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* VerySpecialEpisode: The episode attempted to have a moral lesson about drinking alcohol, mainly to take advantage of the Office of National Drug Control Policy giving shows money for doing anti-drug episodes. However, the show ended up not getting any money, mainly because the curse on the beer turned people into cavemen and because of this:

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* VerySpecialEpisode: The episode attempted to have a moral lesson about drinking alcohol, mainly to take advantage of the Office of National Drug Control Policy giving shows money for doing anti-drug episodes. However, the show ended up not getting any money, mainly because it was the curse on the beer that turned people into cavemen rather than the alcohol itselt, and because of this:



-->'''Buffy''': Foamy.
-->'''Xander''': Good, just as long as that's clear.

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-->'''Buffy''': Foamy.
Foamy!
-->'''Xander''': Good, just Good! Just as long as that's clear.


* ThinkNothingOfIt:

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* ThinkNothingOfIt:ThinkNothingOfIt: After being dumped by the evil philandering Parker, Buffy is day-dreaming a RescueRomance in which she saves his life from vampires, thus achieving apologies, promises of eternal love, and [[HeartbreakAndIceCream ice cream]].



''[Buffy snaps out of her daydream at the sight of Parker chatting up another girl]''

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''[Buffy snaps out of her daydream it at the sight of Parker chatting up another girl]''girl]''
** Hilariously averted after she really does save his life. He ends up giving her a speech very similar to the one in her fantasy, but Buffy is still under the lingering effects of some magic beer that reverted her mind to a "cave man" state, so she just knocks him unconscious with a club instead of saying anything.


* BrokenAesop: The reason the beer caused the problem is because someone tampered with it. The plot would not change in ''any way'' if the beverage were soda. The moral, if there is one, is "Don't accept food or drink from people who hate you," or possibly "Be polite to waiters and bartenders, because if they snap they can totally mess you up." Which aren't actually bad lessons, albeit a little situational. But as for the beer, the intended moral target? Foamy. In fact, the episode was made to procure funding from the anti-alcohol lobby, who then noticed the broken message and refused to pay up.

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* BrokenAesop: The reason the beer caused the problem is because someone tampered with it. The plot would not change in ''any way'' if the beverage were soda. The moral, if there is one, is "Don't accept food or drink from people who hate you," or possibly "Be polite to waiters and bartenders, because if they snap they can totally mess you up." Which aren't actually bad lessons, albeit a little situational. But as for the beer, the intended moral target? Foamy. In fact, the episode was made to procure funding from the anti-alcohol lobby, who then noticed the broken message and refused to pay up.

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* StockFootage: The shot of the university immediately after the opening credits is re-used from "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E1TheFreshman The Freshman]]" as Buffy can be seen walking among the crowd in her outfit from that episode.


* {{Aesop}}: Too much beer is bad for you. Or perhaps all men are Neanderthals at heart.

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* {{Aesop}}: AnAesop: Too much beer is bad for you. Or perhaps all men are Neanderthals at heart.



* AlcoholInducedIdiocy
* AllCavemenWereNeanderthals
* AllMenArePerverts

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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy
AlcoholInducedIdiocy: {{Lampshaded}} with the beer that turns the college kids and Buffy into neanderthals.
* AllCavemenWereNeanderthals
AllCavemenWereNeanderthals: The cavemen that the college students are turned into are like this, though in this case it was the result of a punitive magic spell and thus no one was trying for scientific accuracy.
* AllMenArePervertsAllMenArePerverts:



* BrokenAesop: The reason the beer caused the problem is because someone tampered with it. The plot would not change in ''any way'' if the beverage were soda. The moral, if there is one, is "Don't accept food or drink from people who hate you," or possibly "Be polite to waiters and bartenders, because if they snap they can totally mess you up." Which aren't actually bad lessons, albeit a little situational. But as for the beer, the intended moral target? Foamy. In fact, the episode was made to procure funding from the anti-alcohol lobby, who then noticed the broken message and refused to pay up.



* TheCasanova: Parker; confirmed by Riley.



* TheCasanova: Parker; confirmed by Riley.



* NubileSavage: The frat boys grow crooked teeth, heavy brow ridges, and plenty of extra hair. Buffy, who also had plenty to drink, looks like Buffy with sexy-unkempt hair (Xander did cut her off earlier).

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* NubileSavage: The A cursed batch of beer turns a bunch of frat boys grow into cavemen, with crooked teeth, heavy brow ridges, and plenty of extra hair. hair - and Buffy, who also had plenty to drink, looks like Buffy with sexy-unkempt hair (Xander did (though Xander cut her off earlier).sooner than the others).



* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: A bar-owner brews up some cursed beer for some JerkAss college students that turn them into cavemen.

