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4x09: "Something Blue"
Review by Mikelangelo Marinaro (MikeJer)
Posted on February 23, 2006
Writer: Tracey Forbes | Director: Nick Marck | Air Date: 11/30/1999

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This is a retrospective review and may contain spoilers from anywhere in the series. Read at your own peril.

This episode is a big bag of fun. There's certainly more substance here than in "Pangs" (4x08), especially since it directly involves Willow who's making observations about other characters. There's also a lot of really key insights made by other characters as well. This is really quite amusing to watch and contains some very memorable comedic scenes (i.e. "Giles, help! He's going to scold me!"). It isn't quite able to match "Doppelgangland" (3x16), which is the perfect example of what I'm looking for in a comedy-heavy outing: tons of humor and hefty character development. It's still extremely funny, though, and does offer up some substance.

At the beginning of the episode Riley and Buffy have a little chat. He tries to explain that he likes Buffy so much because she's a mystery. That's sure not going to last very long (as is evident in S5). He does win some points with her by calling her both mysterious and beautiful. Later on we see Buffy and Willow having an evening chat about Riley while patrolling. Buffy asks some pretty tough questions which are seriously worth thinking about. She says, "I have to get away from that bad boy thing. There's no good there. Seeing Angel in LA.. even for five minutes.. hello to the pain ... But I can't help thinking - isn't that where the fire comes from? Can a nice, safe relationship be that intense? I know it's nuts, but.. part of me believes that real love and passion have to go hand in hand with pain and fighting." She's admitting to herself here that she is attracted to the "bad boy thing" -- it gives her passion in the relationship. This whole conversation sets up the future problems she's going to have with Riley. She gets the normal boyfriend, but she isn't passionate about him. Riley begins to notice this fact about Buffy in S5, which is the primary motivation behind his actions in "Into the Woods" (5x10). He ends up trying to conform himself to be what she wants and fails miserably at it because it's not who he is.

Anyway, over at Giles' place we find Spike amusingly chained to a bathtub. Spike understandably doesn't want to give away too much information about the Initiative because he's worried Buffy will stake him afterwards. Even in the pathetic situation he's in, Spike is still extremely observant. He's the only one who notices that Willow's "hanging on by a thread" over the news that Oz is settling down somewhere else. This skill will come in handy for him when he verbally picks apart the Scoobies later in the season. It's also worth pointing out that at the end, neither Buffy or Spike seem all that disgusted by their little love session. We know Spike has that subconcious love for her working behind the scenes, so that kiss couldn't have turned him off too much. Buffy, as mentioned above, was just recently discussing her attraction to "bad boys." She may not like Spike right now, but that doesn't mean she isn't sexually attracted to him.

I really liked seeing Buffy and Riley out on a picnic together. We don't see Buffy outside in the day like this very often. Riley's car speech to her is very analogous to sex. Buffy says, "Cars and Buffy are, like .. un-mixy things." He replies, "It's just because you haven't had a good experience yet. You can have the best time in a car. It's not about getting somewhere. You have to take your time. Forget about everything. Just...relax." Now replace the word 'car' with 'sex' and 'in a' with 'having' and the connection is made. Ultimately Riley's right though, she really hasn't had a good experience yet. Riley also knows that she got used by Parker, so this is some really slick dialog by him. One other thing I want to mention is how touching Buffy is later in the episode when she tells Giles she wants him to be the one to give her away at her wedding. Even though she's under the spell, this offer is very sincere and genuinely touches Giles. Very sweet!

Willow gets herself in depression mode and it really begins to affect everyone. She ruins the mood of Buffy's picnic with Riley, is drinking beer, hurts Xander's feelings ("'Oh, poor me.. I live in a basement.' Yeah, that's dire."), and once again turns to black magic. When Giles hears that Willow tried to do a dangerous spell, especially with how emotionally unstable she is, he reacts with a look of grave concern. Willow gets defensive about it, which makes sense because Buffy was attacking her ability in "Fear, Itself" (4x04). She interprets Giles' concerns as attacks and ends up accidentally casting a spell on him. This is where the fun really begins. After he leaves, Willow moves on to Buffy for sharing her pain. The problem is, Buffy needs to go capture Spike (which she amusingly finds in two seconds, just like Willow said). So, Willow tries to talk with Xander who attempts to excercise his ability to "see and know." This time she snaps back at him and says, "Oh, yeah? Let's-let's look at your bio. Insect Lady, Mummy Girl, Anya...You're a demon magnet." It's funny and it's 100% certified true.

