Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 1

The Freshman

5
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1999 on The WB
8.2
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It's a new year, and Buffy is matriculating at UC Sunnydale. Willow is completely in her element in a place of higher learning, and Oz, whose band has played on campus several times, is right at home as well. Giles is entertaining an old girlfriend who is visiting from England, and Xander is away on a cross-country trip. Meanwhile Buffy feels like a fish out of water. Her classes are harder, she has almost no friends, she drops a pile of books on a cute guy, and her roommate is too annoyingly perky for words. But when a fellow student goes missing and Buffy suspects supernatural badness, she begins to think that college life may not be so different after all.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The freshman

    8.0
    Here we are, the beginning of a new era in the series. This is an episode which does most things fantastically right and a couple things horrendously wrong. Unfortunately one of the wongs is a pretty significant What Whedon did do right here is manage to perfectly capture what it feels like during the initial days of the university experience. There are a ton of nice touches like all the people handing out annoying flyers, endless dumb rallies, that feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the size and amount of people flowing through the walkways, and the freedom from the terrible trapped feeling experienced in high school. Even though Buffy knows she's got friends on campus somewhere, it really doesn't matter because she's still absolutely lost and alone in the mob of students. Aside from the commentary on college life, the dialog was the snappiest it has been since Whedon's own "Doppelgangland" (3x16). This episode is downright hilarious a large portion of the time.



    I'll begin this time with my few, but major, complaints. The first is the pop culture professor that makes Buffy stand up, yells at her, and throws her out of the classroom. I've been going to college and university for over four years now and that has never happened. I've had a professor throw students out of a class for not showing up at the first couple lectures, but at least she didn't viciously throw them out. Also, instructors rarely care if you're whispering quietly to a classmate. This scene ended up feeling like a manipulative way to get us to feel sympathy for Buffy and that's not very fair to the viewer.



    My other major complaint lies with Buffy's fight with Sunday, the leader of the campus vampire gang. Buffy gets her ass kicked and there's no explanation for it. Whedon seemed to be pulling the "my real life is affecting me" card, but in this case it's not founded. Her first days at college aren't that traumatic and just back in "The Prom" (3x20) she says to Giles, "kicking ass is comfort She should have disposed of the group of vamps quickly and should have felt better about her real life issues because of it. When moping at the Bronze, Xander asks her, "Ok Buff, what's the 'what' here?" She responds, "It's just, what if I can't cut it? ... Slaying, I can completely understand why Buffy has doubts about making it in university, but making it in slaying? Earlier in this episode she says that it was a slay-heavy summer! She's fought the Master, Spike, Angelus, a rouge Slayer, and a giant snake. Where in the world is this doubt about slaying coming from? In this respect I feel that Buffy regresses back to where she was in S1, and that's ultimately the largest problem with this episode; this is where nearly all of the points get knocked off.



    There are some nice touches scattered throughout the negative though. I love what they're doing with Giles! He's got no job and is trying to reestablish some resemblence of a life again. When Buffy walks in on Giles in a bathrobe with his girlfriend, Olivia, we feel Buffy's shock. When first watching their interaction it seems as though Giles comes off as harsh, but we then later see what he was trying to do. He wants her to start growing up and being able to take charge without him being there to help her. This is a really good idea but he should have found a much subtler way to do this, which he later realises when coming to Buffy's aid too late at the end.



    Giles isn't the only one that is giving Buffy the message that it's time to move on. When she returns to a familiar environment, her home, she finds that her mom has filled her room with packing crates. Joyce has also already accepted that Buffy's not the same little girl anymore. This continues to fuel Buffy's loneliness. All of this stuff is genuinely significant to watch as I myself have felt exactly like this during certain transition periods.



