Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 

As Valentine's Day approaches, Xander tries to improve his love life through witchcraft and finds himself with too much of a good thing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Miss Beakman


Nice, insecure Xander's unnatural passionate yet loveless relationship with snooty, selfish Cordelia has never felt right, but when her friends find out and decide that's the end of her popular status, she dumps him without hesitation, ironically without getting back in their favor. Being dumped on Valentine's day after he gave her a swell heart-shaped necklace is too much abuse even for Xander's low self-esteem, so when he notices Amy has taken up her mother's witchcraft, he blackmails her into putting his scorner under a love spell so he can take his revenge by dumping her hist as painfully. Alas the novice's ineptly executed spell works on every girl except Cordelia and that means dangerous irrationality. Meanwhile vampires Spike, Drusilla and especially spiteful Angelus have their own unconventional ideas about celebrating Valentine's day... Written by KGF Vissers

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10 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Amy and Giles are in the Chemistry lab performing a spell reversal. When the potion lights up and with a blast, Giles' tie flies back and a string is visible. See more »


Xander: It's time for me to act like a man... and hide!
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References Pal Joey (1957) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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How far would you go for love
1 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A love story between a man and woman who are torn apart by their peers. I actually felt sorry for Cordy & Xander as they are torn apart by circumstances yet really care for one another with her giving him back the lock hurt or Xander casting a spell because of a broken heart. I'm surprised Any would be practicing magic after the affair with her mother unless she sees it as empowering. In a way I can see that angle being why she takes that route since she spent quite a time being held hostage by her mother and bossed around.

Another aspect is the love spell having horrific consequences as it grows into obsession making Willow come after him with an ax, Joyce breaking glass to get close to him and the while school ransacks the house like it were night of the living dead. It also features my favorite scene where Cordy grows a back bone standing up to her friends for him and deciding what the heart wants instead of what people will say giving her some substance.

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