Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 4/4/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy, Willow, Xander and Anya are out hunting vampires and kill one of a pair. They track the other to a nest and decide to call in the big guns and visit... Jonathan.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters

    Spike

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • This is an occasionally fun, but nearly completely inconsequential episode that simply doesn't have a lot else going for it.

    By tarafan2, Jun 21, 2013

  • Worst episode so far

    By BevinChu, Sep 25, 2012

  • Classic Xander line #284

    By yotimi, Mar 18, 2012

  • The halfway point

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Jonathon The Vampire Slayer

    By goodridd, Apr 29, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Anya: Alternate realities are neat. Xander: You know what I'll always remember? Riley: The swimsuit calendar's sticking in my mind... Not in a good way.

    • Riley: These spells... these really work? I mean, can you really "turn your enemies inside out"? Or... learn to "excrete gold coins"?
      Anya: That one's not so much fun.
      Willow: They work Riley but they take concentration. Being attuned with the forces of the universe.
      Xander: Right you can't just go 'librum incendere' and expect...
      (The book page bursts into flame, and Xander slaps it shut to put out the fire)
      Giles: Xander, don't speak Latin in front of the books.

    • Buffy: Shut up, Spike. Spike: Ooh, semi-harsh language from Betty.

    • Buffy: Well, I was just kind of wondering if maybe anyone else thought that Jonathan was kind of too perfect? Xander: No, he's not. He's just perfect enough. He crushed the bones of the Master, he blew up a big snake made out of Mayor, and he coached the US Women's soccer team to a stunning World Cup victory.

    • Buffy: (about Jonathan) He starred in The Matrix but he never left town. And how did he graduate from med school? He's only 18 years old.
      Xander: Effective time management?

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    Notes (13)

    • In the beginning of the episode, after the opening credits, in the background Anya is eating a box of cereal called Johnny O's.

    • When the world turned normal again, one of Jonathan's posters in Bronze became Oz's band's, Dingoes Ate My Baby's, poster.

    • This is the only episode of the season that Jonathan appears in. Danny Strong doesn't return to Buffy until season six's "Flooded" as a member of the Troika.

    • The Jonathan comic books are made by Dark Horse comics, the same company that (in real life) makes the Buffy and Angel comics.

    • Jonathan's last name is Levinson. Though the Sunnydale High Yearbook stated this, it's the first time it's been stated on the show.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: In the cave when Jonathan runs out to help Buffy then runs back to hide look at the stalagmite in front of him. As he first runs out he brushes against it and it wobbles back and forth.

    • Goof: Look closely at the floor of the cave when the creature first throws Jonathan down. One of the seams in the floor can be seen.

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode, the overhead establishing shot of the campus uses previously unseen film from the closing shot in "The Initiative". Look closely and Buffy and Riley can be seen walking away in the distance wearing the same clothes from the other episode. Also, the other people in the shot and what they are doing are the same.

    • Goof: When Buffy and Riley are dancing you can see that the same dance sequence is used multiple times.

    • Goof: The chess setting is weird in the fact that both white and black sides have the king in a more frontal row than the queen, which is peculiar but not unheard of. There is a clear error, however, in that Jonathan identifies the layout as the Nimzowitsch Defense. The Nimzowitsch Defense is a well-known opening strategy, not an end-game strategy. Jane Espenson, in the audio commentary, notes that while she researched chess scenarios to find an actual situation no one on the crew knew how to set up the Nimzowitsch Defence.

    Allusions (5)

    • Jonathan: The Nimzowitsch Defense.
      Used by Aaron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) this chess defense is considered uncommon and would be applied at the beginning of the game.

    • Buffy: He starred in The Matrix but he never left town.
      Keanu Reeves was the actual star of the 1999 sci-fi action movie The Matrix.

    • Xander: Oh! He's like your kryptonite.
      Kryptonite, a fictional radioactive mineral formed by the explosion of the planet Krypton, is the only substance to which Superman is vulnerable.

    • Anya: I was just at the part where he invented the Internet.
      There are many actions ascribed to Jonathan that were actually done by others in the real world in this episode. This particular example is a bit of poking fun at the Vice President Al Gore who seemingly claimed to have invented the Internet while he was a senator. While Al didn't quite make that claim he certainly took more credit than he deserved.

    • Jonathan: Watch out for southpaws Buffy. Don't let 'em surprise you.
      Southpaw is a sports term to refer to left handed people. Since the majority people are right handed a left handed person will sometimes have a surprise advantage.

      According to the alt.lefthanders FAQ the term came from baseball where the majority of stadiums used to have the left side of the pitcher's mound facing south.

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