- The Freshman (4x1)
- A random vampire sneaks up on Buffy and Willow, notices all their weapons, and decides to beat a hasty retreat. The pair never even notice him.
- "Uh, are we gonna fight? Or is this gonna be, like, some big monster sarcasm rally?" That line had this troper (kalel32688) and his mom in stitches.
- The best part was when you ragged on your clothes. She was like "No! Not the ensemble!"
- Sunday looking through Eddie's CD collection:
Boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, (sigh) astonishingly boring. We, we have to kill some cooler people. Will somebody remind me?
- Living Conditions (4x2)
- Buffy's Death Glare when her roommate Cathy spills ketchup on the sweater she "loaned" and later when Willow takes a bite from Buffy's sandwich. The Slayer's got serious ownership issues.
- The Harsh Light of Day (4x3)
: Is Antonio Banderas
a vampire? Spike
: No. Harmony
: Can I turn him into a vampire? Spike
: No. On second thought sure. Do that. Take your time. Do Melanie and the kids too.
- Anya drops her clothes while Xander's back is turned, he turns around holding a juice box. You can guess where it goes from there.
- Another Anya gem.
(to Giles in his own home) "I need to talk to Xander. Go away".
- Fear Itself (4x4)
- When Buffy visits Giles at his home, he is wearing a huge sombrero, for a hilarious visual.
- Willow is all sunny discussing Halloween, after Parker dumped Buffy.
"We need to make sure Buffy has fun. Force fun upon her. And if Parker shows up we'll just ax murder him. That's halloweeny
- Giles and Anya trying to gain entrance to the magically sealed house:
Giles: [Reading through a magical text] We need to... create a door.
Anya: [...] You can do that?
Giles: I can.
He pulls a chainsaw out of his bag and starts cutting.
- They discuss how to end the haunting of the house. Giles reads from his book:
Giles: The summoning spell for Gachnar can be shut down in one of two ways. Destroying the Mark of Gachnar ...
Buffy immediately destroys the mark
Giles: [glares annoyed at Buffy, raising his voice] ... is not one of them, and will in fact immediately bring forth the Fear Demon itself !
Cue three-inch high demon.
- The exchange between Xander and Giles that follows the fear demon's appearance:
Giles: Don't taunt the fear demon.
Xander: Why? Can he hurt me?
Giles: No. It's just tacky.
Buffy: There's no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate !
Willow: I think I'm gonna barf ...
Buffy: Except that.
Buffy: What's the matter?
Giles comes over to show her the book.
Giles: I should have translated the Gaelic inscription under the illustration of Gachnar.
Buffy: What’s it say?
Giles: Actual size.
- Beer Bad (4x5)
- It’s the episode we took our edit password from:
Xander: And was there a lesson in all of this? What have we learned about beer?
Xander: Good. Just so that's clear.
- The Initiative (4x7)
- Harmony's fight with Xander. First, they square off. Then, Harmony slaps Xander. Then, Xander kicks Harmony in the shins. Then they start pulling each other's hair. Then it goes to slow-mo...
- Lets not forget also the battle music that actually sets in - as if this would be actually a suspenseful fight !
- What's even better about this episode is that it's the only fight in either series in which any of the actors actually were hurt afterwards. Not badly, but they had to wear shin guards and knee pads so they didn't get too bruised.
- The scene with Spike's being unable to attack Willow (which is played as a metaphor for impotence).
Why don't we wait half an hour and you can try again? ... or... (hits Spike over the head with a lamp)
Xander: Every man faces this moment. Here. Now. Watching, waiting for an unseen enemy that has no face. Nerve endings screaming in silence. Never knowing which thought might be your last.
Giles: Oh, shut up.
- The scene where Willow is advising Riley on how to initiate conversation with Buffy:
Willow: Keep eye contact. Funny is good, but don't be glib. And remember, if you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel.
(Riley looks back at her, very surprised)
Willow: A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend. Have fun.
- Pangs (4x8)
- Spike has his chip and immediately turns into a comic relief.
- Giles being inducted into the ritual of Thanksgiving dinner.
Buffy : (on mashing potatoes) You don't have a ricer? How can you not have a ricer! ... What's a ricer?
Giles: (irritably) We'll mash them with forks, much as the Pilgrims must have!
