Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 16

Storyteller

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 25, 2003 on The WB
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Andrew creates a documentary called Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyres, a record of the current situation in Sunnydale to show to future generations. He manages to capture many important moments, and to annoy almost everyone in the house. But Buffy needs to tear him away from his filmmaking because the Seal of Danzalthar is active and Andrew may hold the key to closing it before it destroys the town.moreless

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  • "Storyteller," manages to be extremely funny while also having rousing character development and a heart.

    9.0
    I'm the first to admit that, until now, Andrew has been little more than comic relief -- great comic relief, but otherwise just a two-dimensional character. Season 6 gave him a little bit of depth and insight, but nothing particularly mind-blowing as both the established Jonathan and Warren got a lot more attention. "Storyteller" manages to frankly do the impossible: give a character that successfully traverses the incredibly fine line between funny and stupid some real depth and end up turning him into a three-dimensional character. How does Buffy continue -- right to its very end -- to pierce the emotional core of these people? I don't know how the writers do it, but it's one of the largest factors that make the series so unique even among other quality shows.



    Before I jump into the focus of the episode, I'd like to make a few comments about some of the ancillary material along with the plot. Andrew interviews Anya and Xander one year to the day he left her at the altar -- and how about that, it really is exactly one year since "Hell's Bells". With one year to think everything through, Xander still feels he made the right decision in not marrying Anya at that time. It's nice to see them both admit their continued love for each other, even though they both know they'll never be officially together again. I also loved the epilogue to their little story, with both of them having sex for "one last time" that clearly isn't one last time. The uncertainty at the end of the scene really sums up how complex and fragile relationships can be and how careful we need to be about the choices we make surrounding them.



    If there's one complaint I have with "Storyteller" -- but more largely with the season as a whole -- it's that everything surrounding the Seal of Danzalthar is very confusing. It's never adequately explained why it's acting up right now as opposed to any other time. There certainly hasn't been enough build-up to the outburst it's exhibiting here. It's also never fully explained what the heck it even is. Apparently this thing existed under the old high school too, and that it used to be under the library. I can sort of piece together the mythology surrounding this thing in my head, but I would have really appreciated some more concrete facts about it, what it can do, and why a giant cavern is underneath it. The writers are molding the Seal to be able to do whatever the plot demands, and that reeks of sloppy plotting. Because of the lack of coherence here, "Storyteller" suffers a tiny bit by being associated with it.



    There's really very little else to dislike about "Storyteller" though. Early on there's a hilarious scene where Andrew is filming the girls at breakfast fantasizing a slow-motion everything-is-happy montage. He says that Buffy is "beautiful, with a lion's heart and the face of an angel. She's never afraid 'cause she knows her side will always win. Buffy and Spike have some kind of history. You can feel the heat between them. Although, technically, as a vampire, he's room temperature," and that Anya is "a feisty waif with a firey temper and a vulnerable heart that she hides, even from Andrew's "film" is all about side-lining the gritty details of these peoples' lives for the shiny idealized -- yet partially true -- image he sees them as.



    Buffy ends up getting frustrated over Andrew's camera work which mutates into a whole new long speech. The episode wisely pans back from her speech, even poking fun at it with Andrew leaving the room saying, "honestly, gentle viewers, these motivational speeches of hers tend to get a little Note that, up to this episode at least, I've never really had a problem with any of Buffy's speeches. It's at this time where Andrew takes the time to explain how he wants to present himself to us, the real viewers. Much like the slow-motion Wheaties montage a moment before, he completely roses up his past and who he is today. He says, "You see, I am a man with a burden. A man with a dark past. You see, I was once a super We even begin to see him make huge alterations to past events to make him come out in a better -- victimized or just -- light.



    A little further into the episode, when Buffy drags Andrew into trying to shut the Seal down, he makes a comment that further cements the role he wants to play: "I'm not a part of this. I document, I don't participate. I'm a detached journalist, recording with a neutral Andrew eventually alludes to the idea of redemption for himself. Even though he clearly still has a comic book level of sophistication on what redemption is, it's still a hint to the fact that deep down there is something going on in him -- otherwise he wouldn't even bring it up.



