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- One of the earliest examples is in "The Witch" when Buffy looks inside a box containing a fertility statue meant for Joyce's gallery. (All she says is "Jeepers").
- In "The Puppet Show":Sid: (to Willow) How about you and I do a little rehearsing on our own, honey? You know what they say: once you go wood, nothing's as good!
- Which has to be Hilarious in Hindsight
- "That's not where I dangle it...", leaving 'where' to Giles' and our imagination.
- Buffy gives Giles advice on how to ask Jenny Calendar out.Buffy: Just say, I feel a thing, you feel a thing, so maybe we can 'have a thing'.
Buffy: Just remember, 'I feel a thing, you feel a thing', but personalise it.Giles: Personalise it?Buffy: She's a techno pagan, right? Ask her to bless your laptop.
- More Giles and Jenny:Jenny: You're just going to have to trust me, Rupert.Giles: Alright. I place myself in your hands.Jenny: Mmm, sounds like fun.Giles: *big smile, incoherent stuttering*
- In "Lie To Me":Buffy: Ford wouldn't even give me the time of day.Ford: Well, I was a manly sixth-grader. I couldn't bother with someone that young.Buffy: It was terrible. I moped over you for months. Sitting in my room, listening to that Divinyls song "I Touch Myself." *everyone looks at her* Of course, I had no idea what it was about!
- In "The Dark Age", Willow, Xander, Cordelia and Ms. Calendar are filing into her classroom for Saturday school, and Buffy unexpectedly walks in the door behind Ms. Calendar. "All right guys, the first thing we're going to do is Buffy!", to which Xander replies, "Huh? Did I fall asleep already?"
- Subversion in "Go Fish": Willow mentions that she and Xander "played doctor." Then it's revealed that Willow meant that she looked up diagnoses for Xander in a text book.Willow: (to Buffy, after Xander said the way they "played doctor" was wrong) How did you play doctor?Buffy: (evasively) I...never have.
- More like getting Communism Past the Radar...After liberating a bunch of homeless from slave labor in "Anne ", Buffy is seen walking from the building holding a couple of oddly familiar melee weapons.
- "Helpless": after a rather... tense training session with Angel, a fidgety Buffy is with Giles revising the effects of crystals. At one point she twiddles a rather long and thin crystal, and when Giles asks her if she's alright she responds:Buffy: I guess that — I just have some... energy to burn.
- Faith getting Xander to have sex with her in "The Zeppo".Faith: You up for it?Xander: Oh, I'm always up. Suddenly, I'm very "up". It's just that I've never been "up" with people.
- Fun with Vamp!Willow — in "Doppelgangland":
"Puppy's all quiet. Come on. Don't be a spoilsport...That's right, Puppy. Willow's gonna make you bark."
- When she's staked by parallel-Oz, she's saying "Oh f...". (Word of God says that she is supposed to be saying "Oh fine.".)
- Walking into a cage holding a chained, naked Angel:
Buffy: It was exactly you. Except for the part about you being a dominatrix, far as we know.Willow: Yeah right, me and Oz playing Mistress of Pain games every night.Giles frowns at the thought.Xander: Anybody go to a scary visual place?Buffy: Oh yeah.Giles lifts his glasses.
- And on her return later in the season:
I don't like getting you worked up like that. We can't actually do any of those things. You'd lose your soul. Besides, I don't even own a kimono. Just don't like to rub your nose in it. *cringes* Suddenly wondering where that expression comes from...
- Buffy and Angel after seeing a very erotic movie:
Mayor: "So you couldn't give him one moment of true happiness."Faith: I was thinking more along the lines of a long weekend..."
- Same episode. Knowing that Angel lost his soul after a moment of true happiness, Faith tries hitting on him, only to be knocked back. Which leads to this exchange:
Willow: "Was it a boy demon?""Prison's like high school but they don't give you noogies, they give you...."
- Buffy hears the thoughts of an admiring teenage boy. They're about as clean as you'd expect.
- Don't forget the thoughts of Xander. Hooboy, I feel his pain, there.
- When Buffy is freaking out over what 'aspect of the demon' she might take on:
- Having busted Wesley on his dirty thoughts Buffy makes a subtle finger gesture indicating he has a small penis.
