Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Freshman

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 10/5/99
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  • Episode Description
  • It's a new year, and Buffy is matriculating at UC Sunnydale. Willow is completely in her element in a place of higher learning, and Oz, whose band has played on campus several times, is right at home as well. Giles is entertaining an old girlfriend who is visiting from England, and Xander is away on a cross-country trip. Meanwhile Buffy feels like a fish out of water. Her classes are harder, she has almost no friends, she drops a pile of books on a cute guy, and her roommate is too annoyingly perky for words. But when a fellow student goes missing and Buffy suspects supernatural badness, she begins to think that college life may not be so different after all.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Joss Whedon

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • Here we are, the beginning of a new era in the series.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • The series worked best in high school

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Moping is not a good look for you.

    By frostbite200, Jul 18, 2011

  • Buffy gets a challenge

    By Phunner1416, Jun 06, 2011

  • The Freshman

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 18, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (43)

    • Buffy: Thanks for the Dadaist pep talk. I feel much more abstract now. Xander:The point is, you're Buffy. Buffy: Yeah. Maybe in high school I was Buffy. Xander: And now in college you're Betty Louise? Buffy: Yeah, I'm Betty Louise Plotnick of East Cupcake, Illinois. I might as well be.

    • Buffy: How am I supposed to hunt in this mob? Don't you people have homes? Eddie? Eddie! Eddie, hey! Wait up. God, I was worried something had happened to you... (she sees Eddie's face) And of course it has, because you're a vampire.

    • Buffy: OK, remember before you became Hugh Hefner, when you used to be a watcher?

    • Sunday: (going through the things taken from their last victim's dorm room) Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring... boring. Boring. Astonishingly boring. We have to kill cooler people. Will somebody remind me?

    • Buffy:I don't really have a security blanket. Unless, of course, you count Mr Pointy.

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    Notes (14)

    • Music: Buffy is walking around UC Sunnydale at the beginning of the episode -- "Universe" by Stretch Princess Sunday and her vampire clan are talking about Buffy -- "I Wish That I Could Be You" by The Muffs Buffy is looking for her room -- "Freaky Soul" by Paul Riordan Playing on Giles stereo when Buffy enters his apartment -- "Memory Of A Free Festival" by David Bowie On stage at the Bronze -- "You And Me" by Splendid

    • At least once during this episode, a scar is visible on Buffy's neck. The scar is left over from the end of Season One when the Master fed off of her and escaped his underground prison. It can also be the scar of the wound that Angel has created, when he drank her blood in the season finale of the third seaon.

    • After the events of last season's epic finale, David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter have been removed from the opening titles and their characters have transferred to the spin-off show Angel.

    • Oz and his bandmates are living in a house off-campus.

    • When Buffy answers the phone and no one speaks, it's Angel on the other end (we saw him make the call during the series premiere of Angel, "City Of").

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    Trivia (10)

    • Goof: In the scene where Buffy talks to Kathy for the first time, the microphone can be briefly seen in the mirror behind Kathy.

    • Goof: In the scene where Willow, Oz and Kathy find the note on Buffy's bed, the microphone can be briefly seen in the mirror behind Willow.

    • Goof: In "What's My Line Part 1", Mr Gordo is seen to be a stuffed pig. In this episode when Buffy is on the skylight watching Sunday and her gang and tossing around her stuff, she calls out for Mr Gordo, who is now a stuffed cow. In the episode "The Initiative" Mr Gordo is again referred to as a pig (but not seen).

    • "I hope it's a funny aneurysm."

      As it turns out, Joyce would indeed die of a brain aneurysm in season 5's "I Was Made to Love You"/"The Body".

    • Nitpick: An odd thing about the vampires is that they have been doing this for years and have no clue if the person they are biting/robbing has a roommate.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Stoner Vampire: I'm thinkin' Slayer blood's gotta be, whoa, like Thai stick. Thai stick was a particularly potent form of marijuana popular in the 60's and 70's.

    • Xander: Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. No wait, hold on... First you get the women, then you get the money, then you...
      This is a combo. The first part is a misremembered quote from the movie Star Wars: Episode I. The full, correct quote is: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." The second part is a variation on a quote from the 1983 movie Scarface. In the movie the line is spoken by Al Pacino and goes as follows: "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women."

    • Xander: There's some purple mountains majesty, I'm gonna have to say.
      This line refers to lyrics from the patriotic song "America the Beautiful" which was written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. The lyrics go as follows: "O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!"

    • Unnamed Vamp: And you can never eat just one.
      This is a variation on the slogan for Lay's brand potato chips which was "Bet You Can't Eat Just One."

    • Visual: Kathy hangs a Celine Dion poster on the wall.
      Celine Dion is a popular vocalist from Canada. She usually sings romantic songs and is most well known for many of her songs that are used in movies such as “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, “Because You Loved Me” from Up Close and Personal, and “When I Fall In Love” from Sleepless In Seattle.

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