Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 6

Him

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2002 on The WB
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Dawn's simple crush on Sunnydale High's star quarterback RJ Brooks starts to become obsessive, leading Buffy to investigate the boy herself. When Buffy, and all the other women who see RJ, also fall in love with him, Spike and Xander must team up to discover the source of this attraction. But first they have to keep the women from doing anything crazy in their competition for RJ's affection.moreless

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  • "Him" is a stand-alone episode that suffers precisely the same problem as "Help": long-term character and/or story relevance.

    7.0
    While "Help" earns its points through a fairly engaging script, "Him" stays in a decent point area due to the fact that I cannot, in my right mind, allow anything that causes me to fall off my couch in laughter get anything under a 7. However, just because an episode is totally hilarious doesn't mean it automatically deserves an excellent score. An episode that can put relevance together with comedy -- like "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", "Doppelgangland", "Something Blue", and "Storyteller" -- can achieve an excellent score. So, in a nutshell, this is an episode that earns the vast majority of its points on how purely hilarious it is, but doesn't offer very much more. With that said, let's jump right into the thick of the review!



    I'm a big fan of the fact that Buffy lived up to what she told Spike in "Selfless". Although Xander hates the idea, he lets Spike stay at his place for the time being for Buffy's sake. It also, amusingly, flashes me back to seeing Spike tied to a chair and stuck in Xander's parents' basement in "Hush". I also like how, even though Buffy is standing up for soulful Spike, she still jumps when he grabs her arm from behind. The scars from "Seeing Red" haven't fully healed yet.



    The next day, Dawn continues to probe Buffy on her treatment of Spike -- something very wise of her to do. Dawn asks, "you didn't do it out of pity, so what is it?" Buffy can only respond, "that's a good Buffy clearly doesn't have all the answers yet, but she knows and feels that a soulful Spike is a brand new person that deserves a chance to prove himself. Dawn even outright asks the biggie: "Do you love him?" Buffy, truthfully, says, "No. But I feel for What that exactly means is a complicated issue that hasn't yet been sorted out. This whole conversation sets up the theme of the episode: love.



    Well, poor Dawn spends most of the episode embarassing herself in the name of "true I think there's a lesson to be learned here in that the kind of true love Dawn experiences while under RJ's spell, a metaphor, is not terribly real. Although that's obvious to us, viewing it from the outside, it's not so obvious to the person under the spell. A lot of people have relationships and even get married because, essentially, they're under another person's As soon as that spell wears off, though, as it inevitably does with time and/or age, the relationship usually crumbles at an alarming rate. This is why I, personally, feel that relationships should be based on more than simply raw physical attraction. Otherwise, it's doubtful to last. It's easy to say that from the outside though. The real challenge is having the insight to look inside yourself and recognize whether or not you're just under a spell, or genuinely love the person.



    When Buffy later falls under RJ's spell, we get some 'interesting' moments but also some more building comedy. One thing I love about Buffy when she's under a spell is that she's always convinced she has slayer immunity, so it can't possibly be affecting her. Seeing Buffy romantically revert back to S1 is kind of like a shock to my system. It's been so long since we've seen that kind of blind romanticism out of her -- although, I'm selling S1 Buffy short, she was much smarter than spell-Buffy here. The best part of all of this is that RJ doesn't even know why girls constantly fall for him, and he's obviously not going to complain about it.



    Xander, very experienced in the way of love spells, thankfully immediately calls it out the moment he sees Buffy straddling RJ on a desk. Then, Xander brings Spike along with him to get information out of RJ's brother. The way these two look together is its own form of comedy. Haha. I also especially love the little moment where Spike turns the baby angel ceramic figure around so it's not facing him, staring at him with judgement. It's funny, clever, and relevant.



