Season 2, Episode 16 - “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”
Original airdate: Feb. 10, 1998
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 17, 2009
It’s hard to believe, but this is the first appearance of Amy Madison since the character’s debut in “Witch”, and she only appeared in 8 episodes for the entire run of the series (and in one of those, she was in the episode for about 4 seconds).
This is pretty much a comedic episode, which is sorely needed given that we’re still pretty much recovering from the turn of Angelus. Even when Angelus appears, it’s played for comedy with Drusilla being under the same love spell that is affecting everyone in Sunnydale.
It’s easy to get caught up in the quips and the lust that flies about in this episode, but I instead like to watch for Giles -- he is really geniunely angry at what Xander did, in part because he knows the consequences of being frivolous with magic (as seen in “The Dark Age”). Also, he’s still not ready to forgive Jenny for her part in the whole Angelus debacle, which doesn’t seem like a big deal until you realize which episode is coming up (something that youc an only do while re-watching the series).
As for Xander’s situation in this episode -- when his spell backfires and everyone in Sunnydale but Cordelia falls in love with him -- it’s really done hilariously. I like how the spell doesnt really seem to affect the women until they’ve seen Xander (just look at Jenny and Joyce for the best examples of this). Robia LaMorte as Jenny does probably the best job of all the actresses in her spell-induced Xander lust (though the implied Buffy nudity of Sarah Michelle Gellar is also a plus).
I never really thought of this as an episode I’d frequently watch, but having seen it again, I definitely think it’ll get added to my rotation when I want to watch a funny episode (most of the episodes I frequently watched were sad ones).
Giles: I cannot believe that you are fool enough to do something like this.
Xander: Oh, no, I’m twice the fool it takes to do something like this.