Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 18

Earshot

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 1999 on The WB

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  • Trivia

    • Xander's accusation of Larry is reminiscent of a similar awkward confrontation revealing Larry's homosexuality in "Phases" (S2E15).

    • When Buffy reads her mother's mind, she's hearing about the fling with Giles that Joyce had off-camera during the episode "Band Candy". After being hinted at a few times since then, we now know exactly what happened between the two and where.

    • Goof: When Buffy does the flip to get on top of the building near Jonathan, her shirt is not the same one that she is wearing before and after she does the flip.

    • Nitpick: The closet that it looked like Joyce got the blanket out of isn't there in later episodes....so where'd it come from?

    • Nitpick: Right after Angel tells Buffy he would love her even if she was covered in slime, and the scene changes to an outside shot, it is the same one from "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", when Cordelia is shunned by Harmony's group. If you look closely you can see Harmony in the background.

    • Goof: When Buffy's in the lunch line and walks out of it, you see that there is no food on either of her plates. Then in the very next shot, each plate has something on it.

    • Goof: When Buffy is at Angel's and is reading his mind his necklace is under his shirt when the camera is facing him yet just over it when the camera is facing her. Although you do see it pop out of his shirt when he stands up it seems unlikely it would keep going in and out while he is sat still.

    • Goof: When Buffy sees Jonathan in the clock tower, the clock says 12:40. When she runs up the stairs to climbs up and jumps in the tower window, the clock says 12:15.

    • Goof: When Buffy is fighting the cafeteria lady, the cafeteria lady has gotten skinnier in the middle of the fight, for a few cuts. It's pretty obvious that it was a stunt double.

    • Nitpick: When the mind-reading starts really getting to Buffy, why don't they take her to Angel's instead of home? There most likely wouldn't be many people walking around outside the mansion like there are outside Buffy's house. Plus, the mind-reading doesn't work on Angel so wouldn't she be better off with him?

    • Nitpick: Given the length of the rifle, and the shortness of his arms, Jonathan would've had one heck of a tough time trying to shoot himself with it.

  • Quotes

    • Buffy: Listen, there's a killer in the cafeteria.
      Xander: See? I've been saying for years the lunch lady is gonna do us all in with that mulligan stew.

    • Xander: (his thoughts) What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time. Sex. Help! Four times five is thirty, five times six is thirty-two. Naked girls. Naked Buffy. Oh stop me!
      Buffy: God Xander, is that all you think about?
      Xander: Actually... bye!

    • Oz's thoughts: I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is... and she becomes me. I cease to exist.
      Oz: Huh.

    • Angel: You don't have to play games with me Buffy. Never.
      Buffy: Well, you're not exactly Joe-here's-what-I'm-thinking.

    • Wesley: Xander just illustrated something. Chances are you are all going to be thinking whatever you least want Buffy to hear. It's a question of course of mental discipline.(Wesley's thoughts) Look at Cordelia. No, don't look at Cordelia! She's a student. Oh, I am a bad man. A bad, bad man. (Wesley looks up to see Buffy smirking at him.) Excuse me.

    • Willow: Could you believe it? Right at the buzzer, three points for the win!
      Oz: It was pretty intense.
      Xander: Yeah! for a minute there I thought you were going to make an expression!
      Oz: I felt one coming on, I won't lie.

    • Angel: Hey, I won't let anything happen to you if I can help it. No matter what I'll always be with you. Hey, I'll love you even if you're covered in slime.
      Buffy: I liked everything until that part.

    • Buffy: It's nice to be able to help someone, in a non-slaying capacity. Except he's starting to get that look. You know, like he's gonna ask me to Prom.
      Giles: Well, it'd probably be good for his self-esteem, if you...
      Buffy: Oh, come on, what am I, Saint Buffy? He's like three feet tall!

    • Larry: Man, I'm out. I'm so out, I've got my grandma fixing me up with guys.

    • Cordelia: I think I should work with Wesley.
      Xander: You have no shame.
      Cordelia: Oh, please. Like shame is something to be proud of?

    • Xander: I'm still having trouble with the fact that one of us is just going to gun everybody down for no reason.
      Cordelia: Yeah, because THAT never happens in American high schools.
      Oz: It's bordering on trendy at this point.

    • Buffy: Guess I won't be writing that book, "Winning Friends Through Telepathy."

    • Angel: A lot of things that seem strong, and good, and powerful - they can be painful.
      Buffy: Like, say, immortality?
      Angel: Exactly. I'm dying to get rid of that.
      Buffy: Funny.
      Angel: (gives a serious look) I'm a funny guy.

    • Willow: Yeah, well, I still bet patrolling was way better, 'cause, wow, important.
      Buffy: Well, I thought I saw a four-legged demon. But it was just a dog.

    • Cordelia: It was an incredible game. I've never cheered so hard in my life. I still have knee-marks on my back...(everyone gives her a strange look) From the pyramid, eugh!

    • Willow: According to Freddy's latest editorial, "the pep rally is a place for pseudo-prostitutes to provoke men into a sexual frenzy, which, when thwarted, results in pointless athletic competition."
      Xander: And the down-side being?

