Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Zeppo

Season 3, Ep 13, Aired 1/26/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When Xander realizes that he isn't needed by the gang as much as he'd like to believe, his quest to prove he's cool leads him to an unforgettable night that finds him consorting with fast women, raising the dead and rolling with a dangerous crowd that could put Sunnydale in a world of hurt. Meanwhile, Buffy, Giles and the rest of the crew engage in a furious battle with the Sisterhood of Jhe, an all-female demon apocalypse cult that intends to reopen the Hellmouth and bring about the end of the world.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • The Zeppo

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • A great ep from a series at it's peak

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • xander feels left out...

    By kooladey, Dec 02, 2007

  • Trivializing the Apocolypse

    By jfhlbuffy, Aug 16, 2005

  • The Zeppo

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 15, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Xander: (imitation whine) But, gee, Mr. White, if Clark and Lois get all the good stories, I'll never be a good reporter!
      Giles: Hmm?
      Xander: Jimmy Olsen jokes are pretty much going to be lost on you, huh?
      Giles: Sorry, afraid so.

    • Bob: How long I been down?
      Jack: Eight months. I had to wait till the stars aligned.
      Bob: Oh, eight months. I got some catching up to do. Whoa! Walker, Texas Ranger. You been taping 'em?
      Jack: Every ep.

    • Xander: You're in a band! That's like a business class ticket to cool with complementary mojo after takeoff! I gotta learn an instrument. Is it hard to play guitar? Oz: Not the way I play it.

    • Lysette: Is that your car? Xander: Why, uh... Yes! It is! Lysette: '57 Chevy Bel Air... 283 CID... Solid lifter... Fuel-injected V-8... Xander: Uh... very possibly. Lysette: How does she handle? Xander: Like a dream about warm, sticky things.

    • Buffy: "Sisterhood of Jhe, race of female demons, fierce warriors.." Ew. "..celebrate victory in battle by eating their foes." They couldn't just pour Gatorade on each other?

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    Notes (10)

    • This episode is sixth in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes 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.

    • Music: While Xander is driving his uncle's car -- "Dodgems" by Sound Stage Ltd Xander and Lysette are at the bronze -- "G Song" by Supergrass Xander is driving the zombies around town -- "Easy" by Tricky Woo At the end of the episode -- "For the Glory" by Extreme Music

    • Sunnydale apparently does have gangs (not just made-up "gangs on PCP," which is a popular excuse for the tragedies in Sunnydale). One of them is the Jackals.

    • Xander has an Uncle Rory who seems to have a drinking problem. He owns a 57 Chevy Bel Air, which he rented to Xander since he stacked up so many DUI's (for those of you outside the USA a DUI is a ticket for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol). This Uncle Rory is briefly shown somewhere in the season 6 episode "Hell's Bells".

    • In addition to having frog fear, Willow also has nightmares about public nudity, academic failure, and the demon that came out of The Hellmouth.

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    Trivia (12)

    • Goof: In one scene during the fight in the basement between Xander and Jack, you can see the bomb timer tick to 10 seconds, but when the scene changes from out of the close-up, the time is back up to 12 seconds.

    • Nitpick: Obviously Xander wants to get away from Jack and the others, yet he blows a perfectly good opportunity when the group breaks into the hardware store leaving Xander alone in his car.

    • When Faith makes her first appearance in the series, she tells the Scooby Gang that slaying can really turn a slayer on. In this episode, Faith proves this when she first tells Xander that she's "all wound up" from fighting, and then proceeds to have her way with him in bed.

    • Goof: Throughout the scene where the bomb is counting down its last minute, we see several shots of the timer. When the shots change, you can still hear the timer beeping once per second. If you count the number of beeps compared to the visuals of the timer, they don't match up at all throughout the scene.

    • Goof: In the last few minutes of this episode, when Xander and Jack are in the basement, at the very beginning of the fight, after Xander says, "I'm not leaving until this thing's disarmed," in both the long shots and the subsequent closeups, you can clearly see that it's not the actors themselves fighting.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Xander: Hello, nasty!
      This is what Xander says when he goes down to the school basement and discovers the bomb. "Hello Nasty" is the title of a 1998 album by the Beastie Boys.

    • Bob: Walker Texas Ranger. You been tapin' 'em?
      Walker Texas Ranger was a popular CBS drama starring Chuck Norris as the Texas Ranger, Cordell Walker, who fought numerous criminals throughout the show's eight-year run, from 1993 to 2001.

    • Xander: I've never been up with people before.
      It's not clear if Xander made the reference intentionally but Up With People is a youth organization that performs traveling shows to "build understanding and cooperation among people of different cultures". Faith is in a way introducing Xander to a whole new world

    • Buffy: They couldn't just pour gatorade on each other?
      Gatorade is a popular sports drink and it is traditional to pour jugs of it over your teammates after a win. Buffy suggests the demon sisterhood could emulate athletes in celebrating victory by pouring gatorade on each other rather than eating their foes.

    • Cordelia: You're the Zeppo.
      A reference to Herbert "Zeppo" Marx, the youngest of the five Marx Brothers. Zeppo was certainly the least memorable of the comedy troupe, having always been in the shadow of his more famous brothers Harpo, Chico and Groucho.

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