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Adam reveals to Riley the plan Walsh had for the both of them. The last step involves Buffy, but Spike's plan backfires, leading the Slayer with friends in tow to break into the Initiative to stop Adam.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x21
Production Number: 4ABB21
Airdate: Tuesday May 16th, 2000
Network: WB

Director: James A. Contner
Writer: David Fury


  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Leonard Roberts
As Forrest Gates
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Bailey Chase
As Graham Miller
Recurring
Jack Stehlin
As Doctor Angleman
Recurring
Conor O'Farrell
As Colonel McNamara
Recurring
George Hertzberg
As Adam
Recurring
Emma Caulfield
As Anya
Recurring
Lindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Bob Fimiani
As Mr. Ward
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
Marc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.2/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 16 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.4 in the national ratings.

Ranked 78 out of 122 prime time shows.



Episode Quotes
Xander: Maybe I should join the Army.
Anya: Don't they make you get up really early in the morning?
Xander: Oh, yeah. Never mind.

Adam: This is all how she planned it. Except she thought she would be alive.

Willow: Must be programmed to self-decrypt at a certain point. That is so annoying. It's like someone blurting out the answer to a riddle just when you've -- I mean, yippee! We have the information.

Buffy: Where's Anya?
Xander: Oddly, Anya decided not to join us despite all the fun we had at our last meeting.

Willow: Right. Don't you have to speak it in Sumerian or something?
Giles: I do speak Sumerian. It's not that. Only an experienced witch can enchant it and you'd have to be within striking distance of the subject.
Xander: See what you get for taking French instead of Sumerian?
Buffy: What was I thinking?

Willow: It's not your fault. Spike stirred up trouble.
Buffy: Yeah, but I think trouble was stir-upable.

Colonel McNamara: You think you and your friends can just keep waltzing into a government installation, brandishing weapons like... like...
Willow: It's a gourd.
Giles: It's a magic gourd.
Colonel McNamara: What kind of freaks are you people?

Colonel McNamara: (on how he intends to fight Adam) Incapacitate him with as much voltage as we can muster.
Xander: Great plan. That's right up there with "duck and cover."
Buffy: I've seen Adam hit with taser blasts. He feeds on it. And now you're going to provide him with an all-you-can-eat buffet?

Xander: Buffy, I still don't like you going in alone.
Buffy: I won't be.

Adam: How can you...?
SuperBuffy: You can never hope to grasp the source of our power. But yours is right here.



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-ProducerJane Espenson  |  David Solomon  |  James A. Contner
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorMichael Stern
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
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 MixerRon Evans  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  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 (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistRobin Beauchesne  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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