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Alexander 'Xander' Harris
Goofs: While Spike is undergoing brain surgery, he moves his head a lot. Although the movements are not drastic, this should have resulted in damage done to parts of his brain by the doctor's instruments. During a real brain surgery, the patient's head is rendered immobile by a vice and often bolted in place to prevent this. Obviously, since they were not in a proper facility, they did not have the proper devices, which was likely also why the doctor was just poking around rather than using imaging equipment. Also, the placement of the bloodied gauze on the back of Spike's head afterwards does not match his position during surgery. The doctor appeared to be operating on the top of his head; Spike would have been sitting up if the back of his head was the entry point.
Goof: In the scene where Riley is playing basketball on the court, his tank top changes from sweaty to dry in each shot.
The jars behind the counter on the Magic Box contain ingredients named after the cast and crew. There's "Tony's Heads," "Charisma Charms," and "Boreanaz Beads."
Goof: When Buffy slaps Spike in his crypt her left hand, holding the money, is down, just out of the shot. The camera angle changes and her left hand is now up near her shoulder.
Harmony says that Spike staked her before. This is a reference to "The Harsh Light Of Day". She didn't die because she was wearing Gem of Amarra.
Goof: The first time Harmony accidentally fires the crossbow, when they shot cuts back to her the crossbow's bow string is still in the pulled back position.
Nitpick: At the beginning of the show, when Buffy stabs the first vampire, he just has his arms out of the grave. It is doubtful that she actually hit his heart.
Joyce: (to Dawn, shakily) Who are you? (faints)
Spike: And I should do what with my spare time? Sit at home knitting cunning sweater sets?
Buffy: Would it keep you out of my way?
Riley: I go back, let the government get whimsical with my innards again... They could do anything that... Best-case scenario, they turn me into Joe Normal, just... Just another guy.
Buffy: And that's not enough for you?
Riley: It's not enough for you.
Buffy: Why would you say that?
Riley: Come on. Your last boyfriend wasn't exactly a civilian.
Buffy: So that's what this is about? You're going to die, all over some macho pissing contest.
Riley: It's not about him. It's about us. You're getting stronger every day, more powerful. I can't touch you. Every day, you're just a little further out of my reach.
Buffy: You wanna touch me? I'm right here. I'm not the one running away.
Riley: Not yet.
Buffy: So you have this all figured out? I'm bailing because you're not in the super club.
Riley: It's human nature.
Buffy: Don't Psych 101 me. Not now. Not after everything that... Nobody has ever known me the way you do. Nobody. I've opened up to you in ways that I've never opened up to... God, you're just sitting back there thinking that none of this means anything to me.
Riley: I never said that.
Buffy: Because it obviously doesn't mean anything to you. Do you really think so little of me?
Harmony: I read in a magazine that some women think a man's real sex organ is his brain. Yecch! No contest. I mean, look at it. It's so... pink and wriggly-looking.
Harmony: (to the doctor) Do you know what it means that he can't hurt any living thing? It means that he can't even pick flowers.
Spike: What?! Yes, I can.
Tara: How'd you do that with the light?
Willow: Oh, you know, you taught me.
Tara: I taught you a teeny tinkerbell light.
Willow: Okay, so I tinkered with the tinkerbell.
Willow: Tara and I can scope out the burned-out school. Riley hid there once. Maybe he... feels it's homey or something.
Buffy: Homey. You know what else he might find homey in a... dank, unpleasant evil sort of way? The Initiative caves. I don't know them too well.
Giles: We do have an associate who knows those caves like the back of his melanin-deprived hand.
Buffy: I so don't want to deal with Spike right now. That guy is really starting to bug me in that special "I wanna shove something wooden through his heart" kinda way.
Willow: He does seem extra twitchy lately. Maybe the whole not killing is gettin' to him.
Buffy: Plus hanging out all day in that moldy crypt, you just know he's doing something nasty.
Xander: Like, I had this friend once who really liked this girl, and he got all worried that maybe she didn't like him back, and maybe that made him act like a total jerk. Maybe Riley reminds me of that friend.
Willow: What are you talking about?
Xander: Then again, maybe not. Maybe he just wants attention.
Buffy: Well, here's a hot tip, if you want attention? Be there so people can give it to you.
Anya: I care about you, Xander.
Anya: Don't be insecure.
Xander: Thanks. I won't.
