Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 11

Showtime

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2003 on The WB
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Potential Slayers are arriving from around the world, seeking shelter in Sunnydale. Some of them, however, are starting to doubt that Buffy will be able to protect them from the First Evil. Giles and Anya seek answers and learn of a weakness in the Slayer line. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are rushing to fortify their defenses because nightfall will bring the Turok-Han.moreless

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  • I'm going to just come out and say it: "Showtime" is a poor episode, and it's pretty easy to explain why.

    5.0
    The first 75% of the episode is pretty much a waste of space. While I very much enjoyed the last act of the episode, involving the big Ubervamp fight, I can't say as much for very much else in the episode. "Showtime" is yet another very plot-heavy episode, only it's not nearly as well-written, paced, and structured as "Bring on the Night" [7x10], feeling largely made up of padding to the big showdown. That padding is not even all that entertaining on top of it. While there are a few scenes and some bits and pieces I appreciated, there's just, sadly, not a lot here.



    To begin explaining the problems, I think I'll start with Eve, who I found to be excessively poorly acted, almost to the point of being cringe-worthy -- and I don't often use that term. A lot of the episode seems built around the First talking its head off while masquerading as a Potential, but the actress casted to play Eve simply cannot handle the part. That's just where the problems begin, though. Moving onto Giles, I'm still not too happy that he is apparently bankrupt of ideas. He keeps saying he's exhausted all his leads, but I don't get a sense of what he actually makes of all this. At the very least Giles could help offer up some tactics or a generic plan of attack for Buffy -- just to contribute in some way.



    Anya and Giles' little side adventure with the Beljoxa's Eye thing is silly from the start, although it does give Giles at least something to do. I mean, after we see Anya and Giles go in this vortex, I have to wonder why Anya was so adament they couldn't go there. It's not like they have to suffer years of torture to go talk to the thing. It actually seems pretty simple. Getting the portal open seemed pretty ridiculous too. Any demon just happens to know how to open it? It just takes a little skin, some blood, and a few words? Ugh, this whole thing just feels really sloppy to me.



    As for the conversation with the Eye itself, well, it's a bit over-the-top for one. The thing that probably bugs me more than anything else is that I found the information it had very revelatory and fascinating, but it was never brought up again! I mean, seriously, why even have this sequence in the episode if this very interesting piece of information is never even going to be told to anyone else? This adds an entirely new layer to everything that happened last season, yet it gets pretty much pushed under the rug. This is one of the few times the Buffy staff slipped up on the core stuff that makes the show so great. Stuff like awesome continuity, character follow-through, and emotionally real stories. I badly wanted to see everyone's reaction to this news, and would have liked to see it play more into the season's plot.



    Adding to my issues with the episode is the Spike scenes with the First. Although I can understand that Spike would be dreaming of seeing Buffy while being tortured, we already know he's got faith Buffy will save him. All of the scenes with Spike here feel like redundant filler. Why's the First wasting its time with Spike at this point, anyway? It should really just kill him off if it can't convert him. I guess as long as the trigger's working, it can activate him at the ideal moment, but it almost doesn't seem worth the risk.



    On the brighter side of things, the episode gets some well earned points for the big battle with the Ubervamp towards the end. The big Ubervamp fight is a really entertaining spectacle, and I really dig the point Buffy makes about the Potentials' fear and how to win this war. Her smackdown with the Ubervamp is painful, long, hard, and rough, and that's precisely what everyone else must be committed to if they want any hope of succeeding moving forward. It's a thrilling moment when Buffy lops the Ubervamp's head off. I just wish the rest of the episode held up to the level of excitement of this sequence.



    The episode fortunately ends on a touching note, with Buffy saving Spike -- she certainly earned it. The acting really made this little moment kind of special. When Spike touches Buffy's shoulder to prove that she's real, it also serves as a symbolic gesture in signifying that their bond and belief in each other is real; that together they're a powerful team.