    This is why when Xander chats with her at the Bronze, our reaction is equivalent to Buffy's: utter joy. Xander imparts a piece of wisdom from his own experiences. It seems to me that he's not only drawing on all of his experiences with Buffy over the last few years, but also his failed road trip and even his experience in "The Zeppo" (3x13). At one point in that episode Xander says, "Oh, man, I'm outta my league! Buffy'll know what to That's genuinely what he thinks though. So when he warmingly tells Buffy, "when it's dark and I'm all alone and I'm scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think, 'What would Buffy do?' You're my hero," he actually means it. Then, in typical Whedon style, he undercuts the touching moment with an awesome joke: "Ok, sometimes when it's dark and I'm all alone I think, 'What is Buffy wearing?'" This entire exchange reminds me, once again, why I love this series so much. Also, Xander's insightful speeches will become a staple of his over the new few years. In "Potential" (7x12) Dawn tells Xander "Maybe that's your power ... Seeing. Many critics of S7 discount Xander's speech to Dawn and the attention brought to him "seeing and knowing" as out of character. Well, I think they're wrong; look at this episode, among others, for proof.



    To wrap this up I'll say that the succulent-for-the-ear dialog and the few good Xander and Giles moments of insight all combine to save this episode from mediocrity, but just barely. The regression of the Buffy character really hurts what could have been a knock-out episode, and that's truly a shame. I really do love the material aside those couple big negatives.moreless
  • Here we are, the beginning of a new era in the series.

    8.0
    This is an episode which does most things fantastically right and a couple things horrendously wrong. Unfortunately one of the wongs is a pretty significant What Whedon did do right here is manage to perfectly capture what it feels like during the initial days of the university experience. There are a ton of nice touches like all the people handing out annoying flyers, endless dumb rallies, that feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the size and amount of people flowing through the walkways, and the freedom from the terrible trapped feeling experienced in high school. Even though Buffy knows she's got friends on campus somewhere, it really doesn't matter because she's still absolutely lost and alone in the mob of students. Aside from the commentary on college life, the dialog was the snappiest it has been since Whedon's own "Doppelgangland". This episode is downright hilarious a large portion of the time.



    I'll begin this time with my few, but major, complaints. The first is the pop culture professor that makes Buffy stand up, yells at her, and throws her out of the classroom. I've been going to college and university for over four years now and that has never happened. I've had a professor throw students out of a class for not showing up at the first couple lectures, but at least she didn't viciously throw them out. Also, instructors rarely care if you're whispering quietly to a classmate. This scene ended up feeling like a manipulative way to get us to feel sympathy for Buffy and that's not very fair to the viewer.



    My other major complaint lies with Buffy's fight with Sunday, the leader of the campus vampire gang. Buffy gets her ass kicked and there's no explanation for it. Whedon seemed to be pulling the "my real life is affecting me" card, but in this case it's not founded. Her first days at college aren't that traumatic and just back in "The Prom" she says to Giles, "kicking ass is comfort She should have disposed of the group of vamps quickly and should have felt better about her real life issues because of it. When moping at the Bronze, Xander asks her, "Ok Buff, what's the 'what' here?" She responds, "It's just, what if I can't cut it? ... Slaying, I can completely understand why Buffy has doubts about making it in university, but making it in slaying? Earlier in this episode she says that it was a slay-heavy summer! She's fought the Master, Spike, Angelus, a rouge Slayer, and a giant snake. Where in the world is this doubt about slaying coming from? In this respect I feel that Buffy regresses back to where she was in S1, and that's ultimately the largest problem with this episode; this is where nearly all of the points get knocked off.



    There are some nice touches scattered throughout the negative though. I love what they're doing with Giles! He's got no job and is trying to reestablish some resemblence of a life again. When Buffy walks in on Giles in a bathrobe with his girlfriend, Olivia, we feel Buffy's shock. When first watching their interaction it seems as though Giles comes off as harsh, but we then later see what he was trying to do. He wants her to start growing up and being able to take charge without him being there to help her. This is a really good idea but he should have found a much subtler way to do this, which he later realises when coming to Buffy's aid too late at the end.



    Giles isn't the only one that is giving Buffy the message that it's time to move on. When she returns to a familiar environment, her home, she finds that her mom has filled her room with packing crates. Joyce has also already accepted that Buffy's not the same little girl anymore. This continues to fuel Buffy's loneliness. All of this stuff is genuinely significant to watch as I myself have felt exactly like this during certain transition periods.



