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Encyclopedia > Lover's Walk (Buffy episode)
"Lover's Walk"
An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode № Season 3,
Episode 8
Guest star(s) Kristine Sutherland
   (Joyce Summers)
Harry Groenerbr>   (Mayor Richard Wilkins III)
James Marstersbr>   (Spike)
Writer(s) Dan Vebber
Director David Semel
Production № 3ABB08
Airdate November 24th 1998
Episode chronology
Revelations Lover's Walk The Wish

"Lover's Walk" is episode 8 of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. See also List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. Image File history File links Buffyep42. ... TV Show Reference Episode is the word usually used to refer to a part of a serial television or radio program. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Kristine Sutherland is an actress best known for her role as Joyce Summers on the television show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. ... Harry Groener (born 10 September 1951 in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany) is an American actor, best known for playing Mayor Wilkins in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 3). ... James Marsters on the cover of British magazine SFX James Marsters with David Boreanaz James Marsters post-Spike James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California) is an American actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Revelations is the seventh episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Wish is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that shows us a different version of Sunnydale. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... The following is a list of episodes for the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Plot synopsis

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A lovelorn Spike returns and kidnaps Willow and Xander.

Expanded overview

Willow complains about receiving a 740 on Verbal for her SAT's. She and Xander offer the idea of a double date to Cordy and Oz. Buffy shows up, fearing her high score--a 1430--on her SAT's since it means she may have an actual future. That night, Spike drives through the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign again, but this time he's dead drunk, falls out of the car and passes out.

Spike returns to the old burned down factory (signing Frank Sinatra's "My Way") and surveys the damage through his drunken state. He vamps out and starts yelling and crying while destroying some of Drusilla's dolls. He's determined to win her back somehow. Back at school the next day, Xander manages to persuade Cordelia to go on a double bowling date with Willow and Oz--she agrees. Oz presents Willow with a cute Pez Witch as a theme gift. She feels guilty partly because she has nothing to give him, and her relationship with Xander.

Giles is packing for a retreat and seems to be taking everything he owns with him. When presented with Buffy's SAT scores and her option of college, Giles suggests that she should consider it. He warns her about seeing Angel and she promises that nothing will happen between them--they're just friends. Meanwhile, Xander and Willow are discussing the bowling date that they made with Cordelia and Oz. They try to avoid falling victim to their lust while on campus but find it hard.

Spike visits Angel at the mansion where he yells at him about taking Dru away and making her insane. But, Angel has left the room and can't hear Spike's drunk rants. Spike ends up falling down and passing out in the garden. The next morning, he wakes up when his hand catches on fire as the sun hits him. He runs to his car to tend to his wound and get even more drunk.

Back at home, Buffy's mom is still strongly pushing the idea of college although Buffy doesn't want to. Even though Faith could take over for the slaying for a while, she's not sure if her reasons to stay are strong enough to keep her there. Buffy visits Angel who, as a friend suggests that she go. Unhappy with his answer, Buffy leaves. Spike goes to a Magic Shop (during the day) in search for a curse for Angel. Willow walks in, looking for ingredients for a "de-lusting" spell. When she leaves, Spike kills the shop keeper, having gotten the idea of a "love" spell for Drusilla.

At school, the night of the double date, Willow is in the chemistry lab, working the ingredients for her anti-love spell. Xander shows up, since he had to be present and then the argue. Spike comes in, still very drunk and attacks Xander, wanting to borrow Willow for a while. Xander's knocked out with a nasty head wound and both are taken back to the factory. Spike threatens Willow's life if she doesn't do the spell and then tells her all about his breakup with Dru. Apparently, she thought he'd gone soft and told him they could still be friends.

When Willow tells Spike that she doesn't have enough ingredients, he goes to get some. At the library, Buffy is working out when Cordelia and Oz show up, worried since the lab is torn up and Willow and Xander are gone. Buffy's mom calls her, and then Buffy hears Spike enter the house and say "Hello Joyce" over the line. Joyce offers him some tea and he tells her his sob tale. Angel spots them talking in the kitchen as he's walking around, and tries to get in, but he's not invited. Buffy arrives, invites Angel in and they threaten Spike. He tells them he's got her friends and the three of them leave to get the supplies so that he can do the spell and set Buffy's friends free.

