Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 22

Chosen

14
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 20, 2003 on The WB

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  • Trivia

    • In the first episode of the series (Welcome to the Hellmouth) Cordelia tells Buffy "we don't have a whole lot of town" yet in the episodes that followed we saw that Sunnydale has quite a lot to offer: A first class zoo, a major university, a museum that has natural history, archeology and precious gem exhibits, a multi-level mall, several major retailers including Starbucks, Ralph's, Old Navy and others, and a promenade with a nightclub and other entertainment facilities.

    • Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) has the last line of the series: "Yeah, Buffy. What are we gonna do now?"

    • Knowing that this would be the final episode, Joss Whedon included many references to previous episodes. These included: Andrew: A shout-out to my brother Tucker who gave me the inspiration to summon demons... Tucker summoned hell hounds to attack the prom in the episode The Prom. ---- Xander: See, I need a new look. It's this whole eye patch thing. Buffy: Oh! You could go with the full black secret agent look. Willow: Or the puffy shirt, pirate/poet feel. Sensitive yet manly… The last two times we've seen Xander in costume were a pirate in All the Way and as James Bond in Fear Itself. ---- Faith: Looks like the Hellmouth is officially closed for business. Giles: There is another one in Cleveland. We learn of the Hellmouth in Cleveland in the episode The Wish. ---- Giles: The earth is definitely doomed. This is almost identical to the final line of the episode The Harvest, which was the second part of the very first two-hour episode of the series. ---- Two of Cassie's predictions in the episode Help come true in this episode. - Buffy tells Spike that she loves him. Cassie told Spike "She'll tell you. Someday she'll tell you." - Cassie said to Buffy, "And I know that you'll go someplace dark. Underground..." This prediction was fulfilled when Buffy led Faith, Spike, and the Potentials into the Hellmouth. ---- A "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign gets knocked over for the third time in the show's history, having been also hit in School Hard (2x03) and Lovers Walk (3x08). Spike can be at least partially blamed for all three incidents.

    • In Chosen, everyone walks into a the school, ready for the final fight. That school is actually California State University, Northridge, located in the San Fernando Valley in California.

    • When Caleb faces off against Buffy and Angel, all three of the lead characters from Joss Whedon's television shows are in the room at the same time. Caleb (Nathan Fillion, Firefly), Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Angel (Angel).

    • "Chosen" netted the show its final Emmy nomination for the "Special Visual Effects for a Series" category. Although it didn't win, it was beaten by Firefly, which was also created by Joss Whedon.

    • Buffy's final line of dialogue is "Spike."

    • At the end of the episode, when the bus is about to stop, if you look on the paved road, towards the bottom, you can see semi-circle tire marks, obviously made there from the bus in other takes.

    • When Buffy jumps onto the moving bus and turns around its clear she's wearing tan pointed high heel shoes, but when Buffy jumps off the bus after it comes to a stop we can clearly see she's wearing tan hiking boots.

    • When Vi leaps into the air and kicks-back a Turok-Han, she tries to land but you can tell she's strung up on a harness and wires because she seems to float a bit before her feet touch the ground again.

    • When the battle between the Slayers and the Turok-Han begins, Buffy kicks one of the uber-vamps in the face but her kick is surprisingly soft. You can tell she's trying not to kick the stunt actor - who portrayed the Turok-Han - in the face, her kick is also a little off.

    • When Buffy and co first look into the Hellmouth just as the Ubervamp army notices them, one of the Ubers in the centre of the screen has the prosthetic headpiece peeling off. The line between prosthetic and skin is very obvious.

    • When Buffy's escaping the High School before she runs up the stairs she's holding the top of the axe but when we move shots, she's holding the middle.

    • When Andrew gets out his paper with his speech on it, he is on the right side of Anya. When she grabs him to walk away the next scene show Andrew on Anya's left side...

  • Quotes

    • Spike: I'm drowning in footwear! (wakes with a start) Weird dream...

    • Buffy: (About Buffy and Angel Kissing) It was... a hello.
      Spike: Most people don't use their tongues to say hello... Or, I guess they do, but...

    • Willow: This goes beyond anything I've ever done. It's a total loss of control; and not in a nice wholesome "my girlfriend has a pierced tongue" kind of way.

    • Buffy/The First: Oh, no... ow! Mommy, this mortal wound is all... itchy.