    This is why when Xander chats with her at the Bronze, our reaction is equivalent to Buffy's: utter joy. Xander imparts a piece of wisdom from his own experiences. It seems to me that he's not only drawing on all of his experiences with Buffy over the last few years, but also his failed road trip and even his experience in "The Zeppo". At one point in that episode Xander says, "Oh, man, I'm outta my league! Buffy'll know what to That's genuinely what he thinks though. So when he warmingly tells Buffy, "when it's dark and I'm all alone and I'm scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think, 'What would Buffy do?' You're my hero," he actually means it. Then, in typical Whedon style, he undercuts the touching moment with an awesome joke: "Ok, sometimes when it's dark and I'm all alone I think, 'What is Buffy wearing?'" This entire exchange reminds me, once again, why I love this series so much. Also, Xander's insightful speeches will become a staple of his over the new few years. In "Potential" Dawn tells Xander "Maybe that's your power ... Seeing. Many critics of S7 discount Xander's speech to Dawn and the attention brought to him "seeing and knowing" as out of character. Well, I think they're wrong; look at this episode, among others, for proof.



    To wrap this up I'll say that the succulent-for-the-ear dialog and the few good Xander and Giles moments of insight all combine to save this episode from mediocrity, but just barely. The regression of the Buffy character really hurts what could have been a knock-out episode, and that's truly a shame. I really do love the material aside those couple big negatives.moreless
  • The series worked best in high school

    6.0
    The Good;

    Very clever ep, it's interesting that we really feel for Buffy, we're used to her being invincible but here she's bested by an ordinary vamp and it shakes her and us (note that people refer to her as 'Willow's friend'). Of course, our girl comes back and it's possible she was only off her game because Kathy had been sucking her soul. Great opening gag with the vamp behind Buffy and Will and it's amazing how funny the old comedy cliche of the smallest person carrying the biggest load can be.



    The Bad;

    It is disturbing to see Buffy so upset but the whole idea of putting the heroine in peril is to see her overcome



    Best line;

    Xander; You're sitting here alone looking like you've been diagnosed with cancer of the puppy



    Character death; poor Eddie. Buffy says it's been a 'Slay-heavy summer'.



    Shot;

    no Scoobies but the vamp tranqulised at the end



    Tied up;

    No but Eddie's favourite book is 'Of human bondage'



    Knocked out;

    No although Riley says he has a slight concussion



    Women good/men bad;

    Professor Welch considers herself the 'evil bitch monster of death'. Sunday tells Buffy she 'fights like a girl' (which is maybe why Buffy beats her?)



    Jeez!;

    The idea of Sunday and co not only killing the weaker students but mocking them is awful.



    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy thinks 'Of human bondage' is porn which she's 'trying to cut down on'. Xander spent the summer working in a male strip club kitchen (and possibly on stage?) Read a great fanfic once where Wes pays for his motorcycle by working in the same club under the stage name 'Huge Grant'. Buffy compares Giles to Hugh Hefner and he now has the lovely Olivia as his own girl next door. Buffy thinks Giles shouldn't have a private life because he's old and it's gross which is a bit of a blow for Guffy. When Xander is all alone he sometimes wonders what Buffy is wearing. Willow compares learning to a sexual act



    Calling Captain Subtext;

    Xander and Oz don't hug because they're too manly. Buffy comments that she hopes her mum has a 'funny aneurysm' which is foreshadowing indeed as is the reference to Joan Armatrading's 'Once more with feeling'.



    Scoobies to the ER;

    No, Buffy's arm is hurt but not broken (and even if it was would heal pretty quickly)



    Where's Dawn?

    Interesting scene where Buffy goes home to find Joyce is storing stuff in her room. You wonder why she didn't put it in Dawn's room which isn't occupied yet?



    Questions and observations;

    Interestingly Buffy hasn't accepted Christ as her personal saviour, the series has always had an ambiguous relationship with Christianity. Five Scoobies at this stage, Buffy, Giles, Xander, Willow and Oz. Buffy shows great tactical awareness, Faith or Kendra might have fought to the death even when they know it's hopeless, Buffy retreats, get's reinforcements and defeats the bad guys. Great gag where Buffy answers the phone, we know it's actually Angel phoning just to hear her voice. Buffy just walks into Giles, doesn't even knock.