- The scene where Willow, Xander and Anya are rushing to help Buffy and Giles... on stolen bicycles. Complete with heroic music.
- The way everyone keeps assuming Angel is evil again, for absolutely no reason.
- Something Blue (4x9)
- Willow changing Amy (who turned herself into a mouse in the episode s03e11 Gingerbread) finally back into a human, without noticing it. And almost instantly changing her same way back into a mouse before Amy could say anything.
- Buffy taunting Spike with 'Look at my poor neck...' while he's chained up. Spike protests 'Giles, make her stop!' Immediately before, Buffy quips 'Giles, look out! He's going to scold me.'
- After Buffy and Spike have been enchanted to marry each other, hilarity ensues:
Look at that lip. Gonna get it. Gonna get it (starts kissing) Buffy:
Oh, stop. Giles:
Yes, please stop.
Buffy: Spike and I are getting married!
Xander: How? What? How?
Giles: Three excellent questions.
Xander: Yeah. Right. You're marrying Spike because you're so right for each other.
Spike: That's it! You're off the usher list.
- Followed almost immediately by Spike and Buffy going full speed with the kissing:
Xander: C-can I be blind too?
- Then the issue of Spikes name ...
: Honey, we need to talk about the invitations. Now, do you wanna be William the Bloody
or just Spike
? 'cause either way, it's gonna look majorly weird. Spike
: Whereas the name "Buffy" gives it that touch of classic elegance. Buffy
: What's wrong with Buffy
) Huh. Such a good question. Buffy
: My mother gave me that name! Spike
: Yeah, your mother's a genius. Buffy
: Don't you start on my mother! (Couldn't he just go as William Pratt (his real name)?)
Buffy: "You want me to give up my career?"
Spike: "Do I want you to stop killing my friends? Yes!"
Buffy: (referring to a crypt) ...and oh my God! wouldn't this be a great place to take pictures?
Spike: I'm not posing for chuff all (monster arrives)
Buffy: All right, now we're gonna do this without destroying the foliage.
- When the love spell breaks, Buffy and Spike are in the middle of a kiss:
Spike: Oh! Bloody hell!
Buffy: (jumps back, spitting) Spike lips! Lips of Spike!!
: (tied up in a chair)
Don't I get a cookie? Buffy
: No. Spike
: Well, I gotta have something. I still have Buffy taste in my mouth. Buffy
: You're a pig, Spike. Spike
: Yeah, well, I'm not the one who wanted "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the first dance. (Buffy's friends turn toward her in horror on hearing this) Buffy
... That was the spell!
- Hush (4x10)
- Giles' overhead presentation in "Hush," complete with stick figure drawings (using copious amounts of red pen for blood), Anya nonchalantly munching popcorn throughout, and best of all, Buffy's easily-misinterpreted "staking" motion. Then her outraged 'my hips aren't that big!' gesture.
- Personally I enjoyed Xander's "boobs?" gesturing and Willow's miming of what would happen once she played a screamo CD.
- Willow: I've gone deaf!
- Xander picking up the phone, calling Buffy, and...hanging up. Xander shouting random things to see if he could vocalize a sound, blaming Spike at the top of his lungs, and Spike (still tied to a chair from his arrival the previous day) flipping him the V. Really, the half-an-act starting after Buffy wakes up has enough funny parts to be humorous if you can't read lips, but is truly hilarious if you can.
- Spike has to stay in Xander's bedroom and is tied to a chair by his bed, he says the following with the funniest girly voice you have ever heard:
Spike: Xander, don't you care about me?
Xander: Shut up.
Spike: We never talk.
Xander: Shut up!
Xander: SHUT UP!
- Walsh pointed out the IN CASE OF EMERGENCY USE STAIRWAY sign to Riley & Forrest after they had just survived the Initiative's poison gas countermeasures. What makes it even better is that judging by the long suffering look on her face she's done this several times already with the other soldiers.
- This exchange:
Spike: We're out of Weetabix.
Giles: We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.
Spike: Get some more.
Giles: I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.
Spike: Yeah, well, sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.
Giles: Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you'll just have to pick it up yourself.
- The sheer terror the Gentlemen inspires kills it a bit, but Doug Jones does a hilarious "oh shucks, you shouldn't have" gesture when the others applaud his presenting the hearts they've gotten.