Anya: And, I also have this "friend" and, uh, I have it on really good authority that she really likes that guy, your "friend" ... and, by the by, my friend-
Buffy: You guys, enough!
Graham: What's going on, man? You gotta get this taken care of immediately. We gotta get you into an operating room.
Riley: Very convincing. Makes me completely want to put myself under government control. Please, take me where they can make me unconscious and naked.
Dawn: Did you know that one time the CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro with poisonous aspirin?
Buffy: Dawn, please. I know I have to do something, I just don't know what.
Dawn: Another time the CIA-
Dawn: It's important… Tried to make Castro go crazy by putting itching powder in his beard. It's about the government!
Joyce: I feel silly lying here like a lump.
Willow: You can make a game out of it. A very quiet game about being a lump.
Dawn: Every kid tries to make the substitute cry. It's like a rite of passage.
Joyce: I certainly would not. Being a substitute is an extremely difficult job. Besides... Honestly, Dawn, how many bowls of cereal are you planning on eating?
Dawn: Oh, these aren't for eating. I'm just trying to get the extra out of the way so I could... get this. Anyway, I want eggs.
Joyce: You want the cereal prize, but you don't want the cereal. You are growing up.
Buffy: Mmm. that was relaxing.
Riley: You, uh, want to relax some more?
Buffy: Again? Right away again?
Riley: Maybe you're too tired.
Buffy: Hey. I have the endurance of ten men.
Riley: Let's make it women, okay? Just for the imagery.
Willow: Should I be watching my occipital lobe?
Buffy: Your what?
Willow: Occipital, the lobe in the back of your brain? You know, like, should I be watching my back? But, you know, the... back of your brain.
Buffy: Apparently not. Don't worry, Will, you still wear the smarty-pants in the family.
Willow: I don't know. You've been studying... really a lot.
Buffy: I'm trying. But they're really piling on the reading, and Giles fills any free time I have with extra training... I'm starting to think this working hard is hard work.
Willow: Isn't it crazy like that?
Buffy: I thought it was gonna be like in the movies -- you know, inspirational music, a montage: me sharpening my pencil, me reading, writing, falling asleep on a big pile of books with my glasses all crooked, 'cause in my montage, I have glasses. But real life is slow, and it's starting to hurt my occipital lobe.
Willow: Aw, poor Buffy's brain.
Buffy: You threw that vampire like he was a teeny-weeny little vampire.
Riley: Hey, you want to go again? Come on, I bet this place is just teeming with aerodynamic vampires.
Buffy: Nah. Unless you wanna go back and kill Spike for the fun of it?
Spike: Taking up smoking have you?
Harmony: I am a villain Spike, hello!
Harmony: (about Buffy) You didn't hear? I'm like her arch nemesis now.
Spike: I must have missed the memo.
Harmony: There was a mem...? Spike! Oh my god! This is an emergency!
Spike: Is it bigger than a breadbox?
Harmony: No. Only 3 left.
Spike: So it's smaller than a breadbox.
Harmony: No. Only 2.
Spike: Harm, is it a sodding breadbox?
Harmony: Yes! Oh my god! Someone's Blondie Bear is a twenty question genius!
Buffy: I just saw you taste your own nose blood. You know what, I'm too grossed out to hear anything you have to say. Go home.
Spike: I'm a vampire! It's what I do!
Spike: Bathe in the Slayer's blood. I've gonna dive in it. Swim in it. I'm gonna do the bloody backstroke.
Spike: I will know your blood, Slayer. I will make your neck my chalice, and drink deep.
Buffy: It's so unfair. It's like Big Brother can spy on you all the time, and the second I have something to say, no one will listen.
Dawn: Sounds more like Big Sister.
Willow: There has to be a way.
Buffy: Like what? Take a tour of the White House and pretend to get lost and look for some door with a sign on it that says "Secret Government Monster Hunters?"
Spike: Buffy, Buffy, Buffy! Everywhere I turn she's there. That nasty little face. That fancy shampoo commercial hair. That whole sodding holier-than-thou attitude.
Harmony: Well, aren't we kinda unholy by def...?
Spike: She follows me, you know. Tracks me down. I'm the pet project. Drive Spike around the bend. Makes every day a fresh bout of torture. You don't understand. I can't get rid of her. She's everywhere. She's haunting me, Harmony! This has got to end.
Harmony: Pretty please? I'll do anything.
Spike: Anything, will you?
