Alexander 'Xander' Harris
The First Slayer
Xander stunt double
The incantation that Giles says in the desert is in Swahili.
Nitpick: Buffy and the Scoobies don't know just where Glory has her lair, yet Buffy and Xander burst into the building lobby as though they know where she is.
Goofs: Buffy walks to a remote, presumably seldom or never visited part of the desert, but in the low overhead shot of Buffy as she follows the cougar numerous footprints can be seen. In addition, the legs of someone walking can be seen in the top right corner.
Goof: Glory's minions bring Spike in with his hands tied behind his back, but when she hits him to knock him into the wall his right arm comes forward without being tied at all.
This is the first episode where Spike's platnium locks are mussed, instead of his usual immobile slicked back style.
Nitpick: In episode 5-15 "I Was Made to Love You", Xander, Anya, Willow, and Tara figured out fairly early on at the university party that April was a robot based on her demeanor, single-mindedness, and affect. Yet when faced with a Buffy displaying all the same characteristics and then some eight weeks later, such as using Spike-speak when calling Angel "bloody stupid", it takes being confronted with both Buffys side by side 3/4 of the way into the episode to realize she had been "Botted", so to speak. What took so long?
Goof: During the fight between Buffy and company and Glory's minions, on the close up shots of Spike, he's laying down, then in the wide shots of everybody fighting, he's sitting up, with his knees up to his chest.
Dawn's spree of kleptomania starts in this episode, and continues on until season 6.
Buffy: (to Spike) That thing, it wasn't even real. What you did for me and Dawn that was real. I won't forget it.
Willow: No, there's only love. And... some fear.
Anya: Which is kind of thrown by the you having sex with Spike.
Buffy: The... who whating how with huh?
Tara: Everyone, before we jump all over her, people do strange things when someone they love dies. When I lost my mother, I did some pretty dumb stuff, like lying to my family and staying out all night.
Anya: Buffy's boinking Spike
Willow: Oh. Well. Tara's right. Grief can be powerful, and we shouldn't judge...
Tara: (interrupts) What, are you kidding? She's nuts.
Willow: Well, it's not healthy. We're all agreeing there.
Tara: What can we do?
Anya: Sometimes in the movies, when they go crazy, they slap 'em.
Xander: I'm gonna go find her and talk to her. If she's losing it, we gotta help her before she gets herself hurt.
Tara: You aren't really gonna slap her, are you?
Xander: No, but if I have to see her straddle Spike again I will definitely knock myself unconscious.
Glory: The vampire is lying to me.
Spike: (laughs) Yeah... but it was fun. And guess what, bitch? I'm not telling you jack. You're never going to get your sodding key. And you might be strong, but in our world you're an idiot!
Glory: I am a god.
Spike: The god of what? Bad home perms?
Glory: (Touches Hair) Shut up! I command you to shut up!
Spike: Yeah, okay. Sorry. But I just had no idea that gods were such prancing lightweights. Mark my words, the Slayer is going to kick your skanky, lopsided ass back to whatever place would take a... cheap... whore-ish, fashion victim, ex-god like you. (Glory kicks him and he goes flying)
Spike: Good plan, Spike.
Buffy: (pretending to be the BuffyBot) Spike! You're covered in sexy wounds!
BuffyBot: (to Willow) You're recently gay.
BuffyBot: Oh Spike, devour me!
Spike: All right.
BuffyBot: Spike, I can't help myself. I love you!
Spike: You're mine Buffy.
BuffyBot: Should I start this program over?
Spike: Shhh! No programs, don't use that word. Just be Buffy.
Xander: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well muscled.
Buffy: I am not having sex with Spike! But I'm starting to think you might be!
Spike: Was that your best Slayer?
Spike: Why not?
BuffyBot: I want to hurt you, but I can't resist the sinister attraction of your cold and muscular body.
BuffyBot: Xander... and Anya! How is your money?
Anya: (Starts to laugh) Fine, thank you for asking!
Spirit Guide: Death is your Gift
Spirit Guide: Is your Gift.
BuffyBot: I had sex with Spike, and it wasn't just one time. It was lots of times and lots of different ways. I could do sketches.
Giles: Quite extraordinary really.
BuffyBot: Thank you. But I really think we should be listening to the other Buffy, Giles. (She pronounces it Guy-les) She's very smart and she's gonna help us save Spike.