All of this inadvertant spell casting Willow's been doing apparently got D'Hoffryn's attention, because he pops up out of nowhere and offers her the chance to become a vengeance demon. When she refuses and says he just misunderstood what was happening he, at first, sounds incredibly angry with her. But instead of hurting her he simply sighs and says, "Oh well. Here is my talisman. You change your mind, give us a chant" and instantly sends her back to where the chaos is happening. The way the scene with D'Hoffryn is shot is positively hilarious. It's cool that he sees something in Willow now that makes him believe she could be a great force of vengeance, which she actually does become in "Villains" (6x20).

When Willow breaks the spell, everyone is looking at her with big "what the hell" faces. The scene then abruptly cuts to piles of cookies which she cooked to help let everyone forgive her. It's fun to note that her shirt says, "Speak no evil." Cookies help heal the current repercussions, but they certainly don't solve the root problem. Notice we don't see Giles, the person who's consistently been telling Willow be careful, eating a cookie? It's likely because she has everyone but him fooled about the danger of her growing powers. This is a really good episode. There's a ton of memorable humor along with some fascinating character development.

Minor Pros/Cons (+/-)
+Buffy's quick dusting of the vamp that interrupted her important conversation with Willow.
+Buffy feeding and ridiculing Spike, who's chained to a bathtub with a "Kiss the Librarian" novelty mug and a straw.
+Willow's reaction to seeing all of Oz's stuff gone. She knows he's not coming back for sure now.
+Spike desparately wanting to see Passions on the TV.
+Willow de-ratting poor Amy into a human for a second and then turning her right back!
+Buffy and Spike switching from wanting to tear each other apart to kissing each other.
+The entire Buffy/Riley conversation about her wedding to Spike. "You're ruining my happy day."
+Spike making fun of Buffy's name. "It's a terrible name."
+Xander's reaction to seeing Buffy and Spike all over each other.
+Buffy saying "well, we're all tired of it" in response to Willow's moping.
+Buffy always thinking she's immune to spells when she's under one.
+Anya not being able to remember D'Hoffryn's summoning spell.
+Buffy telling Riley she was just messing with him about marrying Spike.
-The big end fight scene came off as long and a bit too silly.
  • When Willow asks Buffy what she thinks of Riley she responds, "I don't know. I really like being around him, you know? And I think he cares about me.. but.. I just.. feel like something's missing." Willow says, "He's not making you miserable?" Buffy comes back, "Exactly." This dialog is already foreshadowing the failure of their relationship. Buffy's not passionate for Riley and at this point in her life and she actually wants that even though she doesn't fully realise it here. This same discussion pops up again in "Into the Woods" [5x10].




SPIKE:How long am I going to live once I tell you?
GILES:Look, look, Spike - we have no intention of killing a harmless.. uh, creature.. but we have to know what's been done to you. We can't let you go until we're sure that you're .. impotent -
GILES:Sorry, poor choice of words. Until we're sure you're, you're..
SPIKE:You are one step away, missy.
BUFFY:(Sarcastically) Giles, help! He's going to scold me.

BUFFY:You want something nicer? Look at my poor neck. All bare and tender and exposed.. all that blood just...pumping away...
GILES:Oh, please.
SPIKE:Giles, make her stop.

BUFFY:One more word out of you, and I swear..
SPIKE:Swear, what? You're not gonna do anything to me. You don't got the stones.
BUFFY:Oh, I got the stones. I got a whole bunch of...stones.
SPIKE:Yeah? You're all talk.
BUFFY:GILES! I accidentally killed Spike. That's okay, right?

GILES:Are you.. helping me?
SPIKE:Well, it's almost like you're my father-in-law, in'nt?
BUFFY:See? This is how it's gonna be. Spike'll even take care of you while I'm at the magick shop. From now on, we're a family.
GILES:That's alright. I have more scotch.

ANYA:I liked those fruit roll-ups.
XANDER:Shush, I thought she'd never clear out. Besides, just think of my lips as, the fruit roll-ups of love. (Pause) Okay, that was gross.

BUFFY:Spike and I are getting married!
XANDER:How? What? How?
GILES:Three excellent questions.
SPIKE:(To Buffy) What are you lookin' at?
BUFFY:The man I love.
XANDER:Can I be blind too?

BUFFY:And you both were effected. I probably only escaped because I'm the Slayer. Some kind of natural immunity.
XANDER:Yeah. Right. You're marrying Spike because you're so right for each other.
SPIKE:That's it - you're off the usher list.

