Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 16

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (10 Feb. 1998)

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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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Did You Know?


Buffy was turned into a rat in this episode to enable Sarah Michelle Gellar to have the time off to perform on Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »


When Angelus throws Xander off the roof of Buffy's house, you can see a row of six two-by-fours propping up the porch rafters to support the weight of the stunt men on the roof. See more »


Cordelia: Do you know what you are, Harmony? You're a sheep.
Harmony Kendall: I'm not a sheep.
Cordelia: You're a sheep. All you ever do is what everyone else does just so you can say you did it first. And here I am, scrambling for your approval, when I'm way cooler than you are 'cause I'm not a sheep. I do what I wanna do, and I wear what I wanna wear. And you know what? I'll date whoever the hell I wanna date. No matter how lame he is.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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4 June 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This episode was so cute! Unbelievably cute... Even if it wasn't much of Buffy... specially because Sarah Michelle Gellar went to a talk show... Anyway, maybe her character needed to rest a bit.

Angel was a bit less meaner in this one, I believe... It was very weird to send Buffy roses and that weird note, but I think i can see the point of it. Cordelia was so sweet right now, she is a bit similar to Alicia Silverstone's Cher from "Clueless". The entire Sunnydale female community obsessed about Xander, was weirder then weird. He's really not such a looser, at least he wasn't that way until he met Buffy and helped her with her slaying.

Ozz was very upset about what happened between Willow and Xander... That was pretty cool.

I think the best part is we didn't had to watch a Buffy crying her eyes out for Angel on Valentine's day. And for the first time, she has absolutely nothing to do with saving the world... Giles really did the job by himself (considering Amy wasn't very helpful anyway).... Great episode!

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