Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 7

Fool for Love (14 Nov. 2000)

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After being bested in a fight by an ordinary vampire, Buffy asks Spike to explain how he killed two Slayers many years earlier.



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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While patrolling the cemetery, the self-confident Buffy fights against a vampire, is stabbed with her stake and saved by Riley. She tells the incident to Giles and decides to research how the previous Slayers were killed. She does not find any information in the watcher's journals and decides to seek the information from Spike. He tells that in 1880, in London, he was a bad poet and a shy good man in a non-corresponded love with Cecily. When he meets Drusilla, she bites and converts him in the evil vampire. Later, in the same year in Yorkshire, he meets Angel and Darla and is challenged to defeat a slayer. In 1900, in China, he is well-succeeded and kills his first slayer. In 1977, in the subway of New York City, he kills his second slayer. He advises Buffy that she must never be reckless and keep her death wish to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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On the DVD commentary, episode writer Douglas Petrie says that the scene in which Spike and Angelus are fighting and trying to stake each other while Darla and Drusilla look on with glee is a not-very-subtle allegory for female enjoyment of male homoeroticism. See more »


At 8:19, as Giles says the "D-word," the glass front of the display case beyond his left shoulder reflects something moving off-camera, likely the boom operator maneuvering the boom microphone. See more »


Spike: Right. You want to learn all about how I bested the Slayers and you want to learn fast. Right, then. We fought. I won. The end. Pay up.
Buffy: That's not what I...
Spike: What did you want, eh? A quick demo? A blow-for-blow description you can map out and memorize? It's not about the moves, love. And since I agreed to your little proposition, we can do this my way. Wings.
Buffy: What?
Spike: Spicy buffalo wings. Order me up a plate. I'm feelin' peckish.
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Referenced in Angel: Damage (2004) See more »


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Spike's story
21 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buffy receives a serious wound from a vampire and asks her watcher Giles if there are any stories about past vampire slayer killings. Giles says that the watchers usually found the death of their charge too painful to write about, and then they both realize they have the killer of two slayers in their midst - the vampire Spike - rendered harmless since season 4 by a chip in his head that causes blinding pain anytime he attacks a human.

Thus Buffy takes Spike to local nightspot "The Bronze" and asks him to recount how he killed the two slayers, so she can learn how to prevent being killed herself. The audience does indeed get an accounting of the death of the two slayers - one during the Boxer Rebellion in China, the other in a New York subway in 1977. What the audience sees that Buffy likely does not is how Spike became a vampire and what kind of person he was before his death and transformation. This part is both funny and touching and explains much of Spike's anger, for in the Buffyverse, vampires are demons that retain the memories of the human body they are animating. It turns out that, as a human, Spike was an upper-class British gentleman, a mama's boy, and a very bad poet, laughed at by his peers. One night he declares his love to Cecily who rebuffs him by telling him "you're beneath me". Spike/William runs out into the night in tears, and then he meets Drusilla...the rest is history.

There is a key scene in the alley near the end of the episode that is very well shot - it shows the actual fight scene between Spike and the New York slayer he killed interspersed with a fight scene between Buffy and himself in the present. This is where Spike first half-way reveals to Buffy that he desires her physically. At first you think she just might reciprocate these animal passions - "Dancing" - as Spike calls their fighting that is really just vampire foreplay. But then Buffy tells Spike something that sets off the real violence in him - she says "You're beneath me" and walks off and leaves him there both tearful and furious, with him being brought full circle back to his last experience as a human being - that of being rejected by Cecily with exactly the same words.

The ending of the episode takes Buffy's life off in still another direction and I'll let you watch and see what that is. Let me just say that Buffy season five was a work of art as Buffy goes from the carefree world of a college student in episode one, to the dark world of facing adulthood and death itself, all in one 22 episode season. I consider this episode the turning point in that transformation from light to dark.

Do note that this is a cross-over episode with "Angel" - episode 2.7 entitled "Darla". If you notice that the scene during the Boxer Rebellion has Angel and Darla acting oddly you'll not understand what's going on at all unless you watch that episode.

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