BUFFY:What? You want me to stop working?
SPIKE:Let's see - do I want you to give up killing my friends? Yeah, give it some thought.

BUFFY:Oh, ugh..
SPIKE:Oh, bloody hell!
BUFFY:Spike lips! Lips of Spike!

SPIKE:Don't I get a cookie?
SPIKE:Well, I gotta have something. I still have Buffy taste in my mouth.
BUFFY:You're a pig, Spike.
SPIKE:Yeah, well I'm not the one who wanted "wind beneath my wings" for the first dance.

Comments (46)
All Comments | Link1 | GroundedFeb 24, 2006
This ep is hysterical, even if it has that strange 'bubblegum' quality that a lot of S4 eps have. I crack up every time Buffy says she's immune because she's the slayer.

"She may not like Spike right now, but that doesn't mean she isn't sexually attracted to him."

I don't think it's fair to say Buffy's attracted to Spike in any way whatsoever at this point.
All Comments | Link2 | MikeJer | CREATOR/WRITERFeb 24, 2006
I don't know about that. I didn't directly say she was attracted to him in any way here (or I at least I didn't mean to), but I'm not ruling out the possibility. I've met a lot of people I hate but still find incredibly attractive. I think it's possible Buffy sees Spike this way, and that's what I was trying to say. He disgusts her as an individual right now, but she prolly thinks, at least to herself, that he's a 'hottie.' (word she uses in "Lessons")
All Comments | Link3 | GroundedFeb 24, 2006
To be fair, you could say that about almost any pairing you like on TV since so many of the actors/actresses are...um...easy on the eyes? ;)
All Comments | Link4 | 20questionsgeniusFeb 24, 2006
I love this episode; it’s my very favorite one of the entire series. I bet that probably makes me seem shallow, but I cannot help it. This episode has too many funny things going on. It's my favorite because I can watch it and laugh every single time, and know that for now, things are right in the world of Sunnydale, at least on the surface. Later on, with some of my very favorite episodes I love watching them, but I finish them with this sad feeling because really how many episodes of Buffy end happily? Not too many. Also, it’s shameless but I love seeing Buffy and Spike together, he is too sexy for words. And the way Buffy is, not being all that worried about Giles and his blindness and not trying to protect Xander and Anya during the final fight scene because she's too preoccupied with kissing Spike and making sure he's ok, was some interesting foreshadowing for how Buffy will be when she really is involved with Spike, not noticing Willow's problem, not taking very good care of Dawn etc. Also, I think that Buffy probably did have some latent sexual attraction to Spike already. Like MikeJer said, Buffy doesn't like Spike one iota right now, but that doesn't mean she cannot be physically attracted to him. I know guys that I think are pretty big jerks, but damn if they aren't extremely hot. Plus, with Willow's spell there has to be some grain of truth or probability to it for it to work. When Willow wills her heart to be healed now, it doesn't work, because alas, getting over someone whom you loved so much doesn't work like that. Also, she wills the book to speak its words to her, and obviously there's no possible way for that to happen. But when she tells Giles he doesn't see anything we can believe that is possible because Giles already needs glasses, so there's something to work with there. And Xander really does attract a lot of demons. So, I think there had to be some spark, some attraction between Spike and Buffy for their "engagement" to have happened in the first place. And one question, when Buffy is sitting in Spike's lap and they're talking about wedding plans, what is Spike writing? Is it wedding plans, because if so I'm gonna go find that scene and kiss the screen right now.
All Comments | Link5 | MikeJer | CREATOR/WRITERFeb 24, 2006
I don't think loving this episode beyond reason makes you shallow at all. I mean, I gave it a 90 (A-). I think this might be AaronJer's favorite episode too.

