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  • Bizarro Episode: The episode can be seen as this, diverting from the building plot threads of that season to tell a completely zany, full-out self-parody of every Buffy trope in the book.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Faith screwing Xander's brains out where he singlehandedly stops a plot to blow open the hellmouth? Funny and awesome. When it's revealed men are less than nothing to her? It stops being awesome. When Willow finds out and is in the bathroom crying it stops being funny. And Faith later trying to rape then kill Xander makes it this trope.
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    • The fact that this whole episode revolves around trying to show that Xander is a badass in his own way feels odd considering that a very important plot point of the final season is Buffy going on a total Alpha Bitch-fest that would make early-series Cordelia tell her to calm down because she doesn't considers anybody badass enough by her standards, and while she learns to be more of a "general" the other Scoobies get a near-fatal case of The Complainer Is Always Wrong when they try to do what they can by themselves.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A younger Michael Cudlitz guest stars as one of Jack's friends, a zombie who is first shown rising from the grave and who is killed by Xander when his head is crushed. Years later, Cudlitz played Abraham on The Walking Dead, who fights zombies and dies when his head is crushed, though given the circumstances of his death he does not reanimate as a zombie.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Michael Cudlitz later goes on to portray Abraham Ford on The Walking Dead.
  • What an Idiot!: The episode Book-Ends with Cordelia insulting Xander by saying that he's not a badass and he brings nothing to the Sccoby Gang (the Title Drop is her comparing Xander to who she thinks is the most forgettable of the Marx Brothers). In the second occasion, Xander has freaking saved their lives without their knowledge... and he decides to never tell them. Hard to tell if it would have saved him from being one of the victims of the In-Universe What Measure Is a Non-Badass? argument that spreads throughout the other seasons (especially the final one) but it surely would have helped.
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