Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Recap/S5/E07 Fool for Love

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"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 uncertainty, but because 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. Every Slayer has a death wish. Even you".

Buffy gets Spike to tell his story of how he killed two Slayers after she is nearly killed by a normal vampire. The Scoobies find the vamp's nest and plan to destroy it but Riley does it alone.

Dawn: Come on; who's the man?
Buffy: You are. (Dawn smiles) A very short, annoying man.

Spike: We just keep coming. But you can kill a hundred, a thousand, a thousand thousand and the armies of Hell besides, and all we need... is for one of us, just one, sooner or later, to have the thing we're all hoping for.
Buffy: And that would be what?
Spike: One good day.

Chinese Slayer: [subtitles] Tell my mother I am sorry.
Spike: Sorry luv, I don't speak Chinese.

  • Foe Yay: Loads in this episode alone.

Spike: The first was all business but the second, she had a touch of your style. She was cunning, resourceful... oh, did I mention? Hot. I could have danced all night with that one.
Buffy: You think we're dancing?
Spike: That's all we've ever done.

  • Fool for Love
  • Foreshadowing: Buffy refuses to 'dance' with Spike because she's better than him. Spike spends the rest of the season trying to be worthy of her but it's not until Spike convinces Buffy in Season 6 that she is a demon like him that they actually become lovers.
    • Spike killing the New York Slayer has consequences in Season 7 when her grown-up son seeks revenge.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare
  • Guy-On-Guy Is Hot: Darla and Dru enjoy the sight of Angelus and Spike -- as Doug Petrie put it, getting ready to "drive their poles through each other".
  • Hand Signals: Unfortunately the Scoobies aren't even Mildly Military.

(Riley pumps his fist to tell the Scoobies to move forward)
Xander: What's with the hand move?
Willow: It's code. I think it breaks down to "choo-choo".

Buffy: Say that it's true. Say I do want to. It wouldn't be you, Spike. It would never be you. You're beneath me.

Aristocrat: "My heart expands / 'tis grown a bulge in it / inspired by your beauty, effulgent." Effulgent?

  • Tempting Fate: One of the aristocrats remarks about William's poetry, "I'd rather have a railroad spike through my head than listen to that awful stuff!" If the origins of Spike's name given in season 2 are correct, it's safe to assume he got his wish.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Spike and Dru of course.
  • Walk in Chime In: The vampire that nearly killed Buffy is showing off her stake.

Vampire: They ought to put this in a museum!
Riley: You know what they put in museums? Mostly dead things.

  • Warrior Therapist: Spike says that it's not a matter of understanding what moves the dead Slayers did wrong, but their inate deathwish.
  • With Catlike Tread: To Riley's chagrin, the Scoobies munch chips and talk loudly while he's stalking vampires. Justified due to their different tactics -- Buffy & Co. act as The Bait to draw vampires out so they can be killed, while the Initiative had to sneak up on vampires in order to capture them alive.
  • Whole-Episode Flashback
  • You Look Familiar: Kali Rocha (Cecily) would reappear in the next season as Halfrek the vengeance demon. This was retconned as Cecily and Halfrek being the same person.