It's excellent material and incredibly hilarious. I just feels it lacks the lasting value that "Doppelgangland" has, which is a similar comedy-based episode. In "Doppelgangland" we see Willow decide to start making big changes with herself as a result of her experience in that episode. That's why "Something Blue" is just a smidgen under "Doppelgangland."
All Comments | Link6 | 20questionsgeniusFeb 24, 2006
I haven't seen "Doppelgangland" in so long, but so many people seem to love that episode. I remember thinking that was a really cool episode but that was before Willow became my second favorite character. So i think im going to go back and watch "Doppelgangland" again, that one and "The Wish".
All Comments | Link7 | MikeJer | CREATOR/WRITERFeb 24, 2006
After seeing the entire series a few times before reviewing it, I've come to like "Doppelgangland" even more than the previous times. I enjoyed it enough before, but I never really noticed a lot of the changes it actually brings to Willow. It turns out it's one of the biggest Willow episodes in the first 5 seasons and it's kind of camoflauged by wonderful humor. There's a lot of eps like that, where when you rewatch it you realise its place in the whole and have even more respect for it.
All Comments | Link8 | cayayofmFeb 26, 2006
Talking about Dopenganglands. Mikejer you recently watched Pangs where Anya says: "so this is Angel", it seems like she does not know who he is, but Angel and Anya met in Dopelganglands, they don't actually talk but they have various scenes together and I belive that they both are together when they sent Vampire Willow back.
All Comments | Link9 | MikeJer | CREATOR/WRITERFeb 26, 2006
Hmm. I'll have to put in my DVD and check that out. I think they do notice each other at the very end of "Doppelgangland" when they're sending Vamp Willow back.
All Comments | Link10 | jessica and corrieNov 29, 2006
we love ur site and this is a great rerveiw. Something blue is one of our fave ep's!!!
All Comments | Link11 | junMay 20, 2007
Actually, Spike makes the comment about Willow hanging on by a thread before she finds out that Oz is settling elsewhere. It's this discovery that makes her miss the meeting she'd arranged with Giles for the following morning (to try a truth spell on Spike).
All Comments | Link12 | buffyholicNov 5, 2007
This is another great episode. Spike/Buffy is truly hilarious. I love how she thinks she´s immune to the spell because she´s the Slayer, she thinks that later on "Him". And I find it very curious that in this episode they´re all sick of Willow´s moping and can´t stand it anymore. Did they all forget about Buffy? That when her life is crumbling apart she mopes a lot. Just an interesting thing to look at.
All Comments | Link13 | gabrielleabelleNov 10, 2007
Any episode with Spike kissage makes me happy. I'm such a shallow fangirl. And SMG and JM are awesome together.

I did think that the group was a little callous towards Willow. Yeah, it's not fun when your friend's all mopey. But given the amount of Buffy angst they've put up with, I think they can allow Willow her fill. Just seemed a little insensitive for them to rag on her about it.

And I'm sure Buffy finds Spike hot (who wouldn't?) but I doubt she thinks of him as attractive at this point. After all, he did just try to kill her a few episodes ago. Kinda puts a damper on any lusty feelings.

For Spike's part, I tend to think that he feels passionately towards Buffy. Without the chip, he directs that to a murderous rage. With the chip, though, he channels it into an all-consuming, obsessive love. Course, he doesn't realize what's happened until next year when he starts on his redemptive road.
All Comments | Link14 | bigmoneygripOct 31, 2008
Another great one! Some of my noticings:

D'Hoffryn is a pretty decent guy, for a demon, I must say.

The prop guys did a real good (and very realistic) job when Buffy first gave Spike the mug of blood when he was in the tub. When she took it away from him and he kept the straw, you saw this thick, red gross stuff dripping out of the end. The could have used red kool aid or something else, but the fact that they used realistic, thick, fake blood is fantastic.

I am laughing so hard at Spike, a.k.a. William the Bloody, mean, nasty, homicidal vampire, being hooked on soaps. "Timmy's down a well" I wonder if that is the actual storyline, or if Spike is doing a "Timmy and Lassie" thing?

Is Buffy cracking? At the end, Spike just has his torso tied to the chair with his hands free.

"I don't get a cookie?" Willow stuffs one in his mouth.

Spike: This is the crack team that foils my every plan? I
am deeply shamed.
All Comments | Link15 | AdamJan 14, 2009
I love this episode. Every episode (and season) of Buffy manages to possess a different quality of the show. Something Blue is a great example of top notch comedy in BtVS.

I'm sure this already has been realized, but since I couldn't find this mentioned here (or unless I skipped it somehow) I need to point out some fun little foreshadowing in the beginning of the episode. It shows Riley putting up a banner which says "lesbian alliance" and as we all know Willow becomes a lesbian a little later in the season and just the next episode (Hush) she meets Tara.
All Comments | Link16 | EmilyMay 3, 2009
Once again, Joss and the others show amazing continuity, because once again, it's Spike who is able to really see what's going on with the people around him, while everyone else is oblivious. Just like back in "Lover's Walk" (3x08), when he saw that Buffy and Angel were still in love with each other, he now sees that Willow is still in pain, when nobody else could. Very well done.
All Comments | Link17 | LeeluMay 3, 2009
Yes, the "Timmy down a well" was a real storyline on Passions, if I remember correctly. (I would watch it off and on...it was so bad that it was hilariously good. haha)
All Comments | Link18 | JaydeMay 29, 2009
Someone mentioned the end where Spike just has his torso tied up. I love that moment, it really shows that he's not a threat to them anymore.