    The comedy really kicks into gear, though, when Willow and Anya fall under RJ's spell too. This leads to about six straight minutes of undiluted hilarity -- some of the best raw comedy Buffy has pulled off since S4. I especially got a kick out of Willow's confused and contorted facial expressions when falling under the spell. When Buffy, Dawn, Anya, and Willow all get into it, I'm starting to lose it with laughter. When Buffy drives like a spaz to kill Wood, I'm laughing even harder. Then there's Anya telling Willow "his physical presence has a penis!" And the split-screen action-movie montage. When I see Buffy aiming the rocket launcher at Wood through the window, easy listening music in the background, I finally just fall out off my couch in pure glee. Spike and Buffy running back and forth outside of Wood's window over the rocket launcher continues to adds to the fun! Wonderful!



    Even though Buffy is totally in RJ's thrall, Dawn trying to sacrifice herself for RJ's love still really freaks her out. Buffy says, "no guy is worth your life -- not ever!" Very, very true. Dawn later tells Buffy how stupid she feels over how she acted because of the spell. Buffy's got some good advice here: "Get ready to feel even stupider when it's



    After Buffy saves Dawn, we get to see Xander and Spike's complex plan for dealing with RJ's jacket: running up to him and stealing it. Haha! I like how, while the jacket is burning, Buffy asks Xander if he was even slightly tempted to slip it on for himself. Xander's answer is perfect: "I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it didn't



    What more do I need to say about this episode? It's, simply put, incredibly funny. I fully concede there's not much more going on in it than that, but when an episode provides me with that much raw entertainment, I have to applaud. It's not easy to do awesome comedy, and "Him" nails it. If you're looking for a brilliant character study or foreboding drama, look to "Selfless" and "Conversations with Dead People". If you want to laugh until you pee, watchmoreless
  • All hail Dawn the pushy queen of slut-town!

    10
    HIM



    The Good;

    ALL OF IT! Just wonderful, love it to death, amongst many favourite bits have to be Dawn falling off the audience stands, Dawn's lapdance, Dawn's catfight, Buffy seducing RJ, the split-screen stuff, Spike and Buffy wrestling over the rocket launcher, Buffy subtly screwing Dawn over for RJ's affections, Xander's KISS plan for getting the jacket back, the list goes on!



    The Bad;

    Nada, it's all terrific! Actually rather stupid that D'Hoffryn has just 'changed his mind' and now wants Anya killed. BUT he might have just wanted her to suffer for a while or might be in league with The First? Then again the demon might be sent by someone else Anya wronged now that D'Hoffryn no longer protects her?



    Best line;

    Xander (reminding Spike of their 'plan') "Grab it!"



    Women good/men bad;

    RJ's dad used his enchanted jacket to seduce the girls (in fairness to RJ and his brother they don't know that, they just think they're popular because they're goodlooking football stars). One question that occurs, 23 year old teaching assistant Buffy seduces 16 year old RJ (statuatory rape in California) and it's every schoolboy's fantasy. Imagine if that was Dawn and a male staff member, what would we think?



    Jeez!;

    I know it's hysterically funny and a little bit sexy but Dawn's cheerleading routine just makes me cringe, you feel for her every time. Which of us haven't embarassed ourselves trying to impress the object of our affections? You also feel bad for Buffy when a distraught Dawn cuts up her outfit. Buffy implies that Joyce would be ashamed to see how Dawn is acting but rapidly realises that this is a step too far and takes it back. Then again when you look at Buffy and Spike and 'teenage' Joyce and Ripper on the hood of the police car in 'Band Candy' you wonder if she'd actually be shocked at all? Maybe it runs in the Summer's family?



