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Encyclopedia > Lovers' Walk (Buffy episode)
"Lover's Walk"
An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode № Season 3,
Episode 8
Guest star(s) James Marsters
Writer(s) Dan Vebber
Director
Production №
US airdate ? ?
Episode chronology
Revelations Lover's Walk The Wish

"Lover's Walk" is the eighth episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. See also List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. An episode is to television and radio what a chapter is to a book: a part of a sequence of a body of work. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a U.S. television series loosely based on the original script for the 1992 movie of the same name. ... James Marsters, as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Spike. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... A question mark is a punctuation mark. ... A question mark is a punctuation mark. ... 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 was a U.S. television series loosely based on the original script for the 1992 movie of the same name. ... The following is a list of episodes for the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

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Plot synopsis

Xander "consoles" Willow after she discovers she "only" scored a 740 on the SAT verbal. Soon he is flirting with her again. Cordelia & Buffy also did exceptionally well. Buffy ponders what her high SATs mean for her future (she muses that she didn't even think she HAD a future). We abruptly cut to a very drunken Spike, who has returned to Sunnydale. The Whedonverse is a name for the fictional universe which includes most of the collected works of Joss Whedon, including: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer Angel: the Series Fray Tales of the Vampires and other comics The Whedonverse is also known as the Buffyverse or the Slayerverse. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a U.S. television series loosely based on the original script for the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The cover Fray #1 Fray is an eight-issue comic book miniseries about Meleka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ...


Spike gloomily staggers around his old stomping grounds; Drusilla has broken up with him. He sees one of her old demented dolls and after weeping, he rips the doll to shreds.


Xander and Cordelia are talking. He discovers that she has pictures of the two of them in her locker; though she downplays the significance, Xander realizes that Cordelia is becoming attached to him.


Oz makes an even more significant gesture to Willow, he gives her a present: A Pez dispenser in the shape of a witch. Willow is (perhaps more than Xander) aware that her indiscretions with Xander are threatening things with Oz.


Giles is going on a retreat. He is excited about her SAT scores (we learn Buffy's mother is very happy as well). Giles (for the first time) appears to be opening up to the idea of Buffy having a life outside of Sunnydale. Buffy tells Giles that she is visiting Angel again but not to worry as they are "just friends."


Back to Willow and Xander. Willow is worried that the bowling date that they have planned with Oz and Cordelia will lead to further problems. She appears to be right; they cannot even have the conversation without further flirtation.


Joyce bombards Buffy with college ideas; we then cut to Spike staring maliciously at Angel. Spike, vowing revenge, falls over and passes out, drunk. He wakes up on fire and runs off to the Magic Shop. He's there to get a spell to curse Angel, but he sees Willow (there to buy goods for a "delusting" spell on herself and Xander). Spike kills the shop owner and departs with a new plan.


There is a brief interlude with the mayor and his second-in-command, they plan to send a group of vampires to kill Spike and preserve order.


Buffy and Angel discuss the idea of her leaving town. Angel encourages Buffy to leave town (which takes Buffy down visibily).


Xander discovers that Willow is going to do the delusting spell on him. He's upset that she didn't tell him. Their argument is quickly defused by Spike, who knocks out Xander and tells Willow that she's going to do a love spell for him, to make Drusilla love him again. He alternates between violently threatening Willow and confiding in her; she does her best to comfort him in the bizarre circumstances.


Oz and Cordelia tell Buffy that Xander and Willow are missing. They go to find Giles, while Buffy gets a phone call from her mother. She hears Spike's voice in the background and runs home.


Spike repeats the sad story of his breakup to Joyce. She is instantly, fully soothing to him. Angel sees Spike and desperately tries to get into the house as Spike taunts him (he is uninvited from his soulless turn in Season 2). Joyce is petrified.


Buffy comes to the rescue and invites Angel in. She is about to kill Spike when he tells her that he has Willow and Xander. They agree to spare him and go with him as he does his spell so that he will tell them where Willow and Xander are.


Inside the magic shop, Spike exchanges jabs (verbal and physical) with Buffy and Angel. The kicker is when Spike tells Buffy and Angel "you'll never be friends," meaning that they can't fool him; he knows that they are still very much in love.


Xander and Willow kiss... Willow is reluctant but Xander convinces her of an "exemption for an impending death situation." At that moment, Cordelia and Oz walk in to rescue them. Cordelia runs off and falls through some loose stairs onto a jagged spike.


The Mayor's "greeting party" appears. Spike forces Buffy and Angel to stay and they prevail in a fight. Spike, given "perspective by a fresh spot of violence" changes his mind about the spell and decides to find Druscilla and torture her "until she likes me again."


Xander begs Cordelia (who appears to be near death) to hold on. We then see Buffy and Willow walking nearby a funeral, we learn Cordelia was basically all right, Willow tells Buffy how badly she feels and that she just wants Oz to talk to her again.


Xander visits Cordelia in the hospital. She tells him to stay away from her.


Buffy goes to visit Angel as well. She tells him (indirectly) that Spike was right: That they aren't "friends" and never were, that "what she wants from him she can never have." Angel wants to see her again. Buffy says that for that to happen, he has to tell her he doesn't love her. He can't and she leaves.