    Overall, "Showtime" is a pretty unsatisfying episode. There is next to no character development, and the focus on plot doesn't do it any favors. An explosive final act saves it from the episode wasteland, but it sadly doesn't make it a good episode. The only thing that's even sadder is the fact that this marks the beginning of a mid-season slump. It's a big shame both S6 and S7 suffer from this, as both have excellent starts -- S7 having one of the best starts in the entire series. All is not lost though! I feel S7 does pick up steam in its final episodes.moreless
  • To the last!

    9.0
    SHOWTIME



    Halfway through season 7, nearly at the end now!



    The Good;

    The seige of Revello Drive and Buffy taking the Turok-Han down.



    The Bad;

    So why doesn't the Turok-Han attack night after night? The only thing I can think off is that it wanted to get some of the Potentials to Sunnydale? Or maybe the Turok-Han has some limits to it's strength and needs to 'recharge'? (this ep is set several days after the last)



    Best line;

    Buffy; "Welcome to thunderdome!" followed by "Dust, like all the rest"

    Although I also like;

    Rhona; (on being handed a sword) "What's the point?"

    Kennedy; "It's the sharp end"



    Women good/men bad;

    Dawn says the Slayer is always female because girls are just cooler.



    Kinky dinky;

    Anya once had a one night stand with the six spleened demon whilst wearing entrails! Anya is quite prepared to prostitute herself on behalf of the Scoobs.



    Captain Subtext;

    Will still shy about sharing Kennedy's bed but the rich minx isn't so hesitant. Andrew refers to his 'joystick hand' which even Xander won't 'touch' (interesting phrasing?).



    Apocalypses; 7,



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4

    Spike; 2



    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 20

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 15

    Will: 9

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;7

    Dawn; 4

    Tara; 1

    Spike; 1



    Kills: Xander and Kennedy kill a Bringer each. Buffy kills 4 Bringers and the Turok-Han

    Buffy: 118 vamps, 60 demons, 6 monsters, 9 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

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

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

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

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

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 9 vamps and 6 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon

    Kennedy; 1 human



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Spike; 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: 13

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



    Sunnydale deaths; poor Eve

    103



    Total number of scoobies: 12, add Vi (my 2nd favourite Potential), Chloe and Rhona (my least favourite) to the list

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike, Giles, Kennedy, Molly, Vi, Chloe, Rhona



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

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



    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

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

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

    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; 14



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9



    Questions and observations;

    Vi refers to Faith. The game 'Six degrees of Kevin Bacon' is mentioned (simple, Kevin was in Will and Grace as was Seth Green). Bojoxers eye is very reminiscent of Big Trouble in Little China. If the bringers are human why doesn't Xander just get Anya's gun and shoot them? Kennedy says she's been training since she was 8? Buffy tells Rhona 'Welcome to the Hellmouth'! The Coven is still there so Giles and co still have allies around the world. Holy Water works on Turok-Han even though they must surely predate Christianity? Mad Max 3 quoted although I never thought it was that successful in the US (and again, a reference for scriptwriters in their 30s rather than a 23 year old?). Buffy wins because she has the human traits of strategy and weapons and is fighting for the people she loves. If the First needs to release more Turok-Han why doesn't it just bleed the Bringers?

    Marks out of 10; 9/10

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  • Mad Buffy:BeyondThuderdome

    7.0
    Showtime-Potential Slayers are arriving from around the world, seeking shelter in Sunnydale. Some of them, however, are starting to doubt that Buffy will be able to protect them from the First Evil. Giles and Anya seek answers and learn of a weakness in the Slayer line. Meanwhile, the Scoobies are rushing to fortify their defenses because nightfall will bring the Turok-Han.

