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Willow: "How 'bout your date, Xander. Is she evil?"
Xander: "Well, she's interested in me, so there's a good chance, but I'm hoping for the best."

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Principal Wood invites Buffy to dinner and Xander also gets a date.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Buffy wonders if Robin Wood is asking her out because he's evil and setting her up to be killed. She admits however that she does fancy him and - if he's innocent - it would be good to date someone without that "wicked energy" for a change. Unless he really is evil and the wicked energy is what's attracting her?
    Willow: I'm gonna wait for that sentence to come around again before I jump on.
    • And once more with Spuffy.
    Spike: There's always girls who like the look; bad boy, you know. Does it for some of them.
  • Always Save The Guy: Giles thinks that Buffy is ignoring the danger an unchipped Spike presents because of her feelings for him.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Andrew rifling Buffy's underwear drawer, playing with a lipstick tube and sighing over the thought of Captain Archer with his shirt off.
  • Ankle Drag: Wood is cutting free Xander when a Turok-Han reaches through the opening Seal of Danthazar and grabs him. Fortunately after Xander is free the Seal closes, severing its arm.
  • Animal Eyes: Lissa has cats' eyes.
  • The Atoner: Andrew
  • Bait-and-Switch: Wood leads Buffy down a dark alley towards what he says is a nice restaurant, only for them to be ambushed by vampires. Turns out there really is a restaurant down there, and the vampires were after Wood too.
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  • Blatant Lies: There's no sparks between Buffy and Spike, and she's absolutely not letting her feelings for him influence her decisions.
  • Blood Magic: Lissa tries to bleed Xander to death to open the Seal of Danzalthar and get her own pet Turok-Han.
  • Buffy Speak: "Go-through-able". "Free range Spike".
  • Brick Joke
    • In "Conversations With Dead People" Dawn spills pizza sauce on Buffy's blouse, but doesn't worry as she thinks Buffy will assume it's blood. Here Anya tries to scrub out the 'bloodstain' but when she can't says, "It might be pizza."
    • A lactose-intolerant Chao Ahn accuses Giles of trying to poison her when he offers her warm milk. Earlier she asks if the "flash card monsters" are attacking.
  • Call-Back: Giles likely has the events of Season 2 very much in mind, when Buffy let her personal feelings get in the way of killing Angel when he turned evil, resulting in the death of Giles' girlfriend Jenny Calender.
    • Giles' flash cards are similar to the overhead projector briefing he gave the Scoobies in "Hush", which also involved crude drawings using plenty of red pen.
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    • Giles deconstructs the idea that Buffy and Spike no longer have a relationship just because they're not having sex, as Spike famously did to Buffy/Angel in "Lovers' Walk".
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: The Scoobies are in the basement trying to listen in on the First, but are only picking up Andrew's side of the conversation. Suddenly Willow says she can hear the First, only to take off her headphones and realise the First's voice is coming from all around them.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Anya/Xander and Buffy/Spike.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Averted by Xander fortunately, but Buffy leaves her cellphone back at the house meaning Spike has to go find her, causing him to meet up with Wood.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Plenty
    • Chao Ahn as a Running Gag — she doesn't speak English, and Giles' lousy Cantonese means he keeps misinterpreting what she's saying.
    • Buffy acts like Giles is warning of the dangers of earlobe damage from hoop earrings, knowing he's actually refering to Spike.
    • Andrew waving a cross at the First.
    • Jonathan!First says that Willow brought something important to the house.
    Andrew: The microwave?
    Jonathan!First: (Death Glare) The gun!
    • Andrew says he found Willow's pistol in Buffy's underwear drawer, and when the First asks to see says he didn't steal any.
  • Continuity Nod
    • A graveyard memorial with SNYDER on it, presumably for Principal Snyder who was killed in "Graduation Day, Part 2".
    • Xander notes that his not-a-wedding anniversary is coming up (which took place in episode 16 of Season 6). Buffy suggests Spike go out with the girl he invited to the wedding.
    • "No wonder you crashed your jetpack." Andrew did this in a failed Villain: Exit, Stage Left in "Seeing Red".
    • Andrew briefly tries to set up a new microwave, as the old one exploded in "Conversations With Dead People".
  • Corpsing: Xander enters the house patched up from his bad date; Willow asks him "What happened?" and Xander responds in a very I've had it with this shit tone: "What do you think happened?!" You can very briefly see Sarah Michelle Gellar break and start to smile.