    • Buffy: Angel... I do... sometimes think that far ahead.
      Angel: Sometimes is something.
      Buffy: Be a long time coming. Years if ever.
      Angel: I ain't gettin' any older.

    • Caleb: Don't need an arm... got an army.
      Buffy: Oooh an army of vampires how ever will I fi...
      Caleb: Daily our numbers swell. My army will overrun the earth and the balance will tip and I will be made flesh. But you have an army of your own... some 30-odd pimply faced girls that don't know the pointy end of a stake... maybe I should call this off?

    • Buffy: You don't scare me.
      Caleb: Then why aren't you asleep in your dead lover's arms? Because he can't help you. Nor your friends. Nor Faith. Certainly not your "Wanna Slay" Brigade. None of those girls will know any real power until you are dead.

    • Willow: You know Buffy: sweet girl, not that bright.

    • Faith: Looks like the Hellmouth is officially closed for business.
      Giles: There is another one in Cleveland... Not to spoil the moment.

    • Andrew: Picture happy things... a lake, candy canes, bunnies.
      Anya: Bunnies! Floppy, hoppy... (holds up her sword) bunnies.

    • Vi: (referring to the Turok-Han) These guys are dust.

    • Spike: I'm getting zero juice here, and I look like Elizabeth Taylor.

    • Kennedy: Hey, I'm the first one to call her out when she's not making sense. In fact, this may have escaped your keen notice, but I'm kind of a brat. I've always sort of gotten my way. So you're gonna make it through this, no matter how dark it gets. Because now... you're my way.

    • Buffy/The First: Into every generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. She alone will have the strength and skill to — There's that word again. What you are. How you'll die. Alone. Where's your snappy comeback?

    • Spike: So... where's tall, dark, and forehead?

    • Willow: Did you find out anything about the scythe?
      Buffy: It slices, dices, and makes julienne preacher.

    • Buffy: (to Angel) Because... Okay, I'm cookie dough. I'm not done baking. I'm not finished becoming whoever the hell it is I'm gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day I turn around and realize I'm ready. I'm cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat m... or... enjoy warm, delicious cookie me, then... that's fine. That'll be then. When I'm done.
      Angel: Any thoughts on who might enjoy... do I have to go with the cookie analogy?

    • Buffy: What was the highlight of our relationship? When you broke up with me or when I killed you? I'm well aware of my stellar history with guys... And, no, I don't see fat grandchildren in the offing with Spike, but I don't think that really matters right now. You know, in the midst of all this insanity, a couple things are actually starting to make sense. And the guy thing -- I always feared there was something wrong with me, you know, because I couldn't make it work. But maybe I'm not supposed to.

    • Angel: I'm getting the brush off for Captain Peroxide. It doesn't necessarily bring out the champion in me.

    • Angel: That's great. Everyone's got a soul now.
      Buffy: He'll make a difference.
      Angel: You know, I started it. The whole having a soul. Before it was all the cool new thing.
      Buffy
      : Oh, my God. Are you twelve?

    • Buffy: You vampires. Did anybody ever tell you the whole smelling people thing's a little gross?

    • Angel: Shoulder to shoulder. I'm yours.

    • Buffy: (To Caleb) Okay... How many times do I have to kill you? Ballpark figure.
      Caleb: You understand nothing. You think you have power over me? Stupid girl. You'll never stop me. You don't have the ba-- (Buffy swings the scythe upward into Caleb's groin)
      Buffy: Who does nowadays?

    • Amanda: I invoke a time flux on Trogdor.
      Andrew: Step down, girlfriend, you can't just--
      Amanda: Ninth level sorcerer, and I carry the emerald chalice. Trogdor is frozen in time. Deal with it.
      Xander: Smackdown on Red Riding Hood. This could get ugly.
      Giles: Could it possibly get uglier? I used to be a highly respected Watcher. Now I'm a wounded dwarf with the mystical strength of a doily.

    • Spike: I wanna see how it ends.

    • Amanda: What kind of person could sleep on a night like this?
      Xander: (pats sleeping Anya) Only the crazy ones.

    • Xander: Hey! It's a party in my eye socket and everyone is invited. (pause) Sometimes I shouldn't say words.

    • Giles: The Earth is definitely doomed.