    Let's face it, all "Showtime" has going for it is that it ends with one of the finest action set pieces/fight scenes of the series. As an episode itself, it's pretty good I guess, but some moments just leave you scratching your head. Not to mention, introduces another annoying potential: Rona! A character who most of the time goes on and on about how scared she is, how they can'tpossibly win and whines and whines and WHINES! Sheesh and she's suppose to be a slayer one day? God! I know all the potentials can't be the same but atleast Kennedy shows someinitiativeand wants to help, the rest either complain about how they have no hope or are gonna die. Also, I found the twist with one of the Potentials being the First all along a HUGE stretch. So Eve/The First has been at the house for days since the real Eve was found dead for days. How did Buffy and anyone else in the house not notice that something wasn't right with Eve since it's established that the First isincorporeal! We saw covers over her in the beginning, she had to have touched someone in the house when she first met the gang. How did she hid the fact she can't eat? This twist made no sense....AT ALL! Also, the whole sub-plot with Anya and Giles going to that mystical eye and finding out that resurrecting Buffy caused the First to put this apocalypse into motion. It's a pretty big plot development, that never gets brought up again. It's kinda makes this development feel pointless, if the writers never build on it. Sure, telling Buffy and the others won't solve anything but the fact that Anya and Gilesneverbring it up again kinda makes that part of the episode pointless.

    Also I find the whole telepathy conversation between Buffy, Xander and Willow also hard to believe. Sure we've seen Willow use telepathy before but the fact Buffy is the one that started the mental conversation made me go "WTF?!" Since when did Buffy get that power? Your telling me they couldexcusethemselves from the room for a private conversation? The episode just has these contrived twists that make no sense! I mean besides that, I did enjoy the lighter moments of the episode like Dawn and Andrew's conversation. Never have I loved Dawn more in a scene! I also liked the awkward flirtation between Kennedy and Willow. While most fans were put off by this relationship being established, it's cute seeing Kennedy falling for Willow. I also loved Willow's comment about evil tasting chalky! lol Like I said, the episode is really about the final fight between Buffy and the Tuo-kan and it's a really impressive fight sequence. While I feel the fight scenes during the later years don't compare to the fast paced, martial arts style of Sophia Crawford, this definitely was well done fight that using props, different set pieces, acrobatics, you name it. When Buffy finally kills the Tuo-kan, it's one of her best slays of the series, showing the potentials that there is hope and the war has just begun. All and All, "Showdown" has some shortcomings with it comes to it's plot twists but there are some great comedy and the final fight is pretty awesome!moreless
  • "I'm just not sure more scared Slayer wannabes translates as help".- Dawn

    8.5
    Dark bus station, young woman, eyeless monk assassins....this can't go well. But Buffy is there with a stab and a quip and welcomes the new potential slayer to the Hellmouth, S1 style.



    So now we have a mini-group of Slayerettes. There's Rona, the new Kendra, Molly Van Dyke teller of ghost stories, Kennedy the unflappable lesbian and applicant for the position of Buffy's lieutenant, Vi the ginger one from Dr Horrible, Chloe the punkish one, and Eve the Texan First Evil trying to spread paranoia, fear and hopelessness amongst the potentials just as Buffy-the-First tries to convince Spike that all is hopeless. Perhaps this is the true nature of evil – despair and the feeling that what you do doesn't matter. Again, the writers are trying to show that this incorporeality, which might seem a disadvantage, plays in TFE's favour. How can one fight something one can't see? How can one fight a general feeling that spreads like a disease? That is why Buffy's actions in this episode are so important, she must stamp hope into people's hearts. As a general, she must galvanise her troops and get them to believe in and trust her.



    There is a slight religious tinge to this episode. Eve, the first evil, the first woman, was a temptress, tempting the potentials now to turn tail and run, whereas Spike, full of faith in the Chosen One, chants a mantra, or a prayer to himself: "She will come, she will come". Even Andrew gets a bottle of holy water when Buffy is handing out the weapons (seen as the booby prize, but it worked for Buffy in S3's Helpless).



