When She Was Bad

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (47)

  • Buffy: (Reading a ransom note from vampires that kidnapped Cordelia) Come to the Bronze before it opens, or we make her a meal.
    Xander: They're gonna cook her dinner? ... I'll pretend I didn't say that.

  • Xander: I'm just so restless! I'm actually looking forward to school starting up again. Willow: Yeah, and that wouldn't have anything to do with a certain girl we both know who is a Vampire Slayer? Xander: Please, I'm so over her. Did she, uh, mention when she might be getting back? About which I do not care. Willow: I haven't heard from her. I got a couple postcards when she went to L.A., but then, like, nothing. Xander: Well, she's probably with her dad having a good time. Willow: And you don't care? Xander: Well, okay, there might be some interest. I'm a man. I have certain desires, certain needs... Willow: Uhhh! I don't want to know.

  • Willow: When did you get back? Buffy: Just now. Dad drove me down. And I figured you two losers would be getting into some kind of trouble.

  • Cordelia: I mean, they promised me they'd take me to St. Croix, and then they just decide to go to Tuscany. Art and buildings? I was totally beachless for a month and a half. No one has suffered like I have. Of course I think that that kind of adversity builds character. Well, then I thought, I already have a lot of character. Is it possible to have too much character?

  • Absalom: We have been put down, kinsmen. We have lost our way. We have lost the night. But despair is for the living. Where they are weak, we will be strong. Where they weep, we rejoice. Where they bleed, we drink! Within three days a new hope will arise. We will put our faith in him. (looks over at Collin) He will show us the way.

  • Joyce: Is there the slightest chance that if I asked you what was wrong you would tell me? (Buffy looks over at her) Course not. It would take all the fun out of guessing.

  • Buffy: What happened? Xander: Vampires. The ones you could handle yourself. Buffy: Where are the others? Xander: I don't know. I don't know what your problem is, what your issues are. But as of now, I officially don't care. If you had worked with us for five seconds, you could have stopped this.

  • Xander: So, we Bronzin' it tonight? Willow: Wednesday, it's kinda beat. Xander: Well, we could grind our enemies into talcum powder with a sledgehammer, but, gosh, we did that last night.

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Notes (7)

  • Featured Music:
    "Spoon" by Cibo Matto (The first song Cibo Matto play at the Bronze)
    "Sugar Water" by Cibo Matto (When Buffy and Xander are dancing at the Bronze)
    "It Doesn't Matter" by Alison Krauss (As Angel leaves Buffy's bedroom)

  • Starting with this season, almost all of the graveyard scenes are filmed in fake cemeteries. This was a concession to Sarah Michelle Gellar, who admitted to FHM magazine that she is phobically afraid of the real thing, and had a very hard time doing many of the scenes in the first season.

  • Overnight Rating: (each half hour) - 4.4/6 & 4.7/7. Rank: 6/11 WB shows.

  • The band playing at The Bronze is Cibo Matto. Sean Lennon (John Lennon's son) plays guitar in the band.

  • Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) sounded like she was sick while shooting this episode. Her voice was weak, low, and somewhat hoarse.

  • With the arrival of this season, David Boreanaz (Angel) is promoted to a regular cast member, with his name appearing in the opening credits. In the previous season, he was credited as a recurring guest.

  • The French title for this episode is La M├ętamorphose de Buffy which translates as Buffy's Transformation.

Trivia (6)

  • Nitpick: Willow says there are no miniature golf courses in Sunnydale, but in the episode "Ted" (2x11) we can see the whole gang playing miniature golf.

  • Goof: When Giles is hanging in the warehouse, his hand brushes the skeleton below him. If you look carefully, you can see the bones bend.

  • Goof: After reading the vampire's note, Buffy grabs a beige purse and stomps out of the library. But in the next scene, where Buffy is being followed by Angel, the beige bag has disappeared.

  • Goof: When Buffy is smashing The Master's skeleton, she destroys the left half the rib cage along with the sternum (breast bone). But later, when she destroys the right side, the sternum and some of the left sided ribs are still attached.

  • Nitpick: At the very beginning of this episode, right after the bus goes by, there is a shot of students walking in the courtyard. This is re-used footage from "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" (1x05). All the extras are the same as the courtyard scene in which Buffy breaks up with Owen. In this episode, during the recycled shot, the student walking away in the mauve shirt is Owen. Incidentally, the technical term for recycling footage is called "cheating".

  • Goof: When Buffy's mom drives her to school the morning after her nightmare, Buffy is wearing a pink top. However, when she gets to school, she is wearing a white tank top. The next day, she is wearing the pink top again.

Allusions (13)

  • Xander: You're Amish! You can't fight back... 'cause you're Amish! I mock you with my ice cream cone, Amish guy!
    Xander is not actually quoting a line from the film, but he is referring to the 1985 Harrison Ford film Witness which centers around a policeman who must live with a group of Amish people to protect one of their children who is the sole witness to a murder.

  • Willow: Use the Force, Luke.
    Willow quotes one of the most famous lines from the 1977 film Star Wars (later referred to by its full title Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). Xander does not even bother to guess because this is a well-known line from one of the most popular films of all time, and thus too easy.

  • Xander: Um, oh, okay, I got one. 'It's a madhouse! A mad...'
    Willow: (interrupts) Planet of the Apes.
    As Willow correctly guesses, Xander is quoting from the 1968 film Planet of the Apes in which a group of astronauts return from a space mission to find that they have somehow landed on a planet ruled by intelligent apes.

  • Willow: In the few hours that we had together, we loved a lifetime's worth.
    Willow is quoting a line from the film The Terminator, a 1984 film which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as a killer robot sent from the future to kill the woman destined to give birth to a great hero.

  • Xander: (about Mr. Cox) I think he won a belt or something. (for being boring) The concept of winning a belt refers to the common practice in sports and other contests (such as boxing and wrestling) to honor the champion of an event with a trophy in the form of an ornate belt. In this instance, Xander is joking that Mr. Cox is not only boring, but is a champion in a boringness competition.

  • Buffy: Should I say undead American? Buffy mocks Angel's vampiric status and pokes fun at political correctness, a movement which attempts to replace negative words and phrases with terms which are more positive but often awkward. For example, disabled becomes differently-abled. To the extreme, a dead person might be described as "breathing-challenged" or a vampire could be called an "Undead American."

  • Cordelia: Embrace the pain. Spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it. A play on the idea of an inner child common in pop psychology. The word moppet is a synonym for child.

  • Cordelia: Whatever is causing the Joan Collins 'tude get over it.
    The British born actress, Joan Collins, is best known for playing mean women with the prime example being her stint in the 1980's as Alexis on the television series Dynasty.

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