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Spike whines about sobering up as he leads Angel and Buffy to the magic shop. The couple act smug over Spike's gin-soaked misery, but Spike says they're one to talk, pointing out that the last time he saw Buffy and Angel, they were fighting to the death; Now they're making "[[LongingLook googly eyes]]" at each other. Buffy parrots that they're {{just friends}}, but Spike torpedoes that notion in one of the most famous speeches the show ever had:

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Spike whines about sobering up as he leads Angel and Buffy to the magic shop. The couple act smug over Spike's gin-soaked misery, but Spike says they're one to talk, pointing out that the last time he saw Buffy and Angel, they were fighting to the death; Now they're making "[[LongingLook googly eyes]]" at each other. Buffy parrots that they're {{just friends}}, JustFriends, but Spike torpedoes that notion in one of the most famous speeches the show ever had:



** Spike's entrance is identical to his first appearance in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E3SchoolHard}} School Hard]]", right down to the line reading ("Home...sweet...home! *hic*") and one of the Scoobies TemptingFate beforehand.

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** Spike's entrance is identical to his first appearance in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E3SchoolHard}} "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E3SchoolHard School Hard]]", right down to the line reading ("Home...sweet...home! *hic*") and one of the Scoobies TemptingFate beforehand.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Spike's temporary alliance with Buffy = infidelity. ("I told her [[ItDoesntMeanAnything it didn't mean anything]], I was thinking of her the whole time, but she didn't care.") A flashback scene in "Fool for Love" shows us that Drusilla isn't wrong to think this; as a {{seer}} she can tell Spike [[FoeRomanceSubtext is (or will be) in love with Buffy]] long before he realises it.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Spike's temporary alliance with Buffy = infidelity. ("I told her [[ItDoesntMeanAnything it didn't mean anything]], I was thinking of her the whole time, but she didn't care.") A flashback scene in "Fool for Love" shows us that Drusilla isn't wrong to think this; as a {{seer}} she can tell Spike [[FoeRomanceSubtext is (or will be) in love with Buffy]] long before he realises it.


* AntiClimaxCut: Spike leering at Joyce from behind her back. Cut to the pair of them drinking hot cocoa.

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* AntiClimaxCut: Buffy is talking to Joyce on the phone when she hears Spike leering at speaking on the other end. Buffy rushes out without replacing the phone; cut to [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Joyce from behind her back. Cut to the pair of them drinking pouring hot cocoa.cocoa]] for Spike and providing a sympathetic ear while he moans on about being ditched by his girlfriend.


* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Spike may be a drunken, sorrowful mess over his breakup with Drusilla, but he's still a vampire, and proves it by not only killing a magic shop owner in broad daylight, but also kidnapping Willow and Xander and using Xander's life to threaten Willow into casting a love spell on Drusilla for him.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Spike may be a drunken, sorrowful mess over his breakup with Drusilla, but he's still a vampire, and proves it by not only killing a magic shop owner in broad daylight, but also kidnapping Willow and Xander and using Xander's life to threaten Willow into casting a love spell on Drusilla for him. He's also noted to be such a [[WildCard loose cannon]] that the Mayor preemptively arranges a "welcoming party" of Spike's former henchmen to kill him.


* MoodWhiplash: The DownerEnding of all of the Scoobies having to deal with the revelation of the affair at the end.... which then cuts to Spike singing Gary Oldman's cover of ''My Way'', happier than ever.

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* MoodWhiplash: The DownerEnding of all of the Scoobies having to deal with the revelation of the affair at the end.... which then cuts to Spike singing playing Gary Oldman's cover of Sid Vicious's cover of ''My Way'', happier than ever.

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* VillainHasAPoint: ...and does he ever: the "Love's bitch" speech quoted above.


* BookEnds[=/=]DrunkenSong: Spike gloomily sings "My Way", originally performed by Music/FrankSinatra, as he wanders around his old haunts. When he is "back to his old self," he sings the infamous cover.
** To be specific, Spike was ''supposed'' to be singing along to the Music/SexPistols, but they couldn't obtain the rights. The version we hear is actually being sung by Creator/GaryOldman from the ''Sid & Nancy'' soundtrack. (The characters Spike and Drusilla were fashioned after Sid and Nancy).