    Andrew is the odd man out in this ep; despite Xander and Anya using up valuable oxygen in a crowded house, they have roles to play whereas he is only trying to ingratiate himself into the new situation that he finds himself in as a survival technique. He is not interested in fighting evil or "kicking it righteous" for any other reason than not getting kicked out of the house and being killed by an agent of the First. He tries to bond with the person he perceives to be the weakest in the group – Dawn – not realising that even she despises and has no sympathy for him. Unlike Spike, he is all alone ("Then maybe you shouldn't've killed your only friend." says Dawn, insightfully) and as we all know, no-one redeems themselves sans friends.



    Meanwhile, one of those cuddly workaday demons so beloved of S6 is unresponsive to Anya's offers of sex to call up the Eye of Beljoxa's portal. He is less immune to Giles's threats of Slayer violence and the pulsing latex eye thing tells them and us that Buffy, or rather Willow, Anya, Tara and Xander, are to blame for the rift in the space-time continuum; TFE has come into existence because Buffy isn't supposed to be there.



    At the moment, it does seem that the world would be better off without Buffy as she shares weapons but not power with the potentials, she leads the scared troupe into battle against the Harbingers but then abandons them so she can fight alone – again. Trust seems to be a major issue here, but Buffy has a psychic plan! Xander suggests the new Sunnydale High library for the Turok Han smackdown – he won't have to fix the house again plus more worky goodness for him and his crew. Coincidentally, it looks very much like an arena where the Potentials can watch as Buffy announces that it's "Showtime" by switching on the floodlights – the opposite of Bring on the Night where Buffy fought the ubervamp in his territory – night and darkness – and lost. Here we have a hint that evil won't conquer the world – light wins out over dark. Buffy subverts the paradigm, fighting in her world, on her terms. Even though she isn't supposed to exist anymore, she can change destiny armed only with a stake and many many inspirational speeches ("I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about"). If Buffy can slay the Goliath, then so can the Potentials. As a leader she has stamped her almighty authority.



    The reward for Buffy is Spike, a powerful ally and the reward for vamp-in-distress, Spike, for holding out against the First, for not giving up, is his rescue by Buffy. He believed she believed in him and he was right.moreless
  • The One in Thunderdome

    7.3
    An episode which has tons of good subplots, Showtime is only spoilt by the potentials, who remain completely annoying.



    The ultimate showdown between Buffy and the Turok-Han finishes off in this episode and what a fight it is! Xander's construction site is a brilliant setting for the scene and definitely something different. It's a long and exciting fight scene, the kind that hasn’t been seen for a while on Buffy. The Turok-Han's death is also original. Using a piece of barb wire, Buffy slices through its neck, beheading it before it turns to dust. How cool is that?



    Giles and Anya also have a fun subplot in which they visit the demon oracle The Beljoxa's Eye. Like most of the demons this season, it looks stunning but its explanation of the reason why the First is striking at this very particular moment is slightly vague and never really looked at in more detail in future episodes.



    Like in Never Leave Me, there is another exciting raid on the Summers' home. Though not as good as the one two episodes ago, it's still cool and the mini-fight between the Scoobies, the potentials and the Bringers in the backyard is very thrilling.



    The potentials are still awful. Kennedy is still the selfish, arrogant annoyance she was last episode. Molly still has that SAME annoying accent, new potential Rona does nothing but complain all episode and the other two new ones, Vi and Chloe, don't make much of an impression here.



    The scene revealing that Buffy, Willow and Xander can (temporarily?) communicate telepathically is ruined by some clunky dialogue. It's been stated that Sarah Michelle Gellar wasn't available for voiceover work and Buffy's voice was dubbed by the actress who voices her in the Buffy video games and that's why she sounds so weird. The other clunkiness is when there is a really long silence and Xander suddenly says "I know just the place". It's almost like some speech was cut out as his line just comes out of nowhere.



