Some Assembly Required

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (36)

  • Eric: Cordelia's so fine. Y'know, she'd be just perfect for us.
    Chris: Don't be an idiot. She's alive.

  • Xander: Speaking of love... Willow: We were talking about the reanimation of dead tissue. Xander: Do I deconstruct your segues?

  • Giles: (Rehearsing a speech to an empty chair) Uh, what I'm proposing is, um, and I, I don't mean to appear indecorous, is, is, um, a, a social engagement, um, a date if you're amenable... You idiot! Buffy: (Coming up behind him) Boy, I guess we never realized how much you like that chair.

  • Chris: (to Willow) You know what the key is? If Dr. Clark doesn't understand your experiment he gives you higher marks so it looks like he understands your experiment.

  • Willow: It says that Meredith and two other girls in the car were killed instantly. They were all on the Fondren High Pep Squad, on the way to a game. Buffy: You know what this means. Xander: That Fondren might actually beat Sunnydale in the cross-town body count competition this year?

  • Buffy: She wasn't killed by vampires. Somebody did dig up her corpse. Cordelia: Eww! Why is it that every conversation you people have has the word "corpse" in it?

  • Giles: What student here is going to be that well versed in physiology? Willow: Well, I can think of five or six guys in the science club. And me. Xander: So, Will, come clean. Promise to never do it again, and we'll call it a night.

  • Xander: Well, I guess that makes it official. Everybody's paired off. Vampires get dates. Hell, even the school librarian sees more action than me. You ever think that the world is a giant game of musical chairs, and the music's stopped and we're the only ones who don't have a chair? Willow: All the time. Cordelia: Xander? I just wanted to thank you for saving my life. What you did in there was really brave and heroic, and I just wanted to tell you if there was anything that I could ever do to... Xander: Do you mind? We're talking here. (to Willow) So where were we? Willow: Wondering why we never get dates. Xander: Yeah, so why do you think that is?

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Notes (4)

  • This episode marks the first time that we hear "Close Your Eyes", the Buffy/Angel love theme by Christophe Beck. It is played briefly near the end of the episode.

  • Overnight rating: (each half hour) 4.6/7 & 4.4/6. Rank: 6/12 Wb shows.

  • The French title for this episode is "Le Puzzle", which translates to English as "The Puzzle".

  • This is the first episode in which Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) recites the "In Every Generation" opening narration, replacing the announcer who recited the lines in season one.

Trivia (10)

  • Goof: At 32:36 as the cheerleaders cheer at the game, you hear them say "Go, Greenbacks, Go!" The Sunnydale mascot is the Razorback. Even the subtitles on the DVD say Greenbacks.

  • We learn in this episode that Ms. Calendar's first name is Jenny.

  • Nitpick: It seems odd that Angel doesn't react or even seem to notice the vampire sneaking up on Buffy, even though he is looking right at her.

  • Angel reveals his age in this episode. He is 241 years old.

  • When Buffy refers to losing someone close to her, she may be thinking of Merrick, her first Watcher.

  • Nitpick: It seems odd that Chris and Eric leave their shovel, leave the grave open, and don't even close the casket. Perhaps they were scared away in the act, because all the mess makes it easy to find out about their little project.

  • Goof: There is no dirt anywhere around the grave Buffy fell into while arguing with Angel. Considering that the grave was supposed to be freshly opened, there should be piles of dirt everywhere. Since Chris and Eric apparently didn't bother to take their shovel or retrieve the dead girl's shoe, it is highly unlikely that they took the time to dispose of the dirt.

  • Goof: The open grave that Buffy falls into doesn't look as if it was dug open with a shovel at all. It has straight lines, and the walls of the chamber are all straight as well.

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Allusions (8)

  • Title: "Some Assembly Required"
    Alludes to a common reference on products or furniture bought in a store that it will come in parts and need to be put together for use.

  • Episode
    The episode has a strong similarity to the 1935 horror classic Bride of Frankenstein. In the movie, a mate is created for a monster who was reanimated from the dead.

  • Eric: (singing) I guess you'll say / What can make me feel this way? / My girl / Talkin' 'bout my girl / My girl... (speaking) How's my baby?
    Eric is singing a few lines of the 1965 song "My Girl" by The Temptations. Actually released at the very end of 1964, it dominated the charts in '65, becoming The Temptations' first number one hit.

  • Xander: You ever think that the world's a giant game of musical chairs, and the music's stopped, and we're the only ones who don't have a chair? Musical chairs is a children's party game in which there is one more participant than chairs. The participants circle the chairs and when the music stops attempt to sit on an unoccupied seat. The participant left without a chair is out of the game and one chair is removed. This continues until there is one one person remaining who is the winner.

  • Xander: Say, nine-ish? BYO shovel. BYO = Bring Your Own. A reference to parties that are BYOB - Bring Your Own Beer.

  • Buffy: Sorry to interrupt, Willow, but it's the bat signal. In the Batman comic books, TV show, and movies the Police Commissioner Gordon would summon the hero, Batman, by use of a "bat signal" projected into the sky.

  • Giles: Well, thank you, Cyrano.
    Cyrano De Bergerac is a famous character from French literature. The Edmond Rostand play, written in 1897, tells the story of a love triangle between Cyrano, his friend Christian and the woman they both seek Roxane. The unattractive Cyrano is unable to approach Roxane, but writes beautifully romantic words for Christian to speak. Buffy's "Maybe we could have a thing." suggestion isn't quite the same. The play has been made into numerous movies, the most famous to the current generation being 1987's Roxanne starring Steve Martin.

  • Buffy: Then if you wouldn't mind a little Gene and Roger, you might want to leave off the idiot part.
    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were Chicago area movie critics that were made famous by the nationally televised movie rating show. Siskel and Ebert were probably best known for their thumbs up/thumbs down reviews.