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Spander Episodes Help 
1st-Mar-2011 11:39 pm
TW: Stiles Motel California
Hey guys!

I was wondering if anyone can tell me the names of episodes where Xander's attraction/sexuality is mentioned and also the ones that have all he wonderful Spander scenes...

I can only remember the really obvious ones like "Hush", but the others escape me completely.

I would love if you guys could help me, cause I'm on a mission to convert a friend into a Spander lover... She already loves slash but she knows nothing about BtVS and she told me to show her only the episodes that matter cause she has no patience to watch the entire show right now... lol

So please help me! *puppy eyes*
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2nd-Mar-2011 03:18 am (UTC)
"School Hard" has spawned many a fic, with it's Spike/Xander/Angel sandwich... and I forget the title, but the Buffybot episode has that lovely moment of Xander waxing poetic over how hot Spike is. As to sexuality... well, that's just sprinkled so evenly throughout, and I don't want to rec too many things that aren't strictly Spander.
2nd-Mar-2011 03:35 am (UTC)
"NANCY
Is there anyone here that hasn't slept together?

Xander and Spike exchange a glance and then look away from each other too quickly. Spike rolls his eyes."

From "Beneath You" season 7.
2nd-Mar-2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Also: "BUFFY: (angrily) I am not having sex with Spike!
ANYA: Anger.
XANDER: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.
BUFFY: (firmly) I am not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think that you might be. " From "Intervention" in...season 5, I think.
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4th-Mar-2011 02:35 am (UTC)
I mean, seriously, why else would they make those two LOOK at each other that way if not to reveal that they *had* at some point screwed around? I'd imagine it took place in the basement sometime, myself. *sighs and imagines* They should've just out right said it like they did in Angel when Spike admitted he and Angelus had been together. I don't believe for anything it was only 'the one time', though *eyeroll* They were vampires with insatiable sexual appetites, after all!

Sorry. Got a bit wordy, there *g*
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2nd-Mar-2011 04:16 am (UTC)
You might check out this essay on Xander's sexuality. All of the rest of the resources at S/X & Violence are pretty awesome, too.
2nd-Mar-2011 06:11 am (UTC)
I'll just compile a list of the episodes by season:

2x03 School Hard...sooo much fanfiction. And classic Spike. All around awesome episode and I think a great way to be intro'd to the series.
4x08 Pangs. They don't interact that much but I can never get over: "Spike : Oh, leave that one. He looks like he's ready to drop any minute, and I think I can eat someone if he's already dead." Hahaha =P
4x10 Hush. For obvious reasons. Especially the butt wriggling and bondage. XD
4x11 Doomed: A lot of fun Spander interaction in this one, I believe Xander even helps Spike up at the end of the fight. And the HAWAIIAN CLOTHES. XDD
~interlude: there's no Spander but I command you both to watch Fool for Love at this point (5x07) simply because...it's my favorite of anything ever.
5x18: Intervention for the previously stated Xander calling Spike hot =P
5x20: Spiral for the "how are your feelers?"/lemme light that for you scene.
5x21: The Weight of the World for the adorable horseplay in the hospital hallway (seriously, that scene is so cute) and then banding together to take on Doc.

Season 6 is not so much with the Spander, no sirree. Though they get all kinds of hot and heated and angry at each other throughout the whole thing.

7x02: Beneath You is just a beautiful episode in general but it has the aforementioned "is there anyone here who HASN'T slept together??" awkward glance XD
7x14: First Date Spike helps to save Xander from a she-demon and Xander asks Willow to gay him up. "Let's Gay!"

Those are the most obvious ones, though there are certainly nuances throughout the entire series. If you squint.

Just gonna say, though, it's a little hard to get someone into Spander when they don't know either of the characters very well, and just watching a few episodes isn't gonna be enough to properly fall in love with them/understand them. Also, there's obviously a lot of spoilers. So.
2nd-Mar-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
"5x21: The Weight of the World for the adorable horseplay in the hospital hallway (seriously, that scene is so cute) and then banding together to take on Doc."

Totally love that scene - always makes me grin like a lunatic!!

"5x20: Spiral for the "how are your feelers?"/lemme light that for you scene."

Oh yeah baby!!!

3rd-Mar-2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Plus Joss had said more than once that he knew either Willow or Xander was going to be gay. As much as I like the idea of a lesbian character, Xander gay (esp with Spike!) would have been much hotter.

And I agree that it is much, much better to know the characters before reading the fanfiction. I've tried to read in fandoms I don't really know (Stargate, Supernatural) and since I don't even know what the characters look like, let alone how they sound, how they interact together on the screen, it just doesn't work for me even if the characterizations are spot on and the writing is good.

Spander works because I know those boys so well!
17th-Mar-2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Have you watched the videos of the comic con that Nicky, James and Clare (Glory) were at? Someone posted a link to one of them showing all kinds of Spander-y moments and then I found a second part where someone asked Nicky if Xander was supposed to be gay - that he had read it on Wikipedia.

After joking that Xander was gay for pretty much 5 out of the 7 seasons, Nicky said that he had never heard that before - but that he would have been totally okay with that since he plays a great gay guy. When James was like, "Really?" Nicky told James that he would have to show him some of it later to which the crowd cheered and applauded. They also talked about fanfiction - or rather Spander (even though they didn't use that term). They both were okay with it because they love that people are carrying on the Buffyverse - in whatever version. Wow - since both have said that neither one is adverse to portraying a gay man, I would have loved to have seen Spike and Xander get together - they had chemistry just supposedly "hating" each other.
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