Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (61)

  • Angel: You're standing at the mouth of hell. And it's about to open.

  • Buffy: I'll be back in a minute. Willow: Oh, that's okay, you don't have to come back. Buffy: (smiles) I'll be back in a minute.

  • Buffy: Have you guys seen Willow? Did she come by here? Cordelia: Why? Do you need to attack her with a stick? Jeez!

  • Giles: The vampire is not dead? Buffy: No, but my social life is on the critical list.

  • Xander: Hey, I hope he's not a vampire, because then you might have to slay him. Buffy: Was there a school bulletin? Was it in the newspaper? Is there anyone in this town who doesn't know I'm the Slayer?

  • Jesse: Listen, uh, you know, you wanna dance, you know? Cordelia: With you? Jesse: Well, uh, yeah. Cordelia: Well, uh, no!

  • Jesse: Hey, Cordelia! Cordelia: Oh, yay, it's my stalker. Jesse: Hey, you look great! Cordelia: Well, I'm glad we had this little chat.

  • (Giles shows Buffy a large book with "Vampyr" on the cover) Buffy: That's not what I'm looking for. Giles: Are you sure? Buffy: I'm way sure!

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Notes (29)

  • Originally, the Master was supposed to rise from the pool of blood and be covered with blood for the entire episode. But it turned out to be too difficult to do so they had him arise completely clean.

  • Alyson Hannigan was convinced that she had been so terrible in her first scene at the Bronze, that she had ruined the entire show. That convinced Joss Whedon that she was insane since he thought she had been wonderful in it.

  • The scene where Giles talks to Buffy in the Bronze was used for Anthony Stewart Head's audition.

  • In the scene in the Bronze Sarah Michelle Gellar had to eat a cherry the same way ten times from ten different angles - and she was very professional in it.

  • The scene where Jesse asks Cordelia to dance is actually from Joss Whedon's school experience. Though in answer to the girl's reaction "With you?" he said nothing and left unlike Jesse.

  • The reason why Joss Whedon gave his vampires their monstrous faces is because he didn't want to have Buffy fighting with and stabbing foes who looked like normal people.

  • This episode is the only time when we see Xander on a skateboard because the scene needed a lot of space and was hard to shoot. In later episodes we can see Xander holding a skateboard a couple of times, but never again does he ride one.

  • Additional credits: Special Make-Up Effects created by John Vulich Optic Nerve Studios Sprung Monkey Courtesy of Surf Dog Records Main Title Design by Montgomery/Cobb Processing by 4MC Post Production Services Provided by Digital Magic

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Trivia (4)

  • Goof: In the first classroom scene when Buffy doesn't have her own textbook, she shares Cordelia's. The teacher asks them open to page 63, but Cordelia opens the book almost at the beginning.

  • Thomas is the first vampire that Buffy stakes in the series.

  • Goof: The bite marks Darla leaves on the boy's neck run horizontally (when standing) and due to the shape of the neck and the location of the wound, a bite like that should be impossible. A bite would have to be vertical up the neck or close to vertical, and the way Darla bit him would have produced close to vertical marks anyway.

  • Goof: In the library, Giles stacks several books in Buffy's arms while telling her about all the different creatures that actually exist. He stacks them so that the bindings of all the books are facing Buffy. Right before she gives them back to Giles, the bindings are facing Giles. As she hands them over to Giles, the bindings are once again facing Buffy.

Allusions (11)

  • Buffy: It's carbon dated. Trust me, only someone who had lived underground for ten years would think that was still the look. Carbon Dating is a technique that is used to determine the age of organic matter. Buffy says this about the vampire's clothes because they are so out of style.

  • Buffy: (holds an outfit in front of herself) Hello, would you like a copy of The Watchtower? Buffy here refers to the prim and proper appearance of the dress and compares it to Jehovah's Witnesses. Witnesses are a Christian sect which relies heavily on door-to-door prosetylization. Church representatives dress very formally and often try to sell subscriptions to their church magazine which is called "The Watchtower."

  • Buffy: Live in the now, okay? You look like DeBarge.
    A reference to the 80's pop music group DeBarge. Made up of five siblings and with aspirations to be a new The Jackson 5, they only wound up with one hit, 1985's "Rhythm of the Night".

  • Buffy: Sorry, that's incorrect. But you do get this watch and a year's supply of Turtle Wax. A supply of Turtle Wax car wax was a popular parting gift for game show losers.

  • Cordelia: James Spader?
    Buffy: He needs to call me.
    American actor James Spader is best known for the movies sex, lies and videotape, Pretty In Pink and more recently Stargate.

  • Buffy: It's two hours on the freeway from Neiman-Marcus? Unlike Sears (which is the store that Cordelia makes fun of Willow with, saying she (Willow) shops there), the upscale Neiman-Marcus department store would certainly have clothing that met Cordelia's standards.

  • Xander: Not much goes on in a one Starbucks town like Sunnydale. A play on the phrase a "one horse town" used to describe a small and slow placed town. Starbucks is of course the hugely popular coffee shop that can be found on every other street corner in a thriving metropolis.

  • Cordelia: Willow! Good to know you've seen the softer side of Sears. The department store Sears was for years best known as a place to buy tools and appliances. In their make-over attempt to boost their clothing sales they introduced the "softer side of Sears" slogan. As Cordelia is quick to point out however, Sears has not become the first choice of the fashionably dressed.

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