    This is a good episode, primarily because of the closing fight scene, but the potentials (like every episode after this) ruin it.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Buffy says "Here endeth the lesson" when she has defeated the Turok-han, exactly what the Master says in season 1, and what Spike said in "Fool for love" and what Buffy said to Dawn in "Lessons".

    • When the Turok-Han is trying to break down the door to Buffy's house, the camera flashes to the hallway. Well if you look you can see a rope or a string tied to the door.

    • The First is non-corporeal yet we can often hear it making noise when it walks (for example when it walks around in the caves with Spike, it's shuffling feet make noise in the dirt).

    • When Anya and Giles are talking to Torg in the alley, when the camera is on Giles and Anya is in the frame, you can see that the movements of her mouth don't match what she is saying, and sometimes her mouth moves when she doesn't say anything. This can only be seen in the widescreen version, as the show was framed to air in 4:3, so this error was never meant to be seen.

    • The first time we see Xander, Buffy and Willow in the kitchen, and we don't hear their thoughts only Buffy turns toward Xander. Later when we can hear what they're thinking, and we see it from another angle, both Buffy and Willow turn towards Xander.

    • So Eve-First was in the house for at least two days (Eve-First says it's been a "couple of nights") and yet she managed to totally avoid touching anything or anyone that entire time. This seems kinda unlikely - how did she eat or unroll her sleeping bag?

    • When the Turok-Han was choking Buffy and she pulls the arrow out from his neck to stab him in the eye, you can see as she pulls back, that the arrow is still in her hand and that the Turok-Han had a copy of it and put in 'his eye'. This all happens fast too.

    • When the Turok-Han enters the house Buffy is jacketless. Then she and the others run real fast. When they're outside fighting the surrounding Harbringers, Buffy is now wearing a fully-buttoned jacket.

    • Turok-Han can not be dust by a stake, so why did Molly bring a stake with her at the end? She even said earlier on this episode, "You staked that thing and it didn't die."

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Willow: I felt it just surging through me, every fiber of my being. Pure, undiluted evil. I could taste it.
      Kennedy: How does evil taste?
      Willow: A little chalky.

    • Buffy: Did you ever see the movie Misery?
      Andrew: Six times! But the book was scarier because instead of smashing his foot with a sledge hammer, Kathy Bates chops it off with a... (pause) I'll be good!

    • Torg: You broke my heart Anyanka!
      Anya: Oh don't be so dramatic Torg! You don't even have a heart.

    • Andrew: Two men enter... One man leaves.

    • Dawn: Buffy said if you talked enough I'm allowed to kill you.
      Andrew: (nervous) Not even.
      Dawn: Even.

    • Anya: I'll have sex with you, again.
      Torg: Ugh, please you're human. The way you look now, I wouldn't touch you for all the kittens in Korea.
      Anya: You're rejecting my offers of sexual bribery, what am I a leper in this town. I can't even give it away.

    • Buffy: I don't know what's coming next. But I do know it's gonna be just like this -- hard, painful. But in the end, it's gonna be us. If we all do our parts, believe it, we'll be the ones left standing. Here endeth the lesson.

    • Trog: I remember. You wore pink.
      Anya: Those were entrails.

    • Buffy: Looks good, doesn't it? They're trapped in here. Terrified, meat for the beast, and there's nothing they can do but wait. That's all they've been doing for days, waiting to be picked off, having nightmares about monsters that can't be killed. But I don't believe in that. I always find a way. I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about. And right now, you and me are gonna show 'em why.

    • Beljoxa's Eye: The Eye sees not the future - only the truth of the now and before.
      Anya: We've all got that. It's called "memory."

    • Buffy: Hello? It's ok. We're friendly... and we have eyes!

    • Rona: (about Andrew) Um, why is that guy tied to a chair?
      Xander: The question you'll soon be asking is "why isn't he gagged?"

    • Andrew: I'm so alone.
      Dawn: Then maybe you shouldn't have killed your only friend.

