Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Season 7, Ep 19, Aired 4/29/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Caleb launches an attack against Buffy at Sunnydale High. Faith takes the potential slayers out to blow off some steam, but soon they run afoul of Sunnydale's Finest. Hurting from their last battle and unsure of Buffy's leadership, the gang makes a decision that may change everything.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emma Caulfield


  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • With only four episodes left in the entire series, I have to express my disappointment that an episode as troubled as what we have here exists.

    By tarafan2, Aug 05, 2013

  • The schizm

    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012

  • Ungrateful wretches!!!

    By bramucci, Aug 18, 2005

  • The slayers and all buffy so called "friends" kicked buffy out the house. What I dont get is how Dawn says she has to get out? I wanted to slap the makeup off her face! :D

    By PureDiva01, Aug 24, 2005

  • Pivotal but uninteresting

    By sleejenn17, Jul 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Anya: OK... I know you're all upset... and I, myself, would much rather be sitting at the bedside of my one-eyed ex-fiancĂ© than killing time here with you people in this over-crowded and might I add increasingly ripe-smelling basement. And I would be, too, if not for a certain awkward discussion he and I recently had right over there on that cot immediately following some exciting and unexpected break-up sex.

    • Buffy: Wait... Guys... I can't watch you throw away everything. I know I'm right about this, I just need a little... I can't stay here and watch her lead you into some disaster.
      Dawn: Then you can't stay here. Buffy, I love you but you were right, we have to be together on this. You can't be a part of it so I need you to leave. I'm sorry but this is my house too.

    • Buffy: Ha, you're just loving this aren't you?
      Faith You have no idea what I'm feeling.
      Buffy: Come in here, take everything that I have, I mean you did it before. Did you tell them that, did you tell them how you used to kill people for fun. Eh, you guys think that's nifty...
      : Buffy that's enough!
      Faith: I didn't come here to take anything away from you but I'm not gonna be your little lap dog either. I came here to beat the other guy, to do right, however it works. I don't know if I can lead but the real question is can you follow?

    • Kennedy: Maybe we need a vote to see who wants Faith to have a turn in charge?
      Buffy: No!
      Kennedy: No what!
      Buffy: No... you dont get to vote until I have my chance to pal around, you know get everybody drunk. See I didn't get that this was a popularity contest. I should have equal time to bake them cookies, braid their hair...
      Faith: Learn their names.

    • Buffy: Look, I'm still in charge here.
      Rhona: And why is that exactly?
      Buffy: Because I'm the Slayer.
      Rhona: And isn't Faith a Slayer too?
      Faith: What? Woah, woah, woah. So not what I meant. I'm not in-charge-chick, I think B here just needs to chill out for a bit, take a siesta or something but I'm not the one you want.

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    Notes (21)

    • The promo of this episode says that throughout the show, 526 demons were slayed and 1342 vampires were dusted.

    • It is revealed in this episode that most of the residents of Sunnydale have decided to leave town. This becomes an important factor in the upcoming episodes.

    • The band that is playing at the Bronze is Nerf Herder who perform their songs "Rock City News" and "Mr. Spock". Nerf Herder composed the theme song for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Their appearance is perhaps symbolic as this is the final time we see the Bronze.

    • Justin Shilton, who plays one of the cops, also appeared on Angel in the season 3 episode Billy, as Billy Blim.

    • This marks the final appearance of James C. Leary as "Clem" on the series.

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    Trivia (11)

    • While she is sitting in the kitchen talking to Kennedy, Faith is eating "Tito's" potato chips (a non-existant brand with packaging similar to "Lay's" brand chips). Xander, Willow and Anya are also seen eating Tito's potato chips when going patrolling with Riley in the episode Fool for Love (5x07).

    • Surprisingly, considering his lifestyle, Clem is driving a new Volkswagen Beetle.

    • It looks like the jacket that Buffy is wearing changes from the very end of the past episode to the beginning of this episode. How did that happen if she was walking around all night?

    • When Buffy is talking to Clem, you can see the Espresso Pump in the background, all boarded up. Why would the owner bother to do that? In previous episodes (most notably 'The Zeppo', where Xander and the zombies run through it) they only bothered to put a chain over the entrances, not to keep it safe, but to tell people that is closed. Now, since people have no intention of coming back, and they're abandoning it, they want to keep it safe?

    • At the beginning of the show you see most people leave Sunnydale (backed further as the town is shown deserted more and more) yet when Faith and the Girls go out dancing the Bronze seems really full. However, it does seem reasonable that the people who are left behind might want to spend more time together. Also, one very human response to impending danger is to get very busy acting as if it isn't going to happen.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Faith: Hey, shouldn't you be down at Hogwart's? Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the magic school from the "Harry Potter" books by J.K. Rowling and the popular film series.

    • Xander: I keep waiting for my other senses to improve 50%.
      Usually when someone loses their sight, the other four senses (most commonly hearing) are naturally enhanced enabling them to continue living a normal life.
      Xander could also be referring to the comic book and movie "Daredevil", in which Matt Murdock becomes blind, but all his other senses are enhanced, making him into a superhero.

    • Xander: And you know what the best part is? No one will ever make me watch Jaws 3D again.
      Jaws 3D is, obviously, a 3D movie about a killer shark. Because of Xander's one eye, he couldn't experience the 3D-ness.

    • Spike: Not as good as those onion blossom things.
      Referring to a popular appetizer served at some restaurants (Chili's, etc), called Awesome Blossoms. They are sliced whole onions, dipped in batter and deep fried.

    • Faith: Listen, we're fighters, all of us, but you gotta give me something to fight, something real, not--
      Giles: Windmills.
      In Don Quixote, The main character fights what he thinks is a giant monster. In reality it is a windmill and so it is nothing real to fight.

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