Season 4 Episode 18

Shiny Happy People

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Jasmine takes her name from the night-blooming jasmine she smells growing at the Hyperion. Two years ago, in "The Trial," Darla also referred to the smell of the flower, which reinforces the idea that the Jasmine arc began in season two with that episode.

    • Gunn's Grandmother's name is Helen.

    • When Angel stakes a vamp it turns to dust before the stake even touches it.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lorne: It's like a hard day's night out there.
      "Hard Day's Night" was a song and a movie by the poular British group The Beatles. In the movie, the band has girls chasing them much like everyone is following Jasmine, and the song is about everything being alright, which is Jasmine's promise.

    • Lorne:
      An in-joke reference to the '74 flick I Dismembered Mama, a really bad cut-em-up gore movie in the spirit of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In turn its title was a play on the '48 flick I Remember Mama.

    • Title: Shiny Happy People
      "Shiny Happy People" was the title of one of the biggest hits from REM's album "Out of Time".
      The lyrics include "Everyone around love them, love them" which seems to echo Jasmine's "message".
      Interestingly the lyrics also feature "There's no time to cry /Happy happy". It's just after Fred breaks down in tears that the "happy people" spell is broken.

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