Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 10

Amends

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 1998 on The WB
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While the gang prepares for their Christmas vacation, Angel is haunted by visions of his violent past. The ghost of Jenny Calendar appears to him and reminds him in great detail of the evil deeds he has performed. At first she almost seems to be taking pity on him, but gradually her counsel grows more sinister.moreless

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  • Amends

    8.5
    It's a 'Buffy' Christmas and with it comes loads of pain, with the exception of the ending. Written and directed by Whedon himself, this episode ends with an surprisingly contrived happy ending involving a freak snow storm. For some equally contrived reason, though, I'm willing to let that huge complaint go. This is because it is the only episode in the entire series that ends this wildly warm. I never knew Whedon had this kind of warmth in him! Putting aside that anomaly, I can safely say that the rest of the episode is pretty damn good. One scene in particular, though, got me all sad. That's when Joyce and Buffy chat about inviting Faith over for Christmas dinner. The characters are so happy here, and it's so sad because I know what they're all going to have to go through over the next few years.



    I've got a handful of complaints, but nothing all that critical. Angel dreams of his vicious past right as he wakes up. He then goes outside to take a stroll and bumps into Buffy sporting a hair style that does not bring our her better qualities. Oh well, I love her anyway. While talking to Buffy, Angel sees the same Irish man from his dream behind her. Okay, so The First is orchestrating all of this, but it feels like awkward timing. The First should have appeared to Angel a ways after the opening credits. Another complaint I have is that later we find out that Buffy is appearing inside Angel's dreams. Unfortunately, how or why this is happening is never explained. It appears like this is only happening to the two of them so they can have their, admittedly sensual, dream sex later on (which, by the way, also has some creepy foreshadowing at the end of it).



    So now we get to the great material. There are a few really powerful scenes woven into the episode. The first being Oz and Willow's sexual confrontation at Willow's house. It begins at the school when Oz decides to give Willow another shot at their relationship. That leads to the home scene which is just golden television. Taking Buffy's advice to show Oz that "he comes first," Willow decides to offer herself sexually to Oz as proof of that. Our awesome man Oz, however, isn't ready to make love with Willow yet. It's really refreshing to see Oz's maturity about sex. He wonderfully tells her, "you look great. You know, and, and you got the Barry working for you, and, and it's all... good. But when it happens... I want it to be because we both need it to for the same reason. You don't have to prove anything to me."



    The second big scene is when Angel pays a visit to Giles' home for answers about why he's back on Earth. Giles pulls out a crossbow and invites him in. As they're talking, a manifestation of Jenny Calendar appears behind Giles as he's talking. This puts Angel over the edge and he storms out of the house. Giles' response to this entire sequence of events was also perfect. Ultimately, the idea of having Angel haunted and needing to overcome his greatest sins, on Christmas no less, is entirely relevant and beautiful. It's also great that we finally know why Angel is back from Hell.



    Scene number three, and ultimately the most important, is the big conversation between Angel and Buffy on the hilltop. Angel's up there to commit suicide via sunlight and Buffy is passionately trying to convince him not to. He realizes that he's weak and that part of him wants to "take comfort" in Buffy even though he knows it would cost him his soul. Buffy ends up giving Angel the fuel he needs to be able to make a difference in the world. She says, "You're weak. Everybody is. Everybody fails. Maybe this evil did bring you back, but if it did, it's because it needs you. And that means that you can hurt it. Angel, you have the power to do real good, to make amends. But if you die now, then all that you ever were was a monster." She then tells him, "Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day." This entire dialog exchange is literally the mission statement of the spin-off show Angel. That makes this in some ways the actual pilot episode for that show! In the final scene of AtS ("Not Fade Away"), Angel says "lets get to work," swipes his sword, and then it cuts to credits. Stength is about fighting every day.



