Buffy wakes from a bad dream with the warning, "From beneath you, it devours." Xander meets a young woman, Nancy, whose dog was eaten by a large creature that burrowed up out of the ground. Spike offers his assistance in dealing with the monster, but Buffy and the gang are still a little uneasy about having him around. In tracking down the monster, the Scoobies soon discover that an estranged friend has returned to her old ways. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she prepares to leave England and return to Sunnydale.moreless
Buffy Anne Summers
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
Principal Robin Wood
When Buffy mentions her work at the Doublemeat Palace, Principal Wood says that he is a vegetarian. Ironically, in the episode Doublemeat Palace (6x12), Buffy finds out that the "meat" they use is actually processed vegetables.
In the scene where Buffy is walking through the graveyard looking for Spike there is a gap between 2 tall trees in which you can see the top af a tall (unlike Sunnydale) building with a large red light sign. I would think that such a building and sign would be found off the back lots of a tv studio.
In the scene with the car they talk about Anya being a demon again and her dealing with scorned women at the Bronze. So... they've been okay with her doing hideous vengeful wish-curses on men up until this episode? Granted, she apparently hasn't been very successful at the torturous agony part, but she does almost get folks killed with her worm-curse this episode so it seems kinda short-sighted of them.
In the beginning when Spike is going after the rat you can see his reflection on the file cabinet on his right side (left side from our point of view).
Xander: Those kids are damn lucky having a Slayer and a friend on campus there for them. I hope they appreciate it. I know I did.
Nancy: Is your girlfriend always this commanding?
Xander: Who? Oh Buffy? Yeah she's a girl...and a friend, but she's not my "girlfriend".
Dawn: Uh Xander, you got a bit of drool there.
Buffy: You come back to town, you make with the big surprises… twice. I don't know what your game is, Spike, but I know there's something you're not telling me.
Spike: You're right. There is. But we're not best friends anymore so too bad for me. I'm not sharing. We've been through things. The end of the world and back. Now I can be useful 'cause, honestly, I've got nothing better to do. Make use of me if you want.
Xander: Please, outside of drugs, and violence, and unwanted pregnancy, and, uh, unleashing of hordes of Armageddon that comes pouring out of the school's foundation every now and then... what trouble could these kids have?
Nancy: No way! Are you saying that that thing was Ronnie?
Anya: You wish it, I dish it; I thought we were clear on this! I didn't know you would go and narc on me!
Buffy: You wished your ex was a worm?
Nancy: Well... we were just... talking...
Dawn: Spike. You sleep, right? You, vampires? You sleep?
Spike: Yeah, what's your point?
Dawn: Well, I can't take you in a fight or anything, even with a chip in your head. But you do sleep. If you hurt my sister at all, touch her, you're gonna wake up on fire.
Buffy: I heard screaming.
Dawn: That was you.
Buffy: There was a girl.
Dawn: That would be me.
Spike: I tried to find it, of course. The spark. The missing... the piece that fit. That would make me fit. Because you didn't want... God, I can't... not with you looking. I dreamed of killing you. I think they were dreams. So weak. And you make me weak. Thinking of you, holding myself, and spilling useless buckets of salt over your... ending. Angel, he should've warned me. He makes a good show of forgetting, but it's here, in me, all the time. The spark. I wanted to give you what you deserve, and I got it. They put the spark in me and now all it does is burn. It's what you wanted, right? It's what you wanted, right? And now everybody's in here, talking. Everything I did... everyone I... and him... and it... the other, the thing beneath... beneath you. It's here too. Everybody. They all just tell me to go... go... to hell. Buffy, shame on you. Why does a man do what he musn't? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev... to be a kind of man. She shall look on him with forgiveness, and everybody will forgive and love. He will be loved. So everything's okay right? Can... can we rest now? Buffy... can we rest?
Buffy: I don't know what's going on with you, Spike, but i know there's something you're not telling me.
Spike: You're right. There is. But we're not best friends anymore, so too bad for me. We've been through things. To the end of the world and back. I can be useful, because honestly, I got nothing better to do.
Buffy: No more mind games Spike.
Spike: No more mind games. No more mind.
