Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 16


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Anya says to the bartender that she is 1120-years-old (and therefore old enough to consume alcohol).

    • When good Willow is upset about Vamp Willow being sleazy and trashy and "kinda gay" Buffy tries to tell her that when a person becomes a vampire there is nothing left of the original personality. Angel is about to correct her, but stops when he gets a sharp look from Buffy. This is foreshadowing Willow's romance with another woman, Tara, in season four.

    • Goof: As vampire Willow walks down the main street center line two kids can be seen coming out of the theater tugging at one another. When she turns to look back over her left shoulder those same two kids are again coming out of the theater tugging at each other.

    • Goof: When Angel enters the library to inform Buffy that Willow is "dead", he is out of breath. But vampires don't breathe.

    • When Principal Snyder is talking to Willow about tutoring a player on the basketball team, he mentions "last year's debacle with the swim team." This is a reference to the Season Two episode "Go Fish" in which several members of the swim team turn into amphibious monsters.

    • Nitpick: When Vamp Willow is walking down the street and the elderly woman asks her, "Excuse me", Vamp Willow does a turn, complete with growl sound, that scares the woman off. But she doesn't have her vamp face that typically goes with the growl sound, and her ordinary, fangless Willow face doesn't look all that frightening, even with a mean expression on it.

    • Goof: Willow's arms change position's in different scenes when she's pinned to the floor at the end. They go from down by her sides to above her head.

    • Nitpick: When Willow goes into the school, she has her banana with her, but when she's walking inside the school...her banana has vanished.

    • Goof: When Vamp Willow is in the alley, and she asked the vampire who he worked for, she broke two of his fingers. Notice that when the camera viewed her about to break the second one, it looked as if the first one was never broken.

    • Goof: The scene where the Vamp Willow licks the real Willow's neck...we see the real Willow's hair tucked behind her left ear, then when the camera switches to the Vamp Willow we see the hair isn't tucked behind her ear anymore.

    • Goof: Wesley gets into the bathroom before Cordelia and Evil-Willow, but he was running toward them out in the hallway.

    • Goof: When Vamp Willow is walking down the street the crane holding the night light is seen in the top of the screen. It is also aimed slightly off.

  • Quotes

    • Xander: (to Willow, holding up a cross) Get back! Get back demon! (looks at cross, shakes it like that will make it work better, and holds it back out in front of him again)

    • Willow: What's going on? (gang look sad then shocked at Willow's arrival) Jeez, Who died... Oh God! Who died?

    • (Vamp Willow glares at Good Willow)
      Good Willow: No more snuggles?

    • Cordelia: Do I have something on my neck?
      Vamp Willow: Not yet.

    • Anya: I'm just so tired of being around human beings and all their baggage. I don't care if I ever get my powers back. I think he should eat you.
      Willow: This girl has a history of mental problems dating back to early childhood. I'm a blood-sucking fiend. Look at my outfit!

    • Anya: How could you kill her? She was our best shot at getting your world back.
      Willow: I don't like that you dare question me. Maybe I'll have my minions take you out back and kill you horribly.
      Anya: Vampires. Always thinking with your teeth.

    • Willow: Okay, let's get to the killing. Why don't we start with her?
      Anya: Why don't we start with you? If she's a vampire, then I'm the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

    • Anya: Anya. I'm sort of new here. I know Cordelia?
      Willow: Oh, fun.
      Anya: Yeah, listen. I have this little project I'm working on and I heard you were the person to ask.
      Willow: Yeah, that's me. Reliable dog geyser person. What do you need?
      Anya: Oh, it's nothing big. Just a little spell I'm working on.
      Willow: A spell? Oh, I like the black arts.
      Anya: I just need a secondary to create a temporal fold. I heard you were a pretty powerful Wicca, so...
      Willow: You heard right, mister! I'm always ready to work some dark mojo. So, tell me, is it dangerous?
      Anya: Oh, no.
      Willow: Well, could we pretend it is?

    • Oz: There's something about you that's causing me to hug you. It's like I have no will of my own.

    • The Mayor: Oh, hey, hey, hey, shoes, shoes!
      Faith: Thanks, sugar-daddy!
      The Mayor: Now, Faith, I don't find that sort of thing amusing. I'm a family man. Now, let's kill your little friend. Don't worry, I wouldn't ask you to do it. Not this early in the relationship. Besides, I think a vampire attack would look less suspicious, anyway. In the meantime, let's look at the rest of the apartment, huh? If I'm not mistaken, some lucky girl has herself a PlayStation.

