Buffy The Vampire Slayer has an episode called Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. All part of my SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy.
What Buffy Did!
One night while on cemetery patrol, Buffy is shown a necklace that Xander is planning to give to Cordelia. At school the next day, Giles and Miss Calendar have another tense moment. Giles warns Buffy that Angelus gets particular vicious at Valentine’s Day. Cordelia is told off by her snobby friends who know all about her secret relationship with Xander. That night Buffy and her mom get a bouquet of flowers with a note saying “soon” and Buffy thinks it is from Angelus. At the Bronze, Xander gives Cordelia the necklace and she dumps him. The next day Xander is humiliated and blackmails Amy the witch cheerleader into casting a love spell on Cordelia, all so he can break up with her first. But Cordelia has switched the necklace, so now all the females want Xander except for her. Slowly Xander realizes this as Buffy and Amy are all over him, and heads home to hide. But he finds Willow awaiting him is his bed and offering her virginity to him. Back at school, every girl now wants Xander, and they follow him all around. Xander seeks help from Giles, who is angry that he played with magic. Soon the library becomes the place where Buffy, Miss Calendar and Amy all want Xander. Amy zaps Buffy, transforming the Slayer into a mouse. While Xander is trying to corner Buffy the Mouse, he is decked by Oz, who is ticked off that Willow is upset because of Xander. Oz is then sent off to track Buffy the Mouse. Xander heads home, chased by even more girls and saves Cordelia from a vengeful mob led by Willow carrying an axe. Hiding out in Buffy’s room, Xander is pulled from the window by Angelus, who is going to kill him. But Drusilla gets effected as well, making her attack Angelus. Xander gets back into Buffy’s house and he and Cordelia fortify themselves in the basement. As they become cornered, Giles and Amy reverse the spell. Oz finds Buffy The Mouse just after she changes back to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The girls remember everything, but try to forget. Cordelia finally chooses Xander over her snobby friends and they are an official couple.
Xander is so romantic, getting dating advice from the girl he used to/still lusts over, while in a graveyard. Cordelia’s “friends” are the original Mean Girls. Willow is so cute when she is happy and perky, all because she has found true love with a really cool guy. Amy from Witch is doing magic again and it is creepy. Giles and Miss Calendar now equals awkward. It is painful seeing one of the Scoobies exiled like this. Spike and Drusilla make my skin crawl still. Spike is still injured? That must have been one heavy piano Buffy dropped on him. Angelus gives the most delightful romantic gifts. Spike is so cute when he is insanely jealous. Drusilla just gives me the creeps and knows how to screw with guy’s feelings. Did no one ever tell Buffy and her mom that gifts in black boxes are always creepy and not good? So Cordelia becomes almost human, but then becomes a bitch again. I actually feel sorry for that jerk Xander here. Then Xander becomes an even bigger jerk, because he gets an extremely bed idea. Someone, anyone, warn Xander that this is a very very bad path here. Kinda saw Cordelia switching the necklace here, and really wondering how this is going to bugaboo the love spell. Buffy is under the spell! Holy crud! Amy is also spellbound! And Miss Calendar! And Willow! And every female but Cordelia! Okay, this is getting really stupid now. What started as a serious revenge break-up story has quickly degenerated into some comedic lameness of epic proportions. Really hating this part with Willow, especially when she wants Xander to use force. Who thought a rape joke would be funny? Cause it is not. Not since The Pack has Xander walked through the school with suck lousy music. But I did laugh when Xander forgot that the library doors open both ways. And Xander is finally being abit more honest with Buffy. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Versus Amy The Witch! This Should Be Awesome! And Buffy is now a mouse. Treating the Cordelia beating comically is stupid. Oz is awesome with standing up for his girl. Rarely do we see Giles pissed, and it is kinda cool. Willow with an axe is scary. Wait, now it’s nighttime? Cordelia must be getting smarter, she figured out what Xander did. Wasn’t this supposed to be the Angelus on a legendary evil rampage episode? Drusilla being affected makes me laugh and I don’t know why. Willow leading a mob of love crazed girls is a strange sight. But Cordelia saying the love spell being for her is cute and touching? That’s really gross. And look Buffy changes back from a mouse and has no clothes because nude Buffy is funny. But wouldn’t her clothes come back as well? Buffy joking about her mom’s repression smells like a future storyline. Cordelia finally grows a backbone! Cordelia and Xander are together! And Cordelia goes through seconds of freaking out about her new reality. Maybe she will become likeable now? Human?
Love Willow and her perky lines here. She looks so happy when she says, “My boyfriend’s in the band.” And later when she talks to Xander, her happiness again is infectious with the line, “I think I’m a groupie!” Now Xander admits to being stupid over using the spell and says to Giles, “I am twice the fool it takes to do something like this.” Xander gets a smack from Oz, who explains why with, “Now I don’t know exactly what happened, but I was left with a very strong urge to hit you.” And when Oz finds the now human again Buffy, who is complaining she needs clothes, he replies with, “But you’re not a rat. So I call that an upside.”
To say this is the episode I have hated the most is an understatement. Little tinklings of interesting developments are sprinkled here and there, but overall this felt juvenile and silly.
…is currently reading Schultz and Peanuts by David Michaelis