Spike: I get it! Joke's on me! Lots of laughs! Yeah. Hey! Bring the wife and kiddies come see the show! Cause its gonna be a circus. This. Just the beginning luv. A warm up act. The real headliners coming and when that band hits the stage, all of this, all this will come tumbling in death and screaming... horror and bloodshed. From beneath you it devours. From beneath. Poor Rocky. (sobs)
Spike: That's right! Big Bad's back and lookin' for a little death!
Anya: Bite me Harris!
Anya: I had a quota, the guy had it coming whats the big?
Anya: There are rules I have to follow. Vengeance demon codes of conduct, which you'd never understand because you're all so...human.
Spike: I'm not. Demon, just like yourself, Anya.
Dawn: I mean, it's just so cool! You're coming to school with me! You'll be, like, there the whole time! (Brief pause) You understand you cannot talk to me, look at me, or hang out with any of my friends, right?
Buffy: Have you completely lost your mind?
Spike: Well, yeah. Where have you been all night?
Buffy: Anya, that thing you created burst through solid pavement and ate her dog.
Anya: Oh, puppy!
Xander: Wait, that gets your sad noise? People's lives are in danger and you give it up for the Yorkie?
Anya: You never understood me!
Spike: When exactly did your sister get unbelievably scary?
Anya: (sees Xander enter the bar) Oh, penis.
Giles: (to Willow) Taxi's here. And in keeping with quaint old British tradition, you would now be expected to get in.
The last scene between Spike and Buffy was rewritten and reshot by Joss. He felt, in the original draft, it did not show enough emotions between the characters and also thought it was time Spike told Buffy his soul was returned and how.
The German girl wears a shirt with a skull of a bird or something. There is a german punk rock band named "Die toten Hosen" that bares such a symbol.
The German sentence "Von der Tiefe verschlingt es" makes little to no sense for a native speaker because "Von isn't the correct translation for "From" in this case.
For the German dubbed version they used "Kommt aus der Tiefe, dich zu verschlingen" which something like "Comes from the deep to devour you", which is not quite right but better than the sentence from the song.
The song that can be heard during the scene in Germany contains the lyrics: "Von der Tiefe verschlingt es", which is German for: "From beneath you it devours".
Kaarina Aufranc portrays the third "Nancy" in the history of Buffy. The other two are the White Hat from "The Wish" and the smart girl in Buffy's English class in "Earshot".
Principal Robin Wood is apparently unaware of the fate of Principal Flutie, who was eaten by a group of possessed students in season 1's 'The Pack'.
This episode puts Spike in the place of Angel in several allusions to past episodes: Spike is seen going after a rat (like when the Whistler found Angel in "Becoming"), the gang finds out that Buffy has seen him since his return (as in "Revelations") and at the end, Spike willing lets himself get burned on a cross after Buffy finds out he has a soul (as Angel let Buffy's cross burn him after she finds out that he's a vampire with a soul in "Angel").
SLAYER or SLAYEE? Frankfurt, Germany
Principal Robin Wood is a vegetarian.
Principal Wood: ...you're not here to be their friend. Trust me, you open that door and these students will eat you alive.
Buffy: You heard about Principal Flutie, right?
Buffy is referring to the fact that Principal Flutie was fairly lenient with his students, tried to be their friend, and in the episode The Pack (1x06) he was actually eaten alive by students who were possessed by hyenas.
Visual: The Slugoff Demon both looks and moves like the "Graboid" monsters in the movie series "Tremors." Both are said to be ancient predators, though Spike mentions that the Slugoff Demon went extinct during the Crusades.
Spike: Hey, is that it? A little touchy-feely, and you're off to the Batpoles?
Inveterate TV watcher Spike refers to the campy TV 1960s series Batman. Whenever trouble called, millionaire Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his ward Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) would turn into Batman and Robin by sliding down the Batpoles (hidden behind a bookcase in a Wayne Manor library room) into the Batcave, somehow becoming clothed in their superhero tights and masks in the process.
Visual: Opening Sequence
The opening chase scene may be an homage to the German film Run Lola, Run. The girl with the bright red hair, the industrial music in the background, and (most tellingly) the location is very similar.
This could also be a homage to the TV show Alias. In the pilot of that show the character of Sydney Bristow dresses up in a similar outfit.
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