Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 9

Something Blue

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 1999 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Feeling adrift after losing Oz, Willow casts a spell to make her desires come true. The spell seems to fail, but strange things begin happening to her friends when Willow gets angry.

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  • This episode is a big bag of fun.

    There's certainly more substance here than in "Pangs", especially since it directly involves Willow who's making observations about other characters. There's also a lot of really key insights made by other characters as well. This is really quite amusing to watch and contains some very memorable comedic scenes. It isn't quite able to match "Doppelgangland", which is the perfect example of what I'm looking for in a comedy-heavy outing: tons of humor and hefty character development. It's still extremely funny, though, and does offer up some substance.

    At the beginning of the episode Riley and Buffy have a little chat. He tries to explain that he likes Buffy so much because she's a mystery. That's sure not going to last very long. He does win some points with her by calling her both mysterious and beautiful. Later on we see Buffy and Willow having an evening chat about Riley while patrolling. Buffy asks some pretty tough questions which are seriously worth thinking about. She says, "I have to get away from that bad boy thing. There's no good there. Seeing Angel in LA.. even for five minutes.. hello to the pain ... But I can't help thinking - isn't that where the fire comes from? Can a nice, safe relationship be that intense? I know it's nuts, but.. part of me believes that real love and passion have to go hand in hand with pain and She's admitting to herself here that she is attracted to the "bad boy thing" -- it gives her passion in the relationship. This whole conversation sets up the future problems she's going to have with Riley. She gets the normal boyfriend, but she isn't passionate about him. Riley begins to notice this fact about Buffy in S5, which is the primary motivation behind his actions in "Into the Woods". He ends up trying to conform himself to be what she wants and fails miserably at it because it's not who he is.

    Anyway, over at Giles' place we find Spike amusingly chained to a bathtub. Spike understandably doesn't want to give away too much information about the Initiative because he's worried Buffy will stake him afterwards. Even in the pathetic situation he's in, Spike is still extremely observant. He's the only one who notices that Willow's "hanging on by a thread" over the news that Oz is settling down somewhere else. This skill will come in handy for him when he verbally picks apart the Scoobies later in the season. It's also worth pointing out that at the end, neither Buffy or Spike seem all that disgusted by their little love session. We know Spike has that subconcious love for her working behind the scenes, so that kiss couldn't have turned him off too much. Buffy, as mentioned above, was just recently discussing her attraction to "bad She may not like Spike right now, but that doesn't mean she isn't sexually attracted to him.

    I really liked seeing Buffy and Riley out on a picnic together. We don't see Buffy outside in the day like this very often. Riley's car speech to her is very analogous to sex. Buffy says, "Cars and Buffy are, like .. un-mixy He replies, "It's just because you haven't had a good experience yet. You can have the best time in a car. It's not about getting somewhere. You have to take your time. Forget about everything. Now replace the word 'car' with 'sex' and 'in a' with 'having' and the connection is made. Ultimately Riley's right though, she really hasn't had a good experience yet. Riley also knows that she got used by Parker, so this is some really slick dialog by him. One other thing I want to mention is how touching Buffy is later in the episode when she tells Giles she wants him to be the one to give her away at her wedding. Even though she's under the spell, this offer is very sincere and genuinely touches Giles. Very sweet!

    Willow gets herself in depression mode and it really begins to affect everyone. She ruins the mood of Buffy's picnic with Riley, is drinking beer, hurts Xander's feelings, and once again turns to black magic. When Giles hears that Willow tried to do a dangerous spell, especially with how emotionally unstable she is, he reacts with a look of grave concern. Willow gets defensive about it, which makes sense because Buffy was attacking her ability in "Fear, Itself". She interprets Giles' concerns as attacks and ends up accidentally casting a spell on him. This is where the fun really begins. After he leaves, Willow moves on to Buffy for sharing her pain. The problem is, Buffy needs to go capture Spike. So, Willow tries to talk with Xander who attempts to excercise his ability to "see and This time she snaps back at him and says, "Oh, yeah? Let's-let's look at your bio. Insect Lady, Mummy Girl, a demon It's funny and it's 100% certified true.