Giles: Guy-les? Spike didn't even bother to program my name properly.
Buffy: So, how's it start?
Giles: I jump out of the circle, then I jump back in it, and then, um...... I shake my gourd.
Buffy: I know this ritual! The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the hokey-pokey and turn themselves around. (Giles performs the ritual) And that's what it's all about.
Xander: Spike must have had her built so he could program her t...
Buffy: Oh god.
Willow: Yikes. Imagine the things...
Buffy: No! No, no imagining. Any of you.
Xander: Already got the visual.
Buffy: Oh my god.
Xander: And so say all of us.
BuffyBot: Say, look at you. You look just like me! We're very pretty.
Glory: (about Spike) WHAT is that, and why is its hair that color?
BuffyBot: Angel's lame. His hair grows straight up, and he's bloody stupid.
This episode is the first time that Buffy and Spike kiss without a spell cast on them.
In "The Replacement" earlier this season, Lame Xander thinks the other Xander is a robot, but it turns out that they're both really Xander. In this episode, Xander takes that lesson to heart and thinks both Buffys are real, but it turns out that one's a robot.
The pink shirt and black leather jacket that the BuffyBot wears are the same clothes that Buffy wore in the Season 4 episode "Hush".
Nicholas Brendon's twin, Kelly Donovan, is credited in this episode. According to Nick's official site, he was ill during filming and Kelly was used as a double for a few scenes.
Spike: It's that guy. On TV. What's his name? On that show, the price show, where they guess what stuff costs.
Spike is describing The Price Is Right, which aired on NBC in 1956 and ran until 1965. In 1972, the show was revamped and moved to CBS. The object is for contestants to win prizes by showing their knowledge of the prices of everyday items through a variety of different games.
Buffy: Hey, I think I know this ritual. The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the Hokey Pokey and to turn themselves around.
The Hokey Pokey is children's song/game, it is sung while performing the body movements described in the lyrics. The lyrics are as follows: "You put your right arm in, you put your right arm out, you put your right arm in, and you shake it all about. You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around, and that's what it's all about." The lyrics are then repeated with other body parts.
Buffy: A quest? Like finding a grail or something?
The holy grail is the cup (or dish in some versions) that Christ drank from at the last supper and which collected his blood during the crucifixion. The legend goes that whoever drinks from the cup is granted immortality.
The origins of the myth are debated. One belief is that it is a literary myth that began in the 12th century with church paintings as well as writings by Chrétien de Troyes and Robert de Boron. This myth is associated primarily with Arthur, King of the Britains.
The second belief, put forth by Roger Sherman Loomis and others, is that the story of the grail dates much earlier than the Middle Ages, and the Arthurian version(s) is just the "final" written form. In fact, it is believed that the "Holy Grail" version is itself a much later Arthurian version with the earlier Arthurian versions having nothing at all to do with Christ or the Last Supper. The core of the legend is Celtic in origin and deals with a young adventurer/knight (Percival/Galahad/Gawain/etc.) who meets up with the Fisher King who is lame in one leg (euphemism for penis). As a result of this, the king's land is barren with drought. The quest deals with restoring the King's health/land's fertility. The grail itself is one of three ancient relics and is, in its original version, a platter of plenty that produces an endless supply of whatever dish you wished (the womb).
Visual: Dawn reading a magazine
Dawn reads Twist while at Xander and Anya's, a magazine for teenage girls, with information about friends, boys, pop stars and other celebrities, and fashion.
Xander: The guys that work for Glory, you said they're kind of like hobbits with leprosy?
Hobbits are characters created by JRR Tolkien and were made famous in his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the latter of which is currently being adapted into movies. The first part of the epic, The Fellowship of the Ring was released in December 2001, with the sequels to follow one each year after.
Buffy: Hello, kitty.
Buffy addressing the lion in the desert is probably not an allusion, but Hello Kitty is a cartoon character created in 1974 by the Japanese company Sanrio. Sanrio is famous for their cute cartoon characters, including others such as Keroppi and Melody.
Tara: History Channel, Discovery Channel, Salem etc etc...
The History Channel and the Discovery Channel are both cable television stations broadcast around the world which specialise in documentaries, educational programs and the like.
The Salem Witch Trials were the infamous trials of suspected witches in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600's. For more info see season 3's "Gingerbread".
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