Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 6

Halloween

8
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1997 on The WB
9.2
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On Halloween Buffy, Willow and Xander are "volunteered" by Principal Snyder to take groups of kids trick-or-treating. Buffy seizes the opportunity to impress Angel by dressing as a woman from the time when he was human. When most of the kids in Sunnydale magically become whatever they were dressed as, it is up to soldier-Xander and ghost-Willow to find a way to break the spell and defend Buffy, who is now a weak and frail 18th century noblewoman.

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  • Here we have humor and action deftly woven together to create an absolutely wonderful episode.

    9.5
    The only complaint I have is that at the end, when Buffy becomes herself again, she knocks Spike on the floor and lets him run away without any effort to keep him trapped. She could have beaten him to a bloody pulp until someone got her a stake. Aside from that, though, there is much fun to be had here!



    The episode begins with a vampire filming Buffy, with a video camera, fighting a different vampire. We soon discover that this video is meant for Spike. He is studying the Slayer in even more detail, preparing for their next encounter. Not only is it great seeing Spike checking her out like this, but James Marsters has this uncanny ability to hold your attention when he's on screen. Spike is just such a fun character to watch, regardless of the plot. Juliet Landau doesn't slouch either as Drusilla. She manages to convey this sense of extreme helplessness and utter creepiness at the exact same time. How that is possible I do not know.



    I'd like to quickly mention that I really appreciate the continuity of the smaller stuff, like Devon checking out Cordelia in "Inca Mummy Girl", so now they're trying to date. A little more significant in plot is Buffy and Angel trying to meet for coffee. The entire last episode dealt with the fact that Angel didn't want to get together with Buffy for a coffee. It's just really refreshing to see this stuff remembered and built upon.



    Anyway, I enjoyed seeing Buffy wondering if Angel would prefer she were a noble woman from his time. This naturally leads to the scene in Ethan's costume shop where she goes all wide-eyed and cute over the pink princess dress. She gets the dress from Ethan Rayne, who casts a spell to turn people into their costumes. It is really cool seeing what everyone thinks of the new, helpless, Buffy. Cordelia says it best by saying, "what's that riff?" Everyone else is pretty confused by her transformation except for Willow who gets to take charge of the situation all by herself.



    Willow gets a ton of character development here. She finally gets a big dose of self confidence, which is an important step in her ongoing journey to becoming a very powerful individual. She hides her skimpy outfit out of shyness but then, post-spell, is forced to walk around in it. Until Giles asked her "the ghost of what?" she hadn't even noticed that she looked all skimpy. This goes to show that when things get out of hand and Buffy's not around to take charge, she has it in her to take command and acheive that self-confidence.



    The whole concept of this plot is just really fun. A lot of roles get to reverse and all the characters are stronger for it. As mentioned before, Willow gets to take charge, but Buffy becomes the opposite: helpless. Seeing Buffy that pretrified is very new, and of course Spike loves it. Xander also gets in the action, literally this time, and just all around kicks ass. He beats up Larry to protect Buffy when earlier in the episdode Buffy protected Xander from Larry. Xander's "beating up that pirate gave me a weird sense of closure" is a hoot. Giles also gets some development which is a result of his dialog with Ethan. We find out that they know each other and that Giles has quite the unsavory past. This adds some intrigue and depth to a character that was hanging around the two-dimensional mark.



    Overall there is a ton of good stuff in here. Lots of subtle and not-so subtle character development mixed with a fun plot and great acting. This is a very fun episode to watch and new people who are just getting into the show always love it. I'm right there with them, this is a great stuff.moreless
  • Halloween

    9.5
    Here we have humor and action deftly woven together to create an absolutely wonderful episode. The only complaint I have is that at the end, when Buffy becomes herself again, she knocks Spike on the floor and lets him run away without any effort to keep him trapped. She could have beaten him to a bloody pulp until someone got her a stake. Aside from that, though, there is much fun to be had here!



    The episode begins with a vampire filming Buffy, with a video camera, fighting a different vampire. We soon discover that this video is meant for Spike. He is studying the Slayer in even more detail, preparing for their next encounter. Not only is it great seeing Spike checking her out like this, but James Marsters has this uncanny ability to hold your attention when he's on screen. Spike is just such a fun character to watch, regardless of the plot. Juliet Landau doesn't slouch either as Drusilla. She manages to convey this sense of extreme helplessness and utter creepiness at the exact same time. How that is possible I do not know.



