future together. It starts with Buffy's SATs. Despite being expelled, suspended and reprimanded for violent behavior, Buffy's high score offers enormous promise of life outside Sunnydale. For the first time Buffy has the opportunity to live a normal life of "keg parties and boys", what she's always wanted. Faith, albeit a ticking time bomb, can substitute for Buffy at the Hellmouth while she studies. Buffy simply isn't used to thinking about having a future; she slays and that calling carries a short life expectancy. It's like the cliché of the small town person who thinks they'll never leave it, but is given a huge opportunity. Blowing it off is fitting for her character, as if she's expecting the rug to be pulled out, and considering there are a little more than 100 episodes left in the series, it's warranted.



    Although she has every reason to go, she's still divided with Angel. It's very much allegorical for teens' indecisiveness over their post-high school plans because of a boyfriend or girlfriend and how siding with the boyfriend or girlfriend is usually regrettable. Angel wisely advises her not to decide because of him. Obviously the set up for Angel's departure into his series starts on this arc on the doomed relationship.



    Before they realize their relationship has no future, they spend most of the episode continuing to believe they can be friends after all. With the exception of the intervention, Buffy's friends are content to have her believe it as well, but Spike sees otherwise. He's right to recall the last time he saw them, as it seems they forgot that they were fighting to the death with the world as the prize. After all that has happened, how can they go back to being friends? Simple answer is that they can't, and Spike is the only one who can tell them that.



    In the heat of all that happened in "Becoming", it'd be easy to forget that Buffy willingly invited Spike into her home and so far this season, failed to rescind that or reinvite Angel after his soul was restored. The way they dealt with that conundrum is the funniest moment of the episode, where Spike taunts the "bad man" Angel while mockingly posing as if to bite her outside her eyesight. Despite this, they never do get around to rescinding that invite.



    The Spike and Joyce friendship really could've been forced and absurd, but it somehow works: the suburban single mom and the European mass murderer commiserating over hot chocolate with marshmallows. Joyce has to be the mother to the heartsick Spike, and he, despite his nature to kill humans, is happy to have to someone to talk to.



    Spike's return gets on the Mayor's radar and what he's planning is too important for Spike to mess up, despite him enjoying (and the deputy dreading) Spike's exploits last season. This short scene, in addition to adding the conflict where Spike, Angel and Buffy fight Spike's former flunkies (now the Mayor's), offers some insight into how the Mayor perceives outside demons and vampires. So, if he was aware of Spike, what else did he know and did he attempt to intervene off camera?



    The only part of this episode that doesn't work is Cordelia's impalement. When it first aired, it might've provided a brief shock when they cut to the funeral, then Willow & Buffy, who just happen to be walking past it, explaining that Cordelia's OK. Now, it comes off as a cheap way to get a rise out of the audience. Everything up to it does help make the situation where Xander and Willow are exposed more uncomfortable.



    This episode is the best so far this season. It's essentially the second part of the end of the introductory phase and it ends messily. Faith became jaded by the group and Angel's return raised tensions last episode, and now all the romantic relationships are in ruins. Spike's return could've been just a bone thrown to the fans, but it provides valuable character development on top of being really entertaining.moreless
Suzanne Krull

Suzanne Krull

Clerk

Guest Star

Jack Plotnick

Jack Plotnick

Deputy Mayor Finch

Guest Star

Mark Burnham

Mark Burnham

Lenny

Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

James Marsters

James Marsters

Spike

Recurring Role

Harry Groener

Harry Groener

Mayor Richard Wilkins III

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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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.

    • Nitpick: Buffy takes the bag of popcorn out of the microwave, hot and fresh she opens the bag and no steam is visible.

    • Goof: When Cordy falls down the stairs she falls down feet first, standing pretty much straight up; yet when Xander, Oz and Willow look down at her when she's impaled, she has (impossibly) flipped around to land with her back to the floor.

    • Goof: There's some bad editing when Buffy has Spike pinned down on the counter at the Summers' home: first she has her right hand around his throat with her left hand on his torso, touching only his black shirt. Then her left hand is visibly touching his red shirt, then back to being only on his black shirt. Then when shot suddenly cuts to another angle, it's now her left hand on his throat.

    • Goof: In the Factory when Spike grabs Willow's head and threatens her with a broken glass, her hair covers her face, but when they change angle (when she talks) there's no hair in her face.

  • 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.

    • Xander: So, what are our options?
      Willow: Well, I figure either I refuse to do the spell and he kills us, or I do the spell, and he kills us.
      Xander: Give me a third option.
      Willow: He's so drunk he forgets about us and we starve to death. That's sort of the best one.

    • Spike: Oh, god.
      Buffy: Now what?
      Spike: We killed a homeless man on this bench. Me and Dru. Those were good times. You know, he begged for mercy, and that only made her bite harder.
      Buffy: I guess you had to be there.

    • Spike: Oh, god.
      Buffy: What's wrong? Not that I really care.
      Spike: Oh, my head. I think I'm sobering up. It's horrible. Oh, god. I wish I were dead.
      Buffy: Well, if you close your eyes and wish real hard...

    • Joyce: You get out of this house, or I will stake you myself.
      Spike: You're a very bad man.
      Angel: Joyce, you can't trust him. Invite me in. You touch her and I'll cut your head off.
      Spike: Yeah? You and what army?
      Buffy: That would be me.