The episode ends with a montage of the various lovers, each dealing with their pain in various ways. The final shot is off Spike driving off into the distance; he is very much his old self again.


Arc significance

"Lover's Walk" is interesting in that it develops the entire series of "Buffy" far more than it develops the events of Season Three. Faith does not appear and the mayor's role, while amusing, is barely related to the plot.


The most obvious development, of course, is the return of Spike. This is Spike's sole appearance in season three, before he became a regular from season four onward. Little changes about him on the surface, he wanted Drusilla back at the end of Season Two and he returns on the rebound from another of her rejections in Season Four. What IS revealed about Spike is his intuition. Even in a drunken rage, it is he who Buffy "cannot fool for some reason" about her feelings for Angel. Spike articulates this in a very moving speech, included below. For a purely evil thing, Spike taps into the essence of love with great insight (It is all the more interesting because Spike is projecting his feelings about his relationship with his fellow psycho-killer of a girlfriend).


Also, Spike's brief interactions with Willow and Joyce Summers reveal much about him and foreshadow events to come. With Willow, Spike manages to resist the temptation to feed off of her for pragamtic reasons; he needs her alive to perform the spell on Drusilla. This is the first of many instances where Spike makes difficult decisions for love; more dramatic examples include his efforts to protect Dawn in Season Five and his quest for a soul in Season Six (both of which are done largely out of his love for Buffy).


As for the interaction with Joyce; it ranks among the great subtle comic moments in the show's history. We expect Spike to torture Joyce much as the soulless Angel tortured Giles in Season Two...instead Joyce offers Spike Hot Chocolate with Little Marshmallows and Spike tells her all of his problems. The connection between Joyce and Spike is very strong, and it recurs occasionally until the time of Joyce's death. When a still soulless Spike brings flowers to honor Joyce's memory in Season Five, we don't doubt for a moment that he is doing it because he "liked the lady" and not for the selfish reasons the others suspect.


As more and more is revealed about Spike's character in later seasons, we can understand this connection; his relationship to his own mother was highly comparable up until the point where he turned her into a vampire (she then attempted to have sex with him and he "dusted" her. See Season Seven's "Lies My Mother Told Me" for details).


This, of course, is also a key episode for other "Scoobies." Buffy recognizes for the first time that her relationship with Angel is doomed because they still love each other. Though both characters fight it for the remainder of Season Three (and many audience members cheer for them), the end of their relationship is clearly coming.


Xander and Willow's "indiscretionary" kissing also has a huge impact. Cordelia not only shuts herself off from the Scooby Gang more or less for good, but her malice towards Xander leads to the arrival of Anya, the vengence demon who will ultimately become Xander's love interest in Seasons 4-7.


Oz and Willow's relationship will soon recover; however Oz still cites Willow's actions with Xander when he departs in Season Four. Willow's true romantic nature has yet to flourish, but it is obvious that she is romantically confused over the course of this episode.


A final interesting point is that the character of Giles is notably absent in this episode. As the father figure for several characters, his departure seems to trigger the chaos that follows.


Writing and acting

This episode was written by Dan Vebber and directed by David Semel. Vebber's Buffy credits are limited to this episode and "The Zeppo," also in Season Three. He is also a credited writer of four episodes of Futurama.


Semel also directed "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date" in Season One and "What's My Line? (Part 2)" and "Go Fish" in Season Two. He has also directed notable episodes of "Angel," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Ally McBeal," and "Roswell."


The episode has a cinematic, "stand alone" quality to it. If an episode of Buffy were chosen to introduce new viewers to the show's strengths, this would be a strong choice.


That the writer and director are not members of the "Inner Circle" of Buffy writers is notable in that Vebber and Semel were trusted with the character of Spike. While the varying levels of creative input from the higher ups is unknown, it is doubtless that the work of Vebber and Semel contributed to the development of Spike as one of the great characters in the "Buffyverse." Virtually every scene Spike appears in contains two or three lines worthy of quoting in the index of "Great Buffy Lines."


Production details

Spike gloomily sings My Way, originally performed by Frank Sinatra, as he wanders aimlessly around his old haunts. As he is driving away and "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.


It is not, however, the only connection between Spike and the Sex Pistols (Sid Vicious's band). In Season Five of Angel, eyewitnesses of a (now soulful) Spike rescuing helpless people reported that he asked them if they wanted to go listen to Sex Pistols records after he saved them.


Going deeper, 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 the brooding intellectuals (like Angel) that he rebels against.


Quotes and trivia

"I'm pathetic. Illiterate. I'm Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel!" -Willow (after learning her SAT scores were lower than she wanted [Willow scored a 740 verbal], referencing the character of that name on The Simpsons.) Homer, a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, is a generally well-meaning buffoon whose short attention span often draws him into outrageous schemes and adventures. ...


"That's right, and the fact that your 740 verbal closely resembles my combined score in no way compromises your position as the village idiot."-Xander


"You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love 'til it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other 'til it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children. It's blood, blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it."-Spike

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