    I'd like to quickly mention that I really appreciate the continuity of the smaller stuff, like Devon checking out Cordelia in "Inca Mummy Girl" (2x04), so now they're trying to date (Devon doesn't show up). A little more significant in plot is Buffy and Angel trying to meet for coffee. The entire last episode dealt with the fact that Angel didn't want to get together with Buffy for a coffee. It's just really refreshing to see this stuff remembered and built upon.



    Anyway, I enjoyed seeing Buffy wondering if Angel would prefer she were a noble woman from his time. This naturally leads to the scene in Ethan's costume shop where she goes all wide-eyed and cute over the pink princess dress. She gets the dress from Ethan Rayne, who casts a spell to turn people into their costumes. It is really cool seeing what everyone thinks of the new, helpless, Buffy. Cordelia says it best by saying, "what's that riff?" Everyone else is pretty confused by her transformation except for Willow who gets to take charge of the situation all by herself.



    Willow gets a ton of character development here. She finally gets a big dose of self confidence, which is an important step in her ongoing journey to becoming a very powerful individual. She hides her skimpy outfit out of shyness but then, post-spell, is forced to walk around in it. Until Giles asked her "the ghost of what?" she hadn't even noticed that she looked all skimpy. This goes to show that when things get out of hand and Buffy's not around to take charge, she has it in her to take command and acheive that self-confidence.



    The whole concept of this plot is just really fun. A lot of roles get to reverse and all the characters are stronger for it. As mentioned before, Willow gets to take charge, but Buffy becomes the opposite: helpless. Seeing Buffy that pretrified is very new, and of course Spike loves it. Xander also gets in the action, literally this time, and just all around kicks ass. He beats up Larry to protect Buffy when earlier in the episdode Buffy protected Xander from Larry. Xander's "beating up that pirate gave me a weird sense of closure" is a hoot. Giles also gets some development which is a result of his dialog with Ethan. We find out that they know each other and that Giles has quite the unsavory past. This adds some intrigue and depth to a character that was hanging around the two-dimensional mark.



    Overall there is a ton of good stuff in here. Lots of subtle and not-so subtle character development mixed with a fun plot and great acting. This is a very fun episode to watch and new people who are just getting into the show always love it. I'm right there with them, this is a great stuff.moreless
  • Classic Buffy

    10
    Halloween



    The Good;

    Pretty much everything, great ep, love the alternate Scoobies, the Xena ref, the first appearance of Ethan and Ripper, the fight in the pumpkin stall at the beginning, Dru and Spike back, Oz, Larry, Cordy in her pussycat costume, Willow getting 'Sexy and Wild' (love her strutting at the end, do you think she got any offers?) the list goes on. Buffy unknowingly impersonating Darla and fainting (but at least she doesn't get tied up) and clinging onto Cordy's arm



    The Bad;

    Open to suggestions?



    Best line;

    Hard to pick but I'd say;

    Willow "She couldn't have gone as Xena?

    Just pipping Giles' "The ghost of what exactly?" upon seeing Will's streetwalker outft and "You went mental when?" from Cordy



    Questions and observations:

    Willow appears to be a Xena fan. Hmmmmm? Of course Xena started a couple of years before Buff and without it I don't think we'd have had Buffy. In one ep they refer to the play Buffus the Bachae Slayer. You could say that Spike's fascination with Buffy is evident in his watching the video of her fighting. Love Willow walking through the wall and people's reaction to it. The long tracking shot of Xander transforming into Rambo. Where are Joyce and Dawn during all of this? Either he reloads offscreen or Xander's rifle has a limitless magazine. Another hint of attraction between Cordy and soldier Xander. Angel wears a blue shirt which is ok but not really him. The Summers house get's trashed for the first time. How does the vamp Angel fights in the kitchen get in without being invited? First appearance of SDH's famous soda machine. Buffy get's sexually assaulted AGAIN, mauled by Pirate Larry (who really musn't be himself considering what we learn later). We discover that Cordy doesn't know Angel is a vamp. Xander tells Cordy she'll never get between Buffy and Angel, well almost. Giles tortures Ethan for info, the Scoobies really seem to have a knack for it. Reputedly Joss fired the writer of this ep afterwards, don't know why he did a good job?