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* BookEnds[=/=]DrunkenSong: Spike gloomily sings "My Way", originally performed by Music/FrankSinatra, as he wanders around his old haunts. When he is "back to his old self," he sings the infamous cover.
** To be specific, Spike was ''supposed'' to be singing along to the Music/SexPistols, but they couldn't obtain the rights. The version we hear is actually being sung by
Creator/GaryOldman version from the ''Sid & Nancy'' soundtrack. (The characters Spike and Drusilla were fashioned after Sid and Nancy). Spike was ''supposed'' to be singing along to the Music/SexPistols, but they couldn't obtain the rights.



** The episode closes with Angel brooding, Willow sadly playing with her Pez witch (aw), Oz pensively holding his guitar without playing it, Xander in the library looking sad, Cordy in bed looking pained, and Buffy (looking sad as well). Everybody loses.
** Irreverently averted immediately afterward with Spike having the time of his life.

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** The episode closes with Angel brooding, Willow sadly playing with her Pez witch (aw), Oz pensively holding his guitar without playing it, Xander in the library looking sad, Cordy in bed looking pained, and Buffy (looking sad as well). Everybody loses.
** Irreverently averted immediately afterward with
loses... except for Spike having the time of his life.


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* LameComeback / FailedAttemptAtDrama: Outside Angel's window, Spike slurs, "I'll show YOU who's a...cool guy." He continues, "You're goin' down," then predictably trips and passes out.

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* LameComeback / FailedAttemptAtDrama: LameComeback[=/=]FailedAttemptAtDrama: Outside Angel's window, Spike slurs, "I'll show YOU who's a...cool guy." He continues, "You're goin' down," then predictably trips and passes out.



* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder / WalkInChimeIn: Spike, standing behind Joyce, enrages Angel to the point of threatening to [[IWillTearYourArmsOff rip Spike's head off]]. Spike scoffs, "[[YouAndWhatArmy You and what army?]]" Buffy lunges out of nowhere, grabs Spike by the neck, and pins him to the counter.

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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder / WalkInChimeIn: RhetoricalQuestionBlunder[=/=]WalkInChimeIn: Spike, standing behind Joyce, enrages Angel to the point of threatening to [[IWillTearYourArmsOff rip Spike's head off]]. Spike scoffs, "[[YouAndWhatArmy You and what army?]]" Buffy lunges out of nowhere, grabs Spike by the neck, and pins him to the counter.



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* WasntThatFunWasntThatFun:

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* OhCrap: Buffy's reaction when she's talking to her mother over the phone... and hears Spike's voice.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Spike may be a drunken, sorrowful mess over his breakup with Drusilla, but he's still a vampire, and proves it by not only killing a magic shop owner in broad daylight, but also kidnapping Willow and Xander and using Xander's life to threaten Willow into casting a love spell on Drusilla for him.


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* WildCard: Mayor Wilkins regards Spike as a "loose cannon" that will ruin his plans, and has Mr. Trick arrange a "welcoming party" to get rid of him.

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* FriendshipDenial: Buffy and Angel try to act like they're JustFriends, but Spike calls them on it, telling them they'll never be just friends. Buffy is forced to acknowledge that Spike's right, and tells Angel as such near the end:
-->'''Buffy'''': We're not friends. We never were.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Spike lectures Buffy and Angel on their claim that they're JustFriends, stating that they'll ''never'' be JustFriends and are still in love with one another. At the end of the episode, Buffy concedes that he's right.
-->'''Buffy''': I can fool my friends. I can even fool Giles. But I can't fool myself... or Spike, for some reason.


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* MustBeInvited: Angel tries to storm into Buffy's house when he sees Spike there... but just slams into the barrier, since Buffy had [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E17Passion previously revoked his invitation]]. When Buffy shows up and pins Spike down, she invites Angel in for backup.


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* VillainOverForDinner: Spike shows up at the Summers house... to casually drink hot chocolate and vent his sorrow over his breakup with Joyce.


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* YouAndWhatArmy: Spike taunts Angel by making like he's going to bite Joyce, to which Angel threatens to [[OffWithHisHead chop his head off]] if he touches Joyce. Spike retorts with this, and at that very moment, Buffy shows up and pins Spike to the kitchen counter.
-->'''Buffy''': That would be me!


