Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/29/98
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  • Episode Description
  • It is the end of summer vacation, and Buffy is still missing. Willow, Xander, Oz, and Cordelia are attempting to keep the Sunnydale vampire population in check during Buffy's absence... with only moderate success. They miss having the Slayer around, but more than that they miss their friend. Meanwhile, Buffy has been working as a waitress in L.A., going by her middle name, Anne, and trying to forget her old life. But of course, someone always needs the Slayer's help...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • Anne.

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • Glad to get back to Sunnydale

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Anne

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Season 3, Episode 1.

    By Wanted23, Apr 19, 2009

  • Buffy is using the epithet "Anne" as she hides from her duties as a Slayer, and later has to fight to protect the homeless. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendan, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Seth Green, David Boreanaz, and Anthony Head

    By budde22, Jan 02, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Willow: You came to visit me... you came with books? Are they books for me? Oz: Well, actually, they're kind of for me. Willow: I don't get it. Oz: Well, it's sort of a funny story. You remember when I didn't graduate? Willow: Well, I know you had a lot of incompletes, but that's what summer school was for. Oz: Yeah, well, you remember when I didn't go?

    • Giles: I mean, you know, I appreciate your efforts to keep the vampire population down until Buffy returns, but if anything should happen to you, or you... should be killed, I should take it somewhat amiss. Willow: You'd be cranky? Giles: Entirely.

    • Ken: (to Buffy) You've got guts. I think I'd like to slice you open and play with them.

    • Buffy: I don't want any trouble. I just want to be alone and quiet in a room with a chair and a fireplace and a tea cozy. I don't even know what a tea cozy is, but I want one. Instead, I keep getting trouble, which I am more than willing to share.

    • Buffy: So, probably go faster if we split up. Lily: Can I come with you? Buffy: Okay, where did I lose you on the whole splitting up thing?

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    Notes (9)

    • The actor playing Ken, Carlos Jacott, will later appear on Angel in the episode "Bachelor Party", and on Firefly in the episode "Serenity". This makes him one of Joss Whedon's "hat-trick" actors (actors who have appeared in all three of Whedon's television shows).

    • At the beginning of this episode, Oz is wearing a t-shirt that says "25 cent peepshow" on it. Xander wore this same shirt in Season 1.

    • From this episode the show now has a different version of the opening theme song.

    • Beginning with this season and continuing through the rest of the series, the show is now shot using the more expensive 35mm cameras, whereas the first two seasons were shot using the cheaper 16mm models. This is why the Scoobies and their surroundings now look noticeably fresher and more colorful for their final year in high school.

    • This is the first time in the show Buffy says: "I'm Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."

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    Trivia (9)

    • We learn that Buffy's middle name is Anne.

    • When Xander and Cordelia kiss, the music that plays is the same theme that played when they first kissed in the episode "What's My Line?" (2).

    • This is one of the few times that students other than the Scooby Gang are in the library. This became a running gag among the show's fans.

    • Goof: During Belly Love's performance at The Bronze, Xander and Willow are seen from an overhead shot. Xander's left hand is on his stomach and appears to be holding a clear plastic cup. The shot dissolves to a closer shot and Xander's left hand is now down below his waist and the cup is gone. The music plays uninterrupted indicating that the dissolve shot does not involve elapsed time.

    • Goof: In the fight scene at the end of this episode, Buffy is wearing a pair of Nike shoes. After Buffy climbs the chain to join the others, she is suddenly wearing a pair of Keds.

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    Allusions (8)

    • This may be a visual play on the spirit of workers rising up against their oppressors; Buffy actually uses the symbols from the old flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as real weapons. This is a very powerful image which brings others to mind, such as the union sign scene from the film Norma Rae and propaganda posters from the days of the Cultural Revolution/Cold War.

    • Diner Name: Helen's Kitchen The name of the diner where Buffy works while in L.A., Helen's Kitchen, is probably a reference to Hell's Kitchen, the famous grimy-n-gritty section of New York. It's also fitting for the episode's theme, as Ken takes Buffy and Lily into a hell dimension.

    • Oz: If I can suggest: 'This time it's personal'? I mean, there's a reason it's a classic. Oz quotes a little Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth and final Jaws film released in 1987, when the gang is in dire need of some snappy quips with the absence of the ever-witty Buffy.

    • Rickie: How much can we afford with this much? In the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer David Arquette and Luke Perry did a very similar scene, where the boys dumped out their coins and asked the waitress what they could afford.

    • Buffy: Wanna see my impression of Gandhi?
      Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) also known as Mahatma, was a revolutionary leader in promoting religious tolerance and self-rule in India. His efforts led to the independence of India from Britain in 1947. While he may have be "really pissed off" he is most known for his non-violent approach.

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