    10/10 afters a couple of false starts season 2 firing on all cylindersmoreless
  • Halloween

    9.0
    Halloween was a superb episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Second Season. This episode introduced us to a new villian from Giles's past, and I have a feeling we will be seeing him in the future as well. Chaos was the order of the night, on All Hallows Eve in Sunnydale as people started turning into their costumes. It was fun to watch this episode seeing what people were and how they changed. It was also interesting to note that Oz keeps seeing Willow in different aspects, which is a neat way to build their story line. I think that this was another Classic Episode of Buffy.moreless
  • Season 2, Episode 6.

    9.5
    Giles saves the day! On Halloween, Buffy, Xander, and Willow are volunteered by Principal Snyder to take little children trick-or-treating. However, the costume store that they bought their costumes at is cursed or something and it causes them to become whatever they were for Halloween. Spike returns in this episode, too. At least Drusilla wasn't in this episode, I don't think. Cool episode. I liked Buffy as the 1800s princess girl or whatever. Cordelia's costume was hot, and so was Xander's! Rawr. Angel is still the sexiest one. I have a feeling Ethan comes back, but I haven't seen the show in a while so I can't remember. Good episode.moreless
Abigail Gershman

Abigail Gershman

Girl

Guest Star

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs

Ethan Rayne

Guest Star

Larry Bagby

Larry Bagby

Larry

Recurring Role

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)

Oz

Recurring Role

James Marsters

James Marsters

Spike

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Ethan is invoking the power of Janus in Latin, this is what he actually says:

      Janus, I call forth your spirit. Hear my cause, seize the night for your purpose. Come, appear, and show to us that which is infinite power. The mask is transformed into flesh and blood. Your holy presence curdles the heart. Janus! Take the night!

    • The gun that Xander has after he changes is a M4A1, which is used by most U.S Navy S.E.A.L.s.

    • Goof: When Xander is trying to get a drink out of the vending machine, he first hits Dr. Pepper, then he hits Coke when the machine won't dispense a drink. When a drink finally comes out of the machine when Buffy "comes to his rescue" the can is actually a Diet Dr. Pepper, which oddly enough is not even an option on the vending machine.

    • Goof: When the kid wearing the red demon mask changes from a child to a demon (Willow's group), his face morphs into a demonic visage. But then the camera shot moves, and you can see the back of his head, where it is obvious that he hasn't changed into a demon yet.

    • Nitpick: Snyder said Buffy wouldn't need a flashlight (after she said she couldn't hold one due to carpal tunnel) because the trick or treating was from 4-6, but they were still trick-or-treating after dark.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy and Willow are in the bathroom looking at the diary, Buffy says that it doesn't have a name for the girl whose image is drawn there. If you look carefully, however, the caption reads, "Sarah Goodbrink."

    • Nitpick: In the scene where Oz sees Willow crossing the street in her Halloween costume, he is driving a different van from what we have seen and will see in future episodes. It is left-hand drive and is a different color.

    • Goof: Just like in "Inca Mummy Girl", Buffy's front door opens on the opposite side of normal - it can be seen when Xander lets Cordelia in.

    • Goof: When Willow is told to get out of the costume shop by Giles, she bumps into the curtain a little bit, making the curtain move (she should not be able to at this point since she is a ghost).

    • Goof: In the costume shop after Giles tells Willow to leave, you can clearly hear the door open and close, even though she is supposed to be a ghost.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Angel: I thought we had...
      Buffy: A date. So did I. But who am I kidding? Dates are things normal girls have. Girls who have time to think about nail polish and facials. You know what I think about? Ambush tactics. Beheading. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.

    • Angel: I hated the girls back then. Especially the noble women.
      Buffy: You did?
      Angel: They were just incredibly dull. Simpering morons, the lot of them. I always wished I could meet someone... exciting. Interesting.

    • Willow: (After everyone turns into their Halloween costumes, Buffy, now a defenseless noblewoman, faints when seeing monsters) Buffy, are you all right?
      Buffy: What?
      Xander: Are you hurt?
      Willow: Buffy, are you hurt?
      Buffy: Buffy?
      Willow: (to Xander) She's not Buffy.
      Xander: Who's Buffy?
      Willow: (to herself) Oh, this is fun.

    • Willow: How was your date last night?
      Buffy: Misfire. I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed.
      Willow: Was he mad?
      Buffy: Actually he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino.
      Willow: Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act.
      Buffy: You mean that "actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene" act?

    • Oz: (Sees Willow walking) Who is that girl?