    Kinky dinky;

    Dawn in a cheerleader costume (Xander hopes Buffy get's a new one), giving RJ a lapdance then has a great big girly catfight complete with hair pulling, scratching and rolling around on top of one another. Buffy puts on her plaid schoolgirl skirt and a blouse (to make herself look younger?) and get's it on with RJ on the school desk. Buffy describes Dawn as a slut-bag/hussy and thinks should go down to the docks and wait for the fleet to come in. Is that how she supported herself in LA prior to getting her waitress job in 'Anne'? Or maybe why she no longer seems to need to work at the DMP despite her counsellor job only being part time? (for the cheap seats I am IN NO WAY serious! No more so than the bleached blonde Angel says Wes had sex with in season 2 actually being Spike or Willow and Cordy being in the closet together in School Hard means they're both gay so please don't whinge. Although come to think of it Willow....?) Buffy almost seems to indulge in ahem, self-stimulation when RJ walks away for the first time after putting the whammy on her. Xander thinks back nostalgically to the events of 'Bewitched, bothered and bewildered', nice to see Jenny, Joyce and human Harmony again (and the last time we'll see CC in any way on Buffy). Xander smiles at the memory of BBB, Willow looks uncomfortable whilst Anya gives a little look of jealousy. Xander confesses a sexual attraction to Dawn but feels guilty about it (although he says he misses when Dawn used to have a crush on him). Weirdly he says 'Daddy likes' even after he told Warren off for a similar phrase. Buffy says Snyder was always 'on her' and 'riding her'. Buffy alludes to porn star Anna Nicole Smith. Dawn thinks Buffy is hot and is seemingly envious that she has 'sex that's rough'.



    Captain Subtext;

    In a riposte to the evidence for being Bi Willow wants to turn RJ into a girl so she can love him. Then again Willow says her attraction isn't about physical presence which is interesting when you think of her later comments to Kennedy that she fell in love with 'A woman rather than women'. When Anya points out that RJ's 'physical prescence has a penis' Willow says she can work around it. Like Xander she confesses a sexual attraction to Dawn 'Right there with you buddy!". Spike is meanwhile back in the closet, at Xanders? RJ's brother was worried that he found poetry under his younger brother's bed. Spike seems fascinated by the 'Angel' figurines at Lance's house.



    Apocalypses; 7,



    Scoobies in bondage: unless Buffy and RJ got up to some?

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4



    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 19

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 14

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;5

    Dawn; 4

    Tara; 1



    Kills: one demon for Buffy at Anya's

    Buffy: 109 vamps, 62 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 8 vamps and 6 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon



    Scoobies go evil: not evil but mad with lust certainly

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2



    Recurring characters killed: 12

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



    Sunnydale deaths;

    99



    Total number of scoobies: 6, Anya and Spike back in the fold

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

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



    Scoobies shot: Buffy produces the rocket launcher Xander procured for her in 'Innocence'. You can't help but think that might have been useful against Glory and Adam and especially The Beast which AI are currently battling.

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost: so exactly how far does Buffy go with RJ? Her blouse is off, her bra is on, she's straddling him but we've no idea what's going on beneath the skirt for either of them or what happened before Xander interrupted? Come to think of it Xander tells her to get off RJ but then just walks out leaving them to it (check out the little look Buffy and RJ trade, as if to say "We've still got time!") She later refers to him as her 'lover' so I'll put him down as a possible. Equally we've no idea what RJ and Dawn got up to before dancing at the Bronze but without any definite evidence (and RJ denies they did anything even though she was so hot) I think we'll safely assume that Dawn is still 'hymenally challenged' as they said on Clueless, even in the Bill Clinton sense.

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

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 2 possibles, Dracula+RJ(?)

    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; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander



    Dawn in peril; 13 but self inflicted this time. Again Buffy's love for Dawn seems to overcome the power of the spell implying a deeper connection between her and Dawn than just sisters.



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9 NOT ANY MORE! Joyce's little girl is all slutted up and hot to trot! It's a bit much that Buffy criticizes Dawn's outfit considering some of the stuff SHE used to wear in season 1&2, the leopardskin miniskirt from BBB as exhibit A (and that was BEFORE she got hit with Xander's love whammy!)



    What the fanficcers thought;

    The cliche of an enchanted object or spell going wrong making one character irresistable to all is a feature of more fics than you can shake a stick at!



