Spike returns to Sunnydale and kidnaps Willow in hopes of creating a magic spell that will make Drusilla love him again.



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Lenny (as Marc Burnham)


The gang plans to celebrate their SAT scores bowling, Buffy's mother's insistence to go to a decent college is promoted by Giles and Angel. Willow has a worse regret then her relative failure, rekindling passion with Xander; determined to save their relationships with Oz and Cordelia, she visits a magic shop for the necessary ingredients for a reverse love potion. Xander finds her and objects to another inexperienced witch messing with him. They are actually stopped and captured by Spike, who has returned, observed Angel, followed Willow and now forces her to make a love potion to return Drusilla to him. Before Buffy and Angel have got hold of Spike and made him tell they're in the abandoned factory, the crypto-couple is found, kissing fearing their last hours, by Oz and Cordy, who thus get hurt in more then one way... Written by KGF Vissers

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24 November 1998 (USA)  »

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At two minutes in, as Spike crashes through the sign, the mast of the mobile lighting tower that is illuminating the scene is visible in the distance in the upper left corner of the frame. See more »


Spike: Ahhh, my head. I think I'm soberin' up. It's horrible. Ah, God, I wish I was dead.
Buffy: Well, if you close your eyes and wish realy hard...
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where Spike Comes Back To Town...
21 February 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode so much. It is so good and I was so happy to see the return of Spike, who is one of my favorite characters. Fun fact that you may not know, this episode made the writers decide to make Spike a full cast member for Season 4 and after. This episode is one of my all-time favorite episodes from this season and the series.

In this episode, Spike has just been dumped by Drusilla and he comes back to Sunndydale, drunk and does some stupid things. He kills some people, kidnaps Xander and Willow whilst they were casting a de-lusting spell, and then he forces Willow to do a spell, that will make Drusilla back. But then he needs to go to Buffy's house to get her spell book and Buffy almost kills him. But not before he has a cup of tea with Joyce. Which I thought was just adorable. Anyway, Angel and Buffy go to the magic shop with Spike to get ingredients for the spell, when they come across trouble. Vampires that want to kill Spike. Eventually, Spike tells them where Xander and Willow are and he leaves town. Meanwhile, Oz and Cordelia are looking for them as well, and when they find them kissing the factory, because they thought they were going to die, then stuff gets bad. Cordelia actually falls down and gets impaled, and then you see a funeral. They trick you into thinking she died. Don't worry, she was okay. But her relationship with Xander and Willow's relationship with Oz is now very rocky.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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