    • Buffy: I hate this. I hate being here. I hate that you have to be here. I hate that there's evil. And that I was chosen to fight it. I wish a whole lot of the time that I hadn't been. I know a lot of you wish I hadn't been either. But this isn't about wishes. This is about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes, not when its army's ready, now. Tomorrow morning, I'm opening the seal. I'm going down into the Hellmouth and I am finishing this once and for all. Right now you're asking yourselves what makes this different. What makes us any more than a bunch of girls getting picked off one by one. That's true. None of you have the power that Faith and I do. So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power... now? In every generation, one slayer is born... because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a slayer... will be a slayer. Every girl who could have the power... will have the power... can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?

    • Buffy: Faith still has my room and . . .
      Spike: Well you're not staying here, you can't buy me off with shiny beads and sweet talk, you've got Angel breath. I'm not just gonna let you whack me back and forth like a rubber ball, I've got my pride, you know.
      Buffy: I understand.
      Spike: Clearly you don't, 'cause the whole "having my pride" was just a smokescreen.
      Buffy: Oh, thank God…

    • Giles: I'm all turned around. You're here?
      Xander: By the pillar, yeah. I'm protecting this area.
      Giles:That puts me over by the door. Demons around the perimeter- Right! I open the door.
      Andrew
      :You go through the door and are confronted by Trogdor the Burninator.

    • Buffy: I am finishing this once and for all.

    • The First: You pulled a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down. What more do you want?
      Buffy: I want you... to get out of my face!

    • Willow: That was nifty!

    • Anya: Come on, let's go assemble the cannon fodder.
      Xander: That's not what we're calling them, sweetie.
      Anya: Not to their faces. What, am I insensitive?

    • Xander: If you have to go to the bathroom, it's to your left. If you don't have to go to the bathroom, picture what you're about to face. Better to go now.

    • Giles: Are we really going to discuss this? Save the world, then go to the mall?

    • Wood: Welcome to Sunnydale High. There's no running in the halls, no yelling, no gum chewing, apart from that, there's only one rule: if it moves, kill it.

    • Spike: I think it's fair to say school's out for bloody summer.

    • Anya: I just figured you'd be terrified and I'd be sarcastic about it.

    • Caleb: Are you ready to finish this... bitch?!

    • Spike: My soul. It's really there. Kinda stings.

    • Wood: I am so much prettier then you.

    • Andrew: Silly, silly British man.

    • Kennedy: Bite me.
      Willow: I will.

    • Buffy: I'm not worried.
      Rona: Really? Cause I'm flashing back to Xander's whole bathroom speech.

    • Andrew: We will defend it with our very lives.
      Anya: Yes, we will defend it with his very life.
      Xander: And don't be afraid to use him as a human shield.
      Anya: Good, yes, thanks. (nods)
      Andrew: I just want to say how proud I am to die for this very special cause with you guys... there's some, um - there's people I'd like to thank, both good and evil. Um, a shout out to my brother Tucker, who gave me the inspiration to summon demons and also -
      Anya: Nobody cares, you little monkey!

    • Buffy: I love you.
      Spike: No you don't, but thanks for saying it.

    • Xander: Did you see what happened?
      Andrew: She was... incredible. She died saving my life.
      Xander: (holding back tears) That's my girl, always doing the stupid thing.

    • Dawn: We destroyed the mall? I fought on the wrong side.
      Xander: All those shops gone. The Gap, Starbucks, Toys R Us, who will remember all those landmarks unless we tell the world about them?

    • Buffy: Are you gonna go all Dawson on me everytime I have a boyfriend?
      Angel: Aha! Boyfriend.

  • Notes

    • There is an easter egg on the sixth DVD of the seventh season. Go to the special features menu and highlight "Featurettes". Press to the left and you will see a red "B" highlighted. Press enter to access "The Gift Montage". This is the "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" montage that appeared before the 100th episode but was not included on that DVD. It includes scenes from almost every one of the first 99 episodes of the series.

    • On the day originally aired on USA, this episode registered 4.7 million viewers watching the show for that night.

