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|January 19, 1999|
Buffy finds herself weak and powerless, and begins to worry. Giles, we find out, is drugging her to make her lose her powers. It turns out that the Watchers Council has a little test for Slayers on who turn 18 they have to fight a vampire without their powers; if they survive, then they pass. The plan goes awry when the vampire gets loose and kidnaps Buffy's mom. Even without her powers, Buffy kicks some ass and saves her mom. As Buffy tries to deal with Giles' betrayal, he gets fired from the Council for his obvious fatherly love for Buffy (which the Council deems a bad thing).
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We have Zackary Kralik as a typical,
although a little more crazy, Joss Whedon vampire. He was even
a killer when he was a mortal, and became a vampire while he
was in a hospital for the criminally insane. He is reminiscent
of the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, which seems
to be the theme for this episode. He rips off Buffy's red hooded
jacket in their struggle and hides in it to lure Joyce ("The
Grandma"). See References for more details
about this theme.
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- Anonymous vampire
- Lands on Buffy's waiting stake in the park.
- Drained and vamped by Kralik at the Sunnydale Arms boardinghouse.
- Drained by Kralik and Vamp-Blair at the Sunnydale Arms boardinghouse.
- Tricked by Buffy into drinking Holy Water at the Sunnydale Arms boardinghouse.
- Staked by Giles at the Sunnydale Arms boardinghouse.
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- Total: Five (or four, depending on how you look at it)
|Dialogue to Die For|
Buffy: "Actually I do have a date. Older man.
Very handsome. Likes it when I call him Daddy."
Angel: "Your father... It is your father, right?"
Buffy: "OK. So how do you know if ones aura is
dirty? Does somebody come by with a finger and write 'Wash Me'
Buffy: "Or what if I just become pathetic? Hanging
out at the Old Slayer's Home, talking people's ears off about
my glory days, showing them Mr. Pointy, the stake I had bronzed."
More quotes from this episode...
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|Dialogue to Bury|
Oz: "Ice is cool. It's water, but it's not."
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- Giles states that Amethyst is used for charm bags, money
spells, and to cleanse cleanse ones aura. From our research we
found it is used to cleanse auras, but many different crystals
are used in charm bags. As far as money spells go, amethyst does
not seem to be a factor. However, meditation, calming, and spirituality
are often mentioned in connection with amethysts.
- "It's in Cuernavaca." Cuernavaca is some 53 miles
south of Mexico City. It's mild climate attracts the wealthy
and fashionable from the capital.
- "Snoopy on Ice" is an ice show in which people
skate and dance around in huge "Peanuts" character
costumes. Snoopy is the dog in "Peanuts," and Woodstock
is the little yellow bird often seen hanging around with Snoopy.
"Peanuts" and its characters were created by Charles
- "Brian Boitano, doing Carmen, is
a life changer." Brian Boitano is a 1988 Olympic gold medalist,
and one of the world's most celebrated figure skaters. He has
won more than 60 other titles, including 23 international gold
medals, two World titles, two Pro/Am titles, 17 professional
titles and four U.S. National titles.
- Carmen was originally a novel by Prosper Mérimée
written in 1845. The story of a tragic romance between a Romani
(Gypsy woman) and a Spanish military officer served as the basis
for the 1875 opera of the same name by French composer Georges
- "Yes, I think we should start with the grounding crystal
again." Giles is probably referring to crystals that are
used for grounding psychic energy and providing security for
opening up the psychic centers.
- "Maybe what we should be looking for is something like
um... Slayer Kryptonite." The term used to designate any
surviving fragment of the exploded planet Krypton, home world
of Superman. There are five distinct varieties of Kryptonite
(green, red, gold, blue, and white), the first three of which
are toxic to Superman. Green kills, red mutates, and gold drains
powers, therefore Oz was right and Xander was wrong. (Blue and
white have no effect on Superman, only Bizarro creatures and
plant life, respectively.)
- Angel gave Buffy "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning for her birthday. It was originally
published in 1850 in a two volume publication entitled Poems.
It contains the famous poem "How do I love thee? Let me
count the ways." This poem is referred to in "The Witch" and
reprinted in that episode's
- "Cruciamentum is not easy for Slayer
Cruciamentum is a Latin word meaning torture or torment.
- There is a fairly overt connection to the story of "Little
Red Riding Hood." As stated in Monstervision,
Kralik hides in Buffy's hooded red jacket, and he also has lines
which are reminiscent of the story ("Why did you come to
the dark of the woods? To bring all these sweets to grandmother's
house?" "If you stray from the path, you will lose
your way."). Of course, this plot does not directly
parallel the fairy tale, there are just overtones. "Little
Red Riding Hood" is at least as old as the very early 19th
century; it has been told and written in many different languages
with many different versions authors include the Brothers
Grimm and Charles Perrault.
|Goofs and Gaffes|
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- Buffy states that she and her dad go to the ice show every
year for her birthday. They didn't go last year, or even mention
the tradition, during "Surprise."