    This is a very touching and powerful episode with a few small problems and a slightly slow pace. Buffy's words of strength and the freak snow storm really help push the Christmas theme. The three huge scenes, though, completely blow away any negative feelings I have. I hadn't planned on giving this one a big score, but upon analysis I realize this is a really good outing. A solid episode from Joss Whedon.moreless
  • Christianity in the Buffyverse

    8.0
    Amends



    The Good;

    Pretty much all of it, the ending is too beautiful for words, Will and Oz getting back together and Will's attempt to seduce him are the highlights. I also really like Joyce hurriedly turning down Buffy's suggestion that they invite Giles for Christmas and you can't fail to be touched by Faith at the Summers' house for Christmas. Also some powerful Giles/Angel scenes. On a lighter note I love the depiction of Liam the 'drunken, whoring, layabout' who seems a pretty fun guy



    The Bad;

    Irish accents not so great on Buffy. I'm still not that clear on the role of the First and what it's plan was? Did it want to wreck WR&H's scheme for the apocalypse?



    Best line;

    Buffy; What are your Christmas plans?

    Willow; Being Jewish not much, not everyone worships Santa, remember?



    Character death;

    None but Jenny makes her second (and unfortunately final postdeath appearance except in flashback)



    Women good/men bad;

    Angelus' behaviour towards the maid is just horrible beyond belief, not just in killing her but in the way he uses his position to shame her into silence



    Kinky dinky;

    Flashbacks to the Buffy/Angel coitus. Love Will's seduction dress and she takes a page out of Ally McBeal's book with Barry White. Amazingly this is the second time Willow has offered her virginity to a boy and he's turned her down. To judge from her remarks Oz is not a virgin however. Great line from Joyce "Angel on top again?"



    Calling Captain Subtext;

    Quite a lot of Jaith, it's obvious that a family Christmas is what Faith really wants despite her projected steel



    Guantanamo Bay;

    Buffy and Xander threaten Willy the Snitch but don't beat him up for once



    What the fanficcers thought;

    Plenty of adult stuff as normal ('Buffy the Slutty Santa Helper' has her as an S&M ponygirl in chains pulling Santa's sleigh) but largely this time of year brings out the slush (physically and metaphorically). My favourite is 'At Last', it has Buffy as a C19th noblewoman (much as we saw her in Halloween) who get's vamped by Darla on her way back home for Christmas. 200 years later she get's cursed by gypsies, restoring both soul and humanity. She tracks down her family's descendents (Joyce, her husband Hank and their daughter Dawn) and turns up on their doorstep on Christmas morning, posing as Joyce's long lost niece. And they adopt her, forming her new family, finally allowing her to enjoy a normal human life once more and completing the journey she began centuries before.



    Questions and observations;

    So, is the First the real deal? Lucifer, the Devil, Satan, The Evil One? Apparently Robia LaMorte had a hard time in this ep because she's become very Christian and didn't like playing what was essentially the Devil? But it's not exactly as if they're saying it's a good thing and gets defeated in the end. Buffy comments that Xander has a piece of Willow that Oz can't touch, the same is true of Willow and Xander with Anya in season 5. Presumably Dawn enjoys Christmas with Faith at home. To judge by his flashbacks whilst Angel was Angelus he kills a father and his young children yet no one goes hysterical Gingerbread style.

    The First says that Angel will drink Buffy and he does at the end of the season. Once read a horrible fanfic where the ending gives Angel his moment of joy turning him into Angelus and having him torture Buffy. Thankfully there was a sequal where everything works out happily, his soul get's restored and he uses WR&H's healers to cure her.

    So, God in the Buffyverse? What are we to think? I think the snowstorm is clearly the work of the PTB. I know the rival theory is that it's WR&H saving him but it's pretty clear that they're unaware of his significance until near the end of the first season of Angel. Or it's a meterelogical freak but who could buy that?

    8/10 I think

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  • A time for making up

    10
    This is a very powerful episode,typical of Josh Whedon's writing.We get more flashbacks from Angelus's past - and please don't complain about Boreanaz's Irish accent unless you come from Ireland. We Brits don't pick holes in Spike and Dru's 'English' accents.

    The atmosphere really builds up with the hauntings and the obvious mental torment Angel is suffering.

    Powerful acting from David Boreanaz throughout. I especialy love the scene where he comes to ask for help from Giles - great from both of them.

    The final scene with Buffy is also memorable and really fills out the character of Angel. Great acting from both of them.

    The erotic love dream experienced by both Buffy and Angel at the same time was a great idea.moreless
  • It's beginning to look a lot like payback, everywhere you go....

