Buffy is wearing a brown velvet neck scarf with a velvet spaghetti strapped tank top, plus a multi-ringed silver bracelet that I covet.
“I knew you’d like it. I found it in a quaint little shopgirl.”
“Oz has his cool hair today. I think I’m a groupie!”
Now Buffy is wearing a freaking adorable baby blue tank top with a yellow duckie and the words “hug me.” SLAYER OF TANK TOPS.
Ominous flower delivery a la The Real World: London.
“You know what’s a good day to break up with somebody? ANY day except Valentine’s Day. Were you running low on dramatic irony??”
It’s interesting that Xander is the first of the Scoobs to resort to the supernatural for revenge.
Buffy’s teeny-tiny leopard print mini versus Cordy’s preppie corporate conservative pinstripe look.
Aw, that high neck is because Cordy was secretly wearing Xander’s necklace.
Ooh Lordy the deeply uncomfortable moment when Buffy begins flirting with Xander. “Funny how you can see someone every day and not really see them...”
“I want you Xander. To be my first.”
“Baseball. Please tell me you’re talking baseball.”
SLO-MO GOT THE LOVE SCENE
This episode is such an interesting mix of darkness—first roofie magic—and hilarity. Such great shots of the Xander-besotted randos.
Jenny Calendar: “Have you been working out?”
“Oh no, I’m twice the fool needed to do something like this.”
The Pack and Bewitched Bothered make for a very interesting pairing for Buffy/Xander scholars.
“Be quiet. We have to catch the Buffy Rat.”
Giles is pretty frickin nervy getting so mad at Xander, given his history, but maybe that’s the point.
They work the escalation to Joyce beautifully. My kids are squeaking in horror. “And keep your mom-age mitts off my boyfriend. Former!”
Haha oy now Dru. “Your face is a poem. I can read it.” “It doesn’t say ‘spare me,’ by any chance?”
Genuinely romantic earned Xander/Cordy moments in this ep.
The Lunch Lady is one of the Xander-obsessed. Earshot foreshadowing.
“I remember coming on to you. I remember undressing. And then a sudden need for cheese.”
“I’ll date whoever I want to date! No matter how lame he is.”
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED & BEWILDERED: Another perfect episode! Uses *every* cast member, puts them all through the wringer, hilariously yet meaningfully, Rat Foreshadowing, plus Angel gets kicked in the balls.
I tweeted so much during that episode and I still missed so many good lines. It’s a real corker.

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