Buffy Anne Summers
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
In the scene where Anya visits Xander in his basement, she touches his forehead to measure his temperature. Immediately after that she brings her hand to her mouth. The camera changes to a different angle and you can clearly see that the hand covering her mouth has changed position.
During the fight with the native warriors Giles is shown getting slammed into the hallway wall. At the end of the battle an overhead shot shows Giles getting up off the hallway floor. However, in between those two scenes, as Buffy fights the bear, the hallway can be seen several times, yet neither Giles nor the warrior he was fighting can be seen.
It seems odd that Giles would still have a rotary phone in late 1999.
Then again, this is Giles we're talking about. Up until this season, no one even knew he owned a TV, which happened to be stuck behind piles of books.
When Xander falls into the old mission ruins he lands on his right side with his left arm, covered with dirt, lying on what appears to be a palm log. The camera angle changes and the log is gone and there is a lot less dirt on Xander's arm.
In this episode it seems that the bond between Buffy and Angel is still strong because every time Angel is near Buffy she seems to sense his presence, despite his being hidden from her sight.
When Anya goes to get the brandy, she has to walk past Willow and Buffy. In that first shot, it is seen that she is reaching up for the brandy but in the next shot from a different angle, she has not yet reached up for the brandy and that her arm is still down. A second or two later, she raises her arm up to reach for the brandy on the shelf. So it looked as though she tried to grab something that was in the air.
Buffy gets cut on her upper right arm when she is fighting one of the Native Americans. There is a line of blood on her shirt that is there throughout the fight scene, but when Angel sees Buffy through the window just before he leaves, there is clearly no blood on her sleeve.
When Xander is getting up after falling into the pit, you can see the boom mic moving from left to right across the screen.
In this episode Anya reacts as though she's never met or seen Angel before, even though they were in the same room together at the end of "Dopplegangland" (when they send Vampire Willow back to her alternate dimension).
When Buffy and the gang are fighting off the Native Americans, Spike is shot with several arrows however when they're all eating dinner afterwards there's no holes in Spike's shirt where the arrows were.
Spike complains that throughout "an entire siege... you'd think one of you would bleed a little." In fact, Buffy bled twice, she was shot with an arrow and cut with a knife.
Buffy: (In a last ditch attempt to show Hus times have changed) You have casinos now!
Giles: I thought the Chumash were peaceful?
Willow: Oh they were peaceful all right. They were fluffy indigenous kittens until we came along.
Buffy: (to Giles) You're the reason we had to have Pilgrims in the first place.
Spike: What part don't you understand about help me?
Buffy: The part where I help you.
Spike: How are you gonna fight any one with that attitude?
Willow: We don't want to fight any one.
Buffy: We just want to have Thanksgiving
Spike: (laughs) Yeah. good luck!
Willow:If we could talk to him
Spike:You exterminated his race! What could you possibly say that would make him feel better? It's kill or be killed here. Take your bloody pick.
Spike: I just can't take all this mamby pamby boo-hooing about the bloody Indians.
Willow: The preferred term is...
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That's what conquering nations do. It's what Caesar did, and he's not going around saying, "I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it." The history of the world isn't people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story.
Xander: I think my syphilis is clearing right up.
Buffy: And they say romance is dead... Or maybe they just wish it.
Willow: Well, maybe we started a new tradition this year. (everyone looks at her) Maybe not. But at least we all worked together. It was like old times.
Xander: Yeah, especially with Angel being here and everything. (everyone looks at Buffy) Oops.
Buffy: Wasn't exactly a perfect Thanksgiving.
Xander: I don't know - seemed kinda right to me. A bunch of anticipation, a big fight, and now we're all sleepy.
Willow: I think he thought we were crazy.
Xander: Well, maybe if Anya hadn't opened the conversation with, "Everybody got both ears?"
Anya: I liked his wife. She gave me pie.
Spike: Willow, tell 'em what I did.
Willow: You said you were gonna kill me, then Buffy.
Spike: Yes, bad, but let's skip that part and get to the part where I couldn't bite you.
Buffy: Sarcasm accomplishes nothing, Giles.
Giles: It's sort of an end in itself.
Xander: Hey, can we come rocketing back to the part about me and my new syphilis?
Anya: It'll make you blind and insane. But it won't kill you. The smallpox will.
Anya: You're going to get vesicles and pustules. They have pictures.
Xander: I hate this guy.
Willow: He's just doing what was done to him.
Xander: I didn't give him syphilis.
Willow: Are you sure we shouldn't be helping him?
Giles: No, I think perhaps we won't help the angry spirit with his rape and pillage and murder.
Buffy: We need to boil those and put them through the ricer.
Giles: I don't think I have a ricer.
Buffy: You don't have a ricer? What do you mean? How could someone not have a ricer?
Giles: Well, do you have one at home?
Buffy: I don't know. What's a ricer?
Riley: And I know what you're thinking. It's like I grew up in a Grant Wood painting.
Buffy: Exactly. If I knew who that was.
Buffy: I'm a great cook... in theory. I've eaten a lot.
Willow: But you have whipped cream. I saw it in Giles' fridge.
Buffy: But that's whipped cream in a canister. Look, it's only right if you whip it yourself.
Willow: Hey, and then later we can churn our own butter, and make sweaters out of sheep.
Anya: You're pasty and wet and disgusting. They can dig without you.
Xander: I don't really feel that bad.
Anya: I inflicted a lot of putrefying diseases on men when I was an avenging demon. You look like you're getting all of them.
Xander: Okay, I'll stay. But you should go. You could catch it.
Anya: We'll die together. It's romantic.
Riley: We do this the Professor's way.
Forrest: (cough) Mama's boy.
