Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Beauty and the Beasts

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/20/98
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  • Episode Description
  • On the night of a full moon a student is found savagely mauled in the woods, and the gang worry that Oz may have escaped from his cage. However, Buffy discovers that Angel has somehow escaped Acathla's hell dimension and returned to Earth. Because time moves differently in hell, he has endured centuries of torture and is now little more than a wild animal. Now Buffy must find a way to tell the gang that Oz may be innocent and to keep them from killing Angel.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 (23)
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  • 'Night came on, and a full moon rose high over the trees lighting the land till it lay bathed in ghostly day. And the strain of the primitive remained alive and active. Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof were his.'

    By SleepTight, Aug 03, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Oz: (after fighting off Pete, Oz looks out the window and sees that it's dark out) Time's up...rules change. (Oz changes into a werewolf and attacks Pete)

    • (Buffy's tranquilizer dart misses the mark and hits Giles in the side) Giles: Ah! Buffy: Oh! Sorry! Giles: Oh, right. Bloody priceless. (Giles staggers, then falls down)

    • Buffy: It's tricky covering a fresh shiner like that. You know what works? Debbie: What? Buffy: Don't get hit.

    • Buffy: Night came on, and a full moon rose high over the trees lighting the land till it lay bathed in ghostly day. And the strain of the primitive remained alive and active. Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof were his, yet he retained his wildness and wiliness. And from the depths of the forest, a call still sounded.

    • Cordelia: Great. Now I'm going to be stuck with serious thoughts all day.

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    Notes (4)

    • Featured Music: Playing on Faith's walk-man -- "Teenage Hate Machine" by Marc Ferrari

    • The alternate title for this episode is "All Men Are Beasts."

    • When Giles remarks that time moves differently in the demon dimension, Buffy says, "I remember." That may imply that the netherworld into which she and Lily fell in "Anne" is the same demon dimension into which Angel was sucked in "Becoming, Part 2", or at least that they have the "time moves differently" thing in common.

    • John Patrick White (Pete) also worked with Seth Green (Oz) in the 1998 movie Can't Hardly Wait.

    Trivia (14)

    • Nitpick: When Angel returned from the hell dimension he was nude, and feral, but when Buffy finds him in the woods he is wearing trousers. If he is so insane and damaged from being in a hell dimension for possibly thousands of years that he can't recognize Buffy it seems odd that he is able to remember to put on pants.

    • Goof: At the morgue, Xander and Willow are seen in closeup with the corpse. As Xander asks "is Oz cleared or what" look carefully at the victim's neck and you can see it move as though he is swallowing.

    • Goof: When Buffy is in her first meeting with the counselor, her top changes from open to closed multiple times throughout the scene.

    • At 36:03 when Willow and Buffy are in the restroom talking with Debbie, there is a poster that reads "Most women aren't attracted to dead guys".

    • Goof: When Buffy and Willow are first in the bathroom with Debbie, she has not finished covering her black eye. But when they leave, it's completely covered.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Buffy: Great. So while you two live out your grim fairy tale, two people are dead. A pun referring to Grimms' Fairy Tales. The Grimm brothers collected German folktales and published them in a book called "Children's and Household Tales," which is more commonly known as Grimms' Fairy Tales.

    • Willow: Mr. Science was doing a Jekyll/Hyde deal. A reference to the most famous tale of split personality Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    • Pete: What's that, like a Barbie thing? 'Dear dream journal, how come Ken hasn't come around since he got that earring?'
      A reference to the Barbie and Ken dolls from Mattel. The earring bit may also be a reference to the identification of men with earrings as being gay. In the 80s and early 90s having your left ear pierced was considered acceptable but an earring in the right ear signified homosexuality. Now, however, men often wear earrings in either or both ears without fear of retribution.

    • Willow: I've been at Mr. Donut since the tv did that snowy thing. Mr. Donut is a national chain of stores along the lines of Dunkin' Donuts. The "snowy thing" refers to the way a television displays static due to a lack of a signal. In other words, Willow was awake past the time when the television station stopped broadcasting.

    • Buffy: This was vivid. Really vivid. Three dimensional, Sensurround, the hills are alive...
      Sensurround refers to a sound technique used mostly in the 70s, where extra low bass (outside the human hearing range) would be added to the mix. Buffy probably intended to say surround sound like she did in her Reptile Boy comments. The phrase "the hills are alive" refers to the famous song from the movie musical The Sound of Music. Both comments are more likely intended to evoke a general sense of how vivid her "dream" was rather than being specific references to anything.

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