Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 David Boreanaz: 
 Julie Benz: 
 Mercedes McNab: 
 Juliet Landau: 
 Kali Rocha: 
 Ming Liu: 
 (Chinese Slayer) 
 April Wheedon-Washington: 
 (Subway Slayer) 
  7. Fool for love.  
  Buffy demands that Spike tell her of the 2 slayers that he has killed.  
  Great quotes:  
Spike fights a slayer on the New York metro.
  • Joyce is asked how she is feeling: "Fine; bordering on chipper and tomorrow planning on being obnoxious."
  • Dawn: "Who's the man?!" Buffy: "You are. A very short and annoying man."
  • Spike's poetry "My heart expands, 'tis grown a bulge in it. Inspired by your beauty, effulgent."
  • Spike's message to Buffy: "Every day you wake up to the same bloody question, "Is today the day I die?" Death is on your heels baby ... part of you wants it ... because you're just a little bit in love with it. Death is your art. You make it with your hands day after day, that final gasp, that look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: 'what's it like? Where does it lead you?' Now you see ... every slayer has a death wish, even you. The only reason you've lasted as long as you have is you've got ties to the world. Sooner or later you're gonna want it. And the second that happens, you know I'll be there. I'll slip it in, have myself a real good day."
  Fantastic moments:  
Spike in his glory days.
  • The Scoobies are very unstealthy as they follow Riley around on his patrol. Anya has a massive bag of crisps and Xander shouts out to him across the graveyard asking for an explanation for Riley's military signals.
  • It turns out that the name 'William the Bloody' comes from the fact that, when he was a poet, he wrote 'bloody awful' poetry. Great.
  • There is a wicked fight between the Chinese slayer and Spike, some of the footwork and swordplay she pulls off are beyond description. Just beautiful to watch. The fight then ends with a great tongue in cheek moment, the slayer tells Spike to tell her mother she is sorry, Spike tells her "Sorry love, I don't speak Chinese."
  • Spike's 1970's fight with the New York slayer looks like it's come straight out of blackspoiltation movie, and it's utterly fabulous. The scene is set on an underground train and is brilliantly cut with scenes of Spike and Buffy sparring outside the Bronze, they fight while Spike brings her the message of the episode (and the season). The entire sequence is just pure genius. He tells her that death is her art (her gift?), and that although she has become so good as to consider herself 'immortal' she'll soon want to know what death is all about. That's what'll kill her; indeed that's what does kill her (see 'The gift'). After Spike finishes his 'lesson' he tries to kiss Buffy, she is horrified and, aping what Cecily said to William the Bloody, tells him "... you're beneath me."
  Duff Bits:  
  • James Masters' English accent slips a little, he pronounces 'poofter' wrongly.
  • Maybe this is just my ignorance of U.S. culinary trends showing, but what are 'Buffalo Wings'?
  • We have to put up with David Boreanaz's Irish accent again.
  Dean's comments:  
Darla and Angel.
'Fool for Love' is an episode that demands the viewer sit up and pay attention, it shuts up anyone still out there who thinks that BtVS is just '90210' with kung fu. This is a twisting tale of fear and loathing, of facing up to one's demons and of finding comfort in familiarity through a crisis. The 15 minute long segment in the middle with Buffy and Spike trading stories and blows in the Bronze ranks alongside any of the other great moments in the series' history. We finally get an insight into Spike's character before he was a vampire, and his acceptance into Angel's gang. This is something that the series has been crying out for since his introduction as a comedy next-door-neighbour type character at the start of the 4th season. The episode isn't just about Spike, it is a microcosm of the fifth season. Buffy's brush with death gives her an unhealthy obsession with her own mortality, she becomes obsessed with the deaths of old slayers and Spike brings her a message that will ring true by the end of the season, she will only die when she looses her ties to the world, Mum, sister and friends. Indeed this happens at the end of the episode, Buffy's discovery that Joyce is going into hospital sends her into a state of shock such that when Spike appears with a shotgun she merely sits on her porch, numb with emotion and not caring happens next. This is the moment which Spike was talking about. Spike cannot shoot her though, he sits with her, and she lets him sit. Truly magnificent.
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