    • Giles: How did it go?
      Faith: Princess Margaret here had a little trouble keeping up.
      Giles: How did it go?
      Wesley: Faith, uh, did quite well on the obstacle field. Still a little sloppy, though.
      Giles: Do you feel up to taking Buffy out, or shall I?
      Wesley: Oh, no, no, no, I'll be fine. Just give me a minute. And some defibrillators, if it's not too much trouble.
      Faith: You're gonna love it, B. It's just like fun, only boring.

    • Xander: So, um, in your reality, I'm like this bad-ass vampire, huh? People afraid of me? Oh, yeah. I'm bad.

    • Buffy: Willow, you're alive.
      Willow: Aren't I usually?

    • Buffy: You wanna go out tonight?
      Willow: Strangely, I feel like staying at home... and doing my homework... and flossing... and dying a virgin.

    • Anya: God, what a day... Gimme a beer.
      Barkeep: (deadpan) ID.
      (Anya glares at him)
      Barkeep: ID.
      Anya: I'm eleven hundred and twenty years old, just gimme a frickin' beer!
      Barkeep: ID.
      Anya: (sigh) Gimme a Coke.

    • Buffy: You okay in that thing?
      Willow: It's a little binding. I guess vampires really don't have to breathe. (Looks down at her cleavage) Gosh, look at those!

    • Buffy: See, I told you. Old Reliable.
      Willow: Oh, thanks.
      Buffy: What?
      Willow: 'Old Reliable'? Yeah, great. There's a sexy nickname.
      Buffy: Well, I-I didn't mean it as...
      Willow: No, it's fine. I'm 'Old Reliable'.
      Xander: She just means, you know, the geyser. You're like a geyser of fun that goes off at regular intervals.
      Willow: (disgusted) That's Old Faithful.
      Xander: Isn't that the dog that, that the guy had to shoot...
      Willow: (getting pissed off) That's Old Yeller.
      Buffy: Xander, I beg you not to help me.

    • Oz: You don't want to do this.
      Vamp Willow: I don't? But I'm so good at it.

    • Vamp Willow: This is a dumb world. In my world, there are people in chains and we can ride them like ponies.

    • (Discussing Vamp Willow's similarities to Willow)
      Buffy: ...except you're not being a dominatrix. As far as we know.
      Willow: Oh, right. Me and Oz play 'Mistress of Pain' every night.
      Xander: Did anyone else just go to a scary visual place?

    • Giles: Well, uh, something, something, um, very strange is happening.
      Xander: Can you believe the Watcher's Council let this guy go?

    • Giles: Willow was the best of us.
      Xander: Way better than me.
      Giles: Much, much better.

    • Anya: I was just looking for my necklace.
      Willow: Well, did you try looking inside the sofa in hell?

    • Percy: I'm challenged.
      Snyder: You're lazy, self-involved and spoiled. That's quite the challenge.

    • The Mayor: No Slayer of mine is going to live in a fleabag hotel. That place has a very unsavory reputation. There are immoral liasons going on there.
      Faith: Yeah, plus all the screwing.

    • Anya: For a thousand years I wielded the power of the Wish. I brought ruin to the hearts of unfaithful men. I brought forth destruction and chaos for the pleasure of lower beings. I was feared and worshiped across the mortal globe. And now I'm stuck at Sunnydale High. Mortal. A child. And I'm flunking math.

    • Devon: We need a roadie... Other bands have roadies
      Oz: Well, other bands can play more than three chords. I mean, professional bands can play up to six, sometimes seven completely different chords.
      Devon: That's just like, fruity jazz bands.

    • Buffy: Oh. There you are.
      Xander: Hey, Buff.
      Buffy: Aren't you gonna introduce me to your... Holy God, you're Willow.

    • Angel: Buffy... something terrible's happened that... ... Willow's dead... ... hey Willow... ... wait a second...

    • Giles: This is extraordinary.
      Willow: It's horrible! That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil! And... skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay.

  • Notes

    • According to an interview with Alyson Hannigan in 2005, before she was dating now husband Alexis Denisof, she had a huge crush on him. During this episode, in the scene with vampire Willow, Cordelia, and Wesley in the bathroom, Wesley takes out a bottle of holy water to keep away Vamp Willow. While he was taking it out he made a noise like "tuhh" that made Alyson crack up for multiple takes.