    All of this inadvertant spell casting Willow's been doing apparently got D'Hoffryn's attention, because he pops up out of nowhere and offers her the chance to become a vengeance demon. When she refuses and says he just misunderstood what was happening he, at first, sounds incredibly angry with her. But instead of hurting her he simply sighs and says, "Oh well. Here is my talisman. You change your mind, give us a chant" and instantly sends her back to where the chaos is happening. The way the scene with D'Hoffryn is shot is positively hilarious. It's cool that he sees something in Willow now that makes him believe she could be a great force of vengeance, which she actually does become in "Villains".

    When Willow breaks the spell, everyone is looking at her with big "what the hell" faces. The scene then abruptly cuts to piles of cookies which she cooked to help let everyone forgive her. It's fun to note that her shirt says, "Speak no Cookies help heal the current repercussions, but they certainly don't solve the root problem. Notice we don't see Giles, the person who's consistently been telling Willow be careful, eating a cookie? It's likely because she has everyone but him fooled about the danger of her growing powers. This is a really good episode. There's a ton of memorable humor along with some fascinating character development.moreless
  • Spuffers delight

    The Good;

    The ep to put joy into the hearts of Spuffers everywhere. Brilliantly funny with some emotional resonance with Willow and Xander and Anya's relationship taking a step forwards. Plus AMY! Nice little touches too like Giles' 'Kiss the librarian' mug

    The Bad;

    Some of the demons look a bit ropey. Why does Willow's spell on the other's work instantly but Giles only becomes progressively blind?

    Best line;

    Xander; "What? How? What?"

    Giles; "3 excellent questions?"

    Tied up;

    Spike chained in the bathtub

    Women good/men bad;

    Buffy comments that her dad isn't too far away which means they're not estranged yet


    Anya says that she used to do spells to give men 'Boils on the penis'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy teasing a chained up Spike with her neck. Plus naked Amy. Xander tells Anya to consider his lips the 'fruit roll ups of love'. Willow shakes her booty on the dancefloor. Willow comments on all the demons who are attracted to Xander. Buffy ponders her attraction to dark relationships? Xander pictures her in Raquel Welsh's bucksin bikini from 1 Million Year BC. D'Hoffryn strokes Will's face (he seems to consider his female demons akin to his daughters?)

    Calling Captain Subtext;

    Note it's Spike who notices that Willow is still in pain. Perhaps William the Bloody;sensitive poet isn't totally gone after all? Spike's 'little brother' jealousy of Angel is still evident. Riley helps out the UC Sunnydale Lesbian Alliance by hanging their banner up and tells Buffy that he's a lesbian (he wishes!). Willow agrees that Riley has good arms (another tick in the Bi box)

    Where's Dawn?

    Presumably returned with Buffy from visiting their dad in LA. Buffy doesn't seem to get around to telling Dawn and Joyce about her engagement.

    Spike seems to cast aspersions on Joyce's naming of Buffy which is weird as he normally thinks the world of her.

    Questions and observations;

    Hugely funny, nice to see that Willow mourning her loss of Oz hasn't just been forgotten about. A step forwards for Spike and D'hoffryn back again. Buffy again refers to her not being the greatest driver. Willow still has the pics at the peir from season 3 of Buffy. Buffy kills one vamp and Xander drowns a demon. Buffy says that they may be into a forgetting spell later and indeed in season 6 they are.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

  • Spike and Buffy are getting married!

    Something Blue is an outstanding episode- hilarious, well acted and with a great plot. It has some brilliant dialogue and you will laugh all the way through. A perfect example of a comedy episode done right.

    OK, the bad out of the way first. Willow annoyed me lots here. I know she's upset over Oz and all but does she really need to be such a bitca to her friends? Then again she isn't as annoying as say Buffy whenever she's around Angel. All they do is whine. Still, Willow was annoying all episode and her moping sort of detracted from the goodness!

    OK, the bad is over. This episode is so funny. The spells going wrong isn't an original concept but it works. Giles going blind, Spike and Buffy getting married and Xander becoming an actual demon magnet was a stroke of inspiration. Whoever though of the marriage is brilliant.

