Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 2

Dead Man's Party

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • The pink dress that Buffy wears to the party is the same one she wore in the dream with Angel in "Anne".

    • Nitpick: When the zombies smash through the front door it is not a solid door but only a thin sheet of laminate or some similar material.

    • Goof: When the zombies attack the house, you see Joyce standing by the desk sort of close to the door. When Xander and Cordelia go into the kitchen, you see Joyce holding a flower pot. But in the next shot, Joyce has no flower pot in her hands, and later picks it up to bean a zombie with.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy goes home after not meeting Willow, she has blue shoes on. But when she goes downstairs to get the "company dishes" her shoes are pink.

    • Nitpick: It is strange that we only see human zombies during the large-scale rising of the dead near the end of this episode. After all, the mask raised the cat, so one would assume it would raise all dead animals within a certain distance as well.

  • Quotes

    • Buffy: Hey Pat! (Stabs a shovel through the mask's eyes) Made you look.

    • Buffy: You're really enjoying this moral superiority thing, aren't you?
      Willow: It's like a drug!

    • Cordelia: I'm the dip!
      Xander: You've got to admire the purity of it...
      Cordelia: What? Onion dip. Stirring. Not cooking. It's what I bring.

    • Giles: Cordelia, it's me! It's me!
      Cordelia: How do we know it's really you and not Zombie Giles?
      Giles: Cordelia, do stop being tiresome.
      Cordelia: It's him.

    • Joyce: (about the mask) It cheers up the room.
      Buffy: It's angry at the room, Mom. It wants the room to suffer.

    • Xander: Okay, so one vote from the Old Guy for a Smelly Cheese Night, and how many votes for actual fun, huh?

    • Buffy: What about home schooling? It's not just for scary religious people any more.

    • Oz: Hey, so you're not wanted for murder anymore.
      Buffy: Good. That was such a drag.

    • Xander: I guess a lot of people are glad to have you back.
      Buffy: It seems like people I didn't even know missed me.

    • Oz: (about the dead cat) It looks dead, it smells dead. Yet it's moving around. That's interesting.
      Cordelia: Nice pet, Giles. Don't you like anything regular? Golf, USA Today, or anything?

    • Xander: So, where were you? Did you go to Belgium?
      Buffy: Why would I go to Belgium?
      Xander: I think the relevant question here is why wouldn't you? Belgium!

    • Xander: Check it out. The Watcher's back on the clock. And just when you were thinking career change, maybe becoming a Looker or a Seer.
      Giles: Thank you, Xander.

    • Cordelia: Put yourself in Buffy's shoes for just a minute, okay? I'm Buffy,
      freak of nature, right? Naturally, I pick a freak for a boyfriend, and then he turns into Mr. Killing Spree, which is pretty much my fault...
      Buffy: Cordy! Get out of my shoes.

    • Buffy: Didn't anyone ever warn you about playing with pointy sticks? It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.

    • Willow: All right, I'll stop giving you a hard time... runaway.
      Buffy: Will!
      Willow: I'm sorry... quitter.
      Buffy: Whiner.
      Willow: Bailer.
      Buffy: Harpy.
      Willow: Delinquent.
      Buffy: Tramp.
      Willow: Bad seed.
      Buffy: Witch.

    • Giles: 'Oh, look at my mask, isn't it pretty? It raises the dead!' Americans.

    • Xander: Generally speaking, when scary things get scared... not good.

    • Oz: We should figure out what kinda deal this is. I mean, is it a gathering, a shindig or a hootenanny?
      Cordelia: What's the difference?
      Oz: Well, a gathering is brie, mellow song stylings; shindig: dip, less mellow song stylings, perhaps a large amount of malt beverage; and hootenanny, well, it's chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny.

    • Buffy: I'd like to find Willow and Xander.
      Joyce: Will you be slaying?
      Buffy: Only if they give me lip.

  • Notes

    • According to the sign on his desk, Principal Snyder's first name begins with an "R".

    • Music:

      During the party at Buffy's house, "Dingoes Ate My Baby" perform three songs -- "Nevermind", "Sway" and "Pain" by Four Star Mary.

    • When he hotwires his car, Giles mutters, "Like riding a bloody bicycle," implying that he has hotwired cars in the past.

    • This episode introduces a new location, a downtown corner plaza with an espresso bar.

