- Banned in China: Buffy uses a cymbal as a Frisbee to behead a vampire. This bit was edited out when first shown on the BBC.
- The Other Marty: In the unaired pilot, Riff Regan played Willow, but apparently she was never intended to play the series character, just a stand in for the "proof of concept" pilot. Also Stephen Tobolowski as Principal Flutie.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Remember ska? It's blasting in the background as we pan on our first shot of Sunnydale High School.
- Write What You Know: Whedon says in the commentary that much of his high school experience is recreated as the hell that is Sunnydale High. Xander's awkwardness is an expy of himself at that age, as is Jesse's. Jesse and Cordy's interaction at the Bronze is directly from his high school experience.
Jesse: You wanna dance?
Cordelia: [sneer] With you?