This episode scored a 5.0/7 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 5th out of 12 WB shows for the week.
This episode scored a 3.4 in the fast nationals.
Ranked 93 out of 109 prime time shows.
Show creators have stated in interviews included on the DVDs that Spike kills The Anointed One in this episode because Andrew J. Ferchland, who plays The Anointed One, had grown significantly over the summer hiatus, which contradicted the established doctrine that vampires do not age. Because of Ferchland's growth spurt, he remains seated for most of his scenes in season two.
This episode is the first appearance of Spike and Drusilla.
This episode establishes that Principal Snyder and the police are aware that there are supernatural happenings in Sunnydale.
Willow: She was already smoking in fifth grade. Once I was lookout for her.
Xander: You're bad to the bone.
Willow: I'm a rebel.
Spike: If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock.
Spike: Nice work, love.
Buffy: Who are you?
Spike: You'll find out on Saturday.
Buffy: What happens on Saturday?
Spike: I kill you.
Xander: So, when you gave him my neck to chew on, why didn't you clock him before he had a chance to clock you?
Angel: I told you. I couldn't make the first move. I had to see if he was buying it or not.
Xander: A-and if he bit me, what then?
Angel: We would've known he bought it.
Xander: Hey, what's the deal with you being Spike's sire? What's a sire?
Spike: A Slayer with family and friends. That sure as hell wasn't in the brochure.
Spike: From now on, we're gonna have a little less ritual...and a little more fun around here.
When Buffy races outside to fight the big ugly vampire, she evidently found the time and necessity to grab her jacket, but not a stake.