45 min., 1998
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by James A. Contner
My rating: ★★★★
Another episode about Buffy’s love life…sigh…wait it isn’t?
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This episode begins with Valentine’s Day fast approaching and Buffy feeling sorry for herself…again. So a little later, on Valentine’s Day, Xander gives Cordelia a heart necklace and then she breaks up with him. You see, her friends are giving her shit about dating him and she can’t take their abuse, so she had to end it. Xander gets mad, but also notices that Amy Madison (remember episode 003–Witch) is getting into witchcraft like her mother and blackmails her into casting a love spell so that he can be the one to break up with Cordelia and make her feel the way that he does. She agrees and the spell is cast. But the spell backfires and every female in Sunnydale are affected and Cordelia isn’t. Love turns into chaos and the women start to try and kill Xander ‘cause if they can’t have him than no one can.
This is actually a pretty good episode, actually really good. It’s nice to see an episode where Xander isn’t all jokes and one liners. This is an episode where the writers show some actual good writing. Don’t get me wrong, there are still the one-liners and jokes here and there but Nicholas Brendon shows off some really good acting chops in this one. I also really like the fact that this episode isn’t all about Buffy and her love life. They finally decided to reach out and explore other characters and their lives. Buffy’s life is very predictable, bitching about killing vampires, bitching about being the slayer, feeling sorry for herself, feeling conflicted about liking Angel and more bitching, so it’s nice to finally see other characters and they way that they handle their lives.Have You Read...?