Synopsis: All the Scoobies are having relationship problems. Buffy and Angel are having relationship problems. Even the undead have relationship problems! Spike decides to try and solve his problems by having Willow cast a love spell to make Dru fall madly in love with him again.
Review: Lover's Walk is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer chick flick. Iím not one to really get into the relational part of stories, but this episode does such an effective job that I felt my heart was being wrenched out as the characters I have learned to love were going through their heart-wrenching relational problems.
While I would recommend that girls keep a box of Kleenexes close during this episode, it does not mean that there is no fun to have. Spike is back in town and comical as ever. Spike's twice-told tale of Dru making out with the slimy Chaos Demon made me laugh both times it was told. Spike has never been that effective as a bad guy, but he is effective as comic relief.
This episode stands out in the fact that it has great continuity and works well into the overall Buffy story arc as well as being a great standalone episode. A theme could have been drawn from both Willow and Spike's ill conceived attempt to use magic to solve their relationship problems, but that theme was not really developed. This episode was more about making you feel what the characters were feeling than making a point.
We get our best glimpse of the Mayor thus far. He is shaping up to be a very entertaining bad guy. All the great things going for this episode earn it high marks, but five separate complicated plots about romantic relationships bog down the story. I give it 7 out of 10.
Objectionable Content: In response to Buffy's good SAT score, Willow utters an obscenity. Combined with Spike's obscenity, the bad language count for this episode is two obscenities. Spike is obviously drunk and seen drinking alcohol. The use of witchcraft may disturb some viewers, but the witchcraft in this episode is primarily the Hollywood spell-casting type.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)