    When Buffy threatens to spill his blood on the Seal, a powerful scene emerges where Andrew's emotional barriers -- blocked by layers of comedy -- are finally broken down. Kudos to Tom Lenk for pulling out his emotional acting chops here. Jane Espenson does a phenomenal job at taking a character that was perceived almost entirely for laughs, and making him emotionally real and bringing him up to the same level as some of the other secondary characters throughout the series. With Andrew, we suddenly now have the beginnings of a fleshed out character. Impressive work.



    Andrew learns a lot when he believes his life is at risk, and I was particularly moved by his genuine cheering of Buffy's leadership so far. When Buffy asks him if her sacrifice of him will "redeem" him, he honestly cries out, "No! Because I killed him. Because I listened to Warren, and I pretended I thought it was him, but I knew it wasn't. And I killed Jonathan. And now you're gonna kill me. And I'm scared, and I'm going to die. And this is what Jonathan That last part, about feeling what he put Jonathan through, gives him a new layer of maturity and self reflection that he never possessed before. I also liked the dark nod implying that if Andrew's tears didn't close the Seal, Buffy may have actually tried to spill his blood. This further cements the fact that Andrew is still in no way Buffy's friend or close ally, despite her intent not to kill him. He still has a long way to go before he earns that kind of respect from Buffy, but he makes a great start through his actions here.



    The final scene of the episode, with Andrew recording himself speaking, is quite moving. Here we have someone who is now completely honest with himself and his sins, and is genuinely wanting to atone for them -- not in the easy-way-out comic book way of before. He says, "Here's the thing. I killed my best friend. There's a big fight coming, and I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even think I'm going to live through it. That's, uh, probably the way it should



    "Storyteller" gives Andrew his chance to shine and become a memorable part of the Buffy canon that's not just simply comic relief anymore. It's also the last comedy-heavy episode in the entire series. Jane Espenson clearly relishes the opportunity on both counts and runs with it. Between the hilarious comedy, solid character material, and emotional resonance in the last person you'd expect to find it, we have a real winner here. Now... how 'bout that Cheese Man!moreless
  • Andrew's redemption

    8.0
    STORYTELLER



    The Good;

    The wonderful Andrew in the kitchen fantasy sequence, all the straight to camera stuff and Spike's conceit towards the camera. The hilarious 'We are gods' sequence complete with unicorn. But who cares because the Cheese Man from Restless is back!



    The Bad;

    Do we really believe that Andrew can read an ancient demon language and yet doesn't bother to translate what's on the knife? Wouldn't the Invisible Girl be a useful ally against the First? Or does it matter as the Bringers are blind anyway? Andrew says that Buffy has no steak knives, so what did she stab the Queller demon with?



    Best line;

    Andrew (describing Dawn); "Bubbly and sweet with a hunger for fun and a smile that lights up the room"



    Women good/men bad;

    Possessed Wood refers to Buffy as a whore for screwing Spike



    Jeez!;

    According to Willow's research Greek cookbooks like to use goat's tongues. Let's hope the Supersizers don't get around to ancient Greece, I doubt even Sue and Giles could eat that (Giles Coren that is, not Rupert Giles). Exploding heads too although that's just implied.



    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy apparently dreams of running for the bus whilst naked. Oddly whilst much of this ep confirms our suspicions of Andrew as gay he glosses over cute but unconventionally pretty Amanda in the kitchen scene for the blonde bimbo whose name he doesn't even know, a very hetero male thing to do. Anya is suspicious as to what Andrew is doing by himself in the bathroom with a video camera. She suggests that the rest of the Scoobies just masturbate in there. Anya and Xander get it on once more, in Spike's bed in the basement! Revenge for Xander having to put Spike up in his basement and closet? Anya comments that she's a 'spitfire' in bed whilst they both agree that this was an act of closure and comment that it's a shame Buffy took Spike's chains down. Dawn wears a remarkably revealing top, showing her now formidable cleavage off to to all.