Plus the expression he makes when he's chewing the cookie is priceless.
All Comments | Link19 | SeleneJul 8, 2009
While I find most of this episode hilarious, one part of it pissed me off to no end: Buffy and Xander's insensitivity to Willow's very real pain:

Xander: Willow and her griefy-poor-me mood swings — so, so tired of it.

Buffy: Well, we're all tired of it...

This is especially hard to take from Buffy as Willow listened to her (Buffy's) whimpering about Angel for months and months (and even at the beginning of the episode!) yet they expect Willow to just get over Oz's betrayal and abandonment in a matter of weeks? Some friends they are.

All Comments | Link20 | LeeDec 3, 2009 @ 3:40pm
I suspect that Buffy and Spike were already attracted to one another at this point. Willow's spell caused them to get engaged. It never caused them to fall in love. Buffy and Spike did that on their own.
All Comments | Link21 | KatieJDec 5, 2009 @ 10:54am
Other than being uproariously funny, and perfect for Spike/Buffy fans, this episode left me thinking about ideas of intention and self-honestly. I was recently (well its been some months) laid off, and I can really appreciate Willow's motivations and actions better. I truly loved and cared for my job, and my friends are just plain sick of hearing about my grief process. I was left wondering how unintended Willow's spell outcomes were, really. She's a little, too "whups did I do that?" because she deep down wanted to hurt those she loved most for not giving her the compassion she needed at that moment. Boy, that's a nice sentence. Requiring others' energy to feel ok about your own emotions can also be a mark of an addict, looking ahead to S6.
All Comments | Link22 | Nathan.TaurusJan 25, 2010 @ 6:39pm
A bit of a hit an miss episode for me. I almost laugh uncontrollably at Spike telling Buffy, "That lip. Gonna get it, gonna get it." And to a lesser extent her response of, "What's wrong with Buffy?" and Giles' "Ah, such a good question."

Buffy tormenting Spike in the bath tub about being impotent and flaccid then offering her neck to him. That is just cruel and unusual punishment, I mean, who doesn't want that neck, really?

Willow depressed was what brang the episode down, and the demon fight at the end.
All Comments | Link23 | ProphecyGirlFeb 12, 2010 @ 12:57am
On a foreshadowing note,when I rewatched this episode recently I was reminded of JM's fabulous delivery of "Dont I get a cookie?".
Not only is that a hilarious line but I think it foreshadows Buffy's famous 'cookie dough' speech in Chosen really well and also when asks her to "give him a crumb" to show him he has a teeny chance with her in Crush.
It's VERY possible Spike wanted to 'be the one to enjoy (Buffy's) cookies' even then. It would explain alot of his actions/reactions to her.
Love this episode. Obviously I'm a huge B/S fan
I've been in love with JM ever since I saw him on a interview talking about Buffy conventions saying "France was very...intense. I mean, they they tried to physically rip my clothes off." The obvious terror on his face when he said this was adorable!
All Comments | Link24 | AttackedWithHummusMar 28, 2010 @ 9:48am
How is it possible that with all these Spike/Buffy comments not one person has complained about not including the most shamelessly hilarious foreshadowing of all: the Spike/Buffy Season 6 relationship? It is similar in nature as is. It's extreme, frowned upon, and although Spike may put on his tough exterior he is all for it while Buffy says "I don't even really like him." Of course the magnitude doesn't compare, all is conditional here, and they are open about it, it is still most certainly extra-humorous looking back.
All Comments | Link25 | AlanMar 28, 2010 @ 5:29pm
excercise his ability : exercise
inadvertant spell casting: inadvertent
All Comments | Link26 | AlieJun 12, 2010 @ 10:38am
Hi! First of all, your reviews are great and dead on. I also love how you point out stuff that I don't even think about until I watch the episode a second time. Just a note, this episode foreshadows way more than you may think. This episode foreshadows Willow's growing power that leads up to her becoming evil. It also says a lot for Buffy and Spike's relationship. I love it when Buffy's talking about Spike to Riley:
Buffy: I really think you'll like him.Well, nobody really likes him.....
Riley: I'd just like to clear up a few things-
Buffy: I don't really like him...
Riley: Buffy.
Buffy: ...but I love him. I do.
This really foreshadows their undescribable relationship.

