Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 20

The Yoko Factor (9 May 2000)

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After joining forces with Adam, Spike drives a wedge between Buffy and her friends. Meanwhile, Angel's return to Sunnydale leads to a violent confrontation with Riley.

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While the Iniatiative brass and its political superior worry about its commandos' moral, unreliable control -loose gun Riley- and what to do with captured demons, Adam promises to put Spike back on the map as 'terrifying beast' after removing his behavior chip implant and eliminate slayer Buffy together. Spike cleverly makes a deal with Giles, who accepts his demands for blood supply, money and immunity from slaying in return for discretion and information on the Initiative and Adam, on heavily encoded data media which even Willow finds quite a challenge. Meanwhile Spike stirs potential strife and personal insecurities among the gang so Buffy feels almost isolated, such as Willow's lesbianism, only laborer Xander's lack of status and (self-)respect, Giles' midlife crisis after professional (library) retirement and feeble hold on his almost solo-slaying charge. After Xander accidentally told Riley about Angel's curse while bringing the demoralized ex-soldier silly clothes in his ruins ... Written by KGF Vissers

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At 20:03, when Buffy rolls down the hill into some rocks, it is obvious from the way they shift under the impact that they are lightweight, flat-bottomed props sitting atop a soft stunt mat. Then, as the camera revolves while looking down on Buffy, you can see a patch of reflected light move across a "rock" and onto her shoulder in time with the camera motion. See more »

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Spike: It's nothing I know. What, you think I'd come running over saying, "I've got a secret. Beat me till I talk"?
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The Destructive Gossiper
24 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Spike associates to Adam and agreed to split the Scooby group, and in return Adam would remove his chip. He intrigues each friend of Buffy as if she had made gossip: Giles and his early retirement as librarian; the lack of culture of Xander; the homosexuality of Willow. He is well succeeded and Buffy is left alone by her friends. Meanwhile, Angel comes to Sunnydale to say to Buffy that he is sorry for their misunderstandings in Los Angeles, and he accidentally meets and fights against Riley.

"The Yoko Factor" is a good episode of Buffy, with a very intriguing last scene to be continued. I was curious about this title, and Spike explains that his attitude was equivalent to Yoko Ono with "The Beatles". Buffy's friends, specially the experienced Giles, accepted the gossips told by Spike very easily, and the mystery about the relationship between Riley Finn and Adam seems to be clarified in the next episode. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Fator Yoko" ("The Yoko Factor")


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