Harmony: Yeah, I said I'd do anything! Oh. You mean will I have sex with you? Well, yeah.
Spike: Oh Pacey, you blind idiot. Can't you see she doesn't love you?
Buffy: (to Riley) Do you think that I spent the last year with you because you had super powers? If that's what I wanted, then I'd be dating Spike.
It is revealed at the end of the episode that Spike has a crush for Buffy after he dreams of them kissing each other.
This episode marks the introduction of Ben, the hospital intern. He will go on to play a much larger role this season.
Willow: Hey, wasn't that Robespierre the coolest?
Maximilien-François-Marie-Isidore de Robespierre (1758-1794) was a radical Jacobin leader and one of the principal figures in the French Revolution. In the latter months of 1793 he came to dominate the Committee of Public Safety but in 1794 he was overthrown and executed.
Buffy: Charlotte Corday wasn't a real martyr either.
On July 13, 1793, Charlotte Corday, a young Girondin supporter from Normandy, was admitted to Jean-Paul Marat's room on the pretext that she wished to claim his protection. She stabbed him to death in his bath and was put to death for the the assassination.
Willow: You can't possibly be arguing that Marat didn't betray the French Revolutionaries. This was the guy who declared the Rights of Man, and then the next thing you know he's killing Girondin like it's going out of style.
Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793) was a French politician, physician, and journalist, a leader of the radical Montagnard faction during the French Revolution. In his early political works he attacked despotism addressed to British voters. The Girondin were members of the moderate republicans, many of them originally from the departement of Gironde, who controlled the Legislative Assembly from October 1791 to September 1792 during the French Revolution.
Dawn: Did you know that one time the CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro with poisonous aspirin?
The CIA is the Central Intelligence Agency, it is an independent executive bureau of the U.S. government established by the National Security Act of 1947. Its major responsibility is to gather intelligence, in which it uses not only covert agents but such technological resources as satellite photos and intercepted telecommunications transmissions. Fidel Castro is a Cuban revolutionary and Cuba's Communist dictator. In recent years it has been revealed that in the early part of his presidency the CIA tried hundreds of times to kill Castro.
Willow: Better to light a candle than to curse the damn darkness.
This is an old proverb from Confucius (an ancient Chinese philosopher), it is sometimes quoted with slightly different phrasing.
Buffy: It's like Big Brother can spy on you all the time and the second I have something to say, no one will listen
Big Brother is a term from George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984" which means that government spies on its citizenry.
Spike: Buffy, Buffy, Buffy! Everywhere I turn she's there. That nasty little face. That fancy shampoo commercial hair.
The reference to shampoo commercials is an in-joke referring to the Maybelline Shampoo commercials Sarah Michelle Gellar was in at the time this episode aired.
Tara: I taught you teeny Tinker Bell light.
The pixie Tinker Bell is a character from the 1902 short story-turned play-turned novel Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie. Tinker Bell was the faithful companion to Peter. After the story was turned into an animated adventure for children by Walt Disney, the character of Tinker Bell became one of the characters associated with Walt Disney films.
Spike: Oh, Pacey! You blind idiot. Can't you see she doesn't love you?
Pacey is a character on the WB show Dawson's Creek, played by Joshua Jackson. In regards to "she doesn't love you," Spike is surely referring to the character of Joey Potter, played by Katie Holmes.
Buffy: You're like my fairy godmother, and Santa Claus, and Q all wrapped up into one. Q from Bond, not Star Trek.
The Fairy Godmother is a character from the story of Cinderella, who uses her magic to provide Cinderella with a gown, glass slippers and a horse drawn coach to get her to the ball. The idea of the fairy godmother isn't exclusive to Cinderella but is most commonly associated with that story.
Santa Claus is the legendary figure who is the traditional patron of Christmas in most countries around the world. His popular image is based on traditions associated with the 4th-century Christian Saint Nicholas.
Q from James Bond, played by Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999), appeared in 18 of the James Bond series of spy films from 1963's From Russia With Love to 1999's The World Is Not Enough. He worked for the British Secret Service supplying gadgets, weapons, and trick vehicles to James for his various secret missions.
Q from Star Trek, played by John de Lancie, is a character created in the pilot of the sci-fi television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Encounter At Farpoint". He was an omnipotent being who placed the humans on trial for being a savage race. He became a recurring thorn in the side of many captains on The Next Generation and the various following Trek series.
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