    10
    Ah Christmas time. My favorite time of year. I look forward to when(or if)my favorite shows do a holiday episode. If there are others like me, then hopefully you liked this episode because it's the only real Christmas episode Buffy ever did. They did Halloween ones every other year, but only one "true" Christmas ep. And what a doozy. One of the best episodes of season three, and one of my top favorite episodes of Buffy ever. This particular episode is something extra special for me. This was the episode that got me hooked on the show. We didn't have The WB in our area for a long time. We didn't have it when the show first started airing. I missed the entire first season, and we finally got the channel when the series was wrapping up it's second season. Even then, it took longer to get into the swing of things. I just glanced at a re-run of "Go Fish" during the summer, and saw a bit of the season three premiere "Anne". I liked what I saw, but I wasn't sucked in yet. I hadn't had the time as of yet. But then this ep came along. A big Buffy Christmas. This was the first episode that I really saw. That I really watched. I was glued to the TV screen for every single frame of this brilliant episode. I was amazed at what I was seeing. I finally got a look into what this fast growing phenomenon was. I was a goner from here on out. The horror, the comedy, the brilliant characters, the magnificent writing. I was now kicking myself for not getting into the re-runs during the previous summer. This was the coolest show I had ever seen. And a big holiday episode to boot!. Who could ask for anything more?. So, this episode has a bit more of a special meaning to me. It will always be something special. So, how did the gang from Sunnydale deck the halls with boughs of holly this year?...



    A heavyily Angel centered episode this is as Angel is being haunted by the ghosts of his past. People he has murdered back in his Angelus days. In the process, Angel begins to fall apart, while in the meantime learns why he was brought back from the hell dimension earlier in the year. Also going on is everyone's feelings about Angel being brought out.



    Can you say Charles Dickens?. When a TV show does

    christmas episodes, at some point they are going to do either "It's A Wonderful Life" or "A Christmas Carol". Or both. Joss goes the Dickens path here and he does it, not surprisingly, brilliantly. Everything that people love about Christmas themed specials is here. The snow, the lights, the cheer, and the big emotional climax. Some people think that's the worst part about them. But let's not waste time on those people, shall we?. So, Angel is being haunted by visions of peopls he has killed in the past. The main one here is a young man named Daniel, who Angel killed in Dublin in 1838. Daniel pretty much serves as the Jacob Marley type ghost here, if you want to continue in the "Christmas Carol" vein here. He begins what would come to be a nightmare for Angel. Another ghost, a servant girl named Margaret, represent the ghosts of Angel's past. Who is his present ghost?. That would be Jenny Calendar, who he killed so shockingly and violently last year. A lot of people at this time were still not quite over it yet. And really, who wasn't thrilled to see Jenny/Robia La Morte back?. It may not of really been Jenny, but still. Interesting side not, although you probably already know if you are a Buffy fan, is that Robia La Morte really did not like this episode. She didn't like the fact of coming back and that Jenny was presented as this evil thing in such an evil manner. Okay. It's ironic that she would think this since I see this as one of the best episodes she has been in!. Anyways, what is the future?. Angel fears the future is the death of his beloved, Buffy Summers. Some say that the "Christmas Carol" angle is light and you can overlook it. Perhaps this is true, but I can't help but always seeing it. Like with everything Joss does, something that has been done before is quickly rejuvenated and tossed onto it's head. This is the Scrooge tale for the new generation. The best that's been done in that format. The whole Angel storyline was magnificent. The big ending is not all sunshine and rainbows when Angel finally comes too. It's somber, quiet, and perfect. The snow falling in Southern California was beautiful beyod words. Some saw it as Joss not being able to overlook all Christmas-y cliche, but that was not it at all. Joss doesn't do cliche. From what I have heard, the snow was a clean and pure symbol and was a metaphor for Angel being cleansed. Or something like that. I'll buy it. That whole scene was breathtaking. "It's not the demon in me that needs killing - It's the man", were some perfectly written words for Angel. That scene was brilliantly acted, and Sarah and David both did some of their best work there. A riveting and beautiful moment in a storyline that is also riveting, beautiful, and a real tearjerker. Joss, you did it again.