    Marks out of 10; 6/10 I think although that might be a little generous

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  • Moping is not a good look for you.

    6.5
    Season 4 kicks off with new a local and challenging issues in Buffy's personal life. Towards the end of season three, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was trying to juggled accommodate lot of characters, while this wasn't a bad thing, it did mean some of the less important characters were subjected to one-liners a hand full of B-plots. With Angel taking Cordelia off to his own show and the departure of Wesley, things do have some more breathing space, that being said, they wasted no time in finding quick replacements, not sure if that's a good thing. On then plus side, Xander was so awesome here, never really pictured him as the moral support kind of guy, but he does it well. I wish Seth Green had more to do and the serious lack of Giles was disappointing. Depressed Buffy is one of the fews things I didn't love in the opener season 2, it is handled about the same here, except she'd less bitchy, more mopey. Not sure which I'd rather stomach, while moping got more sympathy out if me, her rage in season was more in tune with the character. My only real frustration was how easily Buffy took that beating from Sunday.moreless
  • Buffy gets a challenge

    8.5
    This episode shows Buffy's first time at university, and shows a villain, that isn't a Big Bad, that she can't defeat. It also shows Buffy being overwhelmed by the pressure of her new teachers, her friends easily being able to cope, and her first new friend gets killed and turned into a vampire, just like with Jesse, Xander and Willow's original third friend. All-in-all this episode was good, it lived up to the usual Buffy the Vampire Slayer standards, but not one of its most spectacular episodes. It also barely has Xander in it, which is one thing that makes it not wonderful.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: In the scene where Buffy talks to Kathy for the first time, the microphone can be briefly seen in the mirror behind Kathy.

    • Goof: In the scene where Willow, Oz and Kathy find the note on Buffy's bed, the microphone can be briefly seen in the mirror behind Willow.

    • Goof: In "What's My Line Part 1", Mr Gordo is seen to be a stuffed pig. In this episode when Buffy is on the skylight watching Sunday and her gang and tossing around her stuff, she calls out for Mr Gordo, who is now a stuffed cow. In the episode "The Initiative" Mr Gordo is again referred to as a pig (but not seen).

    • "I hope it's a funny aneurysm."


      As it turns out, Joyce would indeed die of a brain aneurysm in season 5's "I Was Made to Love You"/"The Body".

    • Nitpick: An odd thing about the vampires is that they have been doing this for years and have no clue if the person they are biting/robbing has a roommate.

    • Before the vamps appear Eddie and Buffy are talking about "security blankets" and Buffy says hers is "Mr. Pointy." This refers to Kendra's lucky stake from the Season 2 episode "What's My Line" which she gave to Buffy.

    • Goof: When Buffy and Willow first encounter Oz, Buffy's hands are together with her right hand over her left. The camera angle changes and Buffy's right hand is now holding onto the side of her U.C. Sunnydale booklet.

    • At the beginning of the show, when Willow is helping Buffy choose her classes, Willow's sweater is mostly off her left shoulder. Later, when Buffy sits down besider her, the sweater is much more on the shoulder. It switches back and forth a few more times during the scene.

    • Nitpick: When Giles decides that he can't stay on the sidelines and wants to help Buffy, it is unlikely that he would have been able to find the group at the abandoned frat house.

    • Nitpick: It seems odd that vampires would choose to live in a house with a giant skylight in the roof.

  • QUOTES (43)

    • Buffy: Thanks for the Dadaist pep talk. I feel much more abstract now.
      Xander:The point is, you're Buffy.
      Buffy: Yeah. Maybe in high school I was Buffy.
      Xander: And now in college you're Betty Louise?
      Buffy: Yeah, I'm Betty Louise Plotnick of East Cupcake, Illinois. I might as well be.

    • Buffy: How am I supposed to hunt in this mob? Don't you people have homes? Eddie? Eddie! Eddie, hey! Wait up. God, I was worried something had happened to you... (she sees Eddie's face) And of course it has, because you're a vampire.

    • Buffy: OK, remember before you became Hugh Hefner, when you used to be a watcher?

