This episode scored a 5.7/8 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.
This episode scored a 3.5 in the national rating.
Ranked 97 out of 139 prime time shows.
Seth Green has been removed from the opening titles sequence. James Marsters now takes his place in the credits as he is upgraded to a starring role starting with this episode.
This episode introduces
. This becomes a plot device all the way through to Season 7.
Xander: No studying? Damn! Next thing you'll tell is I have to eat jelly doughnuts or sleep with a supermodel to get things done around here. I ask you, how much can one man give?
Spike: (in Initiative cell; about Buffy) I always worried what would happen when that bitch got some funding.
Buffy: You know, for someone who teaches human behavior, you might try showing some.
Walsh: It's not my job to coddle my students.
Buffy: You're right. A human being in pain has nothing to do with your job. (Buffy leaves)
Walsh: (to Riley) I like her.
Harmony: Spikey. Let's leave the Slayer alone. You know she'll only slap you around, and I can do that.
Xander: Every man faces this moment. Here, now. Watching, waiting for an unseen enemy that has no face. Nerve endings screaming in silence, never knowing which thought might be your last...
Giles: Oh, shut up.
Willow: (to Riley) If you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel. A vague disclaimer's nobody's friend. Have fun!
When Spike has Willow against the wall in her dorm room and vamps out, the camera repeatedly cuts between two shots. In the shots with Spike's back to the camera, his collar is up; it's down when facing him.
It's not made clear how Spike is able to toss around the scientists during his escape from the Initiative lab and later the soldiers in the dorm without the neurological pain from his implant that he experiences at other times.