Anyway, I won't go into too much more detail because I think you touched on everything else.
All Comments | Link27 | JohnJan 12, 2011 @ 8:36pm
Absolutely hilarious episode, one of the standouts of S4 for me. I did find it a bit unfortunate that they would so callously say they were tired of Willow moping around when Buffy was doing the same thing last season. To be fair, though, Buffy was in a far worse situation than Willow was and also didn't complain about it nearly as much to her friends, I think. Buffy's problem has always been that she tries to deal with her problems herself, and thus I'd imagine that there probably wasn't as much Buffy moping over Angel as there was Willow moping over Oz.
All Comments | Link28 | AfterthebattleMar 16, 2011 @ 1:43pm
"If I had any real power I could have made Oz stay with me." - I find this line incredibly scary! And it foreshadows how Willow erases Tara's memory of their argument in All The Way.
All Comments | Link29 | AApr 17, 2011 @ 7:14pm
(About the sexual attraction thing- I don't think that the fact that he's tried to kill her is necessarily a turn-off. I mean, Faith's very upfront about the fact that slaying makes her horny, and remember in season five-
Buffy: "You got off on [killing]."
Spike: [raised eyebrow] "Well, yeah. Don't you?")
All Comments | Link30 | baunger1May 13, 2011 @ 8:33am
A phenomenal episode. I agree that it has the same quality as Dopplegangland, in the sense that it's very, very funny, but also contains an enormous amount of foreshadowing: Willow's inappropriate use of magic, magic as vengeance, references to forgetting spells, and, of course, Spike's and Buffy's entire season 6 relationship.

I think Spike and Buffy have been unconsciously attracted to each other from their very first contact in School Hard. Spike stalks her in a very sexual way at the Bronze, and she suggests putting down their weapons so they can fight hand to hand. There's always been something between them; it just changes and grows and comes to the surface as the series continues.
All Comments | Link31 | SpikeFan May 13, 2011 @ 9:32pm
Yes I agree with you on the massive amounts of foreshadowing. Even Giles being blind playing a clairvoyant role. In later seasons Giles is not as much in the loop about Buffy's life and his role as her watcher slowly disintegrates over time. Willow of course gets her first taste of powerful magic which is the premise of season 6.
There was even the momentary foreshadowing of the return of Amy from rat form.

This episode's greatest foreshadowing was of course Buffy and Spike's relationship played out as many wished it could have, but alas for the sake of the show could not be that happy and sparkly. This episode was genuinely hilarious and had some very good dialogue between the characters. Plus the scene when Buffy is feeding Spike in the bathtub with the Kiss the Librarian mug is genius, one of my favorite screen shots of all time.
All Comments | Link32 | ShinyJun 24, 2011 @ 11:21am
Just a comment on the people who felt Xander and Buffy's attitudes towards Willow's depression were unfair - they weren't simply bitching about her 'griefy-griefy poor me' state; they were also largely complaining about her "mood swings". Throughout the whole episode, Willow hurls thoughtless and sometimes intentionally derisive insults at her friends, and I think Buff and Xand were justified in being sick of taking that abuse.

I did think the way Buffy said "Well, we're ALL sick of it" was delivered pretty callously, but of course she's busy being on cloud nine planning the wedding from hell due to a spell gone wrong, so she's not exactly herself at present.

I enjoy the episode, but I find the Buffy/Spike gooey stuff gross and cringeworthy rather than funny, but it's fun watching the characters' reactions. I think there are much funnier comedies and don't really get why this one gets so much praise, but then everyone's sense of humour is individual.
All Comments | Link33 | buffyholicJul 16, 2011 @ 5:02am
Foreshadowing: Buffy says: "we may be in a forgetting spell later" and that is what happens in Tabula Rasa when Willow erases her memory for most of that episode.

Also, the discussion between Giles and Willow about using magic reminded me of how he will scold her in Flooded, though in the latter, she is already more frightening.
All Comments | Link34 | Sam LMar 21, 2012 @ 7:32pm
While I don't love this episode, it does have one of my favorite exchanges --

ANYA (talking about Willow & Oz): If I still had my powers, I would liquefy his entrails for her.
XANDER (visibly horrified): That's sweet.

