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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Spike get a his prominent eyebrow scar when fighting the Chinese slayer. 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 »


Drusilla: [Drusilla meets Spike for the first time] I wonder... what possible catastrophe came crashing down from heaven and brought this dashing stranger to tears?
Spike: Nothing. I wish to be alone.
Drusilla: Oh, I see you. A man surrounded by fools who cannot see his strength, his vision, his glory.
Drusilla: That and burning baby fish swimming all around your head.
Spike: [Spike backs away from her, nervous] That's quite close enough. I've heard tales of London pickpockets. You'll not be getting my purse, I tell you.
Drusilla: [smiles] ...
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Referenced in Angel: Darla (2000) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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This episode was really all over the place
29 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this episode is any indication, this could mark the real fork in the road where BtVS really veers terminally off course. This episode reveals the history of Spike and how he killed two slayers -- one in the late 19th century, and one in the late 20th century. It also provides a brief return by Angel & Dru, and offers a quick peek at Darla as well.

The problem I have with this episode is the whole Spike-Buffy relationship conundrum. It's a classic love-hate lover's knot. And there's the rub -- it diminishes Spike's badness while highlighting Buffy's addictive attraction to badness. Angel is gone. Riley is here. Yet Buffy can't seem to keep her focus on the good in her life. Maybe the writers and directors thought this would give the show an edge, but to my way of thinking it's what got the show muddled into plot holes and moral murkiness. It's as if the show lost its way and had no idea what it really wanted to say. Maybe it's supposed to portray human nature. But is it human nature at it's best? Worst? Most human? Most alienated? It's a mess, is what it is.

3 out of 10.

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