Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 1

The Freshman

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1999 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.