- Angel feeding off of Buffy. More than slightly suggestive.
- Willow gives Buffy relationship advice. Oz has no objections.Willow: Ooh, Scott Hope at eleven o'clock. He likes you. He wanted to ask you out last year, but you weren't ready then. But I think you're ready now, or at least in the state of pre-readiness to make conversation, or-or to do that thing with your mouth that boys like. Oh! I didn't mean the bad thing with your mouth, I meant that little half-smile thing that you... You're supposed to stop me when I do that.Oz: I like when you do that.
- From "The Freshman":Willow: "It's just, in high school, knowledge was pretty much frowned upon. You really had to work to learn anything. But here, the energy, the collective intelligence... It's like this force, this penetrating force, and I can just feel my mind opening up, you know, and letting this place just thrust into and — and spurt knowledge into... That sentence ended up in a different place than it started out in."
- From "The Harsh Light Of Day":Anya: (DING) Fabric softener.
- "I think about two girls doing spells together, and I do a spell by myself."
- In "The Initiative", when Spike first encounters his Restraining Bolt. Does This Remind You of Anything??:Spike: I don't understand. This sort of thing's never happened to me before.
Willow: Maybe you were nervous.
Spike: I felt all right when I started. Let's try again. (He tries, but he can't do it.)
Spike: Damn it!
Willow: Maybe you're trying too hard. Doesn't this happen to every vampire?
Spike: Not to me, it doesn't!
Willow: It's me, isn't it?
Spike: What are you talking about?
Willow: Well, you came looking for Buffy, then settled. You didn't want to bite me, I just happened to be around.
Willow: I know I'm not the kind of girl vamps like to sink their teeth into. It's always like, "Oh, you're like a sister to me," or, "Oh, you're such a good friend."
Spike: Don't be ridiculous. I'd bite you in a heartbeat.
Spike: Thought about it.
Spike: Remember last year? You had on that fuzzy pink number with the lilac underneath. (Gives her a sexy look.)
Willow: I never would have guessed. You played the bloodlust kinda cool.
Spike: Mmmm. I hate being obvious. Being all fangy and 'Rrrr.' Takes the mystery out.
Willow: But if you could...
Spike: If I could, yeah.
Willow: You know, this doesn't make you any less terrifying.
Spike: Don't patronise me! (Paces around the room.) I'm only 126!
Willow: You're being too hard on yourself. Why don't we wait a half an hour and try again? (Makes a funny face.) Or... (Grabs a lamp and whacks him.)
- In "Something Blue" — before the love spell:Buffy: "Oh make a move, please. I'm dying for a good (s)lay."
- The two-finger gesture Spike makes in "Hush" is understood to be quite rude in the United Kingdom — it's the British version of flipping someone off — but slipped under the U.S. network radar.
Spike: Sure, you're just a yummy treat.Xander: Course, I am. I'm moist and delicious.
- It's considered rude enough that the UK airing of the show alters the credits; the scene of Spike's hand gesture is replaced with a different clip.
- Compare Angel, Season 5, episode "The Girl In Question" when an Italian demon makes the equivalent Italian chin-rub gesture.
- The gang communicating without their voices:
- When discussing how to kill the Gentlemen, Buffy makes a stabbing motion It's... suggestive.
- "What do they want?" Willow points towards her chest, meaning her heart. Xander misunderstands, and makes a rather obvious cupping motion with both hands, while mouthing "Boobies?"
- After Xander beats up Spike for mistakenly believing he had attacked Anya, Anya makes the classic gesture of making a circle with the fingers of one hand and thrusting a finger of the other hand through it. They exit quickly, stage right. To this day, Joss Whedon is unsure how that got past the censors.
- It didn't get past BBC2's censors - both of the above examples (as well as Spike's gesture) were cut from the Beeb's early evening airings (although all three remained intact on Sky).
- Before losing their voices, Xander thinks Spike wants to eat him.
- Faith-in-Buffy's-body to Spike in "Who Are You?":"I could ride you at a gallop until your legs buckled and your eyes rolled up. I've got muscles you've never even dreamed of. I could squeeze you 'til you pop like warm champagne and you'd beg me to hurt you just a little bit more".