All Comments | Link35 | Jade FerralJun 11, 2012 @ 6:34pm
I just recently re-watched Something Blue, and one of the biggest things that stood out to me was the contrast between Buffy and Riley's interaction and Buffy and Spike's interaction before the spell. Buffy and Riley's interaction seemed awkward and unnatural, and some of their lines just didn't seem to fit. Whereas with Buffy and Spike, each retort just flew out of their mouths with no hesitation-- it was like they were born to interact with each other. That's just what it seemed like to me.
All Comments | Link36 | ItAin'tAeschylusAug 8, 2012 @ 8:07pm
I especially like the scenes of Spike chained up in the tub. You can almost see the electricity snapping when he glares at Buffy. The way she teases him and gets physically closer to him as the scenes progress also suggests there's chemistry between them. I find something oddly intimate in the way Buffy is feeding Spike, and the way the two look at each other while she does. Why didn't Giles feed him? After all, Buffy's the Vampire Slayer, not the Vampire Feeder. Great mock-serious delivery by SMG of the line "He's going to scold me!" Giles is hilarious in his dismay at the way Buffy and Spike are going at each other; and as usual, Marsters' facial expressions and vocal delivery is very nuanced. Finally, I like Spike in his "hungry vampire" makeup with the dark-ringed eyes and pale lips, all punk/goth and arsenic chic.
All Comments | Link37 | JaniceNov 5, 2012 @ 6:51am
This is the episode that leaps to my mind when I need a laugh - I can just think of the bathtub exchange between Buffy and Spike and and I start grinning. The snap and patter between SMG & JM is wonderful, even if the writers had no intention of taking Buffy and Spike "down that road" at the time, the episode really is the entire B/S relationship in a microcosm. And it's just damnably funny from beginning to (almost) end, excluding Buffy going to patch things up with Riley. An episode this funny begs for a better ending. (Such as the final scene in "Pangs".)

One of the things that I find interesting is that S4 is the season in which magic becomes a metaphor for Willow's sexuality (in addition to the "magic as power/magic used inappropriately" theme that becomes Willow's arc.) Her first attempt to use magic "inappropriately", if my memory serves, was the vengeance spell she couldn't bring herself to finish against Veruca in "Wild at Heart" after she discovered Oz had cheated on her. Then the spell in SB can be read as "masturbation", particularly when compared to the spell Willow and Tara perform together in "Who's that Girl" (both are performed within magical circles.)
All Comments | Link38 | SummerDec 26, 2012 @ 12:08pm
Replying to Janice (#37)
I like your comment about Willow Janice. It's interesting because this whole season is exploring sex more. Sex as power (Parker/Buffy, Willow, violent bite/rape metaphors), sex as part of a long term relationship. spike's "impotence" and more evidence that killing demons gets you all hot and heavy! heh

I like the double entende of the episode title.
All Comments | Link39 | ArachneaMar 1, 2013 @ 2:55am
A truly funny episode with lots and lots of character work.

What's happening to Willow is very insteresting and very scary because she has powers and is willing to use them for her own purpose. We see the first steps for Giles to try to warn Willow about the dangers of dark magic and the vengeance demon in chief wanting to recruit her is a great tip off !

Someone said there had to be some basis for the spell to work and I think it's alright to believe that Buffy can be (unconsciously) sexually attracted to Spike: when discussing fighting with Faith, they both acknowledged that it could be compared to a sexual rush of adrenaline. Even under the spell, she says "I don't like him" and it's very true, but that doesn't mean she doesn't want him. As opposed to Riley who is honorable and safe (I'm talking relationship), Spike has the spark; Buffy is a slayer, she needs the danger. As for Spike, well, he's obsessed with (killing) her.

About the protests of Xander and Buffy being sick of Willow's sorrow, I don't think it's out of character for this episode. In the group, from season 1 to 3, Willow was the only one capable of comforting her friends. In season 4, she continues by being there all the way with Buffy after Parker; she was also listening to Buffy complain about a roommate even though hers seemed far worse that Buffy's - before they became crazy. Now she's the one in need and is truly depressed, but we've seen her being really mean to Xander even when he tried to comfort her. I truly believe he's not sick of her sorrow but of her harshness. Buffy has also grown, she's learned a lot about pain and I liked her a lot when she was defending Willow or tried to soothe her. But as we see throughout the seasons, the pain of her friends makes her feel uneasy; plus, she's got too much in her mind to observe them carefully. It's no wonder that Spike is the only one to really see that Willow is depressed and needy, as seen before, one of his qualities is a deep understanding of human emotions and beheviour. And it's also no wonder that Willow turns to magic when her best friend decides to go after a harmless vampire instead of staying with her.

I'm not saying that Willow is not at fault or that Buffy is a bad friend ! I'm just saying it's much more complicated than black and white and that's one of the reasons this show is so good. All the characters have consistent qualities and consistent flaws with which we can all relate.