    I loved the marriage bits so much. I'm a big Buffy/Spike fan and this episode had their first kiss and everything! It really showcased the amazing chemistry between James and Sarah and their interactions were fantastic. Buffy singing "Dum, dum, dum dum" while moving the little plastic bride and groom up Spike's arm was hilarious and the arguement over who's name was better cracked me up. Also, I love the bit where Buffy tells Riley she's getting married and describe Spike as "totally old" and says she doesn't even like him. It's priceless.

    Giles going blind was great also. His comments on Buffy and Spike were so fun and I loved the "Stop kissing. I can hear the smacking from here". Xander being a demon magnet wasn't as fun as the others but was very significant in that Xander does seem to be a demon magnet when it comes to women!

    I also liked the reintroduction of D'Hoffryn in this episode. He's not the best character but I loved anything to do with Anya's past really- I'm so sad we only got one flashback episode of her past! It's so interesting. Anya is a character still finding her footing but it's worth keeping your eye on her- she's simply too funny in the later seasons!

    Something Blue is a fantastic, hilarious episode and one that you won't forget. It is as perfect a comedy as Buffy gets and an episode that always gets a laugh. Definitely not an episode to missed!moreless
  • Something Blue

    Something Blue was a perfectly classic episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The motto for this episode, be careful of what you say, the universe just might make it happen! I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character building for Willow who is still suffering over Oz leaving. It was cool to see more of Willow doing magic and the effects for it are cool. I really like the story and what happens to each of the characters was great. Buffy almost spoiled things with Riley, however in the end they were good. I can't wait to see what happens in the next episode!moreless
  • willow plays with spells

    another annoying episode. at least willow finally gets over oz leaving her and that is why this episode is wroth a 1.7 because everything else was bad. spike and buffy getting married? eww. what a mess is season 4. another forgetable episode.

    one part i liked was giles tripping over some funiture. maybe making giles blind is not a bad idea?
Andy Umberger

Andy Umberger


Guest Star

Marc Blucas

Marc Blucas

Riley Finn

Recurring Role

Emma Caulfield

Emma Caulfield


Recurring Role

Elizabeth Anne Allen

Elizabeth Anne Allen

Amy Madison

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the teaser Buffy mentions seeing Angel in L.A. for just 5 minutes - which is true, from her point of view. However, we who saw the previous episode of Angel ("I Will Remember You", 1x08), know better.

    • At the end of the episode when Willow is making cookies and trying to make amends for her spell, her shirt reads "Speak No Evil".

    • Riley mentions taking Buffy driving "past the vineyards". Since they are local, and since Riley was able to refer to them this vaguely and expect Buffy to understand, then these are probably the same vineyards that figure prominently in season seven.

    • Goof: When Buffy catches up with Spike she is wearing gray pants. When she enters Giles' house with Spike and starts to tie him up, she is wearing green pants.

    • Goof: When Xander is trying to remember what is going on and says 'Willow' Buffy is seen kissing Spike, yet somehow she is able to say "Um Spike, honey, get off' you could see she wasn't saying anything.

    • Goofs: When Spike complains that Passions is on, direct sunlight shines on Spike and the bathtub, yet he does not burn. Also, Spike's reflection can be seen multiple times in the glass doors of Giles' bookcase.

    • Goof: When Buffy punches Spike after he punches her (half-way through the episode; Spike has just escaped Giles's place) it clearly hits his forehead, but he clutches his nose in pain.

    • Goof: Buffy's hair changes from being wavy to straight continually in this episode.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Xander: (After seeing Buffy & Spike kiss) Can I be blind too?

    • Buffy: How long are you gonna pull this crap?
      Spike: How long am I gonna live once I tell you?
      Giles: Spike, we have no intention of killing a harmless, um, creature.

    • Xander: Just think of my lips as the Fruit Roll-Ups of Love. (Anya gives him a weird look) OK, that was gross.

    • Buffy: Spike, these are my friends. Besides, it's kind of my job.
      Spike: For now.
      Buffy: What, you want me to stop working?
      Spike: Let's see. Do I want you to give up killing my friends? Yeah, I've given it some thought.