    • Joyce: I spoke with Mr. Giles and he said...
      Buffy: That Faith could be Miss Sunnydale in the Slayer Pageant. I know.

    • Willow: This is a nightmare. This is... my world is spinning.
      Xander: It's not that bad, Willow, really.
      Willow: 740? Verbal?? I'm pathetic! Illiterate! I'm Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel.
      Xander: That's right, and the fact that your 740 verbal closely resembles my combined scores in no way compromises your position as the village idiot.

    • Spike: (to Buffy and Angel) The last time I looked in on you two, you were fighting to the death, now you're back making googly eyes at each other like nothing happened. Makes me want to heave.
      Buffy: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Spike: Oh, yeah, you're just friends.
      Angel: That's right.
      Spike: You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love 'til it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag and you'll hate each other 'til it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children, it's blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it.

    • Spike: She didn't even kill me...she just left! She didn't even care enough to cut off my head, or set me on fire! I mean, is that too much to ask?! You know? Some little sign that she cared. It was that truce with Buffy that did it. Dru said I'd gone soft. Wasn't 'demon' enough for the likes of her. And I told her that it didn't mean anything-I was thinking of her the whole time and she didn't care! So we got to Brazil and she was... she was just different. I gave her everything - beautiful jewels, beautiful dresses, with beautiful girls in them, but nothing made her happy. And she would flirt! I caught her on a park bench, making out with a chaos demon! Have you ever seen a chaos demon? They're all slime and antlers. They're disgusting. She only did it to hurt me. So I said, "I'm not putting up with this any more." And she said, "Fine!" And I said, "Yeah, I've got an unlife, you know!" And then she said... she said we could still be friends. God, I'm so unhappy!
      Willow: There, there.
      Spike: I mean, friends! How could she be so cruel?!

    • Spike: I've been all wrong-headed about this. Weeping, crawling, blaming everybody else. I want Dru back, I just got to be the man I was. The man she loved. I'm gonna do what I should have done in the first place. I'll find her, wherever she is, tie her up, torture her until she likes me again! (starts to walk away, turns around) Love's a funny thing...

    • (Spike tells Joyce about his breakup with Drusilla)
      Spike: So I'm strolling through the park looking for a meal, I happen to walk by and she's making out with a Chaos Demon. And so I said, "you know, I don't have to put up with this." And she said, "fine." So I said, "fine, do whatever you like." I thought we were going to make up.
      Joyce: Well, she sounds very unreasonable.
      Spike: She is, she's out of her mind. That's what I miss most about her.
      Joyce: Well Spike, sometimes even when two people seem right for each other their lives just take different paths. Like when Buffy's father and I...
      Spike: No, this is different. Our love was eternal, literally. By the way, you got any more of those little marshmallows?

    • Buffy: We're not friends. We never were. I can fool Giles, and I can fool my friends, but I can't fool myself... Or Spike, for some reason. What I want from you i can never have. You don't need me to take care of you anymore. So I'm going to go.
      Angel: I don't accept that.
      Buffy: You have to.
      Angel: How can... (he takes a step towards Buffy and she backs away) There's got to be some way we can still see each other.
      Buffy: There is... Tell me you don't love me. (Angel is silent for a long moment and Buffy turns and walks away.)

    • Buffy: She saw these scores and her head spun around and exploded.
      Giles: I've been on the Hellmouth too long. That was metaphorical, yes?

    • Oz: I can see why you'd be upset. Oh, that was my sarcastic voice.
      Xander: Y'know, it sounds a lot like your regular voice.
      Oz: I've been told that.

    • Joyce: It's just... you belong at a good old-fashioned college, with keg parties and boys, not here with Hellmouths and vampires.
      Buffy: Not really seeing the distinction.

    • Xander: If Spike is drunk, he'll get sloppy. That's when I'll make my move. As long as my move doesn't involve standing or using my limbs.

  • 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.

    • The Mayor was fully aware of Spike's presence and activities in Sunnydale during the second season.

    • This episode ends the relationship between Xander and Cordelia dating back to "What's My line? (2)".

    • In an interview, Joss Whedon said that the characters of Spike and Drusilla were based on Sid [Vicious of the Sex Pistols] and Nancy [his groupie girlfriend]. Right after the credits for this episode, Spike is singing "I Did It My Way," which Sid Vicious was popular for covering, and at the end of the episode Spike sings along with the actual song "I Did It My Way".

    • When Charisma Carpenter was younger she was in the same sort of accident her character has in this episode - she impaled herself on a spike. Only in real life she fell off a horse and not through stairs.

    • This episode marks the second time that Xander gets smashed in the head with a microscope, which is probably a record for a TV character (the first time was in "Bad Eggs").

    • Willow and Xander first realised their mutual attraction for each other in 'Homecoming'. Since then they have tried to hide their feelings until the fear of ensuing death in this episode.

  • 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.

    • Spike: You and your great poof here wanna tag along...
      A poof is a slang term for a gay man. It is generally used in the context of one that pretends to be straight by keeping the company of women. It is regularly used by Spike, especially when referring to Angel.

    • Buffy: I'm thinking weird science.
      Probably a reference to 1985 movie Weird Science. In the movie a couple of nerdy boys manage to create the perfect woman with a combination of science and magic.

    • Buffy: Okay, be kind. Rewind.
      Buffy asks her friends to repeat themselves by evoking the video store mantra. Almost every video rental store has a "Be kind. Rewind." notice to remind patrons to rewind their videos before they are returned.

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