Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Beer Bad

Season 4, Ep 5, Aired 11/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Still trying to come to terms with Parker's womanizing, Buffy starts to hang out at the college bar where she and a group of upper-class students drown their troubles in an excess of beer. It soon becomes apparent that the local brew really brings out the wild side of the Slayer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Tracey Forbes

  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Beer Bad

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • Ah yes, the episode many people consider to be the worst in BtVS.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Terrible!

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • oh dear! you got to be kidding!

    By kanikki83, Apr 10, 2010

  • This episode wasn't as good as most episodes!

    By Phunner1416, Jun 21, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Prof. Walsh: These are the things we want. Simple things. Comfort,sex, shelter, food. We always want them and we want them all the time. The id doesn't learn; it doesn't grow up. It has the ego telling it what it can't have and it has the superego telling it what it should want. But the id works solely out of the pleasure principle. It wants. Whatever social skills you've learned, however much we've evolved, the pleasure principal is at work in all of us. So, how does this conflict with the ego manifest itself in the psyche? What do we do when we can't have what we want?

    • Kip: The thing that the modern day pundits fail to realize is that all the socio-economic and psychological problems inherent to modern society can be solved by the judicious application of way too much beer.

    • Buffy: Want more singing. Want more beer! Xander: No, I've cut you off. Buffy: Did it hurt?

    • Giles: I can't believe you served Buffy that beer. Xander: I didn't know it was evil. Giles: You knew it was beer. Xander: Well, excuse me, Mr. "I spent the 60's in an electric-kool-aid funky-Satan groove." Giles: It was the early 70's and you should know better.

    • Willow: I mean, you men! It's all about the sex. Find a woman, drag her to your den. do whatever's necessary, just as long as you get the sex. I tell you, men haven't changed since the dawn of time. (Cavemen walk in with two girls) See!

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    Notes (6)

    • The music video Buffy was watching was Luscious Jackson's video for "Lady Fingers." Jill Cunniff, one of the vocalists for the band, knew Joss Whedon as a child (as reported in an interview with Cunniff in issue #5 of the official BtVS magazine).

    • The name of Veruca's band is Shy, but the music is actually done by the real band THC.

    • Poker's Light and Black Frost are not real beers.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series in the 52nd Annual Emmy Awards.

    • Notice here how Buffy says, "Fire bad,"? A repeat of a line in "Graduation (2)" when Buffy's talking to Giles after the destruction of the High School and the Mayor/Demon about how her brain's mush. "Fire bad, tree pretty," she says.

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    Trivia (6)

    • When Xander is ejecting Buffy from the bar, you can see a Florida Gator pennant and a Florida State Seminole pennant on the wall, near the jukebox.

    • Goof: When Xander chases the "cavemen" out of the bar with the lighter, he closes the door and then makes a motion like he is locking it. When Xander leaves the bar after talking with the bar owner about the beer, he just opens the door without unlocking it.

    • Nitpick: The beer is called Black Frost, but the beer is clearly a *light* ale.

    • Nitpick: When the guys change into the cave-dudes, you can see that they're all wearing pants, but when they go outside one of them is wearing shorts. Maybe he stripped down to his boxers?

    • Nitpick: Right after the opening credits, when they show a shot of outside the campus, you can see Buffy in the bottom left corner of the screen. It is from when first episode of season four when she's outside looking confused (the scene with the colored folders).

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    Allusions (9)

    • Xander: Well excuse me, Mr. 'I spent the sixties in an electric-kool-aid-funky-satan-groove.'
      This is most likely a reference to the "electric kool-aid acid tests" of the sixties, which were reportedly staged events where hundreds of volunteers were given Kool-Aid spiked with LSD (i.e. Electric Kool-Aid) to see how it affected them. Electric Kool-Aid is also a cocktail consisting of Amaretto, Midori, Cherry Brandy, Southern Comfort, Triple Sec, sour mix, cranberry juice, and grenadine.

    • Cave Guy: Well, Thomas Aquinas...
      This is a reference to Saint Thomas Aquinas who was an Italian philosopher and theologian, he is said to be the most influential thinker of the medieval period.

    • Lead Cave Guy: Evil, good. These are moral absolutes that predate the fermentation of malt and fine hops.
      Malt and hops are two of the main ingredients of beer (along with water and yeast). Malt is a germinated grain, usually barley. Hops are the dried ripe conelike spikes of any female flower of the genus Humulus.

    • Riley: Sets 'em up and knocks 'em down.
      This is a reference to bowling (and other similar games), in which one sets up a set of pins, rolls a ball toward them, and tries to knock them all down.

    • Xander: Gets my Oscar nod.
      The Oscars also known as the Academy Awards are the annual presentation of awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The awards are for excellence in film performance and production and the symbol of the award is a small statue called an Oscar. An Oscar is considered the highest honor one can receive in show business.

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