"Tabula Rasa" is the eighth episode of season six of the supernatural action series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 108th episode of the series overall. It was directed by David Grossman with a script written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner. It first aired on UPN on Tuesday, November 13th, 2001. In this episode, the Scoobies are in a sad state of affairs, still reeling from recent revelations about Buffy's time being dead, as well as the sudden shock that Rupert Giles is leaving Sunnydale. Willow and Tara's relationship is on the skids, so Willo whips up a magic spell that she hopes will make everything better. In true Willowesque fashion however, this causes a number of problems, not the least of which involves everyone temporarily losing their memories.
A Tabula rasa is the belief that all individuals are born as a veritable blank slate, without any inherent instinctual traits or inherited mental content and that all knowledge is derived from personal experience. This is reflected in this episode by the characters losing their memories, but work in contrast to the notion of tabula rasa in that they still maintain learned characteristics, such as Willow's homosexuality, Buffy's fighting prowess and Spike's British accent.
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