First appearance of the vampire slayer, Bianca Lawson as Kendra. She was called on when Buffy died in the episode "Prophecy Girl".
This episode was the series first multi-part episode to be aired on two different nights. A 'to be continued' is seen at the end of Part 1.
This episode scored a 5.3/8 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 6th out of 12 WB shows for the week.
This episode scored a 3.5 in the fast nationals.
Ranked 99 out of 112 prime time shows.
Bianca Lawson originally was to be cast as Cordelia Chase, but turned down the role to pursue a part in the UPN series Goode Behavior.
Willow and Oz finally properly meet, having almost done so in two previous episodes, "Inca Mummy Girl" and "Halloween".
The hold of the plane in which Kendra arrives in Sunnydale is used as a sewer tunnel in later episodes.
The ice rink, called Iceland, is found at 8041 Jackson Street in Paramount, California. This is around 25 miles from where Buffy was filmed. Sarah Michelle Gellar is a fan of ice skating in real life.
Xander: "Are you a people person, or do you prefer keeping your own company?" Well, what if I'm a people person who keeps his own company by default?
Buffy: So, mark "none of the above".
Xander: Well, there are no boxes for "none of the above". That would introduce too many variables into their mushroom head, number-crunching little world.
Buffy: Do I like shrubs?
Xander: That's between you and your god.
Xander: You know, with that kind of attitude you could've had a bright future as an employee at the DMV.
Angel: Buffy! You scared me.
Buffy: Now you know what it feels like, Stealth Guy.
Buffy: Uh, we're having this thing at school.
Angel: Career week?
Buffy: How did you know?
Angel: I lurk.
Cordelia: Oh, here I am. "Personal shopper or motivational speaker." Neato!
Xander: Motivational speaker? On what? Ten ways to a more annoying you?
Cordelia: I can't even believe you. You dragged me out of bed for a ride? What am I, mass transportation?
Xander: That's what a lot of the guys say, but it's just locker room talk. I wouldn't pay it any mind.
Cordelia: Oh, right, 'cause I lie awake at night hoping you tweakos will be my best friends.