    • This episode is Joss Whedon's 5th favorite of the series according to The Last Sundown featurette on the Season 7 DVD box set.

    • This is one of Alyson Hannigan's favorite episodes of the series, according to an October, 2005 interview with PopWatch, an online feature of Entertainment Weekly.

    • The girl in the Bronze bitten by Vamp Willow, Sandy, returns as a vampire in Season 5 episodes "Shadow" and "Family".

    • The band playing onstage in the Bronze when Vamp Willow enters is K's Choice, singing "Virgin State of Mind".

    • This episode is an unofficial follow-up to the earlier Season 3 episode "The Wish".

    • In the October 1, 1999 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Sophia Crawford, Buffy's stunt double, said this was her favorite episode.

    • According to Buffy The Vampire Slayer Magazine #4, the demon that Anya was speaking to in the beginning was called D'Hoffryn, but was referred to as "Mr. Hodgepodge" by the makeup people because they used pieces from The Judge, a demon of Jhe and the Rage Monster (Pete) to build it.

  • Allusions

    • Anya: I just need a secondary to create a temporal fold. I heard you were a pretty powerful Wicca, so...

      Wicca is a religion which involves the belief in and use of magick, but unlike the way that it is portrayed in the show, Wicca is strictly peaceful with the primary rule "An it harm none, do what ye will."

    • Faith: (to the Mayor) Thanks, sugar daddy!
      "Sugar daddy" is a term used to describe a wealthy, middle-aged man who gives expensive gifts to a young woman in return for her companionship or intimacy.

    • Buffy: The Watcher's Council shrink is heavy into tests. He's got tests for everything. T.A.T.s, Rorschach, associative logic.
      T.A.T. is the Thematic Apperception Test, developed by Henry A. Murray, an American psychologist, which uses a standard series of provocative pictures and have the patient construct a story around it. Each story would be then carefully analyzed to discover the problem the patient might've been going through. The Rorschach test was developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach who used a group of standardized inkblots and asked the patient what came to his mind when he saw one of those pictures.

    • Faith: Princess Margaret here had a little trouble keeping up.
      Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon, is the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, born in 1930 to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The princess was a heavy smoker for many years (some sources say she smoked up to three packs a day), but reportedly quit finally after having had a stroke, a heart attack, and lung surgery. She passed away in 2002.

    • Xander: Willow, did you remember to tape Biography last Friday?
      Likely a reference to the television show Biography on the A&E network. As you might expect each episode presents a biography of a famous person.

    • Willow: That's Old Faithful.
      Old Faithful is a geyser in Yellowstone National Park which erupts at regular intervals of 64.5 minutes. Apparently as time has gone by it's gotten less faithful and is no longer quite a regular.

    • Willow: That's Old Yeller.
      Old Yeller was the title dog in the 1957 Disney film based on the novel by Fred Gipson. In the tear jerker ending the boy has to put down the sick dog.

    • Title: Doppelgangland
      A doppelganger is defined as a "spiritual or ghostly double or counterpart; an apparitional double of a living person." This theme is recurrent in many different media forms such as "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Star Trek and Superman. According to mythology, if you meet your doppelganger you will die. Many shows choose not to follow this myth.

    • Anya: If she's a vampire then I'm the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
      In the movie of the same title, the creature from the black lagoon was a sort of reptile-human thing. Anya doesn't really look much like the creature.

    • Xander: So we charge in, much in the style of John Wayne?
      John Wayne was an American actor born in 1907 and died of cancer in 1979. He is most noted for his roles in western and war movies.

    • Buffy: See, I told you. Old Reliable.
      Not really a cultural reference but a phrase often used to denote something or someone trustworthy.

    • Mayor: If I'm not mistaken, some lucky girl has herself a PlayStation.
      PlayStation was, at the time, the next-generation video game console system developed by Sony.

    • Snyder: Percy West represents a devastating fast break and 50% from behind the three point line.
      Baseketball talk. A fast break is where a player transitions quickly from defense to offence. The three point line indicates the point beyond which a basket counts as three points instead of the usual two. Put it all together and Percy probably scores a lot of points for his team.

    • Buffy: I know Faith's not gonna be on the cover of Sanity Fair, but she had it rough.
      Buffy makes a word play on Vanity Fair, the fashion magazine and Faith's mental state. From Faith's increasingly reckless behavior and unwillingness to deal with it, it's clear that she's having problems.