- Riley and Forrest are in the elevator not able to get the vocal recognition thingy to work, and Riley is trying to remember the manual override password. Behind him Forrest takes the time to write on his little scrap of paper.
Forrest: (held up behind Riley's head) Come on! Come on!
- Doomed (4x11)
- Giles informs the Scoobies that the Monsters Of The Week are planning to bring about the end of the world. Their response:
Buffy, Willow, Xander: AGAIN??
- Can we have a moment of appreciation for Buffy and Riley discussing their similar career choices in public?
Riley: I mean, you're a... fry cook, and so am I!
Buffy: Yes, but you're an amateur fry cook, and I come from a long line of fry cooks who don't live past 25!
- At the end of the episode:
Spike: What’s this? Sitting around watching the telly while there’s evil still afoot. That’s not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What, can’t go without your Buffy, is that it? Too chicken? Let’s find her! She is the Chosen One after all. Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let’s annihilate them. For justice...and for...the safety of puppies...and Christmas, right? Let’s fight that evil! Let’s kill something! *after the screen fades to black* Oh, come on!"
- A New Man (4x12)
Giles: Oh who am I kidding? Nothing is going to happen. (Closes the door)
Ethan: (Coming out of the shadows) I wouldn't say that, I wouldn't say that at all. In fact, Ripper, old mate, I'd say something rather interesting was about to hap-
Giles: (Comes back in) Is someone-?
Ethan: Oh Bugger! I thought you'd gone!
- Demon!Giles chasing Prof. Walsh down the street in "A New Man". Petty yet satisfying.
- Buffy's interview with Prof. Walsh:
- The I in Team (4x13)
- Spike has a tracer planted (read: shot) into his shoulder by the Initiative. Giles calls Willow in to use a spell to disrupt its beacon. The spell that Willow chooses has the effect of ionizing the air around them. After the spell is finished, all the lights in the house burst, and when the camera pulls back to the Scoobies... Words fail this troper. Their hair looks like they all got struck by lightning. Or, to put it another way, like they raided Angel's hair-styling gel stash and used it. All. At once.
- Willow's hair is truly spectacular. Its defiance of gravity rivals any Final Fantasy character.
Willow: Did it work? Is the atmosphere ionized?
Giles: ..... I'd venture 'yes'.
- Goodbye Iowa (4x14)
- Buffy's delivers what could have been one of her more badass speeches.
Buffy: You guys research the Polgara demon. I want to know where it is. When I find it, I'm going to make it pay for taking that kid's life. I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine.
(everybody glares at her)
Buffy: .....that probably would've sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas.
- This Year’s Girl (4x15) / Who Are You (4x16)
- Riley's in-universe Continuity Lockout: After the rest of the Scoobies have a lengthy, intensive discussion about Faith waking up and what she could be doing, he sheepishly asks "Who's Faith?"
- Xander and Giles ask Spike for help finding Faith.
Xander: For your information, smarty, we've got a rogue Slayer on our hands. Real psycho-killer too.
Spike: Sounds serious.
Giles: It is. What do you know?
Spike: What do you need?
Xander: Her. Dark hair. Yay tall, name of Faith, criminally insane.
Giles: Have you seen her?
Spike: Is this bird after you?
Xander: In a bad way, yeah.
Spike: Tell you what I'll do then. I'll head out, find this girl, tell her exactly where you are and then watch as she kills you. (Sees their looks of surprise and irritation.) Can't any one of your damn little Scooby club at least try to remember that I hate you all? Just because I can't do the damage myself doesn't stop me from aiming a loose cannon your way. And here I thought the evening would be dull.
Xander: Go ahead. You wouldn't even recognize her.
Spike: Dark hair, this tall, name of Faith, criminally insane. Like this girl already.
Xander and Giles watch him leave.
Xander: We're dumb.
- Faith, as Buffy, outguesses Spike.
Spike: You know why I really hate you, Summers?
Buffy: 'Cause I'm a stuck up tight ass with no sense of fun?
Spike: Well...yeah, that covers a lot of it.
- "Who Are You?" after Faith and Buffy switch bodies and Buffy tries to tell Giles what happened. Eliza Dushku does a dead perfect Sarah Michelle Gellar impression as she tries to convince him she's really Buffy.
- Faith in Buffy's body comes to a church to save people held hostage by vampires and runs into Riley.
