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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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 Willow tries attacking Xander with an axe, causing a scramble for the axe, the axe gets waved around in the air. The axe's shaft bends a bit. See more »


Xander: I wish dating was like slaying. You know, simple, direct, stake through the heart, no muss, no fuss.
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References Pal Joey (1957) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where The Girls Love Xander...
3 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's one of my all-time favorite episodes from this season, and the entire series.

In this episode, it's Valentine's Day, and Xander is feeling the heartache of being ignored by Cordelia, after she dumps him. So, he goes to Amy and blackmails her into doing a love spell. He wanted Cordelia to love him so he could turn her down. But the spell backfires and makes every woman in Sunnydale lust after Xander, including Amy, Ms. Calendar, Buffy, Willow and Buffy's mother. Awkward. The only person who wasn't effected by the spell was Cordelia. Amy, being jealous, even turns Buffy into a rat.

Fun Fact: Buffy was turned into a rat so Sarah Michelle Gellar could have time to perform on Saturday Night Live.

Best part of the episode: When Willow tries to seduce Xander.

Worst part of the episode: When Ms. Calendar tries to seduce Xander.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Freaking Ridonkulous.

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