Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Tough Love 

When Tara falls victim to Glory's incredible power, Willow embraces dark magic and launches a counterattack.

Director:

David Grossman

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Rebecca Kirshner (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Clare Kramer ... Glory
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Troy Blendell ... Jinx (as Troy T. Blendell)
Anne Betancourt ... Principal Stevens
Leland Crooke ... Professor Lillian
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Todd Duffey ... Murk
Alan Heitz ... Slook
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Storyline

Buffy drops the semester in the university to rebuild her family, and receives an ultimatum from the principal of Dawn's school, who threatens to send Dawn to a foster house if Buffy is not capable to control her. Willow and Tara have a quarrel, and Willow leaves Tara alone in a festival. Glory sucks Tara's mind, and Willow uses a powerful black magic trying to defeat Glory. Meanwhile, Dawn blames herself for the mess with her friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the doctor is firing Ben he says that one of his excuses could be eating too many Twinkies. This refers to the "Twinkie Defence" as used by Dan White when he was on the trial for the murder of Harvey Milk (San Francisco City Supervisor) and George Moscone (San Francisco City Mayor). This was also referenced by Cordelia in season one's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (1997). See more »

Goofs

Buffy finds Dawn standing in the middle of a triangle made by Anya, Xander, and Willow, so accuses her sister of lying when she tries to explain it's her geometry homework - but in fact their heads are the four vertices of a regular tetrahedron. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Buffy Summers: Professor Lillian?
Professor Lillian: Buffy.
Buffy Summers: I'm sorry that I missed the lecture today.
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Connections

References A Little Princess (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Finding The Key
13 October 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Buffy drops the semester in the university to rebuild her family, and receives an ultimatum from the principal of Dawn's school, who threatens to send Dawn to a foster house if Buffy is not capable to control her. Willow and Tara have a quarrel, and Willow leaves Tara alone in a festival. Glory sucks Tara's mind, and Willow uses a powerful black magic trying to defeat Glory. Meanwhile, Dawn blames herself for the mess with her friends.

The climax of this episode is the conclusion, with Glory disclosing the identity of The Key. Willow realizes that she is not as powerful as she believes, and Spike gives good advices to Buffy. Glory asking if anybody has order an apocalypse is hilarious. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil: "Amor Violento" ("Violent Love")


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