Giles: All right. If you really are Buffy, you'll let me tie you up, without killing me, until we can work this out.Buffy: Giles, Faith has stolen my body and for all I know she has taken it to Mexico by now. We don't have time for bondage fun.
- Which Spike hadn't forgotten. He brings it up with Faith three years later, after she talks about one guy she was with who liked her to dress up as a schoolgirl and use a whip on him. It's only then he finds out it wasn't Buffy.
- When Buffy-in-Faith's-body is trying to convince Giles of who she is:
- Faith catches on about Willow and Tara pretty much immediately (and before any the others have), remarking, "So Willow's not driving stick anymore"
- Willow and Tara perform a spell together that, along with all the panting and sweating, seems to resemble something else entirely. But since homosexual scenes aren't as commonly accepted as heterosexual relationships, the writing team had to come up with creative ways to show their passion. Hence the orgasmic spell, or as Willow put it, "connecting with the Nether Realms."
- In "The I In Team" when Tara offers Willow a dolls-eye crystal that belonged to her grandmother, but Willow refuses on the grounds that it's a valuable family heirloom. But after they spend the night "casting spells", Willow turns up at her dorm the following morning holding the crystal, implying that she accepted it as a love token. (If that's not enough for you, the episode has both Buffy and Willow returning to their empty dorm the morning after Buffy and Riley had sex for the first time, and the following episode has Willow and Tara talking about what happened last night in one of their more famous lesbian sex = spellcasting conversations).
- In "New Moon Rising", we end the episode with a tender moment between Willow and Tara. Willow apologises for everything that happened and says she's going to start "making it up to [you] right now", and Tara blows out the candle.
- "The Yoko Factor":Xander: Maybe that all changes when I'm off doin' sit-ups in Fort Dix!Giles: (quite drunk) Fort Dix? [begins to giggle hysterically]
- In "Buffy vs. Dracula", the girls discuss Dracula's "dark, penetrating eyes". Buffy decides to hold off on killing him until they have more information. Riley is suspicious.Riley: You're not just saying that because of those "dark, penetrating" eyes of his . . . Are you?
Buffy: No! His eyes were — there were — there was NO penetration! Cross my heart.
- In "Real Me", Dawn's mentions telling her mom she wants Willow and Tara to teach her the stuff they do together "then she got quiet and told me to go to my room".
- In "Checkpoint", Spike taunts Buffy about her inability to keep a boyfriend:Maybe your beauty's fading. Maybe slaying's aging you prematurely. Things aren't firm and high as they used to.
- A Mood Dissonance moment from "The Body":Dawn: Uh, this one time in history, uh, she had this book called Annals of History, and she didn't know how to say the word "annals" so she kept saying-
- Willow is feeling ill after eating too much.Tara: Oh, baby, want me to rub your tummy? (to the others) She likes it when I ... (quietly) stop explaining things.
- "Intervention". There's no delicate way of putting this, Spike is enjoying a cigarette when the Buffybot pops up from below. There's absolutely no way to misinterpret what she was doing.
- That time Spike tried to kill Drusilla for Buffy.Spike: Don't mock this!Buffy: Go mock yourself.
- "Bargaining". There is absolutely no uncertainty what the demon is talking about. Warning: it's disturbing.Demon: Now let tell you something children. We're not gonna fight you. We're just gonna hold you down and enjoy ourselves for a few hours. You might even live through it. Except that certain of my boys have anatomical incompatibilities that tend to tear up little girls. So who wants to go first?
- "Life Serial":"I need you to hold hands""With each other?""Well you know what homophobia really means... Stop touching my magic bone!"
Dawn: I'll take a drumstick.Willow: I'm a breast girl myself. [beat] But then again you knew that.
- Buffy has brought a bucket of chicken parts for dinner:
- In "All The Way", we get another gem thanks to Anya's bluntness and Xander's pirate costume:
- Anya: But you get to dress up and play games. Xander's gonna teach me a new one after work called Shiver Me Timbers. Ever heard of it?[later]Anya: How about you? Ever played?Tara: Not really one for the timber.
