Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 8

Tabula Rasa (13 Nov. 2001)

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Willow tries to solve too many problems with magic, accidentally making herself and the others forget who they are just as a demon loan shark and his boys come looking to collect a debt from Spike.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Geordie White ...
Vamp #1
Stephen Triplett ...
Vamp #2
Vamp #3


Willow tries to solve too many problems with magic, accidentally making herself and the others forget who they are just as a demon loan shark and his boys come looking to collect a debt from Spike.

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Tabula Rasa means blank slate in Latin. See more »


When the scooped are kneeling on the floor after they get scared by the vampires at the door Buffy is holding a stake with the point pointing up and towards the window. Then the camera goes to Tara and back to Buffy. When it's back on Buffy she is holding the stake with the point pointing down to the floor. See more »


Spike: [as "Randy"] I must be a noble vampire. A good guy. On a mission of redemption. I help the helpless. I'm a vampire with a soul.
Buffy: [as "Joan"] A vampire with a soul? Oh my god, how lame is that?
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Suffers only in comparison to 'Once More with Feeling'
26 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Good; All great, emotional turmoil mixed with side-splitting humour at every turn. Especially love Anya and the bunnies and the beautiful ending song

The Bad; The Loanshark is a funny idea poorly realised (foreshadowed in Restless as is Giles thinking Spike's his son). Works better in the comics although he comes to a sticky end.

Best line; Giles "Welcome to the nancy tribe"

Women good/men bad; Spike refers to Anya as tarty and a trollop. Anya's woman's intuition needs work.

Jeez!; Once again the creature we don't see behind the counter is the scariest of all, just like in Forever. Seeing Buffy get kicked on the ground also isn't nice.

Kinky dinky; Spike and Buffy kiss again. And the Spuffers did rejoice! Spike is 'Randy Giles' and dresses just as he did in Restless. Anya describes Spike and Giles as 'ruggedly handsome'. Willow in her towel. Dawn seems to enjoy Xander helping her down the ladder.

Captain Subtext; Even when amnesiac Willow and Tara sense they're lovers and Buffy and Dawn sense they're sisters (amnesiac Buffy knows amnesiac Dawn for all of one minute and they're already both enjoying Buffy stroking Dawn's hair in the traditional Summers' way). How funny would it have been if it was the other way around and both pairs came to each other's conclusion? Check out Dawn's expression when Willow tells her she's 'Kinda gay' (as she remarked of VampWillow). Interesting it's 'kinda' giving another hint of bi-Willow. Willow and Xander also sense their affection for one another. BUT Anya and Xander don't, she's actually attracted to Giles (and still hugely capitalist). Maybe Anya is actually in love with the idea of Xander rather than the guy himself? Even more interesting is Giles' affection for her. Anya looking for a daddy figure (like D'Hoffryn?) and Giles transferring his fatherly love for Buffy to Anya? Willow and Tara break up just as another relationship blossoms. Giles threatens to put Spike across his knee (well Buffy already has him spanking Dawn). Spike refers to Giles as 'nancy' and Giles welcomes him to 'the nancy tribe'. Note Spike seems to desperately want to be like Angel (because Buffy loves Angel or does he wants Buffy only because Angel loves her?) Spike refer to Giles' car as 'penis shaped' but then they hug. We never meet Spike's dad, divorce taboo in Victorian society so he may have died young (much more common), perhaps Spike harbours feelings of resentment towards him as his relationship with Angelus might suggest?

Scoobies knocked out: everyone but Xander also faints Buffy: 17 Giles: 12 Cordy: 6 Xander: 11 Will: 6 Jenny: 2 Angel: 6 Oz: 3 Faith: 1 Joyce: 3 Wes: 1 Anya;3 Dawn; 2

Kills: 2 vamps for Buffy, 3 for Spike and 1 for Xander Buffy: 103 vamps, 41 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god. Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon Will: 6 vamps + 1 demon +1 fawn. Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon, Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons Spike; 8 vamps and 2 demon Buffybot; 2 vamps Tara; 1 demon Dawn; 1 vamp

Alternate scoobies: the whole gang go amnesiac Buffy: 7 Giles: 4 Cordy: 1 Will: 3 Jenny: 2 Angel: 3 Oz: 2 Joyce: 2 Xander: 4 Tara; 1 Dawn;1 Spike; 1

Total number of scoobies: 7 (but not for long!). Note how keen Dawn is to participate in the Scooby meeting, slowly becoming a full member of the gang. Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Tara, Spike, Giles

Spike; good or bad? Amnesiac Spike doesn't seem to realise he's supposed to be evil and wants to be good. He saves Buffy again.

Dawn in peril; along with everyone else 7

Dawn the bashful virgin; 5

Questions and observations; Teeth asks if Buffy has ever considered working as a debt collector. Well it would solve her financial problems. Tara's very right, Willow violating her mind is no joke especially after what Glory did to her. It also makes their sex whilst Tara is amnesiac virtual rape. Buffy wears her cream number she died in for the first time. Xander wears what looks like an army jacket, left over from his faux soldier days? Xander's latent insecurities are very apparent, wondering if Willow is dating his brother. But he still comes the hero in the end. Buffy's choice of 'Joan' suggests Joan of Arc. Note amnesiac Tara begins to stutter, just as she did before she befriended the Scoobs.

Marks out of 10; 9/10, suffers in comparison with OMWF but otherwise not perfect only because of the loanshark.

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