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  • Genius Bonus: While sneaking into the Initiative, the Scooby Gang are surrounded by enemy soldiers. Buffy quickly grabs their leader as a hostage with a crossbow to his head:
    Buffy: "Stay back, or I'll pull a William Burroughs on your leader here."
    Xander: "You'll bore him to death with free prose?"
    Buffy: "Was I the only one awake in English class that day?"
    • The exchange is funny even if you know nothing about William S. Burroughs, a famous author from the 50's who's probably best known for writing the book Naked Lunch. However, Buffy's original threat only makes sense if you know that William Burroughs drunkenly shot his own wife to death.

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