    Questions and observations;

    Note Buffy still drives Joyce's Geekmobile. Badly! Oz's old favourite 'The Theme from a Summer Place' is used for when the girls fall in love whilst when we switch to split screen the music get's very Charlie's Angels (who doesn't love a bit of funk guitar?). We know that CC doesn't have a sister but wouldn't it be wonderful if the head cheerleader was her cousin or something? Did RJ's brother know Daryl Epps?

    If Xander was on the SDH swimteam shouldn't he have his own athletics jacket? Dawn refers to Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition sketch, been hanging with Xander WAAAYY too much! Buffy's hair looks very similar to SMG's porn star character's in Southland Tales.

    Marks out of 10; 10/10, I know a lot of people don't like this one too much but I love it, in a pretty serious season it's such a fun, amusing romp, could only be better if Faith, Joyce and Tara were present. The first ep I watched this season and then immediately went back and watched it all again then watched it for a third time the morning after. All hail the pushy queen of slut-town!moreless
  • The Boy Next Door

    8.5
    Him-Dawn's simple crush on Sunnydale High's star quarterback RJ Brooks starts to become obsessive, leading Buffy to investigate the boy herself. When Buffy, and all the other women who see RJ, also fall in love with him, Spike and Xander must team up to discover the source of this attraction. But first they have to keep the women from doing anything crazy in their competition for RJ's affection.

    As the final season, it's pretty much expected that the writers would go back to basics with some of the episodes this season. "Him" recycles an old plot from "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and actually makes it funny again bytweakingthe story a bit to make it not seem so "been there, done that". The whole mystical jacket on RJ could have been one of the dumbest and awful plots of the series, yet the story has surprising charm to it, not to mention hilarious performances from the cast, especially the girls. Michelle Trachtenberg gets to so off a morehumorousside of Dawn as she becomes suddenly falls for RJ and soon becomes dangerously obsessed with him. The writers actually puts Dawn's sometimes unbearable annoyance to good use here and I especially love the embarrassing cheerleader tryout scene. The scene especially feels like a call back to Season 1's "The Witch"includingBuffy's old Sunnydale High cheerleader uniform. Also, the scene at the Bronze where Xander and Willow are caught checking out Dawn was so wrong, it was priceless. From the there, the episode gets even more entertaining once Buffy falls for RJ. SMG just plays being helplessly seduced so well. Gotta especially love the moment where Xander finds them together in a certain possession.

    The best part of the episode has to be when Anya and Willow are under the spell too, causing a 4-way battle for RJ. Anya plans to rob a local, Buffy plans to kill Principal Wood and the hilarious ridiculousness of Willow falling for RJ and planning to make him a female. Gotta love the sight of Spike stopping Buffy from killing Principal Wood. I also loved seeing Spike and Xander teaming up together. From them confronting RJ's brother to their hilarious moment of stealing RJ's coat. We also get a cool train sequence of Buffy saving Dawn, although the editing of when Buffy and Dawn jump away from the train could have been better though. I also love Xander's flashback to "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". While pretty much a standalone episode, "Him" is surprisingly enjoyable, with plenty of laughs and priceless dialogue being thrown around.moreless
  • "I just don't understand these relationships where you all do insane things." - Dawn

    8.5
    Re-re-wind. Spike moves back in with Xander, Buffy sits on the bleachers in shades drinking soda through a straw, Dawn tries out for the cheerleader squad (not) wearing Buffy's uniform,Theme From A Summer Place is played (Oz had a fantasy involving it and a feather boa), Buffy uses S2's rocket launcher, and the entire plot is ripped from Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered (a fact the writers admit when Xander flashbacks to a BBB moment ("good times")). I almost expected Devon or Freddy Iverson to turn up.