  • Covert Distress Code: Xander text messages Willow a codeword that means either "My date is a demon who's trying to kill me - send help!" or "Don't call me because I'm about to score!" Unfortunately as it's been several years since Xander went on a date, Willow has forgotten which one it is. They play the percentages and rescue him.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: To "Never Kill A Boy On Your First Date" in Season One.
  • Curse Cut Short: Thinking she had been set up Buffy is all set to tear a few verbal strips off Wood, only to find him also fighting back against the vamp ambush.
    You set me up you son of a... what?
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Daddy!Giles trying to talk his surrogate daughter Buffy away from her disreputable boyfriend Spike. He even says, "I want better for you."
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Andrew and Wood to the First. Or in Willow's case it should be Do Not Tape-Record Cthulhu.
  • Everyone Can See It: Spuffy and Killow.
  • Facial Horror: Jonathan!First appearing in the basement to frighten the Scoobies.
  • Fatal Attractor
    Xander: This can't just happen! It can't just keep happening that demon women find me attractive! There's gotta be a reason!
    Lissa: You just seem like a nice guy, that's all. And I wanted to get to know you.
    Xander: And kill me?
    Lissa: Sure.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The Bidet of Evil.
  • Foreshadowing: Giles concern that Buffy is allowing her personal feelings to influence her decisions re Spike, and Wood discovering that Spike is the vampire that killed his mother, sets up the events of "Lies My Parents Told Me".
  • Friendship Moment: Dawn offers a rare, genuine compliment to Andrew for his attempts to record the First, which he reciprocates. Additionally, after Andrew reveals that the First wanted him to shoot all of the girls, he assures a worried Dawn that she would have been excluded since he was only ordered to take out the Potentials.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Chao Ahn can't speak English. Giles can speak Chinese; unfortunately, it's Mandarin, not Cantonese (both are considered "dialects" of Chinese, but are mutually unintelligible).
    Chao Ahn: (subtitle) Why is everyone up? Are the flashcard monsters attacking?
    Giles: She says she can't sleep. (to Chao-Ahn) Um, I made myself some warm milk. You can have it.
    Chao Ahn: (subtitle) You're trying to kill me!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Wood feeding Buffy peaches. "That's the best thing I've ever had in my mouth."
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: The First, as Jonathan, is trying to get Andrew to turn against Buffy:
    The First: Really? Why? So you can earn a spot on her little pep squad? You think she'll ever let you in? You're a murderer.
    Andrew: Confidentially, a lot of her people are murderers. Uh, Anya and Willow and Spike....
  • Glasses Pull: Giles venting his frustration at the Scoobies. He’s Back!
  • Gut Feeling: Spoofed
    Buffy: Guess it was instinct, like you were talking about.
    Giles: I made that up! I knew the Bringer was there because his shoes squeaked!
  • Held Gaze: Buffy with Spike — she becomes embarrassed on realising Wood has seen and drawn the obvious conclusion.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Subverted; Giles appears to be playing down his victory over the Bringer, but then admits he was lying about his Watcher instinct detecting him.
  • Hidden Wire: Andrew wears a recording device so Willow can get the voice of the First on tape in an effort to gather information.
  • Homoerotic Subtext:
    • Xander asking Willow to make him gay, while standing next to Andrew.
    • When Xander claims that he's "going gay", Dawn comments that Clem always liked him.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    • Giles talking of his Watcher's instinct only to be blindsided by Spike.
    • Anya wishing Xander would get his head eaten by his date, to worrying about him when Buffy is late returning, to complaining when he turns up alive again.
    • Buffy laughs that, if Xander were gay, he would just end up attracting male demons.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Spike tells Buffy he doesn't have a problem with Buffy going on a date, and stresses that he's not being noble as he's given up his fantasy of a life with her. Spike offers to leave Sunnydale when Andrew reveals that the First still has plans for him; after all, Buffy now has another demon fighter/potential love interest in Robin Wood. When Buffy is pushed on this issue however, she has to admit that she's not prepared for Spike to leave her.
  • I Knew It! (In-Universe): Xander is captured by a demon he'd been dating after his tendency to date dangerous demons was pointed out once again.
    "I knew it! See? I knew it!"
  • Ironic Echo Cut
    Giles: How can anyone think about their social life? We are about to fight the original primal evil. These girls are in mortal danger. Didn't you see the flashcards? This isn't right.
    [Cut to Wood leading Buffy down a dark alley.]
    Buffy: This isn't right.
  • Just Friends: Giles re Spuffy.
    Giles: It doesn't matter anymore if you're... if you're physical with each other. There's a connection there. You rely on him and he relies on you. That's what's affecting your judgement.