    This episode is not just about Angel, but how Angel is felt among the other characters. It's been a long and bumpy road between Angel and the other people on the show. Xander is still pretty much Xander when it comes to Angel. You can understand where Xander is coming from, but him acting like a jacka** goes a long way. Thank god Buffy tells him to shut it. The best here is with Giles. Giles is torn. How could he not be?. Angel was a strong ally, and then he turned and murdered Giles' girlfriend. Now he's back, better, and is looking for help?. What would you think if you were Giles?. You would want to kill him, but you also know that he is back to being Angel and that he means the world to Buffy. Giles is conflicted with emotions, and his scene with Angel in his apartment was fantastic. With Jenny appearing behind Giles, it was just fantastic. Great work from Tony Head as usual. And does Buffy realize what this is doing to her friends?. And especially to Giles?. Giles suffered the worst from Angelus, and what does Buffy expect?. Do they matter to her as much as her love for Angel?. This is a rousing storyline for the season, and I love it that it is handled, especially by Giles, with constrained dignity. But it's not all about Angel with them. Each character has their own revealing moment. Willow and Oz "try again", and thanks to Cordelia, we find out just why Xander hates this particular holiday. Poor Xander. You go from wanting to smack him one minute, to feeling sorry for him the next. And Faith. Buffy and Faith connect a bit when Buffy invites her over for Christmas, and Faith makes up a lie about having to go to a party. But she shows up. The party was, quite conveniently and non too surprisingly, a bust. You feel sorry for Faith here.



    What we have in the end is a visually stunning and brilliantly told tale that could only of been done by the master himself. "Amends" was a pitch perfect episode that had so much going in the character department, that it makes this episode nothing less than "pivotal". No doubt about it, this is one glorious episode. A top classic.moreless
  • 'Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day. It's what we have to do. And we can do it together. But if you're too much of a coward for that, then burn. 'moreless

    10
    ‘Amends’ is easily the best written and acted episode of season 3. Also one of the show’s best.



    It doesn’t only features the great Angelus in the flashbacks, but we also meet the first evil that becomes very important in the last season and we see Robia LaMorte back for the last time *sniff*



    ‘Amends’ was made to be a Christmas special, and what a special episode it was.



    Angel is having dreams about his past and about the people he killed when he was Angelus, he also has a dream of killing a woman and Buffy has a guest spot in that nightmare.



    In this episode we also meet The First who takes bodies of people who Angel killed and one of them is Jenny. Through the episode it haunts him and tells him how completely useless he is. Also that he was only brought back to kill Buffy, he has to do it and it brings him into confusion.

    We see one amazing scene where both Angel and Buffy dream of having sex and Angel turns at the end of the dream and drains her life out,



    Meanwhile the other sweet and cute storyline is about Oz and Willow. Willow wants to have him back as they were before and decides she wants to have sex. But he backs her off and says that he’s going to have sex with her when he knows that it isn’t to get rid of the guilt.



    Anyway, Buffy reads about the bringers and knows where they are. She goes under dearth and meets The First who tells her that it’s pure evil and darkness fears it. It also tells Buffy that Angel is going to die by sunrise because he went up to kill himself of not wanting to kill her.



    Buffy finds him waiting for the sun and tries to make him fight and be strong but he can’t, he says that the world wants him gone. That entire scene was powerfully acted and written. At the end of it, it begins to snow. Apparently that entire day isn’t gonna have any sun, only snow of the first time in Sunnydale.



    The episode was easily one of the show’s darkest and most depressing ones. It’s so beautifully played out.

    ‘Amends’ is another Buffy classic, but unlike many. It’s one of the biggest and bestes.





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Mark Kriski

Mark Kriski

Weatherman

Guest Star

Tom Michael Bailey

Tom Michael Bailey

Tree Seller

Guest Star

Shane Barach

Shane Barach

Daniel

Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

Saverio Guerra

Saverio Guerra

Willy

Recurring Role

Robia LaMorte

Robia LaMorte

Jenny Calendar/The First Evil

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In the scene where Buffy appears in his dream, Angelus has long hair and a mustache.

    • Oz sits next to Willow, who's set the scene for a seduction. He says "you ever have that dream, where you're in a play and it's the middle of the play and you really don't know your lines, and you kinda don't know the plot?" That is exactly what happens to Willow in the season four finale "Restless", a dream in which Oz has a cameo after having left Sunnydale.

    • In this episode, Oz refuses to have sex with Willow because he thinks the only reason she wants to is to prove that she cares for him. This is the second time that Oz refuses Willow's offer to take their relationship to the next level, so to speak, because he feels she wants to for the wrong reasons. The first time is in the season 2 episode "Innocence".

