This episode marks the final appearances of Cordelia and Wesley in the series. Charisma Carpenter would go on to star with David Boreanaz on the spin-off Angel the following season. Alexis Denisof would join later on in the same season.
This episode scored a 5.2/9 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 1st out of 17 WB shows for the week.
Due to the sensitive issue of the Columbine shootings, and the fact that this episode dealt with school violence, The WB pulled this episode, despite it being Part 2 of the Season Finale and did not air it until July.
Ranked 82 out of 114 prime time shows.
Harmony, Cordelia's comrade, is killed by a vampire is this episode. It is later learned that she was sired, and she'd later appear as Spike's dense vampire girlfriend.
The yearbook seen in this episode was released as a tie-in product, Sunnydale High Yearbook.
The episode "Earshot" and the Buffy novel, The Evil That Men Do was also delayed due to the Columbine incident; it was published one year later than planned.
The Mutant Enemy zombie that always appears at the end of each episode is wearing a black graduation cap.
Angel is the second vampire to bite Buffy.
Cordelia stakes her first and only vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This episode sees the destruction of Sunnydale High, the scene of a great deal of paranormal activities thus far in the series. As the Mayor said, "Nothing will ever be the same. Nothing."
This episode marks
, though he will make a posthumous appearance in the Season 4 episode "Restless". The episode also features . Fans debated whether or not he lived since it's not made explicit onscreen, but it's finally confirmed in Season 6's "Smashed".
Xander: Here's your coffee. Brewed from the finest Colombian lighter fluid.
Giles: Thank you. (drinks) Horrible.
Xander: Aren't you supposed to be drinking tea, anyway?
Giles: Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.
Xander: Okay, but you're destroying a perfectly good cultural stereotype here.
Cordelia: I demand an explanation.
Xander: For what?
Xander: Uh... inbreeding?
Oz: Any change?
Willow: He's delirious. He thought I was Buffy.
Oz: You too, huh?
The Mayor: Murderous little fiend! Did you see what she did to my Faith?
Angel: Hadn't made any plans to weep over that one.
The Mayor: Well, I'd get set for some weeping if I were you. I'd get set for a world of pain. Misery loves company, young man, and I'm looking to share that with you and your whore!
Cordelia: I personally don't think it's possible to come up with a crazier plan.
Oz: We attack the Mayor with hummus.
Cordelia: I stand corrected.
Oz: Just keeping things in perspective.
Buffy: Faith told me to play on his human weakness.
Willow: Faith told you? Is that before or after you put her in a coma?
Willow: (confused) Oh.
Angel: Well, he's not crazy about germs.
Cordelia: Of course. That's it. We'll attack him with germs.
Buffy: Great! We'll get him cornered and then you can sneeze on him.
Cordelia: No! No, we'll get a container of Ebola virus and - and, uh... Or it doesn't even have to be real. We can just get a box that says "Ebola" on it and, um... chase him. With the box.
Xander: I'm starting to lean towards the Hummus Offensive.
Oz: He'll never see it coming.
Buffy: (to Wesley) The Council is not welcome here. I have no time for orders. If I need someone to scream like a woman, I'll give you a call.
Principal Snyder: Congratulations to the Class of 1999. You all proved more or less adequate.
Buffy: My God. He's gonna do the entire speech.
Willow: Man, just ascend already.
The Mayor: (seeing the library full of explosives) Well, gosh.
Buffy: If someone could just wake me when it's time to go to college, that'd be great.
Oz: We survived.
Buffy: It was a hell of a battle.
Oz: Not the battle. High School.