Buffy Anne Summers
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
Goof: When Giles is injecting Buffy, he rolls up her sleeve so he can puncture her skin, but he never rolls it down. When Buffy leaves, you can see the sleeve is rolled back down, but neither one of them moved it.
Nitpick: In previous episodes when vampires have come into contact with holy water the burning and pain experienced is immediate. Yet Kralik not only touches holy water to his lips without reacting but continues to take several swallows and starts talking to Buffy before any effects are seen or felt.
Goof: Kralik takes a Polaroid picture of himself with Buffy's mother. These cameras use mirrors to reflect the light inside the device and so the vampire shouldn't show up on film.
Nitpick: After Buffy stakes the first vampire from the teaser, they cut to a shot of outside the school...you can tell that it is the same shot from "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" when Cordelia is rejected from her group because you can see Harmony in the background and you can see the same people walking and sitting down on the side of the screen.
Nitpick: Why doesn't Buffy ask for Angel for help against Kralik? She isn't obliged to play by the rules of the Council's test and her mother's life is at danger.
Nitpick: So Buffy sees the photo of Kralik with her mother, and then packs up her anti-vampire stuff. Except she's changed her clothing and put up her hair between shots. Guess that was more of a priority for her.
Goof: Buffy places a book on a table and stands up, as she does the book begins to slide towards the floor, when the shot goes wide the book is now laid perfectly flat on the table atop another book.
Goof: During the teaser, the boom mic is visible in the top left hand corner of the screen when Buffy kicks the vampire onto the merry-go-round.
Nitpick: After seeing Angel, Buffy is chased by Kralik and the other vampire and she screams for mercy. But just before she collided with Kralik, there were two guys mocking her... wouldn't those guys at least hear her scream for help? I guess in Sunnydale, with the Hellmouth and everything, you learn not to get involved with other peoples' problems.
Nitpick: Why doesn't Buffy realize she has needle marks on her arm. Wouldn't she feel or see them and suspect someone has been drugging her?
Angel: Buffy, you could never be helpless or boring, not even if you tried.
Kralik: She'll go to sleep, and when she wakes up, your face will be the first thing she eats. I have a problem with mothers. I'm aware of that.
Cordelia: What's going on? Oh, God. Is the world ending? I have to research a paper on Bosnia for tomorrow, but if the world's ending, I'm not gonna bother.
Giles: You can't walk home alone, Buffy. It isn't safe.
Buffy: I don't know you.
Cordelia: Did something take her memory? He's Giles. Giiiiillles. He hangs out here a lot.
Buffy: Cordelia, could you please drive me home?
Cordelia: Of course. But if the world doesn't end, I'm gonna need a note.
Angel: It was a bright afternoon out in front of your school. You walked down the steps. And I loved you.
Angel: 'Cause I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see. And I worried that it would be bruised or torn. And more than anything in my life I wanted to keep it safe, to warm it with my own.
Buffy: That's beautiful....Or taken literally, incredibly gross.
Angel: I was just thinking that, too.
Buffy: Before I was the Slayer, I was... Well, I don't want to say shallow, but... let's say a certain person, who will remain nameless, we'll just call her Spordelia, looked like a classical philosopher next to me.
Buffy: It's sweet and thoughtful, and full of neat words to learn and say like"wilt" and "henceforth".
Buffy: What if I just become pathetic? Hanging out at the old Slayer's home, talking people's ears off about my glory days, showing them Mr. Pointy, the stake I had bronzed.
Xander: An ice show. A show performed on ice. And how old are we again?
Willow: I went to Snoopy on Ice when I was little. My dad took me backstage, and I got so scared I threw up on Woodstock.
Buffy: I know you guys think it's just a big, dumb, girlie thing, but it's not. I mean, a lot of those skaters are Olympic medal winners. And every year, my Dad buys me cotton candy and one of those souvenir programs that has all the pictures-- and okay, it's a big, dumb, girlie thing, but I love it.
Oz: It's not so girlie. Ice is cool. It's water, but it's not.
Willow: Aha! A curse on Slayers. Oh, no, wait. It's lawyers.
Xander: You know, maybe we're on the wrong track with the whole spell, curse, and whammy thing. Maybe what we should be looking for is something like, um, Slayer kryptonite.
Oz: Faulty metaphor. Kryptonite kills.
