Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 4, Ep 11, Aired 1/18/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Now that Riley knows that Buffy is the Slayer, and she knows that he is one of the mysterious commandos, they are having a hard time redefining their relationship. Meanwhile, to distract Giles from focusing on the commandos, Buffy tries to convince him that the recent earthquake might be a prophecy of doom and should be investigated. Then, when a new group of demons shows up in town stealing items of a mystical nature, it appears that she may be right after all.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Doomed

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • This is a really good episode with a terrible plot, which is quite possibly the most inept of the entire series.

    By tarafan2, Jun 19, 2013

  • Suffers in comparison with what's gone before

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Demons try to end the world by opening the Hellmouth? Cause that's never happened before.

    By TwistedConverse, Oct 18, 2008

  • Doomed

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 22, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Giles: It's the end of the world. Buffy, Willow, Xander: Again?

    • Riley: No weapons. No backup. You don't go after a demon that size by yourself. Buffy: I do.

    • Buffy: Death. Pain. Apocalypse -- none of them fun. Do you know what the Hellmouth is? 'Cause I went to school on top of it. For three years. We don't have that much in common. This is a job for you. Riley: It's not just a job- Buffy: It's an adventure, great, but for me it's destiny.

    • Buffy: Why is he even here? It’s not like he can fight. Willow: If we leave him alone he'll stake himself. Buffy: And that's bad because...?

    • Riley: Well, hey! Willow, and Xander, right? Jeez, what are the chances, huh? Yeah, I was just passing by, and I thought I heard people inside.
      Willow: You were just passing by, in your G.I. Joe outfit?
      Buffy: No offense, but you do look wicked conspicuous.
      Riley: I do? Paint-ball! Yeah, I was playing paint-ball, and then the aftershock.

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    Notes (10)

    • "Doomed" is the first episode that we get to see what exactly happened to Sunnydale High from the explosion in "Graduation Day (2)".

    • Spike calls Xander a "poof" in this episode. Roughly translated, he's calling Xander gay, which would be appropriate seeing as Joss was uncertain of whether Xander or Willow would turn out to be gay. Up until now, there are numerous instances to support either one.

    • When Riley questions Spike, Spike fakes a bad Texan accent to avoid recognition. This is ironic, since when James Marsters(Spike) was originally auditioning, he gave Spike's character a Texan accent. The idea was rejected, and Spike ended up with his current accent.

    • "Doomed" is the only episode that three writers are credited with writing the script. David, Jane, and Marti broke the episode up into thirds to write since there was little time for one writer to write the complete episode.

    • The character "Percy" shows up randomly. He was last seen in "Graduation Day Part 2". He appears in one scene in this episode, and is never seen again.

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    Trivia (11)

    • While Spike cannot bite or hurt humans, he can hit and hurt demons.

    • While Spike cannot bite or hurt humans, he can hit and hurt demons.

    • Goof: The picture of the Word of Valios is actually just pasted into a King James Version Bible, in Ezekiel 30, to be exact. You can see that the verses skip straight from 15 to 22 behind it. Not only that, but in several places, the first letter of either 'Lord' or 'God' has been altered (presumably to make the substitution less apparent).

    • Nitpick: Willow says: "...The dead guy, he was propped up, like whatever killed him wanted to drain the blood out of him..." However, when she turns the light on, he's flat on his back and remains that way.

    • Goof: When Xander picks up the unconscious Spike in the library you can see Spike give Xander an assist with his right arm, pushing up from the floor.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Forrest: Maybe this is a bad time to tell you about Lara Croft.
      Lara Croft is the fictional heroine of Tomb Raider video games and comic books. Forrest is assuring Riley that the Slayer is only a legend.

    • Riley: It's not just a job- Buffy: It's an adventure, great, but for me it's destiny. The Navy used to use the slogan "It's not just a job, it's an adventure" for their recruiting program during the 80's and 90's.

    • Forrest: Granted they're a little rarer than the ones you grew up with on that little farm in Smallville...
      This is a reference to Smallville, Kansas, the small town where Clark Kent (aka Superman) lived and grew up as a teenager. Interestingly enough Leonard Roberts (Forrest) later appeared in two episodes of the TV series Smallville.

    • Forrest: You don't got game, son
      A reference to the 1998 film He Got Game, in which Leonard Roberts (Forrest) appeared.

    • Buffy: Is this really the time for Donkey Kong?
      Buffy pokes fun at Riley's high-tech tracking device by alluding to the video game Donkey Kong.

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