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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 4

Flooded

3
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 2001 on The WB
8.2
out of 10
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With her mother gone, Buffy finds that her months spent dead and jobless have left them without enough money to keep the house in good repair. To make matters worse, a trio of slacker sorcerers summon a demon to rob the bank for them just as Buffy is trying to get a loan.moreless

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  • In short, "Flooded" is unexpectedly decent.

    8.0
    "Flooded" has moments of sheer genius while also unfortunately sharing some moments of pure pain. The demon, some theme logic issues, and Buffy's silly gun comment all drag this otherwise wonderful episode down to solid B-level work. All that aside, there's a lot of excellent material in here that I think often gets overlooked by the episode's more unsavory parts. In the end, there's a little bit of dire bad but a lot of really really good, but there's certainly no denying its importance.moreless
  • Growing up is hard to do

    6.0
    FLOODED



    The Good;

    Special marks to MT for her wonderful acting when Dawn gets soaked, cracks me up every time. Love Buffy at the bank and the Nerds rear their heads. Wonderful Buffy/Giles scene.



    The Bad;

    Why does the demon need the Nerds help to find Buffy? How can Warren appease them by offering Buffy's address, it's not like she's that hard to find.



    Best line;

    Dawn; "That's a weird place for a horn" (adopting Willow's bashful virgin shtick)



    Women good/men bad;

    Warren shows his true colours, giving the demon Buffy's address. Warren, Jonathon and Andrew are prepared to sacrifice each other to the demon.



    Kinky dinky;

    As well as 'Chicks, chicks, chicks' one of the Nerds ambitions is 'hypnotise Buffy' and turn her into their 'willing sex bunny' a staple of some of the creepier fanfiction out there (The Erotic Mind Control Archive anyone?)Jonathon thinks Buffy is hot. Andrew seems to fancy Christina Ricci but Warren refuses to build him a robot version. Willow hints she slept with Riley.



    Apocalypses; 6 Buffy says that saving the world is something she's good at unlike finances



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3



    Scoobies knocked out: as Giles comments he knows he's back in America when he gets knocked unconscious.

    Buffy: 16

    Giles: 11

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 9

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;2

    Dawn; 1



    Kills: 1 demon for Buffy

    Buffy: 96 vamps, 37 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 5 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 1 demon +1 fawn.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 5 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 3 vamps and 2 demon

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 6

    Giles: 3

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 3



    Recurring characters killed: 10

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce



    Sunnydale deaths;

    89;



    Total number of scoobies: 7, Giles back, Dawn helps with research for the first time but doesn't help with the demon fighting so we'll not include her just yet.

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Tara, Spike, Giles



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?



    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 3 confirmed; Angel, Parker,Riley, 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore



    Spike; good or bad?



    Spike 'jokes' about killing the Scoobies.

    Dawn in peril;

    I figure at least 4 times so far.



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 1



    Questions and observations;

    What the hell is 'The gorilla thing' the nerds want to do? Buffy tells the security guard that guns are never useful forshadowing the events at the end of the season as do Willow's hints to Giles that he shouldn't annoy her. Anya's idea of charging for Slaying is silly but couldn't Buffy rob the vamps/demons as well as killing them?

    So, big question, what do Buffy and Angel get up to during their reunion? Well, not sex as Angel keeps his soul but you wonder? Dawn is now 15, the same age as Buffy was before she became the Slayer. She compares the supernatural to sex as she says that if she doesn't learn it from Buffy and co she'll learn it all on the street. Jetpacks are one of the Nerds aims which they'll eventually achieve. Giles comments that there are others who can bring back the dead as we see from WR&H in 'To Shanshu in LA'. Dawn wears another number t-shirt.

    Marks out of 10; 6/10 good enough but not great





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  • Don't Mess Wit The Pipes, Man!

    7.5
    Flooded-With her mother gone, Buffy finds that her months spent dead and jobless have left them without enough money to keep the house in good repair. To make matters worse, a trio of slacker sorcerers summon a demon to rob the bank for them just as Buffy is trying to get a loan.