    • Riley: What's his name?
      Buffy: Who?
      Riley: The groom.
      Buffy: Spike.
      Riley: That's a name?

    • (Xander waves his hands in front of the now blind Giles' face)
      Giles: Stop whatever you're doing! Your hands smell like fruit roll-ups!

    • Xander: We don't need any more snacks Mom!
      Anya: I liked the fruit roll-ups.

    • Buffy: I saw that fear in your eyes when you caught me looking at wedding dresses, and I had to give you a hard time.
      Riley: I did not have fear in my eyes.
      Buffy: Yes, you did. You were looking at me like I was a cartoon ball & chain.
      Riley: So you decided to tell me you were getting married.
      Buffy: Uh-huh.
      Riley: So, you're insane.
      Buffy: Uh-huh.
      Riley: But you're still single?
      Buffy: Yes.

    • Spike: Don't I get a cookie?
      Buffy: No.
      Spike: Well, I gotta have something. I still have Buffy taste in my mouth.
      Buffy: You're a pig, Spike.
      Spike: Yeah, well, I'm not the one who wanted "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the first dance.
      Willow: Did I mention about the sorry part?
      Buffy: We may be into a forgetting spell later.

    • Willow: Look, cookies! A very not-evil thing I did. Oatmeal?
      Giles: Yes, very funny. They're chocolate chip. I can see them. I still need my glasses - you couldn't have been more specific and give me 20/20?
      Willow: Eat a cookie and ease my pain?
      Buffy: Mmm. Better?
      Willow: Well, baking lifts about 30% of my guilt. But only 7% of my inner turmoil.

    • D'Hoffryn: You have much anger and pain. Your magic is strong, but your pain... It's like a scream that pierces dimensional walls. We heard your call.
      Willow: I'm sorry. I'll try for a... quiet rage. Bye.

    • Xander: Something about Willow and her griefy "poor me" mood swings. So, so tired of it.
      Anya: You mean I don't have to be nice about her anymore?

    • Riley: (about Spike) Who is this guy? Does he go here?
      Buffy: Spike? Oh, no, he's totally old.
      Riley: Old?
      Buffy: Well, not as old as my last boyfriend was.
      Riley: Okay. It's late. And I'm... I'm very tired now. So... I'm just gonna go far away and be... away.

    • Xander: Will, not liking the drowning of the sorrows.
      Willow: Not drowning, wading. Uh, see? Light. No big.
      Buffy: No big? Anybody remember when Buffy had the fun beer fest and went One Million Years B.C.?
      Xander: Sadly, without the fuzzy bikini.
      Anya: Off topic, Xander.

    • Buffy: I'm getting married. Can you believe it?
      Riley: I don't think "no" is a strong enough word.
      Buffy: I know, it's crazy. I mean, we fought for all those years, and then... Sometimes you just look at someone, and... you know. You know?
      Riley: No.
      Buffy: I think maybe we fought because we couldn't admit how we really felt about each other.
      Riley: Can we start again?

    • Riley: You can have the best time in a car. It's not about getting somewhere. You have to take your time... forget about everything. You just relax... let it wash over you... the air... the motion. Let it roll.
      Buffy: We are talking about driving, right?
      Riley: I thought I was.

    • Giles: We can't let you go until we're sure that you're impotent or-
      Spike: Hey!
      Giles: Sorry, poor choice of words. Until we know that you're...
      Buffy: Flaccid?
      Spike: You are one step away, missy!
      Buffy: Giles, help! He's gonna scold me.

    • Riley: I thought maybe we could have a little spread - sandwiches, maybe some ants. Could be fun.
      Buffy: We were talking about a picnic?
      Riley: Oh... so, was that a conversation I actually had or one I was just practicing?
      Buffy: Practicing?
      Riley: Okay, yes, I have been known to do a little prep work before our conversations. It's not easy, you know, talking to you sometimes. It's like an oral exam.
      Buffy: Boy, that's just what every girl longs to hear.

    • Buffy: (about Riley) I just... feel like something's missing.
      Willow: He's not making you miserable?
      Buffy: Exactly. Riley seems so solid. Like... he wouldn't cause me heartache.
      Willow: Get out. Get out while there's still time.