    Captain Subtext;

    Willow and Kennedy kissing and totally ignored by Andrew? Hmmmmmm? The Playboy test for heterosexuality (enjoying the thought of 2 or more women together)and he failed it completely. Guess the pair got over the events of 'Get it done'. Andrew also thinks that the tension between Woods and Spike is sexual in nature. Note Spike is topless in Andrew's kitchen fantasy. Andrew also admires Xander's skill with his hands 'Extraordinary' and implies that he thinks Jonathon is cute. In his fantasy Andrew has Warren commenting he's good-looking. Andrew and Jonathon share a bed together whilst on the run. Andrew says that Jonathon promised to buy him a 'burro', Spanish for ass (hopefully the hooved kind?)



    Guantanamo Bay;

    The Scoobs don't hesitate to threaten and rough Andrew up.



    Apocalypses; 7, Buffy says that there are 'hundreds upon hundreds' Turok-Han in her vision implying tens of thousands. Ok, if they got out it would be bad but against 6 billion humans armed with all our technology would it really be the end of the world?



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 9

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 3

    Dawn; 4

    Spike; 3



    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 21

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 16

    Will: 10

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;7

    Dawn; 5

    Tara; 1

    Spike; 2

    Kennedy; 1



    Kills: two vamps killed by Buffy

    Buffy: 123 vamps, 62 demons, 6 monsters, 10 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demons, 2 humans/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 7 demons+1 human

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon

    Kennedy; 1 human+1 vampire

    Amanda; 1 vampire

    Woods; 5 vamps and 2 demons



    Scoobies go evil: Wood possessed by the seal. Buffy says she never went evil but she did try to kill everyone in Normal Again.

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Spike; 1

    Wood; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 6

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2



    Recurring characters killed: 14,

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



    Sunnydale deaths; the poor student whose head explodes Scanner's style

    105



    Total number of scoobies: 30 or so, going to add Andrew to the mix

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike, Giles, Kennedy, Molly, Vi, Rhona, Amanda, Chao-Anh, Wood, Andrew plus an indeterminate number of potentials, at least a dozen or more.



    Xander demon magnet: 6(7?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya, Lissa (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. 3 possible, Dracula+RJ+Shadowman's demon(?)

    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



    What the fanficcers thought;

    The erotic adventures of the nerds a staple of much slash fiction.



    Questions and observations;

    The invisible girl at school is reminiscent of Marcie in 'Out of sight, out of mind', as Joss said it's all about getting back to the first season. Buffy also refers back to The Witch in that everyone hates the cheerleaders and to Amanda's loathing of the marching band in Potential. Unless someone can correct me the last appearance of Warren and Jonathon in the series. The poor piglet is still running around, I'd always assumed the Turok-Han ate it. Suprising that Buffy still let's Amanda and Dawn go to SDH. Note that Jonathon just wants Buffy to stick to her car if she's supermagnetic but Warren more viciously wants sharp things to fly at her. The flesh coloured plaster joke rather reminds me of Bloom County, one of my favourite comic strips, anyone else remember it?

    Where do people always get flaming barrel's from? Is there a picket line at SDH? Good thing Buffy had Spike's chip removed or he wouldn't have been able to fight the students. We see how The First forms it's Bringers. The important thing of course is that Andrew doesn't cry tears of pain or fear but of remorse, he's sorry for what he did. Andrew refers to Xander as the heart of the Slayer machine just as he was in Primeval. Can anyone tell me what exactly Andrew mouths to Amanda in the kitchen after he says 'Not you sweetheart'? Buffy mentions running to catch a bus in one of her dreams although she doesn't know where it's going and indeed she does in Chosen (but not whilst naked). Andrew refers to buying the sacrificial knife from a weapons dealer who also sells collapsible swords (like Wes has on Angel) and poison arrows (like Faith used on Angel). Be sure to watch to the end to catch the GrrrArrggh demon singing "We are gods!"

    Last appearance of Warren and Jonathon although Adam Busch plays a VERY Warren like character in an episode of Terminator; The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10 Andrew comes into his own.

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  • "It's wonderful to get lost in a story, isn't it?" - Andrew

    9.0
    Anya's done her episode, Willow has had hers, Wood's is up next, so it's the turn of Andrew in a kind of cross between The Zeppo (most everything is from Andrew's POV) and Superstar (everything is slightly skewed).