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* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: A bar-owner brews up some Buffy drinks cursed beer which turns her into a cavewoman. (Although she still looks the same, the guys who drink the beer literally look like cavemen. Granted, Xander expressly cut her off before the rest) Ends with a SpoofAesop:
--> '''Xander:''' And was there a lesson in all this? huh? What did we learn about beer?
--> '''Cave Buffy:''' Foamy.
-->'''Xander:''' Good, just as long as that's clear.
** Of course, the beer itself wasn't a good idea
for some JerkAss college students someone who can literally punch through car doors.
-->'''Giles''': I can't believe you served Buffy
that turn them into cavemen.beer.
-->'''Xander''': I didn't know it was evil.
-->'''Giles''': You knew it was beer!



* RescueRomance: Spoofed; Buffy keeps dreaming of earning Parker's eternal gratitude this way, but when the opportunity arises she's a cavewoman so she just clubs him over the head.

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* RescueRomance: Spoofed; {{Parodied}} when Buffy keeps dreaming of earning Parker's having a DaydreamSurprise in which she saves Parker from vampires and earns his eternal gratitude this way, but when and apologies for dumping her to chase other women. After Buffy drinks some cursed beer and turns into a NubileSavage she saves Parker from a burning building and gets this, accompanied by the opportunity arises she's a cavewoman so she just clubs requisite orchestral music...only for Cavewoman!Buffy to club him over the head.head and walk off.



* SwivelChairAntics: caveman Buffy manages to fall off one.

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* SwivelChairAntics: caveman Caveman Buffy manages to fall off one.



* TemptingFate

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* TemptingFateTemptingFate:



* ThrowEmToTheWolves: {{Discussed}} when Buffy ponders revenge on Parker

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* ThrowEmToTheWolves: {{Discussed}} when Buffy ponders revenge on ParkerParker.


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* VerySpecialEpisode: The episode attempted to have a moral lesson about drinking alcohol, mainly to take advantage of the Office of National Drug Control Policy giving shows money for doing anti-drug episodes. However, the show ended up not getting any money, mainly because the curse on the beer turned people into cavemen and because of this:
-->'''Xander''': And was there a lesson in all this? Huh? What did we learn about beer?
-->'''Buffy''': Foamy.
-->'''Xander''': Good, just as long as that's clear.


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** Beer good. Foamy. Comforting.


* RetroactiveRecognition: One of the frat boys is Creator/KalPenn.

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** Willow seems to express fatigue with "men and their man-ness" in this episode, foreshadowing her break-up in the next episode. Her next lover turns out to be female.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Buffy as a ''Cave Slayer''? It turns out Sineya/The first slayer speaks somewhat like her in the season finale...

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: The frat boys end up devolving into neanderthals physically as well as mentally, but Buffy still looks the same. ''Slightly'' justified in that Xander sent her home while the frat boys kept drinking.


** Also, Cave!Buffy picking up a fire extinguisher, looking at the fire, looking at the extinguisher, figuring something out... and then tossing the extinguisher at the fire and looking puzzled.

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** Also, Cave!Buffy caveman Buffy picking up a fire extinguisher, looking at the fire, looking at the extinguisher, figuring something out... and then tossing the extinguisher at the fire and looking puzzled.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Xander asking a customer if he wants his ice water on the rocks. Cave!Buffy and the fire extinguisher.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Xander asking a customer if he wants his ice water on the rocks. Cave!Buffy caveman Buffy and the fire extinguisher.



-->'''Xander:''' Giles, don't make Cave!Slayer unhappy.

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-->'''Xander:''' Giles, don't make Cave!Slayer caveman Slayer unhappy.



* HulkSpeak: Cave!BuffySpeak

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* HulkSpeak: Cave!BuffySpeakCaveman Buffy speak this way.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Cave!Slayer clubs Parker over the head again; Giles, Willow and Xander just shrug and walk off.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Cave!Slayer Caveman Buffy clubs Parker over the head again; Giles, Willow and Xander just shrug and walk off.



* PervertedSniffing: Cave!Slayer sniffing Xander. At the end of the episode, Willow is seated on a park bench with Buffy crouched next to her and [[LesYay Buffy sniffs her hair as well]]. Note that Hyena!Xander sniffed Buffy in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack "The Pack"]], so the sniffing has gone full circle.

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* PervertedSniffing: Cave!Slayer Caveman slayer sniffing Xander. At the end of the episode, Willow is seated on a park bench with Buffy crouched next to her and [[LesYay Buffy sniffs her hair as well]]. Note that Hyena!Xander Hyena possesed Xander sniffed Buffy in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack "The Pack"]], so the sniffing has gone full circle.



* QuizzicalTilt: Cave!Buffy knows that fire extinguisher can help her with the fire, but just can't seem to work out how...

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* QuizzicalTilt: Cave!Buffy caveman Buffy knows that fire extinguisher can help her with the fire, but just can't seem to work out how...



* SwivelChairAntics: Cave!Buffy manages to fall off one.

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* SwivelChairAntics: Cave!Buffy caveman Buffy manages to fall off one.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first mention of a "Cave-slayer" is elaborated later on, when the First Slayer (who actually talks in short sentences or not at all) arrives at the end of the season. Also Willow, when she announces that she is quite fed up with men in her conversation with Parker. Her transition to full-fledged lesbian can thus be said to begin in this episode.

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