    • Buffy: Is it me, or is this really lame?
      Oz: I don't know - I usually enjoy lame, but this is leaving me kinda cold.

    • Willow: Too bad you're patrolling, 'cause we're all going - Oz, Xander, everybody.
      Buffy: Great. Everybody who isn't currently Buffy.

    • Buffy: I don't. I don't think about you much at all. Nobody here really does. Bugs you, doesn't it? You have all this pain, and all these feelings and nobody's really paying attention.
      Jonathan: You think I just want attention?
      Buffy: No. I think you're up in the clock tower with a high-powered rifle because you wanna blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan, I understand about the pain.
      Jonathan: Oh right. 'Cause the burden of being beautiful and athletic, that's a crippler.
      Buffy: You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it's not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they're too busy with their own.

    • Buffy: I'm suddenly gonna grow this demon part, and we don't even know what it is. It could be claws or scales... (off Willow's look) What?
      Willow: Was it a boy demon?

    • Oz: (reading) "Dingoes ate my Baby play their instruments as if they had plump Polish sausages taped to their fingers".
      Freddy: Sorry, man.
      Oz: ...No, it's fair.

    • Giles: Feel up to some training?
      Buffy: Sure! We can work out after school, you know, if you're not too busy having sex with my MOTHER!
      (Giles bumps into a tree as Buffy walks away)

    • Buffy: ... You had sex with Giles!? You had SEX with GILES!?
      Joyce: It was the candy, we were teenagers!
      Buffy: On the hood of a police car!?
      Joyce: I'm... going to go downstairs now, you... feel better.
      Buffy: ... TWICE!?

    • Willow: So you're feeling better about Angel?
      Buffy: Well, we talked, then he ripped out the heart of a demon then fed it to me and then we talked some more.
      Willow: See, that's how it should work.

    • Xander: Hogan Martin thinks he's sooo hot, like we should all be awed by him just because he put a ball in the net.
      Hogan: Hey Xander.
      Xander: He said my name! He knows my name!

    • Giles: Well, I'm not even convinced that this is genuine mind-reading. You're most likely just projecting your thoughts onto...
      Buffy: When I walked in here three minutes ago you thought "Look at her shoes, if a fashion magazine told her to she'd wear cats strapped to her feet."

  • Notes

    • Although episodes are normally listed according to air date, which would put this postponed episode as the last in season 3, a special exception was made for this episode because this is the place in which it appears in the tape and DVD releases.

    • This episode is seventh in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • The A&E biography for Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes note of this episode but incorrectly keeps saying that the student [Jonathan] was going to kill the other students. They even had a clip of Marsters talking about this episode and how it dealt with students killing each other. Jonathan was going to kill himself; the crazy lunch lady was going to poison the students.

    • When Giles walks into the tree at the end of the episode, it was actually Anthony Head's idea to do it, although he had never dreamed that Joss Whedon would let him get away with it.

    • Regis Kimble, who directed this episode, also designed the title sequence of Angel.

    • The name of the Sunnydale High School newspaper is the Sentinel.

    • Lauren E. Roman & Sarah Michelle Gellar reunite in this episode from their days on the soap opera All My Children, where Lauren played Laura Kirk English and Sarah played Kendall Hart.

    • Should you be watching reruns of season 3 episodes, look for a shortish Asian guy carrying a skateboard. He's in many episodes and is referred to as "Asian Dan" by the cast. In the season 4 DVD, Seth Green, Joss Whedon, and Marti Noxon joke about his frequent appearances in the "Wild at Heart" audio commentary.

    • This episode is unique in that, despite having the supernatural element of Buffy hearing other people's thoughts, the main evil of the episode - the person planning to kill everyone at Sunnydale High - turns out to be human, not some supernatural being.

    • In the October 1, 1999 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Michelle Gellar said this was her favorite episode.

    • The rifle Jonathan uses is a modified Ruger Model 77 Mark 2, which has been custom converted to break down in a carrying case. "Sturm, Ruger and Company Inc. - Arms makers for responsible citizens."

    • Unless Oz was merely making a joke, the Sunnydale High newspaper has an Obituary section.

    • The original airing of this episode was delayed by the network because the episode deals with an attempted mass murder at a High School and it was to air just a week after the mass murder at Columbine High School.

  • Allusions

    • Giles: Berk.
      Giles refers to Wesley using a British slang term for idiot.

    • Xander: Ok, so turn-offs include: smoking, insensitive men and Birkenstocks.
      Xander interviews the attractive girls of Sunnydale and turns the psychological profile into a fact finding mission for the lovelorn. A list of turn-offs like these are commonly found in the profile accompanying a featured model in magazines like Playboy.


      Birkenstocks are a brand of sandals commonly thought of as being very "hippy".

    • Xander: He's got his filthy, adult, Pierce Bronan-y eyes all over my Cordy.
      Xander complains about the way that Wesley looks at Cordelia with a comparison to Pierce Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan is an actor best know for playing James Bond and is considered to be quite good looking.

    • Buffy: Anyway, it's been itching like crazy. No big. Just another problem for the good people at Lubriderm, right?
      Lubriderm makes skin care products such as hand lotion.