Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 11/23/99
Rate Episode
573 votes
Write a Review
  • Episode Description
  • After his partner Doyle has a vision of Buffy in trouble, Angel comes to town secretly to make sure she is alright. At the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Cultural Center at the college, Xander falls into a sacred Indian burial area and releases Hus, a vengeance spirit of the Chumash Indians, the original residents of the Sunnydale area. Buffy is determined to have a traditional, home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, but Xander has come down with a debilitating mystical disease, and people connected to the Cultural Center start dying mysteriously.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • Pangs

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • I'm going to be relatively quick with this review because, honestly, there's not much to really say about it.

    By tarafan2, Jun 15, 2013

  • Buffy the Western

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Bottom of the barrel much? One of the episodes I hate the most in the entire Buffyverse.

    By alias571, Jul 01, 2009

  • Season 4, Episode 8.

    By Wanted23, May 25, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Buffy: (In a last ditch attempt to show Hus times have changed) You have casinos now!

    • Giles: I thought the Chumash were peaceful? Willow: Oh they were peaceful all right. They were fluffy indigenous kittens until we came along.

    • Buffy: (to Giles) You're the reason we had to have Pilgrims in the first place.

    • Spike: What part don't you understand about 'help me'?
      Buffy: The part where I help you.

    • Spike: How are you gonna fight any one with that attitude?
      Willow: We don't want to fight any one.
      Buffy: We just want to have Thanksgiving.
      Spike: (laughs) Yeah. good luck!
      Willow: If we could talk to him...
      Spike: You exterminated his race! What could you possibly say that would make him feel better? It's kill or be killed here. Take your bloody pick.

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (7)

    • Beginning with this episode there is no longer a wall mounted light to the right of Giles' front door. It has been replaced by a small arch topped window.

    • Seems like Giles knows Buffy pretty well. He tells Angel that Buffy wouldn't think it was fair, that Angel was there without telling Buffy. "It's not fair. You know that's what she'd say. You can see her and she can't see you." This is, in fact, exactly what Buffy says to Angel when she sees him in the Angel episode "I Will Remember You". "What is it? You can see me, but I can't see you? What are we playing here?"

    • Doyle's vision, which sends Angel to Sunnydale, happens at the very end of the Angel episode, ‘‘Bachelor Party’‘ (1x07). That episode originally aired the week before "Pangs", and the story continued in the next Angel episode, ‘‘I Will Remember You’‘ (1x08) which aired immediately after this episode.

    • This is the last time Xander and Angel share screentime together.

    • Xander apparently spent a very short time, presumably between last week's episode and this one, working at Hot Dog on a Stick, a hot dog joint common in malls.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (11)

    • Goof: In the scene where Anya visits Xander in his basement, she touches his forehead to measure his temperature. Immediately after that she brings her hand to her mouth. The camera changes to a different angle and you can clearly see that the hand covering her mouth has changed position.

    • Goof: During the fight with the Native warriors Giles is shown getting slammed into the hallway wall. At the end of the battle an overhead shot shows Giles getting up off the hallway floor. However, in between those two scenes, as Buffy fights the bear, the hallway can be seen several times, yet neither Giles nor the warrior he was fighting can be seen.

    • It seems odd that Giles would still have a rotary phone in late 1999.

      Then again, this is Giles we're talking about. Up until this season, no one even knew he owned a TV, which happened to be stuck behind piles of books.

    • Goof: When Xander falls into the old mission ruins he lands on his right side with his left arm, covered with dirt, lying on what appears to be a palm log. The camera angle changes and the log is gone and there is a lot less dirt on Xander's arm.

    • In this episode it seems that the bond between Buffy and Angel is still strong because every time Angel is near Buffy she seems to sense his presence, despite his being hidden from her sight.

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (10)

    • Buffy: Straight up, black hat, tied to the train tracks, soon my electro-ray will destroy Metropolis bad.
      "Black hats" is a term for bad guys. The train tracks comment refers to bad guys in black and white films, who would frequently tie the female lead character to the train tracks. The Metropolis comment refers to the fictional city in which Superman lives and his enemies wreak havoc.

    • Willow: Two seconds of conflict with an indigenous person, and I turn into General Custer.
      This is a reference to General George Armstrong Custer (1839-76). He fought many winning battles against the Indians until his death at Little Bighorn, where he and every soldier under his command were killed by the Sioux Indians.

    • Xander: Hey, Gentle Ben, over here!
      Gentle Ben is the name of a fictional book for children by author Walt Morey, which was later made into a film and TV show in the 1960s, as well as made-for-TV movie in 2002. The story concerns the friendship between the title character, a bear, and a young boy.

    • Riley: What's the line? 'Home's the place that, when you have to go there...
      Buffy: They have to take you in.
      This is a reference to a line from Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man." The exact line is: "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."

    • Buffy: It was more like a riot than a Ralphs.
      Ralphs is a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, it was founded by George Ralphs in 1873.

    Show More Allusions
  • Add a Comment
    In reply to :
    • There are no comments yet. Be the first by adding your thoughts above.