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Spike's temporary alliance with Buffy = infidelity. ("I told her [[ItDoesntMeanAnything it didn't mean anything]], I was thinking of her the whole time, but she didn't care.") [[spoiler:A flashback scene in "Fool for Love" shows us that Drusilla isn't wrong to think this; as a {{seer}} she can tell Spike [[FoeRomanceSubtext is (or will be) in love with Buffy]] long before he realises it.]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Spike's temporary alliance with Buffy = infidelity. ("I told her [[ItDoesntMeanAnything it didn't mean anything]], I was thinking of her the whole time, but she didn't care.") [[spoiler:A A flashback scene in "Fool for Love" shows us that Drusilla isn't wrong to think this; as a {{seer}} she can tell Spike [[FoeRomanceSubtext is (or will be) in love with Buffy]] long before he realises it.]]



** Spike's description of Bangel ("You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other 'til it makes you quiver, but you'll never be 'friends'") is taken UpToEleven [[spoiler:with Spuffy, even down to Spike being the only one "man enough to admit it", as Buffy repeatedly denies their relationship.]]

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** Spike's description of Bangel ("You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other 'til it makes you quiver, but you'll never be 'friends'") is taken UpToEleven [[spoiler:with with Spuffy, even down to Spike being the only one "man enough to admit it", as Buffy repeatedly denies their relationship.]]



* RunningGag: The owner of the Magic Shop being murdered is a trend that continues until Giles buys the shop in Season 5. [[spoiler:And not even then, if you include the comics.]]

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* RunningGag: The owner of the Magic Shop being murdered is a trend that continues until Giles buys the shop in Season 5. [[spoiler:And And not even then, if you include the comics.]]

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Creator/JossWhedon has also mentioned in interviews that Spike's appearance was meant to appear like one of these, in order to distract from the rumors of the upcoming ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off.


Spike whines about sobering up as he leads Angel and Buffy to the magic shop. The couple act smug over Spike's gin-soaked misery, but Spike says they're one to talk, pointing out that the last time he saw Buffy and Angel, they were fighting to the death; Now they're making "[[LongingLook googly eyes]]" at each other. Buffy parrots that they're {{just friends}}, but Spike torpedoes that notion:

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Spike whines about sobering up as he leads Angel and Buffy to the magic shop. The couple act smug over Spike's gin-soaked misery, but Spike says they're one to talk, pointing out that the last time he saw Buffy and Angel, they were fighting to the death; Now they're making "[[LongingLook googly eyes]]" at each other. Buffy parrots that they're {{just friends}}, but Spike torpedoes that notion:
notion in one of the most famous speeches the show ever had:



Oz and Cordelia drive off to fetch Giles. Oz suddenly swerves around when he detects Willow's scent in the air ("a residual werewolf thing"). Back at the factory, Xander wakes up to find that he and Willow are locked in a basement. Deciding that [[MustNotDieAVirgin the high probability of death]] is a mitigating factor, the pair of them start kissing--just in time for Oz and Cordelia to rescue them. Cordelia looks sick and runs for the exit, but the stairs give way. Xander rushes over to see her lying face up on some rubble. She manages, "I fell." The camera pans down to show that she's been impaled on rebar.

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Oz and Cordelia drive off to fetch Giles. Oz suddenly swerves around when he detects Willow's scent in the air ("a residual werewolf thing"). Back at the factory, Xander wakes up to find that he and Willow are locked in a basement. Deciding that [[MustNotDieAVirgin the high probability of death]] is a mitigating factor, the pair of them start kissing--just in time for Oz kissing and Cordelia do we even remotely need to rescue them. tell you who shows up at at moment? Cordelia looks sick and runs for the exit, but the stairs give way. Xander rushes over to see her lying face up on some rubble. She manages, "I fell." The camera pans down to show that she's been impaled on rebar.



Back at the factory, Xander kneels over Cordelia, rebar sticking through her torso, as she loses consciousness. Cut to a cemetery, where a funeral service is being performed. Buffy and Willow walk on by, chatting about how Cordelia survived the fall and is in the hospital. ([[FakeKillScare Not cool]], Mutant Enemy.) Willow whimpers that Oz is refusing to talk to her, and Buffy suggests time and groveling. Speaking of which: Xander, huge bouquet of flowers in hand, knocks on the door to Cordy's hospital room. "Stay away from me," comes the reply. Ice cold.

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Back at the factory, Xander kneels over Cordelia, rebar sticking through her torso, as she loses consciousness. Cut to a cemetery, where a funeral service is being performed. Buffy and Willow walk on by, chatting about how Cordelia survived the fall and is in the hospital. ([[FakeKillScare Not cool]], Mutant Enemy.) Willow whimpers that Oz is refusing to talk to her, and Buffy suggests time and groveling. Speaking of which: Xander, huge bouquet of flowers in hand, knocks on the door to Cordy's hospital room. "Stay away from me," comes the reply. Ice cold.
cold and totally right.