    • Goof: At 22:31, just after Angel bites Buffy, the camera zooms in and the shadow of the camera is visible on his right shoulder, just before Buffy wakes.

    • If you look closely in the scene with Buffy and Angel walking down the snowy street, as the camera moves over the traffic lights, on the right side of the picture there is a pair of shoes hanging over the wire.

    • Nitpick: In the credits role at the beginning of this episode, Robia LaMorte is listed as playing Jenny Calendar in this episode. In reality, it was not Jenny she played, but the First taking Jenny's form to torment Angel.

    • Nitpick: Whenever the First morphs from the image of one person to another, there's a mist floating around it. But nothing like this appears when it does the same thing in Season 7.

    • During the time Angel was being tortured by visions of his victims from the past, one of the men was dressed in modern clothing talking about how Angelus had arranged his children to look as if they were sleeping. Assuming this isn't a goof, we are left with the conclusion that Angel did this during his short stint in season 2 as Angelus, since he had a soul long before a businessman would have dressed like that.

    • The First Evil in 7th season is said to be incorporeal, and yet in this episode the First-as-Jenny Calendar very obviously touches Angel, including stroking his hair at one point. While it seems likely that this is a goof, as powerful as the First Evil is, it's not entirely impossible that the First can briefly manifest itself corporeally, much as ghosts are said to be able to.

    • Goof: The new-fallen snow in the streets of Sunnydale seems to be full of footprints going in all directions, even though Buffy and Angel are apparently the only people awake and walking around at that extremely early hour.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Buffy: (in the library with Xander doing research to help Angel) You sure this is how you wanna spend your Christmas vacation?
      Xander: (snarkily) Yeah this is actually the most exciting thing I've got planned. Who else can claim that pathetic a social life?
      Willow: (walks in as if on cue, bubbly) Hi guys! What're we doin'?

    • Angel: It wasn't me.
      Jenny: It wasn't you?
      Angel: A demon isn't a man. I was a man once.
      Jenny: Oh, yes, and what a man you were.
      Margaret: A drunken, whoring layabout, and a terrible disappointment to your parents.
      Angel: I was young. I never had a chance to...
      Jenny: To die of syphilis? You were a worthless being before you were ever a monster.

    • Angel: Leave me alone.
      Jenny: I can't. You won't let me.

    • Jenny: If you want to feel sorry for someone, you should feel sorry for yourself. Oh, but I guess you've already got that covered.

    • Giles: Well, we start, not surprisingly, with research.

    • Xander: We know underground. That's a start.
      Buffy: Sure, in a town with fourteen million square miles of sewer.
      Xander: Plus a lot of natural cave formations and a gateway to Hell. Yeah, this does resemble square one.

    • The First: I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The first evil. Beyond sin. Beyond death. I am the thing that darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate.
      Buffy: All right, I get it, you're evil. Do we have to chat about it all day?

    • Angel: I can't do it again Buffy. I can't become a killer.
      Buffy: Then fight it.
      Angel: It's too hard.
      Buffy: Angel, please! You have to get inside.
      Angel: It told me to kill you. You were in the dream. You know. It told me to loose my soul with you, and become a monster again.
      Buffy: I know what it told you. What does it matter?
      Angel: Because I wanted to! Because I want you so badly. I want to take comfort in you, and I know it will cost me my soul. And part of my doesn't care. I'm weak, I've never been anything else. It's not the demon in me that needs killing Buffy. It's the man.

    • Buffy: What about me? I love you so much... and I tried to make you go away. I killed you and it didn't help. And I hate it. I hate that it's so hard and you can hurt me so much. I know everything that you did because you did it to me. God, I wish that I wished you dead. I don't. I can't.

    • Joyce: So, angel's on top again?
      Buffy: What?
      Joyce: Angel or star?

    • Oz: You ever have that dream, where you're in a play, and it's the middle of the play and you really don't know your lines, and you kind of don't know the plot?
      Willow: Well, we're alone, and we're together. I just wanted it to be special.
      Oz: How special are we talking?
      Willow: Well, you know, we're alone, and we're both mature younger people, and--and so we could... I'm ready to... with you. We could do that thing.

