Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tabula Rasa

Season 6, Ep 8, Aired 11/13/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Willow is devastated to learn that she pulled Buffy out of heaven, not hell, and she resolves to make things better by casting a spell to make Buffy forget her afterlife experience. The spell, however, backfires and causes the whole gang to wake up with no memories. The amnesiac Scoobies must piece together their lives and find a way to reverse the spell while dealing with the usual incursion of demons and vampires.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emma Caulfield

    Anya

  • James Marsters

    Spike

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (50)
  • This is a fun, emotional, and moderately probing episode that unfortunately isn't consistently so.

    By tarafan2, Jul 17, 2013

  • Suffers only from comparison to OMWF

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Hey! Remember Us? We Sure Don't!

    By lenzinoH20, Oct 18, 2011

  • Rehashed plot line with some development in character relationships and advancement in story arc. Buffy and Spike...does she have Stockholm syndrome?

    By omelethc, Aug 01, 2011

  • Poorly written amnesia episode.

    By ImADrifter, Sep 27, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Willow: I just wanted us not to fight anymore. I love you.
      Tara: If you don't want to fight, you don't fight. You don't use magick to make a fight disappear.

    • Buffy: (about Spike) If I would just stop saving his life, it would simple things up so much.

    • Anya: This is the book for us. Giles: Oh, good. Does it focus on mind control, or-or memory loss? Anya: Not exactly, I just, um ... my intuition tells me this is the book. And I figure being a magic shop owner and a natural at the supernatural, I should trust my intuition. Giles: Yes, fine, but as you recall, I too am a magic shop owner. Anya: True, but my intuition says that you're not so much the magic guy and more of a paperwork type.

    • "Joan": I kill your kind. "Randy": And I bite yours. So how come I don't want to bite you? And why am I fighting other vampires? I must be a noble vampire. A good guy. On a mission of redemption. I help the helpless. I'm a vampire with a soul! "Joan": A vampire with a soul? Oh my God. How lame is that?

    • Giles: Clearly that is not a helpful book darling. Come down and we will go about fixing this in a sensible fashion. Anya: Sensible? You think its sensible for me to go down into that pit of cotton top hell and let them hippity hop all over my vulnerable flesh?

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    Notes (10)

    • In this episode, a statue of the two-faced Roman god Janus can be seen briefly. Ethan Rayne used a statue like this one to turn everybody into their costumes in the series 2 episode "Halloween". Presumably this is a different statue, as Giles had to destroy that one to reverse the spell.

    • This episode is tenth in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes (which is more of a top twelve list) according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • When Spike thought his name was Randy, he said "Randy Giles!? Why not just call me Horny Giles or Desperate-for-a-shag Giles!?" It's not common and rather embarrassing for the British to have Randy as a name, because "randy" is a British slang word which means "aroused," or "feeling great sexual desire." In other words, "horny" or "desperate for a shag."

    • Joan, the name Buffy gives herself, was the real name of Chanterelle/Lily to whom Buffy gave her middle name, Anne, in the season 3 premiere, also entitled Anne.

    • In that same segment of the "Restless" dream where Spike is shown wearing a tweed suit, there is some discussion of "a shark, but on land. A land shark."

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    Trivia (8)

    • Right after they open the door to the vampires they're crouched down on the floor talking about what just happened and if those were real vampires and Willow says: "It's Halloween, maybe those were just costumes."

      Two things are wrong with this line: 1. This episode was two episodes AFTER the Halloween episode where Dawn snuck out with her friend and almost got bitten by the guy she liked who turned out to be a vampire. And 2. The gang had just woken up from Willow's spell not remembering their own names or anything else so how would Willow suddenly remember the day or even the month? Perhaps, this was an oversight because they wanted to have a plausible explanation for the characters after they encountered vampires for the first times since losing their collective memories. Also, the existence of vampires would not be easy to accept if the gang has forgotten their previous lives and just thought of themselves as regular people instead of monster fighters.

       

    • When Spike passes out while sitting on the counter he slumps to his right and his legs are hanging down. Later, as everyone is waking up Spike is now lying on the counter on his back fully stretched out with his hands behind his head. It is possible that he moved while unconscious but nobody else moved much, if at all(Except Buffy as noted in another post).

    • The establishing shot of the Magic Box uses film from the same establishing shot in "Bargaining, part 1". Though the actual footage is different, the same two people standing together talking with a large brown shopping bag at their feet can be seen and a woman in a tan coat is walking from left to right.

    • At the moment the gang falls unconscious, Buffy has just walked up all the steps toward the door of the shop and is standing on the landing in front of the table. When she falls to the floor, she is parallel to the steps in front of her facing the gang. Yet when she wakes up she is sitting on the steps, her back to the gang and resting her head on her arms on the landing above her.

    • In the sewers, when the Scoobies were running away from the vampire, Tara finds a tunnel where they run into and hide. In goes Tara first, last is Xander. In the shot from their backs, we can see Willow is in front of Xander, Dawn has already climbed in, but in another shot, the one from inside the tunnel, we see that after Willow climbs in, follows Dawn, and behind her is Xander.

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    Allusions (6)

    • "a shark, but on land. A land shark." The term "land shark", dates back to sailor's chanties, referring to merchants who cheated sailors. In more recent usage, however, it refers to a classic Saturday Night Live skit spoofing Jaws shortly after it was released.

    • Giles sword-fighting the skeleton is a possible reference to Ray Harryhausen's skeleton fight scene in Jason and the Argonauts, where he animated 7 skeletons fighting a live-action Jason with stop-motion photography.

    • Xander: Sorry, I just got back the memory of seeing King Ralph.
      King Ralph is a 1991 comedy starring John Goodman as a brash, loutish American man who is identified as the next in line for the British throne when the Royal Family are all killed.

    • Title: Tabula Rasa
      Latin for "blank slate" (Literally blank tablet).

    • Anya: I-I don't see any booze. I don't feel any head bumps. I don't see Allen Funt.
      Allen Funt was the creator/host/director/producer of the show Candid Camera which premiered in 1948. On Candid Camera unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

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