Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 18

Where the Wild Things Are

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Goof: After the seance when the children leave and the table hits the wall, the camera zooms out and a crew member can be seen from the torso down on the left side of the screen.

    • Goof: When the house begins to shake, the back of Spike's head can be seen in the mirror behind him as he sits in the chair.

    • When Willow enters the bathroom looking for Tara, she is startled and scared by the boy who suddenly appears thrashing under water in the bathtub tied in restraints. She reaches into the water in the bathtub to try and rescue him but at that same moment he disappears. In the next shot Willow is seen fleeing the bathroom looking for Tara or anyone she knows. Willow finds Xander and while telling him what happened to her, we see her hands and the sleeves of her red jacket are completely dry.

    • Goof: Spike casts a reflection in the glass of the haunted fraternity's door.

    • Goof: When Xander re-enters the Haunted house for the first time (Without Anya), you can clearly see the black rope attached to his back against the white doorframe, that throws him out a few seconds in.

    • Goof: When Tara falls because of the ground moving, she is near the railing, but in the next shot she is close to the gang. They weren't that close to her before.

    • Goof: When Xander is thrown out of the house you can't see Willow, Tara, or Anya near the door, but they're there when he lands.

    • Goof: When Riley and Buffy are telling Giles about their patrol, Giles questions by saying that the vampire came to the demon's rescue. However, in the scene before where they are on patrol, the demon came to the vampire's rescue as Riley and Buffy were about to kill him.

    • Goof: In the scene just after Anya saves Xander from the bathtub, you can clearly see a set of hands controlling the vines which are attacking them on the left side of the screen.

    • Goof: When the Scoobies are fleeing the house, the door slowly closes behind them. If you look at the bottom left hand of the door frame, a crew member's hand appears to help push the door fully closed.

    • Nitpick: When Anya gets stabbed in the hand by the plant thing, she doesn't seem to be in much pain.

  • Quotes

    • Buffy: (to Riley) Okay, you get Fang, I'll get Horny. I mean...

    • Buffy: If Riley and I hadn't... gotten so wrapped up in each other, none of this would have happened.
      Anya: True. Feel shame.
      Xander: My girlfriend. Mistress of the learning plateau.

    • Riley: I can't believe it really happened.
      Buffy: I just had no idea. It's so creepy. (about Giles) He was really singing?
      Xander: I'd say it was more like crooning. (to Anya) If we grow old together, remind me to skip the mid-life crisis.
      Anya: Okay.
      Willow: Come on, you have to admit, it was kind of sexy.
      Xander: Please stop saying that. I'm willing to offer cash incentives.

    • Xander: What do you feel?
      Anya: Upset, afraid of being without you, and a little hungry.
      Xander: I meant about the house.
      Anya: Oh. Still haunted.

    • Giles: When you called to Buffy and Riley, they didn't cry out or respond in any way?
      Anya: No. They're probably dead.
      Xander: Unless they were too busy doin' it to answer.
      Giles: Doing what?
      Xander: You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're kind of naive.

    • Anya: (to Xander) I'm just trying to tell you that we have nothing in common besides both of us liking your penis, and now I don't even have that!

    • Willow: Horses. Like... big, tall, teeth that can take your arm off horses?
      Tara: Well, sure. I learned to ride when I was a kid. It's fun. And, by the way, most horses don't like arm very much.
      Willow: I had a bad birthday party pony thing when I was four. I look at horses and I see really big ponies.

    • Buffy: I need you to take a look at... an essay... for class.
      Riley: That essay. right. I'll catch you guys in a minute. There's an essay... gotta look at.
      Graham: (to Forrest) And I'm the one who got a "D" in Covert Ops.

    • Buffy: Think about it - who better to bring together a bunch of demon types than someone who's made out of a bunch of demon types?
      Tara: So, he's, um, bridging the gap between the races.
      Willow: Huh. Like Martin Luther King.

    • Anya: Spike! What are you doing? You made me yell really high!
      Spike: Hey, yeah, I did. I scared you. Gimme money.
      Anya: I'm not paying you for scaring me.
      Spike: You're not paying me. I'm robbing you.
      Anya: Oh, well, that's just ludicrous. You can't hurt me because you've got that chip in your brain. Also, I like my money the way it is... when it's mine.
      Spike: Grrrr!
      Anya: Oh, now, come on! You're not even bumpy anymore!
      Spike: Oh. I was just a minute ago. Hang on. Get me mad again.
      Anya: Does this really work? Scaring people into giving you their money?
      Spike: Yeah, it works. Keeps me in blood and beers. Plus, you know, funny - watching the little humans quail.
      Anya: I'm beginning to understand why you're so friendless.
      Spike: Look who's talking. I don't see droopy-boy on your arm.