    • Xander: Maybe we can save the maybes for a more dayish part of the day, girls. Potential Slayers can function without sleep. Me, I'm no good without my usual 90 minutes.
      Andrew: I'm with him, keep the chatter down! (pauses) Or speak up so I can hear you better. I'm bored. Episode I bored.

    • Buffy: Hey! Try picking on someone my own size.

  • NOTES (5)

    • LaLaine "Chloe" is the final Disney Channel Star to come play a potential. She starred as "Miranda" on Lizzie McGuire. The other stars were: Iyari "Kennedy", Clara "Molly", and Courtnee as "Annabelle".

    • The telepathic voice of Buffy is not Sarah Michelle Geller's, but in the Australian airing of this episode, the telepathic voice of Buffy was done by SMG. SMG may have been unavailable to record the voice before the original airing of the episode.

    • The outfit The First/Buffy is wearing when Spike tries to escape is very similar, or identical to the outfit Buffy wore in "After Life", where she tells Spike she was in heaven, and no one else can know.

    • The black outfit that The First/Buffy appears to Spike in is the same black outfit Buffy wore in "Never Leave Me" when Buffy says she believes in him. The First/Buffy says "He still thinks I believe in him."

    • Back to the beginning reference: as Buffy is walking back to her house with Rona in the teaser, she says, "Welcome to the Hellmouth," which is the titles of the first episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Andrew: Where would the Justice League be if they hadn't put their differences aside to stop the Imperium and his evil, shape-shifting horde?

      This is a reference to the 2001 cartoon Justice League and it's premier episode "Secret Origins".

    • Beljoxa's Eye: The Eye sees not the future - only the truth of the now and before.
      In inter-testamental apocalyptic literature being covered with eyes is a way of symbolising omniscience.

      As in Revelation 4:7&8 - The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within...

      Likewise, the Beljoxa's Eye is omniscient and covered with eyes.

    • Buffy: Germs?
      Buffy's suggestion of defeating the Turok-Han with germs is a double reference.

      Firstly, it was one of the ways the gang threw out to defeat Sunnydale Mayor Richard Wilkins III in the season 3 finale, as the mayor had a deathly fear of germs and disease.

      It could also be a possible reference to the classic H.G. Wells science fiction novel and 1953 film War of the Worlds, where the invading aliens were seemingly indestructible, yet ultimately were killed by common Earth germs and illnesses.

    • Buffy: Wh-what is Botox's eye?
      The chemical name for Botox is botulinum toxin and it's a medication that prevents the transfer of the electrical impulse from the nerve ending to the muscle. The desired result after a Botox treatment is fewer wrinkles.

    • Andrew: Wanna play Kevin Bacon?
      Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon states that all actors can be connected to Kevin Bacon via co-stars in six movies (or TV shows, if they are a regular and not a guest). For example, stretching the rules to say Tom Lenk is a "Buffy" regular, one can say: Tom Lenk -> Alyson Hannigan (BtVS)-> Tara Reid (American Pie) -> John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) -> Danny Aiello (Do The Right Thing) -> Charlize Theron (2 Days in the Valley) -> Kevin Bacon (Trapped).

    • Buffy: Welcome to Thunderdome.
      Andrew: Two men enter, one man leaves.
      The "Thunderdome" was a caged fighting match to the death featured in the Mel Gibson movie, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. The tagline for the movie was "Two men enter. One man leaves".

    • Andrew: License to kill, huh?
      Andrew again expresses his appreciation for Timothy Dalton's portrayal of James Bond 007, going off on a tangent about 1989's License to Kill after Dawn says Buffy has given her permission to kill him if he talks too much. Andrew first showed his Dalton preference in Season 6's "Life Serial."

    • Andrew: I'm bored. Episode I bored.
      Andrew is most likely referring to George Lucas's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Presumably he (like many others) didn't like the movie.

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