- Superstar (4x17)
Xander: So we're saying he did a spell just to make us think he was cool?
Xander: That is so cool!
- Riley's insistence that he is too tall, along with Xander's fear of a world without Jonathon to protect everyone.
Giles, do you have a Jonathon swimsuit calendar? Giles:
(Buffy finds one on his dining room table under a stack of papers) Giles: It was a present!
Anya: Say you really like shrimp a lot. Or we could say you don't like shrimp at all. 'Blah, I wish there weren't any shrimp' you would say to yourself...
Buffy: Stop, you're saying it wrong! (to the others) I think that Jonathan may be doing something so that he's manipulating the world and we're all, like, his pawns.
Anya: (under her breath) Or prawns.
Buffy: Stop with the shrimp!
- Where the Wild Things Are (4x18)
- Buffy and Riley fight a vampire and a demon (with horns).
Okay, you get fang, I get horny. (Beat
) I mean ...
- This troper thinks that this episode is worth it just to hear Anya angrily shouting "Me too! WHOOHOO!" What makes it gold is that she isn't being at all sarcastic - she's actually trying to sound like she's having fun, but is so furious that the attempt fails utterly.
- When Willow, Anya, Tara and Xander go to find Giles and see him singing and playing guitar in a cafe. Cue stunned looks from the girls, in particular Willow whose mouth falls open, and this line from Xander:
: Could we go back to the haunted house, because this is creeping me out.
- Made all the more funnier when the girls all agree that voice is sexy (it is) and Xander nearly starts a Heroic BSOD.
I'm fighting total
mental breakdown here, Will. No more fuel on the fire, please?
- All of Xander's dialogue in this scene is just utterly hysterical.
Tara: Does he... do this a lot?
Xander: Sure! Every day the Earth rotates backwards and the skies turn orange!
- They went looking for him after Giles told them he needed some alone time. He spots them mid song and nearly falters.
- Willow moaning at how good he is, before remembering why she had such a crush on him. Subtext? Where?
- New Moon Rising (4x19)
- It's brief, but when Oz says that Tara "smells like" Willow, you can see a "WTF?" look form on her face that's hysterical.
- The Yoko Factor (4x20)
- "The Yoko Factor" had Giles' off-screen "Bloody Hell!" after Willow finally came out as well as this reference to The Wizard of Oz.
Spike: You haven't been much of a whiz lately.
Willow: I am a whiz!
Tara: She is a whiz!
Willow: If ever a whiz there was.
Riley: You mean this is a good day for him?
- Restless (4x22)
Principal Snyder: I walked by your guidance counselor's office one time. A bunch of you were sitting there, waiting to be shepherded. I remember it smelled like dead flowers, like decay. Then it hit me. The hope of our nation's future is a bunch of mulch.
Xander: You know, I never got the chance to tell you how glad I was you were eaten by a snake.
I'm looking for a man. A salesman
But what else could I expect from a bunch of low-rent, no-account hoodlums like you? Hoodlums, yes, I mean you and your friends, your whole sex, throw 'em in the sea for all I care, throw 'em in and wait for the bubbles, men with your groping and spitting all groin no brain three billion of you passing around the same worn-out urge. Men! With your ... sales!
- For an episode as Mind Screw-y as Restless was, Buffy got a good one in on the First Slayer at the end, after she completely subverts the whole "Your Mind Makes It Real" gig.
Buffy: (To the very wild-haired First Slayer) Also, in terms of hair-care, you want to be asking yourself "What kind of impression am I making in the workplace?"
- Giles, as the director of Willow's nightmare Death of a Salesman production, explaining to the cast (which includes all the regulars) that they have to be good because "everyone that Willow's ever met is out in that audience, including all of us." If the speech itself wasn't enough, then Harmony repeatedly jumping up to try to bite Giles's neck (he's a head taller than her at least) and Giles's nonchalant reaction ("Stop that, it's very annoying") seals the deal.
- Riley and Human!Adam discussing their plans for world domination ("the key element is coffee makers that think") and their reaction to an Initiative security breech ("This could be serious." "We should build a fort." "I'll get some pillows.")
- The Initiative alarm in that scene: "The demons have escaped. Please run for your lives."
- Riley's declaration that "I showed up early, so I got to be cowboy guy."... Always thought of that as the explanation of how Marc Blucas got on the show in the first place.