    • From Joss Whedon's DVD audio commentary:
      David Boreanaz had only seven hours to record all of his scenes from both episodes. So, to save time, in the crypt scene, Joss had two cameras: one for Boreanaz and another for Gellar. It is a very unusual thing to do. The DP (responsible for the light) had to work twice as hard;
      The line "Dude, I got mad skills" was originally said by Eliza Dushku to Joss refering to ice-cream...
      Buffy's speech was bigger, almost the double of the aired one. Sarah managed to say everything in one shot. After that, everyone on-set applauded her;
      Angel's sketch in the basement was made by Joss. It wasn't in the script;
      After they saw the episode in Joss's house, when saying good bye, Marti Noxon said: "Don't, Everything you say is going to sound like a goodbye", just like Dawn;
      There were so many things to be done that David Solomon directed some fight sequences in the final battle;
      Joss was so tired that one Friday night he shut the production down because he couldn't stand working anymore;
      Anthony Stewart Head gave the idea to use the horizon in the end;
      The last scene recorded for the show was the girl standing up during Buffy's speech.

    • Clips from this episode are featured in the movie Johnson Family Vacation.

    • Out of all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, David Boreanaz is the actor to have appeared in the most, with a record 11 out of 12 seasons. The only season in which David did not appear was season six of Buffy. James Marsters and Alyson Hannigan are tied for second, both appearing in nine total seasons.

    • A variety of the main theme, by Nerf Herder, can be heard being played in the background of the final scene, while the Scooby Gang is looking out on the remains of Sunnydale.

    • Buffy and Willow are the only two characters that have appeared in every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Joss Whedon wrote and filmed a scene in which, prior to the final battle, Giles and Wood share a joint, or "hand-rolled cigarette" as Whedon identified it in the script. This scene was filmed but edited out for time and content.

    • Anya's last words on Buffy the Vampire Slayer were 'Bunnies'.

    • Chosen was nominated for a 2003 Emmy in the Category of Special Visual Effects for a Series and for a Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation: Short Form.
      This episode also won a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Series.

    • In the original script the conversation between Buffy and Angel was supposed to be longer making Angel reveal to Buffy that he loved Cordy and also that he had a son making Buffy the only one that knew of Connor. This was ultimately changed so not to confuse too much of Angel's storyline with Buffy's.

    • The amulet and files that Angel presents to Buffy at the beginning of this episode were given to him by Lilah in the Angel season 4 finale "Home."

    • Caleb, the apostate Christian and caricature preacher, dies because of the sign of the cross: Buffy slashed him horizontally at the conclusion of "End of Days" and then bisects him vertically in this episode.

    • Spike's last words (in this series at least), ironically: "I want to see how it ends."

    • Rather than the usual paper cut-out monster being moved across the Mutant Enemy logo, this time the monster animates and turns his head towards the viewers for his "Grrr... Argh..."

    • Emma Caulfield requested that Anya die heroically in this episode because she did not want to return to play the character again, and she felt that Anya deserved a dramatic exit.

    • David Boreanaz (Angel) and James Marsters (Spike) are the only actors to appear in the final episodes of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

  • Allusions

    • Willow: Oh...my...Goddess...
      Willow studies the Wiccan religion which views the Divine as both masculine (God) and feminine (Goddess), both of which are equal in power (though some branches of Wicca worship The Goddess predominantly). Willow's use of the term "Goddess" at this moment is a reference to this belief.

      There was also a rumor that this was a nod to the series Charmed, which had an episode with this title at the end of its fifth season. However, the episode in question aired only nine days before this episode, which is certainly too close to add dialog to a scene.
      So far there has never been any official confirmation of this rumor, so it is considered to be apocryphal.

    • Giles: I used to be a highly respected watcher, and now I'm a wounded dwarf with the mystical strength of a doily.
      Andrew, Xander, Giles, and Amanda play a fantasy role-playing game-possibly Dungeons and Dragons, the role playing game that is best known as a game that is played by outcasts or "geeks". In creating a character for a game of this sort the player usually chooses a race, and Giles apparently created a Dwarven character.

    • Spike: I think it's fair to say school's out for bloody summer.
      A rather appropriate reference to the Alice Cooper song "School's Out".

    • Buffy: Are you just gonna come here and go all Dawson on me every time I have a boyfriend?
      A reference to Dawson's Creek, the hit WB show (that also ended this season) that redefined teen melodrama. The title character was known for his oversensitivity and constant pining over his "soul mate," Joey Potter ('Joey' is short for Josephine).

    • Andrew: You go through the door and are confronted by Trogdor the Burninator.
      Trogdor the Burninator is a character who appears in Homestar Runner, a series of online cartoons. Trogdor is a creation of the series' resident villain, Strong Bad.

    • Buffy: Mm, any port in an apocalypse.
      Buffy's quote is a play on words of the traditional catch phrase "Any port in a storm."

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