Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 6

Band Candy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • At approximately 25:00, when Giles is confronting the police officer, you can see the tattooed mark of Eyhgon on his left arm from the episode "The Dark Age".

    • Goof: When Giles beats up the cop, he wraps his arm around the cop's gun hand to disarm him. The direction his arm is wrapped changes in different shots.

    • One of Cordelia's homecoming queen flyers (left over from last episode) is hanging in Xander's locker.

    • Goof: When Buffy, Giles, and Ethan are running through the box labyrinth, you can tell that it's the same aisle of boxes used over and over again (with the exception of the last time they are running and Buffy smashes the box containing Ethan open). There is a yellow half-a-box on the top right (our right) and a yellow line half way through the aisle every time they are running.

    • Goof: The scene when both Joyce and Giles are lecturing Buffy if you notice Joyce's sweater around her neck it moves continuously throughout the scene without her moving it.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy, Willow and Oz are at the bottom of the stairs you can see two cheerleaders walking towards the school building, but when Xander and Cordelia join them in the next shot, the same cheerleaders are walking in the opposite direction.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy, Xander, Cordeila, and Willow are in study hall right before the scene ends, there is a shot of Willow and Xander talking about how Giles isn't coming to study hall and Xander is looking forward with nothing in his hands. But when the shot changes to Buffy with Xander in the background, he is holding a chocolate bar.

    • Goof: Right after Buffy hits Ethan after finding him in the box, you can see her put her left arm down, but when the camera angle changes her arm is still up and she puts it down then.

    • Goof: When Buffy starts to take the cigarette from Giles he is bent over to her height, but in the very next shot, he is standing up to his full height, making Buffy reach over her head to finish taking the cigarette out of his mouth.

    • Nitpick: It seems unlikely that Ethan could have gotten inside of the crate in less than a minute.

  • Quotes

    • Angel: It's late. How'd you get away?
      Buffy: Aw, it was easy. Started a fire in the prison laundry room, rode out in the garbage truck.
      Angel: Oh.

    • Willow: This is not normal. Well, maybe that goes without saying.
      Snyder: Hey! Gang! This place is fun city, huh?!
      Buffy: Principal Snyder?!
      Snyder: Call me Snyder. Just the last name, like Barbarino. Oh, I am so stoked! Hey! Did you see Miss Barton? I think she's wasted. I'm gonna have to put that in her next performance review 'cause... 'cause I'm the principal! (leaves)
      Willow: I don't like this. They could have heart attacks!
      Buffy: Well, maybe there's a doctor here.
      Willow: (referring to the half-dressed man on-stage) I think that is my doctor. He's usually less topless.
      Snyder: (reappears) I got a commendation for being the principal, from the mayor. Shook my hand, twice!
      Buffy: That's nice!
      Snyder: Whoa! There are some foxy ladies here tonight!
      Willow: What's happening?
      Buffy: I don't know, but it's happened to a whole lot of grown-ups.
      Willow: They're acting like a bunch of--
      Buffy: They're acting like a bunch of us!
      Willow: (indignant) I don't act like this.

    • Snyder: The big pea-head librarian didn't show up and I don't wanna do it. You do it.
      Substitute: All right, fine, I'll do it! (leaves Snyder)
      Snyder: Everyone expects me to do everything around here because I'm the principal. (whiny) It's not fair!

    • Giles: I say, your car seems to have had an adventure, doesn't it?
      Joyce: Buffy assures me that it happened battling evil, so I'm letting her pay for it on the installment plan.
      Buffy: Hey, the way things were going, be glad that's the worst that happened. At least I got to the two of you before you actually did something.
      Joyce: Right.
      Giles: Indeed
      Joyce: Yes.

    • Snyder: You look like four young people with too much time on your hands
      Oz: Not really.
      Cordelia: Busy like a bee actually. Bee-like.

    • Cordelia: You wanna swap?
      Willow: What? Swap?
      Cordelia: You wanna swap. This book is really thick and I'm not sure it's in English.

    • Buffy: Mom, look at your car. Look at that dent the size of New Brunswick. I did that.
      Joyce: Oh my God! What was I thinking when I bought the geek machine?

    • Joyce: Hey, look, they're giving away candy. You want some candy?
      Buffy: No, I don't, and you don't need any more either.
      Joyce: I'm fine. I can have more if I want.
      Buffy: You are not fine. You need to go home.
      Joyce: Screw you. I want candy.
      Buffy: Mom!
      Joyce: You wanna slay stuff and I'm not allowed to do anything about it. Well this is what I wanna do so get off my back.

