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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harsh Light of Day

Buffy accepts a date with Parker and it doesn't take long for things to progress. However, her ideal return to dating doesn't hold up well soon after. To make things worse for Buffy, Spike has returned to town on the hunt for a legendary vampiric artefact, having also begun dating anew. Meanwhile, Anya has also returned to Sunnydale to examine the nature of she and Xander's relationship.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x3
Production Number: 4ABB03
Airdate: Tuesday October 19th, 1999
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Adam KaufmanAdam Kaufman
As Parker Abrams
James MarstersJames Marsters
As Spike

Co-Guest Stars
Jason Hall (1)Jason Hall (1)
As Devon
As Brian
Bif NakedBif Naked
As Herself (Performer)
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.9/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 6th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.4 in the national rating.

Ranked 93 out of 139 prime time shows.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bif NakedMoment of Weakness 
Bif NakedAnything 
Bif NakedLucky 
Devil DollFaith in Love 
DollsheadIt's Over, It's Under 
Four Star MaryDilate 
Psychic RainTake Me Down 

Episode Quotes
Harmony: You love that tunnel more than me.
Spike: I love syphilis more than you.

Oz: Okay, either I'm borrowing all your albums, or I'm moving in.
Giles: Oz, there are more important things than records right now.
Oz: (pulls out Loaded by The Velvet Underground) More important than this one?
Giles: Um, I suppose an argument could be made for...
Xander: Whoa, Giles has a TV. Everybody, Giles has a TV! He's shallow like us.
Oz: I got to admit, I'm a little disappointed.
Giles: I-I-I...
Willow: Well, maybe it doesn't work. It's like art.

Harmony: Being a vampire sucks.

Spike: So, you let Parker take a poke, eh? Didn't seem like you knew each other that well. What exactly did it take to pry apart the Slayer's dimpled knees?
Buffy: You're a pig, Spike.
Spike: Did he play the sensitive lad and get you to seduce him? That's a good trick if the girl's thick enough to buy it. I wonder what you did wrong. Uh, too strong? Did you bruise the boy? Whatever. I guess you're not worth a second go. Come to think of it, seems like someone told me as much. Who was that? Oh yeah. Angel.

Episode Goofs
Spike takes off the necklace, before trying to get the ring off Harmony, but it then reappears when she throws it at him. Also, at this point, there appears to be no pendant attached to it.

The students that are seen on the campus, all suddenly disappear once Spike shows up to fight Buffy.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerFran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerJane Espenson  |  David Solomon  |  James A. Contner
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff
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  |  Ron Evans  |  Kurt Kassulke
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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