- Same joke pops up in season 7:Rona: Gotta go with the stake. It's classic. I like the feel of wood in my hand.Kennedy: Lost me there.
- "Once More, With Feeling" is full of them.Spike: Just come to pump me for information?Buffy: What else would I want to pump you for? [beat] I really just said that, didn't I?
"I can lay my body down but I can't find my sweet release"
- Xander parodies the "Seduce and Destroy" speech from misogynist-dream film Magnolia... while playing with donuts. "Respect the cruller! And tame the donut!"
- Spike sings "Rest in Peace":
"Warm in the night, when I'm right in her tight... embrace, tight embrace!""''You're the cutest of the Scoobies with your lips as red as rubies and your firm yet supple... tight embrace!"
- Xander and Anya sing "I'll Never Tell"
"The moon to the tide/ I can feel you inside""Lost in ecstasy/ spread beneath my Willow tree/ you make me come-plete"
- Best for last — Tara and Willow's love song, "Under Your Spell". In one part Tara is floating above the bed with Willow... down there... and then there's the lyrics:
- Spike's line from the beginning of "Tabula Rasa".
- Dawn: "It was like a meat party in my mouth! ... Okay, I'm just a kid, and even I know that sounds wrong."
- After creepy magic drug dealer Rack "tastes" Willow, he says she tastes like strawberries. Beyond the usual Strawberry Shorthand, in certain parts of the US, a "strawberry" is drug culture slang for a woman who trades sexual services for drugs.
- "Doublemeat Palace", starting with the name of the restaurant and eventually ending with a demon shaped like... Well, imagine an eight-foot-long chestburster with no arms and an even larger, rounder forehead, which spits thin streams of pale fluid (and was defeating by a lesbian cutting it off to save her helpless female friend from it, although I am [or was] doubtful that that was the intended Subtext). The fact that the "Buffy At Work" The Making Of documentary used a clip of Buffy watching a video of "the cow and chicken coming together for the first time" (the back of a television emitting frantic moos and clucks was all that was shown of that part of the worker orientation video) when a Buffy writer who worked for a video store was talking about pornography, especially with the Doublemeat mascot, implies that the doublemeat subtext was intentional. (But despite that, who doesn't want one of those hats, or a plush toy of the mascot?)
- And, just in case it wasn't obvious enough, see Willow describing the demon to Tara when they get back together toward the end of the season.Tara: Okay, wait, it was under her wig?Willow: Well, it was this thing, it just came out from inside her head.Tara: That's disgusting. What did it look like?Willow: Well... let's put it this way. If I wasn't gay before...
- And, just in case it wasn't obvious enough, see Willow describing the demon to Tara when they get back together toward the end of the season.
- Dawn: "That's a strange place for a horn... Oh... it's not a horn."
- In "As You Were", Buffy refuses to let Spike inside... the houseSpike: I hear you. I want you, you want me. I can't go inside, so maybe the time is right for you to... come outside.
- In "Older And Far Away" when Buffy's friend Sophie is listing things she can't eat, there's a break in the conversation and in the background music you can quite clearly hear the uncensored lyrics to Rilo Kiley's 'Pictures Of Success', the specific line being "Mexico can fucking wait."
- Spike's mad rambling in "Beneath You":I wanted to kill you. I think they were dreams. So weak... you made me weak, thinking of you. Holding myself, spilling useless buckets of salt all over your.... ending.
- but I'm sure they meant tears...
Hey, hey! No touching! Am I flesh? Am I flesh to you? Feed on flesh. My flesh. Nothing else. Not a spark. Oh, fine. Flesh, then. Solid through. Get it hard, service the girl. [unbuttons pants]
- It also includes a heart-rending reference to Buffy using him while not seeing him as a person:
- On Principal Wood and Buffy's date, Buffy calls the rum-soaked pear "the best thing I ever put in my mouth". And then Spike shows up standing right next to Buffy...
- This one was good enough that House ended up using it.
- "Chosen" and the cookie analogyBuffy: I'm cookie dough. I'm not done baking. I'm not finished becoming who ever the hell it is I'm gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day, I turn around and realize I'm ready. I'm cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat — or enjoy — warm, delicious, cookie me, then that's fine. That'll be then. When I'm done.