    • Willow: It's too bad we can't sneak a look at the Watcher Diaries and read up on Angel. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell.
      Buffy: Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private.
      Willow: Also, Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files.
      Buffy: Most importantly, it would be wrong.

    • Giles: I'll have you know that I have very, um, many relaxing hobbies.
      Buffy: Such as?
      Giles: Well, um... I enjoy cross referencing.
      Buffy: Do you stuff your own shirts or do you send em out?

    • Xander: Halloween, quiet? Wow, I figured it would be a big old vamp scare-a-palooza.
      Buffy: Not according to Giles. He swears that tomorrow night is like dead for the undead. They stay in.
      Xander: Those wacky vampires, that's why I love em. They just keep ya guessing!

    • Cordelia: Buffy, love the hair. It just screams street urchin.

    • Ethan: We all know that you are the champion of innocents and all things pure and good, Rupert. It's quite a little act you've got going here, old man.
      Giles: It's no act. It's who I am.
      Ethan: Who you are? The Watcher, sniveling, tweed-clad guardian of the Slayer and her kin? I think not. I know who you are, Rupert, and I know what you're capable of. But they don't, do they? They have no idea where you come from.

    • Giles: Janus. Roman mythical god.
      Willow: What does this mean?
      Giles: Primarily the division of self. Male and female, light and dark.
      Ethan: Chunky and creamy. Oh, no, sorry, that's peanut butter.

    • Xander: She must be right. We must have some kind of amnesia.
      Buffy: I don't know what that is, but I'm certain I don't have it. I bathe quite often!

    • Buffy: Angel's a vampire. I thought you knew.
      Cordelia: Oh, he's a vampire. Of course! But the cuddly kind. Like a Care Bear with fangs?
      Willow: It's true.
      Cordelia: You know what I think? I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer.

    • Snyder: Miss Summers. Just the juvenile delinquent I've been looking for.

    • Soldier Xander: (referring to Pirate Larry) It's strange, but beating up that pirate gave me a weird sense of closure.

    • Soldier Xander: I suggest we get inside before we come across another--
      18th Century Buffy: A demon! A demon! A demon!
      Ghost Willow: It's not a demon, it's a car!
      18th Century Buffy: What does it want?
      Soldier Xander: Is this woman insane?
      Ghost Willow: She's never seen a car.
      Soldier Xander: She's never seen a car?
      Ghost Willow: She's from the past.
      Soldier Xander: And you're a ghost?
      Ghost Willow: Yes! Now let's get inside!
      Soldier Xander: I just want you to know that I'm taking a lot on faith here.

    • Larry: Harris!
      Xander: Hey, Larry. You're looking cro-mag as usual. What can I do ya for?
      Larry: You and Buffy are just friends, right?
      Xander: I like to think of it less of a friendship, and more like a solid foundation for future bliss.
      Larry: So, so she's not your girlfriend?
      Xander: Alas, no.
      Larry: Do you think she'd go out with me?
      Xander: Well, Larry that's a tough question to... no, not a chance.
      Larry: Why not? I heard some guy say she was fast.
      Xander: I hope you mean like the wind.
      Larry: You know what I mean.
      Xander: Hey look! That's my friend you're talking about.
      Larry: Oh yeah, what are you gonna do about it?
      Xander: I'm gonna do what any man would do about it. (Grabs Larry by the collar) Somethin' damn manly.
      Buffy: (pushes Larry against the soda machine) Get gone. (a soda falls out and she takes it) Ooh! Diet!
      Xander: Do you know what you just did?
      Buffy: Saved you a dollar?
      Xander: No, Larry was about to pummel me!
      Buffy: Oh, that? Forget about it.
      Xander: Oh, I'll forget about it. In maybe about fifteen, twenty years when my rep for being a sissyman finally fades.
      Buffy: Xander, don't you think...
      Xander: A black eye heals, Buffy, but cowardice has unlimited shelf-life. Oh, thanks, thanks a lot for your help. (walks away)
      Buffy: I think I just violated the guy code big time.
      Willow: Poor Xander. Boys are so fragile.

    • Buffy: You're beginning to scare me, Giles. You need to have some fun. You know, there's this place you can go, right, and you sit in the dark, and there are these moving pictures, right? And the pictures tell a story.

    • Willow: Ok, your name is Cordelia, you're not a cat, you're in high school, and we're your friends. Well, sort of.
      Cordelia: That's nice, Willow. And you went mental when?

