Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 4

Fear, Itself

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 1999 on The WB

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  • Happy Halloween

    Fear Itself

    The Good;

    Buffy does a Halloween ep once every couple of years and it's always special, this is no exception. The Scoobies face and overcome their fears and the final gag is fantastic. Also love the postmodern gag of Buffy hitting the demon only to find out it's a guy in a Halloween mask (presumably a student rather than a local who'd know better).

    The Bad;

    Would the Scoobies ever really watch horror films like Phantasm? Don't they get enough gore?

    Best line;

    Giles; "Actual size!"

    Character death;

    Only the guy who breaks his neck falling dow the stairs


    What's the story with the girl in the tiara on the couch who appears dead then grins maniacally at the camera?

    Kinky dinky;

    The frat boys think Halloween is all about 'getting laid'. Interestingly Willow's crush Tina Fey in her film Mean Girls says it's all about allowing girls to dress up in slutty male-fantasy costumes whilst keeping their reputation intact. Buffy gets grabbed all over by the hands in the cellar (anyone else reminded of the Evil Dead series) and was I the only one to think 'Boy you can see up her skirt' when Buffy crushes the demon at the end?

    Calling Captain Subtext;

    Willow "What is college for if not experimentation?" Hmmmm? She also begs "Oz don't leave me"

    Scoobies to the ER;

    Buffy cut but not too badly

    Where's Dawn?

    Adore the scene with Buffy and Joyce it's so precious. You wonder what costume Dawn wore trick or treating? Is Joyce taking her this year? Joyce comments that she's not the social butterfly she used to be in LA, as we see in Buffy; The Movie. She now knows that Ted was a robot (as Dawn does in IWMTLY).

    Questions and observations;

    The first sign of Anya's bunny phobia. The first encounter between the Scoobies and The Initiative (aside from Out of Sight, Out of Mind?). Anya comments that it's been a week since she and Xander had sex so we must assume that each ep in the Buffyverse is a week in real time. Uncle Rory mentioned again and Willow is still scared of spiders which she overcomes by the time of Selfless. The guiding spell that goes wrong for her is reminiscent of the one Tara uses successfully in Bargaining pt2. Xander uses the old 'Standing right here' Scooby line. At least Anya knocks on Gile's door which is progress. The ghouls at the frat party are very Evil Dead

    Read an interesting fanfic once where Michael Myers from the Halloween series shows up in season 3 Sunnydale and kills Joyce and Faith. In the follow-up story however the Nerd Trio capture him and use his blood to bring them back to life, I think the author's point being that heroism and villainy is sometimes just a question of timing and circumstances (which you can certainly make the case for with characters such as Andrew, Amy, Faith etc?)

    Marks out of 10; 6/10