    • Anya: I don't understand. I'm pretty, I'm young. Why didn't you take advantage of me? Is there something wrong with your body?
      Xander: There's nothing wrong with my body.
      Anya: Well, there must be. I saw that wrinkled man on TV talking about erectile dysfunction...
      Xander: Whoa! Hey! All systems go, here. No function problem, okay? You want sex? Let's have sex. Right here. Hot, sweaty, big sex!

    • (both speaking angrily)
      Xander: I'm having fun already!
      Anya: Me too! Woohoo!

    • Giles: In the midst of all that, do you really think they were keeping it up? (total silence) Oh, for a different phrasing...

    • Anya: A year and a half ago, I could have eviscerated him with my thoughts. Now I can barely hurt his feelings.

    • Xander: You smell sin? Well let me tell you something lady, she who smelled it dealt it.

    • Spike: You take the killing for granted and then it's gone and you're like I wish I'd appreciated it more. Stopped and smelled the corpses.

    • Spike: Hey... I know these guys from somewhere.
      Anya: Initiative soldiers. They live here. Experiments happen in the lab under the house — that's where they kept you and put in your chip. Let's have fun!
      Spike: What are you doing? You brought me here?
      Xander: Anya? What are you doing? You brought him here?
      Spike: That's what I said, only I hit the "here" part.

    • Xander: So, with Buffy and Riley having... you know, acts of nakedness around the clock lately, maybe they set something free... like a big, bursting poltergasm.

  • Notes

    • Tara talks to Willow about riding horses and Willow's fear of them. In the movie The Crush Amber's character enjoyed horseback riding and took lessons. Willow talks about being afraid that a horse might bite her arm off. In The Crush Amber's character takes a fall from a horse and gets hurt (and it might actually be her arm) after Alicia Silverstone's character sabotages her saddle.

    • Anthony Head performs a live acoustic rendition of the classic The Who song "Behind Blue Eyes" (from Who's Next, 1971).

    • Buffy and Riley use condoms during their love making. It's nice to see a show enforce safe sex; Anya also mentions using condoms in "The Harsh Light Of Day". We didn't see Buffy use condoms when she slept with Angel, but it is a common belief in vampire mythology that they're sterile and cannot bear children. STDs might be a concern with vampires, but some sources take the view that vampires cannot be carriers for human diseases. Finally, it could simply be that we just didn't see the condom usage between Buffy and Angel.

  • Allusions

    • Xander: House is clean.
      Xander's comment on the sudden disappearance of the various poltergeists could be a reference to the famous line from the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist. After the spirit relinquishes Carol-Anne and disappears, Tangina says, "This house is clean."

    • Buffy: ...vampire-demon tag-team...
      Tag-team is a term generally used in professional wrestling to describe a bout where one team member waits outside the ring, while the other fights, and they can replace each other provided one touches the other.

    • Spike: I don't see droopy-boy hanging from your arm.
      A reference to Droopy, the cartoon dog detective who'd go all bonanza whenever a pretty lady (one featured in each and every episode) would kiss him.

    • Xander: There's ghosts, and shaking, and people are going all Felicity with their hair.
      Felicity is another teen drama on the WB starring Keri Russell as Felicity. The reference is to the shock at the beginning of this season, when Keri Russell cut off her long, curly, thick hair.

    • Willow: Like Martin Luther King.
      Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps the single most famous civil rights leader. His national prominence was gained by leading a year-long boycott, from 1955-56, of the segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968.

    • Buffy: Who says we can't all get along?
      A reference to Rodney King, a black motorist, who was pulled over and beaten by four white police officers on March 3, 1991, with the whole ordeal being caught on videotape. When the officers were acquitted of police brutality in 1992, it was the spark for the infamous LA Riots. In a press conference, King pleaded for the riots to stop: "People, I just want to say, you know, can we, can we all get along?" The plea is most often quoted as, "Can't we all just get along?", and it became something of a catchphrase.

    • Title: "Where The Wild Things Are"
      This episode shares a title with the children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It is about a young boy named Max who gets sent to his room without supper and imagines that his room turns into a magical forest inhabited by monsters which take him to be their king.

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