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Buffy begins her life as a college student, but soon finds herself overwhelmed by her new environment. Even her Slayer duties are too much when a group of vampires working the campus humiliate her into defeat.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 4ABB01
Airdate: Tuesday October 05th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Marc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Recurring
Dagney Kerr
As Kathy Newman
Recurring
Lindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Mace Lombard
As Tom
Recurring
Phina Oruche
As Olivia
Recurring
Walter Borchert
As New Vampire (credited as Walt Borchert)
Recurring
Angie Hart
As Herself (credited as Splendid)
Recurring
Mike Rad
As Rookie
Robert Catrini
As Prof. Riegert
Scott Rinker
As R. A.
Denice J. Sealy
As Student Volunteer
Evie Peck
As Angry Girl
Anil Raman
As Earnest Fellow
Jason Christopher
As Nonserious Guy
Jane Silvia
As Conservative Woman
Mark Elliott Silverberg
As Passing Student (credited as Mark Silverberg)

Uncredited
David Boreanaz
As Angel
Recurring
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Seth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.8/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode features the first appearances of Riley and Maggie Walsh.

Ranked 87 out of 135 prime time shows.

Buffy gets a phone call at home, but the person on the other end hangs up shortly afterwards. It is revealed to be Angel in the episode "City Of", which originally followed this episode on the same night.

This is the first episode of the series not to feature the library and, consequently, Sunnydale High School.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
David BowieMemory of a Free Festival 
The MuffsI Wish That I Could Be You 
SplendidYou and Me 
Stretch PrincessUniverse 


Episode Quotes
Buffy: How do you get to be renowned? I mean, like, do you have to be nowned first?
Willow: Yes. First there's the painful nowning process.

Conservative Woman: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?
Buffy: Uh, you know, I meant to and then I just got really busy.

Buffy: Speaking of slack, have you heard anything from Xander?
Willow: Not for awhile. He's still on his cross-country-see-America thing. He said he wasn't coming back until he had driven to all fifty states.
Buffy: Did you explain about Hawaii?
Willow: Oh, he seemed so determined.

Kathy: I am really glad they put me with somebody cool. I can tell that you're cool. I just know that this whole year is going to be super fun! (hangs up her Celine Dion poster)

Dav: Does this sweater make me look fat?
Sunday: No, the fact that you're fat makes you look fat. That sweater just makes you look purple.

Willow: Xander!
Xander: How are my guys? (hugs Willow, then hugs Kathy) I don't know you, do I?
Kathy: No.
Xander: This is very intrusive, isn't it?
Kathy: Little bit.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerRichard Gershman
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerAdam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  Ron Evans
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistRobin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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