    "Let's explore the world of our story...." Andrew is in his office (the toilet), making a documentary about Buffy and the First Evil, but it's pure fiction, from remembering he was the leader of the trio to misremembering his Season 6 altercation with Dark Willow. He even mis-tells Jonathan's death as something dramatic rather than sordid and horrible. He refuses to take any responsibility for the hellmouth opening ("Due to some circumstances, it came open, a little bit"). It's not just his actions that are seen through a vaseline-screen – the hyper-real shot of Buffy and Spike, hair shiny and muscles a-bulging, contrasts with the everyday mundaneness of raisin bran, steak knives and Potential queues for the bathroom.



    Problem is, Andrew's a lot more funny when he is meta-telling the story of the Slayers. "These motivating speeches of hers tend to get a little long", he says about Buffy, and on the Bringers: "they're very mobile for blind people". Meanwhile the apocalypse is incipient ("hell's a-bustin' aout all over") – talking mirrors, invisible girls, fighting boys, possesed headmasters, exploding students, and the two stories tie nicely together as Buffy has to use Andrew to seal the hellmouth that he opened by killing his friend. Andrew has to stop being Andrew in order to stop the Seal of Danzalthar weaving its wacky magic, but it's difficult because Andrew wants to live in the story ("I record, I don't participate"), rather than face reality. He has to admit to his evil deeds, his real evil deeds, not making people magnetic, but the murder that he committed. He has a chance to really be in the gang, to save the day, but he doesn't want to do it. He may be "A man with a burden, a man with a dark past" but he doesn't want to contend with this past, he doesn't want to re-fvisit the hellmouth, he hopes someone else will do the sacrificing while he videotapes it. His imaginary universe means that he can hide from reality. But his lack of perspective (zooming in on Xander's handiwork on the windows rather than Willow and Kennedy smooching) shows he only ever gets part of the story.



    The essential falseness of Andrew is also shown through others – he asks Spike to redo his spontaneous angry outburst (perhaps revealing that Spike too is faking his bad boy image) and whilst the film forces Anya and Xander to talk about their relationship, it's not the romantic soap opera that Andrew desires. There isn't a happy ending: they have sex but the couple both admit that the relationship is over. It's not the story Andrew wants, but he ignores this, concentrating only on the romantic speeches.



    Andrew misses the Wood story too – in another ambiguous Wood moment, we don't know whether his attempt to stake Spike in the school riot is because he is possessed or because he wants to kill Spike. Unlike Buffy, he is not prepared to give Spike a chance to repent for his sins.



    Buffy has to get real feeling from Andrew, real tears, she has to get him to admit what he did, she can't just tell him to cry. "You make everything into a story so no-one has to take responsibility because they're following a script". By frightening and threatening him, she finally gets him to understand what he did: "This is what Jonathan felt" and to accept that redemption is a rocky road, involving penance, not just hanging on the periphery of the gang. He admits that some part of him knew that the First wasn't Warren, that he knew what he was doing in killing Jonathan, that he is culpable.



    Andrew thinks he is the storyteller rather than the story but he finally tells his story in the last lines of the ep:



    "I killed my best friend. There's a big fight coming and I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even think I'm going to live through it. That's probably the way it should be. I guess I…"



    He switches the camera off. His story hasn't ended yet.moreless
  • Andrew is so funny as he documents everything the gang does to prepare to fight the first.Buffy then relizes hes the only one that can close the seal. A true BTVS classic!!moreless

    9.5
    Andrew is hilarious as he decides to document everything that happens as the gang prepares to fight the first. He is the kind of character you need when your basiclly bawling over what might happen. He thinks of himself as not part of the gang but an onlooker. Buffy isn\\\'t to fond of him following everyone around but leaves him to it until things take a turn for the worse as he is forced to relive his darkish past. Buffy takes him down to the basement of the school. She holds a knife to his throat and dares to kill him for his blood to close the seal. He breaks down hard as he relizes what he had done to Jonathin. He cries as the memories flood back and his tears close the seal. A classic episode that will have you rolling on the floor.moreless
  • Life's a story, and we all play our parts.