Xander: You're assuming I meant the green kryptonite. I was referring, of course, to the red kryptonite, which drains Superman of his powers.
Oz: Wrong. The gold kryptonite's the power-sucker. The red kryptonite mutates Superman into some sort of weird...
Buffy: Guys. Reality.
Buffy: I'm way off my game. My game's left the country. It's in Cuernavaca.
Buffy: Wow, that was funny looking. Could you do it again?
Vamp: I'll kill you for that.
Buffy: For that? What were you trying to kill me for before?
Giles: This one?
Giles: Used for?
Buffy: Breath mints?
Giles: Charm bags, money spells and for cleansing one's aura.
Buffy: Okay, so how do you know if one's aura's dirty? Somebody comes by with a finger and writes "wash me" on it?
Angel: A thing? A date?
Buffy: Nice attempt at casual
Buffy: Bite me.
Travers: Yes, well. Colorful girl.
Buffy: The important thing is I keep up my special birthday tradition of gut-wrenching misery and horror.
Buffy: If I was at full Slayer power I'd be punning right about now.
Quentin: You think the test was unfair?
Buffy: I think you better leave town before I get my strength back.
Quentin: We're not in the business of fair, Miss Summers, we're fighting a war.
Giles: You're waging a war. She's fighting it. There is a difference.
Buffy: Actually I do have a date. Older man. Very handsome. Likes it when I call him Daddy.
Angel: Your father... It is your father, right?
Angel references 2 season 2 episodes: "Surprise", when he mentions the severed arm of the Judge at Buffy's last party; and "Becoming Part 1", when he is sitting in a dark car, watching Buffy being called in Los Angeles at her school, in a flashback that was in the episode.
The vampire Zachary Kralik was named after writer David Fury's nephew.
The original idea for this episode had Buffy hallucinating that her friends and family were vampires and demons, but it was eventually changed because it was considered too similar to "The Wish" (3x09).
We know that there must have been Slayers for at least 1200 years, as Quentin tells Giles, "It's been done this way for the past dozen centuries."
Again we see that Buffy enjoys ice skating, as does Sarah Michelle Gellar (see "What's My Line (1)").
Faith is noted in this episode, but does not appear. She is on one of her "unannounced walkabouts."
Note that this is the first of two appearances Jeff Kober has had on Buffy. In his Season 6 appearances, he plays the powerful Rack.
In the first conversation Buffy has with Angel in this episode, Buffy brings up Mr. Pointy, the lucky stake that Kendra had given her in "Becoming (1)".
Watch for Dominic Keating who plays Lt Reed on Enterprise as Blair in this episode.
Jeff Kober is no stranger to playing a vampire. He played Dadelus, head of the Nosferatu clan of vampires in the 1996 TV series Kindred: The Embraced.
Cordelia: Did something take her memory again?
Referring to the season 2 episode "Halloween" in which Buffy "became" her costume of a 17th Century woman and forgot who she was, and who her friends were.
Visual: Angel's gift to Buffy.
Angel gives Buffy "Sonnets from the Portuguese" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning for her birthday. It was originally published in 1850 in a two volume publication entitled Poems. It contains the famous poem "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Kralik: Why did you come to the dark of the woods? To bring all these sweets to grandmother's house?
Kralik refers to the story of Little Red Riding Hood in which a wolf accosts a young girl who is carrying a basket through the woods to her grandmother's house. The fairy tale has been around since the early 19th century and has been written in many different languages with many different versions.
Quentin Travers: Cruciamentum is not easy for Slayer or Watcher.
The name of the rite of passage that every Slayer must complete is the "Cruciamentum", which is a Latin word meaning "torture" or "torment".
Xander: Maybe what we should be looking for is something like slayer kryptonite.
The primary weakness of the character Superman is kryptonite, a radioactive substance created from Superman's homeworld when it exploded. Various forms of kryptonite will render him helpless, kill him, or have other strange effects depending on the color of the stone.
Buffy: Brian Boitano doing Carmen is a life changer.
Brian Boitano is one of the most well known male figure skaters who has won many professional and international titles, including the 1988 Olympic gold medal.
Carmen is an opera composed by George Bizet in 1875, based on a novel by Prosper Mérimée written in 1845.
Buffy: It's in Cuernavaca.
Cuernavaca is a city in Mexico.
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