    • Buffy: It's just... different, you know? A picnic! First of all, daylight. That's kind of a new venue, Buffywise. And the best part - he said that he would bring all the food, so all I have to do is show up and eat. Those are two things I'm really good at.
      Willow: So he's nice?
      Buffy: Very, very.
      Willow: And there's sparkage?
      Buffy: Yeah. He's... have you seen his arms? Those are... good arms to have.

    • Buffy: Shut up or I swear...
      Spike: Swear what? You are not going to do any thing to me, you don't have the stones.
      Buffy: Oh I got the stones, I got a whole bunch of... stones.
      Spike: Yeah? You are all talk.
      Buffy: Giles! I accidentally killed Spike! That's okay, right?

    • Xander: Spike! He's all untied! (looking at Buffy and Spike in the chair) Which you probably noticed.

    • Buffy: Honey, we need to talk about the invitations. Now do you want to be William the Bloody or just Spike? 'Cause either way it's going to look majorly weird.
      Spike: Whereas the name "Buffy" gives it that touch of classic elegance.
      Buffy: What's wrong with "Buffy"?
      Giles: Oh, such a good question.

    • Buffy: Spike and I are getting married!
      Xander: How? What? How?
      Giles: Three excellent questions.

    • Buffy: It's just so sudden! I don't know what to say!
      Spike: Just say yes. Make me the happiest man on Earth.
      Buffy: Oh Spike! Of course it's yes!

    • Buffy: Look at my poor neck! All bare and tender and exposed. All that blood just pumping away.
      Spike: Oh jeez, Giles, make her stop!

    • Buffy: You know what? I think you don't want us to let you go. Maybe we made it too comfy here.
      Spike: Comfy? Do I look comfy? I'm chained in a bathtub drinking pig's blood from a novelty mug. Doesn't rate huge in the Zagat's guide.

    • Buffy: Is there something you want to tell me?
      (Buffy gestures to the sign that the Riley was helping to put up that just happens to say Lesbian in big bold letters.)
      Riley: Oh, yes. I am a lesbian.

    • Spike: Passions is on! Timmy's down the bloody well, and if you make me miss it I'll...
      Giles: You'll what!? Lick me to death!?

    • Buffy: You think I don't live with the shadow of Drusilla over my head? Like you won't be thinking of her when you're making sweet love to me?

    • Spike: This is the crack team that foils my every plan? I am deeply shamed.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Willow: 'Cause you had your hands full with the undead English patient?
      Willow is referring to The English Patient, a 1996 Oscar winning film based on Michael Ondaatje's novel of the same name.

    • Willow: We could eat sundaes and watch Steel Magnolias and you can tell me how at least I don't have diabetes.
      Steel Magnolias was a film in 1989 starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis about a group of women and their families, the lead up to a wedding, and their lives thereafter.

    • Xander: I believe that's the dance of a brave little toaster.
      The Brave Little Toaster was a cartoon film in the early 90s about the adventures of a magical toaster and his friends.

    • Spike: Comfy?! I'm chained in a bathtub, drinking pig's blood from a novelty mug. Doesn't rate huge in the Zagat's Guide.
      Zagat's guide is a yearly survey of restaurants, rated for the quality of food, the decor and service. It started out in L.A. area, now all over USA, and online.

    • Spike: Passions is on! Timmy's down the bloody well, and if you make me miss it I'll...
      Passions is a one-hour daily soap opera heavily targeted towards teens. It's relatively new, having only premiered in July of 1999, and is known for its far-out storylines (even by soap opera standards). One such storyline includes that of Tabitha (Juliet Mills), a mean witch, and Timmy (Josh Ryan Evans), a doll she brought to life.

    • Title: Something Blue
      This comes from the Old English rhyme in regards to weddings: "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe." The bride should have each of these items to secure good luck. Nowadays the last one is left apart.

    • Buffy: No big? Anyone remember when Buffy had the fun beer-fest and went One Million Years B.C.?
      Xander: Sadly without the fuzzy bikini.
      One Million Years B.C. is a 1966 film staring Raquel Welch as Loana, a bikini clad cave woman fighting prehistoric monsters.