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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Yoko Factor (1)

Spike initiates Adam's plan of isolating Buffy from her friends by planting the seeds of separation that has been brewing over the year.

Buffy's visit to L.A. worries Riley, especially when he learns about Angel's curse.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x20
Production Number: 4ABB20
Airdate: Tuesday May 09th, 2000
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Leonard RobertsLeonard Roberts
As Forrest Gates
Conor OConor O'Farrell
As Colonel McNamara
George HertzbergGeorge Hertzberg
As Adam
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
As Angel

Co-Guest Stars
Bob FimianiBob Fimiani
As Mr. Ward
Jade CarterJade Carter
As Lieutenant
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 4.9/8 in the ratings.

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

This episode scored a 3.0 in the national ratings.

Ranked 87 out of 128 prime time shows.

This episode directly follows the Angel episode "Sanctuary" where Buffy confronts Faith and Angel.

This is the first of two appearances of guest star Bob Fimiani. He also appeared as different characters in two episodes of Angel, as well as an episode of Firefly. He is therefore one of the Whedon hat-trick of actors for appearing in his first three series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anthony Stewart HeadFreebird 

Episode Quotes
Spike: (to Giles) You know, for someone who's got "Watcher" on his résumé, you might want to cast an eye to the front door every now and again.

Xander: You know what college is? It's high school, only without the actual going to class! Well, high school was kinda like that, too.

Xander: I'm out there working hard to make a living and it's nothing but a huge joke to them. "Xander got fired from Starbucks. Xander got fired from that phone sex line."
Anya: They look down on you.
Xander: And they hate you.
Anya: But they don't look down on me.

Giles: Any problems getting in and out?
Spike: No. I mean, a couple of them made me on the way out, but I took care of them.
Giles: Gave them a good running away from, did you?

Willow: Crack a government encryption code on my laptop? Easy as really difficult pie.

Spike: You're not exactly the whiz these days, either. God, I'm never gonna get paid.
Willow: I am a whiz.
Tara: She is a whiz.
Willow: If ever whiz there was.

Riley: Where do you think you're going?
Angel: Going to see an old girlfriend.

Angel: Oh, and... Riley?
Buffy: Yeah?
Angel: I don't like him.

Spike: Don't tell me you've never heard of the Beatles.
Adam: I have. I like "Helter Skelter".
Spike: What a surprise.

Xander: Oh. Okay. You and Willow go do the superpower thing, I'll stay behind and putt around the Batcave with crusty old Alfred here.
Giles: Ahh, no. I am no Alfred, sir. No, you forget. Alfred had a job.

Buffy: Are you drunk?
Giles: Yes. Quite a bit, actually.

Buffy: This is stupid.
Xander: Stupid. So you finally have the guts to say it to my face.
Buffy: I didn't say you were stupid. So... stop being an idiot and let me fix this!

Xander: Just because you're better than us, doesn't mean you can be all superior.

Willow: We have to face it, you can't handle Tara being my girlfriend.
Xander: No! It was bad before that! Since you two went off to college and forgot about me! Just left me in the basement to - Tara's your girlfriend?
Giles: Bloody hell!

Buffy: Enough! All I know is you want to help, right? Be part of the team?
Willow: I don't know anymore.
Xander: Feeling not wanted.
Buffy: No! No, you said you wanted to go. So let's go! All of us. We'll walk into that cave with you two attacking me and the funny drunk drooling on my shoe! Hey! Hey, maybe that's the secret way of killing Adam!
Xander: Buffy.
Buffy: Is that it? Is that how you can help? You're not answering me! How can you possibly help? (no response) So, I guess I'm starting to understand why there's no ancient prophecy about a Chosen One and her friends.

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-ProducerJane Espenson  |  David Solomon
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorTammis Chandler
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
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 EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke
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 (1)  |  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
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