On the way to the shop, Spike revels in the pain of his hangover and reminisces on the past he had with Drusilla. Oz and Cordelia, having been on their way to get Giles, back track to the factory when Oz smell's Willow (a werewolf thing). Xander wakes up with a bad head wound where he and Willow are locked in the basement of the warehouse. Spike, Buffy and Angel are getting the supplies they need when Spike tells them that they can never be *just* friends. They'll love each other until it kills them. As they leave, with the supplies, a group of Trick's vampires, sent by the Mayor attack them. Meanwhile, back at the factory, Willow and Xander kiss just in time for Oz and Cordelia to come down and find them. Cordelia's disgusted and runs up the stairs, but she falls through and is impaled on a metal pipe in the floor.

A huge fight ensues out in the streets of Sunnydale as Spike fights against the gang of vampires with the help of Buffy and Angel. After killing a few, they retreat back into the shop and barricade themselves in. When vampires start to get inside, they fend them off. A particularly verbal one makes the mistake of going after Spike and ends up getting himself beat up and staked. Eventually, with the help of some holy water and a broken chair, they scare off, if not kill all the vampires. Spike then comes to his senses realizing that the only way he's going to get Dru back is if he reverts back to his old self and he leaves to find Dru and torture her until she likes him again.

Cordelia's is in pretty bad shape, but she survives the fall, not having any vital organs hurt. Buffy and Willow recap on the relationship thing. Oz apparently isn't even talking to her anymore. Xander goes to visit Cordelia in the hospital but she tells him to just stay away from her. Buffy visits Angel, and tells him that they aren't friends and because he doesn't need her help anymore, she's not coming back. Spike's words were very effective on her and she's come to the conclusion that she can't see Angel unless he tells her he doesn't love her. He can't. Now, everyone's broken up, and moping in their own ways, while Spike is on his way to find Drusilla, smoking and singing along with the lyrics of a punk version of "My Way."

Arc significance

Faith does not appear and the Mayor, while amusing, is barely related to the plot. Giles's absence, however, makes possible some of the chaos that follows.

Spike makes his sole appearance this season before returning as a regular from season four onward. He is still trying to recapture Drusilla's heart and resists the temptation to kill Willow in order to achieve it. Even in his drunken rage, he sees Buffy's heart. He also makes a humorous guest for Joyce, will bring flowers to honor Joyce in Season Five. As more is revealed about Spike in later seasons, we can see a parallel to his relationship to his mother up to the point where he turned her.

Buffy recognizes for the first time that her relationship with Angel is doomed. Xander and Willow's indiscretion also have a major impact in the rest of the season.

Writing and acting

Dan Vebber's Buffy credits are limited to this episode and The Zeppo.

Production details

Spike's embrace of rock 'n roll, as opposed to quieter, more emotive music (Angel later shows an affinity for Barry Manilow as well as the "Ratpack" itself) is indicative of his personality as the rough-and-tumble foil to brooding intellectuals like Angel and his human self that he rebels against. Barry Manilow Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York on June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his hit recordings I Write The Songs, Mandy and Copacabana (At The Copa). Manilow dominated the soft rock scene in the 1970s with a string...

Quotes and trivia

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Spike gloomily sings My Way, originally performed by Frank Sinatra as he wanders around his old haunts. When he is "back to his old self," he sings the wild Sid Vicious version. This recalls the end of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, where Joe Pesci's murderous character is seen unloading with his rifle, as well as the Alex Cox film Sid and Nancy. In Season Five of Angel, eyewitnesses of a ensouled Spike's bravery will report that he asked them if they want to listen to Sex Pistols records after saving them. Image File history File links Wikiquote-logo-en. ... Wikiquote logo Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... My Way is a popular song, which in its English-language version is an adaptation by Paul Anka of the French song Comme dhabitude, written by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is considered by many to have been the finest male popular song vocalist of all time. ... Martin Scorsese at Cannes in 2002 Martin Scorsese (born November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American film director. ... Goodfellas (or, more commonly spelled, GoodFellas) is a 1990 film about the Mafia directed by Martin Scorsese. ... Joe Pesci Joseph Pesci (born February 9, 1943), better known as Joe Pesci, is an Italian-American actor and singer who is often typecast as a violent mobster. ... Sid and Nancy movie cover. ...

External links



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