Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 4

Beauty and the Beasts

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: When Angel returned from the hell dimension he was nude, and feral, but when Buffy finds him in the woods he is wearing trousers. If he is so insane and damaged from being in a hell dimension for possibly thousands of years that he can't recognize Buffy it seems odd that he is able to remember to put on pants.

    • Goof: At the morgue, Xander and Willow are seen in closeup with the corpse. As Xander asks "is Oz cleared or what" look carefully at the victim's neck and you can see it move as though he is swallowing.

    • Goof: When Buffy is in her first meeting with the counselor, her top changes from open to closed multiple times throughout the scene.

    • At 36:03 when Willow and Buffy are in the restroom talking with Debbie, there is a poster that reads "Most women aren't attracted to dead guys".

    • Goof: When Buffy and Willow are first in the bathroom with Debbie, she has not finished covering her black eye. But when they leave, it's completely covered.

    • Nitpick: Considering how dangerous a werewolf is it's odd that the cage window wasn't sealed shut, or better yet barred.

    • Goof: When Willow reminds Oz of the time the library clock reads 5:35. Oz goes into the cage and closes the door. As he looks back through the door at Willow the clock can be seen again, only now it says 5:30.

    • Goof: When Buffy arrives for her 2:00 meeting with the guidance counselor, the clock in his office reads 4:13.

    • After Buffy knocks out Angel, she brings him back to the mansion that he lived in with Spike and Drusilla. To stop him from escaping, she opens an old trunk and pulls out chain restraints. Look carefully and you'll notice that Buffy clears off a bunch of old dolls from the trunk before she opens it. The trunk (and chains) must have belonged to the childlike, doll-collecting Drusilla.

    • Nitpick: From this episode on, the Werewolf Oz has a relatively flat face. During Season Two, however, he had a long, wolf-like snout.

    • When Willow is at the morgue, she has a Scooby Doo lunchbox with her tools in it. This is a nod to a running joke in the series where Willow, Xander and Buffy refer to themselves as the Scooby Gang.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy finds Angel for the first time, he's obviously picked up some trousers from somewhere, but that's all -- he has no shirt or shoes. So when Buffy chains him up, he's clearly only wearing trousers. Yet when she returns to visit him later in the day, he is wearing boots. And if he was chained up, he couldn't have put on boots.

    • Nitpick: When Oz turns into a werewolf his clothes completely disappear. Even if he ripped out of them they'd still be lying somewhere near the stairs.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy goes into Mr. Platt's office she obviously wants no one to know, but she leaves the door to the counselor's office open where anyone, including Giles, who she mentions specifically, could hear her conversation.

  • Quotes

    • Oz: (after fighting off Pete, Oz looks out the window and sees that it's dark out) Time's up...rules change. (Oz changes into a werewolf and attacks Pete)

    • (Buffy's tranquilizer dart misses the mark and hits Giles in the side)
      Giles: Ah!
      Buffy: Oh! Sorry!
      Giles: Oh, right. Bloody priceless.
      (Giles staggers, then falls down)

    • Buffy: It's tricky covering a fresh shiner like that. You know what works?
      Debbie: What?
      Buffy: Don't get hit.

    • Buffy: Night came on, and a full moon rose high over the trees lighting the land till it lay bathed in ghostly day. And the strain of the primitive remained alive and active. Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof were his, yet he retained his wildness and wiliness. And from the depths of the forest, a call still sounded.

    • Cordelia: Great. Now I'm going to be stuck with serious thoughts all day.

    • Debbie: He does love me. He does love me.
      Willow: I think we broke her.
      Buffy: I think she was broken before this.

    • Debbie: (about Platt) He'll make you start a dream journal.
      Pete: What's that, like a Barbie thing? "Dear Dream Journal, how come Ken hasn't come around since he got that earring?"

    • Scott: I can't back you on that lunch. Nutritional demerits.
      Buffy: Oh, my stomach doesn't want hard food today. But there's fruit in it.
      Scott: Those are marshmallows.

    • Faith: I was going kind of crazy in here, but I can get in a few stakings before sunrise.
      Buffy: Knock yourself out. Not literally, though.

    • Oz: (to Willow) Okay, you know that thing where you bail in the middle of an upsetting conversation? I have to do that. It's kind of dramatic, I know, but... sometimes it's a necessary guy thing.

    • Giles: It's good to see you. Um, no need to panic.
      Oz: Just a thought: Poker, not your game.

    • Faith: All men are beasts, Buffy.
      Buffy: Okay, I was hoping to not get that cynical 'til I was at least forty.
      Faith: It's not cynical. I mean, it's realistic. Every guy, from Manimal to Mr. I-Love-The-English-Patient has beast in him. And I don't care how sensitive they act. They're all still just in for the chase.