    • Buffy: I'll never be like this.
      Willow: C'mon, she's not that pretty. I mean, look at her. She's got a funny... waist. Look how tiny that is.
      Buffy: Thank you. Now I feel better.
      Willow: No, she's like a freak. A circus freak. Yuck.

    • Snyder: Halloween must be a big night for you. Tossing eggs, keying cars, bobbing for apples. One pathetic cry for help after another. Well, not this year, missy.
      Buffy: Gosh, I'd love to sign up, but I recently developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, and can tragically no longer hold a flashlight.

    • Spike: Well! This is just.... neat!

    • Cordelia: (about Willow) Who died and made her boss?

    • Drusilla: Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see?
      Spike: Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet.

    • Drusilla: Do you know what I miss? Leeches.

    • Cordelia: Oz! Oz.
      Oz: Hey, Cordelia. You're like a great big cat.
      Cordelia: That's my costume. Are you guys playing tonight?
      Oz: Yeah, at the shelter club.
      Cordelia: Is Mr. I'm-the-lead-singer-I'm-so-great-I-don't-have-to-
      show-up-for-my-date-or-even-call gonna be there?
      Oz: Yeah, y'know, he's just going by "Devon" now.
      Cordelia: Well, you can tell him that I don't care, and that I didn't even mention it, and that I didn't even see you, so that's just fine.
      Oz: So, what do I tell him?
      Cordelia: Nothing! Geez, get with the program! (walks away)
      Oz: (sarcastic) Why can't I meet a nice girl like that?

    • Buffy: Just look at this.
      Willow: It's amazing.
      Xander: Too bulky, I prefer my women in spandex.

    • Buffy: Whatcha got?
      Willow: A time honored classic.
      Buffy: Okay Will, can I give you a little friendly advice?
      Willow: It's not spooky enough?
      Buffy: It's just... You're never going to get noticed if you keep hiding. You're missing the whole point of Halloween.
      Willow: Free candy?

    • Willow: No, no, no. I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz.

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  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Xander: Hey, Larry. You're looking cro-mag as usual.

      Xander was alluding to Cro-Magnon, the term for early European human ancestors with stout builds and larger skulls.

    • Buffy: Casper.
      Casper is a cartoon ghost known for being friendly.

    • Xander: (to Cordelia) Catwoman, you're with me.
      Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, was one of Batman's nemeses in the comics, TV Show, cartoons, and in 1992's Batman Returns. She had a cat fetish and dressed in a skin tight leather clad outfit.

    • Ethan Rayne: Be Seeing You!
      This phrase (which Ethan leaves behind on a card for Giles) was a catchphrase of the 60's English show The Prisoner. It was a standard form of greeting, ironic since a) everyone was prisoners - it's not like they had much choice but to see each other, and b) the authorities kept everyone under constant surveillance. The phrase was later used by J. Michael Straczynski as a catchphrase for Psi-Cop Bester on Babylon 5.

    • Buffy: Honey, I'm home!
      "Honey, I'm home" is a famous phrase - mainly remembered from the cartoon The Flintstones.

    • Cordelia: I was just attacked by JoJo, the dog faced boy.

      A reference to the side-show freak from the early 1900s.

    • Willow: She couldn't have dressed up like Xena.
      Unlike Buffy's choice of helpless, 18th century noble woman, Xena (played by Lucy Lawless) is a strong fighter. She first appeared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and then got her own television series, Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena and Buffy are often compared as strong female characters. Also, in the closest crossover that these two shows could ever have, the producers of Xena were so touched by the reference that in a later episode Xena mentions a play called 'Buffus, the Bacchae Slayer'.

    • Ethan: I feel quite moved to make you a deal you can't refuse.
      Reminiscent of the line from The Godfather "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." In the movie, the line carries with it an implied threat. Though it's not clear at the time, Ethan's offer actually proves threatening to Buffy.

    • Cordelia: Like a Care Bear with fangs.
      Popular in the early to mid 1980's, Care Bears are a series of cute, themed stuffed animals. They later became a cartoon by the same name.

    • Xander: I figured it'd be a big, old vamp scare-a-palooza.

      Likely a play on Lollapalooza, one of the first, biggest, and best known of the current, annual, summer music festivals.

    • Cordelia: You call that leather? My Barbie dream car had nicer seats.

      From the collection of miscellaneous accessories for the Barbie dolls by Mattel. Many of the Barbie add-ons were "dream" things.

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