Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Where the Wild Things Are

Season 4, Ep 18, Aired 4/25/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy and Riley's relationship has reached a new level, and they are spending all their time in bed. Their round-the-clock exploration of each other awakens dark energies in Lowell House, and it is up to the Scoobies to save the day.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters

    Spike

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Wow this is a bad episode -- the worst since "I Robot, You Jane"!

    By tarafan2, Jun 21, 2013

  • Buffy/Riley sexfest

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Season 4, Episode 18.

    By Wanted23, Jul 04, 2009

  • I don't understand what's so bad about this episode; the plot works, the dialogue is great and it has some good acting.

    By TwistedConverse, Oct 21, 2008

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 24, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Buffy: (to Riley) Okay, you get Fang, I'll get Horny. I mean...

    • Buffy: If Riley and I hadn't... gotten so wrapped up in each other, none of this would have happened. Anya: True. Feel shame. Xander: My girlfriend. Mistress of the learning plateau.

    • Riley: I can't believe it really happened. Buffy: I just had no idea. It's so creepy. (about Giles) He was really singing? Xander: I'd say it was more like crooning. (to Anya) If we grow old together, remind me to skip the mid-life crisis. Anya: Okay. Willow: Come on, you have to admit, it was kind of sexy. Xander: Please stop saying that. I'm willing to offer cash incentives.

    • Xander: What do you feel? Anya: Upset, afraid of being without you, and a little hungry. Xander: I meant about the house. Anya: Oh. Still haunted.

    • Giles: When you called to Buffy and Riley, they didn't cry out or respond in any way? Anya: No. They're probably dead. Xander: Unless they were too busy doin' it to answer. Giles: Doing what? Xander: You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're kind of naive.

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    Notes (3)

    • Tara talks to Willow about riding horses and Willow's fear of them. In the movie The Crush Amber's character enjoyed horseback riding and took lessons. Willow talks about being afraid that a horse might bite her arm off. In The Crush Amber's character takes a fall from a horse and gets hurt (and it might actually be her arm) after Alicia Silverstone's character sabotages her saddle.

    • Anthony Head performs a live acoustic rendition of the classic The Who song "Behind Blue Eyes" (from Who's Next, 1971).

    • Buffy and Riley use condoms during their love making. It's nice to see a show enforce safe sex; Anya also mentions using condoms in "The Harsh Light Of Day". We didn't see Buffy use condoms when she slept with Angel, but it is a common belief in vampire mythology that they're sterile and cannot bear children. STDs might be a concern with vampires, but some sources take the view that vampires cannot be carriers for human diseases. Finally, it could simply be that we just didn't see the condom usage between Buffy and Angel.

    Trivia (11)

    • Goof: After the seance when the children leave and the table hits the wall, the camera zooms out and a crew member can be seen from the torso down on the left side of the screen.

    • Goof: When the house begins to shake, the back of Spike's head can be seen in the mirror behind him as he sits in the chair.

    • When Willow enters the bathroom looking for Tara, she is startled and scared by the boy who suddenly appears thrashing under water in the bathtub tied in restraints. She reaches into the water in the bathtub to try and rescue him but at that same moment he disappears. In the next shot Willow is seen fleeing the bathroom looking for Tara or anyone she knows. Willow finds Xander and while telling him what happened to her, we see her hands and the sleeves of her red jacket are completely dry.

    • Goof: Spike casts a reflection in the glass of the haunted fraternity's door.

    • Goof: When Xander re-enters the Haunted house for the first time (Without Anya), you can clearly see the black rope attached to his back against the white doorframe, that throws him out a few seconds in.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Xander: House is clean.
      Xander's comment on the sudden disappearance of the various poltergeists could be a reference to the famous line from the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist. After the spirit relinquishes Carol-Anne and disappears, Tangina says, "This house is clean."

    • Buffy: ...vampire-demon tag-team...
      Tag-team is a term generally used in professional wrestling to describe a bout where one team member waits outside the ring, while the other fights, and they can replace each other provided one touches the other.

    • Spike: I don't see droopy-boy hanging from your arm.
      A reference to Droopy, the cartoon dog detective who'd go all bonanza whenever a pretty lady (one featured in each and every episode) would kiss him.

    • Xander: There's ghosts, and shaking, and people are going all Felicity with their hair.
      Felicity is another teen drama on the WB starring Keri Russell as Felicity. The reference is to the shock at the beginning of this season, when Keri Russell cut off her long, curly, thick hair.

    • Willow: Like Martin Luther King.
      Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps the single most famous civil rights leader. His national prominence was gained by leading a year-long boycott, from 1955-56, of the segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968.

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