What I said seems very serious for an episode that tells a story with humour, the writer's team have made it again. Deep story told with huge comedy, bravo :).
All Comments | Link40 | Nebula NoxJan 9, 2014 @ 2:03am
Love the title. Something Blue refers to a wedding, and of course it also refers to Willow's depression.
All Comments | Link41 | Spuffy4evaJan 18, 2014 @ 12:25am
Replying to Lee (#20)
I was going to raise this point too-Spike and Buffy were never commanded to fall in love. I am an enormous Spuffy fan, as my name suggests, so I love this episode and all the foreshadowing it holds.
All Comments | Link42 | NJ88Feb 22, 2014 @ 2:22pm
I absolutely love this episode.

As the reviewer said. The perfect mixture of comedy and character progression. Only slightly behind Dopelganged.

The ONLY issue I have with the episode is the characters actually getting sick and tired of Willow being upset about the Oz situation. It wasn't long ago, she's just found all his stuff moved out, of course she's going to be upset about it. To disregard it as a lot of them do is a little out of character for me. They would be supportive I'm sure. It was only recent afterall.
All Comments | Link43 | FoxmanApr 6, 2014 @ 10:43am
I don't find their reactions to Willow's grief particularly out of character at all. As others have mentioned, the dialogue refers more to her "mood swings", ie her cruel comments to Xander, her substance use to deal with her feelings, as being the source of their exhaustion. Besides, who hasn't been exasperated by the moping of good friends at some point in their lives? It's not honorable, sure, but the Scoobies aren't painted as the paragons of virtue and absolute goodness. The moral gray areas that abound are hallmarks of BtVS and AtS. I always think of Giles' line in "Lie to Me" as being representative of this: "The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats."

Plus, there's always the characters' remarkable self-involvement. Buffy in particular.
All Comments | Link44 | ericas623May 31, 2014 @ 8:11pm
I just caught a replay of this episode, and I definitely agree that there is a glimmer of sexual attraction between Buffy and Spike. I didn't notice it before, but there is a pause after Willow breaks the curse and Spike and Buffy stop kissing where you can see Spike's reaction. The look on his face is anticipating, and only after Buffy's response does he voice his own disgust. I think that was intentionally edited so it shows some sexual attraction, at the very least for Spike.
All Comments | Link45 | LydiaJun 20, 2014 @ 1:58am
I really love this episode, its so funny and insightful too. Everything about it is just fun, I love the Spike and Buffy interaction by the bathtub when the spell kicks in, and the way Giles is truly annoyed by their behavior. "If these two don't kill each other I might lend a hand." Haha. Plus, any episode with Spike kissage is a good episode, nuff said.

Buffy and Spike have so much chemistry, as many mentioned earlier, it is interesting that the spell demanded that the two of them get engaged but mentioned nothing about falling in love and yet they did. Anya and Xander were really cute and Willow was, well, Willow. Its scary that she was suggesting keeping Oz with her by using magic, that's just wrong in so many ways. It's sad that none of her friends are beginning to see her descent into darkness, because the seeds for Dark Willow are truly being planted. Spike is very perceptive when he isn't trying to kill anyone, isn't he? I feel like instead of Xander, he's the one who truly 'sees' everything, anyway that's a debate for another season and another episode. I even liked Riley in this episode, "I don't think "no" is a strong enough word." hahah! I ship Spike and Buffy, but I think Riley is what Buffy needs, a nice, stable, guy (or what he seems like until they find out that maybe he isn't as nice and stable as he seems) before she jumps into bed with yet another vampire. Anyway, everything about this episode is awesome and its a BtVS classic that has the ability to make my day.
All Comments | Link46 | NixJul 16, 2014 @ 3:18pm
I can't help but think that Pangs, AtS's I Will Remember You and this episode constitute something of a three-parter. The connection between Pangs and I Will Remember You is obvious: the one triggers the other. But IWRY and Something Blue both involve Buffy and romantic involvement with a vampire: the first involves her last romantic involvement with one vampire, the second her first romantic involvement with another one. In both cases they are effectively artificially induced (one by changing the vampire's soul, the other by changing Buffy) and in both cases they are more or less forgotten or reset.

Some of this is the inevitable consequence of a show with a limited number of major character pairings available -- but that these happen in consecutive episodes that were I believe aired on the same night (or, at the most, on consecutive weeks -- the information I find on this is conflicting) is a bit of a dead giveaway.
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