The Curse of 'Buffy'...the Romance Slayer!

A true story of how Buffy turned one girl's boyfriend into an ex -- twice

Buffy turned my boyfriend into an ex -- twice.

You see, I've been obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer since the brilliant Joss Whedon series premiered on The WB in 1997. Like any devoted fan, I was home every Tuesday at 8 p.m., and if for some ungodly reason I wasn't going to be home, I'd program the ol' VCR (remember the olden days before TiVo!?).

Years ago, the guy I was dating was also a huge Buffy fan. So when my phone rang at 8:15 p.m. on a Tuesday (Dec. 19, 2000, to be exact), just as another vampire-slaying episode had begun, I thought to myself, "Why the heck would Danny call me now?"

After I said hello, I heard the cliché, "We need to talk," on the other end of the line. And for the next 45 minutes, Danny broke up with me. As sad as I was, I figured it was fate; after all, the Buffy episode "Into the Woods" -- the episode in which Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and then-boyfriend Riley (Marc Blucas) call it quits -- was airing. So it seemed cosmically perfect that if Buffy was experiencing a breakup that night, then a diehard Buffy fan like me would, too. At least that's what I told myself as tears ran down my face.

The breakup with Danny aside, I had another huge problem: thanks to that relationship-ending phone call, I still hadn't seen "Into the Woods"! It drove me crazy that I'd missed an episode of my favorite show! I hadn't set my VCR that evening, and nobody downloaded TV episodes in those days, so there was no hope, other than waiting months for the rerun to air.

By the following spring, I had a new boyfriend. And as it happens, on April 13, 2001, "Into the Woods" was scheduled to air as a rerun. Finally, my chance! Well, about 30 minutes into the episode -- I kid you not -- the phone rang. And, yes, it was my boyfriend, Chris. And yes, my heart sank as I realized he was calling to break up. Sitting on my couch, with my TV on mute, I watched Riley and Buffy end their relationship yet again, while simultaneously listening to a guy end a relationship with me. Yet again.

Now, just imagine how nervous I was to watch the "Into the Woods" episode when it re-aired, finally, two years later. I was single at the time, but... was this episode a curse? What bad fortune would come my way this time? As they said in Buffy's hometown, Sunnydale, the episode gave me the "wiggins!" Lo and behold, the "Into the Woods" rerun began and ended, and no phones rang. (Actually, if I'm going to be honest about it, I'd turned off the ringer on my phone so I'd be unaware of callers even trying to interrupt me.) Somehow I made it through that episode. Perhaps "Into the Woods" wasn't my own personal Hellmouth, after all.

Seven years later, I'm now making my current boyfriend, Andrew, watch the entire Buffy series on DVD. He'd never seen the show (unthinkable!), but he knows that if he wants to keep dating me, he'd better take an interest in it. As excited as I am that we're about to start season 3, I'm dreading the day we make it to season 5, episode 10. Third time's the charm, right? Granted, we'll be watching it together, so it'd be really strange if he called me with bad news during the middle of it, but you never know... Maybe I'll hide his phone just in case.

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