This episode scored a 5.1/7 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 6th out of 12 WB shows for the week.
Series star David Boreanaz does not appear in this episode.
This episode introduces Seth Green as Oz.
This episode featured the first appearance of Danny Strong.
This is a Xander centered episode.
This episode scored a 3.2 in the fast nationals.
Ranked 92 out of 105 prime time shows.
Xander: Hold on a sec. So, this person who's living with you for two weeks is a man? With man parts? This is a terrible idea.
Willow: What about the beautiful melding of two cultures?
Xander: There's no melding, okay? He better keep his parts to himself.
Xander: Oh, that's Rodney Munson. He's God's gift to the belle curve. What he lacks in smarts, he makes up in lack of smarts.
Willow: You just don't like him 'cause of that time he beat you up everday for five years.
Xander: Yeah, I'm irrational that way.
Buffy: I wasn't gonna use violence. I don't always use violence. Do I?
Xander: The important thing is you believe that.
Buffy: (to Giles) Oh! I know this one! Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah, blah, bity blah, I'm so stuffy, give me a scone.
Buffy: One day I'm gonna live in a town where evil curses are just generally ruled out without even saying.
Willow: So, Ampata, you're a girl.
Ampata: Yes. For many years now.
Ampata: You are strange.
Xander: Girls always tell me that. Right before they run away.
Buffy: (urging Giles to speed up in his car) Come on! Can't you put your foot down?
Giles: It is down.
Buffy: One of these days you're gonna have to get a grownup car.
When Ampata tries to drain Xander's life, her face begins to decay, but when it cuts to a shot from the side, you can see that her face is still normal.
Xander asks Ampata if she's really a praying mantis upon agreeing to go to the dance with him. This is a reference to the episode "Teachers Pet", which begins his string of bad luck being a "demon magnet."