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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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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 28:02, when the camera circles around Spike to pick up Buffy, you can see the tip of the boom microphone come into frame as well, bobbing above her head. See more »


Spike: We just keep coming. But you can kill a hundred, a thousand, a thousand thousand and the armies of Hell besides, and all we need... is for one of us, just one, sooner or later, to have the thing we're all hoping for.
Buffy: And that would be what?
Spike: One good day.
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Referenced in Angel: Darla (2000) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Is Cecily Adams also Halfrek?
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joss and the other creators of BTVS have always been careful with cross-overs and double casting, and as of yet this is the only hitch I have seen in any of Joss's 3 series (BTVS, Angel, and Firefly).

In many later episodes of Buffy we get to meet Halfrek, and old time friend of Anya's from her demon days. Kali Rocha Plays this character and several flashbacks and discussions show that she has been a demon for far longer than Spike has been a vampire. So is it intentional that Kali also plays Cecily Adams in this episode... "Fool for Love"? Was Cecily really Halfrek and just playing with William/Spike's poor fragile heart? Was it a wish she was fulfilling? Or was it just a bit of side amusement to wile away the dull hours? Or was this an accident and/or miscast? I doubt anyone on the cast and crew made a mistake this obvious, or did they think true die-hard fans would somehow miss it with the change in accent, clothing and hair styles of Halfrek and Cecily? I can't help but wonder if anyone else thought of this?


I was watching "Older and Far Away" (The one where Halfrek locks everyone in the house for Buffy's B-Day part as a wish from Dawn) and realized when Halfrek first appears she says "William, is that you" and Buffy says "You guys know each other?" and Halfrek says no... I guess Cecily is Halfrek... so how in the hell did Cecily manage to become a "Justice Demon"?

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