    • Sunday: (going through the things taken from their last victim's dorm room) Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring... boring. Boring. Astonishingly boring. We have to kill cooler people. Will somebody remind me?

    • Buffy:I don't really have a security blanket. Unless, of course, you count Mr Pointy.

    • Professor: You are sucking energy from everyone in this room. They came here to learn. Get out!
      Buffy: I didn't mean to... suck.

    • Riley: I'll show you. I don't meet many freshmen that know much about psychology.
      Willow: Well, it's fascinating.
      Buffy: Yeah, you know, 'cause everyone's got a brain... (off their look) Or, almost everyone.

    • Willow: Well, he says he's enjoying being a gentleman of leisure.
      Buffy: "Gentleman of leisure"? Isn't that British for "unemployed"?
      Willow: Uh-huh. He's a slacker now.

    • Buffy: Sorry, Miss I-Chose-My-Major-in-Playgroup.
      Willow: That's an exaggeration. I just, you know, think it's good to be prepared. Don't wanna be caught unawares.
      Buffy: I've been busy! It's been a very slay-heavy summer.

    • (After finding her room filled with crates)
      Joyce: It's still your room, I wasn't expecting you back so soon. Don't worry, I left everything just as it was.
      Buffy: My room is full of packing crates...
      Joyce: But I didn't move anything.
      Buffy: If this is my room, shouldn't I be able to fit in it?

    • Sunday: Say... don't I know you from beating the crap out of you?

    • Sunday: Oh, I'm Sunday and I'll be killing you here in a second.
      Buffy: You know, that threat gets scarier every time I hear it.

    • Buffy: This just looks like a bad time.
      Giles's friend: No, you talk I'll just slip into something a little less comfortable.

    • Giles: What, am I not supposed to have a personal life?
      Buffy: No, because you're very, very old and this is gross.

    • Willow: You made a friend? Good for you!
      Buffy: Thanks, Mom.

    • Psychology Teacher: If you're looking to coast I suggest geology 101, that's where all the football players are.

    • Pop American Culture Teacher: You, blonde girl, stand up. I'm very excited to hear what you have to say if it is worth interrupting my lecture for.

    • Willow: He said he wasn't coming back until he had driven to all 50 states.
      Buffy: Did you explain about Hawaii?
      Willow: Well, he seemed so determined.

    • Willow: "Images of Pop Culture." This is good. They watch movies, TV shows, even commercials.
      Buffy: For credit?
      Willow: Isn't college cool?

    • Xander: Nothing says thank you like dollars in the waist band.

    • Xander: You up for a little reconnaissance?
      Buffy: You mean where we all sculpt and paint and stuff?
      Xander: No, that was the Renaissance.

    • Sunday: I must say, you've really got me now. I mean, this is a diabolical plan - throw yourself at my feet with a broken arm and no weapons of any kind. How am I gonna get out of this one?
      Buffy: You've got a nice set-up here. But you made one mistake.
      Sunday: What was that?
      Buffy: Well, I'm not actually positive. But statistically speaking, people usually make at least...(Sunday punches Buffy)

    • Willow: How can you be so calm?
      Oz: Long, arduous hours of practice.

    • Xander: When it's dark, and I'm all alone, and I'm scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think - What would Buffy do? You're my hero. Okay, sometimes when it's dark, and I'm all alone, I'd think, What is Buffy wearing?
      Buffy: Can that be one of those things you never ever tell me about?

    • Xander: Basically, I got as far as Oxnard, and the engine fell out of my car. And that was literally. So, I ended up washing dishes at the fabulous "Ladies Night" club for about a month and a half while I tried to pay for the repairs. No one really bothered me, or even spoke to me, until one night when one of the male strippers called in sick, and no power on this earth will make me tell you the rest of that story. Suffice to say I traded my car in for one that wasn't entirely made of rust, came trundling back home to the arms of my loving parents, where everything was exactly as it was except I sleep in the basement, and I have to pay rent. How's college?
      Buffy: Male strippers?
      Xander: No power on this earth.
      Buffy: OK. College is good.
      Xander: OK, once more with even less feeling.
      Buffy: No, really! I mean, Willow's in heaven and... Oz has this really cool house off-campus with the band.
      Xander: And you're sitting here alone at the Bronze looking like you have cancer of the puppy.