    So this is a Dawn-centric episode, not words to bring cheer to many people's hearts. She is confused by the dualisms in the gangs' love-lives: Buffy has sex with Spike who "disgusts" her, Spike loves Buffy but tries to rape her, Xander loves Anya but betrays her. Dawn was obviously not around (she was just a twinkle in a monk's spell) when Willow explained that "love makes you do the wacky". This episode aims to put this right as she falls for RJ, unremarkable school football player who nonetheless gets all the chicks. The story returns to the original BTVS MO – high school is hell, literally. Xander points out the plot when he says: "It's the jacket, something about the letter on the chest" - the jacket that metaphorically turns the jock into a god does so in actuality. And the insane love that is teenage hormones, actually is insane, caused as it is by magicks. The boy who casts a spell over girls who then do his dirty work for him ("You turn on the charm, you get whatever you want") - homework, pushing quarterbacks down stairs - is literally a spell. Just as people in love think that only their love is real, then everyone in this ep thinks that it is other people who are under the spell and that they themselves are immune. Once Dawn has caught RJ's attention by injuring his football rival, she's won the right to go on a date with him, in an icky scene where she's suddenly all growed up in "slut-bag hussy" clothes and Xander and Willow are inadvertently perving after her (Xander's "Daddy like" becomes horridly incestuous as we realised that Xander has been a father figure to Dawn; what would Freud have to say about Xander being Dawn's first crush?). The story riffs on the return to high school theme; Dawn is as klutzy as her sister around boys and her claims about RJ ("I know his soul") sounds pretty similar to Buffy's re: Angel. She tells her mother substitute that "you have no idea how I feel" - the Sunnydale High New Generation thinks that they are different from the older. Buffy, no longer a teenager, has to act the hot teacher to seduce RJ. Later on, when the odd couple of Spike and the Xandman visit the previous owner of the jacket, RJ's brother, Lance, we see how people who were popular at high school lose their sheen (and their jacket) when they leave school and become pizza place workers with bad hair and a rumpus room in their parents' basement. Spike and Xander, both having left a basement relatively recently, are in no mood to linger (perhaps it is the basements making people crazy?)



    It's also about the viciousness of women and self-centredness of love. Dawn walking home from the Bronze discovers something more scary than vampires – an annoyed teenage girl who proceeds to try to push her around. Buffy breaks up the fight, but once the Slayer falls under RJ's spell, she hurts Dawn more than the cheerleader. Dawn accuses Buffy of not being able to "stand it that I'm getting the attention", and it seems that this is true when Buffy uses what Dawn doesn't have ("I'm just like you but with the sexual experience and stuff") to get RJ all to herself. Of course in the end sisterly love overcomes womanly enemity as Buffy saves Dawn from a very squashed death, but for a while there Buffy was playing the b*tch. Dawn's rival isn't the nasty Lori but her older, hotter, sexier sister who's not acting all sisterly. Buffy duplicitously tells Dawn: "You're gonna come out the winner here, with me looking out for you". As Dawn points out later: "You're not supposed to do this....you were the one I trusted". Meanwhile, Buffy is counselling more than students as she aims to put things right with Spike (she feels for him, but not pervy feelings) by physically moving him out of the basement, and makes it up to Anya for almost killing her by saving her from D'Hoffryn's henchdemon; Buffy effectively get the outcasts into the gang.



    Anya and Willow also fall for RJ and we get a Charlie's Angels style split screen scene as each of the girls goes about trying to win RJ in her own way. Willow uses magic to make him what she wants (female), Buffy uses violence (RJ wishes someone would get Principal Woods off his back so Buffy tries to kill him), Anya, the capitalist, robs a bank (she was going to buy RJ?) and Dawn, the passive, the one who is "not really good for anything. " decides to commit suicide to show RJ how much she loves him. Buffy's teatime special gives a message to all the lovelorn girls out there, "No guy is worth your life, whatever". Although she also promises Dawn that she'll feel "even stupider" when Dawn falls in love for real.moreless
  • Him

    9.0
    Him was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and touches upon the primal urges of high school age kids. This episode was a fun side track to the main story line of the season. I really enjoyed watching this episode and seeing how easy it is to make women sprung. This episode definitely explored a human right of passage so to speak and was entertainingly insightful. I liked this episode and look forward to seeing the next episode and watching the season progress. This episode was a fun side step in the season. Buffy and Anya are two Bad A** B*&^%#$ and I love watching them in action. I can't wait to see the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Dawn is talking to Buffy and Principal Wood, you can see her backpack on the chair, but when she walks out she does not take the bag, yet in the next scene in the school hallway she has the backpack on her shoulder.

