Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 5


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 1998 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Goof: As the Germans shoot one another, the wall between them is shot full of holes, yet the lockers behind the one in the hallway aren't damaged, despite sparks indicating they were hit.

    • Goof: In the cabin, Cordelia is seen picking up the rifle in closeup. The scene changes to show Buffy and the demon in the foreground and Cordelia is seen picking up the rifle a second time.

    • Nitpick: It seems odd that an abandoned shack in the woods has both electricity and a working phone.

    • The set in which Xander and Willow kiss, isn't either of their rooms. We last saw Xander's room in "Prophecy Girl" (1x12). His room is tan and messy (Though he could have cleaned and painted it, there were still girly things in the back ground that Willow would have had in her room). We last saw Willow's room in "Passion" (2x17). Willow's room was the same color blue as the room they were kissing in, but the doors in the kissing room don't match up with Willow's room. Also, Willow had a wall of windows and a patio door; this room did not. It is never stated exactly where this room is, but it may be another room in Willow's house.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy stakes Gorch's wife, you can notice that she stakes her in the wrong place (a little bit lower than where her heart should be located).

    • Nitpick: One of the shots used in this episode is the same outside shot from "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (2x16). You can see the same two people sitting on the bench and Harmony and her group in the back.

    • Goof: When Buffy is fighting the "spiny-headed looking thing" you can see that her shoes are not the orange pumps she was previously wearing. They are flat shoes that have a white strappy-thing over the top of her feet.

    • Goof: Buffy crushes the bottle which had juice inside, but her hand never gets wet.

  • Quotes

    • Cordelia: Why is it that every time I go somewhere with you it always ends in violence and terror?
      Buffy: Welcome to my life.
      Cordelia: I don't wanna be in your life! I wanna be in my life!
      Buffy: Well, here is the door, feel free to walk out any time to go to your life.

    • Cordelia: And now I'm never going to get the chance to tell him.
      Buffy: Yes you are. We are gonna get out of here, and we're gonna head back to the library, where Giles and the rest of the weapons live. Then I'm going to take out the rest of these guys, just in time for you to congratulate me on my sweeping victory as Homecoming Queen.
      Cordelia: I know what you're up to. You think if you get me mad enough I won't be so scared. And hey, it's working! Where's a damn weapon?

    • Buffy: You really love Xander?
      Cordelia: Well, he kinda grows on you, like a chia pet.

    • Faith: Scott? There you are, honey! Hey, good news. The doctor says that the itching and the swelling and the burning should clear up, but we gotta keep using the ointment.

    • Buffy: A campaign is like a war. It's won or lost in the trenches. Holly, Michelle, and our real competition, Cordelia, all have big head starts. And speaking of big heads, if I had a watermelon as big as Cordelia's, I'd be rich...Waits for laugh.

    • Xander: That didn't just happen.
      Willow: No! I mean, it did, but it didn't.
      Xander: Because I respect you, and Oz, and I would never...
      Willow: I would never, either. It must be the clothes. It's a fluke.
      Xander: It's a clothes fluke, that's what it is. And there'll be no more fluking.
      Willow: Not ever.
      Xander: We got to get out of these clothes.
      Willow: Right now!
      Xander: Oh, I didn't mean...
      Willow: I didn't, me either.

    • Cordelia: I have to go to the nurse's office for an ice-pack anyway.
      Xander: Did you hurt yourself?
      Cordelia: No, silly, it shrinks the pores.

    • Willow: Remember that eighth grade cotillion, and you had that clip-on?
      Xander: Yeah, I was pretty stylin' with the clip-on.
      Willow: Now here we are, and it's Homecoming.
      Xander: Yeah, we should face it, Will. You and I are going to be in neighboring rest homes, while I come over so you can adjust me... my, uh... Well, I can't think of anything that's not really gross.

    • Buffy: I can't believe it. My favorite teacher, and she didn't even remember who I was. I'm like a non-person. Am I invisible? Can you see me?
      Oz: Big as life.

    • Xander: What'cha doin'?
      Cordelia: Checking out the, I laughingly use the phrase, "competition." Holly Charlston, nice girl, brain dead, doesn't have a prayer. Michelle Blake, open to all mankind, especially those with a letterman's jacket and a car. She could give me a run.

    • Scott: Before we were going out, you seemed so full of life, like a force of nature. Now you just seem distracted all the time.
      Buffy: I'm getting better, honest. In fact, from here on, you're going to see a drastic distraction reduction. Drastic distraction reduction... try saying that ten times fast.

