Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Into the Woods

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 12/19/00
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  • Episode Description
  • At the hospital, the Scooby Gang awaits news from the doctor about Joyce's surgery and they are all relieved when the surgery is a success. Dawn spends the night with Xander and Anya. With the house to themselves, Buffy and Riley spend a romantic evening together. In the middle of the night, Riley sneaks out and Spike follows him into an old building.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Emma Caulfield


  • Michelle Trachtenberg

    Dawn Summers

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • "Into the Woods" is an excellent episode which provides some well needed commentary on Buffy as an individual up to this point.

    By tarafan2, Jul 07, 2013

  • Byebye Riley

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • An average episode but one that thankfully gets rid of the dullest character to ever appear on the show and his boring storyline.

    By TwistedConverse, Nov 08, 2008

  • Riley Needs To Cry A River!

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 16, 2008

  • Into the Woods

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 28, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • (Buffy urges Spike to turn around so she can get dressed) Spike (Stand-offish): Yeah, like I'd care? (turns around and obviously resists temptation to look)

    • Spike: (about Buffy) The girl needs some monster in her man... and that's not in your nature... no matter how low you try to go.

    • Willow: She (Anya) bathes you? Xander: Only in an erotic, Penthousey way, not in a sponge-bathy geriatric sort of... Giles: Please! Stop, I beg of you.

    • Anya: Who ordered more chickens' feet? The ones we have aren't moving at all. Xander: That's generally what happens when you cut them off the chicken. Anya: I'm serious. Maybe we could do a... holiday promotion. One free with every purchase! Giles: Oh, yes. Dear holiday memories. Merry tykes by the fire, enjoying their new Christmas chicken feet. Willow: Holding them tight as they fall asleep. Painting their little toenails.

    • Anya: That's disturbing. You're emotionally scarred and will turn out badly.

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    Notes (3)

    • This is Bailey Chase's (Graham Miller's) last appearance on the show.

    • This is Marc Blucas's last appearance on Buffy as a regular cast member.

    • Dedication: In memory of D.C. Gustafson. According to Soap Opera Weekly, Gustafson was a Leadman on the first two seasons of the show and was apparently a close friend of Sarah Michelle Gellar's. He died in November after fighting cancer and AIDS.

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Buffy and Riley are making love in her bedroom the camera pans to the window and the blinds are down, yet when Spike is outside looking up at Buffy's window the blinds can't be seen.

    • Goof: When Buffy runs back to her house after seeing Riley getting sucked on, her bedroom light is off. But in the outside shot of her house, the light is on.

    • Goof: When Spike is looking into Buffy's window when she and Riley are doin' it, the light is on. But Buffy and Riley don't actually have the lights on.

    • Goof: In the episode "Shadow" we see Riley getting bitten by a vampire on his neck. It's supposed to leave a mark like Buffy had when Angel had a taste, but in this episode we clearly see that he doesn't have a scratch or a mark on his neck on either side.

    • Goof: After Riley stakes Spike, you can clearly see that there is no hole in his shirt.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Xander: Only in an erotic, Penthousey way, not in a sponge-bathy geriatric sort of... Penthouse magazine is a sister magazine to the adult Playboy by the same company, which depicts letters from readers of an erotic nature.

    • Xander: Dependable? What is he, State Farm? State Farm is an insurance agency started in 1922. State Farm markets reliability as its main selling point, its slogan is, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." It orignially specialized in auto insurance for farmers, but now offers other popular types of insurance, such as homeowners, life insurance, financial services and banking.

    • Major Ellis: We have a Code One in Belize.
      Belize is a country in Central America located on the Caribbean Sea. It is a former British Colony that became independent in 1981.

    • Anya: Strawberry schnapps tastes just like real ice cream. Schnapps is a generic name for a flavorful, usually clear alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain and flavored with various herbs or fruits. Schnapps can come in a variety of flavors including strawberry, peppermint, orange, butterscotch, and many others.

    • Anya: Well, we could play that game again - Life? That was fun. The Game of Life is a classic board game now owned by Hasbro. It consists of between 2 and 10 players each getting a plastic car in which they can collect their "family" throughout the game, as they progress they collect cards with life events on them. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

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