Riley: That's a nasty cough. You might need to spend the weekend in quarantine.
Willow: Ooh, we could not invite Anya!
Buffy: I don't know. She and Xander seem pretty tight lately.
Willow: Grumble, grumble.
Willow: Buffy, earlier you agreed with me about Thanksgiving. It's a sham. It's all about death.
Buffy: It is a sham. But it's a sham with yams. It's a yam sham.
Anya: Look at him.
Willow: Very... diggy.
Anya: Soon he'll be sweating. I'm imagining having sex with him again.
Buffy: Imaginary Xander is quite the machine.
Spike:Oh, someone put a stake in me.
Xander:You've got a lot of volunteers in here.
(Buffy fights with a native american spirit, who changes into a large black bear).
Spike: A bear! You made a bear!
Buffy: I didn't mean to!
Spike: Undo it! Undo it!
Spike: I came to you in friendship! Well, all right, seething hatred.
Spike: Bloody hell, woman! You're cutting off my circulation.
Buffy: You don't have any circulation.
Spike: Well, it pinches.
Giles: I have reason to believe Buffy herself may be in particular danger from this menace.
Willow: You mean... Angel? I saw him, too.
Giles: That's not terribly stealthy of him.
Willow: I think he's lost his edge.
Buffy: So you're telling me what-she killed herself, dumped the body and then cut off the ear?
Willow: No, she cut the ear off, killed herself then dumped the bod... I'm really off my game.
Buffy: This is no good! ...it needs more condensed milk.
Spike: I'm saying that Spike had a little trip to the vet, and now he doesn't chase the other puppies anymore.
Beginning with this episode there is no longer a wall mounted light to the right of Giles' front door. It has been replaced by a small arch topped window.
Seems like Giles knows Buffy pretty well. He tells Angel the Buffy wouldn't think it was fair, that Angel was there without telling Buffy.
"It's not fair. You know that's what she'd say. You can see her and she can't see you."
This is, in fact, exactly what Buffy says to Angel when she sees him in the Angel episode "I Will Remember You."
"What is it? You can see me, but I can't see you? What are we playing here?"
Doyle's vision, which sends Angel to Sunnydale, happens at the very end of the Angel episode, ''Bachelor Party'' (1x07). That episode originally aired the week before ''Pangs'', and the story continued in the next Angel episode, ''I Will Remember You'' (1x08) which aired immediately after this episode.
This is the last time Xander and Angel share screentime together.
Xander apparently spent a very short time, presumably between last week's episode and this one, working at Hot Dog on a Stick, a hot dog joint common in malls.
When Buffy and Willow are talking about Thanksgiving and Buffy says "Everything's different," she looks out the window toward where Angel is hiding right before she says it. Later Angel says the same thing to Willow referring to Buffy and him, so Buffy's comment was probably about Angel more than about Thanksgiving.
Since in the episode of Angel called "I Will Remember You" they say Angel was in Sunnydale for three days, and because the last day was Thanksgiving, the events of this episode probably take place from the early morning of November 23th to the night of November 25th, 1999.
Buffy: Straight up, black hat, tied to the train tracks, soon my electro-ray will destroy Metropolis bad.
"Black hats" is a term for bad guys. The train tracks comment refers to bad guys in black and white films, who would frequently tie the female lead character to the train tracks. The Metropolis comment refers to the fictional city in which Superman lives and his enemies wreak havoc.
Willow: Two seconds of conflict with an indigenous person, and I turn into General Custer.
This is a reference to General George Armstrong Custer (1839-76). He fought many winning battles against the Indians until his death at Little Bighorn, where he and every soldier under his command were killed by the Sioux Indians.
Xander: Hey, Gentle Ben, over here!
Gentle Ben is the name of a fictional book for children by author Walt Morey, which was later made into a film and TV show in the 1960s, as well as made-for-TV movie in 2002. The story concerns the friendship between the title character, a bear, and a young boy.
Riley: What's the line? 'Home's the place that, when you have to go there...
Buffy: They have to take you in.
This is a reference to a line from Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man." The exact line is: "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."
Buffy: It was more like a riot than a Ralphs.
Ralphs is a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area, it was founded by George Ralphs in 1873.
Anya: So much sexier than the outfit from his last job.
Willow: Oh, I miss the free hot dogs on sticks.
A subtle reference to Hot Dog on a Stick, a fast food joint that sells pretty much just corn dogs, French fries, and lemonade. They're notorious for their ridiculous uniforms and hats. Principal Snyder recommended them as a career choice for Buffy in season 3's Dead Man's Party.
Spike: That's what Caesar did, and he's not going around saying, 'I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it.
Julius Caesar was the first Roman Emperor and he and his armies swept across Europe and conquered most of the continent. The Latin quotation "Veni, vidi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered) is often attributed to him.
Riley: ...and I know what you're thinking, it's like I grew up in a Grant Wood painting.
Grant Wood (1891-1942) is an American artist (from Iowa, actually, just like Riley), who painted mainly regionalistic landscapes and portraits. He is most famous for "American Gothic", the long-faced farmer couple, dressed in black, pitchfork between them, farmhouse behind them.
Willow: What if it was self-inflicted, like Van Gogh?
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90) is an incredibly famous postimpressionist, notorious for having cut off his left earlobe in an attack of dementia. Van Gogh had a history of physical and mental problems, and eventually shot himself.
Buffy: Very manly. Not at all Village People.
The Village People are a band, formed in the 1970s, in which each member dressed as an American icon (a cowboy, an Indian, a cop, a soldier, a biker, and a construction worker). They're probably most famous for their songs "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man", which Buffy sang while under Catherine's spell in 'The Witch".
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