Fool For Love

Season 5 Episode #7
Overall Episode #85; Original air date November 14, 2000
Written by Doug Petrie. Directed by Nick Marck.

Slay Me - episode rating
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French Title: La Faille

You've got to love a gal with an anvil. -Buffy to Giles on a picture of a past slayer.

The Story:
- - You Know You Want To Dance - -

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Spike: Every day you wake up, it's the same bloody question that haunts you: is today the day I die?... Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later it's gonna catch you... And part of you wants it... not only to stop the fear and the uncertainty, but becuase you're just a little bit in love with it... Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: What's it like? Where does it lead you? And now you see, that's the secret. Not the punch you didn't throw or the kicks you didn't land. She merely wanted it. Every Slayer... has a death wish... Even you. The only reason you've lasted as long as you have is, you've got ties to the world... your mum, your brat kid sister, the Scoobies. They all tie you here but you're just putting off the inevitable... Sooner or later, you're gonna want it. And the second - the second - that happens... You know I'll be there. I'll slip in... have myself a real good day. Here endeth the lesson. I just wonder if you'll like it as much as she did.

Slayage - 5 - Rocker vampire staked by Riley plus 4 other vampires in tomb also killed by Riley when he blows it up with a grenade.

Body Count - 3 - William by Drusilla in London 1880 when she turns him into the vampire Spike; 2 Slayers killed by Spike in flashbacks, 1 bit in China 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion and 1 with a broken neck on Subway in New York City 1977, Nikki.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; *James Marsters - Spike; *Marc Blucas - Riley Finn; *Emma Caulfield - Anya; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; David Boreanaz - Angel; Mercees McNab - Harmony Kendall; Juliet Landau - Drusilla; Julie Benz - Darla; Kristine Sutherland - Joyce Sumemrs; Kali Rocha - Cecily Addams; Edward Fletcher - Male Partygoer; Katharine Leonard - Female Partygoer; Matthew Lang - 2nd Male Partygoer; Chris Daniels - Stabbing Vampire; Kenneth Feinberg - Chaos Demon; Steve Heinze - Vampire #1; Ming Liu - Chinese Slayer; April Wheedon-Washington - Subway Slayer/Nikki.

Rock On - Soundtrack: XXX by Crushing Velvet; Heal Yourself by Virgil(formerly Elephant Ride(aka Shine)); Avenue A's Run Cold; The Killington's Belladovie; Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita #3 in E Major; and Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Episode score by Thomas Wanker.

Awesome!! - don't miss these highlights
** Meeting William, Spike before he became a vampire, and hearing his bloody awful poetry
** Lots of great flashbacks. The best is between Spike and Buffy in the present and 1970s subway in New York City when Spike kills the Slayer Nikki. Also the use of reds in the flashback to when Spike killed the Chinese Slayer are gorgeous.
** Spike trying to comfort Buffy on her back porch and Buffy letting him try to comfort her after learning her mother was going to the hospital for a CAT scan.

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