    • Angel: What do you want?
      Jenny: I want to die in bed surrounded by fat grandchildren, but I guess that's off the menu.
      Angel: I'm sorry.
      Jenny: You're sorry? For me? Don't bother. I'm dead. I'm over it.

    • Oz: (To Willow) I miss you. Like, every second. It's like I lost an arm, or worse, a torso.

    • Xander: Well, I'll be enjoying my annual Christmas-eve camp-out. See, I take my sleeping-bag outside and I go to sleep on the grass.
      Buffy: Sounds fun.
      Xander: Yeah, I like to look at the stars. You know, feel the whole nature vibe.
      Cordelia: I thought you slept outside to avoid your family's drunken Christmas fights.
      Xander: Yes, and that was a confidence I was hoping you would share with everyone.

    • Xander: So, you doing anything special?
      Buffy: Tree. Nog. Roast beast. Just me and Mom and hopefully an excess of gifts. (at Willow) What are you doing for Christmas?
      Willow: Being Jewish, remember, people? Not everybody worships Santa.

    • Buffy: I don't wanna bug Giles. He's still kind of twitchy when it comes to the subject of Angel.
      Xander: Well, it must be that whole "Angel killed his girlfriend and tortured him" thing. Giles is pretty petty when it comes to stuff like that.

    • Angel: Buffy, please. Just this once, let me be strong.
      Buffy: Strong is fighting. It's hard and it's painful, and it's everyday. It's what we have to do, and we can do it together. But if you're too much of a coward for that, then burn. If I can't convince you that you belong in this world, then I don't know what can. But do not expect me to watch and don't expect me to mourn for you.

    • The First: You have no idea what you're dealing with.
      Buffy: Let me guess. Is it... evil?

    • Angel: I'm sorry to bother you.
      Giles (with a bitter laugh) Sorry. Coming from you that phrase strikes me as rather funny. "Sorry to bother me".
      Angel: I need your help.
      Giles: (straight-faced) And the funny keeps on coming.

    • (Willow blows off one of Cordelia's narcissistic rants)
      Xander: That's the Christmas Spirit!
      Willow: Hello, still Jewish!

    • Buffy: Angel, you have the power to do real good, to make amends. But if you die now, then all that you ever were was a monster.

  • NOTES (11)

    • This is the second time we have seen Jenny since Angel killed her in "Passion". The first time was when Drusilla cast a spell on Giles, manifesting herself as Jenny in "Becoming Part Two".

    • This marks the first time it has ever snowed in Sunnydale.

    • Joss Whedon has admitted that the camera going over the word 'Pray' on the Sun Cinema board was unintentional.

    • In this episode, Robia La Morte is referenced by character name in the guest credits ("Robia La Morte as Jenny Calendar").

    • This episode marks the first "appearance" of the First Evil.

    • In the last scene, where Buffy and Angel are walking through the street, it starts with a close up on the inside of the U on the Sunnydale theater sign. This is where Faith is when she shoots Angel on the street in "Graduation Day Part One".

    • Robia LaMorte is a devout Christian, which is why doing this episode bothered her. In interviews she has voiced a displeasure in playing roles that could be perceived as glorifying evil (which is contrary to her beliefs), and was concerned that her portayal of the First Evil might be seen as just that.

    • According to interviews, Robia LaMorte was ecstatic when asked to revive her character, but was disappionted to learn that in this episode, 'Jenny Calendar' was actually the human incarnate of an evil spirit.

    • The weatherman at the end of the episode is Mark Kriski, an actual weatherman for KTLA's morning news. For those outside of LA, KTLA is the LA affiliate of the WB Network.

    • The "Grr-Arg" at the end of the credits (the Mutant Enemy slogan) was altered in this episode. The monster sported a Santa cap and bells are jingling in the background.

    • When this episode first aired, it was billed as "A Buffy Christmas".

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The First: Dead by Sunrise.
      This is no doubt an homage to the Evil Dead films, in which the undead walk the earth but are "Dead by Dawn". This line is repeated throughout the first two films by particularly unpleasant members of the undead, in a very similar manner to the First's utterance of "Dead by Sunrise" as it disappears.

    • Buffy: Tree. Nog. Roast Beast.
      A reference to How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess in which Roast Beast was the traditional Christmas dinner of the Whos. The phrase has become a popular playful way to refer to roast beef.

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