    • Xander: No worries, I can handle the Oz full monty. I mean, not handle handle, like hands to flesh handle.
      Willow: Okay, well, it's not for you. It's for me, 'cause I'm still getting used to the half monty.
      Xander: Oh, good. Half? You and Oz? Which half?
      Willow: Wouldn't you like to know?

    • Buffy: One night after supper, the lead dog turned up a snowshoe rabbit. The dog lay down low to the race, his body flashing forward, leap by leap.
      Willow: (reading) He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the wombs of time. The rabbit could not...
      Oz: *growls*
      Willow: Okay, uh, maybe we should try a less stimulating passage.

    • Oz: I may be a cold-blooded jelly donut, but my timing is impeccable.

    • Scott: I hope you realize I don't actually know these people. I just... I thought you would like me better if I had friends, so I hired them.

    • Giles: How long... exactly did you... rest your eyes for?
      Xander: A little now, uh, a little then. But I never heard Oz leave, and he was here in the morning when I, um... when I...
      Giles: WOKE UP?!
      Xander: You could put it that way if you want to, Mr. Technical.

    • Cordelia: Oz ate someone last night.
      Willow: He did not!
      Xander: Oz does not eat people. It's more werewolf play. You know, I bat you around a little bit, like a cat toy. I have harmless, wolf fun. Is it Oz's fault that, you know, side effect, people get cut to ribbons, and maybe then he'll take a little nibble and... I'm not helping, am I?

    • Mr. Platt: Look, Buffy, any person... grown-up, shrink, Pope... any person who claims to be totally sane is either lying or isn't very bright.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Buffy: Great. So while you two live out your grim fairy tale, two people are dead.
      A pun referring to Grimms' Fairy Tales. The Grimm brothers collected German folktales and published them in a book called "Children's and Household Tales," which is more commonly known as Grimms' Fairy Tales.

    • Willow: Mr. Science was doing a Jekyll/Hyde deal.

      A reference to the most famous tale of split personality Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    • Pete: What's that, like a Barbie thing? 'Dear dream journal, how come Ken hasn't come around since he got that earring?'
      A reference to the Barbie and Ken dolls from Mattel. The earring bit may also be a reference to the identification of men with earrings as being gay. In the 80s and early 90s having your left ear pierced was considered acceptable but an earring in the right ear signified homosexuality. Now, however, men often wear earrings in either or both ears without fear of retribution.

    • Willow: I've been at Mr. Donut since the tv did that snowy thing.
      Mr. Donut is a national chain of stores along the lines of Dunkin' Donuts. The "snowy thing" refers to the way a television displays static due to a lack of a signal. In other words, Willow was awake past the time when the television station stopped broadcasting.

    • Buffy: This was vivid. Really vivid. Three dimensional, Sensurround, the hills are alive...
      Sensurround refers to a sound technique used mostly in the 70s, where extra low bass (outside the human hearing range) would be added to the mix. Buffy probably intended to say surround sound like she did in her Reptile Boy comments. The phrase "the hills are alive" refers to the famous song from the movie musical The Sound of Music. Both comments are more likely intended to evoke a general sense of how vivid her "dream" was rather than being specific references to anything.

    • Faith: Get out of jail free, huh?
      From the board game Monopoly. The get out of jail free card does just that for the player who gets it.

    • Buffy: Look... I know that I have to do this, and I'll cooperate and look at your ink blots and everything...
      A reference to the Rorschach test once common in clinical psychology. In the test the subject's interpretation of a series of ink blots is supposed to give the examiner insight into their psyche.

    • Oz: Just a thought - Poker, not your game.
      Poker is a gambling card game that requires participant to be able to bluff about the quality of their hand. Giles shows a decided inability with his delivery of the "no need to panic" line.

    • Faith: Every guy from Manimal to Mr. I-Love-The-English-Patient has beast in him.
      Faith contrasts the outward beastliness of Manimal with the outward sensitivity of The English Patient lover. Manimal is most likely a reference to the short lived 1983 television show of the same name. In the show the lead character had the ability to transform himself into various animals. The English Patient is a book and later Oscar winning movie that is most often considered a chick-flick.

    • Xander: I can handle the Oz full monty.
      The British phrase "the full monty" basically means "to do everything". A rough American equivalent would be "the whole nine yards". After the success of the 1997 movie The Full Monty, wherein the term was applied to a group of male strippers getting completely naked, the term is now most associated with total (male) nudity.

    • Xander: Oh, Call of the Wild. Aren't we reading the Cliffs Notes to this for English?
      Call of the Wild is the Jack London novel about a dog taken from a domestic existence to run in the wild with the wolves. Cliffs Notes are literary guides that many students read in place of the actual novel. Xander is apparently taking this shortcut.

    • Title: Beauty and the Beasts.
      The title refers to the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

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