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Spike is back in Sunnydale, this time drunk and heartbroken. Bitter that Dru has left due to the truce he made with Buffy, Spike seeks out payback. While Xander and Willow are still being torn apart by their feelings, Spike kidnaps them so Willow can perform a love spell for him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x8
Production Number: 3ABB08
Airdate: Tuesday November 24th, 1998
Network: WB

Director: David Semel
Writer: Dan Vebber


  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Harry GroenerHarry Groener
As Mayor Richard Wilkins III
Recurring
James MarstersJames Marsters
As Spike
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Jack PlotnickJack Plotnick
As Deputy Mayor
Recurring
Mark BurnhamMark Burnham
As Lenny (credited as Marc Burnham)
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.4/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.7 in the national ratings.

Ranked 76 out of 110 prime time shows.

Buffy's last words to Angel ("Tell me you don't love me") are identical to the incident she and Angel were forced to re-enact when possessed by the ghosts of a murder-suicide couple in the episode "I Only Have Eyes for You".

Spike singing along to "My Way" at the episode's end was going to be the Sid Vicious cover of the Frank Sinatra song, but the rights couldn't be obtained. Instead, they wound up using the song as sung by actor Gary Oldman from the soundtrack to Sid and Nancy, the film in which Oldman plays Vicious.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gary OldmanMy Way 


Episode Quotes
The Mayor: I swear, I would sell my soul for a decent short game. Of course, it's a little late for that. I don't suppose I could offer your soul, huh? Really help me on the green.
(Finch is uncomfortable)
The Mayor: I'm just funning.

Spike: We killed a homeless man on this bench, me and Dru. Those were good times. You know, he begged for mercy, and you know that only made her bite harder. (chuckles)
Buffy: I guess you had to be there.

Xander: So, what are our options?
Willow: Well, I figure either I refuse to do the spell and he kills us, or I do the spell and he kills us.
Xander: Give me a third option.
Willow: He's so drunk he forgets about us and we starve to death. That's sort of the best one.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marti Noxon  |  Kelly A. Manners
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorSteve Hirsch
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Kevin Burns (2)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (2)
Casting AssociateJill L. Uyeda
Key HairstylistSteven Soussana
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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