Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 3, Ep 19, Aired 5/4/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy receives an acceptance to Northwestern University, but what should be a happy surprise turns sour when she realizes that she may not be able to go away to school and still fulfill her duties as the Slayer. Buffy manages to intercept the Box of Gavrok, a container of mystical energy that is vital to the Mayor’s Ascension. But when Willow is captured, the gang must decide whether they can give up their best chance at preventing the Ascension to save Willow’s life.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

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  • Season 3, Episode 19.

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  • Willow and Faith face off.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Wesley: The Mayor will most assuredly have supernatural safeguards protecting the box. Oh, we all forgot about that, did we? Buffy: Looks like a job for Wiccan girl. What do you say, Will? Big time danger. Willow: Hey, I eat danger for breakfast. Xander: But, oddly enough, she panics in the face of breakfast foods.

    • Buffy: I'm a Sunnydale girl, no other choice. Willow: Must be tough. I mean, here I am, I can do anything I want. I can go to any college in the country, four or five in Europe if I want. Buffy: Please tell me you're going somewhere with this? Willow: No. (hands Buffy a letter) I'm not going anywhere. Buffy: U.C. Sunnydale? Willow: I will be matriculating with Class of 2003. Buffy: Are you serious? Willow: Say, isn't that where you're going? Buffy: I can't believe it! Are you serious? Ah, wait, what am I saying? You can't. Willow: What do you mean, I can't? Buffy: I won't let you. Willow: Of the two people here, which is the boss of me? Buffy: There are better schools. Willow: Sunnydale's not bad and I can design my own curriculum. Buffy: Okay, well, there are safer schools. There are safer prisons. I can't let you stay because of me. Willow: Actually, this isn't about you. Although I'm fond, don't get me wrong, of you. The other night, you know, being captured and all, facing off with Faith, things just kind of got clear. I mean, you've been fighting evil here for three years, and I've helped some, and now we're supposed to decide what we want to do with our lives, and I just realized that that's what I want to do. Fight evil. Help people. I mean, I think it's worth doing and I don't think you do it because you have to. It's a good fight, Buffy, and I want in. Buffy: I kind of love you. Willow: And, besides, I have a shot at being a bad ass Wiccan, and what better place to learn?

    • Buffy: Do you get the feeling that we're kind of in a rut? Angel: Rut? Buffy: You never take me any place new. Angel: What about that fire demon nest in the cave by the beach? Thought that was a nice change of pace. Buffy: So this is our future? I mean, this is how we're gonna spend our nights when I'm 50 and you're... the same age you are now? Angel: Let's just get you to 50. Buffy: Liking that plan.

    • The Mayor: (about to lift the lid on the Box of Gavrok) There are about 50 billion of these things. Raise your hand if you are invulnerable.

    • The Mayor: Clandestine meetings prisoner exchanges in the dark of night? I feel like we should all be wearing trench coats!

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    Notes (2)

    • The knife given to Faith is part of a collection designed by world famous knifesmith Gil Hibben. It is called "The Jackal" and was released in 1999.

    • In this episode we learn that there is a University of California campus within the Sunnydale city limits.

    Trivia (12)

    • We learn that Buffy has an Aunt Arlene, presumably Joyce's sister, who lives in Illinois.

    • The ritual they planned to use to destroy the box of Gavrok was called Breath of the Entropics.

    • We learn that the Mayor used to have a wife named Edna Mae (whom he married in 1903 and remained with until her death) and an Irish Setter named Rusty.

    • When the lights go out in the prisoner exchange scene, Angel says he can see fine, implying that vampires have at least some degree of night vision.

    • In this episode the Mayor and Buffy finally meet face-to-face, though they were in the same room during a City Hall press conference in the "Gingerbread" (3x11), and they almost met in the sewers beneath Sunnydale in "Band Candy" (3x06).

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    Allusions (6)

    • Buffy: The Box of Gavrok. It houses some great demonic energy or something which His Honor needs to chow down on come A-Day.
      Gavrok is also the name of a character who appears in the Doctor Who episode "Delta and the Bannerman" from 1987.

    • Faith: I made him an offer he didn't survive.
      This is a play on the famous line "I made him an offer he couldn't refuse", spoken by Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

    • Faith: But you, you just can't stop Nancy Drew-ing, can you? Nancy Drew is a fictional teen detective who has her own series of mystery novels for younger readers.

    • Buffy: I'm tired of waiting for Mayor McSleaze to make his move while we sit on our hands counting down to Ascension Day.
      This is a reference to the McDonald's character Mayor McCheese.

    • Buffy: Faith's turn to the dark side of the Force pretty much put the proverbial kibosh on any away plans for me.
      Buffy talks about Faith going to work for the evil Mayor in the language of the Star Wars movies. In the movies the Force is a powerful life energy that can be used for good or evil. The evil doers are said to use the dark side of the Force. To put the kibosh on something is to bring it to an end. The word sounds Yiddish but its origin is actually unknown. Despite Buffy's statement, there is no proverb about a "kibosh".

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