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Jonathan is a superstar and renaissance man. A genius, uber-talented, and all around celebrity, there is nothing that Jonathan can fail at. However, a series of attacks by a demon has Buffy beginning to think that there is something amiss about he and his abilities.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x17
Production Number: 4ABB17
Airdate: Tuesday April 04th, 2000
Network: WB

Director: David Grossman
Writer: Jane Espenson


  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Bailey ChaseBailey Chase
As Graham Miller
Recurring
Robert Patrick BenedictRobert Patrick Benedict
As Jape
Recurring
George HertzbergGeorge Hertzberg
As Adam
Recurring
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya
Recurring
John Saint RyanJohn Saint Ryan
As Colonel Haviland

Co-Guest Stars
Brad Caleb KaneBrad Caleb Kane
voiced Additional vocals (credited as Brad Kane)
Recurring
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
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.6/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 5th out of 16 WB shows for the week.

Alternate opening credits are shown in this episode. The credits feature a ton of Jonathan shots to go along with the theme of the episode.

This episode scored a 2.8 in the national rating.

Ranked 92 out of 138 prime time shows.

Not too long after this episode, Jane Espenson wrote a one-shot prequel comic book to this episode.

Jonathan's singing voice was done by Brad Kane who played Tucker Wells in the Season 3 episode "The Prom". Incidentally, Jonathan would join forces with the brother of Tucker in Season 6.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Royal Crown RevueTrapped (In the Web of Love) 
Royal Crown RevueHey, Sonny 
Royal Crown Revue with Brad KaneSerenade in Blue 


Episode Quotes
Willow: I don't care if it is an orgy of death, there's still such a thing as a napkin.

Buffy: A nest. No biggie. I bet I could do it. I mean, I know I could take at least two.
Anya: Yes. And then we could run for help while the other three suck your heart out through your neck.

Anya: They weren't very well organized. If they had all rushed at Buffy, they could have killed her right away.
Buffy: Thanks, Anya. That won't keep me awake all night.

Spike: Back off, Betty.
Buffy: It's Buffy! You big, bleached... stupid guy!

Buffy: There's no way he could know. I mean, you don't just look at someone and say, "Hey, that's not your body. Get out of that body with your hands up!"

Riley: (about Xander and Anya) Quite the couple, aren't they?
Buffy: They get into a fistfight, I got a 50 on Anya.

Anya: Xander?
Xander: Yeah.
Anya: Let's go have sex now.
Xander: Yeah. Okay.

Willow: Buffy, this is Jonathan. You know he doesn't get scared. You talked about it when you gave him the Class Protector award at the Prom.

Anya: Xander's not here.
Buffy: Oh.
Anya: You're not going away. Why aren't you going away?
Buffy: Well, I was kind of hoping… to… look…. at some of Xander's stuff.
Anya: Oh. Sure. Come on in. Make yourself at home... and so on.

Anya: (to Buffy) Oh, you're still here? That's nice.

(Buffy grabs the book Anya is reading)
Anya: Hey! I was just at the part where he invents the Internet.

Buffy: I'm just saying it doesn't make any sense. He starred in The Matrix, but he never left town. And how'd he graduate from Med school? He's only 18 years old.
Xander: Effective time-management?

Buffy: Well, I was just kind of... wondering if maybe anyone else thought that... Jonathan was kind of too perfect?
Xander: No, he's not. He's just perfect enough. He crushed the bones of the Master, he blew up a big snake made out of Mayor, and he coached the U.S. women's soccer team to a stunning World Cup victory. We saw him doing those things.

Buffy: Giles, do you have a Jonathan swimsuit calendar?
Giles: No. Yes. It was a gift.

Anya: And who really did star in The Matrix?
Riley: Wait, that wasn't real either?



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Joss Whedon  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorMichael Kewley
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
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 MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Ron Evans  |  Adam Sawelson
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
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 (2)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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