Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Tough Love 

When Tara falls victim to Glory's incredible power, Willow embraces dark magic and launches a counterattack.

Director:

David Grossman

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Rebecca Kirshner (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Clare Kramer ... Glory
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Troy Blendell ... Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
Anne Betancourt ... Principal Stevens
Leland Crooke ... Professor Lillian
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Todd Duffey ... Murk
Alan Heitz ... Slook
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Storyline

Buffy drops the semester in the university to rebuild her family, and receives an ultimatum from the principal of Dawn's school, who threatens to send Dawn to a foster house if Buffy is not capable to control her. Willow and Tara have a quarrel, and Willow leaves Tara alone in a festival. Glory sucks Tara's mind, and Willow uses a powerful black magic trying to defeat Glory. Meanwhile, Dawn blames herself for the mess with her friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Willow defends her use of magic in this line, there was cut due to length: "But it's good-witch power, not bad-witch power. You know, Glenda-in-a-bubble power, not Margaret Hamilton-on-a-bicycle power." See more »

Goofs

In a close-up of their hands, Glory crushes Tara's hand to the point of blood pouring from many of Tara's fingers and onto the bench. A few shots later - cut to a two-shot of Glory & Tara and there is no sign of blood on their hands or the bench. Then Glory raises their hands and there is only a little dried blood. This probably was done to get past the censors. Shows often have to remove the amount of blood and guts in order to get an approval to air. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buffy Summers: Professor Lillian?
Professor Lillian: Buffy.
Buffy Summers: I'm sorry that I missed the lecture today.
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Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Finding The Key
13 October 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Buffy drops the semester in the university to rebuild her family, and receives an ultimatum from the principal of Dawn's school, who threatens to send Dawn to a foster house if Buffy is not capable to control her. Willow and Tara have a quarrel, and Willow leaves Tara alone in a festival. Glory sucks Tara's mind, and Willow uses a powerful black magic trying to defeat Glory. Meanwhile, Dawn blames herself for the mess with her friends.

The climax of this episode is the conclusion, with Glory disclosing the identity of The Key. Willow realizes that she is not as powerful as she believes, and Spike gives good advices to Buffy. Glory asking if anybody has order an apocalypse is hilarious. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil: "Amor Violento" ("Violent Love")


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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