    • On the UK Video release the hot-wiring scene does play complete. It is edited on the UK and US DVD releases.

    • On the UK video releases, the shots of Giles hot-wiring his car in this episode are edited out to meet the 15 certificate rating. When shown on television, the sequence plays complete.

  • Allusions

    • Xander: Man, this sucker wobbles but he won't fall down. 

      Xander refers to the Run DMC song "Peter Piper" from their "Raising Hell" album. The actual lyrics go "The turntables might wobble but they don't fall down."

    • A dead black cat comes to life at the mask's beckoning, showing a sudden, vicious behavior which alarms Joyce and Buffy. This may be an allusion to the 1989 film Pet Sematary in which a man buries a cat in cursed land. The cat comes back to life but is not the same friendly animal it was before.

    • Near the beginning of the episode, Buffy finds a dead cat in the basement, and she and Joyce bury it. The next day, they discover that the cat has returned.

      This may be an oblique reference to the song "The Cat Came Back" (1893) by Harry S. Miller in which several attempts are made to get rid of a cat, but no matter what was tried, "the cat came back the very next day".

    • Xander: So skip the heartwarming stuff about kindly old people and saving the farm and get right to the dirt.

      This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel "Anne of Green Gables," where an orphan girl named Anne was adopted by a well-meaning elderly couple who thought they were getting a young boy to help work on their farm. Xander probably says it after Buffy tells the group she used her middle name, Anne, while she was living in L.A.

    • Cordelia: Nice pet, Giles. Don't you like anything regular? Golf, USA Today, or anything?
      USA Today is a national, daily newspaper. When it was first started publishing, it was the only major newspaper to print color photographs.

    • Cordelia: Yeah, but the outfits suck. This whole Rambo thing is so over.
      Rambo is a character in a series of movies starring Sylvester Stallone. Rambo's preferred form of dress was a tank top (or bare chest), headband, bandolier, and a big gun. Cordelia is exaggerating her outfit's resemblance to a Rambo ensemble.

    • Cordelia: Come in Nighthawk. Everything OK?
      A catchphrase from the 1980s British sitcom Allo! Allo!, set in wartime France. "Nighthawk" was the codename of René Artois, pusillanimous café proprietor and unlikely "hero" of the French Resistance.

    • Oz: I think the dead man's party moved upstairs.
      Oz speaks of the zombies moving upstairs with a reference to the Oingo Boingo song "Dead Man's Party".

    • Xander: Man, this sucker wobbles but he won't fall down.
      Xander equates the resilient zombie with a Weeble. Weebles were toys that were basically egg shaped and bottom heavy. The ad campaign said that "Weebles wobble but they won't fall down."

    • Giles: Like riding a bloody bicycle.
      Giles compares hot-wiring the car with the ability to ride a bicycle. Tradition has it that if you once knew how to ride a bicycle you will be able to ride again, even if you have not ridden for a long time. Apparently, Giles 'the Ripper' did more than conjure demons during his youthful wild years.

    • Party Goer: You got the wrong casa Mr. Belvedere.
      The guy on the phone compares Giles to Mr. Belvedere, a character from the television show (1985 - 1990) of the same name. The character Mr. Belvedere was a English butler.

    • Buffy: Mom I'm a Slayer. It's not like I need to ride a little bus to school.
      Buffy responds to her mother's suggestion of special accommodations by the school by contrasting being a Slayer with a handicap. Often mentally or physically handicapped students in a regular school will have a special small bus. Riding the little bus is associated with a handicap.

    • Pat: Well between your situation and reading "Deep End of the Ocean" she was just a wreck.
      "The Deep End of the Ocean" by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a novel about a family whose 3 year old son is kidnapped. The novel focuses on the ensuing family and marital problems.

    • Buffy: What about home schooling? You know it's not just for scary religious people any more.
      In the United States, school is mandatory for children up to age 16. Parents who disapprove of the content or quality of public education may opt for home schooling, where the parents themselves teach the children. Home schooling is mostly associated with conservative religious people who disagree with the moral content of public school classes.

    • Cordelia: I'm thinking more sporty. Like Hilfiger maybe.
      Tommy Hilfiger is a clothing designer. The label is roughly comparable to Ralph Lauren's Polo and consists mostly of casual clothes.

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