- Buffy seemed to have too easy of a time pushing down the
bookcase onto Blair, since she struggled just picking up her
Big Bag O' Weapons.
- Buffy would have had to switch Kralik's water with holy water
very quickly; it didn't seem like she had enough time.
(These last two "goofs" aren't quite goofs, but they
- Buffy seems to be wearing the same shirt twice: in the opening
scene, and at the end of the episode when she is trapped at Sunnydale
Arms. Even if this is not the same shirt, they are way too similar
for a girl like Buffy to wear them both within the same week.
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- Kralik photographs himself with Joyce, proving that the Buffyverse doesn't use the old "vampires can't be photographed" thing. Which makes sense, as modern mirrors don't generally use mirrors to take the picture anyway. (For further detail on this topic, see this thread in the Buffyverse FAQ.)
- Faith is noted in this episode, but does not appear. She
is on one of her "unannounced walkabouts."
- Willow threw up on Woodstock as a child, backstage at "Snoopy
- Again we see that Buffy enjoys ice skating, as does Sarah
Michelle Gellar (see "What's My Line,
- Buffy says that parties in her honor tend to go badly ("monsters
crash, people die"), referring to her surprise party in
"Surprise" and her welcome-home
party in "Dead Man's Party".
- There is an old vacant boardinghouse in Sunnydale, the Sunnydale
Arms. This is where Buffy's "test" took place.
- Amy is mentioned she is still a rat (see "Gingerbread")
and Willow is keeping her. She has gotten her a wheel and "the
cutest little bell."
- Angel references "Surprise"
when he says "Then why'd you seem more excited last year
when you got a severed arm in a box?"
- Buffy refers to Mr. Pointy (see Dialogue)
the stake that Kendra gave her in "Becoming,
Part One." Her line about the Old Slayer's Home brings
up the point, what happens if a Slayer does reach old age? Grandma
Buffy kicking some vampire butt?
- Angel reveals to Buffy that he had seen her before they met
in "Welcome to the Hellmouth."
That moment was shown as a flashback in "Becoming,
- We know that there must have been Slayers for at least 1200
years, as Quentin tells Giles, "It's been done this way
for the past dozen centuries."
- The trailers for this episode got me quite
interested, but it disappointed me a little bit. Don't get me
wrong it wasn't a terrible episode, but I think it could have
been better. Two episode with ties to fairy tales in a row is
a bit much. It seems to be almost time for a nice suspenseful
two-parter, don't you think? But I digress. Sarah Michelle Gel's
chase scene looked a lot like her role in I
Know What You Did Last Summer. It
looks like Buffy and Angel may be getting back together soon,
which I'm sure is going to please a lot of you fans out there.
I just know Joss must have something else up his sleeve, since
as we all know Angel will be moving to LA in his spin-off series
next year. The sexual tension in this episode was played out
very well; nice and subtle, nothing like the dream sex scene
in "Amends." (Which don't get
me wrong, was even better than the first time.) Again, I digress.
I also can't wait to see what Buffy's new watcher will be like,
and am getting more and more intrigued with the Council of Watcher's
role in the world. To sum up, I was a bit disappointed in this
episode and so I give it a (7/10)
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- We end up watching each episode
about three times in the course of putting up the guide, and
each time I liked it more. It is my favorite so far this season
or at least one of them. It seems logical that there would
be some sort of slayer rite of passage. And it shows us how Buffy
has changed there was a time when she probably would have
been excited to have lost her powers and been eager to give up
her Slayer title. Also, I liked the subtle sexuality that they
worked in there the first scene with Buffy and Angel,
Buffy's subsequent "energy" when studying the crystals
(playing with the long one), etc. I'm sure they are building
up to something, but we know B & A can't have sex... so what
is it? I only had one problem with this episode, and that is
that it was too short (not their fault, of course). The premise
of the episode sounded really promising
Buffy without her
powers! Gasp! And it was going along all right; I was liking
it, until I realized that it was over (the "test").
It seemed like she took care of that vampire much too quickly.
That can simply be attributed to the fact that they only have
an hour to work with, and I wouldn't really have wanted it to
be a two-parter (An hour and a half would have been perfect).
So I guess I'll just have to get over it. But now we come to
the Big Bad News what are they doing firing Giles?! Yeah, I know,
since this is a TV show, I'm sure it will somehow be fixed. But
the preview for "The Zeppo" didn't even mention it!
Nor do the descriptions I have read thus far! And after that
is a rerun! Next week should be ALL about getting Giles reinstated.
Let's start a "Reinstate Giles" campaign
you sign my petition? (9/10)
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