    10
    It was an unusual choice, definitely, to focus your 16th episode of the last season on a reoccurring character, especially one as delightfully inane as Andrew. Then again, it was the perfect choice. He was the best link to reduce to chasm between this season and last - season seven's attempts to separate itself from the displeasing-to-most season six, meant fans that may have only tuned in to the show didn't have that much background. But this leads to asking where said person has been hiding all of these years, and so on, and commenting with many, many much needed tsk tsk's thrown in for good measure.



    Tangent? On? A? Me? NEVER!



    So, picture it! The events this episode do recall from that season that shall remain nameless, well, they take the piss out of 'em. Man, I loved that. Andrew deflects Willow's power. HIGH-larious! In fact, I have no idea what I was saying above. I had this whole plan of…erm…I dunno, saying how what is at first seemingly filler stuff, ends up being a pivotal reminder, a pivotal, hilarious reminder of what's to come. The end says it all really, when Mr. Entertainer can no long tell his story for fear of what's to come. Very powerful.



    I think this review is mostly filler.



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    The best part? It has to be his re-watchage of Xander and Anya's conversation. Or the billions of other quips throughout. We are gods! Shy bladder! Very mobile for blind people! Andrew is such a quotable guy!



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    The tears were a lame copout, sure. But, by-gosh, Sarah looked stunning during those moments. Angry Buffy = sexy Buffy. Actually, Buffy = sexy Buffy. But Angry Buffy = very sexy Buffy.moreless
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Crying Girl

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Sujata DeChoudhury

Sujata DeChoudhury

Shy Girl

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Danny Strong

Danny Strong

Jonathan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Andrew is taping himself in the basement with the picture of the high school and the hellmouth, "Play" can be seen in the top left corner, but it should read "Rec."

    • In Andrew's flashback to him talking to Warren/The First, you can clearly see Warren/The First leaning on the bed. But, The First is incorporeal, so he shouldn't be able to do this.

    • When Buffy slaps the 'shy girl' who is turning invisible, the camera is focused on Buffy, at the left side of the screen you can see the girl in the shot, non-invisible, and Buffy's hand stopping about two inches from her face.

    • After the fight with the high schoolers and Buffy in the room containing the Seal of Danzalthar, the two kids that were previously there unconscious on the ground are gone. There is no real time when they could have left.

    • When Buffy and Wood are talking about what's happening in the school, they're standing at the front desk with at least one secretary within easy hearing distance. Great job keeping what they know low profile.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Spike: I thought I told you to piss off with this bloody camera! And here you are again with that thing in my face! Would you sod off before I rip your throat out and eat...
      Andrew: Uh Spike, the light was kinda behind you.
      Spike: Oh right. Um...(moves) This better then? (pause) I thought I told you to piss off with that bloody camera! Yet here you are again with that thing in my face! Sod off...

    • Andrew: She is like a woman fighting for more than life. She fights like fighting is her life. It is the air she breaths, and she knows she will win because there is no alternative.

    • Principal Wood: Tell us about the seal.
      Andrew: But it tickles and I'm all tense. Can't I have a cool, refreshing Zima?
      Buffy: No Zima!
      Spike: Shut your face about the Zima, just talk.

    • Andrew: Oh, there's also these guys. (indicates a picture he's drawn of the Bringers) They work for the First. We don't know much about them except that they're very ugly and they're very mobile for blind people.

    • Anya: And here's where we jump on the merry-go-round of rotating knives. I blame you and you blame me and we both end up all cut to shreds.

    • Buffy: What were you trying to do, scratch his back from the front? You murdered him!

    • The Trio: We are as gods! We are as gods!

    • Buffy: When your blood pours out, it might save the world. What do you think about that? Does it buy it all back? Are you redeemed?
      Andrew: (crying) No.
      Buffy: Why not?
      Andrew: Because I killed him. Because I listened to Warren, and I pretended I thought it was him, but I knew - I knew it wasn't. And I killed Jonathan. And now you're gonna kill me. And I'm scared, and I'm going to die. And this - this is what Jonathan felt.