    Hmmmm, well, "Flooded" certainly better than I remembered it! One of reasons is Sarah's performances continue to excel on all levels! For the past 5 seasons, she played Buffy with this perfect mix of sarcastic humor, great confidence and subtle vulnerability, but now, she's faced with the challenge of showing a new Buffy, a Buffy that must face real world issues like finding a job and paying amortgage, things she never had to worry about when her mom was around but now she's gone and Buffy is certainly in know condition to handle these things. Buffy's starting to regain bits of her personality back, but the gang notices that there's still a part of her that...well...not all there. Even when Giles returns, in a heartwarming moment between them, the more they talk and he tries to get close to her, Buffy simply pulls away. While Giles is overjoyed to have Buffy back, it doesn't change the fact that bringing her back is already showing signs of talking a toll on her, leading to truly heated argument between Giles and Willow. We don't really see that many blow outs between the gang, considering their so close but thisargumentwasneeded plot point, showing just how much of mistake bringing back Buffy was and how Willow is getting scary. After Giles goes on a rant about how stupid Willow was for using stuff dark magic to bring Buffy back, she basically threatens him, telling him she is powerful and he best not piss her off. Once again, Willow's development is fascinating with each episode seeing Willow's dependence on magic becoming more frequent and obsessive. It also interesting watch Anya and Xander already showing signs of a fallout in their relationship. Sure, it's just them have a disagreement about Xander yet again holding off on their engagement announcement but the moment Anya tells Xander to grow up cuts deep and is very true. Xander is afraid to grow up and is something he will be forced to do later on in the season and it ultimately will break him and Anya apart, sadly.

    On a lighter note, we are introduced to the season's Big Bad(s)...or more so....Wanna-Big Bad(s) in the form of the Trio aka Warren, Jonathan and Andrew (............Tucker's brother?). While they become kind of an annoyance more than a threat as the season goes on, their firstappearancetogether is pretty hilarious. You gotta love their on-going discussion about each of their importance in the group until M'Fashnic's priceless "ENOUGH!" While the Trio are pretty pathetic, they are the series' first real comic relief villains. But down the line, the soon evolve into serious young men who are forced to grow up after tragic circumstances like the Scooby gang this season. Another great moment is Buffy and Spike once again having a serious heart to heart after listening to Giles and Willow's fight. The part where Buffy asks Spike about finances and Spike's "huh" reaction still gets me every time, LOL! The final fight is nothing really big but I love how the writer finally make Buffy realize just how many times she's trashed the house, leaving her mother to clean up the mess (The Zombie raid in "Dead Man's Party" and her all out brawl with Faith in "This Year's Girl" come to mind) It's hilarious watching Buffy trying to not break anything else in the house while fighting but ultimately failing. I also love the moment where she loses it after M'Fashnic break the pipe! Bad move buddy, you have no chance now! The episode ends with Buffy off to reunite with Angel in some unknown location and it always bothered me we never got to see that reunion. Obviously the crossovers between Buffy and Angel were pretty non-existent during that time because of both shows now being on two differentnetworks, but I always thought that was missed potential. I would have loved to have see Angel's reaction to Buffy's "I was in heaven" revelation! That would have been incredible to watch. All and All, "Flooded" is a good episode that continues to develop the character arcs of the season very well.moreless
  • "No job? I wish" - Buffy

    9.2
    Buffy is stalking a new monster – the drip in the basement, her weapon a wrench rather than a stake. Season 6 is all about dealing with real life, the demons being less pointy tailed & horned and more internal. Buffy is back but she's still distracted, life after death is still not getting better as she is now faced with the flood (geddit) of bills. The lack of money is an important plot device as Buffy is forced out into the real world of work but at the same time, there seem to be easy-ish solutions to the money problem, not least of all Willow and Tara paying rent.



