1) Why did Xander agree to the double date? I mean, A) Your girlfriend clearly wasn’t into it, and B) in what scenario would a double date with your girlfriend and the girl you’ve been secretly making out with be a good idea? But of course, this is Xander…
2) I am Willow.
“ Okay, so academic achievement
gets me a little excited.”
3) “Well, I think this is great! Now you can
leave and never come back! 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?” Boy, Cordy really meant that. She never came back to Sunnydale.
4) And thankfully, this is the kind of moron that would always return to Sunnydale…
5) A few things on this:
Why did you do it, baby? Why did you leave me? We were happy here. YOU… STUPID… WORTHLESS… BITCH! Look what you’ve done to me.
First, the explanation on why Dru left Spike acquired a whole new dimension after Fool for Love, and I appreciate the fact that it wasn’t a retcon because the writers showed us Dru with the Chaos Demon just like Spike said in this episode, and also Spike mentions that “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 while it’s not exactly the “I look at you and all I see is the slayer” speech we get in Fool for Love, he clearly admits that Buffy was the most important reason behind their breakup. Spike was going to be in denial about this for a very long time to come (and also, he was telling this to Willow, he wasn’t about to blurt out how Drusilla said he was “covered” with Buffy…)
Secondly, I think the way he seems to be “handling” the breakup/Dru’s rejection is very telling of who Spike is and who he will be for most of the show’s run. This is soulless Spike at his core. It is obviously a behavioral pattern for him, and we’ll see him act exactly the same towards Buffy, basically crying and moping and begging one minute and then getting scarily violent, with a “hate/destroy the thing you can’t have” mentality. And the way he is portrayed in this episode and will continue to be portrayed for most of the show’s run serves two purposes in my opinion. One, it clearly shows that soulless vampires (i.e., 99,99% of the vampire population) are utterly incapable of feeling “pure” love, for lack of a better term. Do they feel or emote? They certainly do. The human suit is not just a costume. There’s still a strong connection to their human selves, in some cases more than in others. I think they are also capable of empathizing to a certain extent. But these feelings or emotions they experience will always be tainted, corrupted somehow. As if filtered through their demon soul. Two, as pretty much everything and everyone in the show given its supernatural setting, Spike serves as a metaphor. Because there are real people who “love” this way. Or shall I say, there are people who miscontrue unhealthy obsession, manipulation and abuse as love, and they even have their partners believing that’s actually love. So basically the show was telling us: “You see this? This is not how love should be. This is not the way someone who loves you should treat you.”
6) Aww, Cordy had pics of Xander in her locker :(
7) And the Pez witch :(
8) And Giles is completely on board with Buffy going to college and giving up slaying and I love it.
With scores like these, Buffy, you could have a first-rate education. I’m not suggesting that you… ignore your calling, but… you need to look to your future. And with Faith here, it may be that you can move on. For atime, at least.
9) This is why I was talking about how, in my opinion, it doesn’t make sense that Willow and Xander just “quit” each other immediately after this episode.
I wish I wasn’t so attracted to you. I wish we could make it all stop.
I understand how after everything that went down in this episode they would want to stop their make-out sessions, in a rational “I know this leads to badness, we’ve hurt the people we love, we must stop doing this.” way. But attraction doesn’t work rationally, and you can’t just turn it off so easily, even if the mess they created would freak them out. I just wish there had been some sort of acknowledgement of their UST in later episodes, maybe see them talking about their attraction and making the choice not to act on it. I mean, they were talking about how they couldn’t help feeling attracted to each oher, earlobe-kissage was discussed, and the next episode… nada.
10) Any idea how many Magic Box shopkeepers got killed throughout the show?
You would’ve thought that after the third one, they would’ve gone: “Yeah… a magic shop in Sunnydale? That really doesn’t sound like the best investment…”
11) I think villains playing golf is a TV trope…
12) I love this! It implies that the Mayor had been a silent player in Sunnydale all along, and it ties in nicely with the Mayor references we got in season 2.
Well, yes, y'know, he was up to all sorts of shenanigans last year. We had a world of fun trying to guess what he’d do next.
Also, it’s a shame that Spike and the Mayor never met!
She wouldn’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?
14) I’ll always love Spike hanging out with Joyce
15) And this! (OMG I just noticed Joyce’s expression on this screenshot!)
16) Joyce’s comments kill me.
Spike: You do me now, you’ll never find the little witch.
Joyce: Willow’s a witch?
Buffy: And Xander?
Spike: Him, too.
Joyce: What, Xander’s a witch? I…
17) And the speech…
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. 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.
18) Then there’s this thing we all wish never happened…
19) And thus began the “Cordelia Chase deserved so much better” saga…
20) For some reason, I always laugh too hard at Spike banging the vamp’s head against the table while saying “Baby like his supper? Baby like his supper?”
21) “I’m gonna do what I shoulda done in the first place: I’ll find her, wherever she is, tie her up, torture her until she likes me again.” Uh-oh… serious Crush deja vu… ouch.
22) Did anyone fall for this?
23) Aaaand he didn’t say sorry. EVER.
Yes, he bought her flowers, and yes, he was about to say something when Cordy cut him short, but then he just walked away.
24) Casually brooding for no reason…
25) This scene was good.
But… the Bangel “I love you / I must quit you” thing got tired this season…
26) I love the juxtaposition of all the Scoobies being all mopey and sad and Spike rocking it out of Sunnydale. He literally came, wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives and left feeling awesome.
27) One of the most memorable episodes in the whole show! How much do you love it?