Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Living Conditions

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 10/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Dorm life proves to be a challenge as Buffy has to deal with a roommate who is more than a little bit difficult. Kathy plays music that Buffy hates, labels all her food in the refrigerator, borrows clothes without asking, and gets in the way of Buffy's Slayer duties. She even starts flirting with Parker, Buffy's first college infatuation. Eventually, Buffy comes to the only logical conclusion: Kathy is evil, and must be killed.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Marti Noxon

  • Fan Reviews (28)
  • Living Conditions

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • This episode is a stand-alone which doesn't do much for character or plot development, but remains very fun nonetheless.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Funny and interesting

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Great episode!

    By alirk, Jun 28, 2010

  • Are they ever going to trust Buffy's instincts?

    By Phunner1416, Jun 06, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Buffy: Listening to the best of VH1 all day sorta put me on edge. Willow: Kathy's still spinning the divas? Buffy: 'Cause it's the funnest! It's no big. College is a time of change, right? Before too long, she'll be trip-hopping all over the place.

    • Giles: Clearly something is amiss.
      Buffy: Yeah, something's amiss here, a Miss Kathy Newman.

    • Giles: What sort of demon? Buffy: He had a cloak on and glowing green eyes. And his skin had a, like, super-bad fake rub-on tan. Giles: Translate? Buffy: Orangey.

    • Willow: Happy hunting. Buffy: Wish me monsters.

    • Buffy: And what are we, if not women up to a challenge? Willow: Exactly. I mean, did we not put the "grr" in "girl"?

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    Notes (8)

    • The silent encounter between Oz and Veruca was done because "Living Conditions" was coming in short on time and needed to make the episode 44 minutes.

    • Kendra's lucky stake "Mr. Pointy" from "Becoming (1)" can be seen in Buffy's weapon bag when Kathy searches it.

    • It's possible that the reason why Buffy was reacting so strongly to Kathy is due to her instincts as a slayer.

    • Whenever Buffy thinks that something is wrong or out of the ordinary, her friends think that she is delusional, and it turns out that she is really right. (cf. also "The Puppet Show" and "Ted").

    • Goof: Kathy's conversation with her demon father was originally in subtitles, but for some reason, the subtitles were cut in syndication. For those who missed it, it included Kathy wanting to stay at college and her father not letting her be an adult: "I'm 3,000 years old! When are you going to stop treating me like I'm 900?" The subtitles can be seen on the season 4 DVD.

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    Trivia (7)

    • In this episode we can hear Cher's hit single "Believe." This is the first time up to this point in the series that we hear music which could already be considered "popular." Buffy's roommate, Kathy is also a big fan of Celine Dion, since we saw that she has her poster in previous episode, "The Freshman". Her song might be featured on the Diva's Audio CD, which Buffy and Willow mention during this episode.

    • Nitpick: When Xander asks where Kathy is from she says Nebraska and he replies, "Big Sky Country." Big Sky Country is actually a motto for Montana not Nebraska.

    • When Buffy is talking to Giles, she mentions his previous attempt to recapture his youth. This is another reference to the episode "Band Candy".

    • Goof: When Buffy and Kathy are fighting at the end, Kathy puts Buffy through the closet door. When she pulls her out, there is a piece of wood under Buffy's back. But in the next shot when Buffy tries to strangle her with the sweater, the piece of wood has disappeared.

    • Goof: When Buffy fights that demon near the beginning of the episode, you can clearly see that the person fighting the demon is not Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Buffy: Okay, you're not having one of those mid-life things, are you? 'Cause I'm still going "ick" from the last time you tried to recapture your youth.
      Buffy is alluding to the Season 3 episode "Band Candy" in which chocolates sold in Sunnydale were turning the grown-ups mentally into adolescents. Giles and Joyce, under the affliction of the candy ended up having sex on a police car twice, as mentioned in the episode "Earshot" when Buffy discovered it.

    • Xander: That's because he got hit by the Buffinator.
      Buffy: You think?
      Oz: No question, he'll be back.
      "The Buffinator" is a play on the movie The Terminator, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for the line "I'll be back."

    • Giles: A friend of mine recently acquired an original Gutenberg demonography.
      This is a reference to Johann Gutenberg who was a German goldsmith and printer. He is often credited with invention of movable type printing, this is a process that made it possible to publish many copies of a single work at one time.

    • Xander: Wait, are you saying that Buffy's been doing a Linda Blair on us because Kathy's been sucking her soul?
      Xander alludes to Buffy's nasty attitude with a reference to Linda Blair, the actress who played the possessed child in the movie The Exorcist. Linda Blair is also the host of Scariest Places on Earth. They explore haunted areas trying to learn about the world or spirits.

    • Buffy: She's the Titanic. She's a crawling black cancer.
      Buffy's ranting about Kathy includes a reference to the famous shipwreck disaster.

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