As Buffy gets to know a charming student named Parker, Spike searches for a ring that, according to legend, makes the wearer invincible.



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Willow is bitten by bimbo friend Harmony Kendall, who turned vampire at the end of season 3. Oz chases her and she threatens him with her boy-friend, who will beat them up- that's actually Spike, who has a secret new underground lair and troop to dig for a crypt. Now that Kathie is out of the way, Parker Abrams, who switched major from medicine to history, is ready to kiss Buffy, but the vampire alert (a 'bad puppy' is all they tell him) gets priority for a while. Harmony makes Spike bump into Buffy, he says it's too early and she blurts out they're after the Gem of Amara. According to Giles the gem is a legendary vampire grail-equivalent rendering the holder invulnerable. Anya is eager to have sex with Xander and strips for him - his objections last a mere minute. Buffy gets into Parker's bed, but no commitment either. The whole gang is summoned by Giles, who has discovered that the gem may indeed be in a crypt in the 'Valley of the Sun' i.e. Sunnydale; Spike already found it and has... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 October 1999 (USA)  »

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When Buffy is on the phone with Giles telling him about the Gem of Amara, on the side of the payphone "Cordy sucks" is part of the graffiti. This could be in reference to Cordelia, who left the show after season 3 to star in Angel. See more »


When Giles is talking to Buffy on the phone, he places his fencing sword on the bookshelf. Later, when he calls Buffy, the sword is back on his desk. See more »


Harmony: Hey, I don't have a pulse. Cool. Can we eat a doctor so I can get a stethoscope and hear my heart not beating?
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Performed by Nerf Herder
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A Moment of Love and Rejection
12 July 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Buffy has a crush on Parker Abrams (Adam Kaufman) and makes love with him. Meanwhile, Spike (James Marsters) returns to Sunnydale with a former classmate of Buffy and presently his girlfriend, Harmony Kendall (Mercedes McNab), trying to find a powerful stone in an underground chamber. Anya (Emma Caufield) also returns wanting to have sex with Xander. On the next morning, the relationships are broken and Spike faces Buffy in the light of the day.

"The Harsh Light of Day " is only another reasonable episode of this season. In this show, three types of relationship are presented: Buffy expecting a commitment with Parker, who actually want to have some fun with her only; the silly and shallow Harmony in love with Spike and wanting to go to Paris being abused and dumped in the end by the vampire; and the cold Anya using Xander only to satisfy her primal instincts. It is amazing that during the fight between Buffy and Spike in the campus of the University of California Sunnydale there is absolutely no student or pedestrian to witness them. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Cruel Luz do Dia" ("The Cruel Light of Day")

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