    Buffy is unconcerned, however, she scoffs at finance being an issue: "It's bills, it's money. It's pieces of paper sent by bureaucrats that we've never even met. It's not like it's the end of the world." That is until she can't get a loan, even after she's stopped the M'Fashnik demon trashing the bank. Although her slayer skills were useful in high school, they are not valuable in the real world. She can't charge for slaying as Anya suggested (as Angel Investigations does). At the same time, Buffy's pretence at adulthood, her mature long skirt, has to be ripped in order to karate kick the demon – her real job. Thus we are introduced to the troika. We don't see their faces as they steal money for their new lair (and a sh*tload of action figures) but as Buffy berates the security guard for carrying a gun: "These things: never good", the wheels are set in motion for things to come. The trio are, like Spike in S2, the fake Big Bads. We know this because, like Spike, they state their intentions: "You guys wanna team up and take over Sunnydale?" They claim to be supervillains and have all the ambitions of supervillains - one almost expects a white cat to be hanging out in Warren's mom's basement with them – "Control the weather, Miniaturize Fort Knox, Conjure fake IDs, Shrink Ray, Girls, Girls, The gorilla thing", along with workable prototype jetpacks, which they do manage to actualise (except Jonathan). The writers have a lot of fun in creating these comic reliefs with their Star Wars and Trek references and their endless cowardly squabbling. I wonder if Jane, Doug and Marti were sat around snickering as Warren, Jonathan and Andrew (his brother Tucker having left Sunnydale for Hollywood to sing for Disney) do. But the three Scooby protagonists are as connected to the new supervillains as the writers. Buffy talks dismissively about money, the boys want to get money to spend on themselves without the need to work. "Here we've got all the stuff we wanted and we didn't even have to earn it!". They want no responsibility, they want to stay forever teenagers, they want to travel at hyper speed, blasting through the space time continuum in a wormhole without any toil or struggle. But this leads up to their downfall which Andrew - the only one still alive at the end of S7 – prophesises as he fake-sciences about the collapse of the wormhole's infrastructure. "Dude, don't be a geek," says Warren. He is already standing out as the more ruthless one of the three as he wants to try to kill Buffy, even giving the M'Fashnik her address to get rid of him. Jonathan at least acknowledges that the Slayer saved his life.



    Willow too is evading responsibility. Shocked at Giles's reproach of her: "You rank arrogant amateur", she warns him: "I am incredibly powerful. And maybe it's not such a good idea for you to piss me off." She doesn't want condemnation from her father figure, she wants recognition: "Maybe the word should be 'congratulations'". She tells him: "I wasn't lucky. I was amazing,"" She is directly challenging Giles, the authority, but she is still a child, just as the geek troika are, just as they want power without responsibility. The troika are sill boys, Giles calls Willow a silly girl. Willow backs down, but we again have hints of the Dark Willow to come. Meanwhile, Xander too is finding real life hard. He wants to get used to a regular paycheck and a new flat before moving onto the next level: marriage to Anya. Anya understandably doesn't understand ("When are you going to grow up, Xander?") but at least Xander, more in tune with Real Life than his female friends, can admit to his worries. It's time for Buffy's therapy sessions with Spike. Pleased to see Giles but unable to connect with him, or her friends, or her sister, she complains: "I feel like I'm spending all of my time trying to be OK. So they don't worry". Buffy, contrary to Willow's belief, is feeling emotion, but most of it is anger and misery. Spike allows this. His demony dark side embraces pleasure and pain as two sides of the same coin. Buffy doesn't have to pretend with him, but at the same time he is allowing her to wallow in her depression and gloom, he is not helping her.



    Buffy cannot bring back Joyce but Giles has come back and she advocates responsibility to him for the smashed up house and Dawn as she rushes off to see Angel. This is not about her one true love, but the desire to leave behind the mess she (and the demon) has made. She may have saved the vases, worried about the table and realised that her mother had to deal with the fall out from her many fights, but she escapes all her problems and leaves the adult to sort everything out at a moment's notice. As the demon pulls out the newly repaired pipe during the fight in the basement, Buffy loses her temper completely and beats him to death with it. There are no quips, only: "No. More. Full. Copper. Repipe!" Buffy is angrier with life and adulthood than she is with any being from the underworld. Oddly enough, before the phone call, it looked like Giles was starting to get through to Buffy as he promised her that it'll be OK and she'll get through like Joyce did: "She took each crisis one at a time without any superpowers", but Giles misses the point, Buffy's superpowers are not going to help her cope with Life. The monster in the basement is still there.moreless
  • Flooded

    9.0
    Flooded was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This episode was where every thing got real, real quick for Buffy who just returned. She learns that the money that was left before she was gone got used for living expenses and stuff and now she is broke. This lead into a quest for a loan, but introduces us to a new nemesis for the Slayer. There was a lot of character development in this episode. It was interesting to see a different side of Willow as Giles confronted her. I really enjoyed watching this episode, and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!moreless
Todd Stashwick