The next, day, Spike drives off, feeling like a new man and singing Sid Vicious's "My Way".

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The next, next day, Spike drives off, feeling like a new man and singing Sid Vicious's "My Way".



* TheBadGuyWins: The episode ends with all three main couples (Buffy/Angel, Xander/Cordelia and Willow/Oz) break up, Cordelia gets impaled and almost dies (there's even a tease cut to a funeral in-progress, only for Buffy and Willow to walk past talking about how she'll recover), and Spike, having gotten over his intense depression/drinking problem and gaining a new lease on (non)life, gets away scot-free, driving off into the sunset to "torture [Drusilla] until she likes me again".

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* TheBadGuyWins: The episode ends with all three main couples (Buffy/Angel, Xander/Cordelia and Willow/Oz) break breaking up, Cordelia gets impaled and almost dies (there's even a tease cut to a funeral in-progress, only for Buffy and Willow to walk past talking about how she'll recover), and Spike, having gotten over his intense depression/drinking problem and gaining a new lease on (non)life, gets away scot-free, driving off into the sunset to "torture [Drusilla] until she likes me again".



* BittersweetEnding: On one hand, every single Scooby breaks up with their respective love interest. On the other hand, an ending where Spike is back to his old self and triumphantly singing Sid Vicious's cover of "My Way" can't be that big of a downer, can it?

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* BittersweetEnding: On one hand, every single Scooby breaks up with their respective love interest. On the other hand, an ending where Spike is back to his old self and triumphantly singing Sid Vicious's cover of "My Way" can't be that big of a downer, can it?



* BookEnds[=/=]DrunkenSong: Spike gloomily sings "My Way", originally performed by Music/FrankSinatra, as he wanders around his old haunts. When he is "back to his old self," he sings the infamous Sid Vicious cover.

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* BookEnds[=/=]DrunkenSong: Spike gloomily sings "My Way", originally performed by Music/FrankSinatra, as he wanders around his old haunts. When he is "back to his old self," he sings the infamous Sid Vicious cover.



* ContinuityDrift: Spike returns to Sunnydale drunk, despite it being established later that Vampires are immune to the effects of alcohol.
** It's not that they're immune, just that they have a much higher tolerance for it and it takes considerably more alcohol to get them drunk compared to humans.

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* ContinuityDrift: Spike returns to Sunnydale drunk, despite it being established later that Vampires are immune to the effects of alcohol.
** It's
alcohol. Specifically, it's not that they're immune, just that they have a much higher tolerance for it and it takes considerably more alcohol to get them drunk compared to humans.



* EnemyMine: This is the only occasion where we see the Big Three (Buffy, Angel and Spike) fighting side-by-side, and it's noticable that [[NotSoDifferent they're actually quite good at it]].

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* EnemyMine: This is the only occasion where we see the Big Three (Buffy, Angel and Spike) fighting side-by-side, side-by-side-by-side, and it's noticable that [[NotSoDifferent they're actually quite good at it]].



* MoodWhiplash: The DownerEnding of all of the Scoobies having to deal with the revelation of the affair at the end.... which then cuts to Spike singing (Gary Oldman's cover of) the Sid Vicious version of ''My Way'', happier than ever.

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* MoodWhiplash: The DownerEnding of all of the Scoobies having to deal with the revelation of the affair at the end.... which then cuts to Spike singing (Gary Gary Oldman's cover of) the Sid Vicious version of ''My Way'', happier than ever.


* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Willow points out that the love spell might not work. Spike replies cheerfully, "If at first you don't succeed...I kill your friend and you can try again."

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* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: {{Invoked}} as a threat. Spike, distraught over his failed UnholyMatrimony, kidnaps Willow points out that the and Xander and forces Willow to make him a love spell might not work. spell. Made oddly terrifying by how heart-broken and depressed Spike replies cheerfully, "If is.
-->'''Spike:''' And if
at first you don't succeed...I succeed ... I'll kill your friend him, and you can try again."

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* BaitAndSwitch: Cordelia falls through a stairway and is impaled on a piece of rebar. There's a sad scene of her getting weaker and passing out, played out exactly as if she were dying. Cut to a funeral service being held at an open grave... and then the camera pans away to show Buffy and Willow walking past the Cemetary chatting about how Cordelia survived.

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