Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered is the sixteenth episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-eighth episode overall. When Cordelia dumps Xander in order to regain favor with her friends, he decides to cast a love spell on her.
Guest Starring: Seth Green (Oz), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Robia LaMorte (Jenny Calendar), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy Madison), Mercedes McNab (Harmony), Lorna Scott (Miss Beakman), James Marsters (Spike), Juliet Landau (Drusilla)
Under pressure from her friends, Cordelia breaks up with Xander, on Valentine's Day of all days. Hoping to get her back, he has Amy preform a love spell for him. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect, making every woman in sight but Cordelia go crazy over Xander.
Monster of the Week
Not counting Xander being his own worst enemy, this episode does not have a monster of the week.
- "Got the Love" by The Average White Band: During the montage of girls swooning for Xander on the second day of his love spell afflicting the general population of Sunnydale, "Got the Love" by The Average White Band plays in the background. The song first appeared on their breakthrough album AWB, released in 1974.
- Four Star Mary - "Pain"
- Naked - "Drift Away"
- 1x03 - The Witch: Amy's mother was a formidable witch who used her powers to switch bodies with her daughter and relive her cheerleading glory days. Eventually, her ruse was found out and the spell was reversed. Since the events of that night, Mrs. Madison has been trapped inside a cheerleading trophy.
- Xander: Her Mom's a witch, you know.
- Factual Error: When Amy is casting the spell, she invokes the name of Diana as the goddess of love and the hunt. In actuality, Diana is only goddess of the hunt. In the Roman god canon, Venus was the goddess of love.
Behind the Scenes
- Omission: Buffy was turned into a rat in this episode for a practical reason; Sarah Michelle Gellar needed the time to rehearse in New York City for her first appearance on Saturday Night Live.
- Reception: Nicholas Brendon has said that this is one of his favorite episodes. Animator Bruce Timm points to this episode as the inspiration for the Justice League Unlimited episode This Little Piggy, in which Wonder Woman is turned into a pig.
- International: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been dubbed into many different languages and the title translated for each different international version. Some international translations of this episode's title are:
- French: "Un charme déroutant" ("A Disconcerting Charm")
- Italian: "Caccia all'uomo" ("Manhunt")
- German: "Der Liebeszauber" ("The Love Spell")
- Japanese: "愛のかけ違い" ("Ai no Kake Chigai" - "Applying Differences in Love")
Allusions and References
- Drusilla: How do you feel about eternal life?
- Xander: We couldn't just start with a coffee?