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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Into the Woods

Riley's feelings on his relationship with Buffy comes to the surface when she discovers that he's been allowing vampires to feed on him. When the military offers him a job that would take him out of the country, Riley presents Buffy the choice of whether he stays or leaves.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x10
Production Number: 5ABB10
Airdate: Tuesday December 19th, 2000
Network: WB

Director: Marti Noxon
Writer: Marti Noxon

Guest Stars
Bailey ChaseBailey Chase
As Graham Miller
Nick ChinlundNick Chinlund
As Major Ellis
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers

Co-Guest Stars
Randy ThompsonRandy Thompson
As Doctor Kriegel
Rainy Jo StoutRainy Jo Stout
As Junkie Vampire Girl
Adam G.Adam G.
As Tough Vamp
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
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.8/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 17 WB shows for the week.

This is the last episode to feature Marc Blucas (Riley) in the opening credits.

This episode scored a 3.2 in the national ratings.

Ranked 81 out of 123 prime time shows.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Emilana TorriniSummerbreeze 

Episode Quotes
Willow: What time is it?
Xander: There's a clock on the wall behind you, Will.
Willow: I know, but there's a watch right there above your hand.

Dawn: When I was younger, I used to put my chopsticks in my mouth like this... and then Buffy would chase me around the house yelling "I'm the Slayer! I'm gonna get you!"
Anya: That's disturbing. You're emotionally scarred and will end up badly.

Anya: Well, we could play that game again, Life. That was fun.
Dawn: For you. You always win.
Anya: Well, we can make a wager this time. You can give me real money. That would be different.
Xander: And after we teach her to gamble, maybe we can all get drunk.
Anya: I don't think the bar would serve her, but we could bring something in. (to Dawn) Strawberry Schnapps tastes just like real ice cream.

Xander: How's about a movie? They're showing 'em in theaters now. I hear it's like watching a video with a bunch of strangers and a sticky floor.

Dawn: Alone time always translates into "get Dawn out of the house so we can have loud, obnoxious sex."
Anya: (to Xander) Oh, does that mean we can't?

Joyce: I don't know, Buffy. I think I'll look like I had a cat on my head.
Buffy: But a very well groomed cat.
Joyce: I think maybe I'll stick with a scarf.
Buffy: Come on. Wigs are fun. We can get you a whole bunch of different ones. You know, you can be, like, Sixties mom, Action mom, French Maid mom...
Joyce: I must be getting better 'cause you're making fun of me.

Buffy: Every time you show up like this, you risk all of your parts, you know that?
Spike: I wouldn't be here if I didn't have a good reason. As usual I'm here to help you and I -- Are you naked under there?

Anya: Who ordered more chicken's feet? The ones we have aren't moving at all.
Xander: That's generally what happens when you cut them off the chicken.
Anya: I'm serious. Maybe we could do a holiday promotion - one free with every purchase.
Giles: Ah, yeah. Dear holiday memories. Merry tykes by the fire, enjoying their new Christmas chicken feet.
Willow: Aw, holding them tight as they fall asleep, painting their little toenails.

Anya: That's very humorous. Make fun of the ex-demon. I can just hear you in private: "I dislike that Anya. She's newly human and strangely literal."
Willow: What? I don't say that. No one says that. No one talks that way.
Anya: Well, there's nothing wrong with my idea, anyway. I've been very good for this store. If it wasn't for me, Giles would be a terrified old man staring at a quarterly tax statement and wetting himself.

Anya: Fine! Take her side instead of mine, even though I'm the one who sleeps with you and feeds you and bathes you.
Willow: She bathes you?
Xander: Only in an erotic, Penthouse-y way. Not in a sponge-bathy, geriatric sort of --
Giles: Please. Stop. I beg of you.

Giles: Anya, will you mind the store?
Anya: Have a nice day. Don't get killed!

Xander: I guess everybody jumped ship once word got out that the Slayer found their crib. I just wanna apologize for that use of the word crib.

Spike: Sometimes I envy you so much it chokes me. And sometimes I think I got the better deal. To be that close to her and not have her. To be all alone, even when you're holding her, feeling her, feeling her beneath you, surrounding you - the scent. No, you got the better deal.

Buffy: You are unbelievable. You're giving me an ultimatum?
Riley: No. I'm not.
Buffy: Yes, you are! You expect me to get over it now or you're gone!

Buffy: What are you doing here?
Xander: I thought you might need to talk. Then I saw the skirmish happen. I was going to lend a hand, but I noticed you grew a few extra ones.

Buffy: I don't even know who he is any more. I mean, I thought he was... dependable.
Xander: Dependable? What is he, State Farm?

Xander: I've gotta say something 'cause I don't think I've made it clear. I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love. The things you do, the way you think, the way you move. I get excited every time I'm about to see you. You make me feel like I've never felt before in my life - like a man. I just thought you might wanna know.

Episode Goofs
Buffy has more knowledge about Riley leaving than what he tells her. He only states that he's leaving "tonight", yet she's not only aware that he departs at midnight, but also from where.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Douglas Petrie
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Tom Perry  |  Adam Sawelson
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistRobin Beauchesne  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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