Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Wild At Heart

Season 4, Ep 6, Aired 11/9/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Oz escapes from his cage during a full moon and runs across another werewolf, the sultry, sexy singer Veruca; and wakes up next to her naked in the wilderness the next morning.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Marti Noxon

  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • The writers were presented with quite the challenge here.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Willoz fans, prepare to cry!

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • Oz! Don't Go!

    By Phunner1416, Jun 22, 2011

  • Wild At Heart

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 21, 2010

  • Season 4, Episode 6.

    By Wanted23, May 23, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Buffy: Where is she? Oz: I don't know. I already checked all the usual haunts. But I know the areas we're drawn to. I'm pretty sure I can follow her scent. Buffy: We'll try that, then. Oz: Look, Buffy, you should know that-- Buffy: Oz, now might be a time for your trademark stoicism.

    • Oz: Veruca was right about something. The wolf is inside me all the time, and I don't know where that line is anymore between me and it. And until I figure out what that means, I shouldn't be around you... Or anybody. Willow: Well, that could be a problem 'cause people... Kind of a planetary epidemic.

    • Buffy: Giles, I've never seen her like this. It's like it hurts too much to form words. Giles: You've felt that way yourself and you got through it. Buffy: Yeah. I ran away and went to hell and then got through it. I'm kind of hoping she doesn't use me as a model. Giles: Fair enough.

    • Willow: I knew, you jerk. And you sat there, and you told me everything was fine? And that's as bad as... As... Oz: I know how it feels. I remember. Willow: Oh. So what, this is payback? I had this coming? Oz: No. It's not-- Willow: Because I thought that was behind us. And you know, what happened with Xander, it doesn't compare. Not with what you and I had. Not with whatever you've been doing with her. Oz: I don't know what Veruca and I have done. When I change, it's like, it's like I'm gone and the wolf takes over. Willow: But before this, when you were regular Oz, you had feelings for her, didn't you? Oz: No. I could sense something, but... Willow: But you wanted her... Like in an animal way? Like... More than you wanted me?

    • Buffy: Oz, you okay? If it's possible, you seem more monosyllabic than usual.

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    Notes (9)

    • Seth Green's favorite Buffy line is spoken in this episode, in the scene where Oz tries to explain everything that has been going on to Buffy.
      Buffy: Oz, now might be a time for your trademark stoicism.

    • Music: In the opening scene at the Bronze -- "Good Enough" by Eight Stops Seven Shy performs these songs at the Bronze -- "Dip" and "Need To Destroy" by THC

    • The commentary for this episode was done soon after season six's "Smashed" and "Wrecked" aired (November 2001).

    • The amps Oz mentions are all real.

    • Last episode James Marsters is credited as a Guest Star, all the other episodes that he appears in, he will be on the Main Credits.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: At the end of the scene with Buffy and Giles talking about what will happen with Willow and Oz, when it shows both of them, at the very top center of the screen you can briefly see a mic dip in and out of the shot.

    • Though it is rare, this isn't the first time Giles has been to the Bronze. We saw him there in "Welcome to the Hellmouth", looking for Buffy, and in "Surprise", at Buffy's surprise party.

    • Nitpick: Oz's cage is not very well built. The door gave easily after he hit it a few times, but even if the door held there is at least one gap over the door that would appear to be wide enough for him to squeeze through.

    • Goof: At the end of the scene where Oz and Veruca are talking (naked) in the forest, at the bottom of the screen you can see the top of Seth Green's "man thong" (also in the scene where Willow walks in on them, you have to look a bit more carefully though).

    • Goof: At the end when Oz touches foreheads with Willow, when the shot is behind Willow, their foreheads are straight-on but when it's behind Oz they are off-set to the right several inches.

    Allusions (12)

    • Veruca: So this is why you called me here? To see your Habitrail?
      Habitrail is a product made by the Hagen corporation, a series of clear plastic tubes and "houses" for use in home terrariums, designed especially for pets such as gerbils or hamsters. It is meant to mimic the habitat of the animal in question, usually a series of underground burrows.

    • Willow: I need a translator from the "Y" side of things.
      Chromosomes carry genetic information (DNA). Unless they have certain very rare genetic conditions, everyone has two sex chromosomes (called X and Y); men have an X and a Y, while women have two X's.

    • Giles: Can I get you anything? Tea? I made a very interesting moussaka last night.
      Moussaka is a dish originally from Greece, its basic form consists of sliced eggplant and ground lamb or beef that are layered, then baked. There are many variations of the dish and it is often covered with a B├ęchamel sauce enriched with eggs and/or cheese. Other variations include the addition of onions, artichokes, tomatoes or potatoes.

    • Willow: That's a great song. I mean, Elvis, what a guy!
      Elvis Presley (1935-1977), also known as the King of Rock n' Roll, was an insanely popular singer beginning in the late 1950s. He was especially popular with teenage girls, and was known for his gyrating dance moves as well as his music. His cover of "Hound Dog" (1957), which Willow is referring to, was one of his many hits.

    • Oz: ...unless the extreme Jerry Garcia look turns you on.
      Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) was the lead singer and guitarist of The Grateful Dead. Garcia also had a simultaneous solo career, straying from rock to dabble in folk and bluegrass music.

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