Todd Stashwick

M'Fashnick Demon

Guest Star

Michael Merton

Michael Merton

Mr. Savitsky

Guest Star

John Jabaley

John Jabaley

Tito

Guest Star

Danny Strong

Danny Strong

Jonathan

Recurring Role

Adam Busch

Adam Busch

Warren

Recurring Role

Tom Lenk

Tom Lenk

Andrew

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The Trio's whiteboard displayed their to-do list which included:
      Control the Weather
      Miniaturize Fort Knox
      Conjure Fake I.D.s
      Shrink Ray
      Girls Girls
      The Gorilla Thing
      Later they added "Hypnotize Buffy" to the top of the list.

    • Goof: It's no wonder that the basement pipes are leaking. Judging by the force of the water coming out of all those pipes the water pressure is way too high.

    • Goof: In the final scene with Jonathan, Warren and Andrew watch Jonathan's arms. Several times their positions change abruptly as the camera angles change.

    • Goof: When Buffy is talking to Spike on the back porch watch her necklace after they sit down. In the side-by-side shot and the shots with Spike in the foreground Buffy's necklace is swinging forward and back. When Buffy is in the foreground her necklace is lying still against her chest.

    • Goof: In the shots of Giles wearing a short-sleeved shirt, his Eyghon tattoo is missing.

    • Nitpick: Who (or what) would prevent Tara from at least attempting the locator spell to find out who sent the M'Fashnick demon?

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Giles: You're...
      Buffy: A miracle
      Giles: Yes... But then I always thought so.

    • Demon: (Demon destroys Buffy's lamp.) You cost me, Slayer!
      Buffy: I cost you? That was a designer lamp, you mook!

    • Giles: The magicks you channeled are more ferocious than anything you can understand and you are lucky to be alive. You rank arrogant amateur!
      Willow: You're right. The magicks I used are very powerful. I'm very powerful. And maybe it's not such a good idea for you to piss me off.

    • Xander: This is because I haven't told them about the engagement.
      Anya: No. Maybe... Yes.

    • Giles: Well, I know I'm back in America now I've been knocked unconscious. (Tara hands him an ice-pack) Thank you.
      Buffy: Awww. Poor, lumpy Giles.

    • Andrew: You owe me, man!
      Warren: Or else what? You'll train another pack of devil-dogs to ruin my prom? Ha! Graduated!
      Andrew: That wasn't me. How many times do I have to say it? The prom thing was my lame-o brother, Tucker.
      Jonathan: Tell him I was at that Prom.
      Andrew: Hello? Screen wipe. New Scene. I had nothing to do with the devil-dogs. I trained flying demon monkeys to attack the school play. School play, dude.

    • Giles: You seem to be doing remarkably well under extreme circumstances. I'm proud of you.
      Buffy
      : Well, actually, it wasn't me. Willow brought me back. I just lay there.
      Giles:You know... I meant...
      Buffy: I know what you meant. It was just a little post-postmortem comedy.

    • Willow: Okay, let me make you mad again. Uh, ready? Um- Last semester I slept with Riley.
      Buffy
      : And you know I really doubt it.
      Willow: Caught me. Big fib. To cover up the sleazy affair I had with Angel.
      Buffy: Wil, what the hell are you doing?
      Willow: Pissing you off.
      Buffy: Yes. True. Why?

    • Dawn: (worried about running out of money) So, what do we do?
      Buffy: Easy. We burn the house to the ground and collect the insurance. Plus, fire? Pretty.

    • Dawn: (looking at the plumber's bill) That's a weird phone number. Oh, wait... Is that the bill?

    • Buffy: (about almost going broke) It's bills, it's money. It's pieces of papers sent by bureaucrats that we've never even met. It's not like it's the end of the world... which is too bad, you know, 'cause that I'm really good at.

    • Dawn: I'm guessing on how you say it. It's got an apostrophe. I think it's Mmmm'fashnik. Like, "Mmmm... cookies."

    • Buffy: (beating a demon to death, furious about her plumbing repairs) No. More. Copper. Re-pipe!

    • Buffy (transfixed by the flowing water): Dawn, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's unbelievably important. You should eat breakfast at least 3 times a day.