    • Warren: What'll it do to Buffy?
      Andrew: Make her super magnetic!
      Jonathan: Wow, she won't be able to get out of her car.
      Warren: And knives and other sharp things will fly at her.
      Andrew: We could walk right by her, and she wouldn't be able to stop us.
      Warren: Unless we were wearing metal belt buckles, then we would stick to her.
      Andrew: In my plan, we are beltless.
      Jonathan: Wow, you're the best, Andrew.
      Warren: Yep, and good-looking and smart too.

    • Willow: You know what they say. If at first you don't succeed...
      Jonathan: Holy cats, here it comes again!
      Andrew: I deflect thy power.
      Willow: Damn. That is one effective counterspell.
      Andrew: Thank you, little one. Thank you.

    • Buffy: Careful. You're starting to talk like me.
      Principal Wood: I can think of worse people to emulate.

    • Buffy: Guess what Andy, you just won yourself a free vacation to the beautiful downtown hellmouth.
      Spike: So he can do what? Yell at it in its own language?

    • Anya: For God's sake Andrew, you've been in here for 30 minutes. What are you doing?
      Andrew:
      Entertaining and educating.
      Anya: Why can't you just masturbate like the rest of us?

    • Buffy: Everybody hates the cheerleaders.

    • Buffy: Running to catch the bus naked - that's a dream. Army of vicious vampire creatures - that's a vision... also, I was awake.
      Robin: A bus to where?

    • Andrew: A Slayer in action.
      Buffy: A nerd in pain! Would they like that? 'cause we could do that.

    • Amanda: If we don't save the world, then nothing matters.
      Kennedy: Hmmm... that's catchy, Amanda. Let's make that our slogan.

    • Andrew: Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers. Join me on a new voyage of the mind...a little tale, I like to call, Buffy, Slayer of the Vampires.

    • Xander: (To Anya) It's a shame Buffy took Spike's chain down.

    • Robin Wood: (about a pig that has just run by) God, I hope that's not a student.

  • NOTES (11)

    • This episode takes place exactly one year after Xander and Anya's attempted wedding in "Hell's Bells". Not suprising, since they are both the 16th episode of the season.

    • The pig that runs by Buffy and Robin Wood near the Seal of Danzalthar is presumably the same one that Andrew attempted to kill in the episode Never Leave Me.

    • The flashback Andrew has when he is twisting what happened with Evil Willow is obviously cut from the episode 'Two To Go', with Andrew's scenes different to make him sound braver, but Willow's scenes are cut straight from 'Two To Go.'

    • Clara Bryant (Molly) does not appear in this episode.

    • The way Robin and Fake Memory Andrew are possessed is similar to the way Gunn and Harmony were possessed in the Angel episode "Destiny". When they become possessed they say their true feelings and take them to the extreme.

    • We find out why the First wanted Andrew dead in 'Never Leave Me' when it had Spike try to kill him.

    • Back to the beginning references: "Hey, shy girl" - Out of Mind, Out of Sight (when Marcie Ross became invisible because nobody noticed she was around); "Killer prom dogs" - The Prom (in which Andrew's brother, Tucker, released hell hounds on the senior prom; "Everybody hates the cheerleaders" - The Witch (where the cheerleaders are targeted by spells because of a jealous wannabe cheerleader); "Swim team monsters" - Go Fish (when several of the swim team members shed their skin and become monsters).

    • In "Amends," the symbol made up of bones, stones, candles and other stuff that the Bringers are using in the cave underneath the dead X-mas trees, looks suspiciously like the symbol on the Seal of Danzalthar under Sunnydale High.

    • During the dream scene with Andrew and Jonathan in Mexico, it shows the Cheese Man from the Season 4 finale 'Restless' for a split second.

    • In Andrew's flashback he tells Warren/The First about a demon selling weird weapons, one of which is a "collapsible sword." In the Angel episode 'Spin The Bottle', Wesley buys and uses a "collapsible sword".

    • The "Grrr...Arg.." at the end of the episode is replaced with "We are as gods!", what Andrew thought of when Warren told him they'd be gods.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Andrew: Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers. Join me on a new voyage of the mind...a little tale, I like to call, Buffy, Slayer of the Vampires.
      In the teaser, Andrew is mimicking hosts of Masterpiece Theatre, a series on PBS featuring classic and contemporary literature on film.

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