    • Scott: I assumed that you would think it was corny or something. But I'm in, I mean, you know, if you are, if you want to.
      Buffy: Sure. I do, you know, if you want to.
      Scott: Well, I do if you want to.
      Oz: The judges will accept that as a yes.

    • Xander: Buffy and Faith are in the library getting all sweaty.
      Cordelia: They're training!
      Xander: I stand by my phrase.

    • Trick: Ladies, gentlemen, spiny-headed looking creatures, welcome to SlayerFest '98!

    • Cordelia: I hear you, you red-neck moron. You got a dress that goes with that hat?

    • Xander: Okay, let's not say something we'll regret later, okay?
      Cordelia: You crazy freak!
      Buffy: Vapid whore!
      Xander: Like that!

    • Cordelia: You know, after all we've been through tonight, this whole who-gets-to-be-queen-capade seems pretty...
      Buffy: ...damn important.
      Cordelia: Oh yeah.

    • Buffy: I thought, Homecoming Queen, I could open a yearbook someday and say, 'I was there, I went to high school and had friends and for just one minute I got to live in the world.' And there'd be proof. Proof I was chosen for something other than this. Besides, I look cute in a tiara.

    • Mayor Wilkins: That's an exciting suit.
      Mr. Trick: Well, clothes make the man.
      Mayor Wilkins: Well, as I understand it, you're not a man... exactly. Mr. Trick, I've been the Mayor for quite some time. I like things to run smoothly. This is a very important year for me.
      Mr. Trick: Election year.
      Mayor Wilkins: Something like that.
      Mr. Trick: If this is the part where you tell me that I don't fit in here in your quiet little neighborhood, you can just skip it 'cause, see, that all got old long before I became a vampire. Do you know what I'm saying?

    • Mr. Trick: Competition. Competition is a beautiful thing. It makes us strive. It... makes us accomplish. Occasionally, it makes us kill. We all have the desire to win. Whether we're human, vampire... whatever the hell you are, my brother, you got spiny looking head thing, I ain't never seen that before...
      Kulak: I am Kulak, of the Meequai Clan!
      Mr. Trick: ...Isn't that nice.

  • Notes

    • Featured Music:

      ~In the opening scene in the Bronze --"Fell Into The Loneliness" by Lori Carlson

      ~While the yearbook pictures are being taken -- "Jodie Foster" by Pinehurst Kids

      ~While Buffy and Cordelia are campaigning for Homecoming Queen -- "Fire Escape" by Fastball

      ~When Xander and Willow dress for the dance -- "How", by Lisa Loeb.

      ~At the Bronze, the fictitious band 'Dingoes Ate My Baby' appear to play this song -- "She Knows" --actually performed by Four Star Mary

    • This is the final episode David Greenwalt writes as a Buffy staff member as he shifts his attention to creating and running Angel for next season.

    • Cordelia's weaknesses according to the chart included: manipulative, two faced, bad in sports, superficial, no sense of humor, fake smile, and Xander.

    • Cordelia's strengths according to the chart included: popular with boys, makes friends easily, has money, expensive clothes, and perfect teeth.

    • Chad Stahelski, who played spiny-headed demon Kulak in this episode, is regularly employed on this show as David Boreanaz's (Angel) stunt double.

    • Mayor Richard Wilkins III makes his first appearance in this episode.

    • When Buffy is standing in front of the white board in the library, you can see a bandage on her left hand. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) cracked a bone while filming an earlier scene and had to take it easy with that hand for much of the episode.

    • Jeremy Ratchford reprises his role as Lyle Gorch from season 2's "Bad Eggs".

    • The rifle used by the hunter was a Remmington Model 7600 Slide Action Centerfire rifle. The ones used by the Germans were M16-A1's.

  • Allusions

    • Cordelia: He kind of grows on you. Like a Chia Pet.
      A Chia Pet is a mass marketed decorative planter, often in the shape of an animal, used to grow grass or some similar plant. As the plants grow, they resemble the "fur" of the animal that the planter portrays.

    • Cordelia: Are you kidding? I've been doing the Vulcan death grip since I was four.
      Cordelia is obviously playing to the geeky voting population by referring to the original Star Trek television series. The "Vulcan death grip" is not actually the paralyzing nerve pinch that Spock used often throughout the series. In fact, the "Vulcan death grip" doesn't exist and was merely a bluff that Spock used in the episode "The Enterprise Incident". Due to the widespread confusion over the term, it's become sort of a test of true Trek fans to identify the death grip as non-existent.