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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When Spike realizes he is a vampire, as well as deciding that (like Angel) he must be "a vampire with a soul", on a "mission of redemption", he claims that: "I help the helpless". "We help the helpless" is the slogan of Angel Investigations in the spin-off series Angel (1999). See more »


When the vampires storm into the Magic Box and everyone is clinging to each other, in some shots Giles is holding Anya with her back against his front, and in other shots she has her arms wrapped around him with her front against his. See more »


Giles: As, uh, proprietor of a-a-a magic shop, I propose we fight them. We can use things here in the shop. You know, 'magic tricks' or whatever they're called.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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One of the better season 6 episodes I've seen so far
2 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK...NOBODY else noticed that Teeth sounded a lot like Jack Nicholson when he first started talking?

Tara finally grows up and confronts Willow with her Magic addiction. And just like a typical addict Willow goes into the whole false promise routine, only to crash and burn in the end. And what better backdrop for this episode than another one of Willow's magic spells gone bad.

And Giles delivers the necessary tough love message that should have been delivered back in the tough love episode. Unfortunately Buffy responds with her typical needy/whiny/helpless side -- the very one Giles is trying to eliminate so that the mature, self-reliant Buffy can finally emerge once and for all.

Of course...this episode does have its moments -- like when they first wake up after the spell kicks in, and Giles wipes off the sleep drool from the back of Anya's blouse.

And who can forget Spike when he's trying to remember his name: "Randy Giles? Why not just call me horny Giles? Or desperate for a shag Giles? I knew there was a reason I hated you!"

And yes...they finally give Xander a genuinely funny line: "Hey, I'm not sure what I am so bear with me -- 'Now I lay me down to sleep'. Shema Yisrael. Ohhhhhhm Ohhhhhhm.'"

And the final song from Michelle Branch, "Goodbye To You", is beautiful. And it's used perfectly to depict the feelings of Buffy, Giles, and Tara. I wish other episodes would have kept more to this approach -- using music to convey things that clumsy dialogs ruin. (excluding "Once More With Feeling". That was just heinous.)

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