    • At the railyard Buffy is wearing a white sweater. After she jumps off the railcar she slides on the ground on her back, yet the sweater stays clean. She jumps off the tracks with Dawn, landing on her side. When she stands up the sweater is still clean. The camera angle changes to a closeup of Buffy and Dawn and suddenly Buffy's sweater has areas of dirt all over it, front and back. The dirt is also the wrong color. The blotches are a reddish brown, despite all of the ground consisting of grey gravel. Gravel is the basic material used by railroads as the roadbed for the rails.

    • Dawn is lying on the tracks, yet the train makes absolutely no attempt to stop and just blows its horn.
      The locomotive is the same vintage diesel seen in Crush, as are the passenger cars.
      It makes no sense that one of the freight cars Buffy runs along side is blowing smoke or steam.
      The freight cars Buffy climbs upon have running boards along the center of the roof. This design feature was phased out beginning in 1967.
      As Xander drives up to the tracks several vintage freight and passenger cars can be seen in the background, including locomotives, 'heavyweight' passenger cars, not built since the 1930's and a caboose. Cabooses were phased out beginning in the early 1980's.
      As in Crush these scenes were likely filmed at a railroad museum.

    • Apparently the wearer of this jacket can control which women are under his spell. Several times RJ has the jacket on, such as the school hallway, cheerleader tryouts and the Bronze, and apart from a select few, the women pay him no more attention than they would any other guy.

    • Xander's flashback of girls scrambling towards him calling his name is from the episode Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (2x16) in which a love spell backfires and causes every female who comes near him to fall in love with him.

    • Buffy, Willow, Dawn and Anya are stood behind the front door of the house deciding how to win RJ's heart. As they go off in different directions to execute their plan, the camera focuses on Anya going out the front door and pans back to show Willow running up the stairs. For a second before the camera cuts to Buffy we see a woman standing behind Dawn on the stairs, not Alyson Hannigan. In the next shot she is gone.

    • When Buffy throws herself and Dawn off the tracks, they are already easily clear of the train and in total move the sum of about 2 inches. Considering they were bang in the middle of the tracks just before the camera changed, they shouldn't have cleared the path of the train by a long shot.

    • When Xander and Spike are waiting next to the electronics store on Main Street for R.J. to walk by, Spike's reflection is clearly visible in the store's large window.

    • In RJ and Lance's house, when Spike points out that they wore the same jacket, you can clearly see Spike's reflection in the picture frame.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Willow: But you don't even know him!
      Anya: Yes, I do. I looked into him and saw his soul.
      Willow: He was walking away, so unless his soul was in his ass -
      Anya: A.J. is my best friend and my dearest darling -
      Willow: It's R.J. And what you were picking up on was his deep caring and devotion to me.

    • Xander: (referring to Spike) Once you get back the soul, doesn't that mean you start, like, picking up your own wet towels off the floor?
      Willow: No, but maybe you start to feel really bad about leaving them there.
      Buffy: At least he's showering. That's a refreshing and delightful change.

    • Xander: Welcome to the Hellmouth, where even outerwear isn't safe.

    • Willow: Damn love spell. I have tried every anti-love spell, spell I can find.
      Anya: Even if you found the right one, guy would probably just do an anti-anti-love spell, spell... spell.
      Willow: What?

    • Xander: What the hell are you doing?
      Willow: Proving I love R.J. the most.
      Xander: Will, honey, R.J.'s a guy.
      Willow: Well, I did notice that, yeah. That's why I'm doing my spell because, you know, he doesn't have to be.