  • Lingerie Scene: Buffy walks out in the corridor in her tight-fitting lacy camisole top and bumps into Spike. To his credit, Spike keeps his eyes on her face after the initial downward eye-flick. Mostly.
  • Mirror Scare: The First appearing in Robin Wood's mirror in the form of his mother. He doesn't even flinch.
  • Naughty Under the Table: Buffy threatens to make Willow talk about "your new girlfriend who you hold hands with under the dinner table and think we don't notice."
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book / Exposition Diagram: Giles tries to explain to Chao Ahan what they're up against using flash card drawings of girls being bloodily massacred by Bringers and vampires. The Potentials complain when she goes and locks herself in the only toilet in the house.
  • Not a Date
    Anya: Everybody has a date. Buffy has a date. Willow's been completely making out with this girl—
    Kennedy: Hey!
    Anya: Xander's out with some hardware-store-whore. It's Date Fest 2003.
    Willow: Actually, Buffy's investigating Principal Wood. It's not a date.
    Giles: Really.
    Willow: Might be a date.
  • Not So Stoic: The First appears to Wood in the form of his mother. Well aware of who it is, Wood maintains a stony expression, but his control slips towards the end of their conversation.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The Cliffhanger from "Sleeper" is resolved. Giles grabbed the axe's handle as it was swung at his head, snatched the axe from the Bringer's hands and chopped off his head.
  • Operation: Jealousy
    Anya: I think [Xander's date] is part of a plan to make me jealous.
    Buffy: Well, it's not working.
    Anya: Are you nuts? Of course it's working! Observe my bitter ranting! Hear the shrill edge of hysteria in my voice!
  • The Other Darrin: Nikki Woods was played by stuntwoman April Weeden-Washington in "Fool for Love". Although she's also an actress, she was regarded as now being too old to play the teenaged Slayer and so K.D. Aubert got the role instead.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Principal Wood asking school guidance counsellor Buffy out on a date.
    "I'd like to take you out to dinner, if that's all right with you. I mean, you don't have to. I'm certainly not saying 'come to dinner if you enjoy having a job.' Heheh. You know, I may have to make up a document saying I didn't just say that and have you sign it."
  • Running Gag: Laughter ensues whenever Buffy suggests Wood might have hired her for her counseling skills. Giles mistranslating the Chinese Potential.
  • The Reveal: Principal Wood is the son of the Slayer killed by Spike in 1977.
  • Sarcasm Mode
    Giles: Well, that sounds very responsible of you. Balances out the vampire-on-the-loose issue.
  • Saying Too Much: Willow tells Buffy that her Not a Date with Wood will help her move on.
    Buffy: (defensively) Why does everybody in this house think I'm still in love with Spike?
    Willow: No, I-I meant move on from this imposed super-self-reliance. Let somebody get close.
    Buffy: Oh.
  • Ship Tease: Loads — Spike/Buffy, Wood/Buffy, Kennedy/Willow, Andrew/Dawn, Xander/Andrew, Anya/Xander.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil / "They Still Belong to Us" Lecture: The argument Jonathan!First uses against Andrew; he's already committed murder, so why join with the Scoobies in the futile belief that he can atone?
  • Speak in Unison: Spike tackles Giles.
    Spike: Hey! You're not the First!
    Giles: (simultaneously) Hey! You're not in pain!
  • Spider-Sense: Spoofed when Giles admits he was lying; he actually heard the Bringer's shoes squeak.
  • Situational Sexuality: When a man keeps getting hit on by homicidal demon chicks, there's only one thing he can do. "Willow, gay me up."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Why does everybody in this house think I'm still in love with Spike?"
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Subverted when Giles picks up one of the Potentials, and since they share no common language, he takes her out for ice cream as a way to show friendship. Unfortunately, like most Asians, she's lactose intolerant.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Xander helps Lissa select a rope at the hardware store, he starts babbling about the recreation uses of rope and makes it sound like he's into bondage.
  • This Was Her True Form: Lissa reverts to her demon form after Buffy cuts off her head.
  • Unwilling Suspension
  • Vampire Hunter / Badass Normal: Principal Wood, as he was raised and trained by a Watcher.
  • Verbal Backspace: Dawn is glad when Andrew says he was only going to shoot the Potentials, not her.
    (relieved) Oh, well that's something, anyway...(realises what she said) Something tragic.
  • Wall of Weapons: An impressive display of edged weaponry is hidden behind the whiteboard in Principal Wood's office.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Giles re taking Spike's chip out, and the Scoobies going out on dates when there's an apocalypse afoot.
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