    • Vamp Girl: Does this sweater make me look fat?
      Sunday: No. The fact that you're fat makes you look fat. That sweater just makes you look purple.
      Vamp Girl: You're such a loser.
      Sunday: Hey, words can hurt like a fist.

    • Boy Vamp: No, the best part was when you ragged on her clothes. She was like, "No, not the ensemble!"
      Sunday: Those jeans with the little patches? She has no one to blame but herself.
      Girl Vamp: I heard they're coming back.
      Sunday: Not if I kill every single person who wears them.

    • Eddie: Did you lose your way?
      Buffy: Me? Oh, no, no, no - I'm just going to Fisher Hall, which I know is on the... Earth planet. Recently voted "Most Pathetic", uh-huh.
      Eddie: Well, I'm lost, and I have a map, so...
      Buffy: Ooh, I come in second.

    • Buffy: I still feel like carrying around a security blanket.
      Eddie: Of Human Bondage. Have you ever read it?
      Buffy: Oh, I'm not really into porn. I mean, I'm just trying to cut way back.

    • Riley: It's nice to meet you both.
      Buffy: I'm nice to meet.

    • Girl: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?
      Buffy: Uh, you know, I meant to, and then I just got really busy.

    • Buffy: You know, this store discriminates against short people.
      Willow: Oh, I think there's a protest next week.

    • Willow: Ooh, boyfriend! It's my on-campus boyfriend.
      Buffy: Oh, no, I forgot to pick mine up. Line's probably really long now, too.

    • Willow: It's just, in high school, knowledge was pretty much frowned upon. You really had to work to learn anything. But here, the energy, the collective intelligence... It's like this force, this penetrating force, and I can just feel my mind opening up, you know, and letting this place just thrust into and- and spurt knowledge into... That sentence ended up in a different place than it started out in.

    • Buffy: Introduction to the Modern Novel? I'm guessing I'd probably have to read the modern novel.
      Willow: Maybe more than one.
      Buffy: I like books... I just don't want to take on too much. Do they have an introduction to the modern blurb?
      Willow: Professor Walsh is supposed to be great. She's world-renowned.
      Buffy: How do you get to be renowned? I mean, like, do you have to be nowned first?
      Willow: Yes, First there's the painful nowning process.

    • Xander: 'Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to anger.' No wait, hold on. 'Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to the dark side.' Hold on, no, umm, 'First you get the women, then you get the money, then you...' okay, can we forget that?

    • Sunday: You know this arm's not looking so good. It might have to come off.
      Buffy: You want to know the truth? I only need one.

    • Sunday: What about breaking your arm? (She grabs at Buffy's left arm) How'd that feel?
      Buffy: Let me answer that with a head butt.

    • Xander: Well, some friends of Buffy played a funny joke and they took her stuff and now she wants us to help get it back from her friends who sleep all day and have no tans.

    • Xander: Do we hug?
      Oz: I think we're too manly.

    • Sunday: Don't take this the wrong way, but you fight like a girl.

    • Buffy: Can't wait 'til my mom gets the bill for these... I hope it's a funny aneurysm.

    • Riley: I'm sorry, I forgot my manners in all the concussion. I'm Riley.

  • NOTES (14)

    • Music:

      Buffy is walking around UC Sunnydale at the beginning of the episode -- "Universe" by Stretch Princess
      Sunday and her vampire clan are talking about Buffy -- "I Wish That I Could Be You" by The Muffs
      Buffy is looking for her room -- "Freaky Soul" by Paul Riordan
      Playing on Giles stereo when Buffy enters his apartment -- "Memory Of A Free Festival" by David Bowie
      On stage at the Bronze -- "You And Me" by Splendid

    • At least once during this episode, a scar is visible on Buffy's neck. The scar is left over from the end of Season One when the Master fed off of her and escaped his underground prison.
      It can also be the scar of the wound that Angel has created, when he drank her blood in the season finale of the third seaon.

    • After the events of last season's epic finale, David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter have been removed from the opening titles and their characters have transferred to the spin-off show Angel.

