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Tough Love 

"Tough Love" is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan. When Tara falls victim to Glory's incredible power, Willow embraces dark magic and launches a counterattack.

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... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
... Dawn Summers
... Spike
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Glory
... Ben
... Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
... Principal Stevens
... Professor Lillian
... Tara Maclay
... Murk
... Slook
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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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1 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When the doctor is firing Ben he says that one of his excuses could be eating too many Twinkies. This refers to the "Twinkie Defence" as used by Dan White when he was on the trial for the murder of Harvey Milk (San Francisco City Supervisor) and George Moscone (San Francisco City Mayor). This was also referenced by Cordelia in season 1 episode 11 (Out of Mind, Out of Sight). See more »

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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. See more »

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Willow Rosenberg: Buffy what?
Tara Maclay: Understandable about the crabby. She has to look after Dawn now.
Willow Rosenberg: Yeah, but not in a Miss Minchin's Select Seminary For Girls way. I mean, she's just gonna make Dawnie more rebellious.
Tara Maclay: I had to deal with my brother's problems after... I mean, you can't really know what it's like to...
Willow Rosenberg: I know.
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Connections

References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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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 See 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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