Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Go Fish

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 5/5/98
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  • Episode Description
  • When several members of the Sunnydale High swim team are mysteriously skinned alive, Buffy and the gang take it upon themselves to protect the remaining members, which results in Xander revealing a side of himself rarely seen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (30)
  • Go Fish

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Something fishy going on

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Go Fish

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Standard freak of the week episode. Swim team turns into fish monsters, people die, nobody cares.

    By jkutcher, Jul 20, 2009

  • Overall a good episode of Buffy when compared to some of the worst, but when compared to some of the best, it's not brilliant.

    By vicky24c, May 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Cordelia: God, this is so sad. We're never gonna win the state championship. I think I've lost all will to cheerlead. Xander: Raise your hand if you feel her pain.

    • Xander: All I'm saying is, it's a stupid idea to have a victory party at the beach. It's officially nippy. So say my nips.

    • Gage: This "being my shadow" act. It's getting old. What do you want from me? Buffy: Well... um... it's a little embarassing you see. I'm a swim groupie. Gage: Uh-huh. Buffy: Oh yeah! You know, there's just something about the smell of chlorine on a guy, oh baby!

    • Cameron: (After running into Xander) Hey! Watch it! Xander: Oh, forgive me, Your Swimteamliness!

    • Xander: You know what really grates my cheese?

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    Notes (5)

    • Music: At the beach party -- "Mann's Chinese" by Naked At the Bronze, as Buffy watches Gage playing pool -- "If You'd Listen" by Nero's Rome

    • Wentworth Miller went on to star in the 2005 Fox series Prison Break. The role of Gage in this episode was his first acting job. Coincidentally, Wentworth's character in Prison Break (Michael Scofield) is nicknamed "Fish" by some of the other characters.

    • This is the last episode which uses Anthony Stewart Head's "In every generation..." narration.

    • Cordelia demonstrates her artistic skills by making a merman's composite sketch.

    • Willow's reference to an Oreo cookie may have been an inside joke. Allyson did commercials for Oreo cookies before she was on Buffy.

    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: Sewers and storm drains normally have access that is restricted to personnel of the appropriate county or municipal government. Access would not be from inside a school building, nor would the access be a simple wire mesh grate that anyone could easily remove.

    • Goof: Even though Gage gets bitten by Angelus, you see no bite marks on his neck the next day.

    • Nitpick: It is not clear how the gill-monsters themselves get in and out of that enclosure in the sewers, where Coach Marin ultimately traps Buffy. They are not as strong as the Slayer, and even she could not jump high enough to reach that hole in the ceiling.

    • Goof: The second time Xander is in the steam room you can see a guy sitting right beside him when the camera is facing him. But when the camera goes into wide shots, the guy is sitting pretty much directly in the corner. That's too far away from what the first view shows us.

    • Nitpick: There appear to be fewer boys locked in the library cage than were shown in the steam room with Xander.

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    Allusions (13)

    • At the end of the episode, the three gillmen swim out to the ocean is the same way how it ended in The Creature Walks Among Us where the gillman arrives at the beach and heads to the ocean to live there.

    • Coach: After the fall of the Soviet Union, documents came into light detailing experiments with fish DNA on their Olympic swimmers. This may be a reference to the 1976 East German Olympic women's swim team. The swim team took 11 of the 13 golds and the entire East German team doubled the number of metals from the previous Olympics. When the swim team was accused of steroid use because of their big muscles and deep voices, an official famously responded; "They came to swim, not to sing." After the fall of the Iron Curtain it was revealed that they had been given steroids from the time they were pre-teens and told they were vitamins.

    • Buffy: I mean it's not like you were exposed more than once. (Xander looks at her) Twice? Xander: Three times a fish guy.
      A reference to the famous chorus of "Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores.

    • Xander: Breakfast of state champions.
      "Breakfast of Champions" is the motto of Wheaties cereal.

    • Angelus: Why, Miss Summers! You're beautiful.
      This is a cliche uttered by fictional bosses when their secretaries take off their glasses and let their hair down. Buffy has just removed the stick holding her bun together to stake Angelus with.

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