    • Oz and his bandmates are living in a house off-campus.

    • When Buffy answers the phone and no one speaks, it's Angel on the other end (we saw him make the call during the series premiere of Angel, "City Of").

    • Buffy passes a guy wearing only a bath towel in her dorm. This would seem to imply that the dorms are co-ed (or Buffy's is, at least) and not even separated by floor.

    • Oz's band has played at UC - Sunnydale on multiple occasions.

    • Riley received the surname Finn after Joss Whedon heard Marti Noxon talking to the vet about her dog which was also called Finn.

    • We see Sunday break Buffy's "class-protector" umbrella given to her by Jonathon in "The Prom".

    • Giles' address is 523 Oakpark Street Apt. B, Sunnydale. CA 90211.

    • Both David Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar had cameo parts in the season premieres of their now separate shows. When Buffy notices someone who looks like Angel in the Bronze, it actually is David for a split second and Sarah Michelle's cameo in Angel was, of course, her voice on the phone.

    • Many fans were surprised and disappointed to see Sunday slain at the outcome of this episode, as she would have made a great reccurring nemesis.

    • This is not the first time Katharine Towne and Sarah Michelle Gellar worked together. They both had small parts in the 1999 movie She's All That.

    • One of the unnamed vampire sidekicks is highly reminiscent of the character Jeff Spicoli from the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Stoner Vampire: I'm thinkin' Slayer blood's gotta be, whoa, like Thai stick.

      Thai stick was a particularly potent form of marijuana popular in the 60's and 70's.

    • Xander: Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to anger. No wait, hold on... First you get the women, then you get the money, then you...
      This is a combo. The first part is a misremembered quote from the movie Star Wars: Episode I. The full, correct quote is: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." The second part is a variation on a quote from the 1983 movie Scarface. In the movie the line is spoken by Al Pacino and goes as follows: "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women."

    • Xander: There's some purple mountains majesty, I'm gonna have to say.

      This line refers to lyrics from the patriotic song "America the Beautiful" which was written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. The lyrics go as follows: "O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!"

    • Unnamed Vamp: And you can never eat just one.

      This is a variation on the slogan for Lay's brand potato chips which was "Bet You Can't Eat Just One."

    • Visual: Kathy hangs a Celine Dion poster on the wall.
      Celine Dion is a popular vocalist from Canada. She usually sings romantic songs and is most well known for many of her songs that are used in movies such as "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, "Because You Loved Me" from Up Close and Personal, and "When I Fall In Love" from Sleepless In Seattle.

    • Xander: Avengers assemble!

      This is the battle cry for the Marvel Comic book superhero team "The Avengers."

    • Oz: It's pretty much a madhouse, a madhouse.
      Oz's deadpan delivery of Charlton Heston's line in Planet of the Apes.

    • Buffy: Thanks for the Dadaist pep talk. I feel much more abstract now.
      The dada movement in art was a deliberate move to the ridiculous and impossible to understand. The art produced tends to be things that many people wouldn't even identify as art such as a shattered pane of glass.

    • Buffy: You saw the Grand Canyon?
      The Grand Canyon is a national park in Arizona. It is a spectacular sight and a very popular tourist destination. Grand Canyon the movie (the one that Xander actually saw) is a not very popular movie made in 1991 staring Danny Glover.

    • Buffy: Okay, remember before you became Hugh Hefner when you used to be a Watcher.
      Buffy pokes fun at Giles' leisurely lifeby invoking the name of Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine and quite the playboy himself.

    • Unnamed Vampire: Monet still well in the lead but look out for team Klimt.
      The vampires are apparently keeping score to see what the freshman's favorite artists are. Freshman commonly decorate their rooms with poster of famous works of art. Apparently Claude Monet and Gustave Klimt are favorites at U.C. Sunnydale.

    • Buffy: Yeah, this is great, you know, if we ever need a place for the Nuremberg rallies.
      An area near the German city of Nuremberg was the site for Hitler's Nazi rallies, designed to be a stone memorial to the ideology of National Socialism (Nazis). The Nazis held their annual party rallies there from 1933-38, at which they developed their anti-Semitic laws.

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