    • Willow: Hey Anya, you never told us what you "can't believe you almost...".
      Anya: Almost who now?
      Willow: No. You can't be the only not-embarrassed one. What did you do?
      Anya: I, uh, wrote a poem. An epic poem comparing him to a daisy and a tower and a lake.
      Radio Announcer
      : And now the latest on Sunnydale's late-night bandit who is still at large. A masked thief held up a number of... (Anya switches off radio)
      Anya: Okay. Great. Ice cream. My treat?

    • Buffy: You realize Anya is probably seducing R.J. even as we speak.
      Willow: My god, you think so?
      Buffy: Well I wouldn't put it past her, she's recently evil you know.
      Willow: Well so am I, why should I miss out?

    • Xander: (Xander rushes into classroom) Buffy, I think Dawn needs you... (walks in on Buffy & RJ)
      Buffy: Xander hi, this is RJ.
      RJ: Hi guy, it's called knocking.
      Xander: I'm sorry it's just checkout time was an hour ago, we were hoping to make up the bed, and also it's a oom you chowderhead! Now get off the boy, Buffy, we're going home.

    • Buffy: Whoa, hang on there Slappy. I'm not done with you yet.
      R.J.: Oh man like its not bad enough I got that guy riding my back all the time, now I gotta deal with you too?
      Buffy: Actually I'm a bit more formidable than Mr Wood, you might come to look fondly on his back riding.

    • Xander: Remember when she used to have a crush on me, I miss the much cuter me crush.

    • Dawn: The quarterback is the most important member of the team, he is like the rudder that guides the ship (short pause)
      RJ: Right

    • Anya: Well, I guess you guys could use my help. Willow's not very good with the practical strategizing... except when she's evil. And Dawn, she's not really good for anything.

    • Buffy: Dawn, I'm sorry that you feel so bad. OK, but in the morning this won't seem so terrible. You don't even know this R.J. Not really.
      Dawn: I do know him. I know his soul.
      Buffy: Really? Dawn, he wasn't even on your radar yesterday.
      Xander: It's the jacket. It's true. Something about the big letter on the chest makes girls get all swoony and crushy. I saw it all the time in school. And you couldn't just pin any old felt letter to your coat and get play- not that I tried.

    • Buffy: You shredded my outfit.
      Dawn: I'll buy you a new one.
      Buffy: That's not the point. I don't want a new cheerleading outfit.
      Xander: Now, now, let's not be hasty.

    • Dawn: Oh my god, I'm the pushy queen of Slut Town!

    • Buffy: Willow, you're a gay woman. And he isn't!
      Willow: This isn't about his physical presence. It's about his heart.
      Anya: His physical presence has a penis!
      Willow: I can work around it!

    • Anya: Well you're going to have to do better than that. I'd kill for him.
      Willow: You'd kill for a chocolate bar.

    • Buffy: Yes, kill for him. I'm the slayer. Slay means kill. Oh! I'll kill the principal.
      Anya: Hard to top.

    • Willow: Yeah, well I have skills. I can prove my love with magic.
      Anya: Yeah right, what are you going to do, use magic to make him into a girl? (Willow smiles)
      Anya
      : Damn.

    • Buffy: Xander, be honest. You didn't, you know, think about slipping that jacket on just a little bit?
      Xander: I refuse to answer that on grounds that it didn't fit.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Cheryl: Or we could all use chairs. Like the Laker Girls.
      Cheryl wants to use a chair so that she can still be able to cheer while injured after a soda machine fell on her. She's referring to the LA Lakers cheerleaders who use chairs in their game shows.

    • Dawn: Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition...
      This is a famous quote from an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    • Buffy: Not the homework, Mr. Wizard.
      Mr. Wizard (nee Donald Jeffry Herbert) hosted Watch Mr. Wizard and Mr. Wizard's World, two TV programs - targeted to children - about science that showed that it is accessible to everyone.

    • Dawn: Is sitting there drinking soda some kind of Zen non-answer?
      Zen is a branch of Mahâyâna Buddhism. It is regarded as religion and philosophy that focuses on spiritual concentration.

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