    • Andrew: We could stay up all night if we wanted.
      Warren: Whoa there, don't get all crazy on us Andrew.
      Andrew: I was only saying.

    • Andrew: We've got everything we ever wanted and we didn't even have to...
      Warren: Earn it?
      Andrew: Exactamundo.

    • Dawn: That's a weird place for a horn. Oh, that's not a horn.

    • Jonathan: That was so funny! Everyone was like Run, Juliet. Run!

    • Buffy: I'm not saying I'm charging you for saving your life or anything, but ... let's talk rates.

  • NOTES (12)

    • Anthony Stewart Head does the "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" voiceover.

    • Writer Jane Espenson has commented that the co-writing method in this episode was not the best since she and Doug would just rewrite each other's scripts instead of dividing the episode up as they did for the next episode, "Life Serial" (6x04).

    • Jonathan mentions his spell that he was the world's most famous guy in the episode "Superstar" (4x17).

    • In this episode, when Buffy suggests burning the house down for the insurance money, she says, "fire pretty." Yet in two previous episodes, Buffy said, "fire bad."

    • The title "Flooded" obviously comes from the fact that Buffy's basement is flooded but it could also be the fact that in this episode Buffy gets flooded with every thing coming at her like her money problems and Giles' return.

    • Buffy scolds the security guard holding the gun with the tips of her fingers in disgust, saying "these things, never helpful". Yet another anti-gun message.

    • Anya tells Buffy to start charging for her world-saving, demon-slaying services. Cordelia told Angel the same thing right from season 1 of Angel.

    • Buffy leaves at the end of the episode to see Angel, who heard that Buffy was alive at the end of Angel's "Carpe Noctum." The reunion was done off-screen because of bad blood between The WB and UPN over Buffy's move.

    • When Andrew and Jonathan vote not to kill Buffy, they are holding their hands in the Vulcan "Live long and prosper" salute.

    • LOOK HARD: You can see the photoframe with Joyce in it when Buffy is talking to Giles on the sofa at night.

    • Producers had originally planned for Tucker to be part of the trio, and to be the leader. However, when Brad Kane (who played Tucker in "The Prom") was unavailable to reprise the role, the producers began recasting. They were impressed by Tom Lenk, and decided to change the role to Tucker's brother and to give leadership to Warren.

    • The third member of the trio, Andrew, says he is the brother of Tucker Wells, who trained a pack of Hellhounds to attack the Prom (See Season 3 episode "The Prom"). Andrew also claims to have trained winged monkeys to attack the school play, but this was never shown in any episode. Also, Tom Lenk, the actor who plays Andrew, was one of Harmony's minions in the Season 5 episode "Real Me" (his name was Cyrus).

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Allusion: Star Wars


      Jonathan Sidekick 1: (to demon) Whoa, whoa, whoa, big guy, hey, let's back things up a parsec, okay?


      A parsec is an extremely large unit of length, equal to 3.26 light years, and is a reference to Han Solo's recordin the Kessel Run from Star Wars, completed in 12 parsecs (the shortest distance without nicking a star or other obstacle while in hyperspace).


       

    • Buffy: No. More. Full. Copper. Repipe.
      This is a reference to Mommie Dearest. In the infamous scene Joan Crawford beat her adopted daughter with a wire hanger while saying "No. More. Wire. Hangers." with each swing, in the same manner as Buffy.

    • Xander: Like we should gather two of every animal.

      In the "Holy Bible" from the Book of Genesis Chapters 6 to 9, Noah built an ark and was instructed to gather two of every animal as God prepared to destroy the world by flood.

    • Episode title: Flooded
      The process of becoming so overwhelmed by things that you burst into tears - sort of an overflow - is called "flooding" by psychologists. Buffy's tearful breakdown in the basement over the broken pipe is an excellent example of this process, and a further explanation of the title.

    • Anya: Spider-man does.
      Anya is referring to the comic book character Spider-man, who saves people and doesn't charge them.

    • Xander: Action is his reward.
      Xander quotes lyrics from the Spider-man cartoon's theme song in response to Anya and Dawn's argument about Spider-man charging to save people. Although Spider-man doesn't charge the people he saves, he is able to make money through his secret identity, Peter Parker. He sets up an automatic camera and sells the photos to The Daily Bugle newspaper.

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