    • Joyce: Take the car, and Mr. Giles can drive me home.
      Buffy: What? Excuse me, I meant WHAT?!
      Joyce: Keys. Take them.
      Buffy: You don't have to tell me twice. Well, actually, you did but... Bye!

    • Willow: Oz is the highest scoring person never to graduate!
      Buffy: Isn't she cute when she's proud?
      Oz: She's always cute.

    • Giles: (to Buffy) Listen you're my Slayer, that means you do what I tell you, now sod off!

    • Miss Barton: Hey, we're all stuck here, okay? So now let's just sit quietly and, and pretend we're reading something, until we're really sure that old Commandant Snyder is gone. Then we're all out of here.
      Xander: Does anyone else want to marry Miss Barton?
      Cordelia: Get in line.

    • Buffy: It was just too much to deal with. It was like nothing made
      sense anymore. The things that I thought I understood were gone. I just felt... so alone.
      Giles: Was that the math or the verbal?
      Buffy: Mostly the math.

    • Oz: There's this whole trick to antonyms, but...this isn't the place.

    • Cordelia: Mom started borrowing my clothes. There should be an age limit on Lycra pants. And Dad, he just locked himself in the bathroom with old copies of Esquire.

    • Mayor Wilkins: See, that's what separates me from other politicians, Mr. Trick. I keep my campaign promises.

    • Giles: He's lying. Hit him! You're my Slayer, go knock his teeth down his throat.

    • Willow: (after seeing "Kiss Rocks" spray painted on the locker) Kiss rocks? Why would anybody want to kiss...oh, wait. I get it.

    • Miss Barton: Willow, that's a tree. Hello little tree.

    • Buffy: Something's weird.
      Oz: Something's not?

    • Buffy: Giles at sixteen? Less Together Guy, more Bad-Magic-Hates-The-World-Ticking-Time-Bomb Guy.
      Oz: Then I guess your mom's in a lot of trouble.

    • Snyder: Whoa, Summers! You drive like a spaz!

  • Notes

    • Music:

      The Scooby Gang is walking in the school -- "Blaze" by Mad Cow
      Giles and Joyce are listening to a record -- "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" by Cream
      At the Bronze, 'Dingoes Ate My Baby' perform this song -- "Violent" by Four Star Mary
      At the Bronze, while Oz, Buffy and Willow are talking -- "Slip Jimmy" by Every Bit Of Nothing
      The adults sing on stage -- "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen

    • The accent which Anthony Stewart Head uses when Giles reverts to his teenage self, is much closer to his "street" accent than his stalwart, proper onscreen accent as regular Giles.

    • Giles's apartment has changed in this episode. There is now a courtyard outside of Giles's apartment where there once were stairs.

    • During study hall, when Willow and Xander are playing footsies under the table, both are wearing the same Adidas shoes except that Willow's are orange and Xander's are black. Willow is also wearing an orange sweater and Xander is in all black.

  • Allusions

    • Snyder: I took Tae Kwon Do at the Y.

      The Y is the YMCA, an organization that offers various fitness activities for the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body.

    • Visual: Kiss Rocks
      The vandalism on the lockers. Kiss is a rock band that is best known for the elaborate makeup and costumes they used to wear in their stage show. The height of their popularity was in the mid to late 1970s.

    • Snyder: I took Tae Kwon Do at the Y.
      Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of martial arts. Sarah Michelle Gellar is actually skilled in Tae Kwon Do in real life.

    • Joyce: Very Juice Newton.
      Juice Newton is a country-western singer.

    • Snyder: Call me Snyder ... just a last name ... like Barbarino.
      Vinnie Barbarino was John Travolta's character in the 70's sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

    • Buffy: Let's do the time warp again.
      Buffy uses a line from The Rocky Horror Picture Show song to indicate her confusion at all the adults acting like drunken, rowdy teens.

      This may be an inside joke on Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) who played the lead character in a London stage version of Rocky Horror.

    • Buffy: I'm sure we love the idea of going all Willy Loman, but we're not in the band.
      Buffy argues against becoming a salesman by evoking the name of the title character from Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman.

    • Xander: You weren't visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, by any chance?
      In the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is turned into a generous man after the terrifying visit with three ghosts.

    • Buffy: It's like being in the Real World house only real.
      The MTV show The Real World places a group of unrelated people in a house and films their every move.

    • Giles: This is the S.A.T.s, Buffy, not connect the dots.
      The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a standard test given to high school students and used by colleges as part of the admissions process.

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