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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fan recap: Ladies love Xander

Season 2 | Episode 16 | “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” | Aired Feb 10, 1998 on The WB

The love bug bites the ladies of Sunnydale High, and Buffy is both the hunter and hunted—of Xander and by Angelus, respectively—in this Valentine’s Day episode.

Xander keeps Buffy company on patrol. She still doesn’t love the idea of Xander and Cordelia together, but if he’s happy, she’s happy. So Buffy endorses the locket he bought for Cordy. Xander wonders why love can’t be simple like slaying, as Buffy stakes a newly risen vampire. No muss, no fuss.

Cordelia hs become a social outcast for hooking up with a geek like Xander. Willow, meanwhile, is on cloud nine and happy to tell the world her boyfriend’s band is playing at the big dance at the Bronze.

Buffy is less jazzed about love in the air. “Bad breakup?” Amy asks. Understatement of the year.

Xander catches Amy bewitching their teacher, and tells Buffy and Willow. They’re a little worried, given her mom was an insane witch who possessed her own daughter’s body in season 1. (Did you all notice the callback last week when Oz spotted something off about a certain cheerleading trophy in which Amy’s mom remains trapped?)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Angelus, Drusill and Spike celebrate ValentineThey greet Giles in the hallway, but fall into awkward silence when Jenny passes. Giles and Buffy give her the cold shoulder. Once she’s gone, Giles explains he has been reading up on Angelus’ violent history and discovered Valentine’s Day brings out the brutal side in Buffy’s ex. He offers to patrol in Buffy’s place while she lays low.

Spike and Angelus compete for Drusilla’s affection. Spike gives her a necklace. Angelus one-ups him by bringing Dru a still-warm heart. “I found it in a quaint little shop girl,” he snickers. Spike is jealous and wants to know why Angelus hasn’t murdered Buffy yet, knowing full well Angelus wants to first torture her.

Buffy and Joyce stay in, enjoying snacks and TV, when there’s a knock at the door. No one’s there, but out back, Joyce finds a box for Buffy filled with a dozen roses and a note: “Soon.”

Willow cheers for Dingoes Ate My Baby as the band’s newest groupie, while Xander nervously waits for Cordelia. He finds her alone and brooding, and professes his feelings for her—real feelings, not just hormones. He’s so excited to give her the heart necklace, which she loves, but Cordelia promptly breaks up with him, saying they just don’t fit. (And her friends wouldn’t stop giving her crap if they stayed together.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Cordelia dumps Xander at the Bronze

Xander is heartbroken. For some reason, all the girls at school the next day are incredibly cruel and mocking. He blackmails Amy into using her witchy ways to make Cordelia love him so he can dump her and make her feel just as bad as he does.

He has to ask for the locket back for the spell, and she puts on her best bitchy game face, but she clearly feels sad.

Buffy shows Giles Angelus’ note and demands details so she can find a way to fight his deadly obsession. They sift through old stories but don’t find much of use.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy, under a love spell, tries to kiss XanderXander brings his romance woes to the library, and Buffy comes on to him. Just as they’re about to kiss, Amy interrupts to tell him something went wrong. Now everyone with a pair of ovaries—except Cordelia, whom the spell actually made immune—is head over heels and fighting over Xander.

… even Willow, whom Xander is surprised to find hiding in his bed. She aggressively comes onto him, totally out of character, and he flees.

It’s tough being the Cassanova of Sunnydale, and Xander starts to wig. Giles is really angry when Xander confesses, knowing a love spell can cause people to lose all reason. Giles leaves to find Amy, telling Xander to stay put.

Buffy finds her way in through the barricaded library door, wearing nothing but a very short trench coat and heels. She becomes very upset when Xander rejects her, but when Amy arrives, she’s ready to do battle, until Amy uses magic to turn Buffy into a rat.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - If Willow canThings get pretty crazy from here:

  • Oz punches Xander.
  • Oz and Xander try to catch the Buffy-rat.
  • Giles tries to keep Jenny and Amy away from Xander.
  • Xander saves Cordelia from an angry girl-mob, upset she dumped him.
  • A second angry mob confronts them, led by an ax-wielding Willow, who’s so obsessed that she’d rather see him dead than with another woman.
  • Xander and Cordy hide at Buffy’s house, until Joyce offers to take real good care of Xander (wink wink).
  • They hide in Buffy’s room until Angelus yanks Xander right out the window.
  • Drusilla saves Xander (thankfully vampires aren’t immune to magic), though of course she wants to make him immortal.
  • The angry mob catches up and saves Xander from Dru.
  • Xander and Cordy hide in the basement—the scene of their first kiss, aww! She’s flattered to find out the spell was meant for her, not to get the other girls to like him.
  • Amy ends the spell just as the ladies descend into the basement and Buffy-rat is about to die by mousetrap.

Xander becomes unpopular once again, and Willow gives him the silent treatment, but at least he’s alive. Buffy thanks Xander for not taking advantage when she came onto him.

The experience also brought Cordelia to the realization that she’ll do whatever she wants, including date Xander, because she’s way cooler than all of you losers.

Big Bad of the Week: Xander’s rash revenge scheme and Amy’s amateur magic nearly destroy Sunnydale.

Heinous ’90s Fashion of the Week: Buffy gives stiff competition with a brown velour tank top and scarf, but Cordelia’s crew takes the win with vinyl jackets, berets, and crop-top cardigans.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Cordelia, Harmony and friends

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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